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01/26/2021 Digest

Faculty/Staff Notices

New Libraries Homepage Goes Live on February 1

On February 1, the Smith College Libraries homepage will have a new look. The refreshed design will feature a new Spaces & Technology menu, a new Journals search tab, and more. Read additional details at If something on the homepage has moved and you’re not sure where to find it, contact us anytime through and we'll help you out.

Spring DTI Curriculum Enhancement Grant Applications Open
Sunday, Jan. 31, 11:45 p.m.

The Design Thinking Initiative (DTI) is pleased to offer support for funding, assembling and distributing prototyping kits for your students this spring. In addition, DTI has outlined a variety of ways to support your work with students. DTI aims to enable students to access making regardless of where they may be physically located this spring. The goal of this grant is to support projects that meaningfully connect students to course material through hands-on making. The deadline to apply is January 31. To request more information, email

Pre-semester Language Teaching Circle Meeting for Language Instructors
Monday, Feb. 1, Noon

This Sherrerd teaching circle is for language instructors. The first language teaching circle will meet before the start of the spring semester on Monday, February 1st, 12-1 pm and Ilona Sotnikova will lead the discussion. Language teachers will swap ideas and experiences gained in the fall and interterm semesters in preparation for the upcoming semester. This circle will provide a space to discuss the challenges of remote language teaching and learning and ways to deal with them. This circle will help teachers share ideas, develop ways to promote world language learning further and stay connected. RSVP at

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 each creative work approached the mission of the project to "offer an opportunity 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 launch of the exhibition website! Check it out. Share the link. Keep an eye out for the next call for submissions!

Sherrerd Center Teaching Circles

Every semester, the Sherrerd Center sponsors a variety of Teaching Circles in which faculty and teaching staff come together to discuss a teaching topic of shared interest. These have proven especially useful over the past several years, and we encourage faculty and staff members to consider leading a Teaching Circle this semester. The Sherrerd Center arranges for Teaching Circles to meet on some specific Fridays from 12:30 until 1:30 p.m., over Zoom (3/5, 3/19, 4/16, 5/7). We also support Teaching Circles that meet on their own schedule. If you’d like to lead a circle, please email us at

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:

Infoshred on Campus

Infoshred will be on campus Thursday, February 4th to retrieve shredding from campus buildings. If your department shredding toter is over ½ full, you should email John LaBrie at with your building and department name by the end of business on Tuesday, February 2nd, so that he can finalize scheduling.

Special Sherrerd Teaching Arts at Lunchtime Conversation to discuss student feedback from the Fall semester
Friday, Feb. 5, Noon

Provost Michael Thurston and Sara Pruss will host a special Teaching Arts at Lunchtime conversation on Friday February 5th from 12 to 1 pm to reflect on Fall teaching with student survey data and discuss best practices for the Spring. Please visit the google form at to RSVP, so the Zoom link can be shared with you.

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

Student Notices

Spring Semester Five College Course Registration

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

New Libraries Homepage Goes Live on February 1

On February 1, the Smith College Libraries homepage will have a new look. The refreshed design will feature a new Spaces & Technology menu, a new Journals search tab, and more. Read additional details at If something on the homepage has moved and you're not sure where to find it, contact us anytime through and we'll help you out.

Student OEI Open Forum
Tuesday, Jan. 26, 6 p.m., Virtual Event

Join members of the Office for Equity and Inclusion to discuss any questions or concerns about the emergent racial justice plan. Register in advance for this meeting:

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:

Amplify Competition in Public Voice - Get Support and Feedback
Friday, Jan. 29, 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, we're holding an open support session Friday, January 29 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:

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.

Study Abroad Info Session: Applications
Thursday, Feb. 4, 11 a.m., Virtual Event

This info session will cover in-depth the process of applying to study abroad. Students will learn how to use the application platform SITES, understand the components of a study abroad application, and learn about the application timeline. This info session is intended for students hoping to study abroad during the 2021-2022 academic year but is open to all! Students should email to request the zoom link.

Study Abroad Application Deadline #2 (Smith Approved Programs)

February 15, 2021 is the deadline to submit the Study Abroad Credit Application to study abroad during Fall 2021, Spring 2022 or the 2021-22 Academic Year. Note, this deadline is for every program/destination other than the four Smith Programs (Florence, Geneva, Hamburg, Paris). Information on how to apply for study abroad approval: Questions:

Jacobson Center Learning Specialist Availability during Interterm, Virtual

The Jacobson Center Learning Specialist is available during Interterm to help with time management, organization, note-taking, handling a heavy reading load, and many other strategies to support academic success at Smith. For questions, email Kelly Vogel at Or, simply schedule an appointment at Sessions are held on Zoom.

New Neilson Library News

Request Neilson and Annex Books Beginning Thursday, Feb. 11

Library materials continue to be moved into Neilson Library and additional days are needed to complete the project. Library users will be able to request materials from Neilson Library, as well as those stored in the Annex, beginning February 11. Beginning February 15, these materials will be available through contactless pickup or mailed to students who are studying remotely. Library materials from Hillyer and Josten Libraries, as well as Five College libraries, continue to be available through contactless pickup. Contactless pickup will remain in the lobby of Bass Hall until Neilson Library opens in March (date TBA).

Technology News

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

New Workday Training Classes Open for Registration

Workday training classes are posted and open for registration through the end of March. Topics include Expense Reports, Punchouts, Financial Dashboards, Budget Amendments, and Student Employment. Register for training here: Trainings are also posted on the Workday Help Site at If you cannot access the Workday Help Site, close the browser window, log into your Smith email, then open a new tab and try the link again. If you are still having trouble, log into Workday at and select the Help Site icon to access the site.

Health and Wellness Opportunities

Mindful Mondays
Monday, Feb. 1, Noon, Virtual Event

Mindful Mondays’s theme is “Finding Our Breath: Mindfulness Practice and Conversation with a Commitment to Compassion and Hope.” This is a weekly forum for light meditation instruction, sharing and building compassionate communities in times of uncertainty, isolation, and heightened revelation of the deep racial and social disparities that are part of the air we breathe in American society. “no one is free until we are all free.” - Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King To join by computer, audio or for questions, contact

Wellness Center now accepting applications for the Junior Community Health Organization (CHO)
Monday, Feb. 15, Virtual Event

Open to first-years and sophomores, the Junior Community Health Organizers (CHO) is a peer education group dedicated to providing accurate health information, fostering open & safe environments, debunking assumptions, and reaching out to the diverse communities on Smith College campus. The group’s continuing goal is to ensure awareness of current and longstanding issues in health on topics such as sexual health/sexuality, alcohol, and other drugs, sexual assault/relationship violence prevention, and overall wellness. Five Junior CHOs will be selected to work closely with the current CHO members and the Director of Wellness. Applications are open until February 15th, 2021.


Gendering the Virtual Space: Sonic Femininities and Masculinities in the Billboard charts, 2008–18
Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2:30 p.m., Virtual Event

The Department of Music welcomes Michèle Duguay, a finalist for its Assistant Professor search in Music Theory, and invites members of the Smith community to attend her presentation, “Gendering the Virtual Space: Sonic Femininities and Masculinities in the Billboard charts, 2008–18” Register for the Zoom event at

Three Views of Western Tonality: Successive Provincialization in the Orchestral Works of Yamada Kosaku
Friday, Feb. 5, 4:30 p.m., Virtual Event

The Department of Music welcomes Liam Hynes-Tawa, a finalist for its Assistant Professor search in Music Theory, and invites members of the Smith community to attend his presentation, “Three Views of Western Tonality: Successive Provincialization in the Orchestral Works of Yamada Kosaku.” Register for the Zoom event at

Presidential Colloquium: National Climate Advisor Gina McCarthy
Tuesday, Feb. 9, 7 p.m., Virtual Event

Gina McCarthy—President Joe Biden’s nominee to the post of National Climate Advisor, and former president of the NRDC—will deliver a Presidential Colloquium on “Climate Change and Social Justice: Strategies for Meaningful Progress” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9. The presentation—pre-recorded in mid-January 2021—features McCarthy in conversation with Smith students and faculty members Natalie Baillargeon ’21; Alex Barron, assistant professor of environmental science and policy; Niveen Ismail, assistant professor of engineering; Storm Lewis ’21; and Denise McKahn, associate professor of engineering and faculty director of CEEDS (moderator). President McCartney will provide a live introduction. Zoom registration at More info:

Listening to Ballet: The Role of Dance in Music Analysis
Tuesday, Feb. 9, 3:30 p.m., Virtual Event

The Department of Music welcomes Maeve Sterbenz, a finalist for its Assistant Professor search in Music Theory, and invites members of the Smith community to attend her presentation, “Listening to Ballet: The Role of Dance in Music Analysis.” Register for the Zoom event at

Performing Arts/Films/Fine Arts

Senior Studio Art Virtual Exhibition 2020-21, Virtual Event

Smith College’s 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.

A Conversation and Reading with Tommye Blount and Caroline Mar ’05
Tuesday, Jan. 26, 7:30 p.m., Virtual Event

Tommye Blount, a finalist for the National Book Award for Fantasia for the Man in Blue, and Caroline Mar ’05, author of the debut collection of poems Special Education, will read from their work and discuss the world of poetry, their writing process, first books, and graduate school. Free and open to all, but registration is required. To register:

Spitfire Poetry Open Mic
Friday, Feb. 12, 8 p.m., Virtual Event

After a prompt-a-day poetry challenge for J-Term, Spitfire is excited to host an open mic for writers to show off new their new stuff! Bring a poem, a song, a dream journal excerpt, the sky's the limit. There will be a sign up sheet to read at the event. Email for the zoom link or find it on the CORQ app.


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 year’s 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

Paradise Pond Drawdown - Sediment Redistribution

Paradise Pond is partially drawn down to allow for sediment redistribution by mechanical means and river flow. A bulldozer will be moving sediment within the Pond from high spots to low spots and directly into the river for transport downstream. Two very high river flow events in early December and on Christmas day replaced the sediment that was redistributed in November. Repairs to the flash boards will be made in February. The Pond will remain drawn down until the flashboards are repaired.

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:

Women aged 40-65 needed to study menopausal symptoms and physical activity through the menopausal transition

The Vascular Function Research Laboratory at Smith College is enrolling for a study to evaluate the relationship between physical activity and menopausal symptoms as women progress through the stages of menopause. The study will require you to complete an online questionnaire about your physical activity, menopause and obstetrical history, and menopausal symptoms each year. The questionnaire will take about 30 minutes to complete each year. If you are interested, please contact us at: or 413-585-7034.

Clickable Joy

20 funny animal comics

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

Virtual Art installation: Museum of Islamic Art, Culture, and Design

During the summer of 2020, eight visual artists and eight performing artists were invited to create new work responding to the concept of place at Shangri La:

Playlist: Broadway songs for new beginnings

Broadway Direct put together a list of great songs celebrating new beginnings: