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.

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.

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 W.E.B. Du Bois Library Tour

Enjoy a guided tour of the tallest library in the US.  At 297 feet, the library was named after African-American activist W.E.B DuBois and holds the large collection of his writings. The library also boasts a state-of-the art learning common and historical archive of the university.

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 presentations and 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 Computing 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 Class of 1954 60th 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 ’72 EdD presents “Towards Tomorrow: How We Can Meet the Basic Life Support Needs of the Future.”  $30 per person, advance registration is required.

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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 volunteersand prospective regional or affinity network volunteers

09:30 AM - 10:30 AM Volunteer Summit Program: Reunion Planning

Alumni from all generations have enjoyed returning to campus to celebrate reunions. Reunions help alumni retain a strong bond with their alma mater and with each other. Whether based on class year, student activity, academic affiliation or another affinity, the same timeline and process should be applied to ensure a successful reunion.  At this session you will learn about the reunion planning timeline, the ideal committee structure and how to recruit volunteers, opportunities to support the university with your reunion and how the Alumni Association can support you in developing a successful reunion.

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

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
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: Defining Your Professional Image

Presented by Susan Callender ’86, Executive Trainer Specializing in Self-Presentation Skills. Specialized skills may be the reason you were hired, but your soft or people skills and social/emotional intelligence are what will help you keep the job. Poor etiquette practices, coupled with multicultural and multigenerational differences and expectations can cost employees jobs and valuable contracts for the organization. Gain the tools you need to ensure that you are presenting at a high level. Enhance your soft skills and learn how to use them to improve customer service, inter-office communications, sales and networking.

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM W.E.B. Du Bois Library Tour Saturday

Enjoy a guided tour of the tallest library in the US.  At 297 feet, the library was named after African-American activist W.E.B DuBois and holds the large collection of his writings. The library also boasts a state-of-the art learning common and historical archive of the university.

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 volunteersand Prospective volunteers

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

Join alumni from all generations for the Alumni Weekend Luncheon, featuring Keynote Address by UMass Amherst alumni:

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

Rose Ihedigbo ’85, ’87 MEd, ’92 EdD, Author of Sandals in the Snow and Executive Director of HOPE Africa

$20 per person, advance registration is requested.

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:

Joan P. Kennedy ’84, ’96 MBA, Full-Cycle Recruiting Specialist
With more than 15 years of experience in recruiting, Joan is currently working with many area employers to source, interview and assess candidates. Her industry specializations include healthcare, finance/accounting, investment management, medical device, biotech, IT/engineering and retail. Joan is also certified in Behavioral Interviewing and Mediation.

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. Steve 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 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.

02:30 PM - 3:00 PM 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: 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 

03:00 PM - 4:00 PM W.E.B. Du Bois Library Tour

Enjoy a guided tour of the tallest library in the US.  At 297 feet, the library was named after African-American activist W.E.B DuBois and holds the large collection of his writings. The library also boasts a state-of-the art learning common and historical archive of the university.

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.

03:30 PM - 3:30 PM 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 - 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.

03:30 PM - 4:00 PM 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.

04:15 PM - 4:45 PM Volunteer Summit Program: 50th Reunion Working Session

You’ve learned about planning your reunion, organizing your committee and recruiting volunteers. You’ve observed some of the important 50th Reunion events that will make up your schedule. Now come together with your fellow committee members to build your action plan.

  • How will you identify and recruit new volunteers to join your reunion committee?
  • What is your timeline for reviewing and selecting a class gift?
  • Which groups/affinities will be the basis of your outreach efforts?
  • What are your goals for participation and fundraising?

Who Should Attend: Class of 1965 and 1966  50th reunion committee volunteers

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. A special UMass license plate auction will be held.

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. Details on participating restaurants and available offerings coming soon!

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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