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07/22/2014 Digest

'Caring for Muslim Clients: Culturally-Sensitive and Evidence-Based Approaches' , Monday, July 28, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

The SSW Summer Lecture Series continues with a talk by Ibrahim J. Long, M.A., G.C., Advanced Standing - C.A.S.C. Although the Muslim population in the United States and Canada is a fast-growing demographic, research on this population and its counseling needs is not growing at the same pace. Within the professional literature, documentation of effective strategies and approaches to the counseling of Muslim clients remains in infancy. Misunderstanding of Islam and Muslims, and anti-Muslim sentiment, is on the rise. This lecture will present an overview of Muslim experiences in America, with a number of approaches for their care recommended by counseling professionals.

Scott Gym Window Replacement

Window deliveries will start on July 22 and installation will begin on July 23. This process will take 4-5 weeks. The entire project is expected to be completed by October 3. Please see Facilities Management web page for more details.

Sidewalk Sales at the Museum , July 24-27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Museum of Art

Museum Shop products at incredible prices will be on sale at the annual sidewalk sale taking place under the big white tent outside the Museum.

Smith Community Garden Produce Sale , Every Monday, Noon-2 p.m., Chapin House

Fresh produce will be for sale every Monday, noon-2 p.m., through August 16 in front of Chapin House. Get free produce if you join us on any Friday afternoon working party.

07/15/2014 Digest

'Open Dialogue: A New Approach to Post-Systemic Practice' , Friday, July 18, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Mary Olson, Ph.D., LICSW, will describe the principles and practices of Open Dialogue, a network approach to severe psychiatric crises and conditions that has garnered international attention for its impressive outcomes for first-episode psychosis. Included will be clinical vignettes that illustrate Open Dialogue and point to its differences with the dominant psychiatric perspective of “biological reductionism.” The significance of Open Dialogue for the U.S. will be addressed, along with the current initiative at the University of Massachusetts Medical School to adapt this way of working to a U.S. emergency room.

Discounted Staff Nights at NCT Performances of 'Clybourne Park' , July 18-20, Theatre 14, Mendenhall

Staff Council and New Century Theatre are collaborating to provide special reduced-price tickets ($15) for Smith employees with OneCard on the first weekend of performances. The play addresses issues of race and real estate in a Chicago neighborhood. On July 18, 19 and 20 (Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.,Sunday at 2 p.m.), Staff Council is offering an additional $5 off employee reservations for the first 20 requests. See the flyer at and reserve your seat by calling the NCT Box Office at 585-3220.

2014-2015 Opt-Out Parking Program Sign-Up Period , Through 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. For more details: Registration must be done in person at the Campus Police Office. Registration forms are at Also, register online with MassRIDES for the Emergency Ride Home Program if you haven’t done so.

Paradise Pond Drawdown and Refill Under Way

In order to facilitate the repair of the sink hole in the lawn between the Office of Admission and Paradise Pond, Facilities Management has had to draw down the pond and replace a broken storm drain line. Repairs are expected to be completed on Monday, July 14 and then the pond refill process will begin. Depending on rainfall, the refill process could take several days.

Coral Reef Ed-Ventures Student Presentation , Thursday, July 17, Noon-1 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

The Coral Reef Ed-Ventures interns have just returned from Ambergris Caye, Belize, where for the last six weeks they have organized and taught an environmental education day-camp for school children in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, and participated in field research in collaboration with Hol Chan Marine Reserve, the first marine reserve in Belize. Ambergris Caye, an island off the coast of Belize, is part of the Meso-American Barrier Reef, the second largest reef system on earth. The interns will give a presentation about their research projects and about the educational day-camp for the local children in San Pedro.

07/08/2014 Digest

'The Powers of Smith (and Beyond): Smith SSW Alumni Speak' , Monday, July 14, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

The SSW Summer Lecture Series 2014 continues with a panel discussion moderated by Kenta Asakura, M.S.W.; Panelists are Tomás Alvarez, M.S.W.; Enroue Halfkenny, M.S.W.; Keisha Williams, M.S.W. This panel will convey the power of Smith School for Social Work's anti-racism mission and the continued support of students of color. In light of the new dean's tenure, The Council for Students of Color wants to acknowledge the importance of this commitment for students (as future professional social workers), teachers, and the social work field. This focus is crucial in increasing future social workers’ awareness of oppression and encouraging positive changes in the field.

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

All are welcome to a free Second Friday at the Museum of Art featuring "The Eye is a Door: Landscape Photographs by Anne Whiston Spirn." From 4-6 p.m. is Hands On! Art making for ages 4+ (while supplies last). At 6 p.m. is Open Eyes, an informal, guided conversation about an art object. The Museum Shop will be open 10 a.m.-8 p.m., and Tryon Common will serve light refreshments.

Smith Appoints Associate Vice President for Facilities Management

Smith has appointed Roger Mosier as associate vice president for facilities management, effective August 25. Mosier is currently the vice president of facilities at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in mechanical engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and is a licensed professional engineer.

All-Employee Picnic , Wednesday, July 9, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Chapin Lawn

Come join the summer fun on as we celebrate "Smith Characters." A few reminders: 1) offices will close from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to allow as many as possible to attend; 2) a table will be set up to collect donated items for the Northampton Survival Center (nonperishable food, toiletry items, children's books; see for details); 3) bring a blanket to sit on--a few blankets will be available to borrow using your OneCard; 4) check out the Campus Center display monitors, where the "Smith Characters" haiku will be looping. See you there.

'The American Revolution and Early U.S.-China Trade' is Topic of Keynote , Monday, July 14, 7 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

History buffs and educators alike are invited to attend a lecture on the connections between the United States and China in early America. Caroline Frank from Brown University will discuss "Rebellion, Sovereignty and an East Indies Trade for the United States of America." Free and open to the public, this talk is the keynote address for the educator institute "Ties that Bind: Connecting New England and East Asia," hosted by the Five College Center for East Asian Studies at Smith the week of July 14-18. For more info,

07/03/2014 Digest

The Cafe at Chapin: July 9

The Cafe at Chapin will close early on Wednesday, July 9, at 10:30 a.m., serving breakfast and "grab-and-go" items.

07/01/2014 Digest

Finance Year-End Reminder

The 2013-14 fiscal year ended June 30. Please assist in the finance process by 1) Refraining from making purchases on the college corporate (procurement/travel) card, unless necessary, until after June 30; and 2) Submitting all FY 14 invoices and expense reimbursements to Accounts Payable no later than July 11. For further information regarding fiscal year-end deadlines, visit

Belmont Avenue Closure July 1

On July 1, Belmont Avenue will be closed between Ford Hall and 30 Belmont Ave. to allow for a telecommunications line to be connected to the Schacht Center for Health and Wellness. For more information, including a diagram of the closure, see

Computer Store Closed for Physical Inventory , July 1-2

Smith College Computer Store will have limited hours this week due to physical inventory and the 4th-of-July holiday. The Computer Store is expected to be open only Thursday, July 3. The store will reopen on Monday July 7 for regular store hours of Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

06/24/2014 Digest

'Take It to the Streets: 30 Years of In-Home Clinical Services at the Yale Child Study Center' , Monday, June 30, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

The 2014 Summer Social Work Lecture Series continues with lecturers Jean Adnopoz, M.P.H., and Steve Nagler, M.S.W., who will offer an overview of the development of multiple models of home-based interventions for at-risk children and families by the Yale Child Center's faculty, and approaches utilized by clinicians and mental health counselors delivering these services. Those treated include children and adolescents at risk of abuse, neglect or abandonment, those with serious psychiatric disorders and at risk for psychiatric hospitalization, residential treatment or other out of home placements and those returning to the community from placement.

Smith Girls Basketball Academy , June 30-July 3, Ainsworth Gym

The Smith Girls Basketball Academy, open to girls 7-16 years old, will be held 9 a.m.-4 p.m., June 30-July 3 at Ainsworth Gym. Fee is $250. For more information, go to and check under the section labeled "camps and clinics."

Smith Basketball Academy Coed Scoring Clinic , June 28-29, Ainsworth Gym

The Smith Basketball Academy will be holding a coed scoring clinic June 28-29 at Ainsworth Gym. Open to girls and boys 7-14 years. Fee is $125. For more information, go to and check under the section labeled "camps and clinics." or contact Lynn Hersey at or 413/585-2719.

Afternoons in the Garden: Food, Friends and Fun, Fridays Through August 15

Take an opportunity to relax outdoors, practice a directed hands-on activity, gather with friends and give back to the community. All are invited on Fridays, June 6 to August 15, for any length of time between 1:30-4:30 p.m. to help with the Smith College Community Garden. Right side of Prospect St. (across from Cutter-Ziskind), between Northrup- Gillette and Lamont House. If you know you will be coming, please RSVP to Junzhou Liu: jliu81 at Snacks (including fresh-picked from the garden) and drinks will be provided.

Be a Part of This Year’s All-Employee Picnic

Volunteers are needed to help out at the All-Employee Picnic on Wednesday, July 9. Tasks include helping serve beverages, directing people to/through the buffet lines, scooping ice cream and other jobs. Each ‘shift‘ is 30 minutes long (the first starts at 11:30 a.m.), but volunteers will be asked to arrive a few minutes early. Your assistance would be greatly appreciated! If interested, email to sign up.

Green Street Gas Line Installation, June 23-July 7

Columbia Gas will be performing a gas line installation project along Green Street beginning Monday, June 23. The scheduled hours of operations will be from 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday thru Friday. The project is estimated to be completed on Monday, July 7. There will be associated noise and minor traffic restrictions. The scope of work is to install a new gas main on Green Street from Belmont to West Street, as well as, relocating the existing interior commercial business meters to the exterior of the buildings. Note: If you smell gas odors, follow the instructions outlined by Columbia Gas on their website at For information on other construction on campus this summer, visit

06/23/2014 Digest

Office of Admission Summer Preview , Friday, Aug. 8, All Day

The Office of Admission will hold Summer Preview, a day-long visit program that introduces high school students and their parents to academic and student life at Smith. Registration is held in Scott Gym; guests will park in the ITT and Stables lots. For more information about this program and other Preview events throughout the year go to

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