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Alumni & Friends

Alumni & Friends

Spring on the UMass Amherst campus.

Karen Kaplan Alumni Profile

Creative Thinking Fuels Success in Advertising

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.

Detail from Spring 2018 cover of UMass magazine.

UMass the magazine

Featuring accomplished alumni, exceptional students, and noteworthy faculty, UMass magazine tells the story of the University of Massachusetts Amherst in words, pictures and more.


Historical Perspective Ignites Passion for Journalism

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.

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Global UMass Community

Vibrant and pioneering, the UMass Amherst Alumni Association plays an essential role in engaging and mobilizing alumni, enhancing the student experience, and advancing UMass Amherst as a top public research university.