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12/18/2014 Digest

Updated Ebola and Travel Guidelines for Students, Faculty and Staff

Travel to Liberia, Mali, Sierra Leone and Guinea remains strongly discouraged. The CDC continues a level 3 warning for those countries and says non-essential travel is to be avoided. Mali currently has a level 2 warning. Students, faculty and staff who travel to Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea or Mali and have not been exposed to Ebola are to notify Health Services prior to their return to campus for clearance to return. During Winter Break, when Health Services is closed, call Campus Police. Smith will follow the CDC guidelines in monitoring student, faculty and staff health for 21 days after leaving one of these countries. For more information, visit For current information on Ebola, visit

Bradley Shuttle Tickets for Winter Break Now Available

SGA is sponsoring commercial bus rides to Bradley Airport for Winter Break. The cost of a ticket is $15. There are no return trips due to J-term. We accept OneCards and checks, no cash. To purchase your ticket come to the SGA Office, 206 Campus Center, Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please note these are the new hours that tickets will be available for sale. Tickets cannot be purchased on the bus. Go to for the shuttle schedule. Contact the SGA Office at 413-585-4950 or ext. 4950 for any questions.

Payroll Deadline TODAY

All time sheets for the pay date of Jan. 2, 2015, must be submitted by Dec. 18, at 9 a.m. and approved on the same day by noon.

Payroll Deadline TODAY

All time sheets for the pay date of Jan. 2, 2015, must be submitted by Dec. 18, at 9 a.m. and approved on the same day by noon.

Mail Services Winter Break Hours

Mail Services will be open for pick up and drop off December 29, 30 and 31 from 11 a.m.-noon for any departments wishing to pick up or drop off mail. Please contact for further instructions.

Campus Mail Delivery , December 18

December 18 there will be no campus mail deliveries or pick ups after 11:30 a.m. Departments who receive their mail after 11:30 am should make arrangements to pick up/drop off their mail at Mail Services. Mail not delivered or picked up on the 18th will be delivered and picked up the following day.

Apply for Plant Science Summer Internships

The Smith College Botanic Garden offers two 10-week summer internships at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in London and an internship at the National Museum of Natural History, part of the Smithsonian Institution, supervised by Dr. W. John Kress, chair of the Botany Department. The Botanic Garden also offers 12-week paid summer internships at Smith. This structured full-time work experience provides critical training and insight into the tasks and skills associated with managing a public garden. Application deadline is February 16, 2015. More information and applications are online at:

Opt-Out Parking Sign-Up for New Members , December 15-February 2

Smith's Opt-Out Program pays eligible employees $150/400 per year to travel to and from work without driving a single-occupant (SOV) vehicle, an initiative to help ease the parking demand on campus. The Opt-Out Program is a voluntary program to encourage faculty and staff to find alternate ways to commute, such as car-pooling, ride sharing, bicycling, walking and public transit. For more details: Registration must be done in person at the Campus Police Office. Registration forms are at Also, register online with MassRIDES for the Emergency Ride Home Program if you have not done so.

Apply for the Alumnae Scholarship

Alumnae Scholarship: If you are a senior or an alumna beginning your first year of graduate studies, you are eligible to apply for an Alumnae Scholarship. Awards are competitive and are based on merit as determined by your record, letters from faculty and a recommendation from your department. Students who receive awards are expected to pursue full-time graduate study. The application deadline is March 20, 2015 and is available for download at

Cafe Hours: End of Semester

The Cafe Hours for Monday, Dec. 15-Thursday, Dec. 18, 7:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 19, 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Closed Saturday, Dec. 20-January 4, 2015. For additional information on the hours for the cafe, please visit

Facilities Management Closing , Thursday, Dec. 18, 11:30 a.m.

Facilities Management, which includes Central Stores, will close for a department function. If you have a Facilities-related emergency, contact Campus Police at ext. 2490.

Sign Up Now for Digital Media Literacy (DML) Online Certificate Program , January 27-March 13

Are you looking for the perfect New Year's resolution? Build and enhance your digital media literacy skills, Invest two hours of class time a week for seven weeks and learn effective media communication practices and workflows, operation of digital equipment, and field production and post-production techniques. The DML Online Certificate Program (non-credit) is designed to provide training in a broad range of media technologies including digital audio, digital video production, motion graphics and online portfolio development. We will meet once a week, Tuesday evenings, 7-9 p.m., in the Center for Media Production, January 27-March 13. To register, contact Kate Lee,

Power Shutdown, Various Campus Locations , Monday, Dec. 22, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

As part of the ongoing Medium Voltage project, there will be an electrical shutdown for a portion of the campus. During the shutdown, there will be representation from Facilities Management, Campus Police and an electrical contractor on campus to monitor all of the building systems. The power shutdown will be in two phases. For the details of this shutdown, visit the Facilities Management website at

People News

A regular sampling of recent accomplishments of Smith faculty, staff, students and alumnae in fields ranging from neuroscience to politics. Read about career awards, grants, conference presentations and more.

12/16/2014 Digest

Now Enrolling for Spring Fitness Program

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. M,W Pilates with Jean, Jan. 12-May 6, 12:10-12:50 p.m., $85; M,W,F Yoga with Lisa, Jan. 12-May 8, 12:10-12:50 p.m., $125; T,TH Aerobics with Rosalie, Jan. 27-May 7, 12:10-12:50 p.m., $85; M,W,F Yoga with Doug, Jan. 12-May 8, 1:10-1:50 p.m., $125; M,W Aerobics with Joan, Jan. 12-May 6, 5- 5:50 p.m., $85; T,TH Tai Chi with Richard, Jan. 27-March 12, 12:10-12:50 p.m., $35. To request more information, email

Massachusetts Minimum Wage Increase Effective January 1, 2015

Due to an increase in the Massachusetts minimum wage effective January 1, 2015, Smith's hourly wage for most student workers will increase. Also, this mid-year change will increase a small number of casual worker wage rates. To view the rate increases for student positions and learn more about the impact on departmental budgets and second semester student hiring on JobX, visit

Register Now: 'Forced Displacement and the Challenges of Glocal Citizenship' , Friday Jan. 23, Conference Center Meeting Room

Immigration, forced displacement and refugees are both a global and local concern, drawing the attention of politicians, policy makers, and the public at large. Lewis Global Studies Center is offering a conference on the topic Friday, Jan. 23, that will focus on the local impacts of this multi-faceted, global situation. Bringing together faculty and students at Smith and other area colleges and universities with community partners who work on behalf of immigrants and refugees in our region, the conference aims to deepen our knowledge of the issues and concerns facing these communities and local organizations with the hope that our common interests will lead to useful results. Registration required. Visit

$10,000 Projects for Peace Grant, deadline January 15, 2015

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. If you missed the information session, learn more at or contact Lisa Morde at

Reserve Tickets Now for Kahn Institute Dinner and Film-screening with Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy , Tuesday, Feb. 10, 5 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

The Kahn Institute invites all students to "Celebrating the Kahn Student Experience" on Tuesday, February 10, 2015, a 15-year anniversary event featuring a gala dinner and screening of "Transgenders: Pakistan's Open Secret," the latest film by Oscar-winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy '02, followed by a Q&A with her. Attending students will also enjoy dinner with invited alumnae of Kahn Institute projects from the past 15 years. No admission fee, but seating is limited and tickets are required. To obtain a ticket, respond to, or call ext. 3721. More details and schedule:

Health Services Closed for Winter Recess, December 20-January 5

Health Services will be closed for Winter Recess. A nurse will be available for phone consultation from Friday, Dec. 19, at 5 p.m. until Saturday, Dec. 20, at 8 a.m. This service will resume on Sunday, Jan. 4, at 1 p.m. when the houses re-open. Between those times, students on campus with health issues should seek care at Cooley Dickinson Hospital.

Tag Sale Through December 19 , Jannotta Gallery, Hillyer

Items include clothing, art supplies, vinyl records, furniture, sewing supplies, vintage collectibles, decorations, odds and ends, toys, books, jewelry, photos and more. Something for everyone, new items added daily. Cash and checks accepted. Mondays and Wednesdays, noon-4 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Josten Library Tea Station Pours , December 12-19, Josten Library, Mendenhall

Far from caffeine, far from home, far from finished? Stop by Josten Library for a cup of tea and a moment of respite during study and exam period, December 12-19, any time. Tea for every condition: some caffeinated, some rejuvenating, and some soothing. BYO mug if you can. Josten Library, Mendenhall Center ( between Sage and Ford halls). Best soft seating on campus.

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

Free Second Friday , January 9, 4-8 p.m., Museum of Art

Hands-on!, 4-6 p.m., art-making for ages 4+ with adult (while supplies last). Open Eyes, 6 p.m., an informal, guided conversation about an art object. Museum Shop open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Redesigned galleries now open.

College Lane Replacement Project, Preliminary Study , December 16, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Beginning on Tuesday, Dec. 16, John Turner Consulting (JTC) will be mobilized for preliminary geotechnical studies associated with the College Lane Replacement Project. The proposed work will include a two-person JTC crew who will be performing coring and hand auger explorations in the College Lane roadway. Work will begin at the West Street intersection and head north along the entire stretch of roadway. These activities will begin around 8:30 a.m. and are anticipated to be completed by the end of the day. Campus Police will be assisting in traffic control.

Mission Driven: Ruth Constantine Reflects on 23 Years at Smith

Ruth Constantine—who is retiring this month as vice president for finance and administration—says the daily working relationships are what she's loved most about her 23 year tenure at the college. "That's what continues to give you energy and enthusiasm even during tough times," says Constantine, who has played a vital role in planning and stewardship of college resources. Here's what she had to say about significant changes at Smith over the past two decades.

12/11/2014 Digest

Jittery's Live! Presents Doe Paoro , Monday, Dec. 15, 9 p.m., Campus Center TV Lounge

Student Events Committee presents Doe Paoro, a Brooklyn-based band which dabbles in an eclectic genre range of indie pop, dubstep, soul, and R&B. Paoro Go to to listen to their music. Drop by to experience live music, coffee, and treats.

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

Hands-on Art making for ages 4+ with adult (while supplies last) from 4 to 6 pm. Open Eyes at 6 pm: An informal, guided conversation about an art object. Holiday Shopping at the Museum Shop. On View: TARA DONOVAN Moire. Redesigned galleries now open.

Submit Vendor Payments and Employee/Student Reimbursements by December 17

The Controller's Office is requesting all payments to vendors, employees and students be submitted to AP prior to the Winter Break. This includes any outstanding employee reimbursements processed via SmartData (College Corporate Card). Our goal is to process all payments due by January 2 before the break. Your time and effort is very much appreciated. Please plan on delivering the payment requests by Wednesday, Dec. 17, to ensure payment is processed before the college closes on Tuesday, Dec. 23. If you are submitting via interoffice mail, please allow enough time to reach Accounts Payable by the Dec. 17.

Midnight Madness , Thursday, Dec. 11, 7:30-11:30 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Celebrate the end of classes with a party hosted by the Athletic Association. Games, food, moon bounce, music and more. Stop by from 7:30-11:30pm!

Gift Cards Available at the Smith College Computer Store , Stoddard 22

Give your friends and family the convenience and freedom of a gift card. The Smith College Computer Store offers a wide selection from Amazon to on-line gaming to favorite restaurants. Stop by to pick the perfect stocking stuffer.

Fall Grad Dance Event: 'Moment' , Thursday, Dec. 11, 7 p.m., Scott Dance Studio, Scott Gym

An evening of new works by the department's first-year MFA candidates, this event will feature the choreography of Barbie Diewald, Emily Lukasewski, Bronwen MacArthur and Kate Seethaler. Tickets are $1. Space is limited and reservations are highly recommended. To reserve tickets, please email Scott Dance Studio is located in the Scott Gymnasium building.

Music in Deerfield: St. Petersburg String Quartet , Sunday, Dec. 14, 4 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Now in their 29th year, the St. Petersburg String Quartet will be back with us to do what they do best, perform Russian music with skill, style and amazing intensity. Pre-concert talk in Earle Recital Hall at 3 p.m.. Tickets available from Music in Deerfield.

SmithSecure Wireless Network Going Away; Switch to Eduroam Now

The SmithSecure wireless network will be discontinued in early January 2015. If you currently use SmithSecure, please switch to the Eduroam network before leaving campus for the winter break. This will ensure that you can continue to connect wirelessly when you return to campus. Note that your Eduroam username is your full Smith email address and your Eduroam password is your Smith network password. For further instructions, visit

SEC Break From the Norm: Gingerbread Cookie Decorating , Thursday, Dec. 11, 11 a.m., Campus Center 103/4

Take a break before finals period and come decorate some gingerbread cookies in the Campus Center. There will be a variety of frosting and various toppings sure to satisfy any sweet tooth.

Sherrerd Nominations Due December 11

Do you know a Smith faculty member whose teaching has had a significant impact on students? Smith students, faculty and alumnae are invited to nominate outstanding teachers for the 2015 Sherrerd Prize for Distinguished Teaching. Submit your nomination using the online nomination form:

Student Financial Services Will Be Closed , Friday, Dec. 12, 8:30 a.m.-noon

Student Financial Services will be closed for a staff training Friday, Dec. 12, 8:30 a.m.-noon.

Snowflake Study Break , Thursday, Dec. 11, 8 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Take a break from the stress of final exams, projects and papers and make your own unique paper snowflake. There will be lots of tasty snacks. Bring music and friends.

Meditations During Reading Period

Organize your own group meditation session led by a Smith Community Religious Adviser. Meditation slots are still available for December 12 from 7-9 p.m. Session times are typically 45 minutes. Use the session to relax and rejuvenate or discuss societal issues. Contact right away.

Students Explore Theatre as a Collaborative Art in New Capstone Class

This semester, a group of theatre majors have been learning what it's like to launch a company and create an original theatrical work. Their final assignment for the new "Collaboration Capstone" class is a free public performance of those works is today at 4:10 p.m. in the Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre.

12/09/2014 Digest

Global Outreach Course Enhancement Grants , Deadline January 15, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

The Lewis Global Studies Center invites proposals to revise existing courses in ways that support the Lewis center's mission of enriching the college's curricular offerings with global perspectives. See examples at Grants will be offered on a rolling basis with a final deadline of January 15, 2015. Please submit your application to Please contact Janie Vanpee ( if you have any questions. More information is available at

SEC Presents Hypnotist Jim Spinnato , Wednesday, Dec. 10, 9 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Jim Spinnato is returning to Smith once again. Be sure to join SEC for a fun night of laughter and hypnosis.

Day Trip to Bromley Mt. Ski Area: Fundraiser for Smith Lacrosse , Sunday, Feb. 8

Take a day trip to Bromley Mountain ski area. Get a group-rate lift ticket, rentals, or beginner lesson. The bus will depart from Ainsworth Gym promptly at 7 a.m. and bring you back to the same location at the end of the day, approximately 7 p.m. Bus seats 55 passengers so get your ticket before it fills up. Register by emailing Proceeds to benefit Smith lacrosse. Package 1: Bus ride and lift ticket $80; Package 2: Bus and lift ticket and rentals $120; Beginner Package 3: Bus and lower mountain lift ticket, rentals and beginner lesson $110.

'Slice of Life,' an Exhibition of Photography by Carmen Pullella '16 Through , February 2, Kahn Institute, 3rd Floor, Neilson

"Slice of Life" is a photography exhibition that aims to depict the races, stories, and lives of humans around the world. Taken in South Africa, Italy, the Czech Republic, Israel, Turkey, Palestine and France, these images offer a window into the daily joys and sorrows of humanity. On display Tuesday, Dec. 2, through Monday, Feb. 2, 2015, in the Kahn Gallery (Neilson Library third floor (go left at the stairway or elevator entrance). Curated by Maris Schwartz '15, sponsored by the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute.

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.

'30 Poems in November' Reading and Celebration , Tuesday, Dec. 9, 7 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Center for New Americans and the Poetry Center co-sponsor this reading and celebration to mark the completion of the fall literary event, "30 Poems in November," a fundraiser for Center for New Americans' literacy program for immigrants. A reception follows in the Poetry Center, Wright Hall. More than 60 writers who have written a poem a day during the month of November and have collected donations for their effort, are invited to read one of their new poems. Center for New Americans will compile an anthology of poems from the project which will be edited and produced by Levellers Press.

New Poetry/Photography Book Reading: 'Gorgeous Infidelities' by Naila Moreira and Paul Ickovic , Wednesday, Dec. 10, 7 p.m., Poetry Center, Wright

Naila Moreira will read from her new book of poetry in collaboration with photographer Paul Ickovic, whose photos will be displayed. The book pairs poems with photographs from throughout Ickovic's career, including unpublished work. Ickovic's work is housed in museum collections including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris; and the National Gallery, Prague. Moreira's work explores the boundary between the natural and the personal. She teaches in the Jacobson Writing Center and the English department.

Christmas Shopping Bazaar , Wednesday, Dec. 10, Noon-6 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Santa's helpful elves arrive on campus for your shopping pleasure. Don't miss this fun event. Marykay, Initials, Inc, Trades of Hope, Thirty-one Gifts, Pampered Chef, Origami Owl Jewelry, YOUNTQUE Mascara, Silpada Jewelry, Arbonne Skin Care, Independent Jewelry designer and raffles plus more.

Stay in the Know: Join Staff Council's New All-Staff ListServ

Staff Council is launching a new email list to help get important updates and news to all staff at Smith. We hope you will take ten seconds to join so you won't feel out of the loop ever again! 1) Click 2) Click the blue "Join Group" button; 3) Choose your e-mail preferences, then click "Join Group." That's it! Questions? Let us know at Not sure about signing up? We also work hard to post current and relevant info specific to staff on our website. Visit often at

Faculty and Staff Appreciation Event , Tuesday, Dec. 9, Bookstore, Campus Center 001

Staff and faculty are cordially invited to the Smith College Bookstore for its Annual Appreciation Event. Please bring any remaining spring textbook orders at this time or email in advance to . We are pleased to extend a 25 percent discount on Smith items with faculty/staff OneCard ID, see store for specific details. Light refreshments will be served.

Music in the Noon Hour: C.P.E. Bach , Tuesday, Dec. 9, 12:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Alissa Leiser, piano with Joel Pitchon, violin perform works by C.P.E. Bach. Free and open to the public.

ENV400 Special Studies Presentation: 'Real Food at Smith College' , Thursday, Dec. 11, 11 a.m., CEEDS, Wright

Claire Westa ’17 and Lily Carlisle-Reske ’15 will present the results of their Special Studies project in which they conducted a series of audits on food purchasing by Smith College, using tools developed by the Real Food Challenge. Their research examined each food item ordered by Gillett and Tyler dining rooms during the month of October and February, analyzing the working conditions of those who produced it, the environmental impact, humaneness, locality and nutritional values of each product.

Annual Smith College Community Celebration of Advent , Tuesday, Dec. 9, 5:30 p.m., Alumnae House

Enjoy a festive catered dinner with candlelight, hand-bells and carol singing (and a special visit from a 4th century bishop). Smith students, staff, faculty, friends and family are welcome. Please RSVP by December 5 to

Meditations Offered During Reading Period

Meditation can increase self awareness, contemplation, and acceptance as well as improve one's overall spiritual well being and physical health. The Center for Religious and Spiritual Life will offer group meditations to students in their residence houses or at the Chapel during Reading Period to help students relax and rejuvenate before finals. Contact Kim Alston at to schedule an evening session at an available time beginning December 6.

Brown-Bag Lunch to Discuss the 2014 Film 'The Book Thief' , Wednesday, Dec. 10, Noon, Campus Center 102

As part of Staff Council's "On the Screen" film discussion series, staff are invited to a brown-bag lunch to discuss the film "The Book Thief." Please watch the film prior to attending. "The Book Thief" is available at local libraries and can be streamed from Amazon Instant Video or Xfinity on Demand. Snacks and drinks will be provided. To learn more about this and other Staff Council-sponsored events, visit

Fall 2014 'Staff Council Chronicle' Now Available to Download/Read

The latest issue of the "Staff Council Chronicle" newsletter is available now by visiting Once there, you can read it on the site or download a PDF version. Read the newsletter to learn more about the resources available to staff, such as free classes on, a faculty/staff poetry reading series, subsidized childcare programs, and more. Send feedback and suggestions to

Student Poetry Reading , Tuesday, Dec. 9, 4:15-5:30 p.m., Poetry Center, Wright

Eight students in Advanced Poetry Writing, joined by two students completing independent studies in poetry, will offer a celebratory end-of-semester reading. Stunning poems. Light refreshments.

Environmental Science and Policy, Senior Capstone Presentations , Tuesday, Dec. 9, Noon, Neilson Browsing Room

Seniors in this semester's Environmental Science and Policy capstone course will report on their research projects: "Saving Two Birds with One Decal: Mitigating Bird-Window Collisions on Smith College Campus," presented by Keighley Lane, Laurel Payne, and Liz Young; "Assessment of Cardio Equipment Efficiency in Olin Fitness Center," presented by Olivia Cap, Jessica Lillquist, and Carly McIver; and "Cut It Out? An Examination of Cut Flower Use at Smith College," presented by Jessie Blum, Allie Gage, and Jen Rioux. Lunch provided.

Holiday Sing-Along and Open Jam , Saturday, Dec. 13, 10 a.m., Forbes Library

Bring your voice, instruments, and friends, and join in the holiday fun. Seasonal songs will be selected from The Daily Ukulele and will be projected on a screen for easy reading. Free. All are invited. All ages. Refreshments to follow. Donations will be accepted for Doctors Without Borders. Co-sponsored by Forbes Library (Coolidge Museum) and the Smith College Libraries.

'Smithies Give Back! Celebrate the Season,' Continues , Tuesday, Dec. 9, Noon, Campus Center Main Level Table

Eco Reps will be hosting: Smithies Give Back! Celebrate the Season, a three-day tabling event asking Smithies to donate something different everyday, to maintain consciousness of our waste and also donate back to the community. Technology Tuesday: Set your electronics free! Unplug and unclutter by recycling your e-waste; Food-Waste Wednesday: Donate your perishable foods you will not be eating over the break. Also, stop by to find out more about donating 1/2 an hour of your time from 6:30-7 p.m. to the Food Recovery Network.

Call for Proposals: Five College Disability Studies Conference, Due , Monday, Jan. 12, 11:59 p.m.

The Disability Alliance is hosting a conference on Disability Studies titled "Filling in the Gaps" next semester. The theme is meant to encourage discussion of the ways scholars and activists have found or inserted disability where it is missing. It is also meant to be an acknowledgement of the gaps in disability studies and culture in the Five Colleges. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to present their disability-related work. The conference will be held April 3-4, 2015. Proposals are due January 12th at 11:59PM EST. More information can be found at:

Channukah Party , Tuesday, Dec. 9, 7 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Celebrate Channukah and learn about Jewish culture with a live Klezmer band, dancing, homemade latkes and donuts. Vegan options available.

Staff Winter Solstice Celebration, December 9 , Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2-4 p.m., Conference Center

President Kathy McCartney will host a winter solstice celebration for Smith staff on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2-4 p.m., in the Conference Center. Enjoy seasonal treats and beverages and visit with friends and fellow employees.

Opening Reception for 'Ground Hog Day,' Senior Seminar Exhibition , Wednesday, Dec. 10, 6-8 p.m., Jannotta Gallery, Hillyer

Chief Diversity Officer Presentation , Wednesday, Dec. 10, 1 p.m., Alumnae House Living Room

This will be the last Chief Diversity Officer Finalist presentation. Lunch will be served and students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend. The finalist will present his background and experience and vision for leading diversity efforts at Smith.

Wednesday Weekly Vigil , Wednesday, Dec. 10, Noon, Chapel Sanctuary

A space for quiet contemplation and solidarity, Wednesday's Weekly Vigil will continue to focus campus attention on racial justice. This week's theme is "Restoring Ourselves, Restoring the World: A Time of Music and Quiet Contemplation. Those who participated in the campus die in are encouraged to attend and take this opportunity to gather with others. The vigil reflects how we strive "to be the change we wish to see in the world" and how the contemplative conditions we create help spread peace throughout the world, using music, song and other creative expression. Lunch is optional. All are welcome.

An Inside Look: Smith’s Cogeneration Plant Makes Greener Energy for the Campus

At the center of Smith’s power plant on West Street is the key to greener energy production: a Solar-brand gas turbine that operates on the same principles as a jet engine.

12/08/2014 Digest

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 -painting -moving assistance -house cleaning -shoveling ...and much much more! $35/hour for 2 workers For further information or to reserve your workers, please call 413-585-4986 or email

12/04/2014 Digest

Jittery's Live! Presents Allison Weiss , Thursday, Dec. 4, 9 p.m., Campus Center TV Lounge

Student Events Committee presents Allison Weiss, a New York-based indie-pop artist. Weiss created her first full-length album after creating a Kickstarter campaign and reaching her goal within 10 hours. Go to to listen to her music. Come down for live music, treats, and coffee.

SEC Films Presents 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' , Friday & Saturday, Dec. 5 & 6, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

When Hiccup and Toothless discover an ice cave that is home to hundreds of new wild dragons and the mysterious Dragon Rider, the two friends find themselves at the center of a battle to protect the peace.

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

Lazerowitz-Tymoczko Memorial Logic Lecture by James M. Joyce, University of Michigan , Thursday, Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

James M. Joyce, Cooper Harold Langford Collegiate Professor of Philosophy and Statistics at the University of Michigan will discuss "Predictive Accuracy and the Bayesian Approach to Inductive Inference." This is the 16th Annual Alice Lazerowitz-Thomas Tymoczko Memorial Logic Lecture and it is free and open to the public.

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.

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.

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.

New Exhibit: 'Coral Reef Ed-ventures Program Summer 2014 Project' , Through 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.

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.

'Student Picks' Exhibition by Emily Kim '15 , Friday, Dec. 5, Noon-4 p.m., Cunningham Center, Museum of Art

Curator Emily Kim '15's exhibit, entitled "Always Container, Sometimes Contained," reveals the space that exists within and around architectural structures. With works by Munio Takahashi Makuuchi, Elliott Erwitt and others, "Always Container, Sometimes Contained" features breathtaking visions of the man-made frameworks that surround us.

'Adaptive Nonradiation: Evolutionary Biology of Extreme Diet Breadth in Scale Insects' , Monday, Dec. 8, 4 p.m., McConnell Foyer 103

Presented by Benjamin Normark, University of Massachusetts Amherst. 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.

Buddhist Studies Lecture: 'What Is Timeless About Mindfulness' , Thursday, Dec. 4, 5 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

"What is Timeless About Mindfulness? The Path From Anguish to Awareness Across Human Contexts", a lecture by Jake H. Davis, Visiting Scholar, Brown University, will explore continuities between the presentations of mindfulness found in contemporary Western contexts and those found in the early Buddhist discourses. This lecture is the fifth in the fall series, "Mindfulness: Burmese Roots and Mass(achusetts) Branches", hosted by the Buddhist Studies Concentration and Department of Religion. Support provided by the Smith College Lecture Committee and the Ada Howe Kent Fund.

Registration for Non-Credit Interterm Classes Begins December 5

Smith students, staff and faculty may register for non-credit interterm classes and workshops begining Friday, December 5. Some workshops are already taking registrations now. Most classes and workshops are open to students at the other four colleges. To view the classes and workshops offered and to register go to (Note that registration for these non-credit classes is not done on Banner.)

SmiThrift Presents Cage Frenzy: Take Anything You Want Within 5 Minutes , Thursday, Dec. 4, 7:30-9 p.m., John M. Green Hall

SmiThrift is hosting Cage Frenzy, pay $5 for 5 minutes- in this time you can look at a variety of clothes, shoes and more and take anything you want before time runs out. All proceeds from this event will be donated to local charity. Admission will be $3 if students bring a bag of clothes to donate to SmiThrift. Contact Beverly at with any questions.

Bare Bones Dance Concert , Thursday & Friday, Dec. 4 & 5, 8 p.m., Scott Gym Dance Studio

The Bare Bones Dance Concert is an informal and exciting concert of undergraduate choreography and guest artist work. Limited seating. Recommend arriving early. Scott Dance Studio ($1 at the door, no reservations, general admission.)

'Time Stands Still' by Donald Margulies , Friday & Saturday, Dec. 5 & 6, 7:30 p.m., Television Studio, Mendenhall CPA

The first of the Smith College Studio Productions, directed by Hannah Sachs '16. In the aftermath of the Iraq war, Sarah Goodwin, a photojournalist, is recovering at home in Brooklyn from her severe injuries suffered in a road-side bomb blast. "Time Stands Still" is a witty and insightful play about mid-life, relationships and our place in the world. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies has created a universal and personal story that, according to the NY Times, "crackles with bright wit and intelligence." Free, general admission, no reservations.

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.

Application Deadline Extended to Dec. 8 for 'Excavating the Image' , Kahn Institute, 3rd Floor, Neilson

Faculty are invited to apply to "Excavating the Image," an annual two-day collaboration between the Kahn Institute and the Museum of Art (SCMA) taking place January 15 and 16. Each year, an artwork in the Smith collection is the centerpiece for a cross-disciplinary discussion involving faculty from a range of departments. This year's project will focus on a recent acquisition by feminist artist Martha Wilson titled "A Portfolio of Models" (1974). This work consists of six photographs of the artist performing gendered stereotypes: Goddess, Housewife, Working Girl, Professional, Earth Mother and Lesbian. For more information and application link, visit

Upcoming Religious and Spiritual Life Activities

Friday, Dec. 5: Soup, Salad and Soul, a student-led discussion with a home-made vegetarian meal, 12:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge; Al-Iman Friday Prayers, 12:30 p.m., Blue Room; SCF International Bible Study, Reading Room (B13), 4:30 p.m.; Hillel Shabbat followed by Shabbat dinner, Dawes House, 5:30 p.m. Monday, Dec 8: Buddhist Meditation Sitting Group for beginners and experienced practitioners, led by Ryumon Hilda Baldoquin, sensei, 5 p.m., Sanctuary.

Advent Mass and Las Posadas Celebration , Saturday, Dec. 6, 6 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Smith's Catholic Student Ministry and LaFe are combining to have back to back events to celebrate the season of Advent. There will be a bilingual Catholic Mass, with Spanish and English, starting at 6 p.m. in the Chapel Sanctuary. After Mass, students will head downstairs to Bodman Lounge for dinner and carols to celebrate Las Posadas. Dinner will be provided. Students should not feel pressured to come to both portions of the event, they may come to just one portion of the evening. All are welcome.

Marine Science Club General Interest Meeting , Monday, Dec. 8, 5 p.m., Campus Center 003

Students from all majors and minors are invited to attend a general interest meeting for the Smith College Marine Science Club. Learn about research opportunities, study abroad opportunities, and students' experiences in marine science. Snacks provided.

Stargazing: Date Changed to , Thursday, Dec. 4, 8:30-9:30 p.m., McConnell Hall Roof

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).

Smith To Do: Gingerbread Cookie Decorating , Saturday, Dec. 6, 9 p.m., Davis Ballroom

In the spirit of the holiday season and to get through the last few weeks of the semester, Smith To Do is hosting a gingerbread cookie decorating (and yes, eating) event. Spend your Saturday night with friends and housemates decorating and munching gingerbread cookies with your favorite frosting. Gluten-free cookies will be also provided.

Students Share Holiday Fun With Staff, Faculty and Alumnae Via Thanksgiving Match Program

A dozen hosts and 26 students, including Cynthia Masai ’16 (pictured with Dave Bishop of facilities management and his family), participated in the college’s fifth annual Thanksgiving Match program that brings students, faculty and staff together for a meal and some holiday fun.

12/02/2014 Digest

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.

'Winter Clothes Closet' Sponsored by Office of International Students , December 5, 2-5 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center

The Office of International Students and Scholars is organizing its winter clothes closet at the Lewis Global Studies Center. Through Friday, Dec. 5, we would kindly accept any donations. We are looking for clean winter clothes, for example sweaters, jackets, scarfs, gloves, trousers, hats, all in a good condition. They can be dropped off in the donation bin at the Lewis Global Studies Center.

Smith Pecans on Sale Tuesdays/Fridays at Campus Center Through , December 9, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Campus Center Main Level Table

Nothing beats pecans for holiday baking, gift giving or just eating yourself. Even better, each bag sold provides a contribution to Smith Scholarship funds. The Smith Clubs of Hampshire and Franklin Counties will be selling pecans beginning November 11. Plain and fancy pecans available: Mammoth pecan halves (16 oz) $10/bag; Milk chocolate covered pecans (10 oz) $9/bag; Dark chocolate covered pecans (10 oz) $9/bag; Caramel cluster pecans (10 oz) $9/bag; Cinnamon glazed pecans (10 oz) $9/bag; Glazed praline pecans (10 oz) $9/bag.

Survey for Five-College Students of Color Mentorship Program

Two students at Smith are trying to create a Five College mentorship program for students of color. If you are a student of color in the Five Colleges, contact Rebecca Lee to fill out a survey so that the organizers can gauge what people want and how to structure the program so that it will be most beneficial to the community.

'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 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

'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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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.

STEM Graduate School Application Workshop Series Part 4: The Interview , Wednesday, Dec. 3, 6:30 p.m.

This 4-part workshop series addresses issues pertinent to graduate school applications in STEM fields. Short presentations by faculty members will be paired with discussions and hands-on workshops where you can get immediate feedback and advice. It is designed especially for senior students currently applying for grad school, but any students interested in learning more about the process are welcome to attend. The final part in this series will address the interview process and allow you to practice discussing your own research experience. Wednesday, December 3 from 6:30-8:30pm in McConnell 404. Drop-ins are welcome but if possible please RSVP to

Wednesday's Weekly Vigil , December 3, Noon, Chapel Sanctuary

A space for quiet contemplation and solidarity, Wednesday's Weekly Vigil will continue to focus campus attention on racial justice in the wake of the grand jury's verdict not to charge a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., with the death of black youth Michael Brown. Those who participated in the campus walk-out are encouraged to attend and take this opportunity to gather with others. This vigil will be facilitated by the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life and will include candle-lighting, a short reflection, and open mic from 12:20 - 12:50 p.m. Students, faculty, and staff are welcome.

Small Is Beautiful: An Interview With New Head of Facilities Roger Mosier

Roger Mosier, who began work in August as associate vice president for facilities, says he was drawn to both the variety and scale of buildings on campus. Mosier, formerly head of facilities for the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., leads Smith's largest department, managing upkeep of the college's 3.2 million square feet of space.

11/25/2014 Digest

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

'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.

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

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.

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

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.

Snow Parking Ban

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

Tess Grogan ’14 Earns Prestigious Marshall Scholarship

Tess Grogan '14 says her dream is to be "part of a movement" that sheds light on protagonists in children's literature who don't fit the traditional mold of the white, male hero. On Monday, Grogan learned she is one of 40 people to receive a 2015 Marshall Scholarship for graduate study in the United Kingdom.

11/20/2014 Digest

Jittery's Live! Presents Elizabeth and the Catapult , Thursday, Nov. 20, 9 p.m., Campus Center TV Lounge

The Student Events Committee presents Elizabeth and the Catapult, a Brooklyn-based indie rock and pop artist. Elizabeth Ziman, the band's sole member, has toured with Sara Bareilles, Greg Laswell, Lenka, and Kishi Bashi. In the last year, she played drums in Kishi Bashi's band, and sang backgrounds for The Waterboys and The Shins. To listen to her music, go to Drop by for coffee, treats, and live music.

Field Station Saturdays at MacLeish , Saturday, Nov. 22, 1-5 p.m.

Visit the MacLeish Field Station in Whately. Explore the 5 miles of hiking trails, relax outside, or study in the Bechtel Environmental Classroom (one of the greenest buildings in the world). The van leaves at 1 p.m. from the loading dock between Chapin and the Campus Center and return to campus around 5 p.m. For more information and to sign up, visit

Work, Life and Reali-tea: 'Deconstructing Perceptions of Confidence at Smith' , Friday, Nov. 21, 4 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

A moderated panel sponsored by the Wurtele Center for Work & Life.

Bradley Airport Shuttle Tickets On Sale Through November 25

SGA is sponsoring commercial bus rides to and from Bradley Airport for Thanksgiving Break. The cost of a one-way ticket is $15 and $25 for round-trip. We accept OneCards and checks, no cash. To purchase your ticket(s) come to the SGA Office, 206 Campus Center, Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please note these are the new hours that tickets will be available for sale. Tickets cannot be purchased on the bus. Go to for the shuttle schedule. Contact the SGA Office at (413) 585-4950 or ext. 4950 for any questions. Staff and faculty are welcome to purchase the tickets as well.

'What We Talk About When We Talk About Privacy' by Martin Kaste, NPR National Correspondent , Friday, Nov. 21, 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Martin Kaste, a national NPR correspondent since 2000, has primarily covered news around privacy and law enforcement in the United States. In his years writing about privacy, he has witnessed mass shifts in the public's understanding of the word, and countless uses and conceptions of "privacy" in 21st-century America. Kaste will refer to his NPR storiesâ??and public reactions to themâ??in attempting to sort out what "privacy" means to Americans today, and whether the public's contradictory feelings about privacy can be synthesized into a new, workable, ethical standard. Part of the Kahn Institute long-term project "The Question of Privacy."

Tuition Exchange Deadline , December 1

The deadline for applying to Tuition Exchange for the 2015-16 academic year is December 1. If you have a high school senior thinking about college, the application is on the Human Resources website, You'll also find information on the Tuition Exchange website, For more information, contact Lynn Cocco at ext. 2273 or email

Drop-in Clinic: Use Zotero or RefWorks to Make Research More Fun (or at Least Less Stressful) , Thursday, Nov. 20, 4 p.m., Electronic Classroom, Level 1 North, Neilson Libra

The Smith Libraries are holding this clinic for students, faculty and staff to learn how to use Zotero or RefWorks to organize and edit research references, save resources in one place and access them from (almost) anywhere, and sync on many devices. Librarians will get you started, or you can come with questions and they will show you how. Bring your laptop; (it is helpful, but okay if you do not). For more information and other clinic dates, visit

Update: Seats Available for Dec. 6 NYC Bus Trip; Purchase Tickets by , Saturday, Nov. 22, 5 p.m.

Staff, faculty, students and friends are invited to purchase seats on the Staff Council-sponsored NYC bus trip on December 6. The coach bus will depart from Ainsworth Gym at 7 a.m. and leave NYC at 7 p.m., returning approximately 10:30 p.m.; purchase no later than Saturday, Nov. 22, at 5 p.m. by sending checks ($45 per person, payable to Smith College) to Nikki Beck, Mendenhall T113. Reservations will be confirmed once payment is received. If you have questions, call ext. 7974 or contact

Call for Holiday Recipes for Posting on Grécourt Gate

What dishes bring the holidays to mind? Grécourt Gate is issuing a call for answers to that question. Send us a description of a festive dish and the holiday it celebrates in 250 words or less (along with the recipe) by December 5. Online submission form can be found at We'll publish the most delectable items on the Gate over the winter holiday break. A select one or two dishes will be chosen by experts in Dining Services to serve over Interterm in January.

Vibes Mystery Jam: Whodunit? , Saturday, Nov. 22, 8 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Enjoy an evening of intrigue and a cappella music at Helen Hills Hills Chapel, featuring the Smith College Vibes and guest group the Bowdoin College Meddiebempsters.

Portuguese and Brazilian Studies Film Series , Thursday, Nov. 20, 7 p.m., Hatfield 206

Brazil's official entry for the Best Foreign Language Film for the 87th Academy Awards, "Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho" is a 2014 coming-of-age drama by acclaimed writer and director, Daniel Ribeiro. Leonardo is a blind teenager feeling overprotected by all of those around him. Struggling towards a more independent life, he has to overcome the vulnerability orbiting his condition. Leonardo considers an exchange program hoping for a fresh start. Things take an unexpected turn when Gabriel, a new student in town, arrives at school. In Portuguese with English subtitles.

Vox Screening of '12th & Delaware' A Documentary About Reproductive Access , Thursday, Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m., Campus Center 205

VOX, Smith College's reproductive justice org, and the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life will be hosting a documentary screening of '12th & Delaware,' which is about crisis pregnancy centers (CPCs). Anti-choice groups created CPCs to look like comprehensive health clinics, but many are generally unregulated and unlicensed. The documentary provides a truly unbiased look at the experiences of clients at both an anti-abortion crisis pregnancy center (CPC) and a women's health clinic that provides abortion. Pizza and drinks are provided for the first thirty people.

Global Salon: 'Kremlin Propaganda, Can Putin Control It?' with Anna Arutunyan , Thursday, Nov. 20, 4:15 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Vladimir Putin has confounded world leaders and defied their assumptions as they tried to figure him out, only to misjudge him time and again. To discuss Forbes magazine's "most powerful man in the world", the Global Studies Center presents a Global Salon with Anna Arutunyan. Arutunyan is an editor and senior correspondent at The Moscow News. She will discuss her book, The Putin Mystique, a vivid and revealing exploration of the way in which myth, power, and even religion interact to produce the love-hate relationship between the Russian people and Vladimir Putin. For more events, see

'Forging the Moon or, How to Spot a Fake Galileo': Lecture by Nick Wilding , Thursday, Nov. 20, 7 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Nick Wilding will recount the fascinating story of his recent discovery of a forged copy of Galileo's "Sidereus nuncius" (Starry Messenger). His lecture will reveal how he uncovered the deception by brilliantly detecting and interpreting scientific, art historical, and bibliographical evidence. For more information: Co-sponsored by the Book Studies Concentration, Kahn Institute, Department of Astronomy, and the Smith College Lecture Committee.

CSO Third Community Luncheon: Safe Passage , Friday, Nov. 21, Noon, Community Collaboration Center, Wright

Learn about Safe Passage, a nonprofit organization focusing on issues of domestic violence. This group provides shelter, peer-support, counseling, education, and advocacy to many women and children. It is located here in Northampton, and there are many ways to get involved. Pizza & Salad will be provided.

Fall Faculty Dance Concert , Thursday, Nov. 20, 8 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall

Always a compelling highlight of the Valley dance season, the Faculty Concert features original choreography and performances by Chris Aiken, Candice Salyers, Katie Martin, and Rodger Blum. This year's concert also features work of internationally known contemporary choreographers Claudia Lavista and Omar Carrum of Delfos Danza (Mexico) with dancers from the Five College Dance Department. November 20, 21, 22 at 8pm. Tickets available at $10 general, $5 students/seniors. 413-585-ARTS.

Fall for Beethoven: Orchestra Concert , Saturday, Nov. 22, 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

On Saturday, November 22, prepare to "Fall for Beethoven" at Smith College Chamber Ensemble's fall concert, a beloved annual tradition. The concert will feature works by Grieg, Gonoud, and of course the titular Beethoven. One of this year's most anticipated performances will be Beethoven's Fourth Piano Concerto featuring soloist Liza Stepanova, celebrated pianist and a recent addition to the Smith Arts community. Jonathan Hirsh, conductor. Free and open to the public.

Reading the News with Lisa Lowe and Jack Halberstam , Friday, Nov. 21, Noon, Seelye 201

As academics Lisa Lowe and Jack Halberstam are well known for their scholarship on policing the borders of nation-states and gender regimes. From Lowe's Immigrant Acts to Halberstam's Female Masculinity, their work challenges how we think about race, about sexuality and gender identity. Together they have edited the Duke University series called Perverse Modernities for over 10 years, publishing books that explore the economies of race, colonialism and sexuality They will join us in a conversation about their own work as it meets the news seen fit to print. Lunch served in Seelye 207 for first 20 people.

'Leave No Trace' Workshop , Saturday, Nov. 22, 1-4:30 p.m., Boathouse

Learn about sustainable practices for hiking, camping, and living outside in this interactive workshop with a Leave No Trace trainer. Discuss and practice basic principles and learn about future events. Wear warm clothes and bring water as some games and discussions will be outdoors. Sponsored by the Smith Outing Club.

Survey for ENV 312 Capstone Project: 'Energy Education in Olin Gym' , Friday, Nov. 28

The Environmental Science and Policy capstone class needs your help. Please fill out this quick survey regarding cardio equipment use in Olin Fitness Center. Thank you for your time.

Today is Julia Child Day

Julia Child Day is today, Nov. 20. A reception will be held on Chapin Lawn, 3 to 4 p.m., where tables of fruit, cider and an assortment of cheeses, almost all locally produced, will be set up (rain location is upstairs in the Campus Center). Read more about the special day at

Peer Sexuality Educators Present Mollena William: 'Can Consensual Kink Save The World?' , Friday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

In a world where "50 Shades of Gray" has made discussion of BDSM and power exchange relationships deceptively easy, we now are faced with the conundrum of folks exploring the far reaches of sexual exploration in ways that can be titillating...and terrifying. Even more risky: the question of consent. This discussion will focus on what kink, BDSM and Power Exchange relationships are, and are not, how you can up your chases of having hot and safer sexy encounters and why the ability to give and obtain (enthusiastic! And! Ongoing!) consent can change your life and the world around you.

Reception for Global Encounters Photo Exhibit , Friday, Nov. 21, 3 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

The jurors for the Global Encounters Photo Exhibit, hosted by the Lewis Global Studies Center, will present the winners of the Center's annual photo contest. Categories include: Learning Moments, Cultural Opposition, Close Up, and more. Photos come from Asia to Europe to Africa, wherever Smithies have studied. Jurors will briefly discuss the winning photos, displayed through November 21, and then present them to the winners. Refreshments will be served. For more events from the Center, visit

Edmond Chang: 'Queerness and Straightwashing in Digital Games' , Friday, Nov. 21, Noon, Campus Center Carroll Room

The Five College Digital Humanities Speaker Series presents Edmond Chang, assistant professor at Drew University. Chang explores the problematic (im)possibility of queer games beyond queerness as window dressing, as simply LGBT-skinned plot, character, or subtext. Through a close reading and close playing of Zs FrontierVille and Blizzard's World of Warcraft, the lecture will interrogate the ways that gender and sexuality in games is both narratively and algorithmically normative and subversive. Campus Center Carroll Room, Nov. 21st at 12 PM. All are welcome.

Interterm Program of Non-Credit Classes

The January 2015 Interterm Program of non-credit classes and workshops is now posted at Smith students, staff and faculty may register for the classes beginning December 5. Some workshops are already taking registrations. Most classes and workshops are also open to students at the other four colleges and to the Northampton community. To register for the non-credit classes go to (Note: Registration is not done on Banner.) To register for workshops, see the contact information for each workshop on the interterm page of Special Offerings.

Smith Quidditch Carnival , Saturday, Nov. 22, 1 p.m., Davis Ballroom

The Smith Quidditch team is delighted to invite you to their annual fundraising carnival. There will be a variety of activities such as tarot readings, trivia, quaffel tossing, paint throwing, butter beer pong, raffles, and more. There will also be plenty of treats ranging from chocolate frogs to cauldron cakes and, of course, butter beer. The team would love to see you there, so come out and support them while having a cavalcade of fun.

Health & STEM Professions Lunchbag: 'Applying to Health Profession Schools' , Friday, Nov. 21, 12:15 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Required for anyone intending to request a committee letter for their application to medical, dental, podiatry or optometry school for fall 2016 entrance. Seniors who will apply in a future year are also strongly encouraged to attend, since in future years you will likely not be able to come to this presentation in person. Pizza will be provided for the first 30 people.

Panel Discussion on Student Mental Health , Friday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Student panelists will share their personal experiences with mental health treatment and address related issues and topics, including the effects of stigma, obstacles to access, building social support, and maintaining progress after a course of treatment. Hosted by Active Minds and moderated by a member of Counseling Services.

Upcoming Religious and Spiritual Life Activities

Friday, Nov. 21: Soup, Salad and Soul, a student-led discussion with a home-made vegetarian meal, 12:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge; 12:30 p.m., Al-Iman Friday Prayers, Blue Room; 4:30 p.m., Reading Room (B13), SCF International Bible Study; 5:30 p.m. Hillel Shabbat followed by Shabbat dinner, Dawes House. Sunday, Nov. 23: Soka Buddhist Club, 2:00 p.m., Bodman Lounge. Monday, Nov. 24: Buddhist Meditation Sitting Group for beginners and experienced practitioners, led by Ryumon Hilda Baldoquin, sensei, 5 p.m., Sanctuary.

Exhibit Reception: 'The New View' by David Andrews , Friday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m., Nolen Art Lounge, Campus Center

Meet artist David Andrews and talk to him about 'The New View,' his exhibit on view at Nolen Art Lounge through November 22. Refreshments provided.

Lunch Conversation with Barbara Finamore, Senior Attorney and Asia Director at the NRDC , Monday, Nov. 24, Noon, CEEDS, Wright 005

China is now the largest greenhouse gas emitter on the planet. Do other members of the global community have a voice in changing this behavior? What can the global community do practically speaking? Within the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Finamore promotes policy development in China that focuses on climate change reduction and clean energy solutions and currently leads NRDC's green ports project which aims to reduce air pollution in southern China caused by marine port-related activities. Join us in an informal setting for a conversation about her work with the NRDC. Wright 005.

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