Mark Santow Receives CARES Award

Please join me in congratulating Associate Professor Mark Santow from the History Department as the May recipient of CARES (Chancellor's Award Recognizing Excellence in Service).

Please join me in congratulating Associate Professor Mark Santow from the History Department as the May recipient of CARES (Chancellor's Award Recognizing Excellence in Service).

Mark has been nominated for his outstanding work and leadership as Director of the Clemente Program in New Bedford for the past nine years. Through this program, UMassD professors teach history, English literature, writing, philosophy, art history and speech to low-income high school graduates, introducing them to new opportunities that encourage personal growth.

The Clemente Program is based on the concepts of civil rights, equality and social justice. Professor Santow fiercely believes in equality, and that all people should be exposed to theater and the arts. In addition to the course work, he has organized more than 20 field trips to such venues as the Trinity Rep in Providence and the Boston Museum of Fine Arts. He has taken students to the JFK Library and to see such performances as "Abraham Lincoln" at the Zeiterion. Professor Santow believes these types of activities are part of the national fiber and should be available and experienced by all.

Professor Santow begins this program by interviewing interested candidates each summer. He assists with arranging everything for these participants from caregivers to calling cabs. He waits until every last student has left before closing the building. He has managed to get more than 300 free textbooks for the students, including texts on Aristotle, Martin Luther King and American poetry.

According to the nomination, this program has not only made the professors who participate better people, but also and more importantly, has helped the students to make themselves better, more productive, and more thoughtful parents, friends and members of the community.

Mark Santow is modest in his achievements, but his reach has been far. More than 200 students have graduated from the Clemente Program since its inception in 2005. I know I speak on behalf of the UMassD community by saying "thank you" to Mark for making a difference and for promoting exemplary service to the greater UMass Dartmouth and SouthCoast communities!

I am so proud of Mark and look forward to learning of the next CARES recipient. If you know someone deserving of this recognition, please let us know by completing a nomination form. Please visit the Human Resources website for more information about CARES.





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