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09/16/2014 Digest


Teach an Interterm Class

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 http://www.smith.edu/interterm for information and a proposal form. The deadline for proposals is October 17.

Announcing Staff Representatives on Standing College Committees

Thank you to everyone who stepped forward to volunteer their time and energy to serve on a College Committee. We are grateful for your willingness to represent your colleagues in this important way. Staff (full list: http://www.smith.edu/staffcouncil) have recently been appointed by the president to serve on the Advisory Committee on Resource Allocation, the Campus Planning Committee, the College Council on Community Policy, the Committee on Mission and Priorities, and the Committee on Sustainability. If you missed the opportunity to participate in the nominations and elections process and wish to get involved, contact Staff Council at staffcouncil@smith.edu

Fall 2014 Learning and Development Workshop Series

The Office of Human Resources is pleased to announce our Fall 2014 Learning and Development program workshop series. For full course listings and to register, visit http://www.smith.edu/hr/hrdev_catalog.php. Course highlights include Generations at Work, November 11, 10 a.m.-noon; Target Funds and Mutual Funds, October 8, noon-1 p.m., Avoiding Trips, Slips and Falls, November 13, noon-1 p.m.; and, for managers and supervisors, The Manager as Coach, November 7, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Nominations for Students for 'Smith in the World' Conference

Faculty and staff are invited to nominate juniors and seniors who have distinguished themselves in sustained, off-campus educational experiences to present their work at the annual Smith in the World Conference in November. Student panelists will speak about their experiences with internships, international study and community service, and how their liberal arts education and their off-campus work inform each other. Nominations are due September 19. The nomination form is available here: http://www.smith.edu/events/intheworld.php. Address questions to Charlene Imes (cimes@smith.edu).

'SWG Reads the News with the Smith Community' Fridays, Through November 21, 12:10 p.m., Duckett Dining Hall, Room B

We all read the news in different forms: as ticker tape under the TV broadcaster, in newspapers, on Facebook, Twitter or as blog posts. But we often read it alone. The Study in Women and Gender (SWG) program invites you to join a more collective setting in Duckett Dining Hall Room B over a Friday lunch to read the news: that is, decipher it, ask questions, give reactions, add new frames, in a sense, re-write the news. For those not on the meal plan, primarily staff and faculty, your lunch is on us. From 12:10 p.m. until the news is read.

Faculty/Staff Pick-up Basketball , Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Noon, Scott Gym

Seeking other interested faculty and staff for lunchtime full-court pick-up basketball game. Join other staff and faculty members for this long-standing tradition. Games are generally M-W-F starting at noon. If interested or would like other information please email Sam Rush (srush@smith.edu). Depending on turnout, teams are chosen and rotated often so everyone gets a good workout. Bring your Smith ID and a red and non-red shirt (for team distinction.)

Sigma Xi Luncheon, Tuesday, Sept. 16, Noon, McConnell Foyer/103

"Ongoing Research Along the Mill, Connecticut and Elbe Rivers: 1966-2014," presented by John Burk, Biological Sciences. Sigma Xi talks take place in McConnell Foyer and Auditorium (room 103). Lunch is served at 11:45 a.m., talks begin at noon and are open to all faculty, emeriti, staff, and students. The full schedule of Sigma Xi luncheons is available at http://www.science.smith.edu/departments/sigmaxi/.

Faculty/Staff Pick-Up Ultimate Frisbee Games Begin , Friday, Sept. 19, 4 p.m., Burton Lawn

Inviting all faculty and staff to join in a casual, yet challenging pick-up ultimate frisbee game. Previous playing experience is encouraged, but not necessary. The rigor of the game will be based on the group in attendance. Please bring water and a light/dark shirt, no cleats necessary. The first game will be Friday, Sept 19th starting at 4pm on Burton Lawn. The following games will be held every other Friday at 4pm, with some variation for holidays. Add the Google calendar SmithUltimatePickup@gmail.com to your Smith calendar for the complete and up-to-date schedule. Questions? Email sal@smith.edu

Information Session for 2015-2016 Kahn Institute Project: 'Memory', Monday, Sept. 22, 5 p.m., Kahn Institute, 3rd Floor, Neilson

The Kahn Institute is accepting applications from faculty and staff for its 2015-2016 year-long project, "Memory: Form, Function and Fallibility," organized by Dawn Fulton, French, and Adam Hall, biological sciences. The project will consider the great range of mechanisms, uses and representations of memory across disciplinary fields and impacts of memory on the individual and society. Faculty and staff are invited to hear the organizing faculty and Kahn staff discuss the content and structure of the project and fellowship opportunities. Beverages and appetizers will be served. For more information visit http://www.smith.edu/kahninstitute/future.php. To apply, visit http://www.smith.edu/kahninstitute/MemoryAPP.php.

Information Session for Spring 2016 Kahn Institute Project: 'Play', Tuesday, Sept. 23, 5 p.m., Kahn Institute, 3rd Floor, Neilson

The Kahn Institute is accepting applications from faculty and staff for its Spring 2016 semester-long project, "Play," organized by Michael Thurston, English language and literature. This project will explore play from multiple disciplinary perspectives to enrich understanding of what play is and what we might gain through new definitions of play. Organizing faculty and Kahn staff will discuss content and structure of the project and fellowship opportunities. Beverages and appetizers will be served. For more information visit http://www.smith.edu/kahninstitute/future.php. To apply, visit http://www.smith.edu/kahninstitute/PlayAPP.php.

Mail Services Extended Hours, September 15-19

Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m., for pick up only. Closed Saturday and Sunday. Normal hours resume September 22. For updates, visit http://smith.edu/mailservices/

Volunteer as a Student Ambassador for Alumnae Relations; Apply by , Friday, Sept. 19, 4 p.m., Alumnae House

Do you love interacting with alumnae and students who are passionate about Smith? Would you like to improve your networking and public speaking skills? The Office of Alumnae Relations invites sophomores, juniors and seniors to apply for 20 available volunteer positions. Students hired to participate in this new Student Ambassador program will be invited to represent Smith at various alumnae events on and off campus as scheduling permits, as well as receive opportunities to develop networking and speaking skills. Submit your application to the Alumnae House by Friday, September 19 at 4:00 pm. http://alumnae.smith.edu/volunteer/volunteer/student-ambassador-program/

Call for New Judicial Board Members: Applications Due , Friday, Sept. 26, 4 p.m., Clark Hall

Are you interested in learning more about the Smith College Code of Conduct? Would you like to create a better Smith community? If your answers are "yes," then consider applying to the Smith College Judicial Board. The board is looking for new members who are juniors and seniors. To apply, complete the application and reference form found at http://www.smith.edu/sao/jb/members.php. For more information, contact the Judicial Board chair, Andrea Lahlum.

Project Coach Tutoring on Mondays Beginning, September 15, 4:15 p.m., Seelye (3rd fl)

Project Coach is looking for mentors/tutors this semester to help tutor our coaches in all academic subjects. We will be meeting weekly on Mondays.

Bike Registration , Tuesday, Sept. 16, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Chapin Lawn

If you would like to have your bicycle registered with campus police. Officers will register and apply your bike registration decal at the event.

CSO Community Service Recruitment Fair, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 4 p.m., Carroll Room, Campus Center

The Community Service Office will host the fall recruitment fair on September 17 from 4:00 to 5:30 PM in the Campus Center Carroll Room. The fair will provide students with an opportunity to meet agency representatives and learn about volunteering in the local area. Pizza and refreshments will be provided while it lasts.

Welcome-Back Tea and Donuts for Sophomore Class, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 8-9 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

The sophomore class cabinet will be giving out donuts and tea to members of the class of 2017. Stop by to ask about upcoming events, catch up with friends or take a quick study break.

WFI Intern Job Fair, Wednesday, Sept. 17, Noon, WFI, Neilson Archway

Looking for a part-time campus position where you can learn something new, help yourself and others? The Center for Women & Financial Independence is hiring interns for the fall and spring semesters to staff our Resource Center, reach out to the campus community via our Ambassador Program, and TA our popular workshop series and events. All of our programs are designed to help Smith women learn how to become financially independent. No experience required, ALL MAJORS welcome. Interested? Come to our job fair for more information and the opportunity to apply. Lunch will be provided.

Time Management and Study Strategies Workshop, Wednesday, Sept. 17, 12:15-1 p.m., Jacobson Center, Seelye 307

Feel free to bring a grab-and-go lunch.

Jittery's Live! Presents Lux Deluxe, Thursday, Sept. 18, 9 p.m., Campus Center TV Lounge

The Student Events Committee presents Northampton band Lux Deluxe. The indie rock band formed in 2009 and base their sounds on bands like Dire Straits, The Band, and The Beatles. To check out their music beforehand, go to http://luxdeluxe.bandcamp.com/ Come by to enjoy live music, coffee, and delicious treats.

'Financing Life' Workshops Begin, Thursday, Sept. 18, Noon, Neilson Browsing Room

Life costs money. How will you pay for it all? Come to "Financing Life," a popular lunchtime workshop offered by Smith's Center for Women and Financial Independence that 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, much more. Free lunch for the first 70 attendees. For more information, visit http://www.smith.edu/wfi

Informational Meeting for 2015 Interterm Science Teaching Opportunities, Thursday, Sept. 18, Noon-1 p.m., McConnell B-15

In January 2015, the Center for Science Outreach and the Life Science Centers of Smith College will each offer a hands-on experiential learning opportunity for Smith students interested in exploring science teaching and helping our local schools enhance their science offerings. These two opportunities offer a good way to find out what teaching's like. Preliminary planning meetings during the fall are followed by a week of preparation and teaching during the week of January 12-16, 2015. There are ten positions in each program; participants receive a stipend. Come to the informational meeting to learn more. Lunch provided. To apply: http://smith.edu/ccc/news.php (deadline: 9/26/14).

SEC Films Presents 'X-Men: Days of Future Past', Sept. 19 and 20, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Join the Smith College Student Events Committee for a special screening of the new release "X-Men: Days of Future Past." The film will also be shown again, at the same time and place, on Saturday, 9/20. The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.

Swimming and Diving Fundraiser: Jolyn Swimsuit and Clothing Sale, Friday, Sept. 19, 11 a.m., Campus Center Garden Level

Jolyn is one the premier beach swim wear producers in the world. Their suits and clothing are comfortable, stylish, long lasting, well made and provide a good fit. Proceeds from this event will benefit Smith's Swimming & Diving Team, helping to pay for championship racing suits at the end of the season and help in funding the team training trip in late December.

Smith To Do T-Shirt Extravaganza: Scarves, Head Bands, T-Shirt Designing, Saturday, Sept. 20, 9 p.m., Davis Ballroom

Students can use a t-shirt supplied by Smith to Do or bring their own beloved t-shirt to give it a new life as a handband or scarf or paint and personalize it to make their own Smith t-shirt. All supplies will be free and provided. Bring friends and housemates, guests.

Spanish and Portuguese Study Abroad Meeting, Monday, Sept. 22, 4:10-5:30 p.m., Campus Center 204

An information meeting for Spanish and/or Portuguese-speaking students interested in 2015-16 one-year or spring-semester study abroad opportunities. Refreshments will be served.

Field-Based Study Abroad Programs by SEA Semester, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Campus Center Garden Level

Looking for adventure? Want to study abroad? SEA Semester offers field-based study abroad programs for all majors during the summer or semester in the Caribbean, Europe, Polynesia, and New Zealand. Students spend half the semester in Woods Hole, MA in preparation for the second half voyage as a full-working crew member aboard one of two tall sailing ships. Email edorr@sea.edu with questions.

Volunteer with Nuestras Raices at their Annual Harvest Festival, Saturday, Sept. 27, 9 a.m.

Volunteer with the CSO at Nuestras Raices' Annual Fall Harvest Festival in Holyoke. Help set up booths and enjoy music, entertainment, food, and more! Support a local urban grassroots agri-cultural organization. Transportation and snacks will be provided. To sign up, go to: http://goo.gl/XWYFXp. For more information, contact mpark26@smith.edu or iross@smith.edu.

Constitution Day Event: 'The Federalist Papers: 2014', Tuesday, Sept. 16, 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

The Constitution Day speaker this year is Rhode Island Lt. Governor Elizabeth Roberts. At a time of renewed interest in realigning the relationship between states and the federal government, Roberts' position as a state elected official puts her in a unique position to discuss the Constitution's division of power between the states and the national government and what the consequences of that structure mean for everyday politics. The title of her talk is "The Federalist Papers: 2014"

'Risk Taking and Its Rewards: A Conversation on Advocacy and Social Change', Wednesday, Sept. 17, 4:15 p.m., Alumnae House Conference Hall

Susan Etheredge, professor and chair, education and child study, Smith College, will moderate a panel featuring Erinn McGurn '94, co-founder and executive director, SCALEAfrica; Kimberly Scott '91, associate professor, Arizona State University School of Social Transformation and executive director of CompuGirls, a technology program for girls; and Staci Williams '81, attorney and judge-elect of the 101st District Court, Dallas County. A reception will follow. This event is made possible by the Elizabeth Miller '81 Fund.

'Infanticide and a Reverse Fertility Transition in Japan: 1790-1920', Thursday, Sept. 18, 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Fabian Drixler, assistant professor of history at Yale University, will speak on his path-breaking research on the history of abortion and infanticide in early modern and modern Japan. He is the author of "Mabiki: Infanticide and Population Growth in East Japan, 1660-1950" (University of California Press, 2013). This lecture is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Smith College East Asian Studies Program and the College Lecture Fund.

'The Prayers of a Child: Piety, Virtue and Cuteness in Muslim Societies', Thursday, Sept. 18, 5 p.m., Seelye 201

Jamal J. Elias, professor of religious studies and South Asia studies, University of Pennsylvania, will use a variety of visual materials from Turkey, Iran and Pakistan -- picture books, comics, posters, stamps -- to examine the moral and religious constructions of children. Professor Elias publishes broadly on history, religion, literature and material and visual culture in the medieval and modern Islamic world. This lecture is free and open to public. Sponsored by the Ada Howe Kent Fund and Department of Religion.

Poetry Reading: Lucie Brock-Broido, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Lucie Brock-Broido's work evokes a world that is gorgeous and ethereal and dark. Stanley Kunitz praised her "brilliant nervosity and taste for the fantastic." A disciple of Emily Dickinson and Wallace Stevens, she has been called "deeply forbidding, revealing." Her fifth and most recent book, Stay, Illusion, was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. A Q&A open to the Smith community will be held at 4 pm in the Poetry Center. Free and open to the public.

Become a Member of the Smith Gamelan Ensemble; Next Rehearsal, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 7 p.m., Sage Hall 312

The Smith Gamelan is a performance group dedicated to the study of Central Javanese gamelan, one of the great musical traditions of Indonesia. It is directed by Margaret Sarkissian, professor of music, and Sumarsam, a master of the Javanese music tradition and adjunct professor of music at Wesleyan University. No experience is necessary. Cookies and cider are offered during the rehearsal break. For more inforamtion, contact Margaret Sarkissian (msarkiss@smith.edu).

Screening of Portuguese Film 'A Mulher Invisivel' (with English subtitles), Tuesday, Sept. 16, 7 p.m., McConnell B-15

This Portuguese-language comedy about a very unusual amour fou made headlines for outstripping the big-budget Terminator: Salvation at the Brazilian box office on its opening weekend. With a title that translates, literally, as "The Invisible Woman," the film concerns a deeply romantic young sad sack named Pedro (Selton Mello) whose life falls to pieces when his wife conceives a baby with a German millionaire and promptly leaves him. Distraught beyond the point of rationality, he falls hard for his sexy, football-obsessed neighbor. Pedro only has one small problem: the woman is imaginary.

Guest Recital: 'My Business is to Sing: Giving Voice to Poetry of Emily Dickinson', Saturday, Sept. 20, 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

In this guest recital, soprano Sarah Pelletier and pianist Lois Shapiro will present a lively performance "conjuring" Emily Dickinson, woman and poetic voice. Their concert features new musical settings by Eric Sawyer and Ross Bauer, and the beloved cycle of twelve songs by Aaron Copland--music inspired by her expansive, whimsical, mystical, and always provocative poetry. Free and open to the public.

Alumnae Chorus Homecoming Event Celebrating Alice Parker '47, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

The Smith College Alumnae Chorus presents A Weekend of Song in Celebration of Alice Parker Class of '47. Alice Parker and Jonathan Hirsh will share conducting duties; the repertoire will include Parker's settings of poetry by Emily Dickinson and Elinor Wylie, along with Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Autumn" from the Folk Songs of the Four Seasons. Join us for this autumnal weekend concert as we celebrate one of Smith's most notable alumnae.

Music in the Noon Hour: Ronald Gorevic, Tuesday, Sept. 23, 12:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Ronald Gorevic, violin and Jounghoon Song, viola will perform works by J. S. Bach and W. A. Mozart. A relaxing half-hour of music in the beautiful Sweeney Hall - the perfect way to spend your lunch break.

CSO Community Education Luncheon , Thursday, Sept. 18, Noon, Community Collaboration Center, Wright

For its first Community Education Luncheon, the CSO will host Maria DeAngelis from Springfield School Volunteers and the Kensington International School, and Christy Elam from Homework House. They will discuss the organizations and volunteering opportunities for students. Kensington International School is a public school in Springfield, through which students can volunteer as tutors/mentors for refugee children. Homework House is an educational organization supporting children at-risk for academic failure, which also seeks volunteer tutors. Pizza and salad will be served.

Global Medical Brigades: General Interest Meeting, Thursday, Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Learn about Global Medical Brigades and joining our brigade to Panama over J-Term.

Factory Farm Simulation, Wednesday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Campus Center TV Lounge

Enter a state-of-the-art virtual reality simulation of what a chicken on a factory farm experiences. This project allows us to connect with animals as individuals and actually get a glimpse of their experiences from their point of view. Each participant will wear a virtual reality headset and become the chicken; sensors will allow the participants to move as if they were the chickens themselves. This has been designed as an education tool and does not include anything overtly graphic. Sponsored by Animal Advocates of Smith.

'One Hour for Peace' Gathers Wednesdays at Noon, Chapel Sanctuary

One Hour for Peace is a weekly Wednesday gathering where we take time to "be the change we wish to see in the world." A time for guided contemplative exercises and respectful, quiet conversation about things that matter in our world, it is a non-religious gathering. This week we will light a candle for Michael Brown of Ferguson, Mo., and all those around the world who are affected by a militarized society. We will reflect on Martin Luther King's statement "peace is not the absence of tension but the presence of justice." We encourage you to bring a grab/go lunch.

Rosh Hashanah at Smith College, September 24 and 25

Erev Rosh Hashanah service will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 24, at the sanctuary, Helen Hills Hills Chapel, followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m. in the Alumnae House Conference Room. The following day, Thursday, Sept. 25, Rosh Hashanah service begins at 9 a.m. Lunch will be available in the Bodman Lounge immediately following services. Tashlich will take place at 1 p.m. on Paradise Pond (rain location: Bodman Lounge). Services will be led by Smith's Jewish Student Adviser Rhonda Shapiro-Rieser. All members of the Smith community are welcome.

Spatial Analysis Lab Releases Fall Mystery Map Challenge

A new mystery map is ready for all interested spatial thinkers, policy wonks and Smith College mystery map fans. To begin the challenge, visit http://bit.ly/fall2014mysterymap. Mystery Maps (and occasional games) are hand crafted and designed with care by the Spatial Analysis Lab to promote spatial thinking, as well as, provide a fun and wholesome activity for map lovers.

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