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Minuteman offensive coordinator Kevin Morris was promoted Jan. 19 to replace head coach Don Brown, who resigned earlier this month to take over as defensive coordinator at the University of Maryland.

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Art professor Michael Coblyn marched with two of his sons in the inaugural parade as part of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment, the ceremonial unit of the Massachusetts National Guard.

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The UMass Police Department’s Honor Guard presented the colors at the Boston Celtics vs. Houston Rockets basketball game on Jan. 8 at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston.

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Political Science professor Peter Haas, an expert in global environmental governance issues, has been invited by the Obama administration to attend the presidential inauguration on Jan. 20.

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Arlene A. Morrell, 82, of Florence, a retired senior clerk, died Jan. 12 at home of pancreatic cancer.

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Gertrude Mary (Kelley) Goularte, 93, of Medfield, a former junior clerk and stenographer, died Jan. 11 at Riverbend of South Natick.

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Marcella Runell-Hall, a doctoral student in the School of Education, is one of 10 graduate students in the nation to be recognized with the K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Awards by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U).

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After five seasons as head football coach, Don Brown last week resigned to become the new defensive coordinator for the University of Maryland.

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Cristine Smith, assistant professor in the Department of Educational Policy, Research and Administration, has received a Commonwealth Corporation assistantship for research and evaluation activities supporting Youth Pathways Projects.

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Vincent Ilardi, 83, formerly of Sunderland, professor emeritus of History, died Jan. 6 at the Loomis House Nursing Center in Holyoke.

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