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05/25/2017 Digest

Personal Time for FY2017 and FY2018

Personal Time is credited to eligible staff employees at the start of each fiscal year. The first pay period for FY2018 begins on Sunday, June 25, 2017. Unused Personal Time does not carry over to the new fiscal year. Therefore, all Personal Time for current FY2017 must be used on or before Saturday, June 24, 2017. Personal Time used on or after Sunday, June 25, 2017, will be taken from Personal Time credited for FY2018. For questions or more information, contact Jen Tenczar, ext. 2274. Also, consult the Staff Handbook:

Calligraphic Visions: A Series of Paintings Based on Letter Forms and Text , June 7-August 30, Oresman Gallery, Hillyer

This show offers 13 paintings based on letterforms and texts by the artist Robert Moorhead of Greenfield, Mass. The first series of paintings offers an exploration of the artistic possibilities inherent in various letterforms, while the second series offers philosophical and poetic texts that have been presented in an evocative manner. The works exhibited are all executed in acrylic paint, standard pigments and interference and iridescent paints. These materials interact with the lighting source and change subtly with the viewer’s orientation. This exhibition is on view until August 30, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Free Second Friday , June 9, 4-8 p.m., Museum of Art

The Smith College Museum of Art welcomes visitors, families, and friends of all ages for this month's Second Friday event from 4 to 8 p.m. Stop by from 4 p.m.–6 p.m. for hands on art-making. Create your own decorative stepping stone inspired by the Roman mosaic in the Ancient Gallery. At 6 p.m., engage in a guided conversation exploring a work of art in the galleries.

Summer Energy Preparation

The summer is upon us and it is time to prepare your offices. For those of you who plan to be away from campus, please use the below check-list to help us save energy and reduce our carbon emissions. 1) Turn off and unplug your computer, monitor, and all other office equipment like copiers and printers. 2) Turn off and unplug any other equipment that may use energy. 3) Close windows and blinds. 4)Turn off all the lights when leaving your office. Thanks for your help and have a great summer. Matt Pfannensteil, Energy Manager, and Dano Weisbord, Sustainability.

Memorial Service for Murray J. Kiteley, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy , Saturday, June 17, 2 p.m., Helen Hills Hills Chapel

A memorial service will be held for Murray J. Kiteley, Professor Emeritus of Philosophy, a member of the philosophy department from 1962 until his retirement in 1995. A reception will follow in the Dewey House Common Room from 3 to 5 p.m.

05/23/2017 Digest

Smith Class of 1967 Art Exhibition , April 26-August 4, Alumnae House Gallery

The Smith College Class of 1967 celebrates its 50th reunion with a juried exhibition of works created by 19 artist members of the class. Smith '67 features paintings, drawings, prints and photographs. The exhibition is on view and open to the public Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Summer hours begin May 30: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

SSW Lydia Rapoport Lecture: 'The Courage to Remain' , Sunday, June 4, 4:15 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Songwriter, poet, and mental health advocate Meg Hutchinson shares her perspective on living and thriving with Bipolar disorder. Hutchinson will explore the symptoms, progression, and treatment of the illness over the course of 23 years of lived experience. The convocation address will offer insight into issues of suicide prevention, family dynamics, what it means to “heal” while managing an illness of the brain, and the power of remaining fearlessly present in treating and living with a mood disorder. For information about this and other events in the 2017 SSW Public Lecture Series, visit

'Conversations: Movement Over Time' by Lisa Smith '86 and K Staelin '87 on View Through May 31 , , Oresman Gallery, Hillyer

First meeting as Smith College roommates, Lisa Smith '86 and K Staelin '87 have shared an aesthetic conversation for over 30 years. The artworks in this exhibition capture this extended dialogue and explore the dynamism of how they perceive and interact with objects. The exhibition is on view from Wednesday, May 17, to Wednesday, May 31.. Oresman Gallery is open M-F, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Closed on Memorial Day.

eDigest Summer Schedule Begins , Tuesday, May 23

As of Tuesday, May 23, the Smith eDigest will begin the summer distribution schedule with one edition a week, every Tuesday. The deadline for submissions intended for each Tuesday edition will be every Monday at 4 p.m. The eDigest summer schedule will continue through August 17. The academic year eDigest schedule, with editions every Tuesday and Thursday, will resume on Tuesday, Aug. 22. Send any inquiries to

Neilson Library Closed , as of Sunday, May 21

Neilson Library will close on May 21 to make way for construction of the new Neilson (opening fall 2020). On June 1, Young Library will open as the central campus location. Hillyer and Josten Libraries will continue to provide services throughout. The book and journal print collections will be unavailable June 10-September 4 while they are moved into the Five College Library Annex. Requests resume on September 5. Special Collections in Alumnae Gym will close at 5 p.m. May 20 until September 4, 2017; remote research assistance will be available. For complete information see Libraries in Transition

Register Now for Empower Basketball Academy for Girls , June 26-29, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Ainsworth Gym

Empower Basketball Academy at Smith College will be held on June 26-29th for girls ages 7-16. For more information, download registration forms at under "Camps and Clinics," or sign up online at

Panel Discussion on 'Place and Practice: History, Geography and the New Latin American Studies' , Wednesday, May 24, 4 p.m., Seelye 201

This panel, featuring four scholars in Latin American history and geography, is part of a Kahn Institute short-term symposium that will bring together voices from the Smith and Five College communities to explore from multiple perspectives the emerging intersections of Latin American history, geography and new digital and quantitative data technologies. Questions to be addressed include: How are new digital and quantitative data technologies transforming research in these fields? How can history and Latin American Studies contribute to STEM fields? Refreshments served. Panelists: Juanita Sundberg, University of British Columbia; Adam Bledsoe, Indiana University; Kris Lane, Tulane; and Daniel Franken, UCLA.

Mail Services Closed , Tuesday, May 23, Noon-1:30 p.m.

Mail Services will be closed Monday, May 23, from noon-1:30 p.m. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Mail Services Closed , Tuesday, May 23, Noon-1:30 p.m.

Mail Services will be closed on Tuesday, May 23, from noon to 1:30 p.m. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Save the Date: Farewell Reception for Kim Bierwert and Karen Klinger , Thursday, June 22, 4 p.m., Paradise Room, Conference Center

Come celebrate Kim Bierwert's and Karen Klinger's retirement from Smith College Athletics. Together they have dedicated over 60 years to the college. Cash bar with light refreshments will be served.

Sophia Smith House Sale

The Sophia Smith home in Hatfield is being offered for sale. This offer of sale is limited to Smith College faculty and staff. To learn more about the details on the sale and to view the photo gallery, visit

Update: Register Now for Community Dialogue on Race , June 2 and 3, Jandon Center, Wright Hall

The Smith Community and Hampshire County residents are invited to attend a Dialogue on Race on Friday, June 2, from 6 to 8 p.m. and Saturday, June 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (lunch provided). The free event will address the issue of racism both locally and nationally; experienced facilitators Kent Alexander and Jeff Harness will lead the dialogue. Sponsors include Cooley Dickinson Health Care, United Way of Hampshire County and the Jandon Center for Community Engagement. Attendance is limited to 30 people, participants must attend both Friday evening and Saturday. Register by calling 888-554-4234 by Tuesday, May 30th.

Student Financial Services Will Close at Noon , Friday, May 26

Student Financial Services office will close at noon for a staff function. We will re-open Tuesday, May 30, at 8:30 a.m.

Panelists Explore the Global Status of Women in Sports

Achieving gender equity in sports does not mean simply increasing the number of women athletes; it also requires raising awareness of how sports can help empower women and girls around the globe. That was the message delivered by panelists at a May 16 discussion, “The International Women’s Sports Movement: Frontiers of the Next Decade," held in honor of Christine Shelton, who is retiring as professor of exercise and sport studies.

05/18/2017 Digest

Now Due: Staff Annual Performance Reviews

Staff Annual Performance Reviews for performance year 2016 are now due to the Office of Human Resources. Department heads should return all completed forms to the Office of Human Resources as soon as possible. A compliance email will be sent to cabinet members for the departments that have not completed reviews or been approved for an extension the week of May 22nd.

Graduating Students: How Long Will You Have Your Smith Email?

The web page below explains what will happen to your Smith accounts (Smith Mail, BannerWeb, Google Drive, etc.) after you graduate and provides tips for making the transition as smooth as possible:

Mail Services Closed , Tuesday, May 23, noon-1:30 p.m. , Tuesday, May 23

Mail Services will be closed Tuesday, May 23, from noon-1:30 p.m.

New Libraries’ Website Sneak Preview! , Thursday, May 18

We invite you to preview our new Libraries mobile-friendly website with simplified navigation and a fresh design! The site features Ask Us - tell us what’s on your mind, ask a question, or schedule a research session with librarians and archivists. Try the New Discover search interface that helps you find books, videos, images and more. Find movies and create your own personal collection in Visual Browse, and explore the unique content from our Digital Collections. We’re fine-tuning before going live later in May so please have a look around ( and tell us what you think.

College's Fiscal Year End Memo and Calendar

The college’s fiscal year end is rapidly approaching and it is time to coordinate the year-end closing activities. As part of the Controller’s Office effort to provide clearer business processes, we have put together a new, easy to read memo with a corresponding calendar. The memo and calendar is posted on the Controller's Office website via the following link:

A Key Ingredient in the All-Employee Picnic's Offerings—Volunteers!

The annual All-Employee Picnic set for Tuesday, June 13, is a great time to see and relax with faculty and staff. You can super-size that enjoyment by volunteering for a 30-minute shift, helping out with some of the tasks that need to get done before, during and after the picnic (most jobs are during). Volunteers help out on such important things as greeting attendees, guiding them to the buffet lines, and helping with replenishing the tables. E-mail Kathy San Antonio before Wednesday, May 31 to be a part of the picnic's success.

Commencement Viewing Information

Interested in watching Smith’s graduation ceremony, including Oprah Winfrey’s commencement address? Here’s important information about how you can view the Sunday, May 21, event.

05/16/2017 Digest

Register Now for Summer Fitness Program

Registration for Employee Fitness Program, which begins Monday, June 5, is open. To register, download and fill out the application at For questions, email Rachel Cook

2017-18 Faculty/Staff Parking Decals Now Available

Parking decals purchased online will be mailed to campus addresses only. Go to to complete the registration form and upon entering the credit card information, using Visa or MasterCard, a receipt will appear on the screen which will automatically be emailed to you. The option to pay by cash or check is still available and must be done in the Parking Office. No mail-in registrations accepted. Registration forms are available in the Parking Office, 126 West Street or at Business hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Opt-out of Buying a Decal by Joining the Opt-Out Program

How are you commuting to campus for 2017-2018? Read about the financial incentives to "go green" with the opt-out program. To find out the details for obtaining an opt-out parking permit, visit Sign-up period runs from July 1 – September 15.

Carpool Matching Services Offered

UMass offers a Rideshare service free to all 5-College employees and commuter students. The program matches riders with similar schedules and routes. For contact and sign up information MassRIDES, a service of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), offers a NuRide program to find people going your way and at the same time earn reward points for each ‘green trip’ taken by bus, bicycling, walking, or carpooling. Redeem points for restaurant coupons, retailer discounts, tickets to shows and attractions. Carpoolers, opt-outers, bicyclists and PVTA riders are encouraged to take advantage of MassRIDES Emergency Ride Home Program

Long-Term Parking Policy

Faculty, staff and students who need long-term parking (for example during sabbatical leave, traveling on college business or going abroad for the semester) should contact the Parking Office to make parking arrangements. There is no long-term parking in the Parking Garage for people that are going away on personal business. Faculty and staff vehicles that are left in the Parking Garage with evidence of long-term parking will be contacted and asked to relocate their vehicle to the approved storage lot within twenty-four (24) hours if not parked on official college business.

Senior Regalia Pick-Up , Through May 21

A reminder that the Senior class of 2017 regalia is available for pick-up at the Book Shop at the Campus Center during regular business hours.

'The International Women's Sport Movement: Frontiers for the Next Decade' (Livestream Available) , Tuesday, May 16, 5 p.m., McConnell 103

Please join a panel discussion honoring the retirement of Christine Shelton. Topics will include the impact of women's organizations on gender and equity in sport, impact of sexual harassment on women's participation in sports, and the passage of Title IX. To watch the discussion via web livestream, visit For more information, visit

TIME CHANGE 'How to Make a Map: Design Thinking and Cartography for Social Justice' , Friday, May 19, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Capen Annex

Update: This workshop will now be held on Friday, May 19: This workshop presented by the Spatial Analysis Lab will cover the basic theory and practice of designing maps that portray and/or counter social injustices. The workshop is intended for faculty from the humanities and social sciences interested in creating maps with their classes, but all interested faculty, staff, students, and community members are encouraged to attend. Participants will leave with an understanding of the pitfalls and best practices of mapmaking for community partners and techniques and activities to use in the classroom. Lunch will be provided. To register, visit

Watch the Video: Smithies Use Drones to Support Wildlife Conservation

Discover how Smith College Spatial Analysis Lab (SAL) is using drones to support wildlife conservation. Seven students from the January "Drone Thinking Initiative" course traveled to St. Catherines Island, Georgia, to image and map sea turtle nests and tortoise burrows. Watch our documentary video at:

Morgan Mpungose '17: An Extra Special Commencement

Excitement is building about Smith’s 139th Commencement next week when global media leader, philanthropist, producer and actress Oprah Winfrey will deliver the Commencement Address. Winfrey will receive an honorary degree at the graduation ceremony Sunday, May 21, at 10 a.m. in the Quadrangle, along with four other exceptional women leaders. One senior, Nonkululeko (Morgan) Mpungose ’17, feels a particular thrill about Winfrey’s presence at graduation.

05/15/2017 Digest

Lisa Brenner: 'Traumatic Brain Injury and Suicide Risk Among Veterans' , Monday, June 12, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Lisa A. Brenner, Ph.D. , Professor, University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus, Director, Veterans Health Administration, Rocky Mountain Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center; Lecture Title: Traumatic Brain Injury and Suicide Risk among Veterans; Many Veterans who served in the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan sustained signature injuries including traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post-traumatic stress disorder. Moreover, notable rates of suicide have been identified among those who served. During this presentation, the complex relationship between traumatic brain injury and suicide will be discussed, as well as interventions aimed at suicide prevention among this cohort. For information about other talks in the 2017 SSW Public Lecture Series, visit

Lydia Rapoport Anti Racism Lecture , Monday, June 26, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Leigh Anne Francis, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, African American Studies Department, Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies Department, The College of New Jersey; Title: Jane Crow (In)Justice: African American Women, Mass Incarceration, and the Mainstreaming of White Supremacy (A History of the Present); This lecture engages clinical social work students in an intersectional analysis of the racist-sexist conceptions of crime that live in the white imagination. Past and present-day fictions of blackness as criminal and violent and whiteness as innocent and under siege fuel the poverty-to-prison cycle that ensnares and obliterates black lives. For details on other events in the 2017 SSW Public Lecture Series, visit

SSW Lecture: 'Identity, Choice and Constraint in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy' , Friday, July 21, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Usha Tummala-Narra, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Counseling Psychology, Boston College; Title: Identity, choice, and constraint in psychoanalytic psychotherapy; The lecture will provide a lens into the patient’s and therapist’s dilemmas of facing choice and constraint in identity and relationship. SSW Public Lecture Series 2017: E. Diane Davis Lecture For more information, visit

Summer Office Hours Begin , Tuesday, May 30

Beginning Tuesday, May 30, the college will transition to a summer schedule with the workday beginning at 8 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m. (Regular office hours will resume Monday, August 28.)

05/11/2017 Digest

Free Second Friday , May 12, 4-8 p.m., Smith College Museum of Art

From 4 to 6 p.m. Hands-on! Art-making for all ages "Golden Textiles": Discover the art of weaving in the villas of Oplontis and create your own luxurious textile. At 6 p.m "Open Eyes" guided conversation exploring a different art object each month. Museum shop open and complementary light refreshments.

Students: JobX Upgrade

JobX will be upgraded in the coming weeks and several enhancements will affect students. Students will log onto JobX for the first time via Single Sign On (SSO) through the Smith College portal. They will have their own Dashboard which will record all their applications and jobs. A Global Application will allow students to apply for multiple jobs at once and attach a resume if requested. Students who have not completed all their paperwork with the Payroll Office will be able to view jobs but will be unable to apply for the position until mandatory forms are submitted.

Rental Books Check-In Due May 12

Rental books check-in at Smith College Bookstore are due back May 12. We will be open regular business hours this week including Saturday, May 13, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Textbook Buyback at the Smith College Bookstore

Get bucks for your books. Stop by the Smith College Bookstore and see if your old textbooks are worth anything. We are located at the Campus Center lower level.

Graduating Seniors: Last Chance at Apple Academic-Priced Technology @ the Computer Store

Congratulations to the Class of 2017! Before you graduate, stop by the Computer Store to take advantage one last time of purchasing Apple technology at the education price.

New Issue of Global Impressions: Cultural Encounters

A special issue of Global Impressions has been published on the journal's webpage with the theme "Cultural Encounters". You will find eleven essays and narratives spanning issues such as the burdens of representing another culture, the difficulties of communicating one's academic training across cultures, and understanding our own racialized and class positions at home and as we travel. By employing an anthropological eye and a humanistic sensibility, these accounts attempt to capture the profound sense of wonder, unease and dislocation that such encounters provoke. Visit to read this new issue, and past issues as well.

Donate Your Winter Clothing and Textbooks! , Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

The International Students and Scholars Office is collecting gently used winter coats, winter accessories, freshly laundered comforters, and used textbooks in the Lewis Global Studies Center. Clothing and bedding donations are used to stock a free store event that occurs every fall to help international students in preparation for winter. Textbooks are kept in a free ISSO textbook library. Thanks for your donations and support!

Commencement Orchestra Concert , Friday, May 19, 8:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Featuring soloists from the Class of '17. Free and open to all.

Commencement Choral Concert , Saturday, May 20, 4:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

The Smith College Glee Club, the Chamber Singers, and the a cappella group Groove perform works chosen by the graduating class. Free and open to the public.

Ask the OCD Experts: Moderated by Alan Seigel, MSW, BCD , Tuesday, May 16, 7 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Ask the OCD Experts: Randy Frost, PhD, Lilly Gaev, LCSW, Ted Plimpton, PhD, Denise Egan Stack, LMHC, and Brian Smith, MD. Moderated By: Alan Seigel, MSW, BCD. Tuesday May 16th, McConnell Hall 103, 7 pm. Sponsored by the Massachusetts Affiliate of the International OCD Foundation & Smith College.

Celebration of the Life of President Emerita Mary Maples Dunn

A celebration of the life of Mary Maples Dunn, Smith’s eighth president, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 28, in Helen Hills Hills Chapel. A reception will follow at the Smith College Conference Center. Dunn—a historian and scholar who who served from 1985 to 1995 as Smith College’s eighth president, during a period of rapid economic and demographic change—died Sunday, March 19. She was 85.

05/09/2017 Digest

Sams Fund Accepting Applications from Faculty and Students Until May 15

The Sams Fund is a restricted fund to support the study of Arab history, culture, politics, religion, and art at Smith College. The intent of the fund is to foster greater understanding among Americans and people of Arab countries. Apply by submitting a project proposal describing the purpose of the project, the specific activities for which support is sought, the contribution of the project to the development of Middle East Studies at Smith College and their intended impact, estimated duration of the project, and the proposed budget. See: for more details.

Get to Work on Two Wheels: Participate in the BSBW Challenge , May 13-21

Every May, Massachusetts residents come together to celebrate cycling during Bay State Bike Week. Participants will have the option to log their daily bicycling trip at and will be entered to win a raffle prize each day during the event week. Now is a great time to consider biking to work or biking during leisure time. Visit BSBW Facebook page at or on Instagram at Be sure to use the hashtag #BayStateBikeWK! For more information on Bay State Bike Week, visit

Participate in Psychology Study for $5 Gift Card , May 8-11

The purpose of this study, titled "College Relationships," conducted by Dr. Randi L. Garcia at Smith College, is to examine how relationships form between college students. In this study, you will interact in pairs for approximately 10 minutes, then you will complete a series of questionnaires about your experience. The interaction will be videotaped to be coded by undergraduate Smith research assistants who have signed confidentiality agreements. The study will take approximately 60 minutes to complete in total. To participate and get your $5 gift card, sign up at

Creative Works by Women Around the World: Voices & Visions Spring Edition Now Online

"Peace," the spring 2017 issue of the Voices & Visions Literary Journal, features the visual and written works of 21 young women authors and artists who attend women's colleges, universities, and high schools worldwide. Voices & Visions was launched in 2013 from the Kahn project "Why Educate Women?" It is a student-run online journal published bi-annually by the Kahn Institute, endorsed and promoted this spring by the offices of Gloria Steinem, the Ms. Magazine blog, and the National Museum of Women in the Arts. All are invited to delve into the rich talents of featured contributors worldwide.

Faculty/Staff: Upcoming JobX Upgrade

JobX will be upgraded in the coming weeks and users will then log onto JobX for the first time via Single Sign On (SSO) through the Smith College portal. Employers will have several new options on the Control Panel, one of which will make it simpler to find your job. Using the Online Application for student applicants will be strongly encouraged because students who have not completed all their paperwork with the Payroll Office will be able to view jobs but unable to apply for the position until mandatory forms are submitted, greatly improving the hiring process.

Class of 2017 T-Shirt Has Arrived

Class of 2017 T-shirt has arrived at the Book Shop at the Campus Center. Get them while they last.

Gathering Memories of Neilson Library

Do you have a favorite Neilson memory to share? Write, draw or take a photo, and create your memory page in the Neilson Library scrapbook. This is displayed in the library's first floor core until May 21 and will be housed forever in the Archives once the library closes for renovation. To contribute, visit

Out of Service: Track and Softball Fields Beginning , May 8

Construction activities will commence at the Outdoor Track and Softball Fields on Monday, May 8. The track and softball field will be out of service to the community from that date through Fall 2017. The tennis courts, turf field and soccer field will remain open and available for use. Parking near the tennis courts will remain open for use. For more information, visit the construction update map at

Restricted Parking: Paradise and Mandelle Roads and the Quad , May 9-14

The Campus Police Department is requiring that all vehicles parked on Paradise Road, Mandelle Road and inside the Quad, be moved by Tuesday, May 9, for Commencement and Reunion activities. Also, please observe any other posted “No Parking” areas. During Commencement and Reunion weekends, there will be no parking allowed on Prospect Street. If you have any questions, call 413-585-2495.

House Meditations Offered , Reading Period, Afternoons

In preparation for finals, the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life is offering meditation sessions for students in their houses. Sessions are meant to accommodate four or more students, and will require a spacious room. They will run afternoons and evenings during Reading Period for 30-45 minutes. Contact Kim Alston at to schedule a meditation session for your house or student group.

From Smith to the Smithsonian

John Davis, the Alice Pratt Brown Professor of Art at Smith and executive director of the Terra Foundation for American Art’s Global Academic Programs and Terra Foundation Europe, has been named under secretary for museums and research/provost at the Smithsonian. He is the first person to hold this position, and his appointment is effective July 31.

05/04/2017 Digest

SEC Presents 'Moana' , Friday & Saturday, May 5 & 6, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

The story follows an adventurous teenager who sails out on a daring mission to save her people. During her journey, Moana meets the once-mighty demigod Maui, who guides her in her quest to become a master way-finder. Together they sail across the open ocean on an action-packed voyage, encountering enormous monsters and impossible odds. Along the way, Moana fulfills the ancient quest of her ancestors and discovers the one thing she always sought: her own identity.

Reception in Mortimer Rare Book Room , Friday, May 5, 3-6 p.m., Mortimer Rare Book Room, Neilson, Third Floor

Refreshments and conversation to mark the retirement (in August) of Barbara Blumenthal, rare book specialist in the Mortimer Rare Book Room.

'Icarus's Mother' by Sam Shepard , Wednesday & Thursday, May 3 & 4, 7:30 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio, Mendenhall

Directed by Isabelle Brown '19, this is a studio production of Sam Shepard's play. The lazy picnic taking place slowly becomes an electric vision of apocalyptic menace. Free and open to the public. General admission, no reservations.

Josten Live! Jerry & Friends Celebrate 'The End of the Madness' , Friday, May 5, 5 p.m., Josten Library, Mendenhall

Jerry Noble and Friends celebrate "The End of the Madness" with a Josten Live! Fridays@Five serenade on the Josten Library Mezzanine. Jerry's end-of-semester croonfest -- with special guests -- has become a Josten tradition over the past few years. Bring your stress and lay it down on that purple carpet. Free and open to all.

Wailing Banshees Spring Concert , Thursday, May 4, 7:30 p.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage

Jigs, reels, and the best craic on campus! Directed by Ellen Redman. Free and open to the public.

Grad Dance Event , Thursday, May 4, 8 p.m., Scott Gym Dance Studio

The annual performance showcasing new group work by first year MFA dance candidates Shayla-Vie Jenkins and Sarah Lass. Tickets are $1 at the door. Seating is limited, and reservations are recommended and can be made by emailing

Food Truck Day , Friday, May 5, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Chapin Loading Dock

Smith's Staff Council is excited to host catering food trucks Crooked Stick Pops, Mothership Gourmet, Say Cheese and Sun Kim Bop. Bring your lunch money and a blanket or lawn chair. Open to all.

Guess Who’s Going To Be at This Year’s All-Employee Picnic?

No, not Oprah. It’s you, and your co-workers! Tuesday, June 13 is the date and you do not want to sit this one out. If you like great food, ice cream, and relaxing and mingling with other employees on a beautiful summer day (and who doesn’t?), you’ll definitely enjoy this event. More details will be available soon, including how to volunteer for a 30-minute shift, which is a great way to experience the picnic.

Register for Workshops: 'Countering Bias' and 'Trauma-Informed Support for Refugees' , May 8, May 11

As part of the Northampton Refugee Resettlement Initiative, Catholic Charities Agency is hosting a set of workshops for members of the community. The first, on engaging in anti-bias work, will be led by Romina Pacheco (Smith) and Angelica Castro (Mount Holyoke) on Monday, May 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Seelye 107; and Thursday, May 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Campus Center 204. The second, on building psycho-social capacity among people working with refugee populations, will be led by Josh Miller (SSW program) on Tuesday, May 2, 7-8:30 p.m., Seelye 101. To register, email Kavita at the Jandon Center for Community Collaboration, at

Medical Services: Summer Closing Information

Medical services will be closed for the summer beginning Thursday, May 18. For the period Monday-Wednesday, May 15-17, routine appointments not requiring lab work (e.g. prescription refills) may be booked. For medical questions or concerns during this time, please call 413-585-2813 to speak with a nurse. Hours for the week of May 15 will be 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Opening Reception for 'About Face': Islamic Art , Friday, May 5, 2:30-4 p.m., Atrium, Museum of Art

Join us for the opening reception for SCMA's new student-created installation of Islamic Art based on items recently donated to the museum from the collection of Elinor Lander Horwitz '50. The installation, which will be on view through December 10, proudly features both ceramics and works on paper. For more information about the exhibit, visit or watch a video about how Horwitz's gifts are already benefitting scholarship across the curriculum

End-of-Year Celebration for Students , Thursday, May 4, 5:30 p.m., Chapin Lawn

Dining Services is featuring a special guest chef, Jehangir Mehta, for this annual event. We will be working with Jehangir featuring recipes from his renowned restaurant, Graffiti, in New York City. The menu will include Pork Lemongrass Shish Kebab, Tadka Pohfa Rice, Aloo Tikka Chaat, and Maple Valley ice cream. For entertainment, music will be provided by WOZQ, and games and activities will be sponsored by the Athletic Association and house presidents. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held at the Indoor Track and Tennis Facility (ITT). Beer Garden for students 21 years of age. (must have a valid ID) For more details, read the Gate story at

Archives Concentration Exhibit Celebration , Monday, May 8, 4-6 p.m., Special Collections, Alumnae Gym

Students from the Archives Concentration will share their final exhibits and we will toast a farewell to the Alumnae Gymnasium.

Kahn Directorship Ending, Come Celebrate Rosetta Cohen , Thursday, May 11, 5-6 p.m., Kahn Institute, 3rd Floor, Neilson

Rosetta Cohen, director of the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute since 2012, will be ending her directorship this year. Help us celebrate the last five amazing years at the Kahn Institute. Refreshments served. Please RSVP to Liz Hait at by Friday, May 5.

Jummah Prayer , Friday, May 5, 12:20 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Join us for lunch and communal prayer accompanied by an inspirational video or discussion. We welcome you to stay for all or part of the event. The programs is sponsored by the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life. Everyone is welcome.

Smith Jewish Community Shabbat , Friday, May 5, 5:30 p.m., Kosher Kitchen

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.

No Jargon Spoken Here: Communicating About Science

During a recent media interview, Alexandria Brenon ’17 was temporarily stumped when the reporter asked her to identify reliable news sources on climate change. After drawing a blank for a moment, she recovered and turned her answer into one about real or fake news. Brenon's mock interview took place in her Astronomy and Public Policy class. While the videotaping was real, the interviewer was a member of Smith’s College Relations department playing the role of TV reporter.

05/02/2017 Digest

Boomerang Storage Box Kits Distribution , May 2-3, 5, 8-9 , Clark Hall

Smith has selected Boomerang Storage and The UPS Store to provide door-to-door storage and shipping services. Smith College students receive a 10% discount on all services. For distribution times and/or to sign up, visit

'Reflecting on Contemporary Politics in East Asia' , Wednesday, May 3, 12:10 p.m., Seelye 207

The East Asian Studies program will host a panel on contemporary East Asian politics. Join us for a discussion of globally significant issues in the region. Panelists: Shan-Jan Sarah Liu (Smith College), Calvin Chen (Mount Holyoke College), and Daniel Barish (Smith College). Lunch will be provided. Sponsored by the Smith College Program in East Asian Studies. Free and open to the public.

Seniors: Help Plan Baccalaureate, Meeting is , Thursday, May 4, Noon, Bodman Lounge, Chapel

The Center for Religious and Spiritual Life invites seniors to join us for a planning meeting for Baccalaureate. RSVP to Baccalaureate is a time for seniors (only) to reflect on their time at Smith in a contemplative, intimate and festive setting at the Helen Hills Hills Chapel, and this year it will take place Thursday, May 18, at noon.

Community BBQ, Bouncy House, Lawn Games and More , Wednesday, May 3, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Chapin Lawn

Join your community for an event dedicated to fun and celebration. Cosponsored by Wellness, Athletics, Student Affairs, Dining, the Wurtele Center and the Deans Office. Events include free BBQ, lawn games, bouncy house, petting zoo and more. Stop by to relax, de-stress and enjoy the day.

Weekly Meditation , Wednesday, May 3, 4:30 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend the semester's last weekly meditation with Ruth Ozeki, a novice Zen priest in the Soto Zen lineage. Meditation instruction is offered at the beginning as a simple silent practice. Participants are seated in chairs or on floor cushions, along with some walking meditation. The meditation, while based in Zen practice, is secular, inclusive and non-denominational. There will be time for questions and answers. Ozeki is also the author of several novels, including "A Tale for the Time Being," and is currently the Elizabeth Drew Professor of Creative Writing at Smith.

How to Teach and Learn with the National Museum of African-American History and Culture , Tuesday, May 2, 5:30 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Please join student and faculty Innovation Challenge Grant participants as they reflect upon their recent visit to the newly opened National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) in Washington D.C. Discussion topics include ways in which the trip can serve as a model for future visits and strategies for incorporating NMAAHC’s innovative materials and methods into Smith College courses across the disciplines. Pizza dinner will be provided to the first 30 attendees.

SECOND UPDATE: Upper College Lane Closed May 4, Not May 3 , 8 a.m.-noon

Upper College Lane will be closed from 8 a.m. to noon on Thursday, May 4, (not Wednesday). Access to SR loading dock will be maintained from the south. A large concrete pump truck will be delivering concrete to the Crew House addition foundations.

Chef Jehangir Mehta Hosts May 4 'Meet and Eat' for Students

What better way for students to celebrate the last day of classes than with a festive outdoor meal—especially when lemongrass kebabs are on the menu? Smith Dining Services is hosting a “meet and eat” event with guest chef Jehangir Mehta, former pastry chef at New York City’s Jean-Georges and owner of Grafitti restaurant, Thursday, May 4, at 5:30 p.m. on Chapin Lawn.

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