Committed to Excellence
Letter to Lasell Alumni and Friends
Dear Lasell Alumni and Friends:
I am honored to have the opportunity, in this issue of Leaves, to share news about academic accomplishments and growth at the College.
Recently, we learned of our reaccreditation from the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education/NEASC. The reviewers praised Lasell for its quality and stature, its signature educational philosophy (Connected Learning) and its excellence in assessment and planning.
This Summer, we will triple the number of undergraduate online course offerings to 18. And our graduate programs continue to grow, with student enrollment now at 350-plus. This Fall, we plan to roll out an expanded Hospitality program with majors in Hospitality Management, Event Management and Resort and Casino Management.
Our faculty members actively make their mark as leaders in their fields with publications, exhibits and national and international professional presentations (see Off the Shelf, pages 8-9). In this issue, you'll hear from one of them, Aaron Toffler, director of the College's Environmental Studies Program and associate professor of Environmental Policy (page 15), who says, "Lasell students are committed to action that makes the world a better place." The action he speaks of echoes our Connected Learning philosophy and dedication to public service.
Case in Point: The Prison Pups Research Program. This project explores the impact of the NEADS (National Education Assistance Dogs Services) program at Massachusetts Correctional Institution for women at Framingham. A team of Lasell students worked onsite, gathered data and generated a research report documenting the program's impact for facility officials. A learning experience for all.
In this issue you will learn about others from our community whose accomplishments also make us proud. People like fashion designer Sonjia Williams '07, whose Lasell degree launched a career that landed her on Project Runway (page 8-9); Kathleen O'Connor ("Kate" to us), Lasell's vice president for Enrollment Management, who has helped the College succeed for 26 years (pages 6-7); Neiman Marcus executive April Riccio MS'12, whose graduate experience here has fostered collaborative efforts with that retailer (pages 18-19), and our Village Voice Helen Cohen and her son, Lasell overseer (and former Newton mayor) David-spirited participants in the Lasell experience (pages 26-27).
We are inspired by these members of the Lasell family, our family. And we plan to continue to support future members of the family through our new $1 million Lasell Fund goal. This fund is central to our commitment to provide access to a student population that has grown exponentially in recent years.
We thank you for your generous support and continued involvement-a crucial factor in Lasell's success.