Archived announcements for November, 2014
Winter Coat and Accessories Drive Oct. 13-31
Amherst College is running our annual
coat and winter accessories drive this
fall. The drive is designed to provide
the Amherst College community with
coats and accessories for the cold New
Winter coats and accessories can be
dropped off in the Frost Library
(first floor) or the Keefe Campus
Center at the Campus Center Manager
Booth, located to right when you enter
the building, Oct. 13 to 31. Please contact Flora
Chan (firstname.lastname@example.org), transfer and
first-generation student coordinator,
or Dexter Padayachee
international student coordinator,
with any questions.
Athletics Team Engagement Leader Program Applications Due Oct. 31
The ATEL program is a collaboration
between the Athletics Liaisons, the CCE
and the Athletics Department to create a
sustainable culture of community
engagement within Amherst Athletics. The
program is designed to increase the
capacity for community engagement that
appeals directly to the passions of each
team. Each ATEL is required to attend
and fully participate in a 24-hour
retreat on Jan. 18-19, conduct
discussions regarding community
engagement initiatives with coach and
team, meet regularly with their
Athletics Liaison and utilize
facilitative leadership skills to foster
positive and sustainable relationships
with community partners. Most of the
varsity and club sports at Amherst have an
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/cce/lead/athletes/team_leader
Volunteers Needed for Essay-Writing Day at Amherst Regional High School Nov. 5
The Admission Office is looking for Amherst College students to volunteer at Amherst Regional High School for
their annual essay-writing day on Wednesday, Nov. 5. Sign up to help high school students brainstorm and edit drafts of their college essays. You will be working with one student during a 30-minute time period, for as long as you can make it. The day will begin at 10:10 a.m. and conclude at 3 p.m. Please email Sara Cohen, assistant dean of
admission, at email@example.com for more information and to sign up. Transportation can be provided to and
from campus. Thank you!
Pizza and Conversation: You're Invited to Participate in a Focus Group
The Mental Health and Wellness Committee (MHAWC) is holding a series of focus groups to discuss student experiences of
belonging, connection and community at Amherst. This initiative is a response to the concern that many students report feeling disconnected. Visit the website for more information and focus-group dates.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/counseling/mh_education/programs/focus_belonging.
Health Psychology Study: First-Year Students Needed
This study examines first-year students' health attitudes and behaviors. The study consists of a series of questionnaires administered once in the fall and once in the spring. Participation should take no more than 45 minutes during the fall and 15 minutes in the spring. Participants can receive $15 to participate ($10 in the fall, $5 in the spring) and/or course credit if they are enrolled in an introduction-to-psychology course (fall or spring). If you are interested, please hurry and reserve a spot; space is limited. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or
sign up using the Amherst SONA system at the link below. The study is entitled "Student Health Attitudes and Behaviors."
For more information: amherst.sona-systems.com
Ebola: Our Friends, Our Fight
In early August, three alumni ('12, '13, '14) learned that Ebola had reached the villages in southeastern Sierra Leone-- Foindu, Pujehun and Jokibu --where they called home during the summers of 2011, 2012 and 2013 while they volunteered for the nonprofit development organization OneVillage Partners (founded by an '87 alum). In order to
help their friends in Sierra Leone, they have launched a fundraising campaign. Money raised will go toward building
isolation units to treat sick people and keep them from infecting their families, as well as toward providing relief aid (food, medical supplies, etc.) to
quarantined villages. To donate and learn more, visit the following link:
For more information: igg.me/at/LehWiLove
Free Wellness and Lifetime Fitness Classes!
The Department of Athletics is please to announce a robust Wellness and Lifetime Fitness program for students, faculty and staff. This new program offers a variety of class offerings to help you get fit and stay healthy.
Wellness classes such as mindfulness meditation, yoga, tai chi and qi gong are all being offered on a drop-in basis, and Lifetime Fitness classes still require pre-registration; however, the registration process has
been made easily accessible through a new online
registration form. Unit II Lifetime Fitness classes start
on Oct. 20 and include tennis, squash, jump-roping for fitness, weight training, mat Pilates, skating, H.I.I.T (high-intensity interval training) and Zumba Fitness.
New this fall are six classes specifically designed for
faculty and staff, and two open only to students. All
other classes are open to the entire community. In
addition, Human Resources will be offering incentives
starting in late October to faculty and staff for attending
Lifetime Fitness classes or Wellness classes-- stay tuned
for this announcement soon!
To learn more about the class offerings or to register,
please visit us at the Wellness and Lifetime Fitness link
on the Amherst Athletics website:
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/athletics/physed/courses
Native American/Indigenous Students: Participate in a Student Project on Transracial Adoption
Are you a self-identified Native
American/Indigenous student? Are you
interested in talking about methods of
reconciliation concerning transracial
adoption and sharing your stories as
well as photographs? I'm Jennifer
Sensenich, and for my Division III
project at Hampshire College, I am
examining the Maine Wabanaki-State Child
Welfare Truth and Reconciliation
Commission. This is the first-ever
recognized TRC to take place in the
United States. If you are interested, or
know anyone who would be interested, or
have any questions, contact me by email
Trip to Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass., Nov. 15: Sign Up by Nov. 7
On Saturday, Nov. 15, join the Mead Art Museum's curator of American art, Vanja Malloy, for a private tour of the
Peabody Essex Museum's exhibition "Calder and Abstraction:
From Avant-Garde to Iconic." Dr. Malloy is a contemporary sculpture expert who specializes in the works of Alexander
Calder. Cost includes transportation to and from Salem by chartered bus and admission to the museum. We're scheduled for a 9 a.m. departure from the Lord Jeffery Inn (30
Boltwood Ave., Amherst, adjacent to the Amherst College campus). Bus returns to Amherst by 7:30–8 p.m. The trip costs $65 for Friends of the Mead Art Museum and $75 for
nonmembers. To register for the trip, contact Sheila Flaherty-Jones at 413-542-2295 or email@example.com by Nov. 7.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/museums/mead
Alumni Gym General Locker Rooms Closed Nov. 8
The men's and women's general locker rooms in Alumni Gym will be closed to the public from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 8. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Submit to 'Circus' by Nov. 9!
Submit your art, poetry and prose to
firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to be
published in the fall issue of "Circus,"
the student art and literary magazine on
Article Submissions for the Indicator Due Nov. 10
Thoughts about recent occurrences or issues on
campus? Submit an article (1,000 words for one-page
article or 2,000 for two-page) or a letter to the editors
(700-1,000 words) to the Indicator. Submission
deadline for Issue 2 is Monday, Nov. 10. Email
email@example.com for more info about our
Vote: Powerhouse Logo is Up to You!
Cast a vote at the link below for your favorite Powerhouse
logo! The logo that receives the most votes will be used on Powerhouse gear and more.
For more information: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8QXK7GV
Engagement Advisors to Hold Drop-In Hours at Frost Cafe
Interested in becoming involved with
community projects or organizations, but
don't know where to start? Engagement
Advisors are students who know the ropes
of community engagement at Amherst. They
have participated in diverse community
engagement opportunities-- internships,
leadership positions, coursework --often
forging unique paths for themselves
along the way. Engagement Advisors are
available to advise and mentor students
who are perhaps a bit newer to community
engagement. EAs will be available for
drop-in hours in Frost Cafe on Mondays and Wednesdays from
4:30 to 5:30 p.m. for those who wish to discuss
how they can get involved with community
organizations and projects.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/cce/connect/advising/about
New Amherst Campus App Available for Download
The AAS and IT have partnered to launch
the new Amherst Campus app, which allows
you to access essential College tools
and information while you're on the go.
Features include the Val menu, an
up-to-date listing of campus events and
the PVTA bus schedule, among many
others. Download the Amherst Campus app
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/offices/it/services/webpub/campus-app
Student Worker Needed Tuesday Mornings in Office of Communications: Apply by Nov. 12
The Office of Communications is seeking
an efficient, detail-oriented student to
compile and send the e-Digest Tuesday
mornings this semester. The job involves
cutting and pasting listings from the
college's intranet into a Word document;
organizing, proofreading and formatting
those listings, including embedding
links; and emailing the document to the
campus community. The ideal applicant
will be a top-notch proofreader with
experience in embedded links and HTML,
and someone who can work well on a tight
deadline in a friendly, professional
setting. Please send a cover letter and
resume by Nov. 5 to Emily Gold
Boutilier at firstname.lastname@example.org. Pay
is $10 per hour.
Choral Society Song Competition, with Cash Prizes! Enter by Nov. 15
In honor of the Amherst College Glee Club's 150th anniversary, the Glee Club is sponsoring a song competition, to be premiered on April 18, 2015, at
their Senior Concert. Songs may be a cappella or with piano, any four voices. Original text may be used, OR text that is previously written, but the composer must secure rights to the poem/text. College song or any other style of music is fine. Duration should be 3-4 minutes. The song should not be previously performed (this is to be a premiere). The contest deadline is Nov. 15, 2014. We will announce winner(s) in January 2015. Cash prizes are $500, $300 and $200. Those interested should write to Mallorie Chernin (email@example.com) for more information and instructions for how to submit.
For more information: https://www.facebook.com/acglee150
#MyAmherstPlace Instagram Contest: Enter by Nov. 14
The Common magazine and Amherst College Instagram are
hosting the very first #MyAmherstPlace Instagram Contest!
We encourage all generations of #students, #alumni,
#faculty and #friends to share their favorite place to
#study, #stargaze or #relax on the Amherst College campus,
in preparation for Homecoming Weekend.
To enter the contest and submit your image for possible
publication/reposting, please tag images with
#MyAmherstPlace, @commonmag and @AmherstCollege. The
#MyAmherstPlace contest ends Nov. 14.
Contest winners will receive a free issue of The Common
For more information: instagram.com/p/u8aKXEombx/
Apply for The Common Magazine Interterm Internship by Nov. 14
The Common magazine is accepting applications for Interterm Internships. Student interns for The Common are involved in all aspects of literary magazine publishing. Responsibilities include critically evaluating prose
submissions; creating multimedia web features, including podcasts and videos; writing and designing publicity materials; editing and proofreading; researching magazine production and distribution; office/administrative duties, such as mailings and maintaining databases; and organizing and staffing conferences and events, including new and innovative programs with other community organizations. The application deadline is Friday, Nov. 14. Click on the following link for more information on how to apply:
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/library/the-common/literary-publishing-internship-program
2015 Mellon Tutorials for Sophomores & Juniors
Sophomores and juniors are encouraged to pre-register for the 2015 Mellon Tutorials being offered this spring. These courses are part of a project being supported by the Mellon Foundation that is designed to focus on student-faculty research collaboration in the social sciences and humanities.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/colloquia/mellontutorials
November is Internship Month!
November is Internship Month! Are you curious to learn from your friends and other fellow students about the internships they had last summer? Not sure what you want to do, and want to explore the options? November will be filled with student panels, the Internship Fair, tabling,
Amherst Select Internship Program workshops and more! The events start next week with the Internship Fair on Tuesday, Nov. 4, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Lewis-Sebring. Check the Event Calendar for all upcoming Internship Month events. We
look forward to seeing you there!
Danny Vitale '15 on Why We're Here
The latest from Amherst's Well Mixed blog: "Every student at Amherst is good at something. We're all here for a reason. It's easy to forget that. It's easy to get lost in
what everyone else is so good at-- so easy, in fact, that you forget why you're here in the first place…"
For more information: https://amherstwellmixed.wordpress.com/
Register Now for the Writing Center's November Workshops
Registration is now open for the Writing
Center's November offerings, which
include "Prioritize and Plan" and two
sessions on "Writing with Clarity and
Grace." Our offerings for thesis
students include "Refresh Your Mindset"
and a writers' retreat at the beginning
of Thanksgiving break. The workshops
start right up at the beginning of
November, and space is limited, so
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/support/writingcenter/workshops
Apply to Be an Amherst College Tour Guide by Nov. 17
If you've ever wanted to be a tour guide for our Office of Admission, now is your chance to apply! Being a tour guide is a great opportunity to get paid while doing something meaningful for your college. Tour guides are expected to give a least one or two tours per week, and will be given a period of training during which they can master the ropes of walking backwards and leading groups of visitors. If you're a first-year, sophomore or junior, simply fill out the SurveyMonkey application (see the link below) by Monday, Nov. 17. Those who are selected for interviews will be notified by Wednesday, Nov. 19.
For more information: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/amhersttourguide
College to Hold Emergency Drill on Campus Nov. 18
The College will hold an important
emergency drill on campus Tuesday, Nov.
18, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. This drill
will be held in Frost Library, and will
include staff and vehicles from numerous
area emergency and public safety
departments as well as tests of
emergency communications systems on our
campus. During the exercise, the library
will be closed and inaccessible to all
but drill participants or staff that
work in the library; we do not
anticipate any interference with
activities in the surrounding buildings
and offices. For more information,
please check emails sent by the Amherst
College Police on Nov. 4 and 11.
Thanksgiving Dinner for Students on Campus Over Break: RSVP by Nov. 19
Students who are on campus over
Thanksgiving break are invited to join
President Martin and senior
administrators for a Thanksgiving
Dinner on Tuesday, Nov. 25, in
the Emily Dickinson Room at the Lord
Jeffery Inn. There are two seatings:
5:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Vegetarian and
vegan options will be available. Sign
up on the Thanksgiving Dinner Web page at the link below.
RSVP by Wednesday, Nov. 19.
Please contact the President's Office
at 413-542-2234 or
firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/president/10-10
Emerging Leaders Retreat During Interterm: Apply by Nov. 21
This Interterm, become more knowledgeable about your personal strengths, values and beliefs; connect with alumni and staff as well as making new friends; practice and strengthen your leadership skills; and enjoy a night out in Providence, R.I.! Apply by Nov. 1 to participate in this FREE powerful, overnight, off-campus, hands-on, interactive leadership development program.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/cce/lead/leadership-initiatives/registration_web_form
Family Day Event in Springfield on Nov. 22: Sign Up for Tickets Now!
On campus for Thanksgiving break? Consider connecting with a local community for a Family Day celebration. Just Communities is a grassroots immigrant-rights organization based in Springfield, Mass. Though primarily affiliated with local Mexican and Central American populations, the group also participates in campaigns at state and national levels. On Saturday, Nov. 22, Just Communities will be
hosting a Family Day celebration for its members and people from other nearby communities. The event will feature food and live music beginning at 7 p.m. in Springfield. Amherst College will cover tickets ($15/each) and transportation for seven students. Fill out the form at the following link to request a spot:
For more information: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1D2lde5_StanTpaqZQ-IYtOQ4VpG-aXx95u9LFhYzs0Q/viewform