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Students First!, viewed from a different perspective, also means Parents First! That’s the philosophy behind creation of the campus’s new Office of Parent Services, which opened in early September.

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With Massachusetts and much of the nation facing a growing shortage of registered nurses over the next 15 years, the School of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is launching a three-year, federally-funded effort to recruit more minority and disadvantaged students to the field.

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This year, the Department of Art and Art History’s Architecture and Interior Design Program is sponsoring a lecture series entitled “Agency and Action: Architecture and Art in the Public Realm,” which begins Sept. 22 with a talk by Bryan Bell, co-founder of Design Corps.

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Gov. W. Mitt Romney last week vetoed $76 million, including $32 million intended to fund retroactive pay increases for 13,000 public higher education employees, from a proposed $724 million spending plan.

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A new Linux-Open Source Software Teaching Lab has been established at the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (CSBS). An open house for the lab will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 22 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in W-13 Machmer Hall.

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The second annual Symposium in Plant Biology will be held Saturday, Oct. 2, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., in McConnell Hall B05, Smith College.

Presented by the Graduate Program in Plant Biology and the Five Colleges, the symposium''s focus is on "Function and Fate in Plants: Physiological Traits and Ecological Success."

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The Everywoman''s Center''s Rape Crisis Program has received a $2,000 grant from the Xeric Foundation to provide a free, 16-session, arts-based support group to survivors of sexual violence.

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Former governor and presidential nominee Michael S. Dukakis will discuss health care policy on Thursday, Sept. 23 at 4 p.m. in Bowker Auditorium as part of the Center for Public Policy and Administration’s Distinguished Lecture Series’ Celebration of Public Service.

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While the horrific stories told by ex-slaves are often credited with inspiring white anti-slavery crusaders, history has overlooked the African-American thinkers who shaped the ideology of the abolitionist movement, says Manisha Sinha, associate professor of Afro-American Studies and History.

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Students at UMass and the surrounding Five Colleges can register to vote on Saturday, Sept. 18 from 1-4 p.m. at Haigis Mall, or in the Student Union Ballroom in case of rain. The event, “01003 Votes,” refers to the postal zip code for the campus.

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