The University of Massachusetts Boston is a major coeducational public research university located in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It is part of the University of Massachusetts system. The University prides itself in maintaining a faculty that hold more Doctoral Degrees from Harvard University, and other Ivy League universities, than any other institution in the United States, including Harvard. (source located at www.umb.edu)
Many students choose this university over its mother campus, UMass Amherst, due to its location, distinguished faculty, political activism, and its low cost of attendance.
The University is well-known for its political activism among students and faculty. The University is one of few schools that actually fund, through its student activities department, an anti-war organization that promotes the full end of Operation Iraqi Freedom. This organization is part of a regional program that works with campuses all over Boston; Massachusetts; and, New England.
In the 1960s and 1970's, the University was site to some of America's greatest demonstrations against the Vietnam War. Likewise, the campus played a major role in advocating human and civil rights at a time when many universities closed their doors to activism. Today, UMass Boston works through many venues to promote social justice around the world.
The university originally comprised five buildings including McCormack and Wheatley Hall, The Science Center, The 11 floor Healey Library and the Quinn Administration Building. Soon thereafter, the Clark Athletic Center was added which is fully equipped with an ice hockey arena and basketball court that formerly hosted the NBA's Summer Basketball League every summer. The Clark Center also hosted the first presidential debate between then Texas Governor George W. Bush and Vice President Al Gore in 2000.
Most recently the Campus Center has been built. It is where most of the student activities occur. There are some difficulties with most of the older building because the school is build on a land fill. The lower levels had to be closed off for a time. There is now talk of major reconstruction for the school.
The university is situated right on Boston Harbor approximately three miles south of downtown Boston. Many classrooms, therefore, boast magnificent views of the harbor and the Boston skyline. In addition, in 2004, a state of the art campus center opened, providing the university with a new entrance and modern facilities to foster student life. The university shares Columbia Point with the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum and the Massachusetts State Archives.
The current chancellor of the university is J. Keith Motley, who serves under the University of Massachusetts System president, Jack Wilson. J.Keith Motley is the first Black chancellor in the University's history.
Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs phone: 617-287-5800 fax: 617-287-5811 firstname.lastname@example.org
The school colors are blue and white, and the school mascot is The Beacon.
The school is a commuter college and has no residence halls.
UMass Boston's independent, student run and financed newspaper is The Mass Media, which can be accessed online at http://umassmedia.com
UMass Boston's undergraduates are represented by the Undergraduate Student Senate, a body comprising 30 members that meets twice a month. It can be accessed online at http://www.sga.umb.edu. UMass Boston's graduate students are represented by the Graduate Student Assembly UMass Boston's graduate student employees (teaching assistants, research assistants, and administrative assistants) are represented by the Graduate Employee Organization/UAW Local 1596--UMass Boston Chapter
UMass Healey Library is participating in an Institute of Museum and Library Science diversity internship program in conjunction with Simmons College.
Patrick Day currently serves as the university's vice chancellor for student affairs.
UMass Boston's Department of Athletics currently sponsors Men's Intercollegiate Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track, Soccer and Tennis along with Women's Intercollegiate Softball, Basketball, Ice Hockey, Cross Country, Volleyball, Outdoor Track, Tennis and Soccer. A competitive intercollegiate men's and women's Sailing Team is formed as a student club. All of UMass Boston's sports teams compete in the NCAA Division III.
The Yearbook The Mass Media - the student newspaper The Watermark - a literary magazine
The Undergraduate Student Senate and the Graduate Student Assembly represent their student constituents to the University community and support programming and activities for their student populations, especially through undergraduate clubs and graduate professional organizations.
Administration J. Keith Motley, Ph.D. Chancellor
Paul J. Fonteyn, Ph.D. Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
Winston Langley, Ph.D. Associate Chancellor
Christopher Hogan Chief of Staff to the Chancellor
Ellen M. O'Connor Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance
Charlie Titus Vice Chancellor for Athletics and Recreation, Special Programs and Projects
Kathleen S. Teehan Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management
Arthur Bernard Vice Chancellor for Government Relations and Public Affairs
Patrick K. Day Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Darrell C. Byers Vice Chancellor for University Advancement
Sharon Kennedy Director of Marketing and Communications
Anne Scrivener Agee Vice Provost for Information Technology