Headliners

As of July 1, several reorganizations affecting a dozen academic departments across four schools and colleges went into effect and resulted in the creation of three new units. The departmental consolidations, which were supported by the respective deans, were approved in April and May by the Faculty Senate.

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Gov. Mitt Romney this week signed a bill authorizing the sale of University-owned land on Nantucket to a conservation group.

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Five Colleges, Incorporated has received a grant of $325,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support one-time costs for the management of a new Five College fiber optic network that will furnish nearly limitless bandwidth for the five member campuses of the consortium. Funds from the grant will also be used to offset partial costs for the first two years of operation.

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A new, multidisciplinary master’s degree program in Architecture is awaiting approval by the state Board of Higher Education after being endorsed Aug. 4 by the Board of Trustees.

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Robert Schrader has been appointed interim director of UMass Extension, effective Aug. 10, according to John Mullin, vice provost for University Outreach.

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A new compensation committee and a freestanding audit committee were established Aug. 4 as the Board of Trustees approved changes in its bylaws.

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James J. Karam was elected Aug. 4 to chair the University’s 22-member Board of Trustees. Karam succeeds Grace K. Fey, who remains on the board but did not seek a fifth one-year term as chair.

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The campus-based Air Force ROTC Detachment 370 will close in the summer of 2007 due primarily to the small number of officers it has produced during the past decade and the need to move manpower to other locations to support significant growth in the Air Force ROTC program nationwide, Air Force officials have announced.

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The sale of 110 acres of University-owned land on Nantucket to a conservation group won legislative approval on July 30.

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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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