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The Communicator magazine

Winter 2016

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VIDEO: Homecoming 2016

Despite the rain, Homecoming on October 3 turned out to be an event not to miss. It was a great day to reconnect with old friends, as well as catching performances from the Cheerleading Team, Dance Team, and Improv on the Rocks—some of the festivities that were moved to the Alumni Healthful Living Center because of the weather. View the pictures in photo albums 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8. View the video.

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The Management Institute

Operated by the Department of Management in the Western New England University College of Business, The Management Institute offers superb leadership development programs that focus on building within any organization the requisite skills, knowledge, and abilities that contribute to its long-term success. Read more.

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Engineering Mentoring Dinner

Sponsored by the Alumni Association, the 15th annual Engineering Mentoring Program’s Kick-off Dinner on October 8 afforded 180 first-year students an opportunity to network with 51 alumni mentors and ask questions about what to expect in their studies over the next four years and the various engineering careers available to them afterward. View the photo album/slide show.

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The 2015 Skookum Award Winners

There were accolades aplenty at The Young Alumni Outstanding Achievement and Skookum Award Brunch, which took place at Rivers Memorial Hall on September 20. The word “Skookum” in the Chinook language means “excellence,” and awards were presented to 15 seniors who have demonstrated this quality in academics, cocurricular activities, athletics, volunteer work, and community service. View photos from the ceremony and read biographies of the award recipients.

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The President's Alumni Reception in Washington, DC

At the President's Alumni Reception in Washington, DC on October 15, alumni enjoyed the unique opportunity to meet President Anthony S. Caprio, as well as reconnecting with old friends and making some new ones, along with establishing some new professional contacts. The host of the event, which took place at the Dupont Circle Hotel, was Eli Farrah L’78. View the photo album/slide show.

Summer 2015

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VIDEO: The 47th Annual Alumni Golf Tournament

Alumni golfers at the 47th Annual Alumni Golf Tournament on May 22 started their Memorial Day weekend early and took advantage of the sunny skies and the opportunity to get together with fellow alumni and family at the Ludlow Country Club in Ludlow, MA. The event raised more than $16,000 for the Alumni Association Golf Tournament Endowed Scholarship. Pictured is the winning group of golfers, with a score of 59 (L-R): Joe Stevens ’81, Jim Dowd ’84, John Kelly, and Christian Marques ’82. View the photo album/slide show. View the video.

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Alumni Receptions

In February, University pride shone in the Sunshine State at President’s Alumni Receptions that brought together alumni, friends, faculty, and other members of the University community in Florida. On February 10, Trustee Peter Steingraber L’84 hosted a reception at The Addison in Boca Raton, FL. John J. Iwanicki ’84 hosted the Tampa, FL reception on February 11 at the Tampa Palms Golf & Country Club. The February 12 event in Naples, FL, a dinner, was hosted by John Breck L’83 at The Club Pelican Bay.

In Boston on February 26 and in Hartford on March 5, warmth, excitement, and enthusiasm filled the air as President Caprio briefed guests on the latest news at the University.

The host for the Boston reception, which took place at The Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common, was Roger Wade L’82. Trustee Amy B. Lewis ’88/G’00 hosted the Hartford event at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts, Autorino Great Hall. View photos from Hartford. Pictured above in Boston are (L-R) William O’Brien ’01, President Caprio, Sean Boucher ’99, and Matthew Pantera ’99. View more Boston photos.

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Athletics Reunions

Check out the photos from the Women’s Cross Country and Ice Hockey reunions!

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RealTest
Senior Management and Arts and Entertainment majors in the College of Business had the opportunity network with alumni and receive guidance as they participated in managerial situation simulations during the College’s annual RealTest on March 6 (pictured above). Read the entire story.

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In Memoriam: Rodney Butler ’71

A true gentleman and one of greatest student-athletes ever to wear a Golden Bears uniform, basketball star Rodney Butler ’71 passed away on January 10, 2015 in Leesburg, FL. He was 68. Read more.



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Winter 2015

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VIDEO: Homecoming 2014

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 exhibitions by the Martial Arts Team on Golden Bear Boulevard. Fans also witnessed victories by the football team and men’s and women’s soccer teams—and the rain that was forecast that day held off until the late afternoon! View the entire weekend’s festivities in photo albums 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7. View the video. Pictured are (L-R) Kaitlyn Hall ’13, student Kurt Tiedemann, Krissy Perrone ’13, and Michelle Wiggett ’12.

Skookum Award Recipients Honored

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The Young Alumni Outstanding Achievement and Skookum Award Brunch took place at Rivers Memorial Hall on September 21. The word “Skookum” in the Chinook language means “excellence,” and awards were presented to 15 seniors who have demonstrated this quality in academics, cocurricular activities, athletics, volunteer work, and community service. This year’s award recipients come from diverse backgrounds and were nominated by faculty, staff, and coaches. View photos from the ceremony and biographies of the award recipients.

Engineering Mentoring Dinner

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Sponsored by the Alumni Association, the 14th annual Engineering Mentoring Program’s Kick-off Dinner on October 9 afforded 180 first-year students a chance to network with 32 alumni mentors and ask questions about what to expect in their studies over the next four years and the various engineering careers available to them afterward. View the photo album/slide show.

There were accolades aplenty at The Young Alumni Outstanding Achievement and Skookum Award Brunch, which took place at Rivers Memorial Hall on September 20. The word “Skookum” in the Chinook language means “excellence,” and awards were presented to 15 seniors who have demonstrated this quality in academics, cocurricular activities, athletics, volunteer work, and community service. View photos from the ceremony and read biographies of the award recipients.

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Summer 2014

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VIDEO: The 46th Annual Alumni Golf Tournament

Alumni golfers  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. View the video! View the photo album/slide show. Pictured second from left is Honorary Tournament Chairman and University Trustee Rocco Falcone ’84/G’87, along with (L-R) John Joyce ’01, Kevin Fagan, and John Drost ’88/L’91.

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Florida and Connecticut President's Alumni Receptions

These events, held earlier this year, show that staying in touch with the University is both easy and fun. View photos of the February events in St. Petersburg and Boynton Beach, FL. Read the story. Pictured are Trustee Neville Bogle '75/G'81 and President Anthony S. Caprio in Hartford, CT. View photos of this reception and read the story.

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Alumni News

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. Pictured are Mat Kolesnik, Krystal Dunn ’06, Amanda Ortega '04, College of Pharmacy student Nestor Otero ’13, and MBA student Kyle Knowles ’05. View the photo album/slide show. View video of TV news coverage. Other alumni news: the Engineering Networking Dinner, the RealTest mentoring event, and honors for three alumni "Difference Makers."

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Winter 2014

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VIDEO: Homecoming 2013

Amidst sunny skies and 75-degree weather, a multitude of alumni, family, and friends attended Homecoming 2013 on September 28. It 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 exhibitions by the Dance Team and the Martial Arts Team on Golden Bear Boulevard. Pictured are (L-R) Justin Mickiewicz, Lyca Mickiewicz, Jackie Hicks’00, Michael Mickiewicz, Kate (Harrington) McAfee ’00, Amelia McAfee, Fiona McAfee, and Bryan McAfee. View photo albums 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10. View the video!

Alumni Gather With President Caprio in New York City

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Alumni and friends in the New York City area heard firsthand about recent developments at Western New England during a President’s Reception on October 24 at The Terrace Club in Midtown Manhattan. President Anthony S. Caprio briefed guests on the latest news at the University, including capital projects. The host was Michael Borg L’88, a partner at the law firm Soffer, Rech, and Borg LLC. View the photo album/slide show.

Pictured are (L-R) Andrew Jayson ’10, Jennifer Galli ’09, Danielle Vitucci ’09, President Caprio, Michaela Morin ’10, and Thomas O’Neill ’10.

Career Ready

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Kate Kane, managing director of The Springfield Group, is pictured delivering the keynote address at the Career Ready: Strategies for Success Seminar on October 23. This third annual free Educational Outreach Seminar was sponsored by the Alumni Association. Workshops presented were Resume Review, Networking Strategies, Entrepreneurship Workshop, Train Like an Athlete (Win that Job/Promotion), and Polishing Your Resume. View the photo album/slide show.

The workshop presenters were Lori Nadeau ’89/G’03, AVP, account manager, TD Insurance; Roger Roberge ’04, broker/property manager, RR & Company Realty; Tim Conrod ’11, ad solutions and revenue analyst, ESPN; Andrea St. James ’96/G’00, career counselor, Western New England University; John Pantera ’01, owner, Elements Therapeutic Massage; Barbara Perry, VP of sales and marketing, Reminder Publications; Loris Epps G ’80, career counselor, Western New England University; and Brenda Garton-Sjoberg, professional educator of communications Western New England University.

The event was organized by Olivia Mazzarella ’10, Volunteer Management Chair for the Alumni Association Board of Directors.

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Summer 2013

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Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

Read about the Walk a Mile in Her Shoes 5K Walk/Run and High Heel Walk on April 13 (above), which 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 as a community service program. There was also a BBQ cookout after the events. View the photo album/slide show. View the video!

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Iron Woman: Elena Massa-Musiak '04 Goes
From Golden Bear Swimmer to Top Triathlete

Former Golden Bear swimmer Elena Massa-Musiak ’04 is pictured participating in the Kona (HI) Ironman World Championship, the “Super Bowl” of triathlons, on October 13, 2012. It was the third Ironman (2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride, and 26.2-mile run) for the accomplished triathlete.

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Assistant Basketball Coach Malik Champlain ’07: The Right Stuff

Malik Champlain ’07 (history), assistant basketball coach at Western New England University and former Norwich (CT) Free Academy player, is pictured speaking to NFA players prior to their game against number one-ranked Ledyard in the Eastern Connecticut Conference semifinals on February 28. Check out a video of his speech and you’ll see why NFA defied the odds and won the game.

Alumni News

View the photo albums/slide show of the Day at the Springfield Falcons on February 17 as well as video. Also: photos of  alumni mentoring and coaching Management students at RealTest March 8, the 45th Annual Alumni Golf Tournament on May 24 (We have video of this event as well!), and photos of the Engineering Networking Dinner on April 13.

President Caprio’s Dinners with Alumni and
Friends in Boston and Celebration, FL

The atmosphere was one of warmth and excitement at these events. View the photo album/slide show of these Boston and Florida dinners.

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Winter 2013

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See Long Lost Photos of The Rock’s
Perilous Journey to Higher Education

Nearly 45 years ago, a boulder landed with a mighty thud in the middle of campus, but there were no tire tracks nearby. It was as if it dropped from the sky overnight. Actually, The Rock was deposited as a senior prank by the Class of 1968 and has been a Western New England icon and message board ever since that memorable night. Chief rock-napper Karl Jurgen ’68 recently returned to campus not only to reminisce about their stunt, but also to reveal previously unpublished photos of The Rock enroute to Western New England. It is pictured above in a truck in front of Karl’s apartment on the corner of Alden Street and Wilbraham Road. Read the entire story and see recently uncovered photos. View the video!

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Stageless Players Alumni Are Still Performing

Featured in the print version of this issue is former Stageless Player Tom Breshanan ’83 (pictured above in the 1988 cult horror movie The Brain), who went on to a 25-year (and counting) career in films, television, and stage, working with the likes of Johnny Depp, Elizabeth Shue, and Jamie Foxx. Read in this Web Extra about other former Stageless Players who continue to act, teach theatre, or work behind the scenes. 



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VIDEO: Homecoming 2012 Pictured are Lisa Masella ’06, Jessica Harrica ’06, Vicki Taylor ’07, and Sharon Simoncelli ’07/G’09. View our nine photo albums. View the video!


Alumni News

View photo albums/slide shows of the Alumni Association’s Career Strategies Seminar, The Presidential Alumni Reception in Washington, DC, and the first-ever Sport Management Alumni Reunion.


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The Alumni Association Trip to Apulia, Italy, September 3-11, 2013

Is there a more beautiful coastline anywhere in the world? See for yourself. Take advantage of a web booking discount of $500 that expires on February 12, 2013.

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The Communicator magazine

Summer 2012

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Olivia Mazzarella ’10, now the Volunteer Manageemnt Chair
on the Alumni Association Board of Directors, organized the
Career Strategies Seminar.


Alumni and Students Attend Insightful Workshops at the
Plan for Success: Career Strategies Seminar

Navigating today’s challenging job market can be a formidable task, but attendees at the Plan for Success: Career Strategies Seminar April 4 learned how to positively brand their experience and qualifications to gain a competitive advantage. This Annual Educational Outreach Seminar was sponsored by the Alumni Association and TD Insurance. Read the entire story.

Herman’s Extreme Makeover

A major renovation of 48-year-old Herman Hall started in early January and is scheduled to be completed at the end of this summer. There will be additional space for classrooms and faculty offices, an elevator, handicapped accessible facilities (including upgraded restrooms on each floor), a conference room, a computer classroom, technological upgrades, and an expanded Math Center. Relocating to Herman will be the Arts Studio, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, English, Humanities, and Student Disability Services. Check out mid-renovation photos of the building’s exterior and interior.

VIDEO: Falcons Fever 2012

Alumni, staff, faculty, students, family and friends gathered to watch the Springfield Falcons play the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins during Western New England University Day at the MassMutual Center March 11. Although the Falcons lost the game, 4-3, in an overtime shootout, a fun time was had by all. Anthony S. Caprio kicked off the festivities with the traditional puck drop, and the ROTC Color Guard presented the U.S. flag for the pre-game National Anthem. View the video! View photo album/slide show.


2012 Alumni Appreciation Dinner

The Annual Alumni Appreciation Dinner on May 16 honored individuals in the University community with awards for their hard work, dedication, and service. Nick Fyntrilakis G’04 received the Alumnus of the Year Award in recognition of his efforts to assist Springfield residents who where impacted by the June 1, 2011 tornado. View the photo album/slide show.

President Caprio Reaches Out to Alumni and Friends

During last winter and spring, alumni, friends, and other members of the University community joined President Anthony S. Caprio at a presidential reception in Hartford, CT, and presidential dinners in Sarasota, FL, and Kissimmee, FL. View the photos of the Hartford and Kissimmee events.

VIDEO: The Alumni Golf Tournament

Alumni golfers at the 44th Annual Alumni Golf Tournament on May 25 started their Memorial Day weekend early and took advantage of the opportunity to get together with fellow alumni and family at Wyckoff Country Club in Holyoke, MA. The event raised more than $16,000 for the Alumni Association Golf Tournament Endowed Scholarship. View video and photos.

The 2012 Mark Coffey Memorial Golf Outing

The Annual Mark Coffey Memorial Golf Outing April 27 at Tekoa Country Club in Westfield, MA, raised more than $9,000 for the Mark A. Coffey Endowed Memorial Scholarship. View the photo album/slide show.

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Web Extras: Winter 2012

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Celebrating the bear in all of us at Homecoming.

VIDEO: Homecoming 2011
The forecast looked bleak, but the threat of heavy showers didn’t prevent alumni, family, and friends from attending Homecoming 2011 on September 24. In fact, the rain held off and hundreds of Western New England graduates gathered on a warm autumn day to celebrate and reminisce. View the video and the photo albums/slide shows.

Alumni News
View photo albums/slide shows of the New York City Presidential Reception on October 27, 2011 and the Engineering Mentoring Dinner on October 6, 2011. Check out the athletics alumni events: the Athletics Alumni reception in Southington, CT on October 15, 2011, the inaugural Men and Women’s Cross Country Alumni Reunion October 17, the 30th Anniversary Reunion of the 1981 Football Team on October 22, 2011, the Hockey Reunion on December 3, 2011 and the Basketball Reunion on January 14, 2012.

VIDEO: “For the Love of the Games” Speaker Series
New York Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson was on campus on October 20, 2011 to deliver an interesting and inspiring talk on his career, what it takes to build a winning team, and how to break into the ultra-competitive sports industry. View the video of the lecture, an event that was underwritten by a grant from the Alumni Association.

The Alumni Association Trip to Scotland: August 22-30
Enjoy the beauty of the Scottish countryside—from the wild Highlands to the lowland Trossachs—and take advantage of up to $500 in discounts on this exciting trip. The $250 early booking discount expires on February 14, 2012. The special savings discount expires April 10, 2012.

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