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
firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/mm/91250
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,
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/funding/students/howard_hughes_fellowship
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
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/mm/361466
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!
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/reslife/housing/roomdraw/lip_sync
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.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/french/awards
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 email@example.com to reserve a place!
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/colloquia/copeland_colloquium/2012
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
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/projects/campus_challenge/story
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!
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/departments/film/filmcontests/sprcon
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
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
Reserve your ticket(s) now by visiting the following link:
For more information: amherst.universitytickets.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/social
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 email@example.com.
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.
For more information: tinyurl.com/ACWCfeb
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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 (email@example.com).
For more information: https://amherst-csm.symplicity.com/students/index.php?mode=form&id=68f96a2dde310834d3935c7c767e66c1&s=jobs&ss=jobs
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:
For more information: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/siapp
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/greenamherst/recycling
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
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/support/writingcenter/workshops2012/otherevents2012
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 email@example.com 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 www.in5ync.com. (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
For more information: www.in5ync.com
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.
For more information: https://www.fivecolleges.edu/latinamericanstudies
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
firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Apply
on our website.
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/cce/lead/cel/partners/vela/velaapp
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
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/greenamherst/recycling/recycle_mania
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
email@example.com or by visiting the Sona
Systems website at the link below. Hope to see you soon!
For more information: amherst.sona-systems.com/exp_info.aspx?experiment_id=28
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
For more information: amherst.sona-systems.com/exp_info.aspx?experiment_id=28
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.
For more information: tinyurl.com/ACspringretreat
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
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.
For more information: www.amherstinnovation.org/internships
Rental Regalia for Commencement: Order Deadline March 22
To members of the faculty and administration processing at
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
Orders received after the due date of
March 22 will be subject to shipping
charges and, if much later, special order
Please contact Paula
or Pat Allen (email@example.com).
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
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/campuslife/reslife/springbreak
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
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/support/writingcenter/makeappointment
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:
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/campus_community_events/maddow/student_tickets
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Missy Roser (email@example.com).
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/academiclife/studentexplorations
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
For more information: www.surveymonkey.com/s/G57K77B
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:
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/mm/364171
RecycleMania Halftime Results
After four weeks of competition, Amherst
has continued its great trend over the
past several years, posting consistent
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
For more information about RecycleMania,
visit RecycleMania's website at the following link:
For more information: recyclemaniacs.org/
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
For more information: https://www.amherst.edu/aboutamherst/news/campus_community_events/maddow