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November 2020

Mon, Nov 2, 2020

Movement and Mindfulness Morning Workshops with Molly Kitchen

The OHR Learning & Development Team invites you to kick-start your day with invigorating, accessible movement as well as a few minutes of grounding meditation with Molly Kitchen. These workshops will set you up for a calm, focused day and provide you with practical mindfulness tools you can use and reuse any time. Schedule these breaks as a fun way to start your week, as well as to learn tips for keeping that energy alive each day.

Office Hours with the Sexual Respect Educator - Consent & Healthy Communication

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Val Quad Tent #4

Health Education Office Hours with the Sexual Respect Educator have been rescheduled to Monday, November 2, from 2-4 PM on Val Quad Tent #4 given the anticipated inclement weather on Friday, 10/30. Stop by and learn about consent strategies, come with questions and utilize Health Ed resources, and get some free swag! Questions? Contact Lauren Kelly at lakelly@amherst.edu

Jess T. Dugan and Mary Statzer

Art and Activism: A Conversation with Photographer Jess T. Dugan and Curator Mary Statzer

The Department of Art and the History of Art and the Program in Film and Media Studies is excited to present a conversation between artist Jess Dugan and curator Mary Statzer.

Jess T. Dugan is an artist whose work explores issues of identity through photographic portraiture. Dugan’s work has been widely exhibited and is in the permanent collections of over 35 museums throughout the United States. Dugan’s monographs include To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults (Kehrer Verlag, 2018) and Every Breath We Drew (Daylight Books, 2015). They are the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and an ICP Infinity Award, and were selected by the Obama White House as an LGBT Artist Champion of Change. They are represented by the Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago.

Mary Statzer is the curator of prints and photographs at University of New Mexico Art Museum (UNMAM), where she oversees a collection of more than 10,000 photographs. Statzer brought the exhibition To Survive on This Shore: Photographs and Interviews with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Older Adults to UNMAM, and organized Patrick Nagatani: A Survey of Early Photographs and Indelible Ink: Native Women, Printmaking, Collaboration. In 2019, she and her colleagues launched UNMAM’s Acquisitions Fund for Diversity and Equity. Statzer holds an M.F.A. in printmaking from Arizona State University and a Ph.D. in the history and theory of art from University of Arizona. She has published articles in Aperture magazine and edited a multi-author book titled The Photographic Object 1970, released in 2016. She has participated in photography portfolio reviews across the United States.

Please register in advance. This event is sponsored by the Eastman Lecture Fund.

Registration Required

QRC: Questioning/Exploring Affinity Space

An affinity space hosted by the Queer Resource Center for students looking for an open space to talk to others who are exploring or questioning their gender, sexual, and/or romantic identities! Participants are encouraged to participate in the degree you feel comfortable (feel free to join without your camera, mic, and to communicate using the chat function).

If you have any questions or concerns, or accessibility needs, please contact Jxhn at jsmartin@amherst.edu.

Please join us via Zoom: https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/99761188215?pwd=bE1ENWhORzl3VGJyWXB6UE9...

Students Only

Tue, Nov 3, 2020

NAIS Mellon Mini-Grants & Residencies

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
NAIS Mellon Mini-Grants and Residencies

Five Colleges, Incorporated, has been awarded a $2.5 million, four-year grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to help its member campuses transform how they approach Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS), with the goal of enhancing teaching, learning and scholarship in the field. As part of this multi-year initiative, FCI is offering mini-grant and residency opportunities to Five College faculty and staff interested in working collaboratively to integrate NAIS into their curricula.
Five College full-time faculty or staff members responsible for creating curriculum are encouraged to apply for mini-grants to lead team projects to develop one or more course modules, a new course, or a cluster or sequence of courses (such as language study). This funding opportunity is also open to faculty with a more multi-disciplinary background and no prior experience in NAIS who are interested in infusing Indigenous approaches into their courses through collaboration with other faculty experts. Mini-grant projects should include multiple faculty and can also include the engagement of Five College staff, students, and community participants as collaborators.

Faculty can also apply for residencies to host indigenous artists, authors, activists, and community historians. Please note that campus policies during the pandemic will severely restrict residencies but creative and/or remote options will be considered.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with two more deadlines this academic year: December 1, 2020 and February 9, 2021. Virtual information sessions will be offered prior to each deadline to assist applicants in refining their proposals. The next information session will be held on November 17, from 4 to 5pm. Prior to submitting a proposal, applicants are encouraged to attend an information session and read the Frequently Asked Questions section of the FCI NAIS mini-grants website.

For more information, please visit https://www.fivecolleges.edu/natam/mellon-grant

OHR Office Hours for Staff and Faculty

The Office of Human Resources is pleased to offer Zoom office hours for staff and faculty as an opportunity to ask questions, provide feedback and receive information on a variety of topics. We will engage in a conversation about workplace developments and communication highlights, and will offer group discussion or private consultation in break-out rooms with HR Representatives.

Please see the OHR Newsletter or the Daily Mammoth for the Zoom link. You can also contact hr@amherst.edu for the access information. We look forward to connecting with you!

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Russian Table

Please join us for the virtual Russian Table on Tuesdays between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. EST. Russian Table offers an opportunity to gather and converse with other Russian-language learners and teachers. Come for the whole time or drop in for a shorter conversation; all levels of Russian speakers very welcome!
Please be in touch with Kristina Diachenko (kdiachenko@amherst.edu) in order to receive the Zoom link.

Memorial Hill at sunset

Memorial Hill Candle Lighting

Stop by to light a candle with a hope, prayer or intention. Battery tea lights will be provided, to be lit and set on the war memorial. Polished stones carved with inspirational words will be offered to take with you and hold on to. Join us in creating this symbol and wish for more light in the world.
Sunset Gathering at 4:41pm. Drop-in candle lighting between 4:30-7pm. Additional candles will be available after 7pm. Hosted by Religious and Spiritual Life.

Buddhist Group

Amherst Buddhist Group: Guided Meditation and Discussion

Whether you're an experienced meditator or brand new to the practice, whether you identify as Buddhist or are just curious about the teachings, come join us to slow down, relax, and gain self-awareness tools. Sessions include guided meditation and discussion. New topic each week. Focused toward students, with faculty and staff welcome.
Please click here for the Zoom link. For more info please email interim Buddhist Advisor Harrison Blum (hblum@amherst.edu).

Wed, Nov 4, 2020

PA Self-Care Story Takeovers!

Get to know the PAs' self care routines and strategies, and learn about survivor support tips and resources! Every Wednesday on our instagram story, @amherst_pa, one of our very own PAs will be taking over the story to showcase their favorite self-care activities and tips, as well as highlighting survivor support resources! Get inspired by our go-to strategies, try out some new ways to treat yourself, and remember that the Amherst community is here for you!

Health Education Office Hours - Ask the Alcohol & Other Drugs Educator!

As part of the Department of Health Education’s weekly office hours, Ashley Netanel invites you to stop by and Ask the Alcohol & Other Drugs Educator! Come by Val Tent #4 in front of the Mead on Wednesdays between 1-3 p.m. to meet the AOD educator, ask any questions you may have about alcohol or other substance use, and pick up some free health resources and swag! See the calendar below for a schedule of specific AOD topics that will be highlighted during each week at Ask the Alcohol & Other Drugs Educator. Drop in to talk about the topics that peak your interest, or feel free to come during any week to chat about alcohol or other drug use, supporting a friend, recovery and sober curiosity, and wellbeing as a whole.

Ask the AOD Educator! Topic Schedule:

Wed. September 16 - Navigating AOD & COVID-19

Wed. September 23 - Meet the SHEs - Hosted by the Student Health Educators

Wed. September 30 - Sober Curious - Creating intentional relationships to substances

Wed. October 7 - Collegiate Recovery - Being in recovery (and being a recovery ally) while in college

Wed, October 14 - Cannabis & You - Everything you want know about cannabis

Wed. October 21 - Other Drugs - What to think about when dabbling in other substance use

Wed. October 28 - Sex & Substances

Wed. November 4 - AOD & Social Justice - How the story and legislation of substance use intersects with identity and activism

Wed. November 11 - AOD & Sleep - Understanding the impact of substances so you can get your best night's sleep

Wed. November 18 - AOD at Amherst - How does AOD show up in our community and how can we care for each other

Note that Health Education Office Hours will be held as long as weather permits. In the event of inclement weather, that given week’s Office Hours/Ask the AOD Educator will be cancelled. If you want to learn more about any of the above topics, reach out to Ashley Netanel, Alcohol & Other Drugs Educator at anetanel@amherst.edu.

Real Talk Poster

QRC/CC: Real Talk

Join the Queer Resource Center staff and Dr. Darien McFadden & Dr. Sarah Erickson from the Counseling Center for a open discussion and support space centering conversations concerning our current moment, navigating gender, sexuality, identity at large, and what it means to be LGBTQ+ at Amherst and beyond.

For accessibility questions or concerns, please contact jsmartin@amherst.edu or call 413.542.5964

Students Only

Thu, Nov 5, 2020

NAIS Mellon Mini-Grants & Residencies

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
NAIS Mellon Mini-Grants and Residencies

Five Colleges, Incorporated, has been awarded a $2.5 million, four-year grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to help its member campuses transform how they approach Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS), with the goal of enhancing teaching, learning and scholarship in the field. As part of this multi-year initiative, FCI is offering mini-grant and residency opportunities to Five College faculty and staff interested in working collaboratively to integrate NAIS into their curricula.
Five College full-time faculty or staff members responsible for creating curriculum are encouraged to apply for mini-grants to lead team projects to develop one or more course modules, a new course, or a cluster or sequence of courses (such as language study). This funding opportunity is also open to faculty with a more multi-disciplinary background and no prior experience in NAIS who are interested in infusing Indigenous approaches into their courses through collaboration with other faculty experts. Mini-grant projects should include multiple faculty and can also include the engagement of Five College staff, students, and community participants as collaborators.

Faculty can also apply for residencies to host indigenous artists, authors, activists, and community historians. Please note that campus policies during the pandemic will severely restrict residencies but creative and/or remote options will be considered.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with two more deadlines this academic year: December 1, 2020 and February 9, 2021. Virtual information sessions will be offered prior to each deadline to assist applicants in refining their proposals. The next information session will be held on November 17, from 4 to 5pm. Prior to submitting a proposal, applicants are encouraged to attend an information session and read the Frequently Asked Questions section of the FCI NAIS mini-grants website.

For more information, please visit https://www.fivecolleges.edu/natam/mellon-grant

Fall Photo Collection Showcase

While this year may not provide the same fall traditions as in the past, The HR Activities Committee invites you to show off how you are celebrating the season. Join us for a Fall Photo Collection Showcase to present and talk about your photos of:

- Costumes! Do you and/or members of your family have costumes and no where to go? Get dressed up and snap a picture! We want to see pictures of you, your children, your pet, etc. in costume!
- Decorations! Did you pull out the decorations out of the basement to put out this year (bonus - you don't even need to dust them off if you are going with the Halloween theme!)? We want to see how you decorate your yard, your car (trunk or treat), your workspace, etc. for the season
- Nature! Share your photos of the leaves changing colors in your backyard, on campus, while you were on a leaf-peeping drive, etc.

If you are unable to join us live for the showcase, pictures can be sent to kwesolowski@amherst.edu with a caption to be shared.

Look for the Zoom link in the Daily Mammoth and/or the OHR Newsletter.

Truman Scholarship Information Session

Join Christine Overstreet, Director of Fellowships, and Truman finalists Jeremy Thomas '21 and Margot Lurie '21 to learn about the Truman Scholarship. We'll talk about what makes a strong candidate, how to produce a compelling application, and what the application process entails. The Truman is open to juniors who are U.S. citizens planning a career in public service. All class years are welcome in the session.
Zoom link: https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/99871620008

OHR Office Hours for Supervisors/Department Chairs

The Office of Human Resources is pleased to offer Zoom office hours for staff and faculty as an opportunity to ask questions, provide feedback and receive information on a variety of topics. We will review recent communications and important developments in the workplace as the semester progresses, and provide a resource takeaway to support effective communication within departments. You will also have opportunities to hear specific tips and best practice examples from other supervisors/department chairs.

Please see the OHR Newsletter or the Daily Mammoth for the Zoom link. You can also contact hr@amherst.edu for the access information.

We look forward to connecting with you!

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Journaling for Healing, Peace, and Happiness with Health Education

Journal writing in particular enables us to reflect on and to integrate past experiences. Stop by to learn about a range of practical suggestions for how to get started on journal writing as part of the process of recovering from what we have endured. We will have information on a number of ways you can journal including bullet and gratitude journaling. Drop in to tent #4 on the Val Quad to learn about how journaling can be a powerful tool for developing self-understanding. The first 150 students will receive a journal and pen.
This event is for students only.

Biology Study Sessions poster

Biology Study Sessions

Want a buddy while working on Biology? Drop by the virtual Biology study sessions for a space to be productive! Whether studying silently together in the homeroom or working on an assignment with others in a breakout room, you can build community while getting work done.
Zoom link: bit.ly/2ZGbPAX or Meeting ID: 939 140 9559.

Fri, Nov 6, 2020

Swipe to see a video message from a resource working to support survivors and end Sexual Violence at Amherst!

Peer Advocates for Sexual Respect Resource Panel

All day Peer Advocate Social Media Pages

Join the Peer Advocates as we provide on- and off-campus resources on our social media pages (Facebook and Instagram)! We will be spotlighting members of the community who have done significant work in the fields of sexual respect and survivor support weekly on Fridays.

Health Education Office Hours with the Sexual Respect Educator

11:00 am - 1:00 pm Val Quad Tent #4

The Department of Health Education will be holding weekly office hours. Stop by to meet with a member of the Health Education team and ask a question, find out about upcoming programs centered around student well-being, get some free resources!

Sexual Respect Educator Lauren Kelly will be available every Friday from 11 AM-1 PM on Val Quad Tent #4 with resources, swag, and information related to a range of sexual respect topics including bystander intervention, consent & healthy communication, survivor support, and healthy relationships. Stop by and say hello!

Virtual Write-on-Site

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Virtual, Zoom

Enhance productivity. Find mutual support. Maintain a regular practice. Write with others. Faculty and staff are invited to a virtual Write-on-Site over Zoom each Friday during the fall semester between 12:00 and 3:00 p.m. Hosted by Professor of Art History Nicola Courtright, and CHI Fellows Ashley Smith and Sam Presnal.

Open to the Amherst College community. Please login to Zoom with your Amherst ID and password:
https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/92776199071?pwd=Z1lpRDc2Y21sQjlKckgyc1o...

Meeting ID: 927 7619 9071
Passcode: 335098

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breathe.talk.bless.

Your weekly exhale: Fridays, 12-12:30 p.m. on Zoom through Nov 20
A little bit of meditation. A little bit of conversation. A little bit of affirmation. Join us as we gather for presence, connection, and a deep exhale. Students, faculty, and staff welcome. Contact Harrison Blum, Director of Religious and Spiritual Life, for more info (hblum@amherst.edu).

Women & Femmes of Color poster

Women & Femmes of Color

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/96443117895

Join the Women’s and Gender Center and Multicultural Resource Center for Women & Femmes of Color! We meet monthly to build community and solidarity between women and femmes of color at Amherst. This week we will create two spaces - one to process and the other to recharge from all things 2020 US Elections in community. Come as you are and for what you need!

Sat, Nov 7, 2020

Dear Loneliness: A Memoir to COVID, World's Longest Letter to Fight Loneliness

Join AC Active Minds as we write letters to contribute to Dear Loneliness, a project started at Harvard. The project serves as a memoir to COVID-19 and mental well-being. Our letters will be sent in to the project to be displayed alongside letters from college students across the country as part of the world's longest letter to loneliness. There will be snacks! Drop-in anytime between 4 and 6. If you are remote or can't make the event, you can submit a letter at the link below.

Students Only

Mon, Nov 9, 2020

Movement and Mindfulness Morning Workshops with Molly Kitchen

The OHR Learning & Development Team invites you to kick-start your day with invigorating, accessible movement as well as a few minutes of grounding meditation with Molly Kitchen. These workshops will set you up for a calm, focused day and provide you with practical mindfulness tools you can use and reuse any time. Schedule these breaks as a fun way to start your week, as well as to learn tips for keeping that energy alive each day.

Amherst College + Loeb Center logo

Demystifying the Internship Search Process — Hosted by the Loeb Center's Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program

Are you ready to search for a summer internship or research opportunity, but need to know where to start? Have you started looking for opportunities, but feel like you’re not having much luck? Consider attending this workshop to learn tips you can use to search for and secure the right internship or research opportunity for you.

Topics covered in this workshop include:
--Goals and priorities to guide your internship search
--Advantages and disadvantages of different search methods (using job boards, cold calling companies, networking)
--Overview of crafting effective applications and the interview process
--Staying organized and on track with your applications
--Handling multiple internship offers

Note: This workshop will fulfill the Internship Preparation Workshop requirement for the Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program. Learn more about the Program here: https://www.amherst.edu/mm/575805

Don't Tell Me to Love My Body: Fatphobia and Body Liberation: Workshop Sponsored by the SHEs

Body image affects all of us, but does it affect all of us in the same way? Join the SHEs at "Don't Tell Me to Love My Body: Fatphobia and Body Liberation," a workshop led virtually by Isy Abraham-Raveson, M.Ed. This workshop will encourage us to explore our relationship with our own body as well as our relationships with the systems of oppression that shape our relationships with our bodies (e.g. fatphobia, racism, misogyny, etc.).

Isy Abraham-Raveson (she/they) is a sexuality educator based in Philadelphia. She has a Master’s degree in sexuality education from Widener University and a Bachelor’s degree in Gender and Sexuality Studies from Williams College. Isy co-founded the organization YES! (Your Empowered Sexuality!), which provides intersectional, consent-based sexuality education to people of all ages. She has led workshops on fatphobia and body liberation at a variety of locations, including the National Sex Ed Conference, the AASECT conference, Harvard University, and Haverford College. Isy also facilitates trainings for parents on how to talk to their children about sexuality in such locations as the Trans Wellness Conference and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). For Isy, sexuality education is social justice work.

QRC: Questioning/Exploring Affinity Space

An affinity space hosted by the Queer Resource Center for students looking for an open space to talk to others who are exploring or questioning their gender, sexual, and/or romantic identities! Participants are encouraged to participate in the degree you feel comfortable (feel free to join without your camera, mic, and to communicate using the chat function).

If you have any questions or concerns, or accessibility needs, please contact Jxhn at jsmartin@amherst.edu.

Please join us via Zoom: https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/99761188215?pwd=bE1ENWhORzl3VGJyWXB6UE9...

Students Only

Tue, Nov 10, 2020

OHR Office Hours for Staff and Faculty

The Office of Human Resources is pleased to offer Zoom office hours for staff and faculty as an opportunity to ask questions, provide feedback and receive information on a variety of topics. We will engage in a conversation about workplace developments and communication highlights, and will offer group discussion or private consultation in break-out rooms with HR Representatives.

Please see the OHR Newsletter or the Daily Mammoth for the Zoom link. You can also contact hr@amherst.edu for the access information. We look forward to connecting with you!

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Office Hours with Amanda Vann, Director of Health Education- Sleep Week

As part of the Department of Health Education’s weekly office hours Amanda Vann invites you to ask the Director of Health Education. This week we are celebrating sleep! Stop by to pick up some amazing resources on sleep, learn some tricks and tips to improve sleep and enter our sleep themed raffle! We will have lots or resources for self-care, health resources and some great swag.

All-Staff Town Hall

10:00 am Virtual

President Martin and the Employee Council invite you to an all-staff town hall. Please visit the Employee Council website to submit advance questions and appreciations by 1 p.m. on Monday, November 9. This is also where you can access Zoom connection information for the meeting.

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Russian Table

Please join us for the virtual Russian Table on Tuesdays between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. EST. Russian Table offers an opportunity to gather and converse with other Russian-language learners and teachers. Come for the whole time or drop in for a shorter conversation; all levels of Russian speakers very welcome!
Please be in touch with Kristina Diachenko (kdiachenko@amherst.edu) in order to receive the Zoom link.

Making Gifts to Loved Ones and Charities

OHR Learning & Development invites you to a live webinar presented by TIAA.
You can maximize the value of your life’s work and help to take are of your survivors and philanthropic causes with a little planning. This webinar will review basic strategies for giving to individuals and charities during your lifetime, as well as legacy planning.

Money at Work 1: Foundations of Investing

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Live Webinar

OHR Learning & Development invites you to a live webinar presented by TIAA.
Discover how you can manage risk versus reward as well as understand the role of investing and managing risks, ways to help accelerate savings and tools that can help sustain a portfolio.

Buddhist Group

Amherst Buddhist Group: Guided Meditation and Discussion

Whether you're an experienced meditator or brand new to the practice, whether you identify as Buddhist or are just curious about the teachings, come join us to slow down, relax, and gain self-awareness tools. Sessions include guided meditation and discussion. New topic each week. Focused toward students, with faculty and staff welcome.
Please click here for the Zoom link. For more info please email interim Buddhist Advisor Harrison Blum (hblum@amherst.edu).

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Intro to Careers in the Arts — Hosted by the Loeb Center

Are you a creative problem solver with a desire to document, shape, and transform culture? Do you wonder if you can really “become” a filmmaker, painter, poet or performer? From museums and archives, to film and television, to the behind-the-scenes business of artistic practices—careers in the arts are a great fit for those looking to design professional pathways that combine rigor, creativity, and curiosity.

Regardless of experience level, you’ll leave this session with an understanding of:
• potential career trajectories
• industry timelines for internships and jobs, and
• Loeb Center resources designed to support your search.

Photo of the artist, Jes Fan, with one of his sculptures

Artist Talk with Jes Fan

The Mead Art Museum is partnering with the Department of Art and the History of Art and the Queer Resource Center to host a virtual artist talk and a virtual lunch with contemporary artist Jes Fan. Jes Fan was born in Canada and raised in Hong Kong. Speculating on the intersection of biology and identity, his trans-disciplinary practice emerges from a sustained inquiry into the concept of otherness as it relates to the materiality of the gendered body.

Working primarily in expanded sculpture, Fan often incorporates organic materials, such as soybeans and depo-testosterone, into larger assemblages fashioned of welded steel, poured resin and hand-blown glass. Previous projects have focused on the bio-politics of transgender identity and the slippery nature of embodiment in an era where HRT (hormone replacement therapy) and less extreme body-modification tactics such as bodybuilding are easily accessible, allowing the subject to mold their external body to match their internal state. Fan's recent research has explored the complex and porous systems formed between biological agents (including those existing in our own body) and the surrounding environment, seeking to queer the traditional hierarchy between organic and inorganic matter. He is currently based in Brooklyn, N.Y.

All are invited to attend this virtual artist talk, facilitated by Niko Vicario, assistant professor of art and the history of art. The talk will be followed by a Q&A with the audience.

Free and open to all!

This program will take place via Zoom. Please use the link below to register, and the Zoom link will be emailed to you.

Registration Required
Alumni-in-Residence

Alumni-in-Residence: Paths into Biotechnology — Developing Treatments for Humans and More, with Dr. Wendy Halpern ’88

In this Loeb Center Alumni-in-Residence session, Dr. Wendy Halpern ’88 will discuss her journey into biotechnology, including her experiences working toward developing treatment strategies for both humans and animals. She will also provide insight into how to step beyond the office to work to impact change at the national and international levels.

Dr. Wendy Halpern ’88 is a veterinary pathologist with more than 20 years of drug development experience. She earned her DVM from Ohio State University, where she also completed an M.S. in Veterinary Pathobiology, followed by a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from the University of New Mexico. Drawn by the appeal of biotechnology, she joined Human Genome Sciences in 2000, and subsequently transitioned to Genentech as a Scientist and Veterinary Pathologist in 2007.

In addition to specific project support at Genentech, she actively contributes to the nonclinical strategy and safety assessment for pediatric drug development, with emphasis on challenges in pediatric oncology. She represents the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) on an International Committee for Harmonisation (ICH) Working Group, which recently completed a new globally-harmonized, nonclinical safety guidance document for pediatric medicines (ICH S11). She has been an active member of the American College of Veterinary Pathology, the BioSafe group of BIO, the Birth Defects Research and Prevention Society, Safety Pharmacology Society, and the Society of Toxicologic Pathology.

This Alumni-in-Residence programming is presented by Amherst College's Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning. Learn more about the program here: https://www.amherst.edu/mm/575486

Wed, Nov 11, 2020

PA Self-Care Story Takeovers!

Get to know the PAs' self care routines and strategies, and learn about survivor support tips and resources! Every Wednesday on our instagram story, @amherst_pa, one of our very own PAs will be taking over the story to showcase their favorite self-care activities and tips, as well as highlighting survivor support resources! Get inspired by our go-to strategies, try out some new ways to treat yourself, and remember that the Amherst community is here for you!

The Power of Saving

OHR Learning & Development invites you to a live webinar presented by TIAA.
Whether you’re the kind of person that lives and spends in the now or plans for what’s ahead, there are always ways to save smarter. In this seminar, you’ll learn a number of strategies for better managing your money, so you have the knowledge and confidence to pay your bills, save for a rainy day, and achieve any larger financial goals you’ve set for yourself.

Supporting a Remote Workforce

OHR Learning & Development invites you to a live webinar presented by the EAP, New Directions.
With an increasing number of employees working remotely, managers are tasked with developing diversified strategies to support remote workers. Explore the characteristics and dynamics of the remote worker. Develop an appreciation for the needs of remote workers and specific support recommendations. This webinar is designed for anyone who actively supervises others.

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Gradescope for Fast, Consistent Grading — Idea-Sharing Session

Gradescope is an online program for consistent grading through the use of rubrics for point assignment and standard responses for common errors. You can grade assignments, quizzes, and exams faster and more uniformly. Gradescope is especially useful for materials that are handwritten and for larger classes.

Many faculty are already using Gradescope, and there will be two idea-sharing sessions at lunch time on Wednesday, Nov. 11, and Thursday, Nov. 12.

Registration Required

Health Education Office Hours - Ask the Alcohol & Other Drugs Educator!

As part of the Department of Health Education’s weekly office hours, Ashley Netanel invites you to stop by and Ask the Alcohol & Other Drugs Educator! Come by Val Tent #4 in front of the Mead on Wednesdays between 1-3 p.m. to meet the AOD educator, ask any questions you may have about alcohol or other substance use, and pick up some free health resources and swag! See the calendar below for a schedule of specific AOD topics that will be highlighted during each week at Ask the Alcohol & Other Drugs Educator. Drop in to talk about the topics that peak your interest, or feel free to come during any week to chat about alcohol or other drug use, supporting a friend, recovery and sober curiosity, and wellbeing as a whole.

Ask the AOD Educator! Topic Schedule:

Wed. September 16 - Navigating AOD & COVID-19

Wed. September 23 - Meet the SHEs - Hosted by the Student Health Educators

Wed. September 30 - Sober Curious - Creating intentional relationships to substances

Wed. October 7 - Collegiate Recovery - Being in recovery (and being a recovery ally) while in college

Wed, October 14 - Cannabis & You - Everything you want know about cannabis

Wed. October 21 - Other Drugs - What to think about when dabbling in other substance use

Wed. October 28 - Sex & Substances

Wed. November 4 - AOD & Social Justice - How the story and legislation of substance use intersects with identity and activism

Wed. November 11 - AOD & Sleep - Understanding the impact of substances so you can get your best night's sleep

Wed. November 18 - AOD at Amherst - How does AOD show up in our community and how can we care for each other

Note that Health Education Office Hours will be held as long as weather permits. In the event of inclement weather, that given week’s Office Hours/Ask the AOD Educator will be cancelled. If you want to learn more about any of the above topics, reach out to Ashley Netanel, Alcohol & Other Drugs Educator at anetanel@amherst.edu.

Making it Easier for You: Online Tools and Resources

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Live Webinar

OHR Learning & Development invites you to a live webinar presented by TIAA.
Save time, manage your money, and feel empowered by learning and using the latest digital enhancements.

Supporting a Remote Workforce

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Live Webinar

OHR Learning & Development invites you to a live webinar presented by the EAP, New Directions.
With an increasing number of employees working remotely, managers are tasked with developing diversified strategies to support remote workers. Explore the characteristics and dynamics of the remote worker. Develop an appreciation for the needs of remote workers and specific support recommendations. This webinar is designed for anyone who actively supervises others.

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QRC/CC: Real Talk

Join the Queer Resource Center staff and Dr. Darien McFadden & Dr. Sarah Erickson from the Counseling Center for a open discussion and support space centering conversations concerning our current moment, navigating gender, sexuality, identity at large, and what it means to be LGBTQ+ at Amherst and beyond.

For accessibility questions or concerns, please contact jsmartin@amherst.edu or call 413.542.5964

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Art With Impact Movies for Mental Health Workshop: Creating Supportive Communities for Survivors of Sexual Violence

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm bit.ly/m4mh-online-amherst

Curious about how films can play a role in de-stigmatizing mental health and sexual violence? Looking for an easy way to build community through art?

Join us on Wednesday, November 11, from 4:00-5:30 PM for a virtual workshop with Art With Impact on Movies 4 Mental Health: Creating Supportive Communities for Survivors of Sexual Violence. This event will focus on exploring the mental health impacts that sexual violence can have on individuals and communities through a series of short films as a tool to build empathy and support survivors. The event also connects students with campus and community mental health and sexual violence-oriented resources available to them, empowering them to seek support as individuals and communities to heal from sexual violence.

Pre-registration is required for all attendees at: bit.ly/m4mh-online-amherst. There is an option to join anonymously. Questions or concerns can be directed to Lauren Kelly, Sexual Respect Educator, at lakelly@amherst.edu.

This event is hosted by the Department of Health Education and the Counseling Center, and co-sponsored with the Community Mental Health Fund and the Arts at Amherst Initiative.

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Introduction to Networking — Hosted by the Loeb Center's Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program

What do you think of when you imagine networking? Networking is a catch-all term for making and sustaining connections over time. How can you imagine making connections in an authentic way that contributes to your career exploration and growth?

In this virtual workshop, learn about cultivating personal relationships, re-activating past connections, engaging in your field through news and social media communities, and more. At the end of this workshop, you will identify five different ways you can begin networking that align with you and your interests.

Note: This workshop will fulfill the Internship Preparation Workshop requirement for the Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program. Learn more about the Program here: https://www.amherst.edu/mm/575805

Thu, Nov 12, 2020

Swift Skills Collection: Collaborate Across Groups

Does the word “collaboration” strike fear in you? Does it harken back to group projects where one person inevitably does all the work? In this session we will explore what collaboration actually means, when it is useful, and work through some methods for fostering true collaboration.

Retiring in the "New Normal"

OHR Learning & Development invites you to a live webinar presented by TIAA.
We all know how important it is to save for retirement. This presentation brings many of the risks to light so you have a better understanding of what you may be facing and what you can do about it, especially in this new environment. Namely, shifting your strategy from just growing your money to protecting what you’ve saved as it grows. And for those still working, we’ll talk about protecting your income in retirement, by creating a guaranteed income stream to help cover essential expenses and next steps you can take to help protect your retirement future.

“Sharenting”: Protecting your kids’ privacy in our digital world

This holiday season, digital technology will take center stage in how we connect and celebrate with our families and friends. Whether it’s bonding over meals and opening gifts virtually, sharing festive social media posts, or gifting “smart” devices, we need to be thinking about how to protect the safety and privacy of our kids online. Leah Plunkett, a faculty member at Harvard Law School, will join us for a lively and eye-opening discussion about “sharenting”: all of the ways that everyday tech choices by parents, grandparents, and other trusted adults impact our kids' privacy and their opportunities – now and in the future.

Leah Plunkett is a faculty associate with the Youth & Media team at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and the Special Director for Online Education at Harvard Law School. She’s a mother of two children and author of the best-selling book, SHARENTHOOD: Why We Should Think Before We Talk About Our Kids Online, which has been praised by WIRED, The New Yorker, and Fatherly, among others. After appearing on his podcast, Armchair Expert, host and actor Dax Shephard called Leah a "fascinating woman and also very funny." (We agree!)

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Gradescope for Fast, Consistent Grading — Idea-Sharing Session

Gradescope is an online program for consistent grading through the use of rubrics for point assignment and standard responses for common errors. You can grade assignments, quizzes, and exams faster and more uniformly. Gradescope is especially useful for materials that are handwritten and for larger classes.

Many faculty are already using Gradescope, and there will be two idea-sharing sessions at lunch time on Wednesday, Nov. 11, and Thursday, Nov. 12.

Registration Required

OHR Office Hours for Supervisors/Department Chairs

The Office of Human Resources is pleased to offer Zoom office hours for staff and faculty as an opportunity to ask questions, provide feedback and receive information on a variety of topics. We will review recent communications and important developments in the workplace as the semester progresses, and provide a resource takeaway to support effective communication within departments. You will also have opportunities to hear specific tips and best practice examples from other supervisors/department chairs.

Please see the OHR Newsletter or the Daily Mammoth for the Zoom link. You can also contact hr@amherst.edu for the access information.

We look forward to connecting with you!

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Gaither JR Fellows Info Session (Carnegie Endowment)

The Carnegie Endowment is hosting a zoom call for students interested in the JR Fellows Program. Sit in on a discussion between one of Carnegie's research scholars/program directors and a recent former Junior Fellow. The scholar will discuss selecting and working with a JF and the former JF will talk about working with scholars and the nomination/application/interview process. AC deadline to apply is Jan. 4. To join the call, write to: jrfellowinfo@ceip.org and request zoom info for Scholar/JF discussion zoom call.

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Loeb Center Student Affinity Group Focus Groups

The Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning wants to hear from you!

The Loeb Center is committed to creating an inclusive and supportive environment for all Amherst students regardless of their backgrounds. We need your help to achieve that goal. Do you have suggestions about programming or resources the Loeb Center can implement to support students across affinity groups? Would you like to share your experiences searching for internships and/or jobs to give the Loeb Center better insight into the needs of you and your peers?

Please consider signing up to participate in a Loeb Center Affinity Group Focus Group session, which will consist of a small discussion via Zoom, facilitated by trained Loeb Center student workers.

Register to participate on Handshake, and if you have any questions, please contact Victoria Wilson at vwilson@amherst.edu.

The Amherst Experience?

How has alcohol impacted your experience at Amherst? This is a space for people to share their experiences, perspectives, and impacts. Our hope is to build community, create space to talk about personal experiences--the good, the bad, the ugly--and explore what we want our campus culture to look like. All are welcome. Zoom link: tinyurl.com/amherstexp

If you have questions or would like more information, please reach out to anetanel@amherst.edu.

Math Colloquium: "Polyhedra: Plato, Archimedes, Euler"

A polyhedron is a three-dimensional analog of a polygon, such as a cube, pyramid or prism. This talk is about two special classes of polyhedra with elegant structures, and their study over the past 25 centuries. Regular polyhedra were known to Pythagoras and Plato, and semiregular polyhedra were introduced later by Archimedes. We will present all these regular and semiregular polyhedra and discuss their history. There will be some simple counting arguments to go with the many pretty pictures, but otherwise no prior mathematical background is required to understand this talk.

Rob Benedetto has been a professor of mathematics at Amherst College since 2002. Previously, he held postdoctoral positions at the University of Rochester and Boston University. His research is in number theory and dynamical systems.

*The link will be sent to the Math & Stats listserv on the day of the event. If you are not part of that group and would like to attend, please email kglista@amherst.edu and the link will be sent the day of the event.

Statistics and Data Science Colloquium: "Migraine: More Than Just a Headache"

Nearly 15 percent of the U.S. population experiences migraine headaches, and migraine ranks as one of the leading causes of disability worldwide. In this talk, Pamela Rist will discuss some of her team's research on the health effects of migraine, including the association between migraine and cardiovascular disease risk factors, stroke and cognitive decline. She will also provide an overview of some of the unique methodological challenges facing migraine researchers and highlight some future research directions.

Pamela Rist, Sc.D., is an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and an associate epidemiologist in the Division of Preventive Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Her academic research interests are primarily focused on the epidemiology of cardiovascular disease (particularly stroke) and neurologic diseases (especially those with a vascular component), with the goal of identifying ways to reduce the morbidity burden associated with stroke, migraine and cognitive decline. In addition to her research activities, Dr. Rist is actively involved in teaching at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School.

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Virtual Bonfire with the Arts at Amherst Initiative

6:00 pm Virtual

Join the Arts at Amherst Initiative at our Virtual Bonfire for a conversation about how we are working to stay centered during these unprecedented times. The event will begin with members of the Steering Committee sharing personal anecdotes about the art that is helping ground them in the present moment.

Please register in advance.

Registration Required
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Biology Study Sessions

Want a buddy while working on Biology? Drop by the virtual Biology study sessions for a space to be productive! Whether studying silently together in the homeroom or working on an assignment with others in a breakout room, you can build community while getting work done.
Zoom link: bit.ly/2ZGbPAX or Meeting ID: 939 140 9559.

Fri, Nov 13, 2020

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Peer Advocates for Sexual Respect Resource Panel

All day Peer Advocate Social Media Pages

Join the Peer Advocates as we provide on- and off-campus resources on our social media pages (Facebook and Instagram)! We will be spotlighting members of the community who have done significant work in the fields of sexual respect and survivor support weekly on Fridays.

Health Education Office Hours with the Sexual Respect Educator

11:00 am - 1:00 pm Val Quad Tent #4

The Department of Health Education will be holding weekly office hours. Stop by to meet with a member of the Health Education team and ask a question, find out about upcoming programs centered around student well-being, get some free resources!

Sexual Respect Educator Lauren Kelly will be available every Friday from 11 AM-1 PM on Val Quad Tent #4 with resources, swag, and information related to a range of sexual respect topics including bystander intervention, consent & healthy communication, survivor support, and healthy relationships. Stop by and say hello!

Virtual Write-on-Site

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Virtual, Zoom

Enhance productivity. Find mutual support. Maintain a regular practice. Write with others. Faculty and staff are invited to a virtual Write-on-Site over Zoom each Friday during the fall semester between 12:00 and 3:00 p.m. Hosted by Professor of Art History Nicola Courtright, and CHI Fellows Ashley Smith and Sam Presnal.

Open to the Amherst College community. Please login to Zoom with your Amherst ID and password:
https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/92776199071?pwd=Z1lpRDc2Y21sQjlKckgyc1o...

Meeting ID: 927 7619 9071
Passcode: 335098

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Your weekly exhale: Fridays, 12-12:30 p.m. on Zoom through Nov 20
A little bit of meditation. A little bit of conversation. A little bit of affirmation. Join us as we gather for presence, connection, and a deep exhale. Students, faculty, and staff welcome. Contact Harrison Blum, Director of Religious and Spiritual Life, for more info (hblum@amherst.edu).

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Loeb Center Student Affinity Group Focus Groups

The Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning wants to hear from you!

The Loeb Center is committed to creating an inclusive and supportive environment for all Amherst students regardless of their backgrounds. We need your help to achieve that goal. Do you have suggestions about programming or resources the Loeb Center can implement to support students across affinity groups? Would you like to share your experiences searching for internships and/or jobs to give the Loeb Center better insight into the needs of you and your peers?

Please consider signing up to participate in a Loeb Center Affinity Group Focus Group session, which will consist of a small discussion via Zoom, facilitated by trained Loeb Center student workers.

Register to participate on Handshake, and if you have any questions, please contact Victoria Wilson at vwilson@amherst.edu.

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Loeb Center Resume Clinic — Hosted by the Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program

Are you seeking some extra support in getting your resume approved or making it fresh for this semester? Our biweekly virtual drop-in clinics are the perfect way to gain feedback from Loeb Center staff.

Please RSVP in advance via Handshake! We will confirm Zoom login and additional information via e-mail.

Hosted by the Loeb Center's Charles Hamilton Houston Internship Program.

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Create Your Own Zen Garden

Looking for a creative outlet? Need an element of relaxation? Stop by Tent 3 on the First Year Quad and create your own Zen Garden. Can't wait to see you!

Catching Z's With the SHEs #CommunityCares

Join the SHEs for a virtual workshop on getting better sleep in these strange times! As part of the #CommunityCares series, we will be discussing what affects sleep quality, as well as strategies to get better rest. Drop by to talk about catching better Z's and enter our raffle to get a cozy sleep care package!

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Conversation & Dessert

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Virtual, zoom

New Student Programs is excited to offer the new series "Conversation & Desserts." This is an opportunity to get to know other students both on- and off- campus in an informal conversation. Participants who are on campus will receive a box of sweets in their campus mail box. Unfortunately we are not able to offer this to our remote students - but we still hope you participate! 'Seats' will be offered on a 'first come - first served' basis. Once 'seats' are filled, a waitlist will be maintained for additional seats.

Registration Required
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Conversation & Dessert

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Virtual, zoom

New Student Programs is excited to offer the new series "Conversation & Desserts." This is an opportunity to get to know other students both on- and off- campus in an informal conversation. Participants who are on campus will receive a box of sweets in their campus mail box. Unfortunately we are not able to offer this to our remote students - but we still hope you participate! 'Seats' will be offered on a 'first come - first served' basis. Once 'seats' are filled, a waitlist will be maintained for additional seats.

Registration Required
Conversation & Dessert

Conversation & Dessert

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Virtual, Zoom

New Student Programs is excited to offer the new series "Conversation & Desserts." This is an opportunity to get to know other students both on- and off- campus in an informal conversation. Participants who are on campus will receive a box of sweets in their campus mail box. Unfortunately we are not able to offer this to our remote students - but we still hope you participate! 'Seats' will be offered on a 'first come - first served' basis. Once 'seats' are filled, a waitlist will be maintained for additional seats.

Registration Required

Sat, Nov 14, 2020

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Study + Make Art at the Mead

Attention on-campus students!

Stop by the Mead to study or destress from studying with artmaking. We'll have clipboards, coloring sheets, pencils, and crayons in the museum for you to use to get creative. We'll also have temporary tattoos and postcards for you to take with you when you go.

The Mead is open until 9:30 pm on school nights, so be sure to stop by before the semester ends!

Please Note:
The Mead is only open for on-campus students, faculty, and staff at this time.

Please remember to wear your Amherst College ID in order to enter the museum. All visitors are required to wear masks and keep six feet apart from others inside the museum. The Mead has a limited capacity to ensure physical distancing. We cannot permit guests or visitors who do not have an Amherst College ID to enter the Mead at this time.

We hope to welcome our friends, neighbors, and out-of-town visitors back to the Mead after the COVID-19 crisis.

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Conversation & Dessert

Conversation & Dessert

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Virtual, zoom

New Student Programs is excited to offer the new series "Conversation & Desserts." This is an opportunity to get to know other students both on- and off- campus in an informal conversation. Participants who are on campus will receive a box of sweets in their campus mail box. Unfortunately we are not able to offer this to our remote students - but we still hope you participate! 'Seats' will be offered on a 'first come - first served' basis. Once 'seats' are filled, a waitlist will be maintained for additional seats.

Registration Required
Conversation & Dessert

Conversation & Dessert

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Virtual, zoom

New Student Programs is excited to offer the new series "Conversation & Desserts." This is an opportunity to get to know other students both on- and off- campus in an informal conversation. Participants who are on campus will receive a box of sweets in their campus mail box. Unfortunately we are not able to offer this to our remote students - but we still hope you participate! 'Seats' will be offered on a 'first come - first served' basis. Once 'seats' are filled, a waitlist will be maintained for additional seats.

Registration Required
Conversation & Dessert

Conversation & Dessert

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Virtual, Zoom

New Student Programs is excited to offer the new series "Conversation & Desserts." This is an opportunity to get to know other students both on- and off- campus in an informal conversation. Participants who are on campus will receive a box of sweets in their campus mail box. Unfortunately we are not able to offer this to our remote students - but we still hope you participate! 'Seats' will be offered on a 'first come - first served' basis. Once 'seats' are filled, a waitlist will be maintained for additional seats.

Registration Required

Sun, Nov 15, 2020

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Conversation & Dessert

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Virtual, zoom

New Student Programs is excited to offer the new series "Conversation & Desserts." This is an opportunity to get to know other students both on- and off- campus in an informal conversation. Participants who are on campus will receive a box of sweets in their campus mail box. Unfortunately we are not able to offer this to our remote students - but we still hope you participate! 'Seats' will be offered on a 'first come - first served' basis. Once 'seats' are filled, a waitlist will be maintained for additional seats.

Registration Required

Mon, Nov 16, 2020

Movement and Mindfulness Morning Workshops with Molly Kitchen

The OHR Learning & Development Team invites you to kick-start your day with invigorating, accessible movement as well as a few minutes of grounding meditation with Molly Kitchen. These workshops will set you up for a calm, focused day and provide you with practical mindfulness tools you can use and reuse any time. Schedule these breaks as a fun way to start your week, as well as to learn tips for keeping that energy alive each day.

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Office Hours with Amanda Vann, Director of Health Education: Sleep and Self-Care

As part of the Department of Health Education’s weekly office hours Amanda Vann invites you to ask the Director of Health Education. This week we are celebrating sleep and self-care! Stop by to pick up some amazing resources on sleep, learn some tricks and tips to improve sleep and enter our Health Ed themed raffle! We will have lots of resources for self-care, health resources and some great swag.

QRC: Questioning/Exploring Affinity Space

An affinity space hosted by the Queer Resource Center for students looking for an open space to talk to others who are exploring or questioning their gender, sexual, and/or romantic identities! Participants are encouraged to participate in the degree you feel comfortable (feel free to join without your camera, mic, and to communicate using the chat function).

If you have any questions or concerns, or accessibility needs, please contact Jxhn at jsmartin@amherst.edu.

Please join us via Zoom: https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/99761188215?pwd=bE1ENWhORzl3VGJyWXB6UE9...

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Conversation & Dessert

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Virtual, zoom

New Student Programs is excited to offer the new series "Conversation & Desserts." This is an opportunity to get to know other students both on- and off- campus in an informal conversation. Participants who are on campus will receive a box of sweets in their campus mail box. Unfortunately we are not able to offer this to our remote students - but we still hope you participate! 'Seats' will be offered on a 'first come - first served' basis. Once 'seats' are filled, a waitlist will be maintained for additional seats.

Registration Required

Tue, Nov 17, 2020

OHR Office Hours for Staff and Faculty

The Office of Human Resources is pleased to offer Zoom office hours for staff and faculty as an opportunity to ask questions, provide feedback and receive information on a variety of topics. We will engage in a conversation about workplace developments and communication highlights, and will offer group discussion or private consultation in break-out rooms with HR Representatives.

Please see the OHR Newsletter or the Daily Mammoth for the Zoom link. You can also contact hr@amherst.edu for the access information. We look forward to connecting with you!

Mid-Year Check In 2020 Workshops for Supervisors/Chairs

The Performance Management Process (PMP) is intended as an opportunity for a supervisor or chair to have a conversation with their staff to review progress on the goals created during the last Performance Evaluation and the Mid-Year Check In. The Mid-Year Check In workshop offers an opportunity to review the performance evaluation form, explores strategies and techniques for having a productive dialogue, and offers suggestions for how to prepare for the discussion and goal setting. This workshop is also offered on Wednesday, November 18, 3:00 - 4:00PM.

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Russian Table

Please join us for the virtual Russian Table on Tuesdays between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. EST. Russian Table offers an opportunity to gather and converse with other Russian-language learners and teachers. Come for the whole time or drop in for a shorter conversation; all levels of Russian speakers very welcome!
Please be in touch with Kristina Diachenko (kdiachenko@amherst.edu) in order to receive the Zoom link.

Mid-Year Check In 2020 Workshops for Staff

The Performance Management Process is intended as an opportunity for a supervisor or chair to have a conversation with their staff to review progress on the goals created during the last Performance Evaluation and the Mid-Year Check In. The Mid-Year Check In Training offers an opportunity to review the performance evaluation form, explores strategies and techniques for having a productive dialogue, and offers suggestions for how to prepare for the discussion and set goals. This workshop is also offered on Wednesday, November 18, 10:00 - 11:00 AM.

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Loeb Center Student Affinity Group Focus Groups

The Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning wants to hear from you!

The Loeb Center is committed to creating an inclusive and supportive environment for all Amherst students regardless of their backgrounds. We need your help to achieve that goal. Do you have suggestions about programming or resources the Loeb Center can implement to support students across affinity groups? Would you like to share your experiences searching for internships and/or jobs to give the Loeb Center better insight into the needs of you and your peers?

Please consider signing up to participate in a Loeb Center Affinity Group Focus Group session, which will consist of a small discussion via Zoom, facilitated by trained Loeb Center student workers.

Register to participate on Handshake, and if you have any questions, please contact Victoria Wilson at vwilson@amherst.edu.

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Amherst Buddhist Group: Guided Meditation and Discussion

Whether you're an experienced meditator or brand new to the practice, whether you identify as Buddhist or are just curious about the teachings, come join us to slow down, relax, and gain self-awareness tools. Sessions include guided meditation and discussion. New topic each week. Focused toward students, with faculty and staff welcome.
Please click here for the Zoom link. For more info please email interim Buddhist Advisor Harrison Blum (hblum@amherst.edu).

Wed, Nov 18, 2020

PA Self-Care Story Takeovers!

Get to know the PAs' self care routines and strategies, and learn about survivor support tips and resources! Every Wednesday on our instagram story, @amherst_pa, one of our very own PAs will be taking over the story to showcase their favorite self-care activities and tips, as well as highlighting survivor support resources! Get inspired by our go-to strategies, try out some new ways to treat yourself, and remember that the Amherst community is here for you!

Swift Skills Collection: Celebrate Others

When was the last time you highlighted a colleague for their good work? Why do we not build celebration into the culture of our groups? This session will focus on celebrating those around us as a tool for supporting comradery and community.

Mid-Year Check In 2020 Workshops for Staff

The Performance Management Process is intended as an opportunity for a supervisor or chair to have a conversation with their staff to review progress on the goals created during the last Performance Evaluation and the Mid-Year Check In. The Mid-Year Check In Training offers an opportunity to review the performance evaluation form, explores strategies and techniques for having a productive dialogue, and offers suggestions for how to prepare for the discussion and set goals. This workshop is also offered on Tuesday, November 17, 3:00 - 4:00 PM.

Waving Worry Goodbye: Strategies to Manage Anxiety

OHR Learning & Development invites you to a live webinar presented by the EAP, New Directions.
Anxiety can be an occasional visitor or a long-term guest. Research shows that most anxiety is best managed with behavior intervention. This training will empower individuals to assess their personal anxiety and integrate specific behavior practices to increase relaxation and calm.

Health Education Office Hours - Ask the Alcohol & Other Drugs Educator!

As part of the Department of Health Education’s weekly office hours, Ashley Netanel invites you to stop by and Ask the Alcohol & Other Drugs Educator! Come by Val Tent #4 in front of the Mead on Wednesdays between 1-3 p.m. to meet the AOD educator, ask any questions you may have about alcohol or other substance use, and pick up some free health resources and swag! See the calendar below for a schedule of specific AOD topics that will be highlighted during each week at Ask the Alcohol & Other Drugs Educator. Drop in to talk about the topics that peak your interest, or feel free to come during any week to chat about alcohol or other drug use, supporting a friend, recovery and sober curiosity, and wellbeing as a whole.

Ask the AOD Educator! Topic Schedule:

Wed. September 16 - Navigating AOD & COVID-19

Wed. September 23 - Meet the SHEs - Hosted by the Student Health Educators

Wed. September 30 - Sober Curious - Creating intentional relationships to substances

Wed. October 7 - Collegiate Recovery - Being in recovery (and being a recovery ally) while in college

Wed, October 14 - Cannabis & You - Everything you want know about cannabis

Wed. October 21 - Other Drugs - What to think about when dabbling in other substance use

Wed. October 28 - Sex & Substances

Wed. November 4 - AOD & Social Justice - How the story and legislation of substance use intersects with identity and activism

Wed. November 11 - AOD & Sleep - Understanding the impact of substances so you can get your best night's sleep

Wed. November 18 - AOD at Amherst - How does AOD show up in our community and how can we care for each other

Note that Health Education Office Hours will be held as long as weather permits. In the event of inclement weather, that given week’s Office Hours/Ask the AOD Educator will be cancelled. If you want to learn more about any of the above topics, reach out to Ashley Netanel, Alcohol & Other Drugs Educator at anetanel@amherst.edu.

Waving Worry Goodbye: Strategies to Manage Anxiety

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Live Webinar

OHR Learning & Development invites you to a live webinar presented by the EAP, New Directions.
Anxiety can be an occasional visitor or a long-term guest. Research shows that most anxiety is best managed with behavior intervention. This training will empower individuals to assess their personal anxiety and integrate specific behavior practices to increase relaxation and calm.

Mid-Year Check In 2020 Workshops for Supervisors/Chairs

The Performance Management Process (PMP) is intended as an opportunity for a supervisor or chair to have a conversation with their staff to review progress on the goals created during the last Performance Evaluation and the Mid-Year Check In. The Mid-Year Check In workshop offers an opportunity to review the performance evaluation form, explores strategies and techniques for having a productive dialogue, and offers suggestions for how to prepare for the discussion and goal setting. This workshop is also offered on Tuesday, November 17, 10:00 - 11:00 AM.

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QRC/CC: Real Talk

Join the Queer Resource Center staff and Dr. Darien McFadden & Dr. Sarah Erickson from the Counseling Center for a open discussion and support space centering conversations concerning our current moment, navigating gender, sexuality, identity at large, and what it means to be LGBTQ+ at Amherst and beyond.

For accessibility questions or concerns, please contact jsmartin@amherst.edu or call 413.542.5964

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AC Jazz Virtual Concerts

The Jazz Performance Program at Amherst College presents an evening of performances featuring two Jazz Combos and the Jazz Ensemble performing a wide spectrum of jazz styles.

The evening starts at 6 p.m. with Jazz Combo Hale-Bopp and continues at 7:30 p.m. with Jazz Combo Hyakutake. At 9 p.m., the Jazz Ensemble concludes the evening’s performances.

These three performances will be livestreamed from the stage in Buckley Recital Hall, Arms Music Center, on the Amherst College campus. This will be the final in-person jazz performance of the fall semester.

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Black Law Students Association at Fordham University School of Law: Info Session and Q&A

The Black Law Students Association at Fordham University School of Law, in partnership with Amherst College's Loeb Center for Career Exploration & Planning, invites you to a virtual chat hosted by a Fordham Law student and Amherst College alum, Shayonna Cato (Class of 2013).

In this session, Shayonna will discuss her Fordham Law experience and answer any questions attendees may have about the law school admissions process and Fordham Law. This event is open to any students who are applying to or are interested in attending law school or Fordham Law.

Thu, Nov 19, 2020

OHR Office Hours for Supervisors/Department Chairs

The Office of Human Resources is pleased to offer Zoom office hours for staff and faculty as an opportunity to ask questions, provide feedback and receive information on a variety of topics. We will review recent communications and important developments in the workplace as the semester progresses, and provide a resource takeaway to support effective communication within departments. You will also have opportunities to hear specific tips and best practice examples from other supervisors/department chairs.

Please see the OHR Newsletter or the Daily Mammoth for the Zoom link. You can also contact hr@amherst.edu for the access information.

We look forward to connecting with you!

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Performance Project

Theater and Dance presents Performance Project, a showcase of original student work.

Christianna Mariano ’21’s Endogenous is a video exploration into the idea of cell determination – the moment a cell decides what it will specialize in. She invites you to explore this idea and what it might mean to you through images and sounds from her grandmother's garden. Lighting and imagery for videos were created in collaboration with Helen Feibes '23, Gabriella Moore '23 and Hee Won Youn '23.

Maya Mizrahi ‘21’s Monochrome reflects on teacher and mentor Ilya Gaft and his experience as a principal ballet dancer in the Soviet Union. Ilya graduated from the Leningrad Choreographic Academy under the direction of Alexander Pushkin and Agrippina Vaganova. He went on to become a principal dancer, primarily performing in the Mikhailovsky Theater (formerly the Maly Opera Theater). Gaft's philosophy and artistry has been one of Maya’s biggest influences as a dancer, artist and person. Videography and visual effects editing is by Amalia Roy '21, and sound design is by MacKenzie Kugel.

Psych '93, by Daniel Rendon ’21, asks: Where is the line that separates the sane from the insane? Is this a solid line? Does it even exist? Welcome to the exploration of the uncomfortable. Lighting is by Henry Bassett '23 and Emma Daitz '23.

The Amherst Experience? (Rescheduled)

How has alcohol impacted your experience at Amherst? This is a space for people to share their experiences, perspectives, and impacts. Our hope is to build community, create space to talk about personal experiences--the good, the bad, the ugly--and explore what we want our campus culture to look like. All are welcome.

Rescheduled from November 12th due to technical difficulties, now on Thursday, November 19th at 5 p.m. Eastern. Zoom link: tinyurl.com/acexperience

If you have questions or would like more information, please reach out to anetanel@amherst.edu.

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BMO Capital Markets Presents: Understanding SPACs

Have you ever wondered what BMO stands for? Have you been considering whether finance, investment banking or investing in general is right for you? Are you curious what a SPAC is?

Now is your opportunity to LEARN. In this session, Mike Cippoletti ’94, Managing Director and Head of Food, Consumer & Retail at BMO Capital Markets, will first give a short (10 minute) presentation about BMO, including information on their diversity & inclusion initiatives. Then, his colleague, Brian DiCaprio, will provide an overview of SPACs and their rising prominence in the finance industry. After this 20-minute presentation, there will be time for Q&A, followed by breakout rooms for diversity candidates (BIPOC, Women, LGBTQ+ community, etc.) to meet with BMO representatives and hear firsthand what it’s like at the company.

Presenters strongly encourage attendees to read this quick primer on SPACs BEFORE the event, if possible: https://capitalmarkets.bmo.com/en/news-insights/covid-19-insights/specta...

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Biology Study Sessions

Want a buddy while working on Biology? Drop by the virtual Biology study sessions for a space to be productive! Whether studying silently together in the homeroom or working on an assignment with others in a breakout room, you can build community while getting work done.
Zoom link: bit.ly/2ZGbPAX or Meeting ID: 939 140 9559.

Fri, Nov 20, 2020

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Peer Advocates for Sexual Respect Resource Panel

All day Peer Advocate Social Media Pages

Join the Peer Advocates as we provide on- and off-campus resources on our social media pages (Facebook and Instagram)! We will be spotlighting members of the community who have done significant work in the fields of sexual respect and survivor support weekly on Fridays.

Movement and Mindfulness Morning Workshops with Brenna Werme

The OHR Learning & Development Team invites you to set the tone for your day by calming your nervous system and connecting with ease to your body and breath. These workshops will give you quick, easy tools to reset and release stagnant energy throughout your day.

Health Education Office Hours with the Sexual Respect Educator

11:00 am - 1:00 pm Val Quad Tent #4

The Department of Health Education will be holding weekly office hours. Stop by to meet with a member of the Health Education team and ask a question, find out about upcoming programs centered around student well-being, get some free resources!

Sexual Respect Educator Lauren Kelly will be available every Friday from 11 AM-1 PM on Val Quad Tent #4 with resources, swag, and information related to a range of sexual respect topics including bystander intervention, consent & healthy communication, survivor support, and healthy relationships. Stop by and say hello!

Virtual Write-on-Site

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm Virtual, Zoom

Enhance productivity. Find mutual support. Maintain a regular practice. Write with others. Faculty and staff are invited to a virtual Write-on-Site over Zoom each Friday during the fall semester between 12:00 and 3:00 p.m. Hosted by Professor of Art History Nicola Courtright, and CHI Fellows Ashley Smith and Sam Presnal.

Open to the Amherst College community. Please login to Zoom with your Amherst ID and password:
https://amherstcollege.zoom.us/j/92776199071?pwd=Z1lpRDc2Y21sQjlKckgyc1o...

Meeting ID: 927 7619 9071
Passcode: 335098

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Your weekly exhale: Fridays, 12-12:30 p.m. on Zoom through Nov 20
A little bit of meditation. A little bit of conversation. A little bit of affirmation. Join us as we gather for presence, connection, and a deep exhale. Students, faculty, and staff welcome. Contact Harrison Blum, Director of Religious and Spiritual Life, for more info (hblum@amherst.edu).

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"Come Sit By Me"

The Amherst College Department of Theater and Dance presents Come Sit By Me, a dance work created and performed by students in "Intermediate Contemporary Dance Technique" with Jenna Riegel.

In the absence of human touch and close physical contact, where do we turn for reassurance, for comfort or to fulfill our primary desire to be caressed and held? How can we feel connected even as we remain 6 feet apart? What resources are available to us to reboot our sense of well-being? What inspires us to move amidst so much stagnation?

Assistant Professor Jenna Riegel and the students of the "Intermediate Contemporary Dance Technique" course find solace and rejuvenation in nature and in dance in their site-specific work Come Sit By Me. Please join us on Friday, Nov. 20, at 3 p.m. for a Zoom watch party of the performance! Please register in advance through the button below for the Zoom link.

Registration Required
Conversation & Dessert

Conversation & Dessert

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Virtual, zoom

New Student Programs is excited to offer the new series "Conversation & Desserts." This is an opportunity to get to know other students both on- and off- campus in an informal conversation. Participants who are on campus will receive a box of sweets in their campus mail box. Unfortunately we are not able to offer this to our remote students - but we still hope you participate! 'Seats' will be offered on a 'first come - first served' basis. Once 'seats' are filled, a waitlist will be maintained for additional seats.

Registration Required
Conversation & Dessert

Conversation & Dessert

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Virtual, Zoom

New Student Programs is excited to offer the new series "Conversation & Desserts." This is an opportunity to get to know other students both on- and off- campus in an informal conversation. Participants who are on campus will receive a box of sweets in their campus mail box. Unfortunately we are not able to offer this to our remote students - but we still hope you participate! 'Seats' will be offered on a 'first come - first served' basis. Once 'seats' are filled, a waitlist will be maintained for additional seats.

Registration Required

Sat, Nov 21, 2020

Conversation & Dessert

Conversation & Dessert

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Virtual, zoom

New Student Programs is excited to offer the new series "Conversation & Desserts." This is an opportunity to get to know other students both on- and off- campus in an informal conversation. Participants who are on campus will receive a box of sweets in their campus mail box. Unfortunately we are not able to offer this to our remote students - but we still hope you participate! 'Seats' will be offered on a 'first come - first served' basis. Once 'seats' are filled, a waitlist will be maintained for additional seats.

Registration Required
Conversation & Dessert

Conversation & Dessert

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm Virtual, Zoom

New Student Programs is excited to offer the new series "Conversation & Desserts." This is an opportunity to get to know other students both on- and off- campus in an informal conversation. Participants who are on campus will receive a box of sweets in their campus mail box. Unfortunately we are not able to offer this to our remote students - but we still hope you participate! 'Seats' will be offered on a 'first come - first served' basis. Once 'seats' are filled, a waitlist will be maintained for additional seats.

Registration Required

Mon, Nov 23, 2020

Movement and Mindfulness Morning Workshops with Molly Kitchen

The OHR Learning & Development Team invites you to kick-start your day with invigorating, accessible movement as well as a few minutes of grounding meditation with Molly Kitchen. These workshops will set you up for a calm, focused day and provide you with practical mindfulness tools you can use and reuse any time. Schedule these breaks as a fun way to start your week, as well as to learn tips for keeping that energy alive each day.

Tue, Nov 24, 2020

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Education Politics and Policy: A Conversation with Ruthanne Buck

Through this collaboration between Amherst College's Education Pro Fellows and Mount Holyoke College's Education Division, we are delighted to welcome Ruthanne Buck (Smith '20) to a virtual conversation with students about education policy and politics.

Ruthanne Buck served as a Senior Adviser to U.S. Secretaries of Education John King and Arne Duncan. She was appointed by President Barack Obama from April 2012 through January 2017. Prior to joining the Department, Ruthanne served as Assistant to the President for Special Projects and National Field Director at the American Federation of Teachers.

She began her career in 2001 at the Democratic National Committee, working on women's and LGBT issues. Over the course of her career, she has led major field and political operations on behalf of progressive issues, agencies and candidates, with a particular focus on education. She was raised in Alexandria, Louisiana, and educated at Smith College in Northampton.

Join us for an online conversation with Ruthanne Buck to discuss the current state of education politics and policy, as well as Ruthanne’s career trajectory from attending college in Western Massachusetts to becoming a Senior Advisor to two U.S. Secretaries of Education.

Thu, Nov 26, 2020

Biology Study Sessions poster

Biology Study Sessions

Want a buddy while working on Biology? Drop by the virtual Biology study sessions for a space to be productive! Whether studying silently together in the homeroom or working on an assignment with others in a breakout room, you can build community while getting work done.
Zoom link: bit.ly/2ZGbPAX or Meeting ID: 939 140 9559.

Mon, Nov 30, 2020

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Day With(out) Art 2020: TRANSMISSIONS

The Mead Art Museum is proud to partner with Visual AIDS for Day With(out) Art 2020 by presenting TRANSMISSIONS, a program of six new videos about the ongoing HIV and AIDS crisis, from artists around the world: Jorge Bordello (Mexico), Gevi Dimitrakopoulou (Greece), Las Indetectables (Chile), George Stanley Nsamba (Uganda), Lucía Egaña Rojas (Chile/Spain) and Charan Singh (India/UK).

The program does not intend to give a comprehensive account of the global AIDS epidemic, but provides a platform for a diversity of voices from beyond the United States, offering insight into the divergent and overlapping experiences of people living with HIV around the world today. The six commissioned videos cover a broad range of subjects, such as the erasure of women living with HIV in South America, ineffective Western public health campaigns in India, and the realities of stigma and disclosure for young people in Uganda.

As the world continues to adapt to living with a new virus, COVID-19, these videos offer an opportunity to reflect on the resonances and differences between the two epidemics and their uneven distribution across geography, race and gender.

TRANSMISSIONS will premiere on Nov. 30 at 6 p.m. EST as part of a special online event, followed by a panel discussion with the commissioned artists.

Beginning Dec. 1, the video program will be available to view online at visualaids.org/transmissions.

Visual AIDS is a New York-based nonprofit that utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists and preserving a legacy, because AIDS is not over. Visit visualaids.org.

Registration Required

Ongoing Events

PA Self-Care Story Takeovers!

Get to know the PAs' self care routines and strategies, and learn about survivor support tips and resources! Every Wednesday on our instagram story, @amherst_pa, one of our very own PAs will be taking over the story to showcase their favorite self-care activities and tips, as well as highlighting survivor support resources! Get inspired by our go-to strategies, try out some new ways to treat yourself, and remember that the Amherst community is here for you!

PA Self-Care Story Takeovers!

Get to know the PAs' self care routines and strategies, and learn about survivor support tips and resources! Every Wednesday on our instagram story, @amherst_pa, one of our very own PAs will be taking over the story to showcase their favorite self-care activities and tips, as well as highlighting survivor support resources! Get inspired by our go-to strategies, try out some new ways to treat yourself, and remember that the Amherst community is here for you!

PA Self-Care Story Takeovers!

Get to know the PAs' self care routines and strategies, and learn about survivor support tips and resources! Every Wednesday on our instagram story, @amherst_pa, one of our very own PAs will be taking over the story to showcase their favorite self-care activities and tips, as well as highlighting survivor support resources! Get inspired by our go-to strategies, try out some new ways to treat yourself, and remember that the Amherst community is here for you!

PA Self-Care Story Takeovers!

Get to know the PAs' self care routines and strategies, and learn about survivor support tips and resources! Every Wednesday on our instagram story, @amherst_pa, one of our very own PAs will be taking over the story to showcase their favorite self-care activities and tips, as well as highlighting survivor support resources! Get inspired by our go-to strategies, try out some new ways to treat yourself, and remember that the Amherst community is here for you!