VIEW MORE PHOTOS OF SOME OF
THESE EVENTS IN THE COMMUNICATOR’S
“WEB EXTRAS” AT WNE.EDU/ALUMNI.
Colleen Loveless ’84/G’93, president of Revitalize Community Development Corporation in
Springfield, was presented with the Alumna
of the Year award at the President’s Society
Reception. James Tierney ’08, a lecturer of
Economics at Pennsylvania State University,
received the Young Alumni Outstanding
Achievement Award at an October 16 ceremony that also honored the Alumni Association
Skookum Award of Excellence winners.
Colleen, who graduated with a B.S.B.A. in
1984 and her MBA in 1993, has headed Revitalize CDC for seven
years, pulling the community together to make life in Springfield
better for everyone. Her organization provides rehabilitation, modifications, and critical repairs to the homes of low-income families
with children, military veterans, people with disabilities, and the
elderly. Additional services include Small Business Technical
Assistance for low- to moderate-income business owners and
In 2011, when a tornado tore through western Massachusetts,
Colleen and her team rebuilt 25 homes in five days with the help of
many volunteers, corporations, and citizens of the City of Springfield.
Another feature project of the organization is GreenNFit, an
annual event now in its fourth year. This past April, 1,200 volunteers
and over 90 sponsors—together—rebuilt two full blocks in Springfield. Making homes “greener” include installing new heating systems that use natural gas and adding solar components.
Colleen has worked closely with the University and our athletics
teams in recent years to encourage community service participation.
Colleen Loveless ’84/G’93 and James Tierney ’08
Honored by the University for their Achievements
Majoring in Economics and Mathematics as an undergraduate, James
Tierney was recognized as Outstanding
Student in Economics in his senior
year, was Student Senate president,
and received the Grand Skookum
Award—this award’s highest honor.
Since graduating from Western
New England and earning his master’s
degree in Economics from the Univer-
sity of California, Irvine, James has taught economics
courses at Orange Coast College, Irvine Valley College,
Chapman University, SUNY-Plattsburgh, and Penn State.
He has published three refereed journal articles, coauthored two textbooks, participated in several academic
conference panels, and presented at nine academic
James was a member of Improv on the Rocks—and a
founder of his own improv troupe as a graduate student—
so it was a natural transition for him bring his presentation
skills to the front of the classroom, according to Associate
Dean of Students Maureen Keizer, who introduced James
at the ceremony. “I had the opportunity to read some of his
students’ evaluations, and many commented on how his
course was challenging yet ‘entertaining,’” she said. “He
has taken his Western New England roots on his personal
journey and continues to emulate the principles of Service,
Integrity, and Knowledge that are proudly displayed on the
Alumni and their families enjoyed tailgate festivities
at the New England Revolution soccer game on
September 10—as well as a 3–1 Revolution victory
over New York City FC at Gillette Stadium.
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