An Encyclopedia of 150 Years at UMass
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Founded in 1863, the University of Massachusetts Amherst is celebrating its 150th anniversary. The Boston Globe has published a special magazine recognizing 150 valuable contributions UMass has made in the worlds of education, innovation, athletics, health care, the arts, and more.
Agriculture has been essential since the very beginning. In fact, agricultural studies were the very beginning.
Years of testing, trials, and regulatory challenges await, but the science exists due to two former UMass researchers.
UMass Amherst has the most graduate and undergraduate students out of all the five University of Massachusetts locations. In the fall of 2012, 28,236 students attended the Amherst location, almost the size of a small city. Check out the enrollment break down in this graphic.
UMass may not be the school you attended a few decades ago or even a few years ago. Its become so surprisingly selective that the alumni magazine ran a story recently titled Could You Still Get In? The answer may be no, says Kevin Kelly, the director of admissions.
The Chelsea native-turned-Texas-oilman gave his alma mater $6 million in 1996 the largest donation in the schools history at the time and UMass repaid the favor by affixing his name to its school of management.
Today, the big kitchen buzzwords are fresh and local, but a hundred years ago, the action was in preservation: finding ways to make fruits and vegetables last longer. The department of horticulture established in the early 20th century claims a role in the development of federal food standards.
The ensemble has performed in three presidential inaugural cermonies and will next be marching in the Macys Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Price is one of the reasons applications to UMass Amherst are up nearly 70 percent since 2005. Tuition, room, and board at BU costs $56,184; at Northeastern, $53,226. The same prices added up to a comparatively cheap $23,167 at UMass Amherst.
QTV may or may not have been the first fraternity at UMass, but it definitely wasnt Greek. Founded in 1869, the local frat was Latin. It won a prize in the 1963 Homecoming Parade. And then. . . who knows?
Three who shined after 9/11, including special master for the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Ken Feinberg.
UMasss expansion is why today its five campuses dwarf its competition around the state in current students, a record 70,874 total, and alumni, 259,000 in-state UMass alums, double the number of Boston University. And each campus has carved out its own niche.
When it comes to climate change, University of Massachusetts researchers are always looking forward, but theyre also looking back. Way back. We have some people looking at warming that happened 30 million years ago, says Michael Rawlins, an associate profess of geosciences.
Professor of English and Judaic studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and director of the universitys Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies, Young is a scholar of memorials to tragedies whose work is as influential as it is low-profile.
The school has spawned Hall of Famers, national No. 1 rankings, and a memorable run to the Final Four.
Its hard to imagine a UMass graduate who has caused more people to curse, throw things, or break a pencil in frustration than Geoffrey Cornish. And even after his death at age 97 in 2012, he will continue to torment people not everyone mind you. Just golfers.
UMass made the decision to play football at the highest college level after more than a century of lower-tiered success.
The possibility of a state medical school in Massachusetts was seriously discussed as early as the 1940s, yet UMass Medical School didnt officially open until 1970. The holdup?
Jeff Taylor, the founder of job-hunting site Monster.com, took 23 years to graduate.
The Du Bois Library is 27 stories high.
"One needs to be careful with using ... that as the sole judge of the quality of an institution."
As long as Massachusetts is home to the likes of Harvard, MIT, Boston College, Boston University, Emerson, Northeastern, Brandeis, Amherst College, Williams, and so many others, UMass Amherst may always stay in the shadow of private schools.
Baseball smacks of success, like Sox General Manager Ben Cherington.
The 1995 UMass master of fine arts program graduate became the US poet laureate in 2012.
The UMass Hollywood ties are impressive, including "Burn Notice" star Jeffrey Donovan.
UMass Amherst has a stronger reputation abroad in many fields than it might at home. Some 1,800 international students from 100 countries go there to study, almost all of them at the graduate level, where they make up about half of the annual applicants and 30 percent of the enrollment.
Sorry, not really. It's increasingly known more for its academics than for its, ahem, extracurriculars.
The cake was created in the shape of the universitys iconic Old Chapel.
Did you attend the University of Massachusetts? Share your memories, photos, and more.
The book gathers images from the schools first 150 years. Get a sneak preview.
The funnyman reflects on his alma mater: "I am who I am because of UMass."
The business titan discusses how he got a boost.