Study Abroad Class Returns from London

Posted July 28, 2014

L to R: Professor William Force, Lauren Haffner, Presephanie Dones, Jugal Marfatia, Morgan DiBacco, Katie Callis, Christopher Silvia, Monaliza Samonte, Michael Kendzior, Joseph Fiore, Nicholas Miller, and Dawn Heideman

“My experience studying in London this summer was intense and awesome,” said senior Katie Callis, “It’s one thing to study culture and subculture in the classroom, it’s another thing to walk through London’s legendary East End and visit the grave of Karl Marx.” Eleven students traveled to Richmond American International University in London this summer for a 3 week intense Sociology cultures course. The class was taught by Western New England University professors Dr. William Force and Dr. Ted South. Students toured the famous Shepherd’s Bush street market, visited the British Museum’s exhibit on the UK’s role in the Atlantic slave trade,enjoyed a fancy afternoon tea at one of London’s best known tea rooms. They also took a guided tour of the legendary East End, home to much of London’s vibrant immigrant population and former stalking grounds of Jack the Ripper.


 Michael Kendzior, Mary Kate Knight, Monaliza Samonte and Lauren Haffner at Stonehenge

“This was my first time out of the country and first chance to experience another society's culture. We alternated our days in the classroom and on field trips exploring places that related to what we were learning in class. Of course, the field trips were my favorite part because we saw so much and met so many interesting people,” remarked junior Dawn Heideman. Sophomore Morgan DiBacco added, “This trip forced me to jump right out of my comfort zone, and has taught me so much about myself. I've definitely overcome some of my fears.” To learn more about study abroad opportunities click here.


Social Work Program Receives Reaccreditation

Posted July 24, 2014

The Council on Social Work Education, the sole accrediting agency for social work education in the country, has awarded its highest marks to the Western New England University Bachelor of Social Work program. Professor Jeff Schrenzel, (seen below) Chair of the Social Work Department, remarked, “I am very grateful to the social work faculty, staff, students and University administration who have made the program exceptional over the years. jeff_schrenzel_11jpgSocial workers are very much needed to assist people who are trying to succeed in our current economic environment.” The University currently has over 50 students majoring in social work. 

Dr. Saeed Ghahramani, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Mathmatics remarked, "Reaccreditation of our Social Work program for another 8 years proved that we continue to serve the public interest by engaging in effective educational practices. The accrediting body holds programs accountable to those it serves the profession, consumers, employers, students and their families. I was struck by how detailed, comprehensive, and lengthy the social work accreditation process was. The reviewers had nothing but praise for our social work faculty, led by Dr. Jeff Schrenzel, for their tenacity in achieving an incredible milestone." 


Computer Camp Comes to Campus 

Posted July 22, 2014


Western New England University hosted a pair of week-long computer summer camps for high school and middle school students from July 7-18. The students discovered how computers work through games and by developing apps for smartphones and tablets, and learning how to program animation. Nearly 100 area youth participated in this annual high-tech adventure. University alumni with degrees in computer science and information technology also share with the students how they turned their passion for computer science into rewarding careers. 

At the end of the week-long camp, parents attend a screening of the animation projects produced by the students. Below is a brief sample of scenes from animation programming language written and produced by 4th grader Emma Hart from Red Mill Elementary School in Rensselaer NY, 5th grader Megan Alvarado from Academy Hill School in Springfield, 6th grader Shirley Yuan, Glenbrook Middle School in Longmeadow and 7th grader Angela Jiang from Williams Middle School in Longmeadow.

The Computer Camp program is led by Professor Leh-Sheng Tang and Assistant Professor Brian O'Neill. For more information about the annual Computer Camp click here.



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