Event Calendar

Today - Fri, Jan 24, 2020

AMHERST X THE GREAT MIDWEST TRIVIA CONTEST, brain amidst question marks logo

Amherst x The Great Midwest Trivia Contest

This Chicago restaurant serves both Italian beef and shrimp egg foo young, and may also be mistaken for a file extraction software. The street on which it is located is the first name of a man whose last name is the first name of a different man who began his own DIY cake decorating business. The man who shares his name with this street has written a book which purports that those born between November 22 and December 21 are “fond of horses.” On page 21 of that book, there is a car. What does the car say?
Over 50 years ago, Lawrence University’s radio station WLFM-AM started the Great Midwest Trivia Contest, a 50-hour research-based trivia event. If you enjoy answering complicated questions (like the one above—last year’s final question) or completing action challenges such as “creating and performing the best love song in under 10 minutes,” sign up to express your interest in participating on the Great Midwest Trivia Contest team! Student Activities and Science Center Programs is teaming up to present this weekend-long event complete with food and fun for participants of the contest. For updates, sign up at
https://forms.gle/F9WSqmw91ktWihdv8.

Wed, Jan 29, 2020

Wall Street Journal Wednesdays

Please join Stephanie Hockman, Loeb Center program director for careers in business and finance for a weekly, informal discussion on any of your favorite Wall Street Journal articles. This informal lunch group will meet every Wednesday from noon - 1 p.m. in Terrace Room B on the lower level of Valentine Hall. Grab some lunch and join the discussion!

CHI Salon: “Climate Stories Music”

How can music and storytelling play a role in responding to the climate crisis unfolding around us? Bassist, composer and educator Jason Davis presents Climate Stories Music, a presentation and performance of original music featuring the recorded voices of people from around the world sharing their climate stories—their personal observations of and responses to climate change in their home regions. Jason will discuss his work collecting and sharing climate stories via his initiative Climate Stories Project, an educational and artistic forum for sharing personal stories about the changing climate. He will also perform two pieces for solo double bass featuring recorded climate stories. Come find out how sharing your climate story contributes to a powerful societal response to the climate crisis.
Wine and tapas reception to follow. Childcare will be provided.

Thu, Jan 30, 2020

Cover of Anne Fausto-Sterling's book "Sex/Gender: Biology in a Social World"

“Gender/Sex Identity is in the Body”—Lecture by Anne Fausto-Sterling

4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Science Center, Lipton Lecture Hall, E110

“The Feminist Thought Group of the Center for Humanistic Inquiry welcomes all to attend a public lecture by Dr. Anne Fausto-Sterling, the Nancy Duke Lewis Professor Emerita of Biology & Gender Studies in the Department of Molecular & Cell Biology & Biochemistry at Brown University & founder of the Science &
Technology Studies Program at Brown University. The author of three books and over 60 scholarly articles, she is also a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science."

"Green Day's American Idiot" logo in black and red on a white background, featuring a hand holding a heart-shaped grenade

The Amherst College Musical Presents Green Day’s "American Idiot"

The Amherst College Musical presents Green Day’s American Idiot!

You must reserve tickets using the following form: https://forms.gle/5bpvdvWxC8SJ1yt58

Tickets are FREE for Five College students, faculty and staff. We hope to see you there!

Tickets Required
student with head on table next to thesis mug that reads "caution thesis writing in progress"

Weekly Thesis Write-ins!

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Frost Library, CHI Think Tank (2nd Floor)

Thesis writers, set yourself up to succeed this year by joining fellow students to write together regularly! Every Thursday night, the Writing Center and Library open up the Center for Humanistic Inquiry for students writing theses (and similar long-term, complex writing projects) to work side-by-side, fueled by snacks, coffee and camaraderie.

Students Only

Fri, Jan 31, 2020

Knitting at Noon poster

Knitting at Noon

Are you a knitter who has longed to knit with others? Have you always wanted to be a knitter, but are
intimidated by all of the paraphernalia, complicated stitches and impossible-to-understand instructions?
All students, staff and faculty are welcome.
Please bring a brown bag lunch or grab-and-go lunch.

"Green Day's American Idiot" logo in black and red on a white background, featuring a hand holding a heart-shaped grenade

The Amherst College Musical Presents Green Day’s "American Idiot"

The Amherst College Musical presents Green Day’s American Idiot!

You must reserve tickets using the following form: https://forms.gle/5bpvdvWxC8SJ1yt58

Tickets are FREE for Five College students, faculty and staff. We hope to see you there!

Tickets Required

Sat, Feb 1, 2020

Adventis Financial Modeling Certification Program

Are you interested in pursuing a position in investment banking, private equity, equity research or other competitive fields in finance? Then this is the perfect opportunity for you to demonstrate your abilities to prospective employers and/or be up to speed and outperform other interns or analysts as you start our internships and full-time positions this summer.
The Loeb Center’s Business and Finance Program has partnered with Adventis to provide practical modeling experience through its proven Financial Modeling Certification (FMC) Program. This intensive, two-day boot camp provides hands-on financial modeling training. Adventis’ unique training style consists of having students build financial models and analyses entirely from scratch, while explaining key concepts along the way. This approach enables students to retain more concepts and develop a valuable skill set. It also provides the basis for students to proceed with their certification.
Certified students have been able to demonstrate to employers that they have strong analytical capabilities and are ready to hit the ground running. It has also proven to be a great discussion topic for networking and interviews. For those looking to excel quickly in their full-time or internship position or for sophomores looking to demonstrate abilities to potential employers, this program will reduce your learning curve and put you on a more even playing field with finance majors with whom you will be competing. Click here to learn how certified students have used their experience with the FMC Program to impress interviewers and ultimately land positions at top firms on Wall Street.
LOGISTICS:
Dates: Saturday, February 1, and Sunday, February 2
Time: 9 AM – 5 PM (includes a 1-hour lunch break each day)
Location: Science Center, Kirkpatrick Lecture Hall (A011)
Materials: Includes a 40-page trainee packet
This course requires a PC (not a Mac). We will have PC laptops available for you to use during the boot camp if you do not have one of your own.
Certification Exams: Held approximately every other week after the boot camp.
PROGRAM AGENDA:
Day 1 Highlights:
• Build a 3-statement financial model of Allegiant Travel
• Build public & M&A comparables, a WACC analysis, a DCF analysis, and a “football field” analysis
Day 2 Highlights:
• Build a leveraged buyout analysis
• Build a 3-statement financial model
HOW TO REGISTER & COST PER STUDENT:
Adventis is offering a discounted price of $199, as long as you enroll before Sunday, January 13, 2020. After this date the fee increases to $245. Scholarships are available, but you must enroll online AND email Stephanie Hockman (shockman@amherst.edu) prior to January 10 to request a scholarship. Space is limited.
FINAL DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION IS JANUARY 26, 2020.

"Green Day's American Idiot" logo in black and red on a white background, featuring a hand holding a heart-shaped grenade

The Amherst College Musical Presents Green Day’s "American Idiot"

The Amherst College Musical presents Green Day’s American Idiot!

You must reserve tickets using the following form: https://forms.gle/5bpvdvWxC8SJ1yt58

Tickets are FREE for Five College students, faculty and staff. We hope to see you there!

Tickets Required

Sun, Feb 2, 2020

"Green Day's American Idiot" logo in black and red on a white background, featuring a hand holding a heart-shaped grenade

The Amherst College Musical Presents Green Day’s "American Idiot"

The Amherst College Musical presents Green Day’s American Idiot!

You must reserve tickets using the following form: https://forms.gle/5bpvdvWxC8SJ1yt58

Tickets are FREE for Five College students, faculty and staff. We hope to see you there!

Tickets Required

Mon, Feb 3, 2020

Prosek Partners: Public Relations Development Program Info Session

Prosek Partners is not your average PR agency. The firm’s culture is flat and fast-paced like a newsroom. Employees develop an “owner’s mindset,” delighting clients with top-quality service, fresh ideas and flawless execution. They listen, strategize, question and create in order to learn what makes each client special and broadcast it to the world.
The firm takes pride in being both a team-oriented agency and an “Army of Entrepreneurs” – a model coined by CEO Jennifer Prosek that encourages employees to pursue their passions and forge career paths that are personally and professionally satisfying. Prosek’s “Army of Entrepreneurs” mindset has led to new practice groups, innovative offerings and a hardworking but fun and creative culture.
Staff members work together in a collegial atmosphere that breeds professional respect and friendship. In particular, Prosek’s Public Relations Development Program is designed for recent college graduates who are interested in starting a career in the PR industry. Participants in this program are referred to as “Prosek Apprentices,” and the firm’s creative, entrepreneurial culture attracts and retains the most talented professionals.
Prosek’s most successful employees are those who are curious, adaptive and driven to be the best. If you are curious about the PR industry, Prosek’s Public Relations Development Program, or what a “day in the life” is like for those working at the firm, attend this information session to hear more!

Tue, Feb 4, 2020

Outside of Valentine Dining Hall

Chinese Language Table

If you are interested in having more opportunities to speak Chinese, then join us twice a week for lunch! The Chinese Language Table is open to students, faculty and staff who would like to have conversations in Chinese. All levels are welcome.

Protik K. Majumder, Williams College: "Heavy Metals, Cheap Lasers and Precision Measurements of Atomic Structure"

With important contributions from many Williams undergraduates over recent years, we have completed a series of high-precision spectroscopic measurements in Group III and IV atoms such as thallium, indium and lead. These results test state-of-the art theoretical models of these complicated atoms and guide further refinement. I will discuss some recent results including a new precision measurement of a “forbidden” transition in lead which makes use of a laser polarimetry technique capable of microradian optical rotation resolution. Improved models of these heavy atoms aid in the bigger goals of testing the Standard Model (and beyond) with table-top atomic and laser physics experiments.

Foundations of Resume and Cover Letter Writing

Did you know that on average recruitment managers spend 5 to 7 seconds analyzing applications to determine if a candidate should be brought in for an interview? Come learn about the techniques needed to create resumes and cover letters that best markets your unique skills and experiences to land summer internships and future job opportunities.
*This workshop will fulfill the Internship Preparation Workshop requirement for the Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program.*

Wed, Feb 5, 2020

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Russian Table

Please join us for the Russian Table for Russian conversation and conviviality! Grab your lunch and head upstairs. We hope to see you there! In case you prefer to use a tray, please ask a Valentine staff member.

Wall Street Journal Wednesdays

Please join Stephanie Hockman, Loeb Center program director for careers in business and finance for a weekly, informal discussion on any of your favorite Wall Street Journal articles. This informal lunch group will meet every Wednesday from noon - 1 p.m. in Terrace Room B on the lower level of Valentine Hall. Grab some lunch and join the discussion!

Thu, Feb 6, 2020

University of Saint Joseph School of Pharmacy Info Table

The University of Saint Joseph’s Doctor of Pharmacy Program is a rewarding experience that prepares graduates for the many paths pharmacists can take. Students who graduate from USJ’s Doctor of Pharmacy Program go on to work in clinical research, medical sales, pharmacology, product/process development, and many other fields. Participants typically graduate in three years with a doctoral degree in hand, earning a highly-competitive salary while filling a societal need.
USJ was recently named a Top 10 University in MONEY magazine’s “Colleges That Add the Most Value,” and it was ranked #23 on U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 list of Best Value Schools and #55 on U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 list of Best Colleges – Regional Universities in the North.
Want to learn more about this program, its application processes, and whether it might be a great fit for you? Stop by this information table to speak with Admissions Counselor Jessie Lubka.

student with head on table next to thesis mug that reads "caution thesis writing in progress"

Weekly Thesis Write-ins!

8:00 pm - 11:00 pm Frost Library, CHI Think Tank (2nd Floor)

Thesis writers, set yourself up to succeed this year by joining fellow students to write together regularly! Every Thursday night, the Writing Center and Library open up the Center for Humanistic Inquiry for students writing theses (and similar long-term, complex writing projects) to work side-by-side, fueled by snacks, coffee and camaraderie.

Students Only

Introduction to the Finance Industry Workshop: 9 Week Series

What is the Introduction to Finance Industry Workshop Series?
This is a 9-week program open to first-year students and sophomores interested in learning more about the finance industry and exploring potential careers in finance. The workshop series is led by Stephanie Hockman, Director of the Business and Finance Program through the Loeb Center. The series is designed to help students understand the finance industry and its components, distinguish the nuances of career opportunities, and understand the lingo used in the finance industry. Some workshops will include alumni who will provide their practical insights, experience and understanding to the discussion.
What topics are discussed in the Workshop Series?
The 9-week course will include topics such as:
Overview of the Finance Industry
Investment Banking, Part 1: Corporate Investment Bankers
Investment Banking, Part 2: Global Markets (e.g., Sales and Trading, Research, and Investor Services)
Investment Banking, Part 3: CIB Operations and Supporting Functions
Investment Management and Asset Management
Industry Trends and Alternative Investments: Fintech, Hedge Funds, Insurance, and Real Estate
Private Equity
Private Wealth Management/Asset Management
Review of the industry and next steps to preparing for finance industry interviews
How do I register for the Introduction to Finance Workshop Series?
The weekly, one-hour workshops will be held every Thursday from 8 to 9 p.m. beginning February 6, 2020 through April 9, 2020 (excluding spring break, March 19). YOU MUST COMMIT TO ATTENDING ALL 9 WEEKS.
Space is limited and advance sign up is required. If you are interested in learning more about the finance industry and willing to attend all 9 sessions, please register on Handshake for the first session (Feb. 6) that enrolls you for the entire series.
All questions may be directed to Stephanie Hockman (shockman@amherst.edu). Please note that the April 2 session will be held in Lipton Lecture Hall in the Science Center, NOT Pruyne.

Tara Westover in Conversation with Tony Jack ’07

Tara Westover is an American historian and writer known for her unique and courageous education journey. She was born to Mormon survivalist parents opposed to public education. Tara never attended school. She spent her days working in her father’s junkyard or stewing herbs for her mother... until Tara decided to get an education and experience the world outside of her community. Tara taught herself enough mathematics, grammar and science to take the ACT and was admitted to Brigham Young University. She was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom and continued learning for a decade, graduating magna cum laude from BYU in 2008 and subsequently winning a Gates Cambridge Scholarship. She earned an M.Phil. from Trinity College, Cambridge, in 2009, and in 2010 was a visiting fellow at Harvard University. She returned to Cambridge, where she was awarded a Ph.D. in history in 2014. Her new book, Educated, is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a story that gets to the heart of what education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one’s life through new eyes and the will to change it. Tara argues that education is not just about job training, but a powerful tool of self-invention. Educated was long-listed for the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence and had spent 32 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Former U.S. President Barack Obama named Educated as one of the books on his summer reading list of 2018.

Anthony Jack ’07, sociologist and assistant professor of education at Harvard University, is transforming the way we address diversity and inclusion in education. His new book, The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges are Failing Disadvantaged Students, reframes the conversation surrounding poverty and higher education. In it, he explains the paths of two uniquely segregated groups. First, the “privileged poor”: students from low-income, diverse backgrounds who attended elite prep or boarding school before attending college. The second are what Jack calls the “doubly disadvantaged”—students who arrive from underprivileged backgrounds without prep or boarding school to soften their college transition. Although both groups come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, the privileged poor have more cultural capital to navigate and succeed—in the college environment and beyond.

Introduction to the Finance Industry Workshop Series (9 Weeks)

What is the Introduction to Finance Industry Workshop Series?
This is a 9-week program open to first-year students and sophomores interested in learning more about the finance industry and exploring potential careers in finance. The workshop series is led by Stephanie Hockman, Director of the Business and Finance Program through the Loeb Center. The series is designed to help students understand the finance industry and its components, distinguish the nuances of career opportunities, and understand the lingo used in the finance industry. Some workshops will include alumni who will provide their practical insights, experience and understanding to the discussion.
What topics are discussed in the workshop series?
The 9-week course will include topics such as:
1. Overview of the Finance Industry
2. Investment Banking, Part 1 – Corporate Investment Bankers
3. Investment Banking, Part 2 – Global Markets (e.g. Sales & Trading, Research, and Investor Services)
4. Investment Banking, Part 3 - CIB Operations & Supporting functions
5. Investment Management & Asset Management
6. Industry Trends & Alternative Investments: Fintech, Hedge Funds, Insurance, & Real Estate
7. Private Equity
8. Private Wealth Management/Asset Management
9. Review of the industry and next steps to preparing for finance industry interviews
How do I register for the Introduction to Finance Workshop Series?
The weekly, one-hour workshops will be held every Thursday from 8pm – 9pm beginning February 6, 2020, through April 9, 2020 (excluding spring break - March 19). YOU MUST COMMIT TO ATTENDING ALL 9 WEEKS.
Space is limited and advance sign up is required. If you are interested in learning more about the finance industry and willing to attend all 9 sessions, please register on Handshake for the first session (Feb. 6) That enrolls you for the entire series.
All questions may be directed to Stephanie Hockman (shockman@amherst.edu).

Students Only
Registration Required

Fri, Feb 7, 2020

Knitting at Noon poster

Knitting at Noon

Are you a knitter who has longed to knit with others? Have you always wanted to be a knitter, but are
intimidated by all of the paraphernalia, complicated stitches and impossible-to-understand instructions?
All students, staff and faculty are welcome.
Please bring a brown bag lunch or grab-and-go lunch.

Outside of Valentine Dining Hall

Chinese Language Table

If you are interested in having more opportunities to speak Chinese, then join us twice a week for lunch! The Chinese Language Table is open to students, faculty and staff who would like to have conversations in Chinese. All levels are welcome.

Ongoing Events

Student-Written 10 Minute Play Festival

Interested in writing a 10-minute play? Interested in having your 10-minute play performed in an hour-long student-written play festival? Submit your 10-minute plays (approximately 10 pages) to acgreenroom@gmail.com by Saturday, Feb. 1, to be considered. Plays will be provided one set: a dining room table and chairs. Do with that what you will. Any questions, submissions or interest in design to be e-mailed to acgreenroom@gmail.com.

Students Only