AMHERST, Mass. - University of Massachusetts alumnus Bruce Penniman has been named the 1998-99 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year by the state Department of Education. Penniman was selected from more than 400 nominees for the 36th annual state award. A formal ceremony at the State House in Boston is scheduled for Sept. 23 with Acting Governor Paul Cellucci and Education Commissioner David Driscoll attending.
AMHERST, Mass. - Nancy L. Garrabrants has been named director of the Stockbridge School of Agriculture at the University of Massachusetts. She had been a faculty member and director of undergraduate affairs in the department of plant and soil sciences. Robert Helgesen, dean of the College of Food and Natural Resources (CFNR), announced the appointment, which took effect June 1.
AMHERST, Mass. - Dennis M. Hanno has been appointed Associate Dean for Undergraduate Matters at the Isenberg School of Management. Hanno succeeds long-time undergraduate dean George Spiro who died last December. A faculty member since 1992 with the Isenberg School’s department of accounting and information systems, Hanno was previously on the faculty at the Boston College School of Management.
AMHERST, Mass. - A group of volunteers at the University of Massachusetts is bringing the garden in the courtyard of the W.E.B. Du Bois Library back to life. The effort is spearheaded by library staff members themselves.
Alumnus Lauded for Dissertation in Nuclear Physics
AMHERST, Mass. - Yury G. Kolomensky, who earned his doctorate in nuclear physics at the University of Massachusetts in 1997, has received the Dissertation in Nuclear Physics Award from the American Physical Society’s division of nuclear physics.
AMHERST, Mass. - University of Massachusetts alumnus Keith N. Haffer, originally of Belmont, is the president of a South Dakota company that has licensed from the University of Massachusetts Medical Center the exclusive, worldwide rights to an issued patent for veterinary applications of DNA Vaccines for Rotavirus Infections.
AMHERST, Mass. - When University of Massachusetts alumna Dr. Mapule F. Ramashala – one of South Africa’s leading figures in higher education – visits the Five Colleges on Thurs., April 23 and Fri., April 24 prior to being installed as the Vice Chancellor of the University of Durban-Westville on May 6, she will meet with numerous University faculty and staff who have ongoing relationships with the young republic of South Africa.
AMHERST, Mass. - Robert Meers, president and chief executive officer of Reebok Brands, a 1966 graduate of the University of Massachusetts, will speak at UMass at 3 p.m., Tues. April 21 in Memorial Hall. A reception will follow. Both the talk and the reception are free and open to the public.
AMHERST, Mass. - Miriam Zoll, one of the originators of the national "Take Our Daughters to Work" campaign and a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, will visit UMass Thurs., April 23 to participate in the campus’s fifth annual celebration of "Take Our Daughters to Work" Day. Zoll will offer two separate talks, both of which are open to the public, as part of the day’s activities.
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts Alumni Association will present its annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Thurs. April 9 at noon in the Great Hall of the Massachusetts State House. Attendance at the ceremonies is by invitation only, but reporters are welcome.