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05/29/2015 Digest


Retirement Reception for Kathy Zieja, Director of Dining Services , Friday, June 12, 3:30-5:30 p.m., Conference Center Meeting Room

Take part in a relaxed, social get-together to celebrate Kathy's dedication and years of service to the Smith College community.


05/26/2015 Digest


eDigest Summer Schedule Begins May 26

As of Tuesday, May 26, the Smith eDigest will begin its summer schedule of one publication per week, every Tuesday. Items for the summer eDigest must be submitted by 5 p.m. each Monday. eDigest will resume twice-weekly publication in late August. Submit questions regarding eDigest to mhobbes@smith.edu.

Fiscal Year End Memo

The Fiscal Year End memo is available on the Purchasing website at http://www.smith.edu/purchasing/. Please refer to it for important dates and deadlines related to purchasing and accounting. Thank you.

Personal Time for FY2015 and FY2016

Personal Time is credited to eligible staff employees at the start of each fiscal year. The first pay period for FY16 begins on Sunday, June 14, 2015. Unused Personal Time does not carry over to the new fiscal year. Therefore, all Personal Time for current FY15 must be used on or before Saturday, June 13, 2015. Personal Time used on or after Sunday, June 14, 2015, will be taken from Personal Time credited for FY16. For questions or more information, contact Lynda DallaPegorara, x2274. Also, consult the Staff Handbook: http://www.smith.edu/hr/handbook_502.php

Power Shutdowns , Tuesday & Wednesday, May 26 & 27

There are three independent shutdowns scheduled for specific parts of the campus on each day. [For locations, visit http://www.smith.edu/facilities/] Due to the Memorial Day long weekend, employees in the associated buildings are advised to power down sensitive equipment, if possible, on Friday, May 22. For information about other summer construction projects, visit https://goo.gl/LN4whm

Hands-On Banner Finance Training , Wednesday, May 27, 1:30-3 p.m., Seelye B-2, Computer Lab

Bill Sheehan and Beth Bone from Accounting will cover basic navigation of Banner Finance. The session is intended for those new to Banner Finance, or who have recently changed job duties and need a review. Space is limited. Email Elizabeth Britt at ebritt@smith.edu to reserve a seat by Noon Tuesday, May 26.

'Exhibits by Betsey Garand, Carolyn Webb and Kathryn Fanelli' , Through August 21, Jannotta Gallery, Hillyer

An exhibit of works by Betsey Garand, senior resident artist at Amherst College; Carolyn Webb, Williamsburg sculptor and printmaker; and Kathryn Fanelli, a Western Mass. printmaker and affiliate of the contemplative arts movement. The exhibit is on view Monday through Friday, through August 21.

User Support Center Temporarily Moving to Seelye B2

Please note that User Support Center staff are temporarily moving from Stoddard 23 to Seelye B2 while their office is under construction. There will be no walk-in support on May 26 or 27, but phone (x4487) and email (4its@smith.edu) support will continue as usual. Walk-in support will begin in Seelye B4 on May 28.

Self Defense Workshop To Be Offered This Summer

Campus Police will be offering a self-defense workshop for faculty and staff over the summer. If anyone is interested in signing up for a two-hour workshop on self defense or a ten-hour Rad Program, contact the Outreach office at (413) 559-6981 or email the Outreach Coordinator at ebrown3@smith.edu. These workshops will be arranged in June.

Child Safety Seat Installations and Inspections Offered

Campus Police offers child passenger seat inspections and installations. Our certified technician will thoroughly inspect child passenger seats for wear and effectiveness and install them properly to assure the safest ride for children. To schedule a 30-minute appointment either call or email the outreach office at ebrown3@smith.edu or 413-559-6981.

Lower College Lane Closed , Thursday, May 28

Lower College Lane will be closed on Thursday, May 28, beginning at 7 a.m. to enable replacement of the Paradise Pond Sluice Gate equipment. A crane will be stationed on College Lane adjacent to the spillway for the day. Access to Ainsworth lot will be from West St. Pedestrian access will remain open to Lamont Bridge and stairs to Green St. For details on this and other summer construction projects, visit the "Project Update Map" at https://goo.gl/LN4whm

Helping Those in Need at the All-Employee Picnic: It's a Smith Tradition

As has been done in the past at the All-Employee Picnic, we'll collect travel-sized toiletries and other items, including non-perishables, for the residents of Jessie's House, a homeless shelter in Amherst. For a list of items that are most needed and appreciated, visit http://goo.gl/fDyiCO. The only shelter for families in Hampshire County, Jessie's House has been working since 1983 to serve and guide families struggling with homelessness toward a future of hope, good health, and a safe place to call home. Once families move to permanent housing, the staff at Jessie's House continues to provide outreach services to help them continue on the path to success. For more information on Jessie's House, visit http://goo.gl/zD6qII The All-Employee Picnic will take place Monday, June 8.

New Online Map Offers Updates on Summer Construction Projects

Looking for the latest information on summer construction projects on campus? A new "Project Update Map" on Facilities Management's website offers project descriptions, updates on road closings and other details about building renovations with the click of a mouse.


05/21/2015 Digest


Register Now: Faculty/Staff Fitness Classes Begin June 1

M/W Pilates with Jean 12:10-12:50 p.m.; M/W Yoga with Lisa and Doug 12:10-12:50 p.m.; Tu/Th Cardio Blast with Rosalie 12:10-12:50 p.m.; M/W Bootcamp with Joan 1:10-1:50 p.m.; Tu/Th Tai Chi with Richard 12:10-12:50 p.m. For more information, email rcook@smith.edu or print the flyer at http://smith.edu/ess/resources.php All classes are in Ainsworth Gym.

Be Part of the Success of This Year's All-Employee Picnic

Being a volunteer at the All-Employee Picnic on Monday, June 8 is a great way to both enjoy the festivities and claim credit for how cool an event this is going to be. Help is needed with such tasks as serving beverages, directing people to/through the buffet lines, and staffing the donations table. Each shift is 30 minutes long (the first starts at 11:30 a.m.), but you'll be asked to arrive a few minutes early. Your assistance would be greatly appreciated. E-mail ksananto@smith.edu to sign up.

'More Clearly in Dreams' - A Professional Dance/Theater Performance , May 20-21, May 23, Theatre 14, Mendenhall

Adapted from the writings and notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci, "More Clearly in Dreams" [view the trailer at https://youtu.be/Lo15wzjNeqI] is a one-act dance/theater work choreographed and directed by Smith Professor of Dance Rodger Blum. The ballet pairs a script adapted from Leonardo's notebooks with Renaissance vocal music that culminates in Thomas Tallis' monumental 40-voice motet "Spem in Alium." Performances are May 14, 15 at 8 p.m.; May 16 at 7 p.m.; May 20, 21 at 8 p.m.; and May 23 at 1 p.m. Tickets are $5-15 and available by calling (413) 585-3220 or visiting smith.edu/smitharts.

Final Notice: All Smith Box Accounts and Files Will Be Permanently Deleted May 31

Smith's subscription to the Box file-storage service expires May 31, 2015, at which time Box will permanently delete all Smith Box accounts and any files they contain. If you have not yet copied all the Box files you wish to keep to your Google Drive account, see: http://www.smith.edu/its/tara/cloudstorage/box-to-drive.html.

Café Hours This Week (Closed May 19 & 24) ,

Tuesday May 19, closed; Wednesday, May 20, 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Thursday, May 21, 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Friday, May 22, 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Saturday, May 23, 7-2:30 p.m.; Sunday, May 24, closed.

Campus Center Café Closed on Memorial Day , May 25

Making Differences Beneficial: A Q&A With Smith's New Chief Diversity Officer

Dwight Hamilton, Smith's new chief diversity officer, sees efforts to create a more diverse campus as about more than just numbers. Hamilton says he will advocate for a climate of "inclusion" where everyone feels they belong to the Smith experience.


05/19/2015 Digest


Mail Services Closed , Tuesday, May 19, Noon-1 p.m.

Mail Services will be closed Tuesday, May 19, from noon to 1 p.m.

Summer Youth Field Hockey Camp - Employee Discount , Sunday-Wednesday, Aug. 9-12, Ainsworth Gym

Support Smith College Head Coach Jaime Ginsberg as the camp director of the Revolution Field Hockey Camp at Smith College. Open to ages 10-18 and abilities. Day & Overnight options available. All Smith employees will receive a $75 discount off the overnight camp and $45 discount off the day camp. See attached brochure with more details. *Use codes "STAFF" to save $75 and "HD" to save $45. For more information, contact Keri Hostetler at (800) 944-7112 or support@fhcamps.com

Smith's 137th Commencement Celebrates Gratitude, Leadership

'Build bridges, not fences': Themes of gratitude, equity and the importance of women's leadership were woven throughout Sunday's Commencement celebration. The college awarded 735 degrees.


05/14/2015 Digest


Jane Clayton to Retire May 15

After serving library patrons for 37 years, Circulation Associate Jane Clayton will retire on Friday May 15. At Jane's request, there won't be a party so if anyone wishes to bid her farewell, please stop by the Neilson Circulation Desk.

CANCELLED: Commencement Weekend Chamber Music Concert , Friday, May 15, 3 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Commencement Choral Concert , Saturday, May 16, 12:30 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.

Commencement Orchestra Concert , Saturday, May 16, 7:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

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

Spatial Analysis Lab Senior Week Workshops , May 12 to 15, 2-4 p.m., Sabin-Reed 104

Calling all aspiring cartographers and spatial thinkers. The Spatial Analysis Lab invites you to join our map-making workshops. Here's your opportunity to start (or continue!) to develop your GIS and cartography skills. Workshops are open to all members of the Smith community with no experience required. Each workshop will be informal and loosely structured so that we can cater the exercises to your interest. Visit our website for details and to sign-up. http://www.smith.edu/gis

Seniors: Make your Senior Campaign Gift Today

Senior Campaign results will be announced on Ivy Day, which means there are only a few days left to participate. To make a gift, visit the Smith Fund Table by the Campus Center Cafe between noon-1pm this week on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday. Commencement Rehearsal on Friday morning will be the last opportunity to make a donation. To learn more or make your gift online, visit: http://www.smith.edu/giving/fund_seniors.php

Reception for 'Presents of the Mind & Hand: Art Created by Class of '65' , Friday, May 15, 3:30 p.m., Alumnae House Gallery

Viewing the gesture of the skilled hand offers rewarding and sustaining comfort as we rush through our days at a hectic pace. The ability to confront tough social issues or find clam in a foggy landscape present a diverse range of topics that help us appreciate and learn from the strengths of our peers. The 50th class reunion exhibit is open to the public; Mon. - Fri., 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 4 to July 31.

By the Numbers: Celebrating the Class of 2015

This year's Smith seniors exemplify the college's longstanding tradition of excellence, while also displaying achievements all their own. Find out more about the 735 undergraduate and graduate students who will be awarded degrees at Commencement on Sunday, May 17.


05/12/2015 Digest


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.

Spotlight Awards Reception , Wednesday, May 13, 3:30 p.m., Carroll Room, Campus Center

The entire Smith College community is invited to the eighth annual Spotlight Awards Reception. President McCartney will personally congratulate each of this year's Spotlight Award recipients. Smith College Catering will be providing desserts and fresh fruit. The Spotlight Award recipients will be eligible for a grand-prize drawing to be held during the reception. Don't miss this opportunity to honor your colleagues. For more information about the Spotlight Awards Program, or to see the list of 2014/2015 recipients, visit http://www.smith.edu/hr/recognition_spotlight.php

Box Office Re-Opened for 'More Clearly in Dreams' , Wednesday, May 13, 8 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall

Performances for "More Clearly in Dreams," a one-act dance/theatre performance based on the ideas and imagination of Leonardo da Vinci, begin May 13 and run through May 23. See smith.edu/smitharts for more details and a trailer video.

Participate in Bay State Bike Week (BSBW) Challenge , May 9-17

Every May, Massachusetts residents come together to celebrate cycling during http://baystatebikeweek.org/ This year, some exciting options are added for event participants and event organizers. Bay State Bike Week participants will have the option to log their daily bicycling trip in at http://www.nuride.com/MassRIDES 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 https://www.facebook.com/baystatebikeweek and https://instagram.com/baystatebikewk/Twitter https://twitter.com/baystatebikewk Be sure to use the hashtag #BayStateBikeWK!

Add Your Point to the Smithie Summer Plans Webmap

Take a look at the Where are Smithies This Summer (and Beyond) Webmap to see what exciting plans your fellow Smithies have in store. Then place your own point on the map to share with your community how you plan to spend your summer. Check back in over the coming weeks to see how the map develops. Visit http://www.smith.edu/gis

Final Grades

Senior grades will be posted online through BannerWeb the afternoon of May 13. Latin Honors awards will be announced at the Ivy Day ceremony on Saturday, May 16. Non-Senior grades will be posted online the afternoon of May 20. Unofficial transcripts through BannerWeb will be unavailable until all grade processing is complete.

Restricted Parking: Paradise and Mandelle Roads and the Quad, May 12-18

The Campus Police Department is requiring that all vehicles parked on Paradise Road, Mandelle Road, and inside the Quad, be moved by Tuesday, May 12 for Commencement and Reunion activities. Also, please observe any other posted "No Parking" areas. During Commencement & Reunion weekends, there will be no parking allowed on Prospect Street. If you have questions, call (413) 585-2495.

18 Smith Students, Alumnae Receive Fulbright Awards

Over the past decade, Smith has won more Fulbright awards than any other liberal arts college in the country. This year, 18 Smith students and alumnae were awarded competitive fellowships for international scholarship and teaching. Donald Andrew, the college's fellowships adviser, says a strong mentoring program is key to Smith's Fulbright success.


05/07/2015 Digest


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

4-6 p.m.: Art making for all ages, inspired by works on view. Dance/Draw: Using Smith College dancers as live models, practice drawing from observation, inspired by Edgar Degas' "Dancer on the Stage." 6 p.m. Open Eyes: An informal, guided conversation about an art object. 6:45 p.m.: Smith students dance "happening" in the Museum inspired by the work of the late choreographer, Merce Cunningham and by the visual artist, Mary Bauermeister. Museum Shop open 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

2015-16 Faculty/Staff Parking Decals Now Available Online

Parking decals purchased online will be mailed to campus addresses only. Go to https://www.smith.edu/campuspolice/parking/ 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 office. No mail-in registrations accepted. Registration forms are available in the Campus Police office, 126 West Street or at http://www.smith.edu/campuspolice/parking_forms.php Parking Office business hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Opt Out of Buying a Decal by Joining the Opt-Out Program

How are you commuting to campus for 2015-2016? 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: http://www.smith.edu/campuspolice/parking.php

Carpool Matching Services Offered

UMass offers a Rideshare service free to all 5-College employees and commuter students. The program matches riders with similar schedules and routes. For contact and sign up information http://www.smith.edu/campuspolice/parking_carpool.php MassRIDES, a service of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), offers a NuRide http://www.commute.com/nuride program to find people going your way and at the same time earn reward points for each â??green tripâ?? 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 http://www.commute.com

Access to Expired Moodle Courses

In accordance with the Moodle course retention policy approved by CET, ETS has regularly removed access to expired courses on the older Moodle server at http://moodon.smith.edu. All courses on that server now fall outside the retention window. On May 11, off-campus access will be turned off. On June 1, all access will be turned off. On August 3, the older server will be turned off altogether. Instructors who need assistance accessing a course that is older than two years should fill out the form at this link: http://goo.gl/forms/X1jL838XzC

Seniors: Sign Up for 'Backpack to Briefcase' Workshop , Tuesday, May 12, 11 a.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

The Center for Women & Financial Independence & Economics Professor Randy Bartlett present - Backpack to Briefcase - a workshop just for seniors. This workshop will give you the necessary knowledge to manage your finances as you leave college. And a special treat - Professor Bartlett on guitar will sing a stirring rendition of "Smith Senior Year Blues", his famous song for seniors for the past 30 years or more! Don't miss it. Please rsvp to the WFI email invite you received two weeks ago or to jfountai@smith.edu.

Grécourt Gates, West Street and Elm Street Project to Begin in Late May

A project to improve pedestrian safety and accessbility at the intersection of West and Elm Streets begins later this month. It will include construction of a pedestrian plaza and refurbishing of the historic Grécourt Gates.

Study/Stress-Relief Break , Thursday, May 7, Noon-1:30 p.m., Campus Center

All students, faculty and staff are invited by President McCartney to take a study break and come together as a community to enjoy ice cream and music.


05/05/2015 Digest


Help Build a New Smith Website

A new Smith website—designed for modern standards of navigation, accessibility, integration with social media and the increasing use of mobile devices—is under development. You're invited to participate by taking a brief survey, telling us how you use the current site and what you'd like to see in a new smith.edu. Learn more at http://www.smith.edu/news/website-survey

New Sciences and Clark Science Center Websites

A Sciences@Smith website is now live: http://www.smith.edu/science. This new public face for the Sciences@Smith complements an updated Clark Science Center website: http://www.science.smith.edu. The upgraded Science Center site - intended primarily for an internal audience - has been built using WordPress. As the new site develops, its new features and built-in flexibility should ensure improved functionality and information. Please check the links on your websites to make sure you have the most up-to-date links to information about the Sciences@Smith.

Elimination of Novell Dropboxes Begins May 12

Since the migration of network accounts from Novell to Active Directory is almost complete, ITS will begin decommissioning Novell servers, including Novell Dropbox (T:) directories, on May 12. If you have any files in your Novell Dropbox directory that you wish to keep, be sure to copy them to another location before May 12. Going forward, please use your department's shared drive or Google Drive to share files with other users. (Note that Novell Dropboxes are not associated with the commercial cloud-storage service called Dropbox.) If you have any questions, contact the User Support Center at ext. 4487 or 4its@smith.edu.

Where Are You Going To Be Monday, June 8?

The All-Employee picnic is getting closer! This year's earlier date means more of your colleagues will be there, making this even more of a "can't miss" event. Here are some other reasons you should plan to attend: an expanded menu that is sure to please every palate, the chance to have a creation of your choosing made from a balloon, and the opportunity you've been waiting for to show off your knowledge of Smith in a trivia contest. Not to mention the always delicious ice cream from Maple Valley dairy! Look for more details in upcoming weeks.

Nepal Earthquake Response Follow-Up Workshop , Wednesday, May 6, Noon-1 p.m., Sabin-Reed 104

In response to the recent earthquake in Nepal, the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) has provided an online mapping platform that allows volunteers to help map the infrastructure of the areas in Nepal affected by the earthquake. Join us in the Smith Spatial Analysis Lab our second workshop to learn how to use the online mapping platform and begin to contribute to the effort. No previous experience necessary. Computers will be available, but attendees are encouraged to bring laptops if possible. Visit http://www.smith.edu/gis for more details.

Hospitality Space at The Center for Religious and Spiritual Life , Bodman Lounge, Chapel

During Reading Week The Center for Religious and Spiritual Life at the Helen Hills Hills Chapel offers yummy snacks, juice, coffee and tea in Bodman Lounge from 10:00 am - 10:00 pm. Students are encouraged to visit, hang out or study in Bodman Lounge, the Reading Room, or the Student Room (B4). Wi-fi is available throughout the building. The Chapel sanctuary and Blue Room are also accessible to those who want a quiet space for meditation, reflection, and contemplation.

Admission policy announcement

The Board of Trustees, affirming Smith's unwavering identity as a women's college, has voted to clarify Smith's undergraduate admission policy to include self-identified transgender women.


05/04/2015 Digest


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

4-6 PM: Hands-on art making for all ages, inspired by works on view. Fierce Faces: Create your own animal mask inspired by Diego Rivera's fresco depicting an Aztec warrior invoking the power of a jaguar. 6 PM Open Eyes: An informal, guided conversation about an art object. 11 AM-8 PM Museum Shop open.


04/30/2015 Digest


SEC BFTN: Sandy Candy Sticks , Thursday, April 30, 11 a.m., Campus Center Main Level Table

Make some Sandy Candy "sugar art to eat" in order to power yourself through final classes and final exams.

SEC Presents: Glow in the Dark Zumba/Yoga , Saturday, May 2, 7:30-10 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

This engaging start of the year event will allow students to relax and get active in a stress-free environment. Possibly co-sponsored with the Athletic Association, this event will gather students together to enjoy music and participate in an unique athletic workout.

Jennifer Finney Boylan Offers Presidential Colloquium on 'A Life in Two Genders' , Thursday, April 30, 4:30 p.m., John M. Green Hall

Jennifer Finney Boylan is the inaugural Anna Quindlen Writer in Residence at Barnard College and a contributing opinion writer for "The New York Times." She previously served for more than 25 years on the English Department faculty at Colby College. Boylan is the author of 13 books, including a 2003 memoir, "She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders," which was the first bestselling work by a transgender American. Boylan's Smith talk, one in a series of Presidential Colloquia, is part of the "Gender Matters" conversations organized by the Working Group on Campus Discourse. More information is available: http://www.jenniferboylan.net.

Staff Voting Through April 29

Please vote online for your Staff Council representatives. Read the bios of those nominated and make your selection for who will represent you to the College. Visit the Staff Council page to cast your vote (http://smith.edu/staffcouncil/).

News from the Classroom Committee

The Classroom Committee, which oversees classrooms across campus, is pleased to announce its new webpage feedback/suggestion form for any member of the community - students, faculty, staff - to notify us of any needed repairs or other classroom issues. The form is a link from the main classrooms page, http://www.smith.edu/registrar/classrooms.php. We also wish to highlight the Registrar's Classroom Descriptions page, an inventory of all Registrar-scheduled classrooms with photographs, capacities, and features of each room: http://www.smith.edu/registrar/classrooms_descriptions.php.

Conversations on Gender Matters , Thursday, April 30, 6-7:30 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Following the talk by Jennifer Finney Boylan, audience members will be invited to participate in small-group facilitated conversations about Gender Matters, as part of a college-wide initiative to strengthen campus discourse on challenging issues. The conversations will be held from 6-7:30 p.m. in Campus Center 103/104. Dinner will be provided. This is the third of a series of conversations organized by the Working Group on Campus Discourse http://www.smith.edu/discourse) this semester.

Design Celebration: Presentations of Capstone Engineering Projects , Friday, May 1, 1:10-4:15 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

The 12th annual Design Celebration showcases applied engineering projects from the Design Clinic course. Project sponsors for 2014-2015 include Covidien, Dresser-Rand, Evoqua, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, the Northampton Department of Public Works, the Northampton Office of Planning and Sustainability, and Schneider Electric. Open to the public; refreshments will be served. Full schedule available at http://www.science.smith.edu/designclinic/dc1415-designcelebration/

Wet Ink Ensemble: Premieres by Smith College Composition Students , Friday, May 1, 7:30 p.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage

The Wet Ink Ensemble will be in residence at Smith for performances and workshops with composition students, culminating in this concert of student premieres. Free and open to the public.

Spring Grad Dance Event: 'Thread' , Friday, May 1, 8 p.m., Scott Gym Dance Studio

The First-Year MFA Dance Cohort and the Smith College Department of Dance present: THREAD "Thread," presented one night only by the First-Year MFA Dance Cohort and the Department of Dance, promises to be a brilliant evening of focal mapping, breath, blue eyes and loss of pansy, featuring the choreographic work of Barbie Diewald, Emily Lukasewski, Bronwen MacArthur and Kate Seethaler. Tickets are $1, and reservations are required (email kseethaler@smith.edu to reserve a seat).

Sage Chamber Music Society: Wet Ink Ensemble , Sunday, May 3, 3 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Wet Ink will present the partial premiere of Ipsa Dixit by Kate Soper, a quasi-theatrical, highly virtuosic exploration of language, expression, and Aristotelian mores featuring texts by Lydia Davis, Plato, Freud, and many others. Erin Lesser, flute; Joshua Modney, violin; Ian Antonio, percussion; and Kate Soper, voice. Free and open to the public.

Art Store Sale - 50% Off Everything , April 27-May 1, Hillyer Basement

Art Store Sale - 50% off everything.

This Week in Religious and Spiritual Life

Wednesday, April 29, Wednesday Weekly Vigil focusing on raising awareness of sexual assault, 12:20 pm, Chapel. Thursday, April 30, Smith Christian Fellowship Black Campus Ministry, 6:30 p.m., Reading Room; Friday, May 1, Soup, Salad, Soul, student-led, soul-ful conversation over homemade, vegetarian-friendly meal, 12:15 p.m., Bodman, Chapel; Al Iman Friday Prayers, 12:30 p.m., Blue Room, Chapel; Smith Christian Fellowship LaFe Bible Study, 4:00 p.m., Bodman; Smith Christian Fellowship Catholic Ministries, 5:15 p.m., Bodman, Chapel; 5:30 p.m. Hillel Shabbat in Kosher Kitchen, adjacent to Jordan House, Shabbat dinner, 6:30 p.m.; Smith Christian Fellowship Group Investigating God Bible Study, 5:45 p.m., Reading Room.

Campus Paving Projects April 28, May 1 and 2

Facilities Management is looking to expedite some much needed road repairs in designated areas on campus. There are paving projects planned for the summer of 2015, but due to the recent harsh winter conditions we experienced, we need to accelerate some of the project work prior to this year's Commencement and Reunion weekends. We apologize for the short notice and realize that it is an imposition, but we are looking to ensure that the roadways are safe for passage during the busiest part of the spring season for everyone. For details, please click the link below to the Facilities Management webpage. http://www.smith.edu/facilities/

Book Signing by Jennifer Finney Boylan , Thursday, April 30, 3:15-4 p.m., Wright 013, Lower Level

Jennifer Finney Boylan will be signing books in the Center for Community Collaboration in advance of her 4:30 p.m. Presidential Colloquium in John M. Greene Hall. Her books, "She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders" and "Stuck in the Middle with You: A Memoir of Parenting in Three Genders," will be available for purchase.

Smith to Do: Tie Dye T-shirts , Saturday, May 2, 9-11 p.m., Davis Ballroom

Take a break from studying and stop by to make a tie dye t-shirt in a fun, stress-free environment.

Archives Capstone Exhibit Opening Reception , Monday, May 4, 4-6 p.m., Archives, Alumnae Gymnasium, Top Floor

Browse the exhibits and toast the achievements of our graduating archives concentrators.

SmiTHrift Invites You to the 2015 Spring Cage Frenzy , Friday, May 1, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Basement, John M. Green Hall

Pay $5 and look through everything you like and take anything you want, all within 5 minutes. All clothing and miscellaneous items have been donated to SmiTHrift, which will donate the event's proceeds to local charity. Clothing, shoes and other incoming donations are welcome at this time. If you bring a bag of clothes to donate, your entry fee is only $3.

Student Poetry Reading , Monday, May 4, 7 p.m., Poetry Center, Wright

Students in Intermediate and Advanced Poetry Writing workshops taught by Maya Janson and Joan Larkin, as well as some students in Independent Studies in poetry writing, will offer a celebratory end-of-semester reading of their original poems

Inspiring Achievement: Three Faculty Members Chosen for 2015 Sherrerd Teaching Awards

A classics scholar, an expert in the history of life on earth, and a champion of classroom innovation have been selected as recipients of the 2015 Sherrerd Prizes for Distinguished Teaching at Smith. Find out more about the faculty members who are being honored for inspiring students and fostering learning through exceptional teaching.

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