The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Pre-College Preview – November 11th, 2019

Join us at the Mount Ida campus for a day of fun, and explore your future through an educational pre-college workshop. Open to high school students currently enrolled in grades 9 – 12. 

Free to High School Students               Register Now



Workshops in Sports Management

Isenberg School of Management

  • The Business of Sports

    Taught by the #1 globally ranked Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management, this immersive pre-college offering will take students through various segments of the commercial sports industry, examining topics such as sports marketing, digital media, and leadership, as well as proven methods of success for creating career pathways into the fun and dynamic sports and entertainment business.

    Will Norton is a full-time faculty member in the Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management, with over 10 years experience working in professional sports (Boston Celtics, STATS, LLC). Norton currently teaches Sport & Digital Media and Sport Sponsorship courses in Isenberg, and chairs the McCormack Strategy & Analytics Club. Professor Norton is an MBA/MS in Sport Management graduate from UMass Amherst’s Isenberg School of Management.

  • Women's Leadership in Sports Management

    Taught by the #1 globally ranked Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management, the aim of this program is to engage students in high-level workshops and simulations, during which young female leaders will be challenged to examine their leadership style, skills, and experiences. Students will leave with innovative strategies on how to make their mark on the sport industry and reflections on how to further their own leadership development.

    Professor Nicole Melton – A former LPGA professional golfer and analyst for Nike, Dr. Melton is an Associate Professor and Undergraduate Programs Director for the Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management. Her research interests include diversity and inclusion in sport, and strategic management in sport organizations. 

  • Front Office Analytics, Entrepreneurism & Scouting in Professional Sports:

    Curious, analytical thinkers play a major role in the front office management and execution of professional sports. Taught by NFL/MLB scouts and analytics professionals, this program will educate students on the design thinking methods critical to gaining a competitive advantage in professional sports, from analytics best practices, to scouting education, to lessons on thinking and adapting with an entrepreneurial spirit.

    Dan Hatman - A former NFL scout for the Eagles, Jets and Giants and current CEO and Founder of The Scouting Academy, a scouting and player development firm specializing in placing top analytical minds into the front offices of the NFL. Hatman is an MBA/MS in Sport Management graduate from UMass Amherst’s Isenberg School of Management. 


Workshops in Innovation and Technology

Tools for your future

  • The Art of Coding

    Can computers make art? How can artists, designers, and engineers collaborate with computers to make innovative, new designs? In this hands-on workshop, we will learn the basics of programming through writing programs which generate art - a process called Generative Design. We’ll begin with computational thinking and dive into writing programs that make art based on user input and small amounts of data. Though this workshop will focus on applications of programming to interactive art, the skills you will practice are applicable to programming projects more generally.

    Alyx Burns is a graduate student in the College of Information and Computer Sciences. He works with human factors in computing, most recently in the field of human-robot interaction.

  • Introduction to Veterinary Technology


    This workshop highlights the role that the Veterinary Technician plays in veterinary practice. This cased-based workshop will introduce students to current practices in veterinary medicine: proper physical examination and handling of animals, learning to draw blood, examining samples under a microscope, viewing radiographs in our radiology lab. Participants will learn some fundamentals of medical terminology, anatomy and physiology and come away with a clear sense of this exciting field.

    Dr. Amy Rubin is a clinical veterinarian practicing both large and small animal veterinary medicine. She currently works at UMass on the Amherst campus as the equine veterinarian for the UMass Hadley Farm and is tasked with Directing the newly developing Veterinary Technology Program. Dr. Rubin is a UMass Amherst alumni, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science, before going on to Veterinary School at the Ohio State University.

  • Engineering Institute

    The Engineering Institute is a multi-faceted program that allows students to explore how engineers envision creative, practical solutions that benefit the everyday lives of people and the communities in which they live. Students will be exposed to selected topics in areas such as biomedical, chemical, civil, computer systems, electrical, environmental, industrial, and mechanical engineering.

    Designing Buildings for Earthquakes
    Professor Scott Civjan will give an overview of earthquake design: what causes earthquakes, typical building damage and hazards in New England. A portable shake table demonstration will explain building properties and why specific earthquakes would cause damage to some buildings rather than others. Examples of how building design has changed over the years will show how we are always learning from earthquakes!

Juniper Institute for Young Writers

Find your Voice

  • Monstrous

    “ all the monsters in my nursery: May you never leave me alone.”
    -- Guillermo del Toro

    Is it in your closet? Under your bed? In your past? In your head? This workshop centers around our favorite cryptids, monstrosities, and graveyard lore. In learning what we find monstrous, we’re also going to look into what makes ?us? a monster. We’re going to make friends with the skeletons we’ve buried, dance with the ghosts of our past, pick apart the stories we tell at campfires, spin shadows into yarn. We’ll pull apart what horrifies us about ourselves, the world at large, and the world beyond this one. Expect lots of experimentation, self-discovery, and spooky stories.

  • Both You and Not You

    In this poetry workshop, we’ll make writing inspired by both the mundane and the otherworldly. How can your conversations, jokes, arguments, loves, your gossip, texts, and daydreams become your writing? How can your time alone in your room, your dream life, become a way of speaking to others? We’ll read the works of people who lived and wrote as part of various communities, and take inspiration from their writing practices: we’ll record memories, dialogues, moods, what you eat, what you wear, and the weather outside, and we’ll use techniques like collage and erasure to transform them into your writings. And we’ll play experimental writing games like book divination and text message centos to explore the wilder parts of your language. These writings will be our way into something both personal and universal, both you and not you. Our main goal will be for you to develop habits and techniques inspired by your own lives, that always make you want to write.

    Lena Tsykynovska is a Russian- and English-language poet from Odessa, Ukraine and Newton, MA. She teaches literature and creative writing courses at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and is an instructor for the Juniper Young Writers Program, a week-long writing workshop for high school students. 

  • Poet's Theater

    This workshop explores the intersections of writing, improv, and performance. We will ask ourselves what it means to bring stories and language to life; how poetry can inspire theatre, and theatre can inspire our poetry. Unlike many writing workshops, in this class we will move around, perform, and think about physical spaces and how language can fill them. Our work will often be collaborative, and as the day progresses participants will become more confident sharing and performing their work in front of others, and embracing their most spontaneous, creative selves. Ultimately, our goal is not only to read plays together, but to embrace the creative act of play through language and performance.

    Rebecca Valley is a poet and essayist from Saint Albans, Vermont. She is an MFA Candidate at UMass Amherst, where she teaches creative writing and composition. Her work has been published in Rattle, Black Warrior Review, Tinderbox Poetry Journal, The Boiler, and other literary magazines. She is currently working on a manuscript that explores the intersections of memory, trauma, and rural landscape; she is also interested in hybrid forms, using technology to explore narrative possibilities, and how poetic writing can be embodied on stage and in film. Before coming to western Massachusetts, Rebecca worked as a middle school librarian in Washington state, and still has a deep love for books about talking animals.