News and Events

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist, David Maraniss, to Speak at UMass

David Maraniss, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and associate editor at The Washington Post, will read from his new book, “Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story,” at the University of Massachusetts Amherst at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, in room N301 of the Integrative Learning Center. The UMass Journalism and Communication departments are sponsoring the event, which is free and open to the public.

The Power of Communication Between People and the Media

“I’m very interested in the communication between people, media, and how the two interact,” says Pasquale Corso ’17 (communication), recipient of the Spring 2015 Connor Internship Award.

Senior Wins Dean’s Opportunity Fund Scholarship

“I am so honored to receive the Dean’s Opportunity Fund scholarship,” says Alida Lefebvre ’16 (sociology/WGSS). “Receiving this award makes all the hard work I put into my classes and extracurricular activities worth it. I overload on my credits so I will be able to graduate a year early. This award helps me feel less stressed about the upcoming semester.”

Bianca Renzoni Makes Internship Dreams a Reality Through SBS Scholarships

“I’m a firm believer in the saying ‘be the change you want to see in the world’,” says Bianca Renzoni ’17 (history/anthropology), the 2015 recipient of the SBS Dean’s Opportunity Fund Scholarship as well as the Ansin Study Abroad Scholarship.

Valerie Inniss Uses Social Media in her Summer Internship

Valerie Inniss ’16 (Journalism) promotes the values of the Match Charter Public School in Boston.


A Partnership to Improve Health and End Hunger

Adam Lyford and Jessica Morris, who graduated in May with majors in resource economics, are spending the summer interning at the North Grafton farm. Lyford is helping the farm with efficient water usage. For Morris, her work has helped her decide future efforts. “I now realize I want to focus my efforts going forward on hunger relief."

Kawar Already Making Waves for UMass

Leila Kawar, who is one of three new faculty joining the Legal Studies program this Fall, already has two noteworthy accomplishments as a member of the Department of Political Science—the publication of her book and an award for her research.

JooHee Han (Sociology) Awarded Prestigious Dissertation Grant

JooHee Han, Department of Sociology, has been awarded a doctoral dissertation grant for $15,000 from the Washington Center for Equitable Growth.  Han's dissertation, titled “The Military and Incarceration: Hidden Mechanisms of Racial Inequality in the U.S. Labor Market, 1980-2010”, will study the rise of mass incarceration in relation to military downsizing. 

Student Interns Alongside Nobel Peace Prize Winner

“I’ve always been fascinated with global affairs,” says Chris Caro ’16 (political science/economics), who interned in Bangladesh this past spring with the aid of scholarships. Caro worked for Grameen Bank, an organization that was the pioneer behind the concept of microfinance. Muhammad Yunus, pictured with Caro, won the Nobel Peace Prize for founding the Grameen Bank and developing the ideas of microfinance and microcredit.

The Business World Needs Communication Majors: A Student's Perspective

“I think it would be tremendously difficult for a business in today’s market to thrive without the knowledge that someone who studies communication could provide,” says Emily Champagne ’16 (communication).