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02/26/2015 Digest


Register Your Middle or High School Student for Smith 'Splash' , Saturday, March 7, 9 a.m., Seelye 101

Splash is an all day event for middle and high school students to come to Smith and take classes taught by college students on March 7. Classes cover a wide range of academic and creative subjects. All 6th-12th grade students are welcome. Register at smithsplash.learningu.org, or for any questions email spring@smith.edu. Reserve a spot soon.

Snowshoe Trips with the Outdoor Adventure Program , March 1, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Explore our New England forests on snowshoes. Register now. We have space on our March 1 trip. Depart the Boathouse at 10 a.m. and return by around 2 to 3 pm. Snowshoes are provided. No experience needed. Email outdoors@smith.edu to register. Free.

CMP Seeking Strategic Planning Proposals: Deadline March 23

Smith is embarking on a college-wide strategic planning process, with the Committee on Mission and Priorities serving as the steering group. Brief proposals of innovative ideas and investments, as well as alignment of existing programs, are invited and encouraged from faculty, staff and students. Deadline is March 23. For more information, visit http://www.smith.edu/planning/.

'Using Stories to Create Change' Workshop with Smith Alumna Ayla Schlosser '09 , Thursday, Feb. 26, 4 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

How do you tell your story? How can you use your story to connect with others? What does your story have to do with social impact? These are the questions that Smith alumna Ayla Schlosser '09, Founder and Executive Director of the non-profit organization Resonate, will help you think through in this workshop. Resonate teaches leadership skills to women and girls through a training program rooted in storytelling. The confidence gained from developing a personal story, as well as the ability to articulate it eloquently, are essential tools for emerging female leaders. Desserts, coffee and tea provided.

Drop In Hours for Room Draw Questions , Fridays, 10-11 a.m. and 1:30-2:30 , Clark Hall 101

Students are invited to "drop in" with questions about the Room Draw and Housing Lottery process until Friday, March 27. Staff from residence life will be on hand in Clark Hall during these hours on a first-come, first-served basis. Students attending "drop in" hours should check in at the front desk in Clark Hall 101. No appointment is required.

'Is She Really a Musician? Navigating Identity and Authenticity in Music and Media' , Friday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

This moderated panel will explore issues of gender, identity and "authenticity" in music and media. Panelists include: Meredith Graves, writer and singer of the critically acclaimed band Perfect Pussy; Mitski Miyawaki, Brooklyn-based musician who performs under her first name, Mitski; Suzy X, writer and illustrator for Rookie Magazine; and Imogen Binnie, music writer and author of the novel Nevada published in 2013 by Topside Press. The panel will be co-moderated by Smith alumnae Ally Einbinder '10 and Sam Chaplin '10. Sponsored by the Wurtele Center for Work & Life. This event is free and open to the public.

Weekly Support Group for Survivors of Sexual Trauma, Begins , Friday, Feb. 27

Weekly support group for survivors of sexual trauma meets Fridays from 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. starting February 27. Please call the Counseling Service before February 27 to register as space is limited: (413) 585-2843. Facilitated by Michelle Marchese, LICSW, in the Schacht Center for Health and Wellness.

Brown-Bag Lunch to Discuss 'The Tortilla Curtain' for Staff Council's 'Between the Lines' Program , Thursday, Feb. 26, Noon, Campus Center 103/4

Staff and faculty are invited to participate in a brown-bag lunch to discuss "The Tortilla Curtain" by T.C. Boyle. Attendees are welcome to bring a lunch; snacks and drinks will be provided. For more information, visit smith.edu/staffcouncil/bulletin.php. Synopsis: The Rincons have come to California from Mexico to make a better life for themselves. Living in a makeshift camp, the Rincons are quite different from the Mossbachers, Los Angeles liberals living in a gated hilltop community. A freak accident brings the couples into intimate contact and their opposing worlds gradually intersect in what becomes a tragicomedy of error and misunderstanding.

CMP Multimedia Workshops , March 2, 5 and 9, 7 p.m., CMP Digital/Video Lab

Monday, March 2: Adobe Photoshop Basics; Thursday, March 5, Final Cut Pro Basics; Monday, March 9, iMovie Basics

Staff: Nominate Yourself to Serve on a College Standing Committee

These committees are comprised of faculty and staff members and help advise the College on important decisions. To read more about the work of each committee and to nominate yourself for open positions, visit http://goo.gl/qZcGSe . Nominations are due by 4 p.m. on Friday, March 27.

Support Financial Aid Week with the Senior Campaign , Tuesday, Feb. 24, 26, 10:30 a.m., Campus Center Main Level Table

Learn more about student philanthropy and supporting financial aid here at Smith while enjoying candy and post cards from the Senior Campaign. We will be talking about supporting our community through student giving and how to make your first gift to the community as a graduating Senior.

Register Now for Travel Writing Workshop , Friday, Feb. 27, 3 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Jaclyn Mishal, co-founder of Pink Pangea, the community for women who love to travel, will be hosting a travel writing workshop. Mishal has traveled to the Middle East, Europe, and Central America, working with academic, internship, and volunteer programs, as well as writing. For more information, visit http://www.pinkpangea.com/. Registration required, send an e-mail to global@smith.edu.

Rhythm Nations Cultural Performance , Saturday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m., John M. Green Hall

Hosted annual by Smith's International Student Organization, students from Smith and the Five College community have teamed up to treat the audience to performances displaying the rich cultural diversity on all the campuses of the Five Colleges-- Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke and Smith colleges and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Presentation: 'Memorializing Northampton State Hospital' , Saturday, Feb. 28, 10:30 a.m.-noon, Seelye 110

Students from First-Year Seminar 121, "The Evolution and Transformation of the Northampton State Hospital," will report on its Fall 2014 class project. The Northampton State Hospital, adjacent to Smith College, was in operation from 1858 to 1993. Students in the class were involved in projects intended to help memorialize the history of the hospital. These projects contribute to and complement the work of the Northampton State Hospital Memorial Committee. This Northampton community group was awarded $75,000 by the City's Community Preservation Act committee to create a Memorial Park on the site of Village Hill. FYS 121 students will describe their projects and how they will contribute to memorializing Northampton State Hospital. All are welcome; refreshments will be provided.

Bettina Judd Q&A and Poetry Reading , Tuesday, March 3, 7:30 p.m., Stoddard Auditorium

Singer, artist, scholar, teacher and poet, Bettina Judd takes an interdisciplinary approach as she weaves together history and experience to examine the use of black women's bodies in research. Her book, "Patient.", winner of the Hudson Prize, navigates this complex moral landscape with lyrical grace, alliteration and mysterious rhythm. Judd is the recipient of three Cave Canem fellowships. Q&A for the Smith Community at 4:00 pm in the Poetry Center. The reading is free and open to the public.

Spring Semester Volunteer Opportunity with High School Students in Holyoke

Provide high school level tutoring at the Paulo Freire Social Justice Charter School on Mondays or Wednesdays, 3:45 to 7 p.m. Smith vans available for transportation between Smith and Paulo Freire. For more information, come to the pizza lunch meeting on Tuesday, February 24, at 12:15 pm. in the Center for Community Collaboration (Wright Hall 013, lower level). Questions? Send e-mail to Liz Lindley, elindley@smith.edu.

Staff Council Spuds and Soup Event , Friday, Feb. 27, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Beat the winter blues with your Staff Council: Join colleagues for a warm soup (gluten-free option available upon request) and a baked potato bar lunch. For fun there will be a photo booth and caricaturist on hand. Take a few minutes out of your day to grab lunch, take a photo, and meet your Staff Council representatives.

Now on Sale: Bradley Airport Spring Shuttle Tickets , 206 Campus Center

SGA is sponsoring commercial bus rides to and from Bradley Airport for Spring Break. The cost of a one-way ticket, which are on sale now, 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. Tickets cannot be purchased on the bus. Go to http://goo.gl/tVFWAB for the shuttle schedule. Contact the SGA Office at 413-585-4950 or ext. 4950 for any questions.

'Conceptualizing Patriarchal Capitalism' , Thursday, March 5, 4:15 p.m., Seelye 106

Presented by Nancy Folbre, feminist economist and professor of economics, University of Massachusetts Amherst. Part of the "alternate economics" events organized by Smith College Department of Economics. Coffee, tea and light snacks will be served after the event.

Smithsonian Program Applications Due , Friday, March 6

In the Fall 2015 Smithsonian Internship Program, students spend the semester in Washington D.C. earning school credit and interning in one of the 19 Smithsonian museums where students assist in creating exhibitions and programming, conduct research with archival and museum materials, and work side by side with preeminent curators and scholars of American culture. Visit the website for internship opportunities available for the fall and and application details: http://www.smith.edu/ams/smithsonian/apply.php.

CANCELLED: Logbona Olukonee: 'Black Feminist Activism in Cuba's Hip Hop Culture' , Monday, March 2, 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Because of travel restrictions from her home in Cuba, Olukonee will be unable to present the scheduled talk.

'Beyond the Stacks': Harvard Library's V-P, Sarah Thomas '70, Talks to Provost Katherine Rowe , Friday, Feb. 27, 4 p.m., Seelye 106

In her current position, alumna Sarah Thomas has overall responsibility for the Harvard University Library. From 2007 to 2013 she served as Bodley's Librarian, overseeing the University of Oxford's libraries, and prior to that, Thomas spent a decade leading the Cornell University Library. Whether at Cornell, Oxford or Harvard, Thomas has stayed in close touch with Smith: she served for many years as an executive committee member, then chair of the Friends of the Smith College Libraries, and recently she has served as a consultant to the Board of Trustees. Her many honors include ALA's Melvil Dewey Medal received in 2007.

Ada Class Merchandise and Bake Sale , Thursday, Feb. 26, 11:30 a.m., Campus Center Main Level Table

The Ada Comstock Class will be having a Merchandise and Bake sale. All merchandise will be marked down at clearance prices, and baked goods will be available. Don't miss out on your chance to stock up on Ada Merchandise; and goodies baked with Ada Love.

"'You Gotta Know When to Hold 'Em': Neural Circuits Controlling Motivation and Executive Function" , Monday, March 2, 4:30 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Presented by David Moorman, assistant professor, psychology, University of Massachusetts Amherst. Part of the Spring 2015 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 http://www.smith.edu/biology/events.php for the full schedule.

This Week in Religious and Spiritual Life

Friday, Feb. 27, Soup, Salad, and Soul, student-led, soul-ful conversation over homemade, vegetarian-friendly soup and salad, Bodman, Chapel; Friday Prayers led by Al Iman, 12:30 p.m., Blue Room, Chapel; at 5:30 p.m. Hillel will hold Shabbat in the new Kosher Kitchen, Jordan House, followed by Shabbat dinner at 6:30 p.m.; Smith Christian Fellowship Group Investigating God Bible Study, 5:45 p.m., Reading Room, Chapel; Monday, Mar. 2, Weekly Buddhist Sitting Meditation, led by Buddhist priest and teacher Ryumon Hilda Baldoquin, Sensei, 5:00 pm., sanctuary, Chapel; Five College Common Cup and W(holy) Queer, discussing the nuances of faith and religion, Bodman, Chapel.

Take the Otelia Cromwell Day Survey

The Otelia Cromwell Day Committee is looking for feedback from students, faculty, and staff to improve 2015 programming. Participants can go onto the Otelia Cromwell Day website at http://www.smith.edu/events/otelia-cromwell-survey.php to fill out the survey. Otelia Cromwell Day honors the first African American graduate of Smith College with a annual slate of workshops, lectures, and cultural events that provide an opportunity for education and reflection on issues of racism and diversity.

Principles of Investing , Thursday, Feb. 26, Noon, Neilson Browsing Room

Learn all about the basics of investing. Learn the tools you need to start saving for your tomorrow. This week Professor Kaufman will be explaining the meaning of stock indices, index funds and ETF's and we all need to know what those are! To make this class an even better tool, be one of the first 25 people to attend and win a free flash drive! A great lunch is provided free to the first 70 attendees. It's a win, win! Brought to you by the Center for Women & Financial Independence, Neilson Archway.

Fellowships Program Better Equipped to Help You

The Smith Fellowships Program has a reconfigured Fulbright website and application system for students seeking post-baccalaureate fellowships, based off its Fulbright website at http://www.smith.edu/fulbright. All top post-bacc fellowships sponsored by Smith operate off the basic Fulbright process because most prestigious post-bacc fellowship elements are common to all such fellowships. Inquire today with an email to dandrew@smith.edu to see how Fellowships advisers can support you!

Bulb Show Opening Lecture: 'Places for the Spirit; Traditional African American Gardens' , Friday, March 6, 7:30 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Photographer Vaughn Sill will speak about her photographic odyssey which began in 1987 with a visit to a garden in Athens, Georgia. For 20 years, Sills traveled through the Deep South photographing African-American folk gardens that reflect in form and organization some of the earliest African-American religious and cultural traditions. Her book, "Places for the Spirit: Traditional African American Gardens," is a compilation of more than eighty photographs from her journey. Followed by a reception and book signing at the Lyman Plant House where the Bulb Show will be on view in the illuminated Lyman Conservatory. More information is online: http://www.smith.edu/garden/Home/events.html

Spring Bulb Show: A French Impression , March 7-22, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Lyman Plant House

The 2015 Smith College Spring Bulb Show will draw its inspiration from the French Impressionist painter Claude Monet's renown garden at Giverney. Design elements, plants and color schemes from the garden will be scrutinized and recreated in our glasshouses. Take a trip to the French master's garden and get inspired to paint...or garden. The Smith College Spring Bulb Show, a spectacular array of over 5,000 bulbs that have been coaxed into blooming simultaneously, awaits you in this long-standing Smith College tradition, dating back over 100 years. More info is online at: http://www.smith.edu/garden/Home/events.html

Deadline for Intent to Participate in the Draper Competition , Monday, March 2, 11:59 p.m.

Calling all innovators, disruptors, & dreamers! Submit your intent to participate including your name, venture name, and faculty sponsor to draper@smith.edu by the deadline for a chance to win your share of $25,000 in cash and prizes at the 2015 Draper Collegiate Undergraduate Women Entrepreneur's Competition on April 10th. For more information: http://www.smith.edu/wfi/draper.php.

Smith Wind Ensemble Invites New Members , Mondays, 7 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Smith College Wind Ensemble invites students, faculty and staff to join them as they prepare for their spring concert. All instruments welcome, especially brass and percussion. No audition necessary. Works include Ticheli's "Vesuvius" and Whitacre's "Godzilla Eats Las Vegas". Rehearsals are Mondays from 7-8:30pm in Sweeney Concert Hall. Contact Ellen Redman (eredman@smith.edu) for more info.

March 9 Budget Call Workshop, RSVP by March 4

Are you new to the Budget Call process at Smith? Were you assigned an Excel budget worksheet and are unsure how to complete it? This workshop, which takes place Monday, March 9, at 10 a.m., may be for you. The Budget office will review the Budget Call process and how to complete your budget worksheets and supporting documents. Individual PCs available in a computer lab setting, so that your specific worksheet questions can be answered. Please RSVP to budget@smith.edu by Wednesday March 4th, so that we can reserve a computer for you to use as we walk you through your individual Budget Call question areas.

'Photographing Ottoman Modernity,' a Kahn Institute lecture by Zeynep Celik , Thursday, March 5, 5 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Scholarship on the history of photography in the Middle East has commonly focused on Orientalist and exotic representations. This lecture will offer another perspective, examining the modernity of the late Ottoman Empire through photographs. Documentation of infrastructure projects, urban renewals, and public buildings throughout the region will define the greater framework for the discussion; focus on a woman's hospital in Istanbul will open more detailed issues. Zeynep Celik is a distinguished professor of architecture at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Her lecture is part of the Kahn longterm project The Power of Disappearance. Open to the public; refreshments served.

Exhibit--'Places for the Spirit: Traditional African American Gardens' , March 6-September 30, Daily, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Church Exhibition Gallery, Lyman Conservatory

For 20 years, photographer Vaughn Sills traveled through the Deep South capturing images of African-American folk gardens that reflect in form and organization some of the earliest African-American religious and cultural traditions. A selection of 30 photographs from her book, Places for the Spirit; TRADITIONAL AFRICAN AMERICAN GARDENS, will be on view. Vaughn Sills has exhibited widely and has received several significant awards. Vaughn is associate professor emerita at Simmons College and lives and works in Cambridge, Mass. Full information is online at: http://www.smith.edu/garden/exhibits/exhibitions.html

Health & STEM Lunchbag Talk: 'Health Care for Underserved Populations' , Friday, Feb. 27, 12:15 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Rashad Collins, Director of Workforce Development at Community Health Center Association of Connecticut (CHCACT) and Kim Tran (Smith '13), Business Improvement Project Assistant will provide an overview of CHCACT and talk about the different professional opportunities available at community health centers. CHCACT is a nonprofit service organization that works with Connecticut's federally eligible health centers to provide access to the highest quality health care and social services to the underserved residents of Connecticut. The center also offers Community HealthCorps/AmeriCorps program that provides its members with an opportunity to work at qualified community health centers.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Workshop: Alumna Stories with Elizabeth Crowell '96 , Monday, March 2, 12:15-1:05 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Join WFI at the last of 5 entrepreneurship and business workshops in preparation for the Draper Collegiate Undergraduate Women Entrepreneurs' Competition. Elizabeth Crowell '93, CEO of BPeace, Owner of Sterling Place, and Founding Member of Astia Angels NYC, will provide insider tips on what an Angel Investor looks for in a good business pitch. Lunch is provided.

Final Teach For America Deadline , Friday, March 6, 11:59 p.m.

Friday, March 6th will be our final deadline for seniors to apply for the 2015 TFA corps. As with previous deadlines, seniors and master's students (from any academic background) are eligible, as long as their cumulative undergraduate GPA is 2.5 or above and they are U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or have proof of deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA).The March 6th deadline is also open to juniors and co-terming seniors (those who will not graduate by June 2015) who wish to apply early for the 2016 corps. More information can be found on the Teach For America website.

Smith To Do: Spoon Mirrors , Saturday, Feb. 28, 9-11 p.m., Davis Ballroom

Create and decorate mirrors using colorful plastic spoons.

'Commercial Drones in Our Backyards and Communities' , Wednesday, March 4, 7 p.m., John M. Green Hall

How the new FAA rules for Unmanned Aircraft (UAVs, Drones, etc.) could impact the Pioneer Valley and why the next 50 days are important to our future. The evening will include a drone flight demonstration and drone petting zoo. Presentations by Paul Voss, Associate Professor, Engineering, Bob Newton, Professor, Geoscience, and Jon Caris, Director, Spatial Analysis Lab. For more information, visit http://smith.edu/kahninstitute/chronicle/winter2015/news.php

Global Books--'Queen of Flowers and Pearls: A Novel' , Wednesday, March 4, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

The Lewis Global Studies Center presents a Global Books conversation with Giovanna Bellesia, Professor of Italian, and Victoria Offredi Poletto, Senior Lecturer Emerita in Italian. They will discuss their translation of a novel by Gabriella Ghermandi, about Mahlet, a young Ethiopian girl with a gift for storytelling, who becomes the keeper and teller of her family's stories. Bellesia served as the faculty director for the Smith Program Abroad in Florence fall 2014. Poletto is serving in this role and will join the conversation via Skype. Pizza lunch will be served to the first 25 participants.

Speaking and Presentation Tips , Tuesday, March 3, Noon, Jacobson Center, Seelye 307

Learn how to give more effective speeches and presentations at this Jacobson Center lunch-hour workshop. Peter Sapira will give advice about crafting a speech, using gestures, overcoming nerves, and using PowerPoint. Feel free to bring a grab-and-go lunch.

'The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood & Family Relationships in the Digital Age' , Friday, March 6, 6:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair, an internationally recognized clinical psychologist, will lecture about her book, The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age. Dr. Steiner-Adair will be talking about ways in which technology and media are impacting children at every stage of development, while challenging what it means to be a family. This lecture will be of interest to parents, educators, college students, and those interested in understanding how chronic technological distractions are shaping how we learn, teach, and relate to each other. This event is free and open to the public.

Opening Reception for Senior Architecture Exhibit , Thursday, March 5, 7 p.m., Jannotta Gallery, Hillyer

Featuring design studio work by the graduating class of architecture majors and minors over their four years at Smith. Light refreshments and snacks will be served. Exhibit is open March 3-27.

Second Event in 'Cyborg Buddha' Series , Thursday, March 5, 5 p.m., Seelye 201

"Transformative Technology: An Evolution of Contemplative Practice." Mikey Siegel, BioFluent Technologies. Meditation research has made extraordinary progress in mapping out the underlying mechanisms of the states and traits associated with various contemplative practices. In the same way that our understanding of biological science led to the eradication of the smallpox virus, can our understanding of contemplative science lead to the eradication of the underlying causes of human suffering? This talk explores how modern technology might work to transform human experience from the inside out. Hosted by the Buddhist Studies Concentration and Department of Religion.

Carina Ahuja '12: 'Women's Global Public Health--What Is It and My Journey to It' , Thursday, March 5, Noon, Room 218, Schacht Center for Health and Wellness

An informal discussion with Carina Ahuja '12, MPH in Global Public Health, Kings College, London; currently a Global Health Corps Fellow, Planned Parenthood. Lunch provided for the first 30 students.

Smith Splash Volunteer Meeting , Wednesday, March 4, 7 p.m., Campus Center 102

Smith Splash is an event on Saturday, March 7, where middle and high school students can take classes taught by college students. Anyone who is available anytime between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. can volunteer to help out. The commitment can be as short as a couple hours or as long as all day. This meeting is an opportunity to learn more and meet other volunteers. Find out more and sign up in advance at smithsplash.learningu.org/volunteer/index.html. Email spring@smith.edu with any questions.

'What Language Do You Think In?' - Interest Meeting , Wednesday, March 4, 5:30 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

What language do you usually think in? Did you learn English after learning another language? If so, do you consider the other language as your first language? This is the first general interest meeting about creating a space to address these linguistic issues in a variety of ways. For a more detailed invitation, email Linh Le at lale@smith.edu

'In the Next Room (or the vibrator play)' by Sarah Ruhl , February 27, 28, March 5, 6, 7, 7:30 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall

Set at the dawn of the electric age, In the Next Room (or the vibrator play) examines Victorian marriage, intimacy, and electricity in provocatively comic fashion. Dr. Givings has created a wonderfully effective new device for treating "hysteria" in women. The success of this new invention and its popularity forces the doctor and his young wife to examine the nature of their own marriage. Tickets for the play can be purchased through the box office by phone at 413-585-3220 or online at http://www.smith.edu/smitharts. Tickets are $10 Adults, $5 Students, FREE for Smith students.

Jerry Noble and Friends , Saturday, Feb. 28, 3 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

A generous bouquet of love songs in honor of Valentine's Day. Bob Sparkman, clarinet, and Jerry Noble, composer and pianist, will be joined by Lisa Woods, mezzo-soprano, Teri Lafleur, soprano, and Erin Pratt '17, soprano and violist, among others. Standards from the American Songbook rub shoulders with compositions by Noble (one on a classic Greek text!) and Zeke Hecker.

Spring Oratorio: Mendelssohn's 'Elijah' , Saturday, March 7, 8 p.m., John M. Green Hall

The Smith College Choirs, Jonathan Hirsh and Joseph Baldwin, Directors, welcome the Pennsylvania State University Men's Glee Club, Christopher Kiver, Director. Karen Smith Emerson, soprano; Justina Golden, mezzo-soprano; William Hite, tenor; Jonathan Lasch, bass-baritone. Tickets available at http://www.elijah.brownpapertickets.com. Free for Smith students.

Concert Conversations: Jennifer Morsches '90 , Sunday, March 8, 4 p.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage

In this Concert Conversation, "Refractions of the Baroque Cello," Smith alumna Jennifer Morsches takes us on a journey highlighting composers who made an indelible mark on the cello, and contributed to its development as an instrument of expression and authority. Jennifer Morsches, baroque cello, Grant Moss, harpsichord. Free and open to the public.

Lecture and Master Class: Edward Klorman , Monday, March 9, 4:30 p.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage

Music theorist and violist Edward Klorman presents, "Mozart and the Music of Friends: Social Interplay in the Chamber Works," a lecture that explores the possibility of using norms of cultured social conversation in late 18th-century Austria as a model for interpretation of Mozart's chamber music. Free and open to the public.

Soup, Salad and Soul , Friday, Feb. 27, 12:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Soup, Salad and Soul is a student-led Friday discussion group that focuses on a variety of interesting topics such as life at Smith, current events, social justice questions, and spirituality. Conversation occurs over a home-made, vegetarian and vegan-friendly lunch prepared by student cooks. Participants can come to as many or as few discussions as they want, even if they are running late. Students, faculty and staff are invited. For those who are interested in leading a discussion, a facilitator training, led by Interfaith Fellow Matilda Cantwell, will be held this Friday, February 27, 11:15-12:15 p.m. in Bodman Lounge.

CSO Community Ed Lunch with Big Brothers Big Sisters , Thursday, March 5, Noon, Wright Hall 013

The March CSO Community Education Lunch at the Center for Community Collaboration will have Ruth Harms from Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Hampshire County to recruit volunteers for the 2015-2016 academic year. Big Brothers/Big Sisters aims to assist children to achieve their potential through one-on-one relationships with committed volunteers. Be a companion in the Kids to Campus Program Wednesdays from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., or be a Community Companion. Pizza and salad will be served. Questions cso@smith.edu

Translating 'Queen of Flowers and Pearls: A Novel' , Wednesday, March 4, 12:10 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

The Lewis Global Studies Center presents a Global Books conversation with Giovanna Bellesia, professor of Italian, and Victoria Offredi Poletto, senior lecturer emerita in Italian. They will discuss their translation of a novel by Gabriella Ghermandi, about Mahlet, a young Ethiopian girl with a gift for storytelling, who becomes the keeper and teller of her family's stories. Bellesia served as the faculty director for the Smith Program Abroad in Florence fall 2014. Poletto is serving in this role and will join the conversation via Skype. Pizza lunch will be served to the first 25 participants.

'Understanding Khartoum, Understanding Sudan: Consequences of Impunity' , Tuesday, March 3, 4 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

The Lewis Global Studies Center presents Eric Reeves, professor of English at Smith College and author of the recent book, 'Compromising with Evil: An Archival History of Sudan, 2007-2012.' In this talk, Professor Reeves will focus on the international failure to hold the National Islamic Front/National Congress Party regime responsible for its serial atrocity, and how civilians perceived as supporting the rebels have been systematically targeted on the basis of ethnicity.

'German Picture Albums—Visual Art at the Intersection of Commerce, Culture & Politics (1924-1940)' , March 5-June 19, Book Arts Gallery, Neilson Library, 3rd Fl

Students in the Smith College course “Exhibiting the Visual Art of Interwar Germany 1924-1940” have curated an exhibition of German picture card albums, produced in the 1920s and 1930s. These albums were first conceived as advertising tools in the late 19th century, but took on additional educational, recreational and political functions after World War I, thanks to new methods of mass producing color and photographic images. Opening reception is Thursday, March 5, at 4:15 p.m.

'Student Picks Exhibition' by Samantha Page '17 , Friday, March 6, Noon-4 p.m., Cunningham Center, Museum of Art

In "Clutter + Collage: Mixed Media on Paper" curated by Samantha Page '17, layer after layer of assemblages come together to create a new whole. With art by Lesley Dill, Anne Ryan and others, this exhibition lays bare the forms that make up a collage. Don't miss this one-day show.

Date Change: Open Office Hour with President McCartney , Thursday, March 12, 4 p.m., President's Office, College Hall

The President's Open Office Hour has moved from Wednesday, March 4, to Thursday, March 12, at 4 p.m.

McConnell Roof Top Observatory Renovation Starts , Saturday, Feb. 28, 9 a.m.

A new "dome" will replace the sliding shed roof on the astronomy department's south observatory. The observatory floor will be raised over 5 feet allowing the telescope to view the horizon for the first time. The dome arrives March 2 and will be assembled in the small parking lot next to McConnell. Four parking spaces will be fenced off on Saturday, Feb. 28, to prepare the dome for hoisting during spring recess.

Take a Guess at the New Mystery Map from the Spatial Analysis Lab

The Winter Mystery Map has been released by the Smith Spatial Analysis Lab. The map challenge invites you to exercise your spatial savviness and Pioneer Valley knowledge by identifying the mystery event mapped. Visit our website to view the map and submit a guess by Friday March 3rd. The winner will be announced soon after. http://bit.ly/1FXTssm

Eduroam Is Now Campus Standard Wireless Network; SmithSecure Gone March 9

The SmithSecure wireless network will be turned off in all remaining campus buildings on Monday, March 9. To avoid any loss of service, all SmithSecure users should establish an Eduroam connection on their device before that date. Note that your Eduroam username is your Smith email address and your Eduroam password is your Smith network password. Windows users, you must make your first connection to Eduroam using the Aruba QuickConnect Wizard at http://www.smith.edu/eduroam. For full Eduroam connection instructions, see: http://www.smith.edu/its/tara/smith_network/eduroam.html

Location Change: Social Security Collecting Strategies Workshop

The Social Security Collecting Strategies workshop scheduled for Tuesday, March 24, noon-1:30 p.m., has been changed to the Conference Center Oak Room. There's still time to register for this workshop.

'Four Decades of Change': Panel Honoring Prof. Ackelsberg Offers Window on Smith History

A recent panel discussion in honor of retired professor Martha Ackelsberg explored efforts launched at Smith in the 1970s to make the campus a more inclusive place for women and people of color—including work that led to the creation of the women and gender studies program.

Recipes from 'The Bombay Cafe' Featured at Cafe and Selected Dining Locations , Tuesday, March 3

Recipes from the cookbook "The Bombay Cafe" by chef Neela Paniz, who will be visiting campus, willl be featured with lunch specials at the Campus Center Café and dinner specials at Lamont, Chase, King-Scales and Comstock-Wilder dining halls. For more information, visit http://www.smith.edu/diningservices/index.php

Deadline for 2015-2016 Kahn Institute Student Fellowships , Friday, March 6

The deadline for students to apply for a Kahn Institute fellowship during the 2015-2016 academic year is fast approaching. To apply for both "Memory: Form, Function and Fallibility" and "Play", send materials to kahninstitute@smith.edu or via mail to: The Kahn Liberal Arts Institute, Neilson Library, 3rd floor south by Friday, March 6. For more information on applying visit http://www.smith.edu/kahninstitute/fellowships_student.php or call 585-3721.

'Action and Perception at the Level of Synergies' , Monday, March 9, 4:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Presented by Michael Turvey, professor of psychology, University of Connecticut. Hosted by the Department of Dance, Department of Psychology, and Neuroscience Program. Reception starting at 4 p.m.; talk to begin at 4:30 p.m.

Maple Tapping at MacLeish Field Station , Saturday, March 7, 1-4 p.m.

Sugaring season is about to start! Here is your chance to experience the traditional tapping of maple trees that New England is known for. Join us for maple tapping at the MacLeish Field Station on Saturday, March 7th, 1-4pm. Be sure to wear gloves and warm layers and be prepared to walk in some snow! No experience necessary. Vans will leave from the Chapin loading dock at 1pm. Sign up at http://goo.gl/2PQCXJ


02/24/2015 Digest


Apply for Funding for Intensive Summer Language Study

The Offices of the Provost and Dean of the College are once again offering the Intensive Summer Language Study Grant to support intensive summer language study by Smith students. Priority is given for the study of non-European languages for rising sophomores, juniors and seniors. There are a limited number of grants and the selection is very competitive. The application and information for funding is now available on the Class Deans' web site under the Announcements section (http://www.smith.edu/classdeans). The application is due in the Class Deans Office no later than Monday, March 16, 2015.

Lecture by Desiree Akhavan '07, Screenwriter, Director and Actor , Tuesday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

Variety, Hollywood Reporter and Indiewire have sounded Smith alumna Desiree Akhavan's arrival as a feature filmmaker with the release of her film, "Appropriate Behavior." This year, Akhavan is appearing in Season 4 of "Girls." Joining Desiree Akhavan during the lecture will be the editor of "Appropriate Behavior," Sara Shaw '00. On Sunday, February 22, at 2:30 p.m. in Graham Hall, there will be a free public screening of Akhavan's film "Appropriate Behavior".

Classics Department Lecture by Peter T. Struck , Thursday, Feb. 26, 5 p.m., Seelye 106

Peter T. Struck, Evan C. Thompson Term Associate Professor, Classical Studies, University of Pennsylvania, will lecture on "Divination and Intuition: Thinking Differently about Signs in the Closing Books of the 'Odyssey.'" The talk will investigate Homer's use of divinatory messages as a way to express the subterranean messages that Odysseus and Penelope pass back and forth. The speaker will present a reading of their reunion as one that happens not just on the level of conscious awareness but also at a level of unselfconscious intuition, framing this as another way of thinking about divination in ancient Greece.

International Experience Grant (IEG) Proposals for Summer Due , March 9

The deadline to apply for an International Experience Grant (IEG) is approaching. The Office for International Study oversees the award of IEGs which provide partial funding ranging from $500 to $3,500 toward study, research, internships or volunteer projects outside of the United States during J-Term or the summer. For more information, and to apply, visit http://www.smith.edu/studyabroad/funding_ieg.php

Travel Writing Workshop , Friday, Feb. 27, 3 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Jaclyn Mishal, co-founder of Pink Pangea, the community for women who love to travel, will be hosting a travel writing workshop. Mishal has traveled to the Middle East, Europe, and Central America, working with academic, internship, and volunteer programs, as well as writing. For more information, visit http://www.pinkpangea.com/. Registration required, send an e-mail to global@smith.edu.

Make Your Education Count: Join the Sustainable Food or Climate Change Concentration...

... to explore with like-minded peers the many complex issues that spark your interest related to climate change or sustainable food. Get academic credit for your internships that let you put theory into practice. Leave Smith with skills to take action and make a difference in the world. Spring application deadline: March 27, 2015. Visit http://www.smith.edu/ceeds/concentrations.php for more information and to apply.

'Being a Student and Immigrant at Smith' , Tuesday, Feb. 24, 4 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

As part of the Global Lecture Series "Security, Immigration, Forced Displacement, Refugees, and Development," the Lewis Global Studies Center presents a workshop: "Being a student and immigrant at Smith College: Adapting to administrative, cultural, religious and weather differences". Facilitation will be led by Giovanna Bellessia, Professor of Italian Language and Literature at Smith, and Caitlin Szymkowicz, Associate Dean for International Students & Scholars. This workshop is closed to the general public. All Smith students are welcome, as are invited faculty, staff, and community members. (If interested, contact Alfred Babo at ababo@smith.edu.)

'Elusive Unity: Factionalism and the Limits of Identity Politics in Yucatan, Mexico' , Thursday, Feb. 26, 4 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

The Lewis Global Studies Center presents a Global Books conversation with Smith faculty Fernando Armstrong-Fumero, associate professor of anthropology, and Pinky Hota, assistant professor of anthropology. Armstrong-Fumero will discuss the research that led to his book, "Elusive Unity: Factionalism and the Limits of Identity Politics in Yucatan, Mexico," in which he examines 20th-century peasant politics and 21st-century indigenous politics in the rural Oriente region of Yucatan. For more globally-themed events, visit smith.edu/world.

Student Teaching Applications Due February 27

Smith offers seniors the opportunity to earn their Massachusetts initial teaching license. More information about pre-requisites for this program can be found at http://smith.edu/education/licensure_educator.php. Juniors who wish to student teach next year need to fill out a student teaching application online and do a demonstration lesson for members of the Education Department faculty in early March. Here is the link to the application: http://smith.edu/education/licensure_application.php. If you have questions, contact Coordinator of Teacher Education, Gina Wyman, at gwyman@smith.edu.

Apply for Alumnae Scholarships

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 15 and is available for download at http://www.smith.edu/classdeans/funding.php.

CMP Multimedia Workshops , Feb. 19, 23 and 25, 7-8 p.m., CMP Digital/Video Lab

Thursday, Feb 19, "Digital Using Zoom H4n Recorder and Audio Recording and Music Composition with GarageBand"; Monday, Feb 23, "Video Production Using Canon Vixia Camcorder"; Wednesday, Feb 25, "Canon Rebel Basics"

Financial Aid for 2015-2016

Domestic students on financial aid should begin applying for financial aid for next year. Please check Bannerweb for your individual financial aid requirements. Deadlines can be found at http://www.smith.edu/sfs/apply_current.php. Domestic students who are not currently on financial aid but would like to be considered for financial aid next year should contact the SFS Office for more information.

'Ecocritical Euclides, or Sustainability Avant la Lettre' , Tuesday, March 3, 5 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

In this Five College Afro-Luso-Brazilian faculty seminar, Aarti Madan, Professor at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, will present on the visions of sustainability and social ecology in the early 20th-century Amazon writings of journalist, engineer, and ethnographer Euclides da Cunha. For Euclides, there is a direct correlation between settlement of the land and its preservation, populating the forest while valuing its alterity. Untangling the political, racial, and economic dramas that develop in Euclides's Amazon, Professor Madan considers ways in which his essays critique global economic forces while illuminating fault lines between society and ecology in the Global South. Open to the public.

Looking for Submissions for Global Impressions Online Journal , Friday, April 3

The editors of Global Impressions invite Smith students and alumnae to submit a short essay for our next issue, Activism, which aims to highlight Smith College's long history of involvement. Please write about international experiences with social activism, whether as an American participating in activism abroad or as an international student experiencing activism in the United States. Submissions are being accepted until Friday, April 3. For more details, see our submission page at http://sophia.smith.edu/blog/impressions/submissions-issue-4/. Our most recent special photo issue, Up Close / From Afar is also online at http://sophia.smith.edu/blog/impressions/ .

Bookstore To Open at Noon , Wednesday, Feb. 25, Campus Center Garden Level

The Smith College Bookstore will open at noon on Wednesday, February 25.

Next Drop-In Mindfulness Session , Wednesday, Feb. 25, 12:10-12:50 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

"Drop-in" sessions for mindfulness meditation practice are being held on Wednesdays from 12:10 - 12:50 pm throughout the spring semester. Each session is led by either David Spound or Adi Bemak. Sessions can include a variety of practices, which can vary by week, with one or perhaps two practices used between sitting, gentle yoga, walking, and body scan. Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend and no advance sign up is required. Please arrive on time.

Student Info. Session for Spring '16 Kahn Long Term Project 'Play' , Tuesday, Feb. 24, 5 p.m., Kahn Institute, 3rd Floor, Neilson

An information session will be held for the Spring 2016 project "Play," organized by Michael Thurston (English Languages & Literature). All students in the class of 2016 and 2017, who are interested in being in a Kahn long term project, are invited to learn more about the Kahn Institute. We will answer all your questions about being a Kahn Student Fellow, the application process and more. Refreshments will be served. For more information, visit http://www.smith.edu/kahninstitute/fellowships_student.php

Student Info. Session for 2015-2016 Kahn Long Term Project 'Memory: Form, Function & Fallibility ' , Wednesday, Feb. 25, 5 p.m., Kahn Institute, 3rd Floor, Neilson

An information session will be held for the 2015-2016 project "Memory: Form, Function & Fallibility," organized by Dawn Fulton (French Studies) and Adam Hall (Biological Studies). All students in the class of 2016 and 2017, who are interested in being in a Kahn long term project, are invited to come learn more about the Kahn Institute. We will answer all your questions about being a Kahn Student Fellow, the application process and more. Refreshments will be served. For more information, visit http://www.smith.edu/kahninstitute/fellowships_student.php

Smith Community Garden: General Interest Meeting , Tuesday, Feb. 24, 7 p.m., Campus Center 204

Find out what's happening this spring in the community garden.

Hands-On Banner Finance Training , Thursday, Feb. 26, 2:30-4 p.m., Seelye B-2, Computer Lab

Hands-On Banner Finance Training, taught by Bill Sheehan and Beth Bone. This course is an introduction to Banner Finance and is intended for new-to-Banner Users, or staff who have shifted job duties and need a review of Banner Finance navigation. Space is limited. Please register for the class by emailing Elizabeth Britt at ebritt@smith.edu. Class will be held in Seelye B-2 computer lab.

Music in the Noon Hour: Stravinsky and Takemitsu , Tuesday, Feb. 24, 12:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Joel Pitchon, violin, and Judith Gordon, piano, perform works by Stravinsky and Takemitsu. Spend a relaxing half-hour warming up with this free concert in the beautiful Sweeney Concert Hall.

Box Office Now Open for 'In the Next Room' Tickets , Mendenhall CPA, Upper Level, Outside Theatre 14

"In the Next Room (or the vibrator play)" by Sarah Ruhl and directed by Lee Sunday Evans opens February 27, but you can get your tickets today. The box office is open Monday-Friday, noon-6 p.m. and Sunday 2-5 p.m.. Tickets are $10 General, $5 Student/Senior and ABSOLUTELY FREE for Smith College Students. Come pick yours up or call 413-585-3220 to order by phone. http://www.smith.edu/smitharts for more information.

26th National African American Read-In , Wednesday, Feb. 25, Noon-1 p.m., Campus Center Garden Level

In celebration of the 26th National African American Read-In, Smith College students, faculty and administrators will be reading short selections of work by African American authors. Drop by anytime between noon and 1 p.m. Refreshments will be provided. This event is sponsored by Afro-American Studies Department, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Black Students' Alliance and Smith African Caribbean Students' Association.

Deadline for Shark Tank Pitch Competition , Wednesday, Feb. 25, 11:59 p.m.

Submit your 90-second written pitch for a chance to enter the Shark Tank. Just like the TV show, student entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to pitch their business ideas to a distinguished panel of judges, business owners, and mentors who will provide valuable feedback and networking opportunities. Winner takes a $250 cash prize! How can you get in on the action? Send your written pitch along with your name, venture name, and the names of any other team members to draper@smith.edu by the deadline.

Vigil for Peace: Responding to Islamophobia , Wednesday, Feb. 25, Noon, Campus Center Steps

A vigil to remember and memorialize the three Muslim students killed in Chapel Hill North Carolina in particular and speak out about Islamophobia in general. This Interfaith vigil will emphasize the need to support Muslim students on the Smith campus and to take action against propaganda and bigotry. Participants will meet on the Campus Center Steps at 12:10 and then gather in CC 103/104 for reflection. Lunch provided to the first 50 participants. Sponsored by the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life Advisory Board, The Interfaith Alliance, and Residence Life Staff. For more information contact mcantwel@smith.edu

School for Field Studies (SFS) Study Abroad Information Session , Tuesday, Feb. 24, 4 p.m., CEEDS, Wright

The Office for International Study presents an information session with James Cramer, the President of the School for Field Studies (SFS). SFS incorporates hands-on learning experiences and independent research into their study abroad programs, which are located around the world. Four of these programs, Costa Rica, Turks & Caicos, Australia, and Kenya, are Smith approved. For more information on SFS and other study abroad programs, visit http://www.smith.edu/studyabroad.

Celebrate Facilities Week with the Senior Campaign , Thursday, March 5, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Campus Center Main Level Table

Learn more about student philanthropy at Smith and how giving back supports the facilities department. Coffee available on a first come first serve basis.

Screening of 'Underwater Dreams,' Presented by Teach For America , Thursday, Feb. 26, 6:30 p.m., Campus Center 102

STEM fields are largely white and male - more diversity is needed and more opportunities are needed for all kids to engage in rigorous science and math starting at young ages. This film does an incredible job of putting this issue front and center. "Underwater Dreams" is an epic story of how the sons of undocumented Mexican immigrants learned how to build an underwater robot from Home Depot parts and defeat engineering powerhouse MIT in the process. Featured on the Colbert Report as "astonishing, already a contender for the best documentary of 2014" There will also be free food.

Save the Date: Jennifer Finney Boylan, April 30

Best-selling author, activist and New York Times contributor Jennifer Finney Boylan, professor of English at Barnard College, presents “She’s Not There: A Life in Two Genders,” 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 30, in John M. Greene Hall. Boylan’s talk, one in a series of Presidential Colloquia, is part of the “Gender Matters” conversations organized by the Working Group on Campus Discourse. http://www.smith.edu/discourse/index.php


02/19/2015 Digest


Jittery's Live! Presents The Tins , Thursday, Feb. 19, 9 p.m., Campus Center TV Lounge

Come down to the CC TV Lounge to listen to The Tins. A great way to enjoy live music, treats, and even get some work done! An indie rock trio hailing from Buffalo, New York, the band is composed of Michael, Adam, and David. Influences: The Kinks, Badfinger, Animal Collective, & Peter Bjorn. Check out their albums on Spotify.

SEC Presents: Oscar Screening Party , Sunday, Feb. 22, 6 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Come dressed your best to walk down the Red Carpet and attend the SEC's Oscar Screening Party! There will be snacks and mocktails to munch on while also voting for your favorite films and stars to win an Oscar. Also, there will be a Photo Booth to take pictures of your snazzy outfits.

SEC Films Presents 'Belle' , Friday & Saturday, Feb. 20 & 21, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

BELLE is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Captain. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle's lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the color of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing. Left to wonder if she will ever find love, Belle falls for an idealistic young vicar's son bent on change who, with her help, shapes Lord Mansfield's role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England.

Drop-In Support Group for Seniors , Tuesdays, 12:15 p.m.

Drop-In support group for seniors meets Tuesdays from 12:15-1:15 p.m. in Room 201 at Schacht Center for Health and Wellness. No advanced registration is necessary. The group will be ongoing throughout the semester and welcomes any senior at any time. Facilitated by Michelle Marchese, LICSW. For more information, call 585-2840 or email counselingservices@smith.edu.

African American Read-In , Wednesday, Feb. 25, Noon, Campus Center Garden Level

Smith College will take part in the 26th National African American Read-In on Wednesday, Feb. 25, as students, faculty, staff and friends of the community are invited to read aloud in the Garden Level of the Campus Center. Coordinated by the National Council of Teachers of English and endorsed by the International Reading Association, read-ins during Black History Month are intended to celebrate African American authors, who penned all books read aloud. This event is free and open to the public.

'Paper or Plastic?' An Exhibition of Bookstore Bags From Around the World , Through Feb. 28, Book Arts Gallery, Neilson Library, 3rd Fl

Exhibition in the Book Arts Gallery (Neilson Library, 3rd floor). Among the 45,000 books, manuscripts, and objects in the Mortimer Rare Book Room are 176 paper and plastic bags from bookstores and museum shops from around the world. An eclectic selection of these bags is on display; they are from the collection of Elizabeth Swaim, English literature and book studies scholar and former rare book librarian at Wesleyan University. Exhibition curated by Naomi Sinnathamby ’15.Exhibition is open during Neilson Library hours. More information: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/info/news/paper-or-plastic or mrbr@smith.edu

'Loving Books': An Exhibiton of Decorated Book Covers From the Mortimer Rare Book Room , Through February 28, Mortimer Rare Book Room

On the occasion of the Smith College Libraries "I Love My Library Day" on February 11, the Mortimer Rare Book Room is displaying a selection of late-19th and early 20th-century decorated cloth bookbindings. All of the book covers address love in some way, in their titles, prose, images, or decorations. The exhibition was curated by Emily Rothman ’15. She chose from among the 2,000 volumes in the Finison Collection, amassed by longtime Northampton residents Myrtle and Harvey Finison, whose family donated the books to Smith College after Myrtle's death in 1999. For more information: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/info/news/loving-books or mrbr@smith.edu

Linda Martin Alcoff on 'Global Echoes of Rape and Resistance ' , Thursday, Feb. 19, 5 p.m., Seelye 201

Linda Martin Alcoff, professor of philosophy at Hunter College and CUNY Graduate Center, will give a talk on "Global Echoes of Rape and Resistance." The event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Department of Philosophy, The Susan Badian Lindenauer 1961 Endowed Fund in support of the Ethics Program at Smith College, the Study of Women and Gender Program, Latin American and Latino/a Studies, and the Smith College Lecture Fund.

Report Back: Global Medical Brigades J-term in Panama , Friday, Feb. 20, 12:15 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Global Medical Brigades works to send licensed medical professionals and student volunteers to rural communities in Nicaragua, Panama, Ghana, and Honduras. Over J-term, the Smith College chapter of Global Medical Brigades traveled to Panama to assist on a medical mission with other students and licensed medical professionals. Come listen to students speak about their experience working with GMB, both at Smith and while abroad. For more information, and other globally themed events, visit smith.edu/world.

Ewha Summer Exchange in Korea Information Session , Monday, Feb. 23, 4:15 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Interested in spending your summer studying in Korea? Come to this information session to learn about the Ewha program, located in Seoul, and the Smith exchange program. Six students will be selected to participate in the exchange and will have their summer tuition waived. For more information, and other globally themed events, visit smith.edu/world.

Smith Students' Aid Society Pizza Luncheon for Grant Recipients , Monday, Feb. 23, Noon-1 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Every year, the Smith Students' Aid Society Board of Directors looks forward to meeting students who have received SSAS grants. This event is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy delicious pizza, meet the women of the SSAS board and share your stories and ideas. For further information, you can contact Anne White at awhite@smith.edu

Senior Campaign: International Student Week , Thursday, Feb. 19, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Campus Center Main Level Table

Learn more about student philanthropy and supporting International Student scholarships and programs. We will be discussing ways to support international students on campus and abroad through student giving, raising funds overall, and specific scholarship support.

Five College Dance Department Faculty Concert , Feb. 19, 20, 21, 8 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall

The Five College Dance Department in collaboration with the Smith Dance Department will present an evening of distinctive original works by faculty members and guest artists. Choreographers include Tom Vacanti and Leslie Frye (UMass Amherst), Deborah Goffe (Hampshire), Paul Matteson (Amherst), Claudia Lavista and Omar Carrum of Delfos Danza Contemporanea (Smith), and Kinsun Chan (Mount Holyoke). Tickets available online at http://www.smith.edu/smitharts or by calling 413-585-3220.

Five College Choral Festival , Saturday, Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m., John M. Green Hall

Performances by choirs from the Five Colleges, including the premiere of a commissioned work, Concord Hymn by Amherst College Professor Eric Sawyer. Free and open to the public.

Sage Chamber Music Society: Liza Stepanova , Sunday, Feb. 22, 4 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Liza Stepanova, Piano Recital: "The Sorcerer of the Night." Stepanova, the 2013-2015 Iva Dee Hiatt Visiting Artist in Piano, presents a solo recital featuring Maurice Ravel's haunting 1908 masterpiece Gaspard de la nuit alongside night-themed works by Robert Schumann and Salvatore Sciarrino, among others. Free and open to the public.

Apply Now to Become a Bridge Leader

Applications for the 2015 Bridge Leader staff are available online at http://www.smith.edu/oma/bridge_leader.php. Completed application materials are due February 23. For more information, contact L'Tanya Richmond at lrichmon@smith.edu or ext. 4940.

'Tevye Transformed: Sholem Aleichem from Page to Stage and Film' with Marc Caplan , Monday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

What are the literary origins of "Fiddler On the Roof," one of the most popular American musicals of all time? Marc Caplan will introduce us to Yiddish literature's most famous hero, Tevye the Dairyman. Caplan will explore how Tevye is transformed, from Sholem Aleichem's original stories to their dramatic adaptations - a 1939 Yiddish film produced under the shadow of Nazism and, most famously, the Broadway and Hollywood versions of Fiddler on the Roof. How might Tevye's evolution provide a frame for interpreting shifts in Jewish culture over the past century.

'Find Your Anchors: Navigating Uncertainty after Smith' Workshop with Rachel Simmons , Thursday, Feb. 19, 4:15 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

One of the hardest parts of thinking about life after college is facing the end of a defined path: What will you do next? Where will you live? What will happen to your friendships? In this workshop, learn strategies to manage the inevitable uncertainty that comes with thinking about life after college. You'll leave the workshop with a road map to guide you through one of the most unpredictable periods of life. Led by best-selling author and educator, Rachel Simmons, and WCWL Program Specialist, Ally Einbinder '10. Cookies, coffee and tea provided.

Life Sciences Lecture: 'Vibrio Cholerae Pathogenesis in Arthropod Systems' , Monday, Feb. 23, 4:30 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Presented by Alexandra Purdy, assistant professor, Amherst College. Part of the Spring 2015 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 http://www.smith.edu/biology/events.php for the full schedule.

'Principles of Investing' , Thursday, Feb. 19, Noon, Neilson Browsing Room

"Knowledge Gives the Best Returns." The WFI team likes to live by Ben Franklin's statement, "An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest." As a Smithie, you are making the ultimate investment in yourself and your own hard-earned success. Kudos to you! That's why WFI has partnered with Economics Professor Roger Kaufman to bring you the Principles of Investing Seminar, a weekly lunch series that makes investing easy. To make his class an even better investment of your time, WFI will be giving away five WFI Travel Mugs on Feb. 19. A great lunch is provided, too.

Food Recovery Network (FRN) Seeks Volunteers

Smith's Food Recovery Network is excited to begin the 2015 spring semester. FRN will recover Wednesday and Sunday evenings from Gillett, Cutter, Lamont, and Chase/Duckett. We meet in the Lower Level Campus Center at 6:45 p.m. before each recovery. To sign up, visit http://goo.gl/Rt4qwE

SmiTHrift General Interest Meeting , Friday, Feb. 20, 12:15 p.m., WFI, Neilson Archway

SmiTHrift is looking for new members and volunteers. This organization works to facilitate an environmentally (and budget) friendly shopping experience for the Smith community through a variety of events. All proceeds from clothing sales go to local charity. Bring lunch, meet current board members and find out how to get involved. (The meeting should run no later than 12:45pm)

'Night at Your Museum' for Smithies , Friday, Feb. 20, 7-10 p.m., Museum of Art

You are invited to a free party for Smith students. Celebrate the sophisticated ‘60s with Gourmet French food | Mocktails | Photo booth | Art activity| WOZQ | The Smithereens | Smith Jazz Combo. Cocktail attire suggested. Enter through the Brown Fine Arts Center Atrium. Free exhibition poster for the first 300 guests. Smithies pick up your invitations Thursday and Friday, Feb. 19 and 20, in the CC main level next to the information desk between 11:30 a.m–1 p.m. (Invitations are not required to attend event.). Follow us on Facebook and Instagram @smithartmuseum, follow the event with #naym.

This Week in Religious and Spiritual Life

Tuesday, Feb. 17, Buddhist Lunch: Attending to the Innate Wisdom in our Bodies, 12:00 p.m., Bodman Lounge; Friday, Feb. 20, Friday Prayers led by the Muslim student organization Al Iman 12:30 p.m., Blue Room, Helen Hills Hills Chapel; at 5:30 p.m. Hillel, the student-led Jewish organization will hold Shabbat in the new Kosher Kitchen in Jordan House before Emerson Arch on Paradise Road. The service is followed by Shabbat dinner at 6:30 p.m.; Smith Christian Fellowship Group Investigating God Bible Study, 5:45 p.m., Reading Room, Helen Hills Hills Chapel; Monday, Feb. 23, Weekly Buddhist Meditation, 5:00 pm, Chapel Sanctuary.

Conversations on Race and Politics Following Poet Claudia Rankine's Reading , Monday, Feb. 23, 6-7:30 p.m., Wright Hall, Various Locations

Immediately following poet Claudia Rankine's reading, which takes place 4:30-6 p.m. in Weinstein Auditorium, audience members will be invited to participate in small-group facilitated conversations around the themes of race and politics using the Ask Big Questions http://www.askbigquestions.org) model of Ask-Share-Learn-Do. Participants are required to stay for the length of the conversation. This is the first of a series of conversations organized by the Working Group on Campus Discourse http://www.smith.edu/discourse) this semester. Future conversations will be organized around the themes of Gender Matters and Free Speech.

Pioneering Educator Juliet V. Garcia to Deliver Commencement Address

Dr. Juliet V. García—the first Hispanic woman to lead a U.S. college or university, and the woman whose decades of leadership at the University of Texas at Brownsville expanded educational opportunities for Hispanic and first-generation students—will deliver the Commencement Address at Smith's graduation ceremony at 10 a.m. Sunday, May 17. Honorary degrees will be awarded to Garcia and six other remarkable leaders.

Poet Claudia Rankine Featured in Semester's First Presidential Colloquium , Monday, Feb. 23, 4:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Acclaimed poet Claudia Rankine will read from her work in the first Presidential Colloquium of the semester. Rankine's "Citizen: An American Lyric," is currently one of the most discussed books in poetry. The first work nominated for two National Book Critics Circle awards, it is currently in its third printing. And with every printing Rankine revises the text, updating a list 'In Memory Of' to include the names of new victims of race-involved shootings. After the reading, audience members are invited to participate in small-group discussions about race (see notice in Meetings & Workshops). Read more about Rankine and the event on the Grecourt Gate at http://goo.gl/ELBm23


02/17/2015 Digest


Smith College 2015 United Way Campaign Now Under Way

The 2015 Smith College United Way Campaign is under way. Your donations allow the United Way to continue to focus on education, income, and health in the Hampshire County community. Please consider making a gift today. A gift of any size will enter you into the Smith College United Way raffle, which includes prizes such as year-long reserved parking spots. To donate, visit http://goo.gl/1iyFd5 Thank you in advance for your gift. Please send paper checks to Kate Mein, Alumnae House, 33 Elm St.

Sign Up for CSO Blood Drive Taking Place February 24 and 25 , Campus Center Carroll Room

The 2015 spring blood drive is taking place on Tuesday, Feb. 24, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. and Wednesday, Feb. 25, from 1-7 p.m. Come donate blood. To sign up, visit https://doodle.com/zbr6yfz5bbb6i8dk Can't donate? Sign up to volunteer at the blood drive at: https://doodle.com/eapacnnmqa8tnznu

Spring 2015 Learning and Development Workshops

The Office of Human Resources is pleased to announce our Spring 2015 Learning and Development Workshop series. For full course listings, and to register, visit http://www.smith.edu/hr/hrdev_catalog.php, or call ext. 2270. Course highlights: "Make It So: On-the-Ground Project Management," March 5, 9 a.m.-noon; "Write Right" - a three part series, Wednesdays, March 11 and 25 and April 8, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.; "Retirement Fundamentals for the Beginner Investor," Thursday, March 12, noon-12:55 p.m.; "Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence," Thursday, April 23, noon-1 p.m.. We invite you to send your ideas for course development as well to arussell@smith.edu.

Gillian Martin Sorensen '63 on 'The United Nations: What's at Stake and Why It Matters' , Tuesday, Feb. 17, 4 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

A conversation with Gillian Martin Sorensen '63, Senior Advisor at the United Nations Foundation and formerly United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for External Relations, Smith College Rally Day Medalist 2015. A reception in honor of Gillian Sorensen will follow the talk.

Buddhist Lunch Talk , Tuesday, Feb. 17, Noon, Bodman Lounge, Chapel

"Attending to the Innate Wisdom in our Bodies" is the topic of the upcoming Buddhist Lunch Talk, led by Smith College Religious Adviser Ryumon Hilda Baldoquin, Sensei, a Zen priest and teacher. For most of us, our conditioning has taught us -- or we have caught -- that what we know comes from the outside. Yet, from a Buddhist perspective, all we need to know is in the body. What is your experience? Join the conversation and let us explore how we know what we know. Vegan-friendly lunch prepared by our student cooks. All are welcome.

Bamidele Dancers and Drummers , Tuesday, Feb. 17, 7 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

The Bamidele Dancers & Drummers (BDD) are art educators, composers, musicians, dancers and choreographers from Africa, the Americas and the Caribbean who are dedicated to the preservation of African and African rooted cultures through dance, music and song. Members have expertise in African, Caribbean and Brazilian culture. The performance is free, great for families, and encourages audience interaction through call and response, dancing, and singing. It features Marilyn Sylla, Lecturer, Smith College Dance Department and Sekou Sylla, former artist with Les Ballets Africains of the Republique of Guinee, West Africa. Sponsored by the Otelia Cromwell Day Committee.

Tea Reception and Open Class with Smith Medalist Jane Abramson O'Connor '69 , Tuesday, Feb. 17

The Departments of Education and Child Study and English Language and Literature invite all students, staff, and faculty to meet Smith Medalist 2015 Jane Abramson O'Connor '69 at a reception from 3 to 4 p.m. in Neilson Browsing Room, followed by an open class meeting of Edc 345 in Seelye Hall 101 from 4 to 5 p.m. Jane Abramson O'Connor, a highly successful author, publisher, and editor, is particularly well known by millions of young readers as the creator of the popular "Fancy Nancy" children's book series.

Meet the 2015 Medalists , Tuesday, Feb. 17

Four Smith Medalists being honored at Rally Day next week will give public presentations on campus. Come hear these four remarkable alumnae speak about their expertise in the fields of diplomacy, literature, medicine and finance. The schedule <http://www.smith.edu/events/rallyday_schedule.php> for February 17 is: Financial literacy advocate Stephanie Neely ‘85: Noon to 12:50 p.m., speaks to members of “Econ 230” class about her former role as treasurer for City of Chicago in Carroll Room, Campus Center (note: limited space for those not enrolled in the class), and from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., talk and reception hosted by Center for Women & Financial Independence, Paradise Room, Conference Center; Physician Cynthia Bearer ’72: Noon to 1 p.m, speaks at Sigma Xi luncheon on “Environmentalism in the NICU,” 103 McConnell; Author Jane Abramson O’Connor ’69: 3 to 4 p.m., tea hosted by the Departments of English Language and Literature and Education and Child Study, Neilson Browsing Room, followed by from 4 to 5 p.m., informal talk to students in “Elementary Curriculum and Methods” class, 101 Seelye; Diplomat Gillian Martin Sorensen ’63 from 4 to 4:45 p.m. speaks on “The United Nations: What’s at Stake and Why it Matters,” Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright Hall, followed by an open reception from 4:45 to 5:30 p.m.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Workshops , Monday, Feb. 23, Noon, Campus Center 103/4

Calling all disruptors and dreamers! Learn about creating a business, learn to present your ideas and receive feedback from top investors and entrepreneurs. This workshop will cover more information on the financials of starting a business with Rick Plaut & Rick Feldman from Valley Venture Mentors. Lunch provided.

First Event in 'Cyborg Buddha and the New Technologies of Awareness' Series , Thursday, Feb. 19, 5 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

"Using Neurotechnologies to Enhance Virtues: A Posthuman Model for Cultivating Character." James Hughes, Director, Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, will propose a set of interdependent virtues (kindness, intelligence, happiness, self-control, mindfulness, fairness and transcendence) and outline their connection to Buddhist ideas, along with some of the research pointing to ways these virtues can be enhanced using neurotechnologies such as electronic games and apps, psychoactive drugs, brain-machine interfaces, and gene therapies. First of the spring semester lecture series "Cyborg Buddha and the New Technologies of Awareness", hosted by the Buddhist Studies Concentration and Department of Religion.

'Efficient Reading & Note-Taking' , Tuesday, Feb. 17, Noon, Jacobson Center, Seelye 307

Learning how to handle the reading load, skim, prepare for discussion and lectures and take effective notes will be addressed in this lunch-hour workshop led by Gail Thomas. Feel free to bring a grab and go lunch.

Local Ash Wednesday services available to Smith community , Wednesday, Feb. 18

Smith community members wishing to receive ashes on Ash Wednesday (Feb. 18th) are welcome at St. John's Episcopal Church (next to the Smith Art Museum) and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (Catholic) Parish, 99 King Street. St. John's services are at 8 a.m., noon, and 7 p.m. The Ash Wednesday Mass at St. Elizabeth's is at 6 p.m. Anyone who is unable to attend these services and wishes to receive ashes privately may contact Jennifer Walters at jwalters@smith.edu.

Throwback 2 Giveback — Rally Day Carnival , Tuesday, Feb. 17, 7-10 p.m., Campus Center

On the eve of Rally Day, SGA invites all Smithies to the Campus Center for a Rally Day Carnival. Come celebrate the Smith Medalists in advance of the awards ceremony on Feb. 18. Food and fun at the Carnival will include a sundae and hot chocolate bar, music by WOZQ, spray painting, psychic readings and a photo booth. The event will also mark the end of the Throwback 2 Giveback book drive for women inmates that has been underway in the lead-up to Rally Day. Check out the complete schedule for the 2015 Rally Day event at http://www.smith.edu/events/rallyday_schedule.php

Admission Senior Interviewers for 2015/16 -- Applications now accepted

Interested in becoming a Senior Interviewer for the Office of Admission? Interviewers needed for both the summer of 2015 and/or the 2015-16 school year. Excellent professional job, exposure to higher education career track, and training in interviewing skills. Summer jobs are full-time; school year jobs are 4-10 hours per week including Saturday work September through January. Go to JobX for information about how to apply. Questions? Contact Deborah Doulette, Asst. Director of Admission, ddoulett@smith.edu. Applications close March 23rd.

Smith Earns Grant from MassMutual for New Data Science Program

Starting this fall, Smith students interested in the emerging new field of data science will have an opportunity to study the discipline through a new Women in Data Science collaboration with Mount Holyoke College and MassMutual.


02/12/2015 Digest


Keynote and Opening for 'What I Thought I Saw' Exhibition , Thursday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

This traveling exhibit and presentation is a personal experience that engages us, tempts us to move beyond the first mental paragraph of who we think someone is. Exhibit opening and keynote presentation by Peta Owens Liston. Exhibit will remain on The Art Wall, Campus Center, 2nd Floor, through February 19. Hosted by The Science Center Committee on Diversity. Co-sponsored by The Lecture Fund Committee, Clark Science Center, The Sherrerd Center for Teaching and Learning, Dean of the College, Dean of Students/Student Affairs, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, Provost Office/Dean of the Faculty. For more information, visit http://www.whatithoughtisaw.org

Free Second Friday , Feb. 13, 4-8 p.m., Museum of Art

Hands-on! 4-6 p.m.: Art making for all ages, inspired by works on view. "I Heart Art": Embellish a heart-shaped box for your Valentine, inspired by a reliquary from our collection. Open Eyes 6 p.m: An informal, guided conversation about an art object. Museum Shop open 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Become a Smith College Gold Key Tour Guide, Applications Due , Friday, Feb. 13, 5 p.m.

Are you passionate about Smith? Do you want to share that passion with prospective students? Be the reason somebody chooses Smith by becoming a Smith College Gold Key Tour Guide. Gold Key Central Board invites first-years, sophomores, and juniors to apply. As a guide you will lead a weekly tour, host overnights, and help out with special events. Applications available at http://goo.gl/Y5YN3x

Valentine's Day Cookie Decorating with Smithies in CS , Thursday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m., Campus Center 102

Come join Smithies in CS to celebrate our love for computer science. Drink hot chocolate while decorating cookies to give to your sweetheart (or your stomach) for Valentine's Day.

Info Session: Making the Switch to Local, Clean Energy in Your Home , Wednesday & Friday, Feb. 11 & 13, 12:15-1 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

The Center for EcoTechnology (CET) and SGA Sustainability Committee will host two information sessions about making the switch to 100% local, clean electricity on Wednesday, Feb. 11th, and Friday, Feb. 13th from 12:15-1 in CC 103/04. There will be a short presentation with Q&A to follow. Drinks and dessert will be served, so we ask that employees bring a sack lunch. It is a simple program: you can sign up with the non-profit MassEnergy at http://www.massenergy.org/CET. If you have any questions about the programs, visit http://www.massenergy.org or call 1-800-287-3950.

Students Fellowships Available: Kahn Institute Project 'Play'

Students in the Classes of 2015 and 2016 are invited to apply for fellowships in the Kahn Institute research project "Play," organized by Professor Michael Thurston. This project will take place during the Spring 2016 academic semester. Student Fellows will conduct independent research and meet weekly with Faculty Fellows to develop their research and discuss one another's work in progress. For more details on the project and the application process, visit http://www.smith.edu/kahninstitute/fellowships_student.php. Applications should be emailed to kahninstitute@smith.edu no later than Friday, March 6.

Students Fellowships Available: Kahn Project 'Memory: Form, Function and Fallibility'

Students in the Classes of 2015 and 2016 are invited to apply for fellowships in the Kahn Institute research project "Memory: Form, Function and Fallibility," which is being organized by Professors Dawn Fulton and Adam Hall. This project will take place during the 2015-2016 academic year. Student Fellows will conduct independent research and meet weekly with Faculty Fellows to develop their research and discuss one another's work in progress. For more details on the project and the application process, visit http://www.smith.edu/kahninstitute/fellowships_student.php. Applications should be emailed to kahninstitute@smith.edu no later than Friday, March 6, 2015.

Jerry Noble and Friends , Sunday, Feb. 15, 3 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

A generous bouquet of love songs in honor of Valentine's Day. Bob Sparkman (clarinet) Jerry Noble (composer and pianist) will be joined by mezzo-soprano Lisa Woods, soprano Teri Lafleur, and soprano (and violist) Erin Pratt '17 among others. Standards from the American Songbook rub shoulders with compositions by Noble (one on a classic Greek text!) and Zeke Hecker. Free and open to the public.

Sign Up for Spatial Analysis Lab Spring Workshops

The Spatial Analysis Lab is offering nine unique workshops this spring to teach GIS (geographic information systems) skills to Smith students, faculty, and staff. Collectively the workshops provide an introduction to map making and cartography, and individually the workshops teach specific stand-alone skills in GIS. Participants are welcome to take as many as they'd like. Visit our webpage to see workshop times and descriptions: http://bit.ly/1Dz26c0

Sign Up Now for Spring 2015 Holyoke Bound , Saturday, Feb. 21

Holyoke Bound is a day-long gathering for students, staff, and faculty from the Five College Consortium interested in working, interning, volunteering, and collaborating with residents and community organizations from the City of Holyoke. Join us Saturday, Feb. 21, 9:30 a.m to 4 p.m., to learn about the rich cultural history of this city and its people. Lunch is provided; transportation from Smith to Peck Full Service Community School is available by arrangement with the Center for Community Collaboration (ccc@smith.edu). For information and registration, refer to https://fivecolleges.edu/cbl/holyokebound. Online pre-registration by February 16 is required.

CSO Community Ed Lunch with VINS (Volunteers in Northampton Schools) , Thursday, Feb. 12, 1 p.m., Center for Community Collaboration, Wright 013

The CSO February Community Education Lunch will feature Marlene Pearson from VINS who will talk about the organization and the many volunteering opportunities available in Northampton public schools. Pizza and salad will be served

'Throw Back to Give Back': Rally Day Book Drive, Now Through February 17

The Student Government Association and the Community Service Office are reviving a Rally Day service tradition by hosting a book drive in honor of Smith medalist, Jane Abramson O'Connor '69. Book donations from students, faculty and staff will be collected for women at the Western Massachusetts Regional Women's Correctional Center through the evening of Tuesday, Feb 17. All types of books are welcome, from children's books for family programs to textbooks. Students can drop their donations in boxes in their houses. Donations will also be accepted on the main level of the Campus Center and in the Community Service Office on the lower level of Wright Hall. For more information, contact Sarah Walton (swalton@smith.edu) or Samantha Page (spage@smith.edu).

'Four Decades of Change at Smith: A Conversation in Honor of Martha Ackelsberg' , Thursday, Feb. 12, 4:30 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

As part of the retirement celebration honoring Professor Martha Ackelsberg, panel participants Professors Donna Robinson Divine, Marilyn Schuster, and Susan Van Dyne will hold a "conversation" with Professor Ackelsberg regarding her experiences during her four decades at Smith. The discussion will be moderated by Professor Darcy Buerkle. A reception will follow in the BFAC Museum Atrium.

Principles of Investing , Thursday, Feb. 12, Noon, Neilson Browsing Room

Learn all about the basics of investing. Learn the tools you need to start saving for tomorrow, whether it's vocabulary about stocks or tips on evaluating the market. This series is designed for Smithies and anyone else with no prior knowledge about investing. Open to faculty, staff and the public. Lunch provided for the first 70 attendees.

Stargazing , Friday, Feb. 13, 8:30-9:30 p.m., McConnell Hall Roof

Friday the 13th is a lucky night: The astronomy department will be holding an open house. Come see stars, planets, galaxies, and a region of active star formation. All are welcome - please dress very warmly. For further information or to check on weather conditions, contact Meg Thacher (mthacher@smith.edu, 585-3935).

'How Jumping Spiders See the World' , Monday, Feb. 16, 4:30 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Presented by Elizabeth Jakob, professor of psychological and brain sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst. Part of the Spring 2015 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 http://www.smith.edu/biology/events.php for the full schedule.

'How To Survive Room Draw' , Friday, Feb. 13, Noon, Campus Center TV Lounge

Stop by the TV Lounge on Friday the 13th to ask questions or learn some valuable information on how to survive Room Draw this coming April. Important deadlines are approaching and the more you know, the easier the process will be. Lunch will be provided.

Weaving Voices Open Mic , Saturday, Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Weaving Voices seeks to share the stories written and told by students of color, to celebrate and honor the labor and struggles that it takes to survive and thrive at Smith. Poets, singers, dancers, musicians - everyone is welcome. Come share, listen, learn and discover how our voices are interwoven as one. It is asked that only Smithies of color share their stories as this is a space created specifically for them. Open to all students.

'Forced Displacement and Refugees: New Forms in the Global World, New Challenges, New Responses' , Thursday, Feb. 12, 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

The Lewis Global Studies Center presents this talk as part of the Spring 2015 Global Scholars Lecture Series. Professor Greg White will introduce some of the dominant themes and debates in refugee studies. He will address the historical transformation from the traditional notion of refugees in the aftermath of WWII to the contemporary conceptualization today, the emerging view of refugees as a security threat, and will conclude with a critique of the concept of environmental or climate refugees. For more information, and other globally themed events, visit smith.edu/world.

Field Station Saturday , Saturday, Feb. 14, 1-4:30 p.m.

Want to get off campus? Come visit MacLeish Field Station this Saturday afternoon. You can explore the five miles of trails (rent snowshoes or skis from the Outing Club) or stay cozy in the building with a cup of tea. It's a great place to study or relax ~ and there's a collection of board games. The van will leave from the Chapin loading dock at 1 p.m. and return to campus by 4:30 p.m. Space is limited, please sign up here: http://goo.gl/nhrVZF. For more information, contact ewald@smith.edu.

Rescheduled: Neilson Professor Lecture-- "The Arab Spring and Rainbow Hopes': , Monday, Feb. 16, 5 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Rescheduled from Monday, Feb. 2, due to snow: Sahar Amer, the 2015 Neilson Professor, will speak on "The Arab Spring and Rainbow Hopes: LGBTIQ Rights in Transitional Societies," an analysis of LGBTIQ rights in the aftermath of the Arab Spring. Amer is the Chair of the Department of Arabic Language and Cultures at the University of Sydney. A reception with refreshments will follow the lecture. This is the first of three talks in the spring Neilson Professor Lecture Series. On Monday, March 9, Amer will discuss "Muslim Women, Veiling and Human Rights," at 5 p.m. in Neilson Browsing Room.

Smith Students' Aid Society Deadline for Applications for Spring Break Opportunities , Monday, Feb. 16

Smith Students' Aid Society applications for grants for Spring Break study are due Monday, February 16th. All applications should be turned in to the class deans office. Applications are available on our web site at http://smith.edu/ssas/. Students should direct any questions or concerns to Anne White at awhite@smith.edu.

Smith Students' Aid Society Deadline for Grant Applications for Fine Arts Supplies , Monday, Feb. 16

The deadline to submit Smith Students' Aid Society grant applications for fine arts supplies is Monday, February 16th. Students should turn applications in to the the Art Department office. Applications are available on our website at http://smith.edu/ssas/. Questions and concerns should be directed to Anne White at awhite@smith.edu.

Buddhist Meditation , Monday, Feb. 16, 5 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

The Buddhist Meditation Sitting Group is led weekly on Mondays by Zen priest and teacher Ryumon Hilda Baldoquin, Sensei, a Smith College Religious Adviser. Meditation can improve one's overall spiritual well-being and physical health. Many people use it for stress reduction, self reflection and a centering exercise. Students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend these sessions, and no previous experience is necessary. Ryumon is also available for one-on-one formal meditation instruction for anyone new to meditation and in need of an introductory session. Contact Ryumon at temples@twostreamszen.org.

Soup, Salad and Soul , Friday, Feb. 13, 12:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Soup, Salad, Soul is a student-led Friday discussion group that focuses on a variety of interesting topics such as life at Smith, current events, matters of the heart, and spirituality. Conversation occurs over a home-made, vegan-friendly lunch prepared by student cooks. Come to as many or as few Fridays as you want, even if you are running late. Students, staff and faculty are invited. If you are interested in leading one of the Friday discussions, attend the upcoming facilitator training, led by Interfaith Fellow Matilda Cantwell on Friday, Feb. 27, 11:15 - 12:00 p.m. in Bodman.

Fall in Love with the Senior Campaign , Friday, Feb. 13, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Campus Center Garden Level

Take this opportunity to address and give a free Valentine's card to a friend or loved one (and enjoy free candy) while learning more about philanthropy and student giving on campus.

Board Games and Sledding at the MacLeish Field Station , Sunday, Feb. 15, Noon-4 p.m.

Relax at the field station for an afternoon getaway of board games, cards, sledding, and hot cocoa. Leaving at 12pm from Chapin's loading dock and returning to campus by 4pm. Please RSVP at http://goo.gl/xcYcWN

Summer Abroad Fair , Tuesday, Feb. 17, 11:30 a.m., Campus Center 103/4

Interested in studying abroad this summer but unsure of where to start? The Lewis Global Studies Center is hosting a summer abroad fair, with representatives from over 20 different summer abroad programs located around the world.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Workshops , Friday, Feb. 13, Noon, WFI, Neilson Archway

Calling all disruptors and dreamers. Learn about creating a business, present your ideas and receive feedback from top investors and entrepreneurs. The next workshop will cover The Executive Summary with local award winning businesswomen Deana Prest and Angela Lussier (rescheduled from Monday, 2/9). Lunch provided. The next workshop will cover financials with Rick Plaut & Rick Feldman from Valley Venture Mentors on Monday, Feb. 16, CC 103/104 12:00-1:00.

Candy Gram for Valentine's Day , Friday, Feb. 13, noon-1 p.m., Campus Center Main Level Table

SGA Class of 2017 will be selling candy grams this week in preparation for Valentine's Day. Pick up a treat for the people you care about - only $2.

The Health & STEM Professions Lunchbag Series , Friday, Feb. 13, 12:15 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Summer jobs and internships for STEM students. Janice Schell from the Lazarus Center for Career Development will provide a brief overview of resources and strategies for job hunting and internship in the STEM fields. This talk is geared toward seniors, but all class years are welcome. Pizza will be provided for the first 25 people.

'How To Survive Room Draw' , Friday, Feb. 13, Noon, Campus Center TV Lounge

Ask questions or learn some new information regarding room draw in April. Deadlines are fast approaching and the more you know, the easier the process will be. Lunch will be provided.

Weekly Ski and Snowboarding Trips , Thursday, Feb. 12

Catch a ride with the Outdoor Adventure Program to Berkshire East Ski Area every Thursday for a 6- 9 p.m. night session. Tickets and rentals are $15 and lessons are $10/person. Only pay for what you need. Meet at Sage Hall at 5 p.m. sharp. Arrive early to get a seat in van. No pre-registration.

Religious and Spiritual Life Services

On Friday, Feb. 13 The Muslim student organization Al Iman will lead Friday Prayers at 12:30 p.m. in the Blue Room of the Helen Hills Hills Chapel; at 5:30 p.m. Hillel, the student-led Jewish organization will hold Shabbat in the new Kosher K in Jordan House before Emerson Arch on Paradise Road. The service is followed by Shabbat dinner at 6:30 p.m. On Sunday, Feb. 15 Community Religious Adviser Jeannie Hunt will hold Devotions and Discussion: Caring and Protecting the Earth from 9:30 a.m - 12:00 p.m. in Bodman Lounge of the Helen Hills Hills Chapel.

Smith College 2015 Medalists: Then and Now

On Wednesday, Feb. 18, the college will celebrate four remarkable alumnae selected as 2015 recipients of the Smith College Medal. They are diplomat Gillian Martin Sorensen ’63, author Jane Abramson O’Connor ’69, physician Cynthia F. Bearer ’72, and financial literacy advocate Stephanie D. Neely ’85. Each one has a story to tell about how their time at Smith "back then" shaped the lives they are living now. Here is a preview.


02/10/2015 Digest


Mindfulness Drop-In Sessions for Staff, Students and Faculty , Wednesdays, through semester, 12:10-12:50 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

David Spound of Valley Mindfulness is providing drop-in mindfulness meditation classes on Wednesdays through the spring semester. These are free and open to the Smith community - students, faculty, and staff. All levels welcome.

Blog for Smith

The Office of College Relations is looking for student bloggers for the student-run Tumblr, "Smith by Smithies." Student bloggers write one post a week about a topic that relates to their experiences and life at Smith. No experience is required. If interested, please send one sample post and three topic ideas to Darry Madden at dmadden@smith.edu.

Smithsonian Program Information Session , Tuesday, Feb. 10, 5 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Information will be presented for sophomores and juniors about spending the fall semester in Washington D.C. earning 16 Smith credits and interning in one of the 19 Smithsonian museums where students assist in creating exhibitions and programming, conduct research with archival and museum materials, and work side by side with preeminent curators and scholars of American culture. The Director of the Program, Professor John Davis and past interns will share details about the program and answer questions about the application process. Applications for fall 2015 are due March 6th. Refreshments will be provided.

SEC BFTN: Cookie Decorating , Thursday, Feb. 12, 11 a.m., Campus Center Main Level Table

Come decorate heart-shaped cookies with SEC in honor of the month of Love.

SEC and Spitfire Present Spoken Word with Jennifer Falu , Tuesday, Feb. 10, 8:30-10 p.m., Campus Center TV Lounge

Falu recently won first place in NBC TV's Amiri Baraka Poetry Slam and is currently ranked third internationally in the Women of the World Poetry Slam. She is a celebrated performance artist throughout NYC and across the country and as a member of the 2006, 2009 and 2012 Nuyorican Poets Cafe Slam Teams, became the top female poet of the year in 2006, and ranked 3rd in both 2009 and 2012. As a performer, Falu has shared the stage with Jennifer Holliday, Carl Thomas and Patti LaBelle.

Fred Marchant Q&A, Poetry Reading, Craft Talk , Tuesday & Thursday, Feb. 10 & 12

Fred Marchant fearlessly leads his readers through turbulent subjects with passion and purpose. One of the first officers honorably discharged for conscientious objection during the war in Vietnam, Marchant currently teaches at the Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social Consequences. His 2009 book, "The Looking House," won the May Sarton Prize. Members of the Smith community are invited to attend a Q&A with Marchant on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 4 p.m. in the Poetry Center. Members of the Smith community and the general public are invited to attend a reading on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Stoddard Hall Auditorium and a craft talk on Thursday, Feb. 12, 4:30 p.m., Poetry Center.

Information Meeting: Internship Program at the Smithsonian Institution , Tuesday, Feb. 10, 5 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Information will be presented for sophomores and juniors about spending the fall semester in Washington D.C. earning 16 Smith credits and interning in one of the 19 Smithsonian museums where students assist in creating exhibitions and programming, conduct research with archival and museum materials, and work side by side with preeminent curators and scholars of American culture. The Director of the Program, Professor John Davis and past interns will share details about the program and answer questions about the application process. Applications for fall 2015 are due March 6th. Refreshments will be provided.

'The Price of Memory' Film Screening and Q & A with Director , Tuesday, Feb. 10, 4 p.m., Seelye 201

Karen Marks Mafundikwa, director of the film "The Piece of Memory", with present her film with a Q & A session following. "The Piece of Memory" has captured awards at the 2014 Pan African Film Festival, as well as the 2014 Africa in Motion Film Festival, and the 2014 Africa Diaspora Film Festival. This event is free and open to the entire Smith College community.

Join the Wind Ensemble Spring 2015

The Wind Ensemble is looking for students who play wind instruments (or percussion) for the spring concert season. They are especially looking for brass players and percussionists, but all are welcome. Rehearsals are Monday nights in Sweeney Concert Hall in Sage Hall from 7-8:30 p.m. and begin February 2. Email Ellen Redman at eredman@smith.edu for more information or if interested in joining.

Recent Drawings by Connie S. Pogue , Through February 27, Oresman Gallery, Hillyer

Connie S. Pogue's latest drawings depict dramatic shadows cast from natural sunlight streaming across arrangements of water worn rocks, seashells, twigs and grasses. The resulting images introduce new dimensions to age-old materials resulting in compositions that appear somewhat abstrac5t yet complex and refreshing, incorporating all the elements of drawing. The artist's preferred medium for this series of drawings is graphite and colored pencils on Somerset Velvet paper. Exhibition date: February 2-27.

1099-HC Form Distribution for Tax Year 2014

Harvard Pilgrim mailed a 1099-HC form to all 2014 Massachusetts resident subscribers by January 31, 2015. The 1099-HC indicates the coverage subscribers had in 2014, and allows you and your adult dependents (spouses and children over 18) to complete MA Schedule HC when filing a Massachusetts income tax return. Harvard Pilgrim has created a 1099-HC Info Center at http://www.harvardpilgrim.org/1099. The Info Center explains the coverage reporting requirement, includes a Q&A on the 1099-HC form, and includes a link to a self-service print tool, which will enable you to securely print your 1099-HC.

Free Pizza--Share Your Thoughts and Improve the Smith Community , Wednesday, Feb. 11, Noon, Campus Center 003

The Smith Fund is working with a communications firm to revamp its marketing strategy in order to encourage more financial support of the college. Members of the firm will be on campus on Wednesday, February 11, and have invited students to share their thoughts about Smith over lunch. The conversation will be focused on hearing thoughts and opinions from a variety of students about their Smith experiences. If you would like to attend this discussion, please RSVP to Katie Averill at kaverill@smith.edu by Tuesday, Feb. 10.

Learn More About Study Abroad in Cordoba, Spain , Tuesday, Feb. 10, 5 p.m., Hatfield Hall

An information meeting about the PRESHCO program for study abroad in Cordoba, Spain. Students may choose to attend for the full academic year, or for either semester. Applications are being accepted now (until March 1) for fall semester 2015 and the academic year 2015-16. Students who were in Cordoba this past academic year will also be present to answer questions.

Share Your Gratitude...and Be in a Book! A Lunchtime Presentation by Anne Kubitsky '05 , Wednesday, Feb. 11, Noon, Campus Center Carroll Room

Anne Kubitsky '05--founder of the Look for the Good Project and author of "What Makes You Grateful?"--will share her story, which began in 2011 when she asked a few hundred people to share their gratitude in creative ways and received more than 10,000 grateful messages. Since then, Kubitsky has created public installations, produced four books and started a national nonprofit organization. Audience members will be invited to share their stories of gratitude and have pictures taken for inclusion in her next book, "You Matter: A Grassroots Guide to Inspiring Hope in Your Community." Pizza lunch served.

I Love My Library Day , Wednesday, Feb. 11

Set aside some time for love, friendship and just plain fun in the Libraries. A rolling afternoon tea party is planned for all four campus libraries, starting in Young at 1:30 pm and ending in Neilson at 5:30 pm. Activities will vary by location and include cupcake decorating, crafting valentines, button-making and photo booths. Love-themed exhibits will be on display in all libraries through February. Find the schedule of activities on the Libraries News & Events page http://www.smith.edu/libraries/info/news/love-my-library.

Global Salon 'Mare Nostrum: Burning the Mediterranean in the Global Millennium' , Wednesday, Feb. 11, 12:15 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

In the past decades, the Mediterranean has been one of the world's most crucial sites of international migration. The basin has functioned as a crossroads between Africa and Europe, mainly by way of Italy. The traversing does not always have a happy ending. Many African refugees have lost their lives in the crossing, and many others are systematically discriminated upon arrival. What happens to them? Whose laws protect them? Who tells their stories? This global salon features Alessandra DiMaio, visiting associate professor of Italian.

'Nutrition and Mental Health' by Georgia Ede, Smith Psychiatrist , Wednesday, Feb. 11, 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

What should we eat? Georgia Ede M.D., Smith College psychiatrist, will present "Brain Food: How to Improve Mood, Concentration, and Energy Without Medications." Some of the recommendations will surprise you. This talk is part of a speaker series celebrating the dedication of the Schacht Health and Wellness Center. Free and open to the public. Bring your food questions.

Real Food Challenge Campaign Presentation , Wednesday, Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m., CEEDS, Wright

Interested in learning more about sustainable food in the dining rooms? Would you like to be kept in the loop about the nation-wide campus campaign to invest in 20% real food by 2020? If so, stop by CEEDS (garden level, Wright Hall) on Wednesday, Feb. 11, at 7:30 p.m. The Real Food Challenge Team will be presenting research on food purchasing by the college, analyzing working conditions of producers, environmental impact, humaneness, locality, and nutritional values. They will also be introducing the campaign for Real Food at Smith, along with students from the 5-College Real Food Challenge Campaign.

Wednesday Weekly Vigil , February 11, Noon, Chapel Sanctuary

Wednesdays Weekly Vigil is designed to be a space for contemplation and solidarity. It 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. Students, faculty and staff are welcome. The vigil will be led by Interfaith Fellow Matilda Cantwell.

Smith Professor Shares Strategies for Boosting Diversity in STEM

Hands-on classroom activities, peer mentoring and added research opportunities are among the successful strategies Smith has used to draw more students to STEM fields, noted Patricia DiBartolo, professor of psychology and faculty director of the sciences, at a recent Pioneer Valley STEM Network gathering.

POSTPONED: She Is a Scientist Lecture with Bonita London , Tuesday, Feb. 10

Due to weather-related travel issues, the She is a Scientist lecture scheduled for tonight is being postponed.


02/05/2015 Digest


Enroll Now for Smith ExecEd Online Course: 'Take Control of Your Online Reputation'

Staff and faculty are invited to enroll in the online course Take Control of Your Online Reputation, from Smith ExecEd Online. Smith ExecEd Online is Smith College Executive Education's suite of online leadership development courses. In this six-week course, participants will become masters of digital media best practices. Participants will create meaningful online content, build strategic professional online networks, and learn how to avoid or repair any online pitfalls that may arise. Start date: March 15, 2015. Tuition: $449.00. To enroll, visit http://smith.edu/execed/?q=take-control-your-online-reputation

'Mail Services 101' , Tuesday, Feb. 10, 10-11:30 a.m., Campus Center 003

Mail Services will be conducting a workshop for all Smith staff and faculty who are interested in learning about mail options, requirements and best practices. In this presentation we will discuss recent changes from the United States Postal Service, how to best use Mail Services and will take time to answer any questions you may have regarding mail and shipping.

'Principles of Investing,' Beginning Thursday , February 5, Neilson Browsing Room

Learn all about the basics of investing. Economics Professor Roger Kaufman will give you the tools you need to start saving for tomorrow, whether its vocabulary about stocks or tips on evaluating the market. The class will be sequential, so students are encouraged to attend the first session. This lunch series is designed for Smithies from all majors with no prior knowledge about investing and is also open to faculty and staff. Enjoy Professor Kaufman's fun, easy-to-follow advice over a delicious lunch in the Neilson Browsing Room from noon-12:50 p.m. each Thursday (lunch provided for the first 70 attendees only).

Proposals for 'Celebrating Collaborations' Due February 20

Students in all classes and majors are invited to submit proposals to participate in "Celebrating Collaborations: Students and Faculty Working Together," which will take place on Saturday, April 18. Proposals to display science posters, give presentations, or do performances will be accepted. Deadline is February 20. Proposals may derive from special studies projects, honors theses, concentration work, research projects, performances, or any other student-faculty joint work. For more information and to submit a proposal online, visit http://www.smith.edu/collaborations/. All proposals are due by Friday, February 20. Contact Danielle Ramdath, Associate Dean of the Faculty, with questions.

Smith Succeeds at the Highest Levels

Thirty-one remarkable Smithies have been named finalists for the prestigious Fulbright Fellowship. Of these 31 students hoping to impact 23 countries 18 seek Research/Study Fellowships, while another 13 aim for English Teaching Assistantships. The Fulbright Fellowship represents a significant contribution that Smith makes to societies around the world and is a keystone in Smith's global leadership drive. To learn more about these finalists and their numerous faculty/staff supporters, please visit our news page here: http://www.smith.edu/fulbright/news.php. To learn how you can help the Fellowships Program identify and cultivate potential fellowships candidates, contact Don Andrew (dandrew@smith.edu) or Ryan Lewis (rlewis@smith.edu).

SEC Films Presents 'Night Catches Us' , Friday & Saturday, Feb. 6 & 7, Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Join SEC for two free movie screenings of Night Catches Us on Friday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m., and on Saturday, Feb. 7, at 9:30 p.m. This compelling indie film, which debuted at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and stars Anthony Mackie and Kerry Washington, tells the politically charged story of a former Black Panther who returns to his Philadelphia neighborhood in 1976 to attend his father's funeral.

Jittery's Live! Presents Student Openers , Thursday, Feb. 5, 9 p.m., Campus Center TV Lounge

Come down to the CC TV Lounge at 9 p.m.Thursday, Feb. 5, to see fellow Smithies performing original and cover songs! Enjoy live music, delicious treats and a great atmosphere!

Computer Science PKal/Tides Talk , Thursday, Feb. 5, 5-6 p.m., Ford 241

Mount Holyoke alumna Valerie Barr, professor of computer science (CS) at Union College, Schenectady, N.Y., will present a 10-year perspective on the changes made to introductory CS at Union College, focusing on the college's switch to a set of theme-based intro courses and how this has changed the number and demographics of who takes introductory CS. Barr will also discuss the overall impact on CS enrollments and Union College's interdisciplinary collaborations with non-CS faculty and students.

Register to Teach a Class for Smith College Splash by February 7

Spring, Smith's education outreach organization will be hosting Splash on Saturday March 7 beginning at 9:30 a.m. in Seelye 102. Splash is an all-day event where middle and high school students come to the Smith campus and take class taught by college students. Most Classes are an hour or less. Smith student interested in teaching a class of their design are asked to register their class by February 7. To register a class, or for additional information visit the link below, or email us at spring@smith.edu. http://goo.gl/QF0QWV

MFA Thesis Dance Concert: The Wolf Pack , Thursday, Feb. 5, 8 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall

"The Wolf Pack": A magical evening of dance presenting the thesis choreography of 2015 Smith College M.F.A. candidates. Joy Davis, Ellie Grace, Stephanie Maher and Annie Rudnik each held a vital and unique place in the dance and performance world prior to their serendipitous convergence in the Smith College M.F.A. program. In this culminating performance, they will share a diverse, energetic, and remarkable glimpse into modern and postmodern dance. Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 5-7, at 8 p.m. in Theatre 14 at Smith College. General admission $10; students and seniors, $5. For tickets,call 413-585-ARTS.

Life Sciences and Technology Fair , Thursday, Feb. 5, 3:30 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

The Lazarus Center for Career Development is hosting its annual Life Sciences and Technology Fair for students from life sciences, engineering, psychology, math and computer science. The fair will take place at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, in the Campus Center Carroll Room, and will feature employers offering internships and full-time positions. Participating employers are listed online at http://www.smith.edu/lazaruscenter/fairs_scitech_participants.php. Dress is business casual; bring copies of your resume. Students are encouraged to attend the "How to Make the Most of a Career Fair" workshop on Tuesday, Feb. 3, at 12:15 p.m. in the Lazarus Center Workshop Room. Learn how to prepare, how to connect with recruiters, and how to follow up afterwards.

Student Picks Exhibition: 'Witches: The Allure of the Dark' by Hui Yan '17 , Friday, Feb. 6, Noon, Cunningham Center, Museum of Art

Something wicked this way comes. With works by Odilon Redon, Francisco De Goya and others, this exhibition features chilling manifestations of the occult.

Deadline Reminder for Commencement and Reunion Weekend Events

The deadline for submitting space requests for all events on commencement and reunion weekend (May 14-17) is Friday, Feb. 6. Academic departments and programs should complete the form you received on January 16 and email it to ksananto@smith.edu by this date. Everyone else, please submit your space request in 25Live, even if these events are in spaces within your department that you would not normally need to reserve. In order for your listing to appear in the Commencement and Reunion Weekend Program booklet, spaces must be reserved and the listing text verified by February 6.

Leading Ladies Auditions for "Company" , Thursday, Feb. 5, 7 p.m., Sage Hall

"Company" (by Stephen Sondheim) tells the story of confirmed bachelorette Bobby as she celebrates her 35th birthday with her eccentric married friends, while questioning the idea of marriage. Through a series of vignettes, "Company" explores the joys and the horrors of being in a relationship. To audition, come prepared with a verse and a chorus of a song to be performed a capella. We will provide monologues for you to read. All levels of experience are welcome and encouraged! Auditions will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 5, in Room 8.5 of Sage Hall, and from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 7, in Room 15 of Sage Hall. Tech, crew and pit orchestra positions are also available. For tech interest or questions, email the director at sfainer@smith.edu.

Plant Invasions in a Changing World , Monday, Feb. 9, 4 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Presented by Jenica Allen, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Environmental Conservation, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Part of the Spring 2015 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 http://www.smith.edu/biology/events.php.for the full schedule.

The Grand Opening Shabbat , Friday, Feb. 6, 5:30 p.m., Kosher Kitchen

We've moved. Hillel has left its home for years, at Dawes House, to the other side of campus, the Quad. The Kosher Kitchen, home of most of Hillel's weekly and monthly events, is now in Jordan House, alongside Paradise Road. Come by and check out the new space before the new-paint smell fades. There will be services, singing, and games, along with a home cooked Shabbat meal. Join us for services at 5:30 p.m. and for delicious homemade hummus, cholent, borakas, and other yummy foods at 6:30 p.m.

Gold Key Information Session at the Admissions Conference Center , Monday, Feb. 9, 4 p.m., Admission Conference Center

Learn more about being a Gold Key guide at this information session. Food will be provided. Applications available here: http://goo.gl/forms/iccGtKU1Tw Applications due Friday, February 13th at 5pm

Backup Emergency Power Testing to Begin February 2

Facilities Management will begin testing backup emergency power systems on campus. During this testing, normal power will not be interrupted, but students, faculty and staff may notice that emergency generators and/or emergency lighting is on. Testing for each building will take about an hour and the project should be complete by the end of the month.

Next Draper Business Competition Workshop , Monday, Feb. 9, 12:15-1:05 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Calling all innovators, disruptors & dreamers. Attend the workshop series hosted by WFI and learn how to develop a business to make the world a better place. Gain real-world business, networking and public speaking experience while learning how to maximize your odds of winning your share of $25,000 in cash and prizes. You don't have to compete in the competition on April 10th to attend these workshops. The next workshop will cover working on your executive summary. Lunch is provided/all majors welcome. For more information visit http://www.smith.edu/wfi/entrepreneurship_workshops.php

It's Time for Pride: Rally Day, Wednesday, Feb. 18.

The countdown has begun to Rally Day. This year, four remarkable alumnae are being honored as Smith Medalists: diplomat Gillian Martin Sorensen '63, author Jane Abramson O'Connor '69, physician Cynthia F. Bearer '72, and former Chicago city treasurer Stephanie D. Neely '85. The event, at which seniors wear their graduation robes for the first time, will begin at 1:30 p.m. in John M. Greene Hall. Look for additional details in upcoming eDigests and the Rally Day website at http://www.smith.edu/events/rallyday.php

Max Page, Director of Historic Preservation Initiatives , Monday, Feb. 9, 2:45 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

The LSS 100 lecture series presents Max Page, Design Program Director, Director of Historic Preservation Initiatives, Department of Architecture, UMass-Amherst. His lecture is titled "Building Politics in the City: Remembering and Forgetting Mussolini and Fascism in Contemporary Rome."

Gold Key Information Session, Admissions Conference Room Across from Admissions , Monday, Feb. 9, 4 p.m., Admissions Conference Room (Across from Admissions

Smith College Gold Key is accepting applications for new guides. Learn more about becoming a guide at this information session. Food will be provided. Applications available at http://goo.gl/forms/iccGtKU1Tw Applications due February 13 at 5 p.m.

Activist and Scholar Angela Davis at Smith , Saturday, Feb. 7, 6:45 p.m., John M. Green Hall

Prominent activist and scholar Angela Davis will deliver the keynote address at the BSA's biennial conference. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., and Davis will be introduced at 6:45 p.m. Admission is free for Five College students, faculty and staff with I.D.; admission for members of the general public is $5 (cash only). For more information about Davis and the BSA conference, visit http://goo.gl/M5oqHz

Buddhist Meditation , Monday, Feb. 9, 5 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

The Buddhist Meditation Sitting Group is led weekly on Mondays by Zen priest and teacher Ryumon Hilda Baldoquin, Sensei, a Smith College Religious Adviser. Meditation can improve one's overall spiritual well-being and physical health. Many people find it useful as a stress reduction and self-reflective exercise. Students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend these sessions, and no previous experience is necessary. Ryumon is also available for one-on-one formal meditation instruction for anyone new to meditation and in need of an introductory session. Contact Ryumon at temples@twostreamszen.org.

Next Soup, Salad and Soul , Friday, Feb. 6, 12:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Soup, Salad, Soul is a student-led Friday discussion group that focuses on a variety of interesting topics such as life at Smith, current events, matters of the heart, and spirituality. Conversation occurs over a home-made, vegan-friendly lunch prepared by student cooks. Come to as many or as few Fridays as you want, even if you are running late. Students, staff and faculty are invited. If you are interested in leading one of the Friday discussions, attend the upcoming facilitator training, led by Interfaith Fellow Matilda Cantwell on Friday, Feb. 6, 11:15 - 12:00 p.m. in Bodman.

Young, Gifted and Black: BSA Conference Features Keynote by Scholar, Activist Angela Davis

When the Black Students Alliance started looking for a conference speaker who could inspire young people interested in social justice work, they called on Angela Davis—a scholar and feminist with a 50-year history of activism. Davis will deliver the keynote for the BSA's 10th annual conference on Saturday, Feb. 7, at 6:45 p.m. in John M. Greene Hall. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.


02/03/2015 Digest


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 smarcoux@smith.edu. 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.

'America Reads' Tutor Overview Training , Wednesday, Feb. 4, 4 p.m., Seelye 107

Prospective America Reads Tutors and America Reads Tutors who were unable to attend the Five College Overview Training session in the fall may register now for training. Other sessions besides Feb. 4 are available for those unable to attend. More information and registration is available on the Five College America Reads Program website at https://www.fivecolleges.edu/americareads/training/overview_training

R.A.D. Self Defense Classes Wednesdays , February 4 to March 11, 6-8 p.m., Davis Ballroom

Could you effectively defend yourself if attacked? Rad System is a program of realistic, self defense tactics and techniques. This course begins with awareness, prevention, and risk reduction and avoidance. Classes will run on Wednesdays from February 4 to March 11. Campus Police has Certified Rad Instructors that will be teaching self defense techniques to help you be able to escape an attack. To register, email Officer Earl Brown at ebrown3@smith.edu, or call the Outreach Office at 413/559-6981 for more questions.

No Boundaries Starts Mon., Jan. 26; New Evening Workout Session Time , Ainsworth Gym

No Boundaries Northampton 5km training and wellness workshops begin this week in Ainsworth Gym. This 10-week-long program offers Monday running workouts (7:30-8:30 p.m.) on the indoor track and Thursday wellness workshops (7-8:30 p.m.) covering topics including nutrition, stress management, strength training, and more. This program is a collaborative project between students in the Smith College ESS graduate program and Fleet Feet Longmeadow. For more information, visit https://www.fitvil.com/group/548-noboundaries5ktrainingprogram-northampton/

Grief Support Group on Fridays, Beginning , February 6, 12:45-2 p.m., Schacht Center for Health and Wellness

A weekly support group for students who have lost a loved one. Meets 12:45 - 2:00 p.m. at the Schacht Center for Health and Wellness on Fridays, beginning on 2/6. Facilitated by Meg Laird, LICSW. For more information, or to register, call 585-2840 or email counselingservices@smith.edu.

Music in the Noon Hour: Monica Jakuc Leverett, Foretepiano , Tuesday, Feb. 3, 12:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Monca Jakuc Leverett will perform works by Szymanowska, Chopin, Cramer, and Marie Bigot to be performed on a replica of a Graf fortepiano. The event is free and open to the public.

New Playreading Series: 'Reasons to Live' by Meryl Cohn , Wednesday, Feb. 4, 7:30 p.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage

The New Playreading Series kicks off the semester with Reasons To Live by Meryl Cohn, directed by Liesel de Boor. "Playwright Meryl Cohn's thought-provoking and hilarious play was both brilliant and heartwarming...Much more than just an entertaining evening, it explores the meaning of family, for better or worse." - The Cape Cod Times. Free and open to the public.

Get Your Tickets for Film Screening and Celebration with Oscar Winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy '02 , Tuesday, Feb. 10, 5 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

The Kahn Institute invites all Smith students to "Celebrating the Kahn Student Experience," a 15-year anniversary event featuring a gala dinner and screening of "Transgenders: Pakistan's Open Secret," a film by Oscar-winning filmmaker and Smith alumna 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, send request to kahninstitute@smith.edu, or call ext. 3721. More details and schedule: http://www.smith.edu/kahninstitute/chronicle/fall2014/news.php

Plan to Make a Difference Around the World

You too can plan to join the 31 Smithies recently named finalists for the prestigious Fulbright Fellowship. Of these finalists hoping to broaden themselves in 23 countries 18 aim to earn Research/Study Fellowships, while another 13 seek English Teaching Assistantships. The Fulbright Fellowship can be key to unlocking a world of wide possibilities and is a real boon to an impressive resume after college. Read here more about what the Finalists propose at http://www.smith.edu/fulbright/news.php. To learn more about Smith's record-setting Fulbright track record, or to become a candidate yourself, visit the Fellowships Program at http://www.smith.edu/fulbright/index.php.

SEC Presents: Glow in the Dark Zumba/Yoga , Saturday, May 2, 7:30-10 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

This engaging start of the year event will allow students to relax and get active in a stress-free environment. Possibly co-sponsored with the Athletic Association, this event will gather students together to enjoy music and participate in an unique athletic workout.

Apply Now to Be a Bridge Leader; Applications Due , February 23

Here's your chance to really make a difference at Smith! Applications are now being accepted for the Bridge Leader Staff. Please visit http://www.smith.edu/oma/bridge_leader.php to apply online. Questions? Contact L'Tanya Richmond at lrichmon@smith.edu or (413) 585-4940.

CSO Community Service Recruitment Fair , Wednesday, Feb. 4, 4-5:30 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Meet agency representatives and learn about volunteer opportunities in Northampton and the surrounding communities. Pizza and refreshments will be served.

Open Office Hour with President McCartney , Monday, Feb. 2, 3:30 p.m., President's Office, College Hall

Members of the Smith community are invited to meet with President McCartney during her open office hours on Monday, Feb. 2, at 3:30 p.m.

Register Now for Leadership Workshop: 'Leading by Listening' , Friday, Feb. 6, 12:15 p.m., Mount Holyoke College

What does it mean to listen deeply and respond from a thoughtful and reflective place, whether leading a study group, a campus organization or a business? Through structured exercises and reflection, participants will gain a clearer sense of their own "center," how to listen with resilience to difficult feedback, and learn to listen for the solution and the interest within the position. Located at Mt. Holyoke College, Willits-Hallowell Conference Center. Lunch will be provided. Only a few spots left! To register, please email Jessica Bacal at jbacal@smith.edu.

Time Management and Study Strategies Workshop , Tuesday, Feb. 3, Noon, Jacobson Center, Seelye 307

A practical workshop with tips on time management, planning, and studying will be given by Gail Thomas during the lunch-hour on Tuesday, Feb. 3, at the Jacobson Center. Feel free to bring a grab-and-go lunch.

Challenges to French Identity: I Am Charlie? I Am Ahmed? I Am Jewish? , Tuesday, Feb. 3, 4 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

The Lewis Global Studies Center presents a What's Happening Around the World (WHAW) session. Professors Ibtissam Bouachrine, Mlada Bukovansky, Lois Dubin, Mehammed Mack, and Oriane Morriet will consider the following questions: Why did the tragic events of January 7 shake the French Republic and its values of freedom of expression and laicite to the core? What does the satirical weekly "Charlie Hebdo" stand for in France? What have been the reactions in the Muslim and the Jewish communities in France and elsewhere? How has the tragedy affected the political climate in France and Europe? What are the consequences for freedom of expression?

Auditions: The Smiffenpoofs' Spring 2015 , Tuesday & Wednesday, Feb. 3 & 4, Dewey Common Room

The Smiffenpoofs' are having auditions on Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. and Wednesday 7-9 p.m. No prior a cappella experience required. Be prepared to sing a verse and chorus of a song of your choosing.

Record High: College Logs Nearly 5,000 Applications for Class of 2019

New recruitment strategies, ongoing support from alumnae and the ability to highlight "exciting things going on at Smith" are among the reasons the college has received a record-high number of applications for the fall, says Vice President for Enrollment Audrey Smith. Among those nearly 5,000 applications are higher numbers of early-decision students and students of color.


01/29/2015 Digest


Are You a Financial Aid Recipient?

If so, you should complete the Scholarship Recipient Information Form at http://goo.gl/forms/yXgRPHFPri 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 Smith's scholarship funds. For more information, email DonorRelations@smith.edu.

Dedication of Schacht Center for Health and Wellness , Thursday, Jan. 29, 5 p.m., Upper Lobby, Schacht Center

The Smith community is invited to join President Kathleen McCartney and members of the board of trustees for the dedication of the Schacht Center for Health and Wellness. The ceremony will be held in the upper lobby of the Schacht Center beginning at 5 p.m. The center will also be open for tours from 4:30 to 6 p.m. For questions, contact Ashley Keedy, ext. 2688, akeedy@smith.edu.

Scheduling Reminder: Looking Ahead to the Start of Spring Semester

As is the case each year, all requests for use of space during commencement and reunion weekends (this year: Thursday through Sunday, May 14 through 17, and May 21 through 24) require approval of both the Office of Alumnae Relations and the Events Management Office. Priority for use of all college space is given to commencement and reunions so that all spaces are available for all associated activities on these weekends. Contact Kathy San Antonio in the Events Management Office (ksananto@smith.edu/ ext. 2162) with any questions or if clarification is needed.

'The Arab Spring and Rainbow Hopes: LGBTIQ Rights in Transitional Societies' , Monday, Feb. 2, 5 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

2015 William Allan Neilson Professor Sahar Amer will assess the situation of LGBTIQ rights in the aftermath of the Arab Spring in the first of three talks in the spring lecture series "Gender, Justice and the Arab World." Sahar Amer is professor and chair of the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Sydney, Australia. Her residency at Smith is hosted by the Department of French Studies with support from the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute. A reception with refreshments will follow. More information: http://www.smith.edu/deanoffaculty/neilsonlecture2015.html

UPDATED: Now Accepting Faculty Teaching Awards Nominations; Deadline , February 6

The SGA Curriculum Committee invites you to submit nominations for the Faculty Teaching Awards to honor professors who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to teaching. Winners will be announced on Rally Day. To nominate someone, fill out the form, by February 8, at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1SGG5EujMhyPGvH4cI9E-S5r9GPum2lEAl7bGmmmnGb4/viewform?c0&w1.

'The Araboolies of Liberty Street': A Children's Opera , Saturday, Jan. 31, 4 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

A children's opera based on the book by Sam Swope, with libretto by Constance Congdon and music by Ronald Perera, Elsie Irwin Sweeney Professor Emeritus, Smith College. General Pinch and his wife are the self-appointed guardians of Liberty Street, where all the houses look alike and anyone or anything "weird" is forbidden. Then one day an exotic new family moves in and, with the help of the neighborhood kids, Liberty Street is transformed forever. The production is a collaboration between the Music Department and the Smith College Campus School. Stage Direction by Karen Smith-Emerson, Musical Direction by Jonathan Hirsh. Free and open to the public.

'BadPuss: A Popumentary' , Sunday, Feb. 1, 2:30 p.m., Green Room, Mendenhall

Screening of a film by Emily Wiest '12, followed by a discussion of early theatre and film career paths with Abigail Milnor-Sweetser '12, Claire DeLiso '12 and Sydney Lemmon. This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Theatre, the Department of Film Studies and the Office of Alumnae Relations. Free and open to the public.

'Between the Lines' Reading Program to Discuss 'The Tortilla Curtain' in February

Staff and faculty are invited to participate in Staff Council's latest "Between the Lines" program: a brown-bag lunch to discuss "The Tortilla Curtain" by T.C. Boyle. Interested faculty and staff members should read the book between now and the event, which will take place at noon, Thursday, Feb. 26, in Campus Center 103/104. Attendees are welcome to bring a lunch; snacks and drinks will be provided. "The Tortilla Curtain" is available to borrow from both the Smith (smith.edu/libraries/research/tutorials/request) and C/W MARS (bark.cwmars.org/eg/opac/home) libraries.

Smith to Offer Free Sports Clinics to Girls , Sunday, Feb. 1, 12:30-4 p.m., Indoor Track and Tennis Facility

Smith is participating in National Girls and Women in Sports Day, an event to recognize, celebrate and encourage girls and women in sport, by offering a day of sports clinics to local 3rd, 4th and 5th grade girls. All girls will experience five different sports that could include rugby, cheerleading, field hockey, lacrosse, tennis, rowing, fencing, rock climbing, softball, volleyball, soccer and more. 12:30pm: Registration is at 12:30 p.m. and parent/guardian pick-up is at 4 p.m. Clinics, T-shirts and snacks are free. For more details, contact the Athletic Department at 585-2705

Campus Police Tip/Suggestion Box , Campus Center Main Level Table

Campus Police has an anonymous tip/suggestion box located on the main level of the Campus Center, near the cafe. Members of the community who would like to report anonymously to our department are encouraged to consider using this box as an option. The Campus Police Outreach Department reviews information dropped in the box on a weekly basis. Information may include crime activity, policy violations, suggestions for campus police to consider, and so on. You can reach the Outreach Department at 585-2490 or by email at ebrown3@smith.edu.

'Choreography of Trypanosome Mitochondrial DNA Replication' , Monday, Feb. 2, 4 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Presented by Michele M Klingbeil, Department of Microbiology, University of Massachusetts Amherst. Part of the Spring 2015 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. For more information, visit http://www.smith.edu/biology/events.php

'Built Out of Bits and Books (Dreaming of the Library Today)' with Jeffrey Schnapp , Thursday, Jan. 29, Noon, Alumnae House

Despite finding themselves flanked, on the one side, by technofuturists prophesying the library's imminent extinction and, on the other, nostalgics ruing the demise of print, libraries continue to be designed and built. Most of all, they continue to innovate and to thrive in a wide variety of settings, from the city square to the college campus. Jeffrey Schnapp's talk will broadly examine the emerging culture of library redesign and innovation with an eye to how it builds upon the ancient and modern history of libraries. Lunch will be provided for the first 150 attendees.

SEC Films Presents 'The Book of Life' , Fri. & Sat., Jan. 30 & 31, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

In this animated feature, Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart, embarks on an adventure that spans three fantastic worlds where he must face his greatest fears.

Jittery's Live! Presents Lady Lamb and the Beekeeper , Thursday, Jan. 29, 9 p.m., Campus Center TV Lounge

Join us for live music, delicious treats and a great time. Check out Lady Lamb the Beekeeper's album "Billions of Eyes" on Spotify beforehand.

Ecocritical Euclides, or Sustainability Avant la Lettre , Monday, Feb. 2, 4:30 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

In this Five College Afro-Luso-Brazilian faculty seminar, Aarti Madan, professor at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, will present on the visions of sustainability and social ecology in the early 20th-century Amazon writings of journalist, engineer and ethnographer Euclides da Cunha. For Euclides, there is a direct correlation between settlement of the land and its preservation, populating the forest while valuing its alterity. Untangling the political, racial and economic dramas that develop in Euclides's Amazon, Professor Madan considers ways in which his essays critique global economic forces while illuminating fault lines between society and ecology in the Global South. The talk will take place Monday, Feb. 2, in the Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright Hall.

What's Happening Around the World - #Je suis Charlie; #Je suis Ahmed , Tuesday, Feb. 3, 4 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

The Lewis Global Studies Center presents WHAW (What's Happening Around the World). Professors Ibtissam Bouachrine, Mlada Bukovansky, Mehammed Mack and Oriane Morriet will consider the following questions: Why did the tragic events of January 7 shake the French Republic and its values of freedom of expression and laicite to the core? What does the satirical weekly "Charlie Hebdo" stand for in France? What have been the reactions in the Muslim community in France and elsewhere? How has the tragedy affected the political climate in France and Europe? What are the consequences for freedom of expression? This event will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, in Campus Center 103/104.

Smith College Campus School Open House , Saturday, Jan. 31, 9:30 a.m.

Prospective kindergarten through grade 6 students and their families are invited to an open house on Saturday, Jan. 31, from 9:30-11 a.m. at the school on Prospect Street. Tour the school; meet teachers, staff and current parents. For more information, contact the Campus School admission office at 413/585-3270 or visit our web site, http://www.smith.edu/sccs. Benefitted Smith employees receive discounted tuition, and need-based financial aid is available.

Soup, Salad, and Soul , Friday, Jan. 30, 12:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

The semester's first Soup, Salad and Soul lunch discussion begins this Friday, Jan. 30, at 12;15 p.m. in Chapin House's Bodman Lounge. The student-led discussion group meets every Friday and focuses on a variety of interesting topics, such as life at Smith, current events, matters of the heart, and spirituality. The lunch is home-made, vegan-friendly, and prepared by student cooks. Come to as many or as few Fridays as you want, even if you are running late. Students, staff and faculty are welcome. If you are interested in leading a group discussion, attend an upcoming facilitator training, led by Interfaith Fellow Matilda Cantwell on Friday, Feb. 6, 11:15-12:00 p.m.

Buddhist Meditation , Monday, Feb. 2, 5 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

The Buddhist Meditation Sitting Group is led weekly on Mondays by Zen priest and teacher Ryumon Hilda Baldoquin, Sensei, a Smith College religious adviser. Meditation can improve one's overall spiritual well-being and physical health. Many people find it useful as a stress reduction and self-reflective exercise. Students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend these sessions, and no previous experience is necessary. Ryumon is also available for one-on-one formal meditation instruction for anyone new to meditation and in need of an introductory session. Contact Ryumon at temples@twostreamszen.org. Our next Sitting Group is Monday, Feb. 2, at 5 p.m. in the chapel sanctuary.

Apply Now to be a Reunion Student Worker; Deadline February 2

Working during Reunion and Commencement weekends is a fantastic opportunity for students to witness and honor Smith alumnae and Smith traditions. Applications are now being accepted on JobX. Once completed they should be turned in at the Alumnae House, 33 Elm Street, right across from the museum. Applications must be received by 4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 2. Questions? Contact Maddie DelVicario, 413/585-6982.

Project Coach General Interest Meeting , Sunday, Feb. 1, 2:30 p.m., Campus Center TV Lounge

Project Coach is looking for academic tutors this semester on Mondays from 4 to 5:15 p.m. in Seelye. Project Coach combines both academics and athletics to help underprivileged students in the Springfield, Mass., area. If you are interested, please come to our general interest meeting on Sunday, Feb. 1, at 2:30 p.m. in the Campus Center TV Lounge. Questions? Please contact Jo Glading-DiLorenzo (jdilorenzo@smith.edu) or Jordan Dubin (jdubin@smith.edu).

Cooperative Housing Info Session , Thursday, Jan. 29, 4:30 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Want to learn more about Hopkins and Tenney, the two on-campus co-ops? Current residents will host answer questions at an information session on Thursday, Jan. 29, at 4:30 p.m. in CC103/4. Short tours will be available afterwards. If you are planning to apply for a spot and can't make it to the session, please email salper@smith.edu. Co-op applications are due next Friday, Feb. 6.

Deadline Approaching: Smith Programs Abroad in Florence, Geneva, Hamburg & Paris , Monday, Feb. 2

The application deadline for Smith Programs Abroad in Florence, Geneva, Hamburg & Paris is Monday, Feb. 2. Applications should be submitted online via the Smith International Travel Experiences System, which can be found in the "How to Apply" section of the study abroad Web site at http://www.smith.edu/studyabroad. Students with questions about the programs or application process should contact the Office for International Study by email (studyabroad@smith.edu), by phone (413/585-4905) or in person at the Lewis Global Studies Center at Wright Hall.

2014 W-2 Year End Earnings Statements

The Controller's Office has posted 2014 W-2 Year End Earnings Statements on BannerWeb. Access this electronic version from the Employee Services menu, Tax Information page. To sign up for electronic receipt of the W-2 statement, follow the link for instructions, http://www.smith.edu/controller/PDF_files/2014_Electronic_Form_W2.pdf. If you previously consented you do not need to repeat this process. Employees who have not consented to electronic receipt will receive paper copies, which will be mailed to home addresses by February 2. Current students receive their W-2 Statement in their Campus Box. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Payroll at x2244 or payroll@smith.edu.

2014 W-2 Year End Earnings Statements

The Controller's Office has posted 2014 W-2 Year End Earnings Statements on BannerWeb. Access this electronic version from the Employee Services menu, Tax Information page. To sign up for electronic receipt of the W-2 statement, follow the link for instructions at http://www.smith.edu/controller/PDF_files/2014_Electronic_Form_W2.pdf. If you previously consented you do not need to repeat this process. Employees who have not consented to electronic receipt will receive paper copies, which will be mailed to home addresses by February 2. Current students receive their W-2 Statement in their Campus Box. Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact Payroll at x2244 or payroll@smith.edu

Entrancing Art: SCMA Opens Exhibition of Works by Mary Bauermeister from the 1960s

A new exhibition of works by German artist Mary Bauermeister at the Smith College Museum of Art was inspired by five of her pieces in the museum's collection. The show, which opens January 30, is the first to explore the artist's work during a period in the 1960s when she lived in New York.

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