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Campus Buzz (10)

Signing Ceremony Extends Amherst’s Historic Relationship with Prestigious Japanese University

Submitted on Tuesday, 7/1/2014, at 4:20 PM
With a stroke of a pen, the presidents of Amherst College and Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan, extended for five years a relationship that dates back to 1875.

A Novel Idea

Everybody knows the poets of Amherst. Everybody thinks of Robert Frost and Emily Dickinson and Richard Wilbur and James Merrill. But we have just as many, if not more, novelists.

College Republicans Bring Newt Gingrich to Campus

Submitted on Monday, 6/16/2014, at 11:45 AM

By Emily Gold Boutilier

A year and a half ago the Amherst College Republicans didn’t even exist. Then one student made it his business to renew the organization.

The results were impressive: Former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown spoke at an event to mark the student group’s revival. Membership grew to about 40.

Now the organization is about to host its biggest name yet.

Two Exhibitions Mark President Kennedy's Visit to Amherst 50 Years Ago

Submitted on Monday, 6/16/2014, at 11:43 AM

By Peter Rooney

The photos are atmospheric, historic and dramatic, some in color, some in black and white, capturing the historic day on Oct. 26, 1963, when President John F. Kennedy visited Amherst College to receive an honorary degree and preside over the groundbreaking for the Robert Frost Library.

Bestselling authors Dan Brown ’86, Charles Mann ‘76 to speak Thursday

Submitted on Monday, 6/16/2014, at 11:40 AM

Amherst College will be hosting two of its best-known alumni authors on Thursday, in two separately scheduled lectures that happen to be occurring within a few hours of each other.

First up will be Charles C. Mann, ’76, who will deliver Amherst College’s annual Hugh Hawkins lecture, titled “1493: Entwining Ecology and History” at 4:30 p.m. in Paino Lecture Hall of the Beneski Building.

Celebrating a Campaign for Core Amherst Values

Submitted on Monday, 6/16/2014, at 11:37 AM

By Peter Rooney

With music, lectures, a poet's portait unveiling and a campus-wide celebration, Amherst College thanked alumni, faculty, staff, students and their parents on Friday and Saturday for a successful fundraising campaign that faced fierce initial headwinds.

Reddit Co-Founder Talks with Students about Internet Entrepreneurship

Submitted on Monday, 6/16/2014, at 11:35 AM

By Daniel Diner ’14

Reddit co-found Alex Ohanian talks with students

Optimistic, energetic, inquisitive—Alexis Ohanian is everything you would expect a young Internet entrepreneur to be. He shared his optimism, energy and intellectual curiosity with an excited group of students and fans recently when he spoke in Johnson Chapel. Ohanian discussed his experience with founding the social news and entertainment website Reddit and other Web startups; the direction of Internet entrepreneurship; and his new book, Without Their Permission: How the 21st Century Will Be Made, Not Managed.

What Makes Us Happy? The Answer is Not Kids, and It's Not Money

Submitted on Monday, 5/5/2014, at 3:20 PM

Remember your first cell phone? You loved it. But when a friend got an iPhone your old flip phone lost its charm. You bought a new phone, and the cycle repeated.

This is one example Catherine Sanderson, the James E. Ostendarp Professor of Psychology, uses to describe why belongings don’t make people happy. To boost your happiness level, the science suggests, it’s better to spend money on experiences: take a vacation, see a play, go to a game.

Amherst launches Sports Analytics initiative, seeking to leverage success of its “Moneyball” alumni

Submitted on Monday, 4/14/2014, at 3:47 PM

By Peter Rooney 

In the basement of Amherst College’s Alumni Gymnasium, men’s soccer coach Justin Serpone is on a mission to introduce students to the analytical side of college athletics, and continue building a pipeline from Amherst College to the business side of sports.

Provost’s Initiative Prompts Amherst to “Ask Big Questions”

Submitted on Monday, 4/14/2014, at 8:46 AM

By Katherine Duke ’05

Earlier this semester, mysterious signs began to pop up around the Amherst campus. A banner above the entrance to Frost Library asked WHEN DO WE CONFORM?. Posters appeared on every bulletin board, featuring question marks and the letters ABQ. Many people didn’t know what to make of them. One evening in Valentine Dining Hall, I overhead one Breaking Bad fan mutter to another, “Does that stand for ‘Albuquerque’?”

e-News (8)

Amherst College e-News 6/27/2014

Amherst College e-News is a biweekly e-mail of news and announcements from Amherst College, as well as information about Amherst faculty, students and alumni in the news. To receive this communication by email, please submit your request to

View the e-News Archive for past announcements

New Dean of Students, Director of the Counseling Center Named

Following extensive national searches, Amherst has appointed two higher education veterans to the Student Life positions.

e-News June 27, 2014

New Agreement Extends Historic Link Between Amherst, Doshisha

Ever since Joseph Hardy Neesima (Class of 1870) founded Doshisha University in Kyoto, the university has had a special reciprocal friendship with the college. Last week, the presidents of the two schools signed a formal document to extend the partnership.

Taking a New Look at Childhood

This coming year, American studies and English professor Karen Sánchez-Eppler plans to delve into various archives to study a culture that's often overlooked by scholars, though we all have at some point belonged to it: the culture of children.

Top 2013-2014 News Stories

Major League Baseball and NCAA tennis. A synthetic magnet and a wild moose. A dance party in an operating room and an a cappella concert in New York City. These are just a few highlights of the past year in Amherst College news.

e-News June 27, 2014

'80 Author Chronicles Rail-Riding Adventure with Son

Ted Conover '80 embarked on a "quasi-legal, father-son mission to train-hop through the changing American West" and wrote about it for Outside magazine.

e-News June 27, 2014

Publishers Weekly Profiles '94 Editor

The publication featured the career and life of Julie Strauss-Gabel '94, vice president and publisher at Dutton Children's Books.

e-News June 27, 2014

Your Time to Give Them A Lift

Your gift supports an Amherst education that extends horizons, inspires careers, and changes lives.  Please support the Annual Fund by midnight, June 30.  Thank you!

e-News June 27, 2014

alumni (10)

Alumni Engagement

Building off the momentum from last spring, our goal moving forward is to equip students with the concrete skills they need to develop their entrepreneurial ventures, and to connect them with a network of supporters, advisors, mentors, and peers. We need alumni to fill a number of roles, which means if you are interested there is a way to get involved, no matter how much time you have (or don’t have)!

Family Weekend 2014: October 24 - 26, 2014

Alumni Technology Forum

Welcome to Our New Home!

I want to welcome long-time members of this forum to our new site (and tools!) and, hopefully, greet new members who have come to the new Amherst College site to see what is going on.

For those of you whom I have not met (in person or in the ether), I am Peter Schilling, the director of IT at Amherst.

Amherst College Graduates 409

May 28, 2007
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass, May 28.—Under warm blue skies, Amherst College celebrated its 186th Commencement Exercises today. The college granted bachelor of arts degrees to 409 members of the Class of 2007 at Commencement Exercises at 10 a.m. in the Main Quadrangle.

German Alumni News

Dear German Department Alums,

Please let us know how you are and what you are up to. If you have a minute to spare, drop a line, and an up-to-date photo if you have one, to our Academic Department Coordinator. With your permission, she will add your message to other alumni submissions on this site.

Our warmest greetings to all of you,
The German Department faculty.

August 29, 2013: Congratulations are due to several of our former majors:

Welcome, Black Alumni

Black Alumni Weekend: April 5-7, 2013

Return to campus for a weekend with alumni and students. Register and view the schedule for the weekend.

Black Alumni Listserv

If you would like to correspond with other Amherst College Black Alumni, you can join the BlackAlumni Listserv.

Black Alumni Listserv Guidelines

Asian and Pacific American Alumni

Asia and Pacific American alumni are invited to post an article to start a conversation. Alumni can then post comments to your article.

Latino/a Alumni Weekend

La Causa, the College's Latino/a cultural group, invited alumni, students, faculty and staff with interests in the Latino/a community for conversation, presentations, networking and fun to participate in Latino/a Alumni Weekend 2014. The weekend took place Friday, May 2 - Saturday, May 3, 2014.

Record-Setting Number of Alumni Return for Reunion 2014

Submitted on Thursday, 6/12/2014, at 9:20 AM

June 1, 2014

Alumni (and their family members) listen as Amherst's Aaron Hayden gives a Reunion 2014 talk

Christina Ramos, Associate Director for Alumni and Employer Engagement

Christina Ramos, Associate Director for Alumni and Employer Engagement


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Class of 1963: Amherst College's First Class Web Pages!

Welcome to the Class of 1963

The Amherst adventure continues. More than 50 Years ago, 250 classmates spent four years of their lives together in close proximity. Now the Internet makes possible a new connection with each other. These web pages are dedicated to encouraging that connection.

Class of 2007 (1)


We are saddened by the loss of our classmate Joseph Chow '07 on 9/22/09. Please visit his In Memory page to post recollections. 

Welcome to our class webpage.  This page serves as an avenue to communicate with fellow alumni, as well as post updates on life after graduation.

Class of 2006 (3)

Reunion 2011

Submitted by Francis P. Brown on Monday, 5/30/2011, at 10:41 AM

Thank you for making our Five-Year Reunion a HUGE success!

If you haven't already, please join the Amherst College Class of 2006 Facebook Group. It's a great way to keep in touch with your classmates

And please make a donation to the Amherst College Annual Fund.

Thanks again to all of the volunteers who made Reunion possible, and to so many of you for attending!


See Who is Coming to Reunion!

Submitted by Francis P. Brown on Tuesday, 5/24/2011, at 8:02 AM

As of May 23, 2011:

Reunion 2011 - Class of 2006 Schedule

Submitted by Francis P. Brown on Friday, 5/20/2011, at 1:15 PM

Friday May 27

4:00pm - Buildings of Consequence: Tour of the New Campus
Check out the new and renovated buildings on campus with a tour led by Jim Brassord, director of facilities and associate treasurer for campus services. Learn more about the college’s future plans and reclaim that prospective student feeling. Sign-up required. Meet at the steps to Frost Library.

7:00pm - Dinner, featuring Wings over Amherst and Antonio’s Pizza
5th Reunion Tent

9:00pm - Music and Dancing
5th Reunion Tent

Saturday May 28

Class of 2005 (1)

Welcome to the Class of 2005 Website!

Welcome, Alumni, to your class website! In addition to the content available through the links on the left hand menu, below is an overview of other features available to you on the Amherst Website.

Class of 2004 (1)

Welcome -- Class of 2004

Welcome, Alumni, to your class website! In addition to the content available through the links on the left hand menu, below is an overview of other features available to you on the Amherst Website.My Amherst

Class of 2003 (1)

Thank You for a Great 10th Reunion!!

Class of 2002 (1)

Time for an update

Submitted by David R. Choffnes
Hi folks, This is Dave Choffnes, your new Class Web Editor. I'm tasked with maintaining this site and generally making it a better way for us to stay informed and connected as a class. I'll be bringing the site up to date in the next few weeks, but I need your help. If you have anything you want added to this site, e-mail me at In the meantime, enjoy this welcome from our class president, Rebecca Binder. Dear Classmates:
Class of 2001 (1)

Welcome to the Online Home of the Class of 2001!

Thank You!

Thank you for being part of the Amherst community.  Who knew, arriving at Amherst, what a profound effect this place would have on our lives?  Was it the faculty, the students, the campus, or the food at Val?

This year, more than 63% of our class (281 classmates) connected with Amherst and with one another by:

Class of 2000 (2)

Class of 2000

Welcome, Alumni, to your class website! In addition to the content available through the links on the left hand menu, below is an overview of other features available to you on the Amherst Website.


Schedule of Events for 10th Class Reunion

Submitted by Arthur F. Moffa on Friday, 5/28/2010, at 1:01 PM

10th-Year Reunion
May 26-30, 2010

Class of 2000 Headquarters &endash; Seligman
Schedule of Events


2 p.m.- 9 p.m. Alumni House Reception Center Open

Stop by for registration, schedules of class activities, messages, information on the Amherst area and light refreshments.
Alumni House, 75 Churchill Street, (413) 542-2065

5 p.m.- 6:30 p.m. Dinner

Valentine Hall (Adults - $6, Children [12 and under] - $3)

Class of 1999 (1)

Class of 1999

Welcome, Alumni, to your class website! In addition to the content available through the links on the left hand menu, below is an overview of other features available to you on the Amherst Website.My Amherst

Class of 1998 (1)

Welcome to the Class of 1998 website

Welcome, Alumni, to your class website! In addition to the content available through the links on the left hand menu, below is an overview of other features available to you on the Amherst Website.

Web Tech

Alumni Technology Forum (10)

Launch of the new Portal Page

Submitted by Ellie Swain Ballard

This message was also sent to the Alumni Tech Forum listserv:

As we announced a few weeks ago, the College is rolling out a new portal page.

As of January 24, that new portal ("My Portal" after you log in) is live. We encourage you to log on, try it out and send us your feedback.

Focus Group to Help Guide Amherst College Web Site Redesign

As you know, the College's Internet Strategy Group has begun work on a redesign of the graphics, navigation, and general look and feel of the College web site.
To insure we hear from all interested parties, we would like your feedback on the various options we will be considering, including:
1) Possible site navigation and organization options
2) Nomenclature, organization, and related options
3) Options for colors, color combinations, styles, designs, imagery, and related visual effects.

Improving Amherst Online

Submitted by Ellie Swain Ballard on Wednesday, 12/3/2008, at 10:31 AM

Dear Alumni-Tech members,

Amherst Administrator's 'IT Index' Highlights Trends in Student Technology Use

Submitted by Ellie Swain Ballard on Thursday, 9/25/2008, at 2:43 PM

This article, highlighting the 'IT Index' that Director of IT, Peter Schilling maintains, was featured in the September 24 Chronicle of Higher Education.

The information presented in the 'IT Index' is available here:

My Amherst Web Service to Launch Sept. 17

Submitted by Ellie Swain Ballard on Wednesday, 9/17/2008, at 2:17 PM

Dear Alumni Tech Forum,

On Wednesday, September 17, the college will role out a new Web service for all members of the Amherst College community: "My Amherst"

Now you can find your profile, personal website, RSS reader, college announcements, the Campus Intranet and a host of Web resources in one place: "My Amherst." In the future, more of the "My Amherst" features will be customizable.

The New Design is Live!

Submitted by Ellie Swain Ballard on Wednesday, 8/20/2008, at 2:47 PM
Dear Alumni,
Yesterday, we successfully upgraded our website to the new visual design and the newest version on Drupal 6. Minor bugs aside, it has been a smooth transition. I invite you all to visit the new site (, log in and explore. If you maintain any content on the site (whether for a class, association or personal

Getting Ready to Launch the New Redesign

Submitted by Ellie Swain Ballard
Dear Alumni,

New Design, Graphics, and Navigation for the Amherst College Web Site

Submitted by Ellie Swain Ballard
Over the course of the last six months, a group of faculty, staff, and students have worked together to consider and recommend a new graphical treatment for the Amherst College web site.

The Survey is open

Submitted by Ellie Swain Ballard
Dear alumni,  The Website Redesign Committee has opened the survey on the visual design treatment of the site and we invite you take a few minutes to send us your thoughts. The survey will be open until April 25 at 5pm. 

Community Redesign Meeting April 18 at 12:30pm

Submitted by Ellie Swain Ballard
The Website Redesign Committee will be holding the next open community meeting on April 18, at 12:30pm in Fayerweather 115. This meeting will focus on options for visual designs, including layout, styles, imagery, colors, and related visual effects. During this meeting we will review design mockups. We look forward to your feedback!You can now review the survey results and notes from the last community meeting and survey on site organization here
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