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Keefe Health Center Closed for the Holidays Dec. 22 to Jan. 4
The Keefe Health Center will be closed from Dec. 22 to Jan. 4. The office will reopen on Monday, Jan. 5. UMass University Health Services ( is open to serve Amherst College students when the Keefe Health Center is closed. Those with medical emergencies should proceed directly to Cooley Dickinson Hospital ( Happy holidays from Keefe Health Center Team!

Workers Needed for Women's Basketball Games Over Winter Break-- Paid Positions
Sports Information Director Mike O'Brien is looking for student workers to help manage a four-game women's basketball tournament scheduled over break. You do not need any experience in order to work. You will be instructed by your supervisor prior to the game. Most positions require showing up an hour prior to game time. Games last around two hours. The games are scheduled on Dec. 29 and 30. Please email if you are interested working any of these games. You will be compensated for your work. We greatly appreciate your assistance-- thank you!

Writing Center Hours Over Winter Break and Interterm
The Writing Center will close for Winter Break at noon on Friday, Dec. 19, and remain closed until Monday, Jan. 5. Our Interterm Hours for Jan. 5-21 are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The Writing Center offers regular appointment hours as well as numerous programs and workshops during Interterm. Regular hours resume Thursday, Jan. 22.
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Amherst College Fellowships Application Now Available-- Apply by Feb. 10
Seniors and recent graduates who wish to apply for an Amherst College Fellowship for graduate study in 2015-2016 may now access the application on the Office of Fellowships website. The deadline for application is Feb. 10. Prior acceptance to graduate school is not necessary for application, but you must be in the process of applying. Fellows are selected on the basis of academic merit and financial need. There is one application for all the different fellowships, and descriptions of each one are located in the Amherst College Course Catalog. This year the Kellogg Fellowship will be awarded. Selection is based solely on academic merit and provides significant funding for three consecutive years of graduate school.
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Application Deadline for Faculty Research Award Program Is Jan. 14
Faculty interested in applying should visit the Dean of the Faculty website at the following link:
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Register Now for 2015 Fink Bioscience Symposium Jan. 15
Registration is open for the seventh annual Gerald R. Fink '62 Bioscience Symposium, to be held on Thursday, Jan. 15, in Cole Assembly Room of Converse Hall, starting at 3 p.m. This year's theme will be "Health Care: The Crossroads of Science, Disease Treatment and Public Policy Initiatives," and the speakers come from a range of medical fields and health care policy areas. Registration is a commitment to attend, and space is limited. For more information, email Pat Allen at
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Department of Athletics to Offer Interterm Wellness & Lifetime Fitness Classes
The Department of Athletics is pleased to announce that it will be offering Wellness & Lifetime Fitness Classes this Interterm from Jan. 5 to 23. All classes are FREE and OPEN to faculty, staff and students. There will be yoga, fitness, tennis and more!
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Amherst LEADS Opens Interterm Course Registration: 'Leadership at 29,029 Feet'
Come find out what it feels like to lead a team up the tallest mountain in the world from the comfort an Amherst classroom! Students will participate in an interactive Web-based leadership simulation in which team members fill different roles on a Mount Everest expedition. A high alpine climber who has successfully summited Mount Everest will also join us to speak about the personal and team leadership skills necessary to accomplish this demanding feat. Then join us for a snowshoeing adventure in the Pioneer Valley as we put our leadership learning into action. The class will run Jan. 12-13 (times TBD). To register, please email
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Mead Art Museum Seeks Media & Marketing Intern
Perform data-entry tasks, create marketing materials using preset templates, and update the Mead's social media pages. This is a great position if you're creative and interested in design.
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Alex Casertano '05 Shares Field Notes in Latest 'Well Mixed' Post
The latest "Well Mixed" blog post is entitled "Field Notes," and is written by Alex Casertano '05.
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Register for Blended Learning Workshop: Moodle Assessment Tools
Sign up for a workshop with Kevin Wiliarty, Moodle administrator (Smith College). Two blended learning teams will also present their projects: Ying Wang, Lisha Xu (Mount Holyoke) and Zhijun Wang (UMass): "Chinese Newscasts"; and Wako Tawa and Kozue Miyama (Amherst College): "Japanese Characters and Pronunciation." The workshop is on Dec. 9 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at Amherst College (Webster 102). Simultaneous online participation and hands-on demonstration is also at Hampshire College (Faculty Lounge, Franklin Patterson Hall) and Smith College (Seelye B4). Register online at the link below to secure your spot at one of the three locations for hands-on demonstrations of Moodle assessment tools. For more information, contact Jessica Egan (
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Create a Culture of Support: Join the Student Support Network
The goal of SSN is to create a culture of support at Amherst by building students' listening and support skills. The Interterm training will be conducted on Jan. 12, 14 and 16 from 1 to 4 p.m. and covers active listening and support skills; recognizing and responding to signs of depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, substance use/abuse and disordered eating; and ways to support friends and connect them with resources that can provide help. Students must be able to attend all three sessions. If you have questions, or would like to sign up, contact Jessica Gifford, mental health educator, at or 413-542-5637.
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Earn $5 for Participating in My Online Psychology Study!
I am conducting a study on peer crowds in high schools. The survey for the study is approximately 10- 15 minutes, takes place online, can be completed at any point and is open to students within the Classes of 2017, 2018E and 2018 who have not previously participated in the study. Participants will be asked about the peer crowds that existed at their high schools and will receive $5. If interested, please contact Blaine Werner ( to receive a link to the survey.

Mindfulness-Based Meditation & Relaxation for Students Jan. 12-16: Sign Up Now!
The Department of Athletics and the Counseling Center are co-sponsoring this weeklong introductory program in the practice of mindfulness for the support of students' personal health and wellness. The emphasis of the course will be on developing a daily mindfulness practice that can be sustained over time. The hope is that students will be able to discover practical applications to daily life as a young adult, as well as to help them with the common stress of being in a demanding academic environment. Adi Bemak of Valley Mindfulness will facilitate the course. The class will meet from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Jan. 12-16. To register, please email both Chris Paradis ( and Debra Edelman (
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Register Now for Information Technology Interterm Courses
Interterm's a great time to learn new skills that you can use in many of your classes and after college. IT will offer a number of useful short courses this January. Come find out how to map geographic information, create audiovisual narratives, become a video journalist and program web pages.
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Writing Center Opens Registration for Interterm Programs
Registration is now open for the Writing Center's Interterm programs. We offer a Creative Writing Residency, a Thesis Writers' Retreat, individualized writing instruction and a long list of workshop and noncredit course options. Learn more and register on our website at the following link:
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Register Now for 'Social Enterprise in Action' Interterm Course
Are you interested in learning more about how social enterprises address social problems? Sign up for "Social Enterprise in Action" this interterm to gain practical experience tackling a real-world, real-time challenge by working directly with local social enterprises. This year's projects will be a social media campaign with the Amherst Survival Center and product development research for Book & Plow Farm. Meeting dates are Jan. 8, 9, 12, 14, 16 and 20. Meeting time is 1 to 4 p.m. This course is open to all. To register, please contact Megan Lyster at Space is limited, so register soon!
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Projects for Peace Summer 2015
The "100 Projects for Peace," funded by the Davis UWC Foundation, is for undergraduates to create and implement their own grassroots projects for building peace in the 21st-century world. "Peace" is broadly defined and includes student initiative, innovation and entrepreneurship focusing on conflict prevention, resolution or reconciliation. Through a competitive process, the Davis Foundation will then select 100 projects for funding of $10,000 each during the Summer of 2015. A proposal may be submitted by an individual student or by a group Amherst students, though funding remains at $10,000. Students from all class years (including graduating seniors) are eligible. Questions? Email (do not email the Davis Foundation).

2015 Hitchcock Fellowship: Apply by Feb. 13
The Department of Physical Education and Athletics invites applications for the Hitchcock Fellowship for the 2015-2016 academic year. The Hitchcock Fellowship is awarded to a graduating senior who wishes to pursue a career in the field of athletics, primarily teaching and coaching. The Hitchcock Fellow will teach in the elective Physical Education program and be an assistant coach in at least two intercollegiate programs. The Hitchcock Fellow may be assigned and elect additional assignments in other areas of inquiry. Each individual interested in the position should send a letter of application and current resume no later than Feb. 13, 2015, to Michelle Morgan, senior woman administrator in the department of physical education, at