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05/26/2015 Digest

User Support Center Temporarily Moving to Seelye B4

Please note that User Support Center staff are temporarily moving from Stoddard 23 to Seelye B4 while their office is under construction. There will be no walk-in support on May 26 or 27, but phone (x4487) and email ( support will continue as usual. Walk-in support will begin in Seelye B4 on May 28.

Helping Those in Need at the All-Employee Picnic: It's a Smith Tradition

As has been done in the past at the All-Employee Picnic, we'll collect travel-sized toiletries and other items, including non-perishables, for the residents of Jessie's House, a homeless shelter in Amherst. For a list of items that are most needed and appreciated, visit The only shelter for families in Hampshire County, Jessie's House has been working since 1983 to serve and guide families struggling with homelessness toward a future of hope, good health, and a safe place to call home. Once families move to permanent housing, the staff at Jessie's House continues to provide outreach services to help them continue on the path to success. For more information on Jessie's House, visit The All-Employee Picnic will take place Monday, June 8.

Self Defense Workshop To Be Offered This Summer

Campus Police will be offering a self-defense workshop for faculty and staff over the summer. If anyone is interested in signing up for a two-hour workshop on self defense or a ten-hour Rad Program, contact the Outreach office at (413) 559-6981 or email the Outreach Coordinator at These workshops will be arranged in June.

Child Safety Seat Installations and Inspections Offered

Campus Police offers child passenger seat inspections and installations. Our certified technician will thoroughly inspect child passenger seats for wear and effectiveness and install them properly to assure the safest ride for children. To schedule a 30-minute appointment either call or email the outreach office at or 413-559-6981.

Personal Time for FY2015 and FY2016

Personal Time is credited to eligible staff employees at the start of each fiscal year. The first pay period for FY16 begins on Sunday, June 14, 2015. Unused Personal Time does not carry over to the new fiscal year. Therefore, all Personal Time for current FY15 must be used on or before Saturday, June 13, 2015. Personal Time used on or after Sunday, June 14, 2015, will be taken from Personal Time credited for FY16. For questions or more information, contact Lynda DallaPegorara, x2274. Also, consult the Staff Handbook:

eDigest Summer Schedule Begins May 26

As of Tuesday, May 26, the Smith eDigest will begin its summer schedule of one publication per week, every Tuesday. Items for the summer eDigest must be submitted by 5 p.m. each Monday. eDigest will resume twice-weekly publication in late August. Submit questions regarding eDigest to

Fiscal Year End Memo

The Fiscal Year End memo is available on the Purchasing website at Please refer to it for important dates and deadlines related to purchasing and accounting. Thank you.

Power Shutdowns, Tuesday & Wednesday, May 26 & 27

There are three independent shutdowns scheduled for specific parts of the campus on each day. [For locations, visit] Due to the Memorial Day long weekend, employees in the associated buildings are advised to power down sensitive equipment, if possible, on Friday, May 22. For information about other summer construction projects, visit

Hands-On Banner Finance Training, Wednesday, May 27, 1:30-3 p.m., Seelye B-2, Computer Lab

Bill Sheehan and Beth Bone from Accounting will cover basic navigation of Banner Finance. The session is intended for those new to Banner Finance, or who have recently changed job duties and need a review. Space is limited. Email Elizabeth Britt at to reserve a seat by Noon Tuesday, May 26.

'Exhibits by Betsey Garand, Carolyn Webb and Kathryn Fanelli', Through August 21, Jannotta Gallery, Hillyer

An exhibit of works by Betsey Garand, senior resident artist at Amherst College; Carolyn Webb, Williamsburg sculptor and printmaker; and Kathryn Fanelli, a Western Mass. printmaker and affiliate of the contemplative arts movement. The exhibit is on view Monday through Friday, through August 21.

Lower College Lane Closed, Thursday, May 28

Lower College Lane will be closed on Thursday, May 28, beginning at 7 a.m. to enable replacement of the Paradise Pond Sluice Gate equipment. A crane will be stationed on College Lane adjacent to the spillway for the day. Access to Ainsworth lot will be from West St. Pedestrian access will remain open to Lamont Bridge and stairs to Green St. For details on this and other summer construction projects, visit the "Project Update Map" at

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