Amherst College Community Service Orientation Program Aug. 29 to Sept. 1

August 28, 2006 Contact: Director of Media Relations413/542-8417

Amherst College Receives $13 Million To Launch Center for Community Engagement

Amherst College Center for Community Engagement Names Molly Mead Director

April 19, 2007Director of Media Relations413/542-8417AMHERST, Mass.—Molly Mead, a professor of urban studies and founding director of the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service at Tufts University, has been named the first director of the new Center for Community Engagement at Amherst College. Her appointment is effective July 1.


The Office of Admission ended the practice over a dozen years ago of having alumni volunteers interview prospective students. This does not mean, however, that alumni are discouraged from recommending students to apply and writing supporting letters about students they know well. At the moment, volunteer opportunities for alumni are limited. Those who do volunteer typically are asked to attend College Fairs on behalf of Amherst, host Admitted Student Receptions and occasionally interact with admitted students who wish to speak to an alumnus/a.

Class Officers

Although there are a number of duties which are officer specific, Class Officers should recognize their leadership position in service to the class and to the College and expect to serve it aggressively in that capacity. Amherst has a strong tradition of class organization which is further cultivated by the officers. The officers are the College’s liaisons to the rest of the class; thus, the College turns to these individuals and enlists their advice and help for a variety of reasons.


Alumni Fund Volunteer Information

Each year approximately 1,300 alumni volunteer their time to support Amherst through the Alumni Fund. Close to 100 alumni serve as Class Agents, the lead fundraising liaisons between the College and the class; they work with a team of Associate Agents and 1821 Chairs, nearly 1,200 strong, to garner support for Amherst.