The University

Looking forward to 2011

As 2010 comes to a close and we begin to look forward to 2011, I am pleased to say that the New Year is already promising to be an exciting time here at the University of Massachusetts Boston. We have so many interesting new developments on the horizon.

A Full House for 2011
Interest in attending UMass Boston continues to grow, as enrollment is up yet again for next semester. Thanks to Vice Chancellor Kathleen Teehan and Enrollment Management, spring 2011 undergraduate enrollment is up 7.8 percent and graduate enrollment is up 2.3 percent over last year, for an overall expected increase of 6.5 percent. I look forward to joining you in welcoming our students next month.

New Year, New Buildings
Among the most anticipated developments for 2011 is the beginning of construction of two new buildings on our Columbia Point campus. Plans are underway for a spring groundbreaking on the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, adjacent the JFK Library, and for a late spring or early summer groundbreaking on the Integrated Sciences Complex, to be built on the athletic field adjacent Healey Library and the Quinn Building. These projects mark an important milestone in our 25-year master plan as we move from drawings on paper to putting in place the steel and concrete, bricks and mortar, that will provide the new physical environments for teaching, learning, and research. I know construction will cause plenty of noise and inconvenience, and we will get our boots muddy, but I hope you share my excitement for the future of UMass Boston.

…And a New Center
In 2010, UMass Boston opened four new institutes and centers whose work contributes to our stature as a research university and to our urban mission: the Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate, and Security, in the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies and College of Science and Mathematics; the Entrepreneurship Center and the Center for Sustainable Enterprise and Regional Competitiveness in the College of Management; and the Center for Portuguese Language/Instituto Camões in the College of Liberal Arts.

Next month we’ll see the launch of the Center for Community Democracy and Democratic Literacy, which will be part of the McCormack Graduate School. This new center will work with our existing centers and institutes, and will reach out to our communities to help expand and strengthen American democracy through education. I’d like to offer a warm welcome to Judith Kurland, who is joining us from the City of Boston to lead the establishment of this important center.

I wish you all the best for a safe and happy New Year’s celebration, and a fantastic start to 2011.