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Archived announcements for February, 2012

Come Tutor with Girls Inc. of Holyoke for Spring 2012! Apply by Feb. 1
Interested in inspiring girls to become STRONG, SMART and BOLD? Come tutor with Girls Inc. of Holyoke, Mass., an after-school, all-girls tutoring program for grades K-6. Applications are due Wednesday, Feb. 1, at midnight.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/cce/lead/cel/partners/girls_inc

Grant Support for Senior Projects in the Humanities and Social Sciences: Apply by Feb. 1
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. PLEASE NOTE: The deadline for spring applications is Feb. 1, 2012.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/dean_faculty/studentfunds

30-Hour Mediation Training for Students: Apply by Feb. 2
Apply by Feb. 2 for one of 16 seats in a 30-hour New York State Mediation Certification Training opportunity for Amherst students, led by Duke Fisher of Learning Laboratories. The training will take place over four days on campus: (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.): Saturday, Feb. 25; Sunday, Feb. 26; Saturday, March 10; and Sunday, March 11. For more information and to access the application, click on the following link.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/deanstudents/Mediation

Follow Dining Services on Twitter to Win Dinner with President Biddy Martin!
Valentine Dining Hall is going social! Amherst College Dining Services, with the help of student volunteers, has launched a Twitter account: @AmherstDining. Val hopes to use Twitter to connect with students and improve the customer experience. To celebrate and promote the account, @AmherstDining is holding a raffle for an exclusive gourmet dinner with President Biddy Martin. The dinner will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 1, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., with a reception from 6 to 6:30 p.m., and will include hors d'oeuvres and four seasonal, artistically crafted courses prepared personally by Executive Chef Jeremy Roush. Any student who follows @AmherstDining on Twitter will be automatically entered into the raffle. Tweet @AmherstDining with the hashtag #dinnerwithBiddy to spread the news! Raffle winners will be selected the morning of Saturday, Jan. 29. If you have any questions or comments, email valtwitter@amherst.edu.
For more information: https://twitter.com/#!/AmherstDining

Jack Kent Cooke Graduate Fellowships in the Arts: Applications Due Feb. 2
The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation offers a wonderful opportunity, giving "exceptional scholarships for exceptional students with financial need" who wish to begin grad school in the performing, creative or visual arts in 2012. Amherst seniors and alumni who have graduated within the last five years may apply, as long as they have not yet begun their graduate work. The amount can total $50,000 a year. Interested students and alumni may apply online by Feb. 2. An in-house committee will choose one or two of the Amherst applicants to nominate to the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation. The faculty liaison, Nicola Courtright (nmcourtright@amherst.edu), can answer any questions.
For more information: www.jkcf.org/scholarships/graduate-scholarships/graduate-arts-award/

Women of Amherst Now Accepting Submissions
Whether about sex, love, gender, friendship or your freshman year, we want to hear your thoughts! Whether it be in the form of a poem, paragraph or song, we want to hear your thoughts! The Women of Amherst are now accepting submissions for the 2012 production. Like last year, this year's play is inspired by Eve Ensler's "Vagina Monologues." But our show is written solely by members of the Amherst community. Absolutely everyone (students, faculty, staff) is invited and encouraged to send a submission to woamherst@gmail.com! All submissions are kept completely anonymous, and we will request the author's permission before making any substantive edits. This a truly unique opportunity to start a conversation about the topics we never address.

Reserve Tickets for Harlem Gospel Choir Performance
Harlem Gospel Choir ticket reservations are now available. The Harlem Gospel Choir performance will be on Friday, Feb. 3, in Buckley Recital Hall. This event will be free and open to the public, but tickets are required. For AC ticket reservations, go to www.amherst.edu/campuslife/keefe/calendar/hgctickets (at the link below) or visit Keefe 114 during business hours. 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/calendar/hgctickets

Seeking Seniors for 'Thesis Statement' Video Project: Apply by Feb. 5
The Amherst College Office of Public Affairs is seeking graduating seniors from all majors who are interested in discussing their senior theses for brief video interviews. The interviews would be conducted over the next several weeks and would be posted online. If you wish to be considered for an interview, email info@amherst.edu with your name, your major, the title of your thesis and a brief description of it. Please put "Thesis Statement Video Project" in the subject line of the email, and send it by Sunday, Feb. 5.

Register Now for February Writing Center Workshops
Registration is now open for the Writing Center's February offerings, which include workshops on reading, time management and concise and lively sentences, as well as a workshop that offers strategies for writing a senior honors thesis efficiently and sanely. This month we are also offering two weekend intensive "short story boot camps." Pre-registration is required for all of these events.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/support/writingcenter/workshops2011#feb

French Table to Meet Wednesday Evenings
French Table will meet on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on the Mezzanine in Valentine Dining Hall. French speakers of all levels are welcome.

Japanese Language Table
The Japanese language table will meet every Tuesday (11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.), Thursday (11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.), and Friday (noon to 1:30 p.m.) during the semester, downstairs from the main Valentine Dining Hall. Language table will not meet the week of Spring Break and will end on April 27.

Chinese Language Table
The Chinese language table will meet this semester on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays from noon to 1 p.m., downstairs from the main Valentine Dining Hall.

Spanish Table to Meet on Fridays
Spanish Table will continue meeting on Fridays from noon to 2 p.m. on the Mezzanine in Valentine Dining Hall. Spanish speakers of all levels are welcome to join the conversation.

New SHAC Members Needed; Apply by Feb. 6
The Student Housing Advisory Committee (SHAC) is accepting applications for two new members to assist with Room Draw coordination this year as well as next year's housing selection process. This paid two-year position is open only to members of the Classes of '13 and '14. Please note that you must have directly participated in at least one Room Draw in order to be eligible. An email will be sent to all members of the Classes of '13 and '14 including the application form, or you can pick up an application in the Residential Life Office (Converse 105). The deadline for applications is Monday, Feb. 6.

Bake Sale With a Twist—Campus Challenge—Valentine's Day, Feb. 14
As part of the Campus Challenge to support the Amherst Survival Center, the Career Center is organizing a bake sale for Valentine's Day, to be held in the Keefe Campus Center from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Homemade baked goods will be available for purchase using cash or canned goods. In addition, folks will be able to receive a free cookie for telling us a story about a funny/awkward job interview, a chance meeting that turned into a great networking opportunity, an unfortunate boss or other such interesting career-related (brief) story. We'll be videotaping these stories for possible future use. The entire campus community is invited to both purchase baked goods and/or share stories. Join us for a heart-to-heart on Valentine's Day!

Amherst College Fellowships for Graduate Study; Apply by Feb. 10
Seniors and recent graduates who wish to apply for Amherst College Fellowships for graduate study in 2012-13 may pick up applications in the Office of Fellowships (213 Converse Hall). The deadline for application is Feb. 10. Prior acceptance to graduate school is not necessary, but you must be in the process of applying. Fellows are selected on the basis of merit and financial need. There is one application for all the different fellowships. The Rufus B. Kellogg University Fellowship will be awarded this year and is based solely on academic excellence. Awards cannot be deferred, but recipients can reapply when they plan to attend graduate school. For further information, please contact Suzanne Spencer at sspencer@amherst.edu.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/fellowships/amherst

Hitchcock Fellowship Applications Due Feb. 10
The Department of Physical Education and Athletics invites applications for the Hitchcock Fellowship for the 2012-2013 academic year. The Hitchcock Fellowship is awarded to a graduating senior who wishes to pursue a career in the field of athletics. The Hitchcock Fellow will teach in the elective Physical Education program and be an assistant coach in at least two of the intercollegiate programs. The Hitchcock Fellow may elect additional assignments in other areas of inquiry (e.g. strength and conditioning). Each individual interested in the position should send a letter of application and current resume no later than Feb. 10, 2012, to Michelle Morgan, Senior Woman Administrator, Department of Physical Education and Athletics, Amherst College, Amherst, MA 01002 or mcmorgan@amherst.edu.

Call for Submissions to 'Quick Brown Fox'-- Deadline Feb. 12
Submissions for the 2011-2012 issue of the Five College literary magazine "Quick Brown Fox" are now OPEN! We welcome all unsolicited submissions of fiction, poetry and nonfiction. Poetry submissions should be no more than three poems; fiction and nonfiction should be no more than 10 pages, double-spaced. Please also include your name, school and class year in the body of your email. Submissions should be sent as .doc or .docx attachments to qbfeditorial@gmail.com. Submissions close on Feb. 12, 2012. We look forward to reading your work!
For more information: qbfquickbrownfox.tumblr.com/

Deadline Extended to Feb 10: Apply for Mediation Training
In order to accommodate additional students, the application deadline has been extended to Friday, Feb 10, to apply for the 30 hour New York State Mediation Certification Training opportunity for Amherst students, led by Duke Fisher of Learning Laboratories. The training will take place over four days on campus from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25, Sunday, Feb. 26, Saturday, March 10, and and Sunday, March 11. For more information and to access the application, click on the following link.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/deanstudents/Mediation

Register for Kids' Night Out Feb. 11
Kids in grades K-5 are invited for a night of fun sports activities coached by Amherst student-athletes, followed by pizza and a men's hockey game. The cost is $25. Proceeds will benefit Easter Seals Massachusetts and the Amherst College Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Registration begins at 5:15 p.m. at Alumni Gymnasium in the Friends Room, which is located above the varsity basketball courts. Parents can pick up their kids at the conclusion of the hockey game, which should be around 9:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Claire Bennett at cbennett12@amherst.edu

New SHAC Members Needed: Search Extended to Feb. 10
The Student Housing Advisory Committee (SHAC) is accepting applications for three new members to assist with Room Draw coordination this year as well as next year's housing selection process. This paid two-year position is open only to members of the Classes of 2013 and 2014. Please note that you must have directly participated in at least one Room Draw in order to be eligible. An email will be sent to all members of the Classes of 2013 and 2014 including the application form, or you can pick up an application in the Residential Life Office (Converse 105). The deadline has been extended until Friday, Feb. 10.

Thank You from the Red Cross
Thank you for donating on Thursday, Feb. 9, at the American Red Cross Amherst College Blood Drive! The goal was to collect 71 pints of blood. Eighty-eight donors presented. From those 88 donors, 72 pints of blood were collected! Since every pint of blood can help save up to three people, potentially 216 patients were helped, because of you! Thank you again, and please mark your calendars for the next Amherst College blood drive, on Tuesday, April 10, 2012.

Moody's Reaffirms Amherst College's Aaa Debt Rating
In a report issued on January 25, 2012, Moody's reaffirmed Amherst College's current Aaa/VMIG-1 rating on the College's outstanding debt, the highest rating available. Moody's also removed the "credit watch" on Amherst College's credit rating.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/offices/treasurer/moodys_rating

State Sen. Stan Rosenberg Seeks Nominations for Citizens' Legislative Seminar
State Sen. Stan Rosenberg (D-Amherst) is looking for constituents who are interested in being nominated to attend the 68th Citizens' Legislative Seminar in Boston. The two-day program is designed to familiarize citizens with the Legislature and the lawmaking process. Topics include the formal and informal legislative process, the budget, the parliamentary role of the Clerk of the Senate and the future of the Legislature. Seminar sessions will be held in Boston on Tuesday, March 20, and Wednesday, March 21. Interested residents of Massachusetts (faculty, staff and students) should contact their Senator's Office or the Senate Legislative Education Office at 617-722-1380 by Jan. 26. Questions? Email Sarah Barr sbarr@amherst.edu.
For more information: www.malegislature.gov/engage/specialevents

Help Us Make a Gender-Neutral Housing Option on the Amherst Campus
Interested in making Amherst a more open campus for everyone? Have questions about what gender-neutral housing is? Contact pridealliance@amherst.edu for more information or to get more involved! Also, please read and consider signing this petition requesting a housing policy change to allow for gender-neutral housing (allowing students the OPTION, not requirement, of living with friends regardless of sex or gender). The Facebook group is at www.facebook.com/events/255722254485554/. The petition on Google Docs is at https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dFkxWGhlOTZSby1fV0g4cENkNjlkWlE6MQ.
For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/255722254485554/

Twelve College Exchange Program for 2012-2013; Application Deadline February 13
This program facilitates residential study at Bowdoin, Connecticut, Dartmouth, Mount Holyoke, Smith, Trinity, Vassar, Wellesley, Wheaton, Wesleyan, Mystic Seaport Program and the National Theater Institute. Interested students must meet with Dean Behrens by Friday, Feb. 10 (call ext. 2265 for an appointment). Applications are due Monday, Feb. 13. Students must also submit the Intent form to Study Away by the college deadlines: March 15 for the fall or full academic year and April 15 for the spring semester. Students who fail to submit an Intent form by the stipulated deadlines will not receive credit for course work completed at another school. Please contact Dean Behrens with questions and visit our website.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/mm/204822

Now Hiring: Summer Employment Opportunities Through the CCE--Deadline Feb. 15
The CCE has a number of exciting employment opportunities for talented, dedicated students. Learn more at the CCE's student employment page (at the link below. The deadline is Feb. 15. Apply through the Experience website.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/cce/about/student_employment/opportunities

Vela Scholars Program Summer Internship Deadline Feb. 15
Do you want to make a difference? This internship is an opportunity for you to play a key role in an intensive educational experience for local youth. Work with Amherst Regional Middle School's summer support and enrichment program for incoming 7th- and 8th-grade students. We are hiring nine interns. Compensation includes on-campus housing and a $1200 stipend. The time commitment is July 2 to July 31, 2012 (4.5 weeks). Contact Karen Lee Miller for more info at kmlee@amherst.edu. Apply through Experience by Feb. 15.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/cce/about/student_employment/opportunities

Pioneer Valley Citizen Summer; Apply by Feb. 15
Pioneer Valley Citizen Summer is a unique program that features an eight-and-a-half-week internship, a weekly course taught by Molly Mead, and exciting social, cultural and educational activities. The program includes housing in Newport and a $2,000 stipend. To learn more about the program, visit the CCE's website (below) or contact Rebecca Wettick '14 at rwettick14@amherst.edu. Interested freshmen, sophomores and juniors should apply through Experience at http://amherst.experience.com/ (Keyword: Pioneer Valley).
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/mm/123426

Spanish Writing Center--Spring 2012
The Spanish Writing Center will open on Sunday, Feb. 12. Fellows will be available to assist upper-division students enrolled in Spanish culture courses and language courses (SPAN 140/SPAN 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 in language courses with grammatical questions. Fellows will concentrate exclusively on narrative structure and strategy. Please bring a draft or prospectus in hard copy to your session. To schedule an appointment, please contact Writing Fellows Bernardo Rios, Javier Chavez Chacon, Heather Richard or Jean Santiago. All 30-minute sessions take place in Barrett 102.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/spanish/spanishwritingcenter

Sign Up for Dharma Dinner
The Mindfulness and Meditation Club is hosting a Dharma dinner on Friday, Feb. 17, at 5 p.m. Wondering what a Dharma dinner is? It's a wonderful event that entails walking and sitting meditation, loving kindness meditation and a home-cooked meal. Space is limited to 12 people, so if you would like to attend, please RSVP to ialiaj12@amherst.edu and mention if you can help with cooking at 3:30 p.m.

Five College Sustainability Initiative
Last fall, President Martin joined fellow Five College presidents and the UMass chancellor to start an initiative to make our campuses operate more sustainably. Open meetings will be held in February on all five campuses to solicit suggestions for ways to reduce energy consumption, waste, water consumption, etc. The presidents and chancellor explicitly called upon us to make suggestions without regard to budget or feasibility of implementation—to "think big." Two meetings have been scheduled for February 7 and 15 in Porter Lounge, Converse Hall, at 4 p.m. If you cannot make it to a meeting, Five Colleges has an online "drop box" for suggestions (see the link below). Please direct questions to jedizard@amherst.edu.
For more information: www.fivecolleges.edu/sustainability/

Statistical Consulting
The Mathematics Department is pleased to announce that Five College graduate consultant Yue Zhao will be available for statistical consulting for both faculty and students (especially thesis writers) during the Spring 2012 semester. Zhao will hold his office hours on Monday afternoons from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. in Room 409 of the McGuire Life Sciences Building. Please make appointments with Zhao in advance either during his office hours or by email. We encourage thesis writers with longer-term consulting needs to involve their faculty mentors in the consulting.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/mathematics/stats

First-year Female Psychology Study Participants Needed
Between February 5-16, the Psychology Department is teaming up with Health Education to study what students think about health behavior messages. This study is open to all first-year females. The study will run for just under an hour and evening time slots are available. Participants will receive $15 or Psychology-100 credit. Those who wish to receive Psychology-100 credit must sign up via Sona. Please contact Cindy Li at cxli12@amherst.edu to sign up for a time slot.
For more information: N/A

Summer Study-Abroad Fellowships; Apply by Feb. 20
Amherst has a few select summer study-abroad fellowship opportunities available to first-years, sophomores and juniors. If you are interested in learning a new language or enhancing existing skills, or perhaps you would like to conduct research or participate in an academic internship abroad, summer study abroad is for you. Students may also want to consider pairing summer study with a semester-abroad experience to maximize personal and intellectual growth. To learn more about the summer study-abroad fellowship opportunities and to download an application, please click on the following link.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/study_abroad/summerstudyabroad

Jazz@Schwemm's Spring 2012 Performers Listed, Mar. 8, 15 and 29
The performers for the March series of Jazz@Schwemm's has been announced. Please join us on March 8 to hear the Danny Fox Trio, joined by student combos When Worlds Collide and New Crunch. March 15 will feature the Genevieve Rode Quartet plus student combos Floorless Tower and Emanon. March 29 will feature Zak Pak (Zack Danziger trio) plus student combos Toxic Thunder and Dial "M". Performaces are free and open to the public, and start at 9pm on the listed dates. Thanks go to Schwemm's, Student Activities, and Jazz@Amherst.
For more information: www.amherst.edu/~jazz

Free Winter Coats at Health Services
The Health Center has good news for students with limited finances in need of winter coats: We now have free coats for both male and female students. Please contact Camille at 413-542-8575 for additional information or to schedule an appointment.

Applications for German Residential Program and Open House Feb. 21
The German Department announces that the applications to live in the German House (Porter) for the 2012-13 academic year are now being accepted. The applications are available from the Residential Life website: http://www.amherst.edu/~dos/reslife/themehouses/german.html. All information regarding the German theme house can be found on this website, and you are also cordially invited to join the German faculty and students for an Open House at Porter House on Tuesday, Feb. 21, at 9 p.m.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/german/events/node/378587

Student Researchers Wanted
The Class of 1963 wants to immediately hire three to six Amherst students to conduct background research for essays in the Reunion Book for its 50th Reunion. The possible topics to be included are: Amherst Now and Then: The Evolution of the Town and College; The Singing College; Course Curricula: Then and Now; History and Role of Fraternities at Amherst; The Coming of Co-education; and Sports at Amherst. The research must be extensive enough to produce essays of 1,000 to 2,000 words, and ought to include interesting historic events of the times. Research can be conducted in the College Archives (Amherst Student, Amherst Magazine, previous Reunion Books), Frost Library or with any available online resources. Each researcher will be paid a rate of $8 per hour with the expectation that each research assignment will take five to ten hours. During the work on an assignment, the student researcher will be able to contact the person who will be writing the essay to discuss findings and progress. All projects must be completed by March 31. To sign up for a research project, please contact Alan Mackenzie, Chairman of the Class of 1963 50th Reunion, at 203-322-4497 or aemackenzie@optonline.net.

Name the Frost Second-Floor Gallery Space! Submit Ideas by Feb. 23
Frost Library's Program Committee is looking for the best name for the second-floor gallery space outside of Technical Services (unofficially known as "the yellow walls"). Please stop by the space and leave your suggestion by the door, along with your name and email address. The winning selection will go on a sign in the gallery, and the winner will receive a $25 gift card to the new cafe opening soon in Frost! All suggestions accepted through Thursday, Feb. 23.

Sign Up to Live in the Zü for 2012-2013! Open House until Feb. 23.
Spots in the Zü (Humphries House) are available for the 2012-2013 year! House members are expected spend about five hours per week cooking communal dinners, cleaning and completing chores. All applicants are invited to join us for a house dinner next week, Sunday, Feb. 19, through Thursday, Feb. 23 at 6:30 p.m. each night. Please email keisen12@amherst.edu to RSVP for a dinner. The application form can be found at www.amherst.edu/campuslife/reslife/housing/theme/zu/humplottery. The application deadline is Feb. 27. House members will be selected through a random lottery.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/reslife/housing/theme/zu

Marsh House: Open House and Accepting Applications for 2012-2013, Feb. 24
Marsh Open House will take place on Friday, Feb. 24, from 10 to 11:30 p.m directly following Marsh Coffee Haus. Marsh residents will gather to discuss the house with anyone interested, several rooms will be open for viewing, and tasty snacks will be provided. Come and join us! Interested applicants should email rcreel13@amherst.edu no later than Feb. 27 at midnight to schedule an interview. Interviews for entrance to the house will take place from Feb. 27 to March 2 by appointment.

Live in Asian Culture House Next Year! Apply by Feb. 24
The Asian Culture House was established to enhance awareness of all Asian cultures and to promote cultural diversity on campus. The Asian Culture House currently occupies the fourth floor of Moore dormitory. The House is open to all students. Students are not required to be Asian or to speak an Asian language. Any and all who possess an interest in Asian culture are strongly encouraged to apply. All completed online applications are due by Feb. 24 for the fall 2012 semester.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/reslife/housing/theme/asian

Investment Office—Student Internship Opportunity; Apply by Feb. 27
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 college's endowment portfolio. 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, Real Assets, etc.). Anticipated start date for student interns is the beginning of the fall 2012 semester. 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 (kdoble@amherst.edu) by February 27.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/offices/treasurer/investments

Applications for 2012-13 French House Due Feb. 27
The French Department is now accepting applications to live in French House during academic year 2012-13. Information regarding theme houses, including the online application, can be found at www.amherst.edu/campuslife/reslife.

Hunger in the Pioneer Valley: It's Closer Than You Think. What Can You Do? Feb. 27
Wondering about hunger in the Pioneer Valley? Interested in having meaningful conversations about local poverty? Join other students for a Campus Challenge interactive dinner discussion facilitated by Dr. Molly Mead, Director of the Center for Community Engagement (CCE). Guest speakers include Rev. Paul Sorrentino, Director of Religious Life/Chair of the Campus Challenge Committee, and representatives from the Amherst Survival Center. Come learn about local hunger issues and what you can do to make a difference on Monday, February 27th from 6:00-7:30pm in Lewis-Sebring. A light dinner of soup, salad and rolls will be served. For more information, please contact the CCE at 413-542-5140 or cce@amherst.edu

Theme House Application Process for 2012-2013, Deadline Feb. 27
For all students interested in living in one of the 10 theme houses on campus for next year, information on the application process is available at the Theme House website below. Information is included on the Humphries Co-op, Residential Language Programs and Cultural Residences. Interested students should review the information regarding theme houses on the website and address any questions to the Theme House Presidents. Open house events will be held during the week of February 20. All Theme House applications are available online at www.amherst.edu/campuslife/reslife/housing/theme The deadline for applications is Monday, Feb. 27.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/reslife/housing/theme

Sign Up for "Everybody Has a Story Week"
From Wednesday, Feb. 29, through Friday, March 2, you may sign up to participate in the "Everybody Has a Story Week." Committee members will be in Valentine to answer questions and you may sign up at that time. You may also go to the Campus Challenge website to learn more and to sign up.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/projects/campus_challenge/story

Thoughts of Amherst is Accepting Submissions! Deadlines Mar. 2 & 11
Read the headline! Send your papers/creative writing to thoughts@amherst.edu by March 2nd and send pictures/scans of your artwork by March 11th! We accept academic work from any semester - share the intriguing aspects of your studies with your fellow students. Also, if you haven't seen the latest edition of Thoughts of Amherst, look for it in the front of Val and Keefe Campus Center (read the letter from the editor while you're at it).

Campus Challenge Update
Thank you all for your efforts this year as we sought to address the "Alleviation of Poverty and Hunger" as a campus community. We have done well in our level of participation and raising funds for the Amherst Survival Center. We have raised $6,623.24 of our pledged $10,000. Collecting 10 tons (20,000 pounds) of food has proved more challenging as we have brought 3,537 pounds of food to the Survival Center so far. While we still have a ways to go, the value of our efforts have been enormous. This is indicated by the following note from the Survival Center Board Chair, Jan Eidelson: "It has been such a pleasure to work with you this year. Amherst College's efforts to support the Survival Center have made a tremendous, immediate impact. As you may know, the Survival Center distributes over 8,000 pounds of food each month. We usually get 5,000 lbs. from the Food Bank and 1,500 lbs. from food drives coordinated by local civic groups. Amherst College has been filling the gap between what we need and what we receive through the Fill The Truck campaign and tabling efforts of staff and students. Without your efforts this year, we would not be able to meet the growing demand for food in our community. Thank you so much for your ongoing work to help neighbors in need."
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/projects/campus_challenge

Tax Workshop for International Students, Feb. 28
A workshop for international students to help in completing income tax forms for 2011 will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Tues., Feb. 28, in the Pruyne Lecture Room, 115 Fayerweather Hall. Information about tax filing requirements and guidance on completing forms is on the Office of Financial Aid website at https://www.amherst.edu/offices/financia laid/taxable_scholarships.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/offices/financialaid/taxable_scholarships

 
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