Weekly Bulletin

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.


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).


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.


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


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.


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.


The annual sale of pianos and other keyboard instruments loaned to the Department of Music and Dance by Falcetti Music Company through a Yamaha Corporation of America program, will take place on Sunday, June 6, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center Concert Hall. The instruments are sold below retail price, with manufacturer''s warranties. Special preview and purchase appointments are available for alumni, staff, students and friends of UMass Amherst, on Friday and Saturday, June 4-5. For information call 7-2312.


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


The Fine Arts Center will be hosting several events for staff who retired the end of last December, to which all campus employees are invited.

On Friday, June 4 from 3-5 p.m. there will be a wine and cheese reception for Betsy Siersma, who will be leaving as director of the University Gallery. Contact Jenn Lind or Justin Griswold at 5-3670 for details.

There will be a retirement celebration for Julie Fifield, administrative assistant to the director of the Fine Arts Center and member of the University Women''s Network Steering Committee on Tuesday, June 8 from 3-5 p.m. in the Curry Hicks lobby. Contact Sonia Kudla at 5-4155 for details.

There will be a "Toast & Roast" event in honor of Bob Antil, director of Residential Arts, on Wednesday, June 16 at Bishop''s Lounge, 41 Strong Ave., Northampton. Contact Shawn Farley for details at 5-4159.


The Office of Information Technologies (OIT) invites faculty and staff on the Amherst campus to participate in a group purchase of Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004 for Windows & Macintosh.

Participating in this program with give you, or your department, the opportunity to purchase licenses for this software at a greatly reduced cost.

Dreamweaver MX 2004 is the only version of Dreamweaver that supports SFTP (Secure File Transfer Protocol). Beginning Aug. 23, SFTP (Secure File Transfer Protocol) will replace FTP (File Transfer Protocol) as the means of transferring files to and from OIT’s Web hosting server. For more information on the transition to SFTP, see: http://www.oit.umass.edu/sftp/.

Other new features include:

Increased support for Cascading Style Sheets;

New code editing tools; and

Cross-browser validation.

For details about this program, including costs and ordering information, see below.