Feature Stories 2020

Hannah Gadbois standing in front of a fountain
Hannah Gadbois '16: The value of faculty mentorship

Hannah, who earned her degree in Art History, talks about CVPA’s supportive community of professors, academic excellence, and career preparation.

Honors College students meeting in the college offices
Honors College first-year class enrollment jumps by more than 40%

Enrollment increase comes just one year after UMass Dartmouth program transitions to a college

Marc St. Pierre
Honoring Marc St. Pierre

Marc's legacy as an instructor, friend, and artist remains alive.

Hillary Farber
Professor Hillary Farber named Pro Bono of the Year by the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project

UMass Law professor honored for her work with detained immigrants on the U.S.-Mexico border

Center for Portuguese Studies tiles
Preserving Portuguese culture at UMassD

The generosity of several donors brings the rich history of the Portuguese to life at UMass Dartmouth

Judge stands at lectern with students in the foreground
UMass Law celebrates nomination of faculty member and Judge Serge Georges to MA Supreme Judicial Court

Students and staff praise the selection of one of their own and describe him as “inspiring” and “compassionate”

Library of books on a cell phone
Kate Thornhill ’10: Alumni spotlight

Kate talks about the career benefits of pursuing her BA in art history & BFA in Photography at the CVPA.

Amana Khatib '21, UMassD Nursing
Amana Khatib '21

Ready to make an impact as a nurse

Katelin Harlow '21
Katelin Harlow ’21

Gained inside knowledge tracking COVID-19 in her biology course

Danielle O'Malley Boston Sculptors Gallery Exhibition
Danielle O'Malley: Sink or Swim

MFA candidate Danielle O'Malley's solo exhibition, Sink or Swim, will be at Boston Sculptors LaunchPad Gallery November 18, 2020 - January 10, 2021

Laurie Senat, JD '21 standing with arms folded
Laurie Senat, JD ‘21 works toward racial justice in juvenile courts

UMass Law 3L is one of first interns at Juvenile Defenders Dismantling Racism

Lydia Stormwind
Lydia Stormwind '22

A student-athlete motivated to achieve more

Alexander Nwonye
Alexander Nwonye '22

Preparing for a career in computer engineering

Claricela Carranza
Claricela Carranza ’22

Fulfilling a dream to be a nurse

Chidinma Irabor
Chidinma Irabor ’22

Discovering a passion for art

Jasmine Jenkins '22
Jasmine Jenkins '22

Learning to be the change

Eden McKenna-Bateman
Eden McKenna-Bateman '23: Art history major

Eden has been accepted into the RISD Museum Guild program.

Alexandria Murphy, JD '21 standing across the street from the U.S. Supreme Court
Alexandria Murphy, JD ’21 witnesses Supreme Court history as she aspires to serve in the JAG Corps

UMass Law Public Interest Law Fellow drives to DC to pay her respects to former Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Samantha Reid, 2020 Public Interest internship participant, behind a lectern
Public interest internships provide valuable experience while serving community

UMass Law students received summer stipends to support work in judge’s chambers, government offices, and nonprofit organizations

Dustin Marlan teaching
UMass Law students assist small businesses in navigating CARES Act in COVID-19 Clinic

Firsthand legal experience gained while counseling business clients during pandemic

1L students taking Lawyer's Oath led by Justice Whitener
UMass Law students begin legal studies with session on diversity, equity, and inclusion

Led by groundbreaking Washington State Supreme Court Justice G. Helen Whitener, 1Ls take the Lawyer’s Oath virtually

Animal Defense League scholarship recipient
Abbey Barr, JD ’21: National recipient of the Animal Law Scholarship from the Animal Legal Defense Fund

As president of the student chapter at UMass Law, Barr raises awareness of animal rights

Owen Tower, UMassD physics alum and PhD student at University of Colorado Boulder
Owen Tower ‘20: Ambitious scholar

Owen, who earned his degree in physics at UMassD, attributes faculty mentorship and internships with helping him segue into a PhD program at the University of Colorado Boulder.

1983 UMassD Hockey Team
John and Tom Findley: Keeping the Corsair tradition since 1984

“We will continue to support UMassD and the values it has taught us."

Joshua Depina, Computer Science student at UMassD
Joshua Depina '21: Integrating service & learning

Joshua supplements his studies with military service, real-world experience, and community engagement to prepare for his future as a software engineer.

Shannon Kennedy
Shannon Kennedy ‘23: Engineering mentee

The Women in Engineering Peer Mentoring Program preps Shannon, a first-year student, for early career success.

Jesse Purvis JD '19
Jesse Purvis, JD ’19 named director of policy for Boston City Councilor

Recipient of UMass Law Public Interest Law Fellowship and Thurgood Marshall Award for Social Justice

Prinkle Sharma and Vidhyashree Nagaraju, College of Engineering alums awarded tenure-track faculty positions at prestigious universities
Engineering graduates accept tenure track faculty appointments

Prinkle Sharma and Vidhyashree Nagaraju, who completed their PhDs in Computer Engineering, have accepted tenure track faculty appointments at nationally ranked universities.

Spencer Berryman, marketing major at UMass Dartmouth
Spencer Berryman ’21: The art of communication

Faculty mentors, community service work, and a Dell EMC workshop help Spencer find the confidence to pursue a bright future.

June Horowitz
Associate Dean June Horowitz named to international nursing board

Appointment will broaden visibility and reach for the College of Nursing & Health Sciences

Ucal Palmer
Ucal Palmer '94: Spreading Corsair pride to Atlanta

Palmer joined the Alumni Association Board to make a greater impact on current students

Ian Mwalago, business school student and Dell-EMC intern
Ian Mwalago '22: Changing the faces of tech

Ian Mwalago shares how finding an on-campus mentor and participating in the UMassD/Dell-EMC "Changing the Faces of Technology STEM Leadership" collaboration has positioned him for success.

Elaine Varelas '79
Elaine Varelas '79: Opening up possibilities for UMassD students

“Supporting UMassD is something we should be really proud to be able to do.”

Family of four
Tocci family builds a legacy at UMassD

Three Tocci sons look forward to successful futures

Marianne Sullivan, UMassD
"They are my future."

Marianne Sullivan values the future healthcare workers studying at UMassD

Joe Cozzolino '87
Joe Cozzolino '87: "UMass Dartmouth was the place I wanted to support."

Engineering foundation led to a career in cutting-edge fiber optic technology

Craig Elkins
Understanding what students need to succeed

Craig Elkins witnesses the determination of UMassD students

Erin Steele '20: Grateful and proud

An internship at medical device start-up, a semester abroad in Cyprus, and challenging bioengineering courses were part of her career preparation

Rappaport Scholar profile 2020, Adam Zwetchkenbaum
Adam Zwetchkenbaum, JD ’22: Rappaport Fellow

UMass Law’s newest Rappaport Fellow will intern at the Massachusetts Dept. of Higher Education this summer

Bailey Avila is pursuing her PhD in marine science at SMAST
Bailey Avila ’23: DoD scholarship recipient

Bailey, who is pursuing her PhD in marine science and technology, has been awarded a multi-year Department of Defense SMART Scholarship.

Noah Tavares and Don Wilkinson
Swain alumni help future CVPA grads

Swain School of Design Alumni Scholarship Fund supports CVPA sophomores

Abderahmane Naidjate is a junior majoring in engineering at UMassD
Abderahmane Naidjate '21: Fortune 500 intern

Being involved in a student organization for young professionals has helped Abderahmane, a computer engineering major, hone his leadership skills and land internships with two Fortune 500 companies.

Tom Mulvey and Kate Egan
Recognizing student leadership

Dr. Tom Mulvey and Caitlin Egan ’20

Meshkat Botshekan '19, UMassD alum, is one of the developers of the Carbin app
Meshkat Botshekan '19: Reducing the carbon footprint

Meshkat, a Civil and Environmental Engineering PhD student at MIT, collaborates with UMassD professors to develop app designed to help fight the effects of climate change.

Erika Cadena
Semester in the City offers internships in social innovation at Boston nonprofits

Students learn to make a difference while experiencing personal and professional development

Celeste Singh
After leaving Trinidad, nursing major Celeste Singh ’20 graduates as a Chancellor’s and Dean’s List scholar

Support from College of Nursing & Health Sciences faculty and College Now helped make her dream a reality

Sakiynah Howard
Supporting future electrical engineers

John Freeman ’58 and Sakiynah Howard ’20

Repeating Jars
Jordan Blankenship

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Artisanry: Ceramics

Meagan Drinan - Intrusive Thoughts
Touch Exhibition

Woven Imagery class Spring 2020

Shareefah Taylor, JD candidate ’21: Public Interest Law Fellow

Taylor interns for Justice Elspeth Cypher on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and at the UMass General Counsel’s Office

Brittany Cordeiro at Boston Medical Center
Brittany Cordeiro ’19 completes nurse residency program at Boston Medical Center

She is one of eight nursing school graduates selected from more than 1,000 applicants

2020 Year of the Nurse and Midwife logo
World Health Organization designates 2020 as the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife

College of Nursing & Health Sciences will celebrate this special event on May 7

Ike N. and Kathy Carter
Ike Nzerem '19: Senior associate

Faculty mentorship and internships prepared Ike for a full-time accounting position with State Street Corp.

Jennifer Ling Datchuk
Jennifer Ling Datchuk Awarded $50,000 Artist Fellowship

Jennifer Ling Datchuk, Ceramics alumna of UMass Dartmouth, awarded a 2020 United States Artists Fellowship in Craft.

Liberal arts major - Ana Da Paixao
Ana Da Paixao '20: Model United Nations

Ana honed her research skills through participation in Model United Nations events on campus and in New York City.

Large group of UMass Law students and faculty
Walk to the Hill 2020

UMass Law students gathered at the State House for the 2020 Walk to the Hill for Civil Legal Aid.

Engineering students prep for Target Hackathon 2019
COE design teams take top awards at Target’s Sleepwear Safety & Design Hackathon

Two teams of Engineering students placed first and second in a national competition to create safer alternatives to hazardous flame retardants used in children’s sleepwear.

Debbie Gustafson, CEO Energetiq
Debbie Gustafson '85: CEO, Energetiq

World traveler, high stakes negotiator, known as a trailblazing executive and clairvoyant marketer, Debbie Gustafson, BSME '85, has packed a wide range of experience into a stellar career.

A stopped MBTA train
Smoothing out the Red Line: capstone with community impact

For their senior capstone project, four mechanical engineering students worked for the MBTA to design and build a sensor to capture data along the Red Line's bumpy ride.