Western New England University College of Business to Host International Business Breakfast

Posted April 1, 2015

international_business_breakfast2jpgWestern New England University will host an International Business Breakfast on Tuesday, April 7 at 8:00 a.m. in Rivers Memorial Hall. Jeff Palm will discuss “Growing and Managing a Small, Global Business.” The event is open to the public. Tickets to the breakfast are available for $15 each (no charge for Western New England University students, faculty, and staff). To RSVP call the College of Business at 413-782-1231 or email ibbseries@wne.edu.

Jeff Palm is founder and executive director CISabroad, which offers study abroad programs in 19 countries at host institutions ranging from large, English-speaking universities to small language and culture focused study centers. Jeff’s international experiences include working in Europe, Asia, and Africa during his tenure as associate director of international admissions at Hawaii Pacific University; international program development in Europe and Australasia; and in business and pleasure travel to more than 30 countries.

As CISabroad director, Jeff is primarily responsible for managing the strategic direction of the company as well as for developing and maintaining the relationships with CIS’s overseas educational partners.

The International Business Breakfast Series is an initiative in the College of Business that integrates programs designed for students with the needs of the business community. This event is cosponsored by the College of Business International Programs Committee and the World Affairs Council of Western Massachusetts.


Jack Brin to Present Talk on the Life and Music of Composer Jean Sibelius

Posted March 31, 2015

sibelius1jpgWestern New England University’s D’Amour Library Athenaeum Series will host a talk by former University Professor of Mathematics Jack Brin, titled “Jean Sibelius Sesquicentennial: Film, Music and Conversation.” This free event will take place on Thursday, April 2, at 4:00 p.m. in D’Amour Library, Room 319 and is open to the public.

This film biography looks at this internationally famous composer’s life and music from birth, through his musical evolution and death in 1957. The film also references the Kalevala, a collection of runes about Finnish Viking mythology. Near the end of the century the spirit of nationalism overtook Finland, as well as many other European countries. The Kalevala was the primary work of Finnish literature, and a major source of nationalism in music and art. This program should have great appeal to anyone interested in any of the arts, music, or literature.

The Athenaeum Series is designed to provide a forum for communication, conversation, and discussion of scientific, literary, and other topics. This event is sponsored by the Department of Arts and Humanities and D’Amour Library.


Kemba Smith-Pradia Inspires Students and Community Members With Her Personal Story

Posted March 31, 2015

kemba_12jpgOn Tuesday, March 10, Western New England University hosted a presentation with inspirational speaker and author Kemba Smith-Pradia, in Rivers Memorial Hall, at 6:00 p.m. 

“I’m here tonight to help students understand the profound consequences of both good and bad decisions they make,” explained Smith-Pradia. “I’m also here to engage them in a discussion about advocacy. As young people, they can’t afford to be apathetic. They need to take responsibility for unjust things that are going on in their own communities and be involved.”

Growing up as an only child in Richmond, VA, Smith-Pradia graduated high school and continued her education at prestigious Hampton University. In an attempt to “fit in” as a college student, Smith-Pradia associated with the wrong crowd and became involved with a drug dealing boyfriend. He was a major figure in a crack cocaine ring and drew Smith-Pradia right in the middle of his life with physical, mental, and emotional abuse disguised as “love.”

kemba_11jpgBefore she knew what was happening, Smith-Pradia was convicted on a non-violent drug charge and sentenced to 24 years in federal prison. Smith-Pradia’s drug dealing boyfriend was later murdered, as she gave birth to their son while she was incarcerated.

“I was very impressed by the way Kemba was persistent, and turned her hopeless situation into a life of helping others,” remarked senior William J. Baymon III.

Fortunately, Smith-Pradia regained her freedom after President Clinton granted her clemency in December 2000. Smith had already served 6 years of her sentence. Her case drew support from across the nation and the world to reverse a disturbing trend in the rise of lengthy sentences for first time non-violent drug offenders. In recent years, many states have begun reducing mandatory drug sentencing for non-violent drug offences, but federal laws have not changed.

“What is truly amazing about Kemba, is her resilience,” remarked alumnus Bishop Talbert Swan of Springfield’s Church Of God In Christ. “Kemba's life centers around inspiring others to avoid life-altering mistakes. In addition, she is a tireless advocate for justice, which is sorely needed in the times we live in,” Rev. Swan added. 

This event is sponsored by the Western New England University Office of Diversity Programs and Services.


NCAA's Dan Dutcher Holds Court at Western New England University

Posted March 30, 2015

On March 11, a diverse audience of Western New England University students and athletics officials from conferences and institutions as far away as Providence, RI gathered in Wood Auditorium to hear Dan Dutcher, the NCAA Vice President for Division III. Dutcher talked about issues confronting intercollegiate athletics and the role that Division III plays in providing participation opportunities for student-athletes.


In response to students’ questions about things that he considers important in preparing for their careers upon graduation, Dutcher said that “number one, you must be a good writer,” because he is very unforgiving about careless writing. Dutcher also told students “that you can never know too many people,” in terms of building one’s personal network of contacts, and he concluded by reminding students of the popular refrain “that if you find a job that you love, you will never work a day in your life,” which he said was true in his case

Dutcher is the 20th speaker in the “For the Love of the Games” program series of the Center for International Sport Business (CISB), sponsored by the Western New England University Alumni Association. CISB Director Curt Hamakawa, who knew Dutcher when they worked together at the NCAA in the late 1990s, said that “It is a rare for an NCAA executive of Dan Dutcher’s stature to visit a member institution outside of an official business function, so the Western New England community was especially honored by his presence.”

Earlier in the day, Dutcher was hosted by President Anthony Caprio at a luncheon in the Trustees Room attended by members of the Board of Trustees, President’s senior staff, faculty, and athletics department.  Student-athletes and coaches were treated to  an informal meeting with Dutcher in the Downes Athletic Hall of Fame. 




College of Pharmacy Students Lead Campus Walk for Suicide Prevention April 12

Posted March 29, 2015


Hoping to shine a light on serious mental health issues, Western New England University in collaboration with the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention (AFSP), will host the University’s inaugural Out of the Darkness Campus Walk on April 12, 2015.Out of the Darkness Walks are part of AFSP’s annual nationwide fundraising series, designed to engage youth and young adults in the fight to prevent suicide.

The walk will start and finish at the Alumni Healthful Living Center. Registration starts at 9:00 a.m. and the walk will begin at 10:00 a.m. (rain or shine). The cost to register is free. Participants who raise $100 will receive an AFSP Out of the Darkness t-shirt. Additional gifts will be provided (with limited supply). All fitness levels welcome! This event is designed for the whole family to enjoy!

In the United States, a person dies by suicide every 14 minutes, claiming more than 38,000 lives each year. “Suicide is the second leading cause of death for college students,” says event organizer and College of Pharmacy Student Kristy Nguyen. “We hope to raise awareness and educate the public about suicide and prevention efforts. We are so excited to have over 100 participants so far in the University’s first ever Out of the Darkness Walk.”

Funds raised at the event will assist the AFSP in creating educational programs, advocate for public policy, support survivors of suicide loss, and much more. Donations of food, water and ice are requested.

Online registration closes at noon the Friday before the walk. However, anyone who would like to participate can register in person prior to the walk. Walk donations will be accepted until June 30, 2015.

For more information or to make a donation, please contact: Kristy Nguyen at kristy.nguyen@wne.edu or by phone at 612-308-5089.


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