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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.
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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.
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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).
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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.
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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.
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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 signing up.
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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 at

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
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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
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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.
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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 us at 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 dumpster).
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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 appointment.

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 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.
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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.
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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.
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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 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 ( The application deadline is March 11.
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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 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 by Friday, March 11.
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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 Allyn.
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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 Aybar '14. To Mother With Love (Nigeria): Esperanza (Dominican Republic):
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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.
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'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
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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 available online. 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!
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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

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 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 online scheduler.
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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

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.
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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 (
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RecycleMania Update
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.
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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.
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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.
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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 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:
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