Latin Food Fest Kicks Off Heritage Month

Posted September 23, 2014

The United & Mutually Equal student club held its annual Latin Food Festival on September 16, for all the campus community. This event, intended to encourage diversity awareness, is a kickoff celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month which runs from September 15 through October 15 this year.


A variety of food from several Hispanic countries was served. “This is a way to share our culture with student and faculty who have never eaten many of these foods, especially for our International students,” remarked junior Irmalie Lopez, a Festival organizer. Among the many foods being served were, mofoguitos (mashed fried plantains with garlic sauce), sweet potato balls, arroz con gandules (yellow rice with green beans), ensalada de bacalao (cod fish salad), and mixed filled guava/cheese pastries. Disfrutar de la comida!!



Western New England University’s Athenaeum Arts Series to Feature Certified Tea Master Yuko Eguchi

Posted September 22, 2014

The D’Amour Library Athenaeum Arts Series will host a lecture and demonstration by Yuko Eguchi, certified tea master of the Urasenke school on Monday, September 29, at 4:00 p.m. in the Clarke Reading Room, D’Amour Library.


Tea ceremony, or Chado (The Way of the Tea), is a traditional Japanese art involving ritualistic preparation of tea. Influenced by Zen Buddhism philosophy, the core teaching of chado is to attain a spiritual state of selflessness and peacefulness through making and sharing one bowl of tea. Learn the history and philosophy of the Japanese tea ceremony while tasting Japanese tea and sweets. This event is free, open to the public, and wheelchair accessible.

The Athenaeum Arts Series is a program of events hosted and cosponsored by D’Amour Library which seeks to enhance the cultural life of the Western New England University community through the offering of musical, theatrical, and film performances. This event is sponsored by the Western New England University Department of Humanities and D’Amour Library.


Tom Bennett Retires From University

Posted September 20, 2014

 tom_bennett_2jpgOn Friday, September 12, Tom Bennett retired from Western New England University after 25 years of loyal service as the lead mechanic and a Supervisor in Facilities Management. Tom has an enthusiasm and optimism that is contagious to all that work with him. In his 25 years at the University, Tom never missed a day of work, having a perfect attendance record. President Caprio stopped in to see Tom on Friday to present him with a citation of congratulations and to thank him for being a great role model over the past 25 years. Congratulations Tom!


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. 


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


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