UMass CESL promotes learning for life-long, engaged citizenship, partnering with communities on and off campus to work collectively for a more just society.

"On April 1, Massachusetts Campus Compact, together with Bentley University, will host the 2017 MACC Student Leadership Conference, “Students in Action for Social Change: Inspiring | Collaborating | Innovating.” The conference will bring together student leaders and higher education professionals from across Massachusetts. This  full-day conference is designed to foster collaborative action, highlight innovation in campus-community service programs, and inspire leadership for social change. It will include designated time for discussion and collaboration across institutions, regions, and issue areas, as well as a “Careers-for-the-Common-Good” fair." Learn More
Talking Truth: Finding Your Voice around the Climate Crisis Spring 2017 series Unless otherwise indicated, all events take place in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library, UMass The theme of the spring 2017 series is “Living and Working with Purpose in a Time of Climate Disruption.”   Learn more               
This is a good chance to help immigrant families and newcomers who need language skills. You can apply to be an instructional tutor, conversational partner, or a bilingual tutor (in case English is not your first language). Committing one or two hours per week would be enough.   If you know anyone who would like to become an instructional tutor, now's the time to register for the 4-session training workshop.   For more information contact Lynne Weintraub ESL Coordinator at the Jones Library or visit this website.         
First-year and sophomore students— Want to build community and create change?  Want to develop pathways for learning and work in areas you care about? CSP combines four courses and social justice work with local community organizations such as Safe Passage, MASSPIRG, Amherst Regional Public Schools and The Literacy Project. The courses are taken over two years with a small group of committed students, faculty and staff.  CSP students explore and take action on topics including systems of privilege and oppression, and structural change through public policy and community organizing. CSP courses can fulfill various Gen Ed, Honors, Public Health, certificate and other departmental requirements, including 4 of the 6 courses for the Certificate in Civic Engagement and Public Service. For questions or to talk with a current CSP student, email
The course list is finally here. See the course list now.
The editorial team seeks submissions from undergraduates for Volume 6 of Undergraduate Journal of Service Learning and Community-Based Research, which is a refereed, multi-disciplinary, online undergraduate journal open to all undergraduate students in the U.S. and across the globe. The journal is dedicated to publishing the intellectual and reflective work by undergraduates on service learning, community-based research, and all related curriculum- and/or research-based public community engagement activities. The editorial team of Undergraduate Journal of Service Learning and Community-Based Research encourages undergraduates to pursue their own intellectual projects and to join the academic conversation. The journal will publish undergraduate research that advances knowledge in service learning, community-based research, and all related curriculum- and/or research-based public community engagement activities. All manuscripts will go through a review process.  We invite submissions in six categories:    • Reflective Essays    • Analytical Essays    • Research done in partnership with a community organization in the form given to that organization,     accompanied by a short, reflective essay    • Research Articles    • Open Category    • Responses to previously published articles  For detailed information about the journal’s content and submission guidelines, please visit their website. Please review all web pages related to the Journal (Submission Guidelines, Categories for Submission, Review Process and Research Ethics) before submitting your work or sending inquiries to the editor.Submissions for Volume 6 will be accepted from now through June 1, 2017.Please direct all inquiries and questions to the editor, Christina McDowell, at
The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts is in need of volunteers to help sort donated food. Volunteers would have the chance to see firsthand how donated food is sorted and distributed, learn about food donations, sustainability, the nutritional educational components of the The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts’s work, and engage in advocacy for food security. If you’re interested in volunteering contact Alison Brauner at or click HERE for more information. 
Harvard College is hosting the Engaged Scholarship and Social Justice Undergraduate Research Conference (ESSJ) on Saturday, April 8th, 2017 9-4pm in Boylston Hall in Harvard Yard. This is a great opportunity for students to share thesis research or other academic work with a focus on engaged scholarship and social justice (proposals from undergrads are due by February 22nd). Faculty and staff members will also have an opportunity to share their research with leading scholars.  Registration is open until the end of March at
A number of study abroad programs now include community-based service-learning courses or internship placements with non-profits and NGO’s. Such opportunities can provide valuable understanding about global issues and insight into communities and cultures that may be quite different from your own. It is important, however, to consider a number of factors to assure that your experiences benefit the community, as well as you and your education. Service-learning experiences, whether at home or abroad, should meet certain best-practice guidelines that consider issues such as power and privilege, community voice, and reciprocity. Global service-learning (credit-bearing) vs. volunteering (non-credit) can be found in a number of study abroad programs. For those seeking a full service-learning experience, the International Programs Office and CESL are working closely to identify strong, sustainable programs. For more information on service-learning abroad, please visit IPO to register and plan, early in your process.Some Service-Learning Abroad opportunities also meet requirements for the UMass Civic Engagement & Public Service Certificate. More Info for Students interested in Service-Learning Abroad    More Info for Faculty developing Service-Learning Abroad Courses    Students and Faculty interested in Service-Learning Abroad should work closely with the UMass IPO’s Education Abroad Advising Center 455 Hills South, 4th Floor  Hours: Mon-Fri 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Tel:  413-545-5247  
The express service-learning bus to Holyoke runs Monday-Thursday afternoons, from the third week of classes through the last week of classes each semester, with the exception of vacation weeks and Holyoke Public School's early release dates.   Route details and the FULL SCHEDULE, click here.   NOTE: On the return to campus route, the bus only picks students up at sites where students were dropped off that day. You must ride the bus to Holyoke, in order to be assured of being picked up for the return trip to campus.    Look for a UMass bus, solid white or white with a maroon stripe, not a PVTA bus.
Course in many departments fulfill the requirements. Find out more: details
  The Boltwood Project The Boltwood Project is a student facilitated Civic Engagement program that partners with 18 local organizations serving community members with disabilities. It has been part of UMass for over 40 years and is overseen by UMass CESL.Spring 2017 Info & Interview Sessions will be held the second week of the semester. DETAILS BELOW  Each semester over 100 UMass students, from many different departments and majors, enroll in the Boltwood Seminar course and participate in weekly service at community sites. In addition, 18 student leaders enroll in the Leadership in Service-Learning course and act as Site Supervisors for their service groups.    The Boltwood Project Leaders 2015-2016 Spring 2017 Info & Interview Sessions, Campus Center Auditorium -    Monday, January 30th,  5:00 – 8:00 PMTuesday, January 31st,  6:00 – 9:00 PMNote: You must attend one full session.   Once accepted you will need to agree to:   1. Attend the required Orientation Session on Monday evening, February 6th, 6-8 PM  Campus Center Auditorium2. Attend all 3 of the Saturday Boltwood class sessions, 10:30AM to 2:30PM on March 4, April 1, and April 22, 2017. (location info will be provided to enrolled students)3. Participate fully with your group as scheduled, one afternoon or evening each week, in community service at one of Boltwood's community partner service sites. The day and time varies for each site. More details about the site options will be provided at the Info and Interview Sessions.(location info will be provided to enrolled students)Click here to read about The Boltwood Project Community Sites    Questions? Contact us~The Teaching TeamBoltwood Program Coordinators Hannah Baalbaki Jessica Bowe Boltwood Graduate InstructorRobin Marion      Student Leadership in Boltwood Site Supervisors: Returning Boltwood students can apply to be one of the Site Supervisors who organize and oversee the 22 teams that go to 18 community partner sites weekly, plan the 3 Saturday Boltwood Practicum sessions for over 120 students each semester, and enroll in the Boltwood Leadership course. Program Coordinators: Each year two students, who have previously served as Site Supervisors, are selected to be Program Coordinators. They work with the Faculty Director to oversee the program, oversee the Site Supervisors, work with the Site Supervisors to plan and lead the seminar sessions and are Undergraduate TA's for the leadership course. Graduate Teaching Assistant: UMass CESL employs a graduate student to work the the Faculty Director to support the Boltwood student leaders and the Boltwood Practicum course, teach the Boltwood Leadership course (Fall) and oversee the Boltwood Leaders' Team Project Independent Practicum course (Spring).Over 250 UMass students participate in The Boltwood Project each year!Over 11,000 students have been a part of this program over 4 decades!   History of The Boltwood ProjectProfessor Merle Willmann, founder of the Boltwood ProjectFor over 40 years UMass has been home to The Boltwood Project, a Civic Engagement course that partners with 12 community programs for people with disabilities. Since its inception, the project was directed by the now retired Landscape Architecture & Regional Planning (LARP) professor, Merle Willmann.  Dr. Willmann initiated the program when he was a young professor who could often be found with students at the café on Boltwood Walk in Amherst center. The first six participants in the program were students with whom Merle drank coffee and talked about world affairs, such as the Vietnam War and the student led events surrounding it. In honor of their café association, they named their initiative The Boltwood Project and began their service at the now closed Belchertown State Hospital.   In May 2012, Professor Willmann, long since retired from LARP, retired from directorship of The Boltwood Project.  UMass CESL is proud to be taking up the mantle from Professor Willmann.  Along with the 24 student leaders of this program we look forward to many more years of continued partnership between The Boltwood Project and the local community.    More info on The Boltwood Project
Thirteen individuals have been selected by UMass Civic Engagement and Service-Learning as recipients of the 2017 Civic Engagement & Service-Learning (CESL) Faculty Fellowships. The group represents 11 departments developing 12 new civic engagement or service-learning courses, integrating classroom learning with community-based learning. The CESL faculty fellows group meets monthly, over the course of the year, to discuss community engagement for social change, service-learning pedagogy, and to work collaboratively on course development. The CESL Faculty Fellowship is in its twenty-third year. In Spring 2017 the sessions will be co-facilitated by CESL Director and Architecture professor Joseph Krupczynski and CESL Lecturer Ellen Correa. The CESL staff is available to work with faculty members in all academic departments to develop civic engagement and service-learning courses, both new courses and revising existing courses to integrate community engagement as a core component of the course.   Lucia CarvalhoCollege of NursingSpecial Populations Health Promotion Project Tamara Drummond, Senior Lecturer IIAthleticsCivic Engagement Seminar Julie Hemment, ProfessorAnthropologyNGOs, Nonprofits & Humanitarianism Moira Inghilleri, Associate ProfessorLLC/Comparative LiteratureIntroduction to Translation and Interpreting Research and Practice II Elizabeth Krause, ProfessorAnthropologyCreative Economies Judith Bruno LaBranche, LecturerKinesiologyExercise Management for Special Populations Rebecca Lorimer, Assistant ProfessorEnglishMultilingualism and Literacy in Western Massachusetts Joel Saxe, LecturerCommunicationYouth, Democracy, and the Entertainment Industries Kristie Soares, Assistant ProfessorSpanish/PortugueseThe Latinx Theater Project Shaheen Pasha, Assistant ProfessorJournalismSocial Justice Journalism: Mass Incarceration Razvan Sibii, Senior LecturerJournalismSocial Justice Journalism: Mass Incarceration Amilcar Shabazz, ProfessorAfro-American StudiesBlack Springfield Matters: An Introduction to New Afrikan Urban Studies Ashley Woodman, LecturerPsychological & Brain SciencesImpact of Disabilities on Families
You can now complete several requirements for the Civic Engagement & Public Service Certificate while studying abroad. Check out our CAPA London Service-Learning program.  
Joseph Krupczynski, associate professor of architecture, is the new director of the office of UMass Civic Engagement and Service-Learning (CESL) following long-time director John Reiff’s retirement. Professor Krupczynski’s appointment is for a three-year term effective September 1. "We are so excited to have Professor Krupczynski become the new Director of the office of Civic Engagement and Service Learning," said Carol Barr, Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education. "Joseph has long been engaged in important civic engagement and service learning activities, contributing to the important role a public university plays in the community and the teaching and learning experiences of our students." You can read more about Joseph at the UMass News page: In addition, Ellen Correa has joined the CESL staff as a full-time lecturer for a one-year appointment. Ellen will coordinate the Boltwood program and provide integrated support to faculty and community partners. Ellen worked for CESL when she was a doctorate student in Communication and we are happy to have her expertise and passion for CSL within the office once again. Joseph and Ellen would be happy to tell you more about their new roles and answer any questions you might have. They can be reached at: Joseph Krupczynski: Ellen Correa: 
The Spring 2017 Civic Engagement & Service-Learning Course List, is now available!
 Here's how to enroll in the The BOLTWOOD Project Practicum course: Interview:Come to one of the Info & Interview Sessions, which are held during the second week of each semester.Orientation: If accepted, you must be available to attend a required Orientation Session, generally the Monday following the Info & Interview sessions.Class sessions: If accepted, you must be also available to attend all three seminar sessions, genrally held on Saturdays between 10:30AM and 2:30PM.Community Service Sessions:If accepted, you must be also available to attend weekly service times, with your group, at one of the Boltwood partner sites. During the Info & Interview Sessions, you will have interviewed for the site(s) you are interested in and which meets on afternoon/evenings that you are available to participate.  More info about Boltwood here
The UMass Provost’s Committee for Service-Learning, recently honored UMass twenty-two students (undergrads and grad students) with the Academic/Community Transformation (ACT) Award for their work connecting academic learning and community engagement in transformative ways. Students are nominated for this award by faculty members who teach courses designated either as Civic Engagement or Service-Learning. It is a tremendous privilege to receive the faculty members’ nominations and to hear about the incredible work being undertaken by our students that impacts their own learning, the learning of other students, and supports work of our many community partners throughout the Pioneer Valley. Congratualtions to all of the 2016 ACT Award Honorees The 2016 ACT Awardees, who represent fifteen different academic departments, are: Nargis Aslami, Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies nominated by Ann FergusonTyler Barron, Sustainable Food & Farming & BDIC nomainted by Yedalis RuizBrian Bevilacqua English & Journalism nominated by Nichoals McBrideEmily Devenney, Public Policy nominated by Ellen PaderOlivia Espinoza, STPEC nominated by Jen SandlerMaria Fallavollita, majoring in Public Health nominated by John ReiffJonah Frielich, Economics & Psychology nominated by Marian L. MacDonaldCatherine Gensler, Food Science nominated by Katja Hahn d'ErricoBenjamin Green, Natural Resource Conservation nominated by Rick HarperAmy Halliday, History nominated by Jessica JohnsonKristie Herman, Psychology & BDIC nominated by Jen SandlerSarah Kurvilla, Public Health nominated by Boone ShearHenri Jean Claude, Economics nominated by Rus JanisDanielle Lewis, Psychology & Public Health nominated by Jen DolanAshley McElhinney, Environmental Science nominated by Rick HarperChelsea Miller, History nominated by Jessica Johnson & Marla MillerJoseph Newton, Economics nominated by RusJanis Michelle Nikfarjam, Sustainable Food & Farming nominated by Sarah BerquistShelby Ripa, Psychology nominated by Carol SoulesCourtney Stacey, BDIC nominated by Katja Hahn D'ErricoJaclyn Weston, Nutrition nominated by Lindi Sibeko & Lorriane CordeiroTova Weinronk, Public Health nominated by Chris Felton
The UMass Civic Engagement & Public Service Certificate was awarded to eighteen graduating seniors this year. Molly Clark, ArchitectureChristine Dasko, BDIC Holistic EducationNora Emmott, Public Health SciencesOlivia Espinoza, STPECMaria Fallavollita, Public Health SciencesTaylor Farley, PsychologyKinsey Foreman, STPECKristie Herman, BDIC/PsychologySarah Kuruvilla, Public Health SciencesDanielle Lewis, Psychology and Public Health SciencesBrenda Mutai, Public Health SciencesGladys, Ngamo, Public Health SciencesGabrielle Palmer, PsychologyJishava Patel, BDICCourtney Stacey, BDIC Education and Social ChangePhilip Rizzo, Architecture and DesignJordan Wilder, Public Health SciencesTova Weinronk, Public Health Sciences and Sociology Ellen Pader, Interim Director of UMass UMass Civic Engagement & Service-Learning said, “We’re very proud of the hard work each of each of our Certificate students.  Truly fulfilling the mission of the land-grant university, these students have committed themselves to combining their academic learning with a civic responsibility to improve their communities, the Commonwealth and beyond. We look forward to watching their public service continue to make a difference.” The CEPS Certificate is cross-disciplinary, combining theory with practical experience, equipping students to be effective in building a more just and peaceful world. Students earn the certificate, through either the Service-Learning Track or the Community Engaged Research Track, completing a minimum of 6 courses (18 credits), that fulfill service-learning or community engaged research requirements as well asfive content area requirements including Issues of Social Justice, Diverse Publics, Civics and Political Theory, Public Policy, and Community/Political Organizing. Courses in over thirty UMass departments are designated to fulfill these requirements. The certificate is overseen by the Provost’s Committee for Service-Learning and is managed by UMass Civic Engagement & Service-Learning, 610 Goodell Building.
Ten individuals have been selected by UMass Civic Engagement and Service-Learning as recipients of the 2016 CESL Faculty Fellowships. The group represents 10 departments developing 10 new civic engagement or service-learning courses, integrating classroom learning with community-based learning. The CESL faculty fellows group meets monthly, over the course of the year, to discuss service-learning pedagogy and to work collaboratively on course development. The CESL Faculty Fellowship is in its twenty-second year. It is co-directedCarol Soules, Associate Director of CESL and Ellen Pader, interim director of CESL and associate professor in landscape architecture and regional planning.The CESL staff is available to work with faculty members in all academic departments to develop civic engagement and service-learning courses, both new courses and revising existing courses to integrate community engagement as a core component of the course. David BloniarzAdjunct ProfessorDepartment: Environmental ConservationCourse: Urban Forestry: Structure, Function and Value Cheryl BrooksAssistant Dean, Experiential Learning & Corporate RelationsCollege: College of EngineeringCourse: Bridging Engineering Theory to Practice in the Community Codi CarronAssistant ProfessorDepartment: Aersospace StudiesCourse: Air Force Leadership and Management II Michael DiPasqualeExtension Assistant ProfessorDepartment: Landscape Architecture and Regional PlanningCourse: Graduate Design Studio in Springfield Jen DolanLecturerDepartment: Public HealthCourses: Public Policy & Citizen Action and Organizing: People, Power, and Change Bogdan ProkopovychLecturerDepartment: Isenberg School of ManagementCourse:Foundations of Sustainable Enterprise Tom SchiffDirector of UMass Men and Masculinities Center and Adjunct in Women, Gender, and Sexuality StudiesDepartment: Women, Gender, and Sexuality StudiesCourse: UMass Phallacies Elizabeth (Betsy) SchmidtProfessor of PracticeDepartment: Center for Public Policy and AdministrationCourse: Social Mission Enterprises Boone ShearAssistant Director of Student Activities and Director of UMass CALLSDepartment: Student ActivitiesCourse: Learning Through Community Engagement: Leadership, Social Change, and Community Economies Lisa TroyAssistant Professor Commonwealth Honors College and NutritionDepartment: NutritionCourse: Sophomores Serve
The Faculty Assessment Toolbox was compiled by a group of faculty from UMass Amherst and Holyoke Community College to provide options for faculty teaching Civic Engagement or Service-Learning courses to learn more about the impact of these courses on their students.   Check out the list of tools, including suggested reflection questions and a student interview template, here.
Are you planning on studying abroad but worry about the cost? IPSL is committed to both helping students find the right program and making sure they can afford it. Check out what kind of scholarship options may be available for your Service Learning trip. More details here
Construct your own individualized major through the Bachelor’s Degree with Individual Concentration.  Click here for details.
The Faculty Resources section of our website now includes a RefWorks account at the UMass library where you can access many excellent resources online? It's a great tool for course planning. That and much more at
UMass CESL is proud to share the news that UMass Amherst has once again been classified as a "Community Engaged University" by the Carnegie Foundation. Read more about this honor here. 
Have you: Filled out the course update form?   Sent the Partners' Feedback link to your community partners(s)? Is your course designated SL (service-learning) or CE (civic engagement)?  If not, here's the criteria and a brief online form to fill out:
Planning for next semester? The Faculty section of our website is packed with resources. Check out some of what is available here.
Ellen Pader, associate professor in regional planning, has been named interim director of the office of Civic Engagement and Service-Learning (CESL), replacing John Reiff, who is joining the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education as director of civic learning and engagement. Pader, who was a Service-Learning Faculty Fellow in 1997-1998, has been teaching service-learning courses for over two decades and has served on the Provost’s Committee on Service-Learning for most of that time.  For the past three years she has co-directed the Faculty Fellows Program.  “CESL has continuously nourished me and I’m pleased to be able to give something back," said Pader.  "It has transformed my teaching, commitment, and approach to community engaged research.  I look forward to becoming more deeply involved with staff, faculty, administrators, students and community partners to build upon the gift John is leaving for all of us at UMass and for all in the communities and organizations with which we work.” Pader replaces John Reiff, who came to UMass as the first full-time director of service-learning in the summer of 2000.  Reiff is leaving CESL to work for the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education as Director of Civic Learning and Engagement, supporting Massachusetts public colleges and universities in working toward the Board of Higher Education’s goal for every undergraduate to be involved in learning the knowledge, skills, and values needed for effective participation in civic life.  “UMass Amherst is a leader in civic learning for the Commonwealth and, indeed, across the nation,” says Reiff.  “I am grateful for the opportunity to have shared this work over the past 15 years with so many creative and committed stake-holders at the University and in the communities around us.” CESL is an office under the Provost, supporting faculty from every department in building community engagement placements and projects into their courses as a source of student learning and a way to make meaningful contributions to communities around UMass and beyond.  Faculty members are selected each year to participate in a year-long Civic Engagement and Service-Learning Faculty Fellows Program, where they design or re-design courses around community engagement. CESL also runs several service-learning programs directly, including the two-year Citizen Scholars Program, the IMPACT! first-year Residential Academic Program, Mentoring with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire County, and the 46-year-old Boltwood Project. Pader’s interim appointment will run through Summer, 2016; Joseph Krupczynski, Associate Professor of Architecture, will step in as CESL director in September, 2016.  
UMass Civic Engagement and Service-Learning is looking to hire an Information Technology Specialist for next fall. Please send an email to to apply.   Responsibilities: Provide technical support and develop IT resources for CESL office and staff. Assist staff with software, web platforms, and the use of office technology. §  Deliver outstanding technological support in-person and via email. §  Provide basic troubleshooting support for office PCs, Macs, printers, and other technologies. §  Support and troubleshoot office software such as: Windows 7, Mac OSX, Microsoft Outlook, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Google Apps for Education, Remote Desktop Connection, Adobe Acrobat, Adobe Photoshop, Microsoft Office (including Publisher), Android OS, iOS, Pidgin, Flickr, and Mailchimp. §  Support programmatic outreach and data management through design, use, and maintenance of, editable PDF forms, Microsoft Excel, and Drupal webforms. §  Manage CESL Drupal website, including: adding, moderating, and updating content; building and managing webforms; administering accounts; requesting appropriate modules; and training staff. §  Research updates to office technologies and share pertinent information with CESL staff. §  Install, update, and recommend software packages on office computers. §  Administer CESL web accounts, including updating passwords, managing access, and familiarizing staff with use.   Qualifications:  §  Undergraduate student pursuing a minimum of 12 credits at UMass. §  Friendly, patient personality, excellent written and verbal communication skills, and ability to clearly explain step-by-step procedures. §  Experience working on both Windows and Mac operating systems, excellent computer troubleshooting skills, working knowledge of the Internet and web design principles, and an interest in keeping current with new uses of technology for communication and collaboration. Familiarity with OIT services on campus a plus. §  Ability to work as part of a team with staff and student assistants. §  Expert knowledge of software applications, including Drupal, is helpful, but not required. If you can learn software quickly and enjoy teaching others, we're interested in talking to you. §  Ability to get to the root cause of issues quickly and quick at adapting to issues one has not seen previously.   Working Conditions:  §  Hours: must be available 10 hours per week. during our hours of operation: 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and occasional weekend hours for updates when computers are not in use, during Fall and Spring semester.
Richard Guarasci on The Crisis in Higher Education: How Civic Engagement Can Save Higher Education
Service-Learning students gain invaluable life experience in their courses and programs. Read some of their stories below! Architecture student Katie Elliott's experience in a Service-Learning course led her to rethink her career trajectory The Boltwood Project connects over 100 students per semester with community members with disabilites Students in Prof. Leidner's psychology course share their learning about genocide in Sudan with the campus
The Holyoke CESL bus runs Monday-Thursday afternoons, from the third week of classes through the last week of classes each semester, with the exception of vacation weeks and Holyoke K-12 early release dates.     Route details and the FULL SCHEDULE,  click here.   >>> NOTE: On the return to campus route, the bus only picks students up at sites where students were dropped off that day. You must ride the bus to Holyoke, in order to be assured of being picked up for the return trip to campus.   >>> Look for a UMass bus, solid white or white with a maroon stripe, not a PVTA bus