April 2020                                                                                                   Monthly Alumni Newsletter
A message from President Dr. Harry Dumay
A Message to Alumni from President Dumay
Dr. Dumay's message to Elms College Alumni
Dr. Bonnie Candia-Bailey Welcomed as New VP

Elms College has named accomplished higher-education executive Antoinette "Bonnie" Candia-Bailey the college's first vice president of Student Affairs and chief Diversity officer. Candia-Bailey, joined Elms College on April 1 and assumed responsibility for the strategic oversight and management of the college's Student Affairs and Diversity and Inclusion offices.

The position of vice president of Student Affairs and chief Diversity officer is a new one for the college. Candia-Bailey will be responsible for providing leadership, management, and supervision to the director of Diversity and Inclusion, the dean of students, the director of Campus Ministry, and the director of Athletics. She will advise the president and other members of the executive leadership team on all student-affairs and diversity matters.

Candia-Bailey has more than 20 years of progressive experience in student affairs and diversity and inclusion at higher-education institutions, including North Carolina State University, Towson University in Maryland, and North Carolina A&T State University. She holds a doctoral degree in leadership studies from North Carolina A&T State University, a master's degree in rehabilitation counseling and disability studies from Michigan State University, and a bachelor's degree in sociology from Lincoln University in Missouri.

"I am deeply honored and humbled to join the Elms College Cabinet, led by President Harry E. Dumay," Candia-Bailey said. "I look forward to playing a role in promoting and advocating the success of all of our students. I am excited to contribute to the strategic goals, mission, and vision by being a student-centered advocate."

Abiding by the college's social-distancing policy during the COVID-19 pandemic, she will be working remotely at the start of her tenure.

Alumni in the News

Junior Achievement of Western Massachusetts (JAWM) announced that Nicole Fregeau '18 has joined the organization as program manager.

Fregeau is a graduate of Elms College with a bachelor's degree in business management. She participated in Elms College campus ministry service trips to Nicaragua, where she worked on clean-water and education projects.

The task at hand: you are asked to teach math, writing, social studies, 
and science to seven smiling students ranging from five to eight years old. The twist? They're 
all deaf. Despite the tremendous challenge, this feat is accomplished five days a week by Ellen "Betsy" Grenier '92.

Grenier grew up in Chicopee, Mass. in a large, Irish-Catholic family and was the first of her family to go to college right out 
of high school and finish
in four years. She attended Elms College, where she received a bachelor's degree in elementary education


A certified public accountant (CPA) and experienced auditor and senior audit manager, has been named controller at the University 
of Massachusetts Amherst. Frank Sousa, '11 has more than eight years of experience in accounting 
and audit, most recently serving as a senior manager at KPMG in  Hartford Connecticut.

Sousa, a Western Massachusetts native, 
earned a bachelor's degree from  Elms College and a master's degree from the University of Connecticut. 

Reunion 2020 - Reimagining Our Celebration
The Office of Alumni Relations and many other campus partners are looking forward to welcoming alumni back to campus in the near future. Unfortunately we will need to postpone the 2020 Reunion due to the uncertainty of COVID-19. This does not diminish how excited we are to have you back on campus and are in the process of reaching out to alumni from the 2020 reunion classes, graduates of the 0's and 5's. At the same time, we will be reaching out to the graduating classes of 1's and 6's that will reunion in June 2021 for your feedback as well. 

This year, the Class of 1970 celebrates their 50th Reunion and will be welcomed as Golden Blazers. We could never let this milestone pass without a special celebration. We will be looking at new and creative ideas and those ideas are going to be best generated from you, our dedicated alumni. 

Should we celebrate in the September, October, or next spring? What are the most important aspects of reunion? What new event ideas do you have? What Elms' traditions are most important to you?

Reunion classes watch for an upcoming alumni survey and share your feedback so we can plan the best reunion experience. 

In order to make our reimagined reunion the talk of the Elms alumni community, we need your help. Please contact Andrea Holden at alumni@elms.edu or 413-265-2454 if you want to talk about your ideas or are willing to volunteer.
Elms Alumni Staying Connected During COVID-19

Elms Notes is a weekly email to Elms College alumni. This initiative is a short term project to stay connected to Elms College alumni during COVID-19. We will share Elms updates, offer opportunities to connect virtually, showcase resources and activities for you and your family during these challenging times.

You can expect Elms Notes to arrive every Wednesday afternoon beginning April 22.

In addition, please stay connected on Elms College and Elms Alumni social media. Watch for opportunities to share how you are doing, posting your favorite recipes, participate in contests and generally spending time with a community you love, the Elms!

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