Archived announcements for December, 2010
Mead Art Museum's Mellon Faculty Seminar Jan. 20-21: Apply by Nov. 30
We are now accepting applications for
"The Art and Science of Photography's
Origins: Teaching with Photographs in
the Collection of the Mead Art Museum,"
Jan. 20-21, 2011, with guest scholar Keith F. Davis of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/museums/mead/learning/mellonseminar/2011January20-21
Exam Monitors Needed for Self-Scheduled Exams
The Registrar's Office needs students to
serve as monitors for self-scheduled final
examinations this semester from
Saturday, Dec. 18, to Wednesday,
Dec. 22, morning and afternoon
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 will 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
sign up or get more information.
Influenza Vaccine for Amherst College Students
Flu vaccine is now available at the Keefe Health Center for students who wish to receive the immunization. Students with a higher risk of contracting influenza (anyone working
or volunteering in a health care facility, etc.) and those with chronic medical conditions such as diabetes; asthma; other lung, heart, or kidney conditions; or immune system problems, are especially encouraged to receive the vaccine. An appointment for vaccination may be scheduled by calling the Keefe Health Center at 413-542-2267. There is a $15 fee for the vaccine. Information regarding employee flu clinics will be announced shortly.
Submit Your Story to the Asian Culture House Story Project by Nov. 28
Want to share your story? Want to hear
others' stories? Please submit any
fictional/nonfictional writing you have
to firstname.lastname@example.org before Sunday,
Nov. 28. Submitted works will be
read by their authors on Dec. 2
at 7:30 p.m. Bruno's pizza and Fresh Side tea
rolls will be served.
Performers Wanted for Interterm Course: Staged Reading of 'In the Blood'
Click on the link below to sign up to participate in a staged reading of "In the Blood" by Suzan-Lori Parks. "In this modern day riff on 'The Scarlet
Letter,' Hester La Negrita, a homeless
mother of five, lives with her kids on
the tough streets of the inner city. Her
eldest child is teaching her how to read
and write, but the letter 'A' is, so
far, the only letter she knows. Her five
kids are named Jabber, Bully, Trouble,
Beauty and Baby, and the characters are
played by adult actors who double as
five other people in Hester's life: her
ex-boyfriend, her social worker, her
doctor, her best friend and her
minister. While Hester's kids fill her
life with joy-- lovingly comical moments
amid the harsh world of poverty --the
adults with whom she comes into contact
only hold her back. Nothing can stop the
play's tragic end." (Dramatists Play
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/womens_gender_studies/intheblood
CCE Seeks Training and Enrichment Coordinator; Apply by Dec. 7
Would you like to work to make community
engagement the norm at Amherst College?
Then you want to apply to be one of the
Center for Community Engagement's
Training and Enrichment Coordinators! In
this position, you will be challenged to
research and develop exciting and
interesting trainings for all student
leaders, mentors and tutors. You will be
responsible for facilitating CORE
trainings on skill-development, such as
time management and delegation, as well
as reflections on impacting change and
exploring motivations to serve. For more
info, please contact Karen Lee at
email@example.com or current Training
and Enrichment Coordinator Briana Hanny
at firstname.lastname@example.org. The application
is at the following link and is due by
Dec. 7 at noon.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/cce/students/leadership/cel/cel_application
Want to Watch Amherst Sports and Get Paid? Help JeffCast This Winter!
Do you like watching Amherst beat Williams? Want to get paid and watch from the best seat in the house? Amherst is continuing to expand its webcasting services and needs your help broadcasting games online. The job requires connecting video cameras and microphones to a computer and running basic software. We can train any enthusiastic and reliable student who is interested and can commit to evening and weekend hours when the teams compete. Students with podcasting or video production experience are preferred and tech-savvy individuals with audiovisual equipment experience are desirable. Winter seasons are just around the corner, so please contact Marcus DeMaio at email@example.com. The pay rate is $8.50/hour.
Fee Increase for Music Performance Instruction
The fee for individual music performance
instruction has increased starting
Spring 2011. The fee is now $640 per
semester. Please contact Suzette
Farnham, Music Department coordinator,
at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any
Spanish Tutor Needed for ABC Program!
A Better Chance (ABC) Program tutors five
high schools students one day a week
from 7 to 9 p.m. We need an Amherst College student who is
comfortable tutoring elementary Spanish
to the students. The application is
online at www.amherst.edu/academiclife/cce/engagement/partnerships/abc/application.
Get off campus, have fun, and come tutor
with us! :)
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/cce/engagement/partnerships/abc
Male Applicants Needed for Big Brothers Big Sisters Program!
The Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) is
in need of more "Big Brothers" to
participate in the program. The BBBS
program provides one-to-one mentoring
relationships to local children in need
of positive adult influence and
friendship. There is a waiting list of
boys looking for big brothers. Youth
come to campus once per week, on Mondays
from 4 to 7 p.m. or Tuesdays from 3:15 to 6:30 p.m.
Volunteers need to commit to
two consecutive semesters. If
interested, please contact
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/cce/engagement/partnerships/bbbs
Register for Environmental Leadership Interterm Course
"Environmental Leadership in the 21st Century" will
provide Five College students with the theoretical
knowledge and skills they need to become effective
environmental leaders. Over two and half weeks, we
will examine several contemporary local and global
environmental issues in depth. We will also explore
the various methods of translating this knowledge
into real-world environmental activism.
The course will feature visits from Gus Speth and
Silvia Hood Washington, as well as other organizers
from around the country.
The course will run Jan. 5-19
and is open to all Five College students. It will take
place at Amherst College.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/cce/students/academic/Enviro/interterm
Town of Amherst's Report on October Water Testing Now Available Online
In accordance with state guidelines, a summary has been posted
online of action taken following the discovery, in October, of Coliform bacteria in water samples from
the Town of Amherst. Additional water samples from around the contamination site were retested on Oct. 22, and no E. Coli or Coliform bacteria were
detected. The town's water was not ever
deemed unsafe to use. View the complete summary at the following link.
For more information: www.amherstma.gov/DocumentView.aspx?DID=4058
Yoga Classes in Chapin Chapel
Free yoga classes in Chapin Chapel have
begun and will continue until around
finals week. Classes are on Mondays at 5 p.m. with
Nadya, Tuesdays at 6 p.m. with Eric and
Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. with Michael.
Mondays and Thursdays tend to be more
fast-paced; Tuesdays tend to be more
fundamental and strengthening. All
levels are welcome to all classes, which
are all a little over an hour. We have
25 or so mats-- feel free to use ours or
bring your own. Classes are sponsored by the Amherst
Statistical Consulting Offered by the Math Department
The Mathematics Department is pleased to announce that Professors Liao and Wagaman will be available for statistical consulting for both faculty and students (especially thesis writers) during the Fall 2010 semester. Consulting can involve help in designing an experiment or study, analyzing or interpreting results, understanding a statistical technique in a journal article and much more. Each professor will hold 30 minutes of drop-in time each week, when quick questions may be addressed. Longer appointments may be scheduled during the drop-in time or by e-mail. We encourage thesis writers with longer-term consulting needs to involve their faculty mentors in the consulting. This can aid the statisticians in better understanding the problem, and hence improve the consulting experience. It may provide new insights for faculty mentors as well. Fall semester drop-in times are as follows: Shu-Min Liao: Friday, 3 to 3:30 p.m. Amy Wagaman: Friday, 11:30 a.m. to noon.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/mathematics/stats
Limited Space Available for Hip-Hop Mini-Residency and Workshops Feb. 5 and 12
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. 5 and Saturday,
Feb. 12, 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
(email@example.com). Space is
limited, so act now!
Application of Admission to Political Science 56
Students interested in preregistering for "Political
Science 56: Regulating Citizenship" need to submit
applications. The course will be taught inside the
Hampshire County House of Corrections. The
course will include 12 Amherst College/Five College
students and 12 incarcerated students. Interested
students should submit applications as soon as
possible. Applications will be reviewed starting Nov.
2 and continue until the course is full. Information
about the course, as well as an application for
admission, can be found on the course website at the link below
(listed on the Political Science website under Spring
2011 courses). If students have questions about the
course or the application process, they may contact
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/courses/1011S/POSC/POSC-56-1011S
Keefe Health Center Cold Weather Gear Drive
The Keefe Health Center is sponsoring
a Cold Weather Gear Drive (coats,
hats, scarves, mittens, boots, etc.) to
prepare Amherst College students not
accustomed to cold weather conditions
for a New England winter. Employees
wishing to donate to this drive may
bring donations to the Keefe Health
Center between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Monday through Friday, or you may drop off
donations at the employee flu vaccine
clinic at the Keefe Campus Center on
Thursday, Nov. 4, between 1 and 5 p.m. Please contact the
Health Center at 413-542-2267 with any
Live in Drew in the Spring! Applications Due Dec. 11
Charles Drew Memorial Culture House is
still accepting applications for the
Spring 2011 semester. All are welcome!
Submit your application by 11:59 p.m. on
Saturday, Dec. 11, to be considered
for residence. Application can be found at the following link.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/reslife/housing/theme/drew/application
Clothing Drive for Shoes That Fit Nov. 17 to Dec. 13
Shoes That Fit is a clothing drive to
benefit kids at the Kelly School in
Holyoke. The kids at this school are
from low-income families; 98 percent are
on free or reduced-priced lunch plans.
Shoes That Fit is a longtime partnership
between Amherst College and the Kelly
School. With traditional clothing
drives, the beneficiaries often get used
items that do not fit, so for our
program, teachers find out exactly what
the kids need the most. Amherst College
students, faculty, staff, departments,
offices, teams, floors and clubs each
sponsor one child and buy all of the
items that child needs. Our drive will
be taking place in the Keefe Campus
Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day
until Dec. 13.
Open Hours at the Octagon
The Octagon has open hours Sunday
through Friday. Students are welcome to
come to the Octagon for a quiet,
alternative studying space on Sundays
from 5 p.m. to midnight and Mondays to
Fridays from 7 p.m. to midnight.
Giving Tree Gifts Needed Before Dec. 17
If you have purchased any items for local families for the
Giving Tree, please bring them into Valentine before Friday, Dec. 17.
Thanks for supporting this effort!
Dining Service China Shortage!
Please help Dining Services by
returning all china, bowls, cups,
plates, glasses and silverware. We do
not have enough in stock to service our
student body, faculty, staff and guests.
Please return these items to the lobby
of Valentine so they can be cleaned and
promptly returned to service. We do not
want to serve on paper and plastic.
Accepting Applications for German House for Spring 2011
The German Department is now accepting
applications for the German section of
Porter House for the Spring 2011
semester. Applications can be found at www.amherst.edu/campuslife/reslife/housing/theme/german/application, and additional information about the German House can be found at the following link.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/german/german_house
Russian House Accepting Applications for Spring 2011
The Russian Culture Theme House, located in
Porter Dormitory, has vacancies for
the Spring 2011 semester, and eligible students may now
apply for residence in the house. Click on the following link to apply and
learn more about the house.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/reslife/housing/theme/russian/application
Recruiting Senior Gift Committee Members
Attention, Class of 2011: The Senior Gift is part of the Annual Fund, which supports Amherst College's annual expenses such as faculty salaries, financial aid, residential
life and a modern campus. Your participation will help to build a relationship between your classmates and the college as you
transition from students to alumni. Led by Phil Johnson, Kush Maingi, Nicole Panico and Mimi Bell, the Senior Gift team will
educate classmates about the importance of the Annual Fund and help to plan fun events on campus, including the Senior Gift
Cocktail Party. Contact Amy Bovaird with questions or to volunteer.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/give/annual_fund/alumnifund
French House Accepting Applications for Spring 2011
The French Department is
accepting French House applications for
Spring 2011 openings. Information
regarding theme housing, including the
online application, can be found at the following link.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/campuslife/reslife
Flu Update for December 2010
Consistent with reports from across the
country, influenza activity at Amherst
College has remained at a low level this
fall. However, the Keefe Health Center staff
is fully prepared to deal with a flu
outbreak on campus, if it should occur.
Supplies of flu vaccine are on hand and
are being administered to those
students, staff and faculty who request
vaccination. Please note that last
year's H1N1 strain is included in this
year's regular seasonal flu vaccine, so
only one vaccination is necessary.
For prevention and self-treatment
suggestions, visit the following link.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/health/service/flu
Annual Giving Tree in Valentine
Dining Services is sponsoring the
Annual Giving Tree. Please stop by the
Holiday Tree in Valentine, pick a paper dove,
purchase the item written on it, and then
bring the holiday gift back to Valentine to be given to the local
shelter. All items will be distributed
by the Amherst Survival Center for their
holiday event on Tuesday, Dec. 14.
Please help if you can-- many items are
needed this year! Thanks, and happy holidays!
Science Library Open 24 Hours During Exam Period Dec. 16-22
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 Thursday, Dec. 16, and remain
open until 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec.
22. Amherst students should use their
student IDs to gain access during the
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/library/hours
We Need Your Help at Amherst Regional Middle School
Our goal is to have 60 Amherst College tutors
going to the middle school each week
this spring. Amherst tutors will
have the opportunity to work one-on-one
and in small groups to increase
students' academic outcomes, improve
MCAS exam scores and strengthen
students' connection to the school and
local community. The program is perfect
for a busy student, because it is only a
two-hour-per-week commitment. Each tutor commits to one or more days per week during
the semester (Monday, Tuesday or Thursday),
departing from campus at 2:15 p.m. and
returning at 4:15 p.m. The program will run
for 12-13 weeks, and tutors must commit
to attending ALL sessions. Sign up today!
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/cce/engagement/partnerships/amherst_public/middle