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02/14/2019 Digest

IT Transformation Community Meeting
Friday, Feb. 15, 2 p.m., Stoddard Auditorium

Samantha Earp, VP for Information Technology and CIO, will share updates on the college's Workday implementation, the data ecosystem project, and more.

Workday Preview for Non-Exempt Employees
Friday, Feb. 15, 9 a.m., Mary Maples Dunn Conference Room, Pierce

Workday is Coming! Get a sneak peek of the college's new system for HR and payroll functions. You'll see how to navigate in the system, enter your time, see your payslip, and more. You can find dates for additional preview sessions and learn more about Workday at (Smith log-in required).

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 Duo two-factor authentication will be activated as a standard login component for faculty, staff, and emeriti on March 13.

Measles Outbreak in the U.S.: What You Should Know

Faculty and Staff with concerns about Measles and vaccination should contact their physician. Vaccine is available at retail pharmacies without an appointment. More information about Measles can be found here. (Link to

Key Pick-Up Location Change Beginning
Monday, Feb. 11

All key requests that are ready for pick-up will no longer be handled by Campus Police. Keys will be available to be picked up from Facilities Services at 126 West St (Facilities Management) Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 413/585-2400.

Management Training Workshop: 'Tools and Tips for Writing Performance Reviews'
Thursday, Feb. 28, 10-11:30 a.m., HR Conference Room, 30 Belmont

Annual performance reviews are just around the corner. All managers are invited to attend this practical, interactive workshop. The review process, SMART goals and Smith competencies and their role in preparing reviews will be discussed. This workshop is open to new managers, managers new to Smith and managers looking for the ABCs or refresher on the review process, tips and tools. Presented by Jenny Silver, Human Resources Assistant Director. Register by visiting

Sign Up for Spring Archery,
Tuesdays & Thursdays, March 5-April, Noon, Ainsworth Gym

Using re-curve target bows and equipment, Lynn Oberbillig will introduce the basic technique of target archery emphasizing the care and use of equipment, range, stance, shooting, scoring and competition. Offered Tuesday for beginners or Thursdays for those who have shot before TIME/ LOCATION: 12:10 in ITT. COST: $30 DATES: March 5 - April 11th. Please email if interested and send check payable to Smith College to Rachel Cook Ainsworth 105. Enrollment limited.

Swim Lessons with Smith Swim and Dive
Fridays, March 29-April 26, 3:30-4:15 p.m., Dalton Swimming Pool

Smith College's Swimming and Diving team will be holding swim and diving lessons for children of all ages. For more information, email Jack J Ferriter at or Zack Kundel at

Register Now for New Workshop: 'Preparing for Medicare and Smith Medicare Supplement Options'
Thursday, April 18, Human Resources Conference Rm, 30 Belmont

All employees 55 years old and older thinking about retiring in the next year or two are invited to attend an informational session on preparing for Medicare. Offered twice, at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., this workshop will review Medicare basics – what is Medicare, when and how do I enroll, etc. Presenters will also explain supplemental plans eligible for Smith retirees and their spouses who will have a one-time eligibility to elect coverage for Medicare supplement plans offered by MountainOne Insurance through the Benistar Employee Services Trust Program. Presented by MountainOne Insurance. Register by visiting

Course Registration Deadlines

Wednesday, February 13 is the last day to add a Smith course and Wednesday, February 27 is the last day to drop a full semester course without penalty or use of a free drop. Be sure to check the registration status of your courses on BannerWeb. Course changes at this time require the signatures of the instructor and your adviser on the add/drop form before being submitted to the class deans’ office. All deadlines and forms are on the registrar's website:

Measles Outbreak in the U.S.: Are You Protected?

Students who have not yet been vaccinated for measles are welcome to make an appointment at the Schacht Center for Health and Wellness for vaccination. More information about Measles can be found at

Smith Named Top Fulbright Student Producer for 2018-19

Smith College is—yet again—a Fulbright Top Producing institution in 2018-19. The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government's flagship international educational exchange program. The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announced this year’s list of top producing institutions for publication in The Chronicle of Higher Education on February 10, 2019. Congratulations to the 17 Smith Fulbrighters who won their awards in 2017-18 and who are currently working in different 15 countries around the globe as part of the 2018-19 Fulbright Program. For information on how you can become a Smith Fulbrighter, visit our website at

Bike Kitchen Open Hours, Bike Kitchen, Talbot Basement

This spring the bike kitchen open hours are Thursdays 7-9 p.m., Fridays 1-3 p.m. and Sundays 2-5 p.m. The Bike Kitchen is located in the basement of Talbot House, and the door opens onto the Smith Campus School parking circle.

Rally Day is Not Just for Seniors!
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 1:30 p.m., John M. Greene Hall

All students are invited to help celebrate four extraordinary alumnae who will receive the Smith College Medal at a Rally Day ceremony Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 1:30 p.m. in John M. Greene Hall. The 2019 medalists are: Congresswoman Nicola “Niki” Sauvage Tsongas ’68; University chancellor Phoebe A. Haddon ’72; Television and film producer Lydia Tenaglia-Collins ’88; and Conductor Carolyn Kuan ’99. Afternoon classes are cancelled for the occasion. Come and join the festivities!

Cooking 'Feeding the Whole You' Recipes On One's Own

Though only few students could participate in Wellness' Feeding the Whole You Cooking Program, other students can still cook the recipes outside of the program. Interested students should keep an eye out on Facebook and Instagram (@wellnessatsmith) for what recipes will be cooked each week. If a recipe peaks their interest, they can get a group of students together to cook the recipe. Wellness will reimburse students for ingredients. Once students see a recipe they would like to make, they should email to hash out details.

SmithScape Maker's Map

If you have ever wondered what spaces exist on campus to help you make your ideas a reality, look no further. Brought to you by SmithScape, the Maker’s Map allows you to view all the fabrication and design resources here on campus with the click of a button. To view the new additions, visit

Volunteer for Wellness

Volunteering for Wellness is a fun, non-committal opportunity that allows students to meet many Smithies from the community while promoting wholeness throughout the campus. Sign up for upcoming events newsletter by visiting

Valentine's Day Card-Making
Thursday, Feb. 14, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Campus Center 001

Celebrat love by making a free card for a loved one.

Making Valentine's Cards in Arabic and in English
Thursday, Feb. 14, 4 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

For the third year in a row, students studying Arabic language at Smith will design Valentine's Cards in Arabic and in English with a few chocolates attached to each card. The cards will be given to the Senior Housing in Northampton and Homeless Shelter. All students who are interested to study first year Arabic next semester are welcomed to join us.

Draper Competition Application Deadline
Friday, Feb. 15, Midnight

The annual Draper Competition for Collegiate Women Entrepreneurs is designed specifically for undergraduate women to craft a venture from an idea. This opportunity will be a chance to showcase and pitch ideas to a panel of judges with over $100,000 in cash and scholarships being awarded on the competition day. The application deadline is Friday, February 15, 2019. Apply at

Health & STEM Professions Lunch Bag with Nancy Black, MD '76, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Friday, Feb. 15, Noon, McConnell Foyer/103

Nancy Black, M.D. '76 completed medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine in 1991 on the Army Health Professions Scholarship (HPSP) and went to Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu for her General Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship training. The majority of her 22 1/2 continuous years of active duty service career were spent at Walter Reed Army Medical Center as Fellowship Director for the Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship. For more info, visit the Lazarus Center website or see event in Handshake.

REMINDER: 2019-2020 Kahn Longterm Project Student Applications Due
Friday, Feb. 15, Kahn Institute, 21 Henshaw Ave

Sophomores and juniors: Apply now for paid research fellowships in one of the two yearlong Kahn Institute projects in 2019-2020: Fear, organized by James Lowenthal (Astronomy) and Kevin Rozario (America Studies); and TranslationS, organized by Nalini Bhushan (Philosophy) and Janie Vanpee (French Studies). There is one more Information Session on Monday, February 11, 5-6pm., Kahn Institute, 21 Henshaw Avenue. To apply, visit For more information, email the Kahn Institute at

Museum Volunteer Orientation: Last Orientation for Spring Semester
Friday, Feb. 15, 4 p.m., Museum of Art

If you would like to volunteer at the Smith College Museum of Art, this week is the final orientation for the spring semester. Engage family audiences in making art and exploring the galleries, and help support family and student programs throughout the year by staffing events and assisting behind the scenes at Smith College Museum of Art. Before coming, please fill out an application:

Lip Sync Battle
Saturday, Feb. 16, 9 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Nothing like a Friday night with friends and a lip sync battle. There will be free snacks and there will also be prizes going to the best performance, the funniest performance, and the best costume (audience or performer). Sign up ahead of time to perform. Contact the Office of Student Engagement for more information.

President McCartney's Monthly Open Office Hour
Monday, Feb. 18, 4 p.m., College Hall

The President's door is open to all students and staff on Monday, Feb. 18, to drop in anytime between 4 and 5 p.m.

Rally Day Dinner
Wednesday, Feb. 20, 5:15-7 p.m., Student Houses

A special celebratory dinner will be held in student houses in honor of Rally Day. For more menu information, visit

Rapid Prototyping 'Mini-Studio'
Thursday, Feb. 21, Noon, Campus Center 103/4

Learn about Smith's Prototyping Studio, part of the Design Thinking Initiative, by attending this "mini-studio" event. The Prototyping Studio, located in Capen Annex, is a makerspace on Smith campus that is open to all students. The studio is a mixture of emerging technologies, like laser cutting and 3D printing, and classic tools, like drills, rulers, sewing machines, etc. It’s the perfect place to prototype your product or create assets for your tradeshow, like jewelry hangers, custom product packaging, and professional signage. Leo Selvaggio, the coordinator of the Prototyping Studio, is happy to work with Smithies one-on-one on their projects and introduce them to the resources the studio has to offer. Lunch will be provided.

IEG Information Session
Thursday, Feb. 21, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

The Lewis Global Studies Center offers the International Experience Grant (IEG) for students pursuing opportunities abroad during the summer and j-term. Come learn about grant opportunities that are available for summer 2019 and how to apply.

Volunteer Opportunities Community Ed Lunch
Thursday, Feb. 21, Noon-1 p.m., Jandon Center, Wright

Come learn about Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity’s initiative for National Women Build week, Women Build! Hear from representatives of Habitat for Humanity discuss their role in empowering women to build home and enabling them to positively impact the lives of children and family, including women in building processes. Join the Community Service Office (CSO) in the Jandon Center for Community Engagement (JCCE), Wright Hall 013, for lunch on Thursday, Feb. 21, from 12-1 p.m. Pizza lunch will be provided.(Gluten-free option available.) If you have any questions, call the CSO at ext. 3060 or email

Excursion: Mass MOCA and Lee Outlets
Saturday, Feb. 23, 10:30 a.m., John M. Greene Hall

Spend your Saturday at the Mass Moca for half the day and Lee Outlets for the other half! Sign up in the Office of Student Engagement. There are a limited number of seats available. For more information, email

Register Now for Ada Comstock Scholars Support Group
Tuesdays, Beginning Feb. 26, Noon, Schacht Center for Health, Schacht

Meeting weekly on Tuesdays, this group will provide a supportive space for Ada Comstock Scholars to build a supportive network and to discuss issues particular to them. Special attention will be devoted to balancing academic expectations with other life demands. Space is limisted. To register, call 413-585-2840.

South Asian Studies Lecture on 'World Literature'
Thursday, Feb. 14, 5 p.m., Seelye 106

"Whose World? Reflections on World Literature from the Other Side of the World", a lecture by Rosinka Chaudhuri, Professor of English Literature at the Research Center for Social Sciences in Kolkata, India. Professor Chaudhuri's topic will be confronting the widely validated, post-colonially inflected model of Anglophone world literature. Sponsored by the South Asian Studies program and the Lecture Committee.

Melissa McCormick to Speak at Smith on 'The Tale of Genji in Word and Image'
Monday, Feb. 18, 5 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

Melissa McCormick, professor of Japanese art and culture at Harvard University, will discuss her recent book and upcoming Met exhibition: "The Tale of Genji: A Japanese Classic Illuminated." The exhibition will feature artwork from the eleventh century to the present, including contemporary manga. The title of her talk is "The Tale of Genji in Word and Image". The Tale of Genji is often cited as "the world's first novel". Sponsored by the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, the Program in East Asian Studies and the Department of Art.

Landscape Studies Talk 'Undercurrents: Excerpts from an Atlas of the Sea' by Elisa Kim
Monday, Feb. 18, 2:40 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

Elisa Kim, architecture, Smith College, will present this talk as part of the Spring 2019 Landscape Studies Lecture Series, which is free and open to the public. For the full schedule, visit

'Antisemitism Then and Now,' a Smith Faculty Panel Discussion, Hosted by the Kahn Institute
Monday, Feb. 18, 4:30 p.m., Stoddard Auditorium

A discussion among Darcy Buerkle, associate professor of history; Justin Cammy, associate professor of Jewish studies and comparative literature; and Lois Dubin, professor of relgion, on historical and contemporary dimensions of antisemitism, in conjunction with the Kahn Institute short-term project Antisemitism. The phenomenon of distrust and prejudice against Jews and Judaism dates from ancient times to the present, and contains both religious and secular elements. Antisemitism is present in majority-Christian, majority-Muslim, and supposedly secular societies, and co-exists with ideologies of the right and left. This event will discuss antisemitism from multiple disciplinary perspectives. All welcome.

'Immunoengineering in Regenerative Medicine'
Monday, Feb. 18, 4:30 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Dr. Kaitlyn Sadtler, Ph.D., 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. Visit for the full schedule.

'A Love Letter: An Encounter with White Backlash' Presented by George Yancy
Thursday, Feb. 21, 5 p.m., Seelye 201

There isn't much talk of love within our public sphere, especially a form of love that involves removing masks, calling into question our "innocence," and encouraging us to face difficult truths about ourselves, about America's racist history, and its racist contemporary moment. In this lecture, Prof. George Yancy of Emory University, will discuss what it means to do public intellectual work as a philosopher who believes in fearless speech when it comes to discussing race, especially whiteness. He will also discuss how fearless speech linked with love can lead to tremendous forms of white hatred and white backlash.

Global Salon with Michael Kunichika 'Grief in Focus: On the War Photography of Cynthia Elbaum'
Thursday, Feb. 21, 4 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Michael Kunichika, professor of Russian and media studies at Amherst College, will speak about the work of photojournalist Cynthia Elbaum, whose powerful images of the Chechen War are on view in the Nolen Gallery, in the Smith College Campus Center. Elbaum was a 1989 Smith graduate who was killed in 1994 while on assignment for Time magazine.

Landscape Studies Lecture: 'Planting for Beauty and Ecology'
Monday, Feb. 25, 2:40 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

Natalie DeNormandie, Sego Design, Lincoln, Mass., will present "Planting for Beauty and Ecology." Her talk is part of the Spring 2019 Landscape Studies Lecture Series, which is free and open to the public. For the full schedule, visit

Book Signing & Talk: 'Vision and Meaning in My Art' by Artist Nell Painter
Tuesday, March 5, 6:30 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Nell Painter (the painter formerly known as the historian Nell Irvin Painter, Edwards Professor of American History, Emerita, Princeton University, author of The History of White People and Old in Art School: A Memoir of Starting Over, and holder of a 2011 MFA in painting from the Rhode Island School of Design) lives and works in Newark, New Jersey. She works between the hand and the computer in a process that is manual + digital and that often recalls her former vocation in meaning and text. She has received awards from the American Historical Association and American Book Critics Circle.

Seeking Assistant Stage Manager for AS YOU LIKE IT

The theatre department is looking for an assistant stage manager for our upcoming production of AS YOU LIKE IT. Rehearsals begin February 24 and performances are April 19-27. You can earn one credit for your work on this production. Email for more information.

Photographs of Chechnya by Cynthia Elbaum ‘89
February 7-20, Nolen Art Lounge, Campus Center

The Nolen Gallery will host an exhibition of the work of photojournalist and alumna Cynthia Elbaum '89. Elbaum documented the war in Chechnya and was killed there in 1994 at the age of 28. This exhibition is part of the College’s three day symposium "Understanding Russia: Perspectives on Politics and Culture." For more information about the symposium, visit

Polina Barskova Poetry Reading
Friday, Feb. 15, 5 p.m., Poetry Center, Wright

The Smith College Poetry Center will host a reading by acclaimed Russian poet Polina Barskova. Barshova will be presenting alongside her English translator, Cathy Ciepiela, in this bi-lingual event. This is part of the conference "Understanding Russia: Perspectives on Politics and Culture Conference." For more information, visit

Russian Rock Music and Afternoon Tea, DJ-ed by Joe Crescente
Friday, Feb. 15, 4 p.m., Museum of Art

After viewing Russian propaganda posters in the Museum’s Cunningham Center, enjoy afternoon tea in the Museum Atrium with a soundtrack of contemporary Russian rock, pop, and rap, DJ-ed by Joe Crescente. Part of the conference "Understanding Russia."

CANCELLED: Jerry Noble and Friends: Swing that Music
Sunday, Feb. 17, 3 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Due to illness, Swing That Music! with Jerry Noble and Friends has been cancelled. The event will be rescheduled if possible.

Chen Chen Poetry Reading
Tuesday, Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Chen Chen’s visionary poems address youth, family and love playfully and tenderly, navigating the intersections of queer, Asian-American and immigrant identities. Poets & Writers named Chen in their Inspiration Issue as one of “Ten Poets Who Will Change the World” and The Atlantic featured him in the article “How Poetry Came to Matter Again.” A Q&A in the Poetry Center at 4:00 pm is open to the Smith community. Evening reading free & open to the public.

'The Time Being: Exhibition by Emily Orzech '07'; Closing Reception
Friday, March 1, 5-7 p.m., Oresman Gallery, Hillyer

"The Time Being" is made up of selected work from Emily Orzech's series "Family History," which was catalyzed by her late partner’s illness and her experience navigating the healthcare system. Orzech is interested in the liminal spaces we inhabit in the process of illness and caregiving. This liminal space combines at once the urgency of time passing and an intense focus on the present, on the daily processes of living. Orzech's work will be on display 2/4/19-3/1/19 in the Oresman Gallery Hours: M-F 8:30-4:30pm

'The Time Being': Exhibition by Emily Orzech '07
Through March 1, M-F, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Oresman Gallery, Hillyer

"The Time Being" is made up of selected work from Emily Orzech '07's [LINK] series Family History, which was catalyzed by her late partner’s illness and her experience navigating the healthcare system. Orzech is interested in the liminal spaces people inhabit in the process of illness and caregiving. This liminal space combines at once the urgency of time passing and an intense focus on the present, on the daily processes of living. Closing reception is Friday, March 1, 5-7 p.m.

Don't Blink Media: Smith College Film Production Club
Tuesday, Feb. 19, 5-6 p.m., Seelye 109

Don't Blink Media is an organization which serves to provide resources and collaborators for Smith students who wish to create films during their time at Smith College. At this meeting, we will be taking photos for the yearbook!

Self-Compassion with Rachel Simmons
Thursday, Feb. 21, Noon, Campus Center Carroll Room

Failing Well is back with a free lunch workshop to help increase courage, confidence & resilience. Self-compassion reduces stress and anxiety, and increases motivation and performance. Learn three practical steps with Rachel Simmons that will change the way you take risks and recover from setbacks. No registration required!

ADHD Motivational Group
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 4 p.m.

ADHD Motivational group will run for 6 weeks. This is a practical hands-on group for people with ADHD and/or people who want some help with time management, organization, remembering to remember, out-of-the-box solutions and motivation,

Catholic Club On-Campus Mass
Sunday, Feb. 17, 7 p.m., Campus Center 205

The Smith College Catholic Club hosts biweekly on-campus Masses at 7pm in CC205. Email for more information about the club, Masses, and other events.

Apply Now for First Ever Pioneer Valley Maker Faire; Deadline
Monday, March 4, 5 p.m.

The Smith College Design Thinking Initiative invites you to showcase your invention, creativity, and resourcefulness. Apply by March 4, 2019, at

Star Gazing
Thursday, Feb. 14, 8:30-9:30 p.m., McConnell Hall Rooftop

The astronomy department will hold an open house on the roof of McConnell Hall. Come see the Moon, Mars, stars, galaxies, and a region of active star formation. All are welcome - please dress very warmly. For further information or to check on weather conditions, contact Meg Thacher (, 585-3935).

Stretching Sessions
Friday, Feb. 15, 1:30 p.m., Davis Ballroom

Wellness is offering stretching sessions every other week. All levels of experience are welcome to drop in and leave as needed. Though usually held in Ainsworth Studio 151, sessions have been moved indefinitely to Davis Ballroom due to the flooding.

Meridians Journal Annual Book Give-Away
Friday, Feb. 15, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Campus Center Main Level Table

Meridians offers this great opportunity to find interesting books and learn more about the journal. To learn more about Meridians, visit

Korean Lunar New Year Celebration
Saturday, Feb. 16, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Mwangi Center

The Korean Lunar New Year Celebration is an annual activity for students taking Korean classes, who gather to celebrate Lunar New Year over traditional Korean new-year food. The purpose of this event is to help students understand some aspects of Korean holiday culture while experiencing a major Korean celebration. At the event, students wear traditional Korean dress, Hanbok; play traditional new-year games; learn how to bow; and eat traditional new-year foods.

Youth Soccer Clinics with Smith College Soccer
Mon & Wed Feb. 25 - March 27, 3-4 p.m., ITT

Smith College Soccer will host soccer clinics open to male and female players in 6th through 12th grade. Contact Coach Jeannette for more information or to sign up:

'Attempted Adults' Finance Episode
Monday, Feb. 25

Attempted Adults' fourth episode is coming out Monday, February 25. In this episode, Ana Devlin Gauthier and Kris Mereigh will discuss finance. People can listen to previous episodes from the podcast on Spotify, iTunes, and Podomatic. They should be sure to subscribe and to follow @attemptedadults on Instagram and Twitter.

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