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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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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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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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