Southern Vermont College Provost Al DeCiccio Receives Red Sox’s Good Citizenship/Civil Service Award for Work in Education

July 23, 2013

As part of the Boston Red Sox’s “Celebrating Service” month of July, Southern Vermont College (SVC) Provost Al DeCiccio was recognized by the team as the civil servant of the game for his work in education on Friday night prior to a divisional showdown with the New York Yankees.

A lifetime Red Sox fan, DeCiccio had the rare opportunity to visit the field and be introduced to the Fenway Faithful next to team mascot Wally. Adam Grossman, Red Sox Senior Vice President of Marketing, joined the two behind home plate to present DeCiccio with a team jacket, all of which was broadcast on the Fenway Park video board.

DeCiccio was thrilled by the experience. He said, “I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy many thrills at Fenway Park, including seeing Carlton Fisk hit the famous homerun in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series. Being honored by the Red Sox for doing the work I have loved so much over the years, and especially at SVC is, by far, the most excitement I’ve ever had at what John Updike called ‘a lyric little bandbox of a ballpark.’ I was deeply touched, and I know how very fortunate I am to be able to take on the work of educating the next generation’s workers and leaders.”

The Red Sox organization is honoring civil servants such as DeCiccio at each of the 12 home games in July. Prior to the start of these contests, the Red Sox Foundation makes a contribution to a community service organization, and the team recognizes citizens who have dedicated their careers to public and civil service. The Red Sox wives and Red Sox front office members are also continuing to visit and help those in need.

DeCiccio has been the Provost of SVC since 2008, and helped to institute the College’s innovative 4 x 4 curriculum, which employs laboratory learning across the curriculum and engages students in peer to peer as well as peer-to-professor study. He teaches an innovative, Quest for Success, first-year, seminar class on ancestry, which involves DNA testing and research, using the methodology of renowned scholar Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. The results of these classes have been displayed at the Bennington Museum. DeCiccio has represented Southern Vermont College at numerous regional, national, and international conferences. He has authored a variety of articles and blogs for publications that may be found in such places as the New England Journal of Higher Education (NEJHE), the Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education (JARHE), and Pearson Learning Solutions. In addition to a book chapter on spirituality, DeCiccio also co-wrote an article with SVC President Karen Gross for the New England Journal of Higher Education (NEJHE).