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09/18/2014 Digest

Teach an Interterm Class

The Interterm Program is accepting proposals from faculty, students and staff to teach a non-credit class or workshop in January. We are seeking well-developed and creative ideas for teaching useful skills; cultivating creative expression and awareness; encouraging health and well-being; engaging in service projects; expanding cultural awareness; or deepening understanding of the sciences and technology. Classes will be offered in either the week of January 5 to 9 or January 12 to 16. Visit for information and a proposal form. The deadline for proposals is October 17.

Announcing Staff Representatives on Standing College Committees

Thank you to everyone who stepped forward to volunteer their time and energy to serve on a College Committee. We are grateful for your willingness to represent your colleagues in this important way. Staff (full list: have recently been appointed by the president to serve on the Advisory Committee on Resource Allocation, the Campus Planning Committee, the College Council on Community Policy, the Committee on Mission and Priorities, and the Committee on Sustainability. If you missed the opportunity to participate in the nominations and elections process and wish to get involved, contact Staff Council at

Fall 2014 Learning and Development Workshop Series

The Office of Human Resources is pleased to announce our Fall 2014 Learning and Development program workshop series. For full course listings and to register, visit Course highlights include Generations at Work, November 11, 10 a.m.-noon; Target Funds and Mutual Funds, October 8, noon-1 p.m., Avoiding Trips, Slips and Falls, November 13, noon-1 p.m.; and, for managers and supervisors, The Manager as Coach, November 7, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Heating Season Start-Up, Monday, Sept. 22

Facilities Management will be turning on the steam to the campus starting September 22. The process of getting steam and heat to all buildings on campus takes approximately two weeks to complete. Thank you for your understanding through this time of transition.

Faculty/Staff Pick-Up Ultimate Frisbee Games Begin , Friday, Sept. 19, 4 p.m., Burton Lawn

Inviting all faculty and staff to join in a casual, yet challenging pick-up ultimate frisbee game. Previous playing experience is encouraged, but not necessary. The rigor of the game will be based on the group in attendance. Please bring water and a light/dark shirt, no cleats necessary. The first game will be Friday, Sept 19th starting at 4pm on Burton Lawn. The following games will be held every other Friday at 4pm, with some variation for holidays. Add the Google calendar to your Smith calendar for the complete and up-to-date schedule. Questions? Email

Information Session for 2015-2016 Kahn Institute Project: 'Memory', Monday, Sept. 22, 5 p.m., Kahn Institute, 3rd Floor, Neilson

The Kahn Institute is accepting applications from faculty and staff for its 2015-2016 year-long project, "Memory: Form, Function and Fallibility," organized by Dawn Fulton, French, and Adam Hall, biological sciences. The project will consider the great range of mechanisms, uses and representations of memory across disciplinary fields and impacts of memory on the individual and society. Faculty and staff are invited to hear the organizing faculty and Kahn staff discuss the content and structure of the project and fellowship opportunities. Beverages and appetizers will be served. For more information visit To apply, visit

Information Session for Spring 2016 Kahn Institute Project: 'Play', Tuesday, Sept. 23, 5 p.m., Kahn Institute, 3rd Floor, Neilson

The Kahn Institute is accepting applications from faculty and staff for its Spring 2016 semester-long project, "Play," organized by Michael Thurston, English language and literature. This project will explore play from multiple disciplinary perspectives to enrich understanding of what play is and what we might gain through new definitions of play. Organizing faculty and Kahn staff will discuss content and structure of the project and fellowship opportunities. Beverages and appetizers will be served. For more information visit To apply, visit

Mail Services Extended Hours, September 15-19

Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m., for pick up only. Closed Saturday and Sunday. Normal hours resume September 22. For updates, visit

Volunteer as a Student Ambassador for Alumnae Relations; Apply by , Friday, Sept. 19, 4 p.m., Alumnae House

Do you love interacting with alumnae and students who are passionate about Smith? Would you like to improve your networking and public speaking skills? The Office of Alumnae Relations invites sophomores, juniors and seniors to apply for 20 available volunteer positions. Students hired to participate in this new Student Ambassador program will be invited to represent Smith at various alumnae events on and off campus as scheduling permits, as well as receive opportunities to develop networking and speaking skills. Submit your application to the Alumnae House by Friday, September 19 at 4:00 pm.

Call for New Judicial Board Members: Applications Due , Friday, Sept. 26, 4 p.m., Clark Hall

Are you interested in learning more about the Smith College Code of Conduct? Would you like to create a better Smith community? If your answers are "yes," then consider applying to the Smith College Judicial Board. The board is looking for new members who are juniors and seniors. To apply, complete the application and reference form found at For more information, contact the Judicial Board chair, Andrea Lahlum.

Animal Advocates of Smith Meet Mondays Beginning September 15, 12:15 p.m., Dewey Hall 104

Animal Advocates of Smith College is an inclusive student organization raising awareness about animal rights through advocacy, community building, and non-confrontational outreach. General weekly meetings are relatively informal and generally involve a few bits of agenda and copious amounts of tea. Animal Advocates organizes leafleting and other outreach projects, bonding events, speakers, film screenings, trips to conferences, lectures, sanctuaries, and vegan potlucks, and more. More info: Every Monday, 12:15pm, Dewey Hall 104.

'Financing Life' Workshops Begin, Thursday, Sept. 18, Noon, Neilson Browsing Room

Life costs money. How will you pay for it all? Come to "Financing Life," a popular lunchtime workshop offered by Smith's Center for Women and Financial Independence that covers everything you need to know from how to budget to saving for a car, house or business. Finally understand how taxes work, the best way to pay off debt, how to choose a credit card, and much, much more. Free lunch for the first 70 attendees. For more information, visit

Informational Meeting for 2015 Interterm Science Teaching Opportunities, Thursday, Sept. 18, Noon-1 p.m., McConnell B-15

In January 2015, the Center for Science Outreach and the Life Science Centers of Smith College will each offer a hands-on experiential learning opportunity for Smith students interested in exploring science teaching and helping our local schools enhance their science offerings. These two opportunities offer a good way to find out what teaching's like. Preliminary planning meetings during the fall are followed by a week of preparation and teaching during the week of January 12-16, 2015. There are ten positions in each program; participants receive a stipend. Come to the informational meeting to learn more. Lunch provided. To apply: (deadline: 9/26/14).

SEC Films Presents 'X-Men: Days of Future Past', Sept. 19 and 20, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Join the Smith College Student Events Committee for a special screening of the new release "X-Men: Days of Future Past." The film will also be shown again, at the same time and place, on Saturday, 9/20. The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.

Swimming and Diving Fundraiser: Jolyn Swimsuit and Clothing Sale, Friday, Sept. 19, 11 a.m., Campus Center Garden Level

Jolyn is one the premier beach swim wear producers in the world. Their suits and clothing are comfortable, stylish, long lasting, well made and provide a good fit. Proceeds from this event will benefit Smith's Swimming & Diving Team, helping to pay for championship racing suits at the end of the season and help in funding the team training trip in late December.

Health and STEM Professions Lunchbag: Medical School, Friday, Sept. 19, 12:15 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

William Brown, associate director of admissions, will discuss Dartmouth's medical program and the application and admission process.

Smith To Do T-Shirt Extravaganza: Scarves, Head Bands, T-Shirt Designing, Saturday, Sept. 20, 9 p.m., Davis Ballroom

Students can use a t-shirt supplied by Smith to Do or bring their own beloved t-shirt to give it a new life as a handband or scarf or paint and personalize it to make their own Smith t-shirt. All supplies will be free and provided. Bring friends and housemates, guests.

Spanish and Portuguese Study Abroad Meeting, Monday, Sept. 22, 4:10-5:30 p.m., Campus Center 204

An information meeting for Spanish and/or Portuguese-speaking students interested in 2015-16 one-year or spring-semester study abroad opportunities. Refreshments will be served.

Open House: Tea with the Cutter Francophone Residential Community, Friday, Sept. 26, 4 p.m., Cutter House

All are welcome to learn more about living in Francophone housing and enjoy some special French treats.

Fall Career Fair , Friday, Sept. 26, 3:30-6 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Meet with recruiters from more than 40 corporate and non-profit organizations to discuss a broad range of internships, full-time jobs and graduate/professional school opportunities. The fair is free for students; No registration is required. Bring copies of your resume. Attire is business casual. For a list of participating employers and graduate programs, visit

Volunteer with Nuestras Raices at their Annual Harvest Festival, Saturday, Sept. 27, 9 a.m.

Volunteer with the CSO at Nuestras Raices' Annual Fall Harvest Festival in Holyoke. Help set up booths and enjoy music, entertainment, food, and more! Support a local urban grassroots agri-cultural organization. Transportation and snacks will be provided. To sign up, go to: For more information, contact or

'Infanticide and a Reverse Fertility Transition in Japan: 1790-1920', Thursday, Sept. 18, 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Fabian Drixler, assistant professor of history at Yale University, will speak on his path-breaking research on the history of abortion and infanticide in early modern and modern Japan. He is the author of "Mabiki: Infanticide and Population Growth in East Japan, 1660-1950" (University of California Press, 2013). This lecture is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Smith College East Asian Studies Program and the College Lecture Fund.

BuzzFeed's Anne Helen Petersen on the Gossip Industry, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 7:30 p.m., Ford 240

"The Gossip Industry: Mediating Celebrity from Clara Bow to Jennifer Lawrence" will be the topic of this talk by Anne Helen Petersen, who received her Ph.D. in Film/TV/Radio from the University of Texas, Austin, where she wrote her dissertation on the industrial production of celebrity gossip. Her book, 'Scandals of Classic Hollywood,' based on a column that began on 'The Hairpin,' is due out from Plume later this fall. She recently taught at Whitman College and is currently a feature writer at BuzzFeed in New York.

'Intersections of Justice Disability, Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality', Wednesday, Sept. 24, 7 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Activist, writer and educator Mia Mingus will discuss recognizing our wholeness and building community at the intersections of disability, race, class, gender and sexuality for transformation and liberatory justice. Mia currently works at Gen5 in Oakland, Calif., to end sexual violence against children in five generations. Learn more about Mingus at This lecture is the first in a series of events celebrating the 25th anniversary of Otelia Cromwell Day.

Sociologist Madonna Harrington Meyer to Discuss 'Grandmothers at Work', Thursday, Sept. 25, 4 p.m., Seelye 106

Madonna Harrington Meyer will talk about Grandmothers at Work and her research on grandmothers juggling families and jobs. She is the Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence, Professor, and Chair of Sociology at the Maxwell School of Public Affairs at Syracuse University. She is also a Faculty Associate at the Aging Studies Institute, and Senior Research Affiliate at the Center for Policy Research. She is an author, editor, co-author, and also is co-editor of the Baywood Series on Aging.

Global Books: 'Diary of the Dark Years, 1940-1944', Thursday, Sept. 25, 4 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

The Lewis Global Studies Center presents Global Books: Diary of the Dark Years, 1940-1944. After Germany defeated France in June 1940, Jean Guehenno wrote in his diary, "I think of all our young people. It was cruel to see them leave for the war. But is it less cruel to force them to live in a country that has lost its honor?" David Ball, professor emeritus of French and comparative literature at Smith, will discuss his acclaimed translation and annotation of Guehenno's diary. More information, including information on additional events with global themes can be found at

'Penelope's Craft: Finding Home in the 21st Century' , Thursday, Sept. 25, 5 p.m., Dewey Common Room

Corinne Pache, associate professor of classical studies at Trinity University, will examine the motif of Penelope's weaving (and unweaving) in the "Odyssey" and in recent rewritings of the poem, including Carol Ann Duffy's "Penelope" and Gail Holst-Warhaft's collection, "Penelope's Confession." Open to the public.

NOAA Internship Presentations Summer 2014, Friday, Sept. 26, 12:15 p.m., McConnell B05

A presentation on marine ecology, Great Lakes conservation, and estuary ecosystem research and policy projects. Jessica Lillquist '15 will speak about her internship at NOAA's Pacific Services Center, Honolulu, Hawaii; Catherine Aguilar '15 will talk about her internship at NOAA's Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab at Lake Michigan Field Station, Muskegon, Michigan; Katie Moshofsky '17 will present on her internship at NOAA's Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Seattle, WA; and Florence MacGregor '15 talk about her internship at NOAA/Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, Wells, Maine. Lunch provided.

Robert Seydel Panel Discussion and Reception, Monday, Sept. 29, 6 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Curators of the Neilson Library exhibition "Robert Seydel: The Eye in Matter" will discuss Seydel's life and art. Seydel (1960-2011), writer and artist, taught at Hampshire College; his artwork combines collage, drawing, photography, and text. Reception to follow in Neilson Book Arts Gallery (3rd floor). For more information:

Guest Recital: 'My Business is to Sing: Giving Voice to Poetry of Emily Dickinson', Saturday, Sept. 20, 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

In this guest recital, soprano Sarah Pelletier and pianist Lois Shapiro will present a lively performance "conjuring" Emily Dickinson, woman and poetic voice. Their concert features new musical settings by Eric Sawyer and Ross Bauer, and the beloved cycle of twelve songs by Aaron Copland--music inspired by her expansive, whimsical, mystical, and always provocative poetry. Free and open to the public.

Alumnae Chorus Homecoming Event Celebrating Alice Parker '47, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

The Smith College Alumnae Chorus presents A Weekend of Song in Celebration of Alice Parker Class of '47. Alice Parker and Jonathan Hirsh will share conducting duties; the repertoire will include Parker's settings of poetry by Emily Dickinson and Elinor Wylie, along with Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Autumn" from the Folk Songs of the Four Seasons. Join us for this autumnal weekend concert as we celebrate one of Smith's most notable alumnae.

Film Screening: 'Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives', Sunday, Sept. 21, 2 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

This film depicts "the environmental footprint of war" and is being shown in a spirit of solidarity with those who will be in New York City for the March for Climate. Area activists will lead a discussion following the film viewing. The program is co-sponsored by the Center for Environment, Ecological Design, and Sustainability (CEEDS) along with the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life.

Music in the Noon Hour: Ronald Gorevic, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 12:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Ronald Gorevic, violin and Jounghoon Song, viola will perform works by J. S. Bach and W. A. Mozart. A relaxing half-hour of music in the beautiful Sweeney Hall - the perfect way to spend your lunch break.

SEC Films Presents 'The Grand Budapest Hotel', Friday and Saturday, Sept. 26 and 2, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

A concierge teams up with one of his employees to prove his innocence after he is framed for murder. Sponsored by the Smith Student Events Committee.

Stuart Fuchs aka 'Stukulele' in Concert, Saturday, Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Ukulele master Stu Fuchs makes a return engagement to Smith College after a successful, standing-room-only performance in 2013. On Sunday, September 28, 2014, from 10:00 - noon, he will also be teaching Uke Foundations 101: An All Levels Workshop, at Josten Library. If you don't have a ukulele, email, and we'll see what we can do.

Sage Chamber Music Society: Strauss Piano Quartet , Sunday, Sept. 28, 4 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

The first of three concerts celebrating the anniversary of C.P.E. Bach (300 years) and Richard Strauss (150 years). Come hear a sonata written collaboratively by J.S. and his son C.P.E. Bach, a selection of songs by R. Strauss and R. Strauss's rarely heard Piano Quartet. Liza Stepanova, piano; Laura Strickling, soprano; Joel Pitchon, violin; Ronald Carbone, viola; and Volcy Pelletier, cello. Free and open to the public.

Campus Police Outreach Programs

Campus Police offers safety programs and hall talks to students by request. These programs can be arranged at your hall programs or teas. Programs include hall talks, alcohol awareness program and self defense workshops. To schedule a program, contact campus police at (413) 585-2490, ask for the Outreach Office.

CSO Community Education Luncheon , Thursday, Sept. 18, Noon, Community Collaboration Center, Wright

For its first Community Education Luncheon, the CSO will host Maria DeAngelis from Springfield School Volunteers and the Kensington International School, and Christy Elam from Homework House. They will discuss the organizations and volunteering opportunities for students. Kensington International School is a public school in Springfield, through which students can volunteer as tutors/mentors for refugee children. Homework House is an educational organization supporting children at-risk for academic failure, which also seeks volunteer tutors. Pizza and salad will be served.

Global Medical Brigades: General Interest Meeting, Thursday, Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Learn about Global Medical Brigades and joining our brigade to Panama over J-Term.

Factory Farm Simulation, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Campus Center TV Lounge

Enter a state-of-the-art virtual reality simulation of what a chicken on a factory farm experiences. This project allows us to connect with animals as individuals and actually get a glimpse of their experiences from their point of view. Each participant will wear a virtual reality headset and become the chicken; sensors will allow the participants to move as if they were the chickens themselves. This has been designed as an education tool and does not include anything overtly graphic. Sponsored by Animal Advocates of Smith.

STEM Grad School Application Workshop: Deciding Which Grad Schools to Apply To, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Sabin Reed 220

Designed for STEM students applying for grad school, short presentations by faculty members will be paired with discussions and hands-on workshops (bring your laptop and relevant documents in progress!) where you can work on specific parts of your application with advice. If you RSVP in advance to we can try to ensure an expert from your area will be present to address ideas specific to the field. Part I will address methods for finding and deciding which graduate programs to apply to. We will also briefly discuss preparing for the GRE.

Upcoming Religious and Spiritual Life Activities

Friday, Sept. 19: Soup, Salad and Soul, a student-led discussion with a home-made vegetarian meal prepared by our student cooks, 12:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge; Hillel Shabbat, 5:30 p.m. followed by Shabbat dinner, 6:30 p.m., Kosher Kitchen, Dawes House. Monday, Sept. 22: Buddhist Meditation Sitting Group, meditation for beginners and experienced practitioners, led by Ryumon H.C. Baldoquin, sensei, a Zen Buddhist priest and teacher, 5 p.m., Sanctuary. Contact Ryumon for an introductory meditation session at

'One Hour for Peace' Gathers Wednesdays at Noon, Chapel Sanctuary

One Hour for Peace is a weekly Wednesday gathering where we take time to "be the change we wish to see in the world." A time for guided contemplative exercises and respectful, quiet conversation about things that matter in our world, it is a non-religious gathering. This week we will light a candle for Michael Brown of Ferguson, Mo., and all those around the world who are affected by a militarized society. We will reflect on Martin Luther King's statement "peace is not the absence of tension but the presence of justice." We encourage you to bring a grab/go lunch.

Rosh Hashanah at Smith College, September 24 and 25

Erev Rosh Hashanah service will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 24, at the sanctuary, Helen Hills Hills Chapel, followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m. in the Alumnae House Conference Room. The following day, Thursday, Sept. 25, Rosh Hashanah service begins at 9 a.m. Lunch will be available in the Bodman Lounge immediately following services. Tashlich will take place at 1 p.m. on Paradise Pond (rain location: Bodman Lounge). Services will be led by Smith's Jewish Student Adviser Rhonda Shapiro-Rieser. All members of the Smith community are welcome.

Bells To Ring -- But Not Yet for Mountain Day

The carillon in College Hall will be used from 2:30 to 4 p.m.on Wednesday, Sept. 10, and Monday Sept. 22, as part of a student project for the Music Department. Bells will be rung at those times, but they will not be announcing Mountain Day or any other campus-wide event. Mountain Day bells are rung on the early morning of Mountain Day.

Register For Massachusetts Clean Air Challenge Week, September 22-26

Each year, Massachusetts travelers strive to improve air quality by choosing more sustainable transportation options during the Massachusetts Clean Air Challenge. This year, Massachusetts challenges you to explore your commuting options and Shift Your Mode from September 22 to 26. Walk, bike, carpool, vanpool or take the public transit to work. Register at

Odd Jobs: Lacrosse Fundraising

The Smith Lacrosse team is fundraising for their program. If you need work done around the house, hire a player to get it done for you. Painting, cleaning, yard work, etc. $35 for 2 workers. For more information or to reserve your workers, call 413/585-4986 or email

Hillside Pizza Fundraiser for Smith Lacrosse Team

Smith lacrosse will be selling Hillside pizza, cookie dough and gift certificates through October 10. See any team member to place your order. For more information, call 413/585-4986 or email

Campus Tree Removal

A Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris) located near Alumnae House will be removed soon. The top of the tree was lost in a storm, the trunk has some scarring and limbs overhang the building. It's also situated in a probable excavation site for storm water management repairs.

Spatial Analysis Lab Releases Fall Mystery Map Challenge

A new mystery map is ready for all interested spatial thinkers, policy wonks and Smith College mystery map fans. To begin the challenge, visit Mystery Maps (and occasional games) are hand crafted and designed with care by the Spatial Analysis Lab to promote spatial thinking, as well as, provide a fun and wholesome activity for map lovers.

Smith Soccer to Offer Youth Soccer Clinics This Fall Beginning, October 5

Smith College head soccer coach Mark Platts will be offering youth soccer clinics to area children, ages 5-13. The dates for the clinics are October 5, 12, 19 and 26, with each session running from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. The cost for each session is $15, or $50 for all four sessions. To register, visit or visit the sidebar link on the right side of the Smith Soccer page on

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