The Conferences and Special Events Department plans and implements major events like Commencement and Convocation and high-profile speakers for Amherst College. The events office also handles multi-day, multi-speaker events, visiting faculty speakers, seasonal festivals and the Pindar Field Sudent Dinner Series. The events office coordinates summer programs hosted by Amherst College and the scheduling of temporary housing for visitors in Lincoln House. Campus room reservations for non-academic hours and use of the Alumni House and Johnson Chapel can also be booked through the events office.

The Office of Alumni and Parent Programs plan Family Weekend, Homecoming and Reunion events and can be contacted at

Department of Conferences and Special Events Staff

Patricia M. Allen, director of conferences and special events can be reached at, or 413/542-8094 and handles queries on Commencement, Convocation, major speakers, seasonal festivals, student dinners and the hosting of summer programs.

Paula Mieczkowski, room reservations manager, is the contact to book the Alumni House and Johnson Chapel and all campus space for all non-academic hours. She can be reached at or 413/542-8269.

Davis Bannister, events assistant, can be reached at or 413/542-5728 and is the contact for the College events calendar and Lincoln House.

Victoria Nardone, events assistant. Contact information coming soon. Please contact Pat Allen for Victoria

Planning An Event?

Whether you’re inviting a lecturer to campus, organizing an extended conference, or planning a student-related or other event, see our Event Planning page for information on whom to contact, how to reserve a space and more.