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Network News
April/May 2019
2 Table of Contents
3 Thank YOU
4 2018 Graduation Speaker
5 Jada Furlow Study Abroad
6-7 Senior Class of 2019
8-9 Class of 2019 Beginning to End
10-11 Multicultural Affairs Seniors
12 Equal Pay Day
13 Shark Tank
14-15 SCLP
16-17 Internship Success Stories
18 Academic Achievement
19 Accepted Students Day
20 Wake Up with Communications
21 WELL Program Social Justice Work
22 On Location
23 Book Suggestions Hatch Learning Comm
24-25 Marcia Conrad Awards
26 Going Global: From Bay Path to China
27 Fake News: Honors Thesis Presentation
28-31 Seniors in Sports
32 Science Defens-a-palooza
33-38 WELL 400 Social Justice
39 MFA in Creative Nonfiction Graduate
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Thank YOU
Network News is published thanks to the collaboration of the Sullivan
Career and Life Planning Center and the Bay Path Student Newsroom.
A special thanks to the
students, editors and contributors to
the Network News this year. Shown
above is Network News Editor 2019-
2020 Zoe Naglieri Prescod
(right) with COMMunications
Club 2019-2020 President Anissa
Nieves. They are holding the historic
first printed copy of the Network
News. Big thanks to all of our
collaborators from Multicultural
Affairs, Student Affairs, other
disciplines, and sports.
Also thanks to our Network News
faculty and staff: Laurie Cirillo, Tracy
Trial, Crystal Senter-Brown, Marcie
Moore, Professor Janine Fondon, Dr
Courtney Weber, Elizabeth Cardona
Collin Glasow, and Michelle Mirti.
A special thanks to Network News 2018-2019 editors Mia Ryder
'19 (shown on cover with President Leary) and Jada Furlow '19 (right,
in London/Study Abroad) for their work this year! Congrats!
A special thanks to our Graduate Intern Melissa Velardi (left) and Graduate
Assistant Andrew Castillo (right). Melissa will gradate with her Master's degree in
Counselor Education/Student Development in Higher Education from Central
Connecticut State University and Andrew Castillo, a writer for the Daily Hampshire
Gazette will graduate from Bay Path University's MFA program.
Residential College Student
Shashawna Mae Santiago Amaral '18
speaks at 2018 graduation
In 2018, Bay Path University's student speaker Shashawna Mae Santiago Amaral had
inspiring words for students. In an article published by the university, she states, "I have
strengthened as a leader by taking more responsibility for my actions, and always holding
myself accountable for the things I did, both inside and outside of the classroom. Being a
leader is more than a title; it is being a positive example for others. Strengthening my
communication skills over my four years here at Bay Path has led me to some marvelous
places. To my surprise, it has led me to the stage I will be graduating across where I was
invited to read an original poem of my very own, for all of the folks in the audience. These
strengthened skills will help me to communicate effectively within the workplace, work well
with others, and ease my energy whenever I need to present to a board or other group
members. After presenting poetry to Bay Path University's board of trustees and at
Commencement, I believe that I am prepared for anything else that arises in the future."
Question for 2019 seniors and Bay Path students:
How have you strengthened as a leader during your time here?
How will you apply those skills to your future endeavors?
To our seniors
graduating on
May 19, 2019!
Our Careers Team hopes
your next step is
inspiring, challenging
and rewarding! As you
graduate, know that we
are always here and you
are welcome to use our
services. If you find
yourself wanting a
mentor/ coach or a
sounding board to help
you find new success via
new horizons. We send
you the very best wishes
as you graduate and live
your dreams!
Sullivan Career and Life
Planning Team
Class of 2019
beginning to end
Senior Year Study Abroad - by Jada Furlow
My Study Abroad Experience
Ever since I was little, I knew I wanted to
visit the UK-- specifically London. I have
always been in love with London’s sleek
fashion style and of course the British
accent. Before graduating from Bay Path,
I seized the opportunity to Study Abroad
my senior year to end with a bang! I
attended the University of Westminster in
London and studied Communications and
During my studies, I had the opportunity
to film and edit two news reports along
with a documentary and produce two
stories for a radio podcast. As an aspiring
broadcast journalist, it was amazing to
have actual hands-on experience within
my field. As I covered the news in a
different country, I gained exposure to its
own social and political challenges, and
this was truly an eye-opener. This
experience allowed me to learn critical
thinking and valuable skills through
another educational system.
SOCIALIZE. Having your single room and
bathroom makes it very easy for you to
remain isolated from the outside world.
Instead of staying cooped up in a bubble,
go out and meet others! Within my first
week in London, I met so many other
study abroad students who were nervous.
However, one thing you have to realize is
we are all in this together. Over time, I
eventually found my group of friends that I
hung out with almost every day. Whether
it was going on a trip, shopping, or visiting
a park, it felt great to have company! As a
group, we have already planned to link up
once we return home. Always keep in
mind, the people you meet might end up
being your lifelong friends.
STUDENT DISCOUNTS EVERYWHERE. Let’s face it. Studying abroad isn’t
cheap. I always tried to save money wherever I traveled. While exploring, I
noticed many businesses accepted student discounts! In London, you have to rely
on the tube (train) and city buses for transportation.around my campus. Why not,
it’s FREE! When going to restaurants, movies, food markets, etc., there would
always be some type of student discount offered. All you have to do is ask!
The farther you travel on the tube, the more expensive it gets. After a while, I
found myself taking the city bus everywhere. Even though it took longer to get to
my destination, it’s incredibly cheaper. I also started walking to local shops.
TRAVEL. London is surrounded by so many beautiful countries. The best part
about it is because they are all so incredibly close, it’s affordable to visit! During
my stay in London, I traveled to 5 different countries. The first of course was Paris
with my friends from Westminster as well as my best friend who came to visit! We
explored the jaw dropped Eiffel Tower, saw the incredible Mona Lisa portrait
inside The Louvre museum, viewed the historic Notre Dame cathedral and ate
traditional French dishes. Next up, Greece! Within Greece, I explored three
different islands that included Hydra island which was my favorite. As one of the
excursions included in the CIS Abroad program, we got to spend a weekend in
Scotland. For all the Harry Potter fans, this is the perfect place for you! Towards
the end of my stay, I decided to explore Spain and Austria as well. At every
location, I took videos and pictures to document the experience. I wanted to
capture and keep the memories that you can return to in a couple of years!
Studying Abroad has by far been one of the best experiences in my life. Traveling
allowed me to explore a different style of education, take in a new culture, meet
lifelong friends, gain independence, and more. Not to mention, studying abroad
looks great on your resume! Seize the opportunity and go for it. It’ll be a decision
you’ll never forget.
Senior Class of 2019
Best Memories from Bay Path
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
"One of the best memories I have
from Bay Path was orientation week
my freshman year, I met so many
new people that week from doing
community service in an apple farm,
to walking tight ropes 50 feet in the
air. It was such a bonding
experience that i’m still friends with
some of those people to this day!!"
Taylor Heinbokel - Agawam, MA - Business
Admin and Ops Management
"Winning the 2018
NECC Softball
Jai Ruiz - Hadley, MA
Criminal Justice
"Late night study sessions in the
commuter lounge with my friends. We
crammed and freaked out together the
night before exams."
Ngan Tran - Springfield, MA
Medical Science
"Participating in Read
Across America day
through the Education
Emelia Bakowski
Longmeadow, MA
Early Childhood
"My best memories would be playing “Statue”
with my friends. This game is a never ending
game and brought many people close. This
game is now life time and after we graduate we
hope to still play it. I love that a game brought
many individuals closer and turning this game
into life time."
Sam Drapinski - Malden, MA
Occupational Therapy
Working in
Washington, D.C.
Mia Ryder - Somers, CT
Certified PA
Joanne Nazario
Springfield, MA
Finishing up my PhD
and moving on to my
postdoctoral program.
Sara Lowe - Waterbury, CT
Questionnaire by: Mia Ryder
One word to sum up senior
year would be...
- Shayenne Gonzalez, Enfield, CT
Education Studies
- Kimberly Dallas, Westfield, MA
Health and Human Studies
- Jada Furlow, Windsor, CT
- Anna Austin, Stafford Springs, CT
- Elysia Carroll, Hillsboro, NH
Early Childhood Education
- Cassidy Bridgman, Southampton, MA
Forensic Science
- Amanda Marsden, East Longmeadow, MA
- Tori McClure, Danby, VT
Health and Human Service
Freshman Year
Orientation and Campus Day
Class of 2019
beginning to end
Class of 2019
beginning to end
Senior Year Activities
Seniors start the school year off at
Campus Awakening
Convocation 2018
GALA 2019!
Battle of the Classes at
Wacky Wildcat
Contributing Writers:
Carol N. Sanchez-Santana, ‘20 and
Jennifer McNeill, G’19
The Office of Multicultural Affairs
(OMA) is rooted in the students and
communities we serve. Working in
collaboration with other departments
on campus, the OMA provides
impactful guidance and direction to
students from underrepresented
cultures and communities through
initiatives that encourage affirmation,
advocacy, and empowerment.
Through meaningful exchanges, our
students have learned the importance
of culture and community to deepen
the personal experience. With the
2018-2019 academic year coming to
an end, it is time to highlight our
Seniors who’ve maximized their
engagement with the Office of
Multicultural Affairs. They are a group
of fabulous, fierce and focused women,
ready to conquer their next challenge,
utilizing their past experiences to build
on their future.
Let’s learn about the 2019 Graduates,
being recognized by the Office of
Multicultural Affairs for their continued
support, engagement and overall
personal development.
Melanie Costales is a goal-oriented Latina
woman with a constant desire for student
engagement and inclusion. As a youth
who returned to the United States from
Puerto Rico at sixteen, and had to adjust
to her new environment, she understands
the struggles faced by many students
whose first language is not English.
Melanie is passionate about Bay Path
University and the opportunities she has
been afforded. Melanie is receiving her
Bachelors in Child Psychology this May.
During her time at Bay Path, she has
been heavily involved in A.L.A.N.A and
this past year as Vice President of the
Student Government Association. Melanie
is also a member of the Diversity and
Inclusion Community Council while
contributing to impactful programming and
empowering conversations. Most
recently, she completed a full-time
internship at an area elementary school
and full-time employment. Melanie is
aware that education is a lifelong journey
and hopes to pursue a master's degree in
social work to ensure all students are
included and have space to uncover their
true passion. As a mentor and role
model, she has been a dynamic addition
to the Bay Path community!
Kiran Hashmi, of Pakistani cultural heritage, is a
hard-working senior majoring in Medical Science with
a pre-medical track and minor in Psychology. Kiran
has had multiple roles on campus, yet she has made
the best of her college experience while being
engaged in diversity and inclusion initiatives. She is a
proud enthusiast of A.L.A.N.A and Women of
Culture. At the 2016 Academic Achievement Day,
Kiran presented alongside peers including graduate
and international students on research related to the
Arab Influence on Spain. Kiran has contributed to
cultural events including the Black History Month
Symposium and A.L.A.N.A. activities which offered
her a platform to co-facilitate an interactive
presentation on Islam Hijab Awareness and assisting
with the implementation of an Eid Celebration to
highlight the end of a 29-30-day fasting period
observed by many Muslims.
Roslyn Klarou, an Ivorian-American, resides in
Norwood, MA. She will receive her
undergraduate degree in liberal arts and pursue
her graduate degree at Bay Path in
occupational therapy. A quiet intuitive leader
with great wisdom and courage, Roslyn has a
passion for learning and a desire for exposure
to different ideas. During her time at Bay Path,
she has been an active member of the
A.L.A.N.A. Student Organization and Women of
Culture Club. Roslyn often volunteered to staff
events including the annual Unity Festival
which brought together area colleges to
celebrate diversity and multicultural education.
Roslyn has facilitated her "personal" journey to
develop her self-identify and growth. During her
junior year, she was nominated to serve on the
Diversity and Inclusion Community Council.
This past fall semester, she applied her global
leadership while participating in the study
abroad program in France. This endeavor
allowed her to expand her cultural knowledge
and invigorate a desire to play a leading role in
social justice.
Affairs salutes
its seniors
Le Nguyen of Vietnamese heritage lives in
Central Massachusetts. Le is a passionate,
innovative and vocal leader, especially when it
comes to social justice and advocating for
students of color and their experiences. She
takes every opportunity to immerse herself in
every culture by cooking, trying new foods,
learning art history, new languages, and actively
engaging in cultural events. During her time at
Bay Path, she has been a leader of the Women
of Culture Club, serving as the Vice President
and Secretary. Le makes a continuous effort to
collaborate with other clubs/organizations within
the Office of Multicultural Affairs. She attends
club meetings and comes prepared to offer club
mission-driven ideas. She is not only an active
leader on campus but also a busy student. Le is
double majoring in Legal Studies and
Cybersecurity. She is a peer tutor and has
designed various art projects relating to diversity
and inclusion. Her most recent piece --“Living
Art”-- highlights the unique stories of Women of
Culture members. Whether it’s using her Bay
Path education to further science, technology, art
or culture, Le will be taking her place in the world.
Tenzin Tselha of Tibetan heritage was
born in Nepal. She currently lives in New
York and is graduating from Bay Path with
a Bachelor’s of Science in Medical
Science. Tenzin lives her life with deep
humility and appreciation for culture. She
is extremely creative with a calm
demeanor that exudes confidence as a
leading member of A.L.A.N.A and Women
of Culture. Tenzin was often involved in
student-centered events and activities.
From the first day she came to Bay Path
University for a New Student’s Acceptance
event, Tenzin has contributed immensely
to the mission and goals of the Office of
Multicultural Affairs and her presence has
set the bar for student engagement.
Amanda Brown, a dynamic Health
& Human studies major, a
catalyst for change at Bay Path
University. In response to the
request of many students,
Amanda introduced the Black
Student Union Club on campus.
The Black Student Union and its
members work to represent and
advocate for students of color on
the Bay Path University campus.
Outside of her time with the
Black Student Union, Amanda
spent a portion of her freshman
year with the A.L.A.N.A
organization. Amanda has been
accepted into Bay Path’s Master
of Occupational Therapy
program; she begins the year and
a half program in July. After
completing the master’s program,
Amanda hopes to travel and
perform meaningful work,
assisting people with their
everyday lives and helping them
to get back on their feet. Amanda
has valued her time at Bay Path
University and looks forward to
the challenges of the master’s
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Tuesday, April 2 marked “Equal Pay Day,”
a symbolic day of events and activism
representing how far into the year women
must work to earn wages equal to those
earned by men in the previous year. In
observance of this day, we interviewed Bay
Path University students about their
thoughts on income disparity and pay
Students expressed concern about the
gender pay gap, noting that the issue
crosses all professional fields, including
athletics. Everyone we spoke with
referenced the reality that, though women
often do the same work as men for the
same number of hours, there are
assumptions made about the value of that
work based on gender. Additionally,
students noted that the pay gap tends to be
wider for women of color, suggesting that
more practice in negotiation would be an
important strategy to learn in college.
This sentiment was echoed by Professor
Janine Fondon, who facilitated a live
broadcast from Bay Path on WTCC
Radio’s lunchtime programming on Equal
Pay Day. She encouraged young women
to get into the field of Communications, so
that they may “give voice and light to these
issues.” Professor Fondon was joined on
the air by faculty and staff members
Gretchen Heaton, Melissa Weinberger, and
Crystal Senter-Brown. Together, the panel
connected the issue of equal pay to the
University’s mission of providing a
practical, affordable, and career-oriented
education for women.
“There’s a hierarchy of pay,
and women of color are at the
“The wage gap is
getting smaller, but not
at a fast enough rate.”
“We need more education
on interviewing skills and
how to have these
“In some cases, there’s a $40k
difference. That’s money that
could be used to really change
your situation. It’s a downpayment
on a house or an additional car or
more money to support your
disparity is
“My mom found out she was
paid less than a male
colleague doing the same job.”
Equal Pay Day
by Tracy Trial
Shark Tank!
On Wednesday, April 3, Bay Path’s Women in Business club held an exciting pitch contest
in Mills Theatre. Ten student entrepreneurs presented 90 second product pitches to a panel
of judges, in the hopes of securing one of three monetary prizes. The panel included Molly
MacMunn of Baystate Medical Center, Samalid Hogan of the Western Mass Small
Business Development Center, and Bay Path’s Associate Provost and Dean of Science
and Management, Tom Loper.
Congratulations to Jessica Warren, Brooke Higgins, and Marlene Tapia for their winning
pitches! As first place winner, Marlene went on to pitch at the Grinspoon Foundation’s
Entrepreneurship Elevator Pitch Contest at the Log Cabin in Holyoke.
Personal Shopper Program
33 students were selected for the 2018/2019 academic year to have a personal
shopping experience at Ann Taylor and Dress Barn. The Personal Shopper
Program includes attending a group trip to select a professional outfit that
students can take home, paid for by our generous donors, espcially Mary Ann
Spencer and Amanda Toner. Mary Ann Spencer enjoys attending the shopping
experiences with students and we look forward to seeing her every time!
Store Managers Kristen Jemiolo of Dress Barn in West Springfield, MA, and
Jessica Santoro of Ann Taylor in Longmeadow, MA deserve special recognition
for continuing our store partnerships for this program. The students loved the
experience and community that Kristen and Jessica provide.
"I now feel confident enough to
get out and start looking for my
dream job!"
"We were able to find outfits that
help us feel as beautiful and
powerful as we truly are."
"I had so much fun shopping for clothes
for an upcoming interview...the positive
environment in the store made me feel
good about myself as a woman."
Internship Fund
The Internship Fund was established to financially support students who have completed unpaid
internships. Our donors include: Kasia Novak, Natalie Jurkovics, Marilyn Walter, Anne Fitzgerald, Kathleen
Low, Deborah Schreier, Louise Kursmark, Eunice Kavanagh, George Keady, Kathleen Cotnoir, Gladys
Sullivan, Jonathan Besse, and Erin Hornyak.
Our recipients of the Fall 2018 Internship Fund were:
Bay Path University is grateful for the support of our donors
to make each of our programs possible!
Kimberly Goccia – Turfcare Supply Co.
Priscilla Morales – Valley Medical Associates
Ericka Olson – Bacon Wilson, PC: Springfield Attorneys
Bianca Pimental – Hartford Police Department
Tanya Sourdiffe - Northern Hope Center
Ngan Tran – Springfield Baystate Medical Center
Isatu Barrie - YWCA of Western Massachusetts,
Haleigh Bassett - Hampden County Sheriff Department
Sharette Bello Suazo – YWCA of Western Massachusetts
Megan Benway – the Dept. of Health and Human Services
(DHSS) for the State of Maine
Alexa DiMenno – The Arbors
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While Carly Cronin’s official title at the career center is “Graduate Assistant”, she has gone
above and beyond what is in the job description. For the past three semesters Carly has
helped students with their resume and cover letter reviews, setting up their Handshake
accounts, helping to organize career events and even served as a writer for the Network
News. Carly also took the lead on compiling many of the reports we use in the career
center to assess our outcomes, as well as our student needs.
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Carly was also willing to do the “extras” that often came up,
when we were creating new programs for student outreach
and engagement. When we needed someone to wear the
“Roary” costume for a career center promo campaign, Carly
volunteered to suit up as “Roary” and pose for various photos
and video, that promoted visiting the center. Carly also
worked drop –in hours as well numerous events to help
students one-on-one.
In her spare time, Carly coaches Lacrosse for Longmeadow High
School and is also a coach in Suffield, CT. A future educator,
Carly also volunteers at her mother’s (who is also an educator)
school. She will graduate next summer from the Education in
Curriculum and Instruction graduate program from Bay Path next
year and will complete her student teaching for 2019/2020.
We know that wherever Carly’s journey takes her, she will rise to
the occasion with the same kindness, patience and attention she
exhibited during her time here in the Sullivan Career and Life
Planning Center.
Round of Applause on matching with Internships!
The following students are participating in the Paragus IT Cybersecurity
Internship Program funded by the Mass tech Collaboration Grant:
Annika Flavin, Danielle Goodwin, Cynthia Korhonen, Sue Armstrong, Melissa
Powers, Aisha Minto, Parisa Taheri, Candace Champagne, Korenza Manfredi,
Jamie Cores, Kimberly D'Amato, Jessica Lanier, Amanda Rizzo, Nikole
Sturtevant, Emily Lewanda, Victoria Lingua, Amber Lussier, Candice Small,
Lauren Mendoza, Julia Miller, Magen Pyers
Asha Manning: Jewish Community Center
Cassidy Nuccio: Windsor Police Dept.
Madison Quinn: Western Mass. Regional
Women’s Correctional Center
Abigail Joseph: Sanford Research
Cassandra Byron: Turfcare Supply Corp.
Sophie Kerr: May Institute, Inc.
Maria Gil: Survivors of Homicide Inc.
Natalia Cruz: Restoration Mental Health Clinic
Megan Griffin: Big Brothers Big Sisters
Sabrinna Dubiel: Complete Payroll Solutions
and more!!!
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Bay Path students match with internships every day and
we are so proud of them!
By Maria Gil, Sam Leduc, and the SCLP Team!
Internship Success Stories!
Delimar Negron-Molina worked with patients, nurses, and doctors in the Emergency Department at the Baystate Wing Hospital
where she shadowed a Physician’s Assistant, her desired career title!
Jessica Nieves rotated through a variety of departments at Baystate Medical Center. She was able to interpret the results in the
Pathology and Flow Cytology departments at a greater capacity and implement techniques she learned at Bay Path.
Lexi Cears interned as an office administrator at Keiter Builders where she coordinated schedules for multiple project managers,
became proficient at Procore, a project management software, which peaked her interest. Upon graduation, she hopes to get into
healthcare management or non-profit.
Eliza Lopez, a Medical Science major and Psych minor, completed
her internship at the Gandara Center. Malikah Jeffries, Eliza's
supervisor, came to her presentation and told the audience that
Eliza was fearless and took on difficult tasks that most interns she's
had in the past were to nervous to do. She then said that Eliza was
one of the best interns she has ever had!
Brianna-Rose Husson-Stockhamer interned at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampden
County. She was able to promote the program and achieved her goal of enrolling Bigs.
She also attended youth mentor days where she spoke with State Reps. Her ultimate goal
is to work for a nonprofit, such as St.Jude.
Bianca Cotton completed her internship at West Central Family and Counseling as a
digital marketing intern. She used a program called HubSpot to post on different
social media networks for West Central and New England Geriatrics. She created a
blog on depression in the college community which was approved by the President!
Riley Foley interned at the up and coming Hanmer Ross Cork & Closure as a member
of the Marketing and Sales team. She experienced growth in communication skills
through email drafting and sales calls. This internship experience helped Riley to
realize that she wants a career that expands out from marketing and includes other
aspects of business.
Mary Peña completed her internship at the Division of Scientific Services Forensic Laboratory in their Chemical Analysis
section to focus on arson investigations. She gained valuable research techniques and was exposed to numerous laboratory
instruments. Mary will be attending the University of New Haven in the fall to pursue her Masters in Fire Science with a
concentration in fire and arson investigations.
Savannah Delgado recently completed her second internship at the Hope Center which is an addiction rehabilitation facility in
Springfield, MA. She worked as an Addiction Counselor and improved upon her communication and interpersonal skills by
interacting with patients during one on one sessions. Savannah plans to use this experience in her search for Graduate Schools.
Ali-Sandra Machiote-Ramos had the opportunity to work with the home-finding and intake team at the Northeast Center for
Youth and Families. She showed leadership in that she developed and conducted her own family resource meetings. With this
internship under her belt, Ali-Sandra hopes to either get into the field of social work or case management.
Erika Lopez and Malikah Jeffries
Marissa Sarna-McCarthy: Baystate Medical Center
Khouloud Mandour: Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel
Kathryn Sadakierski completed her recent credit-bearing internship at St.
Mary’s Academy as Teacher’s Assistant for a first grade class. Being that
she is an Interdisciplinary Studies major, Kathryn incorporated both the
Humanities as well as the Social Sciences into her lesson plans. She used
arts and crafts projects as a creative avenue to deliver her lesson material.
Chastity Ramos, Child Psychology major, performed her internship at the Manchester Early Learning Center, in Manchester,
CT. Chastity was a teacher assistant to the preschool teachers. Her internship allowed her to learn more about the early
childhood teaching environment.
Congratulations to these students
who also reflected!!
(Shown left to right)
Gulkhanym Tasayeva: Baystate Medical Center
Sydney Daddario: The Key Program
Megan Fabiano: East Longmeadow High & The Drama Studio
Estefania Cabrera: The OnaWay LLC
Brooke Moye: Committee For Public Counsel Services
Congratulations to Cassidy Bridgman on joining the
core team at Bode Technology as a DNA
Samantha Fazzino, Alexa DiMenno, and Brittney
Cabral will begin Graduate work in Bay Path's
Occupational Therapy Program!
Christine Lane is moving on to become the Office
Manager for AlixPartners LLP!
Mariellys Peña and Kathryn Coleman will attend the
University of New Haven Graduate School to study
Fire Science and Chemistry, respectively!
Genesis Terron, Gulkhanym Tasayeva, and Eliza
Lopez will continue at Bay Path in Graduate PA and
ABA Programs!
Cassidy Bowmen is applying to PhD programs in Cell
and Molecular Biology!
Seniors on the Move!
Min Henderson, an Information Assurance/
Cybersecurity major, has been accepted into the 2019
Google Machine Learning Intensive training in Atlanta,
GA at Agnes Scott College. The 10-week training
includes 400 hours of machine learning and training and
room and board.
Congratulations, Min!
Our Careers Team hopes your next step is
inspiring, challenging and rewarding! As you
graduate, know that we are always here, if you find
yourself wanting a mentor or a coach, a sounding
board or a bridge to new horizons. Sending you the
very best wishes as you set about living your
Wherever you're headed, we wish you the
To our seniors graduating on
May 19th, 2019!
Academic Achievement Day 2019
Academic Achievement Day was fantastic with dozens of presentations and activities. Please see below photos from the
"Owning Your Brilliance" session. Inspired by Professor Maria Luisa Arroyo, students embraced their creativity as storytellers.
Academic Achievement Day was also the day that the "I am Bay Path"photo posters
were displayed thanks to Kathy Wroblewski and Ashley Pereira.
"I am Bay Path"
Accepted Students
Spring 2019
A special thanks to everyone who
attended the "Wake UP with
COMMunications event to showcase
the Communications major. There
are exciting, engaging courses in
video, photography, multimedia
writing and more! A special thanks to
Dr. Lisa Ruch (LAR 400),
Communications Professor Janine
Fondon and Dr. Courtney Patrick
Weber for contributions by their
students. We extend thanks to the
SCLP for working with students to
plan this event.
Bay Path WELL Program Students and Professor Honored for Five
Years of Social Justice Work in Holyoke
submitted by Dr. John Jarvis
Twenty Bay Path students and
their professor, Dr. John
Jarvis, were honored at
Holyoke City Hall Wednesday
night, April 24, for “Social
Justice Community Work” at
the Paulo Freire 2019 Gala
Benefit and Social Justice
Awards Ceremony. The event
was sponsored by Paulo Freire
Social Justice Charter School
in Holyoke and recognized
three individuals besides the
Bay Path group.
They were Natalia Muñoz,
multimedia journalist, founder
of Verdant Multicultural Media
and hostess of “Vaya con
Muñoz” on WHMP 1400 AM
Talk Radio. She was followed
by Edward W. Caisse III,
Director of the Hampden
County Sheriff’s Department
and Founder of the South
Holyoke Safe Neighborhood
The ceremony ended with a
special tribute and social
justice award presentation by
Freire School students John
Rivera and Estefania Gonzalez
to Rhonda Soto, Founding
Member of Paulo Freire Social
Justice Charter School and
Dean of Climate and Culture.
The award to Bay Path students was
based upon five years of
collaboration with Freire School on
projects as varied as after-school
tutoring, grant writing, creating a
reading room, securing appliances
and storage cabinets for the food
pantry, beautifying the school
through artwork, running regular food
and funding drives, and conducting a
student-focused book writing
workshop. This last project resulted
in a published student book --
Butterfly Dreams: Stormy Realities
(lulu press, November 2017). The
book shares both the daunting life
challenges and the strength to
overcome those challenges by the
young people who come to Paulo
Freire School each day with the
hope and the determination to build
brighter futures.
To date, 164 Bay Path students
have participated in social justice
projects at Freire School as part of
the capstone course of the Women
as Educated Learners and
Leaders (WELL) Program. Krystal
Duncan, a member of the first
class to launch the Bay Path/Freire
School partnership in the spring of
2015 sums up what she learned
from her work at Freire School: “I
felt a shift in myself after the
experience of helping PFSJ. I
became more empathetic and
compassionate. I began to seek
out stories of people in the
community. I felt more of a
connection and felt as if I had a
better understanding of my
community.” Exactly five years
have passed since Duncan
wrapped up her semester of
service to the school.
Bay Path Provost Melissa Morriss-Olson (front row left) joins Dr. John Jarvis (front right), Vice Provost
Kristine Barnett (second row, right end) and Bay Path WELL Program students and families at the Paulo
Freire 2019 Gala Benefit and Social Justice Awards Ceremony at Holyoke City Hall.
Funded by the generosity of benefactor T. Marc Futter, Bay Path welcomed a panel of speakers from area colleges and
universities for its 13th Annual Ethics Lecture: Dr. Constanza (Connie) Cabello currently serves the Stonehill College
community as the Assistant to the President for Institutional Diversity/ Director of Intercultural Affairs.--Dr. Kijua Sanders-
McMurtry is the recently appointed Vice President for Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer at Mount Holyoke
College.--Jennifer De Leon is the editor of Wise Latinas: Writers on Higher Education and an English professor at
Framingham State University.
Bay Path's COMMunications
Club held its first 'DIY'
session to share their
communication skills with the
following community
organizations-- Caring
Health Center,
Longmeadow's Storrs
Library and Arise for Social
Justice. The organization's
have sent notes praising the
creativity and skills of the
On Location:
American Like Me: Reflections on Life Between
Cultures edited by America Ferrera and E. Cayce
Dumont.Short essays by prominent people about
growing up in America as part of two (or more)
Rage Becomes Her: The Power of Women's
Anger by Soraya L. Chemaly
Becoming by Michelle Obama
Dopesick: dealers, doctors, and the drug
company that addicted America by Beth Macy
Fly Girls: How Five Daring Women Defied All
Odds and Made Aviation History by Keith
The Challenge Culture: Why the Most
Successful Organizations Run on Pushback by
Nigel Travis
Uncensored: My Life and Uncomfortable
Conversations at the Intersection of Black and
White America by Zachary Wood
An Absolutely Remarkable Thing: A Novel by
Hank GreenHank will be familiar to followers of the
Vlogbrothers, which he co-hosts with his brother
Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen: A Novel by
Sarah Bird. A fictionalized story about Cathy
Williams, a former slave and first woman to serve
in the U.S. Army (Buffalo Soldiers).
Unsheltered: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver
suggested by
Hatch Learning
A special thanks to our
Bay Path Access
Services Librarian
Miriam Neiman -- for the
book and DVD lists.
New DVDs include:
Black Lightning -
complete first season
This is Us - complete
second season
Ant-Man and the Wasp
Avengers: Infinity War
Jurassic World: Fallen
Mamma Mia! Here We Go
Oceans 8
Three Identical Strangers
Wrinkle in Time
Students received academic recognition
during the Marcia Conrad Awards. Congrats
to all winners! Here are a few highlights.
Marcia Conrad Awards
Marcia Conrad Awards
Professor Sandra Haddad (Forensic Science) traveled to
Xin Xiang University in China as a guest lecturer along with
Bay Path's international admissions director, Jill Bodnar.
Xin Xiang University is a partner university with Bay Path,
with a goal of bringing science students to Bay Path to
study for one or two years with us.
Going Global:
From Bay Path
to China
Fake News:
An Honors Thesis Presentation
Mia Ryder, a senior and Communications major
graduating in May of 2019, completed her Honors
thesis presentation to friends, faculty, and students of
the CMS 110 class
Q: Can you explain exactly what an honors thesis
A: “Usually your freshman year, you come in and can
join the honors program. Being a part of the honors
program, you do variety of different classes,
particularly lectures. At the end of your time here at
Bay Path, you do this big end project, that proves you
participated these last couple of years and also proves
you can think and analyze critically. You put it together
in a paper and then presentation and that is your
honors thesis per se.”
Q: What was your presentation on and why did
you choose that specific topic?
A: “I choose to do the topic of “Fake News: Why is it so
Prevalent in Todays world?” I chose fake news
because as a part of the honors thesis, you’re
supposed to do something relating to your major. Even
though you learned all this stuff in the honors classes,
they [The honors program] want you to showcase all
you have learned and how irelates to your major.
So, I choose fake news because in this class
---Human Communications (CMS 110], we focus a lot on
writing. I thought fake news was extremely relevant but
also because I am definitely more into politics now, so I
wanted to do something more political. Especially with
the election next year, I thought there was a good
Q: What was your biggest takeaway from the
A: “My biggest takeaway consistsof two different aspects.
The first, being how shocked I was at how many people
get their information from social media and how easy it is
to come across fake news and people just blatantly
believe it. The second reason, as a whole for my major,
is how I didn’t think I had the ability to write something
like this, something so long, and actually complete a
thesis, so completing it was so amazing. Literally the
best feeling in the world when I completed it”.
Q: What was your biggest challenge?
A: “One problem would be the fact that there wasn’t a lot
of information on “fake news” just because it’s kind of a
newer term and didn’t really exists before 2016. False
information has existed but the actual term “fake news”
hasn’t. I had trouble finding my own reliable sources to
put in a presentation about reliable sources ironically”.
By: Anissa Nieves
Q: What was the most interesting piece of “fake
news” you learned while doing this thesis?
A: I’ve never heard of the moon hoax. The New York
Sun published an article by Dr. Andrew Grant which was
supposedly a scientific article about the different life he
saw on the moon from his telescope. He stated there
were unicorns, two-legged beavers,
and human-like bats, as well as
crystals, water, and plenty of
vegetation – and people believed him!
It’s so funny that people believed that
was true”.
Special thanks to:
Dr. Yadilette Rivera-Colón, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology
Undergraduate Science Program
Research Coordinator
On April 26th, the 2nd Annual
Science Defens-A-palooza featured
13 students from different science
majors who presented their honors
thesis projects as part of the
requirements for the Women in STEM
Honors and General Honors
Majors in cluded: Forensic Science,
Biology, Medical Science,
Biochemistry, Biotechnology and
Topics included the following:
--Does playing soccer improve
visuospatial working memory and
physiological stress recovery?
--Effects of Caffeine and
Acetaminophen on Cellular and
Genetic Health Compared to
Previously Reported THC Effects
--Oxygen Binding Capability in
Normal and Sickle Cell Hemoglobin
--Early Proboscidean Ancestor
Dietary Evolution
--Protein engineering in
--Harvesting Fingerprints from Plant
--Efficacy of Date Rape Drug
Detection Kits
--Annotating hypothetical proteins in
new genomes
--Can you vaccinate a worm?
--Using a tardigrade protein to protect
cells from DNA damage
--3D Printed Molds: Dime Sized
Silicone --Changing Patients Lives
Second Annual Science Defens-A-palooza
WELL 400
Social Justice
students share
on various aspects of
diversity and inclusion.
This series was created by Dr.
Courtney Patick Weber's class on
social justice. Dr. Weber has worked
with the students on these articles. She
is proud of their voices on this topic.
Katie Kang, Lilly West, and
Persefani Centeno
According to Derald Wing Sue,
microaggressions are "brief and
commonplace daily verbal,
behavioral, or environmental
indignities, whether intentional or
unintentional, that communicate
hostile, derogatory, or negative
racial slights and insults toward
people of color.”
Most people at some point in their
lives have been subject to some
sort of microaggression, an
example of a racial
microaggression is complimenting
an Asian American student for
speaking perfect English, assuming
that English isn't her first language.
Microaggressions are not always
race related, they can also be
related to gender, sexual
orientations, abilities, disabilities,
and more.
The use of microaggressions is not
talked about enough on campuses,
in workplaces, and just generally in
our society. While they may seem
harmless at the moment they are
very harmful to our self-growth and
can impact the way we see
ourselves. Whether it be a member
of the lgbtq+ community, an
individual who practices religion, or
a member of racial background, we
have all experienced the wrath of
microaggressions, and the impact
they can have on our personal
We Need to Stop Using Microaggressions
When we hear the phrase “gay path”
we encourage this idea that going to
an all women’s university is only for
members of the lgbtq+ community,
instead of seeing the university as a
home for all women who hope to
become more empowered.Hearing
“that’s so gay” in the dining hall,
because people are trying to be
funny, hurts. Hearing “you don’t look
gay” or “wow that girl’s butch” just
because of the way someone
chooses to dress, hurts. And get
weird looks from faculty or students
as I hold my girlfriend's hand walking
to the car, hurts. Whether you are
trying to be funny, or do not
understand the impact of these small
phrases, it is essential that we begin
to band together as a university and
end the use of micro-aggressive
phrases in an attempt to make this
campus more open and welcoming.
We chose this problem because we
felt as though it's something that goes
mostly unnoticed but is a very
serious matter. We would like to see
people educate themselves about
the forms of microaggressions to
make sure everyone is aware of how
certain behaviors or phrases can be
disrespectful to a group. Again, a way
to help this problem is when we hear
someone using microaggressions we
need to respectfully correct them, and
inform them of how it could be hurtful
to someone even if it does not apply
to us directly.
When people in high school figured out I
was attending an all women’s university
the first remarks I usually got were “you’ll
go in straight, but you’ll come out gay.” I
resented this statement because it
infuriated me that people would assume a
university could change your sexual
Now that I have come out to my family
and friends, this statement infuriates me
more because they all claim “I knew it.
What most people do not realize, is this
idea circulates our own university and
impacts the lives of every student or
faculty member who questions their
identity or is too afraid to come out as
who they are.
The use of
microaggressions is not
talked about enough on
campuses, in workplaces,
and just generally in our
Stay tuned for a range of
diversity and inclusion
activities at Bay Path. Each
semester, stay tuned about
workshops,seminars, clubs,
programs via Multicultural
Affairs and Student Life.
Rebecca Kosinski, Nicole Larson,
Abigail Macedo
In the climate of the world today,
many individuals are fighting a
constant battle between their core
selves and who society thinks they
should be. There are cultures and
practices being absorbed and lost in
what we collectively used to consider
to be a ‘melting pot.’ In reality, this
melting pot is now a hazardous way
of thinking that has resulted in one
small demographic’s opinion of what
is right winning out above all others.
One of the many phenomena that
play a part in this loss of individuality
is a concept labeled by W. E. B.
DuBois as double consciousness, or
“...this sense of always looking at
one’s self through the eyes of others,
of measuring one’s soul by the tape of
a world that looks on in amused
contempt and pity.”
The inner turmoil between deciding
which part of you to represent is
something I have always struggled
with. I will always acknowledge the
privilege that I have from the
whiteness of my skin; however, I
cannot deny the discrimination and
history of my ancestors. My father's
side of the family is from Brava, Cape
Verde, the smallest island off of the
Western coast of Africa. I have seen
firsthand the hardships that he has
gone through in order to make a living
and climb up the social ladder.
Photo by drmakete lab on Unsplash
Society has created a mold that
continuously changes yet implies
there is a level of perfection we
should all strive to attain. This causes
people to have an altered, more
negative view of themselves. The
way we perceive others needs to be
more than just physical appearance
because people are much more than
their flesh. There is no specific label
to what perfection looks like. Instead
of imposing that there should be a
cookie-cutter type of person, we need
to fully embrace and celebrate our
On a larger scale, one of the most
important ways that we can celebrate
these differences--both as a society
and a small educational
demographic--is to learn. As the most
recent generation of university
graduates, we are coming into the
world en masse with information and
objectives that each previous
generation did not have. With this we
can begin to make a change, even if
it is bit by bit, and the best place to
start is right here in our collective
hometown, so to speak: Bay Path
For example, when we used to visit him
we would see drastic differences in the
quality of life which left a lot of
comparisons to my mother’s home. There
were times where we would be eating off
of the floor because my father did not
have the money to afford dining room
furniture. On the other hand, we had the
privilege of living with my mother in a
large house. There were even racial
discriminations on her side of the family,
where we as her children were referred to
as the “white cape verdeans.”
These experiences not only make you
think that people of color are lesser than
those who are white, but also puts in your
mind that you should favor one side of
your family over another. When talking
about ethnicity I never know what to
answer. There have been times that I
have said I was mixed and it caused a full
on debate. I have even had to pull out
pictures to prove that, yes, the other half
of my family is darker skinned then I am,
and “oh look, here they are in our
homeland.” Even though I have visually
witnessed racism in America I have never
gone through it myself. I never know
whether to just completely deny the fact
that I am more than just white in order to
shorten the conversation or give a full-on
genealogy lesson of my paternal side.
The fact of the matter is the world has
constructed a surface level meaning to
what a person should be like. It not only is
detrimental to those who do not look like
that image, but it gives a sense of
entitlement to those who do. This creates
a mental disconnect on how we should
approach others based on what we were
indoctrinated to believe.
The fact of the matter is the
world has constructed a
surface level meaning to what
a person should be like.
Ciara Antaya
Cassandra Morris
Vinita Holmes
Imma explain wat the heck dis thing called code switching is.
Sorry, let me switch back and explain. Code switching is
defined as follows, “The modifying of one’s behavior,
appearance, language, etc., to adapt to different sociocultural
norms” (“Code-Switching”). It is a fact that every single person
in the world falls victim to code-switching, whether you are
aware of it or not. Although if you are aware that you do this,
you can prevent this potentially offensive way of interacting
with people of all different cultural backgrounds. We, as
students of Bay Path University, should be especially aware of
this issue due to how diverse the community is.
Experiences with Code-Switching
Vinita: Code switching, for me, has always been a second
“me”. I grew up hearing my mom switch her voice on the phone
and getting positive results with customer service, and really
anyone. Everyone in my family has my mom talk on the phone
for them, from my Dad to my nineteen year old sister. I didn't
understand why until I tried myself to speak on the phone. It
was some important agency or something, I couldn't make it
through 5 minutes of the call without them denying what they
can do for me and eventually them hanging up on me.
I got fed up and called on my mother. Once she talked to them
she was on the phone for way longer, taken much more
seriously, and moving up in the ranks of the people on the
phone until she got some type of manager. Once she was
there, everything got sorted out to what I wanted. This alarmed
me, I began to think about why she was taken so seriously and
I was not. Then I realized she had her “white voice” on.
The reality of code-switching
Now I can perfectly change my voice, or code switch. My
husband has seen me do it when getting calls when I'm
asleep. I sound wide a wake and have my “white voice” on
perfectly. The level of respect in the other person on the
phone's voice is always there when I start and finish with
my code switched. I don't have to argue with anyone, I
don't even have to ask for a manager. So to sum it up, I
have learned that when I code switch to not sound like a
person of color, I have no issues at all and actually get
treated like I am a person. Vice versa with someone of
color on the phone.
The goal of this paper is to shed some light on the topic in
hopes to educate more people and to get them to think
about how they are going to act towards someone who
may have different cultural views than them. If we, as a
community, take culture into consideration, there may be
less people who are left feeling offended or made fun of
because of the culture or nationality that they live by. The
action plan is to bring awareness to everyone, starting with
the campus of Bay Path University. The larger goal is for
everyone to be passionate about treating others the way
they want to be treated and bringing awareness to this
topic to create a domino effect of spreading kindness and
equality to the population.
The larger goal is for everyone to be
passionate about treating others the way
they want to be treated and bringing
awareness to this topic to create a
domino effect of spreading kindness and
equality to the population.
Sarah Power, Ashley Hevey,
Kassandra Pepper, and Nataly Alicea-Pastrana
Professor Patrick-Weber
WELL 400-HH1
15 April 2019
It is common that in an individual’s profession, they should
dress professionally or in a business casual fashion. However,
what if one’s religion makes it hard to check all of the boxes off
when dressing professionally for work? After a strong amount
of research, we have discovered that it can be extremely
difficult for women with certain religious beliefs or cultural
backgrounds to simply dress for a normal day to day
professional setting.
Many articles that we came across were asking the question of
should we conform to their discriminatory dress codes? The
answer is no, it is never okay, nor is it legal for an employer to
turn someone away or terminate them simply because of their
religious beliefs or background. This can include, hair, articles
of clothing, and even religious jewelry. Title VII of the Civil
Rights Act of 1964 states that, “businesses with at least 15
employees are required to provide “reasonable
accommodations” for those who wear religious garb, unless it
causes the employer “undue hardship” (by, for example,
compromising the safety of a factory worker)” (Bahler 5).
Unfortunately, not a lot of women know about this right, and
that they have a right to their religious practices. Luckily,
women are standing up for what they believe in and being who
they want to be in the workplace. Nataly Alicea-Pastrana's
thoughts relates to dress code. It is hard enough to be a
woman in the workplace and having to wonder if an individual
should wear a skirt or high heels to an interview, makes it that
much more challenging. Or the question of should I have to put
my hair in a low bun or take my nose piercing out? Preparing
for an interview or a new job can be hard enough, and we can
only imagine what some of the women in this world have had to
deal with when dealing with discrimination in the workplace. For
example, we think it's important to have a culturally sensitive
approach to dress code that is fair to all, within reasonable
Does Your Job Have a
Discriminatory Dress Code?
The biggest issue happens to be my hair. It’s naturally
wavy/curly and it can sometimes be hard to manage and
even style. Instead of being able to leave it natural, I have
to spend an extra hour in my morning straightening it in
order for it to reach that standard of being “well kept.” I
have tried putting it in a high ponytail while it is in its natural
state, but I end up looking unprofessional. I have had my
supervisor and even coworkers tell me that I needed to fix
my hair more because it looks “messy.” Even for the times I
would put it in a bun, they still tell me that I need it needs to
be fixed.” We wonder why curly hair in its beautiful natural
state cannot look professional? How come women with
curly hair have to have a different set of rules than the rest
of their colleagues?
Ashley Hevey has also had difficulties with company dress
code when she challenged the term “traditional” within the
company's terms of acceptance. Ashley stated that she
had to remove several ear piercings when working for an
employer because their dress code for ear piercings was
defined as “traditional ear piercings are acceptable."
Despite this vague definition, the human resource manager
said that multiple ear piercings and body modifications
were not considered "traditional" and explained that
traditional is defined by “the majority population." Some
cultures and religions have piercings and body
modifications that are considered to be traditional for their
culture and religion, but not traditional when applying this
standard to the “majority population."
We chose this as our topic because we believe that it is
important for women of all religious beliefs and cultural
backgrounds to have a place in this world. Whether that be
professionally or socially, no one woman should feel as
though they do not have a right to express themselves
through fashion, jewelry, and hair.
Kathryn Chin
Sharae Banks
Min Henderson
Mykaela Jensen
In today's modern society women face many other obstacles
in a gender inequality environment, and even though gender
inequality can affect both men and women, women are the
ones that face the most damage in our society today.
Gender inequality has been around for many years, and
even though women fight for the same rights as men, we
never seem to get what we want because we are “women”.
The most common type of gender inequality is the pay gap.
Social Justice Project:
Gender Inequality
In “What is the gender pay gap and is it real?” the
Economic Policy Institute mentions: “A typical, or median,
woman working full time is paid 80 cents for every dollar a
typical man working full time is paid.” The American
Association of University Women (AAUW) counted the
earnings ratio between women’s median earnings and
men’s median earnings in “The Simple Truth about the
Gender Pay Gap.” The result is an 80% pay gap between
these two genders in 2017. These studies prove the one
fifth pay gap existing between men and women in recent
The gender pay gap is just one example of gender equality
in America. Other current gender problems include: the
gender gap in universities, sexual harassment, lack of
affordable medical/child care, and government
representation. When you factor in race, gender identity,
and/or socioeconomic status, the gap becomes
staggering.The reasons for these inequalities are many,
including the power of gender stereotypes and media
representation. But what can we do about it--what can our
graduating seniors do to help us make some real world
Negotiate your salaries. Get your Master's. Get your PhD.
Run for office. Vote.
As students come to their final steps towards graduation,
many will face ups and downs in life and in the workplace.
If these graduating women learn how to negotiate pay with
potential employers, they can increase their chances for
better pay. If these graduating women continue their
education, they will qualify for advanced positions and earn
more power and prestige. If these graduating women run
for office, more and more women will represent us in our
government. We are already starting to see those changes
today. And if we all vote, our voices will be heard and
people will see what we care about matters.