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01/29/2015 Digest


Are You a Financial Aid Recipient?

If so, you should complete the Scholarship Recipient Information Form at http://goo.gl/forms/yXgRPHFPri or from a link on your student portal page. Your response is a critical part of engaging alumnae and friends who have made gifts to support Smith's scholarship funds. For more information, email DonorRelations@smith.edu.

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

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

Smith College 2015 United Way Campaign Now Under Way

The 2015 Smith College United Way Campaign is under way. Your donations allow the United Way to continue to focus on education, income, and health in the Hampshire County community. Please consider making a gift today. A gift of any size will enter you into the Smith College United Way raffle, which includes prizes such as year-long reserved parking spots. Click on this link https://www.formstack.com/forms/?1879591-Ly8ZME1wiD to donate, and thank you in advance for your gift. Please send paper checks to Kate Mein, Alumnae House, 33 Elm St.

Scheduling Reminder: Looking Ahead to the Start of Spring Semester

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Now Accepting Proposals for 'Celebrating Collaborations' for Presentations, Performances and Science

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Presented by Michele M Klingbeil, Department of Microbiology, University of Massachusetts Amherst. Part of the Spring 2015 Mary Elizabeth Dickason King M.D. Annual Lecture Series in the Life Sciences in Memory of Professor Howard Parshley. Coffee, tea and light snacks will be served at 4 p.m.; talk to begin at 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.smith.edu/biology/events.php

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Kahn Institute invites all Smith students to "Celebrating the Kahn Student Experience," a 15-year anniversary event featuring a gala dinner and screening of "Transgenders: Pakistan's Open Secret," a film by Oscar-winning filmmaker and Smith alumna Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy '02, followed by a Q&A with her. Attending students will also enjoy dinner with invited alumnae of Kahn Institute projects from the past 15 years. No admission fee, but seating is limited, and tickets are required. To obtain a ticket, send request to kahninstitute@smith.edu, or call ext. 3721. More details and schedule: http://www.smith.edu/kahninstitute/chronicle/fall2014/news.php

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

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

Plan to Make a Difference Around the World

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

Smith Succeeds at the Highest Levels

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2015 Science & Technology Fair , Thursday, Feb. 5, 3:30 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fred Marchant Q&A, Poetry Reading, & Craft Talk , Tuesday, Feb. 10, 7:30 p.m., Stoddard Auditorium

Fred Marchant fearlessly leads his readers through turbulent subjects with passion and purpose. One of the first officers honorably discharged for conscientious objection during the war in Vietnam, Marchant currently teaches at the Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social Consequences. His 2009 book, "The Looking House," won the May Sarton Prize. Members of the Smith community are invited to attend a Q&A with Marchant on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 4 p.m. in the Poetry Center. Members of the Smith community and the general public are invited to attend a reading on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 7:30 p.m. in Stoddard Hall Auditorium and a craft talk on Wednesday, Feb. 11, 4:30 p.m., Poetry Center.

Student Picks Exhibition by Hui Yan '17 , Friday, Feb. 6, Noon, Cunningham Center, Museum of Art

Student Picks Exhibition: 'Witches: The Allure of the Dark' by Hui Yan '17. Something wicked this way comes! With works by Odilon Redon, Francisco De Goya and others, this exhibition features chilling manifestations of the occult.

Deadline Reminder for Commencement and Reunion Weekend Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Presented by Jenica Allen, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Environmental Conservation, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Part of the Spring 2015 Mary Elizabeth Dickason King M.D. Annual Lecture Series in the Life Sciences in Memory of Professor Howard Parshley. Coffee, tea and light snacks will be served at 4 p.m.; talk to begin at 4:30 p.m. Visit http://www.smith.edu/biology/events.php.for the full schedule.

2014 W-2 Year End Earnings Statements

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

2014 W-2 Year End Earnings Statements

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

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

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


01/26/2015 Digest


ITS Active Directory (AD) Presentation , Wednesday, Jan. 28, 1 p.m., Stoddard Auditorium

All staff and faculty are invited to attend a presentation about the campus-wide migration to Microsoft Active Directory (AD). Last summer, ITS began migrating the Smith network from our legacy Novell-based system to a new architecture that uses Microsoft AD. The final step in this migration requires the conversion of all Smith-owned computers. This presentation will cover how to prepare, as well as what to expect during and after your computer migration. For additional information, visit2015- http://www.smith.edu/its/tara/ad

Chaired Professor Lecture: Marianne Yoshioka, SSW Dean , Monday, Jan. 26, 4:30 p.m., Seelye 106

Marianne Yoshioka, Dean of the School for Social Work and Elizabeth Marting Treuhaft Professor, will give her inaugural lecture, "The Cultural Context of Domestic Violence." http://www.smith.edu/deanoffaculty/chairedprofessorlectures.php

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

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

Blog for Smith

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Smith College CLOSED Tuesday, Jan. 27

Due to predicted inclement weather, Smith College will be closed on Tuesday, Jan. 27. Classes will not be held; all events are canceled; and administrative offices and all buildings, including athletic facilities, will be closed. Essential personnel are asked to report. The Smith website and INFO line (413-585-INFO) will be updated by 6 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28, with information about that day's schedule. Please note that a campus snow parking ban is in effect until 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28. For health or safety emergencies, contact Campus Police at 413-585-2490.

'A Campus Magnet': College Celebrates New Schacht Health and Wellness Center

The design of the new Nancy and Henry Schacht Center for Wellness makes it feel more like an ultramodern classsroom building than a campus health center. A dedication ceremony for the center—which brings medical, wellness and counseling services under one roof—will be held on Thursday, Jan. 29, at 5 p.m. in the center's upper lobby.


01/22/2015 Digest


2015 Summer Student Wage Rates and Hiring Procedures

The summer 2015 wage rate ranges have been established. Follow the link to access the memo for all the details. Please contact Trish Rockett with questions at prockett@smith.edu or x2227 http://www.smith.edu/controller/payroll.php

Reception for 'Colours' by Olwen O'Herlihy Dowling AC '95 , January 23, 5-7 p.m., Alumnae House Gallery

As a young painter watercolors came naturally to me. This became accentuated when I started working with watercolors on rice paper which allowed the watercolor paint to follow the texture of the rice paper, blending the colors together and making a painting of beautiful saturated colors. My recent approach to painting has been very personal-family memories and landscape where I live. Enjoy this short journey through my paintings at: Smith College Alumnae House Gallery, 33 Elm St. Open to the public: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Mon.-Fri.; Jan.14-April 22. Art Show Exhibition Reception: Friday, January 23, 5-7 pm

Register Now for Spring ESS Fitness Program

All classes are in Ainsworth Gym. M,W Pilates with Jean, Jan. 12-May 6, 12:10-12:50 p.m., $85 // M,W,F Yoga with Lisa, Jan. 12-May 8, 12:10-12:50 p.m., $125 // T,TH Aerobics with Rosalie Jan. 27-May 7, 12:10-12:50 p.m., $85 // M,W,F Yoga with Doug, Jan. 12-May 8, 1:10-1:50 p.m., $125// Aerobics with Joan, M,W, Jan. 12-May 6, 5-5:50 p.m., $85 //Tai Chi with Richard, Tu,Th, Jan. 27-March 12, 12:10-12:50 p.m., $35. To sign up, visit http://www.smith.edu/ess/resources.php or email rcook@smith.edu

Copy & Print Services Pricing Effective July 1, 2015

Please refer to the copy and print fiscal year 2016 pricing grid on the Copy & Print Services website, http://goo.gl/1ip9Me

Open Office Hour with President McCartney , Thursday, Jan. 22, 4 p.m., President's Office, College Hall

Campus School Open House , Saturday, Jan. 24, 9:30-11 a.m., Campus School, Prospect St.

Prospective kindergarten through grade 6 students and their families are invited to an open house at the school on Prospect Street. Tour the school, meet teachers, staff, and current parents. For more information contact the Campus School admission office at ext. 3270 or visit our website, http://www.smith.edu/sccs. Benefitted Smith employees receive discounted tuition and need-based financial aid is available.

Fort Hill Open House , Sunday, Jan. 25, 2-3:30 p.m., Fort Hill, Lyman Road

Open House for infant, toddler and preschool programs, Center for Early Childhood Education, Fort Hill, Lyman Road. Families who are interested in the programs can tour the center, visit classrooms, and meet teachers, staff and current parents. Benefitted Smith employees are eligible for a tuition grant. For more information, visit http://www.smith.edu/forthill.

Riding Registration for Spring Semester , Wednesday, Jan. 28, 6:30 p.m., Ainsworth Classroom

For all students interested in taking riding classes spring semester, attending this meeting to register. Please bring a print-out of your Bannerweb academic schedule and fee for the semester. You must attend this meeting even if you have pre-registered. For more information, email spayne@smith.edu.

The Mystery of Sophia Smith's Piano

Everyone suspected they knew which important Smith leader had originally owned the elegant Chickering semi-concert grand piano that had long taken up space in a practice room in Sage Hall. But it took a a pair of piano restorers and a visit to the Smithsonian Institution to confirm the truth, as this article in the latest Smith Alumnae Quarterly reveals.


01/20/2015 Digest


Staff Council Tabling , Wednesday, Jan. 21, 11:45 a.m., Campus Center

Stop by the Staff Council information table on your way into the Campus Center Cafe. Staff Council members will be available to answer questions, provide information, and take suggestions about Staff Council. Sign up for the all-staff e-mail list at https://groups.google.com/a/smith.edu/d/forum/smith-college-staff-council-u. For additional updates, go to the Council's Virtual Bulletin Board at http://www.smith.edu/staffcouncil/bulletin.php.

'Transnational Translation: A Conversation About Epistemologies of Gender, Sex and Sexuality' , Wednesday, Jan. 21, 7 p.m., Seelye 106

Four scholars discuss the language of debate for trans* and sexuality politics in Nigeria, Iran, Morocco, Zimbabwe and India. Guest include Afsaneh Najmabadi, Francis Lee Higginson Professor of History and Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality, Harvard University; Oyeronke Oyewumi, Associate Professor, Sociology, Stony brook University; Naisargi Dave, Associate Professor, Department of Anthrpology, University of Toronto, St. George Campus; Sahar Amer, Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies, University of Sydney & 2015 Neilson Professor, Smith College. Panel moderated by Elisabeth Armstrong, Director of the Program Study of Women and Gender, Smith College.

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

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

Wild Collecting: Botanic Garden Manager Travels the World for Plant Samples

An Aztec curse seemed like a minor obstacle as Rob Nicholson, manager of the Botanic Garden's Lyman Conservatory, climbed a tree in Oaxaca, Mexico, to gather plant samples. But then—he fell out of the tree. An article in the latest Insight offers tales from Nicholson's other global collecting trips.


01/15/2015 Digest


Residence Life Student Staff Applications for 2015-2016

The Office of Residence Life is seeking applicants for its student staff residence life position for the 2015-2016 academic year. We are looking for mature students who act and think responsibly, role model positive attitudes and behaviors can work in diverse communities and demonstrate a high level of initiative. In addition, applicants should have strong organizational skills and be comfortable interacting with others socially. Potential applicants should be in good academic standing, with a grade point average of 2.5 or better. Applications can be found at http://www.smith.edu/reslife/about_selection.php. Applications are due by February 5th at 4pm.

Moodle Unavailable , Tuesday, Jan. 20, Approx. Noon-1 p.m.

Please note that Smith's Moodle will be unavailable for about an hour starting at noon on January 20 while we apply some minor updates to our current Moodle version. During the afternoon of the following day we will start running student enrollments for spring courses. Faculty, if you do not want students to have access to your courses until a later date, please change each course's "visibility" setting before January 20. (For more information, see the News section on the Moodle home page: http://moodle.smith.edu )

Power Shutdowns , Friday & Monday, Jan. 16 & 19

Facilities Management is performing two power shutdowns associated with different sections of the campus on Friday, January 16th and Monday, January 19th respectively. The shutdown on January 16th is expected to be from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and January 19th’s shutdown is scheduled from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The following buildings will be affected: Friday, Jan. 16: 30 Belmont, Scott and Ainsworth Gym, Sage Hall, Schacht Wellness Center, Lyman Plant House, Boat House, Crew House, CPA, Conference Center, Tyler Annex, Tyler, Morris, Lawrence, and Chapin House and on Monday Jan. 19: John M Greene, Gill Hall, Morgan Hall, Stoddard and Stoddard Annex, Alumnae House Unity, Lamont, Northrop, Gillett, Albright, Baldwin, Dawes, Chase, Duckett and Conway House. For additional details please call x2400

People News

A regular sampling of recent accomplishments of Smith faculty, staff, students and alumnae in fields ranging from linguistics to diplomacy. Read about conference presentations, publications, promotions and more.


01/13/2015 Digest


$10,000 Projects for Peace Grant, deadline January 15

Smith College undergraduate students are invited to participate in the Davis United World College Scholars Program's Projects for Peace. The project encourages student initiative, innovation and entrepreneurship focusing on conflict prevention, resolution and reconciliation for sustainable peace. The program is intended to be worldwide in scope and impact, but specific projects may be undertaken anywhere, including in the United States. The most promising project will be awarded $10,000 for implementation. If you missed the information session, learn more at http://www.smith.edu/world/ or contact Lisa Morde at lmorde@smith.edu.

Botanic Garden Volunteer Recruitment and Training , Jan. 21-23, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Lyman Conservatory

Help the Botanic Garden recruit volunteers to assist us in our mission of educating about the science, beauty, and importance of the plant kingdom. We are enrolling volunteers interested in leading tours of the plant collections for school and adult groups as well as staffing our reception desk on weekends, holidays and during special events, e.g. Bulb Show. (No hands-on horticulture work, however.) The annual three-day intensive training session will be January 21, 22, and 23, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Advance registration is required. Information and an application are online at http://www.smith.edu/garden/Friends/volunteer-application.pdf

Apply for Plant Science Summer Internships; Deadline , Monday, Feb. 16, 4 p.m., Lyman Conservatory

The Smith College Botanic Garden offers two 10-week summer internships at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in London and an internship at the National Museum of Natural History, part of the Smithsonian Institution, supervised by Dr. W. John Kress, chair of the Botany Department. The Botanic Garden also offers 12-week paid summer internships at Smith. This structured full-time work experience provides critical training and insight into the tasks and skills associated with managing a public garden. More information and applications are online at http://www.smith.edu/garden/Academics/students.html

New Scholarship Program Opens Smith's Doors to More Community College Students

A new scholarship program unveiled last month will open Smith's doors to more promising students from area community colleges. “These are women who will give 100 percent,” says Patricia Woods ’00, who came to Smith from Holyoke Community College and is now assistant director in the Lazarus Center for Career Development.


01/08/2015 Digest


Free Second Friday , January 9, 4-8 p.m., Museum of Art

Hands-on!, 4-6 p.m., art-making for ages 4+ with adult (while supplies last). Open Eyes, 6 p.m., an informal, guided conversation about an art object. Museum Shop open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Redesigned galleries now open.

Register Now: 'Forced Displacement and the Challenges of Glocal Citizenship' , Friday, Jan. 23, 9 a.m., Conference Center Meeting Room

Immigration, forced displacement and refugees are both a global and local concern, drawing the attention of politicians, policy makers, and the public at large. This conference will focus on the local impacts of this multi-faceted, global situation. Bringing together faculty and students at Smith and other area colleges and universities with community partners who work on behalf of immigrants and refugees in our region, the conference aims to deepen our knowledge of the issues facing these communities. This one-day workshop includes breakfast and lunch. To register, visit http://goo.gl/vRoQgB Presented by the Lewis Global Studies Center and the Center for Community Collaboration.

In Kahn Gallery Photo Exhibit by Carmen Pullella '16, Every Image Tells a Story

A photo exhibit by Carmen Pullella '16, is the first by a student to be displayed in the new Kahn Gallery in Neilson Library. Pullella's show, "Slice of Life," runs through February 2 in the new gallery space, which is designed to showcase art, photography and research by students, faculty and staff from Smith and the Five Colleges.


01/06/2015 Digest


Call for Proposals: Five College Disability Studies Conference, Due , Monday, Jan. 12, 11:59 p.m.

The Disability Alliance is hosting a conference on Disability Studies titled "Filling in the Gaps" spring semester. The theme is meant to encourage discussion of the ways scholars and activists have found or inserted disability where it is missing. It is also meant to be an acknowledgement of the gaps in disability studies and culture in the Five Colleges. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to present their disability-related work. The conference will be held April 3-4, 2015. Proposals are due January 12 at 11:59 p.m. EST. More information can be found at http://smithdisabilityalliance.tumblr.com/post/102836527843/call-for-proposals-5-college-disability-studies

Dwight K. Hamilton Appointed Chief Diversity Officer

Dwight K. Hamilton, associate vice president of affirmative action and Title IX officer at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich., has been named Smith's new chief diversity officer. He begins work at the college next month as a member of the president's cabinet and head of the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity.

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