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In Other Words

“We are problem solvers, we are fighters, and we find innovative ways to succeed. Don’t lose this grit! However, in order to be effective leaders for the 21st century, we also need compassion. In an era of national and international divide, we must extend more compassion to one another and recognize the interdependence and commonality to heal, collaborate, and advance.”
Tenzin Dawa Thargay ’18
speaking at the 2018 undergraduate commencement

As the first-generation child of a Tibetan refugee family, Thargay brought an international perspective to his commencement remarks. He graduated with a dual major in Chinese and political science and is spending the summer interning with the Office of China Affairs in the Office of the United States Trade Representative in Washington, D.C. He will then travel to Seoul, South Korea, as a Fulbright scholar to conduct research on energy security with the Center for Energy Governance and Security at Hanyang University.




Building Bridges at UMass Amherst
Photo by
John Solem

Building Bridges

This spring, UMass Amherst launched Building Bridges, an initiative designed to foster new connections among UMass community members who come from greatly varied backgrounds and hold differing perspectives.

Building Bridges is a partnership between the UMass offices of Civic Engagement and Service-Learning and Labor Management Workplace Education, Human Resources, and is funded by the Office of Equity and Inclusion.

This quote is from the Building Bridges project called Our Immigrant Voices, which seeks to amplify the voices of immigrant employees on campus: “Let me share my knowledge with you. Let me learn your with compassion and respect. I’m sure I speak with an accent, but I can guarantee that I do not think with one.”



UMass Magazine Spring 2018


This latest issue (Spring 2018) that arrived in yesterday’s mail and immediately wanted to be viewed cover to cover is another example of the great positive strides being made in your vision for the magazine as many have stated. The content is superb again.

My most pressing reason for writing is the exquisite photograph of Old Chapel (“Seen”). The nostalgia this evoked about being a student so many years ago when we had classes on a regular basis in Old Chapel and the campus was so different from today was immediately palpable.

Donald A. Abt ’57




It was my pleasure to read “Why Do I Fight?” (Spring 2018). 

Permit me to say that I am one of the founding members and originators of the UMass Boxing Club, along with Neil Goldman, famous for his left jab, duck, right, left-hook combination, as I recall, and an upperclassman PE major, Dana Boardman ’74, together with other notables whose modesty, and possibly my hazy memory, do not allow me to mention. In the good old days, boxing gym etiquette at times might have called for being anonymous and bearing a reassuring scowl.

It is great to see that the UMass Boxing Club has been resurrected in grand style. Meiya Berkey points to all the great things that boxing and boxing exercise have to offer; she is obviously a wonderful boxing athlete and scholar. The training model set by Coach Rocky Snow and Meiya of shadow boxing, jump rope, heavy bag technique, heavy bag intervals, and 30 minutes of cardio is a good one. Years after college, I read an obituary about my off-campus boxing coach who ran a gym near Boston Garden. Turns out that Coach had been a long-distance runner before becoming a boxer. He taught that the heavy bag was both coach and training partner. Respect the bag and practice (long-range) straight punches.

Robert J. McGuane Jr. ’76




Since publication of my class note about Tools 4 Teaching (“Connections,” Spring 2018), I have received many inquiries about our Springfield Education Association’s nonprofit recycling store for educators. Most responses have happily included requests for more information, and so I have added my email address to our Tools 4 Teaching Facebook page.

It was gratifying, but not surprising, to be reminded of how far afield UMass’s influence reaches. Thank you for the opportunity your exceptional magazine provides to stay connected with fellow classmates, share innovative ideas, and to learn of the countless ways UMass graduates are making a difference in people’s lives.

Christine (Wright) Williams ’67



The magazine is spectacularly designed. LOVE it!

Judy Urbach ’85
Atlantic Beach, Florida

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) agrees. The organization awarded UMass magazine a 2018 Silver Award for magazine publishing improvement.