The Campus Chronicle
Vol. XVII, Issue 40
for the Amherst campus of the University of Massachusetts
August 9, 2002

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Weekly Bulletin

Subjects needed for weight training study

The Department of Exercise Science is looking for healthy male and female volunteers (ages 18-39) to participate in a research study this fall to examine how genetics affect the way a person responds to weight training. Subjects must not have lifted weights with the upper body for the previous 12 months. Participants will receive 24 supervised weight training sessions, a personalized workout program and $150 upon completion of the study. For information, call Amy or Maria at 5-4959.

Registration open for UMass Extension's Green School

UMass Extension is accepting registrations for its annual Green School to be held Oct. 8 through Dec. 18 in Marlborough.

Green School is a comprehensive educational training program for green industry professionals presented by the UMass Extension Landscape Nursery and Urban Forestry Program in cooperation with the UMass Extension Turf Program. The program is designed to provide training in horticulture fundamentals and the relationship of those fundamentals to environmental quality. Green School is intended to instill a sense of environmental stewardship in the participants. Knowledge of plants and plant systems and integrated pest management form the foundation of the curriculum.

The 60-plus hour training program focuses on the management of the landscape as a whole, and is appropriate for garden center managers and employees, private or municipal grounds managers and personnel, landscape and lawn care operators, nursery operators and personnel, tree wardens, and professional gardeners. Horticulture professionals will learn about IPM concepts and the optimization of pest control through proper cultural management of turf, woody ornamentals, and other related specialties.

Participants choose either a landscape management or turf management track. Sessions will be taught by UMass Extension educators, University faculty and other professionals recognized in their area of expertise in the Northeast.

The 12 sessions run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Students opting to receive the Green School certificate must maintain a 75 percent or better average on the daily quizzes.

The registration deadline is Sept. 24. The cost is $499 and includes all study materials. Early registration is advised as seats fill up quickly and space is limited.

For a copy of the schedule and an application, call the Landscape, Nursery and

Urban Forestry Program at 5-0895 or go to the school Web site (www.umassgreeninfo. org).

For information, contact Kathleen Carroll at 5-0895 ( or Mary Owen at (508) 892-0382 (

Credit union branch hours

The UMass/Five College Federal Credit Union's Express Branch in the Student Union is open weekdays as follows:

Monday and Thursday, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Tuesday and Wednesday, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Orders being taken for 2003 UMass Garden Calendar

Next year's UMass Garden Calendar, titled "It's a Jungle Out There," features many familiar landscape and garden plants and their key pest problems. Gardening continues to be one of the favored leisure time activities of Americans. Gardens enhance our immediate living environment, are a source of beauty, and supply some of our daily food selections. As the knowledge of gardeners increases and the range of gardening aids expand, gardens are more luxurious and productive than ever. The lushness of home landscapes and gardens often simulates that of complex ecosystems such as is epitomized by a dense tropical jungle.

As with a jungle, there are far more organisms in gardens than just plants. Gardens are microcosms of lush vegetation inhabited by varied wildlife. Some of these organisms are considered pests and include insects, diseases and weeds. They often challenge or thwart gardening efforts.

Maintaining productive and attractive gardens requires that one accumulate some knowledge of the organisms that are apt to diminish the quality of our gardens. Recognizing key pests of garden plants is a start in the wise management of insects, diseases and weeds, and is at the core of Integrated Pest Management (IPM). IPM is a strategy which incorporates the use of all effective control measures and thereby minimizes the use of pesticides and their negative environmental impacts.

The calendar's goal is to help the gardener to demystify the garden jungle; identify and develop a better understanding of pest and garden problems; and help reduce unnecessary pesticide usage.

The calendar offers color photos and information on garden pests and management strategies as well as daily gardening tips such as when to plant peas, how to manage grubs, sunrise/sunset times, and phases of the moon.
To order single copies, send $8.50 (payable to UMass) to the UMass Extension Bookstore, Draper Hall, 40 Campus Center Way, Amherst 01003-9244. Orders will be shipped starting in September.

Orders of 25 or more to a single address qualify for the bulk rate of $4.25 each plus shipping. For a price quote, including shipping, call the UMass Extension Bookstore at 5-2717.

More information is available online (

Annual Community Breakfast scheduled for Aug. 29

The annual Community Breakfast will be held Thursday, Aug. 29, 7:30-9 a.m. at the Franklin Dining Commons.

Hosted by the University in cooperation with the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce, the event is an opportunity for members of the academic, business and civic communities to discuss the school year ahead. The breakfast is open to the public.

The cost is $5 per person, payable at the door. Limited parking is available in Lot 62; carpooling is advised.

For reservations, call 5-4200 by Aug. 24

Autumn Event seeks campus participants

The second annual Autumn Event, an open house program for prospective students and their families, will take place on Saturday, Oct.19. Departments, programs and organizations interested in participating should contact the New Students Program at 5-2621 or via e-mail ( by Sept.15.

Graduate employee non-degree student application and registration

University employees holding baccalaureate degrees who wish to use their employee waivers to take courses this fall must apply or renew their status through the Graduate Records Office as non-degree graduate students, even if seeking enrollment in an undergraduate level course.

Application/registration and tuition waiver forms are available through the Graduate Records Office, 534 Goodell.

Course registration using the telephone registration system begins Aug. 28 and continues through Sept. 17. Employees should bear in mind that tuition and fee waivers are taxable and appropriate withholding will be deducted from paychecks during the fall semester.

For more information, call the Graduate records Office at 5-0024.

Free SOMWBA workshop to be held in Springfield

The State Office of Minority and Women Business Assistance (SOMWBA) is sponsoring a free certification workshop for minority- or women-owned businesses on Thursday, Sept. 12, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Springfield Enterprise Center, One Federal St., Springfield. The session will present the requirements for state and federal transportation certification.

Professional staff will provide instruction on completing the certification application and competing in public markets. All SOMWBA applicants must attend one workshop. Pre-registration is required. For information and a registration package, call (617) 973-8692, or log onto the SOMWBA Web site ( and register online.

Older men needed for research project

The Department of Exercise Science is looking for healthy males (ages 60-75) who are willing to help advance researchers' knowledge in the area of antioxidant supplementation and its possible benefits in maintaining muscle mass during periods of injury, illness or disuse.

Participants will be compensated $150. If interested, contact Maria at 5-4959 or by e-mail (

Graduate degree requirements

Graduate program directors are reminded to inform candidates expecting to receive graduate degrees dated Sept. 1, 2002, that all requirements must be completed and all documents submitted to the Graduate School's Office of Degree Requirements, 534A Goodell, by Friday, Aug. 30. No extension of this deadline will be granted and no certifications made retroactively, according to Patricia Stowell, graduate registrar.

Subjects sought for study of insulin and exercise

Researchers in Exercise Science are seeking subjects for a study of the relationship between insulin and exercise.

Volunteers should be non-physically active women ages 18-45 who are not diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and are not using birth control pills.

Participants will receive a bone density scan, body fat analysis, blood sugar profile and five days of personalized, supervised exercise.

For more information, contact Carrie Sharoff at 5-8211 or 5-4959 or by e-mail (

Notify Chronicle of circulation changes

Due to the large number of retirements and other staffing changes across campus, some departments and offices may need to adjust the number of copies of The Campus Chronicle received each week.

Each departmental bundle carries a label specifying how many copies should be delivered. Send circulation changes to The Campus Chronicle, 205 Munson Hall or call 5-4818. Changes may also be e-mailed ( Note the building, the current number of papers received and the number desired.

Dean of Students Office seeks judicial hearing officers

The Dean of Students Office is looking for faculty and staff to serve as judicial hearing officers during the 2002-03 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. For those who are interested, an additional session will be offered to focus on issues of sexual assault, rape and other uninvited sexual behavior.

After training, hearing officers are contacted on an as-needed basis. Working in teams of three to five, usually including faculty, staff and student representatives, the 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.

Training sessions will be held in the Student Affairs Conference Room, 319 Whit-more on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2-4 p.m. and Wednesday, Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. to noon.

To sign up, contact Paul Vas-concellos, at 5-2684 or by e-mail ( by Aug. 23 for the first session and by Sept. 20 for the second session.

Breast-feeding and bone density study

Researchers are recruiting women for a study on breast-feeding and bone density. If you are breast-feeding or pregnant and planning to breast-feed, and want to know more about your bone density, contact Karen Pearce at 374-3091 (days), 367-9742 (evenings), or via e-mail (

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