THE CLANG AND CLATTER OF CONSTRUCTION on the new Dining Commons has been the background
music on campus this summer, reminding us just how exciting it is to be a part of this University during
an important time in our great history. The Dining Commons project and the upcoming renovation of
the adjacent St. Germain Campus Center will transform our campus by providing the University with a
spectacular hub for student life.
Great students deserve first-class facilities. Accordingly, in
the past decade we have built the Center for the Sciences
and Pharmacy, Southwood Hall, and the Flynn Family
Golden Bear Pavilion. We have also renovated and expanded Sleith Hall and the Blake Law Center, and renovated Herman Hall. However, our prudent investment in
our physical plant—to provide the best living and learning
environment possible—is just part our recipe for success.
Also essential, obviously, is the outstanding teaching and
research that takes place within the walls of our buildings,
enabling Western New England University to attract and
retain the very best faculty and students. The vast majority
of our faculty have earned the Ph.D. or other doctoral/ter-minal degrees, and they are well-suited to prepare students
for success in the classroom and in their careers.
Our rise in excellence over the years was recently rec-
ognized by The Economist magazine, which ranked West-
ern New England University in the top 3 percent of the
colleges and universities among the top 1,275 public and
private U.S. institutions it reviewed. The rankings analyzed
which institutions offered the “best value” for the educa-
tion received. The Economist’s ranking formula utilized
data from the U.S. Department of Education and factored
in how much college students are projected to earn after
graduating versus what they actually earn. Of 114 col-
leges and universities in Massachusetts, the report placed
six institutions from our state in the top 3 percent of “best
value” universities, including Harvard, MIT, and Western
New England University. To be sure, today’s students are
looking for a measurable return on their significant in-
vestment in higher education, and it is no secret that our
graduates are thriving in their fields. In this magazine,
just read the cover feature on Trustee and investment firm
president Janet Johnson Bullard ’69—and take a look at
the Class Notes as well—and you will see why we are so
proud of our alumni and their accomplishments.
In this edition you will also read a feature about our
unique blend of integrated liberal and professional learning
and how this combination of theoretical and applied knowledge helps our talented students flourish in the workforce
of today and tomorrow. Indeed, the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, and Pharmacy and the
School of Law have created multidisciplinary and experiential learning opportunities that are normally found at
large institutions. Our students, who enjoy the kind of
personal attention that has come to define Western New
England University (a 12: 1 student to faculty ratio), develop
critical thinking skills that last a lifetime. They are superbly
equipped for the fast-paced changes of the job market.
In the past 10 years we have built Western New England
into a university with a wide range of programs that provide opportunities for collaboration and creative cross-pollinations. While we have become a more comprehensive
institution, we have not sacrificed any of the distinguishing
qualities that characterize us, including an emphasis on
faculty and student relationships and an atmosphere of col-legiality on campus.
Your gifts remain essential to the remarkable momentum we are building at the University. I am very grateful
for your loyalty and generosity. We are accomplishing
great things, and I thank you for playing an important role
in our advancement.
Anthony S. Caprio