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05/24/2016 Digest


Changes to Smith's College-Age-Dependent Tuition Benefit

For information regarding changes to the college-age tuition benefits, read the announcement at http://www.smith.edu/hr/whatsnew.php

Reminder: All-Employee Picnic, Wednesday, May 25, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Chapin Lawn

Don’t forget to leave your lunch at home and instead come to the All-Employee Picnic on Chapin Lawn, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Miniature golf, hula-hoop dancing, hand-scooped ice cream and more are just some of what you can expect when you arrive. See you there. Read more about the upcoming picnic at http://goo.gl/TdSJR4

Updated: Donate Items to Safe Passage -- It's a Smith Tradition

We don't often have a day when we can get a delicious free picnic lunch AND help others who may be less fortunate than we are, but Smith faculty and staff will be able to do just that on May 25 at the All-Employee Picnic. Bring items to donate to Safe Passage (http://safepass.org). For guidelines and suggestions for donations, visit https://goo.gl/090DSo. Since 1977, Safe Passage has helped survivors of domestic violence, their children, friends, and families. Studies show that doing good makes us feel good—this is the textbook definition of win-win. Read the Gate story about the 2016 picnic at http://www.smith.edu/news/all-employee-picnic-may-25/

2016-17 Faculty/Staff Parking Decals Now On Sale

Parking decals purchased online will be mailed to campus addresses only. To order your decal online, visit https://goo.gl/PoyM5M Complete the registration form, and upon entering the credit card information, using Visa or MasterCard, a receipt will appear on the screen which will automatically be emailed to you. The option to pay by cash or check is still available and must be done in the Parking Office. No mail-in registrations accepted. Registration forms are available in the Parking Office, 126 West Street or at http://goo.gl/yZxrg2 Business hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Presentation of New Annual Performance Review Process , Wednesday, May 25, 2 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Smith College is implementing a new staff performance management process beginning July 1, 2016. The Office of Human Resources will offer the second of two introduction sessions Wednesday, May 25, at 2 p.m. in Neilson Browsing Room. The new process involves managers and staff working together to plan, monitor, and review staff contributions and accomplishments at Smith in a three phase cycle.

Temporary Road and Parking Lot Closings (Including College Lane) Beginning May 23

As part of Facilities Management summer 2016 construction, improvements will be made to subsurface campus steam lines resulting in the following temporary closures: College Lane at Chapin Drive will be closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic from approximately May 23 to June 1; Chapin Drive between College Lane and Hopkins House will also be closed from approximately May 23 to June 17; and the small parking lot south of 8 College Lane will be closed from approximately May 31 to July 8. The closures are subject to change as construction work dictates. Questions can be directed to Diana Randall at drandall@smith.edu. To see a map of Smith's current construction projects, visit https://goo.gl/T8mtJV.

Pedestrian Walkway Detour Near President's House Begins May 25

The pedestrian passage which typically routes along the President's House driveway and above the adjacent garden will be rerouted along Elm Street beginning May 25 and lasting until approximately September 2. This detour is to accommodate active construction zones at the President's House and the adjacent garden area. Questions can be directed to Diana Randall at drandall@smith.edu. To see a map of Smith's current construction projects, visit https://goo.gl/T8mtJV

Updated: Staff Council Outdoor Film Screening , Wednesday, May 25, 8 p.m., Seelye Lawn

Staff Council and Cinema Northampton present an outdoor screening of "Pee Wee's Big Adventure" on Seelye Lawn. The event is free and open to the public. Bring blankets/chairs to sit on, snacks and drinks, friends and family. Free popcorn. Come early to get a good spot. The film will start at dusk. Synopsis: When eccentric man-child Pee-Wee Herman gets his beloved bike stolen in broad daylight, he sets out across the U.S. on the adventure of his life. Running Time: 1 hr. 31 min., Rated PG.

Mail Services Closed, Wednesday, May 25, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Mail Services will be closed Wednesday, May 25, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Enroll Now for Start of ESS Summer Fitness Program , June 6

Summer Fitness Program for faculty and staff is now enrolling. All classes are in Ainsworth Gym. M,W Pilates with Jean 12:10-12:50 p.m.; M,W Yoga with Lisa & Doug 12:10-12:50 p.m.; T,Th Cardio Blast with Rosalie 12:10-12:50 p.m.; Bootcamp with Joan M,W 1:10-1:50 p.m.; Tai Chi with Richard T,Th 12:10-12:50 p.m.. To request more information: rcook@smith.edu or print the flyer: http://smith.edu/ess/fitness.php

Personal Time for FY2016 and FY2017

Personal Time is credited to eligible staff employees at the start of each fiscal year. The first pay period for FY17 begins on Sunday, June 12, 2016. Unused Personal Time does not carry over to the new fiscal year. Therefore, all Personal Time for current FY16 must be used on or before Saturday, June 11, 2016. Personal Time used on or after Sunday, June 12, 2016, will be taken from Personal Time credited for FY17. For questions or more information, contact Jen Tenczar, ext. 2274. Also, consult the Staff Handbook: http://www.smith.edu/hr/handbook_502.php.

2016 Year-End Calendar Memo

The fiscal year end calendar is available on the Purchasing website at http://www.smith.edu/purchasing/. Please review the calendar for purchasing, accounts payable and accounting due dates and deadlines. In addition, please review your accounts early and submit any corrections by referring to your May 2016 ePrint reports. June 2016 ePrints will not be available until after all year-end deadlines. Use of FGIBDST in Banner INB is encouraged. Please contact the Controller's Office with questions.

'Thinking in Wool: Contemporary Hooked Rugs' by Margaret Bruzelius and Jill St. Coeur, M-F, May 20-August 26, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Jannotta Gallery, Hillyer

"Thinking in Wool: Contemporary Hooked Rugs" by Margaret Bruzelius and Jill St. Coeur will be on view Monday through Friday in the Janotta Gallery through August 26.

Wednesday: Campus Center Café Closes at 10 a.m. to Prepare for All Employee Picnic, May 25

The Campus Center Café will be open for breakfast from 7:30-10 a.m., but will close at 10 a.m. to prepare for the All Employee Picnic on Chapin Lawn. Regular summer hours will resume Thursday, May 26, 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.smith.edu/diningservices/cafe.php

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