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10/02/2014 Digest

Emails from President McCartney

A few users have reported that emails from President McCartney have appeared in their inbox as coming from "President Christ." This results from users saving the e-mail "" to their contacts during Carol Christ's tenure. If you have been affected by this error, please delete "" from your contacts in Smith Mail. For assistance, call ITS at ext. 4487.

Emergency Notification System Test, Tuesday, Oct. 7

Campus Police will test the college's emergency notification system. Any changes to your emergency contact information should be made by 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 6. To receive emergency messages via cell phone, text or voice, please update your information. Students and employees can log in to the Smith Portal at using their network username and password. When the portal page opens, click on BannerWeb, select Personal Info Menu, then Emergency Information Review and Update.

Save the date: Staff Council Hosts Annual Cider and Doughnuts , Oct. 14

Take a morning break and join Staff Council for cider and doughnuts on Tuesday, Oct. 14, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on the Campus Center steps (rain location: CC 102). See flyer at

Scott Gym Window Replacement Construction Notice

Starting Friday, Sept. 26, preparation work for the window replacement on the north side of Scott Gym will start with the mobilization of lift equipment and window deliveries. On Monday, Sept. 29, the north side entrance to Scott Gym will be closed for one week to allow windows to be installed. The installation should be complete in five days, weather permitting. Use of Scott Gym gymnasium itself will be limited during construction. Please check with the athletic department for availability of facilities. Thank you for your patience during this last phase of the window installation for Scott Gym.

Apply for Kahn Institute Short-Term Project: 'Contested Cosmologies' Deadline is , October 6

All faculty and staff are invited to apply for the Kahn Institute short-term project "Contested Cosmologies: Our Place in Space," organized by Suzan Edwards, Astronomy, and Cornelia Pearsall, English, that will take place October 31 to November 1. The project seeks faculty with diverse disciplinary perspectives to consider ways in which prevailing world views may be challenged in any field of inquiry. How is our understanding of humanity shaped by our conception of our literal or metaphorical "place in space?" How might the continuous unfolding of new scientific evidence be reflected in literature, art, philosophy, religion, history or other disciplines? For a detailed description, schedule and to apply, visit

Brown Bag Lunch to Discuss Themes in the Award-winning Film 'The Intouchables', Wednesday, Oct. 8, Noon, Alumnae House

Staff Council Diversity Committee is hosting a brown bag lunch (beverages and snacks served) to discuss the themes in the award-winning film "The Intouchables." Synopsis: When an ex-con from the projects is hired to take care of an eccentric French aristocrat, the job quickly becomes an unpredictable adventure. As the unlikely duo overcome adversity of every flavor in this true story, they also shatter their preconceptions of love, life and each other. Please view the film prior to the discussion. It is available through Netflix and the C/W MARS library network. You may request it online with your library card:

Kahn Institute Long-Term Project Applications Due , Friday, Oct. 10

The application deadline for the Kahn Institute's 2015-2016 long-term projects, "Memory: Form, Function and Fallibility," (organized by Dawn Fulton, French and Adam Hall, Biological Sciences), and "Play," (organized by Michael Thurston, English Languages and Literature), is Friday, Oct. 10. For detailed descriptions on both projects, visit To apply to "Memory," click on To apply for "Play," click on For more information, call 413-585-3721.

Teach an Interterm Class; Proposal Deadline , October 17

The Interterm Program is accepting proposals from faculty, students and staff to teach a non-credit class or workshop in January. We are seeking well-developed and creative ideas for teaching useful skills; cultivating creative expression and awareness; encouraging health and well-being; engaging in service projects; expanding cultural awareness; or deepening understanding of the sciences and technology. Classes will be offered in either the week of January 5 to 9 or January 12 to 16. Visit for information and a proposal form. The deadline for proposals is October 17.

2014 Clery Campus Security and Fire Safety Report

In compliance with federal and state laws, the Campus Police department compiles an annual crime and fire report. This report, which provides crime and fire statistics for the three previous calendar years, as well as safety-related policies and procedures, is also available online at: If you wish to receive a paper copy of the report, contact the department at x2490 or stop by the Campus Police office.

Accepting Applications for Advisory Board for 'Justice, Identity, and Social Change' Initiative

The Center for Religious and Spiritual Life (CRSL) is looking for students from a wide variety of religious, non-religious and spiritual inclinations to help advise staff on programming related to the "Justice, Identity and Social Change" theme for 2014-15. Responsibilities will include bimonthly meetings in which participants will advise staff on thematic focus and review program proposals. Those interested in making connections between spirituality and social justice and participating in interfaith dialogue encouraged to apply. Contact for an application and expanded description.

Share Your Stories with Alumnae

Has Smith College changed your life? The Smith Fund is looking for current students to feature in our messaging to alumnae this year. We're looking for students who are receiving financial aid, who have taken advantage of the many opportunities Smith has to offer--including study abroad, Praxis internships, clubs and organizations on campus, house communities, athletics, etc., and who are interested in sharing their experiences with alumnae to help encourage their financial support of the college. If this is an opportunity that interests you, contact Katie Averill at for more information.

Apply for Funding to Attend the 2015 Insight Dubai Conference

The Wurtele Center for Work & Life (WCWL) invites students to apply for funding to attend the 2015 Insight Dubai Conference, which will take place at Dubai Women's College in the United Arab Emirates on March 22 - 26, 2015. Accepted students will receive FULL funding for the conference, which includes airfare, conference registration fee, meals and accommodations. Applications for funding are due by 9 a.m., Monday, Nov. 17. For more information about the conference, watch this short video: The online application form is at For more information, contact Ally Einbinder '10, WCWL Program Specialist, at

Juniors and Seniors: Apply to Participate in January-Term Writing Retreat: 'Eat, Write, Talk'

In this selective, three-and-a-half day January-term (non-credit) course (January 18-21), the Women's Narratives Project takes juniors and seniors on a retreat to talk and write about themes inherent in making life decisions, including perfectionism, risk-taking, tolerating failure and family narratives of success. The workshop is led by Dean of Religious Life Jennifer Walters and Director of the Wurtele Center for Work & Life, Jessica Bacal. For more information, watch this short video: To apply and read past narratives, visit

Attention: Financial Aid Recipients

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 as a way to thank these generous donors. For more information, email

AIT-Budapest Study Abroad Information Session, Thursday, Oct. 2, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

The Office for International Study presents the AIT-Budapest study abroad program, which is specifically designed for computer science and software engineering students. It offers a curriculum that combines foundational computing courses with innovative courses in entrepreneurship, design, and special topics that are not easy to find elsewhere. Prime examples of the rich curriculum include a design course with Erno Rubik (inventor of Rubik's Cube), an innovative computer vision course for digital film post-production, and courses in computational biology. For more information, visit

Archives Fair, Thursday, Oct. 2, Noon-1 p.m., Chapin Lawn

See postcards, photos and even heft an Oscar statuette. Meet archives concentrators and learn about one-week mini-courses offered for credit during J term.

SEC Films Presents 'Noah', Friday and Saturday, Oct. 3 and 4, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Join the Smith College Student Events Committee for two special screenings of the new release "Noah." A man is chosen by his world's creator to undertake a momentous mission before an apocalyptic flood cleanses the world.

Write a Song in an Hour (and Learn What It Has to Do With Leadership), Friday, Oct. 3, 4:15 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

The workshop, "Write a Song in an Hour (and Learn What It Has to Do with Leadership Development)," originally scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 2, will be led by Smith alumna Ally Einbinder. In 2010 Einbinder had just graduated from Smith and had never played an instrument before, but decided to pick up the bass. With two other Smith women, she formed a band called Potty Mouth, and they agreed to take risks and learn music by playing music. Today, Einbinder continues to build her musical career with Potty Mouth, as well as to work as a program specialist at Smith's Wurtele Center for Work and Life. Come and spend an hour with her in a low-pressure, songwriting environment. For more info, visit:

PRESHCO Information Meeting for Study Abroad in Cordoba, Spain, Friday, Oct. 3, Noon, Hatfield 206

Students may choose to attend for the full academic year, or for either semester. Applications are being accepted now (until October 15) for spring semester 2015 (be there for the Feria in May). Students who were in Cordoba this past academic year will also be present to answer questions.

Health & STEM Lunchbag Series: 'The Journey to Graduate School--Using the Tools Smith Gave You', Friday, Oct. 3, 12:15 p.m., McConnell B05

Theanne Griffith '08, graduate student in Northwestern University Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program (NUIN) will describe her research and will discuss paths to graduate programs in science. Also, Sally McIver, assistant program director, will provide background on the NUIN program. Pizza will be provided for the first 40 people. Open conversation continues (with cookies) 1-2 p.m. in McConnell 104.

Computer Science Research, Internship and Study Abroad Talk, Monday, Oct. 6, 12:15 p.m., Ford 241

The computer science department is giving a presentation in Ford Hall 241 of various internships, research opportunities and study abroad experiences recently completed by computer science students. This will be an excellent chance to ask about finding and applying for internship and research opportunities and discover more about balancing study abroad and the major requirements. A pizza lunch (including gluten-free pizza) will be served.

SEC Films Presents 'Rio 2', Friday and Saturday, Oct. 10 and 11, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

It's a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids after they're hurtled from Rio de Janeiro to the wilds of the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful Nigel and meets his father-in-law. These special screenings are sponsored by the Student Events Committee.

Fall Break Backpacking Trip, Saturday, Oct. 11, to Monday, Oct.

Join the Fall Break Backpacking Trip with Smith's outdoor adventure program. Cost is $10. Backpack along the Long Trail in Vermont. Expect moderately difficult backpacking through beautiful mountains with a few great summit views. Email: to sign up or for details.

Environmental Concentration: Climate Change, Monday, Oct. 6, Noon, CEEDS, Wright

Learn how the Climate Change Concentration can compliment your major and add meaningful hands-on experience to your academic goals. For more information, visit

Environmental Concentration: Sustainable Food, Tuesday, Oct. 7, Noon, CEEDS, Wright

The Sustainable Food Concentration lets students engage in an interdisciplinary exploration of food and the many issues involved in sustainability. Learn more at

'Cinema Year Zero: Landscape and Memory in Post-Fascist Italian Cinema (in English)', Thursday, Oct. 2, 5 p.m., Seelye 201

Giuliana Minghelli from McGill University will give a lecture (in English) on Italian cinema and landscape.

'The Queen and the Monk: The Birth of the Global Insight Meditation Movement in Colonial Burma', Thursday, Oct. 2, 5 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

The Fall Buddhist Studies Lecture Series continues with Erik C. Braun, associate professor of religious studies, University of Oklahoma, who will examine the Burmese colonial context (where the queen and the monk met) and trace the rise of modern insight practice and the logic of its development up to the present day. The fall lecture series, titled "Mindfulness: Burmese Roots and Mass(achusetts)," is hosted by the Smith College Buddhist Studies Concentration and Department of Religion. Support provided by the Smith College Lecture Committee and the Ada Howe Kent Fund.

'Kinder Morgan Pipeline: Questioning the Need, Considering the Alternatives and Engaging the Public', Friday, Oct. 3, 12:15 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Katy Eiseman, director of Massachusetts PipeLine Awareness Network, and Bruce Winn, president of Berkshire Environmental Action Team, will talk about the proposed natural gas pipeline through northern Massachusetts. They will give an overview of the proposal and offer a multi-scale assessment of the project from its impacts on the pipeline corridor to its implications for carbon emissions and climate change. Sponsored by the Environmental Science and Policy Program. Lunch provided.

'Hydropower, Climate Change and the Public Interest: What's the Deal?', Monday, Oct. 6, 2:30 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Andrew Fisk, executive director of the Connecticut River Watershed Council, will be exploring the relationship between the future of hydropower, the growing threat of climate change and the importance of public interest.

Life Sciences Lecture: 'The Circadian Clock and Chromatin Remodeling', Monday, Oct. 6, 4 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Presented by William Belden, assistant professor, animal sciences, Rutgers University. 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.

Sigma Xi Talk: 'Paradise Lost? A New Plan for Sediment Removal from the Campus Pond', Tuesday, Oct. 7, 12:10 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Presented by Bob Newton, Geosciences, and Gary Hartwell, Project Manager/Facilities, Open to all faculty, staff and students. A complimentary lunch is offered in McConnell Foyer.

McGrath Lecture on Book Arts by Michael Kuch, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 4 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Michael Kuch--writer, artist, printer, publisher--will delight us with an illustrated talk, "Twenty Years of the Double Elephant Press: Harnessing Influence & Ignorance." Kuch attended Hampshire College and studied with sculptor and graphic artist Leonard Baskin. This is the 2014 McGrath Lecture in Contemporary Book Arts sponsored by the Mortimer Rare Book Room. The lecture series is named in memory of local master printer Harold P. McGrath. A reception will follow in the Book Arts Gallery (Neilson, third floor). A selection of Kuch's books is on display outside the Mortimer Rare Book Room. For more information: mrbr or

Arava Institute Info Session: Trans-boundary Environmental Cooperation in Israel, Wednesday, Oct. 8, 12:15 p.m., CEEDS, Wright

Study abroad and Internships available for the Arava Institute, founded on the belief that wherever you are, on any side of a border, the environment is the defining challenge of our time. The Arava Institute provides students with an exceptional interdisciplinary environmental education that combines natural and social science with conflict mitigation training, while living with diverse host-families.

Jittery's Live! Presents Jim and Sam , Thursday, Oct. 2, 9 p.m., Campus Center TV Lounge

The Student Events Committee presents Jim and Sam, a Los Angeles-based indie folk band. Their songs feature "dark harmonies, melodic stories, and Scandinavian-pop vibes." The band has just returned from touring throughout the UK. To check out their music before the performance, go to Drop by for coffee, treats, and live music.

Traditional Quebecois Music and Dance, Friday, Oct. 3, 3 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

A delightful sampling of Quebecois traditional fiddle tunes, simple songs (featuring la chanson a repondre) and some basic folk dances. Becky Tracy's fiddling is steeped in the French Canadian tradition and Keith Murphy's singing is highly respected in Quebec. The audience will be invited to participate, and non-French speakers are welcome.

Student Picks Exhibition: 'Visual Protest' by Lingxuan Li '14, Friday, Oct. 3, Noon-4 p.m., Cunningham Center, Museum of Art

"Visual Protest" is a student-curated show of works on paper from the Museum's permanent collection. Works by Andy Warhol, the Guerrilla Girls and other artists explore the sarcastic side of political art. On view one day only.

C.P.E. Bach's 'Magnificat', Sunday, Oct. 5, 7 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

The second concert in honor of the 300th anniversary of C.P.E. Bach's birth, his thrilling "Magnificat" will be the centerpiece of a celebration program. Featuring a professional chorus and orchestra, and guest artists including Margot Rood, soprano; Kate Maroney, alto; Jason McStoots, tenor; Sumner Thompson, bass; Joel Pitchon, violin; Grant Moss, continuo; Joseph Baldwin, conductor. Co-sponsored by the Smith College Center for Religious & Spiritual Life, Department of Music, and Office of Student Engagement, Fine Arts Fund. Helen Hills Hills Chapel, free and open to the public.

Music in the Noon Hour: Harbison and Mozart, Tuesday, Oct. 7, 12:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Judith Gordon, piano, performs works by Harbison and Mozart during a relaxing half-hour of music in the beautiful Sweeney Concert Hall. Free and open to the public.

Music in Deerfield: Ariel Quartet, Saturday, Oct. 11, 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

A superb and accomplished young quartet from Israel, with quartets by Haydn, Schumann and Schubert. Pre-concert talk in Earle Recital Hall at 7 p.m. Tickets available on the Music in Deerfield website

'Financing Life', Thursday, Oct. 2, Noon, Neilson Browsing Room

Life costs money. How will you pay for it all? Come to "Financing Life," the popular lunchtime workshop series offered by the Center for Women and Financial Independence that is open to everyone, not just students. It covers everything you need to know from how to budget to saving for a car, house or business. Finally understand how taxes work, the best way to pay off debt, how to choose a credit card and much more! Free lunch is provided for the first 70 attendees. Presented by Professor Randy Bartlett. For more information, visit

Operation Wallacea Info Session, Friday, Oct. 3, Noon, CEEDS, Wright

Operation Wallacea is an organization that runs a series of biological and conservation management research programs around the world. Expeditions to remote locations identify areas needing protection and then implement appropriate conservation programs. Teams are lead by experts in biodiversity, social sciences and economics.

Gathering Sparks: A Workshop in the Art of the Interview, Saturday, Oct. 4, 1 p.m., Poetry Center, Wright

Presented by Christian McEwen. Particpants will learn interviewing skills and strategies, test them out with each other, and learn how interviews can become seeds for other creative projects. Free and open to members of the Five-College community.

Indigenous Smith Students & Allies (ISSA): Reactivation Interest Reception, Sunday, Oct. 5, 4:30 p.m., Campus Center 102

ISSA members will discuss the group's past work on campus to raise awareness of Native American and indigenous issues, options of indigenous studies within the Five College area, and how you can keep the group going for future Smithies. ISSA is committed to educating the Smith community about social, economic and cultural issues affecting Native American populations of the United States. If you are interested in being a leader or a member, join us. If you cannot attend but are interested in helping reactivate ISSA or joining the mailing list, email Liz Markee-Behrends at

On-Campus Orientation for Those Interested in Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity, October 6, 7 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Picker Engineering has arranged for Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity to offer an orientation to Smith students, faculty and staff who are interested in the program. Upon completing the orientation, participants can volunteer to work at one of two area Habitat homes being built, one of which is the Women Build home for which they are striving to have 70 percent of the construction volunteers be women. Building will be mostly on Saturdays and Sundays. Smith's Community Service Organization has transportation available for certified drivers. To learn more, visit

Social Justice Organizing Workshop: 'Listen Up! The No. 1 Skill in Organizing', Tuesday, Oct. 7, 4-6 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Register now for the next in the workshop series, "Nuts &Bolts of Social Justice Organizing," led by Sophia Smith Collection Activist-in-Residence Sara K. Gould. The workshop will allow students to learn and practice active listening skills that are essential in making social change. Register by email to More information on the series is available at

Center for Media Production Workshops, Oct. 7, 8 and 9, 7-8 p.m., Level C, Alumnae Gymnasium

The Center for Media Production is offering the following workshops. On Tuesday, Oct 7, Video Production, which includes how to setup a Canon Vixia, tripod and wireless microphone as well as camera positions, angles, and movements. On Wednesday, Oct 8, Final Cut Pro basics and advanced editing, which includes how to set up a new project, import and organize clips, and export and share a project. And on Thursday, Oct 9, Canon Rebel Digital SLR Basics, which includes operating the camera and important elements of photography such as shutter speed, aperture and ISO speed.

'Storytelling for Activists': Nationally Known Trainer Offers Social Justice Workshop , Wednesday, Oct. 8, 4-6 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Joseph Phelan, a creative strategist with a long history working in and with racial justice and economic justice organizations, will join Smith's Activist in Residence Sara Gould, former head of the Ms Foundation, in this workshop for students. Phelan is the former communications coordinator at Miami Workers Center and a founding staff member at Florida New Majority where he built a communications shop that also served the Florida Immigrant Coalition. Email to register.

Optional Practical Training Workshop for International Students, Thursday, Oct. 9, 4:30 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Are you interested in working in the U.S. after graduation? If so, you will need work authorization: Optional Practical Training (OPT). The Lewis Global Studies Center and the Office for International Students and Scholars will have the first OPT Information Session -- for J-grads and eager seniors -- in the Lewis Center. Come to learn about OPT and what's required for an application.

Upcoming Religious and Spiritual Life Activities

Friday, Oct. 3: Soup, Salad and Soul, a student-led discussion with a home-made vegetarian meal prepared by student cooks, 12:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge; 4:30 p.m., Reading Room (Room B13), SCF International Bible Study. Monday, Oct. 6: Buddhist Meditation Sitting Group for beginners and experienced practitioners, led by Ryumon H.C. Baldoquin, sensei, 5 p.m., Sanctuary. Contact Ryumon for an introductory session at

Spatial Analysis Lab Announces Fall Mystery Map Winner

The Spatial Analysis Lab is excited to announce that Sam Masinter is the winner of the Fall Mystery Map Challenge. To view the maps, read more about the challenge, and see a quote from the winner visit If you missed your chance to participate in this installment of the Mystery Map Challenge, do not fret, the next mystery map will be released soon.

Winter Clothes Closet: Donations Accepted Through Oct. 2

The Office of International Students and Scholars is organizing a winter clothes closet for our international student community on Friday, Oct. 3, from 2:30-5:30 p.m. Until Thursday, Oct. 2, we will be accepting any donations that Smith community members are kind enough to give. We are looking for winter clothes in good condition - sweaters, jackets, scarfs, gloves, hats. Donations can be dropped off in the Winter Clothes Closet donations bin in the main lounge at the Lewis Global Studies Center. Thank you in advance for helping to keep our students warm as temperatures drop.

Hillside Pizza Fundraiser for Smith Lacrosse Team

Smith lacrosse will be selling Hillside pizza, cookie dough and gift certificates through October 10. See any team member to place your order. For more information, call 413/585-4986 or email

Smith Basketball Youth Clinic for Girls and Boys (ages 6-14), Sunday, Nov. 2, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Ainsworth Gym

The cost is $50 per child, $35 per additional child in family. Registration includes free T-shirt if completed by October 15. Register at:

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