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New WORLD Theater has received $60,000 in federal and state grants to support Project 2050, a multiracial program in which area youths, artists and scholars explore pressing social issues.

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John and Elizabeth Armstrong, major supporters of the College of Engineering and numerous other education and science related endeavors across the state, will receive the President’s Medal on June 23 at the annual UMass Evening at the Pops at Boston’s Symphony Hall.

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Although Gov. Mitt Romney has declared Friday, June 11 as a one-time state holiday in observance of national memorial services for former President Ronald Reagan, the campus will remain open for essential business, according to Juan A. Jarrett, assistant vice chancellor for Human Resources.

In a June 9 memo to benefited campus employees, Jarrett said, “While the UMass Amherst campus must remain open for business to accommodate student visits and other essential university business, department heads are encouraged to allow as many employees as operationally feasible to honor the former president by taking the day off. Employees who are required to work this Friday will be eligible to receive another day off, which must be used in accordance with the established time frames for floating holidays.”

For information, call Human Resources at 5-0380.

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Telecommunication Services will temporarily interrupt administrative telephone service on two Fridays this summer, June 18 and July 9. The service interruptions are required in order to upgrade the telephone system. Computer networks and emergency help phones will not be affected; resident student and staff telephones should not be affected.

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Campus researchers are working with state officials to halt the introduction of Sudden Oak Death (SOD), a disease that affects more than 50 species of plants, including oaks, rhododendrons and camellias.

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Kalidas Shetty, associate professor of Food Science, has been named one of five scholars to serve as Jefferson Science Fellows advising the U.S. State Department on scientific issues as they relate to international diplomacy. The announcement was made in Washington, D.C. by U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell.

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Additional funds for research, business and government partnerships and faculty recruitment could be freed up if the state eases statutory requirements governing various University operations, according to a report released June 1 by the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation.

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Ryan McGorty, a junior Physics and Journalism major in Commonwealth College, last month was among 310 Goldwater Scholars selected nationally. Only 14 students in Massachusetts received the scholarships.

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A six-member legislative conference committee this week opened negotiations to resolve differences between the $22.5 billion fiscal 2005 state spending packages approved by the House of Representatives and Senate.

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Colleagues, students and alumni will gather June 5 to celebrate the careers and contributions of professor emeritus George Richason, Jr. and Richard S. Stein, Goessmann Professor Emeritus, whose combined years with the Chemistry Department total more than a century.

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