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The purpose of the the Western New England University Alumni Association Grants Program is to offer grants to alumni or members of the University community that support current student programs, student organization initiatives, Alumni Association initiatives, and student and alumni athletics.

Details of the program are as follows:

  •  Applicant(s) must be an alumnus, student, staff, or faculty member of the Western New England University community.
  • The proposed project must follow and be related to the stated purpose of the Grants Program as stated above.
  • The Alumni Association funds projects in the $500 - $2,500 range. Awarding of funds and the amount of the award is at the discretion of the Grants Committee.
  • Applications must be submitted online or must be type-written.
  • The application form must be completed in its entirety and submitted to the Office of Alumni Relations.
  • Applicants selected for final review may be required to meet with the Grants Committee to discuss the merits of their proposals.
  • Grant recipients are required to provide a final report to the Alumni Association Board of Directors detailing the success of the project funded and its impact on the University, students or alumni.

If you are interested in applying, please call 413-796-2240, or send an email. 

 

Alumni Grants News

April 2014

Alumni Association Awards More Than $26,000 in
Grants to Student Organizations and Programs

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College of Engineering students who will participate in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2015 in Irvine, CA (pictured) were the recipients of an Alumni Association grant—one of 15 such grants totaling more than $26,000 this spring. In the past seven years, the Alumni Association has awarded more than $277,000 in grants funded by income from the Alumni Association’s Liberty Mutual Western New England University Group Savings Program and the Amazon Associates Program, which has a custom link on the right side of the Alumni Website.

The latest grant recipients include the Center for International Sport Business speaker programs, the sexual assault awareness group One-in-Four; C.A.R.E. (Community Action Rewards Everyone) for Hunger and Homelessness Week activities; the Department of Sociology/Criminal Justice to help fund international gang specialist certification training for Assistant Professor of Sociology Laura Hansen; Student Disability Services (student access technology); and the Biomedical Engineering Society to attend the 2014 national conference October 22-25 in San Antonio, TX.

Also awarded Alumni Association grants were the College of Engineering for its entry into the Baja Society of Automotive Engineers 2015 competition (designing, building and racing off-road vehicles); the College of Pharmacy Chapter of the Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists for its on- and off-campus health fairs; the Pharmacy Student Governance Association for the Second Annual College of Pharmacy Day of Service on October 14, 2014; the Athletics Department for live video streaming/webcasting of University events; the University chapter of the American Society of Engineers (ASME) for its participation in the “Lighter than Air” Unmanned Air Vehicle Design Competition; the student organization U&ME for its Connections mentoring program; the rugby team for new jerseys; and the cheerleading team for new uniforms.

April 2014

Alumni Association Sponsors Campus Talk by
Carolina Panthers President Danny Morrison

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On April 23, Western New England University welcomed Carolina Panthers President Danny Morrison, who spoke to students about his career that started with him teaching high school math and coaching boys basketball. This path lead him to become athletics director, then senior vice president at Wofford College, commissioner of the Southern Conference, and athletics director at Texas Christian University before assuming his current position in 2009. Pictured giving Morrison a Western New England University sweatshirt and hat are Alumni Association Vice President Ed Lavoie '99 (left) and Director of Alumni Relations Kathy Pappas G'98.

Morrison's visit was part of the Center for International Sport Business speaker series "For the Love of the Games." The talk was funded by an Alumni Association grant.

April 2014

Valerie Baigert '06 Speaks at Psychology and
Neuroscience Alumni Colloquium on April 30

psichi2014170gifThe Sixth Annual Psychology and Neuroscience Alumni Colloquium on April 30 featured Valerie Baigert ’06, a school psychologist in the Ellington, CT public school system. She is pictured on the right with Associate Professor of Psychology Jessica Carlson Outhouse, the 2014 winner of the Teaching Excellence Award. Financial support for the Colloquium was provided by a grant from the Alumni Association.

Baigert talked about her job and stressed the importance of internships to the students. “When you have hands-on experience, you will have a leg up,” she said. “Employers will realize you know exactly what you are doing versus just knowing the theory behind it.”

A reception preceded the presentation, which took place in the Psychology Lounge at the Center for the Sciences and Pharmacy.

July 2013

Alumni Association Recognized for Grant That
Helped Fund Tween and Teen Computer Camps

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Professor of Computer Science and Information Technology Leh-Sheng Tang (left) presents Alumni Association President Mat Nelson ’93 with a Western New England University Computer Camp T-shirt on July 19 at the conclusion of the “Tween Camp” in appreciation of the Alumni Association grant that partially funded this effort. Read more.

June 2013

Alumni Association Awards More Than $11,000
In Grants to Student Organizations and Programs

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The Center for International Sport Business (CISB) lunchtime program “A Brown Bag Series: People Who Inspire” was the recipient of an Alumni Association grant—one of 11 such grants totaling more than $11,000 awarded recently. Pictured is longtime Springfield College women’s volleyball coach Joel Dearing and Sport Management Department Chair and Professor Sharianne Walker at Dearing’s Brown Bag Series talk this past spring. In the past seven years, the Alumni Association has awarded more than $236,000 in grants. Read more.

May 2013

University to Host Teen and Tween Computer Camps
Partially Funded by Alumni Association Grant

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The Department of Computer Science and Information Technology will again host summer computer camps for middle- and high-school students on campus, thanks in part to an Alumni Association grant. Teen camp is July 8-12 and the Tween camp is July 15-19. Camp meets 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at the University. The fee is $150 per student and includes lunch on campus.

To learn more, click here or contact Professor of Computer Science Leh-Sheng Tang at ltang@wne.edu or 413-782-1353. Pictured are students in a past computer camp.

In the past seven years, the Alumni Association has awarded nearly $236,000 in grants, which are funded by income from the Alumni Association’s Liberty Mutual Western New England University Group Savings Program and the Amazon Associates Program.

April 2013

Liberty Mutual Insurance and the Alumni Association
Celebrate 10 Years of Partnership Helping Students

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Presenting a plaque to the Alumni Association on April 17 are Heather Rodrigues, account manager, affinity marketing management at Liberty Mutual (second from right), and Matthew Hastings ’98 lead sales representative at the company. From the left are Kristina Oleksak, the University’s associate director of advancement events, and Director of Alumni Relations Kathy Pappas G’98. In the past seven years, the Alumni Association has awarded nearly $236,000 in grants, which are funded by income from the Alumni Association’s Liberty Mutual Western New England University Group Savings Program and the Amazon Associates Program.

As a graduate of Western New England University, you may qualify for a special group discount on your auto, home, and renters insurance through Group Savings Plus from Liberty Mutual.

April 2013

University Community Enjoys an Evening of Chamber
Music by Springfield Symphony Orchestra Quartet

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Members of the string section of the Springfield Symphony Orchestra performed an evening of chamber music on April 16 at the Blake Law Center’s J. Gerard Pellegrini Moot Court Room. Pictured after the concert are (L-R) cellist Jing Li, violist Delores Thayer, conductor Kevin Rhodes, and violinists Beth Welty and Masako Yanagita. This special appearance was presented by the College of Arts and Sciences, the Office of Student Affairs, and the University’s Alumni Association.

The musicians performed selections from Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven. Rhodes, pictured below talking with a student after the performance, provided audience commentary.

April 2013

X Games Senior Director Deane Swanson '75
Discusses His Job’s Behind-the-Scenes Challenges

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On April 24, the Center for International Sport Business (CISB) welcomed back to campus alumnus Deane Swanson ’75, senior director for ESPN’s X Games, who among other things, told students about the unique sports competition’s development from a startup in 1995 to a global brand 18 years later. Swanson’s appearance was moderated by Sport Management Professor Dan Covell and sponsored by the Alumni Association.

The crowd of approximately 50 students and others enjoyed learning about some of the behind-the-scenes challenges faced by organizers of live sporting events, as well as the process of putting host sites out to bid. He is pictured in the middle with Covell (left) and Center for International Sport Business Director Curt Hamakawa L’83.

In the question-and-answer session, former football Golden Bear Kevin Jandreau’79/G’81 asked him about college experiences that were influential in his career, and Swanson immediately mentioned his experience playing football at Western New England—when it was a club sport prior to being elevated to varsity status in 1981. “I was fortunate enough to be a co-captain on that team and I worked really closely with the coaches—and later on, coaching was my entryway to the sports industry,” he said. Swanson’s career included coaching high school and college football.

The late Professor of Management Hank Bazan, who started the club football team in 1970 and coached it for 10 years, “was my mentor,” said Swanson, whose two brothers also played the sport at Western New England. He also recalled with fondness returning to campus in 2011 for the induction of teammate and quarterback Bill Moge ’76 into the Downes Athletic Hall of Fame.

“My relationship with the players on that team was one of the most positive experiences of my life, and I tried to bring that that cohesiveness to the teams I coached,” he said.

Senior sport management major Emilie Wallace said that Swanson “was the best speaker” in all of the CISB “For the Love of the Games” series that she has attended, which has featured prominent guests such as NY Mets general manager Sandy Alderson, U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati, and IOC vice president and World Anti-Doping chair Dick Pound.

February 2013

Center for International Sport Business Hosts
Volleyball Author and Coach Joel Dearing

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Longtime Springfield College women’s volleyball coach Joel Dearing gave a thoughtful and thought-provoking talk to an audience of approximately 60 students and a handful of faculty members on February 28 as a part of the Center for International Sport Business (CISB) lunchtime program, “A Brown Bag Series: People Who Inspire.” The event was underwritten by a grant from the Alumni Association. Read more.

February 2013

LiveSports Managing Director Ken Berger Gives
Students Tips on Succeeding in Sports Marketing

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Ken Berger, a partner in the Singapore-based sports marketing company LiveSports, discussed sports marketing in Asia—as well as strategies for breaking into this hyper-competitive industry—with approximately 75 students on February 18. The event was hosted by the Center for International Sport Business and partially funded by an Alumni Association grant. Read more.

February 2013

U&ME’s Asian Fusion Food Fest Partially
Funded by a Grant From the Alumni Association

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The recent Asian Fusion Food Fest in the St. Germain Campus Center gave the campus community an opportunity to sample various culinary treats. The event was sponsored by United & Mutually Equal and funded in part by a grant from the Alumni Association. Read more.

February 2013

Alumni Association Awards More Than $17,000 in
Grants to Student Organizations and Programs

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The Department of Computer Science and Information Technology will host computer camps for middle- and high-school students on campus this July, thanks in part to a $2,500 Alumni Association grant. The department, pictured above conducting last year’s Tween and Teen Tech Camps, was the recipient of one of 16 such grants this past fall totaling more than $17,000. In the past six years, the Alumni Association has awarded over $224,000 in grants. Read more.

February 2013

LiveSports Managing Director Ken Berger to
Discuss Sports Marketing in Asia on Feb. 18

berger13gifKen Berger, a founding partner and managing director of LiveSports—the exclusive marketer of hospitality packages in Singapore for the 2014 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro, and the French Open—will speak on Monday, February 18, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., in Room 200 of the Center for the Sciences and Pharmacy.

The talk, entitled “It’s a Whole New Ball Game: An Insider’s View of Sport Marketing in Asia,” is presented by the Center for International Sport Business and is sponsored by the Western New England University Alumni Association. Read more.

December 2012

Students Become Entrepreneurs in Class
With the Help of an Alumni Association Grant

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Students enrolled in the interdisciplinary Product Development and Innovation course presented their inventions on December 12. The course, which is partially funded by an Alumni Association grant, pairs Engineering students with Business students in teams that are tasked with creating an innovative product. Resulting products included a leather bracelet made from recycled belts for Goodwill called a Good-let (pictured above). Read more.

December 2012

Help Students: Do Your Holiday Shopping Online Using
The Alumni Association Amazon Associates Program

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Do your holiday shopping by using our Alumni Association Amazon Associates Program link in the right column of the Alumni Website. Every purchase you make helps fund Alumni Association grants to student programs at Western New England—at no additional cost to you. Amazon.com, America’s largest retailer, has the most diverse and extensive range of stock you will find online—with competitive prices and quick deliveries. Read more.

November 2012

Save Money and Help Students Through the
Alumni Association’s Program With Liberty Mutual

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In the past six years, the Alumni Association has awarded over $207,000 in grants, which are funded by income from the Association’s royalty/affinity programs with Liberty Mutual Home and Auto Insurance and Amazon.com. A recent grant recipient was the College of Business and the College of Engineering’s Product Development and Innovation Course, which produced, among other devices, the Smash Cap for athletes’ helmets—a monitoring system that measures concussion-level impacts.

Pictured is the entrepreneurial “e-team” that developed the Smash Cap: (L-R) Philip Wahl ’12, Thomas McLeod ’12, Lindsay Tencza ’12, Nate Kuzmeski ’12, and Nicholas St. John ’12. Read more.

September 2012

Business Students Deliver Presentations on
Seminar Abroad 2012: London Olympics

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The College of Business hosted two student-panel presentations on September 11 and 13 in Sleith Hall, where the campus community was invited to witness the premiere of a music/photo montage of the students’ trip to the London Olympics and to hear first-hand accounts of their experiences. Ryan Coseo, who compiled a photographic album in commemoration of Seminar Abroad 2012: London Olympics, presented Dean Julie Siciliano ’81/G’84 with a copy of the book. An Alumni Association grant helped fund the trip. Read more.

August 2012

Do Your Back-to-School Shopping Using the
Alumni Association Amazon Associates Program

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Still shopping for back to school supplies after move-in day on campus (pictured above)? Save up to 25 percent on college essentials at Amazon.com. Use our Alumni Association Amazon Associates Program link in the right column of the Alumni Website and type “back to school” in the Amazon.com search bar. Every purchase you make helps fund Alumni Association grants to student programs at Western New England University—at no additional cost to you. Read more.

August 2012

Students Attend Summer Olympics in London
With the Help of an Alumni Association Grant

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Witnesses to glory: 15 Western New England University students have enjoyed a once-in-a-lifetime experience—viewing athletic events at the 2012 Summer Olympics. The trip is part of the course Seminar Abroad 2012: London Olympics and includes a ten-day visit to the Olympics as well as an opportunity to take part in cultural tours and sightseeing visits to Windsor Castle, Oxford, Stonehenge, and Bath. An Alumni Association grant helped fund the trip. Read the entire story.

July 2012

Alumni Association Grant Helps Fund
High School and Middle School Computer Camps

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Western New England University hosted a pair of week-long computer summer camps for high school and middle school students this July. An Alumni Association grant helped support the two camps, which were hosted by the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology.

High school students attended the Teen Tech camp from July 9 to 13, while middle school students will be on campus for the Tween Tech camp from July 16-20. Read more.

May 2012

Alumni Association Awards More Than $43,000
in Grants to Student Organizations and Programs

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When you shop at amazon.com via our custom link in the right column of the Alumni Website, Western New England students benefit, because every purchase you make online supports student programs at the University through Alumni Association grants—at no additional cost to you. For example, United and Mutually Equal (U&ME) was the recipient of an Alumni Association grant that supported the 2012 Ebony Food Fest and Gospel Concert in Rivers Memorial Hall (pictured). The annual event featured soul food and performances by various local choirs.

In total, 15 student organizations received more than $43,000 in Alumni Association grants in Fall 2011 and Spring 2012. Read more. 

November 2011

Help Students: Do Your Holiday Shopping Online Using
The Alumni Association Amazon Associates Program

gifts_grants_pagegifDo your holiday shopping by using our Alumni Association Amazon Associates Program link in the right column of our Alumni Website. Every purchase you make helps fund Alumni Association grants to student programs at Western New England—at no additional cost to you.

Amazon.com, America’s largest retailer, has the most diverse and extensive range of stock you will find online—with competitive prices and quick deliveries. Save on everything you need by clicking on “Today’s Deals,” which include Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals with low prices and sales on electronics, video games, DVDs, and more. More info.

June 2011

Alumni Association Grant Helps Students
Examine Health Care Issues in Guatemala

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While many students headed home for their summer vacation, 13 Western New England students went down to Central America to explore health care in rural Guatemala. This 12-day trip May 17-28 was the culmination of a semester-long Global Health and Technology course. Their mission was to examine different health issues facing different populations around the world and the technology that is being developed to solve them. Read the students’ blog.

The trip was partially funded by a grant from the Alumni Association grants program. The Alumni Association has awarded more than $164,000 in grants over the past five years. Read more.

May 2011

Alumni Association Awards Nearly $12,000 in
Grants to Student Organizations and Programs

walkamile2011gifThe student group One in Four, the recipient of one of 11 Alumni Association grants this spring, hosted a fundraiser called “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” on April 17 (pictured). The event featured men slipping into high heels and walking one mile around campus, raising not only awareness of sexual assault, but also money for the YWCA of Western Massachusetts, which provides services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

In total, eight student organizations recently received almost $12,000 in Alumni Association grants, which are funded by income from the Association’s Liberty Mutual Western New England College Group Savings program and the Alumni Association Amazon Associates Program. The Alumni Association has awarded more than $164,000 in grants over the past five years. Read more.

May 2011

Students in Sustainability 101 Course Celebrate the
“Flowers of their Labor”—a Pollinator Garden

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The meridian, surrounded by curbing in the parking lot behind 14 and 20 Valley Road, appeared to be rocky and barren—an unlikely place to grow flowers. But that’s exactly what students in the inaugural Sustainability 101 class did, planting a pollinator garden designed to attract butterflies, bees, other flying insects, and hummingbirds. Thanks in part to a grant from the Alumni Association, along with much hard work and cooperation, the garden became a reality.

On May 5, the students met in Emerson 207 for a celebration of the creation of the pollinator garden (pictured below). Read more.

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April 2011

For the Love of the Games: USA Soccer's Sunil Gulati

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A robust, soccer-savvy crowd filled Sleith Auditorium on March 31 to hear USA Soccer President Sunil Gulati address various issues about the state of the sport in America. His visit was in conjunction with the Center for International Sport Business Distinguished Visitor Program, “For the Love of the Games,” made possible by underwriting support of the Office of Alumni Relations and the Alumni Association via an Alumni Association grant.

In an hour-long “conversation” moderated by Sport Management Professor and Department Chair Dr. Sharianne Walker, Gulati responded to questions about the U.S. National Team’s performance in the 2010 World Cup, the bid campaign to host the 2022 World Cup, and the future of USA Soccer.

December 2010

Alumni Association Awards Nearly $20,000 in
Grants to Student Organizations and Programs

grantsworldfest10gifOnce a year, Rivers Memorial Hall is transformed into a veritable United Nations during World Fest (pictured). Hosted by the multicultural student group United and Mutually Equal (U&ME), the event is part of Diversity Week on campus, celebrating cultures across the globe through food, music, dance, and a fashion show.

U&ME recently received a grant from the Alumni Association to help defray costs for the 11th annual World Fest in 2011. The group was one of 17 student organizations and programs to recently receive 18 Alumni Association grants. Read more.

July 2010

Support Students While You Shop: Alumni
Association Teams Up With Amazon.com

amazon1_logoenewsgifWhen you shop at amazon.com via our custom link in the right column of the Alumni Website, Western New England College students benefit! Every purchase you make online supports student programs at the College through Alumni Association grants—at no additional cost to you. Feel free to use this access for all of your amazon.com orders.

In the past three years, the Alumni Association has awarded over $126,000 in grants, which are also funded by income from the Association’s royalty/affinity program with Liberty Mutual Home and Auto Insurance, as well as from Alumni Association apparel purchases. Read more.

June 2010

Want a Behind-the-Scenes Look at “Seminar Abroad:
2010 FIFA World Cup/South Africa?” Read the Blog

May 2010

Alumni Association Awards More than $16,000 in
Grants to Student Organizations and Programs

April 2010

Omicron Delta Kappa Inducts 21 Students;
Alumni Return for Leadership Roundtable

April 2010

Cognitive and Social Development in Classroom
Contexts Examined at Psi Chi Alumni Colloquium

April 2010

The Stageless Players' Spring Production of
Clue Will be Performed on April 16 and 17

January 2010

Alumni Association Awards a Record $34,100 in
Grants to Student Organizations and Programs

May 2009:

Possibilities Children’s Safety Symposium Scholarships
Available for Western New England College Alumni

February, 2009:

Fourth Annual Alternative Spring Break Pasta Dinner
Raises More Than $1,600 for Volunteer Service

December, 2008:

Alumni Association Awards Over $28,000 in Grants
For Student Programs on Campus and Beyond

November, 2008:

The Alumni Association Grants Program:
Making a Difference in the College Community

April, 2008:

Alumni Association Grant Helps Fund “Kids in
Computing” Event for Springfield Area Students

February, 2008:

An Alumni Association grant funded the Alternative Spring Break (ASB) Pasta Dinner on February 23, 2008.

January, 2008:

Helping Students: Alumni Association Awards
Over $15,000 in Grants to Campus Organizations

 


January, 2007:

Alumni Association Awards Grants to Five Campus Organizations