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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.
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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 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 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 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 Service, Inc.)
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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 or current Training and Enrichment Coordinator Briana Hanny at The application is at the following link and is due by Dec. 7 at noon.
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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 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 if you have any questions.

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 Get off campus, have fun, and come tutor with us! :)
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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 or
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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.
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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.
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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 Yogis.

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.
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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 ( 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 Professor Bumiller.
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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 questions.

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.
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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, and additional information about the German House can be found at the following link.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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 overnight hours.
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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!
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