Archived announcements for October, 2012
Application Deadline for Faculty Research Awards Program: Sept. 28
The fall deadline for FRAP applications is Sept. 28. Faculty interested in applying should visit the Dean of the Faculty website, at the following link, for more information.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/dean_faculty/funding/research/frap
What is an 'Ombuds'?
Where does the word "Ombuds" come from, and what does it mean? See next week's e-Digest/Intranet to find out.
--A message from Cate Woolner, Ombuds Office
Editorial Internship Available in Amherst College Office of Public Affairs-- Apply by Oct. 1
Public Affairs is seeking a student to work 8-10 hours a week this semester as a paid editorial intern. This is a great opportunity for someone interested in a career in journalism, media relations or magazine publishing to build a portfolio of clips. The job will include fact-checking for Amherst magazine and writing for the college's website. The intern will pitch story ideas and write at least two articles a month. Applicants should write well and quickly
and possess top-notch news judgment. Strong attention to detail is a must. Previous work in journalism, public relations or a magazine is preferred. Please send a cover letter, resume and one writing sample (news writing preferred) to Emily Gold Boutilier at email@example.com.
Writing Center Hours During Mid-Semester Break
The Writing Center will be open during mid-semester break. Our hours will be as follows: Sunday, Oct. 7, noon to 5 p.m.; Monday, Oct. 8, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday, Oct. 9, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/support/writingcenter/makeappointment
An Ombuds is...
"Ombuds," "ombudsman" and "ombudswoman" are all names that derive from the Swedish used to refer to a government appointee who investigated complaints by private persons against the government. The word first appeared in the early 1800s, and since then the role of an ombuds has
expanded, changed and has many applications today. Visit the following link to learn more about the Ombuds Office at Amherst College.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/offices/ombuds/about
Influenza Vaccine Clinic for Amherst College Students
Amherst College Health Services will be holding a student influenza vaccine clinic at the Keefe Health Center on Tuesday, Oct. 9, between the hours of 5:30 and 7 p.m. No appointment is necessary. A $15 fee for the vaccine will be charged to your student account. Information regarding employee flu clinics will be announced shortly.
Pease Fellowships for Creative Artists-- Application Deadline Oct. 12
Working on a project in the arts? Interested in unusual sources of information and images? Amherst students are invited to apply for a new research fellowship for creative artists at the Amherst College Archives and Special Collections. The Pease Fellowship program provides financial and research support for students interested in using historical and rare source materials toward projects in the arts. Students are encouraged to follow their curiosity and identify manuscript material or items of interest in our collections to use as inspiration or to draw directly from in produced works. Up to five chosen fellows will receive small stipends, instruction in archival
research practices and support from Archives and Special Collections staff as they conduct their artistic research. The deadline for application is Friday, Oct. 12, at 5 p.m. Questions? Email Sara Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mike Kelly at email@example.com.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/library/archives/pease_fellowship
Interested in Buddhism? Tibetan Culture? Spend Interterm in India! Application Deadline Oct. 12
Each year, the Five Colleges send 15 students to spend January term studying Buddhist philosophy, Tibetan history and culture and Tibetan textual analysis in an intensive program taught by the faculty of the Central University of
Tibetan Studies in Sarnath, India. Info sessions are being held at Smith and Hampshire Colleges: Friday, Sept. 21, at noon in Hampshire's Franklin Patterson Hall, Room 108, and Tuesday, Sept. 25, at noon in Smith's Campus Center, Room 205. (Students from all campuses are welcome to either session.) More information can be found at the link below. The deadline for application to this program is Friday, Oct. 12,at noon. Questions? Email Sue Darlington at firstname.lastname@example.org or Lisa Pradhan at email@example.com.
For more information: www.smith.edu/philosophy/tibet.html
Apply to Become a Peer Advocate of Sexual Respect! Deadline Oct. 12
Are you interested in creating a more respectful campus? Do you want to learn to help your friends and classmates who have experienced sexual violence or disrespect? Apply to be a Peer Advocate today! PAs know the available resources and are trained to respond to the emotional, medical, legal and practical consequences of sexual disrespect. We also work to
educate the campus about how to prevent sexual misconduct and create a more respectful environment. If you are a good listener who can support someone in a difficult situation,
email firstname.lastname@example.org for an application! Apply by Friday, Oct. 12. Training is scheduled for the third
week of Interterm.
Webster 102 Now Open Evenings for Student Computing
Webster 102 will now be open in the evenings. The room's
regular hours for the academic term will be Sunday through Thursday from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. and Friday and Saturday from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Windows PCs and printing are available for students in this space.
Become a Girls Inc. Tutor
Interested in inspiring young girls, grades K-6, to be strong, smart and bold? Then you should become a Girls
Inc. Tutor! We are looking for committed tutors who are willing to work at least one shift either Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday afternoon. There are two shifts every
day: 3 to 6 p.m. and 3:45 to 6:30 p.m. Transportation is included. Work-study is available for tutors. For more information, email email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Or apply online:
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/cce/lead/cel/partners/girls_inc
Registration Open for Writing Center Workshops
Registration is now open for the Writing Center's October workshops. We have a wide range of offerings, on topics ranging from the introduction and argument of the academic essay to time management and reading strategies. These workshops require pre-registration and have limited space, so learn more about them and sign up today!
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/support/writingcenter/workshops2012#october
CCE Engagement Advisors
Seniors, are you looking to leave a legacy by imparting your knowledge and experiences in community engagement to
new students? By becoming an Engagement Advisor, you will be given the opportunity to connect with students through talking with them about how to get involved on campus and in the community. With sponsorship from the CCE, you will be provided with complimentary treats such as coffee or GoBerry, which you can enjoy with your advisee as you
discuss your experiences and answer any questions they may have about how to get engaged in the community. Aside from taking part in a great leadership opportunity, Engagement Advisors are paid hourly by the CCE for the work
that they do with students. If you are interested in learning more about becoming an Engagement Advisor, please
feel free to check out the website below and
apply to become an advisor. For more information
and answers to your questions, please email Anna Vargas
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/cce/learn/advising
Spanish Writing Center: Fall 2012
The Spanish Writing Center will open beginning Monday, Sept. 17. Fellows will be available to assist upper-division
students enrolled in Spanish culture courses and language courses (SPAN 140 and 199) with Spanish-language writing
projects. This program is meant to complement the Spanish Peer Tutors Program provided by the Dean of Students'
Office, which offers students help with grammatical questions. Fellows will concentrate exclusively on narrative structure and strategy. Sessions will last 30 minutes. Bring a draft or prospectus in hard copy to your session. ALL SESSIONS WILL BE HELD IN BARRETT 105. Contact Fellows to schedule an appointment. WALK-INS ARE NOT PERMITTED. See the Spanish department's Web page, at the following link, for additional information.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/spanish/spanishwritingcenter
Have a Home-Cooked Dinner with Local Alumni!
Once again, Alumni and Parent Programs invites students to have meals at the homes of local Amherst alumni. This is
a great chance to get away from campus, eat a home-cooked meal and meet some interesting Amherst graduates. To register, please visit the link below. You may sign up individually or with a small group of friends. Once you are matched with a local alum, he or she will be in touch soon with an official invitation and details.
Contact Liza Katz at firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-542-8239 with questions.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/mm/333122
What Do You Think of Amherst's Website?
Amherst's website has a new look and
now works better on mobile devices and
tablets. Please follow the link below and take a few minutes to
let the college Web team know what you
think of the site and how it's working
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/about/feedback_form/
Check Out the 2012 IT Index!
Chief Information Officer Gayle Barton has published the 2012 Amherst College IT Index. Begun in 2008, the Index illustrates the shifts in how the Amherst community uses technology. 2012 saw all but a single applicant apply for
admission online, 1 in 8 students with an iPad or a Kindle, 70 percent of courses using Moodle (beyond eReserves) and President Martin with 5,477 followers on Twitter. To see the full Index, visit the following link:
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/mm/333949
Vela Scholars Tutor Recruitment
Vela Scholars is currently recruiting new tutors for the
Fall 2012 semester. Vela is a tutoring program at Amherst Regional Middle School that works one-on-one with seventh- and eighth-grade students. If you are interested in joining Vela, please visit the front desk in the Center for Community Engagement and sign up for a brief information
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/cce/lead/cel/partners/vela
Break The Silence Campus Survivors' Group is Restarting
The group is a peer support (rather than
therapy) group that meets weekly in a
safe, private setting. We explore a
number of topics and share ideas through
discussion, art and other modalities.
Some of our topics include trust,
boundaries relationships, shame and
coping. This group is generally for
those who have experienced harassment,
physical or emotional violence, adolescent
trauma, abusive relationships and/or
sexual assault. The group will meet in the Women's Center in Keefe Campus Center basement on Sundays at 8 p.m.
'Circus' Submissions Due Nov. 16
Submissions for Amherst College's art
and literary magazine, "Circus," are due
by Nov. 16. Email them to
email@example.com. Drop-off boxes for
print submissions may be set up around
campus later in the semester.
Apply to Head Your Own Literacy Project, Anywhere in the World! Deadline Oct. 28
Interested in supporting global literacy? The Springboard Program is looking for Amherst College students with innovative and sustainable ideas to support literacy, anywhere in the world. Developed by Reader to Reader, which is based on the Amherst campus, Springboard guides you through the design and implementation of your project, teaching you the skills necessary to launch a sustainable
project and giving you unparalleled leadership opportunity. Ideas for U.S. projects are welcome. Information sessions are coming soon! Applications are due Oct. 28. More
information and applications are available online. Kat Libby '11 welcomes your questions or clarifications by
For more information: readertoreader.org/literacy/springboard
Free Tickets Now Available for Reservation for Meredith Monk, Oct. 20
Free tickets for the Music at Amherst Parallels Series' Meredith Monk concert are now available
for reservation by Amherst College students, faculty and staff at a limit of five tickets per person.
Internationally acclaimed MacArthur "Genius" Monk is regarded as both a "magician of the voice"
and "one of America's coolest composers." This event is co-sponsored by the 2012-13 Amherst
College Copeland Colloquium "Art in Place/The Place of Art" and generously supported by the
Amherst Art Series Fund.
The concert takes place on Oct. 20 at 8 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center at Amherst College.
Tickets are free but required. For reservations or more information, contact the Amherst College
Concert Office at 413/542-2195 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/music/events/news/2012EventReleases/oct12/121020monk
Influenza Vaccine Clinic for Amherst College Students Oct. 19
Amherst College Health Services will be holding a student influenza vaccine clinic at the Keefe Health Center on
Friday, Oct. 19, between 3 and 5 p.m. Students with higher
risks of contracting influenza (anyone working or volunteering in a health care facility, etc.) and those with chronic medical conditions (such as diabetes; asthma; other lung, heart or kidney conditions; or immune system
problems) are especially encouraged to receive the vaccine. The fee for the vaccine is $15. Please contact the Health Center at 413-542-2267 to ask any questions and receive further information.
Grant Support Available for Senior Projects in the Humanities and Social Sciences-- Apply by Oct. 22
The Alpha Delta Phi Fund is designed to
support senior essay writing, special
topics and other comparable independent
projects. All seniors in the humanities
and social sciences may apply, but
first priority is reserved for English
majors and others working in literary
studies, creative writing, theater and
dance or film. Monies from the David P.
Patchel Memorial Fund can be used for
projects having to do with the moving
image specifically, whether essays,
theses or production projects. Awards
exceeding $1,200 will be made only in
the most extraordinary cases.
The deadline for fall grant
applications is Oct. 22.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/dean_faculty/studentfunds
CCE Hiring Community Engagement Leaders, Apply by Oct. 22
Educational Partnership and Athletics Liaison position are available. Are you interested in working to build partnerships that facilitate positive social change? Then you want to join the CCE Community Engagement Leaders team! CELs organize student volunteers who work with local
partnerships while developing their own leadership and management skills. This is a paid position, usually four to seven hours per week. The position requires a three-semester commitment. The three semesters need not be consecutive. Fill out the online application by Monday, Oct. 8, for El Arco Iris and by Monday, Oct. 22, for all other positions.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/cce/about/student_employment/opportunities
EVENT CANCELLED: 'Politics and Religion: How Faith Values Inform Our Decisions'
Please note that this event, originally scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, Oct. 24, has been CANCELLED due to a schedule conflict.
Prizewinners for 'Pumpkins, Scarecrows and Caramel Apples' Student Event on Oct. 21
Close to 1,000 students attended
yesterday's fall festival event in the
Valentine Quadrangle. The winners of the
pumpkin carving contest were Emily Bai
'16, Meaghan Crisman '14, Andrew Edelman
'15, Ashley Hall '14, Maile Hollinger
'15, Lucas Labowitz '15; Julia Smith
'15 and Zoe Vayer '16. There were six
winners of the costume contest: Meaghan
Crisman '14, Samara Fantie '14, Matthew
Kurek '14, Alison Rich '13, Kyra
Schapiro '15 and Kim Wilkes '13. All
winners received gift certificates to
area restaurants. Gift certificates for
Antonio's Pizza were presented to all of
the winners of the sack races and the
corn hole toss. Photographs of
the event can be found at
http://bit.ly/ACpumpkins12. Watch a video at the following link.
For more information: bit.ly/ACPumpVid
Submit Your Photography to 'Eyes of Amherst'! Deadline Oct. 24
Do you think Keefe could use some aesthetic highlights? Do you have photos for class, extracurriculars, travel or just fun? The Arts Committee is seeking submissions for "Eyes of
Amherst," a photo exhibit celebrating the perspectives of Amherst students. Submissions will be printed and displayed in Keefe Campus Center during Family Weekend for voting on favorite photos. The favorite photos will be blown up, framed and exhibited in Keefe Campus Center. Email a digital high-resolution copy of each of your photos, with your name, class year and photo title, to
EyesofAmherst@gmail.com by Oct. 24. There is a limit of three submissions per person. If you have questions, please email Brendan Burke '13 or Leslie Quiroz '13.
What Does the Amherst Ombuds Do?
The Ombuds Office is a safe resource for faculty, administration and staff to facilitate fair, equitable resolutions to concerns and problems. The Ombuds Office rests on the principles of confidentiality, informality, neutrality and independence. What does that mean in practice? Read more next week.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/offices/ombuds
Reserve Tickets Now for Choral Society Family Weekend Concert Oct. 27
The Amherst College Choral Society will present its annual Family Weekend Concert on Saturday, Oct. 27, at noon in Buckley Recital Hall in the Arms Music Center. The Concert Choir, Women's Chorus and Men's Glee Club are directed by Mallorie Chernin and assistant director Jeremy Koo '12, and the Madrigal Singers are directed by Angelina Gomez '14 and Lester Hu '13. The program will feature a wide range of music, including works by Brahms, Ticheli, Persichetti and
many more, as well as Irish songs by The Wailin' Jennys and Fergus O'Farrell. Tickets are available for $10 for general admission and $5 for children and senior citizens. Five College students' tickets are free! Email email@example.com or call 413-542-2484 to reserve tickets.
Monitoring and Preparing for Hurricane Sandy
Hurricane Sandy could hit Western
Massachusetts early next week. While it
is too soon to tell exactly where the
storm is headed, the college has some
information and suggestions about
preparations. Check out the website for
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/news_releases/2012/10/node/437832
Hurricane Sandy Update for Oct. 28
Due to Hurricane Sandy's weather
system, forecasts for Amherst predict
rain and winds of 30 to 40 mph, with
gusts in the 50 mph range starting
early Oct. 29 and ending early Oct. 30.
Such high winds could create very
hazardous conditions, so members of the
campus community are urged to avoid
spending excessive time outdoors. Those who have to go out should be vigilant
and watch for any flying debris. Campus
is expected to remain open throughout
the storm, but any updates or changes
will be posted on the college's website.
You can also call the weather phone line, 413-542-
SNOW (7669). In the event of an
emergency, call the Amherst College
Police Department at 413-542-2111; if
telephone lines are down, call 413-687-
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/news_releases/2012/10/node/437832
'Thoughts of Amherst' Accepting Submissions Until Oct. 28!
"Thoughts of Amherst" is a student
publication that publishes Amherst
College students' essays from any
department. Send your work from any
semester here to firstname.lastname@example.org by
Oct. 28! We are also looking for artwork to go on
the cover of Thoughts. Please email
cover art submissions to email@example.com by Oct. 28 as well.
Applications for Literacy Nonprofit Fellowship Due Oct. 28!
Interested in supporting global literacy? The Springboard Program is looking for Amherst College students with innovative and sustainable ideas to support literacy, anywhere in the world. Developed by Reader to Reader, (which is based on the Amherst campus), Springboard guides you through the design and implementation of your project, teaching you the skills necessary to launch a sustainable project and giving you unparalleled leadership opportunity.
Ideas for U.S. projects are welcome. Applications are due by midnight on Oct. 28 by email. More information and
application forms are available online. Kat welcomes your questions or clarifications by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information: www.readertoreader.org/literacy/springboard
A Message from the Ombuds Office: Shhh! Confidential...
Did you know that any staff, faculty or administrator can visit the Ombuds Office and be assured of privacy? Got
conflict? Visit Cate Woolner, Amherst College ombuds (117 Valentine Hall, 413-542-5156).
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/offices/ombuds
Listen to President Martin's Oct. 17 Meeting with Staff
President Biddy Martin held an on-campus staff meeting sponsored by the Employee Council in Johnson Chapel on Wednesday, Oct. 17. Follow the link below to find an audio file of her remarks, as well as the Q&A session
with staff members that followed.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/offices/committees/employee_council/fall2012