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09/22/2016 Digest

Burton Lawn - Steam Roller Compactor, Thursday, Sept. 22, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Beginning at 8:30 a.m., a vibrating dual-wheeled steam roller compactor will arrive at Burton lawn, where it will sit and vibrate for several minutes at intervals throughout the day. Those in proximity to Burton lawn (Bass Hall, Sabin-Reed, McConnell, Neilson Library, Alumnae Gym., Wright Hall and perhaps others) may notice some vibration traveling through your buildings during these short periods of time. This is an experiment being done in conjunction with the Smith College sciences to determine if the seismic activity, that one might expect from the renovations to Neilson Library will impact ongoing research nearby. Thank you for your patience during this important experiment.

Heating Season Start-Up, September 26-October 10

Facilities Management will be turning on the steam to the campus starting on Monday, Sept. 26. The process of getting steam and heat to all buildings on campus takes approximately two weeks to complete. Thank you for your understanding through this time of transition.

Registration Still Open for Fitness Program

Registration is still open for faculty and staff fitness program. More information may be found on the ESS website at

TIAA Appointments Available , Friday, Sept. 23

Elizabeth O'Boyle, our representative from TIAA, has several openings for individual retirement counseling sessions on Friday, September 23. These appointments will take place in the Office of Human Resources. To make an appointment for Friday, or for another date, call (800) 732-8353.

Dean of the Libraries Welcome Reception , Tuesday, Sept. 27, 3-4 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Please join us in welcoming new Dean of Libraries Susan Fliss. Refreshments will be served.

Apply by Sept. 30 for Kahn Institute Short Term Project, 'Robed Warriors', Beginning October 15, Kahn Institute, 3rd Floor, Neilson

Faculty and staff are invited to apply to Robed Warriors, a four-part short-term project, starting Saturday, Oct. 15. Part II begins February 11; Part III begins March 4, and Part IV begins April 8, 2017, organized by Jay Garfield, Philosophy. "We will explore the impact of Buddhist monastics on health care and hospice services, the design of charitable NGOs, cognitive science, values education, feminism and on the envisioning of of religious life. All four parts will include a prominent Buddhist monastic whose work has transformed both contemporary Buddhist practice and the world beyond." Application deadline is September 30. For more information and application visit

President McCartney's Open Office Hour, Monday, Oct. 3, 4 p.m., President's Office, College Hall

President McCartney welcomes anyone in the Smith Community to spend a brief one-on-one with her anytime during the one hour time slot.

Register Now for Financial Wellness Workshop: 'Investment Bloopers', Thursday, Oct. 6, Noon, Campus Center 205

Please join the Learning & Development team in welcoming Mary Ellen Gordon, CRPC, CEBS, CFS, financial adviser (Voya Financial) as she presents the most common mistakes made when investing for your future, and planning for retirement. Register at

Alert re Apple's OS X 'Sierra' Release

Apple has released the latest version of their operating system macOS X 10.12 (aka Sierra) to the public. At this time, ITS recommends that you do NOT upgrade to Sierra for any computer used to access Smith College systems. ITS is in the process of testing Sierra on all College applications. Once Sierra is an approved and supported operating system, a notice will be posted in e-Digest. If you have any further questions, call IT Support Center at x4487.

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 Form, found at: Please feel free to contact us at for any additional information.

Course Registration Deadlines

Students should check their course registration on the student detail schedule on BannerWeb to ensure registration is correct. The last day to add a Smith course with the add/drop form and appropriate signatures is Wednesday, Sept. 28. The last day to drop a course with the add/drop form and appropriate signatures is Friday, Oct. 14. All deadlines are posted at

Traditions Party Raffle Winners

Thanks to all students who attended the recent Traditions Party in the Alumnae House to learn more about Smith’s lasting legacies. Your Smith Fund poker chip votes resulted in a $500 gift for Essential Smith, which will support financial aid and campus life. The three raffle winners are: Elaona Lemoto ’20, Shannon Nicholls ’19, and Haleigh Anderson ’19. Winners will receive an email with information about collecting their prizes. To view photos from the event, visit

Apply Now for Gold Key Fall 2016; Due, Wednesday, Sept. 28, midnight

Gold Key, the organization for tour guides on campus, is looking to recruit new guides for this Fall. Gold Key is a fun way to get involved with Admissions, and help shape an incoming class of future Smithies. For the application and eligibility requirements, visit Applications are due Wednesday, 9/28, at midnight. We look forward to seeing your applications. For more information, contact Head of Selections & Training, Emily Bae,, or Chair, Sakshee Chawla,

Note: Health Services Open on Mountain Day (TBA)

Whenever Mountain Day takes place this fall, note that Health Services will be open during its regular hours.

Learn About Tutor Placements at the Community Service Office Lunch, Thursday, Sept. 22, Noon-1 p.m., Community Collaboration Center, Wright

The Community Service Office (CSO) is hosting its first Community Education Lunch of the year in the Jandon Center for Community Engagement (JCCE), Wright Hall, 013. Representatives from Kensington International School in Springfield and Homework House After-School Program in Holyoke will be giving information about their programs to prospective volunteers. Pizza, salad and gluten-free options will be provided. Positions are America Reads/Federal Work Study-eligible and transportation is provided to both placements. For more information, contact the CSO at or ext. 2793.

Ice Hockey General Interest Meeting, Thursday, Sept. 22, 8 p.m., Campus Center 102

Meet the Smith College Ice Hockey team and hear about the logistics of playing club ice hockey at Smith. The meeting will address the specifics of the season regarding practices and games, commitment and expectations, equipment, transportation and more. Come learn about the organization and have the opportunity to ask the team leadership any questions you may have

SEC Presents Speed Friending , Friday, Sept. 23, 7 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

A fun night for Smithies to meet other Smithies and make friends.

CSO Orientation to Become a Tutor at Homework House, Friday, Sept. 23, Noon-1 p.m., Jandon Center, Wright 013

Do you have a profound love for homework as well as a desire to share this with others? Consider joining Homework House. This after-school tutoring program provides academic help to kindergarten through eighth grade students in Holyoke. Friday sessions include arts and crafts. If you are interested in becoming a tutor please come to the Homework House Orientation on Friday, September 23 from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. in the Jandon Center for Community Engagement (JCCE), lower level, 013. Lunch provided. Contact CSO Homework House Fellow Loida Pan at or the Community Service Office (CSO) ext. 2793.

Smith To Do: French Memo Boards, Saturday, Sept. 24, 9 p.m., Davis Ballroom

Stop by to create your own French memo board. While supplies last.

Gallery Talk + Artmaking with Eric Avery and Smith College VOX, Saturday, Sept. 24, Noon, Museum of Art

Chat, snack and learn-to-print with Eric Avery and Smith College VOX. Explore the exhibition "Eric Avery: AIDS WORK" with the artist, Avery, at noon, followed by an art-making activity (inspired by the show) and refreshments in the atrium. Drop by to connect with the artist, VOX, and your museum. For more information, visit

So You Want To Be a Curator? Enter Student Picks by September 25

Do you want to curate a show at the Smith College Museum of Art? If so, enter the Student Picks sweepstakes for a chance to design and curate a one-day show from SCMA’s Works on Paper collection. All Smith students are welcome to apply, no art history or museum experience needed. The Student Picks Sweepstakes runs this year from September 2–24. Enter online here: or through the museum’s Facebook and Instagram pages,or by ballot at Neilson Library, the Campus Center, and the museum lobby. Students may enter as many times as they like.

Bike Kitchen Bike Rentals, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2-5 p.m., Bike Kitchen, Talbot Basement

Do you need a bike for the Fall 2016 semester? First-come, first-serve bike rentals at the Smith College Bike Kitchen - $20 for a bike or volunteer your time with the Bike Kitchen in exchange for a bike.

Information Session on International Experience Grants (IEGs), Tuesday, Sept. 27, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Students are invited to come and learn more about the International Experience Grants (IEGs). IEGs provide partial funding toward study, research, internships, volunteer, or self-designed projects outside of the United States during J-Term or the summer. Applications for awards of between $500 and $3,500 will be considered, and the typical grant amount is $1000. All are welcome to attend the session for more specific details.

Presentation and Q&A: 'College and University Endowments, Divestment and Impact Investing', September 28 or October 17, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

As part of the work of the Study Group on Climate Change, Mike Howard, vice president for finance and administration, will give a presentation for students: "College and University Endowments, Divestment and Impact Investing." Students can choose between two dates: Wednesday, Sept. 28, 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Neilson Browsing Room (dinner for the first 50 attendees will be provided) or Wednesday, October 17, 7 to 8 p.m. in the Neilson Browsing Room (light refreshments will be provided).

Spend January in India with the Five College Tibetan Studies in India Program: Info Session, Thursday, Sept. 29, Noon, Dewey Common Room

Learn about the Tibetan Studies in India Program at the Central University of Tibetan Studies in Sarnath, India. You will meet Prof. Jay Garfield who will lead the trip and learn about the course of studies in India, the application process and more. There will also be a brief introduction to the South India Term Abroad program. Bring your lunch, drinks provided. The J-term program begins December 27 and ends January 24. For more information, visit (An additional information session will be held at Hampshire College on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 12:15 p.m. in Franklin Patterson Hall, Faculty Lounge.

South India Term Abroad (SITA) Information Session, Thursday, Sept. 29, Noon, Dewey Common Room

Learn more about the South India Term Abroad from Prof. Nalini Bhushan. Classes are held in Madurai, a city in Tamil Nadu. Students study Tamil language, and choose three electives to study. In addition to a two-week study tour of temple cities, various field trips are led by faculty, from August until mid-October. Students live in Indian homes with host families throughout the city and bicycle to classes at the center. There will also be a presentation on the Tibetan Studies In India Program for January term 2017. Bring your lunch, drinks provided.

Lecture/Performance: 'The Masked Theater of Cuban Abakua. Communication by Gestures, Costumes and Chants', Thursday, Sept. 22, 4:30 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

A presentation of the NEH-sponsored translation project of Lydia Cabrera’s phrasebook vocabulary of the Cuban Abakuá society. Featuring master Cuban percussionists "Roman" Diaz, David Virelles, Sandy Perez and Clemente Medina directly from New York City, as well as colleagues from Cameroon. Dancer and chanter Angel Guerrero and Diosdado Rodriguez Ramos will fly up from Miami to join drummers on this ritual Abakua presentation. Victor Manfredi, Boston University, Ivor Miller, UniCalabar and 2016-17 Hutchins Center Fellow at Harvard University and Patricia Gonzalez, Smith Senior Lecturer will present their NEH work.

Principles of Investing: Week 2, Thursday, Sept. 22, Noon, Neilson Browsing Room

This week, Professor Roger Kaufman will address the following topics: how and where to buy stocks, income statements and dividends, price-earnings ratios, value vs. growth stocks, and stock splits. Lunch will be provided to the first 70 attendees; no registration required.

'The Book of Forbidden Wisdom' A Reading by Prof. Gillian Kendall, Thursday, Sept. 22, 4:15 p.m., Seelye 207

In Gillian Kendall's YA fantasy, 16-year-old Angel attempts to escape a country in which women have little agency. With three companions, she seeks The Book of Forbidden Wisdom, which has the power to transform the world around her. Along the way, however, Angel learns that to be free is also to know the things, dark and light, that lie in the recesses of her heart. After the reading, Professor Kendall is happy to answer questions.

Eric Avery: 'Art as Medicine/Medicine as Art', Monday, Sept. 26, 4 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Eric Avery, emeritus associate professor of medical humanities, The Institute for the Medical Humanities, The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas, will present this talk which is part of the Fall 2016 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 p.m.; talk to begin at 4:30 p.m. Visit for the full schedule. Avery's 'AIDS WORK' exhibit is on view through December 11 at the Smith College Museum of Art.

WHAW 'The Aftermath of the Rio Olympics: The Impact on Brazil', Tuesday, Sept. 27, 4 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Join in a discussion about the impact that the Olympics had on Brazil with panelists Andy Zimbalist from Economics, Marguerite Harrison from Spanish & Portuguese, Malcolm McNee from Spanish and Portuguese, and Nashwa Al-sharki, Class of 2017.

'Practice. Practice. Practice.' A Kahn Institute Lecture by Lisa Leizman, Dancer, Choreographer, Yoga Teacher, Friday, Sept. 30, 5 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

What is practice? Local dancer, choreographer and Yoga instructor Lisa Leizman, whose work extends across several kinds of practice, will discuss the subject of practice. Free and open to all. Is "practice" regular preparation for some future event? The application of thoroughly proficient training? A method or discipline? Is it a set of customs, traditions or observations? Or is it a common yet elusive experience in human life and activity? Of the many dimensions and purposes of practice, what do you practice and why? Part of the Kahn short-term project "Practice." For more information, visit

SEC Vocal Expressions Presents Michael Lee, Thursday, Sept. 22, 9 p.m., Campus Center TV Lounge

Michael Lee is a Minneapolis poet, performer, fiction writer, and youth worker. Remaining active on the stage, he is a Rust Belt Regional Poetry Slam Champion, a National Poetry Slam semi-finalist and an Individual World Poetry Slam Finalist. Currently, he attends the Harvard Graduate School of Education and lives with many books and a coffee pot. Come hear Michael Lee share his poetry on topics that include addiction, mental illness, poverty, and death with student performances starting at 8:30 p.m.

Global Salon: Introduction to the Cuban Bàtá Drums, Thursday, Sept. 22, Noon, Wright Hall 238

Speakers: Ivor Miller, Senior Lecturer at Bassey Andah Institute for African and Asian Studies at the University of Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria and 2016-17 Fellow at the Hutchins Center at Harvard University. Discussants will include Cuban Bàtá drummers Román Díaz and Sandy Pérez.

SEC Presents 'The Man Who Knew Infinity' , Friday & Saturday, Sept. 23 & 24, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

The film is the true story story of brilliant East Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan (Dev Patel), who travels to Trinity College in England to work with professor G.H. Hardy (Jeremy Irons).

Josten Live! Fridays@Five Features a Play Reading, September 23, 5 p.m., Josten Library, Mendenhall

Vignettes from -- that play with the black-rimmed glasses -- read by special, secret guests with members of the Student Theatre Committee. Josten Live! is a patron-driven performance series celebrating the creative lives of its library users and the acoustic brilliance of its Mezzanine. Brief, free, fun, and open to all.

Music in the Noon Hour: Debussy, Hahn, Faure, Seymour Barab, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 12:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Mary Hubbell, soprano, and Judith Gordon, piano, perform works by Debussy, Hahn, Faure, and Seymour Barab, for the first Music in the Noon Hour of the Fall. Come for a relaxing half hour of music in the beautiful Sweeney Concert Hall.

Jittery's Live! Presents Mal Blum, Thursday, Sept. 29, 9 p.m., Campus Center TV Lounge

Mal Blum writes often self-referential, first-person narratives, sets them to music containing elements from anti-folk, punk or folk genres and tours nationally, usually alone in a little car, but sometimes with a band or another songwriter for company.

Sage Chamber Music Society Faculty Trio, Sunday, Oct. 2, 3 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Joel Pitchon, violin; Volcy Pelletier, cello; and Judith Gordon, piano will explore classical, classically romantic and neo-romantic works of Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Joan Tower. Free and open to the public.

'The Naked I: Self-Defined', Sunday, Oct. 2, 7 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

"The Naked I: Self-Defined" is a brand new play from 20% Theatre Company in Minneapolis that explores queer, transgender, and gender non-conforming experiences through monologues, short scenes, and spoken word poems. The Naked I: Self-Defined had its full-length, sold-out world premiere in Minneapolis in February 2016 and involved over 75 LGBTQ and allied artists. This performance will be approximately 75 minutes, followed by a Q&A with the artists! Warning of adult language and sexual content. Sponsored by the Office of Inclusion, Diversity & Equity and Center for Religious and Spiritual Life at Smith College.

Round Table: 'Curriculum and Campus Culture' with the Study Group on Climate Change , September 23 or 26, Noon, Campus Center 103/4

How can Smith address climate change through the curriculum? Are there programs and events we can offer to support sustainability on campus for students, staff and faculty? Share your input with members of the Study Group on Climate Change. Choose the date that best fits your schedule: September 23 or September 26, both at noon in Campus Center 103/4. Light lunch will be served. For more information, visit

Soup, Salad and Soul, Friday, Sept. 23, Noon, Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Soup Salad and Soul is a student-led, soul-ful conversation over homemade vegetarian-friendly soup and salad prepared by student cooks every Friday at noon. Students, faculty and staff are invited for dialogue on current events, Smith issues of interest, matters of spirituality and topics posed by student leaders in a welcoming environment. All are welcome.

Dollars & $ense for Incoming Smithies, Saturday, Sept. 24, 11 a.m., Neilson Browsing Room

New college students face a few financial challenges: opening new bank accounts, dealing with credit card advertisements, budgeting for necessities and for fun, and much more. This workshop will cover some of the personal finance issues facing new students to help get entering Smithies and their wallets off to a good start in college. Pancake breakfast provided; space is limited. Sign up at

Smith Watches the Presidential Debate - Live Coverage of the Clinton-Trump Debate, Monday, Sept. 26, 8:45 p.m., Stoddard Auditorium

Smith Department of Government sponsored gathering to watch the televised live coverage of the Clinton-Trump presidential debate. Short discussion to follow.

Mindful Mondays: Sit, Eat, Talk to Us! - 'How Do We Prioritize?', Monday, Sept. 26, 12:15 p.m., Campus Center 204

Co-facilitated by Matilda Cantwell, Interim Director of Religious and Spiritual Life, and Jess Bacal, Director of the Wurtele Center, this series includes free food, short contemplative exercises, and 45-minute conversations about navigating the demands of this rigorous institution while sustaining a rich inner life. Each week, they host a faculty discussion leader. The topic this week is: Do we "have time" for things, or do we "make time" for things? How do we prioritize and decide what is important? Kate Queeney, Professor of Chemistry, will lead the conversation. No registration required.

Support Group for Survivor's of Sexual Trauma, Wednesday, Sept. 28, 4:15 p.m.

Weekly support group for student survivors run by Michelle Marchese, LICSW and co-facilitator TBA. New members welcomed on September 28 and October 5. Register by calling Counseling Services at (413) 585-2843.

Public Speaking with Susan Daniels: 'How to Use Your Unique Qualities for Authentic Presentation', Wednesday, Sept. 28, 7 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Co-sponsored by the Lazarus, Wurtele and Jacobson centers, this 90-minute workshop will help you identify and use your strengths to present confidently and authentically every time you speak. Refreshments served. No registration required.

Olga Naumovich '98: 'How to Do Well at the Investment Bank Interview', Monday, Oct. 3, 4:30 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

This interactive presentation with Smith alumna Olga Naumovich '98, managing director for investment banking (IB) at Goldman Sachs, will provide helpful tips and useful strategies for acing the IB interview.

Life Sciences Study Abroad Info. Session, Monday, Oct. 3, Noon, McConnell Foyer/103

Are you majoring in Biology, Biochemistry, Environmental Science & Policy, Marine Sciences, or Neuroscience and are interested in studying abroad? This session will cover which programs offer the best international setting for your academic development. Come learn where to apply and how to best use the opportunities available to you!

Buddhist Lunch Talk: 'The Problem with Allies--White Work in Anti-Racism', Thursday, Sept. 22, Noon, Bodman Lounge, Chapel

A true ally is not seen. When we cling to an identity it inhibits authentic relationships across differences. Without clinging to this identity, how do we as white people effectively and sustainably respond to the racism and violence present in our nation? Dr. Catherine Anraku Hondorp Sensei, who grew up as a white queer, dancer and choreographer in a poor, black inner city, will deliver this talk. Anraku is a Smith College Buddhist Community Religious Adviser and co-founder of Two Streams Zen, a multicultural Dharma Movement dedicated to transforming people and communities through fearless intimacy and living compassion.

Jewish Community Shabbat, Friday, Sept. 23, 5:30 p.m., Kosher Kitchen

The Smith College Jewish Community (SCJC) welcomes Shabbat every Friday at the Kosher Kitchen, at Jordan House. The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with Kabbalat Shabbat, where students gather together, light Shabbat candles, and sing songs and psalms to welcome the Sabbath. This is followed at 6 p.m. by a gourmet vegetarian dinner. All students are welcome.

Spiritual-i-tea, Friday, Sept. 23, 3 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Questioning? Want a working definition of spirituality? Want to explore faith, contemplative practice, and share with others in an interfaith and interactive environment? Come talk to The Rev. Matilda Cantwell, interim director of religious and spiritual life. Tea and refreshments will be served. All are welcome.

Rosh Hashanah with Smith Jewish Community Begins, Sunday, Oct. 2

Rosh HaShanah services will be led by Smith’s Jewish Student Advisor, Rabbi Rhonda Shapiro-Rieser. Services are a combination of Conservative, Reform, and creative practice. Orthodox students are invited to contact the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life or Rabbi Shapiro-Rieser with questions regarding available services or transportation information. Erev Rosh Hashanah services will begin at 6 p.m. on Sunday October 2nd, at the Chapel, followed by a kosher dinner at 7:30 p.m. in the Alumnae House. On Monday, October 3rd, Rosh Hashanah services begin at 10:00 a.m. Lunch and a Tashlich ceremony will follow. All students are welcome!

'Old Lesbian Memory Quilt Story': An Oral History Reading, Thursday, Sept. 29, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Alumnae Gym

“The Old Lesbian Memory Quilt Story” is Edie Daly’s story and part of the “Old Lesbian Oral Herstory Project” (OLOHP). An oral history project which began in 1997, OLOHP focused on lesbians 70 and older. Theirs are the stories of women who lived through a unique period in our history. Nine Old Lesbians from the Valley will read Edie's story at the Sophia Smith Collection in the Alumnae Gymnasium. In the Q&A section of the evening, those in attendance will be encouraged to share their own memories. For more info, contact or

Design After 5 - The Design Thinking Initiative Open House , Thursday, Sept. 29, 5:30-7 p.m., Capen Annex

The Design Thinking Initiative invites you to an open house at Capen Annex. Join us for an evening of wine and conversation about design, where we unveil our focus themes for the year and ways that the Smith College community can get actively involved in reimagining the campus through design thinking. For more information, visit

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