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Archived announcements for February, 2010

Admission Office Fellowship: Application Deadline Jan. 29
This fellowship provides a recent Amherst graduate the opportunity to be an integral part of the Admission Office professional staff. The fellow serves as part of the 12-member Admission Committee, makes public presentations on campus, travels to high schools and college fairs across the country, evaluates applications and contributes to admission decisions. Applications for the position are be available at the Admission Office and Career Center, and we encourage all interested seniors to apply. Interviews will be conducted in February and final selection of the fellow is expected by Spring Break. If you would like to hear more about the fellowship, please call Ashley Armato '08, at 413-542-2328.

New Information from Town of Amherst About Level-Three Sex Offenders
The Amherst Police periodically advise the college of level-three sex offenders working or living in town and recently released new information on this matter. There are currently two such individuals in Amherst, although neither is affiliated with the college in any way, nor have they been known to set foot on campus. For more details, go to the Amherst Police Web site, www.amherstpd.blogspot.com, or the Massachusetts Sex Offender Registry Board Web site, http://sorb.chs.state.ma.us. General questions may be directed to John Carter, chief of campus police, at jbcarter@amherst.edu or 413-542-2771. Specific questions about a particular offender may be directed to Detective Lt. Ronald Young, Amherst Police, at 413-259-3129.
For more information: www.amherstpd.blogspot.com/

Intense Speed Endurance Class Starts Jan. 26
Physical Education is offering an advanced-level class for those who already have a strong base level of fitness form consistent training and are looking to improve their ability to maintain a higher work rate for a longer period of time. The instructors are Carol Knerr and Kelly Kuss. The class is limited to 60 participants. To register, please e-mail hmvassallo@amherst.edu.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/athletics/physed/courses

Kids' Night Out: SAAC is Sponsoring a Fun Night at the Gym Feb. 5!
On Friday, Feb. 5, from 5 to 9 p.m., the Amherst College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will sponsor a Kids' Night Out at the Amherst College Gym Complex. Girls and boys in grades K-5 are invited to attend, and the cost of the event is $25. All proceeds will go to Easter Seals of Massachusetts and the Amherst College SAAC. For registration and further information, please contact Patricia Lipton at plipton12@amherst.edu or Chris Paradis at cyparadis@amherst.edu/ (413)542-8136.

2010-2011 Resident Counselor Applications Available NOW! Apply by Feb. 5
The Office of Residential Life is now accepting applications for Resident Counselors (RCs) for the 2010-2011 academic year! Current first-year students, sophomores and juniors in good academic standing are eligible to apply. You may download a .pdf of the application at the link below or pick up a paper copy in Converse 105. All applicants must attend a mandatory information session on Tuesday, Feb. 2, from 7 to 8 p.m. in Stirn Auditorium. The application deadline is Friday, Feb. 5. If you have any questions about the RC position, please talk to a current RC and/or any of the professional Residential Life staff: Torin Moore, Pamela Stawasz, Andy Tew, Shantel Palacio and Latisha Wilson.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/reslife/jobs

New Music Building Hours
Campus Police has determined that our current policy regarding building hours poses unacceptable safety risks. Therefore, starting Monday, Jan. 25, the music building will be closing at midnight every night. At that time Campus Police will check all rooms, clear them out and make sure all students have left the building. If you are working with a professor or music director (choral, jazz or orchestra), you may stay until that professor or director leaves, at which time you must leave as well. Remember that there are practice rooms in the basement of James and Stearns Dormitories that allow for practice after hours. Please contact Suzette Farnham, Music Department Coordinator, at smfarnham@amherst.edu with any questions.

Music Practice Rooms and Lockers
Students, faculty and staff who wish to use the Music Department practice room facilities during second semester and who did not put a deposit on a key in September may sign up for a practice room access key during the first two weeks only of the semester: Monday, Jan. 25, through Friday, Jan. 29, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. and Monday, Feb. 1, through Friday, Feb. 5, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Senior Music Majors preparing Honors recitals may also reserve practice time during this two-week period. On Sunday, Feb. 7, those who have been issued a practice room key may schedule reserved practice time for the spring semester. Those sign-up hours will be from noon to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 10 p.m. Information concerning access to practice rooms and fees is posted in the Music Center.

H1N1 Vaccines Available at Keefe Health Center
The Keefe Health Center has H1N1 vaccines available for the campus community. If you are interested in receiving this vaccine, please contact the Health Center at 413-542-2267 to schedule an appointment.

French Table Will Meet on Tuesday Evenings
French Table will meet on Tuesday evenings, from 6 to 8 p.m. on the Mezaanine in Valentine Dining Hall. French speakers of all levels are welcome to join the group.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/french/french_table

Apply to be a Paid Olio Staff Photographer by Feb. 7
The Olio, Amherst College's Yearbook, is currently hiring several new paid staff photographers. Staff photographers have access to brand new professional Nikon cameras and lenses, as well as development opportunities with professional photographers. The ideal candidate has prior photography experience, and will be expected to commit approximately 1-2 hours per week, including a brief weekly staff meeting. To learn more, and apply for the position, download an application from the link below or contact the photography editor, Taylor Perkins '11, at tperkins11@amherst.edu. Applications are due Feb. 7.
For more information: files.me.com/taylor.perkins/h0av4g

Kaffeeklatsch at Porter House
The Department of German will continue its tradition of informal Kaffeeklatsch gatherings every Tuesday evening at 9 p.m. in the German House (Porter House). We will meet first on Tuesday, Feb. 2. Please join us and look forward to good company, good food, good drinks!
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/german/kaffeeklatsch

Spanish Table to Meet on Fridays
Spanish Table will meet from noon to 2 p.m. every Friday on the Mezzanine in Valentine Hall. Spanish-speakers of all levels are welcome to join the group.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/spanish/regular_activities

German Film Series for Spring 2010
The Department of German at Amherst College is pleased to announce the German Film Series for Spring 2010. Showings are on Thursdays at 4 and 7:30 p.m. in Stirn Auditorium. For more information, please visit the German Department Web site.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/german/film_series

German Table Every Monday
Just like last year, we will assemble for our weekly German Table on the mezzanine at Valentine every Monday from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. The first German Table for the semester will be in the second week of classes, on Monday, February 1. Please join us or drop by, whether you are a beginner of German or speak it well already.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/german/german_table

Vagina Monologues: It's More Than You Imagine
It's not too late to join this year's Vagina Monologues and Women of Amherst. This semester the monologues will be performed March 4-6. We are excited to welcome actors, but there are plenty of other opportunities, such as publicity, raffle committee or working backstage. E-mail vagmos2010@gmail.com to join or for more information.

Weight Watchers at Work Starts a New Session: Join in Our Success!
Students, faculty and staff are all welcome to join our Weight Watchers at Work group. We have been very successful, losing 507 pounds just since April. A new session will start on Feb. 2. Blue Cross Blue Shield offers a weight-loss benefit up to $150 per year. Call Linda A. Bisi at 413-542-2234 for more information. We meet on the A Level of Frost Library, in the Barker Room, on Tuesdays. Meetings begin at 12:30 p.m. We would love to have you join us and share the benefits of good health.

Statistical Consulting Available from Math Department for Spring Semester
Professors Liao and Wagaman will be available for statistical consulting for both faculty and students, especially thesis writers. Consulting can involve help in designing an experiment or study, analyzing or interpreting results or understanding a statistical technique in a journal article, and much more. Each professor will hold 30 minutes of drop-in time each week (Liao: Friday, 2-2:30 p.m.; Wagaman: Friday, 10-10:30 a.m.). 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 mentor in the consulting. This can aid the statisticians in better understanding the problem and may provide new insights for faculty mentors as well.

Center for Community Engagement Social Media Intern Position: Apply by Feb. 10
The CCE is looking to hire a Social Media Intern to assist in creating, developing and implementing workshops on social media. One of the main objectives of the position will be to provide community partnerships with a deeper understanding of how to use social media tools and how to capitalize on these tools to conduct outreach, recruitment and retention. The Social Media Intern will also work on planning the workshops and assist in presenting the materials to small groups of community partners in the Spring 2010 semester. Desired qualifications include experience with Web-based technologies, a team player attitude and event-planning skills. Submit resume and cover letter (or questions) to Oscar Lanza-Galindo. The deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 5 p.m.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/cce/students/student_employment/opportunities

Tickets for Feb. 12 Vusi Mahlasela Concert Available Starting Jan. 27
Vusi Mahlasela will perform in concert on Friday, Feb. 12, at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall. This will be a ticketed event that is free to the Amherst College community. Ticket reservations will begin on Wednesday, Jan. 27. For more concert and ticket information, call 413-542-5773. This concert is presented by the Student Activities Office and the Program Board.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/campuslife/keefe/calendar

Hitchcock Fellowship: Apply by Feb. 12
The Department of Physical Education and Athletics invites applications for the Hitchcock Fellowship for the 2010-2011 academic year. The Hitchcock Fellowship is awarded to a graduating senior who wishes to pursue a teaching/coaching endeavor at the collegiate level. The Hitchcock Fellow will teach in the elective Physical Education program and be an assistant coach in at least two of the intercollegiate athletics programs. The Hitchcock Fellow may elect additional assignments in other areas of inquiry (e.g., strength and conditioning). Anyone interested in the position should send a letter of application and current resume no later than Feb. 12, 2010, to Michelle Morgan, Senior Woman Administrator.
For more information: mcmorgan@amherst.edu

Assassins! Sponsored by Big Brothers Big Sisters
Amherst students! Sign up to play Assassins this week in Keefe, anytime between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. $5 to play for glory, infamy and CASH PRIZES! You can also sign up by e-mailing ACassassins2010@gmail.com.

Poster Poster Needed ASAP
The Office of Public Affairs is looking for a student to help post posters around campus. This is a paid position and the hours are flexible. If interested, please stop by Converse 306 or e-mail mjwood@amherst.edu as soon as possible. Thanks!

Center for Community Engagement Hiring Staff Writers: Apply by Feb. 15
The CCE is hiring staff writers to assist in writing and editing stories about community engagement. Staff writers will assist in covering events; profiling students, staff, faculty and community members; identifying new stories for coverage; and developing an electronic newsletter. Staff writers will work 4-6 hours per week. Applicants should have demonstrated proficiency and experience in writing and editing. Previous journalism work is strongly preferred. Applicants should be comfortable conducting interviews and possess strong communication skills. Please submit a résumé, cover letter, writing sample and list of three references to Jenny Morgan (jmorgan@amherst.edu) no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 15.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/cce/students/student_employment/opportunities

Writing Center's Grammar Bytes Series Begins Feb. 15
On Monday, Feb. 15 (3:15-3:45 p.m.), the Writing Center will launch a new series: Grammar Bytes. Short and to the point, each of these lessons will focus on learning about and learning to correct one of the common grammatical problems that drive your professors crazy (and lower your grade). Each 30-minute session will offer an explanation of the error and exercises for practice. The first lesson will focus on the passive voice and will be taught by Professor Michele Barale in the Writing Center (101 Charles Pratt Hall). Preregistration is not required.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/support/writingcenter/workshops2009#February

Turning Over a New Leaf: Writing Counseling Available
The beginning of a new semester is a great time to get a fresh start and establish some new habits to replace old ones that are not serving you well. If even the thought of writing makes you anxious or if you tend to write your papers late or at the last minute, come to the Writing Center for individual Writing Counseling sessions. In one-time or ongoing sessions, you will learn to ways to write more productively and with greater ease; according to your individual needs, sessions can also be used to help you structure your time, avoid procrastination and improve your attitude about writing. If you are interested, sign up for a Writing Counseling appointment with Kristen Brookes.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/support/writingcenter/makeappointment

Dining Services Needs Your Help!
Please return any borrowed trays, china, glasses, cups or flatware to Val! Or, send us an e-mail and we will retrieve. Thanks!

Circus Now Accepting Submissions
Circus is now accepting submissions of poetry, prose, art, doodles, sketches and fragments. For more information, contact circus@amherst.edu.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/studentgroups/circus

New SHAC Members Needed: Apply by Feb. 17
The Student Housing Advisory Committee (SHAC) is accepting applications for two new members to assist with Room Draw coordination this year as well as next year's housing selection process. This paid, two-year position is open only to members of the Classes of 2011 and 2012. Please note that you must have directly participated in at least one Room Draw in order to be eligible. If you are interested in applying to become a SHAC member, please pick up an application in the Residential Life Office (Converse 105). Deadline for applications is Wednesday, Feb. 17.

Gerald Fink '62 Bioscience Symposium Feb. 19-20: Space is Limited, So Sign Up NOW!
The second annual Gerald Fink '62 Bioscience Symposium on life sciences and health care will take place on Feb. 19-20 and is titled "Health Care in an Era of Reform." The event will commence with a reception and dinner in Lewis-Sebring Commons on Friday, Feb. 19, and continue throughout Saturday, Feb. 20, with a variety of speakers. The symposium will enable students who aspire to careers in health care policy, medicine and bioscience research to interact directly with graduates of Amherst College who are leaders in their respective fields, and to form relationships which may be helpful as they develop their career plans. Registration is limited and participants are committed to every event for the two days.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/colloquia/seminars/bioscience

Red Cross Blood Drive: Feb. 18
The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive in the Friedmann Room in the Keefe Campus Center on Thursday, Feb. 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Walk-ins are always welcome, but appointments will have priority. For an appointment, please call 1-800-922-4376. Donate blood and you will be the lucky recipient of a Boston Bruins long-sleeved shirt!
For more information: www.RedCrossBlood.org

Submit to Women of Amherst Magazine! Deadline Feb. 18
Each year, members of the Vagina Monologues cast produce a "Women of Amherst" magazine with work from the cast and other women and men of the Amherst community who want to express their views about the complexities, strengths and challenges of being a woman. This is a chance to share your experiences of joy, courage, sadness, violation, frustration, compassion and fear. Suggestions for submissions include prose (as short as a phrase or as long as a short story), poetry, artwork, photographs and any other small graphics. All submissions are confidential and will be anonymous throughout the editing and publishing process. Please send your submissions by February 18th to womenofamherst@gmail.com.

Kenchreai Summer Field School in Greece: Application Deadline Extended to Feb. 19
During the Roman Empire, Kenchreai, the port of the great city of Corinth on the Aegean Sea, was one of the busiest harbors in southeastern Europe. This four-week summer program introduces students to the archaeology, history and culture of Greece through participation in a field school, accompanying seminars and excursions to major sites and museums in the region. Participants will learn about data analysis, artifactual processing, conservation and architectural survey, all important components in archaeological fieldwork. Applications are available in the Classics departmental office in #15 Grosvenor House and are due by Feb. 19 (NOTE THAT THE DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED). For more information, please see the Classics Department Web site or e-mail Professor R. Sinos.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/classics/announcements

Amherst College Summer Research Fellowships in the Sciences: Apply by Feb. 19
Are you a first- or second-year 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 21 fellowships for students in the Classes of 2012 and 2013 will be awarded. The program will run for 10 weeks: either from Monday, May 31, through Friday, Aug. 6, or from Monday, June 7, through Friday, Aug. 13 (depending on the summer schedule of the particular faculty advisor). For more details, please go to the link below, then click on "Amherst College Fellowship Application 2010." Note that the application deadline is Friday, Feb. 19.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/funding/students/howard_hughes_fellowship

Register Now for Holyoke Bound on Feb. 20
Holyoke Bound is an orientation to the City of Holyoke for members of the Five College and Holyoke Community College community who are working, interning or volunteering in Holyoke. The orientation will include and introduction to the history and political economy of the city; a "State of Holyoke Panel: Government and Politics" by Mayor Pluta, Holyoke Unites Collaboration and more; discussions with students and community representatives; information about volunteer opportunities; and lunch. Holyoke Bound will be held on Saturday, Feb. 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The United Congregational Church of Holyoke at 395 High Street. Transportation will be provided. For mandatory online registration, please go to: www.fivecolleges.edu/sites/cbl/ne ws/detail.php?contentID=2047.
For more information: www.fivecolleges.edu/sites/holyokebound/index.php

Spanish Writing Center to Open Feb. 21
The Spanish Writing Center will open Sunday, Feb. 21. Fellows will be available Sunday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. and Monday through Wednesday evenings from 8 to 9 p.m. in Barrett Hall 102. Fellows will assist upper-level students enrolled in culture courses (Spanish 13 and up) with Spanish-language writing projects. Students not enrolled in Spanish are also welcome to benefit from the program, which is meant to complement peer tutors helping students in language courses with grammatical questions. Writing Center Fellows will concentrate exclusively on narrative structure and strategy. Sessions will last 30 minutes. Every students must bring a draft or prospectus in hard copy to the session. Contact Bobbie at rshelinski@amherst.edu for appointments.

Jazz@Schwemm's Spring 2010 Performers Announced
The line-up for the Spring Semester Jazz@Schwemm's performance series has been posted. Performances given by students and local professionals will fall on Tuesday evenings beginning on March 2 at 9 p.m. in the Schwemm's Backroom in Keefe Campus Center. Each performance is free and open to the public. The performers slated for each week include: March 2: EJQ (Eclectic Jazz Quartet) plus Group of Four; March 9: Jamie MacDonald Jazz Demolition Project plus Andy Warhol Project; March 23: Joe Belmont Duo plus Travel by Wire; March 30: Geoff Cunningham Raised 5th plus Two Left Beat and Floorless Tower. Thanks to Student Activities for additional support.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/music/performances/jazz

Women of Amherst Submission Deadline EXTENDED to Feb. 24!
Each year, members of the Vagina Monologues cast produce a Women of Amherst magazine with work from the cast and other women and men of the Amherst community who want to express their views about the complexities, strengths and challenges of being a woman. This is a chance to share your experiences of joy, courage, sadness, violation, frustration, compassion and fear. Possible suggestions for submissions include prose, poetry, artwork, photographs or any other small graphics. All submissions are confidential and will be anonymous throughout the editing and publishing process. Send submissions to womenofamherst@gmail.com

 
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