Alumni Profiles

Alumni Spotlight: John Kenney '86

“UMass taught me how to work,” says John Kenney, who graduated from the journalism department in 1986.

Michaella Morzuch ’03, Political Science, Named President of Alumni Association

“UMass is a part of my family,” remarks Morzuch. “My father teaches resource economics on campus and my mother, two sisters and husband are all alumni. UMass has framed who I am today and so I give back to it in any way that I can.”

Alumni Spotlight: Ann Merriam Feinberg ’68

Ann Merriam Feinberg ’68 (Government), counsel at Connecticut Community Foundation, attributes her success in part to a willingness to take some risks and make changes in her life, even if those changes might be uncomfortable at first.

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

Described as New York City’s first female whiskey sommelier, Heather Greene is the well-known author of Whiskey Distilled, A Populist Guide to the Water of Life. She was the Director of Whiskey Education at The Flatiron Room in Manhattan for two years and still teaches there on occasion. She travels the world consulting with whiskey fans and touring for her music—she’s also an accomplished musician.

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.

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