Sport Management Alumni Return to Campus to Discuss Their Careers in Sport

Posted February 26, 2015

On February 21, an all-star cast of former Western New England University sport management majors returned to campus for the Sport Management Department’s annual Careers-in-Sport Symposium, held in conjunction with the University’s Open House for prospective and admitted students. Eight alumni – Tim Arduino, Tim Conrod, Jason Leclerc, Lydia Lefevre, Kylie Lindsay, Laura Madaio, Brad Medeiros, and Nick Starr – reflected on their Western New England education, and the advice and encouragement they received from faculty.

L to R: Nick Starr’13, Tim Conrod’11/MBA ’12, Laura Madaio ’13, Kyle Lindsay’06, Tim Arduino’10, Brad Medeiros ’11, Lydia Lefevre’14, and Jason Leclerc’11

The returning alumni represented a cross section of the sport industry, including ESPN, NBC Sports, New England Revolution, New Balance, CBS Sports Radio, Providence Sports & Entertainment, and 451 Marketing, a public relations and digital marketing company. As is tradition at the annual symposium, the Sport Management Department presented its Distinguished Young Alumnus Award to Tim Arduino, for his selfless contributions to the Sport Management program, both as a student and alumnus. Arduino is a national media sales account executive for the NBC Sports Group, and one of the youngest sales executives in the entire NBCUniversal organization.

The symposium was organized and moderated by Sport Management Professor and Department Chair, Dr. Sharianne Walker, and attended by the entire sport management faculty and the dean of the College of Business, Dr. Julie Siciliano.


University Luxton Speaker Series to Presents Immigrant Story "A Home Away from Home?" 

Posted February 25, 2015


Western New England University will host a presentation called "A Home Away from Home? Surrogate Family between Immigrant Service Workers and Their Native-born Customers" by Dr. Elizabeth Miller, Westchester Community College, on Thursday, March 5 at 4:00 p.m. in room 319 of D’Amour Library. The event is free and open to the public.

Tribeca, a neighborhood in New York City, is home mainly to wealthy, white, and native-born people. Most of the personal service workers, such as nannies, restaurant workers, and parking attendants are immigrants. This talk explores the unexpected relationships that develop between immigrants and natives in Tribeca. 

shoeshineboy_1jpgWhile one might assume their relations to be characterized by neutral, apathetic, or even hostile feelings, local history, culture, and social structure create a sense of community between immigrant workers and residents. This leads many immigrants to feel a sense of belonging in the neighborhood.

The Athenaeum Series is designed to provide a forum for communication, conversation, and discussion of scientific, literary, and other topics. This event is co-sponsored by the Western New England University Department of Criminal Justice and Sociology and D’Amour Library, and is part of the Richard Luxton Series named in honor of the late Richard Luxton, a longtime professor of Sociology at Western New England University.

For more information about this event, contact Vicky Ludwig at 413-796-2265.


Western New England University to Host Springfield's First Poet Laureate

Posted February 25, 2015

The Department of English at Western New England University will host Maria Luisa Arroyo as part of its Spring Author Series on Tuesday, March 3 beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Center for the Sciences and Pharmacy, Room 406. This event is free and open to the public.


Arroyo, a Springfield North End native, was educated at Colby College, Tufts and Harvard Universities in German language and literature, and is a Puerto Rican poet and educator. She was proclaimed Springfield's first Poet Laureate in 2014. 

For over 20 years, Arroyo has facilitated numerous poetry workshops, including at the Split This Rock Poetry Festival in Washington DC in 2012 and 2014, and the Massachusetts Poetry Festival in 2013 and 2015.

A 2004 Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellow in poetry, Arroyo has published many poems in literary journals such as Common Ground Review, WomenArts Quarterly Journal, and The Women's Review of Books. Arroyo's first collection, Gathering Words: Recogiendo Palabras (Bilingual Review/Press, 2008), is reminiscent of folk songs with their narrative storytelling and activist representation of the disenfranchised, disillusioned, and neglected. Most recently, Arroyo co-edited with Magdalena Gomez  the anthology, Bullying: Replies, Rebuttals, Confessions, and Catharsis (Skyhorse Publishing, 2012).

Arroyo’s appearance is sponsored by the Western New England University English and the Creative Writing Program.


University to Host Discussion on Selma Alabama Freedom Marches

Posted February 24, 2015


Western New England University School of Law will host a presentation by Department of History Professor John Baick on Wednesday, March 4 at 12 noon in the Blake Law Center Common. Dr. Baick’s talk is titled “Selma: Forgetting the Future.” This event is free and open to the public. 

The commemoration of the Selma, Alabama voting-rights marches has already begun with the 50th anniversary quickly approaching. The recently released film “Selma” is a part of this process, along with countless news stories and civics lessons throughout schools in America. But commemoration is not the same thing as history. To study the past is to understand the present and anticipate—or even shape—the future.

“We have forgotten many of the key lessons that the Selma marchers tried to provide,” explains Dr. Baick. “These marchers that risked—and sometimes lost—their lives to create a better future have been reduced to static heroes, frozen in historical amber, icons instead of living, breathing human beings. Icons can be vitally important symbols, subjects to focus attention and even veneration where appropriate. But icons can also block action,” added Baick. “America has taken many steps forward because of the steps taken by the marchers in Selma in the spring of 1965, but it would be inaccurate to suggest that Americans are still walking in their footsteps. America has lost its way.”

This important presentation and discussion is sponsored by The Institute for Legislative and Governmental Affairs at the Western New England University School of Law.

The Institute for Legislative and Governmental Affairs at the Western New England University School of Law was established in 2000 to offer students the opportunity to participate in important activities relating to the legislative process. 

For more information about this presentation contact Linda Towne at or 413 782-1522.



Students Explore Corporate Law with Attorneys from LEGO and Smith & Wesson

Posted February 24, 2015

On February 13 and 20, Professor Alexander Rosas, Western New England University's Pre-Law Advisor, took undergraduate and law students on field trips to visit LEGO and Smith & Wesson corporate facilities respectively, to meet with members of their legal teams. The students heard first hand about the day-to-day issues these corporate attorneys face and the complexities of dealing with a wide range of global customers. Students also toured the facilities at both companies, including the model shop at LEGO and the production factory at Smith & Wesson. 

"Both visits were exciting opportunities for our students to network and to learn more about what it is like to be an attorney for a major international corporation," Dr. Rosas said. "We are very fortunate to have so many attorneys in the community who are engaged in such exciting work and who are so generous in sharing their time with our students."


The students attending the two visits included Adam Cruz, Austin Genchi, Austin Provost, Brittney White, Frank Chiara, Joseph Masse, Kala Chapalonis, Kiara Don, Spencer Cathel, Tyler Mills and Victoria Damato.



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