Entrepreneurs Shaun McGrady '03/G'09 and Tom Skypek '05
Selected for Valley Venture Mentors’ Accelerator Program


Two alumni were among four teams of entrepreneurs from Western New England University chosen to take part in the Valley Venture Mentors’ (VVM) Accelerator Program, a non-profit that fast tracks the growth and success of startups and early stage companies by providing expertise and funding. The teams selected were Name Net Worth, founded by Shaun McGrady ’03/G’09 (left) ; GovBizConnect, founded by Tom Skypek ’05 (right); Wine Somme; and AnyCafé.

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Jason Dionne '07/G'15 Demonstrates Groundbreaking
Work by FloDesign Sonics at White House Water Summit 


The White House Water Summit on March 22 addressed global water issues and focused attention on the vital work being done by such innovative companies as FloDesign Sonics. Jason Dionne ’07/G’15, a founding engineer at the company, is pictured on the left with U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith. FloDesign Sonics is based in Wilbraham MA and is headed by chairman and CEO Stan Kowalski III ’92. The engineering company specializes in applying aerospace technology designs to a wide range of products.

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Upon Further Review: NFL Line Judge Kevin Codey '97
Discusses His High-Pressure Job at CISB Event


Kevin Codey, who completed his rookie season in the NFL as a line judge this year, returned to campus on April 5 as the featured speaker at University's Center for International Sport Business (CISB) “For the Love of the Games” series. He is pictured in the middle with Alumni Association Vice President Ed Lavoie ’99 and Director of Alumni Relations Kathy Pappas G’98.

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Rhode Islanders: Don't Miss the President's
Alumni Reception on Thursday, May 5


Alumni and friends in Rhode Island will have the unique opportunity to meet President Anthony S. Caprio at an alumni reception in the Providence, RI area on May 5. The gathering follows successful President’s Alumni Receptions in Boston, MA on February 25, in Hartford, CT on March 3, and in Springfield, MA on April 7— as well as President’s Alumni Dinners in St. Petersburg, FL on March 15 and in Delray Beach, FL on March 16. Pictured at the Springfield event are (L-R) Glenn Welch ’84, William Simonet ’88, and David Hobert ’91. Guy Asadorian ’86 will host the gathering in Rhode Island.

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WNEK Changes Its Frequency in 1981


Pictured is Mike Netkovick ’80 playing music for WNEK-FM radio listeners. In 1981, Western New England College’s official campus radio station—then located on the second floor of Berkshire Hall—became the first college radio station in the northeast to move into the commercial band. WNEK modulated from 89.1 to 97.5. The station received a new antenna from Phelps-Dodge Communications Company in Marlboro, N.J., which helped it broaden its range of listeners to more than just on-campus students: its programming was heard from a little beyond a ten-mile radius. (Read More)

Western New England’s Second Computer


[View our historic photo archives.] In 1964, the IBM 1620 computer was installed in the new West Building (now Herman Hall). It was the College’s first digital computer, joining the McIlroy Fluid Network Analyzer, an analog computer, which was acquired in 1958. (Read More)

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