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Shonda Pettiford
Commonwealth Honors College (CHC) director of communications Shonda Pettiford has been named CEO of Gravity Switch, a Northampton-based full-service creative agency that helps clients with their digital world. In 16 years with CHC, the past eight specifically responsible for communications,...
Richard Petrauskas
Richard J. Petrauskas, 73, of South Deerfield, a retired electrician, died Feb. 6. Born June 25, 1943, he attended Northampton schools and was self-employed for many years, doing business as Joe’s Electric Service. He joined UMass Amherst in 1997 as an electrician in the Physical Plant,...
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The Association for Asian Studies has awarded its 2017 Buchanan Prize to Anne Prescott, director of the Five College Center for East Asian Studies, for her work as editor and co-author of the book “East Asia in the World: An Introduction.” According to its publisher, East Asia in the...
Stephanie Murray
Junior journalism major Stephanie Murray has received the Roy W. Howard National Collegiate Reporting Award, an honor earning her a 10-day study trip to Japan. The award, established in 1984, is granted through the Scripps Howard Foundation and Indiana University. It was founded in memory of Roy W...
John Klier
John Klier, head of chemical engineering, has been named a 2016 National Academy of Inventors fellow. The new class of NAI fellows will be inducted April 6 as part of the academy’s Sixth Annual Conference at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston. Andrew H. Hirshfeld,...
Joseph F. Lenkarski, 89, of Ware, a retired mason in the Physical Plant, died Jan. 27. Born in Ware on Nov. 12, 1927, he served in the Army from 1945-47 as a member of the 1200th Combat Battalion. He was employed for many years as a brick layer for the Brick Layers Union of Springfield. He joined...
Frank A. Singer, 94, of Concord, N.H., a retired professor of accounting and information systems, died Jan. 24. Born July 2, 1922 in Logansport, Ind., he was a graduate of Indiana University (Bloomington), where he earned a doctorate in business administration. He served during World War II in...
Anthony Paik
Anthony Paik, sociology, has been named director of the Bachelor’s Degree with Individual Concentration (BDIC) program. The program supports students in designing individualized interdisciplinary majors not already offered at the university. BDIC is housed in Commonwealth Honors College and...
Marjorie Aelion
C. Marjorie Aelion, dean of the School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS), was recently re-elected to the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) as secretary-treasurer for her third and final two-year term. The secretary-treasurer is one of two elected positions of...
Léonce Ndikumana
Léonce Ndikumana has been appointed honorary professor in the School of Economics at the University of Cape Town, South Africa, for five years, effective Jan. 1. The appointment recognizes his outstanding record in teaching and research. His relationship with the University of Cape Town...

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