June 13, 2019

Alumnus Leaves $25 Million to College, Dickinson Museum  

The transformative gift includes an unprecedented $22 million for the Emily Dickinson Museum. The full gift is to the College’s endowment, and it is from the late William McC. Vickery ’57, a devoted Amherst alumnus, volunteer, employee and supporter.

The Amherst Fund: One-of-a-Kind Donors, Collective Impact

Together, every gift to the Amherst Fund creates a vital resource for the College, totaling more than $10 million in unrestricted funds annually. While the collective power of these gifts is impressive, there is also a unique donor behind each one. Read about three of them—including a mother and daughter—and learn what inspires them to give.

’94 Alumna Named College Trustee

Chantal E. Kordula ’94 is an attorney whose practice focuses on international business and financing transactions, particularly involving Latin America. A political science major at Amherst, she was a member of the women’s rugby team and was active in French House and Students for Educational Equality.

“Turn Around, Bright Eyes,” as You’ve Never Heard It Before

Reunion 2019 rocked with a 50th-anniversary performance of a lost musical by Jim Steinman ’69. The show was his senior project at Amherst—“the best thing I’ll ever do,” he once said—and it features some very familiar lyrics and melodies.

Why Professors Bring Students to the Campus Farm

Farmer Maida Ives has turned the Book & Plow Farm into a resource for not only vegetables but also wellness and teaching.

And the Weirdest Thing About Amherst Is…

In a Reunion talk and a forthcoming bicentennial book, Nancy Pick ’83 unearths some offbeat stories from the College’s past.

Catch Up On Reunion Talks
Reunion 2019 featured a conversation with President Biddy Martin and talks by many alumni, including the European Union ambassador to the United States and the author of Captain Marvel's origin story. Watch those and other talks on our Reunion Multimedia page.

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