Amherst to Sydney
Former women's crew team members Sarah Lauritzen, of Gentofte,
Denmark, and Sarah Jones, of Stanwood, Wash., have earned spots
on their respective national teams for the 2000 Sydney Olympics
next month. Lauritzen will compete on the women's quad, while
Jones will be on the women's eight. It is the first Olympic appearance
for both rowers. They'll likely run into a familiar face: UMass
head coach Jim Dietz, who is coaching the U.S. women's lightweight
crew. "I have a certain sense of accomplishment and it sends a
message that UMass rowing is one of the elite programs in the
country," said Dietz. "I think the U.S. team has a very good chance
to win the gold medal with Romania being the one to beat."
Stella Volpe, associate professor of Nutrition, gave several
presentations in recent weeks. On July 19, she spoke on "Fueling
Your Body for the Long Haul" to about 80 field hockey players
who were at a U.S. Field Hockey Association Futures Camp on campus.
Ten days later, Volpe presented on "Supplements for Weight Loss
and/or Muscle Gain" at an International Sports Nutrition Conference
in San Jose, Costa Rica. On Aug. 3, Volpe gave a full-day workshop
on "Physical Activity and Health" to professionals and paraprofessionals
of the UMass Extension Nutrition Education Program in Sturbridge.
The following day, she presented "Eating Healthy in a Busy Lifestyle"
to the Massachusetts School Food Service Association's annual
meeting at the Hotel Northampton.
University of Vermont trustees voted Aug. 19 to require the university's
police department to investigate complaints of hazing. The action
follows a lawsuit filed against UVM last year by a former member
of the hockey team who alleged he was hazed by other players.
UVM officials were criticized for mishandling the student's complaints.
... In other action, the UVM trustees also voted to divest the
school's financial holdings in tobacco companies. ... The University
of Rhode Island is expecting its most racially diverse class ever.
According to URI officials, 12.5 percent of the 2,400-member entering
class are minority students. In addition, the school has hired
three additional minority faculty and three minority staff. Overall,
minorities comprise 12 percent of the student body and 13.8 percent
of the faculty.
Alumnus Frank Guzzetta,'67, was recently promoted to president
and chief executive officer of Hecht's, an Arlington, Va., -based
department store owned by the May Department Stores Co., where
he has worked since 1988. Guzzetta, who majored in Marketing,
plans to increase the store's offerings in home furnishings and
fashion. ... Ram Gupta, who received his master's degree in Electrical
and Computer Engineering in 1999, has been named executive vice
president of products and technology at PeopleSoft.
The writings and some personal belongings of Yippie leader Abbie
Hoffman have found a new home at the University of Connecticut.
Hoffman's brother donated the collection, which includes FBI surveillance
files, T-shirts and a pair of dirty socks, to the Thomas J. Dodd
Research Center for human rights. Hoffman, who is remembered less
fondly here for helping lead a 1987 takeover of Munson Hall to
protest CIA recruitment, committed suicide in 1989. His alma mater,
Brandeis University, and Clark University turned down the collection.