Summer reading, building, thinking at UMD

In just a month the 2011-2012 academic year will begin with faculty and students returning to campus. It seems like we just sent off the class of 2011, including the first-ever graduates of our School of Law. Since that memorable commencement weekend, much has been happening. Here’s an update:

libraryrenderingThe Claire T. Carney Library renovation is accelerating. The highly visible demolition of the front overhang, office and book re-locations, and other major construction activities make clear the massive scope of this transformational project. Visit the library renovation web site for more details.

The new University Studies program for students entering in the fall of 2012 has been launched. The program is a cornerstone of UMass Dartmouth’s Commitment to Student Learning.

Speaking of books, our summer reading project for first year students is well underway. This year’s book is Malcom Gladwell’s Blink, a study of the “kind of thinking that happens in a blink of an eye.” Join the conversation on the Blink Blog.

Speaking of books…again. Congratulations to Professors Robert Waxler (English) and Maureen Hall (Education) on the release of their new book urging a return to the teaching of great literature as a way to educate citizens in the web-consumed 21st century. More

DuarteScholarship_003We announced the establishment of a $50,000 scholarship fund in the name of Sean D. Duarte, a 2004 civil engineering graduate who passed away last September. More

The really smart and innovative folks over at Computer and IT Services continue to find new ways to connect us to each other. They are currently working to expand long-range wireless connectivity, fine-tune the campus mobile app, build a virtual computer lab, and offer customized web portals. More

freedomfestival2011The Bristol County Savings Bank Freedom Festival drew 20,000 people to campus for a July 1 extravaganza of music, fireworks and family fun. More

Congrats to the Charlton College of Business Net Impact chapter, which received international attention for its efforts to promote sustainable business practice. More

The Center for University, School and Community Partnerships secured a $96,000 grant to assist Lakeville-Freetown schools in strengthening early literacy programs. More

That is just a sample of the activity. We’ll have more to report next week.

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