Western New England University to Host Regional Social Work Conference

Posted April 16, 2014

Western New England University will host the 32nd annual Regional Social Work Conference on Wednesday, May 21 from 8:45 a.m. to 4:05 p.m. The event features 43 workshops designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of Social Workers and Human Services professionals of all experience levels. Presentations will focus on important issues facing Social Work professionals when dealing with children and families, the elderly, mental health, substance abuse, multicultural issues, and personal development.

sheriff1jpgSpringfield native Sheriff Michael J. Ashe, Jr., will deliver the conference keynote address, “Social Work Values in Action.” The talking points of this message will explore the core values of service, social justice, the dignity and worth of the person, importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence. Ashe holds a Bachelor’s degree from St. Anselm’s College and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Boston College. His career began at the division of child guardianship, in a program for battered children in Western Massachusetts. He and his wife Barbara served as the first house parents of Downey Side Homes for youth. Ashe was elected Sheriff of Hampden County in 1974 and was re-elected every six years since without opposition. He is the well-deserved recipient of numerous awards and an inspiration for social workers who wish to truly make a difference.

In addition, the conference will feature the presentation of the 18th annual Jim Quinn Human Service Award to Ms. Arlene Smith for more than 30 year career with the Department of Children and Families. The Jim Quinn Award honors a human service professional who has made an outstanding contribution to the social work profession.

Registration is now open. The full-day conference is $139 ($129 if registering before May 14). Full-time Western New England University students may attend for $25, while non-employed, full-time students from other colleges and universities may attend for $50. For more information call 413-796-2173 or register on-line here.

The conference is a joint effort of Western New England University’s Bachelor of Social Work program, Social Work Advisory Council, and Office of Professional Development.


Western New England University Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to Host Free Financial Literacy for Small Business Session

Posted April 15, 2014

The Western New England University Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship will host a free session on cost-effective marketing for small business on Tuesday, April 22 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in Room 3 of the Blake Law Center. The session is part of the Center’s “The 1, 2, 3’s of Financial Literacy for Small Businesses” series, designed to help small business owners become better informed when it comes to financial issues facing entrepreneurs. The session is free and open to the public.

Bill Trudeau, President and CEO, the Insurance Center of New England will be speaking on the topic of “Insurance: Risk-Management Techniques for Small Businesses.” For more information and to register, visit www.wne.edu/cie or call 413-796-2030.


Walk a Mile in Her Shoes 5K Walk/Run and High Heel Walk Benefits YWCA Women's Shelter

Posted April 15, 2014


The Walk a Mile in Her Shoes 5K Walk/Run and High Heel Walk on April 6 included a High Heel Walk sponsored by the campus sexual assault awareness group One in Four, along with a 5K walk/run sponsored by the Alumni Association. Proceeds from registration went to the YWCA of Western Massachusetts, which provides services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The premise behind wearing high heels: you can't really understand another person’s experience until you’ve walked a mile in his or her shoes, as the old saying goes.

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