Friday, March 9, 2012

Weekly Preview: March 12 - 16

It's almost Spring Break!  There's lots to do this week before you head off to relax.

THE LAST DAY TO W DROP OR CHANGE A CLASS TO PASS/FAIL IS TUESDAY, MARCH 13!  Course Change Request forms must be brought to the Registrar's Office in Whitmore before 5:00pm.  Your instructor must sign the form for a W Drop, but you do not need a signature for Pass/Fail.  Refer to our earlier post and make an appointment to meet with an advisor now if you have any questions.

Out at Work: LGBT Issues in Looking for and Being on the Job  What extent is the climate getting better for LGBT people in the workplace?  Should LGBT people be out on their resumes or come out during a job interview?  How do you know if a company is going to be LGBT-friendly?  What should you do if you experience employment discrimination?  Join Charles J. DiMare, Director, UMass Student Legal Services Office, Genny Beemyn, Director, UMass Stonewall Center, Caroline Gould, Assistant Director UMass Career Planning Office, and Ron Patenaude, President, Graduate Employee Organization (GEO) to learn more.  Monday, March 12, 7:00pm in the Campus Center Room 904-08.

On Tuesday, March 13 at 4:00pm in the Student Union Cape Cod Lounge, join Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Horwitz for a public talk and book signing. Horwitz, the author of Confederates in the Attic and Midnight Rising: The Raid That Sparked the Civil War, is the History Department's 2012 Writer-in-Residence.

On Tuesday, March 13 at 4:30pm in the Campus Center Room 174-76, join renown Caribbean writer Earl Lovelace as he reads from his latest novel, Is Just a Movie. Earl Lovelace’s books include While Gods Are Falling, the Caribbean classics The Wine of Astonishment and The Dragon Can’t Dance, and Salt, winner of the 1997 Commonwealth Writers' Prize. Is Just a Movie has been hailed by The Times of London as “funny, moving, endlessly inventive." Presented by The Interdisciplinary Seminar in the Humanities and Fine Arts at UMass and departments from across the Five Colleges.

Come out for UMASS MinutePitch: the newest event in the long-running UMass Innovation Challenge business plan competition. A fast-paced, zero risk trial! No slides, prototypes, or written business plans - just a 60 second pitch to win up to $1,000.  This event is open to the public. Attendees will vote on the winner of the $250 audience prize. It will be followed by a MassChallenge Information Session, while the judges deliberate.  UMass MinutePitch Spring 2012, Tuesday, March 13, 5:00pm, Computer Science Building Room 150/151 

The final Writing Placement Test of the semester will be on Tuesday, March 13 at 6:00pm in Bartlett 310.  If you wish to enroll in ENGWRIT 112 and you have not taken this exam, you must do so to qualify to enroll.

Honors Faculty Lecture: Coming Out for ChangeThursday, March 15,  6:30pm in the Campus Center Auditorium.  Each semester, Commonwealth Honors College celebrates faculty who have made a significant contribution to research or creative activity. Join M.V. Lee Badgett, professor of economics and director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration, as she presents her talk "Coming Out for Change." Badgett’s talk seeks to answer the question ‘how does individual action turn into social change?’ The progress made so far by lesbian, gay, and bisexual people over the last century—from jails and hospitals to the halls of power—shows a clear link between social gains and the decisions by individuals to come out as LGB or as heterosexual allies.

TRANSFERmation Thursdays: Off-campus Housing Options and Safety/Emergency Tips, Thursday, March 15, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, Student Union 208 (across from the Hatch and next to the Craft Center). The third Thursday of the month is a special night for transfer students in the Off Campus Student Center. Stop by and learn more about UMass Amherst, connect with other students and check-in with us on your transfer experience. Each night will explore a specific topic while you enjoy a free meal and get entered in a raffle. Please come even if you will be late or have to leave early!  Questions?, 413 577 1005

The last day to declare Sociology during Spring 2012 is Friday, March 16.  To declare, sign up online for an appointment or walk in to see peer advisors in 722 Thompson Hall.  Students who want access to upper level Sociology classes in Fall 2012 are strongly advised to declare by the 16th.

Upcoming Events and Information
Career Services has 15 minute walk in appointments for help with your resume and cover letters.  Stop by Monday - Friday between 12:00pm - 4:00pm.  One hour career advising appointments are available by calling 413 545 2224.

March 28 - Communication Registration Meeting for declared and prospective students
March 28 and 29 - Isenberg School of Management Information Sessions for Sport Management, BBA, HTM, and Resource Economics
March 28 - U @ UMass: You Are More Than Your Major!

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