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  Welcome to the Retired Faculty Association

The aims of the Retired Faculty Association are:

To facilitate constructive contributions by its members to the University;
To ascertain the relevant needs of retired faculty and to communicate this information to the administration; and
To promote social and intellectual interaction among its members.

All retired faculty members and librarians are eligible for Active Membership with full voting rights. Retired faculty members and librarians living outside the Amherst area, retired faculty members and librarians of other colleges or universities, and widows or widowers of persons who were eligible for Active or Associate Membership, may become Associate Members upon payment of Associate Member dues. Spouses of Active or Associate Members qualify as Associate members without payment of dues.

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Featured News

Save the Date:  Wednesday, May 13th for our annual Banquet, Campus Center 1009 (Amherst Room), 5:30 - 8:00 pm

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 Meeting Agenda
Campus Center Room 162-175
10:00 - 10:20 Coffee, Tea and Cookies  
10:20 - 10:40 Business meeting and Announcements Call for nominations and voting for a Vice President and Secretary
10:40 - 11:00 Richard Nathhorst
Research Facilities Project Manager, UMass Libraries
"Falcon Update"
11:00 - 12:00 Carol Connare
Director of Development and Communication, UMass Libraries
"Developments in the Libraries"

A nesting pair of peregrine falcons, parents of 34 young hatchlings, have made the library roof their home for the last 13 years, a long time for falcons to pair, ten years being the average. This past January 21st the male met his death in an accident on Sunset Avenue.


Carol Connare

Since the advent of computers in the mid-90s, university libraries have changed dramatically, both in what they do and how they do it. Computerized holdings instead of card catalogues? Digitized Special Collections? Eating in the library, food provided by Procrastination Station? Undreamed of back then. Connare will bring us up to date on some of these changes, including her work with Richard on getting the Falcon cam up and running.


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