A Note from the Director of Human Resources


who's who

Who’s Who

In this installment of our Who’s Who series, we profile three members of Beneski Museum of Natural History.


KATE WELLSPRING: I grew up in N.E. and went to Bard College. I worked in San Francisco and then moved to the Valley to go to UMass for grad school (anthropology). When I finished my degree, I came here.


FRED VENNE: 25+ years of public school service in the Northampton area. The most recently held position was as the Principal for the Williamsburg Public School. Past Executive Director of a social services agency.


PETER CROWLEY: I’ve been at Amherst College for 25 years. I came from the University of Toronto. I received my Ph.D. from MIT and my undergrad degree from McGill. I grew up in D.C.


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Dear Colleague,

It’s been six months since I arrived at the Pioneer Valley and joined Amherst College as your Director of Human Resources. This has been a short but very intense period, in which I have been able to learn a lot about the College’s programs, its goals and opportunities and, most importantly, its amazing and caring staff and faculty.  Coming from the soul-warming Caribbean, my family and I are going through a big transition process, which has been made easier thanks to your support and kind advice...>>MORE

Benefits News

Changes to Retirement Plan - Changes to the Amherst College Defined Contribution Retirement Plan (the Retirement Plan) went into effect on Dec. 2, 2011. The funds in which to invest are being changed: new funds are being added; some current funds are no longer going to be able to receive new contributions...>>MORE

Appreciation Column

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Employees from Around the Country and the World…

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Amherst College Employee Engagement

The Center for Community Engagement (CCE) has embarked on a project to document and celebrate the community service and engagement of College employees.  Beginning in the next issue, each newsletter will feature a story about employees volunteering with community organizations,...>>>MORE

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The purpose of the President’s Challenge is to see campuses develop in three areas: ...>>>MORE

Val's Got Talent

After seeing the amazingly talented individuals and groups who performed during Inauguration Weekend and how it brought the community together, Dining Services is working on creating a weekly entertainment/performance program, Val’s Got Talent...>>>MORE

Beneski Museum of Natural History Trivia

Several specimens were collected and donated by early alums of the College who became missionaries and lived abroad. With this in mind:  Do you know which country the water buffalo came from? >>>MORE