Time for an update

Submitted by David R. Choffnes

Hi folks,

 This is Dave Choffnes, your new Class Web Editor. I'm tasked with maintaining this site and generally making it a better way for us to stay informed and connected as a class. I'll be bringing the site up to date in the next few weeks, but I need your help. If you have anything you want added to this site, e-mail me at drchoffnes@gmail.com. In the meantime, enjoy this welcome from our class president, Rebecca Binder.


Dear Classmates:

I think I speak for all of us when I say that the true value of our Amherst education derives at least as much from our interactions with classmates, as it does from the college we went to.  Don’t get me wrong.  Amherst College the institution taught me immeasurable amounts.  Its brilliant, caring professors led those famous small classes; I spent hours in the comfy chairs in the front of Frost Library; and it seemed like whatever I needed, tangible or intangible, to increase my rote knowledge of a subject, Amherst was quick to provide it. 


At the same time, while Amherst’s institution was expanding my intellect, Amherst’s people were expanding my mind.  I learned at least as much about the world and my place in it sitting at dinner in Valentine, as I did attending any lecture in Johnson Chapel or the Red Room.  I noticed when people held opinions different from my own in a classroom, but I listened to those opinions more carefully when they came a teammate on the way home from a game.  Six years after graduation, I don’t remember much of the content of the classes in my major; but I’ll never forget a conversation I had with a classmate at a party those same six years ago about her family’s struggles to make ends meet. 


Amherst recognizes that one of the most valuable parts of the Amherst experience is the interaction of its students, and the learning that takes place outside the classroom.  This website – and the recent website-wide introduction of the CMS – is Amherst’s attempt to help its alumni keep that Amherst experience alive, even as its alumni progress through their lives after college.  This website is a platform for our class to reconnect, to update each other on our lives, and to continue to maintain that bond and communication with each other that made our time at Amherst so significant. 


Please take a few minutes to look around and familiarize yourself with the Class of 2002 website.  You can look over the class roster, post to and read the Class Notes, upload photographs, talk about your most recent project, showcase your artistic accomplishments, or even use the bulletin board to make plans to meet up at Homecoming.  You can also register and make your own profile, so that you can connect, meet, and network with alumni from other classes and current students.  This website belongs to our class; Dave Choffnes (our new Class Web Editor) and I welcome any comments or suggestions you have about it.


I’m excited to see the Class of 2002 website become a vibrant and important part of our continuing Amherst experience. 




Rebecca A. Binder