News and Events

Book by Sociologists Gerstel and Clawson Gets Media Attention

Unequal Time: Gender, Class, and Family in Employment Schedules by Prof. Dan Clawson (sociology) and Distinguished Prof. Naomi Gerstel (sociology) has been getting an increasing amount of coverage in prestigious media sources such as NBC News, The Nation, and The American Prospect.

Alumni Spotlight: Ashleigh Barry

Ashleigh Barry ’99 (journalism) has covered her share of powerful stories, but her most recent news special for 10TV in Columbus titled "Saving Sarah" has won an Emmy Award and the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award. 

UMass Experiences Shape Senior’s Future

Mark Daly '15 (journalism), recipient of an SBS Internship Award that allowed him to work at the Lowell Spinners baseball team, says this and so many other UMass experiences have paved the way for a career in media relations.

Wellspring Collaborative Receives New Grants

The Wellspring Collaborative, an innovative economic development organization in Springfield co-directed by Fred Rose, lecturer at the Center for Public Policy and Administration, has received two new grants totaling $70,000. 

Comm Alum Takes a Leap to Volunteer in Nicaragua

“Right after college is the best time to do something like this,” Dan Robinson ’14 (communication/information technology) says. “It’s a time where you’re trying to figure out what’s next in your life. Going far outside your comfort zone and surrounding yourself with a completely new culture and language is a great way to reflect on the past 4 years of college."

Rally for Tolerance

In response to several threatening racist messages that were scrawled on dorm-room doors, about 1,000 students of all colors flooded the Student Union to lend their voices to a suddenly powerful outcry against racism on campus.

Our Alumni Making a Difference

Samalid Hogan ’03 (economics/Spanish) is launching CoWorkSpringfield!, an initiative dedicated to creating a diverse peer support network of entrepreneurs while offering a professional coworking space in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts. 

Freezing Plans for Motherhood Mask Larger Issue of Wage Penalties

In the New York Times Opinion Pages' "Room for Debate" (October 15), Prof. Joya Misra (sociology and public policy), editor of the journal Gender & Society, speaks out about "Freezing Plans for Motherhood and Staying on the Job."

$457,000 NSF Grant for Election Panel Survey Goes to Schaffner

Schaffner's funding will allow him to create one of the largest multi-year election panel surveys ever produced.

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