David Little became the new director of the Mead Art Museum on Monday, replacing former director Elizabeth Barker.

Little previously worked as the head of the department of photography and new media at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Before that, he taught courses at Maryland Institute College of Arts and Duke University. He also served as the director of adult and academic programs at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

Assistant Professor of Black Studies and History Mary Hicks received a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Iowa in 2006 and a master’s degree from the University of Virginia in 2010. She completed her doctorate this past year at the University of Virginia. This semester she is teaching two courses that examine the black experience in the south Atlantic.

Q: What research are you currently working on?
A: My current book manuscript is about African and Creole mariners, and their influence on maritime commerce in the 18th and early 19th century.

Bonnie Drake ‘17 has been appointed the Association of Amherst Students’ first-ever communications director, the AAS announced this summer.

Beginning in June 2014, a group of students led by AAS President Tomi Williams ’16 held discussions on improving the AAS’ ability to communicate with the student body. They eventually drafted and approved an amendment to the constitution in order to appoint a communications director.

This semester members of the Association of Amherst Students are planning a major push to reserve two positions on the college’s board of trustees for alumni who have graduated within the last five years.

A calligrapher, a musician who plays nine instruments and the founder of an organic farm were among the 477 new first-years who descended on campus Tuesday, marking the start of Amherst’s orientation week.

Members of the class of 2019 weathered a highly competitive admissions process: The college received a record 8,568 applications this year. Amherst admitted 1,210 of those applicants, making for a 14.1 percent acceptance rate.


This year, the Amherst men’s golf team looks to improve upon their results from their 2014-2015 season. Their fall season last year was highlighted by a 13th-place finish out of a field of 22 at the 2014 ECAC Division III New England Championships. This tournament was their last of the fall, and they didn’t resume action until the spring. In April they earned fifth place out of a 17-team field at the Hampton Inn Collegiate Invitational, showing great improvement over their fall results.

The Amherst men’s tennis team enters the fall season looking for another run at a national championship. After winning the title in the spring of 2014, the team fell short in 2015, falling in the NCAA Division III quarterfinals. The team finished at 8-0 in NESCAC play and posted a 21-6 record overall.