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Convocation Reminder for Faculty and Administration
Opening Convocation begins at 7:30 p.m. in Johnson Chapel on Monday, Sept. 1, 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 Office of Communications continues to handle rentals of caps and gowns. If you have not placed your rental order, contact Paula Mieczkowski (413-542-8269 or or Patricia Allen (413-542-8094 or

Viewing for Opening Convocation Sept. 1
Opening Convocation for new students will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Johnson Chapel on Monday, Sept. 1. Upperclass students will be able to log in and view a live video feed of the ceremony at the following link:
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Keefe Health Center Will Be Closed Sept. 1
The Keefe Health Center will be closed Labor Day, Monday, 9/1/14. UMass University Health Services is open to serve Amherst College students during the academic year when the Keefe Health Center is closed. For emergency medical care, please call Amherst College Police at (413) 542- 2111. UMass University Health Services is open during the weekend as well as Labor Day. The walk-in clinic, pharmacy, radiology department and laboratory are all open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Student Intern Needed in Sports Information
Do you have a passion for writing, a love of sports and a detail-oriented personality? Are you punctual and hard-working? If so, the Office of Communications is seeking a student to work in eight to 10 hours per week during the 2014-15 academic year as a paid sports information intern. This student will report to the director and assistant director of sports information and will be paid $12.50 per hour. This position is a great opportunity for someone interested in a career in journalism, media relations or sports management. The intern will gain experience in writing game recaps and previews for the athletics website as well as preparing game programs. Applicants should write well, possess a strong attention to detail and be available to work on weekends. Previous work in journalism, media relations or sports information is preferred. Please send a cover letter, resume and one writing sample to Mike O’Brien at

Student Web Writers Needed in Office of Communications: Apply by Sept. 12
Would you like to be a part of the team that helps to help shape the public image of Amherst College? Would you like to tell stories about the students, faculty and events that make Amherst so interesting and exciting? The Office of Communications is looking for three students to work as web and news writers for eight to 10 hours per week this academic year. We will pay $12.50 per hour, and are seeking students committed to writing one story of about 400 words per week throughout the academic year under our guidance. Applicants should write well and quickly; possess a passion for learning about the college and its people; know how to manage their time well; and be committed to working hard while gaining valuable experience in a friendly, professional setting. Please send a cover letter, resume and two writing samples (ideally one from a class assignment and one from other writing) to Peter Rooney at

The Center for Community Engagement is Hiring Student Photographers-- Apply by Sept. 5
The Center for Community Engagement (CCE) is hiring student photographers to help document the breadth and depth of community engagement at Amherst. We're looking for creative, driven students with strong skills in photography, editing and visual storytelling. Working within a student communications team, each photographer will share in the ongoing creation of photography that documents the work of the CCE. This content will be published on the CCE website and possibly in the quarterly newsletter.
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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Returns to Amherst This Fall! Register Now.
This eight-week MBSR course, originally developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D., at UMass Medical School, is a supportive and practical course that helps people take an active role in their health and well-being. It will be taught by Adi Bemak from Valley Mindfulness and will meet each Thursday evening from Oct. 2 to Nov. 20 (6 to 8:30 p.m.) in Conway Classroom at Alumni Gym. Also, there is a special all-day class on Saturday, Nov. 8, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All interested participants must attend an orientation on either Thursday, Sept. 11, or Thursday, Sept. 18, at 6 p.m. For more information and to register for a free orientation session, visit the Valley Mindfulness website at There are a limited number of spaces available for Amherst College employees at a rate of $285 (regular cost is $350 to $550, based on a sliding scale).
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Spend Fall Break Exploring Innovation!
Join in the Amherst College Innovation Trek to Silicon Valley, Calif., Oct. 10-14. Innovation Trek is a new program for Amherst, where a small group of students interested in learning more and experiencing careers and life in the Silicon Valley/San Francisco will travel to the Bay Area for several days of meetings, site visits, panel discussions, receptions and group reflection. Twelve students, selected through a competitive process, will participate. Pre-work and a pre-departure meeting are required. Participants must be willing and able to participate fully in every session. Thanks to the generosity of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation Entrepreneurship Initiative, the Career Center has reduced the cost of this program to $200 per student.
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Music Practice Rooms and Lockers
Students, faculty and staff who wish to use the music practice rooms during this academic year may sign up for a practice-room key during the first two weeks of the semester: Tuesday, Sept. 2, through Friday, Sept. 5, and Monday, Sept. 8, through Friday, Sept. 12, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. On Sunday, Sept. 14, those who have been issued practice-room keys may, if they desire, schedule reserved practice time for the fall semester. Those sign-up hours will be noon to 5 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m. Information concerning access to practice rooms and fees is posted in the Music Center. Applications for keys will be available in the Music Department at the time of sign-up.

Book & Plow Farm Fall CSA Share: 12 Weeks of Organic Veggies!
CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is a subscription-based business model that helps farmers spend less time marketing their produce and more time growing it, less time going to farmers' markets and more time developing a farm community. Subscribers pay up-front for a "share" of the farm. Whatever is ripe and ready to be harvested that week is pulled in and offered to shareholders. This model allows farmers to have the up-front capital needed to pay for seeds, equipment, labor, etc. The shareholder gets to experience the parade of produce coming in and out of harvest, and share in the joys and bemoan the frustrations that come with eating locally, organically grown produce in New England. What does the Book & Plow CSA look like? CSA members will enjoy a weekly pickup of 15-25 pounds of produce, from Sept. 3 to Nov. 19 (12 weeks); a choice of what goes into your share from the crops displayed in the shareroom; access to the Pick Your Own garden, which includes flowers, herbs, beans and tomatoes; subscription to our newsletter; invitation to Book & Plow events and parties; and participation in supporting your local farmers and fresh, sustainably grown produce. A share costs $360*, which comes out to $30 a week. The pickup times are Wednesdays from 3 to 6 p.m. The pickup location is at the Book & Plow greenhouse, located at Tuttle HIll at 425 South East Street in Amherst. The full amount is due before the first pickup-- however, if this is a hardship, please talk with us. Likewise, if the pickup times are not suitable, then please contact us and we will try to work something out. In the event that you are unable to pick up a share, you are welcome to gift the share to a friend for the time that you are gone. *Sign up by Sept. 1 and get $40 off of the share price! Visit the website at the link below, and check out the CSA tab to learn more and to sign up online. Questions or comments? Please email us at
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Mead Art Museum Paid Internships Available | Apply by Sept. 12
The Mead Art Museum is accepting applications for two educational programs interns. For more information, including how to apply, visit the following link:
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Application Deadline for Faculty Research Awards Program: Sept. 26
Faculty interested in applying should visit the Dean of the Faculty's website (see link below) for more information.
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Student Internships in Career Center Available: Apply by Sept. 10
The Career Center currently has two positions available for interns: Public Relations Intern, and Careers in Government and Nonprofit Intern. The application deadline for both positions is Sept. 10. For details and to apply, see Quest.