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Beginning July 1, Smith College implemented a new staff performance management process. The first part of the cycle is goal-setting. All college staff that are not in bargaining units should be meeting with their supervisor to determine their goals for the performance year. Please visit the Human Resources website for more information about the process. Goal-setting workshops will be held Tuesday, July 19, and Tuesday, August 9. A goal-setting eLearning will be available on our website on July 27.
A community testing period for the new Smith website will run through July 29. Site administrators can receive guided help in visiting office and department sites, reviewing links and ensuring that things are working properly. Drop-in sessions will be held in Seelye B2 from 10 a.m. to noon, Monday, July 18. Afternoon sessions, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., will be held Tuesday, July 19; and Thursday, July 21. Additional sessions will be scheduled if necessary. Read more about the new Smith.edu at http://www.smith.edu/news/new-website-preview-begins-july-11/
The Baystate Health blood drive bus will be located in the back parking lot of the Alumnae House. There are still some times available between 11:20 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. To schedule, contact Chris Carr Hill directly at email@example.com. All donors receive a free ticket to the Big E which runs from September 16 to October 2.
The OneCard Office, Computer Store and ITS offices, will be closed for an all-staff retreat. The IT Service Center and Classroom Support will remain open.
The Times Higher Education US Student Survey -- http://uscolleges.streetbees.com/partners/tes -- is now open, giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 $100 Amazon gift cards. Smith students are invited to respond to this short survey to evaluate the quality of teaching in America's colleges and universities, as perceived by students. Your responses will remain anonymous, and will not impact your position at your institution. To enter to win, we'll send you a verification link in your email inbox upon completion.
Lally Delgado '16 found out last week she had accomplished a dream. She won a Fulbright to teach English in Brazil. We congratulate Lally and the 18 other Smithies who were offered Fulbright Fellowships this year (see: http://www.smith.edu/fulbright/news.php) and encourage any interested student to reach out to the Fellowships Program, the sooner the better. No matter your class year, start a conversation with us today (http://www.smith.edu/fulbright/index.php) and see where in the world your ambition will take you, bearing in mind that the early bird catches the worm.
Charles R. Swenson, M.D., associate clinical professor of psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School, will present the Lydia Rapoport Lecture addressing "Dialectical Behavior Therapy Principles in Action." For more information about the 2016 SSW Public Lecture Series, visit http://goo.gl/zgEu2V
The Smith College SSW students are adding their voice to "Freedom Now: Collective Action for Justice" (#FreedomNow). Join them Thursday, July 21, at 5:30 p.m. on Chapin Lawn in expressing rage, grief, fear, frustration, and the intent to no longer be complicit in the state-sanctioned police violence. We will be mourning & honoring the lives of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, & the countless others. This is a peaceful event, but we are FURIOUS & REFUSE to be silent. The event will include a sharing, grounding ritual, moment of un-silence, march across campus, closing with a releasing ritual.
The entrance to Smith at College Lane and Elm Street will be closed through Friday, Aug. 19, for subsurface utility work. In addition, access to upper College Lane (from the intersection of Green Street and College Lane up to the intersection of Elm Street and College Lane) will be limited from August 8 through August 19 to allow this section of roadway to be repaved. Questions or comments can be directed to Diana Randall, Ppoject manager, Facilities Management, firstname.lastname@example.org.