Friday, February 25, 2011

Weekly Preview: February 25 to March 4

Here's what you can look forward to next week:

Spring 2011 Final Exam Schedule will be available through SPIRE and the Registrar’s website by Tuesday, March 1.   Fall dates are currently listed; check in often to see if Spring dates have posted.

Monday, February 28

International Scholars Program Information Session. This is an information session for first year undergraduates interested in the International Scholars Program. Commonwealth Honors College and the International Programs Office co-sponsor the International Scholars Program (ISP) which allows qualified students to integrate international studies coursework and study abroad during their undergraduate years. ISP is highly competitive, admitting approximately 15-20 students per year. Students must be able to commit three consecutive years to the Program. 4:00pm – 5:00 pm, Goodell 504

Tuesday, March 1

The Public Health Sciences Application deadline is March 1 for spring semester. Declare early to take advantage of their advising events and course selection; if you wait until your Junior year to declare public health (or switch into it), you may not be able to get in all your requirements. If you have not attended a Public Health Information Session, email Lynn Koerbel at

RefWorks Workshop. Learn how to use RefWorks, Write-N-Cite and RefShare to streamline your research and paper writing. 1:00pm – 2:00pm, Integrated Sciences Building, 3rd floor classroom

Distinguished Faculty Lecture.  Professor Fred Feldman of the Department of Philosophy will present a lecture entitled "What Is This Thing Called Happiness?" Economists, sociologists, psychologists, and others frequently report excitingly on their empirical research on happiness yet they seem to come to wildly different conclusions about what makes us happy and when we are happiest. Drawing on his latest book, Professor Feldman will describe recent popular research methodologies, argue that much empirical research focuses on things that do not deserve to be called happiness, and make a case that defining happiness is a job for philosophy. 4:00pm, Mullins Center, Massachusetts Room, Live Stream available

Changing Lives, Transforming Communities: On Founding an African NGO. Eric Glustrom, founder and executive director of Educate!, will discuss his experience founding and directing a socially progressive nonprofit in one of the world’s poorest countries, and how he developed an effective model that combines classroom experience with external mentoring, leadership development, and the creation of social enterprises. 4:00pm, Gordon Hall, 3rd Floor.

Wednesday, March 2

Resource Economics Information Session for UMass students interested in exploring the Resource Economics major. 11:15am, Stockbridge 217  In order to register for Fall 2011 courses as a Res Econ major, students must complete an on-line Statement of Interest by April 15.


BDIC (Bachelors Degree with Individual Concentration) Information Sessions for Spring 2011.  Learn about the most unique major on campus, and receive guidance on how you can design your own major. Information sessions will be held every Monday (3pm), Tuesday (1pm), Wednesday (10am), Thursday (11am), Friday (1pm) in 608 Goodell.

Approaching Deadlines and Important DatesTuesday, March 22
Last day for Undergraduates and Continuing Education students to drop courses with a “W” or to change a course to Pass/Fail.

Monday March 7
Basic Math Skills (R1) Exemption Test,  7:30pm Marcus 131

Tuesday March 8
Writing Placement Test, 6:00pm Bartlett 310

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