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Aviva Ben-Ur, associate professor of Judaic and Near Eastern studies, last month delivered presentations on the island of Curaçao, a constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. On Nov. 23, she spoke about “Archival Practices: The Creation of a Portuguese Jewish Identity,...
Dick Bresciani, who began his career as assistant director of sports information/publicity with the athletics department in 1960 and went on to a 42-year career with the Boston Red Sox, died Nov. 29 of complications of leukemia. The resident of Wellesley and Harwich was 76. A native of Hopedale,...
Aviva Ben-Ur, associate professor in the department of Judaic and Near Eastern studies, delivered the keynote lecture on Nov. 16 at the “Mapping Western Sefardic Diaspora in the Caribbean International Conference” in Hamburg, Germany. Ben-Ur spoke on communal autonomy among Atlantic...

Catherine Jensen-Hole of the department of music and dance has released a CD consisting entirely of her original instrumental compositions and songs, and her arrangements of jazz standards. Titled “Songs of Love, Life and Loss,” the CD features faculty members Jeffrey W. Holmes on piano, Tom Giampetro on drums, saxophonist Felipe Salles and guitarist Bob Ferrier.

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Thomas E. “Tim” Lavelle, 73, of Belchertown, a retired maintainer at Physical Plant, died Nov. 25 at his home. Born in Holyoke, he was educated in the former Holy Rosary schools in Holyoke and South Hadley High School. He worked on campus from 1985 until his retirement in 2001...
Ruth M. Lacey, 72, of Easthampton, a retired typist II with UMass Extension, died Nov. 27 at home. Born in Northampton, she grew up in Florence and was a graduate of the former St. Michael’s High School in Northampton. She worked in the Extension Bulletin Center of the College of Food and...
Robert A. Shanley, 92, professor emeritus of political science, died Nov. 17 in Longmeadow. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he served during World War II with the U.S. Army Signal Corps in the occupation of Okinawa from 1945-46. He received an A.B. at Columbia College in 1946, an M.A. at Columbia...
Joan L. (Budrewicz) Storozuk, 74, of Sunderland, a retired maintainer I at Physical Plant, died Nov. 24 at home. She worked on campus from 1981 until her retirement in 2012. Funeral services will be private. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions may be...
Laurel Smith-Doerr, director of the Institute for Social Science Research and professor of sociology, gave an invited presentation at a workshop titled “Bringing Research into the Policy Process,” held at the National Science Foundation headquarters in Arlington, Va., on Nov. 21....
Theresa Austin, professor in language, literacy and culture in the College of Education, was recognized Nov. 22 by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Heritage Language Special Interest Group for her leadership at the council’s annual meeting in San Antonio,...

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