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04/23/2015 Digest

2016 Holiday Schedules Now Online

Holiday schedules are now posted for 2016 for full-year and academic-year appointments. Smith observes a number of holidays throughout the year. Whenever possible, department heads are encouraged to grant time off for the observance of religious and other holidays that are not official college holidays. This time off may be taken as personal time, vacation or short-term absence without pay. To view the schedules, visit

Re-Cap Available of President's 4/15 All-Staff Forum

Unable to make it to the President's Forum on April 15, but interested to know what took place? Check out an unofficial re-cap via a link on the Staff Council website:

Sign Up Now for Staff Council-Organized Day of Service, Wednesday, May 6

The Staff Council Activities Committee is connecting staff with non-profit Nuestras Raices for a day of service May 6. As a full-time staff member, the College will pay for one day of volunteer work a year. Approval from a supervisor is needed to attend. This will be a full day, with a van leaving Smith at 9 a.m and returning at 5 p.m. Staff will help bring the Nuestras Raices community gardens in Holyoke back to life. Space is limited to 12 staff members. For more information contact Linda Gregory at

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:

Staff Voting Day, Monday, April 27, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Campus Center 102

Come vote for your Staff Council. Polls will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., and refreshments will be available for those who cast their ballot. Read the bios of those nominated and make your selection for who will represent you to the College. If you can't make it Monday, you can vote online on the Staff Council website ( from Monday, April 27, through Wednesday, April 29.

Reception to Honor CEEDS Director Andrew Guswa, Thursday, April 30, 3:15 p.m., CEEDS, Wright

Please join us as we recognize and thank Drew for all the amazing work he has done as director of the Center for the Environment, Ecological Design, and Sustainability, and wish him well on the next step of his journey at Smith.

Boomerang Storage Pick-Up Dates

Boomerang Storage (and Shipping) pick-up dates for door-to-door summer storage and shipping are May 5-9, May 17-18. Boxes and tape are available at Clark Hall on April 27, 8:30-10:30 a.m.; April 28, 2:30-4:30 p.m.; May 1, 2:30-4:30 p.m.; May 4, 2:30-4:30 p.m. and May 6, 2:30-4:30 p.m. For more information contact Hannah Durrant

SWG Prizes: Submissions Due , Thursday, April 30, Noon

The Jeanne McFarland and Valeria Dean Burgess Stevens Prizes are awarded annually by the Program for the Study of Women and Gender and the Project on Women and Social Change for excellent work in the study of women and gender. See the SWG website at for more info. You do not have to be a SWG major to submit a paper!

Mary Maples Dunn Prize

Mary Maples Dunn Prize, awarded for an essay written within the current or the three preceding semesters in a regular course in the Program in East Asian Studies. Essays originally submitted in seminars, for special studies or as honors theses are not eligible. If an essay was written in response to a specific question or problem posed by an instructor, the stated assignment should be submitted along with the essay. All essays should indicate for which course and in which semester they were originally written and should be submitted to Kathleen Gauger, Seelye 210, by April 30.

Hunger Banquet: Experience the Hunger and Social Inequality in North Korea, Friday, April 24, 5:30 p.m., Campus Center 205

Smith College LiNK is hosting its first Hunger Banquet to raise awareness about the hunger and social inequality in North Korea. The Hunger Banquet is a banquet where participants are randomly assigned to one of the three social classes, the loyal core class,the wavering class, and the hostile class. The dinner will reflect their class. Come to the Hunger Banquet to get a glimpse of the North Korean class system, and experience firsthand the affect of social status on North Korean families. Food is Korean food with vegetarian options catered from House of Teriyaki. RSVP through Facebook is required.

Field Station Saturday, April 25, 1-4:30 p.m.

Want to get off campus? Come visit MacLeish Field Station! You can explore the five miles of trails, check out the one-acre vernal pool, or hang out in the building with a cup of tea. It's a great place to study or relax, and there's a collection of board games! The van will leave from the Chapin loading dock at 1 p.m. and return to campus by 4:30 p.m. Space is limited, please sign up here: For more information, contact

Run/Walk DMZ 2015, Saturday, April 25, 10 a.m., Chapin Lawn

Come join Smith LiNK for a 2.5 mile Run/Walk DMZ to raise awareness for the North Korean human rights crisis. This event is the day after Smith College LiNK's first Hunger Banquet. The reason why the distance is 2.5 miles is because the length of The Demilitarized Zone, which separates North and South Korea, is 2.5 miles wide. Run/Walk and be the voice for hundreds of thousands of refugees on Saturday. Gift card raffles and free breakfast will be provided.

Senior Campaign: Alums, Where Are They Now?, Tuesday, April 28, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Campus Center Main Level Table

Share stories of alums from class years 2014, 2010, 2005, and 1965. Learn more about becoming part of the alumnae network and how to give back to students still on campus.

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.

Cancelled: Lecture by Logbona Olukonee, Agrarian University of Havana, April 23

The following lecture has been cancelled: "Inventando" Queer in Cuba: Black Feminist Activism in Cuba's Hip Hop Culture by Logbona Olukonee, professor of history, Agrarian University of Havana, scheduled for April 23 has been cancelled. Sponsored by the Latin American and Latino/a Studies Program, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, the Program for the Study of Women and Gender, and the Smith College Lecture Fund.

Ken Botnick Presents Enid Mark '54 Lecture on Contemporary Book Arts, Thursday, April 23, 4 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Ken Botnick, book artist, teacher, and designer, will present "Diderot Project: Making the Book to Discover the Subject." His April 23 lecture will explore his remarkable new project, a visual and textual meditation on his exploration of Denis Diderot's 18th-century "Encyclopedie." A reception will follow in the Book Arts Gallery (Neilson level 3). This is the 2nd annual Enid Epstein Mark '54 Lecture on Contemporary Book Arts, which honors the work of the late artist, writer, and book publisher Enid Mark, Smith class of 1954. For more information: or 413-585-2906.

Molecular and Life Sciences Honors Presentations, Friday, April 24, to Friday, May 1, 4 p.m., McConnell B05 and B15

Coffee, tea and light snacks will be served at 3:45 p.m. daily; talks to begin at 4 p.m. in McConnell B05 and B15. Visit for the full schedule.

Third Annual Society for Cinema and Media Studies Undergraduate Conference, Friday-Saturday, April 24-25, Campus Center and Seelye Hall

The conference features undergraduate students from North America and around the world presenting their scholarly work on cinema and media - including Smith College and Mount Holyoke College students. Panels will run consecutively over the course of the two-day conference so that panelists and other participants may attend all panels. For additional information and the program schedule, visit Registration is free and open to the public

Health & STEM Professions Lunch: 'What's Medical School Like?' , Friday, April 24, 12:15 p.m., Sabin Reed 220

An informal conversation with Martha Luitje 'AC 2011, a 2nd-year medical student at UMass, who will talk about her experiences in medical school and the application process. Pizza will be provided for the first 25 people.

Alumna to Discuss National Education Policy, Wednesday, April 29, Noon, Wright 013, Lower Level

Please join us for a lunch conversation about national education policy with Ruthanne Buck '97, senior adviser to Arne Duncan (United States Secretary of Education). Cosponsored by the Center for Community Collaboration and the Department of Education and Child Study.

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:

Department of Art Honors Presentation, Thursday, April 30, 5 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

Presentation: 5:00-6:30 p.m., followed by a reception in Jannotta Gallery at 6:30 p.m. Presenters: Gavriella Levy Haskell (Art History), Abigail Tatarian, Paulina Wake and Qui Ye (Studio Art).

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

Jittery's Live! Presents Doe Paoro, Thursday, April 23, 9 p.m., Campus Center TV Lounge

Come down to the CC TV Lounge for great live music, delicious snacks, and a fun atmosphere. Doe Paoro is a self-taught pianist and vocalist who trained in Lhamo while traveling alone through the Himalayas. Check out her music on Spotify and YouTube. Similar to: Zola Jesus, James Blake, Adele, and Lykke Li.

Closing Reception for Senior Art Show, Thursday, April 23, 7-9 p.m., Jannotta Gallery, Hillyer

Artists featured are Danya Pirie, Paulina Wake, Nic Laschever, Yeu Ryang Choi, Julia Jueun Jo, and Trinity Honaker-Hwang.

SEC Films Presents 'Wild' , April 24, 25, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

With the dissolution of her marriage and the death of her mother, Cheryl Strayed has lost all hope. After years of reckless, destructive behavior, she makes a rash decision. With absolutely no experience, driven only by sheer determination, Cheryl hikes more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail, alone. Wild powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddens, strengthen, and ultimately heals her.

Groove Rocks, Friday, April 24, 7 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Do you love rock and rocks? Of course you do! Come hear Groove sing their spring repertoire at their jam "Groove Rocks."

Advanced Photography Students Present Final Projects, Friday, April 24, 5-7 p.m., The Parlor Room, 32 Masonic St., Northampton.

Students in ARS 384 Advanced Studies in Photography, taught by Amanda Herman, will present their final projects and discuss their artistic process for presenting new work in a creative way. The multimedia presentations will include photography, video and audio. The presenters are Mariel Bell, Claire Horne, Shannon Johnson, Charlotte Kohlmann, Marissa Manabat, Liz McGrady, Kylie Power-Sullivan, Emily Riordan. Light snacks. Open to the public.

JUD and PVJFF Present the Film 'Zero Motivation', Saturday, April 25, 8:15 p.m., Stoddard Auditorium

A stir-crazy platoon of paper-pushing female Israeli soldiers does battle with boredom and one another in this aptly titled black comedy. Winner, Best Feature at 2014 Tribeca Film Festival. Post-screening discussion with Justin Cammy, associate professor of Jewish studies and comparative literature. Free for Smith students, faculty and staff. Sponsored by the Program in Jewish Studies, Film Studies and the Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival. For more info, visit

JUD and PVJFF Present the Film "Havana Curveball", Sunday, April 26, 12:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Thirteen-year-old Mica takes to heart his Rabbi's dictate to help "heal the world" and launches a grand plan to send baseballs to Cuba country with a mysterious pull. "Havana Curveball" is a marvelously crafted tale that provides insights into the bizarre state of relations between the U.S. and Cuba as well as the idealism of youth. Free for Smith students, faculty and staff. Sponsored by the Program in Jewish Studies, Film Studies and the Pioneer Valley Jewish Film Festival.

Young@Heart Chorus Mash-Up Concert , Sunday, April 26, 3 p.m., John M. Green Hall

Come see the Young@Heart chorus, the internationally renowned senior choir, perform old and new hits with the New York City Young People's Chorus and the Springfield SciTech Band. Back by popular demand, the 3rd Annual Mash-Up concert pairs Y@H with nationally acclaimed youth performance groups. The mission of the Young@Heart Chorus is to present a unique and positive image of aging through the creation of originally staged musical and theater performances that incorporate songs not commonly sung by older Americans.

Faculty & Staff Poetry Reading Series: Floyd Cheung and Gail Thomas, Wednesday, April 29, 4 p.m., Poetry Center, Wright

Faculty and Staff members Floyd Cheung and Gail Thomas will read from their new poetry collections. Light refreshments will be served and both authors will have books for sale. All are welcome.

Film Screening: 'Kiss of the Spider Woman' with Film Producer David Weisman, Wednesday, April 29, 5 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

All are invited to a 30th-anniversary screening of "Kiss of the Spider Woman," the landmark, Oscar-winning independent film produced by David Weisman. Film producer David Weisman will introduce the film and answer questions afterward. The screening, which is free and open to the public, is presented by the Film Studies Program as part of a two-day short-term Kahn Institute project, "Cross-Cultural Collaboration," organized by Alexandra Keller, professor of film studies, and Malcolm McNee, associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese. View more details at

Gamelan Concert, Wednesday, April 29, 8 p.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage

A performance of traditional music from Central Java. Sumarsam, director. Free and open to the public.

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.

Sign Up for GPS Workshops, April 23 and 24

The Smith College Spatial Analysis Lab (SAL) will be hosting two GPS (Global Positioning System) workshops to help students, faculty, and staff brush-up on GPS skills in preparation for summer work and research. The April 23 workshop will teach data collection using the Trimble GPS unit; the April 24 workshop will teach data collection using a mobile device and collection app. Workshops are available to all, no previous experience necessary. Visit our website for more details and to sign-up at

This Week in Religious and Spiritual Life

Thursday, April 23, Smith Christian Fellowship Black Campus Ministry, 6:30 p.m., Reading Room; Friday, April, 24, 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; Monday, April 27, Weekly Buddhist Sitting Meditation, led by Ryumon Baldoquin, Sensei, 5:00 p.m., Chapel

Build an Interfaith Sundae, Wednesday, April 29, 3:45 p.m., Campus Center TV Lounge

Create your own free ice cream sundae complete with a variety of delicious toppings including gummy bears, whipped cream, cherries, fruit berries, oreo cookies, m&m's, reese's pieces, caramel, fudge and more. This is a great opportunity to take a study break, indulge in high quality ice cream from Mt. Tom's, and chat with friends and staff from the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life. Students, staff and faculty are welcome and encouraged to hang out.

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

Earth Week 2015 'The Planet and the People On It', April 19-26

Earth Week 2015 looks to expand how Smith College as a community, understands and practices environmentalism and sustainability. To view the complete schedule of events on campus, visit Smith's definition of sustainability ignores the intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, ability and the environment. Earth Week recognizes how we are only addressing half of the fight on campus. The only way to fully address today's environmental issues is to work together and raise up the voices of those who have been silenced, the voices of those whose ability to live, love, learn, eat, breathe, and pray on this Earth are affected by climate change and detrimental environmental policies.

Campus Tree Removal

A Norway maple will be removed from the right front of Stoddard Hall as the building is undergoing renovations. Norway maple is on the invasive species list for the state of Massachusetts; its seedlings compete with the native sugar maple. The Botanic Garden will replace this tree with an appropriately sized non-invasive species.

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