Change, transition, and service mark opening of new academic year

UMass Dartmouth welcomed back its 9,400 students, including 1,400 first-years, to a rapidly evolving campus and a plethora of activities.

Among the events that are sure to immediately re-engage students in the life of the campus and community are:

9/11 National Day of Service at the Dartmouth YMCA this Sunday at 1 p.m. Students, faculty and staff are invited to demonstrate their commitment to the community by assisting with the harvesting of local fruits and vegetable for area food pantries. Event details. To join the national 9/11 tribute movement, go here.

– The annual Work ‘n Serve Job Fair tomorrow (Sept. 8), from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Woodland Commons. This is a great opportunity to learn about job and community service opportunities on and off campus. More details.

All the Pieces Together PhotoMeanwhile, some of our students have been quite busy over the summer. One group of Digital Media students created an animated annual fund call to action. Check it out.

diningPerhaps the most dramatic change returning students found is the fully re-modeled dining experience, including a refurbished resident dining hall, upgraded retail sites across the campus, and a focus on dining flexibility by new dining service firm Chartwells. As Student Senate President Joseph Mello said at the dining hall ribbon cutting last week, Chartwells “never lost touch with what is truly important – what the customer, in this case students, want.” More

ChancellorsBrkfst2011_0032After nearly a quarter century in senior leadership positions at the University of Massachusetts, Chancellor Jean F. MacCormack announced this week that she plans to retire at the end of the academic year. During Dr. MacCormack’s 12 years at UMass Dartmouth, the campus has seen dramatic increases in enrollment, research funding, and private fundraising. “I have had the honor of presiding over the graduation of 16,557 students during my time here,” she said. “They included a Lost Boy of the Sudan and the historic first class of the Commonwealth’s public law school. What a blessing this has been. I will be forever grateful.” More

Also, while you were away:

TamerUMass Dartmouth and the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center highlighted the work of Massachusetts student interns and the companies they have been working with this summer. The students, most of whom attend UMass Dartmouth, presented projects on topics such as “Surgical Tool Development” and “The Business of Tissue Preservation” to an audience of industry, government and university representatives at the UMass Dartmouth Advanced Technology Manufacturing Center in Fall River. “I am extremely proud of the interns who participated in this cutting-edge program,” said Governor Deval Patrick. “This program is enhancing the talent pipeline for our businesses, and helping more students get a jump start on careers in the life sciences field.” More.

PressConf15Aug11_0028The first in-ocean demonstration project of a tidal energy device in Massachusetts was completed by UMass Dartmouth’s New England Marine Renewable Energy Center (MREC) and the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) in August. The MREC initiative is designed to incubate wave, tidal, and off-shore wind technology to capture a significant amount of the estimated 500-plus GW of wind, tidal and wave energy available off the coast of New England. “Examining ways to harness the ocean’s tidal power to produce renewable energy is a logical step in the Commonwealth’s efforts to encourage green energy solutions,” said Senate President Therese Murray, who joined Chancellor MacCormack and others at the announcement on Cape Cod. More

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