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Published: May 06, 2016 | Categories: Alumni

Alumni and Friends Gather with President Caprio At Receptions and Dinners in Seven Cities

President Caprio (center) and hosts Barbara and Len McCue L’82

President Caprio (center) and hosts Barbara and Len McCue L’82

There was plenty of Golden Bear spirit among alumni, friends, and other members of the University community joined President Anthony S. Caprio at presidential gatherings in New York, Boston, Hartford, Florida, Springfield, and Rhode Island last fall and winter, along with this spring. Pictured at the President’s Alumni Reception in St. Petersburg, FL are President Caprio (center) and hosts Barbara and Len McCue L’82.

The President’s Alumni Reception in New York City on November 5 at The Terrace Club in Midtown Manhattan was hosted by Rich Cassata ’80. President’s Alumni Receptions were also held in Boston and Hartford over the winter. Matt Pantera ’99 hosted Boston event at the Ritz-Carlton, Boston Common on February 26, and the gathering in Hartford on March 3 was hosted by Trustee Amy Lewis ’88/G’00 at The Society Room of Hartford.

President Caprio then reached out to the University community in Florida at President’s Alumni Dinners in St. Petersburg, FL on March 15 and in Delray Beach, FL on March 16. Barbara and Len McCue L’82 hosted the dinner at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club and the event at Sundy House in Delray Beach was hosted by Byrnes Guillaume L’06.

The President’s Alumni Reception in Springfield on April 7, hosted by Trustees Chairman Michael Serafino ’77, took place at the Student Prince Café. Guy Asadorian ’86 hosted the President’s Alumni Reception in Rhode Island on May 5 at the Chapel Grille in Cranston.

 President Caprio briefed guests on the latest news at the University, including the University’s participation in the recent U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competition in Irvine, CA, where our student team collaborated with students from universities in Panamá and Honduras to design and build a solar-powered house that tied for first place in the Affordability category.

 In Springfield, President Caprio singled out two guests who attended Springfield-Northeastern, the University’s predecessor: August Brus ’53, who started prior to Western New England receiving its own charter in 1951, and Richard Barrows ’74, who began his education here in 1940 and came back to earn his degree at the ripe young age of 52.