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07/26/2016 Digest

Sidewalk Sales at the Museum , July 28-31, 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.

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

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

Next Workshop on Goal-Setting for New Performance Review Process , Tuesday, August 9, 1-2:30 p.m., Stoddard Auditorium

Beginning July 1, Smith College implemented a new staff performance management process. The first part of the cycle is goal-setting. All college staff that are not in bargaining units should be meeting with their supervisor to determine their goals for the performance year. Please visit the Human Resources website for more information about the process. The next goal-setting workshops will be held Tuesday, August 9. A goal-setting eLearning will be available on our website on July 27.

College Lane, Elm Street Entrance Closed Through August 19

The entrance to Smith at College Lane and Elm Street will be closed through Friday, Aug. 19, for subsurface utility work. In addition, access to upper College Lane (from the intersection of Green Street and College Lane up to the intersection of Elm Street and College Lane) will be limited from August 8 through August 19 to allow this section of roadway to be repaved. For more information on this and other summer construction projects, visit Questions or comments on the College Lane project can be directed to Diana Randall, Ppoject manager, Facilities Management,

OneCard Office, Computer Store and ITS Offices Closed , July 26, Noon-4 p.m.

The OneCard Office, Computer Store and ITS offices will be closed for an all-staff retreat. The IT Service Center and Classroom Support will remain open.

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

From 4-6 p.m. Hands-on! Art making for all ages, inspired by works on view This month: Going for the Gold- Are you following the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro? Discover athletes from long ago in our Ancient World gallery and design a custom medal to recognize achievement in your own summer games. At 6 p.m. Open Eyes- join a guided gallery conversation exploring a different art object each month. The Museum Shop will be open from 11 a.m.-8 p.m., and light refreshments will be served.

Share your opinions on Smith in the Times Higher Education U.S. Student Survey

The Times Higher Education US Student Survey -- -- is now open, giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 $100 Amazon gift cards. Smith students are invited to respond to this short survey to evaluate the quality of teaching in America's colleges and universities, as perceived by students. Your responses will remain anonymous, and will not impact your position at your institution. To enter to win, we'll send you a verification link in your email inbox upon completion.

Emergency Notification System Test , Wednesday, July 27, 2 p.m.

Campus Police will test the college's emergency notification system on July 27. Any changes to your emergency contact information should be made by 5 p.m. on July 26. 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 using their network username and password. When the portal page opens, click on BannerWeb and update your emergency contact information.

Zine Workshop: 'Strength for the Struggle' , Wednesday, July 27, 3-5 p.m., KnowledgeLab, Neilson Library, 2nd Floor

Activists, dissidents, misfits, troublemakers, creatives, queers, radicals, zine people, zine-curious, poets, writers, students, staff, and faculty are invited to a zine-making workshop, titled "Strength for the Struggle: A zine workshop for creative collaboration in the midst of chaos." Join us as we re-purpose withdrawn government documents and mainstream media. Let's come together as a supportive, empathetic community in a time of chaos, and creatively regenerate strength for the struggle (#SftS).

Paradise Pond Refill Slowed by Drought

Due to continued drought conditions, Facilities Management reports Paradise Pond will remain drawn down until there is significant rainfall within the watershed, 55 square miles upstream. Beginning July 6, as an alternative to dredging, the pond was partially drawn down and sediment was redistributed from high spots to low spots within the pond. Refilling the pond might take several weeks, depending on the weather. Read more about the project in the Gate at

Responding to Identity-Based Violence and Injustice: A Community Conversation , Wednesday, Aug. 3, 4 p.m., Chapin Lawn and Wright 013

A vigil and community conversation in response to recent identity-based violence in the U.S. The program will open with a vigil on Chapin Lawn to acknowledge the recent loss of lives in different parts of the world and continue with a conversation on promoting social change in the USA. The discussion will be co-facilitated by Dr. Nnamdi Pole (Psychology) and Dr. Romina Pacheco (Residence Life). Co-sponsored by the Jandon Center for Community Engagement and Center for Religious and Spiritual Life. If you have questions, concerns, or feedback, email Kavita Bhandari (JCCE) at .

Website Launch Planned for August 1

After three weeks of community testing, the new Smith College website is expected to go live on Monday, Aug. 1. You may find the site unavailable for a brief period of time during the switch. Once the new site is live, we anticipate that there will be some broken links, missing images and other minor hiccups. If you find something on the site missing or not working, please report it to

07/21/2016 Digest

Central Check-In: Please Help , Friday, Sept. 2, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., ITT

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

07/19/2016 Digest

Charles Swenson, M.D., to Present Next Lecture in SSW Series , Friday, July 22, 7:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Charles R. Swenson, M.D., associate clinical professor of psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School, will present the Lydia Rapoport Lecture addressing "Dialectical Behavior Therapy Principles in Action." For more information about the 2016 SSW Public Lecture Series, visit

19 Smithies Offered Fulbrights For 2016-17

Lally Delgado '16 found out last week she had accomplished a dream. She won a Fulbright to teach English in Brazil. We congratulate Lally and the 18 other Smithies who were offered Fulbright Fellowships this year (see: and encourage any interested student to reach out to the Fellowships Program, the sooner the better. No matter your class year, start a conversation with us today ( and see where in the world your ambition will take you, bearing in mind that the early bird catches the worm.

Baystate Health Blood Drive; Free Big-E Admission for Donors , Thursday, July 21, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Alumnae House

The Baystate Health blood drive bus will be located in the back parking lot of the Alumnae House. There are still some times available between 11:20 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. To schedule, contact Chris Carr Hill directly at All donors receive a free ticket to the Big E which runs from September 16 to October 2.

SSW Student-Led Black Lives Matter Rally , Thursday, July 21, 5:30 p.m., Chapin Lawn

The Smith College SSW students are adding their voice to "Freedom Now: Collective Action for Justice" (#FreedomNow). Join them Thursday, July 21, at 5:30 p.m. on Chapin Lawn in expressing rage, grief, fear, frustration, and the intent to no longer be complicit in the state-sanctioned police violence. We will be mourning & honoring the lives of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, & the countless others. This is a peaceful event, but we are FURIOUS & REFUSE to be silent. The event will include a sharing, grounding ritual, moment of un-silence, march across campus, closing with a releasing ritual.

Smith Names Susan Fliss Dean of Libraries

Susan Fliss—an accomplished librarian with more than two decades of leadership at Mount Holyoke, Dartmouth and Harvard—has been named dean of libraries for Smith. Her appointment is effective September 1.

07/14/2016 Digest

The Queen's Prize: Visiting Artist Henry Kramer Shines in International Competition

Leon Fleisher. Mitsuko Uchida. Vladimir Ashkenazy. Over the past 60 years, these great pianists have all won the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium. Last month, Henry Kramer—the Iva Dee Hiatt Visiting Artist in Piano at Smith—placed second in the international contest.

07/08/2016 Digest

Hillyer Art Library Closed , Friday, July 15

Hillyer Art Library will be closed for re-carpeting of the first floor. Regular summer hours (Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.) will resume on Monday, July 18.

07/05/2016 Digest

'New Encaustics' by Artist Sharon Ligorner , Monday-Friday through August 30, Oresman Gallery, Hillyer

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

Faculty/Staff Parking 2015-16 Decals Expire , June 30

To purchase the 2016-17 parking decals go to to complete the registration form and upon entering the credit card information, using Visa or MasterCard, a receipt will appear on the screen which will automatically be emailed to you. The option to pay by cash or check is still available and must be done in the office. No Mail-in registrations accepted. Registration forms are available in the Campus Police Office, 126 West Street or at Parking Office business hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 am- 4 pm.

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

From 4-6 p.m. Hands-on! Art making for all ages, inspired by works on view This month: Happy Valley -- create your own miniature "Happy Valley"-inspired by the familiar landscape of local artist Sally Curcio's magical bubble sculptures. At 6 p.m. Open Eyes- join a guided gallery conversation exploring a different art object each month. The Museum Shop will be open from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. and light refreshments will be served. Crooked Stick Pops for sale.

Why You Should Never Re-use Your Smith Password for Other Accounts

Security breaches are happening across a variety of sites on a regular basis and notices are rarely timely. (Tumblr and LinkedIn recently announced breaches from 2012 and 2013.) If you use your Smith email address coupled with your Smith password to log into into social media or other websites, you may be giving hackers a huge advantage in accessing your Smith account. We want to remind all faculty, staff and students not to re-use your Smith network credentials to login to other services or websites.

Usher for New Century Theatre and See a Show for Free , Theatre 14, Mendenhall

New Century Theatre's 2016 summer season is open. You can sign up to usher to see a play for free. The performances run through August 6. Contact the box office to sign up. Call 413-585-3220 or email Full schedule available at

Open Call for Staff Nominations for College Standing Committees

Would you like to be more involved in decision making processes for the College? Now is the time to nominate yourself for one of the College's standing committees. The terms begin Fall 2016. Read more about the work the committees do and submit your name on this form: All nominations are due by July 12.

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

How are you commuting to campus for 2016-2017? Read about the financial incentives to go green with the opt-out program, and find out the details for obtaining an opt-out parking permit here: Sign-up period runs from July 1 to September 15.

Washburn Prayer Space Offline , June 27 to July 17

The Washburn Prayer Space in central campus is scheduled to be offline for three weeks from June 27 - July 17. Users of the space are welcome to use prayer facilities at the Helen Hills Hills Chapel during this period.

Ramadan at Smith

Ramadan Mubarak (Blessed Ramadan)! This year the holy month of Ramadan runs until July 5. For Muslims it is a time for spiritual renewal and purification. Prayer and reading spaces for Ramadan are located at the Helen Hills Hills Chapel including the first floor sanctuary, Bodman Lounge, the Reading Room, and Blue Room on the lower level.

'The Lay of the Land: Contemporary Landscapes From the Collection' , June 17-September 11, Museum of Art

"The Lay of the Land: Contemporary Landscapes from the Collection," entirely drawn from works in SCMA's holdings, offers a wide variety of contemporary perspectives by American artists on the landscape in its natural, altered or re-imagined forms. Featuring a range of topographies from cultivated lands to forest and desert, "The Lay of the Land" highlights new acquisitions, as well as works being displayed for the first time.

Update on Harvard Pilgrim Fitness Reimbursement

Now Harvard Pilgrim members have more reimbursement options to better support them in living a healthy lifestyle. In addition to traditional health and fitness clubs, YMCAs and JCCs, members can request reimbursement for monthly fees paid to fitness studios/facilities that offer: yoga, Pilates, Zumba, aerobic/group classes, indoor cycling/spinning classes, kickboxing, CrossFit, strength training, tennis, indoor rock climbing and personal training (taught by a certified instructor). Visit for details.

New for Harvard Pilgrim Members: Telemedicine Program Available Beginning July 1

Doctor on Demand offers video visits with a provider between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. from any device for nearly all non-emergency medical conditions, such as flu, nausea/diarrhea, rashes, infections, and sports injuries. (Behavioral health visits are not included.) No referral is required. Providers can write most prescriptions, and send them to any pharmacy. The member pays the lowest office visit copay through their device. Results can be forwarded to the member's Primary Care Physician upon request. Download the app from Apple's App Store, get it on Google play, or for web video visits, go to

Paradise Pond Drawdown

Paradise Pond will be partially drawn down on July 6, beginning the first phase of sediment redistribution in the Pond, the alternative to dredging. On July 11, heavy equipment will enter the Pond from the new boat ramp and begin the process of redistributing the sediment from the high spots to low spots within the Pond. The work will take about two weeks and when complete, the Pond will be refilled, weather permitting. Read more about the project in the Gate at

Finance Updates: FOAPAL Changes as of 7/1/16 and FGIBDST

Please refer to the Controller's Office web page for valuable information on FOAPAL changes effective for 7/1/16 including the final account cross-walk and list of frequently used accounts ( Due to the changes made to FOAPAL, when using Banner FGIBDST, once you have input your fund or org, please delete (or remove) the default PROGRAM in the top block prior to running your query.

Finance Reminder: FY16 Deadlines

There are a number of deadlines related to accounts payable, transfers, and journal entries over the next several weeks. Please refer to the fiscal year end closing calendar on the purchasing website for details ('2016.pdf).

New Smith Website Preview, Testing Begin July 11

The new Smith website--featuring a visually engaging design, simplified navigation, improved usability and a layout optimized for mobile devices--will launch July 11 with a community preview and testing period. If you're currently responsible for maintaining or updating website content, the preview period is an opportunity to test your pages before the new site goes live. Please visit for more information.

New Website Preview, Testing in Final Week

The new—featuring a visually engaging design, simplified navigation, improved usability and a layout optimized for mobile devices—has launched with a community preview and testing period. Find out what's next—and how you can help, including dates and times for drop-in testing sessions - at

07/01/2016 Digest

Computer Store Closed July 1; Re-opens July 5

The Smith College Computer Store will be closed Friday, July 1, for inventory and Monday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day. It will reopen Tuesday, July 5, with normal hours from 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m. If you need assistance feel free to contact us on Friday. Have a safe holiday!

06/29/2016 Digest

June 29-July 15: Temporary Road/Parking Lot Closures Update

College Lane at Chapin Drive will be temporarily closed June 29; June 30 and July 1 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and July 5 to 11, for 24 hours a day (no passage day or night or weekends). These closures will prevent any thru-traffic on upper College Lane and the Admissions Parking Lot will be closed during these times. The small parking lot south of 8 College Lane will continue to be temporarily closed until approximately July 15. These closures are currently projected, but are subject to change as construction dictates. Questions can be directed to Diana Randall, construction project manager,

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