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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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The largest first-year class in campus history, about 4,400 undergraduate students, will arrive on campus this weekend.

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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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A new professional doctorate in Audiology was approved Aug. 24 by the Board of Trustees at its meeting in Boston.

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Sonia Alvarez, a leading scholar of women’s movements in Latin America, has been named the Leonard J. Horwitz Professor of Latin American Politics and Studies. The appointment was approved Aug. 24 by the Board of Trustees, which was meeting in Boston.

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UMass Amherst ranks among the nation’s top 50 public national universities, according to the 2006 edition of America’s Best Colleges, released this week by U.S. News & World Report.

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Gov. W. Mitt Romney visited campus Aug. 22 to outline his capital plan for the University system and participate in a round-table briefing on science education and research.

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded the campus nearly $1.5 million over three years to combat underage drinking and drug abuse on campus through innovative screening and intervention services for high-risk drinkers. UMass Amherst is one of 12 colleges and universities nationwide to receive such a grant.

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