Kenneth Kelly '80 was recognized recently by NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education as a 2016 Pillar of the Profession.
Describing him as the top candidate with a solid vision for the university, the Westfield State University Board of Trustees unanimously recommended Dr. Ramon Torrecilha, a lifelong educator who has worked across higher education divisions and departments to build successful programs to support student success, as the sole finalist for the presidency of Westfield State University.
Massachusetts State Representative Harold Naughton, Jr. welcomes James Keedy '14 to his State House staff.
Aaron Dowd '14, a volunteer with the Ipswich Emergency Management Agency, has developed an emergency management after school program for children.
Dr. David Lucander has published his book Winning the War For Democracy: The March on Washington Movement,
Natali Flores 10' of Chicopee, has been appointed Director of Valley Opportunity Council's Women, Infants & Children (WIC) program,
James F. "Jaimie" Birge '84 has been named to become the 12th president of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.Birge has been president of Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, N.H., since 2008, where he is said to have increased admissions applications by 40 percent, incoming class size by 15 percent, and student retention by 8 percentage points. Previously, he served as the executive vice president and interim president at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, W.V. Birge holds a doctorate in leadership studies from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., a master's in education in guidance and counseling from Plymouth State University in New Hampshire, and an undergraduate in elementary education from Westfield State.
Stacey (Kane) Benoit '95, Kathleen (Enwright) Downer '95, Leanne (McConologue) Ebert ’96, Carolyn Athens ’07, Amanda (Lojek) O’Brien ’03, Timalie (Glencross) Fascione ’95, teachers at Wilmington Middle School, participated in a school-wide door decorating contest that celebrated the theme of their alma mater.The showing of owl pride made them clear winners – Hoot! Hoot!
Kate (Quigley) Levesque '09 and Nicholas Levesque ’11 welcomed the birth of their son, Troy Brian, on May 1, 2015. Troy weighed 8lbs, 5oz and was 20.5 inches long.The family is doing well and currently resides in New Hampshire.
Roberta Brien '94, vice president of projects for the Worcester Business Development Corporation, has been named a 2015 Outstanding Woman in Business for the Worcester Business Journal Online.She has been with the WBDC for 11 years.In addition to her role at WBDC, Brien is the chair of the Paxton Zoning Board of Appeals and serves on the Hanover Theatre Development Committee, the Worcester Business Resource Alliance, the YWCA, and the Venture Forum. She lives in Paxton with her husband, Paul, and her children Quinton, 9, and Madelyn, 8.