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05/27/2016 Digest

Update: College Lane Road Closure , May 27-June 3

College Lane was opened to traffic Friday afternoon, May 27 - from West St. to Elm St. - for the holiday weekend and for the week of May 30. It will be closed again, at times during the day only, and at times for several days and longer as the work on the steam lines and main gate continues. Additional postings to come in the weeks ahead.

05/26/2016 Digest

Summer Construction Projects on Campus

‘Tis the season for summer construction, including repaving and infrastructure work along and near upper College Lane. Read on to find out more about work planned on campus for June and July.

Open House: School for Social Work , Monday, June 13, 1 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

The Smith College School for Social Work encourages applications from people of all genders who share in the school's commitments to professional excellence in clinical social work. There is no typical Smith student; applicants come from across the country, each bringing unique perspectives and talents. Students have been as young as 22 and as experienced as age 65, and their backgrounds vary widely. They have in common an interest in academic excellence, strong motivation and intellectual curiosity. Whatever your experience or background, you are invited to add your voice to our conversation by applying to the MSW Program or PhD Program.

05/25/2016 Digest

2016-17 Faculty/Staff Parking Decal Sales Now Under Way

Parking decals purchased online will be mailed to campus addresses only. Go to to complete the registration form and upon entering the credit card information, using Visa or MasterCard, a receipt will appear on the screen which will automatically be emailed to you. The option to pay by cash or check is still available and must be done in the Parking Office. No Mail-in registrations accepted. Registration forms are available in the Parking Office, 126 West Street or at Business hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 am- 4:00 pm.

Farewell Party for Jennifer Walters , Monday, June 6, 4-6 p.m., Conference Center

Please join us for an afternoon of friendship, food and merriment to say goodbye to Jennifer Walters.

05/24/2016 Digest

Enroll Now for Start of ESS Summer Fitness Program , June 6

Summer Fitness Program for faculty and staff is now enrolling. All classes are in Ainsworth Gym. M,W Pilates with Jean 12:10-12:50 p.m.; M,W Yoga with Lisa & Doug 12:10-12:50 p.m.; T,Th Cardio Blast with Rosalie 12:10-12:50 p.m.; Bootcamp with Joan M,W 1:10-1:50 p.m.; Tai Chi with Richard T,Th 12:10-12:50 p.m.. To request more information: or print the flyer:

Personal Time for FY2016 and FY2017

Personal Time is credited to eligible staff employees at the start of each fiscal year. The first pay period for FY17 begins on Sunday, June 12, 2016. Unused Personal Time does not carry over to the new fiscal year. Therefore, all Personal Time for current FY16 must be used on or before Saturday, June 11, 2016. Personal Time used on or after Sunday, June 12, 2016, will be taken from Personal Time credited for FY17. For questions or more information, contact Jen Tenczar, ext. 2274. Also, consult the Staff Handbook:

Presentation of New Annual Performance Review Process , Wednesday, May 25, 2 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Smith College is implementing a new staff performance management process beginning July 1, 2016. The Office of Human Resources will offer the second of two introduction sessions Wednesday, May 25, at 2 p.m. in Neilson Browsing Room. The new process involves managers and staff working together to plan, monitor, and review staff contributions and accomplishments at Smith in a three phase cycle.

Temporary Road and Parking Lot Closings (Including College Lane) Beginning May 23

As part of Facilities Management summer 2016 construction, improvements will be made to subsurface campus steam lines resulting in the following temporary closures: College Lane at Chapin Drive will be closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic from approximately May 23 to June 1; Chapin Drive between College Lane and Hopkins House will also be closed from approximately May 23 to June 17; and the small parking lot south of 8 College Lane will be closed from approximately May 31 to July 8. The closures are subject to change as construction work dictates. Questions can be directed to Diana Randall at To see a map of Smith's current construction projects, visit

'Thinking in Wool: Contemporary Hooked Rugs' by Margaret Bruzelius and Jill St. Coeur , M-F, May 20-August 26, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Jannotta Gallery, Hillyer

"Thinking in Wool: Contemporary Hooked Rugs" by Margaret Bruzelius and Jill St. Coeur will be on view Monday through Friday in the Janotta Gallery through August 26.

Updated: Donate Items to Safe Passage -- It's a Smith Tradition

We don't often have a day when we can get a delicious free picnic lunch AND help others who may be less fortunate than we are, but Smith faculty and staff will be able to do just that on May 25 at the All-Employee Picnic. Bring items to donate to Safe Passage ( For guidelines and suggestions for donations, visit Since 1977, Safe Passage has helped survivors of domestic violence, their children, friends, and families. Studies show that doing good makes us feel good—this is the textbook definition of win-win. Read the Gate story about the 2016 picnic at

2016 Year-End Calendar Memo

The fiscal year end calendar is available on the Purchasing website at Please review the calendar for purchasing, accounts payable and accounting due dates and deadlines. In addition, please review your accounts early and submit any corrections by referring to your May 2016 ePrint reports. June 2016 ePrints will not be available until after all year-end deadlines. Use of FGIBDST in Banner INB is encouraged. Please contact the Controller's Office with questions.

Pedestrian Walkway Detour Near President's House Begins May 25

The pedestrian passage which typically routes along the President's House driveway and above the adjacent garden will be rerouted along Elm Street beginning May 25 and lasting until approximately September 2. This detour is to accommodate active construction zones at the President's House and the adjacent garden area. Questions can be directed to Diana Randall at To see a map of Smith's current construction projects, visit

2016-17 Faculty/Staff Parking Decals Now On Sale

Parking decals purchased online will be mailed to campus addresses only. To order your decal online, visit Complete the registration form, and upon entering the credit card information, using Visa or MasterCard, a receipt will appear on the screen which will automatically be emailed to you. The option to pay by cash or check is still available and must be done in the Parking Office. No mail-in registrations accepted. Registration forms are available in the Parking Office, 126 West Street or at Business hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Staff Council Ice Cream Social , Wednesday, June 15, Noon-2 p.m., Chapin Lawn

Celebrate the beginning of summer with Staff Council's Ice Cream Social - free cups and cones from the Herrell's On the Mooove Ice Cream Truck. Meet your colleagues and eat some sweet treats.

Updated: Staff Council Outdoor Film Screening , Wednesday, May 25, 8 p.m., Seelye Lawn

Staff Council and Cinema Northampton present an outdoor screening of "Pee Wee's Big Adventure" on Seelye Lawn. The event is free and open to the public. Bring blankets/chairs to sit on, snacks and drinks, friends and family. Free popcorn. Come early to get a good spot. The film will start at dusk. Synopsis: When eccentric man-child Pee-Wee Herman gets his beloved bike stolen in broad daylight, he sets out across the U.S. on the adventure of his life. Running Time: 1 hr. 31 min., Rated PG.

Mail Services Closed , Wednesday, May 25, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Mail Services will be closed Wednesday, May 25, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Changes to Smith's College-Age-Dependent Tuition Benefit

For information regarding changes to the college-age tuition benefits, read the announcement at

Wednesday: Campus Center Café Closes at 10 a.m. to Prepare for All Employee Picnic , May 25

The Campus Center Café will be open for breakfast from 7:30-10 a.m., but will close at 10 a.m. to prepare for the All Employee Picnic on Chapin Lawn. Regular summer hours will resume Thursday, May 26, 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. For more information, visit

Prof. Williams Awarded Prestigious NSF CAREER Award for Research on Atomic Beryllium

Assistant Professor of Physics Will Williams is the recipient of a highly competitive National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award for his research exploring the tiniest building blocks of the universe: atoms.

Reminder: All-Employee Picnic , Wednesday, May 25, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Chapin Lawn

Don’t forget to leave your lunch at home and instead come to the All-Employee Picnic on Chapin Lawn, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Miniature golf, hula-hoop dancing, hand-scooped ice cream and more are just some of what you can expect when you arrive. See you there. Read more about the upcoming picnic at

05/19/2016 Digest

Social Work Public Lecture Series 2016 Begins , Monday, June 13, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Abbie E. Goldberg, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of Clinical Training, Clark University / Lecture Title: A Decade of Research on Adoptive Families Headed by Same-Sex and Heterosexual Couples: Findings, Reflections, and Applications. For more information about the 2016 SSW Public Lecture Series, which is free and open to the public, visit

Sallie McClure Stanley '74: 'AHA! Capturing Moments' Exhibition , April 25-August 8, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Alumnae House Gallery

Having summered in northern Michigan since birth, I have been entranced for many years by the mysterious beauty and light of the Leelanau peninsula. I have found endless inspiration for watercolor landscape paintings both in Michigan and in subsequent travels. It has been a total joy and lifelong passion to try and capture that exact moment when light, color and composition coalesce into a perfect "AHA!" exhibition. [Note: Beginning May 31, hours change to 8-4 p.m. Smith College Alumnae House, 33 Elm St. The event is free and open to the public.]

Reception for 'New Encaustics' by Artist Sharon Ligorner , Friday, May 20, 5-7 p.m., Oresman Gallery, Hillyer

Artist Sharon Ligorner's "New Encaustics" opens at the Oresman Gallery. The exhibit will be up through August 30.

Museum Reunion Program: Gallery Talk for 'Mothers' Arms' , Saturday, May 21, 2 p.m., Museum of Art

Tour of the SCMA exhibition, "Mothers' Arms: Kathe Kollwitz's Women & War." Join Hildegard Bachert, co-director of Galerie St. Etienne, N.Y.C., and Henriette Kets de Vries, exhibition curator, for a discussion of the work of Germany's leading female artist during the 20th century.

Googled Yourself Lately? Take Control of Your Online Reputation. Enroll Today

When was the last time you "Googled" yourself? Smith College Executive Education and Educational Technology Services team up to offer Smith faculty and staff free access to ExecEd Online's "Take Control of Your Online Reputation," an online course that teaches participants how to maximize and leverage their online presence and brand. The course is taught by branding expert Dorie Clark '97, marketing strategy consultant, professional speaker, author, and frequent contributor to the Harvard Business Review and Forbes. The course opens May 31 and runs through September 12, 2016. To register, email Patrick Fenton at To learn more, visit

EDigest Summer Schedule Began , Tuesday, May 24

As of Tuesday, May 24, the Smith eDigest will begin the summer distribution schedule with one edition a week, every Tuesday. The deadline for submissions intended for each Tuesday edition will be every Monday at 4 p.m. The eDigest summer schedule will continue through August 18. The academic year eDigest schedule, with editions every Tuesday and Thursday, will resume on Tuesday, Aug. 23. Send any inquiries to

Campus Heating System Shutdown for the Season , May 22

Facilities Management will shut down the steam plant for routine, yearly maintenance on Sunday, May 22, at 7 a.m. Steam heat will not be available to any campus building. Electric boilers will meet the unique heating needs of Sabin-Reed and Ford Hall programs.

Campus Building Alterations to Begin This Month to Allow for Renovation of Neilson Library

As part of the Neilson Library renovation project, a series of alterations to campus buildings will begin later this month and unfold over the course of the next year to allow for the summer 2017 relocation of all occupants and activities in Neilson and Alumnae Gym.

Sound Clearance Sale at the Computer Store

Stop by the store to see our selection of Bluetooth and wired speakers. Ask us about what would work best for you.

05/17/2016 Digest

Mail Services Closed , Tuesday, May 17, Noon-1:30 p.m.

Mail Services will be closed Tuesday, May 17, from noon to 1:30 p.m.

'OCD and Social Anxiety' , Tuesday, May 17, 7-8 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Alan Seigel, LICSW, Baystate Health, will present this talk sponsored by the Psychology Department and the Smith School for Social Work.

Smith Appoints HarvardX Executive Director as Chief Information Officer

Smith College President Kathleen McCartney has announced that Samantha S. Earp, executive director of HarvardX, has been named Smith's Chief Information Officer effective September 1.

Exhibit Opening and Open House, Historic Clothing Collection , Thursday, May 19, 3:30 p.m.

Over 35 "Hidden Treasures" from the Historic Clothing Collection are now on display in the lobby of the Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre, Mendenhall Center, with an open house of the collection Thursday, May 19. Included are bicycle boots from 1895, Rupunzel-like embroidery of straw on silk net, 1968 paper dresses, and a "Hooverette" dress from the 1930's depression era. The open house is in the theatre basement where the more than 3,000 objects are stored in and around the costume shop. Use the elevator opposite the exhibit to reach the basement.

05/12/2016 Digest

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

From 4-8 p.m. Hands-on! Art making for all ages, inspired by works on view. This month: Artful Abstraction - experiment with unusual tools (no paintbrushes allowed!) to make your own abstract painting. At 6 p.m. Open Eyes- join a guided gallery conversation exploring a different art object each month. The Museum Shop will be open from 11 a.m.-8 p.m., and light refreshments will be served.

Museum Reunion Program: Gallery Talk on 'Dislocation/Negotiating Identity' , Friday, May 13, 3 p.m., Museum of Art

Gallery Talk on "Dislocation/Negotiating Identity: Contemporary Photographs from South and Southeast Asia." Join faculty experts to explore different disciplinary perspectives on the exhibition, its artists and their subjects.

Commencement Recital , Friday, May 13, 3 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Solo and Chamber Music featuring instrumentalists and singers of the graduating class. Free and open to the public.

Copy & Print Services Relocating (Closed July 5 and 6 for Move)

Exciting news....Copy & Print Services is moving from 126 West St. to 40 Green St. The new location will be more convenient for campus users. The hours and operation of Copy & Print Services will remain the same, only the location is changing. Copy & Print Services will be closed on Tuesday and Wednesday, July 5 and 6, in order to facilitate the move. Please anticipate the dates when submitting your jobs in order to avoid any delays. Thank you.

Commencement Orchestra Concert , Friday, May 13, 8:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Featuring soloists from the graduating class. Free and open to the public.

Commencement Choral Concert , Saturday, May 14, 4:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

The Smith College Glee Club, the Chamber Singers, and the a cappella group Groove perform works chosen by the graduating class. Free and open to the public.

Away for the Summer? Make Your Office Energy Efficient

The spring semester is nearly over and it's time to prepare your offices for summer. For those of you who will be away from campus, please use this list to help save energy and reduce Smith's carbon emissions. 1. Turn off and unplug your computer, monitor, and all other office equipment, such as copiers and printers; 2. Turn off and unplug any other equipment that may use energy; 3. If windows are open, please close them and the blinds; 4. Turn off all the lights when leaving your office. Thanks for your help reducing our carbon footprint.

Senior Week: Last Chance to Buy at the Computer Store Sale

Congratulations Seniors. During Senior Week save 10% off your total purchase of selected items excluding computer systems, iPads, iPods printers & gift cards at the Computer Store.

Works by Senior Architecture and Studio Art Majors , May 4-14, Jannotta Gallery, Hillyer

The Department of Art presents an exhibition of work by senior architecture and studio art majors. A reception will be held on Saturday, May 14, from 3-4:30 p.m. in the Jannotta Gallery.

Lockdown Drill at Campus School , Friday, May 13, 10:30-11 a.m.

Smith College Campus Police and the Northampton Police Department, in cooperation with the Smith College Campus School, will hold a lockdown drill at the Smith College Campus School on Friday, May 13, from 10:30 until 11 a.m. This is only a drill. Several police cruisers will be parked in front of the Campus School during the drill. Campus School parents have been notified about the drill in advance. For more information, contact Campus Police, 413/585-2490.

Sign Up for Night at Fenway Park , Wednesday, May 25, 5 p.m., Alumnae House

Alumnae Relations and the Smith Fund invite faculty and staff to Fenway Park to cheer on the Red Sox with local Smith College alumnae. There will be a great dinner buffet in the Champions Lounge two hours before where we will hear from our new Athletic Director, Kristin Hughes, about all the exciting things happening with athletics on campus. Once the game starts, your seats will be in Grandstands 7 & 8. There is a limit of 4 tickets per person. For more information on pricing and to register, visit this link:

Seniors: Make Your Senior Appreciation Program Gift Today

Senior Appreciation Program results will be announced on Ivy Day, which means there are only a few days left to participate. Commencement Rehearsal on Friday morning will be the last real opportunity to make a donation. To make a gift before then, visit the Smith Fund Table in the Campus Center between noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, or visit this website to make a gift online by visiting

Get to Work on Two Wheels: Participate in the BSBW Challenge May 14-22

Every May, Massachusetts residents come together to celebrate cycling during Bay State Bike Week participants will have the option to log their daily bicycling trip in at and be entered to win a raffle prize each day during the event week. Now is a great time to consider biking to work or biking during leisure time. Don't forget to find them at and Be sure to use the hashtag #BayStateBikeWK!

Student Financial Services Closed , Friday, May 13, Noon-1:30 p.m.

The Student Financial Services Office will be closed from noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday, May 13.

Reception to Honor Chris Loring , Monday, June 13, 3-5 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

The campus community is invited to attend a reception to honor the retirement of Director of Libraries Chris Loring.

Stargazing and Physics/Astronomy Open House , Friday, May 13, 8-11 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

All are invited to stargazing and the Physics/Astronomy Open House.

Celebrating the Class of 2016: College Will Award More Than 700 Degrees May 15

What has thousands of chairs, hundreds of feet of ivy, speeches, lanterns and singing? Smith's 138th Commencement and first reunion celebrations, Thursday, May 12, through graduation on Sunday, May 15, at 10 a.m. in the Quadrangle.

05/10/2016 Digest

Seniors Only: Backpack to Briefcase , Tuesday, May 10, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Stoddard Auditorium

Wondering how you are going to manage paying rent, student loan and credit card debt, or whether you'll be able to take advantage of the tax benefits of retirement savings after you graduate? Then join the Center for Women and Financial Independence for our personal finance bootcamp available only for the Class of 2016. Professor Randy Bartlett will cover all the basics of managing your financial lives once you move beyond the Smith "bubble." ***Space is LIMITED*** RSVP:

2016-17 Faculty/Staff Parking Decals Now Available

Parking decals purchased online will be mailed to campus addresses only. Go to to complete the registration form and upon entering the credit card information, using Visa or MasterCard, a receipt will appear on the screen which will automatically be emailed to you. The option to pay by cash or check is still available and must be done in the parking office. No Mail-in registrations accepted. Registration forms are available in the Parking Office, 126 West Street or at Parking Office business hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.

To Opt-Out of Buying a Parking Decal, Join the Opt-Out Program Starting July 1

How are you commuting to campus for 2016-2017? Read about the financial incentives to go green with the opt-out program, and find out the details for obtaining an opt-out parking permit here:

Carpool Matching Services Offered

UMass offers a Rideshare service free to all Five-College employees and commuter students. The program matches riders with similar schedules and routes. For contact and sign up information, visit MassRIDES, a service of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), offers a NuRide program to find people going your way and at the same time earn reward points for each "green trip" taken by bus, bicycling, walking, or carpooling. Redeem points for restaurant coupons, retailer discounts, tickets to shows and attractions. Carpoolers, opt-outers, bicyclists and PVTA riders are encouraged to take advantage of MassRIDES Emergency Ride Home Program by visiting

Long-Term Parking Policy

Faculty, staff and students who need long-term parking (for example during sabbatical leave, traveling on college business or going abroad for the semester) should contact the Parking Office to make parking arrangements. There is no long-term parking in the Parking Garage for people that are going away on personal business. Faculty and staff vehicles that are left in the Parking Garage with evidence of long-term parking will be contacted and asked to relocate their vehicle to the approved storage lot within twenty-four (24) hours if not parked on official college business.

Media Studies Expert Anne Balsamo: 'Where Is Learning? Designing Pedagogies for Distributed Learning Networks' , Tuesday, May 10, 5 p.m., Seelye 106

Anne Balsamo, dean of the School of Media Studies at the New School for Public Engagement, is a national leader in media studies whose work links cultural studies, digital humanities and interactive media. Her lecture will address new pedagogical strategies in higher education and museums that explore the collaborative possibilities of distributed learning for the Born-Digital Generation. This lecture, free and open to the public, is in conjunction with "Futurisms II," a collaborative research project between the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute and the Smith College Museum of Art, taking place Tuesday-Wednesday, May 10-11.

Save the Date: May 25 Outdoor Film Screening , Chapin Lawn

Staff Council Activities Committee presents a free outdoor screening of Pee-Wee's Big Adventure on Chapin Lawn. The event is free and open to the public. Bring blankets/chairs to sit on, snacks, friends & family. Come early to get a good spot - the film will start at dusk. Free popcorn. Synopsis: When eccentric man-child Pee-Wee Herman gets his beloved bike stolen in broad daylight, he sets out across the U.S.A. on the adventure of his life. Running Time: 1hr 31min Rated PG Co-presented with Cinema Northampton.

Restricted Parking: Paradise and Mandelle Roads and the Quad, May 10-15

The Campus Police Department is requiring that all vehicles parked on Paradise Road, Mandelle Road, and inside the Quad, be moved by Tuesday, May 10, for Commencement and Reunion activities. Also, please observe any other posted "No Parking" areas. During Commencement and Reunion weekends, there will be no parking allowed on Prospect Street. If you have any questions, call 413-585-2495.

'Moonshots' to Malala: Five Facts About Commencement Speaker Megan Smith

This year's Commencement speaker, Megan Smith—the nation's Chief Technology Officer and the first woman to hold that post—was drawn to innovation early on. Her earliest inventions were a sticks-and-tinfoil scarecrow and a solar house. Here are five other interesting facts about Smith.

05/05/2016 Digest

Important Dates re Summer Storage

Box kit pick-up dates: Clark Hall - Tuesday April 26, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-2:30 p.m.; Thursday, April 28, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Friday, April 29, 8:30-10:30 a.m.; Tuesday, May 3, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-2:30 p.m.; Thursday, May 5, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., and Friday, May 6, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Storage and Shipping pickup dates: May 3-7 and May 15-16. Options available for additional pickup and delivery dates. For more information, visit

Spring Clean-Out Nights: Recycle and Receive a Free Farm-to-Table Dessert , Tuesday-Thursday, May 3-5

Each year as students move out they leave behind tons of clothing and recyclables. Students can help reduce move-out waste by bringing out their used clothing for donation, and paper/containers for recycling during Spring Clean-Out Nights. A recycling truck will be traveling to different parts of campus on May 3, 4, and 5, followed by the Wheelhouse Farm food truck. Students who donate clothing or recycle will receive a free farm-to-table dessert from the food truck. For truck schedules, visit Read more about the program on Grecourt Gate at

International Students: I-20 Signature and Pick Up , Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Before you leave campus for the summer, make sure your I-20 signature is valid. If you have the old style I-20, please collect your new I-20 from the Lewis Global Studies Center. If you already have the new I-20 format, make sure your signature is in date for when you expect to return to the US. Note: signatures are valid for 12 months. If you need an updated signature, stop by the Lewis Global Studies Center for Dean Caitlin or Nathan Hammond to sign. Email with any question.

ISSO Clothing and Textbook Donations , 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

The International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) is collecting donations for the annual Winter Clothes Closet in the fall. We accept lightly used clean clothes, winter coats, winter accessories and freshly laundered comforters. This year we will also be accepting textbook donations to create an ISSO library where international students can borrow books from ISSO for the semester. If you have any donations, drop them off at the Lewis Global Studies Center between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Get More Out of Your All-Employee Picnic Experience by Volunteering

The success of the All-Employee Picnic relies in part on the support of volunteers who pitch in for a 30-minute shift to help out on such important such jobs as helping distribute beverages, staffing the donations table, and directing people through the buffet lines. While you do this, you get to see many more of your colleagues, and you'll enjoy the delicious lunch even more knowing that you did good. This year's picnic will be on Wednesday, May 25, so sign up now for a 30-minute shift during the picnic by sending an email to

Reading Week Hospitality and Quiet Spaces , April 30-May 6, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Helen Hills Hills Chapel

The spaces in the Helen Hills Hills Chapel will be deemed quiet spaces for students to study, reflect, research and contemplate. Students are welcome to use the upstairs sanctuary, Bodman Lounge (B2), the Reading Room (B13), the Blue Room (B5) and Student Room (B4) for these activities. Yummy study snacks and drinks will be available in Bodman Lounge in the Chapel's lower level.

May 5 Playback Session on Student Learning Goals , Thursday, Noon, Neilson Browsing Room

The Committee on Academic Priorities and the Assessment Subcommittee invite you to a playback session to discuss newly proposed student capacities and learning goals. A light lunch will be provided.

'Picturing the Text': Reflections by Lakes Writer-in-Residence Pamela Petro

In "Picturing the Text," an essay she wrote for Grécourt Gate, Pamela Petro—this year's Lakes Writer-in-Residence at Smith—reflects on her experiences teaching students about the burgeoning field of Word and Image.

05/03/2016 Digest

Senior Class Giving Challenge with Mount Holyoke College , Monday, Wednesday, Friday , 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Campus Center Main Level Table

It's on: The Smith senior class has challenged Mount Holyoke's senior class to a giving challenge. By making a gift to the Senior Appreciation Program, you can help to support your fellow Smithies on campus and help us win bragging rights. Please make your gift today so we can take down MoHo. Make your gift online at or stop by our table in the CC.

Student Composition Recital , Tuesday, May 3, 7 p.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage

New works by Smith composition students, performed by the Wet Ink Ensemble. Free and open to the public.

SWG Annual Prizes Due May 6 at Noon

The Jeanne McFarland and Valeria Dean Burgess Stevens Prizes are awarded annually by the Program for the Study of Women and Gender and the Project on Women and Social Change for excellent work in the study of women and gender. The Schuster Van Dyne Prize in Queer Studies is awarded annually by the Program for the Study of Women and Gender for excellent work in queer studies. For more information, visit

Do You Know Where You'll Be on May 25 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.?

Of course you do--you'll be at the All-Employee Picnic on Chapin Lawn with your colleagues, having a blast. What can you expect at this year's picnic? Well, great food, of course, including hand-scooped ice cream from Maple Valley Creamery; the chance to improve your golf game, guided hula-hooping with Alotta Hoopla, plus some new surprises. Any employee can help make this a great event by volunteering for a 30-minute shift. Details about how to sign up for this will be available soon, as will information about how you can do good and have fun at the same time.

New Annual Performance Review Process Begins July 1, 2016

Smith College is implementing a new staff performance management process beginning July 1, 2016. The new process involves managers and staff working together to plan, monitor, and review staff contributions and accomplishments at Smith in a three phase cycle. For more information, visit

May Mystery Map - Last of the Semester

The Spatial Analysis Lab just revealed the final Mystery Map of the Academic Year. Head over to our blog for more details: Congrats to Michael Madole, Tracy Whelen, Sara Kirk, Miriam Neptune and Jess Carboni, who solved our April Mystery Map portraying results from the Democrats Abroad Global Primary.

Vigil to Honor Victims of April 27 Alleppo Attacks , Wednesday, May 4, 12:30 p.m., Chapin Lawn

MENA (the Middle East and North African student alliance) will hold a vigil for Syria to call attention to a recent catastrophic airstrike on a Syrian pediatric hospital in Aleppo which killed 50 people including children, patients and medical personnel. The vigil will provide a space to honor their lives and show support for the Syrian people amidst the mounting Syrian crisis. All are invited. Co-sponsored by the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life.

Trash for Treats: Students Can Exchange Recyclables for Desserts During Move-Out

To combat a trash problem that occurs each year during move-out, the Office of Campus Sustainability is sponsoring a new initiative where students can exchange unwanted items for a free dessert from the Wheelhouse Farm food truck. Read on for details.

05/02/2016 Digest

04/28/2016 Digest

SEC Films Presents 'The Intern' , Friday & Saturday, April 29 & 30, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Seventy-year-old widower Ben Whittaker (Robert DeNiro) has discovered that retirement isn't all it's cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin (Anne Hathaway).

Divestment Open Forum , Tuesday, May 3, Noon, Neilson Browsing Room

What is the role of faculty and staff in the fossil fuel divestment campaign? How can we build a movement that unites the entire Smith community? Divest Smith College will lead a presentation followed by round table discussion that will focus on the concerns that faculty and staff have about divestment as well as the unique contributions that they could make to this campaign. This event is co-sponsored by the Study Group on Climate Change, CEEDS, and the Environmental Science and Policy Program. All Smith community members are welcome. Lunch will be provided for the first 50 people.

The Magic Groove Bus: Groove A Cappella's Spring Jam , Friday, April 29, 7 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Seat belts, everyone! Groove a cappella presents the Magic Groove Bus! Celebrate the last day of classes by seeing Groove's spring jam featuring the UMass Vocal Suspects.

Last Day for Staff Council Elections , Thursday, April 28

Today is the last day of the Staff Council Election. To vote online or to read short bios of candidates, visit

Smith To Do: Peep Houses , Friday, April 29, 8 p.m., Campus Center Garden Level

Stop by the campus center from 8-10pm for the last smith to do of the semester - peep houses. They're fun to make, cute looking, and a yummy treat to eat.

Study Group on Climate Change Fireside Chat , Thursday, April 28, 4 p.m., Goldstein Lounge, Campus Center

What should Smith College do to respond to climate change and promote a just, sustainable future? Come make your voice heard. The Study Group on Climate Change (SGCC) has been meeting throughout the semester and now is your chance to meet the members of the SGCC, hear about their progress and share your feedback and ideas. Refreshments provided.

Studio Productions: 'Mad Forest' by Caryl Churchill, Directed by Kitty Lixin Lin '16 , Thursday, April 28, 7:30 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio, Mendenhall

This timely drama resulted from a trip to Romania. Developed with students from London's Central School of Drama, this is an incisive portrait of society in turmoil that focuses on two families to reveal what life is like under a totalitarian regime and what results when the regime collapses. The play's brief scenes are almost cinematic in their presentation of events as seen by ordinary people trying to live in peace. Free and open to the public.

Studio Production: 'The Winter's Tale' by WIlliam Shakespeare, Directed by Samantha Biatch '16 , Friday, April 29, 7:30 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio, Mendenhall

Tragedy, comedy, love, betrayal, disguised identities, redemption and reconciliation - all rolled up in one play. "The Winter's Tale," written towards the end of Shakespeare's career is a sweeping saga that spans sixteen years and possesses one of the Bard's most famous stage directions, "Exit, pursued by bear." Free and open to the public.

Spring Grad Dance Event , Friday, April 29, 8 p.m., Scott Gym Dance Studio

The annual performance showcasing new solo work by first year MFA dance candidates Nicole DeWolfe, Rowan Salem, Stephanie Turner, and Whitney Wilson. $1 at the door, reservations recommended:

Fridays@Five Season Finale: Elton John Sing-Along , Friday, April 29, 5 p.m., Josten Library, Mendenhall

Your Song! Smith's versatile and beloved Jerry Noble leads an Elton John sing-along. This stress-reducing serenade -- a postlude for the last day of classes -- will generate a warm nimbus of well-being. Free of charge and open to all.

MMD Prize for Best Work in East Asian Studies; Submissions Due , April 28

Mary Maples Dunn Prize: Awarded for an essay written within the current or three preceding semesters in a regular course in the Program in East Asian Studies. Essays originally submitted in seminars, special studies or honors theses are not eligible. If an essay was written in response to a specific question or problem posed by an instructor, the stated assignment should be submitted along with the essay. All essays should indicate for which course and semester they were originally written and should be submitted to Kathleen Gauger, Seelye 210, by Thursday, April 28. Only one essay per year accepted.

Did You Win a Fellowship This Year?

If you've won a Fellowship of any type this academic year, whether it's for the summer, study abroad or a part of your post-graduations plans, please take a moment and fill out our Report a Fellowships Winner form at Your accomplishment should be recognized and your success acknowledged at

Sign Up Now for Workshops on Google Docs, Apps, Wordpress and More , Monday, May 2, 9 a.m.

Is there an educational technology you've been wanting to get a taste of? Are you wondering which tools can help maximize student learning? Just want to know what's new and have some fun? From creating a digital narrative to honing your Google Docs skills, these workshops will help you think about how you can integrate new technologies in your course and get some firsthand experience with using them. Sign up for one or many. Refreshments will be served. Read workshop descriptions at or sign up now at

Design Celebration: Presentations of Capstone Engineering Projects , Friday, April 29, 1:10-4 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

In Design Clinic, senior engineering students collaborate in teams on projects sponsored by industry and government. Project sponsors for 2015-2016 include Baystate Health System, Dresser-Rand, Medtronic, the Mill River Greenway Initiative, Schneider Electric, Stantec, and Under Armour/PSI91. Refreshments will be served at intermission and the end. For more details, visit

Reception for 'Taking the Archives Public' Exhibition , Monday, May 2, 4 p.m., Alumnae Gym

Opening Reception for Archival Exhibits from our Archives Capstone Seminar in the Special Collections in Alumnae Gym.

'Breaking the Silence: Serving in the Occupied Palestinian Territories' , Thursday, April 28, Noon, Campus Center 103/4

J Street U Smith is hosting Avner Gvaryahu of Breaking the Silence. Avner, a veteran of the Israel Defense Forces, will talk about his experiences as a soldier stationed in the occupied West Bank. Breaking the Silence is an organization of veteran soldiers who have served in the Israeli military and have taken it upon themselves to expose the public to the reality of serving in the occupied territories. Join us to engage with this powerful and challenging narrative. All are welcome.

End-of-the-Year Celebration , Friday, April 29, 4-7 p.m., Chapin Lawn

Join Dining Services, Athletic Association and the House Presidents Association for an afternoon of celebrating the last day of classes. From 5-7 p.m., enjoy tasty food prepared by celebrated Chef Mai Pham. Also enjoy great music by WOZQ, fun activities and the fabulous company of your fellow Smith students. Students over 21 with a valid ID can enjoy a beer garden starting at 4:30 p.m. (Two free drink tickets per person, cash required to purchase additional drinks; Gluten-free hard cider also available). Activities include juggling and acro-yoga with The Bearded Ladies, craft tables and lawn games. Read more in the Grecourt Gate about Chef Mai Pham's visit to Smith at

'Raising the Race': A Discussion on the New Book by Riché Daniel Barnes , Friday, April 29, 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

A discussion on the occasion of the publication of Riché J. Daniel Barnes' book "Raising the Race: Black Career Women Redefine Marriage, Motherhood, and Community", with Whitney Battle-Baptiste (UMass), Patricia Banks (Mount Holyoke College) and Anthony Kwame Harrison (Virginia Tech). Barnes is assistant professor of Africana studies at Smith. A reception will follow the discussion. The entire Smith College Community is welcome. For more information, visit

Arbor Day Event , Friday, April 29, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Please join the Smith College Campus Tree Advisory Committee and students as we celebrate our Champion Trees on campus during Arbor Day. The committee has selected four large trees on campus to highlight. Three of these are the largest specimens for that species in the State of Massachusetts. For locations and details, please click the link below to the Botanic Garden web page.

Zazen Practice , Thursday, April 28, 5 p.m., Campus Center 102

Zazen (seated Zen) is deeply rooted in Buddhist spiritual tradition and is foundational to the path of awakening. This is the last meditation class of the semester taught by Catherine Anraku Hondorp, a Zen teacher, Network Chiropractor, Somatic Experiencing/trauma healing practitioner, and a Soto Zen Buddhist Priest, who serves as a Buddhist Community Religious Adviser in Smith's Center for Religious and Spiritual Life. It is a great relaxing practice during this hectic time of year. Even one class is beneficial in managing stress. No experience is needed. All are welcome.

Shabbat Dinner , Friday, April 29, 5:30 p.m., Kosher Kitchen

Smith College Jewish Community (SCJC) will hold its last Shabbat Dinner this Friday for the semester at the Kosher Kitchen adjacent to Jordan House. Enjoy a nice home-cooked meal and you don't have to be Jewish to attend. Everyone is welcome.

Soup, Salad and Soul , Friday, April 29, Noon, Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Soup, Salad, and Soul is a student-led, soul-ful conversation over delicious homemade, vegetarian-friendly soup and a creative salad, prepared by student cooks. Students, faculty and staff are invited for dialogue on current events, contemplative issues, and interesting, sometimes controversial subjects presented by student leaders in a welcoming and supportive environment. This is the last Soup, Salad, Soul of the semester and will be led by Micah Collins-Sibley '16. Lunch preparation will follow kosher guidelines for Passover but would not have been prepared in a kosher kitchen. Fresh latkes will be part of the meal!

Celebrated Chef Mai Pham To Host End-of-Year Celebration for Students

Dining Services, the Athletic Association and the House Presidents Association are hosting an outdoor event for students Friday, April 22, to celebrate the last day of classes. The event includes a special menu created by acclaimed chef and cookbook author Mai Pham, featuring tasty and authentic Thai and Vietnamese flavors.

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