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Archived announcements for May, 2006

Quantitative Literacy Conference April 29
This year, Amherst College will be hosting the 10th meeting of the Northeast Consortium on Quantitative Literacy on Saturday, April 29, with Bernard Madison of the University of Arkansas speaking on the topic of assessment of quantitative literacy. Several faculty members from the Five Colleges who teach QL courses in history, government or statistics will also be participating in a panel presentation. The full day’s schedule can be found by following a link on the Q Center Webpage at www.amherst.edu/~qcenter. The organizing committee consists of David Cox and Jennifer Innes of Amherst College and Judy Moran of Trinity College. There is no fee, but if you plan to attend, please send an e-mail to qcenter@amherst.edu.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~qcenter/NECQL%20X/NECQLX.htm

Amherst College Hosts Keepers of the Word Storytellers April 29
Storytellers from across the country will spin their tales at the 15th annual Keepers of the Word Storytelling Festival, a day-long event on Saturday, April 29, in the Friedmann Room in the Keefe Campus Center at Amherst College. Performances will be held at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. This will be the last Keepers of the Word Storytelling Festival directed by Onawumi Jean Moss, the founder and director of the festival, who is retiring this year after 21 years at Amherst College, where she is the associate dean of students. This year’s nationally known storytellers are Onawumi Jean Moss, Eth-Noh-Tec (Robert Kikuchi-Ynjojo and Nancy Wang), Bill Harley, Leeny Del Seamonds and In the Spirit (Glenda Zahra Baker and Emily Hooper Lansana).
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_04keepers.html

"Le nozze di Figaro" in Buckley Recital Hall April 29
The Amherst College Department of Music will present a production of Mozart’s comic opera “Le nozze di Figaro” (“The Marriage of Figaro”) on Saturday, April 29, at 2 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall. The opera follows the servant Figaro as he woos his true love Susanna amidst romantic intrigue in the court of Count Almaviva. The students of Prof. Jenny Kallick’s “Creating Musical Drama” class will direct this fully-staged, fully-costumed production. Professional opera singers will perform all roles and orchestral accompaniment will be provided by the Amherst College Orchestra under the direction of Mark Lane Swanson. Tickets for this performance can be reserved by e- mailing amherstfigaro@gmail.com or calling 413/542-2195.

The Five College Clothesline Project April 27 - 29
The Five College Clothesline Project will take place April 27 - 29 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Valentine Quad. The shirts on this line represent the experiences of survivors of sexual violence as well as those of friends and families of survivors. The shirts are a powerful healing tool as well as a way for others to understand the depth of these experiences. Peer Advocates and Student Health Educators will be on hand for emotional support and education about the issues raised by the project. Materials will be available at the clothesline to make a t-shirt for the project.

Madrigal Singers' Joint Spring Concert With the UVM Catamount Singers April 28
The Amherst College Madrigal Singers will perform their joint spring concert with the University of Vermont Catamount Singers at 6 p.m. in Johnson Chapel on Friday, April 28. The Madrigals are comprised of nine members of the Choral Society co- directed by Amherst students Jay Buchman ’07 and Katherine Willis ’07. Selections will include pieces by Renaissance composers including G. P. Palestrina and Claudio Monteverdi. The Catamounts are a chamber ensemble of 14 undergraduate students directed by Dr. Dawn Willis. Featured works will include selections by Felix Mendelssohn and his sister Fanny Hensel, two Mozart trios accompanied by woodwinds and two joint pieces with the Madrigals. The concert will be free and open to the public.

Global Sounds at Amherst College on Sunday, April 30
On Sunday, April 30, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall, Amherst College students Amrita Vijayaraghavan, Surya Kundu, Qingsi Zhu, Sara Barmettler and Colin Lindsay will perform vocal music from North and South India, Chinese instrumental music and traditional Irish fiddling. The concert is part of the Global Sound Project at Amherst College, a beneficiary of the Presidential Initiative Fund.

Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition April 24 - 29
"Holyoke" by Christina Clemente '06 and "Experimenting in Color and Abstraction" by Mia Anderson '06 will be exhibited April 24 - 29 in the Eli Marsh Gallery.

Brett Cook May 1
Brett Cook-Dizney will speak Monday, May 1, at 4:30 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall, 115 Fayerweather. Sponsored by the Departments of Fine Arts, Anthropology and Sociology, Black Studies and Philosophy with support from the office of the Dean of the Faculty and the Eastman Fund. Free and open to the public.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~finearts/BCD.htm

Summer Housing Deadline Extended Until May 1
Students who will be working for a department on campus during the summer months are eligible to apply for summer housing. Applications are available in Converse 106 and are now due May 1. Students who turn in applications after the deadline will be placed on a summer housing waitlist. Summer dorms are Tyler, Plimpton, Marsh and Seligman. Weekly room rates are $73/single, $61/double and $56/week triple or quad. All current students (including the Class of 2006) are eligible to apply.

Deadline For 2006 Olio Club Photos Is May 1
The deadline to submit a club picture for the 2006 Olio is Monday, May 1. Please e-mail all submissions to myarchoan@amherst.edu.

Candidate Forum: Athletic Director Search Committee May 1
All members of the Amherst community are invited to attend the next "town meeting" in our series of presentations by candidates for appointment as director of athletics and physical education at the college. David D. Hixon co-acting director of athletics, Amherst College) will be the guest speaker on Monday, May 1, at 7:30 p.m. in 115 Fayerweather (Pruyne Lecture Hall). All candidates have been asked to share their views on the optimal relationship between athletics and education and their vision of the role of the athletic director in advancing the mission of the Department of Physical Education. A question and answer period will follow each presentation. Faculty, students and staff are urged to attend these informative sessions.

Change For Change Collection May 1
The final Change For Change collection of the year is Monday, May 1, at 10 p.m. Please be in your room (or leave your change cup in the hall) so that we can collect it for Hurricane Katrina rebuilding efforts.
For more information: www.changeforchange.org

Construction Notification for Charles Pratt Hall
On Saturday, April 29, a mature oak tree will be removed on the northwest corner of the Charles Pratt Hall construction site. Despite efforts to preserve the tree, our arborist's investigation determined that the tree could not be saved and would pose a risk to passers by from overturning. The tree is very close to the building, and the root structure will be significantly impacted by required excavation at the perimeter of the existing structure. A replacement tree will be planted in its place after the construction is completed. Any questions or concerns may be directed to Joanne Gustafson by email at jlgustafson@amherst.

Physics Senior Honors Talks May 2
On Tuesday, May 2, in Merrill 220 at 4:45 p.m. with a 'tea' at 4:15 p.m.in Merrill 204, Michael Foss-Feig and David Schaich will present their final senior honors talks.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~physics/pages/colschedule.html

Amherst College Professor Lawrence Douglas To Read The Catastrophist May 3
Lawrence Douglas, a professor of law, jurisprudence and social thought at Amherst College, will read from his forthcoming novel, The Catastrophist ($24.95, 276 pp., The Other Press, New York, 2006), at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3, at Amherst Books (8 Main St., Amherst, Mass.) Sponsored by the Creative Writing Center at Amherst College, the reading is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_04douglas.html

Professor Austin Sarat To Speak on “At or Beyond the Limits of Law" May 3
Austin Sarat, the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought and Five College Fortieth Anniversary Professor at Amherst College, will deliver the second 2006 Jackie M. Pritzen Lecture, to celebrate 40 years of the Five College consortium, titled “At or Beyond the Limits of Law: Death, Redemption and Sovereign Prerogative,” at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3, in the Cole Assembly Room (Red Room) in Converse Hall at Amherst College. His talk, sponsored by Five Colleges, Inc., is free and open to the public.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_04saratspeaks.html

Open Meeting on the Folger Student Fellowships May 3
Current Amherst College sophomores and juniors majoring in the humanities or social sciences will be eligible to apply next fall for a Folger Student Fellowship. These fellowships (usually two are awarded) cover all expenses for a two-week period of research at the beginning of January at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. The meeting will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3, in Chapin Lounge in Chapin Hall. This year’s Folger Student Fellows (Sarah Courtney '06, Patrick McGrath '07 and Hadley Miller '06) will be available to answer questions concerning the fellowship and their experience at the Folger this past January. All students who might be interested in applying for the fellowship next year (or the following year) are encouraged to attend.

Empowering Role Models to Fight HIV/AIDs in Africa May 3
On May 3, Nick Colacchio, program manager and KickAIDS Africa Teaching Fellow for Grassroot Soccer, will discuss the the current state of the HIV/AIDS problem in Africa and what can be done about it. Colacchio will present the Grassroot Soccer KickAIDS initiative that raises awareness, funding and resources to educate youth in Africa about HIV/AIDS. Grassroot Soccer is a non-profit organization that trains professional soccer players, peer educators and other powerful role models in Africa to deliver HIV prevention messages to children. The presentation will take place on May 3 at 7 p.m. in Merrill Science Center Room 1.
For more information: www.grassrootsoccer.org

German Film Series Presents Das Wunder von Bern on May 4
On Thursday, May 4, the film Das Wunder von Bern (The Miracle of Bern, directed by Sönke Wortmann, 2003, 118 min.) will be shown at 4 and 7:30 p.m. in Stirn Auditorium. The movie is a touching family drama set against the backdrop of the famous soccer World Cup of 1954. A father returning from POW camp in the Soviet Union finds it hard to adjust to the new realities and win the love of his 11-year-old son. The movie is in German with English subtitles. Admission is free.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~german/events.html

Physics Senior Honors Talks May 4
On Thursday, May 4, in Merrill 3 at 4:45 p.m. with tea at 4:15 p.m. in Merrill 204, Jason Merrill, Sarang Gopalakrishnan and Jessie Erwin will present their senior honors talks.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~physics/pages/colschedule.html

Candidate Forum: Athletic Director Search Committee May 4
All members of the Amherst community are invited to attend the final "town meeting" in our series of presentations by candidates for director of athletics and physical education at the college. Suzanne R. Coffey (director of athletics and department chair, Bates College) will be our guest speaker on Thursday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. in 115 Fayerweather (Pruyne Lecture Hall). All candidates have been asked to share their views on the optimal relationship between athletics and education and their vision of the role of the athletic director in advancing the mission of the department of physical education. A question and answer period will follow each presentation. Faculty, students and staff are urged to attend these informative sessions.

A Celebration of Food and Art: The Stew Pot May 4
On Thursday, May 4, at 5:30 p.m. in Marsh House, eat food and see art. This event is a culmination of work in two courses: Food and Writing, a study of the food culture in different parts of the world and an exploration of the way our experiences with preparing and eating food can be expressed through writing and film, and Body of Work, a course which included drawing, printmaking and bookmaking in the creation of portraits of tools that we may use regularly, but do not usually take time to appreciate for their own beauty.

Nicole Asquith To Speak on French Rap May 4
On Thursday, May 4, at 4 p.m. in Fayerweather 117, Nicole Asquith will speak on "French Rap and the Elocutionary Reappearance of the Poet." Asquith has been researching French hip-hop as a Copeland Fellow. She has a Ph.D. in French from Johns Hopkins University and specializes in French poetry from the French Revolution to the present. Her dissertation examines a 20th- century debate over the social function of poetry by retracing the legacy of Rimbaud, from Dada to graffiti and rap. She has lectured at the Trinity International Hip-Hop Festival and has previously spoken on French hip-hop at a number of college campuses, including Wesleyan University, Oberlin College and The University of Virginia. She will begin a position as Assistant Professor of French at UC Davis in the fall.

New Amherst Art Walk to Kick off Downtown May 4
Amherst museums, galleries, shops and restaurants will be opening their doors to the Amherst Art Walk, formerly known as Amherst Gallery Walk, from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 4. The Amherst Art Walk is funded by The Valley Advocate, Promoting Downtown Amherst, Mead Art Museum, Fiber Art Center, The Fine Arts Center, Tiger Press and Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_05artwalk.html

Screening of Sam Sturm's Senior Thesis on Post- Katrina New Orleans May 4
A public screening of Sam Sturm '06's interdisciplinary senior honors thesis will take place May 4 in the Holden Theater at 4:30 p.m. The film, 'A Place and A Name: The Narrative Landscape of Post- Katrina New Orleans' examines the collective memory and the narrative history of the city and how it has been affected by Hurricane Katrina.

ASA Bollywood Night Study Break May 4
The ASA invites you come watch Mira Nair's hit film Monsoon Wedding, dance a little and take a study break over mangoes, chai and samosas on Thursday, May 4, at 8 p.m. in Converse Lobby and Cole Assembly Room.
For more information: monsoonwedding.indiatimes.com

Amherst College Women's Chorus Spring Concert May 6
The Amherst College Women's Chorus will perform in Buckley Recital Hall at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 6. The program will include songs by Gwyneth Walker, Vaughan Williams and Michael Torke. The chorus will sing in Chinese, Yiddish and Latin. Come watch the seniors cry as they pass the chalice and sing the Senior Song. A raffle ($1 per ticket) will be held for gift certificates for local stores (including Ben & Jerry's and Bertucci's). Admission is free.

Amherst College Concert Choir Spring Concert May 7
The Amherst College Concert Choir Spring Concert will be held in Buckley Recital Hall on Sunday, May 7, at 3 p.m. Music of Purcell, Felix Mendelssohn and his sister Fanny, Frank Ticheli, Rene Clausen and more will be performed along with the music of Estonia and Bosnia. A reception will follow the performance.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~music/Events0506.htm

Scott Niichel ’06 to Present Gallery Talk on Natalia Goncharova’s Mystical Images of War on May 5
Scott Niichel ’06 will present a gallery talk on Natalia Goncharova’s Mystical Images of War at 1 p.m. on Friday, May 5, at the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College. Admission to the talk and all related events is free and open to the public.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_04niichel.html

Neuroscience Honors Candidates Presentations May 5
The Neuroscience class of 2006 will present their honors thesis work on Friday, May 5, in Merrill 3 beginning at 3:30 p.m. Presenters in order are Mridu Kapur, Alyssa M Katzenelson, Christopher H. Kim, Sameer V. Nagpal, Ashley L. Pecora and Jahanett Ramirez.

Amherst College To Present “Magic Drums of India” May 5
The semester-long Festival of Indian Music at Amherst College concludes with “Magic Drums of India,” a concert featuring a tabla duet by Sanket Acharya and Rohit Panchakshari, and a mridangam and ghatam duet by Copeland Fellow Umayalpuram Mali and Dan Reck, at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 5, at Buckley Recital Hall at Amherst College. The concert is free and open to the public.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_05india%20drums.html

Thirty Years of Co-Education Celebration May 6
The Amherst Feminist Alliance and the Office of Alumni and Parent Programs would like to invite all students, faculty, staff and alumni to our commemoration of Amherst's 30th year as a co-educational institution. The AFA has invited a number of alumnae, many of whom have agreed to come to Amherst and serve on panels discussing issues ranging from education and motherhood to feminism and what it means to be a woman at Amherst. The event is scheduled for Saturday, May 6. For more information, please visit: http://www.amherst.edu/alumni/events/coeducation/index.html
For more information: www.amherst.edu/alumni/events/coeducation/index.html

Five-College Sustainability Summit May 6
On Saturday, May 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Smith College Campus Center, join an all-day event with hands-on workshops where you can learn anything you'd like to know about biodiesel, solar energy, grease cars, wind power and many other green resources. Come learn how you can get involved and make a difference. The "light bulb guys" will be back selling Energy Star compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) for $1 each. Also available will be reflector floodlights, 3-way CFLs and desk lamps from $5 to $20. Using a task light can save $30 a year while keeping your space cooler in warm weather. Sponsored by the Five College Energy Manager.

The State of Education in Iraq May 6
On Saturday, May 6, at 8 p.m. in the Cole Assembly Room in Converse Hall, Jo Comerford from Books Building Bridges, the organization providing support for the textbook donations by the college's Iraq Book Sponsors, and Professor Sayres Rudy from the political science department, will be talking about the state of education in occupied Iraq. Eric Glustrom '07 will also speak on Educate! and their efforts to increase educational opportunities in Africa.
For more information: www.educateafrica.org/booksforiraq

Voice Students of Ann Maggs To Perform May 8
The voice students of Ann Maggs will give a concert on Monday, May 8, at 6:30 p.m. in Room 3 of the Arms Music Center. The program will include standards, jazz, blues, showtunes and ethnic delights. The concert is free and open to the public.

Jazz Ensemble To Present “Springtime Jazz” May 8
The Amherst College Jazz Ensemble will perform its annual spring concert at 8 p.m. on Monday, May 8, in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. The flagship concert in a series of springtime Jazz at Amherst performances, the program will feature big band arrangements by Johnny Hodges, Duke Ellington, Matt Harris, Phil Woods, Neil Hefti and Gil Evans. It is free and open to the public. At the end of the concert, the Jazz at Amherst program will honor the seniors involved in the Amherst College Jazz Ensemble and the various jazz combos.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_05jazz.html

Educate! Second Annual Dodgeball Tournament May 7
Educate! will be hosting its second annual Benefit Dodgeball Tournament on Sunday, May 7, starting at 2 p.m. To sign up, pick up a sign-up sheet in Valentine or the campus center, or e- mail educate@amherst.edu. Sign-up sheets are due by Friday, May 5, but e-mail Educate! if you cannot turn it in by then. Prizes for both the mixed and women's divisions will be a $100 gift certificate to the place of your choice for first place and Dodgeball t- shirts for second place. All proceeds will go to Educate!, an Amherst-run organization that provides for the education of refugees and underprivileged nationals in Uganda and Rwanda. For more information, please go to www.educateafrica.org.
For more information: www.educateafrica.org

Amherst College Women’s Chorus To Perform May 6 and Concert Choir May 7
The Amherst College Women’s Chorus will present a concert of choral music by Gwyneth Walker, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Michael Torke, sung in Chinese, Spanish and Yiddish, at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 6, in Buckley Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. The Amherst College Concert Choir will present a program at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 7, in Buckley. The Sunday program will feature music by Henry Purcell (“When I am Laid” with Julia Fox, soloist, and “With Drooping Wings” from Dido and Aeneas), Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn, Rene Clausen and Frank Ticheli (“There Will be Rest”). The program also will offer music of Estonia.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_05chorus.html

Two New Green Dean Positions Available
Graduating seniors and recent graduates are invited to apply for two new "green dean" positions. The first is a green dean who will serve as a liaison for community college transfer students and low-income students. The Student Life Fellow will work closely with his or her counterpart in the Admission Office to develop and coordinate new support services designed to ease these students' transition to Amherst. Reporting to the Director of Academic Support, the Student Life Fellow will also work closely with the Dean of New Students and the other class deans to ensure that transfer students' needs are met through a variety of initiatives, including programs to ensure that these students maintain connections to their mentors from their previous institutions. Interested applicants should submit a resume, cover letter and the names of three references to Dean Charri Boykin-East, Director of Academic Support Services, AC #2206, or cjboykineast@amherst.edu. The second position is a green dean in charge of a new program to bring distinguished speakers to campus during Interterm. The Interterm Colloquium Coordinator will be responsible for working with faculty and students to develop themes for these colloquia, and for coordinating all of the logistics to ensure the success of the program. The coordinator will work closely with the Office of Student Activities, the Alumni Office and the Office of Public Affairs in making these arrangements. Reporting to the President, the coordinator will also be assigned other special projects, often involving direct responsibility for speakers and other programs on campus. Previous experience initiating and arranging campus programs is particularly useful. Interested applicants should submit a resume, cover letter, and the names of three references to Susan Pikor, Executive Assistant to the President, AC #2208, or spikor@amherst.edu. Applications for both positions will begin to be considered as of Monday, May 3, so interested students should apply immediately. Feel free to contact Dean Ben Lieber if you have questions about either position.

Thomas Chen ’07E Selected as Rockefeller Brothers Fund Teaching Fellow
Thomas Chen ’07E of Hillsborough, N.J. has been named a 2006 recipient of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund’s (RBF) Fellowship for Aspiring Teachers of Color. Chen, a women’s and gender studies major at Amherst, is one of 25 juniors from 16 participating institutions selected for this year’s award.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_04chen.html

Former President Peter Pouncey To Receive American Academy Award
Peter Pouncey, the president emeritus of Amherst College, has been selected to receive the 2006 Harold D. Vursell Memorial Award from The American Academy of Arts and Letters for “his extraordinary debut novel,” Rules for Old Men Waiting (2005), a novel about three wars of the 20th century and a marriage. The award is presented annually to “a writer whose work merits recognition for its prose style.”
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_04pouncey.html

Athletic Director Search Seeks Commentary
The campus visits by all four of the highly qualified finalists for Director of Athletics and Physical Education will conclude during the week of May 1. The Search Committee is expected to submit a fair and thorough evaluation of the campus response to each of the candidates. In order to complete that task, we actively seek written commentary from those who have participated in the "town meeting" interviews with the finalists. We also request that all comments and observations reach us no later than Monday morning, May 8, so that our deliberations can be expedited before the end of the semester. Please help the Search Committee be well informed by submitting responses care of Dale Peterson, Chair, Box 2234, or to depeterson@amherst.edu. Thank you.

Five College Relay for Life Raised More than $116,000
On April 21 and 22, the Five College Relay for Life raised more than $116,000 for cancer research and patient services. The planning committee would like to thank the 250+ Amherst students and staff who participated in the event who raised more than $40,000. If you'd like to help organize the Relay for Life next year, please e-mail amiller08@amherst.edu.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~relayforlife

Senior Commencement Speakers Named
Thanks to all seniors who participated in choosing student Commencement speakers! Kit Wallach '06 will be the student speaker at Commencement on Sunday, May 28. Issa Abdulcadir '06 Andre Deckrow '06, Sarah Rothbard '06 and Aidan Sleeper '06 will speak at Senior Class Exercises on Saturday, May 27.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/commencement

College Meeting May 10
The College Meeting, which includes the underclass awards ceremony, will be held on Wednesday, May 10, at 4 p.m. in Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall.

Amherst Takes 12th Place in “Recycle Mania” Competition
Amherst placed 12th in a nationwide recycling competition against more than 100 other colleges and universities. The semester-long competition measured recycling rates on a per-capita basis. After the final week of the competition, Amherst had a total of 44.33 tons of recyclable materials; that works out to more than 40 pounds per person. Throughout the contest, Amherst averaged, per week: 1,766 pounds of bottles/cans; 5,830 pounds of mixed paper; and 3,350 pounds of cardboard. The winning school of the competition was Oregon State University. The Amherst College Recycling Office would like to thank all those who contributed to our successful participation in this event.

Sophomore Edward Ramos Selected as 2006 Goldman Sachs Global Leader
Edward Ramos, a sophomore at Amherst College, has been selected as a 2006 Goldman Sachs Global Leader by the Goldman Sachs Foundation and the Institute of International Education (IIE). For the past five years, the Goldman Sachs Foundation has been identifying and developing some of the most promising future leaders; Ramos is one of 100 outstanding second-year students around the world selected this spring from over 70 of the top colleges and universities. A graduate of J.R. Masterman High School, Ramos is the son of Victor and Theresa Ramos of Philadelphia, Pa. Ramos will receive a grant for educational expenses at Amherst.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_05ramos.html

Four Amherst College Students and Graduates Receive Fulbright Grants
Four Amherst College students and graduates have been awarded J. William Fulbright Fellowships: Robert Cooke ’06, Jenny Horowitz ’06, James Seltzer ’06 and Max Rettig ’05. For details on the Fulbright Grants, visit the link below.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_04studentawards.html

Professor Wendy Woodson To Work in Australia as Senior Fulbright Scholar
Wendy Woodson, a professor of theater and dance at Amherst College, has been selected as a Senior Fulbright Scholar for the 2006-07 academic year. Woodson will be an artist-in-residence at the Victoria College of the Arts at the University of Melbourne in Australia in the spring 2007 semester. Woodson will create new performance and video work that continues her interest in stories and images of reconciliation and meditation, and in experimental interactions between live performance and digital technologies.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_05woodson.html

Statistical Consulting Hour Offered Friday Afternoons
Statistician Katherine Tranbarger in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science will once again be holding weekly statistical consulting hours. Faculty and thesis students may feel free to stop by Seeley Mudd 306 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Fridays for help with planning data collection or for advice on how best to summarize or analyze data already acquired. To set up an appointment outside of this walk-in time, e-mail Prof. Tranbarger at ktranbarger@amherst.edu.

Book Launch in the Library: Saint Ghetto of the Loans May 11
A reception celebrating publication of "Saint Ghetto of the Loans," the bilingual reissue of a legendary but little-seen masterpiece of French book art from 1950 by Gabriel Pomerand. (Ugly Duckling Presse; English version by Michael Kasper, Amherst Ccollege reference librarian.) The event will be held Thursday, May 11, at 4 p.m. in the Robert Frost Library. Sponsored by the Library, with refreshments, copies for sale from Amherst Books and a brief presentation by the translator.

Academic Summer Internship in Educational Software Development Available
Professor George Greenstein of the astronomy department is seeking an academic summer intern to assist in the completion of an extensive, highly interactive Discovery Module in physics and astronomy. The pay is $400/week for six weeks plus the cost of housing in an Amherst residence hall. The dates for this internship are June 5 – July 14. Applicants must be adept at Flash and ActionScript and be able to combine creative problem solving with solid coding practices. Familiarity with FlashMX and ActionScript 1.0 is a plus. Some background in physics, astronomy, basic math or music theory is also desirable. Apply by Wednesday, May 10, to Professor Greenstein (gsgreenstein@amherst.edu). Please include a brief statement of your qualifications and the name of an Amherst professor who is willing to serve as a reference.

Video and Performance Showings for TH&DA50 May 11
A series of live performance, video and installation events will take place Thursday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m. in Holden Theater.

Craig Prize Deadline Extended to May 12
The deadline for the Craig Prize has been extended until the last day of classes. Essays should be turned in to the English Department office before noon on Friday, May 12. This prize is awarded to that junior or senior who writes the best autobiographical essay on an experience of intellectual discovery.

“Springtime Jazz” to Continue with Jazz Combos May 7 to 12
The Springtime Jazz series at Amherst College continues the week of Sunday, May 7 with three concerts featuring the Amherst College Jazz Combos. All concerts will take place in the Friedmann Room of the Keefe Campus Center at Amherst College and are free and open to the public.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_05jazzcombos.html

Music Department Key Holders Must Return Keys by Friday, May 12
This is a reminder that all Music Department keys are to be returned to the Music Office by Friday, May 12. Please see Suzette Farnham Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. or 1:30 to 4 p.m.

Senior Assembly Is Friday, May 12
Senior Assembly is Friday, May 12. Graduating seniors should assemble -- in caps and gowns! -- no later than 4:35 p.m. on the Quad side of Johnson Chapel. If it's raining, the line will form indoors -- but bring an umbrella just in case; remember, gowns sometimes bleed when they get wet. Senior Assembly features the awarding of prizes and a speech by a faculty member (this year, Prof. Catherine Sanderson of the Psychology Department). Senior Assembly usually ends around 6:20 p.m. The reception for graduating seniors, faculty and staff begins at 6:30 p.m. in LeFrak, and dinner is served at 7:30 p.m. Remember to bring your driver's license or student ID. And congratulations on your upcoming graduation!
For more information: www.amherst.edu/commencement

Annual Emily Dickinson Poetry Walk To Commemorate Poet’s Death May 13
The Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst will sponsor the annual Emily Dickinson Poetry Walk at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 13. The walk honors the memory of poet Emily Dickinson, who died on May 15, 1886. The event is free and open to the public. This year’s readings will feature poems that Dickinson sent to her family members who lived at The Evergreens, which was built 150 years ago.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_05walk.html

Scripts and Scores Final Showings for TH&DA35 May 14
An evening of dance, theater and performance art, featuring the choreography of Candice Salyers and her Repertory and Technique class, will take place Sunday, May 14, at 7:30 p.m. Holden Theater.

Students Receiving Allergy Shots Must Pick Up Serum by May 19
All students receiving Allergy Shots at the Keefe Health Center need to pick up their refrigerated serum by May 19.

Professor Lawrence Douglas Is Author of a New Novel, The Catastrophist
Lawrence Douglas, professor of law, jurisprudence and social thought at Amherst College, has published a new novel, The Catastrophist (276 pp., The Other Press, New York, 2006). The Catastrophist is Douglas’s first novel.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_05douglas2.html

French Professor Paul Rockwell is Editor and Translator of French Romance Story
Paul V. Rockwell, professor of French at Amherst College, is the editor of Le Chevalier as deus espees: A Critical Edition and Translation (Boydell & Brewer Ltd., Suffolk U.K. 2006).
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_05rockwell.html

Math Professor Daniel Velleman To Edit American Mathematical Monthly
Daniel J. Velleman, professor of mathematics at Amherst College, has been selected to become the next editor of the American Mathematical Monthly. His term will begin with the January 2007 issue. The American Mathematical Monthly publishes articles, as well as notes and other features, about mathematics and the profession for readers with a broad range of mathematical interests, from professional mathematicians to undergraduate students of mathematics. The American Mathematical Monthly is written to be read, enjoyed and discussed.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_05velleman.html

In Memoriam: Ernest A. Johnson '39 and Joe Stanitis
The Johnson Chapel flag has been lowered to half-staff in memory of Ernest A. "Al" Johnson '39 and Joe Stanitis.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/memoriam/johnson_stanitis.html

Summer Programs Discounts
Several summer groups offer discounts to the Amherst College Community. Please check the Summer Programs Webpage for more information (click on "Amherst College Community Discounts"). This page will be updated as more information is received. Please call Irene Berwick at x8102 if you need more information.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~sumprogs/

Summer Job at Amherst in Biology Available
The Department of Biology seeks a student to assist with the creation of a Web-based resource cataloging species diversity in the plant group Lycieae. Duties include the organization of information about species, including the consolidation of records of plant collection localities, photographs, DNA accessions, sequence data, etc. Applicants should have an interest in the life sciences and be highly motivated with the ability to work independently. Familiarity with computers and Web design is preferred. The salary is $10 per hour (up to 40 hours per week) plus housing. The position is available June 6 to July 14, 2006; dates negotiable. Send a letter of interest (include the name and contact information of at least one reference) and a recent transcript to Prof. Miller at jsmiller@amherst.edu.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~jsmiller/Lycieae.htm

Keefe Science Library Open 24 Hours for Exams
The Keefe Science Library will be open all day and all night from Saturday, May 13, at 10 a.m. to Friday, May 19, at 4 p.m.Amherst College students can ask at any Library desk for the after-hours entry code.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/library/hours/spring2006.html#springexams

Amherst College Artist-in-Residence Wendy Ewald and Collaborative Art Class Present Show At Nacul Center in Amherst May 7 - 26
Wendy Ewald, artist-in-residence at Amherst College, and the students in her Collaborative Art class will exhibit their semester-long projects from Sunday, May 7, through Saturday, May 27, at the gallery at the Nacul Center for Ecological Architecture (592 Main St., Amherst, Mass.). An opening reception will be held from 12 noon until 2 p.m., on Sunday, May 7, at the Nacul Center. Sponsored by the Office of the President and Office of the Dean of Faculty at Amherst College, this exhibition and the reception are free and open to the public.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_05ewald.html

Amherst College Choral Society To Sing National Anthem Before Red Sox-Yankees Game May 24
The Amherst College Choral Society will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 24, at Fenway Park before the game between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees. Mallorie Chernin, director, and Rachel Dunham ’05, assistant director, will conduct more than 50 members of the Concert Choir, Men’s Glee Club and Women’s Chorus. The student leader of the Glee Club is Michael Bernstein ’08 of New York City. Julia Fox ’07 of Houston, Texas, leads the Concert Choir and Tara Kulkarni ’07 of Forest Hills, N.Y., the Women’s Chorus.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_05redsox.html

Seniors -- Remember Mandatory Commencement Rehearsal Friday, May 26
Graduating seniors, remember that Commencement Rehearsal is Friday, May 26, at 4 p.m. on the Main Quad (Johnson Chapel in case of rain; call 542-INFO after 3:30 p.m. if you're unsure of location). Caps and gowns are not worn for this event (or for Saturday's Senior Class Exercises). Please plan to attend; this event is mandatory for graduating seniors.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/commencement/

Reminder: Pick Up Commencement Tickets Before Sunday, May 28
Commencement Exercises on Sunday, May 28, will be held outdoors in all but the worst weather conditions. If Commencement is outdoors, seating is unlimited, and no tickets are required. However, if truly foul weather forces Commencement to be held indoors, seating is limited, and tickets are required. Graduating seniors may pick up Commencement tickets in Converse Lobby beginning at 1 p.m. Friday, May 26. Bring your ID; you'll need it to get your tickets. Each graduating senior will automatically receive three tickets; in addition, we expect to have a limited number of extra tickets that will be distributed to graduating seniors, one per person, on a first-come, first- serve basis beginning at 1 p.m. Friday, May 26.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/commencement/info.html

Amherst College To Hold 185th Commencement Weekend May 27 and 28
Amherst College will celebrate its 185th Commencement Exercises this weekend, Saturday, May 27, and Sunday, May 28. The college will grant bachelor of arts degrees to 430 members of the Class of 2006 at Commencement Exercises at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 28, in the Main Quadrangle. (Exercises will be held in LeFrak Gymnasium in the event of rain.) Amherst President Anthony W. Marx will give an address, and graduating senior Kit Wallach of Providence, R.I., has been chosen by her classmates to speak. Honorary degree recipients and other distinguished Commencement guests have been announced. Biographies and a schedule of honorands' talks is online.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_05precommencement.html

Weather Information Commencement Weekend
There are a number of Commencement Weekend events (Friday's 4 p.m. mandatory Commencement Rehearsal), Saturday's 1:30 p.m. Class Exercises, and Sunday's 10 a.m. Commencement Exercises) that are scheduled to be held outdoors. Wondering whether inclement weather has forced a location change? Check the Web, or call 413/542- INFO 30-60 minutes before the event.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/commencement

High-School Teachers to be Honored Commencement Weekend May 27 and 28
Four secondary-school teachers who challenged, inspired and moved members of the Class of 2006 will receive the Phebe and Zephaniah Swift Moore Teaching Awards at Amherst College’s Senior Class Exercises at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 27, during Commencement Weekend.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_05swifties.html

Gallery Talk with Joanna Merrill '06 May 27
Joanna Merrill '06 will discuss the exhibition "The Print,the Pear, and the Prostitute: Art,Politics and Society in 19th-Century France", co- curated with Joanne Love '08, on Saturday, May 27, at 1 p.m. and Friday, June 2, at 11 a.m. at the Mead Art Museum. This exhibition has been organized in conjunction with European Studies 41. Support has been provided, in part, by the Department of European Studies.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/mead/exhibitions/

Amherst College Choral Society To Present Commencement Concert May 27
The Amherst College Choral Society will present its annual Commencement concert at 9:15 p.m. on Saturday, May 27, in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. The Choral Society, which includes the Women’s Chorus, the Men’s Glee Club and the Concert Choir, is directed by Mallorie Chernin and Rachel Dunham ’05, assistant director. The Madrigal Singers, directed by Katherine Willis ’07 and Jay Buchman ’07, also will perform.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_05choralcommencement.html

Henry “Hank” Pearsall ’56 To Receive Medal for Service at Amherst
Henry “Hank” Pearsall ’56 of Oak Park, Ill., will receive Amherst College’s Medal for Eminent Service at the college’s commencement exercises on Sunday, May 28. The Medal for Eminent Service is presented to an Amherst alumnus who has demonstrated extraordinary devotion to his alma mater. Pearsall is president of Amherst’s Society of the Alumni and one of the colleges’s most committed volunteers, particularly through the Annual Fund and through class reunion efforts. He has led his class to an unprecedented 100 percent participation in annual giving.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_05pearsall.html

Amherst College Senior Adam Lewkowitz To Study in Mexico on Fulbright Grant
Adam Lewkowitz, a senior at Amherst College, has been awarded a J. William Fulbright Fellowship for postgraduate study in Mexico. Lewkowitz, a graduate of the Phoenix Country Day School, is the son of Herman and Catherine Lewkowitz of Phoenix, Ariz.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_05lewkowitz.html

Amherst College Senior Alana Laudone To Study in China on Fulbright Grant
Alana Laudone, a senior at Amherst College, has been awarded a J. William Fulbright Fellowship for postgraduate study in China. Laudone, a graduate of Glastonbury High School, is the daughter of Vincent and Katharyn Laudone of South Glastonbury, Conn.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_05laudone.html

Amherst College Graduate Ryan Park To Study in South Korea on Fulbright
Ryan Park, a 2005 graduate of Amherst College, has been awarded a J. William Fulbright Fellowship for postgraduate study in South Korea.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/05/2006_05park.html

Class of 2006 Names Honorary Class Members
Each year, the graduating class honors a select group of faculty, staff and others by electing them Honorary Class Members. Honorary Class Members will be recognized at Senior Class Exercises at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, May 27, on the Main Quadrangle. This year's Honorary Class Members are Anthony Esposito (Schwemm's), Marie Fowler (Registrar's Office), Zudo Jusufovich (Physical Plant), Donald Kells (Post Office), Doris Mason (Valentine), Onawumi Jean Moss (Dean of Students Office), Greg Murphy (a Tulane student who was a visiting student at Amherst last fall), Zaweeda Sahabdeen (Valentine), The Rev. Paul Sorrentino and Prof. Lew Spratlan. Congratulations to all!

 
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