Making News: MHC new hires, UMass Fullbright, new STEM program at STCC

Last modified: Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Mount Holyoke 
names new hires

SOUTH HADLEY — Two new administrators have been hired at Mount Holyoke College.

Marcella Runell Hall, faculty member at the New York University school of social work and founding director of a multifaith leadership program at the school, has been named dean of students. She assumes the post as of June 1, replacing Rene Davis, who has become associate dean of the college.

Hall, who earned a doctorate at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, served as diversity educator at New York University’s Multicultural Education and Programs and has edited three books, “The Hip-Hop Education Guidebook,” “Conscious Women Rock the Page,” and “Love, Race, and Liberation.”

Also, the college named Liz Lierman as director of the career development center starting May 1.

Lierman formerly worked for Outward Bound, at a women’s center at Case Western Reserve, and as director of career services at Bard College at Simon’s Rock. She studied psychology, women’s studies, and gender studies at Williams College, and later earned master’s degrees in social work and nonprofit management.

UMass architecture prof 
earns Fulbright

AMHERST — Carey Clouse, UMass assistant professor of architecture and landscape architecture, earned a Fulbright FLEX Award from the Council for International Exchange of Scholars. She will travel to the Indian Himalayas in 2014 to research and prototype designs for high-altitude agricultural use. Clouse will focus her work on the development of productive design adaptations for communities responding to the impacts of climate change.

She will work in the high-Himalayan regions of Zanskar and Ladakh, which have experienced diminishing glacial meltwater in recent years, leading to chronic drought and hardship for subsistence farming communities.

Feldman named 
deputy chancellor

AMHERST — Robert S. Feldman, dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, has been named deputy chancellor at the University of Massachusetts.

According to UMass Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy, Feldman’s primary responsibility will be to coordinate collaboration among academic affairs, student affairs and administration and finance. He will oversee implementation of campus initiatives related to the strategic plan and administration of the chancellor’s office.

Feldman, a professor of psychology, was named dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Science in 2012, after serving as interim dean since 2009. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science and winner of a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar and Lecturer Award.

Feldman is the author of “Understanding Psychology,” now in its 12th edition published by McGraw-Hill, several books targeted to first-year college students, and several college-level textbooks.

His appointment comes after the recent announcement of the pending retirement of John Dubach, longtime special assistant to the chancellor.

STCC announces 
new STEM program

Springfield — Springfield Technical Community College is launching a new summer program that will allow incoming students to get an early start on college credits while also exploring careers in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math disciplines.

The STEM Starter Academy provides participants with a $1,000 stipend, offers free college courses, includes field trips and opportunities to hear from experts in the field.

To apply students must be a Massachusetts high school graduate from the classes of 2012, 2013 or 2014. The application deadline is May 9.

For more information, contact Robert Dickerman at dickerman@stcc.edu or 755-4576 or to print an application, visit www.stcc.edu/STEMacademy.