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.



Summer reading, building, thinking at UMD

August 1, 2011

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.

Check out this video on Umass Dartmouth & GRI Sustainability Reporting!

January 5, 2011


Umass Dartmouth Students on the Front Lines of Sustainability Reporting

January 5, 2011

In a recently published blog post by Triple Pundit.com, Universities Embrace GRI Sustainability Reporting, Umass Dartmouth was the featured as the front runner of universities participating in GRI Sustainability Reporting. More interestingly, Umass Dartmouth students enrolled in the Charlton College of Business MBA program completed the GRI report under the guidance of professor Adam Sulkowski.

This is not the first time the University has been recognized for its leadership in sustainability reporting. Last year, Umass Dartmouth was the first University, world wide, that released an A-level sustainability report that met the specific GRI’s G3 guidelines. This year, the University is only one of five universities that reported on the GRI website.

The students were encouraged to study the GRI report compiled by GE as a guideline for a successful GRI Sustainability report. From there, students were encouraged to dig deep into the sustainability indicators of the University. By the end of the process, the class, along with Net Impact members (a network of students and professionals dedicated to using business for a positive economic, environmental and social impact), was able to compile a total of 72 metric indicators.

Creating this report provides students with a numerous amount of marketable skills once they graduate, according to the Triple Pundit post. Several students involved in the project have seen the payoff of contributing to the dynamic report. According to the post, “One MBA student is in advanced stages of job interviews for a position in which she would be accountable for a major corporation’s production of a sustainability report that is GRI-compliant. Three students have [also] secured positions in jobs related to sustainability, with one launching an alternative energy business.”

For more information on the blog post, visithttp://www.triplepundit.com/2011/01/universities-embrace-gri-sustainability-reporting/. For more information on GRI Sustainability Reporting, visit http://www.globalreporting.org/Home.GRI_HOME_IMAGE_r2_c1

Cricket Club Wins Big Recognition at UMD

December 29, 2010


While most UMass Dartmouth students were home this summer, the UMass Dartmouth Cricket Club was hard at work. The group of 30 spent a majority of their summer practicing and preparing to make a little history. This was the first year that the UMass Dartmouth Cricket Club participated in the Massachusetts State Cricket League.

The team is part of the Division Three league, which consists of 12 other teams from Massachusetts. The UMD squad was undefeated until the playoffs which ended in mid-September. In a close game, the Cricket Club fell short of victory by only a few points during the semi-finals.

The Cricket Club plays regularly at both on and off-campus locations. Its main mission is to encourage and support Cricket within the University. Beyond this, the club works to promote Cricket as a culture and emphasize its tradition as it exists across cultures. The group encourages students from different countries to participate in Cricket and recognize it as a sport that has no borders. The goal is to express a  message of friendship and unity through the existence of the organization.  The group is open to all students who have interest in cricket.

Ambassador Young to speak at MLK breakfast

December 23, 2010

BE047239Former UN Ambassador Andrew Young, who stood side by side with Martin Luther King Jr. in the civil rights struggles of the 1960s, will be the featured speaker at UMass Dartmouth’s 9th annual MLK breakfast on January 28 at 8:30 a.m. at the University’s Woodland Commons. “Andrew Young is one of the true champions of the civil rights movement and we are very fortunate as a University and as a community to have this opportunity to hear his perspective on both past and current events,” UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Jean F. MacCormack said. Read more

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

Take a walk in UMD forest Nov. 3

October 29, 2010

foliageJoin Rupert Grantham, Forester with Walden Forest Conservation, on Nov. 3 at noon as he leads a tour of the campus forest looking at forest cover types, land-use history and other unique features. More

Partnership with U.S. Army aimed to enhance textile industry competitiveness

October 29, 2010

flagUMass Dartmouth engineering faculty and students are working with the U.S. Army’s Natick Soldier Systems Center to develop digital high-speed textile printing processes and technology that will produce specialized camouflage clothing and equipment that will help soldiers blend with the landscape and minimize heat transfer, making them invisible to infrared sensors. More