Western New England University to Host 12th annual Student Media Festival

Posted April 24, 2014


Western New England University’s College of Arts and Sciences and the Department of Communication will host the 12th annual student Media Festival. The event is designed to showcase and celebrate the work students have produced throughout the academic year. The festival will be held on Thursday, May 1 in Sleith Hall, Room 100 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. The festival is free and open to the public.

The Media Festival was created to provide students with a venue to display the projects and creative work they have produced to other students, faculty, staff, and the public. The festival allows students an opportunity to be recognized for their achievements in producing quality videos over the past year. Students are eligible to enter their works in six media categories that will be evaluated by a panel of Western New England University alumni with career backgrounds in news media and video production. Rebecca Pirog, student coordinator for the media festival, said that the media festival offers a “fun and competitive way to show off what students have done during the academic year.”

The Media Festival will recognize student work in several categories including radio essay, radio report, TV news report, music video, PSA/TV commercial and short film/video. Each category is judged by a panel of alumni who will award the best videos in each category. A people’s choice award will also be given in each category to the video that the audience deems to be the best submitted work.


College of Engineering at Western New England University to Host Emerging Engineers Exhibition

Posted April 23, 2014


The Western New England University College of Engineering is hosting its Emerging Engineers Exhibition on Thursday, May 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Alumni Healthful Living Center. The event will feature exhibits by students in the Freshman Innovation class and Senior Engineering Capstone Design projects. The exhibits will be judged by Enginering faculty, industry representatives, and alumni. This event is free and open to the public.

The Emerging Engineers Exhibition will showcase 80 senior design projects and 40 freshman product innovation projects. The exhibitions feature innovative student inventions. Those in attendance will have the chance to speak with the students behind these novel ideas and learn about their implementation. The College of Engineering emphasizes innovation and engineering practice and integrates it throughout the entire curriculum starting with the Freshman Innovation class and culminating with the Senior Capstone Design project.

Senior design projects are required of all graduating engineering students including those studying biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, industrial engineering, and mechanical engineering. These year-long projects are the capstone of their education and affords them the chance to apply what they have learned in the classroom to an innovative product that improves the quality of human life. In the past, these projects have resulted in ground-breaking inventions, patents, and award-winning papers and presentations while giving students real-world experience.

Freshman product innovation projects allow students to gain experience and knowledge at an early stage of their education with innovation and design of a new product. It helps students to better understand what they can expect during the next few years as a student at Western New England University and gives them the chance to showcase their talents at the very beginning of their educational journey. Showcasing their work alongside the senior design projects gives first year students something to aspire to and allows them to gain invaluable knowledge from their peers.


Disabilities Experts Discuss Social Justice

Posted April 22, 2014

As part of the Theories of Justice course in the Law and Society major, students participated in a panel discussion that examined the complicated notions of a just society as it relates to the values of liberty and equality. This roundtable discussion on disability rights allowed the students to apply concretely what they have considered theoretically over the course of the semester and to hear from several prominent practitioners in this field as to how they conceive of a just society for disabled individuals.


Freshman Kiara Don explained, “I was really shocked to hear that the unemployment rate for people who are blind is consistently at about 70%. That’s just wrong and we need to fix that injustice.” Senior Sarah Wiles added, “I learned a lot about the discrimination issues facing children with disabilities in public education, and I want to lean more”. The panel of practitioners included; Bonni Alpert, Assistant Dean for Student Disability Services, Western New England University; Deborah Dorfman, Staff Attorney, Center for Public Representation; Jennifer Laverty, Enforcement Advisor, Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination; Charlotte Mann, Doctoral Fellow, Department of Psychology, Western New England University; and Ronald Gallagher, Director, Western Massachusetts, Massachusetts Commission for the Blind.


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