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Fall Semester 2016

Hello Everyone,

I hope you all enjoyed the summer and are excited to embark upon the fall semester. As we prepare for another busy semester, please review the information below. Stop by to say hello, and let me know if there’s anything I can help you with. Contact our department secretary, Judy Crown, if you need to make an appointment to see me.

Work hard, and have a great semester!

Very best,

Julie Frechette, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair

Send us your news!

Last fall, we issued our first newsletter outlining the stellar achievements of our students and faculty. As we prepare for our fall newsletter, please email Judy Crown information about your professional achievements and goals, along with any news about the value of your internships. This semester, we also plan to develop a survey to find out about your experiences and perspectives in our program to help advance our departmental goals.

Plan ahead for your Fall Internship - Sept 19th Deadline!

A reminder that if you have an internship for this Fall 2016 semester, or if you have questions about the internship process, you need to meet with Dr. Carroll immediately. Internship contract forms are due by the end of add/drop, on September 19th, with FOUR signatures needed to complete the registration process. Click here for more information.

Fall Internship Opportunities

Scott Dziewietin, an IT Director at the UMass Medical School, is looking for an amazing, rock-star digital media intern this academic year. He's seeking an emerging professional in their senior year who has shown passion in social media, digital media, and gender – who would thrive with some practical experience. Please contact him directly ASAP if you're interested.

Scott Dziewietin | Director

Information Technology

University of Massachusetts Medical School


O. 774-455-4437 | M. 508-688-2396

Community Harvest Project is seeking a marketing intern for this Fall semester to increase community awareness of the organization, events, and other projects related to the promotion of CHP. Specific tasks include

• Explore new outlets for marketing CHP events

• Conceptualize and execute social media campaign for Harvest Home (fall harvest festival)

• Conceptualize and execute series of videos for CHP social media

• Create surveys for evaluating the effectiveness of current marketing outlets

• Help in day to day execution of social media

• Assist in building a presence on Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube that is consistent in messaging

• Other tasks as needed and/or projects that align with the intern’s skills and interests

Contact Tori Buerschaper at tori@community-harvest.org.

See Dr. Alta Carroll for more internship opportunities this Fall. Remember that your proposal and four signatures are due no later than 5pm to the Dean on Sept. 19th!

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Too Smart to Fail? Great article from Inside Higher Ed

When students focus their attention on grades and how they are performing, learning may not result, writes Joseph Holtgreive. Read this great article to discover how to focus on LEARNING instead of grades.

Fall 2016 Academic Calendar

Be sure to align your schedules with the university calendar!


6 Classes begin: day, evening, graduate

12 Last day to add day courses (state-supported)

19 Last day to drop day courses (state-supported)

19 Last day to add/drop evening/graduate

courses (non state-supported)


10 Columbus Day: NO CLASSES

12 Last day to declare/change major/minor

18 Last day to make up Incomplete grades from

Spring/Summer 2016

20 Failure warnings due in the Registrar’s Office

24 Failure warnings issued to students

10/31-11/10 Advising for Pre-registration


1 Last day to withdraw from courses/school

10 Last day to elect Pass/Fail option

11 Veterans’ Day: NO CLASSES

14-18 Pre-registration for Spring 2017

23-26 Thanksgiving Recess


11/28-12/2 Student evaluation of the faculty

9 All classes end

12 Reading Day

13-21 Final Exams-day classes

22-23 Make-up days for exams postponed due to

inclement weather

28 Final grades for Fall 2016 due in to the

Registrar’s Office