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:
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/multimedia/webcast
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
firstname.lastname@example.org) 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-
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.
For more information: www.umass.edu/uhs/
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 bookandplowfarm.com 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 email@example.com.
For more information: www.bookandplowfarm.com/share/
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.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/cce/about/student_employment/opportunities/node/567005
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:
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/campus_community_events/bob-woodward
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 www.valleymindfulness.com. 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).
For more information: www.valleymindfulness.com/
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:
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/museums/mead/collegestudents/internships
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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
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:
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/athletics/physed/courses
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
firstname.lastname@example.org. Click the link below to create your IMLeagues account and sign up!
For more information: www.imleagues.com/School/Intramural/Home.aspx?SchID=e21a473ad5574593b5fb074eae861f87
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
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 email@example.com 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
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
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/calendar/events/node/564415