CONTINUING & PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION
Geraldine de Berly Named Vice Provost for Continuing and Professional Education, please read more here.
Kyle Kraus, eLearning training specialist will be presenting a session entitled
Pleased to meet you! Welcoming students to online education
At the 2017 NERCOMP (NorthEast Regional Computing Program) Annual Conference
March 27-29, 2017 in Providence, Rhode Island
Pakistani Community Colleges Program
In Fall 2016, Susan Harris, CPE Manager of Student Service Systems and Dr. Irena Bozin, Director CPE Academic Programs acted as mentors to two Pakistani higher education administrators. From March 18- April 27, 2017, Dr. Geraldine de Berly, CPE Vice Provost and Dr. Bozin will mentor two more Pakistani administrators. The Pakistani Community College Program provides opportunities to exchange ideas and to compare higher education administrative challenges in Pakistan and in the USA. The program is a partnership between UMASS Amherst, the Institute of International Training and Development and Holyoke Community College.
NAASS Regional Meeting
Dr. Geraldine de Berly and Erin O’Rourke, coordinator of summer programs will attend the Northeastern North American Association of Summer Sessions Regional meeting March 14-15, 2017 in Syracuse, NY. The meeting agenda will center around summer program marketing strategies.
Susan Harris and Floyd Ely, CPE IT will attend the Salesforce Summit in Austin Texas April 27-29, 2017 as part of a delegation from UMASS Amherst which is in the process of acquiring the Salesforce CRM (Customer Relationship Management) system. Universities use CRMs to manage and analyze data in order to provide better services and communications to its constituents. The acquisition and implementation is a collaboration between Information Technology, the Isenberg School of Management, and CPE. The CRM should go live at the end of May. It is expected that a number of UMASS schools and academic departments will be using Salesforce by the end of the year.
International Winter School for Turf Managers
Thirty-five participants attended the International Winter School for Turf Managers from January 9 to February 17, 2017. The UMass Winter School for Turf Managers is a certificate program designed to convey concepts essential to maintaining high quality turf, with emphasis on environmental stewardship and fiscal responsibility. This comprehensive, dynamic short course is especially suited for experienced professionals associated with the management of golf courses, athletic fields, municipal and private grounds, fine lawns and landscapes. Attendees came from Australia, Canada, England, Romania, Spain, and the United States. The program housed in the Stockbridge School of Agriculture in the College of Natural Sciences has been running for 86 years. The director, Dr. Patricia Vittum is a nationally renowned expert on the biology and management of turfgrass insects.
Pictured are Professor Patricia Vittum, program director and participant Gina Berrafati at the closing lunch.
CPE hosted a series of advisor breakfast to promote both winter and summer sessions.
The winter session breakfast was held in the Campus Center
Two Breakfasts were held promoting summer: one on February 8 and the second on March 7, 2017. A total of 40 advisors, faculty, and administrators from the schools and academic departments have attended the sessions. The sessions organized by Lu(cinda) Butler, CPE Advisor presented information about eLearning training support for both students and instructors, financial aid, registration, and course offerings. It also afforded an exchange of ideas regarding additional programming needs.
CPE Staff Retreat - August 2016
On August 25, 2016 at the end of summer session and before the beginning of the fall, a number of CPE staff went on an afternoon retreat on the Connecticut River. It was a fine afternoon and the ‘Lady Bea’ comfortably received the CPE team. Staff mingled and spent time with the newly arrived Vice Provost Geraldine de Berly. The embarkation at South Hadley went smoothly and afterwards a few of the CPE staff enjoyed an evening meal together at the restaurant. For a number of the passengers, it was the first time on the Lady Bea.
CPE Academic Collaboration Committee
Congratulations to David Mix Barrington for whom a scholarship was named.