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More than two dozen entering first-year students from the Isenberg School of Management got acquainted Aug. 6 by participating in a community service project at the Greater Boston Food Bank.

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James Hafner, professor of Geosciences, has received a Fulbright Senior Specialists grant in environmental science. He leaves Sept. 6 for the University of the Philippines-Mindanao.

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Following a public bidding process, Philadelphia-based Global Spectrum has been awarded a five-year contract to manage the Mullins Center. The contract, which includes two two-year options, took effect July 1.

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Venerable Minuteman Marching Band director George N. Parks is the cover story subject in the August issue of School Band and Orchestra Magazine.

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Six units under the Research area this week moved to the former Career Center at 70 Butterfield Terrace behind Hills South.

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UMass Amherst ranks among the nation’s top 50 public national universities, according to the 2005 edition of America’s Best Colleges, released this week by U.S. News & World Report.

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Alumnus Thomas C. Krajeski this week assumed his new duties as the U.S. ambassador to Yemen. He presented his credentials to Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh at an Aug. 15 ceremony in the capital of Sana’a.

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In what Manageent professor James Theroux calls a case of “reality programming meets business education,” students at the Isenberg School of Management will take part in a real-time case study of a Framingham-based high-technology company this fall. The company, Theroux says, is on the cutting edge of technology and will give students a view into the “invisible” and astonishingly complex world of the computer chip.

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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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