Sonia Nieto

Nieto Awarded Honorary Doctorate by Mount Holyoke College

Sonia Nieto, professor emerita of education, was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters by Mount Holyoke College at its 2018 Commencement on May 20.

Nieto’s advice to graduates was to “become mentors. Push, believe, provoke, support and challenge your peers to do better, to be the best.”

“I wish you a consequential life and the courage to carry it forward,” she told them.

Nieto noted that she was the second Puerto Rican woman to receive an honorary...

2018 Gerald F. Scanlon Student Employee of the Year Award Recipients

Outstanding Student Employees and Staff Recognized

Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy recognized 10 student employees, eight staff members and two teams of employees for outstanding contributions to the university at a reception held at Old Chapel Great Hall on May 2.

(Click on the links to view video presentations about the winners.)

The 2018 Gerald F. Scanlon Student Employee of the Year Award Recipients

Pictured in back row from left:...

From left: Oyuntuya Munkhbat, professor Thayumanvan, Celia Homyak, Youngju Bae, Molly Gordon, Priyaa Prasad and Poornima Rangadurai.

Thayumanvan Lab Celebrates Six Successful Women Graduates

Research institutions still have a long way to go in retaining women in STEM fields, and particularly in the physical sciences, says Sankaran “Thai” Thayumanavan, but this month his chemistry lab celebrated a success as he escorted six women receiving their advanced degrees at Graduate Commencement on May 11. He says, “It didn’t dawn on me until we were there at the ceremony, but suddenly I realized ‘Wow!’ We have done something really amazing here. I hooded six women scientists that day,...

Final Reports from Campus Climate Study Released

The university has released the final reports from its Campus Climate study.

Separate reports provide data including open-ended responses detailing the on-campus experiences of undergraduate students, graduate students,...

2018 Commencements Set for Undergraduates, Graduates and Stockbridge School

UMass Amherst will award more than 7,400 degrees at Undergraduate, Graduate and Stockbridge School of Agriculture Commencements on Friday, May 11, and Saturday, May 12.

CNN anchor and chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper will be the featured speaker at the 148th Undergraduate Commencement on May 11 at 4:30 p.m. at McGuirk Alumni Stadium.

Tapper and Pearl Harbor veteran Leonard Gardner will be awarded honorary degrees during the ceremony for approximately 5,500 who are...

Actor David McWilliams as Justin Smith Morrill

Land-Grant Homecoming Scheduled in Vermont

The Friends of the Morrill Homestead in Strafford, Vermont—the historic home of Justin Smith Morrill, father of the Land-Grant College Acts and a framer of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution—invite alumni and students of UMass Amherst and all land grant colleges to a free Land-Grant Homecoming on June 10.

The program features an appearance by Sen. Justin Smith Morrill, as portrayed by actor David McWilliams, from 2-3 p.m.

Many know Morrill as the...

Martín Espada

Poet Martín Espada Wins $100,000 Literary Prize

Martín Espada, professor of English, has been awarded the Poetry Foundation’s Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, a $100,000 award that honors poets for outstanding lifetime achievement. Espada is the first Latino poet to win the award since its inception in 1986.

As a poet, an essayist, an editor and a translator, Espada has published more than 15 books, including his latest poetry collection, “Vivas to Those Who Have Failed.”

“To receive a lifetime achievement award in the form of the...

Nancy Condon

Reception to Honor Nancy Condon, Retiring Advisor to International Scholars

The campus community is invited to honor Nancy Condon at a reception May 9 marking her retirement after 23 years as advisor to international scholars in the International Programs Office (IPO).

The reception runs from 5-7 p.m. in the Marriott Center, 11th floor, Campus Center. RSVP to by May 7 if you would like to attend.

In addition to advising international scholars, faculty and staff on the nuances of U.S....

Author Isabel Wilkerson will be a featured speaker at Caste and Race: Reconfiguring Solidarities

UMass Amherst to Host International Conference on Caste and Race May 4-6

AMHERST, Mass. — UMass Amherst will host the fourth annual conference on Caste and Race: Reconfiguring Solidarities Friday, May 4, through Sunday, May 6, at the Integrative Learning Center, Auditorium S240. All events on May 4 are free and open to the public.

The conference will focus on caste in India and race relations in the U.S., and the complexity of navigating between the two. It will feature presentations by leading scholars and activists and highlight discussions of new...

Isabel Wilkerson

Caste and Race Talk and Reception Set for May 4

The College of Education and the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies will host a talk called Caste and Race: Reconfiguring Solidarities on Friday, May 4 at 6 p.m. in S240 Integrated Learning Center Room. The event is free and open to the public, with a reception to follow.

The talk will focus on caste in India and race relations in the U.S. Speakers include Isabel Wilkerson, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Warmth of Other Suns”; Gopal Guru, professor of...