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Returning undergraduates who were admitted prior to 1986 will now be required to fulfill General Education requirements to obtain their degrees, according to a May 16 vote of the Faculty Senate.

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Robert Wilson of Hospitality and Tourism Management was reelected presiding officer of the Faculty Senate at its May 16 meeting. Senators also returned Biology professor Brian O’Connor to his post as delegate to the Board of Trustees.

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In an effort to increase faculty awareness about sexual assault and relationship violence, the Faculty Senate voted May 16 to distribute annual data reports and a resource guide to all academic departments, faculty and teaching assistants.

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The Senate Ways and Means Committee is recommending an increase of about $18 million for the University system in fiscal 2006, Sen. Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst) told the Faculty Senate May 16.

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Changes aimed at expanding oversight of study abroad programs and increasing the financial base of the International Programs Office were approved May 16 by the Faculty Senate.

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UMass Amherst is among the nation’s leaders in promoting social responsibility and public service, according to a guide compiled by The Princeton Review and College Compact.

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A special “Best in Class” report in Mass High Tech, which rates New England’s top engineering and science graduates for 2005, ranks three College of Engineering students among the top 10 performers.

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The administration and the Graduate Employee Organization (GEO) have reached a tentative agreement on a three-year contract.

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A team of scientists, including Chemical Engineering professor Phillip R. Westmoreland, has detected a class of compounds called enols – never before observed in flames. The discovery could lead to cleaner-burning fuels in the future.

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John R. Mullin has been named the permanent dean of the Graduate School.

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