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Alumni Appreciation Dinner Honors Individuals Who Provide Significant Service to the College

Posted March 13, 2008

alumawards08.gif “It is the dedication of people like David Kruger that make an institution great,” said Alumni Association President Mat Nelson ’93 in presenting the College’s vice president for finance and administration with the Alumnus of the Year Award at the annual Alumni Appreciation Dinner. The event took place on April 17 at the Elmcrest Country Club in East Longmeadow, MA. To see a photo album/slide show of the festivities, click here.

Kruger ’68/G’72, who will retire from his current position after serving as an Western New England College administrator for 35 years, has overseen balanced budgets and important building projects during his vice presidency, including the addition to the D’Amour Library with its TV studio and digital learning center, the renovation of the St. Germain Campus Center, and the Blake Law Center addition and renovation project.

“Aside from all the wonderful people he had been has been associated with during his 42 years at the College,” said Nelson, “the highlight of his career has to be the approval by the Board of Trustees to start a School of Pharmacy, along with his involvement in seeing a plan created that adds the first new school on campus in over 40 years.”

Kruger remarked how rewarding it is to look around campus and see the buildings he helped create. “Any time I’ve taken on a project, I’ve focused on not just getting it done, but how to notch it up, how to make it better,” he said. “When we renovated the Campus Center, the question was, ‘How can we turn the lower level into the living room of the campus?’” Indeed, the project met with rave results when it was unveiled in 2004 and continues to be a ‘wow’ factor during campus tours.

According to President Anthony S. Caprio, Kruger has “never held back” in his service to the College. “Everyone is aware of your unique role. We cannot come up with ways wonderful enough to thank and to praise you.”

Kruger, who also established the David P. Kruger Endowed Scholarship, is pictured in the middle of fellow Alumni Award winners (L-R) William E. Dupuis ’79, a two-year Alumni Trustee (Alfred A. LaRiviere Award for Outstanding Service to the Alumni Association Board of Directors); Trustee and former Alumni Association President Amy B. Lewis ’88/G’00 (Raymond Meyers Award for Outstanding Service to the Alumni Association’s Volunteer Management Committee); Sonia Maldonado ’04 (Alumni Association Special Projects Award), and Thomas P. Florence ’82/G’87 (Award for Outstanding Service to the Alumni Association’s Alumni Outreach Committee). The Alumni Association Award for Faculty/Staff went to Assistant Director of Admissions Christopher A. Wystepek ’02, who couldn’t attend the dinner because he was on a student-recruiting trip in California.

The event, emceed by James Tierney, a dual major in economics and mathematics, and a 2007 Skookum Award recipient, also acknowledged some of his fellow Skookum Award winners in attendance, members of the Alumni Association Board of Directors, faculty and staff present at the festivities, along with Trustee Alfred A. LaRiviere ’51/H’95/H’01. Special thanks were also given to freshman business major Samantha Vigliotti, who presented a musical slide show of alumni events over the past year.


Western New England University is a private, independent, coeducational institution founded in 1919. Located on an attractive 215-acre suburban campus in Springfield, Massachusetts, Western New England University serves 3,955 students, including 2,575 full-time undergraduate students. Undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs are offered through Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, and Pharmacy, and School of Law.


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