Feature Stories 2023

Kailey Sousa portrait outdoors
Kailey Sousa '27: Big dreams

Kailey Sousa '27 is one of two students to be awarded the university's inaugural Founders' Scholarship. The four-year, full ride scholarship recognizes Sousa's exceptional talent and drive.

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UMassD’s Rita Wang ’09 makes family her priority as a versatile professional

Even as her life’s priorities shifted, Wang’s human resources management degree gave her a particular set of adaptive skills that allowed her to succeed, from consulting to higher education.

Scientists fishing near a wind turbine near Block Island
Collaborative science, offshore wind, and the future of fisheries

SMAST scientists examine the effects of offshore wind development on fish species and the local fishing industry

Honors Psychology major
Alejandra PonceLopez '24: Bringing compassion to medicine

Inspired by her undergraduate research, Honors psychology major and first-generation college student hopes to earn a medical and PhD degree

SMAST PhD grad on beach
How UMassD’s Craig O’Connell, PhD ’14 became the Shark Doctor

Known affectionately on social media as the Shark Doctor, O’Connell ceaselessly searches for ways to conserve marine wildlife and protect oceanic species from extinction, specifically sharks.

Bee Greenberg seated on library stairs
Bee Greenberg '25: Role models in action

Star-runner and computer scientist Bee Greenberg found community and a role model at UMassD. Now, Greenberg aims to fill that role for other women and LGBTQ+ people in STEM.

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Jeevan Teja Araveti '24: Master of finance

Quantitative finance MS student makes the most of investment in education

CCB alumna on campus
First-gen alumna Claudia Torres ’19, MBA ’20 leaves audit trail of success at UMassD

As the first in her family to attend college, Torres seized leadership opportunities at UMass Dartmouth that transformed her into the professional leader she was destined to be.

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Meet the Big Data Club

The Big Data Club at UMassD invites students to explore the world through the lens of data

Nicole Kach '24 Senior Political Science major
Nicole Kach '24: Advocating for others

Political science major finds academic and professional passion by getting involved on campus

Biology major and Sustainability minor
Anna Balkus '24: Studying the mental health impact of our environment

Soccer captain and Honors College biology major aims for a career in environmental conservation

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John Cordasco, P.E. ’13: Merging Mind & Muscle at UMassD

Cordasco, a New Jersey native and prominent engineering leader at Kimley-Horn, learned critical life lessons in and out of the classroom as a UMass Dartmouth student-athlete.

Crociati on campus in 2023
UMassD’s Colin Crociati ’16 sparks story of redemption with state’s first sour brewery

After beating Stage 2 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Crociati’s art degree from UMass Dartmouth pushed him to get creative when he opened Sour Not Sorry, Massachusetts’ first sour brewery, in Plymouth.

CNHS Alumna
Paula Cruz ’14, MS ’21 finds her reason why at UMassD

Western Massachusetts native Cruz always dreamt of making a real difference one day and discovered her calling to serve others in adventures at UMassD & beyond.

The Corsair Esports gaming space
Corsair Esports

Esports program lands new gaming space for 180+ members

Dr. Ruolin Zhou standing in the UMassD library
Faculty Feature: Ruolin Zhou

Ruolin Zhou, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering, is forging new roads in wireless communication.

ASME students gathered around the Baja vehicle
Corsair Racing: California or bust!

Mechanical engineering capstone students build off-road vehicle for international competition

Junior chemistry major Linh Dan Nguyen pictured in the Claire T. Carney Library
Linh Dan Nguyen '25: Changing the world

Junior chemistry major is working on solving HIV

ECE student Abhishek Bhattiprolu standing in front of the Intel logo
Robotics, software, cleantech, defense: Electrical and computer engineering students jumpstart careers shaping the future

Students in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) complete internships that equip them with real-world experience and prepare them for in-demand careers.

Jehan Worthy, JD UMassD Student Trustee
Worthy is the first UMass Law student to serve on the UMass Board of Trustees

She also holds positions with the UMass Law Alumni Association and the American Bar Association

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UMass Law students are among inaugural judicial and public service interns

Judicial scholarship and fellowship named for former Chief Justice Ralph Gants and Chancellor Emerita Jean MacCormack

UMassD senior and UMass Law 1L Nathan Upchurch stands in front of the
Nathan Upchurch '24, '26: 3+3 with UMass Law

UMassD senior & UMass Law 1L fast-tracks his way to a career in public service

SMAST PhD Filipe Pereira
Filipe Pereira, PhD '23: Life-changing moments

First-generation college student Filipe Pereira, PhD '23, was recently awarded the prestigious President's Postdoctoral Fellowship at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego (UCSD).

Graphic design major, Honors College
Honors College launches students' achievements through individual advising, mentoring, and funding

Staff supports students in meeting their goals and prepares them for graduate school and career success

Mechanical engineering student Gabriella Monico in front of the library steps
Gabriella Monico '24: Rewriting the rules

Mechanical engineering major carves out a career path combining her talents and interests.

Professor of Law
Five new faculty members join UMass Law

Group includes a former trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, a former staff member for the current U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice, and a former MA assistant attorney general

Professor Ming Shao faculty portrait
Faculty Highlight: Ming Shao, Computer and Information Science

In the age of ChatGPT, Professor Ming Shao is working to make AI smarter and safer.

UMass Law incoming Class of 2026
UMass Law's Class of 2026 urged to Pursue Justice

Dean Sam Panarella welcomes his first class of law students from around the U.S. and the world

Alumni runners reunite on campus
Former Coach Robert Dowd forged forever friendships among Corsair runners

After three decades, the boundary between student-athlete and alum is blurred for these Corsairs with hearts that continue to bleed blue and gold.

Christian Augat pictured in the Esports Lab
Christian Augat '25: Making your own community

Human resources management major founds, manages growing Esports club

Kamryn Kobel in front of the amphitheater.
Kamryn Kobel '24: Prepared for anything

English major builds diverse résumé in English literature and communication

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UMass Dartmouth welcomes class of high achievers: Why the region’s top-ranked students chose UMassD

The class of 2027 includes students who graduated at the top of their high school class. Here's what they hope to achieve over the next 4 years.

SMAST student Emma Gallagher in the lab
Emma Gallagher '23: Ecosystems and aquaculture

SMAST student Emma Gallagher studies harmful algae blooms that can turn shellfish poisonous.

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Nursing major Amaechi Obison ’24 is considering several options for his future

Completed a research internship this summer at the University of Maryland’s School of Public Health

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Emily Dillan '20, JD '23 receives national recognition for essay on domestic violence

Places third in ABA competition for essay on workplace protections for survivors of domestic violence, their employers, and coworkers

SMAST PhD student Siddhant Kerhalkar standing in front of the ocean
Siddhant Kerhalkar '24: Chasing monsoons

SMAST PhD student conducts research at sea to understand the driving forces behind powerful weather systems

Jillian at UMassD in 2023
Jillian Bettencourt ’17, ABSN ’23: A Childhood Dream Come True

Bettencourt’s fruitful academic experiences at UMass Dartmouth turned her life-long passion into a dream career and shaped her into the medical professional she is today.

Ramina Behzad in the library
Ramina Behzad '25: Turning her passion into life-changing research

Ramina Behzad grew up in Tehran, Iran before coming to UMass Dartmouth to pursue her PhD in Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology.

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Perla Michelle Tejeda Hernández '25: UMass Dartmouth has "positively prepared me for my future"

Scholarship award enables nursing and Spanish major to focus on her studies, volunteer in the U.S. and Senegal, participate in campus activities, and make memories

PhD student Iury Simoes Sousa at SMAST lobby
Iury Simoes-Sousa '23: International collaboration

Computational oceanographer Iury Simoes-Sousa helps relocate Tico the manatee

Cheyenne Amaral pictured in the Claire T. Carney Library
Cheyenne Amaral '23: Problem-solving

Interior architecture + design major is well-equipped for a career in interior design

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Leaps of Faith at UMassD with Elisa Lorello ’99, M ’03

With an affinity for the written word, Lorello couldn’t keep her creativity confined in a box and returned to UMass Dartmouth to finally unleash it.

Pushkar Bhatia '24 pictured on the campus quad
Pushkar Bhatia '24: A global citizen

Junior healthcare services administration student returns from study abroad in Germany

Bronwyn Pearson
Bronwyn Pearson '24: Music education

Junior music major and incumbent pep band president gains real-world experience studying her passion

Stephannie Marie Vallee pictures in the amphitheater.
Stephannie Marie Vallee '24: Pathway to success

Animation and game arts major with illustration and graphic design minors finds faculty support in career plan shift

Cade Hanley '24, poses at the hockey team's media shoot before the 2022-23 season.
Cade Hanley '24: Artist-Student-Athlete

Montana native, art education major, and captain of the Corsair hockey team calls UMassD the perfect fit

Adriana Lebreault carries a Dominican Republic flag at commencement
Adriana Lebreault '23: Overcoming adversity

First-generation and independent student finds community and support system at UMassD

SMAST student Elizabeth Ells on her boat
Elizabeth Ells '23: Supporting healthy ecosystems in coastal communities

PhD candidate Elizabeth Ells studies water quality on Cape Cod and the SouthCoast.

Student portrait in Library Living Room
Trinity Faith Esposito '23: Stories behind her patients

Honors College nursing major wrote a booklet of stories about her clinical experiences with patients

Mechanical engineering student and ISSA founder Farnaz Feyli in the library
Meet the UMassD Iranian Students and Scholars Association

The Iranian Students and Scholars Association (ISSA) is building cross-cultural connections at UMassD.

Near Ring of Kerry, Ireland
Study abroad in Ireland offers enriching experience for UMass Law students

Recent UMass Law graduates Riana Yaman and Augustus Duncan spent a semester at the University of Limerick School of Law in Ireland

Juan Gutierrez Bravo with his research poster at the 2023 IMS Symposium
Juan Gutierrez Bravo '24: On the frontier of science

Marine Science and Technology student Juan Gutierrez Bravo conducts research at sea, studying oxygen minimum zones in different parts of the world.

Bioengineering student Jackie Horgan standing in Textiles hallway
Jacqueline Horgan '23, '24: A multi-talented engineer

Jacqueline Horgan is a bioengineer, cheerleading captain, volunteer tutor, and Honors College student.

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UMassD students' studies abroad

Sixty-seven students visited 15 countries, four continents, and the North Pole during 2022-23 academic year

Students in the Engineering Ambassadors group standing in a row outside the library
Meet the UMassD Engineering Ambassadors

A new group on campus is inspiring the next generation of students to see themselves as engineers.

Emily Brawley '23: Research presented at major nursing conference will be published in top-ranked nursing journal

Honors nursing major researched knowledge and use of oral contraceptives among college-aged women

Chelsee Teotonio poses at her job at Hawthorn Medical Center
Chelsee Teotonio '26: Path to medical school

First-year biology major works long hours en route to medical school

Holding flowers after Pinning Ceremony
From kindergarten through nursing school, the Michaud cousins have supported each other

Both graduated from UMass Dartmouth’s College of Nursing & Health Sciences and will pursue separate careers in nursing

Capri McLucas moments before crossing the stage at Commencement
Capri McLucas '23: A meaningful experience

Accounting and MBA 4+1 student made the most of her time on campus

Medical Laboratory Science major
Taonga Horace '23: Clinical microbiologist at Boston Children’s Hospital

Medical laboratory science major and native of Zambia plans to attend medical school and specialize in infectious diseases

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Craig Rousseau ’93: A comic book artist explores his potential at UMassD

Renowned illustrator Rousseau left UMass Dartmouth feeling more prepared than ever to face an evolving arts industry.

Civil Engineering student Melody Veldorale '23 in the library
Melody Veldorale '22, '23: Corsairs get dream jobs

Civil and environmental engineering major Melody Veldorale '22, '23 is among the UMass Dartmouth graduates who walked across the commencement stage with a job offer already secured.

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Gaspard Baye: Deep learning

PhD student and campus community leader Gaspard Baye '25 came to UMass Dartmouth from Cameroon to pursue an advanced degree in cybersecurity studies.

Grechel Rosado '20 at Waterfire Arts Center
Grechel Rosado '20 finds home away from home at UMassD

From printmaking to art program management, Rosado remains inspired by her strong UMassD roots that taught her the true meaning of community.

Andrea Pires '23 poses in her cord and stole following her commencement
Andrea Pires '23: Finding treatments

Senior biology major gains valuable experience and network through undergraduate research

Rahul Chaube stands outside the Charlton College of Business
Rahul Chaube '23: On the forefront of tech

MSTM student credits faculty support for comprehensive education

Maxwell White, pictured in the Claire T. Carney Library
Maxwell White '23: Leadership

Senior political science major and campus trustee will attend law school after graduation

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Nearly 100 UMass Dartmouth nursing majors receive their pins at pre-Commencement ceremony

After completing their early nursing studies during the pandemic, receiving their pins felt "surreal"

Chris Peter standing in front of the STEM learning lab sign
Chris Peter '89, '92, '18, '23: Mission-driven

Chris Peter '23, Assistant Director of the STEM Learning Lab and Biomedical Engineering & Biotechnology MS graduate is driven by passion and purpose.

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Christina Hart '23: Hands-on learning

Christina Hart '23 puts her engineering knowledge to work solving real-world problems.

Senior history major Henrique Melo '23 pictured in the Claire T. Carney Library.
Henrique Melo '23: Keys to success

Senior history major finds his stride with help of College Now program

Katherine McCormick, JD ’23 aspires to pursue justice for America’s workers

McCormick has taught elementary school in Bangkok and excelled in the recent ABA Client Counseling Competition

Nursing major, Commencement Speaker
Anne Jean '23: College Now program provided foundation for her success

Nursing major and Commencement Speaker hopes to open a women’s birthing center in her native country of Haiti

Kathryn Grande '23 pictured in the Claire T. Carney Library
Kathryn Grande '23: Comeback Corsair

English major finds sense of confidence and success in online return to UMassD

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Viktoriya Balabanova '23: Seizing opportunities

Physics major Viktoriya Balabanova has earned multiple competitive research opportunities and compiled an impressive record of accomplishments, all while raising a family.  

Nursing major
Jillian Brooke Rush ’23: A future in hospice nursing

Nursing student enjoys comforting and caring for patients and families in transition

Kenny Duong '23
Kenny Duong '22, '23: Becoming a leader

MIS alumnus and MSTM student is well-positioned for a career as a leader

Emily Dillan, JD ’23: Pursuing justice for survivors of domestic violence

Cause is a personal one for Dillan, who says “every survivor’s justice is my own”

UMass Law’s Janay Davidson, JD candidate '23 is ready for work as a New York City public defender

UMass Law experiences prepared Davidson for litigation position after graduation

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John Lucas Guimaraes '23: Engineering a more inclusive world

Civil engineering student Joao “John” Lucas Coelho Guimaraes is a leader with a passion for public service.

Sports. Entertainment, and Art Law Club
Sports, Entertainment, and Art Law Club aims to expose UMass Law students to growing areas of law

Club grows due to popular class taught by pioneering professor in the field

UMassD alum Peter de Silva '84
Peter de Silva '84 shares leadership lessons

After a 35-year career in financial services, de Silva shares his guiding principles in his book, "Taking Stock"

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Tajaun Francis '23: Growing his passion for pathology and lab medicine

Following an internship at the Mayo Clinic, MLS major fosters his confidence and leadership

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Luca McGinnis '23: Fishing for answers

Luca McGinnis ‘23 is a graduate student and researcher motivated by a love of the ocean and a desire to make a difference.

MPWC student Ghenwa Elkhoury
Ghenwa Elkhoury '21, '23: Plain language

Lebanese transfer student overcomes adversity and completes two degrees in four years

Class of 2025 nursing students on stage
White Coat Ceremony presents opportunities for reflection as well as looking ahead

Nearly 100 sophomore nursing students celebrate their transition from classroom to clinical education

Patrick Pasteris
Patrick Pasteris '16, '24: Daring to be a disruptor

Patrick Pasteris is disrupting the ocean tech market while creating meaningful learning opportunities for younger students.

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The Charlton Women in Business

Student-run club prompts networking for the advancement of women in the workplace

Mckenzie Ferrari '23 outdoors at UMassD
Mckenzie Ferrari '23:  Reaching for the (exploding) stars

Physics major Mckenzie Ferrari is poised to join the next generation of leaders in astrophysics research.

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Catching Up with Logan Cabral '22, '23

Logan Cabral, a member of UMass Dartmouth’s first Physics BS/MS cohort, says UMassD gave him every tool he needed to reach even the most ambitious goals.

Senior marketing major Jess Buchanan
Jess Buchanan '23: Gaining confidence

Senior marketing major credits on-campus job in developing business acumen

Senior Interior Architecture & Design major Kassidey Star
Kassidey Star '23: An award-winning designer

Senior interior architecture and design major believes she was meant for IAD program

Health & Society major Gabriel Johnson pictured in the amphitheater
Gabriel Johnson '24: Making a difference

Health & society major finds passion working towards a future that benefits all

Maggie McCafferty Field Hockey headshot
Maggie McCafferty '24, '25 reflects on the impact of scholarship support

Bioengineering major, student-athlete, and scholarship recipient Maggie McCafferty found UMass Dartmouth to be her perfect fit.

Adam Horowitz pictured pitching against Bridgewater State University.
Adam Horowitz '23: A dream internship

Senior marketing major and baseball player confirms passion for coaching in Cape Cod League internship

Computer Science Student Cameron McAlpine '23 standing in front of the SENG building sign
Cameron McAlpine '23: Embracing leadership opportunities

Computer Science major Cameron McAlpine says that getting involved on campus opened up a world of possibilities for him. Now, he looks ahead to what’s possible in robotics and artificial intelligence.

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Kristen Sethares enjoys interdisciplinary collaboration of teaching in the Honors College

College of Nursing & Health Sciences professor is teaching two Honors classes in addition to nursing PhD courses

Senior art history major Kayla Rausch '23 pictured in the Claire T. Carney Library
Kayla Rausch '23: Practical experiences

Senior art history major grows personally and professionally through research

Jonathan Sheroff pictured in new lab coat and scrubs
Jonathan Sheroff '20: Poli Sci to Physician Assistant

Pre-Health Postbaccalaureate Certificate alum enters PA school ready for career change

Fred Lebow
Sharing the value of education

Fred Lebow ’67 leaves a legacy for College of Engineering students inspired by his passion for learning

Widline Thomas
Performing at their peak

At Tripp Athletic Center, there’s a powerful laboratory of education, community, and physical performance, where UMass Dartmouth’s student-athletes develop the skills to become not just accomplished runners, basketball players, or football players, but high-performing citizens.

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CCB is trending up

A focus on what’s needed to ensure student success powered a recent climb by the Charlton College of Business on the U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of Best Undergraduate Business Programs

Joshua Keith pictured in the Claire T. Carney Library
Joshua Keith '23, '24: Getting involved

Transfer accounting major and MBA student opens doors for himself through involvement in campus clubs and jobs

Shayne Velho, Senior Chemistry major from Westport, MA
Shayne Velho '23: Unlimited possibilities

Senior chemistry major gains valuable experience as undergraduate research assistant

UMass Officials posing
Ten years of pursing justice

The newly renovated Arc of Justice Atrium at UMass Dartmouth's School of Law honors Chancellor Emerita Jean MacCormack, the late Margaret “MarDee” Xifaras, MBA ’78, and all those who worked to create an excellent, inclusive, and affordable public law school.

UMassD student Kyle Furtado
Guided by goals, fueled by ambition

Kyle Furtado ’23 is a student, a scholar, a teacher, an advisor, a technology coordinator, a web designer, and a software engineer intern. In a word, he is ambitious.

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Protecting coastal ecosystems starts at UMassD

When Mike Joyce’s team at PrimaLoft, Inc. needed a way to test its new biodegradable, recycled insulation and fabric, he knew just where to turn—UMass Dartmouth, his alma mater and an institution that has been on the cutting edge of textile technology since 1895.