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The Alumni-in-Admissions program at Western New England University bridges the past to the future by providing alumni and prospective students with the opportunity to strengthen and build relationships with the University.

It's up to you how you volunteer your time in helping us recruit students. If you wish to volunteer, or would like more information about the program, sign up by contacting the Office of Alumni Relations at 413-796-2240, or alumwne@wne.edu or contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at learn@wne.edu, 413-782-1321 or 800-325-1122.

A member of the University's Class of 2012 met Alumni-in-Admissions volunteer Jacob Morin '00 at his New Jersey high school's college fair. Here is what he had to say about their talk:

"After listening to his experiences, I decided to visit Western New England, and this was the school I picked! If it wasn't for Jake, I would never have known about the University. Thank you!"

College Fairs

The Alumni-in-Admissions program began in 1987 to assist the Office of Undergraduate Admissions with local college fairs. Since then, the Alumni-in-Admissions program has played a significant role in recruiting students and ensuring the future of Western New England University. As a volunteer, you will personally identify with prospective students and act as a liaison between students and the University.

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions receives hundreds of invitations for local high school/college fairs every year throughout the United States. However, it is not possible for the Western New England University staff to attend every event. In a continuing effort to reach as many prospective students as possible, we seek alumni who can represent the University at these local fairs. This is an exciting way for you stay connected to your alma mater, while meeting prospective students who appreciate hearing about your College experience.


When the Office of Undergraduate Admissions receives an invitation for a college fair, we decide whether one of the Western New England University staff is able to attend the event. If it is not possible, we seek assistance through our alumni volunteers. Your level of commitment depends on how many events you would like to volunteer for. In the past, some alumni have attended anywhere from one to four college fairs in a year. Volunteers have covered events for the University on an individual basis, with another alumni volunteer, or with a Western New England University Admissions Counselor. Please keep in mind that the Admissions Office tries its best to find an event for all of the volunteers, but in some situations it may not be possible. All of the college fairs that we would consider an alumnus for would not be more than a half-hour radius from your home. All college fairs are held in the evening on a weekday and will last no more than two hours.

Once an invitation has been received, an Alumni-in-Admissions coordinator will contact you, either by email or phone, to see if you can cover the event. All of the invitations have deadlines, so we will be contacting you in advance and a response would be needed in a timely manner. Once you agree to attend the event for the University, we will send out an initial letter to you. Within two to three weeks of the event, we will send out a confirmation letter along with the invitation to the event and directions (if given). If we do not receive the directions from the school, you may download them from the Internet. Within two weeks of the event, we will send out the box of materials that you will use to display at the college fair along with a resource/training manual and DVD. These are two very important materials for you to view, as they will assist you on new information about the University, along with what to expect at a college fair. After the fair, a prepaid priority envelope will be supplied for you so you can mail back the necessary materials, as well as the evaluation.

seeking volunteers

Nick Fagioli ’71 is the epitome of dedication to his alma mater. Residing more than three hours away from campus in Nutley, NJ, Nick has played a crucial role in the expansion of the Western New England University student body over the past 15 years without ever leaving the Garden State.

As a devoted volunteer in the growing Alumni-in-Admissions program, Nick has attended over 20 college fairs in the past few years around northern New Jersey as an official representative from Western New England University.

“I live so far from the University but I wanted to do something,” said Nick. “It’s just a really good school and I think kids down here can benefit by going to Western New England University.”

The Alumni-in-Admissions program is an Admissions Office initiative that recruits alumni to serve as representatives for the University at college fairs, particularly those held a great distance from the campus.

“This is a fun program that doesn’t take a huge time commitment,” said Director of Undergraduate Admissions Christopher Wystepek ’02/G’09. “If an alum is looking to stay involved with the campus, even if he or she is far away, this is a good program to start with.”

The program is one of the easiest commitments alumni can make to volunteer for the University. The Admissions Office provides a training manual, DVD training video, and all necessary materials that you will bring to the college fair. The staff is also available to answer any questions you may have about the University or the Alumni-in-Admissions program.

“It is a great way to share their knowledge of the University both on a professional level and personal level,” said Wystepek. “Students and parents appreciate information coming directly from alumni.”

The program is beneficial for prospective students and parents because it gives them an opportunity to interact with someone who has experienced firsthand what Western New England University can do to transform the life of a young person.

“You’re living proof the school produces talented professionals,” explained Nick, who in 2005 was recognized for his efforts with an Alumni Award for Special Projects: the Alumni-in-Admissions and the Alumni Speakers programs.

The Alumni-in-Admissions program continues the University’s mission to expand recruitment efforts of students from across the country. The Admissions Office welcomes volunteers from any part of the country for this program but specifically seeks alumni for college fairs in California, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Virginia.

To get involved in the Alumni-in-Admissions program, contact the Alumni Relations Office at 800-962-6592 or Admissions Counselor Kaitlyn O'Konis '12 at kaitlyn.okonis@wne.edu  or 413-782-1230, or Admissions Counselor Olivia Mazzarella '10 at olivia.mazzarella@wne.edu or 413-782-1289.

recruiting students

Andrea Roehre '02

Renata Ball '02
Eric Douyard '07
Amanda Foster '02
Karen Janelle '05
Beth Ramirez '02
Debra Schuss '77
Jason Thull '13

Mark DeBonee '07
Amy Jakubielski '06
Frank Gesino '95
Lori Nadeau G'00
Susan Neil '80
Mary Principe '81
Marisa Forti '07
Brandy Ames '05

David Beard '88
Collin Gravois '12

Laura Jensen '03

Jay Adams '86

Laura Juncker '03

Elizabeth Curran '08
Laura Franze '07
Michael Garvey '86
Daniel Hess '07
Teresa Knox '06
Daniel McLaughlin '96
Randy Milou '03
Christopher McMahon '01
Marc Murphy '08
Christine Pollender '99
Kathleen Simone '99
Laura Boule '01/G'02
Stephanie Sule '95/G'04
Maria Francese '14
Krystal (Dunn) Kolesnik '06
Chelsea Miemiec '15

New Hampshire:
Michelle O’Malley '91
Stephanie Shepard '08

New Jersey:
Stephanie Diaz '03
Michael DiGiaimo '04
Nick Fagioli '71
Carol Laird '79
Jennifer Marshall '03
Krista Moody '02
Jacob Morin '00
Nicole Pizzuti '00
Jen Reubish '03
Chelsea Vander Groef '05
Daniel Boskey '76

New York:
Alexa Bergstrom '00
Julie Bisnett '00
Kristin Brown '05
David Coppolo '86
Joanna Dewey '05
Jennifer Dolan '06
Jen Eaton '99
Tom Emberley '01
David Freedman '06
Michael Gianchetta '87
Beth Hanigan '02
Jim Henry '86
Abby Hout '06
Kerri Ingwersen '02
Deirdre Merlino '01
Kate Morin '06
Krista Nevil '05
Geoff Seber '00
Diana Sigona '08
Elizabeth Smith '07
Jacqueline Smith '06
Robert Stadelman '01
Elizabeth Goldschein '12
Jennifer Unterberger '10

North Carolina:
Jeffrey Tate'07

Michael Bonsiewicz '65

Alan King '04
Meredith Odel '04
Mark Perry '89

Rhode Island:
Andrea Lee '05
Kristin Pimental '05

Ali Martin-Scoufield '03
Jason Scoufield '04
Mary Anne Wihbey '81

Erin Whitcomb '06

Nicholas Wiltey '13

Marie Major '04

Washington, DC:
Katie McAteer '06
Jessica Vogel Mueller '07

West Virginia:
Ryan Turner '08