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Archived announcements for April, 2012

Spring Formal DJ Needed: Apply by March 31
The Spring Formal Committee is looking for student DJs to mix and mash April 20. All genres are welcomed for consideration. Send a sample to dsamaroo12@gmail.com by March 31. This is a paid position.

Sign Up for the Mar. 30 GlobeMed Dance-A-Thon!
Join GlobeMed at Amherst College and dance the night away in support of global health equity and social justice! The Dance-A-Thon is a seven-hour dance marathon on March 30 that benefits Pastoral de la Salud, a community health organization in El Salvador. Form a team of up to 10 of your friends and join the fun! Email danceglobemed@amherst.edu with any questions. Sign up at the following link:
For more information: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dFVhUXpaWFpwQU1td0R1X3g4a1VwN2c6MQ#gid=0rn

Applications for POSC 356: 'Regulating Citizenship' Due by April 1
Students interested in enrolling in Political Science 356: "Regulating Citizenship," an Inside-Out Course taught in the Hampshire County Jail, should complete an application and email it to Professor Bumiller (kbumiller@amherst.edu) by April 1. The application can be accessed at the following link.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/courses/0910S/POSC/POSC-56-0910S/application

Physical Education Classes, Unit IV: Enroll by March 30
Welcome back from spring break! It is time to enroll in physical education classes. Unit IV begins on Monday, April 2, and ends on Friday, April 27. Please visit the Athletics website for the course information. Registration will end on Friday, March 30, at 4 p.m.

'Identity Magazine' Call for Submissions: Deadline April 6
Each year, the Multicultural Resource Center releases "Identity Magazine," a publication that includes works from students, faculty and alumni about various experiences of life and coming to terms with identity. This year, submissions can consist of writing, artwork or multimedia and film. A submission can be anonymous or published with the author's name. If a student would like his/her submission to be videotaped by the MRC, he/she can send a request to mrc@amherst.edu. Multimedia presentations will be published on the "Identity Magazine" Tumblr blog site. There will be a launch party on April 20 for chosen works. Anonymous pieces can be submitted to the MRC website (link below). Other submissions can be sent to mrc@amherst.edu
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/multicultural/IdentityMagazine

Summer Internship in Development with Amherst's Annual Fund; Apply by April 2
Are you interested in gaining experience with fundraising? Do you see yourself working in higher education or in the nonprofit sector after graduation? Amherst's Annual Fund is seeking a summer intern. Projects will include running the student Annual Fund phonathon in June, generating content for Alumni Fund communications and planning student philanthropy events for the upcoming year. In addition to learning about how Amherst's Development Office functions, the intern will also acquire valuable skills in event planning, project management, volunteer coordination and publicity and communications. The internship runs from June 1 through August 15, 30 hours a week at $9.50 per hour (total stipend of $2,500 for the summer). Contact Lucy Trainor at ltrainor@amherst.edu.

To Write Love On Her Arms Amherst Chapter Launch April 2
If your interest is either finding community or taking part in addressing the nation's most unvoiced issue, mental illness, then you're in the right place. TWLOHA Amherst, a student-led chapter service organization, provides a voice for mental health in the college community. While organizing students to get involved in public health initiatives in Pioneer Valley surrounding mental health, the organization also gives students a community on campus to share their stories and be exposed to issues surrounding depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide at regular meetings and events. Come to our launch meeting on Monday, April 2, at the theater in Keefe Campus Center at 8:30 p.m. Five College students welcomed. Sugar Jones will be served. For more information, please contact us at twloha.amherst@gmail.com.
For more information: https://www.facebook.com/twlohaamherst

Placement Test Mandatory for Students NEW to Spanish Language Courses, April 1-4
The Spanish Department administers a placement exam to help students choose the correct Spanish language course in which to enroll. Amherst College students will have access to this exam from April 1-4. Go to the Spanish Department website, click on "Placement Test" in the menu on the left, log in and follow the directions. A computer with speakers or headphones is required. Five College students should contact Language Coordinator Victoria Maillo at vmaillo@amherst.edu to schedule the placement exam. Following the exam students should contact Victoria Maillo to schedule a personal interview.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/spanish/placeexaminfo

Amherst Innovation Pitch Competition Deadline April 3
Have a cool idea? Submit it for the Second Annual Amherst Innovation Pitch Competition! Students can enter one idea in each of two categories: the pitch competition (90 seconds to pitch an idea with no props or slides) and the executive summary competition (two and a half minutes and five slides). The competition will be held Saturday, April 21, at 3 p.m. Prizes include an "Audience Choice" prize and "Most Socially Beneficial" prize. First prize for the pitch competition is $1,000 and first prize for the executive summary competition is $1,500.

'Fill a Truck' Food Drive Resumes April 2-30
Is there a "Team Peanut Butter" ready to make a little friendly competition with a "Team Canned Chicken" this April? Amherst College Campus Challenge will be ready for you as the "Fill a Truck" Food Drive for Amherst Survival Center resumes April 2-30. Everyone is invited to contribute. The top items are peanut butter, tuna, soup, canned tomatoes/sauce, side dishes, boxed pasta (not spaghetti), baking items, cereal, canned chicken, beef stew, beef ravioli and canned beans. Drop-off sites will include the Admissions Office, Arms Music Center, the Cadigan Center for Religious Life, Chapin Hall, College Hall, Converse Hall, Frost Library, Keefe Campus Center, LeFrak Gymnasium, Pontypool, Service Buildings, Smith House and Valentine Dining Hall.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/projects/campus_challenge

Amherst's Telementoring Program is Now Hiring! Applications Due April 5!
Want to learn more about the admissions process? Are you a work-study student? If you're looking for a unique job opportunity, then the Telementoring Program may be for you. The Telementoring Program assists high school seniors from talented, diverse, underrepresented backgrounds in the college application process by pairing them with Amherst students from similar backgrounds. Mentees do not need to express interest in applying to Amherst to be eligible. Mentoring is primarily conducted through email and phone. Classes of 2013, 2014 and 2015 are invited to apply. This is a paid position. Applications are due Thursday, April 5. More information on the Telementoring Program and the online job application may be found at the link below!
For more information: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/telementoringapplication

Runners Needed for Room Draw; Apply by April 5
SHAC is looking for runners to work two-hour shifts during the evenings of room draw to help keep the process running smoothly. Members of the Classes of '12,'13 and '14 are invited to apply. Applicants must be available between 7 p.m. and 1 a.m. on one or more of the following dates: April 17, 18 or 19, as well as April 9 at 8:45 p.m. for an informational meeting. To apply, email shac@amherst.edu by midnight on Thursday, April 5. There are seven positions available, and positions will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Reserve Tickets Now for "Women of Amherst: If These Lips Could Talk"
On April 5, 6 and 7 at 8 p.m. in Cole Assembly Room (Red Room), Women of Amherst will give voice to the unspoken experiences, questions and thoughts of Amherst women. Inspired by years of performing Eve Ensler's: Vagina Monologues," our original show "If These Lips Could Talk" explores the joy, pain, courage, sorrow, humor and excitement of Amherst women. All proceeds from ticket donations and our annual raffle will be donated to NELCWIT, a local center for survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence. Suggested donation is $5 for students and $10 for the general public. The show is now over half reserved; there will limited rush tickets at the door. Reserve your tickets now at woamherst.eventbrite.com.
For more information: woamherst.eventbrite.com

Program Board Hiring 10 Production Assistants--Apply by April 6
The Program Board is hiring for Spring Concert! We are looking for 10 students to assist us behind the scenes for this year's Spring Concert. Basic responsibilities include (but are not limited to) bag check, ticketing and crew and artist hospitality. This is a PAID position ($10 per hour). In addition, each production assistant will receive a Spring Concert Staff T-shirt and dinner on the evening of the concert. All interested in this position should email acpb@amherst.edu by April 6.

Apply Now to Be a 2012-2013 Peer Career Advisor-- Deadline April 8
An important goal of the Career Center has been to involve students in thoughtful career exploration throughout their time at Amherst. Because the idea of students helping students is appealing both in practice and in theory, the Peer Career Advisors play a fundamental role in this process. Only current juniors and sophomores may apply to be next year's PCAs. If you are a current sophomore and plan to apply, you must plan to be here on campus for the full academic year (not studying abroad). Please see extensive position details and application requirements in Experience; search "PCA" in the keyword block.
For more information: amherst.experience.com/er/security/login.jsp

Dean of New Students Hiring Six Orientation Coordinators--Apply Now!
The dean of new students is looking for six enthusiastic, reliable, creative students who would like to return campus early to serve as Orientation coordinators for Amherst College Orientation 2012. The Orientation coordinators serve as leaders of the Orientation student workers, as a well as immediate support staff for the area coordinator of the first- year experience, the Orientation director and the dean of first-year Students, before and during Orientation. Orientation coordinators are permitted to return to campus early to assist with Orientation, and each receives a small stipend for work during the week of Orientation. Apply now at the following link.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/deanstudents/new/orientation/coordinator

Spring Concert: Ludacris—Tickets Available Now
Get your tickets for the April 21 spring concert, featuring Ludacris. Ticket prices are as follows: general admission, $15; Five College students, $10 and FREE for Amherst College students. Tickets are now on sale in the Keefe Campus Center.

Apply for Lip Sync! Auditions April 9, Performances April 11!
Bummed about your room group's spot on the Ordered List? Longing for a way to ensure your spot in the hallowed halls of Hamilton? Or maybe just eager to finally show off that choreography you've been working on for over a decade to the classic hit single "I Want It That Way"? Then has SHAC and ResLife got the event for you! Yes, Lip Sync is back! Auditions will be held on Monday, April 9, at 7 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall (NOT Johnson Chapel) with the actual performance taking place Wednesday, April 11, at 9 p.m. in Buckley (again NOT Johnson Chapel). Please apply AFTER the Ordered List comes out this Thursday, April 5, because in the case of too much excitement and enthusiasm for Lip Sync, preference will be given to those low on the list. Thanks!
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/reslife/housing/roomdraw/lip_sync

Travel Immunizations for Amherst College Students
Amherst College students planning to travel abroad (other than in Canada or Europe) may update their immunizations and review their itineraries to maximize a safe travel experience 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 six to eight weeks prior to your travel date to schedule your initial travel appointment.

Conservative Students Needed
Emeka Ojukwu '14 is looking for conservative students to interview for a sociological study. His topic is centered around conservative student's experiences on the liberal campus that is Amherst College. He is hoping to use this opportunity to gain a better understanding of the conservative perspective on a variety of issues untainted from any filters, and his goal is not to conform anyone or to debate political issues, but simply to hear the stories of these students and provide an avenue for them to share their views and concerns. The interview will last anywhere between 40 minutes to an hour and will mostly focus about your experiences on campus but is free to go anywhere that the conversation takes us. If interested, please email uojukwu14@amherst.edu. I look forward to hearing your story.

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 409 McGuire Life Sciences. 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

Jones Prize for Seniors and '12Es; Deadline April 13
Each year, the Black Studies Department awards the Edward Jones Prize in honor of the first black alumnus of Amherst College. Competition for the prize is open to any graduating Amherst College senior (including '12Es) who has written an honors thesis that addresses a present or future issue of concern to black people in Africa and the Diaspora. Submissions for the Jones Prize will be accepted by the Black Studies Department from all other Amherst College academic departments. In order to be considered, one unbound copy of a student's thesis must be received in the Black Studies Department Office, 108 Cooper House, no later than 3 p.m. on Friday, April 13. The Jones Prize will be awarded at Senior Assembly.

Charles Hamilton Houston Prize for Seniors and '12E's; Deadline April 13
The Charles Hamilton Houston Prize is an annual monetary gift awarded to a graduating senior (or '12E) who best personifies a commitment to realizing his or her humane ideals, much in the way that Charles Houston '15 devoted his life to the struggle for equal protection under the law for African-Americans. Each candidate is required to write an essay of no more than 10 pages on the question: "In what area of social involvement do you feel that you can best effect your humanitarian ideals?" In addition, each candidate is required to submit a list of activities and/or work experiences that illustrates his or her commitment to this ideal. Essays should be submitted to the President's Office no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 13.

Stonewall Prize Deadline April 13
The Stonewall Committee invites submissions for the 2012 Stonewall Prize. The prize is awarded annually to the Amherst College student whose work offers exceptional commentary on some facet of bisexual, intersex, gay, lesbian, queer or transgendered experience. Submissions may take a number of forms: prose, poetry, fiction, drama, videos, films, art projects, photography or performance art. They may be honors projects, coursework or original for this competition. Submissions are due no later than April 13 and are to be mailed to the Stonewall Prize Committee, AC #2208; delivered to the Office of the President; or emailed to Dean Griffiths (ftgriffiths@amherst.edu). Please submit three copies of CDs or other portable media.

English Department Prizes: Submissions Due April 13
Submissions for the English Department prizes to be awarded this spring will be accepted in the department office, Frost Library A14, until Friday, April 13. For complete descriptions of the various prizes, please see the English Department's website at the following link.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/english/prizes

WIN A $50 AMAZON GIFT CARD! Name the New Peer Mediation Program by April 13
Submit your idea for naming and branding the new peer mediation program on campus! (Not to be confused with mediTAtion, which we also think is a really great thing.) "Fight Club"? "Mighty Morphin Mediators"? "Amherst Peacemakers"? Visit the link below to learn more about the mediation process at Amherst, and consider putting your artistic and creative mind to work to develop a name, logo, graphic design, etc. for peer mediation. Please direct your submission to Dean Nascembeni at lnascembeni@amherst.edu or drop it off in the Dean of Students' Office in Converse 105. Submissions are due by Friday, April 13. The winner will be notified directly once selected.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/deanstudents/Mediation

Submit Work to Identity Magazine by April 13
Each year, the Multicultural Resource Center releases "Identity Magazine," a publication that includes works from students, faculty and alumni about various experiences of life and coming to terms with identity. This year, submissions can consist of writing, artwork or multimedia and film. A submission can be anonymous or published with the author's name. If a student would like his/her submission to be videotaped by the MRC, he/she can send a request to mrc@amherst.edu. Multimedia presentations will be published on the "Identity Magazine" Tumblr blog site. There will be a launch party on April 20 for chosen works. Anonymous pieces can be submitted to the MRC website (www.amherst.edu/campuslife/multicultural/IdentityMagazinelink). Other submissions can be sent to mrc@amherst.edu
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/multicultural/IdentityMagazine

The Moseley Prize for Essays in Religion: Submissions Due April 13 (NOTE CHANGE OF DEADLINE)
A substantial first and second prize will be awarded for essays by seniors dealing in a scholarly manner with religion. The approach may be historical, literary, philosophical or scientific, but the focus of the essay should be on religious subject matter or on patterns of religious thought, sensibility or conduct. Prizes are most often awarded to honors theses, but relevant term papers and substantial essays written specifically for this competition will also be considered. Entries must be submitted by Friday, April 13, to the Religion Department Office. Contact Professor Maria Heim, chair of the Moseley Committee, for further information. Winners will be announced at Senior Assembly on May 4.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/religion/prize

Interested in acting and sexual violence prevention education? Auditions April 11, 12, 15
Amherst students needed for theater piece aimed to raise awareness about sexual violence prevention and consent to be performed on Hampshire, Amherst and Mount Holyoke College campuses during new student orientation. $400.00 stipend provided. The piece is a compilation of vignettes about consent, communication and sexual violence prevention. Previous theater experience and/or interest in working on sexual violence prevention preferred. Students must be available for rehearsals and performances from August 17-Sep 2. On-campus housing may be available by arrangement. Auditions are scheduled for Wed April 11 @ 7:00 at Amherst College and Thurs April 12 @ 8:00 & Sunday April 15 at 4:00 at Hampshire College. If you have further questions you may contact Gretchen Krull at gakrull@amherst.edu To schedule an audition, contact the Directors Dana Megwasser dlm07@hampshire.edu and Chris Watkins christopherwatkins@bestbuddies.org Male identified performers are encouraged to audition.

Sign Up to Celebrate Vessaka Puja with the Meditation and Mindfulness Club at the Peace Pagoda April 15
Interested in meditation or Buddhist culture? Come celebrate Vesakka Puja (Buddha's Birth/Enlightenment/Passing-Day) at the Cambodian Temple and the Peace Pagoda in Leverett, Mass. The Meditation and Mindfulness Club is organizing an excursion this Sunday, April 15. We will be there to experience the monks' chanting and offer food to the monks and nuns, and we will have a Cambodian lunch provided by the temple. We will also have the opportunity to walk up the hill to the Peace Pagoda and Reclining Buddha. You are welcome to bring food to offer if you wish, but there is usually cooked rice there for you to offer. If you are interested in attending, you must RSVP to ialiaj12@amherst.edu.

Considering Study Abroad in Spring 2013? Submit 'Intent to Study Abroad' Form by April 15
Nearly 40 percent of the student body studies abroad. A semester or year abroad offers students an opportunity to experience a different educational system, become proficient in a foreign language and be exposed to new and different ideas. The study-abroad experience can be a great complement to the Amherst academic experience. If you are considering spending a semester or year abroad in one of our 200 approved programs, you need to submit the "Intent to Study Abroad" form by April 15 for the spring. The intent form is not binding, so submit it even if you have not firmed up your study-abroad plans. Be sure to declare your major at the time of submission. Take advantage of the opportunity of a lifetime!
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/study_abroad/deadlines

Sign Up April 9-13 to Play Amherst College Assassins!
Big Brothers Big Sisters presents Amherst College Assassins. Sign up in Val from April 9 to 13 or email gringelberg13@amherst.edu. The game will begin April 16. Prizes will be awarded to the winner of the game, the most creative "kill" and the most "kills." There is a $5 entry fee.

'Fill a Truck' Food Drive Resumes April 2-30 (updated announcement)
The Campus Challenge "Fill a Truck" Food Drive for Amherst Survival Center has resumed. Our goal is to gather 6,318 lbs. by April 30. Everyone is invited to contribute. Donations can be made during normal business hours or as posted by site staff. As of April 3, sites include the Admission Office, the Alumni Gymnasium, the Cadigan Center for Religious Life, Chapin Hall, College Hall, Converse Hall, Frost Library, Keefe Campus Center, Merill, Pontypool, Seeley Mudd, Service Buildings and Smith House. Other sites are sure to be added. The top donation items are peanut butter, tuna, soup, canned tomatoes/sauce, side dishes, boxed pasta (not spaghetti), baking items, cereal, canned chicken, beef stew, beef ravioli and canned beans.
For more information: https://amherst.edu/go/campuschallenge

WAGS Prize Deadline April 16
Graduating seniors whose theses focus on women and/or gender and who have taken two or more WAGS courses, at least one of which is in the Amherst College WAGS department, are invited to apply for the WAGS Prize. The prize will be awarded to the thesis that best analyzes the construction of gender and/or the historical, political, social, cultural and/or psychological experiences of subjects. The project should also address gender relations as they intersect with class, race, sexuality and/or nationality. Finally, the project should consider the broader implications of its conclusions for the field of women's and gender studies. Submit your thesis, a one-paragraph abstract and a list of the WAGS courses you have taken to wags@amherst.edu by April 16.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/womens_gender_studies/wagsprize

Enter to Win Dinner with President Martin, April 15 and 24
Students can enter to win a "Getting to Know You" dinner with President Martin. Dinners will be on Sunday, April 15, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Tuesday, April 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. To enter, please email president@amherst.edu with your name, class year and preferred date. Eighteen winners will be drawn and notified via email one week before each dinner.

Seniors: Pick Up Caps and Gowns Mon., April 16 and Tues., April 17
Seniors are reminded to pick up caps and gowns in Converse Hall's Porter Lounge on Monday, April 16, from noon to 7 p.m. and Tuesday, April 17, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Caps and gowns must be worn to Senior Assembly on May 4. This is the only time that regalia will be available for pickup. If you are unable to pick it up at those times, or if you have any questions, please call Pat Allen at 413-542-8094 or email pmallen@amherst.edu.

German Department Writing Prize: Submit Papers by April 18
The German Department will award the Consulate General Prize for Academic Achievement for the best paper written as a part of the work in any German Department course for 2011-12. Students are invited to submit their original papers, with faculty comments, to Kerstin Martin in the department office in Barrett 101 by Wednesday, April 18. Please indicate your class and campus box number on all entries.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/german/prizes_awards

Now Hiring Community Engagement Leaders (CELs): Apply by April 18
Are you interested in working to build partnerships that facilitate positive social change? Then you want to join the CCE CEL team! CELs organize student volunteers who work with local partnerships while developing their own leadership and management skills. CELs are responsible for both program development and day-to-day operations (recruiting and training tutors, transportation, attendance, website, budgeting, campus visits and volunteer recognition). This is a paid position, usually four to seven hours per week. Two positions are available to start in fall 2012: A Better Chance (ABC) and the Vela Scholars Program. For more information, contact Dean Lee Miller at kmlee@amherst.edu. Applications are due April 18.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/cce/lead/cel/cel_application

Seniors and Recent Grads: Work Opportunity with New Chief Information Officer: Apply by April 18
Amherst's new Chief Information Officer (CIO) seeks a senior or recent graduate to work in a one-year position. The successful candidate will assist the CIO with the work required to create a strategic plan for the Information Technology department. The job may include a significant amount of writing, assisting with data collection and analysis, communicating both within IT and with a broad spectrum of people in the college community, assisting in the preparation of reports, identifying ways that social media might be employed in the strategic planning process and bringing the student perspective to the strategic planning process. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential, and good organizational skills are necessary. Candidates must have intermediate- or advanced-level experience with Excel. The position begins Aug. 1, 2012, and ends July 31, 2013. Submit a cover letter and resume to Margaret Stancer (mastancer@amherst.edu, Campus Box #2240) by Wednesday, April 18.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/offices/it/about/news/node/390928

Reminder About Upcoming Prize Deadlines April 13-18
Students are reminded that the submission deadlines for numerous departmental prizes are fast approaching. For the Jones Prize (Black Studies), the Moseley Prize (Religion), the Stonewall Prize, the Charles Hamilton Houston Prize and various English Department Prizes, submissions are due on Friday, April 13. For the WAGS Prize, submissions are due on Monday, April 16. For the German Department Writing Prize, submissions are due on Wednesday, April 18. For more information about these prizes and submission guidelines, see the individual announcements and departmental Web pages about each prize.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/announcements

Design the Official T-Shirt for Orientation 2012! Submit Designs by April 18
The Dean of New Students' Office has opened its annual design competition for the 2012 Orientation T-Shirt! We are looking for creative, funny and beautiful designs based upon our theme for 2012, "Building Community One Voice at a Time." All designs will be reviewed by the Orientation Committee, and the winning design will be printed on 400 T-shirts. In addition, the winning designer will receive a cash prize. Please submit all designs as Adobe Illustrator files to rmilov10@amherst.edu by Wednesday, April 18.

Introduction of New College Ombudsperson Cate Woolner
The following is a statement from Cate Woolner, Amherst College's new ombudsperson: "I would like to introduce myself and briefly describe the services offered. Many people do not know there is an ombuds service here or how the Ombuds Office can be helpful. I joined the Amherst community in April, and I am on campus on Wednesdays, with some other times available if needed. My overall function is to assist staff, faculty and administrators to resolve workplace issues in an informal and confidential setting, independent of the normal complaint or grievance procedures. I do not offer legal advice, initiate any formal investigations or proceedings or have any power to change or make policies. I can informally help research issues and resources. I listen, help sort out issues and analyze problems and strategies, and I can also help visitors develop conflict-resolution skills. Typically I meet with visitors individually, at least initially, but I can also provide confidential mediation or facilitated conversations between two or more people, as needed and appropriate. The Ombuds Office is separate from the college’s administrative structure, and no records are kept for the college other than aggregated anonymous data to document how the office is used. I would be happy to speak with you about the Ombuds Office. I am in Valentine 117, where the phone number is 413-542-5156, and you can contact me by email as well, at cwoolner@amherst.edu. I look forward to speaking with you."
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/offices/ombuds/about

Student Photographers Needed for Spring Formal on April 20
Student photographers: Interested in taking memorable photos at Spring Formal this year? The Spring Formal Planning Committee is looking for you! This is a paid opportunity. Contact cvillapudua12@amherst.edu ASAP!

Senior Bi-Semester Christian Worship Date Changed to April 22
The Senior Bi-Semester Christian Worship Service has been changed to April 22.

Final Two Weeks of Campus Challenge, April 16-30
Food Drive: we have collected 4233 pounds of food for the Amherst Survival Center. If each member of the faculty, staff and administration brings seven pounds of food we will make the goal of 10,000 lbs. We realize that some can bring more and some less and this is entirely voluntary. The most needed items are peanut butter; tuna; soup; canned tomatoes/sauce; side dishes; boxed pasta (not spaghetti); baking items; cereal; canned chicken, beef stew, beef ravioli; canned beans; personal care products (toothbrushes, small toothpastes, feminine care products); and for seniors - liquid protein drinks or products such as Ensure and Boost. Drop-off sites: Admissions, Alumni Gym, Arms Music Center, Cadigan Center, Chapin, College Hall, Converse, Cooper House, Frost Library, Keefe Campus Center, Merrill, Pontypool, Scott House, Seeley Mudd, Service Buildings, Smith House, and Valentine Dining Commons. Fund Drive: we have collected $8288 towards our goal of $10,000. If you would like to contribute please send a check made out to the Amherst Survival Center to Paul Sorrentino, AC#2277. Thank you for your help in meeting this vital need in our community.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/projects/campus_challenge

Senior Survey: Have Your Voice Heard! Participate by April 24
Participate in the Amherst Senior Survey to have your voice heard. Results inform administrators and committees as they consider policy changes and decisions. The survey is conducted every two years as graduation approaches. It asks graduating seniors to describe their plans after college, to rate various aspects of their college education and to suggest ways that we can make the Amherst experience more positive for the students in the future. All those who complete the survey will be entered in a drawing. Respond by midnight on Tuesday, April 24, and get two chances to win. Visit our website at the following link for more information and thank-you gifts.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/offices/ir/SeniorSurvey

Student Employment Opportunity with Professor George Greenstein: Apply by April 24
Professor Greenstein is looking for a student to assist him in developing content for Wordpress. Pay is $10/hour. The project will take perhaps 10 hours of work, but it is very important that it be completed within two weeks. Apply by email only to Professor Greenstein (gsgreenstein@amherst.edu) before 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 24.

Financial Aid Renewal for 2012-13: Apply by April 25
Applications for renewal of financial aid for 2012-13 are now being accepted. Any student may apply for financial aid, regardless of whether he or she now receives assistance. The application deadline is April 25. Information about applying is posted on the Office of Financial Aid's website. If you have questions about financial aid at Amherst or the procedure for applying, contact the Office of Financial Aid (B-5 Converse Hall) at 413-542-2296.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/offices/financialaid/renewal_upperclassapps

Men of Amherst: Join Big Brothers Big Sisters!
Big Brothers Big Sisters is seeking men on campus to join their organization. Commitment is only one day per week for three hours. There are lots of young men in the Amherst community who are in need of male mentors! You could make a big difference in a child's life by joining this national organization. Females are encouraged to apply as well. Email gringelberg13@amherst.edu or stop by the Center for Community Engagement for more information. Big Brothers Big Sisters is the oldest, largest and most effective youth mentoring organization in the United States. Get involved today!
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/cce/lead/cel/partners/bbbs

Campus Challenge Update
April has been a great month for the Campus Challenge! Thank you all! We have collected 1,948 lbs. so far this month (counting only what was delivered to and weighed at the Survival Center)! That means we only need 4,370 lbs. to reach our goal for the year. Keep those peanut butter and large brown rice containers coming (plus any other heavy items). Special thanks to students who "canned" at WalMart last weekend, the women's lacrosse team and Frost Library as our leading contributors. We also have to collect only $1708 more to reach our $10,000 goal for the Survival Center. Watch for the donation table at Valentine April 23-27 or send a check made out to the Amherst Survival Center to Paul Sorrentino at AC#2277.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/projects/campus_challenge

Seniors! FINAL CHANCE to Take Your Senior Portraits!
To the class of 2012: The Olio yearbook staff has made arrangements for one FINAL portrait session. Professional portrait photographers from Prestige Portraits will return to campus for Senior Portrait Sessions beginning Monday, April 23. This is absolutely the last chance to be photographed! Sign up for your personal portrait session at the link below. There is a $10 session fee (due at the time of the sitting). Make sure you're in The Olio! If you have any other questions, please email olio@amherst.edu.
For more information: www.photoappointment.com/school/amc

Open Invitation to Join the Campus Challenge Committee
Amherst College will again have a Campus Challenge for the next academic year. Anyone interested in serving on the committee-- students, staff or faculty --is welcome to join. Come to our open meeting on Friday, April 27, at 1 p.m. in Chapin 119. At this meeting, we will begin to determine our theme and direction for the next year. Please contact Paul Sorrentino (pvsorrentino@amherst.edu or 413-542-8149) if you have ideas or feedback. Further information is available at the Campus Challenge website at the following link.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/projects/campus_challenge

 
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