UMass programs listed in U.S. News rankings
AMHERST — Each year, U.S. News ranks professional school programs in several fields, including business, education and engineering.
The Isenberg School of Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is ranked among the best business schools in the country and its part-time MBA program and online study options are in the top 25, according to U.S. News and World Report’s 2014 edition of Best Graduate Schools.
UMass Amherst’s College of Engineering ranks 57th in the nation, while its School of Education placed 58th and the School of Nursing was 64th.
The Isenberg School is ranked 51st. In addition, UMass Amherst’s psychology is ranked 46th and the computer science department is ranked 20th, while its specialty in artificial intelligence is No. 8.
UMass Alumni group honors Neal, others
AMHERST — The UMass Amherst Alumni Association honored three University of Massachusetts Amherst graduates, U.S. Rep. Richard Neal and a faculty member with this year’s Distinguished Alumni Awards on, April 3 at the State House. This year’s recipients:
• Mel Yoken ’60, ’72 Ph.D., Distinguished Alumni Award: For over a half a century, Yoken has studied or taught French language and literature within the University of Massachusetts system. Chancellor professor emeritus of French language and literature at UMass Dartmouth.
• Mary Deane Sorcinelli, ’78 Ed.D., Distinguished Alumni Service Award: Sorcinelli is associate provost for faculty development, director of the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development, and professor of educational policy, research and administration at UMass Amherst.
• U.S. Rep. Richard Neal, Distinguished Honorary Alumni Award: At-large whip for House Democrats and co-chairman of the New England Congressional Caucus, Neal was first elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1988.
• Michaela Pommells ’02, Distinguished Young Alumni Award: Pommells is a social justice strategist, organizer, educator and blogger. She develops curriculum and facilitates racial justice and anti-oppression training modules for youth and educators in K-12 schools and universities.
• Fred Feldman, Distinguished Faculty Award: After 42 years of teaching philosophy at UMass Amherst, Feldman is still leading large introductory lecture classes.
HCC, Elms create
HOLYOKE — Holyoke Community College and Elms College have partnered to create a weekend program. The result is billed as an affordable bachelor’s degree from Elms College that can be completed in 20 months, with classes that are held on the HCC campus.
Degrees are offered in accounting and information systems, business management, early childhood leadership, health services administration, and psychology.
Held on the HCC campus, classes run for four hours on Friday evening and four hours on Saturday.
Classes are taught by both HCC and Elms faculty. Those who complete the program are awarded an Elms College Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. Financial aid is available for students who qualify.
Elms College provides a full-time program coordinator to facilitate academic advising, course registration and orientation on the HCC campus.
For more information, contact Joyce Desorcy at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 552-2721. You can also visit the Elms College website at www.elms.edu.
Patrick names three to GCC board
GREENFIELD — Gov. Deval Patrick has appointed three new members to the Greenfield Community College Board of Trustees.
They are Patricia Crosby, executive director of the Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board; Clare Higgins, executive director of Community Action of the Franklin, Hampshire and North Quabbin Regions; and, Amy Holich-Dunn, assistant director for programs and events, Office of Alumnae Relations at Smith College.
The term of each of the three new trustees runs until March 1, 2017.