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Ruth Hooke
Ruth Ferguson Hooke, 90, of Vershire, Vermont, a retired longtime instructor, advisor and program coordinator at University Without Walls (UWW), died May 20. Born March 12, 1927, in Ardmore, Pennsylvania, she attended the Westtown School and Wellesley College, then worked in Europe helping with...
Merka Fletcher
Merka (Mary Uris Oser) Fletcher, 71, of Shutesbury, a former assistant at the University Day School, died May 18. Born Oct. 27, 1945, she was raised in Clinton, New York, and earned her bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1967. She spent a semester...
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The Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) has awarded three research grants totaling $25,000 in its inaugural round of funding through the Sustainability and Social Science Seed Grant Program. The grant program is an annual competition designed to stimulate new scholarly collaborations for...
Doris Housman
Doris Ann (Bigwood) Housman, 84, of Athol, a retired dormitory custodian, died May 11. Born in Orange on Jan. 17, 1933, she grew up in Orange and was educated there. She joined UMass Amherst as a dormitory housekeeper in 1968, becoming a janitor in 1978. She retired as a maintainer II in 1993....
Annette Vadnais
By mid-June, undergraduate outreach librarian Annette M. Vadnais will have traveled to Springfield 20 times this school year to help pupils understand that college is an option for their future. Her efforts, supported by the university and UMass Amherst Libraries, are part of the College Matters...
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Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy recognized 10 student employees, eight staff members and two teams of employees for outstanding contributions to the university at a reception at the Old Chapel Great Hall on May 9. The 2017 Gerald F. Scanlon Student Employee of the Year Award Recipients Back row,...
Sonia Nieto
Sonia Nieto, professor emerita of language, literacy and culture in the College of Education, was the featured speaker at Rhode Island College’s undergraduate commencement ceremony on May 13. Nieto also was awarded an honorary degree in education by the Providence school. Called “a...
Thom Hannum
Thomas P. Hannum, associate director of the Minuteman Marching Band, brought his percussion performance expertise to Singapore in March for a six-day residency and concert at the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music. Invited by Jon Fox, chair of the conservatory’s percussion department and...
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Steven C. Tracy, Distinguished Professor of Afro-American studies and one of the leading authorities on the intersection of African-American literature and blues music, is an advisor on the upcoming three-part PBS historical documentary on American roots music, “American Epic.” The...
Barton Byg
Barton Byg, German and Scandinavian studies, has been awarded the Order of Merit (Bundesverdienstkreuz) of the Federal Republic of Germany for his continuing work as founding director of the DEFA Film Library. The medal, authorized by German President Joachim Gauck, was presented by Ralf Horlemann...

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