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Computing issues topped the Faculty Senate agenda Sept. 23 as senators called for improvements in reporting problems associated with student information systems and endorsed the creation of an ad hoc committee to study alternative SIS systems.

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The university will hold a special campus forum Wednesday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. in the Lincoln Campus Center Auditorium to discuss the distribution of photos in which student leaders are shown posing in front of a Ku Klux Klan drawing, says Michael Gargano, vice chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Life.

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The campus has announced its 2004-05 Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series. All lectures are at 4 p.m. in the Massachusetts Room of the Mullins Center and a free and open to the public. This year''s series features Sheldon Goldman, Political Science; John J. McCarthy, Linguistics; Julie A. Caswell, Resource Economics; and Thomas P. Russell, Polymer Science and Engineering.

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A talk by William H. Farland of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will open the Environmental Lecture Series on “Science, Policy, and Engineering of Hazardous Waste Sites” on Wednesday, Sept. 29 at 4 p.m. in the Bernie Dallas Room, 507 Goodell.

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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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Brian W. Ogilvie, associate professor of History, is conducting research in Europe this year through a $40,000 Fellowship for University Teachers from the National Endowment for the Humanities and a fellowship at the Columbia University Institute for Scholars at Reid Hall in Paris.

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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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