Nominations open for Outstanding Academic Advisor
Each year, the University recognizes Outstanding Academic Advisors
on campus. This year, two individuals will be honored with the
prize. One of the two awards is reserved for a faculty advisor;
the second may be given to a faculty member or a staff member.
The Nominating Committee for the 2002-2003 Outstanding Academic
Advisor Award invites all students, faculty, staff and alumni
to nominate academic advisors whose practices distinguish them
from other advisors. The characteristics of an outstanding advisor
include but are not limited to:
Building strong relationships with students; monitoring students'
progress toward academic and career goals; making appropriate
referrals; knowing and understanding institutional regulations,
policies and procedures.
The winners of the Outstanding Academic Advisor Awards will receive
$3,000. The winners will be announced and the awards presented
Nominations of faculty and staff who advise undergraduate students
should be submitted to Outstanding Academic Advisor Award Committee,
Office of the Provost, 362 Whitmore Administration Building.
Nominations may be made in writing, by phone (5-2554), or by e-mail
by Friday, Nov. 15.
When a nomination is received, the nominee's department head will
be notified. If the department head supports the nomination, a
package of materials will be requested for submission to the committee.
Supporting materials are due on or before Dec. 20.
Retirement reception for Kevin Aiken
A reception honoring Kevin Aiken, who retired in June as director
of the Division of Continuing Education, will be held Thursday,
Nov. 7, 4-6:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Alfond Management Center,
All members of the University community are invited to attend
the event and thank Aiken for his 22 years of campus service.
Sabbatical leave applications
Applications for sabbatical leaves for the 2003-04 academic year
are due in department offices by Friday, Nov. 8.
Asian American Studies hosts film, information
The Asian American Studies Event Series will screen the film
"Yellow Apparel: When the Coolie Becomes Cool" on Monday,
Nov. 4 at 6 p.m. in 601 Herter Hall. The film will be followed
by discussion and a brief information session about the Asian
and Asian American Studies Certificate Program.
Free pizza will be served.
Franklin County Publications Archives indexers
Librarian Barbara Stewart and Web application developer Michael
Muller will present a workshop entitled "Indexing the Franklin
County Publications Archive Index: or How to Combine a Love of
Old Newspapers, Local History, Full-Text Indexing and the World
Wide Web" on Tuesday, Nov. 26 from 3-4:30 p.m. in the Calipari
Room of the Du Bois Library.
A humorous look at the process of creating a full-text index of
the Greenfield Gazette and Courier, starting in 1870, the workshop
will include an actual indexing session led by Stewart, who will
explain the selection of index terms, the use of a text editor
and the submission of the selected terms to the archive.
Muller will then demonstrate the search capabilities of the database,
as well as other features of the site, including the interactive
possibilities between site visitors.
Historians and genealogists may be especially interested in this
RSVP to Barbara Stewart (email@example.com)
or 7-2634 by Nov. 15.
Pre-registration alert issued by Pre-Major Advising
All faculty and advisors are asked to remind undergraduates in
their classes and departments that pre-registration for spring
2003 will take place between Nov. 14 and Dec. 3.
With the new SPIRE System, pre-registration for spring semester
courses will be confirmed and online. If students have not received
their logon information (username and password) in the mail by
now, they should go in person with a photo ID to the OIT Help
Desk in A107 Lederle.
Pre-Major Advising Services recommends that students make appointments
to meet with their advisors early to discuss their spring schedules.
Registering for courses at the beginning of their access period
is advised to assure the best course selection.
Healthy women wanted for Nutrition study
The Nutrition Department is looking for healthy postmenopausal
women to participate in a study on the effects of dietary flaxseed
consumption on hormone levels in blood and urine.
To be eligible, participants must have undergone a natural menopause,
and not have taken any hormones, including estrogen replacement
therapy, for the past six months. Subjects also should be non-smokers
with 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.
Those interested in being part of the study should contact Sara
Sabelawski, R.D., project manager, at 7-4298 or by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
University Without Walls schedules information
The University Without Walls program is hosting on-campus information
sessions for prospective students through the end of December.
The sessions will be held Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 5 p.m.; Saturday,
Nov. 23 at 10 a.m.; Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 5 p.m.; and Thursday,
Dec. 19 at 5 p.m. The information sessions are free and open to
the public and usually last for about one hour. Anyone interested
in attending may reserve a seat by calling the UWW office at 5-1378.
UWW is a degree program designed to enable adult students to complete
a bachelor's degree through a combination of traditional course
work, independent study, and credit for prior learning. The program
offers solid academic advising services to all students and provides
three foundation courses for students to design individualized
degree plans and earn college credit for life experience.
Courses required by the program are generally offered on weekday
evenings, as well as during weekday hours, to accommodate working
adults. There is also a weekends program offered each fall semester
which enables new students to complete the first two required
courses by attending classes one weekend a month, using the Internet
to communicate and do research in between class meetings.
The next application deadline is April 15 for fall 2003 admission.
Arrangements for an individual session may be made by calling
the UWW office if the dates and times given here are inconvenient.
Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology seminar
Daniel J. Leahy, of Johns Hopkins University's department of
biophysics and biophysical chemistry will present a Biochemistry
and Molecular Pharmacology seminar on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at noon
in the 8th floor seminar room of the Lazare Medical Research Building
at the Worcester campus.
Leahy's talk is entitled "Crystal Structures of Epidermal
Growth Factor Receptors Reveal New Twists in Signal Transduction."
Retirement reception for Norman Aitken
A retirement reception for Norman Aitken will be held Thursday,
Nov. 7, 4-6 p.m. at the University Club.
Aitken joined the Economic Department faculty in 1964. He has
served as chair of the Economics Department, deputy provost and
most recently as vice provost for Instructional Technology. Among
the programs developed under his leadership are the Lilly Teaching
Fellows, Center For Teaching, Learning Support Services and Commonwealth
There will be a cash bar at the reception. Donations may be made
payable to the Norman Aitken Gift Fund and forwarded to Kathy
Godek, Provost's Office, 362 Whitmore, by Nov. 1.
Breast-feeding and bone density study
A research project is 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 (email@example.com).
A pair of wire-rimmed prescription eyeglasses was found Friday
in Lot 32. If you believe they are yours, please contact Joan
or Rita at 5-0123 to identify them.