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AIC Names Jessica Chapin Director of Athletics

American International College (AIC) President Vincent Maniaci announced that Jessica Chapin has been named director of Athletics effective July 1, 2021. Chapin has been serving as interim director of Athletics for the past eighteen months. As director, Chapin is responsible for the day-to-day administration of the athletics department, including oversight of compliance, and ensuring NCAA Division I and Division II rules and bylaws are followed, along with supporting retention, financial aid, and new student recruitment by collaborating with offices across campus. Full story is available at Atlantic Hockey Online.

AIC Names Louis Izzi Jr. Vice President for Athletics

American International College (AIC) has named Louis Izzi Jr. as the vice president for Athletics, President Vincent Maniaci announced on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. In this role, Izzi will focus on strategy, leadership, and development within the athletics department. Full story is available at Atlantic Hockey Online.

AIC's Director of Rugby T. Fletcher discusses NCAA, USAR D1 rugby recruiters are making Guam a priority

As recently as the mid-2010s, opportunity barely existed for Guam's high school rugby players to play the sport after graduation. But that is not true any longer. In just five or six years, at least 20 Guamanians have been recruited to play collegiate rugby in the NCAA, USA Rugby and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. And there are 17 players from the island that will be playing NCAA or USAR Division I - the highest level of collegiate rugby in the U.S. “The number of Guamanians present in the highest levels of collegiate competition shows that the rugby culture on Guam is thriving,” said T. Fletcher, the director of rugby at American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts. “Having that many students playing all across the U.S. is a great indicator of both the quality of rugby being played in high schools, as well as the maturity of your young men and women,” added Fletcher, who has recruited seven of Guam’s student-athletes to play for the Yellow Jackets. To read the full story and find out more about Director Fletcher's plans for future recruitment, go to The Guam Daily Post.

AIC to allow fans at athletic events this fall

The American International College Department of Athletics has announced that fans can return to athletic events during the 2021-2022 academic year. According to AIC, the decision was made following guidance from the CDC and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. The College is asking those not fully vaccinated to continue wearing a mask and social distancing. All students and employees will be required by the college to get vaccinated prior to returning to campus in the fall. Full story is available on WWLP-22News.

AIC political science professor discusses Governor Baker still on the fence about re-running in 2022

Governor Charlie Baker was in Western Massachusetts on July 7, 2021, and was asked whether or not he’ll be running for re-election. The Governor indicted he would make a decision in the near future. AIC Professor of Political Science Robert Ravens-Seger discussed the timeframe when the Governor should announce his candidacy with WesternMassNews.