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Ivy Rachel (Parsons) Zera, 82, of Sunderland, retired head cook with the dining Commons, died March 15 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital following a period of failing health.

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Several faculty and graduate students from the School of Education made presentations at 40th annual conference of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages held March 15-18 in Tampa, Fla.

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Professor J. Kevin Nugent of the School of Education is included in the portrait exhibition "Irish Faces: The Heart and Soul of Boston” currently on view at the John J. Burns Library at Boston College.

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Sheila McKenzie Maynor, 53, of Bernardston, head dish room attendant at Hampshire Dining Commons, died March 11 at home.

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A memorial program titled “Remembering Ben,” honoring the late Benjamin Ricci of Amherst, professor emeritus of exercise science and longtime advocate for the mentally retarded, will be held Sunday, March 26, from 2-5 p.m. in Memorial Hall. Ricci died after an extended illness on Jan. 21 at the age of 82.

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Brett Genny Beemyn, the new director of the Stonewall Center, was recognized this week by the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) for promoting understanding of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) issues.

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Some seeds, including those of the intellectual variety, germinate more slowly than others, as History professor Bruce Laurie can attest. More than a decade ago, while conducting research on the social life and politics of the “middling class” in the 19th century, he also found evidence of its role in antislavery politics in antebellum Massachusetts.

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Gail Kielson, a staff member at Everywoman''s Center and a longtime resident of Chesterfield was one of 240 Unsung Heroines honored March 3 by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women.

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Two new librarians, Maxine G. Schmidt and Tonia Sutherland, have joined the Libraries staff.

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"Contemplating Edith Stein," a collection of essays about the Catholic saint and philosopher edited by History professor Joyce Avrech Berkman, was recently published by the University of Notre Dame Press.

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