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President Jack M. Wilson was inducted into the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) Hall of Fame and recognized as an outstanding pioneer in distance education during the organization’s conference held Oct. 11-13 in San Francisco.

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Donald E. Hall, 90, of Bremen, Maine, a retired associate professor of Education, died Oct. 11 following a brief illness at Miles Hospital in Damariscotta.

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Hans J. Fritsch, 85, of Whately, retired director of the campus’s Language Laboratory, died Oct. 2 at home.

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Margaret L. Mientka, 75, of Amherst, a retired technical assistant in Veterinary and Animal Sciences, died Oct. 15 at home after a brief illness.

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Joseph Goldstein, former dean of the College of Engineering, will receive the Leonard Medal at the next annual meeting of the Meteoritical Society in 2005: The Leonard Medal honors outstanding contributions to the science of meteoritics and closely allied fields.

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Andrea Assaf, an interdisciplinary theater artist, writer and educator, has been named the new artistic director of New WORLD Theater. She succeeds interim director Talvin Wilks, who has overseen the 25-year-old organization since 2002.

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Biology professor William E. Bemis has been named the new director of the Shoals Marine Laboratory (SML) in New Hampshire. His appointment is effective June 1, 2005.

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Salvatore R. DiNardi, professor emeritus of Environmental Health Sciences, recently received two honors from the American Industrial Hygiene Association (AIHA).

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Virginia “Ginny” Rees, of Halethorpe, Md., former director of Alumni Relations, died Sept. 20 at home.

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Grace S. Rollason, 85, of Amherst, professor emeritus of Biology, died Sept. 19.

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