Columbia Point

Collins to depart, Motley take helm at UMass-Boston

By 
By Patrick McGroarty and Bill Forry
May. 15, 2007

Dr. Michael F. Collins will leave his post as chancellor of UMass-Boston this summer to become the interim chancellor of the UMass Medical School in Worcester. Collins, who has led the Dorchester campus for less than two years, will be replaced by Dr. J. Keith Motley, a UMass vice-president who served as UMass-Boston's interim chancellor prior to Collins's appointment.  Read more

Dorm notion draws heat at UMass session

Neighborhood activists strongly opposed to the construction of dormitories at UMass-Boston spoke out publicly in front of university administrators on Tuesday evening as the school moves slowly toward formulating the master plan that will dictate its structural and agenda progress for years to come.

"I'll meet you on middle ground when you can prove to me that dorms would have no impact on [Dorchester] cops or city services," said Tom Gannon, president of the Fields Corner Civic Association.  Read more

Dorms take backseat to other growth in UMass presentation

UMass-Boston is more than halfway through its 'strategic' planning process, but with a progress report due at the end of this month, officials had little concrete information to present at a community forum Tuesday evening.

Several university officials reviewed the structure of the strategic and master planning initiatives for an audience that included a high percentage of Dorchester's more well-known neighborhood activists and representatives for many local elected officials.  Read more

Collins in, Motley out for UMass-Boston Chancellorship

University of Massachusetts President Jack Wilson on Wednesday recommended to the school's trustees that Michael F. Collins, former CEO of the Caritas Christi Health Care System, become chancellor of UMass-Boston, opting to shut out J. Keith Motley, who had served as interim chancellor.

Collins, a clinical professor of internal medicine at Tufts University, said he plans to use the experience he gained leading the hospital system and in various university faculty position.  Read more

Critical Mass; UMass Infrastructure Needs Repairs, Officials Say

Crumbling concrete, crater-like potholes, and falling debris have officials at the University of Massachusetts at Boston searching for $50 million to overhaul the Columbia Point campus's parking garage. The two-story structure serves as the foundation for five of the seven buildings on the UMass-Boston campus and must be refurbished in the next 10 years to avoid the risk of structural failure, according to university officials. Citing the continual deterioration of the structure, officials are renewing efforts to win funding for the project.  Read more

On Columbia Point, a Partnership in Trouble

A community organization wired to prominent neighborhood-based institutions likely will expire quietly this week, a victim of funding shortfalls and internal disagreement. The Columbia Point Community Partnership was scheduled to be dissolved at a special meeting of its board of directors Wednesday, leaving several projects unfinished and the Dorchester peninsula's community wondering what would come in the wake of a group less than three years old.  Read more

Bayside Charges Unconventional Behavior from New Center: Expo Needs to Allow Clients to Move to 'Big Hall,' Rival Answers

Alleging unfair business practices they say could prove ruinous for New England's largest convention, exhibition, and hotel complex, Bayside Expo owners are going public with complaints that the still-in-construction Boston Convention and Exposition Center (BCEC) is stealing clients.

While BCEC officials deny the charges, Bayside's owners, the Corcoran Jennison Company, are hoping for assistance from elected officials, and last week gave tours of the facility to several Dorchester and South Boston politicians.  Read more

On Campus, UMass Dorm Idea Gets Mixed Reaction

UMass Boston's emerging plans to build its first-ever student dormitories have sparked intense debate in adjacent neighborhoods. The reaction has been similar on campus, where student and faculty opinions are mixed with a healthy dose of skepticism  Read more

UniverSoul Circus Coming to Bayside Expo Next Week

UniverSoul Circus arrives at Bayside Expo Center to Boston on Monday, July 22 with a newly launched second unit of its highly acclaimed touring Circus. Roots, Rags & Rhythms, a 30-day tour, is an outgrowth of nine years of success by America's only African American owned circus. It is described as "a special blend of urban flavor mixed with centuries old circus traditions. It combines the past, present and future of traditional circus artistry with the diverse cultural mix that shapes and defines the UniverSoul experience.  Read more