Are alumni the chief readers of the UMass magazine? If so, what do we gain from reading it?
Alumni are collective graduates of a certain educational institution. They gain knowledge there, and generally rise up and leave, moving on to live their lives. Time marches on and they work, experience, learn more, mold their existence.
And then what? How do they take that knowledge and experience and keep honing it, learning from it, sharing it, being inspired—and at least trying to leave the world a better place?
Perhaps it is by widely reading, by casting a net toward continued learning, by gaining inspiration from articles such as “Interwoven,” “Down the Rabbit Hole,” and ”Wham in the Middle of London” (Summer 2018). And more, from diverse sources.
Thank you for indeed inspiring us, for giving us an intelligent stretch, for always reaching to improve and move us.
Diane Kearney Doyle ’74
I just read Patricia Sullivan’s captivating “Wham in the Middle of London” (Summer 2018). Minouche Shafik is an extraordinarily talented and inspirational human being, motivating the rest of us to take on more challenges and devote more time and resources to improving the lives of others. Minouche is an exceptional, down-to-earth role model.
It is an enormous credit to the university, and brings me great personal pride, that UMass educated and shaped the thinking and selfless character of this extraordinary woman.
John Hurley ’81
THE JOYS BEYOND THE ‘PENALTY’
Re: “The Persistent Motherhood Penalty” (Summer 2018): After working as a geologist for five years, I saw that I could not be both a very good geologist and a very good wife, so I quit my very well-paying position at an oil company and took jobs as a Girl Scout field director and a geology lab teacher, which cut my salary in half but increased my happiness. Later, after marrying and having children, I wondered how anyone could survive as a single parent. I certainly could not have done it and, had I tried, my children would have suffered for it—not because I would have lacked daycare for them, but because they would have lacked the time with me, their own mother. My rewards for having stayed home with my children are not monetary but they are far more valuable to me than any material benefit I might have received from concentrating on my career as a geologist. To be fair, any article about a “motherhood penalty” needs to take account of the unsurpassed though often intangible benefits of full-time motherhood for those able to take advantage of the opportunity.
Catherine Norman ’75
Thank you so much for publishing the photo of the a cappella group Vocal Suspects (“Seen,” Summer 2018). It brought me back to former times at UMass. In the spring of 1961, Alcie (Alice) Edgerton ’62, Francis Lovejoy ’62, and I organized the first women’s a cappella singing group, The Musigals, on campus. Fran was a member of the men’s singing group The Statesmen. Our advisor was Ms. Winifred Field. Auditions were held and 12 women were selected for the group.
The group made its first public appearance at the 1961 Interdorm Sing. Subsequently, we appeared at the Senior Mix, the banquet held for Amherst’s new residents, President Lederle’s Faculty Dance, and many other events.
I’ve been told there have been many other a cappella singing groups at UMass since that time. For me this was an experience I shall long remember. Thank you for the wonderful edition of UMass, evoking many memories of those years at college.
Jayne Hayden Uyenoyama ’62