Although Karti Subramanian ’07 initially started out with investment banking after graduating from Amherst, it became clear that that wasn’t all that he wanted to do for the rest of his life. His interests in international development and nonprofit organizations eventually led him and his two colleagues to found Vera Solutions, a company that aims to improve the quality of information and data in order to increase the efficiency of social impact groups. And now, as a young social entrepreneur, Subramanian attends John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

In two years, Amherst will welcome the addition of four new dorms: the Greenway Residence Halls.

The design process of the new residence halls, which will house approximately 300 sophomores, juniors and seniors, is halfway through completion. Following the finalization of the design development stage in late September, the construction document phase will proceed and conclude in late December. After bidding and negotiation, construction will finally commence in early February 2015.

In the classic movie “Dead Poet’s Society,” John Keating, played by Robin Williams, instructs his students to listen in on the wisdom of old poets, like Whitman or Thoreau: “Listen, you hear it? — Carpe — hear it? — Carpe, carpe diem, seize the day, boys, make your lives extraordinary.” In my past three years at Amherst College, I have met no one else at Amherst who embodies this phrase more than Udochukwu Ojukwu, better known as Emeka.

A Supportive Role Model

Amherst College’s Mead Art Museum is home to over 18,000 objects, from American and European paintings to Mexican ceramics, from Tibetan scroll paintings to West African sculpture. However, one of these objects has been missing for just over 39 years.

Now, the Mead is working with the FBI to recover a painting that was stolen on Feb. 8, 1975.

Many students are unable to study abroad, but now they can interact with students in other countries through a recently-established program, the Global Classroom Initiative.

In Spring 2012, Professor Austin Sarat pioneered a faculty discussion and planning group to discuss the feasibility of a project called the Global Classroom Initiative. The result was a proposal to the Administration for a three-year pilot program.

This past weekend, the Board of Trustees met and agreed upon the selection of Kyu Sung Woo Architects as architect for the dorms that will replace the current social dorms. Construction is set to begin in the summer of 2015, during which the four social dorms south of Keefe Campus Center will be demolished and replaced in the area south of Merrill, where modular housing units Plaza and Waldorf currently stand.

Jenny Rosenstrach’s day usually begins at 7 a.m., as she drops off her two daughters at the bus stop to leave for school.