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Harvard Scholar David Wilkins and Atty. Damon Hart to Speak April 30
David Wilkins, Kirkland and Ellis Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and director of both its Program on the Legal Profession (PLP) and Center on Lawyers and the Professional Services Industry, and Damon Hart, partner at the Holland & Knight law firm, will discuss the tensions, challenges and opportunities African-Americans face as they enter the legal profession on Wednesday, April 30, at 4:30 p.m. in the Babbott Room of Amherst College's Octagon. Titled "The New Social Engineers? The Relevance of Charles Hamilton Houston's Legacy for the Black Corporate Bar," the forum is free and open to the public.
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Spring into Art April 30
Come celebrate a student-curated exhibition, jazz, a cappella and performance art in one decadent night at the Mead. On Wednesday, April 30, from 7 to 9:30 p.m., the Mead Art Museum will host the exciting Spring into Art event. Come listen to the Blue Sox, Route 9 and the Zumbyes, witness amazing feats performed by the Hampshire Circus Performers—the Criss Cross Troupe—and eat the night away with delicious Atkins hors d'oeuvres and desserts. Come join us for a night of music, fun, food and art.

Conference on Religious Modernity and Secularist Resistance in Turkey April 29-30
A two-day international conference will be held on Tuesday, April 29 (Amherst College Alumni House from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.), and Wednesday, April 30 (Hampshire College Franklin Patterson Hall from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.). Speakers will be exploring current contestations over religion in Turkey, as well as the historical roots of religious modernization in the Middle East in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Mead Art Museum to Debut New Podcasts at Spring Into Art Party April 30
On Wednesday, April 30, from 7 to 9:30 p.m., the Mead Art Museum will host Spring Into Art, a night of art, music and springtime fun for the community. The free party will also celebrate the debut of the Mead's two new audio and video podcast series, Mead Audio Tours and Ten Minutes with a Masterpiece, which are available for download on the museum's Web site and through the iTunes music store.
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Amherst CMS: Beyond the Basics April 30
Covered in the class will be: page links that never break, controlling the upper-left picture, image mapping, webform creation, using the right-hand column and living with the editor. We will meet Wednesday, April 30, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in Webster 102. RSVP to Bob Ryan at 413/542-2642.

AmhPub Launches April 30
AmhPub's intent is to become a new interactive publication at Amherst. The goal is to break down as many barriers as possible to rekindle an effective, campus-wide forum. Anyone and everyone can become featured or be published in the print version (with their permission of course). The site features blogs for the Class of 2011, 2010, 2009 and 2008, as well as blogs on campus affairs, world politics, conservative thought, liberal thought, movies, books, sports, performance/visual arts and movies. The site launches on April 30, so please visit it at
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Computer Science Talk with John Bent '95 May 1
Researchers and staff at Los Alamos National Lab are currently building what should be the world's first petaflop computer: Roadrunner. In this talk, we present some of the initial design considerations as well as some of the challenges in bringing the design into production. Although the talk will be broad and fairly high-level, special attention will be given to workload I/O patterns and the storage challenges they create. We'll conclude the talk with a discussion of some open research questions that need to be resolved before we can build the world's first exaflop system. The event will be held on Thursday, May 1, at 4 p.m. in Seeley Mudd 206, with refreshments in Seeley Mudd 208 beforehand at 3:30.
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Physics Senior Thesis Talks May 1
On May 1 at 4:30 p.m., the following senior thesis talks will take place: Elizabeth Petrik will speak on "Optically Trapped Vortex Lattices in a Bose-Einstein Condensate"; Kyle Virgien will talk about "Minimizing Systematic Effects in a Solid-State Electron Electric Dipole Measurement"; and Eduardo H. da Silva Neto will speak on "Abrupt Changes in the Tunneling Levels for Mn^12-tBNA Induced by a Transverse Magnetic Field". The talks will take place in Merrill 3, with tea and cookies at 4 p.m. in Merrill 204.
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Amherst College Dean and Writer Susan Snively to Read from Her Work May 1
Susan Snively, the director of the Writing Center at Amherst College and associate dean of students, will read from her work at 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 1, in Cole Assembly Room of Amherst College's Converse Hall. The reading marks Snively's retirement after 27 years of service to the college and will be a celebration of her work and life at Amherst. Both the reading and the reception to follow in the lobby are free and open to the public.
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Introduction to the Amherst CMS May 1
Learn how to create and edit content on the CMS-driven Amherst website. The workshop will be held Thursday, May 1, from 2 to 4 p.m. in Webster 102. RSVP to Bob Ryan at 413-542-2642. Everyone is welcome.

Screenings of New Student Films May 1
On May 1 from 6 to 7 p.m. in Stirn Auditorium, see student films from Zoulikha Bouabdellah's video class, with the body as a topic. The students had to employ a video camera as a tool with which to express their ideas of the human body and make short movies around this notion. The body theme was a pretext for the students to practice the use of specific tools encountered in an introduction to video. In the studio we worked collaboratively to make films. The students come from different fields and, at the beginning of the class, most of them had never used a video camera or editing software. This screening will allow them to share their first experience with the moving image and their discovery of this new medium in the context of narration, performance and manipulation of imagery.

Lecture: Venezuela: Strategies of an Authoritarian Petro State May 2
Gustavo Coronel will speak on "Venezuela: Strategies of an Authoritarian Petro State" on May 2 at 5 p.m. in Paino Lecture Hall. Coronel is a Venezuelan geologist at the University of Tulsa and Universidad Central de Venezuela, master, international public policy, Johns Hopkins, Harvard Fellow, Center For International Affairs, former member of the Board of Petroleos de Venezuela, former Venezuelan representative to Transparency International and an independent energy and public policy consultant based in McLean, Virginia. His most recent publication is "Corruption, Mismanagement and Abuse of Power in Hugo Chavez's Venezuela", Development Policy Paper, CATO Institute, December 2006. This lecture is free, open to the public and sponsored by the Lamont Funds.
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Amherst College Women's Chorus to Present Spring Concert May 2
The Amherst College Women's Chorus, directed by Mallorie Chernin, will present its annual Spring Concert on Friday, May 2, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. Suraj Gopal '07 is the assistant director, and Yan Yu is the pianist.
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Colloquium on Constitution and the Prison May 2-3
The Amherst College Colloquium on the Constitution and the Imagining of America will convene its semiannual meeting to discuss "Constitution and the Prison: Incarceration American-Style" on Friday and Saturday, May 2 and 3. Sponsored by the Colloquium as well as the Charles Hamilton Houston Forum on Law and Social Justice, the events will take place in the Alumni House and will feature various members of the Amherst faculty and outside experts.
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Neuroscience Senior Thesis Presentations May 1-2
The neuroscience program is pleased to announce the Neuroscience Senior Thesis Presentations. Talks will be given at the following times and places: Thursday, May 1, Merrill 4, beginning at noon and concluding at 2:30 p.m.; Friday, May 2, Merrill 131, beginning at 10 a.m. and breaking at 11:30 a.m.; and Friday, May 2, Merrill 315, beginning at 3 p.m. and concluding at 4:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
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Faculty and Students Invited to Teaching and Advising Lunch May 2
The next Teaching and Advising Lunch will held on Friday, May 2, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Friedmann Room of the Keefe Campus Center. The topic will be "Independent Student Research and Community Engagement." Community work can be deepened and enhanced by academic inquiry and specific immediate problems add urgency to intellectual questions. Javier Corrales, Barry O'Connell, Karen Sánchez-Eppler and some of their students will talk about different ways in which they have used Special Topics Courses to provide intellectual support for student projects on educational reform in the Dominican Republic and the United States. A buffet lunch will be served.

Bizarre Bazaar: A Creative Writing Fair May 2
The Writers, an Amherst College Creative Writing group (thanks to sponsorship from the Creative Writing Center) would like to invite you to the first ever Creative Writing Fair on May 2 in the Friedmann Room from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Between bits of delicious goodies from Black Sheep and Sugar Jones, sample 20 different styles of creative writing from the five colleges in a non-traditional style public reading that respects your concentration span constraint and aims at maximizing your enjoyment of fiction. Scribble comments right on the table and get autographs.

PEI Chess Tournament May 2
Peruvian Education Initiative (PEI) will hold a benefit chess tournament on Friday, May 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. in Seeley Mudd 206. First prize is $75, second is $50 and third is $25. The tournament will be run in a Swiss Pairs and Game Ten format. The entry fee is $10. Sign up in Valentine or online at All proceeds support PEI's nonprofit work in Lima, Peru. Sponsored by Amherst College Program Board.
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AMP! Amherst Musicians Perform May 2
On Friday, May 2, there will be an outdoor music festival on the front patio of Keefe Campus Center from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Food and drinks will be provided as well as free t-shirts. Come by to enjoy all types of music - jazz, rock, classical, a capella and much more, all performed by Amherst students. This event is co-sponsored by the Campus Center and the Music Department. For more information contact Olivia Katrandjian at

Psychology Department BBQ May 2
The Psychology Department will be holding its annual BBQ this Friday, May 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. on the campus center side lawn. Everyone is welcome to attend!

Multicultural Resource Center Mentoring Program Application due May 2
Want to help students acclimate to Amherst College? Want to help them get over the culture shock they may experience? Experienced such difficulties yourself and want to help a freshman who may experience the same thing? Become a Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) mentor! This an unpaid opportunity for any students interested in helping students get the best start at Amherst College. Applications are due Friday, May 2. Drop off applications to the Co- Director of the MRC, Rachel Cardona, in Charles Pratt Dorm Room 109. Download an application and find out more from our Web site.
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Music 10 Class Presents Spring ChamberFest on May 4
The Amherst College Chamber Music Class (Music 10) will present its concert, a Spring ChamberFest, on Sunday, May 4 at 4 p.m. Students Alicia Ciccone '11, Kimberly Kim '11, Hana Kommel '10, Daniel Curtis '08 and Music TA Timothy Cheng '07 will perform in the concert, which features works of Schubert and Brahms. This concert is free and open to the public.

PEI Triathlon May 4
Peruvian Education Initiative (PEI) will hold an indoor triathlon on Sunday, May 4, beginning at 10 a.m. The competition will consist of a 15-minute stationary bike session, a 15-minute swim in Pratt Pool and a 15-minute run. The first 50 registrants receive free t-shirts. The entry fee is $10 for Five-College students, $12 for faculty/staff and $15 for the general public. Groups of three may also put together relay teams with an entry fee of $4 per person. Sign up in Valentine or at All proceeds support PEI's nonprofit work in Lima, Peru. This event is sponsored by the Amherst College Program Board, Panera Bread, Keefe Campus Center and Brueggers' Bagels.
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Staff/Faculty Bus Trip to NYC May 3—Sign Up Now
The semiannual staff/faculty bus trip to New York City will be Saturday, May 3. The bus departs from Converse at 7 a.m. and drops off passengers at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and in Times Square. Passengers will be on their own for the day. See a show, enjoy the museums, shop 'til you drop, sightsee or just enjoy the give and take! The bus departs from the museum at 6:45 p.m. The cost is $40 per person. Reserve your spot today by contacting Carol Sharick in the Career Center at (413) 542-2265 or

Amherst College Concert Choir to Present Music of Love and War May 3
The Amherst College Concert Choir, directed by Mallorie Chernin, will present its annual Spring Concert on Saturday, May 3, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. The group's assistant director is Suraj Gopal '07; the accompanist for this performance is Karen Rosenak, Joseph E. and Grace W. Valentine Visiting Professor of Music.
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Lecture in Biology 14 on the Crucial Influence of Cooking on Human Evolution May 1
Richard Wrangham, Professor of Biological Anthropology at Harvard University and author of "Demonic Males," will give a lecture in Biology 14 on May 1 at 11:30 a.m. in Merrill Lecture Room 2. His talk is titled "The Natural History of Cooking: How a Cultural Invention Transformed Human Biology, Behavior and Society." Members of the Amherst College community are welcome to attend.

Beso-Bisou Dance Troupe Presents: Dream Over Sea May 3
Relax in comfy chairs and enjoy delicious drinks while Megan Harlow, Hannah Winnick and Rose Abramoff present their original dance choreography with the help of Milo Dee, Claire Kiechel and Bill Taylor. The showing will take place Saturday May 3, at 8 p.m. in Marsh Ballroom. All are welcome and admission is free. The performance is sponsored by Marsh House.

Swing and Salsa Dance May 3
The Amherst Swing and Ballroom Dance Club is sponsoring a dance on Saturday, May 3, in Seelye Ballroom. There will be a lesson from 8 to 9 p.m. for those who don't have dancing experience, and the dance will go from 9 to 11 p.m. No partner or experience required.

Jazz Composition Lecture May 5
Dave Rivello, commissioned by the AC Jazz Ensemble to write a piece to be premiered at their May 5 concert, will present a lecture on the process and practice he used to compose his piece ("A Series of Short Prayers") as well as some more general considerations of the process. The lecture will take place in Room 3 of the Music Building on Monday, May 5, at 10 a.m. This lecture is open to anyone with any interest. Rivello directs the New Jazz Ensemble and teaches jazz composition and arranging at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. Thanks to the Lecture Committee and the Music Department for their support of this event.

Jazz Ensemble Presents the 2008 McBride '59 Commission at Spring Concert May 5
The Amherst College Jazz Ensemble will perform its 2008 Spring Concert on Monday, May 5, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center.
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Biology Senior Thesis Presentations May 4-5
The Biology Department is pleased to announce the biology honors candidates' presentations on May 4 and 5 in Merrill 4. Sunday's presentations will begin at 3:15 p.m. with Amanda Gibson, Andrew Whelan, Susan Lin, Karina Zaveri, Alan Kwan, Megan Quinn, Anne Lipton, Steven Feng and Lawrence Hamblin. There will be a break at 5:45 p.m. and talks will resume at 6:30. Monday's presentations will begin at 2:15 p.m. with Katie Moravec, Jared Anderson, Sara Barmettler, Alicia Menezes, Aidan Porter, Ryan Shields, Burr Fong and Peter Murphy. There will be a 15-minute break at 4:15 p.m.

19th-Century English Novel Prize Winners
The English Department is pleased to announce that Lucy L. Sheehan '08 and Alice Tsay '08 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 2008-09 will be on the same schedule as other English Department prizes. The deadline for the submission of essays will be early April 2009.

Honorary Members of the Class of 2008 Announced
The honorary members of the Class of 2008 have been announced. They include Craig Cullinane from the Dean of Students' office; Teruko Fujikawa from the Amherst House at Doshisha University; Giuliana Garcia, a former member of the Class of 2008; Don Kells and Jeff Mercer from the Post Office; Susan Snively from the Dean of Students' office and the Writing Center; and Campus Police Officer Cara Sullivan. These seven individuals will be honored at the Senior Dinner on May 9. Each year, graduating students nominate faculty, staff and others who have made a difference in the lives of the class over the last four years. The nominations show appreciation for their contributions to the Amherst community.

University of West Indies Steelband and Chorale Groups to Perform May 6
The University of the West Indies (UWI) St. Augustine campus's Festival Steel Ensemble, the institution's steelband, and the UWI Festival Arts Chorale, an 80-voice chorus directed by former Smith College and Amherst Regional High School choral director Jessel Murray, will play on the Valentine Quad at 4 p.m. on May 6. On tour in Western Massachusetts in celebration of UWI's 60th anniversary, the groups will perform a variety of pieces from their respective repertoires, which include the music of a several cultures and genres. The event is free and open to campus; rain location is Buckley Recital Hall.

College Meeting Awards Ceremony May 7
On Wednesday, May 7, at 4 p.m. in the Cole Assembly Room (Converse 108), the annual College Meeting awards ceremony will take place. Join members of the college community in celebrating the achievements of underclass students. Refreshments will be served in the President's Office after the ceremony.

Study Break in Keefe Campus Center May 8
The Study Break will be on Thursday, May 8, from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Keefe Campus Center. This event is brought to you by the Campus Center and Student Activities, the Amherst College Program Board and the Social Council.

Emily Dickinson Museum Presents The Mother and Father of American Poetry May 8
Poet Susan Kinsolving and actor Jack Gilpin will bring the words of poets Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman to life Thursday, May 8, in a presentation titled "The Mother and Father of American Poetry" at 7:30 p.m. at the Amherst Woman's Club on Triangle Street. The program-- which will explore why both poets rightly deserve their roles in the literary canon and is sponsored by the Emily Dickinson Museum --is $15 for adults and $5 for youth/students in advance; it is $18 adults, $8 youth/students at the door. Call 413/542-2034 to make reservations.
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Creative Thesis Reading May 8
Come listen to seniors who wrote creative English theses as we read from our work! The reading is on Thursday, May 8, at 8:30 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather 115.

Orchestra Presents Cookies and Concertos: A Tribute to the Class of 2008 May 8
The Amherst College Orchestra will present their annual Cookies and Concertos concert on Thursday, May 8, at 9 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center.
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Seniors! Here's Info About Senior Assembly May 9
Senior Assembly is Friday, May 9. 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 three students (this year Brian Lewis '08, Ben Merewitz '08 and Spencer Robins '08) and a speech by a faculty member or administrator (this year, Professor Carleen Basler). 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.

Attention, Music Center Key Holders: Return Keys by May 9
A reminder that all Music Department keys are to be returned to the Music Office by Friday, May 9. Please see Suzette Farnham Monday through Friday from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. or 1:30 to 4 p.m.

Jazz Combo Concerts May 4, 7, 10
The end of the semester will see three concerts featuring our jazz combos. Each will be in the Friedmann Room of the Keefe Campus Center. On Sunday, May 4, Combos Black Coffee and Offbeat Generation will perform at 2 p.m. On Wednesday, May 7, Combos Jazzdrive, Sea Biscuits and Harry Potter and the Prisoners of Jazz Kaban will perform at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, May 10, Combo Blue Nomads plus guests from Music 37 will perform at 2 p.m. All concerts are free and open to the public. The combos are sounding great, so join us to get your fill of live jazz! Sponsored by and thanks to the Music Department and Campus Center.
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Faculty and Administration Information on May 9 Events
Members of the faculty and administration are reminded that Senior Assembly will be in Johnson Chapel at 5 p.m. on Friday, May 9. 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). Faculty and administrators are cordially invited to the Senior Reception and Dinner afterward in LeFrak Gymnasium.

All Are Invited to Senior Assembly, Friday, May 9
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 three seniors (this year, Brian Lewis '08, Benjamin Merewitz '08 and Spencer Robins '08) and a speaker invited by the senior class (this year, Professor Carleen Basler).

In Memoriam: Douglas C. Wilson '62
The Johnson Chapel flag has been lowered to half-staff in memory of Douglas C. Wilson '62, longtime Amherst College public affairs officer and editor, who died May 5 at home in Amherst. He was 67. A former Washington journalist, he served his alma mater for 27 years before retiring in 2002. Notes and remembrances are welcomed and can be left by following the link below.
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Night Study Break for Students May 11
Dining Services will hold a student snack break on Sunday, May 11, from 10 p.m. to midnight.

Emily Dickinson Museum to Mark Poet's Death with Annual Poetry Walk May 17
The Emily Dickinson Museum will host its annual Emily Dickinson Poetry Walk on Saturday, May 17, at 1 p.m. Featuring 24 teachers from Franklin, Hampshire, Hampden and Worcester counties who participated in a museum-sponsored yearlong workshop about teaching the work of Emily Dickinson, the walk will stop at historic spots in the town of Amherst significant to the poet and incorporate readings of about 30 of her poems. The event is free and open to the public.
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Students Receiving Allergy Shots: Pick up Serums by May 16
All students receiving Allergy Shots at the Keefe Health Center need to pick up their refrigerated serum by May 16, 2008.

Expand Your Horizons and Decrease Costs At The Pump: Bike Week May 10-18
The ACPP would like to remind all employees that the Pioneer Valley Bike to Work Week is May 10-18. All employees are encouraged to ride their bicycle to work and on errands when possible. Local events (including town-sponsored breakfasts for cyclists) and practical information can be found at Do you think that it's too difficult to commute to Amherst by bicycle? You may get some new ideas after reading the list of top ten reasons to bike commute

Student Loan Exit Interview Information for Seniors
Graduating seniors that borrowed student loans as part of their financial aid packages are required to complete applicable loan exit interview(s). A student-specific mailing was sent last week to campus mailboxes detailing requirements and procedures. If you have any questions regarding what exit interviews are required of you please view your financial aid online at dent or contact Dean Michael Albano at
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Seniors - Mandatory Rehearsal Friday, May 23 at 5 p.m.
There is a mandatory commencement rehearsal for all graduating seniors on Friday, May 23 at 5 p.m. in the Main Quadrangle. It is very important that all seniors attend this rehearsal, so that proper seating can be arranged for Sunday's Commencement ceremony. Seniors are not run through the motions of Commencement, but important instructions are given. You need not wear your cap and gown. If there are questions, please call Pat Allen at 413/542-2321.

Planetarium Show May 23
The last star show of the year will be held Friday, May 23, at 3 p.m. at the Bassett Planetarium. Bring your family and friends and enjoy this exclusive presentation one last time!
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Attention Seniors - Sunday Information
Graduating seniors gather for Commencement with their caps and gowns in the Alumni Gymnasium at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 25. Breakfast will be available in the gym starting at 8 a.m. Staff from the Office of Public Affairs and the student marshals will be lining up the procession as planned during the Commencement Rehearsal.

Biology Department Graduation Reception May 24
The Biology Department is holding a reception to welcome graduating biology majors and their families on Saturday, May 24, from 10 to 11 a.m. in the McGuire Life Sciences Building, Room 428. This is a fine opportunity for biology faculty to meet the parents of our majors.

Amherst College To Honor Atomic Agency Head, Princeton President at Commencement
Robert H. Brown Jr. '69, professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and director of the Day Neuromuscular Research Laboratory and Muscular Dystrophy Association clinic at Massachusetts General Hospital; Geoffrey Canada, president and CEO of the Harlem Children's Zone; Mohamed ElBaradei, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency; Henry A. Freedman '62, executive director of the National Center for Law and Economic Justice; Shirley M. Tilghman, president of Princeton University; Sir Brian Urquhart, former undersecretary-general of the United Nations; and Saraswathi Vedam '78, professor and director of the University of British Columbia's division of midwifery, will all receive honorary degrees during Commencement.
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Polly Longsworth to Receive Medal of Service at Commencement
Polly Longsworth, member of the board of governors of Amherst College's Emily Dickinson Museum and prolific Emily Dickinson scholar, will receive the school's Medal for Eminent Service during its commencement exercises on Sunday, May 25. The award is presented to a member of the Amherst community who has demonstrated extraordinary devotion to the college.
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Seniors - There Is Still Time To Complete Your Loan Exit Interviews!
Graduating seniors that borrowed student loans as part of their financial aid packages are required to complete applicable loan exit interview (s). If you borrowed a Federal Perkins Loan and/or Amherst College Student Loan please stop by the Office of Financial Aid to complete your paperwork. If you were a Federal Stafford Loan borrower please complete the online exit interview at If you have any questions regarding what exit interviews are required of you please view your financial aid online at dent or contact Dean Michael Albano at
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Bruce '74 and Carol Angiolillo Named Honorary Commencement Co-Marshals
Bruce '74 and Carol Angiolillo of Old Greenwich, Conn., will serve as Honorary Co-Marshals at Amherst College's commencement exercises on Sunday, May 25. The Honorary Co- Marshals follow the Sheriff of Hampshire County and the faculty marshal in the academic procession and bear ceremonial maces, symbols of order and authority. The Angiolillos are the parents of John (Jack) Angiolillo '08, who will graduate from Amherst that day.
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Medical Services during Commencement & Reunion Periods
COMMENCEMENT PERIOD (Monday, May 19, though Sunday, May 25): The Keefe Health Center will be open as follows: May 19 through 23, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, May 24, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sunday, May 25, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students continue to be "covered" for urgent medical needs at the University of Massachusetts Health Services (413/577-5000) during hours when the Keefe Health Center is closed. Visitors and families may utilize University Health Services for urgent medical needs on a "fee-for-service" basis. REUNION PERIOD (Wednesday, May 28, through Sunday, June 1, 2008): The Keefe Health Center will be open as follows: Friday and Saturday, May 30 and 31, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day. During other hours, University Health Services will provide urgent medical care on a "fee-for-service" basis.

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