Trying to get work done over the holiday?

play1If you are spending time with family and/or friends this Thanksgiving break and brought work with you, you might need to be planful so that you get some work done and ALSO get to play and relax. It is all important. Don’t shortchange yourself in either direction. Consider what would be a reasonable amount of time to spend on your work. Schedule it in. Do it.

Then – enjoy your time off*!!!!

*even if there is more you could get done – you have met your schedule and play is important too.

Div II Title?

Are you finishing Div II this semester? Make sure you revise your contract. The final contract should really describe what you have done and include all the courses and practical experiences you want included.

It should also have a title that you are happy with. The title does show up on the first page of your transcript. So make sure the title helps future employers and graduate schools understand what you have studied! Talk to your committee if you want feedback on your title.

Doing CEL-2

communityYour CEL-2 is negotiated with your committee. Make sure you are talking with them about the kinds of experiences that would help you make a connection between your academics and the wider community. Might you take a course with a community engaged experience, do an internship, be placed with a local or national organization, or help with a community program based on campus? The activity can be on or off campus and could connect to something you are already doing.

CEL-2 is different from CEL-1. There is no website to sign up. The options are broader and might connect to your academic interests. Here are some examples of things students have done:

  1. Worked on a “Day at Hampshire College” (a college awareness and access program through CYL)
  2. Helped out in an afterschool program or classroom
  3. Worked at local survival centers or food pantries
  4. Worked at reproductive health conferences or agencies
  5. Worked on local farms or at the Hampshire Farm
  6. Worked on local housing justice campaigns
  7. Taught music or voice lessons to youth or college students
  8. Worked on theater productions
  9. Created web pages for local nonprofits
  10. Did research for a nonprofit
  11. Created dance programs in local senior centers or prisons
  12. Did a book drive for local schools or family centers
  13. Worked on a research journal through Five Colleges
  14. Served as a Teaching Assistant
  15. Was a signer for a club or ran an EPEC class


To find a placement, you can visit one of these offices: Community Partnerships for Social Change in FPH,  CORC in the Library, CYL office in Lemelson, Civil Liberties and Public Policy Program in FPH, Culture Brain and Development Program, or any other academic program.

After you have an idea of what you would like to do, talk to your advisor and add the activity on the Hub (add a CEL-2 activity is a menu item on your Div II tab). Make sure you talk to the potential sponsor and include their email on the Hub.

For more details, visit

Monthly Prize for November

game-prizesEach month one person who visits the site and answers the trivia question will be selected at random to win a $25 gift certificate to an area restaurant, grocery store or movie theater of their choice.

November’s Question: As you begin to choose courses and other experiences for next semester, what are you most looking forward to doing?

Beakers Abroad! Women in the sciences taking over the world!!

When: Wednesday, November 5, 2014;  3-4 PM
Where: Cole Science Center, Room 316

Learn how to plan and fund your study abroad experience while Div III students Mariah Salyer and Amber Bonarrigo recall their study abroad experiences from last semester and how they were funded by the Gilman Scholarship (

Hear about Mariah Salyer’s adventures in Northern India researching reproductive health and prenatal nutrition with SIT study abroad program, and Amber Bonarrigo’s experience as an exchange student at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia studying geology and sustainability.
Amber and Mariah will be presenting on their research and experiences abroad as well as on how they funded their study abroad programs. They will discuss the Gilman scholarship and its application process in addition to other funding opportunities available. If you want to study abroad but don’t know where to go or what to do, come ask questions about planning and financing your experience. 
Snacks and tea will be provided.
This event is intended for women in the sciences but is open to everyone regardless of gender and/or field of study.