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Archived announcements for September, 2014

Viewing for Opening Convocation Sept. 1
Opening Convocation for new students will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Johnson Chapel on Monday, Sept. 1. Upperclass students will be able to log in and view a live video feed of the ceremony at the following link:
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Convocation Reminder for Faculty and Administration
Opening Convocation begins at 7:30 p.m. in Johnson Chapel on Monday, Sept. 1, following the 5 p.m. faculty meeting in Cole Assembly Room in Converse Hall. Formal regalia will be worn at Convocation, and the procession will be gathered based on the seniority list posted throughout the Johnson Chapel building. The Office of Communications continues to handle rentals of caps and gowns. If you have not placed your rental order, contact Paula Mieczkowski (413-542-8269 or or Patricia Allen (413-542-8094 or

Keefe Health Center Will Be Closed Sept. 1
The Keefe Health Center will be closed Labor Day, Monday, 9/1/14. UMass University Health Services is open to serve Amherst College students during the academic year when the Keefe Health Center is closed. For emergency medical care, please call Amherst College Police at (413) 542- 2111. UMass University Health Services is open during the weekend as well as Labor Day. The walk-in clinic, pharmacy, radiology department and laboratory are all open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Book & Plow Farm Fall CSA Share: 12 Weeks of Organic Veggies!
CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is a subscription-based business model that helps farmers spend less time marketing their produce and more time growing it, less time going to farmers' markets and more time developing a farm community. Subscribers pay up-front for a "share" of the farm. Whatever is ripe and ready to be harvested that week is pulled in and offered to shareholders. This model allows farmers to have the up-front capital needed to pay for seeds, equipment, labor, etc. The shareholder gets to experience the parade of produce coming in and out of harvest, and share in the joys and bemoan the frustrations that come with eating locally, organically grown produce in New England. What does the Book & Plow CSA look like? CSA members will enjoy a weekly pickup of 15-25 pounds of produce, from Sept. 3 to Nov. 19 (12 weeks); a choice of what goes into your share from the crops displayed in the shareroom; access to the Pick Your Own garden, which includes flowers, herbs, beans and tomatoes; subscription to our newsletter; invitation to Book & Plow events and parties; and participation in supporting your local farmers and fresh, sustainably grown produce. A share costs $360*, which comes out to $30 a week. The pickup times are Wednesdays from 3 to 6 p.m. The pickup location is at the Book & Plow greenhouse, located at Tuttle HIll at 425 South East Street in Amherst. The full amount is due before the first pickup-- however, if this is a hardship, please talk with us. Likewise, if the pickup times are not suitable, then please contact us and we will try to work something out. In the event that you are unable to pick up a share, you are welcome to gift the share to a friend for the time that you are gone. Visit the website at the link below, and check out the CSA tab to learn more and to sign up online. Questions or comments? Please email us at
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The Center for Community Engagement is Hiring Student Photographers-- Apply by Sept. 5
The Center for Community Engagement (CCE) is hiring student photographers to help document the breadth and depth of community engagement at Amherst. We're looking for creative, driven students with strong skills in photography, editing and visual storytelling. Working within a student communications team, each photographer will share in the ongoing creation of photography that documents the work of the CCE. This content will be published on the CCE website and possibly in the quarterly newsletter.
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Tickets Now Available for Bob Woodward Talk Sept. 9
Investigative journalist and best-selling author Bob Woodward, known for his reporting on the Watergate scandal and his books on American politics, will speak on Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 7:30 p.m. in Johnson Chapel on the subject of "Presidential Leadership from Nixon to Obama." Tickets will be required for entrance to the chapel (and the event will be simulcast to Stirn Auditorium for those without tickets). Amherst College students, faculty and staff, as well as the general public, can learn more and reserve free tickets at the following link:
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Student Internships in Career Center Available: Apply by Sept. 10
The Career Center currently has two positions available for interns: Public Relations Intern, and Careers in Government and Nonprofit Intern. The application deadline for both positions is Sept. 10. For details and to apply, see Quest.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Returns to Amherst This Fall! Register Now.
This eight-week MBSR course, originally developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., at UMass Medical School, is a supportive and practical course that helps people take an active role in their health and well-being. It will be taught by Adi Bemak from Valley Mindfulness and will meet each Thursday evening from Oct. 2 to Nov. 20 (6 to 8:30 p.m.) in Conway Classroom at Alumni Gym. Also, there is a special all-day class on Saturday, Nov. 8, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All interested participants must attend an orientation on either Thursday, Sept. 11, or Thursday, Sept. 18, at 6 p.m. For more information and to register for a free orientation session, visit the Valley Mindfulness website at There are a limited number of spaces available for Amherst College employees at a rate of $285 (regular cost is $350 to $550, based on a sliding scale).
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Mead Art Museum Paid Internships Available | Apply by Sept. 12
The Mead Art Museum is accepting applications for two educational programs interns. For more information, including how to apply, visit the following link:
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Student Web Writers Needed in Office of Communications: Apply by Sept. 12
Would you like to be a part of the team that helps to help shape the public image of Amherst College? Would you like to tell stories about the students, faculty and events that make Amherst so interesting and exciting? The Office of Communications is looking for three students to work as web and news writers for eight to 10 hours per week this academic year. We will pay $12.50 per hour, and are seeking students committed to writing one story of about 400 words per week throughout the academic year under our guidance. Applicants should write well and quickly; possess a passion for learning about the college and its people; know how to manage their time well; and be committed to working hard while gaining valuable experience in a friendly, professional setting. Please send a cover letter, resume and two writing samples (ideally one from a class assignment and one from other writing) to Peter Rooney at

Student Intern Needed in Sports Information: Apply by Sept. 12
Do you have a passion for writing, a love of sports and a detail-oriented personality? Are you punctual and hard-working? If so, the Office of Communications is seeking a student to work in eight to 10 hours per week during the 2014-15 academic year as a paid sports information intern. This student will report to the director and assistant director of sports information and will be paid $12.50 per hour. This position is a great opportunity for someone interested in a career in journalism, media relations or sports management. The intern will gain experience in writing game recaps and previews for the athletics website as well as preparing game programs. Applicants should write well, possess a strong attention to detail and be available to work on weekends. Previous work in journalism, media relations or sports information is preferred. Please send a cover letter, resume and one writing sample to Mike OíBrien at by Sept. 12.

Athletics Department Opens Registration for Lifetime Fitness Classes: Enroll by Sept. 12
The Department of Athletics is pleased to announce a new "Wellness and Lifetime Fitness" program this fall! Starting Sept. 15, a robust and varied class schedule will be offered throughout the week, from mindfulness meditation, yoga, tai chi and qigong to wonderful fitness opportunities such as swimming, tennis, H.I.I.T (high-intensity interval training), Pilates and Zumba. Members of the community will be able to drop in anytime to Wellness classes, but must register in advance for Lifetime Fitness Classes. Registration will run from Monday, Sept. 8, through Friday, Sept. 12. To learn more about each class and to register, click the following link:
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Music Practice Rooms and Lockers
Students, faculty and staff who wish to use the music practice rooms during this academic year may sign up for a practice-room key during the first two weeks of the semester: Tuesday, Sept. 2, through Friday, Sept. 5, and Monday, Sept. 8, through Friday, Sept. 12, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. On Sunday, Sept. 14, those who have been issued practice-room keys may, if they desire, schedule reserved practice time for the fall semester. Those sign-up hours will be noon to 5 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m. Information concerning access to practice rooms and fees is posted in the Music Center. Applications for keys will be available in the Music Department at the time of sign-up.

Sign Up for Intramural Soccer!
IM Soccer is back and better than ever! In addition to a league for upperclass students, this year we will offer a league exclusively for first-years, in which they will play with members of their residence halls to bring home the prestigious First-Year Cup. Questions? Contact Click the link below to create your IMLeagues account and sign up!
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Student Employment in Valentine Dining Hall
Dining Services is actively seeking interested students to work in Val. There are many job opportunities. We offer flexible schedules and hours. Please stop by the Dining Services office in the basement of Valentine Hall and inquire today-- work is available now.

Interns Needed for Oral History Project: Apply by Sept. 17
In conjunction with Amherst College's Copeland Colloquium "Word in Transit: The Cultures of Translation," New England Public Radio (NEPR) is seeking Amherst students to serve as interns this fall to work on a semester-long oral history project. Beginning in late September, interns will research potential interviewees on the experience of immigration; assist with documentation, audio recording and production of the interviews; and transcribe material for broadcast and/or publication. The produced interviews will be posted online with a select series broadcast on NEPR. NEPR is seeking interns with a range of skills and/or interests in some or all of the following areas: the immigrant experience; history of the region; oral history; audio production, including experience editing digital audio; interviewing; radio journalism; photography; proficiency in a foreign language. Research and transcription can be performed at Amherst College, while fieldwork may occur at NEPRís studios at UMass or at the stationís new home in Springfield as well as remotely throughout the region. For fieldwork, having a car is advantageous. Interns will gain experience in research, transcription, interviewing, audio production, Web production, oral history and radio journalism. Interested students should contact Tema Silk at by Sept. 17.

Words in Transit Presents 'Lost in Translation' Sept. 17: Get Free Tickets Now
Words in Transit, this year's Copeland Colloquium, presents the inaugural film of its Translation Series, "Lost in Translation," on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 7 p.m. in Amherst Cinema's main theater. The film-- released in 2003, and starring Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson --will be introduced by Christopher Benfey of Mount Holyoke College, and a 20-minute discussion will follow. 50 free tickets are available for Five College students with ID, and will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis at the box office. Tickets are also available online at
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Register for Writing Center Workshops
Registration is now open for the Writing Center's September workshops. Our offerings this month include workshops on time management, managing your reading load, and writing at Amherst, as well as two different workshops for thesis writers. Space is limited, so register online today!
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EEE Outdoor Evening Activity Ban Lifted
Following recommendations from the Massachusetts Department of Health, Amherst College has lifted the curfew on dusk-to-dawn outdoor activities that had been initiated as a precaution against eastern equine encephalitis (EEE). Although mosquitoes are not killed until a hard frost occurs, the bugs are much less likely to be active under current conditions: when temperatures fall below 50 degrees in the evening. Those spending time outside between dusk and dawn are nevertheless still urged to protect themselves by using insect repellent and wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants and socks.

Technical Difficulties with the e-Digest
It's come to the attention of Amherst's Office of Communications that the e-Digest (sent every Tuesday) has not been consistently reaching everyone on campus this semester. We apologize for any confusion or inconvenience this has caused, and we've asked the IT Department to investigate the problem.

Application Deadline for Faculty Research Awards Program: Sept. 26
Faculty interested in applying should visit the Dean of the Faculty's website (see link below) for more information.
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Available Tuesday Mornings? The Career Center Needs You!
The Amherst College Career Center hires student assistants to occasionally staff its reception desk and to complete office-related tasks. Ideal candidates will have exceptional customer-service and phone skills and be welcoming, friendly and able to work well independently. Excellent attention to detail and communication skills are required. Candidates must be able to work Tuesdays from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. If interested, please send a cover letter and resume to

Double Edge Theatre Seeks Front-of-House Crew for Sept. 28 Show
Double Edge Theatre will be performing on the Amherst College main quad on Sunday, Sept. 28, at 6 p.m. This traveling outdoor presentation will transport the audience to the mythic and enthralling worlds of Don Quixote, Odysseus and Shahrazad through poetry, flying, humor, live music, puppets and the visual arts. Double Edge is looking for 8-12 volunteers for a front-of-house crew, to work closely with the technical director and help manage the crowd. If you have questions, email Ryan Mihaly at
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Create a Culture of Support: Join the Student Support Network
The goal of SSN is to create a culture of support at Amherst by building students' listening and response skills. The fall training will be scheduled on Friday afternoons from 1:30 to 2:50 p.m., starting Oct. 3 and ending Dec. 5. The training meets for seven sessions and covers active listening and support skills; recognizing and responding to signs of depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, substance use/abuse and disordered eating; and ways to support friends and connect them with resources that can provide help. If you have questions, or would like to sign up, contact Jessica Gifford, mental health educator, at or 413-542-5637.
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Register for This Week's Writing Center Workshops
There is still space available in the Writing Center workshops being held this week-- "Time to Manage Your Time" and "An Introduction to Writing at Amherst" --as well as two workshops for senior thesis writers. Seize the moment to learn some new strategies to boost your academic performance. Register now!
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