Alumni Association Volunteer Newsletter | May 2017

From the President

The Alumni Association has proudly championed the interests of UMass Amherst and its alumni for 143 years, providing impactful programs and communications to help keep alumni connected and engaged with both their alma mater and current generation of UMass students. For the past two years, I've been privileged to serve as Alumni Association president and work alongside a dedicated and passionate corps of volunteers to help promote these efforts.   

Below are some recent examples that demonstrate how our collective efforts help advance UMass Amherst:

  • The Alumni Association hosted the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Luncheon at the Boston State House, highlighting the exemplary achievements of alumni, students, and faculty, and promoting the university's contributions to the Commonwealth.

  • We awarded some $100,000 in scholarships and awards to 100 students, funded in part through the fundraising efforts of our Alumni Networks and generous volunteer donors.

  • The Student Alumni Association (SAA) established a new council to promote student philanthropy through their programming efforts, raising nearly $15,000 in student donations for campus support through their annual Fun Run and Commencement Ball events. 

  • Working with our Alumni Networks, Alumni Advisors, Gold Council, and SAA, we launched our first annual Career Month, engaging over 1,200 alumni and students through in-person and online programs, and thousands more through educational communications.

  • We established our Minute Mobilizers volunteer group to help expand alumni outreach and engagement efforts through social media. This group, along with other social media savvy volunteers, were instrumental in the overwhelming success of UMassGives 2017, helping to engage 5,000+ donors and raise over $338K in 48 hours.

    Wow!  Pretty impressive, don't you think?  And most of this happened over the span of just the last several months.  Imagine the possibilities of what we can accomplish together in the coming years!  

    Serving as your Alumni Association president has been an incredibly rewarding experience and a true honor.  I am so thankful for all of your efforts in supporting UMass Amherst and its Alumni Association.  


    Michaella Morzuch '03 BA, '08 MPPA
    President, UMass Amherst Alumni Association

Key Initiatives

Minute Mobilizers Recruitment Challenge

The weather is heating up, and so is the excitement on Minute Mobilizers. Our first-ever Recruitment Challenge is just around the corner and you’re invited to join the fun! Beginning June 1, every time you recruit a friend to join Minute Mobilizers, you’ll earn double the points toward two prize pack giveaways full of great UMass gear. Showcase your UMass spirit, climb the ranks, and help us grow the Minute Mobilizers community across the country! Stay tuned for more information.

Return to Campus for Signature Events

Old ChapelThe Volunteer Summit is June 2-3 during Alumni Weekend. Current and interested Alumni Association and university volunteers are invited to join hundreds of alumni and friends for a fun-filled weekend. Come network with volunteers from all areas of campus, share best practices, and exchange ideas.

Also, mark your calendar for Homecoming 2017 from October 16 to 21 on campus. Check the Homecoming site for updates. 

News For & From Our Volunteers

Student Alumni Association

Philanthropy has been a major focus this spring for the Student Alumni Association (SAA). The group has been working to promote student philanthropy on campus, give thanks to donors, engage students during #UMassGives, and help support the Student Care and Emergency Response Fund through Commencement Ball ticket sales. Students who attended the Ball made a difference for future generations of UMass students as a portion of each ticket sale, totaling $12,500, was donated to the Fund.

Do you know a student starting UMass this fall, or a returning student who would like to become more involved on campus? The SAA is seeking new members for the fall semester. Students from all class years and majors are encouraged to join the organization to enhance their leadership skills; learn how to plan events and manage projects; connect students and alumni; and educate their peers about the impact of giving back. There is something for everyone in the SAA! For more information, please email

GOLD Council

Regardless of your location, the GOLD Council invites young alumni to participate in virtual networking sessions and chats in the upcoming year. Modeled after in-person events hosted by chambers of commerce for young professionals, these informal, bimonthly chats will be facilitated by an alumnus/na who is an expert in their field. Potential topics include preparing for graduate school, career transitions, leadership development, and financial literacy to name a few. The chats will occur after business hours and last for about an hour. Alumni volunteers are welcome to suggest topics.

To propose a topic for discussion or a reunion, please email Nicole Young ’14 MA at

Regional & Affinity Alumni Networks

UMass in the CityUMass in the City – Save the Dates!
The New York City Metro, Washington DC, and Greater Boston Alumni Networks invite alumni to come out after work for their fall socials and welcome recent graduates new to the city. Come out and network with other alumni, make new connections, and hear about what is new on campus. All are welcome!

New York City – September 13
Washington, DC – September 14
Boston – September 28

San Diego Alumni Network

Please welcome Carmen Wu ’11 to the UMass Amherst volunteer family. Carmen is our new Network Liaison in San Diego and hosted the Network’s first Call for Volunteers event . There was a great turnout and we look forward to hearing about what our San Diego alumni are up to in the future!

Alumni Advisors

My eyes popped out of my head when I saw that he was a member of Commonwealth Honors College, had a high GPA, substantial internship experience, and involvement in campus activities,” recalls David Goldstein ’61, after reviewing the resume of Adam Benvie ’16.

Goldstein had received a LinkedIn message from Benvie, then a UMass Amherst student looking to connect with alumni at IBM. A longtime IBM employee, Goldstein had recently retired but was still doing consulting work in the company’s Global Sales School. Learn how he helped Benvie achieve his career goals by serving as his mentor.

Board of Directors

Five officers were elected this year to a two-year term on the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors effective July 1, 2017.  Greg Thomas '91 will serve as president and Kim Sherman '87, '15 PhD as president elect. Congratulations to the entire incoming leadership team.