BY JOHN DRURY // MAY 5, 2013 //
A barbeque for the sophomore class was held on the lawn outside the 886 Residence Hall on Tuesday, May 1. But the purpose of the festivities wasn’t to simply feed second-year students burgers and hotdogs.
Rather, it was a small effort to let these students know that Curry wants them to continue their studies in Milton.
“This barbeque is for the sophomores to enjoy while being halfway done with their academic career here at Curry College,” said Vince Walker, assistant director of Residence Life, who organized the barbeque with Mike Gravell, a community director at 886.
Curry’s retention rate for first-year students is a relatively low 65 percent, while its four-year graduation rate is a meager 37 percent, according to recent data. While burgers and hotdogs aren’t likely to improve either number, the effort is an indication that the college is working to engage students in different ways.
“I feel that the end of the year barbeque is just for fun…a big indicator that we are halfway done with college,” said Jimmy Newman, a management major, who noted that he intends to return to Curry in the fall. “I also think [it] represents the fact that they are trying to keep students here.”
However, sophomore criminal justice major John Castellano, who plays lacrosse at Curry, said he will not be return in the fall.
“I am transferring to Monmouth University in New Jersey, mainly because my sister will be going off to college as well, so it is kind of a financial reason,” said the New York native.
Conversely, Jason Thomas, a sophomore communication major, said Curry was his No. 1 choice coming out of high school—he also applied to Dean College in Franklin, Mass., and Mitchell College in New London, Conn.—and that he intends to graduate from Curry.
“It is a very satisfying school,” he said. “I do see myself here for the next two years.”