Student Affairs and campus Life Connection

March, 2016

Mullins Center

Dear Students,

While we eagerly anticipate spring, there's still a lot to look forward to right now. Celebrate International Women's Day, visit Question Bridge: Black Males, an exhibit at the University Museum of Contemporary Art, and don't miss the free "Mullins Live!" concert. Read on for events, activities, and information to help you get out and get involved.

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


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Select Your Fall 2016 Room
Fall 2016 Room Selection information is available. If you are planning to live on campus, you must request an appointment for the process you plan to use.

Spring Break Closing and Opening
Non-break residence halls will close for Spring Break on Fri. March 11 at 6 p.m. Students who vacate after 6 p.m. will be subject to a $150 Unauthorized Occupancy Fee. Halls will reopen on Sun. March 20 at 10 a.m.

Let's Talk
Let's Talk is a free, informal, convenient way to get insight and information about things on your mind.
Tues. March 8, 3:30 to 5 p.m. Campus Center room 802
Tues. March 25, 3:30 to 5 p.m. Campus Center room 177

Center for Women and Community Support Groups
Spring support groups at CWC include Support, Connect, Heal; Mindfulness and Mood; and Love the Body You're In.

Stonewall Center Support Groups
Support groups meeting this month include:
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

Psychological Support Series (PSS)
CCPH offers a Psychological Support Series to help individuals learn how to manage anxiety, depression, stress levels, sleep issues, and other concerns. Call CCPH to register: (413) 545-2337.

Vote in the SGA Elections
SGA elections will be open on Campus Pulse from March 20 at 12 a.m. until March 23 at 11:59 p.m.

Participate in the Student Sustainability Steering Committee
Interested in campus sustainability efforts? Join the Student Sustainability Steering Committee. Email Jennifer Raichel for more information.

Student Legal Services Seminars: Renting 101 and Renting 102
Renting 101: Wed. March 30 and Wed. April 6, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Berkshire Room, Berkshire DC
Renting 102: Wed. April 20, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Campus Center Room 162-75
For information, email

Student Legal Service Offices - Fall 2016 Legal Assistant Internship
Thinking about a law-related career? Apply for the fall 2016 internship at the Student Legal Services Office.

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

Apply to the Citizen Scholars Program
First- or second-year students who want to build community and create change can apply to the Citizen Scholars Program.

Apply for a Research Grant
The Student Research Grants and Awards Program provides support to students working with faculty on research.

Join the MASSRides Challenge
Are you ready for some friendly competition? UMass Amherst will compete against UMass Boston and UMass Lowell from March 21 through April 22 to prove which campus is greenest. Register on the MassRides website to track green trips.

Attend Fine Arts Center Performances
Take a break this spring and attend a performance at the Fine Arts Center.

Kudos for the UMass Amherst Recreation Center
College Rank named the UMass Amherst Recreation Center one of the 10 "Most Luxurious Student Recreation Centers" in the country.

Graduating UMass LGBTQIA+ or Ally Students
Sign up to be recognized on April 28th at Rainbow Graduation and nominate someone for the Student and Faculty/Staff People of the Year Awards.

Raffle for UMass License Plate #UM 16
Seniors: buy raffle tickets to win UMass License Plate #UM 16. $5 each or 3 for $10. UMass license plates are also available for purchase.

Save the Date for Commencement Ball: April 29 Seniors, mark your calendars for the Commencement Ball: A Night Under the Big Top.


International Film Screenings
The 23rd Annual Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival presents the best of new fiction, documentary, and experimental filmmaking.

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

CMASS events in March include the Malcolm X Cultural Center Conversation Series (March 1), Institute for Recruitment of Teachers information and interview sessions (March 2-3), and Community Social night at JWECC (March 3).

Jan. 28 to May 1: Art Exhibit - Question Bridge: Black Males
University Museum of Contemporary Art
Question Bridge: Black Males is a video installation that aims to represent and redefine black male identity in America.

Mondays in March: Career Services Internship Information Sessions
12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. Goodell 508
Learn how to find great internships and how to navigate the CareerConnect internship/job listing system. No session during the break.

Tuesdays in March: Spanish Film Series
8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Latin American Cultural Center
Film series to promote discussion on a specific topic or issue in Latin American society.

Tues. March 1: National Park Service Careers Info Session
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Goodell 5th Floor Lounge
An interpretive ranger from the National Park Service will discuss NPS career paths and how to apply.

Wednesdays, March 2 and March 23: Cafe Con Leche - Spanish Hour
March 2, 8 to 9 p.m. and March 23, 6 to 8:30 p.m. Latin American Cultural Center
Practice speaking Spanish and enjoy a cup of coffee.

Wed. March 2: Get Help Updating your LinkedIn Page
3:30 to 5 p.m. Lederle Graduate Research Tower A-210
Start or update your LinkedIn page. Bring your resume and laptop or log on to a library computer.

Wed. March 2: Career Advice from Financial Expert Aren LeeKong '98
5 p.m. Commonwealth Honors College Events Space, Sycamore Hall
UMass alum and senior financial executive Aren LeeKong will discuss his personal story and strategies for success in the finance industry.

Wed. March 2: Relax, Refresh at Social Hour
Noon to 2 p.m. 127 New Africa House
Mingle, make connections, and enjoy a snack at the Women of Color Leadership Network social hour.

Thurs. March 3: White Ribbon Campaign Student Panel and Pledge
8:00 p.m. Cape Cod Lounge, Student Union
A global movement of men working to end male violence against women and girls.

Fri. March 4: UMass Night Out
6 to 11 p.m. various locations
Come out for game night, 6 to 9 p.m. in the W.E.B Du Bois Learning Commons, karaoke from 8 to 11 p.m. in the Off Campus Student Center (Student Union), and UMass Got Talent auditions from 7 to 11 in the Campus Center Auditorium.

Fri. and Sat. March 4 and 5: Annual Five College Queer Gender and Sexuality Conference
Hampshire College
The Queer Conference is student-led and will explore topics such as race, genders, sexualities, ability, class, kink, and survival strategies. Volunteers are needed!

Sat. March 5: "Mullins Live!" with Migos, Capital Cities, and third artist TBA
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mullins Center
Free concert open only to UMass students, faculty, and staff with valid ID. Get tickets at the Mullins Center Box Office.

Sat. March 5: 3rd Annual Women of Color Trailblazers Leadership Conference Keynote
2:30 p.m. Chapin Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College
The Trailblazers Leadership Conference features keynote speaker Janet Mock.

Sat. March 5: Interfaith Community Service Project
10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Stone Soup Cafe in Greenfield
Students from diverse religious backgrounds will prepare and serve a meal at the Stone Soup Cafe.

Mon. March 7: Advocate for UMass at the State House
On Public Higher Education Advocacy Day, students, faculty, and staff from UMass will travel to the State House to advocate for increased funding. Transportation will be provided to and from Boston.

Tues. March 8: Distinguished Faculty Lecture - Banu Subramaniam, Department of Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies
4 p.m. Bernie Dallas Room, Goodell Building
Professor Subramaniam's lecture is entitled "Interdisciplinary Hauntings: The Ghostly Worlds of Naturecultures."

Tues. March 8: International Women's Day Celebration
4 to 6 p.m. 203 New Africa House
Celebrate International Women's Day with performances, international hors d'oeuvres, henna designs and more.

Tues. March 8 and Fri. March 25: International Coffee Hour
4 to 5 p.m. Blue Wall, Campus Center
Mingle and talk with international students, faculty, and staff and enjoy free coffee, tea, and snacks.

Wed. March 9: Off Campus Housing Fair
11:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. Campus Center Concourse
Living off campus information from representatives of real estate agencies, property management companies, and apartment communities in Amherst and Sunderland.

Wed. March 9: Josephine White Eagle Cultural Center (JWECC) Film Series
6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the JWECC
Tonight's Film - Rabbit Proof Fence

Wed. March 9: Call in or Call Out: Dialogue with Loretta Ross and Asam Amhad
7 to 8:30 p.m. Commonwealth Honors College Events Hall
Activists and scholars Loretta Ross and Asam Amhad discuss Call-Out Culture.

Fri. March 11 and Fri. March 18: Men of Color United Meeting
4 to 6 p.m. Malcolm X Cultural Center
General body support group

Tues. March 22: Jim O'Neil, "Men's Gender Role Conflict: Psychological Costs, Consequences, and an Agenda for Change"
7 p.m. Campus Center 163

Tues. March 22: Pilobolus Dance Theatre
7:30 p.m. Fine Arts Center Concert Hall
Pilobolus Dance Theatre brings a mix of acrobatic dexterity, inventive wit, and startling imagery.

Thurs. March 24: Learn Self Defense
4 to 5:30 p.m. Skinner Hall Room 201
Learn basic self defense techniques from the UMass Police Department.

Fri. March 25: Feminist Poetics: Legacies of June Jordan
9:30 a.m. Student Union Ballroom
Symposium celebrating the work of feminist poet, scholar and activist June Jordan.

Fri. and Sat. March 25-26: DEAFinitions: A Deaf Studies Conference
Hampshire College
Register here for conference exploring the multifaceted experience of Deaf lives.

Sat. March 26: Taiwanese & Chinese Students' Association Cultural Night Market
4 p.m. Campus Center Auditorium
TCSA recreates an Asian night market with Asian food, music, and performances.

Mon. March 28: Get Yourself Tested
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Campus Center, Room 165-69
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.

Tues. March 29: Start Smart: Salary Negotiation Skills Workshop for Women
4 to 6 p.m. New Africa House
Workshop empowering women with the skills and confidence to negotiate salary and benefits packages. Pre-registration required: (413) 545-0883.

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