The Campus Chronicle
Vol. XVIII, Issue 9
for the Amherst campus of the University of Massachusetts
October 25 , 2002

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Weekly Bulletin

Blood drive

The Hampshire County Chapter of the American Red Cross will conduct a blood drive on Monday, Oct. 28, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., in 174 Lincoln Campus Center.

Retirement reception for Kevin Aiken

A reception honoring Kevin Aiken, who retired in June as director of the Division of Continuing Education, will be held Thursday, Nov. 7, 4-6:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Alfond Management Center, Isenberg School.

All members of the University community are invited to attend the event and thank Aiken for his 22 years of campus service.

Advisory issued on 'W' deadline

All faculty and advisors are asked to remind undergraduates in their classes and departments that they have until Monday, Oct. 28 to drop a class with a "W." Doing so will have no adverse impact on their cumulative average. A "W" on one's transcript is nearly always preferable to an "F," according to Pamela Marsh-Williams associate dean and director of the Undergraduate Advising and Academic Support Center.

For more information, students should contact the office of their academic dean.

"If you have not already done so, I urge you to provide some feedback to students on their performance in advance of this date," says Marsh-Williams. "Such information would encourage those who need it to get additional help in time to make a difference in their performance as well as enable students to make a more informed decision on whether to continue in a course beyond the Oct. 28 deadline."

Faculty Senate meeting

The Faculty Senate will meet Thursday, Oct. 31 at 3:30 p.m. in 227 Herter Hall.

New address for TelCom Office

Telecommunication Services is moving this week to new offices on University Drive. The new address is:

Telecommunication Services
University of Massachusetts
101 University Dr. Suite B1
Amherst, MA 01002-2282

The front line telephone will be TelCom Customer Service, 5-2171.

TelCom will continue to be served by Campus Mail and its phone numbers,
e-mail addresses and Web addresses remain the same.

Renaissance Center tours

Informal guided tours of the Renaissance Center's collections and facilities are offered every Friday from 2-5 p.m.

The center is located at 650 East Pleasant St.

Retirement reception for Norman Aitken

A retirement reception for Norman Aitken will be held Thursday, Nov. 7, 4-6 p.m. at the University Club.

Aitken joined the Economic Department faculty in 1964. He has served as chair of the Economics Department, deputy provost and most recently as vice provost for Instructional Technology. Among the programs developed under his leadership are the Lilly Teaching Fellows, Center For Teaching, Learning Support Services and Commonwealth College.

There will be a cash bar at the reception. Donations may be made payable to the Norman Aitken Gift Fund and forwarded to Kathy Godek, Provost's Office, 362 Whitmore, by Nov. 1.

Breast-feeding and bone density study

A research project is 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 (

Older men needed for Exercise Science study

The Exercise Science Department is seeking healthy men, 60-75 years old, for a research project of antioxidant supplementation and its possible benefits in maintaining muscle mass during periods of injury, illness or disuse.

Participants will be compensated $150. If interested, contact Maria at 5-4959 or by e-mail (

Female volunteers sought for Nursing demonstration

Female volunteers above 25 years of age are needed for a training demonstration for registered nurses enrolled in the School of Nursing's M.S. with Nurse Practitioner major. A nurse practitioner faculty member will conduct a safe, normal gynecological exam and health history interview with the volunteers.

Participants will be paid $40 per 60-minute session.

For further information, call the Nursing Learning Resource Center at 5-5099.

OIT offers 'Thesis Formatting' workshop

The Office of Information Technologies is offering the workshop "Thesis Formatting with Microsoft Word for Windows - for UMass Graduate Students" on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 9 a.m. to noon.

The workshop formatting features used in the writing of a thesis or dissertation at UMass using Microsoft Word for Windows. Template files will be distributed for Word 97, Word 2000 or WordXP - registrants must tell OIT which version of Word they are using when registering.

Topics include general formatting, page numbering, footnotes/endnotes, table of contents, and bibliography. The workshop costs $10.

Pre-registration is required; stop by A118 Lederle Graduate Research Center.

More information is available by e-mail ( or by calling 5-9730.

School of Nursing seeks pregnant volunteers

Pregnant woman (5 months or more) are needed to participate in physical exams by qualified Nursing faculty as part of a demonstration for students in the B.S. Nursing program on Wednesday, Nov. 20. Volunteers should be available for one hour in either the morning or afternoon.

Participants will be paid $25.

Call the Nursing Learning Resource Center at 5-5099 for further information.

UMass Arts Council grant deadline

Grant applications for projects and events scheduled for after Nov. 4 should be submitted to the UMass Arts Council by noon on Wednesday, Oct. 30. Student groups, academic departments and other UMass organizations are eligible to apply for up to $750 to support arts events on campus. Individuals may not apply for the grants.

Grant guidelines are available at the Campus Activities Office in the Student Union or from the Arts Council in 101-103 Hasbrouck Lab. Forms also can be downloaded from the council's Web site (

Council staff are available to consult on the application process. Call 5-0202 to arrange an appointment.

Bracelet found

An engraved, silver bracelet was found near the south side of the Alfond Management Center on Oct. 18. Contact Barbara Pitoniak, 5-0444.

Center For Teaching offers series on teaching large classes

Faculty who teach or expect to teach a large class (60 or more students) are invited to join the Center For Teaching's fall's seminar series on "Teaching Large Classes Well." The seminars will provide an opportunity to talk with colleagues about the special challenges large classes pose and to exchange ideas about what works and what does not.

"Teaching the Masses: Managing a Large Lecture Class," will be presented by professor Richard Halgin of the Psychology Department, on Tuesday, Nov. 5. The series continues on Tuesday, Dec. 3 when professor Richard Rogers of Resource Economics will present "Finding Your Lecturing Voice in the Forest of Technology Tools."

Both workshops include a luncheon at 12:15 p.m. Each session will begin at 12:30 p.m.

To register for either session, contact the Center For Teaching at 5-1225 or by e-mail ( Online registration is also available (www.umass. edu/cft).

The deadline to register for "Teaching the Masses: Managing a Large Lecture Class" is Thursday, Oct. 31. The deadline for "Finding Your Lecturing Voice in the Forest of Technology Tools" is Wednesday, Nov. 27.

Distinguished Faculty Lecture rescheduled

Citing a scheduling conflict, the Provost's Office has changed the date of the Distinguished Faculty Lecture by Biochemistry and Molecular Biology professor Maurille Fournier to Monday, Nov. 18 at 4 p.m. in the Massachusetts Room of the Mullins Center.

Whipple and Cahoon to address Weekly Sports Luncheon

Hockey coach Don "Toot" Cahoon and football coach Mark Whipple will be the guest speakers at the Weekly Sports Luncheon on Wednesday, Oct. 30 at noon in 1009 Lincoln Campus Center.

The buffet lunch is $6.50. Call 5-4289 for reservations.

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