Friday, October 2, 2015

Fabulous Faculty Convocation @UMassAmherst and Lunch Afterwards

It was a cool and rather gray morning today but the 2015 Faculty Convocation was great!

This has become an annual Fall ritual started back in 2005 by our former Chancellor John Lombardi.

At the convocation a group of faculty are recognized with the Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity.  This year 6 faculty were recognized including our Isenberg School of Management Sports Management colleague, Dr. Janet Fink.  Dr. Fink is the third recipient from the Isenberg School of this award. I received the award the first year that it was given - in 2005, and my Finance colleague, Dr. Bing Liang, received it in 2006.  Dr. Fink has done amazing work in having female athletes recognized for athleticism.

Below are some photos taken from the convocation beginning with the assembly and marching of the faculty.
Dr. Janet Fink
In the above photo, I'm  with Dr. Bruce Weinberg, chair of the Marketing Department, looking resplendent in his MIT cap and gown and in the below, he is with Professor John Bracey, Chair of the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies.

One of the highlights (for me) was seeing one o fthe UMass police officers on horseback welcoming us. The horse's name is Miller and he is a beauty!
The convocation had great music and singing, welcoming remarks from our Provost,, Dr. Katherine Newman, a speech by our Chancellor, Dr. Kumble Subbaswamy, who emphasized the importance of investing in public education, especially UMass, and the giving out of the awards,.

The lunch afterwards at the Campus Center was magnificent - from sushi to hot soups to specially prepared pastas, meats, salads, and more. I photographed the desserts, which then disappeared - I was talking so much with colleagues from various departments at UMass. Luckily, I saw our award-winning Executive Director of Auxiliary Enterprises, Ken Toong, who leads UMass dining services (and our food is truly incredible). I told him that last year at the same event I had gotten no desserts. being the great person that he is, he had a female staff person go into another room and she emerged with delicious desserts. Thank you, Ken Toong!
I gobbled up the chocolate cookies quickly so no photo of them!

Congrats to all the award recipients and a very nice Faculty Convocation today!