Our Conferences and Special Events (CASE) team assists in the planning and publicity of major College events such as Commencement and Convocation, as well as high-profile speakers coming to Amherst College. The events office also handles multi-day, multi-speaker events, visiting faculty speakers, symposiums, colloquiums, seasonal festivals, and summer programs. Campus room reservations for non-academic hours and use of the Alumni House and Johnson Chapel can be booked through the events office.

Family Weekend, Homecoming and Reunion events are coordindated through the Office of Alumni and Parent Programsalumni@amherst.edu.

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 ahuot@amherst.edu, 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 dbannister@amherst.edu 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 cmladue@amherst.edu 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 pamieczkowski@amherst.edu or 413/542-8269.

Victoria Nardone, events coordinator, can be reached at vnardone@amherst.edu, 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.