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John Stoffolano, entomologist and professor in the Stockbridge School of Agriculture, was an invited speaker at the Northeast Modern Language Association Conference on April 6 in Harrisburg, Pa., where he presented a paper in a session devoted to the well-known story “Pinocchio.” His...
George J. Kermensky, Sr., 93, of Hadley, a retired project estimator at Physical Plant, died April 5 at the Holyoke Soldiers Home. Born in Hadley, he was a lifelong resident of the town. He also worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps. He enlisted in the United States Coast Guard in 1942 and...
Stephen Clingman, professor of English and director of the Interdisciplinary Studies Institute, presented the Five College Jackie Pritzen Lecture on April 3 at Commonwealth Honors College. He spoke on “Rights, Routes, and Refugees: The Fiction of Caryl Phillips.” This annual lecture...
Kathleen Theberge, of Kingston, a retired clerk III in the University Health Services Pharmacy, died April 1 at home. She was a graduate of Bridgewater State College and did graduate work at Springfield College and Hofstra University. She taught school for several years in Bayport, N.Y. She...
Joel W. Martin, vice provost for academic personnel and dean of the faculty, has been named provost and dean of the faculty at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa., where he chaired the department of religious studies from 1996 to 2000. Martin came to UMass Amherst in 2006 and served...
Roberta R. Collard, 96, professor emerita of education, died March 19. Born in Wheelock, Texas, she was raised by her sisters after her mother died of tuberculosis and the later the loss of her father, who traveled and worked across the state of Texas. It was discovered very, very early, that she...
Professors Robert M. DeConto, geosciences, Andrew K. McCallum, computer science, and Marla R. Miller, history, have been selected as the recipients of the 2014-15 Samuel F. Conti Faculty Fellowship Awards. The awards were announced March 27 by Mike Malone, vice chancellor for research and...
Director of Athletics John McCutcheon announced the promotion of Jaime Seguin to deputy athletics director on March 28. Seguin will also now serve as the senior woman administrator for the department. The elevation of Seguin is part of a reorganization process undertaken by Athletics to enhance...
Karen Skolfield, a lecturer in the College of Engineering who teaches the required Engin 351 “Writing in Engineering” course, has won a PEN New England Award for Literary Excellence for her book of poetry, “Frost in the Low Areas.” The PEN New England Awards honor literary...
The International Studies Association (ISA) Environmental Studies Section presented Peter M. Haas, professor of political science, with its 2014 Distinguished Scholar Award at its annual meeting in Toronto on March 27. The award is presented annually to an outstanding scholar whose research and...

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