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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 England months. 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 (, 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 ATEL representative.
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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 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.
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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 or sign up using the Amherst SONA system at the link below. The study is entitled "Student Health Attitudes and Behaviors."
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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:
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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:
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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 at

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 by Nov. 7.
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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 for a chance to be published in the fall issue of "Circus," the student art and literary magazine on campus!

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 for more info about our publication process/timeline.

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.
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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.
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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 today!
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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 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 ( for more information and instructions for how to submit.
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#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 literary journal!
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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:
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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.
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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…"
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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 register today!
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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.
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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 if you have any questions.
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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.
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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:
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