Amherst Connects is a new initiative to strengthen our ties to the college and each other through events, volunteering, networking, an online book club, a virtual lecture series and giving. This past year more than 70% of alumni connected with Amherst. Get connected!
Throughout your life as a student and as an alumnus/a, Alumni and Parent Programs will keep you meaningfully connected to the college and your classmates as well as to those who have come before you and those who will come after you.
Upon your graduation, you will become part of the Society of the Alumni. All 22,000 living alumni are members of this organization, which encourages alumni to maintain their interest in Amherst, rekindle friendships, network professionally, attend events and develop new contacts worldwide.
Alumni and Parent Programs offers a variety of services for students and alumni including a fully searchable alumni directory, class webpages, online giving and career services. A comprehensive list of opportunities to engage with alumni are below.
22,000-plus alumni. That’s a lot of people in our collective Amherst network. Expand your network and search the Alumni Directory by region, employment industry, grad program, class year, extracurricular activities, sports and more. Log in with your existing username and password. www.amherst.edu/amherstprofile/advsearch
Connect with the Career Center for help from their staff and Amherst alumni in planning your life after Amherst. The Career Center is an amazing resource that you are encouraged to take advantage of through all your years at Amherst. They offer help online and in person. Connect with the Amherst Career Network.
A weekend of performances, faculty lectures, sports, museum tours and student-run events welcome your families to campus. October 24-26, 2014 amherst.edu/familyweekend
Along with the “Biggest Little Game in America” and other sporting events, Homecoming offers a weekend of special events for students and alumni during the weekend. Join us during half-time to sing college songs at the 50th Reunion tent. November 7-9, 2014 (vs. Williams) amherst.edu/homecoming
Access over 400 internships offered by alumni, parents and friends of the college! Learn more>>
January Networking Receptions
Connect with students and alumni during Interterm and polish your networking skills.
Love My Alumni Week
Love My Alumni Week will be February 10-14, 2014. Learn more about this program, photos and the Engagement Fellows internship opportunity.
Over 50 associations located around the world offer students, alumni, parents and friends a variety of ways to connect with each other and with the college. Programs include networking receptions, telecast of the annual Amherst-Williams football game, local community service and cultural events and lectures from faculty members traveling in the region. amherst.edu/alumni/associations
The week following Commencement, the campus will come alive again with over a thousand alumni and their guests who return to reunite with classmates and take part in an array of activities and programs. May 28 – June 1, 2014 amherst.edu/alumni/reunion
Volunteer to be the alumni office liaison from a student group you are part of and keep connected with alumni from your organization. Work with the alumni office to connect with alumni from your group at events like Homecoming or to send mailings to let alumni know what your organization is working on. To learn more contact Kristen Ford in Alumni and Parent Programs at email@example.com. You can also be in touch with the Annual Fund if you are interested in participating in the process for raising the senior gift for your class.
Wade Fellows Pre-Professional Series
Apply for a job with Alumni and Parent Programs for Homecoming, Family Weekend or Reunion and connect with alumni from around the world. Make some money, meet some alumni and parents, and help the college with these very important events.
Each month, our online book club features Amherst alumni and faculty authors. We write them. We read them. We discuss them. amherst.edu/alumni/reads
Check out what Amherst alumni are blogging about. amherst.edu/alumni/engage/blog
Virtual Lecture Series
Listen and participate as Amherst faculty and alumni discuss their areas of expertise and research. Can’t catch the lecture live? Download the podcast and listen later. amherst.edu/alumni/lectures
Giving to the college takes many forms. Our alumni and students serve as mentors, offer internships, volunteer with their classes and regional associations, vote in trustee and class elections and support the college through annual, endowed and capital giving.
From young alumni giving a yearly $5, to established graduates endowing buildings, scholarships and professorships, giving back is foundational to the Amherst experience. In fact, this past year over 80% of the Class of 2012 contributed to the Annual Fund as their Senior Gift—their first opportunity to give back to Amherst as alumni! Income from student tuition and fees, even if paid in full without financial aid, covers only about 60% of the overall cost of educating each student. The remainder of this cost is subsidized primarily by the generous gifts of those who have come before you.
Regardless of its size, every gift makes a difference to Amherst. Gifts from alumni, parents, and friends represent an endorsement of an Amherst education, which helps the college leverage corporate and foundation grants as well as maintain our pride in having one of the highest alumni participation in the country. amherst.edu/give