UMass Amherst Commonwealth Honors College Class of 2017

UMass Amherst Commonwealth Honors College Class of 2017 A resource page for academically talented students of the Commonwealth Honors College Class of 2017 at the University of Massachusetts Amherst

Welcome to UMass Amherst and Commonwealth Honors College! This page is for students entering the Commonwealth Honors College Class of 2017 at UMass Amherst. Students can use it to ask questions and share their thoughts about coming to campus and also get to know other students. CHC staff and current students are also ready to answer questions and offer resources.

Mission: We provide an intellectually challenging honors curriculum, create a community of scholars, and prepare future leaders.

Remember, Monday is Patriots' Day in Massachusetts, which means no classes! Wednesday, April 22 will follow a Monday cla...
04/19/2015
Holiday - Patriots' Day

Remember, Monday is Patriots' Day in Massachusetts, which means no classes! Wednesday, April 22 will follow a Monday class schedule.

Monday, April 20 is a holiday, so UMass Amherst will not be holding classes. On Wednesday, April 22 the University will follow a Monday class...

CHC is pleased to welcome Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina as the next dean of Commonwealth Honors College, beginning July 15. ...
03/13/2015
Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina Named CHC Dean

CHC is pleased to welcome Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina as the next dean of Commonwealth Honors College, beginning July 15. The Springfield, Mass. native currently serves as the Kathe Tappe Vernon Professor of Biography and chair of the department of African and African-American studies at Dartmouth College.

Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina has been selected to serve as the next dean of Commonwealth Honors College, beginning July 15. An internationally...

H. Patricia Hynes, Board Chair of the Traprock Center for Peace & Justice and retired Professor of Environmental Health ...
03/03/2015
Vietnam: An Unfinished War

H. Patricia Hynes, Board Chair of the Traprock Center for Peace & Justice and retired Professor of Environmental Health at Boston University's School of Public Health, will presents "Vietnam: An Unfinished War" this Wednesday.

Her work is a a photographic investigation of Vietnam on the effects of Agent Orange, three generations of victims, and the state of ecological restoration.

Date: Wed, 03/04/2015 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Location: CHC Events Hall

01/31/2015

Do you think you have the coolest room on campus? Want all your hard work decorating your room to pay off? If you're a first year student living in Sycamore, Oak, or Melville then you have a chance to show off your room to incoming CHC students in our 360 degree room views!

Send a picture of your room to [email protected] by Monday, February 2 for your room to be considered for a professional photo shoot.

You'll even get at small gift for your help!

Today (Saturday) is the first reading day for final exams, which begin on Monday. Good luck!
12/06/2014
Final Examination Period - Fall 2014

Today (Saturday) is the first reading day for final exams, which begin on Monday. Good luck!

The first Reading Day is Saturday, Dec. 6. The second Reading Day is Sunday, Dec. 7. Final exams begin Monday, Dec. 8, and continue through...

Need a study break? Head down to CHC Events Hall TOMORROW from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. for yoga, chair massages and more:
12/06/2014
Exam Jam!

Need a study break? Head down to CHC Events Hall TOMORROW from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. for yoga, chair massages and more:

Take a study break! Unwind, relax, receive a chair massage, make stress balls, enjoy a yoga session, or just chill and watch a movie!

National and local non-profits are in serious need of interns and full time employees. Come to the Non-Profit Career Fai...
12/03/2014
Non-Profit Career Fair

National and local non-profits are in serious need of interns and full time employees. Come to the Non-Profit Career Fair in the Cape Cod Lounge TODAY from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Join UMass Amherst Career Services at this year's Non-Profit Careers for the Common Good Fair. There will be 24 organizations attending this...

For twelve years on Robben Island, Christo Brand was Nelson Mandela's prison guard. Come to a reading and signing from 1...
12/01/2014
Book Reading and Signing with Christo Brand - "Mandela: My Prisoner, My...

For twelve years on Robben Island, Christo Brand was Nelson Mandela's prison guard. Come to a reading and signing from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday in CHC Events Hall.

His book tells the story of unlikely admiration and and friendship during the years of apartheid, and in the transition to a democratic South Africa.

"Aunt: Are you going to live with your parents after graduation?You: Absolutely not."We came up with a few Thanksgiving ...
11/26/2014
Eight Thanksgiving Conversations You Don’t Want to Have

"Aunt: Are you going to live with your parents after graduation?
You: Absolutely not."

We came up with a few Thanksgiving conversations you definitely don't want to have:

(Co-authored by Avery Hennigar, Emily King, Zac Bears, and Marie MacCune)

Interested in the Oxford Summer Seminar? Go to an information session in Herter 601, Thursday from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. or ...
11/19/2014
Oxford Summer Seminar 2015

Interested in the Oxford Summer Seminar? Go to an information session in Herter 601, Thursday from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. or the International Opportunities Expo from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday:

Inspiring classes… One of the most prestigious universities in the world… Flexibility to travel in England, Ireland, France and beyond… 8 liberal...

11/12/2014

Reminder: UMass follows a Tuesday schedule today (Wednesday, Nov. 12).

Registration for Spring 2015 classes begins on Wednesday, Nov. 12 for University seniors. Priority is determined by acad...
11/12/2014
Registration Begins for Spring 2015

Registration for Spring 2015 classes begins on Wednesday, Nov. 12 for University seniors. Priority is determined by academic credits earned.

Registration for Spring 2015 classes begins to open on November 12, 2014. Registration priority is determined by aggregate academic credits.

Set in the aftermath of World War II, "Ashes and Diamonds" masterfully interweaves the fate of a nation with that of one...
11/10/2014
World Film Series: "Ashes And Diamonds"

Set in the aftermath of World War II, "Ashes and Diamonds" masterfully interweaves the fate of a nation with that of one man, resulting in one of the most important Polish films of all time.

Part of World Film Series, join us at a free showing tonight (Nov. 10) at 6:30 p.m. in CHC Events Hall.

On the last day of World War II in a small town somewhere in Poland, Polish exiles of war and the occupying Soviet forces confront the beginning of...

Undergraduate art history students curate the Greenbaum Gallery in Elm House. Working with Prof. Nancy Noble, students h...
11/01/2014
Greenbaum Gallery Student Curators Mining for UMass History

Undergraduate art history students curate the Greenbaum Gallery in Elm House. Working with Prof. Nancy Noble, students have curated three exhibits, each with content from the University's digital archives. Read and see more here:

In the spring of 2013, Art History Professor and Honors Program Director Nancy Noble got a call from Commonwealth Honors College (CHC) and...

“Sometimes we don’t even realize the skills that we have," said Andrea Baker '90, who came to UMass to discuss science c...
10/29/2014
Communication Skills Learned by Humanities Students Boost Them in...

“Sometimes we don’t even realize the skills that we have," said Andrea Baker '90, who came to UMass to discuss science careers for humanities students.

“Roger is somewhat introverted,” said Andrea Baker ’90, now vice president of business development at the Kleinfelder Group, a national engineering...

Maria Regla Barbon Diaz joins us to discuss her work on social and gender equity in community development at 4:00 p.m. i...
10/27/2014
"Transforming Afro-Cuban Neighborhoods in Havana: A Movement for Social...

Maria Regla Barbon Diaz joins us to discuss her work on social and gender equity in community development at 4:00 p.m. in CHC Events Hall. The event is open to the public:

The Integral Neighborhood Transformation Workshop (TTIB) program was launched in 1988 by a city advisory group in Havana, Cuba as an experiment in...

Interested in music at UMass? The Music Department has openings in several ensembles. Contact John Huling at jhuling@mus...
10/18/2014
Openings Available: Join Music Ensembles

Interested in music at UMass? The Music Department has openings in several ensembles. Contact John Huling at [email protected] or read more. Not only do musicians get to perform, but students also receive one credit!

The UMass Amherst Music Department still has openings in many of its wonderful ensembles for students attending the Commonwealth Honors College who...

Overwhelmed by student debt? Scared of tuition hikes? Worried about employment post graduation?Find out how university g...
10/16/2014

Overwhelmed by student debt? Scared of tuition hikes? Worried about employment post graduation?

Find out how university globalization is creating a new class of college students at Ramón Borges-Méndez's lecture: The New College Proletariat and Globalization of the American University", part of the Distinguished Lecture Series on Social Thought and Political Economy.

Join us TODAY, October 16 at 4:00 p.m. in CHC Events Hall:

Freedom Cafe, just north of campus on North Pleasant St., is a non-profit that sells coffee to benefit vocational center...
10/15/2014

Freedom Cafe, just north of campus on North Pleasant St., is a non-profit that sells coffee to benefit vocational centers in India that work to rescue victims of human trafficking. Honors InSight blogger Emily King thinks you should buy good coffee for a good cause.

Humanities student interested in a science career? Meet alumna Andrea Baker at a Weekly Wednesday Workshop, October 15 a...
10/14/2014
Weekly Wednesday Workshop: Science Careers for Humanities Students

Humanities student interested in a science career? Meet alumna Andrea Baker at a Weekly Wednesday Workshop, October 15 at 5:30 p.m. in CHC Events Hall, to see how her communications, writing, and people skills helped her succeed in the sciences:

Andrea Baker, VP of Business Development at Kleinfelder Group, Inc., an infrastructure engineering firm, graduated with a degree in English but has...

Andrew Dosunmu captures the immigrant experience in the United States through the lens of a Nigerian couple trying to ba...
10/14/2014
World Film Series: "Mother of George"

Andrew Dosunmu captures the immigrant experience in the United States through the lens of a Nigerian couple trying to balance running a restaurant and trying to conceive a child in "Mother of George." Free screening tonight, October 14, at 6:30 in CHC Events Hall:

Debuting at the Sundance Film Festival, Nigerian Director Andrew Dosunmu explores the lives of a newly-married Nigerian couple who opened and run a...

Don't forget! There are no classes today, and tomorrow (Tuesday, October 14) the University will follow a Monday schedul...
10/13/2014
Holiday - No Classes

Don't forget! There are no classes today, and tomorrow (Tuesday, October 14) the University will follow a Monday schedule:

Monday, October 13 is a holiday. No classes are held. A Monday academic schedule will be followed on Tuesday, October 14.

Join Prof. Kathleen Brown-Perez and correctional officer Dawud Davis for a Conversation About Prison in America. The con...
10/09/2014
Conversations About... Prison in America

Join Prof. Kathleen Brown-Perez and correctional officer Dawud Davis for a Conversation About Prison in America. The conversation will include racial bias in criminal prosecution, the abnormally high proportion of U.S. prisoners when compared to the world, and more at 7:00 p.m. in CHC Events Hall:

Join Professor Kathleen Brown-Perez and Dawud Davis, a correctional officer to discuss the topic of prison in America. America has one of the...

REMINDER: The Honors Research Grant and Fellowship application deadline was extended to 11:59 p.m. TONIGHT, October 8:
10/09/2014
Honors Research Grant and Fellowship Applications Due

REMINDER: The Honors Research Grant and Fellowship application deadline was extended to 11:59 p.m. TONIGHT, October 8:

The student deadline to apply for Spring 2015 Honors Research Grants and Fellowships has been extended to 11:59 p.m. on October 8.

In August, the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson set off a firestorm ...
10/02/2014
Conversations About... The Ferguson Unrest

In August, the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson set off a firestorm of protests and rekindled a national debate about race relations. Seth Goldman, Commonwealth Honors College professor of communication, moderates a 'Conversation About' Ferguson TONIGHT at 7:00 p.m. in CHC Events Hall:

Seth Goldman, Commonwealth Honors College professor of communication, will moderate this conversation about the unrest in Ferguson after the...

Marquis Pendleton, pursuing dual degrees, working as a UMass Football operations assistant, and Vice President of the As...
10/01/2014
The Extra Yard: Marquis Pendleton

Marquis Pendleton, pursuing dual degrees, working as a UMass Football operations assistant, and Vice President of the Association of Diversity in Sport (ADS), goes the extra yard:

Marquis Pendleton’s hometown pride is hard to match, but his pride for UMass Amherst and its football team is a close runner up. Football means a...

Are you an undergraduate researcher? Sophomores and juniors can apply for Research Assistant Fellowships, working with f...
10/01/2014
Weekly Wednesday Workshop: Research Grants and Fellowships |...

Are you an undergraduate researcher? Sophomores and juniors can apply for Research Assistant Fellowships, working with faculty on a research project. Find out more TONIGHT at 5:30 p.m. in CHC Events Hall. The application deadline is October 7!

CHC is offering a research workshop on Wednesday, October 1st, 2014. This workshop will provide guidance and tips for students who wish to apply...

Come to the Student Advisory Board meeting at 8:15 p.m. in Elm Classroom 210:
09/23/2014
Student Advisory Board Meeting

Come to the Student Advisory Board meeting at 8:15 p.m. in Elm Classroom 210:

Date: Tue, 09/23/2014 - 8:15pmEvent Description: The Student Advisory Board, open to all CHC students, is a group of students who meet regularly...

Even public radio hosts have a problem pronouncing Amherst (except NPR's Audie Cornish, of course). Learn from Meghna's ...
08/26/2014
There's No 'H' In Amherst

Even public radio hosts have a problem pronouncing Amherst (except NPR's Audie Cornish, of course). Learn from Meghna's mistake:

The host of Radio Boston apologizes, grovels and genuflects to the proud people just off I-91.

Thirteen UMass students will be studying abroad as Fulbright Scholars this fall, a University record. The Office of Nati...
07/18/2014
Working to Build a Top Fulbright Program

Thirteen UMass students will be studying abroad as Fulbright Scholars this fall, a University record. The Office of National Scholarship Advisement (ONSA), founded in 1999, coordinates applications to help students succeed. Read how they're building a top-producing Fulbright Scholarship program here:

Since 1999, Psychology Professor and Director of the Office of National Scholarship Advisement (ONSA) Susan Whitbourne has worked to put UMass...

Interested in documentary filmmaking? CHC and UMass are hosting Introduction to Documentary Filmmaking, a UMass summer c...
05/31/2014
Introduction to Documentary Filmmaking 2014

Interested in documentary filmmaking? CHC and UMass are hosting Introduction to Documentary Filmmaking, a UMass summer college program for high school students looking to get a head start on their passions and college careers. The program runs from July 20 to August 2.

This two-week immersion into documentary studies offers students a hands-on introduction to video production as one way to address concerns...

"It took me awhile to realize that being able to be flexible and open as well as structured and organized is the key to ...
05/30/2014
So what are you going to do after you graduate?

"It took me awhile to realize that being able to be flexible and open as well as structured and organized is the key to my success," says Honors InSight blogger Avery Hennigar.

The question every non-college student loves to ask and the one question everyone who still in college loves to avoid. I cannot count the number...

CHC invites students to the Summer Institute for Leadership and Sustainability, a two-week program where high school stu...
05/28/2014
Summer Institute for Leadership and Sustainability 2014

CHC invites students to the Summer Institute for Leadership and Sustainability, a two-week program where high school students engage in the social, economic, scientific and ethical aspects of the human relationship with the environment. Read more:

Are you passionate about protecting our environment for future generations and exploring solutions to sustainability issues? Would you like to...

In 16 years, UMass Dining has gone from mediocre to best-in-the-nation! Dining now serves over 17,000 students on meal p...
05/23/2014
In a Class by Itself

In 16 years, UMass Dining has gone from mediocre to best-in-the-nation! Dining now serves over 17,000 students on meal plans (up from 8,000) and 5.5 million meals per year.

The opening of new retail locations, such as the new Blue Wall cafe scheduled to open this Fall, continues to give the community more options. UMass Dining continues to focus on increasing quality and choice and finding sustainable, locally-sourced ingredients. Read BusinessWest's cover story:

UMass Dining Makes Degrees of Progress

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Amherst, MA
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