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06/21/2022 Digest

Geothermal Energy Project

Geothermal Energy Project Update

Excavation activities and distribution of piping is ongoing near Capen/Davis, Cutter Ziskind House, and Talbot/Campus School areas. All work will be contained within the fence line. Interior foundation work at select buildings will begin to support distribution of piping. Pedestrian wayfinding signage is in place. For more detailed information, maps, or to sign up for regular updates, please visit our project website at

Faculty/Staff Notices

Blue Cross Blue Shield Mailing New Member ID Cards

In the spirit of transparency and to comply with new regulations, Blue Cross Blue Shield will be mailing existing members new ID cards that include deductible and maximum out-of-pocket-cost information by the end of June. The new format is designed to provide more information to members and does not impact coverage. Additionally, members should have no issues accessing care if they use the original ID card from earlier this year. To learn more about health care costs, sign-in to your MyBlue account at, or use the MyBlue app.

Call for Cromwell Day 2022 Workshops!

This year’s Cromwell Day will be held on November 15th, 2022. Our theme this year is: Ignorance is Not Bliss: The Necessity of Teaching and Learning about Race. The Cromwell Day committee is seeking workshop ideas and facilitators as well as any other ideas you may have for the day. Please submit here:

Juneteenth Learning Opportunity
Tuesday, June 21, Noon, Virtual Event

Join Toby Davis of OEI, Sahar Mahmood of OMA, Anna Ostow from CRSL and Kevin Shea of the Chemistry Dept for a conversation on Juneteenth and how historical Black struggles for liberation can inform our current efforts to undermine anti-Blackness at Smith and beyond. Participants will engage across departments and have faculty/staff conversations within a supportive learning space. The facilitators will provide resources before the meeting so participants have the opportunity to engage with material prior to the discussion. The material is oriented towards those who are not Black and working on deepening their understanding, and all are welcome.

Trans and Non-Binary Family Mixer
Thursday, June 23, 2 p.m., Seelye Lawn

You are invited to our Trans & Non-binary Family Mixer, sponsored by the Office for Equity and Inclusion. We will be meeting for snacks and fun on Seelye Lawn from 2-4 on Thursday, June 23rd. We welcome you to invite your trans/non-binary friends and family members. There will be hula hoops, bubbles, and chalk for kids of all ages!

Cashier Summer Hours

The Cashier’s Office hours for the summer will be limited to Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon. Deposits are welcome anytime in the drop slot outside of College Hall 103. Questions or comments can be directed to

Thursday, July 7, 9 a.m., Ford 340, Pearsall Seasons Room

Have writing to get done but finding it hard to get started? Find that your writing is easier when done with good colleagues? Earmark your calendar, grab your laptop, and join this write-on-site opportunity hosted by the Office of the Provost/Dean of the Faculty as part of the Summer Faculty Development Series ( Lunch and refreshments provided. The session will be held in Ford 340, Pearsall Seasons Room, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.--feel welcome to join anytime. Register by 6/30 (

Student Notices

Business Prep from Executive Education - Programs Open to Students, Virtual Event

Get a head start on business skills you need to be successful in today’s competitive workplace. By signing up for Smith Executive Education’s Business Prep, you will have access to a selection of our online, self-directed programs. New registrants will be enrolled weekly on Wednesdays. Register here for access to the following Executive Education programs: Human-Centered Design for Business, Powerful Words for Women Leaders and Resolving Conflict Through Clear Communication:

Technology News

IT Service Center Summer Lunch Hours Beginning Wednesday, June 8

The IT Service Center and the OneCard Office in Stoddard Hall 203 will close from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. for lunch during the summer. Regular lunch closing times of 12:30 - 1:00 will resume on Aug 15. Support requests can be submitted anytime by emailing

Workday Budget and Finance Training Open for Summer

A limited number of training classes are open for registration for June, July, and August. Topics include Expense and Reimbursement Reports, Invoice processing, Punchouts, and Budget Reporting. Register for a session on the Training page of the Workday Help Site:

Other Events and Activities

Smith Med Alum Talks: Careers in Public Health (audience includes community with interest in field)
Saturday, June 25, 1 p.m., Virtual Event

This panel discussion will explore the panelist’s career paths, personal insights, perspectives on public health and the role Smith has played in their chosen career. Q and A session to follow at the end of panel discussion. This event is the first in a series of online events and is open to both alums and current Smith students. Link to register: Panelists are: Karima Khalil MPH ’83; Stephanie Shimada, PhD ’94; Elizabeth Wright Burak, MPP ’98; MyDzung T. Chu PhD, MSPH ’09. For more information go to LinkedIn Smith Business Network: Careers, Connection, Community

Opportunity to participate in research regarding hot flashes, menopause, and cardiovascular disease risk

The Vascular Function Research Laboratory at Smith College is investigating whether hot flashes in peri-menopausal women have an effect on cardiovascular disease risk. Peri-menopausal: defined as experiencing changes in menstrual cycle length, greater than 7 days different and no more than 12 consecutive months without a period. If you are a peri-menopausal woman between the ages 43-54, are healthy, and do not have cardiovascular disease or certain risk factors for it, you may qualify. If you are interested, please contact:, phone 413-585-7034, or use this link to access a preliminary questionnaire: sign)sf_link and we will contact you

Pause to Library Services During Library System Migration

This summer, Smith College Libraries will implement the FOLIO library services platform, resulting in some temporary pauses to services. June 21 will be the last day to request physical items from any of the Five College Libraries for pickup at Smith before requesting is paused across the consortium. Requests will resume on July 5 at Smith. From June 26 to July 5, borrowing Smith materials will be limited to checkouts only at library service desks. For full details, see

Neilson Inaugural Exhibit, “Neilson Library: An Evolution” Now Open

The new Neilson Library’s inaugural exhibit focuses on the history of the building through the people and materials that defined it. “Neilson Library: An Evolution” is now open and can be viewed in Neilson’s 2nd floor Exhibition Gallery. The exhibit covers 112 years of history, illustrated by photographs from the College Archives and following each architectural addition that culminates with Maya Lin’s transcendent new design. Come explore the textual and visual history of this iconic campus building, which also includes a detailed timeline.