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Mission: Terras irradient “LET THEM GIVE LIGHT TO THE WORLD.” 1821 Amherst College looks, above all, for students of intellectual promise who have demonstrated qualities of mind and character that will enable them to take full advantage of our curriculum. We seek qualified applicants from different racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds – students whose several perspectives might contribute significantly to a process of mutual education within and beyond the curriculum. We aim to select from among the many qualified applicants those possessing the intellectual talent, discipline and imagination that will allow them most fully to benefit from our curriculum and contribute to the life of the college and society. Grades, standardized test scores, essays, recommendations, independent work, the quality of the secondary school program and achievements outside the classroom are among the factors used to evaluate this promise, but no one of these measures is considered determinative.

04/27/2020
Kaleidoscope Vocal Ensemble

One of Choral Music Program Director Arianne Abela's non-work projects is making plenty of (sound) waves these days. Learn more about her and her Kaleidoscope Vocal Ensemble in this short film! #AmherstProud of the uplifting music she makes on and off campus!

This is "Kaleidoscope Vocal Ensemble" by Brian Gaukel Productions on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

If you're hunkered down right now with some time on your hands to cook, try out this recipe for chicken biryani, a child...
04/25/2020
A Chicken Biryani Recipe That Brings People Together

If you're hunkered down right now with some time on your hands to cook, try out this recipe for chicken biryani, a childhood favorite of acclaimed author Aatish Taseer '01. “When I was 18 and on my way to college at Amherst, I thought ‘I could do without pretty much everything else except this,'" he explains in a recent The New York Times piece. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/10/t-magazine/aatish-taseer-chicken-biryani.html

For the writer Aatish Taseer, a childhood staple has taken on new resonance in light of Delhi’s citizenship protests.

Here are some heartening stats offered up by psychology professor Catherine Sanderson in a piece for the Psychology Toda...
04/24/2020
5 Great Reasons to Adopt a Dog During the Pandemic

Here are some heartening stats offered up by psychology professor Catherine Sanderson in a piece for the Psychology Today website: Recent research has found that dog owners had a 20 percent lower risk of dying over the course of the 12- year study and were 23 percent less likely to die of cardiovascular disease. She cites this and four other facts as reasons to take in a new furry family member during the COVID-19 outbreak. https://www.psychologytoday.com/intl/blog/norms-matter/202004/5-great-reasons-adopt-dog-during-the-pandemic

Research explains why dogs are good for psychological and physical well-being.

In the first of three narrative articles produced by a UMass Journalism Department class for the Daily Hampshire Gazette...
04/23/2020
The Great Experiment: The virtual college campus in the time of COVID-19

In the first of three narrative articles produced by a UMass Journalism Department class for the Daily Hampshire Gazette, College Chief Financial Officer Kevin Weinman shed some light on the questions Amherst's senior administration discussed in making the decision to transition to remote learning and work. Among them: “What’s the worst that might happen here if we do or don’t make a decision? And can we handle that?” The story also explores the experiences of College senior Bennett Fagan and physics professor Kannan “Jagu” Jagannathan.

Note: This is the first of three narrative reports in a special series produced by Professor Kathy Roberts Forde’s “Longform Narrative” class in the Journalism Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.Until the COVID-19 crisis disrupted...

04/23/2020
First Confirmed Case of COVID-19 in Our Community | Messages for all Staff and Faculty | Amherst College

President Martin shared some important information with the community about COVID-19 today.

April 23, 2020 Dear Amherst Students, Staff, Faculty, and Families, I’m writing to let you know that we have the first confirmed on-campus case of COVID-19. A custodial staff member received the news of the positive test results yesterday and is in isolation at home and doing well. I know you will...

Happy, happy 50th birthday to Earth Day today! The Amherst College Office of Environmental Sustainability (OES) is celeb...
04/22/2020

Happy, happy 50th birthday to Earth Day today! The Amherst College Office of Environmental Sustainability (OES) is celebrating by gathering 50 posts from our community. Share a picture, tweet, article, poem, story, or any other form of media that celebrates our earth and advocates for a sustainable and just future. Tag OES and use the #amherstearthday hashtag!

Today is the start of our virtual #amherstearthday! This year is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and our goal is to gather 50 posts from our community. Share a picture, tweet, article, poem, story, or any other form of media that celebrates our earth and advocates for a sustainable and just future. Tag Amherst College Office of Environmental Sustainability and use the hashtag so we can tally them up. We will also be sharing some virtual events and other information throughout the week. Tagging some of our fellow Amherst College offices, departments, museums, and centers to join in: Science at Amherst College, Amherst College Loeb Center for Career Exploration and Planning, Amherst College Facilities, Amherst College Police, Amherst College Dining, The Writing Center at Amherst College, Amherst College Global Education Office, Amherst College Women's & Gender Center, Amherst College Queer Resource Center, Amherst College Center for International Student Engagement, Amherst College Center for Diversity & Student Leadership, Amherst College Multicultural Resource Center, The Amherst College Grants Office, CHI - The Center for Humanistic Inquiry at Amherst College, Mead Art Museum, Beneski Museum of Natural History - Amherst College, Book & Plow Farm, Amherst College Student Activities

04/21/2020
Why choose Amherst? Farmer Maida answers

With the deadline to enroll at Amherst--May 1!--nearly upon us, we asked some students, faculty and staff to film themselves explaining why admitted students should choose Amherst. Maida Ives, manager of farm education and operations at the College's own Book & Plow Farm, offers some food for thought.

What does Amherst look like during a normal year? Missing your alma mater? Check out some photos of our Fairest College....
04/21/2020
From the Classroom to the Quad: Student Life at Amherst | Amherst in Pictures | Amherst College

What does Amherst look like during a normal year? Missing your alma mater? Check out some photos of our Fairest College. #WeAreAmherst https://www.amherst.edu/amherst-story/today/amherst-in-pictures/from-the-classroom-to-the-quad-student-life-at-amherst

Curious about the student experience at Amherst College? Take this short visual tour to learn more about the opportunities, the people and the place. To continue your discovery, check out Amherst in Pictures, Amherst Videos, our virtual tour, and follow us on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagr...

"I think [a sustaining creative impulse] might be helpful to folks who are struggling with the four walls of their quara...
04/20/2020
Harvard Magazine

"I think [a sustaining creative impulse] might be helpful to folks who are struggling with the four walls of their quarantine," says MD and poet Rafael Campo in a lovely Q&A with Harvard Magazine. "It’s a way to transcend that enclosure." #AmherstProud #WeAreMammoths

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Physician and poet Rafael Campo speaks of challenges on the frontlines and the importance of bearing witness through art. He also shares a poem he wrote titled "The Doctor's Song": http://ow.ly/BQ5a50zhA5V

How "to stave off boredom and bridge the distance between our islands of isolation" as we shelter in place? Board games,...
04/18/2020
Classic Board Games With a Touch of Tech

How "to stave off boredom and bridge the distance between our islands of isolation" as we shelter in place? Board games, of course! Catherine Newman '90 shares advice and hacks on how to erase the miles between family and friends--virtually, of course.
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/14/well/family/coronavirus-quarantine-board-games-videoconferencing.html

How to use video conferencing to play traditional, real-life board games with people who are sheltering in different places.

#AmherstProud today of Carlos Adolfo Gonzalez Sierra ’14, who has been awarded a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New A...
04/16/2020
Young Alum Wins Fellowship for New Americans

#AmherstProud today of Carlos Adolfo Gonzalez Sierra ’14, who has been awarded a Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans to support his work toward a graduate degree from Harvard University. The merit-based fellowship program for immigrants and children of immigrants selected Gonzalez Sierra and 29 others for the program because of their potential to make significant contributions to the United States. #WeAreAmherst https://www.amherst.edu/news/news_releases/2020/4-2020/young-alum-wins-fellowship-for-new-americans

This award is the latest of several for Carlos Adolfo Gonzalez Sierra ’14, following Gates Cambridge and Schwarzman scholarships.

04/15/2020
Baystate Health Foundation

A Mammoth thank you back to our courageous community healthcare providers!

Thank you to all those who have come together and donated personal protective gear to Baystate Health, including Hoya Vision Care, Yankee Candle, Yankee Candle Village MA, Smith & Wesson Inc., Kim's Nails, Universal Electric, Sanderson MacLeod, Tower Square, INPro, Dakin Humane Society, Massachusetts Department of Public Health - Stroke, Pancione Painting, Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School, Deerfield Academy, Springfield College, Amherst College, FlexCON, Chinese Christian Church of Springfield, F.W. Madigan Company, Cataract and Laser Center West LLC, The Home Depot, Meridian Industrial Group, Holyoke Social Security Administration, NAPA AUTO PARTS, Hampshire College, Bartletta Heavy Division, Cartamundi USA, Bethany Assembly, CAMM Metals, Inc., Callaway Golf, Direct Hire Global, Franklin County Technical School Alumni Group, Turners Falls MA, Valley Steel Stamp, Belchertown (town), Hampshire County, MA, Town of Ware, MA, South Hadley Public Schools, UMass Amherst, Chicopee Public Schools, AGN Dental Associates Cosmetic and Family Dentistry, Mark's Window Cleaning & Property Washing, North Brookfield Community Veterinary Hospital, Northampton High School, Peerless Handcuff Company, Western New England University, The Big E, Capri Pizza, Quabbin Wire & Cable Co., Inc., Gwendolen Sedgwick Batchelder Memorial Health Center at the Loomis Chaffee School , Berkshire Gas, Harbor Freight Tools, Advanced Vein Care Center, Kellco Products, Inc., Massachusetts Municipal Wholesale Electric Company, The Home Depot, Nathan Bill's Bar&Restaurant, Springfield Public Schools - Massachusetts, Greenfield Community College, Eaglebrook School, and Six Flags New England!

You've truly made a difference during these challenging times!

#AHeartFeltThanks

04/15/2020
Medical Students Called Into Service Early To Help In COVID Fight | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC

#AmherstProud of Gabrielle Mayer '16 and fellow newly-minted @nyulangone MDs who are joining the battle against COVID-19 in New York City! @gabmayer talked about her decision to volunteer with @maddow recently. https://youtu.be/YUM27NhXxfc #WeAreAmherst

Gabrielle Mayer, an NYU medical school student who has volunteered to graduate early to join the effort to staff up New York hospitals against the surge in c...

With so many members of our community sheltering-in-place around the world, we're wondering: What does your work area lo...
04/09/2020

With so many members of our community sheltering-in-place around the world, we're wondering: What does your work area look like? What's outside your window? Send photos! We'll get the ball rolling by posting art professor Robert Sweeney's portraits of poet Emily Dickinson in her space. #MammothsTogether #WeAreAmherst

This week, The Washington Post​ featured the inspirational story of pioneering blood researcher Charles Drew, class of 1...
04/09/2020
Perspective | The untimely death of his sister from the flu inspired this D.C. doctor to greatness

This week, The Washington Post​ featured the inspirational story of pioneering blood researcher Charles Drew, class of 1926, who pursued a career in medicine after the Spanish flu pandemic took the life his sister in the early 1900s. https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/the-untimely-death-of-his-sister-from-the-flu-inspired-this-dc-doctor-to-greatness/2020/04/06/1bcafa44-779a-11ea-a130-df573469f094_story.html

Elsie Drew was 13 when she died in 1920. Her older brother Charles turned to medicine.

Laura Moser '99 may have lost her congressional bid. But the fight continues for this writer and activist. amherst.edu/a...
04/08/2020

Laura Moser '99 may have lost her congressional bid. But the fight continues for this writer and activist. amherst.edu/amherst-story/magazine/issues/2019-fall/beyond-campus/laura-moser-won-t-run-for-anything-again

04/07/2020
Amherst Admission Responds to the COVID-19 Pandemic | Press Releases | Amherst College

Yesterday, the College announced some modifications to next year’s admissions process that are designed to help applicants during the coronavirus crisis.“We do not want them to feel pressure to put themselves in situations that are not in their best interest," explained Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Matt McGann. https://www.amherst.edu/news/press-releases/node/768482

Changes include a test-optional policy and no advance tuition deposit. (AMHERST, Mass., April 6, 2020)—In response to the enormous global disruption that has accompanied the rapidly evolving COVID-19 public health crisis, Amherst College has announced a set of modifications designed to help studen...

Wondering what an empty Amherst campus looks like? It's pretty gorgeous, although not the same without our students, fac...
04/07/2020

Wondering what an empty Amherst campus looks like? It's pretty gorgeous, although not the same without our students, faculty and staff around. Check our AmhCams when you can to see live footage of spring springing at the College! https://www.amherst.edu/visiting/amhcams/quad_large

In a recent Getty Research Institute podcast episode, Columbia University art professor Kellie Jones '81 discussed a new...
04/07/2020
PODCAST: African American Art History at the Getty Research Institute

In a recent Getty Research Institute podcast episode, Columbia University art professor Kellie Jones '81 discussed a new Getty initiative--on which she is a senior consultant--committed to collecting materials related to African diaspora, the urgency of preserving such critical archival materials, and the plans for the future of the initiative. Take a listen. http://blogs.getty.edu/iris/podcast-african-american-art-history-at-the-getty-research-institute/

We love our local community, and our Five College Consortium partners! #AmherstProud to be a part of the effort to keep ...
04/06/2020
Pioneer Valley colleges putting protective equipment in hospitals’ hands

We love our local community, and our Five College Consortium partners! #AmherstProud to be a part of the effort to keep the Pioneer Valley safe.

AMHERST — As the COVID-19 pandemic leaves hospitals scrambling to answer personal protective equipment (PPE) shortages, local colleges are pitching in with supplies, 3D printing technology and on-campus housing donations.The University of...

We'll excuse psychology professor Allen Hart for forgoing a College graphic or photo as a backdrop for his Zoom meetings...
04/06/2020
How to Look Your Best on a Webcam

We'll excuse psychology professor Allen Hart for forgoing a College graphic or photo as a backdrop for his Zoom meetings and classes only because we like him so much. And, of course, because his choice was quite thoughtful and "makes a humanistic point." He explained in a story that ran in The New York Times recently. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/25/realestate/coronavirus-webcam-appearance.html

Check your lighting and be deliberate about the background you’re showing the world.

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Amherst College educates young people of exceptional potential from all backgrounds so that they may seek, value, and advance knowledge, engage the world around them, and lead principled lives of consequence. Amherst searches for exceptional students from across the country and around the world, including from places and populations that are historically underrepresented in higher education. Our financial aid policies are among the most generous in the nation. A successful Amherst student is someone who will embrace our open curriculum, engage our talented faculty and actively contribute to a student body that is diverse in both background and perspective. Amherst College is committed to learning through close colloquy and to expanding the realm of knowledge through scholarly research and artistic creation at the highest level. Its graduates link learning with leadership—in service to the College, to their communities, and to the world beyond.

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