A look back at 2011 news and highlights

December 31, 2011

From cool discoveries to a world snowball-making record, from a Cricket championship to inspirational art works, from new academic programs to new and upgraded facilities, 2011 has been a year of exciting and diverse activity for students, faculty and staff.

The past year capped a decade of transformation of the campus into a powerful innovation engine – a driver of economic and social development that prepares students to succeed in the global marketplace of products and ideas and leverages the discoveries of its faculty to address challenges and opportunities around the world. Among the milestones was the 30th anniversary of the UMass Dartmouth-based SHARE Foundation, which puts the talent and passion of engineering faculty to work developing computer systems to enhance the lives of profoundly disabled people and was featured in today’s Standard-Times newspaper.

Chancellor Jean MacCormack announced she would be retiring at the close of the academic year after leading the campus through a 13-year period of growth in the student population, research  and community engagement.  As UMass Dartmouth ended the year preparing to recruit a new leader, the 5-campus UMass System welcomed one – President Robert Caret.

We enter 2012, a year when the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Land Grant Act will be recognized, considering what the future holds for American universities, but confident that UMass Dartmouth students, faculty and staff will not just persevere, but excel and lead as they always do.

As Chancellor MacCormack noted in her retirement letter to President Caret, “With a first-rate faculty and staff, supportive business and civic community, and students who recognize higher education as the ticket to a good life, there is a strong foundation to build upon.”

Here is a look back at a sampling of the news highlights from 2011:


Plans announced to move forward with Bio-Manufacturing Center.

SouthCoast education advocate and university community service leader honored at MLK breakfast. Lee Blake and Deirdre Healy are 2011 “drum majors for justice.” Former UN Ambassador Andrew Young delivers keynote.

New UMass system president named. Towson University President Robert L. Caret praised by Chancellor MacCormack as a “distinguished and dynamic leader.”

Physics alumnus Eric Holmes ’10,  wins scholarship to Germany exchange program with “most inspirational” project.”

New graduate Certificate in Sustainable Development goes online.


Students break world snowball record. Team rolls 23 foot-plus ice sphere.

Partnership created to address telecommunication industry training needs.

Professors map the global digital divide.

Professor and student combine on study showing that going green promotes employee job satisfaction.

New Bedford Art Museum winter exhibit features CVPA artists and curators.


The Corsairs placed 28 student-athletes on the 2010-11 Little East Conference Fall All-Academic Team.

Judith Klein Art Gallery in New Bedford showcases graduate students.

UMass Dartmouth moves ahead with wind turbine as part of comprehensive effort to reduce energy costs and shrink the campus carbon footprint.


Peer Health Educators named “Outstanding Peer Education Group” In New England. Kelly Ann Boehm (Nursing ’10) named “Outstanding Alumna”.Cape Cod NAACP names professor “Educator of the Year.”

Department of Public Policy poll finds jobs, the cost of health care and the affordability of higher education top the list of policy concerns in the Commonwealth.

Students organize dodgeball fundraiser for Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River.

UMass Dartmouth begins deployment of East Coast’s first University-based long-range mobile wireless broadband (WiMAX) network.

Professor helps develop stock market crash early warning signal.

Alumnus Dr. Bruce Bachand discusses history-making  archaeological discovery.

Role of youth in Middle East change: A conversation with Sherif El-Wakil.

Theatre Company presents Jekyll and Hyde.


First UMass Law degrees awarded. Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Roderick Ireland urges 483 graduate students to “reach out and reach back” to those less fortunate.

1,589 undergraduate degrees awarded. UMass President advises graduates, “Never give up. Never give in.”

The Net Impact UMass Dartmouth chapter at the Charlton College of Business was awarded the highest distinction of Gold Chapter in the international Net Impact sustainable business practices organization.

UMass Dartmouth receives national recognition for community service. One of 15 campuses in New England and one of 7 in Massachusetts named “with distinction” to President’s Honor Roll

Public Policy student among the Massachusetts “29 Who Shine.”


English Professor Robert Waxler and Education Professor Maureen Hall book argues that online culture damages students’ ability to achieve understanding, wisdom, and judgment.

UMass Dartmouth to support Freetown-Lakeville Regional School District. Focus will be on improving early literacy instruction and student achievement at the K-3 levels.


The Bristol County Savings Bank Freedom Festival featured Santa Mamba, Entrain, New Bedford Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet and fireworks.

Sean D. Duarte Scholarship launched to support civil engineering students using their education to help others.

Athletic Director Ian Day has announced the addition of women’s intercollegiate sailing as the newest varsity sport in the Corsair Athletic Department. It will become the 26th varsity sport sponsored by the NCAA Division III institution.


Mass. Life Sciences Center/UMass Dartmouth interns and companies highlighted.

Marine Renewable Energy Center conducts first in-ocean technology test in Massachusetts. Plans for UMass-managed offshore test site to be outlined.




New student dining experience unveiled. Ingredients include more choices and flexibility, sustainable practices.

College of Nursing begins recruiting first DNP students.

Discussion of post-apartheid South Africa enlivened by exhibit  including a life-like replica of Nelson Mandela’s prison cell. Hero of South Africa anti-apartheid movement welcomed to campus.

A new study co-authored by Psychology Professor Andrew Revell, a research fellow at the Ora M. DeJesus Gerontology Center, reveals new info on “Senior Moments.”

UMass Dartmouth Ranked #1 Public Regional University In New England By U.S. News & World Report. College of Engineering undergraduate program listed among best in the nation.

Schooner Ernestina’s records, photos, and films documenting fishing, immigration and scientific voyages donated to Claire T. Carney Library.

Chancellor MacCormack calls for renewal of the public higher education covenant, announces retirement.

Cricket Club wins Massachusetts State Championship.


The National Science Foundation awarded $3.5 million to the Center for University, School, and Community Partnerships  and Kaput Center for Research and Innovation in STEM Education to focus on teacher development and improving teaching strategies in New Bedford, Fall River, and Wareham.

More than three quarters of first group of UMass Law graduates to take the Massachusetts bar exam passed on the first attempt.

The Massachusetts Board of Higher Education approved a new doctoral program in engineering and applied science.

The Advanced Technology Manufacturing Center launched a new smart manufacturing consortium to focus regional effort on increasing the college-educated workforce.

History Professor Bryan Glyn Williams’ Afghanistan field manual for U.S. soldiers went public on the 10-year anniversary of America’s longest war.


The College of Engineering programs earned full accreditation renewal for its degree programs in Civil, Computer, Electrical and Mechanical Engineering.

The following alumni and a professor were honored for achievement and service: James Karam, ’71; Margaret Xifaras,’78; Gregory Tapis, ’04; Michael Knodler, ’99; Donald Burton ’97; Christopher Markey, JD ’94; Alicia Brown, JD ’11; Dr. Brian Howes.

UMass Dartmouth was one of 18 U.S. colleges and universities chosen by the Institute of International Education for the 2012 Brazil initiative.

Construction continued on the Claire T. Carney Library, which is undergoing a full renovation  designed to transform study and learning spaces.


UMass in Lisbon, a UMass Dartmouth-based program, was launched create a unique study abroad program in the “European City of Year” for students from across the UMass System. The program will actually place UMass faculty in Lisbon to work with Portguese faculty on the program. Thanks to generous donations, the program will be the same cost as a semester on the UMass campus.

Mechanical Engineering Professor Peter Friedman, who spent the last year serving as a Congressional Fellow in the office of Rep. Michael Simpson, R-Idaho, was honored for “job well done” in the official Congressional Record.

After a six-year struggle to acquire property, UMass Dartmouth finalized an agreement with the City of New Bedford that will allow for a major expansion of the School of Marine Sciences and Technology. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2012.

Biology major Rachael Bonoan won the prize for having the best presentation at a gathering of southern New England students.

English students and faculty published the second issue of DART, a magazine covering issues and ideas of interest to the UMass Dartmouth community and beyond.

The School of Marine Science and Technology and the University of Sao Paulo Institute of Oceanography signed an agreement creating dual PhD degrees in Oceanography and Marine Sciences. The signing ceremony was held during Governor Deval Patrick’s trade mission to Brazil.



Corsair golf team heads for NCAAs

November 1, 2010

golfFor the first time since the 1977 season, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth’s golf team is headed to the national tournament. The Corsairs shot a team score of 320 for a 36-hole total of 652 and finished 16 strokes ahead of defending champion Johnson & Wales to win the Great Northeast Athletic Conference championship, which concluded Sunday at the par-72 Triggs Memorial Golf Course. More

We’re just getting started!

October 30, 2010

weekendJoin Chancellor MacCormack, faculty, students and staff on a video tour of our campus. Play video

Get ready for Alumni & Family Weekend

September 14, 2010

alumfamilyRegister today for the Sept. 24-26 Alumni & Family Weekend, which will feature art shows, classes, breakfast with the deans and provost, a tour of UMass Law and, of course the UMD v. Plymouth State football game.

Corsair makes list of 20 coolest football helmets

September 2, 2010

helmetmassdartmouthThe season has not yet begun, but the Corsair football team has already received national recognition. The Corsair helmet has been featured as one of the top 20 Division III helmets in the nation by Ed Wozniak on the Balladeer’s Blog. The feature is entitled “The 20 Coolest Football Helmets in NCAA Division 3.”  UMass Dartmouth is ranked 15th on the list.  More

Family and Alumni Weekend Sept. 26

August 21, 2010

Arnie9Mark September 26 on your calenders right now for Alumni & Family Weekend 2010. Events are designed to bring together the entire UMass Dartmouth Community—current students and their families, alumni, faculty, and staff. This is an opportunity for parents to visit with their sons and daughter, meet their new friends, and get to know better what UMass Dartmouth life is like. For alumni, it’s a chance to renew old acquaintances, visit with faculty members who influenced them, and reflect with nostalgia on the “good ole days.”

Outdoor track teams honored for coaching and sportsmanship

August 21, 2010

Corsair Primary logoCoach Steve Gardiner and his outdoor track and field team have received post-season Little East Conference honors. Gardiner has been named Little East Conference Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Conference Coach of the Year, while the Corsair men’s team received the LEC Sportsmanship Award. More

Check out the Corsairs Fall schedule

Check out spring sports action photos

August 2, 2010

lacrosseCheck out Corsair lacrosse, softball, baseball, track, and tennis photos here.

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

July 9, 2010

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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Events for the week of May 17

May 17, 2010

The following is a list of selected upcoming UMass Dartmouth events for the coming week. For complete daily, weekly, and monthly event listings, please visit the online calendar.

Thursday, May 20

8 a.m. — Electrical Engineering Senior Design Project Presentation

4 p.m. — Anthony Mullen: 2009 National Teacher of the Year

Saturday, May 22

2 p.m. — Graduate Commencement

Sunday, May 23

10:15 a.m. — Undergraduate Commencement

Through May 31

Exhibition: The Portuguese Revolution