Archived announcements for December, 2009
In Memoriam: Perry Ball
Amherst College notes the passing
of Perry Ball of Haines City, Fla., on
Oct. 27, 2009. Ball was a custodian
at Amherst from 1965 until his
retirement in 1987. Before coming to
the college, Ball had been a machine
operator at Hampden Specialty Products
in Easthampton, Mass., and a sergeant in
the Medical Corps. Mr. Ball's son,
Bob, works for the college as lead
caretaker of athletic facilities. We
invite members of the community to
click on the link below, log in and
leaves notes and remembrances.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/memoriam/node/144652
Spanish Book Drive for Costa Rican Literacy Initiative
Beyond el Campo is collecting
Spanish books on the first floor of
Barrett Hall. Beyond el Campo is run by the
Amherst-based nonprofit organization
Reader to Reader and is dedicated to
bringing books and other educational
resources to under-served schools
throughout rural Costa Rica. Although
Costa Rica's literacy rate is
significantly higher than those of other Latin
American countries, the public schools
found in rural areas of the country are
severely neglected and often left
without a single book to offer
students. Help us support these schools
by bringing your books (written in Spanish) to
the drop-off box on the first floor of
Barrett Hall. If you're interested in
becoming involved, e-mail Cait Scudder
(firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
For more information: www.readertoreader.org/elcampo.html
Call for Proposals: LEAD (Leadership Education And Development) Conference; Deadline Nov. 30
The LEAD Conference, to be held on Sunday,
Jan. 24, 2010, is a one-day
conference that will provide students
with practical tools necessary to
achieve their leadership potential.
Students will learn ways to be more
effective and engaging leaders who
positively impact their campus and
community. The LEAD Planning
Committee is currently accepting
workshop proposals, to be submitted by Monday, Nov. 30. Workshops are 50
minutes in length and should be for an
audience of students with varying levels
of leadership experience. Workshops
that feature students presenting
together with staff and/or faculty are
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/cce/students/leadership/lead/workshop_proposal.
Amherst College Flag-Lowering Policy
Out of respect for federal and state
guidelines, and in observance of the
prominence of our flag within the
community, Amherst College will now
lower the American flag only when asked to do
so by the White House or the
Massachusetts State House. The passing
of members of Amherst College community
will continue to be noted on the
Intranet, and individual Web pages will
now be set up to invite notes and
remembrances. Please contact Sam
Masinter at email@example.com if
you have any questions about these or
other memorial policies.
Amherst College Seal Revised
Following a review that included input
from various members of the campus
community, the official Amherst College
seal has been modified into a refined
version of the seal that was in use in
from 1949 to 1961. We recommend using up
current stationery, business cards and
other items before ordering new supplies
that have the revised seal. For more
detailed specifications of the seal, and
for questions about incorporating the
seal into your projects, please contact
Design Director Su Auerbach at
firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-542-8274.
The new seal will be incorporated into
the college's Web site banner soon. View
the new seal, read about its background
and history and find links to design
guides at the following hyperlink.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/public_affairs/seal
Amherst College Trustees Green-Light Lord Jeffery Inn Renovation Project
Amherst College trustees have authorized
resumption of the Lord Jeffery Inn
project that will involve renovation of
the historic inn's 49 rooms and add
event space and an expanded restaurant.
Read more about the project at the link
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/news_releases/2009/11/node/143921
Have a Home-Cooked Dinner with Local Alumni!
There is still time for you to sign up
to have a home-cooked meal with local
Amherst alumni. This is a great chance
to get away from campus, get a
home-cooked meal and meet some fun
alumni. To register, please visit the link below.
You may sign up individually or with a
small group of friends.
Once you are matched with a local alum,
he or she will be in touch soon with an
official invitation and details.
Contact Brent Alderman Sterste '00 at
email@example.com or 413-542-8226
with questions. This opportunity is sponsored by Alumni and Parent Programs.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/alumni/associations/ma/pv/pvhostingstudent
In Memoriam: Rosamund Wills
Amherst College notes the passing of
Rosamund Wills of Ludlow, Mass., on
Friday, Dec. 4, 2009. Wills first
came to the college in 1962 and worked
for seven years as a maid. In 1969, she
became a server in Dining Services and
also worked at the snack bar. The next
year, she made the transition to
clerical work and became a specialist
in the Office of Administrative
Services. She continued in this position
until her retirement in 1982. She is
survived by a son, Albert Wills, and
daughters, Peggy McKenna, Helen R. Foss,
Susan Williams and Belinda Barrus.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/memoriam/node/154141
Exam Monitors Needed for Self-Scheduled Exams Dec. 18-22
The Registrar's Office needs students to
serve as monitors for the self-scheduled
examinations this semester from Friday,
Dec. 18, to Tuesday, Dec. 22,
morning and afternoon sessions.
The monitor distributes the exams at the
beginning and collects them at the end
of the exam period and is not required
to stay during the exam itself.
However, we do need you to be at the
Registrar's Office 20 minutes before the
start of each exam to be able to start
the exams on time and to later collect
the completed exams and deliver them to
the Registrar's Office.
You would receive a minimum of $8.50 for
each exam monitored.
Please stop by the Registrar's Office in
101 Converse Hall if you would like to
Asian Culture House Now Accepting Applications for Spring 2010; Deadline Dec. 10
Interested in Asian or Asian-American studies, issues or traditions? Consider living in the Asian Culture House next semester! We are a diverse theme house actively enhancing awareness of all aspects of Asian cultures on the
Amherst College campus through educational and recreational events. In addition, ACH offers its residents a chance to share and appreciate different cultural experiences on a personal level. The application process involves a written application and an interview. Go to the link below for more
information and to apply, by Dec. 10. We encourage Amherst students of all backgrounds to apply.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~ach
Valentine Nutrition Table Dec. 15
Stop by Val on Wednesday from
8:30 to 9:30 a.m. and ask any nutrition questions.
Please feel free to bring any Val menu or
food questions also.
AAAAAAAA is Accepting Submissions of Original Music! Deadline Dec. 15
"Amherst Musicians Unite: AAAAAAAA," a new and exhilarating student publication, is accepting submissions of original music! The works will be collected on a CD and
distributed campus-wide (for FREE) at the beginning of the spring semester. Submissions are due by Dec. 15!
E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or
email@example.com to submit, or if
you have any questions about recording
or if you're interested in helping to compile the final CD.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/studentgroups/AAAAAAAA
Annual Giving Tree in Valentine: Donate Items by Dec. 15
The deadline for contributing to the
Holiday Giving Tree in Val is
Tuesday, Dec. 15, by 5 p.m.
Many items are still needed for local
families. Please stop by and pick a dove
from the tree and help if you can! Many
items are needed for all age groups, from
new clothing to personal care
products. Thank you, and happy holidays!
Deadline for Applying for Interterm Jobs Dec. 15
The deadline for submitting Interterm job
applications is Tuesday, Dec. 15. Applications for spring semester
are being accepted also.
In Memoriam: James M. Mullins III
Amherst Colleges notes the passing
of James Marcus Mullins III. Mullins,
the son of Physical Education
Department Coordinator Pamela Guyott,
passed away unexpectedly at Brigham and
Women's Hospital on Sunday, Dec. 13,
2009, following surgery. He is survived
by his wife, Sarah (Lapuc) Mullins, and
his two children, James Patrick and Peyton.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/memoriam/node/155688
Spanish Writing Center Hours for Fall 2009
The Spanish Writing Center will be open
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings,
from 8 to 9 p.m. in Barrett 102. Fellows
will be available to assist
upper-division students enrolled in
Spanish culture courses (Spanish 13 and
up) with Spanish-language writing
projects. Students not enrolled in
Spanish are also welcome to benefit from
the program, which is meant to
complement Spanish peer tutors helping
grammatical questions in language courses. Spanish Writing
Center Fellows will concentrate
exclusively on narrative structure and
strategy. Sessions will last 30 minutes.
Every student must bring a draft or
prospectus in hard copy. Please contact
Bobbie Helinski at
firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an
Where the Wild Things Were
WERE YOU AWARE that the Museum of
Natural History is open on Thursday
evenings from 6 to 10 p.m.? Students
can study at the rock-top tables or read
in comfy chairs, or just hang out with
friends. Employees are welcome to bring
their families or friends for an
after-work field trip. All are welcome
to find out where the wild things really
are (or were) in Amherst!
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/museums/naturalhistory
French House Openings for Spring 2010
The French Department announces it is
accepting French House applications for
Spring 2010 openings. Information
regarding theme housing, including the
online application, can be found at
More Safe Computing Workshops this Fall and Winter
There will be additional Safe Computing
Workshops presented this fall and winter.
If you are interested in learning how to
protect Amherst electronic resources, as
well as your own, please see the
site linked below and fill out the Web form
to reserve a seat at one of the upcoming
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/offices/it/help/training_events/safe_computing
Sign Up For Winter Intramurals by Dec. 18
The second of three Intramural seasons
will begin on Monday, Feb. 1, and
end on Thursday, March 26. Intramural
activities are open to all members of
the Amherst College community. This
season all rosters for co-ed 5v5
Basketball (Intermediate and Advanced
leagues) and co-ed indoor volleyball
must be submitted electronically. E-mails
should be addressed to
email@example.com. Roster size
is unlimited, but players must be listed
in order to participate in games. A
player cannot be listed on more than one
roster per sport in the same league.
Rosters must include a team name and the
name, class year and gender of every
member of the team. Rosters without the
proper information will not be accepted.
DUE DEC. 18!
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/athletics/intramurals/winter
Limited Space Available for February Hip-Hop Mini-Residency and Workshops!
Boston-based hip-hop collective Nomadic
Wax will be facilitating a
mini-residency at Amherst College,
featuring workshops on freestyle
rhyming, turntablism and DJing, dance
and beat-making. Events take place all
day on Saturday, Feb. 6, and Saturday,
Feb. 13, culminating in a performance of
students' work in collaboration with
established hip-hop artists. To find out
more about participating, e-mail
Professor Jeffers Engelhardt
Space is limited, so act now!
Free Video Training for Amherst Students at ACTV
Amherst Community Television
(ACTV), just down the road from Valentine Hall, is
offering free video and Final Cut Pro
editing training to interested Amherst
students. After the training session,
video equipment will be available for
personal video/TV projects year-round.
Spots are limited. For more information
about ACTV, check out their
Web site below. Interested
students should contact Max Kaisler at
For more information: www.actvamherst.com/Site/Index.html
Events Planning Web Site Launched
Need guidance in planning an event on or off campus? Visit the Events Planning Web site, recently
launched by the Office of Public
Affairs. Find planning ideas,
venue descriptions, the right people and
departments to contact, travel hints and marketing
suggestions by clicking on the following link.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/public_affairs/events_planning
Attribution Correction for Circus Magazine Fall 2009
The staff of the Circus
Literary Magazine would like to
apologize for an error in attribution
in the issue released yesterday. The
poetry on pages 26-27 was written by
Samantha Ostrowski '10. We sincerely
apologize for our mistake.
Valentine Giving Tree Donations
A special thanks to everyone who bought
gifts for local families in the valley!
The Giving Tree was a great success
this year! Happy holidays!
Fall 2009 Final Exam Schedule Now Available Online
The Registrar's Office has posted
dates, times, locations and other
information about this semester's final
exams at the link below. Please note
that the exam period runs from Friday,
Dec. 18, through Tuesday, Dec. 22,
Saturday and Sunday included. (The
dates listed on the photographic wall
calendar that the college issued last
year are now inaccurate and should be disregarded.)
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/registrar/finalexams
Science Library Open 24 Hours During Exams
The Library is pleased to provide
24-hour access to the Keefe Science
Library in Merrill during reading and
exam period. Keefe will open at 9 a.m.
on Wednesday, Dec. 16, and remain
open until 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec.
22. Amherst students should use their
student IDs to gain access during the