Speakers, Degree Recipients, and Honorees
Commencement Speakers 2013
Undergraduate and Doctoral Ceremony
May 18, 2013
Alumni Healthful Living Center
Speaker—Dr. Alan Chartock, President and CEO of WAMC Northeast Public Radio
Dr. Alan Chartock, president and CEO of WAMC/Northeast Public Radio, is a broadcaster, educator, syndicated columnist, newspaper publisher and musician.
As both educator and entrepreneur, Dr. Chartock established Western New England University as WAMC/Northeast Public Radio’s Springfield Bureau. Students from the Communication program of the College of Arts and Sciences work with the professional staff of WAMC where they research, write, and voice news stories from around the western Massachusetts region. These stories air throughout the Northeast and Canada, and provide students with practical experience at one of the nation’s most respected public radio broadcasting stations. In addition to students gaining experience that can offer competitive advantages for them in their career aspirations, students have another meaningful opportunity to serve the broader community.
In addition to hosting WAMC’s long running Media Project and Capitol Connection series –heard on public radio stations around New York and the nation–Alan also hosts the popular “Medical Monday” edition of WAMC’s call-in program, VoxPop, and WAMC’s “In Conversation with…” series featuring one-on-one conversations with authors, artists and newsmakers.
Chartock also offers political commentary on other WAMC programs such as Midday Magazine and is frequently called upon to comment on New York State politics by newspapers and broadcasters throughout the state.
His syndicated column on politics appears in newspapers throughout New York State and as a blogger, he regularly shares his thoughts on issues of the day. He is also the author of Me and Mario Cuomo: Conversations in Candor.
Chartock is professor emeritus in the Department of Communication at the State University of New York, University at Albany and executive publisher and project director of The Legislative Gazette, the newspaper of state government. He has won numerous awards at SUNY, including the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching and The SUNY Council for University Affairs and Development Award for Educational Achievement.
A resident of Great Barrington, MA, he also plays banjo in the popular folk group, The Berkshire Ramblers.
Master's Degrees Celebration
August 24, 2013
Rivers Memorial Hall
Speaker—Dora Robinson, President and Chief Executive Officer of the United Way of Pioneer Valley
Dora Robinson has been president and chief executive officer of the United Way of Pioneer Valley since October of 2009. A resident of Springfield, Robinson brings a combination of leadership and strategic operational experience to United Way.
Robinson is building a new business framework for the UWPV; that framework will address—in an intentional, deliberate and strategic manner—the underlying causes of the financial hardships facing today’s families. Before joining United Way, Robinson served more than 25 years in human services administration, including 18 years as president and chief executive officer of Martin Luther King, Jr. Family Services, Inc. in Springfield. She previously served as corporate director of child and family services at the Center for Human Development. At the Urban League of Springfield, Robinson has served as vice president of education and as an associate director of Camp Atwater as well as a director of the Foster Grandparents program. She is a Founding member of the MLK, Jr. Charter School of Excellence.
Robinson holds a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a master’s degree in social work administration from the University of Connecticut and has completed graduate studies at Smith College School of Social Work. She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Humanities by Bay Path College in May 2009.
Robinson currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Springfield Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Affiliated Chamber’s Legislative Committee; Board Member and Clerk for the Massachusetts Providers Council Advisory Committee of the Boston Federal Reserve Community Advisory Council; Member of the Board of Directors of the MLK, Jr. Charter School of Excellence and other local, regional and statewide committees and professional organizations. In November 2009, she was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick to serve a five-year term on the Board of trustees of Springfield Technical Community College.
Robinson is an adjunct professor at Springfield College School of Social Work and Smith College School of Social Work. She is a professional consultant and advisor, lecturer, and guest speaker throughout the region.