There is much exciting news coming from our College of Engineering, which in August was
awarded $282,000 from the Kern Foundation. This grant is allowing the Engineering faculty,
led by S. Hossein Cheraghi, Dean of the College of Engineering, and Professor of Industrial
Engineering and Engineering Management Thomas K. Keyser, to further integrate entrepreneurship into the curriculum across the entire College.
In the same month, the National Institutes of Health awarded a $350,000 grant to the
College of Pharmacy for research in food allergy prevention by Assistant Professor of Pharmacology Clinton Mathias. Indeed, in accordance with our Strategic Plan, we are deepening
our commitment to research: featured in these pages is an influential study on problem behaviors of children with autism led by Professor of Psychology Gregory P. Hanley, Director of
our PhD in Behavior Analysis.
Another vitally important feature of our Strategic Plan is encouraging the development of our
graduate-level academic offerings, and in the past year we have added three new master’s
degree programs, one each in the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business, and the
School of Law, respectively: the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, the Master of Science
in Organizational Leadership, and the Master of Science in Estate Planning and Elder Law.
If you have been on campus lately, you undoubtedly saw our latest construction project, the
Golden Bear Pavilion, a much-needed addition to our outdoor sports complex. To be sure, new
and renovated facilities enhance the Western New England University experience and influ-
ence the recruitment of future students.
Although our students enjoy the educational and cocurricular opportunities usually offered
only at much larger universities, we will never lose sight of the kind of personal attention—
inside and outside of the classroom—that characterizes this institution.
Your gifts have gone beyond the necessary brick and mortar projects that serve our students.
Because of many generous donors, we now have 233 donor-funded scholarships, enabling more
students than ever to take advantage of the individualized approach to education we have to
offer. It is your continued support that makes Western New England University affordable and
accessible, and I am grateful to you for that.
AT THE REDEDICATION OF SLEITH HALL LAST MONTH, which you will read about in this magazine, the
University community celebrated the remarkable transformation of this building, which consisted of
a complete renovation and a two-story 8,600 square-foot addition. As a result of this impressive
project, Sleith Hall is providing a premier home for our excellent engineering programs and
increasing our research capabilities.
Anthony S. Caprio