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04/07/2020 Digest

Grief Support Group
Fridays, 1 p.m.

A virtual support group for students who have lost a loved one. Facilitated by Meg Laird. Fridays 1 - 2:15 PM ET, beginning 4/3/20. To register, email Sponsored by the Smith Counseling Service.

Overcoming Social Isolation
Mondays, 12:15 p.m.

A virtual support group for students, on- or off-campus, who are feeling socially isolated. Meets Mondays 12:15 - 1:30 PM ET. Facilitated by Meg Laird. Sponsored by the Smith Counseling Service. To register, email

Youtube Workout or How to do a TikTok dance
Tuesday, April 7, 4 p.m.

Let's workout together! I'll show you how to do a TikTok dance! (Via Instagram or Geocache live.)

Calling In the Calling Out Culture: Compassionate Accountability in These Times
Tuesday, April 7, 1 p.m.

Many social justice activists believe that calling people out for their mistakes is how we end oppression. Fighting against injustices are the dues we pay for the privilege of being conscious, and we are honored to be able challenge these evils by recognizing that consciousness is the ultimate privilege. To create this forward-looking movement we need to make a commitment to recognize and support each other – Calling people in rather than calling them out by transforming toxic activist practices to avoid sucking the energy out of our work. Register here:

Wellness Guided Meditation: for POC
Wednesday, April 8, 12:30 p.m.

Please email Kris ( or Jan ( for Zoom ID. (Only requests from Smith email addresses will be responded to.)

Creative Coping: Online Creative Writing Group
Wednesdays, 12:15 p.m.

Creative writing for community, distraction & restoration! Open to all and any students. This online writing group is facilitated by Michelle Marchese, LICSW. We meet weekly on Wednesdays from 12:15-1:30pm starting April 1. You can join at anytime! To register, contact Laurie at Counseling Services at

Support Group for On-Campus Students
Fridays, 11 a.m.

Weekly online support group for students who are living on-campus this spring semester. Enrollment is open! Facilitated by Michelle Marchese LICSW on Fridays from 11am-12:15pm starting April 3. To register, please contact Laurie at Counseling Services at

Students of Color Virtual Support Group

The Counseling Center at Smith College will host a virtual support group for interested students of color. This will be facilitated by Jamecia Estes, LICSW. and Sarah Seitz, MSW. This group will begin on Monday, April 6th 2020 and will run weekly from 4-5:15pm. For more information and to register please email

Wholeness Challenge 2020

During this time of remote learning/working and social distancing, wellness services would like to help you increase your learning and work efficiency by encouraging you to take care of yourself and maintain a whole and well-rounded lifestyle. The Wholeness Challenge 2020, is an opportunity for all community members (students, faculty and staff) to slow down and track wholeness activities that you regularly engage in and remind yourself to do the ones that you might forget or push to the wayside. WIN PRIZES for Getting Moving, Taking a Mindful Break and much more! Sign up on the Smith Social network. Faculty and staff, please contact for more information

Free Subscription to Calm

Smith has purchased a license that will allow every student, staff and faculty member to enjoy a free subscription to Calm, a widely lauded relaxation and meditation app. To sign up, visit or download the Calm app from the Apple iTunes store on iOS devices or the Google Play Store on Android devices. Create an account using your name and your Smith College email address. Once you sign up, you will automatically have access to your Calm subscription!

Weekly Online Meditation
Monday, April 13, 5 - 5:30 p.m.

Students, faculty, staff, and alumnae are invited to come together online for weekly mindfulness meditation led by Ruth Ozeki and Mary Beth Brooker. We will meet on Zoom for a simple, relaxed practice of breath- and body-centered meditation, based on Zen forms. The 30-minute period will start with a 10-minute guided meditation, which serves as instruction, followed by a short stretching break and a second period of silent meditation. No experience needed, and you can join or leave the meeting at any time. Please email Ruth for the zoom link, with questions, or for audio (

Mindful Mondays
Monday, April 13, 12:15 p.m.

The Work That Reconnects: Finding a Spiral of Hope is next week’s theme for Mindful Mondays. Join Matilda Cantwell, Director of Religious and Spiritual Life and College Chaplain via zoom for guided meditation, conversation, and community. All are welcome. Sign up at and then stay tuned for zoom invite by email. If you have any questions or need information to connect via audio, please email Matilda (

Wellness Guided Meditation: for the whole community
Wednesday, April 15, 12:30 p.m.

A Weekly Break in the middle of the week! A quick no frills guided meditation to provide stillness and connection in the midst of chaos. For the whole community: April 15th, April 29th Please email Kris or Jan for Zoom ID. (Will only accept requests from Smith email addresses.)

Smith Pioneers Virtual 5k
Thursday, May 14

Join the Smith College Community on May 14 for the first-ever Smith Pioneers Virtual 5k. The goal for this Virtual 5k is to build up our community while also keeping everyone healthy and motivated while being in quarantine. For more information and registration:

Smith #PetsofProfs pet photo album Meet your new classmates/TAs! These furry friends will be making an appearance on your professors’ zoom lectures.

Dear Evan Hansen virtual choir “You will be found” - a necessary message for anyone feeling isolated and alone right now.

Video Game Recommendation: Animal Crossing Take a trip to your own island paradise with Animal Crossing: New Horizons, a low-pressure life simulator where you’re free to fill the days however you like: planting trees, fishing, catching butterflies, or staying indoors and decorating your tent!

Cats playing with Dominoes The internet brings together two great video themes: cats and Rube Goldberg machines made of dominos.

Monterey Bay Aquarium Sea Otter Cam Feeling sad or bored? You “otter” check this out! The Monterey Bay aquarium sea otter cam gives you a live feed of these mischievous and mustachioed mammals.

Patrick Stewart Reads a Shakespeare Sonnet a Day Before the X-men, before Star Trek: The Next Generation, and way before Star Trek: Picard, Patrick Stewart was a Shakespearean actor. His contribution to the living room performing arts fest is reading a Shakespearean sonnet every day.

Penguins Going on Field trips If you thought penguins were cute in their own habitats, wait until you see them exploring aquariums and zoos across the country.

What the world needs now! Music by Burt Bacharach, Lyrics by Hal David for Virtual Orchestra

Cats of Smith College Zoom Meetings Facebook Group Smith Associate Director for Assessment Minh Ly has curated a Facebook group dedicated to our feline coworkers and their insistence on joining us in every Zoom meeting.

Virtual Garden tours, including our own bulb show Stroll through Springtime across the country, and right here on campus!

Free online magazines! EBSCO has granted the Smith libraries complimentary access to all titles on the Flipster platform through mid-June. In addition to the nearly 70 titles we already subscribe to, there are over 1,000 additional popular magazine titles now available to you. You can read issues on your computer/tablet, or on your phone with the Flipster app.

Workday Help Sessions Available via Zoom

Help sessions for specific Workday topics are available via Zoom. Topics and call-in information will be listed weekly on the Workday Help Site ( No registration required. Please note that you will need to sign in to Zoom ( using your Smith credentials in order to join a help session.

Controller's Office COVID-19 Reference Guide

The Controller's Office staff are available to support you and your department during this unprecedented time. From advancing approvals in Workday to facilitating financial, procurement or payroll processes: we are eager to help. We have compiled many common questions in our reference guide for working remotely:

Art of Leading Teams: Leading and Collaborating With Your Virtual Team
Tuesday, April 14, 12:30 p.m.

Your team has been working from home, and you’ve mastered the basics of meeting over Zoom. Now how do you manage the human side of collaborating in this format? How can we make sure we’re supporting our colleagues as people while also keeping up the momentum of our collaborative work? Join us for a virtual Art of Leading Teams workshop, led by the team at Leadership+Design (, who are expert remote collaborators. As usual, the workshop will be interactive and include concrete takeaways. Thanks to L+D for donating their time for this workshop! Sponsored by Wurtele Center for Leadership. RSVP:

Fall 2020 Registration April 20-May 1

Registration for Fall 2020 courses begins April 20 and goes through May 1. All students must have a registration code from their adviser. Check the full schedule for registration on the registrar's office website:

McFarland/Burgess Stevens and Schuster Van Dyne Prizes - Deadline Extended!

The Jeanne McFarland and Valeria Dean Burgess Stevens Prizes are awarded annually by the Program for the Study of Women and Gender and the Project on Women and Social Change for excellent work in the study of women and gender. The Schuster Van Dyne Prize in Queer Studies is awarded annually by the Program for the Study of Women and Gender for excellent work in queer studies. Papers must be submitted via electronic submission to by April 30, 2020. Eligibility and entry information is available at

OPT Info Session via Zoom
Wednesday, April 8, 8:30 a.m.

This information session is an opportunity for international students who use an F-1 visa to attend Smith to learn about post-graduation work authorization available through the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program. Students preparing to graduate who wish to apply for OPT will be required to attend an OPT info session prior to applying. Please contact for the Zoom link.

OPT Information Session via Zoom
Thursday, April 9, 8 p.m.

This information session is an opportunity for international students who use an F-1 visa to attend Smith to learn about post-graduation work authorization available through the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program. Students preparing to graduate who wish to apply for OPT will be required to attend an OPT info session prior to applying. Please contact for the Zoom link.

CPT Information Session
Tuesday, April 14, 8:30 a.m.

This information session is for international students on an F-1 visa who wish to apply for work authorization using the Curricular Practical Training (CPT) program in order to pursue work in the U.S. over winter or summer breaks. Please email for the Zoom link.

Faculty Encouragement - Rachel Wright

I am confident that Smithies will continue to engage and inspire from across the globe this semester. My only regret is that I won't be able to interact with students as much every day. Please stay in touch, formally and informally, with your professors! I like to know how my students are doing and what memes are making them laugh. - Rachel Wright, Biological Sciences

Faculty Encouragement - Chris Aiken and Angie Hauser

We miss you Smithies, and want to let you know that we are all in this together. Every day we are reading, practicing movement, having funny and philosophical discussions, expressing gratitude, thinking of all the people we love, and sending letters and calling people each day. We are so grateful for all of you.

Faculty Encouragement - Erin Pineda

Be generous, forgiving, and gentle with yourselves! These are extraordinary times, and we’re all experiencing a high level of anxiety, uncertainty, disruption, and isolation. I hope you can use your courses to stay connected with faculty and classmates, and build some space in our newly very online lives for good conversation, much needed interaction, and intellectual engagement. But it’s ok if you feel scared, distracted, or unfocused. I do too! We all deserve a lot of flexibility and an accommodating spirit in these circumstances -- so be sure to extend that courtesy to yourselves.

CPT Information Session via Zoom
Wednesday, April 15, 8 p.m.

This information session is for international students on an F-1 visa who wish to apply for work authorization using the Curricular Practical Training (CPT) program in order to pursue work in the U.S. over winter or summer breaks. Please email for the Zoom link.

Tryon Prize for Writing due Friday, May 1

A jury awards prizes for outstanding writing related to art seen at the Smith College Museum of Art. Writing may take any form including a thesis, essay or poetry. Jurors seek insight and scholarship. If written for a class, include the description of the assignment. Include a cover sheet with your name, class year, email, phone number and title of your submission. Format your submission as a Word document (.docx) or .pdf that does not include your name on any page. Title document with your last name. Send submissions and questions to: Deadline May 1st.

Tryon Prize for Art due May 1
Friday, May 1

A jury awards prizes for installation, performance, video, sound, digital, internet and interactive art. Photography not eligible. Jurors seek a high level of artistic expression and presentation. One submission allowed. Document the work with up to five images (jpg) and/or up to five minutes of video. Include: 1) cover sheet with your name, class year, email, phone, and title of work; 2) statement describing the concept/development of the work and if influenced by art seen at the Smith College Museum of Art; 3) If created for class, include assignment. Send submission and questions to Deadline May 1st.

SCMA Art Break Take a break with art from your museum! Look for something new here each week.

Film and Media Studies Student Watchlist Looking for something new to watch? Check out these suggestions from Film and Media Studies students.

Film and Media Studies Faculty Watchlist Looking for something new to watch? Check out these suggestions from Film and Media Studies Faculty.

Racial Confusion: Jewishness, Racial Formation, and the Many Faces of Antisemitism

If you are interested in viewing Rachel Rubinstein's lecture “Racial Confusion: Jewishness, Racial Formation, and the Many Faces of Antisemitism” from IDP102 Thinking Through Race, email for more information!

Physics Presentation of Major on Zoom
Wednesday, April 8, 4:10 p.m.

Physics presentation of Major on Zoom. Please email Courtney Lannert,, for the link.

Two Part Virtual Series on Ramadan

Ramadan is a spiritual time of reflection, self-assessment, devotion and fasting for Muslims worldwide. CRSL will offer a two-part virtual series on Ramadan. Part 1, Essentials of Ramadan will focus on practical aspects of fasting, including when fasting starts and ends; intention, permissible acts while fasting; and special consideration for women. Part 2, The Virtues of Ramadan will concentrate on the concept of fasting, respecting time, being mindful of relationships and celebrating life. Workshops will be led by Smith Community Religious Advisor Heba Saleh via Zoom on Fridays, April 10 and 17, 5:00-6:00 p.m. Email Kim Alston,, for zoom link.

Faith in a Time of Crisis
Tuesday, April 7, Noon

Our topic for our first "Faith in a Time of Crisis" Zoom (the program formerly known as Interfaith Lunch) will be water. We welcome you to begin reflections on this meditation on rivers and streams. You may also want to bring observations or ideas or even readings to share on the theme of water from religious or spiritual traditions that interest you or with which you are associated. To sign up:

Christian Holy Week Meditations

Christian Holy Week Meditations: Sign up here if you would like to receive a meditation with a writing prompt Wednesday - Saturday of this week by email.

Good Friday Live Meditation
Friday, April 10, 4 p.m.

Good Friday Live Meditation: A time for community reflection for Christian, Christian curious, or just community. Contact Matilda Cantwell,, for the Zoom link.

Smith Community Easter Video
Sunday, April 12, 10 a.m.

Smith Community Easter Video: Join College Chaplain Matilda Cantwell and friends for a mini-Easter service with reflections and message. Email if you would like to receive this video, or check it out on Facebook Sunday morning by 10:00 a.m.

Origami Crane Tutorial
Thursday, April 9, 1 p.m.

Learn origami with this tutorial. Follow on the Wellness Instagram account (@wellnessatsmith)

Pioneer Press Volume 1

The Pioneer Press is a new weekly publication from the Smith College Department of Athletics and Recreation. Our mission is to build connection in our community and share gratitude during a time of social distancing. We commit to providing the Smith College family with a range of creative content including fitness tutorials, community interviews, student spotlights, virtual events, and games of the week from our archives. Check it out here:

Baking and cooking prep for Easter brunch!
Saturday, April 11, 1 p.m.

Baking and cooking prep for Easter brunch! Follow on the Wellness Instagram account (@wellnessatsmith)

Share your experiences on the Smith COVID-19 Experience Map

The Spatial Analysis Lab is launching the Smith COVID-19 Experience Map — a chance to tell your story in the wake of this pandemic. Share your feelings and observations about the rapidly changing world and how your community is responding. Connect with other Smithies around the world on similar experiences and learn from our differences. This map will become an archive of social distancing tips and tricks, recipes and resources that grounded us during these challenging times. Fill out the survey: and see your response appear on the map:

2020 Smith College Impact Awards, Nominations due Friday, April 17

In alignment with the values of Smith College, The Impact Awards, hosted by the Wurtele Center for Leadership, recognize and honor members of our community who demonstrate the creativity, courage, and collaborative capacity to make positive change at scales both large and small. Please nominate here by Friday, April 17:

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