Headliners

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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George N. Parks

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

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During its first four months, a Faculty Senate panel has begun examining a range of issues related to online learning.

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The pending $10.3 billion hostile buyout of PeopleSoft by Oracle is unlikely to affect the campus’s soon-to-be-upgraded financial and human resources systems, according to Joyce Hatch, vice chancellor for Administration and Finance.

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The campus is in the first year of a 10-year, $42.7 million contract with Johnson Controls, Inc., of Milwaukee, for a major energy and water conservation project that is estimated will save the campus 25 percent of its utility costs.

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In a bid to attract more students with strong academic credentials, the campus will launch an early action admission program in the fall of 2006, according to Michael Gargano, vice chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Life.

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A student exchange with Japan’s Kansai Gandai University and a program in ecotourism and sustainable development in Senegal were approved Dec. 16 by the Faculty Senate.

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