Weekly Bulletin

The following new course proposals have been submitted to the Faculty Senate Office for review and approval and are listed here for faculty review and comment. Comments on any new course proposal should be submitted to Ernest May, secretary of the Faculty Senate at senate@senate.umass.edu.

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The last day for departments to submit requests to the Academic Scheduling Office for clearance of joint evening examinations dates for the fall semester is Friday, Sept. 17.

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The Hampshire County Chapter of the American Red Cross is holding blood drives on Monday, Sept. 13 and Wednesday, Sept. 15, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in 174 Lincoln Campus Center.

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The Dean of Students Office is looking for faculty and staff members to serve as judicial hearing officers during the 2004-05 academic year.

In preparation for becoming a hearing officer, each person must take part in a two-hour training session which will include an explanation and review of the hearing process, a discussion of the Code of Student Conduct and a "walk-through" of an actual hearing and rape/sexual assault awareness. There is also a required sexual violence and awareness training that will occur later in the fall for faculty/staff who are interested in serving on cases involving sexual violence.

The first general training session will be held in the Chancellor''s Board Room, 370 Whitmore on Wednesday, Sept. 22 from 10 a.m.-noon and the sexual violence awareness training will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 12 from 7-9:30 p.m. in 903 Lincoln Campus Center.

After their training, hearing officers are contacted on an as-needed basis. Working in teams of three to five, usually including faculty, staff and student representatives, hearing boards hear cases and forward recommendations to the dean of students, who is responsible for notifying students and imposing any disciplinary sanctions. The role of the hearing officer is very important as officers hear all sides of a case and make a recommendation based on the information.

Faculty and staff who wish to become hearing officers should contact Paul Vasconcellos, assistant dean of students, at 5-2684 or by email (paulv@stuaf.umass.edu) by Friday, Sept. 17.

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Ray Ferrar, president of TRC Omni Environmental Corporation, will discuss "The Role of Science in Environmental Litigation" on Friday, Sept. 17 from 12:25-1 p.m. in 305 ELab.

Refreshments will be served.

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More than 70 community agencies, representing human services, the environment, law/advocacy, government, and arts and culture, will be on hand to discuss volunteer and internship opportunities at the Fall Community Service Fair on Thursday, Sept. 23, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Lincoln Campus Center Auditorium.

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The Hampshire County Chapter of the American Red Cross is holding a blood drive on Monday, Sept. 13, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in 174 Lincoln Campus Center.

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The Faculty Senate has released its meeting schedule for the 2004-05 academic year. All meetings begin at 3:30 p.m. in 227 Herter Hall.

During the fall semester, meetings are scheduled for Sept. 23, Oct. 7 & 21, Nov. 4 & 18, and Dec. 2 & 16.

Spring semester meeting dates are Feb. 10 & 24, March 10 & 24, April 7 and 28, and May 12.

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A memorial service for S. Philip Eddy, professor emeritus of Education, will be held Sunday, Sept. 12 at 3 p.m. at the Amherst College Alumni House.

Eddy, 74, died Aug. 31 of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

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The Safe Drinking Water Act passed in 1996 requires that public drinking water suppliers send out annual Consumer Confidence Reports outlining the quality of drinking water provided to consumers. This report will detail where your drinking water comes from, what it contains, and the risks our water testing and treatment are designed to protect. The 2003 Water Quality Report was mailed to all billed water customers by July 1, 2004. It is also available on the Town of Amherst website (www.town.amherst.ma.us) or copies may be requested by calling the Amherst Department of Public Works at 256-4050.

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