Western New England University
Western New England University is a private university in Springfield, Massachusetts. Academic programs are provided through its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, College of Engineering, School of Law, and College of Pharmacy.
The Springfield Division of Northeastern College, known as Springfield-Northeastern, was established in 1919. Evening classes, held in the YMCA building on Chestnut Street in Springfield for students studying part-time, were offered in law, business, and accounting. In 1922, the school's first 13 students were awarded the degree of Bachelor of Commercial Science. The first seven law graduates were recognized in 1923. In 1951 the Springfield Division of Northeastern University became Western New England College. The college was chartered on July 17, 1951. On April 26, 1956, 34 acres (140,000 m2) for the current Wilbraham Road campus were purchased. In that same year the first day program was started; it was in engineering, with 53 students enrolled. The first building, originally known as East Building and later renamed Emerson Hall in recognition of the collegeï¿½s first trustee chairman, opened in 1959. The collegeï¿½s charter was expanded in 1959 to permit the college to grant the bachelorï¿½s degree in any field of business administration, science, engineering, education, and law, and certain masterï¿½s degrees. The charter was expanded in 2005 to include the LL.M. in Estate Planning and Elder Law, and again in 2008 with the inclusion of the Ph.D. in Behavior Analysis. The School of Arts and Sciences was established in 1967, and the college received accreditation as a general purpose institution in 1972. The 1960s through the 1990s saw the collegeï¿½s academic programs expanding, its student body growing, and the addition of a number of buildings, including the Dï¿½Amour Library, the Blake Law Center, the St. Germain Campus Center, the Alumni Healthful Living Center, and the LaRiviere Living and Learning Center. In 2001, the Evergreen Village townhouses opened for seniors. The Kevin S. Delbridge Welcome Center, which houses the admissions offices, opened in 2002. In 2003, Commonwealth Hall and the Golden Bear Stadium opened. The George Trelease Memorial Baseball Park was completed in 2004. In 2006, the $1.9 million expansion to the Dï¿½Amour Library was completed. In 2008 and 2009, respectively, the college expanded and renovated the Blake Law Center and built Southwood Hall. In 2010, the $40 million Center for the Sciences and Pharmacy was completed. Herman Hall underwent an $8 million renovation in 2012. The university's beautifully maintained 215-acre (0.87 km2) campus serves as home to undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, pharmaceutical, and law students from throughout the United States and abroad. Undergraduate and graduate programs are offered in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, Pharmacy, and at the School of Law. In 2010, the College of Pharmacy was established, and the institution was granted a change to its charter that permits it to offer the degree of Doctor of Pharmacy. Western New England University has 43,000 alumni around the world.
Western New England University, a comprehensive private institution with a tradition of excellence in teaching and scholarship and a commitment to service, awards undergraduate, masterï¿½s, and doctoral degrees in various departments from among our Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, and Pharmacy, and School of Law. One of only a few U.S. comprehensive institutions enrolling under 5,000 students recognized with national and international accreditations at the highest levels in law, business, engineering, and social work, we serve students predominantly from the northeastern U.S., but enroll students from across the country and around the world. The vast majority of undergraduate students reside on campus. Our 215-acre campus in Springfield, Massachusetts, is remarkable for its beauty, security, and meticulous upkeep.
Anthony Katagas - Academy Award winning producer of 12 Years A Slave (film). Nicholas Boldyga - member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives (served 2011ï¿½present) Stephen Buoniconti JD'95 - former member of the Massachusetts Senate (served 2005ï¿½2011) and former member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives (served 2001 - 2004). Lawrence F. Cafero JD'81 - member of Connecticut House of Representatives and Republican House Leader. Gale D. Candaras JD'82 - member of the Massachusetts Senate (served 2007ï¿½present) and former member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives (served 1996 - 2006). Michael A. Christ JD'02 - former Deputy Majority Leader of Connecticut House of Representatives. Cheryl A. Coakley-Rivera JD'95, member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives (served 1999ï¿½present). Michael Charles Green JD'86 - District Attorney for Monroe County, New York Brittany Decker - Miss Connecticut 2010 Daniel F. Keenan JD - former member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives (served 1995ï¿½2007) John Kissel JD'84 - member of the Connecticut State Senate. Michael Mori JD'94 - U.S. Marine Corps lawyer. Thomas S. Moorman Jr. MBA'72- served as Vice Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force. Tim Murray JD'94 - former Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts and former Mayor of Worcester, Massachusetts. Larry O'Brien '42 - Chairman of the Democratic National Committee during the Watergate break-in, former National Basketball Association Commissioner, and former U.S. Postmaster General (then a Cabinet position). O'Brien was campaign manager for John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Hubert Humphrey, George McGovern, and Foster Furcolo. Namesake of the Smithsonian Institution's O'Brien Gallery in Washington, DC and the Lawrence O'Brien Award. Thomas Petrolati - member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives (served 1987-present) Angelo Puppolo JD'01 - member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives (served 2007ï¿½present) and former City Councilor in the city of Springfield, Massachusetts Joseph Rallo JD'76 - president of Angelo State University. Rodney Smith - bronze medal winner in the 68 kg division of the Greco-Roman wrestling competition at the 1992 Olympic Games and also competed in the 1996 Olympic Games Thomas L. Stevenson JD'77 - former member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives (served 1997-2006) John E. Sweeney JD'91 - former member of the U.S. House of Representatives from upstate New York and noted conservative legislator Joseph Wagner - member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives (served 1991-present) Brigadier General Joseph S. Ward Jr. is the Comptroller, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.