Briefly Noted

Updates from Campus

Spring 2019 Updates from Campus:
Briefly Noted

Art by Sophie Calhoun

Truth in Art
The Wedeman Gallery at Lasell College hosted "Truth Stories,” a collection of 25 visual and performance art pieces inspired by text with truth (or its absence) central to the work, in early spring 2019. The artists paired written text with a work of two- or three-dimensional art created specifically for the exhibit. All of the artists are members of the cooperative ART/Word, a group formed in 1981 by Stephen Fischer, associate professor of graphic design. “The roster of artists for this event was composed of people I have come to know throughout my career as a graphic artist, in graduate school, and as a teacher at Lasell, including faculty and former students [from the latter],” he says. “This show’s theme expressed the artists’ insights about truth that were personal, political, and everything in between.”

Illustration on right by Sophie Calhoun, Digital Designer, WGBH

Semester in the City
Lasell College is one of 13 institutions to partner with the College for Social Innovation’s Semester in the City program, where students take part in a 420-hour internship experience as well as professional development courses and seminars. Two Lasell students enrolled in the program in the fall. Both spent four days a week at their internships in Boston and lived in furnished apartments provided by the College for Social Innovation in Allston, Massachusetts. Semester in the City supports Lasell’s requirement that every student complete at least one internship before graduation. The nearly full-time nature of these internships further prepares students for the working world after graduation, and the city living component offers deeper access to network contacts, industry mentors, and a taste of life in a bustling cultural hub.

Student Garments at Boston Seaport Fashion WeekFrom Paris (and Boston) with Love
Lasell fashion students recently represented the College at major events in both Paris and Boston. Ten students studying Fashion Design and Production displayed finished garments at a Boston Seaport Fashion Week exhibit curated by independent fashion show producer and stylist Kathy Benharris. Over the summer, a group of students visited Paris, where they learned firsthand about French fashion and culture on a trip that coincided with Men’s Fashion Week. The two-week immersion offered students the chance to learn from fashion professionals in design workshops and photo shoots, explore historic collections, and dress models backstage at Men’s Fashion Week. A new cohort of students will travel there in 2020 to engage with the local fashion community.

Viva Encore!
In November, the College hosted Encore Boston Harbor, a five-star resort scheduled to open in June 2019, for a private hiring event designed solely for Lasell students and alumni. The organization plans to hire more than 4,500 individuals in all departments, including hospitality, food and beverage, casino, retail, business administration, security, and more.

Open for All
Intercultural Center and Commuter Cottage (IC3) at LasellThe College opened its Intercultural Center and Commuter Cottage (IC3) this fall at 70 Maple Street. Along with Jesse Tauriac, chief diversity officer and director of the Donahue Institute for Ethics, Diversity, and Inclusion, several students worked to establish the physical space and its broader goals. The group envisions the IC3 as a “vibrant hub for diverse students from every background to meet up, network, and have fun.” The center encourages students to experience different cultures, traditions, and viewpoints in a welcoming environment. The space itself is composed of a commuter lounge — which includes a kitchenette and space to study and relax — as well as lockers and computers. The intercultural center includes a welcome space and conference area for student use, as well as offices for Karin Raye, assistant professor of legal studies; Thomas Morgan, assistant director of commuter life and intercultural initiatives; and Dr. Tauriac.

Disconnect to Connect on Founder's Day 2018

Disconnect to Connect
On November 13, Lasell College marked its 167th anniversary by celebrating Founders Day, with a twist. Through a series of events hosted by the Student Government Association and Student Alumni Association, the community was encouraged to “Disconnect to Connect,” an initiative pioneered by President Michael B. Alexander. He encouraged the entire community — including visiting alumni — to broaden their social and professional circles through face-to-face interactions on campus. Alexander is invested in this mindset continuing beyond Founders Day so that fresh connections are always being made at Lasell. Student leaders James Kappatos ’20 and Alexa Madeiros ’20 helped mold the day’s activities. “We wanted to make participants aware of how important making connections all over campus is to the student experience,” said Madeiros. Adds Kappatos, “Lasell is rich in knowledge and history, and we wanted to celebrate that. In doing so, I believe we started a new tradition.”

Chelsea Gwyther Joins Lasell as New Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations
Chelsea Gwyther, Vice President of Development and Alumni Relations at Lasell | Photo by Justin KnightChelsea Gwyther joined the College in December with 20 years of experience working with higher education institutions and nonprofit organizations. In her new role, she is responsible for all fundraising functions, including campaign planning and execution, annual and planned giving and stewardship, as well as alumni relations and college events. “Chelsea comes to Lasell with an extensive background in higher education and nonprofit management,” said Lasell College President Michael B. Alexander. “She is a strong advocate and proven leader in institutional communications and an effective development officer, and we look forward to her many contributions to the Lasell community.” Prior to Lasell, Gwyther worked at UMass Amherst’s College of Natural Sciences, where she most recently served as assistant dean of advancement. She previously served in leadership positions at Landmark College, the Connecticut River Conservancy, the Center for Biological Diversity, and the Catawba River Foundation. In these roles, she directed foundation and corporate relations programs, managed events, volunteers, and advisory board relationships, oversaw alumni relations programs, and fulfilled strategic planning initiatives. “Lasell is a special place full of people who are invested in its success and the success of our students,” says Gwyther. “I’m excited to be a part of helping the College continue to grow and thrive in its core mission to transform lives through Connected Learning.”

Google Us
In October, the College announced a first of its kind partnership with tech giant Google. At the time, Lasell was one of only 10 schools nationwide — and the only college in Greater Boston — collaborating with Google on pilot undergraduate courses in computer and data science. Lasell was chosen for this pilot program, in part, because it has successfully implemented new programs that combine innovative teaching methods and learning styles. The program’s overarching goal is to teach students the fundamentals of computer and data science while giving them professional level experience as they apply and practice those concepts through creative work. By aligning with colleges and universities like Lasell, Google hopes to develop an ecosystem in which each institution can bring what it does best to the collaboration: with Google creating cutting-edge, industry-relevant content and projects, and participating schools providing experienced faculty and the best learning environment possible for their students.

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