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The Best of 2020

December 29, 2020

In 2020, the Lasell University community came together to face racial injustice, combat a global pandemic, and find new ways to connect while physically apart. Here are the top headlines from the past 12 months: 

Intramural Activities at Lasell UniversityJanuary
Intramural sports expand opportunities for physical activity and wellness at Lasell
Professor Dina Tanvuia talks the future of automated casino bartending with Boston Globe

Laser Love videoFebruary
Laser Love: Alumni share stories of finding their soulmate at Lasell University
Students in new Lasell University DECA chapter participate, place in state collegiate competition

President Michael B. AlexanderMarch
Center for Community-Based Learning hosts lunch and learn on homelessness 
Physical Distancing, Social Connecting: Op-Ed from President Alexander in University Business Magazine

LUREApril
Research Granted: Undergraduate Research Excellence Grants awarded to five projects 
Earth Day at 50: President Alexander shares memories from 1970, guidance for future 


Masks made by the Lasell community for Tribute 2020May
Annual student awards banquet honors campus leaders 
Tribute 2020: Community creates and donates PPE to healthcare workers
Professor Nancy Waldron in the New York Times: “Keeping Clients Fit During the Pandemic By Going Virtual”

Accountability and Action iconJune
Accountability and Action: Lasell community takes a deep look at racism and explores improvements for the future 
Holway Early Childhood Centers adapt education plans for virtual learning

Chrystal Porter, VP of Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS)July
Eric Turner becomes Lasell University Provost 
Lasell welcomes Chrystal Porter as Vice President of Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS)

Lasell students in summer 2020August
Students stayed active throughout the summer while social distancing
Lasell prepares for fall semester on campus: 18 Facts in 51 Seconds About Reopening for Fall 2020

Mike Friton, footwear design instructor at Lasell UniversitySeptember
Summer Internship Support: Annual stipend recipients talk about their experiences
Nike footwear designer Mike Friton teaches in Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) certificate program

Lasell COVID-19 testing on NBC10

October
Lasell’s COVID testing program applauded by NBC10 Boston
Where There’s a Will, There’s a Virtual Runway: Students present at virtual Boston Fashion Week

Anne Doyle and Lasell Village celebrate on front lawnNovember
Lasell Village President Anne Doyle recognized on the Boston Globe Magazine’s list of Top 100 Women-Led Businesses
Fuel to the Fire: Lasell student-athletes maintain team camaraderie

Take Back the Night lanternDecember
Take Back the Night Goes Hybrid: Lasell students flex their activism in-person and online
21 Things We’re Looking Forward to in 2021