Headliners

Rev. J. Joseph Quigley, 81, longtime director of the Newman Center and chaplain to thousands of UMass Amherst students and alumni, died June 9 in Amherst after an extended illness. “Father Joe,” as he was known to many students, was in his 50th year as a priest.

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The Center for International Education (CIE) is playing a key role in designing and providing health education and literacy training to women in war-torn Afghanistan through its Learning for Life program.

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The long-awaited UMass Amherst license plate program is officially under way.

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A new master’s degree concentration in Food Science Policy has been established by the Department of Food Science and the Center for Public Policy and Administration.

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Three peregrine falcon chicks were removed from the nest box on the Du Bois Library roof and banded May 31 by two staff from the state Division of Fisheries and Wildlife''s Connecticut Valley District.

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Campus officials, alumnus Bill Cosby and regional school district representatives from the Athol-Orange and Gill-Montague areas will celebrate the inaugural year of the “Bridges to the Future” teacher preparation and community improvement program on June 2.

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Janet Rifkin, interim dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences since 2002, has been appointed permanently by Charlena M. Seymour, provost and senior vice chancellor for Academic Affairs, following a national search.

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Gerald “Jay” Schafer, interim director of Libraries for the past 16 months, has been appointed to the permanent post following a national search.

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The stage at Bowker Auditorium was decorated with flowers for the 83rd Commencement of the Stockbridge School of Agriculture on May 21 as associate''s degrees were conferred on about 100 students in six majors.

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Under damp, cloudy and occasionally rainy skies, approximately 4,000 candidates received bachelor’s degrees in nearly 100 majors during the 135th undergraduate Commencement on May 22.

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