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Patricia Vokbus, foreign student advisor in the International Programs Office, was one of 10 U.S. higher education representatives to visit Germany last month to learn about its education and vocational training systems.

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Patty S. Freedson, professor and chair of the Kinesiology Department, has been named to the science board of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

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Associate professor Theresa Austin, coordinator of the Language, Literacy and Culture Concentration in the School of Education, has been selected to be a member of the editorial advisory board of the Journal of Language, Identity, and Education.

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Thomas H. Boyle III, 53, of Amherst, professor of Plant and Soil Sciences, died Dec. 19 at home of renal cancer.

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Reporter Francesca Rheannon has won this year’s Nancy Dickerson Whitehead Award for Excellence in Reporting on Drug and Alcohol Issues for her five-part news series, “Voices of HIV,” which she produced for WFCR.

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Terry Lynn Moulder, 43, of Greenfield, a University Without Walls student, died Dec. 15 at the Franklin Medical Center.

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Matthew Zunic, age 87, of Crystal River, Fla., a former basketball coach and professor of Physical Education, died Dec. 15, in Lecanto, Fla.

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William Hite of the Music and Dance Department has been invited to sing tenor solos in Musica Sacra’s annual performances of Handel’s “Messiah” at Carnegie Hall on Dec. 20 and 22.

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Robert V. Poirier, 77, of Greenfield, a retired staff assistant with the Office of Information Technologies, died Dec. 13 at the Franklin Medical Center.

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Carl H. Eiben, 85, of Amherst, a retired associate professor with the Feed, Seed and Fertilizer Laboratory, died Dec. 10.

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