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Homecoming 2014 Schedule

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Friday, November 7

8:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Alumni House Reception Center Open
Please stop by for registration, schedules of class activities, messages, information on the Amherst area and light refreshments.
Alumni House, 75 Churchill Street, (413) 542-2065

 

Times TBD

Career Center Mock Interviewing
Help students develop and practice their interviewing skills by conducting mock interviews with current juniors and seniors who will be applying to internships and/or jobs in your field of interest; the Career Center will make the arrangements to have students come in at times that work for you on either Friday afternoon or Saturday morning. For more information or to sign up, please contact Debra Krumholz, associate director of career advising.
Career Center, College Hall

 

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Attend Open Classes
Visit professors and see what students are up to today. A list of classes open to visitors is available here, and printed copies will be available at the Alumni House Reception Center.
Various locations

 

9 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Mead Art Museum Open
The Mead Art Museum holds the world-class art collection of Amherst College—more than 18,000 objects spanning 5,000 years of global culture, all used for teaching and research across the academic disciplines and available for the pleasure and understanding of a diverse public. Collection highlights appear in regularly changing displays. Student-recorded audio guides are available for use free of charge at the lobby desk. A bookshop and café offer museum publications, postcards, espresso drinks, cookies, and more. Admission is free. The museum is fully accessible. This fall's special exhibitions include: Images of the Unimaginable: Art from the First World War; Paper Landscapes: Prints of the American City and Countryside, 1820-1920; and Pain's Pyrotechnic Spectacle: The Sino-Japanese War in Print.

 

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Beneski Museum of Natural History Open
The Beneski Museum of Natural History houses outstanding collections and exhibits that include vertebrate and invertebrate paleontology, minerals and other geologic specimens. Our specimens have been collected since 1825 from local areas and around the world. Some displays illustrate the evolution and ecology of major groups of animals, and others describe the geological processes that have formed the earth and local structures. Particularly noteworthy is the world-famous dinosaur track collection from the sedimentary rocks of the Connecticut Valley. This collection continues to be the largest fossil track collection in the world and one of the most studied.

 

11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The Emily Dickinson Museum Tours
The Emily Dickinson Museum is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday, and offers guided tours throughout each day. Admission ranges from $5 to $12. There is no charge for Amherst College students, faculty or staff. Alumni and their families who visit during Homecoming receive a 50-percent discount on tour admission and can apply the admission fees toward memberships in the Friends of the Emily Dickinson Museum. The Homestead was the birthplace and home of poet Emily Dickinson (1830–1886). The Evergreens next door was built in 1856 for the poet’s brother Austin and sister-in-law Susan. For more information, call the museum at (413) 542-8161 or visit www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org.
Emily Dickinson Museum, 280 Main Street

 

Noon

КИНЕТИЧЕСКИЕ РИТМЫ
Join Darya Bor '18 for a tour in the newly renovated Gallery in the Amherst Center for Russian Culture featuring the exhibition КИНЕТИЧЕСКИЕ РИТМЫ: The Dynamic Spirit of Russian Modernism.
Center for Russian Culture, Webster Hall 2nd Floor

 

3 p.m.

Beyond Amherst: Faculty and Alumni Discuss the Academy, the "Real World" and the Pursuit of a Meaningful Life
Jessica Andors '93, Aina Abiodun '94 and Joshua Russakis '13 will join members of the Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies (SWAGS) faculty for a panel discussion moderated by Professor Amrita Basu, the Domenic J. Paino 1955 Professor of Political Science and Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies. The panel will discuss scholarship, praxis, the academy, careers, activism and more as we explore ways that the study of SWAGS might inform the pursuit of a meaningful life. A reception will follow in the Women's and Gender Center (Keefe Campus Center 103A).
Pruyne Lecture Hall, Fayerweather Hall

 

4 p.m.

Lord Jeff: The Accidental Mascot
Mike Kelly, head of the Archives and Special Collections in Frost Library, will present the story of Lord Jeff from the birth of the original Lord Jeffery Amherst in 1717 through his first appearance on campus down to the recent controversies on campus. This presentation is based on extensive historical documents held in the Archives, including the Lord Jeffery Amherst Collection, the Plimpton Collection of French and Indian War Materials, and the Music at Amherst Collection. This program is presented by the Native American Students Association and the Multicultural Resource Center.
Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall

 

4 p.m.

The Amazing Bud Powell: Black Genius, Jazz History, and the Challenge of Bebop
Musicologist Guthrie P. Ramsey, Jr., the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor of Music at the University of Pennsylvania, will give a talk about the influential and iconoclastic bebop pianist Bud Powell. Ramsey's talk will draw from his most recent book, The Amazing Bud Powell: Black Genius, Jazz History, and the Challenge of Bebop. He is also the author of Race Music: Black Cultures from Bebop to Hip-Hop. Among his recent work is "Someone Is Listening," a commission (written with Barack Obama's inaugural poet, Dr. Elizabeth Alexander) commemorating the 100th anniversary of the NAACP.
Room 3, Arms Music Center

 

4 p.m.

Museum Tour: The Ancient Connecticut River Valley Yesterday and Today
Join Fred Venne, museum educator, and student docents as they take participants on a journey back in time. The tour of the Beneski explores yesterday and today's Connecticut River Valley, home to Amherst College. Photography is encouraged.
Beneski Museum of Natural History

 

4:30 p.m.

A Closer Look at Street Photography and the Art Collection of Paul Ackerman '58
Join artist and art collector Paul Ackerman '58 for a closer look at his street photography, paintings and art collection, followed by a reception in the Mead Art Museum, where several of Ackerman's early photographs are on view.
Stirn Auditorium

 

5:15 p.m.

Shabbat at Hillel
Join Hillel and Rabbi Bruce B. Seltzer, Jewish religious adviser, for an inclusive and relaxing Shabbat service at 5:15 p.m. followed by a free, Kosher, home-cooked dinner at 6:15 p.m. If you won't be on campus early enough but want us to keep in touch, email us at hillel@amherst.edu or look for our Facebook group.
Cadigan Center for Religious Life, 38 Woodside Avenue

 

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Friends of Amherst Athletics Reception
Please join the FAA along with the Department of Athletics as we celebrate the 129th football game of the historic series between Amherst and Williams Colleges. Reconnect and reflect with former classmates and recall favorite memories of your playing days with former teammates while enjoying light refreshments.  All parents, families, alumni, college faculty and staff are invited. To help us plan, your RSVP here is appreciated.
The Friends Room, Alumni Gymnasium

 

5:30 - 7 p.m.

Homecoming Reception at the Mead
Everyone is welcome to this celebration of the Mead Art Museum. The gathering includes a wine and cheese reception, offering a chance to meet artist and art collector Dr. Paul Ackerman '58, while perusing the Fairest College's world-class art collection. Consider showing your support of the museum by becoming a Friend of the Mead with a donation in any amount.
Mead Art Museum

 

6:30 p.m.

Health Professions Alumni Panel for Pre-Med and Other Pre-Health Students
Hear from current medical school students and other young alumni who have just finished applying to medical and other health professions schools and are engaging in interesting health-related jobs or volunteer work after graduation. All alumni involved in the health professions are invited to come and join in the conversation.
O'Connor Commons

 

7 - 8:30 p.m.

Friday Night Fellowship
Join the Amherst Christian Fellowship for an evening of worship, prayer and fellowship.
Chapin Hall

 

8 - 10 p.m.

Homecoming Bonfire
Join CAB (Campus Activities Board) and get excited for the Homecoming game!
Bottom of Memorial Hill

 

Saturday, November 8

7:30 a.m.

The Coach's Report, 2014 Season
Join E.J. Mills, head football coach, for a closer look at our team.
Conway Classroom, Alumni Gymnasium

 

8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Alumni House Reception Center Open
Please stop by for registration, schedules of class activities, messages, information on the Amherst area and light refreshments.
Alumni House, 75 Churchill Street, (413) 542-2065

 

8:30 - 9:45 a.m.

Admission Workshop for High School Students and Their Parents
Alumni and their children are welcome to attend this overview of admission procedures at Amherst, led by Katie Fretwell '81, dean of admission and financial aid. No registration is required.
Cole Assembly Room, Converse Hall

Times TBD

Career Center Mock Interviewing
Help students develop and practice their interviewing skills by conducting mock interviews with current juniors and seniors who will be applying to internships and/or jobs in your field of interest; the Career Center will make the arrangements to have students come in at times that work for you on either Friday afternoon or Saturday morning. For more information or to sign up, please contact Debra Krumholz, associate director of career advising.
Career Center, College Hall

 

 

Reunion Planning Meetings (for Reunion Classes)

If you would like to be a part of making your Class's 2015 Reunion the best ever, stop by the class meeting to learn how you can help.

Class of 1955
Saturday, 10 a.m., Pontypool, 22 Snell Street

Class of 1960
Saturday, 9:30 a.m., Chapin 103

Class of 1966
Saturday, 10 a.m., Chapin 101

Class of 1970
Saturday, 1:30 p.m., Chapin 119

Class of 1975
Saturday, 2 p.m., Chapin 203

Class of 1980
Saturday, 10:30 a.m., Chapin 119

 

9 a.m.

Reflections on 40 Years of Teaching: A Conversation with Austin Sarat about Continuity and Change at Amherst College
Austin Sarat, the William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science and associate dean of the faculty, has taught at Amherst for 40 years. He will reflect on what has remained constant and what has been altered in the way Amherst educates its students since he began teaching here. Are the experiences of Amherst students of today radically different from those of their predecessors? How, if at all, have the aspirations of Amherst's faculty changed? How has the life of the classroom changed? What inferences can we draw about the situation of American higher education from Amherst's experience? His latest book, Gruesome Spectacles: Botched Executions and America's Death Penalty, was co-authored with four Amherst students, a rather unique collaboration in the annals of academic book publishing. What about Amherst made this collaboration possible, and what does it tell us about the kind of education Amherst will provide to future generations of students? After the talk Professor Sarat will be available to sign Gruesome Spectacles, which will be available.
S
tirn Auditorium

 

9 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Mead Art Museum Open
See the description on Friday at 9 a.m.

 

9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Homecoming Hunt: A Gallery Adventure for Everyone
Explore the Mead with a specially designed Homecoming gallery hunt - certain to challenge everyone from art novice to professional curator. An activity brochure will be available at the Mead front desk all day. Student Team Mead members on hand to help out!
Mead Art Museum

 

9:30 a.m.

International Student/Alumni Breakfast and Panel Discussion
Are you an international alumnus/a? Will you be at Amherst College homecoming this year? Join us for breakfast and an opportunity to meet and network with other international alumni and current international students. One highlight of the morning will be a panel with international alumni sharing their own stories and advice about life after Amherst: finding a job, going to graduate school, and continuing to adapt to life in the U.S. This information is extremely valuable for our current international students. If you are interested in sitting on the panel, please contact the International Students Fellow Dexter Padayachee, dpadayachee13@amherst.edu. We look forward to seeing you November 8th!
The Friedmann Room, Keefe Campus Center

 

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Beneski Museum of Natural History Open
See the description on Friday at 10 a.m.

 

10 a.m.

What's New in Emily Dickinson's World?
On this special tour, Jane Wald, executive director, will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the museum's current projects, including the effort to restore Emily Dickinson's bedroom.  
Emily Dickinson Museum, 280 Main Street

 

10 a.m.

Homecoming Catholic Mass
"I have the strength for everything through him who empowers me." A celebration of the daily Liturgy. All are most welcome. Missalettes are provided.
Chapin Chapel, Chapin Hall

 

10:15 a.m.

John William Ward: An American Idealist
Kim Townsend, Class of 1959 Professor of English, Emeritus, will talk about his new book on the college's 14th president, John William Ward. The book examines Ward's attempts to realize his democratic ideals at Amherst as a teacher (1964 - 1971) and as president (1971 - 1979), the genesis of those ideals in Ward's education and writings before he came to Amherst, as well as his experience bringing them into being as chairman of the Ward Commission on Beacon Hill after he left Amherst, and the waning of his hopes thereafter. Professor Townsend will sign copies of his book after the talk.
Stirn Auditorium

 

11 a.m.

Museum Tour: The Ancient Connecticut River Valley Yesterday and Today
Join Fred Venne, museum educator, and student docents as they take participants on a journey back in time. The tour of the Beneski explores yesterday and today's Connecticut River Valley, home to Amherst College. Photography is encouraged.
Beneski Museum of Natural History

 

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Emily Dickinson Museum Tours
See the description on Friday at 11 a.m.

 

11 a.m.

NESCAC Men's Soccer Semifinal
Bowdoin vs. Middlebury
Hitchcock Field

 

11:30 a.m.

Conversation with President Biddy Martin
President Martin will be introduced by Kerry Brennan '77, chair of the Executive Committee of the Alumni Council, who will also present the Distinguished Service Awards.
Johnson Chapel

 

12 - 1:30 p.m.

Queer Alumni-Student Networking Event
An opportunity for members of the LGBTQ Alumni community to meet and network with current queer students at Amherst. The Queer Resource Center welcomes you back home! Refreshments and hors d'oeuvres will be provided.
Queer Resource Center, Basement of Morrow Dormitory

 

12:30 -  2 p.m.

Homecoming Fest Lunch
Meet friends and enjoy a complimentary pre-game buffet while student jazz combos set the mood. Alumni with all levels of musical experience are welcome to sit in; for more information, contact Bruce Diehl, director of jazz performance, at bpdiehl@amherst.edu or (413) 542-8308. Games and treats for the kids also will be provided. This event is sponsored by Alumni and Parent Programs to thank you for your support at Homecoming and throughout the year. The Cage will remain open throughout the game, with some refreshments available.
Alumni Gymnasium, Coolidge Cage

 

1 p.m.

Zumbyes Alumni and Student Reception
Canfield Lounge, Kirby Theater

 

1 p.m.

Pratt Field Opens for Pedestrians and Drop Off
There will be no parking on Pratt Field. Vehicles will be permitted access for dropping off supplies at tents beginning at 1 p.m. All tents are arranged through Alumni and Parent Programs, and are restricted to alumni classes and groups. Please see General Information for more details. No kegs are allowed on the field, and no alcohol, banners or signs are allowed in the stands.

 

1 p.m.

Inside Baseball: A Conversation with Amherst's Three GMs
Major League baseball general managers and Amherst alumni Ben Cherington '96 of the Boston Red Sox, Dan Duquette '80 of the Baltimore Orioles and Neal Huntington '91 of the Pittsburgh Pirates return to Johnson Chapel for a unique question-and-answer session. Recently profiled in the New York Times article 3 General Managers True to One School, the front office executives will share their insights and stories, providing a rare window into their day-to-day duties, and reflecting on their career rise from Amherst through the ranks in professional baseball. John Middleton '77, Amherst College trustee and chairman and principal owner of the Philadelphia Phillies, will moderate.
Johnson Chapel

 

1:30 p.m.

Planetarium: Over 50 years of Astronomy Instruction & the Night Sky
Fred Venne, planetarium director, using the original 1959 Spitz Optical Starball and other mid-twentieth century teaching tools will examine the reason for the Earth's tilt and the Moon's presence and how we can use stars and constellations to help us navigate our world and beyond. Participants will also learn about the seasons. A star map for the current month will be provided to all.
Bassett Planetarium, Morgan Hall

 

1:30 p.m.

NESCAC Men's Soccer Semifinal
Amherst vs. Connecticut College
Hitchcock Field

 

2 - 4 p.m.

A Reception and Celebration of 150 Years of Singing at Amherst
The Choral Society invites alumni to join them in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Glee Club, the oldest continuous student organization at the College. We will premiere and sing selections from a new Amherst College songbook. We'll also rehearse the National Anthem, to be sung before the football game kickoff by Choral Society members and alumni, directed by Mallorie Chernin, director of choral music. Refreshments will be served.
The Friedmann Room, Keefe Campus Center

 

4 p.m.

Amherst Football vs. Williams
Please join members and alumni of the Choral Society as they sing the National Anthem in front of the home stands just prior to kickoff.

Pedestrian access to Pratt Field will begin at 1 p.m. No parking will be allowed on Pratt Field, with the exception of those vehicles with valid handicapped placards. Any vehicle dropping off equipment or supplies to a tent will be permitted access from the Orchard Street service entrance between 1 and 4 p.m. This is for drop-off only.
Parking is available on the football practice field (entrance on Route 9), in front of Alumni Gymnasium, in the designated are on Snell Street, along Hitchcock Road and Orchard Street, and in any other designated parking space on campus.

No unregistered tents larger than 10' by 10' (without stakes) may be erected on the field.

The football game will be shown live on television at the Cage.

Can't make it to campus? Watch a telecast of the game at a location near you!
Pratt Field

 

Half Time

Clash of the Classes
Defend your class honor! Join in this unusual twist on the traditional face-off between odd- and even-year classes. Be the first group to keep your 10-foot beach ball in the air all the way from the 50-yard-line to the goal! Alex Vasquez, dean of students and honory referee, will blow the starting whistle. (Cancelled in the case of heavy rain.)
50-Yard Line
on Pratt Field

Amherst Songs Sing-Along
Following the Clash of the Classes, join the 50th Reunion class and Choral Society alumni at the 50th tent to sing some of the old favorites. You can purchase a copy of the new Amherst College Song Book: Celebrating 150 Years of Song at the Choral Society table at the east end of the field if you don't remember all the words.
50th Reunion Tent

 

7 - 8:30 p.m.

Young Alumni Get-Together at the High Horse
Join your classmates, other Young Alumni (Classes 2005 - 2014) and current Amherst seniors at the High Horse. This will be a casual get-together to chat with friends and a chance for seniors to hear about all the opportunities to connect when they become alumni themselves, as well as simply talk about life after Amherst. Don't forget to bring your ID and wallet! Soda will be provided.
High Horse, 24 N. Pleasant Street

 

8 p.m.

Choral Society Performance
The program will feature works by Wendell Whalum, Moira Smiley, Karen Tarlow, Augustinas and more. Featured is the world premiere of two songs by Gregory Brown '98 using poems by Richard Wilbur '42. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for children and senior citizens. Five College students' tickets are free. To reserve tickets email mchernin@amherst.edu or call 413-542-2484. Tickets will also be available at Alumni House during registration, and in the lobby of Arms Music Center one hour before the performance. General admission is $10, senior citizens and children under 12 are $5 and Five College students with college ID are free.
Buckley Recital Hall, Arms Music Building

 

8 - 10 p.m.

La Causa Student/Alumni Homecoming Dinner
La Causa invites their alumni to wind down after the excitement of the football game with their annual Homecoming Alumni Dinner. This is an opportunity to reconnect with La Causa alumni, meet current members, and learn more about what La Causa has been doing this past semester as a Latinx organization on campus. The event will be catered by El Comalito. We hope to see you there!
Cohan Dormitory Kitchen

 

10 p.m.

Jazz Ensemble Performance
Free and open to the public.
Buckley Recital Hall, Arms Music Building

 

10 p.m.

Zumbyes Gathering
All returning ZumAlums are invited.
Basement, Coolidge Dormitory

 

Sunday, November 9

 

9 a.m. – midnight                 

Mead Art Museum Open
See the description on Friday at 9 a.m.

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Beneski Museum of Natural History Open
See the description on Friday at 10 a.m.

 

11 a.m. – 4 p.m

Emily Dickinson Museum Tours
See the description on Friday at 11 a.m.

Noon

NESCAC Men's Soccer Championship
Hitchcock Field

1 p.m.

Mrs. Hermenia T. Gardner Bi-Semester Worship Series
Since 1993, the Hermenia T. Gardner Bi-Semester African-American Worship Series has offered Christian worship services rooted in the African-American tradition to the Amherst community. Timothy Jones '04, senior pastor of Community Baptist Church in New Haven, CT, and the Bi-Semester Worship Series Fellow, will be the preacher. The service features the Amherst College Gospel Choir, and a soul food reception follows. All are welcome! Questions? Contact Rev. Paul Sorrentino, pvsorrentino@amherst.edu.
Chapin Chapel, Chapin Hall

5 p.m.

Catholic Mass
"Zeal for your house will consume me." Join in our regular celebration of the Sunday Liturgy with Fr. Warren Savage. Missalettes are provided. All are most welcome.
Chapin Chapel, Chapin Hall

 

Upcoming Events

Martha's Vineyard - Annual Summer Gathering
July 31, 2015 | 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

New York - NESCAC Young Alumni Boat Cruise
July 31, 2015 | 8:30 - 11:30 p.m.

China - A Sunday Afternoon with Professors Basu, Douglas and Rogowsk
August 2, 2015 | 3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

New York - Summer Send-Off Reception
August 4, 2015 | 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Westchester, NY - Summer Send-Off Reception
August 6, 2015 | 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

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