Our department could not continue to offer high quality programs without the political, logistical and especially financial support provided by our alumni. As graduates of one of the oldest degree-granting programs in the University of Massachusetts Amherst system, our alumni have a long and proud record of distinguished service to their profession and to their university. They have been trustees of the university, chancellor's medal awardees, and advisors to both university and college administration. They have created new courses and new lecture series, founded numerous fellowships to recognize student excellence, and been major political driving forces for new building programs on the campus. Many are or have been company CEOs, COOs, and divisional vice-presidents. Many others are distinguished faculty in universities and colleges around the world.