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06/11/2019 Digest

Free Second Friday , Friday, June 14, 4 p.m., SCMA

4 – 7 p.m.: Hands on! Art making for all ages, inspired by works on view. Imprinted by Plastic: Use interesting bits of plastics, light sensitive paper, and the sun to create an artwork that reminds us of the lasting imprint of plastic on our environment. At 6 p.m., join Open Eyes: Guided conversation exploring a different art object each month. Museum shop open + complimentary light refreshments.

SSW Public Lecture Series: Courtney Cogburn , Wednesday, June 19, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

"Empathy is Insufficient: Addressing Resistance to Meaningful Engagement of Racism" Courtney Cogburn, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Columbia University School of Social Work, will employ a structural lens to examine contemporary manifestations of racism and will also explore factors that contribute to the denial or diminishment of anti-Black racism. We will also explore the use of emerging technologies (e.g. virtual reality) in building and moving beyond empathy to deepen structural competence and support more meaningful engagement of racism, particularly among White liberals. For more information about the SSW Public Lecture Series 2019:

Ombuds Office Schedule in the Summer - Mondays

Michael Stephens, Smith's Ombudsperson, will be on campus one day per week during the summer -- on Mondays. Please email him at to schedule a time to discuss any workplace concerns you are having.

Campus Police Child Car Seat Technicians

The Campus Police Department is proud to announce that it has a certified car safety seat technician on staff who can help members of our communities assure the safety of the children they are transporting. Outreach Officer Earl Brown is now available by appointment to assist members of our community with the inspection and proper installation of child safety seats. Contact campus police at 413-585-2490 to request an appointment.

R.A.D. Self Defense Class Sign up for July

The Rape Aggression Defense System is a program of realistic defense tactics and techniques. It is a comprehensive course for women that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction and avoidance and progresses to the basics of hands-on defense training. The R.A.D. course offered by the Department of Campus Police is taught by certified R.A.D. instructors. To register for interest in classes forming in July, send an email to Training times will be tailored for participation.

Members Double Discount Days , June 13 – 16, Museum of Art

Members Double Discount Days at the Museum Shop are June 13-16. Members can enjoy the Double Discount of 20% off their entire purchase during this event. They can shop in person or online too. If shopping online, use coupon code members20 at checkout: To join or renew a membership with the Museum, click on the link ( or join/renew in person at the Museum Shop.

Interested in participating in a research study and earn more CC cafe cash?

Interested in participating in a research study and earn more CC cafe cash? Earn a $7 campus center café gift card (or course credit for eligible classes) when you complete a study about postures, located in Bass Hall. You may be eligible if you: Are a female college student; Are between the ages of 18 – 27 years old; Have no injuries to your extremities; Have not previously participated in a SPAH lab postured experiment. Email to confirm your eligibility and schedule an appointment!

Parking Decals Available for Purchase

Faculty and staff decals are available for purchase. Please apply in person at the parking office, cash or check only, or online through touchnet where you can use a debit or credit card. The cost is $50, all decals expire on June 30, 2019.

The All-Employee Picnic is Monday June 17! , 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Chapin Lawn

Beautiful weather is forecast for the day of the All-Employee Picnic, Monday, June 17 at 11:30a.m. – 1:30p.m. on Chapin Lawn. Where operationally feasible, offices will close for the duration of the picnic to allow all who wish to attend to do so. Enjoying great food catered by Hillside Organic Catering and delicious hand-scooped ice cream from Maple Valley Creamery, plus trying to win a prize by finding “Smith words” in a word puzzle that will be distributed as you enter the picnic: what better way to celebrate summer’s arrival with your colleagues? See you there!

Smith Names New VP for Alumnae Relations

Denise Wingate Materre, a 1974 graduate of Smith, has been named the college’s vice president for alumnae relations. With more than 20 years of experience as a consultant to for-profit, nonprofit and educational organizations, Materre has a strong focus on developing women leaders, advancing diversity and inclusion, and helping to enhance and grow organizations.

06/04/2019 Digest

Transforming Roma Narratives: Advocacy Through Storytelling , Tuesday, June 4, 7 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Join Smith College School for Social Work (SSW) alumni and friends for a compelling and insightful evening with Academy Award nominated filmmaker and Co-Founder of Narativ Murray Nossel, M.S.W., Ph.D. Hosted by SSW Professional Education, the event is free and open to the public. Nossel will be joined by Nesime Salioska, a Roma rights advocate and they will discuss their use of storytelling as a means to empower Roma communities in Europe, with a particular focus on health-care provision.

Author Talk: Trash Talks—Revelations in Rubbish , Thursday, June 6, 5 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

Author and philosopher Elizabeth V. Spelman will talk about her “deep dive” into trash to discover who we are and what we value. Scavenging with abandon from sundry sources, including Darwin, Freud, Plato, Buddha, Milton, and Locke, the author explores the extent to which people rely on trash and waste to make sense of their lives and to shape connections with others. Elizabeth V. Spelman is Professor of Philosophy and Barbara Richmond 1940 Professor in the Humanities, Smith College.

art babes @ scma: Contemporary Kids , Thursday & Saturday, June 6 & 8, 10:15 - 11 a.m., Museum of Art

Join museum educator Gina Hall for an artful adventure fit for toddlers and their caregivers. We’ll explore a different theme each session, in the museum’s galleries and the Smith College campus. In June, find out what happens when you put toddlers into a gallery full of contemporary art. Spoiler alert: lots of fun! Register by emailing Members free, nonmembers pay admission fee.

eDigest Summer Schedule Began , Tuesday, May 28

The Smith eDigest will begin the summer distribution schedule May 28, with one edition a week, every Tuesday. The deadline for submissions intended for each edition will be Monday at 4 p.m. The academic year eDigest schedule, with editions every Tuesday and Thursday, will resume on Tuesday, Aug. 20. Send any inquiries to

Reminder: Summer Office Hours Began , Tuesday, May 28

Beginning Tuesday, May 28, office hours will shift to the summer schedule: 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Regular office hours will resume Monday, Aug. 26.

Beverly Tatum Lecture , Saturday, June 8, 7 p.m., Hooker Auditorium, Mount Holyoke College

BEVERLY TATUM LECTURE - In Conversation with Ximena Zúñiga, Professor of Social Justice Education, UMass Amherst FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC/BOOK SIGNING TO FOLLOW. Co-Sponsored By: Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, UMass Amherst, UMass Amherst College of Education, Social Justice Education, Five College Consortium. Book signing by Odyssey Bookshop.

IT Transformation Community Meeting , Friday, June 7, 2 p.m., Stoddard Auditorium

Samantha Earp, VP for Information Technology and CIO, and team will discuss updates to IT projects across campus, including Workday and data ecosystem work.

Memorial Celebration for Gayle Fitzgerald , Monday, June 10, 2:30 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Join us to celebrate the life and work of Gayle Fitzgerald, a long-standing member of the Facilities Department and SEIU #263 Union member, who passed away suddenly on May 28. Gathering of friends, family and colleagues will be followed by a reception in Bodman Lounge.

Floyd Cheung Named VP for Equity and Inclusion

Smith College President Kathleen McCartney recently announced the appointment of Floyd Cheung as the college’s vice president for equity and inclusion, effective July 1. Cheung is a professor of English language and literature and of American studies at Smith. He also currently serves as director of the college’s Sherrerd Center for Teaching and Learning.

ITSC Closed Wednesday Morning , Wednesday, June 5, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.

The ITSC will be closed on Wednesday morning from 8:30 am to 9:30 am. Emails and voicemails will be responded to promptly upon reopening.

05/28/2019 Digest

SSW Public Lecture Series: Evie Litwok , Sunday, June 2, 4:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

SSW Lydia Rapoport Convocation Presentation, “Our Journey to Fearless Activism,” Evie Litwok, B.A., M.A., Founder and Executive Director of Witness to Mass Incarceration, will speak about her personal journey through two federal women’s prisons and solitary confinement, and how the experience ignited her social activism around the issue of mass incarceration and mass supervision. For more information about the SSW Public Lecture Series 2019:

Google is renaming “Team Drives” to “Shared drives” starting May 21

Google is renaming “Team Drives” to “Shared drives” to more accurately represent how they are used. Users accessing Team Drives via a web browser or mobile device won’t need to do anything. In Google Drive, users will see the update reflected on the left panel. Mobile users will see this label change by the end of May. For those users accessing Team Drives via the web, the rollout will begin June 3. Drive File Stream users with links or desktop shortcuts (aliases) will need to update them as soon as possible after May 31. For more information, visit

Professional development opportunity on stepping outside your comfort zone , Wednesday, May 29, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Want to learn how to do hard things? Crista Samaras, top lacrosse player and founder of BRAVE Enterprises will work with us for a full day to provide effective strategies for being outside your comfort zone. This session will include a 360 assessment. Help Exec Ed with this session! Free professional development for you and any of your colleagues. Morning refreshments and lunch will be provided! Please email Dina Venezky at with your interest.

Bring on Summer! , Monday, June 17

Now that Commencement and reunions are behind us, it’s time to relax and play! What better way to do that than being outside on a pleasant day and enjoying a delicious meal with your colleagues at the All-Employee Picnic on June 17? In addition to the great food, you can play the word puzzle to compete for the satisfaction of making it clear that you know your Smith words: the places, names and dates that we hear referenced all the time. Prizes will be awarded to the top five scorers. You got this.

People News, May 2019

Mathematical modeling contests, semesters at sea and arts awards are among the recent accomplishments of Smith students, faculty, staff and alumnae. Read about them in the latest People News column.


05/23/2019 Digest

Reception for Mike Howard , Thursday, June 20, 3 p.m., Paradise Room, Conference Center

President McCartney is hosting a reception for Mike Howard, our EVP for Finance & Administration from 3-4:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 20 in the Paradise Room to recognize Mike's many contributions to our community and celebrate his new role as EVP at Tufts University. All welcome.

MacBook Touch ID is now available for use with Duo

MacBook Pro and MacBook Air users can now set up Touch ID to work with Duo. Adding Touch ID as an additional authentication device enables Duo login requests to be approved using the Touch ID sensor. (Chrome browser is required.) For more information on adding Touch ID as an additional device, see

SSW Public Lecture Series: Celia Jaes Falicov , Wednesday, July 24, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

SSW E. Diane Davis Lecture, "On Living with Two Hearts: Working with Latino Immigrant and Refugee Children and Families" Celia Jaes Falicov, Ph.D., Clinical Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Public Health and Director of Mental Health Services for Latino Immigrants at the Medical Student Run Free Clinic of the University of California, San Diego. For more information about the SSW Public Lecture Series 2019:

SSW Public Lecture Series: Michael A. Lindsey , Wednesday, July 31, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

SSW Brown Foundation Research Lecture, "Dying to Ask for Help: Suicide Trends and Treatment Disparities Among U.S. Adolescents," Michael A. Lindsey, M.S.W., M.P.H., Ph.D., Executive Director, NYU McSilver Institute, NYU Silver School of Social Work; Aspen Health Innovator Fellow, The Aspen Institute. For more information about the SSW Public Lecture Series 2019:

Student Financial Services Closed, Friday, May 24

Student Financial Services will be closed at noon on Friday, May 24. The office will re-open on Tuesday, May 28, at 8:30am.

College Bids Farewell to Retiring Faculty

At a celebratory luncheon held May 16, President Kathleen McCartney thanked this year's four faculty retirees for their years of service to the college.




05/21/2019 Digest

Our Odysseys: Class of ’69 Reunion Exhibition , May 7 - 31, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Oresman Gallery, Hillyer

Our Odysseys is a group show by the Smith College class of 1969, celebrating their 50th reunion. The work included in the show ranges from paintings to costumes, with much more in between. The gallery is free and accessible to the public, and the normal hours are 8:30am-4:30pm Monday through Friday. Opening reception is Friday, May 17th from 10:30am- Noon, refreshments will be provided.

Personal Protection & Home Awareness Workshop

Campus police offers a 45 minute workshop for faculty and staff on personal protection and safety awareness, for home and at work. Programs can be arranged at your office for more convenience during your work schedule. Contact the Outreach Officer at for more information or to request a workshop. The is a regular program that is offered anytime by request for your office.

Smith Announces $75 Million Scholarship Initiative

Smith College is launching “Here for Every Voice,” a $75 million fundraising initiative that will boost scholarship support and ensure that a Smith education remains accessible and affordable to students from a range of backgrounds.


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