A state lawmaker, heart surgeon, and professor will be the recipients of the first annual College of Arts and Sciences’ Samuel A. Stone Alumni Achievement Awards at UMass Dartmouth tonight. The awards, named in honor of the late founding dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, will be presented tonight at a dinner organized by the college and the UMass Dartmouth Alumni Association. The event is part of the University’s year-long “Breaking New Ground/A Tradition of Innovation” celebration of its 40 years in Dartmouth.
Winners of the first awards were chosen from the three divisions of the college: humanities, sciences, and social sciences. The winners are:
- Humanities: Dr. Edwin Thompson, Professor of English and former chair of the English Department at UMass Dartmouth. Dr. Thompson is a New Bedford native who graduated from the campus in 1969 with a degree in English. His graduating class was the first liberal arts graduating class at the campus. He joined the faculty in 1973 and is now completing his 32nd year of service. He twice chaired the department, from 1981-85 and again from 1994-2003. Dr. Thompson’s work has focused on post-World War Two fiction and popular culture, particularly film studies, and has been in the vanguard of computer and video educational technology
- Sciences: Dr. Lisa Antonelli, Chief of Cardiology at Quincy Medical Center. Dr. Antonelli graduated from the campus in 1979 with a degree in chemistry and went on to receive her MD from the Tufts University School of Medicine. In her current position, Dr. Antonelli directs the Medical Center’s Cardiac Care Program. Dr. Antonelli, who has been treating heart patients on the South Shore for 14 years, performed her internship and residency at Rhode Island Hospital and cardiological fellowship at the Lahey Clinic Medical Center
- Social Sciences: John Quinn, Massachusetts House of Representatives, of Dartmouth. Rep. Quinn, who graduated from UMass Dartmouth in 1985 with a degree in economics, has served in the House of Representatives since 1992. An attorney, who also holds a graduate degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, has served on legislative committees related to public service, the envrionment, courts, insurance and transportation. He served as chairman of the Banks and Banking Committee from 2001-2004, and is currently serving on the House Ways and Means Committee.
“Tonight, we honor the memory of one of the true groundbreakers of our campus – Sam Stone – by recognizing three people who exemplify his spirit of service to our society,’’ said Chancellor Jean F. MacCormack. “In them we witness the vast diversity of interest and expertise present in the faculty, staff, students, and alumni of the College of Arts and Sciences.’’
The late Dr. Samuel A. Stone, a physicist and mathematician, came to the Dartmouth campus to organize a College of Arts and Sciences, create the administrative, departmental, and academic structure of the new institution, and recruit a faculty to staff the new college. When the university’s Group I building opened in 1966, Dr. Stone had already formed the college, organized academic departments, and established the underpinnings of the three academic divisions that remain to this day: humanities, sciences, and social sciences.
“For those of us who graduated from the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Stone’s vision and energy in forming this academic institution have changed our lives,’’ said Dr. William Hogan, the interim dean of the College and a 1970 alumnus of the campus. “This annual series of awards is intended as a memorial to Sam Stone. In remembering his contributions to what we have become, we hope to honor our fellow alumni whose groundbreaking achievements and careers represent the quality and caliber of his original vision.’’