Rev Up the Entrepreneur in You!

Posted August 31, 2015

3d_startupjpgWestern New England University will hold a unique 3-day entrepreneurship program on campus from October 16-18, for students interested in creating their own start-up businesses some day. 

A special information session will held on September 10, at 12:00 noon, in the Center for the Sciences and Pharmacy, Room 300, to explore your experience and qualifications for this intense and exciting three-day workshop. 

This program is free and open to all majors and disciplines including undergraduate, graduate, Law, and Pharmacy students. 

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Early Start for Business Students Headed to London

Posted August 31, 2015


Fifteen College of Business students, who will be spending their fall term at Richmond University in London through the Sophomore Experience Abroad (SEA) Program, got an early start to their semester, meeting since August 24 in the BUS 210, Living and Learning Abroad course, taught by Management Professor, Dr. Jeanie Forray.

According to SEA Program Director Curt Hamakawa, these students comprise the sixth cohort of Western New England University sophomores who will live in London while taking four of their five classes in successive – and intense – three-week blocks. The students, who were selected through a competitive application process, departed for London Monday, August 31 and will return December 19.

The students’ academic experiences and extra-curicular adventures will be chronicled in the SEA Blog (


Katey Stone, the Winningest Coach in NCAA Division I Hockey, to Speak at University

Posted August 28, 2015


Western New England University’s Center for International Sport Business (CISB) will host a talk by USA Women’s Hockey Coach Katey Stone, on Tuesday, September 15, in the Center for the Sciences and Pharmacy Room 400 beginning at 7:00 p.m. The event titled “For the Love of Games: Puck Talk with the USA Women’s Hockey Coach,” is free and open to the public.

Katey Stone, USA Women’s Hockey coach at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, guided her team to a silver medal finish against chief rival Canada, and in doing so, kept the USA Woman's Hockey medal streak alive at five consecutive Winter Olympic Games.

Stone, who is in her 21 season as coach of the Harvard University women’s ice hockey team, has amassed 429 wins (.697 winning percentage), making her the winningest coach in the history of NCAA Division I Hockey. Her teams have appeared in 11 NCAA Ice Hockey Championships including six Frozen Fours and four championship games in the tournament’s 15-year history.

Stone earned her B.A. degree in Physical Education from the University of New Hampshire, where she was captain and four-year letter winner in both ice hockey and lacrosse. In 2014, Stone was one of six NCAA Silver Anniversary Award winners, given to former NCAA student athletes who have distinguished themselves in life since completing their collegiate playing career.

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


Western New England University Announces Information Session for Teachers

Posted August 27, 2015

Western New England University will host an information session for teachers interested in earning their master’s degree, on Wednesday, September 9, at 6:00 p.m. in the Kevin S. Delbridge Welcome Center (Second Floor).

Western New England University offers four accelerated part-time master’s degree programs that are ideal for current or aspiring teachers: a Master of Arts in English for Teachers, a Master of Arts in Mathematics for Teachers, a Master of Education in Elementary Education, and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. Candidates can earn their degree in as few as 15 months.

For more information, visit or contact the Admissions Office at 413-782-1517 or


Art Gallery at Western New England University to Feature Work of Neal Parks

Posted August 26, 2015


The Western New England University Art Gallery will host “Tripgnosis: Visions in Collage & Paint,” an exhibit by Professional Artist and Designer Neal Parks, from August 30 – October 1. An opening reception will take place on Sunday, August 30 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. The gallery is located in the St. Germain Campus Center, where Parks will offer insight into his work during a Gallery Talk on Thursday, September 10 at 7:00 p.m.

“Time is a concept that I continue to think about a lot in my career as a visual artist. I am principally an abstract painter. Collage is a medium I have worked with on and off since I was a teenager,” according to Parks. “Collage, as all traditional art, resides in the realm of static capture. While each is part of the language of visual communication, I find that it entails a different sense of engagement in imaging than with the intentional processes of drawing and painting.”

A resident of Eastworks in Easthampton, MA, Neal Parks’ formal art education started with foundation studies in 1980 at the School of the Worcester Art Museum, in Worcester, MA. His education continued with a BFA in Painting from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, and an MFA in Painting from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, in Bloomfield Hills, MI.

His artwork is in corporate and residential collections from the Silicon Valley to the Connecticut River Valley. As an art teacher Parks enjoys sharing his passion for his craft. Over the years he has taught college level courses ranging from art history to color theory, and 2D design with traditional art making skills.

General Art Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. All events are free and open to the public.

For information and directions to the gallery visit or call the University at 413-782-1567.


College of Business Cohen Scholars Announced

Posted August 23, 2015

Western New England University College of Business has announced three new Cohen Scholars after a rigorous application and screening process. The students will serve a two-year appointment during their junior and senior years at the University. Scholars receive a generous annual stipend and serve as student ambassadors for a variety of College of Business events throughout the academic year. The three juniors selected for 2015-16 are Andrew Mulvey, finance major from Bristol, RI; Rickie Rizos, sport management/marketing major from Southampton, MA; and Kevin Strobel, accounting/finance major from Rockland, MA. (pictured below L-R)


These students were selected from a finalist pool of 12 exceptional students, after an in-depth interview by a panel consisting of College of Business Honors Committee faculty and Advisory Board members. This year, nearly two dozen business students applied for this honor, all of whom held cumulative grade-point averages in excess of 3.5, and who demonstrated sterling credentials in student achievement and all manner of extracurricular engagement. 

The new Cohen Scholars will join seniors Julie Cokotis, finance major from East Longmeadow, MA; Dawn Heideman, a dual major in arts and entertainment management, and marketing, from Westfield, MA; and Matt LaCoille, sport management major from Ludlow, MA; who were selected in the fall of 2014. 

“I’m proud of these new Cohen Scholar Ambassadors who have worked hard the past two years to distinguish themselves, and I’m confident they will continue to exemplify the  professional qualities we expect from all our  the College of Business students,” remarked Dean Julie Siciliano. “I’m certain they will be wonderful emissaries as they network with prospective students, industry representatives, and our many distinguished alumni.”

The Cohen Scholarship Program is partly the result of a $1 million gift from the estate of Frances Cohen, whose husband, Norman, attended Western New England University. In addition to funding the construction of the Frances and Norman Cohen Trading Room and Financial Center in the College of Business, the gift enabled the establishment of a scholarship fund for up to six outstanding students per year. A luncheon for the new Cohen Scholars will be held August 28, 2015, in the Trustees Room of the Campus Center. 


University Receives Funding to Advance Research Training in Greater Springfield

Posted August 20, 2015

400mhz_4jpgWestern New England University announced that it received a $365,000 grant from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Major Research Instrumentation Program for a nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectrometer. The 400MHz NMR is one of the most important and powerful analytical tools available to chemists and biologists, and allows scientists to study the structure of molecules. The instrument, with its high-field superconducting magnet, can be used to identify unknown substances, determine arrangements of atoms within molecules, and study the interactions of molecules in solution. The NMR uses the same theory and similar technology as the common medical MRI spectrometers.

The research grant, entitled MRI: Acquisition of a 400 MHz NMR Spectrometer for the Cooperating Colleges of Greater Springfield, is under the direction of Dr. Matthew Dintzner, Assistant Dean for Assessment and Accreditation, and Dr. Ronny Priefer, Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, both in the College of Pharmacy, and Dr. Keri Lee, Assistant Professor of Chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences.

“We are so excited to be adding amatthew_dintznerjpg high-field NMR to our suite of instrumentation for research and teaching,” says Dr. Dintzner. “It truly brings Western New England University and the Cooperating Colleges of Greater Springfield into the 21st century in terms of engaging in meaningful research and attracting high-quality STEM students to our programs.”

The new spectrometer will greatly enrich the research training of students, and the collaborative scholarly endeavors of science faculty through shared use within the Cooperating Colleges of Greater Springfield (CCGS). Currently, the only NMR available in the CCGS consortium is a 90 MHz Anasazi spectrometer at Western New England University. Its use is already at capacity with increasing numbers of students enrolled in chemistry courses. The high-field spectrometer will facilitate the research productivity of CCGS faculty and increase the training opportunities for hundreds of undergraduate science students annually.

The Cooperating Colleges of Greater Springfield was formed in 1971 by the presidents of its eight member institutions. CCGS serves to enrich the educational offerings, cultural events, and social activities available at each college, offer a wide variety of programs and fields of study to students at each institution, and provide a valuable economic and educational resource to the Greater Springfield community.


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