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A security vulnerability has been identified in iOS (iPhone, iPad) and OS X (Mac clients) that allows attackers to read and modify encrypted communications over WiFi networks they control. Apple has released an iOS update (7.0.6) and an OS X update (10.9.2) to address this vulnerability; both should be installed as soon as possible. Until the updates are installed, iOS and OS X users are advised to use only trusted WiFi networks like SmithSecure and only the Chrome or Firefox browsers for secure communications.
In January, Harvard Pilgrim mailed 1099-HC forms to all 2013 Massachusetts resident subscribers. The 1099-HC indicates the coverage subscribers had in 2013, and allows you and your adult dependents (spouses, domestic partners and children over 18) to complete MA Schedule HC when filing a Massachusetts income tax return. Harvard Pilgrim's 1099-HC Info Center at http://www.harvardpilgrim.org/1099 explains the coverage reporting requirement, includes a Q&A on the 1099-HC form, and includes a link to a self-service print tool, which enables you to securely print your 1099-HC if you cannot locate the original.
Human Resources is once again offering one of our most popular Money Matters workshops, "Your Successful Retirement" presented by David Carboni. Unlike sessions offered by financial service providers, this program is strictly educational, as Dave neither sells financial products nor represents financial-service organizations. In this series you’ll learn about common mistakes people make in planning for retirement and how to avoid them. Dave will cover Estate planning, Social Security, Medicare, and health insurance planning, Retirement-income planning and more. To register go to http://www.smith.edu/hr/hrdev_catalog.php
Student Affairs is pleased to announce that Marge Litchford will assume the role of assistant dean of students effective March 25. Please help us congratulate her and welcome her to this new role. Thank you to the community for the time and commitment you gave to the process. Your feedback was valuable.
Health Services will be closed for Spring Break. A nurse will be available for phone consultation from Friday, March 14, at 5 p.m. until Saturday, March 15, at 10 a.m. This service will resume on Sunday, March 23, at 1 p.m. when the houses re-open. Between those times, students on campus with health issues should seek care at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. Health Services will re-open on Monday, March 24, at 8:30 a.m.
Spend a fulfilling year building bridges to cross-cultural understanding in one of 155 countries as a jump-start to your post-baccalaureate life. Fulbrighters from all fields of study teach English in schools and universities, conduct research, and get involved in their host communities through service projects, sports and cultural endeavors. Juniors and sophomores (U.S. citizens, 3.4+ GPA) register your interest in applying now by answering 12 quick questions at http://www.smith.edu/fulbright/intro.php. Get up to speed on how you can join Smith’s winning tradition athttp://www.smith.edu/fulbright/news_success.php.
President McCartney has challenged the Class of 2014: If 50% of the class—that’s 333 seniors—makes a Smith Fund donation of any size by Ivy Day, she will contribute $2,014 to the Senior Campaign effort. Learn more about the Senior Campaign and make your gift by stopping by the Smith Fund table in the Campus Center between 11am-12:30pm on the following days: Lower Level by the mailboxes on Wednesday, March 5, and Tuesday, March 11. Main level by the cafe on Friday, March 7, and Thursday, March 13. For more information visit http://www.smith.edu/giving/fund_seniors.php or contact Katie Averill at firstname.lastname@example.org
This intro session will include information about the Wellness Office's Spring Mindful Leadership Program, as well as the opportunity to test out MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction). The Thursday, March 6, session takes place at 4:15 p.m. in Campus Center 205; and the Monday, March 10, session takes place at 12:30 p.m. in Neilson Browsing Room. There are no strings attached in attending orientation, but there will be an opportunity to register for the spring program. MBSR will help you fulfill your leadership potential and improve your well-being.
Apply for the Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, a program to increase underrepresented groups' access to graduate education. Each year, five Smith College sophomores (must be U.S. citizens) may be awarded a fellowship. Junior & senior year, the program provides intensive faculty mentoring, research funding, stipends for academic year and summer programs, AND loan repayment when you enter a doctoral program in a designated field. Learn more at http://www.smith.edu/diversity/documents/MMUFInfoSheet2014.pdf
All students are encouraged to sharpen their skills in public speaking during the college years. The staff of the Helen Hills Hills Chapel is offering one-on-one individualized mentoring for students who would like an opportunity to speak and lead a discussion on a topic of their own choosing. Each student will meet with a personal mentor before and after the student's talk. For more information or to sign up, please visit the Chapel during office hours, come to lunch in the Bodman Lounge any Friday or email email@example.com
During this third annual leadership experience co-sponsored by Mount Holyoke’s Weissman Center for Leadership and Smith College’s Wurtele Center for Work & Life, participants will begin with a sit-down networking lunch from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Following lunch, author and women's leadership consultant Selena Revani will offer a two-hour workshop on learning to recognize the time and place for risk-taking in your work and life after college. More information and registration here: http://www.smith.edu/cwl/passport
The 2014 Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) Institute is currently seeking applications for a student worker administrator position for their May 24-June 6 2014 program. This year's program is entitled "Reconstructing Societies in the Wake of Conflict: Transitional Justice and Economic Development" and will take place on Smith, Simmons, and Mount Holyoke College campuses. Student workers will be responsible for administrative tasks involved in coordinating this two-week program. Candidates with experience supporting an on-campus conference or event are especially encouraged to apply. More information can be found at the following link: http://www.smith.edu/world/announcements.php
Are you concerned about plans for a roommate? Are you wondering what to do about the House Choice Form? What are these "house quotas" that people keep talking about? Come munch on pizza and make your own sandwich and ask all your questions about the housing lottery process and Room Draw.
Register to participate in the "First Annual Smith College Climbing Competition," sponsored by the Smith Outdoor Adventure Program and the Smith Outing Club. Registration and warm-up 1-2 p.m. Competition begins at 2 p.m. and continues to 4 p.m., with a mandatory meeting right before start. Open climbing format, self scoring (no judging), prizes for top scores and open raffle swag for all climbers. Free.
The Spring 2014 Extended Training Workshop (ETW) equips tutors with detailed tutoring strategies, ideas for projects and lessons, the opportunity to meet and share ideas with other tutors and to ask questions related to students you are tutoring. The training lasts five hours and includes food. Attendees will be paid for the time if you have federal work study and are currently employed as an America Reads Tutor. Register by emailing Elizabeth Barker; firstname.lastname@example.org. All America Reads Tutors are encouraged to attend.
Always wanted to visit the MacLeish Field Station, but just can't make it Friday afternoons? Well, here's your chance ~ Saturday the 8th is our inaugural Field Station Saturday! Hang out in our Living Building, go for a hike or help collect maple sap. Limited space, so please sign up here: https://doodle.com/85hi8mrf4bpancua. The van will leave from the Chapin loading dock (between Chapin and the CC) at 1:30pm, and we'll return to campus around 4 or 4:30 p.m..
Got an idea? Want to learn how to make money from that idea? Attend the Draper Business Planning Workshop series, held every Monday in March and turn your ideas into reality. No experience is necessary and the workshops are open to all majors. Lunch is provided. More information at http://www.smith.edu/wfi.
Join the Judicial Board and their panelists for a conversation about bullying at Smith. It will occur on Wednesday, March 12 at 7pm - 8pm in the Campus Center Red Room. It is sponsored by SGA and Judicial Board.
President Kathleen McCartney, Dean of the College Maureen Mahoney and Assistant Professor of Afro-American Studies Riche Barnes will sit on a moderated panel discussion about Sheryl Sandberg's book "Lean In" and the movement it has generated. The panel will be moderated by Jessica Bacal, director of the Wurtele Center for Work & Life and Leslie Hillsamer '16. Pizza and drinks will be provided. More information here: http://www.smith.edu/cwl/passport
All first-years, sophomores, and juniors welcome. Pizza and beverage served.
Lecturer Deborah Denenholz Morse, professor of English at the College of William and Mary, is a noted scholar of Victorian literature and has written widely on the Bronte sisters, Anthony Trollope and on the Victorian understanding of the animal world, as well as on more popular topics such as "Downton Abbey."
Poet Joan Houlihan will deliver a craft lecture as part of the Tammis Day '05 residency. The event is open to the public.
This panel forum will open an informative and engaging discussion on the relationship between American academic institutions and the broader Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Topics will include: the BDS movement, the ASA endorsement of an academic boycott, and Smith's response to the boycott. Guest speakers Anat Biletski (Quinnipiac University, Tel Aviv University), and Sa'ed Atshan (Brown University, Harvard University) will join Elliot Fratkin for the panel discussion, followed by a Q&A session.
A panel presentation and Q&A with honors researchers Antonela Cesar Giordana, Psychology; Yuan Ji, Biochemistry; Yasmin Kamal, Neuroscience; and Gloria Ortiz, Chemistry.
Alexander of Yale University is a noted scholar of rabbinic literature whose recently published book "Gender and Time-bound Commandments in Judaism" (Cambridge University Press 2013), which was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. The book deconstructs the traditional explanation of women's exemption from rituals that need to be performed at a certain time (the so-called time-bound commandments) and analyzes the gap between gender ideology and historical reality. It was Alexander’s three years of teaching at Smith that led her to conceive this important project of feminist recuperation of religious tradition.
Presented by Robert Stern, Boston University. Part of the Spring 2014 Life Sciences Colloquium Series. http://www.smith.edu/biology/events.php. Note the special location this week: Stoddard Auditorium, Stoddard Hall.
In 2006, Tess was in the MSW program here at Smith when her sister Meg was hospitalized and diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Together, they embarked on a journey of survival and recovery. Their story addresses many complex issues: educating a family, accepting an illness, and getting support for yourself as you see a loved one through. Tess Hutchinson is the Director of Counseling at Berkshire School in Sheffield, MA. Meg Hutchinson is an award-winning songwriter, poet and recording artist on Red House Records and tours widely in North America and Europe.
Maya Lin, American architectural designer and artist will give the 11th Annual Miller Lecture in Art and Art History. The event is free and open to all; no reservations are required. The doors to Weinstein will open at 7 p.m. as early arrival is encouraged. Overflow seating with simulcast will be available as needed. Members’ reserved seating is available. Reserve by March 9: email@example.com or call 413.585.2777.
Hala Kamal, Maissan Hassan, Kholoud Saber and Salma El-Naqqash are four Egyptian feminists, who are currently presenting at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. Their work in feminist NGOs and in the academy focuses on introducing feminist methodology across disciplines in Egyptian public universities (where women’s studies doesn’t exist), and establishing women’s archives, through the Women and Memory Forum and Archive of Voices. Two members of the NGO, Nazra for Feminist Studies, will discuss a political academy to support women's political participation and work to support women’s reproductive rights and healing from sexual trauma.
A lecture by Anthony Jensen, associate professor of philosophy at Providence College and author of "Nietzsche's Philosophy of History" (Cambridge UP, 2013). Jensen is the associate editor of "The Journal of Nietzsche Studies."
Lecture by Christopher Tinson, Assistant Professor African American Studies, Hampshire College. For many, the election and reelection of President Obama represent milestones in U.S. racial politics. Yet the murder of Trayvon Martin, the acquittal of George Zimmerman, and the shooting deaths of Renisha McBride and Jordan Davis, tell a familiar story of anti-black violence. Professor Tinson will discuss what these contemporary cases tell us about histories of violence and demands for racial justice in the United States.
The Lewis Global Studies Center presents "Nothing Happened: Charlotte Salomon and an Archive of Suicide" (University of Michigan Press, 2013), with author Darcy Buerkle, associate professor of History. Interlocutors include Kevin Quashie, associate professor of Afro-American Studies, and Karen Remmler, professor of German Studies (Mount Holyoke). Co-sponsored by the Department of History and the Program for the Study of Women and Gender. This is part of the Global Books series, opportunities for authors to present their work and examine larger global issues with the Smith community. Pizza lunch will be served to the first 25 participants.
The Lewis Global Studies Center, along with Dr. Les Jaffe, present a Global Salon with Dr. Barry Kerzin. Dr. Kerzin has spent the past 25 years in Dharamsala serving as a doctor to many high lamas including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and providing charitable medical care to the poor. He teaches compassion and secular ethics in medical schools and universities internationally, and delivered a TEDx talk on happiness. Don't miss this opportunity to hear Dr. Kerzin's unique perspective on current conditions and challenges facing Tibetan refugees. Light refreshments will be provided.
Emmy winner Lisa Gossels will screen her documentary, "My So-Called Enemy" (2010), a film about six young women (Israeli and Palestinian, Jewish, Christian and Muslim) and their relation to the conflict in Israel and Palestine and its potential resolutions. Gossels will hold a documentary master class, a lunchtime salon at the Global Studies Center Tuesday, April 1, noon-1 p.m., and a series of workshops on gender and conflict resolution. Gossels is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brown University and is member of the Selah Leadership Network. More information can be found at http://mysocalledenemy.com/
June & the Bee is a brother-sister duo hatched in the farmlands and raised in Amherst, Mass. Their first original musical arrangement was comprised of Eli on a beloved red kazoo and Emma June on pots and pans, respectively. Out of the kitchen and onto the stage, now, Eli (the Bee) strums the guitar and Emma June the ukulele. Cookies, Coffee, Good Vibes provided.
Art Department's Art Liaisons presents movie nights featuring different topics in art. The next movie will be Women Art Revolution on March 27. All movies are in Graham Hall, Hillyer Hall at 7 p.m. and open to 5-college community.
Set in the 1950s, this 2012 romantic comedy follows young Rose Pamphyle, a small-town girl who finds a job as a secretary at an insurance agency run by the debonair Louis Échard. Although Rose is an awful secretary, Louis discovers that Rose has a particular talent for typing, and enters her in a local speed-typing competition. After Rose wins, Louis begins training her to compete to become the world’s fastest typist. In French with English subtitles.
While representative of widely different worlds, both "Kamala" by Vijay Tendulkar, adapted and directed by Afreen Seher Gandhi '15, and "Chamber Music" by Arthur Kopit, directed by Sara Kelly '14, explore how a group decision can have strong repercussions on the life of an individual who doesn't have a voice. These two performances explore history, morality, and the politics of human relationships in the close quarters of a single room. More information and tickets available at http://www.smith.edu/smitharts
Fearless optimist Anna teams up with Kristoff in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna's sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter. March 7 at 7:30, Weinstein Auditorium;
March 8 at 7:30, Stoddard Auditorium.
Persian miniature paintings, illuminated manuscripts and early photographs reveal striking similarities in this exciting one-day exhibition of works on paper from the Museum's permanent collection, curated by Khadejeh Al-Rijleh ‘16.
March brings Smith's lively Celtic ensemble, the Wailing Banshees, and Ánima, a bracing vocal quartet that performs Celtic, Corsican, American, and Georgian folk songs. They will either banish winter altogether, or bring making noise in the library to a new level. Josten Library's First Fridays @ Five is a patron-driven performance series devoted to the creative lives of its users and the acoustic brilliance of its Mezzanine. Free and open to all.
The Asian Student Association will host renowned comedian Eliot Chang as part of its spring conference. Free and open to the public. For more information about the conference visit https://smith.collegiatelink.net/organization/asa/calendar/details/362335
Cornell University Men’s Glee Club, Robert Isaacs, conductor. Soloists include Dominique Labelle, soprano; William Hite, tenor; and Timothy Jerome Jones, bass-baritone, conducted by Jonathan Hirsh.
Come to a weekly Monday rehearsal at 7 p.m. to sit in, play, listen, and get a feel for the group. All instruments welcome, but the ensemble is in particular need of flute players. Contact Ellen Redman at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or if you are interested in joining.
"Let's go see a poetry show." That is a sentence rarely proclaimed and usually responded to with cringes and excuses. The Mayhem Poets are on a mission to change that. Having been dubbed "an amazing ride" by the New York Times, this mind boggling performance has been described as "The Simpsons meets Malcolm X at a Notorious B.I.G. concert". These theatre trained, comedically gifted, lyrical virtuosos seamlessly blend raw elements of hip hop, theatre, improv and stand up comedy to tell gut wrenching truths that leave audiences forever changed.
From 4–6 p.m. is 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 10–8 p.m. and all activities are free and open to the public.
The following student-led workshops will be offered to the campus community on a range of digital media topics at the Center for Media Production, Alumnae Gym, 7-8 p.m.: Thursday, March 6, Digital Audio Recording and Using Garageband (rescheduled from February 28); Thursday, March 13, Canon Rebel Basics (rescheduled from February 20).
Interested in getting paid to help other students learn your native language? The Five College Center for the Study of World Languages is currently accepting applications from native speakers of less commonly taught languages to serve as conversation partners in the language programs offered through the Center. These are paid positions and are considered on-campus employment for international students from all five campuses. Please stop by this informal drop-in information session to learn more about this wonderful opportunity. If you can’t drop by but are still interested in applying, you can find information and an application form online at https://www.fivecolleges.edu/fclang/jobs.
Smith’s first Fulbright Fellow of the year, Lisa Saladin, will spend 2014-15 in Ireland completing a language and literature project titled, "Fresh Feminine Voices: Transfiguring Irish-Language Poetry in the Postmodern Era". Come meet many of Smith’s Fulbright Finalists at the Fulbright Spring Break Blast-Off, Monday, March 10, from 7 to 8 p.m. in McConnell 103. A panel of Fulbright Finalists http://www.smith.edu/fulbright/news.php will speak about their experiences with the application process and hold a Q&A session. Follow Lisa and hundreds of other Smithies who have jumped on the Fast Track to Success Express and joined a winning Smith tradition http://www.smith.edu/fulbright/news_success.php.
Join us for this quiet observance every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. in the newly renovated sanctuary. There will be candle-lighting, quiet meditation, contemplation and informal sharing. This is a wonderful opportunity to explore the redesigned Chapel Sanctuary and to experience the peace of the new space. Open to all students, staff and faculty on a drop-in basis. Sponsored by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life. Accessible.
Friday, March 7, 12:15 p.m.: Soup, Salad and Soul, Bodman Lounge. Student-led discussion and homemade meal. 12:20 p.m.: Al Iman Friday prayers, Blue Room. 5:30 p.m.: Hillel Shabbat, Kosher Kitchen, Dawes House, Shabbat dinner follows at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Mar. 3, 5 p.m.: Buddhist Meditation Sitting Group, Bodman; 7 p.m. "Bonnet Strings" Lecture/Book signing, Sanctuary. For more information on student religious organizations and places of worship, consult http://smith.edu/religiouslife and like us on Face book.
Smith Alumna Saloma Furlong 'AC will hold a lecture and book signing for her latest book, "Bonnet Strings: An Amish Woman's Ties to Two Worlds." "Bonnet Strings" is a memoir about leaving behind the Amish community in Ohio at age 20 and boarding a train for Vermont where Furlong established a new life as a waitress and found a budding romance. It is a true Amish story of hurt and healing, of doubt and faith, of longing and love, of leaving the Amish, returning, and then leaving again; and of competing desires for freedom and belonging.
Put a smile on a child’s face—come volunteer to lead a group of children eager to learn about nature. Volunteer at Arcadia in Easthampton on Saturday, March 29, 4-9 p.m. to guide children through the enchanted forest trail of Arcadia. Bring your energy and love for nature to enlighten children about vernal pool creatures. You will wander through a trail that is filled with costumed characters from vernal pools and hear short humorous skits. Email email@example.com to sign up or questions or email firstname.lastname@example.org, ext. 2793 for more information.
The Smith College Softball Team will host its annual Homerun Breakfast. Cost is $15 and includes a hot, buffet-style breakfast with beverage. We will raffle off several items that are donated from local businesses. All proceeds will directly benefit our Smith Softball student-athletes as they attempt to defray the costs associated with their Spring Training trip. Contact Head Coach Kelly O'Connell (email@example.com or ext. 2723) to reserve your spot.
When you see Smith crew team members on rowing machines outside the Campus Center on Friday, March 7, stop by, cheer them on, learn how to use the machines, and pitch in your spare change or a larger contribution for the annual Ergathon. Rowers will occupy the machines from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Chapin Lawn in front of the Campus Center to raise funds for charity. Proceeds raised during their day of rowing will go to The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, a nonprofit organization based in Hadley that provides and serves food to more than 15,000 people in our area per week, many of them children. Watch a video of the crew team at http://www.smith.edu/video/smith-crew-life-water
The Society of Women Engineers invites girls in grades 6-8 to Smith for Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (IGTED) on Saturday, March 8. IGTED is an annual event to engage young girls in hands-on engineering activities, covering mechanical, electrical, and civil engineering. The morning session runs 9 a.m.-noon, and the afternoon session runs 2-5 p.m. To find out more or register for the event, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you like cupcakes? Do you like Italy? Do you love women? Then this is the event for you. Swing by the table outside the Campus Center Cafe and celebrate International Women's Day with the Italian club. Bring a quarter, take a cupcake and learn a little bit about the history of this wonderful day.
Smith's first March Madness Basketball Tournament will begin Sunday, March 9, in Ainsworth and Scott Gym, noon to 5 p.m., as house teams compete in short basketball games. On Monday, March 10, at 7 p.m., the top four teams will vie for the championship title. It will be a fun- filled weekend with music, food and prizes (handed out by the one-and-only Kathy McCartney) ending with a celebration party on March 10, 8-10 p.m. Participating houses are Capen, Comstock, Cushing, Emerson, Gardiner, Haven-Wesley, Jordan, King, Lamont, Lawrence, Morrow, Scales, Talbot, Wilson, Ziskind, B2. Like the Facebook page today. https://www.facebook.com/SmithCollegeAthleticAssociation
Smith’s Campus Police Department will test the college’s emergency notification system March 12. Please follow the instructions within the message and respond so that we can best determine how well the system is working. If you need to make changes to your emergency contact information prior to this test, you can do so by 5 p.m. on March 11. To receive emergency messages through your cell phone, via text or voice, please update your emergency contact information. Students and employees can do so by logging on to BannerWeb and clicking on Personal Information and then Emergency Information Review and Update. Alternatively, you can update your information through the Smith Portal. Go to http://portal.smith.edu and log in using your network username and password. When the portal page opens, click on the My Info tab then, click on the Personal Data link in the Personal Info block. This will open your BannerWeb account, where you can select Personal Information, then Emergency Information Review and update.
Form a team with your friends, test your trivia knowledge and compete to win a grand prize.