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Mitchell Welcomes Three New Faculty

NEW LONDON, CT – September 16, 2021– Mitchell College announced three new full-time faculty members for the Academic Year 2021-2022 in the areas of education, science and business. Dr. Christopher Clouet is an assistant professor of education; Dr. Lindsay Rush is an assistant professor of science; and Dr. James Patsalides is a visiting professor of marketing, a one-year appointment.

Clouet will teach educational psychology and early childhood education, including on the topic of parent and family involvement. Superintendent of New London Public Schools from 2004 to 2009, he most recently served as a special advisor to the commissioner of education for the Connecticut State Department of Education. Prior to that, for nearly 20 years he led several other school districts as superintendent, including Shelton, Conn., Westchester, N.Y., and Thomaston, Conn. He holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Southern Connecticut State University, a master’s degree in corporate and political communication from Fairfield University, a master’s degree in international studies from Brown University, and a Doctor of Education in educational administration from Columbia University.

Rush will teach broadly within the sciences including biology, genetics, chemistry, and research compliance. She has taught at several other institutions including at Quinnipiac University as a visiting assistant professor and at the University of New Haven. Her research focus is cancer genetics using the fruit fly Drosophila and zebrafish model systems and previous research has included undergraduate students. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Franklin and Marshall College and a Master and Doctor of Philosophy in genetics from Yale University.

Patsalides will teach management, focusing on how to use a combination of data analytics and human interaction to help managers make better decisions. He brings more than 20 years of management experience and more than 10 years of teaching experience in higher education, including eight years as associate professor at Albertus Magnus College. He holds a bachelor’s degree in information technology and mathematics from Canterbury Christ Church University, a master’s degree in management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a Master of Art in teaching from Sacred Heart University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in education from Prescott College.

Dr. Elizabeth Beaulieu, vice president for academic affairs, said, “The addition of these three outstanding educators will contribute to robust learning experiences for Mitchell undergraduates and to our overall goal of academic excellence.”

Dr. Tracy Espy, Mitchell College president, said, “Growing our full-time faculty is a priority of Mitchell College. We welcome the unique perspectives of our newest faculty members as we work to enhance our curriculum with an eye towards innovation and collaboration.”

Mitchell College Faculty Prepares to Help Students Achieve Highest Potential

​Like their students, Mitchell College faculty went “back to school” on Friday, August 27, for its 2021 Fall Conference, a professional development opportunity for full-time and adjunct faculty. There, as in the classroom, knowledge was shared, ideas were exchanged and community was strengthened, as faculty prepared for a stellar academic year.

Traditionally held annually in May, the conference is now biannual, in both fall and spring. Fall conference topics focused on accessibility and universal design issues, along with Ability Based Education. Depending on the topic, presenters are in-house or hired from outside of Mitchell.

Criminal justice professor Jenna Curren, current chair of the Professional Development Committee and one of the organizers (along with behavioral sciences professors Dr. Nancy Parent and Dr. Tara Broccoli and ACE Fellow Dr. Hilton Kelly), said, “Topics for the conference are based on where we are now as a college community. We look at what would be most beneficial for our faculty. With the academic program assessment coming up, plus new leadership at Mitchell, we thought it was a good time to also have a refresher on accessibility for students. This and Ability Based Education are part of the fabric of who we are, so these things will likely always be embedded in our programs going forward. We want to be purposeful and intentional about it.”

Presenter Antaya Lee, accessibility services coordinator at Mitchell, said, “The most important information I try to convey when speaking about accessibility and universal design to Mitchell faculty is that accessibility is our shared responsibility. Think about the impact on a student’s learning when extra steps need to be taken in order to access the same materials as their classmates. The student’s disability isn’t the problem; the lack of access is.”

Lee said, “Putting some thought into accessibility when building and planning our courses take a little extra effort up front but save both time and frustration for all parties later. Often, the things to be aware of in order to foster accessibility are not complicated or complex, but simply need our awareness in order to select, build, and share accessible course materials. Awareness allows for accessibility in the physical sense as well – in how classrooms spaces are set up and how activities are planned. And, most importantly, having an accessible attitude makes the biggest difference so that we can hear and learn about the experiences of our students and colleagues so that we can continue to make our environments inclusive.”

Curren said that 20 adjuncts and 15 full-time faculty participated in the conference. The two groups met separately, allowing the time and space to ask and address questions unique to each group.

“There was great conversation among the full-time faculty. It was open and honest, informational and conversational. The new dean [Dr. Betsy Beaulieu, vice president for academic affairs] was there, and the faculty felt energized. There was also great food at lunch provided by Chartwells, Mitchell’s dining services provider.”

The adjunct faculty experienced something similar.

“I was very excited to see the addition of professional development for adjunct instructors at Mitchell College. For me, the sessions provided a better understanding of the school’s mission and culture. It also increased my sense of belonging and helped decrease my feelings of isolation associated with being a part-time instructor,” said Linda Shields, adjunct instructor in hospitality.

Business adjunct Linda Buhr said that she found learning about LibGuides, a content management and information sharing system for libraries, most helpful and looks forward to being back in the classroom with her students.

Katie Nazarian, interim library director and a conference co-facilitator, said, “What we noticed most was the networking among adjuncts.  They seemed to really enjoy getting to know one another, sharing experiences, and learning about the tools together.  We observed a number of them sharing contact information, helping each other, and talking about connecting again later.”

According to Curren, in addition to the biannual professional development conferences, faculty have other opportunities to connect with each other, including its Faculty Learning Community, offering a guided discussion on a designated topic, taking place six to seven times per year, and a faculty portal where papers and articles of interest can be posted.

Curren said, “In order to foster an inclusive environment in the classroom and help students of all levels learn to their highest potential, faculty professional development enables instructors to adjust their pedagogical style so they are able to engage students and help prepare them for life after college.”

The Day features Dr. Tracy Y. Espy and exciting new initiatives on the horizon for Mitchell.

By Erica Moser Day staff writer | As published in The Day

Published August 25. 2021 6:23PM | Updated August 25. 2021 8:41PM

New London — When Tracy Espy got involved in Mitchell College’s search for a new president, she said there were just “some inklings” of COVID-19, and she didn’t know what it would mean.

Now, she’s been president for more than a year and is entering the second fall semester happening during the pandemic.

“I really didn’t know the impact of accepting a presidency during a worldwide pandemic, and also moving, so it’s been a whirlwind, but it’s been a good whirlwind,” said Espy, whose appointment as president was effective July 1 of last year.

She sat down with The Day last week to talk about her first year and what’s ahead.

One of her priorities was setting up a senior leadership team, with a goal of finding people who have a “connection to our mission and vision” and “the ability to lead during a very difficult time in higher education,” Espy said.

In May, the Southeastern Connecticut Enterprise Region announced that Executive Director Nancy Cowser was leaving to become Mitchell’s chief advancement and alumni relations officer.

Mitchell also recently has announced that it welcomed Elizabeth Ann “Betsy” Beaulieu as vice president of academic affairs and Alicia Martinez as dean of student experience and belonging. Matt Finlayson joined as athletic director at the end of June.

Hilton Kelly, professor of educational studies and Africana studies at Davidson College in North Carolina, will be at Mitchell just for this coming school year, through the American Council on Education Fellows Program, which “enables participants to immerse themselves in the study and practice of leadership.”

Espy said community collaboration is important to her, and students were able to continue internships this past year despite the pandemic. That included hospitality internships at hotels and restaurants, a marine environment internship at a beach in Massachusetts and field work with energy and environmental solutions company Veolia and the University of Connecticut.

Espy said one of her goals is to increase the number of internship partners, and the college received an anonymous gift to support the student internship experience. She said if students want to participate in an internship but faces a hurdle, such as transportation, they can apply for funds.

Also on the topic of community connections, the president said she has conversations once a month with the mayor of New London, superintendent of the Coast Guard Academy and president of Connecticut College.

Amid doing most of her meetings on Zoom last year, Espy said she spent a lot of time just walking through New London and meeting people. Coming from North Carolina and new to this area, she has enjoyed learning about architecture and the college’s history, and eating at local places like Sellfish, On the Waterfront and Ocean Pizza.

What’s ahead
Espy said faculty this year will be developing Mitchell College’s first master’s program, which will be in mental health.

For other program development efforts, she said science, technology, engineering and math are important, as is industry demand. She said she is focused on further aligning the Mitchell Ability Model, which is about teaching adaptability, with workforce needs.

Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, has secured $555,000 in federal funding for a planned digital innovation hub at Mitchell, which Espy said would provide students badges and certificates in things like data analytics, digital marketing and cybersecurity. Espy said the college also will seek private donations and do additional fundraising.

Mitchell College also recently was selected for a grant to support vocational exploration among students, with Espy saying it’s about helping students explore natural talents that could lead to a career.

Espy said Mitchell is in the final stages of looking at its branding, and is launching its strategic planning process for the next five years.

The college welcomed first-year students on Wednesday, with returning students arriving Sunday.

e.moser@theday.com

Mitchell College Welcomes Dean of Student Experience and Belonging

Mitchell College recently welcomed Dr. Alicia Martinez as dean of student experience and belonging. In her role, she will oversee all aspects of the student experience, including the student judicial code, wellness, residence life, Title IX compliance and campus safety.

Martinez most recently served as the program manager in the Office of Diversity Enhancement & Medical Education at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where she oversaw the Einstein Enrichment Program for underrepresented populations in the field of medicine, health and science. She also developed and ran the Community Based Service Learning Program for medical students. Martinez returns to Mitchell having served as its director of student activities and orientation from 2004-2008.

She holds a doctor of education in higher education from Saint Peter’s University, a master of science in organizational leadership from Nyack College and a bachelor of arts from State University of New York at Stony Brook.

Dr. Tracy Y. Espy, Mitchell College president, said, “We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Martinez back to Mitchell College. As dean of student experience and belonging she will work closely with all areas of the college community to provide a quality, holistic experience for our students. Her role will be instrumental in creating a sense of belonging and community for our diverse student population.”

Martinez said, “It brings me great joy to be back in New London, working on behalf of the students at Mitchell College. I look forward to collaborating with our talented team of faculty and staff to develop vibrant and enriching living and learning experiences that will enhance student life and build a culture of diversity, empathy and inclusion on campus.”

Academic Honors recipients announced for Spring 2021

Congratulations to the following Mitchell College students named to the Spring 2021 Dean’s List (3.50+ GPA) or the Commendable Scholar List (3.0-3.49 GPA).

Students must meet the following requirements to be eligible for either Commendable Scholar or Dean’s List:

1. Must be a matriculated student.
2. Part-time students are eligible for commendable scholar status for every 12 calculable credits completed.
3. Must have a grade point average between 3.0 and 3.49 for the given semester (Commendable Scholar) or 3.50 and 4.00 for the given semester (Dean’s List).
4. May not have any Incomplete, Satisfactory (S), Unsatisfactory (U), Withdrawal or Failing grades for the given semester.

Dean’s List

Michael Adams | Portland, Connecticut
Zhane Adams | Norwich, Connecticut
Frank Aguanno | Syosset, New York
Ryan Ahern | East Haven, Connecticut
Jenny Alvarez | New London, Connecticut
Josefina Alvarez | New London, Connecticut
Ariella Aquino | New London, Connecticut
Lucca Ardovini-Brooker | Lagrangeville, New York
Sarah Aviles | Griswold, Connecticut
Hunter Baillargeon | Norwich, Connecticut
Kaelynn Balestracci | Waterford, Connecticut
Jenna Bennett | Shelton, Connecticut
Alana Berkman | Norwich, Connecticut
Claire Binfield | Las Vegas, Nevada
Zachary Blase | Northbrook, Illinois
Erica Blocker | Windsor Locks, Connecticut
Elizabeth Bowe | New London, Connecticut
Edwin Burnam | New York, New York
Catherine Burnett | Pearl River, New York
Grace Burns | Ridgefield, Connecticut
Aaron Calouro | Westerly, Rhode Island
Victoria Carolan | Bernardsville, New Jersey
Logan Casala | Seekonk, Massachusetts
Ryan Champagne | Uncasville, Connecticut
Malik Chase | Providence, Rhode Island
Nolan Clack | Hanson, Massachusetts
Ryan Coates | Morristown, New Jersey
Mya Colon | West Hartford, Connecticut
Christina Corbeil | New London, Connecticut
Hannah Corrigan | Waterford, Connecticut
Stephanie Costabile | Stamford, Connecticut
Marisa D’Agostino | Niantic, Connecticut
Tyler Daly | Clinton, Connecticut
Anna Damsky | Lexington, Massachusetts
Nicholas Danilek | Stamford, Connecticut
Derek Dascoulias | Albany, New Hampshire
Douglas DelaCruz | Uncasville, Connecticut
Robert DelaCruz | Uncasville, Connecticut
Olivia DeLoach | Spring Hill, Florida
Walter Factor | Ledyard, Connecticut
Lindsey Fairbank | Newington, Connecticut
Sophia Fastuca | Malvern, Pennsylvania
Matthew Fitton | Darien, Connecticut
Isabel Foley | Framingham, Massachusetts
Ryan Foster | Lisbon, Connecticut
Anne Gallagher | Henrico, Virginia
Shayna Gelfond | Taftville, Connecticut
Jessica Gerald | Groton, Connecticut
Darcea Godfrey | East Lyme, Connecticut
Emma Gosden | Wilton, Connecticut
Sophia Green | New London, Connecticut
Michael Grey | East Islip, New York
Krista Guidebeck | Arlington, Massachusetts
Abdullah Hadhood | Solon, Ohio
Elda Hernandez | Groton, Connecticut
Joshua Herrmann | Bethel, Connecticut
Ashley Holdridge | Oakdale, Connecticut
Isabella Iannone | Fairfield, Connecticut
Lexi Incropera | Lawrence, Massachusetts
Charlie Jacobs | Northford, Connecticut
Lara Jacobs | New York, New York
Isaac Jean-Baptiste | Milford, Connecticut
Audrey Jones | Mashantucket, Connecticut
John-John Jose | Middlefield, Connecticut
Ryan Kane | Niantic, Connecticut
Samantha Kasheta | South Windsor, Connecticut
Drew Keitz-Playford | Winchester, Massachusetts
Jaiden Kimbro | New Haven, Connecticut
Eliana Klein | Fairlawn, New Jersey
Jessica Krupnikoff | Unionville, Connecticut
Grace Kyle | Chevy Chase, Maryland
Angel Ladford | Baltic, Connecticut
Heather Lang | Stratford, Connecticut
Molly Lang | Mystic, Connecticut
Colin LaSaracina | Colchester, Connecticut
Anthony Laureano | Emerson, New Jersey
Samuel Law | West Caldwell, New Jersey
Justin-Corey Le | Norwich, Connecticut
Hannah Lemke | Moodus, Connecticut
Katelyn Lipsky | Plantsville, Connecticut
Christopher Llewelyn | Bloomfield, Connecticut
Benjamin Logel | Pawcatuck, Connecticut
Alyssa Lombardo | South Windsor, Connecticut
Amber Lopez | Preston, Connecticut
Christa Ellen Mancuso | Naugatuck, Connecticut
Alexis Mangual | Waterford, Connecticut
Nicholas Mariani | Waterford, Connecticut
Antonio Mattucci | Huntington, New York
Tyler McAuley | Wading River, New York
Kara McCarthy | West Warwick, Rhode Island
Samantha McKenna | Millbrook, New York
Sara McKnight | Mystic, Connecticut
Alaina Milukas | Quaker Hill, Connecticut
Isabel Montenegro | Alexandria, Virginia
Caroline Mullaney | Flourtown, Pennsylvania
Kelly Nolan | Loudonville, New York
Hannah O’Brien | Riverside, Rhode Island
Sydney Oatway | East Hartford, Connecticut
Gabriella Orlando | Waterford, Connecticut
Megan Pardee | Columbia, Connecticut
Constantine Pavlou | Closter, New Jersey
Tyler Peretz | Waterford, Connecticut
Mya Petchark | Norwich, Connecticut
Henry Pitzer | Vancouver, Washington
Marcel Quinlan | Uniondale, New York
Emma Quinn | Barnstable, Massachusetts
Matthew Rascoe | Old Saybrook, Connecticut
Antonio Raus | Farmington, Connecticut
Lily Reisner | Farmington, Connecticut
Andrew Ribaudo | North Andover, Massachusetts
Rachel Ricciuti | East Northport, New York
Andrew Rodman | Groton, Connecticut
Parker Rogers | Old Saybrook, Connecticut
Robert Roles | Cheshire, Connecticut
Allison Romano | Old Saybrook, Connecticut
Mason Rubino | Jewett City, Connecticut
Breana Rudolph | Glendale, Arizona
Michael Santiago | Wethersfield, Connecticut
Aicha Santos | New London, Connecticut
Yasmine Santos | Pawtucket, Rhode Island
Karley Schaeffer | Woodbury, Connecticut
Mackenzie Schaeffer | Woodbury, Connecticut
Ashley Septelka | Niantic, Connecticut
Kenny Sheehan-Heon | Uncasville, Connecticut
Hannah Shelkowitz | Staten Island, New York
Daniel Simpson | Hartford, Connecticut
Jacqueline Singer | Garden City, New York
Logan Smith | Quaker Hill, Connecticut
Lauren Snow | East Hampton, Connecticut
Chadler Solomon | Los Angeles, California
Ashley St.Pierre | Meriden, Connecticut
Kassidy Stackpole | Groton, Connecticut
Connor Stampfli | New London, Connecticut
Tianna Sweeney | New Britain, Connecticut
Brett Thorschmidt | Jericho, New York
Walter Tineo-Rivera | Waterford, Connecticut
Brittney Tougas | Cranston, Rhode Island
Mariah Travisano | Putnam, Connecticut
Emma Tschaikowsky | Mendon, Vermont
Jack Varley | Colonia, New Jersey
Alexia Watson | Stamford, Connecticut
Jocelyn Weber | New City, New York
Elysse Wenc | Waterford, Connecticut
Katerina Werth | New London, Connecticut
Corrine Wilson | Shrewsbury, Massachusetts
Kelsey Withington | Killington, Connecticut
Matthew Worobey | North Stonington, Connecticut
Robert Wright | Fort Lee, New Jersey
Brianne Wunder | New London, Connecticut
Stephanie Zavala | Norwalk, Connecticut
Marisa Zerbarini | Westerly, Rhode Island
Megan Zummo | Groton, Connecticut

Commendable Scholar List
Anabel Adams | Scarsdale, New York
Joshua Bane | Vienna, Virginia
Kathryn Barillaro | Clinton, Connecticut
Cristian Barrales | Bridgeport, Connecticut
Matthew Berman | Princeton, New Jersey
Joseph Bielinski | Doylestown, Pennsylvania
Christopher Bradley | Babylon, New York
Connor Brady | Crownsville, Maryland
Trey Brennan | Quaker Hill, Connecticut
Ahmani Browne | Antigua & Barbuda, Saint Johns
Christian Bucalo | Greenwich, Connecticut
Robert Campbell | Glastonbury, Connecticut
Marlene Cardoso | New Britain, Connecticut
Alexandra Casado | Quaker Hill, Connecticut
Alana Chappelle | Waterford, Connecticut
Hannah Chee | Hartsdale, New York
Ciaran Claffey | New York, New York
Daniel Cruz | New Rochelle, New York
Katherine Donahue | Portland, Connecticut
Rachel Dougan | New London, Connecticut
Noah Ellis | Londonderry, New Hampshire
Brittney English | New London, Connecticut
Michael Fain | Milford, Connecticut
Louis Fazio | White Plains, New York
Robert Fusari | Old Lyme, Connecticut
Keshav Garcia-Patel | Groton, Connecticut
Kenyada Gedeon | Irvington, New Jersey
Alexander Gerolimatos | Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania
Nia Gethers | Norwich, Connecticut
James Giovanniello | Staten Island, New York
Aizhane Glenn | New Haven, Connecticut
Estid Guzman | New Bedford, Massachusetts
Heather Haddon | Ledyard, Connecticut
Alexys Hanes | Old Lyme, Connecticut
Ardraveon Harrison | Statesboro, Georgia
Duncan Heystek | North Andover, Massachusetts
Alexi Hubbard | Spring Hill, Florida
Kyler Johnson | Kingston, Massachusetts
Sha’La Jones | East Hartford, Connecticut
Edward Kaftan | Old Lyme, Connecticut
Jake Karnes | Holbrook, New York
Nicholas Kercado | Uncasville, Connecticut
Gregory Kohler | New London, Connecticut
Katie Kosky | Warwick, Rhode Island
John Lemay | Trumbull, Connecticut
Alexis Lopez | Rancho Cucamonga, California
Samuel Majewski | S Yarmouth, Massachusetts
Michael Mannix | Port Washington, New York
Chelsea Marcano | Bronx, New York
Thomas Martens | Fairfield, Connecticut
John Mateo | Groton, Connecticut
Niko Mazzella | Niantic, Connecticut
Devyn McCarty | Meriden, Connecticut
Leilani McClellan | New London, Connecticut
Shamus McLean | Groton, Connecticut
Sara Milkowski | Brielle, New Jersey
Abigail Miner | Saunderstown, Rhode Island
Jalen Monroe | Waterbury, Connecticut
Natasha Morgan | New London, Connecticut
Clare Murphy | Hastings On Hudson, New York
Jack Neiswanger | Cheshire, Connecticut
Anna Novelli | Dover, New Hampshire
Conlen O’Driscoll | Sharon, Massachusetts
Maliah Pabellón | Bridgeport, Connecticut
Owen Panek | Oxford, Connecticut
Sasha Pereira | Alexandria, Virginia
Mollie Petrie | Needham, Massachusetts
Kai Petty | Bowie, Maryland
Dontae Pollard | Ft Walton Bch, Florida
Emily Pratts | New London, Connecticut
Dylan Radovich | Groton, Connecticut
Bryan Ramos Martinez | Hull, Massachusetts
Julianna Repaci | New Britain, Connecticut
Brandon Reynolds | Waterbury Center, Vermont
Christopher Rios | Islip Terrace, New York
Noah Rodriguez | Norwich, Connecticut
Steven Rodriguez | Springfield, New Jersey
Nicholas Rogers | Merrimac, Massachusetts
William Shafto | Danbury, Connecticut
Jade Shields | Hempstead, New York
Hannah Simpson | Old Greenwich, Connecticut
Brandon Sirois | Willimantic, Connecticut
Marcel Smith | New Britain, Connecticut
Sarah Smolenski | Salem, New Hampshire
Ryan Solimine | Danbury, Connecticut
Gabriel Stanton-Catallo | West Hartford, Connecticut
Luke Sullivan | Shelton, Connecticut
Kaylee Sullivan-Sage | Prospect, Connecticut
Mia Swanson | Evansville, Indiana
Roland Thivierge | Portland, Connecticut
Le’Sandra Turner | New Rochelle, New York
James Valleau | Wallingford, Connecticut
Ethan Wheeler | Annapolis, Maryland
Jessica Williams | Elmont, New York
Benjamin Wurth | Weymouth, Massachusetts
Hunter Yaworski | Brooklyn, Connecticut
Blake Zeitz | Cherry Hill, New Jersey