AMHERST, MA — Antonio D. Vitale, of Wilmington, was presented the inaugural Chancellor’s Award for Exceptional Service during commencement at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on May 11.
Created by UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy, the award recognizes graduating seniors who have made significant impact on the institution while enriching the experience of their fellow students. Award recipients exhibit extraordinary commitment to service and citizenship as undergraduate students beyond the scope of their normal academic and extracurricular commitments and serve as role models for future generations of UMass Amherst students.
Elected as a student government senator as a first-year student, Vitale was twice elected president of the Student Government Association. His notable accomplishments include bringing early voting to campus for the 2016 national election, reopening the Hatch as a multipurpose space for students in the Student Union, and his advocacy for increased state support for the university.
His most significant achievement, acquiring funding for future renovations to the Student Union, will impact the campus and students for years to come. He founded and chaired the Student Union Task Force, united the student body in support of renovations to the Student Union, and rallied them to pass the fee referendum, which will provide half the funding for the $50 million major campus enhancement.
Vitale will be joining IBM as business transportation consultant in its business consulting division.
(NOTE: The above announcement is from UMass Amherst.)
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