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The Air Force and Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) programs will conduct their annual Veterans Day observance on Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 4 p.m. at Memorial Hall. The guest speaker will be Army veteran Bernd F. Schliemann, a senior lecturer in mechanical and industrial engineering....
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Friends, family, colleagues and literary heirs of Nigerian writer Chinua Achebe met Oct. 14-15 at UMass Amherst to honor the iconic 1975 campus talk in which Achebe took Joseph Conrad and his “Heart of Darkness” to task for distorting Africa and its people. 
Chinua Achebe
UMass Amherst’s 2015­–16 Innovation Challenge kicked off on Oct. 28. This yearlong series of events has deep connections and a proud history on campus, and is back for a 10th year with new formats, more money on the table, and greater emphasis on mentoring and venture creation. The...
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Sandra Petersen, director of the Northeast Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (NEAGEP) reports that the program recently welcomed a record number of new fellows to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) doctoral programs at UMass Amherst. Petersen says that at...
Sandra Petersen
Campus forums with three finalists for the post of assistant vice chancellor/chief of police will take place over the course of the next two weeks, according to David Vaillancourt, senior associate dean of students and chair of the search committee. The finalists are Joseph R. Riley, deputy chief...

Jay Schafer, director of Libraries, this week announced his plans to retire. He will continue to serve until his successor is hired. In a broadcast email to the campus community, Provost Katherine S. Newman called Schafer “a remarkable colleague, a visionary who has led the library into the ‘information age,’ while never losing sight of all that he (and we) value about books you can hold in your hands.”

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The Public Engagement Project invites applications from faculty to apply for its spring semester Public Engagement Fellowships. Participating faculty will develop a fellowship plan tailored to their expertise and aspirations for reaching broader publics. They will also receive technical training in communicating with non-academic audiences, cultivate networks to reach those publics, and workshop a policy brief, blog, op-ed or other public engagement products.

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The UMass Amherst Parents Association conducted a Family Weekend Food Drive in the Campus Center Oct. 2-3, collecting more than 1,300 pounds of food for donation to the Amherst Survival Center’s Food Pantry. Organizers particularly sought items that could be used in Thanksgiving boxes. The...
The University Without Walls held its third annual Social Justice Residency Sept. 18-20 at the UMass Center at Springfield. More than 20 students and faculty discussed the theory and practice of social justice activism, particularly as related to racial and economic inequality in Springfield....
The UMass Amherst Community Campaign (UMACC) kicks off Tuesday, Oct. 20 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Student Union ballroom with a “charity fair” open to all employees. UMACC is the workplace-giving program at UMass that allows faculty, staff and retirees to donate to any charitable...

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