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Smith's subscription to the Box file-storage service will expire on May 31, 2015, at which time Box will delete all Smith Box accounts and any files they contain. As a first step, starting April 15, Smith Box users will be restricted to downloading and copying files out of Box. Uploading new files to Box and editing or deleting existing Box files will be blocked. If you use Box and have not yet copied all your Box files to Google Drive, see: http://www.smith.edu/its/tara/cloudstorage/box-to-drive.html. If you have any questions, call the User Support Center at x4487 or send email to email@example.com.
The SmithSecure wireless network will be turned off in all remaining campus buildings on Monday, March 9. To avoid any loss of service, all SmithSecure users should establish an Eduroam connection on their device before that date. Note that your Eduroam username is your Smith email address and your Eduroam password is your Smith network password. Windows users, you must make your first connection to Eduroam using the Aruba QuickConnect Wizard at http://www.smith.edu/eduroam. For full Eduroam connection instructions, see: http://www.smith.edu/its/tara/smith_network/eduroam.html
The Social Security Collecting Strategies workshop scheduled for Tuesday, March 24, noon-1:30 p.m., has been changed to the Conference Center Oak Room. There's still time to register for this workshop.
This year the number of available job openings in Facilities Management for the Summer Employment is very limited. If there are any vacancies available once returning workers are hired, new applicants will be contacted according to the priority list. On-line applications for new hires must be submitted by Friday, March 27, at 4:30 p.m. As a reminder, priority for filling positions goes first to eligible returning workers from the previous summer, Smith College undergraduate students, then to college age dependents and then to high school age dependents. For information on how to apply, visit http://www.smith.edu/hr/career_summer.php
Are you new to the Budget Call process at Smith? Were you assigned an Excel budget worksheet and are unsure how to complete it? This workshop, which takes place Monday, March 9, at 10 a.m., may be for you. The Budget office will review the Budget Call process and how to complete your budget worksheets and supporting documents. Individual PCs available in a computer lab setting, so that your specific worksheet questions can be answered. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday March 4th, so that we can reserve a computer for you to use as we walk you through your individual Budget Call question areas.
Smith is embarking on a college-wide strategic planning process, with the Committee on Mission and Priorities serving as the steering group. Brief proposals of innovative ideas and investments, as well as alignment of existing programs, are invited and encouraged from faculty, staff and students. Deadline is March 23. For more information, visit http://www.smith.edu/planning/.
The Smith Fellowships Program has a reconfigured Fulbright website and application system for students seeking post-baccalaureate fellowships, based off its Fulbright website at http://www.smith.edu/fulbright. All top post-bacc fellowships sponsored by Smith operate off the basic Fulbright process because most prestigious post-bacc fellowship elements are common to all such fellowships. Inquire today with an email to email@example.com to see how Fellowships advisers can support you!
The President's Open Office Hour has moved from Wednesday, March 4, to Thursday, March 12, at 4 p.m.
Start documenting your unique Smithie experience. Record your memories with a GoPro camera, now available at the Smith College Computer Store. Not sure what a GoPro camera is? Let us educate you about action cameras. Come by Stoddard Hall 22 to watch the demo video and take one home today.
Consider applying for a position on the 8-member Community Service Office (CSO) student board if you are interested in: increasing your leadership skills by organizing volunteer events for other students; helping Smithies make a difference in our local communities; strengthening your commitment to and knowledge of our local communities; and working with other amazing Smithies on the CSO Executive Board. Click Here for the application: http://goo.gl/fhgRQV
The Winter Mystery Map has been released by the Smith Spatial Analysis Lab. The map challenge invites you to exercise your spatial savviness and Pioneer Valley knowledge by identifying the mystery event mapped. Visit our website to view the map and submit a guess by Friday March 6. The winner will be announced soon after. http://bit.ly/1FXTssm
If you are a senior or an alumna beginning your first year of graduate studies, you are eligible to apply for an Alumnae Scholarship. Awards are competitive and are based on merit as determined by your record, letters from faculty and a recommendation from your department. Students who receive awards are expected to pursue full-time graduate study. The application deadline is March 15 and is available for download at http://www.smith.edu/classdeans/funding.php.
Learn more about student philanthropy at Smith and how giving back supports the facilities department. Coffee available on a first come first serve basis.
In the Fall 2015 Smithsonian Internship Program, students spend the semester in Washington D.C. earning school credit and interning in one of the 19 Smithsonian museums where students assist in creating exhibitions and programming, conduct research with archival and museum materials, and work side by side with preeminent curators and scholars of American culture. Visit the website for internship opportunities available for the fall and and application details: http://www.smith.edu/ams/smithsonian/apply.php.
Friday, March 6th will be our final deadline for seniors to apply for the 2015 TFA corps. As with previous deadlines, seniors and master's students (from any academic background) are eligible, as long as their cumulative undergraduate GPA is 2.5 or above and they are U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or have proof of deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA).The March 6th deadline is also open to juniors and co-terming seniors (those who will not graduate by June 2015) who wish to apply early for the 2016 corps. More information can be found on the Teach For America website.
The deadline for students to apply for a Kahn Institute fellowship during the 2015-2016 academic year is fast approaching. To apply for both "Memory: Form, Function and Fallibility" and "Play", send materials to firstname.lastname@example.org or via mail to: The Kahn Liberal Arts Institute, Neilson Library, 3rd floor south by Friday, March 6. For more information on applying visit http://www.smith.edu/kahninstitute/fellowships_student.php or call 585-3721.
Sugaring season is about to start! Here is your chance to experience the traditional tapping of maple trees that New England is known for. Join us for maple tapping at the MacLeish Field Station on Saturday, March 7th, 1-4pm. Be sure to wear gloves and warm layers and be prepared to walk in some snow! No experience necessary. Vans will leave from the Chapin loading dock at 1pm. Sign up at http://goo.gl/2PQCXJ
Just in time for Spring Break, stop by the Davis Ballroom to decorate luggage tags for your travels this Spring Break.
In this Five College Afro-Luso-Brazilian faculty seminar, Aarti Madan, Professor at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, will present on the visions of sustainability and social ecology in the early 20th-century Amazon writings of journalist, engineer, and ethnographer Euclides da Cunha. For Euclides, there is a direct correlation between settlement of the land and its preservation, populating the forest while valuing its alterity. Untangling the political, racial, and economic dramas that develop in Euclides's Amazon, Professor Madan considers ways in which his essays critique global economic forces while illuminating fault lines between society and ecology in the Global South. Open to the public.
The Lewis Global Studies Center presents Eric Reeves, professor of English at Smith College and author of the recent book, 'Compromising with Evil: An Archival History of Sudan, 2007-2012.' In this talk, Professor Reeves will focus on the international failure to hold the National Islamic Front/National Congress Party regime responsible for its serial atrocity, and how civilians perceived as supporting the rebels have been systematically targeted on the basis of ethnicity.
How the new FAA rules for Unmanned Aircraft (UAVs, Drones, etc.) could impact the Pioneer Valley and why the next 50 days are important to our future. The evening will include a drone flight demonstration and drone petting zoo. Presentations by Paul Voss, Associate Professor, Engineering, Bob Newton, Professor, Geoscience, and Jon Caris, Director, Spatial Analysis Lab. For more information, visit http://smith.edu/kahninstitute/chronicle/winter2015/news.php
The Lewis Global Studies Center presents a Global Books conversation with Giovanna Bellesia, Professor of Italian, and Victoria Offredi Poletto, Senior Lecturer Emerita in Italian. They will discuss their translation of a novel by Gabriella Ghermandi, about Mahlet, a young Ethiopian girl with a gift for storytelling, who becomes the keeper and teller of her family's stories. Bellesia served as the faculty director for the Smith Program Abroad in Florence fall 2014. Poletto is serving in this role and will join the conversation via Skype. Pizza lunch will be served to the first 25 participants.
What are the common stereotypes that contribute to negative attitudes towards Muslims in the United States? What is the role of the media in perpetuating how the United States views Islam? These are some of the questions that we hope to address during this event. We invite you to take part in a discussion on Islamophobia, and to listen to some of our faculty and students' perspectives on the issue. Following the speeches, we will have three minutes of silence for the victims of the UNC murders, and then open the floor for a facilitated Q & A.
Presented by Nancy Folbre, feminist economist and professor of economics, University of Massachusetts Amherst. Part of the "alternate economics" events organized by Smith College Department of Economics. Coffee, tea and light snacks will be served after the event.
Scholarship on the history of photography in the Middle East has commonly focused on Orientalist and exotic representations. This lecture will offer another perspective, examining the modernity of the late Ottoman Empire through photographs. Documentation of infrastructure projects, urban renewals, and public buildings throughout the region will define the greater framework for the discussion; focus on a woman's hospital in Istanbul will open more detailed issues. Zeynep Celik is a distinguished professor of architecture at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Her lecture is part of the Kahn longterm project The Power of Disappearance. Open to the public; refreshments served.
"Transformative Technology: An Evolution of Contemplative Practice." Mikey Siegel, BioFluent Technologies. Meditation research has made extraordinary progress in mapping out the underlying mechanisms of the states and traits associated with various contemplative practices. In the same way that our understanding of biological science led to the eradication of the smallpox virus, can our understanding of contemplative science lead to the eradication of the underlying causes of human suffering? This talk explores how modern technology might work to transform human experience from the inside out. Hosted by the Buddhist Studies Concentration and Department of Religion.
An informal discussion with Carina Ahuja '12, MPH in Global Public Health, Kings College, London; currently a Global Health Corps Fellow, Planned Parenthood. Lunch provided for the first 30 students.
Photographer Vaughn Sill will speak about her photographic odyssey which began in 1987 with a visit to a garden in Athens, Georgia. For 20 years, Sills traveled through the Deep South photographing African-American folk gardens that reflect in form and organization some of the earliest African-American religious and cultural traditions. Her book, "Places for the Spirit: Traditional African American Gardens," is a compilation of more than eighty photographs from her journey. Followed by a reception and book signing at the Lyman Plant House where the Bulb Show will be on view in the illuminated Lyman Conservatory.
More information is online: http://www.smith.edu/garden/Home/events.html
Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair, an internationally recognized clinical psychologist, will lecture about her book, The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age. Dr. Steiner-Adair will be talking about ways in which technology and media are impacting children at every stage of development, while challenging what it means to be a family. This lecture will be of interest to parents, educators, college students, and those interested in understanding how chronic technological distractions are shaping how we learn, teach, and relate to each other. This event is free and open to the public.
Presented by Michael Turvey, professor of psychology, University of Connecticut. Hosted by the Department of Dance, Department of Psychology, and Neuroscience Program. Reception starting at 4 p.m.; talk to begin at 4:30 p.m.
This lecture will discuss lesser known aspects of veiling in order to highlight some of the human rights violations that veiled Muslim women continue to experience around the world, including veiling and feminism, Islamic fashion, beauty pageants, and Muslim dolls. This is the second talk in the 2015 Neilson Professor Lecture Series, "Gender, Justice and the Arab World." Neilson Professor Sahar Amer is the Chair of the Department of Arabic Language and Cultures at the University of Sydney. Her third and final lecture will take place on April 6. Free and open to the public; refreshments provided.
The Lewis Global Studies Center presents a panel discussion on "Immigration Policies and Local Answers to a Global Issue, Resettlement Experiences and Challenges of Displaced People." Members of the panel will include Susannah Crolius, coordinator of outreach and resource development for the Western Massachusetts Refugee and Immigrant Consortium, and Jeff Napolitano, executive officer at American Friends Service Committee of Western Mass. Snacks will be provided. For more information, visit smith.edu/world/
The Lewis Global Studies Center presents a Global Salon focused on the Duke University Haiti Lab. Speaking will be Jacques Pierre, a visiting lecturer in French, Haitian Creole, and Culture at Duke University, and core affiliated faculty in the Haiti Lab. The Haiti Lab brings undergraduate and graduate students together in a discovery-driven environment, where they work with specialists in Haitian culture, history, and language. The Lab, in addition to being a resource for media seeking knowledge of Haiti, also works on projects which feature vertical integration of Duke's expertise across different disciplines and schools. For more info, visit smith.edu/world/
The Lewis Global Studies Center presents a Global Salon featuring Elizabeth Prodromou, Visiting Associate Professor of Conflict Resolution. She will discuss the decline of indigenous Christian communities, which can be traced back to the early 20th century and the formation of states in the Middle East. Why have policymakers, media actors, and, scholars demonstrated remarkably little interest in the disappearance of Christianity in the Middle East? Prodromou will deconstruct myths that have shaped perceptions about Middle East Christians, and how the global response to the violence against them offers insight for the recent experiences of the Yazidi population in Iraq.
The Lewis Global Studies Center presents a WHAW (What's Happening Around the World) on the upcoming Israeli elections. The event will feature a conversation between Justin Cammy, associate professor of Jewish studies and comparative literature and specialist in modern Jewish literature and culture; and Donna Robinson Divine, professor emerita of government and Morningstar Family Professor of Jewish Studies. For more information and events, visit http://www.smith.edu/world.
Set at the dawn of the electric age, In the Next Room (or the vibrator play) examines Victorian marriage, intimacy, and electricity in provocatively comic fashion. Dr. Givings has created a wonderfully effective new device for treating "hysteria" in women. The success of this new invention and its popularity forces the doctor and his young wife to examine the nature of their own marriage. Tickets for the play can be purchased through the box office by phone at 413-585-3220 or online at http://www.smith.edu/smitharts. Tickets are $10 Adults, $5 Students, FREE for Smith students.
Singer, artist, scholar, teacher and poet, Bettina Judd takes an interdisciplinary approach as she weaves together history and experience to examine the use of black women's bodies in research. Her book, "Patient.", winner of the Hudson Prize, navigates this complex moral landscape with lyrical grace, alliteration and mysterious rhythm. Judd is the recipient of three Cave Canem fellowships. Q&A for the Smith Community at 4:00 pm in the Poetry Center. The reading is free and open to the public.
Featuring design studio work by the graduating class of architecture majors and minors over their four years at Smith. Light refreshments and snacks will be served. Exhibit is open March 3-27.
Students in the Smith College course “Exhibiting the Visual Art of Interwar Germany 1924-1940” have curated an exhibition of German picture card albums, produced in the 1920s and 1930s. These albums were first conceived as advertising tools in the late 19th century, but took on additional educational, recreational and political functions after World War I, thanks to new methods of mass producing color and photographic images. Opening reception is Thursday, March 5, at 4:15 p.m.
For 20 years, photographer Vaughn Sills traveled through the Deep South capturing images of African-American folk gardens that reflect in form and organization some of the earliest African-American religious and cultural traditions. A selection of 30 photographs from her book, Places for the Spirit; TRADITIONAL AFRICAN AMERICAN GARDENS, will be on view.
Vaughn Sills has exhibited widely and has received several significant awards. Vaughn is associate professor emerita at Simmons College and lives and works in Cambridge, Mass.
Full information is online at: http://www.smith.edu/garden/exhibits/exhibitions.html
In "Clutter + Collage: Mixed Media on Paper" curated by Samantha Page '17, layer after layer of assemblages come together to create a new whole. With art by Lesley Dill, Anne Ryan and others, this exhibition lays bare the forms that make up a collage. Don't miss this one-day show.
The Smith College Choirs, Jonathan Hirsh and Joseph Baldwin, Directors, welcome the Pennsylvania State University Men's Glee Club, Christopher Kiver, Director. Karen Smith Emerson, soprano; Justina Golden, mezzo-soprano; William Hite, tenor; Jonathan Lasch, bass-baritone. Tickets available at http://www.elijah.brownpapertickets.com. Free for Smith students.
In this Concert Conversation, "Refractions of the Baroque Cello," Smith alumna Jennifer Morsches takes us on a journey highlighting composers who made an indelible mark on the cello, and contributed to its development as an instrument of expression and authority. Jennifer Morsches, baroque cello, Grant Moss, harpsichord. Free and open to the public.
Music theorist and violist Edward Klorman presents, "Mozart and the Music of Friends: Social Interplay in the Chamber Works," a lecture that explores the possibility of using norms of cultured social conversation in late 18th-century Austria as a model for interpretation of Mozart's chamber music. Free and open to the public.
Monday, March 2: Adobe Photoshop Basics; Thursday, March 5, Final Cut Pro Basics; Monday, March 9, iMovie Basics
Learn how to give more effective speeches and presentations at this Jacobson Center lunch-hour workshop. Peter Sapira will give advice about crafting a speech, using gestures, overcoming nerves, and using PowerPoint. Feel free to bring a grab-and-go lunch.
Smith Splash is an event on Saturday, March 7, where middle and high school students can take classes taught by college students. Anyone who is available anytime between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. can volunteer to help out. The commitment can be as short as a couple hours or as long as all day. This meeting is an opportunity to learn more and meet other volunteers. Find out more and sign up in advance at smithsplash.learningu.org/volunteer/index.html. Email email@example.com with any questions.
What language do you usually think in? Did you learn English after learning another language? If so, do you consider the other language as your first language? This is the first general interest meeting about creating a space to address these linguistic issues in a variety of ways. For a more detailed invitation, email Linh Le at firstname.lastname@example.org
The March CSO Community Education Lunch at the Center for Community Collaboration will have Ruth Harms from Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Hampshire County to recruit volunteers for the 2015-2016 academic year. Big Brothers/Big Sisters aims to assist children to achieve their potential through one-on-one relationships with committed volunteers. Be a companion in the Kids to Campus Program Wednesdays from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., or be a Community Companion. Pizza and salad will be served. Questions email@example.com
Do you have the tools you need to start saving for tomorrow? Do you understand the vocabulary of stocks or know how to evaluate the market? If not, then you can learn all about the basics of investing with the help of Economics Professor Roger Kaufman at WFI's weekly workshop on the Principles of Investing. Enjoy Professor Kaufman's fun, easy-to-follow advice over a delicious lunch (lunch provided for the first 70 attendees only). This lunch series is designed for Smithies from all majors with no prior knowledge about investing and is open to faculty and staff.
A discussion about the field of public health with panelists Suzanne Gottschang, Ph.D., MPH (Smith College, Anthropology); Benita Jackson, Ph.D., MPH (Smith College, Psychology); Soloe Dennis, MS in Public Health (Regional Director of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health's Western Regional Health Office); Smith alumna Donielle Sliwa ’04, MD, MPH (Internal Medicine Resident). Pizza will be provided for the first 25 people.
A practical hands-on group for individuals with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), will meet for 7 weeks starting Monday, March 9, in Counseling Services at the Schacht Wellness Center. If interested, contact Jeannette Landrie, firstname.lastname@example.org or Elena Volpe, email@example.com
This is an informal dinner for all members of the Smith community to discuss the events and activities addressing issues of sustainability on campus. Come late and/or leave early. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, Mar. 4, Wednesday Weekly Vigil, for contemplation and solidarity, noon, sanctuary, Chapel. Friday, Mar. 6, Soup, Salad, Soul, student-led, soul-ful conversation over homemade, vegetarian-friendly meal, 12:15 p.m., Bodman, Chapel; Al Iman Friday Prayers, 12:30 p.m., Blue Room, Chapel; 5:30 p.m. Hillel Shabbat in Kosher Kitchen, Jordan House, followed by Shabbat dinner, 6:30 p.m.; Smith Christian Fellowship Group Investigating God Bible Study, 5:45 p.m., Reading Room, Chapel. Monday, Mar. 9, Weekly Buddhist Sitting Meditation, led by Buddhist priest Ryumon Baldoquin, Sensei, 5:00 p.m., sanctuary; Five College Common Cup and W(holy) Queer, discussing nuances of faith, religion, 8:00 p.m., Bodman.
Wednesday Weekly Vigil is designed as a space of contemplation, dialogue, and solidarity for the campus community. It reflects how we strive to "be the change we wish to see in the world" and how the contemplative conditions we create help spread peace throughout the world. Students, faculty, and staff are welcome. The vigil will be led by students and Interfaith Fellow Matilda Cantwell. Students are encouraged to bring a grab and go lunch. If you would like to propose a topic or lead a vigil, contact Matilda at email@example.com.
The 2015 Smith College Spring Bulb Show will draw its inspiration from the French Impressionist painter Claude Monet's renown garden at Giverney. Design elements, plants and color schemes from the garden will be scrutinized and recreated in our glasshouses. Take a trip to the French master's garden and get inspired to paint...or garden. The Smith College Spring Bulb Show,
a spectacular array of over 5,000 bulbs that have been coaxed into blooming simultaneously, awaits you in this long-standing Smith College tradition, dating back over 100 years.
More info is online at: http://www.smith.edu/garden/Home/events.html
Recipes from the cookbook "The Bombay Cafe" by chef Neela Paniz, who will be visiting campus, willl be featured with lunch specials at the Campus Center Café and dinner specials at Lamont, Chase, King-Scales and Comstock-Wilder dining halls. For more information, visit http://www.smith.edu/diningservices/index.php
To raise money for the Food Bank of Massachusetts, Smith Crew will hold it's annual Ergathon. The team will be in front of the Campus Center rowing and collecting donations for the Food Bank, an organization that provides support for almost every food pantry, shelter and agency in Western Massachusetts. With higher heat prices, many families are having to decide between heat and food. Help us by dropping off change or larger donations at the Campus Center, Chapin Lawn side. You can come learn to erg too.
For more info: https://www.foodbankwma.org/about/faq/
Experience the artist's glittering optical lens boxes and rocking canvases in the exhibition "Mary Bauermeister: The New York Decade," and join us for a day of art inspired by the experimental use of found and natural objects in her assemblages. Specific activities of artistic expression, production, and reflection to be announced.
VOX will be hosting free and confidential HIV testing. The tests take 20 minutes and are being taken by Tapestry Health. The tests do not require needles. Add your HIV status to the list of things you learned this semester.