Event Calendar

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Tue, Oct 13, 2020

OHR Office Hours for Staff and Faculty and Workday Demos

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. Throughout the month of October, we will offer a chance to see what the Workday experience looks like and what tasks you can do in the new system during the OHR Office Hours.

The second half of the hour will be open for general OHR Office Hours. 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.

Planning with Retirement Assets

OHR Learning & Development invites you to a live webinar presented by TIAA.

Your retirement assets will play a significant role in creating your retirement income, however, there are many rules surrounding your use of these assets. When can I start taking distributions? When must I start taking distributions? What happens when I leave them to my loved ones? Join us to get the answers to all of these questions and more.

Understanding Medicare

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Live Webinar

OHR Learning & Development invites you to a live webinar presented by TIAA.
Paying for healthcare in retirement is a critical part of financial planning and it is important to understand how Medicare operates and what choices you have. This webinar will help you understand some aspects of Medicare including eligibility and what plans are available to you. We hope that you will join this educational event.

Ford Fellowships Webinar (for faculty): Advice from Winners at Liberal Arts Colleges

Interested in learning more about Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs? Faculty are invited to a panel discussion featuring three Ford Fellowship winners: Martha-Elizabeth Baylor (Carleton College), LeRhonda Manigault-Bryant (Williams College), and Taneisha Means (Vassar College). The webinar will be useful for anyone who plans to apply for a Ford Fellowship this fall (or in the future) and would like to know how colleagues at other liberal arts colleges have approached the competition. Note that you must pre-register for the webinar to get the Zoom link. If you have questions about this or other fellowship opportunities, contact Grants Office Director Lisa Stoffer at lstoffer@amherst.edu.

Professor Amy Connolly, Ohio State University: "High-Energy Neutrino Astrophysics with Radio Techniques"

Multimessenger astronomy has entered an exciting new era with the recent discovery of both gravitational waves and cosmic neutrinos. I will focus on extremely energetic neutrinos as particles that can uniquely probe the most extreme astrophysics sources at cosmic distances, as well as fundamental physics in an unexplored energy regime. While optical Cerenkov radiation remains the most powerful strategy for neutrino detection over a broad energy range, the radio Cerenkov technique has emerged in the last two decades as the most promising for a long-term program to push the neutrino frontier by over a factor of 1,000 in energy. I will present the latest results from the field of high-energy neutrino astrophysics, with a focus on the balloon-borne ANITA experiment and the in-ice South Pole array ARA. I will also give an overview of the many exciting projects in this field that are on the horizon, and their anticipated impact in terms of the astrophysics and particle physics questions that we seek to answer.

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).

Every other week, 5-6

QRC/WGC: Non-Binary Affinity Space

This space is dedicated to empowering and uplifting nonbinary, genderqueer, gender non-conforming, and gender creative students, faculty, and staff. This is a space that centers people who identify within these groups or who are exploring their identities

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

Students Only

Arabic Social Hours

If you are interested in having more opportunities to speak Arabic, join us Tuesdays and Thursdays for the Arabic Language Social Hour! This Zoom gathering is open to any and all members of the Amherst College community who would like to have conversations in Arabic. You can come and go as it fits your schedule. All levels are welcome!
Please email jberlingo@amherst.edu to receive the Zoom link. To ensure you receive the link in time, please email before 2PM on the day of the Social Hours.

Vote, Pray, Love

6:00 pm Virtual

An interfaith panel and conversation on how wisdom from faith and spiritual traditions can inspire and inform civic engagement, in an election year and beyond. We’ll begin with brief remarks from Religious and Spiritual Life Advisors, followed by small and large group conversation. Join us as we speak from our traditions, experiences, concerns, hopes, and values.

Kaffeeklatsch

Kaffeeklatsch on Zoom = Zoomklatsch!

Please join us every Tuesday night from 7pm-8pm EDT for our zoom Kaffeeklatsch gathering, an hour of stress-free chatting (and games?!) auf Deutsch with faculty, language assistants, students, and staff. All are welcome, including German 101 students!
If you would like to participate, please email your request to german@amherst.edu with your name and email address. You will then receive an invitation to join each weekly Kaffeeklatsch zoom meeting on our Zoomklatsch channel at the appropriate time, which you can accept or decline as always. You can also remove yourself at any time from the Zoomklatsch channel.

Shayla Lawson: A Reading and Conversation

Join poet Shayla Lawson as she reads from her new essay collection This Is Major: Notes on Diana Ross, Dark Girls, and Being Dope, which has been called “a hilarious, heartbreaking, and endlessly entertaining homage to black women’s resilience and excellence” (Kirkus Reviews). A Q&A will follow.

This event is co-hosted by the Emily Dickinson Museum Tell It Slant Poetry Festival.

Lawson is also the author of three books of poetry—A Speed Education in Human Being, the chapbook Pantone and I Think I’m Ready to see Frank Ocean. She was born in Rochester, Minn., grew up in Lexington, Ky., studied architecture in Italy, and spent a few years as a Dutch housewife—milkmaid braids and all. She teaches at Amherst College and lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Registration Required

Chinese Language Social Hours

If you are interested in having more opportunities to speak Chinese, join us Tuesday nights for the Chinese Language Social Hour! This Zoom gathering is open to any and all members of the Amherst College community who would like to have conversations in Chinese. You can come and go as it fits your schedule. All levels are welcome!
Please email jberlingo@amherst.edu to receive the Zoom link. To ensure you receive the link in time, please email before 2PM on the day of the Social Hours.

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!

DVAM Week 2: Native Movement Makers

DVAM: Movement Makers

For the second week of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), the Peer Advocates are highlighting Native “Movement Makers” who do amazing work to support survivors and end domestic violence. Each day a new Movement Maker will be featured on our Instagram story, so make sure to follow us (@amherst_pa) if you don’t already and check them out! Keep an eye out for more weekly updates on DVAM and email peeradvocate@amherst.edu with any questions.