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Athletics Team Engagement Leader Program Applications Due Oct. 31
The ATEL program is a collaboration between the Athletics Liaisons, the CCE and the Athletics Department to create a sustainable culture of community engagement within Amherst Athletics. The program is designed to increase the capacity for community engagement that appeals directly to the passions of each team. Each ATEL is required to attend and fully participate in a 24-hour retreat on Jan. 18-19, conduct discussions regarding community engagement initiatives with coach and team, meet regularly with their Athletics Liaison and utilize facilitative leadership skills to foster positive and sustainable relationships with community partners. Most of the varsity and club sports at Amherst have an ATEL representative.
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Winter Coat and Accessories Drive Oct. 13-31
Amherst College is running our annual coat and winter accessories drive this fall. The drive is designed to provide the Amherst College community with coats and accessories for the cold New England months. Winter coats and accessories can be dropped off in the Frost Library (first floor) or the Keefe Campus Center at the Campus Center Manager Booth, located to right when you enter the building, Oct. 13 to 31. Please contact Flora Chan (, transfer and first-generation student coordinator, or Dexter Padayachee (, international student coordinator, with any questions.

Volunteers Needed for Essay-Writing Day at Amherst Regional High School Nov. 5
The Admission Office is looking for Amherst College students to volunteer at Amherst Regional High School for their annual essay-writing day on Wednesday, Nov. 5. Sign up to help high school students brainstorm and edit drafts of their college essays. You will be working with one student during a 30-minute time period, for as long as you can make it. The day will begin at 10:10 a.m. and conclude at 3 p.m. Please email Sara Cohen, assistant dean of admission, at for more information and to sign up. Transportation can be provided to and from campus. Thank you!

New Amherst Campus App Available for Download
The AAS and IT have partnered to launch the new Amherst Campus app, which allows you to access essential College tools and information while you're on the go. Features include the Val menu, an up-to-date listing of campus events and the PVTA bus schedule, among many others. Download the Amherst Campus app today!
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Ebola: Our Friends, Our Fight
In early August, three alumni ('12, '13, '14) learned that Ebola had reached the villages in southeastern Sierra Leone-- Foindu, Pujehun and Jokibu --where they called home during the summers of 2011, 2012 and 2013 while they volunteered for the nonprofit development organization OneVillage Partners (founded by an '87 alum). In order to help their friends in Sierra Leone, they have launched a fundraising campaign. Money raised will go toward building isolation units to treat sick people and keep them from infecting their families, as well as toward providing relief aid (food, medical supplies, etc.) to quarantined villages. To donate and learn more, visit the following link:
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Health Psychology Study: First-Year Students Needed
This study examines first-year students' health attitudes and behaviors. The study consists of a series of questionnaires administered once in the fall and once in the spring. Participation should take no more than 45 minutes during the fall and 15 minutes in the spring. Participants can receive $15 to participate ($10 in the fall, $5 in the spring) and/or course credit if they are enrolled in an introduction-to-psychology course (fall or spring). If you are interested, please hurry and reserve a spot; space is limited. Email or sign up using the Amherst SONA system at the link below. The study is entitled "Student Health Attitudes and Behaviors."
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Last Call for Staff Listeners: Employee Council Listening Project
The Employee Council is seeking 15-20 employees who will serve as listeners this fall for the Listening Project. The primary goals of the Listening Project are to build relationships between staff members and build a stronger sense of community as it reveals both the hopes and the concerns of staff members. Listeners will participate in two hours of training and then meet with eight to 10 staff members during November and December. If you are interested in serving as a listener, check with your supervisor and email Sarah Barr at
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Pizza and Conversation: You're Invited to Participate in a Focus Group
The Mental Health and Wellness Committee (MHAWC) is holding a series of focus groups to discuss student experiences of belonging, connection and community at Amherst. This initiative is a response to the concern that many students report feeling disconnected. Visit the website for more information and focus-group dates.
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Free Wellness and Lifetime Fitness Classes!
The Department of Athletics is please to announce a robust Wellness and Lifetime Fitness program for students, faculty and staff. This new program offers a variety of class offerings to help you get fit and stay healthy. Wellness classes such as mindfulness meditation, yoga, tai chi and qi gong are all being offered on a drop-in basis, and Lifetime Fitness classes still require pre-registration; however, the registration process has been made easily accessible through a new online registration form. Unit II Lifetime Fitness classes start on Oct. 20 and include tennis, squash, jump-roping for fitness, weight training, mat Pilates, skating, H.I.I.T (high-intensity interval training) and Zumba Fitness. New this fall are six classes specifically designed for faculty and staff, and two open only to students. All other classes are open to the entire community. In addition, Human Resources will be offering incentives starting in late October to faculty and staff for attending Lifetime Fitness classes or Wellness classes-- stay tuned for this announcement soon! To learn more about the class offerings or to register, please visit us at the Wellness and Lifetime Fitness link on the Amherst Athletics website:
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Choral Society Song Competition, with Cash Prizes! Enter by Nov. 15
In honor of the Amherst College Glee Club's 150th anniversary, the Glee Club is sponsoring a song competition, to be premiered on April 18, 2015, at their Senior Concert. Songs may be a cappella or with piano, any four voices. Original text may be used, OR text that is previously written, but the composer must secure rights to the poem/text. College song or any other style of music is fine. Duration should be 3-4 minutes. The song should not be previously performed (this is to be a premiere). The contest deadline is Nov. 15, 2014. We will announce winner(s) in January 2015. Cash prizes are $500, $300 and $200. Those interested should write to Mallorie Chernin ( for more information and instructions for how to submit.
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Don't Miss the Latest 'Well Mixed' Blog Posts!
The latest from the Well Mixed blog: Jonatha Brooke '85 writes on how her mother's Alzheimer's led her to Broadway, and Piercarlo Valdesolo '03 shares a typical day.
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