Archived announcements for December, 2011
Bone Marrow Drive for Amit Gupta '04 Nov. 30
Amit Gupta '04 an emerging Web
entrepreneur, was recently diagnosed
with acute leukemia and urgently needs a
bone marrow transplant. The donor would
just have to donate platelet stem cells
in a nonsurgical procedure similar to
Please come to Keefe Campus Center this
Wednesday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. for
a quick cotton swab test to check
whether you are a match. For more
information, visit amitguptaneedsyou.com.
For more information: amitguptaneedsyou.com/
Campus Challenge 'Fill a Truck' Food Drive Nov. 28 to Dec. 7
From Monday, Nov. 28, through
Wednesday, Dec. 7, Amherst students, staff and faculty
will try to collect 5,000 pounds of nonperishable
food for the Amherst Survival Center. Visit
a collection site on campus! Organize a
mini-collection event! Top 10 food
drive items: peanut butter; tuna; soup;
canned tomatoes or sauce; side dishes
(rice pilaf, mac and cheese, etc.);
boxed pasta (not spaghetti); baking
items (cake mixes, cookies, etc.);
canned chicken, beef stew or beef
ravioli; canned beans.
For more information: https://amherst.edu/go/campuschallenge
Now Hiring Spring 2012 Campus Center Managers! Apply by Dec. 1
Campus Center Managers open and close
the building, run the game room, monitor
the building, help out with events,
greet passersby and answer their questions,
answer the telephone and direct calls,
assist with audiovisual and room setup
and breakdown for events and perform
other duties as assigned.
We also have a Campus Center Manager
Events Intern position available, which
involves many of the same tasks listed
above but also has other
responsibilities-- such as helping out
with AC After Dark events in Keefe
Campus Center. These positions pay $8 an hour from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and $8.50 an hour from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Stop by Keefe Campus
Center Room 112 for an application,
or pick up an application from the
display in the Atrium. Applications are due by Thursday, Dec. 1 at noon.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/keefe/ccm
Travel to Haiti to Learn About Sustainable Development! Apply by Dec. 1
Are you interested in development or aid work but not sure where to start? Hope of Haiti invites you to join them on their January trip to Haiti! Learn how to plan and implement sustainable development programs and build
relationships with local community members! This program is
education-focused. The trip runs Jan. 2-11; the cost is $1050 for instruction, housing, food and ground transportation. Airfare is not included. A substantial
part of this fee goes directly to the communities you will be visiting!
You must email both Tyrra Minto and Sandra Jacques at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org to receive an application. Applications are due Dec. 1, so please be prompt.
For more information: www.hopeofhaiti.org
Andrew W. Mellon Faculty Seminar, January 2012: Apply by Dec. 2
The Mead Art Museum invites brief
applications for its next Mellon-funded
Faculty Course Development Seminar,
featuring the Mead's collection of
clocks, watches, and works of art
related to the theme of TIME. The
seminar is open to Five College faculty
members from any discipline curious to
learn more about the measurement and
representation of time in the visual
arts from diverse historical periods and
geographic areas. Participants will
explore successful strategies for
incorporating original works of art from
the Mead's collection into their
teaching and research.
Please visit the Mead website for
eligibility and selection criteria,
stipend and how to apply.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/museums/mead/learning/mellonseminar/2012January
Exam Monitors Needed for Self-Scheduled Exams
The Registrar's Office needs a few good
monitors to cover self-scheduled exams
during Exam Week. Please stop by the
office in 101 Converse Hall if you're
interested. Duties include handing out
exams, beginning the exam and
collecting completed exams. Pay begins
at $9 per exam, depending on your
Keefe Health Center Second Annual Cold Weather Gear Drive
The Keefe Health Center is sponsoring
its second annual 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.
Donations may be brought to the Keefe
Health Center between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.,
Monday through Friday. Please contact
the Health Center at 413-542-2267 with
The Health Center would like to thank
everyone who donated to last year's
drive. As a result of your generosity,
25 students had a warm winter.
Applications Now Being Accepted for German Junior Year Abroad: Apply by Dec. 5
There is still time to apply for the
lucrative and exciting Amherst-Göttingen
Exchange Program! Application forms are
available at www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/german/goettingen. The deadline has been extended to Monday, Dec. 5, 2011. Please either submit your form to Professor
Rogowski or drop it off at the German
Department office between 8:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/german/goettingen
Be the One to Save a Life! Bone Marrow Registration Drive Dec. 6 and 7
With a simple cheek swab, find out if you're a match for someone in need. Today, the chances of finding a bone
marrow match in the national registry are less than 7 percent if you are of Asian/Pacific Islander descent, 7 percent if you are of black or African-American descent, 5 percent if you are of Hispanic descent and 3 percent if you
are of mixed descent. What does this mean? If you belong to
any of these minorities, it is extremely important that you register. Anyone can help by joining the registry. You have
a one-in-20,000 chance of matching a stranger, giving someone the chance of a lifetime. Tables will be open in Keefe Campus Center Atrium from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. both Tuesday, Dec. 6, and Wednesday, Dec. 7. This registration drive is sponsored by Asian Culture House and the Be the Match Foundation.
'Fill a Truck' Food Drive: Campus Challenge Nov. 28 to Dec. 7
The goal: Amherst students, staff and
faculty will collect 5,000 pounds of
nonperishable food for Amherst Survival
Center. Visit a collection site on
campus! Organize a mini-collection
event! The Top 10 food drive items are
peanut butter; tuna; soup; canned
tomatoes or sauce; side dishes (rice
pilaf, mac and cheese, etc.); boxed
pasta (not spaghetti); baking items
(cake mixes, cookies, etc.); canned
chicken, beef stew or beef ravioli; and
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/go/campuschallenge
Still a Few Spots Left for Interterm Accounting Course-- Apply ASAP!
There are very limited seats left in the
Interterm Accounting Course. Details are available at
the link below. Please pick up an
application at the front desk of the
Career Center ASAP to reserve your spot.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/interterm/courses#accounting
Submit to 'Circus'! Deadline Dec. 9
Submit your fiction, poetry, drawings
and photographs to "Circus," the campus
literary magazine! Submissions close on
Friday, Dec. 9.
Five College Battle of the Bands Dec. 9: Sign Up to Perform!
Are you a musician? GlobeMed at Amherst is a student-run nonprofit that works to reduce global health inequity, and
we're putting on a battle of the bands! All funds raised will go to our partner organization, Pastoral de la
Salud in El Salvador. The competition is open to any group from the Five Colleges, and we would love to hear from
interested performers! This will be a great opportunity to perform with other awesome bands and get yourselves known
to the Five College community. The winners will be able to perform at our widely popular date auction in the
spring semester. Email email@example.com ASAP if
you're interested in performing.
Looking for Student Volunteers for Springfield Middle School Campus Visit-- Apply by Dec. 9
The CCE is looking for student volunteers to help when 90 sixth-graders from JFK Middle School (in Springfield, Mass.) visit the Amherst campus on Tuesday, Dec. 13. This day has been organized to help these students realize the accessibility of a
collegiate education and to inspire them to work hard now to get there.
We're looking for students to serve either as guides to lead campus tours or as conversation leaders to lead small groups in discussions about the college process and college life.
Tour guides are needed Tuesday, Dec. 13, from 10:15 to 11 a.m. Conversation leaders are needed the same day from 11 a.m. to noon.
If interested, contact Reilly Horan at firstname.lastname@example.org before Friday, Dec. 9.
'Shoes that Fit' Clothing Drive
Shoes that Fit is a clothing drive that benefits kids at the Kelly and Morgan Schools in Holyoke. This is a very low-income part of the Pioneer Valley, and 98 percent of the students receive free or reduced-price lunches. Through traditional clothing drives, students often receive clothes that do not fit or that they are not most in need of. Thus, Shoes that Fit provides a list of the most-needed
clothing and sizes for each child, so that Amherst College students, faculty, staff, departments, offices, teams, floors and clubs can sponsor children and donate what each child needs most. Cards with each child's name and list of clothing items will be set up in Keefe Campus Center, and the collection day will be Friday, Dec. 16.
Drew House Accepting Applications for Spring Semester-- Apply by Dec. 12
Drew House applications are currently open. Students
who wish to apply to live in Drew House during the spring 2012 semester should submit their applications by Monday,
Dec. 12. Please contact Rachel Bass '13 or
Elkema Percival '13 for more information.
Now Accepting Applications for AC After Dark: O'Connor Commons! Apply by Dec. 12
AC After Dark is a pilot program
created to provide additional consistent
late-night social options to Amherst
College students. AC After Dark:
O'Connor Commons is the second half of
the programming, which will be put on by
all of you!
See our website (at the link below) for more
All proposals are due Dec. 12, 2011,
by noon and should be returned to
Crista Reed, assistant director of
Office 112, Keefe Campus Center; AC #2290).
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/keefe/late_night_events
French House Accepting Applications for Spring 2012 through Dec. 15
The French Department is accepting
French House applications for Spring
2012 openings. Information regarding
theme housing, including the online
application, can be found by clicking on
the link provided below.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/reslife
'Shoes That Fit' Clothing Drive Ends Dec. 16
Sponsor a child for the Shoes That Fit clothing drive that benefits kids at the Kelly and Morgan Schools in Holyoke. This is a very low-income part of the Pioneer Valley, and 98 percent of the students receive free or reduced-price lunches. Through traditional clothing drives, students often receive clothes that do not fit or that they are not most in need of. Thus, Shoes That Fit provides a list of the most-needed clothing and sizes for each child so that Amherst College students, faculty, staff, departments, offices, teams, floors and clubs can sponsor a child and donate what that child needs most. Cards with each child's
name and list of clothing items will be set up in Keefe, and the collection day will be Friday, Dec. 16.
'Thoughts of Amherst' Accepting Submissions!
Are you proud of a story you came up with for "Fiction Writing"? Did you draw/photograph/paint something amazing
that you'd like on the cover of a magazine? Have you written an insightful paper on a worthwhile topic that your
peers would gain from reading about? Did you do something else amazing for a class (maybe a lab) that could be published in a magazine? If you said yes to any of the above, consider submitting your work to "Thoughts of Amherst" at email@example.com! We review all submissions anonymously and select from among them the most intriguing,
humorous, thought-provoking, etc. for our once-a-semester publication. Your submission can be from any semester, so
long as it was done for a class. Submit to firstname.lastname@example.org!
Science Library Open 24 Hours During Exams Dec. 15 to 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. 15, and remain
open until 4 p.m. on Thursday, Dec.
22. Amherst students should use their
IDs to gain access during the overnight
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/library/
In Memoriam: Matthew Lee
Amherst College notes the passing of
Matthew Lee on Friday, Dec. 16, 2011.
Lee came to the college in 1999 and
worked as a police officer up until the
time of his death. He is survived by his
wife, Catherine, and four daughters,
Caylin, Hannah, Emma and Grace.
We invite members of the Amherst College
community to leave notes and
remembrances by logging into the In
Memoriam page and clicking "Add comment"
at the bottom of Lee's entry. Information about funeral services and memorial contributions is also available on the In Memoriam page.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/memoriam/node/364487
Keefe Health Center Hours During Winter Holiday Break
The Amherst College Keefe Health Center
will close for the Winter Holiday Break
at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 23, and
will reopen for Interterm at 8:30 a.m.
on Tuesday, Jan. 3. Amherst College
students remaining in the local area are
eligible to receive medical care, for
urgent needs only, at UMass University
Health Services (413-577-5000) when the
Keefe Health Center is closed. Amherst
College students with emergencies should
contact the Campus Police at
413-542-2111. UMass University Health
Services is closed holidays and daily
between the hours of 6 p.m. and 8 a.m.
During these off hours, students may contact
the telephone nurse at 413-577-5000 or
may utilize the Walk-In Clinic at Cooley
Dickinson Hospital (413-582-2000).
Turn Over a New Leaf: Visit the Writing Center
Now, with the semester's end in sight,
is a good time to 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. You may make a
Writing Counseling appointment with
Kristen Brookes through the Writing
Center's online scheduler.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/support/writingcenter/makeappointment
Employee Retirement Plan Enhanced Investment Menu
Effective Dec. 2, 2011, a number of
the investment funds offered to
employees through the Amherst College
Defined Contribution Retirement Plan are
being modified. We invite you to attend
one of the seminars for details on the
changes. Please use the following link
for more information, including a
listing of the seminar dates, times and
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/offices/human_resources/benefits/enhanced_menu
Influenza Vaccine for Amherst College Students
Flu vaccine is available at the Keefe
Health Center for students who wish to
receive the immunization. Students with
higher risks 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 vaccination.