Office of Student Affairs and Campus Life

Dear Students,

Congratulations on finishing your midterms! We hope you get a well-earned chance to rest up and catch up over the Thanksgiving Recess. Whether you are here in Amherst or visiting family or friends on November 28th, we invite you to tune in and watch the Minuteman Marching Band perform at this year's Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. If you're in New York City, meet up with campus friends on 6th Avenue between 53rd and 54th streets; otherwise, watch your local NBC affiliate from 9 a.m. - noon.

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

What's Happening This Month

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

Election Day
Tuesday, November 5, 7 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Don't forget to vote! Find out where.

Football, Hip Hop, Hazing and Manhood - Byron Hurt
Wednesday, November 6, 7 p.m.
Campus Center Auditorium

Filmmaker, writer and activist Byron Hurt speaks on "Football, Hip Hop, Hazing and Manhood." Learn more about this free presentation at the Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success (CMASS) website.

Walk for Light - Campus Safety
Wednesday, November 6, 6 p.m.
Student Union

Meet on the steps of the Student Union to walk the campus and identify safety issues. Free pizza after the walk at the UMass Police Department building.

4th Annual Warriors Breakfast for UMass Military Veterans
Friday, November 8, 9 - 11 a.m.
Memorial Hall

Veterans Services is hosting its 4th annual Warriors Breakfast. Free and open to all military veteran students, faculty and staff.

Queer Geek Fest
Friday, November 8, 6 - 9 p.m.
Stonewall Center, Crampton Hall

From video games to magic cards, PC MMORPGS to Star Wars fandom, we're here to be the Skitty for your Wailord that is your inner geekness.

Stand Against Racism Exhibit
November 12 - 22
Student Union Art Gallery

More than 300 images from a campus social media campaign will be on display. Opens at noon Nov. 12 with remarks by a representative of Amherst's chapter of the NAACP.

1491s Comedic Sketch Group
Thursday, November 14, 7 p.m.
Campus Center Auditorium

Native American sketch comedy group the 1491s performs a free show as part of Native American Heritage Month events.

UDance Marathon
Saturday, November 16, noon - midnight
Student Union

Register now for the annual UDance Marathon to benefit Baystate Childrenís Hospital.

Final UMass Amherst Football Game of the Season
Saturday, November 16
Get your Minuteman Express tickets for the last home game of the UMass football season against Akron! For $10 (payable by UCard) you get roundtrip coach bus transportation and vouchers for lunch and a snack inside Gillette Stadium.

Sustainability Project Mini-Grants Available
Application Deadline: Monday, November 11
Need money for your latest sustainability project? All campus community members are eligible for mini-grants from the university's new Sustainability, Innovation and Engagement Fund. Learn more and complete an online application here.

Your Health & Wellness

Avoid the Flu This Winter
Thursdays, November 7 and 21, 1 - 4 p.m., UHS room 302
Wednesday, November 20, 3:30 - 6:30 p.m., Recreation Center
Wednesday, December 4, 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., Cape Cod Lounge, Student Union

University Health Services (UHS) offers no-cost injectable or inhaled flu vaccine at walk-in clinics. Vaccinations are billed to your health insurance; bring your planís ID card with you. If you already have an appointment at UHS, you can be vaccinated at the same time.

Be Prepared to Respond in an Emergency
The UMass Amherst Medical Reserve Corps is hosting a series of free trainings and events this fall, including personal emergency preparedness, disaster triage, CPR and more.

Join a Circle of Supportive Peers
Register now for groups offered by the Center for Counseling and Psychological Health (CCPH). For more information, call 413-545-2337.

Read Student Health 101
Check your email for the November issue of Student Health 101. UMass Amherst's online health and wellness magazine is packed with information and tips to help you thrive in college and beyond.

Career Services

For more details on these events, visit the Career Services website.

Mock Interviews
Monday - Thursday, November 4 - 7
Sign up online; for more information, call 413-545-2224.

Walk-in Resume Assistance
Monday - Friday, 1 - 4 p.m. in 511 Goodell
Tuesdays, 6 - 8 p.m. in the Learning Commons

No appointment needed.

Non-Profit Career Panel
Wednesday, November 13, 5:30 p.m.
Bernie Dallas room, Goodell 506

For students interested in working for or interning with a nonprofit organization.

Local Internship Meet-and-Greet
Wednesday, Nov. 20, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Cape Cod Lounge, Student Union

Job Search Boot Camp
Friday, November 22, 1 - 4 p.m.
Goodell room 511

Workshops and tips for acing an interview; bring your resume for review.

Undergraduate Advising

For more details on these events, visit the Undergraduate Advising website.

Co-ops: How and Why
Friday, November 15, 3:35 p.m.
Computer Science building, room 151

Writing Placement and Exemption Tests
Wednesday, November 6, 5:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 7, 6 p.m.
Bartlett room 206

These tests are a prerequisite for enrolling in English 112: College Writing. For more information, call 413-545-0610.

Thinking of Majoring in Resource Economics?
Wednesday, November 6, 12:20 p.m.
Thursday, November 7, 4 p.m.
Friday, November 22, 11:15 a.m.
Stockbridge room 303

You must first attend one of the above information sessions and complete an online statement of interest, due by noon on Wednesday, November 27.

Communication Majors and Prospective Majors: Registration Workshop
Wednesday, November 13, 12:20 - 1:15 p.m.
Machmer room E-35

Information Session for Potential Engineering Majors
Thursday, November 14, 5 - 6 p.m.
Goodell room 604

Bring an up-to-date transcript (not an ARR) and a progress worksheet, if you have one.

Isenberg School of Management Information and Orientation Sessions
Tuesday, November 19, 5:30 p.m.
BBA Program: room 108
Sport Management: room 106
Hospitality/HTM: room 126

Students must attend one of these meetings before applying to the Sport Management or Hospitality/HTM majors. Applications for the programs are available online and are due December 1. For more information, call 413-545-5610.

Academic Announcements

Final Exams
December 9 - 13
It's hard to believe, but finals are right around the corner! The full final exam schedule is posted on the University Registrar's website and on your SPIRE account.

Spring 2014 Class Registration
Registration for spring classes begins Tuesday, November 12 and continues until Monday, February 3. View your specific registration period or enrollment appointment (the date you can sign up for classes) on SPIRE. Be sure to make an appointment with your advisor before your enrollment appointment.

Holds or To-Dos can restrict registration. On the Hold Item page in SPIRE, you'll find an explanation of the Hold and what must be done for it to be removed. To-Do items don't affect registration, but can become Holds if not completed. If you have financial aid To-Dos, submit any outstanding documents right away. These can affect your ability to receive financial aid, or keep aid you've already been awarded. For more information, call Financial Aid Services, 413-545-0801.

Installment Tuition Payments
Enrollment in the undergraduate UPay installment payment plan begins Wednesday, November 6. After a $35 enrollment fee, participants can pay their tuition bill in five installments, automatically deducted from a bank account. Visit the Bursar's Office website for more information and to sign up.

Residential Life Announcements

Spring Room Selection
The online room selection process for spring semester begins Tuesday, November 12. Review spring room change processes on the Residence Life website; helpful tips are in the spring Room Selection Bulletin.

Residence Hall Closings
Residence halls close Wednesday, November 27 at 6 p.m. for the Thanksgiving break. Students who haven't vacated by this time are subject to a $150 fee. Brett, Cashin, Johnson, Prince, and the Lincoln and North apartments remain open during the holiday break. All halls reopen Sunday, December 1 at 1 p.m.

Resident Assistant (RA) Selection
The RA selection process for 2014 - 2015 is now open; applications are due by December 6.