The UMass Dartmouth Alumni Association will honor six people who have distinguished themselves in their careers and in their service to the University and communitty. The annual alumni brunch, which will be held this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. in the Campus Center, will culminate Homecoming Weekend at UMass Dartmouth and be followed with a series of Fall Festival events.
The Alumni Association honorees are:
State Senator Joan M. Menard – University Service Award
Sen. Joan M. Menard, D- Fall River, was first elected to the Massachusetts Senate in 1999, following 21 years in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. Sen. Menard continued to break barriers for women in politics in 1993 when she was elected the first woman to serve as chairperson of the Massachusetts Democratic Committee. Among the issues paramount to Menard in her role as a state senator are childcare, education, disability pension reform, domestic violence, and senior pharmacy assistance programs. Sen. Menard was an elementary school and special education teacher from 1967 – 1974, and also served as Director of Special Education for the Town of Somerset.
Lee Blake – Alumni Employee Award
Lee Blake is the director of the SouthCoast Education Compact, a consortium of local school superintendents, community leaders and business executives based at UMass Dartmouth and devoted to improving the educational attainment levels throughout the SouthCoast. Ms. Blake is also the vice president of the New Bedford Historical Society and president of the Martha Briggs Educational Club, which is celebrating its 85th anniversary this year.
Dr. James Kaput – University Service Award (Posthumously)
The late Dr. James Kaput, who passed away this summer, was a global leader in the effort to improve the teaching of math. He was the inventor of SimCalc (Simulations for Calculus Learning), a revolutionary method of democratizing the teaching of calculus. Dr. Kaput served on the faculty of UMass Dartmouth for 36 years.
Norma and William Markey – Alumni Service Award
Norma (class of 1954) and William (class of 1955) Markey, both graduates of the New Bedford Textile Institute, spearheaded the revival of the Pioneers Society, a group of alumni who graduated from the two original textile schools that eventually joined to become UMass Dartmouth. Norma Markey is a retired teacher who taught in New Bedford public school, and William Markey is a former public school principal in Fairhaven.
Robert Leduc – Personal Achievement Award
Robert F. Leduc was named president of Hamilton Sundstrand’s Flight Systems business in December 2004 after serving as executive vice president and chief operating officer of United Technologies’ Pratt & Whitney division. Hamilton Sundstrand is a market leader in the design, manufacture and service of military, commercial and business aircraft systems. Leduc has full responsibility for Hamilton Sundstrand’s actuation; propeller; and Space, Land & Sea businesses. Leduc also sits on the boards of Ratier-Figeac of France, Microtecnica of Italy, and Claverham of the United Kingdom.
Other Fall Festival Events
Friday, September 30
Athletic Hall of Fame Awards Dinner, Woodland Commons Community Center. 6:30 p.m. Inductees: Senator Mark Montigny ’84; former Sports Information Director William Gathright; Jean Lincoln Gauthier ’94; and the 1953-1954 New Bedford Textile Basketball Team.
Young Alumni Ratt, tent adjacent to Tripp Athletic Center. 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 1
Alumni Reception at Charlton College of Business, honoring MBA class of 1995, 9:30 a.m.
Parents Association Jazz Brunch, commuter cafeteria, 10 a.m.
Homecoming Celebration, field outside Tripp Athletic Building. Football, soccer and field hockey games; alumni Athletic Games. 11:30 A.M.
Alumni Homecoming Reunion Tent featuring “A Taste of the Region” Food Court and Beer Tent; Compeer Plant Swap and Craft Fair. Noon.
Pioneers Society Reunion Dinner, Campus Center Commuter Cafeteria, 5:30 p.m.Guest Speaker, Barbara Bidlle, Round Hill History. $40.
10 Year Class of 1995 & MBA Class of 1995 Reunion. Woodland Commons Community Center, 6 p.m. Cocktail hour, Italian and Portuguese buffet, DJ and dancing. $25.
Sunday, October 2
Alumni Awards Brunch, Campus Center Commuter Cafeteria, 10:30 A.M.
Monday, October 3
Alumni Career Panel. Successful alumni talk to students.Campus Center Sunset Room, 6:30 P.M.
Wednesday, October 5
Technology Showcase, Advance Technology Manufacturing Center, Fall River. 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, October 6
2nd Annual Alumni Association Board of Directors Cocktail Reception with Silent Auction Fundraiser for Scholarships, Back Eddy Restaurant on Westport Harbor. 6:00 p.m. $40.
For more information regarding Fall Festival, please contact Alumni Director Donald Berube, 508-999-8802.