Seen and Heard On Campus


  • DAVID BAILOT ’17, an athletic training major from Adams, Massachusetts, delivered the college’s eighth annual First Lecture Feb. 28 in the Rogers Center for the Arts. The topic of his speech focused on different lessons that Bailot learned over the course of his time at Merrimack. The First Lecture is modeled on the Last Lecture, a popular event on college campuses in which professors speak as if it were the last lecture they would ever give.
  • JULIANA COHEN, assistant professor of health sciences, was named a fellow at the Obesity Society, the leading scientific organization dedicated to the study of obesity. The appointment, which recognizes exemplary contributions to the field of obesity research, treatment and prevention, is one of the highest honors awarded by the society.
  • MICHAEL DECESARE, professor and chair of sociology, delivered keynote addresses at two professional conferences in April in his capacity as chair of the American Association of University Professors’ Committee on College and University Governance. On April 8, DeCesare delivered a talk, “Threats to Traditional Academic Governance,” at the Kentucky AAUP Conference in Louisville. On April 27, he delivered an address on challenges facing governance leaders at the SUNY Voices Conference on Shared Governance, in Suffern, New York.
  • ERIN HAMLEN, head coach of the women’s ice hockey team, was named to the Adirondack (New York) Hockey Hall of Fame—the first female to receive that honor. A native of Glens Falls, New York, Hamlen played for the U.S. Women’s National Hockey Team for seven seasons, where she won IIHF World Women’s Championship Silver Medals in 1992, 1994, 1997 and 1999.
  • DAN SAROFIAN-BUTIN, professor and founding dean of Merrimack’s School of Education and Social Policy, was named to the American Enterprise Institute’s Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings for the fifth consecutive year. The list comprises 200 university scholars who make significant contributions to national debates on public education. Sarofian-Butin was listed at No. 119.