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07/28/2015 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.

Hiring Students Begins for 2015-2016

Hiring student employees for the 2015-2016 academic year can now begin. Please review your job description, in particular verifying that the Start Date is September 8, 2015 or later and the End Date is May 6, 2016 or earlier. If a student does not pass validation because she does not have Work-Study, please attempt the hire again in two weeks or so. Although the majority of students have completed their financial aid applications, many still have not and they will not pass validation until they've received a financial aid award.

'Consciousness, Non-Self and Contemplative Art' by Andrew Olendzki , Wednesday, Aug. 5, 6 p.m., Seelye 201

Buddhist ideas are revolutionizing the fields of health care and mental health, mainly through the influence of mindfulness and meditation. Buddhist thought is also having a profound impact on the study of consciousness, and new fields such as contemplative sciences are emerging at the intersection of meditative experience and the traditional sciences. What about art? How are Buddhist ways of looking at the mind and human experience affecting how art is produced and understood? Join Andrew Olendzki, Ph.D., to explore these questions about Buddhist Influences on the New Art Movement.

Steam Line Replacement , Between Chase and Unity Houses

Facilities Management began replacing some underground steam lines between Chase House and Unity House on July 20. To facilitate this project, the through traffic behind Chase, Duckett, Northrop and Gillett Houses (between Bedford Terrace and Prospect Street) will be restricted. Access to and from the back of the buildings will only be accessible from the Prospect Street entrance. There will be no interruption in utility services, and the small Unity House parking lot will remain accessible. The project will take approximately 10 days to complete.

Make Your Own Sundae

Give yourself a break. The Center for Religious and Spiritual Life invites you to "Make Your Own Sundae" on Wednesday, July 29, in the Scales Loggia near the dining hall from noon to 1:30 p.m. Choose your favorite toppings such as whipped cream, Oreo cookies, sprinkles and fudge. Enjoy, relax, eat ice cream. Non-dairy option will be available. No agenda; just fun!

Free Second Friday , Aug. 14, 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: Golden Frame. Assemble and decorate your own frame. 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.

Smith Women’s Leadership Program in Brazil Offers Unique Business Training

Cláudia Vassallo, chief executive at CDI in São Paulo, says being part of a new Smith women's leadership program in Brazil gave her insights into her role as a woman executive. A second round of the program—launched by Smith’s Executive Education for Women in cooperation with Brazil's leading business school—begins in August.

07/21/2015 Digest

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 follow these steps: 1) visit 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.

Campus-Wide Printer Inventory , Tuesday, July 21

ITS in partner with CBS, our contracted support vendor for printer services, will be conducting a campus-wide physical inventory of all printers starting July 21. Teams will be canvassing the campus building by building, office by office. No printers will be removed or changed in any way. You do not need to be present. Should you have any questions, contact Barbara Pliska,

Apple OS X and IOS Security Alert

Apple OS X and IOS Security Alert: University security researchers have demonstrated a critical flaw in Apple's IOS devices and Mac OS X. This flaw allows malicious apps to access passwords and data from other applications including keychain passwords.

Health Insurance Tip - Urgent Care/Convenience Care Options

Need care when your primary care provider isn't available? You have options. For more information, visit

Gloria & Wilma School Links Activists and Archives , Tuesday, July 21

A four-day encounter in June between activists and the college's extensive women's history archives fulfilled a longtime dream of Gloria Steinem '56 and Wilma Mankiller, the first woman elected chief of the Cherokee Nation. The Gloria & Wilma School for Organizers was the first program of the college's three-part Steinem Initiative that will run through 2017.

07/14/2015 Digest

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 For further information, visit

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

User Support Center Back in Stoddard 23

User Support Center staff have moved back to Stoddard 23.

Staff Schmooze: CEEDS Presentation , Wednesday, July 15, Noon, Neilson Browsing Room

Staff Council is hosting another great Staff Schmooze event on July 15. The event will allow colleagues from across campus to get to know one another in an informal setting over a brown-bag lunch (drinks and snacks provided). The highlight of the event is a presentation from CEEDS Field Station Manager, Reid Bertone Johnson, intended to inform Smith employees about Macleish Field Station, a wonderful outdoor resource in West Whatley. There will also be an opportunity to bring your questions and concerns to Staff Council.

Candidate Presentations: 'The Future of Community-Based Learning and Research' , Wednesday-Friday, July 15-17, 11:15 a.m.-noon, CCC, Wright 013

Candidates for director of the Center for Community Collaboration will give a presentation on the topic, "The Future of Community-Based Learning and Research in the Liberal Arts Context." Students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend the presentations. Participants are encouraged to stay for an informal lunch discussion from noon to 1 p.m. following each presentation.

Prof. Peake on His Award-Winning 'Marshmallow Test' Studies

When he began work in the 1970s on the Marshmallow Test study of children's self-control, Smith psychology professor Philip Peake had no idea the results would be so far reaching. Followup studies by Peake and his colleagues have won a Golden Goose Award for their impact on fields ranging from education to economics.

07/07/2015 Digest

'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.

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.

Historic Dress Project Creates Online 'Home' for Scholarship on Women’s Clothing

The college is helping to lead a new digital humanities project that will create an online "home" for learning about women's clothing from the past. Historic Dress will offer visitors digital access to clothing collections around the country, including Smith's extensive historic clothing collection.

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 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 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 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

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.

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.

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