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Whitney Battle-Baptiste and Demetria Shabazz
Whitney Battle-Baptiste, associate professor of anthropology, and Demetria Shabazz, assistant professor of communication, have been recognized as Women Who Lead by Example in Massachusetts by UnityFirst.com, a Springfield-based distributor of diversity-related e-news to corporations and diverse...
Jean Swinney
Nursing professor Jean Swinney was recognized March 27 with a citation from the Massachusetts Senate for her “lifelong work toward issues of diversity, equity, access and representation in the nursing profession.” The citation, which was requested by Senate President Stan Rosenberg,...
Sonia Nieto
College of Education professor emerita Sonia Nieto has been elected to membership in the National Academy of Education, an honorific society consisting of U.S. members and foreign associates who are elected on the basis of outstanding scholarship related to education. NAEd’s 16 new members...
Stephen Clingman
English professor Stephen Clingman was an invited participant at a March 26 special colloquium honoring Bram Fischer at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. Fischer was the lawyer who led the defense of Nelson Mandela and the other accused at the Rivonia Trial in 1964...
Dick Stromgren
Richard “Dick” Leonard Stromgren, 82, of Amherst, alumnus and retired associate professor of communication, March 27 at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. Born in Flushing, N.Y., he grew up in Southwick and graduated from Westfield High School. He attended the University of Massachusetts,...
Charles E. Lehane, Jr., 67, of Shutesbury, formerly of Amherst, retired operations manager in the Campus Center, died March 26 at his home on Lake Wyola. Born in Northampton, he graduated from Amherst High School. After graduating from Greenfield Community College in 1969, he entered the U.S. Army...
Laura Valdiviezo
“Something That Test Scores Do Not Show: Engaging in Community Diversity as a Local Response to Global Education Trends” by Laura Valdiviezo, associate professor in the College of Education, was the most read article in The Educational Forum during 2014. Routledge/Taylor & Francis...
Katharine Reichert
Dr. Katharine E. “Kay” Reichert, 86, of Hadley, a former physician at University Health Services, died March 21 at the Hospice of the Fisher Home. Born in Arnold, Pa., she started her medical career as a nurse’s aide at a local hospital while she was still in high school. She...
Faith Sweigart
Faith M. Sweigart, 88, of Amherst, a retired clerk in the Copy Centers, died March 23 at her home at the Arbors. Born in Lewiston, Maine, she grew up in Boothbay Harbor. She attended Ryder College in Trenton, N.J. and graduated in 1946. She then worked for Travelers Insurance in Trenton, until...
Ezekiel Kimball
Ezekiel Kimball, assistant professor in educational policy, research and administration in the College of Education, was recognized March 6 as one of six national recipients of the 2015 Emerging Scholars Award from the College Student Educators, International (ACPA) during its annual convention in...

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