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Archived announcements for March, 2013

Apply to Work Commencement and Reunion: Deadline March 1
It's that time of year again! March 1 is the application deadline for students who wish to work at Commencement and Reunion (May 19 to June 2). Learn more and apply online at the link below. Contact Carol Allman-Morton at with questions.
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Amherst College Summer Research Fellowships in the Sciences: Apply by March 1
Are you a first- or second-year student who would like to spend this summer on campus pursuing a collaborative research project in the sciences? Then an Amherst College Summer Science Research Fellowship may be perfect for you! A total of approximately 18 fellowships for students in the Classes of 2015 and 2016 will be awarded. The program will run for 10 weeks, from Monday, June 10, through Friday, Aug. 16 (specific dates may vary according to your mentor's schedule). For more details, please go to the link below, then click on the "Amherst College Fellowship Application 2013" link. Note that the application deadline is Friday, March 1!
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Pioneer Valley Citizen Summer Program Application Deadline March 1
Pioneer Valley Citizen Summer (PVCS) is an internship program unlike any other offered at Amherst College. Students can expect to live together on campus, gain valuable work experience at a community organization in Holyoke or Amherst, participate in a weekly seminar and engage in multiple local trips and team-building activities throughout the summer. Click on the following link to access the application:
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Jenkins Lottery! Deadline Friday, March 1
Snow is melting, Dean Moore is frolicking, and next year's dorms are once again up for grabs! That's right: it's Room Draw Season, and the inaugural event of these propitious times, the Jenkins Lottery, is right around the corner. Applications are now available in the Res Life Office for you and nine of your closest friends to cast your lot (i.e., put your names in a hat) for one of the three available 10-person suites. Further instructions are contained in the application soon to be emailed to the Classes of '14, '15 and '16. To be eligible for this high- stakes Battle Royale, you and your cohorts must submit your application to Res Life no later than noon on Friday, March 1. Good luck, and may the (seniority-weighted) odds be ever in your favor!
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Fellowships in France: Application Deadline March 4
The French Department announces two fellowships in France reserved for graduating seniors for 2013-14. The first fellowship, without stipend, offers an affiliation with the most prestigious of French graduate schools, the École Normale Supérieure (ENS) in Paris, and includes a free room, library privileges and admission to any university course in Paris, including those at the ENS. The second fellowship is a teaching assistantship in English language and American civilization at the Université de Dijon. The Dijon assistantship pays a monthly stipend of approximately 1,150 euros after taxes, for 12 months (October-September), of which there are nine months of teaching (mid-September through mid-June), and assures free admission to courses at the university.
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Sign Up for 'Art, Community & Social Justice' Workshops This Weekend
Two "Art, Community & Social Justice" workshops will take place on Saturday, March 2, in Studio 1 of Webster Hall. From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. will be "Performing Arts and Community Exchange," with Amie Dowling. In this experiential workshop, writing, movement, and theater exercises will be introduced that can lead to collaborative creative work with men and women who are, or have been, incarcerated. "Performing Arts and Community Exchange" is designed for participants who are interested in merging activism, performance and teaching. From 2 to 5 p.m. will be "Introduction to Socially Engaged Theater," with Ping Chong & Company. This workshop will explore techniques used in Ping Chong & Company's interview-based theater project, the "Undesirable Elements" series. Participants will learn methods of gathering stories within specific communities. These workshops are open to all. Email to reserve a place!
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Faculty, Staff and Students in Dialogue in 'Everybody Has a Story' Week March 4-8
"Everybody Has a Story" Week is March 4-8 (Monday to Friday) in Valentine during the lunch period. Sign up to eat as part of a faculty-staff-student triad and take some time to listen to each other's story. Go to the link below for more information, to see discussion questions and to sign up. Login is required. Faculty and staff may sign in at the checker station and the cost of your meal will be covered. "Everybody Has a Story" Week is part of the Campus Challenge.
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Amherst College Filmmakers Wanted for Sprite Films Contest! Apply by March 8
The SPRITE Films initiative seeks to provide opportunities for up-and-coming film students across America and to showcase their talent while expressing a point of view through short film. SPRITE is challenging students from top film schools to develop 60-second branded spots to compete for a chance to work on a $30,000 contract job for SPRITE and The Coca-Cola Company. Your task is to develop a 60-second script that brings to life an aspect of urban culture and creates a story that boldly tells your point of view. Whatever direction you take, be sure to clearly express the idea that being authentic/true to yourself is not for the weak at heart-- in fact, there is Nothing Soft About it. The deadline is March 8!
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Free Student Tickets for Inuit Throat Singer Tanya Tagaq March 8
Tickets are now available to see Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq on March 8. The performance comes as the next installment of the 2012-13 Music at Amherst Parallels Series. Amherst College students may claim one free ticket each. For other patrons, ticket prices are $18 for the general public, $12 for senior citizens and $10 for students. Reserve your ticket(s) now by visiting the following link:
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Apply to Be a Multicultural Resource Center Peer Programmer! Deadline March 10
The MRC is now accepting applications for Peer Programmers. This is a three-to-four-hour-per-week paid position. To receive a detailed job description and an online application, please contact Erin Downey at Applications are due Sunday, March 10th by midnight.

See All Amherst Social Sites, and Add Your Own
Amherst has a new page linking to the social sites of departments, student groups, teams and more. Does your Amherst group have a Facebook page, Twitter feed or other social site you'd like to list? Check out our page and let us know via the Contact link.
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Financial Aid for Study Abroad
Students who receive financial aid (including those who take only Federal Student or PLUS loans) who plan to study abroad during the fall or full academic year 2013-14 must meet with Dean Kate Gentile in order to ensure financial aid will be transferred in a timely manner. You do not need to be accepted to your program before you have an appointment. To schedule an appointment, please contact Leena Valge at 413-542-2296 or at

Writing Center Workshops Rescheduled from Snow Day
Two Writing Center workshops, originally scheduled for Friday, Feb. 8, have been rescheduled: "Complete your Thesis in 60 Days and Live to Tell About It" will be offered on Friday, Feb. 15, from noon to 1 p.m., and "Reading Closely I: Poetry" will be held on Friday, Feb. 22, 3 to 4:15 p.m.
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Lego Robotics Club: Seeking Students to Work with Third-Graders
The Lego Robotics Club is seeking students interested in helping with a robotics club for third graders at Crocker Farm elementary school in Amherst, on Wednesday afternoons from 1:30-3:30. We will be using the Lego "Mindstorms NXT" robotics kits and software. Organized in association with the Center for Community Engagement. Students interested in becoming involved, please contact Prof. Chris Kingston ( for further details.

CEOT Coordinator and Trip Leader Applications Due March 11
Interested in planning and leading next year's Community Engagment Orientation Trip for new students? There will be a CEOT Coordinator and Trip Leader Information Session this Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 7 p.m. in the CCE. Former coordinators and trip leaders will be there to talk about their experiences and answer any and all questions. Anyone interested in becoming involved in CEOT 2013 should attend! Come learn more about how fun it was to plan and lead CEOT! Applications for CEOT Leaders are available on Quest and due March 11, and applications for CEOT coordinators are available on the CCE website and due March 11. If you have any questions, please contact Sharleen Phillips (
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Apply to Become an Admission Summer Intern! Deadline March 11
The Amherst College Office of Admission invites you to apply for a position as a summer intern. If you have ever wanted to take part in the recruiting process of our college, this is a terrific opportunity to do so. All students in the Classes of '14, '15 and '16 are eligible. Interns give daily tours, assist deans in various projects and daily information sessions and perform general office duties. Positions begin on June 5 and end in late August. The salary is $8.50 per hour for a 35-hour week, and campus housing is included. Applications will be accepted no later than 11 p.m. on Monday, March 11. Fill out an application at the following link:
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Join the Student Support Network
The Student Support Network (SSN) is a seven-week training program designed to equip students with the skills they need to respond appropriately to friends in crisis. Participants go through nine hours of interactive training that covers how to recognize and respond to warning signs that their friends may be struggling, ways to approach and talk to those friends and how to connect them with helpful resources. Trainings start Feb. 4, and space is limited. For more information, email Abbey Nachman at

New Recycling Rule: Put All Recyclables in One Bin!
Tired of sorting your recyclables? Starting Friday, Feb. 1, just put them all in the same bin! As part of the college's ongoing efforts to reduce campus waste, Amherst is implementing a single-stream recycling program. That means that all recyclable products (paper; rinsed plastic bottles, metal cans and glass jars; clean pizza boxes, aluminum foil and trays; clear plastic clamshell containers; empty aerosol cans; milk/juice cartons; and so on) can be disposed of in the same bin, and the college's recycling partners will do the sorting. Questions? Call the Recycling Center at 413-542-5038. Just remember: Put them all in one bin!
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Trans/Queer Writing Group Forming
This is a facilitated writing group for students who want to explore issues of gender and/or sexuality in their creative writing. All genres/forms are welcome. Depending on the needs of the group, we may do writing exercises together, workshop members' manuscripts and/or read short examples of innovative writing which address themes of gender/sexuality. No previous creative writing experience is necessary. The group will meet at the Writing Center from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on the following Sundays: Feb. 17, March 3, March 31 and April 14, with an optional final meeting or group reading at the end of the semester. Participants are asked to commit to all four meetings in the series.
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Apply for Vela Summer Scholars Internship
Interested in education or making a difference in the community? Looking for a summer internship? Consider applying to the Vela Summer Scholars program. Through this internship, you will obtain valuable experience planning lessons, teaching alongside local teachers and mentoring incoming seventh- and eighth-grade students as part of Amherst Regional Middle School's summer support and enrichment program. The internship will run from June 30 to July 28; compensation includes on-campus housing and a $1,200 stipend. An information session will be held on Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Friedmann Room. Contact for more information. Apply online through Quest.

New Five College Social Event Calendar
The Five Colleges have a brand new social event calendar, hosted at (That is In5ync rnwith a "5" for the Five Colleges.) Visit the site to learn what's happening in the area and how to get there, submit your own events to the calendar, communicate with Five College students through a community forum, and GET ON THE BUS to attend events that interest you. Want to learn more, or want to get involved? Visit the site today:
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Certificate in Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies
Amherst students interested in Latin American studies may participate in the Five College Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies Certificate Program. This is not a major program and is viewed as supplementary to work done by the major. Questions regarding eligibility should be directed to Professor Lucia Suarez.
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Apply to be a Vela Tutor
There are still a few available spots to work with Amherst Regional Middle School students this semester. Vela tutors offer one-on-one homework help in all subjects and assist students in developing good study and organizational habits. Tutors are needed for Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:15 to 4:30 p.m. Contact Gillian Lupinski at with any questions. Apply on our website.
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Recylemania 2013
The college is now competing in Recyclemania, an eight-week competition among more than 500 schools to recycle the most material. During the 2012 competition, Amherst recycled nearly 30 tons of material and reduced the college's greenhouse gas emissions by 97 metric tons. That effort earned Amherst a fourth-place showing among NESCAC schools. (In the per capita division, the college placed 49th nationally.) This year, with the help of the new single-stream "All in One Bin" recycling system, Amherst will try and capture the NESCAC division. Check the college's progress online and at various locations on campus and help Amherst recycle!
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Sign Up for a Music and Language Thesis Study!
Are you interested in music and/or learning foreign languages? Or do you just need some extra CASH and a Psych 100 credit? Sign up for my thesis study on music and language and receive $8 or a Psych 100 credit! The study lasts for 45 minutes, and you can sign up by emailing or by visiting the Sona Systems website at the link below. Hope to see you soon!
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ISA and SASA Looking for Choreographers for Dance Event
The International Students Association and the South Asian Students Association are looking for choreographers from any medium of dance for a dance event that will take place after Spring Break. Dancers will be from a variety of student groups and from a mix of the Five Colleges. Please email to express your interest as soon as possible.

Need Cash? Sign Up for My Thesis Study!
Earn $8 in 45 minutes when completing my thesis study on music and language. This is the last week of testing, and your last opportunity to earn some extra cash. The test consists of a music aptitude test, a language aptitude test and an artificial grammar learning task.
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Writing Center Offers Virtual Writing Retreat for Honors Theses: Register Now
Looking to make major progress on your honors thesis over Spring Break while still protecting some time to relax? The Writing Center is facilitating a Spring Break Thesis Writing Retreat to help you structure your time, set manageable goals and motivate yourself. The retreat will be held virtually, through Moodle, so students off campus for break may participate; students on campus for break will be encouraged to coordinate writing schedules. Online registration is required.
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SILT Summer Fellowships in Ecuador, Uganda and China: Apply by March 17
The Social Innovation Leadership Teamrn(SILT) has been working hard with manyrnpartner organizations to bring you arnplethora of exciting internships. Wernhave positions open in Ecuador, Ugandarnand China, in areas ranging fromrneducation, to micro-finance, tornconservation, to agriculture and more! rnrnVisit the link below for morerninformation, and see the Facebook pagernatrn rnrnAttend an info session on Thursday,rnMarch 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the CCE.rnDeadlines for all applications are onrnSunday, March 17, at 8 p.m. rnrnSILT is a student-led organization thatrnoperates as part of the CCE. Founded inrn2010, it seeks to inspire and facilitaternsocial entrepreneurship on the Amherstrncampus.
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Rental Regalia for Commencement: Order Deadline March 22
To members of the faculty and administration processing at Commencement events: Commencement will be held on Sunday, May 26, with Senior Assembly on Wednesday, May 8. Regalia is required for both events. If you have rented from us in the past, we have all of your information. Email your request for rental before March 22. If you are a new renter, please email your data (height; weight; cap size in inches; highest degree earned and from which school, located in what city and state). Email your information before March 22. Orders received after the due date of March 22 will be subject to shipping charges and, if much later, special order fees. Please contact Paula Mieczkowski( or Pat Allen (

Here for Spring Break? Information and Events Detailed
The Dean of Students' Office is sponsoring several social events for you to connect with other students on campus. Visit the Spring Break Festivities website for details, as well as comprehensive information about meals, building hours and ideas for places to explore. You can also stay up-to-date by joining the Facebook group: Happy break!
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Writing Center Open During Spring Break
The Writing Center will be open during Spring Break. We will be happy to discuss any writing projects you might be working on-- academic essays, personal statements for applications, creative pieces, etc. You might also like to take advantage of this time to work on writing issues that have been plaguing you, whether you have sentence-level concerns, wish to learn to better organize your essays or would like to make your writing process more productive. Our hours will be limited; check our online scheduler for details. Normal hours will resume on Sunday, March 24.
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Keefe Health Center Closed During Spring Recess
The Keefe Health Center at Amherst College will close for Spring Recess at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 15, and will reopen at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, March 25. Amherst College students remaining in the local area who have medical emergencies should contact the Campus Police at (413)542-2111. Students with urgent care needs should contact UMass University Health Services (UHS) at (413)577-5000. The UHS Walk-In Care Unit will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. During the hours that UHS is closed, a telephone nurse will be available at (413) 577-5000 to assess medical situations and recommend the appropriate course of action. Students may also utilize the Walk-In Clinic at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, at (413) 582-2000, when UHS is closed.

Counseling Center Hours During Spring Break
The Counseling Center's Scott House office is closed for student appointments during Spring Break, March 18 through 22. The Counseling Center's Campus Center office will be open during Spring Break. Walk-in hours will be Monday through Friday from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in Rooms 217 and 219 of the Campus Center. For urgent mental health consultation or evaluation of an Amherst College student, the Counseling Center's on-call therapist can be reached through the Dean on Duty. The Dean on Duty can be reached through the Amherst College Campus Police at 413-542-2291. The Scott House office will reopen on Monday, March 25, at 9 a.m.

Student Tickets Available for Rachel Maddow Talk on March 30
Student tickets are available for the talk by Rachel Maddow on Saturday, March 30, at 7 p.m. in Johnson Chapel. To register for your ticket, please visit the following link:
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Amherst Explorations: Student Research & Creative Work-- Deadline March 27
Have you been working on a long-term research or artistic project-- a thesis or independent study, service learning, Mellon or Hughes fellowship or performance? Be part of the college's inaugural campus-wide showcase of student discovery and creation, to be held the afternoon of Friday, April 5. Register at the link below by midnight, March 27, with a brief description; availability that day; and whether you prefer a poster session, lightning talk or group panel. With help from the Writing Center, Library and IT to prepare, a small commitment from you means a lot to share and celebrate with the community. Questions? Contact Sarah Barr ( or Missy Roser (
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Share Your Story: Collecting Student Writings About Socioeconomic Class-- Deadline March 29
How has your socioeconomic background shaped your life? How has it impacted your experience as a student at Amherst? Submit a personal essay, short story or poem sharing your perspective. Authors will be given the opportunity to read aloud an unidentified peer's piece in front of an audience. You may also give permission to have these pieces published anonymously on the Multicultural Resource Center's website or in a campus publication. Please submit your story by March 29 at the link below. Questions? Contact Jessica Mestre (
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Registration Open for Young Alumni-Student Networking Event March 30
On March 30, between 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m., join young alumni from around the country to build meaningful networks for the postcollegiate world. The program includes panel discussions, casual conversation and lots of food. There is also a pre-event Happy Hour at the High Horse on Friday, March 29. Go to the following link and register early, as space is limited:
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RecycleMania Halftime Results
After four weeks of competition, Amherst has continued its great trend over the past several years, posting consistent recycling figures. Among NESCAC schools,we rank second only to Wesleyan, and we rank 30th nationally out of 336 schools in the per-capita recycling category. The Amherst College community has recycled an average of 14.3 pounds per person over the past four weeks. For more information about RecycleMania, visit RecycleMania's website at the following link:
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Theater Space Requests for Fall 2013 Due by March 30
Requests from student groups to use Kirby or Holden Theaters for the fall 2013 semester are due by March 30. Requests will be reviewed by the Department of Theater and Dance in May. Requests should be sent to Jonathan Doyle at

Paid Position Available: Room Draw Runner! Apply by March 29
The Office of Residential Life and SHAC are pleased to announce that they are in the market for some strapping young gentleladies and gentlemen to aid in the rigorous running of Room Draw. This PAID POSITION is open to the Classes of '13, '14 and '15 and entails helping shuttle people between rooms, providing crucial emotional support and, most importantly, being a genuinely friendly person! Applicants must be available one or more of the nights of Room Draw, April 9-11, from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Compensation includes a generous $8/hour base salary and an additional $5/shift to be used at Schwemm's! A brief but invaluable training will take place on Tuesday, April 2, at 7 p.m. Interested parties should contact by Friday, March 29!

Ushers Needed for Rachel Maddow Event March 30
The Office of Public Affairs is looking for additional Amherst College students to usher for the Rachel Maddow event on Saturday, March 30. The hours vary, but are mostly from 5-8 p.m. and the location will be in Johnson Chapel or in Cole Assembly, Stirn Auditorium or Merrill 1. Respond to Patricia Allen at
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