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John Grillo, an acclaimed American painter at longtime UMass professor, died Nov. 26 at the age of 97 on Cape Cod.

John Grillo, longtime UMass art professor, dies at 97

Sunday, December 21, 2014

AMHERST — Spread across an upper wall of a quiet reading room at the Jones Library, recently deceased artist John Grillo’s 1991 mural looks down upon the stacks of large print and fiction. The artist and former University of Massachusetts professor died Nov. 26 of heart failure at the age of 97 near his home on Cape Cod. A panel …

University of Massachusetts Amherst awarded $5 million grant to run aviation research center at Westover Air Reserve Base in Chicopee

Saturday, December 20, 2014

CHICOPEE — Westover Air Reserve Base, and its accompanying civilian airport, might see new life after military cutbacks are shrinking the size of its air fleet. The University of Massachusetts Amherst has received a $5 million state grant to run a major air traffic control research and training center there while plans are being considered to make the base the site of low-cost …

Gov. Deval Patrick to lead inaugural ride on Vermonter through ‘Knowledge Corridor’

Friday, December 19, 2014

Gov. Deval Patrick is scheduled to lead an inaugural ride on the Amtrak Vermonter service along the “Knowledge Corridor” on Monday afternoon. Later that night, the Ward 3 Neighborhood Association in Northampton will hold a forum to discuss the project and hear a safety presentation from an Amtrak officer. That event is scheduled for the Bridge Street School cafeteria at 7 p.m. The …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies sponsors harvest banquet fundraiser

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

AMHERST — Without stepping away from western Massachusetts, residents will have an opportunity to spend a few hours reveling in Renaissance-era Italy by sampling its food, music and customs. The Massachusetts Center for Interdisciplinary Renaissance Studies holds its annual harvest banquet fundraiser from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. …

Greenfield Community College teams with area high schools to teach about sustainable agriculture

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College has received a grant of almost $50,000 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to start new courses in sustainable agriculture, along with free workshops for local high school teachers who are bringing farm-based components into the curriculum. The initiative is called Educational Networks …

Two staff houses evacuated at Smith College after excavator hits natural gas line

Monday, October 20, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Six people were evacuated from two houses for Smith College staff when an excavator working nearby on Paradise Road punctured an underground natural gas line. Northampton Deputy Fire Chief Timothy McQueston said the damage to the two-inch pipe was reported at 12:04 p.m. and Paradise Road …

Congressman James McGovern cites importance of Greenfield Community College to region at its foundation’s annual meeting

Saturday, October 18, 2014

GREENFIELD — Some colleges and universities build big fences and walls around their property and have no interaction with the community, said U.S. Congressman James McGovern, speaking at the Greenfield Community College Foundation’s annual meeting Friday night. Not here. “This school is an essential part to the future …

VIDEO: 1,000 UMass students attend rally for tolerance Thursday night in wake of racist dorm messages

Thursday, October 16, 2014

AMHERST — They flooded the University of Massachusetts Amherst Student Union building Thursday afternoon, some 1,000 students of all colors moved to lend their voices to a suddenly powerful outcry against racism on campus and to take whatever …

‘That was not just his door, that was our door’: UMass Students respond to racist threats written on dorm room doors

Thursday, October 16, 2014

AMHERST — Students in the University of Massachusetts Southwest Residential Area where several threatening racist messages were scrawled on dorm-room doors this week said Wednesday they believe racism is rare on campus and had not heard many of …

University of Massachusetts students who were targets of racist graffiti speak out

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

AMHERST — Jonathan Romero, a senior living in Washington Tower at the University of Massachusetts, was stunned when he returned to his room Wednesday afternoon to pick up his phone charger and saw the words “Kill these Mexicans …