Center for Community Engagement

Pitching in during the offseason: Amherst Women’s Softball and Girls Inc.

Amherst Women's softball team
April 2013—Story by Lindsay Ewing ’15, CCE Athletics Liaison, photo by Eugene Lee '16

As a student-athlete, full days of classes, practices, and extracurricular activities make it dangerously easy to get caught in the “Amherst bubble.” Despite busy schedules, however, the Amherst College Women’s Softball team avoids this trap. This year, the Lady Jeffs formed a partnership with Girls Incorporated of Holyoke (Girls Inc.). Through interaction with some of the Pioneer Valley’s vibrant young women, the student-athletes expanded their knowledge of the surrounding community and learned lessons of collaboration and leadership.

Coming to America: Ellen Sachs-Alter '83's internship, thesis on immigration

"It started me on a path that I had not anticipated."

Today, Dr. Ellen Sachs-Alter '83 is a staff psychiatrist at the Family Institute at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. During her junior year, she enrolled in a course on immigration at Smith College taught by Peter Rose that shaped much of what came next for Sachs-Alter.

Men’s Cross Country prioritizes in-season community engagement

Team helps with trail clearing and volunteers at Survival Center furniture sale


September 2012–Reilly Horan '13, CCE Athletics Liaison

The men’s cross country team is well into a very competitive fall season–but have taken the time to work on two community engagement projects between races and practices.

Jog for Jill coming to Amherst to raise awareness, funds for lung cancer foundation

Story by Reilly Horan '13, photo by Sam Tang '15. Members of the women's lacrosse team, left to right: Sarah Spector '15, Priscilla Tyler '15, Hillary Densen '13, Lizzie Paul '16, Devin O'Connor '16.

Hillary Densen ’13 is standing up to lung cancer—and organizing other student-athletes at Amherst to do the same.  Densen is teaming up with her lacrosse teammates and Jill’s Legacy, a lung cancer awareness organization, to produce a 5K race to raise funds and awareness about a severely underfunded and misrepresented disease.

Skating with an “Attitude of Gratitude”

Amherst Women’s Hockey engages with the community through “Junior Jeffs” and “Pink in the Rink”


March 2013—story by Lindsay Ewing ’15, CCE Athletics Liaison

The Amherst Women’s Ice Hockey team competed with fervor this season and finished the year third in the NESCAC. Like any successful team, the student-athletes skated with tenacity, skill, and teamwork. Yet it was their “attitude of gratitude” that set coach Jeffrey Matthews and his student-athletes apart.

Athletics Liaisons launch Athletic Team Engagement Leader program with 24-hour retreat

March 2013story by Reilly Horan '13, CCE Athletics Liaison, photography by Eugene Lee '16, CCE photographer

On January 22 and 23, the CCE Athletics Liaisons facilitated a 24-hour retreat to train nineteen new Athletic Team Engagement Leaders (ATELs) to effectively lead the community engagement efforts on their respective teams.

Amherst LEADS, first-year initiative program, presents “Caring Deeply”


Story by Lindsay Ewing ’15, CCE Athletics Liaison, photos by Mark Idleman '15

On March 26, Amherst LEADS hosted “Caring Deeply,” an event as part of its First-Year Initiative Program. Over 150 student-athletes sat captivated in O’Connor Commons as two-time Ugandan Olympic runner Julius Achon shared his powerful life story of struggle, strength, and athletic accolades.

Amherst students and teams bowl for Big Brothers Big Sisters


March 2013— story by Lindsay Ewing ’15, CCE Athletics Liaison

On March 2 and 3, members of the Amherst College community bowled for a cause during the 18th annual Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids’ Sake Bowl-a-Thon at Spare Time Lanes in Northampton, MA. Bowl for Kid’s Sake is Big Brothers Big Sisters’ biggest annual fundraiser, and raised more than $62,000 this year. Amherst students, coaches, and student-athletes represented the school with pride as they rallied to support one of the CCE’s most impactful community partnerships.