News and Events

Students Rising, A Local Campaign to Change the World, Led by SBS Students

When Rachel Levine ’13 (communication and theater) attended the Boston SBS Student-Alumni Networking Event in January, she never knew that in three short months, she would be leading a 30-day campaign for the UMass Amherst campus. But after meeting alumnus Benjamin Happ ’98 (psychology), who is a member of the SBS Dean’s Advisory Board, and learning of the non-profit organization Room to Read, Levine was inspired to construct an awareness initiative at UMass.

Breathe Easy, Putting a Price Tag on Pollution

From California to Chile, and places in between, pollution-attributable asthma continues to impact the lives of children and families. Drawing ties between urbanization, socioeconomics, and asthma prevalence, UMass Amherst resource economist Sylvia Brandt turns to urban communities to investigate rising asthma rates among youth.

Student Stands Out in STPEC

“In a way, my involvement in high school propelled me toward UMass,” says Liam Keller Lynch ’13 (STPEC). Besides being president of his class junior and senior year, Lynch was a member of National Honor Society and marching band, was a prom planner, and worked on various fundraisers. For college, he sought a big school with many opportunities and broad acceptance of the queer community.

Congressman Neal honored with UMass Distinguished Alumni Award

The UMass Amherst Alumni Association honored Congressman Richard Neal, who teaches in the Journalism program, on Beacon Hill in Boston on April 3, 2013.

Learn to Build a Basic Website Via MOOC

Journalism is excited to offer UMass Amherst’s first Massive Open Online Class (MOOC) this summer. Starting on May 20, a free course called Building a Basic Website will be taught by Journalism's Brian McDermott.

Meet Me After Class

A photo essay by Shaina Mishkin '14 (journalism), published in the latest UMass Magazine, included some personal commentary about her UMass experience, as well as images of Dylan Lurvey '14 (communication) doing slacklines and Tommy Verdone '14 (journalism) browsing records in Northampton.

SBS Names Outstanding Teachers for 2013

This year’s Social and Behavioral Sciences Outstanding Teaching Award goes to BJ Roche ’78, senior lecturer, advisor and internship coordinator in Journalism, and David Cort, assistant professor of Sociology.

Badgett Discusses Same Sex Marriage, Economic Impacts

On March 26, 2013 M.V. Lee Badgett (economics), director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration, discussed the U.S. Supreme Court hearing on same-sex marriage with Mark Crumpton on Bloomberg Television's "Bottom Line."

New Academic Classroom Building Under Construction

Construction is moving apace for the New Academic Classroom Building, which will be the home for Communication, Journalism, Film Studies and Linguistics beginning in fall 2014.

Alum Lawyer Credits UMass with Nurturing Lifelong Negotiation Skills

“I’ve spent a lot of time with people who attended places like Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and Dartmouth, and I can say without a doubt that I was as prepared academically as they were,” says Lynn Robitaille Garcia ’97 (STPEC), general counsel of the Texas Forensic Science Commission. “In fact, I was better prepared to negotiate stressful situations and difficult interpersonal relationships than many of my colleagues because of my UMass experiences.”

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