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Alumni Association Awards Nearly $20,000 in Grants to Student Organizations and Programs

Posted December 20, 2010

worldfest10gifOnce a year, Rivers Memorial Hall is transformed into a veritable United Nations during World Fest. Hosted by the multicultural student group United and Mutually Equal (U&ME), the event is part of Diversity Week on campus, celebrating cultures across the globe through food, music, dance, and a fashion show.

U&ME recently received a grant from the Alumni Association to help defray costs for the 11th annual World Fest in 2011. The group was one of 17 student organizations and programs to recently receive 18 Alumni Association grants.

This past fall the Alumni Association awarded more than $19,700 in grants, which are funded by income from the Association’s Liberty Mutual Western New England College Group Savings program, the Alumni Association Amazon Associates Program, and alumni apparel purchases. The Alumni Association has awarded more than $152,000 in grants over the past four years.

Recent grant recipients included the Center for International Sport Business for its “For the Love of the Games” speaker program, the Global Sustainability Club for the Earth Week and Earth Day Festival, the Office of Student Activities and Leadership Development to further enhance the GLBTQ Resource Room, the sexual assault awareness group One in Four, and the V-Day Committee for theatre performances to increase awareness of violence against women and girls.

The Residence Hall Association received a grant for the Tunnel of Oppression Tour (an interactive educational experience exploring prejudice and bigotry), as did the Model United Nations Club to attend conferences at Harvard University and Mount Holyoke College. The Biomedical Engineering Society received a grant for members to attend the Northeast Bioengineering Conference, and the Office of Learning Beyond the Classroom will use its grant for The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Day Challenge.

Community Action Rewards Everyone (C.A.R.E) received two grants: one to present a spring carnival at the Children’s Study Home in Springfield, and the other for a Read Across America “read to a child” effort at local elementary schools on Dr. Seuss’ birthday March 2.

Also receiving grants were the School of Arts and Sciences’ Sustainability Major for a pollination garden, the History course World War II and the Holocaust for a field trip to the Jewish Heritage Museum in New York City, the English Department for its published authors’ reading program, and the Office of First Year Students and Students in Transition for its Bear Tracks/Urban Plunge program.

The BEAR Program received a grant for the BEAR Olympics (formerly the Freshman Olympics, and the College’s chapter of the Institute of Industrial Engineers will use its grant to participate in the 2011 Northeast Regional Institute of Industrial Engineers Conference at Pennsylvania State University.


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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