Archived announcements for February, 2009
Become a Tour Guide! Apply by Jan. 28
We are currently taking applications for
tour guides. The deadline is Jan.
28. First rounds of interviews are
ongoing and will end on Feb. 4.
Contact Keli Gunn (firstname.lastname@example.org)
for an application.
All apps will be sent and received through e-mail.
Kenchreai Summer Excavation in Greece-- Application Deadline Feb. 1
Amherst College offers a six-week summer
excavation opportunity in Kenchreai,
Greece, for someone with a serious
interest in furthering his or her
knowledge of life in ancient Greece and of archaeological techniques.
Application forms are available online
(see below) or in the Classics
Department office. Please also contact
Professor Becky Sinos.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/classics/announcements
Sign Up Now! Colloquium on the Environment Feb. 3-4
This colloquium is entitled "Containing Carbon: Markets, Morals and Mobilization." Among the many challenges we
face, none is more daunting than the
challenge of weaning ourselves from a
carbon-based economy. Most experts agree
that only a rapid and large reduction in
carbon emissions will avert major
worldwide disruptions of ecosystems and
social systems as a result of global
warming. In this colloquium, writer,
teacher and activist Bill McKibben and
former governor (NJ) and former head of
the EPA Christine Todd Whitman will
discuss how drastic carbon reductions
will need to be, strategies for reducing
carbon emissions and what these
strategies will mean for our society.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/colloquia/colloquium_series/08-09/february09
Ushers Needed for Wednesday, Feb. 4
We are looking for ushers for the
colloquium on the environment on
Wednesday, Feb. 4, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The pay is $10/hour and lunch is included.
If you are interested, please stop by on Tuesday (Feb. 3) between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. in 202 Converse Hall and see Pat Allen.
Calendar & News
In our continuing efforts to reduce
paper on campus, the Office of Public
Affairs is reviewing the use of the
print version of the Calendar & News. If
you or your department no longer want to receive this
publication, please contact Maryann Wood
at email@example.com. Thanks!
Mead Receives $500,000 Grant from Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has
awarded Amherst's Mead Art Museum a
$500,000 grant, to be used over three
years, to strengthen the academic role
of the museum's collections and programs.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/news_releases/2009/01/node/91327
Marni Sandweiss Publishes New Book about a Man Who Crossed the Color Line
Martha Sandweiss, professor of American
studies and history, has just
published Passing Strange: A Gilded Age
Tale of Love and Deception Across the
Color Line ($27.95, The Penguin Press,
2009), the extraordinary story of
Clarence King, a 19th-century white
explorer, geologist and writer who, for
13 years, lived a double life as a black
Pullman porter and steel worker named
James Todd. As Sandweiss details in
Passing Strange, King, the fair,
blue-eyed son of a wealthy China trader,
kept the fact that he was white from his
beloved African-American wife, Ada,
throughout their relationship and
revealed his secret to her only on his
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/news_releases/2009/02/node/92191
French Table Every Monday
French Table will continue to meet on
Monday evenings, from 6 to 8 p.m. on the
Mezzanine in Valentine Dining Hall.
French speakers of all levels are welcome.
Statistics Consulting Hours
Statistics consulting hours – open to
faculty and students (especially thesis
writers) – will be hosted by Professor
Wagaman in Seeley Mudd 306 on Mondays
from 2 to 4 p.m. throughout the
semester, or by appointment.
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
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/german/german_table
Kaffeeklatsch Every Tuesday Evening
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.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/german/kaffeeklatsch
Faculty Invited to Teaching & Advising Lunch Feb. 6
The next Teaching & Advising Lunch will
be Friday, Feb. 6, at noon in the
Mullins and Faerber Rooms of the Lewis-
Sebring Dining Commons. The title of
the program is "Student Intellectual
Life at Amherst College." Some faculty
have expressed concerns about the
quality of intellectual life at
Amherst. They fear that a culture of
anti-intellectualism inhibits students
from being as rigorous and critical as
they could be. How would you assess
students' intellectual vitality? What
role do extracurricular activities play
in either enhancing or decreasing
students' intellectual lives? What
strategies can and have been used to
enhance students' intellectual
engagement? Please contact Amrita Basu
firstname.lastname@example.org with questions and
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/dean_faculty/tap
Neuroscience Comprehensives Feb. 5
Neuroscience Comprehensives will be held
on Feb. 5 at 4:30 p.m., with
refreshments at 4:15 in Merrill 4.
Attendance is required for senior
neuroscience majors. Ben Vincent, Maria
Rosasco and Tomas Kiselak will be
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/neuroscience/senior_comprehensives
Italian Table Every Monday
Professor Luca Grillo of the Classics
Department invites any and all who have
an interest in speaking Italian to come
with your dinners to the Mezzanine of
Valentine every Monday from 6 to 7 p.m.
Amherst College Summer Research Fellowships in the Sciences; Apply by Feb. 27
Are you a first-year or sophomore
student who would like to spend this
summer on campus pursuing a
collaborative research project in the
sciences? Then an Amherst College
Summer Research Fellowship may be
perfect for you! A total of
approximately 25 fellowships for
students in the Classes of 2011 and
2012 will be awarded. The program will
run for 10 weeks: Either from Monday,
June 1, through Friday, Aug. 7, or
from Monday, June 8, through Friday,
Aug. 14 (depending on the summer
schedule of the particular faculty
advisor). For more details, please
click on the link below, then
on "Amherst College Fellowship
Application 2009." Note that the
application deadline is Friday,
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/funding/students/howard_hughes_fellowship
Fellowships in France Application Deadline March 9
The French Department announces two
fellowships in France reserved for
graduating seniors for 2009-10. The
first fellowship, without stipend,
offers an affiliation with the most
prestigious of French graduate schools,
the École Normale Supérieure (ENS) in
Paris, and includes free room, library
privileges and admission to any
university course in Paris, including
those at the ENS. The second fellowship
is a teaching assistantship in English
language and American civilization at
the Université de Dijon. The Dijon
assistantship pays a monthly stipend of
approximately 1150 euros after taxes, for 12
months (October-September), including nine
months of teaching (mid-September
through mid-June), and assures free
admission to courses at the University.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/french/awards
February Writing Center Workshops Now Open for Preregistration
This spring, the Writing Center will
continue to offer a variety of writing
workshops for students. February's
calendar includes: "Getting Started/Moving Forward (for
Thesis Writers)" (Feb. 6), "The Writing Process for Writing Theses" (Feb. 19), "Retrain Your Thesis Brain" (Feb. 20
and 27), "Reading, Reading, Reading: Plan, Do
and Review" (Feb. 23) and "Personalizing the Process: One-on-One Academic Writing Study" (Feb. 26). Workshops are held in the Writing Center and are led by the Center's professional writing staff. Preregistration is required.
Find workshop descriptions, times and
preregistration information on the
Writing Center's Web site.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/support/writingcenter/workshopsstudents#february
Sara Greenberger Rafferty at the Eli Marsh Gallery
"Recent Photos and Videos," an exhibition
of the work of Sara Greenberger Rafferty,
will be at the Eli Marsh Gallery, 105
Fayerweather Hall, through March 6, 2009.
Gallery Hours are Monday to Friday, 9 a.m.
to 4 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.
The exhibition is sponsored by the Department
of Art and the History of Art.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/art/eli_marsh/newpage
Now Hiring Student Workers for Commencement and Reunion
Alumni and Parent Programs, Dining
Services, Facilities, Academic
Technology Services and Public Affairs
need student workers for a two-week
period, from Sunday, May 17 to Sunday,
Jobs include custodial and grounds work,
catering wait staff, dining hall dish
washers, dining hall meal servers and meal
attendants, ushers, class assistants,
childcare assistants, drivers, storage
workers, reception assistants and
students to set up public address
systems and support PowerPoint
presentations. In many cases, students
may work for more than one department.
Applications are available at the link below and
at many locations on campus.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/alumni/studentjobs
Twelve College Exchange Program Application Deadline Feb. 16
The application deadline for
participation in the Twelve College
Exchange Program for one or both
semesters of the 2009-10 academic
year is Monday, Feb. 16. The program
facilitates domestic residential study
at Bowdoin, Connecticut, Dartmouth,
Mount Holyoke, Smith, Trinity, Vassar,
Wellesley, Wheaton, Wesleyan, the Mystic
Seaport Program and the National Theater
Institute. To initiate the application
process, interested students must first
discuss their plans with Associate Dean
of Students Frances Tuleja before the
Feb. 16 deadline.
Celebrate Darwin Days @ Amherst College Feb. 9-13
Join the Department of Biology in
celebrating the 200th birthday of
Charles Darwin and the 150th anniversary
of the publication of On the Origin of
Species! Stop by Keefe Campus Center
(Tuesday-Friday) to learn more about Darwin
and evolution and pick up free evolution
stickers and tattoos. While you are
there, snap a picture with Darwin, try
your hand in the first ever Dar-winner
games, and purchase an Amherst Evolution
Tee. The biology department will host a
birthday reception on Thursday with cake
and refreshments, great door prizes, an
Evolution slideshow and a special guest
appearance by Darwin himself. Finally,
end the week with EVO-Valentine's for
that special someone and a Darwin talk
at the Museum of Natural History.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~jsmiller/darwin
Fellowships for Action Information Sessions
The Center for Community Engagement will
host four information sessions about the
Fellowships for Action (FFA) program
over the next two weeks. Information
sessions will be held in Fayerweather
115 on Monday, Feb. 2, at 3 p.m.; Friday, Feb. 6,
at 2 p.m.; and Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 1 p.m. The
final information session will be held
in Merrill 1 on Thursday, Feb. 12, at 10 a.m.
FFA is a highly competitive internship
program for sophomores and juniors that
offers students the chance to connect
their academic programs of study with
internship opportunities around the world.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/cce/ffa
Dining Services Forms Food Committee
Dining Services is seeking
students to participate in meetings
to discuss food choices and the menus.
Interested students should contact
or Debbie Omasta-Mokrzecki in Dining Services.
Professor Austin Sarat Edits New Book on Wrongful Convictions
Austin Sarat, the William Nelson
Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and
Political Science and expert on law, has
edited a collection of essays about
wrongful convictions in the United
States. Sarat edited the book, titled
When Law Fails: Making Sense of
Miscarriages of Justice ($22, 320 pp.,
New York University Press, 2009), with
Charles J. Ogletree, Jr., the Jesse Climenko
Professor of Law and Executive Director
of the Charles Hamilton Houston
Institute for Race and Justice at
Harvard Law School. The new book is part
of The Charles Hamilton Houston
Institute Series on Race and Justice.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/news_releases/2009/02/node/93184
Get Excited for Recycle Mania!
From now through March 28, 2009,
Amherst will compete with 500 schools
around the nation to see who can
recycle the most material per person.
Last year, Amherst finished first in Massachusetts,
beating such peers as Williams, Tufts,
Harvard, Mount Holyoke, Smith and
We finished in the top 10 nationally.
We finished second among NESCAC schools:
though we lost a tight race with Connecticut
College, we soundly beat Williams and
the other NESCAC schools.
During this competition last year, we
recycled over 24 tons of paper into new
paper products instead of sending it to
the landfill. Doing so saved Amherst
almost $2,000 in landfill fees
and reduced greenhouse gases by the
equivalent of taking 14 cars off the
road for a year.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/greenamherst/recycling/recycle_mania
Notice of Data Security Breach
Amherst College has recently discovered that a student, whom it has identified, changed some of the student's own course grades by altering exam grades in Blackboard and by breaking into the Registrar's office. The College has determined that no other student's course grades have been
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/notices/node/93534
16th Annual Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival Starts Feb. 11
The 16th Annual Massachusetts
Multicultural Film Festival, "Beyond
Walls," showcases innovative major
studio releases and independent films
exploring life in the post-socialist,
post-communist era since 1989, the fall
of the Berlin Wall, the end of the
Soviet Union and its satellite East bloc
regimes, and the opening of China. With
a special focus on children and youth;
several world and national premieres;
visiting filmmakers; a distinguished
lecture; and introductions by faculty,
including two from Amherst College again
this year, the Festival promises to
engage audiences in lively debate and
discussion. The 14 events begin
Feb. 11 at the University of Massachusetts and
conclude May 6 at Amherst College. They are free
and open to the public.
For more information: www.umass.edu/film/mmff.html
In Memoriam: Amanda Slocombe
A memorial service for Amanda Patricia (Ferro) Slocombe,
daughter of Amherst employee Margaret Stancer, will be held Saturday, Feb. 14, at 1:30 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church
For more information: www.recorder.com/story.cfm?id_no=5774731
Interterm 2009 Survey
Please take a few minutes
to complete this year's Interterm Survey
to help us better plan Interterm 2010.
Go to the Interterm Web site to get the
link to the survey.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/interterm
President Marx Updates College on Budget Issues
In an e-mail sent to Amherst College
faculty and staff Tuesday, President
Anthony W. Marx outlined the most recent
steps the College is taking to
address the economic downturn's impact
on the College budget, as well as
plans going forward. Read the complete
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/node/92775
Please Return Valentine Items
Dining Services is asking any
students who may have borrowed any
plates, cups, bowls, glasses, trays or
silverware to please return them to the Valentine
Thank you in advance!
Five College Student Film Festival: Deadline for Submissions Feb. 19
Submissions for the annual Five College
Student Film Festival are due on all
campuses at 3 p.m. on Friday, Feb.
19, 2009. The festival awards films in
the categories of animation,
experimental, dance on film,
documentary and narrative. Submissions
forms are available at the Amherst
College drop-off in Seeley Mudd. The
festival will be held on Friday,
Feb. 27, from 7 to 10 p.m.
in Thompson Hall 104 at the University
of Massachusetts Amherst. The festival
trailer may be streamed at
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/people/facstaff/dhudson/resources/opportunities/contests
Innovative Projects Fund Application Deadline Feb. 20
The Center for Community Engagement
Innovative Projects Fund is designed to
encourage and support Amherst students
in their efforts to implement
community-engaged projects. The Fund is
meant to: 1) Provide student groups and
individual students funding for
initiatives that will strengthen the
culture of community engagement at
Amherst College; 2) Provide student
groups and individual students guidance
and support for programs that encourage
innovative community engagement
programming that addresses identified
community need. In order to be
considered for funding, you must submit
an application no later than noon on
Friday, Feb. 20.
For applications and additional info,
visit the following link.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/cce/ipfund
Women of Amherst Magazine: New Submission E-Mail Address and Deadline Feb. 20
Each year, the Vagina Monologues cast
produces a Women of Amherst magazine to
let women and men of the Amherst
community express their views about the
complexities of being a woman. Share
experiences of joy, courage, sadness,
violation, frustration, compassion and
fear. Submit prose, poetry, artwork,
photographs or any other small graphics.
All submissions will be confidential and
anonymous throughout editing and
publishing. NOTE THE FOLLOWING CHANGE:
E-mail your work to Gretchen Krull in
Health Education at email@example.com
by Friday, Feb. 20. If you originally
firstname.lastname@example.org, we suggest
difficulties may have prevented your
work from getting to the account.
Rare Feejee Mermaid On Display at Mead Art Museum
To mark the 200th birthday of Charles
Darwin on Feb. 12, the Mead Art
Museum is exhibiting a little-known work
of folk art: a so-called Feejee mermaid
that came to Amherst College in the
19th century, possibly as an
object for discussion in the teaching of
Collections Manager Stephen Fisher, who
conceived of the mermaid display in
conjunction with the Department of
Biology's "Darwin Days @ Amherst,"
remarked "The Feejee mermaid has long
been a personal favorite of mine in the
Mead's collections, and it's fun to
finally get it out on view in
celebration of Charles Darwin's
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/museums/mead/information/news/mermaid
Harlem Gospel Choir Concert Sold Out; Add Your Name to the Waiting List
The Harlem Gospel Choir concert on
Feb. 27 is currently SOLD OUT.
To add your name to the waiting
list, e-mail email@example.com with
your name and whether you would like one
or two tickets.
If tickets become available for you
prior to the concert, we will contact
you immediately. If tickets do not
become available prior to the concert,
the wait list will be honored at the
door. You will simply need to check in
with the usher at the "WAIT LIST" table
in the lobby by 7:40 pm and indicate
that your name is already on the list.
We will begin releasing unclaimed or
unused tickets to the waiting list
between 7:45 and 7:50.
A Reminder For All Student Employees
If you claimed "Exempt" on your 2008 W-4
(Federal Employee's Withholding
Allowance Certificate), this status
expires on Feb. 16, 2009. You must
complete a new 2009 W-4 form before the
expiration date if you wish to remain
"Exempt" from Federal Income Tax
Withholding. For information on
"exempt" criteria, please visit the link below.
International students are not eligible
to claim "Exempt" on their W-4.
2009 W-4 forms are available in the
Financial Aid Office (B-5 Converse Hall).
The office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/offices/financialaid
Retrain Your Thesis Brain! Writing Center Workshop Feb. 20 and 27
Space is still available for the Writing
Center's "Retrain Your Thesis Brain"
two-part workshop series, to be held in
the Writing Center on Friday, Feb.
20 and 27, from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Intended for seniors currently writing
theses, this workshop introduces
strategies for avoiding procrastination
and writer's block, as well as for
restoring creativity and finding joy in
your work. Through writing, drawing, and
perhaps games, participants will develop
their own individual plans for
practicing habits for creativity,
productivity, and possibly even sanity.
Taught by Kristen Brookes (Writing
Associate). Preregistration is required;
find the form and more workshop details
at the following link.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/support/writingcenter/workshopsstudents#february
Spring Semester Office Hours for Multicultural Resource Center
The Multicultural Resource Center,
located in the basement of Keefe Campus
Center, will begin office hours on
Sunday, Feb. 15, through last day of
classes, May 8. The MRC is open seven
days a week as a resource to all
students, staff and faculty. Visit our
lending library of books, documentaries
and games; reserve our space for your
next meeting; or receive programming
assistance. Find out more on our Web
site, including the office hours for the
Spring 2009 semester.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/multicultural/hours
LOCATION CHANGE: Will Barnet Lecture
Will Barnet's 4:30 p.m. lecture today has been moved from the Mead Art Museum to Stirn Auditorium. Full information on the lecture can be found at the below link.
For more information: events.amherst.edu/2009/02/24/346/
Ash Wednesday Services
Ashes will be given out in
Chapin Chapel on Wednesday, Feb. 25, at
8 a.m., 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Ash Wednesday Mass will take place in the Chapel at 7:30 p.m.
The services are sponsored by the Newman Club.
V the Change: Women of Amherst and the Vagina Monologues
Tickets for the 12th annual production
of The Vagina Monologues are available
in the Campus Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and in
Valentine from 5 to 7 p.m. We hope to
raise a minimum of $3,000 for New
England Learning Center for Women in
Transition, a local rape crisis and
domestic intervention agency. Suggested
donation is $5 for Amherst students and
$10 for all others.