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Spring 2018 Updates from Campus:

Sustainable Campus Initiatives
CAMPUS-WIDE SUSTAINABILITY AND ENERGY EFFICIENCY EFFORTS were featured in High Profile, a regional engineering and architecture publication. The college was lauded for its state-of-the-art energy saving mechanical system and for its recycling of all food waste into compost. Director of Plant Operations and Sustainability Wayne Lamoureux also shared plans for the college's ongoing conversion to LED lighting and energy efficient vehicles.

Picture a Story: Art by Milanka Reardon at Lasell College

Picture a Story
MEMBERS OF THE SOCIETY OF CHILDREN'S BOOK WRITERS AND ILLUSTRATORS were featured at Lasell College's Wedeman Gallery in mid-May. The exhibit - presenting work exclusively from New England artists - highlighted reactions and accompaniments to children's stories through a number of visual mediums and styles, ranging from watercolor to collage. An artist's reception took place at the gallery on May 20, 2018.

Lasell College Lunch and Learn Program

Lunch and Learn
FOCUSING ON THE TRANSITION from college to the workplace, professional development, and civic engagement, Lasell's recently launched "Lunch and Learn" program offers students exposure to alumni and friends working as leaders in their fields. During each gathering, the group participates in robust conversations about the challenges and opportunities inherent in professional life while students are encouraged to think about their own future path. Recent speakers include Matthew Stambler '09, director of sales at Residence Inn by Marriott; Shirley Fan Chan '94, statewide education manager at the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families; and Ginnie Chow '05, global sourcing manager for outlets at Talbots. It is the goal for speakers to maintain contact with participating students and to support their search for internships and full-time jobs.

Commencement 2018
TIVITY HEALTH, INC. CEO DONATO TRAMUTO was been selected as this year's commencement speaker and addressed graduates at the college's 164th commencement ceremony on May 12, 2018. The president and founder of the nonprofit Health eVillages - an organization with a mission to "improve global health ... through the use of mobile technology and community-focused solutions" - Tramuto brings more than three decades of experience in global healthcare, with a proven commitment to "extend life with dignity and purpose."

"Tramuto is an innovator and leader in his field with a decades-long commitment to social change," said Lasell President Michael B. Alexander, who bestowed an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters upon Tramuto. "He is an ideal candidate to address our students at this critical milestone and inspire them as they enter the next chapter in their lives after graduation."

Allie Clancy and Greg Camillone, NESN Next Producer competitors from Lasell CollegeTremendous Talent
WHILE THE OUTCOME WAS NOT PUBLIC as we went to press, two budding Lasell filmmakers reaped the rewards of their skill when both were named among the 12 finalists for the third season of  NESN's Next Producer competition. Recent graduate Greg Camillone '17 and sophomore Allie Clancy were selected from a group of entrants participating from New England colleges, all of whom submitted a sports-based documentary of no more than four minutes. Camillone, a native of Wingdale, New York, produced a short film about a campus basketball player dealing with the impact of five concussions dating back to her high school years. Clancy, of Beverly, Massachusetts, portrayed the challenges faced by an undocumented high school football star hoping to graduate and attend college in the U.S. after his family returns to their native Brazil.

NESN describes Next Producer as "part Shark Tank, part America's Got Talent," drawing entries from sports-minded students attending New England colleges who hope to win a $20,000 prize and a job working for the local sports network owned by the Boston Red Sox and the Boston Bruins. Films are critiqued by Hollywood producers - including Brad Falchuk of Glee fame - and two finalists are showcased each week during the series run from February through April. Once all films have aired, they are subjected to public voting with a "fan favorite" eligible for an additional prize, and three top finalists face a final challenge of producing a 60-second
short about the Boston Red Sox. Lasell was the only college to have two student entrants selected as finalists.

In Memoriam: Vincent Claud De Baun
IN DECEMBER, THE LASELL COMMUNITY LEARNED OF THE PASSING OF THE COLLEGE'S SIXTH PRESIDENT, Vincent Claud De Baun, at age 91. De Baun served for two years, overseeing the establishment of the college's Jessie S. Brennan Library and the growth of its collection. In addition, De Baun renewed the  connection between the institution and direct descendants of its founders, Edward and Josiah Lasell. De Baun began at Lasell in October 1966 and departed in September 1968. Based on research shared in Donald J. Winslow's Lasell: A History of the First Junior College for Women, De Baun felt compelled to channel
his passion toward serving the African-American community in the midst of the Civil Rights movement. He accepted a position at the historically black institution, Talladega College, in Alabama, and continued his work in ensuing years as both a teacher and administrator at other higher education institutions. A former U.S. Navy veteran and resident of Charlottesville, Virginia, he is survived by his wife, Hillary; and two sons, Christian and Nicholas.

MLL and Lasell College PartnershipLet the Games Begin! 
THE NEW YEAR STARTED OFF with the announcement of a new relationship with Major League Lacrosse (MLL) making Lasell their first official preferred internship and academic partner.As a result, students will have the opportunity to assist in all departments in the MLL office, as well as contribute to special projects throughout the lacrosse season. Equally important, Lasell will offer discounted tuition rates to all MLL players and league personnel, providing them the opportunity to take courses in a range of disciplines."We are very pleased to be collaborating with such an innovative institution right in our backyard," said Bill Beach, sponsorship sales and fulfillment manager for MLL. "We are always in need of strong interns and Lasell can provide us with a pipeline of talented students and we can provide them with real world experiences as they explore the business side of sports."

Awards Season
TWO STUDENT-PRODUCED PUBLICATIONS - POLISHED AND TARNISHED - received national excellence awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA). Polished, a fashion-focused magazine, received a silver rating for its 2016-2017 issues after its selection as a finalist for a CSPA Crown Award in the hybrid general magazine category. It was included among 27 others to advance to the finals out of 1,100 eligible publications. Tarnished, a publication aimed at highlighting visual and written work by Lasell students and local artists, received a gold medalist certificate for their spring 2017 issue. Both publications have been recognized by CSPA in prior years for their excellence among national peer college publications.

 

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