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08/26/2014 Digest

Register Now: Faculty/Staff Fitness Classes Start Sept. 8

Register now to take a fitness class during your lunch hour at Smith, socialize with friends and be inspired by our knowledgeable instructors. All classes are in Ainsworth Gym. M,W Pilates with Jean Sept. 8 - Dec. 10, 12:10 p.m. -12:50 p.m. $85; M,W,F Yoga with Lisa Sept. 8 - Dec. 12, 12:10-12:50 p.m., $125; T,TH Aerobics with Rosalie Sept. 12 - Dec. 11, 12:10-12:50 p.m., $88 ; M,W,F Yoga with Doug Sept. 8 - Dec. 12, 10 a.m.-1:50 p.m., $125; Aerobics with Joan M,W Sept. 8 - Dec. 10, 5:00- 5:50 p.m., $85. Forms available on ESS website: OR request more information to

Tryon Cafe Reopens Aug. 28 , Museum of Art

Refinishing of the floor at the Tryon Cafe in the Smith College Museum of Art will be completed Aug. 27, and the cafe will reopen Aug. 28.

Important Moodle Updates and Changes

The Moodle system will be unavailable between noon and approximately 1 p.m. on August 21 while we update our current version and set the default theme to "Newfallen" for all fall courses. Once the updates are complete, we will start running student enrollments for fall courses. Faculty, if you do not want students to access your courses until a later date, please change each course's "visibility" setting before August 21. For more information, see the News section on the Moodle home page:

Five College Ebola Information Sheet Available

Although the risk of contracting Ebola in the United States is extremely low, health care staff from the Five Colleges and local boards of health are taking precautionary measures to ensure the safety and well-being of the Five College community. An information sheet prepared by the Five Colleges is available at

Convocation and Related Events Wednesday, Sept. 3

A Convocation Kick-Off begins at 5:15 p.m. with an outdoor BBQ happening at three different locations - the Quad, Davis Lawn and Chapin Lawn. Students, faculty and staff are all encouraged to attend and celebrate the start of the academic year before heading over to Convocation, which will take place 7-7:45 p.m. in John M. Greene Hall. Following Convocation, everyone will be directed to the carnival happening in front of the Campus Center and Chapin Lawn (inside the Campus Center in the event of rain). The carnival will end at 10 p.m.

Campus Pet Policy

As a reminder to all staff, faculty and students, the college has a Campus Pet Policy for the health and safety of Smith College students, faculty, staff and visitors. No pets are allowed inside college buildings, including student housing. Note: this prohibition does not apply to individuals accompanied by seeing eye dogs or other trained, assisting animals. It also does not apply to certain rental housing in which pets are permitted. For a full description of the on-campus pet policy, please go to

Facilities Management Vehicle Fleet Update

Facilities Management no longer has 14-passenger buses; therefore, we cannot accommodate bus reservations in the future. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If your department requires a bus rental, use the link below to the purchasing website for possible bus companies you may consider using.

Green Street Sidewalk Replacement; Street Repairs , August 25-26

The Green Street sidewalk from the Belmont Avenue intersection to the Sage Hall traffic circle will be replaced. New concrete sidewalk and curbing will be installed through Friday, August 22. The asphalt repairs to this section of Green Street will take place on Monday, August 25, and Tuesday, August 26. There may be restricted, one-way traffic flow during the asphalt repairs only.

Sign Up for People's Climate March , Sunday, Sept. 21

Reserve your spot on a bus headed to New York City for the @People's Climate March. In the biggest, most urgent climate mobilization in history, we'll demand serious action from world leaders to tackle the climate crisis. March in solidarity with groups like @Our Power Campaign that represent frontline communities struggling for social and economic justice -- and get to know other students on campus committed to the same. Sign up ( for a bus seat now. Contact or with questions.

Space Reservation Reminders (Procedures)

Space Reservation Reminders (formerly called Space Reservation Procedures) for the upcoming academic year can be found at, under "Planning Checklists and Tips." While there, check out the redesigned Events Management Office website.

Equestrian Center Open House , Saturday, Sept. 6, Noon

Facilities will be open for viewing, and registration for community lessons will be available at this time. Various equine companies will be present and willing to answer questions. For more information, email Lori Quinlan at

Be a Student Museum Educator; Applications Due September 12

Smith College Museum of Art is looking for volunteers to become Student Museum Educators (SMEs), Volunteers lead tours for school and adult groups, in addition to assisting with family events. SMEs meet other students, learn about art, have fun, and contribute to the community. To learn more, visit Applications are due by September 12. To apply, submit a SME application: Email questions to

Mail Services Extended Hours

Mail Services will have the following extended hours for the start of the fall semester. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 30 and 31, noon-3 p.m. (Pick-up only); Monday, Sept. 1 (Labor Day), 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (pick-up only). Beginning September 2, hours will be Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (Sept. 6 and 13 only) and Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (Sept. 7 only). For updates, visit

College Corporate Card Notice

The college has been experiencing an increase in fraud incidents. The Purchasing Office is working closely with JP Morgan Chase regarding the fraudulent activity. If you receive a notice from JP Morgan Chase, call JP Morgan Chase back and then email the Purchasing Office to let us know the disposition. If you have any questions or concerns, contact the Purchasing Office. We apologize for any inconvenience.

08/21/2014 Digest

eDigest Tu/Th Schedule Resumed Aug. 19

As of Tuesday, Aug. 19, the Smith eDigest will begin the academic year distribution schedule with two editions a week, on Tuesday and Thursday. The deadline for submissions intended for each edition we be the day before at 5 p.m. Send any inquiries to To submit a notice, visit

Campus Center Cafe Reopens Thursday, Aug. 28

The Campus Center Cafe, which was closed during the summer for renovations, will reopen on Thursday, August 28. The Cafe will have varied hours through the end of summer: Thursday, Aug. 28, 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 29, 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m., and closed Saturday, Aug. 30-Monday, Sept. 1. For additional information, visit

Reminder: Regular Office Hours Resume Monday, Aug. 25

Regular office hours, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., resume Monday, August 25.

08/19/2014 Digest

Scott Plaza Temporary Closure, Through Aug. 22

The plaza in front of Scott Gym will be closed through Friday, August 22, so new pavers can be installed. Detour signs will be posted to redirect pedestrian traffic during this closure. Questions can be directed to Diana Randall, Smith project manager, at 413-585-2364.

Economics Major , Wednesday, Oct. 29, 4:15 p.m., Seelye 207

Refreshments will be served.

08/12/2014 Digest

Afternoons in the Garden: Food, Friends and Fun, Fridays, Through August 15

Take an opportunity to relax outdoors, practice a directed hands-on activity, gather with friends and give back to the community. All are invited on Fridays, June 6 to August 15, for any length of time between 1:30-4:30 p.m. to help with the Smith College Community Garden. Right side of Prospect St. (across from Cutter-Ziskind), between Northrup-Gillett and Lamont House. If you know you will be coming, please RSVP to Junzhou Liu: jliu81 at Snacks (including fresh-picked from the garden) and drinks will be provided.

College Corporate Card Reconciliations Deadline is the 15th of the Following Month , Friday, Aug. 15

College Corporate Card submissions of paper statement are due no later than the 15th of the following month. Cardholders that are using the MasterCard SmartData system also have until the 15th of the following month to complete their online expense reports for the previous month. For example, August 15 is the College Corporate Card Reconciliation Deadline for July 2014 transactions. For more details, see the College Corporate Card tab under Card Management on the Purchasing website.

Smith Computer Store Open for Tax-Free Holiday , Saturday, Aug. 16, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

The Computer Store will be open this Saturday for the Massachusetts Sales Tax Holiday. In addition to savings from sales tax, Apple has back-to-school deals: Buy a Mac and get a $100 App Store Gift Card; buy an iPad and get a $50 App Store Gift Card, plus iPad Air tablets have a $30 instant rebate. Contact the store this week and pre-order your technology and we'd be happy to finalize the transaction on Saturday. No need to be present. For more information: 413-585-3027, or

Thank You from the Northampton Survival Center

Thank you to all who donated items or cash to the Northampton Survival Center on their way into the All-Employee Picnic on July 9. Over 86 pounds of food, personal care items, books, clothes, plus financial contribution were collected. Download the thank-you letter from Heidi Nortonsmith, executive director of the Center, at

08/07/2014 Digest

SCMA Student Member Welcome Gathering and Info Session , Thursday, Sept. 4, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Lobby, Museum of Art

Cookies, freebies, a Museum Shop promo, program registration, membership perks, candy, giveaways, cider and more. Student membership is a wonderful way to support the Museum and have fun. For more information, visit or email

'Portraits of Grandmothers: A Photography Exhibit' Opens , Sept. 8, Alumnae House Gallery

"Grandma" is a portrait project by award-winning photographer Linnea Osterberg '97. As a tribute to her beloved woman, Smith alumna Linnea Osterverg '97 created "Grandma," which honors the unique bond between grandmothers and their grandchildren." The exhibit is open to the public from Sept. 8 to Dec. 3; M-F; 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., at the Alumnae House Gallery, Alumnae House, 33 Elm Street.

08/06/2014 Digest

Infirmary Yard Sale , Saturday, Aug. 9, 9 a.m.

Smith College Facilities Management is having a Tag Sale Saturday, August 9th at the Mason Infirmary parking lot on Paradise Road from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The rain or shine sale is open to the public and allows the college the opportunity to effectively recycle and repurpose surplus items. Among the items for sale will be office desks, file cabinets, computer workstations, waiting room chairs, office chairs, bookcases, hospital beds, sofas, tables and lamps. Items will be sold on a cash and carry basis only. Parking will be limited with a loading zone available. No early admittance will be allowed.

08/05/2014 Digest

Office of Admission Summer Preview , Friday, Aug. 8, All Day

The Office of Admission will hold Summer Preview August 8, a day-long visit program that introduces high school students and their parents to academic and student life at Smith. Registration is held in Scott Gym and guests will park in the ITT and Stables lots. For more information about this program and other Preview events throughout the year go to

Free Second Friday , Aug. 8, 4-8 p.m., Museum of Art

All are welcome to a free Second Friday at the Museum of Art featuring "The Eye is a Door: Landscape Photographs by Anne Whiston Spirn." From 4-6 p.m., Hands On! Art making for ages 4+ (while supplies last). At 6 p.m., Open Eyes, an informal, guided conversation about an art object. The Museum Shop will be open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. SCMA Second Friday is in conjunction with Arts Night Out Northampton.

'Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day' - NCT Kids! Musical , August 6 and 8, 10:30 a.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall

Have you ever had a really rotten day? Alexander has... He wakes up with gum in his hair, he trips on a skateboard, and then he accidentally drops his sweater in the sink - all before breakfast! Alexander can already tell: it's going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. For tickets, contact the New Century Theatre Box Office at 585-3220 or

'Skippyjon Jones in the Cirque de Ole' at NCT Kids! , August 7 and 9, 10:30 a.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall

Skippyjon Jones is no ordinary kitten. Oh, no. He's actually El Skippito, a heroic Chihuahua. With a little imagination and a whole lot of fun, this frisky cat dons a mask and cape and saves the day while stealing children's hearts. Come join us in this musical adaptation of the beloved book series. Follow Skippy, his frisky kitten sisters, his frazzled mama and his band of Chihuahua friends as they enter the giant closet of Skippy's imagination into the world of the Cirque de Ole! Box Office: 585-3220 or

Botanic Garden Iris Sale , Aug. 7 and 8 , 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Lyman Plant House

Capen Garden iris divisions for sale at the special price of 3 individual fan divisions for $5 (Cash or checks only). Please bring your own bags. Offered are Japanese Iris (Iris ensata) and Siberian Iris (Iris sibirica) cultivars in many colors Japanese irises prefer wetter locations, Siberian like average to drier locations. Both like the sun. This is the proper time to plant them so have fun adding to your perennial plantings.

Athletic Fields Closing - Pole Light Installation

All entrances to the Smith College athletic fields, including the main entrance at the tennis court parking lot and Lamont Bridge, will be closed to pedestrian and vehicle traffic through August 8 to allow for installation of four high-fixture pole lights on the turf field. Facilities Management apologizes for any inconvenience. Please plan accordingly. Contact the department at 585-2400 with questions.

08/01/2014 Digest

Faculty Reminder: Submit Book Orders by Aug. 6

Reminder to all faculty who have not submitted a Fall 2014 book order. We will be cutting our final round of purchase orders Wednesday, Aug. 6. Any orders received after this date cannot be guaranteed in stock for the start of classes. Please email Rachel Brod directly with your order or any questions at

Free Second Friday , Sept. 12, 4-8 p.m., Museum of Art

All are welcome to a free Second Friday at the Museum of Art. Reinstalled galleries will be open. From 4-6 p.m., Hands-on! Art making for ages 4+ with adult (while supplies last). At 6 p.m., Open Eyes, an informal, guided conversation about an art object. Plus, visit a Northampton Chalk Art Festival artist outside SCMA on Sept. 12! The Museum Shop will be open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Light refreshments will be served by Tryon Common.

'Other Desert Cities' by Jon Robin Baitz at New Century Theatre , Through August 9, 7:30 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall

Novelist Brooke Wyeth comes home for the holidays to her parents' affluent Palm Springs abode. While visiting her less-than-liberal family she announces plans to publish a tell-all memoir, airing more than a few family secrets. The ensuing battle threatens to undo them all as politics, lies, and secrets within secrets intertwine in this theatrical finalist for a Pulitzer Prize. For performance times this week, contact the Box Office at 585-3220 or

07/29/2014 Digest

'Pathways for Recovery from War-Related Psychological Injuries: Trauma, Loss and Moral Injury' , Monday, Aug. 4, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

SSW Summer Lecture Series continues with William P. Nash, M.D. Captain, Medical Corps, U.S. Navy (Retired). In this lecture, the evolution of conceptions of psychological trauma will be traced, from Janet and Freud to the current ascendency of the fear-conditioning model reflected in DSM-5. Data and arguments will be reviewed that challenge the long-held ideas that psychological trauma involves merely figurative rather than literal injuries, and that fear conditioning is the central mechanism in the etiology of post-traumatic stress disorder. Early results from the Marine Resiliency Study will be included.

Scott Gym Window Replacement Through August

Installation began on July 23. This process will take 4-5 weeks. The entire project is expected to be completed by October 3. Please see Facilities Management web page for more details.

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