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Jan. 1, 2018 will see the UMass Amherst Minuteman Marching Band performing in the world famous Rose Parade as part of the Tournament of Roses in Pasadena, California. The band’s Road to the Roses has been marked by many extra hours of rehearsals and marching practice.  
Band marching
The Board of Higher Education (BHE) voted Dec. 12 to allow students who relocated to Massachusetts from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands because of Hurricane Maria to pay in-state tuition at UMass campuses, state universities and community colleges. The rate break will be in effect through...
Hurricane damage in Puerto Rico
By a 55-45 percent margin, undergraduates voted last week to approve a fee increase to provide half the funding for a $50 million renovation of the Student Union. The other half of the funding will be a $25 million capital expenditure by the university, campus officials said. The renovation plan...
Student Union Building

Prompted by concerns over the House version of the Republican tax plan, the Graduate Student Senate has developed an online calculator that allows graduate students to assess how they might be affected by the legislation. Students can enter their income, tuition, filing status and number of dependents into the calculator and receive an estimate of their potential tax liability.

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Dominique Alfandari, veterinary and animal sciences, recently received a four-year, $1 million National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant to produce and characterize monoclonal antibodies to proteins in a species of frog, Xenopus, used as a model system for developmental biology and human diseases...
Dominique Alfandari, right, and Hélène Cousin
The following statement was sent to the campus community on Dec. 7: Earlier this semester, the Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) hosted a town hall as part of its Safe at Work campaign that underscored the need to rebuild trust between administrators and students and work as effective collaborators...
Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy
Through Dec. 19, when you donate to any nonprofit organization through the annual UMass Amherst Community Campaign (UMACC) you will automatically be entered to win a $300 Amazon gift card, courtesy of Amazon@UMass, and other prizes. UMACC is the workplace giving program that allows UMass Amherst...
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Mary Lynn Boscardin, professor of special education, was voted president-elect of the Council for Exceptional Children’s  board of directors in its most recent member-wide election this fall. She will begin her one-year tenure on Jan. 1.

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Mary Lynn Boscardin
The board of directors of the Five College Consortium has appointed Sarah Pfatteicher, associate dean for academic affairs and a research professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, to be its new executive director. Chosen in a national search that considered some 200 candidates, Pfatteicher...
Sarah Pfatteicher
The university on Nov. 30 held the first of four scheduled walk-in vaccination clinics in the Student Union to protect students against meningococcal disease. The clinic was to be open from noon to 6 p.m. By 4 p.m., about 1,000 students had been vaccinated. Following extensive testing of the two...
Getting a shot

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