AMHERST, Mass. - On May 12 from 4 to 6 p.m., two monuments will be unveiled on the concourse level of the University of Massachusetts Murray D. Lincoln Campus Center. One monument honors faculty members who have received the Distinguished Teaching Award (DTA). The other honors teaching assistants who have won the same award. The DTA is the University’s highest award for teaching excellence. The event is free and open to the public.
AMHERST, Mass. - A classic film of the feminist movement directed by University of Massachusetts School of Education professor Liane Brandon has been nominated for inclusion in the National Film Registry. It will be shown at a special screening in Washington, D.C., May 13, and Brandon has been invited to introduce it.
AMHERST, Mass. - Laurie Brown, professor of geosciences at the University of Massachusetts, has received a Fulbright Research Scholarship which will take her to Norway for six months during the year 2000. She will conduct research at the prestigious Norwegian Geologic Survey in Trondheim. Her work has previously taken her to locations as diverse as the Adirondacks, the Southwestern United States, Hawaii, and South America.
AMHERST, Mass. - Rudolph Crew, chancellor of the Board of Education of the City of New York and a UMass alumnus, will deliver the main address at the 129th Commencement of the University of Massachusetts, to be held at 10:30 a.m. on Sun. May 23, in Warren P. McGuirk Alumni Stadium. Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Jane Swift will attend the ceremonies to deliver the greetings of the commonwealth. Approximately 4,000 undergraduates are candidates for bachelor’s degrees.
AMHERST, Mass. - Johnnetta B. Cole, the first African-American woman to serve as president of Spelman College since its founding in 1881, has been named this spring''s University of Massachusetts Eleanor Bateman Alumni Scholar in Residence. She will visit the campus April 27-May 1 to lecture, speak to classes, and meet informally with faculty and students.
AMHERST, Mass. - University of Massachusetts English professor Mart?n Espada has been named the winner of a 1999 Independent Publisher Book Award for his first collection of essays, "Zapata''s Disciple" (South End Press, 1998). An award-winning poet, Espada was chosen in the creative non-fiction/memoir category. More than 1,200 titles were considered for the 1999 "IPPY" Awards in all categories.
AMHERST, Mass. - University of Massachusetts sport studies professor Glenn Wong will deliver the fourth and final lecture in this year’s Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series Tues. April 6 at 4 p.m. in Memorial Hall. The event is free and open to the public. A reception immediately follows the lecture.
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni Association will present its annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Tues. April 6 at noon in the Great Hall of the Massachusetts State House. Attendance is by invitation, but reporters are welcome.
AMHERST, Mass. - John Alderete, a University of Massachusetts graduate student in linguistics, has been awarded a $40,000 Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship for Minorities. Alderete, who completed his dissertation last month and will receive his Ph.D. in May, is one of 25 minority scholars nationwide to receive a Ford fellowship in the 1999 competition. Linguistics is the study of the nature and structure of human language.