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Archived announcements for August, 2007

In Memoriam: Shereef Wassef Nawar
The Johnson Chapel flag has been lowered to half-staff in memory of Shereef Wassef Nawar, who died Monday, July 30, at his home in Savannah, Ga. He is the son of Aida Nawar, a senior lecturer of French.
For more information: www.legacy.com/Savannah/Obituaries.asp?Page=Notice&PersonID=91827291

Repaving of Main Quad Sidewalks July 5 - August 10
Beginning on Thursday, July 5, all sidewalks located on the Main Quad will be removed and repaved. This work will involve heavy equipment and will produce dust and noise. The Quad Road will generally remain open, although intermittent closures are likely. Vehicles and pedestrians are advised to use caution, since equipment and workers will be moving through this area regularly. The anticipated finish date for this work is Friday, August 10.

Closure of Quad Road Aug. 9 and 10
On Aug. 9 and 10 the west, east and south sections of the Quad Road will be closed to allow for final paving of the roadway around Charles Pratt and the Quad sidewalks. While the road is closed there will be no vehicular traffic or parking allowed. During this work, the north section of the Quad Road (in front of Frost Library) will be two-way and parking will be prohibited. Pedestrians are advised to use caution as construction vehicles will be on the road and sidewalks.

Health Services During the Summer
The Keefe Health Center at Amherst College will be closing for the summer recess at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 25. 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 27, through Sunday, September 2. 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. For students remaining in the Amherst Area who are members of the Amherst College supplemental health insurance program and managed by the Koster Insurance Agency, Inc., urgent care is covered as indicated in the Student Medical Insurance Plan brochure. For students with other supplemental health insurance plans, urgent care is covered according to provisions of the policies. Students going to the University Health Center for urgent medical care need to bring their insurance card and the services will be billed to their insurance company. Students in need of emergency care should go directly to the Cooley Dickinson Hospital (413-582-2000). Inpatient 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 (managed by the Koster Insurance Agency, Inc.) or other supplemental health insurance plans according to provisions of policies in effect at the time. Students leaving the Amherst area who are 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, 2007, or at the end of the period through which the premiums are paid, whichever is earlier. Questions about these options may be directed to Marion A. Waskiewicz at (413-542-2633).

Summer Hours for Ombudsperson
College Ombudsperson Ruth Thornton will be available on an on-call basis during July and August. The Ombuds Office is a resource for faculty and staff who would like an opportunity to have a confidential and impartial assessment of a situation or concern outside the normal management channels. It is not, however the place to put the college on notice. Visitors to the office are assured strict confidentiality and offered a safe place for discussions in a neutral and informal environment. You may reach the Ombudsperson at any time by contacting 413/542-5156 or rbthornton@amherst.edu.

Frost Library Hours Extended Beginning June 11
Beginning on Monday, June 11, the Frost Library will be open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Detailed information about all Amherst College Library summer hours can be found at http://www.amherst.edu/library/hours/summer2007.html.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/library/hours/summer2007.html

In Memoriam: James Tymkowiche
The Johnson Chapel flag has been lowered to half-staff in memory of James Tymkowiche, who died Monday, Aug. 20. Mr. Tymkowiche was the husband of Deborah Tymkowiche, a senior accountant in the Comptroller's Office. More information may be posted as it becomes available.

The Oliphant Press: Tradition & Transformation -- Sept. 21
On Friday, Sept. 21, at 4 p.m. in Archives & Special Collections at the Frost Library, Ron Gordon '65 will give a talk on "The Oliphant Press: Tradition and Transformation." Gordon is the founder of the Oliphant Press in New York. The talk is in association with the exhibition "The Seahorse and the Elephant: Amherst and Fine Printing." The talk and the exhibition are part of "BookMarks: Arts of the Book Weekend" sponsored by Museums 10.
For more information: www.museums10.org

Open House at Charles Pratt Dormitory Aug. 24
Members of the campus community are invited to visit the recently completed Charles Pratt dormitory on Friday, Aug. 24, between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. This building, which will house 117 first year students beginning this fall, completes the reconstruction and renovation of first year dormitories on the Freshman Quad. Visitors may walk the building on their own and view open rooms and spaces. Representatives of the departments of Design and Construction and Residential Life will be available to answer questions.

Jeffrey Wright '87 Will Deliver DeMott Lecture Monday, Aug. 27
Actor Jeffrey Wright '87 will deliver the DeMott Lecture Monday, Aug. 27, at 7 p.m. in Johnson Chapel. The lecture will focus on his humanitarian efforts in Sierra Leone. All new students are expected to attend this event, and all other members of the College community are invited, too.

Mead Art Museum Names Elizabeth E. Barker Director and Chief Curator
Elizabeth E. Barker, director of the Picker Art Gallery at Colgate University, has been named the director and chief curator of the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College. Her appointment became effective July 15.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/2007_2008/2007_07Barker%20at%20Mead.html

Amherst College Will Replace Loans with Scholarships in Financial Aid Packages for All Students Beginning in 2008-09
Amherst College's trustees have voted to replace all loans with scholarships in its financial aid packages beginning in the 2008-09 academic year. In 1999, Amherst became the first college in the nation to eliminate loans for low-income students. This new policy will eliminate loans for all Amherst students.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/2007_2008/2007_07no%20loans.html

Los Angeles Urban League President and CEO Blair H. Taylor '85 Elected Trustee at Amherst College
The alumni of Amherst College have elected Blair H. Taylor, president and CEO of the Los Angeles Urban League, to a six-year term on the college's Board of Trustees effective July 1. A 1985 graduate of Amherst, Taylor is a resident of Los Angeles, Calif.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/2007_2008/2007_07Taylor%20as%20Trustee.html

Update on Amherst College Website
Amherst College has launched a new system and approach to the Web. The new software will help ensure that information throughout the college's site is up-to-date, and it should make it easier for departments and individual students, faculty, staff and alumni to create and maintain Web pages.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/offices/it/about/news/node/19422

Freedom Forum/Sports Journalism Scholarship Available
Through a $335,000 gift from the Freedom Forum, the NCAA is offering a scholarship program for students interested in sports journalism. The program is specifically to assist future sports journalists while promoting sports journalism education at the collegiate level. Candidates for these awards include only full-time juniors. The application may be obtained from the NCAA Website (www.ncaa.org). More information is posted on the psychology department bulletin board.
For more information: www.ncaa.org

Geologist Whitey Hagadorn Receives Grant from National Geographic Society
Whitey Hagadorn, an assistant professor of geology at Amherst College, has received $20,000 from the National Geographic Society to study the initial colonization of land by animals. The grant will support student research on sedimentary rocks that represent ancient coastal dunefields and tidal flats. These rocks offer fossil evidence of some of the Earth's earliest land-dwelling animals.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~pubaff/news/news_releases/2007_2008/2007_08Hagadorn.html

Sign Up To Be Involved With Wendy Ewald/Brett Cook Collaborative Art Project
Members of the Amherst College community are invited to participate in a public art project taking place on campus this fall. Photographer Wendy Ewald and painter Brett Cook will be on the Amherst College campus this semester working collaboratively with students, staff and faculty to create six 10' x 30' portrait triptychs that will be placed on buildings and mounted outdoors throughout the campus. Ewald and Cook will be on campus Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 22 and 23, for planning meetings. For more information, or to be involved, please contact project coordinator Betsy Siersma at bsiersma@amherst.edu.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/collaborativeart/

 
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