Weekly Bulletin

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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“Blood Cherries,” written and performed by Dawn Akemi Saito, will be presented Friday and Saturday, June 25-26 at 8 p.m. in the Rand Theater in the Fine Arts Center. The production is part of New WORLD Theater’s summer program New Works for a New World.

In “Blood Cherries,” an elegy to her father, Akemi Saito takes the audience on a fantastical ancestral journey that explores the interior lives and spirits of several characters, including her mother, her dying father, a restless horse, her husband and herself.

Using Butoh dance, music and visual imagery, Akemi Saito weaves together a solo performance that moves beyond time and space as it negotiates humor, grief, the violence of inheritance, identity and eventually, self-discovery.

Tickets are $12 general public, $8 for low-income patrons and $5 for students with ID, and can be obtained through the FAC Box Office (5-2511)

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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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Commuter Services and the AFL-CIO are sponsoring a Homebuying and Refinancing Fair for union members on Thursday, June 24, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Resource Room, next to the main entrance of the Student Union.

All union members, including those represented by the Massachusetts Teachers Association as well as AFL-CIO-affiliated unions, and from surrounding communities, are eligible to participate.

A major theme of the fair will be programs and benefits for refinancing existing homes as well as homebuying. Refinancing existing mortgages at current low interest rates could save members hundreds of dollars a year, and thousands over the life of the loan.

Real estate agents and counselors from Countrywide Home Loans will be there to explain homebuying and refinancing programs available to union members through the AFL-CIO’s “HIT HOME” program, advise members on their individual situations, and even run credit checks at the event.

Exclusive HIT HOME benefits include reduced closing costs on purchase and refinance loans; working family mortgagees, which include low-interest and flexible-payment schedule loans; free education and information, including bilingual services; low- and nothing-down payment programs; and flexible electronic payments arrangements.

For further information, call Commuter Services at 5-0865 or go to the HIT HOME website (see link below.

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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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