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Microsoft Corp. has designated UMass Amherst as the first Microsoft IT Showcase School in the nation, recognizing the campus’s innovative leadership in applying information technology to teaching and learning. Microsoft chief executive officer Steve Ballmer made the announcement at the Oct. 21 opening of the Learning Commons in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library.

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“Measures of Possibility: Emily Dickinson''s Manuscripts,” a study of the poet''s distinctive compositional practices by Domhnall Mitchell, has been published by the University of Massachusetts Press.

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The School of Nursing is holding a day-long conference Tuesday, Oct. 25 as part of its three-year project aimed at promoting racial and cultural diversity in the field of nursing.

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Some 200 female students, teachers and guidance counselors from high schools representing more than 130 towns and cities throughout Massachusetts will converge on campus Monday, Oct. 24 for Women in Engineering Career Day.

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Prospective students and their families can tour campus, meet faculty and current students and visit laboratories, studios and galleries and obtain information on admissions and financial aid during the Fall Open House on Saturday, Oct. 22.

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The Learning Commons, a new academic support area in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library will be dedicated Friday, Oct. 21 at 10 a.m.

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With a goal of raising $380,000, departmental coordinators kicked off the annual UMass Amherst Community Campaign (UMACC) Oct. 19 with encouragement from campus leaders and this year’s chair, Cathryn Lombardi, during a luncheon at the Mullins Center.

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The University Without Walls (UWW) program recently learned that a pilot scholarship program will be available for students enrolling in its Early Care and Education program once state funding is approved later this fall.

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World renowned artist and alumna Shan Shan Sheng will discuss her work and career on Monday, Oct. 24 at 4 p.m. in Memorial Hall.

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Environmental justice scholar and activist Manuel Pastor will speak on "Reframing Sustainability: Environmental Justice and Social Wealth" on Thursday, Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Gordon Hall.

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