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Per the Affordable Care Act (ACA) legislation, employers must provide employees with new Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Forms indicating that health coverage was offered to them and their family members in 2015 and that the coverage offered met ACA "minimum essential coverage" and "minimum value" requirements. Form 1095-C will be mailed to full-time employees' home addresses and should be received by February 19, 2016. You can find more information at http://goo.gl/HFiskF
A great opportunity to meet members of Staff Council and other colleagues from across campus.
For most of us, such clarity of focus has become increasingly rare. Simply looking has become a luxury. This two hour workshop will give us the time to do just that~ exploring the glories of the SCMA at our own slow pace, writing and making notes~ and then gathering to share what we've discovered. Lead by Christian McEwan, author of World Enough & Time: On Creativity and Slowing Down, now in its sixth edition. Register at: http://www.smith.edu/hr/hrdev_registration.php
This 90-min workshop, presented by the Spatial Analysis Lab, will introduce attendees to ArcGIS Online's Story Maps platform and strategies for using it in the classroom. Whether you've used Story Maps or have never heard of it, you'll leave with a better understanding of how Story Maps can be used in virtually any discipline to promote spatial thinking and digital media literacy. The first half will be a presentation and discussion of Story Maps. In the second half, attendees will make their own Story Map. Attendees are welcome to leave after the first half. Sign up here: http://bit.ly/TeachingStoryMaps
Twenty-eight remarkable Smithies have been named Finalists for the prestigious Fulbright Fellowship (). Of these 28 hoping to impact 21 countries, 13 seek Research/Study Fellowships while another 15 aim for English Teaching Assistantships. The Fulbright Fellowship represents a significant contribution that Smith makes to societies around the world and is a keystone in Smith's global leadership drive. To learn more about these Finalists and their numerous faculty/staff supporters, please visit http://www.smith.edu/fulbright/news.php. To learn how you can help the Fellowships Program identify and cultivate potential fellowships candidates, please contact Don Andrew (email@example.com) or Ryan Lewis (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Two prizes each will be awarded for hats and house banners: Most Creative and Best Use of Theme. Each winning house will receive $100 for its treasury. Winners of the hat contest will receive a $50 Dining Dollars credit. As for the judging, volunteers from the Smith Fund will identify 10 hat contest finalists from among seniors gathered at the Campus Center to march to John M. Greene Hall. At the start of the ceremony, faculty will vote for their favorites. President Kathleen McCartney will announce the winners at the end of the celebration. House banners will be judged by a group of faculty and staff. All banners must be hung by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16, in order to qualify. (Banner kits are available in the Office of Student Engagement, Campus Center 106.) Read more about Rally Day events at http://goo.gl/Uy4HYw For more information, contact Office of Student Engagement or SGA.
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 25, 2016 and is available for download at http://www.smith.edu/classdeans/funding.php
Sponsored by the Class of 2018 Cabinet and Class Reps. Collection boxes will be in every house and SGA Office in the Campus Center. Safe Passage is committed to creating a safe environment for women when they leave their abusive homes. As a part of this commitment, they provide menstrual products for them in their shelters. Our cabinet believes that it makes sense to run this drive at a women's college, as many people on campus already have spare boxes of pads and tampons that they could easily donate.
An afternoon at the MacLeish field station; there will be a Living Building tour and board games inside, and sledding outside. Leaving from Chapin loading dock at 12:20 p.m. and returning by 4 p.m. Email email@example.com to reserve a spot in the van.
Interested in bettering the lives of others via education and wellness? Then attend Community Service Organization's Community Ed Luncheon which highlights volunteer opportunities with Connections After School Program and Fit Together. Agency representatives will be there to talk about the work that their agencies do and how Smith students can get involved. Connections After School Program Tutors mentor underprivileged young students. Fit Together offers personalized wellness advice and services to people in Western Massachusetts. Pizza and salad will be served. Questions, contact CSO firstname.lastname@example.org ext. 2793.
Show your love for Smith in honor of Valentine's Day. Stop by The Smith Fund table in the Campus Center and make a valentine for someone special, pick up a sweet treat, and make your gift to The Senior Appreciation Program. Visit our table in the CC.
Make time for some Valentine fun in the Libraries. http://smith.edu/libraries/info/news/love-my-library
Enjoy rolling afternoon teas in all four campus libraries, 1:30-5:30 p.m. Get distracted with valentine making, photo booths, button making, and coloring books - display your work in Neilson. Check out the love-themed exhibitions in Hillyer and Josten libraries.
Learn more about the Smith-Wellesley College semester study abroad program in Cordoba, Spain, which combines academic courses with a rich cultural program. The Program Administrator will give highlights from the program, talk about the application and visa process and answer questions. There will also be former Smith participants present to talk about their own experiences.
Bring your friends to do nail art and make hair scrunchies.
Applications for Smith Students' Aid Society fine arts supplies grants are due by Monday, February 15th. The applications for these grants must be submitted to the Art Department main office. You can direct any questions to Anne White, email@example.com.
Interested in competing in the Draper Competition on April 18th? The Center for Women and Financial Independence wants to help to prepare you and your application! Learn the iterative process of completing a Business Model Canvas through the final two workshops February 16, "Cost Structures and Revenue Streams"; and February 23, "Putting it all Together." Lunch will be provided for the first 20 attendees.
Interested in studying abroad this summer but unsure of where to start? The Lewis Global Studies Center is hosting a summer abroad fair! You will be able to talk with representatives from nearly 20 different program providers about their various programs located around the world.
The Department of Residence Life will be hosting an open house at the new Paradise Road Apartments that will be ready for occupancy this summer for the School for Social Work and the Fall of 2016 for undergraduate students. They are located at the end of Paradise Road next right after you pass Comstock House.
Each year, Smith College selects up to ten students to attend Ewha Womans University's International Summer College in Seoul, South Korea. Students who are interested should attend the info session for more information about the program and the application process.
Sign up today to be a donor by visiting https://goo.gl/NcU4pU Remember one pint of blood can save up to three lives, so share the love this Valentines. Unable to donate blood but still want to help out? You can help the nurses at the blood drive by being a volunteer. To sign up as a volunteer, visit https://goo.gl/a5Geft For more information contact the Community Service Office at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dress your best and come watch the Oscars with SEC. We will have a red carpet to strut your stuff, a Photo Booth for recording mess, mocktails and snacks.
Viola Davis -- the Oscar-nominated, Emmy and Tony Award-winning actor perhaps best known for her current work starring in ABC's "How to Get Away with Murder" -- will speak at Smith at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2, in John M. Greene Hall. The evening will be moderated by Andrea Hairston, the Louise Wolff Kahn 1931 Professor of Theatre and Africana Studies at Smith. Tickets are required and are available now. For information, go to: http://bit.ly/1SHaCzp
Panel Discussion and Inauguration of an exhibition of photographs of victims of torture by the government of Syria collected secretly from May 2011 to August 2013 by an official photographer for Syria's military police. Known as "Caesar," he defected from the military and was smuggled out of Syria with his digital archive of photographs which have been authenticated by the U.S. government and Human Rights Watch, and are among the most compelling evidence of the Assad regime's systematic and widespread use of torture and complicity in war crimes. Panelists: Robert Ford, former U.S. Ambassador to Syria; Mouaz Moustfa, Executive Director, Syria Emergency Task Force; Sarah Leah Whitson, Executive Director, Middle East and North Africa Division, Human Rights Watch. Moderator: Steven Heydemann, Janet W. Ketcham 1953 Professor of Middle East Studies, Smith College. The panel discussion and exhibition include graphic content.
The Departments of Philosophy and Africana Studies sponsor this talk by Kristie Dotson, associate professor of philosophy, Michigan State University. Dotson will offer a way to understand the much-contested notion of "identity politics," specifically black feminist identity politics, and discuss its important relationship to decolonization projects in U.S. settler colonial society.
"Why the Bodhisattva Isn't Satisfied" by William Edelglass, Professor of Philosophy at Marlboro College. Many dharma teachers and scientists claim that Buddhist meditation is an effective practice for cultivating happiness. This talk explores the meaning and justification of this claim, how it functions in the broader context of the contemporary discourse of happiness, and the ways in which it can both illumine and obscure Buddhist practices. It is the second in a lecture series collaboration between the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies and the Smith College Buddhist Studies Concentration, sponsored by the Ada Howe Kent fund.
"Soviet Animation Movies of the 1960s-80s", a lecture by Maria Maiofis, Russian Academy of National Economy and Public Administration. Looking at ways West European notions of family and domesticity served to shape beloved Soviet animation classics, this talk raises questions emerging from the cultural history of the Cold War and demonstrates the methods a literary scholar might use to work with the cultural products of the age of television and electronic media. The first in the "Russia in the World" spring lecture series organized by the Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies Program.
This event will be a lecture on Black History Month delivered by Dr. Cornel West. He will broadly touch upon themes/topics of racism, African-American history, Black spirituality, democracy, and intersectional feminism. More specifically, he will address the events of Ferguson, Baltimore, New York and police brutality in the public eye as well as institutional racism, the prison-industrial complex and his experience as an activist on the front lines. Hosted by Smith Association for Class Activists. Seating cannot be reserved. Doors at 6 p.m. In case of a full house, the talk will be live-streamed to Weinstein Auditorium in Wright Hall
Sarah Leah Whitson, executive director of Human Rights Watch's Middle East and North Africa Division, oversees the work of the division in 19 countries, with staff located in 10 countries. She has led dozens of advocacy and missions throughout the region, focusing on issues of armed conflict, accountability, legal reform, migrant workers, and political rights. Lunch will be provided to the first 25 attendees.
What exactly is the role of climate change in the current refugee crisis? How do our investments in fossil fuels exacerbate global violence and civil war? Christian Parenti, journalist and professor at New York University, will discuss these and other questions drawing from his current research and book "Tropic of Chaos: Climate Change in the New Geography of Violence." Event presented by Divest Smith College, CEEDs, and Green Team. Snacks provided.
Presented by Lee Shuer of ServiceNet and sponsored by the psychology department and School for Social Work.
"Pilgrimage in the Periphery: from Spiti to Tso Pema". Joseph Leach graduated Smith College in 2007 with a BA in Indo-Tibetan Studies and is now a PhD candidate in Asian Languages and Cultures at the University of Michigan. His lecture draws on his dissertation research in which he examines how a religious community negotiates the impacts of colonialism, nationalism, and modernity within emerging global Buddhist networks. Sponsored by the South Asia Concentration, the Department of Religion and the Lecture Committee.
Gaoheng Zhang, assistant professor at the University of Toronto and an authority on the relationship between Chinese and Italian cultures, will lecture in English. Sponsored by the Smith Lecture Committee, the Department of Italian Language and Literature and the Film Studies Program. Free and open to the public.
The CDC, WHO and International Red Cross have posted urgent global health alerts for the mosquito-born Zika Virus and possible microcephaly birth defects for pregnant women. Faculty members Rob Dorit, Cora Fernandez Anderson, Malcolm McNee and Dr. Les Jaffe will participate in a campus conversation along with the student organization VOX about what we know, what we don't know, and how this alert points to gender discrepancies in global public health responses. Co-sponsored by VOX and the Lewis Global Studies Center.
Auditions for the experimental play/art installation "Under Paradise Valley," Directed by Maria Bell '16. No acting experience is necessary. Scripts will be provided for you to read, and perusal scripts are available in the Josten Library. For more information, contact email@example.com and/or firstname.lastname@example.org. The performance will take place March 24 and 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the Poetry Center in Wright Hall.
Calico Blue, an Amherst "blues dream astro rock" band will be playing at Jittery's Live. Come out for free coffee, cookies, and some incredible jamming. Bandmates Eli Ayres, Sarah Addi, John Bergin, and Billy Hickey make a soulful beach-pop that has a dreamy yet raw sound. The band is influenced by Grizzly Bear, the Cults, Fleet Foxes, The Velvet Underground, Real Estate, and The Growlers among others. Their first self-titled LP was released in July 2015. To hear Calico Blue's sound: http://calicoblue.bandcamp.com/releases
The works of Kathe Kollwitz offer testimony concerning the ravages of both World Wars on her life and the socio-political realities of Germany's role in this history. Kollwitz's diary, used in the exhibition, offers insights into her internal struggles as a German female artist and social activist during both World Wars. The personal circumstances of her life and work offer an incisive perspective on the complexities of wartime experience. Drawn from the Museum's collections of prints with loans from private and public collections, the exhibition locates Kollwitz's works in their political, historical, and cultural context.
SEC invites students to a screening of Breakfast at Tiffany's. Based on Truman Capote's novel, Breakfast at Tiffany's follows a young woman in New York City who meets a young man when he moves into her apartment building. He is with an older woman who is very wealthy, but he wants to be a writer. She is working as an expensive escort and searching for a rich, older man to marry.
Julie Shapiro received her BA in art from UC Santa Cruz and her MFA in painting/printmaking from Yale School of Art. She also attended the Yale Summer School of Art, Norfolk, CT. She received tenure from SMU in Dallas, TX. Shapiro has had numerous exhibitions including solo exhibitions at Elizabeth Harris Gallery, NYC, Francine Seders Gallery, Seattle and Wendt Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA and various group shows. Show runs February 2-28. The gallery is open M-F, 8:30am - 4:30pm.
The East Asian Languages Department will be hosting the documentaries "Miss Chinatown USA" and "Seeking Asian Female", both of which explore the identity of Asian women today. The latter film was also produced by the aunt of a current Smithie, so come show some support. These films will be followed by a discussion of their commentary on the female identity. There will be popcorn.
Jessica L. Marlor '16 and a Smith cast preview her newly composed folk opera Iskra!, based on the little-known 1897 Lattimer massacre of immigrant mine workers in the anthracite region of Pennsylvania. Lush Polish folk melodies underscore the workers' Eastern European origins. This is a work in progress, with an outdoor premiere performance slated for the Mendenhall Courtyard on May 13. Comments and suggestions welcome during the talkback. Free and open to all.
Over 40 photographs by a diverse group of nine artists, both emerging and well established, from Cambodia, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, and Vietnam. Although the geographical and cultural specificity of their works is important, each of these artists is focused on the complexities of identity, within and beyond national boundaries. Using strategies of documentation, imaginative staging, and the appropriation of found photographs, these individual artists have produced a set of highly evocative and powerful images. Museum regular hours: Tuesday to Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday 12 p.m.-4 p.m.
Jerry and his musical friends Bob Sparkman, clarinet, and Joel Pitchon, violin, present love songs of various kinds in honor of St. Valentine's Day. Old tunes will be heard in new ways, featuring student friends, Jerry's new film-noir adventure for violin and piano, Fiddle in the City, will be premiered, and Bob and Jerry will deliver a jazzy bouquet from the American Songbook. Free and open to the public.
Hip hop group Dream Junkies will perform at spoken word hosted by Student Event Committee and SpitFire. Dream Junkies is a hip hop group from Southern California featuring critically acclaimed artists Beleaf, John Givez and Ruslan. They have respectively opened for Snoop Dogg, Yelawolf, Wu-Tang Clan, Lecrae and more.
New Playreading Series presents a reading of LIVY IN THE GARDEN by Ellen Kaplan, directed by Hannah Sachs '16. Livy is about to give birth, and she's terrified. She enters a fairy tale world where older women, wise women, help her into the 'forest' through the dangers, and into the birth rituals of ancient times. Free and open to the public.
Do you understand the basics of investing? Would you like to learn? This lunch series taught by Professor Roger Kaufman is designed for Smithies from all majors, staff and faculty with no prior knowledge about investing. Learn the tools you need to start saving for tomorrow, whether it's vocabulary about stocks or tips on evaluating the market. As an extra bonus at this week's class, there will be a raffle to win a copy of 'A Random Walk Down Wall Street,' a must-read before starting your own portfolio. Brought to you by the Center for Women and Financial Independence.
Join the Community Service Office (CSO) in a brief but in-depth overview of how to work with English Language Learners (ELL). Lunch will be served while Renata S. Pienkawa, an ELL expert, will share, in a profoundly engaging way, some of her insights of how to work with students who are learning English as their new language. Both practical strategies and theoretical principles will be included. Come and expand your repertoire of how to work with English Language Learners. For more information, contact CSO at ext. 2793 or email@example.com
The season of Lent begins on February 10. During Lent we are invited to reflect on Jesus' ministry and his suffering in a way that slowly, year after year, molds us more and more into imitators of Christ. Henri Nouwen, a Catholic theologian and priest, saw Christ's challenge to imitate and follow summed up in the question, "Can you drink this cup?" Join with other students on Sunday evenings during Lent to read Nouwen's short book, "Can You Drink This Cup?" Email Abigail Kromminga at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested in joining! Participants will receive a free copy of the book.
We live in a diverse community where major world events can affect some of us deeply. The Center for Religious and Spiritual Life strives to honor the impact of a wide variety of important events that occur, and supports students in creating a contemplative space where urgent human rights are honored and calls for justice are voiced. If you would like to hold a vigil to help raise awareness of any issue on campus or beyond that matters to you, we can help. We encourage students to meet with CRSL staff to plan the vigil. Contact Matilda Cantwell at email@example.com.
Zazen (seated Zen) is deeply rooted in Buddhist spiritual tradition and is foundational to the path of awakening. This weekly meditation is led by Catherine Anraku Hondorp, a Zen teacher, Network Chiropractor, Somatic Experiencing/trauma healing practitioner, and a Soto Zen Buddhist Priest, who serves as a Buddhist Community Religious Adviser in Smith's Center for Religious and Spiritual Life. All are welcome. No experience is needed.
Soup, Salad, and Soul is a student-led, soul-ful conversation over delicious homemade, vegetarian-friendly soup and salad (often with homemade bread), prepared by student cooks. Students, faculty and staff are invited for dialogue on current events, contemplative issues, and interesting topics presented by student leaders in a welcoming and supportive environment.
Smith College Jewish Community (SCJC) holds its Shabbat Dinner every Friday at 5:30 p.m at the Kosher Kitchen adjacent to Jordan House. Enjoy a nice home-cooked meal and you don't have to be Jewish to attend. Everyone is welcome.
This experimental workshop will examine the inner experience of the meditator and offer participants insight into recognizing trauma when it is present in the body. Dr. Catherine Anraku Sensei, a Zen teacher, Network Chiropractor, and a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, who also serves as a Smith Community Religious Adviser, will lead the program. "My experience continues to show, and research is finding, that an unexpected outcome of sitting still in silence is the arising of tauma in the body." Join us for this contemplative mindfulness experience and a delicious meal from our student cooks. Everyone is welcome.
With nationals and scrimmages coming near, Hell's Belles, Smith College's fencing team is doing a fund-raising for the team. Flavors include chocolate, heath, mocha, mint chocolate, peanut butter, chocolate peanut butter, chocolate orange, chocolate raspberry, cookies and cream, vegan chocolate, and vegan peanut butter. The price for 1 bag(about 1/4 lb.) is $4; the price for 2 bags is $7. Come to support the college's team and enjoy delicious fudges.
Heart-shaped cookies, chocolate lollipops, cupcakes baked with Ada LOVE, and Ada Merchandise will be available.
Enjoy additional programs related to the exhibition: "Mother's Arms Kathe Kollwitz's Women and War. 4-6 p.m. "Printed with Love" - Try out printmaking and create Valentines for loved ones. 6-6:30 p.m. Open Eyes - Join a guided conversation about one work of art in the exhibition. 6-7 p.m. Book signing for the exhibition catalogue. 7 p.m. Film screening "Kathe Kollwitz: Images of a Life." Museum Shop open 11 a.m.-8 p.m and light refreshments.
Come see stars, planets, galaxies, and a region of active star formation. All are welcome - please dress very warmly. For further information or to check on weather conditions, contact Meg Thacher (firstname.lastname@example.org, 585-3935).
Join Nosotr@s for its annual spring showcase with performances and food.