Friday, November 5, 2010

Weekly Preview: November 5-12

It will be another busy week coming up . . . even with the holiday on Thursday.  Heads up!

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.

Monday, November 8, 9:00 am – 10:30 am. Warriors' Breakfast. This breakfast, celebrating alumni veterans for veterans, is sponsored by the Veteran Services Office. Military alumni and staff, faculty and students are invited to attend. Memorial Hall.

Tuesday, November 9, 3:30-4:15 pm. 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.

Tuesday, November 9, 11:00 am – 2:00 pm. Disability Services and Veterans Services Open House. October is National Disability Awareness Month. Disability Services, in conjunction with the Office of Veteran Services, will be holding an open house to reaffirm our connections to the campus community and to celebrate our newly renovated offices. All members of the campus community are invited to come and visit our offices and speak with our staff. Whitmore, 161 and 233.

Tuesday, November 9, 5:30 pm. Campus to Career Program: Alumni 2.0. What happens after I graduate??? The Student Alumni Association (SAA) and the UMass Amherst Alumni Association are proud to present the Campus to Career program, Alumni 2.0, a panel discussion that gives students a glimpse of where their UMass Amherst education and experiences can take them.
Alumni panelists include (panelists are subject to change):
     - Amanda Baldi '08, Comparative Literature and English; Executive Assistant at Vecna Technologies in Cambridge, MA
     - Christopher Collins '02, English; Instructional Designer at the Research Foundation of SUNY in Albany, NY
     - Gillian Gallagher '05, Linguistics; Visiting Assistant Professor at New York University's Department of Linguistics in New York, NY
     - Sara Garber '08, Art History; Planning Marketing Coordinator for Goody Clancy in Boston, MA
     - Christina Knowles '05, Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies and English; State Director for the National Organization of Women in Boston, MA
Seating is limited. Please register at the event website. Memorial Hall.


Wednesday, November 10, 4:00 – 6:00 pm. Veterans' Day Ceremony, followed by a ROTC vigil. The UMass Army and Air Force ROTC will conduct a ceremony to honor Veterans. The ceremony will include a guest speaker, wreath-laying ceremony, a 21-gun salute, and educational information on the meaning of Veterans' Day. The ceremony will be followed by a short reception sponsored by the campus Veterans' Center. Memorial Hall.

Wednesday, November 10, 5:30 pm. Scholarship Information Night. Sophomores and juniors are invited to learn how to apply for merit-based scholarships, such as Rhodes, Leaders in the Making, Fulbright, Life Member Scholarship for Internships and many more. There are over $500,000 in scholarships available each year. Advance registration is required, as seating is limited to the first 100 students. Walk-ins will only be accommodated if there is space and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Register at the event website by Tuesday, November 9, 2010. Memorial Hall.

Thursday, November 11. VETERANS DAY HOLIDAY.

Friday, November 12, 2:00-2:45pm. 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.

(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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