Alumni Profiles

Samalid M. Hogan '03 Named Western Regional Director of Massachusetts Small Business Development Center Network

Hogan brings a broad range of experience to the new post, including 12 years in economic development and project management. Most recently, she was the consulting project manager for the Holyoke Innovation District on behalf of the MassTech Collaborative and Pioneer Valley Planning Commission.

Why I Give: Jackie Brousseau-Pereira on the Impact of Supporting Internships

“I see it firsthand… These financial awards and scholarships make all the difference with the students who just don’t have a lot of resources and end up working a job that may not give them the same kind of skill building and networking experience. Given the importance of building networks and making connections before you even enter the workforce in today’s competitive market, making these opportunities possible is crucial.”

Beth Segers ’81 is Changing the Lives of Boston Youth One Slice at a Time

Beth Segers '81 launched Pie R Squared, a tutoring program for students anywhere from 3rd to 12th grade, after realizing there was a great need for math support outside of the classroom. 

Distinguished Alumna Dr. Irma McClaurin to Speak About Careers in Anthropology

Dr. McClaurin will be on campus on Tuesday, April 5 2016, to talk to students about careers in anthropology. McClaurin is the chief diversity officer for Teach For America, a nonprofit organization working to strengthen the movement for educational equity and excellence. She is also an activist anthropologist, writer, poet and educator. 

SBS ‘Food for Thought’ Series Brings Students and Alumni Together for Discussions on Careers

The Food for Thought series is a part of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences’ initiative to connect students with alumni on campus.

Perspectives from a Recent Graduate: Christopher A. Lukasik '15

Christopher Lukasik graduated this past December after building an impressive academic career during his time at UMass. Lukasik, a Legal Studies and Public Health double major, currently works at the Easthampton Healthy Youth Coalition as the Youth Outreach Liaison. He has already begun directly applying his educational background to the work he is doing at the coalition, and says "One of the most exciting [parts of the job] is working with student groups to integrate health promotion into their operations". 

Making the Big Tackle: Alumni Spotlight

Kristen Kuliga ’91 (economics/political science) swears that she never intended to become an ambassador for the small number of women entering the male-dominated sports and investment industries; it just sort of happened that way.

Communication Department Hosts Alumni-Student Networking Event

The event was both a networking event and an opportunity for students to get job advice and ask questions about the career trajectories of the various alumni. This event served as a part of a larger effort to bring UMass alumni to campus and to connect them with SBS students.

Friends of Howard Ziff Dedication and Reunion

The UMass Journalism community gathered Saturday, Sept. 26, to dedicate the Professor Howard M. Ziff Gallery in the Journalism Department. 

Feel Good Friday: Alumnus Produces Fear the Walking Dead

“Do whatever it is you want to do. If you want to write, write. Every day. Once you graduate, do what you need to do to pay your bills while continually practicing your craft. Put in the hours. When the opportunity comes, you’ll be ready for it.”