A generous law school donor, fireworks, Arnie the Corsair, and faculty/student adventures

2010 freedom festival

It may be summer but there is till a lot happening at UMass Dartmouth. We accepted the first major scholarship gift at our new law school, 20,000 people came to campus for our annual Freedom Festival concert and fireworks, Arnie the Corsair made the rounds at the festival, and our faculty and students reported on recent research and service missions to Haiti and Pakistan. Also, be sure to check our calender listings for upcoming events.

A 19-member group of UMass Dartmouth faculty, students and alumni traveled to Haiti to serve in health clinics and help rebuild houses in the Port Au Prince area.

The group worked closely with Partners In Development, one of the most active relief organizations in Haiti. Nursing student Myriam Jeannis, who was born in Haiti, reported: “Two thirds of the group work in the clinic and one third work in construction. The nurses and nursing students are working in a clinic that has seen at least 27,000  Haitian patients since the earthquake. We have seen cases that range from non-emergency to serious emergency. Our patients are mostly people from the tent villages who were displaced after the earthquake.”

Nursing Professor Jeanne Leffers noted that the group included students and alumni from the colleges of nursing, engineering, arts and sciences, visual and performing arts and business. “The UMD students were outstanding,” she said.

hoffUMass Lowell alumnus  and former UMass Trustee Charles J. Hoff (’66) has donated $210,000 to support UMass graduates who want to attend UMass Law and pursue public interest-related law. Mr. Hoff made the gift on July 1, the same day that the school officially accepted a $23 million donation of  facility, land, and cash assets from the former Southern New England School of Law. “I firmly believe that education is the key to upward mobility and quality of life, especially for individuals who hail from a modest upbringing,” Mr. Hoff said in making his example-setting gift. “The establishment of UMass Law this year is another major milestone in the evolution of the Commonwealth’s world class university.” Read more.

The University’s annual Freedom Festival, sponsored by the Bristol County Savings Bank, attracted 20,000 people for a huge picnic, concert by Santa Mamba and Entrain, an exciting fireworks display, and a visit from Arnie the Corsair. View photos of the festival and Arnie’s visit.

Two of our professors — Brian Williams (History) and Adam Sulkowski (Business) — made headlines with their visit to Pakistan’s Swat Valley, thought to be the hideout of Osama bin Laden and Mullah Omar. Reporter Steve Urbon’s June 25 article in the Standard-Times of New Bedford on the adventure can be found here.

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