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Dr. Espy in the News

Tracy Espy Talks Joining Mitchell College as New President

 
By Cate Hewitt, CT Examiner | September 1, 2020

NEW LONDON — “I see Mitchell really going back to its roots,” said Dr. Tracy Espy, since July 1 the new president of Mitchell College.

Espy is the first African American woman to lead the college. 

Mitchell College has a history of providing exceptional service to students, she explained, including those of different learning abilities.
“They’ve had this learning model for years, including when they were a community college. They started as a junior college in 1938 and had their first graduates in 1941.”
In its early publications, the college defined its purpose as providing a well-rounded education for the creation of an informed, participatory citizenry, said Espy.

“And how do we take what was really a deep piece of the college and how does that look for Gen-Z going forward?” she asked. “How do we become more engaged in the New London community, but also in the region?” 

Read complete story here. 

Hannah Corrigan Named President of NECC SAAC

September 2, 2020
MANSFIELD, Mass. – Mitchell College’s Hannah Corrigan and Elms College’s Evelyn DeVaux have been named the President and Vice President, respectively, of the New England Collegiate Conference’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee for the 2020-21 academic year.

Corrigan, a senior member of the women’s soccer and lacrosse programs, replaces Bay Path’s Jo Orrick who served in the role last year. DeVaux served as an intern for the NECC during the 2019-20 school year and contributed greatly to a number of the conference’s initiatives and leadership efforts.

Both are extremely active on their respective campuses and each of them is excited about the opportunity. “I’m looking forward to getting to know more representatives within the NECC and and I am eager to make a positive contribution to our conference,” said Corrigan, who hails from Fairfax, Vermont.

“Let me start this off by saying congratulations to Hannah on being elected as the NECC SAAC President! I am very excited for this academic year and am looking forward to meeting and working with you Hannah, as well as working with you again Jacob!,” said DeVaux, who hails from Wethersfield, Connecticut.

Name: Hannah Corrigan
School: Mitchell College
Class: 2021
Major(s): Sports and Fitness Management with a minor in marketing
Sport(s): Women’s Soccer & Lacrosse
Career Goals: Acquire a master’s degree, and then hopefully work with a professional sports team
One Sentence About You: I’m from Vermont, but I really love the ocean. One thing on my bucket list is to go diving with sharks.

Name: Evelyn DeVaux
School: Elms College
Class: 2021
Major(s): Sports Management with a double in Marketing and a minor in Coaching
Sport: Field Hockey
Career Goals: To work within college athletics as the Sports Information Director!
One Sentence About Me: I am a hard working and very dedicated student athlete, RA and President of SAAC here at Elms College! And I am very excited to bring some of my ideas to the conference as a whole!

College Awarded Grants for Marine Research Program

August 29, 2020

Dr. Christine Ramsay, Mitchell College life sciences professor, recently secured more than $44,000 in grants from the Southeastern New England Educational and Charitable (SNEC) Foundation. The award will fund three separate projects for Mitchell’s marine research program, including a laboratory upgrade, research on marine invasive species, and a beach restoration project – to the benefit of the college’s student researchers and the local environment. Dr. Ramsay plans to incorporate additional science students into her lab as student research assistants this year.

The laboratory upgrade will include creating a new aquarium room with larger tanks and upgraded tank systems to facilitate larger research projects, as well as in-class learning.

Research on the impact of marine invasive species, specifically marine fouling organisms, is part of an ongoing project that Dr. Ramsay conducts with student researchers each year. While the overarching project remains the same, the questions studied each year change.

“We are continuously investigating new questions, but these individual student research projects are designed to be completed before students graduate so they have the opportunity to write up and present their research in a formal scientific setting. For example, two years ago, I took one of my research students to present his research at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology’s annual meeting in Florida. This is a national conference that allows students to be recognized and gives them opportunities to network with professionals who may be able to help them in grad school and/or industry. Additionally, this student (Peter Abate ’19) and I have submitted this paper to a peer reviewed scientific journal for publication,” said Dr. Ramsay.

The beach restoration project using discarded Christmas trees, started in 2014 by two Life Science students under the direction of Dr. Victoria Brennan, has already yielded noteworthy results.

 “I took over the project from Dr. Brennan and since then have established plots and documented that these Christmas trees have successfully increased dune heights by 15cm only 3.5 years after the trees were installed. Remember, this is a significant increase when we are talking about sand dunes, if you think about the size of sand particles!” Dr. Ramsay said.

Mitchell College was also the recipient of a grant from SNEC in 2018.

College Establishes George Floyd Scholarship

September 11, 2020

In memory of George Floyd – who died during an arrest by Minneapolis police, sparking protests in this nation and around the world – Mitchell College has established the George Floyd Scholarship. The College stands in solidarity with numerous other institutions of higher education around the country that are establishing scholarships to address racial inequity, promote social justice and work purposefully toward societal change.

 Mitchell College Trustee Peggy Flood initiated the scholarship, with support from Trustee Luci Arango. The concept and criteria for the scholarship were developed by Human Services faculty members Tara Broccoli (head of core), Jenna Curren, Nancy Parent and Jen Mauro, as well as Dan Brewer, director of Strategic Enrollment Management/Student Financial Services.

We are grateful to our Trustees for their timely and generous donations to initiate this scholarship at Mitchell College in memory of George Floyd. It reinforces the College’s mission and offers further support and motivation for students who are inspired to make change in the world.

Tara Broccoli, professor of behavioral sciences, said that students who are considered for the scholarship are those whose positive impact on the classroom suggest that they will continue to effect change in their community. In addition, she said strong candidates are those who demonstrate leadership ability by clearly communicating their positions on various issues while practicing empathy for others.

The scholarship will provide financial support to junior or senior students of color in the Mitchell College Human Services Core, who are seeking to effect social change. The core includes:

  • Behavioral Sciences/Psychology
  • Criminal Process
  • Human Development and Family Studies

Priority will be given to students working toward professional roles in the criminal justice system, but students from other Human Services Core areas will be considered. A GPA of at least a 3.0 is required for eligibility.

The faculty have already nominated students for the 2020-21 academic year. Watch for more news, coming soon, about student recipients.

Auditions Announced for One-Act Fall Plays!

Fall plays will consist of one or more one-act plays, each with 3 or fewer characters in order to provide the safest experience possible for our actors. No prior acting experience is required. To secure an audition, please complete this form, and we’ll be in contact about an audition date/time!
Fall performances will be November 13-15

 

Fall Select Chorus Auditions Announced!

Auditions for new members open to all Mitchell & Thames students
Sign up online for an audition time, Sept. 14-28
Rehearsals begin October 1

 

Mitchell College Announces New Adaptability Fund 2020.

Adaptability is at the very core of the Mitchell College education a model that is being validated daily as our entire community pivots to meet the demands of the current pandemic. We are more convinced than ever that the skills students are learning through the Mitchell Ability Model are the precise ones that will keep them strong, resilient and capable into the future. In the move to online learning this spring, students have practiced empathy, relying on their classmates, mentors, professors and support team when needed and becoming a trusted resource when others needed help. Every day our Mitchell community has demonstrated Adaptability in Action. To keep the momentum, the College has established the Mitchell Adaptability Fund 2020. All donations will be allocated to respond to needs that have arisen from the coronavirus pandemic, from technology and tuition assistance to other operating expenses relating to the implementation of remote instruction and student support. Learn more and/or consider a gift at mitchell.edu/giving.

Archived News & Events

Mitchell College Announces Eighth President

April 29, 2020
To the Mitchell College Community:
It is my privilege to share with you the exciting news that the Board of Trustees has named Dr. Tracy Y. Espy to be the eighth President of Mitchell College.
Dr. Espy, an expert in human development and family therapy, brings 23 years of higher education experience, including 15 years in executive leadership, to Mitchell College. Most recently, she has served as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Pfeiffer University in North Carolina. Dr. Espy has the skills and experience to work with all constituencies to lead Mitchell going forward. She is especially grounded in the desire to serve others and adept at forging partnerships with the larger community. 
The Board is extremely grateful to the Presidential Search Committee for their thoughtful and thorough process, which engaged the full Mitchell College community and led to the selection of such a passionate and dedicated leader. Tracy’s teaching and research expertise in service-learning and student engagement complements the Mitchell Ability Model, which highlights adaptability and provides students with multi-layered experiences – preparing them to succeed in the ever-changing future.
You can learn more about Tracy at mitchell.edu/tracy-espy and join in future listening tours with faculty, staff, students and key community stakeholders that will be conducted by the incoming president. Tracy will begin her presidency on July 1 and will be working closely with the Presidential Transition Team to ensure a smooth transition. 
Catherine Wright will continue as Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, and Mary-Jane McLaughlin accepted a position at Lesley University. The entire Mitchell College Board of Trustees thanks both Catherine and Mary-Jane for their invaluable service as interim co-presidents during the last academic year. They enabled Mitchell College to transition seamlessly to Dr. Espy’s presidency. We owe them both a debt of gratitude.
In my ten years on the Board, I have never been more excited about the future of Mitchell College. We have a dynamic new leader, a committed faculty and staff and terrific students. I would like to thank each one of you for the important role you play in making Mitchell College so special. I cannot wait to see what we accomplish together.
Sincerely,
Kevin Hennessy
Chair, Mitchell College Board of Trustees

Mitchell College Statement on Racial Equality and Justice.

June 3, 2020

The Mitchell community grieves and stands in solidarity with those who are oppressed. We embrace equality, value all human lives, and denounce acts of racism, discrimination, harassment and hate. Mitchell works purposefully to create a culture of diversity and inclusion on campus. We seek open dialogue among our students, faculty and staff about the most meaningful approaches to mitigate racial injustice and inequality in our society, whether on campus, in one’s hometown, or across the country. Read full statement from Dr. Catherine Wright, Interim President…

Mariners on Deck for Deposited Mitchell and Thames Students!

We’re so excited you’re going to be a Mariner! Mariners On Deck is YOUR online pre-orientation, and we can’t wait to see you there to start getting you enrolled for Fall 2020!

Mitchell Mariners On Deck: For students who have made your deposit to Mitchell College:
Friday June 17 from 11-12:35pm (eastern standard time) Register Now! 

Thames Mariners On Deck: For students who have made your deposit to Thames at Mitchell College:
Friday June 17 from 1-2:35pm (eastern standard time) Register Now! 

Senior Spotlight: Jake April

Celebrating Mitchell College Seniors | #classof2020

Jake April’s hard work and determination has paid off. The soon to be Mitchell College graduate from Long Island, NY, will begin graduate studies in broadcast journalism at Hofstra University this fall. An aspiring sportscaster, Jake also hopes to be a public speaker one day, motivating others to find their passion and live their best life. When asked about what has encouraged him most during his time at Thames and Mitchell, Jake points to the people…
“The faculty and staff inspired me because, when I was feeling stressed, their words and confidence would remind me that with a little hard work and determination, I could do anything I put my mind to.”

⚓️ Read Jake’s story at mitchell.edu/stories-jake-april.
#congrats #mitchellcollege #marinerpride

Softball Coach Erin Miller Featured in The Day

Published by The Day | March 24. 2020 3:53PM | Updated March 24. 2020 6:10PM
By Gavin Keefe

Fond memories of her first victory as a college head coach are still fresh in Erin Miller’s mind.

Almost a month ago, Miller stepped on the field with her Mitchell College softball team for the season opener against Cabrini University in Clermont, Fla.

A former standout at Waterford High School and Eastern Connecticut State University, Miller experienced a variety of emotions that day before, during and after the game.

“I was excited because I knew my team was excited about me being there, too, which made it even better,” Miller said. “I definitely think I had a little bit of nerves. But I trusted the work that we put in in the preseason. Not that I didn’t know what to expect, but it was the first time I had ever seen any of them play against someone other than us.

“Then they made me a little more nervous as the game went on and we were battling back.”

The Mariners took Miller on a thrill ride, rallying from a two-run deficit in the bottom of the seventh inning to post a dramatic 6-5 victory. She loved her team’s fighting spirit.

“They were funny afterward,” Miller said. “They were like, ‘I swear we won’t give you a heart attack every game.’ “

Miller would gladly coach a few more heart thumping games. After returning to New London from the spring trip, Mitchell’s season was put on the shelf after eight games due to the coronavirus pandemic. She’s staying connected with her team from afar.

Quite a time to be running your own program for the first time.

“When we came back from Florida, I was so ready to go, ready to start working on the things that we need to work on,” Miller said. “I was just so focused on what we had to do right in this moment to get ourselves better for the season. Then when we got the news they were sending everyone home, I was like, ‘Okay, now what?’

“I know that I’m supposed to be with my team. It just feels so weird to be home and not with them when I know that this is the heart of my season.”

For a large chunk of her life, the 26-year-old Miller has spent her spring on the softball diamond.

At Waterford High School, Miller helped the Lancers win two Class L titles. She was the 2014 Little East Conference pitcher of the year at Eastern and part of four conference regular season championship and two league tournament title teams.

After graduating from Eastern, Miller wasn’t ready to give up softball. She took a position as pitching coach on Donna Koczjawoski’s staff at Coast Guard.

“Just going to that first practice and being with a team again, I was like, ‘Wow. I don’t want to ever give this up.’ Probably my favorite part of coaching is the relationships I get to have with the team. I know how great those relationships are. I just want to give every team I’m with that same experience.”

Miller spent two seasons at Coast Guard before heading to Smith where she earned a Master’s degree in exercise and sports studies and served as a graduate assistant and pitching coach.

After leaving Smith, Miller applied for softball jobs as an assistant and pitching coach. She turned down a few offers because she wanted to stay in the area. Then the Mitchell job opened up last fall and she was hired in November.

Miller called it a perfect situation.

She’s thoroughly enjoying her new job. She’s attempting to build a successful program at Mitchell, which has been competitive in the New England Collegiate Conference but had four straight losing seasons overall.

She is tapping into her vast experience from previous stops as a coach and player. She’s using some things that she learned from her high school coach, Liz Sutman.

“She was huge on keeping us together as a team and doing fun activities that would break up practices a little bit…,” Miller said. “The little things that she did really made an impact on us. So I try to carry that with me. Every Friday we do a game or competition just to keep them engaged.”

Miller makes it a point to always show up at practice with a positive, upbeat attitude. She gives her players room to make mistakes and grow.

“Coming into practice, I love to show how excited I am to be there,” Miller said. “Because if they don’t see that from me, then they’re not going to be excited to be there. When I got into this job, they just wanted me to be passionate…

That’s exactly what I am.”

Diversity & Inclusion Day

Wednesday, March 11  |  All Day
The Mitchell College community is coming together to share our stories and learn from each other in an effort to deepen our understanding of diversity and inclusion! The day includes:
Workshops with Muji Karim
Muji A. Karim is a successful entrepreneur and world-class adaptive athlete who survived a horrific automobile accident, sustaining burns over 30% of his body, loss of a hand, and loss of much of both legs. Muji healed, trained and is currently among the top 3 sprinters in his class in the nation and will compete in the Paralympic Games in Tokyo in 2020.
10:30-11:30am Weller Center – Open to First Year Experience Students/Leadership Development Program
11:30am-12:30pm Weller Center – Open to Thames at Mitchell Students
1:30pm Red BarnOpen to all Mitchell Student Athletes

Open Info Sessions, 12-2pm, Milner/Market Cafe
Student groups & clubs including the Multicultural Student Union, Pride Alliance, Hillel, and Thames SGA will host info tables in Milner/Market Café.
 
All Day, Around Campus
Look for projects around campus to express yourself!
Multi-cultural Dinner, Milner Dining Hall
Cuisines including Italian, Soul Food/Southern, Hispanic, and Jewish Deli.
 
Speaker, 7-8:30pm, the Red Barn
Disability advocate Hallie Hovey-Murray will present The Inclusion Solution, addressing the need to foster inclusion for Americans of all-abilities.

Poetry Slam! A Night of Spoken Word, 9-10pm, the Red Barn

Hosted by the Mitchell College Multicultural Student Union and Pride Alliance, the theme of the evening will be social justice and equality. This event will be facilitated by a moderator; to participate as a speaker, please sign up in the Milner Dining Hall on March 11 (day of event) from 12:00-2:00pm. DJ, pizza, snacks, soda, and coffee/tea!
#mitchellunity
#mitchelldiversityandinclusion
#beautyindiversity

Poetry Slam! A Night of Spoken Word

Wednesday, March 11  |  9-10pm in the Red Barn
Hosted by the Mitchell College Multicultural Student Union and Pride Alliance, the themes of the evening will be social justice and equality. This event will be facilitated by a moderator; to participate as a speaker, please sign up in the Milner Dining Hall on March 11 (day of event) from 12:00-2:00pm.
Bonus:
DJ, pizza, snacks, soda, and coffee/tea!
#mitchellunity
#mitchelldiversityandinclusion
#beautyindiversity

The Mitchell College Department of Education Presents the
19th Annual Cat in the Hat Ball

Saturday, February 29 | 10am-2pm at the Clarke and Weller Centers

Join us for the Cat in the Hat Ball – a  family celebration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday, on Saturday, February 29, 2020! This event is open to the public and free with a donation of one new children’s book or $5 per family. All books from the event will be donated to local schools and early childcare centers. You and your family will enjoy children’s games, crafts, music, and story times. Music will be provided by Radio Mitchell, and the Community Dance Ensemble performs at 11am and 12:30pm. Local authors join in the fun, sharing their books with young readers. A special highlight of the day will be a reading and book signing with local author Tish Rabe, the best-selling author of  “The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library,” a series of rhyming science books for early readers.

For more information, please contact the Mitchell College Education Department at catinthehatball@mitchell.edu.

 

Open Intramural Nights

Friday, Feb.  21  |  7-9pm in Clarke Center
All Mitchell and Thames students are invited to come hang out and enjoy some casual games: dodgeball, badminton, four square, corn hole, connect four, giant jenga and KanJam! Drinks and snacks provided.

Spring Involvement Fair

Wednesday, February 5  |  3-6pm in Market Cafe
Mitchell and Thames students…are you interested in getting more involved on campus? Do you want to start your own club on campus? Come to the Spring Involvement Fair at the Market Cafe on Wednesday, February 5 from 3-6 pm to see how you can get involved!

Boston Celtics Game

Wednesday, January 22 
Mitchell College Campus Life is offering Mitchell and Thames students a great opportunity to attend a Celtics game in Boston on January 22, 2020! Tickets are $50 which includes the game ticket and Coach bus transportation to the game. For details and tickets, visit Ticket Leap.

 

January MiniMester Courses & Internships

Earn 3-4 credits in just 2 weeks with courses like:
  • Citizen Scientist
  • Intro to Astronomy
  • Film Genre: Comedy
  • Sp Topic: Theatrical Production – Orwell’s Animal Farm
January MiniMester courses are open to current Mitchell and Thames students and the public. Students should consult with their advisor prior to registering for a course online.
Learn more here.

 

Dance & Cheer Winter Showcase

Thursday, December 12 at 8pm
Clarke Center Stage
All are invited to see what the Mitchell College Dance and Cheer Team has been UP to this fall at their Winter Showcase! Free admission; raffle available.

Spring Musical Auditions Announced!

Auditions open to all Mitchell & Thames students
Auditions are open through December 18 for dancers ONLY for Stephen Sondheim’s
“A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum”. Sign up for an audition online here.
Performances April 23, 24, 25, 26

 

Make We Joy

December 8  |  4pm & 7pm
The Red Barn
Flock Theatre’s “Make We Joy” is returning just in time for the holidays! Each December we celebrate the winter solstice with a multicultural celebration of the shortest day of the year incorporating folk-dance, choral music, mummers, poetry, ritual, and more.
Under the direction of Derron Wood, the main producer of Make We Joy since 1992, it will be held for its fifth year at Mitchell College, and for the second year, at the Red Barn. Free and open to the public. Learn more at https://mitchell.edu/performing-arts/

 

Blood Drive

Thursday, November 14  | 11:15am-5:15pm

Faculty, staff, students, and the public are invited to stop by Weller Center and donate blood. 

Every day, blood donors help patients of all ages: accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those battling cancer. In fact, every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood.

RSVP: https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/donation-time

 

Veterans Day Ceremony

Monday, November 11  | 9:30am-2pm

Faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the public are invited to join us as we observe Veterans Day, beginning with a flag raising, pledge of allegiance and national anthem at 9:30am and culminating at 12:30pm in a presentation on Women in the Military and in Combat by Kirsten Holmstedt, Thames instructor, journalist, writer, and advocate for female service members.

View the entire schedule of events and learn more about the speaker and her work at https://mitchell.edu/veterans-day.

 

Mitchell Volleyball Advances to Round 2

Posted November 5, 2019

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Fourth-seeded Mitchell College came away with a 3-0 victory (25-13, 25-18, 25-19) over fifth-seeded Becker College in the first round of the 2019 New England Collegiate Conference Women’s Volleyball Championship on Tuesday night at the Yarnall Athletic Center.

Mitchell (14-11 overall) advances to the semifinals and will play at top-seeded Eastern Nazarene College on Friday, November 8 at 7:00 p.m. Becker ends the season with an overall record of 10-16. Read more.

 

Mitchell Men's Basketball Earns NABC Team Academic Excellence Award

July 16, 2020

The Mitchell College men’s basketball team was one of 314 programs recognized by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) on Thursday as the organization announced the eighth annual Team Academic Excellence Awards, created by the NABC Committee on Academics.
The award recognizes outstanding academic achievement by a team with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better for the 2019-20 season. The Mariners, in addition to earning the award for the second straight year, were one of two representatives from the New England Collegiate Conference. Mitchell was also one of five schools honored from the state of Connecticut, joining Yale University, Quinnipiac University, University of New Haven and Trinity College.

Accepted Students Presidents Reception Going Virtual!

We’re going virtual Wednesday, June 17! All prospective 2020 students and all students who have been accepted to Mitchell College or Thames at Mitchell College, but have not yet made their deposit, are invited to join us on Zoom for our President’s Reception. Guests will hear from members of our faculty, athletics, financial aid, campus life, advising, performing arts, academic support, career development, and residential life. Get all of your questions answered about becoming a Mariner this fall! Details and registration at mitchell.edu/visit-us.

Mitchell begins work on new outdoor athletic complex

Published by The Day | April 11. 2020 4:54PM
By Gavin Keefe

Construction is underway on a new Mitchell College outdoor athletic complex, weeks earlier than expected due to the cancellation of the spring sports season and students leaving campus.

It’s a welcomed piece of good news for the college.

“It’s a glimmer of hope in a dark time,” baseball coach Travis Beausoleil said.

There’s been a buzz throughout the Mitchell community for months about the complex.

The state-of-the-art complex will replace the existing grass fields with artificial turf multi-sport, baseball and softball fields, each complete with a scoreboard, bleachers and elevated press box as well as dugouts for the latter two. The project cost is approximately $3.5 million.

About 37 percent of the student body participates in the school’s 12 NCAA Division III programs. The complex also will be utilized by intramural, club and recreational programs.

“We’re very, very excited about this ‘Game Changer,’ as we’ve identified it,” assistant athletic director Todd Peretz said. “It’s an exciting time. Something we’ve talked about for a long time and to get on par with some of the other institutions that we compete against. First and foremost, it will give our student-athletes the best experience.”

The plan to renovate the athletic fields has been years in the makings.

Beausoleil remembers discussions about it when he was hired as baseball coach roughly 10 years ago.

“At first, it wasn’t supposed to be turf,” Beausoleil said. “We were going to redo the field, move the softball field. Over 10 years here, we’ve had a ton of different plans. It was really (athletic director) Dana (Fulmer Garfield) when she was here pushing the envelope and Janet Steinmayer, the president, she was really gung-ho about it.

“It’s exciting that Janet was able to get it through. Mary-Jane (McLaughlin) and Catherine (Wright), the interim presidents, stayed on course with it. And it’s happening.”

The impact of the new athletic complex will be far-reaching.

It will aid in everything from recruiting to helping better weather the typical unpredictable New England spring season. It will also erase some competitive disadvantages that come with practicing on a grass field and then playing road games against opponents with turf.

Baseball, softball, men’s and women’s lacrosse and men’s and women’s soccer are the sports that will benefit the most.

“We could be in a very select company with teams that have a full turf baseball, full turf softball at the NCAA DIvision III level here in New England,” Peretz said. “It also will be a huge boost for soccer and lacrosse. They’ve played on grass fields here for a number of years. Now just about everybody else has turf, so sometimes they’re at somewhat of a disadvantage when they go on the road. It’s going to put them on par with everyone else.

“And from a recruiting standpoint, kids can make a really, really good educated decision, choose Mitchell College because it’s the right fit for them academically and athletically and socially, and not have to say that they don’t want to go to this school because they don’t have this facility. We’re on par with everyone else and now we’ll just let our individualized approach and our coaches be the ones that shine through and attract potential student athletes.”

The complex will especially benefit spring coaches because the turf fields will eliminate days practice needs to be moved indoors or to a parking lot because of unplayable conditions.

It also will mean having fewer games postponed. Mitchell baseball and softball teams usually have to scramble to complete all the games before the regular season ends.

“Spring time is always very, very difficult,” Peretz said. “It’s demanding on the coaches and student-athletes. It’s a big demand on the campus in general because our student-athletes comprise a large number percentage of our student population, So it impacts us across the board. Students would miss classes and stuff like that.

“We want to hold true to our Division III philosophy of the student-athlete. If we can alleviate crazy schedules which allows us to keep students in classes and engage in the college community a little bit more, then we’re definitely going to take advantage of that.”

Erin Miller, a first-year softball coach, grew up playing on grass fields in Waterford and at Eastern Connecticut State University. She’s looking forward to all the benefits of a turf field.

“We’re going to have a lot of people that are going to want to play us,” Miller said. “A lot of people have dirt and I’ve always played on dirt. Just coaching in New England and knowing how many games we lose because the field is under water or rain or whatever it is, and knowing that we’ll be able to have a field where we can still go out and practice is going to be so great.

“We’ll definitely be able to get outside more. Even if it is a little cold, we at least know our field won’t be frozen. We’ll be able to take ground balls and fly balls or just throw. It’s going to be really nice.”

The project is expected to be completed by the end of September, in time for at least some of the fall season.

“It’s going to be a game changer for us,” Beausoleil said. “I really think it’s going to be huge for us.”

Learn more at mitchell.edu/game-changer-athletics-initiative

Mitchell Lacrosse Player Presented with Courage Award

March 10, 2020

Sophomore Mitchell lacrosse player Jacob Anderson was awarded the Hartford HealthCare Courage Award on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at the Weller Center at Mitchell College. The special award recognizes student-athletes who have demonstrated courage in the face of adversity.

Known as the “Ironman” on the lacrosse team, someone who, according to Rich Petillo, head coach of Mitchell men’s lacrosse, “works harder and harder and harder,” Jacob suffered a stroke at just 18 years old during the fall of his freshman year. He bounced back and finished the lacrosse season with 14 goals and 7 assists in just 12 games. In the first game of his sophomore season, he tore both his ACL and MCL and underwent surgery. He plans to come back stronger in 2021.

Hartford HealthCare Ambassador and former WNBA player Rebecca Lobo, who presented the award to Jacob, described Jacob’s setbacks as just a “blip in his career” and said he has “the perfect character to overcome” adversity.

Jacob recalled the day he suffered the stroke as “like any other day.” He had worked out in the weight room and had gone to class. His teammates noticed changes in his speech and went with him to the emergency room, where he was suspected of having a stroke, was airlifted to Yale New Haven Hospital and underwent surgery to remove a blood clot in his brain.

He said that after his stroke he “gained strength from his immediate family and his lacrosse family” and went on to say that “without my lacrosse brothers I might not be here.”

He reminded the audience at the event to “keep moving forward. Adversity in life is what helps build character.”

 

Speakers Series

The Inclusion Solution with Hallie Hovey-Murray  | March 11, 7pm at the Red Barn

Joining us at Mitchell College on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 from 7-8:30pm, Hallie Hovey-Murray will speak on the need to foster inclusion for Americans of all-abilities, why employment for individuals with different-abilities remains so low, why we need comprehensive education reform for students with different-abilities and what individuals can do to create a more inclusive culture on their campus and in their workplace. She will share her personal story and the work she has done as an advocate for all-ability inclusion.

This event is free and open to the public.  The Red Barn at Mitchell College is located at 629-A  Montauk Avenue, New London, CT 06320.

Learn more at mitchell.edu/speakers-series

 

Flock Theatre Production

February 7-23  | Fridays & Saturdays at 7pm; Sundays at 2pm in the Red Barn

Tickets online at flocktheatre.org

Tickets – $20
Students, Seniors, and Active Military – $15

Charles Traeger’s The Night the Cardiff Giant Sang Rossini on the Lawn will be presenting its world premiere at the Mitchell College Red Barn, opening February 7.

Set in 2006, The Night the Cardiff Giant Sang Rossini on the Lawn is an exploration of the concept of a hoax. The real Cardiff Giant was one of the most famous hoaxes in American history, a ten foot tall stone man conceptualized and commissioned by George Hull, a tobacconist from Binghamton, New York. Hull had the Giant buried and later hired men to dig a well and “discover” the giant, at which point Hull ran it as a sideshow and charged people to see a real, preserved giant as described in the Old Testament. Come and decide for yourself if a hoax can be real if you believe in it strongly enough.

The Red Barn at Mitchell College is located at 629-A Montauk Avenue, New London, CT 06320.

Career/Recruitment Event

Wed., February 19  |  10:30-11:30am in Weller Center
Criminal Justice Studies and Integrative Career Development invite you to attend an informational session with the Milford Police Department on Wednesday, February 19 from 10:30-11:30am in Weller Center. The Milford PD is actively seeking qualified individuals to join their police force. Information on recruitment, selection, and hiring process will be provided.

American Red Cross Blood Drive

Friday, January 17  | 11:45am-5:15pm, Weller Center

There is a critical need for all blood types with a less than 3 day supply of types O- and O+. All donors who donate at this blood drive will be automatically entered to win a trip for 2 to the Super Bowl (American Red Cross Super Bowl Experience; learn more here).

To sign up to donate blood on January 17, contact Diane Miller at miller_d@mitchell.edu.

 

Gamechanger Athletics Initiative

February 14, 2020
Mitchell College is embarking on a $3.5 million fundraising initiative to renovate  athletics fields and facilities. The College invites everyone to join in and be a Gamechanger for Mitchell Athletics.
Athletics planned projects include:

Baseball Complex with new artificial turf baseball field/elevated press box/scoreboard/dugouts/fence & windscreens/bleachers/batting cage/bullpens
Multi-Sport Turf Field Complex supporting Soccer (M,W), Lacrosse (M,W) and Rugby (club) with new artificial turf multi-sport field/elevated press box/scoreboard/team shelter/bleachers
Softball Complex with new artificial turf softball field/elevated press box/scoreboard/dugouts/bleachers/batting cage/bullpen

Learn more and give at mitchell.edu/game-changer.

Animal Farm presented by Mitchell College and Flock Theatre

January 17, 18, 19  | 7pm
January 24, 25, 26  | 7pm

All performances Fridays-Sundays at the Red Barn at Mitchell College (629-A Montauk Ave., New London, CT)

Tickets online at flocktheatre.org/animal-farm-2020
General: $15
Students, Seniors, and Active Military: $5

Animal Farm by George Orwell
Adapted by Nelson Bond
Co-Produced by Mitchell College and Flock Theatre
Directed by Noah Todd and Victor Chiburis
Performed by Mitchell College students and Flock Theatre actors
Masks by Heather Asch

Orwell’s famous allegorical novel transposed into script reflects the events that created the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union, set against the backdrop of the Manor Farm, an aesthetic perfectly imagined within Mitchell College’s Red Barn venue.

Late Night Breakfast

December 17 | 9:30-11pm
Milner Dining Hall
Open to all Mitchell and Thames students!

Winter Ball

Sunday, December 15  |  5-10pm
The Mystic Aquarium
Students, please join us for SGA’s 5th Annual Ball at the Mystic Aquarium. Tickets are $15 ahead of time; $20 at the door. Includes transportation, dinner, dessert, DJ/dance and fun! Cash (or credit) bar for those 21+.
Strict dress code for this event: see ticketing site for details.
Transportation: The first bus leaves from Yarnall at 5pm and will shuttle continuously throughout the night.

Spring Select Chorus Auditions Announced!

Auditions open to all Mitchell & Thames students
Sign up online for an audition December 9-18
for Spring Select Chorus
Rehearsals begin January 2020

 

Erin Miller Named Softball Head Coach

 posted November 11, 2019

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Mitchell College has named Erin Miller as head coach of its softball program.

Miller, a native of Waterford, Conn., will make her head coaching debut with the Mariners. She previously spent the past two seasons as a graduate assistant and pitching coach at Smith College, and prior to that she was a pitching coach for two seasons at the United States Coast Guard Academy.

Read the full story here.

 

45 Seconds From Broadway

November 15 | 7pm
November 16 | 2pm & 7pm
November 17 | 2pm
On the Clarke Center Stage
Tickets are now available at mitchell.edu/broadway-tix for the Mitchell College Players’ production of Neil Simon’s 45 Seconds from Broadway, which takes place in the legendary ‘Polish Tea Room’ on New York’s 47th Street. Here, Broadway theater personalities gather and schmooze in this touching valentine to New York on Broadway.

 

Fall Concert

Friday, November 8 | Red Barn, 7pm
Enjoy the talents of the Mitchell College Select Chorus in the Red Barn at Mitchell College (629-A Montauk Avenue, New London, CT 06320) for their fall concert, featuring the newest members of the Select Chorus! Repertoire will include American Spirituals and Sea Chanties, Highlights from the American Jazz Age, English Part Songs and Seasonal Contemporary Works.
The concert is free and open to the public; doors open at 6:30pm. Learn more about Performing Arts at Mitchell College at https://mitchell.edu/performing-arts/  

College Establishes George Floyd Scholarship

September 11, 2020

In memory of George Floyd – who died during an arrest by Minneapolis police, sparking protests in this nation and around the world – Mitchell College has established the George Floyd Scholarship. The College stands in solidarity with numerous other institutions of higher education around the country that are establishing scholarships to address racial inequity, promote social justice and work purposefully toward societal change.

 Mitchell College Trustee Peggy Flood initiated the scholarship, with support from Trustee Luci Arango. The concept and criteria for the scholarship were developed by Human Services faculty members Tara Broccoli (head of core), Jenna Curren, Nancy Parent and Jen Mauro, as well as Dan Brewer, director of Strategic Enrollment Management/Student Financial Services.

We are grateful to our Trustees for their timely and generous donations to initiate this scholarship at Mitchell College in memory of George Floyd. It reinforces the College’s mission and offers further support and motivation for students who are inspired to make change in the world.

Tara Broccoli, professor of behavioral sciences, said that students who are considered for the scholarship are those whose positive impact on the classroom suggest that they will continue to effect change in their community. In addition, she said strong candidates are those who demonstrate leadership ability by clearly communicating their positions on various issues while practicing empathy for others.

The scholarship will provide financial support to junior or senior students of color in the Mitchell College Human Services Core, who are seeking to effect social change. The core includes:

  • Behavioral Sciences/Psychology
  • Criminal Process
  • Human Development and Family Studies

Priority will be given to students working toward professional roles in the criminal justice system, but students from other Human Services Core areas will be considered. A GPA of at least a 3.0 is required for eligibility.

The faculty have already nominated students for the 2020-21 academic year. Watch for more news, coming soon, about student recipients.

Dr. Espy in the News

Tracy Espy Talks Joining Mitchell College as New President

 
By Cate Hewitt, CT Examiner | September 1, 2020

NEW LONDON — “I see Mitchell really going back to its roots,” said Dr. Tracy Espy, since July 1 the new president of Mitchell College.

Espy is the first African American woman to lead the college. 

Mitchell College has a history of providing exceptional service to students, she explained, including those of different learning abilities.
“They’ve had this learning model for years, including when they were a community college. They started as a junior college in 1938 and had their first graduates in 1941.”
In its early publications, the college defined its purpose as providing a well-rounded education for the creation of an informed, participatory citizenry, said Espy.

“And how do we take what was really a deep piece of the college and how does that look for Gen-Z going forward?” she asked. “How do we become more engaged in the New London community, but also in the region?” 

Read complete story here. 

Hannah Corrigan Named President of NECC SAAC

September 2, 2020
MANSFIELD, Mass. – Mitchell College’s Hannah Corrigan and Elms College’s Evelyn DeVaux have been named the President and Vice President, respectively, of the New England Collegiate Conference’s Student Athlete Advisory Committee for the 2020-21 academic year.

Corrigan, a senior member of the women’s soccer and lacrosse programs, replaces Bay Path’s Jo Orrick who served in the role last year. DeVaux served as an intern for the NECC during the 2019-20 school year and contributed greatly to a number of the conference’s initiatives and leadership efforts.

Both are extremely active on their respective campuses and each of them is excited about the opportunity. “I’m looking forward to getting to know more representatives within the NECC and and I am eager to make a positive contribution to our conference,” said Corrigan, who hails from Fairfax, Vermont.

“Let me start this off by saying congratulations to Hannah on being elected as the NECC SAAC President! I am very excited for this academic year and am looking forward to meeting and working with you Hannah, as well as working with you again Jacob!,” said DeVaux, who hails from Wethersfield, Connecticut.

Name: Hannah Corrigan
School: Mitchell College
Class: 2021
Major(s): Sports and Fitness Management with a minor in marketing
Sport(s): Women’s Soccer & Lacrosse
Career Goals: Acquire a master’s degree, and then hopefully work with a professional sports team
One Sentence About You: I’m from Vermont, but I really love the ocean. One thing on my bucket list is to go diving with sharks.

Name: Evelyn DeVaux
School: Elms College
Class: 2021
Major(s): Sports Management with a double in Marketing and a minor in Coaching
Sport: Field Hockey
Career Goals: To work within college athletics as the Sports Information Director!
One Sentence About Me: I am a hard working and very dedicated student athlete, RA and President of SAAC here at Elms College! And I am very excited to bring some of my ideas to the conference as a whole!

College Awarded Grants for Marine Research Program

August 29, 2020

Dr. Christine Ramsay, Mitchell College life sciences professor, recently secured more than $44,000 in grants from the Southeastern New England Educational and Charitable (SNEC) Foundation. The award will fund three separate projects for Mitchell’s marine research program, including a laboratory upgrade, research on marine invasive species, and a beach restoration project – to the benefit of the college’s student researchers and the local environment. Dr. Ramsay plans to incorporate additional science students into her lab as student research assistants this year.

The laboratory upgrade will include creating a new aquarium room with larger tanks and upgraded tank systems to facilitate larger research projects, as well as in-class learning.

Research on the impact of marine invasive species, specifically marine fouling organisms, is part of an ongoing project that Dr. Ramsay conducts with student researchers each year. While the overarching project remains the same, the questions studied each year change.

“We are continuously investigating new questions, but these individual student research projects are designed to be completed before students graduate so they have the opportunity to write up and present their research in a formal scientific setting. For example, two years ago, I took one of my research students to present his research at the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology’s annual meeting in Florida. This is a national conference that allows students to be recognized and gives them opportunities to network with professionals who may be able to help them in grad school and/or industry. Additionally, this student (Peter Abate ’19) and I have submitted this paper to a peer reviewed scientific journal for publication,” said Dr. Ramsay.

The beach restoration project using discarded Christmas trees, started in 2014 by two Life Science students under the direction of Dr. Victoria Brennan, has already yielded noteworthy results.

 “I took over the project from Dr. Brennan and since then have established plots and documented that these Christmas trees have successfully increased dune heights by 15cm only 3.5 years after the trees were installed. Remember, this is a significant increase when we are talking about sand dunes, if you think about the size of sand particles!” Dr. Ramsay said.

Mitchell College was also the recipient of a grant from SNEC in 2018.

Auditions Announced for One-Act Fall Plays!

Fall plays will consist of one or more one-act plays, each with 3 or fewer characters in order to provide the safest experience possible for our actors. No prior acting experience is required. To secure an audition, please complete this form, and we’ll be in contact about an audition date/time!
Fall performances will be November 13-15

 

Fall Select Chorus Auditions Announced!

Auditions for new members open to all Mitchell & Thames students
Sign up online for an audition time, Sept. 14-28
Rehearsals begin October 1

 

Mitchell College Announces New Adaptability Fund 2020

Adaptability is at the very core of the Mitchell College education a model that is being validated daily as our entire community pivots to meet the demands of the current pandemic. We are more convinced than ever that the skills students are learning through the Mitchell Ability Model are the precise ones that will keep them strong, resilient and capable into the future. In the move to online learning this spring, students have practiced empathy, relying on their classmates, mentors, professors and support team when needed and becoming a trusted resource when others needed help. Every day our Mitchell community has demonstrated Adaptability in Action. To keep the momentum, the College has established the Mitchell Adaptability Fund 2020. All donations will be allocated to respond to needs that have arisen from the coronavirus pandemic, from technology and tuition assistance to other operating expenses relating to the implementation of remote instruction and student support. Learn more and/or consider a gift at mitchell.edu/giving.

Archived News & Events

Mitchell College Announces Eighth President

April 29, 2020
To the Mitchell College Community:
It is my privilege to share with you the exciting news that the Board of Trustees has named Dr. Tracy Y. Espy to be the eighth President of Mitchell College.
Dr. Espy, an expert in human development and family therapy, brings 23 years of higher education experience, including 15 years in executive leadership, to Mitchell College. Most recently, she has served as Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Pfeiffer University in North Carolina. Dr. Espy has the skills and experience to work with all constituencies to lead Mitchell going forward. She is especially grounded in the desire to serve others and adept at forging partnerships with the larger community. 
The Board is extremely grateful to the Presidential Search Committee for their thoughtful and thorough process, which engaged the full Mitchell College community and led to the selection of such a passionate and dedicated leader. Tracy’s teaching and research expertise in service-learning and student engagement complements the Mitchell Ability Model, which highlights adaptability and provides students with multi-layered experiences – preparing them to succeed in the ever-changing future.
You can learn more about Tracy at mitchell.edu/tracy-espy and join in future listening tours with faculty, staff, students and key community stakeholders that will be conducted by the incoming president. Tracy will begin her presidency on July 1 and will be working closely with the Presidential Transition Team to ensure a smooth transition. 
Catherine Wright will continue as Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, and Mary-Jane McLaughlin accepted a position at Lesley University. The entire Mitchell College Board of Trustees thanks both Catherine and Mary-Jane for their invaluable service as interim co-presidents during the last academic year. They enabled Mitchell College to transition seamlessly to Dr. Espy’s presidency. We owe them both a debt of gratitude.
In my ten years on the Board, I have never been more excited about the future of Mitchell College. We have a dynamic new leader, a committed faculty and staff and terrific students. I would like to thank each one of you for the important role you play in making Mitchell College so special. I cannot wait to see what we accomplish together.
Sincerely,
Kevin Hennessy
Chair, Mitchell College Board of Trustees

Mitchell College Statement on Racial Equality and Justice.

June 3, 2020

The Mitchell community grieves and stands in solidarity with those who are oppressed. We embrace equality, value all human lives, and denounce acts of racism, discrimination, harassment and hate. Mitchell works purposefully to create a culture of diversity and inclusion on campus. We seek open dialogue among our students, faculty and staff about the most meaningful approaches to mitigate racial injustice and inequality in our society, whether on campus, in one’s hometown, or across the country. Read full statement from Dr. Catherine Wright, Interim President…

Accepted Students Presidents Reception Going Virtual!

We’re going virtual Wednesday, June 17! All prospective 2020 students and all students who have been accepted to Mitchell College or Thames at Mitchell College, but have not yet made their deposit, are invited to join us on Zoom for our President’s Reception. Guests will hear from members of our faculty, athletics, financial aid, campus life, advising, performing arts, academic support, career development, and residential life. Get all of your questions answered about becoming a Mariner this fall! Details and registration at mitchell.edu/visit-us.

Mariners on Deck for Deposited Mitchell and Thames Students!

We’re so excited you’re going to be a Mariner! Mariners On Deck is YOUR online pre-orientation, and we can’t wait to see you there to start getting you enrolled for Fall 2020!

Mitchell Mariners On Deck: For students who have made your deposit to Mitchell College:
Friday June 17 from 11-12:35pm (eastern standard time) Register Now! 

Thames Mariners On Deck: For students who have made your deposit to Thames at Mitchell College:
Friday June 17 from 1-2:35pm (eastern standard time) Register Now! 

Mitchell begins work on new outdoor athletic complex

Published by The Day | April 11. 2020 4:54PM
By Gavin Keefe

Construction is underway on a new Mitchell College outdoor athletic complex, weeks earlier than expected due to the cancellation of the spring sports season and students leaving campus.

It’s a welcomed piece of good news for the college.

“It’s a glimmer of hope in a dark time,” baseball coach Travis Beausoleil said.

There’s been a buzz throughout the Mitchell community for months about the complex.

The state-of-the-art complex will replace the existing grass fields with artificial turf multi-sport, baseball and softball fields, each complete with a scoreboard, bleachers and elevated press box as well as dugouts for the latter two. The project cost is approximately $3.5 million.

About 37 percent of the student body participates in the school’s 12 NCAA Division III programs. The complex also will be utilized by intramural, club and recreational programs.

“We’re very, very excited about this ‘Game Changer,’ as we’ve identified it,” assistant athletic director Todd Peretz said. “It’s an exciting time. Something we’ve talked about for a long time and to get on par with some of the other institutions that we compete against. First and foremost, it will give our student-athletes the best experience.”

The plan to renovate the athletic fields has been years in the makings.

Beausoleil remembers discussions about it when he was hired as baseball coach roughly 10 years ago.

“At first, it wasn’t supposed to be turf,” Beausoleil said. “We were going to redo the field, move the softball field. Over 10 years here, we’ve had a ton of different plans. It was really (athletic director) Dana (Fulmer Garfield) when she was here pushing the envelope and Janet Steinmayer, the president, she was really gung-ho about it.

“It’s exciting that Janet was able to get it through. Mary-Jane (McLaughlin) and Catherine (Wright), the interim presidents, stayed on course with it. And it’s happening.”

The impact of the new athletic complex will be far-reaching.

It will aid in everything from recruiting to helping better weather the typical unpredictable New England spring season. It will also erase some competitive disadvantages that come with practicing on a grass field and then playing road games against opponents with turf.

Baseball, softball, men’s and women’s lacrosse and men’s and women’s soccer are the sports that will benefit the most.

“We could be in a very select company with teams that have a full turf baseball, full turf softball at the NCAA DIvision III level here in New England,” Peretz said. “It also will be a huge boost for soccer and lacrosse. They’ve played on grass fields here for a number of years. Now just about everybody else has turf, so sometimes they’re at somewhat of a disadvantage when they go on the road. It’s going to put them on par with everyone else.

“And from a recruiting standpoint, kids can make a really, really good educated decision, choose Mitchell College because it’s the right fit for them academically and athletically and socially, and not have to say that they don’t want to go to this school because they don’t have this facility. We’re on par with everyone else and now we’ll just let our individualized approach and our coaches be the ones that shine through and attract potential student athletes.”

The complex will especially benefit spring coaches because the turf fields will eliminate days practice needs to be moved indoors or to a parking lot because of unplayable conditions.

It also will mean having fewer games postponed. Mitchell baseball and softball teams usually have to scramble to complete all the games before the regular season ends.

“Spring time is always very, very difficult,” Peretz said. “It’s demanding on the coaches and student-athletes. It’s a big demand on the campus in general because our student-athletes comprise a large number percentage of our student population, So it impacts us across the board. Students would miss classes and stuff like that.

“We want to hold true to our Division III philosophy of the student-athlete. If we can alleviate crazy schedules which allows us to keep students in classes and engage in the college community a little bit more, then we’re definitely going to take advantage of that.”

Erin Miller, a first-year softball coach, grew up playing on grass fields in Waterford and at Eastern Connecticut State University. She’s looking forward to all the benefits of a turf field.

“We’re going to have a lot of people that are going to want to play us,” Miller said. “A lot of people have dirt and I’ve always played on dirt. Just coaching in New England and knowing how many games we lose because the field is under water or rain or whatever it is, and knowing that we’ll be able to have a field where we can still go out and practice is going to be so great.

“We’ll definitely be able to get outside more. Even if it is a little cold, we at least know our field won’t be frozen. We’ll be able to take ground balls and fly balls or just throw. It’s going to be really nice.”

The project is expected to be completed by the end of September, in time for at least some of the fall season.

“It’s going to be a game changer for us,” Beausoleil said. “I really think it’s going to be huge for us.”

Learn more at mitchell.edu/game-changer-athletics-initiative

Mariner Merch

Get geared up with Mariner merchandise featuring our new athletics logo at mitchellgear.com. 

 

Sep
14
Mon
Auditions – New Members of Select Chorus @ Mitchell College
Sep 14 @ 12:00 am – Sep 28 @ 12:00 am

Seeking New Members for Mitchell College Select Chorus!

Auditions begin September 14 and run through September 28. 

  • No prior singing or choral experience is required! Auditions are open to all Mitchell and Thames students.
  • Submit an interest form at mitchell.edu/audition-sing and we’ll be in contact about an audition date/time! 
  • Fall Concert will take place Tuesday, November 10.

No need to prepare anything to audition.

RSVP link – https://mitchell.edu/audition-sing Learn more at http://mitchell.presence.io/event/auditions-new-members-of-select-chorus

Auditions for Fall Play @ Mitchell College
Sep 14 @ 12:00 am – Sep 28 @ 12:00 am

Calling all students interested in theatre this fall! 

Auditions begin September 14 and run through September 28. 

  • No prior acting experience is required! 
  • Submit an interest form at mitchell.edu/audition-act and we’ll be in contact about an audition date/time! 
  • Fall performances are November 13-15.

No need to prepare anything to audition.

RSVP link – https://mitchell.edu/audition-act Learn more at http://mitchell.presence.io/event/auditions-for-fall-play

Sep
18
Fri
G’s Fitness and Nutrition Workouts @ Meet on Yarnell Patio
Sep 18 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

*Attention all Mitchell Students*

Feeling stressed? Looking for a way to workout with others?

Join G’s Fitness and Nutrition for this free conditioning workout opportunity! 

Students are required to wear a mask and should bring their own water bottle. 

No sugary drinks or food allowed. 

Learn more at http://mitchell.presence.io/event/gs-fitness-and-nutrition-workouts-10

Sep
19
Sat
Free Throw Competition @ Basketball Court Behind Saunders
Sep 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

*Attention all Mitchell Students*

Show off your free throw skills on the basketball court behind Saunders! 

There will be two opportunities: Open competition and Club. 

Top 2 in each competition will receive an Amazon gift card! 

Learn more at http://mitchell.presence.io/event/free-throw-competition

 

Gamechanger Athletics Initiative

February 14, 2020
Mitchell College is embarking on a $3.5 million fundraising initiative to renovate  athletics fields and facilities. The College invites everyone to join in and be a Gamechanger for Mitchell Athletics.
Athletics planned projects include:

Baseball Complex with new artificial turf baseball field/elevated press box/scoreboard/dugouts/fence & windscreens/bleachers/batting cage/bullpens
Multi-Sport Turf Field Complex supporting Soccer (M,W), Lacrosse (M,W) and Rugby (club) with new artificial turf multi-sport field/elevated press box/scoreboard/team shelter/bleachers
Softball Complex with new artificial turf softball field/elevated press box/scoreboard/dugouts/bleachers/batting cage/bullpen

Learn more and give at mitchell.edu/game-changer.

Mitchell Lacrosse Player Presented with Courage Award

March 10, 2020

Sophomore Mitchell lacrosse player Jacob Anderson was awarded the Hartford HealthCare Courage Award on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at the Weller Center at Mitchell College. The special award recognizes student-athletes who have demonstrated courage in the face of adversity.

Known as the “Ironman” on the lacrosse team, someone who, according to Rich Petillo, head coach of Mitchell men’s lacrosse, “works harder and harder and harder,” Jacob suffered a stroke at just 18 years old during the fall of his freshman year. He bounced back and finished the lacrosse season with 14 goals and 7 assists in just 12 games. In the first game of his sophomore season, he tore both his ACL and MCL and underwent surgery. He plans to come back stronger in 2021.

Hartford HealthCare Ambassador and former WNBA player Rebecca Lobo, who presented the award to Jacob, described Jacob’s setbacks as just a “blip in his career” and said he has “the perfect character to overcome” adversity.

Jacob recalled the day he suffered the stroke as “like any other day.” He had worked out in the weight room and had gone to class. His teammates noticed changes in his speech and went with him to the emergency room, where he was suspected of having a stroke, was airlifted to Yale New Haven Hospital and underwent surgery to remove a blood clot in his brain.

He said that after his stroke he “gained strength from his immediate family and his lacrosse family” and went on to say that “without my lacrosse brothers I might not be here.”

He reminded the audience at the event to “keep moving forward. Adversity in life is what helps build character.”

 

Softball Coach Erin Miller Featured in The Day

Published by The Day | March 24. 2020 3:53PM | Updated March 24. 2020 6:10PM
By Gavin Keefe

Fond memories of her first victory as a college head coach are still fresh in Erin Miller’s mind.

Almost a month ago, Miller stepped on the field with her Mitchell College softball team for the season opener against Cabrini University in Clermont, Fla.

A former standout at Waterford High School and Eastern Connecticut State University, Miller experienced a variety of emotions that day before, during and after the game.

“I was excited because I knew my team was excited about me being there, too, which made it even better,” Miller said. “I definitely think I had a little bit of nerves. But I trusted the work that we put in in the preseason. Not that I didn’t know what to expect, but it was the first time I had ever seen any of them play against someone other than us.

“Then they made me a little more nervous as the game went on and we were battling back.”

The Mariners took Miller on a thrill ride, rallying from a two-run deficit in the bottom of the seventh inning to post a dramatic 6-5 victory. She loved her team’s fighting spirit.

“They were funny afterward,” Miller said. “They were like, ‘I swear we won’t give you a heart attack every game.’ “

Miller would gladly coach a few more heart thumping games. After returning to New London from the spring trip, Mitchell’s season was put on the shelf after eight games due to the coronavirus pandemic. She’s staying connected with her team from afar.

Quite a time to be running your own program for the first time.

“When we came back from Florida, I was so ready to go, ready to start working on the things that we need to work on,” Miller said. “I was just so focused on what we had to do right in this moment to get ourselves better for the season. Then when we got the news they were sending everyone home, I was like, ‘Okay, now what?’

“I know that I’m supposed to be with my team. It just feels so weird to be home and not with them when I know that this is the heart of my season.”

For a large chunk of her life, the 26-year-old Miller has spent her spring on the softball diamond.

At Waterford High School, Miller helped the Lancers win two Class L titles. She was the 2014 Little East Conference pitcher of the year at Eastern and part of four conference regular season championship and two league tournament title teams.

After graduating from Eastern, Miller wasn’t ready to give up softball. She took a position as pitching coach on Donna Koczjawoski’s staff at Coast Guard.

“Just going to that first practice and being with a team again, I was like, ‘Wow. I don’t want to ever give this up.’ Probably my favorite part of coaching is the relationships I get to have with the team. I know how great those relationships are. I just want to give every team I’m with that same experience.”

Miller spent two seasons at Coast Guard before heading to Smith where she earned a Master’s degree in exercise and sports studies and served as a graduate assistant and pitching coach.

After leaving Smith, Miller applied for softball jobs as an assistant and pitching coach. She turned down a few offers because she wanted to stay in the area. Then the Mitchell job opened up last fall and she was hired in November.

Miller called it a perfect situation.

She’s thoroughly enjoying her new job. She’s attempting to build a successful program at Mitchell, which has been competitive in the New England Collegiate Conference but had four straight losing seasons overall.

She is tapping into her vast experience from previous stops as a coach and player. She’s using some things that she learned from her high school coach, Liz Sutman.

“She was huge on keeping us together as a team and doing fun activities that would break up practices a little bit…,” Miller said. “The little things that she did really made an impact on us. So I try to carry that with me. Every Friday we do a game or competition just to keep them engaged.”

Miller makes it a point to always show up at practice with a positive, upbeat attitude. She gives her players room to make mistakes and grow.

“Coming into practice, I love to show how excited I am to be there,” Miller said. “Because if they don’t see that from me, then they’re not going to be excited to be there. When I got into this job, they just wanted me to be passionate…

That’s exactly what I am.”

Senior Spotlight: Jake April

Celebrating Mitchell College Seniors | #classof2020

Jake April’s hard work and determination has paid off. The soon to be Mitchell College graduate from Long Island, NY, will begin graduate studies in broadcast journalism at Hofstra University this fall. An aspiring sportscaster, Jake also hopes to be a public speaker one day, motivating others to find their passion and live their best life. When asked about what has encouraged him most during his time at Thames and Mitchell, Jake points to the people…
“The faculty and staff inspired me because, when I was feeling stressed, their words and confidence would remind me that with a little hard work and determination, I could do anything I put my mind to.”

⚓️ Read Jake’s story at mitchell.edu/stories-jake-april.
#congrats #mitchellcollege #marinerpride

Accepted Students Presidents Reception Going Virtual!

We’re going virtual Friday, May 15! All prospective 2020 students and all students who have been accepted to Mitchell College or Thames at Mitchell College, but have not yet made their deposit, are invited to join us on Zoom for our President’s Reception. Guests will hear from members of our faculty, athletics, financial aid, campus life, advising, performing arts, academic support, career development, and residential life. Get all of your questions answered about becoming a Mariner this fall! Details and registration at mitchell.edu/visit-us.

Speakers Series

Tuesday, March 31  |  7-8:30pm at the Red Barn

Mitchell College is pleased to welcome bestselling and award-winning author Nathaniel Philbrick to campus for a presentation and book signing as part of our Speakers Series on Tuesday, March 31 at 7pm in the Red Barn at Mitchell College. 

Distinguished Works:

 In the Heart of the Sea, which won the National Book Award for nonfiction. The book was the basis of the 2015 movie of the same title directed by Ron Howard. Other distinguished works include Sea of Glory, Mayflower, The Last Stand, Bunker Hill, Valiant Ambition, and In the Hurricane’s Eye.

Bank Square Books will be at this event with a selection of Nathaniel Philbrick books available for purchase and signing.

This event is free and open to the public.  The Red Barn at Mitchell College is located at 629-A  Montauk Avenue, New London, CT 06320. Learn more at mitchell.edu/speakers-series

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Spring Open House

Saturday, April 4  | 9am-2pm
Register here.

Prospective Mitchell College and Thames at Mitchell College students and families are invited to join us on our beautiful waterfront campus where you will customize your day and have the option to explore:

  • majors and our honors program
  • how we integrate career into academics across all 4 years
  • the innovative Mitchell Ability Model through which students learn the skills and abilities they need to be flexible, capable and adaptable…in college, career and life.
  • Division III Athletics & intramurals and club sports
  • Performing arts
  • Campus life
  • Living & Learning support programs: Thames, Mystic and the Bentsen Learning Center

You’ll also meet faculty, staff and current students, take a campus tour, and be able to ask all of your questions about applying to Mitchell or Thames!

Register here. 

 

Poetry Slam! A Night of Spoken Word

Wednesday, March 11  |  9-10pm in the Red Barn
Hosted by the Mitchell College Multicultural Student Union and Pride Alliance, the themes of the evening will be social justice and equality. This event will be facilitated by a moderator; to participate as a speaker, please sign up in the Milner Dining Hall on March 11 (day of event) from 12:00-2:00pm.
Bonus:
DJ, pizza, snacks, soda, and coffee/tea!
#mitchellunity
#mitchelldiversityandinclusion
#beautyindiversity

Speakers Series

The Inclusion Solution with Hallie Hovey-Murray  | March 11, 7pm at the Red Barn

Joining us at Mitchell College on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 from 7-8pm, Hallie Hovey-Murray will speak on the need to foster inclusion for Americans of all-abilities, why employment for individuals with different-abilities remains so low, why we need comprehensive education reform for students with different-abilities and what individuals can do to create a more inclusive culture on their campus and in their workplace. She will share her personal story and the work she has done as an advocate for all-ability inclusion.

This event is free and open to the public.  The Red Barn at Mitchell College is located at 629-A  Montauk Avenue, New London, CT 06320.

Learn more at mitchell.edu/speakers-series

 

Diversity & Inclusion Day

Wednesday, March 11  |  All Day
The Mitchell College community is coming together to share our stories and learn from each other in an effort to deepen our understanding of diversity and inclusion! Expressing our individual experiences – race, identity, disability, class, privilege, unique learning style – is a critical step in building a strong and unified Mitchell community. The day includes:
Open Info Sessions, 12-2pm, Milner/Market Cafe
Student groups & clubs including the Multicultural Student Union, Pride Alliance, Hillel, and Thames SGA will host info tables in Milner/Market Café.
 All Day, Around Campus
Look for projects around campus to express yourself!
Multi-cultural Dinner, Milner Dining Hall
Cuisines including Italian, Soul Food/Southern, Hispanic, and Jewish Deli.
 Speaker, 7-8:30pm, the Red Barn
Disability advocate Hallie Hovey-Murray will present The Inclusion Solution, addressing the need to foster inclusion for Americans of all-abilities.
Poetry Slam! A Night of Spoken Word, 9-10:30pm, the Red Barn
Hosted by the Mitchell College Multicultural Student Union and Pride Alliance, the theme of the evening will be social justice and equality. This event will be facilitated by a moderator; to participate as a speaker, please sign up in the Milner Dining Hall on March 11 (day of event) from 12:00-2:00pm.
Bonus:
DJ, pizza, snacks, soda, and coffee/tea!
#mitchellunity
#mitchelldiversityandinclusion
#beautyindiversity

The Mitchell College Department of Education Presents the
19th Annual Cat in the Hat Ball

Saturday, February 29 | 10am-2pm at the Clarke and Weller Centers

Join us for the Cat in the Hat Ball – a  family celebration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday, on Saturday, February 29, 2020! This event is open to the public and free with a donation of one new children’s book or $5 per family. All books from the event will be donated to local schools and early childcare centers. You and your family will enjoy children’s games, crafts, music, and story times. Music will be provided by Radio Mitchell, and the Community Dance Ensemble performs at 11am and 12:30pm. Local authors join in the fun, sharing their books with young readers. A special highlight of the day will be a reading and book signing with local author Tish Rabe, the best-selling author of  “The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library,” a series of rhyming science books for early readers.

For more information, please contact the Mitchell College Education Department at catinthehatball@mitchell.edu. Mitchell College is located at 437 Pequot Avenue in New London, Connecticut.

 

Flock Theatre Production

February 7-23  | Fridays & Saturdays at 7pm; Sundays at 2pm in the Red Barn

Tickets online at flocktheatre.org

Tickets – $20
Students, Seniors, and Active Military – $15

Charles Traeger’s The Night the Cardiff Giant Sang Rossini on the Lawn will be presenting its world premiere at the Mitchell College Red Barn, opening February 7.

Set in 2006, The Night the Cardiff Giant Sang Rossini on the Lawn is an exploration of the concept of a hoax. The real Cardiff Giant was one of the most famous hoaxes in American history, a ten foot tall stone man conceptualized and commissioned by George Hull, a tobacconist from Binghamton, New York. Hull had the Giant buried and later hired men to dig a well and “discover” the giant, at which point Hull ran it as a sideshow and charged people to see a real, preserved giant as described in the Old Testament. Come and decide for yourself if a hoax can be real if you believe in it strongly enough.

The Red Barn at Mitchell College is located at 629-A Montauk Avenue, New London, CT 06320.

Open Intramural Nights

Friday, Feb. 21  |  7-9pm in Clarke Center
All Mitchell and Thames students are invited to come hang out and enjoy some casual gamest: dodgeball, badminton, four square, corn hole, connect four, giant jenga and KanJam! Drinks and snacks provided.

Career/Recruitment Event

Wed., February 19  |  10:30-11:30am in Weller Center
Criminal Justice Studies and Integrative Career Development invite you to attend an informational session with the Milford Police Department on Wednesday, February 19 from 10:30-11:30am in Weller Center. The Milford PD is actively seeking qualified individuals to join their police force. Information on recruitment, selection, and hiring process will be provided.

Spring Involvement Fair

Wednesday, February 5  |  3-6pm in Market Cafe
Mitchell and Thames students…are you interested in getting more involved on campus? Do you want to start your own club on campus? Come to the Spring Involvement Fair at the Market Cafe on Wednesday, February 5 from 3-6 pm to see how you can get involved!

Animal Farm presented by Mitchell College and Flock Theatre

January 17, 18, 19  | 7pm
January 24, 25, 26  | 7pm

All performances Fridays-Sundays at the Red Barn at Mitchell College (629-A Montauk Ave., New London, CT)

Tickets online at flocktheatre.org/animal-farm-2020
General: $15
Students, Seniors, and Active Military: $5

Animal Farm by George Orwell
Adapted by Nelson Bond
Co-Produced by Mitchell College and Flock Theatre
Directed by Noah Todd and Victor Chiburis
Performed by Mitchell College students and Flock Theatre actors
Masks by Heather Asch

Orwell’s famous allegorical novel transposed into script reflects the events that created the Stalinist era of the Soviet Union, set against the backdrop of the Manor Farm, an aesthetic perfectly imagined within Mitchell College’s Red Barn venue.

American Red Cross Blood Drive

Friday, January 17  | 11:45am-5:15pm, Weller Center

There is a critical need for all blood types with a less than 3 day supply of types O- and O+. All donors who donate at this blood drive will be automatically entered to win a trip for 2 to the Super Bowl (American Red Cross Super Bowl Experience; learn more here).

To sign up to donate blood on January 17, contact Diane Miller at miller_d@mitchell.edu.

 

Boston Celtics Game

Wednesday, January 22 
Mitchell College Campus Life is offering Mitchell and Thames students a great opportunity to attend a Celtics game in Boston on January 22, 2020! Tickets are $50 which includes the game ticket and Coach bus transportation to the game. For details and tickets, visit Ticket Leap.

 

Spring Musical Auditions Announced!

Auditions open to all Mitchell & Thames students
Sign up online for an audition December 9-13
for Stephen Sondheim’s
“A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum”
Performances April 23, 24, 25, 26

 

Spring Select Chorus Auditions Announced!

Auditions open to all Mitchell & Thames students
Sign up online for an audition December 9-13
for Spring Select Chorus
Rehearsals begin January 2020

 

Dance & Cheer Winter Showcase

Thursday, December 12 at 8pm
Clarke Center Stage
All are invited to see what the Mitchell College Dance and Cheer Team has been UP to this fall at their Winter Showcase! Free admission; raffle available.

Winter Ball

Sunday, December 15  |  5-10pm
The Mystic Aquarium
Students, please join us for SGA’s 5th Annual Ball at the Mystic Aquarium. Tickets are $15 ahead of time; $20 at the door. Includes transportation, dinner, dessert, DJ/dance and fun! Cash (or credit) bar for those 21+.
Strict dress code for this event: dresses, khaki/dress pants, shirt and tie or suit. No denim, tennis shoes, flip flops or sports wear.
Transportation: The first bus leaves from Yarnall at 5pm and will shuttle continuously throughout the night.

January MiniMester Courses & Internships

Registration Open
Earn 3-4 credits in just 2 weeks with courses like:
  • Citizen Scientist
  • Intro to Astronomy
  • Film Genre: Comedy
  • Sp Topic: Theatrical Production – Orwell’s Animal Farm
January MiniMester courses are open to current Mitchell and Thames students and the public. Students should consult with their advisor prior to registering for a course online.
Learn more and register here.

 

Late Night Breakfast

December 17 | 9:30-11pm
Milner Dining Hall
Open to all Mitchell and Thames students!

Mariner Merch

Get geared up for the holidays with Mariner merchandise featuring our new athletics logo at mitchellgear.com. 

 

Make We Joy

December 8  |  4pm & 7pm
The Red Barn
Flock Theatre’s “Make We Joy” is returning just in time for the holidays! Each December we celebrate the winter solstice with a multicultural celebration of the shortest day of the year incorporating folk-dance, choral music, mummers, poetry, ritual, and more.
Under the direction of Derron Wood, the main producer of Make We Joy since 1992, it will be held for its fifth year at Mitchell College, and for the second year, at the Red Barn. Free and open to the public. Learn more at https://mitchell.edu/performing-arts/

 

Erin Miller Named Softball Head Coach

 posted November 11, 2019

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Mitchell College has named Erin Miller as head coach of its softball program.

Miller, a native of Waterford, Conn., will make her head coaching debut with the Mariners. She previously spent the past two seasons as a graduate assistant and pitching coach at Smith College, and prior to that she was a pitching coach for two seasons at the United States Coast Guard Academy.

Read the full story here.

 

Blood Drive

Thursday, November 14  | 11:15am-5:15pm

Faculty, staff, students, and the public are invited to stop by Weller Center and donate blood.

 

Veterans Day Ceremony

Monday, November 11  | 9:30am-2pm

Faculty, staff, students, alumni, and the public are invited to join us as we observe Veterans Day, beginning with a flag raising, pledge of allegiance and national anthem at 9:30am and culminating at 12:30pm in a presentation on Women in the Military and in Combat by Kirsten Holmstedt, Thames instructor, journalist, writer, and advocate for female service members.

View the entire schedule of events and learn more about the speaker and her work at https://mitchell.edu/veterans-day.

 

Mitchell Volleyball Advances to Round 2

Posted November 5, 2019

NEW LONDON, Conn. – Fourth-seeded Mitchell College came away with a 3-0 victory (25-13, 25-18, 25-19) over fifth-seeded Becker College in the first round of the 2019 New England Collegiate Conference Women’s Volleyball Championship on Tuesday night at the Yarnall Athletic Center.

Mitchell (14-11 overall) advances to the semifinals and will play at top-seeded Eastern Nazarene College on Friday, November 8 at 7:00 p.m. Becker ends the season with an overall record of 10-16. Read more.

 

Sep
14
Mon
Auditions – New Members of Select Chorus @ Mitchell College
Sep 14 @ 12:00 am – Sep 28 @ 12:00 am

Seeking New Members for Mitchell College Select Chorus!

Auditions begin September 14 and run through September 28. 

  • No prior singing or choral experience is required! Auditions are open to all Mitchell and Thames students.
  • Submit an interest form at mitchell.edu/audition-sing and we’ll be in contact about an audition date/time! 
  • Fall Concert will take place Tuesday, November 10.

No need to prepare anything to audition.

RSVP link – https://mitchell.edu/audition-sing Learn more at http://mitchell.presence.io/event/auditions-new-members-of-select-chorus

Auditions for Fall Play @ Mitchell College
Sep 14 @ 12:00 am – Sep 28 @ 12:00 am

Calling all students interested in theatre this fall! 

Auditions begin September 14 and run through September 28. 

  • No prior acting experience is required! 
  • Submit an interest form at mitchell.edu/audition-act and we’ll be in contact about an audition date/time! 
  • Fall performances are November 13-15.

No need to prepare anything to audition.

RSVP link – https://mitchell.edu/audition-act Learn more at http://mitchell.presence.io/event/auditions-for-fall-play

Sep
18
Fri
G’s Fitness and Nutrition Workouts @ Meet on Yarnell Patio
Sep 18 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

*Attention all Mitchell Students*

Feeling stressed? Looking for a way to workout with others?

Join G’s Fitness and Nutrition for this free conditioning workout opportunity! 

Students are required to wear a mask and should bring their own water bottle. 

No sugary drinks or food allowed. 

Learn more at http://mitchell.presence.io/event/gs-fitness-and-nutrition-workouts-10

Sep
19
Sat
Free Throw Competition @ Basketball Court Behind Saunders
Sep 19 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

*Attention all Mitchell Students*

Show off your free throw skills on the basketball court behind Saunders! 

There will be two opportunities: Open competition and Club. 

Top 2 in each competition will receive an Amazon gift card! 

Learn more at http://mitchell.presence.io/event/free-throw-competition

 

Mariner Merch

Get geared up with Mariner merchandise featuring our new athletics logo at mitchellgear.com. 

 

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A few words on fit.

 

"Fit” is the modern buzzword of the college search process. And frankly, rightly so. As you consider your college experience, we encourage you to look for a place that feels right. It’s also a good idea to make a list of the qualities and characteristics that make a college and you a winning combination.

 

If you are looking for a college that: 

 

  • Gets to know and understand each student as a uniquely talented individual

  • Identifies potential and encourages students in very intentional ways

  • Fosters growth in each student, giving them a foundation for life and career success

  • Is small enough to deliver on the promise of a personalized experience

  • Goes beyond “career services” and offers a progressive 4-year career development model, partnering with local businesses and nonprofits for professional experience

  • Promotes an inclusive culture that encourages students to experiment in new clubs and activities

  • Is nationally recognized for its academic support systems, from professional content tutors (not students) to proven comprehensive support for students with learning differences

  • Connects students to service opportunities that impact their world

  • Is in a location that offers access to New England’s natural places and some of America’s greatest cities

 

 

 

…Mitchell College delivers in a powerful way.

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