The single peregrine falcon chick from this spring’s nesting atop the W.E.B. Du Bois Library was banded June 13. The chick, a male, hatched May 21, the only survivor from four eggs laid his season.

Falcon chick

Charles Schweik will assume the position of interim director of the School of Public Policy on June 1, succeeding M.V. Lee Badgett, who is stepping down after three terms.

Charles Schweik

The campus pond is sporting three new AquaMaster fountains that include programmable LED lights. The fountains replace the originals installed in 2009.

Pond lights
UMass Amherst class of 2016 student speaker Elkhansaa Elguenaoui addresses her 5,500 fellow graduates during Commencement at McGuirk Stadium on May 6.
Elkhansaa Elguenaoui
UMass Amherst will award about 7,300 degrees at Undergraduate, Graduate and Stockbridge School of Agriculture Commencements on Friday, May 6, and Saturday, May 7. Wayne Chang, who launched his career as a high-tech entrepreneur while a student at UMass Amherst, will be the featured speaker at...

Disability Services has redesigned its website to offer easier navigation, better integration with tablets and smartphones and increased functionality to let staff update information and promote events.

Website screen shot
The UMass Amherst Libraries has announced that communication+1, the open access journal hosted by the institutional repository for UMass Amherst, Scholarworks, is being indexed by the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), the internationally recognized directory of high quality, peer-reviewed...
Du Bois Library

The department of polymer science and engineering is celebrating its 50th anniversary May 12-13 with a two-day reunion and symposium expected to draw more than 250 visitors for laboratory tours, panel discussions and formal presentations from eight of the department’s most distinguished graduates.

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Senior Victoria Matthews offers a heartfelt poem to UMass Amherst seniors and to new students about to arrive. Victoria, who graduates with a bachelor's degree in women, gender and sexuality studies, was inspired to write "A Love Letter To You" by the UMatter@UMass program.
Victoria Matthews
In the week before final exams, UMass Amherst students were encouraged to reduce stress by walking through a sun-powered circular labyrinth, a unique collaboration between the College of Nursing and the department of landscape architecture and design.
Walking meditation labyrinth