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Archived announcements for January, 2008

Extend Opening Hours During Winter Recess
The Museum of Natural History, the Emily Dickinson Museum and the Mead Art Museum will have extended public hours during Amherst College's winter academic recess, Dec. 22, 2007 through Jan. 25, 2008. See cms.amherst.edu/news/news_releases/2007/12/node/30225 for details.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/news/news_releases/2007/12/node/30225

Health Center's Hours During the Winter Recess and January Interterm
The Amherst College Keefe Health Center will close for the Winter Recess at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 21, and will re-open for Interterm at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 7. Amherst College students remaining in the local area are eligible to receive medical care for urgent needs only at University Health Services (413-577-5000), when the Keefe Health Center is closed. Amherst students with emergencies need to contact the Campus Police at 413-542-2111. The University Health Services Urgent Care Unit will close during Interterm between Midnight and 8 a.m. starting on Saturday, Dec. 22, and continuing until 8 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 27. A telephone nurse will be available at 413-577-5000 during the midnight to 8 a.m. hours, and a physician can be contacted if needed. The Keefe Health Center will be open during the Interterm period from Jan. 7 to 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Interterm is also an ideal time for seniors wishing to schedule a Senior Health Review. This is an opportunity to review your medical file and to obtain any necessary medical examinations, laboratory tests, immunizations and prescriptions. Contact the Keefe Health Center at 413-542-2267 to arrange for an appointment.

English Professor Judith Frank Lands NEA Grant for New Book
Judith Frank, professor of English and creative writing at Amherst College, has a received a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) 2008 Literature Fellowship in creative writing. The author landed the $25,000 award for her new novel, Noah's Ark, which she is currently in the process of finishing.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/news/news_releases/2007/12/node/31288

Do You Want to Go to Greece This Summer?
Amherst College has become a supporting participant in an excavation in Greece, at Kenchreai, the port of the great city of Corinth. This enables one student to join the international team of excavators for six weeks, assisting senior staff members in excavation, field documentation, drawing, digital photography, architectural survey, geological and artifactual study and observation. The program costs $3,400 plus air fare to and from Greece and runs from ca.May 29 to ca.July 8, 2008. No previous excavation experience is needed; we're looking for someone with a serious interest in furthering his or her knowledge of ancient Greece and archaeological techniques. The application deadline is Feb. 1, 2008.
For more information: www.macalester.edu/classics/kenchreai/ or Prof. Rebecca Sinos, rhsinos@amherst.edu.

Winners of Residence Hall Recycling Challenge Announced
Congratulations to Humphries, Porter, and Plaza for winning the first ever Residence Hall Recycle Challenge! The challenge lasted from Oct. 1 through Thanksgiving break and measured per- capita recycling efforts in each residence hall. After all was said and done, these three dorms excelled above the rest. As a result, all three residence halls will be awarded a food party of their choice, courtesy of the Recycling Office at Physical Plant. Overall, the contest was a tremendous success as all residence halls improved their recycling efforts with the onset of the contest. For a complete summary and for information regarding recycling at Amherst, please visit www.amherst.edu/~phyplant/.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~phyplant/recycling.

In Memoriam: Ethel May Martin and Ruth S. Seymour
The Johnson Chapel Flag has been lowered to half-staff in memory of Ethel May Martin and Ruth S. Seymour. Martin passed away Dec. 20, 2007. She was the wife of Don Martin, who worked as a machinist and as head of the Machine Shop at the college from 1966 until his retirement in 1996. Seymour, who passed away Jan. 4, 2008, worked for the college in the Mailing Center from 1970 until her retirement in 1979. She is survived by her husband, Stanley Seymour, who worked for the college from 1953 until his retirement in 1981.

Dining Services Retirement Reception for Barbara Wilda and Tom Lynch Jan. 9
A retirement reception for long-time Dining Hall server Barbara Wilda and catering cook Tom Lynch will take place in Lewis Sebring on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 2 p.m. Students and staff are welcome to wish Barbara and Tom farewell and good wishes on their retirement.

Interterm Jobs in Valentine Available
Dining Services is in the process of hiring for Interterm 2008. All shifts remain open. Apply at Dining Services today!

Professors Sarat, Douglas and Umphrey Edit New Book, Law and Catastrophe
Faculty members Austin Sarat, the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science and Five College Fortieth Anniversary Professor; Lawrence Douglas, the James J. Grosfeld Professor of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought; and Martha Merrill Umphrey, associate professor of law, jurisprudence and social thought, are the editors of Law and Catastrophe ($45, 184 pp., Stanford University Press, 2007), a collection of essays that describe law's role in the definition, identification, prevention and amelioration of catastrophe. The new book is part of The Amherst Series in Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/news/news_releases/2008/01/node/32055

Professor Austin Sarat Edits New Book, Trauma and Memory
Professor Austin Sarat Edits New Book, Trauma and Memory Austin Sarat, the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science and Five College Fortieth Anniversary Professor, is editor of a forthcoming collection of essays about the different dimensions of trauma from a healing perspective. Sarat edited the book, titled Trauma and Memory ($60, 336 pp., Stanford University Press, 2008), with Nadav Davidovitch, senior lecturer in public health at Ben Gurion University in Israel, and Michal Alberstein, senior lecturer at the Faculty of Law of Bar Ilan University in Israel.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/news/news_releases/2008/01/node/32054

Student Ushers Needed for Interterm Colloquia
The Office of the President is looking to hire students to serve as ushers for the Interterm Colloquia. The colloquia are Jan. 15-16 and 20-21. Hours will vary and the pay is $9 an hour. If you are interested in this position, please stop by the Public Affairs Office in Converse 306 or contact Stephanie Brown at 413/542-8094 or intercolloq@amherst.edu as soon as possible.

Political Analysts Dee Dee Myers and Nicolle Wallace To Speak on Jan. 16
Dee Dee Myers, former Clinton White House press secretary, and Nicolle Wallace, former Bush White House communications director, will participate in a discussion titled "Hot Buttons-and Who's Pushing Them" at a forum at Amherst College on Wednesday, Jan. 16. The event, which will take place on campus at 4 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather 115, is part of the Amherst College Colloquium Series (ACCS) and is free and open to the public.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/news/news_releases/2008/01/node/32136

Admission Office Fellowship Available; Apply by Jan. 30
The admission fellowship provides a recent Amherst graduate the opportunity to be an integral part of the Admission Office professional staff. The fellow serves as one of 14 members of the Admission Committee, makes public presentations on the campus, travels to high schools and college fairs across the country, evaluates applications and contributes to admission decisions. Applications for the position will be available in mid-January, and we encourage all interested seniors to apply. Interviews will be conducted in February, and final decisions are expected to be made prior to spring break. If you would like to hear more about the fellowship, please call the current fellows, Tiffani Hooper '06, Keli Gunn '07 or Eddie Garcia '07 at 413/542-2328.

Amherst College Summer Research Fellowships in the Sciences Available; Apply by Feb. 29
Are you a first-year or sophomore student who would like to spend this summer on campus pursuing a collaborative research project in the sciences? An Amherst College Summer Research Fellowship may be perfect for you! A total of approximately 25 fellowships for students in the Classes of 2010 and 2011 will be awarded. The program will run for 10 weeks, either from Monday, June 2, through Friday, Aug. 8, or from Monday, June 9, through Friday, Aug. 15 depending on the summer schedule of the particular faculty advisor. For more details, please click on the link below, then on "Amherst College Fellowship Application 2008." The application deadline is Friday, Feb. 29.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/academiclife/funding/howard_hughes_fellowship

Dining Services Now Features Make-Your-Own Stirfry
Students will now be able to make their own stirfry, beginning at lunch on Tuesday, Jan. 15. The new station will be in the upper terrace of Valentine and will be open at lunch and dinner throughout the week.

Gracious Dining Etiquette Dinner Jan. 20
In a repeat of last January's popular event, the Career Center welcomes back Jodi Smith, president and founder of Mannersmith, for our Gracious Dining Etiquette Dinner. Partaking of a meal in the company of others can be unnerving when you are unsure which fork is appropriate for which course. The lessons learned in this workshop will enable you to enjoy dining in any setting, whether it is a casual bite, a business dinner or a formal affair. Gain knowledge about appropriate ordering, your place setting, utensil use and placement, table manners, food transportation, dinner conversation, thank you notes and more. This is a fun event, and we invite you to RSVP in Experience. Space is limited, so sign up soon!

Amherst Habitat for Humanity Home Dedication Slated for Jan. 20
Amherst College and the Pioneer Valley chapter of Habitat for Humanity will mark the completion of a new home in the region with a celebration on Sunday, Jan. 20. The event will start at 3 p.m. at the completed house near the corner of Southeast St. and Stanley St. in Amherst and will feature an open house with the new owner, Kathy Perry; tours of the new home; and a dedication ceremony at 4:30 p.m. The entire celebration is free and open to the public.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/news/news_releases/2008/01/node/32915

Career Choices and the Skills You Need to Make Them Alumni Panel Jan. 20
Whether you are sure of your career direction and looking for advice on next steps or are concerned about the process and find it daunting or mysterious, Career Choices is designed to help. This is the first of the four-part series. The following alumni will be speaking and offering general advice from networking, interviewing and the job search: Tim Armour '70, president and CEO of the Cure Alzheimers Fund; Kathleen Evans '07, associate account manager, Red Bricks Media; Virginia Fischetti '87, senior consultant and principal at Hewitt Assoc. Executive Compensation Practice; and Dan Silver '82, assistant general manager of sales and marketing, Panasonic. Please sign up in Experience to let us know you plan to attend the event, which we be held Sunday, Jan. 20, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in the Career Center.

Swift Moore Award Nominations Being Accepted from Graduating Seniors to Honor High School Teachers
Eleven years ago, Amherst College inaugurated the Phebe and Zephaniah Swift Moore Award to honor some of this country's outstanding high school teachers. Graduating seniors are invited to nominate teachers who made impacts on their lives. If you remember a secondary school teacher who stands out as deserving of the Phebe and Zephaniah Swift Moore Award, please submit his or her name at the address below. The deadline for receipt of nominations is Friday, Jan. 18.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/commencement/swiftmoore/

The Illusion by Tony Kushner Feb. 14-16
"The Illusion" is directed by William Cranch '08 in collaboration with set designer Brendan Horton '08 and actor Chris Gillyard '08 and will be performed Feb. 14-16 at 8 p.m. in Kirby Theater. Tickets are free; call the Box Office at 413-542-2277. When a dying father calls upon a mysterious magician to rediscover the son he had exiled years ago, the visions that are conjured blur the line between fact and fantasy. Tony Kushner's 1988 adaptation of Pierre Corneille's "L'Illusion Comique" breathes new life into the 17th-century comedy.

2008 Interterm Colloquia: The Campaign of 2008
The Interterm Colloquia bring pairs of prominent speakers to campus to discuss pressing societal issues. They feature speakers selected for their expertise, renown and divergent approaches on a topic. Two colloquia are offered this year: The colloquium for Jan. 15-16 is titled "Hot Buttons- and Who's Pushing Them." Former White House Communications Director under President Bush Nicolle Wallace joins Dee Dee Myers, the first-ever female White House Press Secretary (under the Clinton administration)in exploring the issues of women, the media and the changing electorate. The colloquium for Jan. 20-21 is called "What Do We Mean by 'America'?" New York Times columnist David Brooks and Washington Post op-ed writer E.J.Dionne talk liberalism, conservatism and the end of the culture wars. Register now at cms.amherst.edu/academiclife/colloquia/interterm.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/academiclife/colloquia/interterm

Commentators David Brooks and E.J. Dionne To Discuss "America" Jan. 21
David Brooks, columnist for The New York Times, and E. J. Dionne Jr., columnist for The Washington Post, will participate in a discussion titled "What Do We Mean by 'America?' Liberalism, Conservatism and the Future of the Culture Wars" at a forum at Amherst College on Monday, Jan. 21. The event, which will take place on campus at 4 p.m. in Converse Hall's Cole Assembly Room, is part of the Amherst College Colloquium Series (ACCS) and is free and open to the public.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/news/news_releases/2008/01/node/32137

Career Choices Alumni in Sports Panel Jan. 21
On Monday, Jan. 21, the Career Center will sponsor a panel of alumni in sports from 7 to 9 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall. The alumni featured on the panel are Jared Banner'07, player development assistant, Boston Red Sox; Ben Cherington'96, vice president of player personnel, Boston Red Sox; John Couture '92, mental skills coordinator, Cleveland Indians; Woodie Dixon '95, general counsel, KC Chiefs; Dan Duquette '80, former general manager of the Boston Red Sox and Expos, owner of Dan Duqette Sports Academy; Katie Hersey '99, executive director, NEWMAC; Angie Mills '95, head volleyball coach, Smith College; Mike Ryan '81, vice president of programs and acquisitions, ESPN; Ryan Seelbach '03, football administration analyst, Cleveland Browns; and Michelle Tessier '95, former public relations director, Redskins. Please sign up in Experience.

Career Choices: Alumni in the Arts Jan. 22
One of the most difficult, and often lonely, career paths is that of the artist. There are all too few jobs, and evaluations are always subjective. A panel of Amherst graduates who are actually making a living by pursuing artistic careers will describe the decisions they had to make (and are making) and respond to the challenges that current students expect and want to discuss as they embark into the work world. Panelists include: Jenny Apostol '82, Executive Producer at the National Geographic Channel; Elliott Arkin '83, acclaimed sculptor and artist; Moira Driscoll '84, theater and television actress and teaching artist; Stephen Petegorsky '75, artist, freelance photographer and instructor; and Marina Reti '01, costume designer in NYC. The panel will be held Tuesday, Jan 22, 7-9 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115).

Career Choices Program - Alumni Panels Jan. 20-23
Whether you are sure of your career direction and looking for advice on next steps or are somewhat concerned about the process and find it daunting or mysterious, Career Choices is designed to help. Alumni from many different fields, levels of experience and academic backgrounds will be on campus in a four-part program offering general advice on networking, interviewing and the job search; and some specific insights about careers in sports and the arts; and finally a general look at the choices people make throughout their career paths. You may attend all sessions or individual sessions as you choose. Sign up in Experience in the calendar section.

Wall Street Prep: Investment Banking Boot Camp Jan. 21-22
The Career Center will be hosting Wall Street Prep's financial training seminar at Amherst College on Jan. 21 and 22. This intensive, two-day seminar is led by former investment bankers with applied expertise in financial and valuation modeling methodologies. It bridges the gap between academics and the real world to equip students with the practical financial skill sets they will need on the job. The cost, with the 50% discount for Amherst students, is $99. There is a further discount for students participating in the Business Leadership Seminar and for students who receive financial aid. Space is limited; RSVP in advance at the address below.
For more information: www.wallstreetprep.com/training_amherst.html

"Religion and Violence" Live Webcast Jan. 22 and 23
A live Webcast of "Religion and Violence: Untangling the Roots of Conflict," an interfaith dialog with James Carroll, James H. Cone, Susannah Heschel, Tariq Ramandan and Katharine Jefferts Schori, will take place at the O'Connor Commons, Charles Pratt Residence Hall, on Tuesday, Jan. 22, from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and 2 to 5 p.m.; and on Wednesday, Jan. 23, from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5:15 p.m. This event (The 38th Trinity Institute National Theological Conference) is free and open to the public. For more information contact Tom Fisher, cjntef@earthlink.net, 413/256-5488 or Diane Dix, dldix@amherst.edu. The sponsors are the Willis D. Wood Fund and the Office of Religious Life at Amherst College.

Career Choices: Varied Paths & Life Choices Jan. 23
Whether the path is shaped by a clear course of action or by unforeseen events, students will be making choices all along the way. Alumni from a wide variety of career fields will describe their career arcs and how they have made choices; afterward, students and alumni will discuss these issues in the context of the choices to be made. Panelists include Tim Armour '70, President & CEO of the Cure Alzheimer's Fund; Rob Duboff '70, Founder & CEO of HawkPartners, a marketing consultancy; Dr. John Kehoe '70, surgical oncologist; Steve Melia '98, advertising sales manager at Yahoo!; L'Quentus Thomas '97, associate at Stonehenge Capital; and Ania Wieckowski'03, Editorial Coordinator at Harvard Business Press. The panel will be held Wednesday, Jan 23, 3-5 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115).

Reminder from the Ombuds Office
Amherst College Ombudsperson Ruth Thornton reminds faculty, administrators and staff that she is available for confidential conversations concerning a conflict, complaint or concern, or for help in referral to other resources and advocates. She will also facilitate conversations between two or more people or groups. The ombudsperson's role is to provide a neutral and safe environment for these discussions. The Ombud's Office, located in 117 Valentine Hall, has open office hours on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment at any time. Call 413/542-5156 or e-mail rbthornton@amherst.edu.

Free Food at Schwemm's This Week
It's cold outside-so come on in! Be with friends and enjoy some free food. Gather around the Schwemm's fireplace area in the Campus Center and partake of some warm food this week: Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights from 8 to 11 p.m.

Study Abroad with IFSA-Butler Feb. 13
Students interested in studying abroad should attend this informations session with representatives from IFSA-Butler and their many programs in Europe, Australia/New Zealand and Latin America. The session will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 4:30 p.m. in the Career Center. They will also be tabling in the Campus Center on Feb. 13 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Workshop to Explore How to Best Teach Students with a Range of Competencies Jan. 24; RSVP by Jan. 9
All faculty are invited to a workshop to explore teaching students with diverse competencies in Porter Lounge on Thursday, Jan. 24, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The day will begin with a talk by Amherst College Trustee Paula Rauch '77, child and adolescent psychiatrist at Mass General Hospital, on the relationship between emotional health and academic achievement. We will move from a broad discussion about learning styles, motivation and preparedness to such practical questions as how to create a demanding but inclusive classroom, design a syllabus that isn't overly ambitious and identify and address gaps in students' academic backgrounds. RSVP to Bette Abrams-Esche at babramsesche@amherst.edu by Jan. 9 and suggest topics of particular interest to you.

Emily Dickinson at Amherst : An Interterm Course Jan. 24
On Thursday, Jan. 24, from 1 to 4 p.m., students, faculty and staff are invited to spend the afternoon becoming acquainted with Emily Dickinson. Althought Emily Dickinson did not attend Amherst College, she and her family had strong connections to the college. Those ties are still evident today. The course begins at the Emily Dickinson Museum with a tour and an introduction to her poetry. The group will then walk to the Archives and Special Collections in Frost Library for highlights of the archives' Dickinson collection (including her lock of red hair). Pre-registration is requested. Please contact Cindy Dickinson at the Emily Dickinson Museum to register at 542-8429 or csdickinson@amherst.edu.

Discovering the New Internet, or What the Heck is Web 2.0? Jan. 24
Come and learn about the newest trends hitting the Internet today. Class discussion will include the rise of blogs and individual journalism, the significance of social networking sites like My Space and Facebook, how to increase your news reading efficiency by using syndicated feeds and more! We also intend to go over how all of these trends relate to the College's new Content Management System (CMS) and subsequently how they'll effect you in your daily lives. The class will be held Thursday, Jan. 24, from 2 to 4 p.m. in Webster 102. Please register by e-mailing Devindra Hardawar at dahardawar@amherst.edu.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/offices/it/help/training_events

Hitchcock Fellowship Available; Apply by March 2
The Department of Physical Education and Athletics invites applications for the Hitchcock Fellowship for the 2007-08 academic year. The Hitchcock Fellowship is awarded to a graduating senior who wishes to pursue a teaching/coaching endeavor at the collegiate level. The Hitchcock Fellow will teach in the elective Physical Education program and be an assistant coach in at least two of the intercollegiate athletic programs. Individuals interested in the position should send a letter of application and current resume no later than March 2 to: Suzanne Coffey Director of Athletics Athletic Department Alumni Gymnasium Amherst College Amherst, MA 01002 scoffey@amherst.edu

In Memoriam: Jenny Kim '08
The Johnson Chapel flag has been lowered to half-staff in memory of Jenny Kim '08.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/memoriam/kim.html

Morgan Stanley Summer Analyst Info Session Jan. 28
Juniors interested in finance are invited to attend this information session with representatives from Morgan Stanley regarding their summer analyst program. Join us on Monday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. in the Alumni House. Refreshments will be served.

Early Music Program Auditions Jan. 28
The Five College Early Music Program welcomes students, faculty and community members interested in auditioning to perform in one or more ensembles. The auditions are painless experiences held at all the campuses. Performances sponsored by the program feature baroque and Renaissance music played on modern and period instruments and sung in historically- informed styles. We also offer fun group-lesson/ beginning ensembles for players of modern instruments who wish to try viola da gamba, baroque violin, recorder, renaissance double-reeds, lute, etc. Auditions at Amherst College will take place on Monday, Jan. 28, from 6 to 7 p.m. in Room 7 of the Arms Music Center.

The Amherst Student Remembers Jenny Kim; Submissions Accepted Until Monday Afternoon
To honor the memory of Jenny Kim '08, The Amherst Student is accepting submissions from students, faculty and staff. If you would like to publish your thoughts regarding Jenny in The Student, please submit them to ahellerman10@amherst.edu or mreggie10@amherst.edu by Monday afternoon.

In Memoriam: Lois Meunier
The Johnson Chapel flag has been lowered to half-staff in memory of Lois C. Meunier, who passed away on Jan. 25. Meunier came to the college in 1961 as an infirmary nurse, later became a certified nurse practitioner, and worked here until her retirement in 1986.

Office of Public Affairs Seeks Student Photographers
The Office of Public Affairs is seeking experienced student photographers, preferably first-year students or sophomores, to document college life and help cover major co-curricular events throughout the year. Experience in event coverage or photojournalism is strongly required. Digital SLR equipment will be provided, and interested photographers are encouraged to contact Samuel Masinter in the Office of Public Affairs at samasinter@amherst.edu for more information. This is a paid position with flexible hours.

Music Practice Rooms and Lockers Available
Students, faculty and staff who wish to use the Music Department practice rooms during second semester and who did not do so in September may sign up for a practice room access key Monday, Jan. 28, through Friday, Feb. 1, and Monday, Feb. 4, through Friday, Feb. 8, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Senior music majors preparing honors recitals may also reserve practice time during this period. On Sunday, Feb. 10, those who have been issued a practice room key may, if they desire, schedule reserved practice time for the spring semester. Those sign-up hours are from noon to 5 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m. Information concerning access to practice rooms and fees is posted in the Music Center. Applications are available at the time of sign-up.

Kenchreai Summer Excavation in Greece: Application Deadline Feb. 1
Amherst College has become a supporting participant in an excavation in Greece, at Kenchreai, the port of the great city of Corinth. The selected student will join the international team of excavators for six weeks each summer. That student will assist senior staff members in excavation, field documentation, drawing, digital photography, architectural survey, geological and artifactual study and conservation; receive instruction in basic field techniques; and participate in seminars run by experts in different fields. There will also be excursions to major sites and museums in Greece. The team lodges at a comfortable, family-run hotel about an hour south of Athens. The cost of the program is $3,400 plus airfare to and from Greece. The program runs May 29 through July 8.
For more information: www.macalester.edu/classics/kenchreai

Amherst Recycling Challenge Begins Jan. 27
Beginning Jan. 27, Amherst will compete against more than 250 colleges around the country to see who can recycle the most material per person. The contest will last for 10 weeks, and schools will be able to check their progress online. Last year, the college recycled more than 23 tons of paper; recycling it instead of sending it to the landfill—and harvesting trees to make new paper products—reduces greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of more than 72 tons of CO2 (the same as taking 14 cars off the road for a year). The performance was good enough for a second- place showing among 11 participating schools in the state, third place among NESCAC colleges and 19th place among 200 institutions nationally. This year, let's do more. Help Amherst recycle!

Important Announcement Regarding Changes to the Psychology Major
The Psychology Department has made several changes to the requirements to complete the psychology major. These changes are designed to ensure that all psychology majors have a firm grounding in the basic areas within psychology and to strengthen scientific thinking and application skills within psychology through independent exploration of topics. All of these changes apply starting with current first-year students (Class of 2011). In addition, for students in the Class of 2010, we have replaced the "lab course" requirement with a senior seminar class. Please see the Psychology Department Web site for more details and changes.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/psychology/announcements

The Third Space: Cultural Identity Today Exhibition Opens Feb. 28 at Mead
This exhibition considers cultural identity in a global society. It explores the effects of displacement, alienation, exile, diaspora, transnationalism, hybridity and cosmopolitanism. The title "The Third Space" is taken from the work of the influential cultural and post-colonial theorist Homi Bhabha; it refers to the interstices between colliding cultures, a liminal space "which gives rise to something different, something new and unrecognizable, a new area of negotiation of meaning and representation." In this "in-between" space, new cultural identities are formed, reformed and constantly in a state of becoming. Artists at work in "the third space" speak of a creative edge that derives from the condition of being in a place that simultaneously is and is not one's home. Organized by Carol Solomon Kiefer, curator of European art at the Mead, the exhibition consists of 15 works by nine artists. Included are pieces from the permanent collection and loans in a range of artistic media – video, photography, painting and installation.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/mead/exhibitions

Apply Now for Community Engagement Funds; Deadline Feb. 21
Do you have a vision for your community? Proposals for community engagement funds are due Feb. 21 at 4 p.m. Details and proposal instructions are available at the CCE Web site. Drop-in hours for help on the application will be held Feb. 14 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. For more information, contact Karen Lee, director of student leadership and engagement, at kmlee@amherst.edu.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/academiclife/cce

Pioneer Valley Alumni Hosting Program 2008
The Office of Alumni and Parent Programs announces the Pioneer Valley Alumni Hosting Program to connect current students with alumni in the area. Many alumni have offered to host students in their homes for dinner, dessert or brunch. Others have gone hiking with students or met in town for coffee. The classes of this year's interested alumni range from 1943 to 2007. We have someone for everyone! If you are interested in participating, please contact Anthony Jack '07, alumni fellow, at aajack@amherst.edu by Feb. 25. Let us know if you would like to participate with a small group of your choosing or if you are happy to be assigned to a group and time that work for you.

New Exhibits in Frost Library
Several new exhibits are on view in Archives and Special Collections (Frost Library, Level A) through the end of March. In photographs, plans, documents and objects, "The Campus Over Time" highlights some of the interesting changes - or proposed changes - in the buildings and grounds over the college's history. Also on view are a manuscript survey and plat drawn by George Washington, 1751, and the Signers of the Declaration of Independence, one of the "crown jewels" of the library's manuscript holdings, a very rare complete bound set of various documents signed by the signers. As usual, the Library's Double Elephant Folio of Audubon's "Birds of America" is on permanent display (pages are turned weekly.)
For more information: www.amherst.edu/library/archives/exhibitions/

Welcome Back from Study Abroad Reception Jan. 29
Students who studied abroad in the fall are invited to attend this dessert reception in Lewis Sebring on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. Re-entry can be a challenge, so we hope you'll join us for this nice event and reconnect and compare notes with your friends who were also away.

Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill To Speak Jan. 30
Christopher R. Hill, assistant secretary of state in the bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, will speak on "The Ethics of Diplomacy: Conscience and Pragmatism in Foreign Affairs" on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 8 p.m. in Johnson Chapel at Amherst College. A reception will follow the talk. Both events are free and open to the public.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/news/news_releases/2008/01/node/32053

 
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