Student Affairs Staff Connection  

April, 2016

Students in Summer

Dear Colleagues,

There's a lot going on this month, from fundraiser events to gatherings, learning opportunities, and more. Get out, get involved, and enjoy these last busy days of the spring semester!

Best wishes,
The Office of the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs and Campus Life
319 Whitmore
Phone: 413-545-2300 Email:
Student Affairs and Campus Life Website


Include your event or announcement in this newsletter
Use the digital submission form. Thank you for your contribution!

SACL Communications Project Request Form
Request print, web, digital signage and photography by using this form.

Register for Fall Semester Classes
Registration for Fall 2016 classes begins on April 4.

Important Dates
April 27: Last day of classes for the spring semester
April 28: Reading Day for final exams
April 29: Final exams begin and continue through May 5
May 6: Commencement

Residence Hall Closing
Residence halls close for the semester on Thursday, May 5 at 8 p.m. Graduating seniors and commencement volunteers may stay until May 8 at 10 a.m. Others with a specific need to stay late can make a request from April 19 until May 5 at 8:30 a.m.

April 27-28: UMass Gives
UMassGives is our 36-hour online giving campaign, helping UMass departments, clubs, and groups raise funds. Past success stories include:
• The Department of Sport Management raised almost $14,000
• The Outing Club raised almost $7,000
• Women for UMass raised almost $6,000
For information on participating in this year's campaign, contact Stephanie Flaherty, Senior Associate Director of Annual Giving, UMass Amherst Development Office

OffCampusLife Blog
In the OffCampusLife Blog, students discuss such topics as off-campus cooking, local events, and DIY apartment decorating. New posts go up every week.

Eric Collins Memorial Award for High School Seniors
The Franklin-Hampshire Chapter of PFLAG presents the Eric Collins Memorial Award to two graduating seniors, one from Franklin County and one from Hampshire County, in the amount of $250 each. The recipients of these awards will be students who have contributed to the LGBTQI+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex, etc.) community and their allies, through advocacy, support and/or education. It is open to eligible high school seniors regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression. The deadline for all awards and supporting documents is April 15, 2016.

Apply for Summer Jobs with Upward Bound
Apply to be an Upward Bound Summer Institute Residential Program tutor/mentor or assistant residential supervisor. The program runs July 5 through August 12.

Jobs with the Off Campus Student Center
Apply to be an Off Campus Assistant for the 2016-2017 academic year. For more information, stop by the Off Campus Student Center in 314 Student Union. Applications are due Friday, April 8.

Work with the Center for Women and Community in Fall 2016
Volunteer, internship, work-study, and other CWC positions are open to Five College students and staff.

UMass Libraries Database Trial - Archives of Human Sexuality and Identity: LGBTQ History and Culture since 1940
Access the Archives of Human Sexuality and Identity: LGBTQ History and Culture since 1940 database during a trial that runs through April 17. Use the link on the archive page to provide feedback on the database.

Open Education Initiative: Free access to textbooks and other educational materials
Take advantage of the Open Education Initiative! Launched by the UMass Libraries in 2011, it has saved students $1.3 million.

Watch Distractology
In Distractology, UMass Amherst students learn about the perils of texting while driving in a high-tech simulator.

Education and personal development

Spring Workplace Learning and Development Schedule
This month's sessions include Fundamentals of Investing, Journal Workflow Training, Managing Others, and Stopping Workplace Bullying.

Labor/Management Workplace Education Program
Enhance your skills and life with free classes offered by Labor/Management Workplace Education.


Career Services events in April
Details for each event are on the Career Services calendar.

Mondays in April: Career Services Internship Information Sessions
12:30 to 1 p.m. Goodell 508
Wed. April 6: Get Help Updating your LinkedIn Page
3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Du Bois Library, Room 1685
Tues. April 12: Sports and Entertainment Career Fair and Baseball Game
1 to 9 p.m. Fenway Park, Boston
Tues. April 12: Springfield Empowerment Zone Career Day
4 to 6:30 p.m. Duggan Academy Middle and High School, Springfield
Wed. April 13: Springfield Public High Schools Recruitment Event
4 to 6 p.m.High School of Science and Technology, Springfield
Thurs. April 14: UMass Education Job Fair
3 to 5:30 p.m. Student Union Ballroom
Thurs. April 21: Massachusetts Educational Recruiting Consortium Career Fair
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cabot Gym, Northeastern University, Boston
Wed. April 27: Springfield Middle and High Schools Recruitment Event
4 to 6 p.m. Forest Park Middle School, Springfield
Thurs. April 28: Springfield Schools Special Ed+ Recruitment Event
4 to 6 p.m. Boland Elementary School, Springfield

Music, Theater, and Dance
The Department of Music and Dance, the Department of Theater, and the Fine Arts Center offer a rich schedule of concerts, recitals, and performances in April. They include the 34th Annual Saxophone Symposium (April 2), the Maria Schneider Orchestra at the FAC (April 9), the Magic Triangle Jazz Series (April 28), new plays by UMass students, and our dance students’ senior thesis projects.

Films on Campus
April is a great month to catch a movie on campus. Check out the Spanish Film Series on Tuesdays, the Pioneer Valley Labor Film Festival screenings (including Pride), the Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival, Further Off the Straight and Narrow: New Gay Visibility on Television, 1998-2006, part of the Diversity and Social Justice Film Series.

Enrich your Education with Lectures, Panel Discussions, and Workshops
Mon. April 4: Talk – Linked-Out: College Educated, Experienced, and Long-Term Unemployed
Tues. April 5: ISI Resident Danielle Citron Lecture – Hate Crimes in Cyberspace
Mon. April 11: Distinguished Faculty Lecture: Cynthia Baldwin
Mon. April 14 through Wed. April 20: Lecture Series – Talking Truth: Finding Your Voice Around the Climate Crisis
Mon. April 25: Discussion Panel on American Politics

CMASS Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month Events
Events include a screening of the film Lagaan (April 5), a workshop of Asian cultural dances (April 7), a talk on Asian women in the workforce by Prof. Millian Kang (April 12), the Five College Conference for Compassion (April 16), and the Asian Night Showcase.

Islam Awareness Month
This Muslim Students Association hosts a yearly Islam Awareness Month to educate people about Muslims/Islam. Events include Naiyerah Kolkailah on "Women in Islam" (April 8), "Who Was Muhammad?" with Taymullah Abdur-Rahman (April 13), and "Islam in America" with Khalid Latif (April 19).

Spring Athletics Action
Take a break in April to watch the UMass men’s and women’s lacrosse teams and our baseball team compete at home.

Tues. April 5: Brenda Allen, Ph.D. “Communicating Difference Matters at UMass”
5 to 6:30 p.m. Cape Cod Lounge, Student Union
Dr. Allen is associate vice chancellor for diversity and inclusion at the University of Colorado Denver. She will discuss research and shared strategies to help us fulfill our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Tues. April 5: Shaha Workshop: Racism in the LGBTQIA+ Community
7 to 10 p.m. Baker Hall basement conference room
Shaha performance and discussion of racism and how it manifests in LGBTQIA+ spaces and communities.

Wed. April 6: Jeff Perera, "Inspiring Healthy Models of Manhood & Masculinity"
7 p.m. Commonwealth College Events Hall
Jeff Perera speaks on healthy versus toxic masculinity, and on men helping end gender-based violence.

Wed. April 6: Campus Forum on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
7:30 to 9 p.m. Integrative Learning Center North (ILCN), Room 151
An update on the Diversity Strategic Plan with Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy.

Thurs. April 7 and Thurs. April 28: UMass Medical Reserve Corps Trainings
The UMass Medical Reserve Corps will stage a large-scale preparedness drill on Thurs. April 7 and a CPR-Appaloosa Certification Event on Thurs. April 28.

Fri. April 8: The Racial Justice Coalition Presents - Stand Against Racism at UMass
11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. UMass Amherst Commonwealth Honors College
Day-long event discussing anti-racism/anti-white supremacy student activism on college campuses.

Fri. April 8: Five College Relay For Life, American Cancer Society
8 a.m. Boyden Gym
The Five College Relay For Life raises funds and awareness for all forms of cancer

Fri. April 8: 11th Annual Social Change Colloquium - Documenting Punk
1 to 6 p.m. Campus Center Room 163
Opening a conversation about the documentation of punk.

Sat. April 9: 81st Annual Bay State Livestock Classic
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. UMass Hadley Farm
UMass students will show livestock they’ve cared for and trained throughout the semester.

Sat. April 9: 5-College International Festival
1 to 4 p.m. Amherst Town Common
Festival celebrating the diversity of Amherst’s residents and students.

Sun. April 10: Autism Speaks U 5K Run/3K Walk
Registration: 10:30 a.m. Race: noon, Kendrick Park, Amherst Center (across from Bertucci's).
Run and walk, entertainment, food, and activities to raise money and awareness for the autism community.

Mon. April 11: Award-winning poet, actor, and writer Carlos Andrés Gómez,
“Re-imagining Manhood”

7 p.m. Bowker Auditorium
Carlos Andrés Gómez talk and book signing. Phallacies performs as opening act.

Wed. April 13: Fourth Annual Intergenerational LGBTIQA Gathering
5 to 7:30 p.m. Greenfield Community College Dining Commons
Mapping Our Identities, Sharing Our Journeys

Sat. April 16: New York Botanical Garden Bus Tour
7:45 a.m. departure from UMass Amherst
Guided tour of the New York Botanical Garden Orchid Show.

Sat. April 16: 35th Annual UMass Amherst Powwow
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Curry Hicks Cage
A celebration of Native American cultures through dancing, drumming, and traditional Native artisans.

Tues. April 19: UMass Passport Day
9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Campus Center 165CC
Process a new or renewal passport. Photos taken for free. Passport applications accepted by appointment only. For an appointment time email:

Tues. April 19: HFA Student Showcase
2 to 7 p.m. Campus Center Auditorium
Witness the brilliant creativity of students with majors and minors in the College of Humanities and Fine Arts.

Wed. April 20: Screening of Cheryl Duane's film Black is Blue
noon to 1 p.m. Communication Department, Third Floor, ILC
Screening and discussion of Black is Blue, a film by award-winning black lesbian filmmaker Cheryl Duane.

Wed. April 20 through Fri. April 22: Earth Day Events
Find your new look at the Earth Day Clothing Tag Sale (April 20), celebrate at the Earth Day Festival (April 22), and have a blast with friends competing in the Earth Day Scavenger Hunt (April 22).

Thurs. April 21 and Friday April 22: Body Politics 2016 – Multimedia Performance by Women of Color
8 p.m. Campus Center room 163C
Body Politics celebrates, supports, and empowers women of color.

Tues. April 26: The Sammies
7 to 10 p.m. Campus Center Auditorium
The 10th annual awards ceremony recognizing outstanding performance among RSOs and student leaders.

Wed. April 27: Founder's Day
11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Goodell Lawn
Celebrate UMass Founders Day with a free campus cookout and more.

Wed. April 27: Taste UMass Made Ice Cream
3 to 4 p.m. Campus Center 163
Watch and taste as seniors in the Food Processing 563 Capstone IE class present their final ice cream formulations to a panel of judges.

Fri. April 29: 21st Annual Women's Leadership Conference
MassMutual Center, Springfield
The Women's Leadership Conference inspires, encourages, and supports women to go beyond merely striving to truly thriving in life.

Fri. April 29: UMass Arbor Day
8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Durfee Conservatory
A day of events including tours, talks, an awards ceremony, and tree planting. Take home a free tree seedling and win an Arbor Day t-shirt.

Staff news

Dr. Richmond L. Rosen, UHS staff physician, will retire on May 5.