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Archived announcements for May, 2011

Looking for a Quiet, Sunny Space to Write Your Thesis?
The Writing Center invites senior thesis writers to come write in the Charles Pratt common room. We've reserved the space from 9 a.m. until noon, Monday through Friday, until theses are due, for writers who want a sunny, quiet place to work and a community of writers to work with. We will provide coffee and light snacks. Schedule some writing time every morning, and see how productive you can be.

A Reminder to Student Employees who are U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents
If you claimed "Exempt" on your 2010 W-4 (Federal Employee's Withholding Allowance Certificate), this status expires on Feb. 16, 2011. You must complete a 2011 W-4 form before the expiration date if you wish to remain "Exempt" from Federal Income Tax Withholding. For information on "Exempt" criteria, please visit the link below. International students are not eligible to claim "Exempt" on their W-4 forms. 2011 W-4 forms are available in the Office of Financial Aid (B-5 Converse Hall). The office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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It's Not Too Late to Join Weight Watchers on Campus
It's never too late to get healthy! You can join at any time. We meet every Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. in the Barker Room of Frost Library. Contact for more information.

Travel Immunizations for Amherst College Students
Amherst College students planning to travel abroad (other than in Canada or Europe) may update their immunizations before leaving. Immunity after vaccination may take up to four weeks, and some immunizations are in a series of three injections. Please contact the Keefe Health Center at 413-542-2267 at least six weeks prior to your travel date to schedule your initial travel appointment.

Renovation Soon to Begin in Frost Library, Creating Better Study Spaces
The first phase of the upcoming summer library renovation-- a shift of books shelved on levels 2 and 3 --will begin Monday, March 28, and will continue through April. See the library's news and announcements list for more information.
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Senior Health Reviews at Keefe Health Center
For students graduating in May, the ideal time for a Senior Health Review is now. This is an opportunity to review your medical file and obtain a necessary medical examination, laboratory tests, immunizations and prescriptions. Please contact the Amherst College Keefe Health Center at 413-542-2267 to schedule an appointment.

Students: Share Your Thoughts About the Amherst Experience
We know that you are very busy, but the Office of Institutional Research needs your help. All students received an email on March 27 about a national survey that helps us understand your thoughts about the Amherst experience. The survey takes between 15 and 20 minutes, and to say thank you for filling it out, we will donate $2 on your behalf to a local charity, raffle ten $10 Amherst Books gift certificates and raffle a $100 prize to one person in each class year. Our peer institutions have recorded response rates above 60 percent, and if Amherst could reach that level, the information would be very helpful to us. Please complete the survey today. Thank you.
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Referees Needed for Intramural Flag Football
Paid referees are needed for intramural flag football. Games take place at 9 p.m., Monday to Thursday. Interested students who can work any of those days should send an e-mail to ASAP.
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Thank You From Red Cross Blood Drive
Thanks to everyone who made the Amherst College Red Cross blood drive, held at the Keefe Campus Center on April 20, such a huge success. Seventy-two pints of much-needed blood were collected, surpassing our goal of 53 pints. During this academic year, Amherst College sponsored four Red Cross blood drives, resulting in 258 pints of blood being collected. The Red Cross will be back on campus in the fall.

Student Ushers Needed for Soros Talk Tonight
The Office of Public Affairs is looking for seven students to usher for the George Soros lecture tonight in Johnson Chapel. If you are interested please email Maryann Wood as soon as possible at This is a paid position. Thanks!

George Soros to Speak Tonight in Johnson Chapel
The world-renowned investor, writer and philanthropist will discuss philanthropy in a lecture titled "A Conversation with George Soros" tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Johnson Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.
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Class of 2011 Honorary Class Members
Being feted at the Senior Dinner are the following honorary class members of the Class of 2011: Eric Baldwin of Facilities; David Cetto of Dining Services; Stephen George, The Manwell Family Professor of Life Sciences; Don Kells of the Post Office; Kathy Jekanowski of Athletics; President Tony Marx; Jordan Moore-Fields, late member of the Class of 2011; and Cara Sullivan of Campus Police.

2011 Swift Moore Teaching Award Recipients Named
Three secondary school instructors who challenged, inspired and moved members of Amherst College's Class of 2011 will be honored with the Phebe and Zephaniah Swift Moore Teaching Award during the school's 190th Commencement exercises at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 22. This year's recipients include Clark Ginapp, an English teacher from Holyoke High School in Holyoke, Colo., nominated by Jes-c Brandt '11; Robert Hepner, a math teacher from Melvindale High School in Melvindale, Mich., nominated by Rachel Hamalainen '11; and Linda Linville, a history teacher from Centennial High School in Corona, Calif., nominated by Gregory Campeau '11.

Spring 2011 German Film Series
The Department of German is pleased to announce the German Film Series for Spring 2011. Showings are on Thursdays at 4 and 7:30 p.m. in Stirn Auditorium. For more information, please visit the German Department website and the college's Event Calendar.
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Financial Aid for Study Abroad or Study Away in 2011-12
If you are planning on studying away from Amherst-– abroad or at another U.S. institution –-you should set an appointment with Dean Kate Gentile to discuss your plans and how financial aid can help. You should review the information concerning financial aid for study abroad or study away, available on the Financial Aid website, before meeting with Dean Gentile. Please call (413)542-2296 to set an appointment.
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AAS Budgetary Committee Check Request Deadline May 6
Dear students: As the semester draws to a close, I'd like to kindly remind you that ALL CHECK REQUESTS are due no later than NOON on Friday, May 6, 2011. Requests received after this date will NOT BE PROCESSED UNTIL THE FALL! If you have a special circumstance that will prevent you from submitting a check request by this deadline, please contact me, Philip Johnson, directly at Please state clearly why you require an extension. Thanks, and best of luck with finals.
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Amherst Yogis
The Amherst Yogis are back this semester, this time with four yoga classes a week. Nadya will be teaching at 5 p.m. on Mondays and 6 p.m. on Tuesdays while Michael Keezing will be teaching us on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. All classes are in Chapin Chapel. No experience necessary. Mats are provided.

Gerald Penny Center Hours for Spring 2011
The Gerald Penny Center (first floor of the Octagon) is open from Sunday through Friday from 7 p.m. until midnight. All are welcome.
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Amherst Children of Alcoholics Changes Weekly Meetings to Tuesdays
The Amherst Children of Alcoholics Peer-Led Support Group will meet March 8. 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.

Summer Intern Needed to Help Develop Materials for Environmental Studies Curriculum
Faculty in Environmental Studies are seeking to hire an Amherst College student to assist with the development of materials for the Amherst ENST curriculum. Duties will include the identification of resources on issues in environmental studies that bridge different disciplines. The intern will organize and present results to faculty advisors and collaborate with them to develop these materials into examples that effectively connect courses across the ENST curriculumn. To apply, please send a letter of interest (include the name and contact information of at least one reference) and a recent transcript to Professor Wagaman in the Math Department. For more information see the News and Events tab on the Math Department web page (at the following link).
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Amherst Continues Tradition of Success in National Recycling Competition
The final 2011 RecycleMania results have been posted. For the fourth year in a row, our per-capita recycling rate here at Amherst was among the top 10 percent of schools participating in this competition. Amherst also had another excellent showing among the NESCAC schools. After several years of trying, we beat Conn College and took second place among the NESCAC schools. A big round of thanks goes out to the entire Amherst College community for all of your recycling efforts during this competition and throughout the year. Likewise, congratulations to Union College in New York, the winner of the 2011 RecycleMania Per-Capita Classic Competition.
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19th-Century English Novel Prize Winners
The English Department is pleased to announce that Miranda C. Marraccini '12 and Natasha R. Smith '11 are the winners of the 19th-Century English Novel Prize. This is an annual prize for the best student essay on the 19th-century English novel. The prize is intended to encourage students to read and write about 19th-century English novels intelligently, critically and with a heightened sense of pleasure. The prize competition for 2011-12 will be on the same schedule as other English Department prizes; the deadline for the submission of essays will be early April 2012.

Valentine Needs Dishwashers Through May 14
Valentine is seeking dishwashers for the remainder of the semester. The pay rate is $8.65 per hour. Weekend dinner shifts are open from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. To apply, visit the Valentine Dining Hall office or speak with a Dining Services manager.

Donate Your Books to Reader to Reader!
After you go to the Option book drop, do you have leftover books that you won't be packing on the plane home? Still have that novel you wanted to read but never found the time? Donate your gently used books to Reader to Reader and support libraries across United States and in 12 other countries. Donation boxes are located in your laundry room. Thanks for helping us change the world, one book at a time!
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Science Library Open 24 Hours a Day During Exams
The library is pleased to provide 24-hour access to the Keefe Science Library in Merrill during reading and exam period. Keefe will open at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 7, and remain open until 4 p.m. on Friday, May 13. Amherst students should use their student IDs to gain access during the overnight hours.
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Student Office Keys and James/Stearns Music Practice Room Keys Due Back by May 13
The deadline to return all keys to student office and music practice room spaces (in James, Stearns and Hitchcock ONLY-– any keys checked out via the Music Department can only be returned to the Music Department) is 4 p.m. on Friday, May 13, to Campus Center Room 114. Fill out the envelope provided outside the office door and return to Heather Polson. If you need your key through the summer, please consult with Dean Hannah Fatemi to discuss a deadline extension. If you need the key for the next academic year, you will need to turn it in by the May 13 deadline and check it out again in fall 2011. Anyone not returning keys by the deadline will be assessed a replacement fee.

Need a Place to Study for Finals?
The Cadigan Center will be open all night, every night, from May 8 through May 12, starting at 8 p.m. Snacks and drinks will be provided. The Cadigan Center is on Woodside Avenue, just down from Newport and in back of the President's house.

Reminder to Students Receiving Allergy Shots at Keefe Health Center
All students receiving allergy shots at the Keefe Health Center need to pick up their refrigerated serum and copies of their allergy records by May 20, 2011. Refrigerated serum remaining at the Health Center after this date will be discarded.

Mead Now Accepting Applications from Five College Faculty for Faculty Seminar Aug. 30-31
The Mead Art Museum invites brief applications for its next Mellon-funded Faculty Seminar, to be held at the Mead on Aug. 30 and 31. The seminar will be led by Dr. Katherine Anne Paul, curator of arts of Asia at The Newark Museum, and will feature the Mead's collection of 15 Tibetan thangkas. The seminar is open to Five College faculty members from any discipline who are curious to learn more about thangkas and their role in Buddhism and Tibetan culture and to explore opportunities for incorporating original works of art from the Mead's collection into their teaching and research. A stipend will be offered. For more information about the seminar, eligibility and how to apply, visit the Mead Art Museum website.
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Faculty and Staff: Share Your Thoughts About Amherst College Child Care
The college is continuing its evaluation of child care needs and services. Faculty, staff and administrators who have an interest in talking about their child care needs and experiences are invited to contact Marian Matheson, Director of Institutional Research and Planning, to share their thoughts and ideas. Please contact Marian at or ext. 5187.

Campus Center Managers are Hiring for Summer! Apply by May 20
We are offering employment from May 31 to Aug. 27 at $8 hour (4 p.m. to 9 p.m.) or $15 per hour (9 p.m. to 2 a.m. and weekends). (These hours are not guaranteed and will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.) The shifts are 4 to 6 p.m. or 4 to 7 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. or 7 to 9 p.m. Currently we are ONLY in need of students who can work the earlier (4 to 6 or 7 p.m.)shifts. We are not able to provide housing. In order to hold this position, you must have housing from another department or live in the area. Duties include answering the telephone and greeting patrons, opening and closing the building during necessary shifts, using a log to monitor the building and the property once an hour and other duties as assigned, If you are interested, please e-mail Crista Reed ( with your general availability by no later than 3 p.m. on May 20.

Commencement Information for Faculty and Administration
Commencement Weekend is this weekend, May 21-22. The Commencement program is online at the link below. You and your spouse or partner are cordially invited and encouraged to join seniors and their families at weekend events. The conversations with honored guests begin at 11:15 a.m. on Saturday, with additional talks at 2 and 3:15 p.m., at various locations across campus. The President’s Reception, in the garden of the President’s House, will take place from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Saturday. (Please note that the Family Luncheon on Saturday and the luncheon following Commencement on Sunday no longer require tickets.) Professor Wako Tawa, Faculty Marshal, reminds you that the academic procession for Commencement will form in the O’Connor Commons of Charles Pratt Dormitory. The door is on the Merrill Science side, just across the road from Stirn Auditorium. (In case of unrelenting rain, meet in the men’s locker room in the Alumni Gymnasium.) Please be there no later than 9:45 a.m. on Sunday. To learn whether Commencement will be held outdoors or in LeFrak Gymnasium, call 413-542-INFO (413-542-4636) after 8 a.m. on Sunday.
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Christine Lagarde Has Canceled Her Visit to Amherst College
Regrettably, Christine Lagarde has canceled her visit to Amherst College. Other Commencement events will take place as scheduled.

Alumni and Parent Programs Hiring for the Summer
We are offering employment from May 31 to Aug. 27 at $8 hour for 15-20 hours per week. The job entails assisting with lunch phone coverage in Pontypool (22 Snell Street) and Smith House (22 Hitchcock Road), website work and other duties. If you are interested, please e-mail Susan Englehardt ( or call 413-542-5901.

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