Congratulations Class of 2011

May 19, 2011

Congratulations to65 the amazing UMass Dartmouth Class of 2011, which will be graduating this weekend. The Class of 2011 includes 1,589 undergraduates and 483 graduate students. Both ceremonies can be viewed at and on your mobile device at Read more about UMassD Mobile for commencement and our long-range wireless initiative.

The Saturday, May 21 graduate ceremony will include the first UMass School of Law degrees being awarded. The School of Law accepted its first students in the fall of 2010. The law school class of 2011 includes students who transferred from the Southern New England School of Law, which closed after donating its land, building, library holdings and other assets to UMass Dartmouth. Read more about this historic first.

Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Roderick Ireland will address the graduate commencement on Saturday. UMass President Jack Wilson, concluding his tenure at the helm of the 5-campus system and beginning his new job as president of the Edward M.Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate, will address the Sunday, May 22 undergraduate commencement. Read about our full slate of honorees.

Here are a few facts about the Class of 2011:

Undergraduate degrees by college: Arts and Sciences 600, Business — 511, Engineering — 186, Visual and Performing Arts — 152, Nursing — 140

Graduate degrees by college: Engineering — 116, Business — 96, Education/Public Policy/Civic Engagement — 95, Arts and Sciences — 68, Law — 53, Visual and Performing Arts — 26, Marine Science — 16, Nursing — 13.

Countries represented: 15

States represented: 21

Massachusetts communities represented: 251

Now read the stories behind the Class of 2011.

UMass Dartmouth receives national recognition for community service

May 18, 2011

One of 15 campuses in New England and one of 7 in Massachusetts named “with distinction” to President’s Honor Roll

Washington, D.C. – As UMass Dartmouth prepares to honor nearly 2,100 students at its Commencement exercises this weekend, the University has been honored by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) as a leader among institutions of higher education for its support of volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement.

WebAdsVert250x250UMass Dartmouth was admitted to the 2010 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll “with distinction” for its strong institutional commitment to service and compelling campus-community partnerships that produce measurable results for the community. UMass Dartmouth was one of 114 campuses across the country, one of 15 in New England, and one of 7 in Massachusetts receiving the “with distinction” honor. The Corporation for National and Community Service, which has administered the Honor Roll since 2006, admitted a total of 641 colleges and universities for their impact on issues ranging from literacy and neighborhood revitalization to supporting at-risk youth. Six campuses received the highest honor, the Presidential Award. A total of 851 institutions applied for the 2010 Honor Roll, a nine percent increase over last year, a sign of the growing interest by colleges and universities in highlighting their efforts to engage students in making a difference in the community.

“As we prepare to honor our students at Commencement this weekend, we are honored that our campus has earned this national recognition for our engagement in the community,” UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Jean F. MacCormack said. “Our students, faculty, and staff are distinguished by their willingness to invest their energy, talent and intellect for the good of the SouthCoast and Commonwealth. We strongly believe that the experiences our students have in the community are a valuable source of learning and discovery that prepares them for life beyond the University.”

“As members of the class of 2011 cross the stage to pick up their diplomas, more and more will be going into the world with a commitment to public service and the knowledge that they can make a difference in their communities and their own lives through service to others, thanks to the leadership of these institutions,” said Patrick A. Corvington, Chief Executive Officer of CNCS.  “Congratulations to UMass Dartmouth and its students for their dedication to service and commitment to improving their local communities.  We salute all the Honor Roll awardees for embracing their civic mission and providing opportunities for their students to tackle tough national challenges through service.”

In the 2009/2010 academic year, 102 faculty members offered 164 service-learning classes. Those classes resulted in 3,378 students being engaged in service-learning and serving 67,560 hours in our community that year. Campus-wide, faculty and students, performed more than 141,000 hours of community service in the surrounding community during the last full academic year, and that number is expected to rise this year. This included 1,561 students performing 74,081 hours of community service.

Projects included a design class redesigning a facility used by People Inc. in Fall River, a non-profit agency which employs gifted adults in a manufacturing operation, an engineering class re-designing traffic patterns and bus routes in New Bedford, a leadership class implementing an

an “adopt a shoreline” project which has resulted in miles of coastline being cleansed, a business class organizing a fundraiser for the Fall River Children’s Museum, work study students devoting thousands of hours to tutoring children in New Bedford, and creation of food pantries and community gardens in Fall River middle schools, honors students working with elementary students to improve their reading skills and encourage them to stay in school.

The University’s Center for Civic Engagement also manages the LEADS Program (Leadership for Educational Attainment Developed Through Service) in collaboration with the Fall River and New Bedford Public school systems. Funded by a Commonwealth Corp grant from the Massachusetts Governors’ office, the program has University students teaching  leadership skills to urban middle school students through service learning projects. Middle school students develop a service-learning project that is important to them through research of their community needs. The Center is also the lead organizer of the region’s annual Civic Engagement Summit, which brings civic, business, and educational leaders together to forge partnerships to address social issues.

“Our goal is to provide a rich service learning experience for every student who attends UMass Dartmouth,’’ said Center for Civic Engagement Director Matthew Roy. “We believe such experiences have highly positive transformative impacts on the students and the people they serve.”

In addition, UMass Dartmouth has invested tens of millions of dollars in major facilities in New Bedford to strengthen the socio-economic fabric of the region. These include the School for Marine Science and Technology and the College of Visual and Performing Arts in New Bedford, and the Advanced Technology Manufacturing Center, a continuing education center, and soon-to-be-built Bio-Manufacturing Center in Fall River. The University is also a major partner in the downtown New Bedford Ocean Explorium, which is designed to excite young people about science.

On campuses across the country, millions of college students are engaged in innovative projects to meet local needs, often using the skills learned in classrooms.  In 2009, 3.2 million college students dedicated more than 307 million hours of service to communities across the country, service valued at more than $6.4 billion.  Business and law students offer tax preparation and legal services, and college student volunteers provide meals, create parks, rebuild homes after disasters, conduct job training, run senior service programs, and much more.

The Corporation for National and Community Service is a strong partner with the nation’s colleges and universities in supporting community service and service learning.  Last year, CNCS provided more than $215 million in support to institutions of higher education, including grants to operate service programs and the Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards for college tuition and student loan repayment.  CNCS is a catalyst for service-learning programs nationwide that connect community service with academic curricula. Through these programs, in classes, and in extracurricular activities, college students serve their communities while strengthening their academic and civic skills.

CNCS oversees the Honor Roll in collaboration with the U.S. Departments of Education and Housing and Urban Development, Campus Compact, and the American Council on Education. Honorees are chosen based on a series of selection factors, including the scope and innovation of service projects, the extent to which service-learning is embedded in the curriculum, the school’s commitment to long-term campus-community partnerships, and measurable community outcomes as a result of the service. For a full list of recipients and descriptions of their service, visit


The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs, and leads President Barack Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit

UMass Dartmouth has earned the highest federal recognition for commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement

May 2, 2011


UMass Dartmouth has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service learning and civic engagement. This is the second year in a row that UMass Dartmouth has been named to the honor roll.

Check out the newest face of UMass Dartmouth!

April 28, 2011

Angela Dispirto, senior sculpture design major, is the newest face of UMass Dartmouth. Check out the video link down below!

UMass campuses hosted institutions of Hessen Germany, with UMass Dartmouth being the lead coordinating campus

April 27, 2011


The five UMass campuses recently hosted a visiting delegation representing the institutions of Hessen Germany March 30 to April 5.   The system-wide state to state partnership was signed in 2004. Since then,  approximately 250 UMass students have studied at Hessen institutions in Germany and UMass campuses have hosted a combined 160 students from Germany.  There has been periodic faculty collaboration throughout that time, however the objective of the delegation visit was to significantly expand faculty contacts in hopes of developing joint research projects, faculty exchange and other opportunities.

UMass Dartmouth is the lead campus coordinating the partnership. The partnership was initiated in the late 1990’s by Professor Emeritus Dr. Joseph Bronstad.  Dartmouth hosted the opening day of the delegation visit with 40 persons faculty to faculty discussing potential points of collaboration. The delegation visit also included a luncheon that included current Hessen students at Dartmouth and some past participants in summer programs at Hessen.  Participants had the choice of tours at either SMAST,  ATMC, CVPA, and some department meetings.  The Welcome reception was held at the Star Store gallery where visitors saw the 2011 MFA show followed by a dinner on the New Bedford waterfront hosted by Chancellor McCormick.  The following day featured brief tours of UMass Medical Center facilities and UMass Amherst with substantive faculty discussions both places.  At UMass Lowell, the group was treated to tours of several engineering labs, meetings with faculty and administrators and a formal luncheon.  The final day consisted of meetings with faculty and staff at UMass Boston followed by dinner and closing remarks at the UMass Club in downtown Boston.  That dinner was hosted by President Jack Wilson who had signed the initial partnership agreement and wished the group continued and growing collaboration of mutual benefit to both faculty and students.

For further information on the Hessen partnership, contact Kristen Kalbrener, Director of International Programs, UMass Dartmouth, at

New dining services firm chosen for campus: Chartwells chosen based on student, faculty and staff feedback

April 22, 2011

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth announced today that it has chosen Chartwells, a national leader in university food service, to manage its student dining operation pending completion of contract negotiations.

“We look forward to partnering with Chartwells to enhance the dining experience for our 9,500 students, our staff and campus visitors,” said Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance Deborah McLaughlin. “Throughout this 10-month process we have done a lot of listening to students, faculty and staff about their needs and aspirations related to dining. We have been impressed with Chartwells’ track record for creating healthy, diverse and exciting dining options and becoming fully engaged in campus life. Our students are going to be very pleased when they return in the fall.”

Among the highlights of the Chartwells proposal:

– Responding to student demands for more choice and flexibility, traditional meal plans will be augmented with opportunities to use meal tickets at on-campus dining outlets such as cafes and sandwhich shops located in residential and academic buildings.

– A leading edge health and nutrition program that caters to the diverse needs of students, faculty, staff and visitors from around the nation and world will be implemented.

– The Resident Dining Hall will be renovated to improve food choices and foot traffic flow during high volume periods of the day.

– A Campus Center Food Court will be constructed to provide new choices for students. This will follow additional input from students about the kinds of choices they would prefer.

– Local and national brand name dining options, such as sandwich and coffee shops, will be brought to campus. Chartwells and the university are in discussions with such businesses.

– “Farm to Fork” sustainability programs designed to support local farmers and additional partnerships with the UMass Dartmouth Sustainability Initiative will be implemented.

Chartwells was chosen to manage UMass Dartmouth’s $11 million food services enterprise after a comprehensive 10-month public bidding process that included broad-based feedback from students, faculty and staff. UMass Dartmouth officials and Chartwells have opened a dialogue with the union representing the on-campus employees of Sodexo, the university’s current dining services vendor. A smooth transition is expected.2896

Registration now open for GreenLight for Girls!

April 20, 2011

Registration is now open for the June 11 Greenlight for Girls Day at UMass Dartmouth, a free event to encourage 11 to 15 year old girls to take up careers in science, technology, engineering and math, by emphasizing the link between science and fun.

The event will take place on Saturday, June 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the university’s main campus at 285 Old Westport Rd., North Dartmouth. Girls ages 11-15 are invited to participate an can register by visiting Registration is limited to 150 girls.

The event is a partnership between greenlight for girls and the Kaput Center for Research and Innovation in STEM Education at UMass Dartmouth. The day unfolds in workshop form covering a wide variety of topics such as Lego robotics, spuds in space (gaming theory), Will it break? (dropping/catching eggs using physics), volcanoes, Behind the Tide, Simulated Calculus, WiiFit and your health, and Botulism—to name a few. In addition to these great workshops, lunch will be served and there is an invention contest.

For more details about the event and our organizations, please follow the links below:

For questions or to discuss sponsorship opportunities at greenlight for girls Day, please contact us at or

2011 Commencement speakers, honorees announced

April 19, 2011


University of Massachusetts President Jack Wilson, who is concluding his tenure at the helm of the 5-campus university system this year, and Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Roderick Ireland, the first African-American appointed in the three century history of the state’s highest court, will deliver the UMass Dartmouth undergraduate and graduate commencement addresses, respectively. Both will also receive the Chancellor’s Distinguished Service Medal in recognition of their accomplishments and commitment to service. Read more

UMass Dartmouth Peer Health Educators Named “Outstanding Peer Educator Group” In New England

April 15, 2011

The UMass Dartmouth Peer Health Educators were awarded “Outstanding Peer Education Group” for the New England area at a recent annual meeting of the BACCHUS Network (, a national non-profit organization that actively promotes student leadership on healthy and safe lifestyle decisions. Kelly Ann Boehm (UMass Dartmouth College of Nursing ,’10) was also named “Outstanding Peer Educator Alumnus-Area 10 (New England)”.

The Outstanding Peer Education Group award is granted to “a peer education group which shows commitment to impacting their campus community, accepts growth and leadership opportunities, works effectively as a team, collaborates well with campus groups and organizations, and demonstrates passion, creativity, and follow-through in activities.” The Outstanding Alumnus award is granted to an alumnus who has “contributed to their community through their work or philanthropy and has served as a positive role model to BACCHUS.”

The award continues a string of honors for the UMass Dartmouth Peer Health Education Program.  UMass Dartmouth Coordinator of Health Education and Promotion Beth-Anne Vieira, who leads campus efforts to train students to help their peers live healthy lives, was named “Outstanding Advisor” for the New England area in 2010. In 2009, the UMass Dartmouth Peer Health Educators received the Outstanding Peer Education Group-Area 10 (New England), and George Henry Aulson IV (UMass Dartmouth College of Nursing, ’08) received Outstanding Alumnus-Area 10 (New England).
The UMass Dartmouth Peer Health Educators are student leaders who are recruited and trained to: provide the UMass Dartmouth student community with educational, interactive programs on health issues; raise awareness about health and wellness; refer students to appropriate resources; and, advocate for policy, procedural, and environmental changes that support the health and well-being of the campus community. Additional information regarding the UMass Dartmouth Peer Health Education Program is available at

The UMass Dartmouth Peer Health Educators are:

* Corey Arenz, Marketing Major, Class of 2011

* Jaime Conlon, Nursing Major, Class of 2011

* Chris Dinan, Political Science Major, Class of 2011

* Drew Fosdick, Marketing Major, Class of 2013

* Tim Greene, Marketing Major, Class of 2013

* Mikayla Harris, Psychology Major, Class of 2012

* Hannah LaPlante, Psychology Major, Class of 2012

* Racheal Muir, Nursing Major, Class of 2011

* Angela Pagliuca, Nursing Major, Class of 2011

* Mark Realbuto, Finance Major, Class of 2011

* Katie Scanlon, Nursing Major, Class of 2011

* Rachael Simms, Sociology Major, Class of 2012

* Sheila Tsiakalos, Medical Laboratory Science/Pre-Med Major, Class of 2013

* Sheldon Vigeant, Art Education Major, Class of 2012

The BACCHUS Network represents more than 32,000 student leaders and advisors on more than 900 campuses, which are organized into 12 regional areas. Seventy-four peer education programs at 62 colleges and universities are represented by Area 10 (New England).


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

April 13, 2011

Initiative made possible by partnership with Northern Michigan University will make wireless connectivity available to UMass Dartmouth students, faculty and staff across campus and within two miles of the campus bell tower.


UMass Dartmouth today became just the second campus in the nation to make long-range broadband wireless connectivity (known as WiMAX) available to its students, faculty and staff –  In partnership with Northern Michigan University over Internet2.  UMass Dartmouth will be equipping 350 students and faculty members with WiMAX technology to test and fine-tune the system over the spring semester with a goal of making UMass Dartmouth’s WiMAX fully operational by the fall semester.

The system will provide high-speed wireless access for students, faculty and staff anywhere on campus and within two miles of the campus bell tower. It will eventually allow students to link to a Virtual Computer Lab (VCL) that will provide access to licensed  software needed to perform every day tasks or possibly statistical analysis or graphic design. Ultimately, University officials expect to expand the system to satellite sites in New Bedford, Fall River, Fairhaven, and Cape Cod, and offer access to public safety and other government agencies in those communities.

The University is partnering with Northern Michigan University, the first campus in the nation to deploy WiMAX for its population. NMU received national attention for its WiMAX initiative when President Obama visited in February to announce his administration’s National Wireless Initiative. NMU has been supporting UMass Dartmouth’s efforts by providing expertise and access to its WiMAX core technology. This initiative is possible due to UMass Dartmouth’s unique technology assets (FCC licensed broadband spectrum) that cover most of Southeastern Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Cape Cod. Making the campus fully wireless with a traditional Wi-Fi system could have cost $2 million, while leveraging the campus’ broadband wireless spectrum licenses initially cost less than $100,000.

“UMass Dartmouth is proud to once again put innovation into action to empower students in their learning and faculty in their teaching and discovery,’’ Chancellor Jean F. MacCormack said. “This system will serve students by keeping them connected to the people, knowledge and tools they need to learn, compete, and thrive on the digital planet. We are especially grateful for the support and encouragement we have received from our friends at Northern Michigan and the innovative spirit that our own technology team has brought to this exciting effort.”

“Students will be able to access our network from their seats in class, at a Route 6 coffee shop, riding a campus van from their residence hall to the library, or during halftime of a Corsair football game,’’ said Donna Massano, UMass Dartmouth’s Chief Information Officer. “Faculty will remain connected as they transition from lecture hall to laboratory to their office. We will even be piloting access for our public safety officers when they are in their cruisers. ”

UMass Dartmouth possesses long-standing FCC licenses to use the spectrum, which provides a regulated environment, free from interference by rogue systems and other competitors. WiMAX is more cost-effective than the traditional Wi-Fi because even a single base station – like the one the university has installed on its bell tower – can support thousands of users over a span of miles, depending on topography and building design.

“UMass Dartmouth controls frequencies over a vast geographical area, covering most of Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts, including the Cape and islands,” said Andrew Darling, Director of IT Infrastructure,  “We are taking advantage of our unique position to connect people and ideas through technology.”

The WiMAX initiative is part of a broader UMass Dartmouth/ Massachusetts/Rhode Island effort to improve broadband connectivity in Rhode Island and across Southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod.

The Ocean State Higher Education Economic Development and Administrative Network (OSHEAN) recently announced a $21.7 million federal stimulus grant of $21.7 million to bring vastly increased broadband capacity to the community anchor institutions of Rhode Island and Bristol County, including UMass Dartmouth satellite sites. Plans are also underway to expand the network east to the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole and north to the Taunton Municipal Lighting Plant (TMLP.)