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Archived announcements for May, 2007

English 02 Coordinator Position Available -- Deadline April 30
Professors Cobham-Sander, O'Connell and Sánchez-Eppler of the English Department are looking for a student to fill the job of coordinator for English 02, beginning with the 2007-08 academic year and ideally continuing for two years. The job will pay $9 per hour at an average of five hours a week. For a list of the coordinator's duties, please see the full ad at: If interested, please submit a résumé, a copy of your transcript and a one-page statement about why you'd like this job (and why you think you'd be good at it) to the English Department office, AC #2234, by Monday, April 30.
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Contribute to Charity and College Planning by Completing Your Student Survey by April 29
This is the last week for students to submit their online surveys. Remember that each completed survey generates a donation to four local service agencies. If we can get about 25 more responses from each class, we will beat the response rate at Williams! Contact Marian Matheson ( if you need your login information. The closing date for the survey is Sunday, April 29.

Biology Lecture April 30
On Monday, April 30, at 3:30 p.m. in Merrill 4, Erica Crespi, assistant professor of biology at Vassar College, will present "Fat or No Fat: Novel functions of leptin in early development."

Mead Director Candidate John Stomberg to Speak May 1
John Stomberg, one of the final candidates for the position of director and chief curator of the Mead Art Museum, will present a gallery talk in the Mead at 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday, May 1. Stomberg is the deputy director and senior curator for exhibitions of the Williams College Museum of Art and was formerly director of the Boston Museum Art Gallery. His scholarship has focused on the history of photography and American painting.

Center for Community Engagement Names Molly Mead Director
Molly Mead, a professor of urban studies and founding director of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University, has been named the first director of the new Center for Community Engagement at Amherst College. Her appointment is effective July 1.
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German Professor Ute Brandes Edits New Edition of Anna Seghers' Short Stories
Ute Brandes, a professor of German at Amherst College, has just published the first of a two-volume edition of Anna Seghers's short stories from 1958 to 1966, in the 25-volume Werkausgabe of Seghers's literary works (480 pp., Aufbau-Verlag, Berlin 2007).
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Apply to be a FOOT Trip Leader; Deadline May 2
Apply to lead a FOOT trip in the fall. Trips include climbing, hiking and canoeing. You will have access to housing and be certified in wilderness first aid. This is a great way to get outside and help welcome the Class of 2011! Applications due by May 2. Visit the link below for an application.
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Mead Candidate Joseph Ketner to Speak May 2
Joseph Ketner, one of the final candidates for the position of director and chief curator of the Mead Art Museum, will present a gallery talk in the Mead at 4:15 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2. Ketner is the chief curator at the Milwaukee Art Museum and was formerly cirector of the Rose Art Gallery at Brandeis University. His scholarship has focused on contemporary art.

19th-Century English Novel Prize Winners Announced
The English Department is pleased to announce that Suzanne M. Bradley '08 and Khira I. Jordan '07 are the winners of the 19th-Century English Novel Prize. This is an annual prize for the best student essay on the 19th-century English novel. The prize is intended to encourage students to read and write about 19th-century English novels intelligently, critically and with a heightened sense of pleasure. The prize competition for 2007-08 will be on the same schedule as other English Department prizes; the deadline for the submission of essays will be early April 2008.

Physics Senior Honors Talks May 3
On Thursday, May 3, at 4:45 p.m. in Merrill 3, Alex Bridges '07 and Adam Kaplan '07 will give their senior thesis presentations. Refreshments will be served at 4:15 p.m. in Merrill 204.
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Neuroscience Seminar by Dr. Karl Kieburtz '80 May 3
Dr. Karl Kieburtz, professor of neurology and community and preventive medicine at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, will give a talk on "Translational Experimental Therapeutics - Can We Get There from Here?" at 4:30 p.m. (refreshments at 4:15 p.m.), on Thursday, May 3, in Merrill 4. This lecture is sponsored by the neuroscience program and is free and open to the public.

Outdoor Luncheon Cookout May 3
Weather permitting, Valentine will be serving lunch on the Valentine Quad on Thursday, May 3,from 11 to 2 p.m.

Socializing States: Promoting Human Rights Through International Law May 3
Ryan Goodman, professor of human rights and humanitarian law and director of the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School, will give a lecture exploring the possibilities of expanding human rights through international law and emerging international institutions. Students, faculty and community members are encouraged to attend. Refreshments will be served. The lecture will take place May 3 at 7 p.m. in Paino Lecture Hall. This event is brought to you by Amherst College Globalization Initiative, the Dean of Students and AAS.

Grant Farred To Speak May 3
Grant Farred will be speaking about the "politizen" on Thursday, May 3, at 4:30 p.m. in the Babbott Room. Farred is associate professor of literature at Duke University and the general editor of the journal South Atlantic Quarterly. Through his coinage of the term "politizen," Farred pursues a critique of the notion of the "refugee" as the limits of our political thinking. The talk is sponsored by the English department.

Latin Jazz Night May 3
Come tango to live Latin jazz, sit back, enjoy the Chinese food catered by the Asian Culture House and listen to and learn more about the music. Latin Jazz Night will be held on Thursday, May 3, from 8 to 10 p.m. in Seelye Ballroom. This event is sponsored by ACH, La Casa and the Residential Life Office.
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Human Trafficking Awareness Week April 30 - May 3
There are 27 million slaves in the world today, more than five times the population of Ireland. Forced or tricked into labor or sex work, slaves are often brought to foreign countries where they don't know the language or their rights. Perpetrators use physical and psychological abuse to manipulate and control their victims. For example, victims may be severely beaten and raped or told that their family will be harmed if they try to escape. To find out more about this human rights atrocity and contribute to the International Justice Mission, a worldwide organization dedicated to the eradication and prevention of child sex slavery, visit our table in Keefe Campus Center April 30 - May 3.

Self-Scheduled Exam Monitors Needed
The Registrar's Office needs reliable students to serve as monitors for the self-scheduled examinations this semester from Monday, May 14, to Friday, May 18, for both morning and afternoon sessions. If you have ever taken a self-scheduled examination or monitored one before, you know that it is not a difficult or time-consuming task since the monitor only distributes the exams at the beginning and collects them at the close of the exam. Monitors are not required to stay during the exam itself. Monitors receive a minimum of $8 for each exam monitored. If you would like to monitor, please stop by the Registrar's Office as soon as possible to sign up.

Women's Chorus and Concert Choir Present Annual Spring Concerts May 4
The Amherst College Women's Chorus will present its annual Spring Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 4, in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Building on the Amherst College campus. The Amherst College Concert Choir will present a concert at 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, in Buckley Recital Hall. Both concerts are free and open to the public.
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Scatter My Ashes Over Havana Reading by Olga Karman May 4
In "Scatter My Ashes Over Havana", distinguished poet and professor Olga Karman recreates a vast piece of personal and social history as she describes her flight from her native Cuba amid political turmoil, her struggle for a new life in the United States and an eventful return visit to Cuba some 37 years afterward. Karman will read from her memoir (in English) on Friday, May 4, at 4:30 p.m. in Fayerweather 117. The reading is free and open to the public and is sponsored by by the Amherst College Spanish Department, Creative Writing Center and the Eastman Fund.

Former Curator of Dickinson Homestead To Give Emerson Talk May 4
The Emily Dickinson Museum's first resident-curator, Jean Mudge, will give a talk titled "The Amherst Connection: Emerson Comes to Emily Dickinson" on May 4 at noon in the Garden Room at the Lord Jeffery Inn in Amherst. The talk is based on Mudge's documentary about Ralph Waldo Emerson. Mudge has been producing books and articles and making documentary films and videos on notable American subjects for more than 30 years. Her film, "Emily Dickinson: A Certain Slant of Light," was made while she was a curator at the Dickinson Homestead (1965-76). Mudge also wrote a book on the poet, "Emily Dickinson and the Image of Home."

Swing Dance May 4
Join us for an evening of swing with the renowned swing band The O-Tones. A professional dance instructor will teach the basics of swing from 8 to 9 p.m. and then the O-Tones will play until 11 p.m. in Crossett Basement. Everyone is welcome!

Tour of Natural History Museum for Amherst Staff Only May 3
This tour is by staff, for staff. The Museum of Natural History will conduct a brief tour for staff during the lunch hour. See highlights of the collection, ask questions and then come back anytime for more! Join us on Thursday, May 3, from 12:30 to 1 p.m.

Summer Research Assistant Wanted for Professor Sarat; Apply by May 4
Professor Sarat is looking for a research assistant to work for him during the summer. The tasks involved will be bibliography and library work. Weekly hours will range from 35 to 40 at $10/hour. If you are interested in this position, please send Professor Sarat a copy of your transcript along with a brief paragraph describing relevant job experience. The deadline for submission is Friday, May 4.

Conference on Crisis and Catastrophe May 4 and 5
On May 4 and 5 at 3:30 p.m. in the Alumni House, the President's Initiative Fund on Science in Law/Law in Science will be sponsoring the Conference on Crisis and Catastrophe. Speakers include Michele Landis Dauber, Stanford University; Susan Sterett, University of Denver; Thomas Birkland, University of Albany, SUNY; Kim Fortun, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Peter Redfield, University of North Carolina.
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Calling for Nominations for Class of 2007 Alumni Class Officers! Deadline May 5
Calling for nominations for Class of 2007 Alumni Class Officers! Positions include president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, reunion chair and Webmaster. This is a great opportunity to represent your class and stay involved in class- and college-wide activities after graduation. Descriptions of the positions are available online at Interested candidates should cast their nominations at The deadline for nominations is 12 a.m. Saturday, May 5.
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Summer Jobs in IT Available
The Information Technology Department is seeking student interns to help move much of the Amherst College Website into the new Content Management System. Interns will work 35 hours per week over 10 - 12 weeks in the Seeley Mudd Computer Center. The pay rate is $12 per hour. For more information, contact

Summer 2007 Research Assistant Wanted -- Apply by May 7
A summer research assistant to study the political economy of various Latin American nations in the 1990s is currently being sought by Professor Javier Corrales. Responsibilities include library work, summarizing journal articles, photocopying, data entry, editing, and text and table formatting. The research assistant must be an Amherst College student with a background in political science or economics; demonstrated writing skills; knowledge of Spanish; and a willingness to read a lot (knowledge of Portuguese, statistics and html are a plus). This is a six-week, 40-hour-per-week appointment offering approximately $400 per week plus the cost of housing in an Amherst residence hall. The starting date is negotiable. The application deadline is May 7, and interviews will be held May 8-10. To apply, send a hard copy of your transcript and letter of interest to Javier Corrales, AC #2259.

Amherst College Public School Teaching Fellowships; Apply by May 7
Amherst College is pleased to offer students from the Class of 2007 the opportunity to apply for an Amherst College Public School Teaching Fellowship. The intent of this fellowship is to encourage seniors to make a commitment to public school teaching. Fellowships will be awarded to members of the Class participating in one of several programs that place teachers in public schools located in challenging urban or rural settings. These programs include, but are not limited to, Teach for America, New York City Teaching Fellows, 180 Days in Springfield and the Massachusetts Institute for New Teachers. Teaching Fellows will receive a stipend of $3,000. The deadline for applications is Monday, May 7. Detailed information and application instructions may be found at dy/teaching.html.
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Benefits and Services Fair May 7
Join your Human Resources staff for the annual College Benefits and Services Fair on Monday, May 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Mullins & Faerber Rooms in Valentine Hall. Our insurance vendors and human resources staff will be there to answer questions and provide information on your benefits. There will be light refreshments, raffles, tchotchkes and a splendid time guaranteed for all.

Yūshien in Historical Context Exhibit Opens May 7
Beginning May 7, The Amherst College department of Asian Languages & Civilizations invites you to visit the Japanese-style garden, and see the new, permanent exhibit documenting the relationship of Amherst College and Joseph Hardy Neesima (Class of 1870), and the subsequent founding of Doshisha University in Kyoto. To access the garden, take the Webster Hall elevator to the basement. The installation is supported by the John Whitney Hall Lecture Fund.
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Amherst College Museum of Natural History is Editors' Choice at Yankee Magazine
The Amherst College Museum of Natural History has been selected as an "Editor's Choice" in the 2007 travel issue of Yankee Magazine.
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Amherst College Senior Emma Gorenberg Wins Glascock Poetry Prize
Emma Gorenberg, a graduating senior at Amherst College, was a winner of the Kathryn Irene Glascock '22 Intercollegiate Poetry Competition at Mount Holyoke College last weekend. A graduate of Martha's Vineyard High School, Gorenberg is the daughter of David Gorenberg (Amherst '65) and Leslie Baker of West Tisbury, Mass. Gorenberg shared the prize with Sarah Twombly of Mount Holyoke College.
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Robert Trivers To Speak May 8 on Dance
Robert Trivers, professor of anthropology at Rutgers University, recent recipient of the Royal Swedish Academy of Science's Crafoord Prize and author of four of the seven or so "field founding" theories of sociobiology/ evolutionary psychology, will give a lecture in Biology 14 on sexual selection, symmetry and dance in Jamaican adolescents. The lecture will be at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, May 8, in Merrill Lecture Room 2. The lecture is open to anyone in the Amherst College community who wishes to attend.
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See Broadcast of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama May 9
Smith College, Hampshire College and the Tibetan Association of Western Massachusets will welcome the 14th Dalai Lama to the Pioneer Valley on Wednesday, May 9. The talk will take place at Smith's Indoor Track and Tennis facility from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Although the audience will be restricted to members of the two college communities, a live broadcast of the event will be shown in the Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall, and on public television station WGBY (channel 57).

Underclass Awards Assembly May 9
The annual underclass student awards ceremony will be held on May 9 at 4 p.m. in the Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall. A reception with refreshments will be held in the President's Office following the ceremony.

Voice Students of Ann Maggs Present Recital in Buckley Hall May 9
Students of adjunct faculty voice instructor Ann Maggs will present a recital of jazz, Broadway, fado (Portuguese 'blues') and pop songs on Wednesday, May 9, at 6:30 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall. Admission is free and all are welcome.
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Jazz Duo To Perform May 10
Copland Fellow Darryl Harper '90 will perform original jazz with his duo Into Something featuring Harper on clarinet and Kevin Harris on piano. The performance will be held Thursday, May 10, at 8 p.m. in Keefe Campus Center's Friedman Room. Free and open to the public, the event will be followed by refreshments and an opportunity to speak with the artists. Presented by the students of Music 6, "Music in American Life," who will also contribute to the evening's music, the event is sponsored by AC Music.
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Emily Dickinson Poetry Walk This Saturday, May 12
Put on your walking shoes this Saturday, May 12, and join Emily Dickinson enthusiasts for a moving (literally) poetry reading that visits historical spots in Amherst significant to the poet's life and work. This walk is held annually to commemorate the poet's death on May 15, 1886. Feeling particularly energetic? Volunteer to read a poem or two along the way. The walk departs from the Dickinson Homestead at 1 p.m. At the walk's conclusion, relax at the Emily Dickinson Museum where both homes will offer free self-guided open houses from 3 to 4:30 p.m.
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Jazz Performances May 6-11
Supreme Court and Birthtones will perform on Sunday, May 6, in the Friedmann Room, Keefe Campus Center, at 3:30 p.m. The Jazz Ensemble will perform on Monday, May 7, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall and will feature alumni guest Darryl Harper as well as the world premiere of the Los Andes Jazz Suite, composed by the Chilean composer Santiago Cerda. On Wednesday, May 9, the jazz combos Black Coffee and the Pentagons will be joined by members of Music 36 in a 7:30 p.m. performance in the Friedmann Room. To conclude, jazz combos Unshaded and the Blue Nomads will perform on Friday, May 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Friedmann Room. For more information, please contact Bruce Diehl at 413/542-8308.
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Seniors! Here's Info About Senior Assembly (Friday, May 11)
Senior Assembly is Friday, May 11. 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, speeches by two students (this year Kaku Armah '07 and Janice Djabatey '07) and a speech by a faculty member or administrator (this year, Dean Ben Lieber). 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., right after Honorary Class Memberships are awarded. Remember to bring your driver's license or student ID. And congratulations on your upcoming graduation!

Information for Faculty and Administrators About Friday's Senior Assembly
Members of the Faculty and Administration are reminded that Senior Assembly will be in Johnson Chapel at 5 p.m., Friday, May 11, and that they are cordially invited to the Senior Reception and Dinner afterward in LeFrak Gymnasium. Faculty are asked to gather for the Assembly in academic regalia no later than 4:45 p.m. (Full professors should meet in the classroom just across the hall from the entrance to the Chapel. All others should meet at the west end of the main hallway on the floor below.)

All Are Invited to Friday's Senior Assembly
All members of the Amherst community are invited to attend Friday's Senior Assembly, which will be held at 5 p.m. in Johnson Chapel. The event features the presentation of senior prizes, as well as talks by two seniors (this year, Kaku Armah '07 and Janice Djabatey) and a speaker invited by the senior class (this year, Dean of Students Ben Lieber).

Memorial Service for Former President Calvin Hastings Plimpton '39 Will Be Held Saturday, May 12
All members of the Amherst community are invited to attend a memorial service for former Amherst President Calvin Hastings Plimpton '39, to be held Saturday, May 12, at 11:30 a.m. in Johnson Chapel. Speakers will include President Anthony W. Marx, members of President Plimpton's family, Nobel laureate Harold Varmus '61, Chuck Longsworth '51, president emeritus of Hampshire College; former Amherst chaplain Lewis Mudge; Raymond Damadian, president of FONAR; and Frederic P. Herter, president emeritus of the American University of Beirut. A reception will follow in Merrill Lobby.

Annual Emily Dickinson Poetry Walk To Commemorate Poet's Death May 12
The Emily Dickinson Museum will host its annual Emily Dickinson Poetry Walk at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 12. The event, which is held each year on the Saturday closest to the poet's May 15 death, stops at historic spots in Amherst significant to Dickinson and incorporates readings of about 30 of her poems.
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William McCall Vickery 1957 Professorship is Established at Amherst College
Amherst College has announced the creation of the William McCall Vickery 1957 Professorship, which William McCall Vickery '57 has established on the occasion of his 50th Amherst College reunion. The Vickery Professorship will honor a senior faculty member who is distinguished by and dedicated to the teaching and research of art history or musicology. The first Vickery Professor will be named after Vickery's retirement.
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Playwright Congdon's Upcoming Productions
Congdon's original play "So Far: The Children of the Elvi" will have its northwest premiere at Key City Players in Port Townsend, Wash., on June 22. A new adaptation of Moliere's play "The Imaginary Invalid," commissioned by American Conservatory Theatre, will open at The Geary Theatre in San Francisco on June 12. Congdon's adaptation of Goldoni's "The Servant of Two Masters," originally commissioned by the Hartford Stage Company, will open at The Colorado Shakespeare Festival in July.

Bike to Work Week May 14-18
Massachusetts Bike to Work week is May 14-18. All employees are encouraged to ride their bikes to work as much as they can. Biking is fun and easy and almost anyone can bike commute at least part of the way to work.
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Visiting Writing Counselor Hours May 8-16
Arvind Sabu '07E, a former writing tutor, will be the visiting writing counselor during the next two weeks. His hours will be Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, May 8, 9 and 10 from 1 to 5 p.m. in Morrow 01; Monday, May 15, from 1 to 5 p.m.; and Tuesday, May 16, from 10 to 1 p.m. His hours will be posted on the scheduler soon, but please e-mail Susan Snively or Elizabeth Angowski if you wish to reserve a time with Arvind.

Students Receiving Allergy Shots--Pick Up Serum by May 18
All students receiving allergy shots at the Keefe Health Center need to pick up their refrigerated serum by May 18.

Faculty Chamber Music Recital in Buckley Recital Hall, Sunday, May 20
The music department invites you to an afternoon of chamber works by Johannes Brahms, performed by Peter Shea (tenor), Professor David Schneider (clarinet), Kivie Cahn-Lipman (cello), and Elise Jackendoff (piano). The performance takes place at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 20. Admission is free and open to the public.
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Reaching All Students Conference May 20
The Amherst College community is invited to attend an all-day conference in Alumni House on Sunday, May 20, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Join colleagues from Amherst College, Williams College and Wellesley College who will present in the morning on innovative programs addressing concerns such as the academic challenges students face when pursuing studies in mathematics and the sciences and challenges in acclimating to academically rigorous institutions such as Amherst, Williams and Wellesley. Participants will be invited to hear presentations, ask questions and join in on afternoon thematic discussions on the achievement gaps, mentoring and science and pre-college programs. For more information, contact Rachel Cardona at 413/542-8095.

Accessing Amherst from Afar May 24
Whether you need to run Photoshop from Florence or collaborate with colleagues from the Maldives, working remotely with Amherst network resources has never been more necessary. Luckily, it has also never been easier. On Thursday, May 24, at 10 a.m. in Converse 302, the IT Department invites faculty and staff to "Amherst from Afar," an informal session designed to show you how to take advantage of the resources available on the Amherst network from just about anywhere in the world. If need to know how to access network storage remotely or how to use your computer as a phone, you can't afford to miss this session.
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Amherst College Playwright-in-Residence Constance Congdon Presents Three Plays
Constance Congdon, playwright-in-residence at Amherst College, will present a new play, So Far: The Children of the Elvi, in its Northwest premiere at Key City Players in Port Townsend, Wash., on Friday, June 22. Congdon's new adaptation of Moliere's The Imaginary Invalid, commissioned by American Conservatory Theatre, will open at The Geary Theatre in San Francisco on Tuesday, June 12. Her adaptation of Goldoni's The Servant of Two Masters, originally commissioned by the Hartford Stage Company, will open at The Colorado Shakespeare Festival in July.
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Employee Benefits Fair Raffle Winners
The following individuals were the lucky winners of raffle prizes supplied by our insurance vendors who participated in our annual Employee Benefits Fair held on Monday, May 7, in Valentine. Donna Simpter: TIAA-CREF tote bag; Judi Kolenda: Guardian gift certificate; Bernice Hripak: American Benefits Group massage gift certificate; Theresa Laizer: Blue Cross Blue Shield tote bag; Amy Ford: UMass Five College Credit Union folding outdoor chair; Michael Albano: human resources Amherst College umbrella; Doris Mason: human resources Amherst College Ground Blanket. Congratulations to all!
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Amherst College To Honor Eight At 186th Commencement May 26 and 27
Amherst College will celebrate its 186th Commencement Exercises on Memorial Day Weekend. On Saturday, May 26, graduating seniors, families and guests will hear remarks by eight honorary degree recipients, including Patrick Fitzgerald '82, the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois and special prosecutor in the Valerie Plame leak case; Joel Klein, the chancellor of the New York City Department of Education; and investment consultant H. Axel Schupf '57, a life trustee of the college and co-chair of The Amherst College Campaign.
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Mandatory Commencement Rehearsal Friday, May 25
Commencement rehearsal will be held at 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 25, in the Main Quad (Johnson Chapel in case of rain). Graduating seniors are required to attend. Caps and gowns are not required for Commencement rehearsal.
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Paul T. Ruxin '65 To Receive Medal for Service May 27
Paul T. Ruxin '65 of Chicago, Ill., will receive Amherst College's Medal for Eminent Service at the college's commencement exercises on Sunday, May 27. The Medal for Eminent Service is presented to an Amherst alumnus who has demonstrated extraordinary devotion to his alma mater.
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Seniors -- Important Information About Commencement Tickets
Graduating seniors, please remember to pick up your Commencement tickets at Commencement Headquarters (Alumni House) beginning Friday at 1 p.m. Each graduating senior can pick up three tickets. In addition, a limited number of extra tickets will be distributed one per person, first come-first served, beginning Friday at 1 p.m. Please bring your ID with you; you'll need it in order to get your tickets. And once you have your tickets, don't lose them! Lost tickets cannot be replaced. (Note that Commencement will be held outdoors, on the Main Quad, at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 27, in all but the most severe weather. If Commencement is outdoors, seating is unlimited, and no tickets are required. But if severe weather forces Commencement indoors, Commencement will be held in LeFrak Gymnasium, where seating unfortunately is limited. To watch Commencement in LeFrak, your friends and family will need tickets. Guests without tickets will be able to watch a video simulcast of Commencement in the Coolidge Cage. To learn whether Sunday's Commencement will be held outdoors or in LeFrak, call 542-INFO or check beginning at 8 a.m. Sunday.)
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Complete Commencement Weekend Schedule Now Online
The complete schedule for Commencement Weekend, including information on honorands' talks, meals and other general information, can be found at The Commencement Website will be updated during and after Commencement Weekend with photos, video and audio.
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Phi Beta Kappa Announces New Members
Congratulations to the following members of the Class of 2007 who have been elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa, the nation's oldest and most prestigious academic honors organization. PBK is an acronym for the Greek phrase Philosophia Biou Kubernetes which is translatable as "The love of learning is the guide of life." Phi Beta Kappa welcomes Bree Barton, Jordan Robert Brower, Milena Vasileva Dabova, Heidi Anna Fuchs, Daniel Alexander Gold, Samuel Geffner Guzzardi, William Ernest Havemann, Priyanka Anne Jacob, Emma Crane Jaster, Caitlin Diane Kekacs, Alison Frank Klurfeld, Penka Aleksandrova Kovacheva, Jeffrey Taylor Lawrence, Catherine Claire Macdonald, Craig Rodney McCready, Patrick John McGrath, Lola Maria Marquez Milholland, Plamen Toshkov Nenov, Hilary Ilana Palevsky, Iana Maksimova Petkova, Christopher Pochon, Caitlin Carrie Rhodes, Gabrielle Larissa Ruddick and Denise Wei-Hua Tsai.

Medical Services during Commencement and Reunion Periods
Between Monday, May 21, and Sunday, May 27, Amherst College Health Services at the Keefe Health Center will be open as follows: May 21-25 - 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Saturday, May 26 - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, May 27 - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students continue to be covered for urgent medical needs at the University of Massachusetts Health Center (413-577-5000) during hours when the Keefe Health Center is closed. Visitors and families may utilize the University Health Center for urgent medical needs on a fee-for-service basis. Contact the University Health Center at (413-577-5000). Between Wednesday, May 30, and Sunday, June 3, Amherst College Health Services at the Keefe Health Center will be open as follows: Friday, June 1 - 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, June 2 - 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. During other hours, the University of Massachusetts Health Center will provide urgent medical care on a fee-for-service basis.

Brian E. Boyle '69 Will Serve As Honorary Marshal at Amherst College Commencement May 27
Brian E. Boyle '69 of Truro, Mass., will serve as the Honorary Marshal at commencement exercises at Amherst College on Sunday, May 27. The Honorary Marshal follows the Sheriff of Hampshire County and the Faculty Marshal in the academic procession and bears a ceremonial mace, a symbol of order and authority. Boyle is the father of Alexandra Boyle, who will graduate from Amherst that day.
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IT Resources for Seniors
IT has created a Website for seniors to help their transition from Amherst College to the world beyond. Seniors can find advice and step-by-step instructions on backing up the U: drive, preparing e-mail and purchasing software at academic prices. This information can be found at IT will also have a table at Valentine at lunch on Wednesday, May 9, to pass out free blank CDs to seniors and help answer any questions.
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Submit to Thoughts of Amherst; Second Issue Online
Thoughts of Amherst is a new publication showcasing the best academic work done by Amherst students. Our second issue is now available online at as well as in hard copy in Valentine. We accept any academic work done during the Spring 2007 semester by Amherst students, including half-credit and Five-College courses. Submissions can be in any medium, including but not limited to academic essays, creative writing, lab reports, computer programs, visual arts, performing art recordings, foreign language projects (with translation) or anything else done for credit. Comments, criticism and submissions can be sent to
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Graduating Seniors - Complete Your Student Loan Exit Interviews
The Office of Financial Aid is currently conducting student loan exit interview sessions for graduating seniors. Notifications to students regarding exit requirements were sent to on-campus mailboxes. Students who were borrowers in the Federal Perkins Loan and Amherst College Student Loan programs may attend one of several group exit interview sessions. Borrowers of Federal Direct/Stafford Loans may complete their exit interview online. Information regarding exit interview procedures as well as group exit interview session times can be found on the Office of Financial Aid website.
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Amherst College Will Honor Three Outstanding High School Teachers at Commencement May 27
Three secondary school teachers who challenged, inspired and moved members of the Class of 2007 will receive the Phebe and Zephaniah Swift Moore Teaching Awards at Amherst College's 186th Commencement Exercises at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 27, at the college. The teachers are Jim Cortez, from The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Fla.; Bob Fenster, from Hillsborough High School in Hillsborough, N.J.; and Joanne McClelland, from Chapel Hill High School in Chapel Hill, N.C.
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Honduras Summer Internship Available
We are looking for a non-senior Amherst College student interested in working on a research project in Honduras for six weeks this July/August. Pending funding, the student will work with a team of local researchers in Tegucigalpa, traveling to different communities throughout the country to study parental participation in local schools. A full command of Spanish is indispensable. Also required is an interest in development issues; independence and flexibility for living abroad; ability to work in teams; and a willingness to do a variety of tasks to be assigned on an ad hoc basis. Video recording skills are preferred. The internship provides room, board and a stipend. To apply, send a cover letter with qualifications/interests, copies of your transcript and resume to Prof. Corrales. No e-mails.

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