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08/27/2015 Digest

Central Check-In Sept. 2, Staff and Faculty Can Help

Remember when you arrived at college, or when you took your kids to college that first time? Lots and lots of people, limited parking, not sure where you were going? The same is true for Smith's entering students and their families on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the ITT. You can help: 1) Greet strangers with a smile and offer directions. (2) If you routinely park near the ITT, please consider parking at the Stables Lot or by the Tennis Courts for that one day. (3) If you routinely park near a house, please consider parking further away for this one day.

College Card Renewals; Current Cards Expire Sept. 30

The bulk of Smith College Corporate cards expire at the end of September (please check your card expiration date). Note that the cards are valid through the last day of September. This year, the cards that expire at the end of September will be sent directly to the cardholders. According to JP Morgan Chase, the cards will be mailed out the first week of September. Keep a look-out for your card as you should receive it no later than the third week of September. If for some reason you do not receive your card, contact the Purchasing Office, Linda Hiesiger at ext. 2231 or Lynn Pelland at ext. 2232.

Keyserver Upgraded; Older Versions of Adobe No Longer Supported

On Aug. 26, ITS upgraded the server that supports our software licensing for certain software programs. Following the upgrade, older versions of Adobe are no longer supported, this includes Adobe Creative Suite version 3, 4, and 5. Adobe Creative Suite 6 users will not be impacted. If you have used any unsupported software in the past 3 months you would have already received a direct notification from IT about upgrading. If you have any questions, contact Barbara Pliska at

First 25Live 'Tip of the Month'

Finding your event information is much easier when you "Star" your events. This first monthly 25Live Tip of the Month ( will show you how to "Star" your events so that you can easily see event details such as date, time or location; or go back into the event to request resources or enter publicity information. Tips will be archived at

Registrar's Office Closed , Friday, Aug. 28, 1:30-3 p.m.

The Registrar's Office will be closed for staff training.

Varsity Crew Meeting - For Experienced Athletes , Monday, Sept. 7, 4:15-5:15 p.m., Ainsworth Gym 150

This meeting is for anyone with previous rowing or coxing experience, including returning athletes and new students. (Meeting for novices will be Sept. 9 at 5:10 p.m. in Ainsworth Gym 150.) Practice starts Monday, Sept. 14. For more information, contact Head Crew Coach Karen Klinger at

Novice Crew Meeting - No Experience Necessary , Wednesday, Sept. 9, 5:10 p.m., Ainsworth Gym 150

Meeting for beginner rowers and coxswains to ask questions, fill out paperwork, and get ready for the 2015-2016 season. For more information, contact Head Coach Karen Klinger at or Novice Coach Jackie Kleinhans at

First Year at Your Fingertips: College Launches First Year Experience App

A new mobile app is designed to make information about the start of the year at Smith more accessible to students and families. The Smith College app for the First Year Experience—which went live last week—can either be downloaded to a mobile smartphone or accessed via computer.

08/26/2015 Digest

New Student Community Service Welcome Party , Thursday, Sept. 10, 4-5:30 p.m., CCC, Wright 013

Interested in volunteering as a tutor or helping out at a homeless shelter or conducting research for advocacy organizations? These are just some of ways you can get involved in community service programs. Come learn about the Community Service Office (CSO) and the Center for Community Collaboration (CCC) while enjoying some ice cream or sherbet. Hear about Community Service and about becoming a CSO House Rep. For more information, contact Arianna Collins, CCC program coordinator, at or ext. 2793.

08/25/2015 Digest

New Massachusetts Sick Time Law

On November 4, 2014, Massachusetts voters approved ballot question 4 "Earned Sick Time for Employees." This new law takes effect July 1, 2015. All Smith employees are affected by the new law. In addition, all casual workers and summer-student workers will start to accrue sick time. When working in jobs during the school year, students will be excluded from accruing time. To learn more about how you are impacted by this new law, watch the video at For further information, visit

Spouse/Dependent/Alumni OneCards , August 24-September 11

Due to the high volume of activity with the arrival of new and returning students, the OneCard office will not be issuing Spouse, Dependent or Alumnae/Alumni cards during these three weeks. Requests for these cards can also be made by accessing the website and selecting OneCard Information for Smith College Employees via a printable PDF form.

Windows 10 Announcement

Microsoft released Windows 10, the latest version of their operating system on July 29. At this time, ITS recommends that you do NOT upgrade to Windows 10 for any computer used to access Smith College systems. ITS is in the process of testing Windows 10 on all College applications and will keep the campus informed on the timeline for migration.

Reserve Now for Fall Bus Trip--A 'Spooktacular' Day in Salem, Mass. , October 10

Staff Council invites current Smith College employees and their guest(s) to make a reservation for this fall's bus trip on Saturday, Oct. 10. The bus will depart from Ainsworth Gym at 9 a.m. and return to campus at approximately 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 each and are non-refundable unless the trip is cancelled. Reservations are first-come, first serve but must be made by September 21. For more information about the trip, contact Chris Niemiec at or Audrey Letizia.

Register Now for Staff and Faculty Fitness Class Beginning , September 14, Ainsworth Gym

M,W Pilates with Jean 12:10-12:50 p.m. $85; M,W,F Yoga with Lisa 12:10-12:50 p.m. $125; T,Th Cardio Blast with Rosalie 12:10-12:50 p.m. $85; M,W,F Yoga with Doug 1:10-1:50 p.m. $125; M,W HIIT with Joan 5-5:50 p.m. $85; T,Th Tai Chi with Richard 12:10-12:50 p.m. $85. Print forms from ESS website: For more information, email

Smith eDigest Resumes Twice-Weekly Schedule , Tuesday, Aug. 25

The Smith eDigest resumes its twice-weekly distribution schedule with editions every Tuesday and Thursday throughout the academic year. Deadlines for eDigest submissions are 5 p.m. the day before the next edition.

Free Second Friday , Sept. 11, 4-8 p.m., Museum of Art

4-6 p.m. HANDS-ON! Art-making for all ages, inspired by works on view. This month: Hieroglyphic Selfie. Discover how contemporary artist Jane Hammond gained inspiration from Ancient Egyptian writing and art. Create your own artwork using symbols and patterns from the ancient objects in SCMA's collection. 6 p.m. OPEN EYES Join a guided conversation exploring a different work of art each month. Museum Shop open 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Light refreshments served.

So You Want To Be a Curator? Enter Student Picks by Sept. 25

Do you want to curate a show at the Smith College Museum of Art? If so, enter the Student Picks sweepstakes for a chance to design and curate a one-day show from the SCMA Works on Paper collection. All Smith students are welcome to apply, no art history or museum experience needed. The Student Picks Sweepstakes runs this year from September 25. Enter online here: or through the SCMA Facebook and Instagram pages, or by ballot at Neilson Library, the Campus Center, and the Museum lobby. Students may enter as many times as they like.

Mail Services Closed , Wednesday, Aug. 26, Noon-1:45 p.m.

President McCartney's Open Office Hour , Tuesday, Sept. 15, 4 p.m., President's Office, College Hall

This is your opportunity to spend a brief one-on-one with President McCartney.

Making Women Visible: Smith Hosts Visit From U.S. Treasurer for a New Look for $10 Bill

Which woman should be featured on the new $10 bill? United States Treasurer Rosie Rios consulted a "cabinet" of Smith students, faculty and administrators on that topic earlier this week as part of an official listening tour.

08/18/2015 Digest

Mail Services Closed , Tuesday, Aug. 18, Noon-2 p.m.

People News

Business development internships, humanities fellowships and web design awards are among the recent accomplishments of Smith students, faculty members, staff and alumnae. Read about them in the latest People News column.

08/11/2015 Digest

Free Second Friday , Aug. 14, 4-8 p.m., Museum of Art

From 4 to 6 p.m. HANDS-ON! Art making for all ages, inspired by works on view. This month: Golden Frame. Assemble and decorate your own frame. At 6 p.m. OPEN EYES--join a guided conversation exploring a different work of art each month. Light refreshments at 5 p.m. Museum Shop open 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

Sales Tax Holiday: Computer Store Open , Saturday, Aug. 15, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Stoddard Hall, 2nd Floor

With this summer’s weekend sales tax holiday now law, the Smith Computer Store will be open August 15, so the campus community can skip Massachusetts’ 6.25 percent sales tax for items $2,500. Use the Stoddard Hall entrance closest to the Alumnae House.

Equestrian Team Tryouts

Students interested in trying out for the Equestrian Team this fall should contact Sue Payne no later than August 14.

Memorial Service for Susan Hollingsworth , Monday, Aug. 17, 3 p.m., Helen Hills Hills Chapel

The campus community is invited to celebrate the life of longtime Smith staff accountant Susan Hollingsworth, who died July 14. Refreshments and a social gathering will follow the service. There will also be a short grave-side service at the Saint Mary's Cemetery, 235 North Elm Street, Northampton, prior to the memorial service at Smith.

Painless Audition/Information Session for the Early Music Program , Thursday, Sept. 10, 4 p.m.

Painless Auditions and Information for the Five College Early Music Program in 103 Sage Hall. Singers, string and wind players are invited to talk to us about our ensembles- Collegium choir for Renaissance music, Voces Feminae, our women's vocal ensemble, Baroque orchestra, medieval ensemble, and more! We also have group and individual lessons in recorder, viola da gamba, lute and Renaissance winds and brass.

Save the Date: An Afternoon with Filmmaker Malcolm Clarke , Sept. 25, 3-5 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

"The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved my Life," is a 35-minute film about concert pianist and Holocaust survivor Alice Hertz-Sommer. Directed, written and produced by Malcolm Clarke, the film won the 2013 Academy Award for best documentary-short film. This event will feature a screening of the film, followed by a conversation and reception with Clarke in Neilson Browsing Room. This event is being co-sponsored by Staff Council, the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, the Program in Jewish Studies, the Endowed Lecture Committee and the departments of music, theatre and government.

Power Shutdowns , August 15 and 17, Various Campus Locations

To find out specific locations affected, visit During each of the shutdowns, there will be representation from Facilities Management, Campus Police and an electrical contractor to monitor all of the building systems. The required power shutdowns are a combination of upgrades to the Medium Voltage Infrastructure and the annual preventative maintenance schedule for the co-generation power plant.

School for Social Work to Award 119 Degrees at Aug. 14 Commencement

The School for Social Work's 89th Commencement—to be held Friday, August 14, at 4 p.m. in John M. Greene Hall—will feature a keynote address by spoken word artist Alix Olson and the awarding of 119 degrees and the annual Day-Garrett Medals for contributions to the SSW and the field.

08/04/2015 Digest

Hiring Students Begins for 2015-2016

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

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

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

A Field Guide to Research at MacLeish Field Station

Some 240 acres of patchwork forest and field are the setting for Smith's Ada and Archibald MacLeish Field Station in Whately. The latest issue of 'Insight' offers a visually striking package of reporting on the vibrant research underway at MacLeish.

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