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Archived announcements for August, 2006

Office of Public Affairs Seeks Student Workers
The Office of Public Affairs is hiring students for two positions in the office. The first position is for office assistants. General office experience is a plus and work hours are based on the student's class schedule. The second position is for a poster poster. Hours are flexible for this position. If you are interested in either of these positions, please contact Maryann Wood in the Office of Public Affairs at mjwood@amherst.edu. These are paid positions.

Amherst College Graduate and Book Collector William Miglore ’06 Receives Award
William Miglore, a 2006 graduate of Amherst College, won second place for his Ray Bradbury collection in the first annual Collegiate Book-Collecting Championship, which honors winners from the three dozen colleges and universities that hold student book-collecting contests. He will receive $1,000; a trip to New York for the awards ceremony Saturday, Sept. 16, at the Grolier Club; a scholarship to the Rare Books School at the University of Virginia; and a $500 donation in his name to the Amherst College library. The Friends of the Amherst College Library presented the Frederick S. Lane ’36 Prize for Excellence in Book Collecting to Miglore in 2004 for his collection of association copies and in 2005 for his Truman Capote collection. In 2006 Miglore received the Lane Prize for an unprecedented third time for the Bradbury collection. “It’s hard for me to imagine what it was like before the Internet,” commented Miglore, who started collecting online at age 14 in 1996.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/2006_2007/2006_08migliore.html

Health Services During The Summer
The Keefe Health Center at Amherst College will be closing for summer recess at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 26. Limited coverage for health care will be available during the Commencement and Reunion periods. Urgent treatment during other hours will be provided on a fee-for- service basis by the University of Massachusetts Health Center (413/577- 5000). During the summer the University of Massachusetts Health Center will be closing from midnight to 8 a.m. from Sunday, May 28, through Sunday, September 3. An on-call practitioner will be available by phone from midnight to 8 a.m. at 413/577-5000. Patients in need of emergency care between midnight and 8 a.m. should go directly to the Cooley Dickinson Hospital.

Emily Dickinson Museum Featured in Preservation Magazine
“Emily Enshrined,” a story in the July/August 2006 issue of Preservation magazine, features the Emily Dickinson Museum. Written by Richard Todd '62, the article focuses on The Evergreens, the home of the poet’s brother and sister-in-law, Austin and Susan Dickinson.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/2006_2007/2006_07todd.html

Student Health Insurance Information for Summer Recess
For Amherst College students who are members of the supplemental health insurance program, urgent care during summer recess is covered as indicated in the Student Medical Insurance Plan brochure. In-patient hospital care is available to all Amherst College students who are residents of this area. The hospitalization fees are covered by the Amherst College supplemental health insurance and managed by the Koster Insurance Agency, Inc. or other supplemental health insurance plans according to provisions of the policies. Those students enrolled in the Koster Insurance Agency, Inc. program are covered for emergency services outside the Amherst area. The policy year terminates at 12:01 a.m. on August 15, 2006, or at the end of the period through which the premiums are paid, whichever is earlier.

Laura J. Yerkovich ’80 Elected Trustee at Amherst College
The alumni of Amherst College have elected Laura J. Yerkovich, a geologist, investment banker, homemaker and member of the Class of 1980, to a six-year term on the college’s Board of Trustees effective July 1. Yerkovich is a resident of New York City.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/2006_2007/2006_07yerkovich.html

Emily Dickinson Museum Announces Completion of $705,000 Capital Campaign
The Emily Dickinson Museum: The Homestead and The Evergreens has announced the completion of its first capital campaign, which successfully raised more than $705,000 to fund the first steps in the long-term development of the museum as an historic site dedicated to the appreciation of Emily Dickinson’s life and poetry.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/2006_2007/2006_07dickinsoncapitolcampaign.html

Jane H. Wald Named Executive Director of Emily Dickinson Museum
The Emily Dickinson Museum: The Homestead and The Evergreens has announced that its Board of Governors has promoted Jane H. Wald to executive director, effective July 1. Formerly director of resources and collections, she has been with the museum since the Dickinson Homestead and The Evergreens, two historic houses associated with the poet Emily Dickinson, merged in 2003. Wald’s promotion represents a slight shift in the museum’s administrative structure and comes on the heels of the announcement by the board of the successful conclusion of its capital campaign and the completion of its master plan. Wald will continue her oversight of resources and collections while assuming new challenges of securing greater funding for the museum’s growing needs and implementing the initiatives outlined in the master plan.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/2006_2007/2006_08wald.html

Emily Dickinson Museum Board of Governors Presents Museum Master Plan
The Emily Dickinson Museum: The Homestead and The Evergreens has announced that its Board of Governors has adopted a new master plan that will serve as the long-range planning tool for the restoration and improvement of the museum site.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/2006_2007/2006_08masterplan.html

Physical Plant Announces Summer Tree Work
Please see the attached link describing the college’s plans for tree maintenance and removal to be conducted this summer.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~phyplant/photos/summer%20tree%20work.pdf

“Traditions and History of Amherst College" Aug. 27
On Sunday, August 27, from 5 to 7 p.m. in Frost Library's Archives and Special Collections, come peruse scrapbooks and campus publications from the 19th and early 20th centuries; see historic videos; listen to poet Robert Frost reading and to the songs of Amherst's musical clubs; examine green freshman beanies and class canes; view photographs from generations past; learn about old traditions; and more. Students and parents are invited to drop by for a long or short visit. Archivists will be there to tell the college story, and light refreshments will be served. This event is planned and organized by the Student Activities Committee of the Friends of the Library with the generous support of the Amherst College Library.

Susannah Heschel Lecture on Feminism for Judaism Sept. 6
Susannah Heschel, Eli Black Associate Professor of Jewish Studies in the Department of Religion at Dartmouth College, will speak on “From Theory to Reality: Implications of Feminism for Judaism” on Wednesday, Sept. 6, at 3:15 p.m. in the McCaffrey Room of the Campus Center. The talk will follow an informal reception at 3 p.m. Heschel’s scholarship focuses on Jewish-Christian relations in Germany during the 19th and 20th centuries. Her numerous publications include the classic collection, On Being a Jewish Feminist, first published in 1983; a prize-winning monograph, Abraham Geiger and the Jewish Jesus, which won a National Jewish Book Award; and her forthcoming book, The Aryan Jesus: Christians, Nazis and the Bible. She has also edited several volumes, most recently Betrayal: German Churches and the Holocaust, with Robert P. Ericksen, and Insider/Outsider: American Jews and Multiculturalism, with David Biale and Michael Galchinsky. She has written extensively on feminism and Judaism, and on feminist issues related to Jewish Studies. The lecture is sponsored by the Religion Department and the Willis D. Wood Fund, and is free and open to the public.

Refugees International President Ken Bacon ’66 To Speak at Amherst on Aug. 28
Kenneth Bacon, Amherst College Class of ’66 and president of Refugees International, will speak to the incoming Class of 2010 at 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 28, in Johnson Chapel at Amherst College. Bacon will address issues of genocide in Darfur. The first annual Benjamin DeMott Lecture at Amherst College, his talk is directed toward first-year students at Amherst, and will relate to their summer reading. As space permits, the DeMott Lecture is free and open to the public.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/2006_2007/2006_08bacon.html

Amherst College Professors Nasser Hussain and Austin Sarat Consider “The Literary Life of Clemency” in TriQuarterly
Nasser Hussain, assistant professor of law, jurisprudence and social thought, and Austin Sarat, the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science at Amherst College, have written an essay titled “The Literary Life of Clemency: Pardon Tales in the Contemporary United States” in TriQuarterly 124, the most recent issue of the international journal of writing, art and cultural inquiry published at Northwestern University.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/2006_2007/2006_08hussainsarat.html

Amherst College Jazz Ensemble to Tour Chile
With rehearsals beginning on August 25, the Jazz Ensemble will be in the final stages of preparation for their first international tour, destination Chile. They will spend just shy of a week performing in the Valparaiso area. Invited guests of the Jazz Festival "Third Festival of Big Bands" hosted by Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, the ACJE will perform in Valparaiso, Vina del Mar, Santiago and Copacabana. Jazz Ensemble director Bruce Diehl finds this to be a wonderful opportunity to create connections with musicians new to us, as well as a grand chance for our jazz ensemble members to bond musically and socially. The ensemble appreciates the efforts of many people and offices in support of this travel.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~jazz

Amherst College History Professor Kevin Sweeney is Co-editor of Captive Histories
Kevin Sweeney, a professor of American studies and history at Amherst College, and Evan Haefeli, professor of history at Columbia University, are the editors of Captive Histories: English, French, and Native Narratives of the 1704 Deerfield Raid ($22.95, 306 pp., University of Massachusetts Press, Amherst, 2006), a collection of original source material that tells the story—or the stories—of the 1704 French and Indian attack on Deerfield, Mass. Sweeney and Haefeli were also the authors of Captors and Captives: The 1704 French and Indian Raid on Deerfield (2003), a historical re-examination of the events from multiple points of view. Captives and Captors received an Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History in 2004.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/2006_2007/2006_08sweeney.html

Amherst College Professor Ilan Stavans Publishes Book of Fiction
Ilan Stavans, the Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture and Five-College 40th Anniversary Professor at Amherst College is the author of The Disappearance: A Novella and Stories ($22.95, TriQuarterly/Northwestern University Press, Bloomington, 2006.) “The Disappearance” tells the story of a Belgian Jewish actor who plots his own kidnapping in order to denounce anti-Semitism in the Low Countries. “Xerox Man,” commissioned by the BBC, is about a book thief. “Morirse esta en hebreo” is a novella about the death of a Mexican patriarch at the time of the 2000 presidential election. A feature film based on the novella and produced by John Sayles will be released at the end of the year.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/2006_2007/2006_08stavans.html

Amherst College Community Service Orientation Program Aug. 29 to Sept. 1
At Amherst College 35 first-year students, 10 student trip leaders, and two trip coordinators will take part in an intense three-day, three-night trip, staying in a community center in the heart of Holyoke, where they will participate in service activities, presentations and in interactive workshops that raise awareness about community empowerment, poverty and institutional racism. These trips are the first chance that students have to begin building relationships with non-profit organizations, community organizers and activists and educators in the Pioneer Valley. On Friday, Sept. 1, all 45 trip leaders and participants, with Amherst College Outreach Office staff Scott Laidlaw, Karen M. Lee and Maggie Mattaini ’09 and Jen Roberge ’07, the student trip coordinators, will work on a farm run by Nuestras Raices, an organization dedicated to community development in Holyoke, through projects relating to food, agriculture and the environment.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/2006_2007/2006_08service.html

Drinking Water Report Available
The Town of Amherst has issued its 2005 Drinking Water Quality Report.
For more information: www.amherstma.gov/departments/Water/default.asp

Amherst College Receives $13 Million To Launch Center for Community Engagement
A philanthropic investment of more than $13 million from the Argosy Foundation over the next seven years will establish a Center for Community Engagement at Amherst College. This new investment will build on the success of a four-year partnership that has significantly expanded opportunities for Amherst students to learn through public service.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/2006_2007/2006_07cce.html

Spring 2006 Faculty Research Award Program
Please visit the link below to learn about the research projects of faculty members who received funding awards in spring 2006 through the college’s Faculty Research Award Program (FRAP), which supports the research activities of all regular full- and part-time, tenured and tenure-track Amherst College faculty members.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~deanfac/funding/frap/frapawardspring06.html

Amherst College Librarian Part of Delegation to National and University Library of Kosovo
Rebecca Henning, cataloging librarian, was one of three Five College librarians selected to visit Kosovo to follow up on last fall's training for nine Kosovars employed at the National and University Library of Kosovo. The goal of the project was to familiarize the Kosovar participants with the policies and procedures of contemporary librarianship so that they may serve effectively as librarians in a new University Library Center at the University of Pristina in Kosovo. Henning was in Kosovo from July 31 to August 5, working with the technical services staff in advance of the rollout of the center in October. Check out the team's blog!
For more information: gslis.simmons.edu/blogs/dispatches/kosovo/

George Bellows: A Ringside Seat Sept. 5 through Dec. 10
This show in the Fairchild Gallery, Mead Art Museum, will include four themes which Bellows investigated in his work. The sections are tentatively called: Sights and Sounds (the artist’s rural and urban surroundings); Through the Ropes (sporting images); The Changing World (social and political issues including the agonies of war); and The Artist's Circle (portraits of family and friends, as well as a few images of the artist as portrayed by his colleagues). The exhibition will also feature a group of related documents and photographs from the George W. Bellows Papers in the Archives and Special Collections at the Amherst College Library.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/mead/exhibitions/archive/2006/george-bellows.html

 
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