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The Smith eDigest is sent to all campus e-mail accounts on Tuesday and Thursday each week during the academic year, and on Tuesday during the summer, providing important notices, college news, links to articles of general interest to the community, deadline notifications, and other college information. Submissions are due by 5 p.m. the day before publication date. Information on submitting items is available at: https://www.smith.edu/news-stories/edigest-form/.

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05/21/2024 Digest


Geothermal Energy Project

Geothermal Energy Project Update
Monday, May 20

Fencing, signage, and scrim in the Quad will be reconfigured and cleaned up to prepare for Commencement and Reunion weekends. Starting Monday, May 20, erection of fencing and site preparation will begin on Comstock lawn. Parking on Paradise Road between Mandelle Road and Dryads Green will be unavailable in order to accommodate equipment staging. Trenching activities are ongoing in the Central District near Neilson Library, Bass Hall, Lawrence House, and the area outside of Tyler and Morris houses. Please view the project website, http://smithgeoenergy.info, to view the graphic which outlines work areas.

Faculty/Staff Notices

Read the New Issue of the Smith College Staff Council Chronicle

Smith College Staff Council has published a new edition of its newsletter, the Chronicle. This issue features interviews, staff profiles, information about getting involved with Staff Council, and more. All staff are invited to check it out at https://sites.smith.edu/staff-chronicle/

New Parking Website

The decal purchasing portal has been updated, and faculty/staff decal sales will open at 9 a.m. on May 27. Faculty and staff are required to log into https://portal.permitsales.net/driverportal/smith with their Smith credentials and complete their profiles prior to purchasing a decal; this can be completed prior to the opening of sales. Note: you MUST use your campus address in the address field to prevent any delays in receiving your decal. Drivers with outstanding fines are prohibited from purchasing a decal for the 24-25 academic year until their fines have been paid. Please email parkingdecals@smith.edu with any questions.

Register for Workday Help Summer Sessions, Virtual Event

New Workday training sessions for budgets, invoices, expense reports, punchouts, and requisitions have been added in June, July, and August. Visit the article in Workday titled Training and Help Sessions (link below) for more information, to see available dates and times, and to sign up. https://www.smith.edu/workday-training

eDigest Summer Schedule Begins
Tuesday, May 21

The Smith eDigest will begin the summer distribution schedule Tuesday, May 21, with one edition a week, every Tuesday. The deadline for submissions will be Monday at 5 p.m. On Tuesday, Aug. 20, eDigest will resume a twice-weekly publication schedule. Send any inquiries to edigest@smith.edu.

Student Notices

MIND in Development Lab Seeking Research Participants!

The MIND in Development Lab is seeking participant pairs 18+ to pilot an fNIRS (a safe, non-invasive way to measure brain activity) study where you and a friend will both complete puzzle tasks. This study will be 1 session for approximately 60-90 minutes in Burton Hall, and you and your friend will both be compensated $15/per hour via Amazon or Visa eGift Card. We are enrolling participants from May 21- June 3. Please email mindlab@smith.edu with any questions and to sign up!

Technology News

Update to the Digital Support Site Request Help Page

Beginning Thursday, May 23, community members requesting help on the Digital Support Site will see a new webpage. The new page includes forms for commonly requested types of support. Submitting requests using the new forms will help streamline the process of routing tickets to the appropriate ITS team. As always, users can also email ithelp@smith.edu anytime.

Moodle Upgrade
Wednesday, May 22, 4-8 p.m.

Moodle will be unavailable to faculty, instructors, and students on Wednesday, May 22 from 4:00-8:00 PM EST while it undergoes an upgrade. If you have any issues with Moodle or questions about use after the upgrade is complete, please email ithelp@smith.edu. Instructors may notice the Gradebook functions differently in the upgraded version. Moodle workshops will be held in August, watch eDigest for registration details. You can also email ithelp@smith.edu to meet with one of our support team members.