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Alumni Association Awards a Record $34,100 in Grants to Student Organizations and Programs

Posted December 14, 2009


The Alumni Association recently awarded more than $34,100 in grants to 24 student organizations and programs, including a $2,500 grant Alternative Spring Break (ASB), whose students are pictured repairing trails last March at the Land Between the Lakes national recreation area in Kentucky.

In the past three years, the Alumni Association has awarded over $110,000 in grants, which are funded by income from the Association’s royalty/affinity program with Liberty Mutual Home and Auto Insurance. Every new alumni enrollment in the Liberty Mutual Group Savings Plan benefits students.

The grant to ASB, which was allocated to a scholarship fund for participants, “allowed my dream of going on Alternative Spring Break become a reality,” said student Daniel Rich. “The grant was important to me because it allows the financial burden to be lifted off my parents’ shoulders.”

Students participating in ASB in March 2010 will travel in three teams to the following locations: the Appalachian South Folk Life Center in Pipestem, WV, where they will repair homes for senior citizens and for those who have physical disabilities; to Camp Vacamas in West Milford, NJ, where they prepare a summer camp for children, and to the Shawnee National Forest in Murphysboro, IL. The students in the latter trip will work on environmental restoration and preservation projects and assist with trail maintenance.

The LaRiviere Living and Learning Center also received a $2,500 grant for its residence program. Receiving a $2,000 grant were the U&ME Connections Mentoring Program for its mentor training retreat, the Center for International Sport Business for its speaker series, the Offices of Student Activities and Residence Life for its Senior Success Series, Omicron Delta Kappa for its Leadership Round Table, the School of Business for its Learn2Succeed program, and Building Experiences Among Residents for the Freshman Olympics.

Also receiving grants were the Global Sustainability Club (Earth Week 2010), Diversity Programs and Services (GLBTQ Resource Room), the V-Day Committee (V-Day events on campus), the Office of Freshmen and Transfer Students (Pre-Pharmacy Workshop Series), the Stageless Players (a spring semester play), the School of Engineering Outreach Committee (outreach activities), the Social Work Department (a trip to Washington, DC to visit the national headquarters of the National Association of Social Workers, etc.), Community Action Rewards Everyone (a spring carnival at the Children’s Study Home, a Valentine’s Day dinner dance at the St. Luke’s Home assisted living facility), the Residence Hall Association (Annual Spring Fling), and the Society of Women Engineers (the Society’s alumnae dinner).

Other student organizations received grants to attend conferences: One in Four (expenditures for hosting a conference and for its ongoing program), the Model United Nations Club (a trip to Model UN Conferences at Harvard University and Mt. Holyoke College), the Psychology Club (the Eastern Psychological Association Conference in New York City), the Biomedical Engineering Society (Northeast Conference in New York City), and the National Society for Black Engineers (the NSBE Annual Convention in Parsippany, NJ).

For more information on the Alumni Association Grants Program, click here.


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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