News and Events

Networking Trips Provide Cornerstone to Professional Development Program

CPPA develops annual networking trips to Boston and D.C. as a cornerstone of their professional development program.

Michaella Morzuch ’03, Political Science, Named President of Alumni Association

“UMass is a part of my family,” remarks Morzuch. “My father teaches resource economics on campus and my mother, two sisters and husband are all alumni. UMass has framed who I am today and so I give back to it in any way that I can.”

Lee Badgett Tackles Marriage Equality and the Economy

“Suddenly we have 150,000 same-sex couples [in the 13 states] that can get married. That has the potential for quite a big economic boost. Bakers, hotels, people who make fancy clothing for people – those are all the types of businesses that will benefit from this ruling, and those are small businesses”

Sociologists Find Online Daters Often Prefer Mixed-Race Individuals

A new study presented today by scholars at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the University of Texas at Austin, reports that online daters often prefer mixed-race over mono-racial individuals, challenging the common belief that people with a white parent and a parent of a different racial-ethnic group, especially ones with a black parent, are always treated as “minorities.”

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.”