Baseball Hosts NCAA Regional Round for First Time

The Mitchell College baseball team will serve as the host for a Regional Round in the upcoming 2023 NCAA Baseball Championship Tournament for the first time in College history, as announced by the NCAA on Monday afternoon.

The Mariners (31-8 overall), who recently won their third consecutive and ninth overall New England Collegiate Conference Championship, will welcome Wheaton College (MA), Tufts University, and Husson University to New London for the three-day double elimination Regional which is set to begin on Friday, May 19. Third-seeded Mitchell will begin their quest for their first Regional title when they play second-seeded Tufts on Friday afternoon with first pitch scheduled for 1:30pm. Prior to that game, the weekend will kick off when top overall seed Wheaton battles Husson at 10:00am. Tournament action continues with three games on Saturday and the title round on Sunday.

Mitchell was one of 41 teams in the field that qualified automatically by winning its conference championship. The Mariners, under 12th-year head coach Travis Beausoleil, claimed the 2023 New England Collegiate Conference Championship by defeating second-seeded Eastern Nazarene College 15-2. Mitchell is making its eighth overall NCAA appearance (2023, 2022, 2021, 2018, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2011) and seventh under Beausoleil.

Wheaton (MA) was ranked #8 in the final Top 25 Poll of the regular season and earned an automatic bid by defeating Babson College 10-2, to capture the New England Women’s & Men’s Athletic ConferenceTournament Baseball Championship, while the Jumbos also earned an automatic bid by capturing their seventh New England Small College Athletic Conference title with a 12-1 win over Middlebury College. The Eagles of Husson are making their third straight NCAA Tournament appearance after edging SUNY Cobleskill 4-1 in the North Atlantic Conference championship game.

The Mariners are 0-1 all-time against Tufts, having suffered an 8-1 setback on the opening day of play at the 2016 NCAA Division III New England Regional. Meanwhile, Mitchell has never faced Wheaton (MA), and is 8-1 all-time against Husson, most recently sweeping a doubleheader against the Eagles at home in late March.

General admission tickets are $5 each day and can be purchased at the gate.

2023 NCAA Division III Baseball Championship
New London, Conn. Regional
Hosted by Mitchell College
May 19-21, 2023

Friday, May 19
Game 1 – #1 Wheaton College vs. #4 Husson University – 10:00am
Game 2 – #2 Tufts University vs. #3 Mitchell College – 1:30pm

Saturday, May 20
Game 3 – Loser Game 1 vs. Loser Game 2 – 8:30am
Game 4 – Winner Game 1 vs. Winner Game 2 – Noon
Game 5 – Winner Game 3 vs. Loser Game 4 – 3:30pm

Sunday, May 21
Game 6 – Winner Game 4 vs. Winner Game 5 – 11:00am
Game 7 – IF NECESSARY – 45 minutes after Game 6

For additional information, including live video and live stats, visit the Tournament Homepage.

Ice Cream Trailer Rolls with Help from Students

Michael’s Dairy will be hitting the road soon with its much-loved ice cream, thanks to a newly acquired trailer outfitted to serve up frozen treats and input from Prof. James Patsalides’ Business 311: Entrepreneurship I class. The trailer took its “maiden journey” at Commencement 2023.

Working throughout the spring semester with Keith Padin, manager of auxiliary business operations at Mitchell College, the Entrepreneurship students examined all facets of the Michael’s Dairy Ice Cream Trailer business. Their project included four workshops: value mapping, business modeling, go-to-market strategy and a retrospective.

“Adding catering to the Michael’s Dairy operation has been an idea for some time,” Padin said.

Emily (Pratts) Pratts ’23 said that Patsalides was helpful in directing the class “to think of improvements or other ideas that may work better for a functioning business. He taught us that when writing down business ideas, to always include some worst-case scenarios. That way you can get in the mindset of thinking of safety plans for those scenarios and other ways to produce income from the business.”

Padin said that the worst-case scenarios that the students conceived would help with planning for the trailer, including things like running out of gas, dealing with melted ice cream and poor customer service. They also balanced those negative aspects against existing positives, such as “same great ice cream, amazing staff and lots of festivals and sporting events in the area to go to,” he said.

According to Patsalides, the course was the first in a process now underway of building out a Business Learning Lab in collaboration with Michael’s Dairy and other campus businesses, including The Red Barn, campus rentals and the campus gear shop.

“The connections enable real interaction between students and the staff running the businesses. This ‘authentic’ learning helps them recognize that the skills they are gaining are transferable to any job. In the Entrepreneurship class, we used the Michael’s Dairy project as an exemplar of how to complete each part of another class project—individual business model development. The ice cream trailer workshops we conducted completed the same deliverables students would subsequently develop for their own business ideas. This seemed to work really well and provided both great experiential learning for the students and useful advice and insights for the Michael’s Dairy Ice Cream Trailer work,” said Patsalides.

Rising junior Alexander (Zander) Moubayed said that working on the ice cream trailer project “helped me gain a deeper understanding of business operations and was a fun experience. Seeing the ice cream trailer finished on the last day of class was my favorite part of the experience,” he added. “It felt like we were part of the process, and even Keith said that we should be proud and thanked us for our perspectives and outside-the-box thinking. Our brainstorming sessions and ideas actually helped him out, and both Michael’s Dairy and Mitchell might benefit from it, which is most certainly a valid reason to be proud.”

Pratts agreed and said, “Working on the ice cream trailer project felt like we were part of the team that put it all together. The staff that has been working on this and the Michael’s Dairy Board that brought it to life actually listened to our ideas, and it showed in the final product. It was really nice to see as a student because you get to essentially see your ideas that you spent weeks coming up with in real life, and it was incredible!”

“With a mission of supporting our students (all proceeds from the dairy directly support Mitchell College students), to get to share in the building process with them was an amazing experience. To hear input from a core demographic and customer base was invaluable,” Padin said.

Graduates, friends and family wait in line at the Michael's Dairy Ice Cream Trailer at Commencement 2023.

The Michael’s Dairy Ice Cream Trailer was open for business at Commencement 2023.

Renowned Disabilities Advocate Shares Story, Poetry, Inspiration

Spoken-word poet, advocate for people with disabilities, and motivational speaker LeDerick Horne has appeared at the White House, the United Nations, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and State Departments of Education across the United States. He recently spoke at Mitchell College to students, faculty and staff, sharing his poetry and story of growing up with a learning disability as part of a program hosted by the Bentsen Learning Center (BLC) and sponsored by the Aramont Foundation.

Horne recounted his struggles with reading and his fear of being publicly embarrassed during read-aloud time in the classroom, saying he “spent time hiding in the bathroom and at the nurse’s office” and figuring out how to pre-read passages to familiarize himself with difficult words before being asked to read. Labeled with a learning disability in third grade, he was moved to a special education class, which he likened to being in “solitary confinement or a deserted island.” After a few years began to call himself stupid and dumb.

However, later in his school years he felt he was looked at as “an intellectual” in school, enjoying debating with others and excelling in track and cross country, as well as art. Despite these accomplishments, as he neared the end of high school and began thinking about his future he worried about his “sub-par reading skills” and wondered if he could do work that he would be proud of. He struggled with mental health issues and school absences and suffered an emotional breakdown during his junior year of high school.

But with the support of his parents (Horne said he “won the parent lottery”) and his own resilience, he used that experience to redefine who he was, realizing “there was nothing wrong with me.”

Horne decided to pursue college and began at community college at Middlesex County College in New Jersey. There he built up his skills and found a community of other people with disabilities, and together they shared their stories and celebrated their victories. He also developed more of an understanding about how the mind works. He eventually transferred to New Jersey City University, where he graduated with honors and a B.A. in mathematics with a minor in fine arts.

Co-author of the book “Empowering Students with Hidden Disabilities: A Path to Pride and Success,” Horne shared his words of wisdom, encouragement and advice:

  • Disability is a natural part of human diversity.
  • If there is normal, normal is all discrepancies that happen in human beings.
  • Develop an understanding of who you are, regardless of disability or not.
  • Be self-reflective.
  • Practice an asset-based understanding of a disability—what strengths are.
  • There is a need for people to be celebrated for places where they are excellent.
  • Be open about challenges.

Finally, he shared his formula for happiness: “Don’t judge yourself by other people.”

Attorney General William Tong Named Mitchell College Class of 2023 Commencement Speaker

Mitchell College marks its 79th Commencement Exercises on Sat., May 13, with Attorney General William Tong delivering the keynote address to the Class of 2023. The ceremony takes place at 10 a.m. on the Mitchell College Green.

William Tong is the 25th attorney general to serve Connecticut, taking office in 2019, and now serving his second term. He was the first Asian American elected to statewide office in Connecticut, and the first Chinese American to be elected attorney general nationwide. He served for 12 years as a state representative in the Connecticut General Assembly, where he served as House chairman of the Judiciary Committee as well as the Banking Committee.

Dr. Tracy Y. Espy, Mitchell College president, said, “We are truly honored that Attorney General Tong will deliver the keynote address to our graduating class. As a public servant he has addressed issues that touch the lives of Connecticut residents, including many of our students and their families. His lived experiences are sure to inspire our graduates, and we look forward to welcoming him.”

In his work as attorney general, and previously as a state legislator, William Tong has been dedicated to safeguarding civil rights and freedoms, protecting the rights of women, minority communities, immigrants and the LGBTQ+ community. Attorney General Tong is a national leader in many of the most consequential lawsuits and investigations in our country today, including bipartisan, multistate efforts to hold companies and individuals accountable for their role in the opioid crisis; to restore fair competition and prices in the generic drug industry; to hold social media companies accountable for the harms they may cause to kids and young people; to stop robocall scammers; and to ensure corporations safeguard our personal information from misuse and respect consumers’ rights regarding the collection and use of their information.

A Connecticut native and the oldest of five children, Attorney General Tong grew up in the Hartford area working side-by-side with his immigrant parents in their family’s Chinese restaurant. He attended schools in West Hartford and graduated from Phillips Academy Andover, Brown University and the University of Chicago Law School. He and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Stamford with their three children.

New Academic Programs for In-Demand Careers

Answering a need to prepare students to pursue in-demand jobs—and to provide the economy with workplace-ready employees—Mitchell College is unveiling several new academic options starting the Fall 2023 semester. The new majors include two new bachelor’s degrees and two new associate degrees:

  • Business Management (B.S.)
  • Public Health (B.A.)
  • Computer and Data Information Systems (A.S.)
  • General Studies, with a focus on Workplace Readiness (A.A.)

Vice President for Academic Affairs Elizabeth A. Beaulieu, Ph.D., said, “Mitchell College strives to be a contributing leader in workforce development, preparing students through market-relevant programs to enter in-demand fields. The new programs add to an already wide variety of disciplines in areas of high student interest and high employer demand.”

She added, “For our bachelor’s programs, introductory to advanced coursework provides content knowledge and skills, and our Integrative Career Development (ICD) program provides career preparation for our students. Career planning begins with our First-Year Experience, followed by a second-year, discipline-specific career seminar and culminates in upper-level mastery courses and practical application courses, including internships, research courses and/or capstones. Students pursuing an associate degree also have full access to career development support from ICD. This degree can also be stepping stone to more advanced education.”

The Bachelor of Science in Business Management is designed to prepare students to be “work ready” within their chosen business career. Students will learn to evaluate management situations and apply appropriate professional methods to improve operations, solve problems and deliver results. Through an experiential learning approach, students are empowered with knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors required to pursue careers in business and management. They will also study environmental, social and economic systems and emerging megatrends which affect contemporary business operations, with a focus on small and family business. Specializations within the major include entrepreneurship and innovation, project management and organizational transformation, and digital marketing. Additionally, Michael’s Dairy, a popular local business on Mitchell’s campus, will serve as a “learning lab” for students enrolled in the business major.

The Bachelor of Arts in Public Health focuses on community health. The degree equips students with an understanding of public health principles and the skills and knowledge needed to address community health problems and improve assessment, cultural competence and advocacy. The curriculum includes courses in health promotion and disease prevention, health policy, and social and behavioral health, among others. It also offers hands-on experience through a community-based internship and prepares students for careers in a wide range of public health settings, including health departments, non-profit organizations, community health centers and government agencies. Graduates may also pursue advanced degrees in public health or related fields.

The Associate of Science in Computer and Data Information Systems is designed to meet student demand for technology-centric academic experiences aligned with 21st-century workforce needs. Students who enroll in the program will develop computer programming skills using multiple software platforms and use those skills to examine and analyze data and develop conclusions that apply to data-driven decisions about problems in real time. This degree program will also include an option for students to test for industry certification in cybersecurity through Mitchell’s Digital Innovation Hub for Educational Excellence (The Hub).

The Associate of Arts in General Studies focuses on workplace readiness, combining traditional courses in liberal education—such as literature, history and social sciences—with transferable hard and soft skills needed to succeed in the workplace. Hard skills include writing, reading comprehension, verbal communication and technology readiness. Soft skills include leadership, critical and creative thinking, community and collaboration and analysis and problem-solving. Mastery of these skills creates a foundation for careers in social services, business administration, marketing, healthcare, retail services and other business sectors or for pursuing a four-year degree.

Community Invited to Join Walk for Suicide Prevention

The Mitchell College Mental Health Club is hosting its second annual Out of the Darkness Walk to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) on Saturday, April 1, 2023, and invites the community to participate.

Sponsored by the AFSP, the Mitchell College Out of the Darkness Campus Walk 2023 will begin at the Mitchell College Green. Registration starts at 11:30am; the walk begins at 1pm.

Register ahead of time online or on the day of the walk and join an existing team, create your own team or register as an individual. Participation is free, but it is a fundraiser, and the day’s overall goal is $5,000. If you create your own team, you can set your own unique fundraising goal. The funds raised help to support the AFSP.

All are welcome to join us on our campus as we remember loved ones lost to suicide and support suicide prevention. Together we can change the conversation and end the stigma behind suicide and mental health.

“In our Community, Campus and Overnight Walks, those affected by suicide – and those who support them – raise awareness and much-needed funds, strongly sending the message that suicide can be preventable, and that no one is alone.” (

For questions, please contact:
Kayla Vargas-Estevez, Walk Coordinator

Antaya Lee, Director of Student Engagement and Orientation

For more information and to register online, click here.