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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.
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 is still open for faculty and staff fitness program. More information may be found on the ESS website at https://www.smith.edu/ess/fitness.php
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.
Please join us in welcoming new Dean of Libraries Susan Fliss. Refreshments will be served.
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 https://www.smith.edu/kahninstitute/current.php.
President McCartney welcomes anyone in the Smith Community to spend a brief one-on-one with her anytime during the one hour time slot.
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 http://bit.ly/2aOQpaL
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.
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: http://bit.ly/2bCFSym Please feel free to contact us at DonorRelations@smith.edu for any additional information.
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 https://goo.gl/Q7VLPN
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 tinyurl.com/tradtions2016.
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 https://goo.gl/bZrx3S 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Chair, Sakshee Chawla, email@example.com.
Whenever Mountain Day takes place this fall, note that Health Services will be open during its regular hours.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 2793.
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
A fun night for Smithies to meet other Smithies and make friends.
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 email@example.com or the Community Service Office (CSO) ext. 2793.
Stop by to create your own French memo board. While supplies last.
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 https://goo.gl/lCPz11
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: goo.gl/forms/V6TjGKEq5vJrJd623 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.
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.
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.
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).
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 https://goo.gl/M3WKtQ (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.
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.
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.
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.
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, 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 http://www.smith.edu/biology/events.php for the full schedule. Avery's 'AIDS WORK' exhibit is on view through December 11 at the Smith College Museum of Art.
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.
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 http://www.smith.edu/kahninstitute/current.php
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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" 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.
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 https://www.smith.edu/climatechange/
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.
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 http://www.smith.edu/wfi.
Smith Department of Government sponsored gathering to watch the televised live coverage of the Clinton-Trump presidential debate. Short discussion to follow.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 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!
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org or EDFeather@gmail.com.
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 http://smithiesdesign.com/