Conferences and Special Events (CASE) produces institutional events, including Convocation, Undergraduate Awards Ceremony and Commencement, as well as high-profile speakers that are invited to speak at Amherst College, symposiums, colloquiums, seasonal festivals and summer programs. In addition, CASE processes room reservations for the Alumni House, Johnson Chapel and classrooms during non-academic hours.

Family Weekend, Homecoming and Reunion events are coordinated through the Office of Alumni and Parent

Students hold carved pumpkins at Fall Festival

Fall Festival & Winter Festival

Pumpkins and caramel apples? Hot apple crisp and horse-drawn hayrides? The campus community is invited!

Conferences & Special Events Staff

Austin Huot, director of conferences and special events, can be reached at or 413/542-7666, and handles queries on Commencement, Convocation, major speakers, seasonal festivals and student dinners, as well as Amherst College's room reservation software, Event Management System (EMS). 

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

Christina LaDue, associate director of conferences and special events oversees summer programs at Amherst College. She can be reached at or 413/542-8102.

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.

Victoria Nardone, events coordinator, can be reached at, or 413/542-2232 and works directly with Commencement special projects.

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.