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Orlando Taylor, chair of the Commission on Campus Diversity, is inviting members of the campus community to attend a public forum on campus diversity on Thursday, Dec. 9.

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A proposal to allow graduate students to pursue two master’s degrees simultaneously was approved Nov. 18 by the Faculty Senate.

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After leading all state agencies in charitable giving for the past six years, the campus is going solo this year with a goal of raising $380,000 and boosting participation to 40 percent.

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Progress is being made on capital projects, private fundraising and faculty recruitment and there is a strong likelihood the Legislature will fund retroactive pay for faculty and staff, Chancellor John V. Lombardi told the Faculty Senate Nov. 18.

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Sarina Ergas and David Reckhow of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department have developed a set of customized methods for treating some of the most polluted water in the country – spent dyebath from textile mills. The processes are seen as environmentally friendly practices that can pay big dividends for companies that use them.

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The special Commission on Campus Diversity met for the first time Nov. 12-13 to review its charge and hear introductory presentations.

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The Jeffery Amherst Bookshop and College Store will once again donate 10 percent of its Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 26-28) proceeds to the UMass Amherst Library.

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As a new legislative session approaches, the Romney administration’s higher education agenda includes capital spending, construction reform and strengthening ties between the UMass, state college and community college systems, according to Ann Reale, senior policy and education advisor to the governor.

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The Library will celebrate its 20th anniversary as a federally-designated patent and trademark depository library on Nov. 14.

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The special Commission on Campus Diversity will meet for the first time Nov. 12-13 to review its charge and establish procedures. During next week’s private sessions, the 22-member panel expects to establish a date for a public campus forum in December, according to commission chair Orlando L. Taylor.

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