Feature Stories 2021

Nursing students processing into the ceremony
Accelerated nursing program celebrates 2021 graduates

Buoyed by their nursing degrees, ABSN graduates look forward to caring for others

Giovana Silveira '21: Adaptability

Recent Charlton College of Business grad thrives in ever-changing environments

Celebration of Faculty and Staff Scholarship event
First CNHS Celebration of Faculty and Staff Scholarship highlights research projects and collaboration

Research topics range from the effects of Covid-19 on nurses, recruitment, and nursing education to various healthcare and student-related topics

Gracie the “Lab Lab”

Laboratory Labrador plays an important role spreading joy on campus.

Osama Aljarrah
Osama Aljarrah '21: Choosing a concentration

Osama, who recently earned his PhD, talks about the value of pursuing the industrial and systems engineering concentration as part of the College of Engineering's engineering and applied science program.

Director of the Honors College
As she leads the UMass Dartmouth Honors College, Professor Amy Shapiro loves creating opportunities for highly-motivated students

Psychology scholar served as associate and interim dean of the College of Arts & Sciences and has been a faculty member for nearly 30 years

Narcisse Kunda '22: A natural leader

Between two majors, eight clubs, and six jobs and internships, Narcisse Kunda has made the most of his college experience.

Diego Marroquin portrait
Diego Marroquin '21: A resource to his community

Senior biology major Diego Marroquin is a catalyst for economic, social, and cultural transformation by volunteering his time, experiences, knowledge, and passion to communities that need it most.

Alexander Thibedeau '22: Bringing professional experience to the classroom

Senior Computer Science Major Sergeant Alexander Thibedeau discusses changing career paths, life at UMassD, and helping other veterans feel welcome on campus

Suemy Moreira
College welcomes new academic advisor

Suemy Moreira joins Engineering Student Support & Services team as an advisor for undergraduate students.

Raven Francomano '22, Most Outstanding Student in the Nation, and Professor Dwight Duncan, Most Outstanding Professor in the Nation
UMass Law chapter of Delta Theta Phi wins record number of awards at national convention

National awards include Most Outstanding Student Senate, Most Outstanding Professor for Professor Dwight Duncan, and Most Outstanding Student for Raven Francomano, JD ‘22

Marcus Howard '19 poses in front of a lake.
Alumni Feature: Marcus Howard '19

A complete art education with a university experience made UMassD the place to be for Marcus.

Amanda Kuffoh
Amanda Kuffoh ’20: Doing the right thing

Social justice and advocacy guides Amanda’s personal and professional journey

David Prairie
David Prairie '20: The value of conducting research

David says conducting research as a PhD student prepared him to succeed and advance in his chosen field.

Josue Rivera '19 in front of the library
Josue N Rivera '21: The value of faculty mentorship

Josue discusses how faculty mentorship and novel research opportunities inspired his academic path.

Start of 2021 Student Leadership Academy
Student Leadership Academy prepares CNHS students for success in school and their careers

Unique “ramp-up” program involved more than 400 College of Nursing & Health Sciences students in workshops, team activities, and "wingman" experience

Aubrey Church, PSM student at SMAST
Aubrey Church ’22: Choosing the PSM program

Aubrey talks about SMAST’s cooperative research opportunities & how the Professional Science Master’s program prepares students for career advancement.

UMass Class of 2024 at Orientation
UMass Law welcomes Classes of 2023 and 2024 to campus

Law school’s enrollment and academic stature are the highest in its history following a record number of applications

Assistant Director of Legal Career Services, UMass Law
New faculty and staff join UMass Law with strong teaching and professional development experience

UMass Law welcomes new assistant director of legal career services and two legal skills professors

Cassie Canastra
Cassie Canastra '20: Why she chose the PSM degree

Cassie talks about how SMAST's professional science master’s degree program helped her gain the knowledge and experience necessary to assist regulators in the management of fisheries.

Jonathan Bisbano
Jonathan Bisbano ’11: Learning to love coding

A solid engineering skillset helped Bisbano build a career at EHR leader Meditech

Computer Science major Alexander Moulton
Alexander Moulton '21: Computer science major

Alexander Moulton shares why he chose to pursue his computer science degree at UMassD's College of Engineering.

Rbrey Singleton '22 receives leadership and advocacy award from the MA Black Lawyers Association

Award named in honor of (Ret.) MA Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Roderick L. Ireland

Members of the Class of 2021 at Commencement Ceremony
UMass Law Commencement Ceremony celebrates the Classes of 2020 and 2021

Students extolled for completing their legal education during an uncertain and unprecedented era

Alycia Busby UMassD alumni mentor
Alycia Busby ’12 pays it forward through mentoring

Alumni mentors help students and new professionals navigate careers

Lauren Underwood, P.E., project manager in civil engineering
Lauren Underwood '13 shares her key to success

Lauren, a local project manager in civil engineering, says earning her degree from UMassD was key in her success.

Joshua Steakelum
Joshua Steakelum '21: Benefiting from research

Joshua talks about the value of supplementing coursework with research projects.

Heather Kelley, CVPA, Interior Architecture and Design student
Heather Kelly '21 makes Metropolis Magazine's Top 100

The recent grad talks about her experience as a transfer student, the success of the CVPA’s flourishing Interior Architecture + Design Program, & making Metropolis Magazine’s list of “Top 100 Design Students in North America.”

Elio Daher
Elio Daher '21: Why he chose UMassD

Elio, a transfer student from Lebanon, shares why he chose UMass Dartmouth over other universities and his experience as an intern.

Class of 2021 Biology and Honors College
Commencement Spotlight: Alana McGraw '21

Biology major and Honors College student is earning her BS/MAT degree in biology while doing research in population genetics, microbiology, and marine fisheries

Class of 2021, CNHS and Honors College
Commencement Spotlight: Selines Diaz '21

First-generation college student and Honors Nursing major has conducted numerous research projects with plans for a career in neonatal care

Nick Paternostro
Nick Paternostro '21: Creating balance

Nick talks about balancing his studies with extracurricular activities to create a well-rounded academic experience.

Commencement Spotlight.Class of 2021
Commencement Spotlight: Anthony Moser, JD candidate '21

Plans a future career in criminal law and will join the Miami State Attorney’s Office as a prosecutor

Dylan Tocci
Dylan Tocci '21: UMassD's supportive community

Dylan, a Townsend, MA native, talks about the value of student organizations, gaining practical experience through faculty mentorship, & UMassD’s supportive community.

Commencement Spotlight
Commencement Spotlight: Ruth Lavache, JD/MBA candidate ’21

Interned at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New Jersey and will work as an assistant attorney general in MA

Sung Ji Li, MFA student at UMass Dartmouth's College of Visual and Performing Arts
Sung Ji Lee '21: Finding a home away from home

Inspired to reignite her career after moving to the US from South Korea, Sung finds the ideal balance between managing family life, pursuing an MFA, & promoting her career as a textile artist.

Honors, CNHS/Sociology/Anthropology double major
Commencement Spotlight: Helen Teklehaimanot

Honors College student and double major in Nursing and Sociology & Anthropology immigrated from East Africa and plans a career in public health

Valleri Rami, MFA student at UMassD's College of Visual and Performing Arts
Valleri Rami '21: Art & leadership

Artist Valleri Rami talks about the CVPA’s rigorous MFA program & developing her confidence through leadership roles.

Hailey Roy '19 Medical Laboratory Science graduate
Hailey Roy ’19 to apply clinical experience gained in Medical Laboratory Science program in optometry school this fall

Achieved accolades in academics and in campus leadership roles and plans to specialize in special populations/pediatrics

Cachelle Johnson Lewis, UMassD College of Engineering student
Cachelle Johnson-Lewis '21 joins Dell EMC

Networking & pursuing professional development + leadership opportunities helped prepare Cachelle for her full-time position as a project/program management analyst at Dell EMC.

Osamah Farasat Maqsood, UMassD alum
Osamah (Sam) Maqsood '20: Building a network

Networking, leadership roles, & the supportive UMassD community helped Osamah define his career endeavors.

Melanie Luperon
Melanie Luperon '21: Gaining real-world experience

Melanie, a computer engineering major, says real-world experience, collaborative research projects, & extracurricular activities prepared her for her full-time position as an analyst with Dell EMC.

Larain Taylor
Larain Taylor ’21: An entrepreneurial mind

Blending community service work, networking, and exposure to big business is part of Larain’s strategy for inventing her future as an entrepreneur.

Abderahmane Naidjate, UMass Dartmouth College of Engineering student
Abderahmane Naidjate '21 joins Dell EMC

Abderahmane Naidjate '21, who graduates next month with his BS in Computer Engineering, talks about how UMassD has fostered his career path and helped him segue into a full-time position as a project/program manager at Dell EMC.

Psychology major, Honors College student
Commencement Spotlight: Catherine Pope '21

Psychology major Catherine Pope creates a resource manual for survivors of domestic violence that demonstrates new APEX research experience developed by the Honors College

James Tooker, graphic design student at UMassD
James Tooker '21: Exploring color spectrum

An awe-inspiring glimpse of nature led James to create "Interspectral," a CVPA senior capstone project in which audiences of all ages can interactively explore the color spectrum.

Brianna Johnson
Brianna Johnson '21: Embracing opportunities

Brianna talks about working on data-driven research projects, serving as a student director in the Honors College, & landing a full-time position as a business systems analyst at a startup company.

William Holman
William Holman '21: The art of collaboration

William, a physics major, talks about having a well-rounded academic experience due to his involvement in collaborative research projects & student organizations.

Stephen Gacioch, UMassD College of Engineering student
Stephen Gacioch '21: Defining a career path

Stephen, a civil engineering major and captain of the UMassD football team, talks about the cohesive college community, developing his leadership skills, & landing the internship that helped him define his career path.

Devin Cannistraro, UMassD College of Engineering student
Devin Cannistraro '21: Preparing to lead

Devin talks about understanding the balance between leading and following as he prepares to enter the real world.

Winner of ENRS Conference Award
Nursing students and faculty play a leading role at eastern U.S. conference

Undergraduate and DNP students win first-place awards for their research projects

2021 Rappaport Scholar
Two UMass Law 1Ls chosen for prestigious Rappaport Fellowship in law and public policy

Emily Dillan and Jennifer White will intern with state legislators and learn to create policy

Alexander Moulton, Veterans Assistant
Alexander Moulton '21: Becoming a leader

Alexander, a UMassD veterans assistant and former senator for the Student Government Association, discusses the importance and benefits of embracing leadership opportunities.

Physics Undergraduate Research Poster Presentation by Owen Tower

A Study into Quantum Scattering with a Hard Sphere Potential

Opening Side of Undergraduate Presentation by Trevor Robertson
Physics Undergraduate Research Presentation by Trevor Robertson

Finite Difference Application to 1-D Schroedinger Equation

Opening Side of Undergraduate Presentation by MacKenzie Kyle
Physics Undergraduate Research Presentation by Kyle MacKenzie

Computation of Black Hole Quasi‐Normal Ringing by the “Shooting” Method

Demonstrating the Causation of Gravity
Physics Undergraduate Research Presentation by Christopher Gilbert

Demonstrating the Causation of Gravity for Subliminal Velocities

Dakeyla Johnson
Dakeyla Johnson ’22: Finding a home and a voice at UMassD

Discovering the Frederick Douglass Unity House opens opportunities

Brooke Lowman at IMS Symposium
Brooke Lowman '21: The value of studying at SMAST

Brooke talks about the value of her experiences & the return on her investment as a PhD student at SMAST.

PhD student Micheline Labrie on an SMAST research excursion
Micheline Labrie '21: Protecting the ocean

Micheline Labrie talks about her love for the ocean, protecting the ecosystem, & her rich academic experience as a PhD student and research assistant at the School for Marine Science & Technology.

SMAST PhD student Robert Wildermuth
Robert Wildermuth '21: Nurturing the ecosystem

PhD candidate Robert Wildermuth, talks about his interests in conservation, experiences as a student at UMassD's School for Marine Science & Technology, & his plans for the future.

Part-time law students story
As part-time law students manage multiple priorities, they are buoyed by the support of the UMass Law community

UMass Law’s flexible day and evening/weekend programs enable many students to attend law school

Caroline Gresh portrait
Caroline Gresh

Art + Design: Interior Architecture + Design

Nursing students in the assessment labs
UMass Dartmouth chapter of Sigma to hold spring symposium celebrating the Year of the Nurse

April 8 event to focus on scholarship and excellence in nursing practice and leadership

Nanette Vega '96
Nanette Vega ’96: Dared to dream big

First-generation graduate now advocates for students as a higher education professional

Sculpture Installations at the Star Store Campus
Growth Exhibition

Sculpture Program Window Installations at the Star Store Campus

A community that cares

Members of the UMassD community raised over $35,000 in 60 days to support hundreds of students with emergency needs brought about by COVID-19.

Investing in the future through the Leduc Center

Supporting service programs at UMassD results in positive change for the community and opportunities for students to acquire the skills they need to lead the way forward

Student in library
Fueling student ambition

Alumni find meaningful ways to give back through scholarships

Scallop boat
Learning about our seafood supply

UMassD leads research collaborations with fishing industry leaders enhance the region’s marine economy

UMassD Nursing student
Prepared to answer the call

Graduates of the College of Nursing & Health Sciences—including the newest nurses from the Class of 2020—were among the health care professionals who answered the call to care for patients fighting COVID-19.

Corissa Amaral '23
Corissa Amaral '23 perseveres in her nursing studies despite losing three family members to Covid-19

She receives her white coat in the traditional ceremony for sophomores, marking the beginning of her clinical training

James Cunniff '66
James Cunniff '66: Learning the value of being a good communicator

A personal account of realizing the importance of his academic experience

Walk to the Hill 2020
UMass Law honored for highest participation in 2020 Walk to the Hill event that raises funds for civil legal aid

Law students participate in virtual 2021 event to continue supporting mission of justice for all

Jared Bucci, UMassD alum
Jared Bucci '10: Seizing opportunities

Bucci leveraged his experience in brand marketing and retail search management to help his customers navigate Amazon Marketplace

Grace Perry in research lab
Grace Perry ’20: On the forefront of science

Perry joins the world's best researchers at a Harvard Medical School lab