University Soccer Teams to Compete in Europe

Posted August 1, 2014

The Western New England University men’s and women’s soccer teams depart for an unprecedented European tour on August 1. The men's soccer team will visit several locations in Spain, while the women’s soccer team will tour several cities in Italy. "We are ecstatic to be on the verge of another preseason team trip to Europe and, in particular, to a new destination for us in Spain," says Erin Sullivan, assistant athletic director. "We have once again received campus-wide support for this international educational experience that our student-athletes will benefit so much from." 

A contingent of 21 student-athletes from the men’s soccer team, Head Coach Erin Sullivan, Assistant Coach Eric Lusignan, Athletic Trainer Mike Vallee, and University professors Dr. Marilyn Pelosi and Dr. Sharianne Walker, will embark for Spain on Friday, August 1. To learn much more about what cities the men’s team will visit and the athletic competitions they will play, visit the Men's Golden Bears Summer Tour page.

Team Captains Sarah Stevens, Avery Clark and Brie Bates

To view the full video interview with all three team captains.

The same day, 21 student-athletes from the women’s soccer team, Head Coach Ron Dias, Assistant Coach Kristin Hensinger, Athletic Trainer Kelly Waller, and University professors Dr. Dennis Kolodziejski and Dr. Sheralee Tershner, will accompany the team on the trip through Italy. To learn more about the cities to be visited and competitions to be played, visit the Women’s Golden Bears Summer Tour page.

Both trips are an integral part of two academic Culture courses specifically designed for the soccer teams. The courses began earlier this summer with online classes and will continue while overseas as the students explore cultural venues, attend lectures and participate in discussions. “These trips provide interactive learning experiences that go beyond the classroom and allow students the opportunity to enhance their understanding of cross-cultural differences and the globalization of the work environment,” remarked Dr. Marilyn Pelosi.


University Students Study in Czech Republic

Posted July 31, 2014

prague_4jpgBack row: Melissa Knott, Jack Greeley, Van Nguyen, Ben Lessard, Max Franklin, Middle: Dave Jacobs, Jonathan Allen, Anita Dancs, Lauren Kneller, Sarah Rueli, Jordan Tenney, India Tucker-Ross, Front: Jeff Coles, Samantha McClean, Anna Ngo, Kelsey Schneidman, Olivia Mei.

A group of 15 students and three faculty members from Western New England University traveled to the ancient capital city of Prague in the Czech Republic earlier this summer led by Dr. Melissa J. Knott, Assistant Professor of Management, Dr. Anita Dancs, Associate Professor of Economics, and Professor Jack Greeley, executive in residence. The students were part of two academic courses; an International Business Practicum, focusing on cross-cultural business issues, and a Business Global Environment course.

Highlights of the trip included a visit to a family owned glassblowing factory where some students were invited to try blowing glass. Students were able to explore the remarkably beautiful city of Prague through a scavenger hunt which included a visit to the John Lennon memorial wall. They also toured the Prague Castle, one of the largest in the world, enjoyed learning to cook authentic Czech food, and toured a local brewery. “I’ve never been out of the U.S. and I was quite nervous to go," said senior Samantha McClean, "but once I arrived in Prague, it was the most exciting non-stop learning experience of my life.” Senior Van Nguyen remarked, “After learning so much about the Holocaust over the years from history lectures, books, and movies, it was still an eye-opening and emotional experience to stand in front of the ovens in the Terezin Concentration Camp."

Supply-chain and Just-in-time management concepts came to life at TRW Inc. an automotive seatbelt supplier, and a tour of the Skoda Volkswagen Plant and museum. At Avast! headquarters, students also learned about marketing free anti-virus software effectively.

To learn more about Study Abroad programs at Western New England University click here.


Dr. Marilyn Pelosi Appointed to Head CTL

Posted July 30, 2014

Dr. Marilyn Pelosi has been appointed the new Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Western New England University by Dr. Anthony S. Caprio, University President. The Western New England Center for Teaching and Learning is designed to provide faculty with access to cutting-edge, empirically validated teaching strategies. Through workshops, faculty presentation, and consultation, the Center serves as a repository for teaching related information and gives students access to faculty who are well trained to be excellent in and out of the classroom.

Dr. Pelosi received her undergraduate degree in Applied Mathematics from Brown University and her Masters and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst).
She joined the Western New England University faculty in 1981, rising through the ranks to achieve tenure and become Professor of Business Information Systems. She served as Department Chair from 1985-1993 and has served as Associate Dean for the College of Business from 2006 to 2014.

Dr. Pelosi has co-authored several statistics books including "Doing Statistics for Business with Excel" and "Elementary Statistics From Discovery to Decision." Her teaching interests are in the areas of statistics, operations management, and continuous improvement.

“Western New England University provides students with an education that is collaborative, experiential and international,” says Dr. Pelosi. “The Center for Teaching and Learning promotes excellence in teaching and excellence in student learning inside and outside the classroom through a broad range of programs.” Under Dr. Pelosi’s direction, the Center for Teaching and Learning will continue to build and develop programs focused on creative teaching techniques and teaching related activities, particularly in light of changing technologies.


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