Lecia Brooks

Campus Community Invited to Participate in Special Symposium on Polarization: ‘Understanding the Forces that Drive Us Apart’

All members of the community are invited to participate in a special event on Tuesday, Feb. 5: “Understanding the Forces that Drive Us Apart: A Symposium on Polarization.” Sessions are scheduled throughout the day, making it convenient for people to engage in a variety of opportunities to better understand the national rise in hateful acts and to build skills to overcome division.

The symposium will bring prominent figures and academics to campus, including:

  • Lecia
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Willie Hill Jr.

Willie Hill Jr. to Retire as Director of Fine Arts Center

Willie Hill Jr. came to the Fine Arts Center in 1999, and his retirement on Feb. 8 closes out a half-century career in arts education that launched just after he led the first Super Bowl Halftime Show in 1967. For an organization that’s 43 years old, Hill’s nearly 20 years at the university is undeniably impactful.

“Dr. Hill’s leadership of the Fine Arts Center over the past 20 years has been exemplary,” said provost John McCarthy. “What an extraordinary resource for our campus and...

Rebecca Lorimer Leonard

Lorimer Leonard Honored for Book on Migrant Women and Literacy

Rebecca Lorimer Leonard, associate professor of English, has received a 2019 Outstanding Book Award from the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) for her book, “Writing on the Move: Migrant Women and the Value of Literacy.

The award honors books within the field of composition and rhetoric. Authored books, as well as edited volumes are eligible. Nominees are evaluated for scholarship and research in the areas of pedagogy, practice, history and theory....

UMACC Passes $400,000; Campaign Closes Jan. 31

With two weeks left to donate to UMACC, the Umass Amherst Community Campaign, there is still time for university employees to donate the $40,000 needed to meet this year’s goal of $440,000. Thank you to those of you who have made your gift already. To those of you who have not, the campaign ends Jan. 31. Make your gift online at or download this paper...

University Hosting Undergraduate Women in Physics Conference

The university is hosting the northeast regional American Physical Society Conference for Undergraduate Women in Physics (CUWiP) Friday, Jan. 18-Sunday, Jan. 20.

The conference is designed to help undergraduate women continue in physics by providing an opportunity to experience a national conference, obtain information about graduate school and network with other women in physics.

The program will include faculty research talks, panel discussions about graduate school and...

“Our Immigrant Voices” Banner on Display in Whitmore

The campus community is invited to view the 20-foot mural “Our Immigrant Voices,” on display in Whitmore Administration Building, third floor, until March 1.

The installation is a product of the first Our Immigrant Voices course, an 11-week class designed to bring together immigrant campus employees to get to know each other and to discuss ways they would like to amplify their voices.

The mural, on the corridor wall leading to the office of Student Activities and Campus Life,...

‘Bal Masqué’ Gala to Support Arts/Access Outreach Programs

The UMass Amherst Fine Arts Center (FAC) presents “Bal Masqué, A Return to Elegance,” its 30th annual gala, auction and season preview, on Saturday, Feb. 2 from 6-11:30 p.m. in the Campus Center Auditorium.

Held annually since 1989, the gala is a fundraiser for the Fine Arts Center’s Arts/Access outreach programs, which provide free “angel tickets” to local human service agencies and daytime Global Arts performances for school-aged children, as well as support for Jazz in July...

Felipe Salles

Salles’ ‘Lullaby Project’ CD Gets Rave Reviews

“The Lullaby Project and Other Works for Large Ensemble,” the latest CD by faculty member and saxophonist Felipe Salles, has been greeted with overwhelmingly positive reviews since its release by Tapestry Records in September.

The release marks the debut recording of the Felipe Salles Interconnections Ensemble, an 18-piece jazz orchestra that combines Brazilian, Latin-American and classical influences. Inspired by traditional Brazilian lullabies, “The Lullaby Project” is a suite of...

Israel Rivera, left, with state Rep. Aaron Vega.

School of Public Policy Student Honored by Legislative Caucus

Israel (Izzy) Rivera, a graduate student in the School of Public Policy, was recently honored by the Black and Latino Caucus of the Massachusetts Legislature for his community work and leadership.

The award was given in conjunction with a recent LatinX Excellence on the Hill day hosted by the caucus. Rivera received a citation from the group in recognition of “his unyielding commitment to his community and its youth through grassroots efforts, his work with OneHolyoke CDC, and the...

Fall 2018 Rising Researchers, from left: Olivia Ringham, Nicholas Fragola, Bianca Edozie, Sean Sanford, Taylor Guertin, Jun-Goo Kwak, Mark Leon-Duque, Aazam Najeebi.

Fall 2018 Rising Researchers Announced

Eight students from across campus have received the UMass Amherst Rising Researcher Award in recognition of their demonstrated leadership and impact in their chosen field of study.

Learn more about these Rising Researchers here.