People

Ronald R. Vanasse, 74, of Hadley, a retired carpenter with Alterations and Physical Plant, died Feb. 9 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton. Born in Northampton, he grew up in Hadley and graduated from Hopkins Academy in 1958. He served in the U.S. Army from 1963-65. A carpenter by...
Sabra MacLeod
Sabra Rogers MacLeod, 90, formerly of Amherst, retired assistant professor in Spanish and Portuguese, died Feb. 5, in Leeds. Born in Springfield, she grew up in Amherst, and attended Amherst schools, where she graduated as valedictorian in 1942. She received her bachelor’s, magna cum laude,...
Fran O’Leary
Fran O’Leary, who has experience at multiple levels of collegiate soccer and has spent time coaching at the professional level, has been named head coach of the men’s soccer team. O’Leary has 17 winning campaigns and 234 career victories in 24 years as a college head coach, while...
Ayano Kataoka (Aestheticize Media photo)
Percussionist Ayano Kataoka of the music and dance department faculty performed Feb. 3 with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center at Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall in what the New York Times called “one of the society’s most imaginative lineups.” “During a...
Keith Rayner
Keith Rayner, 71, of La Jolla, Calif., Distinguished Professor emeritus in psychology, died Jan. 21 of multiple myeloma in San Diego. Born in Dover, England, his family emigrated to the U.S. in 1949 and settled in Salt Lake City. He attended the University of Utah, where he received his B.S. and...
Genny Beemyn
Stonewall Center director Genny Beemyn received the Award for Research and Assessment from the Consortium of Higher Education LGBT Resource Professionals on Feb. 5 during the Creating Change Conference in Denver. The award recognizes exceptional work brought to the profession and to the greater...
Paul Collins
“Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings and Constitutional Change,” co-authored by associate professor of political science Paul M. Collins, Jr. and Lori Ringhand of the University of Georgia School of Law, was selected last month as a Choice magazine Outstanding Academic Title for 2014....
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“SOS—Calling All Black People: A Black Arts Movement Reader,” edited by professors John H. Bracey Jr. and James Smethurst of Afro-American studies and poet Sonia Sanchez and published by the UMass Press, is a February Pick by Essence Magazine. Patrik Henry Bass of Essence calls...
Mari Castañeda
Professor Mari Castañeda of the department of communication has been appointed as the first Chancellor’s Leadership Fellow, effective at the beginning of the spring semester. Castañeda will be mentored by John McCarthy, dean of the Graduate School, where she will be developing...
Janet Fink, professor in the Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management in the Isenberg School of Management, has been named the recipient of the 2015 Earle F. Zeigler Lecture Award by the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM). The Zeigler Award, the most prestigious award...

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