Drone with GoPro3 Camera Visits Campus

Posted October 24, 2014


If you were on campus last Friday and heard buzzing overhead, you were probably being filmed by a hi-def GoPro3+ video camera mounted on a drone. The film crew was from Larry Locke Films and was shooting panoramic sweeps of the campus from above the buildings.The film crew arrived on short notice because they determined the leaf coloring was at its peak.


“Larry Locke, an acclaimed film director who has been recognized for his high-quality work around the world, was on the Western New England University campus to begin shooting a new promotional video that will be used to tell the Western New England story from an exciting, new perspective," explained Bryan Gross, vice president for enrollment management. "Locke will develop a film that will be used to tie Western New England’s storied past with our vision for the future, all through the lens of our accomplished current faculty, staff and students," Gross added.  

Pieces of this work will also be used for an exciting new welcome center video experience that the University is preparing to unveil to prospective students who visit campus this Spring. 


"What really captured the attention of students and faculty was Locke’s use of a high definition, remote controlled drone, which was able to capture footage of our beautiful campus and all of our magnificent foliage in a way that has not been done before," added Bryan Gross.  

Stay connected to our YouTube and other social media channels for the release of this exciting, new video.

To view some of the raw footage of the drone video, click here.

For more information on Larry Locke, please visit www.larrylockefilms.com.


Clason Speaker Series at Western New England University to Host Philip Tegeler on October 27

Posted October 23, 2014

philip_tegelerjpgWestern New England University School of Law’s Clason Speaker Series will host a talk by Phil Tegeler on Monday, October 27 at 12:00 noon in the Blake Law Center Commons. The talk, entitled “50 Years after the Civil Rights Act: The Challenge of Ending Segregation in Housing and Education,” is free and open to students, alumni, the University community, as well as to the general public. Lunch will be provided.

Philip Tegeler has served as the Executive Director of the Poverty and Race Research Action Council (PRRAC) since 2004. PRRAC’s primary mission is to help connect legal advocates with social scientists working on race and poverty issues, and to promote a research-based advocacy strategy that offers solutions to structural inequality issues.

Tegeler has worked as a civil rights lawyer for over 25 years. He served as Legal Director for the Connecticut ACLU and was a cofounder the Connecticut Fair Housing Center. Tegeler has litigated cases in federal and state courts involving fair housing, school desegregation, land use law, voting rights, first amendment law, gay rights, prison conditions, criminal justice, and other institutional reform litigation. He has published numerous articles in leading law reviews addressing the ongoing problems of segregation in housing and education.

Tegeler is a graduate of Harvard University and Columbia Law School.

The Clason Speaker Series presents expert lectures to the School of Law and to the public. The series is named after Charles R. Clason, a prominent local attorney and member of the U.S. House of Representatives, who held the position of Dean of the School of Law from 1954 to 1970. Today, the purpose of the Charles and Emma Clason Endowment Fund is to host speakers who will enhance the academic environment of the School of Law at the University.

For more information, contact Harris Freeman at hfreeman@law.wne.edu or Sandra Marques at smarques@law.wne.edu.


Western New England University Receives Fifth Grant from Kern Family Foundation

Posted October 23, 2014


wne_engineering_logojpgThe Western New England University College of Engineering has received nearly $450,000 from the Kern Family Foundation for five projects over the past three years. These grants are designed to bolster the engineering students’ education, in order to better prepare the graduates for the demands of their field. In August 2014, the Foundation awarded the College of Engineering a grant of $282,260 that will allow the engineering faculty, led by S. Hossein Cheraghi, Dean of the College of Engineering, to further integrate entrepreneurial principles into the engineering curriculum across all majors in the College of Engineering.

At the same time, these grants help to advance the goals of the Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network (KEEN) - a collaboration of U.S. universities that strive to inspire an entrepreneurial mind set in undergraduate engineering and technology students. The College of Engineering has been a participating member of KEEN since receiving its first grant from the Foundation in 2011. ---“Engineering students can no longer complete their bachelors degree from a University with a purely technical education. Students need to be entrepreneurial minded and prepared to recognize product opportunities in order to understand market and business pressures associated with engineering design,” explained Dr. Thomas Keyser, Professor of Industrial Engineering.

Over the past year, the Foundation made three additional awards to individual members of the Engineering faculty totaling $86,865 for targeted initiatives aimed at further integration of an entrepreneurial orientation into the College of Engineering academic curriculum. Through these grants, Industrial Engineering Professors Julie Drzymalski and Tom Keyser, and Biomedical Engineering Professor Robert Gettens in collaboration with Marketing Professor Harlan Spotts, will be targeting specific skills sets in recognizing opportunities and project development to further enhance our engineering students’ preparation in their fields of study.

kern2011jpgIn keeping with the vision of its founders Drs. Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern, The Kern Family Foundation seeks to enrich the lives of others by promoting strong leadership, educational excellence, and high quality, entrepreneurially minded engineering talent. In practice, the Foundation focuses on systemic change. It targets funding toward long-term programs, include a partnership with Project Lead the Way - a pre-engineering program for middle and high school students, the Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network (KEEN), and the Faith, Work, and Economics Program.


20 New U.S. Citizens to Take Oath at Law School

Posted October 22, 2014


law_logo_finaljpgWestern New England University School of Law will host naturalization proceedings for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on Friday October 24, at 2:30 p.m., in the J. Gerard Pellegrini Moot Court Room. Several immigrants from western Massachusetts will take the Oath of Allegiance to the United States of America and be sworn in as U.S. citizens during the ceremony,including Silvia Pickrell,(seen below) a housekeeper employed at the University. The citizenship candidates include immigrants from Burma, People’s Republic of China, Ghana, Jamaica, Japan, Nepal, Pakistan, Poland, Russia, South Korea, Ukraine, Canada, Germany, and Uzbekistan.


 “The great strength of our country is its ability to attract new citizens from all around the world who come for their own personal reasons but who contribute their talents, culture and values to enrich the country as a whole,” remarked Eric Gouvin, Dean of the School of Law. “The naturalization ceremony is a celebration of that strength and we are honored to host it,” Gouvin added.

Dean Eric Gouvin will present the welcoming remarks. The Honorable Mark Mastroianni L'89, Federal District Court Judge, will then rule on the motion to accept the new citizens, while U.S. District Court Deputy Clerk, Theresa Pelegano will administer the Oath of Allegiance to the applicants.

Senator Gale Candaras, L’82, who will give the keynote speech at the ceremony reflected, “We are and always will be a nation of immigrants, who are the renewing spirit of our country. My father was one of those immigrants who courageously left his village in Greece to make a new life here, and he never let me forget how lucky I am to be an American.  I am honored and moved to be part of the naturalization ceremony on Friday to help celebrate this final step for these fortunate individuals who will swear allegiance to our country, become citizens, and be able to participate fully in the civic life of this great nation.” 

This event is free and open to the public. 


Law Students Raise Funds by Chasing Ambulance

Posted October 21, 2014

By Jeff Roche, junior

On Saturday, October 18, students and faculty from the The Western New England University School of Law hosted their annual Ambulance Chase 5k run/walk.


 This year was the 10th year School of Law students have held the Ambulance Chase to raise funds for local Springfield charities. For the past several years, the proceeds have gone to the Ronald McDonald House in Springfield MA.


The annual race name "Ambulance Chase" is literal, the runners actually chase an ambulance around the race course. The runners start and finish the race at the main entrance of the Law School. 

Each year American Medical Response (AMR) donates the services of an ambulance for the runners to chase. AMR is the nation’s leading manager and provider of medical transportation, and is locally operated in 40 states and the District of Columbia. 

The Ambulance Chase race is organized by the Western New England University School of Law Charities Committee, which this year consists of Nicole Garcia, Megan Florez, and Amy Russo.


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