Tuesday, August 7, 2012
For me, the highlight was seeing the students step up to seize every opportunity that came their way. From not ever being late for a scheduled function and presenting their research topics at 7 a.m. seminar to exploring the UK's historic and cultural institutions while engaging foreigners and navigating the subway on their own, the students demonstrated dedication, initiative, and resourcefulness. By going all out with the face and body paint, and adorning themselves in red, white, and blue, they singlehandedly created a frenzied atmosphere that attracted unprecedented international media attention for Western New England University! The students displayed their patriotism and national pride in a foreign country as they cheered Team USA to victory . . . on two separate occasions! Parents (and grandparents) can be proud that these students comported themselves as model goodwill ambassadors for their home communities, WNE, and the United States of America! Mission accomplished.
Monday, August 6, 2012
Catch a glimpse of the WNE students just before tip off of the women's basketball game between the USA and Turkey during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner. What a thrill it was to hear our national anthem . . . at the Olympics . . . in London!
Sunday, August 5, 2012
Anthony Camardi, Micaela Hamakawa, and Dennis Rinaldi provide some hilarious half-time entertainment at the Basketball Arena at Olympic Park during the women's doubleheader pitting Croatia against the Czech Republic, and Team USA against Turkey. The video runs a bit long at 8:11 and follows a dance segment by the Red Foxes from the Ukraine, but it is well worth it! Trust me on this. Also, listen carefully for the Western New England University shout out at about the 3:40 mark. What a night!
"A group of sports management students and teachers from Western New England University in Massachusetts, US, came down especially to have fun while studying. The only downside for them was a 'lack of sleep' as they took in the Games, in addition to Stonehenge, Bath, Windsor and London in 10 days."
BBC link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-19116205
Dan Colton, Heather Mears, Jenn Mears, Laura Madaio, RJ Suhre, Micaela Hamakawa, Nick Varney, Emily Savino, Jason Titelbaum, and Kate Walker stop for a photo-op in front of Olympic Stadium. At left is the twisting metal structure known as The Orbit, which stands 377 feet tall and contains two observation floors and even a full-service restaurant.