Feature Stories 2022

Junior accounting and finance dual major and lacrosse defender Widline Thomas
Widline Thomas '24: Busy season

Double major, student-athlete, and campus leader succeeds on and off the field

Students sitting and standing at desk in law library
UMass Law clinic boosts local communities by assisting nonprofits and small businesses

Students in the Community Development Clinic gain practical experience through their client interactions with “innovators and changemakers”

Nursing students holding candles before Pinning Ceremony
Graduates of the accelerated BS in nursing program are encouraged to always continue learning

In Pinning Ceremony, graduates celebrate the completion of their nursing degrees

Head shot with blue and pink background
Gamaliel Daffeed Janvier '23: Internship at PricewaterhouseCoopers led to job offer

Honors College graduate and Chancellor’s List scholar hopes to create more opportunities in his native Haiti

Students perform in the Pep Band at a 2022 Football game
The Corsair Athletic Band

Students start, run pep band for campus events

Students and faculty standing in front of a waterfall
Bridging the Atlantic builds ties in community health between nursing students and faculty at UMassD and the Azores

A new group begins planning for the 2023 exchange that will focus on the impact of the global food crisis

Evan Grant, senior graphic design major
Evan Grant '23: Using creativity to solve problems

Senior graphic design major develops experience in the classroom, research, and the field

Law student standing up at graduation ceremony
Raven Francomano, JD ’22 honored by MA Supreme Judicial Court for pro bono legal services to the arts

She is one of only two MA law students to receive the Adams Pro Bono Publico Award during the National Celebration of Pro Bono

Nic Higgins, MBA student at UMass Dartmouth
Nic Higgins '21, '23: Helping others for a living

MBA student finds his passion for connecting job seekers to careers

First graduates of the Global Health minor in the nursing lab
Global Health minors experienced real-world issues firsthand during the pandemic

First graduates of the program—open to all majors—reflect on their valuable and unexpected learning opportunities

Presented to Ayyappan Rajesh at DEFCON
DEFCON international cybersecurity conference fulfills a dream for Ayyappan Rajesh ’24

Computer engineering major exposed security vulnerabilities in vehicles at Car Hacking Village presentation attended by senior U.S. government officials

Daniela Tishchenko '23, Interior Architecture & Design major, sits on the stairs of the Claire T. Carney Library
Daniela Tishchenko '23: Invaluable experience

Senior interior architecture and design major boasts extensive internship, service-learning, and club experience

Group of students
Student Leadership Academy prepares nursing and medical laboratory science students for success

Students attended workshops, completed their CPR training, and participated in team events

UMass Law Assistant Professor Roni Amit (left) and Professor Hillary Farber and law students Isabel Gonzalez and Carolina Eschavarria visited Joint Base Cape Cod to assist migrants.
UMass Law faculty and students head to Joint Base Cape Cod to assist migrants

UMass Law joined local and state agencies in a quick, coordinated response to help those in need

Alanna Levy and Natalie Peters, JD
Internships provide real-world experiences in public interest law for UMass Law students

Interns work on MA housing crisis, legislation and public policy, and access to higher education for those with intellectual disabilities

Paige Riley '23, nursing major and Spanish minor, sits on the stairs of the Claire T. Carney Library
Paige Riley '23: Twice the opportunities

Nursing major complements her healthcare skillset with a minor in Spanish

Sandy McConnell with her dog Homer
Sandy McConnell '97: Canine Corsair trainer

Veteran, entrepreneur, and Charlton College of Business alum teaches dogs to positively impact human lives

Efe Oboh-Idahosa pictured in the Claire T. Carney Library
Efe Oboh-Idahosa '23: Interning for the U.S. Senate

Political science major completes highly coveted internship in M.A. Senator Elizabeth Warren's office

PhD alumna and nursing dean at Curry College
Dr. Michelle McMahon, PhD ’13 now leads the School of Nursing at Curry College

Following in her footsteps, son Ryan began his PhD studies in nursing at UMass Dartmouth this fall

UMass Law welcomes incoming Class of 2025 and records sixth consecutive year of enrollment growth

Class is the strongest in the school’s history based on GPAs and LSAT scores

Assistant Professor of Law
New faculty and staff join UMass Law with strong teaching, research, and career experience

Erica Sylvia '15, JD ‘17 returns to UMass Law as assistant director of bar success

Map of Europe where seven UMassD students studied abroad in the summer of 2022
Students return to UMassD after summer study abroad

Seven students recount their experiences in Germany, Italy, Portugal, and Spain

Mekhi Geter '22, Crime and Justice Studies Major
Mekhi Geter '22: Soldier-student-athlete

Senior crime and justice studies major, National Guard soldier, and two-time captain of the UMassD football team

Deidre Tao
Deidre Tao ’93: How to build a successful art career

With a strong foundation in studio arts acquired at UMassD, Tao turned her passion into a career as a self-represented artist.

Marc Conforto and Emily Dillan '23 outside court
The Human Rights at Home Clinic addresses critical legal issues through a human rights lens

UMass law students work with underrepresented groups while gaining practical experience

Stephanie Chenard '19, '20, '22
Stephanie Chenard '19, '20, '22: Writing your own story

Psychology BA, MA, and Master of Teaching student earns three degrees in her forties

Collecting specimens on rocks
Honors biology majors present undergraduate research at national ecology conference

Professor Michael Sheriff leads student research projects that provide early evidence linking risk-induced trait responses to species’ survival during predator exposure

Jack Sullivan
Jack Sullivan '23 wins thesis competition

Physics major earns top prize in the recent undergraduate Three-Minute Thesis Competition.

Sal Balkus
Salvador Balkus '22: A data-driven mindset

The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship recipient discusses gaining the computational skills and independent scholarly thinking necessary to excel in his field of choice.

Logan Ward '22, senior illustration major
Logan Ward '22: Finding support

Senior illustration major in the College of Visual and Performing Arts

UMass Law
Katelyn Fisher, JD '22: At the intersection of law and science

Lead Editor for UMass Law Review and intern at the MA Supreme Judicial Court plans a career in health law

Carissa Keung
Carissa Keung ’22: Committed to service

As a bioengineering major, Carissa plans to use the knowledge she gained to help create a better living environment in her community.

Logan Cabral
Logan Cabral '22: The UMassD community

Logan, a physics major who transferred from Bristol Community College, talks about UMassD's nurturing community, faculty mentorship, & peer-to-peer academic support.

Antz Lee Francois
Antz-Lee Francois '22: Preparing to lead

Engaging in research activities, pursuing leadership roles, & gaining real-world experience are just a few of the ways Francois chose to set the course for his career path.

Busola Awobode '22, English major and Philosophy minor
Busola Awobode '22: Seizing opportunities

Senior English major and philosophy minor in the College of Arts and Sciences

Medical Laboratory Science
Jacob Athamni ’22: Medical detective plans to work in infectious disease control

Medical Laboratory Science major will work at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center after graduation

Isabella Di Bona
Isabella Di Bona '22: Engineered for success

Isabella discusses the added value of conducting research and working as a lab assistant.

Guy Caseneuve
Guy Caseneuve '22: Inventing his future

An academically rich program, a strong sense of community, & affordability led Guy to apply to UMassD as a first step toward building his dream career in the field of computer science.

Christopher Gravelle
Christopher Gravelle '22: Why he chose UMassD

The electrical and computer engineering major talks about how his professors, mentors, & peers helped him find a strong sense of community.

Elizabeth Blom
Elizabeth Blom '23: Choosing to double major

Elizabeth talks about why UMassD is the right choice for her, how she decided on her majors, & what she loves most about her educational experience.

Stephanie Teixeira ’22: Nursing major and student leader

First-generation college student has excelled in academics and leadership and is grateful for the "village" of supporters who played a role in her success

Rohan Kirlew is a crime and justice studies major from Falmouth, MA
Rohan Kirlew '22: Opening my eyes

Senior crime and justice studies major in the College of Arts and Sciences

Psychology major
Christopher McGuire '22: Honors College psychology major will pursue doctorate in clinical psychology

McGuire has interned with Samaritans SouthCoast in suicide prevention and will graduate with a pre-professional certificate in mental health

Commencement story, nursing major
Chelsey Silva '22: From the Air National Guard to the Honors College

A six-year member of the MA Air National Guard, nursing major Chelsey Silva plans to work as a travel nurse

Kiki Bekkum '22, Psychology major from Hana, Hawaii
Kiki Bekkum '22: Helping others

Senior psychology and health and society dual-major and aging and health minor from Hana, Hawaii

Mary Roberts, Class of 2022, Photography Major
Mary Roberts '22: Building a community

Senior photography major and art history minor from Springfield, MA

Neeharika Verma
Neeharika Verma '22: Studying at SMAST

Neeharika talks about the value of her research and leadership experiences as a marine science graduate student.

O'Dwyer and his unit in the Irish Naval Reserve
Student Veteran Spotlight: Seán O’Dwyer ’23

Seán O’Dwyer ’23, Irish Naval Reservist and University of Limerick (Ireland) student studying abroad at UMassD, discusses his time here in the United States.

ErsenS Joseph
Ersen'S Joseph '22: Intertwining mechanical engineering & oceanography

Ersen'S discusses working on research at SMAST, interning with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, & coiling his mechanical engineering background with marine science as part of his career trajectory.

Standing on lawn in lab coat with stethoscope
Mark Gregg '22: U.S. Navy Nurse Corps

On active duty with the U.S. Navy, Hospital Corpsman First Class Mark Gregg '22 will be commissioned in the Navy Nurse Corps upon graduation

Breana Thibodeaux
Breana Thibodeaux '22: Real-world experience

A senior capstone project led Breana to discover her interest in conducting research for the treatment of cancer.

Anael Laguerre '22: Stepping out of my comfort zone

Senior marketing major in the Charlton College of Business

Rylee Gant
Rylee Gant '22: Finding her niche

Rylee, an electrical engineering major, lands a position with the Naval Undersea Warfare Center.

Michaela Arruda '22, Art and Design Major
Michaela Arruda '22: A socially engaged artist

Senior art and design major and art history minor with a concentration in graphic design

Evans Kussi
Evans Kussi '22: Prepared for success

Evans, a civil engineering major, talks about how developing leadership, teamwork, communication, and problem-solving skills helped to prepare him for career success.

Kayle Williams in the Galápagos Islands
Kayle Williams '22: A biology major's dream

Senior biology major and sustainability minor with a concentration in Ecology and Evolution

Jack McDonald
Jack McDonald '22: Choosing physics

The option to study physics, pursue sports, & commute to campus makes UMassD Jack's ideal choice.

Stephanie DeCarvalho
Stephanie DeCarvalho: Benefiting from mentorship

A faculty-guided research project led Stephanie, a mechanical engineering major, to an MA Space Grant through MIT and invitations to participate in academic conferences.

College Now students
A day to make a difference

Annual day of giving makes a direct impact on UMassD students, programs, athletic teams, and more

Nancy Holt (American 1938-2014) Spinwinder 1991) at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. Photograph: Chris Diani, 2021.
New interpretations of art

Nancy Holt’s multimedia art comes alive at UMassD

Computer with Corsair Network home page
A unique way to make an impact through the Corsair Network

The Corsair Network develops mentorships between alumni and students

Recipients of the Women in Defense scholarship
Supporting Women in Science & Engineering

Alumni and defense industry professional join forces to support female science and engineering students

saheedat o bello
Saheedat Bello '22: Student leader & mentor

Saheedat, a computer science major, shares how networking and leadership roles have helped her flourish academically as well as professionally.

Chris Norton '22
Student Veteran Spotlight: Chris Norton '24 - Aviation to Angstroms

Coast Guard veteran Chris Norton '24 discusses his military service, transition, and time here at UMassD.

Student Veteran Spotlight: Javier Villanueva III '25 - Missiles to Medicine

MLS major Javier Villanueva III '25 trades his Navy uniform for a white coat.

Standing in front of law clinics building
UMass Law 3L Norbert Mongeon transitions from 35-year arts management career to immigration law

Former administrator at the Providence Performing Arts Center hopes to help immigrants live the American Dream

Student assisted in her white coat by nursing professor
More than 100 sophomore nursing students are celebrated at the annual White Coat Ceremony

Students will add clinical training to their classroom education as they learn to care for patients in a healtcare setting

Alexa Van Voorhis
Alexa Van Voorhis '22, '23: Motivated by more

Alexa, a bioengineering major, shares how participating in extracurricular activities has prepared her for a bright future.

Charlemya Erasme B.S. '18, M.S. '20
Charlemya Erasme B.S. '18, M.S. '20: Asking Questions

Two-time UMassD alum Charlemya Erasme is off to an impactful, moral, and successful start to her career.

Marcus Azor, Class of 2022
Marcus Azor '22: Hard work pays off

Senior Management Information Systems major and captain of the men’s basketball team.

McKenzie Ferrari
Physics major to present at Council on Undergraduate Research event

McKenzie Ferrari is one of 60 students selected nationwide to participate in the Council on Undergraduate Research "Posters on the Hill" event in April.

Raena Gaston
Raena Gaston ’25: The art of communication

Raena discusses how participating in leadership activities has enhanced her public speaking skills.

Efe Oboh-Idahosa pictured in the Claire T. Carney Library
Honors College student creates campus program that advocates for others

Efe Oboh-Idahosa ‘23 is majoring in political science with a pre-law concentration, minoring in black studies, and plans to attend law school

Abigail Keith lab portrait
Abigail Keith '20: Electrical engineer 2 at Raytheon

As an electrical and computer engineering major, Abigail worked alongside her faculty mentor in the research lab where she demonstrated that dolphin-inspired algorithms are faster on average than other common search algorithms when searching for difficult to detect objects.

Edward Lundy, uploaded 3/15/22
Edward Lundy '22: On the right track

Senior marketing major, management minor, class president, track and field captain, and student-employee is well-prepared for life after graduation

Taylor Walsh
Taylor Walsh '21: Optimism leads to success

The “Track Rookie of the Year “shares how serving as captain of the UMassD Cross Country and Track teams helped her realize she can accomplish any goal or dream, despite the global pandemic.

Sarah Dulac '21: The value of role models

Sarah talks about the "aha! moment" that led her to discover her passion in the male-dominated field of mechanical engineering & the role models who’ve mentored her during her time as a student at UMass Dartmouth.

Walk to the Hill 2020 - 850x480
For the fourth consecutive year, UMass Law wins award for civil legal aid advocacy in Talk to the Hill

Equal Justice Coalition recognizes the exceptional participation of the law school as UMass Law participates for the seventh year

Mike Coute, with tautog
Mike Coute: A pathway to career success

Mike Coute talks about how earning an undergraduate degree at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and a master’s degree at the School for Marine Science & Technology has prepared him to succeed in New England's burgeoning field of offshore wind development.

Matt Mrazik
Matt Mrazik '20: Concentrating on game design

Matt's game for visually impaired individuals highlights a novel approach to accessibility in game development

Charlens Beneche (Biology, '18)
Charlens Beneche '18: From Dartmouth to the Department of Public Health

Former Biology major now plays critical role surveilling Covid-19 and its impact on public health

Jayden Betances '22: Expanding your pathways

Senior management major gained income, credit, and experience in his real estate internship

Mike Joyce
Mike Joyce '85: Bringing PrimaLoft's research in biodegradability to UMassD

Joyce, CEO of PrimaLoft, Inc., sparked the creation of a biodegradability testing lab at UMassD to study the breakdown of microplastics