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Archived announcements for January, 2009

Your Thoughts About Jeffery Amherst Bookshop
Amherst magazine would like to hear your thoughts about the closing of the Jeffery Amherst Bookshop. If you were a regular customer, where will you shop for books? If you sent students to the shop for coursebooks, where will you send them now? Please e-mail magazine@amherst.edu.

Need 24/7 Study Space?
The Keefe Science Library will be open 24 hours a day from Thursday, Dec. 11, at 9 a.m. through Friday, Dec. 19, at 4 p.m. Your AC ID card will allow access during overnight hours.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/library/departments/branches/science

Make $10 Per Hour This Interterm Driving for the CCE
Are you on campus over Interterm and looking to make extra money? The Center for Community Engagement is hiring a student driver for one morning shift (8 - 9:30 a.m.) and one afternoon shift (4 - 5:30 p.m.) each weekday over Interterm. You must have had a valid U.S. driver's license for at least one year with no infractions. The pay rate is $10 per hour. E-mail cce@amherst.edu if you are interested.

Swift Moore Award Nominations Being Accepted from Graduating Seniors; Deadline Jan. 9
Twelve years ago, Amherst College inaugurated the Phebe and Zephaniah Swift Moore Award to honor some of this country's outstanding high school teachers. Graduating seniors are invited to nominate teachers who made impacts on their lives. If you remember a secondary school teacher who stands out as deserving of the Phebe and Zephaniah Swift Moore Award, please log in and submit his or her name at the address below. The deadline for receipt of nominations is Friday, Jan. 9.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/specialevents/commencement/infostudents/senior_activities/swiftmoore

Interterm Colloquium on Public Education Jan. 20-21
The headlines are familiar: "America's schools in decline." "Students in 26 nations score far ahead of their American counterparts." Such headlines neither dependably name the problems nor indicate how they might best be handled. Our two-day January Colloquium, "What Do Our Public Schools Need?," gives you a chance to meet and study with Jennifer Hochschild, a leading scholar, and Jay P. Greene, a leading critic of our schools. Though their perspectives differ, each brings experience and thoughtfulness to the subject. Registration is limited.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/colloquia/colloquium_series/08-09/january09

In Memoriam: Eleanor M. Conway
The Johnson Chapel flag has been lowered to half-staff in memory of Eleanor M. Conway, who died Friday, Jan. 9. Ms. Conway worked as a secretary in the Department of Physics from 1975 until her retirement in 1988.

100 Projects for Peace $10,000 Grants: Deadline Extended to Jan. 14
The application deadline has been extended to Wednesday, Jan. 14, for the "100 Projects for Peace" program, an initiative of the Davis UWC Foundation, providing funding for students to undertake their own grassroots projects for building peace in the 21st-century world. Amherst is among a selected group of colleges invited to nominate one or two student project proposals for funding of $10,000 each for the summer of 2009. Amherst students from all class years (including graduating seniors) are eligible. Applications include a two- page project description, one-page budget, resume and personal statement, due Jan. 14, 2009. Interested students should contact Dean Tuleja at fetuleja@amherst.edu for more information.

Workshop for Humanities and Social Sciences Faculty Jan. 14
Humanities and social sciences faculty are invited to a workshop entitled "Teaching at Multiple Levels" on Jan. 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Alumni House. Questions to be addressed include: What do you do when your class includes some students who quickly master the material while others keep falling behind? How do you teach a demanding course which draws on students' diverse talents and abilities? How do you create a challenging but manageable syllabus, an inclusive, participatory class and assignments that encourage all students to learn and grow? William C. Rando, director of the MacDougal Graduate Teaching Center at Yale University, will discuss strategies. Participants will receive honoraria. Space is limited. RSVP to Bette Abrams-Esche at babramsesche@amherst.edu.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/dean_faculty/tap

Tree Work on Campus to Begin Jan. 10
Due to deteriorating health as detailed in an arborist's assessment, a few trees on campus will be removed starting Saturday, Jan. 10, before they become a hazard to the college community. Replacement trees will be planted in their locations in the spring.

Swift Moore Award Nominations Deadline Extended to Jan. 16
The deadline has been extended for the submission of nominations for the Swift Moore Awards. The Phebe and Zephaniah Swift Moore Award was established 12 years ago to honor some of this country's outstanding high school teachers. Graduating seniors are invited to nominate teachers who made impacts on their lives. If you remember a secondary school teacher who stands out as deserving of the Phebe and Zephaniah Swift Moore Award, please log in and submit his or her name at the address below. The new deadline for receipt of nominations is Friday, Jan. 16.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/specialevents/commencement/infostudents/senior_activities/swiftmoore

Career Choices: Interterm Alumni Career Panels Jan. 20-21
The Career Center invites students to sign up to attend our Interterm Career Choices Program. Whether you are sure of your career direction and looking for advice on next steps or are somewhat concerned about the process and find it daunting or mysterious, Career Choices is designed to help. Alumni from many different fields, levels of experience and academic backgrounds will be on campus in a four-part program offering general advice on networking, interviewing and the job search as well as some specific insights about careers in sports, media/communications and the arts and a look at the choices people make throughout their career paths. Also included will be a catered lunch and dinner. Sign up in the Experience database.
For more information: amherst.erecruiting.com/er/security/login.jsp

Education Experts to Discuss the Needs of Public Schools Jan. 21
Jay P. Greene, endowed chair and head of the Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas, and Jennifer Hochschild, Henry LaBarre Jayne Professor of Government and professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University, will participate in a discussion titled "What Do Our Public Schools Need?" at a forum at Amherst on Wednesday, January 21. The event, which will take place on campus at 4:30 p.m. in Cole Assembly Room, is part of the Amherst College Colloquium Series (ACCS) and is free and open to the public.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/news_releases/2009/01/node/86162

Auditions for Claire Kiechel's Senior Project in Playwriting Jan. 28 & 29
This play (title TBA) will be directed by William Cranch '08. While living in a war-torn fictional country, a young American woman's husband disappears suddenly and perhaps violently. Pregnant, the woman finds herself sequestered in a house with her 21-year-old stepson and her live-in maid. Unable to leave for medical reasons, she attempts to bridge time and space to bring both her mother and her husband home. Auditions will be held Jan. 28 and 29 at 7 p.m. in Studio 3 of Webster Hall. Callbacks will be on Jan. 30. Three women and two men will probably be needed for roles. Some parts would benefit from knowledge of elementary Spanish, but none is required. A perusal script and sign-up sheet are located outside of the Theater and Dance Office, Webster G27. Performances will be March 26-28 at 8 p.m. in Holden Theater.

Auditions for Rose Abramoff's Senior Project in Choreography Jan 28 & 29
Abramoff will be casting for two to three pieces in which she explores power, flight and exhaustion through the poetry of Allen Ginsberg. The various pieces will employ different levels and modes of training. All actors and dancers are encouraged to audition. Please bring your body and willingness to experiment. Auditions will be held Jan. 28 and 29 at 7 p.m. in Studio 1 of Webster Hall. Callbacks will be on Jan. 30. Performances will be April 2-4 at 8 p.m. in Kirby Theater.

Auditions for Diane Exavier's Senior Project in Playwriting Jan. 28 & 29
To be directed by Playwright-in-Residence Constance Congdon, "God is from Brooklyn" is a play about a stoop sale, the merchandising of your past and the buyer's remorse that comes with the purchase of adulthood. Auditions will be held Jan. 28 and 29 at 7 p.m. in Studio 3 of Webster Hall. Callbacks will be on Jan. 30. There are roles for three women (one African-American) and one man. A perusal script and sign-up sheet are located outside of the Theater and Dance Office, Webster G27. Performances will be April 16-18 at 8 p.m. in Holden Theater.

Stop Kiss by Diana Son: Tierra Allen's Senior Project in Acting Feb. 5-7
"Stop Kiss" by Diana Son will be directed by Court Dorsey. Performances will be Feb. 5-7 at 8 p.m. in Kirby Theater. Set in present-day New York City, "Stop Kiss" is about two women who meet, become friends and, unexpectedly, begin to fall in love. This comic, emotionally-charged and painfully bittersweet story unfolds through two converging narratives: one detailing the progression of their relationship and the other documenting the aftermath of the shocking hate crime provoked by their first kiss. Tickets are free. Call the Box Office at 413-542-2277.

Almost, Maine by John Cariani: Donatella Galella's Senior Project in Directing March 5-7
Performances will be March 5-7 at 8 p.m. in Kirby Theater. "Almost, Maine" is about people looking for love-- literally. In this magical-realist comedy, characters can get their hearts broken or fall for one another under the mystical power of the Northern Lights. Through a series of short vignettes, four actors take on 19 roles as they discover different aspects of romantic love. Tickets are free. Call the Box Office at 413-542-2277.

Qualifying Exam in Psychology Jan. 27 or 29
The Qualifying Examination for potential psychology majors will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 27, and Thursday, Jan. 29, from 7 to 10 p.m. in Merrill 4. Members of the class of 2011 and 2012 MAY NOT declare psychology as a major until they have passed this exam. If you wish to take the exam on one of these days, please email Professor Turgeon (smturgeon@amherst.edu) to indicate your preferred date. In the future, the Qualifying Exam will be offered only as a self-scheduled exam during Final Examination periods. Thus, the exam will be offered twice more in 2009 (at the end of both the spring and fall semesters). For more information about the exam, please visit the Psychology Department Web site or contact a member of the department.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/psychology/announcements/qex

Five College Early Music Program Auditions Jan. 26
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. 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. Auditions at Amherst College will take place on Monday, Jan. 26, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Room 7 of the Arms Music Building.
For more information: www.fivecolleges.edu/sites/earlymusic

Former N.J. Gov. Whitman and Environmentalist Bill McKibben to Speak Feb. 4
Christine Todd Whitman, former governor of New Jersey and head of the Environmental Protection Agency, and Bill McKibben, environmentalist and writer, will participate in a discussion titled "Containing Carbon: Markets, Morals and Mobilization" at a forum on Wednesday, Feb. 4. The event, which will take place on campus at 4 p.m. in Johnson Chapel, is part of the Amherst College Colloquium Series and is free and open to the public.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/news_releases/2009/02/node/86325

Faculty Colloquium Series 2008-09: Ute Brandes Feb. 27
On Friday, Feb. 27, from noon to 1 p.m., the Faculty Colloquium Series for 2008-09 is sponsoring "Destination Utopia: Anna Seghers in East Berlin" presented by Professor of German Ute Brandes. This event will take place in the Terrace Room A, Valentine Dining Commons.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/political_science/events/faculty-colloquium

Faculty Colloquium Series 2008-09: Michael Hood March 27
On Friday, March 27, from noon to 1 p.m., the Faculty Colloquium Series for 2008-09 is sponsoring "Ancient Immigrants and the Global Spread of Disease in Nature" presented by Michael Hood, assistant professor of biology. 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

Infinite Alice by Zoe Fenson '09 Feb. 19-21
"Infinite Alice," Zoe Fenson's senior project in playwriting, will be directed by Michael Birtwistle. Performances will be Feb. 19-21, at 8 p.m. in Holden Theater. In three interrelated one-act plays, everyday existence and cosmology collide. Time dilation, blackbody radiation and the speed of sunlight become metaphors for modern life. Tickets are free. Call the Box Office at 413-542-2277.

Claire Kiechel's Senior Project in Playwriting March 26-28
Performances will be March 26-28 at 8 p.m. in Holden Theater. This play (title TBA) will be directed by William Cranch '08. While living in a war-torn fictional country, a young American woman's husband disappears suddenly and perhaps violently. Pregnant, the woman finds herself sequestered in a house with her 21-year-old stepson and her live-in maid. Unable to leave for medical reasons, she attempts to bridge time and space to bring both her mother and her husband home. Tickets are free. Call the Box Office at 413-542-2277.

French House Openings for Spring '09
There are a number of openings in French House for the spring semester. Information regarding theme houses, including the online application, can be found at the following link (click on "Theme Houses").
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~dos/reslife

Amherst College United Way Campaign Results
To all the Amherst College Faculty, retirees and staff that participated in this years successful United Way Campaign: After a slow start, the campaign ended with a larger number of contributors and a greater dollar amount than last year. We had 169 donors who gave a total of almost $45,000. In these worrisome economic times, this generosity is remarkable. Thank you.

Computer Center Open Late for Last Week of Interterm
For the last week of Interterm, the Seeley Mudd Computer Center is open until midnight daily with dozens of bug-free, spam-free Windows computers and Macs. If you need even more time, just stop by before 4:30 p.m. and speak to a staff member. Starting Sunday, the Computer Center will resume regular hours (9 a.m. - 3 a.m. most days). Whenever the Computer Center is open, you can get help with your own computer problems by stopping by or calling (413)542-7921.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/offices/it/about/facilities/smudd

Dining Services Hiring for Spring Semester!
Dining Services is hiring workers for spring semester - apply today! We have several jobs open, flexible hours and a great pay rate!

Spanish Table will Meet on Fridays
Spanish Table will continue to 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 Spanish conversation.

Film Studies Professor Published in 50th Anniversary Issue of Leading Journal
Visiting Assistant Professor of Film Studies Dale Hudson's essay "Cinephilia, Technophilia, and Collaborative Remix Zones," co-authored with Patricia Zimmermann of Ithaca College, appears in the 50th-anniversary issue of Screen, the leading international journal of academic film studies, considering key theoretical issues in the discipline's future. Hudson and Zimmermann theorize "collaborative remix zones," where politicized cinephilia engages a critical methodology of reverse engineering and radical historiography by mobilizing the logic of new media. Events celebrating Screen's golden jubilee and its role in shaping the discipline of cinema studies include a conference in Glasgow and display of the journal in Oxford's Bodleian Library.
For more information: www.gla.ac.uk/services/screen/50thanniversary/

Latin Clinic Every Thursday
Professor Luca Grillo of the Classics Department (413-542-2726 or lgrillo@amherst.edu) will hold a Latin Clinic every Thursday evening from 5 to 6 p.m. in Grosvenor House, Room 11. The clinic is open to all who have questions or concerns about the Latin language.

Visit an Academic Peer Mentor and Receive a FREE GIFT
Visit an Academic Peer Mentor six times and receive a free gift. Get an Academic Peer Mentor Rewards Card from your mentor to keep track of your visits. Spring semester office hours begin Sunday, Feb. 1. Find out more about the program and office hours on our Web site.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/support/peer_mentors

Want Someone to Chill With? Request an MRC Mentor
The Multicultural Resource Center offers mentors to any student who would like to meet someone who shares an interest or cultural background. A mentor will help make your time at Amherst the best it can be! Learn more about available mentors and fill out a mentor request form on our Web site, at the following link.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/multicultural/mentors

Psychology Professor's Body Image Study Published in Prestigious Journal
Catherine Sanderson's latest research shows that both American and British girls can develop unhealthy misperceptions about their bodies as early as adolescence, but English women who believe their figures are not ideal are more likely to experience symptoms of bulimia. A paper on the study-- which is co-authored by Amherst alumna Jenny Mutterperl Wallier '00 --appears in the current issue of the Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/

Former Yale Management School Career Director Tapped for Amherst Post
Allyson Moore, former director of the Career Development Office at Yale University's School of Management, has been named Director of the Career Center and Associate Dean of Students at Amherst. Moore started her new position this month.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/news_releases/2009/01/node/87297

 
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