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.

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. 

Workshops in Innovation and Technology

Tools for your future

  • 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.

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.

  • 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.