Office of Student Affairs and Campus Life

Dear Students,

Welcome back from spring break we hope your week away offered just the right mix of recreation, relaxation and renewal.

This month's message includes important dates and details, along with events and activities that are inspiring, poignant, vibrant, responsive, influential and just plain fun! Grab your calendars and start planning it's time to get out and celebrate spring!

Best wishes,

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

Campus events

For more details about campus events, visit the UMass Events calendar.

Spring concert
This year's spring concert is bigger than ever, with performances by Goo Goo Dolls, Slightly Stoopid and Wale Sunday, April 13, 5:30 p.m. at the Mullins Center. Tickets are $10 for UMass Amherst students and are on sale now at the Mullins box office and Ticketmaster.

Celebrating Nelson Mandela
Join the Five Colleges community for "Madiba's Gifts: Nelson Mandela's Life and Legacies a Tribute," Friday, April 4, 4 7 p.m. in Bowker Auditorium. Highlights include a keynote address by Mandela speechwriter Garrey M. Dennie and performances by the Amandla Chorus, the Amherst Area Gospel Choir, the Five College West African Music Ensemble and the Wonberi Dancers. See the university events calendar for more information.

Annual powwow
Celebrate Native American cultures at the annual UMass Powwow, Saturday, April 19, 10 a.m. 6 p.m. at the Curry Hicks Cage; admission is free. There'll be dancing, drumming, storytelling, handicrafts, food and more; details are on the university events calendar.

Freedom Seder
Don't miss the 16th annual Freedom Seder: A Multicultural and Interfaith Celebration, Monday, April 7, 5:30 8:30 p.m. on the 11th floor of the Campus Center. The free event welcomes people of all cultural and religious backgrounds for an evening of ritual, stories, poetry, international food and music commemorating the civil rights movement and other modern liberation struggles. Registration by April 2 is appreciated.

Commencement ball
Tickets for the 16th annual Commencement Ball, Friday, May 2 at the Mullins Center, are on sale now at the center's box office. Don't miss this final senior gala, the formal celebration leading up to your commencement ceremony. There'll be light hors d'oeuvres and desserts, dancing and a photo area; wear your nicest formal attire. Tickets are $28 per person with UMass student ID; a portion of each sale supports university scholarships. The Alumni Association website has more information.

And the winners are...
Find out at this year's "Sammies," the 8th annual Student Life Awards, Tuesday, April 22, 7 p.m. in the Campus Center auditorium.

UMass Night Out UMass Night Out, Friday, April 4, has everything from A (the Amazing Race) to Z (an outdoor zipline)! Plus there'll be a battle of the bands, free movie, karaoke and more. Amazing Racers register your team now.

Superhero cinema
Join your friends for the opening of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" Saturday, April 5 at the Cinemark theaters. A bus leaves at 7 p.m.; showtime is 8 p.m. Check Campus Pulse for more information.

Volunteer now!
Join hundreds of other students and volunteers April 10 11 as the UMass Amherst Medical Reserve Corps tests our disaster readiness. Have fun, earn community service credit ... and even be part of a giant sleepover in the Mullins Center, complete with popcorn, ice cream and a movie! Spaces are limited register now!

Film screening, discussion
Watch and talk about the powerful coming-of-age film "Yelling to the Sky," Tuesday, April 8, 7 p.m. in New Africa House room 203. As her family falls apart, 17-year-old Sweetness O'Hara is left to fend for herself in a neighborhood where her survival is uncertain. The semi-autobiographical film by writer-director Victoria Mahoney deals with issues including addiction, domestic violence, bullying, race, teen pregnancy, depression, poverty, and death but they're part, not the sum, of the characters' lives.

Body Politics
For more than 10 years, the Women of Color Leadership Network's Body Politics project has offered a venue for women of color to embrace who they are, their bodies and their experiences, and to speak against oppression. This year, the group is using digital storytelling to reach even more people. Screenings and discussions are April 16 and 17, 7:30 p.m. in Campus Center room 174-76.

Phallacies performance
Join UMass Amherst Phallacies for a free performance Wednesday, April 23, 7 p.m. in the Rand Theater at the Fine Arts Center. In a show ranging from silly to serious, Phallacies explores what it means to be a man, spotlighting messages, myths and misinformation while sharing healthier alternatives. Sponsored by the Center for Health Promotion and the Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success. More information: or call (413) 577-5133.

Hendrix: Red, Black and Blues
Join scholars and musicians including singer-songwriter Martha Redbone in exploring the intersections of African and Native music through the works of Jimi Hendrix, Wednesday, April 23, 7:30 p.m. in the Campus Center auditorium. Admission is free; visit the CMASS website for more information.

International coffee hour
International students stop by The Spot, in the Student Union building Wednesday, April 2, 4 5 p.m. Meet faculty, staff and other students while enjoying free refreshments and snacks. Sponsored by Student Legal Services, the International Programs Office, Student Affairs and the Graduate Employee Organization.

Connect with the WOCLN
Stop by 127 New Africa House Wednesday, April 2, noon 2 p.m. to meet the Women of Color Leadership Network staff, connect with women of color, relax and enjoy free light snacks.

Open mic night
Show your talent at an open mic night Friday, April 11 at the Student Union Craft Center. Poetry, acoustic music, spoken word performance, comedy, magic share what you do best! Sign-ups are at 7 p.m.; the show begins at 7:30 p.m.

Music and Dance events
Check out one or more of this month's Music and Dance Department events:

  • Chamber Choir: Saturday, April 5, 8 p.m., St. John's Episcopal Church, Northampton. Free admission.
  • Faculty virtuosos: Lynn Klock performs his final saxophone recital before retirement Sunday, April 6, 8 p.m.; tenor William Hite performs Sunday, April 13 at 4 p.m. Both are in Bezanson Recital Hall; get tickets at the Fine Arts Center box office.
  • Music Department 75th anniversary: The Alumni Band, Chorus and Orchestra perform Saturday, April 12 beginning at 4 p.m. in the Fine Arts Center concert hall; free admission.
  • Wind Ensemble: Thursday, April 17, 8 p.m., Fine Arts Center concert hall. Get tickets at the Fine Arts Center box office.
  • Alive with Dance: Thursday Saturday, April 24 26, 8 p.m. in Bowker Auditorium. Choreographers, dancers and musicians collaborate for senior thesis projects. Get tickets at the Fine Arts Center box office.
  • Chapel Jazz Ensemble: Tuesday, April 29, 8 p.m., Bowker Auditorium. Hear music by Ellington, Basie, Charles, Jackson and Snarky Puppy. Get tickets at the Fine Arts Center box office.
  • Jazz Ensemble I & Studio Orchestra: Wednesday, April 30, 8 p.m., Bowker Auditorium. Works by Masters jazz students and many more. Get tickets at the Fine Arts Center box office.

Clothesline Project
The Clothesline Project allows survivors of violence, their friends and families to express their stories through art. The display, Thursday, April 10, 10 a.m. 3 p.m. on the Machmer lawn, features a clothesline hung with shirts, each decorated to represent an individual's experience with violence.

Take Back the Night
Join the campus community Thursday, April 10, 6 10 p.m. on the Student Union lawn, for a speak-out and march to take back the night, shatter the silence and help stop sexual violence.

CWC workshops
The Center for Women and Community offers a number of workshops this month.

  • How to Ally: Shifting to Action is Tuesday, April 1, 6 8:30 p.m. in Campus Center room 903. Learn what it means to be an ally and how to move toward behaving as one.
  • Breaking Down Rape Culture takes place Wednesday, April 2, 7 9 p.m. in Campus Center room 165-69, and Monday, April 7, 6:30 8:30 p.m. at the Malcolm X Cultural Center. Rape culture is a system of beliefs and actions which excuse, tolerate and condone sexual violence; sessions offer tools for challenging those myths and stereotypes.
  • RelationShip Wreck: Responding to Control and Violence, Thursday, April 3, 7 9 p.m. in the Crampton Hall basement, offers an understanding of relationship violence and provides tools to help you address it and educate others.
  • No Blurred Lines: Getting Clear Consent, Wednesday, April 16, 6:30 8:30 p.m. in the Dwight residence hall classroom, explains consent, why it's crucial and how to make it a sexy part of healthy relationships.

China in Our Future
Five Colleges panelists share their insights on China's changing role as an emerging international leader, Friday, April 11, 2 5 p.m. in the Student Union ballroom; a Q & A session follows. The free event is sponsored by the Yuri Kochiyama Cultural Center and CMASS as part of Asian Heritage Month.

International grad student workshops
The workshop series continues this month with two sessions, 12:30 2 p.m. in Campus Center room 165-69; lunch is provided.

  • Tuesday, April 8: Immigration; and
  • Wednesday, April 23: Workplace harassment

Call for nominations
Recognize outstanding student, faculty and staff contributions to the campus LGBTQA community by nominating individuals for a Stonewall Center award; deadline is Wednesday, April 6 at 11:59 p.m. Click to nominate a student or nominate a faculty/staff member.

Awards will be presented at the Rainbow Graduation, Thursday, May 1, 7 p.m. in the Amherst Room at the Campus Center. Kye Allums, the first Division 1 openly transgender athlete, is the featured speaker.

Stand Against Racism
Mark your calendars for Stand Against Racism Day, Friday, April 25 at Wilder Hall. It's the culmination of a week of events, including discussions on privilege, micro-aggressions and offensive humor, a lecture, film, activities and performances. Sponsors include CMASS, the Women of Color Leadership Network, the Stonewall Center, the Social Justice Education Program, Student Activities and Involvement, the Center for Health Promotion, the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health, and the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Big Chill
Come to the Student Union's north lawn for this annual celebration of the last day of classes, Wednesday, April 30, 2 10 p.m. There'll be musical performances, shopping, vendors and more. Details are on Campus Pulse.

Academic, career events and information

Writing placement test
Students must take this test before enrolling in English Writing 112. The final opportunities before New Student Orientation are Wednesday, April 23 and Thursday, April 24, 6 7 p.m. in Bartlett 3. Registration is not required. See the Writing Program website for more information.

Math exemption test
The basic math skills (R1) exemption test is Monday, April 28, 7 p.m., in Marcus, room 131. Bring your student ID, a #2 pencil and a calculator. More information is on the Math Department website.

Majors, minors: info sessions and deadlines

  • Interested in the Engineering major? Come to an info session Wednesday, April 2, 5 p.m. in Goodell room 604. Bring a current transcript (not an AAR) and an Engineering progress worksheet, if you have one.
  • Current and prospective Communication majors should attend a registration meeting Wednesday, April 2, 12:15 1:15 p.m. in Machmer E-35.
  • Interested in applying to the Public Health Sciences major? Come to an information session Thursday, April 3, 6 7 p.m. in Arnold House room 136. RSVP on the Public Health website.
  • Students interested in a Resource Economics (RE) major must attend one of three information sessions; all are in Stockbridge room 303:
    Wednesday, April 2, 11:15 a.m.;
    Thursday, April 3, 4 p.m.; or
    Friday, April 11, 12:20 p.m.
    To register for fall courses as an RE major, students must also complete an online statement of interest by noon Friday, April 18.
  • Applications for the Isenberg School of Management's Sport Management and Hospitality and Tourism Management programs are due by Thursday, May 1 at 5 p.m. Get applications and instructions at the Isenberg School website. Go to "For Prospective Students" and select "On-Campus Transfer Information." Questions? Call (413) 545-5610.

More key dates:

  • Through April 10: Confirmed online registration for fall, 2014 is in progress. For the best possible course selections, check SPIRE for your enrollment appointment time and register as soon as possible after it begins.
    Be sure to check your academic requirements report before choosing courses; talk with an advisor in your major or the Academic Dean's office if you have questions.
    If you're undeclared or not sure what you should register for or major in, schedule an appointment at Undergraduate Advising, in Goodell 613 now. Call (413) 545-2191.
    Help is also available through the Academic Advising Link in the Learning Commons. Peer advisors are available Sunday Thursday, 4 8 p.m.
  • April 30: Last day of classes.

Ready for finals?
These tips from Undergraduate Advising can help.

  • Create a schedule that gives you enough time to study for each of your finals. Exams generally cover a large amount of material; cramming the night before is a bad idea.
  • More than two exams scheduled for the same day? The third can be rescheduled. Go to the Registrar's Office, 213 Whitmore, at least two weeks before the exam date to file the request.


Volunteer at Commencement 2014
Commencement Ambassadors are needed Friday, May 9 to welcome and assist families and guests, distribute programs, organize and escort students and more.

Volunteers receive a commemorative glass, a Commencement Ambassador polo shirt, free lunch at Berkshire dining commons and entry into a drawing for a thank-you gift.

For more information and to register, visit the Commencement volunteer website.

End-of-semester residence hall closing
Residence hall closing, Thursday, May 8, has been extended until 8 p.m., to better serve students with final exams that afternoon.

Be a Minute Mover
Represent UMass as a Minute Mover applications are being accepted until Friday, April 11. You'll be part of our primary welcoming team, helping students and families unload and move belongings from the curb to their rooms.

Intern at Student Legal Services
Apply by April 1 for fall, 2014 internships at the Student Legal Services Office (SLSO). Earn 12 credits while working 32 hours per week as a legal assistant. Interns receive training from legal professionals, work with clients and more. Applications are online at the SLSO website.

CWC is hiring!
The Center for Women and Community is hiring hourly student workers, work-study students, volunteers and interns for the fall, 2014 semester. Positions are open to undergraduates, graduates and community members; training is provided. Call (413) 545-0883 for information.

Counselor Advocate info session
Help those who've experienced sexual assault and other forms of abuse become a volunteer Counselor Advocate at the Center for Women and Community. Learn more at an information session Thursday, April 24, 6:30 7:30 p.m. in New Africa House. RSVPs are suggested; email

Family Weekend 2014
Mark your calendar Family Weekend 2014 is Oct. 24 - 26. There'll be activities for everyone, including open houses, tours, athletic events, arts and crafts, and classic fall celebrations. More information is on the UMass events calendar.

In Memoriam

On Sunday, March 16, the campus community was saddened by the loss of first year student Daniel Clarke. He was a computer science major and a member of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) for the Air Force. He is survived by his brother, also a UMass Amherst student, and his parents.