Sandy Genelius

Sandy Genelius

Chief Communications Officer

I lead the extraordinary team responsible for strategically telling the story of Amherst College. We do this with many tools, on many platforms, and to many audiences. Our responsibilities include the College’s website, social media, media relations, event production, overall editorial content (including Amherst magazine), photography, videography, graphic design, athletics communications, crisis communications, internal communications and marketing consulting. I also work closely with Amherst’s president and senior staff to help implement the College’s strategic plan and, toward that end, partner with most divisions across campus on a wide range of projects.

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Suzanne M. Auerbach

Suzanne M. Auerbach

Design Director for Print & Web Communications

I design and produce print materials and publications for Amherst College. My projects include: admission publications, annual reports, posters, programs, postcards, calendars, music series and arts calendars, environmental banners, exhibition signage, museum catalogs and books.

Graphic design is a collaborative endeavor. I work closely with the College photographer and web designer, as well as our editors.

The “visual representation” of the College—the creative manner that text and images are organized to tell Amherst’s many stories—is a central focus of my work, both for print and web. The recent introduction of our Visual Identity Toolkit, which provides design guidelines and graphic elements (font palette, color palette, symbols, a mammoth!) is a great resource for the College.

Contact me about the Visually Identity Toolkit and other design, production and photo search questions.

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Davis J. Bannister

Davis J. Bannister

Events Assistant

I joined the Conferences and Special Events team in 2014. With the CASE team, I provide event logistics and operations support across a wide range of campus events, including major speaker events, student dinners, summer programs and Commencement. This support involves coordinating with external clients, vendors and agencies, and with internal departments and service providers. It also involves planning and executing promotional strategies and designing event materials such as publicity displays and wayfinding signage. In addition, I manage submissions to the College event calendar and message center, and maintain an inventory of event supplies. Before joining Amherst College, I worked as a student manager of campus center operations while studying film and video production at Fitchburg State University. 

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Emily G. Boutilier

Emily G. Boutilier

Editorial Director

I came to Amherst in 2006 and now manage the editorial work in our office. I serve as editor in chief of the quarterly Amherst magazine and lead our office’s news-writing operation. I write the biweekly E-News, manage the selection of homepage quotes, edit reports and other print material, and edit and write for many webpages across the College's site. I am lucky to spend every workday doing my two favorite things: reading and talking. The best part of the job is working with writers.

Contact me with story ideas for the magazine and website, editing questions and anything you’d like to know about our news stories and features. 

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Marcus D. DeMaio

Marcus D. DeMaio

Video Producer/Production Manager

I produce, direct and edit videos that support the Communications strategy, telling the Amherst story to prospective students and alumni. I pitch and conceptualize video ideas, document and live-stream events, and provide footage for off-campus agencies (news organizations/schools/etc.). I also manage and mentor student videographers and coordinate projects with outside production agencies/freelance vendors as needed.

Roberta L. Diehl

Roberta L. Diehl

Director of Digital Communications

As director of digital communications since 2015, I lead the creative team responsible for producing online, print, photography and video content, setting strategies, prioritizing requests, and recommending and implementing tools to improve the efficiency of our work. I also collaborate with IT on projects involving mobile apps, digital signs and online directories, and work with Advancement to support its digital communications endeavors.

Contact me if you have questions, requests or suggestions related to web, print, photography or video. 

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Katherine D. Duke

Katherine D. Duke

Assistant Editor

I research and write feature-length and shorter articles for Amherst magazine and for the College’s website. I edit and proofread the magazine, as well as web pages, posters, brochures and other documents. I can also help you purchase an array of books about Amherst College. In addition to a B.A. in English from Amherst, I hold an M.A. in creative writing from Lancaster University in England.  

Contact me with story ideas about Amherst alumni, the English department, the philosophy department, the Multicultural Resource Center, the Women’s and Gender Center, the Queer Resource Center or the Center for International Student Engagement.

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Rachael A. Hanley

Rachael A. Hanley

Director of Social and New Media

I manage the College’s social media platforms, work to engage and grow our digital audiences, and serve as the in-house social media expert for departments and groups across campus. In addition to curating content across multiple channels, I also run the student group AmherstSays and write for the website and other College publications. I have a background in journalism and institutional social media. I joined Amherst College in February 2016. 

Contact me for any help with social media or with ideas for breaking news, campus visitors or Science Center and Admission stories.

Caroline J. Hanna

Caroline J. Hanna

Director of Media Communications

I joined Amherst in 2007 after working in the communications offices of two other prestigious universities. In my current job, I focus on protecting and bolstering the reputation of the College by identifying, developing and pitching stories to the media that reflect Amherst’s strategic priorities. I serve as the main contact for the local, regional and national press; coordinate interviews and visits with reporters; and, in partnership with Conferences and Special Events, help promote select special events. I also write for the website and other College publications, and play a major role in shaping Amherst’s communications strategy in emergency and crisis situations. As a member of the Town of Amherst’s Business Improvement District Marketing Committee, I embrace opportunities to collaborate with local businesses and Five College counterparts, in addition to my College colleagues.

Contact me with story ideas about the following departments/offices: President's Office, Beneski Museum, Biology, Environmental Studies, Geology, Neuroscience & Psychology, Physics & Astronomy and Biochemistry & Biophysics.

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Amanda L. Huhmann

Amanda L. Huhmann

Associate Director of Marketing

I came to Amherst in 2008 and work primarily with Advancement to develop effective, strategically oriented communications that serve the mission of the College and help increase alumni and donor awareness, giving and engagement. I work with colleagues in both Communications and Advancement to develop a comprehensive, creative, and effective Advancement marketing program that includes development, planning, writing, designing, editing, and production of appeals, brochures, letters, reports and other materials as needed.

Austin J. Huot

Austin J. Huot

Director of Conferences and Special Events

I oversee the planning, logistics, marketing and execution of major events that are produced at Amherst College, including Convocation, guest speakers, multi-day symposiums, Fall Festival, City Streets, Lit Fest, the Pindar dinner series and Commencement. In addition, I serve as the campus administrator for Amherst College’s room reservation software (EMS), providing support and training to campus users and working with departments to enhance operations. During the summer our team’s focus transitions to the College’s summer programs operation, hosting 40+ programs in 10 weeks.

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Willa W. Jarnagin

Willa W. Jarnagin

Director of Web Design & Communications Services

As a web designer and front-end developer, I contribute to many aspects of Amherst’s web presence — from crafting content strategy to writing code, from heightening visual impact across the site to helping departments with their specific content. Please don’t hesitate to contact me for help!

I work closely with the Web Services team in IT, specializing in SASS/CSS and various aspects of interface design. Additionally, I design and build custom sites (see The Common), and work with vendors on all kinds of projects. With a background in graphic design, typography, and illustration, I can make original graphics for websites, social media, and more. Finally, but perhaps most importantly, I can help with the usability, accessibility, and search-engine optimization of various kinds of content.

Contact me for help with your department website, for special web projects, and for digital aspects of the Visual Identity Toolkit.

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Craig E. Kaufman

Craig E. Kaufman

Director of Athletics Communications

I oversee communications and publicity for the 27 NCAA varsity athletic programs at Amherst College. I provide external media relations to other colleges and to the local and national media, run the main Amherst College Athletics accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and serve as the College's liaison to the NESCAC and the NCAA, providing statistics and nominating players for awards.

Christina M. LaDue

Christina M. LaDue

Associate Director of Conferences and Special Events

I coordinate the 40+ educational and athletic programs that make Amherst College their home during the summer months. I enjoy collaborating with campus partners to maximize space on campus, and I secure new business by promoting Amherst as a choice location for summer programs. During the academic year I support the Conference & Special Events (CASE) team’s execution of campus events including guest speakers, academic symposiums, multi-day conferences and festivals. My favorite spot on campus is the view from the top of Memorial Hill.

Melissa R. Martin

Melissa R. Martin

Assistant Director of Athletics Communications

Paula A. Mieczkowski

Paula A. Mieczkowski

Room Reservations Manager/Special Events Specialist

My responsibilities include scheduling functions during non-class time for class-required events, major college events, student groups, faculty/staff-sponsored events and external groups. I also advise campus on space availability, suitability, room arrangements, a/v supports and college policies on use of space. In addition, my work involves setting standards for use of campus space by external clients, issuing contracts and guaranteeing insurance compliance and external billing. I advise and collaborate with internal and external event planners, coordinate support services that maximize use of campus resources to achieve client satisfaction, provide support for the director of CASE, assist with annual and special College events, process all billing for events and purchase event supplies. I assist with Commencement housing, and with faculty/administration regalia for Convocation and Commencement. I am also the primary event person for Fall Festival and City Streets.
Victoria M. Nardone

Victoria M. Nardone

Events Assistant

I am primarily involved with major speaker events and Commencement. I work with distinguished guest speakers and their representatives to coordinate event design, marketing and logistics for both lectures and multi-day conferences. I also assist with Commencement and am responsible for coordination of the E dinner and Commencement celebrations. Additionally, I support the Pindar Field dinner series, the seasonal festivals and the Summer Programs operation.

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Rachel L. Rogol

Rachel L. Rogol

Associate Director of Marketing and Communications

I work to develop effective, strategically oriented communications that serve the mission of the College and, in particular, strengthen the reputation and impact of our arts programs and museums. I oversee the Arts & Museums web pages, event calendar and social media accounts; the monthly Arts & Museums: Happenings Ahead enewsletter; and the fall and spring Arts at Amherst event brochures. I assist faculty and staff with promoting their events and initiatives, and strengthening the design, content and navigation of their department web pages. I also write for the website and other College publications, and play a major role in programming and publicizing LitFest, the College’s annual literary festival.

Contact me with story ideas about: Art & the History of Art, Center for Humanistic Inquiry, Center for Russian Culture, The Common literary magazine, Emily Dickinson Museum, Film & Media Studies, Folger Fellows, Folger Shakespeare Library, Mead Art Museum, Music, Russian, Theater & Dance, Visiting Writers Series

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Maria Stenzel

Maria Stenzel

Photographer/Photography Services Manager

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William E. Sweet

William E. Sweet

News Writer

Since 2011, I have had the immensely pleasurable task of telling the stories of the College: its history, its courses, its news-making alumni, its dedicated faculty and staff, and —especially— its passionate and driven students. My work at Amherst largely takes the form of articles on this website and in the alumni magazine, but it has also included crafting program brochures, news releases, audio and video. I am also tasked with keeping an eye out for when Amherst achievements get acclaimed in the external media. Having spent most of my adult life in the field of print journalism, this is an interesting switch in perspective. 

As is the case with the best news writing, writing about Amherst means to me that I am always learning something new. Plus, because it’s Amherst, my “to read” list of books gets perpetually lengthened. For a writer, this is bliss.

Contact me with story ideas about the following departments/offices: Chemistry, Classics, Computer Science, Economics, German, LJST, Mathematics & Statistics, Sexuality, Women’s & Gender Studies, Fellowships, Library and Archives.

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Katharine H. Whittemore

I write articles for the College's website and alumni magazine on a truly gratifying range of topics. I have also created communications pieces for other departments on campus. My time at Amherst began in early 2017, after having been an editor at several great-but-now-defunct magazines (including New England Monthly and Wondertime) and a writer for dozens of publications (such as The Boston Globe and Salon.com). My journalistic philosophy is this: Every single person has a compelling story, if you just ask the right questions...

Contact me with story ideas about the following departments/offices: American Studies, Anthropology & Sociology, Asian Languages & Civilizations, History, Political Science, Black Studies, European Studies, Religion, Loeb Center for Career Exploration & Planning, and Admission & Financial Aid.

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Maryann J. Wood

Maryann J. Wood

Assistant to the Chief Communications Officer

I have been employed at the College since 1981. As the assistant to Sandy Genelius, the chief communications officer, I manage her calendar, hotel and travel arrangements, schedule meetings and complete other tasks. I also serve as the office manager and oversee the daily operation of the Office of Communications. I manage the reporting of office budgetary expenses and reimbursements, including processing bills and monitoring the various office budgets. I manage the student payroll forms. I also assist Su Auerbach, the design director for print and web communications, with various publications such as the Commencement programs, and I do proofreading jobs. I also manage the production of the College Directory and the College Catalog.

And did you know that the office provides a postering service to the college community? I have a crew of student workers who will post your posters in all academic and administrative buildings as well as in the residence halls. Please contact me if this is something of interest to you.  

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Blossom Dearie Auerbach

Blossum

Chief Happiness Officer

I joined the Office of Communications in August 2017. I share an office with the Design Director, but work collaboratively throughout our division. My main focus is dissemination of happiness, and finding people to pet me or feed me cookies.

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