International Students Welcomed to Campus

Posted September 19, 2014

international_201jpgPictured (L to R): Otacilio Pires de Freitas Neto, Brazil, Victor Accarini, Brazil, Ana Medeiros Labeca, Brazil, Stanley Monteiro Irades, Brazil, Dr. Sandra Navarro, Spanish Professor

International Students and Scholar Services recently held a reception in the Bear's Den for the new international students enrolled at Western New England University. The purpose was to formally welcome the new international students to campus and give them an opportunity to meet the returning International students, the deans, faculty and staff.

international_150jpgPictured (L to R): Engineering Professor Seunghee Kim, South Korea, Ahmed Izzuldeen, Saudi Arabia, Pablo Soares, Brazil, Dean Cheraghi, Iran, Moath Alhabeeb, Saudi Arabia, Nasser Al Aumari, Saudi Arabia, Khalid Izzuldeen, Saudi Arabia

There are 38 new international undergraduate students, bringing the total on campus to 116. The new international students are from Brazil, Saudi Arabia, France, England, Russia, Bolivia, Canada, and China. Their majors include Engineering, Business, and Arts and Sciences. Thirty of the new students live on campus. Some of the student arrived from foreign exchanges programs at Leeds University in England and Shandong University of Science and Technology in China. The University's new partnership with the Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program brought 13 Brazilians to campus for a year-long program. 


Engineering Students to Judge Annual Car Show

Posted September 18, 2014


Western New England University’s American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Club will host its annual Car Show on Saturday, September 20, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the University campus. Car, truck, and motorcycle enthusiasts will show off their prized rides to all who attend, and enter for a chance to win a trophy. The ASME Club officers act as judges for the event and choose the winners in ten categories including Best Antique, Best Vintage, Best Classic, Best Muscle, Best Mid 70’s through the 90’s Era, Best Performance Resurgence, Best Motorcycle, Best Truck, and Best in Show. No preregistration is needed to enter your vehicle. All makes, models and years are eligible for the competition, with an entry fee of $10 for cars and trucks, and $5 for motorcycles. The event rain date is September 27. For more information contact


New Faculty Welcomed to Campus

Posted September 17, 2014

With the start of the academic year, the campus is filled with many new faces. In addition to incoming students, the University welcomes several new faculty members and administrators to the campus community. The new faculty members include:


College of Arts and Sciences

Marcel Carcea - Statistics
Andrea Davis - Communication
Adam Fox - Mathematics
Arie S. Mobley - Neuroscience
Liang Ren Niestemski - Physics
Emily Notch - Biology
Brian Whitehead - Mathematics

College of Business

Yuqi (George) Gu - Finance
Mary Schoonmaker - Marketing

College of Engineering

Mohamed Almekkawy – Electrical & Computer Engineering
Behzad Behnia – Civil & Environmental Engineering
Yousef Haseli – Mechanical Engineering
Seunghee Kim – Civil & Environmental Engineering
Seyed Niknam – Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management
Anthony Santamaria – Mechanical Engineering

College of Pharmacy

Seth Housman - Pharmacy Practice
Christina Sherrill – Pharmacy Practice
Michael Thomas – Vice Chair
Marissa Wolff - Pharmacy Practice

New Administrators

Bryan Gross – Vice President for Enrollment Management
Linda Jones – Provost/VP Academic Affairs
Kandace Kukas – Asst. Dean & Director of Bar Admission Program


Art Gallery at Western New England University to Feature Work of Jacin Giordano

Posted September 17, 2014

The Western New England University Art Gallery will host “Before after,” an exhibit by mixed media artist Jacin Giordano, from October 5 through November 6. The gallery, located in the St. Germain Campus Center, will host an opening reception Sunday, October 5 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Giordano will offer insight into his work during a gallery talk on Thursday, October 9 at 7:00 p.m. General Art Gallery hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Monday through Friday and 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. All events are free and open to the public.


“My paintings are intensely labored and constructed. They are not predetermined by sketches, but meticulously pieced together like an evolving puzzle. I think of them as crafted rather than executed,” says Giordano. “I use yarn, glitter, glue, and fragments of paint to create an assembled collage. The segmented stripes within the works originate as long, straight lines of acrylic paint poured on glass. The pours often resemble a flattened rainbow and at the same time they take on the appearance of a frozen abstract painting.”

Jacin Giordano graduated with honors from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 1999 with a BFA in painting. He has exhibited widely throughout the United States as well as Mexico, Hong Kong, and France. Recent exhibitions at public institutions include deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, The Miami Art Museum, The Bass Museum of Art, The Harn Museum, and The Frost Museum. Giordano was a 2006 recipient of the South Florida Cultural Consortium Grant for Visual Art. His work is included in the West Collection, The Rubell Family Collection, The Debra and Dennis Scholl Collection, and Perez Art Museum Miami.

For information and directions to the gallery visit or call the University at 413-782-1567.


Western New England University Hosts College Fair 

Posted September 14, 2014

By Peter Spotts, senior


Western New England University hosted a New England Association for College Admission Counseling (NEACAC) College Fair on Sunday, September 7, in the Alumni Healthful Living Center. Representatives from approximately 200 colleges and universities were available to speak with local high school students and their parents about their respective institutions and the admission process. Prior to the start of the fair, Western New England University hosted a free 45-minute College and Financial Aid Awareness workshop. 


“I really like the campus here at Western New England. I’m interested in becoming a teacher and I was surprised to hear the University offers off-campus student teaching opportunities," remarked high school senior Natalie Liska, from central Connecticut (seen above).


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