Friday, October 3, 2014

Photos of the 10th Anniversary Celebration of the UMass Amherst INFORMS Student Chapter at the Isenberg School

Today was truly a special day!

We marked the 10th anniversary of the UMass Amherst INFORMS Student Chapter with a party at the Isenberg School of Management.

How do you celebrate 10 years - you do it in great style and I congratulate all the student chapter officers and members for pulling together a party with exceptional cuisines, video testimonials from previous officers and a friend: Professor Amir H. Masoumi of Manhattan College, Professor Tina Wakolbinger of the Vienna University of Economics and Business, who was the Chapter's first President back in 20014, Professor Christian Wernz of Virginia Tech, who was the chapter first President from outside the Isenberg School (from the College of Engineering), Professor Zugang "Leo" Liu of Penn State University Hazleton, and Professor Jose M. Cruz of the University of Connecticut! Shivani Shukla, last year's Chapter President, gathered all the video testimonials and made a wonderful video of all of them - thank you!

And Professor Masoumi surprised us by also showing up with his family!

The testimonials were greatly appreciated!

Our new webmaster and new doctoral student in Management Science, Ekin Koker, put together about 800 photos of chapter activities in a beautiful slide show video, which brought back so many wonderful memories!

The officers even presented me with a gift and a lovely thank you card. It's been a joy serving as the Faculty Advisor of this student chapter and it is amazing the community that we have built and the friendships made over the years.

Thanks to the officers and students for putting together such a memorable, wonderful event today. Thanks also to all the faculty and staff that support this chapter. Your support means a tremendous amount to the students (and to me)!

Below I include some photos from today's celebration for your enjoyment and those who could not be with us in person.