Winter Storm Closing

Posted January 27, 2015

Last updated Tuesday, January 27 at 12:40 p.m.

Update: The Governor has lifted the travel ban in the four western Massachusetts counties, with the exception of the Massachusetts Turnpike (Interstate 90). The campus driving ban is lifted as well. With blowing snow still anticipated through this afternoon, motorists are urged to use caution and only venture out if necessary. 

Western New England University is making the following changes to normal operations.

Monday, January 26 – All night classes (after 5:00 p.m.) are CANCELLED.

Tuesday, January 27 – The University will be CLOSED, and all classes CANCELLED.

Wednesday, January 28 – The University will be CLOSED, and all classes CANCELLED.

During the storm, the following essential campus services will operate on modified schedules:

Dining Hall

Tuesday – open 10:00 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday – open 10:00 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.

Campus Center

Tuesday/Wednesday – open 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.

Alumni Healthful Living Center

Tuesday/Wednesday – open 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m.

D’Amour Library

Monday – Closing at 9:00 p.m.; swipe access via parking lot entrance remains available.
Tuesday – CLOSED; swipe access via parking lot entrance remains available.
Wednesday – 12:00 noon until 9:00 p.m.; swipe access via parking lot entrance remains available.

Health Services

On call services are available 24/7; walk in hours to be determined.

The University will be monitoring conditions closely over the next 48 hours. Updates will be available on the University’s web site (, via the e2campus messaging system, and through the University’s Facebook page ( Changes to athletics schedules are available at


University Law Students Headed to National Tax Competition in Texas

Posted January 26, 2015

Western New England University School of Law students Jean Derderian and Peter Chikov were selected as semi-finalists in the American Bar Association’s (ABA), National Law Student Tax Challenge. The competition asks two-person teams of law students to solve a cutting-edge and complex business problem that might arise in everyday tax practice. 

“This year’s team carries on a tradition of Western New England University School of Law Tax Challenge teams doing very well in the national competition,” says School of Law Dean Eric Gouvin.  “The competition is difficult and demands that students engage the problem at the level of a tax professional. Jean and Peter make a great team and I am proud to have them represent our School.”


Each year, nearly 100 law student teams compete in the competition. Based on their written work product during the first phase of the competition, the top ten teams are given a free trip to the American Bar Association’s midyear meeting on Taxation, held this year in Houston, TX. The teams will complete the competition January 29 through 31, by defending their work product before the country’s top tax practitioners and tax court judges.

Jean Derderian, a Public Interest Scholar, was born in Worcester, MA. After graduating summa cum laude with multidisciplinary honors as a Commonwealth Scholar from UMASS Amherst in 1995, she served in local public office for 20 years as a municipal planner, preservationist, and New Salem MA, Assessor. Currently living on a small farm in New Salem, with her five children, she plans to continue to work locally in community development and hopes to work nationally in tax policy 

“Tax law is dynamic, multidisciplinary, and evolving,” explained Derderian. “I am grateful to Western New England University School of Law for the many opportunities it provides to study the intersection of law and public policy, which prepared us well for our submission to the ABA Law Student Tax Challenge. We are looking forward to representing our School and presenting our research in Texas and to meeting some of the finest tax attorneys and judges in the country,” Derderian added 

Peter Chikov was born in Moscow, Russia, and is now living in Quincy, MA. After graduating from Thayer Academy in Worcester, he graduated from UMASS Amherst in 2004, with Bachelor of Science in Math, Physics, and Computer Science. He currently works for Agero, in Medford, MA. Although an avid hockey player, scuba diver, and downhill skier, his commitment to his local community is paramount.

“I am very grateful to my faculty mentor, Professor William Metzger, and my Tax Challenge partner Jean Derderian, for guiding me through the complex and intriguing world of tax law,” remarked Peter Chikov. “I look forward to exploring this discipline further at the ABA Law Student Tax Challenge and am proud to represent Western New England Law School.”


University and Chambers of Commerce Offer Leadership 2015 Program

Posted January 26, 2015

Western New England University and the Greater Springfield Affiliated Chambers of Commerce are partnering to offer “Leadership 2015: Skills for Personal, Organizational, and Community Development.” Seven consecutive sessions will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. every Thursday from February 12 through March 26.


This year’s Leadership Institute includes an emphasis on strategies and techniques designed to create high energy and high involvement leadership. Sessions will focus on problem solving, learning to ask the right questions, and implementing creative and innovative solutions for both nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Participants will also have the opportunity to explore the realities of community involvement with a panel of community leaders who will share their volunteer and governing board experiences. Participants will actively explore best practices of leaders, analyze their own leadership, learning, and problem solving styles; and experience the synergies that result from high performing teams.

The tuition cost, including a day trip to Boston and graduation dinner, is $885 per participant. All sessions are held in the TD Bank Conference Center, 1441 Main Street in Springfield. Parking will be validated. For more information about the program, application process, or tuition, contact Kara Cavanaugh at 413-755-1310 or at

This program is sponsored by MassMutual Financial Group, and supported by The Irene E. and George A. Davis Foundation.


New International Students Welcomed to Campus

Posted January 23, 2015

By junior Jeff Roche

january_inter_1jpgAbdulaziz Alshareef, Nader Albogami, and Ziyad Alotaibi

Western New England University International Students and Scholar Services recently held a reception in the Bear's Den for the new international students enrolled at the University. In addition to formally welcoming the new international students to campus, the event afforded them an opportunity to meet the returning international students, along with the deans, faculty, and staff.

"I chose to study at Western New England because it is not too big and the student are like a family here," explained French student Manon Hayart. "I've heard from previous French exchange students that the faculty here are innovative, and I want to experience new ways of learning," Hayart added.


"I came to Western New England to improve my English as I study, to discover American culture, and discover myself," remarked French student Thibault Joyaut-De Couesnongle. 

There are several new international undergraduate and graduate students, bringing the total on campus to about 125. The new international students are from Saudi Arabia, France, Togo, India, and Egypt. They will matriculate in the Colleges of Engineering, Business, and Arts and Sciences.

For more information about International Students and Scholar Services at Western New England University, click here.


Dr. Dawn Holmes Selected for American Society for Microbiology Travel Award

Posted January 22, 2015


Western New England University Associate Professor of Biology, Dr. Dawn Holmes has received the annual American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Conference Travel Award. This award helps researchers and undergraduate faculty develop innovative and interdisciplinary collaborations that broaden participation in the science, technology, engineering, and math workforce. The award is conferred by the American Society for Microbiology Conference for Undergraduate Educators (ASMCUE), and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The ASM is the world’s largest scientific society of individuals interested in the microbiological sciences. Its mission is to advance the microbiological sciences as a vehicle for understanding life processes, and to apply and communicate this knowledge for the improvement of health and environmental and economic well-being worldwide.

“I have had a lot of fun conducting research with Western New England University students over the past few years,” says Holmes. “Students are not the only ones who benefit from undergraduate research experiences. Sometimes I can learn a lot from their fresh insights into experiments.” 

In 2012, the ASM established the Leaders Inspiring Networks and Knowledge program(LINK), dedicated to connecting established researchers with advanced trainees, educators, and early-career scientists and supporting them to form collaborations that are mutually beneficial, well planned, and sustained through ongoing networks and mentoring. With about 350 researchers and educators in attendance each year, ASMCUE is one the world’s largest gatherings of biologists seeking to share best practices in undergraduate science teaching, learning, and mentoring.


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