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Pictured above: current Nichols students with alumnus Robert Kuppenheimer '69.
A group of student leaders at Nichols College gathered around Robert "Kuppy" Kuppenheimer '69 on March 22 for an informal talk focused on his days at Nichols, his notable career, and his philanthropic endeavors.
Kuppy credits Nichols for giving him the educational foundation to succeed. "It was astounding how well prepared I was as a professional," he told students. He referenced an accounting class taught by the late professor John Katori '55 which enabled him to distinguish himself at Paine Webber, where he began working as a sophomore. Kuppy is retiring this month as vice president/managing director of distribution development for Nuveen Investments following a 40-year career there.
The gathering was hosted by Erin Sheehan '17 and Chris Capuzzo '16, student representatives on the Campaign Steering Committee, who devised the idea of bringing one of the college's most successful and dedicated graduates to speak informally with students. "We all know of Kuppenheimer Hall on campus. This was our opportunity to meet 'the man behind the building,'" said Sheehan.
The diverse group of 14 students in attendance, representing the Emerging Leaders Program, student-athletes, and campus leaders, sought Kuppy's advice on finance careers, and graduate school. The students also learned about Kuppy's involvement as a trustee/alumnus on campus; from the renovation of the New Dorm dedicated to him in 1998, to all the other projects and events he hosts every year.
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Forestry program leaves lasting mark on campus
Forestry alumni Jim Jackson ’69, Jon Ives '67 and Ron Schmitt ’65 stand with their alumni achievement award in the newly named Nicon Plaza on campus.
As part of the ribbon cutting for the new academic building, the College dedicated Nicon Plaza, a garden area adjacent to the new building, to the students and faculty of the Nichols College Forestry Program, Nichols Conservation Club (Nicon) and the Intercollegiate Woodsmen Teams
“From 1954 to 1970, this group had such an impact on the culture of the college, with their hands-on study of forestry management, their thrilling competitions, and their annual game suppers,” said President Engelkemeyer. “Today they remain a spirited group of alumni who return to campus for their own reunion weekends and who spearheaded an effort to raise a significant gift to this building.” Their efforts raised close to $250,000 for the project.
Earlier that day, Nichols College foresters were given the Alumni Achievement Award by the Alumni Association Board of Directors for their impact on the culture and history of Nichols. Jim Jackson ’69, Jon Ives '67 and Ron Schmitt ’65 accepted the award on behalf of all Forestry alumni.
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