Archived announcements for May, 2012
College Meeting (Undergraduate Awards Ceremony) May 2
Please join us on Wed., May 2nd at
5 p.m. in the Cole Assembly Room of Converse Hall to
celebrate the awarding of prizes to
underclass students. Refreshments will
be served at a reception in the
President's office directly following
the ceremony. All members of the college
community are welcomed. Come and learn
about the Brunton Compass! Cheer for
your friends as they receive awards from
a variety of departments! Learn about
prizes that you may qualify for next
year! Participate in one of the oldest
continuing traditions of the college!
Seniors! Here's Info About Senior Assembly May 4
Senior Assembly is Friday, May 4.
Graduating seniors should gather-- in
caps and gowns --no later than 4:35 p.m.
Quad side of Johnson Chapel. If it's
raining, the line will form indoors--
but bring an umbrella just in case;
remember, gowns sometimes bleed when
they get wet. Senior Assembly features
the awarding of prizes, a speech by
Professor Lawrence Douglas, and talks by
Shanika Audige '12 and Spencer Russell
'12.The assembly will be followed by a
reception for graduating seniors,faculty
and administrators, followed by the
awarding of Honorary Class
Memberships. Dinner will follow.
Remember to bring your driver's license
or student I.D. PLEASE, NO SHARP HEELS
ON THE GYMNASIUM FLOOR! Congratulations
on your upcoming graduation.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/specialevents/commencement/infostudents/senior_activities
Information for Faculty and Administration on Senior Assembly May 4
Assembly will be in Johnson Chapel at 5
p.m. on Friday, May 4. Faculty and
administrators are asked to gather for
the Assembly in academic regalia no
later than 4:45 p.m. Full professors
should meet in the classroom just across
the hall from the entrance to the
chapel.All others should meet at the
west end of the main hallway on the
Faculty and administrators are cordially
invited to the Senior Reception and
Dinner afterward in LeFrak Gymnasium
(each may bring a guest).
19th-Century English Novel Prize Winner
The English Department is pleased to announce that Olivia Chase '12 is the winner of the 19th-Century English Novel
Prize. This is an annual prize for the best student essay on the 19th-century English novel. The prize is intended to encourage students to read and write about 19th-century English novels intelligently, critically and with a
heightened sense of pleasure.
Conversation About the College with President Martin May 9
President Martin would like all staff to join her on Wednesday, May 9, at 1 p.m. in Johnson Chapel for a conversation about our college. This will be an opportunity
for her to share some of the accomplishments of her first year, upcoming events and initiatives, and plans for the college's future, and to hear from all of you as well.
Register for Registered Student Organization and Activities Fair by May 11
Registered Student Organization (RSO)
registration for the 2012-2013 academic
year can now be found online at the link below.
Whether a club is new or pre-existing,
student leaders of clubs must fill out
and submit this registration form in
order to be recognized by the college as
an official student organization for the
2012-2013 academic year. All RSO
registrations for next year must be
submitted to the Student Activities
Office by the end of this semester, no
later than Friday, May 11.
Also by completing this form, RSOs
register their club to participate in
the fall Student Activities Fair in the
fall. The deadline for RSOs to register
for the Activities Fair is also Friday,
For more information: www.amherst.edu/campuslife/keefe/organizations
How Our Campus Challenge Is Making a Difference
On April 24, 2012, Tracey Levy of the Amherst Survival Center wrote to the Campus Challenge Committee: "The 7,000+ lbs of food that has been donated (so far) has provided nearly 5,400 meals to people in our region. This is critical as there was an 85% cut in federal funding for emergency food programs this year, and our Emergency Food Pantry saw 10% more people access food from its shelves." Read the full letter at the following link.
For more information: amherst.edu/go/campuschallenge
Campus Challenge Update
As of April 27, we have raised $8,943.94 and collected 6,004 pounds for the Survival Center! We have extended the deadline to May 14 to reach our campus goal of $10,000 and 10,000 pounds. Please remember to submit forms for Campus Challenge-related activities before May 4 to be included in the $200 drawing. Submit forms at link below. Thank you.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/projects/campus_challenge/participate
Sign Up for Free Drupal Training for Five College Students, Sponsored by Five Colleges, Inc.
Drupal is a content management system that's been adopted by companies of all sizes across the world, and is in use at each of the Five College campuses. Anyone that is interested in website development would benefit from having a solid understanding and knowledge of Drupal.
Training sessions will be run by Acquia, a Boston-region technology firm, and are offered for free in partnership with Five Colleges, Inc. There are three sessions available: May 14: "Drupal in a Day," May 15-16: "Site Building," and May 17-18: "Layout and Theming."
For more information: https://www.acquia.com/blog/free-student-drupal-training-western-ma
Reminder to Students Receiving Allergy Shots at Keefe Health Center: Pick Up Items by May 18
All students receiving allergy shots at the Keefe Health Center need to pick up their refrigerated serum and copies of their allergy records by May 18. Refrigerated serum remaining at the Health Center after this date will be
Writing Center Hours for the Week of May 13
The Writing Center will be open for appointments the week before commencement. Come see us, whether you are working on applications, planning your thesis research, getting started on an independent writing project, or looking back on your work for the year and wondering how you might improve your writing. Our hours, days of service, and
staffing will be limited. Check our online scheduler for details.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/support/writingcenter/makeappointment
Special Guests to Be Honored at Commencement on May 20
CNN journalist Christiane Amanpour,former UMass professor and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Chair Sheila Bair, playwright and gay-rights activist Martin Duberman,
Iran hostage crisis negotiator Ulric Haynes Jr. '52, chemist David K. Lewis '64, New York Public Library President and former Amherst College President Anthony W. Marx, acclaimed narrative nonfiction writer John McPhee and hit songwriter Jim Steinman '69 will all receive honorary degrees from Amherst College during its 191st Commencement
exercises on Sunday, May 20, at 10 a.m. on the Main Quad. In addition, George W. Carmany III '62 will receive the
Medal for Eminent Service, and the honorary marshal will be Richard M. Lipton '74, father of Tricia Lipton '12. The Phebe and Zepheniah Swift Moore Teaching Awards will be given to Alexis Dekel, a mathematics teacher from the Berkshire Arts and Technology Charter Public School in Adams, Mass., nominated by Robert Volkman ’12; Jacson Lowe, a psychology teacher and baseball coach from Cedar Ridge High School in Hillsborough, N.C., nominated by Conny Morrison ’12; and Eyal Wallenberg, a mathematics teacher from The Urban Assembly School for Law and Justice in Brooklyn, N.Y., nominated by Tahina Vatel ’12.
For more information: bit.ly/I0Hvlw
Emergency Mental Health Consultation for Commencement Weekend
The Counseling Center will close for student appointments on Friday, May 18, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. From Friday at 4:30 p.m. until Commencement on May 20, mental health emergency consultations will be available as usual through the
Dean-on-Duty system by calling Campus Police at 413-542-2291.
Commencement Information for Faculty and Administration
Commencement Weekend is this
weekend, May 19-20. The Commencement
program is on line at the link below.
You are cordially invited and
encouraged to join seniors and their
families at weekend events. The
conversations with honored guests begin
at 11:15 a.m. on Saturday, with
additional talks at 2 and 3:15 p.m. at
various locations across campus. The
President's Reception, in the garden of
the President's House, will take place
from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Saturday.
(Please note that the Family Luncheon
on Saturday and the luncheon following
Commencement on Sunday no longer
require tickets.) Professor Wako
Tawa, Faculty Marshal, reminds you that
the academic procession for
Commencement will form in the O'Connor
Commons at 9:45 a.m on Sunday.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/specialevents/commencement/schedule
Writing Center Requests Student Feedback on Online Scheduler
The Writing Center is evaluating its Online Scheduler. Students who have used this web calendar to book Writing Center appointments are urged to share their feedback on this short survey at the following link:
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/support/writingcenter/makeappointment/scheduler-survey-apr12
Donate Used Furniture to the Amherst Survival Center!
Donate your gently used furniture for the Amherst
Survival Center's annual fall used furniture sale! See
www.amherstsurvival.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 413-549-3968, extension 252, for information or to arrange pickup or delivery. All contributions are tax deductible. The
sale supports Survival Center programs that provide food, health care and clothing to over 4,000 of our neighbors in need in Hampshire and Franklin Counties each year.
For more information: www.amherstsurvival.org
Part-Time Phonathon Positions This June in Office of Development: Apply Now!
Are you looking for a part-time opportunity on campus this summer? The Office of Development is looking for undergraduate student callers for our annual Phonathon. If you enjoy talking to alumni and sharing your experience at
Amherst, this is a fun way to help support the college. We provide a free dinner each night to student callers. Hours are 6 to 9 p.m. on June 11-14, June 18-21 and June 25-28. Compensation is $8.50 per hour. There will be mandatory,
paid training during the week of June 4-7. To apply, please email email@example.com.
Health Center Hours During Reunion Periods
The Keefe Health Center will be open during Reunion as follows: May 25, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; May 26, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Urgent medical treatment may be obtained at AEIOU Amherst (Cooley Dickinson Hospital's University Drive walk-in care facility; 413-461-3530). AEIOU's hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Those with medical emergencies should proceed directly to Cooley Dickinson Hospital (413-582-2000).
Mellon Faculty Seminar Apps Being Accepted from Five College Faculty, Deadline May 30
The Mead Art Museum invites brief applications for its next Mellon-funded Faculty Course Development Seminar, examining the Mead's collection of chairs and representations of chairs in paintings and prints. The seminar is open to Five College faculty members from any discipline curious to learn
more about the history of chairs and their diverse social meanings. Participants will explore successful strategies for incorporating these original works of art from the Mead's collection into their teaching and research. The seminar will take place on June 7 and 8, 2012, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Mead. The seminar is limited to 12
participants. For more information on the program and how to apply, visit the Mead's website.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/museums/mead/learning/mellonseminar/2012June
Student Summer Job: Digital Map Technician-- Apply Now!
Amherst College Academic Technology Services is hiring a digital map technician this summer to help with the
Cityscapes Project (http://bit.ly/L6YebA), which places old historical maps into an online system where they can be easily studied in detail. This position involves preparing additional maps for use in Cityscapes. Many of these maps will start in paper format and be scanned into digital format, while others will be available from online libraries. In either case, they must be cleaned up, connected to current landmarks and turned into a format
usable by Cityscapes. General facility with computers is very important, as is attention to detail. Experience with geographic information systems and image manipulation is highly desirable.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/student_employment/jobs/academic