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Welcome to the Alumni Bulletin Board, a place where you can post announcements to the alumni community about upcoming events and publications.

Helpful hint: You may also want to post your announcement on your class page and your regional association page.

Nanny from NZ available in NYC!

Submitted by Kira Bacal on Tuesday, 1/8/2013, at 9:37 PM

Hi Guys,

Kira Bacal ’88 here. I now live in Auckland, New Zealand, and work at the medical school here. One of my colleagues – the head of the Pediatrics Department – came to me for a favor that I hope you can help with:

Her niece, who is an experienced nanny and qualified primary school teacher in NZ, is looking to stay in NYC for 6 months from Feb onwards and hopes to find work there as a nanny. If anyone is interested, she has excellent credentials (and not just through her relations), and I can pass on her CV with contact details (I've also tried to attach it here). I’ve got two little kids of my own – ages 3 and 1 – so I know how hard it can be to find a reliable nanny. If this helps out anyone, great!

Warm regards from the sunny Southern Hemisphere,


+64 21 023 90 691

Kate Asher -CV Nanny[1].pptx1.35 MB

Fall Housing in DC?

Submitted by Derek K. O'Leary on Wednesday, 8/15/2012, at 7:17 AM

Dear All,

I'm looking for housing in or near DC for mid-September to mid-December. (I just finished a master's in international relations at the Fletcher School at Tufts and have a short-term gig with the European Parliament in DC.) If you should be looking to rent a room or apartment or know of anyone who is, I'd love to know.

You can please reach me at

Best regards,

Derek O'Leary, '09


MTV News looking for Editorial Assistant

Submitted by Eric S. Ditzian on Wednesday, 9/21/2011, at 3:04 PM

MTV News is seeking an editorial assistant with an encyclopedic knowledge of movies and a ceaseless passion to cover them. Do you devour “Twilight” and YA fiction? Can you swing with “Spider-Man” and rise with “The Dark Knight”? Will you boldly go where J.J. Abrams has gone before? If so, we’re looking for you!

Candidates should have experience with online publications and be proficient in the latest web-publishing tools. Prior writing and editing experience is a must; you should be able to churn out copy with authority, wit, enthusiasm and factual accuracy. You should be able to react to breaking news, pitch stories and features, and brainstorm ideas. You should also be a savvy user of social-networking sites. Video production experience is a plus.

The job will be based out of the New York City office. Applicants should send an introductory email, resume and clips to

Web Designer Needed

Submitted by Polly Hall on Friday, 9/9/2011, at 4:34 PM

Howdy, Amherst pals.  A client I am working for needs some website work done.  There is an existing site that needs a bit of design help and content re-organization/updating.  I am handy with web-work but I want someone more knowledgeable than myself to produce clean, efficient code.

My client will pay hourly with a cap of $600 to get the project done.  I need someone I can trust who has a portfolio of recent work.

Happy to hire an Amherst grad or take a first-hand referral. 

 Please, no cousins of ex-boyfriend's cousins who make webpages that look like it's 1990.

Please e-mail

Legal Job Opportunity

Submitted by Julia S. Steinberger on Tuesday, 8/9/2011, at 9:21 AM

A full-time position is available at Goldstein & Russell P.C. commencing in September.  The job has two parts: Firm Manager of Goldstein & Russell P.C.; and Special Assistant to Tom Goldstein and Amy Howe (partners in the firm).

To apply, please send a cover letter, résumé, transcript (either official or unofficial), and unedited writing sample (of approximately five pages) to and as soon as possible.

We will accept applications through August 20.  Hiring decisions will be made promptly and the job will begin immediately thereafter.  A minimum two-year commitment is required.

Job requirements:

There are two components to the position.  The principal responsibilities are the following:

1. Office manager of Goldstein & Russell P.C.

  • Coordinating the involvement of Harvard and Stanford Law School students and co-counsel on briefs for Goldstein& Russell, a boutique Supreme Court firm.
  • Proofing Supreme Court filings.
  • Administrative work for the firm, including paying bills; handling insurance, tax, and employee paperwork; and sorting and sending out office correspondence.

2. Special assistant to Tom Goldstein and Amy Howe

  • Administrative work for Tom Goldstein, which involves keeping his calendar and coordinating his meetings, calls, and media appearances.
  • Scheduling Tom and Amy’s travel, which may entail making frequent last-minute changes and arrangements, sometimes during off hours.
  • Miscellaneous personal work.


  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Strong interest in learning about the U.S. Supreme Court and its workings.
  • Undergraduate experience with law-related courses is a plus, though not a requirement, as is an interest in attending law school. Part-time students are not eligible for this position.
  • Ability to improvise. We occasionally need all hands on deck to turn projects around on tight deadlines, and you’d be assisting in many of these efforts.

Pay will be competitive and will vary with experience.

Please do not hesitate to contact Kali ( or Kiera ( with any questions.


Filmmaker Needs Your Help

Submitted by Christopher J. Akers on Friday, 7/22/2011, at 5:04 PM

Greetings Amherst Community,

This is Chris Akers '97... I wanted to let you all know about an animated film that imageI am directing that I believe is very powerful. But in order to complete production, we need your help.

The film is called GENTLE RAIN and is based on the short story by acclaimed author Henry Gregor Felsen, who's best known for his “Hot Rod” series of novels. He has written a tragic and timeless fable about an American fighter pilot on his last bombing mission of WWII. It’s an intimate portrayal of a pilot in conflict, the intense power he deals with, and the ultimate consequences of war.

I feel very passionately about this project and know the story deserves to be told. imageWe’ve begun the intial stages of development, but in order to complete production,   I am turning to you, the Amherst Community, for help.

Because we have to raise our budget independently we are seeking donations through, a new crowd-funding platform where rewards are offered in exchange for financial support and where the collective power of the audience can fund worthwhile projects. Keep in mind that it is only a "PLEDGE" right now, NO MONEY CHANGES HANDS until we reach our total fundraising goal. So what do you have to lose?!

To learn about the project, click here:

To learn more about me as a filmmaker, click here:

Thanks so much for reading and I appreciate any support I can get.

Thanks Jeffs!

all the best,

Chris Akers '97

Summer Housing in Washington D.C.

Submitted by Kristin A. Ouellette on Monday, 4/25/2011, at 8:03 PM

Greetings Alums!

Myself and Andrea Park '12 received unpaid internships this summer to the  Library of Congress and Smithsonian respectively.  We are very excited to have these great opportunities, but since the jobs are unpaid we are reaching out to see if any alums can offer us advice about affordable and/or convenient housing in the area. Please contact either me ( or Andrea (  if you have any information or helpful tips on living in the capitol.

Thank you in advance,


Kristin Ouellette '12

A Note from Coach Banda

Submitted on Monday, 2/28/2011, at 11:44 AM

During December 2007 and January 2008, I visited my village of Chituka in Malawi, Africa. I brought soccer equipment and school supplies to the children there, as well as to young people in surrounding villages. The children felt blessed to receive these gifts, and the smiles on their faces revealed their joy.   
We cannot continue to provide these simple blessings without your help. Malenga Mzoma Primary School alone has 500-600 students in grades 1 through 8. Bandawe Primary School, Macalpine Primary School, and Chifira Primary School have equal numbers.   
We ask you to consider the deep impact these gifts provide for the children, an impact that lasts a lifetime. Please help us continue this work through your gifts to the Banda Bola Sports Foundation-Chituka Village Project. Monetary gifts and donations of all sizes are needed and appreciated.   
Please also look through the following list of s urgently needed supplies. Your donations of these items would also be gratefully accepted.  
I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

School SuppliesSports Equipment 
Health Items
pens, pencils, crayonsballs (all sports) 
first aid supplies 
trash bags
notebooks, pads 
sneakers, sport shoes  
Isopropyl alcohol 
plastic storage bags
coloring books 
hydrogen peroxidewarm-weather clothes
books, dictionaries
whistles, stop watchestoiletry items 
flip-flops, sandals
flash cards, games
training equipmenttoilet paper  
tape, rulers, compass
manuals, rule books  
  feminine hygiene 
calculators, sharpeners
OTC medicines   
reading glasses




Contact Coach Banda
Phone: (518) 608-4509
Mail:       Banda Bola Sports Foundation, Inc. 
               P.O. Box 105, Guilderland, New York 12084 USA.
Banda Bola Sports Foundation, Inc is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt nonprofit organization. EIN 26-3821877

Krasnow Symposium June 19-24 George Mason University

Submitted by James L. Olds on Wednesday, 2/23/2011, at 3:07 PM

For those alumni who have an interest in the areas at the intersection of policy, neuroscience, complexity and modeling, you're invited to attend this year's Krasnow Symposium.

George Mason's conference center is approximately 12 miles from the US Capitol Building in Fairfax Virginia


Jim Olds '78