Alumni Profiles

Excerpts of a Full UMass Life

Sheldon Saltman '53 (political science) shares highlights of his sixty-year career in sports and journalism around the world.

Recycling Cooking Oil into Biofuel

Peter McAvoy '90 (STPEC) runs his car on your tater tots!

"Lost Boy of Sudan" Earns Doctorate

James Alic Garang, who received his doctorate in economics this year, is one of the “Lost Boys of Sudan” who left their homes in Africa to escape from the chaos of civil war.

International Economist Takes on Major New Role at Bank of England

Former deputy managing director of the International Monetary Fund, Nemat Shafik '83 (economics) takes on a newly created role overseeing banking and markets at the Bank of England.

Distinguished Alumni Awards Recipients include Cornish, Goldman

Recipients of the Alumni Association's most prestigious recognition for alumni, faculty and friends include Audie Cornish '01 (journalism), co-host of National Public Radio's "All Things Considered," and Professor Sheldon Goldman (political science), a leading expert on judicial selection and confirmation.

Alum is Subject of Upcoming Disney Movie

Sports marketing legend JB Bernstein '90 (political science), one of the creators of The Million Dollar Arm contest that led to the signing of the first professional baseball pitchers from India, will speak about his career and his system for creating the next big idea on Tuesday, March 4 at 4 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom.

Thinking—and Acting—Strategically About a Career in Public Policy

Andrew McGavern ’13 (political science) is making the most of opportunities at UMass, including impressive internships, the Accelerated Master of Public Policy Program, scholarships, and various student development offices.

Alums Beat Hollywood Odds to Make a "Life of a King"

Classmates Dan Wetzel '94 (journalism) and David Scott '94 (journalism/political science) are the co-writers, along with director Jake Goldberger, for the film, “Life of a King,” starring Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr., which opens on Friday, January 17, 2014. 

Former Minutewoman Named To All-Time U.S. Soccer Team

UMass women's soccer alumna Briana Scurry '95 (political science) has been chosen for the national women's team all-time best XI as a part of U.S. Soccer's commemoration of its centennial.

Investigative Journalist Kevin Cullen '81 Talks Shop

Boston Globe columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner Kevin Cullen '81 (journalism) reflects on his life in journalism and his years of exposing James "Whitey" Bulger for what he was.

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