SBS Newsletter – October, 2009
In this issue
Alum Funds Lecture Series to Showcase Excellence and Engagement
Heritage in Conflict Workshop
President of Farmhouse Foods Leads Company to New Heights
Budding Archaeologist Sees a Future of Digs
Badgett Chosen to Present Distinguished Faculty Lecture
Women Can Help Find Causes of Cancer
Filmmaker Named Bateman Scholar
SBS Faculty Recognized for Outstanding Accomplishments
Campus Ranked Top Producer of Fulbright Students
Ground Broken for Marching Band Building
Spring Study Abroad Scholarships Funded: Application Deadline November 24
UMass Journalism in Sicily
"Why Hire U?" — Top Five on YouTube
Focus on Budget Planning
Provost Details Plans for Closing Budget Hole
Boston-area Alumni: One Day UMass
Sarah (Olivier) Isenberg '91 (sociology) was honored as Bay State Parent Magazine's "Mom Who Rocks" for October, 2009. She gave up her successful law practice after being diagnosed with breast cancer at age 32. She went on to devote her time to breast cancer advocacy by serving on the boards of the National Breast Cancer Coalition and the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition and by founding and leading two organizations dedicated to the needs of young women with breast cancer. An eight-year survivor, Sarah now writes for the blog Semi-Sweet: A Practical Guide To Healthy Living, where she dispenses useful, cutting edge, and fun information on cooking and diet, lifestyle, exercise, environmental concerns and parenting.
Michael McWilliams '73 (speech) has been working in Sweden since last year with an international UN-affiliated NGO focused on the growing global water crisis. He says, "It's been a long, surprising, ride from my years in the corporate world and as an entrepreneur. After entering the public policy arena in 2004 with the thinktank MassINC, I somehow managed to find myself over here working on much bigger and more urgent issues. UMass Amherst is in my blood. Both of my sons are grads and doing very well, thanks to the education they got. One recently got his Ph.D. in geophysics from UC Berkeley...and the other guy is now in medical school. I will be returning to the US in 2010."
David Ambrose '03 (journalism) and Allison Wroblewski were married on July 11, 2009 at The Publick House, Sturbridge, MA, with more than 25 UMass alumni in attendance. They reside in Cumberland, RI. Dave is an English teacher at Medford High School in Medford, MA and Allie is a history teacher in North Providence, RI.
Richard Smardon '70 (environmental design), '73 MLA is professor of environmental studies at
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. His new book, Sustaining the World's Wetlands:
Setting Policy and Resolving Conflicts, written both as a textbook and as a professional reference book contains detailed case studies of wetland
management worldwide. Key themes addressed in the
case studies include the tradeoffs between sustainable use of wetlands for food, fuel, and
fiber vs. the protection of ecosystem diversity and stability, and the respective roles of
big international NGO's, national and regional government, and local community-based
organizations when faced with wetland management issues. Read more...
A pastel painting by Lisa Breslow Thompson '82 (political science), titled Sweet!, was on display in "Eat the Art," an exhibit of food related artwork at Bunker Hill Community College in Charlestown, MA through 10/31. She also had paintings on view at the Danforth Museum School of Art and Amazing Things Arts Center in Framingham, MA during September and October. She writes, "While at UMass I never took an art class, but my involvement in student government and an internship junior year sparked my interest in graphic design. [After graduation] I had an epiphany that the field of visual communication was my path and attended New England School of Art and Design. I have worked as a graphic designer for the past 25 years, and am [now] experiencing the joy and exhilaration of painting and drawing. I live in Framingham with my husband Mark Thompson '81 (political science) and our two sons, Jeremy and Connor. I would love to hear from old friends."
Douglas Storey '84 (political science) is managing partner of Two Storey Building of Bolton, MA, a custom builder and remodeling company. This long-time proponent of green building practices has been named to the 2009 Big 50 Award by Remodeling magazine, one of only two companies named from all of New England. The Big 50 is a remodeling business excellence award for best practices and annually goes to 50 companies around the country that have set the standard for professionalism and integrity through smart marketing, exemplary business practices, unique design, and extraordinary impact on their community or the industry at large. "Building green is building better," says Doug, who is a Certified Green Professional (CGR) by the National Association of Home Builders. Read more...
George Patrick Tripp '99 (communication) and Susan Bell were married on October 24 in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. They reside in Ashland, MA. Eric Schwarzenbach '06 (economics) and numerous other alumni attended.
Christy (Stanley) Orser '03 (communication) has taken command of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Space Brigade, United States Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. She previously served as an electronic warfare platoon leader, a company executive officer, a battalion operations officer (S3) and as an assistant brigade intelligence officer (S2). She has served one combat tour in Iraq.
Daniel Lamothe '04 (journalism) and Erika Lovley '06 (journalism) were married on July 17 in Northampton, MA. They reside in Alexandria, VA, where Dan is a journalist with the Military Times Media Group and Erika is a reporter with Politico, a political newspaper and web site. Their wedding was celebrated by the Rev. John McDonagh, a former director of the Newman Catholic Center at UMass Amherst. It also featured a special performance by Sam the Minuteman, after Dan surprised Erika and their wedding guests by inviting the mascot from his hiding place to the dance floor. See the YouTube video!
Lew Hoff '62 (economics) has been elected to the Westchester County (NY) Association (WCA) Board of Directors. Hoff is president of Bartizan Connects, a developer of hardware and software used for electronic data collection, in Yonkers, NY. He is also the chairman of Addressograph Bartizan, the world’s largest manufacturer of credit card data recorders, based in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. The Westchester County Association is committed to business advocacy, economic vitality and to providing a strong and clear voice for the interests of businesses on the regional, national and international levels. Hoff serves on the SBS Dean's Advisory Board, and his daughter, Orly, is a UMass Amherst undergrad.
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SBS in the News
Valley News Dispatch [Pittsburgh], 10/25/09. Stuart Shulman (political science) comments in a story about whether the Internet and social networking sites will have the same impact on local political campaigns as they have had on national campaigns such as the recent Obama presidential run. He says use of the Internet can help local officials try out new ideas and make them available to many people in a very short time.
Providence Journal, 10/18/09. Elizabeth Chilton (anthropology) says an ancient Native American coastal village site found in Rhode Island is unique because unlike most parts of the region, it hasn’t been disturbed by farming or development.
Radio Free Europe, 10/12/09. Charli Carpenter (political science) authors a column about how both sides in the recent war between Georgia and Russia are manipulating the facts to their own advantage.
Forbes.com, 10/12/09. Nancy Folbre (economics) says the choice of Elinor Ostrom for one of this year’s Nobel Prizes in economics is significant not only because she is the first woman to win the prize, but because her research into why collective action works so often is significant. Independentmail.com [S.C.], 10/7/09. An editorial about how improving preventive health care will save money in the long run notes that Folbre has written that the savings may not be as large as some proponents claim because preventive care allows people to live longer and therefore consumes more health care. Overall, however, the column argues that preventive care is a good idea, if for no other reason than that it makes people more responsible for their own health. New York Times, 10/5/09. Folbre blogs about what happens when state financial support for public higher education declines. She notes major funding cuts in states such as California due to the economic hard times and a “funding cliff” at UMass Amherst. In the end, Folbre argues that if states want to maintain their public universities, they have to pay for them and not hope someone else picks up the tab.
Livemint.com, 10/7/09. A business columnist cites the work of Richard Wolff (economics) on core reasons why the U.S. and world economies nearly collapsed last year.
New York Times, 10/5/09. Michael Sugerman (anthropology) writes a letter-to-the-editor about standardized testing and why some people believe it doesn’t accurately measure the academic abilities of students (scroll down).
Boston Globe, 10/3/09. Raymond J. La Raja (political science) comments in a story about wealthy candidates running for high office. Stephen Pagliuca, a co-owner of the Boston Celtics, is running for the open U.S. Senate seat created when Edward M. Kennedy died.
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