Student Affairs and campus Life Connection  

February, 2016

Campus scene

Dear Students,

While it's the shortest month of the year, there's a lot going on, including events in honor of Black History Month, career fairs, athletics, conferences, social and entertainment opportunities, and more. Your UMass experience extends far beyond the classroom!

Best wishes,
Vice Chancellor's Office,
Student Affairs and Campus Life
Phone: 413-545-2300 Email:


Be an NSO leader
Share your experience with new students and parents as a New Students Orientation leader. Apply before Wednesday, February 3. Questions? Email Elizabeth Cleary or call (413) 545-9681.

Join Spectrum
Apply by February 20 to live in next year's Spectrum LGBTQIA+ community. Programming and residence hall initiatives foster connections among individuals with shared interests and experiences.

Seeking summer internships?
Apply this month for positions in areas including science, finance, communications, design, architecture, civil engineering, public service, and more.

Nominate campus stars for a Sammie
Recognize an outstanding RSO, student leader, or event with a Sammie nomination. Application forms are on the Student Activities and Involvement page of Campus Pulse and are due by March 1.

Join a study, earn a stipend
First and second-year students may be eligible for a research study on Epstein-Barr virus, which causes mono. Participants earn $25 compensation for each study visit. Come to University Health Services Tuesdays or Thursdays, February 2-11, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Work with the Center for Women and Community
Join the CWC and make a difference in your community. Volunteer, internship, work-study, and other positions are open to Five College students and staff; priority deadline is March 25.

Three steps to event publicity
To reach more people, post your events on Campus Pulse and the main UMass events calendar. For events related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, select "diversity" along with other descriptions in the primary category section of the form; events will automatically appear on the Diversity Matters website as well.

Crowdfund your campus project with MinuteFund
MinuteFund crowdfunding makes it easy and fun to for student groups, programs, and departments to raise money for projects and events. There is no service fee your group receives 100% of donated funds.

Did you know?

2016 IMPACT conference
Connect, learn, and mobilize at the nation's largest conference on college students and civic engagement, February 18-20 at UMass. Register before February 4 to save $30.

Violence prevention training: apply now
The Center for Women and Community hosts training on preventing and ending violence, February 20 and 21, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"Collaborate for Change" leadership conference
The annual Student Leadership Conference, February 27, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. features workshops and sessions to enhance personal and group effectiveness; register before February 20.

Athletics action heats up
UMass hockey, men's, and women's basketball continue their busy home schedules, while the men's and women's lacrosse teams kick off their seasons this month. The Athletics website has student ticket and admission information.

"Let's Talk"
"Let's Talk" is a free, informal, convenient way to get insight and information about things on your mind. Sessions are:

  • Thursdays, February 4 through 25, 2:30 to 4 p.m. in CMASS, 201 Wilder Hall
  • Thursday, February 11 and Monday, February 22, Campus Center room 177

More chances to relax with meditation
New meditation groups meet Mondays, 8 a.m. and Thursdays, 7:30 a.m. at the Recreation Center; evening groups continue Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m. in Campus Center room 917.

Stress management for international grad students
Learn mindfulness and relaxation techniques, connect, and find support. Group meets Wednesdays, February 17 through March 9, 4 to 5:30 p.m. in Campus Center room 917. Email Ken Reade at the International Programs Office for details.

Spring semester support
Register now for free support groups at the Center for Women and Community; call (413) 545-0883.

  • "Support, Connect, Heal" is open to survivors of rape, sexual assault and child sexual abuse; an informal intake interview is required.
  • "Expression Through Movement and Art," for survivors of rape, sexual assault and child sexual abuse, uses creative movement, art, and visualization techniques to connect to emotions and support healing. An intake interview is required.
  • "Mindfulness and Mood" is an eight-session group focused on managing anxiety, mood, and emotions. Registration and a pre-group meeting are required.

Stonewall Center support groups
Stonewall Center support groups meeting this month include:

  • LGBTQIA+ graduate student support group, Wednesday, February 3, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Campus Center, room 177.
  • Trans and gender-nonconforming support group, Tuesdays, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Off-Campus Student Center.
  • LGBTQIA discussion and support group, Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wilder Hall, room 102.


Wed. February 3 and Wed. February 24 "Films about Film"
7:30 p.m. Isenberg School of Management, room 137
The 23rd annual Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival kicks off with the dark comedy "Memories on Stone," Wednesday, February 3. Cambodia's killing fields are the setting for "The Last Reel," Wednesday, February 24.

Wed. February 3 Relax, refresh at social hour
Noon to 2 p.m. 127 New Africa House
Mingle, make connections, and enjoy a snack at the semester's first Women of Color Leadership Network social hour.

Wed. February 3 Search strategically
5:30 to 8 p.m. UMass Center at Springfield, Tower Square, 1500 Main St.
Find your personal career direction, increase confidence, and create change at "Your Strategic Job Search."

Wed. February 3 Seventeen Samurai
7:30 p.m. Fine Arts Center concert hall
TAO's "Seventeen Samurai" brings together athleticism, explosive Japanese drumming, and innovative choreography for an unforgettable experience

Thursdays, February 4 through March 10 "Here to Career" workshop series
5 to 6:45 p.m. Butterfield basement
Create effective cover letters and resumes, demystify interviews, build networking skills, prepare for career fairs, and more in this six-part series. Email Dylan Larke to register.

Fri. February 5 and Fri. February 26 Get yourself tested
February 5: 9 a.m. to noon, University Health Services
February 26: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Campus Center room 165

Walk in and get tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV. The clinic is open to all UMass students. Your health insurance will be billed please bring your insurance card. Hosted by UHS and the Stonewall Center.

Fri. February 5 Young at Art
7 to 9 p.m. Student Union Ballroom
Enjoy great entertainment at this Black History Month talent showcase, hosted by Soul TV and the Malcolm X Cultural Center.

Tues. February 9 Panel discussion, reception mark book launch
5 p.m. Goodell, Bernie Dallas room
Come to a discussion of "The Slave's Cause: A History of Abolition," a new book by UMass professor Manisha Sinha. A book signing and reception follow the event, part of Black History Month observances.

Tues. February 9 Creole cuisine at the DCs
5 to 9 p.m. all Dining Commons
"Let the good times roll" at dinner, with flavors from The Big Easy and great jazz. Part of Black History Month observances.

Wed. February 10 Career fashion show, tag sale
5:30 to 7 p.m. Goodell, Bernie Dallas room
Get the look that gets you the job, with tips for dressing professionally, finding workwear on a budget, and more; find great buys at the career clothing tag sale.

Thurs. February 11 and Mon. February 22 International coffee hour
4 to 5 p.m. Blue Wall, Campus Center
Mingle and talk with international students, faculty, and staff while enjoying free coffee, tea, and snacks.

Fri. February 12 Hockey and pre-game reception with IPO
Reception, 5 p.m. location TBA; game time, 7 p.m. Mullins Center
Join the International Programs Office (IPO) for a free pre-game reception and refreshments, then cheer on the Minutemen as they face off against Northeastern. Email Ken Reade for more information.

Wed. February 17 "I Love UMass Amherst Day"
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Campus Center
Capture memories in a photo booth, visit with Sam the Minuteman, take advantage of giveaways, and let the university's sponsors know why you love UMass Amherst.

Wed. February 17 Recruiters review resumes
1 to 4 p.m. Goodell, room 511
Walk in with a printed copy of your resume and get feedback from recruiters representing major companies and agencies.

Wed. February 17 Career fair preparation at CMASS
5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wilder Hall, room 201
Expert recruiters offer insights and information on the career fair experience, from planning and resumes to elevator pitches, ways to stand out, and following up.

Thurs. February 18 Career building for grad students
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Campus Center, room TBA
A panel discussion for graduate students focuses on the politics of job interviews, salary negotiations, and identity-related issues. Watch the Center for Women and Community website for registration information and details.

Thurs. February 18 and Mon. February 22 Career fair prep sessions
February 18: 4 to 5 p.m. Goodell, room 614
February 22: Noon to 1 p.m. and 4 to 5 p.m. Goodell, room 419

Attending this month's career fairs? Prepare to be there at a session that tells you which employers are attending, what to bring, how to dress, and more.

Thurs. February 18 Overdose intervention
4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Skinner Hall, room 201
Learn about opioid overdose and Narcan administration at a free training hosted by the Medical Reserve Corps (MRC).

Mon. February 22 Resumania: personalized resume reviews
1 to 4 p.m. Goodell, room 511
Bring a printed draft of your resume for tips on refining it before this month's career fairs.

Mon. February 22 Explore "New Worlds" in U.S. adoption
4 p.m. Goodell, Bernie Dallas room
"New Worlds of Adoption," by Hal Grotevant of the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, explores shifts in U.S. adoption practices since the mid-1970s and the impacts on children and relationships.

Mon. February 22 "Seriously ... What Did You Call Me?"
5 to 7 p.m. Commonwealth Honors College events hall
Master storyteller Onawumi Jean Moss shares excerpts from her autobiographical theatre piece as part of Black History Month observances.

Tues. February 23 Career fair prep for international students
11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Campus Center, rooms 162-175
Before the Diversity Career Fair, stop by this interactive session for tips on approaching employers.

Tues. February 23 Diversity Career Fair
1 to 5 p.m. Student Union Ballroom
Meet employers seeking to diversify their hiring pools, with a focus on ALANA, LGBTQIA and international students, people with disabilities, and other underrepresented populations. Bring multiple copies of your resume; business attire strongly suggested.

Tues. February 23 Networking Night
7 to 9 p.m. Campus Center, 11th floor
Meet recruiters from many different companies and learn about opportunities, career paths, and more. Resumes not required; professional dress expected.

Tues. February 23 "Happy Birthday, Dr. Du Bois"
2 to 4 p.m. W.E.B. Du Bois Library lobby
Enjoy birthday cake, take home giveaways, and learn more about W.E.B. Du Bois in the library named for him. The celebration is part of Black History Month observances.

Wed. February 24 Career Blast
10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Campus Center, lower level
Don't miss the largest career fair of the year, with more than 130 organizations seeking to fill full-time positions, internships, and co-ops. Open to students of all levels; professional dress required.

Thurs. February 25 Charles Neville speaks, performs
Discussion: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Malcolm X Cultural Center
Performance: 7 to 9 p.m. Student Union Ballroom

Grammy award-winning saxophonist Charles Neville speaks at a panel discussion on "Creole Identity and Musical Intersections," and performs with the Afro-Am Jazz Ensemble and student groups in "Creole Intersections of Music, Food, and Dance." Both are part of Black History Month observances.

Fri. February 26 22nd annual Du Bois lecture
4 to 6 p.m. Student Union Ballroom
Aldon Morris, author of "The Scholar Denied: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Birth of Modern Sociology," speaks at this event, part of Black History Month observances.

Sat. February 27 Afro-Caribbean cultural night
7 p.m. to 1:45 a.m. Student Union Ballroom
Culture, dance, fashion, music, and food come together in a cultural night hosted by the African Student Association and the Students of Caribbean Ancestry. The evening is part of Black History Month observances.

Sat. February 27 GlobalFEST on the Road: Creole Carnival
8 p.m. Fine Arts Center Concert Hall
Shake off the winter blues with the energetic sounds of Creole culture, featuring performers from Haiti, Brazil, and Jamaica; discount student tickets are just $10. The show is part of Black History Month observances.

Mon. February 29 Salary negotiation for women
4 to 6 p.m. New Africa House, room 203
Learn skills and strategies to successfully negotiate your salary and benefits packages at a free workshop offered by the Center for Women and Community. Pre-registration is required; call (413) 545-0883.

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