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Archived announcements for April, 2011

Registration Open for Silent Meditation Retreat, April 1-3
Amherst College students are invited to participate in a weekend silent meditation retreat off-campus, sponsored by the Meditation and Mindfulness Club (M&Ms). Participants will leave at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, April 1, and return around noon on Sunday, April 3. Space is limited to 12 participants. To register, or for more information, e-mail Mark Hart at To hold your place, you must make a $20 deposit with Iris Aliaj (, co-chair of the club. The deposit will be fully refunded if you attend the retreat or cancel before Monday, March 21, to allow others on a waitlist to attend.

Latham Internships: Apply by April 1
The Department of Political Science will be awarding stipends this spring for the Latham Summer Internship. These stipends are awarded each year to Amherst students who are seeking to spend the summer working as interns in Washington, D.C., in offices of the federal government or in other positions in the public service. Submit a copy of your college transcript, along with a statement (no longer than two pages) describing the internship you are pursuing and your reasons for pursuing it. Applications should be sent to the department office and directed to Theresa Laizer, Latham Internships, AC #2259. The deadline for applications is April 1.
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Advising Week March 28-April 1
Students and advisors meet. Students must obtain online advisor approvals by Friday, April 1.
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Annual Iron Chef Contest April 14: Teams Must Sign Up by April 1
Dining Services is now accepting names of teams for the drawing to be held Friday, April 1, to select the winners (six teams) to participate in the annual Iron Chef contest in Valentine on Thursday, April 14, at 5 p.m. Enter soon! Great prizes!

Seniors, Please Answer This Question by April 1
For a possible story in Amherst magazine, we would like seniors to answer this question: What are the greatest myths about your generation? Please send a short response (200 words or fewer) to by Friday, April 1. Thank you!

ASA Night Market DJ : Apply by Last Week of March
Amherst College's Asian-affinity groups will host the annual Night Market festival in Keefe Campus Center on April 16. Night Market is a huge cultural event geared toward Amherst students and prospective students, with Five College performances and food. The ASA is seeking a DJ to perform at the Night Market after-party that Saturday night. The DJ will be responsible for providing dance music of his or her choice. Please submit your work by the end of March, in the form of MP3 files to, and we will contact you with further details.

Reserve Tickets Now for 'Vagina Confessionals: Amherst Women Tell All!'
E-mail to reserve tickets for "Vagina Confessionals: Amherst Women Tell All!," to be performed March 31, April 1 and April 2 at 8 p.m. in Converse Hall's Red Room (Cole Assembly Room). Inspired by years of performing EveEnsler's internationally renowned "Vagina Monologues," Amherst women now tell their own stories and the stories of women from the early days of co-education! The production explores the mystery, humor, pain, power, wisdom, courage, outrage and excitement buried in women's experiences. The proceeds from the performances and annual raffle support New England Learning Center For Women in Transition, a rape crisis and domestic violence prevention and intervention organization in nearby Greenfield. Suggested donation is $5 for students and $10 for all others.

English Department Prizes: Submissions Due April 4
Submissions for the English Department prizes to be awarded this spring will be accepted in the department office, Johnson Chapel 1, until April 4. For complete descriptions of the various prizes, please see the English Department's website.
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Spring Intramurals Begin April 6! Sign Up by April 5
The third and final intramural season will begin on Wednesday, April 6! Intramural activities are open to all members of the Amherst community. This year, we are offering softball, tennis, golf and flag football. More information can be found on the intramurals website. Sign up by April 5.
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Now Hiring Event Staff for Spring Concert April 15; Apply by April 5
Looking for a few extra work hours this semester? We are now hiring event staff for the Program Board Spring Concert on April 15! This is a one-day commitment (six hours, 5:30 to 11:30 p.m.) and the pay is $10 per hour. But wait! There are perks! We feed you and give you a swanky staff T-shirt, and you get to work backstage at the concert! Some of the work includes: assisting with will-call and wristbands, working as a runner for the Program Board staff, and other duties as assigned. Please contact Crista Reed, assistant director of student activities, via email ( to express your interest. We have a limited number of spots available, so please respond by April 5.

Valentine Summer Job Applications Due April 5
Applications to work in Valentine Dining Hall over the summer are available in the office on the lower level of Val. The deadline is Tuesday, April 5.

Placement Test Mandatory for Students NEW to Spanish Language Courses: Take Test Online March 30 to April 6
The Spanish Department administers a placement exam to help students choose the correct Spanish-language course in which to enroll. Amherst College students will have access from March 30 to April 6. Go to the Spanish Department website, click on "Placement Test" in the menu on the left, log in and follow directions provided. You will need a computer with speakers or headphones. Five College students should contact Language Coordinator Victoria Maillo at to schedule the placement exam. A personal interview will follow the exam; all students should contact Maillo to schedule this interview.

Amherst's Telementoring Program is Now Hiring: Apply by April 8
Want to learn more about the admissions process? Are you a work-study student? If you're looking for a unique job opportunity, then the Telementoring Program may be for you. The program assists high school students from talented, diverse, underrepresented backgrounds in the college process through their senior year of high school by pairing them with Amherst students from similar backgrounds-- regardless of whether students have any interest in applying to Amherst. Classes '12, '13 and '14 are invited to apply. This is a paid position. If you are interested, please complete the telementoring application at the link below and return to the Office of Admission (Box #2221, Attn. Alexandra Hurd) no later than Friday, April 8.
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Charles Hamilton Houston Prize for Seniors and '11Es: Deadline is April 15
The Charles Hamilton Houston Prize is an annual monetary gift awarded to a graduating senior (or '11E) who best personifies a commitment to realizing his or her humane ideals, much in the way that Charles Houston '15 devoted his life to the struggle for equal protection under the law for African-Americans. Each candidate is required to write an essay of no more than 10 pages on the question: "In what area of social involvement do you feel that you can best effect your humanitarian ideals?" In addition, each candidate is required to submit a list of activities and/or work experiences that illustrates his or her commitment to this ideal. Essays should be submitted to the President's Office no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 15.

Juniors: Apply Now to be a Peer Career Advisor for 2011-2012-- Deadline April 10
The Career Center is currently accepting applications for Peer Career Advisors (PCAs) for the academic year 2011-2012. The PCA position is a yearlong, paid position for seniors who are interested in working approximately 5 hours per week assisting other students with their internship and job-search process. An important goal of the Career Center is to involve students in thoughtful career exploration throughout their time at Amherst, and PCAs play a fundamental role in this process. If you enjoy helping people, writing and editing, solving problems and hosting events, this might be the perfect job for you! The application deadline is Sunday, April 10. The application process and job description are available on Experience.

Applications Available for the Executive Board of the Amherst Political Union--Apply by April 13
The Amherst Political Union is soliciting applications for its Second Executive Board. Applications will be due on April 13, following the highly anticipated debate with four of the nation's most prominent legal scholars on the constitutionality of health care reform on Tuesday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Johnson Chapel. Applications are available on the organization's website (at the link below) and should be e-mailed to Students must log in to the Amherst website to view the attached application. Applicants will be contacted after the deadline has passed, should they qualify for an interview.
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Moseley Prize 2011: Submissions Due April 16
A substantial first and second prize will be awarded for essays by seniors dealing in a scholarly manner with religion. The approach may be historical, literary, philosophical or scientific, but the focus of the essay should be on religious subject matter or on patterns of religious thought, sensibility and conduct. Though the prizes are most often awarded to honors theses, relevant term papers and substantial essays written specifically for this competition will also be considered. Entries must be submitted by Friday, April 16, to the Religion Department Office. However, theses with department due dates after April 16 may be submitted within the next week. Interested students are invited to consult Professor Maria Heim, chairman of the Moseley Committee, for further information regarding the terms of this competition. Winners of the Moseley Prize will be announced at Senior Assembly on May 6.

Fall 2011 Budget Submissions for all Clubs DUE FRIDAY, April 15
The AAS Office of the Treasurer is currently accepting applications for Fall 2011 Budgets. All AAS-recognized clubs are eligible to apply for a budget. All budgets must be reviewed by the organizations assigned Budgetary Committee Representative prior to the due date. ALL SUBMISSIONS ARE DUE by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 15!
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Edward Jones Prize for Seniors: Deadline April 15
Each year, the Black Studies Department awards the Edward Jones Prize in honor of the first black alumnus of Amherst College. Competition for the prize is open to any graduating Amherst College senior (including 2011Es) who has written an honors thesis that addresses a present or future issue of concern to black people in Africa and the Diaspora. Submissions for the Jones Prize will be accepted by the Black Studies Department from all other Amherst College academic departments. In order to be considered, one unbound copy of a student's thesis must be received in the Black Studies Department Office in 108 Cooper House no later than 3 p.m. on Friday, April 15. The Jones Prize will be awarded at Senior Assembly.

Stonewall Prize Submission Deadline April 15
The Stonewall Committee invites student submissions for the 2011 Stonewall Prize. This prize is awarded annually to the Amherst College student whose work offers substantial and exceptional commentary on some facet of bisexual, intersex, gay, lesbian, queer or transgendered experience. Submissions may take a number of forms: prose, poetry, fiction, drama, videos, films, art projects, photography or performance art. They may be created as part of a classroom assignment or honors project, or they may be original for this competition. All submissions are due no later than April 15 and are to be mailed to the Stonewall Prize Committee, AC #2208, or delivered to the Office of the President.

Apply Now for History 255: 'Historical Perspectives on Criminal Justice and the U.S. Economy'
To all interested students: Please get in touch with me early (Martha Saxton, History and Women's and Gender Studies Departments, Chapin 111, to register for "Historical Perspectives on Criminal Justice and the U.S. Economy." The course will be taught in the Hampshire County Jail, where an equal number of college students and incarcerated students will meet together weekly throughout the fall semester. Enrollment is limited and the process a little more cumbersome than usual, so please let me know right away if you are interested, and I will send you a short application form. I will be interviewing students from March 29 to April 1 and letting you know quickly whether you have been accepted into the class, so you will be able to preregister as usual.

Dispatch from the Presidential Search Committee
Martha M. Umphrey, professor of law, jurisprudence and social thought, assesses major challenges facing Amherst College and other thoughts on the search for Amherst College's 19th president in the latest dispatch from the search committee (dated Feb. 16). Also, the search committee has framed the college and the role of the presidency in the document "Defining the Search for Our 19th President," which is being provided to potential candidates. Umphrey's dispatch, earlier dispatches, the defining document and more information can all be found on the Presidential Search Committee web pages; click the following link.
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Cap and Gown Pickup for Seniors April 18 and 19
Seniors are reminded to pick up caps and gowns in Converse Hall's Porter Lounge on Monday, April 18, and Tuesday, April 19, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Caps and gowns must be worn to Senior Assembly on May 6. This is the only time that regalia will be available for pickup. If you are unable to pick up at those times or if you have any questions, please call Pat Allen at 413-542-8094 or e-mail
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German Department Writing Prize: Submission Deadline April 20
The German Department will award the Consulate General Prize for Academic Achievement for the best paper written as a part of the work in any German Department course during 2010-2011. Students are invited to submit their original papers, with faculty comments, to Professor Brandes in Barrett 207 by Wednesday, April 20. Please indicate your class and campus box number on all entries.
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Attention, Seniors: Senior Speakoff DATE CHANGE to April 20
The date of the Senior Speakoff has been changed. It will be held on Wednesday, April 20, at 6:30 p.m. in Johnson Chapel. Seniors will vote for the student Commencement speaker from 13 nominated participants. In order to vote, seniors must be present in Johnson Chapel at 6:30 p.m. on April 20.
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Prizes from Department of Art and the History of Art: Submissions Due April 20
The Department of Art and the History of Art will award up to three prizes to Amherst College students this spring. The Athanasios Demetrios Skouras Prize is awarded for an outstanding work of art or architecture. The Hasse Prize is awarded for the best submitted work using the human figure as a theme. The Anna Baker Heap Prize is awarded for the best essay or dissertation on the subject of "Art." Bring submissions to Louise Beckett in Fayerweather 107 no later than noon on Wednesday, April 20. For more complete prize descriptions and submission instructions, click the link below. Address any additional questions to faculty members in the Department of Art and the History of Art.
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Amherst Political Union E-Board Application Deadline EXTENDED to April 20
Thank you all for coming out for a great debate on the constitutionality of health care reform. Due to an extraordinary influx of applications in the past few days, we've decided to extend the application deadline for the Second Executive Board of the Amherst Political Union to April 20, on the night of President Marx's talk in the Red Room. Applications can be accessed at the group website (students must be logged in) or by e-mailing
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Register Now for Reading and Proofreading Workshops
Registration is now open for what may well be the last two Writing Center workshops of the year. "Active Reading"-- coming right up on March 24 --is designed to help you manage what may seem like an unmanageable reading load. "Proof It!"-- which meets April 14 --will help you catch common errors in your own writing so that you won't have to bribe your roommate to do it for you. Preregistration is required for both workshops.
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Jazz@Schwemm's Spring 2011 Performers Announced
The Spring 2011 Jazz@Schwemm's lineup will include performances by the CLaire Arenius Trio (March 3), the Eugene Uman Ensemble (March 10), the Leah Randazzo Quartet (March 24) and the Eclectic Jazz Quartet (March 31). Student jazz combos will also join each performance. Each performance will begin at 9 p.m. in the Back Room of Schwemm's and is free and open to the public. Thanks to Student Activities and Jazz@Amherst for support of this series.
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Sign Up for Red Cross Blood Drive in Campus Center April 21
Amherst College will host its last Red Cross blood drive of the school year on Thursday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Keefe Campus Center. All blood types are needed, but there is currently a critical need for O-negative blood. O-negative blood can be transfused to any patient in an emergency situation. Walk-ins are always welcome, but appointments are encouraged. For an appointment, please call 1-800-922-4376 or, up until one day before the drive, make an appointment online at Please eat breakfast and/or lunch on the day of your donation and drink extra fluids. Bring a positive ID. All presenting donors will receive a Red Cross lanyard.
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Student Poster Poster Needed ASAP
The Office of Public Affairs is looking for a student to post posters around the campus. This is a paid position. If you are interested please stop by the Office of Public Affairs in Converse 306 and speak with Maryann Wood.

Investment Office Student Internship Opportunity for Fall 2011 Semester: Apply by April 22
The Investment Office is seeking one or more student interns to assist with a number of ad hoc projects related to the management of the endowment. This is a great opportunity for Amherst College undergraduates to gain exposure and real-world experience in the areas of finance and investments (including hedge funds, private equity, venture capital, real estate, etc.). To be considered for this position, or if you have any questions, please submit a resume and cover letter, via the Experience portal, to the attention of Kip Doble ( by April 22. Past applicants are encouraged to reapply.
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Amherst Innovation Pitch: Submit Your Great Idea by April 23
Have a "silly" or "great" idea for business, social change, community service or films and the performing arts? Register and submit a summary of your idea (maximum 150 words) at the link below by April 23. Then prepare a two-minute presentation to be given on April 30 at 4 p.m. at Stirn Auditorium, where a panel of judges will evaluate your idea based on its potential for growth/impact, creativity and feasibility. Stand a chance to win on the spot $500 (Grand Prize), $350 (Second Prize), $250 (Third Prize) or $200 (Audience Award) and possibly a chance to develop your idea. Cookies and pizza will be provided!
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Frederick S. Lane '36 Student Book-Collecting Competition: Enter by April 22
The Lane Prize for Excellence ($500) is awarded to a student showing considerable experience, knowledge and ability in the field of book-collecting. The First ($350), Second ($200) and Third ($100) prizes are to be awarded to students showing strong interests in book-collecting and presenting good beginning collections. The deadline to enter this contest is April 22 at 4 p.m.
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Financial Aid Renewal for 2011-12: Apply by April 25
Applications for renewal of financial aid for 2011-12 are now being received. Any student may apply for financial aid, regardless of whether he or she now receives assistance. The application deadline is April 25. Information about applying is posted on the Office of Financial Aid website. If you have questions about financial aid at Amherst or the procedure for applying, contact the Office of Financial Aid, B-5 Converse Hall, at (413)542-2296.
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In Memoriam: Angelo Vassallo
Amherst College notes the passing of Angelo Vassallo on April 18, 2011. Vassallo came to the college in 1981 and worked as a custodian until his retirement in 2010. For information on funeral arrangements, or to leave a note, please visit the link below.
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Attention, Seniors: WAGS Prize Deadline April 25
Graduating seniors who are writing theses with a focus on gender and who have taken one or more WAGS courses are invited to apply for the WAGS Prize. Please submit 1) your thesis, 2) a one-paragraph abstract and 3) the title(s) of the WAGS course(s) you have taken to the WAGS Department no later than April 25.
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