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09/30/2014 Digest


Jittery's Live! Presents Jim and Sam , Thursday, Oct. 2, 9 p.m., Campus Center TV Lounge

The Student Events Committee presents Jim and Sam, a Los Angeles-based indie folk band. Their songs feature "dark harmonies, melodic stories, and Scandinavian-pop vibes." The band has just returned from touring throughout the UK. To check out their music before the performance, go to https://www.youtube.com/user/wearejimandsam/videos. Drop by for coffee, treats, and live music.

SEC Films Presents 'Noah' , Friday and Saturday, Oct. 3 and 4, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Join the Smith College Student Events Committee for two special screenings of the new release "Noah." A man is chosen by his world's creator to undertake a momentous mission before an apocalyptic flood cleanses the world.

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

Documentary Film 'Wisconsin Rising' and Discussion Led by Filmmaker Sam Mayfield , Tuesday, Sept. 30, 7:30 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

In February 2011, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker proposed to the legislature that collective bargaining rights for state employees be ended. This provoked one of the most intense and publicized labor conflicts of the last 30 years. Some state legislators fled the state to prevent a quorum needed to enact the bill. State employees rallied and sat in at the state capitol and began a recall petition for Walker. It became a national rallying cry for the labor movement and also catapulted Walker into being a contender for the Republican presidential nomination. Both sides came away feeling their cause had been strengthened.

Teach an Interterm Class; Proposal Deadline , October 17

The Interterm Program is accepting proposals from faculty, students and staff to teach a non-credit class or workshop in January. We are seeking well-developed and creative ideas for teaching useful skills; cultivating creative expression and awareness; encouraging health and well-being; engaging in service projects; expanding cultural awareness; or deepening understanding of the sciences and technology. Classes will be offered in either the week of January 5 to 9 or January 12 to 16. Visit http://www.smith.edu/interterm for information and a proposal form. The deadline for proposals is October 17.

Social Justice Organizing Workshop: The Audre Lorde Project , Tuesday, Sept. 30, 4 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Register now for one or all of the remaining four workshops led by Sara K. Gould, the Sophia Smith Collection's Activist-in-Residence. The series, "Nuts&Bolts of Social Justice Organizing," continues Tuesday, September 30, 4-6 p.m. in Neilson Browsing Room, with, "Add Gender, Build Power," a look at The Audre Lorde Project, which organized lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and gender non-conforming immigrants of color to mobilize for comprehensive immigration reform. Community organizer Trishala Deb will join Sara to discuss her experience on the project. Register by email to eamanna@smith.edu. More info on the complete series at http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/ssc/news/news.html

CANCELLED: Social Justice Organizing Workshop: 'Storytelling for Activists-The Role of Strategic Com , Wednesday, Oct. 1, 4 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

The Wednesday, October 1st Nuts and Bolts of Social Justice workshop with Activist-in-Residence Sara K. Gould and strategic communications trainer Joseph Phelan has been canceled due to a medical emergency. We are in the process of rescheduling the event for a later date. Please e-mail eamanna@smith.edu if you would like to receive information about the new date.

Social Justice Organizing Workshop: 'Listen Up! The No. 1 Skill in Organizing' , Tuesday, Oct. 7, 4-6 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Register now for the next in the workshop series, "Nuts &Bolts of Social Justice Organizing," led by Sophia Smith Collection Activist-in-Residence Sara K. Gould. The workshop will allow students to learn and practice active listening skills that are essential in making social change. Register by email to eamanna@smith.edu. More information on the series is available at http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/ssc/news/news.html

Members' Preview of Tara Donovan's 'Moire' , Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2-3 p.m., Museum of Art

Linda Muehlig, associate director for curatorial affairs/curator of paintings and sculpture, will offer a members-only gallery talk on Tara Donavan's installation, "Moire." Composed of adding tape paper spread in gentle plateaus across the gallery floor, "Moire" will be on view at the Museum for the first time since it was received as a gift from a private donor. Admission for members is $5; Student Members get in free. Members may bring up to 2 guests; space limited. Please RSVP by September 29 by contacting SCMAmembers@smith.edu or 413/585.2777.

Free Second Friday at Smith College Museum of Art , Friday, Oct. 10, 4-8 p.m., Museum of Art

Reinstalled galleries will be open. Tara Donavan's "Moire," a modern installation on view for the first time since a private donor gifted it to the Museum, will be on display in the first floor gallery. Hands-on! Art making for ages 4+ with adult (while supplies last). At 6 p.m., Open Eyes, an informal, guided conversation about an art object. The Museum Shop will be open 10 a.m.-8 p.m.

Miller Lecture by Ann Pasternak of Creative Time , Tuesday, Oct. 21, 7 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Ann Pasternak of Creative Time will be giving the Smith College Museum of Art's 12th Annual Miller Lecture in Art and Art History. Based in New York City, Creative Time has collaborated with hundreds of artists to bring groundbreaking public art to millions of people around the world. Members' reserved seating is available if booked by Friday, Oct. 17. Contact SCMAmembers@smith.edu or 413/585-2777.

Stargazing , Thursday, Oct. 2, 8:30-9:30 p.m., McConnell Hall Roof

Come see stars, clusters and the moon. All are welcome - please dress warmly. For further information or to check on weather conditions, contact Meg Thacher mthacher@smith.edu, ext. 3935.

Global Salon with Independent Filmmaker Pankaj Rishi Kumar , Wednesday, Oct. 1, 12:15 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Meet Pankaj Rishi Kumar, an independent filmmaker from India, whose documentaries have been featured in film festivals across the world. His filmography includes: "In God's Land," "Seeds of Dissent," and "Kumar Talkies". During this salon, Kumar will lead an informal discussion revolving around his experience filmmaking in India on various topics: elections and power struggles, religious injustice, land seizure, the cinema in rural communities, and more. Pizza will be provided. His documentary "Mat" (or, "the Vote") will be screened Tuesday, September 30. For more events from the Lewis Global Studies Center, see: http://www.smith.edu/world/calendar.php

A New School of Public Policy in Budapest: Recruitment Event with Dean Wolfgang Reinicke , Wednesday, Oct. 1, 4:15 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Dean Wolfgang Reinicke is the founding dean of the School of Public Policy at Central European University in Budapest, and president of the Global Public Policy Institute in Berlin. During this info session, Dr. Reinicke will discuss his School of Public Policy, a, "global institution dealing with global problems," whose MPA program is known for giving its students practical knowledge of and engagement with: public policy, quantitative and qualitative skills, and analytical frameworks; all building towards giving students the tools to make the world a better place. For more events from the Lewis Global Studies Center, see: http://www.smith.edu/world/calendar.php

Maintenance Work at Lyman Estate

In the coming weeks, Smith College will complete an exterior painting project at the Lyman Estate House on Fort Hill. The painting is part of the college’s regular maintenance, and will help prevent any deterioration to the property. Smith is still operating on a timeline that aims for a sale of the Lyman Estate no sooner than the Fall of 2015, and the project does not signal a change in that timeline. The college and its contractors will, as always, follow lead safe paint practices throughout the project - even though the main body of the Lyman Estate House has previously been made lead-free. All material will be collected and disposed of off-site in full compliance with best practices, and the college will ensure that the property is fully protected throughout the work. As part of these safety practices, a large amount of the scraping work will take place on weekends. The project will be completed by the end of October.

Note Date Change for CWL Workshop 'Write a Song in an Hour' , Friday, Oct. 3, 4:15 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

The CWL workshop "Write a Song in an Hour (and Learn What It Has to Do with Leadership Development)," originally scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 2, will now take place Friday, Oct. 3, at 4:15 p.m. in the Campus Center Carroll Room. The workshop will be led by Smith alumna Ally Einbinder, who in 2010 had just graduated from Smith and had never played an instrument before, but decided to pick up the bass. With two other Smith women, she formed a band called Potty Mouth, and they agreed to take risks and learn music by playing music. Today, Einbinder continues to build her musical career with Potty Mouth, as well as to work as a program specialist at Smith's Wurtele Center for Work and Life. Come and spend an hour with her in a low-pressure, songwriting environment! For more info, visit: http://www.smith.edu/cwl/passport

Gathering Sparks: A Workshop in the Art of the Interview , Saturday, Oct. 4, 1 p.m., Poetry Center, Wright

Presented by Christian McEwen. Particpants will learn interviewing skills and strategies, test them out with each other, and learn how interviews can become seeds for other creative projects. Free and open to members of the Five-College community.

Sophian Collecting Questions for Alumna Author Piper Kerman

The Sophian invites Smith students to submit their questions for its upcoming interview with author, activist and Smith alumna Piper Kerman. Ask her anything about her memoir, her activism, her fame, or the hit Netflix show her work inspired. Each student can submit up to three questions and submissions will be accepted until October 1 at noon at the following link: https://docs.google.com/a/smith.edu/forms/d/178pQN-dLW2PfEKXk1i52KzeVJ5eSVNWiJJud_srHEfA/viewform

Apply for Kahn Institute Short-Term Project: 'Contested Cosmologies' Deadline is , October 6

All faculty and staff are invited to apply for the Kahn Institute short-term project "Contested Cosmologies: Our Place in Space," organized by Suzan Edwards, Astronomy, and Cornelia Pearsall, English, that will take place October 31 to November 1. The project seeks faculty with diverse disciplinary perspectives to consider ways in which prevailing world views may be challenged in any field of inquiry. How is our understanding of humanity shaped by our conception of our literal or metaphorical "place in space?" How might the continuous unfolding of new scientific evidence be reflected in literature, art, philosophy, religion, history or other disciplines? For a detailed description, schedule and to apply, visit http://www.smith.edu/kahninstitute/shortterm_projects_contestedcosmologies.php.

Traditional Quebecois Music and Dance , Friday, Oct. 3, 3 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

A delightful sampling of Quebecois traditional fiddle tunes, simple songs (featuring la chanson a repondre) and some basic folk dances. Becky Tracy's fiddling is steeped in the French Canadian tradition and Keith Murphy's singing is highly respected in Quebec. The audience will be invited to participate, and non-French speakers are welcome.

Sean Dorsey Dance: 'The Secret History of Love' , Tuesday, Sept. 30, 8 p.m., John M. Green Hall

"The Secret History Of Love" is a dance that reveals the underground ways LGBT people managed to survive and find love in decades past, despite tremendous obstacles. 1920s speakeasies, wartime love affairs, police raids, and steamy underground cabarets explode onstage in this powerful work by transgender trailblazer Sean Dorsey.

Sean Dorsey Lecture: 'Dancing Transgender and Queer Histories' , Wednesday, Oct. 1, 7 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

After his "trailblazing" performance in John M. Greene Hall on September 30, choreographer Sean Dorsey will discuss transgender issues and perspectives in contemporary dance. The lecture is free and open the public.

Learning and Development Workshops Underway for Fall

Human Resources' Fall 2014 Learning and Development program workshop series is underway. Walk and box, Oct. 1, or learn about the best retirement plan for you, Oct. 2. Securing your computer or personal devices are always a must, so check out this workshop, Oct. 3. If you are interested in other professional development, life enhancement, financial and managerial topics, visit http://www.smith.edu/hr/hrdev.php, to view full course listings, and to register for these and upcoming workshops.

'Opening to the Now: Accepting All that Arises in the Midst of Stress' , Tuesday, Sept. 30, 12:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Our everyday life is filled with indiscriminate moments, each colored by our perceptions of how things are "supposed to be." It is this "supposing" that gets us in trouble. In this Buddhist conversation we will explore how to transform our idea of what is stressful into the reality of just what is. The lunch talk will be led by Ryumon H. G. Baldoquin Sensei, a Zen priest, teacher, and Smith Community Religious Adviser. All are welcome.

Piper Kerman, Up Close and Personal , Thursday, Oct. 2, 4:30 p.m., John M. Green Hall

"Orange is the New Black" author Piper Kerman '92 will talking with book critic Bethanne Patrick '85 about her life, the Netflix series and Kerman's work on behalf of women inmates. Free Smith student tickets and $5 tickets for faculty, staff and the public are available in Campus Center 106, from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. while supplies last. Proceeds will be donated to the Women's Prison Association. Co-Sponsored by the Friends of the Libraries and SEC.

'The Vote' Film Screening and Discussion with Pankaj Rishi Kumar , Tuesday, Sept. 30, 5:15 p.m., Seelye 201

Filmmaker Pankaj Kumar screens his 2003 documentary "The Vote", an examination of the democratic process and its challenges in India, one of the world's largest democracies. Indian democracy was again in the news when the country went to the polls earlier this year. Questions and answers with the director follow the screening. Reception preceding the screening begins at 4:30 pm in Seelye 207. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Film Studies Program, the South Asia Concentration and the Smith College Lecture Committee.

Weekday Trips with the Outdoor Adventure Program Begin , Tuesday, Sept. 30, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Boathouse

Weekday adventures are offered Tuesdays and Thursdays 4:30-6:30 p.m. through October. On Tuesdays Hannah will lead a variety of activities including mountain biking, slacklining and disc golf. On Thursdays Elana will lead local hiking trips along the Holyoke Range. No pre-registration required. Meet at the Boathouse.

Bike Kitchen Mechanics Workshop: Brakes , Tuesday, Sept. 30, 4 p.m., Bike Kitchen, Talbot Basement

Bike Kitchen is offering mechanics workshops for students interested in joining the org. This week's topic is: Intro to Braking Systems. Bring your own bike, or use one of Bike Kitchen's. No experience necessary. Email bikes@smith.edu with any questions.

'Cinema Year Zero: Landscape and Memory in Post-Fascist Italian Cinema (in English)' , Thursday, Oct. 2, 5 p.m., Seelye 201

Giuliana Minghelli from McGill University will give a lecture (in English) on Italian cinema and landscape.

Winter Clothes Closet: Donations Accepted Through Oct. 2

The Office of International Students and Scholars is organizing a winter clothes closet for our international student community on Friday, Oct. 3, from 2:30-5:30 p.m. Until Thursday, Oct. 2, we will be accepting any donations that Smith community members are kind enough to give. We are looking for winter clothes in good condition - sweaters, jackets, scarfs, gloves, hats. Donations can be dropped off in the Winter Clothes Closet donations bin in the main lounge at the Lewis Global Studies Center. Thank you in advance for helping to keep our students warm as temperatures drop.

Time to Update Your Emergency Contact Information

At the start of every semester, all users are required to review their emergency contact information and confirm that it is correct. If you haven't already completed this task, note that you will be prompted to do so the next time you access any BannerWeb function.

C.P.E. Bach's 'Magnificat' , Sunday, Oct. 5, 7 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

The second concert in honor of the 300th anniversary of C.P.E. Bach's birth, his thrilling "Magnificat" will be the centerpiece of a celebration program. Featuring a professional chorus and orchestra, and guest artists including Margot Rood, soprano; Kate Maroney, alto; Jason McStoots, tenor; Sumner Thompson, bass; Joel Pitchon, violin; Grant Moss, continuo; Joseph Baldwin, conductor. Co-sponsored by the Smith College Center for Religious & Spiritual Life, Department of Music, and Office of Student Engagement, Fine Arts Fund. Helen Hills Hills Chapel, free and open to the public.

Auditions: 'Time Stands Still' by Donald Margulies, Directed by Hannah Sachs ’16 , Sunday and Monday, Sept. 28 and 29, 7-10 p.m.

Sarah, a photojournalist addicted to life in conflict zones, and her partner James, a journalist craving normalcy, are forced to revaluate their relationship when Sarah returns home after being injured in a roadside blast. "Time Stands Still" is a funny, poignant and thought-provoking play that, according to the NY Times, "crackles with bright wit and intelligence." Callbacks on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 7-10 p.m. Television Studio, Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts. Performances will be December 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Television Studio.

Hands-On Banner Finance Training , October 1 and 2

The Controller's Office is offering in-person, Banner Finance training sessions in Seelye Hall on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2:30-4 p.m. and Thursday, Oct. 2, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Hands-on training is not required for Banner Finance access, but we attempt to offer it at least one time during the semester for new users or users with recent changes in responsibilities. There is limited seating for these sessions. If you would like to attend, email ebritt@smith.edu no later than Tuesday, Sept. 30, to confirm a seat. Banner Finance Training materials are available any time at http://www.smith.edu/controller/bannerfinance.php

Operation Wallacea Info Session , Friday, Oct. 3, Noon, CEEDS, Wright

Operation Wallacea is an organization that runs a series of biological and conservation management research programs around the world. Expeditions to remote locations identify areas needing protection and then implement appropriate conservation programs. Teams are lead by experts in biodiversity, social sciences and economics.

Environmental Concentration: Climate Change , Monday, Oct. 6, Noon, CEEDS, Wright

Learn how the Climate Change Concentration can compliment your major and add meaningful hands-on experience to your academic goals. For more information, visit http://www.smith.edu/climate/

Environmental Concentration: Sustainable Food , Tuesday, Oct. 7, Noon, CEEDS, Wright

The Sustainable Food Concentration lets students engage in an interdisciplinary exploration of food and the many issues involved in sustainability. Learn more at http://www.smith.edu/food/

'Hydropower, Climate Change and the Public Interest: What's the Deal?' , Monday, Oct. 6, 2:30 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Andrew Fisk, executive director of the Connecticut River Watershed Council, will be exploring the relationship between the future of hydropower, the growing threat of climate change and the importance of public interest.

Arava Institute Info Session: Trans-boundary Environmental Cooperation in Israel , Wednesday, Oct. 8, 12:15 p.m., CEEDS, Wright

Study abroad and Internships available for the Arava Institute, founded on the belief that wherever you are, on any side of a border, the environment is the defining challenge of our time. The Arava Institute provides students with an exceptional interdisciplinary environmental education that combines natural and social science with conflict mitigation training, while living with diverse host-families.

'The Queen and the Monk: The Birth of the Global Insight Meditation Movement in Colonial Burma' , Thursday, Oct. 2, 5 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

The Fall Buddhist Studies Lecture Series continues with Erik C. Braun, associate professor of religious studies, University of Oklahoma, who will examine the Burmese colonial context (where the queen and the monk met) and trace the rise of modern insight practice and the logic of its development up to the present day. The fall lecture series, titled "Mindfulness: Burmese Roots and Mass(achusetts)," is hosted by the Smith College Buddhist Studies Concentration and Department of Religion. Support provided by the Smith College Lecture Committee and the Ada Howe Kent Fund.

'Kinder Morgan Pipeline: Questioning the Need, Considering the Alternatives and Engaging the Public' , Friday, Oct. 3, 12:15 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Katy Eiseman, director of Massachusetts PipeLine Awareness Network, and Bruce Winn, president of Berkshire Environmental Action Team, will talk about the proposed natural gas pipeline through northern Massachusetts. They will give an overview of the proposal and offer a multi-scale assessment of the project from its impacts on the pipeline corridor to its implications for carbon emissions and climate change. Sponsored by the Environmental Science and Policy Program. Lunch provided.

Attention: Financial Aid Recipients

Smith grants are made possible, in part, by alumnae and friends who have made gifts to support the college's scholarship funds. These donors give back to Smith to help educate and empower young women of promise and are eager to learn about the recipients. In some cases, their donations are contingent upon hearing from the recipients each year. It is very important for these generous donors to hear from you! Please take a few moments to complete the Scholarship Recipient Information Form as a way to thank these generous donors. For more information, email DonorRelations@smith.edu.

Scott Gym Window Replacement Construction Notice

Starting Friday, Sept. 26, preparation work for the window replacement on the north side of Scott Gym will start with the mobilization of lift equipment and window deliveries. On Monday, Sept. 29, the north side entrance to Scott Gym will be closed for one week to allow windows to be installed. The installation should be complete in five days, weather permitting. Use of Scott Gym gymnasium itself will be limited during construction. Please check with the athletic department for availability of facilities. Thank you for your patience during this last phase of the window installation for Scott Gym.

Emergency Notification System Test , Tuesday, Oct. 7

Campus Police will test the college's emergency notification system. Any changes to your emergency contact information should be made by 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 6. To receive emergency messages via cell phone, text or voice, please update your information. Students and employees can log in to the Smith Portal at http://portal.smith.edu using their network username and password. When the portal page opens, click on BannerWeb, select Personal Info Menu, then Emergency Information Review and Update.

Brown Bag Lunch to Discuss Themes in the Award-winning Film 'The Intouchables' , Wednesday, Oct. 8, Noon, Alumnae House

Staff Council Diversity Committee is hosting a brown bag lunch (beverages and snacks served) to discuss the themes in the award-winning film "The Intouchables." Synopsis: When an ex-con from the projects is hired to take care of an eccentric French aristocrat, the job quickly becomes an unpredictable adventure. As the unlikely duo overcome adversity of every flavor in this true story, they also shatter their preconceptions of love, life and each other. Please view the film prior to the discussion. It is available through Netflix and the C/W MARS library network. You may request it online with your library card: http://bark.cwmars.org

PRESHCO Information Meeting for Study Abroad in Cordoba, Spain , Friday, Oct. 3, Noon, Hatfield 206

Students may choose to attend for the full academic year, or for either semester. Applications are being accepted now (until October 15) for spring semester 2015 (be there for the Feria in May). Students who were in Cordoba this past academic year will also be present to answer questions.

Efficient Reading and Note-taking: Lunch-Hour Workshop , Wednesday, Oct. 1, 12:15-1 p.m., Jacobson Center, Seelye 307

Learn how to manage reading and note-taking more effectively at this workshop led by Gail Thomas. Feel free to bring a grab-and-go lunch.

Indigenous Smith Students & Allies (ISSA): Reactivation Interest Reception , Sunday, Oct. 5, 4:30 p.m., Campus Center 102

ISSA members will discuss the group's past work on campus to raise awareness of Native American and indigenous issues, options of indigenous studies within the Five College area, and how you can keep the group going for future Smithies. ISSA is committed to educating the Smith community about social, economic and cultural issues affecting Native American populations of the United States. If you are interested in being a leader or a member, join us. If you cannot attend but are interested in helping reactivate ISSA or joining the mailing list, email Liz Markee-Behrends at emarkeeb@smith.edu.

Life Sciences Lecture: 'The Circadian Clock and Chromatin Remodeling' , Monday, Oct. 6, 4 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Presented by William Belden, assistant professor, animal sciences, Rutgers University. Part of the Fall 2014 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.

AIT-Budapest Study Abroad Information Session , Thursday, Oct. 2, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

The Office for International Study presents the AIT-Budapest study abroad program, which is specifically designed for computer science and software engineering students. It offers a curriculum that combines foundational computing courses with innovative courses in entrepreneurship, design, and special topics that are not easy to find elsewhere. Prime examples of the rich curriculum include a design course with Erno Rubik (inventor of Rubik's Cube), an innovative computer vision course for digital film post-production, and courses in computational biology. For more information, visit http://www.smith.edu/studyabroad/approved_europe.php

On-Campus Orientation for Those Interested in Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity , October 6, 7 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Picker Engineering has arranged for Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity to offer an orientation to Smith students, faculty and staff who are interested in the program. Upon completing the orientation, participants can volunteer to work at one of two area Habitat homes being built, one of which is the Women Build home for which they are striving to have 70 percent of the construction volunteers be women. Building will be mostly on Saturdays and Sundays. Smith's Community Service Organization has transportation available for certified drivers. To learn more, visit https://pvhabitat.org/

Open Meeting Pepper Hamilton Law Staff Survey on Sexual Misconduct , Wednesday, Oct. 1, 3-4 p.m., Lilly 206

Members of the Smith community are invited to meet with Attorneys Leslie Gomez and Gina Smith, members of the Pepper Hamilton law firm, as part of the college's broad assessment of campus policies and practices related to sexual misconduct.

2014 Clery Campus Security and Fire Safety Report

In compliance with federal and state laws, the Campus Police department compiles an annual crime and fire report. This report, which provides crime and fire statistics for the three previous calendar years, as well as safety-related policies and procedures, is also available online at: http://www.smith.edu/campuspolice/documents/ClerySmith2014.pdf. If you wish to receive a paper copy of the report, contact the department at x2490 or stop by the Campus Police office.

Computer Science Research, Internship and Study Abroad Talk , Monday, Oct. 6, 12:15 p.m., Ford 241

The computer science department is giving a presentation in Ford Hall 241 of various internships, research opportunities and study abroad experiences recently completed by computer science students. This will be an excellent chance to ask about finding and applying for internship and research opportunities and discover more about balancing study abroad and the major requirements. A pizza lunch (including gluten-free pizza) will be served.

Accepting Applications for Advisory Board for 'Justice, Identity, and Social Change' Initiative

The Center for Religious and Spiritual Life (CRSL) is looking for students from a wide variety of religious, non-religious and spiritual inclinations to help advise staff on programming related to the "Justice, Identity and Social Change" theme for 2014-15. Responsibilities will include bimonthly meetings in which participants will advise staff on thematic focus and review program proposals. Those interested in making connections between spirituality and social justice and participating in interfaith dialogue encouraged to apply. Contact mcantwel@smith.edu for an application and expanded description.

Health & STEM Lunchbag Series: 'The Journey to Graduate School--Using the Tools Smith Gave You' , Friday, Oct. 3, 12:15 p.m., McConnell B05

Theanne Griffith '08, graduate student in Northwestern University Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program (NUIN) will describe her research and will discuss paths to graduate programs in science. Also, Sally McIver, assistant program director, will provide background on the NUIN program. Pizza will be provided for the first 40 people. Open conversation continues (with cookies) 1-2 p.m. in McConnell 104.

Weekly Vigil for Meditation and Peace , Wednesday, Oct. 1, 12:15 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Walk the labyrinth, write, pray or reflect in service of the belief in "being the change you wish to see in the world." Light a candle for the world, your community or a special concern or hope. All welcome.

'Financing Life' , Thursday, Oct. 2, Noon, Neilson Browsing Room

Life costs money. How will you pay for it all? Come to "Financing Life," the popular lunchtime workshop series offered by the Center for Women and Financial Independence that is open to everyone, not just students. It covers everything you need to know from how to budget to saving for a car, house or business. Finally understand how taxes work, the best way to pay off debt, how to choose a credit card and much more! Free lunch is provided for the first 70 attendees. Presented by Professor Randy Bartlett. For more information, visit http://www.smith.edu/wfi

Upcoming Religious and Spiritual Life Activities

Wednesday, Oct. 1: Weekly Vigil, a gathering for self-guided contemplative exercises. Bring grab and go lunch, noon, Sanctuary; Smith Christian Fellowship (SCF) Bible Study focusing on the Book of John, 7 p.m., CC 102. Friday, Oct. 3: Soup, Salad and Soul, a student-led discussion with a home-made vegetarian meal prepared by student cooks, 12:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge; 4:30 p.m., Reading Room (Room B13), SCF International Bible Study. Monday, Oct. 6: Buddhist Meditation Sitting Group for beginners and experienced practitioners, led by Ryumon H.C. Baldoquin, sensei, 5 p.m., Sanctuary. Contact Ryumon for an introductory session at temples@twostreamszen.org.

Kahn Institute Long-Term Project Applications Due , Friday, Oct. 10

The application deadline for the Kahn Institute's 2015-2016 long-term projects, "Memory: Form, Function and Fallibility," (organized by Dawn Fulton, French and Adam Hall, Biological Sciences), and "Play," (organized by Michael Thurston, English Languages and Literature), is Friday, Oct. 10. For detailed descriptions on both projects, visit http://www.smith.edu/kahninstitute/future.php. To apply to "Memory," click on http://www.smith.edu/kahninstitute/MemoryAPP.php. To apply for "Play," click on http://www.smith.edu/kahninstitute/PlayAPP.php. For more information, call 413-585-3721.

Optional Practical Training Workshop for International Students , Thursday, Oct. 9, 4:30 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Are you interested in working in the U.S. after graduation? If so, you will need work authorization: Optional Practical Training (OPT). The Lewis Global Studies Center and the Office for International Students and Scholars will have the first OPT Information Session -- for J-grads and eager seniors -- in the Lewis Center. Come to learn about OPT and what's required for an application.


09/25/2014 Digest


SEC Films Presents 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' , Friday & Saturday, Sept. 26 & 27, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

A concierge teams up with one of his employees to prove his innocence after he is framed for murder. Sponsored by the Smith Student Events Committee.

Sociologist Madonna Harrington Meyer to Discuss 'Grandmothers at Work' , Thursday, Sept. 25, 4 p.m., Seelye 106

Madonna Harrington Meyer will talk about Grandmothers at Work and her research on grandmothers juggling families and jobs. She is the Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence, Professor, and Chair of Sociology at the Maxwell School of Public Affairs at Syracuse University. She is also a Faculty Associate at the Aging Studies Institute, and Senior Research Affiliate at the Center for Policy Research. She is an author, editor, co-author, and also is co-editor of the Baywood Series on Aging.

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

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

Robert Seydel Panel Discussion and Reception , Monday, Sept. 29, 6 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Curators of the Neilson Library exhibition "Robert Seydel: The Eye in Matter" will discuss Seydel's life and art. Seydel (1960-2011), writer and artist, taught at Hampshire College; his artwork combines collage, drawing, photography, and text. Reception to follow in Neilson Book Arts Gallery (3rd floor). For more information: http://www.smith.edu/libraries/info/news/rseydel

Stuart Fuchs aka 'Stukulele' in Concert , Saturday, Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Ukulele master Stu Fuchs makes a return engagement to Smith College after a successful, standing-room-only performance in 2013. On Sunday, September 28, 2014, from 10:00 - noon, he will also be teaching Uke Foundations 101: An All Levels Workshop, at Josten Library. If you don't have a ukulele, email josinfo@smith.edu, and we'll see what we can do.

Register For Massachusetts Clean Air Challenge Week , September 22-26

Each year, Massachusetts travelers strive to improve air quality by choosing more sustainable transportation options during the Massachusetts Clean Air Challenge. This year, Massachusetts challenges you to explore your commuting options and Shift Your Mode from September 22 to 26. Walk, bike, carpool, vanpool or take the public transit to work. Register at http://www.commute.com/cleanair

Sage Chamber Music Society: Strauss Piano Quartet , Sunday, Sept. 28, 4 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

The first of three concerts celebrating the anniversary of C.P.E. Bach (300 years) and Richard Strauss (150 years). Come hear a sonata written collaboratively by J.S. and his son C.P.E. Bach, a selection of songs by R. Strauss and R. Strauss's rarely heard Piano Quartet. Liza Stepanova, piano; Laura Strickling, soprano; Joel Pitchon, violin; Ronald Carbone, viola; and Volcy Pelletier, cello. Free and open to the public. http://www.smith.edu/smitharts

Odd Jobs: Lacrosse Fundraising

The Smith Lacrosse team is fundraising for their program. If you need work done around the house, hire a player to get it done for you. Painting, cleaning, yard work, etc. $35 for 2 workers. For more information or to reserve your workers, call 413/585-4986 or email mwolford@smith.edu.

Global Books: 'Diary of the Dark Years, 1940-1944' , Thursday, Sept. 25, 4 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

The Lewis Global Studies Center presents Global Books: Diary of the Dark Years, 1940-1944. After Germany defeated France in June 1940, Jean Guehenno wrote in his diary, "I think of all our young people. It was cruel to see them leave for the war. But is it less cruel to force them to live in a country that has lost its honor?" David Ball, professor emeritus of French and comparative literature at Smith, will discuss his acclaimed translation and annotation of Guehenno's diary. More information, including information on additional events with global themes can be found at http://www.smith.edu/world/calendar.php.

Hillside Pizza Fundraiser for Smith Lacrosse Team

Smith lacrosse will be selling Hillside pizza, cookie dough and gift certificates through October 10. See any team member to place your order. For more information, call 413/585-4986 or email mwolford@smith.edu

Health Services Open on Mountain Day

On Mountain Day, whenever it falls in 2014, Health Services will operate at normal hours.

'Penelope's Craft: Finding Home in the 21st Century' , Thursday, Sept. 25, 5 p.m., Dewey Common Room

Corinne Pache, associate professor of classical studies at Trinity University, will examine the motif of Penelope's weaving (and unweaving) in the "Odyssey" and in recent rewritings of the poem, including Carol Ann Duffy's "Penelope" and Gail Holst-Warhaft's collection, "Penelope's Confession." Open to the public.

Heating Season Start-Up Begins , Monday, Sept. 22

Facilities Management will be turning on the steam to the campus starting September 22. The process of getting steam and heat to all buildings on campus takes approximately two weeks to complete. Thank you for your understanding through this time of transition.

Information Session on Tibetan Studies in India , Thursday, Sept. 25, 7 p.m., Campus Center 205

Apply to the Five College Tibetan Studies Program and spend J-Term at the Central University of Tibetan Studies in Sarnath, India. An additional information session will be held at Hampshire College, Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m., Franklin Patterson Hall No previous experience or prerequisites required. You must have a valid passport to apply. First-year students are not eligible to apply. Deadline to apply is Thursday, Oct. 16 at 4 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.smith.edu/philosophy/tibet.html or contact Constance Kassor at ckassor@smith.edu or 413/585-3429.

Open House: Tea with the Cutter Francophone Residential Community , Friday, Sept. 26, 4 p.m., Cutter House

All are welcome to learn more about living in Francophone housing and enjoy some special French treats.

Fall Career Fair , Friday, Sept. 26, 3:30-6 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Meet with recruiters from more than 40 corporate and non-profit organizations to discuss a broad range of internships, full-time jobs and graduate/professional school opportunities. The fair is free for students; No registration is required. Bring copies of your resume. Attire is business casual. For a list of participating employers and graduate programs, visit http://www.smith.edu/lazaruscenter/fairs_fall_participants.php.

Smith Soccer to Offer Youth Soccer Clinics This Fall Beginning , October 5

Smith College head soccer coach Mark Platts will be offering youth soccer clinics to area children, ages 5-13. The dates for the clinics are October 5, 12, 19 and 26, with each session running from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. The cost for each session is $15, or $50 for all four sessions. To register, visit http://www.smithpioneers.com/soccerclinicregistration or visit the sidebar link on the right side of the Smith Soccer page on smithpioneers.com.

NOAA Internship Presentations Summer 2014 , Friday, Sept. 26, 12:15 p.m., McConnell B05

A presentation on marine ecology, Great Lakes conservation, and estuary ecosystem research and policy projects. Jessica Lillquist '15 will speak about her internship at NOAA's Pacific Services Center, Honolulu, Hawaii; Catherine Aguilar '15 will talk about her internship at NOAA's Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab at Lake Michigan Field Station, Muskegon, Michigan; Katie Moshofsky '17 will present on her internship at NOAA's Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Seattle, WA; and Florence MacGregor '15 talk about her internship at NOAA/Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, Wells, Maine. Lunch provided.

'1940s Women in Labor: Then and Now' , Saturday, Sept. 27, 11 a.m., Neilson Browsing Room

The Academy of Music will present a panel discussion, 1940s Women in Labor: Then and Now, as a pre-production event to their newly commissioned work, "Nobody's Girl," which will premiere October 17 and 18 at the historic venue. Panelists include Daniel Horowitz, Ivette Hernandez, Debra J'Anthony, and Dale Melcher, and will be facilitated by women's historian Jacqueline Castledine. For further information, contact Academy of Music executive director, Debra J'Anthony at djanthony@academyofmusictheatre.com, or 413/584-9032 ext. 102.

'(Epi)genomics of Autism Spectrum Disorders: From Targets to Mechanisms' , Monday, Sept. 29, 4 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Presented by James Stafford, Junior Fellow, Simons Society of Fellows, Postdoctoral Fellow, Reinberg Lab NYU Langone Medical Center. Part of the Fall 2014 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.

Applications for Student Advisory Committee, Lewis Global Studies Center, Due , Monday, Sept. 29

The student advisory committee for the Lewis Global Studies Center is a liaison between the center and the student body. The committee advises and supports the center by providing student feedback on programming initiatives, outreach and engagement, and awareness on global issues as they pertain to the mission of the center. To learn more, visit http://www.smith.edu/world/documents/G-SAC.info.2014.pdf To apply, visit this link and click "apply now": http://www.smith.edu/world/announcements.php

'Meditation in Context: From Ancient Buddhist Monastery to Modern Psychologist's Office' , Thursday, Sept. 25, 5 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

A lecture by David McMahan, Professor of Religious Studies, Franklin and Marshall College. Buddhist meditation has become extremely popular in recent years, not just in traditional settings, but studied by neuroscientists and practiced as Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. Few people realize, however, that the mass mindfulness movement is a recent Burmese development. This is the first in the fall lecture series "Mindfulness: Burmese Roots and Mass(achusetts) Branches" hosted by the Smith College Buddhist Studies Concentration and Department of Religion. Support provided by the Smith College Lecture Committee and the Ada Howe Kent Fund.

Become a Smith College Gold Key Tour Guide, Applications Due , Friday, Sept. 26, 4 p.m.

Are you passionate about Smith? Do you want to share that passion with prospective students? Be the reason somebody chooses Smith by becoming a Smith College Gold Key Tour Guide. Gold Key Central Board invites anyone who has been on Smith's campus for at least one semester to apply. As a guide you will lead a weekly tour, host overnights, and help out with special events. Applications due by Friday September 26th at 4pm in the Admissions Office. Applications are now available online via the following link: https://docs.google.com/a/smith.edu/document/d/1vmiQPo_nnZr8TwB9cXqnasOvEL4r2mJfGUeJsYGSzIM/edit

Financing Life , Thursday, Sept. 25, Noon, Neilson Browsing Room

Life costs money. How will you pay for it all? Come to "Financing Life," our popular lunchtime workshop series that is open to everyone, not just students. It covers everything you need to know from how to budget to saving for a car, house or business. Finally understand how taxes work, the best way to pay off debt, how to choose a credit card and much more! Free lunch is provided for the first 70 attendees. Presented by Professor Randy Bartlett and brought to you by the Center for Women and Financial Independence at Smith. http://www.smith.edu/wfi

Smith Students' Aid Society Deadline for Fine Arts Supplies , Friday, Sept. 26

Applications with instructors' signatures must be turned into the Art Department Office. Decisions will be made before Friday, Oct. 3, and students will be notified about the status of their application by Monday, Oct. 6. Application guidelines and answers to frequently asked questions are available on our webpage: http://www.smith.edu/ssas/. Students should contact Anne White at awhite@smith.edu if they need any further assistance.

Health & STEM Professions Lunchbag: College of Pharmacy, Western New England University , Friday, Sept. 26, 12:15 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Smith alumna Bonnie Mannix ’06, director of pharmacy admissions and recruitment at Western New England College of Pharmacy, will speak about the admission requirements and provide information about their pharmacy and four-year professional programs. Pizza will be available for the first 25 people.

Upcoming Religious and Spiritual Life Activities

Friday, Sept. 26: Soup, Salad and Soul, a student-led discussion with a home-made vegetarian meal prepared by student cooks, 12:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge. Sunday, Sept. 28: Smith Soka Buddhist Club, 2 p.m., Bodman Lounge. Monday, Sept. 29: Buddhist Meditation Sitting Group for beginners and experienced practitioners, led by Ryumon H.C. Baldoquin, sensei, a Zen Buddhist priest and teacher, 5 p.m., Sanctuary. Contact Ryumon for an introductory session at temples@twostreamszen.org.

Join the Discussion on Justice, Identity and Social Change , Friday, Sept. 26, 2 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

The Center for Religious and Spiritual Life launches a year-long initiative to continue the conversation started by "Putting Ferguson in Context(s)" and invite other conversations around social injustices. Justice, Identity, and Social Change aims to promote reflective discussions, resource-sharing, inspiration and further action steps with respect to social injustice. All are welcome. Refreshments served.

Informational Meeting: Study Abroad in Japan with AKP (Associated Kyoto Program) , Monday, Sept. 29, 7 p.m., Seelye 207

Learn more about the Associated Kyoto Program (AKP) and other programs in Japan. Japanese refreshments will be served. Professor Maki Hubbard is the Smith campus representative. Co-sponsored by the Department of East Asian Language and Literatures and the Office of the Provost.

McGrath Lecture on Book Arts by Michael Kuch , Wednesday, Oct. 8, 4 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Michael Kuch--writer, artist, printer, publisher--will delight us with an illustrated talk, "Twenty Years of the Double Elephant Press: Harnessing Influence & Ignorance." Kuch attended Hampshire College and studied with sculptor and graphic artist Leonard Baskin. This is the 2014 McGrath Lecture in Contemporary Book Arts sponsored by the Mortimer Rare Book Room. The lecture series is named in memory of local master printer Harold P. McGrath. A reception will follow in the Book Arts Gallery (Neilson, third floor). A selection of Kuch's books is on display outside the Mortimer Rare Book Room. For more information: mrbr @smith.edu or http://www.smith.edu/libraries/info/news/2014mcgrath-lecture

Smith To Do: Safety Pin Jewelry Making , Saturday, Sept. 27, 9 p.m., Davis Ballroom

Smith To Do invites you to come make fantastic jewelry out of bare safety pins and to de-stress and bond with friends every Saturday night from 9-11pm. Amazing new beads, threads and bands in exciting new colors will be provided. Over 60,000 beads to choose from. You can personalize your jewelry with different decorative items and create your own Smith to do necklaces, bracelets, friendship bands, ear rings and much more. Free and open to all.

Fall Break Backpacking Trip , Saturday, Oct. 11, to Monday, Oct.

Join the Fall Break Backpacking Trip with Smith's outdoor adventure program. Cost is $10. Backpack along the Long Trail in Vermont. Expect moderately difficult backpacking through beautiful mountains with a few great summit views. Email: outdoors@smith.edu to sign up or for details.

Smith Basketball Youth Clinic for Girls and Boys (ages 6-14) , Sunday, Nov. 2, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Ainsworth Gym

The cost is $50 per child, $35 per additional child in family. Registration includes free T-shirt if completed by October 15. Register at: http://www.smithpioneers.com/campsandclinics

Mark Your Calendars: HR Fair , Tuesday, Nov. 4, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Human Resources will be sponsoring its annual HR Fair on Tuesday, Nov. 4, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Campus Center Carroll Room. Open Enrollment packets for benefit-eligible employees will be distributed at the fair. Employees will also have the opportunity to find out more about benefits, provider organizations, and services, and to win a prize by entering the drawing. Please mark your calendar!

Unity Organizations' Fall Festival , Friday, Sept. 26, 6 p.m.-8 p.m., Davis Ballroom

All are welcome to join ten of the Unity Organizations for a night of free food, music, and lots of fun. Come to meet all of the Unity Organizations and learn what we are all about. Each org will be providing free food that represents their heritage, catered from a restaurant.

Economics JYA Info Meeting , Monday, Oct. 27, 4:30 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Study abroad info session for Economics majors.

Middle East Studies Presentation of the Minor , Tuesday, Oct. 21, Noon, Wright 002

Pizza will be served.

'What the IMF Really Does' , Friday, Oct. 17, 4:15 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Olivier Blanchard, director of the research department and chief economist at the International Monetary Fund, and Robert M. Solow, professor emeritus at MIT, will present "What the IMF Really Does." An extensive question-and-answer period and reception will follow. Free and open to the public.

African Studies Presentation of the Minor , Wednesday, Oct. 22, Noon, Campus Center 103/4

Pizza will be served.

SmiTHrift General Interest Meeting , Friday, Sept. 26, 2 p.m., WFI, Neilson Archway

SmiTHrift will be holding its general interest meeting as well as electing members to board positions. Available positions include secretary and publicity chair. Refreshments will be served.

'Why Local Food Matters' , Monday, Sept. 29, 2:30 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Andy Pressman, agricultural specialist at the National Association for Appropriate Technology, will discuss local food and issues surrounding its importance. A great lecture to attend if you are interested in the Sustainable Food Concentration. Free, open to the public, and wheelchair accessible.

Application Deadline for 2015 Interterm Science Teaching Opportunities , Friday, Sept. 26

In January 2015, the Center for Science Outreach and the Life Science Centers of Smith will each offer a hands-on experiential learning opportunity for Smith students interested in exploring science teaching and helping our local schools enhance their science offerings. These two opportunities offer a good way to find out what teaching's like. Preliminary planning meetings during the fall are followed by a week of preparation and teaching during the week of January 12-16. There are ten positions in each program; participants receive a stipend. The application can be found at http://smith.edu/ccc/news.php and the application deadline is Friday, Sept. 26.

Kennedy Lecture Series,"The Matter of Baroque" with Professor Helen Hills , Tuesday, Sept. 30, 5 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

The Smith College Department of Art is pleased to host Helen Hills, Professor of History of Art at the University of York, UK, as the 2014-2015 Ruth and Clarence Kennedy Professor in Renaissance Studies. As an art historian Professor Hills is interested in form and materiality. Specifically, she is concerned with the complex forms and â??excessiveâ?? materiality of the art usually labeled baroque in 17thC Italy. She will begin her Kennedy Lecture Series, â??The Matter of Baroqueâ?? September 30, with "Unveiling Architecture: Leon Battista Alberti and aristocratic female convents".


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SEC and Spitfire present Zora Howard , Tuesday, Sept. 23, 8-10 p.m., Campus Center TV Lounge

Zora Howard is a Harlem-raised writer, spoken word artist, actress and activist. Learning the balance of writing for personal expression and performing for a theatre audience, she found spoken word at the age of thirteen. She began slamming the same year and won the Urban Word NYC Grand Slam finals, the youngest poet ever to do so. Her work with filmmaker Lisa Russell on the short film Biracial Hair, based on her original poem of the same title, won an Emmy for Outstanding Advanced Media Interactivity in 2009. Her work has also been showcased on HBO, PBS, NBC.

Faculty/Staff Pick-up Basketball , Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Noon, Scott Gym

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

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

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

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

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

Call for New Judicial Board Members: Applications Due , Friday, Sept. 26, 4 p.m., Clark Hall

Are you interested in learning more about the Smith College Code of Conduct? Would you like to create a better Smith community? If your answers are "yes," then consider applying to the Smith College Judicial Board. The board is looking for new members who are juniors and seniors. To apply, complete the application and reference form found at http://www.smith.edu/sao/jb/members.php. For more information, contact the Judicial Board chair, Andrea Lahlum.

Information Session for Spring 2016 Kahn Institute Project: 'Play' , Tuesday, Sept. 23, 5 p.m., Kahn Institute, 3rd Floor, Neilson

The Kahn Institute is accepting applications from faculty and staff for its Spring 2016 semester-long project, "Play," organized by Michael Thurston, English language and literature. This project will explore play from multiple disciplinary perspectives to enrich understanding of what play is and what we might gain through new definitions of play. Organizing faculty and Kahn staff will discuss content and structure of the project and fellowship opportunities. Beverages and appetizers will be served. For more information visit http://www.smith.edu/kahninstitute/future.php. To apply, visit http://www.smith.edu/kahninstitute/PlayAPP.php.

Announcing Staff Representatives on Standing College Committees

Thank you to everyone who stepped forward to volunteer their time and energy to serve on a College Committee. We are grateful for your willingness to represent your colleagues in this important way. Staff (full list: http://www.smith.edu/staffcouncil) have recently been appointed by the president to serve on the Advisory Committee on Resource Allocation, the Campus Planning Committee, the College Council on Community Policy, the Committee on Mission and Priorities, and the Committee on Sustainability. If you missed the opportunity to participate in the nominations and elections process and wish to get involved, contact Staff Council at staffcouncil@smith.edu

Music in the Noon Hour: Ronald Gorevic , Tuesday, Sept. 23, 12:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Ronald Gorevic, violin and Jounghoon Song, viola will perform works by J. S. Bach and W. A. Mozart. A relaxing half-hour of music in the beautiful Sweeney Hall - the perfect way to spend your lunch break.

Rosh Hashanah at Smith College , September 24 and 25

Erev Rosh Hashanah service will begin at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 24, at the sanctuary, Helen Hills Hills Chapel, followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m. in the Alumnae House Conference Room. The following day, Thursday, Sept. 25, Rosh Hashanah service begins at 9 a.m. Lunch will be available in the Bodman Lounge immediately following services. Tashlich will take place at 1 p.m. on Paradise Pond (rain location: Bodman Lounge). Services will be led by Smith's Jewish Student Adviser Rhonda Shapiro-Rieser. All members of the Smith community are welcome.

Factory Farm Simulation , Wednesday, Sept. 24, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Campus Center TV Lounge

Enter a state-of-the-art virtual reality simulation of what a chicken on a factory farm experiences. This project allows us to connect with animals as individuals and actually get a glimpse of their experiences from their point of view. Each participant will wear a virtual reality headset and become the chicken; sensors will allow the participants to move as if they were the chickens themselves. This has been designed as an education tool and does not include anything overtly graphic. Sponsored by Animal Advocates of Smith.

Campus Tree Removal

A Scots Pine (Pinus sylvestris) located near Alumnae House will be removed soon. The top of the tree was lost in a storm, the trunk has some scarring and limbs overhang the building. It's also situated in a probable excavation site for storm water management repairs.

STEM Grad School Application Workshop: Deciding Which Grad Schools to Apply To , Wednesday, Sept. 24, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Sabin Reed 220

Designed for STEM students applying for grad school, short presentations by faculty members will be paired with discussions and hands-on workshops (bring your laptop and relevant documents in progress!) where you can work on specific parts of your application with advice. If you RSVP in advance to aanacker@smith.edu we can try to ensure an expert from your area will be present to address ideas specific to the field. Part I will address methods for finding and deciding which graduate programs to apply to. We will also briefly discuss preparing for the GRE.

Workshop Series: "Nuts and Bolts of Social Justice Organizing" , Tuesday, Sept. 23, 4 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Register now for one or all of Sophia Smith Collection Activist-in-Residence Sara K. Gould's workshops for student activists. The series of five workshops, "Nuts&Bolts of Social Justice Organizing," begins Tuesday, Sept 23, 4-6 in Neilson Browsing Room, with "Add Gender, Build Power," looking at two case studies to demonstrate how organizing around race, class AND gender deepens popular understanding, expands movements and increases accountability of public officials. Register by e-mail to eamanna@smith.edu. For more information, including guest activists, go to http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/ssc/news/news.html

Study Abroad with SEA Semester: Information Table , Tuesday, Sept. 23, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Campus Center Garden Level

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

Lunch and Learn About Studying Abroad with SEA Semester , Wednesday, Sept. 24, Noon, CEEDS, Wright

SEA Semester offers field-based study abroad programs for all majors during the summer or semester in the Caribbean, Europe, Polynesia, and New Zealand. Students spend half the semester in Woods Hole, MA in preparation for the second half voyage as a full-working crew member aboard one of two tall sailing ships. Lunch provided.

Ukulele Foundations 101 Workshop and Jam with Stuart Fuchs aka 'Stukulele' , Sunday, Sept. 28, 10 a.m., Josten Library, Mendenhall

Beginners welcome. If you don't have a ukulele, email josinfo@smith.edu, and we'll see what we can do. Stu Fuchs will also be giving a concert on Saturday, September 27 at 7:30 in Neilson Library Browsing Room.

Study Abroad Fair , Tuesday, Sept. 23, 11 a.m., Chapin Lawn

Students interested in gathering information about study abroad opportunities are invited to attend the annual Study Abroad Fair. Meet representatives from programs and host universities, and chat with students who have participated in these programs. In the event of inclement weather, the fair will be moved to the Campus Center Carroll Room.

Interfaith Alliance General Interest Dinner Meeting , Tuesday, Sept. 23, 5:30 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Spirituality in Action:The Interfaith Alliance is an informal student led group for all those interested in bringing religion into the discussion about social justice and identity, or who are seeking spiritual community. The first meeting of the semester will focus on building community and generating ideas for the upcoming year. People of religious and non-religious affiliations all encouraged to attend. Community Service and community engagement projects as well as opportunities for important dialogue will be offered.Dinner served, contact Jessa Fries or staff advisor Matilda Cantwell for more information, RSVP strongly encouraged but not required.

Become Braver in 75 Minutes with Rachel Simmons , Wednesday, Sept. 24, 4:15 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Bravery is a vital ingredient of a well-lived life. Brave helps you speak up, put yourself out there, make change and face down failure. At this workshop, you'll pull up at the drive-through brave window for a quick shot of brave strategies, along with a powerful new way of thinking about how and why to be brave. Rachel Simmons is an educator, leadership consultant, and author of the best-selling books "Odd Girl Out" and "The Curse of the Good Girl." For more information, visit http://www.smith.edu/cwl/passport.

Memorial Service for Professor Emerita Patricia Skarda , Saturday, Nov. 8, 2 p.m., Sanctuary, Helen Hills Hills Chapel

A memorial service for Professor Emerita Patricia Skarda, who died September 2 in Northampton at age 68, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at Helen Hills Hills Chapel. Skarda taught at Smith from 1973 until her retirement in 2013. Her courses in the English department were extremely popular, as were her lectures at alumnae reunions. For a copy of her obituary with information about donations in her name, visit http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/pntonline/obituary.aspx?n=patricia-l-skarda&pid=172431110

'Intersections of Justice: Disability, Race, Class, Gender and Sexuality' , Wednesday, Sept. 24, 7 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Activist, writer and educator Mia Mingus will discuss embracing the wholeness of our identities and building community at the intersections of disability, race, class, gender and sexuality as essential conditions for engaging in the work for transformational and liberatory justice over the long term. Mia currently works at Gen5 in Oakland, Calif., whose goal is to end sexual violence against children in five generations. Learn more about Mia Mingus at http://leavingevidence.wordpress.com/about-2/ This event is wheelchair accessible and will be ASL interpreted.


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Road Closing Behind Albright and Baldwin Houses , September 25 and 26, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

Facilities Management will be performing ground penetrating underground infrared testing on the access road behind Albright and Baldwin Houses. The purpose of this work is to identify all of the potential utilities within the driveway as part of the Medium Voltage Project. During the shutdown, there will be no access to the area for parking, deliveries or trash removal. Please seek alternate access.


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

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

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

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

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

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

Campus Police Outreach Programs

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

Bells To Ring -- But Not Yet for Mountain Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mail Services Extended Hours , September 15-19

Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m.-4 p.m., for pick up only. Closed Saturday and Sunday. Normal hours resume September 22. For updates, visit http://smith.edu/mailservices/

Information Session for 2015-2016 Kahn Institute Project: 'Memory' , Monday, Sept. 22, 5 p.m., Kahn Institute, 3rd Floor, Neilson

The Kahn Institute is accepting applications from faculty and staff for its 2015-2016 year-long project, "Memory: Form, Function and Fallibility," organized by Dawn Fulton, French, and Adam Hall, biological sciences. The project will consider the great range of mechanisms, uses and representations of memory across disciplinary fields and impacts of memory on the individual and society. Faculty and staff are invited to hear the organizing faculty and Kahn staff discuss the content and structure of the project and fellowship opportunities. Beverages and appetizers will be served. For more information visit http://www.smith.edu/kahninstitute/future.php. To apply, visit http://www.smith.edu/kahninstitute/MemoryAPP.php.

Informational Meeting for 2015 Interterm Science Teaching Opportunities , Thursday, Sept. 18, Noon-1 p.m., McConnell B-15

In January 2015, the Center for Science Outreach and the Life Science Centers of Smith College will each offer a hands-on experiential learning opportunity for Smith students interested in exploring science teaching and helping our local schools enhance their science offerings. These two opportunities offer a good way to find out what teaching's like. Preliminary planning meetings during the fall are followed by a week of preparation and teaching during the week of January 12-16, 2015. There are ten positions in each program; participants receive a stipend. Come to the informational meeting to learn more. Lunch provided. To apply: http://smith.edu/ccc/news.php (deadline: 9/26/14).

Global Medical Brigades: General Interest Meeting , Thursday, Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Learn about Global Medical Brigades and joining our brigade to Panama over J-Term.

Volunteer as a Student Ambassador for Alumnae Relations; Apply by , Friday, Sept. 19, 4 p.m., Alumnae House

Do you love interacting with alumnae and students who are passionate about Smith? Would you like to improve your networking and public speaking skills? The Office of Alumnae Relations invites sophomores, juniors and seniors to apply for 20 available volunteer positions. Students hired to participate in this new Student Ambassador program will be invited to represent Smith at various alumnae events on and off campus as scheduling permits, as well as receive opportunities to develop networking and speaking skills. Submit your application to the Alumnae House by Friday, September 19 at 4:00 pm. http://alumnae.smith.edu/volunteer/volunteer/student-ambassador-program/

Spatial Analysis Lab Releases Fall Mystery Map Challenge

A new mystery map is ready for all interested spatial thinkers, policy wonks and Smith College mystery map fans. To begin the challenge, visit http://bit.ly/fall2014mysterymap. Mystery Maps (and occasional games) are hand crafted and designed with care by the Spatial Analysis Lab to promote spatial thinking, as well as, provide a fun and wholesome activity for map lovers.

Smith To Do T-Shirt Extravaganza: Scarves, Head Bands, T-Shirt Designing , Saturday, Sept. 20, 9 p.m., Davis Ballroom

Students can use a t-shirt supplied by Smith to Do or bring their own beloved t-shirt to give it a new life as a handband or scarf or paint and personalize it to make their own Smith t-shirt. All supplies will be free and provided. Bring friends and housemates, guests.

Spanish and Portuguese Study Abroad Meeting , Monday, Sept. 22, 4:10-5:30 p.m., Campus Center 204

An information meeting for Spanish and/or Portuguese-speaking students interested in 2015-16 one-year or spring-semester study abroad opportunities. Refreshments will be served.

Health and STEM Professions Lunchbag: Medical School , Friday, Sept. 19, 12:15 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

William Brown, associate director of admissions, will discuss Dartmouth's medical program and the application and admission process.

Upcoming Religious and Spiritual Life Activities

Friday, Sept. 19: Soup, Salad and Soul, a student-led discussion with a home-made vegetarian meal prepared by our student cooks, 12:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge; Hillel Shabbat, 5:30 p.m. followed by Shabbat dinner, 6:30 p.m., Kosher Kitchen, Dawes House. Monday, Sept. 22: Buddhist Meditation Sitting Group, meditation for beginners and experienced practitioners, led by Ryumon H.C. Baldoquin, sensei, a Zen Buddhist priest and teacher, 5 p.m., Sanctuary. Contact Ryumon for an introductory meditation session at temples@twostreamszen.org.

Film Screening: 'Scarred Lands and Wounded Lives' , Sunday, Sept. 21, 2 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

This film depicts "the environmental footprint of war" and is being shown in a spirit of solidarity with those who will be in New York City for the March for Climate. Area activists will lead a discussion following the film viewing. The program is co-sponsored by the Center for Environment, Ecological Design, and Sustainability (CEEDS) along with the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life.


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"Nuts&Bolts of Social Justice Organizing": Final Workshop , Monday, Oct. 20, 4 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

The final in the workshop series, "Nuts&Bolts of Social Justice Organizing," led by Sophia Smith Activist-in-Residence Sara K. Gould, will take place Monday, October 20, 4-6 p.m. in the Neilson Browsing Room. The session, "Feminist Agenda: Meeting Skills to Make Change." will give participants the opportunity to learn the critical art of crafting an agenda and facilitating an effective meeting. Please register by e-mail to eamanna@smith.edu. More information is available at http://www.smith.edu/libraries/libs/ssc/news/news.html

Museum Members' Bus Trip to New York City , Saturday, Nov. 8, 8 a.m., Museum of Art

The Museum is pleased to offer a Fall bus trip to New York City. Participants can explore the city and art fairs on their own for the day. Drop-offs at the Park Avenue Armory, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Met). Light snack, bus fare, and 1 IFPDA Print Fair ticket included per person. Bus departs promptly at 8 a.m. in front of SCMA. Return trip leaves from the Met at 7 p.m. $55 for Members; $40 for Student Members; $65 for Non-Members (space permitting). Reserve by October 31 by contacting SCMAmembers@smith.edu or 413/585-2777.

Stargazing , Friday, Oct. 24, 8:30-9:30 p.m., McConnell Hall Roof

Come see stars, clusters, and galaxies. All are welcome - please dress warmly. For further information or to check on weather conditions, contact Meg Thacher (mthacher@smith.edu, 585-3935).


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

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

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

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

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

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

Nominations for Students for 'Smith in the World' Conference

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Time Management and Study Strategies Workshop , Wednesday, Sept. 17, 12:15-1 p.m., Jacobson Center, Seelye 307

Feel free to bring a grab-and-go lunch.

Become a Member of the Smith Gamelan Ensemble; Next Rehearsal , Tuesday, Sept. 16, 7 p.m., Sage Hall 312

The Smith Gamelan is a performance group dedicated to the study of Central Javanese gamelan, one of the great musical traditions of Indonesia. It is directed by Margaret Sarkissian, professor of music, and Sumarsam, a master of the Javanese music tradition and adjunct professor of music at Wesleyan University. No experience is necessary. Cookies and cider are offered during the rehearsal break. For more inforamtion, contact Margaret Sarkissian (msarkiss@smith.edu).

'The Prayers of a Child: Piety, Virtue and Cuteness in Muslim Societies' , Thursday, Sept. 18, 5 p.m., Seelye 201

Jamal J. Elias, professor of religious studies and South Asia studies, University of Pennsylvania, will use a variety of visual materials from Turkey, Iran and Pakistan -- picture books, comics, posters, stamps -- to examine the moral and religious constructions of children. Professor Elias publishes broadly on history, religion, literature and material and visual culture in the medieval and modern Islamic world. This lecture is free and open to public. Sponsored by the Ada Howe Kent Fund and Department of Religion.

'Risk Taking and Its Rewards: A Conversation on Advocacy and Social Change' , Wednesday, Sept. 17, 4:15 p.m., Alumnae House Conference Hall

Susan Etheredge, professor and chair, education and child study, Smith College, will moderate a panel featuring Erinn McGurn '94, co-founder and executive director, SCALEAfrica; Kimberly Scott '91, associate professor, Arizona State University School of Social Transformation and executive director of CompuGirls, a technology program for girls; and Staci Williams '81, attorney and judge-elect of the 101st District Court, Dallas County. A reception will follow. This event is made possible by the Elizabeth Miller '81 Fund.

Screening of Portuguese Film 'A Mulher Invisivel' (with English subtitles) , Tuesday, Sept. 16, 7 p.m., McConnell B-15

This Portuguese-language comedy about a very unusual amour fou made headlines for outstripping the big-budget Terminator: Salvation at the Brazilian box office on its opening weekend. With a title that translates, literally, as "The Invisible Woman," the film concerns a deeply romantic young sad sack named Pedro (Selton Mello) whose life falls to pieces when his wife conceives a baby with a German millionaire and promptly leaves him. Distraught beyond the point of rationality, he falls hard for his sexy, football-obsessed neighbor. Pedro only has one small problem: the woman is imaginary.

Portfolio Review - Required for Students Planning to Declare a Major in Studio Art , Wednesday, Oct. 29, 4-6 p.m., Hillyer 204

Required for all students planning to declare a major in studio art who have completed a 100 and 200 level Studio Art Course. Reserve a time for your portfolio review in the Art Department Office, Hillyer 101.

Sigma Xi Luncheon , Tuesday, Sept. 16, Noon, McConnell Foyer/103

"Ongoing Research Along the Mill, Connecticut and Elbe Rivers: 1966-2014," presented by John Burk, Biological Sciences. Sigma Xi talks take place in McConnell Foyer and Auditorium (room 103). Lunch is served at 11:45 a.m., talks begin at noon and are open to all faculty, emeriti, staff, and students. The full schedule of Sigma Xi luncheons is available at http://www.science.smith.edu/departments/sigmaxi/.


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Five College Digital Humanities Kick-Off Celebration , Friday, Sept. 26, Noon

The Five College Digital Humanities Program is pleased to announce its Fall Kick-Off Celebration, open to all members of the Five College Community. The event will be at 12:00 PM on Friday, September 26th in Frost Library at Amherst College, and will include lightning talks from current and past project leaders and collaborators, information sessions about our faculty/staff grants and student fellowships, and a catered reception for the Five College community. Go to http://5CollDH.org/ to learn more!


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

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

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

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

Be a Student Museum Educator; Applications Due September 12

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

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

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

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

All shirts and dye will be provided.

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

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

Spatial Analysis Lab Announces Fall Workshops

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

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

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

College Corporate Card Reconciliations Due September 15

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

Fall 2014 'Springfield Bound' Preregister by September 15

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

Fall 2014 'Holyoke Bound' Preregister by September 15

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Upcoming Religious and Spiritual Life Activities

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

Upcoming Moodle Training Sessions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


09/09/2014 Digest


Fall 2014 Internship Reflection Series; Preregister by September 10

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Convocation Tee Shirts Available

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


09/04/2014 Digest


Faculty/Staff Fitness Classes Start September 8

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

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

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

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

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

Mail Services Extended Hours

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Smith Lacrosse Interest Meeting , Friday, Sept. 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Religious and Spiritual Life Activities, September 5 and 8

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


09/02/2014 Digest


Convocation and Related Events Wednesday, Sept. 3

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

Space Reservation Reminders (Procedures)

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

College Corporate Card Notice

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Smith College Chorus Auditions Continue Sept. 2 and 3

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

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