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Archived announcements for June, 2008

Employees: Benefits Open Enrollment May 5-30
The annual open enrollment period for insurance changes begins Monday, May 5, and continues through Friday, May 30. During this time, employees may make changes to their benefit plans that become effective July 1, 2008. Employees will receive a benefits packet soon, but in the interim, details are available on the Web at https://cms.amherst.edu/offices/human_resources/benefits/open_enrollment_2008. Please consider attending the Amherst College Benefits Fair on Monday, May 12, 2008 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Mullins/Faerber Rooms, Valentine Hall. You can visit with our vendors, complete forms to make changes to your benefits and consult with Human Resources staff. There will also be light refreshments, door prizes and vendor raffles.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/offices/human_resources/benefits/open_enrollment_2008

Amherst College Biology Professor Michael Hood Receives Guggenheim Award
Amherst College biology professor Michael Hood is among 190 winners of the 2008 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation's 84th annual fellowship competition for the United States and Canada. Hood received one of the prestigious awards in support of his research on the evolutionary ecology and global disease distribution of a fungus that causes a common plant disease.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/news/news_releases/2008/05/node/48483

Junior Calista McRae Awarded Beinecke Scholarship for Graduate Study
Calista McRae '09, an English major from East Brookfield, Mass., is one of just 22 undergraduates from across the United States to have been awarded a 2008 Beinecke Scholarship. Each year, approximately 100 colleges and universities are invited to nominate a student for the prize; winners receive $4,000 prior to entering graduate school and an additional $30,000 for graduate study.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/news/news_releases/2008/05/node/48655

Senior Kayla Andrews Awarded French Government Teaching Assistantship
Kayla Andrews, an English and French major from Asheville, N.C., has been awarded a French Government Teaching Assistantship. The honor will enable her to pursue her love of teaching, test and develop her convictions regarding foreign language study and broaden her understanding of contemporary French identity, she said.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/news/news_releases/2008/05/node/48653

Eight Seniors Awarded Fulbright Fellowships for Study and Teaching
Eight Amherst College seniors have been awarded J. William Fulbright Fellowships for study and teaching abroad during the 2008-09 academic year. The winners include Vincent Chen, Benjamin Dickman, Adriana Fazzano, Brad Haynes, Katherine Roza, Emily Smith, Alice Tsay and Marina Weiss.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/news/news_releases/2008/05/node/48845

New Back-Up Care Advantage Program Benefit; Presentation June 3
Beginning July 1, 2008, Amherst College is pleased to partner with Bright Horizons Family Solutions to offer the Back-Up Care Advantage Program to assist employees in balancing the competing demands of work and life with elder/adult or child care needs. For more information please attend a presentation: Tuesday, June 3 12:00 p.m. or 2:30 p.m. Keefe Campus Center, Friedmann Room

NEASC Accreditation: Evaluation Team Final Report Online
The Evaluation Team's final report is now posted at https://cms.amherst.edu/academiclife/dean_faculty/reaccreditation (note that a log in is required) for review by all members of the campus community. Based on the team report, the self-study report and other documents, the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education will formulate its decision on Amherst's accreditation in fall 2008.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/academiclife/dean_faculty/reaccreditation

Spring Picnic June 5
The Office of Human Resources reminds all Amherst College employees of our Annual Spring Picnic on Thursday, June 5, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Valentine Quad. Please follow the link below to access the menu.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/offices/human_resources

Amherst Plan: Meeting to Discuss New Debit Card Feature June 6
Beginning July 1, Amherst College has added a debit card feature to the Amherst Plan medical spending account. For more information on this feature and other reasons to participate in this valuable benefit, please attend a presentation on Friday, June 6, at noon in the Keefe Campus Center Friedmann Room.

Tibetan Medicine in America 2008 June 13-15
The Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations is pleased to announce a historic symposium to be held June 13-15, featuring keynote speaker Chögyal Namkhai Norbu, speakers from the American Tibetan Medical Association and Tibetan doctors from around the world. Follow the link below for a complete schedule and list of participants. The keynote address will be held in Merrill 1, while the remaining sessions on June 14 and 15 will be held in Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather 115. All sessions are free and open to the public. The symposium is sponsored by the Department of Asian Languages and Civilizations, the Dean's Office, the Hamilton Fund, the President's Office, and the Tagliabue Fund at Amherst College; the American Tibetan Medical Association; and the International Shang Shung Institute.
For more information: www.shangshung.org/specialevents/symposium/symposium.php

HHMI Summer Teachers' Workshop Seminar July 15
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute Summer Teachers' Workshop presents Gary M. Wessel, Ph.D., professor of biology in the Department of Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Biochemistry at Brown University, speaking on "How to be a Good Egg: Germ Cell Development and Cell Surface Changes at Fertilization" on Tuesday, July 15, at 3:45 p.m. in Merrill 4. Refreshments will be served before the talk, at 3:30 p.m. in the Life Sciences Building, 3rd floor lounge.

Emily Dickinson Museum Hosts Talk on Dickinson, the Civil War, a Lincoln's Death on June 15
On Sunday, June 15, at 2 p.m., writer and lecturer John Shoptaw will present a talk titled "Emily Dickinson, the Civil War, and the Assassination of President Lincoln" at the Emily Dickinson Museum, 280 Main Street. The talk will take place on the museum grounds and is free and open to the public. Emily Dickinson's response to the Civil War has long intrigued scholars. Shoptaw's program will focus on Dickinson's poetics during the Civil War, reading poems in light of the war, the struggle for abolition and Lincoln's assassination. Shoptaw is the librettist for "Our American Cousin," a new opera about the events of Abraham Lincoln's assassination in April 1865. The opera will have its world premiere in Northampton on Friday, June 20.
For more information: www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org

Amherst College and UMass Faculty to Perform Concert Together June 8
University of Massachusetts professor Elizabeth Chang, violin; Amherst College professor David Schneider, clarinet; Amherst College piano instructor Alissa Leiser, piano; and Volcy Pelletier, cello, will together present a concert of music by French composer Olivier Messiaen on Sunday, June 8, at 7 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/news/news_releases/2008/05/node/48763

Farewell Gathering for Dean Samuel Haynes June 19
Please join the Campus Center in saying 'So long and good luck' to Associate Dean and Director of the Keefe Campus Center/Student Activities Samuel Haynes. We will supply eats and treats, you supply the memories and words of luck, appreciation and friendship for our colleague. If you would like to share a few words to the group about Sam, before he moves on to Drew University and amazing opportunities there, please email Heather Polson at hmpolson@amherst.edu. This event is open to the college community and will be held Thursday, June 19, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Friedmann Room of the Keefe Campus Center.

Professor Eric Sawyer's Opera on Lincoln Assassination June 20 and 22
"Our American Cousin," an opera about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln with music composed by music professor Eric Sawyer, will premiere Friday, June 20, and Sunday, June 22, at the Academy of Music in Northampton. The opus tells the story of Lincoln's killing from the point of view of audience members watching and actors staging the now-infamous comedy (a Broadway play also titled "Our American Cousin") in progress at Ford's Theater when the assassination occurred.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/news/news_releases/2008/06/node/49799

In Memoriam: Charles Parkhurst
The Johnson Chapel flag has been lowered to half-staff in memory of Charles Parkhurst, spouse of Professor Carol Clark. Parkhurst passed away on June 25, 2008. More information will be posted when available.

 
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