Dean's Prize Winners Announced
Posted May 21, 2013
(L-R) Visiting Instructor of English Dan Bevacqua, Audrey McKeown, Christina Raus, Ryan Juliano, Ryan Crowell, and Tyler McQuillan
The Department of English recently announced the results for the 2013 Dean's Prizes for Creative Writing. The contest included winners in three categories of Creative Writing including Fiction, Nonfiction, and Poetry. This year's winners include:
1st - Tyler McQuillan
2nd - Alison Fleming
3rd - Ryan Juliano
Honorable Mention - Katie Mello
1st - Audrey McKeown
2nd - AJ Frustaci
3rd - Morgan Harthorne
Honorable Mention - Kirsten Alexander
1st - Ryan Crowell
2nd - Josh Ayers
3rd - Christina Raus
University to Offer Veterans Employment Summit
Posted May 20, 2013
Western New England University will host a “Working Together Summit: A Veterans Employment Alliance” on Friday, June 7 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Center for the Sciences and Pharmacy on campus. This event will bring together veterans seeking employment and employers interested in hiring veterans. All veterans and employers are invited to attend this free event.
The Working Together Summit will inform participants on the many resources available to employers and veterans to hire, retain, and promote veterans. Workshops will address online searches, effective networking, resume preparation, and job interviewing skills. Speakers will also discuss hot jobs, career paths, and veteran education funding. The luncheon speakers will address employer tax credits, veteran benefits, and attack the myths that often create recruitment and retention barriers in hiring veterans, including PTSD and military-civilian reintegration.
This event is sponsored by the Springfield Department of Veterans’ Services, Department of Veterans Affairs, and employment professionals from the greater Springfield area. This is not a job fair. To register, visit www.vetsroi.com.
Robinson Selected for National Leadership Development Program
Posted May 19, 2013
Evan Robinson, founding dean of the Western New England University College of Pharmacy, has been selected by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) and the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI) to participate in a year-long Senior Leadership Academy. Robinson is among 26 educators nationwide to receive the honor out of 66 nominees.
Individuals chosen for the program are mid-level administrators in higher education who aspire to senior leadership positions in independent colleges or universities. Robinson will participate in two seminars, one in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, November 1–3, 2013, and one in Washington, DC, June 10–12, 2014. He will undertake a mentoring program, experiential learning projects, and a series of readings and case studies.
The purpose of the Academy is to prepare prospective leaders to assume positions as the chief officers in any division—including academic affairs, student affairs, finance, enrollment management, and advancement—in independent higher education.
“The need to prepare future leaders of colleges and universities has never been greater because the generation of people now in senior leadership positions on campus is rapidly approaching retirement,” said CIC President Richard Ekman. “Competition for the available places in the program was intense, and the review committee found the nomination materials to be most impressive. They (and I) believe that Dean Robinson has the potential for highly effective leadership in a position of senior responsibility on campus.”
Robinson joined Western New England University in 2008. As founding dean, he was responsible for all aspects of the College of Pharmacy, including the hiring of faculty and staff, curriculum development, and obtaining professional accreditation. The College of Pharmacy welcomed its inaugural class in fall 2011.He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from St. Louis College of Pharmacy and a Ph.D. from Auburn University.
“It is an honor to be selected to participate in the Senior Leadership Academy and I am excited for the program to get started,” Robinson said. “I have been engaged in various administrative roles since entering academia and see this as a great way to continue to learn and grow in as my career continues to evolve.”
Since the Senior Leadership Academy program began in the 2010–2011 academic year, many participants have experienced upward mobility. Eight have been appointed to vice presidencies at other institutions, three have been appointed to vice presidencies at their home institutions, 15 have earned promotions to positions of greater responsibility within their home institutions, and four have advanced to higher positions at other institutions.
“These early indicators suggest that CIC is helping to meet the leadership needs of higher education by offering highly effective leadership development programs for modest fees to member institutions,” Ekman said.
For more information about the Senior Leadership Academy, visit www.cic.edu/seniorleadershipacademy.
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