AMHERST, Mass. - The Graduate School at the University of Massachusetts will hold its Commencement ceremony Sat., May 26 at 10:30 a.m. in the William D. Mullins Memorial Center. Approximately 1,300 graduate students are candidates for master’s or doctoral degrees. Three honorary degrees will be conferred during the ceremony. The recipients are: Ali A. Al-Shamlan, director general of the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences; Florence Schorske Wald, founding board member of Hospice Inc.; and Harris Wofford, former head of the Corporation for National Service. There will be no keynote speaker.
AMHERST, Mass. - The Darden Restaurants Foundation has contributed $50,000 to the University of Massachusetts department of hotel, restaurant, and travel administration (HRTA) to help build a new teaching and research facility that will offer HRTA students the chance to learn principles of good management and high-quality service through practical experience.
AMHERST, Mass. - The University of Massachusetts has announced the names of three professors and two teaching assistants who have received 2000-01 Distinguished Teaching Awards; three professors who have received Samuel F. Conti Faculty Fellowships Awards; and three faculty and staff who have received Distinguished Academic Outreach Awards. In addition, the University has also announced two recipients of the 2000-01 Outstanding Academic Advisor Award.
AMHERST, Mass. - UMass tornado researchers are heading back to the Great Plains to spend tornado season testing new ways to detect and predict the swirling storms. UMass faculty member and tornado chaser Andrew Pazmany and graduate student Vidhya Thyagarajan conduct research with the University''s highly-regarded Microwave Remote Sensing Laboratory. Their work is funded by the National Science Foundation and the University, and is conducted in collaboration with Prof. Howard Bluestein and his graduate students at the University of Oklahoma.
AMHERST, Mass. - Dean E. Robinson, assistant professor of political science at the University of Massachusetts, has been awarded a two-year, $100,000 fellowship from the Center for Advancement of Health and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to study health disparities at the Harvard University Center for Society and Health.
AMHERST, Mass. - Stephen J. Harris, a medieval language and culture scholar, has joined the English department at the University of Massachusetts as an assistant professor. Harris teaches courses in Old English, the study of the epic poem Beowulf, the history of the English language, general literature, and the history of reading.
AMHERST, Mass. - Despite the recent downturn in the economy, soon-to-be college graduates shouldn’t be frightened off by reports of layoffs, says Joan Stoia, director of the Campus Career Network at the University of Massachusetts.
AMHERST, Mass. - The following statement was issued by University of Massachusetts Chancellor David K. Scott regarding the earlier announcement that the University planned to award an honorary doctorate degree to Judith I. Gill, Chancellor of the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, and a 1972 graduate of the University.
AMHERST, Mass. - Jeff Taylor, chief executive officer of Monster.com, will speak at the undergraduate Commencement of the University of Massachusetts, Sun., May 27 at 10 a.m. in Warren P. McGuirk Alumni Stadium. Taylor will receive a bachelor’s degree from University Without Walls during the ceremonies. Keynote speaker at the event is Emmy Award-winning actor Kelsey Grammer. Finance major Karen Borsetti, of Beverly, is student speaker.