And dramatic improvements of the University
continue. For example, the University will build a
spectacular new dining hall in 2017. Please take
a look in this issue at the artist’s rendering of this
facility. It is sorely needed: because more students
have been living and eating on campus over the
years, the student population has outgrown the
present dining area. This new dining building will
provide students with not only a more spacious
area to dine, but also a more comfortable place
to socialize and study.
This summer, construction began on the Business Analytics /SAP Technology Center in D’Amour
Library. SAP stands for Systems Application and
Products. All business students may pursue SAP
certification, one of today’s most sought-after information technology certifications. We are among
only three schools nationwide to offer SAP certification to students in any business major at the undergraduate level.
The University is also continuing its long history
of offering new programs to meet the educational
needs of our students and the workforce. Next fall
we will offer Master of Science degrees in Civil Engineering and in Industrial Engineering.
In addition, the University has also joined forces
with New England College of Optometry (NECO)
to establish a Doctor of Optometry dual-degree
program. Through a 3+ 4 accelerated undergrad-
uate program partnership, students will be award-
ed a Bachelor of Science degree from Western
New England University and a Doctor of Optometry
degree from New England College of Optometry.
We have also added a 3+ 3 Law combined bache-
lor’s/law degree program in collaboration with
the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.
We have been deepening our commitment to research as well. To that end, we recently received a
$365,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for a nuclear magnetic resonance spectrometer, one of the most important and powerful
analytical tools available to chemists and biologists. This instrument will enable Western New
England University and other greater Springfield
area colleges to study the structure of molecules.
It will greatly enhance the research productivity of
students and the collaborative scholarly endeavors
of faculty and students.
These developments greatly benefit current
and future students. Because we rely on gifts and
grants to help provide students with the best living and learning environment possible, we are
grateful for your continued support.
Thank you for all you do for your University.
ONE OF THE MOST FULFILLING ASPECTS OF MY POSITION AS PRESIDENT is meeting our proud and enthusiastic
alumni and friends at various regional President’s alumni receptions and dinners. In my latest travels, I
reminded attendees that our most recent entering class will graduate in 2019, the centennial year of Western
New England University. To be sure, it is thought provoking to reflect upon our exponential transformation
and growth since our modest beginnings nearly 100 years ago.
Anthony S. Caprio