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Archived announcements for January, 2006

Keefe Health Center Hours During Winter Break
The Amherst College Keefe Health Center will close for the Winter Holiday Break at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 23, and will re-open for the January Interterm at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 3. Amherst College students remaining in the local area are eligible to receive medical care for urgent needs only at the University Health Services (413/577- 5000) when the Amherst College Keefe Health Center is closed. Amherst students with an emergency should contact Campus Police (413/542- 2111). The University Health Services Urgent Care Unit will close during Interterm between midnight and 8 a.m. starting on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2005 and continuing until 8 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2006. A telephone nurse will be available at 413/577-5000 between midnight and 8:00 a.m., and a physician can be contacted if needed.

Students Able to Run Keyserved Software from Off Campus
Just in time for the semester break, students can now run keyserved software such as EndNote and PhotoShop from off campus. See the IT Website for details.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/it

Amherst College Writing Dean Susan Snively Publishes in Poetry Daily
Susan Snively, the director of the Writing Center and associate dean of students at Amherst College, published a poem in the popular online anthology of contemporary poetry in print Poetry Daily on Dec. 3. The poem, “A Riff of Zoloft,” appeared in her new book of poems, Skeptic Traveler (2005), and in the fall issue of The Antioch Review.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2005_11snively.html

Holiday Luncheon Raffle Winners
The Office of Human resources would like to extend many thanks to those who helped make the holiday luncheon happen. We also would like to congratulate our prize winners. To see the list of winners, please follow the link below.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~hr/Announcement/holidayraflewinner.html

Prof. Dominic L. Poccia Appointed Associate Editor of Journal of Experimental Zoology
Dominic L. Poccia, the Rufus Tyler Lincoln Professor of Biology at Amherst College, has been appointed associate editor for reproductive biology for the Journal of Experimental Zoology, beginning in 2006.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2005_12poccia.html

Amherst College Biologist Ethan Clotfelter Receives Grant to Study Aggression
Ethan Clotfelter, an assistant professor of biology at Amherst College, has been awarded a research grant from the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation to study the biological basis of aggressive behavior and the extent to which environmental contaminants affect aggression.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2005_12clotfelter.html

Amherst College Professor Jeffrey Ferguson Publishes Book on George Schuyler
In his new book, "The Sage of Sugar Hill" ($40, 320 pp., Yale University Press, New Haven, 2005) Jeffrey Ferguson, associate professor of black studies and American studies at Amherst College, considers the long-neglected legacy of George Schuyler, a prolific and controversial figure of the Harlem Renaissance.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2005_12ferguson.html

Amherst College Senior Nicholas Soltman Named Junior Fellow of AmericanAcademy
The American Academy of Political and Social Science has named Nicholas C. Soltman '06 a 2006 Junior Fellow of the academy. A resident of Tarzana, Calif., Soltman is the son of Harriet Cooper (New York, N.Y.) and Neil Soltman (Philadelphia, Penn.). Soltman will now submit a paper submission for the undergraduate research award.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2005_12soltman.html

Prof. Austin Sarat Receives NEH Grant
Austin Sarat, the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought at Amherst College, has been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support a summer seminar with 15 school teachers called “Punishment, Politics and Culture.” The five-week seminar will explore the role of punishment in U.S. law, politics, society and culture. The seminar offered in the summer of 2006 will be the 10th NEH seminar that Sarat has taught.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2005_12neh.html

Amherst College Physicists, Led by Professor Larry Hunter, To Publish in Physical Review Letters
Larry Hunter, the Stone Professor of Natural Science (Physics) at Amherst College, recently had an article on “Measurement of the Electron Dipole Moment Using GdIG” accepted for publication in Physical Review Letters, the journal of the American Physical Society, on Dec. 16.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2005_12hunter.html

In Memoriam: Robert L. Whitcomb
The Johnson Chapel flag has been lowered to half staff in memory of Robert L. Whitcomb, who died Thursday, Jan. 12. Mr. Whitcomb worked in the Biology Department from 1949 through his retirement in 1988. He is survived by his wife, Alice Whitcomb, who worked in Physical Plant until her retirement in 1989. Additional information is available in the Greenfield Recorder, linked below.
For more information: www.recorder.com/obituaries/obit3232428.htm

In Memoriam: Elizabeth Holt
The Johnson Chapel flag has been lowered to half staff in memory of Elizabeth Holt, who died Friday, Jan. 13, at Mercy Medical Center in Springfield. Mrs. Holt worked at the college from 1954 until her retirement in 1983. A member of the Physical Plant staff, Mrs. Holt also often worked for Dining Services during the summer.

“Some Assembly Required: Cumulative Visions” Opens Jan. 20
The Mead Art Museum at Amherst College will present “Some Assembly Required: Cumulative Visions,” an exhibition of sculptural assemblages by contemporary artists June Ahrens, Elisa D’Arrigo, Carol Hepper, Nene Humphrey and Rebecca Smith, from Friday, Jan. 20, to Sunday, May 7. All five artists will give a talk in Fairchild Gallery at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 8. A reception will follow in the Rotherwas Room. The talk and reception are co-sponsored by the Amherst College Departments of Fine Arts and Women’s and Gender Studies. Support for the exhibition is provided in part by the Hall and Kate Peterson Fund.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2005_12visions.html

Music Department To Present Leonard Bernstein & Richard Wilbur's Candide
As its third annual Interterm musical, the Department of Music will present the 1956 Leonard Bernstein/Richard Wilbur Broadway hit "Candide." Featuring a Five College cast, performances of "Candide" will take place at 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 2 and 3. On Saturday, Feb. 4, there will be performances at 2:30 and 8:30 p.m. All performances will take place in Buckley Hall. General admission is $5, but the show is free to Amherst College students. There will be assigned seating on a first-come, first-served basis, and advance reservations by writing candide@amherst.edu are strongly recommended. The production is funded by the Amherst College Department of Music, the Association of Amherst Students and the Office of Student Activities.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~music/Events.htm

Jan. 24 Open House at New Earth Sciences and Natural History Museum Building
The Facilities Design & Construction Department invites members of the campus community to take a "behind-the-scenes" tour of the new Earth Sciences and Museum of Natural History Building during an open house on Tuesday, Jan. 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. This new building is designed not just for geologists, but for the entire campus. It features student-friendly study space, first-rate classrooms and laboratories and, of course, the college's extraordinary natural history collection. Interesting highlights include the natural rock that has been incorporated into the building's design (see if you can name the rocks used in the various floors -- and bathrooms). Design and construction staff and the geology faculty will be on hand to answer questions during the open house.

Student Office Workers Needed
The Office of Public Affairs is seeking students to work in their office. Some office experience is a plus. If interested, please contact Maryann Wood in the Office of Public Affairs, Converse 306, at mjwood@amherst.edu. These are paid positions.

Interested in Becoming a Habitat Homeowner? Info Session Jan. 25
Amherst College has donated three acres of land near campus to the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity, and the college community will play an integral role in building four Habitat houses there over the next four years. Employees interested in becoming a Habitat for Humanity homeowner in Amherst are invited to join other members of the community at an information session hosted by the Pioneer Valley Chapter of Habitat on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 7 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 165 Main St., Amherst. You must attend the session to receive an application to apply for the next Amherst Habitat house. Applications are due Feb. 15, 2006. For more information, call Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity, 413/586-5430.

"Twilight: Los Angeles 1992" Will Be Performed Feb. 9-11
"Twilight: Los Angeles 1992" by Anna Deavere Smith, directed by Timothy Hahn '06. will be performed Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 9-11, at 8 p.m. in Holden Theater at Amherst College. "Twilight" is a play about the Los Angeles riots of 1992. Similar to "The Laramie Project," it is a mosaic of people, stories and images created from the interviews of real- life people -- blacks, whites, Asians, Latinos -- following the tragically violent aftermath of the 1992 Rodney King trial and verdict. Performed by a small ensemble of talented and diverse actors, this adaptation of the critically acclaimed one-woman show by Anna Deavere Smith seeks to expose viewpoints rarely heard and to highlight the shortcomings of understanding race as a solely black and white issue. Powerful words and characters tell the provocative story of a city in limbo, struggling to emerge from the darkness. Tickets are free, but reservations are recommended; call the Box Office at 542-2277.

Mouth on the Microphone: Stroke the Screen Will Be Performed Feb. 23-25
"Mouth on the Microphone: Stroke the Screen" by Zeina Nasr '06 will be performed Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 23-25, at 8 p.m. in Holden Theater at Amherst College. Nasr will present "Mouth on the Microphone: Stroke the Screen," a performance piece with video projection. As an experiment in the dynamics of public intimacy, two people face a screen and watch a video. They move to engage in an intimate embrace performed to the screen. Tickets are free. Reservations recommended. Call the box office, 413/542-2277.

Choral Society Interterm Rehearsals Begin Jan. 25
Rehearsals for Choral Society will be Wednesday, Jan. 25, from 7 to 10 p.m.; Thursday, Jan. 26, noon-3 p.m. and 7-10 p.m.; Friday, Jan. 27, noon-3 and 7-10 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 28, 1-4 p.m.; and Sunday, Jan. 29, 1-4 p.m. We will learn Mahler's Second Symphony, Candide final chorus, Verdi Requiem and (Concert Choir) ACDA music. Room 3, Music Building.

University Health Services (Pharmacy, Radiology) Interterm Schedule
During Interterm, the pharmacy at University Health Services at UMass is open Mondays – Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. During Interterm, the Radiology Department at University Health Services at UMass will be open Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. During Interterm, the pharmacy and the Radiology Department will be closed weekends and also Monday, Dec. 26 (holiday), Monday, Jan. 2 (holiday) and Monday, Jan. 16 (holiday).

Keefe Health Center Hours During Interterm
The Keefe Health Center at Amherst College will be open during Interterm (Tuesday, Jan. 3, through the Friday, Jan. 27) from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Outside of those hours, Amherst College students remaining in the local area are eligible to receive medical care for urgent needs only at the University Health Services (413/577- 5000) when the Amherst College Keefe Health Center is closed. Amherst students with an emergency should contact Campus Police (413/542- 2111). The University Health Services Urgent Care Unit will close during Interterm between midnight and 8 a.m. starting on Thursday, Dec. 22, 2005 and continuing until 8 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 29, 2006. A telephone nurse will be available at 413/577-5000 between midnight and 8:00 a.m., and a physician can be contacted if needed.

Michael Buckley, S.J., Will Lecture Feb. 2
Michael J. Buckley, S.J., University Professor of Theology at Boston College, will speak Thursday, Feb. 2, at 4 p.m. in the Cole Assembly Room on “The Dialectical Progress of Modern Atheism.” In the 18th century, an articulate, self-confessed atheism emerged for the first time in modernity. Over the centuries, this disbelief came to influence first the educated intellect of Europe, then those countries touched by the European mind, then civilizations throughout the world. The lecture will explore the beginnings of this atheistic development and discuss its gathering strength. Buckley is the author of many books and has published extensively in systematic theology, philosophy, spirituality, science and theology, and the history of ideas. This event is sponsored by the Newman Club and the Willis D. Wood Fund and is free and open to the public.

Help Amherst College and Earn Extra Money!
The Office of Development is looking for students to work the February phonathon for the Annual Fund. Snacks will be provided! The phonathon, held in the evenings at Smith House (near Pratt Field), entails calling alumni yet to donate to this year's Annual Fund and requesting a gift. The phonathon runs Monday through Thursday, Feb. 6 through 9, from 6 to 9 p.m. The pay is $7.50 per hour. If interested, contact Carolyn Wills at crwills@amherst.edu or 413/542-8238 to discuss the details and to indicate your availability.

Amherst College Professor Nicola Courtright is New President of College Art Association
Nicola Courtright, a professor of fine arts at Amherst College, has been elected president of the College Art Association for a two-year term, beginning in May.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_01courtright.html

Artist in Residence Wendy Ewald to Exhibit Work in Eli Marsh Gallery
Wendy Ewald, internationally recognized photographer and artist in residence at Amherst College, will present an exhibition of her work in the Eli Marsh Gallery in Fayerweather Hall at Amherst College from Monday, Jan. 30, until Sunday, Feb. 19. Ewald will give a lecture on her work in Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115) at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 6. Ewald’s lecture is free and open to the public. There will be a book signing of her latest book, American Alphabets, and a reception immediately following the lecture.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~finearts/Ewald.htm

Professor López Receives Getty Award
Rick A. López '93, assistant professor of history, has been awarded a J. Paul Getty Postdoctoral Fellowship in the History of Art and the Humanities to complete the research and writing for his book manuscript entitled "Forging a Mexican Aesthetic and Integrating the Nation, 1921-1972."

Donald Richie Named 2006 Robert Frost Library Fellow
The film historian and novelist Donald Richie will be the 2006 Robert Frost Library Fellow. Richie has been instrumental in introducing Japanese film to the West, through his work as critic for The Japan Times and books such as "The Films of Akira Kurosawa and Japanese Cinema." He has written extensively about Japan, where he has lived since 1947, including "The Inland Sea" and "Tokyo Nights." Most recently his "Japan Journals 1947—2004" have been published by Stone Bridge Press. Samuel Morse, chair of the Department of Asian Languages & Civilizations, will coordinate Richie’s residence, Oct. 9- 13, 2006. On Oct. 13, Richie will give the keynote lecture for the Friends of the Amherst College Library Annual Meeting.

English at Amherst: New Book by Theodore Baird, Edited by William H. Pritchard
William H. Pritchard ’53, the Henry Clay Folger Professor of English at Amherst College, has edited English at Amherst: A History ($25, Amherst College Press, Amherst, Mass., 2005, 281 pp.), a compilation of writings by Theodore Baird, the Samuel Williston Professor of English, Emeritus, who taught at the college from 1927 until his retirement in 1969 and died in 1996. Gorham Cross ’52 supported the publication of English at Amherst.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_01pritchard.html

Early Music Program Auditions Jan. 31
The Five College Early Music Program welcomes students, faculty and community members interested in auditioning to sing or play in one or more ensembles. The auditions are "painless" experiences. Performances sponsored by the program feature baroque and Renaissance music played on modern and period instruments and sung in historically informed style. We also offer instruction on period instruments for modern players. Auditions at Amherst will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 31, from 6 to 7 p.m. in either Room 3 or Room 7 in the Arms Music Center. For further information, contact the Early Music Office at 413/538-2079 or e-mail reisenst@mtholyoke.edu.

Sign Up for Second Semester Choral Society Auditions
Auditions for the Amherst College Choral Society will take place by appointment for second semester. 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. To sign up for a time or for further information please contact Mallorie Chernin at ext. 2484 or mchernin@amherst.edu.

Sign Up for Music Practice Rooms and Lockers Beginning Jan. 30
Students, faculty and staff who wish to use the Music Department practice room facilities during second semester and who did not do so in September may sign up for a practice room access key during the first two weeks only of the semester: Monday, Jan. 30 - Friday, Feb. 3, and Monday, Feb. 6 - Friday, Feb. 10, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Senior music majors preparing honors recitals may also reserve practice time during this two- week period. On Sunday, Feb. 12, those who have been issued a practice room key may, if they desire, schedule reserved practice time for the spring semester. The sign-up hours will be 12 noon to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 10 p.m. Information concerning access to practice rooms, fees and applications are available in the Arms Music Center.

Duane Michals: Photography and Reality at the Mead Art Museum at Amherst
The Mead Art Museum at Amherst College will present Duane Michals: Photography and Reality from Friday, Jan. 20, to Sunday, April 16. Duane Michals will speak about his work at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16, in Stirn Auditorium. The exhibition, talk and a reception in the museum are all free and open to the public.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_01michals.html

Some Assembly Required: Cumulative Visions Opens at Mead Art Museum Jan. 20
The Mead Art Museum at Amherst College will present “Some Assembly Required: Cumulative Visions,” an exhibition of sculptural assemblages by contemporary artists June Ahrens, Elisa D’Arrigo, Carol Hepper, Nene Humphrey and Rebecca Smith, from Friday, Jan. 20 to Sunday, May 7. All five artists will give a talk in Fairchild Gallery at 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 8. A reception will follow in the Rotherwas Room. The talk and reception are co-sponsored by the Amherst College Departments of Fine Arts and Women’s and Gender Studies. Support for the exhibition is provided in part by the Hall and Kate Peterson Fund.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2005_12visions.html

 
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