Headliners

Degrees were conferred on approximately 1,300 master’s and doctoral candidates at the Graduate School Commencement on May 22 in the Mullins Center.

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Charlena Seymour was appointed May 20 as provost and senior vice chancellor for Academic Affairs. Chancellor John V. Lombardi made the announcement.

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Nearly 5,500 degrees will be awarded during three separate Commencement ceremonies this weekend, while several other events are planned to celebrate this year’s graduates.

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The removal and replacement of the concrete deck around the Du Bois Library is scheduled to begin on June 1.

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Professor Thomas P. Russell of the Department of Polymer Science and Engineering has been appointed a Distinguished Professor by President Jack M. Wilson. The appointment was approved May 5 by the Board of Trustees.

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David Gray, the interim head of UMassOnline since last fall, was appointed May 19 as the permanent chief executive officer of the unit by President Jack M. Wilson. Gray will continue to serve as vice president for Information Services and chief information officer for the UMass system.

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Donald Futrell has been appointed associate vice chancellor for Facilities and Campus Services and David Murphy has been named director of the Budget Office, according to a May 14 memorandum from Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance Joyce M. Hatch.

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Excellence in teaching, research and academic advising were recognized May 12 at the campus''s annual awards banquet.

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Five Colleges, Incorporated has awarded a contract to Adesta LLC to design and build a fiber optic communications network connecting the five campuses to each other and to a carrier-neutral facility in Springfield, from where they will access Internet and Internet 2.

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The new $25 million Engineering Laboratory II, which will house research programs in Chemical Engineering and Civil and Environmental Engineering, was dedicated during ceremonies on May 7.

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