Archived announcements for November, 2010
Custom Academic Regalia Available at Reduced Cost Until Nov. 1
Faculty and administrators are eligible to purchase regalia at a much-reduced price until Nov. 1 (doctor's regalia for $440, master's for $246 and bachelor's for $221). Orders are prepared through Public Affairs and the charges can be taken out of your pay in three monthly payments. If there are questions, please call or e-mail Paula Mieczkowski or Patricia Allen.
Submit to 'Identity Magazine' by Oct. 29
Take a moment to submit a story
to 'Identity Magazine'! As Amherst's
only ANONYMOUS SUBMISSION
publication, 'Identity' is a safe and
unstructured space for YOU-- Amherst
students, alumni, faculty and staff
--to express the experiences you feel
are critical to your identity. This
magazine will give you the chance to
share personal truths and gain insight
into the unspoken reality of those you
interact with on a day-to-day basis.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/multicultural/IdentityMagazine
Register Now for Two Thesis Workshops Coming Up at the Writing Center
This month the Writing Center is
offering two workshops for thesis
writers. One offers a conceptual toolset
for cultivating an effective personal
process for completing a complex,
well-developed, well-integrated thesis,
while the other offers strategies to
break the barrier between researching,
thinking and writing in order to avoid
the terror of confronting a blank screen.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/support/writingcenter/workshops2010#november
Submit Cover Art to 'Thoughts of Amherst' by Nov. 1
Interested in having your artwork
published on the front or back cover of
"Thoughts of Amherst"? (It doesn't have to
be a piece done for a class.) If so,
please e-mail all submissions to
firstname.lastname@example.org by Nov. 1.
Community Engagement Leader Applications Due Nov. 8
Are you interested in working to build partnerships and initiatives that facilitate positive social change? Would
you like to work to make community engagement the norm at Amherst College? Then you want to join the Center Community Engagement's CEL team! Our leaders manage local partnerships and work with campus groups and departments while developing their own leadership and management skills. We have six positions available: Athletics Liaison,
two Pipeline Leaders, Big Brothers Big Sisters Leader, ABC Leader and El Arco Iris Leader. See the Event Calendar (events.amherst.edu) for the times and locations of CEL information sessions on Oct. 26 and 29. Visit the link below for the online CEL application, due by Nov. 8 at noon.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/cce/students/leadership/cel/cel_application
Apply for Undergraduate Folger Fellowships by Nov. 5
Seniors and juniors are eligible for
Amherst College Undergraduate Folger
Fellowships, sponsored in part by
Friends of the Amherst College Library
and held for two weeks in January at the
Folger Shakespeare Library in
Washington, D.C. Speak to a faculty
member who can help you formulate a
project that would benefit from your
residence at the Folger. Your
application should describe your project
in no more than two pages and come with
a letter of support from a faculty
member. The committee will review the
applications and interview promising
applicants in person on Nov. 12. Send
proposals to Professor Nicola
Courtright, chair of the Folger
Fellowships Committee, by Friday, Nov.
5., either in hard copy (to Converse
102D) or by e-mail.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/library/about/support/friends/folger
Reserve Free Tickets for Screening of 'Waiting for Superman' Nov. 4
Come to a free screening of David Guggenheim's
movie about education, "Waiting for
Superman," on Thursday, Nov. 4,
at 4:45 p.m. at Amherst Cinema. Following the movie, there
will be a discussion with Professor
Sanderson in the Red Room. Pizza will
be provided. Reserve your ticket by
e-mailing email@example.com or stopping by
our table in Keefe Nov. 2-4.
For more information: www.waitingforsuperman.com/
New Science Center: Information for Faculty, Staff and Students
Curious about the plans for Amherst's
new science center? Follow the link below to find the college's Web page about the upcoming construction project. Also, see the Event Calendar (events.amherst.edu) for more information about three open meetings that will be held on Nov. 9. Stefan Behnisch of Behnisch Architekten
and colleagues from Payette Associates
will present conceptual plans and
outline the next phase of the design
process. They and members of the college's
administration will answer questions
and take note of comments. Two of these open meetings are for faculty and staff, and one is for students. If you are unable to attend a meeting designated for your
group, feel free to attend any
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/projects/science_center
Placement Exam Required for Spanish Language Courses 1-12; Take It Online Nov. 7-10
To assist students in registering for
the correct Spanish language course, the
Spanish Department administers an online
placement examination. Between Nov. 7 and Nov. 10, log in, go to
the Spanish Department web page, and
click on "Placement Test" (or click on the link below). This test
should take approximately 30 to 45
minutes to complete and requires a
computer with speakers or headphones.
If you are unable to take this test
between Nov. 7 and 10, please contact
Language Coordinator Victoria Maillo at
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/spanish/placement_test
Circus Literary Magazine Accepting Submissions Until Nov. 10
Circus Literary Magazine is now accepting submissions of poetry, fiction, prose and artwork from Amherst College and all Five College students! Please submit your work online to firstname.lastname@example.org. Our submissions deadline is Nov. 10. We look forward to reading your work!
Keefe Campus Center Accepting Applications Oct. 21-29
Keefe Campus Center is accepting
applications for Campus Center Managers
to work next semester, including
Interterm. You may submit your
application anytime from Thursday, Oct.
21, until Friday, Oct. 29 at 4:30 p.m.
to Latisha R. Wilson, Campus Center,
Room 112. E-mailed applications will not
be accepted. We will review all
applications. You will receive an e-mail
if we have selected you for an interview.
Register Now for Red Cross Blood Drive in Campus Center Nov. 10
The Keefe Campus Center is holding an
American Red Cross blood drive on
Wednesday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All blood types are needed, but there is currently a critical need for O-negative and B-negative blood. Please
eat breakfast or lunch before your donation. A positive ID is required.
Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments
are encouraged. For an appointment,
please call 1-800-922-4376 or go to
For more information: www.redcrossblood.org
Join the Amherst Political Union
The Amherst Political Union was recently founded to
serve as a forum for the debate of
matters of political concern to the
Amherst College community. Conceived in
the spirit of avoiding the pitfalls of
political apathy, the Union seeks to
foster a conversation about the most
pressing issues of our day amongst the
students, faculty and staff of Amherst.
Discarding the archaic format of
traditional campus events and lectures,
APU debates are provocatively designed
to give members and guests of the
community opportunities to question and
defend ideas on a resolution before the
house. See the Event Calendar for more information on our first debate of
the year, with Andrew Bacevich and Max
Boot, on Nov. 14.
For more information: https://events.amherst.edu/2010/11/14/2859/
Pre-Registration for Spring 2011 Begins Nov. 11
Pre-registration will be Thursday,
Nov. 11, through Wednesday, Nov. 17,
2010. All students who plan to enroll
for the spring 2011 semester will be
expected to pre-register.
Pre-registration forms will be in
student mailboxes on Monday, Nov. 8.
Course information will be posted
Friday, Nov. 5. The Committee on
Educational Policy has asked that
students and faculty be made aware of
the following statement: "We encourage
students and faculty to avoid the crush
of the last days of pre-registration
week. We ask faculty to post a sign-up
sheet, listing times they are available
to meet with advisees. We encourage
students to think about their next
semester schedule so that they can meet
with their advisors before the final day."
Reminder: Student Time Sheets Due Nov. 18
This is a reminder that all student
time sheets are due in the Student
Payroll Office on Thursday, Nov. 18,
in advance of the upcoming holiday.
November Writing Workshops Now Open for Registration
The Writing Center is pleased to
announce that its November writing
workshops are now open for registration.
They include "Turning Over a New
Leaf," which will offer strategies for
overcoming writer's block and
procrastination; "Survival!," a workshop
on time and stress management; and two
thesis workshops, "The Writing Process
for Writing Theses" and "Getting
Started: A Workshop for Thesis Writers."
Please visit the Writing Center website
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/support/writingcenter/workshops2010#november
Red Cross Thank You to Donors
Thanks to everyone who came to donate
blood to the Red Cross at the Keefe
Campus Center on Wednesday, Nov. 10.
Forty-three pints of blood were collected.
Donating blood is a simple act that
helps save lives. Since each pint of
whole blood collected can be separated
into various blood components, the blood
collected at Amherst College could help
treat more than 120 patients. The Red Cross
will be back at Amherst College on
Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011. The
American Red Cross thanks everyone for
their support and wishes everyone a
safe and healthy holiday season.
Thanksgiving Book Drive
WorldRead Club and Reader to Reader, the
nonprofit literacy-based organization,
are sponsoring a Thanksgiving Book Drive
for the Lifespring Center in New
Seemapuri, a slum on the outskirts of
Delhi, India. Lifespring Center focuses
on and encourages gender equality,
religious tolerance, self-
sufficiency and empowerment through
education. Currently, Lifespring
students need YOUR HELP, either with
English-language children's books or small
monetary donations. Bring BOOKS from
HOME! WorldRead will table in Valentine at
dinnertime the entire week before
Thanksgiving. Please stop by. Thank you.
What's Open When Over Thanksgiving Break?
comprehensive list of the open hours for
campus buildings and offices from
Saturday, Nov. 20, through Sunday,
Nov. 28 can be found at
Are you a student who is remaining on
campus? You can sign up to receive
e-mails about various events on
campus(e.g. pick-up soccer, movie
screenings) at www.amherst.edu/campuslife/reslife/tgiving/getemails.
Racking your brain for things to do?
Get ideas at www.amherst.edu/campuslife/reslife/tgiving/explore.
Happy Thanksgiving from the Dean of
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/reslife/tgiving/hours