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01/19/2021 Digest

Faculty/Staff Notices

Sherrerd Center January Idea Swaps

The Sherrerd Center will hold January Idea Swaps where faculty hosts will convene groups to discuss various topics including: Using Kits for Hands-on Making, Teaching Seminar Classes, Inclusive and Accessible Teaching, Teaching Large Classes, Teaching While Contingent, and Teaching Lab Classes. Please check the Sherrerd website for more information or visit the google form at for details and to RSVP, so the Zoom link(s) can be shared with you. These informal conversations with your colleagues will include concerns and triumphs around teaching various types of courses remotely and may help inform your teaching in the spring.

Sams Fund for Middle East Study Spring Deadline
Monday, Feb. 15

Spring proposals for Sams Fund awards are due on Monday, February 15, 2021. The Sams Fund is a restricted fund established by Betty Hamady Sams 57 and James F. Sams to support the study of Arab history, culture, politics, religion and art. The intent of the Sams Fund is to foster greater understanding among Americans and people of Arab countries. Smith College faculty, lecturers, postdoctoral fellows and currently enrolled students are eligible to apply. Details about supported activities and the application process can be found on the Middle East Studies web page:, or email

Elsewhere Project Online Exhibition Goes Live , Virtual Event

This fall Arts Afield put out a call for creative work from the Smith community. We were inspired by the range and quality of submissions, and the way in which eachcreative work approached the mission of the project to "offer anopportunity to come together as a community to share our unique experiences in reckoning with these times and our connection to the natural world wherever we find it." Now we are excited to announce the launchof the exhibition website! Check it out. Share the link. Keep an eye out for the next call for submissions!

The Art of Leading Teams: Working Through Team Tensions
Wednesday, Feb. 3, 12:15 p.m.

While it can be uncomfortable, tension is a natural part of working in a team. Our friends at Leadership+Design ( will join us to help us learn how to surface and work through tensions in healthy ways, and to normalize and even value dissent within your team culture. Sponsored by the Wurtele Center for Leadership, and open to all faculty and staff. RSVP for Zoom link:

Student Notices

Spring Semester Five College Course Registration

The deadlines for adding Five College courses is different for each host school and different from Smiths add/drop deadline because of the varying start dates at each school. Please check the dates on the registrars website: To drop a Five College course before add/drop opens, email

Library Service Changes, Now Through January 23, 2021

There are a number of changes to library services before, during, and after Winter Break. Read the full details at

Apply to become a Gold Key Tour Guide Today!

Smiths tour guide organization is now accepting applications from prospective guides until January 20th. All class years are eligible to apply. To find out more information or the application, visit @smithgoldkey on Instagram!

Smith in Florence Updates Session
Thursday, Jan. 21, 4:30 p.m.

Students interested in studying abroad in Florence during 2021-22 are encouraged to attend this information session to learn about updates that are being planned for the program. Please email to request the zoom link for this event.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Global Encounters Photo Contest
Friday, Jan. 22

Global Encounters Photo Contest deadline has been extended! The Lewis Global Studies Center Global Encounters Photo Contest provides a venue for Smith students to share their global experiences with the Smith community. All Smith students are encouraged to submit entries depicting a global encounter they experienced abroad or within the United States. Deadline: Friday, January 22, 2021 Questions? Contact

Amplify Competition in Public Voice - Get Support and Feedback
Friday, Jan. 22, 1 p.m.

The Wurtele Center for Leadership is now accepting submissions for this year's Amplify Competition. Develop a piece of public writing, public speaking, or public art and submit for prizes of up to $1000. If you're working on a piece and want to connect with Wurtele Center staff for one-on-one support or feedback, were holding an open support session Friday, January 22 from 1:00-2:30pm EST. Complete this form to sign up for a time slot: Amplify Competition submissions are due February 12, 11:59pm EST. For more info:

Smith College Bookstore - Champion Sale
Tuesday - Friday, Jan. 19 - 22, Virtual Event

This week, Champion brand clothing and accessories are 20% off. Orders can be placed at

Election and Insurrection: the Significance of January 6th
Monday, Jan. 25, 4 p.m.

Members of the Smith Government Department will hold a panel discussion looking at the events of January 6, its aftermath and associated issues. Open to the Smith College community. Register at

Study Abroad in Kyoto at AKP Informational Webinar
Wednesday, Jan. 27, 7 p.m.

The Associated Kyoto Program will be hosting an informational webinar about its 2021-2022 full-year and semester terms on Wednesday, January 27 from 4:00 PM Pacific (7:00 PM Eastern). Staff from both Kyoto and the US will be present, and there will be time for a Q&A session after an informational overview of the program. Students can register for this webinar through the following link:

Study Abroad Application Deadline #1 (Florence, Geneva, Hamburg, Paris)

February 1, 2021 is the application deadline for students interested in studying abroad on one of the four Smith Programs (Florence, Geneva, Hamburg, Paris) during the 2021-22 Academic Year. Information on how to apply: Questions:

Jacobson Center Availability during Interterm
Interterm, Ongoing, Jacobson Center, Seelye 307

The Jacobson Center for Writing, Teaching, and Learning is open and available to support you remotely through Interterm. Hours for Professional Writing Staff and Peer Tutors are M-F (9-4 ET) and Sun-Th evenings (7-10pm ET). Bring your writing assignment from any discipline, and at any stage of the writing process. Peer Content tutors are also available for French, Latin, and Korean. Please see The Jacobson Center website at for details and to make an appointment.

Technology News

Remote Teaching Technology Workshops, Interterm & Spring 2021
Tuesday, Jan. 19, Virtual Event

Faculty workshops for remote teaching are being offered for the upcoming academic term. Sessions include a combination of pedagogical workshops and technology training in Smith supported tools, such as Zoom, Moodle, Perusall, Slack, and Voicethread. View available workshops and sign up or submit a request for a one-on-one consultation Registration is currently open, attend as many or as few as you like. For more information, visit Smith's Covid-19 Digital Support website

IT Transformation Community Meeting
Friday, Jan. 22, 9:30 a.m., Virtual Event

Ellen Harter Wall, Director of IT Change Management, and John Singler, Associate VP for Enterprise Application & Data Services, invite the community to attend a presentation about Smiths transition to Workday Student, the new student data management system that will be replacing Banner. The presentation will include an overview of the projected timeline for Workday Student rollout, and information about upcoming demonstrations and training. Register for the meeting here: After registering, you will receive an email containing Zoom join information. Please note that you must be signed in to your Smith Zoom account to join.

2020 W-2s Are Now Available to Download and Print through Workday

To view and print your electronic W-2, login to Workday at Select the Pay icon, then My Tax Documents. Review this Job Aid for assistance: If you elected to receive a paper W-2, they will be sent to your home mailing address by the end of January 2021. If you are an international employee (including international students) and received a W-2, wait to file any taxes until you receive communication from the International Students and Scholars Office in February. They will provide further information on potential tax filing requirements. If you have questions about W-2s, please contact

Health and Wellness Opportunities

Generating Justice and Joy
Tuesday, Jan. 19, 5 p.m., Virtual Event

A community Zoom gathering to vigil, share perspectives, and hopes for a peaceful transfer of power. Register in advance for this meeting at: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Meeting will include Vigil Described Below. Campus Bell Ringing: The Helen Hills Hills Chapel bells will ring at 5:30 p.m. and College Hall lights will be lit on Tuesday, January 19, to join a national moment of unity and remembrance for those lost to the coronavirus pandemic.

Performing Arts/Films/Fine Arts

Senior Studio Art Virtual Exhibition 2020-21, Virtual Event

Smith Colleges first entirely remote class of Senior Studio Art Majors presents Unsaved Changes Will Be Lost, a virtual exhibition in the online Jannotta Gallery at Over the past year, our world has experienced great loss and changed in unthinkable ways. We have adapted to maintain connection by inhabiting virtual space. This exhibition presents a collection of artworks that reflect on fractured and liminal relationships, interrogate spaces of safety and confusion, and explore the viscera of everyday rituals and objects that have become intimately familiar during the quarantine.

Religious Life

Generating Justice and Joy
Tuesday, Jan. 19, 5 p.m., Virtual Event

A community Zoom gathering to vigil, share perspectives, and hopes for a peaceful transfer of power. Register in advance for this meeting at: After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Meeting will include Vigil Described Below.


Spitfire J-Term Poetry Challenge, Virtual Event

Spitfire Spoken Word Organization is hosting a poem-a-day challenge throughout J-Term! Email to receive a poetry prompt via email for each day of the semester.

Amplify Competition in Public Voice - Feedback-a-Palooza
Wednesday, Jan. 27, 3 p.m.

Working on a piece of public art, writing, or speaking for this years Amplify Competition? Bring your work in any stage or form and exchange feedback with your peers. We'll also provide some time for open Q&A and conversation about the competition. Sign up here for Zoom link: For more info:

Other Events and Activities

Helen Hills Hills Chapel bells will ring to commemorate those lost to the coronavirus
Tuesday, Jan. 19, 5:30 p.m.

The Helen Hills Hills Chapel and College Hall bells will ring at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 19, to join a national moment of unity and remembrance for those lost to the coronavirus pandemic. College Hall will also be illuminated.

Daring to be Hopeful: A Critical Response to the White Supremacist Storming of Our Capitol
Thursday, Jan. 28, 6 p.m., Virtual Event

On Wednesday, January 6th, 2021, we watched in horror (but were not surprised) as White Supremacists stormed an underprotected U.S. Capitol in a terrorist attack. The president and other elected officials had incited violence for years, seeding the ground that was already fertile with White resentment, even close to home here at Smith. How does this echo and reflect our beliefs in democracy at Smith? Join members of OEI, the Libraries, and faculty to discuss the importance of this event to our democracy and the Smith community. Register here:

Clickable Joy

The dogs of 2020

We Rate Dogs put together this video of some of the best dog moments captured on the internet in 2020: Spoiler alert: our dogs were very, very good doggos.

10 good things that happened in 2020

The Lily put together a retrospective of 10 good things that happened in 2020 focusing on women, BIPOC people, and LGBTQ people:

20 funny animal comics

Liz Climo creates adorable comics which celebrate animals and humans in all our quirkiness: