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President Kathy McCartney will host a winter solstice celebration for Smith staff on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2-4 p.m., in the Conference Center. Enjoy seasonal treats and beverages and visit with friends and fellow employees.
The Smith College Bookstore invites all Staff and Faculty to join an annual appreciation event December 11 and 12. As a token of appreciation, the bookshop will extend a 25 percent discount on Smith merchandise during the event.
Stop by the Staff Council information table on the main level of the Campus Center on Thursday, Dec. 12, 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Staff Council volunteers will answer questions, listen to comments, and offer materials about Staff Council (such as information about "Between the Lines" and other activities, Staff Council committees, a suggestion box, etc.). Comments and suggestions are always welcome via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or anonymously on the website http://www.smith.edu/staffcouncil). This is the final Staff Council tabling session this semester; the next tabling will be on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014.
This year’s Between the Lines program features U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s memoir, My Beloved World. The nation’s first Latina Supreme Court Justice shares wonderful stories about her life and determined spirit to succeed. Join two discussions in January 2014. Week I discussions (Jan. 8-9) will focus on general themes; Week II (Jan. 15-16) will focus on the themes relevant to Smith. If you have not already signed up, choose your preferred discussion sessions (one from each week) as a participant and/or facilitator online: http://doodle.com/p2b24binnuz9wvm7.
Is the stress of finals bringing you down? Stop by the Campus Center for a pick-me-up! Free hot chocolate, toppings and all, brought to you by SEC.
The Lewis Global Studies Center presents a new concentration in Translation Studies, which encourages and guides students to link their work in a discipline or major with a deep understanding of another culture and language. This concentration may appeal to students who want to refine their knowledge of two or more languages and cultures (including English). It will also appeal to students who want to create a bridge between two majors, one of which is in a foreign language and culture and the other in a different discipline. Visit http://www.smith.edu/translation/index.php for more information.
Do your holiday shopping for friends and family on December 11, and help reduce energy costs and carbon emissions. Do you have an elderly relative that is difficult to shop for? Buy CFL or LED lightbulbs and install them as a gift. Also, lots of small items great for stocking stuffers. All items available are at subsidized prices.
All Smith students are invited to submit proposals to participate in "Celebrating Collaborations: Students and Faculty Working Together," due by February 21, 2014. Students are encouraged to talk with faculty members about potential proposal ideas. The event will take place on April 12, 2014. Proposal forms and more information are available online: http://www.smith.edu/events/collaborations_applicants.php
The Center for Religious and Spiritual Life knows that exam period can be stressful. The Center welcomes students to enjoy its hospitality during reading period from Friday, Dec. 13, through Monday, Dec. 16. There will be treats, fruit, tea and hot chocolate set up for students in the Bodman Lounge (lower level) of the Helen Hills Hills Chapel. The Center also encourages students to take advantage of its study areas and contemplative spaces, including the Reading Room (B13), the Student Room (B4). and the Blue Room (B5).
It doesn't matter where you bought them...the Smith College Bookstore is buying back textbooks. Stop by the Campus Center or visit the bookstore website to sell them online. View the Top Ten Wanted Titles List: http://www.smithcollegeshop.com ; click on Instant Cash for Books for more details.
Far from caffeine, far from home, far from finished? Stop by the Josten Library service desk during exam and reading period, December 11-19, any time, for a cup of something hot and a moment of respite, with a variety of teas: some caffeinated, some rejuvenating, and some soothing. BYO mug if you can. Josten Library, Mendenhall Center (between Sage and Ford halls).
A fun, relaxing night filled with great music and delicious snacks, at 10 p.m. in the Campus Center TV Lounge. Micah is a singer/songwriter from Rochester, NY. He sings with a powerful and melodic voice. His soulful vocals and acoustic guitar playing are the perfect combination. The sky’s the limit for Micah. He has been sporadically touring since he was 16 years old, still finding time to record new music.
Bradley Airport Shuttle Tickets! SGA is again sponsoring commercial bus rides to Bradley Airport for Winter Break. The cost of a one-way ticket is $10. Only OneCard or checks accepted; no cash. Purchase your ticket in the SGA Office, 206 Campus Center, Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Go to http://www.smith.edu/sga/docs/2013WinterBreakFlyer.pdf to see the schedule. Tickets cannot be purchased at the bus. Please note: there are no return trips from Bradley Airport during J-term. Contact Sharon at 413-585-4950 or ext. 4950 for any questions.
Smith undergraduate students are invited to participate in the Davis United World College Scholars Program's Projects for Peace. The project encourages student initiative, innovation and entrepreneurship focusing on conflict prevention, resolution and reconciliation for a sustainable peace. The program is intended to be worldwide in scope and impact, but specific projects may be undertaken anywhere, including the United States. The most promising project will be awarded $10,000 for implementation. The first deadline for intent to apply is December 13, and the final proposal is due by January 17. Applications must be submitted through Smith: http://www.smith.edu/world/opportunities_peace.php.
Relax during reading period with hand scrubs, lotions, scents, nail paints and nail art! Give yourself a hand and foot massage. All supplies are free for all. Bring friends and housemates!
Seniors and alumnae beginning their first year of graduate study are eligible to apply for an Alumnae Scholarship. Awards are highly competitive and are based on merit as determined by the student’s record, letters of recommendation from faculty and the recommendation of the student's department. Students who receive an award are expected to pursue full-time graduate study. The application deadline is March 15, 2014, and is available for download at http://www.smith.edu/classdeans/funding.php.
The C3 Summer Research Fellowship offers paid opportunities to conduct research at UC Berkeley and Columbia University. Benefits include mentored graduate-level research opportunities in the Arts, Humanities, and Social and Physical Sciences, GRE preparation, a substantial stipend ($4,000 at Berkeley; $5,000 at Columbia), campus housing, some meals, and transportation to the college. See http://C3TransformHigherEd.org for more information. Open to U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are sophomores and juniors, particularly those from historically underrepresented groups and first generation college students. Application deadline: February 17, 2014.
MISC (Multiethnic Interracial Smith College) will hold a study break on Saturday, Dec. 14, at 4:30 p.m. in Unity House—chilling, hanging out, playing board games, and eating yummy food from Teapot! Take a break from finals!
Suzi Q. has been featured on numerous television and radio programs, and her poetry has been sampled and remixed all over the world, earning both high acclaim and controversy. Her single 'Moments', in collaboration with Psy'Aviah, received International attention after being a finalist in the BBC's 'Next Big Thing' contest. She has appeared on FreeSpeech TV, ManiaTV, Poets on the Loose, and many other live television broadcasts. Her work has also been featured on countless radio stations throughout the world. Suzi Q. is also well-known as an activist working with civil rights organizations, victims advocate organizations, arts organizations and peace organizations.
This annual fall performance, on Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 7 p.m., will showcase original dance works by first-year Master of Fine Arts candidates in choreography and performance: Mary Joy Davis, Eleanor Grace, Stephanie Maher and Anne Rudnik. $1 at the door. No reservations. General Admission. For more information, http://www.smith.edu/smitharts/
30 Poems in November! is a celebration of literacy. Writers use their literary gifts to raise funds to benefit immigrant literacy at Center for New Americans. After writing one poem each day in November, sponsored financially for their effort, writers will read their work at a community celebration. Free and open to the public.
Members of the Advanced Poetry Workshop will host a public reading of poems they wrote during the Fall semester. Poet Joan Larkin will introduce the 11 participants.
From 4–8 p.m. everyone is welcome to the December 13 Free Second Friday at the Museum of Art. 4–6 p.m. Hands On! Art making for ages 4+ (while supplies last). 6 p.m. is Open Eyes, an informal, guided conversation about an art object. The Museum Shop will be open 10 a.m.–8 p.m. for holiday shopping! All activities are free and open to all.
The Lewis Global Studies Center presents Translation: The Ethics of Interpretation, a one-day multidisciplinary workshop featuring theorists and practitioners of translating, including students working in translation studies. Panelists with a wide array of expertise and interests will discuss the ethics, politics and practice of translating words, thoughts and ideas from one language and culture into another. Free to undergraduate students at the Five Colleges. The event is 9 a.m.-3 p.m. with breakfast and lunch provided. Registration is required. Sign up online: http://www.smith.edu/world/announcements_interterm.php
This course will be an introduction to Active Nonviolence, with an emphasis on its origins as a spiritual practice used to create social change. Participants will be introduced to past nonviolent social movements such as the U.S. Civil Rights Movement and also see how nonviolent strategies can be applied to various aspects of life. A two-hour course in Seelye 102, it will include speakers, reading material, documentary, and activities. For more information, see http://www.smith.edu/interterm/special.php and to register, email Matilda Cantwell, (email@example.com) with “Register” in the Subject Line.
As you prepare homes and hearts for Christmas, make some time to connect with your Smith community at this annual Advent celebration. Enjoy the Smith College hand bell ringers, carol singing, advent wreaths, candle lighting, a delicious festive dinner and one another. You are welcome to invite spouses, partners, children, and friends to join. Respond by December 6 to Maureen Raucher at firstname.lastname@example.org to make sure a place is set for you.
A special One Hour for Peace vigil in remembrance of the Newtown, Conn., shooting will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at noon in the sanctuary of the Helen Hills Hills Chapel. Join the Smith community for a time of contemplation, reflection and conversation oriented toward peace and understanding.
Enjoy holiday music selections performed by the Smith Campus School Chorus. The event will be held in the Campus Center Carroll Room Atrium. All are invited!
Three candidates for the Associate Dean for International Students and Scholars will be on campus this week. The search committee has scheduled an open forum for the candidates—each beginning at 4:15 p.m., on Monday, Dec. 9, in Campus Center 103; Tuesday, Dec. 10, in Campus Center 205; and Wednesday, Dec. 11, also in Campus Center 205—at which they will speak about their work and ideas for Smith, and answer questions. All are welcome.
The non-credit Interterm classes offered in January 2014 are now open for registration. Go to http://www.smith.edu/interterm to see a list of classes and to access the registration form. (Registration is not done on Banner.) Special events and workshops are also listed on the site.
Wilderness First Aid Course: Sign up now for this Interterm course held January 25-26, 2014. Open to everyone! Cost: $150 or free if you are a student and interested in becoming a 2014 Outdoor Adventure Orientation Leader. This 2-year medical certification is great for anyone planning on spending time outdoors, leading trips, or those interested in learning more about practical hands-on skills for dealing with emergencies in the backcountry. Contact Scott Johnson in the Outdoor Adventure Program, email@example.com, to register or for more details.
Nominate Smith alumnae athletes into the Athletics Hall of Fame, online:
Celebrate the last day of classes with games, prizes and entertainment by the Sikos, The Notables, The Poofs, and Kid's Choice. Sponsored by the Athletic Association.
All students, staff and faculty are invited to discover the Blue Room, a quiet, shoeless space for contemplation, prayer, respite and reflection. The Blue Room is downstairs at the Chapel and is open to all on a drop-in basis, with extended hours, 8 a.m.-10 p.m. The Blue Room encourages taking time for self-nourishment, mindfulness and peace.