Commonwealth Honors College is excited to announce a new leadership opportunity specifically for first year and sophomore students. CHC is looking to assemble a select group of dedicated students to form the Community Engagement Student Board. Selected students will have a passion for serving their community and developing their leadership skills.   The Community Engagement Student Board (CESB) will be tasked with developing a CHC-wide community service initiative to be rolled out at the beginning of the 2013-... Read More
As a junior, Tiffany Tai '12 helped create "Iron Chef Contest: Cooking up Some Good," a cooking competition modeled on the popular reality TV show Iron Chef. The event, held at Earthfoods Café in the Student Union, celebrated the new student-led Food Drive Network for the Amherst Survival Center. A public health and English double major from Northborough, Mass., Tiffany participates in the Citizen Scholars Program.   In collaboration with Citizen Scholars Hilla Rogel '12 and Alexa McKenzie '11, Tiffany created the... Read More
Commonwealth Honors College has selected Elena Carbone to serve as director of communityengaged research in the college; she will begin her post in June 2012. Her goal will be to identify faculty involved in community engaged research and develop means to get outstanding honors students involved in this research.   Carbone is an associate professor in the department of nutrition. Her research expertise is in community nutrition, especially regarding how people make behavioral decisions regarding diet and health... Read More
Students, faculty, and staff were able to honor the 27th anniversary of Breast Cancer Awareness Month on Tuesday, October 25, in the Circulation Office of the W.E.B. DuBois Library during the 1,000 Cranes for Breast Cancer Awareness Reception.   As part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, honors students worked together to create the cranes that hang from the ceiling in the library’s lobby. This is the second year the cranes have been on display. The reception included light fall-themed refreshments provided by... Read More
Professor emerita of Psychology and current Honors instructor Bonnie Strickland is one of 15 distinguished professors from universities across the nation to receive a $25,000 one-time cash award from the Gail McKnight Beckman Trust for her success in inspiring her students to make a difference in their communities.   Click here to read the full In the Loop story.
It’s that time of year again—classes have ended, students are making their winter break plans, and holiday cheer is in the air. During the holiday season, Commonwealth Honors College faculty and staff join the hundreds of Honors students who contribute—through community service or donations—to improving life for members of the Amherst community most in need.    On December 8, Commonwealth Honors College organized its Third Annual Goodie Auction. Sweet treats, ranging from cakes and pies to candy and even coffee,... Read More
Each year, as part of national Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Commonwealth Honors College students fold 1,000 paper cranes, an ancient Japanese origami pattern symbolizing health and peace. Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish by a crane, such as long life or recovery from illness or injury.   Students convene in the Honors College lounge to fold many of the cranes while others hold impromptu crane-folding events in their residence halls. The cranes are... Read More
After only one year on campus, Dan Ganz is already preparing to leave.  When the 18-year-old senior is not in class or working in the lab, he is studying for the medical college application test and preparing applications for medical school.   Dan admits, "My brother and sister advised me on how to get ahead in math." A standout swimmer in high school, a committed volunteer, and co-author of a published journal article, it's clear that Dan has learned how to advance in many other areas of his life as well.   After... Read More
UMass Amherst ranks 11th in a recent USA Today listing of the 20 colleges most committed to community service. The listing highlights the Community Service Learning courses offered in Commonwealth Honors College and the BDIC major in Civic Engagement.
UMass Amherst has been named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll which recognizes colleges and universities for their commitment to volunteering, service learning and civic engagement.   The campus has achieved this honor for the fifth consecutive year.   Read the full story from the Office of News and Media Relations...

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