Welcome New Students from Dean O'Hara
First, let me introduce myself. As Dean of New Students, I am responsible for your orientation to the College. I also serve as a resource for incoming transfer students and can assist with academic or other issues as you navigate your first semester at Amherst. I hope to get to know as many of you as I can, and encourage you to email me over the next few weeks if you have questions (firstname.lastname@example.org).
STAY TUNED for detailed information and important dates regarding Orientation, required forms and their deadlines. These will all be made accessible to you at a website we will link you to right here WEBSITE TO LINK TO ORIENTATION. To complete the web forms online, you must log in using the username and password you created to access your Admissions information. If you do not know your username and password, call 413-542-2526.
Each of the web forms will ask you to enter your student ID number, which you will be emailed in early June. It is extremely important that you complete the forms by the dates listed, so that we can process your materials smoothly – thank you, in advance, for reading this information carefully and responding by or before the specified deadlines.
Arrival at Amherst: New students are expected to arrive at the College on Sunday, August 24, 2014. When you arrive, stop by Converse Hall, where you will get a rousing welcome and receive a comprehensive packet and information about your key and ID card.
Registering for Classes: Your academic advisor will be assigned to you over the summer. When you arrive on campus, you will need to meet with your advisor to finalize your fall pre-registration, which is scheduled for Wednesday, August 27, 2014.
When not in the Office of Student Affairs, I am the Amanda and Lisa Cross Professor of Chemistry. In my many years at Amherst, I have worked with literally thousands of students in Introductory Chemistry and Biochemistry. I am especially excited about a new interdisciplinary program in Biochemistry and Biophysics and my new course offered for the first time in the Spring of 2014 in Molecular Gastronomy Plus. My own life has been shaped by my students in almost too many ways to mention, but here are a few.
Patricia O'Hara, Dean of New Students, has special responsibilities for first-year and other new students. She may be consulted on matters relating to the general and academic counseling of first-year students, College regulations and requirements, the Orientation Program and the First-Year Seminar courses.
Your faculty all have professional lives that enrich their teaching. My own research is in Biophysical chemistry. Almost sixty students have done research projects in my lab over the last thirty years, on topics ranging from flexibility and dynamics of a small signaling protein known as calmodulin to affinity maturation in antibodies to binding of small environmental extrogenic compounds to the estrogen receptor. See my research page for more information. If a conversation ever gets slow or awkward with one of your Professors or your Advisor, ask them what they are working on at the moment. I guarantee you will get a response, but perhaps more than you expected, so make sure you have the time before you ask this question.
Forgotten Your Amherst Username and Password?
New Students: The username and password you'll use to access the matriculation forms and read your Amherst email is the same you used during the admission process. If you've forgetten your Amherst username and/or password, go the the Tools menu in the upper-right on any page of the Amherst website (see it up there?) and select Change/Manage Password and follow the directions.
If you no longer have access to the email account you used during the Admission process, the above will not work until you contact the Admission department and change the email address it has on file for you.
Transfer students: As soon as the Registrar assigns you to a class--your username will change to reflect your class year. You'll be contacted by the Information Technology department when this happens. However, your password will NOT change from the one you used during admission.