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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 giving blood. 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, visit www.amherst.edu/campuslife/keefe, 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 tyrrant46@yahoo.com and jacqu22s@mtholyoke.edu 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 experience.

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 any questions. 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 canned beans.
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 kamissahaidoo13@amherst.edu 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 rhoran13@amherst.edu 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 information! All proposals are due Dec. 12, 2011, by noon and should be returned to Crista Reed, assistant director of student activities (creed@amherst.edu; 413-542-8448; 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 thoughts@amherst.edu! 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 thoughts@amherst.edu!

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 hours.
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 locations.
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.

 
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