We hope all of you have been settling into the semester, enjoying the beautiful fall weather, and taking advantage of everything the UMass Amherst campus has to offer. October is a fantastic time to be on campus, with Family Weekend October 4-6, UMass Night Out on October 4, and Homecoming, October 16-26. Make sure to set aside time in your schedule to enjoy it all.
Finally, as you prepare for midterm exams, papers, and projects this month, remember that the campus offers a full range of resources to help. Please do not hesitate to ask for support.
Enku Gelaye, Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Campus Life
and the Office of Student of Affairs and Campus Life
Student Affairs and Campus Life Website
For more details about campus events, visit the UMass Events calendar.
Show your UMass pride and join us for UMass Football home games at Gillette Stadium. For $10 you'll get tickets to the game and transportation to the stadium (and you can use your UCard to purchase). Visit the Student Life website for information on game transportation and the UMass Athletics site for information on tickets and schedules.
Please invite your parents and family members to campus for Family Weekend, October 4-6. The weekend will include fun fall activities as well as information sessions on Study Abroad and Career Services, special exhibits, fitness classes at the Recreation Center and amazing talent at our Student Showcase. Go to the Family Weekend website to register and view the complete schedule.
On the Family Weekend website you can also enter to win a tuition waiver for the spring semester, sponsored by the Student Alumni Association.
Latin@ Heritage Month
We're well into Latin@ Heritage month, celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. Go to the Events website for a full schedule of events lasting until October 24. All are free and open to the public.
Memorial Service for Priscilla M. Clarkson
Thursday, October 3, 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Commonwealth Honors College Building, Events Hall
A celebration of the life of the late Priscilla M. Clarkson, Dean of Commonwealth Honors College, who died in August. RSVPs are appreciated, as are stories for inclusion in a memory book. Send both to: email@example.com.
Center for Multicultural Advancement & Student Success (CMASS) Open House
Thursday, October 3, 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Wilder Hall (Between Morrill and the New Science Building)
UMass Night Out
Friday, October 4
UMass Night Out joins up with Family Weekend for a Family Fun Night! The night will feature events all over campus, including Bumper Cars at Boyden Gym, Family Feud: Campus Edition, Game Night, music, karaoke, and a late night screening of Monsters University. Check the Campus Pulse Events calendar for complete details.
Can You Hear Me? Real Talk Among Undergraduate Women of Color
Wednesdays, 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m., eight weeks beginning October 9
Women of color face a unique set of challenges when adjusting to college life. The Women of Color Leadership Network and Counseling Services at the Center for Women & Community sponsor this discussion group for undergraduate women of color. The group will provide a space for undergraduate women of color to identify and explore their academic, social, and familial experiences while providing and receiving support from each other. Facilitated by Mamta Dadlani and Jamie Sadiq; registration and pre-group consult with facilitators is required (413-577-0077). More details are available on the Center for Women & Community website.
Memorial Service for Elaine Sortino
Sunday, October 13, 1:00 p.m.
A celebration of the life of Elaine Sortino, the longtime head coach of the UMass Amherst softball team, who passed away in August.
Celebrate Homecoming 2013 with friends and family and make memories to last a lifetime! Festivities include the Nearly Naked Mile, UMass Iron Chef competition, Multiband Pops Concert, hockey tailgate, Pumpkin Festival, Black Student Union Poetry Jam, UMass Football and so much more! Get out your maroon and white and be a part of the fun. Check out the Homecoming website for the full schedule of events.
School of Computer Science Community Celebration: "Broadening the Impact of Computing"
Celebrating the new School of Computer Science and the 50th year of Computer Science at UMass. Go to the School of Computer Science website for more information.
LGBTQ Alumni Panel
Sunday, October 20, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Stonewall Center, Crampton Hall
A panel of alumni from different generations will discuss their experiences as LGBTQ students on campus. Go to the Stonewall Center website for more information.
#iBleedMaroon Blood Drive
Tuesday and Wednesday, October 22 and 23, 11:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cape Cod Lounge, Student Union
Blood donations help millions of patients in need. Share your experience via social media using #iBleedMaroon.
Civic Discourse and Social Change Speaker Series: Dr. Sylvia Hurtado
Thursday October 24, 7:00 p.m.
Campus Center Auditorium
Professor Sylvia Hurtado is the director of the Higher Education Research Institute at UCLA. She has published numerous articles and books related to student educational outcomes, campus climates, college impact on student development, and diversity in higher education.
Wednesday, October 30, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Campus Center Auditorium and on the First Floor Concourse
Learn about UMass' 100+ departments and explore major and minor options. The Undergraduate Advising website offers useful information and tools to help you find the right fit at UMass.
Campus Announcements and Important Deadlines
Visit the Facilities website to keep up to date on campus construction and related closures.
UMass Amherst became a tobacco-free campus on July 1, 2013. Visit the Tobacco-Free UMass website for more on the policy and information on smoking cessation resources on campus.
Last Day to Drop a Class with a W
Thursday, October 17 marks the middle of the fall semester and is also the last day you can drop a course with a W (for withdraw). Don't miss this last opportunity to withdraw in order to avoid failure or change a course to Pass/Fail grading.
We encourage you to talk with you advisor or professor before withdrawing from any classes and to consult your academic dean's office for advice and appropriate procedures. You'll find the name and contact information for your academic advisor on your Student Center page on SPIRE. Keep in mind that you need to be registered for at least 12 credits to be considered full time for financial aid and health insurance purposes. For more information on academic policies, visit the Registrar's website.
To be sure you are on the right track academically, make an appointment this month to meet with an advisor in your major. If you are an undeclared student, meet with an advisor in Undergraduate Advising in 613 Goodell (413-545-2191). October is generally a quieter time in most advising offices and advisors are more likely to have time to help you explore major options and resources to help when you're struggling in a class.
Resources for Midterms
With the middle of the semester swiftly approaching, many students can start to feel overwhelmed by coursework and impending midterm exams. Fortunately, UMass offers tutoring in every subject right in the Du Bois Library! You can make an appointment with tutors at the Learning Resource Center or visit the Writing Center if you need help with papers. In addition to resources available at the LRC and the Writing Center, students living in first year residence halls have access to live-in Peer Mentors and academic support services at their Residential Academic Success Center (RASC).
Sociology Major Declaration
September 17-October 25
October 25 is the last day to declare a sociology major in Fall 2013. Go to the Sociology Department's advising website for more information, or visit 722 Thompson Hall.
Computer Science Major or Minor Declaration
October 1 is the Fall 2013 deadline to complete the application/paperwork for the computer science major or minor. Visit the Computer Science Department website for details or contact the CS Undergraduate Advising Center in 144 CS Building.
Public Health Major Declaration
Tuesday, October 15 is the priority deadline for applications to the public health major. This ensures that students are ready for the Spring 2014 class registration period beginning on Tuesday, November 12. Students interested in declaring the major should attend an information session on Monday, September 30 at 5:30 p.m. or Tuesday, October 8 at 6:00 p.m. in Campus Center Room 905. If you can't attend these sessions or if you have questions, visit the Peer Advisor Center in 330 Arnold House and bring a copy of your Academic Requirements Report. Go to the Public Health Department's website for more information and Peer Advising Center hours.
Basic Math Skills (R1) Exemption Test
Monday, October 28, 7:00 p.m., Marcus 131 (Note new start time)
Students who wish to exempt themselves from the R1 requirement through examination may take this test. Bring an ID, a #2 pencil, and a calculator to the test.
Mail and Package Delivery Reminder
Residential service desks can only accept packages under 40 lbs. and will return heavier packages to the sender. Contact the delivery service (USPS/FedEx/UPS) to arrange pick up at the nearest service location for packages over 40 lbs. For more information on sending and receiving mail, visit the Desk Services website.
Residence Hall Thanksgiving and Spring Break Opening and Closing Times
The Residential Service Desk brochure that you received during Move-In included incorrect opening and closing dates for Thanksgiving and spring break. Download a corrected brochure for updated information.
Halloween Costume Contest
The Living At UMass Facebook page will sponsor a contest to highlight your great Halloween costumes. Visit the page by October 10 for more information about rules and prizes!
Student Activities and Involvement
Student Union Craft Center
The Craft Center offers free memberships for UMass students and evening and group workshops for a nominal fee. Craft areas include silver jewelry, stained glass, leather, book making, silk screen printing, batik, sewing, paper marbling, button making, photo, beading, silk painting, henna, and mask making.
Student Bridges Community Service Learning
There are still limited spaces in the year-long Student Bridges Community Service Learning class (SRVC LRNG 293). Students in this course serve as tutors-mentors to middle and high school students in Holyoke and Springfield (transportation provided).
CMASS Career Survival
CMASS (the Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success) is holding a number of events this semester as part of a "Career Survival Series." Visit the CMASS website for more information.
Weekly student-led meditation groups are being held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. in the Campus Center. These informal, nondenominational groups are open to all members of the university community. No previous meditation experience is required, and there's no commitment. For more information and room locations, go to the Religious Affairs website.
Bike Share Program
Need a bike? The SGA is currently renting bikes to students. Stop by Room 420 in the Student Union and bring your student ID.
UHS and CCPH
Time to Fight Flu!
Protect yourself and those around you from flu with a no-cost vaccination. If you already have an appointment with a UHS provider, you can be vaccinated at the same time. Walk-in flu clinics for UMass students and other University Health Services (UHS) patients begin this month; both injected and inhaled forms of the flu vaccine are available. UHS offers walk-in clinics every Thursday in October and Thursdays, November 7 and 21, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in room 302. There will also be mobile clinics around campus. Go to the UHS website for the complete schedule. Vaccinations will be billed to your health insurance; bring your plan's ID card with you.
First-Year Students: Immunization Deadline
All first-year students must have state-required immunizations and submit documentation now, to avoid a hold preventing registration for spring semester classes. Get more information and download the required form at the UHS website.
Health Insurance Grace Period Ending
Students who don't need the Student Health Benefit Plan's primary insurance coverage have until October 26 to file an online waiver. Those who don't waive by the deadline will remain enrolled in the plan for the academic year and will be charged on the tuition bill. Learn what you need to know and do on the UHS website.
First-Year Students Needed for Research Project
Healthy first-year students who are at least 18 may be eligible to take part in a new research project sponsored by the UMass Medical School. Participants will earn a $25 gift card for each study visit. Learn more from UHS.
Support and Therapy Groups
Each semester, the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health (CCPH) offers support and therapy groups, as well as workshops, which are open to all students at UMass. Participating in a group or workshop helps students feel more connected to others and less isolated. In a safe and confidential setting, members learn new coping skills, which they can apply to all areas of their lives. Groups generally start in October and run through the semester. For complete information on the program and a listing of the Fall 2013 groups, visit the CCPH website or call 413-545-2337.
Active Minds: Changing the Conversation about Mental Health
Join the UMass chapter of Active Minds and help decrease the stigma associated with mental disorders. Like Active Minds UMass Chapter on Facebook, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or join the organization on Campus Pulse. Meetings are every other Tuesday.
Resume Drop-In Assistance
Monday-Friday, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in 511 Goodell
Tuesday nights, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in the Library Learning Commons. No appointment necessary.
Isenberg School of Management Career Day
Thursday, October 3, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Campus Center Lower Level
Open to all UMass majors at all levels interested in learning about various types of business fields.
Graduate & Professional Schools Information Day
Wednesday, October 30, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Student Union Ballroom
Meet with more than 125 admissions representatives from various graduate programs, including law and medical schools.
Westfield State's Government, Criminal Justice, & Non Profit Career Fair
Tuesday, October 8, 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Woodward Center, Westfield State University, Westfield, MA
Meet representatives from more than 85 federal, state, and local agencies. Many employers, particularly federal agencies, are interested in meeting students from all academic departments including Isenberg School of Management, Education, Psychology, Economics, and Sociology.
Visit the Career Services website for more information on all of these events.
Office of Family Resources
Dinner on Us
Thursday, October 3, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Campus Center Lower Level
The Office of Family Resources offers a free Monday evening roundtable discussion series for campus and Amherst Family Center families with young children in the Student Union and at the Amherst Family Center. Each event includes a family dinner, supervised children's activities, and a discussion. Visit the OFR website for more information and to pre-register.
Graduate then Celebrate!
Imagine the adventure of visiting England, France, Italy and Greece. The Alumni Association is offering a great opportunity to celebrate your college success with this once in a lifetime journey through some of Europe's most beautiful cities from May 17-26, 2014. Visit the Alumni Association website for details.