Alumni Recognition Reception
Western New England University celebrated some of
its many stellar alumni at the School of Law Alumni
Recognition Reception on September 23, 2016 in the
Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History.
The event featured special recognition for the classes
of 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, and 2011,
as well as the presentation of the Distinguished Alumnus/a Award, two Ascending Alumni Awards, and the
“The Distinguished Alumnus/a Award and the Ascending Alumni
Award afford us the opportunity to recognize and celebrate those
achievements on an annual basis. The Association is honored to
recognize Rick Sullivan ’84 as the 2016 Distinguished Alumni,”
said Marcy Spratt ’09, president of the Alumni Association. Sulli-
van is the president and chief executive officer of the Western
Mass Economic Development Council, he was the former Chief
of Staff to Governor Deval Patrick and former Secretary of
Energy and Environmental Affairs of the Commonwealth of
Massachusetts and former Mayor of Westfield, MA.
The Ascending Alumni Award spotlights the achievements
of new alumni who have graduated 10 years or less from the
School of Law. West Springfield Mayor William Reichelt Jr.
’13/L’ 14 and Judge Stephanie Silvas L’ 11 of Bee County, TX,
were this year’s recipients.
Judge Anne M. Geoffrion ’79 was honored with The Dean’s
Award. “Judge Geoffrion’s career epitomizes the kind of lawyer
this award is meant to honor,” says Dean Eric Gouvin. “As a
member of the bar and as a judge on the bench, she has not
only met the highest level of professional competency, but she
has given back to her community and to the School of Law in
many ways.” ◆
(Clockwise L to R) Marcy Spratt ’09 with Rick
Sullivan ’84; William Reichelt Jr. ’13/L’ 14; Dean
Eric Gouvin with Hon. Anne Geoffrion ’77; and
Judge Stephanie Silvas ’ 11 and Sarah Scharp ’ 11
Coming Home: Alumni Return for Homecoming Festivities
Homecoming Dinners were the center of this year’s celebration, which also included a
visitor’s tent on Golden Bear Blvd., the 21st Annual Supreme Court Review, the 17th Annual
Alumni and Students of Color Dinner, and a meeting of the Law Alumni Board of Directors.