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11/24/2015 Digest

Faculty Lunch: Collections Scenarios Feedback, Monday, Dec. 7, Noon, Neilson Browsing Room

The Neilson Library Program Committee and redesign project architects will gather feedback from faculty on the proposed scenarios for library collections in the new building.

November 25Live Tip of the Month

Most of the answers to questions you might have about your event (especially about the space reservation or resources requested) are easy for you to find. See for screen shots with instructions showing you where to go and what to do. This tip will save you from having to contact the space scheduler or service provider if you need to check on the details of your reservation.

New: Apple iPad Pro at the Smith College Computer Store

The new iPad Pro has a 12.9-inch Retina display making your video viewing experience epic and immersive. With better CPU performance than its predecessors, users can be even more creative and productive. Try out the Demo iPad Pro and play with all of the cool apps like AutoCAD, StarWalk 2 which are even better with the iPad Pro's large screen, or play games like Alto, and BB racing, with iPad Pro's multi-touch screen. Computer Store Hours 8:30-4:00pm M-F, Stoddard Hall 202.Like our Facebook Page @Smith College Computer Store and our Instagram @sccomputerstore

Sign Up Now for Ed Tech Workshop: 'Moodle, Google Docs and More', Wednesday, Jan. 6, 9 a.m.

Is there an educational technology you've been wanting to get a taste of? Are you wondering which tools can help maximize student learning? Just want to know what's new and have some fun? Educational Technology Services is hosting a new series of interterm workshops. From using Moodle for the first time to honing your Google Docs skills, these workshops will help you think about how you can integrate new technologies in your course and get firsthand experience with using them. All workshop meet in Hillyer 320. Refreshments will be served. Read workshop descriptions at or Sign up now at

Adobe Creative Cloud 12M Subscription On Sale for $191.88 Through, November 27

The Adobe Creative Cloud 12 Month Student and Teacher Edition is on sale for $191.88 until November 27 and available at the Smith College Computer Store in Stoddard Hall 202. It gives you access to Adobe's latest versions of Acrobat Pro, Dreamweaver, Illustrator, In Design, Photoshop and many more applications.

Sherrerd Nominations Due , Tuesday, Dec. 15

Do you know a Smith faculty member whose teaching has had a significant impact on students? Smith students, faculty and alumnae are invited to nominate outstanding teachers for the 2016 Sherrerd Prize for Distinguished Teaching. Please submit your nomination using the online nomination form:

People's Institute Snow Day/Vacation Week Program

Smith College sponsors two subsidized child care programs through the People's Institute for children of benefit-eligible employees when the Northampton Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather, as well as during the February and April Vacation Weeks. The Snow Day program subsidized cost is $10/day. The 4-day vacation week program subsidized cost is $40. An annual $20 (per child) registration fee, payable to The People's Institute, is required upon enrollment. Registering through the Office of Human Resources is required prior to enrollment into the Smith subsidized programs. Please contact Lynn Cocco at ext 2273 or

Sign Up Now for Kahn Project Excavating the Image 2016: 'Factum (Tremblay)' by Candice Breitz, Thursday-Friday, Jan. 14-15, Kahn Institute, 3rd Floor, Neilson

Focus will be on a recent acquisition of video art by South African artist Candice Breitz called "Factum (Tremblay)" (2009). Featured will be in-depth video interviews with identical twins on hanging plasma screens, side-by-side. Natalyn and Jocelyn Tremblay recollect their experiences growing up in rural Ontario and coming out to each other as gay. Responding to the same questions, they describe the challenges and joys of finding an individual path while staying closely bonded to each other. Project dates are Thursday-Friday, Jan. 14-15. For more information and to apply, please go to: The application deadline is December 4, 2015.

Spatial Analysis Lab Unveils Second Mystery Map Competition of the Year

After Sam Masinter correctly guessed all of the building profiles in our LiDAR Mystery Map - his third time coming out on top in our Mystery Map series - the Spatial Analysis Lab revealed the second Mystery Map of the year. Check out the SAL blog to test your spatial literacy!

Enroll Now: Spring 2016 Fitness Program Beginning, January 11, Ainsworth Gym

M,W Pilates with Jean 12:10-12:50 p.m.; M,W,F Yoga with Lisa 12:10-12:50 p.m.; T,TH Cardio Blast with Rosalie 12:10-12:50 p.m.; M,W,F Yoga with Doug 1:10-1:50 p.m.; HIIT with Joan M,W 5-5:50 p.m.; Tai Chi w/ Richard T, TH 12:10- 12:50 p.m. Print Forms from ESS website: OR request more information from

Health Services Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday Beginning, Wednesday, Nov. 25, Noon

Smith's Health Services will close on Wednesday, Nov. 25, at noon. After that, students should seek emergency care at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital until Health Services reopens on Monday, Nov. 30, at 8:30 a.m.

Interterm 2016 Classes Have Been Posted

The January 2016 Interterm Program of non-credit classes and workshops (January 4-22) is now available at Smith students, staff and faculty may register for the classes beginning December 1. Some workshops are already taking registrations. Most classes and workshops are also open to students at the other four colleges and to the Northampton community. To register for the non-credit classes go to (Note: Registration is not done on Banner.) To register for workshops, see the contact information on the Interterm page of Special Offerings.

Apply Now for J-Term Opportunity: Teach, Learn, Coach in NYC, Monday-Friday, Jan. 4-8

Twelve Smith students will spend five days in New York City where they will learn how to develop leadership-themed elementary school physical education lesson plans. The Smith students will teach their lessons at the Pre-K-12 Washington Heights Expeditionary Learning School (WHEELS), observe and assist in classrooms, and lead college Q&A panels for middle and high school students. Monday-Tuesday will be dedicated to learning about lesson plan design, and orientation to WHEELS. Wednesday-Friday will be spent at WHEELS. Cost: $352, housing/meals included. For more information and to apply, email Lara-Jane Que, or Joanna Johnson,

Next President McCartney Open Office Hour , Monday, Dec. 7, 4-5 p.m., President's Office, College Hall

Spend a brief one-on-one with President McCartney.

Ada Comstock Scholars: Apply to an Ada-Only Pilot Workshop of 'Eat, Write, Talk' by , Friday, Dec. 6

Wurtele Center for Work and Life is piloting an Ada-only version of the popular Women's Narratives Project workshop "Eat, Write, Talk." This Ada-only workshop will be conducted over two days: January 12 and 13. Both days will be spent off-campus at the Ashfield Lake House in Ashfield, Mass. The workshop will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day and there is no overnight stay. Meals and transportation will be provided both days. We will need at least 10 participants, so tell your friends. For application and additional information, visit

Sign Up Now for Wilderness First Aid Course, Saturday-Sunday, Jan. 23-24, Ainsworth Gym

Staff, faculty and students are invited to participate. Cost is $150 or free if you are a student and interested in becoming a 2016 Outdoor Adventure Orientation Leader. This two-year medical certification sponsored by the Smith College Outdoor Program (and certified by SOLO) is great for anyone planning on spending time outdoors, leading trips, or is just interested in learning practical hands-on skills for dealing with emergencies in the backcountry. Contact Scott Johnson in the Outdoor Adventure Program at to register or for more details.

Be an Exam Worker; Sign Up on JobX

Exam worker positions are now posted on JobX. Sign up for any shifts you are available for. You do not need to be on work study to work exams. Assignments for exam workers will be sent out a couple weeks before exams.

Apply for Giva's Corporate Student Scholarship and Worldwide Community Ambassador Award by , Tuesday, Dec. 1

Giva's Corporate Student Scholarship and Worldwide Community Ambassador Award is for anyone attending a college or university worldwide. Giva will award $1000 scholarships to undergraduate or graduate students who write thoughtful essays in answering the following questions: "How will you use your talents and education to make the world a better place for future generations? What are your career and personal goals and why?" Visit the Giva website for more information:

Global Salon with U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, Tuesday, Dec. 1, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Known for his activism and writings that bring attention to oppression and injustice, Juan Felipe Herrera turns to stories of genocide and hope in Sudan in one of his latest books of poems, Senegal Taxi. Join him as he discusses what poetry can hope to do to influence people and events. Pizza provided for the first 25 participants. He will offer a public reading later in the day, at 7:30 p.m., in Weinstein Auditorium.

Jon Papernick: 'The Terrorist Mind', Tuesday, Dec. 1, 4:30 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

Canadian novelist and short story writer Jon Papernick will discuss his new novel "The Book of Stone" about cell of extremists in New York and what motivates people to turn to political violence. The Jewish Book Council calls it "a terrifying novel that illuminates dark corners of those souls who will give their life for a cause without regard for their own suffering or that of astounding exploration of morality and madness." Co-sponsored by the Program in Jewish Studies and the Department of English. For more information on Jon Papernick see the author's website at

'Plant Life Through the Ages: A Mural of Plant Evolution', Thursday, Dec. 3, 7 p.m., Carroll Room, Campus Center

The Botanic Garden is proud to unveil a 60-foot mural, consisting of eight panels depicting great moments in plant evolution. The stunning paintings were created by muralist Robert Evans who specializes in natural history, ethnography, and history. His work can be found at the Smithsonian, Mount Vernon, and numerous museums, zoos, and aquaria. This is his first installation at a botanical garden. To celebrate the opening of Plant Life Through the Ages, paleobotanist James W. Walker will speak about plant evolution and the mural. Followed by a reception and viewing of the mural at the Lyman Plant House.

'Filming with Nepal, or How Not to Make a Documentary', Thursday, Dec. 3, 5 p.m., Seelye 201

Speaker and Smith alumna Stephanie Spray '01, now completing her PhD in anthropology at Harvard University, is a filmmaker whose work has been described as "breathtakingly intimate", a characteristic that grows directly from 16 years of engagement with a single community of so-called "untouchables" in Nepal who have been cast in most of her films. This lecture is the third in a year-long series featuring Smith alumnae who do academic work related to the study of South Asia. Sponsored by the South Asia Concentration, the Department of Religion and the Lecture Committee.

'Mindfulness, Inc.: Buddhist Practice Beyond Religion', Friday, Dec. 4, 5 p.m., Seelye 201

Jeff Wilson is Associate Professor of Religious Studies and East Asian Studies at Renison University College and author of "Mindful America: The Mutual Transformation of Buddhist Meditation and American Culture." His lecture is on the topic of Buddhist meditation in America. Sponsored by the Buddhist Studies Concentration, the Ada Howe Kent Fund and the Lecture Committee.

U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera, Public Reading, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Juan Felipe Herrera is the current U.S. Poet Laureate--the first Latino to be appointed to the post. A prize-winning author of 29 books, Herrera's honors and awards are legion. Borrowing from both ends of the contemporary spectrum of poetics, he demonstrates an interest in experimental, language-centered texts, as well as a dedication to message, writing passionately about social justice issues. [Earlier in the day, Herrera will participate in a Global Salon, at noon, in the Lewis Global Studies Center, and at 4 p.m. a Q&A in the Poetry Center, Wright Hall. Both events are open to members of the Smith community. His evening reading is free and open to the public.]

Smith Ukes Presents Julia Nunes in Concert, Tuesday, Dec. 1, 9 p.m., Campus Center TV Lounge

Singer-songwriter and ukulele phenomenon Julia Nunes is coming to Smith campus to perform songs off her new album, Some Feelings, and the Smith College ukulele club will be opening for her. Nunes is a self-made ukulele artist, who got her start on YouTube, and has built her brand from the ground-up. She has launched two successful Kickstarter campaigns, garnering over $200,000. Julia has built her career around a positive internet/social media presence and around the strong relationships she forges with her fans, along with her desire to do a little good in the world through her musical platform.

Screening of 'Most Likely to Succeed', Wednesday, Dec. 2, 4:30 p.m., Seelye 201

For most of the last century, entry-level jobs were plentiful, and college was an affordable path to a fulfilling career. That world no longer exists. The feature-length documentary "Most Likely to Succeed" examines the history of education, revealing the growing shortcomings of our school model in today's innovative world. Directed by acclaimed documentarian Greg Whiteley, the film has been named "among the best edu-documentaries ever produced" by Education Week. "Most Likely to Succeed" is an official selection of many of the nation's top film festivals, including the prestigious 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

Music in the Noon Hour: Hindemith and Schubert, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 12:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Henry Kramer and Judith Gordon perform works by Hindemith and Schubert for piano duet. Free and open to the public.

Smith College Jazz Ensemble Fall Concert, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage

Join the Jazz Ensemble, led by Genevieve Rose, for a delightful evening of toe-tapping jazz. The sounds of classic to contemporary big-band arrangements in a casual, family-friendly setting. Free and open to the public.

Humanities Lab Film Series: 'Which Way Home' (2009) by Rebecca Cammisa, Thursday, Dec. 3, 7 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

The documentary film follows several children who are attempting to get from Mexico and Central America to the United States, on top of a train that crosses Mexico, known as "La Bestia" (The Beast). The director, R. Cammisa, received a Fulbright Scholar Grant to make the documentary in 2006. The film will be introduced by Professor Velma Garcia and Billy Peard, an immigration attorney at Central West Justice Center in Springfield focusing on marginalized Hispanic communities.

New Playreading Series: 'Dust' by Susanna Apgar AC '13, Thursday, Dec. 3, 7:30 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio, Mendenhall

In this dark comedy, three grown children and their partners (or decided lack of partners) come home to their widowed mother's increasingly dirty house for Thanksgiving. As the wine flows, and clever gibes give way to real vulnerabilities, layers of relationships are peeled back, and a family digs at what lies underneath all of that mess. Also, there is a kitten named Mailbox. Featuring actors Jeannine Haas AC '88, Julie Waggoner, Jaz Tupelo AC '14, Michael Bird, Ash Malloy, Tim Cochran, Robyn Sutton-Fernandez, and Susanna Apgar AC '13. Free and open to the public.

Bare Bones Dance, Thursday & Friday, Dec. 3 & 4, 8 p.m., Scott Gym Dance Studio

Bare Bones features Smith College undergraduate choreographers in a low-tech performance setting. Solitude, intimacy and adaptability are explored in an evening of self-discovery through movement. Tickets are $1 and are available at the door. Please arrive early, as seating is limited. Featuring works by Ella Ansell, Julia Antinozzi, Sophia Arnall, Sofia Engelman, Aubrey Johnson, Maya LaLiberte, Janis Luke, Koko Tetsuka, and Molly Tupper

'Manifesto': Senior Studio Art Exhibition Reception, Friday, Dec. 4, 4:30-6 p.m., Jannotta Gallery, Hillyer

"Manifesto" is a presentation of the various visions and ideas that have been explored by the senior studio art majors throughout the semester via the act of making. Among them are painters, printmakers, performers, thinkers, and all of the other adjectives and identities that make up a complex and passionate group of people. Join us for the opening of Manifesto on Friday, Dec. 4, 4:30-6 p.m. in the Jannotta GalleryHillyer.

Weaving Voices Open Mic, Friday, Dec. 4, 7 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Weaving Voices seeks to share the stories written and told by Smith students of color, to celebrate and honor the labor and struggles that it takes to survive and thrive at this institution. Poets, singers, writers, dancers, musicians, artists, all are welcome. Come share, listen, learn and discover how are voices are interwoven as one. We ask that only Smith students of color share their stories, as this is a space prioritizing us/them. There will be a sign-up sheet passed around throughout the event for those interested in performing.

Josten Live! Fridays@Five: Judith Gordon and Students in a Toy Piano Recital, December 4, 4 p.m., Josten Library, Mendenhall

Toy piano is enjoying a revival on the concert stage. Really! Come see what all the fuss is about when Judith Gordon and her class of '16 students bring Bartok, Cage, Stravinsky and more to the soaring Josten Library Mezzanine. Josten Live! celebrates the creative lives of library users and the near-universal urge to make noise in the library. This time, more of a plunk, really. Brief, free, and open to all. Schroeder attire optional.

Christmas Vespers, Sunday, Dec. 6, 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., John M. Green Hall

Christmas Vespers tells the story of advent through hymns and other anthems, prayers, and scripture readings, and features the Chorus, Chamber Signers, Glee Club, Handbell Choir and Orchestra. The services will be led by Dean of Religious Life Jennifer Walters with readings by members of the Smith College faculty, staff and senior class. Jonathan Hirsh, Grant Moss and Amanda Huntleigh will direct the choral and instrumental groups.The programs are free of charge and open to the public. A free-will donation will be collected for the Hampshire County Interfaith Cot Shelter Program. For more information, call (413) 585-2754.

Buddhist Meditation Sitting Group, Monday, Nov. 30, 5 p.m., Campus Center 102

Ryumon Baldoquin, Sensei, MS.Ed., holds a weekly Zen meditation, welcoming all members of the Smith community. A Buddhist Community Religious Adviser for Smith's Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, Ryumon serves as co-founder of Two Streams Zen and operates Contemplative Somatic Wellness, which is dedicated to working with young adult social change advocates. The Monday session is a drop-in sitting meditation. If you are new to the practice of meditation and would appreciate an orientation prior to entering the class, contact Ryumon at

Vigil for Self Care During the Days of Increased Work and Decreased Light, Wednesday, Dec. 2, Noon, Chapel Sanctuary

In preparation of the end of the semester and the advent of diminishing light during winter, the Wednesday Weekly Vigil will focus on activities around self care. Enjoy snacks and warm drinks, walk the labyrinth, and share reflective poetry and simple meditative exercises, or just sit in silence. Participants are encouraged to come anytime over this hour. Bring lunch if you need it. For more information contact

Celebrate Thanksgiving by Contributing to Second Annual Tofurkey Map

Got travel plans for Thanksgiving Break? Or maybe you're just spending a few quiet days on campus? In either case, we hope that you'll contribute to the Spatial Analysis Lab's Tofurkey Map, a tradition started by former post-bac fellow Victoria to document where and how Smithies are spending the holiday. See our blog post:

Smith Lacrosse Holiday Wreath Fundraiser

The Women's Lacrosse team is selling wreaths as a fundraiser for the upcoming holiday season. Please contact Margaret Wolford at for further questions or to place an order.

Athletics Facilities Thanksgiving Hours

Athletic's Facilities will close at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 25, for the Thanksgiving Holiday and re-open at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28. Regular hours to resume on Saturday.

Franklin County Smith Club Pecan Sale , Tuesday, Dec. 1, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Campus Center Main Level Table

The Franklin County Smith College Club will be selling pecans at the Campus Center Tuesdays and Fridays on the following days: Dec. 1, Dec. 4, Dec. 8, Dec. 11, Dec. 15 and Dec. 18. Stop by say hello, and get your pecans. Proceeds to benefit the scholarship fund.

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