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12/06/2018 Digest

'Sign Out' Button is Back in 25Live

After switching to single sign-on for 25Live, we temporarily lost use of the Sign Out 'button'. Please note that the button has now been restored to 25Live and it should be used when you are finished using it. Note further that if you are only logged into 25Live when you sign out, this will also sign you out of the portal. If you're logged into other portal-launched sites, signing out of 25Live will not affect these.

IT Service Center Closed
Tuesday, Dec. 11, 3-4 p.m.

The IT Service Center will be closed to allow staff to attend the Winter Solstice Celebration.

Staff Council Cookie Contest Winners

Thanks to everyone who baked for the cookie contest. There were 11 delicious entries. The winners are: Double Peanut Butter Dippers by Laura Hinton and Canadian Oatmeal Shortbread by Ellen Abrams. These two cookies will be featured at the Soup & Spuds event in January. The People's Choice winner was S'mores by Jessica Flynn.

Inclusion Council Open Office Hours
Monday, Dec. 10, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Campus Center 204

The Inclusion Council invites staff, students and faculty to stop by one of these sessions to share your ideas and reflections. No appointment is necessary. Pizza will be served. For more information about Smith's Inclusion Council, visit

Five College Project Management Collaborative - Kick-Off Meeting
Friday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m., FPH East Lecture Hall, Hampshire College

The Five College Project Management Collaborative is a newly forming group for community practice for interdisciplinary project management professionals of all titles, in all departments, across the Five Colleges.This community of practice will offer trainings and a network of colleagues that can offer support and advice. Our kick off meeting will be Friday, Dec. 7, at Hampshire College in the FPH East Lecture Hall. Please RSVP by visiting For more information, email

Apple One-Day Employee Appreciation Event
Friday, Dec. 7, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Computer Store, Stoddard

Quick reminder that in addition to the Apple Academic Discount, we are offering an additional 8% off all current Apple laptops, iMacs, and iPad Pros. Discounts don't stop there. Get 10% off all new Apple accessories when you buy a computer PLUS a free carrying case with any Dell laptop purchase. If you would like to pre-order any current model, please contact us via email at or phone at 413.585.3027

Seats Still Available: 'Combat Busyness and Create the Life You Want'
Monday, Dec. 10, 2-4 p.m., Campus Center 205

We're all going so fast, sometimes we forget where we're going or what is most important to us. Our values and our "to do" lists don't align and we feel too busy to think about it. This pace can negatively affect your relationships, your mood, your work, your health. Take some time out of your harried schedule to slow down, learn concrete ways to get your life back in balance and create more time and space for well-being and increased productivity. Learning objectives include making a concrete plan for strategies to bring your life back into balance.

Register Now for 'Maximizing Performance in an On-Demand World' Webinar
Thursday, Dec. 13, Noon

Smith Executive Education invites you to a webinar on habits to increase efficiency in your work and life. You will leave the session with: An understanding of how an over-stressed, under-fueled brain influences your decisions, responses, and your leadership impact - and what to do about it. Proven, science-backed strategies to combat stress and strengthen personal resilience. Key insights to help you lead others through distraction, disruption, and relentless demands. If you know of others who might benefit from our programs, please pass on this invitation. To register, visit

Facilities Management to Close
Friday, Dec. 14, 11:15 a.m.

Facilities Management, which includes Central Stores and Mail Services (including pick-ups and deliveries) will close for a department function. If you have a Facilities-related emergency, contact Campus Police at ext. 2490.

Nominations for 2019 Sherrerd Teaching Awards

Do you know a Smith faculty member whose teaching has had a significant impact? Students, faculty and alumnae are invited to nominate outstanding Smith educators for the 2019 Sherrerd Prize for Distinguished Teaching. Please submit your nomination using the online nomination form by January 7, 2019:

December Mail Services Closings

Mail Services, including the retail/pick-up window and mail delivery, will be closing from 3 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11, and at 11:15 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 14, to attend college functions. The student window will reopen at 4 p.m. on December 11. We apologize for any inconvenience and thank you for planning for your mail needs in advance.

New and Improved Health and Wellness Website, Schacht Center for Health, Schacht

Visit to see how Smith's new health and wellness website can help you get the information you need to stay healthy, whole, and well on your own time and on your own terms. Medical, counseling, and wellness services each have vibrant new web pages with helpful resources and tips to help you be at your best, how to reach help if we are closed, and much more. Check out our Resource pages for quality sources of information about a variety of topics. We're here for you IRL at 413-585-2250.

Dining Services Special Announcement
Friday, Dec. 14

Meal hours will be slightly altered to accommodate staff attending a holiday party. A hearty brunch will be served from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Appetizers including cheese, crackers, fruit, crudités & dip will be served from 4 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. Tyler will have late night dining through 8:30 p.m., and Emerson will have late-night dining through 9:30 p.m. On Monday, Dec. 17, trays of desserts and hot chocolate will be prepared for every house. We send our best wishes to all students as they complete their final projects and exams.

POSTPONED TO FEBRUARY: JostenLive! Read Six Plays Challenge

Originally scheduled for Friday, Dec. 7, the popular Read Six Plays Challenge Awards Ceremony has been POSTPONED until February, date to be announced soon.

Special Study Spaces for Reading and Exam Week
December 3-20

During reading and exam week, there are special study spaces open to students. To find information on quiet study areas, study areas available to students 24/7, and other study spaces, visit

Participate in the Encouragement Wall
December 10-18, Campus Center, First Floor

Smith College Wellness Services invites students to participate in an encouragement wall on the first floor of the Campus Center. Students can express their creativity by adding to the colorful bulletin board of post-its, and they can take a post-it with the affirmation they need. This board aims to make visible how connected people all are during stressful times, as well as to provide space for students to cultivate perseverance, gratitude, and self-care with support from their community. @wellnessatsmith on all social media platforms will show the board's progression over time with #EncourageASmithie

DATE CHANGE: Health Professions Scholarship Program Information Session
Thursday, Dec. 6, 12:10 p.m., Lazarus Center, Drew Hall, 2nd Fl

[Originally scheduled for Friday, Dec. 7, this event will take place Thursday, Dec. 6.] The Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) covers civilian health profession school tuition, fees, and provides a monthly living stipend. The HPSP is offered by the Army, Navy and Air Force. Qualifying students can pursue medical (MD or DO), dental, veterinary, psychiatric nurse practitioner, psychology or optometry programs. An Army HPSP recruiter will present program details and take questions.

Volunteer with the Food Bank of W. Mass
Saturday, Dec. 8, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Volunteer with the CSO for our short-term project with the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts has been feeding the community since 1982, distributing food to member agencies in surrounding counties. Volunteer work is a crucial component to the elimination of hunger and is a rewarding experience. We will be volunteering on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and will be sorting donated food. Sign up at: Email for questions.

Labrys Art & Literature Zine Workshop
Saturday, Dec. 8, 1 p.m., Campus Center 102

Come make zines at Labrys' last meeting of the semester! Supplies and chocolate will be provided. Submit art & writing to by December 21.

President McCartney's Open Office Hour
Monday, Dec. 10, 4-5 p.m., President's Office, College Hall

President McCartney welcomes anyone in the Smith Community to drop-in and share what's on your mind. No scheduling is needed.

Indoor Playground
Thursday, Dec. 13, 9 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Come de-Stress and play.

Stephen R. Platt: 'Imperial Twilight--The Opium War and the End of China's Last Golden Age'
Thursday, Dec. 6, 5 p.m., Seelye 106

Stephen R. Platt, professor of history, University of Massachusetts Amherst, will discuss his new book, Imperial Twilight: The Opium War and the End of China's Last Golden Age (Knopf, 2018). Copies of his book will be available for purchase at the lecture. Sponsored by the Smith College Program in East Asian Studies. This event is free, open to the public and wheelchair accessible.

Global Salon: 'Taiwan and the U.S.--Essential Partners in Challenging Times'
Friday, Dec. 7, 4-5 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center

Director-General Douglas Y. T. Hsu of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Boston (TECO-Boston) will speak on the ever important topic of Taiwan-U.S. relations. The talk will address the brief history of the Taiwan-U.S. and Cross-Taiwan Strait relations, and why it is relevant in view of the challenges presented by the international environment nowadays. With the Taiwan Relations Act of 1979 about to mark its 40th Anniversary in 2019, Mr. Hsu is uniquely qualified to speak on Taiwan-U.S. relations with over 22 years of career experience in Taiwan’s foreign service.

'Artificial Epistemology: Knowledge, Truth and Value in Machine Learning,' Kahn Lecture, Heather Roff, Johns Hopkins
Friday, Dec. 7, 5 p.m., Seelye 201

Heather Roff, Senior Research Analyst in the National Security Analysis Department, Johns Hopkins University, will discuss Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) and the lack of understanding about what AI and ML actually are and what they do. This talk will aim to provide a first step in answering questions about the adoption of AI by examining it from the perspective of epistemology, beginning with difficult questions about the nature of knowledge, justified belief, truth and value. Part of the Kahn Institute short-term project Data, Knowledge, Pedagogy: The Age of Machine Learning, December 7-8.

Engineering Design Clinic Mid-Year Presentations
Friday, Dec. 7, 1:10-4:10 p.m., Ford 240

In Design Clinic, senior engineering students collaborate in teams on projects sponsored by industry and government. Project sponsors for 2018-2019 include Collins Aerospace, Facebook, FloDesign Sonics, Honda, Instrumentation Laboratory, the Mill River Greenway Committee, the Northampton Department of Public Works, Pelican, and Sanderson MacLeod. These work-in-progress presentations are open to the public, and include refreshments. See for more details.

'Understanding the Tug o'War Between a Fungal Pathogen and Its Hosts'
Monday, Dec. 10, 4:15 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Li-Jun Ma, associate professor, biochemistry and molecular biology, University of Massachusetts Amherst, will present this talk which is part of the Fall 2018 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 4:15 p.m.; talk to begin at 4:30 p.m. Visit for the full schedule.

ES&P Lunchbag: ENV 312 Capstone Presentations (Part 1)
Tuesday, Dec. 11, Noon, Campus Center 103/4

This is the first set of capstone presentations by ENV 312 students. “When in Doubt, Throw it Out: A Solution-Based Study of Waste Practices at Smith's Friedman Apartments” by Ruth Neils, Meg Johnson, and Carla Yacoub. “Estimation of Smith College's Scope 3 Emissions" by Cara Dietz, Eliana Gevelber, and Gray Li. “Experiential Learning at Smith College: Exploring a Proposal for Agricultural Integration” by Elsa Weintraub and Lark Wicinas.

ES&P Lunchbag: ENV 312 Capstone Presentations (Part 2)
Thursday, Dec. 13, Noon, Campus Center 103/4

This is the second and final set of capstone presentations by ENV 312 students. “Effective Student Research on Smith Landscape: What Worked, What Didn’t, and Where We Go From Here” by Sydney Noa Bobrow and Paula Ariel Martinez. “Don't Feed the Storm Drain: Stormwater Management on Smith College Campus” by Jasmine Pacheco-Ramos and Haruka Yoshida. “Rethinking the Landscape: Shadow Curriculum at Smith College” by Emerson Barry, Sarah Chin, Sarina Vega.

American Studies Honors Thesis Presentations
Thursday, Dec. 13, 4 p.m., Dewey Common Room

American Studies Honors Thesis presentations will be given by Illaria Dana AC 19J, who will present "White Womanhood, the YWCA, and U.S. Imperialism in the Philippines" and Celeste Clerk AC 19J, who will present "An Analysis of Citizenship Status As a Tool to Regulate Migrant Labor Flows."

Fall Studio Production: 'Far Away' by Caryl Churchill
Thursday & Saturday, Dec. 6 & 8, 7:30 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre

Confronting our deepest fears, Caryl Churchill’s extraordinary play depicts a chilling world where everyone is at war, and not even the birds in the trees or the river below can be trusted.

Bare Bones Dance Concert
Thursday & Friday, Dec. 6 & 7, 8 p.m., Scott Gym Dance Studio

The annual Bare Bones Dance Concert offers an exciting showcase of dances choreographed, danced, and produced entirely by undergraduate students from across campus. Directed by Department of Dance Faculty Angie Hauser. Open to the public, admission $1.

SEC Presents 'A Wrinkle in Time'
Friday, Dec. 7, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Meg Murry and her little brother, Charles Wallace, have been without their scientist father, Mr. Murry, for five years, ever since he discovered a new planet and used the concept known as a tesseract to travel there. Joined by Meg's classmate Calvin O'Keefe and guided by the three mysterious astral travelers known as Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which, the children brave a dangerous journey to a planet that possesses all of the evil in the universe.

Senior Collaboration Capstone Presentation
Friday & Sunday, Dec. 7 & 9, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre

The final presentation of the Senior Collaboration Capstone will be presented for two nights. Visit for more details about this performance.

Reception for '28 Faces, 23 Spaces': Senior Art Major Exhibition
Friday, Dec. 7, 6:30 p.m., Jannotta Gallery, Hillyer

"28 Spaces, 23 Faces" brings together a variety of artworks: from oil painting, printmaking and digital collage to video art, sculptural installations and multimedia pieces. The senior studio class framed their fall 2018 semester around the broad theme of “work.” Students were asked to not only create but also examine, orient, and possibly re-conceptualize their artistic practice, continuously asking the question “what is work?” 28 Faces, 23 Spaces is the culmination of a semester of figuring out “what works.” The show will be on view from December 5 through January 31.

Screening of 'Clinical Revolution: The Smith College School for Social Work at 100'
Friday, Dec. 7, 12:30-1:30 p.m., Seelye 106

Smith College SSW will screen "Clinical Revolution: The Smith College School for Social Work at 100," produced and directed by award-winning filmmaker Julie Akeret in conjunction with Springfield PBS affiliate WGBY. The original documentary short features rarely-seen archival photos and correspondence, the legacies of Mary Jarrett, E.E. Southard, William A. Neilson, Bertha Capen Reynolds, Katherine Gabel and interviews with Howard Parad, Ann Hartman, Joyce Everett, Marianne Yoshioka, alumni and students. Lunch will be provided.

'Metramorphosis,' 2nd-Year MFA Dance Performance
Friday, Dec. 7, Noon-1 p.m., Crew House

"Metramorphosis," a Noontime Choreography Showing at the Crew House will feature 2nd-year MFA candidates' works in progress from DAN 553, Choreography & Design. Works by Anna Maynard, Lucille Jun, Michelle Erard, and Nikki Lee. Free and open to the public.

Pop-Up Exhibit: '28 Vintage Cotton Garments from the Smith Historic Clothing Collection'
Monday, Dec. 10, 7-9 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre

For one night only! From 7 to 9 p.m., THE 154 The Archival Studies of Clothing class presents an exhibit of the garments they have studied this semester. These range from 1870s bustle dresses to a 1905 bathing suit to a Depression-era house dress to 1968 painted Levi cut-offs. Also on exhibit are sample "section" texts related to cotton production, which introduce topics studied over the semester.

Wailing Banshees Fall Concert
Thursday, Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage Hall

Ellen Redman, director. A rousing farewell to the end of term with an emphasis on the music of Scotland. As always, jigs, reels, and the best craic on campus.

Dance Grad Event
Thursday, Dec. 13, 8-9:30 p.m., Crew House

This year’s Grad Event features new works by MFA candidates Xan Burley and Alex Springer, former principal dancers from the acclaimed Doug Varone Dance Company and Toni Craige, whose work sources specialties in contact improvisation, social work, and Body Mind Centering. Fall Grad Dance Event. $1 Tickets at the door -- CASH ONLY!

Free Second Friday
Dec. 14, 4 p.m., Museum of Art

4–7 PM Hands-on! Art making for all ages, inspired by works on view. Picture Perfect: Your face is a gift to the world! We'll snap a photo to be printed on the spot and added to a festive frame that you decorate. 6 PM Open Eyes: Guided conversation exploring a different art object each month. Museum Shop open + complimentary light refreshments.

Celebrations Dance Company Presents 'Re-encounter'
Friday, Dec. 14, 8 p.m., Scott Gym Dance Studio

Celebrations Dance Company presents "Re-encounter." The fall showing includes works from Elizabeth Brison, Serena Anne Cattau, Georgianna Duke, Emma Humphries, and Kiara Mickens. Free Admission.

Soup, Salad and Soul
Friday, Dec. 7, Noon, Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Join this soulful conversation every Friday at noon over delicious homemade vegetarian soup and salad prepared by our student cook. Students, faculty and staff are invited for discussion on philosophical musings, current events, Smith issues of interest, matters of spirituality, and various other topics posed by student leaders in a welcoming environment. All faiths, non-faiths, and questioning or searching individuals are welcome. Come for the food; stay for the discussion.

Meditations for Houses Last Week of Classes and Reading Week

The Center for Religious and Spiritual Life offers meditations for student houses during the last days of classes as well as during Reading Week. Meditations are conducted by CRSL staff and community religious liaisons experienced in leading groups, which may be practicing meditation for the first time. Contact Kim Alston at to find a time that works for your group.

SCJC Shabbat 
Friday, Dec. 7, 5:30 p.m., Kosher Kitchen

Join the Smith College Jewish Community (SCJC) for lighting Shabbat candles and singing songs and psalms to welcome the Sabbath. Following this at 6:15 pm there will be a gourmet vegetarian dinner. All students are welcome. Contact: SCJC

Please Note: No Jummah Prayer and Lunch
Friday, Dec. 7

There will be no Jummah Prayer and Lunch this week. Instead join us at the Hampshire Mosque. Contact for more information.

Bahai Devotional Gathering
Sunday, Dec. 9, 9:30 a.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Join Bahai Community Religious Adviser Jeannie Hunt, for a monthly Bahai Devotional Gathering whose topic is "Prayers for the Earth." The focus will be an environmental theme, followed by discussion and light refreshments. Open to all.

Weekly Meditation
Monday, Dec. 10, 5 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Students, faculty and staff are all invited to attend a weekly meditation with Ruth Ozeki, a Zen priest and faculty member. A simple, relaxed, and silent practice of sitting meditation, using chairs or floor cushions. Initial meditation instruction offered. All levels welcome with time for questions.

'Attempted Adults' Podcast, Episode 2
Monday, Dec. 17, Noon, Campus Center, Main Level Table

Check out "Attempted Adults," the official podcast of adulting, which launched on November 19. Hosted by Ana Devlin Gauthier (Senior Leadership Coordinator in the Wurtele Center for Leadership) and Kris Mereigh (Director of Wellness), this podcast examines the concept of adulting and all the challenges that come with it. Episode two will come out on December 17. There will be tabling for the podcast in the CC at noon that day. To view Episode 1, "Happy Adulting! Friendship," visit Spotify and iTunes at

Opening Reception of the Student-Curated Virtual Exhibition 'Transitions: From the Old Order to the New'
Thursday, Dec. 6, 4:30-6 p.m., Atrium, Brown Fine Arts Center

The students of GER 297, in cooperation with the Digital Imaging Center and the Smith College Museum of Art, have curated a virtual exhibition of German print artifacts and ephemera from the period 1890-1930 that are part of a private collection. The students have also curated a works-on-paper cabinet in the Museum (3rd floor), which is part of the exhibition. For more information, contact Joe McVeigh of the German Studies Department.

Star Gazing
Friday, Dec. 7, 8:30 p.m., McConnell Hall Roof

Come see Mars, stars, galaxies, and a region of active star formation. All are welcome - please dress very warmly. For further information or to check on weather conditions, contact Meg Thacher (, 585-3935).

'Wholeness Wednesday' Rock Climbing
December 12, 7:15 p.m., Ainsworth 304

Wellness Services and the Outdoor Adventure Program are collobarting to create an hour of Wholeness Wednesday Rock Climbing. There is a cap of 20 students so please sign up to attend through this link or by selecting "going" in the event on Wellness Services' Facebook page,

Campus Center Café Hours of Service Change
Friday, Dec. 14, Noon-3 p.m.

Dining Services and Facilities Staff holiday party will be held on Friday, Dec. 14, from noon to 3 p.m. In order to accommodate the staff attending the event, the Café will be open with limited stations during this time. Stations open: Pizza, Soup, Ellipse- Coffee & Specialty drink bar, Grab and Go Case- multiple assorted sandwiches and salads. We appreciate your understanding and support.

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