Western New England University Receives Fifth Grant from Kern Family Foundation

Posted October 23, 2014


wne_engineering_logojpgThe Western New England University College of Engineering has received nearly $450,000 from the Kern Family Foundation for five projects over the past three years. These grants are designed to bolster the engineering students’ education, in order to better prepare the graduates for the demands of their field. In August 2014, the Foundation awarded the College of Engineering a grant of $282,260 that will allow the engineering faculty, led by S. Hossein Cheraghi, Dean of the College of Engineering, to further integrate entrepreneurial principles into the engineering curriculum across all majors in the College of Engineering.

At the same time, these grants help to advance the goals of the Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network (KEEN) - a collaboration of U.S. universities that strive to inspire an entrepreneurial mind set in undergraduate engineering and technology students. The College of Engineering has been a participating member of KEEN since receiving its first grant from the Foundation in 2011. ---“Engineering students can no longer complete their bachelors degree from a University with a purely technical education. Students need to be entrepreneurial minded and prepared to recognize product opportunities in order to understand market and business pressures associated with engineering design,” explained Dr. Thomas Keyser, Professor of Industrial Engineering.

Over the past year, the Foundation made three additional awards to individual members of the Engineering faculty totaling $86,865 for targeted initiatives aimed at further integration of an entrepreneurial orientation into the College of Engineering academic curriculum. Through these grants, Industrial Engineering Professors Julie Drzymalski and Tom Keyser, and Biomedical Engineering Professor Robert Gettens in collaboration with Marketing Professor Harlan Spotts, will be targeting specific skills sets in recognizing opportunities and project development to further enhance our engineering students’ preparation in their fields of study.

kern2011jpgIn keeping with the vision of its founders Drs. Robert D. and Patricia E. Kern, The Kern Family Foundation seeks to enrich the lives of others by promoting strong leadership, educational excellence, and high quality, entrepreneurially minded engineering talent. In practice, the Foundation focuses on systemic change. It targets funding toward long-term programs, include a partnership with Project Lead the Way - a pre-engineering program for middle and high school students, the Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network (KEEN), and the Faith, Work, and Economics Program.


20 New U.S. Citizens to Take Oath at Law School

Posted October 22, 2014


law_logo_finaljpgWestern New England University School of Law will host naturalization proceedings for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) on Friday October 24, at 2:30 p.m., in the J. Gerard Pellegrini Moot Court Room. Several immigrants from western Massachusetts will take the Oath of Allegiance to the United States of America and be sworn in as U.S. citizens during the ceremony,including Silvia Pickrell,(seen below) a housekeeper employed at the University. The citizenship candidates include immigrants from Burma, People’s Republic of China, Ghana, Jamaica, Japan, Nepal, Pakistan, Poland, Russia, South Korea, Ukraine, Canada, Germany, and Uzbekistan.


 “The great strength of our country is its ability to attract new citizens from all around the world who come for their own personal reasons but who contribute their talents, culture and values to enrich the country as a whole,” remarked Eric Gouvin, Dean of the School of Law. “The naturalization ceremony is a celebration of that strength and we are honored to host it,” Gouvin added.

Dean Eric Gouvin will present the welcoming remarks. The Honorable Mark Mastroianni L'89, Federal District Court Judge, will then rule on the motion to accept the new citizens, while U.S. District Court Deputy Clerk, Theresa Pelegano will administer the Oath of Allegiance to the applicants.

Senator Gale Candaras, L’82, who will give the keynote speech at the ceremony reflected, “We are and always will be a nation of immigrants, who are the renewing spirit of our country. My father was one of those immigrants who courageously left his village in Greece to make a new life here, and he never let me forget how lucky I am to be an American.  I am honored and moved to be part of the naturalization ceremony on Friday to help celebrate this final step for these fortunate individuals who will swear allegiance to our country, become citizens, and be able to participate fully in the civic life of this great nation.” 

This event is free and open to the public. 


Law Students Raise Funds by Chasing Ambulance

Posted October 21, 2014

By Jeff Roche, junior

On Saturday, October 18, students and faculty from the The Western New England University School of Law hosted their annual Ambulance Chase 5k run/walk.


 This year was the 10th year School of Law students have held the Ambulance Chase to raise funds for local Springfield charities. For the past several years, the proceeds have gone to the Ronald McDonald House in Springfield MA.


The annual race name "Ambulance Chase" is literal, the runners actually chase an ambulance around the race course. The runners start and finish the race at the main entrance of the Law School. 

Each year American Medical Response (AMR) donates the services of an ambulance for the runners to chase. AMR is the nation’s leading manager and provider of medical transportation, and is locally operated in 40 states and the District of Columbia. 

The Ambulance Chase race is organized by the Western New England University School of Law Charities Committee, which this year consists of Nicole Garcia, Megan Florez, and Amy Russo.


University Art Gallery is Invaded by Colorful   "Harpoons for Hunting Rainbows" 

Posted October 21, 2014

By Jeff Roche, junior

artshow_3jpgUniversity Art Gallery Curator Patricia Jenks and artist Jacin Giordano 

The Western New England University Art Gallery opened its latest show featuring acclaimed artist Jacin Giordano. Jacin’s exhibit is titled “The Rainbow’s End and all of the Plastic in Between”. The showing has two main features.


In the first, titled “Harpoons for Hunting Rainbows” he crafts standing totems by wrapping variously colored skeins of yarn around tree branches and adorns them with braided fabric swatches and paint, which is either in the form of dried globules of congealed pigment, with some being applied directly to the branch. In this way, he combines the realms of craft and high art, and contrasts soft materials with rough tree branches. 


The second part of the exhibit are 3 dimensional paintings created by Jacin using acrylics. Each painting is on canvas and features a different color. Jacin also added texture to bring the paintings to life. Jacin’s exhibit will be on display in the University Art Gallery until November 6. To see even more of his work, visit jacingiordano.com.


Regional Leaders to Share Vision for Growth of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Use 

Posted October 20, 2014


To foster the growth of the hydrogen fuel cell industry in the Northeast U.S., the Northeast Electrochemical Energy Storage Cluster (NEESC) and Western New England University are partnering to host a “Regional Forum” on October 29, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on the University campus.

This event brings together key hydrogen and fuel cell stakeholders to discuss strategies for clean energy fuel cell market development, zero emission vehicle rollout with hydrogen infrastructure, and for the development and implementation of State Roadmaps with policy priorities.

Representatives from several states, the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Small Business Administration, and businesses from throughout the Northeast will attend and participate in the discussions.

“NEESC has been developing Roadmaps, with support from the U.S. Small Business Administration and the H2USA Initiative, for each state in the Northeast. The Roadmaps include potential market locations and deployment goals for each state in the region. This workshop will help to coordinate strategies across the region to achieve those goals”, commented Joel Rinebold, CCAT director, energy initiatives, and NEESC chairperson.fuel_cell_block_diagram_copyjpg

As detailed in the Roadmaps, NEESC identified the potential to install over 1,200 megawatts of fuel cell capacity at energy intensive buildings throughout the region.  Additionally, NEESC identified over 271,000 passenger fleet vehicles and 13,000 transit buses in the region that could utilize zero emission fuel cell technologyNEESC recommends establishing a regional goal to deploy at least 227 megawatts of fuel cell electric generating capacity by 2025. NEESC also recommends the initial acquisition of at least 13,000 fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) and the development of about 125 hydrogen refueling stations in the Northeast to support FCEV deployment. 

“We’re pleased to be partnering with NEESC to co-host this event. Western New England University strives to become a leader in energy based technologies research in the Northeast corridor,” stated Hossein Cheraghi, Dean, College of Engineering at Western New England University.

“Researchers at the University engage in both fundamental, as well as system level analysis of fuel cell technologies.” added Cheraghi. “This forum will help educate the companies in the region about the University’s capabilities and help prepare students to meet work force challenges.”


The Forum will be followed by a tour of the University’s research facilities and a “Ride and Drive” that will feature a fuel cell powered passenger vehicle that will be available for a test drive.

This event is free, but registration is required. To register for the event: Go to http://fcandh2workshop.eventbrite.com



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