panel takes up budgets
The fiscal 2004 state budget is in the hands
of a six-member, joint legislative conference committee following
the Senate's passage of a $22.7 billion spending plan on May 30.
Overall, the Senate cut funding for public higher education by nearly
$108 million or 11.1 percent.
differ on early retirement and health costs
Among the many issues to be resolved by the six-member
legislative conference committee on the budget are early retirement
incentives and the share of health insurance costs paid by state
$15.8m in reductions
outlined by chancellor
After nearly two weeks of posting numbers and
receiving and responding to comments on his projected budget cuts,
Chancellor John V. Lombardi announced the final reductions in non-academic
budget cuts. The first round of cuts, commonly referred to as "Category
I," which includes estimated savings from early retirement,
was finalized June 3. Final cuts in "Category II" were
posted June 10.
for Student Affairs named
Michael Gargano Jr. was appointed last week to
be the next vice chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Life.
Gargano is currently associate vice president of student and academic
support services at George Washington University in Washington,
expecting large class in Fall '03
A larger than expected class of incoming students
may be headed UMass Amherst's way, according to Joseph Marshall,
assistant vice chancellor of Student Affairs and dean of Enrollment
Services. More than 4,400 people have put deposits on a place in
the Class of 2007.
pressure trustees on Bulger
With President William M. Bulger vowing to stay
at the helm of the five-campus University system until his contract
expires in mid-2007, Gov. Mitt Romney's ongoing effort to force
Bulger out is taking a new tack after lawmakers rejected his proposed
biologist attempts to establish new algal order
More than a dozen years after retiring from his
career as a professor of Biology, Robert Wilce has received a National
Science Foundation grant to study brown algae in the Arctic. Wilce,
78, will travel to Ragged Channel, off the northern tip of Canada's
Baffin Island to dive into 28-degree water and collect samples of
the seaweed in September.
at site of Foundry fire
The campus moved quickly to clean up the remains
of the Foundry after an April 25 fire destroyed the building. Physical
Plant director Pat Daly said the former location of the structure
has been covered with six inches of loam and seeded for grass.
names Sorel Citizen of the Year
The Quaboag Chamber of Commerce celebrated the
community achievements of Maggie Sorel, clerk IV at Commonwealth
College, at a May 3 gathering where she was named the region's first-ever
Citizen of the Year.
set for June 27
Due to budget reductions implemented by Chancellor
John V. Lombardi as part of campus-wide cost-cutting measures, The
Campus Chronicle will cease publication with its June 27 issue.