Office of Student Affairs

Office of Public Affairs

306 Converse Hall, (413) 542-2321
Peter Rooney, Director of Public Affairs

The Office of Public Affairs presents Amherst College to prospective students, alumni and other groups through publications, the college home page, media relations and electronic communications programs. The Office of Public Affairs publishes all official college literature, including the College Catalog, recruitment publications used by the Admission Office and Amherst magazine. The Office of Public Affairs also prepares news for release to newspapers and other media, oversees the college’s sports information program and organizes college-wide events, including each year’s Commencement Weekend.

Public Affairs activities of particular interest to the student body include publishing the weekly e-Digest and coordinating content and design for the college’s website.

The Sports Information Office collects and disseminates information about intercollegiate athletics at Amherst. Paid student reporters are employed to cover athletic events, to keep necessary statistics and to write hometown stories and other articles. Students interested in such work should contact Sports Information Director Ben Badua at (413) 542-2344.

Amherst College sponsors a wide variety of films, lectures, plays, concerts and exhibitions that are often open to the public at no charge. Posters announcing the dates, times and locations of these events are displayed on bulletin boards throughout campus. Events are also listed in the e-Digest (which goes out by email every Tuesday to everyone on campus), on Amherst’s Event Calendar and in the Five College Calendar of Events. For further information, contact Katherine Duke ’05 in the Office of Public Affairs at or (413) 542-2927.