Brendan Seto ’18

Quote by Brendan Seto

“Tutoring at the ABC House helped me break out of the ‘Amherst bubble.’ It also helped me realize the importance of doing things with meaning rather than for yourself.” Brendan Seto ’18 is one of 109 alumni tutors, over 50 years, who have mentored the teen scholars of color at the A Better Chance House in the town of Amherst. 

Chimaway Lopez ’20

Chimaway Lopez '20

“To be honest, I didn't really know about being an academic until the Mellon Mays. It's made me understand exactly the topography of that world.” Chimaway Lopez ’20 is one of five Amherst juniors in a program that helps today’s students become tomorrow’s professors

NOTE: Detail from ‘View from Mount Holyoke, Northampton, Massachusetts, after a Thunderstorm — The Oxbow’ (1836) by Thomas Cole. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Sheila Jaswal

Quote by Sheila Jaswal: Two heads are not just better than one. They're actually like three.

“Two heads are not just better than one. They're actually like three.” Sheila Jaswal, associate professor of chemistry speaking of her weekly consultations with Amy S. Wagaman, associate professor of statistics.

Cristian Hinojosa ’00

Cristian Hinojosa

“A lot of those milestones were set by the constructs of the system, not the constructs of my heart.” Cristian Hinojosa ’00 on starting over as a firefighter.

Amherst Fact: Reunion 2019

Reunion Fact; More than 100 events are scheduled for over the weekend, a record number of events for Reunion

Reunion is here! Alumni from the classes of 1949 through 2014 are returning to campus to take part in more than 100 programs—a record number for this annual event.  Reunion Schedule and more.

Sasha Blair-Goldensohn ’98

Quote by Sasha Blair-Goldensohn ’98: I am the luckiest unlucky person.

“I am the luckiest unlucky person.” After an accident, Sasha Blair-Goldensohn ’98, a software engineer became a disability rights activist.

Jénine Shepherd ’20

Jenine Sheperd receiving an award

“You make a commitment to these kids, you stick with it.” Jénine Shepherd ’20, winner of the Jamaican Prime Minister’s Youth Award for Excellence.

William Taubman

Quote by William Taubman

 “When you think about it, having your books stolen is a huge compliment.” Professor Emeritus William Taubman, on his acclaimed biography of Gorbachev.

John Michael Higgins ’85

Quote by John Michael Higgins

“The best thing Amherst ever taught me was curiosity.” John Michael Higgins ’85 is one of the most accomplished character actors of our time.