ALUMNI NEWS BY BRIAN FITZGERALD
The word “Skookum” in the Chinook language means
“excellence,” and awards were presented to 15 seniors who
have demonstrated this quality in academics, cocurricular
activities, athletics, volunteer work, and community service.
Bobby Caruso (not pictured), a communication major currently
studying abroad, was presented with this year’s Grand Skookum
Award. He is a member of several national honorary societies,
including Lambda Pi Eta (communication), Mortar Board (seniors),
and Omicron Delta Kappa (leadership). The former executive
board member of the Stageless Players theater troupe has been
involved with the University’s media outlets, including GBTV and
the radio station WNEK. He has held internships at VH1, The
Huffington Post, the Springfield Republican newspaper, BlueLink
Marketing, and with State Senator Eric Lesser.
Alexander DeFelice and Lyndsey St. Jean received Royal
Skookum Awards, the second-highest accolade.
THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION SKOOKUM AWARD WINNERS: The “Best and Brightest”
Students Brendan Allard
and Mohammed Alqadasi
with mentor Don Army ’84
MENTORING A NEW GENERATION OF ENGINEERS
“I mentor every year because of the positive experience I had as a student,” said
Don Army ’84. “My son was a graduate
and he was involved in the mentoring
program. I enjoy talking to the freshmen,
hearing what their dreams are, and helping them.”
Dena Navarroli ’ 15 became a mentor to
“give back to Western New England because the University has given me so
much. Also, I care about the engineering
field and I like to give the students going
into it a hand.”
Sponsored by the Alumni Association, the 15th annual Engineering Mentoring Program’s Kick-off Dinner on October 8
afforded 180 first-year students an opportunity to network with 55 alumni mentors and ask questions about what to expect
in their studies over the next four years and the various engineering careers available to them afterward.
Contact College of Engineering Assistant Dean Richard Grabiec at email@example.com or 413-782-1271 to learn more about becoming a mentor.
(L-R) Bottom row: Alexandria Dean (Arts and Entertainment Management),
Jessica Barnet (Pharmacy), Gretchen Pancak (Marketing, Communication/
Advertising), Hailey Greenhalgh (Political Science), Timothy Rapszynski
(Electrical Engineering), and Melissa Ferris (Psychology). Second row: Julie
Cokotis (Finance), Troy Sanders (Chemistry), Pegah Shakeraneh (Doctor of
Pharmacy), Melissa Emmons (Chemistry), and Lyndsey St. Jean (Industrial
Engineering and Engineering Management). Back row: Andres Otero (Civil
Engineering), President Caprio, Alex DeFelice (Psychology), and Matthew
LaCoille (Sport Management).