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Blue & Gold Alumni Receptions
Western New England University pride was running high at Blue & Gold Alumni Receptions in the Pioneer Valley, Hartford, and Boston this past spring. Pictured in Hartford on April 6 are President Anthony S. Caprio, Alumni Association Board of Directors Member-at-Large Kevin McKiernan '85, Jennie Quinn L'13, and Mary Quinn.
Homecoming Weekend: Going for Gold
Alumni, family, and friends had fun of Olympic Proportions at Homecoming on September 24. Sunny weather and a new location—the Pine Grove—provided a great opportunity to reconnect with old friends, as well as enjoy great food, the ROTC pull-up contest and climbing wall, pony rides, face painting, and several athletics contests: football, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s tennis, and field hockey. Also, view video of the festivities at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHI5E2k6Y2g&t=30s.
The 2016 Skookum Award Winners
Pictured are (L-R) Bottom row: Matthew Simmons, Morgan DiBacco, Kayla Chapaloinis, Allissa Long, Fredericke Rizos, and David Briganti. Top row: Chris Jurkiewicz, Sara Holland, Kelly Clancy, President Anthony S. Caprio, Patrick O’Brien, Joeanna Glantz, Samantha DiGiovanni, Danielle Chylinski, and Erin Carroll. Read their biographies and view more photos by clicking on the link below.
Alumni Receptions in New York City and Washington, DC
Alumni and friends showed their true colors at Blue & Gold Alumni Receptions in New York City on October 27 and in Washington, DC on November 17. Guests took advantage of the opportunity to meet President Anthony S. Caprio, reconnected with friends, and made some new ones.
President's Alumni Receptions
There was plenty of Golden Bear spirit among alumni, friends, and other members of the University community joined President Anthony S. Caprio at presidential gatherings in New York, Boston, Hartford, Florida, Springfield, and Rhode Island last fall, winter, and spring. Pictured are Scott Jacobi '06, Shannon Montgomery '06/L'09, and Carla Jannetti '05 in New York City.
48th Annual Alumni Golf Tournament
Under sunny skies, golfers at the 48th Annual Alumni Golf Tournament on May 27 started their Memorial Day weekend early at The Country Club of Wilbraham in Wilbraham, MA. The event raised more than $18,000 for the Alumni Association Golf Tournament Endowed Scholarship. Highlights included breakfast, a post-tournament reception with hors d’oeuvres, a prize ceremony, a silent auction, and Hole-in-One, Closest to the Pin, and Longest Drive competitions.
Pictured on the right is Trustee Emeritus Benjamin F. Jones with donor S. Prestley Blake (H'80). Jones was the former president and CEO of Monarch Life Insurance Company in Springfield and the oldest paramedic at Ground Zero following the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City.
Despite the rain, Homecoming on October 3 turned out to be an event not to miss. It was a great day to reconnect with old friends, as well as catching performances from the Cheerleading Team, Dance Team, and Improv on the Rocks—some of the festivities that were moved to the Alumni Healthful Living Center because of the weather.
The 2015 Skookum Award Winners
There were accolades aplenty at The Young Alumni Outstanding Achievement and Skookum Award Brunch, which took place at Rivers Memorial Hall on September 20. The word “Skookum” in the Chinook language means “excellence,” and awards were presented to 15 seniors who have demonstrated this quality in academics, cocurricular activities, athletics, volunteer work, and community service.