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09/19/2023 Digest


Safety Reminders and Resources

Driver Responsibility at Crosswalks

Use caution driving on busy streets, such as West and Elm/Route 9. Always stop for pedestrians in or entering crosswalks, & obey posted speed limits. Pedestrians have the right of way at crosswalks. At traffic lights, ensure that pedestrians have finished crossing before you enter the intersection. Do not text while driving. Be attentive to other cars & vulnerable road users. Never proceed through a crosswalk without looking both ways to make sure theres not a pedestrian in it, and dont assume a pedestrian sees you. Take care during bad weather, dusk, dawn & with solar and light glare. For more information about Campus Safety, visit https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/campus-safety

Office of Inclusion and Equity Is Here to Help

If you believe you have experienced discrimination or harassment on the basis of a protected class, please reach out to the Office of Inclusion and Equity. Connect with the OEI by filing a report online: https://secure.ethicspoint.com/domain/media/en/gui/46275/index.html , calling the office at 413-585-2141, or emailing malexander@smith.edu. If you feel unsafe, contact Campus Safety immediately at 413-585-5555. If a vehicle is involved, it can be very helpful if you can remember to look for any part of a license plate or make/color of the car. Any report to campus safety can be kept anonymous. For additional information, visit https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/equity-inclusion

Student of Concern/Are You Worried About a Student?

Are you concerned about a student? Please let us know. Faculty, staff, students and community members can use this referral form to file a report online: https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?SmithCollege&layout_id=2 Referrals are reviewed by the Dean of Students or a member of the Dean of the College's team during normal business hours, Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm and may not be immediately reviewed. If there is an immediate risk to life or property, please contact Campus Safety at 413-585-5555 or extension 5555.

24/7 Free & Confidential Support for Students

MySSP/TELUS Health is available to students as a free and confidential support service for urgent and non-urgent matters 24/7. No insurance is needed and you can access from anywhere in the world. You can chat or schedule video appointments by downloading the My SSP app https://www.myssp.app/ca/about#download_app or through their website at http://www.myssp.app

Faculty/Staff Notices

Want To Be Featured on Smith's New Site?

Smith's new website, launching in October, will feature profiles of students, alums, faculty and staff members on the homepageall to highlight various initiatives and departments on campus. If you'd like to be featured and spotlight what you're passionate about, please fill out this short questionnaire: https://bit.ly/450kU6u

Inauguration Events Call for Volunteers
Sign Up By October 11

The Events Management Office is recruiting volunteers to help with Inauguration Weekend, October 20 - 21, 2023. To volunteer, please fill out the form below with your availability. Due date to sign up is October 11, 2023. More information to follow sign up. https://bit.ly/461qs1I

Commuting Survey (Last Chance)

The Center for the Environment, Ecological Design, and Sustainability (CEEDS) is tracking Smith's carbon footprint. If you have not yet, please complete this Commuting Survey for Smith Employees (3-5 minutes) to help us quantify our Scope III Greenhouse Gas Emissions for 2022-2023: https://forms.gle/RdETgaWNBAtrq33V6 The form will close on Friday, September 22. Thank you to the 100+ employees who have already replied!

Writing Support for Thesis Projects

Are you advising for a thesis project? Would you like writing support for your student? The Jacobson Center has a limited number of spots available in our thesis support program. We can provide your student with their own writing counselor, who will work with them throughout the writing process. That counselor can help them stay on top of deadlines, help them articulate an argument early in the process, meet with you to determine your student's needs, and provide general writing support (e.g. organization, argument, evidence, editing). Contact Sara Eddy at seddy@smith.edu soon, before we run out of spots!

Save the Date: Laura Rauscher Celebration of Life
Sunday, Oct. 1, 11 a.m., Helen Hills Hills Chapel

All are invited to a celebration of life for Laura Rauscher, at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 1, in Helen Hills Hills Chapel. To attend remotely via Zoom, register at https://bit.ly/3PKvY3x A reception will follow in Paradise Room, Conference Center, 49 College Lane. Rauscher, who passed away May 12, 2023, was Smith's director of disability and an adjunct professor in the Smith College School for Social Work for more than 20 years. Please keep checking the eDigest for additional information.

Looking for Participants for Peri-Menopause Study! , Scott Gym

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: molecularcardiolab@gmail.com, phone 413-585-7034, or use this link to access a preliminary questionnaire: https://bit.ly/3PheXfA and we will contact you

Nominate a Student for Smith in the World Conference

The Smith in the World conference is held annually to celebrate and share students off-campus experiential learning, including internships, community service, research, study abroad, etc. In a series of panel presentations, students reflect on how their experiences have impacted and enriched their academic and professional paths. Panels will take place weekly, from mid January through the end of February, 2024. To nominate a student, please submit a nomination form by October 13: http://bit.ly/sitw2024 Panelists will be selected by committee, contacted in mid/late October and invited to practice their presentations with Lazarus Center advisers. Questions? Emily Beaudry, Internship Coordinator, ebeaudry@smith.edu

Two New Affinity Groups for Staff and Faculty

The Office for Equity and Inclusion is hosting affinity groups for Staff and Faculty. If you would like to receive calendar invitations for upcoming meetings, register via http://forms.gle/otyWyca2csBXqAqEA

Today's Free Webinar - Making Flex Work: Defining Success on Your Own Terms
Tuesday, Sept. 19, 1 p.m., Virtual Event

"Ask for what you want." Thats the general advice the world gives people (specifically women) when it comes to succeeding, but thats only half the advice. This half-story causes people to fail at getting what they want. The other half is about knowing what you're currently doing and what you're willing to do to make what you want a reality. This webinar will provide the tools to understand where you're currently spending your time, strategies for being intentional with your time, and a new perspective on ways to work more effectively. Learn more and register for today's webinar: https://execed.smith.edu/programs/making-flex-work-defining-success-your-own-terms

Register Now: Smith Executive Education Presents-- Delivering Powerful Business Presentations
Wednesday, Sept. 20, Virtual Event

Looking to hone your presentation and public speaking skills? Smith Executive Education's next program, Delivering Powerful Business Presentations, opens September 20. In this program you will design your delivery by sharpening your personal presentation style and learn how to structure your message so that it captivates audiences and inspires action. Smith employees receive a special rate ($199) and have the option to pay by p-card or provide a cost center number for budget transfer when registering. Kick-start your FY24 professional development today. Learn more about available programs and register here: http://cvent.me/9OP7zP

Liberal Arts Lunch Series
Thursday, Sept. 21, 12:10 p.m., Neilson Library 102

September 21, the Liberal Arts Lunch series welcomes Sara Newland, Assistant Professor of Government, to present "Paradiplomacy in Hard Times: Cooperation and Confrontation in Subnational US-China Relations." Lunch is provided for the first 40 attendees.

Kahn Institute Porch Party
Thursday, Sept. 21, 4 p.m., Kahn Institute, 21 Henshaw Ave

All Smith faculty and staff are invited to the Kahn Institute to party on our wraparound porch (rain or shine). Celebrate fall, meet new colleagues, and reconnect with old friends. Well have delicious drinks and refreshments, our Kahn-inspired playlist, pick-your-own apples, and maybe even a special gift or two.

Early Career Faculty Welcome to the Kahn
Thursday, Sept. 21, 3 p.m., Kahn Institute, 21 Henshaw Ave

Early career faculty are invited to a special introduction to the Kahn's faculty development opportunities. Come learn how you can be part of interdisciplinary seminars and other events that support your intellectual life.

Nominate a Student for the Dean of the College Student Advisory Group
Deadline is Friday, Sept. 22, 4:30 p.m.

The Dean of the College is seeking student nominations for participation in its Student Advisory Group. All class years are welcome. The group will gather monthly for the academic year and looks forward to a robust conversation about student curricular and co-curricular experiences. The group will be hosted by Dean of the College Alex Keller and Dean of Students Julie Ohotnicky. Nominations/interests will be accepted through September 22, 2023. Please complete this form if you are interested in participating: https://forms.gle/C2JdHtnWVxSvkWXF8

Sherrerd Teaching Arts Luncheon: Best Practices for Faculty Advisers of Honors Projects
Friday, Sept. 22, Noon, Neilson Library 102

Sara Eddy, Assistant Director, Jacobson Center; Jonathan Ruseski, Writing Instructor, Jacobson Center; Alicia Grubb [CSC]; and Laura Katz [BIO] will present on how to best support students writing theses and ensure they produce their very best work and enjoy rich learning experiences along the way. Anonymous testimony from alums about strengths and weaknesses they encountered when working with their thesis advisors will also be shared. Lunch will be available at noon (for up to 50) and the presentation will begin at 12:20 pm. RSVP at https://forms.gle/azZFyMAoVKd5pD589.

Info Session: 'Possible Futures--AI and Human Experience' Long-term Kahn Project Application
Tuesday, Sept. 26, 3:30 p.m., Kahn Institute, 21 Henshaw Ave

The spring 2025 long-term Kahn project, organized by Luca Capogna, Mathematics and Susan Levin, Philosophy, is now accepting faculty applications. Learn more: https://bit.ly/kahn-ai An information session with refreshments will be held at the Kahn Institute and over Zoom on Tuesday, Sept. 26: https://bit.ly/kahn-ai-info-session Apply by Thursday, October 19, 2023: https://bit.ly/kahn-ai-application

Smith Parents of Little Ones September Meeting
Tuesday, Sept. 26, 12:15 p.m., Jandon Center, Wright 103

Happy fall, parents and caregivers! The Smith Parents of Little Ones group meets monthly and all parents and caregivers of little ones (of any age!) are welcome to join. Please bring your lunch and come to celebrate and commiserate! This fall we will be meeting the following Tuesdays at lunch in the Jandon Center, Wright Hall 013. Tuesday, September 26 Tuesday, October 24 Tuesday, November 28 Tuesday, December 19 Look forward to seeing you! If you are interested in joining our Slack workspace, please email Laura (lgomez@smith.edu) or Nancy (nzigler@smith.edu).

Location of Ross Gay Public Reading
Tuesday, Sept. 26, 7 p.m., John M. Greene Hall

The Ross Gay reading sponsored by the Boutelle-Day Poetry Center on September 26 at 7 p.m. will be held in John M. Greene hall. Please note that this event is free, not ticketed, and open to the public. Questions? Contact Jen Blackburn at jblackbu@smith.edu.

C Series: 'So What Does "Activism" Really Mean, Anyway?' (Dinner, panel, collaborative activity)
Thursday, Oct. 12, 5:30 p.m., Neilson Library 102

Dinner is provided at 6PM; Please RSVP by Friday 10/6: https://forms.gle/qaXB6YKx6mjeEpeR7 Join the Wurtele Center for Leadership as we gather students, faculty and staff for a panel conversation, followed by dinner and a hands-on making activity, diving into the topic of "activism." This session is part of our C Series where we will Consider, Critique, Commune, Connect, Create and Collaborate around a series of different topics related to leadership. This month's special guests: Ana Del Conde and Denys Candy (Jandon Center for Community Engagement), Lola Anaya (Class of 2024), Annie DelBusto Cohen (LEAD: Leaders for Equity-Centered and Action-Based Design).

Register Now: Write-on-Sites
Oct. 13, 1-4:30 p.m., Mary Maples Dunn Conference Room, Pierce

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 come to this write-on-site opportunity! These sessions, which are being held on October 13, November 10, and December 8, will support you in making progress, increasing productivity, and building a community of scholars writing together. Refreshments will be provided. Feel welcome to join anytime. Part of the Fall 2023 Faculty Development Series (https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/provost/faculty-development). Register for 10/13 by 10/6 (https://forms.gle/7jA2C7kxgULmibAD7).

Student Notices

Library Research Support , Learning Commons, 1st Fl, Neilson Library

The Library Research Mentors (LRMs) are back for the Fall Semester. LRMs are a group of students who provide research support to their peers. They can help you to find a book, locate peer-reviewed articles, format citations and get setup with the citation tool Zotero. Come to the Neilson Library Learning Commons during drop-in hours and the LRMs can help you navigate the Libraries and their many resources and services. The Learning Commons is located on the 1st floor of Neilson Library. Drop-in hours: Sunday, Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 1-4 p.m. & Sunday-Thursday, 7-10 p.m.

Global Medical Brigades - Recruiting Members For Honduras Trip, January 2024

Global Medical Brigades (GMB) is an international movement of students and medical professionals working alongside local communities and staff to implement sustainable health systems, and we have a chapter here at Smith! In just a week-long program, volunteers assist with in-take, triage, medication packing, and health education, all whilst pursuing a deeper mission to reduce poverty, promote gender equality, and ensure the health and well-being of people in need. GMB is seeking new members to join us on a medical brigade to Honduras in January 2024. Email gmb@smith.edu or follow @smithglobalbrigades on Instagram for more information!

Participate in Women's Health Research: Seeking Active 18-25 Year Olds, Scott Gym

Seeking active 18-25 year old active females to participate in research analyzing the relationship between hormones, vascular health, and stress. Participants will be compensated with a $40 gift card for their time. If interested, email tshamlian@smith.edu.

Sign Up for Thesis Support

Are you writing a thesis? Would you like writing support? The Jacobson Center has a limited number of spots available in our thesis support program. We can provide you with your own writing counselor, who will work with you throughout your writing process. That counselor can help you stay on track with deadlines, help you articulate and focus your argument early in your process, meet with your committee to hone our efforts, and provide general writing support (e.g. organization, argument, evidence, editing). Contact Sara Eddy at seddy@smith.edu soon, before we run out of spots!

Recruiting tutors to support local K-12 students

The Jandon Center is recruiting students to work with our partners Homework House and Treehouse to attend regular tutoring/mentoring sessions with local K-12 learners in Holyoke and Easthampton. Transportation is provided, funding available for Federal Work Study eligible students. Once/week for the full semester or year, away from campus from 3-6pm on the weekday(s) of your choice. Help make a difference in your surrounding community and meet other Smithies passionate about education!

Save the Date: Laura Rauscher Celebration of Life
Sunday, Oct. 1, 11 a.m., Helen Hills Hills Chapel

All are invited to a celebration of life for Laura Rauscher, at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 1, in Helen Hills Hills Chapel. To attend remotely via Zoom, register at https://bit.ly/3PKvY3x A reception will follow in Paradise Room, Conference Center, 49 College Lane. Rauscher, who passed away May 12, 2023, was Smith's director of disability and an adjunct professor in the Smith College School for Social Work for more than 20 years. Please keep checking the eDigest for additional information.

Hillyer Art Library Elevator Out of Service
September 18-22

As part of the Brown Fine Arts Building upgrade, the Hillyer Art Library elevator will be out of service Monday, Sept. 18, through Friday, Sept. 22, 2023. During this time, the lower level of Hillyer will be inaccessible, and delays in book requests should be expected. For any questions, contact Anna Morrissey at amorrissey@smith.edu.

TODAY: Education Abroad Fair
Tuesday, Sept. 19, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Davis Ballroom

The College's annual Education Abroad Fair will give students the opportunity to get information about education abroad opportunities from representatives from dozens of education abroad and study away programs and host institutions on the College's list of approved programs.

OPT Information Session
Tuesday, Sept. 19, 5 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

This information session is an opportunity for international students who use an F-1 visa to attend Smith to learn about post-graduation work authorization available through the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program. Students preparing to graduate who wish to apply for OPT will be required to attend an OPT session prior to applying.

Open Office Hours with Dean Keller and Dean Ohotnicky
Tuesday, Sept. 19, 12:15-1:15 p.m., Campus Center Main Level Table

will greet students in the campus center on Tuesday, Sept. 19 between 12:15-1:15pm. Please join Dean Keller and Dean Ohotnicky for snacks and the opportunity to talk about your student experience. Additional dates for Open Office Hours can be found at https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/dean-of-the-college

Conway Conversations: The Future is AI? Exploring the Promise and Perils of AI in Innovation
Wednesday, Sept. 20, 5:15 p.m., Conway Center, 103 Neilson

With the rapid evolution of AI and its integration into everyday life, learning, and commerce, existing and new ethical questions continue to come up. Does the use of AI promote plagiarism or is it a catalyst for creativity? What does responsible and ethical engagement with AI look like? Panelists -- Rosie Dutt, Assistant Instructional Professor, UChicago and Nicholas Howe, Professor of Computer Science, Smith College -- will explore human history with, hesitation towards, and hopes for AIs impact on the world. Part of the Conway Conversations series; dinner served; RSVP on Smith Social Network required.

Amplify Public Art Competition (Protest Posters): Info Session with Pizza
Wednesday, Sept. 20, 12:15 p.m., Campus Center 102

Interested in exploring opportunities to create some PROTEST ART on social, political and cultural issues as part of the Amplify Competition? This year, in partnership with the Smith Office for the Arts, the Wurtele Center for Leadership will be issuing a call for proposals for student art projects inspired by an exhibition of protest posters from the Neilson Library special collections. Come and learn more about how you can submit a proposal to compete for one of three $500 artist honorariums and a chance to see your work on the wall on the ground floor of Neilson! Also: FREE PIZZA!

Demystifying Money: Personal Finance and Psychology
Friday, Sept. 22, 12:15 p.m., Conway Center, 103 Neilson

This workshop will focus on the ways individual backgrounds can impact one's relationship with money. Explore how knowing motivations can be reflected in the ways debt and credit are handled. This session cannot cover everything, but hopefully will help to realize that personal finance is just that personal, no one is just an automaton trying to automate/maximize finances. *Lunch provided; RSVP on the Smith Social Network required.

Dean of the College Student Advisory Board
Friday, Sept. 22, 4:30 p.m.

The Dean of the College is seeking student nominations for participation in its Student Advisory Group. All class years are welcome. The group will gather monthly for the academic year and looks forward to a robust conversation about student curricular and co-curricular experiences. The group will be hosted by Dean of the College Alex Keller and Dean of Students Julie Ohotnicky. Nominations/interests will be accepted through September 22, 2023. Please complete this form if you are interested in participating: https://forms.gle/C2JdHtnWVxSvkWXF8

Lady Margaret Hall Info Session
Friday, Sept. 22, 1:45 p.m., Campus Center 205

In this session, you will hear from past students as well as from a senior tutor and head of the Summer Program at Lady Margaret Hall in Oxford. They will discuss life as a student at one of the world's most prestigious institutions.

Meet Your Museum! Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Art Museum
Friday, Sept. 22, 4 p.m., Museum of Art

Meet your art museum! Get a look at some of the highlights of the Smith College Museum of Art's exhibitions and collection of 28,000+ objectsincluding artist-designed restrooms, collections, student acquired works of art, and more in this interactive tour. We will meet at the entrance the museum, spend some time looking around the museum together and share information about how students can get involved with SCMA. Let us know you are coming : https://forms.gle/tadhiSX7tG1AN7b16

Smith Parents of Little Ones September Meeting
Tuesday, Sept. 26, 12:15 p.m., Jandon Center, Wright 103

Happy fall, parents and caregivers! The Smith Parents of Little Ones group meets monthly and all parents and caregivers of little ones (of any age!) are welcome to join. Please bring your lunch and come to celebrate and commiserate! This fall we will be meeting on Tuesdays at lunch in the Jandon Center, Wright Hall 013. Tuesday, September 26 Tuesday, October 24 Tuesday, November 28 Tuesday, December 19 Look forward to seeing you! If you are interested in joining our Slack workspace, please email Laura (lgomez@smith.edu) or Nancy (nzigler@smith.edu).

Global FLEX Brazil Information Session
Tuesday, Sept. 26, 12:15 p.m., Campus Center 102

Students are invited to learn more about the Global FLEX Brazil: Contemporary Art Parks & Cultural Centers program. This short-term, faculty-led program will run during May 2024 and will explore Brazil's thriving contemporary arts scenes and museums in So Paulo. From there the group will travel to Brumadinho to visit the Inhotim Contemporary Art Institute, a massive, 5,000-acre art park and botanic garden described in the New York Times as a vast garden of art.

International Experience Grant Info Session
Wednesday, Sept. 27, 12:15 p.m., Dewey Common Room

The Lewis Global Studies Center will be awarding International Experience Grants (IEGs) for travel during Interterm 2024. Come learn more about how to fund your international travel! Pizza will be served to the first 25 attendees.

Presentation of the Concentrations
Tuesday, Oct. 3, 12:15 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

A concentration is designed to connect academic learning to real-world experience through internships and work in the field. Many of the concentrations involve work with centers as well as resources such as Archives and the Museum. Students can take a concentration in addition to a major and minor. Attendees will learn about the newly launched Interdisciplinary Making concentration, as well as Archives, Book Studies, Collaborative Innovation, Community Engagement & Social Change, Environmental, Global Finance, Journalism, Museums, Poetry, and Translation Studies. This event provides a chance to meet the concentration directors and ask all your burning questions. Pizza provided. Register: https://form.jotform.com/232256519420048

Technology News

Toshiba - New Managed Print Services Vendor for the College Beginning 01/01/24

After an extensive Request for Proposal (RFP) process, the new Managed Print Services (copier/printer) contract has been awarded to Toshiba. Please note: there are no changes in service at this time. Continue to work with CBS-Xerox for supplies and support for your print devices. The vendor and device change will take place in December/January. Stay tuned for a Demo Day being planned for mid-October at which you will have an opportunity to preview proposed new multi-function devices (copiers).

The New Smith.edu Is Almost Here!

As we look forward to sharing the new smith.edu with everyone, were eager to hear your thoughts. Sign up for user testing and help us improve the site after it launches in October. To sign up for user testing, visit https://bit.ly/4506jYJ

Lectures/Symposia

Deciphering How the Gap Junction Protein Connexin43 Regulates Skeletal Patterning in the Zebrafish Fin
Thursday, Sept. 21, 4:15 p.m., McConnell 103

Kathy Iovine, Lehigh University, will present this talk which is part of the Fall 2023 Mary Elizabeth Dickason King M.D. AnnualLecture Series in the Life Sciences in Memory of Professor Howard Parshley. Light snacks will be served at 4:15 p.m.; talk to begin at 4:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. Visit http://www.smith.edu/biology/events.php for the full schedule.

'Music in the Ottoman Diaspora: Zabelle Panosian, Armenian-American Soprano'
Thursday, Sept. 28, 4 p.m., Seelye 201

The Program in Middle East Studies will host a lecture, listening and discussion event I Am Servant of Your Voice: Zabelle Panosian, Early 20th Century Armenian-American Soprano by Ian Nagoski, Panosians biographer. Nagoski is a researcher and music producer specializing in the music of the Ottoman world and diaspora of the early 20th century, as well as the founder of the Baltimore-based record label, Canary Records. Zabelle Panosian (1891-1986) was an immigrant to the US, a noted Armenian-American soprano who was also a pioneering womans voice in Armenian music. Email middleeaststudies@smith.edu for more information.

Performing Arts/Films/Fine Arts

Free Admission at SCMA , Museum of Art

Smith College Museum of Art (SCMA) is free to all starting immediately! SCMA ends paid admission to all activities including exhibitions, public programming and art-making to provide access and inclusion in the arts. Thousands of visitors annually enjoy programming, exhibitions and installations curated from 28,000 objects and artworks in the SCMA collection. Free admission has been made possible by Smith alumnae Jan Fullgraf Golann '71 and Jane Timken 64. Visit http://scma.smith.edu to plan your visit!

A Beethoven Cycle II: The Complete Sonatas for Piano and Violin, Concert 1
Thursday, Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Guest artist Elizabeth Chang, professor of violin at UMass Amherst, and pianist Jiayan Sun, associate chair for performance activities at Smith College, collaborate to explore the ten masterworks by Ludwig van Beethoven in three concerts. The program also features the world premiere of Fantasy Variations, composed by UMass Amherst Professor Salvatore Macchia reflecting on Beethovens legacy and compositional prowess. Presented by Sage Chamber Music Society. Free and open to the public. Pre-concert talk at 6:30 PM in Sweeney Concert Hall, with the artists, composer Salvatore Macchia, and David Schneider, professor of music at Amherst College.

Diving into Math with Emmy Noether
Friday, Sept. 22, 7 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Emmy Noether (1882-1935) was one of the most influential mathematicians of the last century. Her works and teachings left a lasting mark on modern algebra, opening new avenues for a modern structural perspective in mathematics. Portraittheater Vienna (Austria) together with Freie Universitaet Berlin (Germany) produced a biographical play about Emmy Noether, directed by Sandra Schueddekopf, starring Anita Zieher as Emmy. Based on historical documents and other sources, the script was written by Sandra Schueddekopf and Anita Zieher in cooperation with the historians Mechthild Koreuber and David E. Rowe. On stage and in videos, Emmy Noethers fascinating personality comes alive in her reflections and conversations with other leading mathematicians of her day.

Celebrations Dance Company Auditions
September 23 and 24, Berenson 3, Mendenhall CPA

Celebrations Dance Company welcomes all dancers and dance backgrounds to audition! There will be two sessions held on Saturday, September 23 from 10am - 12pm and 3 - 5pm. Additionally, there is one session reserved for students of color on Sunday, September 24 from 2 - 4pm. To register, visit http://bit.ly/3rkefGB. If you have questions, contact Celebrations on instagram @celebrationsdanceco or via email celebrations@smith.edu.

Ross Gay Presented by the Boutelle-Day Poetry Center
Tuesday, Sept. 26, 7 p.m., John M. Greene Hall

With attention and dedication to curiosity, Ross Gay studies Black joy by practicing delight while recognizing and navigating sorrow. In an interview with NPRs Brittany Luse, Ross Gay notes that joy attend[s] to models of surviving, that by gathering around what [we] lovewe imagine the lives we want. Yona Harvey, Smith's inaugural Tammis Day Professor of Poetry, will join Gay in conversation following the reading. The event will also be livestreamed on Boutelle-Day Poetry Center Facebook and YouTube Channels. Free and open to all.

Presentation of Majors/Minors

Dance Presentation of the Major and Open House
Friday, Sept. 29, 4:30 p.m.

Faculty and student Dance Ambassadors will share information about the programs and performance opportunities in Dance. Meet in Scott Studio at 4:30 pm (use the side door on the left of the Scott Gym entrance) and then grab snacks during an Open House in the 47 Belmont Ave offices following the info session. Questions? Email dance@smith.edu. Visit http://www.smith.edu/dance for more information about the major/minor.

Religious Life

Al Nur Spiritual Gatherings
Thursday, Sept. 21, 6 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

All are welcome to the Al Nur Spiritual Gatherings! "Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth...Allah doth guide whom He will to His Light." - Al Nur 35 Join Thursday dinner discussions with the Muslim Student Adviser and special guests. These are monthly gatherings held also on 10/26, 11/30 and 12/21. To rsvp, email kalston@smith.edu.

Jummah Prayer
Friday, Sept. 22, 12:30 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Join us for Jummah at the Hampshire Mosque in Hadley. Meet in front of the Helen Hills Hills Chapel at 12:25 pm. Van will leave by 12:30 pm and return to campus no later than 2:30 pm. Bring a prayer rug and complete your ablution beforehand. We have extra prayer rugs if you need one! Sponsored by the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life. To RSVP, email crsl@smith.edu.

Tajweed Quran Classes
Saturday, Sept. 23, 3:30 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

LEARN QURAN WITH TAJWEED FOR BEGINNERS with Islamic Studies Teacher Arina Beg. Learn how to read the Quran beautifully and become closer to Allah (SWT). and recite the Quran slowly and distinctly. (Holy Quran 73:4) You will recite the Quran, using a step by step process where you will learn the basics of Tajweed rules, starting with the correct pronunciation of the letters and their characteristics. All are welcome!

Catholic Mass
Sunday, Sept. 24, 3 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Weekly Catholic with Fr. Valentine Nworah and Smith's Newman Catholic Club. Light refreshments following Mass in the Bodman Lounge. All are welcome.

Learning to Meditate
Wednesday, Sept. 27, 7 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Learn Meditation Practices from Tibetan Buddhist Tradition, hosted by Smith College Community Spiritual Partner Geshe Ngawang Singey. These bi-weekly interactive sessions will include instruction on and practice of breathing meditation, concentration meditation, blessing meditation, and tong-len (exchange of self and other), concluding Q&A with light refreshments. Geshe Singey received his novice and ordination vows directly from His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. All are welcome!

Meetings/Workshops

Tibetan Studies in India Program - Information Session
Tuesday, Sept. 19, Noon, Campus Center 204

What better way to spend J-Term than traveling to India to learn about Tibetan Buddhism? The Tibetan Studies in India Program will be hosting an Information Session on Tuesday, September 19 at noon in CC 204. The Information Session is open to students from all Five Colleges. Can't make the session? Email tsip@smith.edu for more information.

Soup Salad Soul
Friday, Sept. 22, 12:10 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Come get cozy and enjoy a hot, delicious vegetarian soup made by awesome student cooks while taking part in reflective, student-led discussions on spirituality and life! Students of all religious, spiritual, and non-religious/non-spiritual backgrounds are welcome. Limited to Smith OneCard holders. For details on food and other general accessibility questions, email aostow@smith.edu or mcantwel@smith.edu

A Skill You Didn't Know You Needed to Know: Concepts of Environmental and Species Modeling
Monday, Sept. 25, 12:15 p.m., CEEDS Wright Hall

What is a "model," anyway? In this first of two workshops, ES&P major Kaila Frazer '24 will begin to answer this question, share how scientists use models to understand climate change and species habitats, and build towards doing some modeling together. These events are perfect for everyone interested in ecology, wildlife biology or climate science; all welcome. Lunch provided. The second workshop will be on October 2. Sponsored by the Environmental Science and Policy Program.

Other Events and Activities

New Sylvia Plath Exhibit On View
Through June 28, 2024, Church Gallery, Lyman Conservatory

"The Bell Jars: Lyman Conservatory and Sylvia Plaths Botanical Imagination" is a new exhibit that opened on September 15th in Lymans Church Gallery. The exhibit explores Plaths interactions with Lyman, her time studying botany at Smith and examines how those experiences influenced the botanical images and symbolism that run throughout her work. Using archival materials and Plaths literary work as a guide, this exhibit invites visitors to inhabit Lyman as Plath once did and to explore Plaths botanical imagination through the arts, humanities and sciences.

Heating Season Start-up
Beginning Monday, Sept. 11

Facilities Management will be turning on the steam to the campus starting on Monday, September 11th. The process of getting steam and heat to all buildings on campus takes approximately three weeks to complete. Thank you for your understanding through this time of transition.

Apply Now: Startup Consulting Club
Deadline is Monday, Sept. 25, 11:45 p.m.

Smith Startup Consulting Group is now accepting applications to join the club. Sign up here: https://forms.gle/brAvpCS6LK8bFozy6. Applications are due on September 25, by midnight.

Smith Rugby Home Game vs Mount Holyoke
Saturday, Sept. 23, 10 a.m., Athletic Field

Smith Rugby will be having their first game of the season against Mount Holyoke on September 23rd. The match will start at 10am on the pitch (the field surrounded by the outdoor track) and will end after 80 minutes of gameplay. Drop in at any point to support the team and check out the merch table.

Info Session: How to Bloomberg 101!
Wednesday, Sept. 27, 5 p.m., Conway Center, 103 Neilson

The Bloomberg Terminal is a 24-hour global information services system that provides transparent and reliable financial, economic, and government information covering all market sectors. That may sound interesting and intimidating at the same time. In this workshop How to Bloomberg 101, Conway Center Bloomberg Interns are going to provide a general overview of what the Bloomberg Terminal is and how you can use it in your classes, internships, and job applications. They are also going to introduce the two Bloomberg certificates the Conway Center offers and that students can complete for FREE and leverage on your LinkedIn. Sign up: https://socialnetwork.smith.edu/event/9386341