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UMass Amherst is among the 16 public universities and colleges in the U.S. rated “best buys” by the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2005.

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The annual Community Breakfast, organized by the Office of Public Affairs and co-hosted by the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce, will be held Tuesday, Aug. 31, 7:30-9 a.m. at Franklin Dining Commons.

Now in its 38th year, the event kicks off the new academic year by bringing together members of the campus community, local legislators, civic and business leaders, area college presidents and townspeople to discuss common interests and goals.

Parking is available in Lot 62 and carpooling is suggested.

Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the door. To reserve tickets, call 577-1101 by Aug. 25.

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Michael F. Malone, a distinguished campus researcher and teacher for more than two decades, has been named dean of the College of Engineering.

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Seven leading members of the German Social Democratic Party (SDP) will meet with three local residents July 28 at noon at the Lathrop Community, 100 Bassett Brook Dr., in Easthampton. The visit of the German officials, who are in Boston to attend the Democratic National Convention, was arranged by the department German languages and literatures at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation in Washington, D.C.

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As the role of school counseling increases in importance, a center based in the School of Education’s Department of Student Development and Pupil Personnel Services is playing a key role in shaping the development of the profession. The mission of the Center for School Counseling Outcome Research is “to improve the practice of school counseling by developing the research base that is necessary for responsible and effective practice.”

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Due to ongoing construction, W.E.B. Du Bois Library will be closed on Friday, July 23, and Monday, July 26.

The Library will be open on Saturday, July 24, from 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

The Integrated Sciences and Engineering Library hours are not affected; the facility in the Lederle Graduate Research Center is open weekdays from 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

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While their students enjoy long July days playing sports, going to camp, or swimming in a nearby lake or pool, 12 Western Massachusetts teachers are busy writing and sharing classroom strategies at a month-long campus institute.

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The Board of Trustees will meet Wednesday, Aug. 4 at 9:15 a.m. at the Hoagland-Pincus Center, 222 Maple Ave. in Shrewsbury.

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The Turf Research Center in South Deerfield has been named in honor of professor emeritus Joseph Troll, who dedicated more than three decades to research and teaching at the University.

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Barry Braun, assistant professor of Exercise Science, has been awarded a three-year, $410,000 grant from the American Diabetes Association to study how combined physical activity and drug treatment can help prevent or control diabetes—especially in people considered most at risk of developing the disease.

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