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University of Massachusetts Boston The University Mace Symbols ofauthority and power, maces were originally hand weapons designed for use against armor. Topped by the flame of knowledge, the University
University of Massachusetts Boston The University Mace Symbols ofauthority and power, maces were originally hand weapons designed for use against armor. Topped by the flame of knowledge, the University mace has the University seal as a focal point and unifying element. Tassels of maroon and white hang from the shaft of fourteen rods of black walnut, symbolizing the fourteen counties ofthe Commonwealth. The head of the mace is gold plate over highly polished brass. Complex curves radiating from the hub in which the seal is centered reflect light in constantly changing patterns, symbolic ofthe many-faceted environment ofthe university life. Academic Costume and Regalia The academic regalia worn by faculty and students at this ceremony represent traditions which come down from the Middle Ages, when European universities were institutions of the church. At that time, robes were a common form ofdress, particularly for officials ofchurch and state. The cut ofthe robe, its adornment, and the colors used comprised a specialized heraldry that conveyed the rank and station ofthe wearer. At the universities, both faculty and students were considered to be part of the church hierarchy and were expected to wear the prescribed gowns. As society moved toward more modern forms ofdress, only royalty, clergy, judges, and academics retained the traditional regalia, reserving it only for ceremonial use. Modern academic regalia retain some of the symbols of the earlier forms of ceremonial dress. The gown tends to be fullest, longest, and heaviest for the doctoral degree. The sleeves for the bachelor's and master's gowns are typically open at the wrist. Cuffs are more common on the doctoral gown, and its sleeves are adorned by three velvet strips, symbolic of the degree. The mantle worn about the shoulders, called the hood, is the remnant of functional headgear worn for warmth in the unheated classrooms of medieval universities. Today its colors refer to the school that granted the degree and the level or discipline of the degree (e.g., navy blue for Ph.D., pink for music). The usual color for academic gowns in the United States is black. However, many universities in this country and many others throughout the world have adopted more colorful robes. In general, this practice has been limited to schools more than one hundred years old. Among the schools represented by colorful robes at commencement ceremonies are Boston College, Boston University, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, Harvard, New York, Oxford, Princeton, Rutgers, Stanford, Tufts, and Yale Universities, and the Universities of California, Kansas, and Rhode Island. Diploma-Presentation Ceremonies (Please Note!) Diploma-presentation ceremonies for individual UMass Boston colleges will be held after the main ceremony. Some graduates will leave the main hall and move to other locations in the Expo Center, followed by their families and friends. Other graduates, families, and friends will remain where they are. For details, please see the separate page that was distributed with this program. Honoring Our Graduates (Please Note!) To permit both the graduates and their guests to enjoy today's celebration, we ask all members of the audience to remain seated during the ceremony, to turn off cell phones, and to avoid making any sounds that might make it difficult for others to hear. Music for the processional and recessional is provided by the University Brass Ensemble. The flags of various nations on display at this ceremony are a gift of the class of This program is for ceremonial purposes. The official list ofgraduates is maintained by the University registrar. University of Massachusetts Boston Commencement 2002 University ofmassachusetts Boston Saturday, June 1 Bayside Exposition Center Boston, Massachusetts The Program Jo Ann M. Gora, Chancellor, University of Massachusetts Boston Presiding The Academic Procession The National Anthem Christina E. DeVaughn, Class of 1999 Invocation Reverend Adrienne Berry-Burton Protestant Campus Ministry University of Massachusetts Boston Welcome Jo Ann M. Gora, Chancellor Greetings of the University William M. Bulger, President, University of Massachusetts Presentation of the Chancellor's Distinguished Service Award to Monica McAlpine JoAnn M. Gora, Chancellor Presentation of the Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Awards to David Hunt and A.P. Simonds JoAnn M. Gora, Chancellor Presentation of the Chancellor's Distinguished Scholarship Award to Michael A. Rex Jo Ann M. Gora, Chancellor 2 Presentation of the John F. Kennedy Award for Academic Excellence to Ben B. Day Arthur MacEwan, Provost Remarks on Behalf of the Class of 2002 Ben B. Day, Kennedy Award Recipient Conferral of Honorary Degrees upon Chinua Achebe (Doctor of Humane Letters) Bill Russell (Doctor of Laws) Tim Russert (Doctor of Laws) Thomas F. Shields(Doctor of Laws) Principal Address Tim Russert Congratulations to the Graduates Sandra Karahalis, Student Trustee Conferral of Doctoral Degrees Conferral of Master's Degrees, Graduate Certificates, and Bachelor's Degrees upon Students from The College of Arts and s The College of The College of Nursing and Health s The College of Public and Community Service The Graduate College of The John W. McCormack Institute of Public Affairs Concluding Remarks Jo Ann M. Gora, Chancellor Recessional 3 Chinua Achebe Doctor of Humane Letters Since Chinua Achebe achieved international recognition with his first novel, Things Fall Apart (1958), his name has been in the forefront of modern African literature. His writings, which are in English, include five novels, a book of short stories, children's books, a book of poetry, and many literary and critical essays. His works have been translated into more than 50 languages. Mr. Achebe's literary career has focused on the contact and conflict between the Nigerian and British cultures. He is the acknowledged master of the theme of cultural conflict, a subject on which he has written so vividly that his name is almost synonymous with it. At UMass Boston the study of his writings has helped to bring into perspective the living experiences of many students and faculty who, like him, are faced with the task of coming to terms with more than one cultural setting for their lives. His novels are taught in several departments and from varied perspectives - literary, historical, and philosophical. In addition to his internationally important work as a writer and scholar, Mr. Achebe has played a leading role in the development of African literature as an editor, publisher, and social activist, for example by founding Okike: An African Journal of New Writing and the Association of Nigerian Writers and helping to develop the Heinemann African Writers Series, which has given many Africans a voice in the western world. In 1980, he received his country's highest award for intellectual achievement, the Nigerian National Order of Merit. For many years he served on the faculty of the University of Nigeria; he has also taught at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the University of Connecticut, and Bard College, where he is currently the Charles Stevenson Professor of Languages and Literature. We honor Chinua Achebe for a life work that illuminates not only what divides, but also what can unite, human cultures and the individual human beings who take part in them. Bill Russell Doctor of Laws Bill Russell, born William Felton Russell in Monroe, Louisiana, is often considered the finest defensive basketball player of all time. His experiences with discrimination as a young child helped make him a powerful advocate for African American rights as an adult. He moved with his family to Oakland, California, became an all-state basketball player in high school, then attended the University of San Francisco and played on a team that won two national titles. After graduating in 1956, he joined the United States team that won the men's basketball gold medal at the Melbourne Olympics, and then became a member of the Boston Celtics. During Mr. Russell's first ten years with the Celtics, the team won nine NBA championships In 1966, he became the team's player-coach--the first black head coach in major league professional sports--and won two more championships before he retired in He was five times voted the NBA's most valuable player, was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame, and was named by Sports Illustrated as the greatest team player of the twentieth century. After he retired as a player, Mr. Russell worked as a television sports announcer and coached the Seattle SuperSonics ( ) and Sacramento Kings ( ), serving as vice president of the Kings in 1988 and Throughout his basketball career, and to this day, he has been a committed participant in community and country, demonstrating through words (such as those in his latest book, Russell Rules) and deeds (such as his recent visit to Boston to speak at a symposium for public high school students) that truly effective teamwork requires the daring to take advantage of the unique abilities of each member to the advantage of the team as a whole. We honor Bill Russell not only for the rare quality of his achievements, but also for the manner of them - for his consistent example of intelligence, straightforwardness, civility, and concern for the common good. 4 Tim Russert Doctor of Laws Tim Russert of Meet the Press is widely regarded as the dean of American television news journalists. He is senior vice president and Washington bureau chief for NBC News, and also contributing anchor for MSNBC. In addition to serving as moderator of Meet the Press, he is a political analyst for NBC's Nightly News and Today and, on CNBC, has his own weekly program examining the role of the media in American society. He joined NBC News in 1984 and took over the helm of Meet the Press seven years later. Since then, that public affairs broadcast has become the most-watched Sunday morning interview program in America, and the most quoted news program in the world. Mr. Russert has interviewed every major figure on the American political scene. Mr. Russert is a graduate of John Carroll University and Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Before joining NBC News, he was a special counsel in the United States Senate and a counselor in the Governor's Office of the State of New York. Mr. Russert's work has been widely admired. In 2001, the Washingtonian named him the best and most influential journalist in Washington. His Decision 200 interviews for Meet the Press with George W. Bush and Al Gore won the USC Annenberg Center's Walter Cronkite Award and the Radio and Television Correspondents' Association's highest honor, the Barone Award for excellence in journalism. He has also been the recipient of the John Peter Zenger Award, the American Legion Journalism Award, and the Allen H. Neuharth Award for Excellence in Journalism. Irish America magazine has named him one of the top 100 Irish Americans in the country, and he has been selected as a fellow of the Commission of European Communities. He has lectured at the Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Reagan presidential libraries. In honoring Tim Russert for his extraordinary career in journalism, we particularly recognize the extraordinary combination of concerned engagement and balanced inquiry he brings to the critical issues of the day. Thomas F. Shields Doctor of Laws Thomas F. Shields is the founder and chief executive officer of the Shields Health Care Group, one of the nation's top health care providers. He also serves as chairman of the company. Mr. Shields launched his career in health care in 1972, when he and his wife, Mary Jane, opened Madalawn Nursing Home in Brockton, Massachusetts. In 1981, the Shields family opened the Brockton Dialysis Center; it quickly became the second-largest clinic of its kind in New England, and was later joined by a second dialysis center north of Boston. When the new medical imaging technique called magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) began to replace such conventional modalities as X-rays and CAT scans, the Shields family sought to make this resource available to residents of areas south of Boston and opened Massachusetts' first independent MRI facility in Shields Health Care has now become the largest provider of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) tests in New England. In addition to its eight MRI centers in Massachusetts, the Shields Health Care Group also operates the South Suburban Oncology Center, a state-of-the-art cancer facility in Quincy. Mr. Shields received a B.A. degree in history from St. Michael's College in Vermont in He is also the recipient of an honorary doctorate from Stone hill College, on whose board of trustees he has served since 1987 (since 1994 as chair). In 1998, he and Mary Shields were awarded Stonehill's Moreau Medallion for their outstanding dedication and service to the college. He is active, as well, in community affairs, having served as a trustee of Brockton Hospital and of Boston College High School, a director of Brockton Health Corporation, a director of the Cardinal Cushing School in Hanover, and a director of the Massachusetts Federation of Nursing Homes. He has also been affiliated with groups as diverse as Nativity Prep of Boston and the American Ireland Fund. We honor Thomas Shields both for his exemplary career and for his numerous and significant contributions to the health and the well-being of his fellow citizens. 5 Recipients ofgraduate Awards Aaron Adams The Lipke Memorial Travel Award Jorge Armesto The Craig Bollinger Memorial Award for Work Leading to the Doctoral Dissertation Jennifer Arnold The Environmental Biology Award for Outstanding Achievement Jill Balboni-Welsh The Award for Outstanding Achievement in James Bulot The Craig Bollinger Memorial Award for Work Leading to the Doctoral Dissertation Lona Choi The Craig Bollinger Memorial Award for Work Leading to the Doctoral Dissertation Angelica Cibrian The Biology Program Award for Outstanding Achievement Suzanne Clark The Critical and Creative Thinking Award for Academic Excellence Kelli Collomb The Award for Outstanding Achievement in Siri J. Colom The Award for Academic Excellence in Applied Jacqueline Cornog The David A. Kennedy Prize for Outstanding Work in the Field of Poetry Cathy Cummins The Award for Outstanding Scholarship in Special Hui Dong The Award for Outstanding Achievement in Computer Michael Folev The History Program Book Award for Excellence Jennifer Forman The Lipke Memorial Travel Award Jennifer Anne Lantz Gavin The Robert W Spayne Research Grant for Work Leading to the Master's thesis Paula Georges The Craig Bollinger Memorial Award for Work Leading to the Doctoral Dissertation Joel Gerwein The Lipke Memorial Travel Award Maura Giles The Alvan S. Ryan Aicard for Best Literature Paper Amy Hahesy The Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement Jill Hibyan The Robert W Spayne Research Grant for Work Leading to the Master's thesis Abigail Heitler Hirsch The Maxwell Schleifer Memorial Prize Jason Kaplan The Vincent Cristiani Endowment Award in School Grace Kim The Robert W Spayne Research Grant for Work Leading to the Master's thesis Jin-Seok Kim The Craig Bollinger Memorial Award for Work Leading to the Doctoral Dissertation Aaron Lecklider The American Studies Award for Academic Excellence Ceclia Lemetowski The Robert W Spayne Research Grant for Work Leading to the Master's thesis Lisa Llovd-Kindstrand The Chemistry Program Award for Outstanding Achievement Lawrence Lovett The Applied Physics Program Award for Excellence Svetlana Luca The Robert W Spayne Research Grant for Work Leading to the Master's thesis Tiffany Manuel The Craig Bollinger Memorial Award for Work Leading to the Doctoral Dissertation Yael Margalit The English Program Award for Outstanding Achievement Tracy Morin The Craig Bollinger Memorial Award for Work Leading to the Doctoral Dissertation Stephanie Moses The Award for Academic Excellence Applied Mary Elizabeth Munoz The Lipke Memorial Travel Award Christina Nordstrom The Award for Academic Excellence in Instructional Design Gina Perri The Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dispute Resolution 6 Eric Proebsting The Robert W Spayne Research Grant for Work Leading to the Master's thesis Byron David Prugh The Teacher Program Award for Excellence Shishir K. Rav The Robert WSpayne Research Grant for Work Leading to the Master's thesis Laurie Ross The Public Policy Program Book Award Krista Rubin The Award for Academic Excellence in Nursing (MS Program) Matthew Rudick The Richard A. Hogarty Award for Academic Excellence in Public Affairs Yonit Schorr The Clinical Book Award Dena Schulman-Green The Gerontology Award for Outstanding Achievement Eileen Stuart-Shor The Award for Academic Excellence in Nursing (Ph.D. Program) Jason Smith The MBA Award for Academic Excellence Courtney Tanzi The Craig Bollinger Memorial Award for Work Leading to the Doctoral Dissertation Georgeta Vidican The James E. Blackwell Prize in Applied Udaya Wagle The Craig Bollinger Memorial Award for Work Leading to the Doctoral Dissertation Sara Wetmore The Lipke Memorial Travel Award Ross Wilson The Award for Outstanding Leadership and Achievement in al Stephanie Wood The Lipke Memorial Travel Award William A. Woods The Bettina Harrison Award for Outstanding Teaching in Biology The following graduate students were elected to Sigma Theta Tau, the National Honorary Society in Nursing: Christine Marie Blaney Patricia L. Bonner Sandra J. Hebenstreit Dennis C. Loura Eileen Marie O'Connell Krista M. Rubin Kristine Beckvar Van Lenten Michelle C. Walsh Recipients ofsenior Honors Claude Indy Alabre Biology Mariya Andreyeva Biochemistry Jennifer L. Baker Fatimah Abdul Basir Biology and Earth and Geographic s Laia Becares Nathaniel T. Bever Creative Writing Kristin A. Blank English Emma Louise Britt English John V. Chisholm III Biology Kathryn Marie Christmas English Steven Michael Coughlin Creative Writing 7 Mark D'Agostino Biology Ben B. Dav Political S~ience Gillian Margaret Dickson English James Matthias Dow English and Philosophy Erin Kerwin Fuda Gabriel Aaron Gottlieb Political Sara Hamaker Biology Jennifer Helen Hodsdon Political Scott J. Hubeny Niranjan Jeganathan Biochemistry Jessica K. Krodel English Eric M. Lavelle History Jennifer A. Layden Biology Hong Thi Thu Le Biochemistry Randie Oakes Lyn Earth and Geographic s Danielle L. Martin Lauren McDonough Political Marguerite Elizabeth McGrail Creative Writing Diane Catherine McKenney Chemistry Elaine S. McMillan Meybel Morales Biochemistry Laura Gersch Overton Anthropology Andrew C. Owens Anthropology Audrev Pitts Classi~al Languages Kristopher Michael Price English John F. Rhilinger English Stacey Anne Smith Tonyia Sullivan English Kathryn Ada DuToit Templeton English Cynthia]. Lang Walton English Alison B. Ward Jennifer Dawn Webster Biochemistry Recipients ofdepartmental Prizes Casey Abrams Distinction in Music Nicholas James Anzalone Distinction in Computer Arsen Askaryan Distinction in Information Systems, The Mary B. Newman Award for Academic Excellence, and The Leonard ]. Kirsch Prize for the Outstanding Economics Graduate Dwane Marco Barrett Distinction in Economics Robert Josiah Bartlett Distinction in Information Systems, and The Wall Street Journal Award for Academic Excellence in Mianda T. Bashala Distinction in Political Fatimah Abdul Basir Distinction in Biology Lance Beauchain Distinction in Political Timothy Philip Bergstresser Distinction in Engineering Physics, and The Arthur W Martin III Scholarship Award Nathaniel T. Beyer The Peter Harvey Memorial Fiction Prize Julianna K. Campos Distinction in Nursing, and The College ofnursing Dean's Award for Service Steven Michael Coughlin Distinction in English, and The Marcia Keach Memorial Poetry Prize 8 Susan Evelyn Coughlin The College of Dean's Award for Service Sarkis Daghlian The Taffee Tani
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