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UMass director of community relations Tony Maroulis starts series of informal town-gown conversations

Friday, October 24, 2014

AMHERST — An initiative to continue building relationships between the University of Massachusetts and its host communities begins Monday with a series of coffee-shop meetings. Tony Maroulis, director of community relations at UMass, is starting the “community conversations” at 10:30 a.m. at the Black Sheep Deli, 79 Main St. He is inviting anyone with questions, comments or complaints related to UMass and its relationship with Amherst and surrounding communities to …

Dartmouth’s Tuck School, Smith College to partner

Friday, October 24, 2014

HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth will offer its Tuck Business Bridge Program to undergraduates at Smith College, a private women’s liberal arts college in Massachusetts. It’s the first time the program will be delivered by Tuck faculty at another institution in the U.S. The bridge program provides qualified students in the liberal arts, sciences, and engineering disciplines …

University of Massachusetts union members plan rally Friday

Thursday, October 23, 2014

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts employees who are part of five unions working under the terms of previous contracts will continue to rally Friday morning, hoping to draw attention to their negotiating position. Donna Johnson, president of the 1,000-member University Staff Association, said the unions are holding an “all-union coffee break” to which they have invited UMass President Robert Caret. Johnson said members …

UMass President Robert Caret opposes police use of students as confidential informants

Thursday, October 9, 2014

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts president Robert L. Caret said Thursday that he is opposed to UMass police using students as drug-case informants, particularly if they have been arrested and are pressured by legal and personal worries. However, …

Amherst College community dons T-shirts to support campaign against campus sexual assault

Thursday, October 9, 2014

AMHERST — Hundreds of Amherst College students donned purple T-shirts reading “It’s On Us” on the front and “I Pledge To Do Something” on the back as they headed to classes Thursday afternoon. Faculty and staff did the …

UMass President Robert Caret launches statewide bus tour

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

BOSTON (AP) — In what’s become an annual tradition, University of Massachusetts President Robert Caret is launching a statewide bus tour to highlight the impact and contributions of the five-campus system on the state. The tour begins Tuesday in Boston and Haverhill. Caret is scheduled to attend UMass-Boston …

UMass Student Government Association delays decision on resolution addressing confidential informant program

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

AMHERST — A resolution demanding an end to the confidential informant program used by University of Massachusetts Police — and calling on the department to make its top priority the well-being of all students — is being considered by student leaders. The Student Government Association met for more …

UMass student Eric Sinacori kept drug problems secret; was ‘caretaker’ to friends, girlfriend Brianne Oliveira says

Saturday, October 4, 2014

AMHERST — Brianne Oliveira learned that her boyfriend, Eric L. Sinacori, had used heroin during her first visit to his home in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey. He opened up to her about having had problems with the drug …

Partnership produces two scholarships for Latino students at Greenfield Community College

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Next spring two Latino students will receive $1,000 scholarships to Greenfield Community College resulting from a partnership between the Latino Scholarship Foundation and Baystate Franklin Medical Center. “This is possible because of the relationships we have,” said Sheryl Hruska, chief academic and student affairs officer at GCC. “We …

Two more members appointed to Westfield State University board of trustees

Friday, October 3, 2014

WESTFIELD — Two more members have been appointed to the Westfield State University board of trustees, completing the 11-member board, officials announced Friday. Madeline Landrau and Linda Slakey were appointed by Gov. Deval Patrick to five-year terms, joining several other new members who have joined the board this …

‘Orange is the New Black’ author Piper Kerman talks about prison reform, sexuality and being a ‘Smithie’ in return to alma mater

Thursday, October 2, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Many Smith College alumnae have made names for themselves and then returned to address students or serve as commencement speakers. Piper Kerman, who graduated in 1992, knows that she would not be back at the college …

UMass professor Robert Rothstein honored with Republic of Poland Order of Merit

Thursday, October 2, 2014

AMHERST — Robert A. Rothstein, professor of Judaic and Slavic Studies and comparative literature at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has been honored with the Republic of Poland Order of Merit. The Order of Merit is given to foreigners and Polish citizens permanently living abroad who have made …

Greenfield Community College shares in grant for STEM training

Thursday, October 2, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College is one of 15 schools statewide to get a slice of $20 million to promote programs and train prospective workers in science, technology, engineering and math. In a consortia, 15 community colleges across the state were selected by the federal Department of Labor …