Grain & Chaff

August 25, 2000

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."

Lecture circuit

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.

College bowl

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.

Class acts

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.

Abbie's archives

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.