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Archived announcements for September, 2012

Convocation Reminder for Faculty and Administration
Opening Convocation begins at 7:30 p.m. in Johnson Chapel on Monday, Sept. 3 following the 5 p.m. faculty meeting in Cole Assembly Room in Converse Hall. Formal regalia will be worn at Convocation and the procession will be gathered based on the seniority list posted throughout the Johnson Chapel building. The Public Affairs Office continues to handle rentals of caps and gowns. If you have not placed your rental order, contact Paula Mieczkowski (413-542-8269 or pamieczkowski@amherst.edu) or Patricia Allen (413-542-8094 or pmallen@amherst.edu).
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/specialevents/convocation

Viewing for Opening Convocation Sept. 3
Opening Convocation for new students will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Johnson Chapel on Mon., Sept. 3. Upperclass students will be able to view a live video feed of the ceremony on the Convocation website (www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/specialevents/convocation) or in Stirn Auditorium.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/specialevents/convocation

Counseling Center Hours for Fall Semester
The Counseling Center will reopen for regular appointments on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. During Orientation Week, Aug. 27 through 31, there will be a counselor on call for emergencies and urgent situations from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Contact the Counseling Center at 413-542-2354. Beginning Aug. 26, after-hours and weekend mental health emergency consultations will be available as usual through the Dean on Duty system by calling Campus Police at 413-542-2291.

Keys Available to Residence Hall Music Practice Rooms Starting Aug. 30
Are you a non-music major looking for a space to practice your music without disturbing your fellow students? Keys to the James, Stearns and Hitchcock Music Practice Rooms are available to any student (even music majors) beginning Thursday, Aug. 30. Students may check out keys through Sept. 21 for use during the academic year. Just stop by Keefe Campus Center Room 114 during business hours to fill out the form. The process requires a $10 deposit that will be taken out of your student account. Keys will be due back to the Keefe Campus Center by May 17, 2013, to avoid loss of the deposit and an additional charge.

Orators Still Needed for Public Reading of the U.S. Constitution Sept. 17
We still have a few spots open for orators for the reading of the U.S. Constitution and its amendments on Monday, Sept. 17, on the steps of Frost Library. President Biddy Martin will start off the reading at 12:30 p.m. and be followed by other readers from the Amherst College community. If you are interested in reading a portion of the Constitution aloud, please contact Patricia Allen at pmallen@amherst.edu.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/specialevents/constitution_day

Fall Intramural Sport Sign-Ups! Sept. 4-11
Interested in reliving the glory days as a stud tennis player? Or want to test your dorm's soccer skills in a competitive atmosphere? Sign up for intramural tennis, soccer or golf! Intermediate and advanced leagues are offered, so all skill levels and playing experiences are welcome. Sign-ups are Sept. 4-11 at http://amherst.athleague.com/leagues. Check the Intramural pages on the Amherst athletics website (at the link below) for more details on the rules and formats of each league. Best of luck, and may the odds be ever in your favor!
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/athletics/intramurals

The Office of Public Affairs is Seeking Experienced Student Photographer(s)
The Office of Public Affairs is seeking experienced student photographers, preferably first-year students or sophomores, to document college life and cover events throughout the year. Experience in photojournalism and/or multimedia presentation (video, audio, stills, graphics and production) and proven abilities in sports and events coverage are required. Finalists must know Photoshop and/or Final Cut, have completed at least one photo or video course and be able to provide a link to work via website/online portfolio (email to schedule a print portfolio review). This is a paid position with flexible hours. Equipment is available for photographers to checkout. Those with interest should contact Rob Mattson at smattson@amherst.edu.

Placement Test Mandatory for Students NEW to Spanish Language Courses
The Department of Spanish administers a Placement Exam to help students choose the correct Spanish language courses in which to enroll. First-year students will have access this exam from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. during Orientation Week (Aug. 27-31) in Webster 102. Beginning Sept. 1, all students NEW to Spanish language courses will have access to the Placement Exam. Go to the department's website (at the link below), click on "Placement Test" in the menu on the left, log in and follow the directions. A computer with speakers or headphones is required. 5-C students must contact Language Coordinator Victoria Maillo at vmaillo@amherst.edu to schedule the Placement Exam. Following the exam, students must contact Ms. Maillo to schedule personal interviews.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/spanish/placeexaminfo

Student Worker Driver Positions to Fill in International Student Services
Student drivers are needed to transport small groups of international students to the Social Security Office in Holyoke, Mass. Students must be credentialed drivers or be able to be credentialed to drive in accordance to the College's Pool Van/Driver Regulations. Scheduled trips can be viewed within the link below. Please contact Tammy Welcome for more information (413-542-2529). Many thanks.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/deanstudents/international/ssoffice/SSoffTran

Want to Work During Family Weekend and Homecoming?
Short-term positions with Alumni and Parent Programs are available for student workers at Family Weekend and Homecoming. Please follow the link to apply. Interviews will take place at the beginning of October. Contact Carol Allman-Morton (callmanmorton@amherst.edu) with questions.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/alumni/events/homecoming/studentworkers

Amherst College Catalog Can Now be Viewed on iPad, Nook and Kindle
The 2012-2013 Amherst College Catalog is now available electronically as a PDF and in two e-book versions for reading with mobile devices such as the iPad, Nook or Kindle. Download it from the Amherst College Catalog page of the Registrar's website at the following link:
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/registrar/AC_Course_Info_tools/ac_catalog

Music Practice Rooms and Lockers Sign up Times
Students, faculty and staff wishing to use the Music Department practice rooms may sign up for access keys during the first two weeks of the semester as follows: Tuesday, Sept. 4, through Friday, Sept. 7, and Monday, Sept. 10, and Friday, Sept. 14, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Senior music majors preparing honors recitals may also reserve practice time during the second week of classes. On Sunday, Sept. 16, those who have been issued practice keys may, if desired, schedule reserved practice time for the fall semester. Those sign-up hours will be from noon to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 10 p.m. Information concerning access to practice rooms and fees is posted in the Arms Music Building. Applications for keys will be available in the department office at the time of sign-up.

Fall Intramural Sports Sign-Ups EXTENDED Until Sept. 13
Upset that you missed Intramural sign ups? Realized your schedule isn't as daunting as you anticipated? You can still sign up for IM soccer, golf and/or tennis! Sign-ups are extended until Sept. 13, so pull together a team and get ready to battle! Sign up at http://amherst.athleague.com/leagues. See the Intramural Sports pages on the athletics page for more details!
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/athletics/intramurals

Celebrating 225 Years of the U.S. Constitution
The U.S. Constitution was finalized 225 years ago. Today, we will celebrate Constitution Day and Citizenship Day by reading aloud the Constitution and all of its amendments on the steps of the Frost Library at 12:30 p.m. The readers include President Biddy Martin, Deans Gregory Call and Charri Boykin-East and Professors Frank Couvares, Martha Saxton and Kevin Sweeney. Other readers include Jane Beebe, Philip Chapman-Bell, Amy Ford, Jan Jourdain, Mike Kelly, Marian Kent, Peter Nelson, Christian Aviles '14E, Zach Bleemer '14, Matthew deButts '14, Gianna Marciarille '15 and Jasjaap Sidhu '14.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/specialevents/constitution_day

Internship in the Amherst Sports Information Office-- Apply by Sept. 14
Are you interested in pursuing a career in athletics? Are you looking for an opportunity to learn and develop the skills necessary to succeed in sports media or sports operations? Apply to be the 2012-13 Amherst Sports Information intern! The intern will gain valuable experience in athletic media relations, game management and operations while helping to run the press box at Amherst athletic events. The intern will also gain experience writing press releases for the Athletics website and will provide some general office support. Relevant experience is desirable, along with a broad knowledge of sports, excellent oral and written communication skills and a keen interest in sports media. The position, which begins on Wednesday, Sept. 26, is open to all Amherst students and pays $10 an hour. Hours will vary, but itís expected that the intern will work 10 to 15 hours a week during peak times, with some weekend work required. To apply, submit a cover letter, two writing samples and references to Ben Badua, director of sports information, at AC #2202 or bbadua@amherst.edu.

Fall 2012 Amherst College Junior Tennis Lessons
Tennis lessons will be taught by the Amherst College women's team this fall on Wednesdays, Sept. 5, 12, 19 and 26 and Oct. 3, 10, 17 and 24, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. The cost is $110 for all sessions or $15 per session. Registration materials can be found at the following link or by calling 413-992-7622.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/athletics/teams/fall/tennis-w

Upcoming College Website Redesign
The Amherst College website is currently undergoing a redesign, so that it will look better on various screen sizes, including those of mobile devices. We hope to launch the redesign on Thursday, Sept. 13. Please note that the content on many Amherst Web pages will look slightly different. If you need help adjusting your Web pages, please call the IT Help Desk at 413-542-2526.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/about

In Memoriam: Amy Olney Johnson
Amherst College notes the passing of retired employee Amy Olney Johnson on Sept. 8, 2012. Johnson served as assistant dean of admissions from 1979 to 1985 and as associate dean of admissions from 1985 until her retirement in 1992. We invite members of the Amherst College community to leave notes and remembrances on the college's In Memoriam page, at the following link:
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/memoriam

Help Kids in Mexico! Donate ART!
The ARTing Club will be holding an art sale to raise money for an underprivileged elementary school in Cuernavaca, Mexico. We are asking for art donations made by you or bought. The art can be anything: paintings, drawings, sculptures, knitting, posters, prints, photos, etc. This is a great opportunity to use art for a great cause! If you are interested in donating your art, please send an email to ssong13@amherst.edu.

Looking for Tutors for A Better Chance Tutoring Program
ABC Tutoring Program is looking for new tutors this semester. This program includes seven high school students who study and live in town (behind CVS). We tutor these students at their house once a week from 7 to 9 p.m. We need tutors in all areas of academics (English, Spanish, sciences, math, history). Applications are due this Friday, Sept. 14, and can be found at the link below. Please feel free to email Nicole Stokes at nstokes13@amherst.edu if you have any questions about the program. Also, check out the website for more information about the program.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/cce/lead/cel/partners/abc

Statistical Consulting
The Math Department is pleased to announce that Professors Liao and Wagaman and Five College graduate consultant Ngoc Thai will be available for statistical consulting for both faculty and students (especially thesis writers) during Fall 2012. Consulting can involve help in designing an experiment or study, analyzing or interpreting results, help in understanding a statistical technique in a journal article, and much more. We encourage interested persons who wish to meet with Ngoc to make appointments in advance, either during her office hours or by email. Shu-Min Liao's office hours are Wednesday, 2 to 2:30 p.m. in 501 Seeley Mudd. Ngoc Thai (ngochongthai@gmail.com) has office hours every Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in 429 McGuire Life Sciences. Visit Amy Wagaman every Friday between 1 and 1:30 p.m. in 306 Seeley Mudd.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/mathematics/stats

Birthright Israel Registration Now Open!
It's your FREE 10-day trip to Israel! Registration is now open for the Amherst campus trip this January! If you're aged 18 to 26 and Jewish (with at least one Jewish parent), and you haven't been to Israel on a peer trip, you're eligible! Go to the link below and make sure to select the "January--Amherst College & Williams College" trip. This summer will be hot!
For more information: www.awesomeisrael.com

Olio Looking for Photographers!
The Amherst College yearbook staff is looking for new photographers for the 2012-2013 academic year! Want to work with a DSLR? Need something to beef up your resume? Just want to work on your action and candid photography? No previous experience is required. Contact the Olio at olio@amherst.edu or photography editor Justyn Pham at jpham14@amherst.edu.

Sign Up for Fall Zotero Workshops
Zotero [zoh-TAIR-oh] is a free application that collects, manages and formats citations and bibliographies. Zotero also helps organize your research by allowing you to attach PDFs, notes and images to your references. You can arrange your sources into collections for different projects and tag them for easy searching. We recommend Zotero highly for thesis writers. It is a great all-around tool for getting your digital desk in order. Sign up at the link below to attend a one-hour tutorial to get started with Zotero. All workshops are held in the Lane Room, on level A of the Frost Library.
For more information: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?fromEmail=true&formkey=dFlFVXpyelY0bWJZZ1dicUdHYVpQWlE6MA

Public Health Announcement: Mosquito-Borne Illness on Rise in Massachusetts
Cases of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) and West Nile Virus (WNV) are on the rise in our region, and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) is urging state residents to take personal precautions to protect against these mosquito-borne illnesses. These measures include using insect repellent, covering exposed skin when outside and avoiding outdoor activities between the hours of dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes are at their most active. The MDPH recently raised the EEE threat level to "high" in Amherst and surrounding communities. As always, students with individual health concerns are urged to visit the Keefe Health Center for evaluation. To learn more, visit the following link:
For more information: www.mass.gov/eohhs/gov/departments/dph

Mosquitoes Curb Nighttime Activities
Amherst College has cancelled nighttime outdoor activities until further notice as a precautionary measure against mosquito-borne illnesses such as eastern equine encephalitis (EEE).
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/notices

Minor Virus Detected on Campus, but Good Hygiene Will Prevent Its Spread
A few cases of a minor viral illness called "hand, foot and mouth disease" (HFM) have been seen on campus. Symptoms include fever and rashes on the face, feet and hands and in the mouth. HFM is spread from person to person by secretions from the mouth and nose. It is not typically airborne. This infection does not represent a serious threat to healthy college students. Good hygiene practices-- such as hand washing with soap and water, using hand sanitizer and covering your cough --can help prevent the spread. Students with the aforementioned symptoms can go to the Keefe Health Center for evaluation. Students with HFM should not to be excluded from usual campus activities. Questions? Come to the Keefe Health Center or check the following link:
For more information: www.cdc.gov/hand-foot-mouth/about/index.html

 
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