Student Affairs Staff Connection  

February, 2016

Campus scene

Dear Colleagues,

While it’s the shortest month of the year, there’s a lot going on, including events in honor of Black History Month, career fairs, athletics, conferences, social and entertainment opportunities, and more. Get your calendar and start planning!

Best wishes,
The Office of the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Campus Life
319 Whitmore
Phone: 413-545-2300 • Email:
Student Affairs and Campus Life Website


Remind students to...

  • Apply for Spectrum
    Apply by February 20 to live in next year's Spectrum LGBTQIA+ community. Programming and residence hall initiatives foster connections among individuals with shared interests and experiences.
  • Join a study
    First- and second-year students may be eligible for a research study on Epstein-Barr virus, which causes mono. Participants earn $25 compensation for each study visit. Come to University Health Services Tuesdays or Thursdays, February 2-11, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Secure a summer internship
    Apply this month for positions in areas including science, finance, communications, design, architecture, civil engineering, public service, and more.

Nominate campus stars for a Sammie
Recognize an outstanding RSO, student leader, or event with a Sammie nomination. Application forms are on the Student Activities and Involvement page of Campus Pulse and are due by March 1.

Click, print, park
Provide parking for your department’s visitors with Parking Services’ new online temporary permit system. Permits range from $5-7 per day depending on location and can be purchased up to two days in advance.

Build your reading list
Download free books on race, gender, sexuality, class, and culture in PDF format; browse the list on the website of educator, writer, and speaker Tyree Boyd-Pates.

Crowdfund your campus project with MinuteFund
MinuteFund crowdfunding makes it easy and fun to for student groups, programs, and departments to raise money for projects and events. There is no service fee – your group receives 100% of donated funds.

Stay in the know
Keep up with all that’s happening on campus! Subscribe to student messaging by emailing; sign up online for messages from the Office of Parent Services.


Athletics action heats up
UMass hockey, men's, and women's basketball continue their busy home schedules, while the men's and women's lacrosse teams kick off their seasons this month. The Athletics website has student ticket and admission information.

Fri. February 5: Young at Art
7 to 9 p.m. Student Union Ballroom
Enjoy great entertainment at this Black History Month talent showcase, hosted by Soul TV and the Malcolm X Cultural Center.

Sat. February 6: FAC Gala – “Stayin’ Alive Since ’75”
6 to 11:30 p.m. Campus Center Auditorium
Get tickets now for the Fine Arts Center’s annual fundraising gala, celebrating the 40th anniversary season. There’ll be dinner, dancing, photos, auctions, and more. Wear your coolest 1970s clothing for chances to win.

Tues. February 9: Panel discussion, reception mark book launch
5 p.m. Goodell, Bernie Dallas room
Come to a discussion of "The Slave's Cause: A History of Abolition," a new book by UMass professor Manisha Sinha. A book signing and reception follow the event, part of Black History Month observances.

Thurs. February 11 and Mon. February 22: International coffee hour
4 to 5 p.m. Blue Wall, Campus Center
Mingle and talk with international students, faculty, and staff while enjoying free coffee, tea, and snacks.

Thurs. February 18: Overdose intervention
4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Skinner Hall, room 201
Learn about opioid overdose and Narcan administration at a free training hosted by the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC).

Mon. February 22: Explore "New Worlds" in U.S. adoption
4 p.m. Goodell, Bernie Dallas room
"New Worlds of Adoption," by Hal Grotevant of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, explores shifts in U.S. adoption practices since the mid-1970s and the impacts on children and relationships.

Mon. February 22: "Seriously ... What Did You Call Me?"
5 to 7 p.m. Commonwealth Honors College events hall
Master storyteller Onawumi Jean Moss shares excerpts from her autobiographical theatre piece as part of Black History Month observances.

Tues. February 23: "Happy Birthday, Dr. Du Bois"
2 to 4 p.m. W.E.B. Du Bois Library lobby
Enjoy birthday cake, take home giveaways, and learn more about W.E.B. Du Bois in the library named for him. The celebration is part of Black History Month observances.

Wed. February 24: "Films about Film"
7:30 p.m. Isenberg School of Management, room 137
The 23rd annual Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival continues with "The Last Reel," set in Cambodia's killing fields.

Thurs. February 25: Charles Neville speaks, performs
Discussion: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Malcolm X Cultural Center
Performance: 7 to 9 p.m. Student Union Ballroom

Grammy award-winning saxophonist Charles Neville speaks at a panel discussion on "Creole Identity and Musical Intersections," and performs with the Afro-Am Jazz Ensemble and student groups in "Creole Intersections of Music, Food, and Dance." Both are part of Black History Month observances.

Fri. February 26: 22nd annual Du Bois lecture
4 to 6 p.m. Student Union Ballroom
Aldon Morris, author of "The Scholar Denied: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Birth of Modern Sociology," speaks at this event, part of Black History Month observances.

Sat. February 27: GlobalFEST on the Road: Creole Carnival
8 p.m. Fine Arts Center Concert Hall
Shake off the winter blues with the energetic sounds of Creole culture, featuring performers from Haiti, Brazil, and Jamaica. The show is part of Black History Month observances.

Education and personal development

Free workshops and trainings

  • Enhance your skills with Workplace Learning and Development’s free workshops. This month’s sessions include harassment and discrimination prevention, bullying prevention, committee leadership, workplace inclusivity, purchasing, finance, retirement planning, and more.
  • Take advantage of free classes offered by Labor/Management Workplace Education. This month, there are introductory computer and Microsoft Office courses, an introduction to Drupal at UMass, workplace writing, leadership communications classes, and more.

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