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01/17/2019 Digest


Duo Two-Factor Authentication - Information and Enrollment Sessions

ITS is hosting a series of information and enrollment sessions to assist community members in setting up Duo two-factor authentication. For a complete list of dates, times and locations, visit http://www.smith.edu/its/tara/security/duo_session.html. Duo two-factor authentication will be activated as a standard login component for students on January 31 and for faculty and staff on March 13.

IT Transformation Community Meeting
Friday, Jan. 25, 2 p.m., Stoddard Auditorium

Workday is coming! Samantha Earp, VP for Information Technology/CIO, will share a sneak peek of the college's new ERP system scheduled to go live later in 2019. She'll also share an update on other IT strategic priorities, including the Smith Data Ecosystem Project.

Join Weight Watchers Any
Tuesday Through March 5, Noon, Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Weight Watchers is a leading, global provider of weight management services committed to providing a comprehensive approach to weight loss based on the latest scientific thinking. They can help with: learning to eat more healthfully; increasing physical activity; learning to create and live in a supportive environment conducive to achieving a healthy weight and managing the challenges involved in changing behaviors. Participants may join at any time. Register by visiting https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/hr/learning-development

Join the Themed Year on Climate Change Planning Committee - Apply by
Monday, Jan. 28

A committee of motivated, action-oriented faculty, staff and students will guide and execute central programming components of the 2019/20 academic themed year on climate change, including the opening conference. We actively seek committee members from all disciplines and interests. To apply for committee membership and learn more about the role, visit https://goo.gl/forms/6EHEJE0QQTEqujKl1 . For more information on the Themed Year or for specific questions contact Rachael Wein, rwein@smith.edu.

More Smith Trivia Facts Needed

The Office of Alumnae Relations and the Student Ambassador Program are looking for more trivia/facts about Smith for the all Smith trivia nights for Smith students and GOLD (graduates of the last decade) alums. Facts about all departments, buildings, programs are welcome! Trivia can be sent to Maddie DelVicario at mdelvicario@smith.edu or submitted on the form found here: https://goo.gl/forms/1atGLfCBpNlaiSKI3.

Updated: Upper College Lane One Way Fridays Thru Feb. 8;
and Wednesday, Jan. 23

Upper College Lane will be one way from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays through Feb. 8 because of upcoming PVIAC track meets. (Note that on Feb. 8, the time of closure will change to 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.) Additionally, on Wednesday, Jan. 23, upper College Lane will be closed 7 a.m.-4 p.m. to accommodate a crane being used for a Sabin-Reed HVAC project. You will not be able to enter College Lane via Elm Street. Vehicles will only be allowed to enter College Lane via Green Street and West Street.

Open House and Family Concert
Sunday, Jan. 27, 10 a.m.-noon, Fort Hill Center for Early Childhood Education

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

Register Now for 'Interpersonal Communication'
Monday, Jan. 28, 1-3 p.m., Campus Center 205

Meet with Smith’s Ombudsperson, Michael Stephens, to explore some of the challenges he has found that employees face when communicating with their colleagues or supervisors. Learn skills and develop strategies for discovering what another person may want or need, and build stronger relationships by listening effectively and finding solutions that may meet both your needs and theirs. Practice these skills in workplace scenarios and improve your ability to engage staff in constructive conversations. No actual employee situations shared, but the two-hour workshop will review a variety of situations Stephens from his ombuds work at the college. To register, visit https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/hr/learning-development

Register Now for Free 'Walk & Box' Classes - Begins
Monday, Jan. 28, Noon, ITT

Walking and boxing are both wonderful ways to connect with your breathing, alleviate stress, and gain strength. In this class you'll combine self–paced speed walks with individually structured, challenging but safe upper–body training. You'll also involve your core and the lower body to balance and stabilize your stance. Equipment needed: sneaker and fabric speed–bag boxing glove wraps or traditional fabric boxing wraps. You can attend one session, or all; attend when you can. Presented by Certified Exercise Coach Judy Messer. Mondays, starting January 28 through April 29, noon–1 p.m.

Staff Council Annual Soup & Spuds Luncheon
Wednesday, Jan. 30, 11:30 a.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Back by popular demand. Come enjoy lunch with co-workers from across campus as we kick off the spring semester. The two winning cookies from the Staff Council Cookie Contest will the featured dessert.

Register Now for the 'Getting to Yes: Using Negotiation Skills to Resolve Conflict' Workshop
Monday, Feb. 4, 10 a.m.-noon, Campus Center 204

Learnings from the world of negotiation can be used to develop skills that help us work through differences with colleagues, family and friends. Successful negotiations are ones in which all parties feel they have gained something valuable. It is possible to communicate in a way that maximizes the possibilities of mutual agreement. Learn and practice several different negotiation skills that are applicable to any situation, both professional and personal. This 2-hour workshop is presented by Ombudsperson Michael Stephens. Register by visiting https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/hr/learning-development

Sign Up for Innovation Challenge Project 'What I Thought I Saw - Smith College'
January 21-May 3, 2019

WITIS, a national project http://whatithoughtisaw.org, fights implicit bias as participants view an exhibit of intriguing portraits, hear a brief implicit bias talk, then return to the portraits where each person's story is revealed. Reading each story is a private journey, seeing one’s own biases in what they thought they saw in the portrait alone. Our Smith version needs volunteers of every age and identity from the Smith community to be photographed and interviewed this spring for a chance to be in the final exhibit, opening fall 2019. Interested? Contact Louie Bierwert lbierwer@smith.edu to sign up.

Support Group for Students of Color
Thursdays, Feb. 21-May 2, 2-3:15 p.m., Schacht Center for Health, Schacht

Being a person of color in a predominantly white environment can be a complex and stressful experience. This group will provide a supportive space for rest for renewal, led by practitioner of color Jamie Daniels. Students will have the opportunity to openly engage in dialogues about what it is like to be a student of color at Smith and in the world. This group will meet weekly through the last week of classes. 10 sessions in total. No meeting spring break week. Students must pre-register by calling 413-585-2840.

Duo Required for Student Access to Moodle, Portal, Smith Mail as of January 31, 2019

Students will be required to have Duo Two-factor Authentication (2FA) for access to Smith Mail, Moodle and Portal as of January 31, 2019. Two-factor authentication ensures that only you can login to your account by adding a second form of identification. For more information and to enroll in Duo now, go to https://www.smith.edu/tara/security/duo_new.html.

About Obtaining Health Records: Medical Release and Request Forms
ongoing, Schacht Center for Health, Schacht

Do you need to send proof of immunizations to another institution or facility as part of an application to study, or for an internship, employment, or volunteer opportunity? SIMPLE! Just visit our website at https://www.smith.edu/student-life/health-wellness and either login to the Patient Portal to access the information at your leisure, or complete a medical release form (see Medical Forms) and send it back to us. We typically complete release requests within 7 business days. If you want health information sent to us: complete a Medical Records Request Form (see Sharing Medical Information).

Sign Up to Receive Your 2018 Form W-2 Electronically

Smith College is required by the IRS to furnish employees with a Form W-2 Wage and Tax Statement each calendar year. The default method of receipt is a printed and mailed form. You will receive your W-2 online or by mail in the later part of January, but electronic receipt allows you to access your W-2 earlier than receiving a paper copy in the mail. For more information about receiving your Form W-2 electronically or to learn how to provide consent, visit https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/offices/controller/employee-payroll/offices-controller-employee-payroll-taxes

About 'Health Holds'

Do you have a Health Hold on your account? This means we seem to be missing your updated immunization record or tuberculosis screening. We adjust holds throughout the academic year until your file is complete to minimize inconvenience. Check your file in the confidential patient portal to see what may be missing. Call us with questions: 413-585-2250. We're happy to clear up any confusion and eager to tie up loose ends.

Patient Portal: Your Gateway to Required Immunizations and Greater Health and Wellness

Did you know our confidential patient portal is your gateway to help? Access your immunization records and resources like medical records request forms, and helpful handouts. You can even book some types of appointments and correspond with us. We typically respond to portal messages within 3 business days. If you have an URGENT need--CALL US at 413-585-2250. For anything pressing, such as an urgent appointment or advice when you are sick, call us. Our nurses and staff are happy to help.

Parking Office Time Changes Beginning
Monday, Jan. 14

The parking office is changing hours temporarily to Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and closed noon-12:30 p.m. for lunch. The office will be closed on Tuesday and Thursdays. For any parking-related questions, email parking@smith.edu or call 413-538-2514. During office hours, call 413-585-2495.

Deadline Extended 'Feeding the Whole You' Cooking Program, Spring Semester; Apply by
Friday, Jan. 18, Midnight

This weekly cooking program during spring semester allows Smith students to join forces with faculty to cook recipes that students cherish and then eat these meals as a group. There is a limit of 20 students, and one must be able to attend all six dates to participate. Students can apply to take part in these cooking classes at https://tinyurl.com/ycmnblgz Applications are due January 18.

Acupuncture Clinic Resumes
Friday, Jan. 25

Group acupuncture will be offered to students free of charge on Mondays and Fridays from 1-5 p.m at the Schacht Center for Health and Wellness on the second floor. Please allow approximately 45 minutes per visit and arrive 10 minutes early for your Initial Visit. We ask that students sign up for no more than 4 treatments total for the semester. Please note there is a 24 hour cancellation policy. Current students may sign up at https://www.timecenter.com/smithcollege-acupuncture. There is a Waitlist Feature available if you are unable to find an appointment slot. For more information, call 413-585-2250.

Ms. Magazine Editor Presents 'Rise Up! Resisting Patriarchy in the Age of Trump'
Friday, Jan. 25, 4:30 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

We’ve marched. We’ve rallied. We’ve voted. And we must keep on fighting to protect and advance our rights at this critical political moment. Katherine Spillar, executive editor of Ms. magazine and executive director of the Feminist Majority Foundation, will share lessons and strategies from the field to inform and inspire us as we move forward.

'Sex-Specific Changes in Human Skeletal Muscle Function with Age and Exercise'
Monday, Jan. 28, 4:15 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Mark Miller, Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology, University of Massachusetts, Amherst will present this talk which is part of the Spring 2019 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 4:15 pm.; talk to begin at 4:30 p.m. Visit http://www.smith.edu/biology/events.php for the full schedule.

Register Now for 'Understanding Russia: Perspectives on Politics and Culture Conference'
Friday-Sunday, Feb. 15-17

With US-Russia relations having reached a post-Cold War low, and with sustained attention to Russia in the Western media, it is more critical than ever to advance knowledge about this country’s complex past and its present challenges. “Understanding Russia” explores Russia’s politics and culture, in both contemporary and historical contexts, and seeks to foster balanced discussion of its place in the global community. Bringing together a wide range of scholars and public intellectuals, the conference will facilitate an ongoing dialogue on Russia in the college community and celebrate the vitality of Russia’s culture. For the full schedule and to register (deadline February 1), visit https://www.smithcollegeunderstandingrussia.com/

JostenLive! Imagining Beethoven in Music and Words
Friday, Jan. 25, 5 p.m., Josten Library, Mendenhall

Jiayan Sun, Iva Dee Hyatt Visiting Artist, plays selected movements from Beethoven’s piano sonatas, and Smith student pianists read passages from Beethoven and his contemporaries. Accompanying Mr. Sun's performances of Beethoven's complete piano sonatas in chronological order this year, this intimate salon performance will give listeners a chance to interact with the performers. JostenLive! is a patron-driven performance series celebrating the creative lives of library users and the brilliance of its Mezzanine. Brief, free, and open to all.

Opening Reception for TOWARDS ABSTRACTION - Created by Esther Pullman '64
Friday, Feb. 8, Alumnae House Gallery, 33 Elm St.

This exhibit by Smith alumna Esther Pullman builds on her earlier show "Greenhouse Panoramas," describing a continuum towards abstraction. These include documentation of colorful Caribbean Houses with overlapping layers of rectangles; then a gradual shift in the Greenhouse Panoramas project to the geometry of the structures. Streetscape Compositions from Italy, Spain and Portugal were taken as individual abstract studies and recomposed as triptychs. A group of abstract studies have been grouped in a series called Domestic Geometry. Exhibition open to the public, January 14 - April 12, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mon.-Fri. Opening Reception Friday, Feb. 8, 5-7 p.m.

Seven Sisters Swimming & Diving Championship 1/19-1/20
Saturday, Jan. 19, 9:30 a.m.

Event Location: Dalton Pool Saturday, January 19th Swimming Session I - 9:30 a.m. 1-meter Diving - Warm up at 12:30pm, Start at 2 p.m. Swimming Session II - 4:30 p.m. Sunday, January 20th 3-meter Diving - Warm up at 8 a.m., Start at 9:30 a.m. Swimming Session III - 12:15 p.m. Come support Smith College Swimming & Diving in the final Seven Sisters Championship! Teams competing: Smith, Bryn Mawr, Mount Holyoke, Vassar and Wellesley.

Basketball: Smith College vs. Emerson College
Saturday, Jan. 19, 2 p.m., Ainsworth Gym

Support the Pioneers as they take on Emerson College at home.

Track & Field: Smith Invitational
Saturday, Jan. 19, 10 a.m., ITT

Come support the Pioneers at their first home invitational meet of the year!

National Girls & Women in Sports Day; Smith to Offer Clinic for Girls
Saturday, Feb. 9, 9 a.m.-noon, ITT

National Girls and Women in Sports Day is a day to recognize, celebrate and encourage girls and women in sport. Smith wants to do its part to promote girls in sport so we are offering this day of sports clinics to local 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grade girls.Registration and sports clinics will take place in the ITT as well as Ainsworth, Scott Gym, Climbing Wall, and studio. The clinics provide an opportunity for girls to experience several different sporting activities. Registration is free. Pre-register online by visiting https://goo.gl/sm2zBU

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