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Faculty in the School of Education’s School Psychology Program are working with school administrators and teachers across the state to improve reading scores. The program is part of the federal Reading First grant designed to help underperforming schools boost the reading scores of children in kindergarten through third grade. Work is underway to train staff for the Reading First program in schools from Boston to New Bedford and in districts in Western Massachusetts.

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With a winter storm approaching the area, Juan A. Jarrett, assistant vice chancellor for Human Resources, has issued a memorandum regarding inclement weather and time and attendance policies.

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Searches for a dean of the Graduate School and an associate provost and director of International Programs were announced this week by Provost Charlena Seymour. Searches are already underway for the deans of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and the School of Education, as well as director of Libraries.

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Nate Finkel has been named the director of sales and marketing at the Mullins Center by Global Spectrum, the company that operates the facility.

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As more reports come in from countries devastated by last week’s earthquake and tsunami in Asia, the International Programs Office is urging faculty and staff to contact scholars and students in the region to determine whether they are safe or have been affected by the tragedy.

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The President’s Office and other central units of the University system are moving to a less costly location in the State Street Bank office building in Boston’s financial district.

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When the Tournament of Roses Parade kicks off on New Year’s Day, a familiar figure will be leading the 330-member Bands of America Honor Band: the university’s own George N. Parks, longtime director of the Minuteman Marching band.

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Meeting in special session in Boston, the Board of Trustees voted Dec. 21 to create the state’s first public law school by bringing Southern New England School of Law in Dartmouth into the UMass system.

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Seven years after a handful of campus units were grouped together under the banner of University Outreach, the division is reshaping itself to reflect national models for engaging external audiences, says Sharon L. Fross, vice provost for University Outreach and director of Continuing Education.

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Changes in the credit limits and the numbering of practicum courses were approved Dec. 16 by the Faculty Senate.

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