Archived announcements for May, 2009
350 Awareness Festival May 2-- Sign Up Now!
We're looking for students, faculty and staff
to participate in the 350 Soccer
Tournament, which seeks to raise
awareness about the significance of
350ppm and climate change. Come for
soccer, live performances, arts and
crafts, and free local foods! Join individually or collect a team with
friends. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to
Senior Assembly Ushers Needed
The Office of Public Affairs needs to
hire students to usher for Senior
Assembly this Friday, May 8. We would
need you from 4:00-6:30 p.m. If you
would like to be an usher for this very
special event, please e-mail
email@example.com as soon as possible.
This is a paid position.
Seniors: Here's Info on Senior Assembly May 8
Senior Assembly is Friday, May 8.
Seniors should assemble –- in
caps and gowns! -- no later than 4:35
p.m. on the Quad side of Johnson Chapel
with entrance via the south side (door
facing the Athletic Complex). If it's
raining, the entrance will be changed to
the door facing the Quad, with the line
snaking up the indoor east stairs. Bring
an umbrella just in case. Remember:
bleed when they get wet. This year's Senior Assembly
will feature the awarding of prizes, a
speech by Professor
Barry O'Connell and speeches by Ben Goldfarb '09,
Garrett Snedeker '09 and Pan Venkatraman
'09. Senior Assembly usually ends around 6:20
p.m. The reception for graduating seniors,
faculty and staff begins at 6:30 p.m. in
LeFrak, and dinner is served at 7:30
p.m., right after Honorary Class
Memberships are awarded. Remember to bring your driver's license or student ID.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/specialevents/commencement/infostudents/senior_activities
Faculty and Administration: Information for Senior Assembly May 8
Members of the faculty and
administration are reminded that Senior
Assembly will be in Johnson Chapel at 5
p.m. on Friday, May 8. Faculty are asked
to gather for the assembly in academic
regalia no later than 4:45 p.m. (full
professors should meet in the classroom
just across the hall from the entrance
to the Chapel. All others should meet at
the west end of the main hallway on the
floor below.) Faculty and administrators
are cordially invited to the Senior
Reception and Dinner afterward in LeFrak
All Are Invited to Senior Assembly May 8
All members of the Amherst community are
invited to attend Friday's Senior
Assembly, which will be held at 5 p.m.
in Johnson Chapel. The event features
the presentation of senior prizes, a
talk by Professor Barry O'Connell and
speeches by three students:
Ben Goldfarb '09, Garrett Snedeker '09
and Pan Venkatraman '09.
Please enter the balcony from the front
of the chapel and sit towards the front
of the chapel.
Music Department Keys Must Be Returned by May 8
This is a reminder that all Music
Department keys are to be returned to
the Music Office by Friday, May 8.
Please see Suzette Farnham, Monday
through Friday from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. or
1:30 to 4 p.m.
2009 Senior Assembly Speakers Named
The Class of 2009 has invited Barry F.
O'Connell, the James E. Ostendarp
Professor of English, to address the
class at Senior Assembly on May 8. The
assembly will start off with the
awarding of student prizes, followed by
talks by the elected student speakers,
Ben Goldfarb '09, Garrett Snedeker '09
and Pan Venkatraman '09.
Honorary Class Members for the Class of 2009 Announced
The honorary members of the Class of
2009 have been announced. They include
Linda Celi from the Theater and Dance
Department; Don Kells from the Post
Office; Gretchen Krull from Health
Services; Ben Lieber from the Dean of
Student's Office; Deborah
Omasta-Mokrzecki from Dining Services;
Manu Mukasa from Theater and Dance; and
Paul Thornton from the Facilities
These seven individuals will be honored
at the Senior Dinner on May 8.
Each year, graduating students nominate
faculty, staff and others who have made
a difference in the lives of the class
over the last four years. The
nominations show appreciation for their
contributions to the Amherst community.
Take Music Survey and Win a $50 Gift Card!
To all Amherst students: Take "The Music Survey" for a chance to win a $50 Gift Card to either Best Buy or Atkins Farms! Click the link below. The purpose of this study is to examine music habits, preferences and perceptions in Hampshire College and Amherst College students from a multidisciplinary perspective. The survey will take about 20 minutes.
It is being conducted by Justin Kahn and Devin Kharpertian of Hampshire College, with development and input from
members of the seminar "Popular Music and
Cultural Identity" at Amherst College,
taught by Adjunct Professor Jason Robinson. Thanks!
For more information: www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=n1IYf4PLsWykeQ_2bW62hkJw_3d_3d
SWINE FLU/H1N1 UPDATE
Another student has tested positive for type A influenza (common flu), Health Service staffers reported May 18. The student is receiving treatment and has been isolated; another who also tested positive for type A flu last week recovered and resumed normal activities.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/health/service/flu
Science Library Open 24 Hours During Exams May 9-15
Beginning Saturday, May 9, at 10 a.m.,
Keefe Science Library will be open 24
hours a day. The Library will remain
open until Friday, May 15, at 4 p.m.
Your Amherst College student ID will
open the door during overnight hours.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/library/
Extended Exam / Reading Period Hours at the Mead Art Museum
The Mead Art Museum will be open from
9 a.m. to midnight during Reading
Week and Exam Week. Each of the museum's
galleries offers wireless Internet
access, electrical outlets for laptops
and luxurious leather club chairs. Low
on energy? Take a study break in the
museum's café, which offers delicious
drinks and tasty treats.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/museums/mead/information/news/pressrelease/20090505examhrs
Phebe and Zephaniah Swift Moore Awards for 2009
Three secondary school instructors who
challenged, inspired and moved members
of Amherst College's Class of 2009 will
be honored with the Phebe and Zephaniah
Swift Moore Teaching Awards during the
school's 188th Commencement exercises at
10 a.m. on Sunday, May 24. This year's
recipients include L. Addison Diehl from
Bel Air High School in El Paso, Texas
and Stratford High School in Nashville,
Tenn.; Lawrence Forberg from Riverside
Brookfield High School in Riverside,
Ill.; and Kay Tipton from Vestavia Hills High School
in Birmingham, Ala.
Eight to Receive Honorary Degrees at Commencement May 24
Margaret Bangser '81, founder and former
director of the nonprofit Women's
Dignity organization; Peter Brown, the
Philip and Beulah Rollins Professor of
History at Princeton University; former
Virginia Congressman Thomas M. Davis III
'71, now president and CEO of the
Republican Main Street Partnership;
celebrated conductor and instrumentalist
Leon Fleisher; accomplished researcher
and an esteemed Columbia University
professor Andrew R. Marks '76;
entrepreneur Elon Musk, co-founder of
PayPal and SpaceX; Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala,
managing director of the World Bank; and
abstract artist Frank Stella will all
receive honorary degrees from Amherst
College during its 188th Commencement
exercises on Sunday, May 24, at 10 a.m.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/news_releases/2009/05/node/108924
Senior Dinner Photos Available for Pickup
Senior Dinner photos are here! No need to order extras - the Office of Public Affairs has a free copy of each photo for every person appearing in it (a photo of 10 people will have 10 prints). Please come to our office, 306 Converse Hall, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. to pick up your photos. Please pick up the entire set of prints for your group and distribute them yourself. We cannot print extra copies, so only pick up photos of groups you are in. You'll also be able to pick up prints at Commencement Headquarters in the Alumni House during Commencement Weekend. Congratulations on your upcoming Commencement!
What's Amherst to You?
Share your own take on Amherst with the
world by sending short videos from your
cameras to the Office of Public Affairs for inclusion
on the college's YouTube channel. Don't
have your own camera? We've got you
covered! Borrow one of our Flip
recorders (no experience or training
necessary) for a day or two, record a
part of your life on the hill, and we'll
take care of the rest. Leave some advice
for the next generation of students,
share a few minutes of class or your
team's practice, or just show us around
your room. For more information, contact
Winner of the G. Armour Craig Award for Prose Composition
The English Department is pleased to
announce that Anna C. Brenner '09 is the
winner of the G. Armour Craig Award for
Prose Composition. Because this prize
was determined after Senior Assembly, it
is being publicly announced on the Intranet.
Playwright Constance Congdon Receives Commission for Mapplethorpe Play
Primary Stages in New York City has commissioned
Playwright-in Residence Constance Congdon to write
a play about Robert Mapplethorpe. Casey Childs,
Founder and Producing Director of Primary Stages, will
direct the play.
19th-Century English Novel Prize Winner
The English Department is pleased to
announce that Calista A. McRae '09 is
the winner of the 19th-Century English
Novel Prize. This is an annual prize
for the best student essay on the
19th-century English novel. The
prize is intended to encourage students
to read and write about
19th-century English novels
intelligently, critically and with a
heightened sense of pleasure.
The prize competition for 2009-10 will
be on the same schedule as other English
Department prizes. The deadline for the
submission of essays will be early
April of 2010.
Position Announcement: Lab Instructor in Chemistry Department
An opening for a one-year appointment as
Lab Instructor in the Chemistry
Department has been posted on the Human
Resources Web site. Employees interested
in and qualified for the position should
For more information: https://jobs.amherst.edu/view/opportunity/id/150
Ombuds Office News
May 27 will be the final day that
College Ombudsperson Ruth Thornton
will have open office hours. Faculty
and staff with concerns or questions
may call to schedule a
confidential conversation. Office
hours are Wednesdays, 9 a.m. to 4
p.m. Other hours may be arranged by
Reminder: Latin American and Caribbean Studies Certificate Program
The Five College Council offers a Latin
American and Caribbean Studies
Certificate to students who have
fulfilled the following requirements:
four courses on Latin American and
Latino topics, one humanities course,
one seminar with an interdisciplinary
focus, one social science course and one
course in history. A total of eight
courses is required. Certificates will
be sent to all recipients during
Commencement week. Questions about
eligibility and complete application
should be directed to Professor Castro
Alves at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Final 2009 RecycleMania Results
The final 2009 RecycleMania results
have been posted. For the second year
in a row, Amherst has finished among
the top 10 percent of schools participating
(we participate in the original Per-
Capita Classic Competition).
According to Roger Guzowski, Five
College Recycling Manager, "As
impressive as Amherst's ranking is yet
again, the college's performance is
even better than the numbers indicate.
This year, Amherst was able to do an
even better job of donating used books
to those in need. Unfortunately, for
the purposes of RecycleMania, this was
considered reuse rather than recycling,
and that data was excluded from
A big round of thanks goes out to the
entire Amherst College community for
all of your recycling efforts!
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/offices/facilities/recycling
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