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07/01/2015 Digest


Toner Scam Alert

This notice is regarding what is known as the "phoner toner" scam. Posing as a Smith College primary supplier, the scammer contacts an employee and asks for the model number of the copier or printer in their office. Please remember, never to disclose information to a vendor calling on the telephone. Knowing the type of printer or copier can enable a scammer to send toner to that office and then charge the office an exorbitant amount for toner. If you need toner contact CBS-Xerox, the college's primary supplier, at 1-800-842-0009. Please alert all employees and students in your department.


06/30/2015 Digest


2015-16 Faculty/Staff Parking Decals Now Available Online

2014-15 parking decals expire June 30, 2015. Parking decals for 2015-16 can be purchased online and will be mailed to campus addresses only. Go to https://www.smith.edu/campuspolice/parking/ to complete the registration form and upon entering the credit card information, using Visa or MasterCard, a receipt will appear on the screen which will automatically be emailed to you. The option to pay by cash or check is still available and must be done in the office. No mail-in registrations accepted. Registration forms are available in the Campus Police office, 126 West Street or at http://www.smith.edu/campuspolice/parking_forms.php Parking Office business hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Fiscal Year End Memo

The Fiscal Year End memo is available on the Purchasing website at http://www.smith.edu/purchasing/. Please refer to it for important dates and deadlines related to purchasing and accounting. Thank you.

'Exhibits by Betsey Garand, Carolyn Webb and Kathryn Fanelli' , Through August 21, Jannotta Gallery, Hillyer

An exhibit of works by Betsey Garand, senior resident artist at Amherst College; Carolyn Webb, Williamsburg sculptor and printmaker; and Kathryn Fanelli, a Western Mass. printmaker and affiliate of the contemplative arts movement. The exhibit, which is open to the public, is on view Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., through August 21.

User Support Center Temporarily Located at Seelye B2

Please note that User Support Center staff are temporarily moving from Stoddard 23 to Seelye B2 while their office is under construction.

Online Map Offers Updates on Summer Construction Projects

Looking for the latest information on summer construction projects on campus? A "Project Update Map" on Facilities Management's website offers project descriptions, updates on road closings and other details about building renovations with the click of a mouse. Visit https://goo.gl/hi7NRE

Computer Store Closed , July 1-3

The Smith College Computer store will be closed due to store inventory and the holiday. It will reopen Monday, July 6.

Retirement Party for Joyce Wiernasz , Tuesday, June 30, 3 p.m., Josten Library, Mendenhall

Please join us in honoring Joyce Wiernasz, acquisitions associate at the Werner Josten Library for the Performing Arts, who is retiring on June 30 after working at Smith for 33 years.

New Massachusetts Sick Time Law

On November 4, 2014, Massachusetts voters approved ballot question 4 "Earned Sick Time for Employees." This new law takes effect July 1, 2015. All Smith employees are affected by the new law. In addition, all casual workers and summer-student workers will start to accrue sick time. When working in jobs during the school year, students will be excluded from accruing time. To learn more about how you are impacted by this new law, watch the video at https://youtu.be/xSYNF9A7IoU For further information, visit http://www.smith.edu/hr/whatsnew.php.

It's Opt-Out Sign-Up/Renewal Time , July 1 to September 15

How are you commuting to campus for 2015-2016? Read about the financial incentives to go green with the opt-out program, and find out the details for obtaining an opt-out parking permit by visiting http://www.smith.edu/campuspolice/parking.php

A Keystone Work: Rare Books on Holy Land Given to Smith's Collection

A rare set of 19th-century volumes depicting images of ancient monuments and ordinary street life in the Middle East is now part of the Mortimer Rare Book Room collection. Martin Antonetti, curator of rare books, describes how "The Holy Land" volumes came to Smith in this first in a series of stories about notable items from library special collections.


06/29/2015 Digest


Free Second Friday , July 10, 4-8 p.m., Museum of Art

From 4 to 6 p.m. HANDS-ON! Art making for all ages, inspired by works on view. This month: Color & Light. Create a sun catcher, inspired by SCMA's Morris & Company stained glass window. At 6 p.m. OPEN EYES—Join a guided conversation exploring a different work of art each month. Light refreshments at 5 p.m. Museum Shop open 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

Sign Up for the Staff Listserv

Interested in events and announcements on campus for staff? Sign up for the staff email listserv. Signing up takes less than a minute. To sign up, 1) visit groups.google.com/a/smith.edu/d/forum/smith-college-staff-council-u 2) Click the blue "Join Group" button. 3) Choose your email preferences, then click "Join Group". That's it; you're now signed up for the staff listserv and will receive helpful e-mails a few times a month.


06/23/2015 Digest


Personal Time for FY2015 and FY2016

Personal Time is credited to eligible staff employees at the start of each fiscal year. The first pay period for FY16 began on Sunday, June 14, 2015. Unused Personal Time does not carry over to the new fiscal year. Therefore, all Personal Time for current FY15 must have been used on or before Saturday, June 13, 2015. Personal Time used on or after Sunday, June 14, 2015, will be taken from Personal Time credited for FY16. For questions or more information, contact Lynda DallaPegorara, x2274. Also, consult the Staff Handbook: http://www.smith.edu/hr/handbook_502.php

'Presents of the Mind & Hand: Art Created by the Smith College Class of 1965' , Through July 31, Alumnae House Gallery

Viewing the gesture of the skilled hand offers rewarding and sustaining comfort as we rush through our days at a hectic pace. This idea marks the 50th class reunion exhibit of members of the Smith College Class of 1965 on view at the Alumnae House gallery through July 31. The alumnae exhibitors show that the ability to confront tough social issues or find calm in a foggy landscape help us appreciate and learn from the strengths of our peers. Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

People News

An award for groundbreaking scientific research, and recognition of outstanding teaching and writing are among the recent accomplishments of college students, faculty, staff and alumnae. Read about them in the latest People News column.


06/16/2015 Digest


'The IOCDF and You - Building A Community' OCD Massachusetts Talk Series , Wednesday, June 17, 7 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Denise Egan Stack, President of the Board of Directors of the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation (IOCDF) will describe the organization and its functions. Part of the OCD Massachusetts Talk Series. .

Scheduling Reminder: The Dalai Lama at Smith Oct. 23, 2015

As a reminder to the campus, His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be holding an event at Smith on the afternoon of Friday, Oct. 23. Because the event, tentatively scheduled for 1 p.m., will be open to the Smith community, we ask that all departments and offices avoid scheduling concurrent events if at all possible. Ticketing information for faculty, staff, students and families visiting for Family Weekend will be sent via e-mail later this summer. Tickets are not yet available for distribution or reservation. Note that for those unable to attend the event at Smith, a public event with His Holiness is planned for Sunday, Oct. 25, at the UMass Mullins Center.

Retirement Reception for Ann Finley , Wednesday, June 17, 3-4:30 p.m., Alumnae House Living Room/Trudy's Garden

Please join us for a honoring Ann Finley ’96, lead caterer and dining room administrator, who is retiring in July after working at Smith 26 years.

2014-15 Parking Decals Expire , June 30

The current staff/faculty parking decals expire in less than two weeks. To purchase a 2015-16 decal online go to https://www.smith.edu/campuspolice/parking/ and complete the registration form. Upon entering the credit card information, using Visa or MasterCard, a receipt will appear on the screen which will automatically be emailed to you. The option to pay by cash or check is still available and must be done in the office. No mail-in registrations accepted. Registration forms are available in the Campus Police Office, 126 West Street, or at http://www.smith.edu/campuspolice/parking_forms.php Parking Office business hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

'Can Do Spirit': SAQ Looks at 15 Years of Engineering at Smith

Smith launched its Picker Engineering Program 15 years ago, promising to bring more women—who are educated in the liberal arts along with their technical training—into the male-dominated field. The Summer Smith Alumnae Quarterly features engineering alumnae who are delivering on that promise. Read about them, along with other news.


06/09/2015 Digest


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

4-6 p.m.: Hands-on art making for all ages, inspired by works on view. Fierce Faces: Create your own animal mask inspired by Diego Rivera's fresco depicting an Aztec warrior invoking the power of a jaguar. 6 p.m. Open Eyes: An informal, guided conversation about an art object. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Museum Shop open.

Retirement Reception for Kathy Zieja, Director of Dining Services , Friday, June 12, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Conference Center Meeting Room

Take part in a relaxed, social get-together to celebrate Kathy's dedication and years of service to the Smith College community. Read more about Zieja in the Grecourt Gate by visiting http://www.smith.edu/news/an-interview-with-kathy-zieja/

Donations Still Being Accepted for Jessie's House

Several boxes of donated items for Jessie's House were collected at the All-Employee Picnic on Monday, but if you forgot to bring yours, you can still add them to the pile. Items can be brought to the Events Management Office at 51 College Lane until 3 p.m. on Friday, June 12. Email ksananto@smith.edu with any questions about the suggested/requested items for donation.

Kisses Jar Guess Winner

The winner of the "Guess the Number of Hershey's Kisses in the Jar" contest is Tina Young, Student Financial Services. Her guess of 413 came within 6 of the actual number. Enjoy those Kisses, Tina! The winner of the Smith Trivia quiz and the answers to the questions on the quiz will be announced soon.

The Smith Trivia Quiz Winner (and Answers!)

The Smith Trivia quiz that was passed out at yesterday's All-Employee Picnic provided both those with institutional knowledge a chance to show off as well as others who may not have the same level of knowledge an opportunity to offer some creative guesses. The winning entry was submitted by Katy Schneider in the art department, who got 12 correct answers out of 15. For a list of all the questions and the answers, visit http://goo.gl/zN3pEs

'Heart and Soul' of Smith: An Interview with Kathy Zieja

Kathy Zieja, who is retiring later this month as head of dining services at Smith, says her 38 years at the college have been all about the students. "If we weren't responsive to students, we would fail," says Zieja, whose department has been named one of the top 50 college food operations in the country. Here's what else Zieja had to say about her time at Smith.


06/05/2015 Digest


Reminders re June 8 All-Employee Picnic

Great weather is forecast for Monday’s All-Employee Picnic on Chapin Lawn from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m.. Following are a few reminders: 1) This year's picnic will be a "zero waste" event. Look for the signs that will guide you to the proper receptacle for placing your items when you've finished your lunch; 2) Where operationally feasible, offices will be closed from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. to allow as many as possible to attend; 3) A table will be set up to collect donated personal care items for Jessie’s House in Amherst. [For suggested/requested items to donate, visit goo.gl/cPQF8m; 4) Seating will be provided, but if you prefer to “rough it” bring a blanket to sit on; 5) Don’t forget to try your hand at both guessing the number of Hershey’s Kisses in the jar (placed on the information desk in the Campus Center) and the Smith Trivia Quiz (bring completed quizzes to the donations drop-off table). We look forward to seeing you there!


06/04/2015 Digest


June 8 All-Employee Picnic to be Zero-Waste Event!

All who are attending the All Employee Picnic on Monday, June 8, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Chapin Lawn, can socialize and enjoy the great food, and sort their leftover items at the zero-waste stations with the help of signage and student volunteers. At zero-waste events we strive not to produce any trash. All the items given to guests are either recyclable or compostable, including cups, napkins, plates, utensils, and of course the food. These events are extremely important because they help us become more aware of the waste we generate on a daily basis, and the steps we can take to reduce it through conscious planning, recycling, and composting. Making more events at Smith zero waste, especially events of this size, can help us significantly reduce the trash we generate annually. For more details on the June 6 picnic, read the Gate story at http://www.smith.edu/news/all-employee-picnic-set-for-june-8th-on-chapin-lawn/

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