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Athenaeum and Athenaeum Arts Series

The Athenaeum and Athenaeum Arts Series seek to enhance the intellectual and cultural life of the Western New England University community. Programs are free, open to the public, and wheelchair accessible. 

Social Justice Through Culture

Leonie Hedkovitch will discuss how and why we can create social justice through arts and culture projects. Join us for this interesting lecture sponsored by the Department of Management and D'Amour Library.

Luxton Lecture: “Like I’ve Never Been Born: The Importance of Mattering in Everyday Life.”

Professor Gregory Elliott
Department of Sociology, Brown University
To what extent do we believe that we make a difference in the lives of others? Combining empirical evidence with indices to measure mattering, Dr. Gregory Elliott explores the inverse relationship between mattering and dysfunctional behavior in adolescence. His work examines the impact of structural and demographic factors, and suggests how parents, teachers, and other significant people in the lives of adolescents can work to instill a sense of mattering in those under their care.

This program is sponsored by the Department of Criminal Justice and Sociology and D’Amour Library.

“Community-Level Recycling: Policies, Practices, and Outcomes in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts”

Jason Seacat, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology Western New England University

Over the last couple years, my research team at Western New England University has collected data on community recycling practices, policies and outcomes for 350 communities across the commonwealth of Massachusetts. My talk will focus on the information learned from this state-wide assessment as well as practical and policy implications for improving recycling generally. Massachusetts is one of the leading states in the nation with regard to recycling outcomes with approximately 38% of all material solid waste (MSW) being recycled annually. Despite being a leader in this area, Massachusetts still buries or incinerates approximately 7 million tons of MSW annually. Of this disposed amount a further 3-4 million tons could be recycled, but is not. Data from our study show that communities implementing or enforcing programs such as pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) for waste disposal may significantly increase community recycling rates but the public perception of (PAYT) has been mixed. Strategies to effectively implement PAYT and other programs will be discussed. Audience participation will be strongly encouraged.

This program is sponsored by the Department of Psychology and D’Amour Library.

Do More at D'Amour

A series of workshops designed to help students, faculty, and staff explore new technologies in conjunction with resources and services at D’Amour Library. Through sessions on technology tools and research strategies, the program aims to empower members of the university community to make the most of the learning opportunities offered at Western New England University.

All workshops are held from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. in D’Amour DLC (Room 215) unless stated otherwise. Contact Emily Porter-Fyke with questions or to sign up: emily.porter-fyke@wne.edu or 413-782-1537. 

Multiple dates

You'll be doing a ton of research this semester, so we're offering workshops on citation management software. These programs can help you store, annotate, and cite all the information you use in your research. We're offering three workshops each on Zotero:

  • Monday, January 23, 5-6pm
  • Tuesday, January 24, 5-6pm
  • Wednesday, January 25, 5-6pm

AND Mendeley:

  • Monday, January 30, 5-6pm
  • Tuesday, January 31, 5-6pm
  • Wednesday, February 1, 5-6pm

What are Zotero and Mendeley?

To give you an idea of what Zotero and Mendeley do and how they can help you with your research, take a few minutes (literally a few, they're very short!) to watch these videos:

Ready, Set, Zotero!

What is Mendeley?

Mendeley and Zotero

Beyond making managing your own research easier, both Zotero and Mendeley feature powerful collaboration tools that make group writing projects easier and help you to reach out to other scholars. Mendeley also has a repository featuring mainly sciences and social sciences research that can help you find sources.

Please register!

To register for any of these workshops, email Emily Porter-Fyke at emily.porter-fyke@wne.edu. If we don't have any registrations for a workshop we will not hold it, so if you have any intention of attending please get in contact with us!


Email Emily Porter-Fyke at emily.porter-fyke@wne.edu!

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Posted October 16, 2016

The Pharos Print Management system was successfully installed in D’Amour Library on October 11, and wireless printing is now available. Printing to the Library’s public printers has a few more steps now, but printing is still FREE to all current Western New England students, faculty, and staff.

All students, faculty, and staff will see a dollar amount associated with their account. However, this dollar amount is present only for data collection purposes. Current WNE students, staff and faculty will not be charged for any printing done at any of the Library’s printers. When the dollar amount gets low, just stop at the Circulation Desk to receive a new allocation.

There are instructions on how to use the new system at each computer and at the printer release stations in D’Amour, but as always, please just ask for assistance should questions or problems arise. The process is new for all of us, but working together we’ll all get the hang of it quickly.