Event Calendar

Today - Thu, Feb 11, 2016

Tuck Business Bridge Program Informational Interviews

Amherst College sophomores, juniors and seniors are invited to sign up for half hour informational interviews about the summer Tuck Business Bridge Program. “Bridge,” now in its 20th year, is taught by senior MBA faculty at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Bridge is a one month intensive summer program, covering financial accounting, marketing, managerial economics, corporate finance, spreadsheet modeling, management communication and strategy consulting, for talented students from 60 top colleges and 20 countries. At Bridge, liberal arts and sciences sophomores, juniors and seniors gain early career advantage for obtaining and succeeding in jobs in the private, nonprofit and public sectors. 

Students should go to Quest and sign up for an informational interview slot. For information (see video) and online application: www.tuck.dartmouth.edu/bridge.

Pathways Mentoring Program Information Table

Want to learn more about the Pathways Student-Alumni Mentoring Program? Stop by our table in Keefe during lunch to learn more, view mentor profiles and enjoy some free cupcakes!

The deadline to enroll is February 12.

Cover Letter Workshop

Join us to learn how to write a cover letter that will set you apart from the crowd! Students who are fulfilling their Amherst Select Internship Program requirements are encouraged to attend this cover letter workshop. Non-Amherst Select students are welcome to attend.

Workshops are sponsored by the Career Center and facilitated by Peer Career Advisors (PCAs).

New Faculty Social Hour

An occasion to come together and meet other new colleagues across departments. We meet on the second Friday of every month from 4-5:30 p.m. for conversation. Most meetings will happen in the McCaffrey Room in Keefe Campus Center. We have child care services for those that need to pick up their little ones before stopping over.

Reminder emails with updated locations are sent to appropriate colleagues each month.

German Film Series "Ostwind"

Ostwind (Windstorm, Katja von Garnier, 2013; 105 min.)

Rebellious teenager Mika has trouble in school and with her parents. One summer, she is sent off to her grandmother’s horse farm to mend her ways. To everyone’s surprise, she forms a deep bond with a spirited horse reputed to be unmanageable. But her grandmother holds the stallion responsible for a riding accident and has decided to sell Ostwind. Will Mika be able to prove the old lady – and everybody else- wrong?  Ostwind will be shown in German with English subtitles on February 11 at 4 and 7:30 p.m. in Stirn Auditorium.


Neuroscience Comprehensives

Please join us on Thursday, February 11, 2016 to hear Kevin Mei and Steven Ryu present their neuroscience comprehensives. This event will begin at 4:15 in room Merrill Science 4. Refreshments will be offered. All welcome.

Optional Practical Training (OPT) Info Session + Q&A Dinner

Valentine Dining Hall, Terrace Room B

Are you an international student? Do you have questions about Optional Practical Training (OPT)? Join the International Students Office this Thursday for an information session and dinner, or stop by with your questions.

What: OPT Info Session + Q&A Dinner

When: Thursday, February 11, 5:30-7 p.m.

Where: Val Terrace Room B

Bring your dinner in from Val.

Veterans' Creative Writing Group--open to all

The Veterans’ Creative Writing Group will meet Thursdays in the writing center, 6:45-8 p.m. Everyone is welcome, vets and non-vets. Come; maybe bring a friend, too. The only stipulation is that everyone who comes must bring a piece of their creative writing (fiction, creative non-fiction, poetry, etc.) to read aloud to the group. For more information and this week’s suggested topic contact Roy Andrews at rhandrews80@amherst.edu.

Amherst College Pride Alliance

Pride Alliance Meeting

Come to the Queer Resource Center every Thursday at 7 p.m. for an engaging discussion on topics surrounding the LGBTQIAP community at Amherst and beyond.

Pride Alliance Meeting

Join Pride Alliance for our weekly meeting in the Queer Resource Center (basement of Morrow Residence Hall) on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. where we discuss queer and trans issues, identities and experiences both at Amherst and beyond.

Canine Companions for Independence Interest Meeting

Canine Companions for Independence is a non-profit organization that provides highly trained assistance dogs free of charge to people with disabilities. Every future service dog is first placed with a puppy raiser for socialization and obedience training—this means that Canine Companions needs a lot of puppy raisers, and college students are a great choice!

We are preparing a proposal to submit a new theme house centered around puppy raising for Canine Companions. The members of this theme house would work together to raise a future service dog for Canine Companions. At the interest meeting, we'll talk about what Canine Companions for Independence is, what puppy raising means and involves, and the proposal for the theme house. We are especially looking for people that would like to live in the theme house if our proposal is accepted for the 2016-17 academic year!

If you can’t make the meeting or have any questions, please contact Lindsey Bechen at lbechen16@amherst.edu 

Partners for Animal Welfare

PAW Intro Meeting

Interested in volunteering at a local no-kill animal shelter, having conversations about animal welfare topics, and planning fundraising and awareness events? How about Sugar Jones cookies? Please attend Partners for Animal Welfare's (PAW) first meeting of Spring 2016 to learn more!

Caution: Thesis Writing In Progress

Weekly Thesis Write-In

Frost Library, Center for Humanistic Inquiry, 2nd floor

Thesis writers, find motivation and support among your peers at the (now twice-weekly) Thesis Write-in. Drop-ins are welcome, but we encourage you to commit yourself to the regular time if possible. Research and experience show that most of us write more productively when we commit to a regular writing schedule and when we write among others.

Note the later start time this evening, 9:00 p.m.

Every Monday and Thursday. Coffee and snacks will be provided.
Sponsored by the Writing Center and Library.

Tomorrow - Fri, Feb 12, 2016

Macquarie Bank Coffee Chats with Katharine Rudzitis '15

Frost Library, Frost Cafe

Sophomores and juniors are invited to sign up for an informal informational interview in Frost Café with Katharine Rudzitis ’15 to learn about Macquarie work culture, the internship process, or anything that would be helpful. Katharine works in the in the Commodities & Financial Markets division, and can also speak about that, MacCap (investment banking arm), the risk group or any other divisions.

Sign up for a slot in Quest!

Spanish Table

Spanish Table meets on Fridays from 12-2:00 p.m. on the Mezzanine in Valentine Dining Hall. Faculty, College Staff and students are welcome to join Spanish speakers of all levels for lunch and interesting Spanish conversation.

Food for Thought with Niko Pfund '87

Join Niko Pfund '87, publisher and president of Oxford University Press, for lunch and a discussion about working in publishing. If you are interested in a publishing career, come hear Niko's career story and his advice for students seeking to enter the field.

Lunch from The Works Bakery Café will be provided. Space is limited, RSVP through the Events Calendar in Quest before February 11.


This event satisfies an APEX milestone.

Andrew Dole

Spiritual Autobiography with Professor Andrew Dole

Andrew Dole, associate professor of religion, will speak on Friday February 12 at 12:00 pm in the Keefe Campus Center McCaffrey Room as the first speaker in a new series. Faculty members will speak about their deeply held beliefs and values. Lunch will be provided and there will be time for questions. Future speakers this semester will be: Jyl Gentzler (April 1); Frank Couvares (April 15) and Ilan Stavans (May 6). All will be at the same time and location. The series is sponsored by the Office of Religious & Spiritual Life. 

Book Binding

Making Books

Octagon, Babbott Room

Once you’ve learned some basic techniques, you can make your own unique hand-bound books. In this hands-on workshop, participants will learn basic terminology and practices for book-binding and then will make 1-2 books. What you put inside it is up to you! Write your secrets inside, draw endless portraits of your beautiful cat or write a love poem and sneak it into someone else’s hands. Book-binding beginners are welcome, as are those with experience. Materials will be provided, but participants may bring in papers, fabrics, ribbons, or other materials they would like to use. Taught by Michele Barale, co-director of the Writing Center, and Jessica Kem, senior writing associate. Pre-registration is required (see below).

Queer Talk Poster

Queer Talk with Dr. Darien and Dr. Deb

Stop by for this weekly event every Friday from 3-4 p.m. at the Queer Resource Center to talk with students and our fabulous counseling center staff about LGBTQIAP (Lesbian,
 Gay, Bisexual, 
Transgender, Queer
, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, Pansexual) related topics. All are welcome.

Ilya Kukulin speaks on "The Case of Svetlana Alexievich"

Webster Hall, 202 (Center for Russian Culture)

Ilya Kukulin, professor at the National Research University of the Higher School of Economics in Moscow, will speak at the Amherst College Center for Russian Culture about the career of Svetlana Alexievich, a Belarusian investigative journalist who recently won the Nobel Prize in Literature. Kukulin's most recent book was awarded the Andrei Bely prize last year, the oldest independent literary prize awarded in Russia.

Physics/Astronomy Seminar

Merrill Science Center, Lecture Room 3

Dr. Rachel Bezanson of the University of Arizona and Steward Observatory will speak on "The Surprisingly Complex Lives of Massive Galaxies: Cannibalism, Growth and Evolution through Cosmic Time"

Ongoing Events

Beyond Amherst: Recent Work of Five Alumni

Welcome five of our alumni: Sierra Cobb '08, Evan Nabrit '06, Shane Neufeld '04, Eleanor Ray '09 and Emilie Selden '06 to the Eli Marsh Gallery, 105 Fayerweather, for an exhibition of their work opening Monday, February 8. These artists, all majors in the practice of art while at Amherst, will give a panel discussion on Thursday, February 11 at 4:30 p.m. in Pruyne Lecture Hall, 115 Fayerweather. A reception follows in the hall, outside the gallery. The exhibition closes Friday, March 11.

Gallery hours:10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday-Friday; noon - 4 p.m. Sundays

Love My Alumni Week

Love my Alumni Week!

Join us in Keefe on February 9 through February 11, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily to participate in a photo campaign and write thank you notes to our alumni who help make your education possible. You'll get some fantastic new Amherst gear, candy and snacks to show off your love! https://www.facebook.com/events/725259124271347/