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08/13/2019 Digest

Student Parking Decals for 2019-2020

STUDENT PARKING DECALS will be open for returning SENIORS to purchase August 5, 2019 through August 8, 2019. Returning JUNIORS will be able to purchase decals August 12, 2019 through August 15, 2019. If there are decals remaining they will be available to SOPHOMORES August 19, 2019 until they are sold out. Please note that there are a limited number of decals available and although these dates are available for Seniors, Juniors and Sophomores it does not guarantee that there will be enough for all to buy a decal. Student Parking Decals can be purchased online at

Faculty Technology Workshops—Registration Now Open , Aug. 27-Sept. 4, 2019

Whether you’d like a refresher or to learn something new, Learning, Research and Technology has you covered. The offerings are a mix of sessions from skill-building to drop-in support to demonstrations. Program highlights include: updates to classroom technology demonstrations, strategies for creating paperless assignments (a tie-in with Smith’s Year on Climate Change initiative), and an interactive technology showcase featuring multiple partners from across the campus. Curate your professional development experience according to your course needs and interests. To register and learn more (including descriptions, times and locations), visit the event website:

Login Change for Office 365 on Personally Owned Computers Starting Monday, Aug 19

Starting on Aug 19, users who have activated Office 365 on their personally owned computers will need to log in using their Smith email address and password. If you previously set up and used a unique Office 365 password, that password will no longer work after the update. Information will be available from the ITS homepage starting Aug 18. Note: This change does not affect users accessing Microsoft Office on Smith-owned computers.

The Sams Fund is accepting applications through Monday, Sept 16

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: and scroll to Sams Fund for more details.

Regular Office Hours Resume Monday, Aug 26.

Regular office hours, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., resume Monday, August 26.

Not Anymore for Employees—Deadline Aug 30

A reminder to all employees to complete the online Title IX training, Not Anymore for Employees by Friday, August 30. Questions? Please contact Amy Hunter at or x2141.

Black Women Needed for Stress and Vascular Function Study , Ainsworth Gym

The Vascular Function Research Laboratory at Smith College is evaluating the relationship between experiences of stress, discrimination and blood vessel function in young, Black women, ages 18-24. If you are healthy and do not have cardiovascular disease or certain risk factors, you may qualify to participate. This study will provide you with information about your blood pressure and blood sugar and cholesterol via fingerstick blood draw. You will be asked to complete one approximately two hour study visit. You will be compensated $30 if you complete the study. If you are interested, please contact: or 413-585-7034.

Smith Athletics Hall of Fame Registration Now Available , Saturday, Oct. 19, 6 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Registration for the 2019 Induction Ceremony of the Smith Athletics Hall of Fame is now available. The Smith College Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place on Saturday, October 19, in the Carroll Room of the Campus Center. It will start with a reception at 6:00 p.m. and will be immediately followed by the dinner and ceremony at 7:00 p.m. To purchase a ticket to the event, please visit

Electrical Shutdown – campus-wide - Monday, Aug 19, 2019

Facilities Management is performing a campus-wide electrical shutdown on Monday, August 19th. Testing will take place between 6:00 am and 7:00 am. This shutdown is for the annual testing of the Black Start Emergency generator related to the co-generation power plant operations. During the shutdown, there will be representation from Facilities on campus to monitor building systems. All testing will be completed by 7:00 am. Please contact Chuck Dougherty with any issues or concerns. We apologize for any inconvenience caused during this mandatory testing.

Changes are Coming to 25Live – Learn the New Features Now

On Tuesday November 5, 25Live will be upgraded to a new version called ‘25Live Pro.’ Pro has the same functionality we’re accustomed to in 25Live, but it has a different look and ways of navigating. 25Live will not be available after November 5, so now is the time to familiarize yourself with Pro in the TEST version. Use the following URL and sign in with your standard 25Live credentials: NOTE: Do not use this test version to request space for a “real” event. Nothing you submit in Test will be processed/reserved.

Voicemail System Maintenance , Wednesday, Aug 14, 6-7 p.m.

The voicemail system will be unavailable on Wed, Aug. 14 from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm while ITS performs system maintenance. Campus telephones will function normally for placing and receiving calls throughout this maintenance period.

Rare Chaucer Editions Join Mortimer Rare Book Collection

Judith Raymo ’53 is donating a large selection of rare Chaucer materials to the Mortimer Rare Book Collection, Smith College Special Collections. The donation features nearly 500 rare items, including early editions from the 16th century and fine press editions with distinctive illustrations.

08/06/2019 Digest

Associate Vice President for HR Candidate Open Forum for all staff and faculty , August 6, 7 & 8, 3 -3:45 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

Three finalists in the Associate Vice President for Human Resources search have been invited to campus next week by the search committee. David DeSwert, chair of the search committee, invites and encourages all community members to attend an open forum (Tuesday, August 6, Wednesday, August 7 and Thursday, August 8 from 3:00-3:45 in Graham Hall, Hillyer) with each candidate and to provide your assessment of each candidate. The full announcement was emailed to all staff and faculty and can also be found here:

Celebrating SSW Graduates

The Smith College School for Social Work will award master’s and doctoral degrees to approximately 123 graduates at its commencement ceremony on Friday, August 16.


07/30/2019 Digest

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:

Defiant Vision: Prints & Poetry by Munio Makuuchi, Opens August 23 , Museum of Art

Featuring more than 50 prints and examples of his poetry, this museum exhibition is the first to focus on the work of Munio Makuuchi (born Howard Takahashi, 1934-2000) and serves as a reclamation of the artist’s visual and literary contributions. The son of a Japanese-born father and American-born mother, Makuuchi and his family were confined in The Minidoka Reloction Center in Idaho, an incarceration camp for Japanese Americans from 1942 to 1945. This pivotal experience was a catalyst for Makuuchi’s art as well as his rootless existence.

HR Update for OptumRx

As of January 1st, 2019, OptumRx became our prescription benefit provider. Since then, we’ve received questions about how the service works. We aim to answer your questions with our new HR Update to make the most of your OptumRx prescription drug benefit. Please review the full update at If you have any questions, please email or call 413-585-2270.

Admission's Summer Preview visit program is this Friday! , Friday, Aug. 2

Friday, August 2nd the Office of Admission will hold Summer Preview, a half-day visit program that introduces high school students and their families to Smith. Registration starts at 8:00 am in the Conference Center. Pre-register at Questions? Email

Greta Mundt ’21: ‘Learning in the Landscape’

Greta Mundt ’21 is bringing her passion for the Smith landscape to a project aimed at creating learning goals for a new landscape plan—including how to make the college's response to climate change more visible.


07/23/2019 Digest

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:

Baystate Blood Health Drive , Wednesday, July 24, 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., Alumnae House

Come donate blood at the Baystate Blood Mobile which runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.. Eligible donors will receive a Big E ticket or Starbucks gift card and a coupon to Bueno y Sano. Contact Chris Carr Hill at or x2665 to sign up. The bus will be parked on Elm Street in front of the Alumnae House, 33 Elm Street.

Workday Finance Timeline Review , Wednesday, July 24, 10 a.m., Stoddard Auditorium

Wondering about which finance and budget tasks you'll complete in Banner for FY20 and when you'll switch to Workday? Members of the Workday Finance Team will walk you through the timeline for the November 1st Go-Live and answer questions.

ITS Offices Closing at Noon on Tuesday, July 23

ITS offices, including the IT Service Center, the OneCard Office, and the Computer Store, will close at noon on Tuesday, July 23 for a departmental function. Classroom Support and Smith Media Studios (Henshaw) will remain open. System outages and emergencies can be reported to Classroom Support at extension 3474.

VPN Pulse Secure - Duo Required Starting Monday, July 29

On Monday, July 29, Smith’s VPN system (Pulse Secure) will be updated to use Duo for additional security. When using Pulse Secure to access the Smith network and resources from off campus, users will need to go through an additional step to verify their identity using Duo. Details and instructions are available from the ITS homepage: For questions, please contact the IT Service Center at or extension 4487.

Journeys & Visual Poems Exhibition, Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. , Alumnae House Gallery, 33 Elm St.

Journeys, an exhibit of paintings by Kate Whittaker (AC 1990), reflect impressions formed during her climate research travels to remote areas of the world. Patterns form landscapes, marks conjure ancestral presence, and ancient calligraphy evokes a shared heritage. The process can involve forty or more layers of paint, while accents of micaceous paint illuminate and grow quiet with the changing light. Visual Poems, in traditional scroll format, are a natural offshoot of these layered paintings and combine details of her paintings and photographs to form narratives of their own. On view Sept. 6-Dec. 17. Opening Reception: Sept. 13, 5-7 p.m.

Campus Police Advisory Committee

Campus Police has established a Campus Police Advisory Committee. The committee is designed to serve as a working group of community members (students) that will help the department review and address recommendations involving public relations. Additionally CPAC members take information away from the police department back into the community. The committee will have a broad public representation and input into the police department. CPAC opens and sustains on-going dialogue with key members of the community on issues of mutual concern. For interest in joining or questions, email the committee at

Sidewalk Sales at the Museum of Art Shop , Thursday, July 25 - 28, 10 a.m., Museum of Art

Sidewalk Sale Days will be taking place at the Smith College Museum of Art Shop beginning Thursday, July 25 at 10 a.m. There will be a nice selection of unique jewelry, scarves, accessories, books, artful decor and artisan made finds sourced from the around the globe. All items will be 50% to 75% off regular prices. The sale will be in the white tent in front of the museum and inside the shop as well. Sale hours are Thursday 10-6, Friday 10-4, Saturday 10-4 and Sunday 12-4.

Telling a Story Onstage About Autism

As a person with autism navigating a neuro-typical world, Sunshine Schneider ’22 was thrilled to learn that she’d been cast as the lead in the Smith production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. The award-winning play about a boy with autism will be performed on campus in October.

Final Lunchtime Kahncert on the Porch featuring Lyra Music Workshop Students , Wednesday, July 24, 12:30 - 1:15 p.m., Kahn Institute, 21 Henshaw Ave

Bring lunch to the Kahn tomorrow, 12:30-1:15 p.m., and enjoy exquisite classical music on the wraparound porch at this final lunchtime concert of the summer featuring performances by Lyra Summer Music Workshop students. Lyra Music, a summer program at Smith, hosts a small group of highly proficient young musicians aged 9-18. This is the final Kahncert on the Porch, a Kahn-Lyra tradition begun last year. All invited.

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