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Black Alumni Weekend 2013 Final Schedule

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RegisterFriday, April 5

Registration
Collect registration materials at the Keefe Campus Center from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 2 to 6 p.m.
Keefe Campus Center Atrium

8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Open Classes
Check in on former professors, or explore a new subject by sitting in on classes. A list of classes open to visitors is available here and in your packet when you arrive.
Various locations

4:30 - 7 p.m. Dinner
Meal tickets for Valentine are included in your registration packet.
Valentine Dining Hall

7 p.m. Brother Talk / Sister Speak 
In honor of the Black Alumni whose leadership in and outside of the classroom called attention to the need for change at Amherst, we will open this Black Alumni Weekend with a Sankofa Storytelling Session. Sankofa, an Akan proverb, means "it is not forbidden to go back and retrieve the best of what was left behind." Accordingly, we will renew our knowledge of our historic Amherst College roots in order to reclaim and use the best of this legacy to create a more favorable future on campus and beyond. This captivating, reflective and highly interactive session will feature impactful stories from alumni and current students. Our own award winning storyteller/author, Onawumi Jean Moss, associate dean of students, emerita, will perform and facilitate the talk-back exchanges.   
Gerald Penny Center, The Octagon

Saturday, April 6

7:30 - 11 a.m. Breakfast
Meal tickets for Valentine are included in your registration packet.
Valentine Dining Hall

10 a.m. Pick-up Basketball
Whether you are old school All Star high-tops or new school Jordans, meet up at the LeFrak Gym to take other alumni and current students to school!
Lefrak Gymnasium

12 p.m. Multicultural Resource Center Panel and Discussion - Lunch Served
Last semester there was a great deal of student activism on campus, which led to the establishment and transformation of several policies, programs, and spaces at Amherst. One of the organizations that is currently being revamped is the Multicultural Resource Center. Join a discussion of the transformation of this space, the events that sparked student activism and why the reconstruction of the Multicultural Resource Center has been a controversial topic on campus.
Lewis-Sebring Dining Commons, Valentine Hall

1:30 - 2:45 p.m. Career Panel on Education and Law
Panelists: Robert A. Bellinger '77, associate professor of history and director of the Black Studies program at Suffolk University
Michael A. Horne '02, principal, KIPP Dallas Fort Worth Truth Academy
Paul Murphy '73, legal and administrative counsel at Amherst College
William Parker, Esq. ‘77, partner, Gonzalez, Saggio & Harlan LLP
Moderated by: Ben Guest '97, careers in education professions advisor, Amherst College
O'Connor Commons, Charles Pratt Dormitory

1:30 - 2:45 p.m. Career Panel on Business, Sports and Science
Panelists: Ongel V. Duncan '80, virology clinical consultant, Monogram BioSciences
Marissa E. Horne '00, senior manager, American Airlines
Mark Robinson '78, senior vice president of strategic planning and client service, L3 Advertising, Inc.
Moderator: Billy T. McBride, assistant athletic director for diversity and Inclusion and senior coach, Amherst College
Stirn Auditorium

3 p.m. Student-Alumni Engagement: A Partnership
Join Alumni and Parent Programs and the Career Center in exploring ways alumni and students can connect with each other and the college. Discussion will include previews of upcoming programs and an open conversation about ideas for future programming.  (President Martin has had to cancel the Conversation due to illness.)
Room 201, Chapin Hall

4 p.m. Networking Reception
Join career panelists for light refreshments and a chance to connect.
Common Room, Drew House

7:30 p.m. Keynote Dinner (tickets are now sold out for student attendees)
Dr. Harold E. Massey '80, organizational development consultant, on "Pondering Post-Racialism: Paradoxes of Pluralism and Power in Post-Apartheid America."  Formal attire requested.
O'Connor Commons, Charles Pratt Dormitory

10 p.m. Alumni Reception 
Hosted by Adrianna Turner '14. This “open mic” event will involve an interactive conversation about Black community at Amherst and beyond. Following the event interested alumni and students are invited to gather at the bar of the Lord Jeffery Inn to continue the conversation.
Common Room, Drew House

Sunday, April 7

9 - 10 a.m. Breakfast
Meal tickets for Valentine are included in your registration packet.
Valentine Dining Hall

10 - 11:30 a.m. Memorial Service
Our Memorial Service will be led by Angela Bronner Helm '94, Antonio Jackson '78 and Everett Jenkins '75.
Memorial Hill
(Rain location: Gerald Penny Center, The Octagon)

1 - 3 p.m. The Hermenia T. Gardner Bi-Semester Worship Service
An African-American Worship Series designed for and by students to provide an on-campus Christian worship experience that affirms African-American religious traditions. The uniqueness of the African-American religious experience lends itself to the renewal of our deep spiritual feelings and to the uplifting of ourselves and our community. The entire college community is warmly invited to come share with us in the worship service and the reception.
Chapin Chapel, Chapin Hall

3 p.m. Soul Food Dinner Following Bi-Semester Service
Chapin Lounge, Chapin Hall

Other Programs On Campus During Black Alumni Weekend

Friday, April 5

3 p.m. Baseball vs. Middlebury

5 p.m. Softball vs. Hamilton

8 p.m. The Biz
Crystal Williams' '13 senior project, directed by Michael Birtwistle. On her first day of work, a young intern struggles to navigate the sensitive world of an NGO with questionable intentions. But she isn't the only person in The Biz who has some learning to do. Things aren't always as they seem and people aren't always who they would lead others to believe. Could this be the worst internship in the world?  Free and open to the public, but advance tickets are recommended, 413-542-2278.
Studio 3, Webster Hall

8 p.m. On Stage(s): Women of Amherst 2013
The Women of Amherst will perform an original show about the stages we all go through, the defining moments we collectively recall that, at their core, are profoundly unique and deeply personal. Written by members of the Amherst community, On Stage(s) includes true stories of hilarious and harrowing experiences alike. All proceeds go to the New England Learning Center for Women in Transition, a local center for survivors of domestic abuse. For tickets, please visit www.womenofamherst.eventbrite.com. Suggested donation: $5 for students, $10 for the general public. All proceeds go directly to NELCWIT.
Cole Assembly, Converse Hall

10 p.m. Virtual Tour: Professor Jason Robinson in concert with Marty Ehrlich, Bob Weiner and an All-Star Quartet at UC San Diego
Assistant professor of music and saxophonist Jason Robinson leads a trio consisting of himself, Hampshire College professor and saxophonist/clarinetist Marty Ehrlich and Amherst-based percussionist Bob Weiner, in a special multi-site networked concert with real-time collaborators at the University of California, San Diego. The concert is free of charge and open to the public and is co-sponsored by the 2013 Amherst College Copeland Colloquium, “Art and Place/The Place of Art.” Learn more>>
Buckley Recital Hall

Saturday, April 6

12 p.m. Baseball vs. Middlebury (doubleheader)

12 p.m. Softball vs. Hamilton (doubleheader)

1 p.m. Men's Tennis vs. Bates

2 p.m. Men's Lacrosse vs. Middlebury

SUNDAY, April 7

12:30 p.m. NCAA Division III National Championship Game Viewing Party
The second-ranked Amherst men’s basketball team returns to action in the NCAA Division III national championship game against Mary Hardin-Baylor at Philips Arena in Atlanta, GA. Friends of Amherst Athletics invites you to join fellow fans where the action will be streamed live. Doors open at noon for the 12:30 p.m. tip-off.
Stirn Auditorium

3 p.m. On Stage(s): Women of Amherst 2013
On April 5-7, the Women of Amherst will perform an original show about the stages we all go through, the defining moments we collectively recall that, at their core, are profoundly unique and deeply personal. Written by members of the Amherst community, On Stage(s) includes true stories of hilarious and harrowing experiences alike. All proceeds go to the New England Learning Center for Women in Transition, a local center for survivors of domestic abuse. For tickets, please visit www.womenofamherst.eventbrite.com. Suggested donation: $5 for students, $10 for the general public. All proceeds go directly to NELCWIT.
Cole Assembly, Converse Hall

 

 

Upcoming Events

Virtual Lecture - Prof. Austin Sarat
April 24, 2014 | 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Southern Connecticut - Reception with President Biddy Martin
April 24, 2014 | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

New York - NESCAC Alumni Happy Hour
April 24, 2014 | 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Philadelphia - RESCHEDULED Evening of music by the Chamber Music Society
April 24, 2014 | 8:00 p.m.

Amherst Today
April 24 - 25, 2014

Reunion
May 28 - June 1, 2014

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