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UMass chancellor: ‘Let’s build a community that will be the pride of the nation’

  • University of Massachusetts Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy speaks to the annual town/gown breakfast sponsored by UMass and the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce in the UMass Student Union Ballroom on Wednesday.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    University of Massachusetts Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy speaks to the annual town/gown breakfast sponsored by UMass and the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce in the UMass Student Union Ballroom on Wednesday.
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  • Kris Springer, right, of University of Massachusetts Dining Services prepares omelets for visitors to the annual town/gown breakfast in the UMass Student Union Ballroom on Wednesday. From left are UMass staff and faculty members Sidonia Ferriera, Director of Academic Residential Programs, Willie Hall Jr., Director of the Fine Arts Center, Steven Goodwin, Dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Beverly Hill, a lecturer in the Music and Dance Department.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Kris Springer, right, of University of Massachusetts Dining Services prepares omelets for visitors to the annual town/gown breakfast in the UMass Student Union Ballroom on Wednesday. From left are UMass staff and faculty members Sidonia Ferriera, Director of Academic Residential Programs, Willie Hall Jr., Director of the Fine Arts Center, Steven Goodwin, Dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Beverly Hill, a lecturer in the Music and Dance Department.
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  • University of Massachusetts student Tracy Gebhart of Sioux Falls, Iowa, speaks about her participation in three signature service-learning programs during her remarks at the annual town/gown breakfast sponsored by UMass and the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce in the UMass Student Union Ballroom on Wednesday.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    University of Massachusetts student Tracy Gebhart of Sioux Falls, Iowa, speaks about her participation in three signature service-learning programs during her remarks at the annual town/gown breakfast sponsored by UMass and the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce in the UMass Student Union Ballroom on Wednesday.
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  • Caterer Kris Springer, right, with University of Massachusetts Dining Services offers an omelet to UMass  assistant provost/dean of academic advising Pamela Marsh-Williams during the annual town/gown breakfast sponsored by UMass and the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce in the UMass Student Union Ballroom on Wednesday.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Caterer Kris Springer, right, with University of Massachusetts Dining Services offers an omelet to UMass assistant provost/dean of academic advising Pamela Marsh-Williams during the annual town/gown breakfast sponsored by UMass and the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce in the UMass Student Union Ballroom on Wednesday.
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  • Massachusetts Senator Stanley Rosenberg, left, Chairman of the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees Henry Thomas and Amherst Town Manager John Musante listen to UMass Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy speak during the annual breakfast sponsored by UMass and the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce in the UMass Student Union Ballroom on Wednesday.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Massachusetts Senator Stanley Rosenberg, left, Chairman of the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees Henry Thomas and Amherst Town Manager John Musante listen to UMass Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy speak during the annual breakfast sponsored by UMass and the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce in the UMass Student Union Ballroom on Wednesday.
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  • Members of the University of Massachusetts Marching Band lead the "Go UMass" spirit song in the Student Union Ballroom to conclude the annual "Town/Gown" breakfast sponsored by UMass and the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Members of the University of Massachusetts Marching Band lead the "Go UMass" spirit song in the Student Union Ballroom to conclude the annual "Town/Gown" breakfast sponsored by UMass and the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.
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  • State Senator Stanley Rosenberg attends the annual town/gown breakfast sponsored by the University of Massachusetts and the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce in the UMass Student Union Ballroom Wednesday.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    State Senator Stanley Rosenberg attends the annual town/gown breakfast sponsored by the University of Massachusetts and the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce in the UMass Student Union Ballroom Wednesday.
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  • The public was welcome to the University of Massachusetts Student Union Ballroom Wednesday for the annual town/gown breakfast sponsored by UMass and the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    The public was welcome to the University of Massachusetts Student Union Ballroom Wednesday for the annual town/gown breakfast sponsored by UMass and the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce.
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  • Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce President Lawrence M. Archey, director of facilities and economic development at Hampshire College, was one of the guest speakers at the annual town/gown breakfast sponsored by the chamber and the University of Massachusetts in the UMass Student Union Ballroom on Wednesday.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce President Lawrence M. Archey, director of facilities and economic development at Hampshire College, was one of the guest speakers at the annual town/gown breakfast sponsored by the chamber and the University of Massachusetts in the UMass Student Union Ballroom on Wednesday.
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  • Members of the University of Massachusetts Marching Band lead the "Go UMass" spirit song in the Student Union Ballroom to conclude the annual town/gown breakfast sponsored by UMass and the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Members of the University of Massachusetts Marching Band lead the "Go UMass" spirit song in the Student Union Ballroom to conclude the annual town/gown breakfast sponsored by UMass and the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.
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  • State Senator Stanley Rosenberg, left, and University of Massachusetts Board of Trustrees Chairman Henry Thomas III listen to comments by UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy during the annual town/gown breakfast sponsored by UMass and the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce in the UMass Student Union Ballroom on Wednesday.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    State Senator Stanley Rosenberg, left, and University of Massachusetts Board of Trustrees Chairman Henry Thomas III listen to comments by UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy during the annual town/gown breakfast sponsored by UMass and the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce in the UMass Student Union Ballroom on Wednesday.
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  • Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce executive director Tony Marsoulis welcomes attendees to the University of Massachusetts Student Union Ballroom for the annual breakfast sponsored by UMass and the chamber on Wednesday.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce executive director Tony Marsoulis welcomes attendees to the University of Massachusetts Student Union Ballroom for the annual breakfast sponsored by UMass and the chamber on Wednesday.
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  • University of Massachusetts Student Government Association President Zachary Broughton attends the annual town/gown breakfast sponsored by UMass and the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce in the UMass Student Union Ballroom during on Wednesday.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    University of Massachusetts Student Government Association President Zachary Broughton attends the annual town/gown breakfast sponsored by UMass and the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce in the UMass Student Union Ballroom during on Wednesday.
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  • University of Massachusetts Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy enjoys remarks by Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tony Maroulis during the annual town/gown breakfast sponsored by UMass and the chamber in the UMass Student Union Ballroom Wednesday. At right is Hadley Town Administrator David Nixon.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    University of Massachusetts Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy enjoys remarks by Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tony Maroulis during the annual town/gown breakfast sponsored by UMass and the chamber in the UMass Student Union Ballroom Wednesday. At right is Hadley Town Administrator David Nixon.
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  • Peter Jessop of Amherst attends the annual town/gown breakfast sponsored by the University of Massachusetts and the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce in Student Union Ballroom on Wednesday.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Peter Jessop of Amherst attends the annual town/gown breakfast sponsored by the University of Massachusetts and the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce in Student Union Ballroom on Wednesday.
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  • University of Massachusetts Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy speaks to the annual town/gown breakfast sponsored by UMass and the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce in the UMass Student Union Ballroom on Wednesday.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Kris Springer, right, of University of Massachusetts Dining Services prepares omelets for visitors to the annual town/gown breakfast in the UMass Student Union Ballroom on Wednesday. From left are UMass staff and faculty members Sidonia Ferriera, Director of Academic Residential Programs, Willie Hall Jr., Director of the Fine Arts Center, Steven Goodwin, Dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Beverly Hill, a lecturer in the Music and Dance Department.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • University of Massachusetts student Tracy Gebhart of Sioux Falls, Iowa, speaks about her participation in three signature service-learning programs during her remarks at the annual town/gown breakfast sponsored by UMass and the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce in the UMass Student Union Ballroom on Wednesday.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Caterer Kris Springer, right, with University of Massachusetts Dining Services offers an omelet to UMass  assistant provost/dean of academic advising Pamela Marsh-Williams during the annual town/gown breakfast sponsored by UMass and the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce in the UMass Student Union Ballroom on Wednesday.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Massachusetts Senator Stanley Rosenberg, left, Chairman of the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees Henry Thomas and Amherst Town Manager John Musante listen to UMass Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy speak during the annual breakfast sponsored by UMass and the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce in the UMass Student Union Ballroom on Wednesday.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Members of the University of Massachusetts Marching Band lead the "Go UMass" spirit song in the Student Union Ballroom to conclude the annual "Town/Gown" breakfast sponsored by UMass and the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • State Senator Stanley Rosenberg attends the annual town/gown breakfast sponsored by the University of Massachusetts and the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce in the UMass Student Union Ballroom Wednesday.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • The public was welcome to the University of Massachusetts Student Union Ballroom Wednesday for the annual town/gown breakfast sponsored by UMass and the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce President Lawrence M. Archey, director of facilities and economic development at Hampshire College, was one of the guest speakers at the annual town/gown breakfast sponsored by the chamber and the University of Massachusetts in the UMass Student Union Ballroom on Wednesday.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Members of the University of Massachusetts Marching Band lead the "Go UMass" spirit song in the Student Union Ballroom to conclude the annual town/gown breakfast sponsored by UMass and the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • State Senator Stanley Rosenberg, left, and University of Massachusetts Board of Trustrees Chairman Henry Thomas III listen to comments by UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy during the annual town/gown breakfast sponsored by UMass and the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce in the UMass Student Union Ballroom on Wednesday.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce executive director Tony Marsoulis welcomes attendees to the University of Massachusetts Student Union Ballroom for the annual breakfast sponsored by UMass and the chamber on Wednesday.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • University of Massachusetts Student Government Association President Zachary Broughton attends the annual town/gown breakfast sponsored by UMass and the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce in the UMass Student Union Ballroom during on Wednesday.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy enjoys remarks by Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tony Maroulis during the annual town/gown breakfast sponsored by UMass and the chamber in the UMass Student Union Ballroom Wednesday. At right is Hadley Town Administrator David Nixon.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Peter Jessop of Amherst attends the annual town/gown breakfast sponsored by the University of Massachusetts and the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce in Student Union Ballroom on Wednesday.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

As the university continues to celebrate its 150th anniversary, Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy used the 47th annual community breakfast, held Wednesday morning at the Student Union Ballroom, to outline the role UMass plays in the region.

“We recognize there are issues that extend beyond the boundaries and we have to work on them together,” Subbaswamy said.

Subbaswamy cited a 20- to 30-year strategic plan that UMass and the town of Amherst will complete in the coming months. “It is a positive and necessary step,” Subbaswamy said.

He told the more than 200 people gathered at the breakfast, including UMass officials, municipal leaders in Amherst, Hadley and South Hadley, representatives of the business community, Northwestern District Attorney David Sullivan and state Sen. Stan Rosenberg and state Rep. Peter Kocot, that UMass can assist in improving the area.

“Let’s build an outstanding, wonderful community that will be the pride of the nation,” Subbaswamy said.

First-year students, he said, will get to know Amherst Saturday, when they participate in “Adventure into Amherst” as part of their orientation.

With 7,000 employees who pay taxes, shop locally, volunteer and even pay fines, Subbaswamy said — observing that he has already gotten two parking tickets when visiting downtown Amherst — UMass is instrumental in supporting the economy year-round.

“They are your neighbors, family and friends,” Subbaswamy said.

Investments in the community also include capital projects that provide both short-term construction jobs and in the long term strengthen the campus and its reputation. New buildings housing classroom and research space, improved sports facilities and the 1,500 beds in the dormitories at the Commonwealth Honors College are among these capital projects.

Subbaswamy repeatedly said he was at his second of 10 community breakfasts, a response to a promise he made to Rosenberg to remain at the helm of the flagship campus for at least a decade.

Illustrating the university’s importance in the community, where more than one-third of students do community service, was Tracy Gebhart, a 2013 graduate whose service learning began in her hometown, Sioux Falls, S.D.

As an undergraduate, Gebhart volunteered at Safe Passage in Northampton, the Capacidad after-school program at Fort River School and served as an adviser to the Boltwood Project, helping to foster students engaged in service learning. “Students want to get involved. Students want to be part of the larger community,” Gebhart said.

Gebhart said UMass inspired her, offering a metaphor about her interest in community service being a snowball that grew bigger and gathered speed.

“UMass put the snowball at the top of Mount Toby and gave it a swift kick down,” Gebhart said. “Who knows what will happen if you start that snowball in someone else’s life?”

Subbaswamy said he is confident other students can do similar work. “There’s more where that came from,” Subbaswamy said.

Larry Archey, president of the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce, said there is optimism among businesses as they await the arrival of 30,000 students who will be spending the next several months in the area.

He called this time of year a sense of renewal in the community and said the fall semester is a time to promote economic vitality and a community in which students feel they want to live.

The breakfast included a moment of silence for two longtime UMass leaders who died recently — softball coach Elaine Sortino and Priscilla Clarkson, the dean of the Commonwealth Honors College. “Both will be greatly missed,” said Nancy Buffone, executive director of external relations.

The breakfast concluded with a performance by the Minutemen Marching Band, which will participate in this year’s Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.

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