The University

A golden opportunity, an invitation, and an eye-opener

A golden opportunity

I was proud to witness the induction of more than 150 students into the Golden Key International Honour Society earlier this week.

Golden Key is the largest collegiate honor society, with nearly two million members in over 375 chapters in the United States and worldwide. One of those chapters is the University of Massachusetts Boston’s chapter, which recently achieved a gold chapter standing, the highest reporting standard in the society as a whole.

Only the top 15 percent of college juniors and seniors, and only the top-performing graduate students, are invited to join Golden Key. I was pleased to see so many students here receive this honor – not for prestige, but because this invitation truly opens up doors. Golden Key students have tremendous opportunities for scholarships, networking, career advancement, and personal growth.

An invitation

On Tuesday, November 16, at 2 p.m., I will be joining our Human Resources Department to recognize the years of service to the University of Massachusetts Boston given by our dedicated faculty and staff. Whether you’ve been with us for ten months or ten years, you are invited to help me honor some of our wonderful colleagues. The ceremony will be held in the Campus Center Ballroom.

An eye-opener

I saw many students, faculty, and staff doing double takes at the red human silhouettes scattered about our campus this week – and I’m glad you all noticed. The Silent Witness project is intended to attract attention: These silhouettes are memorials to the victims of domestic violence, warnings to us that this problem is pervasive in our society, and reminders that we need to speak up about abuse.

In addition to the silhouettes, the film Family Affair was screened on campus, with an opportunity for viewers to ask questions of its producer/director/screenwriter, UMass Boston alum and professor Chico Colvard, who was here Tuesday. I’d like to thank the Department of Public Safety, the UMass Boston Women’s Center, University Health Services, and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs for helping to raise awareness about this serious issue this week.

I wish you a safe and happy Halloween weekend.