UMass Amherst Convocation to Honor President William Bulger Sept. 26 in Campus Center Auditorium

AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts will celebrate the inauguration of President William Bulger and confer the Chancellor’s Medal on eight persons who have contributed significantly to the campus in special convocation ceremonies to be held Friday Sept. 26 at 3 p.m. in the Campus Center Auditorium. The public is invited.

The ceremonies will begin with a processional from the Fine Arts Center to the Campus Center beginning at 2:30 p.m. Chancellor David Scott will offer the welcome and opening remarks at the convocation. President Bulger will deliver the principal address.

The convocation is one of the highlights of the UMass Festival, a day-long series of events spotlighting campus programs and departments. The festival also falls during Homecoming Weekend, which this year also marks the 50th anniversaries of the College of Engineering and the School of Management and the 25th anniversaries of the Women’s Studies Program, the Everywoman’s Center, and the Faculty Senate Council on the Status of Women. In addition, Crossworlds 1997: A Conversation, featuring Coretta Scott King, widow of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and former Colorado congresswoman Patricia Schroeder, will take place Thursday Sept. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Mullins Center.

The Chancellor’s Medal is the highest award given by the campus in recognition of service to the University. Recipients of the award are:

Tso-Cheng Chang, owner of Amherst Chinese Foods and Chang Farms Inc., the largest bean sprout operation on the east coast. Chang earned his doctorate in plant and soil sciences at the University in 1973.

Kathleen A. Cote, president and chief executive officer of Computervision, an international supplier of desktop and product development software and services based in Bedford, Mass. Cote is a 1971 alumna of the University.

Evan S. Dobelle, president of Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. A former mayor of Pittsfield, chief of protocol for the White House, and president of Middlesex Community College, Dobelle received an M.Ed. from UMass in 1970, followed by an Ed.D. in 1987.

Francis J. Guiliano, currently the owner of Rite-Now Container Co., a Cincinnati, Ohio-based manufacturer. He was formerly the chairman and chief executive officer of three public and two private companies. Guiliano was named 1981 Alumnus of the Year by the School of Management, from which he received his undergraduate degree in 1959.

Jerome Mileur, professor of political science, minor league baseball team owner, and co-founder of the University’s Jackie Robinson Initiative, an innovative 1996-97 in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s breaking baseball’s color barrier.

E. Ann Sheridan, assistant dean of the School of Nursing. Sheridan, who received an Ed.D. from the University in 1983, is honors coordinator for the School of Nursing and serves on the executive board for the school’s alumni association. She has also served on the University’s strategic planning committee and the task force on teaching as well as the honors committee of the Faculty Senate’s Academic Matters Council.

David Tirrell, Barrett Professor of Polymer Science and Engineering since 1992. Tirrell has been awarded numerous citations for teaching excellence at the University. He received his master’s and doctoral degrees in polymer science and engineering from UMass in 1976 and 1978 respectively.

Robert C. Wiesel, chairman and chief executive officer of Stone & Webster Engineering Corp., Boston. Wiesel is a 1972 UMass alumnus.