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Archived announcements for September, 2005

Calendar & News Resumes Publication Sept. 1
The first issue of the Calendar & News will be resume on Thurs., Sept. 1. The Calendar & News is published every Thursday during the academic year, except during vacations, by the Office of Public Affairs. This publication contains two types of information —calendar listings and official news announcements. Calendar listings include all college-sponsored public events for which space on campus has been reserved. For information about how to reserve space (and to have your event listed in the Online Calendar and in the Calendar & News), see Official news announcements are taken from those submitted to the Intranet and e-Digest. To submit an announcement, go to intranet and click the "Submit an Announcement" link at the bottom of the "Announcements" box.

Pratt Dorm Construction
On Friday, May 13, the renovation of Pratt Dorm began. Vehicular access around Webster Circle remained available until May 30, but some parking will no longer be available in that area. Fencing will ring the building, and the center of Webster Circle will become a staging area for the work. For a map showing the various construction areas on campus and parking implications, visit the Physical Plant Website.
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Morrow Dorm Renovation
Morrow Dorm renovation began June 1, part of the Pratt and Morrow project that began in mid-May. The areas around the two buildings and the circle between them is a hard-hat construction zone. No parking is available inside the fencing. Pedestrian paths around the site will be maintained outside the fenced perimeter. The pedestrian access north of Pratt (next to the Arms Music Center) will occasionally be unavailable, but this will be kept to a minimum. The project will continue through the summer of 2006, and students will move in to the newly renovated buildings in the fall of '06.

Town of Amherst 2004 Drinking Water Quality Report Available
The Safe Drinking Water Act passed in 1996 requires that public drinking water suppliers send annual Consumer Confidence Reports outlining the quality of drinking water provided to consumers. This report details where your water comes from, what it contains and the risks that water testing and treatment are designed to prevent. The Town of Amherst's 2004 Water Quality Report is available on the Town of Amherst Website at The report is also available through the Town of Amherst Department of Public Works, 413/256-4050.
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Join the Amherst College Women's Intercollegiate Golf Team
Coach Michelle Morgan is recruiting golfers who have some experience to join our intercollegiate golf team this fall and spring. She will work with anyone who is interested in developing their game and learning to compete -- you must only be willing to make a commitment. This is a great avenue to better your game so that you can use it after graduation in your personal and business lives. Please contact Coach Morgan as soon as possible to discuss the requirements. Call x2362 or e-mail Even if your experience is limited, don't hesitate to call.
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South Pleasant Street Road Work Update
Amherst College’s work in South Pleasant Street, to install four crosswalks, narrow the roadway and add islands, is substantially complete. Future work in the middle of the road will be limited. The work remaining -- paving the sidewalks leading from campus out to the crosswalks and installing new curbs along the road -- will continue through the week of August 29. Seeding and planting, including the greenscape on three of the islands, will proceed when the weather is favorable. The Town of Amherst will begin repaving South Pleasant Street from Snell Street to the Route 9 intersection during the week of Aug. 29, with actual pavement installation on Thursday, Sept. 1 (as weather allows). Since the Town’s paving work is much more intense, requiring one lane to be closed for short periods of time, the Town intends to set up a detour along Orchard Street when the paving occurs.

Front Room Is Now Friedmann Room
Over the summer, the Front Room of the Keefe Campus Center was renamed the Friedmann Room. The name change honors Philip M. Friedmann '67, co-owner and vice president of Recycled Paper Greetings, and is made in recognition of his generosity and interest in student life.

Mellon Foundation Awards Humanities and Social Science Grant to Amherst
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation of New York has awarded Amherst College a matching grant of $1.5 million to create an endowment to bring young scholars to campus as postdoctoral fellows in the humanities and social sciences. Under the terms of the Mellon grant, Amherst will have three years to raise an additional $1.5 million from individual donors.
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Amherst Foreign Study Adviser William Hoffa Recognized for Work
The NAFSA Association of International Educators, the leading professional organization for international education and foreign exchange, has presented the 2005 Homer Higbee Award to William Hoffa, the study abroad adviser at Amherst College.
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Traditions and History of Amherst College: An Evening Celebrating Our History
Saturday, Sept. 3, from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in the Archives and Special Collections (A Level of Frost Library, next to the Media Center). Join us in the Archives and Special Collections for a night celebrating the storied history of Amherst College. Peruse publications and scrapbooks from the 19th and early 20th centuries, view photographs from generations past, learn about old traditions and much more! Drop by and stay for as long or as short as you’d like. Refreshments will be served. Brought to you by the Student Advisory Committee to the Friends of the Amherst College Library, with the generous support of the Amherst College Library.

Jazz Jam Session Sept. 4
Please join us in Room 7 of the Arms Music Center for our annual September Jam Session. We provide everything except the talent...that's where you come in! We support any instrument and all voices. We will have music available, and plenty of food. Drop in to meet new musicians or get reacquainted with others you've jammed with in the past. Event begins at 9:30 p.m. on September 4 (see you at the music department info meeting at 4:30 p.m. that day). Sponsored with gratitude by Jazz @ Amherst and the Orientation Committee.
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Emily Dickinson Museum Announces Major Gift from Kaneka Corporation of Japan
The Emily Dickinson Museum announced today that it has received a $50,000 gift from the Kaneka Corporation of Japan for capital improvements to the Dickinson family homes in Amherst. Kaneka’s gift marks the first corporate contribution to the Emily Dickinson Museum’s campaign fund and also represents the first major donation to the museum from outside the continental United States.
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Amherst College Donates $70,000 to Local Schools
Amherst College has donated $70,000 to the Amherst public schools to support the technology needs of schools in the town of Amherst. “American colleges and universities need to recognize the fundamental importance of the secondary schools,” says Anthony W. Marx, the president of the college. “Education is the best tool we have for making the world a better place, and Amherst College is pleased to support the work of education at its foundations.”
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Opening Convocation Rehearsal Sept. 5
All students are invited to participate in an open rehearsal in preparation for Opening College Convocation on Monday, Sept. 5, at 10 a.m. in Room 3 of the Arms Music Center. We will be learning two songs to perform at Convocation during the morning rehearsal, and then meeting again in the evening at 6:30 to warm up and walk together to Johnson Chapel for Convocation. Join us!

Opening Convocation Is Monday, Sept. 5
Opening Convocation is Monday, Sept. 5, at 7:30 p.m. in Johnson Chapel. The event is open to everyone, and new students are expected to attend. Faculty are asked to arrive at Johnson Chapel in academic regalia no later than 7:15 p.m.

Important Information About Student Phone Service
The Office of Network & Telecommunications Systems advises returning students of a change to the way phone service will be offered next year. In past years, Verizon mailed a phone registration packet to your home during the summer, turned on provisional dial tone in your dorm room before you returned, and conducted phone registration events in the Campus Center before and after Labor Day. These services and the once- familiar “542” extensions were features of Student Centrex, a program that Verizon will not be offering at Amherst College in 2005-06. Instead, students may use cell phones or order residential phone service from Verizon. Verizon cites the proliferation of cell phones as the reason for declining Centrex subscriptions at Amherst College—from only 600 in 2003- 04 to fewer than 300 in 2004-05. Other colleges and universities in the Northeast have seen even steeper rates of decline, according to Verizon. Centrex service has become increasingly less-viable, as intense commercial competition has created a wide range of options for consumers. You will not be affected by the loss of Student Centrex if you already use cellular as your only telephone, or if you have neither a wired phone nor cell phone as a matter of personal choice. College telephones located in dormitory entrances and/or hallways will continue to provide access to Campus Police and other college offices. You have two options for phone service next year: Alternative #1—Cellular service: Cellular service can be ordered from any company that has coverage in the Amherst area. Alternative #2—Wired residential service: Residential phone service for your dorm room may be ordered from Verizon by calling (800) 870-9999 or by visiting Verizon suggests service order placement approximately two weeks before service is needed. Please be advised that installation delays are possible. The college will facilitate Verizon’s access to campus telephone wiring after a student has ordered residential phone service from Verizon.

New Anti-Spam Initiative Launched
On Monday, July 25, Amherst IT brought online two powerful anti- spam solutions to help stop junk e- mail from reaching Amherst destinations. Be aware, however, that one of the solutions can cause anomalies in your incoming mail.
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Network Registration
Starting Wednesday, August 24, all computers not behind the administrative firewall will have to be registered before they can access network resources such as e-mail, U: drives or the Web. You can read more about network registration on the IT Website - networking/netreg_faq.html If you would like to avoid disruption to your network service, you can pre-register starting Wednesday, August 17th. To pre-register, go to NetReg page at
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Students: Get a Job with the IT Department
The IT Department is accepting online applications from students for the position of Computer Center Supervisor. Take care of the Center and help other students with their computers. We're looking for friendly people who can solve problems -- technical knowledge isn't necessary. We are particularly looking for first-year students.
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Media Relations Intern Wanted
The director of media relations, in the Office of Public Affairs, is looking for a student intern: someone who writes well and quickly, and who has excellent research skills. This is an excellent position for someone interested in a career in journalism or public relations. Hours are flexible: 6 hours a week would be a minimum. Please send a cover letter and resume to Paul Statt,
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Dining Services is Hiring for Fall
Valentine Dining Hall has many jobs available for night and weekend shifts. Pay is $8.95 per hour from now until Oct.31. Please apply in the Dining Services Office downstairs in Valentine.

Johnson Chapel Flag Is Lowered
The Johnson Chapel flag has been lowered to half-staff in memory of those who died in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Amherst College Choral Society Auditions Sept. 3-6
Painless auditions for the Amherst College Choral Society will take place Saturday, Sept. 3, through Tuesday, Sept. 6. All students are invited to audition for participation in one of three groups: The Concert Choir (men and women), the Women’s Chorus or the Men’s Glee Club. Information and sign-up sheets are located on the table outside Room 3 of the Music Building. (At a later date there will also be auditions for the Madrigal Singers, but you must audition first for Concert Choir, Women's Chorus or Glee Club.) No experience is necessary! Come try us out!

Welcome Back from Study Abroad Reception Tuesday, Sept. 6, 7 p.m.
If you have just returned from studying abroad, you are invited to come to the new Career Center in College Hall for a reception in your honor. We'll have refreshments, tips on navigating re-entry and an opportunity to share stories of adventures far and wide. Join us!

Center for Russian Culture Library and Gallery Hours
The Amherst Center for Russian Culture, located on the second floor of Webster Hall, is open Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon, and by appointment. For more information, call ext. 8204 or ext. 2350.
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First Rehearsals for Choral Society Begin Sept. 7
First rehearsals for the Amherst College Choral Society will take place in Room 3 of the Arms Music Center as follows: Concert Choir, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 7-9 p.m.; Women's Chorus, Thursday, Sept. 8, 6:45-8:45 p.m.; and Glee Club, Thursday, Sept. 8, 9-10:30 p.m.

Career Center Open House for New Students Wed. Sept. 7, 7:30 - 9:30
Join us in our great new space in College Hall and meet our Peer Career Advisors(Seniors). Come see what we have to offer you as you get started on your path! Designed for transfer students and students in the Class of 2009, as well as seniors who were away in the spring. Wednesday, Sept. 7, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. First floor College Hall--the New Career Center.

Fellowships and Scholarships Meeting Sept. 7
There will be a fellowship and scholarship meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 7 p.m. in Porter Lounge, Converse Hall. If you plan to apply for any of the fellowships offered through the College Fellowships Committee, please plan to attend this meeting. Most national fellowships and scholarships have preliminary application deadlines that fall very early in the semester. The Office of Fellowships is located in 213 Converse Hall. Please call x2536 or e-mail Denise Gagnon at as soon as possible if you plan to apply for fellowships and scholarships. Some of the national fellowships and scholarships include: Carnegie, Churchill, Goldwater, Fulbright, Luce, Marshall, Mitchell, Rhodes, St. Andrew's, Truman, Watson.
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Jazz Auditions Sept. 1-7
All students interested in Jazz Ensemble and/or Jazz Combo participation should plan to audition between Sept. 1 and Sept. 7. Sign-up forms and the audition piece can be found outside Room 103 in the Arms Music Center. Please contact Bruce Diehl, X8308 or for more information.
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An Introduction to Gender Studies and Research at Amherst College Sept. 7
Wednesday, Sept. 7, 7-8:30 p.m., Lewis-Sebring Dining Commons. Haven't decided on your classes yet? Want to meet some great professors interested in gender issues? Amherst Feminist Alliance invites you to attend this introduction to the exciting field of gender-related studies and research at Amherst College. A panel of faculty members will talk about their research and their current classes. The discussion will be followed by catered dessert and plenty of time to get to know professors. This is also a great time to learn more about the Feminist Alliance and show your support for those students and faculty working on gender issues at Amherst College.

Hurricane Katrina Response -- Planning Meeting Wednesday, Sept. 7
Interested in helping respond to Hurricane Katrina? All members of the college community are invited to a planning meeting, sponsored by Community Outreach, that will be held on Wednesday, September 7, at 8 p.m. in the Friedmann Room (formerly the Front Room) in Keefe Campus Center. For more information, please contact Scott Laidlaw (413/542-5766 or

Fine Arts Majors Meeting Sept. 8
There will be an important meeting for all Fine Arts majors at 4:30 on Thursday, Sept. 8, in Pruyne Lecture Hall, (Room 115 Fayerweather) to discuss matters of interest to all of us. Attendance is required of all majors. Those who are considering a major in the fine arts are cordially invited to attend as well. There will be brief presentations by representatives from the Mead Art Museum, the Robert Frost Library, the Visual Resources Department and Information Technology to introduce you or re-introduce you to these important resources. A reception will be held in the Main Hall, just outside of Pruyne Lecture Hall immediately following the meeting. Please stay to meet other majors and faculty.

Sept. 8 Auditions for "Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls"
"Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls" by Naomi Iisuka, directed by Manuame Mukasa, will be presented at Amherst this fall. This delightful play by award-winning playwright Naomi Iizuka follows young people in their search for self and meaning in a world of changing relationships and locales. In the midst of Komodo dragons, hula skirts and a wholly superior dog named Otto, "Aloha, Say the Pretty Girls" follows individual journeys leading to the beaches of Hawaii and the wilds of Alaska. Iizuka gives a compassionate, quirky and poignant look at people’s attempts to reinvent themselves with a new sense of connectedness and purpose in this often crazy and frequently challenging world. Auditions will be held on September 8 at 7 p.m., Studio 3, Webster Hall, Amherst College. Callbacks on September 9. Sign-up sheet and perusal script available outside of the Theater and Dance Office, Webster G27. Audition info: Bring a 1-3 minute prepared piece or something you like--doesn't have to be from a play. It'll probably be an advantage to memorize it, but it can also be read. Performances will be October 20-22, 8 p.m., Kirby Theater, Amherst College.

Sept. 8 Auditions for "How I Learned to Drive"
"How I Learned to Drive," by Paula Vogel and directed by Peter Lobdell, will be performed on campus this fall. Paula Vogel's Pulitzer Prize-winning play traces the delicate territory of sexual abuse, family dysfunction and individual responsibility with moving sensitivity and unexpected humor. We are auditioning for three versatile actors who can play multiple roles. Two women and a man will play various ages throughout the play. Auditions will be held on Thursday, Sept. 8, at 7 p.m., Studio 2, Webster Hall, Amherst College. Callbacks on September 9. Sign-up sheet and perusal script available outside of the Theater and Dance Office, Webster G27. Performances will be November 10-12, 8p.m., Holden Theater, Amherst College.

Senior Orientations to the Career Center Begin Sept. 8
Whether you know what your plans are following graduation, or you have no idea, this session is the place for you! Join us to get the information you need to help you: timelines for recruiting, graduate school, fellowships, internships or time off; CC resources; advising; and more. Three sessions: Thursday, Sept. 8, at 5 p.m.; Monday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m.; and Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 4 p.m.; all in the new Career Center in College Hall. Please RSVP via the Experience database calendar(go to the Career Center Website, and click on the Experience link; look for the event in the calendar.) If these session fill, we will add another.

German Film Series: "Herr Lehmann" Sept. 8
On Thursday, Sept. 8, the film "Herr Lehmann" (directed by Leander Haußmann, 2003, 105 mins.) will be shown at 4 and 7:30 pm in Stirn Auditorium. This is an off-beat, surreal comedy about a bunch of oddball characters in the West Berlin bohemian subcultural district of Kreuzberg, who face unexpected challenges in 1989, as momentous events unfold on the Eastern side of the Wall. In German, with English subtitles. Admission is free.
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Physics Seminar Sept. 8
A physics seminar will be held Thursday, Sept. 8, in Merrill 3 at 4:45 p.m. (Tea will be served in 204 Merrill at 4:15 p.m.) Dr. Ashfia Huq of the Argonne National Lab will speak on "In-situ measurements of catalysts using TOF neutron powder diffraction." For an abstract of the talk, contact Ellen Feld in the Physics Department.
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Informal Biology Pre-Registration Mtg for Frosh Sept. 8
Informal Q & A session for underclassmen, especially first-year students, regarding bio classes, class schedules, the major, etc. Ask anything! Come to Life Sciences Second Floor any time between 8 and 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8! Sponsored by the 3+4 Student-Faculty Biology Committee.

Make Noise in the Library This Sunday
From 8 to 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11, the Library invites all new and returning students to celebrate the start of the academic year in the lobby of the Frost Library. Coffee, snacks, live music, party hats and prizes.
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First Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo Rehearsal Sept. 12
All students interested in Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo participation should report to Buckley Recital Hall, Monday, Sept. 12, 7-8:30 p.m. for Jazz Ensemble, 8:30-10 p.m. for Jazz Combo. Please find audition piece and sign-up times outside room 103 in Arms Music Center.
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German Table Meets Mondays Beginning Sept. 12
The German Table will meet every Monday at 11:45 a.m. in the Mezzanine of Valentine Hall. The first meeting of the fall semester will take place on Monday, Sept. 12. Come and chat with faculty and friends!
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Sept. 12 Lecture in Comparative Law
Lecture in Comparative Law: "A European Constitution Purged of its Christian Roots: Reflections on Secularism, Neutrality and Pluralism,” Professor Joseph Weiler, holder of the Jean Monnet Chair at NYU School of Law, Visiting Professor at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. September 12 at 4 p.m. in the Babbott Room of the Octagon. Sponsored by the Colloquium on the American Founding; Series on Jerusalem and Athens.

Sept. 18 Auditions for 2006 Interterm Musical: Leonard Bernstein's
On Thursday through Saturday, February 2-4, 2006, in Buckley Hall, Arms Music Center, the Music Department will present its annual Interterm musical: "Candide," based on the 1759 Voltaire classic, with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics by Amherst College alumnus Richard Wilbur. Last year's team for the sold- out "La Cage aux Folles"--A. Scott Parry and Mark Lane Swanson--will be back to direct the stage action and music, respectively. Initial auditions are slated for Sunday, Sept. 18, 2005, with callbacks the following evening. Sunday afternoon musical rehearsals will begin the following week, but afternoon/evening rehearsals will commence in earnest Monday, Jan. 9, 2006. E- mail "" for further info.

History Book Club Selections
Allen Guttmann's "Sports: The First Five Millennia," a social history of the world's sports, is the fourth faculty-authored or faculty-edited book to be a recent History Book Club selection. Previous selections were "Interpretations of American History Vol. I : Patterns and Perspectives" by Francis Couvares and Martha Saxton (co-editors); "Captors and Captives: The 1704 French and Indian Raid on Deerfield" by Kevin Sweeney (with Evan Haefeli, Tufts University); and Ermengard of Narbonne and the World of the Troubadors" by Frederic Cheyette. "Sports" and "Captors and Captives" were both published by the University of Massachuetts Press.

Deborah Gewertz Wins an N.S.F.
The Department of Anthropology and Sociology wishes to congratulate Deborah Gewertz and her collaborator, Frederick Errington of Trinity College, who have together been awarded $99,961 by the National Science Foundation for their research project entitled Trade Made Flesh: The Flow of Fatty Meat through the Pacific.

French Enrollments
Those students who have had difficulties registering for French courses should know that all sections of French numbered 5 or higher are still open. Please register for these courses using your ADD/DROP forms. Any queries about placement or any difficulties registering should be directed to Professor Rockwell, Chair of French. He can be contacted at: The French Department is happy to do everything it can to accommodate any students interested in studying French.

Insight Meditation Group: First Meeting Sept. 13
An insight meditation group for students, faculty and staff, led by Mark Hart, adjunct religious advisor, will meet on Tuesday afternoons, 4-5:30 p.m. in Chapin Chapel beginning September 13. Insight meditation, also known as Vipassana meditation or mindfulness meditation from the Theravadin Buddhist tradition of Southeast Asia, cultivates mindfulness, a quality of mind that allows us to live in the present moment with understanding and acceptance. The group will consist of an informal mix of guided meditation practice, questions and answers, discussion and brief presentations of Buddhist teachings relevant to the practice. Mark Hart has a Ph.D. in theology and a masters in counseling. He has practiced insight meditation for 24 years, primarily studying with teachers at Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Mass., has taught meditation for 17 years, and is the founder and guiding teacher of the Bodhisara Dharma Community. He also has a private practice of psychotherapy in Amherst and has been a lecturer in Buddhist studies at Smith College.

Poet John Kinsella To Read at Amherst College Sept. 13
Prolific poet John Kinsella will kick off the fall series of the Amherst College Creative Writing Center, reading from his work at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 13, in the Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115) at Amherst College. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
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Sept. 13 Lecture on the European Monetary Union
Renzo Castelnuovo of the University of Siena, Italy will give a talk titled "European Monetary Union After Defeat of the EU Constitution" on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 4:30-6 p.m. in Converse 207. Co-sponsored by the Political Science and European Science Departments.

Community Involvement Fair Sept. 13
The Community Outreach Office invites you to attend the Fall Community Involvement Fair on Tuesday, Sept. 13, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Friedmann Room in the Keefe Campus Center. Come learn how YOU can get involved! Organizations need volunteers, interns and activists to work on issues such as: Tutoring/teaching, Law, Environment, Health, Anti-racism, Hunger/homelessness, Economic development and much more. Make a difference! All students, faculty & staff are welcome! Light refreshments will be served.

Medical School Interviews Workshop - Tues., Sept. 13, Career Center
Interviewing for Medical School: a workshop with Dean Carolyn Bassett, the health professions advisor. Students in or anticipating the med school application process are welcome to attend! Tuesday, Sept. 13, at 5:30 p.m. in the Career Center - First Floor College Hall.

Annual Summer-Research Poster Exhibition
Please join us on Tuesday, Sept. 13, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the lobby of the Merrill Science Center, as this year's Amherst College Research Fellows will present posters describing their work. Each of these Fellows spent this past summer pursuing a collaborative research project in Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Neuroscience or Physics. All faculty, staff and students are welcome! Refreshments will be served, and information describing research opportunities in summer 2006 for current first-years and sophomores will be available.

Blood Pressure Monitoring for Amherst College Employees Begins Sept. 14
The Keefe Health Center will again provide blood pressure measurements during the academic year for all Amherst College employees who have concerns. This service during the academic year will be provided on Wednesdays on walk-in basis from 9:15 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. A medical assistant will be available for this service starting on September 14.

Education Theorist William Howell To Speak at Amherst College Sept. 14
Education theorist William Howell will speak on “The Education Gap: Vouchers and Urban Schools,” at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 14, in the Babbott Room of the Octagon at Amherst College. Sponsored by the Office of the President at Amherst College, Howell’s talk is free and open to the public.
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Choosing a Study Abroad Program and Applying; Two Sessions on Sept. 14
Join Study Abroad Advisor Dr. Bill Hoffa to get the information you need to help you choose the best program for you! For juniors who have formally declared their intent to study abroad in the spring. Two sessions on Wednesday, Sept. 14: 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. in Fayerweather 115; 7-8 p.m. in the Career Center, College Hall.

Free Tai Chi Classes Begin Sept. 15
Got stress? Discover the Art of Tai Chi. Free weekly beginner classes will start Thursday, Sept. 15, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the living room of the Cadigan Center, 38 Woodside Ave., David Mazor instructing. For more information contact David at or 256-8595.

Resume Workshop for Seniors and Juniors - Thursday, Sept. 15 at 7:00 p.m.
Join Dean Rosalind Hoffa for this workshop designed to help you create a resume that distinguishes you from the crowd! Thursday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. in the Career Center - College Hall.

Optometric Services for Amherst College Students
Amherst College students may obtain on a fee-for-service basis optometric care at the University of Massachusetts Health Services. A complete optometric examination is available for $58.50 same-day payment (a 10% discount), $65 if billed. Eyeglasses and contact lens services are available. The optical shop offers a wide selection of designer and lower-cost frames. Sports enthusiasts will find glasses and goggles, along with sports bands and cords. You may contact them at 413/577-5007. Brochures for eye care at the University Health Services are available at the Keefe Health Center. Appointments can be made by calling the University of Massachusetts Health Services at 413/577-5244. Payment should be made at the University of Massachusetts Health Services Eye Clinic or the Cashier's Desk. Additional optometric services are available in Amherst. Please consult the yellow pages of the local telephone book. If you need further information, feel free to call the Keefe Health Center at 413/542-2267.

Amherst and Williams Announce Program for Students at Xavier University in Louisiana
Amherst College President Anthony Marx and Williams College President Morton Schapiro have posted a letter about outreach to Xavier University students who have been affected by Hurricane Katrina.
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T & L Project Lunch on Intellectual Honesty in the Digital Age, Sept. 16
Welcome to new faculty members and visitors, and welcome back to our other colleagues. The Teaching and Learning Project (formerly the Mellon Project) is a faculty initiative, in collaboration with the Dean of the Faculty’s Office, that hosts conversations on pedagogy meant to bring together faculty across disciplines and generations. Our first event will be a lunchtime conversation with Peter Schilling, director of information technology, in the Mullins and Faerber Rooms of Lewis-Sebring Dining Commons from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 16. We’ll welcome Peter to Amherst and share our experiences and views of how to design assignments to prevent plagiarism and how to explain the nature of intellectual property, as well as how to spot and deal with plagiarism when it occurs. Peter will talk about ways to support innovation while managing attribution.

Sept. 16 Info Session for the Soros Fellowship for New Americans
Where: Mt. Holyoke College, Career Development Center Conference Room. When: Friday, September 16, 2005,11 a.m. -12 noon. Amherst College students interested in applying for the Soros fellowship are encouraged to attend this meeting. A foundation representative will be there to discuss the fellowship and the application process. More information about the fellowship can be found at Directions to Mt.Holyoke College Campus Map to locate the Career Development Center

"Premises for Sale" Will Be Performed Sept. 17
"Premises for Sale," written and performed by Lisa Biggs '93, will be presented Saturday, Sept. 17, at 8 p.m. in Kirby Theater at Amherst College. "Premises for Sale" is a heart-felt and hilarious examination of the politics of citizenship in America today. Tickets are free, but reservations are recommended. Call the box office at 413/542-2277.

Four Documentaries on Russia, Sept. 17
Four documentaries on Russia -- "Bye-Bye Babushka"; "Portrait of Boy With Dog"; "Children of Leningradsky";and "The Ballad of Bering Strait" -- will be shown on Saturday, Sept. 17, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Stirn Auditorium. This event is sponsored by the Russian Dept. and is free and open to the public.
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Russian Folk Concert Sept. 17
There will be a Russian folk concert featuring "Barynya" (Taste of Russia Festival) on Saturday, Sept. 17, in Buckley Recital Hall at 8 p.m.($). This event will be a lively evening of dance and music in the rich Russian tradition.
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Music Practice Rooms and Lockers -- Sign Up By Sept. 16
Students, faculty and staff who wish to use the Music Dept. practice room facilities during the 2005-06 academic year may sign up for a practice room access key and music locker space during the first two weeks of the semester as follows: Tuesday-Friday, Sept. 6-9, 9:30-11:30 a.m.; and Monday-Friday, Sept. 12-16, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Senior music majors preparing Honors recitals may reserve practice time during this two-week period. On Sunday, Sept. 18, those who have been issued a practice room key may schedule reserved practice time for the fall semester. Those sign-up hours will be from 12 noon to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 10 p.m. Information concerning access to practice rooms and fees is posted in the Arms Music Center.

Sept. 21 Lecture -- Law and the Stranger
The Department of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought has invited Professor Hilary Schor, Department of English, University of Southern California, to give a talk at Amherst College on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 4:30 p.m. in Clark 100. Her talk is titled “Who’s the Stranger? Women, Bastards, Jews & Law in Daniel Deronda.” Copies of Schor’s paper will be available prior to the lecture. To obtain a copy, contact Karen Underwood at 413/542-2380 or This event is part of a series of seminars on Law and the Stranger that is being sponsored by the Charles Hamilton Houston Forum Fund. All members of the Five College Community are invited to attend.

Religious Advisors Office Hours
Paul Sorrentino will hold office hours from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the Cadigan Center. Bruce Bromberg Seltzer will hold office hours Tuesdays from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at Schwemm's. Leon Burrows will hold office hours from 1 to 2:30 Tuesdays at the Cadigan Center. Joseph Gottlieb will hold office hours from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursdays at Schwemm's. Elizabeth Carr: 3:00-4:00 on Thurs. at the Cadigan Center

Community Tennis Program for Children
The Amherst College Women's Tennis team will be running a Community Tennis Program for children. All levels are welcome. The program will run on Wednesdays and Saturdays starting on September 17. The dates are as follows: Saturdays(9/17, 11/5) and Wednesdays (9/21, 9/28, 10/5, 10/12, 10/19, 10/26). Classes are from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturdays and 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. The program cost will be $110 for all eight classes or $15 per session. The classes will be held at the outdoor courts at Amherst College. For more information, and to pick up registration forms, please call 413/542- 2316 or stop by Alumni Gym at Amherst College.

Kaffeeklatsch with German Food & Conversation
Come and join us every Tuesday evening at 9 p.m. in Porter House for "Kaffee" and much more!
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Leonard Bernstein's Candide -- Auditions
Preliminaries are Sunday, Sept. 18; callbacks are Monday, Sept. 19. For information and audition sign-ups please e-mail: Rehearsals begin Monday, Jan. 9, 2006. Performances February 2-4, 2006.

Biology Department Honors Class of '06 Initial Research Presentations Begin Sept. 19
Biology Department Honors candidates from the Class of 2006 will give short talks on the background, objectives and significance of their research, beginning at 3:30 p.m. in Merrill Lecture Room 4, on Mondays Sept. 19, 26, October 17, 24 and 31.

Looking for Fast Cash? Session Monday, Sept. 19
Looking for fast cash? Find out how to tap into campus resources for your organization. Monday, Sept. 19, at 4:30 p.m. in the Campus Center Friedmann Room. Learn about resources for your student organization, funding, printing, reserving rooms, e-mail accounts, mailboxes, Websites and more! Co-sponsored by Student Activities and the Community Outreach Program.

"The Empress Josephine" at Mead Sept. 22 to Dec. 18
The Mead Art Museum at Amherst College will present “The Empress Josephine: Art and Royal Identity,” an international loan show focusing on Napoleon’s consort, “the incomparable Josephine,” from Thursday, Sept. 22, to Sunday, Dec. 18. “Art and Royal Identity” will explore the ways in which Josephine, like Napoleon, made use of art and patronage in the fashioning of her identity. The exhibit will open with a public reception and lecture on “Josephine and Malmaison” by Bernard Chevallier, the director of the Musée de Malmaison, at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29, in Stirn Auditorium. Carol Solomon Kiefer, the curator of European art at the Mead Art Museum and curator of the exhibition, will give a gallery talk on “The Empress Josephine: Art and Royal Identity” at 12 noon on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at the museum.
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Alex Kozinski To Speak in Observance of Constitution Day Sept. 22
In observance of Constitution Day, the Honorable Alex Kozinski, U. S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, will deliver a talk titled “At the Crossroads: The Federal Judiciary and the Political Branches of Government” at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22, in the Babbott Room of the Octagon at Amherst College. Sponsored by the Office of the President at Amherst College, the talk and a reception to follow are free and open to the public.
For more information: news_releases/05/2005_09kozinski.html

Performance Project Auditions Will Be Held Sept. 20
Performance Project is an evening of original choreography and performance works developed by students during the fall semester in Theater & Dance 62, Performance Studio, taught at Amherst College by Wendy Woodson. Auditions will be held Tuesday, Sept. 20, 7-9 p.m., in Webster Hall, Studio One, at Amherst College. Roles: A wide variety of parts is available for performers of different backgrounds and skill levels in both dance and theater. The auditions will be held as a 90-minute workshop. Choreographer/directors will present their ideas and preliminary material or improvisational structures. Performances: December 8-10, 8 p.m. Holden Theater, Amherst College.

Peter Wortsman: Telegrams of the Soul. A reading of short prose by P. Altenberg Sept. 20
Department of German, Amherst College presents Peter Wortsman: “Telegrams of the Soul” -- A reading (in English & German) of short prose by fin-de- siècle Viennese author Peter Altenberg (1859-1919). Tuesday, Sept. 20, 4 p.m., Porter House, Amherst College (on the Amherst Common, next to the Lord Jeffery Inn). The event is co-sponsored by the Department of German, the German Club, the European Studies Program, the Creative Writing Center and the Eastman Fund, Amherst College. For further information, contact (413) 542-2312. Free, all welcome. Refreshments will be served.
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Winternship 2006 Information Session Sept. 20
Spend Interterm 2006 in Washington, D.C. or New York City! Info session will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 20, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Campus Center Friedman Room. The Winternship Program provides Amherst College students with the opportunity to work in the non-profit sector in Washington, D.C. or New York City during the weeks of January interterm. The Program involves internship matching, housing, stipends and alumni-sponsored educational, cultural and social events. We are looking for a set of committed Winterns for 2006! Applications due: September 27 at 5 p.m. to the Community Outreach Office. For more information, e-mail or call x5140.

2005-06 Knox Prize Winner
The James Charlton Knox Prize is awarded to the student whose record through the junior year demonstrates the greatest integration of scholarship, interest and creativity in the study of English. The 2005-06 prize is awarded to Zeina S. Nasr ’06.

Constance Congdon Awarded the Helen Merrill Playwriting Award
Constance Congdon, playwright-in- residence at Amherst College, has won the prestigious Helen Merrill Playwriting Award. The award comes with a $20,000 prize and is funded by the estate of the late, great literary agent Helen Merrill of New York City. There is no application process--American playwrights are selected for this award by a committee of their peers. Congdon will be one of the presenters at the Innovative Theatre Awards at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, Monday, Sept. 17, in New York City. The IT Awards were created to celebrate Off- Off-Broadway.

French Table Meets Tuesdays
French Table will meet on Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the Mezzanine in Valentine Dining Hall. French speakers of all levels are welcome to come and converse over lunch. Please come Tuesday, Sept. 20, and meet Amelle Guezoun, Simon Mosbah and Amalia Riotte-Kempf, the new French Teaching Assistants.

Spanish Table Meets Fridays
The Spanish Table will meet on Fridays on the Mezzanine in Valentine Dining Hall from 12:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.. Please join Spanish speakers of all levels for food and great company.

Steps to Study Abroad Meeting Tuesday, Sept. 20
If you are a sophomore considering studying abroad in your junior year, this is the event for you. Come to Fayerweather 115 on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 4:30 p.m. to find out what you need to be thinking about and doing. There will also be a session on Wed. Sept. 21. If these times do not work for you, future sessions will be offered.

IT Fair in the Campus Center Atrium Sept. 21
The IT department will host a fair in the Campus Center Atrium on Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come to speak with representatives from the many groups within IT and the Library, purchase Windows and Microsoft Office, win an Ipod Shuffle and more! Candy and general geekiness will be served.

2005-06 Music at Amherst Series Opens Sept. 21 with Pianist Stephen Hough
Music at Amherst opens its 28th season of world-class chamber music at Amherst College with the pianist Stephen Hough, in a program of fantasies by Mozart, Schumann and Liszt/Busoni, at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 21, in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Building at Amherst College. Tickets for series subscriptions are on sale until Thursday, Sept. 15. Five other programs are included in the series.
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Sept. 21 Russian Center Reception: Griffiths and Rabinowitz ala Russe
A presentation ceremony and reception will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 4:15 p.m. at the Center for Russian Culture to commemorate the recent Russian publication of the writings of Professors Frederick Griffiths and Stanley Rabinowitz. Their book, "Novel Epics: Gogol, Dostoevsky and National Narrative," plus three articles (on Pasternak and Virgil, Homer and Tolstoy, and Stalinist Epic), written between 1980 and 1994, were translated into Russian and released in hard-covered edition by Ivan Limbakh Publishers (St. Petersburg). The translator, Petersburg classicist and literary scholar Elena Georgievna Rabinowich, will be present. Please contact the Amherst College Russian Dept. (413/542-2350) for more information.

Outreach Council Meeting Sept. 21
Interested in promoting community involvement, activism and social change work? Get involved by coming to an Outreach Council meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 21, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Lewis-Sebring. The Outreach Council acts as an umbrella organization to encourage relationship building and to foster collaboration and communication. The council allows students and student groups to network, collaborate and address common needs. This meeting is open to all students! Outreach Council members are also eligible to apply for special funding for collaborative events.

Steps to Study Abroad for Sophomores -- Session Sept. 21
If you are a sophomore considering studying abroad in your junior year, this is the event for you. Come to Fayerweather 115 on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. to find out what you need to be thinking about and doing. If this time does not work for you, future sessions will be offered.
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Sept. 21 -- Law and the Stranger
The Department of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought has invited Professor Hilary Schor, Department of English, University of Southern California, to give a talk at Amherst College on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 4:30 p.m. in Clark 100. Her talk is titled “Who’s the Stranger? Women, Bastards, Jews & Law in Daniel Deronda.” Copies of Schor’s paper will be available prior to the lecture. To obtain a copy, contact Karen Underwood at 413/542-2380 or This event is part of a series of seminars on Law and the Stranger which is being sponsored by the Lamont Lecture Fund. All members of the Five College Community are invited to attend.

Economics Club Meeting Wednesday, Sept. 21
Get involved in campus events with the Economics Group! Informational meeting this Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 8 p.m. in Keefe Campus Center, Room 207. There will be pizza and drinks, so come have a slice and learn more about what we do and the kinds of opportunities available through the club. Open to everyone.

Amherst College Responds to Hurricane Katrina -- Read Sept. 15 Letter from President Marx
President Marx has posted a letter to the community, outlining the college's response to Hurricane Katrina. For this and other up-to-date information, as well as discussion boards where you can announce initiatives related to the relief effort, go to
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Student Workers Needed for Homecoming and Family Weekends
The Office of Alumni and Parent Programs will be hiring student workers for Homecoming weekend (October 21 and 22) and for Family Weekend (November 4 and 5). The pay is $7.25 per hour, and the schedules are flexible for either weekend. Jobs include working at the Alumni House, driving vans around campus, helping at Kids’ Fest and selling tickets to various events. Work-study students are encouraged to apply. If you are interested, please contact Barbara Sieck ’05, alumni fellow, at or (413) 542-8226.

Amherst Professor Deborah Gewertz Receives National Science Foundation Grant
Deborah Gewertz, the G. Henry Whitcomb 1874 Professor of Anthropology at Amherst College, and her colleague Frederick Errington from Trinity College (Hartford), have received a grant of $99,961 from the National Science Foundation to support their research on the burgeoning trade in fatty meats—and the growth in obesity—in the developing world.
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Amherst College Physics Professor David Hall Receives National Science Foundation Grant
David Hall, assistant professor of physics at Amherst College, has received a grant of $317,500 from the National Science Foundation to support his research, which brings the strange quantum world of Bose-Einstein condensates (BEC), the coldest matter in the universe, to undergraduate researchers.
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Kaplan, Hagadorn and Loinaz Receive National Science Foundation Grant
Scott Kaplan, assistant professor of computer science, Whitey Hagadorn, assistant professor of geology, and Will Loinaz, assistant professor of physics at Amherst College, have received a grant of $298,839 from the National Science Foundation to support setting up a computer cluster for research that requires substantial computational processing and data storage. They will be building a high performance computing cluster with 150 processors over the next three years.
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Amherst College Chemistry Professors Marshall and Leung Receive NSF Grant
Mark Marshall and Helen Leung, professors of chemistry at Amherst College, have received a grant of $330,787 from the National Science Foundation to support their research into the changes that occur in atoms or molecules at the very beginning of chemical reactions.
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German Film Series: "Raus aus der Haut" Sept. 22
On Thursday, Sept. 22, the film "Raus aus der Haut" ("Changing Skins"; directed by Andreas Dresen, 1997, 90 mins.) will be shown at 4 and 7:30 p.m. in Stirn Auditorium. In the repressive climate of 1970’s East Germany, two teenagers decide to emulate the “adventurous” lifestyle of left-wing West German Baader-Meinhof terrorists, with tragicomic consequences. In German, with English subtitles. Admission is free.
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Hon. Alex Kozinski to Speak on the Federal Judiciary in Observance of Constitution Day Sept. 22
In observance of Constitution Day, Amherst College is honored to host the Honorable Alex Kozinski, U. S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, who will speak on “At the Crossroads: The Federal Judiciary and the Political Branches of Government” on Thursday, Sept. 22, at 8 p.m. in the Babbott Room of the Octagon. A reception will follow. The public is invited. A distinguished jurist and prolific writer, Judge Kozinski was born in Bucharest, Romania, and came to the United States at age 12. In 1985 he became the youngest federal appeals judge in the country. To commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787, Congress in 2004 designated September 17 as Constitution Day. Because the anniversary falls on a Saturday, Amherst's observance has been moved to Sept. 22. This event is sponsored by the Office of the President.
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Finding an Internship Workshop Sept. 22
Come to the first of our internship workshops to learn how to find a great internship opportunity for either January or next summer. Thursday, Sept. 22, at 4:30 p.m. in the Career Center.

Physics Seminar Sept. 22
A physics seminar will be Thursday, Sept. 22, in Merrill 3 at 4:45 p.m. (Tea in 204 Merrill @4:15 p.m.) Prof. Daniel Aalberts of Williams College will speak on "Splicing messenger RNA." Abstract: Messenger RNA is severly edited by our cells; only about 10% of a pre-mRNA is translated into a protein, the other 90% gets tossed away. Prof. Aalberts will describe two methods for identifying the splice junctions, a thermodynamic theory and a statistics theory incorporating ideas from scaling.
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Sports Information Needs Volleyball Statisticians
Looking for 8 student workers to record volleyball statistics at the Amherst Classic (Sept. 23-24) and a NESCAC Quad (Oct. 7-8), both hosted in LeFrak Gymnasium. Paid postitions for those who enjoy watching volleyball. Please apply only if you can work BOTH weekends in need. To apply, e-mail Tanner Lipsett, or call x2390.

Change a Light, Change the World
Thursday, Sept. 22, between noon and 4 p.m. at the Keefe Campus Center, the Physical Plant will swap students’ energy hungry incandescent light bulbs for high efficiency compact fluorescent bulbs. This swap won’t change your life; the bulb turns on like a regular bulb, it has the same color and it easily fits in most fixtures. BUT using one bulb for a year saves a power plant from burning 500 pounds of coal. Burning that coal would release 1,200 pounds of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, mercury, sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and other heavy metals--it could help change the world. On Thursday, the dorm with the highest percentage of residents participating will get pizzas, sponsored by the Physical Plant.

Amherst College Economics Students Receive Summer Fellowships
Two members of the Class of 2006 were awarded fellowships for their work at economic institutes this summer. Aditya Bhave, of Mumbai, India, was awarded a John M. Vine ’66 Fellowship, and Elana Safran, of New York City, was awarded a James R. Nelson Fellowship. Bhave worked at the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, D.C. He worked in the Division of Research and Statistics with Chief Carol Corrado and economist David Byrne on a project to update research on the measurement and determinants of prices for communications equipment. Safran worked at the Maurice Falk Institute for Economic Research in Jerusalem. She worked with Professors Victor Lavy and Daniele Paserman on a joint project studying the long-term effects of the age of school entry on educational outcomes for Israel’s various and diverse populations. The fellowships supplement salaries for summer internships at approved economic research institutions and are made possible by the generous donations to the Nelson and Vine Funds.

Yale Law School Info Session Friday, Sept. 23
Yale Law School Info Session Friday, Sept. 23, 1-2:00 p.m. in the Career Center. Limited informational interviews to follow.

Overview of Budgetary Procedures for All Students on Sept. 23
Any student interested in applying for AAS funding is invited to come to an informational session this Friday, Sept. 23, at 4 p.m. in the Red Room (Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall) on Budgetary Committee procedure and policy. Come learn how you can make the most of the money the AAS gives away. Dean Haynes will speak on alternate sources of funding. We'd like to hear the questions and problems you have experienced in the past. Bring your pipe dreams too--what you've seen at other schools, what you’ve imagined, how your club or life would be so much better if only... The AAS has a lot of money, this school has more, and sometimes we can actually make things happen One representative from every AAS- recognized club must attend. RSVP to
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19th-Century Plumbing at Emily Dickinson Museum Sept. 25
Household plumbing, electric wiring and heating units are just a few of the comforts that we take for granted in the modern home. For houses built in earlier eras, such emerging technologies were tests for builders and homeowners. At 2 p.m. on Sunday, September 25, the Emily Dickinson Museum will explore those challenges when author and historian Maureen Ogle presents “Plumbing the Past: A Lecture and Special Tour of the Infrastructure of the Evergreens and the Homestead,” an exploration of the fascinating world of 19th -century household technology.
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Discussion of Experiential Education at Amherst College Sept. 26
A discussion about experiential education and a talk on the history of student activism will be held at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 26, in the Babbott Room of the Octagon at Amherst College. Sponsored by the Working Group on Experiential Education and the Office of the President, both events are free and open to the public. The 4:30 p.m. panel discussion on “Colleges and Their Communities: The Classroom and the World” will feature panelists Wayne Meisel (The Bonner Foundation), Jon Isham (Middlebury College), Preston Smith (Mount Holyoke College) and Gail Woldu (Trinity College and ACE Fellow at Amherst). Wayne Meisel will speak at 7:30 p.m.
For more information: news_releases/05/2005_09experiential.html

Study Abroad Fair Monday, Sept. 26 11:30 - 2:00
If you are a sophomore or first-year considering studying abroad, come to the Friedmann Room of the Campus Center on Monday, Sept. 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. to talk with representatives from the many and varied study abroad programs available to Amherst students.

Psychology Grad School Info Session - Monday, Sept. 26
The Department of Psychology will host a panel discussion for students interested in pursuing graduate training in psychology on Monday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. in Merrill 315. Professors Catherine Sanderson and Matthew Schulkind will discuss what factors to consider when deciding whether to attend graduate school, strategies for gaining acceptance to graduate school, the "ins" and "outs" of the application process, what to expect from graduate school and what to expect after graduation. This meeting is not just for seniors or psychology majors; it is open to any student interested in learning more about graduate training in psychology. Refreshments will be served.
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Elections for First Year Senators-- Mandatory Meeting Sept. 26
The Association of Amherst Students (AAS) will be holding elections for eight first-year representatives on Tuesday, Oct. 4. Any member of the Class of 2009 is welcome to run. All candidates must write a statement of no more than 100 words to be published in the Amherst Student. Senate candidates must also prepare a petition of at 25 students from their class who believe that the candidate is qualified to run in the election. There is a mandatory meeting to discuss the election at 8 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 26, in the Red Room of Converse Hall. Petitions and statements are due at this time. If you have any questions about the election process, e-mail Raj Borsellino at
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19th-Century English Novel Prize
The English Department is pleased to announce the annual prize competition for the best student essay on the 19th-century English novel. Please see the English Department Website for information on how to enter.
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Law School Information Panel - Harvard, Cornell, NYU and Stanford
Join us on Tuesday, Sept. 27, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Alumni House. A panel of representatives from top law schools (Harvard, Cornell, NYU and Stanford) will discuss their programs, admissions and more!

The Resilient City: Disaster Recovery and the Urban Imagination
Professor Lawrence Vale '81, head of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning at MIT, will speak on "The Resilient City: Disaster Recovery and the Urban Imagination" at 7:30 p.m. in the Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall, on Wednesday, September 28, 2005. Vale will address how cities that have undergone substantial disasters--"natural" and "man-made"-- restructure themselves, and how the relationships between the geo-political site and the imaginative site manifests itself during this process. He will certainly address the current problems caused by the disaster in New Orleans and faced by those who would rebuild it. This event is supported by the President's Initiative Fund on the Urban Imagination.

"Naked Truth" Theater Performance Sept. 27
"The Naked Truth" is a series of real- life vignettes exploring sexual violence and its consequences from the perspective of both the victim and perpetrator. Amherst is represented in this Five College production. The performance will take place in Stirn Auditorium on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 7:30 p.m. Dessert and discussion are included. The event is sponsored by the UMass Theater in collaboration with the Five College Sexual Assault and Intervention Committee through an Office of Violence Against Women grant.

Perspectives on Privilege: Exploring Identity, Race and Racism on Campus and Beyond on Sept. 27
Perspectives on Privilege: Exploring Identity, Race and Racism on Campus and Beyond. This workshop will be facilitated by Kelley Brown '99 on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 6:30 p.m. in the Friedmann Room, Campus Center. All are welcome, and refreshments will be served.

Teach For America CNN Documentary Screening and Q & A on Sept. 27
Teach for America and their recruitment team will be on campus for a screening of a CNN documentary about the achievement gap and Teach for America's ongoing mission to eradicate educational inequity. Pizza will be served, and the viewing will be followed by a question and answer session. Last year, Teach For America was the single highest employer of graduating Amherst seniors. Come learn more about what college graduates across the country are doing to ensure that one day, every child has the opportunity to receive an excellent education. The screening will be held Tuesday, Sept. 27, in Porter Lounge, Converse Hall at 6 p.m.
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Glenn Goldberg Will Present Fine Arts Lecture Oct. 6
Artist Glenn Goldberg will lecture on his work on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 4:30 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall (115 Fayerweather). A reception will follow in the Main Hall, Fayerweather. The lecture is in conjunction with his exhibition in the Eli Marsh Gallery, Fayerweather Hall, September 29 - October 22.
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Multimedia Artist Wenda Gu To Speak at Amherst College Oct. 20
Artist Wenda Gu will speak at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20, in Pruyne Lecture Hall (115 Fayerweather). This event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow in the main hall in Fayerweather.
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Glenn Goldberg Exhibit in Eli Marsh Gallery Opens Sept. 29; Artist Lecture Oct. 6
"For Huxley, Kant and Roberto Clemente," an exhibition of drawings and paintings by Glenn Goldberg, takes place September 29 - October 22 in the Eli Marsh Gallery, Fayerweather Hall. The artist will give a lecture on his work on Thursday, Oct. 6, 4:30 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall, 115 Fayerweather. Reception follows at the gallery. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, noon-4 p.m.. Free and open to the public.
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Sept. 29 Physics Seminar
A physics seminar will be held Thursday, Sept. 29, in Merrill 3 at 4:45 p.m. (Tea will be served in 204 Merrill at 4:15 p.m. Prof. Moses H. W. Chan of Penn State University will speak on "Einstein's Legacy in Low Temperature Physics: Superfluids and Supersolids. " Abstract: Einstein, building on the idea of Satyendra Bose, made the remarkable prediction that a collection of certain of particles, known as bosons, will at sufficiently low temperature lose their individual identities and behaves as one giant 'atom'. This transformation, known as Bose-Einstein condensation, was observed in liquid helium nearly 70 years ago and in the vapor phase 10 years ago. Liquid helium then becomes a frictionless superfluid with a multitude of amazing properties, not imagined even by Einstein. Even more extraordinarily, solid helium was recently found in the laboratory to show the same amazing properties -- it becomes what is now known as a 'supersolid' i.e, a solid which can flow like a superfluid, without any resistance, through even atomic-size holes. This public lecture will explain in simple terms how such incredible behavior is possible.
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Finding an Internship with the Federal Government - Thursday, Sept. 29
Interested in an internship with the federal government? Join us in the Career Center on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 7:30 p.m. to learn how to find the perfect one for you!

Education Job Search Strategies Session Thursday, Sept. 29
Come find out how to apply to public, private and international schools. Thursday, Sept. 29 at 6:30 p.m. in the Career Center.

“Josephine and Malmaison” lecture by Bernard Chevallier on Sept. 29
The Mead Art Museum at Amherst College will celebrate the opening of the exhibition “The Empress Josephine: Art and Royal Identity” with a reception and lecture on “Josephine and Malmaison” by Bernard Chevallier, the director of the Musée de Malmaison in Rueil-Malmaison, France, at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29, in Stirn Auditorium at Amherst College. Sponsored by the Georges Lurcy Lecture Fund at Amherst College, Chevallier’s lecture and a champagne reception afterward in the museum are free and open to the public.
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Amherst College Professor Hilary Moss Wins 2005 Eggertsen Dissertation Prize
Amherst College Assistant Professor of History and Black Studies Hilary Moss has been awarded the History of Education Society's 2005 Claude C. Eggertsen Prize for her dissertation, “Opportunity and Opposition: The African-American Struggle for Education in New Haven, Baltimore, and Boston, 1825-1855.” This award is given annually to the best dissertation on the history of education.
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Kosovar Library Interns Train at Amherst College
Two student librarians from Kosovo will be interning at Amherst College’s Robert Frost Library one day per week through November 10. Shukrie Rama and Urim Salluka are part of a training and academic program for nine staff members of the National and University Library of Kosovo. The program, conducted by the Institute for Training and Development and the Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science, is designed to expose participants to the technologies, policies and procedures of modern librarianship so they may serve effectively as librarians in the new library of the University of Pristina in Kosovo. The participants' work after returning to Kosovo will support the university curriculum. The program is funded by a grant from the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State.
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Weekly Thursday Afternoon Tea in Frost Library
The weekly afternoon tea will be served in the library on Thursday afternoons from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. All are welcome and invited to attend.

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