Five Colleges remembers two pioneers of collaboration

Jackie Pritzen, associate coordinator for academic programs at Five Colleges from 1969 until her retirement in 1995, passed away in August. Earlier this summer, E. Jefferson “Pat” Murphy, coordinator and chief executive of the consortium from 1975 to 1987, died. Jackie and Pat both played critical roles in the development and expansion of a wide variety of consortium projects, such as Five College certificate programs, creation of the Dance Department and the internationalization of Five College programs.

Albright to discuss U.S.­–China relations as part of China Town Hall

Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright will participate via live webcast with local scholars in a national day of programming on China on October 28th at Amherst College’s Fayerweather Hall.

China Town Hall: Local Connections, National Reflections will be presented locally by the Five College Center for East Asian Studies and the National Committee on U.S.–China Relations as part of a national program involving more than 60 cities throughout the United States.

Campuses throughout the Northeast begin work toward shared library solutions

Even in a time when 80 percent of college and university library acquisitions are electronic, new books and other print materials still take up an increasing amount of space in campus collections, pushing libraries to explore new ways to maintain access to their print collections while repurposing space for new collections, media centers and even cafes. That is the issue driving the 90 colleges and universities participating in the Northeast Regional Library Print Management Project, an 18-month planning effort funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Twenty-four hour game creation workshop to be held at Hampshire College

The Five Colleges consortium and HitPoint Studios, an Amherst-based independent game company that counts Disney, 20th Century Fox, Sony and Hasbro among its clients, are collaborating in sponsoring a 24-hour game-creation workshop at Hampshire College’s Adele Simmons Hall beginning Friday, September 27 at 6pm.

Campuses restrict outdoor evening activities in reponse to EEE threat

The Town of Amherst has been identified by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) to be at “high” risk for Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), a rare viral infection that is dangerous and often fatal to humans and spread by mosquitoes that are most active from dusk to dawn.

While there have been no human cases reported in the state for EEE this year, two horses in neighboring Belchertown have died from the disease during the past week and mosquitoes caught in Amherst have tested positive for the virus.

National Digital Stewardship Alliance Releases National Agenda for Digital Stewardship

The National Digital Stewardship Alliance (NDSA), a voluntary membership organization of leading government, academic, and private sector organizations with digital stewardship responsibilities, has announced the release of its 2014 National Agenda for Digital Stewardship.

Beyond Plymouth Rock: Educating educators on Native Americans in New England

Just about the only time Native Americans of New England are mentioned in K-12 classrooms, it’s as part of the Thanksgiving story, according to Alice Nash; they are considered centuries-old artifacts with little relevance to American culture today. "Even Native American communities in other parts of the country don't realize there are Native American communities in New England,” Nash says. “They are still here and they are still vital."