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Young Science Library will close at 5:00 p.m. on December 22, 2016 as part of the transition for the Neilson redesign project. Services and access to collections include: Frequently circulated volumes from the Young Science Library collection will be moved to Neilson for access through spring semester; faculty can request specific volumes from the collection be moved to Neilson by December 9th. Please request at email@example.com; the remainder of the Young collection will be stored and will not be available until summer 2017. Items may be requested from Five Colleges and Interlibrary Loan; and Young Science Library staff will be relocated to Neilson.
Read more http://www.smith.edu/libraries/redesign/transition.
Do you know a Smith faculty member whose teaching has had a significant impact on students? Smith students, faculty and alumnae are invited to nominate outstanding teachers for the 2017 Sherrerd Prize for Distinguished Teaching. The Kathleen Compton Sherrerd '54 and John J. F. Sherrerd Prize for Distinguished Teaching is given annually to Smith faculty members in recognition of their distinguished teaching records and demonstrated enthusiasm and excellence. Submit your nomination using the online form by Thursday, Dec. 15, https://goo.gl/EgfNXM
Get ready for the holiday season with gifts for your family and friends from the Smith College Computer Store. This week’s gift idea is from the phone accessories department: check out the store’s selection of iPhone cases, variety of decorative wall, car, and portable chargers, and AV cables to see what will make for the perfect present.
Registration is open for the spring faculty & staff fitness program, which begins January 9. A variety of classes are offered in Ainsworth during lunch and after office hours. Print registration form from https://www.smith.edu/ess/fitness.php or email firstname.lastname@example.org for questions
Campus Police is holding a Stuff-A-Cruiser event supporting the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. Officers will be collecting canned and non-perishable food items during the month to raise awareness and assist in the fight against hunger in our local communities. Donations will be accepted through Saturday, Dec. 17, at noon. A donation box is located at the Campus Police office lobby.
Join Smith's Kate Harrington, Senior HR Specialist and Jenny Silver, Assistant Director of Human Resources for this Learning and Development workshop. Whether decision based or demonstrative, case studies give you the chance to be in the shoes of a protagonist. With the help of context and detailed data, you can analyze what you would and would not do in a particular situation, why, and how. Join us for lunch and the chance to discuss common management issues in the workplace. This leadership workshop will meet at 30 Belmont in the conference room. REGISTER HERE: http://bit.ly/2aOQpaL
Registration for the 2017 Interterm Program of non-credit classes and workshops is now available at https://www.smith.edu/interterm/register/. Registration dates are November 28-December 9. To register for workshops, see the contact information on the Interterm page of Special Offerings.
Kelly Mack is the vice president for undergraduate STEM education at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and executive director of its Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL), which now serves as the center for STEM higher education reform. Prior to joining AAC&U, Mack was the senior program director for the National Science Foundation (NSF) ADVANCE Program while on loan from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) where, as a professor of biology, she taught courses in physiology and endocrinology for 17 years.
A vision board is simply a collective name for a wide variety of inspirational collages created from pictures. It’s a pictorial representation of your vision—and a powerful way to make your dreams more tangible and attainable. That’s because the very act of creating the vision board tells your mind what’s important. You’re teaching your mind what you want to focus on in your life. Join Kate Harrington, Senior HR Specialist and Patricia Woods, Assistant Director Career Development for this Learning and Development sponsored workshop! Lunch will be provided to the first 20 who register. REGISTER HERE: http://bit.ly/2aOQpaL
The Wellness Office is launching a video series about Smith's unique student body and its' diverse identities. Looking for student volunteers to participate in a video about embracing bodies--no matter size, color, shape, ability, etc. Interviews will include videotaping of your body, questions about perceptions of your body and about general standards of beauty. We will videotape as much or as little of your body as you are comfortable with (shots will be close up, so we do not have to show your face or reveal your identity). Video will be shown at Smith Wellness event, "Embracing Identity." For more information or to participate, contact Rebecca Grossman email@example.com
The January 2017 Interterm Program of non-credit classes and workshops is now available at https://www.smith.edu/interterm/. Smith students, staff and faculty may register for classes from November 28 to December 9. Most classes and workshops are also open to students at the other four colleges and to the Northampton community. To register for the non-credit classes, visit https://goo.gl/HO0O58 (Note: Registration is not done on Banner.) To register for workshops, see the contact information on the Interterm page of Special Offerings.
Join the Conway Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center for lunch and a workshop on product-market fit with Danielle Tate. Tate is the author of the book "Elegant Entrepreneur: The Female Founders Guide to Starting and Growing Your First Business." She is also the founder and CEO of MissNowMrs.Com.
To sign up, contact Jeannette Landrie, firstname.lastname@example.org or Elena Volpe, email@example.com
Have you ever wanted to exercise while you study? Now you can, thanks to a student project currently installed in Neilson Library. Emily Jackson ‘18 will host a reception for her project, MOVE! Move your body, move your mind. Jackson’s project consists of a set of exercise/study equipment including a FitDesk stationary bike and is funded by a $500 KnowledgeLab mini-grant. Smith community members will have a chance to try out the new equipment and learn about the project and mini-grants. Snacks will be provided. To learn more, visit http://sophia.smith.edu/knowledgelab.
Stop by Davis Ballroom from 9 to 11 pm to make some winter crafts!
Join the Smith College bus trip to New York City! Only a few spaces left! The bus leaves Smith at 7am and leaves New York at 7pm on Saturday, December 3. Tickets are $45 each and can be purchased by contacting Christina at firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a relaxing day of shopping and eating without worrying about transportation - you can nap all the way there!
Come volunteer with the CSO at the Northampton Winter Craft Fair! The two-day fair benefits Big Brothers, Big Sisters and features one-of-a-kind handmade crafts from 90 juried artisans, delicious food from Nancy Jane’s Catering, and a silent auction. Transportation is provided and free entry to the event is included! Come volunteer on Saturday morning, December 3, to help the artisans unload and set up from 6:30 to 9:00 a.m. (leave campus at 6:20 a.m.). After set up, volunteers are welcome to browse the fair and do some holiday shopping! Email email@example.com with questions. Sign up at https://goo.gl/forms/FzIrSaDcZJ3tJfgz2
Get-Fitter-Smith is an extension of Get-Fit-Smith that brings fun activities closer to Smith residences. Get-Fitter-Smith is hosting two events in the next two weeks. The events include InSmithsanity on Sunday, Dec. 4, and Zoom in to Zumba on Sunday, Dec. 11, where Smithies could have fun with friends and get moving while taking a break from studying. Join in on the move and get fitter Smithies.
90 SECONDS - the approximate time an investor gives you to convince them to take things to the next step where they can learn more about you and your idea. This is all the time students will have to present business, product or service ideas to their peers, local entrepreneurs, and a panel of judges. No props, no written materials, just 90 seconds, a great pitch and an even better idea! The winning pitch will receive $100 and the right to represent Smith College at a regional competition in the Spring where first place is $1,000!
Join the Conway Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center for lunch and a workshop on product-market fit! Our guest speaker will be Sarah Sherburne! Sarah Sherburne is the founder of TechGen, an online platform that connects potential interns and employers in Boston!
The Outdoor Adventure Program will be leading an amazing backpacking/canyoneering trip for spring break beginning March 10 in Escalante National Monument in Utah. Expect beautiful desert southwest natural arches and deep canyons with some incredible scenery. We’ll also squeeze in some side trips to slot canyons and Bryce Canyon National Park. Then we’ll end the trip with a night on the Las Vegas strip. Cost is $605 for airfare & $225 for van, food and lodging (total $830). For details, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
A fun break for students before during this stressful period. Students will be able to make adorable edible snowmen to celebrate the snowy season.
Join the Conway Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center for lunch and a workshop on product-market fit! Our guest speaker will be Dawn Leaks, CEO of Lioness Magazine, the leading digital magazine for female entrepreneurs!
Sophomores and Juniors: You are invited to stop by an Open House, on Thursday, December 8, 5-6 p.m. in Campus Center 103-104, to learn about becoming a paid research fellow in the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute at Smith in 2017-18. The Kahn Institute Open House will provide free pizza and refreshments (for the first 25 attendees). Hear from past and present Kahn Student Fellows about their experience and what you can expect. Meet the Kahn staff and find out about next year’s research projects (“War” and “Destroy, Then Restore: Transforming our Lands and Waters”), and how to apply. http://www.smith.edu/kahninstitute
Ruth Rogers, curator of Special Collections at Wellesley College, will present an illustrated lecture, "Layers of Perception: the Unwritten Language of Artists' Books." She will talk about how we "read" artists' books and explore how these contemporary books offer multiple modes of reading, thought text and image, and material and form. This is the keynote lecture for the Northampton Book & Book Arts Fair, which will open after the talk, with a reception in the Smith College Campus Center. Co-sponsored by the Mortimer Rare Book Room, Neilson Library. For more information: http://www.northamptonbookfair.com
Nicole Cameron, Assistant Professor, Psychology Department, Binghamton University, will present this talk which is part of the Fall 2016 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 p.m.; talk to begin at 4:30 p.m. Visit http://www.smith.edu/biology/events.php for the full schedule.
Depending on who you ask, data journalism is either the future of news or just another fad. In reality, the philosophy of "data journalism" is nothing new, though practices changed due with time and technology. Zhang will present what she's learned about finding stories in numbers on the Los Angeles Times Data Desk. She is a current Knight-Mozilla OpenNews Fellow at the LA Times. Refreshments available at 4 p.m. in the McConnell Foyer
Data journalism could be either the future of news or just another fad. Although the philosophy of data journalism is nothing new, practices have changed with time and technology. Christine Zhang '09, a Knight-Mozilla OpenNews Fellow at the LA Times, will present what she's learned about finding stories in numbers. Refreshments to be served at 4 p.m.
The Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars will convene high-level women and men from the public and private sectors around the world at an invitation-only event on December 7. The event, "50x50 @ 5 Years," will celebrate the program’s five-year anniversary by discussing data-driven progress and public-private partnerships in the movement toward global gender parity in public service leadership. The livestream of this event will be screened in the LGSC. People are encouraged to drop in between noon and 3 p.m.
In 2015, the Holyoke Public School (HPS) District was placed under receivership due to district-wide academic under-performance. Dr. Stephen Zrike was selected to create and implement a turnaround plan to improve both academic performance and community ties. During his visit to Smith he will give a brief presentation about HPS’s challenges and goals. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session. As Smith College strengthens its ties to the Holyoke community, this meeting is an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to learn more about the people and places they serve.
David Ripley, assistant professor of philosophy at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, will present the 18th Annual Lazerowitz-Tymoczko Memorial Logic Lecture. He writes, "To some, sentences like "This sentence is not true" or "If this sentence is true, then 2 + 2 (equals sign) 5" seem like idle curiosities; and to others, these sentences seem to contain important lessons about the meanings of basic words like "true", "not", and "if". This talk gives a different picture: there really are important lessons here, but they're not about words---they're about how we shape our reasoning."
What can objects tell us about belief? In this lecture, Emily C. Floyd, a 2009 Smith alum with majors in Art History and Religion and now a Ph.D. candidate in Art History and Latin American Studies at Tulane University, argues that in Spanish colonial South America, one of the functions of Catholic religious prints was to create community and offer spiritual succor, tying together diverse areas in shared devotion to local saints and other forms of the divine. Sponsored by the Religion Department, Art Department and Office of Alumnae Relations.
Laura Gee from the Department of Economics at Tufts University will discuss her research and experiments in the field and laboratory.
Join CEEDS for lunch and hear from seniors in the climate change and sustainable food concentrations about their project work this semester.
Beverly Morgan-Welch, ’74, associate director for external affairs, National Museum of African American History and Culture, will reflect on her career in museums, including her role in launching the new National Museum of African American History and Culture. Free and open to the public.
In Design Clinic, senior engineering students collaborate in teams on projects sponsored by industry and government. Project sponsors for 2016-2017 include Dresser-Rand, HeartFlow, Instrumentation Laboratory, Medtronic, the Northampton Office of Planning and Sustainability, Stantec, and Sterling Rope. The presentations will run from 1:10-4:00 PM with refreshments and EGR 100 posters at intermission. See http://www.science.smith.edu/designclinic/dc1617-mypres/ for more details.
Written & Directed by Lenelle Moïse, MFA '04
2017 Lucille Geier Lakes Writer-in-Residence at Smith College
Mona is the only black student and Southerner in a prestigious graduate fiction program in rural Vermont. When she befriends her divorced literary hero, sexy secrets, betrayal and ferocity ensue. Classmate rivalries and parental concerns round out this incisive comedy about academia, sexuality and artistic integrity. Merit won the Ruby Prize for women of color playwrights and was featured on the 2016 Kilroys List. Written and directed by Lenelle Moïse (MFA, 2004). http://www.lenellemoise.com.
Free and open to the public.
December 1 and 2, 8 p.m. The Bare Bones Dance Concert is an informal and exciting concert of undergraduate choreography and guest artist work. Limited seating. Recommend arriving early. Scott Dance Studio ($1.00 at the door, no reservations, general admission).
Wilder Maker is a cosmic American rock band from Brooklyn, NY, led by songwriter Gabriel Birnbaum. Their latest series of EPs, titled Everyday Crimes Against Objects of Desire, has been praised by outlets like Stereogum, Paste, CMJ, & Aquarium Drunkard and "recalls bands like San Fermin and Broken Social Scene, acts that have used big ensembles to turn the wild thoughts of an isolated writer or two into wonderful records." (Grayson Currin, Indy Week)
The Student Event Committee will present "The Lobster" on December 2, 2016 and December 3, 2016 from 7:30 pm- 9:30 pm at the Weinstein Auditorium. The film takes place in a dystopian society, where single people must find a mate within 45 days or be transformed into an animal of their choice.
This play explores what it is like to be a young person of color at Smith, in the U.S., in the world, through a series of monologues and dialogues developed and written by the ensemble of actors of color. How do you connect with fellow students, love interests, and family members who don't seem to see or understand your experience? How do you navigate a society where the way others read you seems to create a barrier between yourself and them? In this first theatrical work with Weaving Voices, the performances grapple with these questions.
The show examines the fantastic and mythological animals that inhabit our history and imaginations. Works by artists such as Sandy Skoglund, Utagawa Kuniyoshi and Leonard Baskin will be represented.
The SIKOS -- Smith Improv Komedy Organization of Smith -- bring zany energy and unscripted fun to Josten Library's Mezzanine. It's the dark time -- come to laugh till you cry, and then laugh some more. Josten Live! is a patron-driven performance series celebrating the creative lives of library users and the acoustic brilliance of its Mezzanine. Brief, free of charge, and open to all.
Featuring the Smith College Chorus, Chamber Singers, Glee Club, Handbell Choir, and Orchestra. The annual holiday service of lessons and carols has been delighting audiences for decades. Featuring music by Hildegard von Bingen and works based on her melodies by Clifton J. Noble, Jr., Ronald Perera and Alice Parker ‘47, and others. Come ring in the holiday season! Free and open to the public.
Ross Gay's third and most recent collection, "Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude," has placed him in the spotlight of the poetry world, having won the prestigious Kingsley Tufts and the National Book Critics Circle awards, and named finalist for the National Book Award in Poetry and the NAACP Image Award. An ardent gardener, Gay has said, “Almost everything that interests me is in the small moments, the very precise and nearly invisible moments that, upon meditation, have to do with everything.” Q&A at 4pm in the Poetry Center open to the Smith community. Evening reading free & open to the public.
Program of traditional music from Central Java performed by the Smith College Gamelan Ensemble and friends. Maho Ishiguro, director.
Free and open to the public.
Poets and musical guests from Wright Hall and beyond (Jen Blackburn, Denys Candy, Madison Chafin, Garrett Phelan, Ellen Doré Watson) will share words and music at the Poetry Center at 7 pm on Thursday, December 8. Free and open to the public.
Groove is a little lost in the big Smith ocean. Can you help Groove find their way? Come find our Groovies at our Fall Jam. Let the purple shells guide the way.
Works reflecting and celebrating the natural world, featuring The Book of the Hanging Gardens, op 15, by Arnold Schoenberg. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit http://www.smith.edu/smitharts.
The KnowledgeLab hosts drop-in hours for help on Zotero and Wikipedia editing. Zotero is a free application that collects sources and quickly generates bibliographies in various formats. During drop-in hours, students can receive either quick or in-depth tutorials on how to use Zotero or edit articles on Wikipedia. For more information, visit https://sophia.smith.edu/knowledgelab/.
A fun, cozy end-of-semester celebration and a perfect break from work and studies on a cold Thursday night. Highlights: opportunity to meet people with interests in consulting and similar fields, learn about consulting (for beginners), informal chats with Smithies who have recently secured jobs and internships in leading consulting firms such as McKinsey, Deloitte and Oliver Wyman, tips for the upcoming spring recruitment season, delicious refreshments, soothing music, a raffle and valuable prizes.
Enjoy a festive catered dinner with candlelight, hand-bells and carol singing (as well as a special visit from a 4th-century bishop). Smith students, staff, faculty, friends and family are welcome. RSVP to Maureen Raucher, email@example.com.
Meditation sessions meet every Wednesday and are open to students, faculty and staff. These are silent practice sessions, but there will be time for questions and conversation at the end. Led by Ruth Ozeki, Zen priest in the Soto Zen lineage and author of the novel "A Tale for he Time Being". Final meditation before winter break if December 14.
Join us for some student-led, soul-ful discussion and homemade vegetarian food at the Chapel. Meets every Friday at noon. All are welcome.
Vox, Smith's reproductive justice organization, is co-hosting free, quick, and confidential HIV testing with Tapestry Health on Thursday, December 1. This event will take place on World AIDS Day. Stop by the table outside of CC 003 to learn more about HIV/AIDS, to speak with Vox members, and to take free condoms and HIV-related literature. There are no needles, and results only take 15 minutes. Testing will take place from 1-4pm in CC 003. The test is done via mouth swab but will require a finger prick if participants eat 30 minutes before testing.
Come see the stars, clusters, nebulae, Mars, and a region of active star formation through the department's telescopes. All are welcome - please dress warmly. For further information or to check on weather conditions, contact Meg Thacher (firstname.lastname@example.org, 585-3935). In case of inclement weather, this event will be held on December 9.
The Northampton Book & Book Arts Fair--December 2, 5-9 pm and December 3, 10 am-5 pm--showcases regional used and antiquarian booksellers, fine letterpress printers, bookbinders, papermakers, and other book arts practitioners. On Saturday, in addition to exhibitions and sales, there will be readings, talks, book signings, and demonstrations and displays of letter carving and other book arts. In the Carroll Room and other spaces in the Campus Center. Co-sponsored by the Mortimer Rare Book Room. For more information, visit http://www.northamptonbookfair.com.
Make SCMA a destination in your Downtown Northampton Holiday Stroll. From 4–6 p.m. Hands On! art-making for all ages, inspired by works on view—"Journey Journals" Make your own travel sketchbook, then take a grand tour through the Museum and document your journey. 4:15-4:45 p.m. The Smith College Campus School Chorus—made up of students in grades 4 to 6—will perform songs for the winter holidays and other favorites. 6–6:30 p.m. Open Eyes–Join a guided conversation exploring a work of art currently on view. Museum Shop open + complimentary light refreshments for all.