Athenaeum Series to Feature the Honorable Michael Ponsor
Posted April 17, 2014
The D’Amour Library Athenaeum Series will host a discussion by the Honorable Michael Ponsor, senior judge, Federal District Court. The presentation entitled “The Troubling History of Federal Criminal Law and Recent Hopeful Developments” will take place on Thursday, April 24, at 4:00 p.m. in D’Amour Library, Room 319. Ponsor will speak on the dilemmas that a federal judge faces with mandatory sentencing guidelines and the difficulties in presiding over a death sentence case. He will also discuss recent changes and their impact on federal criminal cases.
The Athenaeum Series is designed to provide a forum for communication, conversation, and discussion of scientific, literary, and other topics. This program is sponsored by the Department of History and Political Science and D’Amour Library.
President of the Carolina Panthers Danny Morrison to Speak at Western New England University April 23
Posted April 16, 2014
Western New England University’s Center for International Sport Business (CISB) will host a talk by Danny Morrison, president of the Carolina Panthers, titled “Anatomy of Sporting Success” on Wednesday, April 23 in Sleith Hall, Room 100 beginning at 7:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Morrison completed his fifth year as President of the Carolina Panthers, whose NFL team clinched the NFC South title in 2013, earning its first winning season (12-4) and making its first post-season appearance since 2008. Morrison began his career as Athletics Director (1985-1997), then Senior Vice President (1997-2001), at Wofford College. There he guided his alma mater’s transition from an NAIA school to NCAA Division II, and subsequently to Division I-AA and membership in the Southern Conference. During his tenure at Wofford, Morrison oversaw the transformation of its athletics facilities into a first-rate sports complex that has served as the summer training camp of the Carolina Panthers for the past 19 years. In 2001, Morrison became Commissioner of the Southern Conference, before leaving in 2005 to become Athletics Director at Texas Christian University until he joined the Panthers in 2009.
This event, part of the "For the Love of the Games" speaker series, is hosted by the Center for International Sport Business and sponsored by the Western New England University Alumni Association. For more information, contact CISB Director Curt Hamakawa at 413-782-1786 or email@example.com.
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.
Springfield 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.
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