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09/11/2014 Digest


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

All are welcome to a free Second Friday at the Museum of Art. Reinstalled galleries will be open. From 4-6 p.m., Hands-on! Art making for ages 4+ with adult (while supplies last). At 6 p.m., Open Eyes, an informal, guided conversation about an art object. Plus, visit a Northampton Chalk Art Festival artist outside SCMA on Sept. 12! The Museum Shop will be open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Light refreshments will be served by Tryon Common.

'Portraits of Grandmothers: A Photography Exhibit' Opens , September 8, Alumnae House Gallery

"Grandma" is a portrait project by award-winning photographer Linnea Osterberg '97. As a tribute to her beloved grandmother, Smith alumna Linnea Osterberg '97 created "Grandma," which honors the unique bond between grandmothers and their grandchildren." The exhibit is open to the public through December 3; M-F; 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., at the Alumnae House Gallery, Alumnae House, 33 Elm Street.

Be a Student Museum Educator; Applications Due September 12

Smith College Museum of Art is looking for volunteers to become Student Museum Educators (SMEs), Volunteers lead tours for school and adult groups, in addition to assisting with family events. SMEs meet other students, learn about art, have fun, and contribute to the community. To learn more, visit http://www.smith.edu/artmuseum/Education/Just-for-Students/Student-Museum-Educator-Program Applications are due by September 12. To apply, submit a SME application: http://www.smith.edu/artmuseum/Education/Just-for-Students/Student-Museum-Educator-Program/SME-Application Email questions to museduc@smith.edu.

Jittery's Live! Presents Lux Deluxe , Thursday, Sept. 18, 9 p.m., Campus Center TV Lounge

The Student Events Committee presents Northampton band Lux Deluxe. The indie rock band formed in 2009 and base their sounds on bands like Dire Straits, The Band, and The Beatles. To check out their music beforehand, go to http://luxdeluxe.bandcamp.com/ Come by to enjoy live music, coffee, and delicious treats.

SEC Presents 'Divergent' , Friday and Saturday, Sept. 12 and 1, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Join SEC for a special screening of "Divergent." A film about based in a world divided by factions based on virtues, Tris learns she's Divergent and won't fit in. When she discovers a plot to destroy Divergents, Tris and the mysterious Four must find out what makes Divergents dangerous before it's too late.

SEC Films Presents 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' , Sept. 19 and 20, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Join the Smith College Student Events Committee for a special screening of the new release "X-Men: Days of Future Past." The film will also be shown again, at the same time and place, on Saturday, 9/20. The X-Men send Wolverine to the past in a desperate effort to change history and prevent an event that results in doom for both humans and mutants.

SEC Presents Break From The Norm: DIY Tie Dye Shirts , Thursday, Sept. 11, Chapin Lawn

All shirts and dye will be provided.

Opening Reception for 'Shadows: New Paintings by Elizabeth Meyersohn' , Friday, Sept. 12, 5 p.m., Oresman Gallery, Hillyer

Opening reception for Shadows: New Paintings by Elizabeth Meyersohn in the Oresman Gallery, Hillyer Hall, BFAC. The show will be on view through September 30th. Gallery hours are Monday - Friday, 8:30-4:30. A graduate of both Smith College and Yale School of Art, Ms Meyersohn teaches drawing and painting in the Art Department at Smith. A 2010 recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant for painting, her work is in a number of permanent collections, most notably at the Changzhou Museum in Changzhou, China and the Sori Museum in Jeunbuk, South Korea.

Spatial Analysis Lab Announces Fall Workshops

The Spatial Analysis Lab (SAL) announces its fall workshop offerings, including GPS instruction, web mapping, cartographic techniques, and more. Visit the SAL webpage to view workshop descriptions and offering dates, as well as to sign up in advance: http://bit.ly/Fall2014Workshops

Poetry Reading: Lucie Brock-Broido , Tuesday, Sept. 16, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Lucie Brock-Broido's work evokes a world that is gorgeous and ethereal and dark. Stanley Kunitz praised her "brilliant nervosity and taste for the fantastic." A disciple of Emily Dickinson and Wallace Stevens, she has been called "deeply forbidding, revealing." Her fifth and most recent book, Stay, Illusion, was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the National Book Critics Circle Award. A Q&A open to the Smith community will be held at 4 pm in the Poetry Center. Free and open to the public.

2014-15 Opt-Out Parking Program Sign-Up Period Ends September 15

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

College Corporate Card Reconciliations Due September 15

College Corporate Card Reconciliations Deadline- the 15th of the following month. College Corporate Card submissions of paper statement are due no later than the 15th of the following month. Cardholders that are using the MasterCard SmartData system also have until the 15th of the following month to complete their online expense reports for the previous month. For example, September 15th is the College Corporate Card Reconciliation Deadline for August 2014 transactions. For more details, see the College Corporate Card tab under Card Management on the Purchasing website. http://www.smith.edu/purchasing/pcard_management.php

Fall 2014 'Springfield Bound' Preregister by September 15

Springfield Bound is a day-long orientation on Sept. 20 organized by Smith's Center for Community Collaboration for students who will be working or volunteering in Springfield. Learn about the rich history and all the neighborhoods that make up this great city where people work and play. Lunch will be provided; transportation to Springfield Renaissance School is available from Smith at 8:30 a.m., returning at 4:30 p.m. Online pre-registration by September 15 is required. For information and registration, visit https://fivecolleges.edu/cbl/springfieldbound.

Fall 2014 'Holyoke Bound' Preregister by September 15

Holyoke Bound is a day-long orientation on Saturday, Sept. 27 for students who will be working or volunteering in Holyoke. Learn about the rich history and community in Holyoke through interactive workshops, panel discussions, and a cultural performance. The program theme for Fall 2014 Holyoke Bound is "Education and Literacy." Lunch will be provided; transportation from Smith to Dean Technical High School is available by arrangement with the Center for Community Collaboration (ccc@smith.edu). For information and registration, refer to https://fivecolleges.edu/cbl/holyokebound. Online pre-registration by September 15 is required.

Department of Dance 'Town Hall' , Friday, Sept. 12, 4:30 p.m., Boathouse

Meet Smith faculty and students, get introduced to Smith's dance department, and learn about upcoming events and opportunities for new and returning students.

SWG Reads the News with the Smith Community Fridays , September 12-November 21, 12:10 p.m., Duckett Dining Hall, Room B

We all read the news in different forms: as ticker tape under the TV broadcaster, in newspapers, on Facebook, Twitter or as blog posts. But we often read it alone. The Study in Women and Gender (SWG) program invites you to join a more collective setting in Duckett Dining Hall Room B over a Friday lunch to read the news: that is, decipher it, ask questions, give reactions, add new frames, in a sense, re-write the news. For those not on the meal plan, primarily staff and faculty, your lunch is on us. From 12:10 p.m. until the news is read.

'Mom Baby God' , September 12 and 13, 7:30 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio, Mendenhall

This one-woman show follows Jessica Beth Giffords, a 15-year-old girl who is equal parts Justin Bieber superfan and aspiring pro-life celebrity, as she attends the Students for Life of America Conference. Developed by reproductive rights activist, actor and playwright Madeline Burrows, and directed by Smith alumna Emma Weinstein, 'Mom Baby God' is based on a year of undercover research and interviews at anti-abortion conferences, fundraisers and rallies. Forty years after Roe v. Wade, 'Mom Baby God' explores how girls develop a sense of self and sexuality amidst the ongoing political backlash against feminism and reproductive rights. Free and open to the public.

Using Theater as a Tool for Activism with Emma Weinstein '13 , Saturday, Sept. 13, 2 p.m., Green Room, Mendenhall

Madeline Burrows, Smith alumna Emma Weinstein and Allison Smartt will discuss how they created the one-woman show, 'Mom Baby God' and will lead participants through a brief workshop on creating original activist theatre. Students will engage with local political issues and will have fun. No experience necessary. To register, visit http://www.smith.edu/cwl, or just show up.

BuzzFeed's Anne Helen Petersen on the Gossip Industry , Wednesday, Sept. 24, 7:30 p.m., Ford 240

"The Gossip Industry: Mediating Celebrity from Clara Bow to Jennifer Lawrence" will be the topic of this talk by Anne Helen Petersen, who received her Ph.D. in Film/TV/Radio from the University of Texas, Austin, where she wrote her dissertation on the industrial production of celebrity gossip. Her book, 'Scandals of Classic Hollywood,' based on a column that began on 'The Hairpin,' is due out from Plume later this fall. She recently taught at Whitman College and is currently a feature writer at BuzzFeed in New York.

Life Sciences Colloquium Series: 'Early Family Environment in Prairie Voles' , Monday, Sept. 15, 4 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Presented by Todd H. Ahern, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology & Behavioral Neuroscience Program, Quinnipiac University. http://www.smith.edu/biology/events.php. Coffee, tea and light snacks will be served at 4 p.m.; talk to begin at 4:30 p.m.

Swimming and Diving Fundraiser: Jolyn Swimsuit and Clothing Sale , Friday, Sept. 19, 11 a.m., Campus Center Garden Level

Jolyn is one the premier beach swim wear producers in the world. Their suits and clothing are comfortable, stylish, long lasting, well made and provide a good fit. Proceeds from this event will benefit Smith's Swimming & Diving Team, helping to pay for championship racing suits at the end of the season and help in funding the team training trip in late December.

Leading Ladies Auditions for 'The Producers' , September 11 and 13, Sage Hall 15

Leading Ladies is a student organization that produces a musical each semester. This year, the musical is the Mel Brooks' musical, 'The Producers.' Come prepared with a verse and a chorus of a song to be performed a cappella. Auditions take place Thursday, Sept. 11, 7-10 p.m., and Saturday, Sept. 13, 1-5 p.m. We will provide monologues for you to read. All levels of experience are welcome and encouraged. Callbacks are Sunday, Sept. 14, 1-5 p.m. Tech and crew positions are also available. If you have additional questions, contact the director, Lily Altreuter at laltreut@smith.edu.

Nominations for Students for 'Smith in the World' Conference

Faculty and staff are invited to nominate juniors and seniors who have distinguished themselves in sustained, off-campus educational experiences to present their work at the annual Smith in the World Conference in November. Student panelists will speak about their experiences with internships, international study and community service, and how their liberal arts education and their off-campus work inform each other. Nominations are due September 19. The nomination form is available here: http://www.smith.edu/events/intheworld.php. Address questions to Charlene Imes (cimes@smith.edu).

'Financing Life' Workshops Begin , Thursday, Sept. 18, Noon, Neilson Browsing Room

Life costs money. How will you pay for it all? Come to "Financing Life," a popular lunchtime workshop offered by Smith's Center for Women and Financial Independence that covers everything you need to know from how to budget to saving for a car, house or business. Finally understand how taxes work, the best way to pay off debt, how to choose a credit card, and much, much more. Free lunch for the first 70 attendees. For more information, visit http://www.smith.edu/wfi

Bike Registration , Tuesday, Sept. 16, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Chapin Lawn

If you would like to have your bicycle registered with campus police. Officers will register and apply your bike registration decal at the event.

Campus Police Outreach Programs

Campus Police offers safety programs and hall talks to students by request. These programs can be arranged at your hall programs or teas. Programs include hall talks, alcohol awareness program and self defense workshops. To schedule a program, contact campus police at (413) 585-2490, ask for the Outreach Office.

CSO Community Service Recruitment Fair , Wednesday, Sept. 17, 4 p.m., Carroll Room, Campus Center

The Community Service Office will host the fall recruitment fair on September 17 from 4:00 to 5:30 PM in the Campus Center Carroll Room. The fair will provide students with an opportunity to meet agency representatives and learn about volunteering in the local area. Pizza and refreshments will be provided while it lasts.

Upcoming Religious and Spiritual Life Activities

Friday, Sept. 12: Soup, Salad and Soul, a student-led discussion with a home-made vegetarian meal prepared by our student cooks, 12:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge; Hillel Shabbat followed by Shabbat dinner, 5:30 p.m., contact hillel@smith.edu. Monday, Sept. 15, Buddhist Meditation Sitting Group, a meditation for beginners and experienced practitioners, led by Ryumon H. G. Baldoquin, a Zen priest and teacher.

Upcoming Moodle Training Sessions

Moodle instructors may be interested to learn that we will soon be offering a range of Moodle training sessions. Please see the Moodle home page for full details: http://moodle.smith.edu

'Infanticide and a Reverse Fertility Transition in Japan: 1790-1920' , Thursday, Sept. 18, 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Fabian Drixler, assistant professor of history at Yale University, will speak on his path-breaking research on the history of abortion and infanticide in early modern and modern Japan. He is the author of "Mabiki: Infanticide and Population Growth in East Japan, 1660-1950" (University of California Press, 2013). This lecture is free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Smith College East Asian Studies Program and the College Lecture Fund.

Animal Advocates of Smith Meet Mondays Beginning September 15 , 12:15 p.m., Dewey Hall 104

Animal Advocates of Smith College is an inclusive student organization raising awareness about animal rights through advocacy, community building, and non-confrontational outreach. General weekly meetings are relatively informal and generally involve a few bits of agenda and copious amounts of tea. Animal Advocates organizes leafleting and other outreach projects, bonding events, speakers, film screenings, trips to conferences, lectures, sanctuaries, and vegan potlucks, and more. More info: tinyurl.com/join-aasc Every Monday, 12:15pm, Dewey Hall 104.

Lecture: Green Infrastructure, Groundwater, and the Sustainable City , Thursday, Sept. 11, 7 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

A lecture by Larry Band, the Birdsall-Dreiss 2014 Distinguished Lecturer. His research is in watershed eco-hydrology, including the co-evolution of ecological and hydrological systems. This event is free and open to the public. Sponsored by CEEDS.

Field-Based Study Abroad Programs by SEA Semester , Tuesday, Sept. 23, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Campus Center Garden Level

Looking for adventure? Want to study abroad? SEA Semester offers field-based study abroad programs for all majors during the summer or semester in the Caribbean, Europe, Polynesia, and New Zealand. Students spend half the semester in Woods Hole, MA in preparation for the second half voyage as a full-working crew member aboard one of two tall sailing ships. Email edorr@sea.edu with questions.

WHAW - 'Epidemics in the Global Era: The Case of Ebola' , Monday, Sept. 15, 4 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

The Lewis Global Studies Center presents WHAW (What's Happening Around the World) - "Epidemics in the Global Era: The Case of Ebola." The panelists will consider questions such as: How is Ebola transmitted? How are epidemics managed and what role do international organizations and governments play? Who receives medical treatment and why? Panelists include Kim Yi Dionne (Government), Rob Dorit (Biological Science), Dr. Les Jaffee (Health Services), Jennifer Walters (Religious and Spiritual Life, Center for Community Engagement). More information, including information about additional events on global themes, can be found at http://www.smith.edu/world/calendar.php.

Constitution Day Event: 'The Federalist Papers: 2014' , Tuesday, Sept. 16, 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

The Constitution Day speaker this year is Rhode Island Lt. Governor Elizabeth Roberts. At a time of renewed interest in realigning the relationship between states and the federal government, Roberts' position as a state elected official puts her in a unique position to discuss the Constitution's division of power between the states and the national government and what the consequences of that structure mean for everyday politics. The title of her talk is "The Federalist Papers: 2014"

Jerry Noble and Friends: 'Put Up Your Dukes!' , Sunday, Sept. 14, 3 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

The annual fall concert, this year featuring works by John Duke and Duke Ellington, with Donald Boothman, baritone and Bob Sparkman, clarinet. The program will include several unpublished songs by John Duke, former Smith College Music Professor, which only exist in the Smith College Archives and private collections. Free and Open to the public.

Welcome-Back Tea and Donuts for Sophomore Class , Wednesday, Sept. 17, 8-9 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

The sophomore class cabinet will be giving out donuts and tea to members of the class of 2017. Stop by to ask about upcoming events, catch up with friends or take a quick study break.

WFI Intern Job Fair , Wednesday, Sept. 17, Noon, WFI, Neilson Archway

Looking for a part-time campus position where you can learn something new, help yourself and others? The Center for Women & Financial Independence is hiring interns for the fall and spring semesters to staff our Resource Center, reach out to the campus community via our Ambassador Program, and TA our popular workshop series and events. All of our programs are designed to help Smith women learn how to become financially independent. No experience required, ALL MAJORS welcome. Interested? Come to our job fair for more information and the opportunity to apply. Lunch will be provided.

Open Office Hour with President McCartney , Tuesday, Sept. 30, 4:15 p.m., President's Office

Volunteer with Nuestras Raices at their Annual Harvest Festival , Saturday, Sept. 27, 9 a.m.

Volunteer with the CSO at Nuestras Raices' Annual Fall Harvest Festival in Holyoke. Help set up booths and enjoy music, entertainment, food, and more! Support a local urban grassroots agri-cultural organization. Transportation and snacks will be provided. To sign up, go to: http://goo.gl/XWYFXp. For more information, contact mpark26@smith.edu or iross@smith.edu.

'One Hour for Peace' Gathers Wednesdays at Noon , Chapel Sanctuary

One Hour for Peace is a weekly Wednesday gathering where we take time to "be the change we wish to see in the world." A time for guided contemplative exercises and respectful, quiet conversation about things that matter in our world, it is a non-religious gathering. This week we will light a candle for Michael Brown of Ferguson, Mo., and all those around the world who are affected by a militarized society. We will reflect on Martin Luther King's statement "peace is not the absence of tension but the presence of justice." We encourage you to bring a grab/go lunch.

Health & STEM Professions Lunchbag Series Begins , Friday, Sept. 12, 12:15 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

If you are new to prehealth (don't have to be new to Smith), new to Smith and couldn't make it to either of the orientation sessions on September 2, neither of the above but need a reminder of prehealth resources and key tips for meeting your prehealth goals...plan to come. Pizza will be provided for the first 40 people.

Smith Democrats First Weekly Meeting , Monday, Sept. 15, 7 p.m., Campus Center 205

Stop by to talk about politics and current events, learn about opportunities to volunteer for Democratic candidates, and meet other Democrats on campus. Meetings are usually held in the Campus Center 205, but occasionally in Campus Center 102.

Night in the Garden , Friday, Sept. 12, 4:30 p.m.

Meet in the Smith Community Garden between Northrop and Lamont Houses to learn about the space, the mission of the garden and events to be held in the garden this semester. Food will be provided by the garden.

Seniors: Teach For America (TFA) 2nd Application Deadline , Friday, Sept. 12

Just 8% of kids growing up in low-income communities graduate from college by age 24. TFA is a national teacher corps of college graduates and professionals who commit to raise student achievement in public schools. We work with a diverse group of student leaders with a record of achievement who want to work to expand educational opportunity, starting by teaching for two years in a low-income community. If you are a current senior and have questions about applying, email Smith CCC Joselyn Quintanilla at jquintan@smith.edu.

Guest Recital: 'My Business is to Sing: Giving Voice to Poetry of Emily Dickinson' , Saturday, Sept. 20, 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

In this guest recital, soprano Sarah Pelletier and pianist Lois Shapiro will present a lively performance "conjuring" Emily Dickinson, woman and poetic voice. Their concert features new musical settings by Eric Sawyer and Ross Bauer, and the beloved cycle of twelve songs by Aaron Copland--music inspired by her expansive, whimsical, mystical, and always provocative poetry. Free and open to the public.

Alumnae Chorus Homecoming Event Celebrating Alice Parker '47 , Sunday, Sept. 21, 2 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

The Smith College Alumnae Chorus presents A Weekend of Song in Celebration of Alice Parker Class of '47. Alice Parker and Jonathan Hirsh will share conducting duties; the repertoire will include Parker's settings of poetry by Emily Dickinson and Elinor Wylie, along with Ralph Vaughan Williams' "Autumn" from the Folk Songs of the Four Seasons. Join us for this autumnal weekend concert as we celebrate one of Smith's most notable alumnae.

Faculty/Staff Pick-Up Ultimate Frisbee Games Begin , Friday, Sept. 19, 4 p.m., Burton Lawn

Inviting all faculty and staff to join in a casual, yet challenging pick-up ultimate frisbee game. Previous playing experience is encouraged, but not necessary. The rigor of the game will be based on the group in attendance. Please bring water and a light/dark shirt, no cleats necessary. The first game will be Friday, Sept 19th starting at 4pm on Burton Lawn. The following games will be held every other Friday at 4pm, with some variation for holidays. Add the Google calendar SmithUltimatePickup@gmail.com to your Smith calendar for the complete and up-to-date schedule. Questions? Email sal@smith.edu

Information Table: Take Smith Along (TSA), at Org Fair , Friday, Sept. 12

TSA encourages students to share Smith with their local high schools and community colleges, organizations with which they are affiliated, communities where they work or volunteer, and with students and families they meet while traveling. Stop by the Admissions table and sign up. This program is designed to increase prospective student recruitment and continue to make Smith a more distinguished and diverse campus. When current students are interested in participating in the program, the Admissions Office provides them with the tools and guidance they need to share their Smith experiences with the college bound communities they value most. For more information, email jquintan@smith.edu

CSO Community Education Luncheon , Thursday, Sept. 18, Noon, Community Collaboration Center, Wright

For its first Community Education Luncheon, the CSO will host Maria DeAngelis from Springfield School Volunteers and the Kensington International School, and Christy Elam from Homework House. They will discuss the organizations and volunteering opportunities for students. Kensington International School is a public school in Springfield, through which students can volunteer as tutors/mentors for refugee children. Homework House is an educational organization supporting children at-risk for academic failure, which also seeks volunteer tutors. Pizza and salad will be served.

Project Coach Tutoring on Mondays Beginning , September 15, 4-15 p.m., Seelye (3rd fl)

Project Coach is looking for mentors/tutors this semester to help tutor our coaches in all academic subjects. We will be meeting weekly on Mondays.

Smith To Do: Multipurpose Jar Decorating and Modge Podge Fun , Saturday, Sept. 13, 9-11 p.m., Davis Ballroom

Make pen holders, cookie jars, pencil stands with different colors and modge podge. Directions, guided instructions and all the different supplies will be provided. Event is free and open to all.


09/09/2014 Digest


Fall 2014 Internship Reflection Series; Preregister by September 10

The Center for Community Collaboration and the Wurtele Center for Work and Life present the Fall 2014 Community Engagement Internship Reflection Series for any students who have recently completed internships in the U.S. or abroad. This series of four one-hour workshops will be offered weekly at 5 p.m. on Mondays, from September 15 through October 6. Now that you've unpacked your bags, unpack your experience and discover what you learned. For information and to register, see http://smith.edu/ccc/news.php. Registration is required by September 10.

Fall 2014 'Be a Better Tutor' Training; Register by September 10

The Center for Community Collaboration is offering the Fall 2014 "Be A Better Tutor" Program to enhance the skills of Smith students working (or planning to work) as tutors/mentors in area schools and after-school programs. Local educators will offer six lunchtime workshops from September 15 through October 27 that will focus on tutoring strategies and techniques. Students may attend one or more of the workshops; lunch will be provided. For schedule information and to register, see http://smith.edu/ccc/news.php. Online registration is required by September 10.

SEC Presents Comedy with Eric Nieves , Tuesday, Sept. 9, 9 p.m., Campus Center TV Lounge

The comedy career of Eric Nieves began in the Bronx on December 17, 1971, born in the since-shuttered Lincoln Hospital to Jose and Brunilda Nieves. (His mother found nothing funny about that day, but he had a good time.) He took his first shot at a local Tampa comedy club amateur contest. After winning and catching the comedy bug, he moved back to New York City to attempt a career. He entered his first amateur contest and lost, however, the club manager saw something in him and gave him a weekly spot.

"WFI & You" , Thursday, Sept. 11, Noon, Neilson Browsing Room

The Center for Women and Financial Independence invites students to have lunch with the director, Professor Mahnaz Mahdavi, and find out what the Center offers in free classes, programs and alumnae connections. Lunch will be provided for the first 70 students.

Convocation Tee Shirts Available

If you missed getting your Convocation Tee Shirt they are still available. Limited quantities are available in the Campus Center 106 Office, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday. .

Faculty/Staff Pick-up Basketball Group , Friday, Sept. 12, Noon, Scott Gym

Seeking other interested faculty and staff for lunchtime full-court pick-up basketball game. Join other staff and faculty members for this long-standing tradition. Games are generally M-W-F starting at noon. If interested or would like other information please email Sam Rush (srush@smith.edu). Depending on turnout, teams are chosen and rotated often so everyone gets a good workout. Bring your Smith ID and a red and non-red shirt (for team distinction.)

Info Session About Student Advisory Board for Wurtele Center for Work and Life , Tuesday, Sept. 9, Noon, Wurtele Center, Clark

Conversations like "Are All Smithies Perfect?" and "What Do You Do If You Don't Have a Passion?" and "Dealing With Transitions" are developed by the Wurtele Center for Work and Life (WCWL) Student Advisory Board. The board meets for lunch every month, and smaller sub-committees talk more often to plan these public conversations with support from the WCWL. The board also does publicity for the WCWL, and offers feedback on programming. Bring your lunch.

Jazz Ensemble Rehearsal , Wednesday, Sept. 10, 7 p.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage

Musicians of any experience level are welcome to join the Jazz Ensemble. Come stop by the first rehearsal or contact jblum@smith.edu for more information.

'What Are You Thirsty For?' Smith-Wide Survey , Wednesday, Sept. 10, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Chapin Lawn

Smith Christian Fellowship wants to engage all Smithies in a deeper conversation about our deeper thirsts in life. What do students thirst for in the world, at Smith, or for themselves personally? Fun? Love? Success? Purpose? Engage in this conversation while enjoying free lemonade, soda and more.

First Smith Christian Fellowship Campus-Wide Meeting , Wednesday, Sept. 10, 7 p.m., Campus Center 102

Smith Christian Fellowship invites all students to come and find out the results of its campus-wide survey about what Smithies thirst for in life and their quest for meaning and satisfaction. There will be opportunity to engage with one another in conversation and share about deeper spiritual thirsts. There will also be opportunity to hear about ways to get involved in the SCF community this semester! All are welcome, no spiritual background necessary.

Bells To Ring -- But Not Yet for Mountain Day

The carillon in College Hall will be used from 2:30 to 4 p.m.on Wednesday, Sept. 10, and Monday Sept. 22, as part of a student project for the Music Department. Bells will be rung at those times, but they will not be announcing Mountain Day or any other campus-wide event. Mountain Day bells are rung on the early morning of Mountain Day.


09/04/2014 Digest


Faculty/Staff Fitness Classes Start September 8

Register now to take a fitness class during your lunch hour at Smith, socialize with friends and be inspired by our knowledgeable instructors. All classes are in Ainsworth Gym. M,W Pilates with Jean Sept. 8 - Dec. 10, 12:10 p.m. -12:50 p.m. $85; M,W,F Yoga with Lisa Sept. 8 - Dec. 12, 12:10-12:50 p.m., $125; T,TH Aerobics with Rosalie Sept. 12 - Dec. 11, 12:10-12:50 p.m., $88 ; M,W,F Yoga with Doug Sept. 8 - Dec. 12, 10 a.m.-1:50 p.m., $125; Aerobics with Joan M,W Sept. 8 - Dec. 10, 5:00- 5:50 p.m., $85. Forms available on ESS website: http://www.smith.edu/ess/resources.php OR request more information to rcook@smith.edu

SCMA Student Member Welcome Gathering and Info Session , Thursday, Sept. 4, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Lobby, Museum of Art

Cookies, freebies, a Museum Shop promo, program registration, membership perks, candy, giveaways, cider and more. Student membership is a wonderful way to support the Museum and have fun. For more information, visit http://www.smith.edu/artmuseum or email SCMAmembers@smith.edu.

Equestrian Center Open House , Saturday, Sept. 6, Noon

Facilities will be open for viewing, and registration for community lessons will be available at this time. Various equine companies will be present and willing to answer questions. For more information, email Lori Quinlan at lquinlan@smith.edu

Mail Services Extended Hours

Mail Services will have the following extended hours for the start of the fall semester. Beginning September 2, hours will be Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (Sept. 6 and 13 only) and Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (Sept. 7 only). For updates, visit http://smith.edu/mailservices/

Sophomore Reboot , Friday, Sept. 5, Noon-1 p.m., ITT

Lunchtime major fair with faculty from across all the divisions. Sophomores, come have all your questions answered about selecting a major, an adviser, requirements, etc. Centers from around campus will also be present to fill you in about your other options as a sophomore. The Lazarus Center for Career Development and the Lewis Global Studies Center will be holding open hours just for sophomores, Friday Sept. 5, 1-4 p.m. in their respective offices.

Novice Crew Meeting - No Experience Necessary , Thursday, Sept. 4, 5:10 p.m., Ainsworth 150 (Classroom)

Meeting for those interested in the Novice Crew Team. This is intended for those with no prior rowing or coxing experience who want to learn a new sport, become a Smith athlete, and join a big, boisterous and fast team. Contact Novice Coach Becca Waldo at rwaldo@smtih.edu or Head Coach Karen Klinger at kklinger@smith.edu, x2717 with any questions. For more information on crew and tryouts, visit http://www.smithpioneers.com.

Equestrian Team Tryouts , Sunday, Sept. 7, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Equestrian Center

Prior to tryouts and before Sept. 5 at 4 p.m., interested students must come to the Equestrian Center to sign up for a specific time to tryout. If you have not already done so, notify Coach Sue Payne ASAP of your intention to try out by email at spayne@smith.edu.

Registration for Riding Classes , Monday, Sept. 8, 7 p.m., Ainsworth Classroom

Students interested in taking riding classes first semester should bring your academic schedule and fee for the semester. You must attend this meeting even if you have pre-registered. Riding classes are scheduled after this meeting. For more information, please email Sue Payne, Director of Riding at spayne@smith.edu.

Smith Lacrosse Interest Meeting , Friday, Sept. 5

Calling all passionate, dedicated, and committed individuals to Smith lacrosse interest meeting in the Ainsworth 150 classroom. Come meet the team and learn about our NCAA Division III Program.

Department of Theatre Open House , Friday, Sept. 5, 3:30-5 p.m., Green Room (T114), Mendenhall

Meet Smith theatre students, faculty and staff, get a tour of the Mendenhall Center and learn about opportunities to get involved. Light refreshments will be served.

Jittery's Live! Presents Rachel Platten , Thursday, Sept. 4, 9 p.m., Campus Center TV Lounge

The Student Events Committee presents Rachel Platten at Jittery's Live! Platten is an American pop singer-songwriter who reached #21 on the Billboard Adult Top 40 chart for her 2011 hit, "1000 Ships." Her songs have been featured in TV shows such as Pretty Little Liars and Jane by Design. Drop by the CC TV Lounge for coffee, good music, treats, and giveaways.

SEC Presents 'The Lego Movie' , Friday and Saturday, Sept. 5 and 6, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Join SEC for a special free screening of "The Lego Movie." An ordinary Lego construction worker, thought to be the prophesied "special," is recruited to join a quest to stop an evil tyrant from gluing the Lego universe into eternal stasis.

Reduced Cafe Hours September 2-5; Regular Hours Resume September 6

The Campus Center Cafe will have reduced hours (7:30 a.m.-7 p.m.) from Tuesday through Friday, Sept. 2 through 5, for student employee training. Regular business hours will resume Saturday, Sept. 6, 9 a.m.-11:30 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.smith.edu/cafe

Religious and Spiritual Life Activities, September 5 and 8

Friday, Sept. 5: Soup, Salad and Soul, a student-led discussion with a home-made vegetarian meal by our student cooks, 12:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge; Hillel Shabbat followed by Shabbat dinner, 5:30 p.m., contact Lily Ritter at lritter@smith.edu. Monday, Sept. 8, Buddhist Meditation Sitting Group, meditation for novices and the experienced, led by Ryumon H.C. Baldoquin, sensei, a Zen Buddhist priest and teacher, 5 p.m., Sanctuary.

Panel Discussion: "Putting Ferguson in Context(s)" , Monday, Sept. 8, 4:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Panel discussion on the death of Michael Brown and the recent events in Ferguson, Mo. Panelists include Sam Roberts, history, Columbia University; Christina Greer, politics/urban studies, Fordham University; Christopher Tinson, Afro-American studies, Hampshire College; and James Smethurst, Afro-American studies, UMass Amherst. Sponsored by the departments of government, sociology, philosophy, Afro-American studies, the Study of Women and Gender and the Smith College Lecture Committee.

Smith Lacrosse Interest Meeting , Friday, Sept. 5, 4:30 p.m.

Calling all passionate, dedicated and committed individuals to Smith lacrosse interest meeting in the Ainsworth 150 classroom. Come meet the team and learn about our NCAA Division III program.

Open Track and Field Team Meeting, Walk-Ons with Experience Welcome , Thursday, Sept. 11, 5 p.m., Ainsworth Gym 150

Returning athletes, first years and all students who may be interested in participating in track and field are encouraged to attend. During the season athletes will participate in a variety of workouts on the track, trails, weight rooms, pool and will receive individual attention from the athletics staff to guide you toward excellence. We are looking for student-athletes who enjoy working hard to achieve their goals and learning through that process. Questions, contact Head Coach Carla Coffey ccoffey@smith.edu Ext. 2718.

Staff and Faculty: Celebrate the New Academic Year at the President's Fall Party , Friday, Sept. 5, 7:30 p.m.

Kathy McCartney and Bill Hagen invite all staff and faculty to the annual celebration at the President's House of the start of the new academic year and our Smith community. Dancing, drinks, hor d'oeuvres and desserts are all on the schedule. Bring a guest. This is a great chance to enjoy a gorgeous early September evening, to relax and hang out with friends and coworkers from all across campus.


09/02/2014 Digest


Convocation and Related Events Wednesday, Sept. 3

A Convocation Kick-Off begins at 5:15 p.m. with an outdoor BBQ happening at three different locations - the Quad, Davis Lawn and Chapin Lawn. Students, faculty and staff are all encouraged to attend and celebrate the start of the academic year before heading over to Convocation, which will take place 7-7:45 p.m. in John M. Greene Hall. Following Convocation, everyone will be directed to the carnival happening in front of the Campus Center and Chapin Lawn (inside the Campus Center in the event of rain). The carnival will end at 10 p.m.

Space Reservation Reminders (Procedures)

Space Reservation Reminders (formerly called Space Reservation Procedures) for the upcoming academic year can be found at http://www.smith.edu/emo/forms.php, under "Planning Checklists and Tips." While there, check out the redesigned Events Management Office website.

College Corporate Card Notice

The college has been experiencing an increase in fraud incidents. The Purchasing Office is working closely with JP Morgan Chase regarding the fraudulent activity. If you receive a notice from JP Morgan Chase, call JP Morgan Chase back and then email the Purchasing Office to let us know the disposition. If you have any questions or concerns, contact the Purchasing Office. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Varsity Crew Meeting - For Experienced Coxswains and Rowers , Wednesday, Sept. 3, 4 p.m., Ainsworth 150 (Classroom)

Team meeting for students with previous coxing and/or rowing experience, who are interested in trying out for the Varsity Crew team. Contact Head Coach Karen Klinger with any questions. kklinger@smith.edu or Ext. 2717.

Job Sign-Up Meeting for First-Year Students with Work-Study , Tuesday, Sept. 2, 4-5:30 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

First-year students with work-study in their financial aid award should attend the job sign-up meeting held by Dining Services and Facilities Management staff if they intend to work on campus. Other campus jobs are not open to first-year students, regardless of work-study status. Shifts are available on a first-come/first-served basis. A representative from Student Employment will also be available with information about the America Reads/America Counts Program for students with Federal Work-Study. Further information about student employment is available at http://www.smith.edu/student-employment.

Auditions: 'The Taming of the Shrew' , Sunday and Monday, Sept. 7 and 8, 7-10 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall

Audition for "The Taming of the Shrew" by William Shakespeare, directed by Portia Krieger '03. Callbacks will be Tuesday, Sept. 9, 7-10 p.m.. Ensemble cast of 15-20, some non-speaking roles for musicians. No preparation necessary; perusal scripts and sides for auditions will be available for check out in Josten Library. Contact Cathy Hwang, stage manager cwhwang@smith.edu or Nikki Beck, publicity and production assistant, ncbeck@smith.edu with any questions.

Smith College Chorus Auditions Continue Sept. 2 and 3

The dynamic Smith College Chorus is open by audition to all women of the Smith community, though its primary focus is on first-year students. Auditions are friendly and include vocalizing, sight-reading, singing a song of your choice (optional; a cappella or with accompaniment), and discussing your commitment to the Chorus. Sign up in Sage Hall, Room 2. For more information, contact Joseph Baldwin, conductor: jbbaldwin@smith.edu or visit http://www.smith.edu/music/ensembles_vocal.php.


08/28/2014 Digest


Campus Center Cafe Reopens Thursday, Aug. 28

The Campus Center Cafe, which was closed during the summer for renovations, will reopen on Thursday, August 28. The Cafe will have varied hours through the end of summer: Thursday, Aug. 28, 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 29, 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m., and closed Saturday, Aug. 30-Monday, Sept. 1. For additional information, visit http://www.smith.edu/cafe

Sign Up for People's Climate March , Sunday, Sept. 21

Reserve your spot on a bus headed to New York City for the @People's Climate March. In the biggest, most urgent climate mobilization in history, we'll demand serious action from world leaders to tackle the climate crisis. March in solidarity with groups like @Our Power Campaign that represent frontline communities struggling for social and economic justice -- and get to know other students on campus committed to the same. Sign up (http://bit.ly/1tfLaDo) for a bus seat now. Contact sbigalke@smith.edu or kostrow@smith.edu with questions.

Smith College Chorus Auditions , Sat., Aug. 30-Wed., Sept. 3, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Sage Hall 2

The dynamic Smith College Chorus is open by audition to all women of the Smith community, though its primary focus is on first-year students. Auditions are friendly and include vocalizing, sight-reading, singing a song of your choice (optional; a cappella or with accompaniment), and discussing your commitment to the Chorus. Staff and faculty, in addition to students are encouraged to audition. Sign up in Sage Hall, Room 2. For more information, contact Joseph Baldwin, conductor: jbbaldwin@smith.edu or visit http://www.smith.edu/music/ensembles_vocal.php

OneCard Office Closed , August 28 and 29

The OneCard office in Stoddard 24 will be closed August 28 and 29 while staff assist at Central Check-In. In addition, due to other back-to-school activities, we will be unable to create new spouse or dependent cards until September 8.


08/26/2014 Digest


Tryon Cafe Reopens Aug. 28 , Museum of Art

Refinishing of the floor at the Tryon Cafe in the Smith College Museum of Art will be completed Aug. 27, and the cafe will reopen Aug. 28.

Important Moodle Updates and Changes

The Moodle system will be unavailable between noon and approximately 1 p.m. on August 21 while we update our current version and set the default theme to "Newfallen" for all fall courses. Once the updates are complete, we will start running student enrollments for fall courses. Faculty, if you do not want students to access your courses until a later date, please change each course's "visibility" setting before August 21. For more information, see the News section on the Moodle home page: http://moodle.smith.edu

Five College Ebola Information Sheet Available

Although the risk of contracting Ebola in the United States is extremely low, health care staff from the Five Colleges and local boards of health are taking precautionary measures to ensure the safety and well-being of the Five College community. An information sheet prepared by the Five Colleges is available at http://www.smith.edu/health/news.php.

Campus Pet Policy

As a reminder to all staff, faculty and students, the college has a Campus Pet Policy for the health and safety of Smith College students, faculty, staff and visitors. No pets are allowed inside college buildings, including student housing. Note: this prohibition does not apply to individuals accompanied by seeing eye dogs or other trained, assisting animals. It also does not apply to certain rental housing in which pets are permitted. For a full description of the on-campus pet policy, please go to http://www.smith.edu/hr/docs/conduct_petpolicy.pdf

Facilities Management Vehicle Fleet Update

Facilities Management no longer has 14-passenger buses; therefore, we cannot accommodate bus reservations in the future. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If your department requires a bus rental, use the link below to the purchasing website for possible bus companies you may consider using. http://www.smith.edu/purchasing/LocalBusCompanyRentalContactInformation.pdf

Green Street Sidewalk Replacement; Street Repairs , August 25-26

The Green Street sidewalk from the Belmont Avenue intersection to the Sage Hall traffic circle will be replaced. New concrete sidewalk and curbing will be installed through Friday, August 22. The asphalt repairs to this section of Green Street will take place on Monday, August 25, and Tuesday, August 26. There may be restricted, one-way traffic flow during the asphalt repairs only.


08/21/2014 Digest


eDigest Tu/Th Schedule Resumed Aug. 19

As of Tuesday, Aug. 19, the Smith eDigest will begin the academic year distribution schedule with two editions a week, on Tuesday and Thursday. The deadline for submissions intended for each edition we be the day before at 5 p.m. Send any inquiries to edigest@smith.edu. To submit a notice, visit http://www.smith.edu/news/edigest-form/

Reminder: Regular Office Hours Resume Monday, Aug. 25

Regular office hours, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., resume Monday, August 25.


08/19/2014 Digest


Scott Plaza Temporary Closure, Through Aug. 22

The plaza in front of Scott Gym will be closed through Friday, August 22, so new pavers can be installed. Detour signs will be posted to redirect pedestrian traffic during this closure. Questions can be directed to Diana Randall, Smith project manager, at 413-585-2364.

Economics Major , Wednesday, Oct. 29, 4:15 p.m., Seelye 207

Refreshments will be served.

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