Weekly Bulletin

Want to save money and stay warm this winter? Join the Pioneer Valley Oil Cooperative (PVOC). The co-op uses the combined purchasing power of its members to negotiate contracts for discounts on heating oil with full service oil dealers. The cold weather is just around the corner, so don’t delay. Come to Commuter Services & Housing Resource Center, 428 Student Union, or call 545-0865.

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The Western Massachusetts Writing Project conference, “Best Practices in the Teaching of Writing,” will be held Saturday, Oct. 2 in Bartlett Hall.

The session is for teachers in all grade levels and subject areas from Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire and Worcester counties.

Registration is $15 by Sept. 24 and $20 thereafter.

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Professor David Ostendorf of the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department will speak on “Dissolution Kinetics of Highway Runoff” on Friday Sept. 24 at 12:15 p.m. in Elab 304.

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Three non-credit, 10-week English as a Second Language workshops are being offered by the Division of Continuing Education this semester.

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Tom Reney, host of “Jazz a la Mode” on WFCR-FM, will offer a new session in his ongoing series “A Listener’s Guide to Jazz History,” beginning Oct. 3. The series of eight meetings is held at the Broadside Bookshop, 241 Main St., Northampton, on Sundays between 6-9 p.m. The cost of the workshop is on a sliding scale of $250-180.

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The Faculty Senate will meet Thursday, Sept. 23 at 4:30 p.m. in 227 Herter Hall.

Agenda items include the annual report of the University Computer and Electronic Communications Committee and a discussion of issues related to SPIRE and PeopleSoft.

The senate also will consider new courses, the establishment of ad hoc committees on the International Programs Office and online learning, and changes in the repeated courses policy to cocur with changes in the garding system.

Senators also will be asked to elect an at-large member of the Rules Committee and a chair of the committee.

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The Hampshire County Chapter of the American Red Cross is holding a blood drive on Wednesday, Sept. 22, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. in 174 Lincoln Campus Center.

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The Controller''s Office and Human Resources ahve issued Guidelines for Honoraria and Reimbursemnts to Foreign Visitors.

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Tony Spanakos of Touro College in New York City will discuss "Voters Versus Investors: An Analytical Framework for Brazilian Elections of ''94, ''98, and 2002 in Emerging Markets" on Thursday, Sept. 16 at 2:30 p.m. in 601 Herter Hall.

Spanakos is a graduate of the Department of Political Science and the Graduate Latin American Studies Program.

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Mental Health Services is offering the following groups for the fall semester:

"Coed Self-Exploration Group for Undergraduate Students," Mondays, 3-4:30 p.m. or Wednesdays, 3-4:30 p.m.

"Women''s Eating Issues Group," Tuesdays, 3-4:30 p.m.

"Coed Self-Exploration Group for Graduate Students," Thursdays, 3:45-5 p.m.

"Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)," Thursdays, 3:30-5 p.m.

All groups require an initional screening, which can be arranged by calling 545-2337 of stopping by 125 Hills North weekdays 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

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