News and Events

Recent Grad Secures Reporting Position with Top-100 News Station

Elizabeth Strzepa ’15 (journalism) knew she wanted to be a journalist the moment she started watching the news with her family during dinner. “I knew I wanted to follow this career path from a young age,” says Strzepa. “I always valued the power of broadcast journalism in the way it can bring stories to life with captivating video and sound.”

Feel Good Friday: Multi-Generational Minutemen

Sïonan Barrett ’16 (journalism) has made a name for herself on campus; in fact, she comes from a family of Minutemen who have made just as much of an impact.

Faculty Profile: Dr. Janice Irvine

Dr. Janice Irvine (sociology) was profiled on DatingAdvice.com, a site dedicated to bringing advice from dating experts to the consumers. This site has been featured on prominent news outlets such as CNN, Fox News, The Huffington Post, and more. DatingAdvice.com reached out to Irvine to discuss her recent studies on sexuality: namely, her article titled "Is Sexuality Research 'Dirty Work?'"

Mari Castañeda Named First Chancellor’s Leadership Fellow

Professor Mari Castañeda (communication) has been appointed as the first Chancellor’s Leadership Fellow, effective at the beginning of the spring semester.

Whitney Battle-Baptiste Named Director of W.E.B. Du Bois Center

Whitney Battle-Baptiste, associate professor of anthropology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been appointed director of the W.E.B. Du Bois Center at the UMass Amherst Libraries.

Study Abroad Experience Made Possible by Ansin Scholarship

“My experience was truly life changing,” says Alyssa Lark ’16 (communication). “I was able to travel to 9 different countries and I met so many remarkable people along the way. I am beyond grateful for having received this fellowship. I had the time of my life!”

Senior Secures Internship with NBC Nightly News

“Journalism is an excellent outlet to tell stories and I believe journalists have the responsibility to be the voice of the voiceless,” says Daniel Rodriguez ’15 (journalism/political science).

Student Research Spotlight: Samantha Schenck

“CRF has helped me tremendously this year. It has allowed me the time to pursue my own research full time. I have been able to take time off from my Research Assistantship. By supporting my family and me, CRF has given me a chance to hopefully help other families.” - Samantha Schenck, PhD Candidate.

Anthropology and Scholarships Helped Senior Find His Way

Justin Batista ‘15 (anthropology), who attended the Total Archaeology at Tel Akko project two seasons in a row thanks to SBS Scholarships, says his UMass experience would not have been the same without the opportunity. 

SBS Faculty Members Named Public Engagement Project Fellows

Sylvia Brandt (resource economics/CPPA), Paul Collins (legal studies) and Elizabeth Krause (anthropology) are three of nine recipients of the 2015 Public Engagement Project Fellowship.

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