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10/23/2014 Digest

Box File-Storage Service To Be Discontinued March 31, 2015

Since 2012, Smith has provided every Smith user with cloud-based file storage accounts on both Box and Google Drive. However, since recent changes to Google Drive (including enhanced file encryption, an improved user interface, and native editing of Microsoft Office documents) have made Box unnecessary, we are discontinuing our Box subscription next spring. Smith Box accounts will be inaccessible after March 31, 2015, so Box users are strongly advised to move files stored in their Box account to Google Drive before that date. For more information, see:

Free Flu Shot Clinic, Monday, Nov. 3, 10 a.m.-noon, Schacht Center for Health and Wellness, 21 Belmont

Thanks to support from the Office of the President, Health Services will offer an additional, free flu shot clinic from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information, and to sign up, visit Sign up begins Friday, Oct. 24.

Campus School Open House, Saturday, Oct. 25, 9:30-11 a.m., 33 Prospect Street

Prospective kindergarten through second-grade students and their parents are invited to tour the school, meet teachers, staff, and parents. For more information contact the Campus School admission office at 585-3270 or visit

Staff Council Open Forum, Wednesday, Oct. 29, Noon, Campus Center Carroll Room

Come for lunch and share your ideas about how we can build a better community with Staff Council. We want to hear from you what is on your mind, both the good and the bad. Can't make it? Submit a question or raise an issue ahead of time that will be addressed at the Forum: Lunch provided for the first 100 attendees.

Journal Entries To Be Paper-Free - Journal Entry Review Workshops, October 29 and 30, Campus Center 102

No need to mail paper copies of journal entries any more. The Controller's Office is implementing a paper-free journal entry submission process. Journal Entry Review Workshops will cover this new process, proper journal entry preparation, required supporting documentation, and general accounting questions. Choose from Wednesday, Oct. 29, 10-11 a.m. or Thursday, Oct. 30, 2-3 p.m.

All-Staff Forum with President McCartney, Friday, Nov. 7, 3-4:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Along with new members of the administration and cabinet, President McCartney will be joined by the president of Staff Council to offer updates on key initiatives throughout the college. All staff are encouraged to attend and take part in the conversation.

Meeting re ORC Changes , Monday or Wednesday, Oct. 27 or 29, Campus Center 205

All student organization presidents and treasurers are required to attend an information session regarding changes to ORC budgeting. Two sessions are offered: Monday, Oct. 27, at noon; and Wednesday, Oct. 29, at 4:30 p.m. in Campus Center 205.

'The Sophian' Seeks Assistant Editors

The Sophian, Smith's campus newspaper, is currently looking to fill the following vacancies: assistant photo editor, assistant web editor, assistant sports editor, copy staff, layout staff, and writers. Interested students should send an email to for more information about specific positions and how to apply.

Are You a Financial Aid Recipient?

Smith grants are made possible, in part, by alumnae and friends who have made gifts to support the college's scholarship funds. These donors give back to Smith to help educate and empower young women of promise and are eager to learn about the recipients. In some cases, their donations are contingent upon hearing from the recipients each year. It is very important for these generous donors to hear from you. Please take a few moments to complete the Scholarship Recipient Information Form at This is a great way to thank our generous donors. For more information, email

Elie Wiesel Foundation Prize in Ethics Essay Contest 2015

The Elie Wiesel Foundation Prize in Ethics Contest, now in its 26th year, challenges college students to analyze the urgent ethical issues confronting them in today's complex world. Students are encouraged to write thought-provoking personal essays that raise questions, single out issues and are rational arguments for ethical action. For information about eligibility and submission please go to or contact Elizabeth Spelman at

Smith Fulbright Program Class of 2015 Attains New Summit with Record 43 Applicants

Smith students have a tradition of winning Fulbrights. A staggering 43 Smithies, a new Smith record, have just applied to spend an amazing year after graduation working with others around the world. Whether through research or teaching English-- in 155 different countries-- this incomparable experience sets the stage for an inspiring future. Juniors and sophomores (U.S. citizens, 3.4+ GPA) seize the day. Prepare yourself to be among this acclaimed group, learn from them, and brush up on the opportunities to learn more:

CSO Community Ed Lunch with MANNA and Northampton Survival Center, Thursday, Oct. 23, Noon, CCC, 013 Wright Hall

Diane Drohan from Northampton Survival Center and Bob Saalfrank from MANNA Soup Kitchen will discuss their organizations and volunteering opportunities for students. The Northampton Survival Center is a non-profit organization in Northampton, which provides food for low income individuals and is seeking pantry volunteers. MANNA Soup Kitchen is a soup kitchen in Northampton, which provides hot meals for hungry people. Pizza and salad will be served.

SEC Presents...Family Weekend Live Band Karaoke , Friday, Oct. 24, 9 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Bring a friend, a family member and your voices for a night of music and laughter.

Smith To Do: Mug Decorating, Saturday, Oct. 25, 9 p.m., Davis Ballroom

Fun for families, friends and students, Smith To Do offers mug decorating this Saturday night. Spruce up a free Smith To Do mug with color and creativity. Mugs can be personalized with stickers, mugs, ribbons and more. All supplies are provided free; this event is open to all.

Economics JYA Info Meeting, Monday, Oct. 27, 4:30 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Study abroad info session for Economics majors.

SGA Sustainability Committee Dinner--All Invited, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 6-7 p.m., Chase/Duckett Dining Room C

Take this opportunity to chill, eat dinner, chat, and meet the chair and other members on the committee. They want to meet you and hear about how the committee can improve or become more apart of the lives of Smithies. There will be a raffle for cool and exciting items, so if you come you might have a good chance of winning something totally neat. The committee looks forward to seeing you there.

Portfolio Review - Required for Students Planning to Declare a Major in Studio Art, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 4-6 p.m., Hillyer 204

Required for all students planning to declare a major in studio art who have completed a 100 and 200 level Studio Art Course. Reserve a time for your portfolio review in the Art Department Office, Hillyer 101.

SEC Presents Break from the Norm: DIY Halloween Picture Frames , Thursday, Oct. 30, 11 a.m., Campus Center Garden Level

Learn to make festive Halloween picture frames.

The Haunting of Alumnae House..., Thursday, Oct. 30, 7 p.m., Alumnae House

Join the Office of Alumnae Relations for the spookiest tour of Alumnae House you'll ever experience. Come in costume or come as you are - but be ready to meet some of the ghosts of Smith College along the way...

Jewish Studies , Thursday, Oct. 23, Noon, Dewey Common Room

Schmooz it up with the faculty of the the Program in Jewish Studies. Learn about the program and the Study Abroad options in Israel and Europe. Meet the students and enjoy a nosh.

Afro-American Studies , Thursday, Oct. 23, 4 p.m., Campus Center 102

Refreshments served.

Landscape Studies Minor, Thursday, Oct. 23, 12:15 p.m., Green Box, Room 202

Refreshments served.

Environmental Science and Policy Major and Minor and Marine Science and Policy Minor, Thursday, Oct. 23, Noon, Bass 102

Meet ES&P and MS&P faculty and staff. Lunch provided.

Translation Studies Concentration, Thursday, Oct. 23, 4:30 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

The Lewis Global Studies Center presents the concentration in Translation Studies. Concentration directors will discuss the requirements, application process, and opportunities associated with the concentration in Translation Studies. The concentration builds upon language study and study abroad, as well as Smith's network of international students and faculty. For more information on the concentration, visit

Engineering Majors and Minor, Thursday, Oct. 23, Noon, Ford 240

Picker Engineering Program Director Susan Voss will be on hand with information and thoughts about Smith's engineering program and our majors and minor. Lunch will be served and students are invited to bring their own beverage.

Major in History and the Annual History Fair, Monday, Oct. 27, Noon, Seelye 207

Pizza will be provided for the first 25 in attendance.

Ancient Studies Minor, Tuesday, Oct. 28, Noon, Philosophy Study, Dewey Hall

A pizza lunch will be provided.

East Asian Languages and Literatures, Tuesday, Oct. 28, Noon, Campus Center 205

Meet the faculty and talk with current majors and minors studying Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Learn more about the literatures and cultures of East Asia. A pizza lunch will be provided.

Global South Development Studies Minor, Tuesday, Oct. 28, Noon, Seelye 207

Pizza will be served.

Biological Sciences Major, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 5:30 p.m., Ford Hall Atrium

Come meet the biology faculty and majors. Here about all of the wonderful reasons to be a biological sciences major. Dinner will be served.

Poetry Concentation, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 5 p.m., Poetry Center, Wright

Come hear faculty and current students discuss the Poetry Concentration. Light refreshments will be served.

Sociology Major and Minor, Tuesday, Oct. 28, Noon, Dewey Common Room

A pizza and salad lunch will be provided.

Economics Major, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 4:15 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

An MBA Information Session hosted by WFI & the Business Women of Smith College Club will immediately follow. Refreshments will be served.

Classics and Classical Studies Majors and Minors, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 12:15 p.m., Campus Center 003

Come and meet the members of the department and hear from current Classics and Classical Studies majors. Lunch will be served.

Philosophy Major and Minor, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2:15 p.m., Philosophy Study, Dewey House

Meet the faculty and hear from some of the current majors. Lunch will be provided.

Neuroscience Major, Wednesday, Oct. 29, Noon, McConnell Foyer/103

Come meet the faculty and majors of the Neuroscience program. Lunch will be served.

Math and Statistics Majors and Minors, Wednesday, Oct. 29, Noon, Burton Math Forum, 3rd Floor, Burton

Lunch will be provided.

American Studies Major, Wednesday, Oct. 29, Noon, Dewey Common Room

Meet the faculty in the American Studies Program and learn more about the Major. A pizza lunch will be provided.

Art Major and Minor: Art History, Studio Art and Architecture, Wednesday, Oct. 29, Noon-1 p.m., Jannotta Gallery, Hillyer

Information on the three Art plans will be offered along with pizza, beverages and a chance to meet the Art Department faculty!

Theatre Major, Wednesday, Oct. 29, Noon, Green Room, Mendenhall

Come learn about all that the exciting Theatre Department has to offer while enjoying lunch.

Religion Major and Minor, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 12:15 p.m., Seelye 207

Meet the faculty and hear from some of the current majors. Sandwiches and salad provided.

East Asian Studies Major, Thursday, Oct. 30, 4:15 p.m., Campus Center 102

Come meet the East Asian studies faculty and hear from our current majors. Sushi, brownies, and beverages will be served.

French Studies Major, Thursday, Oct. 30, 4:30 p.m., Poetry Center, Wright

Come hear faculty and current students discuss the major in French Studies. Light refreshments will be served.

Geosciences Major , Thursday, Oct. 30, Noon-1 p.m., Sabin-Reed 103

Lunch will be provided.

Latin American and Latino/a Studies, Portuguese-Brazilian Studies and Spanish Major and Minors, Thursday, Oct. 30, Noon, Campus Center 103/4

Come meet our faculty and hear from our current majors. Pizza, salad, and beverages will be served.

Music Major and Minor, Thursday, Oct. 30, 5 p.m., Green Room, Sage

If you enjoy music - performing it, composing it, listening to it, learning about it - come meet Music faculty and students and discover what a Music major or minor has to offer you. Pizza included.

Concentration in Community Engagement and Social Change, Friday, Oct. 31, 12:15 p.m., CCC, Wright 013

Combine any area of academic study with social justice and community work through the Community Engagement and Social Change concentration. Pizza will be provided.

Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain on Oral History, Contemporary Culture and the History of Punk, Thursday, Oct. 23, 7:30 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

Legs McNeil and Gillian McCain are the co-authors of "Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk," a classic contribution to the history of that movement in music and culture. They are also the co-authors of the newly released "Dear Nobody: The True Diary of Mary Rose," and they are working on two new oral histories. McNeil was a key figure in the life of the influential 'Punk' magazine and is a nonfiction writer; McCain is also a poet.

Mirta Yanez on 'Escritoras Cubanas Contemporaneas', Thursday, Oct. 23, 4 p.m., Poetry Center, Wright

A talk in Spanish by Cuban writer and poet Mirta Yanez on contemporary Cuban writers. Yanez will be talking about several women Cuban writers and will also be reading poems from her published book.

'Leni Riefenstahl's Fantasy Gypsies and Sacrificial Others' , Thursday, Oct. 23, 5 p.m., Seelye 106

Anjeana Hans examines how the notorious filmmaker re-imagines the genre of the "Zigeunerdrama" (gypsy-drama) in her first and final feature films - The Blue Light (1932) and Lowlands (produced 1940-45; released 1954). In her staging of herself as the exotically erotic "gypsy," Riefenstahl positions herself at the nexus of transgressive sexuality, ethnic difference, and a "mystical" power coded as feminine. Yet despite her appeal to these works as evidence of her independence from the Nazi regime, such self-staging both before and after the Third Reich only further solidifies her association with national socialist ideology.

Symposium: 'Edward Taylor: Discovering a Poet' , Saturday, Oct. 25, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

This is a symposium celebrating the 75th anniversary of the publication of "The Poetical Works of Edward Taylor," edited by Thomas H. Johnson. Taylor, of Westfield, Mass., is the finest poet writing in the 17th and 18th centuries. Speakers at the symposium include Francis Murphy and Martin Antonetti of Smith College, Kevin Sweeney of Amherst College, and Joshua Lane from Winterthur Museum. The lectures will be presented from 10 a.m. to noon, and from 1 to 3 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit

Chaired Professor Lecture by Katherine Rowe, Monday, Oct. 27, 4:30 p.m., Seelye 106

Katherine Rowe, provost and dean of the faculty and Sophia Smith Professor of English Language and Literature, will give her inaugural lecture, "A Walking Guide to Virtual Shakespeares." All are welcome. For more information on the 2014-15 Chaired Professor Lecture Series, visit For more information about Katherine Rowe, read the April 14, 2014, Gate announcement of her appointment at

'Noncoding RNAs, Centromeres and the Conflict Underlying Genome Stability', Monday, Oct. 27, 4:30 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Presented by Rachel O'Neill, Director, Center for Genome Innovation, University of Connecticut. Part of the Fall 2014 Mary Elizabeth Dickason King M.D. Annual Lecture Series in the Life Sciences in Memory of Professor Howard Parshley. Coffee, tea and light snacks will be served at 4 p.m.; talk to begin at 4:30 p.m. Visit for the full schedule.

Kennedy Lecture Series Continues 'Silver and Salvation: Flirting with Capital in Baroque Naples', Tuesday, Oct. 28, 5 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

The Smith College Department of Art is pleased to host Helen Hills, Professor of History of Art at the University of York, UK, as the 2014-2015 Ruth and Clarence Kennedy Professor in Renaissance Studies. As an art historian Professor Hills is interested in form and materiality. Specifically, she is concerned with the complex forms and excessive materiality of the art usually labeled baroque in 17th-century Italy. She will continue the Kennedy Lecture Series, The Matter of Baroque, October 28, with "Silver and Salvation: Flirting with Capital in Baroque Naples."

'Nirvana in Everyday Life: The Shin Buddhist Path', Tuesday, Oct. 28, 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

A lecture by Reverend Patti Nakai, associate minister, Buddhist Temple of Chicago. Reception will follow the talk in Seelye 207. Support provided by the Department of Religion and the Ada Howe Kent Fund.

'Women, the Bulwark of Democracy?' Presented by Molly Tambor '96 , Wednesday, Oct. 29, 4 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

This talk by Tambor, professor of History, University of Long Island, is sponsored by the departments of History and Italian, the Program for the Study of Women and Gender and the Smith College Lecture Committee.

'No More Paternity...No More Property': Legitimacy, Law and the Matronym in 19th-Century France, Thursday, Oct. 30, 5 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Presented by Carolyn J. Eichner, professor of history and women's and gender studies, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Sponsored by the Department of History, The Program for the Study of Women and Gender, and the Smith College Lecture Committee.

'Food Security: A Journey Toward Sustainability', Thursday, Oct. 30, Noon, Bass 102

Richard (Dick) White, Emeritus Professor of Astronomy, Smith College, will talk about his current work on food security, including describing his journey from astronomy to public policy and writing on food security. Presentation will be in Bass 102 and is sponsored by the Environmental Science and Policy Program. Lunch Provided.

Fall Chrysanthemum Show Opening Lecture, Friday, Oct. 31, 7:30 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

"Wild Collected," presented by Rob Nicholson, conservatory manager, Botanic Garden of Smith College. We take for granted that the natural world is still a cornucopia of plants that can be collected and used for human needs. Every species grown in cultivation has a collection story as somebody, somewhere, pulled seeds or plants from the wild and brought them into cultivation. Experience a botanical travelogue with Conservatory Manager, Rob Nicholson, as he shares images and stories from 30 plant collecting expeditions around the world. More info at:

'Cosmigraphics: Picturing Space Through Time,' Presented by Photographer and Filmmaker Michael Bens, Friday, Oct. 31, Noon, Campus Center Carroll Room

Artist, photographer and filmmaker Michael Benson, author of "Cosmigraphics: Picturing Space Through Time," will give a lecture of the same title in which he will discuss graphic representations of the universe through time, using images dating to the early 17th century, also depicted in his book and in a recent article in the New York Times. Benson will also discuss his work converting raw image data from interplanetary missions into large-format photographic prints. Free and open to the public, this lecture is part of the Kahn Institute short-term project "Contested Cosmologies: Our Place in Space," October 31-November 1. kahninstitute/shortterm_projects_contestedcosmologies.php.

Learn to Pitch the 'Big Idea', Monday, Nov. 3, 6 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Do you have a good business idea? Or just a good idea in general? How well can you articulate it? Putting together a convincing 90-second summary or "Elevator Pitch" for your idea is part art, part science. Come to this fun and informative lecture presented by seasoned entrepreneurs to learn how to put together the perfect pitch for your idea. No ideas or experience required to attend. Simply come, listen, be inspired and energized. Dinner is provided. Brought to you by the Center for Women & Financial Independence. For more information visit

SEC Films Presents 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier', Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24 and 25, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and battles a new threat from old history: the Soviet agent known as the Winter Soldier.

Faculty Chamber Music Concert , Friday, Oct. 24, 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

J.S. Bach's beautiful E Major Sonata for violin and keyboard, the brilliant Mephisto Waltz by Liszt, Duo for violin and cello by Gliere, and songs by Rachmaninoff. Karen Smith-Emerson, soprano; Joel Pitchon, violin; Volcy Pelletier, cello; and Liza Stepanova, piano. Free and open to the public.

'Taming of the Shrew' by William Shakespeare directed by Portia Krieger '03, Oct. 24-25, 30-31, Nov. 1 , 7:30 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall

Adorable Bianca has her pick of suitors, but no man wants to go near her fierce and acid-tongued older sister Kate. Their wealthy father Baptista won't give his blessing for Bianca's marriage until "shrewish" Kate has a fiancé too and he's beginning to doubt that possibility. Enter swaggering Petruchio, with a unique plan to win Kate's guarded heart. This will be no ordinary Shrew. It promises to be a bold and bawdy evening of theatre and the perfect toast to the Bard's 450th birthday. Tickets free for Smith students - or 413-585-ARTS(2787).

Montage: Takin' It to the Streets, Saturday, Oct. 25, 8 p.m., John M. Green Hall

The annual Family Weekend extravaganza with performances by the Smith College Glee Club and Chorus, Groove, the Wind and Jazz Ensembles, Handbell Choir, Orchestra and student a cappella groups. Features the title track by the Doobie Brothers and other "street"-related songs. Grant Moss, Joseph Baldwin, Ellen Redman, Genevieve Rose, and Jonathan Hirsh, conductors. Tickets: $5 general; $2 students. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in the Campus Center from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 24 and 25., and 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Music in the Noon Hour: The Deerfield Quintet, Tuesday, Oct. 28, 12:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Ellen Redman, flute; Kirsten Lipkens, oboe; Lynn Sussman, clarinet; Rebecca Eldredge, bassoon; and Sheffra Spiridopoulos, horn. Free and open to the public.

SEC Films Presents 'Life After Beth', October 31 and November 1, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Join the Smith College Student Events Committee for a special screening of the new release "Life After Beth." A young man's recently deceased girlfriend mysteriously returns from the dead, but he slowly realizes she is not the way he remembered her.

'Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret', Saturday, Nov. 1, 7 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Animal Advocates of Smith College are hosting this groundbreaking feature-length environmental documentary following an intrepid filmmaker as he uncovers the most destructive industry facing the planet today and investigates why the world's leading environmental organizations are too afraid to talk about it. As eye-opening as "Blackfish" and as inspiring as "An Inconvenient Truth", this shocking yet humorous documentary reveals the absolutely devastating environmental impact large-scale factory farming has on our planet. This event is free, accessible, and open to the public. Contact with any questions or concerns. 1 Elm Street,

An Extraordinary Multimedia Performance: 'Perpetual Motion: Galileo and His Revolutions', Saturday, Nov. 1, 7 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

"Perpetual Motion: Galileo and His Revolutions" is an innovative multimedia performance program featuring Galileo's Daughters--Dava Sobel, storyteller; Marc Wagnon, video artist; Mary Anne Ballard, viola da gamba; Sarah Pillow, soprano; Ronn McFarlane, lute--about the interconnections between music and astronomy in the context of Renaissance-era discovery, featuring music from Galileo's time, spectacular images from space, and cosmological readings and narration. This event, free and open to the public, is part of the Kahn Institute short-term project "Contested Cosmologies: Our Place in Space": http://www.kahninstitute/shortterm_projects_contestedcosmologies.php. Also sponsored by the departments of English and music.

MacLeish Field Station Music Jam, Thursday, Nov. 6, 6:45-10:15 p.m.

Everyone is welcome to bring instruments and voices to share, or to just come and listen. We are delighted to feature Charlie Conant and Leslie King, along with a few of their musical friends. Light refreshments provided, and campfire, weather permitting. To get a taste of what's to come, watch this time lapse video of the construction of the field station Bus leaves from Chapin Loading Dock at 6:45 p.m. and returns at 10:15 p.m. To reserve spaces in a Smith van, email Emily at

'Financing Life', Thursday, Oct. 23, Noon, Neilson Browsing Room

Only 2 more Financing Life workshops for this year. This weeks topic will be "Why you need insurance," and its for all ages. WFI will also be having a raffle for two attendees to win a gift card to Barnes & Noble at the end of the workshop, so make sure to attend! Free lunch is provided for the first 70 people. And they're great lunches! Presented by Professor Randy Bartlett & brought to you by the Center for Women & Financial Independence at Smith.

Social Mapping Night and Dinner: Ebola First Responder Project , Thursday, Oct. 23, 7 p.m., Spatial Analysis Lab, Sabin-Reed 104

Join us for a follow-up workshop on Ebola First Responder Mapping with a brief presentation by Dr. Leslie Jaffee, Smith College physician and director of health services. Jaffe will talk about the current state of the Ebola virus, as well as an open lab time for students to work collaboratively on the OpenStreetMap humanitarian aid mapping project. No previous mapping experience is needed. Feel free to bring your laptop or use the lab computers. See attached flyer for additional details. Pizza and drinks provided sign)4375

Weekly Grief Support Group Meets Fridays, Beginning, Oct. 24, 12:15-1:30 p.m., Schacht Center for Health and Wellness, 21 Belmont

Counseling Services offers a weekly support group for students who have lost a loved one. (Bring a lunch). For more info. and to register, call the Counseling Service at ext. 2840 or email

CANCELLED: Health & STEM Lunchbag: Stanford University School of Medicine, Friday, Oct. 24, 12:15 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

The talk by William Houder, of Stanford U. Medical School has been cancelled.

Arduino Learnathon, Friday, Oct. 24, 3-5 p.m., Ford 241

Come learn about the Arduino platform at this beginner-friendly workshop hosted by Smithies in CS. Arduinos are hardware and coding platforms that that can make interactive electronic projects. Microcontroller kits will be provided--get hands-on experience building circuits and coding in the C/C++-based programming language! This workshop is great preparation for Mount Holyoke's upcoming hackathon (HackHolyoke(makerJam)), or for anyone who just wants to get started with microcontrollers. No experience necessary.

Fulbright New Season Launch, Monday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

U.S. citizens with 3.4+ GPA meet at the Weinstein Auditorium to discover a whole new world with a Fulbright Fellowship for an amazing year in one of 155 countries -- an unforgettable experience to inspire the rest of your life and open doors to a meaningful future. This year's Fulbright Candidates will be speaking and taking questions at the New Season Launch. Seize this chance to join Juniors act quick. Sophomores position yourself. First-years (3.6+ high school GPA) plan now. Brush up on this incredible opportunity and become part of this winning Smith tradition.

MBA Information Session, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 5 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Are you thinking of getting an MBA after Smith? What is an MBA? What kind of careers do MBAs have? Which school is right for me? When should I apply? What are the qualities of a successful application? To find out attend this panel talk by admissions representatives from Harvard Business School, Wharton School of Business, Yale School of Management and Columbia Business School. A question and answer session will be held afterward. Pizza, salad, drinks & dessert provided. Brought to you by the Center for Women & Financial Independence and the Business Women of Smith College Club.

Jacobson Center Workshop on How to Stay Focused, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 12:15-1 p.m., Jacobson Center, Seelye 307

An informal lunch-hour workshop about how to deal with issues that affect academics like procrastination and distraction. Feel free to bring a grab-and-go lunch. Led by Gail Thomas, this workshop is part of the Center's Academic Success series.

STEM Graduate School Application Workshop, Part 2: 'Crafting a C.V.', Wednesday, Oct. 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m., McConnell 404

This 4-part workshop series will address issues pertinent to graduate school applications in STEM fields. Short presentations by faculty members will be paired with discussions and hands-on workshops (bring your laptop and relevant documents in progress!) where you can work on specific parts of your application and get immediate feedback and advice. It is designed especially for senior students currently applying for grad school, but any students interested in learning more about the process are welcome to attend.

Deconstructing Civilian Drones: An Open DIY Workshop, Thursday, Oct. 30, 12:15 p.m., Spatial Analysis Lab, Sabin-Reed 104

What makes a civilian drone? How are they built? How are they used? And what possibilities do those technologies hold for the sciences, humanities, and arts? Spatial Analysis Lab director Jon Caris will lead an open workshop in how civilian drones work, what technologies go into them, and how they are used in academia. This workshop is sponsored by the AIRLab, a Five College Digital Humanities program, and is open to all Five College community members. Learn more at

Upcoming Religious and Spiritual Life Activities

Wednesday, Oct. 22: One Hour for Peace, a weekly vigil with guided contemplative respectful conversation, noon, Sanctuary: Smith Christian Fellowship Bible Study, focusing on the Book of John, 7 p.m., CC 103; Friday, Oct. 24: Soup, Salad and Soul, a student-led discussion with a home-made vegetarian meal, 12:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge; 12:30 p.m., Al-Iman Friday Prayers, Blue Room; 4:30 p.m., Reading Room (B13), SCF International Bible Study; 5:30 p.m. Hillel Shabbat followed by Shabbat dinner, Dawes House. Monday, Oct. 27: Buddhist Meditation Sitting Group for beginners and experienced practitioners, led by Ryumon Hilda Baldoquin, sensei, 5 p.m., Sanctuary.

Al Iman's 25th Eid Celebration, Saturday, Oct. 25, 5:30 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Al Iman hosts its annual community dinner in celebration of Eid Al Adha, a Muslim holiday, also known as the Feast of Sacrifice. The celebration, which marks Al Iman's 25 year on campus, promises to be a fun and festive night featuring a delicious halal meal of Middle Eastern cuisine, live performances of naat/nasheeds, henna art, Arabic calligraphy, and many other exciting activities. The event, open to both Muslims and non-Muslims, also features guest speaker Tahera Ahmed, associate chaplain of Northwestern University and a recent White House honoree. Tickets are available at the door or in advance at

'Free Speech?...What Would the Buddha Say?' , Wednesday, Oct. 29, 12:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

In the Fourth Noble Truth, the Buddha taught the Eightfold Path to end suffering. Right Speech is one of the roads on the Path. When practicing Right Speech, careful consideration is given to how we engage in this body practice. The most important consideration is whether our words will bring forth wholesome or unwholesome consequences. This Buddhist lunch talk, led by Ryumon Hilda Baldoquin, Sensei, a Zen priest, teacher and Community Religious Adviser at Smith, will explore the practice of Right Speech in a world of differences.

Open Office Hour with President McCartney, Thursday, Oct. 23, 4 p.m., President's Office

Sign Up Now for CSO Fall Blood Drive

Campus blood drive sponsored by Smith's Community Service Organization and Red Cross on Monday, Oct. 27, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and Tuesday, Oct. 28, 1-7 p.m. in the Campus Center Carroll Room. Sign up for an appointment at this Doodle poll: or You can also sign up to volunteer at the drive. Sign up to volunteer at this Doodle poll: For more information, email

Looking for a Few Good Ghosts..., Alumnae House

Have you every wanted to be part of a haunted house? Now's your chance. We are seeking a volunteer cast members for the Alumnae Haunted House on the evening of October 30 (7-9 pm, with a 6 p.m. call to get ready). If you're interested, send a note to

Stargazing, Friday, Oct. 24, 8:30-9:30 p.m., McConnell Hall Roof

Come see stars, clusters, and galaxies. All are welcome - please dress warmly. For further information or to check on weather conditions, contact Meg Thacher (, 585-3935).

Field Station Friday, October 24, 1-3 p.m.

Celebrate Friday or Family Weekend with a trip to Smith's Ada and Archibald MacLeish Field Station in Whately. Go on a guided hike, relax outside, or explore the College's greenest building- the Bechtel Environmental Classroom. Space in the vans is limited. Email or call 413-585-3352 to reserve your spot. Vans leave at 1 p.m. from the annex road between Chapin House and the Campus Center and will return by 3 p.m.

SGA Sustainability Committee @ Fall Fest, Friday, Oct. 24, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Chapin Lawn

The SGA Sustainability Committee will be tabling at Fall Fest from 11-3. Take this opportunity to learn about the committee and the activities the committee hopes to bring to campus this year. There will be a business called HEROES & VILLAINS: Vintage Goods, based out in Amherst, who will be there to sell vintage clothing at affordable prices. This is to encourage reusing items of clothing as a way of decreasing one's environmental impact. There will also be a company called SRide to promote their ride sharing app, a network of ridesharing opportunities to accommodate daily commutes and unplanned trips.

EKTA Presents Mehndi Night, Friday, Oct. 24, 5:30 p.m., Davis Ballroom

EKTA, the Smith South Asian Student Association, presents a night of music, dance and culture from South Asia. There will be food, henna ( Mehndi) for those who want followed by performances which start at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are available for the function at the Campus Center, main level vending, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday and Friday (pre-sale), and at the door at the time of the function. Pre-sale tickets are $5 and at the door tickets are $7.

Third Annual Cider Pressing, Saturday, Oct. 25, 10 a.m., Chapin Annex Road

Students and staff from the Center for the Environment, Ecological Design, and Sustainability (CEEDS) and Dining Services will be facilitating a family friendly and tasty New England tradition: cider pressing. Help to press fresh, Ashfield-grown apples into cider and then have a cup together with a Hadley-made cider donut or some cheese and crackers from local farms.

SmiTHrift Clothing Sale Family Weekend, Saturday, Oct. 25, 1 p.m., Campus Center Garden Level

Great gently-used and super affordable clothing and accessories on sale for every taste & style. Donate a grocery bag full of good used clothes and receive 50% off of your total purchase. Bring your family shopping. All proceeds to benefit local charities. For more information about the SmiTHrift Club and the great work they do, visit

Asian Tea House, Saturday, Oct. 25, 7:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

The Asian Students Association and the Korean American Students of Smith present the annual Asian Tea House event. Students from Smith and other colleges will come together to showcase their talents; be it dancing, singing, or a traditional fan dance show, these performances will present to you a taste of Asian culture. Refreshments will be served and a raffle will be held.

Donations Sought for 'Shelter Sunday' , October 26, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Campus Center Main Level Table

Seeking donations for Northampton's 23rd Annual Shelter Sunday. Drop off your donations in the Campus Center 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct 26. Donations from Shelter Sunday help hundreds of individuals and families who use services provided by six different organizations in the area including Grace House, Interfaith Emergency Shelter, Grove Street Inn, Safe Passage, MANNA, and the Single Room Occupancy Project. Sponsored by the Smith Interfaith Alliance. Check out for more information.

AMS Fall Social: Join the Conspiracy, Wednesday, Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m., Seelye 207

American studies students and faculty will gather for an AMS-hosted professorial recitation of Edgar Allen Poe's "The Raven," followed by cider and doughnuts and casual sharing of favorite villains of American history. Students are invited to stop by and chat; this is an opportunity to get together outside of academics.

Halloween Fun at the Alumnae (Haunted) House, Thursday, Oct. 30, 4 p.m., Alumnae House

The Office of Alumnae Relations invites Smith families to a frightfully fun time at the Alumnae (Haunted) House. Come in costume or come as you are - and be ready to play some tricky games, have some tasty treats, and hear spooky stories about some of the ghosts of Smith College.

Free Family Fun , Saturday, Nov. 1, 1-4 p.m., Museum of Art

Free admission all day Free snacks | Wheelchair accessible Once Upon a Painting Enjoy a day of art-making, art-looking and collaborative storytelling inspired by global tales and works of art on view at SCMA. Create your own fairy tale book with story elements drawn from works on view. Hang on to that Halloween costume and come dressed as your favorite storybook character. Listen to fairy tales--familiar and fractured--read aloud by students from the Smith College Campus School and pick up a little something bound for your library, at their Pop-Up Book Fair.

Fall Chrysanthemum Show , November 1-16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Lyman Conservatory

Every fall almost every shade of the rainbow can be seen inside the Lyman Conservatory at the Botanic Garden of Smith College. At the annual Chrysanthemum Show over-sized blooms reach eight inches across, and floral walls of color fill the greenhouses with brightly colored chrysanthemums.Dragons is the theme this year. The centerpiece for the show will be a dragon sculpture made by 2014 Smith College graduate Hyun-Jung Oh. The Fall Mum Show also showcases the hybridizing experiments of the horticulture class. The public is invited to view the results and vote for their favorites. Hours and information at:

Next Field Station Saturday, November 1, 1-5 p.m.

Visit the MacLeish Field Station in Whately Explore the 5 miles of hiking trails, relax outside, or study in the Bechtel Environmental Classroom (one of the greenest buildings in the world). The van leaves at 1 p.m. from the loading dock between Chapin and the Campus Center and returns to campus around 5 p.m. For more information and to sign up, visit

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