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Posted on: November 8, 2018

Town Collaborates with UMass Amherst on ICMA Student Chapter

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               The University of Massachusetts at Amherst (UMass) has established a student chapter of the International City/County Management Association (ICMA), a professional group that promotes good governance and public policy priorities that affect local government. The UMass student chapter will be headquartered at the School of Public Policy (SPP).

               Amherst Town Manager Paul Bockelman serves as the chapter’s local government professional mentor, while Communications Manager for the Town, Brianna Sunryd, also a graduate student at SPP, is the chapter president. Satu Zoller, associate director of SPP will be the chapter’s faculty advisor.

              Town Manager Bockelman said, “I am thrilled that the professionals in the Town of Amherst government will be partnering with students and the academic community at UMass. I believe this is the absolute best way to learn about local government is to engage and participate in the nuts and bolts of your town.”

              Patricia Vinchesi, ICMA Northeast Regional Director added, “This is a great opportunity for UMass Amherst students to learn about local government and explore career opportunities in the field. While ICMA has dozens of student chapters around the country, the establishment of this one is particularly gratifying as it is at my alma mater.”

ICMA student chapters across the country introduce students to the local government management profession and to the organization’s members and resources. Chapters hold regular meetings and organize activities such as talks, panels, webinars, and group field projects. The ICMA student chapter is open to all UMass Amherst students, both graduate and undergraduate, with no dues.

Students interested in joining the UMass ICMA chapter can learn more at two upcoming campus events:

  • On Wednesday, November 14, the chapter will have an informational table at the Massachusetts Municipal Management Association’s Women Leading Government meeting, from 3:00 to 6:30 p.m. in the Old Chapel.
  • On Friday, November 16, from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m., Bockelman and Sunryd will host a “Cuppa’ Joe with Paul” event at the Post & Bean Café at the John W. Olver Design Building, where they will be available to talk about ICMA as well as Amherst municipal matters.

For more information: Brianna Sunryd (413) 259-3031 or

Story copy contributed by Mo Turner, Communications Manager at SPP

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