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2011 Skookum Award Winners Honored at Dinner

Posted October 31, 2011


The annual Skookum Award Dinner at Rivers Memorial Hall on October 21 kicked off Family and Friends Weekend. The word “Skookum” in the Chinook language means “excellence,” and awards were presented to 15 students who have demonstrated excellence in academics, cocurricular activities, athletics, volunteer work, and community service. This year’s award recipients come from diverse backgrounds and were nominated by faculty, staff, and coaches.

Speaking at the ceremony were Alumni Association Past President Mat Nelson ’93 and President Anthony S. Caprio. Award presenters were past Skookum Award recipients Danielle Remigio ’11 and Christopher Nuhfer ’11.

Elizabeth Walsh was presented with the Grand Skookum Award, the highest honor of the awards. Christopher Milanesi and Michelle Wiggett received Royal Skookum Awards, the second-highest accolade.

The Skookum Award was established in 1989 by the Alumni Association. Pictured are (L-R), top row: Chris Chew, Alex Noga, President Caprio, and Michelle Wiggett. Middle row: Christopher Kelley, Nicholas St.John, Elizabeth Walsh, and Bryan Dickinson. Bottom row: Mikaela Berthiaume, Dan Rich, Amanda DeCosta, Alexandra Lyman, Danielle Gwozdz, Shaun Kelly, and Kevin Joslyn.


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 3,700 students, including 2,550 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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