News Archive 2013

Winter, holiday hours

Effective 12/15/13 – 1/20/14

For immediate needs

Walk-in Care: 

M – F, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Closed Sat./Sun. 

For routine care & acute minor illnesses

General Medicine clinics: 

M – F, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

After-hours medical and mental health advice:

(413) 577-5000

Center for Counseling and Psychological Health

M – F, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. except holidays


UHS is CLOSED Christmas, Wed., Dec. 25 and New Year's, Wednesday, Jan 1.

Campus closure days: 

Mon., Dec. 30 & Tue., Dec. 31

Walk-in Care:

11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Also open:

Pharmacy, Laboratory, Radiology:

11 a.m.– 5 p.m.

All other departments closed

Martin Luther King day: Mon., Jan 20

Walk-in Care:

11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Also open:

Pharmacy, Radiology:

11 a.m.– 5 p.m.


11 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.

All other departments closed


UHS welcomes new providers

Dec. 4, 2013
Four medical providers have joined UHS' team of college health experts. Physicians Laura L. Scoville, M.D. and Maria Gallo, M.D., and nurse practitioners Yanghee Kwon, W.H.N.P., and Patricia A. Mertes, F.N.P. look forward to meeting you! More..


Handmade holidays: shop the UHS craft fair

Dec. 1, 2013
Mark your calendar for a great holiday shopping opportunity: UHS' annual craft fair is Wednesday, Dec. 11, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the health center. More...


Thanksgiving recess hours

Effective Thu., Nov. 28 – Sun. Dec. 1

CLOSED Thanksgiving,
Thu. 11/28

Fri., Nov. 29:

For immediate needs
Walk-in Care:

8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Also open:


12:30 – 4 p.m.

Patient Services:

11 a.m. – 5 p.m.


11 a.m. – 5 p.m.


12 – 4 p.m.

Sat., Nov. 30:

Walk-in Care closed

Sun., Dec. 1:

Walk-in Care:

11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

After-hours medical and mental health advice:

(413) 577-5000

Film screening: Tough Guise 2

Nov. 12, 2013
The Center for Health Promotion is among the sponsors of the western Massachusetts premiere of Tough Guise 2, Wednesday, Nov. 20, 7 p.m. in Thompson Hall, room 104. The film's producers "challenge the myth that being a real man means putting up a false front and engaging in violent and self-destructive behavior." See the Flyer...


Extra chances to join study 

Nov. 11, 2013
This week, there are two extra chances to sign up for a new research study offering compensation for each visit! Come to UHS between 6 - 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13 or Thursday, Nov. 14 to see if you're eligible. Get the details...

Choose health insurance now 

Oct. 26, 2013
Students who don't need the Student Health Benefit Plan's primary insurance coverage have until Oct. 26 to file an online waiver. Those who don't waive by the deadline will remain enrolled in the plan for the academic year and be charged on the tuition bill. Here's what you need to know and do.


Flee the flu!

Protect yourself and those around you from flu. Walk-in and mobile flu clinics for UMass students and other UHS patients, and community clinics for all are going on now. UHS flu clinics are open to UMass Amherst students; and faculty, staff and students' dependents whose primary care provider is at UHS.

Vaccinations are billed to your health insurance; bring your plan’s ID card with you.

Walk-in flu clinics at UHS are taking place:

• Thursdays, Nov. 7 and 21 

from 1 – 4 p.m. in room 302. 

Reduce paperwork and save time by pre-registering for a vaccination. Call (413) 577-5101, then come to UHS during clinic hours.

Walk-in mobile clinics are scheduled Wednesdays during November and December:

• Nov. 20: Recreation Center, 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.

• Dec. 4th 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Campus Center reading room.

If you already have an appointment with a UHS provider, you can be vaccinated at the same time – just ask!

Both injected and inhaled forms of the flu vaccine are available.

UMass restricts evening outdoor events

Oct. 18, 2013
UMass Amherst has restricted campus-sponsored nighttime outdoor events as a precaution against mosquito-borne illnesses such as Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile virus (WNV). For updated information on EEE and WNV in our area, and important protection tips, click here...

Emergency response trainings

Oct. 14, 2013
Get the info you need to 'be the response' during an emergency, with free trainings and events hosted by the UMass Amherst Medical Reserve Corps. Learn personal emergency preparedness, disaster triage, CPR and more. See the schedule.


Being the influence

Oct. 9, 2013
BASICS staff and and the Not Ready for Bedtime Players led workshops for more than 100 middle- and high-school students at a recent substance abuse prevention conference sponsored by the Northwestern District attorney's office. more.


Medical Reserve Corps planning session

Oct. 7, 2013
The UMass Amherst Medical Reserve Corps is holding a planning session Monday, Oct. 7, 5 - 6 p.m. in Skinner Hall. Learn more about this active RSO and help shape this semester's schedule of events About the MRC...


Maxim Health Systems Public Flu Clinics

Community flu clinics on campus

Oct. 3, 2013
Maxim Health Systems is conducting two public flu clinics on campus this fall:  
• Thursday, Oct. 10; and

• Wednesday, Nov. 13

from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. in room 165-69 at the Campus Center.

Cost per vaccination is $30. Maxim accepts the following health plans:

• Aetna;

• Anthem;

• Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Mass.;

• Blue Cross/Blue Shield of R.I.;

• Fallon Community Health Plans;

• Harvard Pilgrim;

• MassHealth;

• Medicare Advantage plans (all);

• Medicare Part B;

• MVP;

• Tufts Health Plan; and

• Unicare.

Find out more...

It's Bedtime!

Oct. 2, 2013
The Not Ready for Bedtime Players, UMass Amherst's award-winning peer health education theater troupe, takes the stage with a show that's smart, sexy, funny and always different. All shows begin @ 8:00pm.

Oct. 30th @ Greenough

Nov. 6th @ Mellville

Nov. 13th @ Dickinson

Nov. 20th @ JQA

Check out their shows ... and their page!


UHS nurse manager is award-winner

Robin Walsh, R.N., B.S.N.

Sept. 19, 2013
Walk-in Care clinical nurse manager Robin Walsh, R.N., B.S.N. was recognized with an Annual Achievement Award at the national meeting of the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA), Sept. 19 - 21 in Nashville, Tenn. Awards recognize exceptional professional practice, innovation, leadership and advocacy in the emergency nursing specialty. An active ENA member, Walsh is in her second year as chairperson of the group's emergency nurse wellness committee. More...

Immunization deadline is here

Sept. 16, 2013
All first-year students must have state-required immunizations and submit documentation now, to avoid a hold preventing registration for spring semester classes. Get more information and download the required form here...


Medical Reserve Corps sets first meeting

Sept. 16, 2013
The UMass Amherst Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) holds its first meeting of the semester Monday, Sept. 23, 5 - 6 p.m. in Skinner Hall. Learn about the MRC, emergency preparedness and upcoming events.

About the MRC

Bedtime Players auditions

Sept. 11, 2013
The smartest, funniest, sexiest performance group on campus held auditions- the Not Ready for Bedtime Players! About the Players...


Cancer screening project published

Connie Schwaiger, D.N.P.

Sept. 5, 2013
An article focusing on the positive outcomes of a cervical cancer screening project led by UHS nurse practitioner Connie Schwaiger, D.N.P. appeared in a recent edition of the peer-reviewed publication "JNP: The Journal for Nurse Practitioners."

Now hiring: Walk this Way guides

Sept. 3, 2013
Walk this Way, a program encouraging students to walk on campus rather than along residential streets on their way to and from campus, is now hiring guides. 


Alcohol, other drug policies: know the rules

Sept 2, 2013
UMass Amherst's alcohol and other drug policies conform to state and federal laws, and enhance the health, safety, property and educational interests of our community. Students are responsible for obtaining and adhering to these policies. Download a copy here...


Players, Phallacies perform at UFest

Sept. 1, 2013
Nothing was off-limits when the Not Ready for Bedtime Players or Phallacies took to the stage for their joint UFest performance on Goodell Lawn. 


Walsh honored for QI efforts

Robin Walsh, R.N., B.S.N

Aug. 23, 2013
Walk-in Care clinical nurse manager Robin Walsh, R.N., B.S.N. is the winner of UHS' annual Pamela Kathleen Edwards memorial award for outstanding quality improvement efforts. Walsh was recognized for a study using medical appointment compliance rates to identify service improvement opportunities... More on The Pamela Kathleen Edwards Memorial Award

MyStudentBody required course

Aug. 23, 2013
All first-year students are required to take and pass MyStudentBody, an online health education course. Here's what to do...


BASICS team wins campus award

Aug. 22, 2013
The staff of BASICS have been honored with a "REDI" Award in recognition of excellence in teamwork and collaboration. Congratulations to: Diane Fedorchak, Nicole Fahey, Craig Fredrich, Michelle Letendre, Mark Maloni, Tommy Thompson and Scott Rasmussen! More...

Fall semester hours

Effective 8/29 – 12/14 2013\
For immediate needs

Walk-in Care: 

M – F, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., except holidays

Sat./Sun.. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For routine care & acute minor illnesses

General Medicine clinics: 

M – F, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. except holidays

After-hours medical and mental health advice:

(413) 577-5000

Other UHS department hours

Center for Counseling and Psychological Health

M – F, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. except holidays 


Corey named executive director

July 29, 2013
Dr. George Corey, assistant medical director at University Health Services, has been appointed executive director by James Sheehan, vice chancellor for Administration and Finance. More...


Rouzier embarks on charity ride

July 27, 2013
As a medical volunteer stationed at the finish line of at this year's Boston Marathon, UHS staff physician Pierre Rouzier, M.D. felt the shock, horror and loss. To help others while healing himself, Rouzier has taken part in the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Race Across Iowa, July 21 - 27. The fundraiser allows participants to designate the recipient charity of their choice; Rousier has given to the Challenged Athletes Foundation, which has a special fund for Marathon victims.

Retirees honored at reception

July 10, 2013
UHS honored 15 retiring colleagues for their combined 423 years of service at a reception in the Campus Center's Marriott Room. Co-workers, family and friends celebrated the efforts and accomplishments of:

• Christiane Norton, Patient Services, 10 years; 

• Elsa Yarmac, Health Records, 14 years; 

• Catherine Barnard, Transcription, 16 years;

• Dr. Constance Lentz, Physician, 25 years;

• Christin Martin, Reception, 26 years of service;

• Dr. Suzan Smith, Physician, 28 years;

• Joanne Barszewski, Pharmacy, 30 years;

• Dr. Alan Calhoun, Physician and Interim Director, 31 years; 

• Kevin Rhines, Ancillary Services, 31 years; 

• Helen Drake, Radiology, 32 years; 

• Dr. Richard Rubin, Physician, 32 years;

• Susan Fields, Nurse Practitioner, 35 years; 

• Carole Rugg, Radiology, 37 years; 

• Janet Martyn, Nurse Practitioner, 38 years; and 

• Dr. Frederick Bloom, Director of Eye Care, 38 years. 


Tobacco-Free UMass resources

July 1, 2013
UMass Amherst is now tobacco-free. Whether you're ready to quit, aren't sure what to do, or just want help getting through the day without tobacco, check out these UMass Amherst is now tobacco-free. Whether you're ready to quit, aren't sure what to do, or just want help getting through the day without tobacco, check 


Summer NSO attendees...

June 3, 2013
Thanks for attending the Campus Health and Wellbeing presentation during New Student Orientation. There's a lot to remember ... if you'd like a reminder, download this handout...


Health educator to represent state, UMass

Amanda Collings Vann

May 15, 2013
Amanda Collings Vann M.Ed., of the Center for Health Promotion (CHP) has been appointed as a volunteer state coordinator for the BACCHUS Network, a nationally recognized leader in peer education development. State Coordinators are one of the highest levels of volunteer service achievable in the organization, which includes more than 330 peer education groups and over 8,000 students.

Celebrating 10 years of healing

May 10, 2013
UHS' Acupuncture Clinic celebrated its 10th year with two free events, Monday, May 13 and Wednesday, May 15, noon - 1 p.m. at the clinic on the ground floor of UHS. There was a meet and greet with the providers, and patients were able to learn about the many health concerns acupuncture can treat, including tobacco use; guests were invited to experience it with free demonstrations.
The Student Health Benefit Plan, available to undergraduate and graduate students and their dependents, covers acupuncture at UHS. For more information or an appointment for services, call (413) 577-6511. More...


Peer Health Education internships

May 5, 2013
Peer Health Educator interns work with professionals from the Center for Health Promotion on issues that matter to our campus. Peer Health Educators are creative, have fun and make a difference – 


And the winner is...

May 3, 2013
Congratulations to sophomore Jonathan Floyd, who won a new iPad for participating in UHS' recent UHS mission survey. The e-mail survey was distributed to a sample group of UMass Amherst community members in late March; participants shared their opinions on the importance of a variety of campus health services.


Staff honored for service

Apr. 29, 2013
Nine UHS staff members were honored for their contributions to the university at the annual Length of Services Awards. Congratulations to:

• Stephen Klein, 45 years

• Jo-Ann Hamer, 40 years

• Amy Bellino, 35 years

• Peter Horr, 25 years

• Christine Bergeron, 25 years

• Bryan Delabarre, 25 years

• Kevin Kruk, 25 years

• Ricky McNeal, 25 years

• Kathy Pipczynski, 20 years


Come on UMass..

Apr. 20, 2013
Volunteers were out from 10:30 p.m. – 2 a.m. on Saturday, April 20 encouraging students to walk on campus rather than along residential streets on their way to and from Southwest residence halls. The Baby Berk food truck was stationed along the route, accepting YCMP swipes and coupons, and giving out prizes. 

To volunteer in the future, e-mail, call (413) 577-1005 or stop by the Off-Campus Student Center, 314 Student Union. And remember: if you’re out after-hours, be a respectful neighbor and Walk this Way!


Phallacies wins video contest

Apr. 19, 2013
Phallacies, the Center for Health Promotion's men's health theatre and dialogue program, is a winner in this year's White Ribbon Campaign video contest, sponsored by the Northwestern District Attorney's office. High school and college students are invited to submit videos in support of the campaign to end violence against women and girls. Watch the video!

What does it mean to be a man?

Apr. 19, 2013
Phallacies knows ... and so should you! The men's health theatre troupe shared the messages, myths and misinformation about masculinity with two brand-new shows!



Apr. 15, 2013
Students joined The Center for Health Promotion's Peer Health Educators for four days of free fun! There were performances, games, classes and more, at locations all around campus! See the flyer...


The Boston Marathon tragedy

Apr. 15, 2013
UHS and the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health extend condolences and offer support to all affected by the Boston Marathon attacks of April 15. For those struggling to cope in the aftermath of the tragedy, we offer these resources and tips for college students.


MRC hosts emergency planning event

Apr. 11, 2013
The UMass Amherst Medical Reserve Corps and its partners conducted a drill April 11, to test sheltering during a large-scale emergency. Some 225 volunteers and emergency response partners participated in the event, which simulated an establishment of a dormitory shelter for area residents and their pets during a massive power outage in Hampshire County. More...


Survey to help guide new UHS mission statement

Mar. 21, 2013
UMass Amherst students, faculty and staff were asked to shape a new mission statement for UHS. The e-mail survey was distributed to a sampling of undergrads, plus all grad students, faculty and staff. Participants were asked to "Take a few moments and tell us what healthcare services are important to you!" More...


Players bring mirth, message to high school

Mar. 13, 2013
The Not Ready for Bedtime Players took their show on the road, performing for some 700 students at Easthampton High School. The special edition of the show focused on making good choices about alcohol and other drugs. 


And the winners are...

Mar. 8, 2013
Congratulations to John Mackey and Jennifer Saponaro, winners in the' "Head-to-Toe Happiness" contest! Grand prize winner John picked out a pair of Ray-Ban sunglasses from UHS' Optical Services; Jennifer won a collectible gift case packed with health and beauty products from the UHS Pharmacy


Drop-in Center hosts meditation series

Mar. 7, 2013
Students experienced the benefits of meditation at a free series hosted by the Center for Health Promotion's Collegiate Recovery CommunityMore...


UMass stands against violence

Mar. 6 , 2013
The UMass Amherst community "stood up" to participate in an annual White Ribbon Day event and become part of the solution in ending violence against women. Download the flyer...


"Your Skin is In" pledge and giveaway

Mar. 5, 2013
The Peer Health Educators at the Center for Health Promotion know that tanning is out and "Your Skin is In." Students who took the "No Tanning" pledge by March 5 were also entered to win prizes. View the pledge page...


"Head-to-Toe Happiness" contest

Mar. 3, 2013
Students had a chance to win free Ray-Ban sunglasses or a jumbo gift basket with fun-in-the-sun essentials, just in time for spring break! Sponsored by the UHS Pharmacy and Eye Care Services. Deadline was March 3. 


Celebrate life at every size

Feb. 28, 2013
Author and activist Ragen Chastain came to UMass Amherst Feb. 28, with two free events focused on positive body image. "Every Body Dance", a fun dance class for all sizes, ages and abilities. "The Positive Body" presentation offered real options for health, happiness and high self-esteem. View the flyer...


Forums on tobacco-free initiative

Feb. 21, 2013
All members of the campus community are invited to attend an open meeting about the Tobacco-Free UMass initiative. 

The 90-minute sessions will include a presentation and opportunity for questions. Release time for employees will be provided whenever practicable.

Meetings will take place:

• Thu., Feb. 28, noon, Campus Center 101

• Wed., March 6, 

4 p.m., Campus Center Reading Room

• Thu., March 7, 7 p.m., Campus Center 101

• Wed., March 13, 

5:30 a.m., Student Union, Cape Cod Lounge

• Thu., March 28, noon, Student Union, Cape Cod Lounge

Presenters are:

• Ann Becker, UHS Public Health Nurse

• Robert Horowitz, UHS Family Physician

• Akshay Kapoor, SGA President

• Sally Linowski, Assistant Dean of Students

• Wilmore Webley, Associate Professor of Microbiology 


It's Bedtime! 

Feb. 20, 2013
By students, about students, for students, Not Ready for Bedtime Players’ shows are smart, sexy, funny and always different. 

See the poster!


Spring support groups

Feb. 11, 2013
The Center for Counseling and Psychological Health is offering a series of support groups during the spring semester. Feb. 11, 2013 The Center for Counseling and Psychological Health is offering a series of support groups during the spring semester.


Talk focuses on manhood, ending violence

Feb. 5, 2013
Ted Bunch, co-founder of A Call to Men comes to campus Wednesday, Feb. 5, with a powerful presentation on manhood and ending violence against women. The talk begins at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom; admission is free. More...


February 1, 2013
Stuff happens ... and when it does, the Medical Reserve Corps is ready. Are you ready to make a difference and have fun? Check out our spring semester 


UHS earns accreditations

Jan. 31, 2013
UHS has been reaccredited by two independent national organizations focused on healthcare excellence. More...


Walk-in flu clinics at UHS

Jan. 22, 2013
Students and other UHS patients

Walk-in flu vaccinations are available Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at UHS' public health office, on the first floor of the health center. 

You can also make an appointment to be vaccinated; call (413) 577-5101. If you already have an appointment with a UHS provider, you can be vaccinated at the same time – just ask!

Vaccinations will be billed to your health insurance; remember to bring your plan’s ID card with you. 

Both injected and inhaled forms of the flu vaccine are available. 


Online health ed course 

Jan. 22, 2013
All first-year UMass Amherst students are required to complete and pass MyStudentBody Essentials, an online health education course by Friday, Feb. 15 to avoid a registration hold. Here's how...


Choose your health insurance plan now

Jan. 22, 2013
All full-time students are automatically enrolled in the Student Health Benefit Plan (SHBP) and charged on the semester's tuition bill. If you already have qualifying health insurance, you must waive the SHBP before the end of the Add/Drop period to avoid enrollment and charges. More information...


Counseling center schedule change

Jan. 22, 2013
When UMass Amherst closes or is delayed due to weather or other emergency, routine mental health appointments at the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health will be rescheduled. For 24/7 mental health advice, call UHS, (413) 577-5000. In a life-threatening emergency, always call 911. 



Just what the doctor ordered...and now, even more!

Jan. 21, 2013
Shop the UHS Pharmacy's new, expanded over-the-counter products department and save! Health and beauty products, snacks, cold drinks...all at low, student-friendly prices! More...


UHS now offers ear piercing

Jan. 18, 2013
UHS now offers ear piercing to patients four months of age and older. Choose from our assortment of starter jewelry and have your ears pierced in a safe medical setting. Piercing services are not covered by health insurance. Call (413) 577-5101 to schedule an appointment. 


Bedtime Players perform for high school

Jan. 17, 2013
Members of the Center for Health Promotion's Not Ready for Bedtime Players performed for more than 600 South Hadley High School students and their families recently. All attending the school's Winter Cotillion saw the show, which emphasized abstinence from alcohol and other drugs. Cheers go out to Players Faniel Adames, Dillon Crockett, Derek Luthi, Matt Martel, Kalpita Patel, Ines Tamajong and alum Yevin Roh, along with troupe director Amanda Collings Vann of the CHP. More about the Players...