Event Calendar

November 2020

Mon, Nov 2, 2020

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.

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

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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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

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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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!

Mon, Nov 9, 2020

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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

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!

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.

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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.

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

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

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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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.

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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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

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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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.

Mon, Nov 16, 2020

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 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.

Wed, Nov 18, 2020

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.

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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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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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

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

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

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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.