Archived announcements for October, 2009
Candidates for Librarian of the College
Susan Allen, chief librarian of
the Research Library and associate
director of the Getty Research
Institute, a candidate for the position
of Librarian of the College, will be
on campus on Sept. 29 and 30. She will
give a public presentation on Tuesday,
Sept. 29, at 4:30 p.m. in Paino Lecture
Hall, Earth Sciences Building, with a
reception following. The Search
Committee for the Librarian of the
College invites all members of the
college community to attend. Also,
please save these dates for the second
and third candidates' presentations:
Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 4:30 p.m. and
Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 4:30 p.m.
Wildlife Sanctuary Web Site Launch
The Sanctuary Stewardship Committee has
recently brought focus to one of the
college's less well-known and
less appreciated resources, the Amherst
College Wildlife Sanctuary, through the
launching of a Web site. The biological
diversity of Amherst College's land
holdings is beautifully reflected in a
multitude of habitats and species that
lie at the edge of the main campus. To
learn more about this wonderful
resource, which is available to all for
academic work, research and recreation,
please be sure to visit the Amherst
College Wildlife Sanctuary. Questions
to the Sanctuary Stewardship Committee
can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/museums/sanctuary
Conference on Prosecuting the Bush Administration Oct. 2-3: Get Papers in Advance from LJST Department
On Friday and Saturday, Oct. 2- 3,
in the Alumni House, there will be a conference
entitled "Prosecuting Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld: What Does The Rule of
Law Require?" The conference will
feature presentations from a number of
distinguished scholars. The focus of the
conference is on the procedural, legal,
political and cultural question of what
it would mean either to pursue criminal
prosecutions of Bush administration
officials or to refuse to do so. This
event is free and open to the public.
Participants have written papers in
preparation for the conference, which
can be obtained from the LJST Department. This
conference has been made possible with
support from the Lamont Lecture Fund.
Investment Office Internship: Apply by Oct. 1
The Investment Office is seeking a
student intern with an interest in
finance. Applications are due
For more information: amherst.experience.com/er/security/login.jsp
Five College Africa Day Oct. 3
Amherst College is hosting the annual
Five College Africa Day 2009 on Saturday,
Oct. 3, starting at 2 p.m. in the
Campus Center. This year's theme is
"Inside Africa: Skyscrapers, Scholarship
and Sovereignty." Come listen to student
panels, eat African food, listen to
African music and much, much more!
Faculty, staff and students will be in
attendance to celebrate the scholarship,
history and culture of Africa.
For more information: www.fivecolleges.edu/sites/african/news/detail.php?contentID=2565
Mead Community Day Oct. 3
On Saturday, Oct. 3, from 11 a.m. to 3
p.m., the Mead Art Museum will host a
celebration in honor of the town of
Amherst's 250th anniversary and the
Mead's 60th anniversary. This event,
free and open to all, is made possible
by the Hall and Kate Peterson Fund, the
Amherst Arts Series and the Center for
Community Engagement. Activities will
include kite-flying, craft projects and
museum tours led by student docents.
Refreshments will be served.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/museums/mead/programs.
Apply to be a Freshman Eco-Rep by Oct. 4!
Do you have an interest in raising
student awareness about environmental
issues and educating peers about
environmentally sustainable behavior? If
so, you are meant to be a freshman
Eco-Rep! Apply online at www.amherst.edu/campuslife/greenamherst/awareness/ecorep_form/
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/greenamherst/awareness#Eco-Rep
Register for / Donate to Second Annual Friends of Jaclyn 5K Race/Walk Oct. 4
Join us this Sunday at 10 a.m. at the Amherst
College Field House for the Second Annual Friends of
Jaclyn 5K. All are invited to attend this competitive
5K race or 1-mile walk. Friends of Jaclyn is a
foundation run completely by student athletes, with
the goal of raising awareness about pediatric brain
tumors. The foundation matches up athletic teams
with children suffering from brain tumors, in the
hopes of creating a lifelong support network for
the child. The $10 registration includes a Pre-Race Rally
and T-shirt. One hundred percent of the profits and donations go to the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation. Teams from Amherst, UMass, UConn, Williams, Tufts, Curry and Mount Holyoke will be present. Everyone's a winner!
For more information: www.friendsofjaclyn.org/index.php/FOJ-Race.html
Jazz@Schwemm's Fall 2009 Performers Announced
The fall semester edition of Jazz@Schwemm's
began on Tuesday, Oct. 6, and featured baritone
saxophonist and adjunct faculty saxophone
teacher Gary Smulyan, backed by David Picchi
(bass) and Claire Arenius (drums).
On the following consecutive Tuesdays,
Jazz@Schwemm's will feature the Eclectic Jazz
Quartet (Oct. 13, featuring Professor Poccia), the Doug
Abrams Trio (Oct. 20) and Flava'Evolution (Oct. 27).
Each night will be shared with Amherst College jazz
combos. All performances are free and begin at 9 p.m. in the Back Room at Schwemm's. Please contact Bruce Diehl with any
questions by calling 413-542-8308 or e-mailing email@example.com.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/music/performances/jazz
French House Openings for Spring 2010
The French Department announces it is
now accepting French House applications
for Spring 2010 openings. Information
regarding theme houses, including the
online application, can be found at
For more information: www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/french/frenchhouse
Applications Now Being Accepted for Homecoming and Family Weekend Student Jobs
Alumni and Parent Programs is hiring
student workers for Homecoming (Oct.
23–25) and Family Weekends (Nov.
6–8). The pay is $8 per hour, and the
schedules are flexible. Jobs include
registering visitors at Alumni House
and/or Pratt Field, driving vans,
working with children at Homecoming
Fest, bartending (must have current
TIPs certification) and setting up
chairs, tables and signs on the football
field. All students are eligible to
apply. Interested students should apply
online at the link below. If you have questions, contact Tammy Lauder at firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-542-8105
by Oct. 12.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/alumni/events/homecoming/studentworkers
Summer Internship Coordinator Positions Available—Apply by Oct. 9
The Center for Community Engagement's
summer internship programs allow
students to extend their exploration of
community issues beyond the Amherst
campus. The Summer Internship Coordinator position is a yearlong commitment. Fall semester requires
preparation work for the spring and will
demand fewer hours than the spring
semester. Students will be required to
keep office hours and attend
weekly staff meetings. If you are interested in applying for a job as a Summer Internship Coordinator,
visit www.amherst.edu/cce for a link to the
full job description. Please submit three copies of your cover letter and resume and a list of three
references to the CCE by noon on Friday,
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/cce
Amherst Symphony Orchestra to Perform in New York Oct. 12—Order Tickets Now!
The Amherst Symphony Orchestra makes its
New York City debut at the Peter Norton
Symphony Space on Monday, Oct. 12.
Tickets for the concert may be purchased
online at www.symphonyspace.org or by
telephoning the Peter Norton Symphony
Space box office at 212-864-5400.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/news_releases/2009/10/node/128061
TIAA-CREF Individual Counseling Sessions
We are working with TIAA-CREF to try to
provide better service to a greater
number of Amherst College employees. To
that end, we will now be utilizing some
of TIAA-CREF's services for the
scheduling of individual counseling
sessions. To schedule your appointment,
please call TIAA-CREF at their special
scheduling number, 800-732-8353.
Licensed representatives will be
available to speak to you about your
planning goals and needs via phone and,
if you prefer to discuss these issues
face-to-face, will be able to set up an
appointment time that is convenient for you. The next session is on Oct. 14.
Symposium on The Fall of the Berlin Wall Oct. 14-16
With this three-day symposium, Amherst College
will commemorate the 20th anniversary of
the fall of the Berlin Wall and the
collapse of Communism. This momentous
event, which changed world history, will
be marked with lectures, exhibits and
films from Wednesday, Oct. 14, through
Friday, Oct. 16, in Cole Assembly Room, in Pruyne
Lecture Hall, at Porter House, in Frost
Library and in Valentine Dining Hall. An
exhibit of the history of the Berlin
Wall can be viewed in Frost Library;
films of life around the Wall will be
shown in Porter House and Valentine. Get
your T-shirt, pens and other freebies
in the Valentine lobby! The symposium is
sponsored by the German Embassy, the
Lamont Fund and the German, European
Studies, History and Political Science
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/german/events
Colloquium on The Constitution and the Imagining of America Oct. 16 and 17
On Friday, Oct. 16, and Saturday,
Oct. 17, in the Alumni House, the Colloquium on the
Constitution and the Imagining of
America will reconvene to discuss the
topic of "Constitutional Scandals?"
Guest speakers will be Jon Greenbaum,
Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under
Law; Dave Levinthal, Center for
Responsive Politics; Theodore Lowi,
Cornell University; and Frederick A. O.
Schwarz, Brennan Center for Justice at
NYU Law School. All are welcome. For a
complete schedule, go to the following link.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/~ljst/conferences.html
Submit Your Academic Work to "Thoughts of Amherst"! Deadline Oct. 22
"Thoughts of Amherst" publishes academic
work done by students. Submit papers,
creative writing, lab reports, computer
programs, visual arts or anything else
done for academic credit! Please e-mail
submissions to email@example.com by
For more information: www.amherst.edu/thoughts
Light Bulb Swap Pizza Party Winners Announced!
The Green Amherst Project is pleased to
announce the winners of this year's
Light Bulb Swap pizza parties. More than 370
incandescent bulbs were swapped out for
compact fluorescent lamps, preventing a
total of 185,000 pounds of coal from being
burned over their lifetimes.
In First Place is Jenkins, with 30 points, or
2.72 points per capita.
In Second Place is Valentine, with 32 points, or
1.10 points per capita.
Pizza parties for Jenkins and Valentine
will be arranged with the dorms' RCs.
Congratulations and thanks to all who
Write for the Sixth Annual Amherst Story Project! Deadline Oct. 23
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 that 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, click on the link below. To submit a story, contact Brent Alderman Sterste '00 at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-542-8226. Submissions should be no more than 1,000 words and must be entered by
Friday, Oct. 23 (not Oct. 16, as previously posted). The Amherst Story Project is sponsored by
Alumni and Parent Programs.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/alumni/networks/story_project
Physical Education Classes for Unit 2: Register by Oct. 23
It is time to register for Unit 2 physical education classes. Registration runs through Friday,
Oct. 23, at 4 p.m. Unit 2 classes
begin on Monday, Oct. 26, and end
Friday, Nov. 20. Visit our Web site
for the listing of classes and the
schedule of operating hours for the
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/athletics/physed
Semi-Annual Bus Trip to NYC Nov. 14: Sign Up by Oct. 23!
The semi-annual faculty/staff bus trip
to NYC will be on Saturday, Nov.
14. This is earlier in the fall than
usual, so we need folks to sign up ASAP
so we know we have enough people to run
the trip. Please sign up this week by
e-mailing Carol Sharick at email@example.com. We depart from Converse at
7 a.m., arriving in NYC at 10:15 a.m.
You're on your own for the day, and
we'll depart from the city at 7 p.m.
The cost is $42 per person. Students
are welcome to attend. Sign up today
(or by Oct. 23 at the latest)!
Class of 1960 Seeks Student Videographer for Homecoming Saturday Morning Oct. 24
If YOU are a student with access to a
digital video camera, a wireless or
wired microphone and computer software for
editing video (such as Final Cut Pro), and
you can post to YouTube, the Class of 1960
needs YOU Saturday morning of Homecoming
Weekend (Oct. 24). We want to record a
five-minute video message for our
classmates worldwide to invite them back
to our 50th Reunion next May, tell them
what to expect and maybe show them a
little of the campus as it is today. And
then we would like to post it on YouTube. If you can help us, please immediately contact Dick Hubert '60 at 914-937-6007 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Reminder: First Dean of Students Candidate Visits on Tuesday 10/27
Faculty and students will have an opportunity to meet the first Dean of Students candidate on Tuesday, Oct. 27. Faculty may attend an open lunch meeting from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Friedmann Room, Keefe Campus Center. Students may attend an open pizza dinner with the candidate in the O’Connor Commons in Charles Pratt Hall from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Your participation is critical to evaluating our candidates and familiarizing them with our community and culture.