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Smith employees have two months beyond the end of the calendar year in which to spend their FSA election dollars. The deadline for spending 2016 FSA election dollars is February 28. The deadline for submitting receipts for reimbursement is March 31. This applies to both medical flexible spending accounts and dependent-care flexible spending accounts. For details about how to manage your flexible spending account, contact Lynn Cocco, in HR, at ext. 2273.
Update your calendars: the date of the All-Employee Picnic has been changed to Tuesday, June 13. What hasn't changed? Everything that you've loved about past years' picnics--the great food, the fun activities, and enjoying a beautiful early summer day with your colleagues. That's all going to be happening again. Stay tuned for more details in upcoming weeks.
The Controller’s office will be offering Banner Finance training and budget process trainings from March to June. Topics will cover the basics of Banner INB, journal entry, process/prep/documentation, FOAPAL element review and any general accounting questions. A member from the budget team will be available to answer any questions on reporting and the budget process. The days being offered are March 16, April 13, May 11 and June 8 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in Seelye B2. Each class can hold up to 12 people. To sign up for the class, email Amanda Zajac at email@example.com or call ext. 2211.
Please donate cleaning supplies to support the refugee families arriving in Northampton. There is an urgent need for the following items: trash bags, sponges, mops/brooms, multi-purpose cleaners, paper towels and dish soap. Donation bins are located on the first level of Wright Hall and Campus Center 106. If you would like to make cash donations that would go toward providing rental assistance to the families, contact Kavita Bhandari at firstname.lastname@example.org Sponsored by the Jandon Center for Community Engagement
This year the number of available job openings in Facilities Management for the Summer Employment is very limited. If there are any vacancies available once returning workers are hired, new applicants will be contacted according to the priority list. On-line applications for new hires must be submitted by Thursday, March 3, at 4:30 p.m. As a reminder, priority for filling positions goes first to eligible returning workers from the previous summer, Smith College undergraduate students, then to undergraduate college age dependents and then to high school age dependents. For information on how to apply, visit https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/hr/summer-employment
Upper College Lane will be restricted to one-way traffic (south-bound, like the bulb show) from Elm Street to Green St. beginning Monday, Feb. 20. This will continue every day from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, for approximately two weeks. Heavy equipment will be used along College Lane to install helical piles for the new accessible boardwalk. In addition, Paradise Pond will be drawn down four inches to accommodate site excavation for foundation construction of the Crew House addition. The pond will remain drawn down for several weeks.
Linda Hiesiger, procurement director, is leaving Smith after 10 years of service. Please join us for light refreshments to wish her well in her future endeavors.
All faculty are invited to participate in a series of lunchtime gatherings to discuss questions concerning the role of academia in taking on the social and environmental challenges likely to result from the broad range of issues currently under attack by the new executive branch of our government. We will provide lunch and a meeting space, but ultimately, we intend for this learning community to be driven by the faculty participants, and the form and approach are flexible. RSVP to Joanne (email@example.com) for our first lunchtime meeting and/or to indicate interest for later events. Stop by CEEDS with questions.
The Smith College softball program will be hosting a Home Run Breakfast on Friday, March 3 from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. in the Carroll Room of the Campus Center. The breakfast includes a full buffet, and there will be raffle baskets at the event. Tickets are available for $15 or a table of eight can be purchased for $100. All proceeds will directly support the softball program and their Spring Training trip to Florida. Don't miss this opportunity to meet the 2017 Pioneers and head coach Emily Lopez. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-585-2723.
Join HR's Kate Harrington to better understand the College's new staff annual performance review and process cycle. Come to learn about the next stage in the performance review process, review the materials, ask questions, and review the new annual performance review form at any of these information sessions: Friday, March 3; Friday, March 10; Thursday, March 16, and Friday, March 24. To register, visit http://bit.ly/2lvbEmX
Join HR's Kate Harrington to focus on effectively writing performance reviews. There will be examples and tips on employee performance evaluation, writing employee reviews, a sample performance review, and a review of the most common pitfalls in the process. This workshop is offered twice: Monday, March 6, and Monday, March 20. Both workshops will take place in Conference Center, Oak Room, 2-3:30 p.m. To register, visit http://bit.ly/2lvbEmX
Document your favorite memory of Neilson Library in a scrapbook. Write it up - illustrate it - take a selfie - and help create a book of memories about the library. The scrapbook will be available at the Circulation Desk through the rest of the semester and will be housed forever in the Archives once the library closes for renovation. For more information, visit http://www.smith.edu/libraries/info/news/neilson-scrapbook
The selection process for the summer first-year reading program—"Smith Reads"—is underway.
If you would like to suggest a text for the incoming class of 2021, please submit your request by visiting https://www.smith.edu/student-life/smith-reads Look for "Suggest a Book"
The Development office is looking for a senior who would be interested in a volunteer speaking opportunity during Commencement and Reunion weekends in May. Each year a student who has received financial aid to attend Smith speaks at the Ivy Day ceremony and the Alumnae Association Annual Meeting to relate to visiting alumnae and parents how Smith has helped the student. Public-speech coaching will be provided prior to the event. If this is an opportunity that interests you, please contact Barbara Rejniak at email@example.com for more information and to schedule an interview.
Last day to self-Nominate for a 2017 Grinspoon EI Award is Friday, March 10. Small monetary awards are available from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation in recognition of a student's entrepreneurial spirit. Concept awards, up to $500, are given for pre-revenue phase ventures; Spirit awards, up to $1,000, are given for revenue generating ventures.
Eat some snacks and test your knowledge in a pop-culture-themed trivia night put on by Student Event Committee. The Grand Prize for the winning team will be posters signed by Laverne Cox, with many other opportunities for prizes throughout the night.
Five extraordinary alumnae will be celebrated at the annual all-college Rally Day convocation at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 23, in John M. Greene Hall. The 2017 Smith Medalists are: social activist Gloria Steinem ’56, economist Laura D’Andrea Tyson ’69, cardiac pulmonary surgeon Vickie Shannon ’79, broadcast news executive Ellen Weiss ’81 and winemaker/winery owner Helen Sebring Keplinger ’94. https://www.smith.edu/news/five-alumnae-named-2017-smith-medalists/). A reception with the medalists will follow in the Campus Center Carroll Room. Afternoon classes are cancelled for Rally Day.
It’s big. It’s festive. It’s your party. On February 24, spend a night in the ancient Mediterranean during this lively after-hours, student-only event at your museum. In addition to SCMA’s expansive collection—accompanied by live in-gallery acoustic music—highlights include: music DJ’d by WOZQ; Mediterranean-inspired mocktails, appetizers & desserts; polaroid pictures; hands-on art making; and the special exhibition, "Leisure and Luxury in the Age of Nero: The Villas of Oplontis Near Pompeii." Come dressed as your inner deity and share your experience online with #naym. Enter through the Brown Fine Arts center atrium.
Are you interested in making meaningful change on campus with a group of like-minded "doers"? Connecting with students at other colleges and universities who are doing the same and meeting up with them once a year in Silicon Valley - at no cost to you? If so, apply by March 3 to become a member of Smith's second Leadership Circle of University Innovation Fellows. Find more detail at https://www.smith.edu/wfi/entrepreneurship_university-innovation.php or email René Heavlow from CCIE firstname.lastname@example.org
Want to make a difference at Smith? Apply to become a Bridge Leader. Applications for the 2017 Bridge Leader Staff are now online. Get all the important dates and details by checking out the application at https://goo.gl/jEnzGe Completed application materials are due February 27. Questions? Contact L'Tanya Richmond at email@example.com or stop by Clark Hall.
Take a candy, leave a note. The junior class cabinet presents "Share the Love", a space to create, share and spread positivity through words and drawings.
SGA is sponsoring accessible commercial bus rides to Bradley Airport for Spring Break. The cost of a one-way ticket is $25. We accept OneCard and checks, but no cash. To purchase your ticket come to the SGA Office, 206 Campus Center, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets cannot be purchased on the bus. For the shuttle schedule, visit https://goo.gl/hUWM64 For more information, call 413-585-4950 or ext. 4950.
The CSO Spring Blood Drive is on Tuesday, Feb. 28, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and Wednesday, March 1, 1 to 7 p.m. To sign up as a donor, visit http://www.redcross.org, click on “Find a Drive” and enter “SmithFeb.” The site will prompt you to create an account if you are not already a donor. If you are unable to donate blood, you can help the nurses at the Blood Drive. To sign up to volunteer, visit https://doodle.com/poll/zis5sa8eqg3gzxku For more information, contact Dana Wood firstname.lastname@example.org or the Community Service Office email@example.com.
Come learn about the unique, hands-on SEA Semester program. SEA Semester offers field-based environmental programs to students of all majors. Students learn how to sail and embark on a research voyage to either the Caribbean, Europe, New Zealand or French Polynesia while becoming active crew members on a 134' ship. We offer six different semester programs focusing on environmental topics such as global climate change, cultural and environmental sustainability, and conservation and marine biodiversity. Stop by the SEA table from 10-2pm to get more information and talk to SEA representatives.
The annual Draper Competition for Collegiate Women Entrepreneurs is hosted and organized by the Conway Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center, Smith College's initiative devoted to the support of innovation and entrepreneurship. The Team Leader must complete the online application and upload an Executive Summary by 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, March 1. No school affiliation information should be included in the executive summary. A selection committee will evaluate submissions and complete a scorecard for each team; up to 60 teams will be invited to Round 2.
Wednesday, March 1, is the last day to drop a full semester course without penalty or use of a free drop. Course drops require the signature of the instructor and adviser on the add/drop form before being submitted to the class deans' office. All deadlines and forms are on the registrar's website: https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/registrar
The Baystate Research Associate Program that provides students with hands-on experience in research and how an emergency room functions, and Big Brothers Big Sisters where mentors make a positive difference in the lives of youth through a one-to-one relationship, are looking for volunteers. Lunch of pizza, salad, and grape leaves will be provided. For more information, contact the Community Service Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 2793.
University Innovation Fellows work to increase student exposure to: team building skills, innovation opportunities, design thinking, entrepreneurship, venture creation and funding resources. University Innovation Fellows receive year-round mentorship, connection with other Fellows digitally, and attend national conferences in Silicon Valley. This international network of like-minded students helps Fellows learn from one another and foster multi-institution collaborations. At Smith, Fellows work closely with faculty and staff, gain in-depth knowledge of how various campus organizations work and are change agents to improve the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem for their peers.
As a digital humanist, Jessica Marie Johnson, assistant professor of history, Johns Hopkins University, engages ways digital and social media disseminate and create historical narratives, in particular, comparative histories of slavery and people of African descent, and the power of radical media to create social change. Sponsored by the History Department.
Scarlet S. Shell '01, assistant professor of biology and biotechnology, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, will present this talk which is part of the Spring 2017 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 http://www.smith.edu/biology/events.php for the full schedule.
Catherine McCusker, assistant professor of biology, University of Massachusetts Boston, will present this talk which is part of the Spring 2017 Mary Elizabeth Dickason King M.D. Annual Lecture Series in the Life Sciences in Memory of Professor Howard Parshley. Lunch in the foyer starting at 11:45 a.m. Please bring your own beverage. For full schedule, visit http://www.smith.edu/biology/events.php.
How do the experiences of underrepresented students studying abroad differ from that of “traditional” students? How can institutions better support students from different backgrounds when they return from study abroad? Join the Lewis Global Studies center as DuBois Jennings discusses the re-entry program he created at Hamilton College and share student feedback and observations on best practices to help students reflect on and continue to grow from their time abroad.
Beverly Daniel Tatum is a scholar, teacher, author, and race-relations expert. Before becoming a Smith College trustee, Tatum earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology and M.A. in religious studies, taught psychology at Mount Holyoke College, and led Spelman College as its ninth president. The director of the Sherrerd Center for Teaching and Learning will draw from questions submitted by members of the Smith College community via a Google form https://goo.gl/forms/7kdy8N4NFhCD0dXI3 to facilitate an on-stage conversation with Tatum about creating inclusive classrooms. This event is free and open to the public. More information can be found here https://www.smith.edu/sherrerdcenter/
Dava Sobel, former Smith College Jacobson Professor and one of our country's most distinguished science writers, will read from and talk about her soon-to-be released book, "The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measurement of the Stars." It tells the story of seven pioneering woman astronomers who made crucial contributions to the work of the Harvard Observatory-and blazed a trail for future women scientists. Sobel is also the author of the acclaimed books "Longitude," "Galileo's Daughter," "The Planets" and "A More Perfect Heaven." This lecture is sponsored by the Smith College English Department.
"Buddhism in Current China", the first of two lectures delivered by the Ven. Yifa in the Robed Warriors series hosted by the Smith College Buddhist Studies Program. As the founder of the Woodenfish Project for experiential education and scholastic engagement with the Chinese Buddhist world, located first in Taiwan and since 2009 in Beijing, Ven. Yifa has been a first-hand witness of many changes and revivals within the Buddhist community in China. In her lecture Ven. Yifa will share her reflections on the phenomena of Buddhist rejuvenation in current China. West Lecture Hall, Franklin Patterson Hall, Hampshire College.
Professor of Government Velma Garcia will discuss her book on the private correspondence between Gabriela Mistral and Doris Dana.
Neutrinos are everywhere. They are tiny particles of matter, like the ones of which we and all the everyday objects around us are made, but a billion times more abundant. This lecture, by pre-eminent neutrino physicist Boris Kayser, will introduce the neutrinos and describe their nature and exotic behavior. “If there were no neutrinos, the sun and stars would not shine," Kayser has said. "There would be no energy from the sun to keep us warm, no atoms more complicated than hydrogen, no carbon, no oxygen, no water, no us." All invited; part of "Modes and Models of Making." http://www.smith.edu/kahninstitute
Tamar Zandberg is a sitting Member of Knesset (Parliament) in Israel. She is part of a new generation of women leaders determined to promote legislation that supports the rights of marginalized groups in Israeli society. Tamar's party, Meretz, identifies itself as a leading voice of the Left in domestic politics, with a longstanding commitment to the promotion of human and civil rights for all residents of Israel and a firm separation between religion and state. At Smith she will talk about what it means to be part of a political opposition.
Harold Glasser, executive director for campus sustainability, Western Michigan University, explores foundational issues of sustainable well-being societies. Placing our current concepts of sustainability in the context of three historical revolutions, Glasser challenges key assumptions grounded in this history that he argues are no longer consistent with our knowledge of the state of the planet, the goals of sustainable well-being societies, or our survival as a species. Glasser discusses building new, life-affirming narratives, concluding with examples for creating meaningful, lasting change with powerful new models that displace, rather than fight, existing models; thus ushering in a fourth, sustainable well-being revolution.
Join a conversation with Joan Lebold Cohen ‘54 and Jane DeBevoise of Asia Art Archive, with participation of artist and curator Kong Chang’an. Experiencing post-Cultural Revolution China first-hand, Ms. Cohen formed a rare collection of approximately 16,500 slides that relate to work by artists in and from mainland China, Vietnam, and other Asian territories, dating from the 1970s to the early 2000s. In this talk, she will discuss her documentation process, and show a selection of slides that offer glimpse into the last few decades of 20th-century China.
This lecture explores ultra-fast plant movements through high-speed video, which slows down the movements and defines the biomechanics of the motion. Through examination of the plants in their native habitat, Joan Edwards helps us better understand these fast movements and how they benefit the plant. Joan Edwards is a botanist whose research focus is plant-animal interactions. She is Professor and Chair of the Biology Department at Williams College. A faculty member there since 1979, she teaches courses in Ecology, Plant Systematics and Conservation Biology. A reception and view of the Bulb Show at the Lyman Conservatory will follow. For more information, visit
Historian Bonnie J. Morris will lecture and read from her new book, "The Disappearing L: Erasure of Lesbian Spaces and Culture."
Rie Mori of Japan Women's University will present this talk sponsored by the Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures. Free and open to the public.
Directed by Megumi Lee '17, TIGERS BE STILL is a comedy that follows the misadventures of Sherry Wickman, a young woman who has recently earned her masters degree in art therapy only to find herself moving back home with her family, sending out countless résumés and waiting for the job offer that never comes. Unemployed and overwhelmed, Sherry retreats to her childhood bed and remains there until an unexpected employment opportunity gives her a renewed sense of purpose and hope. $10 General, $5 Students/Seniors, free for Smith students. http://www.smith.edu/smitharts
Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures Spring 2017 Film Series: Like Father, Like Son. An architect’s sense of fatherhood is shaken when he learns that his son was accidentally switched at birth. Next films in the series: Scandal Makers on March 24, 7pm, Dewey Common Room; Somewhere Between, film screening followed by panel discussion, April 14, 7pm, Seelye 106. Snacks and drinks! Free and open to the public.
Biennial event with performances by choirs from Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts. Featuring a combined performance of "Oseh Shalom" by Elaine Broad Ginsberg, conducted by Stephen Paparo. Free and open to the public.
A collage of pieces composed and arranged by Jerry Noble, featuring The Rusalka for French horn and piano, the premiere of new songs on Heine poetry, along with some traditional jazz, non-traditional jazz, Baroque songs, and classic rock. Performed by Jerry and Friends, who include Jean Jeffries, horn; Kara Noble, bass; Volcy Pelletier, cello; Joel Pitchon, violin; Bob Sparkman, clarinet; Peter W. Shea, baritone; and Marlene Wong, soprano. Special guests - members of the Smith College Chamber Singers. Free and open to the public. This event was rescheduled from February 12.
Bettina Bergmann, Helene Phillips Herzig ’49 Professor of Art History, Mount Holoyke College, will give a Spotlight Tour, “Living in a Kaleidoscope: Wall Paintings of Villa A.” Join Professor Bergmann for a close look at the wall paintings of Villa A at Oplontis. Free with museum admission. Meet in museum lobby. Space is limited.
The Festival showcases the music of various Five College student ensembles, vocal groups and big bands. In the best tradition of Five College cooperation, jazz musicians from each campus will perform for each other, listen to each other, and play together throughout the day. Free and open to the public.
Auditions for 'Icarus's Mother' by Sam Shepard will be held Sunday and Monday, March 5 and 6, and callbacks will be on Tuesday, March 7, 7-10 p.m. The play will be directed by Isabelle Brown '19, and performances will be May 3 and 4 at 7:30 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre. Perusal scripts are available in Josten Library. Roles for five actors. Five college and community members welcome. We welcome diversity and color inclusive casting. About the play: The lazy picnic taking place slowly becomes an electric vision of apocalyptic menace.
At this concert, composer Caroline Shaw will introduce her own vocal and instrumental pieces framed by music that inspired them by J. S. Bach, Chopin, and Paul Simon. Featured faculty and student performers include Joel Pitchon, violin; Sarah Briggs, violin; Jonathan Hirsh, viola; Volcy Pelletier, cello; Erin Pratt '17, Jasmine Caruk '17, piano; Sarah Arnold '19, cello; Michelle Eskin '18; Mia Lloyd '19; and the Smith College Choirs. Free and open to the public.
CMP Peer Workshops at CMP Digital/Video lab continue Tuesday, Feb 21, with Zoom Audio Recording Basics; Wednesday, Feb 22, Adobe Premiere Basics; Thursday, Feb 23, Final Cut Pro Basics; Monday, Feb 27, WordPress Basics, and Wednesday, March 1, Photoshop Basics.
Be a part of the Undesign the Redline exhibit by sharing your stories. Come by from 9-11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22, or 1-4 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24, to record your experience on how racism, red-lining or gentrification has shaped your community and neighborhood.
Join this soulful conversation every Friday at noon over delicious homemade vegetarian soup and salad prepared by student cooks. 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.
Elizabeth Drew Professor of Creative Writing Ruth Ozeki hosts "The Frustration Factor: Why Struggle and Failure are Essential Parts of Creative Life." This lunchtime series includes free food, short contemplative exercises, and conversations about navigating the demands of this rigorous institution while sustaining a rich inner life. Co-sponsored by The Wurtele Center for Work & Life and The Center for Religious and Spiritual Life. Visit http://www.smith.edu/cwl for more information.
SEA Semester is a field-based study abroad program focused on the ocean environment. They offer 6 different semester programs that focus on environmental topics ranging from global climate change to cultural and environmental sustainability to conservation and marine biodiversity. SEA semester programs include an on-shore component in Woods Hole, Massachusetts followed by a sailing research voyage in the Atlantic, Pacific, or Caribbean. Motivated students of all majors who are passionate about learning, inspired to take on real-world issues, and eager to become part of an unparalleled living and learning community are welcome to apply.
Come make a simple zine and learn about Labrys, Smith's only student-run art and literature collective. Materials and instructions provided, but feel free to bring your own.
With so many distractions, including our devices, paying attention and staying focused on learning is an ongoing problem. In this lunch-hour workshop, Gail Thomas will address some common issues and suggest strategies for dealing with them.
The Smith community is invited to a day of short periods of sitting and walking meditation, mindful eating, and sharing our stories. Beginners welcome. Childcare provided. Pre-registration for the Smith community open till March 2. To register, visit https://tinyurl.com/mindful-action. Kaira Jewel Lingo teaches Buddhist meditation and mindfulness internationally, with a focus on activists, people of color, artists, educators, families, and youth. Sponsored by the Jandon Center for Community Engagement, Wurtele Center for Work and Life, Schacht Center for Health and Wellness, and the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life. For more information, visit email@example.com
The Smith College Jewish Community (SCJC) welcomes Shabbat every Friday. 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.
Do you struggle to make peace between your identities? Do you feel that your gender and/or sexuality or your spirituality needs to be sacrificed to honor the other? Is it challenging to navigate participating in a community where part of your identity is alienated? If interested, please contact Hal: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please let us know if you have any accessibility needs or concerns.
Join the Smith College Jewish Community for a morning of text study with Rabbi Michael Cohen. We will incorporate discussions of environmentalism and conflict resolution, among other issues. Everyone is welcome. Bagels will be provided. Rabbi Michael Cohen is a Reconstructionist Rabbi and a founding faculty member of The Arava Institute for Environmental Studies. He also works on the faculty and staff at Bennington College where he teaches classes on conflict resolution for the College’s Center for the Advancement of Public Action.
Are there any more beautiful fields of flowers begging to be artistically captured than the flowering bulb nurseries of Holland? Irish artist, Mima Nixon, traveled to the Netherlands to do a series of watercolors for the book Dutch Bulbs and Gardens (1909). These paintings form the inspiration for this year's show as we combine reproductions of the artist's work with bulbs grown from the very fields she painted a hundred years ago. Where does the painting end and live bulbs begin?
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