Faculty & Staff Newsletter
Pat Vittum, professor of entomology in the Stockbridge School of Agriculture, and associate director in the Center for Agriculture, Food and the Environment, has retired after 37 years of service to the University of Massachusetts Amherst. This year, Vittum was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (see “Vittum Honored with National Award” in this issue). This follows the Green Section Award from the United States Golf Association in 2015.
Carolyn DeMoranville, director of the UMass Cranberry Station since 2002, has retired. DeMoranville, daughter of Irving “Dee” DeMoranville, station director from 1981 to 1996, is an expert on the cultivation of cranberries with an interest in the environmental sustainability of the crop.
Donna McKemmie, long time Personnel Manager in the CNS Administrative Services office, has retired. McKemmie has worked on campus for 39 years.
A New Position
Robert Skalbite, currently assistant superintendent of the Hadley Farm, will become Interim Farm Manager in early June. This new position will oversee operations of the Crops and Animal Farm in South Deerfield, the Joseph Troll Turf Research Center, and the Cold Spring Orchard Research and Education Center in Belchertown as well as the Hadley Farm. The one-year appointment is intended to pilot the viability of this type of management structure for the farms. Bob graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sustainable food and farming in May of 2014. He also runs his family's farm in Monson Mass. where he raises belted galloway cattle, pigs and poultry.