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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 …

UMass unions plan to picket office of President Robert Caret over unpaid negotiated raises

Monday, April 13, 2015

AMHERST — Faculty and staff at the University of Massachusetts Boston plan to picket the Boston office of system President Robert L. Caret on Wednesday over unpaid raises which unions contend were negotiated and agreed upon last year. Five UMass Boston unions are expected to take part in …

Federal education officials visit UMass, will hear from backers of rape survivors’ bill of rights

Monday, April 13, 2015

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts Amherst student activists are taking advantage of the chance to talk with federal investigators about sexual assault, violence and rape and hoping the conversations will lead their school to adopt new polices friendlier …

UMass students show off animal-handling skills at 80th annual Bay State Livestock Classic

Saturday, April 11, 2015

HADLEY — University of Massachusetts Amherst junior Lindsay Andersen said as soon as she stepped on the Hadley Farm her freshman year she knew she wanted to be a “goat person” — someone who raises the animals from …

Federal officials will visit UMass Amherst investigating response to possible sexual harassment and violence

Friday, April 10, 2015

AMHERST — A continuing investigation into the response by University of Massachusetts to possible sexual harassment and violence is prompting representatives from the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights to visit the Amherst campus next week. An email sent Thursday from the office of the vice …

UMass research on how bacteria communicate may lead to medicines that keep people healthier

Friday, April 10, 2015

AMHERST — While a person might not have much to say to a bacterium, research by a University of Massachusetts Amherst scientist shows that bacteria are avid communicators among their own kind. Kevin Griffith, assistant professor of microbiology …

UMass announces launch of new center for data science

Thursday, April 9, 2015

AMHERST — Fifty years ago the advice to college graduates was to go into plastics. Today, it’s data. In order to meet the booming demand for data scientists across nearly every field, the University of Massachusetts Amherst announced …

Donation of $60,000 to establish nursing scholarship at Greenfield Community College

Thursday, April 9, 2015

GREENFIELD — The Greenfield Community College Foundation annual fund drive moved closer to its $800,000 goal this week when Greenfield resident Howard Ahlskog donated $60,000 in memory of his wife, a local hospital nurse for 27 years. Ahlskog wants the Foundation to establish a new nursing scholarship in …

In a stop at UMass, McGovern announces $1.7M in federal grants to bolster food-related research at the university

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

AMHERST — Food-related programs at the University of Massachusetts Amherst will receive $1.7 million of federal dough from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Congressman James McGovern announced at an event on campus Wednesday. The money will be directed …

Eric Carle among six who will receive honorary degrees at Amherst College commencement

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

AMHERST — Famed author and illustrator Eric Carle, who founded a museum dedicated to children’s books in Amherst, is one of six people who will receive honorary degrees at this year’s Amherst College commencement. The ceremony May 24 will begin at 10 a.m. on the main quad, with …

Smith College names Maya Lin, Shepley Bulfinch as designer for $100 million Neilson Library renovation

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — The artist famous for her creation of the iconic Vietnam Veterans Memorial in the nation’s capital, Maya Lin, has been selected as the architect for a $100 million redesign of the Neilson Library, built in 1909 …