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This year the number of available job openings in Facilities Management for the Summer Employment is very limited. If there are any vacancies available once returning workers are hired, new applicants will be contacted according to the priority list. On-line applications for new hires must be submitted by Friday, March 27, at 4:30 p.m. As a reminder, priority for filling positions goes first to eligible returning workers from the previous summer, Smith undergraduate students, then to college age dependents and then to high school-age dependents. For information on how to apply, visit http://www.smith.edu/hr/career_summer.php
Make sure your summer plans include being on campus on Monday, June 8, the day of the All-Employee Picnic. This popular event will take place earlier this year this to allow more employees to attend. New menu items as well as fun, new activities will make this even more of a "can't miss" event! More details will be provided in the coming weeks.
Staff: There is still time to nominate yourself to serve on a College Standing Committee. These committees are comprised of faculty and staff members and help advise the College on important decisions. To read more about the work of each committee and to nominate yourself for open positions, please visit http://goo.gl/qZcGSe Nominations are due by 4 p.m. on Friday, March 27.
Join us in honoring Janet Hukowicz as she retires from Information Technology Services after 41 and a half years of service to Smith. All are welcome.
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.
Orientation Leader applications are now available for the Fall 2015 Orientation. Becoming an Orientation Leader is an excellent way to connect with incoming Smithies, gain leadership experience, and meet new people. No program planning experience necessary and all first-years, sophomores, and juniors are welcome to apply. To learn more and/or apply, visit http://www.smith.edu/firstyear/orientation_leaders.php
Open Campus and Discovery Weekend are April 16-17, and the Office of Admission is in need of hosts. The events give admitted students the opportunity to explore Smith before making a final decision. If you're interested in hosting, a representative of the Admission team will be tabling Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays until April 6 on the Main Level of the Campus Center. Smithies will be able to easily sign-up to host during this time. Alternatively, students can submit a one-page form in order to host by visiting http://www.smith.edu/admission/forms/host/login.php
Spend a fulfilling year building bridges to cross-cultural understanding in one of 155 countries as a jump-start to your post-baccalaureate life. Fulbrighters from all fields of study conduct research or teach English in schools and universities, and get involved in their host communities through service projects, sports and cultural endeavors. Juniors and sophomores (U.S. citizen with 3.4+ GPA) register your interest in applying now by answering Enquiry Questions at http://www.smith.edu/fulbright/intro.php. Get up to speed on how you can join Smith's winning tradition at http://www.smith.edu/fulbright/news_success.php.
Phyllis Williams Lehmann Travel Award, established in 1979 by friends and former students of Professor Lehmann. The prize is awarded to a senior (or seniors) majoring in the history of art, with preference given to students interested in pursuing the study of art history, especially classical art, at the graduate level. Students wishing to apply should submit to the Department of Art office, Hillyer Hall, by 4 p.m. on April 10, a transcript and a written proposal describing the travel plans and budget for which the grant is to be used.
Megan Hart Jones Studio Art Prize, established in 1987 by family and friends in memory of Megan Hart Jones '88. The award is made to an undergraduate for a judged work in drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, graphic arts or architecture. Students interested should submit and display their work in the Oresman Gallery, Hillyer Hall, Monday, April 6, and Tuesday April 7. Work should be labeled with student name, class, and contact information.
Elizabeth Killian Roberts Prize, established in 1990 by family and friends in memory of Elizabeth Killian Roberts '45. The award is made to an undergraduate for the best drawing as judged by the art department. Students interested should submit and display their work on the second floor hallway of Hillyer Hall by 4 p.m. on Friday, April 17. Work should be labeled with student name, class and contact information on the back.
Enid Silver Winslow '54 Prize in Art History, awarded annually for the best student paper written in an art history course taught at Smith. Students may submit one clean copy of a paper to the Department of Art office, Hillyer Hall. The name of the student should be typed on the cover sheet only. Submissions are due by 4 p.m. Monday, April 6.
The Elizabeth Schroeder Hoxie '60 Memorial Fund can help provide financial support for majors and minors (current sophomores and juniors) in the Department of Art who undertake a summer internship involving approximately 35 hours of work per week. To apply for Hoxie funds, prepare one or two page(s) typed statement in which you describe any arrangements you have made or will make to obtain internship; explain what you propose to accomplish through your internship; describe a brief schedule and budget; and provide the names of two faculty members we might contact for references. Applications are due Friday, April 10, at 4:30 p.m.
Sign up for this limited-opportunity poetry and yoga workshop, titled "Unleashed and Uncaged: Cultivating Compassion Through Movement, Stillness," by March 25, if possible. Free transportation from Smith College for those who need it. As with ALL AASC events, this event is free, accessible, and open to the public. See you there. https://www.facebook.com/events/1560268150925881/
Information sessions on this fall seminar, including the J-term trip to India, will be held on: March 31, noon-1 p.m. and April 1, 5-6 p.m. RSVP to email@example.com as to which session you plan to attend, as pizza will be served. Attendance at one of these sessions is required to be eligible to apply.
Smith Seniors are invited to a free Wine & Cheese gathering. This event will celebrate the Class of 2015 and give Seniors the opportunity to connect with faculty members and learn more about this year's Senior Giving Campaign. There will also be a drawing to win two pairs of Senior Ball tickets. Please bring a photo ID with date of birth--we'll be carding--and a few dollars to throw into the Senior Campaign "tip jar" as your gift. For more information, contact Katie Averill in the Smith Fund at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to learn more about the Poetry Concentration? We will make a short presentation about the Concentration and host our regular monthly salon after. Feel free to stay for the concentration salon and buffet. Please email Jen at email@example.com for RSVP link.
The event will provide an opportunity to learn more about the department, the major and minor requirements, upcoming department events, teaching assistant positions, and the classes being offered in the fall semester. Chinese food will be served.
Information concerning the major and study abroad options will be discussed. Come and meet our faculty and students. Lunch served for first 25.
Combine any area of academic study with social justice and community work through the Community Engagement and Social Change concentration. Pizza will be provided.
Lunch will be provided.
The Lewis Global Studies Center presents a talk with Robin S. Brooks '95, Chief of Staff in the State Department's Office of the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. Brooks will cover the shift in United States foreign policy from the Cold War to the War on Terror, the changing perceptions of U.S. interests abroad, and the role of human rights and development in U.S. policies. A reception will follow. For more information and events, visit http://www.smith.edu/world.
Diana Taylor, author of "Disappearing Acts: Spectacles of Gender and Nationalism in Argentina's 'Dirty War,'" will engage in personal, interpersonal, social and political reflection on the legacy of torture and disappearance at Villa Grimaldi, the notorious prison and extermination camp in Santiago, Chile, operated by the secret police during the Pinochet regime. Taylor, who has visited Villa Grimaldi on several occasions guided by survivors of the atrocities committed there, will consider the power of disappearance and its repeats as it pertains to Chile's "disappeared." In conjunction with the Kahn Institute project "The Power of Disappearance." Open to all; refreshments served.
Elisabeth Engebretsen, associate professor of anthropology, Shandong University, China, will deliver a lecture that will explore the types of queer kinship relations that have manifested as individuals navigate the powerful patrilineal kinship system that continues to shape notions of gender, sexuality, filial piety and reproduction in contemporary China. Englebretsen is the author of Queer Women in Urban China: An Enthnography (2013), winner of the 2014 Ruth Benedict Honorable Mention Book Prize from the Association of Queer Anthropology, American Anthropological Association. She is one of only a few anthropologists working on the lives of queer women in China.
"Videogame as Mandala, Enlightenment as Novelty". Robin Arnott, creator of the virtual reality experience "SoundSelf," explores the potential for video games as a tool for inducing trance states, meditation states, and "peak" experiences. The talk will cover modern techniques for inducing meditation states in players who may have no experience meditating, and the cultural business of using novelty to leverage ancient technologies for a modern audience. Hosted by the Buddhist Studies Concentration and Department of Religion.
Ellie Choi, assistant professor of Korean studies at Cornell University, will deliver a lecture on "Reconsidering Time in the 'Now' of Modernity: 1917: Memories of Hometown." Sponsored by the Program in East Asian Studies. Open to the public.
ES&P has invited four alumnae with diverse environmental careers talk about their careers and how their education at Smith helped set them on their professional path. This year's panelist are: Alana Miller '10, Policy Manager, Transportation Alternatives; H. Hanh Chu '07, Emissions Data Analyst, Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs; Beth Callaghan '04, Senior Education Specialist, Monterey Bay Aquarium; and Jacquelyn Ottman '77, J.Ottman Consulting, Strategies, Tools, and Inspiration for Sustainable Brands. Our panelists are eager to share their advice and reflections; bring your questions for the discussion to follow the panelists' introductory comments.
Students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend a roundtable discussion about speech on campus (4:30-6 p.m.), followed by small-group facilitated conversations over dinner (6-7:30 p.m.). For the roundtable, five panelists will explore historical and present-day disagreements on speech protections and limits, and the role of educational institutions. Katherine Rowe, provost and dean of the faculty, will serve as moderator. The panelists are Carrie Baker, associate professor for the study of women and gender; Ambreen Hai, professor of English language and literature; Dwight Hamilton, chief diversity officer; Marc Lendler, professor of government; and Marilyn Schuster, Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities and professor of the study of women and gender. Submit a question to the panelists in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org. At 6 p.m., audience members are invited to reflect and talk about speech on campus. There will be several small-group facilitated conversations at various locations in Wright Hall using the Ask Big Questions model of Ask-Share-Learn-Do http://www.askbigquestions.org/ This is the second of a series of conversations organized by the Working Group on Campus Discourse this semester intended to strengthen campus discourse on challenging issues. Future conversations will be organized around the theme of Gender Matters. For more informaiton on the Working Group, visit http://www.smith.edu/discourse/index.php
Presented by Scott Gilbert, Swarthmore College. Part of the Spring 2015 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 http://www.smith.edu/biology/events.php for the full schedule.
The Lewis Global Studies Center presents a Global Salon with Geoffrey Kitula King'ei, professor of Kiswahili and African Languages at Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya. As well as being an accomplished translator, King'ei has written several children's books, including an adaptation of an 18th-century Swahili classic, Utendi wa Mwana Kupona (Mwana Kupona: Poetess from Lamu; Sema Publications). In addition to Poetess from Lamu, his recent translations include Wole Soyinka's famous play, Simba na Lulu (The Lion and the Jewel; forthcoming Oxford University Press). For more globally-themed events, visit smith.edu/world/
"Contemplative Sensors and the Democratization of Contemplative Practice, with Muse: the Brain Sensing Headband", a lecture and demonstration by Ariel Garten, CEO, InteraXon, and Michael Apollo, mindfulness instructor, University of Toronto. Hosted by the Buddhist Studies Concentration and the Department of Religion.
A lecture in Spanish by Professor Marta E. Altisent of the University of California/Davis.
Quim Monzó’s stories shed light on the impasse political corruption, economic disenchantment, and nationalist self-doubt have created in Catalonia. His mood is melancholic, perhaps dictated by the disappearance of the warmer, more communally centered Barcelona of his youth, a city that was less transparent and globalized. One of the greatest Catalan prose writers of the twentieth century, Quim Monzó’s journalistic, narrative oeuvre embodies the modernization of Catalan letters. Monzó speaks to us in a universal literary idiom that brings Catalan culture into the twenty-first Century.
The Lewis Global Studies Center welcomes Mustapha Machrafi, Fulbright scholar and Professor at the African Studies Institute, University of Mohamed V- Souissi--Rabati. His Fulbright project is entitled "Governance of Immigration: A Comparative Study of the American and Moroccan Immigration Policies". His lecture will discuss the immigration and movement of Sub-Saharan Africans in the Melilla and Ceuta Enclaves and its impact on immigration politics in Morocco. The lecture will be held in French. For more globally themed events, visit http://www.smith.edu/world.
Elizabeth Schmidt, professor of history, Loyola University, Maryland, will give this year's Frank and Lois Green Schwoerer '49 Annual History Lecture. Her talk is titled "Cold War and Decolonization in Africa: The Uneasy Meeting of East, West, and North in the Global South." Sponsored by the Department of History.
Neilson Professor Sahar Amer will focus on the life and legacy of Shajarrat al-Durr, the first woman sultan of Egypt, and the ruler responsible for the defeat of Saint Louis during the 7th crusade. This is the third and final lecture in the 2015 Neilson Professor Lecture series, "Gender, Justice and the Arab World." Neilson Professor Sahar Amer is the Chair of the Department of Arabic Language and Cultures at the University of Sydney. Free and open to the public; refreshments provided.
The Lewis Global Studies Center presents a Global Salon with Natalie Diaz, an award winning Mojave-American poet and member of the Gila River Indian Community. Diaz works with the last native speakers of Mojave and directs a language revitalization program at Fort Mojave. Diaz will discuss her experiences with this program and the importance of reviving and enriching endangered Native American languages with the intent of preserving precious native culture. For more globally themed events, visit http://www.smith.edu/world.
Jeffrey Sachs is a renowned economist and one of the world's leading thinkers on sustainable development and the fight against poverty. In this Presidential Colloquium, he will offer thoughts on "The Age of Sustainable Development."
Sachs' work on ending poverty, promoting economic growth, and fighting hunger and disease prompted The New York Times to describe him as "probably the most important economist in the world." Author of "The End of Poverty" and director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, where he also serves on the faculty, Sachs is also a senior adviser to the United Nations. More information: http://jeffsachs.org/about/.
Come down to the CC TV Lounge to enjoy live music, delicious treats, and a great time. Jittery's Live! Presents Hanging Hills, a folk rock band from Willimantic, Conn. Check out their bandcamp or YouTube page to hear some of their music.
Offered as part of the celebration of the current special exhibition, "Mary Bauermeister: The New York Decade" <http://www.smith.edu/artmuseum/On-View/MARY-BAUERMEISTER-The-New-York-Decade> Karlheinz Stockhausen's monumental "Hymnen" (1966-67) is a large-scale electronic work focusing on national anthems from around the world. The piece is divided into four sections, or regions -- each dedicated to a different composer. This concert is a rare opportunity to hear an important piece of electronic music in its full four-channel version. Smith College Festival of Sound and Space artistic director Gregory Brown will serve as sound projectionist. Free and open to the public. For more information on the March 24-26 Karlheinz Stockhausen Retrospective, visit http://smith.edu/smitharts/stockhausen.php
In order to dispel stereotypes regarding Islam's view on education, Smith's Muslim students are bringing the film, "Girl Rising," to the campus community. The purpose is to bring students and faculty together to enlighten and sit under the same roof while doing so.
This film is about Annie, a foster kid, who lives with her mean foster mom, sees her life change when business tycoon and New York mayoral candidate Will Stacks makes a thinly-veiled campaign move and takes her in.
Sage Chamber Music Society presents Volcy Pelletier in a faculty recital. Pelletier will perform a solo cello work by Penderecki, the heroic sonata for cello and piano by Richard Strauss and the richly romantic and beguiling Serenade for string trio by Dohnanyi. She will be joined by Judith Gordon, piano; Joel Pitchon, violin; and Ronald Carbone, viola. Free and open to the public.
In support of National Farmworker Awareness Week, The SGA Sustainability Committee and Real Food Challenge (RFC) is screening Food Chains: The Revolution in America's Fields. "Food Chains reveals the human cost in our food supply and the complicity of large buyers of produce like fast food and supermarkets. Fast food is big, but supermarkets are bigger â?? earning $4 trillion globally. They have tremendous power over the agricultural system. Over the past 3 decades they have drained revenue from their supply chain leaving farmworkers in poverty and forced to work under subhuman conditions. Yet many take no responsibility for this."
Light Distance Wave explores the psychological impact of human movement and environmental change through the motifs of light, memory and landscape. Drawing from East Asian shamanic and Western contemporary dance forms, author, teacher and poet Sueyeun Juliette Lee will weave narratives of family and national histories with environmental studies and astrophysic rhetorics to suggest the fragility and tenaciousness of life. Sponsored by the Smith College Departments of Art, Dance and English Language and Literature; the Programs in American Studies and East Asian Studies; the Poetry Center, the Lecture Committee, and the Five College Asian/Pacific/American Studies Program.
Illustrious mezzo-soprano and vocal pedagogue, Karen Brunssen will discuss the female voice and present her own research, which details nuances of the voice from three months to 103. Free and open to the public.
Journeying through Rio de Janeiro, Bahia, and Pernambuco, Mika Kaurismaki's 2002 documentary presents a richly textured and passionately inspired portrait of traditional and contemporary music and performance cultures in Brazil, from samba, forro and frevo, to funk and hip-hop. Kaurismaki, an award-winning Finnish documentary and feature filmmaker, brings to the screen interviews and performances by more than forty musicians--young and old, professional and amateur, famous and unknown alike --as a sort of open love letter to his adopted home. This film is in Portuguese with English Subtitles. Free and open to the public.
Nine choreographers present new work as the finale of their undergraduate education. This concert, hosted by the Smith College Department of Dance, features original choreography by Lily Altreuter, Jessica Goudreault, Hannah Klales, Aleah Lazar, Twyla Marr, Jessie Owens, Sophie Steinberger, Danielle Tekut and Molly Tupper. $10 General, $5 Students and seniors. Call (413) 585-3220 for tickets.
Join SEC for a free movie screening of Into the Woods on Friday, April 3rd, and Saturday, April 4th. Both screenings are at 7:30 PM in Weinstein Auditorium. Into the Woods is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales in a musical format that follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel-all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them.
Are you interested in pursuing a career as a health professional? Dr. Sharon Akabas, director of the MS in Nutrition program at The Institute of Human Nutrition, will be on hand to discuss the program. Refreshments will be served. RSVP to Dr. Akabas at email@example.com. The Institute of Human Nutrition trains students to become competent in nutrition science as well as in clinical and public health nutrition; understand the importance of nutrition in health and disease prevention; and develop writing, critical thinking, public-speaking and leadership skills through our focus on professional training.
Smith Built Environment is a student-run org for students interested in architecture, landscape design and urbanism. This event will provide a space for students to ask seniors questions about school, architecture and their work that is currently exhibited in the Jannotta Gallery. Lunch and tea will be provided. Contact odaddi@smith or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
With our society now driven by a 'throwaway' mentality, and recycling and composting leveling at 34% recovery rates, the time is now for action to reduce waste and change the consumption paradigm causing it. This highly interactive workshop facilitated by Jacquie Ottman '77, nationally recognized expert in green marketing and sustainable consumption, explores practical lifestyle-enhancing steps to reduce, reuse, share, repurpose and repair, beyond recycle and compost. Key discussion points include: the waste we generate - and why, shifting from a 'throwaway' society to align with a 'No Waste Mindset,' and influencing family, co-workers, businesses, and government to reduce waste.
Come meet some of Smith's 31 Fulbright Finalists at the Fulbright Spring Blast-Off, Tuesday, March 31, from 7 to 8 p.m. in Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall lower level! A panel of Fulbright Finalists will speak about their experiences with the application process and hold a Q&A session afterwards. Join the hundreds of other Smithies (U.S. citizen with 3.4+ GPA) who have jumped on the Fast Track to Success Express and became part of a winning Smith tradition http://www.smith.edu/fulbright/news_success.php. Seize this chance to ask Fulbright Finalists about their projects http://www.smith.edu/fulbright/news.php and start planning for your own.
The CSO is holding its last Community Ed Lunch of the year on April 2nd. Kerry Homestead from Treehouse will be talking about their program and recruiting tutor/mentors for the fall. Treehouse is a multi-generational community that brings together families who have been involved in adoption and foster care with senior citizens to create an atmosphere of support within a system that has been historically characterized by instability.
Wednesday, Mar. 25, Wednesday Weekly Vigil, for contemplation and solidarity, noon, Sanctuary. Friday, Mar. 27, 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, Jordan House, followed by Shabbat dinner, 6:30 p.m.; Smith Christian Fellowship Group Investigating God Bible Study, 5:45 p.m., Reading Room; Monday, March 30, Weekly Buddhist Sitting Meditation, led by Ryumon Baldoquin, Sensei, 5:00 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary.
Cantor Shoshana Brown ('80) and her guitar will be leading Kabbalat Shabbat services at the K this Friday, in the Kosher Kitchen. She is on campus for the Smith Women's leadership Conference and is a panelist for the workshop "The Life I Didn't Expect". After services she will share her work. Cantor Brown is dedicated to making psalms more accessible to everyone, Hebrew speakers or not, Jewish or not. She has been working on setting psalms to a wide variety of folk melodies from around the world and to her own compositions.
Great deals on Oold and new merchandise being sold in the foyer of Ainsworth Gym. Cash or checks only.
Conbust is a weekend-long, multifandom convention running from March 27 to March 29, 2015 in Seelye Hall. Featuring panels, workshops, local vendors, games, and more, Conbust strives to empower women in the science-fiction and fantasy fan communities. This year's convention is bound to have something for everybody. For more information, visit the official Conbust website at http://sophia.smith.edu/conbust/index.html.
This Friday the Smith Crew team will be rowing outside the Campus Center to raise money for the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. The team will collect dollars and change from and will guarantee at least a $1,000 donation to the charity. The Food Bank supports over 300,000 people in Western Mass, through it's support of local agencies and families. Please help us by coming by, donating, and cheering on the team. Contact Coach Klinger at ext. 2717 with questions.
The Muslim students of Smith, in collaboration with EKTA, the South Asian Students Organization, are hosting a fundraising dinner for the 141 lives taken in the terrorist attack in Peshawar, India last December. The dinner will commemorate the lives lost with a fundraising video made by Smith students as well as a few words from a Pakistani Smith Junior. Entrance to the dinner is $3 per person.
Member-Only Hours are Saturday, March 28, 9 a.m.-noon (please bring your membership card).
General public hours are Saturday, March 28, Noon-3 p.m., and Sunday, March 29, 9 a.m.-3 p.m (while supplies last). Please bring your own trays or cardboard flats. $2-5 a pot.