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University of Massachusetts

Seal of the University of Massachusetts
Motto Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem
Motto in English By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty
Established 1863
Type Public
Endowment US $348,100,000
Chancellor Dr. Robert C. Holub
Provost James Staros
Admin. staff 1,180 full-time, 190 part-time[1]
Students 26,360
Undergraduates 20,540
Postgraduates 5,820
Location Amherst, Massachusetts, United States
(42°23′20″N 72°31′40″W / 42.38889°N 72.52778°W / 42.38889; -72.52778)
Campus 1,463 acres (5.87 km²) Urban/Suburban
Former names Massachusetts Agricultural College, Massachusetts State College
Athletics Official site
Colors Maroon and White
         
Sports

Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Football, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Rowing, Skiing, Soccer, Softball,

Swimming & Diving, Tennis, Track & Field
Nickname Minutemen and Minutewomen
Mascot Sam the Minuteman
Website http://www.umass.edu
UMassAmherst logo.png

The University of Massachusetts Amherst (otherwise known as UMass or UMass Amherst) is a public research and land-grant university in Amherst, Massachusetts and the flagship of the University of Massachusetts system. With more than 1,370 faculty members and more than 26,000 students, UMass Amherst is the largest public university in New England.[2]

The university offers bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, and doctoral degrees in over 90 undergraduate and 65 graduate areas of study, through 9 schools and colleges.[3] The main campus is situated north of downtown Amherst, Massachusetts. In a 2009 article for MSN.com Amherst was ranked 1st in Best College Towns in the United States.[4]

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is categorized as a Research University with very high research activity by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.[5] In 2009, UMass Amherst had research expenditures of $130 million.[6]

UMass Amherst is notable for a number of characteristics. Its faculty members are top performers in terms of the numbers of awards and recognitions they receive, and their supported research activities total more than $140 million per year.[7] The campus facilities have undergone extensive renovations in recent years. New and newly renovated facilities include student apartment complexes, Berkshire Dining Commons, library Learning Commons, School of Management, Integrated Science Building, Nursing Building, Studio Arts Building, Heating Plant, track facility, and Recreation Center. In 2010 UMass Amherst broke ground on a new laboratory science building and a new home for the Minuteman Marching Band. Its current student body is the most high-achieving in UMass Amherst history (in terms of admissions test scores and grades) and the university was named a top producer of Fulbright Award winners in the 2008-2009 academic year.[8] Additionally, in 2010 UMass Amherst was named one of the "Top Colleges and Universities Contributing to Teach For America's 2010 Teaching Corps."[9]

UMass Amherst sports teams are called the Minutemen and Minutewomen, the colors being maroon and white; the school mascot is Sam the Minuteman. All teams participate in NCAA Division I. The university is a member of the Atlantic Ten Conference, while playing ice hockey in Hockey East. For football, UMass competes in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), part of the Division I Football Championship Subdivision.

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[edit] History

[edit] Foundation and early years

The university was founded in 1863 under the provisions of the Federal Morrill Land-Grant Colleges Act to provide instruction to Massachusetts citizens in the "agricultural, mechanical, and military arts." Accordingly, the university was initially named the Massachusetts Agricultural College, popularly referred to as "Mass Aggie" or "M.A.C." In 1867, the college had yet to admit any students, had been through two Presidents, and still had not completed any college buildings. In that year, William S. Clark was appointed President of the college and Professor of Botany. He quickly appointed a faculty, completed the construction plan, and in the fall of 1867 admitted the first class of approximately 50 students. Clark became the first functioning President and arguably the primary founding father of the college. [10]

Goodell Hall at UMass Amherst.

The original buildings consisted of Old South College (a dormitory located on the site of the present South College), North College (a second dormitory once located just south of today's Machmer Hall), the Chemistry Laboratory, also known as College Hall (once located on the present site of Machmer Hall), the Boarding House (a small dining hall located just north of the present Campus Parking Garage), the Botanic Museum (located on the north side of the intersection of Stockbridge Road and Chancellor's Hill Drive) and the Durfee Plant House (located on the site of the new Durfee Conservatory).[11]

Although enrollment was slow during the 1870s, the fledgling college built momentum under the leadership of President Henry Hill Goodell. In the 1880s, Goodell implemented an expansion plan, adding the College Drill Hall in 1883 (the first gymnasium), the Old Chapel Library in 1885 (one of the oldest extant buildings on campus and an important symbol of the University), and the East and West Experiment Stations in 1886 and 1890. The Campus Pond, now the central focus of the University Campus, was created in 1893 by damming a small brook.

A picture looking north from the W.E.B. DuBois Library at UMass Amherst. Lederle Graduate Research Tower can be seen in the background and the Campus Center and Hotel in the foreground.

The early 20th century saw great expansion in terms of enrollment and the scope of the curriculum. The first female student was admitted in 1875 on a part time basis and the first full time female student was admitted in 1894. In 1903, Draper Hall was constructed for the dual purpose of a dining hall and female housing. The first female students graduated with the class of 1905. The first dedicated female dormitory, the Abigail Adams House (on the site of today Lederle Tower) was built in 1920.[12]

By the turn of the century, the college was thriving and quickly expanded its curriculum to include liberal arts. In recognition of the higher enrollment and broader curriculum, the college was renamed, "Massachusetts State College" in 1931.

Following World War II, the G.I. Bill, facilitating financial aid for veterans, led to an explosion of applicants. The college population soared and Presidents Hugh Potter Baker and Ralph Van Meter labored to push through major construction projects in the 1940s and 50s, particularly with regard to dormitories (now Northeast and Central Residential Areas). Accordingly, the name of the college was changed in 1947 to the "University of Massachusetts."

By the 1970s, the University continued to grow and gave rise to a shuttle bus service on campus as well as many other architectural additions; this included the Murray D. Lincoln Campus Center complete with a hotel, office space, fine dining restaurant, campus store, and passage way to the parking garage, the W. E. B. Du Bois Library, and the Fine Arts Center.

Over the course of the next two decades, the John W. Lederle Graduate Research Center and the Conte National Polymer Research Center were built and UMass Amherst emerged as a major research facility. The Robsham Memorial Center for Visitors welcomed thousands of guests to campus after its dedication in 1989. For athletic and other large events, the Mullins Center was opened in 1993, hosting capacity crowds as the Minutemen basketball team was ranked #1 for many weeks in the mid 1990s, and reached the Final Four in 1996.

UMass Amherst entered the 21st century as the flagship campus of the state’s five-campus University system, has close to 24,000 students enrolled, and gained a national as well as international reputation for excellence.

[edit] Architecture

The school has several buildings (constructed in the 1960s and 70s) of importance in the modernist style, including the Lincoln Campus Center and Hotel designed by Marcel Breuer, the Southwest Residential Area designed by Hugh Stubbins Jr of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, The Fine Arts Center by Kevin Roche, the W.E.B. DuBois Library by Edward Durell Stone, and Alumni Stadium by Gordon Bunshaft. The eclectic mix of building styles draws mixed reactions from students and visitors.

Newly completed construction projects on campus include the Studio Arts Building, the Campus Recreation Center and the Integrated Science Building. There are projects on campus currently under construction which include: a new Campus Police Station, the Minuteman Marching Band Building, a Bowditch Greenhouse, a Southwest Concourse and a Laboratory Sciences Building.

[edit] Designation as flagship campus

In 2003, for the first time, UMass Amherst was legally designated by the state legislature as a research university and the "flagship campus of the UMass system.[13]

[edit] Administration

There are 972 permanent faculty, 20,000 undergraduates. In 2010 the state budgeted $465 million for the UMass system. State funding is 25% of revenue.[14]

[edit] Campus

[edit] Buildings and layout

The campus extends about 1 mile (1.6 km) from the Campus Center in all directions. The university owns significant amounts of land in the nearby towns of Sunderland and Hadley.[15]

The campus may be thought of as a series of concentric rings. In the outermost ring are parking lots, the admissions center, playing fields and barns for the animal science program. In the middle ring there are the six residential areas and dining commons. (There are four dinning commons on campus, Franklin, Worcester, Berkshire and Hampshire. Though Berkshire was most recently renovated and is considered the premier dining hall, Worcester sees the highest volume of diners.) The innermost ring has most of the classroom buildings and research labs.

[edit] South Campus

The center of the UMass Amherst campus. To the left is the Old Chapel, and to the right the W. E. B. Du Bois Library

The Isenberg School of Management has its buildings in the southernmost part of campus near the Visitors Center and the Newman Center, the Catholic student center. In addition to being the site of the main administration building, Whitmore, the southeast side of campus has buildings mainly dedicated to the humanities and fine arts. Buildings include Herter, Bartlett, Mahar and the Fine Arts Center (FAC). Between Whitmore, the FAC and Isenberg lies the Haigis Mall, a local stop on both the PVTA and Peter Pan bus lines. The buildings on the southwest side of campus house the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. These include Dickinson Hall and Tobin Hall.

[edit] Student Union

The Student Union Building houses most of the University's registered student organizations (RSOs) and is the home of the Student Government Association. Other facilities include a convenience store, a ball room, and a student lounge. Several student-run businesses and co-ops are also present in the building including: Campus Design and Copy (CD&C), Tickets Unlimited, Bike Coop, People's Market (a Fair trade convenience store/bagel shop), and a vegan/vegetarian eatery called Earthfoods Cafe. The Student Union also includes a stairwell and a connecting passageway to walk through to the Campus Center. Many students can be found walking through the buildings rather than outside to get around campus as well as doing homework in the lounge chairs provided.

[edit] South College

The linguistics department is located at the South College. The DuBois library was intended to be an annex to South College.

Campus Center

Designed by famed architect Marcel Breuer, the Murray D. Lincoln Campus Center is located adjacent to the Student Union and is accessible via passageways from both the Student Union as well as from the main level of the parking garage.

On the concourse level are the campus store, restrooms, graduate student lounge, which serves beer, and the Bluewall, which contains a cafe, a smoothie stand and a fair trade coffee stand. This level is a high-traffic area throughout most of the day with students and faculty not only using it as a 'pass through' from one building to another, but also as the central hub of on-campus life. Many people often pass the time between classes on this level and it is common to find vendors and organizations operating from fold-out tables along either side.

The lower level of the campus center has multiple conference rooms and a large auditorium. Within the central space of the lower level are telephones, ATMs, vending, as well as couches and television. The offices of the University newspaper, The Daily Collegian, can be found at the far end of the level, along with the University radio station, WMUA, and its offices. One of the basement rooms is home to the UMass Science Fiction Society's library which is the second largest Science Fiction library on the east coast.

The top floor of the Campus Center, "The Top of the Campus" recently underwent a complete renovation. It is home to a state of the art teaching kitchen, beverage lab and dining room facility.

Campus Center Hotel

Above the concourse level is the Campus Center Hotel, a five-level full service facility with 116 rooms, including four suites located in the Campus Center. The Campus Center Hotel is the training ground for the university's Hospitality and Tourism Management students. The Campus Center Hotel was completely renovated and refurnished in 2009 and was renamed "The UMASS Hotel at the Campus Center."

Fletcher's Cafe

Fletcher's Café is a student-run business on campus at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. It is located in Flint Lab, the Hospitality and Tourism Management building, which is next to the campus center parking garage. Students that are part of the Hospitality and Tourism Management major take on full managerial responsibilities and are required to hire employees, order food and drinks, take care of accounting and hopefully make a profit by the end of the semester. Fletcher's Cafe is currently run by Jamie Tooley and Dan Shaw.

[edit] North Campus

The north side of campus is mostly dedicated to science and engineering, and many buildings there are newer than their counterparts in the humanities. The Physics Department primarily uses Hasbrouck Lab, located at 666 North Pleasant Street. The Lederle Graduate Research Tower is the largest building on the north side, housing the Math department on its sixteenth floor. As the Math Department headquarters, the sixteenth floor is prominently labeled 4². The Silvio Conte Polymer Research facility is located in North campus.

[edit] Computer science

The Computer Science department recently moved into an airy new building built for them on the edge of campus, though classes are often taught elsewhere, especially for lower division classes. Between the imposing concrete LGRT, the second-story walkway from it to its sister structure the LGRC, the glass-and-aluminum Computer Science building, and other new buildings for the Engineering and Polymer Science departments, North Campus looks more "high-tech" than the rest of campus.

[edit] Sports, recreation, and exercise

Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium.

Major sporting events, such as UMass's hockey and basketball team games, are held in the Mullins Center, amidst the fields to the west. Other locales for sporting events include Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium (where UMass holds its football games) and Garber Field, which is an artificial-turf field adjacent to Boyden Gym used for lacrosse, field hockey, and various team practices.

In fall 2007, ground was broken across the street from the Mullins Center on a new $50 million recreation complex. The Recreation Center was completed in spring 2009 and spans three floors, including weight and cardio equipment, a basketball court and jogging/running track, activity rooms, locker facilities, and a juice bar. The Rec Center is free for undergraduates, and available for for a fee to graduate students and faculty/staff. The building was originally scheduled to open in early September, but was delayed due to problems with fire safety and security systems. The Rec Center opened to the public on December 3, 2009.[16]

On campus there are two other gyms: Totman (adjacent to the North Apartments) and Boyden (near the Southwest residential area). Prior to 2009, both gyms held fitness centers which have been replaced by the Rec Center. Both buildings also hold basketball courts (although the Totman court has remained closed in the fall 2009 semester), locker room facilities, and pools. Both buildings also hold classrooms and offices; Totman in particular is home to the kinesiology department and has a student-run Body Shop. There are four small in-dorm gyms that are available for a fee as part of the Wellness program; in Lewis (in Northeast), John Quincy Adams and Washington towers (in Southwest), and Webster (in Orchard Hill). To the west of campus are numerous fields used for recreation and intramural sports. There is also a set of tennis courts located north of Boyden.

The baseball team plays its home games at Earl Lorden Field, adjacent to the Mullins Center practice rink. Down the street, near Southwest, is the UMass Softball Complex as well as Rudd Field, home of the UMass men's and women's soccer teams.

In addition to Totman and Boyden, there is Curry Hicks Cage, which hosts a small indoor track, pool, and basketball court. It is also occasionally used as a venue for guest speakers (such as the fall 2006 visit from comedian Bob Saget) and for the Western Mass high school basketball championships and other similar sporting events. The Cage was the home of the UMass men's and women's basketball teams before the Mullins Center was built.

[edit] Campus bus system

UMass and the PVTA, employing student workers, provide campus bus service throughout both the UMass Amherst campuses and the northern region of the PVTA service area.

The campus bus system was established in 1969 as the Student Senate Transit Services (now UMass Transit). In 1973, a demonstration grant secured money to set up a fare-free transit system. This, coupled with increased parking fees and strict parking regulations, was used to alleviate vehicular congestion and parking problems on campus. In 1976, the University of Massachusetts Transit Services became a contractor for PVTA. UMass Transit (or UMTS) introduced an honor-based system in which any potential rider (not including students with valid UCards) during certain reduced service periods times of the year (or PVTA employees at any time of year) will be expected to have in his or her possession a ticket purchased locally in Amherst that grants either single or multiple rides, or a days or weeks pass purchased in Amherst or from a Springfield or Northampton bus. UMass Transit, or UMTS, is a contractor for the PVTA, and runs its Amherst based routes from a garage based on campus. It serves not only the University of Massachusetts campus, but also the surrounding colleges and communities. This bus system is run primarily by University students and is free for students, which allows them to easily get to classes at the other four colleges.

[edit] Residential areas

At UMass Amherst, only Freshman are required to live on campus. [17] Housing is open to all full-time undergraduate students, regardless of year. Upper-class students who have continuously lived on campus during their first and sophomore years are guaranteed housing as long as they choose to live on campus. If, however, a student is admitted after their sophomore year, or moves off campus, and wants to move back onto campus, they are not guaranteed housing, but instead must go through a housing lottery, since demand outstrips supply. Housing assignments are accomplished by a complex process that takes into account building seniority as well as class year; those choosing to move from their building are subject to a lottery system. There are approximately 12,000 students living on-campus.

[edit] North Residential Area

The newest residence halls on campus opened in the Fall of 2006. Located between Sylvan and Northeast, these apartment-style dormitories house approximately 850 undergraduates in four buildings. They boast a living area, a kitchen, two bathrooms and four individual bedrooms, and central air conditioning. The point of the design was to simulate "apartment style living". They are the most expensive residence halls on campus.[18]

[edit] Sylvan Residential Area

Sylvan is adjacent to the North Residential Area, and before the opening of North, was the newest residential area on campus, construction having been completed in the early 1970s. Sylvan contains three, eight-story towers: McNamara, Brown, and Cashin. It is morbidly nicknamed "Suicide Sylvan" by the students due to its isolated location from other dorms and because it is thought to be less social than other residence areas, making it an unpopular living area for students.[citation needed] Sylvan is distinctive for offering suite-style living in a shady wooded area. Sylvan derives from Latin silva, "a wood or grove." Each residence hall contains 64 suites and each suite is either unisex or co-ed. Sylvan Snack Bar is a student run dining option in the McNamara dorm. Founded in 1971 the snack bar serves a variety of foods and delivers to the Sylvan and North areas of campus.

[edit] Northeast Residential Area

Northeast, is across the street from North and diagonal to Sylvan. The residential area consists of nine buildings assembled in a rectangle surrounding a grassy quad. Northeast is one of the oldest residential areas on campus and has what one might call classic academic architecture, consisting of red brick buildings and gabled/shingled roofs.

Northeast is also home to Worcester Dining Common, which contains a separate dining room called the Oak Room, primarily offering Asian-style food during the lunch and dinner hours. Worcester's basement is also home to a large, grocery-style convenience store as well as one of the four Pita Pit locations on campus.

[edit] Central Residential Area

Central is unique because it has three academic buildings in addition to nine residence halls located along a hill on the east side of campus.

University Health Services is located next to Brett and Brooks halls, on Infirmary Way. Central is serviced by Franklin Dining Common, across the street from Brett and Wheeler. Franklin contains kosher and vegan dining options as well as a convenience store. Greeno Sub Shop is also an option for students living in the Central area. Located in the basement of the Greenough dorm, Greeno is a student run business that offers sandwiches and other snacks to students.

[edit] Orchard Hill Residential Area

Completed in 1964, the Orchard Hill residence area is located in an old apple orchard which still blooms every spring. It is located to the north of the Central residential area, and to the east of the main academic campus. Orchard Hill is composed of four residence halls: Dickinson, Webster, Grayson and Field. Orchard Hill is also home to Sweets and More, a student run business that offers baked goods, ice cream, and small snacks. It is located in the Field Lounge.

The Orchard Hill Area Government, which is run by elected students, is headquartered in Field 112.

[edit] Southwest Residential Area

Southwest is the largest residential area on the UMass campus, housing 5,500 students. There are 11 low-rise dormitories and 5 high-rise consisting of 22 stories each. It was built in the 1960s, and all the buildings are built in the modern style. The 5 high-rise dormitories are named after the four U.S. Presidents from the state of Massachusetts (John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Calvin Coolidge, and John Kennedy), and George Washington.

[edit] Parking on-campus

Parking at UMass is open to all students via Parking Services for a fee. Cost varies depending on seniority and location. The most typical student parking permits range from $60 to $300 for the year. It is a color coded system with Green, Purple and Yellow Lots available to students. Purple Lots are typically closest to the dorm/housing areas; Yellow Lots are the cheapest but the farthest away; Green lots are for commuter students[19]. Parking is also available in the campus garage for a fee of $1.50 per hour during the day. In the evening there is a night rate of $3.00. Payment options include cash or ucard. Meter parking is also available at select locations through out campus. The meters accept nickels, dimes, and quarters only.

[edit] Sustainability

[edit] Environmental Research

UMass Amherst researchers have positioned the campus as a national leader in sustainability.

Economics professor Robert Pollin has influenced the national discussion about how best to stimulate the U.S. economy and promote sustainability. He and colleagues at the Political Economy Research Institute have developed a plan for national recovery that shows, for example, that investing in clean energy (wind power, solar, and biofuels) will create about three times as many good-paying jobs than conventional projects will, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and dependence on foreign oil.

Since September 2009, the campus has won more than $36 million in competitive stimulus grants. These include:

Other significant research in environmentally-safe technology among UMass Amherst faculty includes:

[edit] Sustainability on Campus

The campus adopted (OS1) — cleaning program that stresses environmental health and specific standards — 15 years ago.[year needed]

The award-winning Central Heating Plant, opened in 2009, is one of the cleanest-burning plants in the nation. It reduces greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 75 percent from the previous coal-burning plant that dated back to 1918.[20]

Across campus, other conservation measures have cut campus greenhouse gas emissions by 24 percent since 2004.

Sustainability Studies is offered through the University Without Walls, the university's adult bachelor's degree completion program.

[edit] Admissions

The number of applications to UMass Amherst has almost doubled from 16,500 to 29,500 in just five years, increasing for the seventh consecutive year. In 2009, 64% percent of applicants were accepted to the University, and 2% to the Commonwealth College (14% of those accepted). In 2010, 31,300 applications were received. The incoming class of 2014 had an average high school GPA of 3.61 out of 4. The class of 2014 is the school's biggest at 4,500, which is an increase of 10 percent from the class of 2013. [21] The class of 2012 had an average high school GPA of 3.55, compared to previous year's 3.48 average high school GPA.[22]Acceptance to the Commonwealth College honors program of UMass Amherst is more selective with an average SAT score of 1330 (math and critical reading) and an average high school class rank of top 10%.[23]

[edit] Academics

[edit] Schools and colleges

UMass Amherst offers bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, and doctoral degrees in over 90 undergraduate and 65 graduate areas of study. The university is organized into 9 schools and colleges, plus two programs designed for adult and continuing education students:[24]

[edit] Ranking and reputation

University rankings (overall)

Times Higher Education[25] 56
USNWR National University[26] 99
Skyline of the university from the South Athletic Fields

U.S. News and World Report's 2011 edition of America's Best Colleges ranked UMass Amherst 99th on their list of "Best National Universities", and 45th among public universities.[27] The computer science program is ranked 20th, tied with Brown, Purdue, Rice, UNC Chapel Hill, USC, and Yale.[28] The artificial intelligence program is ranked 8th, while computer systems is ranked at 18th.[29] The philosophy department is ranked 26th in the U.S. and 33rd in the world.[30] US News and World Report ranks UMass Amherst 51st among graduate engineering schools, 47th among graduate education schools, 54th among nursing programs, and in the graduate arts and sciences, 30th for speech-language pathology, 31st for sociology, 46th for English, 48th for physics, 49th for earth sciences, 50th for psychology, 50th for chemistry, 64th for history, 64th for math, 28th for biology, 72nd for public affairs, and 81st for fine arts.[31]

The undergraduate engineering program is ranked by U.S. News as tied for 56th in the country among schools whose highest degree is a doctorate, ranked higher than other area schools, such as Boston University, Tufts University, Wentworth Institute of Technology and Northeastern University.[32]

The MBA program is highly ranked by the Princeton Review.[33]

The National Research Council ranked computer science at UMass Amherst 18th in quality of Ph. D. education and polymer science, 2nd in quality of education and 7th in quality of scholarship among all U.S. materials departments. Where the Institute for Scientific Information ranked the Chemical Engineering program 5th, Computer Science Department 9th and Geosciences Department recognized for producing most cited paper on Global Warming.[34]

In 2009, the Master of Fine Arts Program for Poets and Writers was rated 4th nationally among graduate creative writing programs by Poets & Writers Magazine. [35]

In 2009, the undergraduate Writing Program was awarded the Conference on College Composition and Communication's (CCCC) 2008-09 Certificate of Excellence, the highest award given to writing programs in the United States.[36]

In 2010, Spinner.com ranked Umass #18 in the "College Rankings of Rock", which is a top 20 countdown that "evaluated universities near and far, ordering them according to their matriculation of musicians"[5]. Notable musicians and bands that attended Umass include Natalie Cole, The Pixies, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and Taj Mahal(musician).

Founded in 1971, The University Without Walls was one of the first adult bachelor's degree completion programs in the country.

[edit] Library

The Old Chapel and W.E.B. DuBois Library at UMass Amherst.

The W.E.B. Du Bois Library is the tallest library in the United States, consisting of 26 stories and 296 feet (90.32 m) tall. [37] It is well regarded for its innovative architectural design, which incorporates the bookshelves into the structural support of the building.[38] It is home of the memoirs and papers of the distinguished African-American activist and Massachusetts native W. E. B. Du Bois as well as being the depository for other important collections, such as the papers of the late Congressman Silvio O. Conte. The library's special collections include works on movements for social change, African American history and culture, labor and industry, literature and the arts, agriculture, and the history of the surrounding region.[39]

A primary feature of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library is the Learning Commons,[40] which opened in 2005. The Learning Commons provides a central location for resources provided by several departments across campus including Library Reference, Office of Information Technologies Help Desk, Academic Advising, Writing Center, Career Services, and Assistive Technologies Center. The Learning Commons has 164 computers with a broad range of software installed arranged in a variety of configurations for both individual and collaborative work. The library also offers services including tutoring, writing workshops, and supplemental instruction scattered among its 26 floors. The building itself is so large that it needs a security force. That security force is the Building Monitor Desk, which managed by various supervisors and student employees.

The Science and Engineering Library is the other main library on campus. It is located on the second floor of the Lederle Graduate Research Center (occasionally referred to as the Lederle "low rise").

UMass Amherst is home to the DEFA Film Library, the only archive and study collection of East German films outside of Europe.

Other libraries include the Shirley Graham Du Bois Library in New Africa House, the Biological Sciences Library in Morrill Hall, the UMass Science Fiction Society (UMSFS) Library in the Campus Center, and the Music Reserve Lab in the Fine Arts Center.

[edit] Commonwealth Honors College

Commonwealth Honors College (ComCol) is the honors college at UMass. The honors college provides students the opportunity to intensify their UMass academic curriculum. The requirements of the college are to complete a set number of the required classes for one's major at the honors level as well as complete a senior year thesis or capstone project and several Dean's book courses. Completion of the ComCol courseload is no longer required in order to graduate the University with higher Latin honors designations, such as magna or summa cum laude, though students who do enroll in ComCol can earn the honors with a lower GPA (than those enrolled in the general university population). ComCol provides honors students an additional community of students to interact with outside of their academic department.

[edit] Five College consortium

UMass Amherst is part of the Five Colleges consortium, which allows its students to attend classes, borrow books, work with professors, etc., at four other Pioneer Valley institutions: Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges.

All five colleges are located within 10 miles of Amherst center, and are accessible by public bus. The five share an astronomy department and some other undergraduate and graduate departments.

[edit] Community Service

UMass Amherst emphasizes community service as part of its academic programs. The Office of Community Service Learning (OCSL) offers courses that combine classroom learning and community service, and sponsors programs such as the first year IMPACT learning community and the Citizen Scholars Program. Co-curricular service programs include the Alternative Spring Break, Engineers without Borders, the Legal Studies Civil Rights Clinical Project, the Medical Reserve Corps, Alpha Phi Omega, the Red Cross Club, Veterans and Service Members Association (VSMA), and the Center for Educational Policy Advocacy (CEPA).

The White House has named UMass Amherst to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for four consecutive years, in recognition of its commitment to volunteering, service learning, and civic engagement.[41] They have also been named a “Community-Engaged University” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.[42] The Princeton Review included UMass Amherst in its Colleges with a Conscience: 81 Great Schools with Outstanding Community Involvement.

[edit] Information technology

UMass Amherst is a member of Internet2.

The Office of Information Technologies (OIT) provides all faculty, staff, and students with an OIT account which provides access to a variety of services including email (UMail), online storage space (UDrive), web hosting space, and blogging space.[43]

OIT maintains 9 Computer Classrooms across campus with approximately 300 computers available to members of the UMass community. In addition, OIT provides the campus community with computers available in the Learning Commons located in the W.E.B. DuBois Library. Additionally, many departments and programs have their own computing resources available for members of those groups.

Many UMass Amherst instructors make use of Blackboard's Blackboard Vista learning management system (which has been branded as SPARK on campus[44]) for delivery of course content via the web.

In the winter of 2003, the Office of Information Technologies (OIT) rolled out the SPIRE system, which is based on PeopleSoft's student information system. At UMass, SPIRE is a web-based system used to register for courses, view transcripts, view degree progress, view bursar balances, as well as a variety of other tasks.

On October 21, 2005 UMass Amherst was designated as the first-in-the-nation Microsoft IT Showcase School by CEO Steve Ballmer, recognizing the university's innovative leadership in applying information technology to teaching and learning.[45]

In April 2008, UMass Amherst announced a campus alert system whereby members of the university can receive emergency notification via text messaging.[46]

Online courses are available through UMassOnline.

[edit] Research labs at UMass Amherst

[edit] Student life

[edit] Arts on Campus

The UMass Amherst campus offers a variety of artistic venues, both for performance and visual art. The most prominent is the Fine Arts Center (FAC), built in 1975. The FAC brings nationally-known theater, music, and dance performances to campus throughout the year to its performance spaces (the Concert Hall, Bezanson Recital Hall, and Bowker Auditorium). These include several popular performance series: Jazz in July Summer Music Program, the Center Series, Magic Triangle Series (jazz), and New WORLD Theater. The University Gallery in the FAC hosts numerous visual arts exhibitions each year, and the center hosts workshops, master classes, and artist residencies.

The 9,000-seatMullins Center, UMass Amherst multi-purpose arena host a wide variety of performances including speakers, rock concerts, and Broadway shows. In addition, the Music, Dance, and Theater Departments, the Renaissance Center, and multiple student groups dedicated to the arts provide an eclectic menu of performances throughout the year.

Besides the University Gallery in the FAC, there are four additional art galleries on the UMass Amherst campus that exhibit the work of faculty, students, and artists from around the world. These are the Augusta Savage Gallery in New Africa House (a multicultural and multiarts facility), Herter Gallery in Herter Hall, the Hamden and Central Galleries, located in the residential areas on campus, and the Student Union Art Gallery.

Students also have access to performance venues and galleries in the towns of Amherst and Northampton, and at Mount Holyoke, Hampshire, Smith, and Amherst Colleges.

[edit] Student Government Association

The Student Government Association (SGA) is the undergraduate student governmental body, and provides funding for the many registered student organizations (RSOs) and agencies, including the Student Legal Services Office (SLSO) and the Student Center for Educational Research and Advocacy (SCERA). The SGA also makes formal recommendations on matters of Administration policy and advocates for undergraduate students to the Administration, non-student organizations, and local and state government. The SGA has a budget of approximately 2 million dollars per year which is collected for students in the form of the Student Activities Fee. The student activities fee is currently $47 per semester (Spring 2009). It is used to fund RSOs, Agencies and the SGA itself.

The SGA has three branches: the President and Executive Cabinet, the Undergraduate Student Senate, and the Student Judiciary.

Area governments There are a total of seven area governments. Each of the campus's six residential areas has an area government, and there is also a Commuter Area Government to serve commuter students. Area governments provide social programming for their areas, and are in charge of the house councils for the dorms in their area. They also represent the needs and interests of students in their areas to the Administration, Housing and Residence Life and the SGA.

Area Governments have a tradition of sponsoring large events, generally in the Spring, such as Fill the Hill, Bowl Weekend and Southwest Week.

House councils Each residence hall or residential "cluster" (a group of residence halls) at UMass Amherst has a house council. House councils report to their respective area governments. Its budget comes from voluntary dues collected in return for access to common supplies (access to the kitchenette, rental access to vacuums, brooms, games, etc.). House councils also engage in social programming for their halls or clusters, and advocate to housing staff in regards to concerns of students in their hall/cluster.

[edit] Registered student organizations

UMass Amherst looking southeast from the air.

UMass Amherst has many registered student organizations (RSOs). Most RSOs are funded by the Student Government Association (SGA), from the activity fee that all students pay, however, the SGA has often been criticized for not funding all clubs fully or equally. In recent years, the fee has been about $81. In order to start an RSO, one needs a group of at least eight interested students, who then petition the SGA for recognition. Each semester, the SGA reviews RSOs, and those which have too few members are considered inactive. Club Sports, which are non-NCAA athletic or organized sports teams, are considered RSOs.

[edit] Residential Leadership Association

The Residential Leadership Association is a student organization composed of residential students. It is composed of an executive board and hall level leaders known as Community Leaders (CLs). RLA is nationally affiliated with the National Association of College and University Residence Halls (NACURH). This organization makes an effort to support all the residential students UMass Amherst by providing programming and leadership development opportunities. It provides various leadership opportunities such as leadership conferences and roundtable discussions while continuing to foster the development of the on campus community through innovative programming. In the past, such programs such as Johnny Cupcakes, a Ski Trip, a BBQ/Concert have been put on by RLA.

Founded in 2003, RLA strives to make a positive impact on this campus. RLA is the parent/sister group to the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH) which recognizes student leaders within the residence halls. The RLA office is located in the basement of Pierpont Hall in the Southwest Residential Area.[47]

[edit] Army ROTC

The Minuteman Battalion is the institution's Army ROTC battalion. Active on the Amherst campus, the program's Scabbard and Blade community service club is very active and represents UMass well throughout the year with food drives, assistance to local veteran's groups and assistance with the Medical Readiness Corps at UMass in preparing for large-scale medical disasters. Most students are on a full tuition scholarship. UMass-Amherst is the host program for the Pioneer Valley and Five Colleges Army ROTC programs including: Smith College, Mount Holyoke College, Amherst College, Hampshire College, Western New England College (WNEC), Springfield College, Westfield State College and American International College (AIC). At AIC and WNEC. Students on Army ROTC Scholarships also earn free room and board if they attend Western New England College (WNEC).

[edit] Marching band

UMass Amherst has the largest marching band in New England. The Minuteman Marching Band consists of over 390 members and regularly plays at football games. The band was led by George N. Parks until his death in September 2010. The Minuteman Band also won the prestigious Sudler Trophy in 1998 for excellence. The band is well known across the nation for its style and excellence, particularly for its percussion UMass Drumline and tuba sections. The band also performs in various other places like Allentown, Pennsylvania, Bands of America, Boston, and on occasion Montreal.

[edit] Fraternities and sororities

UMass is home to numerous fraternities and sororities, organized under four councils: IFC, NPC, NPHC, and the MGC. Several Greek Life organizations had houses on North Pleasant Street until Alpha Tau Gamma, Inc. which owned a total of nine properties at one point, did not renew the leases, at the request of the University. The North Pleasant Street houses were colloquially known as 'Frat Row'. Most of Alpha Tau Gamma's Properties houses were out of code and were razed November, 2006. Alpha Tau Gamma sold the land to the University for $2,500,000 in 2007.[48] ATG, which is the Fraternity of the Stockbridge School of Agriculture, then donated $500,001 to endow a new Director of Stockbridge. Currently several sororities & fraternities still live in "Frat Row" including Sigma Delta Tau, Pi Kappa Alpha, Iota Gamma Upsilon, Phi Sigma Kappa and Theta Chi. Behind "Frat Row" or North Pleasant Street there are more sorority houses such as Sigma Kappa, Kappa Kappa Gamma, and Alpha Chi Omega. Two other houses Chi Omega and Sigma Phi Epsilon are situated on Olympia Drive, on the northern outskirts of the campus. Delta Upsilon is also situated on North Pleasant Street just past Lederle and Totman. Pi Kappa Alpha returned to campus in Spring 2007, and Delta Chi returned in Fall 2008. Alpha Tau Gamma is also located on campus. Alpha Tau Gamma took over a property in the Fall of 2009 that ATG, Inc. owns on Sunset Ave, previously occupied by Alpha Epsilon Pi.

Several organizations do not have houses, such as Pi Kappa Phi, Phi Sigma Pi, Alpha Epsilon Phi, Alpha Epsilon Pi, Zeta Psi and the NPHC, and the MGC fraternities and sororities. As of September 1, 2009 (2009 -09-01), the membership of the University of Massachusetts - Amherst Multicultural Greek Council is composed of the members of the following organizations at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and nationals: Delta Xi Phi, Kappa Phi Lambda, Pi Delta Psi, Phi Iota Alpha, Sigma Lambda Upsilon, Sigma Psi Zeta, Sigma Lambda Beta, and Sigma Lambda Gamma.

The Greek community has several annual traditions, including UDance, the Relay for Life and the annual Greek Week, during which the various fraternities are partnered with sororities, and these teams compete with each other throughout a week of challenges.

The different councils of the Greek system have governing boards, referred to as Executive Boards. The members of these boards are elected or appointed into their positions and hold them for a year term.

[edit] The Massachusetts Daily Collegian

The Massachusetts Daily Collegian is the newspaper of UMass Amherst and is published daily Monday through Friday during the calendar semester. The Collegian is a non-profit student run organization which receives no funding from the University or from student fees. The Collegian operates entirely on advertising revenues. Founded in 1890, the paper began as Aggie Life, became the College Signal in 1901, the Weekly Collegian in 1914 and the Tri-Weekly Collegian in 1956. Published daily since 1967, the Collegian has been broadsheet since January 1994. The Daily Collegian is the largest daily college newspaper in New England and one of the largest in the country.

The Collegian has the most comprehensive coverage of UMass news and campus related events in the area including calendars, features, profiles, announcements, sports, arts & entertainment, news analysis, and opinion.The Collegian is read by undergraduates, graduates, faculty, staff, and residents of the Five College Area. It is delivered daily to Amherst, Hadley, South Hadley and Northampton including Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and UMass Amherst.

The Collegian now offers all of its content online at DailyCollegian.com. The website provides its readers with more comprehensive coverage of published stories including photographs, videos and podcasts. It also features stories not included in its daily print publication. All of the articles ran by the Daily Collegian can be found on the website the night before it appears in print. Beginning in 2010, the website is expected to expand to include more content including breaking news features.

The Daily Collegian is located in room 113 of the basement of the campus center.

[edit] UVC-TV 19

Located at 216 Student Union Building | University of Massachusetts Amherst | Amherst, MA 01003 Phone: (413) 545-1336 Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 11:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.

The Union Video Center is the University of Massachusetts' student-run television station, located in the basement of the Student Union. UVC-TV 19 is part of the University's Housing Cable Services Network and airs on channel 19 to over 11,000 viewers on campus via a closed circuit system. UVC began as the Student Video Project in 1974, and was renamed the Union Video Center in 1978 after growing into a full-fledged television station. Today, UVC-TV 19 serves as a educational training facility on campus for full-time undergraduate students interested in learning about any aspect of television, video production, or cablecasting by providing access to audio and video equipment, studio, and editing workstations. Student employees/members cover campus events and guest lectures, produce original shows, films and documentaries, and air their work on UVC. Membership to UVC gives students access to check out cameras/other video equipment. It also allows each student the opportunity to learn advanced skills for the production field such as training on editing systems and other high quality film equipment. As a Registered Student Organization (RSO), UVC-TV19 allows undergraduate members to participate in the decision-making and day-to-day operations of managing the facility.

UVC-TV19 is run by General Manager Peter Marvin and Technician Darol Bishop as well as a staff made up of undergraduate student employees. Positions available for undergraduate students to apply for are: Station Manager, Assistant Station Manager, Programming Director, Workshop Coordinator, Production Coordinator, News Producer, News Director, Sports Producer, Sports Director, Yak Bak! Director, Yak Bak! Producer, Videographers, Librarian/Archivist, Promotions, Web/IT

Membership to UVC-TV19 can be initiated by filing a membership application with the General Manager Peter Marvin for the cost of $10 which covers training on all equipment in the station such as camera equipment, editing equipment, and studio equipment via workshop instruction by UVC-TV19's workshop coordinator. There is a reactivation fee of $5 for every academic year thereafter. Membership Applications, Employment Applications, and Video Coverage Request forms for Registered Student Organizations as well as Talent Release forms can be found UVC-TV19's website: http://www.uvctv19.com/

[edit] WMUA 91.1FM

The student-operated radio station, WMUA, is a federally licensed, non-commercial broadcast facility serving the Connecticut River Valley of western Massachusetts, northern Connecticut, and southern Vermont. Although the station is managed by full-time undergraduate students of the University of Massachusetts, station members can consist of various members of the University (undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff), as well as people of the surrounding communities. WMUA began as an AM station in 1949, and today broadcasts music, news, sports, and public affairs programming. The station is located in the basement of the Lincoln Campus Center.

[edit] Athletics

UMass Minutemen logo

UMass is a member of Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The university is a member of the Atlantic Ten Conference, while playing ice hockey in the Hockey East Association. For football, UMass competes in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA), a conference of the Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS; known as Division I-AA before the 2006 season). UMass originally was known as the Aggies, later the Statesmen, then the Redmen, before changing their logo and nickname to the Minutemen. In a response to changing attitudes regarding the use of Native American-themed mascots, they changed their mascot in 1972 to the Minuteman. This has been lauded by many in the NCAA as being one of the greatest name changes due to the "minuteman" relationship with Massachusetts and its historical context.[citation needed] Women's teams and athletes are known as Minutewomen. UMass considers Boston College, the University of New Hampshire, and the University of Connecticut as their biggest rivals.

The UMass Amherst Department of Athletics currently sponsors Men's Intercollegiate Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Ice Hockey, Football, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming and Track & Field. They also sponsor Women's Intercollegiate Basketball, Softball, Cross Country, Rowing, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming, Field Hockey, Track & Field and Tennis. Among Club Sports offered are Men's Varsity Wrestling, Men's Rowing, Men's Rugby, Women's Rugby and Men's And Women's Bicycle Racing. Men's and Women's Skiing are expected to be re-certified as Club Sports as of the 2009-2010 winter season following the April 2, 2009 announcement of their discontinuation as varsity sports.[49]

Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium at UMass Amherst.

[edit] Fight song: "Fight Mass"

The legendary UMass band director, Captain Edwin Sumner, wrote the march in the Spring of 1930.[50]

Fight, fight Massachusetts,
Fight, fight every play,
Fight, fight for a touchdown,
Fight all your might today.

Fight down the field Massachusetts,
The stars and the stripes will gleam,
Fight, Fight for old Bay State,
Fight for the team, team, team.

[edit] UMass Cheer

The UMass cheer is performed by students at UMass sporting events. The cheer is often accompanied by the UMass Minutemen Marching Band at the start of a game and after scoring a goal.

"Go
Go U
Go U-Mass
Go UMass"

[edit] Notable faculty

[edit] Alumni

There are 220,000 University of Massachusetts alumni worldwide.[51] UMass Amherst graduates include Nobel and Pulitzer prize winners, as well as Grammy, Emmy, and Academy Award winners. Well-known UMass Amherst alumni include, Bill Pullman, Bill Cosby, Natalie Cole, Julius "Dr. J" Erving, Rick Pitino, Betty Shabazz, Jack Welch, and Richard Gere.

[edit] Alumni Association

The slogan of the Alumni Association, "You were. You are. UMASS."[52] The University is campaigning[53] to get Alumni to purchase specialty Massachusetts license plates with the UMass Amherst logo. The proceeds from sales of the plates would go to help fund student scholarships. The University Alumni Association operates out of Memorial Hall.

[edit] UMass Amherst in the media

[edit] UMass Amherst team of scientists create "Nano Nose"

A team of scientists at UMass, led by Vincent Rotello, have developed a molecular nose that can detect and identify various proteins. The research appeared in the May 2007 issue of Nature Nanotechnology, and the team is currently focusing on sensors which will detect the malformed proteins made by cancer cells.[54]

[edit] UMass Amherst team create fire-safe plastic

UMass Amherst scientists Richard Farris, Todd Emrick, and Bryan Coughlin lead the research team that has developed a synthetic polymer that doesn't burn. This polymer is a building block of plastic, and the new flame-retardant plastics won't need to have flame-retarding chemicals added to their composition. These chemicals have recently been found in many different areas from homes and offices to fish, and there are environmental and health concerns regarding the additives. The newly developed polymers would not require the addition of these potentially hazardous chemicals. Coughlin, one of the research team leaders, notes that this is "really a two-birds-with-one-stone approach for a new polymer. It is extremely fire-safe and does not contain halogenated additives, which are known to be environmentally hazardous."[55]

[edit] Campus activism

UMass Amherst has a history of protest and activism among the undergraduate and graduate population. It has been the site of many sit-ins, and protests, often led by the Radical Student Union and its successor movements, Take Back UMass, among others. Students at UMass have received press for their activism, including numerous rallies against the Vietnam War, South African Apartheid, the Persian Gulf War, the WTO, and the Iraq War, along with a large vigil for the victims of the September 11th Attacks. There have also been numerous protests regarding campus-related issues, including opposition to the ending of affirmative action at UMass in 2000, to the imposition of a Student and Exchange Visitor Information System Fee in 2003-2004, and protesting tuition and fee hikes in 2007 that make the university the second most expensive for in-state students (behind the University of Vermont).

[edit] Pop culture

[edit] See also

[edit] References

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  52. ^ UMass Amherst Alumni Association
  53. ^ Order Your UMass Amherst License Plates Today
  54. ^ UMass Amherst Scientists Create Nano Nose With Aim of Sniffing Out Diseased Cells, UMass Amherst, April 23, 2007.
  55. ^ UMass Amherst Scientists Create Fire-Safe Plastic, UMass Amherst, May 30, 2007.

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