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Amherst College Choral Society: Join Us for Convocation Sept. 1
All students are invited to participate in an open rehearsal in preparation for Opening College Convocation on Monday, Sept. 1, at 10 a.m. in room 3 of the Arms Music Building. We will be learning two songs to perform at Convocation during the morning rehearsal and then meeting again in the evening at 6:30 to warm up and walk together to Johnson Chapel for Convocation. Please join us!
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~music

Economics Proficiency Exam Sept. 1 and 3; Sign Up by Aug. 31
A proficiency exam in economics will be given at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 1, and 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 3, in Converse 308. Students who think they have sufficient knowledge of elementary economics to make enrollment in Economics 11 unnecessary should take this exam at one of the times listed above. Please sign up for the exam outside the Economics Department Office, 315 Converse Hall, no later than 4 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 31. Those who pass the exam will be excused from taking Economics 11 and may go directly into advanced courses.

Town of Amherst Water Update: Clean and Safe to Drink
This week, monitors with the Town of Amherst discovered a trace amount of E. coli in a public water sample taken several miles from campus in North Amherst. After resampling, officials have since found subsequent samples free of E. coli and deemed the water clean and safe to drink.

Amherst College and Community College Collaborative Faculty Workshop Aug. 29
With a significant cohort of community-college transfers at Amherst College, we would like to evaluate how and where we have been most and least successful. How can we strengthen partnerships between faculty at community colleges and Amherst College? Please join us for either the morning session on community-based learning and teaching pedagogies, the afternoon session on advising or the entire day to share your ideas and experiences. The workshop will bring together Amherst faculty and faculty from a variety of local community colleges on Aug. 29, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., in the Babbott Room of the Octagon. Please contact Marcella McClatchey (mmcclatchey08@amherst.edu) for a complete schedule and to R.S.V.P. by Aug. 21.

Drinking Water Report Available
The Safe Drinking Water Act passed in 1996 requires that towns send out an annual report about the quality of the drinking water. For those who would like to read the details, the Town of Amherst 2007 Water Quality Report is available at www.amherstma.gov.
For more information: www.amherstma.gov

New Web Site Features Available
On Aug. 19, the Amherst Web site underwent a major upgrade that gives users access to new features and options for content creation. For more information on the upgrade, including video help guides, visit the link below.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/help/upgrade

Get paid to help other students with computers!
Applications are now open for the position of Computer Center Supervisor. You can apply online at the link below. Supervisors answer computing-related questions in person and on the Student Help Line. They also maintain and monitor the Seeley Mudd Computer Center and A Level of Frost Library. A good supervisor learns quickly, takes the initiative in solving problems and keeps a positive attitude. Computing experience is helpful but certainly not necessary, as training will be provided. Applications are open through Friday, Sept. 5, so apply now!
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/offices/it/about/jobs

Amherst College Junior Tennis Lessons
Amherst College Junior Tennis lessons for ages 6-14 will be held on Wednesdays and Saturdays in September and October. Call 413-542-2316 to register or for more info. Fees support Amherst College Women's Tennis.

Temporary Phone Directory Information
Faculty, staff and students who wish to obtain a printed copy of the 2008 temporary phone directory may do so by (1) printing a PDF file from the link below or by (2) calling the Office of Administrative Services to order a copy. As always, all of the information contained in the temporary directory will be available online through the campus directory.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/people/directories/paper

Cookies and Community Engagement: Center for Community Engagement Open House Sept. 2
From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 2, join the Center for Community Engagement staff to learn about our ongoing programs, internship opportunities, and upcoming events. Learn about the ways you can become involved at Amherst and in our community. Cookies, milk, and ice cream will be served. The CCE is located in Keefe Campus Center.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/cce

Five College Early Music Program Auditions Sept. 2
The Five College Early Music Program welcomes students, faculty and community members interested in auditioning to sing or play in one or more ensembles, including the Collegium, Baroque chamber music and Voces Feminae. The auditions are "painless" experiences, held at all the campuses. Auditions at Amherst College will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 2, from 6 to 7 p.m. in Room 7 of the Arms Music Center. Performances sponsored by the program feature Baroque and Renaissance music played on modern and period instruments and sung in historically-informed style. We also offer instruction on period instruments for modern players.

Student Employment Fair Sept. 2
The Student Employment Office invites all job-seeking students to attend this year's Student Employment Fair. The fair will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 2, from noon to 2 p.m. on the Valentine Quad. On- and off-campus employers will be present to discuss and distribute information regarding job opportunities available this year. Departments interested in attending should contact Nancy Robinson in the Office of Financial Aid.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/campuslife/student_employment

Choral Society Auditions and First Rehearsals! Aug. 30-Sept. 4
Painless auditions for the Amherst College Choral Society will be Saturday, Aug. 30, through Tuesday, Sept. 2. All students are invited to audition for participation in the Concert Choir (men and women), the Women's Chorus or the Men's Glee Club. Information and sign-up sheets are located on the bulletin board outside Room 3 of the Arms Music Center. (There will also be auditions for the Madrigal Singers, but you must audition first for Concert Choir, Women's Chorus or Glee Club.) No experience is necessary! Come try us out! First rehearsals are Wednesday, Sept. 3, for Concert Choir (7-9 p.m.) and Thursday, Sept. 4, for Women's Chorus (6:45-8:45 p.m.) and Glee Club (9-10:30 p.m.). JOIN US!
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~music

New Student Open House in the Career Center Sept. 3
First-year and transfer students are invited to head over to the Career Center (first floor College Hall) for this open house event on Wednesday, Sept. 3, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Please join us for refreshments and to learn what the Career Center has to offer you!

Teach for America Information Session Sept. 3
Seniors considering teaching as a next step are encouraged to attend this Teach for America information session with our alumni representative Tim Visser '06. Join Tim to hear about his experience with TFA, and get your questions answered. The first application deadline comes in mid-September, so this is an excellent time to get the information you need. This session will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 3, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in Pruyne Auditorium (Fayerweather 115).

Auditions for Tartuffe Sept. 3 and 4
Directed by Michael Birtwistle, "Tartuffe" is Connie Congdon's new translation of Moliere's classic that skewers hypocrisy in its many forms, bringing to the stage a rousing collection of comic types as well as one of dramatic literature's vilest but most memorable con-men. Auditions will be held Sept. 3 and 4 at 7:30 p.m. in Studio 3, Webster Hall. Roles for six men and women are available. Callbacks will be on Sept. 5. Perusal scripts will be available outside of the Theater and Dance Department, Webster G27. Rehearsals will begin Sept. 8, and the performances will be held Oct. 23-25 at 8 p.m. in Kirby Theater.

Auditions for Eurydice Sept. 3 and 4
"Eurydice" by Sarah Ruhl (recipient of the MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship), is an enchanting reimagining of the classic myth of Orpheus, told from the heroine's perspective. After tragically dying on the day of her wedding, Eurydice is banished to the surreal depths of the Underworld, where she is reunited with her father. In the Underworld, where memories are forbidden and love no longer exists, a bond between father and daughter threatens to overpower the eerie chorus of Stones and their ruler, who have controlled the nightmarish landscape for an eternity. When Orpheus risks everything to pursue his true love beyond the boundaries of death and bring her home, Eurydice must choose between the love of her life and the newly discovered love of her father. Guest Director Shana Cooper will lead actors through a highly physical, ensemble process developed at the Yale School of Drama, creating the imaginative, surreal, breathtakingly beautiful world of this play. The production requires 3-5 male actors and 2-4 female actors. Auditions will be held Sept. 3 and 4 at 7:30 in Studio 2 of Webster Hall. Callbacks will be on Sept. 5. A sign-up sheet and perusal script will be available outside of the Theater and Dance Office, Webster G27. Performances will be Nov. 13-15 at 8 p.m. in Holden Theater.

Community Engagement Fair Sept. 4
Do you want to find out what engagement opportunities are available to you? Are you looking for meaningful work in the community but don't know where to start? Come to the Fall 2008 Community Engagement Opportunities Fair and meet local organizations and student groups who are working to build community. Meet new people, apply what you learn in class, develop new skills and make a difference! The Community Engagement Opportunities Fair will take place on Sept. 4, 2008, from 3 to 5 p.m. on Valentine Quad.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/cce

Senior Orientation to the Career Center Sept. 4
Seniors are invited to this orientation session in the Career Center. Join us for information on our resources; our on-recruiting process, which begins early in the semester; our off-campus recruiting events; timelines for different industries; job search tools; and more. This program will be repeated in the coming weeks and begins on Thursday, Sept. 4, at 6 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather.

Welcome Back from Study Abroad! Sept. 4
Students who studied abroad in the spring or for the full year are invited to this Welcome Back dessert reception in the Career Center on Thursday, Sept. 4, at 7 p.m. Re-connect with friends and share stories of your adventures in a different culture. Re-entry can bring some challenges with it, so come enjoy some desserts and connect with other students who are sharing your experience.

Math Table Every Wednesday, Starting Sept. 3
Do you like math? Do you want to have lunch with other people who like math? Come to Math Table, every Wednesday in Valentine. The first Math Table of the semester will be on Wednesday, Sept. 3, at noon in Terrace Room B.

Information Meeting for Fellowships and Scholarships Sept. 4
If you are interested in fellowships for graduate study and/or travel and research, please plan to attend a meeting on Thursday, Sept. 4, beginning at 4 p.m. in the Cole Assembly Room of Converse Hall. Denise Gagnon, fellowships coordinator for Amherst College, will be at the meeting to talk to you about the Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Churchill and Watson Fellowships. Tony Claudino, director of outreach for the Fulbright Student Program, will also be at the meeting to give you important information about the Fulbright application process. If you are unable to attend and would like to learn more about fellowships and scholarships, please contact Denise Gagnon to set up a time to meet: dmgagnon@amherst.edu or 413-542-2536
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/careers/fellowships

The Amherst Student Info Session Sept. 4
The Amherst Student is seeking to fill a wide range of positions this year (including writers, editors, photographers, artists, page designers and staff members to work for our business department and Web site). Experience is not required—we are happy to train you! Join us for Antonio's pizza at 6:30 p.m. in Keefe Campus Center, Room 205, on Thursday, Sept. 4. Editorial board members will be present to answer your questions and show you around. We hope you can make it!
For more information: amherststudent.amherst.edu/current/

Korean Translation of Professor Guttmann's "From Ritual to Record" Published
Professor Allen Guttmann, English & American Studies, has received the Korean edition of "From Ritual to Record," his 1978 study of the nature of modern sports. This translation, the fifth thus far, appears opportunely, immediately after a reviewer in the Journal of Social History described Guttmann's most recent book as undertheorized and historiographically deficient. Thanks to this translation (from the German edition!), damaged self-esteem is once again (almost) restored.

Warmer Nest Means Healthier Mothers and Chicks, Find Amherst Researchers
Heating the nests of tree swallows enables them to spend more time incubating their eggs and maintain higher egg temperatures, according to Amherst biology professor Ethan Clotfelter and his team of collaborators, who conducted a series of experiments investigating the energetics of reproduction in tree swallows in 2006 and 2007. Through the studies, Clotfelter and his group also discovered that swallows whose nests had been experimentally warmed had higher body mass and fed their babies at higher rates, leading to healthier nestlings overall. Their findings, which have been published in Biology Letters and the Journal of Animal Ecology, provide a better understanding of the evolution of reproductive strategies of temperate zone birds.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/news_releases/2008/08/node/62675

Music Faculty Concert of Contemporary Works for Clarinet and Piano Sept. 6
Amherst music professors David Schneider, clarinet, and Karen Rosenak, piano, will present a concert of contemporary works on Saturday, Sept. 6, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center. The program will include solo clarinet and piano works by Messiaen, Rzewski's "Winsboro Cottonmill Blues" for piano and a selection from Adams' "Gnarly Buttons." It will also feature "Contours" for clarinet and piano by Amherst music professor and composer Eric Sawyer.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/news_releases/2008/08/node/60569/

Amherst Music Instructors Jazz it up with the Old and the New Sept. 7
Amherst College jazz faculty and instructors will perform for first-years and returning Amherst undergraduates on Sunday, Sept. 7, at 7:30 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College. Celebrated local jazz musicians-- including Bruce Diehl, saxophone; Gary Smulyan, saxophone; Eugene Uman, piano; Geoff Cunningham, trumpet; Neal Melley, trombone; Joe Belmont, guitar; David Picchi, bass; Ann Maggs, vocals; and Claire Arenius, drums --are slated to play fresh takes on some jazz classics, as well as a new composition by Uman.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/news_releases/2008/08/node/60567/

Jazz Ensemble and Combo Auditions Sept. 3-5
Students interested in Jazz Ensemble and/or Jazz Combo participation will need to audition. The sign-up sheet is outside of Room 216 in Arms Music Center. The audition piece can be found online at the link below. Auditions will take place on Sept. 3-5, at times TBA. All are welcome to join us! Contact Bruce Diehl for more information.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/music/performances/jazz/jazz-auditions

Office of Public Affairs Seeks Student Sports Photographer
The Office of Public Affairs is seeking a student sports photographer to cover weekday-evening and weekend athletic events. Candidates must provide a portfolio showing strong experience in photography with film or digital SLR cameras. Preference will be given to applicants with a demonstrated background in sports photography. This is a paid position, and full equipment will be provided by the office. For more information, or to apply, please e-mail Samuel Masinter '04, assistant director of Public Affairs, at samasinter@amherst.edu.

Self-Presentation: A Writing Center Workshop Sept. 5
Wrestling with descriptions of who you are (Amherst graduate, thesis writer, tutor, intern, champion runner, etc.) and arguments for why you are perfect (for this job or that fellowship, for graduate, medical or law school) might seem as much fun as nailing your foot to the floor. No one can write "Personal Statements" for you, but our workshop will offer advice and suggestions that can help you get started or improve your next draft. Preregistration is required. The workshop will be held Friday, Sept. 5, at 2 pm. To preregister and to get more information, please visit the Writing Center's Web site.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/support/writingcenter/workshopsstudents

Senior Orientation to the Career Center Sept. 8
Seniors are invited to this orientation session in the Career Center. Join us for information on our resources; our on-recruiting process, which begins early in the semester; our off-campus recruiting events; timelines for different industries; job search tools; and more. This program will be repeated in the coming weeks. Join us on Monday, Sept. 8, at 8 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather.

Willful Blindness: A Prosecutor Tells Why Prosecutions Can't Fight Terrorism Sept. 16
Andrew McCarthy joins us again to speak about his most recent book, "Willful Blindness: A Memoir of the Jihad." The talk will be held at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 16, in the Babbott Room of the Octagon. McCarthy is a former chief assistant U.S. attorney who led the 1995 terrorism prosecution against Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman and 11 others. He is currently the Director of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD) Center for Law and Counterterrorism. This talk is sponsored by the Colloquium on the American Founding.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/projects/americanfounding

Tell Us About Your Summer
What did you do this summer? Whether it was interning, flipping burgers or traveling the world, Amherst magazine wants to know. Send us an e-mail at magazine@amherst.edu and let us know how you spent the last few months. Responses should be sent by Monday, Sept. 8, for possible inclusion in a magazine story or online feature.

Music Practice Rooms and Lockers
Students, faculty and staff who wish to use the Music Department practice rooms during the 08-09 academic year may sign up for an access key during the first two weeks of the semester, as follows: Tuesday, Sept. 2, through Friday, Sept. 5, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.; Monday, Sept. 8, through Friday, Sept. 12, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Senior music majors preparing Honors recitals may also reserve practice time during this two-week period. On Sunday, Sept. 14, those who have been issued a practice room key may, if they desire, schedule reserved practice time for the fall semester. Sign-up hours will be from noon to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 10 p.m. Information concerning access to practice rooms and fees is posted in the Music Center. Applications for keys are available outside the Music Department office.

Study or Relax, Evenings in the Museum of Natural History
Nine out of 10 paleontologists agree that studying in the Museum of Natural History will decrease your chance of extinction by 82 percent. Drop by during the day or in the evenings (7-10 p.m., Sunday-Wednesday, 2nd floor). All Amherst students are welcome to study, relax and admire the exhibits. Comfy chairs are available with an outstanding view of the mammoth.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/mm/44872

Spanish Table Every Friday
The Spanish Table will meet on Fridays from noon to 2 p.m. on the Mezzanine in Valentine Dining Hall. Please join Spanish speakers of all levels for lunch and great Spanish conversation.

Four More Amherst Students Receive Awards for Study and Teaching Abroad
Four more members of Amherst College's Class of 2008 have received prestigious awards for study and teaching abroad during the 2008-09 academic year. Sarah Craver '08, Robyn Pront '08 and Erika Sams '08 were awarded French Government Teaching Assistantships, while Amanda Gibson '08 received a J. William Fulbright Fellowship.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/news_releases/2008/09/node/63678

Research Assistant for Professor Woodson
Professor Wendy Woodson is seeking a research assistant. Duties include library and Web research, word processing on Mac, preparation of flyers, correspondence, Web designing/updating and telephoning. Experience in video editing is desirable. Days and hours are negotiable, and the pay is $8 per hour. E-mail ltceli@amherst.edu for more information.

French Table Every Monday
French Table will meet Monday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. on the Mezzanine in Valentine Hall. All Francophones and all students of French are welcome to participate, regardless of the level of their French.

West Nile Virus Detected in Mosquitoes Collected from the Town of Amherst
The state's Department of Health has announced that West Nile virus (WNV) has been detected in mosquito samples in the town of Amherst. Since WNV is most commonly transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito, the authorities are urging residents to take extra cautions to protect themselves. Such measures include avoiding outdoor activities during the peak mosquito hours of dusk and dawn; wearing long-sleeved shirts, pants and socks; and applying insect repellent while outside. For more information, go to http://www.mass.gov/Eeohhs2/docs/dph/cdc/factsheets/wnv.pdf or call 1-866-627-7968.
For more information: www.amherstma.gov/CivicAlerts.asp?AID=30

Participate in Alumni and Parent Programs' 5th Annual Amherst Story Project!
Your meaningful, adventurous, funny or remarkable story will become part of this year's anthology and part of a growing collection of personal tales that highlight the fascinating lives and unique experiences of Amherst students. The Story Project is a growing collection of writings which are printed in an anthology and published on the Alumni Web site. Authors are also invited to read from their work during Family Weekend. For previous Project stories, visit the link below. To submit a story, contact Brent Alderman Sterste '00 at baldermansterste@amherst.edu or 413-542-8226. Submissions should be no more than 2,000 words and must be entered by Friday, Oct. 3.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/alumni/networks/story_project

German Table Every Monday
The German Table meets every Monday at 11:45 a.m. in Valentine Hall in the Mezzanine. Come and chat with faculty and friends!
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/german/german_table

Student Workers Needed for Homecoming and/or Family Weekend
Alumni and Parent Programs is hiring student workers for Family Weekend (Oct. 24 and 25) as well as for Homecoming Weekend (Nov. 7 and 8). The pay is $8 per hour, and the schedules are flexible for either weekend. Jobs include working at the Alumni House; driving vans; helping at Kids' Fest; and setting up chairs, tables and signs on the football field. All students are eligible to apply. If you are interested, please contact Brent Alderman Sterste '00 for an application at baldermansterste@amherst.edu or 413-542-8226 by Sept. 19.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/alumni/events

It's Easy Being Green: Continued Strides in Sustainability at Amherst
When Amherst students returned to their alma mater last week, they may have noticed what Jim Brassord, director of facilities and associate treasurer for campus services, calls a "big green reminder of our commitment to the environment": Solar panels on Mayo-Smith House, one of the most visible residence halls on campus, located at the corner of Routes 9 and 116 in Amherst. The panels, which will provide the building with 60 percent of the heat needed for hot water, are one of just several new initiatives focused on campus sustainability at the college.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/news_releases/2008/09/node/64489

Drivers Needed for Office of Admissions
Periodically, the Office of Admission will need drivers for admission deans, usually to transport them to Bradley Airport. We are interested in a pool of students who are drivers credentialed by the college who may be interested in being contacted when there is a need. There will be occasions when a college vehicle is available and other occasions when a student driver will need to have her/his own vehicle, for which she/he will be reimbursed for mileage. Please contact Donna Eaton (dmeaton@amherst.edu or 413-542-2330) and provide an e-mail address and local phone number. Students should also confirm that they are credentialed drivers and indicate if they have access to a vehicle or would require use of a college vehicle.

Environmentalism and Its Discontents: Greens Left and Right and Their Frustrations Sept. 9
Stephen F. Hayward will speak about modern environmentalism and the sometimes frustrating facts that environmentalists of all political stripes face. The talk will be at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 9, in the Babbott Room of the Octagon. Hayward recently produced and hosted "An Inconvenient Truth ... or Convenient Fiction?" a rebuttal to Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth." The talk is sponsored by the Colloquium on the American Founding. Hayward is also an F.K. Weyerhaeuser Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he studies the environment, law, political economy and the presidency. He is the coauthor of the annual Index of Leading Environmental Indicators, and writes AEI's Environmental Policy Outlook.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/projects/americanfounding/comingevents

Annual Summer Research Fellows Poster Session Sept. 9
Please join us on Tuesday, Sept. 9, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the lobby of the Merrill Science Center, as this year's Amherst College Research Fellows present posters describing their work. More than 30 posters will be displayed! Each Fellow spent this past summer pursuing a collaborative research project in biology, chemistry, geology, neuroscience or physics. All faculty, staff and students are welcome, and refreshments will be served!

Red Cross Blood Drive Sept. 9
Please come and donate blood on Tuesday, Sept. 9, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Keefe Campus Center. Call 1-800-448-3543 for an appointment, or sign up online at www.givelife.org. Appointments have priority over walk-ins, and all blood types are needed. Free T-shirt for donors.
For more information: www.givelife.org

Youth Building a Latin America Without Poverty: First Meeting Sept. 9
All are welcome to the first meeting of this new group on Tuesday, Sept. 9, at 7 p.m. in the Keefe Campus Center theater (in the basement). Come eat free food (including some brought directly from Uruguay), learn about the organization, see pictures of the people we will be supporting, and hear about our objectives for the coming year. Youth Building a Latin America Without Poverty is a new student group on campus, founded in conjunction with a pre-existing, youth-based NGO. The organization builds emergency housing and implements social development programs in 12 countries in South and Central America. Amherst students will be raising funds to support these endeavors.

Kaffeeklatsch Every Tuesday Evening Starting Sept. 9
Come and join German students and faculty every Tuesday evening at 9 p.m. in Porter House for a chat over coffee and much more! This is a great opportunity to practice your German in a casual and relaxing environment. The first Kaffeeklatsch meeting of the Fall 2008 semester is on Tuesday, Sept. 9.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/german/kaffeeklatsch

Zumbyes Auditions Sept. 9
The Zumbyes, Amherst College's oldest continuous a cappella group, will be holding auditions Tuesday night, Sept. 9, from 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. All are encouraged to audition; no previous experience is necessary. Just bring a joke and a song! Sign-up sheets and auditions are located in Arms Music Center. Hope to see you there!
For more information: www.zumbyes.com

Catherine Roberts Talk Sept. 10
Catherine Roberts will speak on "An Equation Runs Through It: River Running on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon and the Role of a Mathematician." The speaker will describe her work on the development of the Grand Canyon River Trip Simulator. In this computer model, various quantitative approaches have been used to represent human-environment interactions in a dispersed outdoor recreation context. This intelligent agent-based spacio-temporal computer simulation system is now being used by the National Park Service as a management tool. The talk will take place in Seeley Mudd 206 at 4 p.m. on Sept. 10. Refreshments will be served beforehand in Seeley Mudd 208 at 3:30 p.m.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/mathematics/news

Applying to Law School Workshop Sept. 11
Seniors (and juniors) considering law school are encouraged to attend "Applying to Law School" with Pre-Law Advisor Bekki Lee on Thursday, Sept. 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Career Center. Join Dean Lee for this informational workshop and get the information you need to help you formulate your plan. This program will be repeated later in the semester and in the spring.

Outdoor BBQ Lunch on Valentine Quad Sept. 11
Please join us for lunch on the Valentine Quad on Thursday, Sept. 11, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Great menu!

Healthy Eating Workshop in Valentine Sept. 11
Please join Dining Services managers and nutritionists on Sept. 11 at 4 p.m. for a discussion of the transition between eating at home and eating in Valentine. Hope to see you then!

German Film Series Starts Sept. 11
This Thursday, Sept. 11, at 4 and 7:30 p.m. in Stirn Auditorium, the first showing in the German Film Series will be "One Day in Europe" (Hannes Stöhr, 2005; 100 mins.). Four separate but thematically linked stories take us to Moscow, Istanbul, Berlin, and Santiago de Compostela. A series of robberies takes place on the day of the European soccer champion's league finals in this panoramic comedy exploring cultural misunderstanding. The film will be shown in German with English subtitles.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/german/film_series

Copeland Fellow Amy Huber Sept. 11
On Thursday, Sept. 11, at 1 p.m. in Terrace Room A of Valentine Hall will be the first informal presentation by Copeland Fellow Amy Huber. The title of Amy's presentation is "The Birth of 'Shock and Awe': The U.S. Strategic Bombing Survey and German Civilian Morale." This event is open to faculty, staff and members of the administration.

Interterm 2009 Service-Learning Travel Program to Thailand-- Info Session Sept. 10
Burt Woolf '70 will be on campus to explain the service-learning tour of Thailand that he is co-leading with his son Max '03 from Jan. 4 to 22, 2009, for Five College students, faculty and alumni. The purpose of this intergenerational tour is to promote global citizenship through cross-cultural immersion and compassionate service. The itinerary includes caring for rescued elephants at a mountain sanctuary, studying with monks at a beachside monastery, tutoring Thai school children and engaging with community service projects in hill tribe and rural villages. There will be an information session on this program on Wednesday, Sept. 10, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Fayerweather 117.

Auditions for Performance Project Sept. 12
The Performance Project is an evening of original choreography and performance works developed by students during the fall semester in Theater and Dance 62: Performance Studio, taught by Wendy Woodson. Auditions are Sept. 12 from 4 to 6 p.m., and callbacks Sept. 15 from 7 to 9 p.m., in Webster Hall, Studio One. A wide variety of parts is available for performers of different backgrounds and skill levels in both dance and theater. The auditions will be held as a workshop. Choreographer/directors will present their ideas and preliminary material or improvisational structures. Performances will be Dec. 4-6 at 8 p.m. in Holden Theater.

Join the Mead Art Museum Docents! First Meeting Sept. 12
Share your enthusiasm about art as a volunteer docent at the Mead! Docents present tours, plan events such as Fall into Art, and attend weekly meetings to learn about the Mead from behind-the-scenes. This year's group will also participate in an exciting new program focused on how museums collect and preserve works of art, culminating in selecting a new work of art to enter the Mead's collection! Students from all class years and academic concentrations are welcome. The only requirements are a desire to develop and share your interest in art, and a time commitment of approximately three hours per week. Interested? Come to the first docent meeting of the year, Friday, Sept. 12, 1-2 p.m. in the Mead Art Museum.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/museums/mead

The Promise of Music Sept. 12
On Friday, Sept. 12, at 7:30 p.m., Enrique Sánchez-Lansch, a Spanish-German filmmaker, will come to campus to present "The Promise of Music" (2008; 91 mins.), his documentary film about "El Sistema," the path-breaking classical music education program that has taken hundreds of thousands of disadvantaged kids off the streets of Venezuela and completely energized the country. The film features the program's charismatic young star conductor, Gustavo Dudamel, and its flagship ensemble, the Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra. The screening (in English) will be held in Stirn Auditorium and followed by Q & A with the filmmaker. The screening is free, and all are welcome.
For more information: www.promiseofmusic.com/de/team1.html

Winternship and Urban Ed Info Sessions Sept. 10 and 12
Are you interested in doing a public service internship this Interterm? The Center for Community Engagement's Winternship Program and Urban Education Program provide students with opportunities to do just that. Find out more information about the programs and the application process at one of two information sessions: Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. or Friday, Sept. 12, at 4 p.m. in the Friedmann Room.

Mapping out your Semester for a Fresh Start Sept. 14
Managing your courses, extra- and co-curricular activities and a job-- is it getting tough? Did you wait for the night before it was due to start your work on a assignment? Come to this workshop and learn ways to balance work and play, prioritize your commitments and avoid typical pitfalls that make your life harder as a college student. Bring your syllabi, your course schedule, your job schedule and an idea of your extracurricular commitments, and we will help you create a study plan and calendar to make your semester easier to handle. Open to all first-year students, this Academic Peer Mentor workshop will take place at 8 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 14, in four locations: in the common rooms of Charles Pratt, James, North and South dorms.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/support/peer_mentors

Bain & Co. Information Session for Seniors Sept. 15
The fall on-campus recruiting season kicks off on Monday, Sept. 15. Seniors interested in consulting jobs are invited to attend an information session with alumni representatives from the firm. Join them to find out about consulting with Bain. This event will take place in the Alumni House from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

Law School Admissions Panel: American U., Boston College, Emory Sept. 15
Seniors and juniors considering law school are invited to attend this admissions panel with representatives from the law schools at American University, Boston College and Emory. Join them in the Career Center on Monday, Sept. 15, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. to hear about their programs and processes.

Italian Table Every Monday, Starting Sept. 15
Benvenuti, Siete tutti invitati al tavolo Italiano! Come and meet Professor Luca Grillo of the Classics Department. A round table on the mezzanine at the top of the first stairway in Valentine will be reserved every Monday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. throughout the academic year. Please contact Professor Grillo if you are interested but are not free on Mondays. Ciao, ciao!
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academic life/departments/classics

Multiculturalism in the 21st Century Sept. 15
What does multiculturalism mean today? How do we fulfill the legacy of "we the people"? How do we acquire an understanding that works for everyone creating an inclusive community? How do we increase communication between cultural boundaries? How do we understand the participation of everyone as a multicultural being? Dr. Barbara Love, associate professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst School of Education will deliver the keynote address for the grand opening of the Multicultural Resource Center. The discussion will be held in Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather Hall, at 7 p.m.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/multicultural/events

The AAS Semesterly Budgetary Process Meeting Sept. 15
All Amherst College student organizations are invited to attend the AAS Semesterly Budgetary Process Meeting, to be held on Monday, Sept. 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Red Room (Cole Assembly Room) of Converse Hall. The meeting is an informational session to help students attain funding for events through the Association of Amherst Students (AAS). All AAS-recognized clubs seeking a semester club budget for Spring 2009 are required to send a representative to the meeting. For further information, please contact the AAS Treasurer and Budgetary Committee at budgetary@amherst.edu.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/aas/budgetary

In Memoriam: Stephen L. Clark '75
The Johnson Chapel flag has been lowered to half-staff in memory of Stephen L. Clark '75. Clark, who passed away Thursday, Sept. 11, worked in several positions in the Alumni and Development offices at Amherst College. He is survived by his wife Karen, his father, Everett A. Clark '44, his mother, Clare, and his sister, Mary-Ellen Judges and family.

Steps to Study Abroad Meeting Sept. 16
Sophomores considering studying abroad in their junior year are encouraged to attend "Steps to Study Abroad" with Director of International Experience Dean Janna Behrens. Get all the information you need to begin your planning, Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 4:30 p.m. in the Career Center. This information session will be repeated throughout the semester.

Earth Institute at Columbia University Master's Program Info Session Sept. 16
Students considering graduate study in environmental policy and/or science are invited to attend this information session with a representative from Columbia University's Earth Institute, Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 5:30 p.m. in the Career Center.

Andrew McCarthy, Former Prosecutor, to Discuss the War on Terrorism Sept. 16
Andrew McCarthy, director of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies (FDD) Center for Law and Counterterrorism, will deliver a talk titled "Willful Blindness: A Prosecutor Tells Why Terrorism Cannot Be Fought with Prosecutions and Prosecutors" on Tuesday, Sept. 16, at 8 p.m. in the Babbott Room of the Octagon at Amherst. Sponsored by the Committee for the American Founding, the talk is free and open to the public.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/news_releases/2008/09/node/64580

Music Center Practice Room Reservations
Students, faculty and staff who have been issued a music building practice room key may, if they desire, schedule reserved practice time for the fall semester on Sunday, Sept. 14. Sign-up hours will be from noon to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Music Department Office.

Innovative Projects Fund Applications Available
Applications for the Fall 2008 Innovative Projects Fund are now available at the Center for Community Engagement Web site. The fund provides financial and programmatic support to students or student groups engaged in innovative community work. There are two fall due dates: Thursday, Sept. 25, at noon and Thursday, Oct. 23, at noon.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/cce/ipfund

Student Security is Hiring
Student Security is hiring monitors for the semester. We offer flexible hours, great pay and opportunities for leadership positions. E-mail stusec@amherst.edu for more information, or come to a weekly meeting on Wednesdays at 9 p.m. in Chapin 201 (starting Sept. 17).

French House Applications Now Accepted
There are currently three openings in French House: one female double and one-half of a male double. Also, the French Department is now accepting applications for the spring semester. Information regarding theme houses, including the online application and deadlines, can be found at the address below (click on "Theme Houses").
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~dos/reslife

Tai Chi Classes Every Thursday
Tai Chi class meets weekly on Thursday from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Cadigan Center for Religious Life. For more information, contact David Mazor at 413-256-8595 or dmazor@amherst.edu Sponsored by Religious Life

Insight Meditation Group Every Tuesday
The Insight Meditation Group, led by Religious Adjunct Advisor Mark Hart, meets on Tuesday afternoons from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. in Chapin Chapel. Drop-ins are welcome. For more information, contact Mark Hart at 413-259-2145 or harts@crocker.com. The group is sponsored by Religious Life.

Senior Thesis Student Needs Participants for Photo Project
Photography thesis student Laura Bixby '09 is looking for Amherst faculty, staff or students who live off campus to participate in her thesis. Bixby will be doing portraits of people in their homes as part of an overall study of material possessions and their significance. Although participants will not be paid, they will be given a copy of the photograph. Sittings will be fun and last approximately an hour. Scheduling is flexible. If interested at any point during the semester, please contact Laura Bixby at lbixby09@amherst.edu.

Frost Library Welcomes AAS
Did you know that some offices of the Amherst Association of Students have moved to Frost Library this year? When the library staff learned that AAS needed a new space for Budgetary Committee meetings, we were excited about the possibility of finding space for them in Frost. The solution was a small private office on Level A as well as sharing space in the Frost Staff Lounge to create a conference room. The library staff welcomes AAS!

America Reads / America Counts Tutoring
If you are a student interested in becoming an America Reads / America Counts tutor, and you have Federal Work- Study eligibility in your financial aid award, please visit the link below for more information and to register for a training session. Volunteers are encouraged to participate in the program, but only students with Federal Work-Study eligibility can be paid for tutoring. Contact Nancy Robinson, Student Employment Coordinator, for additional information.
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/campuslife/student_employment/tutor_program

In Memoriam: David Foster Wallace '85
David Foster Wallace '85, the author of "Infinite Jest" and several other critically acclaimed works of fiction and nonfiction, passed away on Sept. 12 in his home in Pomona, Calif. A recipient of a MacArthur "Genius" grant in 1997, Wallace was widely considered one of the finest American literary minds of this or any generation. He was 46 years old.

Fidelity Information Session Sept. 17
Seniors interested in finance are invited to attend this information session with representatives from Fidelity Investments. Learn about the firm and the job opportunities they'll be offering on Wednesday, Sept. 17 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Alumni House. Refreshments will be served.

Interterm 2009 Service-Learning Travel Program to Thailand-- Info Session Sept. 17
Burt Woolf '70 will be on campus to explain the service-learning tour to Thailand that he is co-leading with his son Max '03 from January 4 to 22, 2009, for Five College students, faculty and alumni. The purpose of this intergenerational tour is to promote global citizenship through cross-cultural immersion and compassionate service. The itinerary includes caring for rescued elephants at a mountain sanctuary, studying with monks at a beachside monastery, tutoring Thai school children, and engaging with community service projects in hill tribe and rural villages. An information session on this program will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 17, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Fayerweather 117.

Screening of Race:The Power of an Illusion Sept. 17
The division of the world's peoples into distinct groups - "red," "black," "white" or "yellow" peoples - has became so deeply embedded in our psyches, so widely accepted, many would promptly dismiss as crazy any suggestion of its falsity. Race - The Power of an Illusion questions the very idea of race as biology, suggesting that a belief in race is no sounder than believing that the sun revolves around the earth. The screening will be followed by a brief discussion. The screening will take place in the Keefe Campus Center Theater, Wednesday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/multicultural/events

Multicultural Resource Center Grand Opening Barbecue Sept. 18
All are welcome! Join the celebration filled with food, fun, and music! The grand opening barbecue will start at noon on the Campus Center lawn.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/multicultural/events

Community Tea and Exhibit of Multicultural Resources Sept. 18
Enjoy tea and cookies at Frost library with staff from the Multicultural Resource Center and the library as we discuss an exhibit of multicultural resources available at the library at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 18.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/multicultural/events

Faculty Open House at the Center for Community Engagement Sept. 18
Faculty members are invited to an open house at the Center for Community Engagement on Thursday, Sept. 18, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Meet new CCE staff members, hear from students about their summer internship experiences, and talk with CCE Director Molly Mead and Faculty Advisor Karen Sánchez-Eppler about new opportunities and workshops that support community based teaching and research. Refreshments will be served.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/cce

Cinemarsh Sept. 18
On Thursday, Sept. 18, 8 p.m. in Fayerweather 113, Cinemarsh, brought to you by Marsh Arts House, is a program of screenings of classic and contemporary feature-length and short arts films. Our aim is to bring greater attention to films made for artistic and documentary than commercial purposes. At this screening,discover the French New Wave gangster thriller "Shoot the Piano Player" ("Tirez sur le pianiste") by Francois Truffaut. Sugar Jones cookies and cider will be provided.
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Making a Difference While Making a Living: The Nonprofit Job Search Sept. 19
Please join us for "Making a Difference While Making a Living: The Non-Profit Job Search," to be held on Friday, Sept. 19, at 4 p.m. in the Career Center. (Please note the time change.) The presentation will include job search advice for graduating seniors and information on the fields of nonprofit consulting, international education and community-based work in Massachusetts and abroad. Presenters will be Emily Silberstein '06, Program Coordinator, Social Innovation Forum, and Jean Blaise, International Education doctoral student and Career Center Graduate Assistant.

Faultlines: Mapping Jazz in the 21st Century Concert at Mead Art Museum Oct. 7
Beginning a yearlong festival celebrating jazz pluralism and experimentalism, Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Jason Robinson will join Hampshire College music professor Marty Ehrlich for a duo woodwind concert in the Mead Art Museum's Rotherwas Gallery on Tuesday, Oct. 7, at 8:30 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/faultlines

Class Participation To Be Discussed at Teaching & Learning Lunch Sept. 19
"Class Participation: How Much and What Kind Do We Want?" is the topic of discussion at the next Teaching & Learning Faculty Lunch on Friday, Sept. 19, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Mullins and Faerber Rooms of the Lewis-Sebring Dining Commons. A buffet lunch will be served. Questions about this lunch and suggestions for topics we might address in the future should be sent to Amrita Basu at abasu@amherst.edu.

Flutist Alison Hale, Guitarist Stephen Procter to Perform Sept. 19
Amherst flute instructor Alison Hale and guitarist Stephen Procter will perform on Friday, Sept. 19, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center. The concert will feature tangos by Astor Piazzolla, Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco's Sonatina and classical period works by Mauro Giuliani and Francesco Molino.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/news_releases/2008/09/node/64581

Human Race Machine at the Campus Center Sept. 15-19
The Human Race Machine is an entirely unique diversity experience. It gives viewers the opportunity to envision themselves as a different race. Modern science tells us that the DNA of any two humans is 99.97 percent identical and that there is no gene for race. A powerful yet subtle diversity tool, The Human Race Machine allows us to move beyond our appearance and contemplate a deeper human connection. After all, we are one race... the human race. As part of the celebration of the grand opening week of the Multicultural Resource Center, the Human Race Machine will be hosted in the Campus Center.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/multicultural/events

Job Search Workshop: The Job Search Beyond Wall Street Sept. 19
Things are tough out there! But seniors interested in business need not despair. Dean Bassett will be leading this workshop on the job search beyond Wall Street on Friday, Sept. 19, from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Career Center. Come learn about your options and get your questions answered.

Faultlines: Mapping Jazz in the 21st Century at Mead Art Museum Oct. 7
On Tuesday, Oct. 7, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., Mead Art Museum will host a jazz performance by Jason Robinson (woodwinds), visiting assistant professor of music at Amherst College; and Marty Ehrlich (woodwinds), associate professor of music at Hampshire College. This free public concert is part of the year-long festival, Faultlines: Mapping Jazz in the 21st Century, made possible with generous support from the Amherst Art Series Fund. To learn more about the festival, please visit www.amherst.edu/faultlines.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/music/faultlines

Study Abroad Fair Sept. 22
All Amherst students interested in studying abroad are invited to attend the annual Amherst College Study Abroad Fair on Monday, Sept. 22, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Friedmann Room of the Keefe Campus Center. Representatives from many different study abroad programs from our approved list will be on hand to answer your questions and offer materials about their programs. This is a great opportunity to explore the many options you have for studying abroad. Don't miss it!

Graduate Study in the U.K. Info Session Sept. 22
Students considering graduate study in the United Kingdom are invited to this information session with representatives from Queen Mary University. They will be discussing grad study in the United Kingdom in general, as well as what kinds of programs are offered at Queen Mary. The info session will be held Monday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. in Campus Center 207.

M&T Bank Info Session Sept. 22
Seniors interested in finance are invited to attend this M&T Bank Info Session on Monday, Sept. 22, from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Career Center. Join representatives from M&T and learn about the company and their job opportunities.

Science Research & Study Abroad: OTS in Costa Rica & South Africa Sept. 22
Science students hoping to study abroad are invited to this information session with a representative from OTS. Learn about their programs in Costa Rica and South Africa and how your science major fits in. Monday, Sept. 22, at 7:30 p.m. in Fayerweather 113.

Russian Poet to Read Sept. 23
On Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 7 p.m., Sergei Gandlevsky will read from his poetry in the Porter House lounge. Gandlevsky is one of Russia's most admired and popular poets. Part of the artistic underground during the '70s and '80s, he was unpublishable in the Soviet Union, but since its fall has published several books of poetry and essays, a novel and a memoir, for which he received the Russian Booker Prize in 1996. His work has been translated into many languages; a selection of his poetry has appeared in English under the title A Kindred Orphanhood (Zephyr, 2003), translated by Philip Metres. Gandlevsky will read in Russian; translation will be supplied as needed. This event is sponsored by the Russian Department and Russian House.

U. of Chicago Medical School Presents Medical School Interviews Sept. 23
Students applying to medical school are invited to attend this info session on medical school interviews, presented by an admissions representative from the University of Chicago Medical School on Tuesday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. in Merrill 4.

Law School Admissions Panel: Cornell, Duke, NYU, Stanford Sept. 23
Students applying to law school are invited to this information panel with admissions representatives from the law schools at Cornell, Duke, NYU and Stanford. Join them to learn about their programs and their admissions processes on Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Pruyne Auditorium (Fayerweather 115).

Finding an Interterm Internship Info Session Sept. 23
Students planning on finding an internship for January break should attend this information session with staff members from the Career Center and the Center for Community Engagement. Join them to find out about the Winternship/Urban Education program, other college-affiliated opportunities and finding and/or creating something on your own. The info session will be on Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Friedmann Room of the Campus Center.

Morningstar Info Session Sept. 23
Seniors interested in financial careers are invited to this information session with recruiting reps from Morningstar. Join them to find out about the firm and the opportunities they offer on Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Career Center.

Family Weekend Events Deadline Sept. 26
Family Weekend is Oct. 24 - 26. If your student organization is planning an event, reception or performance that you would like to have listed in the Family Weekend program, we need the information no later than Sept. 26. Contact Marcy Larmon at mlarmon@amherst.edu or 413-542-8235 for more information.

Tuesdays at the Terrace Career Center Lunchtime Workshop Series
The Career Center has launched a new lunchtime series called "Tuesdays at the Terrace." Each Tuesday from 1 to 2 p.m. in Valentine's Terrace Room A (downstairs), a Career Center staff member will be presenting on topics ranging from resumes and cover letters, to interviewing skills, to networking and more. Students are invited to grab their lunches and bring them downstairs to Terrace Room A to get tips and pointers over lunch! Please check the Career Center calendar for the program topic each week.

New Web Service: My Amherst
Now you can find your course information, the Campus Intranet and a host of Web resources in one place: "My Amherst." Faculty and students will have one-click access to their courses, and everyone will find the Intranet, college announcements, RSS reader (formerly "My portal"), as well as their profiles and personal Web sites, easily in one place. In the future, more of the "My Amherst" features will be customizable. You can get to "My Amherst" from anywhere on the college Web site by clicking the "My Amherst" link in the upper right of the screen. Note that you can still go to the Intranet and announcements without logging in, via the "Campus Intranet" link on the college homepage. Learn more by logging into "My Amherst" now:
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/myamherst/start

Senior Portrait Days Sept. 22-24; Schedule Now
Get your Senior Portrait done early for the OLIO (Amherst Yearbook), while the leaves are still on the trees. We're looking for a response from all members of the class of 2009. The sitting fee is $10, payable by cash or check at the time of your sitting. Please schedule your appointment time on the Web site below or call us at 800-997-3748. Place: Memorial Hill; Dates: Sept 22-24; Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
For more information: www.thelightstudio.net

Circus Now Accepting Submissions; Deadline Oct. 14
Circus literary magazine is now accepting submissions of poetry, prose, nonfiction, art and photography for its Fall 2008 issue. Please send all submissions to circus@amherst.edu by Tuesday, Oct. 14.

Zipcar Program at Amherst Open to the Community Starting Oct. 1
As part of the school's continued support of the community and commitment to green initiatives, Amherst is opening its Zipcar car sharing program to off-campus participants. Starting on Oct. 1, the college's Zipcar vehicles will be made available to town residents who are members of the nationwide Zipcar program, which enables drivers to reserve a car online or by telephone 24 hours a day and up to a year in advance. To accommodate the expected additional demand, the school will add a third car to its fleet.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/news_releases/2008/09/node/66535

Amherst Student Newspaper Delivery
The Amherst Student is looking for someone to deliver the newspaper around campus on Wednesday mornings (not early). The route takes about an hour if you have a car, and the job pays $20 an issue. Please e-mail Mary Doris Reggie at mreggie10@amherst.edu if you are interested.

Multicultural Resource Center Study Break with Food Sept. 23
Need a quite place to study? Come enjoy the food and comfy couches at the Multicultural Resource Center, located on the lower-level of the Campus Center. The MRC will be holding study breaks with food every Tuesday, starting Sept. 23, from 7 to 9 p.m.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/multicultural

Mead Art Museum Special Exhibition
"ALARM de ALARM (PROPAGANDA IN ALASKA): New and Recent Works by Jonathan Meese from the Collection of Adam Lindemann '83 and Amalia Dayan" opens to the public on Friday, Oct. 17. For talks and special events related to the exhibition, see listings for Oct. 19 and Dec. 5.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/museums/mead/programs/exhibitions/current

Robert L. Herbert to Speak on the Diaries of Orra White Hitchcock Sept. 24
At 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 24, Professor Robert L. Herbert will give a talk on the diaries of Orra White Hitchcock in the Archives and Special Collections of the Robert Frost Library. Hitchcock was the wife of Edward Hitchcock, President of Amherst College from 1845 to 1854. Previously unpublished and unknown, these diaries reveal a natural writer who wrote frank observations of the people and places she and her husband visited in Richmond, Virginia in 1847 and in Western Europe in 1850. Herbert's book, A Woman of Amherst: The Travel Diaries of Orra White Hitchcock, 1847 and 1850, was recently published and is available online. He is Professor Emeritus of Humanities at Mount Holyoke College.

SEO Info Session Sept. 24
All students of color considering careers in business are invited to attend this information session with representatives from Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO). Join them to learn about internships in accounting/finance, asset management, corporate law, technology, philanthropy and more on Sept. 24 from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Career Center.

Mississippi Teacher Corps Info Session Sept. 24
Seniors interested in teaching are invited to attend this information session with Ben Guest '97, Program Coordinator for the Mississippi Teacher Corps, a program in which you teach in high-needs schools while earning your master's degree and teaching certificate. Mr. Guest will be presenting information about the program and answering your questions on Wednesday, Sept. 24, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Career Center.

IT & Library Fair in the Campus Center Sept. 24
IT and the Library will be holding their annual fair this Wednesday, Sept. 24, in the Campus Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come chat about new IT and Library projects, ask computer questions, buy Microsoft software and more! IT will also be raffling off a brand new iPod nano, so be sure to stop by and fill out a raffle ticket! If you have any questions regarding the fair, please contact Devindra Hardawar.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/offices/it/about/news/node/68914

Faculty Colloquium Series 2008-09: Catherine Epstein Sept. 25
On Thursday, Sept. 25, from 1 to 2 p.m., the Faculty Colloquium Series for 2008-09 is sponsoring "Arthur Greiser and the Nazi Occupation of Western Poland" presented by Catherine Epstein, associate professor of history. This event will take place in the Faerber Room, Lewis-Sebring Commons.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/political_science/events/faculty-colloquium

Author Porochista Khakpour to Read Her Work at Amherst Books Sept. 25
Porochista Khakpour, author of Sons and Other Flammable Objects, will read from her work at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 25, at Amherst Books (8 Main Street). Sponsored by the Amherst College Creative Writing Center, the event is open to the public at no charge.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/news_releases/2008/09/node/64074

New Festival, Faultlines: Mapping Jazz in the 21st Century Kicks Off Sept. 25
The Amherst Department of Music will kick off its new yearlong festival, Faultlines: Mapping Jazz in the 21st Century, with a performance workshop lead by drummer Bobby Previte and pianist and bassist Jamie Saft from 2 to 3:20 p.m. in Room 212 of the Arms Music Center at Amherst Thursday, Sept. 25. The event and the Faultlines festival-which is curated by saxophonist Jason Robinson, visiting assistant professor of music at Amherst-will celebrate jazz pluralism and experimentalism and feature some of the most creative and provocative artists in American music.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/news_releases/2008/09/node/65130

Pedro Angel Rivera to Speak Sept. 25
Pedro Angel Rivera will deliver a talk titled "Revisiting the Puerto Rican Showcase" on Thursday, Sept. 25, at 4:30 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall (115 Fayerweather Hall). Mr. Rivera is a documentarian, researcher and teacher. He has taught a variety of courses on Latino and Puerto Rican culture and identity as well as on media literacy. Over his career, he has written, produced and/or co-produced more than 30 films. This event is sponsored by the Eastman Fund and the Amherst College Department of Spanish. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Bain & Company Case Interview Workshop Sept. 25
Seniors applying for consulting jobs are encouraged to attend this Case Interview Workshop with representatives from Bain. The case interview is challenging, and who better to teach about it than the folks from the firm? The Career Center does NOT offer mock case interviews (only regular interviews), so this is your chance to learn from the best! Join us on Thursday, Sept. 25, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115).

Study Abroad with Hamilton in Spain Info Session Sept. 25
Students considering studying in Spain are invited to attend this information session with a representative from the Hamilton in Spain program on Thursday, Sept. 25, at 7:30 p.m, in the Barrett Hall Library.

Physics Seminar Sept. 25
Thursday, Sept. 25 at 4:45 in Merrill Lecture Room 3, Professor Frederick W. Strauch of Williams College will give a talk. Tea/cookies will be served before the talk at 4:15 in Merrill Room 204.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/physics/seminars_and_colloquia/schedule_2008-2009

French Film in Newport Sept. 25
The French film "OSS 117 - Le Caire, nid d'espions" will be shown in French House at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 25. French box-office sensation and comic star Jean Dujardin stars as agent Hubert Bonisseur de la Bath, a.k.a. OSS 117, who, in the tradition of Maxwell Smart and Inspector Clouseau, succeeds in spite of his ineptitude. After a fellow agent and friend is murdered, Hubert is ordered to take his place at the head of a poultry firm in Cairo. This is his cover while he investigates Jack's death, monitors the Suez Canal, checks up on the Brits and Soviets, burnishes France's reputation, quells a fundamentalist rebellion and brokers peace in the Middle East. French with English subtitles.

German Film Series Sept. 25
The second film in the German Film Series will be shown Thursday, Sept. 25, at 4 and 7:30 p.m. at Stirn Auditorium: Karbid und Sauerampfer (Carbide and Sorrell, Frank Beyer, 1963; 85 mins; historical comedy.) In the summer of 1945, Kalle Bluecher (Erwin Geschonneck) sets out to deliver several barrels of carbide to a factory in Dresden, dodging Soviet occupation officers, land mines and love-crazed widows along the way. The screening is free, and all are welcome!
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/german/film_series

Forum: Alcohol at Amherst Sept. 25
Following President Marx's recent decision to forgo signing the Amethyst Initiative, a multi-college initiative to encourage the Federal Government to lower the drinking age to 18, The Indicator and The Amherst Public are sponsoring a forum on Amherst's drinking policies and their enforcement. The forum will feature Dean of Students Ben Lieber, Assistant Director of Health Education Gretchen Krull and Police Chief John Carter, and will take place at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 25, in the Red Room in Converse.

Who Killed New York? Sept. 26
Author George Marlin will speak at 8 p.m. in the Friedmann Room of Keefe Campus Center on Friday, Sept. 26, on the topic of politics in New York. George J. Marlin is the author/editor of ten books, including "Squandered Opportunities: New York's Pataki Years" (2006) and "The American Catholic Voter: Two Hundred Years of Political Impact" (2004). In 1993,Marlin was the Conservative Party nominee for mayor of the City of New York, and in 1994 he served on Governor-elect Pataki's transition team. This talk is free, open to the public and sponsored by the Colloquium on the American Founding.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/projects/americanfounding

Colloquium On The Constitution & the Imagining of America, America in Decline? Sept. 26-27
On Sept. 26 and 27 in the Alumni House at Amherst College, The Colloquium on the Constitution and the Imagining of America will reconvene to discuss the topic of "America in Decline?" Guest speakers will be Darius Rejali, Reed College; Mark Edmundson, University of Virginia; Michael Lind, The New America Foundation; and Mara Rudman, Center for American Progress and President of Quorum Strategies. This event is sponsored by the Department of Law, Jurisprudence and Social Thought at Amherst College. All are welcome.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/~ljst/conferences.html

The First Presidential Debate of 2008 Sept. 26
Are you curious to see the first major showdown of the 2008 election season? Come join the Department of Political Science at 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26, for a viewing of the first presidential debate of 2008, broadcast live from the University of Mississippi campus. Watch the fight for the White House unfold as party nominees Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain meet alone for the first time on stage to debate foreign policy and national security issues. The event will be held in Pruyne Lecture Hall (Fayerweather 115). All are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Making a Difference While Making a Living: The Nonprofit Job Search Sept. 26
Please join us for "Making a Difference While Making a Living: The Nonprofit Job Search," to be held on Friday, Sept. 26, at 4 p.m. in the Career Center. (Please note the time change.) The presentation will include job search advice for graduating seniors and information on the fields of nonprofit consulting, international education and community-based work in Massachusetts and abroad. Presenters will be Emily Silberstein '06, Program Coordinator, Social Innovation Forum, and Jean Blaise, International Education doctoral student and Career Center Graduate Assistant.

On Medellin v. Texas Sept. 27
R. Ted Cruz, Texas Solicitor General, will speak at 9:30 a.m. in the Friedmann Room of Keefe Campus Center on Saturday, Sept. 27. Cruz won his argument before the Supreme Court this past August. The question in "Medellin" was whether the president, through a memorandum, could put certain cases under an international court and override a conviction in Texas in a case of a brutal murder. Cruz is the first Hispanic Solicitor General in Texas and, when appointed, was the youngest Solicitor General in the United States. He has authored more than 70 U.S. Supreme Court briefs and presented 28 oral arguments, including seven in the U.S. Supreme Court. This talk is free, open to the public and sponsored by the Colloquium on the American Founding.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/projects/americanfounding

Can Judges and the Courts Violate the Constitution? Sept. 27
The Honorable Carlos T. Bea will speak at 10:45 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27, in the Friedmann Room of Keefe Campus Center. He will discuss the powers and limits of the judiciary. Bea is a Federal Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (California). He was appointed to the court in 2003 by President George W. Bush. This talk is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Colloquium on the American Founding.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/projects/americanfounding

The Political Landscape from Capitol Hill: Thoughts on Upcoming Elections Sept. 27
Noah Silverman '92 will give his predictions for upcoming Presidential and Congressional electoral contests at 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 27 in the Friedmann Room of Keefe Campus Center. Silverman is the Director of Congressional Relations for the Republican Jewish Coalition. This talk is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Colloquium on the American Founding.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/projects/americanfounding

The Puzzle of Herbert Hoover: Liberal or Conservative? Sept. 27
George Nash '67 will speak at 2 p.m. in the Friedmann Room of Keefe Campus Center on Saturday, Sept. 27. Nash is an authority on the life of President Herbert Hoover. Between 1975 and 1995, he lived in Iowa, near the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library, where he prepared three volumes of a definitive, scholarly biography under the general title "The Life of Herbert Hoover." He served as president of the Philadelphia Society, the nation's oldest organization of conservative intellectuals, from 2006 to 2008 and is the premier historian of the American conservative movement. Nash's talk is free, open to the public and sponsored by the Colloquium on the American Founding.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/projects/americanfounding

The Emergence of the Conservative Party in New York in the 1960's Sept. 27
George Marlin will speak about the development of the Conservative Party in New York and its impact on New York Republicans. The talk will be given at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27, in the Friedmann Room of Keefe Campus Center. Marlin is the author/editor of 10 books, including "Squandered Opportunities: New York's Pataki Years" (2006) and "The American Catholic Voter: Two Hundred Years of Political Impact" (2004). In 1993, Mr. Marlin was the Conservative Party nominee for mayor of the City of New York, and in 1994 he served on Governor-elect Pataki's transition team. This talk is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the Colloquium on the American Founding.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/projects/americanfounding

Such a Hurrah! Emily Dickinson Museum to Celebrate 5th Anniversary Sept. 27
The Emily Dickinson Museum will celebrate its fifth anniversary with a day of special events and activities on its grounds Saturday, Sept. 27. Titled Such a Hurrah!, the festivities will feature the fourth annual Emily Dickinson Poetry Marathon, an open house, the premier of a new Dickinson film and special tours, among other activities. All of the events are free and open to the public.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/news_releases/2008/09/node/64081

Amherst Symphony Orchestra's Fall Season Kick-Off Concert Sept. 27
The Amherst Symphony Orchestra (formerly the Amherst College Orchestra) will present its gala season-opening concert on Saturday, Sept. 27, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center. The event celebrates and welcomes the Amherst College Class of 2012.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/news_releases/2008/09/node/64591

Tuesdays at the Terrace: The Art of Networking Sept. 30
Students who want to know what "networking" is all about, including how they can tap into the wonderful Amherst College alumni network, are invited to grab their lunch in Val and head downstairs to Terrace Room A on Tuesday, Sept. 30, from 1 to 2 p.m. Dean Lee will be on hand to offer information, tips and advice.

Graduate School Application & Essay Workshop Sept. 30
Seniors planning on applying to graduate school should attend this workshop with Dean Carolyn Bassett. Join her to learn how to present yourself in the best light and separate yourself from the crowd. The workshop will be on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at 6:30 p.m. in the Career Center.

Multicultural Resource Center Study Break Sept. 30
Need a quiet place to study? Study in the Multicultural Resource Center, located on the lower level of the Campus Center! Enjoy the comfy couches and snacks every Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/multicultural

 
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