Below you will find pictures from various alumni events, gatherings, and related University activities. Please click on the links below to open the albums.  Once inside the album, click on the thumbnails for photo captions and information. Enjoy.


Homecoming 2014

At Western New England University, Homecoming on September 13 was a great day for catching up with old friends—and catching some comedy from the University’s Improv on the Rocks troupe, as well as enjoying victories by the football team, as well as the men's and women's soccer teams. And the rain that was forecast held off until the end! Stay tuned. Many more photos are coming! View the video.
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Alumni Family Day at Southwick's Zoo: June 28, 2014

More than 40 alumni, families, and friends enjoyed a day at Southwick's Zoo in Mendon, MA. Particpants enjoyed lunch, rides, and animals, including Bengal tiger sisters Kya and Taj and white rhinos Thelma and Louise.
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Sleith 100 Renovation: June 2014

The $12.8 million Sleith Hall project continues with the renovation of Sleith 100. The project is attracting more students and faculty, increasing research, and accelerating collaboration with industry. Click here for more information on the expansion and renovation of Sleith Hall.
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Summer 2014 Flat Golden Bear Photo Contest

Flat Golden Bear has undergone a makeover! Download your Flat Golden Bear—either the full-color cartoon figureor one your child can color—and print it out. Going on a trip? A sporting event? Another kind of adventure? Bring the new version of Flat Golden Bear along, snap a few pictures of him with you and your family, and email them to Please identify the people in the photo. Check out photos of Flat Golden Bear's voyages. The winner will receive four tickets to a varsity athletics contest of your choice at Western New England University and a package of Alumni Association apparel. The best photos will also be published in The Communicator alumni magazine and our Alumni Facebook Page. View entries from last year's contest.
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WNEU Golden Bear Alumni Tough Mudder Team: May 31, 2014

Mud happens: the 2014 WNEU Golden Bear Alumni Tough Mudder Team consisted of Sarah Kelly, strength training coordinator /wellness coordinator/athletic trainer; Assistant Baseball Caoch Chris Wiltey G'12; and Matt Anthonis '13. The alumni Mudders took on a 10-plus mile course, complete with military style obstacles, on May 31 at Mount Snow in West Dover, VT. The event raised funds for the Wounded Warrior Project.
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2014 Alumni Golf Tournament

Alumni golfers at the 46th Annual Alumni Golf Tournament on May 23 started their Memorial Day weekend early and took advantage of the opportunity to get together with fellow alumni and family at the Ludlow Country Club in Ludlow, MA. The event raised more than $17,000 for the Alumni Association Golf Tournament Endowed Scholarship. The winning group of golfers, with a score of 56, consisted of Jason Grondin '03, Paul Nunez, Billy Cotti, and Ken MacFayden.
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Undergraduate and Doctoral Commencement 2014

Victoria Reggie Kennedy, the president of the board and co-founder of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate in Boston, delivered the Commencement address on May 17 at the Alumni Healthful Living Center. The institute is named for her late husband and U.S. senator. The undergraduate students represent 16 different states as well as the U.S. Virgin Islands. Also, read about the ROTC Spring Commissioning Ceremony on May 16 and view photos.
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Army ROTC Spring Commissioning: May 16, 2014

Commissioned as second lieutenants during an Army ROTC ceremony on May 16 in Rivers Memorial Hall were four cadets of the Minuteman Battallion: Western New England University students Stephanie Mulcahy, Griffin King, and Jefferson Sherman; and Westfield State University student Hannah Shea.
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Rain Fails to Dampen the Spirits of University Volunteers at Housing Revitalization Project

Despite the rain and cold, nearly 1,000 volunteers—including Western New England University alumni, students, and employees—turned out for a massive renovation and beautification effort in Springfield’s Old Hill neighborhood on April 26. View more photos of the day, including several of Western New England University students, on
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Rugby Alumni Day: April 26, 2014

On April 26, alumni ruggers enjoyed an awards luncheon in Dining Room B, an alumni match at Van Horn Park in Springfield, followed by a buffet dinner at Peppa's. The events were organized by Robert Guiry '10.
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Three Alumni Lauded as "Difference Makers" In the Community by BusinessWest Magazine

BusinessWest magazine honored its 2014 Difference Makers at a gala celebration dinner on March 20 at the Log Cabin in Holyoke, MA. Three of the five honorees this year are alumni of Western New England University: Colleen Loveless ’84/G’93, executive director of the Springfield Chapter of Rebuilding Together; Paula Moore ’95, a teacher of English and special education at Springfield’s Roger L. Putnam Vocational Technical Academy and founder of Youth Social Educational Training; and Michael Moriarty L’93, an attorney and president of Olde Holyoke Development Corp. Read the story.
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Baseball Alumni Day: April 12, 2014

On April 12, baseball alumni reunited at the varsity baseball doubleheader vs. Curry for a cookout hosted by parents of the current players. They saw the Golden Bears emerge victorious, 4-3 and 2-1. Following the games they attended a social at Samuel's in Springfield.
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Boston Alumni Networking Social: April 10, 2014

Alumni from the Boston area met at Dillon's in the Back Bay for an Alumni Networking Social on April 10, 2014. It was a unique opportunity to reconnect with some old friends and make some new ones—along with some new professional contacts. Guests included College of Arts of Sciences Dean Saeed Ghahramani.
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Walk a Mile in Her Shoes 5K Walk/Run and High Heel Walk: April 6, 2014

The Walk a Mile in Her Shoes 5K Walk/Run and High Heel Walk on April 6 included a High Heel Walk sponsored by the campus sexual assault awareness group One in Four, along with a 5K walk/run sponsored by the Alumni Association. Proceeds from registration went to the YWCA of Western Massachusetts, which provides services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. View the video!
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The 6th Annual Coach Burns Scholarship/Bowling Alumni Tournament: April 5, 2014

At Shaker Bowl in East Longmeadow, MA on April 5, 19 bowlers participated and almost $2,000 was raised for the Coach Burns Scholarship. Rob Volk '02 bowled a perfect game! Yes, a 300 score! The following are the tournament results. Baker Doubles: Jamie Keating '99 and Jason Williams '02  690; Paul Canfield '00 and Ron Volk '02  657; Andrew Bellotti '92 and Gary LoPresto '94  608. Singles: Rob Volk '02 754 (300), Dave Mastropasqua '01 716, Beau Highfill '99 693, Patrick Keating '97 678, Tony Mancini '95 677. Women's: Jamie Keating '99 610.
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President's Alumni Reception: Hartford, CT, March 6, 2014

The host for the President's Alumni Reception in Hartford, CT, on March 6 was Trustee Neville Bogle ’75/G’81. The event, which took place at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, Autorino Great Hall, followed well-attended President's Alumni Receptions in St. Petersburg, FL, and Boynton Beach, FL, in February.
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RealTest: March 7, 2014

On March 7, senior management students had the opportunity to network with alumni and receive guidance during RealTest, which was organized by the Department of Management and the College of Business with support from the Office of Alumni Relations. Students participated in a variety of business-related activities, including a team presentation on how they would handle a business situation based on three case studies. The alumni served as coaches and mentors for participating students.
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Engineering Alumni Networking Dinner

On March 1, College of Engineering Alumni gathered at Rivers Memorial Hall for a Networking Dinner with professors, administrators, and students. Speaking at the event were College of Engineering Assistant Dean Richard Grabiec, Lou Masi '88, Lisa Murray '04, Kyle Pepin '13, and Alumni Relations Director Kathy Pappas G'98.
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Men's and Women's Basketball Alumni Day: February 22, 2014

On February 22,  men's and women's basketball alumni enjoyed the opportunity to get together with former teammates and coaches at the Alumni Healthful Living Center. They took the court for alumni games, ate meals with fellow alumni, and watched varsity men's and women's Golden Bear basketball games vs. Endicott College.
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President's Alumni Receptions in St. Petersburg, FL, on February 11 and in Boynton Beach, FL, on February 13, 2014

The hosts for the Presdient's Alumni Reception in St. Petersburg, which took place at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, were Barbara and Leonard McCue L’82. Philip Suomu G’83 hosted the Boynton Beach reception at Benvenuto Restaurant. The events followed a successful President's Alumni Reception in New York City last fall. Read the entire story.
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