Alumni Association's 31st annual awards brunch Saturday, Oct. 2

UMass Dartmouth Alumni Association to honor groundbreaking researcher, advertising firm owner, alumni volunteer and longtime campus chancellor aide 31st annual brunch part of Leadership Weekend at University The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Alumni Association's 31st annual awards brunch will be held Saturday, Oct. 2 and celebrate the commitment of four individuals to service through science, business, volunteerism and higher education. The brunch will be held in the Campus Center Commuter Cafe, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

UMass Dartmouth Alumni Association to honor groundbreaking researcher, advertising firm owner, alumni volunteer and longtime campus chancellor aide 
31st annual brunch part of Leadership Weekend at University 

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Alumni Association?s 31st annual awards brunch will be held Saturday, Oct. 2 and celebrate the commitment of four individuals to service through science, business, volunteerism and higher education. The brunch will be held in the Campus Center Commuter Cafe, beginning at 10:30 a.m. 

"The one thing that each of this year's award winners have in common is an unyielding dedication to serving their community," said UMass Director of Alumni Affairs Donald Berube. "They have used their skills, knowledge and experience to advance the cause of the SouthCoast region and the University of Massachusetts in countless ways. This is our chance to thank them." 

The award winners are: 

University Service 
Dr. Bal Ram Singh, professor of the chemistry, director of Center for Indic Studies 

Dr. Bal Ram Singh has been teaching, researching, and serving at UMass Dartmouth since 1990. In 2003, he received a $7 million grant to support his on-going research associated with the development of a National Center for the study of botulism. Dr. Singh is also Director of the Center for Indic Studies. He is recognized by the Alumni Association for his outstanding contributions to the university, which have created a stronger sense of pride and prestige among all alums. 

Personal Achievement 
Elizabeth M. Isherwood ?80 
Elizabeth M. Isherwood is president of Moore & Isherwood, a full service advertising and public relations company located in New Bedford. She earned her MBA from UMass Dartmouth in 1980 and has served with distinction on the Alumni Association Board of Directors for six consecutive years. She is honored by the Alumni Association for being the quintessential role model for all alumni, especially women. 

Alumni Service 
William C. McGowan ?82 
William C. McGowan served as president of the Alumni Association Board of Directors for three years during which time the Board gained stature and organizational maturity. He served the University as president of the student senate and is a 1982 graduate of Southeastern Massachusetts University. He is honored by the Alumni Association for laying the foundation for its current success. 

Alumni Employee Award 
Joyce M. LeBlanc ?89 
Joyce M. LeBlanc, assistant to the chancellor, has served four campus presidents/chancellors since 1984 as a liaison to campus and external constituencies. A 1989 graduate of the University, Joyce exemplifies quality and dedication in all that she does, and she has been a constant source of support for the Alumni Association. 

The Saturday alumni awards brunch is one of the highlights of Leadership Weekend at UMass Dartmouth. Friday events include the grand opening of the new Charlton College of Business facility, a panel discussion on leadership, unveiling of the campus Leadership Walkway honoring past presidents/chancellors, and the Presidents Dinner celebrating the campus and community leadership that created and nurtured the Dartmouth campus since its creation 40 years ago. 


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