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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 …

Five College Learning in Retirement recruits participants for spring classes and special events

Monday, December 7, 2015

SOUTH HADLEY — The Willits-Hallowell Center at Mount Holyoke College was crowded with seniors one Sunday last month who came to learn about the spring 2016 classes and special events of the Five College Learning in Retirement program. …

Divisions emerge on campuses over tactics used by activists fighting racial discrimination

Monday, December 7, 2015

LOS ANGELES — Alton Luke II is an African-American sophomore at Occidental College who backs the broad goal of racial equity for students. But he has chosen not to support the minority student movement aimed at ousting college President Jonathan Veitch and improving campus diversity — and bluntly …

Higher education briefs

Monday, December 7, 2015

HCC professor awarded national fellowship HOLYOKE — Holyoke Community College associate professor Vanessa Martinez, of Sunderland, has been selected as a 2015 Leadership Fellow for the American Anthropological Association. Martinez is an associate professor of anthropology in the …

Women activists subject of Smith College Massive Open Online Course

Monday, December 7, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — Long touting its small, seminar-style classes, Smith College is making a foray into the opposite extreme, creating a Massive Open Online Course, or MOOC. The course, “Psychology of Political Activism: Women Changing the World,” will be available in March through the platform edX, run by the …

Students urge UMass to adopt a Survivor’s Bill of Rights for victims of sexual assaults

Friday, December 4, 2015

AMHERST — Lampposts around the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus bore photos of men and women with their mouths taped shut, captioned with facts related to sexual assault. In front of the Student Union, a voice bellowed through …

UMass Foundation to divest endowment funds from coal, but not other fossil fuels

Thursday, December 3, 2015

AMHERST — University of Massachusetts endowment funds overseen by the UMass Foundation will no longer be invested in coal, though the foundation will continue to invest in other fossil fuels, according to a statement Thursday. The foundation oversees $770 million, according to the statement. Its decision was reached …

WMUA radio station turmoil continues as more jazz hosts quit, annual fund drive falls short of goal

Thursday, December 3, 2015

AMHERST — With most jazz hosts quitting their programs and the recent annual fund drive falling short of its goal, community members involved with WMUA are renewing calls for the University of Massachusetts to hire a permanent professional …

Tyrone Parham named new UMass police chief

Thursday, December 3, 2015

AMHERST — Pennsylvania State University’s police chief has been chosen to lead the University of Massachusetts Amherst Police Department in an expanded role that will also make him adviser to the vice chancellor of student affairs and campus …

Orange farmer wins innovative idea award for proposal to extract from urine nutrients needed by crops

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

NORTHAMPTON — At the inaugural Simon Grinspoon Farm Awards, celebrating what farmers harvest from the Earth, one local farmer won $500 for his idea to harness what humans give back in great supply — urine. Ricky Baruc, winner of the ceremony’s Farm Innovation Idea Contest, warned those present …

State Board of Higher Education approves Ramon Torrecilha as new president of Westfield State University

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The state Board of Higher Education on Tuesday formally approved Ramon S. Torrecilha as the 20th president of Westfield State University. A lifelong educator from California who immigrated to the United States as a migrant worker at age 17, Torrecilha will be the first Latino to serve as …