Alumni News

Grad student Vacchi runs for returning veterans

Sep 18, 2011

David Vacchi, COE graduate student, veteran and former manager of the Army ROTC program at UMass Amherst, will be among the runners in the Run to Home Base fundraiser held in Boston on May 22. Proceeds from the event go to program to help veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Read the story.

Charles Desmond receives Distinguished Alumni Award

Aug 30, 2011

Charles Desmond ( '92 Ed.D.) was presented the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award at the Massachusetts State House in April. This is the most prestigious award conferred by the UMass Amherst Alumni Association upon its alumni, faculty, staff and friends. These awards are presented to those individuals who have translated their UMass Amherst experience into distinguished achievement in their field of endeavor, and whose accomplishments reflect admirably on or bring honor to the university.

Heriberto Flores (M.Ed. 1991) believes in Springfield

Aug 25, 2011

Springfield’s Heriberto “Herbie” Flores, son of Puerto Rican farm workers, is passionate about the city - and he just might be “the right man at the right time” to spearhead the next wave of downtown revival.

Earlier this month, the nonprofit agency Flores leads - the New England Farm Workers Council - purchased the historic former Paramount Theater for $1.725 million with plans to develop the former Main Street movie palace into a multi-cultural center that celebrates the city’s diversity.

Bemak wins humanitarian award from American Counseling Association

Aug 12, 2011

Dr. Fred Bemak, (Ed.D. 1975), professor in the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University, has been honored by the American Counseling Association as winner of the Gilbert and Kathleen Wrenn Award for a Humanitarian and Caring Person. The Wrenn Award honors an ACA member who gives to others without fanfare or expectation of reward other than the personal satisfaction of seeing other people made happier.

School of Education’s Center for International Education Receives $9.9 Million Grant for Higher Education Work in Afghanistan

Aug 01, 2011

The College of Education’s Center for International Education (CIE) has been awarded a one-year, $9.9-million grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development to continue its work to improve access to higher education in Afghanistan.

Michael Fiorentino Jr., Ed.D. 1978, named Lock Haven University president

Jul 30, 2011

Dr. Michael Fiorentino Jr., executive vice president and provost of Fitchburg State University in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, was selected by the Board of Governors of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) to serve as the next president of Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania.

Fiorentino will assume his new duties on July 1, succeeding Dr. Barbara B. Dixon, who served as interim president of LHU.

Mishy Lesser helps make Rwandan documentary

Jul 20, 2011

A new documentary film about the current situation in Rwanda recentle held its World Premiere in Boston. The film is called Coexist and CIE graduate Dr. Mishy Lesser (Ed.D.1996) is the film's learning director. Coexist tells the story of how survivors of the 1994 Rwandan genocide relate to those who persecuted them and killed their families. It gives voice to victims, perpetrators, and bystanders, and shows how the unleashing of fear and scapegoating can endanger a society.

Management guru returns to UMass for talks, dinner

Jul 18, 2011

by Daily Hampshire Gazette

AMHERST - With the 1982 publication of their business blockbuster "The One Minute Manager," Ken Blanchard and co-author Spencer Johnson became gurus of the fledgling leadership in business movement.

"Doors broke down," Blanchard recalled of the book's reception. "Everybody wanted to talk to us."

That book, whose sales hit 13 million copies and counting, spawned a genre of similar titles devoted to compassionate management, a philosophy admired but not exactly embraced by corporate America before or since.

Botelho, Nappi present at NECME

Jul 10, 2011

Maria José Botelho, assistant professor, Department of Teacher Education and Curriculum Studies, Language, Literacy, and Culture concentration, Tara Nappi, an COE doctoral candidate in the Children, Families, and Schools concentration, and Sara Young, a faculty member of Worcester State University, co-presented "Engaging All Students in Critical Multicultural Readings of Children's and Adolescent Literature" during the New England Conference for Multicultural Education (NECME). Teacher educators, experienced practitioners, and pre-service teachers participated in the session.

Films by School of Education Professor Liane Brandon to Be Screened at New York’s Museum Of Modern Art

Jul 05, 2011

Two groundbreaking independent films of the women’s movement by Liane Brandon, professor emeritus of education, have been restored and will be screened Nov. 7 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York as part of its celebration of its ongoing relationship with New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT).

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