Center for Community Engagement

California alumni are invited to meet this year's summer interns

If you are in the San Francisco or Los Angeles areas, please join the CCE staff and summer interns for an alumni/intern networking reception. The reception in San Francisco is on Tuesday, June 21 and the Los Angeles reception is on Wednesday, June 22. Follow each link for more information. Hope to see you there!

New opera on Pioneer Valley's infamous Daley & Halligan case

A unique glimpse of a defining moment in Massachusetts history will be offered in two free workshop performances of the second act of The Garden of Martyrs, a new opera on the 19th century case of Irish immigrants executed in Northampton for a murder they likely did not commit.  The first performance will take place on Sunday, June 12 at 5:00 p.m. in Buckley Recital Hall at Amherst College. The program will be repeated Friday, June 17 at 7:00 p.m. in Robyn Newhouse Hall at the Community Music School of Springfield.

We've Got a New Look!

We're all about change at the CCE. We've redesigned our website to more accurately reflect how we think about —and practice—community engagement. We hope you'll explore our new site and feel as inspired and excited as we do about the possibilities for collaborative, sustainable engagement on- and off-campus.

CCE advisory board member Rosanne Haggerty '82 talks about ending homelessness on NPR

 Rosanne Haggerty '82 is featured in this All Things Considered story on NPR, where she shares the history of Common Ground— the nonprofit she founded in 1990 to end homelessness in New York City—and explains how Common Ground is now taking on homelessness nationally.

Making a Splash

What does it take to get a high-caliber athletic team excited about community events? Simple.

Just add water.

Hour of Power: Just Keep Swimming

The team has used their athletic ability to raise money for cancer research. For four years now, they have fundraised for the Ted Mullin “Hour of Power” event. Mullin was a Carleton College swimmer who lost his battle to sarcoma. The event raises awareness raises funds for cancer research. Over 100 teams participate in the one-hour challenge by swimming continuous hour-long relays in their pools.

Learning by listening: Crafting Public Policy presentations

Faculty Brown Bag Lunch with Anna Martini: Wednesday, March 16 12-1 in the CCE

Each semester, the Center for Community Engagement hosts a series of lunchtime conversations about the ways faculty members might use the CCE as a resource in teaching and scholarship.  On Wednesday, March 16, the conversation will focus on science and engagement with Anna Martini, Associate Professor of Geology. 

45 Minutes: An Inside View into the Lives of Adult Learners

When we sit down in front of a blank piece of paper, we’re all the same.”

On Thursday, April 8, community leaders, educators, adult learners, and Amherst students gathered at the Alumni House for 45 Minutes. 45 Minutes, named for the amount of time allotted to the essay portion of the GED (General Educational Development) exam, was a touching and fun fundraising event meant to increase awareness of the struggles of being an adult learner and raise funds for the Holyoke Community College Adult Learning Center.

Ben Guest: An Amherst Alumnus Tackling Education Inequality

In late April, I sat down for a phone interview with Ben Guest ‘97. Even before the first question, Guest happily greeted me and eagerly described all the Amherst College students who had interned for his summer program.

Living at the I-Hotel—An Interview with Megan Zapanta ‘10

During her time at Amherst, Megan Zapanta ’10 played on the rugby team, wrote an honors thesis, participated in the Vagina Monologues, tutored at the Jones Library, and volunteered with a labor union.

She did not, however, act like an (ancient) Egyptian.