News Highlights

Saving Space for Students

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Lena Fletcher’s first-day teaching in the iCons Program made her feel right at home.

Satisfied Customer of Higher-Education: A Parent’s Story of the UMass iCons Program

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When Joanne Cleary’s son, Liam, decided to attend UMass Amherst in 2016, his parents were thrilled. Joanne and her husband both attended UMass Amherst as undergraduates and they feel great affection for their alma mater. However, they worried that their son may struggle to develop a sense of belonging in the large institution that they remembered.

Teaching by Learning Something New Every Day

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Shubha Tewari enjoys a good challenge, especially if that challenge means that she gets to learn something new. So when she was first asked to teach in the iCons Program at UMass Amherst, she was highly intrigued.

iCons Blog

Why We Teach iCons

UMass iCons in session

This editorial by H. Holden Thorp captures why.  

Science Magazine article, "Drop the Chalk"

Decoupage and Pizza: What a combo!

iCons does Decoupage

Tuesday 3/21, iCons students proved there is no craft they can't tackle.  Check Decoupage off the list.  Students and faculty (Ally Hunter) gathered in ISB 145 armed with nothing more than scissors, craft paper, e6000 apoxy, mod podge, and some creativity.  Some beautiful work was created and some fun had.  At the end of the time, the pizza box was empty and many were peeling the glue off of their fingers with a look of accomplishment on their faces.  A small break from the stresses of academic life.  

Come join us next time if you can make it :)

Beyond the Classroom—iCons Fall Integrative Experiences

Ceramics Coffee Hour

The iCons Community joins together for many events outside the classroom.  Here are a few from last semester!