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Raymond L. Vandoloski, 67, of Cummington, retired supervisor at the Physical Plant Garage, died Feb. 25 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton.

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Three faculty members will be available to sign copies of their most recent books on Wednesday, March 7 from 2-3:30 p.m. in the University Store’s book department.

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Professor Sara Lennox of German and Scandinavian Studies last month began a two-year term as president of the German Studies Association (GSA), a 1,600-member organization of North American and international scholars who focus on all aspects of German-speaking countries.

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Brad Compton, a Natural Resources Conservation research associate, and Scott Jackson, a UMass Extension forest specialist, will speak at the Massachusetts Turtle Symposium on Feb. 23-24 at the Campus Center Auditorium.

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Marty Norden, professor of Communication, gave a multimedia presentation on “Raising Disability Awareness Through Film” at Rhode Island College in Providence on Feb. 16.

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María Idalí Torres, associate professor of Community Health Education, was the keynote speaker at a Feb. 12 seminar, “Discovering Answers - Promoting Health for Latino Youth,” at the Hotel Northampton.

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Nick Bromell, professor of American Studies in the English Department, has been named an affiliated scholar of the Center for American Progress, a Washington, D.C. think-tank.

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David Mednicoff, assistant professor of Legal Studies, who is on leave and teaching in Doha, Qatar on a Fulbright scholarship, has been invited to speak at a conference in London on Feb. 22-23.

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Carlo C. Colecchia has been hired as the new director of Education Abroad in the International Programs Office.

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Sonia Nieto, professor emerita in the School of Education, will be honored May 23 by the National Puerto Rican Day Parade, Inc. as the organization marks the 50th anniversary of Puerto Rican parades in New York City.

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