Baseball team to tour Japan with reading list, professors, to play historic games
Submitted on Friday, 8/1/2014, at 7:01 AM
By Peter Rooney
Amherst College played Williams College in the first intercollegiate baseball game 155 years ago. In August, the team travels to Japan to make history again, playing a series of games against Doshisha University, a private college in Kyoto founded by Joseph Hardy Neesima, Amherst Class of 1870.
An unprecedented number of Amherst College students, 12 graduates of the Class of 2014 and three recent graduates, have been offered Fulbright Fellowships to teach and study abroad.
In addition, two students have been named alternates, meaning they may yet receive Fulbright offers, and two others will be teaching in France on French Government Teaching Fellowships, which is not a Fulbright program but offered to Fulbright applicants.
Amherst launches Sports Analytics initiative, seeking to leverage success of its “Moneyball” alumni
Submitted on Monday, 4/14/2014, at 3:47 PM
By Peter Rooney
In the basement of Amherst College’s Alumni Gymnasium, men’s soccer coach Justin Serpone is on a mission to introduce students to the analytical side of college athletics, and continue building a pipeline from Amherst College to the business side of sports.
Since 2011, more than 40 Amherst College students have served as music mentors in Amherst Regional Public Schools, providing guidance for children who want to learn about wind, brass, percussion and string instruments, as well as vocal performance. The program is the brainchild of Amherst Music Professor David Schneider and has been supported by the college’s Center for Community Engagement.
Churchill Scholar: Battling Famine with Bioengineering
Submitted on Tuesday, 2/18/2014, at 3:33 PM
AMHERST, Mass. -- Christopher Finch ’14, Amherst College’s latest recipient of a Churchill Foundation Scholarship, intends to apply science to benefit a hungry planet, much in the way he conducted research to help fellow hockey players avoid injury.
The scholarship will allow the Steamboat Springs, Colo., native to conduct research in plant bioengineering next year at the University of Cambridge in England. For Finch, this award comes toward the end of an Amherst career noted for excellence in science and its application to real-world issues.
Soda Pop Money and Smart Phones: Improving Access with Scholly
Submitted on Tuesday, 2/18/2014, at 3:34 PM
by William Sweet
Getting help with your college expenses just became as easy as picking up a phone, thanks in part to the work of Bryson Alef ’14.
Amidst all the news about increasing higher-education costs, Scholly, a new smartphone app that helps students sniff out the best scholarships, has been catching some attention, not to mention clicks at the App Store and Google Play. Alef, a double major in computer science and psychology, designed the app.