Weekly Bulletin

Bunker Hill Day will be observed as a state holiday on Thursday, June 17.

Since the campus must remain open and function as usual, employees who cannot be spared and who work on June 17 are entitled to another day off with pay in lieu of the holiday.

Any employee whose regular work week is five or more days, but is not scheduled to work on the holiday, also is entitled to a day off with pay in lieu of the holiday.

Such days off may be taken at a time approved by the department head within 120 days of the date of the holiday unless other provisions exist in current collective bargaining agreements.

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Everywoman''s Center is collecting used cell phones as a fund-raising event to benefit crisis intervention services and prevention education in the community.

EWC''s fund-raising partner, Shelter Alliance (www.shelteralliance.net), will pay the center up to $25 per phone. The phones that do not receive payment will be recycled in a socially responsible way.

Unwanted cell phones will be picked up by Everywoman''s Center or they can dropped off at Wilder Hall or Nelson House.

For information, contact Babs at 5-5834 or by email at bmayer@admin.umass.edu.

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President George W. Bush has issued an executive order directing federal agencies to close Friday, June 11 as part of a National Day of Mourning for the late President Ronald Reagan.

According to Charlie Apicella, manager of Mail & Distribution Services, there will be no regular U.S. Postal Service mail delivery or retail service on June 11. Express Mail service will be available. USPS mail will not be available for pickup on that day. Regular USPS retail and delivery service will resume on Saturday, June 12.

Mail services provided to the Amherst campus by Mail & Distribution Services, including the pick-up and drop-off of campus and off-campus mail, will not be affected, said Apicella, except that the volume of incoming mail to departments is expected to be unusually low this Friday and unusually high next Monday. Departments planning to send time sensitive outgoing mail at the end of this week should anticipate a longer than usual delivery time due to the inevitable backlog that will result from the USPS closure and may want to consider mailing earlier in the week, or use premium delivery options such as second day or overnight delivery, he said.

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The English as a Second Language program in the Division of Continuing Education is offering three 10-week, non-credit courses during the summer.

The classes are as follows:

ESL 25, “Spoken English for Everyday Life in America,” for students with intermediate to advanced levels of English proficiency, will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7-9 p.m., June 15 to Aug. 19.

ESL 35, “American English Pronunciation Improvement,” for students with high-intermediate to advanced levels of English proficiency, will meet Mondays and Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m., June 14 to Aug. 18.

ESL 40, “English as a Second Language: Writing for Academic Purposes,” will meet Wednesdays, 6-8:30 p.m., June 16 to Aug. 18.

Each course costs $325. All students who wish to register for ESL courses must have an interview before classes begin. Student may register after the interviews. Call 5-2484 to schedule an interview.

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Performance artist and poet Sekou Sundiata’s latest oratorio, “The America Project,” will be performed June 18-19 at 8 p.m. in the Curtain Theater of the Fine Arts Center as part of New WORLD Theater’s summer season, New Works for a New World.

Using song, poetry, monologues and still and moving images, “The America Project” examines the relationship of citizens of the U.S. at a time when American power and global influence is at an all-time high.

“Living in the aftermath of 9/11,” says Sundiata, “I feel an urgent and renewed engagement with what it means to be an American. But that engagement is a troubling one because of a longstanding estrangement between American civil ideals and American civic practice.”

The performance will focus on the gulf between the constitutional promise of equal opportunity and the realities of racial, cultural and gender inequities. The play also seeks to engage audience members beyond passive watching by inviting them into civic responsibility.

Sundiata is currently a Sundance Film Institute fellow and a faculty member at Eugene Lang College of the New School University in New York.

Tickets are $12 general public and $8 for low-income patrons and senior citizens, $5 for students with ID. Call the FAC Box Office (5-2511) to order.

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The Department of Exercise Science is looking for participants to take part in studies of muscle function. The project is a National Institutes of Health-funded research program with a goal of understanding how muscles change as we age and to promote healthy aging. We are looking for healthy men and women (65-85 years old) to take part in studies. Compensation up to $100 per study. Contact Ian at 5-3475 or by email (irl@excsci.umass.edu).

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Print and electronic reserve listings for the fall semester must be submitted to the University Library by Tuesday, June 15. Materials received after the due date will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.

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The graduate dean invites all graduate faculty to attend the final oral examinations for the doctoral candidates scheduled as follows:

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State Rep. Ellen Story, D-Amherst, will hold district office hours on Friday, June 11, 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Amherst Council on Aging.

The hours are set aside for residents of Amherst and Granby to talk with the representative about ideas or concerns regarding state government programs or legislative matters. No appointments are needed.

Story can be reached locally at 256-6300 or in Boston at (617) 722-2692. Letters can be sent to Room 167, State House, Boston MA 02133. Her e-mail address is Rep.EllenStory@hou.state.ma.us.

Story''s aide, Jan Klausner-Wise, can be reached at 253-3690.

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Insurance withholdings, including non-unit dental, will not be made from paychecks issued June 4 because the checks cover a third pay period in May, according to the Division of Human Resources. There are two payroll periods each year in which no insurance contributions are deducted from employee paychecks.

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