AT THE GROUNDBREAKING FOR THE NEW DINING COMMONS LAST SEPTEMBER (which you will read about in
this magazine), the University community came together to celebrate the beginning of an important
building project that will provide a premier destination on campus. Complete with a pedestrian mall, a
wide array of dining options, and a designated faculty and staff dining area, the four-story facility will
also have meeting and conference rooms to accommodate large and small groups.
The Dining Commons is being built next to the St.
Germain Campus Center, which is set to undergo a
renovation in the near future. This two-phase project will provide a spectacular student life complex
and indelibly change the Western New England
University experience for every person who visits,
works, lives, and learns here.
It is remarkable to consider how much the University has changed since the St. Germain Campus
Center was built 50 years ago. At that time, there
were only six buildings. The University had opened
its first dormitory building just five months earlier.
We continued to grow, transforming in size, in
quality, and in vision. In these 50 years, we have
evolved considerably—from a fine commuter
school to the nationally recognized University we
are today. We have become a great university because we develop new and innovative programs
and top-notch facilities—all to make the student
experience the best it can be. The multifunctional
Dining Commons and the reconfigured, renovated
Campus Center will reinforce the notion that we
are truly the “Miracle on Wilbraham Road,” as we
were referred to when the University began its development at our current site in the late 1950s.
Indeed, the new Dining Commons follows our
history of responding to the needs of our students:
this past fall we also opened the Business Analytics
Center in D’Amour Library. SAP (System Applications
and Products) is one of today’s most sought-after
information technology certifications in business. In
addition, this year we began offering Master of
Science degrees in Civil Engineering and Industrial
Engineering. The national need for professionals in
both of these fields is increasing. Next year, we will
begin a doctorate program in Occupational Therapy
as well. (You can read about our upcoming program
in this issue.)
While Western New England has matured over the
years to become a more comprehensive institution—
from a college to a university—we have retained the
key attributes that have come to define our unique
brand of education. We still pride ourselves in our
high-quality teaching and research, and in our personal attention to students as we develop each one
to his or her personal and professional potential. We
have blossomed as a result of the loyalty, dedication,
and hard work of faculty, staff, students, alumni, and
friends—and the generosity of our donors.
To be sure, the entire University community has
had a hand in the “Miracle on Wilbraham Road.” As
we approach our centennial in 2019, it will be with
your support that we keep providing unprecedented
opportunities and experiences for new generations
For Western New England University, the best is
yet to come, and I hope you will continue to be a
part of our miracle in the making!
Anthony S. Caprio