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11/21/2017 Digest

Tofurkey 2017 Map from the Spatial Analysis Lab

Where are you migrating to during this Thanksgiving season? Check out the Spatial Analysis Lab's crowd-sourced Tofurkey Map, and see where (and what) everyone is enjoying for Thanksgiving!

Pecans for Sale
Tuesdays/Fridays, Nov. 21-Dec. 18, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Campus Center, 1st Floor

The Franklin County Smith College Club is selling pecans at the Campus Center right outside the café entrance. Stop by say hello, and get your pecans. Proceeds to benefit the scholarship fund.

Save the Date: HR Staff Forum
Thursday, Nov. 30, 1 p.m., Stoddard Auditorium

Please join members of the Human Resources department for an update on benefits issues, staff career development initiatives, and a time to ask questions or seek clarification on HR policies or benefits.

Fall Issue of Staff Council Chronicle Now Online

The Fall 2017 Staff Council Chronicle is now available online at . To view past Chronicles, visit

Register Now for 'Understanding Credit,' Presented by the Five College Credit Union
Wednesday, Nov. 29, 1 p.m., Campus Center 205

By definition, the word “credit” has to do with trust. This is why credit impacts so many financial issues in our lives including the extension of a loan or credit card, how high an interest rate will be, or insurance coverage. Additionally, credit can impact a potential employer’s consideration of you as a candidate or a landlord’s sense of whether he or she should rent to you. Come learn more about credit and how it can impact you. Register by sending an email to

Computer Store Apple Faculty/Staff One-Day Event
Friday, Dec. 8, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Stoddard Hall

The Smith College Computer Store is having a one-day Employee Appreciation Event. In addition to the Apple Academic Discount, we are offering an additional 8% off all current Apple Laptops, iMacs, & iPad Pros. If you would like to pre-order any current model, please contact us via email at or phone at 413/585-3027

Medical and Counseling Services Closed for Thanksgiving Break

The Medical and Counseling Services will close on Wednesday, Nov. 22, at noon. After that, students can seek immediate health care at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital Urgent Care until we reopen on Monday, Nov. 27, at 8:30 a.m.

Meningitis B Vaccination Clinic
Monday, Nov. 27, 5-6:30 p.m., Schacht Center for Health and Wellness

Students can sign up for a Meningitis B vaccine by visiting Please keep in mind there are no local cases of meningitis B other than the two at UMass. Depending on the demand for the vaccine, Smith may provide additional vaccination opportunities. Students with college-provided insurance are fully covered; other students will be billed and must submit a claim form to their insurance company for reimbursement.

2018 Sherrerd Nominations Due December 14

Do you know a stellar teacher at Smith? The Sherrerd Teaching Prize Committee is seeking nominations from students, staff, faculty and alumnae for 2018 recipients of the annual teaching awards. Established in 2002 by a gift from Kathleen Compton Sherrerd '54 and her husband, John F. Sherrerd, the awards recognize and celebrate excellent teaching at Smith. Nominations, which are due by Thursday, Dec. 14, should include details about effective teaching techniques, course design and impact on students. Nomination forms are available online (LINK TO

Smith Grant Recipients: Your Story Wanted

Your scholarship aid is made possible in part by gifts from alumnae and friends of the college. If you've received a Smith grant, share your story through the Scholarship Information For, found at: . Please feel free to contact us at for any additional information.

Information Session: Graduate Study in Scotland
Tuesday, Nov. 21, Noon, Campus Center 103/4

Admission representatives will discuss the application process, the variety of institutions, and the benefits of graduate study at a Scottish university (Dundee, Edinburgh, Heriot Watt, Queen Margaret, St. Andrews, among others). Discover more about the Study in Scotland group at

Info Tabling for Reunion Student Worker Program
November 27, December 4, December 1, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Campus Center Main Level Table

Reunion is one of the most exciting times of year on campus- don't miss your chance to be a part of it. The Reunion Student Worker program is a vital part to helping Reunion remain an important tradition for the college and alumnae. Want to learn more about getting involved? Stop by when we tabling in the campus center on: 11/27, 12/4, 12/11 from 11:30am-1:30pm.

Annual Smith College Elevator Pitch Contest
Monday, Nov. 27, 5 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

What can you do in a minute and a half? This is all the time each student has to present a business, product, service or class project idea to their peers and a panel of judges. There are no restrictions on the types of ventures that can be pitched. 90 seconds -- no props, one 3x5 index card, a great pitch and an even better idea. Judges will select multiple winners and provide lovingly critical feedback. Up to $1,000 in cash and prizes. Dinner provided by the Conway Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center. Visit for more information.

Listening Session for the Future of Young Library
Wednesday, Nov. 29, 7-8 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

After completion of the Neilson Library project, the Young Library space will be renovated to address needs of the Smith community. The goal of the committee is to develop a program concept for the use of this space incorporating strategic uses over the next 20-30 years. The members of the Young Library Visioning Committee are Susan Fliss (co-chair), Randi Garcia, Eric Jensen, Barbara Kellum, Tom Laughner, Jack Loveless, Heather McQueen, Sarah Moore, Rocco Piccinino, Claire Picken '21, Kevin Shea (co-chair) and Dano Weisbord.

Prepare for the 2018 Draper Competition: Information Table
November 29, December 6 and 11, Noon, Campus Center Main Level Table

Students curious about the 2018 Draper Competition held on Friday, April 6, are encouraged to stop by the Conway Center information table. Enjoy a hot beverage courtesy of the Conway Center and pick up information about entrepreneurship events, key pre-competition dates, mentor sign up, resources and more. Remember, Smith students who submit an application for the Draper Competition are automatically entered into the Shark Tank (3/26) and Smith Prize in Entrepreneurship (3/31). Learn more at

Hoxie Scholarship for American Studies Majors; Apply by December 1

The Department of American Studies offers two scholarships of $1,000 each for AMS Majors to fund J-Term Internships of 35-40 hours per week for 3 weeks over J-Term. To apply, submit a one- to two-page statement describing your internship and how it will apply to your academic studies and how it fits in with your career goals. Include a brief schedule of your internship, a budget and the names of two faculty references by noon on December 1 to Terie Fleury in Wright 224.

Volunteer with CSO for Northampton Winter Craft Fair
Saturday, Dec. 2, or Sunday, Dec. 3, Chapel Sanctuary

Volunteer with 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 and free entry to the fair are provided for Saturday morning volunteers. Come Saturday, Dec. 2, morning to help the artisans unload from 6:30 a.m.-9 a.m.n(meet at Helen Hills at 6:15 a.m.). After set up, volunteers can browse the fair and do some Christmas shopping. Help is also needed for takedown on Sunday, Dec. 3, at 3:45 p.m.. Email with questions. To sign up or for more info visit

Meredith Coles, Ph.D.: 'Sleep and OCD'
Tuesday, Nov. 21, 7 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Sponsored by the Massachusetts Affiliate of the International OCD Foundation and Smith College.

Denise McCoskey: 'Classical Studies, Race and the Alt-Right'
Thursday, Nov. 30, 5 p.m., Seelye 201

Denise McCoskey, Professor of Classics and Affiliate in Black World Studies at Miami University of Ohio, will speak on "Classical Studies, Race, and the Alt-Right: Contesting the Modern Meanings made from Ancient Bodies." She is the author of "Race: Antiquity and its Legacy" and many articles on this and related topics. Prof. McCoskey has become a prominent voice on constructions of race in the ancient Mediterranean and on how the classical world has been enlisted in ideological, often racist, causes in subsequent eras.

Student Panel: 'Unbalanced Distribution of Educational Resources in China'
Thursday, Nov. 30, 5:45 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Three student panelists who participated in TECC summer programs in the past two years will talk about issues related to unbalanced distribution of educational resources in China. TECC aims to leverage technology and education to bridge the social divide between the rural and urban, migrant and local, as well as minority communities in China. TECC makes a long-term investment in the teachers, who will use the knowledge gained from the Summer Institute to more effectively teach their students.

'A Radical Solution to the Race Problem' by Quayshawn Spencer
Thursday, Nov. 30, 5 p.m., Seelye 106

In this talk Quayshawn N. Spencer, assistant professor of philosophy, University of Pennsylvania, will show that there is widely-used race talk among Americans where ‘race’ is defined as a biological thing that is biologically real. After defending this view, he will show that this race theory supports a radically different way of viewing the nature and reality of race in the contemporary United States. In short, the implication will be that we should be radical racial pluralists about the nature and reality of race in the current U.S. as opposed to any of the standard metaphysical positions.

'Promoting Women Faculty Writing: The Case for Developing Institutionally Sanctioned Writing Communities'
Friday, Dec. 1, 1 p.m., Mary Maples Dunn Conference Room, Pierce

All are invited to have lunch and participate in this open seminar with Elizabeth Sharp and Kristin Messuri, co-founders of the Women's Faculty Writing Program at Texas Tech University. Women-only faculty groups have the potential to increase research output, foster interdisciplinary collaboration, and promote productive and sustainable writing practices. Formalizing such groups in an institutional setting provides women faculty with protected writing time during which they prioritize research over the disproportionate service, mentoring, and other work that may slow or stall their promotion processes. Part of a Kahn Institute project with Meridians and the Study of Women and Gender.

Art Exhibit by Sedimentary Geology (GEO 232) Students
November 11 - December 1, McConnell Foyer/103

An art exhibit by students in Prof. Bosiljka Glumac's Sedimentary Geology (GEO 232) Fall 2017 course is on display in McConnell Foyer through December 1. The art is inspired by landscapes of the Pioneer Valley and communicates information about their geological origins.

Jazz Ensemble Fall Concert: Celebrating the Great Big Bands
Wednesday, Nov. 29, 7:30 p.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage

A concert for all ages featuring music from the Count Basie, Dorsey Brothers, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Artie Shaw jazz orchestras and more. Genevieve Rose, director. Free and open to all.

New Play Reading Series: A Traci Williams AC '18 Sampler
Thursday, Nov. 30, 7:30 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio, Mendenhall

Four Short Plays: "Pee, Dee, Ess, and Tee" "BOXES" "Final Jeopardy" and "Amerika: Make Your Election Sure!" A collaborative discussion of mental illness, colorism, sexism, domestic violence, racism, and politics. Written by Traci Williams, Ada Comstock Scholar ‘18. Directed by Traci Williams and Erica Linderman, Ada Comstock Scholar ‘18.

World AIDS Day/Day With(out) Art: Student Program /Video Screening + Talkback Session
Friday-Sunday, Dec. 1-3, 1:30 p.m., Museum of Art

In recognition of the 28th annual World AIDS Day/Day With(out) Art, SCMA will collaborate with Visual AIDS to host a weekend-long screening of seven new, short videos entitled ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS. SCMA will offer a timed screening and student talkback session about these videos. This program is offered in partnership with PRISM, the Black Students' Alliance of Smith, and the Smith Student Event Committee. Curated by Erin Christovale and Vivian Crockett for Visual AIDS, ALTERNATE ENDINGS, RADICAL BEGINNINGS prioritizes Black narratives within the ongoing AIDS epidemic. For more information, visit

Christmas Vespers
Sunday, Dec. 3, 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., John M. Greene Hall

An annual tradition at Smith, Christmas Vespers tells the story of advent through hymns, prayers, and scripture readings, and is a time when Smith College and the surrounding community come together in the spirit of the holiday season. The services will be led by Matilda Rose Cantwell, director of Religious and Spiritual Life, with readings by members of the faculty, staff and senior class. The music portion of the program will feature the Smith College Chorus, Glee Club, Chamber Singers, Handbell Choir, and Orchestra. A free-will donation will be collected for the Hampshire County Interfaith Cot Shelter Program.

Otelia Cromwell Day Evaluation

This year's Otelia Cromwell Day featured acclaimed social critic and author Roxane Gay and a variety of workshops and events that helped the Smith community engage in vibrant conversations about diversity, inclusion, racism and equity. We had a record-breaking turn out and tremendous participation from students, faculty, staff, and community friends. Thank you to everyone! The Otelia Cromwell Day Planning Committee wants your feedback, perspective, and opinion on ways to improve programming. Please take the time to fill out an evaluation form at this link:

Grécourt Book Shop Online-Only Sale
November 22-29

The Grecourt Bookshop presents our Thanksgiving/Black Friday/Cyber Monday Online-Only Sale. We are offering 20% off one item, 25% off two items, and 30% off three items (apparel & gifts only) at See website for more details.

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