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Michael Gilbert, former director of Housing Services, has been named assistant vice president for campus student services at Pennsylvania State University. He begins his new post Aug. 1.

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Nelson E. Pion, 70, of Amherst, professor emeritus of Accounting, died June 16 at Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.

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Two researchers from the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics have received $30,000 in technology commercialization grants from the Massachusetts Technology Transfer Center (MTTC).

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G. Dale Sheckels, 88, of Greenfield, professor emeritus and former head of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, died June 16 at Buckley Healthcare.

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Ray Budde, 82, of Amherst, a former assistant professor of Education, died June 11 at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, of respiratory failure complicated by several previous illnesses.

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John Martin, professor emeritus of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, will lead a landscape tour of the Dickinson family homes in Amherst on Sunday, June 26.

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Donald Robinson has been named special assistant to the vice chancellor for Administration and Finance for Campus Emergency Management.

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Mildred A. (Niedzwiec) Banas, 78, a retired Food Services worker, died June 12 at Sunbridge Care in Hadley.

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Barbara O’Connor, chief of the UMass Police Department, has been elected to a one-year term as president of the Massachusetts Association of College Law Enforcement Administrators (MACLEA).

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Sergeant David White was promoted to lieutenant on May 1 and two officers have assumed sergeant’s duties, according to UMass Police Chief Barbara O’Connor.

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