Alumni News

Holly Graham, LLC doctoral student, winner of teaching award

Holly Graham, a College of Education doctoral student in the Language, Literacy and Culture concentration, is a winner of a 2012 Pioneer Valley Excellence in Teaching Awards sponsored by the Harold Grinspoon Charitable Foundation.

Keenh wins Distinguished Teaching Award

Molly Keehn, a doctoral student in the social justice education concentration, was awarded 2011-12 the Graduate Student Distinguished Teaching Award by UMass Amherst’s Center for Teaching and Faculty Development. The purpose of the Distinguished Teaching Award (DTA) program, a feature of the UMass Amherst campus for over 30 years, is to honor exemplary teaching at the highest institutional level. Both faculty and graduate students, nominated by students or alumni, are eligible for this highly-competitive award.

Pica wins research article award

Cinzia Pica ( Ed.D. 2008), assistant professor at Assumption College, received the Distinguished Education Research Article Award from the Association for Childhood Education International Association at the Global Summit on Childhood, held in Washington, D.C. on March 28, 2012. Pica's article “Children's perceptions of interracial friendships in a multiethnic school context”, which was based on her dissertation, was published in the Journal of Research in Childhood Education (2011).

Zito’s ( Ed.D. 2011) school district named 7th “Top Workplace” in Hartford region

Mark Zito, (Ed.D. 2011), superintendent of the East Hartford Public Schools, announced that his school district is being recognized as one of the Top Workplaces 2011 in the greater Hartford region by The Hartford Courant and FOXCT. The district was ranked #7 in the large business division. Zito said that 793 employers in the greater Hartford region were invited to participate in the program, and 45 were designated Top Workplaces. The rankings were based on feedback from employee surveys.

Lateef receives Achievement Award

Yusef A. Lateef, Ed.D. 1975, received a Distinguished Achievement Award at UMass Amherst Graduate Commencement 2011. Lateef, a multi-instrumentalist, educator, composer and author has a career that has “defied categories.” Lateef says that his music “comes from one’s physical, mental and spiritual self” and combines theoretical knowledge and a direct expression of life experience. He is a master of the alto and tenor saxophone, flute, oboe and bassoon as well as the bamboo flute, rehad, shehnai, shofar, arghul, sarewa and koto.

Grad student Vacchi runs for returning veterans

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

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

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

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.


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