Weekly Bulletin

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.


The last day for departments to submit requests to the Academic Scheduling Office for clearance of joint evening examinations dates for the fall semester is Friday, Sept. 17.


The last day for undergraduate, Stockbridge and Continuing Education students to add or drop courses without record or submit a pass-fail option is Tuesday, Sept. 21.


University Child Care has openings for preschool age children (2.9 years-5) for the fall semester. There are openings in the full-day and flexible-schedule classrooms.

University Child Care (UCC) provides an educational program based on emergent curriculum and developmentally appropriate practices. UCC''s classroom are open Monday-Friday, 8:15 a.m.- 5:30 p.m. with a variety of drop-off and pick-up options.

Tuition rates are based on a sliding fee scale determined by family size and household income. A number of subsidy programs are available to eligible families.

For more information about the program and to receive an enrollment application, cntact the UCC office at 545-1566.


The graduate dean invites all graduate faculty to attend the final oral examinations for the doctoral candidates scheduled as follows.


The Hampshire County Chapter of the American Red Cross is holding blood drives on Monday, Sept. 13 and Wednesday, Sept. 15, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in 174 Lincoln Campus Center.


The Dean of Students Office is looking for faculty and staff members to serve as judicial hearing officers during the 2004-05 academic year.

In preparation for becoming a hearing officer, each person must take part in a two-hour training session which will include an explanation and review of the hearing process, a discussion of the Code of Student Conduct and a "walk-through" of an actual hearing and rape/sexual assault awareness. There is also a required sexual violence and awareness training that will occur later in the fall for faculty/staff who are interested in serving on cases involving sexual violence.

The first general training session will be held in the Chancellor''s Board Room, 370 Whitmore on Wednesday, Sept. 22 from 10 a.m.-noon and the sexual violence awareness training will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 12 from 7-9:30 p.m. in 903 Lincoln Campus Center.

After their training, hearing officers are contacted on an as-needed basis. Working in teams of three to five, usually including faculty, staff and student representatives, hearing boards hear cases and forward recommendations to the dean of students, who is responsible for notifying students and imposing any disciplinary sanctions. The role of the hearing officer is very important as officers hear all sides of a case and make a recommendation based on the information.

Faculty and staff who wish to become hearing officers should contact Paul Vasconcellos, assistant dean of students, at 5-2684 or by email (paulv@stuaf.umass.edu) by Friday, Sept. 17.


Ray Ferrar, president of TRC Omni Environmental Corporation, will discuss "The Role of Science in Environmental Litigation" on Friday, Sept. 17 from 12:25-1 p.m. in 305 ELab.

Refreshments will be served.


More than 70 community agencies, representing human services, the environment, law/advocacy, government, and arts and culture, will be on hand to discuss volunteer and internship opportunities at the Fall Community Service Fair on Thursday, Sept. 23, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Lincoln Campus Center Auditorium.