Alumni & Friends
Dedicated faculty and staff across the college have worked to ensure students and the campus community continue to ask challenging, critical questions and experience meaningful connections. Through online formats, we've hosted guest speakers and artists and organized conversations around current events. Furthermore, these efforts have seen increased engagement with alumni. Moving events into the virtual realm means alumni from around the globe can connect with UMass Amherst, wherever they are.
Karen Kaplan '81
As Chairman and CEO of Hill Holliday, an award-winning advertising firm, Karen Kaplan taps into the skills she learned as a French Literature major at UMass Amherst. Learning another language taught her to pay close attention and become a savvy communicator, enabling her to climb from her position as a receptionist to the leadership role she commands today.
Charles Sennott '84
Founder and Executive Director of the Ground Truth Project and Co-founder of GlobalPost, Charlie Sennott is one of the most accomplished foreign correspondents in the field, dedicated to the pursuit of ethical and responsible journalism. He credits his time as a History major at UMass Amherst as the spark that ignited his career.