Amherst College offers a number of listservs to alumni for easy and informal communication amongst alumni groups.  Most listservs are closed; class listservs are reserved for just the members of that class, while others are open, like the interest groups. If you would like to subscribe to one of these groups, or suggest a new group, please send an email to Catherine Lemelin at

View a list of current alumni Listservs. (Log-in required.)

We ask that you observe the following Listserv guidelines:

Amherst College’s office of Alumni and Parent Programs provides Listserv access to its community for the primary purposes of helping community members maintain their connections to one another.

You can use these listservs to: reconnect with one another, engage in sharing and discussion, share photos and memories of Amherst, as well as new experiences and thoughts post-Amherst.

You cannot use this listserv for personal or financial gain, for business purposes or to raise funds.

Listservs may not be used to endorse candidates for the alumni trustee election.

It is important to use good judgment and be thoughtful about humor and sarcasm. We ask that you not reproduce 3rd party content to a listserv without the author's expressed approval. We also ask that you not blind copy individuals that would not otherwise be included in the list.

Participants in Listservs may not represent or imply that their opinions represent those of the Amherst Society of Alumni. Listserv participants including group administrators and members also agree to provide reasonable assistance at the request of Amherst and its representatives to address any violations of this policy as determined by Amherst.

Listserv communications and all users of the site, including group administrators and members, are bound by Amherst's Terms & Conditions of Use.

Here are solutions for a few common questions about the Listservs

What is the difference between a college generated communication and a listserv?

The purpose of college generated communication is to promote college or class related news, programs and events. The college will send such communications from individuals who, as volunteers, are acting on behalf of the institution.  The college will not use resources to provide a platform for an individual’s personal opinions or causes since this format does not permit an exchange of ideas or give an equal opportunity to participate in the discussion.

A listserv is open to all members of the designated group and does provide an opportunity for an exchange of ideas within the guidelines specified in the terms and conditions outlined above.  Topics of discussion are brought forth by the members of the listserv.

My attempts to send a message to the Listserv bounce:

The error message is --"You are not authorized to send mail to the AMHERST-1962 list from your [xxxx] account".  This means the email account from which you are trying to send the message is not in the Amherst-1962 listserv address list.   The solution is to look at an email you have received from the listserv to see what address it is using for you, and then send your message from that address/account.  

If you don't like the address the listserv has for you, then you will want to change it, which gets to the next problem---

I can't change my Listserv email address:

To update your listserv email address, please contact Catherine Lemelin at

Please note that updating your listserv email address will not update the trusted email address that is associated with your Amherst account. To update your trusted email address on file, please notify our alumni office at

My attempts to reply to a Listserv message bounce:

The error message is the same as in the first problem -- --"You are not authorized to send mail to the AMHERST-XXXX list from your [xxxx] account".

This will happen if you 1) have more than one email account, 2) have auto-forwarding set up, and 3) try to reply to a Listserv message not from the account to which the original message was sent, but from the account to which it was forwarded.  Solution---Always reply from the email account to which the Listserv message was sent.

How do I find the archives for my Listserv?

All archives for alumni Listservs are located at The log in system for Listserv and the Amherst College website are different so you will need to create a new account to log into the archives.