Memory A. Holloway, associate professor of art history at UMass Dartmouth, is a driving force in direct feeding programs on behalf of several local agencies. She's also a role model to students and colleagues, inspiring them to serve others through positive action.
In recognition of her civic engagement, Holloway received the 2007 UMass President's Public Service Award. The awards are presented annually to faculty members from the university's five campuses who are nominated by their respective chancellors.
"This is the tenth anniversary of the President's Public Service Awards and this year's winners continue in the impressive tradition of the earlier winners," said UMass President Jack M. Wilson. "The achievements of these six professors are a credit to all of the dedicated, talented and hard working faculty members who teach at our campuses and also contribute so much to our communities, locally, state-wide, nationally and globally. Their passion concerning their professional fields and their commitment to their students, colleagues and fellow citizens are exemplary."
"Memory Holloway embodies the belief that public service is an integral part of education and she has tirelessly passed on that conviction to her students, ensuring another generation of like-minded, generous and selfless individuals," said UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Jean F. MacCormack. "Her work in helping to meet the basic human needs of our neighbors in this region is just extraordinary. She is most deserving of this recognition."
Holloway uses her Culinary Institute of America training to cook for groups of up to 300 people at a time at programs at the Salvation Army, Grace Episcopal Church and Pilgrim United Church in New Bedford.
In accepting the award at a ceremony at the UMass Club in Boston, Prof. Holloway praised the hundreds of UMass Dartmouth students, faculty and staff who have joined her providing the meals, and urged attendees to consider the large numbers of Massachusetts citizens who do not have enough to eat.
She also serves on the Salvation Army's Board of Directors and helps provide education for economically and educationally disadvantaged individuals through the Clemente Course in the Humanities, a UMass Dartmouth/Mass. Foundation for the Humanities collaboration. And, Holloway and her students cook alongside prisoners nearing release from the Bristol County House of Corrections, gaining meaningful interaction and perspective.
"These individuals and their campus colleagues are the key to what makes the University of Massachusetts such an exciting and rewarding place to study or work," added UMass Board of Trustees Chairman Robert J. Manning. "As long as we can attract faculty members of this caliber, UMass will continue to increase its reputation as a 'destination university.'"
The other 2007 President's Public Service Award winners are: M. Idali Torres, professor of public health, UMass Amherst; Gary N. Siperstein, professor, founder and director of the Center for Social Development and Education, UMass Boston; Kay G. Roberts, professor of music, UMass Lowell; Fred Martin, assistant professor of computer science, UMass Lowell; and Stephen J. Doxsey, professor of molecular medicine, biochemistry and molecular pharmacology and cell biology, UMass Medical School.
Since 1998, 59 UMass professors have received the honor. The State House will host an exhibit featuring information and photographs of this year's winners from February 19-29.