Campus Challenge 2012-13

Societal Need Being Addressed: Domestic Poverty and Educational Opportunity

Last year Amherst College was one of over 300 colleges and universities to successfully participate in the President’s Community Service and Interfaith Campus Challenge. The overarching goals of the President’s Challenge continue for 2012-13:

Food & Educational Supply Drive Through Nov. 17

Non-perishable food and school supplies are being collected for Amherst Survival Center and the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.  Drop-off sites include: Chapin, College Hall, Converse, Development, Fayerweather, Library, Merrill Science, Pratt, Public Affairs, Seelye Mudd. Help us get a running start on our goal to donate 10,000 pounds of food and educational supplies by April 30, 2013. After you have made your donation complete a participation form online.

Donating Food and DIY Food Drives

A Note From Amherst Campus Challenge

Nonperishable food goods donated at Campus Challenge drop-off sites are being distributed to Amherst Survival Center and to The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. Of course, you may donate supplies directly to the organization of your choice.

Some of the most-needed items for canned food drives include:

Preeminent Chicago Preacher to Speak at Amherst College’s MLK Day Multifaith Service Feb. 23

Submitted on Friday, 2/3/2012, at 2:37 PM

February 3, 2011                                                                              

AMHERST, Mass.—Preeminent preacher the Rev. Otis Moss III, pastor of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, will lead the annual multifaith service in celebration of the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23, in Johnson Chapel at Amherst College.

"Can" with Campus Challenge for Amherst Survival Center

“Canning” is a colloquialism referring to the activity of standing outside a store to collect cash or checks in a ‘can’ or to collect canned or other goods for a cause. Canning, tabling, and other such activities on store properties are at those stores’ discretion. The Hadley Stop and Shop and Wal Mart stores will work with Amherst College groups who would like to ‘can’ for Amherst Survival Center as part of the Amherst College Campus Challenge. Canners can receive 100-1500 pounds of food in just 4 hours. Have fun!

Campus Challenged to Step Up Community Service, Interfaith Engagement

Submitted on Tuesday, 12/6/2011, at 3:52 PM

December 2, 2011

Two years ago, Paul Sorrentino, director of religious life, was invited to the White House to take part in a conversation among college and nonprofit leaders from across the country about how to increase participation in community service and encourage interfaith engagement in the U.S. The discussion was a fruitful one, said Sorrentino, and it resulted in President Obama’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge (ICSCC) for the 2011–12 academic year.

A Different Kind of Audience

By Ioanida Costache ’12

For the past three weeks a group of string players have been working with Professor of Music David Schneider on a chamber music project designed to get classical music out of its traditional settings of classrooms and concert halls.  With Schneider on clarinet, a string quartet composed of UMass alumnus Ben Van Vliet, me on violin, Hana Kommel ’10 on viola and local cellist Wayne Smith prepared a range of pieces to bring to a different kind of audience.