Weekly Bulletin

The Controller''s Office and Human Resources ahve issued Guidelines for Honoraria and Reimbursemnts to Foreign Visitors.


Tony Spanakos of Touro College in New York City will discuss "Voters Versus Investors: An Analytical Framework for Brazilian Elections of ''94, ''98, and 2002 in Emerging Markets" on Thursday, Sept. 16 at 2:30 p.m. in 601 Herter Hall.

Spanakos is a graduate of the Department of Political Science and the Graduate Latin American Studies Program.


Mental Health Services is offering the following groups for the fall semester:

"Coed Self-Exploration Group for Undergraduate Students," Mondays, 3-4:30 p.m. or Wednesdays, 3-4:30 p.m.

"Women''s Eating Issues Group," Tuesdays, 3-4:30 p.m.

"Coed Self-Exploration Group for Graduate Students," Thursdays, 3:45-5 p.m.

"Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)," Thursdays, 3:30-5 p.m.

All groups require an initional screening, which can be arranged by calling 545-2337 of stopping by 125 Hills North weekdays 8 a.m.-5 p.m.


The Alumni Association is hosting this year’s Salute to UMass Athletics and Silent Auction on Thursday, Sept. 30, beginning at 6 p.m. at the .406 Club at Boston''s Fenway Park.


Professor Richard Parnas of the chemical engineering department at the University of Connecticut will speak on "Plant Proteins for Commodity Plastics" on Friday, Sept. 17 at 3:30 p.m. in A110 Conte Polymer Science Center.


Tom Reney, host of “Jazz a la Mode” on WFCR-FM, will offer a new session in his ongoing series “A Listener’s Guide to Jazz History,” beginning Oct. 3. The series of eight meetings is held at the Broadside Bookshop, 241 Main St., Northampton, on Sundays between 6-9 p.m. The cost of the workshop is on a sliding scale of $250-180.


An opening reception for "Mario Avila: Interiors," an exhibit of oil paintings exploring the hybrid forms of Mexico City, will be held Monday, Sept. 20, 5-7 p.m. in the Augusta Savage Gallery, New Africa House.

The exhibit runs Sept. 20 to Oct. 15. The gallery is open Monday and Tuesday, 1-7 p.m. and Wednesday through Friday, 1-5 p.m.


The University Women''s Network will host a luncheon for all interested University women on Tuesday, Sept. 28 at noon in 1009 Lincoln Campus Center.

The speaker will be Barbara Stewart, who will discuss "Amateur Archaeology."
Stewart began digging for antique bottles and other relics about six years ago, when she moved to the Lake Pleasant section of Montague. Since then, she has dug in various locations throughout Franklin County and has amassed hundreds of antique bottles and other artifacts. She will present a slide show as well as bring in samples of her "found" treasures.

To sign up for the luncheon, use the fall 2004 registration form and mail to Joan Kermensky, UWN Co-Treasurer, ECE, 201 Marcus Hall (kermensk@ece.umass.edu).


The Strategic Information Technology Center (SITEC) kicks off its fall semester workshop series with "Offshoring and Outsourcing: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: A Panel Presentation" on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 4-5:30 p.m. in 210 Isenberg School of Management.

The forum will include presentations by three experts, each of whom plays a prominent role in offshoring and outsourcing (O&O). They include the roles of consumer, provider and consultant strategist.

Forum moderator Dennis Charest, will fill the role of consumer. Charest is the CIO and vice president of eBusiness and Information Technology for the Hamilton Sundstrand business unit of United Technologies. As CIO, he has overseen the outsourcing of all North American infrastructure management and has also fostered the creation and exploitation of offshore applications service providers to supplement his staff of core application consultants.

The role of provider will be filled by Satwant Singh Khalsa, vice president Sales/Business Development for FirstRing, Inc., a Virginia- headquartered call center company with operations in Bangalore, India. Khalsa is involved in a subset of IT outsourcing, usually called ITES BPO (IT Enabled Services Business Process Outsourcing). This includes call centers and back office services.

The role of consultant strategist will be filled by Robert Corace, founder and CEO of vmoPlus, Inc., a highly specialized strategy consulting services firm focused upon global operations, outsourcing, isourcing, and "bestshore" operations development and management. Corace currently chairs the Wall Street Users Group on Outsourcing.

The session will include presentations on offshoring and outsourcing experiences, challenges, successes, problems, and best practices.

Register by Sept. 13 to akelly@som.umass.edu.


The following new course proposals have been submitted to the Faculty Senate Office for review and approval and are listed here for faculty review and comment. Comments on any new course proposal should be submitted to Ernest May, secretary of the Faculty Senate at senate@senate.umass.edu.