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UMass Rising campaign exceeds $300 million goal more than a year ahead of schedule

Friday, May 22, 2015

AMHERST — The $300 million UMass Rising fundraising campaign has exceeded its goal more than a year ahead of schedule, the University of Massachusetts Amherst Foundation Board announced this week. “We have truly received exceptional and broad-based support in our drive to propel UMass Amherst to new heights,” said Robert Epstein, campaign co-chairman. “The $310 million that we have raised to date for the commonwealth’s flagship campus reflects the passion …

Fourth group of machinists graduates from Franklin County Technical School

Thursday, May 21, 2015

TURNERS FALLS — The Franklin County Technical School machine shop turned out its fourth group of machinists Thursday through the adult training program of the Franklin Hampshire Regional Employment Board. The 13-week Middle Skills Manufacturing Initiative graduated 13 students Thursday for a total of 43 trained since the program began in 2013. More than 80 percent are employed in the field, according to …

Mount Holyoke College graduates told, ‘be open to what life has to say to you’

Sunday, May 17, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — For Gabrielle Barnett of Montego Bay, Jamaica, graduation day Sunday at Mount Holyoke College had a slightly otherworldly feel. “It’s surreal, it’s amazing, you walk, you get your degree and wow, it’s over,” said the international relations major who is off to China next year to continue her studies in …

Protesters march from Amherst College to UMass demanding increased access to education for undocumented immigrants

Friday, May 1, 2015

AMHERST — About 70 people, mostly college-aged, marched from Amherst College to the University of Massachusetts Amherst Friday chanting their mission to bring undocumented immigrants “out of the shadows, into the classroom.” Hampshire College student Gustavo Madrigal described …

UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan to head UMass system

Friday, May 1, 2015

Marty Meehan, chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Lowell and former representative of the 5th Congressional District of Massachusetts in the U.S. House of Representatives, will be the next president of the University of Massachusetts system. Meehan was chosen in a unanimous vote at a UMass Board of …

Former Westfield State University president Evan Dobelle to pay damages in settlement with state

Thursday, April 30, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Former Westfield State University president Evan S. Dobelle has agreed to pay the state $185,000 to settle allegations that he used school money for personal spending and vacations during his tenure. Dobelle also cannot accept any …

UMass trustees expected to choose president Friday from finalists UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan and Harvard Professor John Quelch

Thursday, April 30, 2015

AMHERST — The University of Massachusetts system may name a new president as early as Friday. A presidential search committee announced Thursday morning it had selected two finalists — Marty Meehan, chancellor of UMass Lowell, and John A. Quelch, professor of business administration at Harvard Business School. UMass …

Krauthammer talks politics with UMass Republicans

Thursday, April 30, 2015

AMHERST — Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Charles Krauthammer won another honor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst on Wednesday evening — he became the first speaker for the school’s Republican Club in recent memory who did not inspire …

Gates shares views of US power in Amherst talk

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

AMHERST — As he reflected on his five years as U.S. secretary of defense, Robert Gates emphasized that the nation needs to be selective about when and where it sends its citizens into battle. If the United States …

Nepali students in Valley band together for support

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Smith College senior Pratistha Bhattarai was having a Skype conversation with her parents in Kathmandu, Nepal, when Saturday’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake caused them to flee their home. Bhattarai, 22, stayed glued to her screen for 40 …

Greenfield Community College aims for inclusion with deaf students in Outdoor Leadership Program

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

GREENFIELD — Sliding down an anchored rope, Lauren Sprague of Grafton rappelled down a tall tree behind Greenfield Community College to Peter Botsford, who was hung up, swinging in the air. In moments, Sprague attached Botsford to her …

New program at UMass helps students with disabilities transition to campus life

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — University of Massachusetts student Brian Krutzler looked good and he knew it. He went classic for the April 10 prom on the 11th floor of the Campus Center: black tuxedo, crisp white dress shirt, black bow …

Valley residents with links to Nepal urge help for relief work

Monday, April 27, 2015

AMHERST — Kabindra Man Shakya, a Nepalese postdoctoral student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, found out about the earthquake that devastated his country when he received a call from his wife’s family at 4 a.m. Saturday. “At …