2003 federal tax withholding changes
The Internal Revenue Service has issued new inflation-adjusted
federal tax brackets and raised the personal exemption amount
from $3,000 to $3,050 for 2003. This means that most employees
saw a slight increase in their take-home pay in paychecks issued
The amount of federal tax withheld from an employee's
check is based on the number of personal exemptions or allowances
claimed on the W-4 form. In 2002, one personal exemption was equal
to $115.38 biweekly; the new amount for 2003 is $117.31.
The state income tax rate is 5.3 percent.
Questions about this information may be directed
to call Brenda Libertine in the Payroll Office, 5-6119.
Retirement dinner for Jim Coopee
A retirement dinner in honor of Personnel administrator
Jim Coopee, will be held Thursday, Feb. 20 at The Log Cabin Banquet
& Meeting House in Holyoke. Coopee is retiring after 35 years
The cost for the dinner is $30. Contact Cheryl Daggett
(5-6106) or Peggy March
(5-6129) for further information.
Joint evening exam requests
The last day for departments to submit requests
to the Academic Scheduling Office for clearance of joint evening
examination dates for spring semester is Friday, Jan. 31.
Nominations open for Alumni Association board
The Alumni Association Board of Directors is accepting
nominations for individuals interested in running for election.
The goal of the board is to elect those alumni who have demonstrated
a desire to further the educational, community and cultural mission
of the University and who would be willing to actively participate
to achieve that objective. It is the board's intention to involve
as many different alumni constituencies in the association as
possible to broaden the diversity of the group and, in the process,
effectively represent the alumni.
To nominate a candidate, visit the Alumni Association Web site
by Friday, Jan 31.
TIAA-CREF is offering individual financial counseling
sessions to University employees on Wednesday and Thursday, Feb.
19-20 and Wednesday and Thursday, March 12-13, 9 a.m. to 3:45
p.m. in the Treasurer's Office, 100 Venture Way, 2nd Floor, Small
Appointments may be scheduled on the TIAA-CREF Web
or by calling Kathleen Maida at (800) 842-2004. Space is limited.
Final examination requirements
Departments should submit final examination requirements
for the spring 2003 semester to the Academic Scheduling Office
by Friday, Jan. 31.
Molecular Genetics and Microbiology seminar
Paul Bieniasz of the Aaron Diamond AIDS Research
Center at Rockefeller University will speak on "Host factor:
Gag interactions - helping and hindering retrovirus replication"
on Friday, Jan. 31 at 12:15 p.m. in the MGM Seminar Room, S5-310
of the Medical School in Worcester.
The seminar is hosted by the Department of Molecular
Genetics and Microbiology and the Center for AIDS Research.
'Your First Business Plan' workshop
A workshop on "Your First Business Plan"
will be presented Thursday, Jan. 30, 9:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. at
the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce, 409 Main St., Am-herst.
The session is sponsored by the chamber and the Western Mass.
Regional Office of the Massachusetts Small Business Development
Center Network (MSBDC).
Focusing on business management fundamentals and
business plan development, the workshop will cover financing,
marketing and business plan development. It will be presented
by Lyne Kendall, management counselor and financial analyst with
the MSBDC and an ajunct faculty member at the Isenberg School
The registration fee is $25 and reservations are
required. Call the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce at 253-0700
or the MSBDC at 737-6712.
MSBDC workshop on 'Selling Smarter'
The regional Office of the Massachusetts Small Business
Development Center Network (MSBDC) and the Springfield Enterprise
Center will present a workshop "Making the Intangible Tangible
... Selling Smarter" on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 11:30 a.m.-1
p.m., Upper Double Suite, Springfield Enterprise Center, 1 Federal
The workshop is for entrepreneurs, small business
owners, professionals and
consultants who want to learn innovative and proven tools and
techniques for managing the sales process, obtaining new clients
and increasing sales and customer retention.
The workshop will be presented by Tiffanie Z. Lyon,
founder and principal of Lyon Sales Institute.
The registration fee is $35 and includes lunch.
Reservations are required. Call MSBDC at 7370-6712.
Fraternity seeks faculty to lead seminars
Omega Delta fraternity is looking for faculty who
would be interested in leading seminars at the house on Tuesday
nights during spring semester.
The members are interested in any topic, but are
particularly interested in the social sciences. The seminars are
intended to be for the Greek community, but they'll be advertised
and open to the whole University.
Located at 374 North Pleasant St., the Omega Delta
house has a classroom that holds about 25 people, and there other
rooms to accommodate larger groups if necessary.
Interested faculty should contact Jason Fossella
at 549-0908 or by e-mail (jfossell@
Healthy women wanted to participate in nutrition
Researchers in the Nutrition Department are looking
for healthy postmenopausal women to participate in a study on
the effects of dietary flaxseed consumption on hormone levels
in blood and urine.
Participants must have undergone a natural menopause,
and not have taken any hormones, including estrogen replacement
therapy, for the past six months; be non-smokers and have no prior
medical history of cancer, diabetes or bowel disease.
Qualified individuals need to plan on participating
in the study for four months. Financial compensation will be provided.
Anyone interested in being part of the study should
contact research manager Sara Sabelawski at 7-4298 or by e-mail
Departmental UCards now available at UCard
Effective at the start of the spring semester, the
sale of Departmental UCards will move from Printing Services to
the UCard Office on the campus side of Franklin Dining Hall.
Departments will be able to purchase Guest UCards
that can only be used for making photocopies; they also may add
value to their existing Guest Cards through the UCard Office.
The UCard Office is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m.
to 5 p.m. For further information, call 5-0197.
Fall course proposals deadline
Department course proposals and scheduling materials
for the fall 2003 semester should be submitted to the Academic
Scheduling Office by Friday, Jan. 31.
Men needed for diabetes study
The Energy Metabolism Laboratory is currently studying
different methods of screening and diagnosing people with either
pre-diabetes or Type-2 diabetes.
Men who have or who are concerned about Type-2 diabetes are needed
to serve as subjects.
Participants will receive a free diabetes screening
with results that may be taken to a doctor; a bone density scan
and body fat analysis.
For more information, contact Carrie at 5-0331 or
by e-mail (email@example.com).
Grants available for public service projects
Faculty and professional staff are invited to submit
proposals for Public Service Endowment Grants for the 2003-04
Created to encourage outreach and public service
activities at each of the UMass campuses, the grants ranging from
$5,000 to $15,000 are available for projects that address regional
needs as defined by community leaders, such as the Pioneer Valley
Plan for Progress.
To be considered, applicants must identify a collaborative
partner organization in Franklin, Hampshire or Hampden counties.
Proposals should be submitted to the Office of Industry Liaison
and Economic Development, 406A Goodell by March 14.
Forms, guidelines, and regional priorities are all
For additional information, contact Michael Wright
of the Office of Industry Liaison and Economic Development at
5-1334 or via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Wintersession grades due
Grades from wintersession classes should be submitted
to the Continuing Education Registrar's Office by Tuesday, Jan.
Community Tree Conference
The 2003 Community Tree Conference, "Preservation
of New England's Vintage Trees," will be held Thursday, March
13 in Stockbridge Hall.
The one-day conference will introduce tree wardens,
arborists, foresters, landscape architects and other land managers
to some of the challenges and opportunities facing them in the
preservation of vintage trees. Topics include financial evaluation
of vintage trees; structural problems; pruning, bracing and cabling;
soil amendments, mulches, and pest management options; and old
All proceeds are used to support outreach and Extension
activities in Arbori-culture and Community Forestry.
The conference is sponsored by UMass Extension and
the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forest Service's Northeast
Center for Urban and Community Forestry. The co-chairs are David
Bloniarz and H. Dennis P. Ryan.
The cost is $50, which includes a coffee break and
parking pass. Send check payable to UMass to Tree Conference,
UMass Extension, French Hall, 230 Stockbridge Rd., Amherst, MA
01003. For registration information, contact Kathleen Carroll
at 5-0895 or by e-mail (email@example.com).
For program information, contact Dennis Ryan at 5-6626 or by e-mail
A description of the program, registration form,
and directions are availabe online (www.umassgreeninfo.org).
Ecological Landscaping Winter Conference set
"Building Viable Habitats: Resources for the
Ecological Landscape," the 10th annual winter conference
on Ecological Landscaping will be held Friday, Feb. 28 and Saturday,
March 1 at the Holiday Inn in Boxborough.
This year's conference has been expanded to a two-day
long series of workshops. Presented by University faculty, UMass
Extension educators and green industry professionals, the workshops
will provide information on lawn care, soil management, pest control,
tree and shrub care, ecological design, weed management, and other
The conference will be keynoted by Leslie Sauer
of Andropogon Associates, who will discuss ecological landscape
management, and Elaine Ingham, a national expert on the soil-food
web, who will explain the complex soil system and ways to manage
The conference will include an Eco-Marketplace which
will feature more than 50 vendors of products and services related
to ecological landscaping and conservation.
The program is co-sponsored by the Ecological Landscaping
Association, UMass Extension and the New England Wild Flower Society.
Pre-registration rates are $125 for Friday only,
$95 for Saturday only, or $185 for both days (Late Registration:
$145, $110, $215 respectively). Discounts are available to businesses
or organizations sending two or more people. The first registrant
pays full price; additional registrants from the same organization
pay: Friday only, $95; Saturday only, $75; both days, $165. All
registrations must be received together. Discounts apply to early
Send checks payable to ELA to ELA Conference, c/o
NEWFS, 180 Hemenway Rd., Framingham MA 01701.
For more information, contact ELA's conference coordinator,
Nancy Askin, at (978) 425-0101 or Kathleen Carroll, UMass Extension,
at 5-0895 or via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).