The Campus Chronicle
Vol. XVII, Issue 41
for the Amherst campus of the University of Massachusetts
August 23, 2002

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Weekly Bulletin

Graduate degree requirements

Graduate program directors are reminded to inform candidates expecting to receive graduate degrees dated Sept. 1, 2002, that all requirements must be completed and all documents submitted to the Graduate School's Office of Degree Requirements, 534A Goodell, by Friday, Aug. 30. No extension of this deadline will be granted and no certifications made retroactively, according to Patricia Stowell, graduate registrar.

Human Resources Information Center adds office hours

To accommodate an anticipated increase in customers at the beginning of the semester, the Human Resources Information Center on the third floor of the Whitmore Administration Building will be open between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. from Monday, Aug. 26 through Friday, Sept. 27.

Effective Monday, Sept. 30, the center will return to its current schedule of 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Annual Community Breakfast scheduled for Aug. 29

The annual Community Breakfast will be held Thursday, Aug. 29, 7:30-9 a.m. at the Franklin Dining Commons.

Hosted by the University in cooperation with the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce, the event is an opportunity for members of the academic, business and civic communities to discuss the school year ahead. The breakfast is open to the public.

The cost is $5 per person, payable at the door. Limited parking is available in Lot 62; carpooling is advised.

For reservations, call 5-4200 by Aug. 24.

Free SOMWBA workshop to be held in Springfield

The State Office of Minority and Women Business Assistance (SOMWBA) is sponsoring a free certification workshop for minority- or women-owned businesses on Thursday, Sept. 12, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Springfield Enterprise Center, One Federal St., Springfield. The session will present the requirements for state and federal transportation certification.

Professional staff will provide instruction on completing the certification application and competing in public markets. All SOMWBA applicants must attend one workshop. Pre-registration is required. For information and a registration package, call (617) 973-8692, or log onto the SOMWBA Web site ( and register online.

Subjects sought for study of insulin and exercise

Researchers in Exercise Science are seeking subjects for a study of the relationship between insulin and exercise.

Volunteers should be non-physically active women ages 18-45 who are not diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and are not using birth control pills. Participants will receive a bone density scan, body fat analysis, blood sugar profile and five days of personalized, supervised exercise.

For more information, contact Carrie Sharoff at 5-8211 or 5-4959 or by e-mail (

Parking Services extends hours

Beginning Thursday, Aug. 29 through Wednesday, Sept. 4, Parking Services will be open from 8 a.m. until 5:45 p.m.

Parking Services will be open on Labor Day, Sept. 2 from 8 a.m. until 3:45 p.m.

Beginning Thursday, Sept. 5, Parking Services' hours of operation will be 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Those hours will remain in effect until further notice.

Breast-feeding and bone density study

Researchers are recruiting women for a study on breast-feeding and bone density. If you are breast-feeding or pregnant and planning to breast-feed, and want to know more about your bone density, contact Karen Pearce at 374-3091 (days), 367-9742 (evenings), or via e-mail (klp@anthro.

Employee non-degree student applications

University employees holding baccalaureate degrees who wish to use their employee waivers to take courses this fall must apply or renew their status through the Graduate Records Office as non-degree graduate students, even if seeking enrollment in undergraduate level courses.

Application/registration and tuition waiver forms are available through the Graduate Records Office, 534 Goodell.

Course registration using the telephone registration system begins Aug. 28 and continues through Sept. 17. Tuition and fee waivers are taxable and appropriate withholding will be deducted from paychecks during the fall semester.

For information, call the Graduate records Office at 5-0024.

Dean of Students Office seeks judicial hearing officers

The Dean of Students Office is looking for faculty and staff to serve as judicial hearing officers during the 2002-03 academic year. In preparation for becoming a hearing officer, each person must take part in a two-hour training session which will include an explanation and review of the hearing process, a discussion of the Code of Student Conduct and a "walk-through" of an actual hearing. For those who are interested, an additional session will be offered to focus on issues of sexual assault, rape and any other uninvited sexual behavior.

After their training, hearing officers are contacted on an as-needed basis. Working in teams of three to five, usually including faculty, staff and student representatives, the boards hear cases and forward recommendations to the dean of students, who is responsible for notifying students and imposing any disciplinary sanctions.

Training sessions will be held in the Student Affairs Conference Room, 319 Whitmore on Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2-4 p.m. and Wednesday, Sept. 25 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Interested persons should sign up for one of the two training sessions. Faculty and staff who wish to become hearing officers should contact Paul Vasconcellos, assistant dean of students, at 5-2684 or by e-mail ( by Friday, Aug. 23 for the first session and by Friday, Sept. 20 for the second session.

Volunteers needed for New Student Convocation

Volunteers are needed to assist with the welcoming events for the Class of 2006. The New Student Convocation needs volunteers to welcome new students and assist seating them at the Mullins Center. Volunteers should report to the north doors of the Mullins Center at 6:45 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 1. Wearing UMass attire or UMass colors is encouraged.

For more information, contact Michael Wiseman at 5-3600.

Volunteers are also needed for the carnival for the Go on Day One and Day Two Activities (Sept. 2-3, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.) To volunteer, contact Lloyd Henley, Campus Activities, at 5-3600.

Faculty, staff and retirees may volunteer to participate in either event.

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