Senate Candidates Spar During Western New England University Debate

Posted October 29, 2014


Western New England University School of Law hosted a debate between two of the candidates running for the 1st Hampden and Hampshire state Senate seat. Democrat Eric Lesser and Republican Debra Boronski spared over issues including tax reform, economic development, heroin epidemic, crime, and both candidates spoke at length about their personal qualifications for the Senate seat. The debate was sponsored by The Western New England University School of Law and the Hampden County Bar Association. candidite 


The panel questioning the candidates included Reminder Publications Managing Editor Mike Dobbs, and reporters Yoojin Cho, WWLP-TV, Shakala Alvaranga,WGGB-TV, and Brian Steele, 


Dr. Douglas Battema, Chair of the Communication Department at Western New England University College of Arts and Sciences moderated this important event which ran for approximately 90 minutes. 


The debate was streamed live for those watching remotely and will be rebroadcast on Ludlow and Wilbraham Cable Access Channels over the next week. 

The 1st Hampden and Hampshire state Senate seat has been occupied for the past 17 years by Senator Gale Candaras who is running for register of the Hampden County Probate & Family Court.


53rd Annual Tax Institute Set for November 12 at Western New England University

Posted October 28, 2014

 unknown2pngWestern New England University will host its 53rd annual Tax Institute on Wednesday, November 12 from 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. This year’s program will include sessions on the Repair and Maintenance Final Regulations, state and federal tax updates, and planning for the sale of a business. To register or for more information, visit or call 413-796-2173.

The luncheon will feature keynote speaker Frederick J. Benoit from the Internal Revenue Service, discussing tax preparer responsibility. The Western New England University Tax Institute provides written materials and oral presentations from expert speakers on detailed tax structuring and planning techniques and their practical applications. The program is designed for CPAs, enrolled agents, and tax preparers. Attendance qualifies for eight CPE credits based on the Massachusetts Board of Public Accountancy Rules and Regulations.


This event is sponsored by the College of Business. The cost of this program is $179. A discount per person is available for registering three or more from the same company at the same time, and for Western New England University alumni.


Drone with GoPro3 Camera Visits Campus

Posted October 24, 2014


If you were on campus last Friday and heard buzzing overhead, you were probably being filmed by a hi-def GoPro3+ video camera mounted on a drone. The film crew was from Larry Locke Films and was shooting panoramic sweeps of the campus from above the buildings.The film crew arrived on short notice because they determined the leaf coloring was at its peak.


“Larry Locke, an acclaimed film director who has been recognized for his high-quality work around the world, was on the Western New England University campus to begin shooting a new promotional video that will be used to tell the Western New England story from an exciting, new perspective," explained Bryan Gross, vice president for enrollment management. "Locke will develop a film that will be used to tie Western New England’s storied past with our vision for the future, all through the lens of our accomplished current faculty, staff and students," Gross added.  

Pieces of this work will also be used for an exciting new welcome center video experience that the University is preparing to unveil to prospective students who visit campus this Spring. 


"What really captured the attention of students and faculty was Locke’s use of a high definition, remote controlled drone, which was able to capture footage of our beautiful campus and all of our magnificent foliage in a way that has not been done before," added Bryan Gross.  

Stay connected to our YouTube and other social media channels for the release of this exciting, new video.

To view some of the raw footage of the drone video, click here.

For more information on Larry Locke, please visit


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.


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.


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