Alumni Profiles

Feel Good Friday: The Future of 3D at UMass

UMass has opened the very first large-scale MakerBot Innovation Center at a university library. MakerBot is leading the industry in desktop 3D printing, scanning, and entertainment, and will provide this access in the new state-of-the-art center located in Du Bois Library to students, faculty, and the community. And to make it even more impressive, the General Manager of the Americas and Emerging Markets for MakerBot is Resource Economics Alum Mark Schulze ’97!

Feel Good Friday: Women & Whiskey

Distinguished Alumni Award: Beth Davalos ’90

Beth Davalos ’90 (sociology) has been awarded the 2015 Distinguished Alumni Service Award.

Feel Good Friday: LARP Lasts a Lifetime

George Fogg graduated from UMass in 1957. He was one of nine other graduates of the Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning department. But turning 80 in June and living on a golf course in sunny Florida doesn’t persuade Fogg to retire anytime soon.

Alumni Spotlight: Kyung-wha Kang

A Global Perspective on Humanitarianism: Amid political upheaval, violent conflicts and a humanitarian crisis affecting over 2.7 million people, Kyung-wha Kang ’81 (communication) MA, ’84 PhD recently traveled to the Central African Republic and Cameroon to assess the situation in person.

Recent Grad Secures Reporting Position with Top-100 News Station

Elizabeth Strzepa ’15 (journalism) knew she wanted to be a journalist the moment she started watching the news with her family during dinner. “I knew I wanted to follow this career path from a young age,” says Strzepa. “I always valued the power of broadcast journalism in the way it can bring stories to life with captivating video and sound.”

Alum Increases Diversity in Tech Industry with Startup

Melissa James ’10 (journalism/legal studies), founder and CEO of the Dorchester-based Tech Connection, realized early on in her career that tech companies severely lacked diversity. She sought to change that by forming her own recruitment company to help diversify the field.

Former US Congressman Returns to Alma Mater to Teach

Former US Congressman and UMass alumnus Peter G. Torkildsen ’80 (political science) will return to campus this spring as a professor of practice in the Department of Political Science.

Alumni Spotlight: Stacy Slotnick ’05

 “Words are a lawyer’s tools,” says Stacy Slotnick ’05 (legal studies/history), a New York-based entertainment attorney and public relations specialist. “Fortunately, my passion is writing, and as a result, I never tire of drafting proposals, contracts, talking points, press releases, or pithy social media entries to highlight a client's accomplishments.” 

State Sen. Stephen M. Brewer ’71 to Join CPPA

State Sen. Stephen M. Brewer will join the faculty of the Center for Public Policy and Administration after he retires in January from a 26-year career as a state lawmaker. Brewer, a UMass Amherst alumnus, will serve as a professor of practice at CPPA.

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