Amherst Mammoth with speech balloon saying Kudos, Thank you, Great job!

If you do something that you’re proud of, that someone else understands, that is a thing of beauty that wasn’t there before.”
— Teller ’69, of the magician/entertainment duo Penn & Teller

Day in, day out, so many dedicated and talented people at Amherst College step up with smarts and grace, stare down obstacles and pull off minor miracles. The Recognition & Rewards program aims to help create a tangible culture of appreciation, in big and small ways. It is the result of the efforts of the Recognition & Rewards Working Group, a truly collaborative effort led by staff from across the College, and has the unwavering support of our College leadership. Read on to learn about our new awards and resources.

Amherst Appreciations

The Spot Award

Congratulations! Spot Award. Amherst Appreciations. Mammoth stands in a spotlight.

Supervivors and chairs may give a Spot Award to a staff member for an exceptional accomplishment.

The Staff Shout-Out

You have received a Staff Shout-Out! Kudos, Thank You, Great Job! Amherst Appreciations

Any Amherst staff member can send a Staff Shout-Out to another staff member for a job well done.

The Mammoth Milestone

Mammoth Milestone. Purple medal with ribbon and the Amherst Mammoth head logo in a circle on the medal.

The Mammoth Milestone is given for every five years of service, recognizing staff for their longevity and loyalty.

The 1821 Awards

Amherst College 1821 Award. Purple Holyoke Range background with sun rays.

The 1821 Awards are given annually to staff who have made substantial achievements or done exceptional work throughout the year.

Herd of the Year

Herd of the Year. Three Mammoths walk together across the Holyoke Range, carrying flags emblazoned with the Amherst A

The Herd of the Year Award is given annually to a team that has made exceptional accomplishments.

Reinforcing a Culture of Appreciation

As part of our commitment to promoting and supporting a culture of appreciation and gratitude, we encourage supervisors/chairs to recognize staff contributions throughout the year. Learn about more ways to celebrate our contributions.

speech balloons saying Great job! and Thank you!

More Ways to Say Thank You

We as staff recognize one another’s work, service and achievements every day. Explore our toolkit and find creative ideas and tools for showing appreciation.

About Amherst Appreciations

Developed after the 2017 staff survey, Recognition & Rewards: Amherst Appreciations is an important milestone in the College’s efforts to change the culture to more consistently appreciate and recognize staff. 

The Office of Human Resources administers and periodically updates the program to ensure it is current and aligned to the values and goals of the College. Questions or comments can be directed to (413) 542-2372 or

We would also like to express sincere gratitude to the Recognition & Rewards Working Group that dedicated their time, talents and creativity to design and develop this program:

Rich Blair
Marie Fowler
Beth Ollson
Debbie Omasta-Mokrzecki
David Perez Ortiz

Maria-Judith Rodriguez
Lisa Rutherford
Arleen Sassi
Michelle Welles
Kate Wesolowski

Kathy Whittemore
Jennifer Christian Wright
Magdalena Zapedowska