Archived announcements for March, 2011
February Writing Workshops Now Open for Registration
The Writing Center's February workshops
are now open for registration. Thesis
workshops include "How to Write a Senior
Honors Thesis in 60 Days," "Orchestrating the Dialogue: Integrating Research into Your Own Writing," and
"Revising from Parts to Whole."
"Survival!" will teach time management
skills and "Active Reading" will focus
on reading more actively and
efficiently. For more information,
please visit the Writing Center website.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/support/writingcenter/workshops2010#february
Theme House Information 2011-2012: Applications Due Feb. 28
Information on the Theme House application process is available at the Theme House website below. Information is included on the Humphries Co-op, Residential Language Programs and Cultural Residences, as well as the
schedule for Open House Events.
Interested students should review the
information regarding theme houses on
the website and address any questions to
the Theme House Presidents.
All Theme House applications are online at the link below.
The deadline for applications is Monday, Feb. 28.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/reslife/housing/theme
Civic Engagement Scholars Internship Funding Deadline March 1
The next deadline for Civic Engagement Scholars (CES) funding is
March 1 at midnight. Get your applications in early. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
The CES program is a competitive program for
sophomores and juniors that offers
students the chance to connect their
academic programs of study with
internship opportunities around the
world. The program is designed to
support students as they deepen their
understanding of public service,
nonprofit administration, community
engagement, activism, structural
inequality, diversity and public policy
while making connections between theory
(academic experiences at Amherst
College) and action (community learning
in the field).
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/cce/students/internships/ces
Spanish Writing Center Will Open Feb. 27
Writing Fellows will be available
Sundays from 7 to 9 p.m. and Mondays
through Wednesdays from 8 to 9 p.m. in
Barrett 102, to assist upper-division
students enrolled in Spanish culture
courses, as well as language courses (Spanish 7
and up) with Spanish-language writing
projects. This program is meant to
complement Spanish Peer Tutors helping
students in language courses with
grammatical questions. Fellows will
concentrate exclusively on narrative
structure and strategy. Sessions will
last 30 minutes. Walk-ins are welcome if
time permits. Please bring your draft or
prospectus in hard copy to your session.
Contact Marcelo Cifuentes, Irina
Troconis, Bernardo Rios or Tomas Mondino
to schedule an appointment.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/spanish/spanishwritingcenter
Tutor with Girls Inc.!
Want to get out of the Amherst bubble? Free from
2:45 to 5:45 p.m. at least one day, Monday through Friday?
Interested in helping girls aged 5-12 with their
homework? Looking for a way to earn some work-study money? Then consider tutoring with Girls Inc.
this semester! Come to our orientation session on
Feb. 5 from 4 to 6 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall,
and fill out the webform at the following link if you are interested.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/cce/engagement/partnerships/girls_inc
Sign Up for Physical Education Classes, Unit 3
It is time to sign up for the next unit
of Physical Education Classes. This
unit runs from Feb. 14 to March
11. Please visit the Athletics website
for the list of classes and the link for
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/athletics/physed/courses
Need a Job? Apply to Be a Nonprofit Literacy Project Assistant!
If you are eligible for federal work-study and are looking for a rewarding job this semester, apply to be a project
assistant for Esperanza or To Mother
With Love, two international literacy
initiatives based on the Amherst campus.
For more information, contact Kat Libby
Student Workers Needed for Commencement/Reunion Jobs-- Apply by March 4
Alumni and Parent Programs, Dining
Services, Facilities and Public Affairs
will be hiring student workers for Commencement and
Reunion: a two-week period from Sunday,
May 15, to Sunday, May 29. Alumni and
Parent Programs and the Public Affairs
will need ushers, class assistants,
childcare assistants, drivers, storage
workers and reception
assistants. Facilities jobs include
custodial and grounds work. Dining
Services jobs include catering wait
staff, dining hall dish room workers, dining
hall meal servers and meal attendants.
Applications, due March 4, and more
information, including additional
requirements, are available online or by
contacting Marcy Larmon at
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/alumni/events/reunion/reunionstudentjobs
Now Accepting Applications for Summer and Fall 2011 Campus Center Managers-- Apply by Feb. 28
Keefe Campus Center Manager Job Description: 1. Greet people, answer questions and answer calls. 2. Open/close the building during necessary shifts. 3. Assist with audiovisual set-up/breakdown during events. 4. Monitor the building and the property once an hour. 5. Complete other duties as assigned. We will begin accepting applications on
Feb. 17. All applications are due by 4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 28, to Room 112 of the Campus Center. E-mailed applications will not be accepted. Applications are available in Room 112 or online at the link below. If you have any questions, please contact Crista Reed, casual assistant director, in Room 112 or at email@example.com.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/campuslife/keefe
Turn Over a New Leaf: Put an End to Procrastination and Writing Anxiety
Now 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. For more
information or to make an appointment,
see the Writing Center website.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/support/writingcenter
Amherst Children of Alcoholics to Begin Weekly Meetings
The Amherst Children of Alcoholics
Peer-Led Support Group starts meeting on
March 3. If you grew up with an
alcoholic at home and want to meet with
students of a similar background, e-mail
This informal group will be meeting
weekly for supportive and confidential
discussions on topics determined by
group members. Location and time will be
provided by e-mail.
Protect Your Vehicles (and Yourselves) from Falling Snow and Ice This Winter
As winter approaches, please be careful
when parking your vehicles on campus,
particularly in areas posted "Warning -
Falling Ice or Snow," as the college is
not responsible for any loss or damage
to your vehicle unless it is directly
caused by a college employee
(working for the college at the time of
the accident) or a college-owned
vehicle or equipment (such as a runaway
For more information: www.fivecolleges.edu/sites/riskmgmt/persvehicles/
Free Winter Coats from Health Services
We have good news for students with
limited finances who need winter
coats: Health Services now has free
winter coats for both male and female
students. Please contact Camille at
413-542-8575 for additional
information or to schedule an
Women of Amherst: Accepting New Members!
Women of Amherst, previously the Vagina
Monologues, is accepting members for the spring
semester and the upcoming performance.
Members from previous years and newcomers are
invited to the first meeting, on Sunday, Feb.
6, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Alumni House. Please come to
learn more about this new student group! E-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions,
comments or concerns.
Study Abroad for Amherst Students at New College, Oxford University: Applications Due March 7
New College at the University of Oxford
will host a limited number of qualified
Amherst students as visiting students
for the academic year starting in
2011-2012. Students must have 3.7 GPAs
and be in good academic and disciplinary
standing. Applications will be due
Monday, March 7, to the Career
Center and will be read by the Committee
on International Education, with final
selection by tutors at New College.
More information on the program and how
to apply is available at the following link.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/study_abroad/program_list/new_college
Kenchreai Field School Summer 2011 Application Deadline March 7
This four-week summer program introduces
students to the archaeology, history and
culture of Greece. Participants will
learn about data analysis, artifactual
processing and conservation; attend a
series of seminars by leading experts in
several fields; and join excursions to major
sites and museums in the region. The
excavation team lodges at a comfortable
family-run hotel in Archaia Korinthos,
the village that stands today on the
ancient site of Corinth, about an hour
south of Athens. We are looking for
someone with a serious interest in
furthering his or her knowledge of life
in ancient Greece, as well as of
archaeological techniques. The program runs June
1-28 and costs $5,100 plus airfare. Submit
applications to Professor R. Sinos in
Classics by March 7.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/classics/announcements
Fellowships in France: Application Deadline March 7
The French Department announces two
fellowships in France reserved for
graduating seniors for 2011-12. The
first fellowship, without stipend,
offers an affiliation with the most
prestigious of French graduate schools,
the École Normale Supérieure (ENS) in
Paris, and includes free room, library
privileges and admission to any
university course in Paris, including
those at the ENS. The second fellowship
is a teaching assistantship in English
language and American civilization at
the Université de Dijon. The Dijon
assistantship pays a monthly stipend of
approximately 1,150 euros after taxes,
for 12 months (October through September), including
nine months of teaching (mid-September
through mid-June), and assures free
admission to courses at the University.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/french/awards
Artistic? Submit an Orientation T-Shirt Design by March 11
The 2011 Orientation Committee is
seeking a student designer for this
year's Orientation T-shirt. This shirt
will be worn by student workers and
staff members as they welcome the Class
of 2015. In the past, designs have
included a small logo on the front and a
larger illustration on the back. On the
2010 Orientation T-shirt, the front read
"Which Way?" and the back illustration
featured the Cheshire Cat, pointing.
Below was the text, "that depends a good
deal on where you want to go...." If
you're interested in having your work
worn during Orientation, please send a
design (preferably in .eps Adobe
Illustrator format) to
email@example.com by Friday, March 11.
Summer Internship at 'The Common' Literary Magazine: Apply by March 11
"The Common" is a new literary magazine based at Amherst College.
Student interns for "The Common" are involved in all aspects of lit mag production, including evaluating
submissions, creating web content, writing and designing publicity materials, proofreading, office/administrative duties and organizing and staffing conferences and events.
Students should be familiar with the MS Office Suite. Experience with InDesign, web development and digital audio and video production are a big plus.
Summer interns work for Six weeks, up to 40 hours per week. On-campus housing is provided, but no meal plan.
To apply, submit a one-page letter with your interests in "The Common," a resume and two faculty references to editor
Jennifer Acker (firstname.lastname@example.org). The application deadline is March 11.
For more information: www.thecommononline.org
Interested in Participating in a Bollywood Extravaganza? Apply ASAP!
If you're interested in performing in a fun-filled, hip-swaying, low-pressure Bollywood dance/play performance for Jamboree 2011, just drop an
e-mail to email@example.com and you'll be
in! We need background dancers to do some
really simple-to-learn and fun-to-do Bollywood
dance numbers. No previous experience (or ANY
sort of dance skill whatsoever) is required-- this
absolutely low-pressure performance is meant
purely for you to let yourself go and learn a new,
interesting popular Indian dance form and forever
feel proud of performing it in front of an audience!
Apply immediately (no auditions!), because
practices start in March!
Submit Your Academic Work to 'Thoughts of Amherst'! Deadline March 11
"Thoughts of Amherst" publishes academic
work done by students. Submit papers,
creative writing, lab reports, computer
programs, visual arts, recordings of
performances or anything else done for
academic credit. Art submissions will
be considered for display on the front
and back covers. All submissions are
reviewed anonymously. Submissions should
be e-mailed to to firstname.lastname@example.org by
Friday, March 11.
For more information: www3.amherst.edu/~thoughts/
What Would You Miss Most if You Couldn't Read or Write?
Join in the celebration of World
Read Aloud Day! In your mailbox you
will find a World Read Aloud Day card
that asks "What would you miss most if
you couldn't read or write?" Share
your thoughts, fill out the cards and
slip them in the designated box in the
mail room. On March 10, we will record
people reading aloud randomly selected
cards from the box. Amherst World Read
Aloud event is part of the annual World
Read Aloud celebration sponsored by
LitWorld, a global literacy-promoting
organization founded by Amherst College alumna Pam
For more information: www.litworld.org/worldreadaloudday/
Last Chance to Apply as a Project Assistant for Literary Initiatives
If you are eligible for Federal Work-Study and are
interested in a great job this semester, apply to be
a project assistant for To Mother With Love or
Esperanza-- two literacy initiatives started by
Amherst students Germaine Habell '13 and Melissa
To Mother With Love (Nigeria): www.surveymonkey.com/s/DL76J8B.
Esperanza (Dominican Republic): www.surveymonkey.com/s/J8G8BFF.
For more information: readertoreader.org/contact.html
Doshisha University Fall 2011 Semester Exchange Program: Apply by March 7
Doshisha University will guarantee
scholarships for two Amherst students to
spend the fall semester at Doshisha.
The scholarship grants tuition and
housing for the fall semester and 80,000
yen per month (for up to six months).
Students are responsible for airfare,
meals and additional personal expenses.
More information about the program can
be found online. Hard copies of the
application forms are available in the
study abroad library in the Career
Center as well as the Asian Languages
and Civilizations Department.
Applications are due to the Director of
International Experience on Monday,
March 7, by 4:30 p.m. Applicants
will be interviewed by faculty in Asian
Languages and Civilizations.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/mm/100049
'To Mother, With Love' Women's Literacy Project
"To Mother, With Love" is a project that supports
women's literacy in Nigeria through the nonprofit
Reader to Reader. Our goal is to involve the
Amherst College community in implementing a
women's reading center in Ikenne, Ogun State,
Nigeria. Despite the fact that many women in this area
struggle to pay for their children's education, they
remain illiterate themselves. According to a U.N.
study of 46 countries, "a 1% rise in women's literacy
is three times more likely to reduce deaths in
children than a 1% rise in the number of doctors."
To get involved, contact Germaine Habell at
For more information: readertoreader.org/springboard.html
Get Excited for Recycle Mania! Begins Feb. 6
Beginning on Feb. 6, Amherst
College will compete with more than 340 other
colleges around the nation to see who
can recycle the most material per person
(including paper, cardboard and bottles
and cans). The contest will last for
eight weeks, and the figures will be
In last year's competition, Amherst was
third among the NESCAC schools in the "percent
recycled" category and fourth in the
per-capita recycling category. Help us
reach our goal to lead the NESCAC in
both categories this year.
Help Amherst College recycle!
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/greenamherst/recycling
Facilities Department Announces Tree Work for Week of March 14
There are five trees on the Amherst
College campus that must be taken down,
as recommended by a consulting arborist
who periodically evaluates the
condition and health of campus trees.
Given the risk to the campus community
associated with the degraded condition
of these trees, the college is left
with no option other than removing
these trees. The Facilities Department
has hired a contractor who will be
removing these at-risk trees, some of
which are in prominent locations in and
around the center of campus. This work
will be done during the week of March
14. In-kind replacement trees will
be planted in locations where trees are
removed. The trees that will be
removed include two white oak trees in
the Valentine Quadrangle, a hickory
tree south of Fayerweather Hall, a
white pine tree near the War Memorial,
and an elm tree east of Cooper House.
Tickets for Beethoven's Ninth Symphony Now Available for Reservation
The box office for Beethoven's Ninth
Symphony and Choral Fantasy opens
Monday, Feb. 21. The performance will
feature the Amherst Symphony Orchestra
and Amherst College Choral Society and
will take place on Saturday, March 5, at 8
p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall.
Tickets are required for all and are
$10 for the general public; $5 for
senior citizens, children 12 and under
and students with ID; and free to
Amherst and Five College Students with
ID. Early reservations are strongly
recommended, as this performance is
expected to sell out. Call 413-542-2195 or e-mail email@example.com.
Women of Amherst/Vagina Monologues Accepting Art Submissions (CORRECTION)
The Women of Amherst/Vagina Monologues is accepting art submissions to be included in the magazine that is released as an accompaniment to the show. All types of art will be accepted. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with all art
submissions. (The e-mail address previously given here was incorrect. The editor of the Announcements page apologizes for the error.)
Keefe Health Center Closed During Spring Recess
The Keefe Health Center will close for the Spring
Recess at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 11, and will reopen at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, March 21. Amherst College students remaining in the local area who have medical emergencies should contact the Campus Police at 413-542-2111. Students who have urgent care needs should contact UMass University
Health Services (UHS) at 413-577-5000. The UHS Walk-In
Care Unit will be open daily between 8 a.m. and midnight and closed between midnight and 8 a.m. A telephone nurse will be available at 413-577-5000 when UHS is closed. During these hours, students may utilize the Walk-In Care Unit at Cooley Dickinson Hospital.
The Writing Center Will Be Open During Spring Break
Whether you want help getting an early
start on a research paper, feedback on
applications or thesis chapters, a
mini-lesson on the passive voice or an
analysis of your writing challenges and
a plan to overcome them, the Writing
Center staff will be here to work with
you. To make an appointment, use our
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/support/writingcenter/makeappointment
Summer Internship in the Office of Public Affairs; Apply by March 21
The summer intern will coordinate the
production of the first-year "facebook"
and Student Handbook. The intern will also
write news releases; answer phones;
provide office support; write articles
for the college magazine and other
publications; and assist with sports
information, design and web work.
Relevant experience is desirable, and excellent
oral and written communication skills
and a keen sense of intellectual
curiosity are required. The summer
intern will work 20 to 35 hours a week.
The position, which begins on Monday, June 6, is open to first-, second-
and third-year students and pays $9.25
an hour. Summer housing is provided. To apply, submit a cover
letter, a resume and two writing samples
to Samuel Masinter '04, Assistant Director of Public
Affairs, at AC #2202 or email@example.com.
Call to Student Artists: Stearns Steeple Installation Competition-- Submissions Due March 21
The Mead Student Docents invite
proposals from undergraduate and
graduate students currently enrolled in
the colleges of the Pioneer Valley for
an installation in Amherst College's
Historic Stearns Steeple. The submission deadline is March 21. The winning installation will be announced by April 1.
The opening reception will be held on April 14 on 4:30 p.m.
The exhibition will run from April 14 until May 22.
Visit the Mead website for additional information.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/museums/mead/learning/collegestudents/stearns2011s
AAS Office of the Treasurer Seeks to Hire Three Clerks-- Apply by March 21
The Association of Amherst Students (AAS) Office of
the Treasurer is hiring three new clerks for the
remainder of this semester and upcoming academic
year. Job descriptions for the three positions can be
found at the link below. All applications are due by
11:59 p.m. on March 21. All inquiries should be
addressed to Philip Arthur Johnson, treasurer
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/aas/budgetary/employment
Faculty and staff: with most of the students gone for Spring Break, we need your help. If you have old papers in your office that you have been meaning to recycle, now is a great time to do so.
Amherst is competing with other NESCAC schools in RecycleMania, a friendly recycling competition that runs through April 2.
Currently, we are among the top 7 percent of
schools nationwide in per-capita
recycling and vying with Tufts and Conn
College for best among the NESCAC
schools. Any assistance you can provide
would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/greenamherst/recycling/recycle_mania
Physical Education Classes, Unit 4: Register by March 25
Welcome back! It is time to think about
enrolling in physical education classes.
Unit 4 begins on Monday, March 28,
and ends on Friday, April 22.
Please visit the Athletics website at the link below
for the course information and how to
register online. Registration will end
on Friday, March 25, at 4 p.m.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/athletics/physed/courses
CCE is Hiring Four Coordinators for Community Engagement Orientation Trips-- Apply by March 24
We are looking for students with excellent
organizational, teamwork and
communication skills; ability to execute
duties with minimal supervision;
experience leading groups of people and
peers; event planning and budgeting
experience; a valid driver's license (must
be a registered driver with campus
police); and a positive attitude.
Coordinators will work part-time
(between three and eight hours a week) in the CCE
from March 2011 through April 2012. One
coordinator will return to campus in
early/mid July and work full-time. The
other three coordinators will return to
campus in late July and work full-time
through Orientation. Compensation is
$9 per hour plus housing on-campus. Applications are due by noon on March 24.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/cce/students/orientation/tripleaderapplication
SHAC Runners Needed for Room Draw April 12 to 14-- Apply by April 1
Looking for some extra cash? Love housing? SHAC
is looking for runners to work two-hour shifts the
nights of Room Draw to help keep the process
running smoothly. Applicants must be available
between 7 p.m. and 1 a.m. on April 12, 13 and
14 and April 4 at 8 p.m. for an informational
meeting. To apply, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org by
midnight on Friday, April 1. Positions will be filled
on a first-come, first-served basis.
Seniors, Make Nominations NOW for 2011 Commencement Speaker and Honorary Class Members
Nominations are currently being accepted
for the Class of 2011
Commencement Speakers and honorary
members of the Class of 2011. Seniors may
make nominations until midnight at the following link:
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/aas/election/seniorspeaker