Friday, October 22, 2010

Weekly Preview: October 22 through 31

OK - it's a busy week, coming up!  Here's what's on tap:

(Ongoing) Monday, October 25- Monday, January 3. Winter Session Registration, through Continuing & Professional Education. Registration is now open for UMass Amherst Winter Session. Online classes start December 20. Face-to-face classes start January 2. Speak with an advisor and/or the Financial Aid Office to understand how these courses work in your academic program. For more information visit and/or SPIRE.

Tuesday, October 26 (11am) and Friday, October 29 (2pm). BDIC Information Sessions. Cannot find exactly what you are looking for in a major on campus? Attend a BDIC information session to learn about designing your own interdisciplinary major. For the Fall 2010 semester, BDIC will be holding information sessions every Tuesday at 11am) and Friday at 2pm. 608 Goodell.

(Ongoing) Tuesday, October 19 – Wednesday, November 17. Applications can be submitted for Curricular Alternative Spring Break with Grassroots Community Development. Interested in an Alternative Spring Break – doing some community service? Consider taking this 5-credit honors course, Grassroots Community Development (Anthropology 397H). Each spring the class studies grassroots development and organizing through examining ways that communities use local knowledge and other local assets to combat poverty and political disenfranchisement. During spring break, the class travels to communities to work side by side with members of a grassroots organization. UACT (UMass Alliance for Community Transformation) is accepting applications for Spring 2011. For more information or to download a copy of the application, go to their website.

Tuesday, October 26, 2:00 pm. Public Health Group Advising Session for those interested in learning more about the Public Health major. Arnold House 321.

Tuesday, October 26, 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Career Connections Program: Networking with IT Professionals. US News and World Report predicts that jobs in the IT industry will grow by 32% in 2010. Are you thinking about working in information technology but aren't sure where or how to get started? Attend this interactive speed networking evening and learn what skills are needed to start and succeed in the IT industry. Hear from fellow alumni currently working in the technology sector:

- Ed Drabek '82, security assurance specialist at MassMutual

- Tom Galanis '99, adjunct professor and portal manager at Westfield State College

- Joe Guarino '97, CEO of Evolutionary IT

- James Woods '97, compliance consultant at MassMutual

The event is free to current UMass undergraduates. Advance registration is required, as seating is limited. Register by Tuesday, October 19, 2010 to receive free networking cards. Memorial Hall.

Tuesday, October 26, 6:00 – 7:00 pm. Writing Placement Test 2010. Any student who has not previously taken this test must do so before s/he can enroll in ENGLWRIT112 College Writing. Registration for the test is not needed.

Wednesday, October 27, 11:00 am – 3:00 pm. Annual Five College Graduate and Professional Schools Information Day. Open to the Western Massachusetts college community, the Annual Five College Graduate and Professional Schools Information Day offers students a chance to explore different graduate school options and learn about various programs all over the country and abroad. Representations from Kaplan will also be available to talk about graduate examinations. Student Union Ballroom.

Wednesday, October 27, 5:00 – 7:00 pm. Cognizant Technology Solutions Info Session. Cognizant Technology Solutions is looking for qualified candidates from University of Massachusetts who want to transform the way organizations compete and innovate. We’re now hiring for full-time positions nationwide. Campus Center, 804-08

Wednesday, October 27, 5:30 – 7:30 pm. The annual Majors Fair will provide a chance for students to explore potential areas of study: majors, minors, certificates, study abroad, domestic exchange, and other options available at the University. Don’t miss this once-a-year opportunity to check out the impressive array of academic programs and other resources available at UMass. Representatives from over 75 different departments will be present to answer questions and provide literature about their programs. Campus Center Auditorium.

Thursday, October 28, 12:30pm. Resource Economics On-Campus Transfer Information Session. Resource Economics has four options: Consumer and Family Economics, Food Marketing Economics, Managerial Economics in Food and Resource Industries, and Natural Resource Economics. Interested in applying for on-campus transfer? The deadline for your Statement of Interest is November 21 at 6:00pm. Stockbridge 217.

(Ongoing) Thursday, October 28, 2:30-3:30 (and repeating, through the end of final exams, on this schedule: every Wednesday through Friday at 2:30-3:30 and every Wednesday from 4:45-5:30). Domestic Exchange Information Sessions for Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 Exchanges. Want to spend a semester or year at another college or university in the U.S.? Check out the list of institutions in the National Student Exchange ( and also the University of Massachusetts Exchange Schools, which currently include UMass Boston, UMass Dartmouth, and UMass Lowell. Students MUST attend an information session to apply (applications and all the information necessary to apply will be distributed at the meetings).  The deadline is March 1st for FALL 2011 AND/OR SPRING 2012. (There is also a Priority Deadline of February 7th. Meeting the priority deadline does increase the chances of a student placement.) 604 Goodell.

Friday, October 29, 3:30 – 4:30 pm. RefWorks Workshop. Learn how to manage your citations and create quick bibliographies for one paper for for your whole career. Want to know a little bit about RefWorks? Watch the RefWorks video posted on the Blog previously. Library, Integrated Sciences & Engineering, 3rd floor classroom.

Friday, October 29-Sunday, October 31. Family Weekend 2010. Bring your family and join others at an array of activities throughout the weekend.

Ongoing: For the fall 2010 semester, students can only declare the Sociology major during September 15-November 1. For more information, go to the Sociology Advising Office in 720 or 722 Thompson Hall.

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