Busy Semester Ahead – Don’t Miss Important Events, Activities, and Deadlines

Posted September 4, 2015

Students and faculty have returned and the University campus is in full swing. To stay up-to-date on events, activities, trainings, and key registrations, be sure you know where to find this important information.


Campus activities are frequently publicized on posters distributed across the campus. Please take the time to read them. 

Many activities, speakers, and special programs are listed on the University Calendar at http://www1.wne.edu/calendar/?l=footer.

Be sure you are connected to the University Post email system. After logging into the Connect2U intranet, select the University Post tab at the top, then click the Subscriptions option in the red banner at the top of the page. Select the email posts you want to receive. 

Students – you have your own Student Activity Calendar that you can access at: https://www1.wne.edu/studentactivities/?ql 

Many student activities are also posted on a wall in the St. Germain Campus Center lounge area. Stop by and check it out. 

School of Law speakers and events are listed on the School of Law homepage at: http://www1.law.wne.edu/?l=footer 

Next week is filled with important events. Here are just a few:

Student Employment Fair, Tuesday, September 8, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in Rivers Memorial Hall.
International Student Welcome Reception, Wednesday, September 9, at 5:00 p.m. in the Campus Center Bear’s Den.


Thursday, September 10: 
Community Engagement Fair, 12:00 noon – 2:00 p.m. outside the Campus Center by the portico.
Student Activities Expo, at 6:00 p.m. in Rivers Memorial Hall.
Gallery Talk by Artist Neal Parks, 7:00 p.m. in the Campus Center Art Gallery.

Stay informed, mark your calendar, and get connected!


School of Law to Help Sponsor Visit by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor

Posted September 3, 2015

sonia_sotomayorjpgOn Wednesday evening September 9, Western New England University School of Law will sponsor an aspect of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s visit to the Springfield Public Forum.  As part of her visit, the School of Law has underwritten the Forum Scholar’s Program, a unique and valuable opportunity that brings local high school and law school students together for a private question and answer session with the Justice to discuss her book.

Following their private meeting, the students will join other Forum supporters for a dinner in honor of Justice Sotomayor, and the main public speaking program in Symphony Hall.

“Western New England University School of Law is thrilled to support the Forum Scholars program where copies of the Justice Sotomayor’s book, My Beloved World, have been given to local high school students to read in preparation for their meeting with the Justice,” said Eric Gouvin, Dean of the School of Law.  He added, “the book tells a compelling story of the Justice’s life in which perseverance, family, and hard work are key themes, and where a touch of good luck, thoughtful mentoring, and a powerful intellect help round out the picture.  I found it inspiring and I hope the students will as well. 

Sotomayor in 2009 became the first Hispanic and third woman justice appointed to the Supreme Court. She was raised in the Bronx, the child of an alcoholic father who died while she was in elementary school and a loving but overburdened mother. Her career soared from the New York County District Attorney’s office to private practice, and then an appointment to the Federal District Court before the age of forty. Sotomayor attended both Princeton and Yale Universities. 

Click here for a biography of Justice Sonia Sotomayor.


Class of 2019 Pharmacy Students Honored in White Coat Ceremony

Posted September 3, 2015


Western New England University Class of 2019 Pharmacy students recently took part in the College of Pharmacy traditional White Coat Ceremony. Seventy-four Pharmacy students were given the short white coat, which marks the student's transition into the profession of pharmacy and the start of their journey to becoming a pharmacist. The Western New England University College of Pharmacy’s Doctor of Pharmacy program is a 4 year course of study which has been granted full accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education.


Western New England University Office of Academic Affairs Announces Promotions

Posted September 2, 2015

Vice President and Provost Linda Jones and the Office of Academic Affairs congratulate the following colleagues on their promotions. The awarding of tenure was approved by the Board of Trustees. 

All appointments are effective September 1, 2015.


  • Dr. Doug Battema
  • Dr. Qazi E. Hoq (Enam)
  • Dr. Steven Northrup
  • Dr. Deborah Patterson
  • Dr. Michaela Simpson
  • Professor Julie Steiner


  • Professor Patricia Newcombe


  • Dr. Bahadir Akcam
  • Professor John Drawec
  • Dr. Anna Klimes
  • Dr. Melissa Knott
  • Dr. Jacob Krans
  • Dr. Kathryn Lipson
  • Dr. Michael Rust

Rev Up the Entrepreneur in You!

Posted August 31, 2015

3d_startupjpgWestern New England University will hold a unique 3-day entrepreneurship program on campus from October 16-18, for students interested in creating their own start-up businesses some day. 

A special information session will held on September 10, at 12:00 noon, in the Center for the Sciences and Pharmacy, Room 300, to explore your experience and qualifications for this intense and exciting three-day workshop. 

This program is free and open to all majors and disciplines including undergraduate, graduate, Law, and Pharmacy students. 

For more information visit, http://wne.3daystartup.org.


Early Start for Business Students Headed to London

Posted August 31, 2015


Fifteen College of Business students, who will be spending their fall term at Richmond University in London through the Sophomore Experience Abroad (SEA) Program, got an early start to their semester, meeting since August 24 in the BUS 210, Living and Learning Abroad course, taught by Management Professor, Dr. Jeanie Forray.

According to SEA Program Director Curt Hamakawa, these students comprise the sixth cohort of Western New England University sophomores who will live in London while taking four of their five classes in successive – and intense – three-week blocks. The students, who were selected through a competitive application process, departed for London Monday, August 31 and will return December 19.

The students’ academic experiences and extra-curicular adventures will be chronicled in the SEA Blog (www.sea201.blogspot.com).


Katey Stone, the Winningest Coach in NCAA Division I Hockey, to Speak at University

Posted August 28, 2015


Western New England University’s Center for International Sport Business (CISB) will host a talk by USA Women’s Hockey Coach Katey Stone, on Tuesday, September 15, in the Center for the Sciences and Pharmacy Room 400 beginning at 7:00 p.m. The event titled “For the Love of Games: Puck Talk with the USA Women’s Hockey Coach,” is free and open to the public.

Katey Stone, USA Women’s Hockey coach at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, guided her team to a silver medal finish against chief rival Canada, and in doing so, kept the USA Woman's Hockey medal streak alive at five consecutive Winter Olympic Games.

Stone, who is in her 21 season as coach of the Harvard University women’s ice hockey team, has amassed 429 wins (.697 winning percentage), making her the winningest coach in the history of NCAA Division I Hockey. Her teams have appeared in 11 NCAA Ice Hockey Championships including six Frozen Fours and four championship games in the tournament’s 15-year history.

Stone earned her B.A. degree in Physical Education from the University of New Hampshire, where she was captain and four-year letter winner in both ice hockey and lacrosse. In 2014, Stone was one of six NCAA Silver Anniversary Award winners, given to former NCAA student athletes who have distinguished themselves in life since completing their collegiate playing career.

This event, part of the "For the Love of the Games" speaker series, is hosted by the Center for International Sport Business and sponsored by the Western New England University Alumni Association. For more information, contact CISB Director Curt Hamakawa at 413-782-1786 or curt.hamakawa@wne.edu.


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