Gross Named Vice President for Enrollment Management at Western New England University

Posted April 21, 2014

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Bryan J. Gross of Great Neck, NY, has joined Western New England University as Vice President for Enrollment Management. Dr. Anthony S. Caprio, University president, recently announced the appointment following a nationwide search. Gross will have the opportunity to build on the many successes of retiring Vice President for Enrollment Management, Charlie Pollock, who first joined the University in 1977.

“We are pleased to have Bryan Gross join our University team. With his broad experience in student recruitment strategies and retention programs, I’m confident Bryan will make a significant contribution to the University as we approach our centennial anniversary,” said Caprio. As an institution-wide leader, Gross plans to engage the University community in various conversations about enrollment and retention priorities and galvanize the University around common enrollment goals.

Gross currently serves as the Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management at St. John’s University in Queens, New York, where he has worked since early 2012. His previous positions include serving as the Associate Vice President of Admissions (2010-2012) and Dean of Admission (2007-2009) for the University of Bridgeport, where he also served in several other capacities during his tenure there (2004-2012).

Gross is familiar with the Springfield area having taught at the SABIS International Charter School, Springfield College, and Holyoke Community College. He received his Master of Education degree from Springfield College and his undergraduate degree from the Pennsylvania State University.

In his current role at St. John’s, Gross is responsible for the Offices of Undergraduate and Graduate Admission, Adult and Veteran Services, Registrar, and International Student Support Services at the Queens, Manhattan, and Rome campuses. With more than 52,000 undergraduate applications annually, he manages one of the larger undergraduate enrollment programs in the country.

Gross serves as an external reviewer for the American International Recruitment Council (AIRC) and has presented at conferences internationally on best practices in international student recruitment. He plans to bring to Western New England University a creative approach to marketing, a commitment to strategic planning, and a leadership style that is positive and collaborative.

Gross will begin his work at the University on July 1.

Bryan J. Gross of Great Neck, NY, has joined Western New England University as Vice President for Enrollment Management. Dr. Anthony S. Caprio, University president, recently announced the appointment following a nationwide search. Gross will have the opportunity to build on the many successes of retiring Vice President for Enrollment Management, Charlie Pollock, who first joined the University in 1977.

“We are pleased to have Bryan Gross join our University team. With his broad experience in student recruitment strategies and retention programs, I’m confident Bryan will make a significant contribution to the University as we approach our centennial anniversary,” said President Caprio. As an institution-wide leader, Gross plans to engage the University community in various conversations about enrollment and retention priorities and galvanize the University around common enrollment goals.

Gross currently serves as the Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management at St. John’s University in Queens, New York, where he has worked since early 2012. His previous positions include serving as the Associate Vice President of Admissions (2010-2012) and Dean of Admission (2007-2009) for the University of Bridgeport, where he also served in several other capacities during his tenure there (2004-2012).

Gross is familiar with the Springfield area having taught at the SABIS International Charter School, Springfield College, and Holyoke Community College. He received his Master of Education degree from Springfield College and his undergraduate degree from the Pennsylvania State University.

In his current role at St. John’s, Gross is responsible for the Offices of Undergraduate and Graduate Admission, Adult and Veteran Services, Registrar, and International Student Support Services at the Queens, Manhattan, and Rome campuses. With more than 52,000 undergraduate applications annually, he manages one of the larger undergraduate enrollment programs in the country.

Gross serves as an external reviewer for the American International Recruitment Council (AIRC) and has presented at conferences internationally on best practices in international student recruitment. He plans to bring to Western New England University a creative approach to marketing, a commitment to strategic planning and a leadership style that is positive and collaborative.

Gross will begin his work at the University on July 1.

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Roberts Takes First Place in Speech Contest

Posted April 20, 2014

The Department of Communication held its sixth annual public speaking contest on Thursday, April 10. The event was open to all undergraduate students. This year, students were challenged to present engaging informative speeches of approximately six minutes in length about any subject of their choice. The speeches were presented before an audience of their peers and family members, and were judged by faculty members.

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(L-R) Professor Doug Battema, chair of the Communication Department, Hannah Migeed, Michael Masciadrelli, Aubrie Przybysz, and Matthew Roberts.

First place went to senior Matthew Roberts, a mechanical engineering major from South Windsor, CT for a speech on "My Generation.” Second place was awarded to junior Michael Masciadrelli, a communication major with a concentration in journalism from Feeding Hills, MA for a speech about "Religious College Students." Third place was a tie between sophomore Hannah Migeed, a health sciences major from Springfield, MA for a speech about "Electroconvulsive Therapy" and junior Aubrie Przybysz, a communication major with a concentration in media theory and production from Terryville, CT for a speech about "Social Media: Shaping Your Online Image." All contestants received a certificate honoring their achievement, a cash prize -- $100 for first place, $75 for second place, and $50 for third place. The three judges included Assistant Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences Josie Brown-Rose, Assistant Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences Karl Martini, and Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Law & Society program Alexander Rosas. A sampling of their speeches can be viewed in the video below.

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Students Visit Baystate Reproductive Medicine

Posted April 19, 2014

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Students in Assistant Professor of Neuroscience Jacob Krans' Reproductive Endocrinology and Physiology course, visited Baystate Reproductive Medicine (BRM) recently. While at the clinic, students are given the opportunity to spend one-on-one time with practitioners and equipment used in the field.

Pictured above (in blue scrubs) are Suzanne LaBrie, Tayyab Rahill, PhD, and Lisa Hill along with senior Amanda Gemme, Dawn Duncan (Chief Nurse of Reproductive Medicine), sophomore Allison Ryan, juniors Maura Curran and Alex Mackie, and sohpomores Jaquan Williams  and Presephanie Dones.

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