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09/16/2021 Digest


Theatre Department Open House , Thursday, Sept. 16, 4:30 p.m., Green Room, Mendenhall

A gathering of students, faculty, and staff to welcome you back to Mendenhall and share our upcoming productions, introduce our new season selection process, upcoming opportunities, and more!

Exec Ed Webinar: Anti-Anxiety Toolkit - Simple Tools to Manage Stress , Thursday, Sept. 30, 1 p.m., Virtual Event

Supporting mental health has become a primary workplace issue as the pandemic continues. While we understand our reactions to stress and anxiety are under our control, the ability to manage our reactions in the moment can be elusive. In this webinar, award winning author Melissa Tiers will provide simple, easy to apply tools for handling adrenaline spikes in the moment. Using the latest research in neuroscience and mind/body medicine, she will help you be more resilient by understanding how to rewire your brain to change habits and quickly calm your mind and body. Register here: https://smith.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_tL2rLPmHS7Gn1zFkZyBoDg

Zoom Refreshers on Using 25Live

Review sessions on how to submit a space request in 25Live will be offered in upcoming weeks via Zoom. Please complete the form to register https://forms.gle/CX9D16hHouav2MwL9 and receive the Zoom link. Note that while those with all levels of experience with 25Live are welcome to attend, these will be reviews and not trainings. Email ksananto@smith.edu with any questions.

Arava Institute for Environmental Studies Info Session , Friday, Sept. 17, Noon, Virtual Event

Students are invited to learn more about the The Arava Institute, an environmental and academic institution in the Middle East, dedicated to preparing future leaders from Israel, Palestine, Jordan, and around the world to cooperatively solve the regional and global challenges of our time. Students should email studyabroad@smith.edu to request the zoom link.

College Year in Athens Information Session , Monday, Sept. 20, 4 p.m., Virtual Event

The first study abroad program established in Greece, the CYA program offers an extensive range of courses and unique learning opportunities. Spanning a wide range of disciplines from ancient to contemporary studies, the curriculum is enriched by hands-on learning opportunities and on-site classes. CYA is dedicated to fostering an engagement with Greece which encourages personal discovery, growth, and cross-cultural sensitivity. Students are welcome to attend this information to learn more about the program. Please contact the Office for International Study (studyabroad@smith.edu) to request the zoom link.

University of Canterbury, New Zealand Information Session , Monday, Sept. 20, 8 p.m., Virtual Event

Students are invited to attend this information session to learn more about the University of Canterbury. Studying at UC allows you to study at an internationally recognized institution in a city that is the gateway to the beautiful South Island in New Zealand. Please contact the Office for International Study (studyabroad@smith.edu) to request the zoom link.

Advanced Studies in Bath, England Information Session , Friday, Sept. 24, 11 a.m., Virtual Event

Students are invited to learn more about the Advanced Studies in England program in Bath, England. ASE provides provides the opportunity for well-qualified and highly motivated US undergraduates to undertake a study abroad experience at the highest level. At the heart of this experience is an academic and cultural emphasis: challenging, rigorous courses are complemented by a social program offering each student the opportunity to develop his/her cultural awareness and experience. Please contact the Office for International Study (studyabroad@smith.edu) to request the zoom link.

Add/Drop ends September 16

Courses can be added on Workday through Thursday, September 9 (11:59pm). After this date registration will be by course eligibility waiver only through Thursday, September 16. Students can continue to drop courses on Workday through Thursday, September 16. Be sure to verify the courses you are registered for by going to View My Courses on Workday not your saved schedule or Moodle. See Workday help (https://sites.google.com/smith.edu/workdayhelp/workday-student/help-materials-for-students/academics-dashboard-overview) for instructions.

Public Voice Through Public Art: Collaborative Chalk Muraling and Talk with Destiny Palmer , Sunday, Sept. 19, 1 p.m.

Join painter, muralist, and educator Destiny Palmer for an afternoon of collaborative art creation and conversation. Destiny will engage Smith community members in the creation of a collaborative chalk mural on the sidewalk between Neilson Library and Wright Hall from 1:00-3:00pm, followed by a talk about her journey as a public artist in the Neilson Browsing Room from 3:00-3:30. Sponsored by the Wurtele Center for Leadership as part of the Amplify Program, which gives students opportunities to practice public voice as a powerful form of leadership. https://socialnetwork.smith.edu/event/7288184

Join Smith Startup Consulting Group!

Smith Startup Consulting Group (https://smithscg.com) is recruiting new members. As a team member, you will learn hands-on skills in consulting, business, entrepreneurship, and leadership. Applications close on Saturday, Sep. 18th at midnight. Email startupadvise@smith.edu with any questions. All majors and class years are welcome. Application link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSczirP4qNG6wVRBxobJSknVvNM7RpmaFO3_B0lq6BDERbIz0A/viewform?usp

Heating Season Start-up , Monday, Sept. 20

Facilities Management will be turning on the steam to the campus starting on Monday, September 20th. 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.

Sherrerd Center Teaching Arts at Lunchtime Event: Neurodiversity and Space Planning , Friday, Sept. 24, 12:30 p.m.

This extended Teaching Arts at Lunchtime Event features Jeffrey Ashley (Thomas Jefferson University) and Scott Montemerlo (WELL AP & WELL FACULTY, Teknion) presenting about Neurodiversity and Space Planning from 12:30-2:00 pm pver Zoom. Please check out the links on the Sherrerd website about Neurodiversity and Space Planning to be more informed and prepared for the workshop: https://bit.ly/building-the-ramp, https://bit.ly/executive-function-Jeffrey-Ashley, https://bit.ly/adhd-in-classroom-Jeffrey-Ashley, https://bit.ly/3nig4Qa, https://www.scup.org/planning-type/campus-planning/. RSVP at https://forms.gle/zjTHMSeCmUYxMrG6A for a calendar invitation and Zoom link.

President McCartney, chair of the Committee for Honorary Degrees, invites nominations of individuals of distinction

President McCartney, chair of the Committee for Honorary Degrees, invites nominations of individuals of distinction for honorary doctoral degrees. To learn more about the award, view a list of recipients, or nominate an outstanding individual, visit http://www.smith.edu/hd-nominations

Sherrerd Teaching Arts at Lunchtime Event: Teaching and Learning with our Sherrerd Center Teaching Mentors , Friday, Sept. 17, 12:20 p.m.

The Sherrerd Center is pleased to welcome back faculty and staff. To kick off the fall, Sara Pruss will welcome all back to campus for Sherrerd events and along with the Sherrerd Centers Teaching Mentors will lead a conversation about aspirations for the upcoming year, and teaching and learning as we move into the fall. This event will be on Zoom, so please RSVP at https://forms.gle/Q5kR61zV8Mgsuebz5 and a calendar invitation and Zoom link will be sent to you.

Come Play at the Jazz Smiths Jam! , Friday, Sept. 17, 4 p.m., Chapin Lawn

Come join The Jazz Smiths for their weekly musical jam session! The event will kick off with a few tunes performed by the band and then open up for a jam. Write down your name on the list at the event to sign up to play! Musicians of all levels welcome.

STEM and Poetry workshop with scientist and author Katherine Larson , Thursday, Sept. 23, 5:30 p.m., Virtual Event

In this generative workshop, you will be invited to examine the rich areas of overlap, interdisciplinary discovery, and synthesis between scientific research and creative writing. We will discuss specific writing techniques (collage, figurative language, sensory detail, juxtaposition), as well as aesthetic approaches that may help you see your workartistic, scientific, or otherwisein a new light. Directed writing prompts will allow you to begin a piece in real-time. Co-sponsored by SLACC, a coalition of writing centers at Smith, Washington College, and Bucknell University. Open to Smith students. Free, but registration is required: https://smith.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEodumrqTIqHNBXTsG23AbWMzswLFOrYrJn

Spend January in India with the Five College Tibetan Studies in India Program , Tuesday, Sept. 21, 12:30 p.m., Campus Center 204

Come to an information session and learn about the Tibetan Studies in India Program at the Central University of Tibetan Studies in Sarnath, India. COVID-19 situation permitting, the January term program begins on December 27, 2021 and ends on January 22, 2022. You will meet Professor Jay Garfield who directs the program and will lead this years trip. Learn about the course of study in India, the application process and more. Bring your lunch, drinks will be provided. For more information see https://www.smith.edu/academics/philosophy/tibetan-studies

Feminist Public Writing Workshop With Katina Paron , Tuesday, Sept. 28, 4 p.m., Virtual Event

Have you ever wanted to write for your local newspaper or your favorite feminist website? Do you have strong opinions you'd like to share with a broad public? This Feminist Public Writing Workshop will help you develop the skills you need to express yourself in public writing. This workshop is for new writers wanting to cover the feminist movement using journalist principles that will inform and engage readers. Sponsored by the Program for the Study of Women and Gender and the Calderwood Public Writing Program at Smith. Free and open to the public. Register for this workshop at https://bit.ly/KatinaParon.

Agency + Receptivity: How to Effectively Activate Public Spaces through the Platform of Public Art , Thursday, Sept. 23, 4:30 p.m., 146 Elm Street

Featuring Pasqualina Azzarello, at the Wurtele Center for Leadership, 146 Elm Street. This dynamic and engaging session is designed to demystify the inquiry and practice of public art, and how to thoughtfully develop a project that effectively activates public space. This workshop is sponsored by the Wurtele Center as part of the Amplify Program, which gives students opportunities to practice public voice as a powerful form of leadership. To rsvp: https://socialnetwork.smith.edu/event/7290600

Want feedback on your writing?

The Jacobson Center for Writing, Teaching and Learning is piloting an expansion of their tutoring services to include drop-in sessions in the Neilson Library Learning Commons. These trained tutors can help you at any stage in your writing process, from brainstorming a prompt, through rough draft development on to final revisions (or even rewrites!). They're available SuMTWF 1-4pm, and Su-Th 7-10pm in the Learning Commons on the first floor of Neilson. Drop in and say hi!

Complimentary Access to the New York Times and Wall Street Journal

The Smith College Libraries are pleased to provide complimentary online access to both The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal for all Smith students, faculty, and staff. For full details, visit https://bit.ly/2kOHlLX.

Elucidating the eco-evolutionary dynamics of microbial systems: from soils to sourdough starters , Monday, Sept. 20, 4:30 p.m., Virtual Event

Angela Oliverio, Yale University, will present this talk which is part of the Fall 2021 Mary Elizabeth Dickason King M.D. Annual Lecture Series in the Life Sciences in Memory of Professor Howard Parshley. Please register for this event: https://forms.gle/z4Xc4b5CNbnxHv2i7

Apple Critical Security Update, September 14

Yesterday Apple issued an emergency security update. Smith community members with Apple devices (Mac computer, iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch), including Smith-owned devices, should install the security update as soon as possible. The update will require the device to be restarted. To update, open System Preferences or Settings and navigate to Software Update. Locate the most recent Security Update and follow the prompts to install. If you do not see a security update or if you need assistance, email ithelp@smith.edu. If you have a shared Apple computer in your office, please update that device as well.

Heating Season Start-up , Monday, Sept. 20

Facilities Management will be turning on the steam to the campus starting on Monday, September 20th. 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.

Notebook Making Workshop , Wednesday, Sept. 22, 4 p.m., Capen Annex

Start your school year off sustainably by making your own notebooks using industrial paper donations. Learn about the Design Thinking Initiative and the opportunities we offer throughout your time at Smith. Participants can also complete safety training.

Collaborative Leadership and Design Immersions: Info Session , Thursday, Sept. 16, 12:15 p.m., Capen Annex

Come meet with Design Thinking & Wurtele Center staff and learn more about the Collaborative Leadership and Design Immersions (CLDI). CLDI is an integrative cohort program and summer internship opportunity. CLDI is for students who are looking for intensive opportunities to put collaborative leadership skills into practice at organizations around the world. Learn more here about these fully funded summer internship opportunities around the world.

Emulates new issue is live!

Smiths literary mag, Emulate, has our new issue now live: https://sophia.smith.edu/emulate/issue-3-volume-2/. Check out visual arts and writing from Smith students, faculty, and Five College students. First meeting for Emulate will be Sept 23 in CC 103 at 7 pm - come join the team!

Paddling, Biking, and Climbing with the Outdoor Adventure Program , Thursday, Sept. 16, 4:15 p.m., Boathouse

The Outdoor Adventure Program is hosting multiple events this week in addition to its regular open hours at the boathouse and climbing wall. Come down to the boathouse Thursday at 4:15 for a relaxed bike ride down the Manhan Rail Trail or register for a Canoe and Kayaking trip on the Connecticut by emailing outdoors@smith.edu. Bikes and boats will be provided.

Community Building and De-stressing for Staff , Wednesday, Sept. 29, 1 p.m., Virtual Event

Community Building and De-stressing for Staff will meet on Wednesday, September 29 at 1p.m. We will continue our discussion from our August session, focusing on the challenges of transitioning back to on-campus work. How is this transition working for you? What would help it go more smoothly? The discussion will be co-facilitated by Queen Lanier of the Office of Equity and Inclusion. Come share your thoughts and experiences, and extend affirming support to one another. Building community has perhaps never been more important than it is now. Email ksananto@smith.edu for the Zoom link or for more information.

F-1 Immigration Workshop: Documents, Maintaining Status, & Working in the US - make-up session , Monday, Sept. 20, 4:30 p.m., Stoddard Auditorium

Did you miss ISP or the Immigration Workshop we held during this year's ISP program? We will hold one F-1 Basics Workshop makeup in person! Bring your passport, visa, and I-20. **All F-1 international students new to the US are required to attend an immigration workshop in their first month at Smith.

Auditions: THE THANKSGIVING PLAY by Larissa FastHorse , Friday, Oct. 1, Virtual Event

Auditions for The Thanksgiving Play will be by video submission. Please email ncbeck@smith.edu to view the informational video from guest director Jen Olivares and see the options for sides. All auditions submissions are due by October 1. Character breakdown and show description at https://www.smith.edu/theatre

Time Management Flash Course! , Tuesday, Sept. 21, 8:30 p.m., Virtual Event

Need support with Time Management? Organization? Take the Time Management Flash Course with Learning Specialist Kelly Vogel. Tuesday, Sept 14 and Tuesday, Sept 21; 8:30pm-10:00pm. We will discuss: setting priorities for the new semester; setting up a weekly schedule; managing unpredictable meetings and appointments; how much time to spend studying which subjects; ways to maintain balance. RSVP here: https://forms.gle/jy6GhiUYRDeyVZdHA Email Kvogel@smith.edu with any questions.

POSTPONED -- Today's Presidential Colloquium with ERA Activist Carol Jenkins , Thursday, Sept 16, 5 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

The September 16 Presidential Colloquium with ERA Activist Carol Jenkins is being rescheduled in observance of Yom Kippur. A new date will be announced as soon as it is confirmed.

ValleyBike and CEEDS Offering Discounted Student Bike Share Membership

In partnership with The Center for the Environment, Ecological Design, and Sustainability (CEEDS), and through Smith College's sponsorship of the ValleyBike system, Smith College students are now eligible for a discounted $35 ValleyBike annual membership. The membership provides unlimited 45-minute rides on the regional electric-assist bike network. Stations are located adjacent to campus at Forbes Library and John M. Greene Hall. For more information, visit https://www.valleybike.org/pricing.

On Campus, In Person: Students React to a New Year

Five students share their thoughts about the return to in-person learning and living on campus. They are among 2,446 students at Smith for the first in-person semester since March of 2020.


09/14/2021 Digest


Sophomores! Meet your Class Dean Susannah Howe , Tuesday, Sept. 14, 12:30 p.m., Campus Center Main Level Table

Sophomores! On your way through the Campus Center stop by and say hello to your Sophomore Class Dean, Susannah Howe. Dean Howe splits her time between the Class Deans Office and the Engineering program, where she teaches the capstone engineering design sequence. Join her in the CC for seasonal treats, handouts, and answers to any questions you have about the Class Deans office!

Bring your lunch for a chat with the Center for the Environment , Noon, CEEDS Wright Hall

All students are welcome to join one of our casual lunch and chat sessions with staff from the Center for the Environment at noon on September 7, 17, 21, and 29th. Are you passionate about the environment and sustainability and want to pursue your passion at Smith? Want to think through how you can connect what you're studying to issues of environmental justice? Are you interested in learning more about Smith's Carbon Neutrality goal or our off-campus field station where you can camp or have a fire pit? You'll find good company at CEEDS.

Convocation 2021 T-Shirts , Campus Center 001

Convocation 2021 T-Shirts are still available! Please stop by Campus Center 106 between 9 am-4 pm Monday-Friday to grab yours while supplies last!

The Smith Fund Phonathon is Now Hiring! , Tuesday, Sept. 14

Are you interested in exploring a career in alumnx/donor relations, nonprofit management, fundraising or sales? Joining The Smith Funds phonathon team is a great place to start! The Smith Fund raises money for Smiths top priority financial needs, including funding for financial aid and scholarships, inclusion and sustainability efforts and more. One of the ways we do this is through student calling and texting. Phonathon offers competitive wages and a monetary incentive for returning workers. Interviews begin September 14. Orientation is October 5. Phonathon is held in the basement of Scales House. See the full job description and apply on WorkDay.

Collaborative Leadership and Design Immersions (CLDI) Info Session , Thursday, Sept. 16, 12:15 p.m., Capen Annex

Come meet with Design Thinking & Wurtele Center staff and learn more about the Collaborative Leadership and Design Immersions (CLDI). CLDI is an integrative cohort program and summer internship opportunity. CLDI is for students who are looking for intensive opportunities to put collaborative leadership skills into practice at organizations around the world.

Smith Rugby Interest Meeting , Tuesday, Sept. 14, 12:30 p.m., Chapin Lawn

Interested in playing rugby? All are welcome, and no experience with rugby or athletics is necessary! This meeting will provide an overview of the team atmosphere and expectations. Can't make the meeting? Come to practice 4:30-6:30 Mon-Fri on the pitch across Lamont Bridge.

Notebook Making Workshop , Wednesday, Sept. 15, 4 p.m., Capen Annex

Start your school year off sustainably by making your own notebooks using industrial paper donations. Learn about the Design Thinking Initiative and the opportunities we offer throughout your time at Smith. Participants can also complete safety training.

Presidential Colloquium: ERA Activist Carol Jenkins , Thursday, Sept. 16, 5 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Activist Carol Jenkinsco-president and CEO of The ERA Coalition and the Fund for Womens Equality, sister organizations dedicated to the passage and enactment of the Equal Rights Amendmentwill speak at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, in Sage Hall. (Note updated location.) The event, part of Smiths Year on Democracies, is open in person to those in Smiths asymptomatic testing program, as well as students from the Five Colleges. Others are invited to view a livestream on the Smith College Facebook page. This colloquium is held in conjunction with the colleges celebration of Constitution Day. Additional information is available online: https://www.smith.edu/news/2021-presidential-colloquium-era-activist-carol-jenkins

Sherrerd Center Teaching Circles beginning October 1st in person , Friday, Oct. 1, 12:20 p.m.

On Friday, October 1st, the Sherrerd Center teaching circles will meet again in person with lunch and are a great way to connect with your colleagues and discuss teaching. Circles (so far) include "Teaching Ideas for Team-based or Heavy-project-based Applied Courses" with Susannah Howe (EGR) and Megan Lyster (Wurtele Center) - RSVP here: https://forms.gle/erf2k1Hxot6GdvhM8; Teaching Languages Circle" with Ilona Sotnikova (REEES), Maureen DeNino (FRN) - RSVP at https://forms.gle/XeoirvdMukMwsekW9; and "Science Ethics Circle" with Betsy Jamieson (CHM) - RSVP at https://forms.gle/TFaUnE2svt2NPNWVA. We'll email details about meeting locations and more.

President McCartney, chair of the Committee for Honorary Degrees, invites nominations of individuals of distinction

President McCartney, chair of the Committee for Honorary Degrees, invites nominations of individuals of distinction for honorary doctoral degrees. To learn more about the award, view a list of recipients, or nominate an outstanding individual, visit http://www.smith.edu/hd-nominations

Time Management Flash Course! , Tuesday, Sept. 14, 8:30 p.m., Virtual Event

Need support with Time Management? Organization? Take the Time Management Flash Course with Learning Specialist Kelly Vogel! What: 2-Part Time Management course Date: Tuesday, Sept 14 and Tuesday, Sept 21 Time: 8:30pm-10:00pm EST How: Online/Zoom What else?: This is a 2-part course, but you are welcome to attend 1 or both sessions. We will discuss: setting priorities for the new semester; setting up a weekly schedule; managing unpredictable meetings and appointments; how much time to spend studying which subjects; ways to maintain balance. RSVP here: https://forms.gle/cgvNGyCjfhVZELKc8 Email Kvogel@smith.edu with any questions.

THURSDAY: ERA Activist Carol Jenkins Will Offer Presidential Colloquium

Activist Carol Jenkinsco-president and CEO of The ERA Coalition and the Fund for Womens Equality, sister organizations dedicated to the passage and enactment of the Equal Rights Amendmentwill give a Presidential Colloquium at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 16, in Sage Hall at Smith College.


09/09/2021 Digest


Smith Debate Society Intro Meeting , Friday, Sept. 10, 4:30 p.m., Seelye 106

Come to Smith Debate Society's Intro Meeting to begin learning the American Parliamentary Debate style and become a member of the team. This meeting is meant for prospective Smith Debate Society members with any level of experience (many members start out having never debated before). Come if you're at all interested in learning a new skill, becoming part of a fun and welcoming new community, or strengthening your public speaking.

Did you know you can get credit for working on theatre productions? , Monday, Sept. 13, 4:15 p.m., Green Room, Mendenhall

Learn to sew costumes, hang lights, run the sound board, make props, and use hand tools. T200 is a one-credit class for set crew, costume crew, shop crew, box office, electricians, board ops, stage crew and any other theatre-related job you can think of. The class is open to all students--no prior experience is necessary--and you dont need to major or minor in theatre. T200 is a great way to get involved in the Department and meet other students who love to put on shows. Make Theatre your creative home at Smith! Email ncbeck@smith.edu with any questions.

The Art of Leading Teams: The New Normal , Tuesday, Sept. 14, 12:15 p.m., Virtual Event

We're back on campus, bringing a range of joys and challenges as we attempt to adjust to the new normal. How can we seize this moment to reflect upon and apply what weve learned from the pandemic as we restart work in person? Open to all faculty and staff; connect and discuss these questions with colleagues across the college, and learn more about the Art of Leading Teams series for the year. Sponsored by the Wurtele Center for Leadership. Co-facilitator: Nancy Zigler, Assistant Director, Jandon Center for Community Engagement. Sign up for calendar invite and Zoom link: https://forms.gle/UenAf8yoGzzYo5eE8

Meet the Faculty Concert , Sunday, Sept. 12, 3 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Members of the Music Department will give a one-hour concert followed by a Q and A about studying music at Smith College. This is a chance to hear and meet some of the newest members of our department collaborating in performances of music by Amy Beach, Nikolai Kapustin, and Barbara Strozzi among others. This concert is open to everyone in the Smith and Five College testing programs.

Ecology and Evolution of Species Interactions: insights from insect herbivores and a synthetic mutualism , Monday, Sept. 13, 4:30 p.m., Virtual Event

Mayra Vidal will present this talk which is part of the Fall 2021 Mary Elizabeth Dickason King M.D. Annual Lecture Series in the Life Sciences in Memory of Professor Howard Parshley. Please register for this event: https://forms.gle/z4Xc4b5CNbnxHv2i7

Explore the Design Thinking Initiative, Safety Training, and Pom Poms , Friday, Sept. 10, 4 p.m., Capen Annex

Learn about the Design Thinking Initiative and the opportunities we offer throughout the year. Join us for a relaxing pom pom making session and learn how to make your own pom pom making template either by hand or with a laser cutter. Participants will also complete safety training, which is a requirement to have 24/7 access to the downstairs making space at Capen Annex throughout your time at Smith! Open to first years and sophomores as a part of FYE.

Mindful Mondays , Monday, Sept. 13, 12:15 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Mindful Mondays meets every Monday from 12:15-1pm beginning September 13 and offers practice, reflection and conversation drawing on secular mindfulness, somatics, and traditional Buddhist teachings. MM builds community, individual and collective awareness in service of social change that serves all beings without exception. All welcome, from curious to cynical to experienced and everyone in between. The group meets on the Chapel Lawn (the lawn to the left of the Helen Hills Hills Chapel) weekly unless it is raining, in which case gathering on Zoom (register at https://bit.ly/MindfulMondays2021). Cushions and chairs provided. Please contact aostow@smith.edu with questions.

SOAS, University of London Information Session , Tuesday, Sept. 28, Noon, Virtual Event

Students are invited to attend this information session to learn more about The School for Oriental and African Studies in London. The university is known for its current thinking about the economic, political, cultural, security and religious challenges of our world. Please contact the Office for International Study (studyabroad@smith.edu) to request the zoom link.

DIS in Copenhagen Information Session , Thursday, Sept. 30, Noon, Virtual Event

The DIS Copenhagen program offers over 200 courses across many disciplines. Students are encouraged to discover Europe through Study Tours and bring course topics to life. DIS also offers a wide variety of cultural engagement and housing options. Please contact the Office for International Study (studyabroad@smith.edu) to request the zoom link.

Education New Zealand Information Session , Monday, Oct. 4, Noon, Virtual Event

Studying abroad in New Zealand students will be immersed in a multicultural society that shares the spirit of the Maori principle of manaakitanga. Students are invited to attend this information session to learn more about studying at the University of Auckland, the University of Canterbury and the University of Otago. Please contact the Office for International Study (studyabroad@smith.edu) to request the zoom link.

PRESHCO in Cordoba, Spain Information Session , Wednesday, Oct. 6, Noon, Virtual Event

Get started on your study abroad journey to Crdoba, Spain! Immerse yourself in Spanish language and culture, volunteer with local non-profit organizations, meet Spanish college students, and travel on guided visits throughout Spain. In this info session, you will also have the opportunity to hear from former study abroad students about their experiences and ask any questions you may have. Please contact the Office for International Study (studyabroad@smith.edu) to request the zoom link.

The Japan Study Program at Waseda University Info Session , Thursday, Oct. 7, 4 p.m., Virtual Event

One of the oldest study abroad programs in Japan, the Japan Study Program at Waseda University is as challenging as it is rewarding. Students are able to take classes Take classes in a range of subjects in the humanities, social sciences, arts, math, and economics; they can also take a deeper dive into Japanese and Asian studies or branch out into something new. Please contact the Office for International Study (studyabroad@smith.edu) to request the zoom link.

Middlebury Schools Abroad Information Session , Tuesday, Oct. 12, 4 p.m., Virtual Event

Students interested in learning more about study abroad opportunities in Brazil, China and and England through Middlebury are encouraged to attend this information session to learn more about the programs. Please contact the Office for International Study (studyabroad@smith.edu) to request the zoom link.

Frontiers Abroad in New Zealand Information Session , Wednesday, Oct. 20, 8 p.m., Virtual Event

Students are invited to learn more about the Frontiers Abroad program where they would have the opportunity to weave together their personal exploration and wellbeing with academic pursuits across the physical and cultural landscapes of New Zealand (Aotearoa) and its communities. The Frontiers Abroad unique program model seamlessly blends a multi-week field course component and a full semester on campus. Please contact the Office for International Study (studyabroad@smtih.edu) for the zoom link.

Queen Mary, University of London Information Session , Thursday, Oct. 21, Noon, Virtual Event

Students are invited to attend this information session to learn more about Queen Mary, University of London. The university offers study abroad students the opportunity to fully immerse in a British university in an environment that is famous for the quality of its teaching and research while living in the comfort and convenience of a self-contained campus. Please contact the Office for International Study (studyabroad@smtih.edu) for the zoom link.

Pelosi Urges Smith Students to Contribute, with Confidence

In a Presidential Colloquium after receiving an honorary degree at Smith College Wednesday night, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged Smith students to have the confidence to contribute to their communities, their country and the world.


09/07/2021 Digest


Speak with Smiths Ombudsperson

Its been an incredibly challenging year for everyone, and its possible youve felt it wasnt a good time to try to resolve difficulties in your work situation. As we anticipate getting more back to normal, now could be a good time to reach out to Smith's Ombudsperson, Michael Stephens. Michael is available for a completely confidential, neutral and supportive discussion to help you think through options and resolve the issues youre facing. Please email Michael at mjstephens@smith.edu to make an appointment.

How to download GrubHub ,

The GrubHub App is presently being used at the Campus Center Cafe. The Campus Center hours are 7:30-2:30 through September 1st. Starting on September 2, 2021 the hours will go to 7:30 am to 11:00 pm Mon-Friday and 9:00 am to 11:00 pm Saturday and Sunday. The App will also be used at the new Library Compass Cafe opening on September 2nd. Please click link below to download the App to get started. Information on hours and menus can be found in the Dining website. https://www.grubhub.com/about/campus

Every Semester Needs a Strategic Plan , Thursday, Sept. 9, 12:15 p.m.

In this session hosted by the Office of the Provost/Dean of the Faculty as part of the Fall 2021 Faculty Development Series (https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/provost/faculty-development), participants will share and learn from each other about creating a plan for the fall semester. Emphasis will be placed on creating space in your schedule for scholarly activities. Participants will begin goal-setting in small groups and are encouraged to attend the Write-On-Site/Research Accountability Group sessions throughout the semester. Location: Conference Center Oak Room Lower Level. Register by 9/7 (https://forms.gle/GUZsrN1sZe2BSfk19)

Fresh Air and Fellowship for Staff

As we transition from working remotely to returning to work on campus again, it is important that we acknowledge that it will be an adjustment for us to get back to business as usual. The Office for Equity and Inclusion (OEI) has scheduled times in the morning and afternoon for staff members to break away for 10 -15 minutes of outdoor fellowship beginning September to mid-October. Once youve registered for a time slot, the colleague(s) who will join you may decide to go for a walk or chat at an outdoor table. Please register via: https://forms.gle/hPL6UFaP4pqPVVd38

Amplify Info Session , Wednesday, Sept. 8, 4:30 p.m., Campus Center 102

Curious about all of the ways you might get involved in developing your public voice through Amplify programming this year? Join the Wurtele Center for Leadership for snacks and a short info session where we will outline the opportunities that will be available this semester for you to amplify your voice and create a piece of public writing, speaking, art, or multimedia.

Paperwork Required for Students Who Wish to Work Smith-Related On or Off Campus Jobs

Students planning on working a Smith job this semester need to complete a Form I-9. I-9's are required by federal law and verify your identity and work eligibility. Students should review the Job Aid: Complete Form I-9 to begin (https://sites.google.com/smith.edu/workdayhelp/hr-payroll-finances/how-tos-faqs/student-employment/complete-i-9-form). The Student Employment Office will be available to help students finish their I-9s on Tuesday, September 7th from 8:30am-4:00pm at 103A College Hall. You need to bring your IDs with you; a list of acceptable documents is available here (https://www.uscis.gov/i-9-central/form-i-9-acceptable-documents). If you are unable to come on September 7, visit the Workday Help Site for information on completing your I-9.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Speaks Wednesday

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will receive an honorary degreeand offer a Presidential Colloquium as part of Smiths Year on Democraciesat 8 p.m. tomorrow (Wednesday, Sept. 8). Don't have tickets? Tune in to the livestream on Smith's Facebook page.


09/02/2021 Digest


How to Download GrubHub

The GrubHub App is presently being used at the Campus Center Cafe. The Campus Center hours are 7:30-2:30. The App will also be used at the new Library Compass Cafe in the Fall. Please click link below to download the App to get started. More information will be updated about hours and opening date of the Compass Cafe in the Dining website. https://www.grubhub.com/about/campus

Sams Fund for Middle East Study Fall Deadline - September 20

Fall proposals for Sams Fund awards are due on Wednesday, September 15, 2021. The Sams Fund is a restricted fund established by Betty Hamady Sams 57 and James F. Sams to support the study of Arab history, culture, politics, religion and art. The intent of the Sams Fund is to foster greater understanding among Americans and people of Arab countries. Smith College faculty, lecturers, postdoctoral fellows and currently enrolled students are eligible to apply. Details about supported activities and the application process can be found on the Middle East Studies web page: https://smith.edu/middle-east-studies, or email samsfund@smith.edu.

Workday Training and Drop-In Help Open for Students and Employees

Back-to-school training and drop-in help sessions for Workday are open for registration at https://sites.google.com/smith.edu/workdayhelp/training. New and returning students may find assistance with completing onboarding tasks, preparing for Add/Drop period, and basic Workday navigation. New and returning faculty/instructors can find help with Workdays teaching and advising tools. Faculty and staff will also find a drop-in help session for those interested in hiring student workers in the Fall. If you have questions about training or drop-in help, please email workday-help@smith.edu.

Lyman Plant House Open Hours

The Lyman Plant House & Conservatory will be closed Labor Day: Monday, September 6. Starting September 7, the building will be open to visitors, Monday - Friday 9:00 am to 4 pm. Visit https://garden.smith.edu/ for full information.

Fall Library Hours are Now Posted

All four library buildings (Neilson Library, Hillyer Library, Josten Library, and Alumnae Gymnasium) will be open this fall to students, faculty and staff enrolled in the campus COVID-19 screening program. In addition, faculty emeriti, Five College students enrolled in Smith courses, and Smith research affiliates will also have access to the libraries. All library hours are listed online at https://libraries.smith.edu/hours. Masks continue to be required in all indoor shared spaces. Please note that library buildings are not open to the public at this time. A OneCard is required for access and will work at any library building entrance.

Fall Library Hours are Now Posted

All four library buildings (Neilson Library, Hillyer Library, Josten Library, and Alumnae Gymnasium) will be open this fall to students, faculty and staff enrolled in the campus COVID-19 screening program. In addition, faculty emeriti, Five College students enrolled in Smith courses, and Smith research affiliates will also have access to the libraries. All library hours are listed online at https://libraries.smith.edu/hours. Masks continue to be required in all indoor shared spaces. Please note that library buildings are not open to the public at this time. A OneCard is required for access and will work at any library building entrance.

Smith Debate Society Info Session , Sunday, Sept. 5, 2:30 p.m., Virtual Event

Come to Smith Debate Society's Info Session to learn more about the club and to watch a fun demonstration debate. The meeting will take place over Zoom at https://tinyurl.com/smithdebatezoom.

Auditions: STOOP PIGEONS by Christin Eve Cato , Friday, Sept. 3, 7 p.m.

Auditions will be in Acting Studio 1 (T100) in the Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts at Smith College on Friday, September 3, 7:00-9:00 p.m. and Saturday, September 4, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Callbacks, if necessary, will be held on Sunday, September 5, 7:00-9:00 p.m. No appointment necessary. Sides from the script will be provided. Perusal script requests, casting breakdowns, and questions can be directed to ncbeck@smith.edu.

Meeting the Needs: Students Open Resource Center

The new, student-run Common Goods resource center will provide students with toiletries, bedding and other basic-needs items free of charge, and with no questions asked.


08/31/2021 Digest


Artists Jackie Brown & Erin Mallea in the Jannotta Gallery , July 26th-September 24th, Daily, Jannotta Gallery, Hillyer

Two artists are now showing in the Jannotta Gallery in Hillyer Hall. Jackie Browns primary focus is on sculpture installation. In Malleable And Changeable, she combines three previous installations and invites viewers into imagined biological systems where it can often be hard to tell if the forms are healthy or harmful growths. Erin Mallea is a multidisciplinary artist motivated by an attempt to better understand the spaces she inhabits. In Refuge, she examines the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Oregon and explores the past and present of particular microcosms as metaphors for larger human and environmental conditions.

Welcome to Returning Staff and Faculty

As you return to campus, please remember to 1) Take it easy use your first day to get reacquainted with your colleagues; 2) Wear a mask required indoors (unless alone), welcomed outdoors, encouraged in crowded outdoor spaces; 3) Get tested weekly if fully vaccinated, twice weekly if approved exemption; 4) Listen to yourself If you are not feeling well, please stay home.

Convocation Picnic Dinner , Wednesday, Sept. 1, 5 p.m., Chapin Lawn

Dining Services invites students to enjoy a picnic dinner on the Chapin lawn immediately following the convocation ceremony. Tasty favorites are planned for the dinner including falafels, taco bowls, assorted wings, spicy noodles, vegan mac & cheese bar, Maple Valley ice cream, and Crooked Stick pops for dessert. In case of inclement weather, the food will be served in the dining halls. Information will be posted on the Smith Dining web page. Welcome back!

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: Ticket Lottery Closing Soon

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will deliver a Presidential Colloquium next Wednesday, Sept. 8, at 8 p.m. Interested in attending the event in person? The lottery for tickets closes at midnight on Wednesday, Sept. 1.


08/24/2021 Digest


Student Employment Training and Help Sessions Available

Training and drop-in help sessions for managers and academic administrative assistants hiring student workers are now open for registration. Topics include creating requisitions and hiring students through requisitions, hiring students directly, and general drop-in help sessions. View specific topics and dates by visiting the Training page of the Workday Help Site at https://sites.google.com/smith.edu/workdayhelp/training.

Smiths lit mag Emulate has a new issue up!

Smiths student-run literary magazine, Emulate, is delighted to say that our newest issue is up and live: https://sophia.smith.edu/emulate/issue-3-volume-1/ Featuring Smith students, faculty, and friends.

Department of Art Portfolio Review , Tuesday, Aug. 24, Virtual Event

Portfolio Reviews for possible exemption from ARS 163 (Drawing I) are scheduled for Tuesday, August 24, 9:30-10:30 AM and 4:00-5:00 PM. Contact Rebecca Davis (bdavis@smith.edu) for information and to schedule your 10-minute portfolio review appointment (please express your preference for the morning or afternoon slot). Note that this should be seen as an advising session; very few exemptions from Drawing I are given.

Community Building and De-stressing for Staff Meets on Wednesday, August 25

Community Building and De-stressing for Staff will next meet on Wednesday, August 25 at 1p.m. This and our September sessions will focus on the challenges of transitioning back to on-campus work. How is this working for you? What would help it go more smoothly? The discussion will be co-facilitated by Queen Lanier of the Office of Equity and Inclusion. Come share your thoughts and experiences, and extend affirming support to one another. Building community has perhaps never been more important than it is now. Email ksananto@smith.edu for the Zoom link or for more information.

Return to Daily Mail Delivery

Starting on Monday, August 23rd, faculty and staff mail will be delivered throughout campus on a daily basis (Monday-Friday). If departments have specific mailing needs or questions, please contact Sarah Marshall at smarshall@smith.edu for assistance.

Museum of Art Reopens , Friday, Aug. 27, 11 a.m., Museum of Art

The Smith College Museum of Art announces its Reopening Weekend, Friday, August 27 through Sunday, August 29, 2021. Admission will be free for all that weekend. SCMA staff are delighted to welcome visitors back to the museum after being closed since March of 2020. Before your arrival, please take a moment to visit scma.smith.edu for health and safety information and further details that will help make your visit as safe, easy and enjoyable as possible. See you soon!

Write-on-Site: Writing with Friends , Friday, Aug. 27, 1 p.m.

Have writing to get done but finding it hard to get started? Find that writing is easier when done with good colleagues? All faculty are welcome to join this session, which is hosted monthly by the Office of the Provost/Dean of the Faculty as part of the Summer 2021 Faculty Development Series (smith.edu/about-smith/provost/faculty-development). Participants will meet outside Neilson Library. Register by 8/25 (forms.gle/m9uCcvUMvd5mKWDWA).

Mail Services Closed

Mail Services will be closed on Thursday, August 26th, from 11:50am - 1:10pm so that staff can attend the All-Employee Picnic. Please plan accordingly. If you have any questions, please reach out to Sarah Marshall at smarshall@smith.edu.

Whats on the Menu for Fall Dining?

More hours. More options. More flexibility. More local food. Those are some of the changes coming to Smiths dining program this fall, as the college adapts to alterations brought on by the pandemicand to students changing needs.

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