November 16, 2017

In Maria's Aftermath, Amherst Will Welcome Visiting Students

Residents of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands continue to experience the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria, including interruptions to their studies. As one way to help, Amherst will enroll, for the Spring 2018 semester, a limited number of college students from those islands and will cover their educational expenses, as well as spring tuition at their home institutions.

Amherst Student Appointed to State Task Force

Deborah “D.J.” Williams ’20 is one of 17 people (and the only student) named to Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker’s new task force on hate crimes.

The Perfect Form

Community is the crucial construct behind a fulfilling life, said Tribe author Sebastian Junger in Johnson Chapel this week.

Family Weekend 2017, in Pictures

Parents, grandparents and other family members gathered on campus for a fun-filled weekend of classes, performances, sports and other activities. See our photos from this annual event.

Starring the Self

A contemporary adaptation of Peer Gynt explored an age-old question: What does it mean to know yourself? This unusual performance was directed by an Amherst professor and performed last week by Amherst and Five College students.

A Transfer Essay That Worked

What does a successful transfer application essay look like? In an article for U.S. News & World Report, Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Katharine Fretwell ’81 examined what made one submission so effective.

Visiting Professor Wins National Book Award

Masha Gessen, the John J. McCloy ’16 Professor of American Institutions and International Diplomacy, won the nonfiction prize this week for The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia. Next semester she’ll teach two Amherst courses, “Americans Writing Russia, 100 Years On,” and “The Media and the 2016 Campaign.”

Read the NPR Story

Results of the Biggest Little Challenge

For the second year in a row, Amherst’s young alumni have bested those from Williams in a giving competition for the most donors. We raised more than 1,600 gifts in three weeks. 
Thank you to all who participated!

More on the Biggest Little Challenge

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