News Article | April 17, 2017
American International College’s (AIC) Assistant Athletic Director of Compliance and Senior Woman Administrator Jessica Chapin has been appointed to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II Management Council through January 2021. As part of her commitment Chapin will serve on two committees; the NCAA Research Committee and the Committee on Infractions. The Management Council is charged with recommending administrative policy and regulations that govern the Division. The Management Council reports directly to the President's Council, and implements the policies adopted by the Association’s Board of Governors and Division II President's Council. The Management Council may sponsor legislative proposals, make interpretations of Division II’s bylaws, and may also handle resolution of Division II issues and recommendations from other committees and working groups throughout the Division’s substructure. The Council is comprised of Division II chief executive officers, faculty athletics representatives, athletic directors, senior woman administrators, conference representatives and student-athletes. At least two members, except student-athletes, shall represent each DII geographical region. Currently 29 members strong, Chapin joins the Council as a senior woman administrator. “Not only am I honored to have been appointed, through my appointment to the Council, AIC will now be featured on a national level. I look forward to being part of positive change in Division II as the NCAA looks to further enhance the student-athlete experience,” says Chapin. According to AIC President Vince Maniaci, “Jess Chapin is a tremendous young administrator with an extremely bright future. Serving on the NCAA Management Council will be an excellent opportunity for her to assist in impacting Division II collegiate athletics in a positive way. Jess will represent AIC with grace and professionalism and will prove to be a critical member of each committee on which she serves.” Founded in 1885, American International College (AIC) is a private, co-educational, master’s institution located in Springfield, Massachusetts. AIC is an interfaith, interracial, and international educational institution with the School of Business, Arts & Sciences, the School of Health Sciences, and the School of Education. AIC supports and advances education, diversity, and opportunity for its students and the community. More information is available online at http://www.aic.edu.
Rogers-Cooper J.,American International College
Canadian Review of American Studies | Year: 2016
Three recent publications in nineteenth-century American literary studies are compelling examples of the field's turn toward "minoritarian" criticism, a mode of inquiry that draws on a variety of "minor" movements in scholarship such as queer studies and critical race and ethnic studies. The collection of essays in Unsettled States exemplify the minoritarian impulse to treat literary and archival texts as theoretical objects coeval with the authority of contemporary scholarship and cultural theory. One of the contributors to Unsettled States, Kyla Wazana Tompkins, also authored Racial Indigestion, a foundational text in recent food studies that authoritatively traces the erotic politics of the mouth over the long nineteenth century. In The Delectable Negro, the late Vincent Woodward provocatively addresses the ways bodies of enslaved African Americans were cannibalized, metaphorically and literally, by parasitic slave masters. All three texts stake out new practices, objects, and methods for the field, and suggest vital new directions for future scholarship. © Canadian Review of American Studies.
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Audie J.,American International College
Current Pharmaceutical Design | Year: 2010
The case for peptide-based drugs is compelling. Due to their chemical, physical and conformational diversity, and relatively unproblematic toxicity and immunogenicity, peptides represent excellent starting material for drug discovery. Nature has solved many physiological and pharmacological problems through the use of peptides, polypeptides and proteins. If nature could solve such a diversity of challenging biological problems through the use of peptides, it seems reasonable to infer that human ingenuity will prove even more successful. And this, indeed, appears to be the case, as a number of scientific and methodological advances are making peptides and peptide-based compounds ever more promising pharmacological agents. Chief among these advances are powerful chemical and biological screening technologies for lead identification and optimization, methods for enhancing peptide in vivo stability, bioavailability and cell-permeability, and new delivery technologies. Other advances include the development and experimental validation of robust computational methods for peptide lead identification and optimization. Finally, scientific analysis, biology and chemistry indicate the prospect of designing relatively small peptides to therapeutically modulate so-called 'undruggable' protein-protein interactions. Taken together a clear picture is emerging: through the synergistic use of the scientific imagination and the computational, chemical and biological methods that are currently available, effective peptide therapeutics for novel targets can be designed that surpass even the proven peptidic designs of nature. © 2010 Bentham Science Publishers Ltd.
News Article | February 15, 2017
American International College (AIC) has signed articulation agreements with Holyoke Community College (HCC), Springfield Technical Community College (STCC), and Capital Community College (CCC) in Hartford, CT. Articulation agreements formally partner programs between two-year colleges and four-year institutions. This accord between American International College and Holyoke Community College, Springfield Technical Community College and Capital Community College align courses and programs that will allow qualified candidates to make a smooth, successful transfer from these community colleges to AIC. An articulation agreement can mean time and cost savings for students by not having to take duplicate courses. In addition, articulation agreements help both the sending and receiving institutions boost enrollment and retention rates. At AIC, the program is referred to as Direct Connect. Direct Connect transfer students automatically receive a $4,000 scholarship in addition to their earned merit scholarship, before any need-based aid is awarded. This means Direct Connect students can earn up to $17,000 per year in financial gift aid, not loans, before being evaluated for additional need-based aid. And, unlike some other transfer articulation agreements, the Direct Connect program at AIC allows students to study and major in their area of interest while attending their community college. “We are very pleased to have entered into partnerships with HCC, STCC, and CCC,” said AIC President Vince Maniaci. “It is a benefit to students to know that the courses they take at the community college level can be transferred to our four-year institution. These partnerships also benefit our institution, knowing that when we accept students from these three community colleges, they have already proven they can meet the requirements of college level programs.” More information about American International College’s Direct Connect program and other undergraduate, and graduate degree programs can be found online at http://www.aic.edu.
News Article | December 21, 2016
American International College has earned the 2017 Military Friendly® School designation by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs®, STEM JobsSM, and Military Spouse. First published in 2009, Military Friendly® Schools is the most comprehensive, powerful resource for veterans today. Each year, the list of Military Friendly® Schools is provided to service members and their families, helping them select the best college, university, or trade school to receive the education and training needed to pursue a civilian career. Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from Victory Media’s proprietary survey. More than 1,700 schools participated in the 2017 survey; 1,273 were awarded with the designation. Ratings methodology, criteria, and weightings were determined by Victory Media with input from the Military Friendly® Advisory Council of independent leaders in the higher education and military recruitment community. Final ratings were determined by combining the institution’s survey scores with the assessment of the institution’s ability to meet thresholds for student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence (degree advancement or transfer) and loan default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans. “American International College is proud to assist those men and women who serve our country. The College recognizes the value of the many educational and leadership experiences that occur in the Armed Forces, and the excellent foundation that military experience provides. In turn, we give veteran students transfer credits for service in the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard, helping service members and veterans get a head start on earning their degrees,” says AIC President Vince Maniaci. According to Daniel Nichols, a Navy Reserve veteran and chief product officer at Victory Media, “Our ability to apply a clear, consistent standard to the majority of colleges gives veterans a comprehensive view of which schools are striving to provide the best opportunities and conditions for our nation’s student veterans. Military Friendly® helps military families make the best use of the Post-9/11 GI Bill and other federal benefits while allowing us to further our goal of assisting them in finding success in their chosen career fields.” For more information about AIC’s commitment to attracting and supporting military students, visit AIC’s website at http://www.aic.edu or https://www.aic.edu/admissions/undergraduate/veterans/. AIC will be showcased along with other 2017 Military Friendly® Schools in the annual Guide to Military Friendly® Schools, special education issues of G .I. Jobs® and Military Spouse Magazine, and on militaryfriendly.com.
News Article | February 15, 2017
Online Psychology Degrees, a comprehensive web-based psychology degree guide, has named American International College (AIC) one of the top colleges for a graduate degree in forensic psychology in a recent ranking. The College is one of only two schools in Massachusetts to be named in this category. The mission at Online Psychology Degrees is to provide high-quality, well-researched rankings and other resources for individuals considering a career in psychology. Programs were selected for ranking based on criteria such as cost of attendance, number of degree and specialization options offered, accreditation, and acknowledgement by a national ranking body. The American International College master’s degree program in forensic psychology was created for students who have a bachelor’s degree in psychology, criminal justice, or a related field. The forensic psychology program emphasizes the combination of psychology and law, as well as the psychology behind police work, corrections, probation, and parole. Students learn about victim services, juvenile justice and family services to help work in those areas upon graduation. The curriculum includes a wide range of areas related to law enforcement and the evaluation and treatment of offenders. Careers in psychology and related mental health professions are rapidly growing throughout the United States. The Unites States Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Handbook predicts that between 2012 and 2022 the occupation of psychologist will see an increase of at least twelve percent. Psychologists, therapists and mental health counselors are in high demand in a variety of work settings. Forensic psychology specifically involves the application of psychology to questions and issues relating to law and the legal system. More information about graduate and undergraduate degree programs at American International College is available online at http://www.aic.edu.
News Article | February 21, 2017
American International College (AIC) is proud to announce that its master’s level Occupational Therapy pass rate for 2016 is 100% as designated by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc. (NBCOT®). NBCOT is a not-for-profit credentialing agency that provides certification for the occupational therapy profession, setting a world-class standard for certification of occupational therapy practitioners. In addition, the organization works with state regulatory authorities and employers, providing information on credentials and professional conduct. NBCOT develops, administers, and continually reviews its certification process based on current and valid standards that provide reliable indicators of competence for the practice of occupational therapy. Occupational Therapists are healthcare professionals, committed to providing safe and effective occupational therapy services to children, adults, the elderly, and communities. NBCOT initial certification is a requisite for licensure in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. According to AIC’s Dean of the School of Health Sciences Cesarina Thompson, PhD, RN, ANEF, “We are extremely proud of this accomplishment at American International College. Employment for occupational therapists is projected to grow by 29% through 2022, a much faster growth than the average for all other occupations. With the growing demand for rehabilitation and disabilities services, there is a need to prepare occupational therapists who will be equipped to practice in an evolving and complex health care system and advocate for the profession. As 2017 marks the 100th year of the existence of occupational therapy, this achievement underscores the centennial vision for the practice.” In addition to the master’s level OT program at AIC, in the fall of 2016, the College launched a new online Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) program. The online program, approved by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), is uniquely designed to create faculty and educator leaders for the future who incorporate their occupational therapy knowledge with experience from clinical practice, research, education, and advocacy while integrating the core philosophy of the profession. More information on the Occupational Therapy program and other opportunities within the School of Health Sciences at AIC is available online at http://www.aic.edu or by calling Dean Thompson at 413-205-3700. Founded in 1885, American International College (AIC) is a private, co-educational, master’s institution located in Springfield, Massachusetts. AIC is an interfaith, interracial, and international educational institution with School of Business, Arts & Sciences, the School of Education, and the School of Health Sciences. AIC supports and advances education, diversity, and opportunity for its students and the community.
News Article | October 28, 2016
Last spring, American International College (AIC) students Jazmine Baehr of Torrington, CT and Alexander Clark of Mashpee, MA were awarded coveted spots in College Debate 2016. Nationally, only 137 students were selected to participate. Massachusetts had a total of only three delegates with AIC junior Baehr and senior Clark honored. College Debate 2016: “The Leaders of Today” is a first of its kind initiative created by Dominican University in San Rafael, CA to provide college students throughout the country with a platform to discuss and debate the complex issues facing the nation. Dominican is a Voter Education Partner for the Commission on Presidential Debates. In June, delegates gathered at the University for a two-day Workshop to discuss topics ranging from innovation, civility, and digital media to developing strategies to engage Millennials and increase voter turnout. Students were responsible for developing social media campaigns to reach out to as many of their peers as possible during the summer months. One million users were reached on Facebook alone through sharing. Delegates returned to Dominican in September for a moderated town hall meeting, live-streamed to campuses across the United States. During the town hall, students were tasked with agreeing on key issues and creating very specific questions for the presidential candidates to address. These questions revolved around five key topics: civil rights, the economy, education, foreign policy, and immigration. Students were charged with respectfully debating, painstakingly crafting, and ultimately formulating six questions that would be presented to the moderators of the 2016 presidential debates. Baehr recently learned that her team’s question on the economy has been selected for one of the upcoming Presidential debates. It will be read by the moderator and asks, “How would you restructure government assistance programs for unemployed or impoverished people to obtain self-sufficiency?” According to Baehr, “Delegates wanted to give questions that the candidates can’t dance around. Questions that demanded an answer, but were open ended enough for an honest response, not a scripted answer.” When asked about his most memorable experience as part of the bipartisan effort Clark says, “The coolest thing was meeting people from other states and discovering what we have in common and how we are different. Whether democrat or republican, everybody was on the same page.”
News Article | February 15, 2017
Throughout the month of February, American International College (AIC) will use the College’s social media platforms and website to feature prominent African Americans who have helped shape the culture and fabric of our country and our world. Leaders from the civil rights movement, the military, literature, exploration, sports and entertainment will be highlighted daily. As an institution of higher learning with nearly half of its population comprised of first generation students, one of the hallmarks of American International College is the value it places on diversity. “The diversity that results from a population with mixed backgrounds is one of our strengths,” says President Vince Maniaci. “AIC is very student-centric and believes that while a college education includes academic and intellectual growth, it must also include the development of personal, spiritual, and emotional intelligence. We all see things through a different prism based on the environment we come from; being culturally diverse leads to deeper discussions and increased awareness as AIC students make their way into a rapidly changing world.” To join AIC in this month-long tribute, please visit American International College’s website at http://www.aic.edu, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/AmericanInternationalCollege or Twitter, @aiconcampus.
News Article | November 2, 2016
The Chronicle of Higher Education has named American International College (AIC) one of the fastest growing colleges in the United States for the fifth time. Among private, nonprofit master’s institutions, AIC placed among the top 20 colleges and universities in the country, ranking 16th, with a nearly 124% growth rate. AIC is the only Massachusetts college or university to place in this category and outpaced the national average growth rate of 21.7% by more than 100%. AIC has more than doubled its enrollment over a 10-year span, 2004-2014. “We believe that a college education is more than academic and intellectual growth,” says President Vince Maniaci. "At AIC, we are committed to the personal, spiritual, and professional development of our students. We identify trends, explore and develop programs that will provide our students with a foundation upon which they can build to reach their full potential. This is a competitive and rapidly changing world. We make every effort to help our students compete successfully in that environment and are proud to be recognized for our efforts.” Data collected for the Chronicle of Higher Education was based on fall enrollments of full-time and part-time students and included all U.S. degree granting programs with a minimum of a 500 student enrollment in 2004.