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From the President

The campus is buzzing with activity with students returning for the fall 2016 semester, including members of our Student Alumni Association, who are in the throes of planning Homecoming activities and promoting a new Multicolor Mile fundraiser for student scholarships. And there is lots of energy off campus too, as our alumni volunteers work to present engaging programs and develop inclusive outreach strategies around the world in support of UMass Amherst.

As I've stated before, passionate, informed and empowered volunteers are more important than ever to the future of our alma mater.  Below are a few statistics that highlight your volunteer contributions during the last fiscal year:

  • 1,255 Alumni Association (AA) volunteers
  • 5,924 volunteer hours contributed in support of AA initiatives 
  • 121 events and online initiatives supported by volunteers, engaging 12,719 participants
  • 55 active Alumni Networks and volunteer groups

Your participation makes a real difference in supporting the Alumni Association's global outreach and engagement efforts. Thank you again for your continued support!

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

Key Initiatives

Join the Celebrations at Homecoming 2016
Return to campus from September 29 – October 1 to gather with friends and enjoy fun activities, great food, music, and lots of UMass pride! Get your maroon and white on and make plans for reunions and alumni celebrations, the homecoming parade, tailgate tent, royalty crowning, Tulane vs. UMass Football at McGuirk Stadium and more! Don’t miss out on fun for the whole family.  View the full calendar of events.

Spread the word of #UMassHomecoming16 on Social Media 
Get your Networks excited for Homecoming through your social media channels! Write your own message with the hashtag #UMassHomecoming16 or share a post from the Alumni Association’s Facebook and Twitter pages. Need some inspiration? Check out and share these recent posts:

  • EventBlack Alumni BBQ: Join the UMass Amherst Black Alumni Network to enjoy a post-football game BBQ during #UMassHomecoming16 on 10/1! After a great meal and outdoor fun, head over to The Hangar Pub and Grill for the Network's Juke Jam and mix, mingle and connect with alumni of all generations. Register today!
  • VideoParker and Sam Play Football: Parker the UMass License Plate and Sam the Minuteman are getting pumped for the Tulane vs. UMass football game during #UMassHomecoming16 with a little friendly competition.
  • EventRevolution Run 5k: Enjoy a scenic fall 5K run during #UMassHomecoming16 on 10/1! This Homecoming tradition is on a USATF-certified course with electronic times and gives participants iconic views of UMass, starting with the Old Chapel near Memorial Hall. Register today!

Be sure to follow the Alumni Association’s channels during Homecoming for live photos, videos and updates to share, too!

Cheer for UMass Football
Our Minutemen Football team is ready to take on another exciting season hosting big name teams such as Boston College and Mississippi State. Stop by the Alumni Association Tailgate Tent to enjoy a catered meal while reminiscing with fellow alumni and friends. Visit the Alumni Association table to get your pom-poms for the game and show your UMass spirit!

Support Student Success
Earlier this month, UMass Amherst welcomed 4,700 members of the Class of 2020 to campus. The academically accomplished students – 75% of whom are Massachusetts residents – have an average SAT score of 1225 and average grade point average of 3.82. You can help UMass Amherst students succeed by sharing internship and employment opportunities in the CareerConnect database, available to all students and alumni.


New Initiatives

Run for a Cause at the Multicolor Mile
Join the Student Alumni Association (SAA) to make a splash and have some fun at the Multicolor Mile Color Run on Friday, October 21, 2016. Participants will run or walk a 1-mile loop through campus, being splashed with colored paint as they go. This event is family friendly and all are welcome. A portion of each sale will support student programs and scholarships. Register today

Supporting us on Social Media has Never Been Easier!
The Alumni Association is currently contracting with SocialToaster to enhance the reach and impact of the Online Ambassador Program. Using the platform, our alumni and friends will be able to share our content onto their own personal social media pages with one click!  The platform also offers engaging contests that will encourage alumni participation and support of our social media channels. Stay tuned for more info.


Volunteer Opportunities

Introducing the Volunteer Activities Calendar
Interested in getting more involved? Check out the new volunteer activities calendar, which provides information about volunteer opportunities hosted by various groups across campus, from Admissions to Residential Life to student organizations. View the volunteer activities calendar.

Join Our Team: Alumni Networks Seeking Volunteers
Alumni Networks play a vital role in supporting university initiatives, raising funds for scholarships, attracting new students and keeping alumni connected. Social Media Manager and Young Alumni Liaison volunteer positions are currently available in several regional and affinity alumni networks. View the list of openings or contact the Alumni Association at alumni@admin.umass.edu to learn more. 


News For & From Our Volunteers

Student Alumni Association
Are you, or someone you know, interested in joining the SAA? Fill out a membership form today and learn more about the organization. Already a member? Update your information with us now. For more information about SAA programs and events, please contact SAA at saa@umass.edu.

GOLD Council
The GOLD Council is now accepting applications for new members. New members will serve a minimum of a two-year term and must have graduated between 2007 and 2016. Given the advisory nature of the Council, the ideal candidate will be knowledgeable about their career industry and region of the country. Applicants can also be dually involved in other Alumni Association programs including their respective Network or the Alumni Advisor Network. The GOLD Council recently welcomed five new members, representing various class years, academic majors and career trajectories. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis—complete your application today. For more information, please contact Nicole Young at nmyoung@umass.edu or 413.577.0358.

Alumni Networks
On September 3 in the season opener, UMass football took on the University of Florida in “The Swamp” in Gainesville. The Orlando Alumni Network was there to greet alumni and UMass fans as they entered the tailgate to connect and enjoy delicious food. Despite the rain, over 100 alumni attended the tailgate and the game to cheer on their Minutemen! 

On October 22, join our North Carolina alumni networks from Charlotte and the Triangle Area to cheer on the Minutemen as they play against the Gamecocks in Columbia, South Carolina. Tickets are available for purchase through October 5. Order yours today. We look forward to seeing you in South Carolina!

Alumni Advisors
Just over one year ago, the Alumni Association launched the UMass Amherst Alumni Advisor Network to:

  • Supporting campus-wide career preparation initiatives
  • Connecting students and alumni to a broad network of supportive Alumni Advisors for networking, career advice and mentoring
  • Engaging alumni in meaningful volunteer roles as mentors to students, recent graduates and alumni in career transition

The first year was a success, with 2,415 users registering for the network and 150 consultations taking place. In the upcoming year we will work to continue to increase the numbers of advisors and advisees, recruit advisors from major employers in key regions where our alumni reside and encourage students and alumni to take advantage of this great resource. Thank you for your continued participation in the program. Please contact Katie DeBeer with any questions at kdebeer@admin.umass.edu.

Board of Directors
The UMAAA Board of Directors has established a strategic planning task force charged with evaluating current outreach initiatives, campus priorities and industry best practices relative to alumni engagement strategies.  Over the next several months, the task force will utilize this information and constituent feedback to draft a five-year strategic plan with an overarching goal to increase engagement and participation throughout the student to alumni to donor life cycle.  Stay tuned for more information in the coming months!