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Dean and two associates resign from UMass College of Education

Thursday, February 11, 2016

AMHERST — Three top officials at the University of Massachusetts Amherst College of Education are all resigning, and there has been no public explanation for their departures. Dean Christine McCormick, who has held that role since 2005, as well as associate deans Joseph Berger and Linda Griffin, have all announced they will leave the college, according to an announcement last month by UMass Provost Katherine Newman. Deputy Chancellor Robert Feldman, …

Native of Ghana who has covered Africa as journalist will speak at UMass

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

AMHERST — Ofeibea Quist-Arcton, a BBC and NPR journalist who has extensively covered West Africa, will speak with John Higginson, a professor of history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, on New England Public Radio at an event at the Commonwealth Honors College. The free event will occur at 1:30 p.m. Feb. 23. “We are thrilled to be one of Ofeibea’s few stops …

Mellon Foundation gives Hampshire College $1.2 million grant to make its library more relevant in digital age

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

AMHERST — Hampshire College has received a $1.2 million grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to transform its Harold F. Johnson Library, but not through a renovation. Instead, the money will be used to hire recent Hampshire graduates who will train current students how to make full use of a modern library …

Mount Holyoke College President Lynn Pasquerella will leave office in June

Monday, January 4, 2016

SOUTH HADLEY — Mount Holyoke’s president, Lynn Pasquerella, will step down from that role to accept a position leading the Association of American Colleges & Universities. Her last day will be June 30, and Sonya Stephens, vice president …

UMass to complete $1.45 million in residence hall security upgrades by 2016; more projects planned

Friday, January 1, 2016

AMHERST — Two years after pledging to improve residence hall security, the University of Massachusetts plans to complete projects which cost $1.45 million by the end of 2016 and already has implemented 60 of 87 security improvements recommended …

Campus activists unite for divestment battle

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

BOSTON — Campus activists who often fight in parallel with one another for their respective causes are now starting to form alliances as they turn up the pressure on some U.S. colleges to financially divest from industries that …

Wilson, scholar of race, class, looks ahead at 80

Monday, December 28, 2015

CAMBRIDGE — Seated in one of two offices he maintains on the Harvard University campus, William Julius Wilson points to the far wall and his framed citation for the 1998 National Medal of Science, only the second one …

Questions of due process, equal protection arise in federal lawsuit over UMass officials’ handling of sexual misconduct case

Sunday, December 27, 2015

AMHERST — In a federal lawsuit filed this fall against the University of Massachusetts Amherst and six of its officials, a male former student has joined other plaintiffs around the country in claiming that a school’s disciplinary process …

UMass Amherst professor using grant to help make data more trustworthy

Sunday, December 27, 2015

AMHERST — Data is plentiful and easily shared, but that means errors and false information can be spread quickly, too. Alexandra Meliou, assistant professor of computer science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, recently received a $550,000 National …

Art at work

Monday, December 21, 2015

Creator of Harvard affirmative-action policy dies

Monday, December 21, 2015

WASHINGTON — Walter Leonard, an attorney and university administrator who designed an admissions process at Harvard University that led to more minority students being admitted, has died. He was 86. Leonard died Dec. 8 in Kensington, Maryland, of complications from Alzheimer’s disease, said his wife, Betty Leonard. The …

Smith College reports death of senior Noemi Collazo of Springfield

Friday, December 18, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Smith College senior Noemi Collazo of Springfield has died, according to an email sent to the college community Friday afternoon. The circumstances of Collazo’s death were not described in the email sent by Donna Lisker, dean of the college and vice president for campus life. College …

Smith College faculty members sign letter calling for divestment from fossil fuels

Friday, December 18, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — A letter signed by 85 current and former faculty members and sent to the Smith College board of trustees has joined a growing chorus of voices calling for the school to divest from fossil fuels. “Our hopes are to send a strong message to the trustees …