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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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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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