Archived announcements for January, 2012
Space Available in 'Personal Essay Writing' Course
It's not too late to register for Personal Essay Writing, an Interterm course offered by the Writing Center. Take this opportunity to tell some stories you've been wanting to tell, learn some new writing processes and have fun doing some writing you might not normally have the time or
opportunity to do. To join the class, contact Kristen Brookes before the second meeting, Jan. 5, at 10 a.m.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/support/writingcenter/workshops2011/node/362080
Two New Writing Workshops Jan. 10 and 11
Registration is now open for two new
workshops at the Writing Center.
"Reading Closely," which meets Tuesday,
Jan. 10, will help you decide what
details of a text (literary,
philosophical, religious, theoretical
or legal) are important, attend
insightfully to these details and find
and interpret connections among these
details. "Writing Effective
Introductions and Conclusions," which
meets Wednesday, Jan. 11, will offer a
lens through which to think about these
most difficult parts of a paper, as
well as strategies for crafting them.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/support/writingcenter/workshops2011
Get Organized for Digital Research During Interterm with Zotero
Sign up for an Interterm Zotero workshop. Nine new sessions are available in January 2012. All one-hour sessions are
held in the Lane room of in the Frost Library.
Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free Firefox add-on that collects, manages and formats citations and bibliographies.
Zotero also helps organize your research by allowing you to attach PDFs, notes and images to your references. You can
arrange your sources into collections for different
projects and tag them for easy searching. You can use Zotero to format references in your paper using Microsoft
Word or OpenOffice. Just download the plug-in, and you are on your way.
For more information: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dFlLZWRWSGxXX3owdHZuaDRiWmJZMmc6MA
Sign Up Now for 'Sustainable Forestry and Agriculture' Interterm Course
Students participating in "Sustainable Forestry and Agriculture" will explore the ways people in the Pioneer Valley are trying to reconcile the need for sustainability with practices that work economically. While the focus will
be on field trips to farms and forests in the Valley and conversations with local operators, we will try to put
these businesses and their decision-making processes into a global context as we work toward answering the most difficult question facing the world today: Can the world's growing population be fed and housed sustainably? Bob Saul '80, Harvard M.P.P. '85, partner and director of domestic investments at Grantham, Mayo, and van Otterloo Renewable
Resources, LLC, will lead the inquiry. Saul oversees GMO RR's $2 billion domestic farmland and forestland portfolio and operates his own local farms and tree plantations here in the Pioneer Valley. Guests will include soil scientists, foresters and local organic and commercial farmers.
The course will meet on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from from Jan. 9 to 20. Sign up at the following link.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/cce/learn/Enviro/forestry
Fink Bioscience Symposium Registration Closes on Jan. 13
Registration closes on Fri., Jan. 13 for the fourth
annual Gerald R. Fink '62
Bioscience Symposium, to be held on
Thursday, Jan. 19. This year's theme
will be "Taking Risks and Advancing Your
Career," and the speakers range from a
surgeon who was an Olympic medalist to
the CEO of Consumers Union. Registration
is a commitment to attend, and space is
limited. For more information, email
Pat Allen at email@example.com.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/colloquia/bioscience/2012-symposium
Interterm Academic and Creative Writing Tutorials at the Writing Center
During Interterm, meet one-on-one with a Writing
Center Associate to develop your skills and process
as an academic or creative writer. For academic
writers, our tutorials offer the opportunity to review
your progress during the past semester, learn new
writing skills, identify and work on problems and
build on strengths. For creative prose writers
(fiction and drama), our tutorials offer an ideal
setting to revise or push forward on an existing
work, undertake a new project or experiment with
craft- and technique-building exercises under the
guidance of a practicing writer. Interterm tutorials
comprise four to six one-on-one sessions following
an initial group meeting. Scroll down at the
following link for info and to pre-register.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/support/writingcenter/workshops2011
Register for Writing Center Interterm Offerings
Registration is now open for the Writing Center's offerings over Interterm, including individual tutorials in academic and creative writing, a "Personal Essay" mini-course, a workshop on "Introductions and Conclusions," a Thesis Writers' Retreat, a workshop to foster a positive approach to one's senior thesis and much, much more! Space is limited, so register today.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/support/writingcenter/workshops2011#jan
Clinics Start on January 16 - Register for Amherst College Baseball 2012 Winter Instruction
Session 1: Hitting Clinic for all age groups (ages 9 to 18) will take place Monday, Jan. 16 (6 to 8 p.m.). Session 2: Pitching & Positional Play (catching, infield, outfield) for all age groups (ages 9 to 18) will take place Wednesday,
Jan. 18 (6 to 8 p.m.). Each clinic will be divided into two
sections, for age groups 9 to 13 and 14 to 18.
To register for the clinic, please fill out and submit the online registration form that can be found at the link below. Questions? Call 413-542-2284.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/athletics/teams/spring/baseball/clinics
Tickets Now Available for 'Supper, Story and Song' Jan. 16
Share a simple meal and some great
entertainment featuring the Da Camera
Singers, the Zumbyes, storyteller
Onawumi Jean Moss and Ashley McCall
'12. Billy McBride will be emceeing the
event, and there will be remarks by Jan
Eidelson, president of the Board of
Directors of the Survival Center.
Proceeds go to the Amherst Survival
Center as part of our ongoing Campus
Challenge to address hunger. Tickets are
available for $20 at the Amherst Area
Chamber of Commerce, Amherst Books and A.J. Hastings and on campus at the Keefe
Campus Center Student Activities Office, the Alumni Gym Athletics
Office (Room 1204) and the Office of
Public Affairs (306 Converse Hall).
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/projects/campus_challenge
Writing Center Hours at Frost Library Tuesdays and Thursdays Jan. 10-19
Are you working on your thesis, a paper or an
application during Interterm? Are you stuck? The
Writing Center will be holding drop-in hours at
the Frost Library from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. on
Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 10 through 19. Our Writing Associates can help you work through your ideas, develop your argument, improve your style, get or stay motivated and much more! We can also share helpful writing
sourcebooks and provide information about the services offered at the Writing Center. No appointment is necessary.
The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award: Apply by Jan. 18
A $10,000 stipend is available for graduating college
seniors for public service commitment
anywhere in the world immediately
Design your own proposal or work with an
established public service
organization. A service commitment of
one year is required.
Proposals must be submitted by Jan.
For applications, visit the link below, or for
more information, contact Amy Stacy (National Grid, 40 Sylvan Road, Waltham, MA, 02451; 781-907-3358; or firstname.lastname@example.org).
For more information: www.nationalgridus.com/huntington.asp
New Position for Recent Grads or Seniors: International Student Life Fellow: Apply by Jan. 18
The Dean of Students Office is accepting
applications for the International
Student Life Fellow. As a member of
Amherst College's Student Affairs team,
the fellow will support the academic and
developmental experience of
approximately 175 international
students. Reporting to the Associate
Dean of Students/International Student
Advisor, the fellow will collaborate
with various colleagues, including those
from the Multicultural Resource Center,
Advancement/Development, the Writing
Center, Institutional Research and the
International Student Association. This
is a 12-month position that begins in
June 2012. A bachelor's degree is
required. Please see the following link
regarding application submission:
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/deanstudents/international
Harlem Gospel Choir Ticket Reservations Begin on Jan. 23
Please save the date for the Harlem
Gospel Choir performance on Friday,
Feb. 3, 2012, in Buckley Recital
Hall. This event will be free and open
to the public, but tickets are required.
Ticket reservations will begin on
Monday, Jan. 23, in Keefe 114 between
9 a.m. and 4 p.m. or online at the Student
Activities website. For Five College and
General Admission ticket reservations
please contact 413-542-5773. This event
is sponsored by the Rev. Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr., Celebration Committee.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/campuslife/keefe
Seniors: Swift Moore Teaching Award Nomination Deadline Extended to Jan. 20
In 1997, Amherst College inaugurated the Phebe and Zephaniah
Swift Moore Award to honor some of this
country's outstanding high school
teachers. Graduating seniors are invited
to nominate teachers who made impacts
on their lives. If you remember a
secondary school teacher who stands out
as deserving of the Phebe and Zephaniah
Swift Moore Award, please submit his or
her name at the address below. The
deadline for receipt of nominations is Friday, Jan. 20.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/specialevents/commencement/infostudents/senior_activities/swiftmoore
Female Students Needed to Participate in Psychology Study
Black and/or White female students are
needed to fill out a short questionnaire
for a psychology thesis. Participants
will be compensated $5 for completing
For more information about how to
participate in this study please email
Anna Savage at email@example.com
'The Common' Student Internships (Interterm, Spring, Summer 2012)
"The Common" is a new literary magazine based at Amherst College. Internship responsibilities include evaluating submissions; creating and updating multimedia web content;
writing, editing and designing publicity materials; editing and proofreading; researching magazine production; office/administrative duties; and organizing and staffing
conferences and events.
The summer internship lasts six weeks, with 40 hours of work per week. On-campus housing is provided. The Interterm internship lasts three weeks, also 40 hours per week.
The spring semester internship lasts 12 to 14 weeks and involves 10 hours of work per week. Submit to editor Jennifer Acker (firstname.lastname@example.org) a cover
letter, a CV and the names of two faculty references.
For more information: www.thecommononline.org/about#internships
Interterm Senior Health Reviews at Keefe Health Center
The January Interterm is an ideal
time for any senior wishing to schedule a
Senior Health Review. This is an
opportunity to review your medical file and to
obtain a necessary medical examination,
laboratory tests, immunizations and
prescriptions. Contact the Amherst
College Keefe Health Center at
413-542-2267 to arrange for an appointment.
Admission Office Fellowship, 'Green Dean' Position-- Apply by Jan. 27
The Admission Office Fellowship provides a recent Amherst graduate the opportunity to be an integral part of the Admission Office professional staff. The fellow serves as part of the 12-member Admission Committee, makes public presentations on campus, travels to high schools and college fairs across the country, evaluates applications and contributes to admission decisions. The application
for the position is available online at the Admission website, and we encourage all interested seniors to apply.
Interviews will be conducted in February, and final selection of the fellow is expected by Spring Break. If
you would like to hear more about the fellowship, please call Tyler Chapman '11 or Rebecca Dago '11 at
For more information: www.amherst.edu/admission/greendean