Our Donors

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Aaron Spencer

Aaron Spencer is the Founder, Director and Chairman Emeritus of Uno Restaurant Holdings, the parent company of UNO Chicago Grill pizzerias. Mr. Spencer grew up outside of Boston and graduated from Boston University. In 1966, while a national sales manager for a children’s furniture company, he opened Boston’s first Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant. He eventually opened 33 in the area, becoming one of KFC’s top franchisees. After sampling deep-dish pizza on a trip to Chicago, Mr. Spencer spent three years winning licensing rights to franchise the product nationally. in 1979, he opened the first Pizzeria Uno. In 1996, the first of his ten years on the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, he proposed a public honors college for the state. Mr. Spencer felt it should attract some of the state’s best students by matching the quality of the finest liberal arts colleges while offering the opportunities of a large research university. The board unanimously chose UMass Amherst to house the new initiative, and Commonwealth Honors College has gone on to exceed expectations in drawing exceptional students to UMass Amherst.

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Please address your thank you letter to Mr. Spencer.

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Alumni and Friends of the International Scholars Program

Alumni and friends of the International Scholars Program contributed to the Lang Global Scholar Award, named in honor of Professor Timothy Lang. Professor Lang was the Director of the International Scholars Program from 2011 – 2017, and was an inspiring teacher and mentor to his students.

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Please address your thank you letter to Lang Global Scholar Donors

Alumni, colleagues, family, and friends of Dr. Richard J. Clark

Alumni, colleagues, family, and friends of Dr. Richard J. Clark

The Richard J. Clark Memorial Scholarship for Teacher Education was established on behalf of alumni, colleagues, family and friends of Dr. Richard J. Clark as a memorial to honor Dr. Clark in a lasting and meaningful way. Dr. Richard J. Clark dedicated 31 years of his professional life to the UMass Amherst School of Education, serving in a variety of positions and creating award-winning teacher education programs that have served as models for other school districts. Dr. Clark touched the lives of many students and
faculty throughout his career at UMass Amherst.

Please address thank you letters to: Mrs. Clark.

Alumni, colleagues, family, and friends of Dr. Sonia Nieto and Dr. Masha Rudman

Alumni, colleagues, family, and friends of Dr. Sonia Nieto and Dr. Masha Rudman

Dr. Nieto is highly regarded as a leader n the field of multicultural and bilingual education. Her publications are widely used in teacher preparation and in-service courses throughout the country.

Dr. Rudman has contributed to school literacy practices that have broadened the scope of children’s literature, earning her recognition as an “icon” in the field. She was one of the first scholars to look at children’s literature from an issues approach and is known for her ground-breaking work in this area.

Salutation for thank you letter: Dr. Rudman and Dr. Nieto

Angelika Kratzer and Elisabeth Selkirk

Angelika Kratzer and Elisabeth Selkirk

Angelika Kratzer and Elisabeth Selkirk were both Professors of Linguistics at UMass Amherst. Angelika is a specialist in Semantics, Lisa’s area is Phonology. They are passionate about their research and their students, and they care deeply about social justice. They endowed this fund as a contribution towards making UMass Amherst a place that offers an accessible world-class education to the young residents of Massachusetts.

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Please address your thank you letter to Dr. Kratzer & Dr. Selkirk

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Annaliese Bischoff

Annaliese Bischoff was an associate professor of landscape architecture who also taught in Commonwealth Honors College at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She studied art and German as an undergraduate at Brown University and holds an advanced degree in landscape architecture. Bischoff taught an honors thesis project course on sustainable public art; an honors special topics seminar: “Through the Lens of a Cup;” a landscape architecture course on history and theory of the built environment; and junior year writing. She applied a five sense teaching approach in her classroom for her students to fully engage in their learning.

Bischoff didn’t plan to be a distinguished professor, world traveler, prolific leader in the sustainable landscape and public art movement, or frontrunner for women in the landscape architecture field. However with each opportunity taken, she has shaped her own career path by seeking new experiences that aligned with her personal passions in life. She encouraged her students to do the same. Bischoff remarked, “I love to help students find out what they want to do and be part of their journey.”
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Please address your thank you letter to Professor Bischoff.

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Attorney Henry L. Barr, '68 and Mrs. Andrea R. Barr, '68

Henry L. Barr was born in Boston, Massachusetts and was admitted to the Massachusetts and Federal District Bar, 1973. He received his B.A. with honors from University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 1968, and received his J.D. from Boston College Law School in 1972, where he served as Editor of The Environmental Law Review. Mr. Barr went on to receive his MBA from Suffolk University, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1979. After becoming a practicing attorney, he began his legal career as a Law Clerk to the Chief Justice of the Superior Court for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In 1978 he was appointed to the position of Administrator of Courts for Massachusetts which he held from 1978 to 1991. Mr. Barr has served on numerous Committees and Boards including: President, Massachusetts Lender’s Association; Advisory Committee of The Judicial Training Institute; Member of Massachusetts Bar Association where he was a recipient of 21st Century Award. In the field of non-profit and philanthropy, Mr. Barr has served in numerous roles including as President of the West End Boys and Girls Club of Allston, 2001-2004; Board of Directors, UMass Amherst Foundation, 2004-Present; Board of Trustees of the Metrowest Community Health Care Foundation, 2004-Present; and Board of Advisors for the UMass Amherst center for Public Policy and Administration, 2003-Present. Mr. Barr has acted as consultant and counsel to several lending companies from 1973 to the present. Mr. Barr resides in Framingham, Massachusetts.

Please address thank you notes to:
Attorney & Mrs. Barr

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BDIC Alumni and Friends

A group of BDIC alumni and friends who are interested in supporting BDIC students interested in entrepreneurship contributed to the BDIC Bright Idea scholarship fund.

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Please address your thank you letter to BDIC Alumni and Friends.

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Beta Kappa Phi Alpha Gamma Rho Foundation

The Beta Kappa Phi Fraternity has made a positive impact on the University of Massachusetts Amherst for 100 years. Today, the Beta Kappa Phi-Alpha Gamma Rho Scholarship Foundation continues that mission as a registered 501©(3) organization whose goal is to assist disadvantaged youth with financial scholarships that can help a student attend the University of Massachusetts Amherst. We endeavor to help these students with more than just one award; when a student receives an Beta Kappa Phi-Alpha Gamma Rho Scholarship they get assistance throughout their college career right up through graduation. Our focus is to honor our past by supporting excellence in education.

Please address thank you notes to:
Beta Kappa Phi Alpha Gamma Rho Foundation

Beth McGoldrick, Mary Jenkins, Cecelia Jenkins, and Elizabeth Jenkins

Beth McGoldrick, Mary Jenkins, Cecelia Jenkins, and Elizabeth Jenkins

The McGoldrick-Jenkins Scholarship was established by Beth McGoldrick and her daughters Mary M. Jenkins ‘07, Cecelia Jenkins ’09, and Elizabeth Jenkins ’12. It honors Beth’s parents and her daughter’s grandparents, Mary G. and Peter F. McGoldrick. Mr. McGoldrick in particular was a lifelong advocate for public education and a strong supporter of his granddaughter’s education at UMass Amherst.

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Blauer Manufacturing Company

The Blauer Manufacturing Company was established in 1936 and produced uniforms for safety personnel. Since then, Blauer uniforms have been legendary for their top quality construction and use of premium materials that stand up to the rain, wind, cold, and snow. Blauer garments have always been performance oriented and built to last. During 2016, Blauer will celebrate 80 years (and four generations!) of success in making top quality uniforms. Charles L. and Claire (Costa) Blauer met at UMass Amherst while attending school. Charles graduated as a member of the class of 1951 and Claire was class of 1961. Charles and Claire had four children, three of whom are UMass Amherst graduates: Michael J. Blauer, Class of 1976; Sharyn D. (Blauer) Proia, Class of 1976; and Stephen J. Blauer, Class of 1978. The Blauer Family established this scholarship fund to honor their family’s legacy at UMass Amherst and to assist students who are children of police or fire department personnel.

Please address thank you notes to:
Mr. Blauer

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Charles Hadley

Mr. Charles D. Hadley is a 1964 graduate of UMass Amherst who majored in Political Science and went on to earn his master’s degree in Political Science from UMass in 1967 and his PhD in 1970. A native of Westfield, MA, Hadley had a long career at the University of New Orleans, working his way from Assistant Professor to Chair of the Political Science department. He created this scholarship to honor Professor Lewis C. Mainzer of the department of political science.

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Please address your thank you letter to Professor Hadley.

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Charles J. Hoff

Charles J. Hoff, a 1966 graduate of the University of Massachusetts Lowell, College of Management, is a highly successful entrepreneur who credits the education he received at UMass Lowell with helping him attain success in business. He received his bachelor’s degree in industrial management, with minors in accounting and management, and later earned a master’s degree in engineering management from Northeastern University.

In 1992, Mr. Hoff received the University of Massachusetts Lowell Distinguished Alumni Award, given annually to honor graduates for significant contributions to a field of knowledge or exemplary public service. He was a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Massachusetts from 1993 to 2002 and also served on the University of Massachusetts Foundation Board of Directors and the Board of Trustees of UMass Memorial Health Care Inc. At the University of Massachusetts Lowell Commencement Ceremony in June 2004, Mr. Hoff received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. the University’s highest honor, the President’s Medal, was presented to Mr. Hoff by President Jack Wilson in May of 2008.

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Please address your thank you letter to Mr. Hoff.

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CHC Alumni, Students, Parents, Faculty and Staff

The community of Commonwealth Honors College’s alumni, students, parents, faculty and staff contributed to the college’s Community Scholarship Fund.

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Christine McCormick

Christine McCormick

Jerome C. “Jerry” McCormick was an accomplished teacher and administrator in Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Born April 19, 1921 in Freedom, Wisconsin Jerry’s formal education began in a one­ room country
school. During World War II, he entered the U.S. Navy as a midshipman, serving in Guantanamo Bay,
Cuba. He also captained escort boats and was discharged with the rank of Lieutenant Senior Grade.
On December 22, 1943, he married the love of his life, Florence Mae Steinkellner in Waukegan,
Illinois. They were happily married for 66 years.

After the war, Jerry earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh and a
Master’s Degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He began his teaching career in New
London, Wisconsin as a middle school science teacher. They then moved to Green Bay where he became
the Assistant Principal at Franklin Junior High School. He was a successful basketball coach while
at Franklin and coached the 1958 and 1959 seasons, going undefeated with 25 consecutive wins. Jerry
was later named the first Principal of the new Southwest High School, working many hours on the
design and layout of the physical building and the implementation of an innovative approach to
curriculum and course scheduling. He was eventually named Director of Secondary Education for the
Green Bay Board of Education, retiring from that post in 1982.

Florence Mae Steinkellner McCormick, also a life-long educator, earned her Bachelor’s Degree from
the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. When the four McCormick children were young, Florence was a
homemaker and later re-entered the teaching force when her youngest child started school. Florence,
a fourth grade teacher who specialized in the teaching of math, retired a few years after her
husband. Jerry and Florence spent their retirement years enjoying their four children and spouses
and their 9 grandchildren. They especially relished spending time in the summer at their cabin in
Wisconsin. They were both avid Packers fan. Florence McCormick is 93 years old, still lives in
Green Bay, Wisconsin, and is still rooting for the Packers.

Salutation for thank you letter: Christine McCormick

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Classmates of David Snyder

The David J. Snyder ’57 Memorial Scholarship was established by the UMass Amherst classmates and friends of alumnus David Snyder.

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Please address your thank you letter to the Donors to the David J. Snyder Memorial Scholarship.

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Class of 1983 Anonymous Donor

The donor of the ASPIRE CHC Community Scholarship is a 1983 graduate of UMass Amherst who believes that healthcare would improve with more women physicians. The ASPIRE CHC Community Scholarship was created to support women who are pursuing careers in medicine.

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Class of 1998 Anonymous Donor

The CHC Anonymous Community Scholarship was established by a 1998 UMass Amherst graduate who is interested in supporting academically talented students with financial need.

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Colleagues and Friends of Chancellor John V. Lombardi and Mrs. Cathryn L. Lombardi

Colleagues and friends of UMass Amherst Chancellor John V. Lombardi and his wife, Mrs. Cathryn L. Lombardi contributed to a scholarship in their honor.

Lombardi was born into a family of educators in Los Angeles, California in 1942. His father was the president of Los Angeles City College, a California community college, and superintendent of the Los Angeles Community College District. His mother worked as a college librarian. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Pomona College in Claremont, California in 1963, and his Master of Arts and doctor of philosophy degrees from Columbia University in New York City in 1964 and 1968, respectively. He also attended the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in Mexico City, where he learned Spanish while living with a Mexican family, as an undergraduate, and the University of California, Los Angeles for graduate school. While he was a graduate student, Lombardi spent several years living and researching in Venezuela as a Fulbright Scholar.

Lombardi married the former Cathryn L. Lee in 1964, whom he met while they were attending Pomona College.

Lombardi is a specialist in Latin American history, and has a particular interest in Venezuela. He has written numerous academic journal articles and several books on Venezuela and Latin American history and affairs, as well as on many university administration-related subjects. He is a nationally recognized authority on American higher education, and has been the co-editor of the annual editions of The Top American Research Universities from 2000 to the present. In addition to Latin American history classes, he has taught courses on intercollegiate sports, international business and university management. Lombardi served as Chancellor of UMass Amherst from 2002 to 2007.

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Please address your thank you letter to the Donors to the Lombardi Scholarship.

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Colleagues and Friends of Dean Priscilla Clarkson

Colleagues and friends of Dean Priscilla M. Clarkson contributed to a scholarship in her memory. Born Priscilla Massei, she grew up in Worcester as the older of two children. Her late father, Edward, ran his own print shop. At UMass Amherst, she received a bachelor’s in zoology in 1969, a master’s in marine science and zoology in 1973, and a doctorate in exercise science and human movement in 1977, the year she began her teaching career as an assistant professor in the department of exercise science.

Her career spanned 36 years. She received the UMass Chancellor’s Medal in 1997 and was named a Distinguished Professor of Kinesiology in 2008. She was a fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine and served as president of the New England Regional Chapter and vice-president of the national organization, among her positions. She also served as associate dean for the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences. In 2006, she was appointed Dean of Commonwealth Honors College. As dean of Commonwealth Honors College , Dr. Clarkson was the key administrator guiding to completion the College’s Residential Community, into which students moved into in fall 2013.

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Please address your thank you letter to the Donors to the Priscilla Clarkson CHC Opportunity Scholarship.

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Cooke Family

Members of the Cooke family, which consists of several generations of UMass Amherst graduates, established the Cooke Family Fund Scholarship in memory of Robert G. Cooke, a 1925 graduate.

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Please address your thank you letter to Cooke Family.

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David and Leigh Weisblat

David Weisblat is a 1975 graduate of UMass Amherst. He and his wife Leigh established the scholarship in honor of his parents, Abe and Jan Weisblat.

Abe Weisblat (1919 – 1998) was an agricultural economist who emphasized networking and nourishing human capital, especially in developing countries. He was educated in the great land-grant tradition that gave birth to the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Jan Weisblat (1918 – 2011) was a linguist, educator, and antique dealer that never said “no” to an adventure. Both Abe and Janice loved western Massachusetts and knew that a strong education nourishes a person throughout life. They firmly believed that a good education should be available to all regardless of ability to pay. Both took pride in their son David and his education at UMass Amherst.

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Please address your thank you letter to Mr. & Mrs. Weisblat.

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David Hansen

Since receiving his Bachelor’s in Business Administration in 1974, David N. Hansen has appreciated the opportunities that his UMass Amherst education has allowed for him during his career. He is a senior executive with 26 years of experience in business management, including having managed an entrepreneurial enterprise, as well as a large complex organization.

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Please address your thank you letter to Mr. Hansen.

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Diane Bissonnette Moes

Diane E. Bissonnette Moes is a 1974 graduate of UMass Amherst. She established the Andy Moes Scholarship in memory of her late husband, the Boston radio personality, Andy Moes.

Andy Moes (1950 – 2001) had a career in Boston radio that spanned three decades. He began working for WROR (98.5) in the late 1970’s, and by 1979, he was co-hosting the morning show, a position that would last a decade. Moes went on to work for two other radio stations in Boston: WEEI (AM 590) and WRKO (AM 680). “What Andy did every morning brought him so much joy it made his life full,” his widow, Diane said. “He always told me he wished everyone else could love what they did as much as he loved what he did.”

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DiGiammarino Family

The Frank and Helen DiGiammarino Scholarship Fund was established by members of the DiGiammarino family, many of whom are UMass Alumni, as a way to honor their parents for their commitment to academics and community service.

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Dr. C. Lynn Vendien

Dr. C. Lynn Vendien

Dr. C. Lynn Vendien was an emeritus faculty member at Umass having taught physical education and teacher education for many years. She was the co-author of two books, Physical Education Teacher Education: Guidelines for Sport Pedagogy and Playtime: A World Recreation Handbook.

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Dr. Elaine N. Marieb, '85MS, '69PhD

Dr. Elaine Marieb earned her PhD in zoology from UMass Amherst in 1969 and returned to school earning an MS in 1985. Marieb taught anatomy and physiology at Holyoke Community College for 25 years and while teaching, she enrolled in HCC’s Registered Nursing program, earning her associate degree. Her teaching and education led her to write a series of anatomy and physiology textbooks that have gone on to become international bestsellers. She is a very generous philanthropist who has made significant gifts to a number of institutions.

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Dr. Marieb

Dr. Jeffrey Leiden

Dr. Jeffrey Leiden

The University of Massachusetts Foundation created the Vertex Science Leaders Scholarship in 2013 to assist Boston high school students in their pursuit STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) higher education studies at the University of Massachusetts (UMass). Vertex is a global biotechnology company that aims to discover, develop and commercialize innovative new medicines so people with serious diseases can lead better lives. Vertex has a broad commitment to support science education with the goal of engaging our next generation of scientists.

Please address thank you notes to:
Dr. Jeffrey Leiden

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Dr. Jess Kane, '70 and Mrs. Andrea D. Kane, '70

This scholarship was established by James and Andrea Kane. James “Jess” Kane is a founding Partner of Kane, Tesini, Soporowski & Associates, LLP. He’s from Mashpee, Massachusetts and earned degrees from UMass Amherst, BS ’70; Tufts University, DMD ’74 and Tufts University, MS, 1978. Dr. Kane has served on the UMass Amherst Foundation Board since 2003, is a lifetime member of the UMass Amherst Alumni Association and is affiliated with these organizations: UMass Club Founding Board of Governors, American Association of Orthodontics, American Dental Association, Massachusetts Dental Association, Massachusetts Dental Society, Project Stretch, Inc. and Tufts University. Andrea Kane graduated from UMass Amherst in 1970 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. Andrea is a Life Member of the Alumni Association and an appointed member of the Alumni Association Board. She serves on the Programs and Services Committee and the Grants Review Committee. Andrea volunteers her time with the American Cancer Society, the Metrowest Hospital, Graceful Stitches and Project Stretch. Previously, she served as a retail manager, owned a decorating business and was a reading teacher/specialist and elementary school teacher.

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Dr. & Mrs. Kane

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Dr. Kumble R. Subbaswamy and Mrs. Mala B. Subbaswamy

Higher education has played an important role in the life of the Subbaswamy family. All four members of the family – Kumble, Mala, daughter Apurva, and son Adarsh – were fortunate enough to earn graduate degrees. Chancellor Subbaswamy, through the generosity of an anonymous donor, came to the United States from India to earn a doctorate degree in physics at Indiana University Bloomington. Over the years, the promise of public research universities has remained central to the Subbaswamy family; both Kumble and Mala were employed at public universities. The family is happy to “pay it forward” by establishing this scholarship endowment to help STEM students in financial need.

Please address thank you notes to:
Dr. and Mrs. Subbaswamy