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04/30/2015 Digest

Elimination of Novell Dropboxes Begins May 12

Since the migration of network accounts from Novell to Active Directory is almost complete, ITS will begin decommissioning Novell servers, including Novell Dropbox (T:) directories, on May 12. If you have any files in your Novell Dropbox directory that you wish to keep, be sure to copy them to another location before May 12. Going forward, please use your department's shared drive or Google Drive to share files with other users. (Note that Novell Dropboxes are not associated with the commercial cloud-storage service called Dropbox.) If you have any questions, contact the User Support Center at ext. 4487 or

Access to Expired Moodle Courses

In accordance with the Moodle course retention policy approved by CET, ETS has regularly removed access to expired courses on the older Moodle server at All courses on that server now fall outside the retention window. On May 11, off-campus access will be turned off. On June 1, all access will be turned off. On August 3, the older server will be turned off altogether. Instructors who need assistance accessing a course that is older than two years should fill out the form at this link:

Where Are You Going To Be Monday, June 8?

The All-Employee picnic is getting closer! This year's earlier date means more of your colleagues will be there, making this even more of a "can't miss" event. Here are some other reasons you should plan to attend: an expanded menu that is sure to please every palate, the chance to have a creation of your choosing made from a balloon, and the opportunity you've been waiting for to show off your knowledge of Smith in a trivia contest. Not to mention the always delicious ice cream from Maple Valley dairy! Look for more details in upcoming weeks.

Help Build a New Smith Website

A new Smith website—designed for modern standards of navigation, accessibility, integration with social media and the increasing use of mobile devices—is under development. You're invited to participate by taking a brief survey, telling us how you use the current site and what you'd like to see in a new Learn more at

New Sciences and Clark Science Center Websites

A Sciences@Smith website is now live: This new public face for the Sciences@Smith complements an updated Clark Science Center website: The upgraded Science Center site - intended primarily for an internal audience - has been built using WordPress. As the new site develops, its new features and built-in flexibility should ensure improved functionality and information. Please check the links on your websites to make sure you have the most up-to-date links to information about the Sciences@Smith.

Staff Voting Through April 29

Please vote online for your Staff Council representatives. Read the bios of those nominated and make your selection for who will represent you to the College. Visit the Staff Council page to cast your vote (

2015-16 Faculty/Staff Parking Decals Now Available Online

Parking decals purchased online will be mailed to campus addresses only. Go to to complete the registration form and upon entering the credit card information, using Visa or MasterCard, a receipt will appear on the screen which will automatically be emailed to you. The option to pay by cash or check is still available and must be done in the office. No mail-in registrations accepted. Registration forms are available in the Campus Police office, 126 West Street or at Parking Office business hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Opt Out of Buying a Decal by Joining the Opt-Out Program

How are you commuting to campus for 2015-2016? Read about the financial incentives to go green with the opt-out program, and find out the details for obtaining an opt-out parking permit here:

Carpool Matching Services Offered

UMass offers a Rideshare service free to all 5-College employees and commuter students. The program matches riders with similar schedules and routes. For contact and sign up information MassRIDES, a service of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), offers a NuRide program to find people going your way and at the same time earn reward points for each â??green tripâ?? taken by bus, bicycling, walking, or carpooling. Redeem points for restaurant coupons, retailer discounts, tickets to shows and attractions. Carpoolers, opt-outers, bicyclists and PVTA riders are encouraged to take advantage of MassRIDES Emergency Ride Home Program

News from the Classroom Committee

The Classroom Committee, which oversees classrooms across campus, is pleased to announce its new webpage feedback/suggestion form for any member of the community - students, faculty, staff - to notify us of any needed repairs or other classroom issues. The form is a link from the main classrooms page, We also wish to highlight the Registrar's Classroom Descriptions page, an inventory of all Registrar-scheduled classrooms with photographs, capacities, and features of each room:

Art Store Sale - 50% Off Everything, April 27-May 1, Hillyer Basement

Art Store Sale - 50% off everything.

SEC BFTN: Sandy Candy Sticks, Thursday, April 30, 11 a.m., Campus Center Main Level Table

Make some Sandy Candy "sugar art to eat" in order to power yourself through final classes and final exams.

Conversations on Gender Matters, Thursday, April 30, 6-7:30 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Following the talk by Jennifer Finney Boylan, audience members will be invited to participate in small-group facilitated conversations about Gender Matters, as part of a college-wide initiative to strengthen campus discourse on challenging issues. The conversations will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. in Campus Center 103/104. Dinner will be provided. This is the third of a series of conversations organized by the Working Group on Campus Discourse this semester.

SmiTHrift Invites You to the 2015 Spring Cage Frenzy, Friday, May 1, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Basement, John M. Green Hall

Pay $5 and look through everything you like and take anything you want, all within 5 minutes. All clothing and miscellaneous items have been donated to SmiTHrift, which will donate the event's proceeds to local charity. Clothing, shoes and other incoming donations are welcome at this time. If you bring a bag of clothes to donate, your entry fee is only $3.

SEC Presents: Glow in the Dark Zumba/Yoga, Saturday, May 2, 7:30-10 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

This engaging start of the year event will allow students to relax and get active in a stress-free environment. Possibly co-sponsored with the Athletic Association, this event will gather students together to enjoy music and participate in an unique athletic workout.

Smith to Do: Tie Dye T-shirts, Saturday, May 2, 9-11 p.m., Davis Ballroom

Take a break from studying and stop by to make a tie dye t-shirt in a fun, stress-free environment.

Jennifer Finney Boylan Offers Presidential Colloquium on 'A Life in Two Genders', Thursday, April 30, 4:30 p.m., John M. Green Hall

Jennifer Finney Boylan is the inaugural Anna Quindlen Writer in Residence at Barnard College and a contributing opinion writer for "The New York Times." She previously served for more than 25 years on the English Department faculty at Colby College. Boylan is the author of 13 books, including a 2003 memoir, "She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders," which was the first bestselling work by a transgender American. Boylan's Smith talk, one in a series of Presidential Colloquia, is part of the "Gender Matters" conversations organized by the Working Group on Campus Discourse. More information is available:

Book Signing by Jennifer Finney Boylan , Thursday, April 30, 3:15-4 p.m., Wright 013, Lower Level

Jennifer Finney Boylan will be signing books in the Center for Community Collaboration in advance of her 4:30 p.m. Presidential Colloquium in John M. Greene Hall. Her books, "She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders" and "Stuck in the Middle with You: A Memoir of Parenting in Three Genders," will be available for purchase.

Design Celebration: Presentations of Capstone Engineering Projects, Friday, May 1, 1:10-4:15 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

The 12th annual Design Celebration showcases applied engineering projects from the Design Clinic course. Project sponsors for 2014-2015 include Covidien, Dresser-Rand, Evoqua, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Northampton Department of Public Works, the Northampton Office of Planning and Sustainability, and Schneider Electric. Open to the public; refreshments will be served. Full schedule available at

Wet Ink Ensemble: Premieres by Smith College Composition Students, Friday, May 1, 7:30 p.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage

The Wet Ink Ensemble will be in residence at Smith for performances and workshops with composition students, culminating in this concert of student premieres. Free and open to the public.

Spring Grad Dance Event: 'Thread', Friday, May 1, 8 p.m., Scott Gym Dance Studio

The First-Year MFA Dance Cohort and the Smith College Department of Dance present: THREAD "Thread," presented one night only by the First-Year MFA Dance Cohort and the Department of Dance, promises to be a brilliant evening of focal mapping, breath, blue eyes and loss of pansy, featuring the choreographic work of Barbie Diewald, Emily Lukasewski, Bronwen MacArthur and Kate Seethaler. Tickets are $1, and reservations are required (email to reserve a seat).

Sage Chamber Music Society: Wet Ink Ensemble, Sunday, May 3, 3 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Wet Ink will present the partial premiere of Ipsa Dixit by Kate Soper, a quasi-theatrical, highly virtuosic exploration of language, expression, and Aristotelian mores featuring texts by Lydia Davis, Plato, Freud, and many others. Erin Lesser, flute; Joshua Modney, violin; Ian Antonio, percussion; and Kate Soper, voice. Free and open to the public.

Student Poetry Reading, Monday, May 4, 7 p.m., Poetry Center, Wright

Students in Intermediate and Advanced Poetry Writing workshops taught by Maya Janson and Joan Larkin, as well as some students in Independent Studies in poetry writing, will offer a celebratory end-of-semester reading of their original poems

This Week in Religious and Spiritual Life

Wednesday, April 29, Wednesday Weekly Vigil focusing on raising awareness of sexual assault, 12:20 pm, Chapel. Thursday, April 30, Smith Christian Fellowship Black Campus Ministry, 6:30 p.m., Reading Room; Friday, May 1, 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; Smith Christian Fellowship LaFe Bible Study, 4:00 p.m., Bodman; Smith Christian Fellowship Catholic Ministries, 5:15 p.m., Bodman, Chapel; 5:30 p.m. Hillel Shabbat in Kosher Kitchen, adjacent to Jordan House, Shabbat dinner, 6:30 p.m.; Smith Christian Fellowship Group Investigating God Bible Study, 5:45 p.m., Reading Room.

Campus Paving Projects April 28, May 1 and 2

Facilities Management is looking to expedite some much needed road repairs in designated areas on campus. There are paving projects planned for the summer of 2015, but due to the recent harsh winter conditions we experienced, we need to accelerate some of the project work prior to this year's Commencement and Reunion weekends. We apologize for the short notice and realize that it is an imposition, but we are looking to ensure that the roadways are safe for passage during the busiest part of the spring season for everyone. For details, please click the link below to the Facilities Management webpage.

Archives Capstone Exhibit Opening Reception, Monday, May 4, 4-6 p.m., Archives, Alumnae Gymnasium, Top Floor

Browse the exhibits and toast the achievements of our graduating archives concentrators.

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