Press Release: UMass Dartmouth Alumni, Bristol County Convention and Visitors Bureau support area business
Date: August 23, 2005
Under a partnership plan unveiled today, all dues paying members of the Alumni Association will receive an “Alumni Passport,’’ entitling them to discounts at dozens of establishments – from museums to restaurants -- across southeastern Massachusetts.
"Partnerships like these are what the BCCVB is all about,” said Rob Gould, president of BCCVB and owner of Cafe Arpeggio in New Bedford and Fall River. “Working together with our members makes business better for all of us."
"The Alumni Passport is yet another example of the strong public/private partnership between the 35,000-plus alumni of UMass Dartmouth and our region,’’ said Michael J. Rodrigues, President of the UMass Dartmouth Alumni Association. “Our Alumni Association continues to demonstrate its amazing impact on the economy of the SouthCoast."
“There are thousands of UMass Dartmouth alumni living, raising families and working across southeastern Massachusetts,’’ said UMass Dartmouth Alumni Association Executive Director Donald Berube. “This initiative is a great way for them to show support for the businesses and cultural institutions of their region and their alma mater at the same time.’’
Under the program, any UMass Dartmouth alumni who pay the association membership fee will receive a card entitling them to major discounts at three dozen establishments throughout the region. The association is in the middle of its first major membership drive designed to re-connect thousands of alumni with the university.
"As a 1977 graduate of the university, and an active alumni member, I take special satisfaction in seeing this program come to fruition,’’ said Sheila Martines Pina, executive director of the BCCVB. “I encourage all alumni to take some time and discover what's in their own backyard."
Maria Pantages of the New Bedford Whaling Museum, said "This partnership with UMass presents a unique opportunity to reach out to the thousands of alumni who live in the region. The Whaling Museum is delighted to be a partner in this endeavor so we can share all our wonderful resources with the community at large."
Steve Keohane of the Children's Museum in Easton added: “We are very fortunate to be associated with the BCCVB because we understood early on that success is accomplishing our mission ‘of inspiring a lifelong love of learning in children’ would be closely tied to our outreach and collaborations with community groups and organizations.’’
Megan Andersen of Battleship Massachusetts said: “As the Commonwealth's memorial to those who gave their lives in World War II, The Korean, Vietnam, and Persian Gulf Wars, as well as the September 11, 2001 attacks on America, Battleship Cove feels that it is critical to work with the BCCVB to share this information with the alumni of UMass
Dartmouth and the citizens of southeastern Massachusetts.’’