WESTERN NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE NEWS



Niedel Honored with Jim Quinn Human Service Award
Richard M. Niedel of Longmeadow has been honored for his distinguished contributions to the human service profession, receiving the Jim Quinn Human Service Award during the 2018 Regional Social Work Conference at Western New England University May 23. The award recognizes Niedel’s pioneering work on behalf of individuals with developmental disabilities over the course of his 43-year career. “My position and title has...


Outstanding College of Engineering Students Honored
Western New England University held the College of Engineering Senior Awards Ceremony on May 19 in Rivers Memorial Hall. Students receiving Academic Honors Awards are selected based on their academic achievement in the major or based on their overall class standing. The following students were recognized for their outstanding achievement:Matthieu C. Audet - Henry L. Sundberg Jr. AwardEric M. Brodeur - Outstanding Senior in Computer...


Outstanding Arts and Sciences Students Honored
Western New England University held the College of Arts and Sciences Senior Awards Ceremony on May 19 in the Lyman and Leslie Wood Auditorium. Students receiving Academic Honors Awards are selected based on their academic achievement in the major or based on their overall class standing. The following students were recognized for their outstanding achievement:Isis P. Abiguime - Biology Achievement AwardMarielle P. Caron - Nancy Hoar...


Art Gallery to Feature the Student Study Abroad Photography Exhibition
The Art Gallery at Western New England University will host a summer long exhibition entitled “Study Abroad” an exhibit by Western New England University students from May 23 to August 18. The gallery is located in the St. Germain Campus Center. All gallery events are free and open to the public. The Student Study Abroad Photography Exhibition features thirty-six photographs chosen from over 100 entries submitted last year...


Viral campaign #YouAreWelcomeHere unveils international scholarship program
Western New England University, together with Temple University, leader of the widespread #YouAreWelcomeHere social media campaign to encourage international students to study in the United States, and seven other U.S. college and university partners, today launched a national scholarship program for incoming international students for fall 2019. This new scholarship will provide financial support for incoming international...


2018 Undergraduate Commencement
A steady rain outside did not dampen spirits inside the Alumni Healthful Living Center, as 632 freshly-minted graduates joined the ranks of Western New England University alumni during the institution’s 2018 Undergraduate Commencement ceremony Saturday, May 19. "The moment we’ve waited four years for is happening right now," proclaimed student speaker Samantha J. Palumbo in addressing her fellow graduates. The future...


Downes, Grabiec Honored with President's Medallion
It is increasingly rare these days to find somebody who spends more than fifty years at a single workplace. Two men who have done just that were recently honored at Western New England University for their service to the institution and its students.  Coach Arthur William “Red” Downes and Assistant Dean of Engineering Richard Grabiec were each presented the prestigious President’s Medallion Award during...


University Introduces Summer Programs for High School Students
This summer marks the launch of “Mission: Ignition,” a unique summer exploration for high school students at Western New England University. “Mission: Ignition” consists of five separate programs designed to allow students to explore new ideas that will spark their passion and creativity while exploring potential college majors and career paths. “This is an outstanding opportunity for high...


Students Inducted Into Alpha Mu Alpha National Honor Society
The Western New England University chapter of Alpha Mu Alpha National Honor Society welcomed seven students at the annual induction ceremony. Alpha Mu Alpha is the national marketing honorary society for qualified undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral marketing students and marketing faculty. Under the auspices of the American Marketing Association (AMA), Alpha Mu Alpha acknowledges outstanding scholastic achievement on a highly competitive...


University to Host Information Session for Graduate Engineering Programs
The University will host an information session for prospective graduate engineering students on Wednesday, May 23 at 6:00 p.m. in the Kevin S. Delbridge Welcome Center. During the session, prospective students will learn about opportunities to further their education in order to stay competitive in the engineering field. The University offers master’s degree programs in Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Engineering...


Thirty Students Inducted Into Mortar Board National Honor Society
The Western New England University chapter of Mortar Board welcomed thirty students at the annual Mortar Board National Honor Society induction ceremony, which took place on April 10 in Rivers Memorial Hall. Mortar Board is the senior honor society at Western New England University. The society is open to those students who have demonstrated both academic excellence and leadership on campus and in the community. Students in the top 35% of the...


Student's Nonprofit Board Experience Serves as Springboard to New University Club



Marijuana, Opioid Use, and Mental Health Issues to be Highlighted at Regional Social Work Conference
The University will host the 36th annual Regional Social Work Conference on Wednesday, May 23 from 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The event features more than 40 workshops designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of social workers and human services professionals of all experience levels. Presentations will focus on important issues facing working professionals when dealing with children and families, the elderly, mental health, substance abuse,...


Ilana Kara Diamond Rovner to be Keynote Speaker at Graduate Commencement
Western New England University will confer Law, Pharmacy, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees during its 2018 Graduate Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, May 20 at 2:00 p.m. in the Alumni Healthful Living Center on campus. Degree candidates will receive their diplomas and traditional degree hoods. The Honorable Ilana Kara Diamond Rovner will be this year’s keynote speaker and receive the President’s Medallion...


Burke Honored with Teaching Excellence Award
Western New England University has named Dr. John J. Burke the recipient of the 2018 Teaching Excellence Award. Winners of the prestigious award are nominated by students, faculty, and administrators for outstanding contributions as educators and advisors. An associate professor of electrical engineering, Burke joined the Western New England University College of Engineering faculty in 2000. His teaching interests include electromagnetics,...


Actor, Producer, Director Scott T. Stevens '77 to be Keynote Speaker
Scott T. Stevens '77 will deliver the keynote address as Western New England University holds its 2018 Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 19 at 2:00 p.m. in the Alumni Healthful Living Center on campus. Stevens will be awarded the President’s Medallion during the ceremony, which features the awarding of bachelor’s degrees to students from the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, and Engineering. A...


University Announces Information Session for Teachers
The University will host an information session for teachers interested in earning their master's degree on Thursday, May 10 at 6:00 p.m. in the Kevin S. Delbridge Welcome Center.   Western New England University offers three accelerated part-time master’s degree programs that are ideal for current or aspiring teachers: a Master of Arts in English for Teachers, a Master of Arts in Mathematics for Teachers, and an online...


Business Students Inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society
Thirty-two business students were inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, the honor society of AACSB-accredited business schools, at a ceremony conducted by the Western New England Chapter officers. The banquet, held April 19 at the Log Cabin in Holyoke, was attended by 120 students, guests, College of Business faculty and staff, Dean Rob Kleine, Provost Linda Jones, and President Anthony Caprio, in addition to several members of the College of...


Springfield Residents Optimistic About Local Economy, Poll Finds
More than half of Springfield residents said they expect the city’s economy to improve over the next five years, with the strongest optimism coming from supporters of the casino scheduled to open downtown in August, according to the latest survey from the Western New England University Polling Institute. The telephone survey of 853 adults, conducted April 2-22, found that 59 percent expect Springfield’s economy to be much...


Future Lawyers Get a Lesson in Criminal Justice Reform
Locking more people up for longer periods of time does not reduce crime. In fact, quite the opposite, if Connecticut’s experience is any indication. That was the crux of the message Governor Dannel Malloy brought to Western New England University School of Law. Speaking to a crowd of students, faculty, and staff, the two-term Governor highlighted his state’s successes in implementing sweeping criminal justice...


Art Gallery to Host Exhibit by Andrae Green
The Art Gallery at will host painter Andrae Green’s exhibit “Parallax” from April 15 to May 19. The gallery, located in the St. Germain Campus Center, will host a gallery talk on Thursday, April 19 at 4:00 p.m. where the artist will offer insight into his work, followed by a reception from 5:00-6:30 p.m. All gallery events are free and open to the public. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Green was awarded a grant to...


University Presents Timely Information on Taking Charge of Your Health
The University’s Healthy U community lecture series will present a talk entitled “Tick Tock: The Time is Now! Take Charge of Your Health!” on Wednesday, April 18 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in room 300 of the Center for the Sciences and Pharmacy on the University’s Springfield campus. The presentation is free and open to the public. Dr. Kam Capoccia will explore how small changes to your daily routine can...


University to Host Information Session for Master’s Programs in Business
The University will host an information session for prospective graduate business students on Wednesday, April 25 at 6:00 p.m. in the Kevin S. Delbridge Welcome Center. The University’s AACSB-accredited College of Business offers a variety of graduate business programs, including master’s degrees in Business Administration (MBA), Organizational Leadership, Accounting including a concentration in Forensic Accounting/Fraud...


New Lab Focuses on Future of Manufacturing
Having joined the Western New England University faculty last fall, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering Jingzhou (Frank) Zhao is already leading cutting edge research targeting fundamental challenges in manufacturing. From miniature sensors that make safer batteries for electric vehicles to advanced fabrics for water treatment and clean energy, Dr. Zhao and the newly established Advanced Manufacturing and Materials Processing Lab...


Born from College of Engineering, FloDesign Sonics Makes Waves with Cell and Gene Therapy Tools
For lessons on how academia and industry can create exciting opportunities in startup space, students at Western New England University need look no further than just a few miles from campus at FloDesign Sonics in nearby Wilbraham, where many have found internships and jobs. The latest venture to emerge from under the FloDesign umbrella, FloDesign Sonics has at its core Professor of Mechanical Engineering Bart Lipkens, co-founder and chief...