Student Affairs and campus Life Connection

January, 2016

Campus scene

Dear Students,

Welcome to a new semester and all the possibilities it holds! Whether you're a returning student or new to UMass Amherst, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved, on campus and in the community, and have a great time doing it. Explore some of the offerings this month, and stay tuned - February's right around the corner!

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


Register to vote!
The registration deadline for voting in the upcoming presidential primaries is Wednesday, February 10, 2016; the deadline also applies if you're already registered and want to change party affiliation or other information. Register online with your Massachusetts driver's license.

Connections in Color
Students of color are invited to find their voice and connect with community in a supportive environment at this free support group, meeting Wednesdays, 4 to 5:30 p.m. at CMASS. Topics include academic and social pressure, health and wellness, relationships, and more.

Prohibited items on campus, in residence halls
Hoverboards and similar devices are now prohibited on the UMass Amherst campus. Take a moment to make sure you don't have any other prohibited items, as these are violations of Residential Life Community Standards and/or the Code of Student Conduct, and will result in disciplinary action.

Apply now: Harvard Medical School biomedical career conference
Join the Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success at the 13th annual Harvard Medical School biomedical science career conference, April 2 in Boston. Explore resources, internships and career opportunities, and network with advisors and mentors. The application deadline is Friday, January 22, 2016.

As a UMass student, you are enrolled in the Student Health Benefit Plan. If you already have insurance, information about submitting a waiver is here. Don't forget to document your immunizations and take the MyStudentBody course to avoid registration holds.

Calling all musicians
If you love performing, come to a "painless audition" and be part of the choral, wind, orchestral, jazz, or early music ensembles at UMass. Auditions are open to UMass Amherst and Five College students.

First and second-year students wanted
You may be eligible for a research study on Epstein-Barr virus, the virus that causes mono. Participants earn $25 compensation for each study visit. Come to University Health Services' South Clinic Tuesdays or Thursdays, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., between January 21 and February 11.

Is your car ready for winter?
It's time to stock your car with a shovel, a small bag of sand or cat litter, a sturdy ice scraper and jumper cables. Follow LivingatUMass on social media for winter storm updates and information. Preassembled Winter Storm Kits are available for purchase at Parking Services with all of the items above in a sturdy canvas bag.


This month: Athletics action
It's a busy end of the month for UMass sports, with hockey, men's and women's basketball, and a dual meet for the swimming and diving teams. Grab your maroon gear and cheer them on!

Tuesdays, beginning in January: Men's support group
2:30 to 3:45 p.m. Men and Masculinities Center, 120 Thoreau
"Men, Talking" is a group of men who get together weekly to talk about topics including relationships, friendships, academic stress and masculine identity. To learn more, email Tom Schiff or call (413) 577-5133.

Tuesdays, beginning January 19: Trans and gender nonconforming support group
6:30 to 8 p.m. Off-Campus Student Center, Student Union
Drop in at meetings of this free group led by Ethan Suniewick, a trans-identified therapist; no registration needed. For more information, email Ethan or call (413) 545-0333. Sponsored by the Stonewall Center and the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health.

Mon. January 18: "Eyes on the Prize"
5 to 8 p.m. Student Union Ballroom
Join the campus' observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with a free screening of one of the most important, influential civil rights films of all time. Watch, share a meal, and talk about the issues, then and now.

Wed. January 20: Activities Expo
4 to 6 p.m. Student Union Ballroom and Cape Cod Lounge
Get out and get involved! This one-stop showcase lets you explore the many student organizations on campus. Connect with clubs, organizations, leadership opportunities, sports, activities and more.

Fri. January 22: New Student Social
6 to 7:30 p.m., Fine Arts Center lobby
New and transfer students are invited to mingle, meet new friends and learn about involvement opportunities at the Student Government Association's spring gathering.

Sun. January 24: AFC Championship Viewing Party
2 to 11 p.m. Student Union Ballroom, Cape Cod Lounge, and The Spot
Cheer on your football favorites while enjoying friends, food, and fun. There'll be tables for groups, as well as comfy couches for viewing.

Mon. January 25 through Fri. January 29: WMUA Poster Sale
9 to 5 p.m. Cape Cod Lounge, Student Union
Browse hundreds of posters and tons of cool music to help make your place great!

Mon. January 25: 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. STI tests screen for gonorrhea and chlamydia. HIV testing involves a finger prick; results are available in 20-30 minutes. The clinic is open to all UMass students. Your health insurance will be billed; bring your insurance card.

Mon. January 25: Join the Boltwood Project
6 to 8 p.m. Campus Center Auditorium
Find out how to become part of this community outreach project, working with area individuals who are mentally or physically disabled.

Mon. January 25: Fun footwork
7 to 10 p.m. Fine Arts Center lobby
Step out for a free night of fun, social dancing with the UMass Ballroom Dance Team. They'll teach a lesson, followed by open dancing. No dance partner, dance shoes, or experience needed!

Tues. January 26: Outing Club kickoff meeting
7 to 10 p.m. Fine Arts Center lobby
Connect with one of the most adventurous groups on campus! The UMass Outing Club hosts trips, operates its own cabin, has gear to borrow, and much more.

Tues. January 26: UPC general meeting
7 to 8:30 p.m., Cape Cod Lounge, Student Union
The University Programming Council (UPC) welcomes new and returning members with its first meeting of the semester. Connect with the people responsible for many of the great programs and events on campus.

Tues. January 26: A fresh take on "Swan Lake"
7:30 p.m. Fine Arts Center Concert Hall
Choreographer Dada Masilo brings a high-energy South African lens to Tchaikovsky's classic tale of a princess turned into a swan by an evil curse. The show tackles issues of sex, gender, and homophobia in a country confronting the impact of AIDS.

Wed. January 27: Theatre Guild meeting
6 to 7:30 p.m. Campus Center room 904-08
There's drama of the best kind as the UMass Theatre Guild convenes its first general body meeting of the year. On-stage and off, there are many ways to get involved with UMass' first student-run theatre organization.

Thurs. January 28: Question Bridge: Black Males
Tuesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
2 to 5 p.m. weekends, University Museum of Contemporary Art

It's opening day of a new video installation which aims to represent and redefine black male identity in America. Be part of the conversation with the interactive platform available at the show. The exhibit continues through May 1.

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