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Geraldine de Berly named Vice Provost for Continuing and Professional Education....read more

Graduation 2017
Students enjoyed a wonderful sunny afternoon at the graduation ceremony in McQuirk Stadium on Friday, May 12. Senator Elizabeth Warren was the keynote speaker. She encouraged the graduates to become engaged citizens and to consider public service. Congratulations go to all the graduates.

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asl3 Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society

Congratulations to the students inducted into Alpha Sigma Lambda (ASL) Honor Society Beta Alpha Chapter which celebrates the scholarship and leadership of adult students in higher education. The following students were in the top 20% of the eligible students with GPAs ranging from 3.967 to 4.0. Students received ASL honor cords.

New CPE Program Research and Development Coordinators
CPE welcomed two new staff in April: Sira Berté and Melissa Garrett-Preston.  Both women will be working with Irena Bozin, Director of Academic Programs. Their positions are Program Research and Development Coordinators. Sira and Melissa will be working with the individual schools and colleges on program development as well as supporting current programming. They will also be working with the many staff at CPE as part of the team supporting CPE initiatives
 
Sira Berté managed and designed professional courses/programs for Latin America’s premier provider of executive education – Seminarium Internacional – in partnership with top ten U.S. universities.  Additionally, in Chile, she consulted for the UNDP, Ford Foundation, and the Chilean equivalent to the SBA.  Knowledgeable about course design and delivery for adult learners, Sira enjoys a spirit of collaboration with faculty and students.   Business development expertise and an entrepreneurial mindset led her to co-found a Chilean adventure tourism company – UPSCAPE – employing 25 people.  She received a B.A. in Spanish & Latin American Studies (Bowdoin College) and an MBA (University of Maryland/College Park).

Melissa Garrett-Preston joins the Continuing Professional Education team at UMass Amherst after working for the Isenberg Online MBA for the past six years. In her position as an academic advisor, Melissa advised mid-career adult and non-traditional students and contributed to marketing activities and initiatives to improve student experience. The program was recently ranked as the top US online MBA program according to the widely-respected London Financial Times’ rankings. Melissa previously held administrative positions at Smith College and Holyoke Community College and also worked for many years in the health care industry leading public relations and marketing efforts for several hospitals and health systems. Melissa has a master’s degree in education from UMass Amherst and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Sussex University in England.

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Sira Berté                                                                      Melissa Garrett-Preston

Chris Marcouliier, Academic Advisor retirement
On May 10, the CE staff bid farewell to Chris Marcoullier in an informal reception in Goodell. Chris ‘officially’ retired a few years ago but was able to continue to help CPE out with degree audits for which we are most grateful. All the best to Chris in her actual retirement.

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Chris Marcoullier - thank you Chris!

Boston Area Study Abroad Association
Interim Summer Programs Manager, Zack Brower, presented at the BASA Association on April 21 with colleagues from the Center for International Studies (CIS), School for International Training (SIT), and the School for Field Studies. The presentation was entitled The Trump Effect and Student Mobility: What's Next?.

2017 NERCOMP (NorthEast Regional Computing Program) Annual Conference
Kyle Kraus,
eLearning Training Specialist, presented a session entitled "Pleased to meet you! - Welcoming Students to Online Education" at the NERCOMP Conference on March 27-29 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 mentored 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.

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NAASS Regional Meeting
Dr.  Geraldine de Berly and Erin O’Rourke, Coordinator of Summer Programs attended the Northeastern North American Association of Summer Sessions Regional meeting March 14-15, 2017 in Syracuse, NY. The meeting agenda centered around summer program marketing strategies.

Salesforce Summit
Susan Harris and Floyd Ely, CPE IT attended 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.

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Prof. Patricia Vittum and participant Gina Berrafati

CPE Activities

Founders Day
It was on April 29, 1863 that Governor John Andrews signed the charter to form Massachusetts Agricultural College, creating the first Board of Trustees for what would become Massachusetts State College in 1931 and the University of Massachusetts in 1947.
 
Founders Day was celebrated on April 27 on the Goodell Lawn. A number of CPE staff volunteered to work the tables where hundreds of students lined up to receive T-Shirts, lip balm, sunglasses and cotton candy. (It turns out we have expert cotton candy makers amongst the CPE staff!) Students were also entered into a raffle contest for the giant beach chair. Pictured below are some of the staff who helped out. Thanks to all for making it an extremely successful event not only to recognize Founders Day but also to promote summer courses.

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Recognition Breakfast
On Thursday, April 27, UMass hosted a length of service breakfast for staff.

Two CPE members were recognized, Lu Butler (25 years) in Advising and Bercia Zaniewski (30 years) in the Registrar’s Office. The Chancellor and Provost spoke of their appreciation of the many staff with extended service to the campus.  CPE is most grateful to Lu and Bercia for their dedication to students these many years.

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Lu Butler and Alice Szlosek (CPE Associate Registrar)

Advisor Breakfasts
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.

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CPE Academic Collaboration Committee

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College of Information & Computer Science

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University Without Walls

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College of Natural Sciences

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College of Education

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School of Public Health & Health Sciences

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College of Engineering

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Isenberg School, of Management

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College of Nursing


Congratulations to David Mix Barrington for whom a scholarship was named.

https://www.cics.umass.edu/news/new-undergraduate-scholarship-endowed

 
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