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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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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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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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The Board of Trustees will meet in special session on Tuesday, Dec. 21 at 10 a.m. at the President''s Office to consider the creation of a public law school through a merger with the Southern New England School of Law in Dartmouth.

Last week, the Attorney General''s Office issued an opinion that the establishment of a public law school is subject to review by the Board of Higher Education.

The President''s Office is located on the 26th floor at One Beacon St.

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The ninth issue of jubilat, the campus-based literary magazine, is now available.

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The Center for e-Design and Realization of Engineered Products and Systems in the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department has received a gift of software valued at more than $76,800 from the Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corporation. The gift of the KnowledgeKinetics (K2) Software License provides the center with a collaborative engineering software tool that can be used to track ongoing changes on a cooperative design throughout its production life cycle. The center is one of the two at the College of Engineering funded by the National Science Foundation. It conducts research into technology that allows distant multiple users to collaborate, and software tools to inter-operate seamlessly, on new product designs in cyberspace.

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UMass Amherst Hillel is one of two Hillel Foundations officially reaccredited recently by the Washington, D.C.-based board of directors of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life. The accreditation recognizes its adherence to Hillel''s international standards of excellence.

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United Way of Hampshire County addresses the root causes of poverty, violence and hopelessness by focusing on how to prevent them. Its investment strategy centers on strengthening children and families, the basis of building healthy communities.

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Campus chemical engineers and polymer scientists are collaborating with two other institutions to invent new fire-proof fabrics for military clothing that will save lives by coolly standing up to temperatures reaching 400 degrees Celsius.

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