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Sign Up Now for R.A.D. Women's Self-Defense Classes in October
The R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense) Woman's Self-Defense Course is open to students, faculty, staff and family members 14 or older. The class is free. The program consists of eight two-hour classes. Participants will need to attend all the classes. Classes will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 1, 6, 8, 15, 22, 24, 27 and 29. R.A.D. grads are encouraged to return to brush up on your skills. Email to sign up or ask questions.

Register for Writing Center Workshops
Registration is now open for the Writing Center's September workshops. Our offerings this month include workshops on time management, managing your reading load, and writing at Amherst, as well as two different workshops for thesis writers. Space is limited, so register online today!
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Office of Communications Seeks Student Staff Photographers (Still/Video)
The Amherst College Office of Communications is seeking to hire experienced photographers and videographers who are both skilled and creative in the production of visual content that is neither posed nor staged. Those who advance in this process know how to measure exposure, compose, document important moments, produce video shorts under tight deadlines and thrive in ever-changing environments. Each interested candidate should send a link to online work, resume and cover letter to Rob Mattson, Amherst's new media content developer, at

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR): New Orientation Session Added!
There is still room for Amherst College employees to sign up for the MBSR course this fall! Two orientations are coming up, on Thursday, Sept. 18, at 6 p.m. and Monday, Sept. 22, at 6:30 p.m. at Alumni Gym. The eight-week course 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.). There is also a special all-day class on Saturday, Nov. 8 (9 a.m. to 4:30 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 being held for Amherst College employees at a rate of $285 (regular cost is $350-$550, based on a sliding scale).
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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 response skills. The fall training will be scheduled on Friday afternoons from 1:30 to 2:50 p.m., starting Oct. 3 and ending Dec. 5. The training meets for seven sessions 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. 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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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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Double Edge Theatre Seeks Front-of-House Crew for Sept. 28 Show
Double Edge Theatre will be performing on the Amherst College main quad on Sunday, Sept. 28, at 6 p.m. This traveling outdoor presentation will transport the audience to the mythic and enthralling worlds of Don Quixote, Odysseus and Shahrazad through poetry, flying, humor, live music, puppets and the visual arts. Double Edge is looking for 8-12 volunteers for a front-of-house crew, to work closely with the technical director and help manage the crowd. If you have questions, email Ryan Mihaly at
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Available Tuesday Mornings? The Career Center Needs You!
The Amherst College Career Center hires student assistants to occasionally staff its reception desk and to complete office-related tasks. Ideal candidates will have exceptional customer-service and phone skills and be welcoming, friendly and able to work well independently. Excellent attention to detail and communication skills are required. Candidates must be able to work Tuesdays from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. If interested, please send a cover letter and resume to

Want to Work During Homecoming and Family Weekend?
Short-term positions with Alumni and Parent Programs are available for student workers at Family Weekend and Homecoming. Please follow the link below to apply. Interviews will take place at the end of September. Contact Kristen Ford ( with questions.
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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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