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
email@example.com. To hold your place,
you must make a $20 deposit with Iris
Aliaj (firstname.lastname@example.org), 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
For more information: https://cms.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/political_science/latham
Advising Week March 28-April 1
Students and advisors meet. Students must obtain online advisor approvals by Friday, April 1.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/registrar/olr
Annual Iron Chef Contest April 14: Teams Must Sign Up by April 1
Dining Services is now accepting names
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will contact you with
Reserve Tickets Now for 'Vagina Confessionals: Amherst Women Tell All!'
E-mail email@example.com 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.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/english/prizes
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.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/athletics/intramurals/spring
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) to express
your interest. We have a limited number
of spots available, so please respond by
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
email@example.com to schedule the
placement exam. A personal interview
will follow the exam; all students should
contact Maillo to schedule this
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
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.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/admission/telementoring
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/studentgroups/political_union
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!
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/aas/budgetary/clubbudgets
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
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,
email@example.com) 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
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.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/presidential_search
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
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/specialevents/commencement/infostudents/preparing
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.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/german/prizes_awards
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.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/specialevents/commencement/infostudents/senior_activities
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.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/art/prizes
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
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/studentgroups/political_union
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.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/support/writingcenter/workshops2010#march
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.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~jazz
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
redcrossblood.org. 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.
For more information: www.redcrossblood.org
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) by April
22. Past applicants are encouraged
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/offices/treasurer/investments
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!
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/aas/enterprise/innovationpitch2011
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.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/library/about/support/friends/lane
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.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/offices/financialaid/renewal_upperclassapps
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.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/memoriam/node/311300
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.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/womens_gender_studies/wagsprize