Sustainability LEAP Programs

LEAP: Learn, Explore, Activate, Participate

Would you like to spend your first weekend at Amherst College working on a farm or exploring ways to solve climate change? Then these are the LEAP programs for you! We have two trips on offer — Farm and Solving Climate Change — both providing you with a chance to learn more about your new home and the surrounding communities, form bonds with your classmates, and have fun!

Dean of New Students Pat O'Hara Talks About What's New for Orientation 2013

Submitted on Thursday, 9/12/2013, at 4:21 PM

“We are ready for you. We have worked for one year on this year’s Orientation. The anticipation on campus is palpable.”

This is a recent message for incoming students from Patricia O’Hara, on her Countdown to Orientation blog. In addition to being the Amanda and Lisa Cross Professor of Chemistry, O’Hara is starting her fourth year as Amherst’s Dean of New Students. She chairs the Orientation Committee and coordinates Orientation activities. And she has the names and photos of the Class of 2017 displayed on rotation in an electronic picture frame in her office in Converse Hall, to help her get to know them before they arrive.

Learning Not to Highlight, and Other Orientation Highlights

By Katherine Duke '05

Hello, my name is Katherine, and I am a recovering habitual highlighter. Nine years ago, when I started my first year at Amherst, I got into the habit of studying with a hot pink or neon green or fluorescent orange marker in my hand, so that I could drag it across any lines of text that struck me as particularly important. It made me feel accomplished and scholarly—I could look back through the pages and see that I had really studied. It took me several semesters and many defaced books to realize that merely changing the color of what I’d read didn’t help me very much when I went back to re-read it later, and it was especially unhelpful when I found that I’d designated three quarters of every page as “particularly important.”

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The Newman Club is a Catholic student organization bound by faith and called to serve others on campus and in society. Our mission is to provide a welcoming and supportive environment for all students so that we may live our faith and deepen our spirituality through worship, friendship and action.
While Catholic Mass is celebrated together (usually at 5 pm., Chapin Chapel on Sundays - see schedule below), we also engage in:
              * Topical Discussions often with guest speakers
              * Bible Study
              * Prayer, Devotions and Retreats