Andrew Mack, Nutrition and Resource Economics '15, recently won the Academic/Community Transformation (ACT) Award from the UMass Amherst Provost’s Committee on Service-Learning. Mack was nominated by Assistant Professor of Nutrition Lorraine Cordeiro, who he worked with on a service learning project while taking Cordeiro’s course NUTR 572: Community Nutrition. Mack’s coursework involved developing a comprehensive health through math and science project for teens attending a Massachusetts-based YMCA Summer Camp initiative. Since taking Cordeiro’s course, Mack has continued to actively work in the community. During Fall 2014, Mack volunteered for the Springfield Food Policy Council and used his nutrition coursework to help them develop innovative policy options for Springfield residents. Most recently, Mack worked closely with Cordeiro during Spring 2015 to assist Joseth Alvarado and her family raise funds to relieve financial difficulties after the sudden death of her husband, William. Joseth Alvarado works for Worcester Dining Commons at UMass Amherst and has two young daughters.
Mack worked with the local Salvadoran community to organize and execute a community fundraiser for the Alvarado family, spoke to students in several UMass Amherst classrooms to get volunteers for the fundraiser, worked with local bike shops that donated two bikes for the girls, set up and managed a GoFundMe account for the family, and raised over $500 from his own circle of friends.
Mack accepted the award May 1 at the Academic/Community Transformation Award Reception in the Goodell Building, where he was joined by Cordeiro.
“Andrew represents the best of UMass in assisting the Alvarado family through this difficult time,” said Cordeiro.