University Partners with Zipcar to Offer Car Sharing on Campus    

Posted August 27, 2014


Today, Western New England University launched a new partnership with Zipcar, Inc., the world’s leading car sharing network, to offer a Zipcar car sharing program on campus. The convenient transportation option is now available at an affordable rate 24 hours a day, seven days a week for students, faculty, and staff ages 18 and older, as well as members of the local community ages 21 and over. Western New England University will initially offer two vehicles, Toyota Prius named “Mccall” and a Ford Focus Sedan named “Saskia”. The Zipcars will have designated parking spots located in a campus lot near Campus Police for convenient pick-up and return.

Representatives from Zipcar will be available in the D.J. St. Germain Campus Center between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 27. Look for the Zipcar on display on th east side of the Campus Center and stop by the information table in the Mall area to have your questions answered and learn how to register.

Zipcars are available on demand and can be easily reserved and accessed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This year, Western New England University members can join for $25 for the first year, with rates for Zipcar vehicles on campus starting as low as $7.50 per hour and $69 per day. After the first year, members will pay an annual membership fee of $35. Gas, insurance, and up to 180 miles of driving per day are included in Zipcar rates, and cars can be reserved for as little as an hour or for multiple days. Western New England University students, faculty and staff can join Zipcar at


“Western New England University is pleased to offer the Zipcar program. Zipcars provide an environmentally responsible, cost-effectivetransportation alternative that supports our educational mission by increasing access to the vast array of programs, services, and other travel destinations of our community throughout our region,” said Barbara Moffat, vice president for marketing and external affairs. “It is just one more way that Western New England is doing its part to protect our planet.”

Participating members with smartphones, including iPhones and Android devices, may download the Zipcar mobile application to make reservations, lock and unlock the vehicles, and honk the horn to help locate the vehicle. Reservations can also be made over the phone or on Zipcar’s website. “The new Zipcar program on Western New England University’s campus will provide students, faculty and staff with new levels of freedom at an affordable rate,” said Katelyn Lopresti, general manager of Zipcar University.  “Members can use Zipcars to run errands, attend job interviews and internships or get away for the weekend.” Zipcar has established relationships with more than 350 universities across North America. For more information and how to become a member of Zipcar at Western New England University, please visit Additional information and promotions can also be found by following @ZipcarU on Twitter.


Panamanian Students Visit University for Solar Decathlon Collaboration

Posted August 26, 2014


Fourteen engineering students and two faculty members from La Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá recently visited Western New England University as part of an educational collaboration in the design and construction of a fully solar powered home. Students from the two universities, and a third from Honduras have partnered to form Team Massachusetts & Central America, part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon 2015 Competition.

The finished product will be an “EASI Living Home,” which stands for Efficient, Aesthetic, and Solar Innovation. The Panamanian visitors are strengthening the mutual bonds with the students at Western New England through various team-building exercises and will work alongside them in the development of the EASI Living Home.

"Working with the Panamanian students will enable us to get a fresh perspective on the design and how we look at what we have done,” said Project Manager, Adison Vanina, a junior at Western New England University. “This is key to innovation…With them [Panamanian partners] we can find flaws in the design or just see another way we could improve the efficiency [of it]." The competition challenges collegiate teams to blend affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency. The teams will design, construct, and test their houses over the course of the next year before reassembling them in fall 2015 in Irvine, CA.


“It is new for us,” said Kevin Anderson, a Panamanian engineering student. “This project is changing our minds of engineering. We now have a bigger image of what we can accomplish.” Along with helping in the design process of the EASI Living Home, the Panamanian students took a trip to New York City, and ended the week at Six Flags New England.

This competition also helps educate the public on environmental preservation strategies and clean energy solutions available to families and businesses today. Students receive training and hands-on experience to prepare them for the clean energy workforce.


For progress updates, visit the team website at


DA Candidates to Debate At Western New England University

Posted August 26, 2014

Western New England University through its School of Law will host a debate between Hampden County District Attorney candidates Shawn Allyn, Hal Etkin, Anthony Gulluni, and Brett Vottero on Thursday, August 28 at 6:00 p.m. The debate, which will be held in the Blake Law Center’s J. Gerard Pellegrini Moot Court Room, is free and open to the public. 

The Office of District Attorney is responsible for the prosecution of all cases in Hampden County. Cases are heard in District Court, Superior Court and Juvenile Court. The State Police Detective Unit (SPDU) assigned to the District Attorney's Office assists in investigating cases in Hampden County.

“The primary election on September 9 will determine our next District Attorney because all the candidates are Democrats.” said Arthur D. Wolf, Director of the School of Law’s Institute for Legislative and Governmental Affairs. “The debate on August 28 will influence voter assessment of them. Our distinguished panelists will be asking the candidates critical questions about the Office of the District Attorney and its important role in the criminal justice system.”

The debate is sponsored by The Western New England University through its School of Law and the Hampden County Bar Association. Holyoke City Councilor Anthony Soto will moderate this important event which is scheduled to last approximately 90 minutes.

While the forum is open to the public, seating in the Pellegrini Moot Court Room is limited. Additional seating will be provided in the Law Center Commons, where guests will be able to watch the debate live on a wide-screen television. The debate will also be broadcast on Ludlow and Wilbraham Cable Access Channels and streamed live over the Internet. People interested in accessing the webcast can visit the School of Law’s web page at, where they will find a link to a live stream of the event.


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