Weekly Bulletin

Friends General Conference will hold its annual Gathering of Friends on campus July 3-10.

More than 1,600 Quakers from across North America are expected to attend the weeklong event, which will explore the theme "Simple Lives, Radiant Faith" through workshops, evening presentations, worship opportunities, Bible study, interest groups, and children’s programs.

“The Gathering was held at UMass in 1994,” said Liz Perch, conference coordinator. “We are very excited to return here.”

At the family conference, adults and high school students will explore workshop topics such as racism, conscientious objection, dancing, activism, quilting, and the Bible. In the Junior Gathering, nearly 200 children will explore the theme of simplicity and faith primarily through being part of a strong loving community. They will also participate in worship, field trips, music, art, games, and many other activities.

Several evening presentations in the Fine Arts Center are free and open to the public, space permitting. The talks are as follows:

Kevin Bales, an international expert on contemporary slavery issues, will suggest strategies to combat slavery as part of the global economy on Monday, July 5 at 7 p.m. Bales is a member of Oxford Monthly Meeting in Mississippi.

On Thursday, July 8 at 7 p.m, Renita Weems, author of "What Matters Most: Ten Lessons in Living Passionately from the Song Of Solomon," will speak on faithfulness.

Lester Brown, founder of World Watch Institute and now director of the Earth Policy Institute in Washington, D.C., will speak Friday, July 9 about signs of hope in the ecological crisis. Copies of his latest book, "Plan B: Rescuing a Planet under Stress and a Civilization in Trouble" will be distributed to those in attendance.

During the conference, Friends will have opportunities to visit points of interest, including Hancock Shaker Village, Historic Deerfield and the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst.

The Lemonade Gallery will display visual arts by participants in the Student Union Art Gallery. A Gathering store in the Student Union Ballroom will sell crafts as well as books of interest to participants. Afternoon and late evening film programs, daily music activities, and regular dances are also scheduled.

Members of the Religious Society of Friends, commonly called Quakers, believe that faith is based on the direct experience of God. Friends General Conference is a Quaker organization in the unprogrammed tradition of the Religious Society of Friends which primarily serves affiliated yearly and monthly meetings and their members. In addition to the annual Gathering, FGC has programs for religious education, outreach, traveling ministries, and publishing.

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Healthy volunteers are needed for atudy of multiple sclerosis and balance.

Healthy women, ages 40-75, are eligible. Participation requires two visits of two hours each. Participants will receive $50.

The study is supported by the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

For information, contact Jebb Remelius of the Motor Control Laboratory, at
687-4089 or by email:
jebb@excsci.umass.edu.

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State Rep. Ellen Story, D-Amherst, will hold district office hours on Friday, July 2 as follows:

Granby Council on Aging, 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Amherst Council on Aging, 11 a.m.-noon.

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

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The last for students in the first summer session to drop courses with a record of "W" is Friday, June 18.

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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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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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