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In response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, UMass Amherst is enrolling students displaced by the storm on a fast-track basis and supporting relief efforts for victims along the Gulf Coast.

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The Learning Commons (LC), a new center where students can find comfortable study and social spaces along with numerous resources, technologies and support services, opens Sept. 7 in the W.E.B. Du Bois Library.

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Longtime English professor Joseph W. Donohue, Jr. will be honored and book designer and illustrator Barry Moser will be the keynote speaker at the Seventh Annual Friends of the UMass Amherst Libraries Donor Appreciation Reception on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2-4 p.m. in Memorial Hall.

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Vilai and Prakas Yenbamroong, the mother-and-son team who have owned and operated Talesai, the Art of Thai Cuisine, on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood for the last 23 years, are bringing their skills to the Campus Center’s Marketplace cafe, beginning Sept. 7.

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Kevin Heaslip, a doctoral student in Civil Engineering was recently named by the Quixote Corporation as a finalist in the 2005 Phillip E. Rollhaus, Jr. Student Essay Competition.

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Jazz great Billy Taylor will travel to Amherst from his home in New York City to participate in “A Billy Taylor Celebration,” a concert of music by and dedicated to him on Thursday, Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Bowker Auditorium.

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Four longtime professors have been selected to present the 2005-06 Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series. All lectures are at 4 p.m. in the Massachusetts Room of the Mullins Center, and are free and open to the public.

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Students returning to the campus begin moving in Sept. 4, start classes on Sept. 7, and will be greeted with a full array of First Week activities.

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The mood was upbeat Sept. 1 as civic, business and academic leaders marked the beginning of a new academic year at the annual Community Breakfast co-hosted by the campus and the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce.

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As students return this fall, the campus will be sporting some $40 million in new construction projects and improvements.

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