The Campus Chronicle
Vol. XVII, Issue 16
for the Amherst campus of the University of Massachusetts
January 11, 2002

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Mark Morel, chief engineer for the Video Instructional Program, installs a video data projector in a Marcus Hall classroom Mark Morel, chief engineer for the Video Instructional Program, installs a video data projector in a Marcus Hall classroom used for Engineering and Computer Science courses as well as distance learning classes. (Stan Sherer photo)

Early retirement, other steps may yield some cost savings
Nearly 300 campus employees crowded into an early retirement session Monday morning to hear the details of a incentive package aimed at reducing the state payroll by 6,700 jobs.

Unions offered incentives for reducing costs
As the campus moves to reduce spending and possibly minimize layoffs, campus employees from three bargaining units are being offered a slate of cost-savings options, ranging from voluntary reductions in force to reduced work weeks, unpaid leaves and 43-week work years.

State’s revenues continue slide
Although lawmakers slashed state spending by some $650 million last month, a reported drop in state revenues in December has some officials worried that more budget cuts may be needed this fiscal year.

Jackson announces intention to step down as Education dean
School of Education Dean Bailey W. Jackson is resigning as dean at the end of August to return to the faculty, according to interim Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost Charlena Seymour, who announced the decision on Dec. 20.

University Controller resigns; interim successor named
Janet Wancyzk, who served as University controller for the past 12 years, has been named vice president for administration and chief fiscal officer at Springfield Technical Community College.

Sport Studies moves to Skinner
In this game of musical chairs, everyone got a seat. As some Consumer Studies faculty and staff moved from offices in Skinner Hall to new spaces around campus Jan. 9-10, Sport Studies left Curry Hicks for Skinner, and Fine Arts Center, Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) and College of Food and Natural Resources personnel moved into Curry Hicks.

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