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Western New England University will add women’s ice hockey to its athletics program. University President Anthony S. Caprio announced the new offering, which will begin competing in 2020.
“Western New England University takes immense pride in offering opportunities for student-athletes to excel in the classroom and in their chosen sport,” said Caprio. “This latest expansion of our athletics program adds a fast-growing and exciting sport to the current roster of 19 NCAA sports for women and men.”
While the number of youth hockey teams for girls has soared in recent years, Western New England will be the first Springfield-area college to offer the sport at the varsity level.
“Women’s Hockey represents the perfect opportunity to add a 20th sport to our lineup,” said Matt LaBranche, Director of Athletics, Recreational Sport & Physical Education. “Interest at the high school and youth levels has never been higher, and we are proud to be providing a new opportunity for those young women to pursue their passion in a highly competitive collegiate program.”
LaBranche added that while interest in Massachusetts and Connecticut is high, Western New England expects to recruit students nationwide for the new program.
LaBranche also announced the hiring of Katie S. Zimmerman to the position of head coach for the new team. Zimmerman spent the past five years as an assistant coach at Amherst College. She also has coaching experience with USA Hockey and SUNY Cortland.
“Katie has a proven track record as a coach, talent evaluator, and recruiter,” said LaBranche. “I’m confident over the course of the next year she will set the stage for a successful first season in 2020-21 and beyond.”
A new report finds Western New England University #1 in Massachusetts and #5 in the nation when it comes to the preparing graduates for the job market.
The analysis by the career-focused site Zippia utilized data from the federal government's College Scorecard, looking at employment rates ten years after students graduated. Western New England University's employment rate is 95.56 percent, placing it ahead of all but four institutions nationwide.
"This is yet another powerful endorsement of the career-readiness of our alumni. It also demonstrates the value and significant impact of the University's curriculum - a unique blend of liberal and professional learning," said Anthony S. Caprio, University President.
"As we celebrate our Centennial and reflect upon our past, we see that throughout our first 100 years of continuous progress, we have demonstrated a firm commitment to meeting the needs of a changing workforce. And as we craft our second century, we will remain dedicated to our clearly understood mission of providing a profoundly enriching education that creates professional opportunities for our students and alumni."
As part of its efforts to prepare students for successful careers, Western New England University incorporates career exploration and preparation starting with a student's first year on campus. According to Vice President of Enrollment Management and Marketing Bryan Gross, the incorporation of hands-on career preparation into the curriculum resonates with prospective students and their families.
The article points out the location of the Mount’s film program as one of its unique features. All courses are held at the Sunset Gower Studios in Hollywood, which puts students right in the center of the entertainment capital of the world. Study film at a working studio in Hollywood with L.A.'s only women's university.
In the most important annual contest for college aviators – the Safety and Flight Evaluation Conference (SAFECON) competition – Embry-Riddle’s Prescott, Ariz. and Daytona Beach Fla. flight teams placed third and seventh respectively, excelling in many of the nearly two dozen individual flight and ground events.
Although June 15 is often referred to by the National Weather Service as the start of the Arizona monsoon season, the meteorology department at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott campus is predicting a delayed start to the annual summer rainy season.
A team of seven Aerospace Engineering students at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Prescott campus has designed and produced a camera attachment system for the International Space Station (ISS), and were selected to participate in NASA’s Micro-G NExT challenge in Houston, TX in early June. Project CAM (Camera Attachment Mechanism) was devised by the student team to assist astronauts venturing into the vacuum of space by providing additional camera coverage during Extra Vehicular Activities (EVA) beyond standard helmet camera attachments, which provide limited views of EVA to mission control.
Andre Silvestre transitions from jet-setting event planner to high end interior designer.
Alumnus in the thick of the Stanley Cup hunt as reporter and analyst.
Mount Mercy University recently launched its Degree in 3 program, enabling undergraduate students to save time and money by earning a bachelor’s degree in just three years.