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.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/student_employment
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
See the library's news and announcements
list for more information.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/library
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
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.
For more information: https://www3.amherst.edu/~oir/
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 email@example.com ASAP.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/athletics/intramurals/spring
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. This is a paid
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.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/news_releases/2011/05/node/311317
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
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.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/german/film_series
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.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/offices/financialaid/studyabroad_aid
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 email@example.com.
Please state clearly why you require an
Thanks, and best of luck with finals.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/aas/budgetary/schedules10
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
For more information: www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=112421744949
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).
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/mathematics/news
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
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/offices/facilities/recycling
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
For more information: www.readertoreader.org
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.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/library/hours
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
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
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.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/museums/mead/learning/mellonseminar
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
firstname.lastname@example.org or ext.
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 (email@example.com) 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.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/specialevents/commencement/schedule
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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or