It's a new year, a new semester, and the campus is once again bustling with activity and energy. The remaining days of the month bring opportunities to help others, learn new skills, share your viewpoints, and have fun. Explore and stay tuned – February's right around the corner!
Register to vote!
Alumni Association scholarships
Donate your career clothing
New home for Parent Services
The CWC website is live
Free workshops and trainings
Wednesday, January 27: Civility and Free Speech
More free classes
Monday, January 18: "Eyes on the Prize"
Wednesday, January 20: Town Manager forum
Wednesday, January 20: Sexual assault investigations and trauma
Tuesday, January 26: A fresh take on "Swan Lake"
Thursday, January 28: "Question Bridge: Black Males"
Saturday, January 30: Children's resource fair
Associate Dean of Students Sally Linowski is co-presenting at the NASPA Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Prevention Conference, January 21 – 23 in Orlando, Fla. A national expert in prevention, Linowski was invited to speak by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The opening day session, "SAMHSA's Strategic Prevention Framework: Practical Applications for Colleges and Universities," will include examples of how UMass Amherst uses the framework in its prevention planning. The following day, Linowski and Diane Fedorchak, director of the university's BASICS program, join colleagues from the University of Albany and the University of Arizona for "Getting Unstuck: Identifying and Managing "Organizational Relapse' in AOD Prevention Programs." The mini-institute explores a newly identified phenomenon occurring in model prevention programs in place for 10 years or more, and offers strategies for continuing program success.
Christina Landeta-Burdick joins the Dean of Students Office as assistant dean of students for student conduct, effective January 19. She comes to UMass Amherst from Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., where she served as director of Residence Life and Housing.
Residential Life facilities engineer Mike Lucey retires from UMass at the end of the month, after more than 33 years of dedicated service to the department and the university. Please join us in extending best wishes as he begins the next chapter of his life.
Residence Education is welcomes two new staff members and shares recent changes in the area: Kristen Hunsinger has joined as resident director of the Patterson/MacKimmie cluster. She comes to UMass from a similar role at Binghamton University. Sara Moretti is the new residence director of Dickinson Hall; she joins UMass from Framingham State University, where she served as an area director.
Andre Manukyans, interim assistant director for the East Multi-Year Residential Area, accepted a position as student services program coordinator at Glendale Community College in California, while Veronica Young, interim leadership and engagement specialist, accepted a position at Quinnipiac University; both were effective earlier this month. Please join the Residence Education staff in thanking Andre and Veronica for their contributions, and wishing them well.
Following Andre and Veronica's departures, Noga Flory and Julia Mohala have assumed responsibilities for the East Multi-Year area, in addition to their residence director positions for this semester; both will report to Lisa Giddens, assistant director for the Southwest Multi-Year area, who has also assumed additional responsibilities. Julia will supervise Margaret Felis and Leo Lin in the Sylvan area; Noga will supervise Oprah Jrenal and Sammy Tabari in the Central area. Will Elum, assistant director for community standards, will supervise the resident assistant training committee for the semester; Kristen Dedrick will advise the Sylvan Area Government.
The position of assistant director for leadership and engagement will be vacant for the sprint semester. The search has been extended and will be reposted soon, with plans to fill the position during the summer. Ryan Young, assistant director for the Southwest Residential First Year Experience, will continue to provide leadership for the area, supervise graduate staff members Johannes Raatz and Kate Rivard, and advise the Residence Hall Association and National Residence Hall Honorary.
Patty McGill, assistant for Residential Life human resources, was recently nominated for an "of the month" award through the National Residence Hall Honorary. She was recognized for her ongoing contributions to student success, including informal mentorship of students at the department's Student Leadership Center.
Dawn Bond, director of Residential Life Student Services, provided the keynote address for the 2016 NEACUHO Residential Operations Drive Conference at Manhattan College in December; her talk focused on "Student Success Through Excellent Service." Bond was joined by Colby Gray, senior staff development specialist, for an additional presentation, entitled "Clocking In to an Inclusive Community: What Does Bias Prevention Look Like for Facilities Operations Staff." Residential Life Student Services staff members Lacey Olson, Fernando Alejandro, and Corey Edwards were also in attendance.