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A year ago, Sara Aierstuck was in church, expecting a quiet Sunday sermon and fellowship. She left with what some might describe as a calling.

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Ivan Adames, associate director of Development for the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, has been named director of Development for the School of Education, effective Feb. 1.

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Music professor E. Wayne Abercrombie will be a guest on WNYC’s “Soundcheck” on Feb. 25 for a discussion of the differences between multicultural urban choirs and Eurocentric suburban choirs and the challenges of building choral communities that create a larger sense of community.

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Alice (Sokolowski) Osowski, 81, of Turners Falls, a retired dietary worker I at Worcester Dining Commons, died Jan. 22 at Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield.

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Benjamin Ricci, 82, of Amherst, professor emeritus of Exercise Science and a crusader for the rights of the mentally retarded, died Jan. 21 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton following a lengthy illness.

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History professor Mary C. Wilson is teaching this academic year at the American University in Beirut, Lebanon as the first holder of the school''s Alfred H. Howell Visiting Professorship in History and Archaeology.

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Brett Genny Beemyn of Ohio State University has been named the new director of the Stonewall Center, the campus''s lesbian, bisexual, gay and transgender resource center.

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Harold E. Sears, 87, formerly of Montague Center, who worked at the campus barbershop for many years, died Dec. 17 at the Buckley Health Care Center in Greenfield.

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William Footrick, 96, former track and field coach and associate professor of Physical Education, died Jan. 1 at his home in Gardner following an illness.

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Clarence W. Powers, 87, of Amherst, a retired storekeeper in the Chemistry Department, died Jan. 2 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton.

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