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08/11/2020 Digest

Health and Wellness Opportunities

Mindful Mondays
Monday, Aug. 17, Noon

We continue the theme Finding Our Breath: Mindfulness Practice and Conversation with a Commitment to Compassion and Hope. Hosted by College Chaplain Matilda Cantwell, this forum focuses on light meditation instruction, sharing and building compassionate communities in times of uncertainty, isolation, and heightened revelation of the deep racial and social disparities that are part of the air we breathe in American society. no one is free until we are all free. - The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King. This is the last session for the summer. To join by computer, audio or for questions, contact

The Defense of Black Lives Must Include Disability Justice

ADA30 - 2nd Disability Justice Conversation
Thursday, Aug. 20, 3 p.m.

The second ADA30 conversation in our series that centers the diverse experiences of people with disabilities, will focus on Santina Muhas (actress from One Day at a Time) Easterseals Disability Film Challenge Entry. In the video, Muha unpacks her life as a person in a wheelchair, and what it has meant to be seen only from the chest up in Zoom conferences. Well discuss the implications of her video, assumptions that are often made about those with disabilities, and how disabilities evolve and are affected in a global pandemic. Email rfowlkeswitten@smith if you would like to participate.

Five Minute Coronavirus Stress Reset

Clickable Joy

#ADA30: 28 Ways to Learn About Disability Culture

Want to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act? Immerse yourself in disability culture!

Video: Black Irish Stepdancer Goes Viral

Morgan Bullock, an African-American Irish Stepdancer, went viral...and then got a call from Riverdance!

Video: Idina Menzel, Shoshana Bean and Others Sing Defying Gravity

Wicked fans, rejoice! This excerpt from a virtual concert features some of the most famous Elphabas from Broadway singing this ground-breaking piece:

Video: A Teapot Is Born

Need a few minutes of relaxation? Watch as a teapot comes into being from a simple piece of clay under the skillful artistry of its creator:

Alvin Ailey virtual Dance performances

The famous dance company has made select videos of live performances available online:

Video: working from home with pets

This amazing compilation will feel very familiar to those of us used to sharing our computers with our fuzzy family members:

Remote Poetry Readings every first Thursday

During the pandemic, the Emily Dickinson Museum is celebrating monthly Amherst Arts Night Plus with remote poetry readings every first Thursday:

Virtual tour the Egyptian Tomb of Pharaoh Ramses VI

Explore the amazingly preserved tomb in 3D!

Video: Best goalie ever!

Just try to get one by these lightning-fast paws!

Dynamic Photographs of Dancers

Anna Ulman snaps contemporary dance photography featuring dramatic performers in cityscapes and beach scenes:

Dog storytime

Watch these pups perk up when they hear stories about all of their favorite things!

Technology News

Workday Training for Student Employment Now Available

Registration for student employment training is now open. Current offerings cover creating and posting student job requisitions, reviewing and selecting candidates, and hiring students. Check the Workday Help Site Training page ( for the registration links and up-to-date information on class availability.

Faculty/Staff Notices

Coping with COVID Series Begins
Tuesday, Aug. 4

Join the Office for Equity and Inclusion for facilitated discussions about topics we are facing as a result of living in the time of a global pandemic. We will share tools and tips for navigating everyday life amid COVID and explore how we can stay socially connected while we are socially distanced. Please register for the dates you would like to attend via

Cromwell Day Workshops

Fill out this form to give the Cromwell Day committee feedback on workshop ideas, suggest your own ideas, or offer a workshop you may be able to present:

Staff & Faculty Affinity Group Meetings - July & August Dates

The Office for Equity and Inclusion is hosting affinity group meetings in July and August. Whether it will be your first meeting or if you've attended before, we are happy to have you join us for meaningful conversation as it relates to equity and inclusion at Smith. Please use this form to sign up for the meetings you would like to attend:

Creative Covid Chaos: Lauren Anderson & Eileen Young in the Staff Creative Arts Showcase

Lauren Anderson always has at least five or six projects buzzing around her headthe challenge is making sure to finish the one in front of her before starting another! Her ideas tend to jump from medium to medium as new questions or ideas take over. Lauren works in acrylic collage, watercolor, wood-burning, fabric, writing, and even a little furniture making. Eileen Young named her digital art collection Covid Chaos in reference to the fears, uncertainties, and joblessness that is swirling around us. Like in the art work, she says, Everything is just out of control. Laurens and Eileen's works are being shared as part of the Smith College Staff Creative Arts Showcase Virtual Preview We encourage you to also submit your creative pieces!

Year on Climate Change

Celebrating the Year on Climate Change

The Year on Climate Change could not have been possible without the thoughtful and creative work our entire community of faculty, staff, students, and alumnae led. We are celebrating you! See a wrap-up of just some of the milestones and highlights here:

Student Notices

State & Federal Election Ballots Sent to Students

Please be advised that if you are NOT confirmed to be on campus for the fall semester 2020, all election ballots received will be returned to the sender. In most cases, these items will be returned to your local town election office. The USPS will not forward ballots. If you have any questions regarding this, please reach out directly to the Northampton USPS at (413) 584-0960.

Students Not on Campus Fall Semester 2020

Please be advised that any packages received at Mail Services for students NOT on campus fall semester 2020 will be RTS (returned to sender). All First-Class mail will continue to be forwarded.