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As part of our planning for Microsoft’s end of support for Windows 7, ITS along with campus partners is working to verify all remaining Smith owned Windows 7 computers. To achieve that goal we need your help. Please complete this form https://forms.gle/omEFRiArUyAgNjKy9 for any Windows 7 computers in your area (including secondary computers and shared workstations). We will follow up in the coming weeks to discuss next steps. To verify the Windows version running on a computer, type winver in the Search field and press Enter. For questions, contact the ITSC at x4487 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Jan 14, access to wired and wireless networks in Bass Hall, the boathouse and crew house will unavailable for two 30-minute windows from 8 - 8:30 a.m. and then again from 5:15 - 5:45 p.m. This will not affect Young Library. Throughout the day, ITS will be performing required maintenance on UPS power equipment that keeps the Bass network operational. Disruption to network service is expected only during these two windows. For questions, contact the ITSC at x4487 or email@example.com.
The IT Service Center and the OneCard Office will be closed between noon and 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan 15 for departmental training. Classroom Support and Smith Media Studios (Henshaw) will remain open. System outages and emergencies can be reported to Classroom Support at extension 3474.
This spring, we are phasing out the old firstname.lastname@example.org address for IT help requests and replacing it with email@example.com. We’re doing this to make it very easy for all members of our community (especially those new to Smith, who haven’t memorized our org charts) to send in IT help requests. You can begin using firstname.lastname@example.org on or after January 16. Emails sent to email@example.com will be forwarded to firstname.lastname@example.org up through May 15, 2020. After that, they will bounce.
ITS is launching a new ticketing application on January 16 along with our new email email@example.com. Note that when calling or emailing the IT Service Center or Class, Event & Media Support for assistance, ticket email notifications will come from “Smith TDX Notification” (firstname.lastname@example.org). These emails have a new look, which includes a ticket summary section and links for viewing ticket details in the new application. For additional information and to see what the new email messages look like, visit the ITS homepage at smith.edu/its.
Samantha Earp, CIO/VP for Information Technology, will share updates with the community on IT initiatives, including Workday and Salesforce. All community members are welcome to attend and ask questions.
A new semester is right around the corner, and the Moodle Service Team wants you to be prepared. We will be offering a series of workshops in January to help you get ready for Spring 2020. Sessions include Moodle workshops for getting started and the Moodle gradebook (1/21 & 1/22), Moodle drop-in support (1/22, 1/28 & 1/29), an orientation to classroom technology (1/21), how to make your course materials accessible (1/21), using classroom projectors (1/21), and getting organized with Google Apps (1/22). For more information and to register, go to http://bit.ly/ITSwinter-workshops.
Did you know that unused medications are a leading cause of accidental poisoning, overdose, and theft? Start the New Year off safely and use J-Term to clean out your medicine cabinets. Bring your unused, discontinued, or expired medications in a sealed envelope or bag to the Schacht Center for safe disposal, no questions asked. Please remove your name or other personal identifying information from the package first to protect your privacy. We will continue to collect unused medication throughout spring semester.
The Exercise & Sport Studies Department Fitness Program is open to all Smith College employee one-card holders and a guest. Registrations accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Class sizes are limited, so sign-up early. Classes that fail to meet minimum enrollment may be canceled. Participants will be notified ONLY when they CANNOT be registered. Register now on line on the department’s web page: https://www.smith.edu/academics/exercise-sport-studies/employee-fitness-program
In January Executive Education is testing several faculty for our programs ranging from Radical Candor, Understanding and Handling Microaagressions, Communication and Conflict Competence and Women in Power—how great women have communicated over time. If you are interested in joining us, please fill out this form: http://bit.ly/smith-exec-ed. Please reach out to Rachel at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Open House and Family Concert: Fort Hill Center for Early Childhood Education, Sunday, Jan. 26 10 a.m-12 p.m. Come for our Open House from 10-11 and stay for a family concert from 11-12 with our music teacher, Nick Deysher, and his band, In the Nick of Time. Learn more about the infant, toddler and preschool programs offered by Center for Early Childhood Education, Fort Hill. Families can tour the center, visit classrooms, and meet teachers, staff and current parents. Benefited Smith employees are eligible for a tuition grant. Located at 28 Lyman Road in Northampton. For more information visit http://www.smith.edu/forthill
Spring workshops for faculty and staff are now posted on the Human Resources Learning and Development webpage https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/hr/learning-development. You can easily register by clicking on “Register Online” on the website. Workshops on workplace and essential skills include: Leadership Essentials, Project and Strategic Planning, Communication Competence, Advanced Google Drive & Docs, and 25Live Pro. Physical, Financial and Emotional wellness workshops include topics of stress management, mindfulness (new!), self-defense (new!), CPR/First Aid, Eating Organic, Yoga (back by popular demand), Identity Theft protection, and retirement planning sessions.
Please join us in celebrating Janice McDowell's retirement after 28 years of service to Smith College. We hope you will stop by and wish Janice well on her next adventures.
The Art of Leading Teams - Lunch Series , Wednesday, Jan. 22, Noon, Campus Center 204. Tools for Building Culture: Intentional Meeting Design—A good segment of a team leader's role is holding meetings. Share and discuss your unit's meeting culture, and explore how you might design your meetings more intentionally in order to maximize your team's collaborative work. Suggested Listening: http://freakonomics.com/podcast/meetings/. Sponsored by the Wurtele Center for Leadership. Lunch provided. RSVP: https://doodle.com/poll/mnv8mbdbfb5vdsxz
The Campus School invites prospective new parents to learn more about our program and see the school in action. Parent Visit Days are Thursday, January 23 & Tuesday, February 4 from 9:00-10:30 a.m. at Gill Hall (33 Prospect St). Register online at https://campus-school.smith.edu/visit-us or call 413-585-3270. The priority deadline for 2020-21 K-6 applications is March 1.
All supervisors of staff are highly encouraged to attend the HR Lunch & Learn, ‘Legal Updates for Supervisors.’ This presentation will review new and long-standing laws that apply to supervision. Topics include: FLSA updates, Massachusetts Paid Family and Medical Leave, boundaries with students, and current legal cases to watch. All supervisors are “agents of the college,” responsible for the college’s fiscal and legal protection. This presentation will provide important information to help supervisors meet that obligation. Presented by an attorney from Holland & Knight, LLP. Register by completing form at https://forms.gle/W2fHQWek48LjLcPNA
The first issue of Emulate, an arts and culture magazine, is live. Featuring work by Jane Yolen, Floyd Cheung, Jessica Jacobs, Kathleen McCartney, Analiis Cisco, and more. You can access the magazine with the following link: https://sophia.smith.edu/emulate/
If you are looking for a way to build your design thinking, innovation, entrepreneurship and community service skills, this opportunity is for you. The Conway Center and Design Thinking Initiative have partnered with Social Entrepreneurship Corps, a ProjectX company, to provide a fully immersive summer experience in Guatemala for two Smith students (not open to Seniors). All associated fees and expenses are covered. Proficiency in Spanish not required. Please visit the "Opportunities" page on the Conway Center website http://www.smith.edu/conway) for additional information. Interested students must act quickly. The deadline to submit an internal application is January 27.
Join our Spring break trip to the desert southwest with the Outdoor Adventure Program! Travel to Utah and go canyoneering in Escalante National Monument and visit national parks like Bryce Canyon and possibly Zion too! Airfare is $600, all other expenses $300 (total $900). This is an amazing trip you don't want to miss! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information.
Jina Kim, Smith College, moderator: Alison Kafer, author of “Feminist, Queer, Crip” and Nirmala Erevelles, author of “Disability and Difference in Global Contexts” will explore what a transnational feminist disability perspective offers in the face of regimes of austerity and the global rise of the far right movements. They will explore human values beyond current terms of productivity, self-sufficiency and capacity to work. In addition, they will discuss how disability theory bears on climate equity and justice movements, a vital question given that disablement is often a central feature of environmental inequity.
Help with a show AND get a credit! T200 is a one-credit class for set crew, costume crew, shop crew, box office, electricians, board ops, stage crew and any other theatre-related job you can think of. It is a great way to get involved in the department and to get to know other students who love to do theatre - and get credit at the same time! Come to the meeting - even if you are just curious. Any questions: email@example.com
Exhibition open Sept 19, 2019 to May 24, 2020.
In 1935, in the midst of the Great Depression, President Roosevelt needed to generate enthusiasm for his New Deal. The challenge was to find support for investments into programs and services directed primarily to the recovery of rural America, which most city folk had not experienced firsthand. Roosevelt’s conversational and intimate fireside radio chats brought him into people’s homes. His straight talk promised hope and comfort to an ailing nation and highlighted what the government was doing to remedy the country’s ills.
Smith College students enrolled in the course "Introduction to Black Culture" in the Fall of 2019 created a virtual exhibit of black women artistic production. The course was taught by Dr. Flávia Santos de Araújo (Africana Studies). The website features nine curated exhibits of art pieces by black women in a variety of genres—pop music, photography, painting, poetry, dance, and multi-media art. Each exhibit was designed to take viewers to a journey of appreciation and inquiry of different themes and concepts in black culture across the diaspora. The website is now available to the general public at https://sophia.smith.edu/afr111-f19/
Please help us spread the word that we will begin annual removal of diseased, damaged, and invasive trees on campus in January. This is part of normal arboretum operations and is an inevitability when maintaining an arboretum.
Trees of particular high visibility include a declining sugar maple between Wright Hall and Lanning Fountain, a declining beech tree in front of Alumnae House, and a magnolia near Lyman Conservatory that is damaging the conservatory and disrupting growing in the greenhouses. Winter is also pruning season, and so you may also see arborists on campus proactively pruning trees to ensure that they are