Weekly Bulletin

The University of Massachusetts Amherst International Risk Management Committee has suspended student participation in all Education Abroad programs in Israel for the Fall 2014 semester. The timing of the decision was motivated by a student who was to begin a program at Tel Aviv University next week.

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Eduroam (education roaming), a worldwide roaming service, has replaced the old UMASS-SECURE1X wireless network at UMass Amherst. Eduroam enables students, faculty, and staff to link in to a broad, multi-campus service that spans thousands of educational institutions in the U.S. and abroad.

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The American Red Cross is holding blood drives on Tuesday, Aug. 12 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Cape Cod Lounge in the Student Union, and Wednesday, Aug. 27 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in 163 Campus Center. To schedule an appointment, call (800) RED-CROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org.  
The 48th Annual Community Breakfast will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 27 from 7:30-9 a.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. The event is open to the public. Jointly sponsored by UMass Amherst and the Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce, the breakfast traditionally marks the beginning of the academic year...
The graduate dean invites all graduate faculty to attend the final oral examinations for the doctoral candidates scheduled as follows: Tomas Rotta, Ph.D., Economics. Friday, Aug. 8, 10 a.m., 919 Thompson Hall. Dissertation: “Productive Stagnation and Unproductive Accumulation in the...
Benjamin Chayes from the state-sponsored SMART retirement savings plan will be available to discuss plan options, enroll new participants and review existing accounts on Thursday, Aug. 21 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 333 Whitmore. Walk-ins are welcome but appointments are encouraged. For more...
A memorial service and celebration of the life of soccer coach Sam Koch is being held Sunday, Aug. 3 at noon at the Northfield Mount Hermon Memorial Chapel, 1 Lamplighter Way, Gill. A campus celebration will follow at Rudd Field at 3 p.m. The event will be casual with food and soccer balls so...
A memorial service for Jeremiah M. Allen, professor emeritus of English and former dean of Humanities and Fine Arts, is being held Friday, Aug. 1 from 1-2 p.m. in 1001 Campus Center. Allen, who retired in 1995, died May 29 at the age of 94. He was a member of the English department for 27 years...
Gov Deval L. Patrick has ordered that the United States and Commonwealth flags be lowered to half-staff at all state buildings from sunrise until sunset on Monday, July 28 in honor of Sgt. Major Kevin Walsh, Massachusetts Army National Guard, of Norwood, who died July 17.

The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) has moved from University Health Services to the second floor of Middlesex House, 111 County Circle.

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