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Build and Enhance Campus Facilities

At Western New England University we not only prepare students to become successful in their careers, but in their lives as well. Intellectual growth occurs both inside and outside the classroom and today’s students, whether they are undergraduates or MBA or law candidates, seek modern amenities to enhance their learning experiences. To meet this need, Western New England University must invest in some of its largest construction projects in our history: the 70,000 square-foot University Commons and renovation of the St. Germain Campus Center.

The University Commons opened in 2018 and has been bustling with students, faculty, staff, and visitors ever since. While much of the building is dedicated to dining services, the open floor plan and flexible seating areas keep groups gathered for hours to study, practice, plan, or socialize.

Additionally, the University Commons provides us the opportunity for the surrounding community to appreciate and utilize our facilities. With state-of-the-art meetings rooms and a fourth floor terrace that boasts one of the best views on campus, our connection to and partnerships with corporations and community organizations in the area will be strengthened.

The second part of this signature project is to renovate the St. Germain Campus Center. When completed these two central buildings will serve as campus hubs and will be a game changer in student recruitment, retention, and success. We must better deliver on our assertion that our students will graduate in four years with either a job secured or graduate school acceptance. To that end, our transformed Campus Center will be anchored by an expanded Student Advising Center and Career Development Center—a physical pathway to achieving goals.

A comprehensive and fully integrated professional Student Advising Center represents a significant opportunity for Western New England University to enhance student success. Through a series of intentional and quality interactions, each undergraduate student will work with a team of advisors, including a faculty advisor, a peer advisor, a career advisor, and a professional advisor.

As a result of these partnerships, students can expect outcomes that include increased self-awareness, achievement of educational goals, and a focused plan for life after graduation. The Student Advising Center will function in a culture of collaboration with the Career Development Center, Study Abroad, Student Success, Student Disability Services, Counseling Services, and Athletics to ensure holistic student support and development.

Now, more than ever, prospective students are focused on the job-market value of a college degree and are taking a hard look at schools’ internship opportunities and career services. This reality makes one of the most important elements in redesigning the Campus Center to situate and highlight the Career Development Center as a premier destination for students, alumni, and employment recruiters.

In recent years, the blossoming Career Development Center has expanded its services and outgrown its space. With proximity to the First Year Office and new Advising Center, the newly constructed Career Development Center will offer a welcoming, professional space to support student career exploration, skills development, and preparation.