Amherst Works

a newsletter by and about Amherst College employees


Advancement: Managing Lifetimes of Data

As many Amherst College staffers already know, Advancement undertook a major data conversion project in January. With the assistance of countless employees across campus, we were able to combine all of the College’s data for its alumni, parents and friends with all its data for students and employees.

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Online Learning

For those interested in learning computer software and skills, check out Amherst’s gateway to lynda.com at the Information Technology website. There are over 1500 online courses to choose from, and all are available to Amherst staff, faculty and students. You have unlimited access to these courses, and you can take them anywhere with Internet access.

The Grant-In-Aid Program

Paying college tuition for a dependent child can be a formidable challenge for many. Through the Grant-In-Aid program, Amherst College is able to provide some assistance. Dependent children of all regular full and part time employees with at least five years of service at the beginning of an academic semester are eligible for the Grant-In-Aid Program.

Ergonomics and Your Work Habits: Blink, Breathe and Breaks

No matter what your job is or the task being performed, working efficiently does not always mean working fast. Your body needs to change and move throughout the work day to work efficiently. Greater concentration and less fatigue will result if you spread tasks out whenever possible.

Remember the three “B”s – Blink, Breathe and Breaks

Choosing A Greener Commute

It feels good to support the environment, but a load of restaurant and retail store discounts are sweetening the deal for students and staff participating in NuRide, a free program that rewards you for leaving your car at home.

So far Amherst College participants have collectively reduced travel by over 1,300 miles and kept more than $800 in their pockets as a result of participating in NuRide, a service of MassRIDES and MassDOT.

Helpful Information from The Wellness Corporation

The Wellness Corporation, the employee assistance provider that helps Amherst College employees and family members cope with personal, life, and work issues, produces a monthly newsletter that provides a wide variety of information which may prove helpful to you and your family. For example, the “Wellness Exchange Newsletter” section article for October is about “Cancer Prevention and How to Prevent Burnout”. Another monthly section is the “Balanced Living Newsletter”, with October’s article focusing on “Getting Kids Involved With Saving for College”.