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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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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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WMUA-FM recently completed its most successful on-air fundraising event in its history, generating more than $41,000 in contributions.

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UMass graduate Scott Edelstein works as director of special events and public relations for the Massachusetts chapter of the ALS Association in Dedham—one of the many charities supported by the UMass Amherst Community Campaign. In his time off, he helps care for his mother Joyce, who remains aware but can only move her eyes.

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The Commission on Campus Diversity is holding a public forum with presentations by individuals and organizations on Thursday, Dec. 9, 7-10 p.m. in the Curry Hicks Gymnasium. All members of the campus community are invited to attend.

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The President’s Office submitted a fiscal 2006 budget request of $422.8 million to the Governor’s Office on Dec. 6, according to spokesman William Wright.

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National searches are underway for three dean positions and the director of Libraries, according to Charlena Seymour, senior vice chancellor for Academic Affairs and provost.

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The campus is on the verge of the biggest building boom since the early 1960s, with some $547 million in construction and renovation projects scheduled for the next five years, according to Jim Cahill, director of Facilities and Campus Planning.

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A process for involving the campus community in the planning of a major fundraising campaign was endorsed by the Faculty Senate on Dec. 2.

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New ''EweMass'' blankets, made from wool sheared from sheep at the Hadley Farm, are being sold to benefit the Livestock Program at the facility.

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