On top of all the good news, one of my doctoral students, Shivani Shukla, heard from INFORMS that she was accepted into the Doctoral Colloquium that will take place at our annual INFORMS conference in Nashville in November and another doctoral student of mine, Deniz Besik, heard that our paper on food supply chains and quality with a focus on farmers' markets' was accepted for presentation at the INFORMS Computing conference, which will take place in Austin, Texas, in January 2017.
The setting for the groundbreaking ceremony today was the green outside of the Isenberg School and a big white tent was set up with a podium. Associate Dean Professor Lisa Masteralexis was the emcee for the event and the program is below. The program consisted of a terrific list of speakers from our Chancellor, to alums, government officials, and other special guests, and, of course, the Dean of the Isenberg School, Dr. Mark Fuller.
I was also thrilled to hear him say that we should be grateful to the search committee for selecting Dr. Mark Fuller as our Isenberg Dean, who has held that leadership position for 8 years now. I told Mr. Shirley afterwards, that both the emcee, Associate Dean Lisa Masteralexis, and I had served on the search committee. In addition, my Marketing colleague, Professor Kathy Debevec Witz also had. Let me just say that this group of female professors had super insight and intuition in lobbying for Dr. Fuller! Coincidentally, Mr. Johnston had chaired the committee that brought Chancellor Subbaswamy to head the UMass Amherst campus 5 years ago, another great hire. Go UMass!
It was also very special to hear two of our recent alums, Stephanie Berenson '16, and Martin Boyle '15, speak. And, given the small world that Massachusetts is, Henry Thomas noted that he was in a study group when he was in law school with Martin Boyle's father, which was a neat connection. The love for the school exhibited by these alums was clear and they make the faculty and staff proud. Stephanie and Martin are in the photos above.
And, since this was a groundbreaking ceremony, there was a photo opportunity for hard hats and shovels.
Even the UMass mascot, Sam, the Minuteman, showed up for the event.
Stavros had hosted me and my family at the RAC last summer when I was a Visiting Fellow at All Souls College at Oxford University for 2 and a half months.
And I received a souvenir of a t-shirt and hat. Our students were treated to ice cream of several flavors, including green tea and maple walnut, and toppings.
Thanks also to the wonderful emcee that made the event flow beautifully, Associate Dean Lisa Masteralexis.
And for all those alums out there as well as interested parties and future students - you can view the progress of the construction via webcam, which is fun.