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AIC Homecoming Weekend begins with ice hockey against UMass

Homecoming weekend at American International College (AIC) began Friday with the AIC Division I Men’s Ice Hockey game. The football game will be held on Saturday against New Haven at 12 p.m., the tailgating lot opens at 8 a.m. Additional games include women’s lacrosse alumni, flag football, softball alumni, baseball alumni, men’s lacrosse alumni, and men’s rugby. The full list of events was included online in the story covered by WWLP-22News.

UMass, AIC hockey teams bring parallel profiles to matchup

One team is the defending NCAA champion. The other has dominated its league for three years. For as much as UMass’ rise to ultimate glory defied decades of losing, the renaissance of AIC hockey has been at least as amazing. As the only Division I sport at a Division II school, the Yellow Jackets set NCAA records for losing over a period of more than 20 years, and even considered dropping the sport, before Lang showed up to expand recruiting and insist there was reason for hope.


In 2019, AIC won its first title in the Atlantic Hockey conference. It has won the last three, and its 2-1 NCAA tournament victory over No. 1 seed St. Cloud State in 2019 is widely considered the biggest upset in the history of college hockey.


Perhaps the most relevant compliment the Yellow Jackets have earned is that even though they are facing the NCAA champion this weekend, competitive hockey is expected and an victory by AIC, while still an upset, should not be deemed impossible. The full story is available as a subscriber exclusive on MassLive.

AIC To Offer In-Person Open Houses, Virtual Information Sessions In October

The American International College (AIC) Admissions office will offer in-person and virtual open houses and information sessions for prospective undergraduate- and graduate-degree program applicants during October.


Timed to coincide with Homecoming weekend, the undergraduate open house will take place on Saturday, Oct. 16 from 9 a.m. to noon, giving interested students an opportunity to catch the AIC Homecoming football game beginning at noon, along with other athletic events.


Numerous graduate information sessions, offered virtually, will be held during October for interested applicants in the areas of business, arts and sciences, education, and health sciences, including a specialized session dedicated to the doctor of physical therapy program. An open house for all graduate-level programs will take place on Saturday, Oct. 30 at 11 a.m.


Interested participants are invited to visit for a complete list of dates, times, and to register. More information is available in BusinessWest and on MassLive.

Colleges Welcome Students Back With An Abundance Of Caution

After a year when colleges offered a wide variety of learning options during the pandemic, the vast majority have opened their classrooms, residence halls, and athletic fields for a true on-campus experience this fall, but they are doing so with caution.


As vice president for Student Affairs and dean of students at American International College (AIC) in Springfield, Matt Scott is just one of countless higher-education administrators who have spent the past 18 months adapting to one unexpected development after another when it came to COVID-19 and how students could best learn and interact during the pandemic. Scott shared that the College has become expert at pivoting with frequent changes. The latest pivot for AIC, one similar to what most colleges and universities are doing, involves students living and learning on campus, with residence halls open and clubs and sports in full swing. But a facemask requirement is back, too, at least indoors. And AIC is also requiring students and employees to be vaccinated against COVID. The full story is available in BusinessWest.

American International College Honors 273 Student-Athletes

The American International College (AIC) Athletic Director’s 3.0 Club induction ceremony welcomed 273 student-athletes into its ranks on August 31, 2021. The annual event, held in the College’s Esther B. Griswold Theatre, takes place at the beginning of fall semester, and recognizes those returning student-athletes who achieve a 3.0 cumulative GPA or better after attending AIC for one year or more. The purpose of the Athletic Director’s 3.0 Club is to recognize the student in student-athlete by celebrating academic achievement with the overarching goal that these young men and women will be recognized as academic role models and serve as an inspiration for all student-athletes, especially those new to AIC. More details can be found online at PRWebMarketWatchBenzinga, and 22 additional outlets picked up the story.