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Classics professor Kenneth Kitchell received a lifetime achievement award from Eta Sigma Phi, the national classics honorary society, which held its national conference on campus March 28-30.

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Virginia Anne (Hart) Belecz, 77, of Bloomington, Ind., retired clerk IV in the Dean’s Office of the School of Management, died March 10 at Bloomington Hospital.

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Debbie Felton, associate professor of Classics, spoke on “Catullus 8 and the Ballad Tradition” on March 15 at the annual meeting of the Classical Association of New England.

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Joe Hamill, professor of Kinesiology, gave a keynote address at “Running Medicine 2008: From the Lab to the Track,” a conference held March 28-29 at the University of Virginia.

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Two campus researchers and six others from across the University system have been awarded a total of $240,000 in grants from the President’s Office to support their work on technologies that show promise for commercial development.

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Professor Howard A. Peelle of the School of Education has been awarded a Fulbright Senior Specialist grant to visit the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology during May and June.

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Mary (Garvey) Abramson, 77, of Amherst, a former clerical employee, died March 14 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton.

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William D. Kilgour, Sr., 90, of Greenfield, a retired janitor with Physical Plant, died March 14 at the Poet’s Seat Health Care Center.

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Anthony Jung, chef at Berkshire Dining Commons, won the Northeast Region Culinary Challenge competition held during the National Association of College and University Food Services’ regional conference March 11-14 at SUNY Cobleskill.

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Brent Beebe, 57, of Amherst, a part-time lecturer in Natural Resources Conservation and an alumnus of the MFA Program in English, died March 15 after complications following heart surgery.

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