News and Events

Scholarship Makes WCVB Internship Possible

“I’m so grateful to the Bacherman family for even considering me for this scholarship,” says Haley Bucelewicz ’16 (communication/journalism), recipient of the Scott J. Bacherman Scholarship. “While my internship at WCVB is an amazing opportunity, it’s unfortunately unpaid and takes up most of the time I would otherwise have working a paid job. Without this scholarship, I would not have been able to intern at WCVB. This scholarship means so much to me."

Mednicoff Works to Create Opportunities for Syrian Refugees

Assistant Professor David Mednicoff (public policy) visited the largest refugee camp in Jordan on June 6, as part of a delegation affiliated with iPlatform for Global Change, an organization he helps lead. As a result of this visit, this international nongovernmental organization is now working to further the educational opportunities for youth in the Za’atari camp, located less than 20 miles south of the Syrian border.

Fountain Speaks on Cybersecurity at London Conference

Distinguished University Professor Jane Fountain (political science and public policy) spoke about cybersecurity during the Chatham House London Conference, hosted on June 1 and 2 by Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs.

Branch Selected as Director of Diversity Advancement

We are pleased to announce that Enobong (Anna) Hannah Branch, Professor of Sociology, is now serving as the SBS Director of Diversity Advancement. A scholar interested in race, racism, and inequality, she will be working to promote excellence and diversity in SBS among faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, and staff. 

SBS Student is Chief Curator of TEDx Amherst

Nicole Malinowski ’16 (economics) was the Chief Curator of the TEDx talk that came to UMass in April. Among the many featured speakers were Jeffrey Donovan, UMass alumnus and star of USA Network’s “Burn Notice,” Richard Jadick, doctor of the Iraq War, and Withelma Ortiz Walker Pettigrew, one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People for 2014.

Journalism Major Nia Decaille Wins Senior Leadership Award

Nia Decaille’s many leadership roles on campus earned her the Senior Leadership Award this year. “It means a lot to me because I learned from so many great leaders, who are also people of color on campus,” she says. “This award really goes to those before my who taught me how to lead.”

Pader Wins Distinguished Community Engagement Award for Teaching

"For me, this award is a recognition of why community-engaged learning is, and should be, one of the pillars of UMass's Strategic Plan for the development of a well-educated, civically-minded population," says Associate Professor Ellen Pader (regional planning). "I'm continually awed by the thirst so many students have for classes that guide them in their quest to be agents of positive social change, and how willing they are to grapple deeply with emotionally and intellectually difficult subjects in order to attain that goal."

SBS Names First Outstanding Staff Awardees

Nancy Lattinville, Finance and Personnel Assistant in the Economics Department, and Debra Madigan, Office Manager in the Communication Department, have been recognized by their peers as being 2015 Outstanding Staff Members.

Ebru Kardan Joins SBS as Director of External Affairs & Communication

Join us in welcoming Ebru Kardan, our new Director of External Affairs and Communication!

Peterson Named Secretary of Faculty Senate

Professor of Political Science MJ Peterson has been named Secretary of the Faculty Senate. Peterson is the third female in the history of the senate to be elected Secretary.

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