Schedule of Events

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Friday, June 6
08:30 AM - 10:00 AM Wind Energy Registration

Registration and packet pick-up for Wind Energy registrants.

08:30 AM - 6:00 PM Alumni Weekend Friday Registration

Stop by Alumni Weekend headquarters to pick up your welcome packet, tickets to events and sign-up for tours.

09:00 AM - 11:30 AM Wind Energy Panel Discussion: The Inception and 40-year History

Come watch a historic video about the inception of Wind Energy and engage in dialogue with a panel of experts in the field.

09:00 AM - 5:00 PM Special Collections and University Archives

The Department of Special Collections and University Archives of the UMass Amherst Libraries (SCUA) supports research and learning in four major areas: the history and experience of social change; innovation and entrepreneurship; the histories and cultures of New England; and the past, present, and future of the University of Massachusetts.

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Emeriti Alumni Reunion Luncheon

Celebrating all Emeriti alumni (class of 1963 and earlier) with special recognition for the classes of ’59, ’54, ’49 and ’44. $25 per person, advance registration requested.

12:00 PM - 2:00 PM Wind Energy Reunion Lunch

Hear Dr. Hal Wallace of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History speak about the targeted future for the UMASS Program WF-1 within their sacred halls.

02:00 PM - 3:00 PM Class of 1959 Reception & Nursing Simulation Lab Tour

Join classmates for an update on the Class of 1959 Nursing Scholarship and a private tour of the new Nursing Simulation Lab.

02:00 PM – 3:00 PM Wind Energy Panel Discussion: The Next 40 Years

Come hear brilliant minds discuss the future of wind energy development.

03:00 PM - 4:15 PM Estate Planning Demystified

Estate Planning Demystified will provide you with solid information about the characteristics of a quality estate plan in a brief 75-minute presentation.  You’ll also learn about “will” vs. “living trust” planning, probate, estate taxation, and planned giving options – all vital to ensuring a secure financial future. This session will be presented by Attorney Lawrence A. Osborn, Director of Planned Giving Administration at UMass Amherst.  Lawrence brings a wealth of experience to the university having joined the staff two years ago after a twenty-year law career focusing exclusively in the areas of estate planning, estate taxation and probate.

03:00 PM - 4:00 PM Commonwealth Honors College Tour

Guided tour of the new Honors Residential Community, a state-of-the-art facility designed with modern aesthetics by award-winning architects.

03:00 PM - 4:00 PM Life Sciences Laboratory Tour

Learn about the state-of-the-art, interdisciplinary research laboratories from Biochemistry and Microbiology students, who will give tours of the Life Science Laboratories building.

03:00 PM - 4:00 PM College of Engineering Tours of Labs and Learning Spaces

Select your guided tour by individual departments such as Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.

04:00 PM - 5:30 PM College of Engineering Alumni Dean’s Reception

Enjoy beer, wine and hors d’oeuvres while learning about new initiatives at the College of Engineering from Dean Tim Anderson.

05:00 PM - 8:00 PM Classes of 1954 and 1959 Reunion Dinner

Join friends and classmates for a festive dinner!  Afterwards, make your way to the Alumni Hospitality Suite to socialize with friends, enjoy cocktails and the great company of your fellow classmates and other alumni. $30 per person, advance registration is requested.

06:00 PM - 9:00 PM Class of 1964 50th Reunion Welcome Back Dinner

Join friends and classmates for a fun, casual dinner to kick-off your Reunion Weekend. Enjoy the view from the top of campus and the company of great friends while the sampling the culinary delights of award-winning UMass Dining. $28 per person, advance registration is required.

06:00 PM - 9:00 PM Wind Energy Reception and Dinner with Keynote Speaker

Enjoy a dinner buffet as keynote speaker Francis P. Koster ’82 EdD presents “Towards Tomorrow: How We Can Meet the Basic Life Support Needs of the Future.”  $30 per person, advance registration is required.

06:30 PM - 8:30 PM Young Alumni Reception

Kick off the Alumni Weekend Friday, June 6 at the Young Alumni Reception at the Amherst Brewing Company. Meet & mingle with fellow Minutemen and enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres. Cash bar available. This event is free, advance registration is required.

08:00 PM - 11:00 p.m. Alumni Hospitality Suite

After dinner, spend time with classmates and fellow alumni at the hospitality suite as festivities carry into the evening.

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Saturday, June 7
07:30 AM - 6:00 PM Alumni Weekend Saturday Registration

Stop by Alumni Weekend headquarters to pick up your welcome packet, tickets to events and sign up for tours.

08:00 AM - 9:15 AM Alumni Weekend Breakfast with the Chancellor

Join classmates and fellow alumni for a breakfast featuring welcoming remarks from Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy.  Andrew MacDougall ’95, Alumni Association President, will share updates from your Alumni Association.  Members of the Class of 1964 in attendance will receive their 50th Reunion pins. $15 per person, advance registration is required.

09:00 AM - 1:00 PM Studio Art Student Print Sale

Art majors have created this selection of work especially for viewing and sale during Alumni Weekend. Come see their talent first-hand, visit the Studio Arts Building and support these aspiring artists.

09:15 AM - 9:30 AM Class of 1964 50th Reunion Class Photo

Members of the Class of 1964 are asked to remain after breakfast for a group photo with their classmates.  Don’t forget to wear your maroon and white!

09:30 AM - 10:45 AM Volunteer Summit Program: Alumni Network Strategy and Working Session

9:30 – 10:15 AM Alumni Network Strategy
10:15 – 10:45 AM Networks Working Session

Alumni Networks span the country, keeping alumni connected with UMass through social, professional development, volunteer, athletic and family events. At this session, you will learn how Alumni Networks are supporting the strategic goals of the Alumni Association and the university and discuss specific engagement opportunities in the upcoming year. Current volunteers should stick around for the working session: get to know fellow Network leaders and volunteers while exchanging ideas, best practices and more.

Who Should Attend: Network leaders, Network volunteers and prospective regional or affinity network volunteers

09:30 AM - 10:30 AM Career Program: Finding Your Life’s Purpose

Presented by Meredith DiMola ’99, CPC, ACC, Professional Certified Career Coach & Recruiter. “When we are doing what we love, we don’t wish for life to pass us by.” You can begin the process of figuring out your life’s work in this interactive discussion with specific questions to guide you to your own answers. Key takeaways include:

  • Comprehensive self-assessment
  • Concrete next steps to continue the process
  • Techniques to make your life purpose a reality

Capacity is limited. Register early to guarantee your place.

09:30 AM - 10:30 AM Career Program: Leaders Connect – Effective Communication Strategies

Presented by Tyke Crowley ’94, Life Strategist, Speaker, Writer and Certified NLP Practitioner. Explore the secret patterns of communication to better connect with employers, colleagues and customers. Ensure your message is accurately received when you communicate. At this session you will:

  • Discover how you appear to others
  • Explore how to best relay your message
  • Gain more influence and connection at work and at home
09:45 AM - 10:45 AM Campus Bus Tour

Take a bus tour of campus to experience the iconic buildings of the past and hear about the changing landscape of UMass.  A Campus Planning guide will lead the tour.  Space is limited. Registration required.

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Special Collections and University Archives

The Department of Special Collections and University Archives of the UMass Amherst Libraries (SCUA) supports research and learning in four major areas: the history and experience of social change; innovation and entrepreneurship; the histories and cultures of New England; and the past, present, and future of the University of Massachusetts.

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Nursing Simulation Lab Tour

Guided tour of the College of Nursing training lab featuring technology-smart mannequins, beds and medical equipment.

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Commonwealth Honors College Tour

Guided tour of the new Honors Residential Community, a state-of-the-art facility designed with modern aesthetics by award-winning architects.

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM George N. Parks Minuteman Marching Band Building Tour

Guided tour of the home of “The Power and Class of New England” by Band Director, Tim Anderson.

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Volunteer Summit Program: Reunion Gift/Outreach Workshop

In this session, reunion gift and outreach volunteers (current and prospective) will find out how they can ensure the success of their reunion. Participants will have guided, practical discussions to begin developing their own plans for success. Reunion gift volunteers will discuss the reunion gift process, including: strategic planning, available resources, solicitation strategy, challenges in soliciting peers and more. Reunion outreach volunteers will discuss the outreach process, including: strategic planning, available resources, audience segmentation, communication channels and more.

Who Should Attend: Class of 1965 reunion committee volunteers, Class of 1966 reunion committee volunteers and prospective reunion volunteers (class year or affinity)

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Career Program: Building a Quick, Convincing Plan for Your Business or Career

Presented by Bill Bean ’70, ’75 MS, Strategic Business Consultant and Professional Coach. Find out how you can develop and execute a strategic plan for your business or career. You will learn what components are essential in a good plan and you’ll leave with all the knowledge necessary to create and implement your own plan. This presentation is great for job seekers as well as career professionals and executives.

10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Career Program: Professional Manners Master Class

Presented by: Susan J. Callender ’86, Executive Trainer Specializing in Self-Presentation Skills.

Fine-tuning your business persona and interpersonal skills must take place at various junctures in your career. Positive energy results in high productivity, smart decisions, high retention rates, good morale, and strong teamwork. Whether you are a c-level executive or a new hire, self-assessment and manners modifications are crucial in leading diverse teams, being handed critical access and moving up in the ranks.  At the completion of this workshop, participants will:

  • Understand the principles of personal presence and impression management
  • Heighten awareness in multigenerational and multicultural environments
  • Discover their current emotional fitness and etiquette IQ
  • Apply techniques for creating and maintaining positive energy and professional courtesies in a myriad of situations
11:00 AM -12:00 PM The Boston Accent: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

A lecture sure to appeal to anyone who has ventured into Boston will be given by Distinguished Professor of Linguistics and Dean of the Graduate School John McCarthy. You’ll never park your car the same way again.

11:00 AM -11:45 AM Volunteer Summit Program: Reaching Students

We hear from countless alumni all asking the same question: ‘What can I do to support student success at UMass Amherst?” Attend this session to find out three key ways that you can support students:

  • Mentorship – Provide professional guidance, career advice and assistance with goal setting
  • Internships – Create opportunities for students to gain real-world experience
  • Scholarships – Help ensure UMass Amherst’s ability to attract and retain the best and brightest students.

In many cases, these programs are very flexible and require little commitment on your part, yet have substantial impact on the student experience.

Who Should Attend: Board members, Network leaders and volunteers and Prospective volunteers

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Campus Bus Tour

Take a bus tour of campus to experience the iconic buildings of the past and hear about the changing landscape of UMass.  A Campus Planning guide will lead the tour.  Space is limited. Registration required.

12:00 PM - 1:15 PM Alumni Weekend Luncheon and Keynote Address

A highlight of Alumni Weekend is the Alumni Weekend Keynote Luncheon presented by Mohegan Sun. Our Keynote Speakers, a mother-son alumni duo, will share their story – including their experiences as UMass Amherst students, their journey to achieving the American dream and their commitment to paying it forward through their work with the HOPE Africa Foundation. Join us for this special presentation by:

James Ihedigbo ’07
Safety for the Detroit Lions and President and Co-founder of HOPE Africa Foundation

Dr. Rose Ihedigbo ’85, ’86 MEd, ’92 EdD
Author of Sandals in the Snow and Co-founder of the Nigerian American Technological and Agricultural College

Tickets are $20 per person and advance registration is requested. Public welcome.

Stick around for a Sandals in the Snow book signing with Dr. Rose Ihedigbo immediately following the luncheon. Books will be available for purchase.

01:30 PM - 2:00 PM Class of 1964 Class Gift Dedication

Celebrate the success of the Class of 1964 Old Chapel Renovation Fund campaign with friends and classmates. The class will formally present its gift to the university in the dedication ceremony.

01:30 PM - 2:45 PM Estate Planning Demystified

Estate Planning Demystified will provide you with solid information about the characteristics of a quality estate plan in a brief 75-minute presentation.  You’ll also learn about “will” vs. “living trust” planning, probate, estate taxation and planned giving options – all vital to ensuring a secure financial future.  This session will be presented by Attorney Lawrence A. Osborn, Director of Planned Giving Administration at UMass Amherst.  Lawrence brings a wealth of experience to the university having joined the staff two years ago after a twenty-year law career focusing exclusively in the areas of estate planning, estate taxation and probate.

01:30 PM - 2:30 PM Career Program: Strategies for Recent Graduates

Presented by David Machowski ’94 MEd, Employment Strategist, Career Advising & Preparation Specialist. Finding a job is a lot of work; a job in and of itself. In today’s competitive market, it can be difficult for those even with the best of credentials but it’s especially challenging for recent grads and younger professionals. What makes you different?  Why should a prospective employer choose you? At this session, you will learn how to answer the questions that employers ask with confidence.

01:30 PM - 2:30 PM Career Program: The HR Perspective

What are employers really looking for? What makes certain candidates stand out above all the rest? What common blunders should be avoided? These and other questions will be answered by a panel of human resource experts and professional recruiters. Bring your questions to this interactive discussion and ask our panelists. Our experts include:

Tom Jacobson ’81, Global Managing Director for Accenture
Tom is the global managing director of Accenture’s Pricing and Profit Optimization strategy practice area. He has co-authored several books on pricing and sales and is recognized for his expertise in pricing, consumer behavior and market analytics. Tom works with C-suite clients to lead major business transformation across industries.

Steve Wasserman ’81, Human Resources Regional Manager for FedEx Express
Steve began his career with FedEx 25 years ago as a Senior Personnel Representative. He is currently the Human Resources Regional Manager for FedEx Express, responsible for 12,000 employees in Eastern Region US Operations covering states from New England through Virginia. He manages a staff of 14 human resources advisors in Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Rochester NY, Baltimore, Parsippany NJ, Melville NY, Milford CT and Washington DC.

01:30 PM -2:30 PM Career Program: Social Media for the Job Search –What You Should Be Doing So You’re Not Wasting Your Time

Presented by Jeff Sheehan ’75, Marketing and Social Media Professional and Career Search Mentor.  Social media is sometimes billed as a panacea that can deliver a job simply by using it. While there are benefits, if not used properly it can be a huge time drain. Today’s job search requires a multi-faceted approach with social media as one of the many tools used. The session will explore social media as well as some overall productivity tools to help get your next job in the shortest period of time. Key takeaways include:

  • A firm understanding of what social media tools are most beneficial for the job search
  • Productivity tools to help land your dream job
  • Knowledge of the technologies that will allow you to hit the ground running once employed
01:30 PM - 2:30 PM Volunteer Summit Program: University Priorities & Volunteer Opportunities; Leadership & Teamwork

1:30 – 2:00 PM University Priorities and Volunteer Opportunities
University volunteers are often on the front lines, representing UMass Amherst at events and in the community. In this brief update, you’ll learn about some of the university’s key priorities and the corresponding volunteer opportunities.

2:00 – 2:30 PM   Leadership and Teamwork
Find out how you can refine your leadership and teamwork skills to be more effective as a volunteer, as an employee or in any role you play. This interactive discussion will cover key strategies to further develop your strengths as a leader and as a team player.

02:00 PM - 5:00 PM Chemistry Reception and Talks featuring Professors Richason and Stein

Celebrate with fellow alumni at the Chemistry Alumni Reunion and tour the beautiful Integrated Sciences Building (ISB). Two of Chemistry’s towering figures, Professors George Richason, Jr. and Richard Stein, will be honored as people who have created much of the excellence that is Chemistry at UMass Amherst.

02:00 PM - 5:00 PM College of Education Speaker and Reception: “Creating Resilient Students and Safer Schools: Social-Emotional Learning in MA”

Effective social-emotional learning (SEL) is a preventative and evidence-based educational process that teaches children, from pre-k through 12th grade, the skills for wellness that can significantly reduce emotional stresses that lead to violence, addictions and other social challenges.  Assistant Professor Sara Whitcomb PhD will discuss her research and efforts to implement this strategy.

02:00 PM - 5:00 PM Physics Alumni Reunion

Join faculty, staff and students for an engaging and informative gathering.  You will have the opportunity to view student poster presentation, talk with Paul Silva from Valley Venture Mentors and learn more about the discovery of the Higgs Boson by one of our faculty on the ATLAS experiment.

02:00 PM - 2:30 PM Class of 1964 Remembrance Ceremony

Immediately following the Class Gift Dedication, the Class of 1964 will come together to remember and honor deceased classmates. If you would like to volunteer to be a name reader at the Remembrance Ceremony, please contact the Alumni Association at alumni@admin.umass.edu or 800.456.8627.

02:00 PM - 5:00 PM Chemistry Reception and Talks featuring Professors Richason and Stein

Celebrate with fellow alumni at the Chemistry Alumni Reunion and tour the beautiful Integrated Sciences Building (ISB).  Two of Chemistry’s towering figures, Professors George Richason, Jr. and Richard Stein, will be honored as people who have created much of the excellence that is Chemistry at UMass Amherst.

02:30 PM - 3:00 PM Old Chapel Tour: Private Tour for the Class of 1964

Tour one of the most iconic buildings on the UMass Amherst campus: the Old Chapel. Never used as a house of worship, the Old Chapel was built in 1884 by Stephen C. Earle. The landmark structure has served many purposes, including library, classroom and assembly space. Come learn more about the building’s impressive history and future.

02:30 PM - 3:00 PM Volunteer Summit Program: Reunion Class Website

In 2014, the reunion class piloted a class website program in place of the hard copy Reunion Memory Book of years past. The results were overwhelmingly successful, with a 100% increase in participation over previous years. The site has increased communication, connection and reunion participation. In this session, class reunion volunteers will learn:

  • How to build out your class site
  • How to maintain your site as an administrator
  • How to use the site to increase your reunion participation

Who Should Attend: Class of 1965 and Class of 1966 reunion committee volunteers 

02:45 PM - 3:45 PM Career Program: Resume Writing That Works!

Presented by Wayne Schofield ’85, Principal/Technical Recruiter and Co-Founder of Night and Day Résumé. Many things must be considered when writing a résumé. Content matters, but so does the visual appeal to the gatekeeper spends 10-15 seconds deciding if it should be sent along to the hiring manager. With a clean, clear and classic résumé, you will get noticed for the right reasons. Attend this session to learn:

  • How to create an effective and appealing résumé
  • How to craft a cover letter
  • Interview tips

This session is interactive, so feel free to bring your résumé and your questions. This session is appropriate for all career levels.

02:45 PM - 3:45 Career Program: Using LinkedIn to Connect

Presented by Bob McIntosh ’87, ’96 MA, LinkedIn Strategist and Career Search Blogger. In this workshop we’ll look at the ways to network with LinkedIn members to be more effective, whether searching for a job, building your professional network or engaging in volunteer activities. LinkedIn has more than 275 million members worldwide and is considered to be the most professional online networking application. Learn about LinkedIn features that can help you connect with the right people. Bring your questions with you; discussion is encouraged.

03:00 PM - 5:00 PM Humanities & Fine Arts Alumni Reception

Join current and emeritus faculty for light refreshments and conversation. You’ll hear from Associate Dean and Professor of English Joe Bartolomeo about plans to build an addition on South College to replace Bartlett Hall.

03:00 PM - 3:30 PM Old Chapel Tour

Tour one of the most iconic buildings on the UMass Amherst campus: the Old Chapel. Never used as a house of worship, the Old Chapel was built in 1884 by Stephen C. Earle. The landmark structure has served many purposes, including library, classroom and assembly space. Come learn more about the building’s impressive history and future.

03:30 PM - 4:00 PM Old Chapel Tour

Tour one of the most iconic buildings on the UMass Amherst campus: the Old Chapel. Never used as a house of worship, the Old Chapel was built in 1884 by Stephen C. Earle. The landmark structure has served many purposes, including library, classroom and assembly space. Come learn more about the building’s impressive history and future.

04:00 PM - 5:00 PM Career Program: Ask the Experts

It’s like speed dating, but for your career! In these brief but structured encounters, you will circulate the room in small groups asking our experts your most pressing career-related questions. Our experts include professional career coaches and counselors, human resources professionals, recruiters, corporate trainers, social media experts and more.  This is a fast-paced event with a tight schedule, so please arrive promptly and be prepared to ask a few questions. Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

04:30 PM - 5:00 PM Volunteer Summit Program: Emerging Leaders Group Discussion and Feedback

Come together with your Emerging Leaders cohort to share feedback on the day and discuss next steps.

  • Which sessions did you attend and did you find them valuable?
  • Have you identified a specific area of volunteer interest?
  • What would you hope to gain from your experience as a UMass Amherst volunteer?
  • When could you begin volunteering? How much time do you think you could commit?
  • Do you have questions about volunteering that have not been answered?
  • What resources do you feel would help to be successful in a volunteer role?

Who Should Attend: Emerging Leaders only

05:00 PM - 6:00 PM Volunteer Reception

University volunteers and Volunteer Summit participants are invited to gather for cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and networking. Starting at 6:00 p.m., the doors open to welcome all alumni and the reception continues until 7:00 p.m. Cash bar available.

06:00 PM - 7:00 PM Alumni Weekend Reception

Alumni from all generations are welcome to attend the Alumni Reception. Meet and mingle with fellow UMass Amherst alumni while enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. In honor of the Class of 1964′s 50th Reunion, UMass license plate #UM64 will be auctioned.

06:00 PM - 10:00 PM Dine Out Amherst

Venture into town to dine at a number of local restaurants that will be offering special menus and pricing to UMass Amherst alumni and friends. Click here for details on participating restaurants.

06:00 PM - 10:00 PM 50th Reunion Banquet

Don’t miss this spectacular evening celebrating the Class of 1964 50th Reunion.  Share your favorite memories with friends, enjoy a sumptuous buffet dinner, then stay to dance the night away.  $40 per person, advance registration is required.

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