Friday, October 29, 2010

Weekly Preview: October 29 through November 5

We're approaching the final third of the semester . . . November will go quickly, with the Veterans Day holiday on 11/11 and the Thanksgiving break 11/25-28.  It's already time to be planning ahead for next semester; the courselist for Spring 2011 should be posted by Thursday, November 4th. 

Here's what you'll be able to take advantage of in the coming week:

Friday, October 29, 3:30 – 4:30 pm. RefWorks Workshop. Learn how to manage your citations and create quick bibliographies for one paper or 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.

DEADLINE NOVEMBER 1. 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.

Tuesday, November 2, 4:00pm. New Sociology Major Orientation. Campus Center Room 162-175.

Wednesday, November 3 12:30 pm. RefWorks Workshop. Learn how to manage your citations and create quick bibliographies for one paper or for your whole career. Want to know a little bit about RefWorks? Watch the RefWorks video posted on the Blog previously. W.E.B. Du Bois Library, Calipari Room.

Thursday, November 4, 3-3:45pm. Public Health Group Advising Session for those interested in learning more about the Public Health major. Please contact Lynn Koerbel at so she will know how many will attend. Arnold House 321.

Thursday, November 4, 4:00pm. Becoming a History Teacher. Faculty from the School of Education will talk about their programs that can help you become licensed as an elementary, middle, or high school teacher, including STEP (Secondary Teacher Education Program), and CTEP (Collaborative Teacher Education Program). Refreshments will be served. Herter Hall 601.

Friday, November 5, 3:30pm. Computer Science First Friday Event & Registration Counseling Meeting. Interested undeclared students or other prospective majors are cordially invited to attend this meeting so they are on-track! Computer Science Building, Room 151.

(Ongoing)  Through the end of final exams, 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 to the University of Massachusetts Exchange Schools, which currently include UMass Boston, UMass Dartmouth, and UMass Lowell. Students MUST attend an information session to apply (and will receive applications and all the information necessary to apply). 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.

(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.

(Ongoing)  For the Fall 2010 semester, BDIC will be holding information sessions every Tuesday at 11am and Friday at 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. 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.

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