In a piece that ran in several media outlets across the country, the AP featured Richard Hunter ’44, J. Bruce Duncan ’45, Frank R.L. Egloff ’46 and C. Burns Roehrig ’45 who finally received long-overdue diplomas at Amherst’s commencement May 22. “Of course we wanted to honor these men who gave so much to the nation,” President Anthony W. Marx told reporter Mark Pratt. “It’s a statement of pride and an acknowledgment of service.”
Two Amherst transfer students, Jacob S. Powers and Ruben Sepulveda, were featured in a newspaper piece that highlighted the successes of the state’s community college system. Powers and Sepulveda were also honored in a ceremony at the Statehouse.
News of the killing of Osama Bin Laden and the resolution of the Phoebe Prince bullying case in May of 2011 placed a spotlight on widely differing aspects of the U.S. justice system. LJST professor Austin Sarat spoke with WFCR’s Susan Kaplan that in cases like the Prince suicide, in which a small community is galvanized around a terrible event, the justice system is put to it’s severest test.
The AP wire ran a brief about Amherst Unplugged, an initiative encouraging students to turn off their technological devices for any part of April 8, that was picked up by newspapers and other media outlets across the country. The event was also mentioned in pieces that ran in the Boston Globe, Worcester Telegram & Gazette, Hartford Courant and Holyoke Enterprise, to name a few.
The Beneski Museum of Natural History and its collection of dinosaur tracks were mentioned in this piece about locations in the Connecticut Valley where visitors can see the footprints of our long-extinct forebearers. The organization was also featured in a Boston Globe article about the perks of living in college towns.
The Springfield-area NBC News affiliate’s hour-long morning show tapped geology professor Tekla Harms and art and the history of art professor Samuel Morse to discuss the science of earthquakes and tsunamis and the art and culture of Japan, respectively, for a March 22 program focusing on Japan and the aftermath of its recent earthquake.