Amherst launches Sports Analytics initiative, seeking to leverage success of its “Moneyball” alumni
Submitted on Monday, 4/14/2014, at 3:47 PM
By Peter Rooney
In the basement of Amherst College’s Alumni Gymnasium, men’s soccer coach Justin Serpone is on a mission to introduce students to the analytical side of college athletics, and continue building a pipeline from Amherst College to the business side of sports.
Since 2011, more than 40 Amherst College students have served as music mentors in Amherst Regional Public Schools, providing guidance for children who want to learn about wind, brass, percussion and string instruments, as well as vocal performance. The program is the brainchild of Amherst Music Professor David Schneider and has been supported by the college’s Center for Community Engagement.
Churchill Scholar: Battling Famine with Bioengineering
Submitted on Tuesday, 2/18/2014, at 3:33 PM
AMHERST, Mass. -- Christopher Finch ’14, Amherst College’s latest recipient of a Churchill Foundation Scholarship, intends to apply science to benefit a hungry planet, much in the way he conducted research to help fellow hockey players avoid injury.
The scholarship will allow the Steamboat Springs, Colo., native to conduct research in plant bioengineering next year at the University of Cambridge in England. For Finch, this award comes toward the end of an Amherst career noted for excellence in science and its application to real-world issues.
Soda Pop Money and Smart Phones: Improving Access with Scholly
Submitted on Tuesday, 2/18/2014, at 3:34 PM
by William Sweet
Getting help with your college expenses just became as easy as picking up a phone, thanks in part to the work of Bryson Alef ’14.
Amidst all the news about increasing higher-education costs, Scholly, a new smartphone app that helps students sniff out the best scholarships, has been catching some attention, not to mention clicks at the App Store and Google Play. Alef, a double major in computer science and psychology, designed the app.
Like many members of the recently graduated Class of 2013, Eric Lax is starting the summer in a new job. Unlike many of his counterparts, he’s starting at the top.
Putting aside his original plans to find an entry-level job for two years and go on to an economics Ph.D. program or business school, Lax is starting the summer as chief executive officer of Trext, Inc., a software firm that he founded with three students from Hampshire College.
Teamwork means sticking up for your teammates, putting aside distractions and disputes, and aiming for achievement. Amherst student-athletes understand this, so it’s no surprise that they have come out to declare that Amherst Athletics welcomes and celebrates its LGBTQIA athletes.
Amherst athletes and staff collaborated this semester to create a video for the You Can Play Project, a national effort advocating respect for all collegiate athletes, regardless of sexual orientation. It offers a simple yet profound message: If you can play, you can play.
Amherst College Juniors Christopher Gerry and Christopher Finch Awarded Goldwater Scholarships
Submitted on Tuesday, 5/14/2013, at 4:09 PM
May 14, 2013
By Daniel Diner '14
Amherst College juniors Christopher Gerry of Roslyn Heights, N.Y., and Christopher Finch of Steamboat Springs, Colo., are among the 271 U.S. undergraduates to receive Goldwater Scholarships for the 2013–2014 academic year.