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"Let's go see a poetry show." That is a sentence rarely proclaimed and usually responded to with cringes and excuses. The Mayhem Poets are on a mission to change that. Having been dubbed "an amazing ride" by the New York Times, this mind boggling performance has been described as "The Simpsons meets Malcolm X at a Notorious B.I.G. concert". These theatre trained, comedically gifted, lyrical virtuosos seamlessly blend raw elements of hip hop, theatre, improv and stand up comedy to tell gut wrenching truths that leave audiences forever changed.
Come make belts with friends and housemates. All decoration supplies free and provided.
Come decorate free diaries in Davis Ballroom.
Come Decorate Bangle Boxes with friends and housemates.
Come make baskets for Easter. All supplies free and provided.
Come make bracelets, earrings, rings, key rings. All supplies free and provided.
Come decorate your very own free flip-flops.
From 4–6 p.m. is Hands On! Art making for ages 4+ (while supplies last). 6 p.m. is Open Eyes, an informal, guided conversation about an art object. The Museum Shop will be open 10–8 p.m. and all activities are free and open to the public.
The following student-led workshops will be offered to the campus community on a range of digital media topics at the Center for Media Production, Alumnae Gym, 7-8 p.m.: Thursday, March 6, Digital Audio Recording and Using Garageband (rescheduled from February 28); Thursday, March 13, Canon Rebel Basics (rescheduled from February 20).
Junior Ushers are an essential part of the Commencement ceremonies. They carry the ivy in the Ivy Day parade; They assist with Commencement, and they help make Senior Week and Senior Ball fun for the graduating seniors. To find out more and obtain applications, contact Lizzy Atkins at firstname.lastname@example.org Applications are due March 14 and decisions will be made by March 23. *Applicants for 2014 may be from the class of '15, '15J, or 'AC graduating in 2015.
Join us for this quiet observance every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. in the newly renovated sanctuary. There will be candle-lighting, quiet meditation, contemplation and informal sharing. This is a wonderful opportunity to explore the redesigned Chapel Sanctuary and to experience the peace of the new space. Open to all students, staff and faculty on a drop-in basis. Sponsored by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life. Accessible.
Maya Lin, American architectural designer and artist will give the 11th Annual Miller Lecture in Art and Art History. The event is free and open to all; no reservations are required. The doors to Weinstein will open at 7 p.m. as early arrival is encouraged. Overflow seating with simulcast will be available as needed. Members’ reserved seating is available. Reserve by March 9: email@example.com or call 413.585.2777.
The Hoxie fund can help provide financial support for Department of Art majors and minors (current sophomores and juniors) who undertake a summer internship involving approximately 35hrs of work per week. Hoxie internship funding may not be used in conjunction with a Praxis grant. The Hoxie award is ideal for a student who has already used her Praxis grant or who is saving her Praxis grant for another summer internship. Maximum awards are $1,000 for 1-month internships and $2,000 for a 2-month internship. Previous Hoxie winners are ineligible. The deadline is March 24th in the art department office (8:30-4:30)
President Kathleen McCartney, Dean of the College Maureen Mahoney and Assistant Professor of Afro-American Studies Riche Barnes will sit on a moderated panel discussion about Sheryl Sandberg's book "Lean In" and the movement it has generated. The panel will be moderated by Jessica Bacal, director of the Wurtele Center for Work & Life and Leslie Hillsamer '16. Pizza and drinks will be provided. More information here: http://www.smith.edu/cwl/passport
President McCartney has challenged the Class of 2014: If 50% of the class—that’s 333 seniors—makes a Smith Fund donation of any size by Ivy Day, she will contribute $2,014 to the Senior Campaign effort. Learn more about the Senior Campaign and make your gift by stopping by the Smith Fund table in the Campus Center between 11am-12:30pm on the following days: Lower Level by the mailboxes on Wednesday, March 5, and Tuesday, March 11. Main level by the cafe on Friday, March 7, and Thursday, March 13. For more information visit http://www.smith.edu/giving/fund_seniors.php or contact Katie Averill at firstname.lastname@example.org
Human Resources is once again offering one of our most popular Money Matters workshops, "Your Successful Retirement" presented by David Carboni. Unlike sessions offered by financial service providers, this program is strictly educational, as Dave neither sells financial products nor represents financial-service organizations. In this series you’ll learn about common mistakes people make in planning for retirement and how to avoid them. Dave will cover Estate planning, Social Security, Medicare, and health insurance planning, Retirement-income planning and more. To register go to http://www.smith.edu/hr/hrdev_catalog.php
This year the number of available job openings in Facilities Management for the Summer Employment is very limited. If there are any vacancies available once returning workers are hired, new applicants will be contacted according to the priority list. On-line applications for new hires must be submitted by Friday, March 28, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. As a reminder, priority for filling positions goes first to eligible returning workers from the previous summer, Smith College undergraduate students, then to college age dependents and then to high school age dependents. For information on how to apply, visit http://www.smith.edu/hr/career_summer.php
Catalyst Foundation founder and executive director Caroline Nguyen Ticarro-Parker will discuss a variety of topics relating from human trafficking, to children's human rights, to global development, to humanitarian aid, etc. Learn about the facts of global human trafficking, how it affects your daily life and how you can be a catalyst to end it.
Form a team with your friends, test your trivia knowledge and compete to win a grand prize.
SGA is sponsoring commercial bus rides to and from Bradley Airport for Spring Break. The cost of tickets will be $10 one-way or $15 round-trip. We accept OneCard or checks, no cash. Come to the SGA Office, Campus Center, upper level, open from 9 a.m.to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday to purchase your tickets. Tickets cannot be purchased on the bus. Go to http://www.smith.edu/sga/docs/2014SpringBreakShuttleFlyer.pdf for the shuttle schedule. Contact Sharon at 413-585-4950 or ext. 4950 for any questions.
Lecture by Christopher Tinson, Assistant Professor African American Studies, Hampshire College. For many, the election and reelection of President Obama represent milestones in U.S. racial politics. Yet the murder of Trayvon Martin, the acquittal of George Zimmerman, and the shooting deaths of Renisha McBride and Jordan Davis, tell a familiar story of anti-black violence. Professor Tinson will discuss what these contemporary cases tell us about histories of violence and demands for racial justice in the United States.
Hala Kamal, Maissan Hassan, Kholoud Saber and Salma El-Naqqash are four Egyptian feminists, who are currently presenting at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women. Their work in feminist NGOs and in the academy focuses on introducing feminist methodology across disciplines in Egyptian public universities (where women’s studies doesn’t exist), and establishing women’s archives, through the Women and Memory Forum and Archive of Voices. Two members of the NGO, Nazra for Feminist Studies, will discuss a political academy to support women's political participation and work to support women’s reproductive rights and healing from sexual trauma.
The Lewis Global Studies Center presents "Nothing Happened: Charlotte Salomon and an Archive of Suicide" (University of Michigan Press, 2013), with author Darcy Buerkle, associate professor of History. Interlocutors include Kevin Quashie, associate professor of Afro-American Studies, and Karen Remmler, professor of German Studies (Mount Holyoke). Co-sponsored by the Department of History and the Program for the Study of Women and Gender. This is part of the Global Books series, opportunities for authors to present their work and examine larger global issues with the Smith community. Pizza lunch will be served to the first 25 participants.
Put a smile on a child’s face—come volunteer to lead a group of children eager to learn about nature. Volunteer at Arcadia in Easthampton on Saturday, March 29, 4-9 p.m. to guide children through the enchanted forest trail of Arcadia. Bring your energy and love for nature to enlighten children about vernal pool creatures. You will wander through a trail that is filled with costumed characters from vernal pools and hear short humorous skits. Email email@example.com to sign up or questions or email firstname.lastname@example.org, ext. 2793 for more information.
Student Affairs is pleased to announce that Marge Litchford will assume the role of assistant dean of students effective March 25. Please help us congratulate her and welcome her to this new role. Thank you to the community for the time and commitment you gave to the process. Your feedback was valuable.
Smith’s Campus Police Department will test the college’s emergency notification system March 12. Please follow the instructions within the message and respond so that we can best determine how well the system is working. If you need to make changes to your emergency contact information prior to this test, you can do so by 5 p.m. on March 11. To receive emergency messages through your cell phone, via text or voice, please update your emergency contact information. Students and employees can do so by logging on to BannerWeb and clicking on Personal Information and then Emergency Information Review and Update. Alternatively, you can update your information through the Smith Portal. Go to http://portal.smith.edu and log in using your network username and password. When the portal page opens, click on the My Info tab then, click on the Personal Data link in the Personal Info block. This will open your BannerWeb account, where you can select Personal Information, then Emergency Information Review and update.
Apply for the Mellon-Mays Undergraduate Fellowship, a program to increase underrepresented groups' access to graduate education. Each year, five Smith College sophomores (must be U.S. citizens) may be awarded a fellowship. Junior & senior year, the program provides intensive faculty mentoring, research funding, stipends for academic year and summer programs, AND loan repayment when you enter a doctoral program in a designated field. Learn more at http://www.smith.edu/diversity/documents/MMUFInfoSheet2014.pdf
In January, Harvard Pilgrim mailed 1099-HC forms to all 2013 Massachusetts resident subscribers. The 1099-HC indicates the coverage subscribers had in 2013, and allows you and your adult dependents (spouses, domestic partners and children over 18) to complete MA Schedule HC when filing a Massachusetts income tax return. Harvard Pilgrim's 1099-HC Info Center at http://www.harvardpilgrim.org/1099 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 enables you to securely print your 1099-HC if you cannot locate the original.
Health Services will be closed for Spring Break. A nurse will be available for phone consultation from Friday, March 14, at 5 p.m. until Saturday, March 15, at 10 a.m. This service will resume on Sunday, March 23, at 1 p.m. when the houses re-open. Between those times, students on campus with health issues should seek care at Cooley Dickinson Hospital. Health Services will re-open on Monday, March 24, at 8:30 a.m.
Cornell University Men’s Glee Club, Robert Isaacs, conductor. Soloists include Dominique Labelle, soprano; William Hite, tenor; and Timothy Jerome Jones, bass-baritone, conducted by Jonathan Hirsh.
A lecture by Anthony Jensen, associate professor of philosophy at Providence College and author of "Nietzsche's Philosophy of History" (Cambridge UP, 2013). Jensen is the associate editor of "The Journal of Nietzsche Studies."
Spend a fulfilling year building bridges to cross-cultural understanding in one of 155 countries as a jump-start to your post-baccalaureate life. Fulbrighters from all fields of study teach English in schools and universities, conduct research, and get involved in their host communities through service projects, sports and cultural endeavors. Juniors and sophomores (U.S. citizens, 3.4+ GPA) register your interest in applying now by answering 12 quick questions at http://www.smith.edu/fulbright/intro.php. Get up to speed on how you can join Smith’s winning tradition athttp://www.smith.edu/fulbright/news_success.php.
Join the Judicial Board and their panelists for a conversation about bullying at Smith. It will occur on Wednesday, March 12 at 7pm - 8pm in the Campus Center Red Room. It is sponsored by SGA and Judicial Board.
The Smith College Judicial Board is looking for new members. Applications are due to the Judicial Board mailbox (located in Clark Hall) by Wednesday, March 26th at 4:00 p.m. Qualified applicants will be contacted on Saturday, March 29th to schedule an interview between April 1st through the 5th. Applications can be found at: http://www.smith.edu/sao/jb/jbchairappl.pdf Please contact the Chair of Board- Dawn Ginnetti (email@example.com) with any questions.
The Offices of the Provost, President 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 Friday, March 14, 2014.
Elizabeth (Beth) Myers has been named Director of Special Collections and will assume her position on May 7. She will oversee the Libraries' three special collections: the Sophia Smith Collection, the Smith College Archives and the Mortimer Rare Book Room; and will serve as chief curator of the Sophia Smith Collection. Myers comes to Smith from Detroit where she served as director of the Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs at Wayne State University. She holds a Ph.D. in 20th Century U.S. history with concentrations in Women’s History and Public History.
The Lewis Global Studies Center and the Asian Arts & Culture program at UMass Amherst present a Global Salon on the politics of Sufi music within the Islamic tradition. This conversation will be led by the well-known qawwal singer Asif Ali Khan and his group of musicians from Pakistan. Asif Ali comes from a famous Pakistani musical family that traces its musical ancestry back more than 350 years. Light refreshments will be served.
The Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Initiative recognizes students who demonstrate "entrepreneurial spirit" with monetary awards. Spirit Awards acknowledge a student's actions to date and encourages them to move forward in pursuit of their entrepreneurial dreams. Smith College Grinspoon Entrepreneurship Award recipients can receive up to $1,500. See http://www.smith.edu/wfi/entrepreneurship_grinspoon.php for details. Submission Deadline: Thursday, March 20th at Noon
The date of this year's All-Employee Picnic has been changed. It will be held on Wednesday, July 9. Everything else (location, time, good food, the great company of your colleagues) will remain the same. More details will be available as the date draws near.
The Megan Hart Jones Studio Art Prize was established in 1987 by family and friends in memory of Megan Hart Jones '88. The award is made annually to an undergraduate for a judged work in drawing, photography, painting, sculpture, architecture, and graphic arts. Interested students should submit and display their work in the Oresman Gallery, Hillyer Hall, Friday April 4 and Saturday, April 5, 2014.
The Enid Silver Winslow '54 Prize in Art History is awarded annually for the best student paper written in an art history course taught at Smith. Students may submit one clean copy of a paper to the Art Office. The name of the student should be typed on the cover sheet only. Submission deadline is Monday, April 7, 2014.
The Elizabeth Killian Roberts Prize is awarded for the best drawing as judged by the Art Department. Interested students should submit and display their work on the second floor hallway of Hillyer Hall, by 4 p.m. on Friday, April 18. Work should be labeled with student name, class, and contact information on the back of the work. All work must be removed my Monday, April 21, 5 p.m.
First Film: Do the Math. Post-film discussion led by Climate Action Now.
Second Film: Carbon Nation. Post-film discussion led by Smith College Green Team.
Senior Architecture Majors present a show of their work. The show is up March 5-27. There will be a closing reception on March 27 from 7-9 p.m. featuring music by WOZQ Party DJs.
The Bookstore will be closed to customers the week of spring break, March 17-21, for a minor renovation. Please plan accordingly. Arrangements to obtain course materials, etc., can be made with the store manager by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Office of Admission would like to thank the campus community for helping with another record-breaking year: 4,461 applications received for admission to the class of 2018. Come celebrate with cake on Monday, March 24, noon-2 p.m., Campus Center; be sure to sign a banner that will be displayed during April admission programs.
"Kraken" by Rebecca Holtz will be read on March 12 and 13. Like most 10-year-olds, Andy is finding her way through the difficult transition from childhood to teenagerdom. However, she is also on the cusp of a unique personal evolution she cannot anticipate. To survive, Andy clings to an imaginary friend as she copes with a family drama she cannot control but that drags her into a maelstrom of monsters. Free and open to the public.
The Office of Admission will welcome an anticipated 750-plus students and families to Open Campus April 10-11 for admitted first-year, Ada Comstock, and transfer students. About 120 of these students will stay until April 12 to participate in Discovery Weekend, a program that provides admitted students of color additional opportunities to learn about Smith. Our guests visit classes, attend special events, and stay in Smith houses. The main registration/check-in area is at the Indoor Track and Tennis Facility on Thursday and Friday. Questions? Contact Admission at email@example.com or x2500.
Do you have an idea for a business? Want to learn how to start that business? Attend any of the Draper Business Planning Workshops, which continue on Monday, March 24. The series is open to all majors and no experience is necessary. Lunch is provided. For more information, please see http://www.smith.edu/wfi.
This seminar will be offered in the fall. Information sessions on the seminar, including the J-term trip to India, will be held at Health Services on: April 1, 5-6 p.m.; April 2, 5-6 p.m. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org as to which session you plan to attend, as pizza will be served. Attendance at one of these sessions is required to be eligible to apply.
A talented and diverse group of poets--Martin Espada, Adrie Kusserow, Bunkong Tuon, Afaa Michael Weaver, and Teresa Mei Chuc--read from their work on this theme. United by a common interest in promoting peace and justice, these poets write about the struggles of the world's outcasts, immigrants, and working classes--those mistreated and forgotten as empires clash and wage relentless war. Their work will be included in the forthcoming anthology, "With Our Eyes Wide Open: Poems of the New American Century," edited by Douglas Valentine.
Thank you so much to the Smith and Northampton community. With all the donations for the Smith Crew Ergathon last Friday, we will be able to give a donation of $1,250 to the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. This is the largest donation we have ever been able to give, and we really appreciate all the people who stopped, donated, and chatted with us as we "erged" away in front of the Campus Center.
Anna Holmes, founding editor of the hilarious feminist pop culture website, Jezebel.com, will be visiting Smith on Tuesday, March 25, from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. in Seelye 106. Before founding Jezebel, Holmes worked at Entertainment Weekly, Glamour, Star, and InStyle. Her book, Hell Hath No Fury: Women’s Letters from the End of the Affair was published in 2003. She left Jezebel.com in 2010. During Holmes’ visit, she’ll read excerpts from The Book of Jezebel, talk about her career and answer your questions.
The application deadline for the Fall 2014 Smithsonian Internship Program has been extended to this Friday, March 14. Students in the program spend the semester in Washington D.C. earning school credit and interning in one of the 19 Smithsonian museums where they 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 more information and application materials: http://www.smith.edu/ams/smithsonian/apply.php.
Student Financial Services will be closed on Friday March 14 so that the staff can prepare the financial aid letters for the admitted Class of 2018. We will return to normal business hours on Monday March 17.
Wednesday, March 12, 12:10 p.m.: One Hour for Peace, Sanctuary. Quiet space to reflect and dialogue. Thursday, March 13, 8 a.m., Mindfulness, Blue Room. Learn techniques to de-stress and relax, 8:30 a.m. meditation. Friday, March 14, 12:15 p.m.: Soup, Salad and Soul, Bodman Lounge. Student-led discussion with a homemade meal. 12:20 p.m.: Friday Prayers with Al Iman. 5:30 p.m.: Hillel Shabbat, Kosher Kitchen, Dawes House, Shabbat dinner follows at 6:30 p.m. For more information on student religious organizations and places of worship, consult http://smith.edu/religiouslife and like us on Facebook.
Soup, Salad and Soul is a time for students to connect, meet new friends and explore new topics with informal, student-led discussions. Enjoy connecting with fellow Smithies over lunch before spring break. The Bodman Lounge is cozy; the food is yummy; and the conversation is meaningful. Sponsored by the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life. Accessible. 12:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel.
Each morning, when looking in the mirror, we think we know who is there! What if who--and what--we think we are is not so? How would that make a difference in our lives? In our communities? In our world? The Buddha's teachings offer us an alternate view of this ever changing phenomena known to us as "Me." Come join the conversation!
Come to Seelye 212 for an Excel workshop hosted by Business Women of Smith College.
Power to the following buildings will be shut down:
• Alumnae House
• Baldwin House
• Duckett House
• Gillett House
• Stoddard Hall
• Stoddard Annex
• Unity House
• Talbot House
• Northrup House
• Albright House
• Chase House
• Campus School/Gill Hall
• John M. Greene Hall
• Dawes House
• Conway House
• Lamont House. At that time, the only power to the building will be life safety equipment. The heating system, lighting and elevator systems will not be functional during the shutdown. The power will be restored at approximately 8:30 p.m. to normal operating levels. There will be representation from Facilities Management and authorized contractors to restore all of the utility services. Please contact Campus Police at extension 2490 with any concerns during this time.
ITS will be moving all student H: (Home) drives to the Student2 server over the spring recess. Mac users, after the recess, you must connect to student2.smith.edu to access any files stored on your Home drive. Windows users, when you log on the network in a Smith lab, your H: drive will automatically open in the correct location. All students who use a secure FTP program (such as CoreFTP, Fetch, Fugu, or Secure Shell) to transfer files to and from their H: (Home) drive will need to connect to student2.smith.edu after the recess.
After Mo Yan, a Chinese novelist, won the Nobel Prize in literature in 2012, numerous debates have arisen on the issue of whether or not he deserves the honor. This symposium will bring together two leading scholars and their research on modern Chinese literature and the issues around it. Shelley Chan, Assoc. Professor of Chinese Language and Cultural Studies in the Dept. of Foreign Languages & Literatures at Wittenberg University will address the issue on why Mo Yan has been scrutinized in the context of political reason. Howard Choy, Assoc. Professor of Chinese Literature in the Dept. of Foreign Languages & Literatures and East Asian Studies at Wittenberg University, will do a comparative study on Mo Yan and Gao Xingjian, recipient of the Nobel Prize in 2000.
Fearless optimist Anna teams up with Kristoff in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna's sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter. March 7 at 7:30, Weinstein Auditorium;
March 8 at 7:30, Stoddard Auditorium.
June & the Bee is a brother-sister duo hatched in the farmlands and raised in Amherst, Mass. Their first original musical arrangement was comprised of Eli on a beloved red kazoo and Emma June on pots and pans, respectively. Out of the kitchen and onto the stage, now, Eli (the Bee) strums the guitar and Emma June the ukulele. Cookies, Coffee, Good Vibes provided.
Lecturer Deborah Denenholz Morse, professor of English at the College of William and Mary, is a noted scholar of Victorian literature and has written widely on the Bronte sisters, Anthony Trollope and on the Victorian understanding of the animal world, as well as on more popular topics such as "Downton Abbey."
Poet Joan Houlihan will deliver a craft lecture as part of the Tammis Day '05 residency. The event is open to the public.
The Smith College Softball Team will host its annual Homerun Breakfast. Cost is $15 and includes a hot, buffet-style breakfast with beverage. We will raffle off several items that are donated from local businesses. All proceeds will directly benefit our Smith Softball student-athletes as they attempt to defray the costs associated with their Spring Training trip. Contact Head Coach Kelly O'Connell (email@example.com or ext. 2723) to reserve your spot.
All students are encouraged to sharpen their skills in public speaking during the college years. The staff of the Helen Hills Hills Chapel is offering one-on-one individualized mentoring for students who would like an opportunity to speak and lead a discussion on a topic of their own choosing. Each student will meet with a personal mentor before and after the student's talk. For more information or to sign up, please visit the Chapel during office hours, come to lunch in the Bodman Lounge any Friday or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Art Department's Art Liaisons presents movie nights featuring different topics in art. The next movie will be Women Art Revolution on March 27. All movies are in Graham Hall, Hillyer Hall at 7 p.m. and open to 5-college community.
A security vulnerability has been identified in iOS (iPhone, iPad) and OS X (Mac clients) that allows attackers to read and modify encrypted communications over WiFi networks they control. Apple has released an iOS update (7.0.6) and an OS X update (10.9.2) to address this vulnerability; both should be installed as soon as possible. Until the updates are installed, iOS and OS X users are advised to use only trusted WiFi networks like SmithSecure and only the Chrome or Firefox browsers for secure communications.
During this third annual leadership experience co-sponsored by Mount Holyoke’s Weissman Center for Leadership and Smith College’s Wurtele Center for Work & Life, participants will begin with a sit-down networking lunch from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Following lunch, author and women's leadership consultant Selena Revani will offer a two-hour workshop on learning to recognize the time and place for risk-taking in your work and life after college. More information and registration here: http://www.smith.edu/cwl/passport
Set in the 1950s, this 2012 romantic comedy follows young Rose Pamphyle, a small-town girl who finds a job as a secretary at an insurance agency run by the debonair Louis Échard. Although Rose is an awful secretary, Louis discovers that Rose has a particular talent for typing, and enters her in a local speed-typing competition. After Rose wins, Louis begins training her to compete to become the world’s fastest typist. In French with English subtitles.
Alexander of Yale University is a noted scholar of rabbinic literature whose recently published book "Gender and Time-bound Commandments in Judaism" (Cambridge University Press 2013), which was a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award. The book deconstructs the traditional explanation of women's exemption from rituals that need to be performed at a certain time (the so-called time-bound commandments) and analyzes the gap between gender ideology and historical reality. It was Alexander’s three years of teaching at Smith that led her to conceive this important project of feminist recuperation of religious tradition.
The 2014 Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) Institute is currently seeking applications for a student worker administrator position for their May 24-June 6 2014 program. This year's program is entitled "Reconstructing Societies in the Wake of Conflict: Transitional Justice and Economic Development" and will take place on Smith, Simmons, and Mount Holyoke College campuses. Student workers will be responsible for administrative tasks involved in coordinating this two-week program. Candidates with experience supporting an on-campus conference or event are especially encouraged to apply. More information can be found at the following link: http://www.smith.edu/world/announcements.php
Interested in getting paid to help other students learn your native language? The Five College Center for the Study of World Languages is currently accepting applications from native speakers of less commonly taught languages to serve as conversation partners in the language programs offered through the Center. These are paid positions and are considered on-campus employment for international students from all five campuses. Please stop by this informal drop-in information session to learn more about this wonderful opportunity. If you can’t drop by but are still interested in applying, you can find information and an application form online at https://www.fivecolleges.edu/fclang/jobs.
All first-years, sophomores, and juniors welcome. Pizza and beverage served.
Smith Alumna Saloma Furlong 'AC will hold a lecture and book signing for her latest book, "Bonnet Strings: An Amish Woman's Ties to Two Worlds." "Bonnet Strings" is a memoir about leaving behind the Amish community in Ohio at age 20 and boarding a train for Vermont where Furlong established a new life as a waitress and found a budding romance. It is a true Amish story of hurt and healing, of doubt and faith, of longing and love, of leaving the Amish, returning, and then leaving again; and of competing desires for freedom and belonging.
The Society of Women Engineers invites girls in grades 6-8 to Smith for Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (IGTED) on Saturday, March 8. IGTED is an annual event to engage young girls in hands-on engineering activities, covering mechanical, electrical, and civil engineering. The morning session runs 9 a.m.-noon, and the afternoon session runs 2-5 p.m. To find out more or register for the event, email email@example.com.
Persian miniature paintings, illuminated manuscripts and early photographs reveal striking similarities in this exciting one-day exhibition of works on paper from the Museum's permanent collection, curated by Khadejeh Al-Rijleh ‘16.
Register to participate in the "First Annual Smith College Climbing Competition," sponsored by the Smith Outdoor Adventure Program and the Smith Outing Club. Registration and warm-up 1-2 p.m. Competition begins at 2 p.m. and continues to 4 p.m., with a mandatory meeting right before start. Open climbing format, self scoring (no judging), prizes for top scores and open raffle swag for all climbers. Free.
This intro session will include information about the Wellness Office's Spring Mindful Leadership Program, as well as the opportunity to test out MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction). The Thursday, March 6, session takes place at 4:15 p.m. in Campus Center 205; and the Monday, March 10, session takes place at 12:30 p.m. in Neilson Browsing Room. There are no strings attached in attending orientation, but there will be an opportunity to register for the spring program. MBSR will help you fulfill your leadership potential and improve your well-being.
Are you concerned about plans for a roommate? Are you wondering what to do about the House Choice Form? What are these "house quotas" that people keep talking about? Come munch on pizza and make your own sandwich and ask all your questions about the housing lottery process and Room Draw.
The Spring 2014 Extended Training Workshop (ETW) equips tutors with detailed tutoring strategies, ideas for projects and lessons, the opportunity to meet and share ideas with other tutors and to ask questions related to students you are tutoring. The training lasts five hours and includes food. Attendees will be paid for the time if you have federal work study and are currently employed as an America Reads Tutor. Register by emailing Elizabeth Barker; firstname.lastname@example.org. All America Reads Tutors are encouraged to attend.
When you see Smith crew team members on rowing machines outside the Campus Center on Friday, March 7, stop by, cheer them on, learn how to use the machines, and pitch in your spare change or a larger contribution for the annual Ergathon. Rowers will occupy the machines from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Chapin Lawn in front of the Campus Center to raise funds for charity. Proceeds raised during their day of rowing will go to The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, a nonprofit organization based in Hadley that provides and serves food to more than 15,000 people in our area per week, many of them children. Watch a video of the crew team at http://www.smith.edu/video/smith-crew-life-water
Presented by Robert Stern, Boston University. Part of the Spring 2014 Life Sciences Colloquium Series. http://www.smith.edu/biology/events.php. Note the special location this week: Stoddard Auditorium, Stoddard Hall.
The Asian Student Association will host renowned comedian Eliot Chang as part of its spring conference. Free and open to the public. For more information about the conference visit https://smith.collegiatelink.net/organization/asa/calendar/details/362335
Emmy winner Lisa Gossels will screen her documentary, "My So-Called Enemy" (2010), a film about six young women (Israeli and Palestinian, Jewish, Christian and Muslim) and their relation to the conflict in Israel and Palestine and its potential resolutions. Gossels will hold a documentary master class, a lunchtime salon at the Global Studies Center Tuesday, April 1, noon-1 p.m., and a series of workshops on gender and conflict resolution. Gossels is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brown University and is member of the Selah Leadership Network. More information can be found at http://mysocalledenemy.com/
Always wanted to visit the MacLeish Field Station, but just can't make it Friday afternoons? Well, here's your chance ~ Saturday the 8th is our inaugural Field Station Saturday! Hang out in our Living Building, go for a hike or help collect maple sap. Limited space, so please sign up here: https://doodle.com/85hi8mrf4bpancua. The van will leave from the Chapin loading dock (between Chapin and the CC) at 1:30pm, and we'll return to campus around 4 or 4:30 p.m..
In 2006, Tess was in the MSW program here at Smith when her sister Meg was hospitalized and diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Together, they embarked on a journey of survival and recovery. Their story addresses many complex issues: educating a family, accepting an illness, and getting support for yourself as you see a loved one through. Tess Hutchinson is the Director of Counseling at Berkshire School in Sheffield, MA. Meg Hutchinson is an award-winning songwriter, poet and recording artist on Red House Records and tours widely in North America and Europe.
Smith's first March Madness Basketball Tournament will begin Sunday, March 9, in Ainsworth and Scott Gym, noon to 5 p.m., as house teams compete in short basketball games. On Monday, March 10, at 7 p.m., the top four teams will vie for the championship title. It will be a fun- filled weekend with music, food and prizes (handed out by the one-and-only Kathy McCartney) ending with a celebration party on March 10, 8-10 p.m. Participating houses are Capen, Comstock, Cushing, Emerson, Gardiner, Haven-Wesley, Jordan, King, Lamont, Lawrence, Morrow, Scales, Talbot, Wilson, Ziskind, B2. Like the Facebook page today. https://www.facebook.com/SmithCollegeAthleticAssociation
A panel presentation and Q&A with honors researchers Antonela Cesar Giordana, Psychology; Yuan Ji, Biochemistry; Yasmin Kamal, Neuroscience; and Gloria Ortiz, Chemistry.
Got an idea? Want to learn how to make money from that idea? Attend the Draper Business Planning Workshop series, held every Monday in March and turn your ideas into reality. No experience is necessary and the workshops are open to all majors. Lunch is provided. More information at http://www.smith.edu/wfi.
March brings Smith's lively Celtic ensemble, the Wailing Banshees, and Ánima, a bracing vocal quartet that performs Celtic, Corsican, American, and Georgian folk songs. They will either banish winter altogether, or bring making noise in the library to a new level. Josten Library's First Fridays @ Five is a patron-driven performance series devoted to the creative lives of its users and the acoustic brilliance of its Mezzanine. Free and open to all.
Friday, March 7, 12:15 p.m.: Soup, Salad and Soul, Bodman Lounge. Student-led discussion and homemade meal. 12:20 p.m.: Al Iman Friday prayers, Blue Room. 5:30 p.m.: Hillel Shabbat, Kosher Kitchen, Dawes House, Shabbat dinner follows at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Mar. 3, 5 p.m.: Buddhist Meditation Sitting Group, Bodman; 7 p.m. "Bonnet Strings" Lecture/Book signing, Sanctuary. For more information on student religious organizations and places of worship, consult http://smith.edu/religiouslife and like us on Face book.
Come to a weekly Monday rehearsal at 7 p.m. to sit in, play, listen, and get a feel for the group. All instruments welcome, but the ensemble is in particular need of flute players. Contact Ellen Redman at email@example.com with questions or if you are interested in joining.
While representative of widely different worlds, both "Kamala" by Vijay Tendulkar, adapted and directed by Afreen Seher Gandhi '15, and "Chamber Music" by Arthur Kopit, directed by Sara Kelly '14, explore how a group decision can have strong repercussions on the life of an individual who doesn't have a voice. These two performances explore history, morality, and the politics of human relationships in the close quarters of a single room. More information and tickets available at http://www.smith.edu/smitharts
Smith’s first Fulbright Fellow of the year, Lisa Saladin, will spend 2014-15 in Ireland completing a language and literature project titled, "Fresh Feminine Voices: Transfiguring Irish-Language Poetry in the Postmodern Era". Come meet many of Smith’s Fulbright Finalists at the Fulbright Spring Break Blast-Off, Monday, March 10, from 7 to 8 p.m. in McConnell 103. A panel of Fulbright Finalists http://www.smith.edu/fulbright/news.php will speak about their experiences with the application process and hold a Q&A session. Follow Lisa and hundreds of other Smithies who have jumped on the Fast Track to Success Express and joined a winning Smith tradition http://www.smith.edu/fulbright/news_success.php.
This panel forum will open an informative and engaging discussion on the relationship between American academic institutions and the broader Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Topics will include: the BDS movement, the ASA endorsement of an academic boycott, and Smith's response to the boycott. Guest speakers Anat Biletski (Quinnipiac University, Tel Aviv University), and Sa'ed Atshan (Brown University, Harvard University) will join Elliot Fratkin for the panel discussion, followed by a Q&A session.
Do you like cupcakes? Do you like Italy? Do you love women? Then this is the event for you. Swing by the table outside the Campus Center Cafe and celebrate International Women's Day with the Italian club. Bring a quarter, take a cupcake and learn a little bit about the history of this wonderful day.
The Lewis Global Studies Center, along with Dr. Les Jaffe, present a Global Salon with Dr. Barry Kerzin. Dr. Kerzin has spent the past 25 years in Dharamsala serving as a doctor to many high lamas including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and providing charitable medical care to the poor. He teaches compassion and secular ethics in medical schools and universities internationally, and delivered a TEDx talk on happiness. Don't miss this opportunity to hear Dr. Kerzin's unique perspective on current conditions and challenges facing Tibetan refugees. Light refreshments will be provided.
The campus community is invited to the exhibit "Creative Colleagues," in honor of the retirement of Mimi Lempart, featuring works by Smith College Libraries staff. Read more at http://www.smith.edu/news/creative-colleagues-collaborate-on-art/
Though rare as a color in wild bulb species, horticulturists have selected and bred pink hued bulbs such as tulips, narcissus and hyacinths, which you will see on view in the bountiful display filling the greenhouses in March. A spectacular array of more than 5,000 bulbs have been coaxed into blooming simultaneously and await you in this long-standing Smith tradition. Open to the public daily from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Extended hours on Fridays, March 7 and 14, from 4-8 p.m. Members-only hours: 9-10 a.m. daily. Please bring your membership card. More information: http://www.smith.edu/garden/Home/events.html
Joan Houlihan's extraordinary third collection, "The Us," a poetic sequence that gives voice to a tribe of nomadic hunter-gatherers, was named a 2009 must-read by the Massachusetts Center for the Book. Ilya Kaminsky has praised the "magnificent force" of its just-released sequel, "Ay," calling it "epic in scope, lyric in texture." A Q&A session open to the Smith community will take place in the Poetry Center at 4 p.m. Houlihan's 7:30 p.m. reading in Neilson Browsing Room is free and open to the public.
What does the Campus Center mean to you? Help celebrate the Campus Center's 10-year anniversary. Share your story, with a song, video or a photo, on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. All participants will be invited to tea in the Campus Center with President McCartney on March 27. Read more: http://www.smith.edu/ose/anniversary_events.php
The Development office is looking for a senior who would be interested in a volunteer speaking opportunity during Commencement and Reunion weekends in May. Each year a student who has received financial aid to attend Smith speaks at the Ivy Day ceremony and the Alumnae Association Annual Meeting to relate to visiting alumnae and parents how Smith has helped her. Public-speech coaching will be provided prior to the event. If this is an opportunity that interests you, please contact Barbara Rejniak at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Judith Ryan, the Robert K. and Dale J. Weary Professor of German and Comparative Literature at Harvard University, is a specialist of 19th- and 20th-century literature, especially of poetry and the novel. Her most recent books are "The Novel after Theory" (Columbia University Press, 2012) and "The Cambridge Introduction to German Poetry" (Cambridge University Press, 2012). Professor Ryan taught at Smith College from 1967 to 1985.
While representative of widely different worlds, both "Kamala" by Vijay Tendulkar, adapted and directed by Afreen Seher Gandhi '15, and "Chamber Music" by Arthur Kopit, directed by Sara Kelly '14, explore how a group decision can have strong repercussions on the life of an individual who doesn't have a voice. These two performances explore history, morality, and the politics of human relationships in the close quarters of a single room. More information and tickets available at http://www.smith.edu/smitharts
Learn more about SEA Semester, an approved study away program, focused on the study of the oceans. The program prepares environmentally literate leaders to address the defining issue of the 21st century: the human impact on the environment. Motivated students of all majors who are passionate about learning, willing to seek out new challenges, and eager to become part of a unique learning community, are encouraged to find out more. SEA is based on Cape Cod in the oceanographic research community of Woods Hole, Mass.
Amazon now charges sales tax in Massachusetts. College cardholders who order from Amazon on behalf of Smith College must set up their Smith College Amazon account with tax exempt status. Please click on the link to the Purchasing homepage for instructions, http://www.smith.edu/purchasing/
In this workshop, ed by Gail Thomas, students will learn more effective study and test-taking strategies to increase retention and lessen anxiety. Participants are encouraged to bring a grab-and-go lunch.
The Lewis Global Studies Center presents a Global Salon with Brazilian dance choreographer and Five Colleges Latin American, Latino/a and Caribbean Distinguished Visitor Amélia Conrado. She will discuss indigenous dance forms and African dance styles in current Afro-Brazilian dance and performance and be joined by Amherst Professor Lucía Suárez, whose research focuses on the Balé Folclórico da Bahia and other Brazilian dance companies. This will be a bilingual conversation in Portuguese and English facilitated by Smith faculty in Portuguese & Brazilian Studies. Pizza will be served to the first 25 participants.
The Food, Farm, and Sustainability Institute at Hampshire College is an interdisciplinary academic program focusing on food production and sustainable agriculture, centered at the vibrant Hampshire College Farm Center. Over a 6-week period, students will gain hands-on work experience with the guidance of the Farm Center staff, learn through inquiry-based projects mentored by faculty with a range of expertise, and acquire ownership of knowledge through independent research projects. Dr. Hooker will also talk about summer farm internships available at Hampshire College this year. Lunch provided.
The Rev. Dr. Jennifer L. Walters, dean of religious life, will conduct the Smith Ecumenical Ash Wednesday service. All are invited to attend the service which marks the beginning of the Lenten season and includes the imposition of ashes. Come as you are.
A documentary featuring a rare inside look at Amish life.]. "The Amish Shunned," sequel to "The Amish" follows seven people who have chosen to leave their closed and tightly-knit communities for the outside world, never able to return.
Help campus police evaluate their services to our communities by completing the online survey. Students can enter to win a $25 Amazon gift card. Survey is open through March 31. Visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CampusPolice2014 to give us your feedback.
Buddhist icons and Buddhists who make art are ancient features of the tradition. But what are we to make of the recent spate of art exhibitions “inspired by the Buddhist notions of emptiness and impermanence, " featuring “artists that draw inspiration from one of the world’s great religions,” and work “influenced by Buddhism, theoretical physics, and prehistoric cultures,” or the burgeoning number of artists who describe themselves as Buddhist. The current trends raise questions about how we assess artists’ relationships to Buddhism across nations and cultures ("whose Buddhism?") and the motivations behind the art and its display.
Come listen and join the discussion as we explore how the Sophia Smith Collection’s wealth of evidence of women’s experiences and ideas is evolving as a resource for social change. What programs can we imagine that bring college students and community organizers together toward this goal? Where are the models? Learn about movement groups, curriculum initiatives, and archival projects that are training the leaders of tomorrow in the values and practices of social justice feminism. Lunch for the first 30.
Snapshot Photography Club is hosting this semester's Darkoom Tutorial this sunday in the student dark room at 25B Henshaw Drive (the small yellow house directly behind Cutter-Z). The tutorial will review darkroom procedures and is mandatory for all who would like to use the darkroom this semester.
Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark become targets of the Capitol after their victory in the 74th Hunger Games sparks a rebellion in the Districts of Panem.
All supplies free and provided.
Holly Shimizu, executive director of the United States Botanic Garden will discuss how our sense of smell and taste are essential to our quality of life. She will talk about these senses and the plants that fulfill the premiere spot for amazing, unusual and unique flavors and fragrance. She'll also discuss how the plants are used and grown, the parts of the plants that are used as well as their season of interest. . Followed by a reception and preview of the Bulb Show in the illuminated Lyman Conservatory. More information: http://www.smith.edu/garden/Home/events.html
Rachel Lord is a Mount Holyoke alumna who owns and operates a cut-flower farm in Alaska and is passionate about sustainable agriculture and local economies. Rachel has a M.S. in Wildlife Biology and also works off-farm at Cook Inletkeeper, a regional non-profit dedicated to protecting Alaska's clean water and healthy salmon. Lunch provided for the first 20 people.
If your computer is currently running Windows XP, please note that Microsoft will stop supporting the Windows XP operating system in early April 2014. Due to the significant security risks associated with this change, any computer running Windows XP after March 31st will be blocked from the Smith network. To continue accessing the network after that date, you must upgrade to a supported version of Windows (Vista, 7, or 8).
William T. Freeman, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will speak on "Re-rendering Motion," on Monday, March 3, at noon in Neilson Browsing Room as part of the 2013-14 long-term project "Regarding Images." Freeman will address a variety of uses of motion re-rendering, including visualizing scientific results, recording actions and artistic effect. He will discuss three approaches to re-rendering motion: creating motion without movement of captured video data; shape time photography, the capture of movements of shapes over time; and motion magnification. Free lunch for the first 50 attendees.
The Human Resources Learning and Development calendar for staff is now available. A variety of professional development, management and supervision, money matters, and life-enhancement workshops will be offered. Among them will be a demo of the 25Live scheduling system; a business-communications refresher; Performance Appraisal, for supervisors and managers; and a retirement seminar series, “Your Successful Retirement.” To register, visit http://www.smith.edu/hr/hrdev_catalog.php.
Thursday, Feb. 27, 8 a.m., Mindfulness, Blue Room. Learn techniques to de-stress and relax, 8:30 a.m. Meditation; Friday, Feb. 28, 12:15 p.m.: Soup, Salad and Soul, Bodman Lounge. Student-led discussion with a homemade meal. 12:20 p.m.: Al Iman Friday prayers, Blue Room. 5:30 p.m.: Hillel Shabbat, Kosher Kitchen, Dawes House, Shabbat dinner follows at 6:30 p.m. On Monday, Mar. 3, 5 p.m.: Buddhist Meditation Sitting Group, Bodman Lounge. For more information on student religious organizations and places of worship, consult http://smith.edu/religiouslife and like us on Facebook.
Have you survived rape, sexual assault, or relationship/dating violence? Come give and receive support from others who have survived rape, sexual assault or relationship/dating violence understand. Tuesdays from 4:15-5:30 p.m. starting February 25. New members welcome through March 4. For more info and to register in advance, contact the Smith College Counseling Service at (413) 585-2843.
You can now find out whether a laundry machine is "in use" or "available" via any web browser. Simply log on to http://www.laundryview.com/smith and select your house to view laundry machine status. If you have a smart phone, go to m.laundryview.com/smith via any browser to use Laundry View Mobile on the go.
Soup, Salad and Soul is a time for students to connect, meet new friends and explore new topics with informal, student-led discussions. The Bodman Lounge is cozy; the food is yummy; and the conversation is meaningful. Sponsored by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life. Accessible.
Four professors in evolutionary biology and earth sciences from top graduate institutions will discuss their graduate programs. Lunch will be served.
Neilson Professor Chris Holmlund will speak on "Sylvester Stallone: Blockbusters, Misfires and Bombs," on Monday, March 3, at 5 p.m. in Neilson Browsing Room. A reception will follow. Holmlund, the Arts and Sciences Excellence Professor of Film, Women's Studies and French at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, is editor of the upcoming publication The Ultimate Stallone Reader: Sylvester Stallone as Star, Icon, Auteur, a collection of essays on Stallone's career, his place in popular culture and his influence on movies, sports and society. This is the second of three Neilson Lectures this spring. Open to the public.
Smith’s International Students’ Organization presents Rhythm Nations, an annual event that showcases performances from all around the world. Performances include skits and dances representing countries such as Zimbabwe, Kenya, South Korea, Japan, China, Yemen, India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. This event is free and open to the public.
Common Ground is an opportunity to enjoy delicious food and deep conversation about faith and justice. Join us for a homemade dinner and a discussion about the intersections between faith, structural injustice, and the IMF.
All majors are invited to learn how to make money out of a great idea. Attend the Draper Business Planning workshop series, held every Monday in March and turn your ideas into reality. No experience necessary. Lunch provided for the first 50 attendees. More information at http://www.smith.edu/wfi.
Smith's Catholic Student Ministries would like to welcome any Catholic students for an evening of food, fun, and fellowship. This meeting also hopes to show Catholic Smithies just how many of Catholics are on campus and how plans to serve Smith's Catholic community this semester are developing.
The Lewis Global Studies Center will present a WHAW (What's Happening Around the World) on Smith's 2014 commencement speaker, Christine Lagarde, the first woman to serve as managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The discussion , which will examine the policies and ideologies of the IMF, will be lead by Smith faculty panelists Payal Banerjee, Simon Halliday, Roisin O'Sullivan and Vis Taraz. Pizza lunch will be provided. Read more at http://www.smith.edu/news/whaw-panel-christine-lagarde-and-the-international-monetary-fund-february-28/
Liza Stepanova, the 2013-15 Iva Dee Hiatt Visiting Artist in Piano, presents her first solo recital at Smith with a program reflecting her Russian heritage. The kaleidoscopic assortment of works will traverse two centuries of Russian music and culminate in Stravinsky’s brilliant “Three Movements from Petrushka,” transcribed by the composer for Arthur Rubinstein.
Tyson Neukirch, grower at The Farm School, will discuss the school’s unique one year training program in homesteading, commercial meat and vegetable production, forestry and loads of practical skills. All welcome. Email jbenkley@smith for more information.
Jennifer Masters' lecture is titled "Learning to Look: What Designers Do. What Students Need To Know." Free and open to the Five College community.
In the Fall 2014 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 website for more information and application materials: http://www.smith.edu/ams/smithsonian/apply.php.
The second highest grossing film ever in France, "Les Intouchables" is a heartwarming comedy based on the remarkable true story of an unlikely friendship. The film follows Philippe, a rich quadriplegic living in Paris, who is in need of a new live-in caretaker. Philippe ends up hiring Driss, a young man living in poverty on the outskirts of Paris. This unconventional pairing eventually grows into genuine friendship as Driss helps Philippe to rediscover the joy in life again. In French with English subtitles.
Break from the norm and stop by the Campus Center on your way to lunch to decorate your own Mardi Gras mask. Masks, decoration supplies and donuts offered at no charge. Sponsored by SEC.
A showcase of performances from around the world, including skits and dances representing countries such as Zimbabwe, Kenya, South Korea, Japan, China, India, Pakistan, and Nepal. Free and open to the public.
A lecture by Sherene Seikaly, Assistant Professor of History and Director of the Middle East Studies Center, American University in Cairo (AUC). Lunch provided on a first come first served basis. Sponsored by the Department of History, Lewis Global Studies Center, Middle East Studies, Global South Development Studies and the Smith College Lecture Committee.
The deadline for spending 2013 FSA election dollars is February 28.. The deadline for submitting bills for reimbursement remains unchanged, at March 31. This applies to both medical flexible spending accounts and dependent care flexible spending accounts. For more details on how to manage your flexible spending account, feel free to contact Lynn Cocco, in HR, at ext. 2273.
Sister Outsider is a duo of two Women of the World Poetry Slam Champions, Denice Frohman and Dominique Christina. Frohman is an award-winning poet, lyricist, and educator, whose multi-cultural upbringing inspires her to explore the intersections of race, gender, sexuality, and the "in-between-ness" that exists in us all. Christina is a writer, performer, educator, and activist. She holds four national titles in the three years she has been competing in slam, including the 2012 Women of the World Slam Champion and 2011 National Poetry Slam Champion.
In stark contrast to the contemplative mood of "Summer Memories," Smith alumna Louise Peabody's new exhibition, "Gatherings," features large, crowded compositions of noisy, glass clinking, costume wearing revelers. Some new portrait and landscapes will also be part of the second installation in the Alumnae House Gallery. The exhibition is open to the public; February 19 - April 24, Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Learn about the many ways to be involved with the MacLeish Field Station--from maple sap collection and Field Station Fridays to potential internships and a future docent program. No commitment required. Please RSVP to email@example.com by the 18th, so we can provide food for everyone (and let us know about any dietary restrictions).
Student Financial Services is currently accepting financial aid applications for the 2014-15 academic year. To view financial aid requirements, visit http://www.smith.edu/sfs/apply_current.php. Students currently on financial aid can view their individual requirements on Bannerweb. If you have not received financial aid in the past and are interested in applying for financial aid for the 2014-15 year, please notify the SFS office in writing of your intent to apply for financial aid.
President McCartney welcomes Smith students, faculty and staff members, to stop by her office to discuss college issues and projects during open hour.
Tickets for An Evening of Two One-Act Plays -- "Kamala" and "Chamber Music" -- taking place Feb. 28, March 1, 6, 7 and 8 at 8 p.m. are now on sale. Admission is $8 Adults, $5 Students/Seniors, $3 Smith Students with ID. All tickets are $1 on February 28. Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.smith.edu/smitharts or by calling 413-585-ARTS (2787). More information about tickets by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Kahn Liberal Arts Institute is accepting applications for fellowships for the short-term project Traditional Eastern Medicine, organized by Dr. Leslie Jaffe, director of Health Services. This project will take place March 27-29. A more detailed description is available on the Institute’s website: http://www.smith.edu/kahninstitute/shortterm_projects_easternmedicine.php. (The online application is also located in this page.)
Join us in welcoming Sara Gould, spring 2014 activist-in-residence at the Sophia Smith Collection, as we open a series of discussions exploring the archives' potential to promote social justice by linking campus to community and weaving women's life stories into strategies for change. Lunch provided for the first 30.
Two PBS American Experience documentaries featuring a rare inside look at Amish life will be shown at Smith in March. "The Amish" will be featured on Monday, March 3, and its sequel, "The Amish Shunned," will be shown on Tuesday, March 4. Smith alumna Saloma Furlong 'AC, who inspired millions with her personal story, will a hold a lecture and book-signing on Monday, March 10, at 7 p.m. at the Helen Hills Hills Chapel. Furlong will offer a rendition of what it was like to be raised in an Amish community and feel torn between two worlds. Events are co-sponsored by Forbes Library.
The Lewis Global Studies Center will will present a discussion of "L'Étranger en Côte d'Ivoire: Crises et Controverses Autour d'une Catégorie Sociale" (The "Foreigner" in the Ivory Coast: Crises and Controversies Surrounding a Social Category). Author and Smith College visiting lecturer in French studies and anthropology Alfred Babo, along with special guest interlocutor Ibtissam Bouachrine, associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese, will lead a discussion and presentation of this newly-released book. The Global Books Series is an opportunity for authors to present their work and examine larger global issues with the Smith community. This event will be in French.
The solution to the February Mystery Map has been revealed on the Smith College Spatial Analysis Lab website. Find out which map shows national participation in the 2014 Winter Olympics. Check out the link to view the answer, read about how we made the Mystery Map and learn about some of the spatial patterns revealed by this month's map: http://bit.ly/SAL_solution.
SGA is sponsoring commercial bus rides to and from Bradley Airport for Spring Break. The cost of tickets will be $10 one-way or $15 round-trip. We accept OneCard or checks, no cash. Come to the SGA Office, Campus Center, upper level, open from 9 a.m.to 5 p.m. Monday – Friday to purchase your ticket(s). Tickets cannot be purchased on the bus. Go to http://www.smith.edu/sga/docs/2014SpringBreakShuttleFlyer.pdf for the shuttle schedule. Contact Sharon at 413-585-4950 or ext. 4950 for any questions.
Vote for the best weekend this semester for stargazing at MacLeish Field Station, hosted by the Astronomy and Physics Club, by visiting the Doodle poll at http://doodle.com/bkyt2t853vnasme5 or send an email to email@example.com.
People use the term "sustainability" everyday to promote "green" products and "environmentally-friendly" concepts, but how can we quantify and qualify the term? "Sustainability" has come to represent many ideas and images, but where did it start, why has it changed and where is it going. Join Engineers for a Sustainable World in a conversation about "sustainability" and its applications to engineering, academics, and the world as a whole.
A tranquil half-hour of beautiful Baroque compositions for violin and harpsichord.
As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man's life, family, and American society.
Over the last four decades, the formal, non-profit institutional structure has come to dominate social justice work in the US, replacing prior traditions of volunteer-led organizations, membership-based organizing and other more horizontal and participatory mechanisms of civic engagement. Urvashi Vaid and Dean Spade will share perspectives on how nonprofitization and funder influence impact the race and gender politics of contemporary US LGBT work, and what strategies are being developed by queer and trans activists both within and outside non-profit structures to build a movement centered in racial and economic justice.
This critically acclaimed documentary tells the inspiring story of NBA star Jeremy Lin and his dramatic rise to success. There will be refreshments provided and an optional discussion to follow. Hosted by Smith Christian Fellowship and Athletes Intervarsity.
All students are invited to submit proposals to participate in the annual conference, “Celebrating Collaborations: Students and Faculty Working Together,” which will take place this year on Saturday, April 12. Students in all class years, with declared majors or undecided, are encouraged to submit proposals deriving from course projects and papers, special studies projects, honors theses, performances and other student-faculty interactions for inclusion in the day-long event. For more information and to complete the online application visit http://www.smith.edu/collaborations. Applications should be sent to Danielle Ramdath, Associate Dean of the Faculty, by Friday, February 21.
Start the year off right and give back to the community by donating blood. Campus blood drive sponsored by the CSO and Red Cross on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; and Wednesday, Feb. 26, 1-7 p.m. Sign up for an appointment at this Doodle poll: http://doodle.com/698fea3495bdnqee
Bring friends and housemates to make exciting puzzles of your own style. All supplies are free.
Jessica Bacal, director of the Wurtele Center for Work and Life, will lead a series of three short lunchtime workshops based on her forthcoming book, "Mistakes I Made at Work: 25 Influential Women Reflect On What They Get Out of Getting It Wrong" (May 2014, Penguin Random House). Pizza and hot chocolate (with marshmallows and whipped cream) provided. Registration encouraged but not required. For more information, visit http://www.smith.edu/cwl/passport
The third lecture series/class will highlight archival discoveries made by faculty researchers and professional archivists, both the eureka moments of personal discovery and the ways archival research enriches and often significantly revises existing narratives or scholarly interpretations.
Lecture for Feb 20 "Digitizing History Teaching," Patrick Spero Assistant Professor of History and Leadership Studies Williams College. Spero will discuss his works in using digital archives and new media in courses relating to early American History. Free and open to the public.
Anthropologist Rahel R. Wasserfall, a resident scholar at the Brandeis University Women's Studies Research Center, will speak about her current book project, “Eating Together in Difference: Stories of Food, Living Together and Religion.” This book explores issues of conviviality, toleration, and religion in public life and is based on her ten years of experience as Director of Evaluation and Training for CEDAR--Communities Engaging Difference and Religion--a religiously diverse and international group.
As an ecofeminist scholar, educator and activist, Jones lectures on subjects such as the intersections of racism, sexism, speciesism, homophobia, and the exploitation of the environment. Her activist work within the feminist, peace, and LGBTQ liberation movements dates back to the 1970s. She has taught college and university courses on race, gender, sexuality, and the praxis of social change, and her own theories appear in numerous anthologies. This event is sponsored by Animal Advocates of Smith College and is free and open to the public. Complimentary vegan treats will be provided.
Questions and answers with the filmmaker Lilly Rivlin will follow the screening. Esther Broner was a feminist activist and author who pioneered the first feminist seders in 1975-76 in Israel and New York. Rivlin’s new film presents Broner’s story and the story of the Manhattan seder--which involved founders of Ms. magazine and is still ongoing--and shows the evolution of Jewish feminism within the American women's movement.
Lecturer Nadine Kabbani of George Mason University will offer the next lecture in the Spring 2014 Life Sciences Colloquium Series. http://www.smith.edu/biology/colloquium.php Coffee, tea and light snacks will be served at 4 p.m.; talk to begin at 4:30 p.m.
All students in the class of 2015 and 2016 are eligible to apply (not 2014), for the 2014-2015 projects. For more information, visit http://www.smith.edu/kahninstitute/fellowships_student.php.
The annual free art party for Smithies, Night at Your Museum, will offer free sustainable/local food, music dj’d by WOZQ, hands-on/take-home environmental art project, and photo booth. Features the special exhibition, "The Eye is a Door: Landscape Photographs by Anne Whiston Spirn." Also, compete in instagram challenge:Use #naym | Prize for top ten images. Winners selected by SCMA staff. Submit by Rally Day.
Applications for the 2014 Bridge leader staff are available now online. Get all the important dates and details by checking out the application at http://www.smith.edu/oma/bridge_leader.php. For more information, contact L'Tanya Richmond at firstname.lastname@example.org or extension 4940.
For those Interested in fashion, marketing, business or charity organizations, attend SmiTHrift's first meeting of the semester to find out how you can be involved in the year-end fashion show and other club events.
This lunch will be the 7th annual get-together of recent recipients of an SSAS grant and board members. Over lunch, attendees will have the opportunity to talk together at big round tables. Share your stories and meet not only us, the SSAS Board members, but Anne White, the SSAS Administrator, and other Smith students who have been helped in some way.
A spectacular blend between African and American hip-hop traditions, Bideew Bou Bess from Senegal has to be seen and heard before you can fully grasp their effortless, innovative fusion of traditions and languages. Comprised of three brothers - Moctar, Baidy, and Ibrahima Sall - they blend sweet vocals with savvy poetic commentary and strong traditional melodies. Also featuring Abiodun Oyewole, Tantra Zawadi, Tony Vacca and Gokh-bi System.
"Criss-Crossing" by Kathleen Mosley, centers around a train ride in 1963. Traveling from New York to Washington, D.C. the stories of the passengers intersect with the historic March on Washington for jobs and freedom. "Harmoniously Awkward: A Sketch Comedy Play," by Allison Ristaino ’14 is a series of comedy sketches that follows the lives of a group of oddballs. The sketches follow them to an amusement park, an AA meeting, an office, a break-in and more.
Becoming a part of this student organization is a simple way to become more involved in sustainability and education efforts both on campus and in the community. Regardless of your experience or area of interest, Green Team welcomes your ideas and enthusiasm.
Alison Klayman's award winning documentary follows world renowned artist Ai Wei Wei beginning in 2009, through his release from the Chinese authorities in 2011. Open to all. Free.
Friday, Feb. 21, 12:15 p.m.: Soup, Salad and Soul, Bodman Lounge. Student-led discussion with a homemade meal. 12:20 p.m.: Al Iman Friday prayers, Blue Room. 5:30 p.m.: Hillel Shabbat, Kosher Kitchen, Dawes House, Shabbat dinner follows at 6:30 p.m. On Monday, Feb. 24, 5 p.m.: Buddhist Meditation Sitting Group, Bodman Lounge. For more information on student religious organizations and places of worship, consult http://smith.edu/religiouslife and like us on Facebook.
Meditation is as natural as breathing. It is simply paying attention. Just being with everything that arises around us. This organic process is not tied to any religion, dogma or spiritual practice. And we just forget because of an untrained mind. This talk will explore what is this organic process of attending and how to train ourselves to continuously access this valuable resource so that we do not waste one moment of this precious life.
All majors are invited to test their creativity and learn how to make money out of a great idea. Attend the Draper Business Planning workshop series, held every Monday through March and turn your ideas into reality. No experience necessary. More information at http://www.smith.edu/wfi. Lunch provided for the first 50 attendees.
Information and advice on preparing your C.V./resume (and which one should you use?) for graduate/professional school, internships and jobs. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop to be able to work on your own document during this lunchbag with: Allison Anacker, PhD - Neuroscience Program; Jason Bauer-Clapp - Lazarus Center for Career Development; and
Daryl Gehman - Lazarus Center for Career Development. Pizza will be provided for the first 40 people.
SEXtravaganza 2014, hosted by Peer Sexuality Educators. Sex Nerd Sandra presents two sex-related workshops, at 4 p.m. in Campus Center 102, and at 7 p.m. in Campus Center 003. For more information: https://www.facebook.com/smithpse
A panel of investment professionals will discuss how the college’s endowment is invested and the place of fossil fuels in its holdings. Panelists are Alice Handy, CEO of Investure, the firm that manages Smith’s investments; trustee Margaret Eisen ’75, chair of the Smith College Investment Committee; and Bob Litterman, chairman of the risk committee at Kepos Capital and a noted speaker on the pricing of carbon emissions and climate risk. The panel is sponsored by the President's Office and is the third in a series of campus conversations in relation to the fossil fuels divestment campaign.
"Criss-Crossing" by Kathleen Mosley centers around a train ride in 1963. Traveling from New York to Washington, D.C., the stories of the passengers intersect with the historic March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. "Harmoniously Awkward: A Sketch Comedy Play" by Allison Ristaino ’14 is a series of comedy sketches that follows the lives of a group of oddballs. The sketches follow them to an amusement park, an AA meeting, an office, a break in and more.
Moctar Sall, Baidy Sall and Ibrahima Sall, who comprise Bideew Bou Bess, one of the best-known hip hop bands in Senegal, will discuss how rap and hip hop are being used to encourage social activism in West Africa. Members of the Senegalese-American band Gokh-bi System, American percussionist Tony Vacca and Smith faculty will also participate. A pizza lunch will be served. This Global Salon is presented by the Lewis Global Studies Center and the Smith College Department of Music.
Join Student Event Committee for the first Break From the Norm of the spring semester. Stop by the CC Garden level on Tuesday, Feb. 18, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. to have fun decorating free cookies with your friends.
First-Year Seminar 121, "The Evolution and Transformation of the Northampton State Hospital," will report on its Fall 2013 class projects. Northampton State Hospital, adjacent to Smith College, operated from 1858 to 1993. Student projects were intended to help memorialize the history of the hospital. They contribute to and complement the work of the Northampton State Hospital Memorial Committee, which was awarded $75,000 by the City's Community Preservation Act committee to create a Memorial Park on the site. FYS 121 students will describe their projects and how they will contribute to memorializing Northampton State Hospital. All are welcome; refreshments provided.
Former TECC volunteers who have spent the summer teaching English or organizing cultural activities in rural China will be on hand to discuss upcoming opportunities. You don't have to know Chinese to be a part of this program. A short presentation as well as refreshments will be provided.
Students, get together with your houses. Seniors, don your most creative hats and graduation gowns. All in the Smith community, it's time to rally together to celebrate Smith and its outstanding alumnae. Rally Day 2014, on Wednesday, Feb. 19, beginning at 1:30 p.m. in John M. Greene Hall, is a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Smith College Medal. This year's Smith Medalists, who will speak as a panel, are: artist Susan Hiller '61; biotechnology entrepreneur Susan May Molineaux '75; journalist and author Amy Ellis Nutt '77; and diplomat Farah A. Pandith '90. Also on the program: presentations of teaching awards, the Gavel Awards, performances by the Glee Club, and as always, the vaunted Smith tradition of Gaudeamus Igitur. Rally Day is for everyone! Don't miss the annual tradition. More information: smith.edu/rallyday
The Offices of the Provost, President 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 Friday, March 14, 2014.
Staff and faculty are invited to a farewell reception in honor of John Shenette on Tuesday, February 18, 3-4:30 p.m. in the atrium of the Brown Fine Arts Center. John has served as Smilth's associate vice president for facilities management for the past six years. Please join us to celebrate John's service to Smith and to wish him well in his new position at Wake Forest University.
Find what's meaningful to you. Develop a habit of reflection. Get life skills. The Wurtele Center for Work and Life (WCWL) invites you to attend any number of our "Passport to Life After Smith" workshops being offered this semester. Read about this semester's offering of workshops at http://www.smith.edu/cwl/passport. Registration is encouraged but not required. Questions or comments? Email Ally Einbinder '10, WCWL program specialist, at email@example.com.
Journalist and author Amy Nutt ’77, a 2014 Smith College Medalist, won a Pulitzer Prize in feature writing for her investigation into the mysterious sinking of a scallop fishing vessel off the coast of Cape May in 2009. Nutt has also received numerous prizes and fellowships, including the Nieman Fellow in Journalism at Harvard University, the Distinguished Writing Award from the American Society of Newspaper Editors and four Front Page Awards from the Newswomen’s Club of New York. In 2011, Nutt published her first nonfiction book, "Shadows Bright as Glass: The Remarkable Story of One Man's Journey from Brain Trauma to Artistic Triumph."
The Mystery Map Challenge is back, and this month, we have an Olympics-themed map game to challenge all interested spatial thinkers and map lovers. Check out the Mystery Map at the Spatial Analysis Lab website at http://bit.ly/MysteryMap, and use the form on the Mystery Map page to enter your answer. The first person to correctly guess the answer wins a prize.
Every Wednesday at noon the Helen Hills Hills Chapel sanctuary serves as a dedicated space for peaceful dialogue, meditation, and community building. Students, staff and faculty are encouraged to come to the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life's transformed multi-faith space to be in solidarity during the noon hour. Participants are welcomed to spend a full hour or just a few minutes to light a candle, seek silent contemplation or a spiritual connection. There are self-guided directions and an opportunity for group discussion. The foyer has tables and chairs for those who want to bring a bag lunch.
2014 Rally Day Medalist Susan Molineaux '75, biotech entrepreneur, will discuss the importance of building professional relationships throughout one's career in STEM. Mentors, advisors, teachers, and coaches can support, challenge, and open doors. Her message? "You can be in control of this; your desire and ability to forge relationships can change the course of your career." Light refreshments will be available at 4pm; the talk will begin at 4:30pm.
Smith alumna Shamiram Feinglass will discuss a range of topics, including non-traditional medical career paths, science and government, industry, medical school, public health, policy and international work.
SCMA Night at Your Museum Instagram Challenge is inspired by the special exhibition, "The Eye is a Door: Landscape Photographs by Anne Whiston Spirn." Contestants should use #naym. Prize for top ten images. Winners selected by SCMA staff.
Join Moctar Sall, Baidy Sall, and Ibrahima Sall, who comprise Bideew Bou Bess, one of the best-known hip hop bands in Senegal, for a discussion of how rap and hip hop are being used to encourage social activism in West Africa. Members of the Senegalese-American band Gokh-bi System, American percussionist Tony Vacca, and Smith faculty will also participate. A pizza lunch will be served. This Global Salon is presented by the Lewis Global Studies Center and the Smith College Department of Music.
From 4–8 p.m. everyone is welcome to the February 14 Free Second Friday at the Museum of Art featuring “The Eye is a Door” Landscape Photographs by Anne Whiston Spirn. From 4–6 p.m. is Hands On! Art making for ages 4+ (while supplies last). 6 p.m. is Open Eyes, an informal, guided conversation about an art object. The Museum Shop will be open 10–8 p.m. and Tryon Common café will serve light refreshments.
Sparks fly when spirited Elizabeth Bennet meets single, rich, and proud Mr. Darcy. But Mr. Darcy reluctantly finds himself falling in love with a woman beneath his class. Can each overcome their own pride and prejudice? February 14, Weinstein Auditorium; February 15, Stoddard Auditorium.
The Smith College V-Day Campaign presents its annual production of "The Vagina Monologues." Written by Eve Ensler, the production is a series of monologues exploring vaginas, vulvas, womanhood, feminism, gender and sexuality. Tickets will be sold in the Campus Center the week before the show, as well as through houses. Note: some of the monologues contain material about sexual assault and domestic violence, which may be triggering. Please use your discretion, and email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.
With civil war intensifying in Syria, violence continuing in Iraq and Egypt, increasing uncertainty around the U.S. withdrawal in Afghanistan, and militant groups wreaking havoc in sub-Saharan Africa, the Muslim world is in a state of violent transition. Critical Connections is launching a series of discussions to cultivate a better understanding of the current historical, political, economic, religious and social dynamics of the region. The discussion on political Islam, featuring Dr. David Mednicoff and Professor Natana DeLong-Bas at Jones Library in Amherst.
On Friday, Feb. 14, 7-9 p.m., participants can visit the bell tower, ringing chamber and belfry to see the bells. Throughout the day Saturday, ringers from the Old North Church in Boston and Trinity Wall St. in New York will train beginners in the art of change ringing in a series of one hour lessons and information sessions starting at 10 a.m. on February 15. Visit the Smith bell ringing website, http://www.smith.edu/bellringing, for more information or to register. All sessions meet at Mendenhall Center in the lower Gamut.
The C3 Summer Research Fellowship offers paid opportunities to conduct research at UC Berkeley and Columbia University! Benefits include mentored graduate-level research opportunities in the Arts, Humanities, and Social and Physical Sciences, GRE preparation, a substantial stipend ($4000 at Berkeley; $5000 at Columbia), campus housing, some meals, and transportation to the college. See http://C3TransformHigherEd.org for more information. Open to US citizens or permanent residents who are sophomores and juniors, particularly those from historically underrepresented groups and first generation college students. Application deadline: February 17.
Born in India, raised in Sudan, educated in England, and currently a resident of New York City, Meena Alexander has drawn on her experiences of exile, trauma, conflicting identity, and the customs of four continents to produce eight books of poetry, a memoir, and two novels. A self-described “woman cracked by multiple migrations,” she finds her “I” in the power to construct sanctuary from a single memory. Q&A at 4 p.m. in the Poetry Center, followed by a public reading at 7:30 p.m. in Neilson Browsing Room.
Plant science summer internship applications are being accepted through Monday, Feb. 17.
Currently offered is a summer internship at the Smithsonian Institute, National Museum of Natural History and Botanic Garden summer internships. Information and application forms are online at: http://www.smith.edu/garden/Academics/students.html
Orchestra will be holding an open rehearsal for interested new members. Come sit in, play, listen, and get a feel for the group. All orchestral instruments welcome - strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion! Rehearsals are every Tuesday night. Contact Jonathan Hirsh at email@example.com with questions or if you are interested in joining.
Learn about study abroad in Korea this summer with the Smith/Ewha Summer Exchange scholarship.
Threshold: An evening of dance, music, and image with Anne Whiston Spirn, Chris Aiken, Angie Hauser, and Mike Vargas | Q&A to follow. Reserved seating for SCMA members available.
Support Smith Lacrosse by spreading your love on Valentine's Day. Visit the team's table in the Campus Center on Friday, Feb. 14, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., to buy a flower.
Beginning in the summer of 2014, financial aid award letters will no longer be mailed to returning students. Instead, each student will receive an email that her award letter is available to be viewed in Bannerweb. This new policy will contribute to a more efficient notification system so students will have access to their financial aid awards for the upcoming academic year sooner than with a paper mailing. We hope this will assist families with their financial planning. Parents or any authorized people will be able to view the financial aid award via TouchNet.
The Libraries have designated February 13 “I Love My Library Day,“ a celebration of love, friendship and devotion in the libraries. Take a break, have some fun, and explore something new in all four campus libraries. Special exhibitions, button-making, photo booth, raffle, afternoon tea and a special “Love in the Archives” evening program.
The Student Theatre Committee is holding auditions for an original sketch comedy show. Performers of all experience levels are encouraged to audition. Auditions will be Friday, Feb. 14, 4-6 p.m., and Saturday, Feb. 15, 5-7 p.m., in the Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts building. Audition materials will be provided. Tech and crew positions are also available. Contact the director, Emuna David, with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Smith Jazz Ensemble has the following positions open for Spring 2014: Trumpet IV, Trombone II, Trombone II, and Bass. If interested, please contact director Genevieve Rose at email@example.com, and attend our open rehearsal.
Smith has achieved a 73 percent first-round success rate in the current Fulbright competition. Of this year's 37 candidates, 27 have been selected Finalists to move forward into the final round judged in the host countries. The results of those offered the Fulbright Fellowship will be posted throughout the spring at http://www.smith.edu/fulbright/news.php. Juniors and sophomores (U.S. citizens, 3.4+ GPA) register your interest now in applying by answering 12 quick questions at http://www.smith.edu/fulbright/intro.php.
Divas, balladeers, and belters bring hearts and voices to the soaring Josten Mezzanine for a little musical sendoff into the most romantic, frilly, and annoying holiday of the Hallmark season. Our hearts may ache and break, but we all love libraries! Valentine's Day in the library never sounded this good—and these songsters will have serious musical chops. No date required.
Learn about exciting summer programs offered through Smith College, the Five Colleges, and organizations from around the world. Ask questions about funding opportunities, such as International Experience Grants, Praxis, and the the Intensive Summer Language Grant.
LSS 100 lecture series continues with this talk by Venice, Calif., architect Mark Mack. Open to the Five College community.
Information session at the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute for students interested in applying for fellowships in the Institute's 2015 semester-long project titled, "The Question of Privacy," organized by Judith Cardell, engineering, and Alice Hearst, government. The objective of the project will be to end the semester with a richer understanding of how we define our right to privacy and what it means to protect this right. A detailed description of the project can be found on the Kahn Institute website at http://www.smith.edu/kahninstitute/chronicle/fall2013/privacy.php
Talk with agency representatives from many local organizations. Expand your college experience by volunteering with local agencies. Meet new people, do interesting work, get off campus and help the community. Free pizza while it lasts. The Community Service Office can help and provide support. For questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call x2793.
Tall Heights’s delicate melodies and gentle harmonies create a rare public space where the people can slow down, even stop, and suspend the chaos of city life in exchange for some really great music.-Megna Chakrabarti, NPR. Cookies, Coffee, Good Vibes provided.
The potential formation of a Smith College chapter of Engineers Without Borders will be discussed and the interest of the general student body will be assessed. Majors and non-majors are all invited as this type of org is extremely multidisciplinary. Bring a lunch and come figure out a way to make this goal a reality on Smith campus. Email Lauren Weston at email@example.com with any questions.
Nuestras Raíces is a grassroots non-profit organization that promotes human, economic, and community development in urban communities across Western Massachusetts. Nuestras Raíces has grown over the years to include a wide range of programs and activities related to food, agriculture, and the environment. Nuestras Raíces – which means “Our Roots” in Spanish - continues to be nurtured by the local Puerto Rican community’s strong agricultural ties and rich cultural traditions. Learn how to get involved, meet with Jonathan, Nuestras volunteer coordinator, and find out about the many opportunities available this semester. Pizza and salad served.
Spring 2014 Life Sciences Colloquium Series continues with Sarah Kucenas of the University of Virginia. http://www.smith.edu/biology/colloquium.php Coffee, tea and light snacks will be served at 4 p.m.; talk to begin at 4:30 p.m.
All supplies free, and gluten-free options available.
All supplies provided at no cost.
Approximately 12-15 bikes will be available to rent on a first come, first served basis. Rentals are $20 dollars a semester or 4 hours of work exchange. If you don't get a bike not to worry we will renting out bikes every two to three weeks.
ESW develops leadership and design skills while working toward a sustainable future. Participation comes in many forms, including projects, field trips, round table discussions, workshops, and more! Come to this interest meeting to learn about what ESW does—all majors are welcome and tea snacks will be provided.
Thursday, Feb. 13: downhill ski/snowboard trip to Berkshire East (trips are every Thursday); $10, 6-9 p.m., meet at Sage Hall at 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, Feb 15: snowshoeing trip, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., meet at the Boathouse.
Sunday, Feb. 16: cross country ski trip, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., meet at the Boathouse.
No experience necessary. Bring warm layers, gloves, and boots comfortable for walking in some snow. After the hard work is done there will be treats in the Living Building Classroom. Vans will leave from between Chapin and the Campus Center at 1 p.m. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot.
It turns out you don't have to be an Econ major to figure out how to make money out of a great idea. Attend the Draper Business Planning workshop series, held every Monday in February and March, to turn your ideas into reality. No experience necessary. More information at http://www.smith.edu/wfi. Lunch provided for the first 50 attendees.
The Student Theatre Committee is holding auditions for a sketch comedy show February 14 from 4-6 p.m. and February 15 from 5-7 p.m. Audition materials will be provided. No experience is necessary, all are welcome and encouraged to audition. Contact the director, Emuna David, at email@example.com, with any further questions.
Learn more about JYA Florence or Italian culture in general by attending the Italian Club's first official meeting in Hatfield (there will be a sign on the door specifying which room). Everyone is welcome. If you have any questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, Feb.12, 12 p.m.: One Hour for Peace, Sanctuary. Quiet space to reflect and dialogue. Thursday, Feb. 13, 8 a.m., Mindfulness, Blue Room. Learn techniques to de-stress and relax. Friday, Feb. 14, 12:15 p.m.: Soup, Salad and Soul, Bodman Lounge. Student-led discussion with a homemade meal. 5:30 p.m.: Hillel Shabbat, Kosher Kitchen, Dawes House, Shabbat dinner follows at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, 5 p.m.: Buddhist Meditation Sitting Group, Bodman Lounge. Note earlier time - now 5 p.m. For more information on student religious organizations and places of worship, consult http://smith.edu/religiouslife and like us on Facebook.
Kate Eichhorn, assistant professor, culture and media, and director of The New School, Eugene Lang College, will discuss the history and contemporary manifestations of radical print cultures. Free and open to the public. Part of ARX 141 What I Found at the Archives, a seven-week lecture series/class that highlights archival discoveries made by faculty researchers and professional archivists, both the eureka moments of personal discovery and the ways archival research enriches and often significantly revises existing narratives or scholarly interpretations.
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