Alumni News

Fink’s book published

Rosalie Fink’s (BA 1963) newest book “Reading, Writing, and Rhythm: Engaging Content Area Literacy Strategies,” has been published by Shell Education. Fink says the book shows new ways to teach English, social studies, science, and mathematics by using techniques and art forms including rap, drama, poetry, song, dance, and visual arts. She has been a public school teacher, a literacy specialist, and researcher. She is professor emerita, English/Literacy, Lesley University.

Charles F. Desmond is one of this year’s Salute to Service honorees

The university underlines its commitment to public service by hosting the annual Salute to Service at which it presents awards to individuals who have exemplified good citizenship through exceptional civic-minded achievements.  Our alumnus, Charles Desmond, EdD 1992, is one of this year’s honorees. He is the former chair of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education and executive vice president of the Trefler Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to improving education opportunities for Boston’s urban youth.

Wentzell named education commissioner

Dianna R. Wentzell (MEd 1988) was appointed Commissioner of Education for the state of Connecticut by Governor Dannel P. Malloy in April 2015 after having served as Interim Commissioner. Wentzell previously served as the State Department of Education’s chief academic officer, overseeing the Bureau of Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment and the Standards Implementation Division. She previously served as assistant superintendent of schools in Hartford and in district leadership positions in both South Windsor and the Capitol Region Education Council (CREC) magnet schools.

Tartakov receives Iowa State alumni award

Carlie C. Tartakov (MEd 1972, CAGS 1983) received the Virgil S. Lagomarcino Laureate award, given annually to an alumna for achievements in the field of education, from the College of Human Sciences and the alumni association at Iowa State University.

Wilson has new appointment

Donna M. Wilson, Ed.D '08 was appointed Lead Graduate Faculty Dissertation Chair at Capella University's School of Education. She'll coach new dissertation chairpersons on strategies for successful dissertations and direct the milestone approval process for all doctoral theses. She completed her doctoral dissertation in higher education policy & leadership under the guidance of Dr. Joe Berger.

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Elizabeth Dale named Executive VP

Elizabeth A. Dale (EdD 1998) has been named Executive Vice President of Institutional Advancement for Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health System. Jefferson is a major academic medical center in Philadelphia that encompasses five hospitals and a university with six colleges that train more than 3900 future physicians, scientists, nurses and healthcare professionals.

Wright receives Noyce Scholar Alumni Award

Keith Wright (M.Ed 2007), a chemistry teacher at Springfield Renaissance High School and a Master Teaching Fellow for the National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce S2TLC project at UMass Amherst’s College of Education, has been selected as one of seven participants nationally in the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s “Voices from the Field” video series.

Crosson receives Distinguished Achievement Award

Professor emerita Patricia Crosson, (MEd 1972, EdD 1974) who served as department chair in the College of Education, director of the Institute for Education Policy, deputy provost, and interim provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs at UMass Amherst, is among three to receive the Distinguished Achievement Awards at the May 8, 2015 undergraduate commencement. She retired in 2001 and is now Senior Advisor for Academic Policy for the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education.

Jeff Pluta, M.Ed. 2008, found his dream job in Nicaragua

Along with other friends from UMass Amherst, Pluta lives in the barrios of Nicaragua where they run a non-profit organization, Amped for Education, which gives underserved children the opportunity of a high school education. Read the full story.


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