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11/25/2014 Digest

Please Wait to Install Yosemite on Smith-Owned Macs

Mac users, please be advised that you should not install Mac OS 10.10 (Yosemite) on a Smith-owned computer at this time. ITS is in the process of testing Yosemite for compatibility with campus systems and licensed software. Once Yosemite is an approved and supported operating system, a notice will be posted in eDigest. If you have already installed Yosemite and are experiencing problems, please call User Support at x4487.

Smith Computer Store--Adobe Creative Cloud Promotion Ends December 3

Treat yourself to a little creativity this holiday season with Adobe Creative Cloud, now 20% off at only $192 for a limited time. For more information, visit the online store at, or send an email to

Foul Weather Flash

For information about delayed openings, early closings, cancellation of classes, curtailed operations at Smith or weather emergency information, call the Smith Information Line at 585-INFO, the college’s only official weather source. An updated announcement of storm delays or closings will be available beginning approximately at 6:30 a.m. on the affected workday. If possible, an announcement will also be posted on the Smith website. Please note: classes will not be held if the college does not open for a full day. However, if the college instead opts for a delayed opening, or an early closing announced during the affected weekday, classes are not cancelled. Faculty members who wish to cancel their classes due to a delayed opening or early closing are asked to notify their students via email or Moodle. For news on delayed openings or cancellations, tune in to: NEPR 88.5; WWLP-TV Channel 22; or WGGB-TV Channel 40. Also note: the Smith Campus School has its own procedures for closing and follows Northampton Public School snow day calls. Notification of a Campus School closing is submitted to television stations by the Campus School principal and is not put on the Smith Information Line.

Open Enrollment Forms Due Today, November 25, 4:30 p.m., 30 Belmont

All benefit-eligible staff and faculty must complete an Open Enrollment Election Form for 2015 benefits. Please drop off your open enrollment forms in Human Resources by 4:30 p.m. today (Tuesday, November 25). The forms are available at

Sign Up for 'No Boundaries Northampton': 5km Training and Wellness Ed Workshops Beginning , January, Ainsworth Gym

No Boundaries Northampton offers the opportunity to train for a 5k under the guidance of Smith College Graduate Assistant Coaches Joanna Johnson (cross country/track & field) and Kristina Williams (Basketball) alongside others like you, while also learning new ways to incorporate fitness and wellness practices into your daily life. Weekly 5k training sessions from January 26 to April 12 consist of group track workouts tailored to varied abilities and goals, one-on-one advice from coaches, and a weekly training plan designed to help you work toward your personal running goals. Weekly workshop sessions will include fitness activities, presentations by local fitness and wellness specialists, films, and more. Visit for more details and to register.

New Information Regarding USPS Express Mail

Mail Services has been informed by the Northampton Post Office that they cannot guarantee any Express Overnight Mail received after 2 p.m. The Northampton Post Office picks up mail from the College Monday thru Friday around 3:30 p.m. Any Express Mail processed by the Northampton Post Office before 2 p.m. will receive the Express Mail money-back guarantee. However, Mail Services offers UPS Next Day Air for all your overnight mailing needs, which is guaranteed. For more information please contact Jerine Blissett at

Political Psychology Survey for Faculty and Staff

Political Psychology students invite faculty and staff members to participate in a survey about the 2014 Commencement events: the appointment of Christine Lagarde as commencement speaker, forms of protest for and against her appointment, and her later withdrawal as speaker. Participating in this study involves taking a survey about involvement in and opinions on the events surrounding the 2014 Commencement. It will take approximately 5-15 minutes. There will be an opportunity to express interest in an interview, which would take approximately 20 minutes. The survey can be found at: sign)SV_5yWzCI5Rq4MUObj. Any questions about the study can be emailed to

Chief Diversity Officer Presentations Continue, Tuesday, Dec. 2, Noon-1 p.m., Alumnae House Conference Room

Lunch will be served and students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend.

Smith College Computer Store--Adobe Creative Cloud Promotion Ends December 3

Treat yourself to a little creativity this holiday season with Adobe Creative Cloud, now 20% off at only $192 for a limited time. For more information, visit our online store at, or send an email to

Hands-On Banner Finance Training, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2:30-4 p.m., Seelye Computer Room B-2

Hands-on Banner INB Finance Training will be offered to staff and faculty. Space is limited, registration is required. Email Elizabeth Britt at no later than end of the day Tuesday, Dec. 2, to reserve your spot. If you cannot make the training, various Banner Finance shortcut sheets and manuals can be found on the Controller's Office website at

Health Services Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday, November 26-30

Smith's Health Services will close on Wednesday, Nov. 26, at noon. After that, students should seek emergency care at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital until Health Services reopens on Monday, Dec. 1, at 8:30 a.m.

Snow Parking Ban , November 25

Facilities Management is declaring a snow parking ban. All vehicles must be moved Tuesday, Nov. 25, by 6 p.m.. Vehicles parked in violation of the parking ban will be ticketed and towed at the owner's expense. The upper deck of the Smith Parking Garage will also be closed during the parking ban. All vehicles must be removed prior to 6 p.m. All spaces and lots will be open for designated parking between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Wednesday November 26. For more information on parking ban procedures, visit or for information about Smith's inclement weather policy visit

On Campus for Thanksgiving Break? Five Things to Keep You Busy

Holidays are quiet times on campus, with offices, Health Services, dining locations and the Campus Center Café all closed for the Thanksgiving recess. Still, intrepid Smithies will find interesting things to do at the college including some virtual options during this week's holiday break. Read about five outside-the-box suggestions for holiday activities at

CSO Volunteer Opportunity Thanksgiving/Winter Break/Jterm

Volunteers are needed for the Northampton Homeless Shelter during Smith vacations. If you will be on campus during Thanksgiving, Winter Break, and/or J-term, please consider volunteering one or more nights per week, from 7:30-9 p.m., at the Northampton Emergency Winter Shelter (easy walking distance from campus). Please contact Barbara Blumenthal: or x2906.

'Global Impressions' Online Journal Seeks Submissions Through, January 16

The recently founded Global Impressions online journal has just released its second issue titled, "Adapting." Through Smith student and alumna written essays, the issue explores the idea of adapting in numerous international situations. The journal is also currently accepting submissions for its third issue, "Up Close/From Afar," featuring photographs from the Lewis Global Studies Center International Photo Contest. Photographs not in the contest are also welcome. The editors of Global Impressions are interested in reflections about how the image influenced the photographer's understanding of another culture. See our submissions page for details.

Museums Concentration Applications Due , Monday, Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

The Museums Concentration accepts up to 15 students annually. Preference is given to students with a demonstrated interest in the application of their academic discipline to the world of museums. The application deadline is December 1, 2014. To apply, please download an application from:, and submit to Emma Cantrell, by email at

Sophomore/Junior International Students: CPT Info Session, Tuesday, Dec. 2, 4 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

If you are a sophomore or junior international student who is interested in working or interning in the U.S. over the summer, you may need to apply for CPT (Curricular Practical Training). Come to this session to learn more about CPT and to get your questions answered.

Are You a Financial Aid Recipient?

If so, you should complete the Scholarship Recipient Information Form at or from a link on your student portal page. Your response is a critical part of engaging alumnae and friends who have made gifts to support the Smith's scholarship funds. For more information, email

Alex Lubin on 'History of Afro-Arab Political Imaginaries', Monday, Dec. 1, 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Alex Lubin, professor of American Studies, University of New Mexico, will discuss "A History of Afro-Arab Political Imaginaries: Militarized Policing and the Carceral State in the U.S. and Palestine." Sponsored by the Department of History, Afro-American Studies, Lewis Global Studies Center, Middle East Studies and the Smith College Lecture Committee.

'A Time for Change: Network-Level Plasticity in Circadian Clock Function', Monday, Dec. 1, 4 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Presented by Jennifer Evans, assistant professor, Marquette 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.

Global Salon - Colonization, Occupation, and Race, Monday, Dec. 1, 12:10 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

The Lewis Global Studies Center presents a Global Salon with Alex Lubin, Professor and Chair of American Studies at The University of New Mexico. He will discuss the vital connections between African American political thought and the people and nations of the Middle East, spanning the 1850s through the present and set against a backdrop of major political and cultural shifts around the world. Later that afternoon Professor Lubin will lecture on "A History of Afro-Arab Political Imaginaries: Militarized Policing and the Carceral State in the U.S. and Palestine", Dec. 1, 4:30 p.m., the Neilson Browsing Room.

Global Salon - Sasha Rudensky, 'A Photographer's Perspective on Putin's Russia and Ukraine', Tuesday, Dec. 2, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

The Lewis Global Studies Center presents a Global salon with Sasha Rudensky. Rudensky is a Russian born artist and Assistant Professor of Photography at Wesleyan University. Her photography, shot in Russia and Ukraine between 2004 and 2014, focuses on the dissolution of the Soviet consciousness and the evolving Russian and Ukrainian identities that have emerged in the changing political and cultural context. Pizza will be served for the first 25 participants. For more information, including other globally themed events, please see

WHAW--'Facts Not Fear: Reacting to Ebola' , Wednesday, Dec. 3, 4 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

The Lewis Global Studies Center presents this update on our September WHAW (What's Happening Around the World), "Epidemics in a Global Era: The Case of Ebola." Students in Professor Rob Dorit's seminar, Bio 321: Emerging Infectious Disease, will discuss various facets of the recent Ebola outbreak - biological, epidemiological, social and political - painting a rational and evidence-based picture of this epidemic. They will emphasize lessons learned, mistakes made and prospects for the near future, and pay particular attention to the ways in which (mis)representations of this Ebola outbreak have important public health consequences.

Global Books - Women and Islam; Myths, Apologies, and the Limits of Feminist Critique, Thursday, Dec. 4, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

The Lewis Global Studies Center presents Global Books with Ibtissam Bouachrine, Director of Middle East Studies and Associate Professor of Spanish & Portuguese, in a conversation with Donna Divine, Professor Emeritus of Government and former Director of Middle East Studies. They will discuss Ibtissam Bouachrine's recent book, Women and Islam; Myths, Apologies, and the Limits of Feminist Critique (Lexington Books, 2014) which calls for a shift in the paradigm of discourse about feminism in the Muslim world, and centers on discussing Muslim women, their resistance, and their restricted agency within Islamic societies. Refreshments will be served.

Engineering Design Clinic Mid-Year Presentations, Friday, Dec. 5, 1:10-4 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

In Design Clinic, senior engineering students collaborate in teams on projects sponsored by industry and government. Project sponsors for 2014-2015 include Covidien, Dresser-Rand, Evoqua Water Technologies, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Northampton Department of Public Works/Office of Planning and Sustainability, and Schneider Electric. Refreshments served at intermission - see for more details.

New Exhibit: 'Coral Reef Ed-ventures Program Summer 2014 Project' , November 24 to December 6, Nolen Art Lounge, Campus Center

The Nolen Art Lounge presents artwork and photographs created during the Coral Reef Ed-ventures summer 2014 project that involved Smith students and over 120 children of San Pedro, Belize. This display will include a mural, posters and photographs of children engaged in the environmental education summer camp lead by the Smith students as well as the coral reef data that Smith students collected for projects lead by the Smith faculty leaders. There will be a reception on December 4 from 5-7 p.m. Refreshments provided.

Music in the Noon Hour: Latin American Thanksgiving, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 12:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Music by Alberto Ginastera, Silvestre Revueltas, and Reinaldo Moya. Liza Stepanova, piano and Francesca Anderegg, violin. Free and open to the public.

Sasha Rudensky on 'Ten Years in the East: Photographs from Russia and Ukraine' , Monday, Dec. 1, 5 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

Sasha Rudensky - 10 Years in the East: Photographs from Russia and Ukraine Oresman Gallery-Brown Fine Arts Center-Smith College December 1 -January 31 2014 The artist will be giving a lecture on her work on Monday December 1, 2014 at 5pm in Graham Hall. This lecture will focus on a series of photographic projects completed in Russia and Ukraine between 2004 and 2014 that focus on the slow dissolution of Soviet consciousness, the ideological vacuum left in its wake, and reconstitution of new post-Soviet Ukraine and Russian Identities.

SEC and Spitfire Present Spoken Word Artist Phil Kaye, Tuesday, Dec. 2, 8 p.m., Campus Center TV Lounge

Raised in a California beach town to a Japanese mother and Jewish-American father, Phil first fell in love with spoken word poetry at age 17. Since then he has had the privilege of touring around the globe as a celebrated performer, writer, and teacher. He has appeared on NPR, performed at Lincoln Center, and coached and performed on the 2011 Providence National Poetry Team, ranked third in the nation. His first book, A Light Bulb Symphony, was published in 2011, and his work can be found regularly in CHAOS Magazine.

Honors Thesis Artist Talk - Taylor A. Barrett , Tuesday, Dec. 2, 5 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

Honors Thesis Artist Talk: What We Keep, Taylor A. Barrett

'Eliot's Words and Beethoven's Music', Tuesday, Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m., Helen Hills Hills Chapel

In this collaboration between the music department and the Poetry Center, John Farrell, of Figures of Speech Theatre, recites from memory T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets. Farrell's recitation affords audiences an opportunity to immerse themselves in poems that explore humankind's relationship with time and with experience itself. Performed alternately, Eliot's words and Beethoven's A-Minor String Quartet (Opus 132) amplify one another in an infinitely stimulating artistic dynamic. Opus 132 will be played by distinguished musicians Joel Pitchon (violin), Katherine Winterstein (violin), Ronald Carbone (viola) and Volcy Pelletier (cello). A 4:30 Q&A with Farrell is open to the Smith community. Performance free and open to the public.

New Play Reading: 'I And You' by Lauren Gunderson, Tuesday, Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio, Mendenhall

On the night before a class assignment is due, Caroline and Anthony plumb the mysteries of a Whitman poem... unaware that a deeper mystery has brought them together. A new play reading by Lauren Gunderson, directed by Yoshi Makishima '15 and Suzu Sakai '16. Free and open to the public.

Gamelan Concert, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 8 p.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage

A concert of traditional music from Central Java. Sumarsam, director. Free and open to the public.

Smith in Geneva Meet and Greet, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 5 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Interested in studying abroad in Geneva for a semester or academic year? Come meet the new associate director, Elsie Chantre, and learn more about the program. Past participants will also be on hand to answer questions about their experiences in the city that headquarters many of the agencies of the United Nations. Pizza will be served.

Time Management and Study Strategies Workshop, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 12:15 p.m., Jacobson Center, Seelye 307

Managing time for papers, final projects, and exams is particularly stressful at the end of the semester with deadlines looming. This Jacobson Center lunch-hour workshop, led by Gail Thomas, will offer helpful strategies to handle it all. Feel free to bring a grab-and-go lunch.

Davis Projects for Peace Information Session, Friday, Dec. 5, 12:15 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Smith College undergraduate students are invited to participate in the Davis United World College Scholars Program's Projects for Peace. The project encourages student initiative, innovation and entrepreneurship focusing on conflict prevention, resolution and reconciliation for sustainable peace. The program is intended to be worldwide in scope and impact, but specific projects may be undertaken anywhere, including in the United States. The most promising project will be awarded $10,000 for implementation. Find out more at the information session, and see and Final proposals due January 15.

Christmas Vespers, Sunday, Dec. 7, 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., John M. Green Hall

An annual tradition, Christmas Vespers tells the story of advent through hymns and other anthems, prayers, and scripture readings. The services will be led by Dean of Religious Life Jennifer Walters with readings by members of the faculty, staff, and senior class. The music portion of the program will feature the Smith College Chorus, Glee Club, Chamber Singers, Handbell Choir, and Orchestra. Traditional hymns and carols will also be sung by the choirs and congregation. A free-will donation will be collected for the Hampshire County Interfaith Winter Cot Shelter Program. The programs are free and open to the public.

Scheduled Power Outages, Friday & Saturday, Nov. 28 & 29 , Various Campus Locations

As part of the ongoing medium voltage project there will be an electrical shut-down on November 28, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and November 29 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. These shutdowns will effect the following buildings: Alumnae House, John M. Greene Hall, Campus School/Gill Hall, Morgan Hall, Unity House, Stoddard Hall and Stoddard Annex, as well as Chase, Duckett, Albright, Baldwin, Northrup, Gillett, Dawes, Lamont, Conway and Talbot Houses. During these outages only emergency power will be available in these buildings (egress lighting and life safety equipment.) There will be generator power to Conway, Chase and Duckett Houses for kitchen equipment only. Facilities Management, Campus Police and an electrical contractor will be working together through this process. Please contact Campus Police at ext. 2490 with inquiries.

Celebrate Holiday Break by Contributing to Our First Tofurkey Destination Map

Mark out your travels near or far with the Spatial Analysis Lab's first (and probably last) Tofurkey Day Adventures Map at

You've Got Chores? We've Got Workers--Smith Lacrosse Fundraiser

This season let the Smith Lacrosse team do the work for you.-yard clean up-window washing-house cleaning-painting-snow shoveling...and much more. $35/ hour for 2 workers. For further information or to reserve your workers, call (413) 585-4986 or email

Stargazing, Friday, Dec. 5, 8:30 p.m.

The astronomy department will be holding an open house Friday, December 5, 8:30-9:30pm on the roof of McConnell Hall. Come see stars, clusters, and the moon. All are welcome - please dress warmly. For further information or to check on weather conditions, contact Meg Thacher (, 585-3935).

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