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09/25/2018 Digest


Smith Trivia! , Thursday, Sept. 27, 7 p.m., Alumnae House

Show off your brilliance (or at least knowledge of all things Smith) at this series of all Smith Trivia nights starting Thursday, Sept. 27, at 7p.m. Teams of up to six players will compete over five rounds of eight questions each for prizes and bragging rights.

Reception for 'A Gathering of Leaves' by Artist Annie Zeybekoglu '67 , Friday, Sept. 28, 5-7 p.m., Alumnae House Gallery, 33 Elm St.

Tea is everywhere--its ubiquitous presence rivals the most common object. Once used, each stained teabag holds a personal experience, records a private sharing, serves as a visual reminder of conversations, reunions, and journeys. Tea is a common denominator in much of the artwork of Smith alumna Annie Zeybekoglu '67. Tea serves as a vehicle for preserving memories offering subtle tonalities that have evolved into her artist’s palette, finding expression in her handcrafted jewelry, books and image making. Exhibition on view through December 14, Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

President McCartney's Open Office Hour , Monday, Oct. 1, 4 p.m., President's Office, College Hall

President McCartney welcomes anyone in the Smith Community to drop-in and speak with her about what's on your mind. No scheduling needed.

Historian Nancy Weiss Malkiel ’65, LTD ’97 Offers Presidential Colloquium on Coeducation , Wednesday, Sept. 26, 4 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

As the tumultuous decade of the 1960s ended, a number of traditional, prestigious colleges and universities decided to go coed, seemingly all at once, in a remarkably brief span of time. Coeducation met with fierce resistance. Nancy Weiss Malkiel ’65, LTD ’97 -- a distinguished Princeton scholar well known for her work on 20th-century American history -- will deliver a Presidential Colloquium on this momentous era in higher education at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, in the Campus Center Carroll Room. More information: https://history.princeton.edu/people/nancy-malkiel

Book Vaccine Appointments Online , Schacht Center for Health, Schacht

Are you ready to get your next dose of MeningitisB? Do you want to get the HPV Gardasil vaccine? Effective September 17, you may book appointments for most vaccines online through the patient portal by visiting https://smith.medicatconnect.com/home.aspx You must book travel-related visits and vaccines by telephone.

Global Salon with Mark Jia , Friday, Sept. 28, 2 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

An expert on the relationship between Chinese and American law, Harvard fellow Jia will speak about the state of law in China today, and the complicated ways in which the American law community tries to interpret and respond to the Chinese legal system.

Admission Fall Preview Program , Saturday, Sept. 29, Scott Gym

The Office of Admission will hold Fall Preview, a half-day visit program that introduces high school students and their parents to Smith. Registration is at Scott Gym starting at 8 a.m.; panels and presentations take place in Sage Hall and Wright Hall. For more information about this program and other Preview events throughout the year, visit https://www.smith.edu/admission-aid/visit-programs

Philosophy Lecture on 'Empathy and a Prison Roast' by Cynthia Willett , Thursday, Sept. 27, 5 p.m., Seelye 201

Cynthia Willett, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of Philosophy at Emory University, will present a lecture titled "Empathy and a Prison Roast." She will explore whether humor can enable us to bridge social and cultural divides rather than reinforcing them, and ask what kind of empathy could do this radical work. Willett writes, "While straight satire and ridicule subverts or reinforces lines of power, the empathetic humor of the roast, laced with flirtatious mockery, can offer far more than just a temporary break from the harsh realities of life." Lecture is open to the public.

Save the Date: Sherrerd Awards Ceremony , Tuesday, Oct. 23, 4:30 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Come celebrate three faculty members who have been selected for this year's Sherrerd Prizes for distinguished teaching: David Gorin, associate professor of chemistry; Suk Massey, lecturer in East Asian languages & literatures; and Tina Wildhagen, associate professor of sociology and dean of the junior class. Hear from their former students and meet the honorees at this ceremony. For more information, visit https://www.smith.edu/news/sherrerd-prize-winners/

Lisa Gardiner '95 Presents 'Tales from an Uncertain World: Narratives on Climate Change' , Wednesday, Sept. 26, Noon, McConnell Foyer/103

Dr. Lisa Gardiner, Class of 1995, and climate-change educator with the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Co., will present narratives from her new book about links between climate change and our human responses to events such as earthquakes, wildfires, beach erosion, invasive species and more. Sponsored by Department of Geosciences, Environmental Science and Policy Program (ES&P), and Center for the Environment, Ecological Design, and Sustainability (CEEDS). All welcome; lunch provided at noon.

Climate Change Conversation and Q & A with Author Lisa Gardiner '95 , Wednesday, Sept. 26, 4:15 p.m., CEEDS, Wright

Lisa Gardiner '95 will discuss her new book "Tales from an Uncertain World: What Other Assorted Disasters Can Teach Us About Climate Change." Sponsored by Center for the Environment, Ecological Design, and Sustainability (CEEDS); Environmental Science and Policy Program (ES&P); and Department of Geosciences.

First Look: Members/VIP Exhibition Preview—'Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment' , Thursday, Sept. 27, 2 p.m., Museum of Art

Join museum staff for a private gallery tour of SCMA's new exhibition "Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment: French Art from the Horvitz Collection." This exhibition explores “The Woman Question” (La Querelle des Femmes) that was at the heart of some of the most pressing cultural, philosophical, political, and social debates of the 18th-century French Enlightenment. Meet in museum lobby. Free for members | Space Limited | Reservations Required Register: scmamembers@smith.edu or 413-585-2777

Ada Limón Q&A and Poetry Reading , Tuesday, Sept. 25, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

A finalist for the coveted National Book Award, Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and National Book Critics Circle Award, Ada Limón is the author of five books of poetry, most recently 2018's "The Carrying." The universe of Limón's poems is deeply verdant and mysterious; her tough and curious speakers command a reader’s notice with vivid transformations, asking questions about mortality and tenderness. A Q&A at 4 pm in the Poetry Center is open to the Smith Community. Limón's evening reading is free and open to the public.

Sign Up Now for Flu Shot , Thursday, Sept. 27, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Schacht Center for Health, Schacht

The Schacht Center for Health & Wellnessis hosting its first flu vaccine clinic of the season. All current students, staff, and faculty welcome. Vaccine is free. Sign up online at https://www.timecenter.com/smithcollegehealth/ We do NOT provide high-dose formula which is recommended for persons over the age of 65. Persons with medical concerns should contact their primary care provider. Due to supply limitations, the product used on this date is a multi-dose vial which contains thimerosal. We will host another clinic in October with thimerosal-free vaccine. Flu vaccine is also provided.

Judith Coffin: 'Simone de Beauvoir, the Algerian War and Political Emotion' , Tuesday, Sept. 25, 4:15 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Judith Coffin, associate professor of history, University of Texas, Austin, is finishing a book, "Sex, Love, and Letters." It is based on an unexplored collection of readers' letters to Beauvoir from the publication of "The Second Sex" in 1949 to the last volume of her autobiography in 1972. The talk is sponsored by the history department, Program for the Study of Women and Gender, the French department, and the Smith College Lecture Committee. Free and open to the public.

Star Gazing , Thursday, Sept. 27, 8:30-9:30 p.m., McConnell Hall Roof

Come see stars, planets, and the moon. All are welcome - please dress warmly. For further information or to check on weather conditions, contact Meg Thacher mthacher@smith.edu, 413/585-3935.

School for Social Work Five College Circle of Scholars Info Sessions , October 2, 10, 16

The Five College Circle of Scholars program is open to students and graduates of the Five Colleges interested in applying to the Smith College School for Social Work MSW program in clinical social work. Applicants qualify for unique benefits, including application fee waiver, consideration for merit scholarships, preference in the geographical location of your field internship, and priority in decision notification and SSW grant-funded financial aid. Attend an information session at Mount Holyoke (10/2); UMass (10/10), or Smith Tuesday, Oct. 16, at noon in Campus Center 205.

International Experience Grant Information Session , Wednesday, Sept. 26, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

The Lewis Global Studies Center offers the International Experience Grant (IEG) for students pursuing opportunities abroad during the summer and j-term. Come learn about grant opportunities that are available for J-term 2019, and how to apply.

Gallery Talk: 'Women, War and Revolution' , Thursday, Oct. 4, 12:15 p.m., Museum of Art

Jennifer Heuer, associate professor of history at University of Massachusetts Amherst, explores the portrayal of women as symbols in war and revolution in conjunction with the special exhibition "Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment." Heuer is author of 'The Family and The Nation: Gender and Citizenship in Revolutionary France, 1789-1830.'

Talk Back Tea with Returned Students , Friday, Sept. 28, 4 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

First-year and sophomore students are encouraged to come and hear from recently returned study abroad students about their experiences. Not only will the returned study abroad students talk about their “journey” of getting ready to study abroad, they’ll also reflect on their experiences while abroad as well as the impact study abroad has made on their future. A wide variety of study abroad experiences will be represented.

Global Salon with Tamara Grdzelidze, Ambassador to the Vatican, Republic of Georgia , Monday, Oct. 1, 4:30 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Tamara Grdzelidze will present "Religion and Diplomacy: The Vatican and the Post-Soviet Orthodox World." Since the fall of the Soviet Union, most former communist, officially atheistic states have seen a resurgence in religious affiliation, especially Eastern Orthodox Christianity. While historically a part of a transnational Orthodox world that includes regions in Eastern and Central Europe, the Balkans, Eurasia, and the Middle East, post-Soviet states nevertheless routinely engage and seek out diplomatic relations with the Vatican. Grdzelidze will discuss how these diplomatic relations relate to a broader dialogue, particularly on problems of social justice.

HR Update Is Available Online

Check out the latest edition of HR Update on the News & Policy Updates page at https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/hr

Kahn 2019-2020 Project, 'TranslationS'; Applications Due , October 18

The Kahn Institute is accepting applications for its 2019-2020 yearlong project, "TranslationS," organized by Nalini Bhushan, Philosophy and Janie Vanpee, French Studies. Translation is the space in which language, culture, history, politics, and difference collide and sometimes cohere to make meaning. For more information see https://www.smith.edu/kahninstitute/future.php.

Apply to Kahn 2019-2020 Project, 'Fear': Info Session , Wednesday, Sept. 26, 5 p.m., Kahn Institute, 21 Henshaw Ave

The Kahn Institute is accepting applications for its 2019-2020 yearlong project, Fear, organized by James Lowenthal, Astronomy and Kevin Rozario, American Studies. What is fear? Who benefits from fear? Who promotes it, and why and how? What are the alternatives? How is a culture of fear viewed through different lenses? Faculty and staff are invited to an information meeting on Wednesday, September 26, 5pm, at the Kahn. At the meeting, Organizing Faculty and Kahn staff will discuss the content and structure of the project, fellowship opportunities, and the application process. Wine and cheese reception. For more information see https://www.smith.edu/kahninstitute/future.php.

Innovative Strategies (Part 1B): 'Blockchain, Food/Health/Wellness, and 3D Printing' , Thursday, Sept. 27, Noon, Campus Center 102

How do you solve a problem from just a seed of an idea? Entrepreneurship often begins with an idea targeting a problem. But where do you go from there? During the Innovative Strategies Workshop Series, you will participate in a series of proven entrepreneurial exercises that will move your concept for a business or a project from an idea to an actionable plan. Guest speakers: Philip Silva, Chief Scientist of a new crypto-currency venture; Jill McCormick, Director of Innovation at TechSpring; and Kebra Smith-Bolden, RN and CEO/Founder of CannaHealth. For more information, visit http://www.smith.edu/ciec. *Free food.

Register Now for 'Change Management' , Thursday, Sept. 27, 10 a.m.-noon, Campus Center 205

Ombudsperson Michael Stephens builds on data from meetings with college faculty and staff to present concepts and approaches that can help improve how changes are introduced and managed, including examples of the types of concerns employees have about changes in the workplace; the cycle of reactions that people typically have to changes in their work situation; basic concepts in managing change effectively—with helpful tips for both supervisors and staff; the costs to you and the department that are incurred when change is not managed well. Additional resources and training opportunities. Register by visiting, https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/hr/learning-development

Support those Impacted by Hurricane Florence , Grecourt Bookshop, Campus Center

The Smith College Grecourt Bookshop is a donation center for the American Red Cross to support those impacted by Hurricane Florence. Stop by our regular business hours (Monday-Thursday 9-5 pm, Friday 9 - 4 pm, Saturday 10-3 pm) with a donation. Any dollar amount is accepted. Hope to see you soon.

Get a Credit for Working on the Theatre Department Musical

A few Theatre 200 positions are still available for working on a production in the theatre department - help out with costumes, lights, or set and get one credit! Performances are October 19, 20, 25, 26, and 27, and tech is October 13-18. We may have positions for later in the semester too - and next semester. If you are interested in learning more, contact Nikki Beck ncbeck@smith.edu or 413-585-3222.

South Asia Vocal Performance and Lecture , Tuesday, Sept. 25, 5 p.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage

"Music and Songs in the Court of Wajid Ali Shah (19th Century India)", part of the lecture series "Thinking Islam Differently." In a performance and lecture, Vidya Rao explores the court of Wajid Ali Shah, a Shi?i ruler in 19th century India whose patronage of arts and music featured Hindu and Muslim musicians and singers who blended elements from both religious traditions (including those tied to religious rituals), leaving a lasting legacy on Islam in South Asia and Indian culture in general. Sponsored by the Religion Department, Music Department and Lecture Committee.

Updates to Smith Mail Interface , Through October 18

Smith Mail accounts that have not already transitioned to Google’s new interface will be automatically migrated to the new interface between September 18 and October 18. Changes in the interface include new display density options, quick action icons in the message line and the ability to view your calendar or task list while in mail. To learn more about the new interface, visit "Learn What’s New in Gmail" at https://support.google.com/mail/answer/7677724?hl=en

Course Registration Deadlines

Wednesday, September 26 is the last day to add a full semester Smith course. Friday, October 12 is the last day to drop a full semester Smith course or Five College course. To add or drop by these deadlines signatures of the instructor, adviser, and class dean are required on the add and drop form. Please see the registrar's office website for all registration dates and deadlines https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/registrar/dates-deadlines

Outdoor Adventure Program Trips This Week , Boathouse

Weekly bike rides every Tuesday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. We provide all the gear and you don't need to register, just meet at the boathouse. Canoe trip and Island clean-up on Saturday, Sept. 29. Canoe down the Connecticut River and help clean up an island. We provide all the gear, just meet at the boathouse. Rock climbing trip to Farley Ledge on Sunday, Sept. 30: Some experience required. Must be belay-certified in order to participate. We provide all the gear, just meet at boathouse. Email outdoors@smith.edu to register for all trips and for more information.

New Play Reading Series: 'Bear Hug' , Thursday, Sept. 27, 7:30 p.m., Acting Studio 1, Mendenhall CPA

Written by Siobhan McManamon ‘17, directed by Emma Laube ‘17. Callie and Diana come from two wildly different worlds, but that doesn't stop them from falling in love. In a modern retelling of a classic myth, the girls must navigate their feelings and society as only teenagers can -- until everything changes. Free and open to the public.

Spanish & Portuguese Study Abroad Information Meeting , Tuesday, Sept. 25, 4:30 p.m., Dewey Common Room

For those students interested in studying in a Spanish or Portuguese speaking country for one semester or a full year. Refreshments will be served.

On Drones Technology: A Kahn Institute Workshop , Friday, Sept. 28, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Spatial Analysis Lab, Sabin-Reed 104

The Kahn Institute invites students to participate in a workshop on drones technology as part of the institute's short-term project, "Drones: Power, Play, Policy and Pedagogy." Learn the science and methods behind creating high resolution orthophoto mosaics and 3D models from drone imagery. Taught by Angad Singh, an expert on creating high-quality geospatial data using UAS and a technical trainer at Pix4D, a drone mapping and photogrammetry software company in San Francisco. Limited seating; register at https://goo.gl/forms/bhy1f1jHKWu6bTny1 Project details: https://www.smith.edu/kahninstitute/current.php

Apply for Five College Undergraduate Fellowship in the Digital Humanities

The Five College Undergraduate Fellowship in the Digital Humanities is accepting applications for the 2018-2019 academic year. Junior and senior undergraduate students (and exceptional sophomores) at any of the five colleges are invited to submit proposals for creative and/or scholarly projects that draw together the humanities and substantial work with digital resources and/or technologies. Up to five fellowships will be awarded. The Fellowship includes a $1000 educational stipend and support for research expenses (up to $500). Final projects will be presented at our spring symposium. All applications are due by Thursday, Nov. 15, at 9 p.m. (EST). Details: http://5colldh.org/apply.

Five College Digital Humanities Mixer , Thursday, Oct. 18, 4:30 p.m.

Learn about the 2018-19 Five College Undergraduate Fellowship in the Digital Humanities, meet others interested in digital humanities, and find encouragement for your ideas. The mixer will be Thursday, October 18, 4:30-6:30pm at the Five Colleges offices (97 Spring St in Amherst). We will be serving pizza and soft drinks. Gluten free and vegan options available upon request; email humans@5colldh.org. The building is wheelchair-accessible and other accommodations can be provided upon request.

Nancy Weiss Malkiel '65, LTD '97: 'The Struggle for Coeducation'

As the tumultuous decade of the 1960s ended, a number of traditional, prestigious colleges and universities decided to go coed, seemingly all at once, in a remarkably brief span of time. Coeducation met with fierce resistance. Nancy Weiss Malkiel ’65, LTD ’97—a distinguished Princeton scholar well known for her work on 20th-century American history—will deliver a Presidential Colloquium on this momentous era in higher education at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, in the Campus Center Carroll Room. The event is open to the public at no charge.

'Genomics and Computational Biology in Precision Cancer Medicine' , Monday, Oct. 1, 4:15 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

X. Shirley Liu, Biostatistics and Computational Biology, Center for Functional Cancer Epigenetics, Harvard & Dana-Farber Cancer Institute will present this talk which is part of the Fall 2018 Mary Elizabeth Dickason King M.D. Annual Lecture Series in the Life Sciences in Memory of Professor Howard Parshley. Coffee, tea and light snacks will be served at 4:15 p.m.; talk to begin at 4:30 p.m. For full schedule, visit http://www.smith.edu/biology/events.php

Wholeness Wednesday: Craft and Meet a New Face , Wednesday, Sept. 26, 4:15 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Are you feeling lonely? Do you want to meet new people? Do you just really like arts and crafts? Then Wellness Services has the event for you! Come join us to create something beautiful and meet someone new! Maybe you'll find a gym partner, study buddy, or dinner date.

Soccer: Smith College vs. Western New England University , Tuesday, Sept. 25, 4 p.m., Smith Athletic Fields

Support the Pioneers as they take on Western New England University at home.

Volleyball: Smith College vs. Wellesley College , Tuesday, Sept. 25, 7 p.m., Ainsworth Gym

Support the Pioneers as they take on Wellesley College at home.

Volleyball: Smith College vs. Wheaton College (MA) , Saturday, Sept. 29, Noon, Ainsworth Gym

Support the Pioneers as they take on Wheaton College at home.

Volleyball: Smith College vs. Plymouth State University , Saturday, Sept. 29, 4 p.m., Ainsworth Gym

Support the Pioneers as they take on Plymouth State University at home.

Volleyball: Smith College vs. Wheaton College (MA) , Saturday, Sept. 29, Noon, Ainsworth Gym

Support the Smith Pioneers as they take on Wheaton College.

Construction Vehicles on Seelye Drive , Monday-Tuesday, Sept. 24-25

There will be dump trucks hauling earth in both directions on Seelye Drive. The vehicles will enter and exit the campus from Elm Street near College Hall and enter and exit the project site at the intersection of Neilson and Seelye Drive near Washburn House. These are large vehicles that take up a good portion of the roadway. A spotter will accompany the vehicles on foot from Elm Street to the project site and back. Please use caution in this area and give these vehicles a wide berth. Restraints on the site early next week require this point of access for the vehicles. We will return to the use of the Dickinson lot entrance on Wednesday, Sept. 26.

Lost and Found in Seelye Hall

Seelye Hall lost and found is located in Seelye 207b. Stop by if you have lost a water bottle, umbrella, jacket, etc.

Parking Office Closed , Oct. 15-19; Reopens Oct. 22

The parking office will be closed on Monday, October 15, 2018 through Friday, October 19, 2018. The office will reopen on Monday, October 22, 2018 at 8:30 AM. For any emergencies, please call Campus Police at 413-585-2490.

CSO Community Ed Lunch w/Friends of Hampshire County Homeless and Habitat for Humanity , Wednesday, Oct. 4, Noon, Jandon Center, Wright

Want to find out how to support members of your community and make a positive difference by helping to provide housing? Come learn about the Friends of Hampshire County Homeless, (November- April) and the Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity (Year- Round). Join the Community Service Office (CSO) in the Jandon Center for Community Engagement (JCCE), Wright Hall 013, for lunch on Thursday, Oct. 4, from 12-1 p.m. Pizza lunch will be provided! (gluten-free option available!). If you have any questions call the CSO at ext. 3060 or email cso@smith.edu.

Fall Career Fair 2018 , Thursday, Oct. 4, 3:30 p.m., ITT

Meet with recruiters from 80 corporate and non-profit organizations to discuss a broad range of internships, full-time jobs and graduate/professional school opportunities. Bring copies of your resume. Attire is business casual. The fair is FREE for students; No registration is required. Participating organizations list& descriptions: https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/lazarus-center/fall-career-fair-participants

Interfaith Lunch , Tuesday, Sept. 25, Noon, Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Join others in interfaith dialogue, faith in action, and social justice works on this campus and beyond. Lunch will be provided (gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options available). All are welcome.

Register Now for 'Everyday Stress Management,' Presented by Harvard Pilgrim , Wednesday, Oct. 3, 10 a.m., Campus Center 205

Learning how to manage stress effectively is essential for maintaining health and well-being. High levels of stress contribute to health problems, such as ulcers, high blood pressure, headaches and depression, so learning to manage and minimize it is important. The impact of stress can also lead to reduced productivity, absenteeism and sometimes the need for costly medications. Learning to break the stress cycle is an invaluable skill. In this seminar, participants will learn positive and appropriate coping skills to handle the stresses of everyday life. To register, visit https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/hr/learning-development

A Few Seats Left for 'Google Team Drive vs. My Drive' – Register Now , Thursday, Oct. 4, 2 p.m., Seelye B2

Let’s compare Google Drive to Team Drive, taking a closer look at sharing vs. permissions. We will look at what needs to be done with Google files when someone leaves the college. Register by visiting, https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/hr/learning-development. Note: Space is limited to 12 participants. Presented by Liane Hartman, ITS.

Screening: 'Boujad in a Nest the Heat' , Tuesday, Sept. 25, 6:30 p.m., Seelye 211

A short documentary that takes a personal look at issues of separation, independence and return. As director Hakim Belabbes chronicles his journey from his home in Chicago to visit his family in his hometown of Boujad in Morocco, his exploration of family relationships is self-conscious and at times painfully honest.

SACSA Careers Info Session , Thursday, Sept. 27, 4:30 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Hear all about our project, SACSA Careers. We will talk about our project, what we accomplished last year, our plans for this year and more.

Mindful Mondays: Eat, Write, and Talk with Us , Monday, Oct. 1, 12:15 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Mindful Mondays includes free food, short contemplative exercises and conversations about navigating the demands of this rigorous institution while sustaining a rich inner life. This week's topic: A low-key introduction to Mindfulness for anyone who has ever wondered about it. Hosted by Jessica Bacal, Director of the Narratives Project and Matilda Cantwell, Director of the the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life. Come enjoy lunch with us - no registration required!

General Interest Meeting for 'The Sophian' , Thursday, Sept. 27, 7-8 p.m., Campus Center TV Lounge

Interested students can find out how to get involved with the Sophian newspaper, what editorial positions are open and what a student journalist's schedule typically looks like.

Student Financial Services Will Be Closed , Thursday, Sept. 27, 1-3 p.m.

The Student Financial Services Office will be closed for a staff training.

Projects for Peace Info Session , Thursday, Oct. 4, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

The Davis Foundation provides an opportunity to see to fruition a dream you've had to promote peace and be an agent for change. One Smith project is chosen per year to receive a $10,000 grant to complete a project either domestic or abroad.

'Smith in Paris' Information Session , Friday, Oct. 12, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Learn about the wide variety of courses and cultural activities the Smith in Paris program has to offer. Information about the Les Sciences à Paris and the Architecture and Art History at Val de Seine options will also be available. Students who participated on the program last year will be available to answer questions and share their experiences. Pizza will be served.

Music in the Noon Hour , Wednesday, Oct. 3, 12:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Music in the Noon Hour presents Music for solo violin performed by Joel Pitchon. Works by J.S. Bach, Sergey Prokofiev and Fritz Kreisler. Free and open to the public.

Sign Up for Two-Session Identity and Inclusion Workshop , Wednesdays, Oct. 10 & Nov. 7, 9 a.m.-noon, Campus Center 103/104

The Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equity (OIDE) and Human Resources are offering staff and faculty a two-session workshop on Identity and Inclusion, presented by Dina Levi, director of inclusive leadership, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Amherst College. To register, visit https://goo.gl/6PczTb In Session I, offered October 10, participants will explore their own identities using a model of identity development and consider the impact of power and privilege on the ways in which we understand our sense of self and that of others. This session offers an opportunity to reflect on the importance of our own identities as we work towards intentionally inclusive communities at Smith College. In Session II, offered November 7, participants will continue to explore power and privilege as they play out in our personal experiences; this time through the lens of systemic marginalization. Participants will have the opportunity to consider how our own socialization contributes to dynamics of race, class, gender, and other identities as we work towards interrupting such systems of oppression. Identical workshops will be offered in the spring.

Deborah Davis, MD (Smith '76): Health & STEM Professions Friday Lunchbag Presentation , Friday, Sept. 28, 12:15 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Davis will discuss her path from Smith to medical school, career trajectory, and her clinical and research experiences in cardiac anesthesiology. She has directed her career towards caring for infants and children with complex congenital heart disease. Board certified in Pediatrics, Anesthesiology, and Critical Care Medicine, Davis is a Professor of Anesthesiology and Pediatrics at Thomas Jefferson University/Jefferson Medical College, and is also an Anesthesiologist/Intensivist at the Nemours Cardiac Center at the A.I. duPont Hospital. Q&A will follow the presentation and pizza will be served. Open to all majors.

Deborah Davis, MD (Smith '76): Afternoon Tea Welcome Reception , Thursday, Sept. 27, 4 p.m., Ford Hall Atrium

The Prehealth Program and Department of Biological Sciences are hosting an Afternoon Tea to welcome Deborah Davis, MD (Smith '76) to campus. Davis has directed her career towards caring for infants and children with complex congenital heart disease, and has enjoyed a productive career as a physician, researcher, professor and mentor. She is Board certified in Pediatrics, Anesthesiology, and Critical Care Medicine. Davis will be meeting with classes and professors in several venues during a two-day visit to Smith. Students and faculty from all departments are invited.

Mindful Mondays: Eat, Write, and Talk with Us! , Monday, Oct. 15, 12:15 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Mindful Mondays includes free food, short contemplative exercises and conversations about navigating the demands of this rigorous institution while sustaining a rich inner life. Today's topic: Saying 'No' and Other Tips for When College is a $%&^#! hosted by Shanice Bailey, Brown Post-Baccalaureate Curatorial Fellow, and Emma Chubb, Charlotte Feng Ford '83 Curator of Contemporary Art. Co-sponsored by Jessica Bacal & Matilda Cantwell. Join us for lunch - no registration is required!

Info Table: SEA Semester , Tuesday, Oct. 2, 10 a.m., Campus Center Main Level Table

Stop by the SEA Semester info table to find out more about this field-based study abroad program focused on the ocean environment. SEA offers 6 different semester programs ranging in focus from global climate change to cultural and environmental sustainability to conservation and marine biodiversity. SEA semester programs include an on-shore component followed by a sailing research voyage in the Atlantic, Pacific, or Caribbean. Motivated students of all majors who are passionate about learning, inspired to take on real-world issues, and eager to become part of an unparalleled living and learning community are welcome to apply.

Info Session: SEA Semester , Tuesday, Oct. 2, Noon, CEEDS, Wright

Come find out more about this field-based study abroad program focused on the ocean environment. SEA offers 6 different semester programs ranging in focus from global climate change to cultural and environmental sustainability to conservation and marine biodiversity. SEA semester programs include an on-shore component in Woods Hole, Massachusetts followed by a sailing research voyage in the Atlantic, Pacific, or Caribbean. Motivated students of all majors who are passionate about learning, inspired to take on real-world issues, and eager to become part of an unparalleled living and learning community are welcome to apply. Pizza lunch provided.

Weekly Grief Support Group During Fall Term , Fridays, Beginning Oct. 12, 2-3:15 p.m.

Did someone close to you die? You are invited to come share stories and support in a weekly group that will be co-facilitated by Meg Laird, LICSW, and Beth Lowry, MSW intern. For more information and to register, call Smith College Counseling Service at 413.585.2840 or email counselingservices@smith.edu.

Listening Deeply; Empowering Action: a Day of Mindfulness , Saturday, Oct. 13, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Davis Ballroom

Join us and Kaira Jewel Lingo, a lay Dharma teacher and ordained nun in Thich Nhat Hanh's Order of Interbeing, for a day of short periods of sitting and walking meditation, mindful eating, practicing joy, and sharing our stories. Beginners welcome. This event is free and registration is required. To register, visit https://goo.gl/tcW9TM

WATCH LIVE: Judge Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court confirmation hearings with Christine Blasey Ford testimony , Thursday, Sept. 27, 9 a.m., Campus Center TV Lounge

Christine Blasey Ford has committed to testifying in an open hearing on Thursday, September 27 about her allegation of sexual assault against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The Campus Center TV Lounge will be open to the community to come together to watch the hearing. Available from 9am-6pm, Thursday September 27, 2018.

Innovative Strategies Workshop , Thursday, Sept. 27, Noon, Campus Center 102

Entrepreneurship often begins with an idea targeting a problem. But where do you go from there? During the Innovative Strategies Workshop Series, you will participate in a series of proven entrepreneurial exercises that will move your concept for a business or a project from an idea to an actionable plan. These workshops will guide you in defining a problem and then developing a robust roadmap leading to an achievable solution. FREE FOOD AND STUFF. For more information, visit http://smith.edu/academics/conway-center

Save the Date: Otelia Cromwell Day Keynote Address by D-L Stewart , Thursday, Nov. 1, 1 p.m., John M. Greene Hall

Scholar and activist D-L Stewart will deliver the keynote address at this year’s celebration of Otelia Cromwell Day at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, in John M. Greene Hall. Stewart -- a professor at the University of Colorado's School of Education -- will speak on “(Re)Living Hope.”

Soup, Salad and Soul , Friday, Sept. 28, Noon, Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Join this soulful conversation every Friday at noon over delicious homemade vegetarian soup and salad prepared by our student cook. Students, faculty and staff are invited for discussion on philosophical musings, current events, Smith issues of interest, matters of spirituality, and various other topics posed by student leaders in a welcoming environment. All faiths, non-faiths, and questioning or searching individuals are welcome. Supported by the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, this program is a great introduction to spirituality, social justice and secularism. The food is awesome and so is the discussion.

Weekly Monday Meditation , October 1, 5 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend weekly meditation with Ruth Ozeki. A simple relaxed silent practice of sitting and walking meditation, using chairs or floor cushions. Initial meditation instruction will be offered. All levels are welcome, with time for questions. Ruth Ozeki, a Zen priest in the Soto Zen lineage, offers a secular, inclusive and non-denominational meditation. Ozeki is also the author of several novels, including "A Tale for the Time Being," and teaches creative writing at Smith.

Jummah Prayer and Lunch , Friday, Sept. 28, Noon, Prayer Space, Wright Hall Lower Level

Join the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life for lunch, communal prayer, a group activity or discussion this Friday in the Chapel sanctuary. All are welcome.

IT Transformation Community Meeting , Friday, Sept. 28, 2 p.m., Stoddard Auditorium

Samantha Earp, VP for Information Technology, will share an update on IT projects and initiatives, including the implementation of Workday to replace Banner, and more.

'Smith Votes' Initiative Aims to Boost Student Voter Registration; , Tuesday, Sept. 25, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., CC Main Level, TBL 3A & 3B

In the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election, during her first semester at Smith, Amelia Windorski ’20 says many of her friends wanted to vote, but didn’t know how to register or cast absentee ballots. This semester, Windorski is helping to launch Smith Votes, a new initiative aimed at increasing the number of students who are registered to vote, are informed about candidates and issues, and are actively voting. For more details, visit https://www.smith.edu/news/new-initiative-aims-to-boost-student-engagement/


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American Studies , Monday, Oct. 29, Noon, Dewey Common Room

Meet the faculty in the American Studies Program and learn more about the major. A pizza lunch will be provided.

Sociology , Tuesday, Oct. 30, Noon, Wright 126 & 127

Meet the faculty in the Department of Sociology and learn more about the sociology major and minor. Lunch will be provided.

Star Gazing , Friday, Oct. 26, 8:30-9:30 p.m., McConnell Hall Roof

Come see the Moon, Mars, stars, and star clusters. All are welcome - please dress warmly. For further information or to check on weather conditions, contact Meg Thacher (mthacher@smith.edu, 585-3935).

Star Gazing , Thursday, Nov. 15, 8:30-9:30 p.m., McConnell Hall Roof

The astronomy department will be holding an open house Thursday, November 15, 8:30-9:30pm on the roof of McConnell Hall. Come see the Moon, Mars, stars, and galaxies. All are welcome - please dress warmly. For further information or to check on weather conditions, contact Meg Thacher (mthacher@smith.edu, 585-3935).

Star Gazing , Friday, Dec. 7, 8:30 p.m., McConnell Hall Roof

Come see Mars, stars, galaxies, and a region of active star formation. All are welcome - please dress very warmly. For further information or to check on weather conditions, contact Meg Thacher (mthacher@smith.edu, 585-3935).

'To Let Grass Grow Over a Matter: Artist Talk with Inas Halabi' , Thursday, Oct. 11, 5 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

Artist Inas Halabi will lecture in conjunction with the exhibition of her work, Letters to Fritz and Paul (2016-8), at the Smith College Museum of Art. Co-sponsored by Smith College Museum of Art; The Sams Fund, Middle East Studies; the Lewis Global Studies Center; Film and Media Studies; and the Museums Concentration.

Screening 'Belle' (2013) , Thursday, Oct. 18, 7 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

Directed by Amma Asante. 1:44 minutes. Rated PG. Screened In conjunction with the special SCMA exhibition "Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment." This British period drama is inspired by an 18th-century portrait of Lady Elizabeth Murray and her multiracial cousin Dido Elizabeth Belle Lindsay (1761-1804). Dido (Belle) was born into slavery in the British West Indies to an enslaved African woman, Maria Belle, and Captain Sir John Lindsay. Lindsay returned to the United Kingdom with his young daughter who was raised as a free gentlewoman by her great uncle, Lord Chief Justice William Murray.

Theatre Major , Wednesday, Oct. 17, Noon, Green Room, Mendenhall

Come discover what the exciting Theatre Major holds. Pizza lunch provided.

Memorial Service for President Emerita Jill Ker Conway , Thursday, Oct. 18, 4 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

A memorial service for President Emerita Jill Ker Conway will take place at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in Helen Hills Hills Chapel. An acclaimed scholar and author who served from 1975 to 1985 as president of Smith College, Conway died in June at her home in Boston. She was 83. More information: https://www.smith.edu/news/in-memoriam-jill-ker-conway/


09/21/2018 Digest


October Break Dining Schedule , October 5-October 9th

Dining houses consolidate for the October Break. The schedule range is from Friday, Oct. 5, to Tuesday, Oct. 9, and includes the Cafe Hours as well. We will have special sign-up sheets in the open houses for student workers during this time. Dining schedule and menus for October break can be found on the dining webpage: http://www.smith.edu/dining.


09/20/2018 Digest


Community Service Fair , Thursday, Sept. 20, 4-5:15 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Are you looking for a great way to volunteer your time and help your community? The Community Service Office (CSO) is hosting a meet-and-greet with local non-profit organizations that need student volunteers. Find out more about the community service opportunities available, talk with agency representatives, and enjoy pizza and other treats. The event is accessible and will provide gluten-free options. If you have any questions, contact the CSO at ext. 3060 or email cso@smith.edu.

Toddler Participants Needed for Psychology Study

The Smith College Language Lab is seeking 2-year-old children to participate in a research study to create a touchscreen language comprehension assessment on an iPad. We would meet with you and your child in a comfortable lab setting in Bass Hall for 20-30 minutes and the child would play an iPad game that asks a variety of questions targeting language comprehension in areas such as vocabulary, syntax and word learning. If you or someone you know would like to participate, please contact languagelab@smith.edu or 413-585-3956 for more information.

Sophomore Class Meeting/Panel Dicussion , Thursday, Sept. 20, 7-8:30 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

The Sophomore Class meeting and panel discussion featuring Sophomore Class Dean Tina Wildhagen, a professor and three students. The conversation will focus on the topic of choosing a major and an adviser, study abroad and more. Tea and desserts will be served. Listen to your peers' questions or ask some of your own. Come reboot with the class of 2021 and prepare for sophomore year.

'Calling Out Sexual Harassment Before It Had a Name: A Conversation with Alix Kates Shulman' , Monday, Sept. 24, 4 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Linking the 1968 Miss America Protest and the current #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and assault, author Roxane Gay recently commented in the Smithsonian magazine that, "the connective tissue between 1968 and now is stronger than ever, vibrantly alive.” To help explain these connections, the SWG program welcomes you to a talk by one of the organizers of the 1968 protest--Alix Kates Shulman. Shulman was a leader of the Women's Liberation Movement and a member of CORE, New York Radical Women, Redstockings, WITCH, and many other feminist groups.

Museum Grants for Student Programs: Apply by Oct. 3 for up to $1,500; Info Session , Monday, Sept. 24, 12:15-1 p.m., Campus Center 204

The Smith College Museum of Art is now accepting applications for Museum Grants for Student Programs. All individuals, student orgs, or houses may apply for up to $1,500 in funding to support student-initiated programs with the museum. Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an information session on Monday, Sept. 24. For more information, visit http://smith.edu/artmuseum/Education/Just-for-Students/Museum-Grants-for-Student-Programs

Oral History Workshops , Fridays, Sept. 21, 28 and Oct. 5, 3:30 p.m., Dewey Common Room

Kelly Anderson, SWG, will be offering a series of three oral history workshops this fall for students who are interested in doing oral history for special studies, theses, or other independent projects. Space is limited; please rsvp to kpanders@smith.edu.

Meridians Open House , Friday, Sept. 21, 4-6 p.m., 18 Henshaw Avenue, B2 103

Meridians: feminism, race, and transnationalism, has been dedicated to publishing the scholarly and creative work of women of color since 1996, and is one of the hidden gems of Smith College. On Friday, September 21st the journal would like to invite students, faculty, and staff to an Open House event from 4-6 PM at 18 Henshaw Avenue, B2 103. This event is meant to be an informal gathering to familiarize the Smith community with both the Meridians offices and its staff, including Editorial Assistant Leslie Marie Aguilar and Editor Ginetta Candelario. Light refreshments will be provided.

Party on the Porch Is Back , Friday, Sept. 21, 4:30-6 p.m., Kahn Institute, 21 Henshaw Ave

The Kahn Institute wraparound porch is the perfect place to celebrate the new academic year on the eve of Autumn. All faculty, staff and friends of the Kahn are invited to partake in cool Autumn jazz, delicious fall refreshments and the company of great Smith friends. Stop by or stay. See you on the Kahn porch.

Sage Chamber Music Society Presents a Beethoven Cycle: The Complete Piano Sonatas I , Thursday, Sept. 20, 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Pianist Jiayan Sun will explore Ludwig van Beethoven’s masterworks chronologically in a series of eight recitals during the 2018-2019 season. Recital I: Sonatas 1-4. Free and open to the public.

Kahn Short-term Project 'Putting Pen to Palm Leaf: Buddhism and Contemporary Literature'; Apply by , Friday, Sept. 21

In 2018-2019, we are excited to welcome a series of visitors focused on Buddhism and contemporary literature, called “Putting Pen to Palm Leaf: Buddhism and Contemporary Literature.” This series will bring four eminent writers whose work explores or is inflected by themes deriving from Buddhism to Smith and the Five Colleges for one to two week visits to share their ideas and practice with our students, faculty and the wider community. Organized by Jay Garfield, Philosophy. Deadline: Friday, September 21, 2018. http://www.smith.edu/kahninstitute/current.php. (See Short-Term Projects, bottom of page).

Information Session for the Tibetan Studies in India Program , Tuesday, Sept. 25, Noon, Campus Center 205

Interested in spending January in India at the Central University of Tibetan Studies? Professor Jay Garfield will share information about the course of studies in India, the application process and more. The program begins on December 27, 2018 and runs through January 22, 2019. Bring your lunch, we will provide drinks.

'Distribution and Population Structure of Invasive and Native Species of Algae in the Northeast' , Monday, Sept. 24, 4:15 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Robin Sleith, teaching fellow, biological sciences, Smith College, will present this talk which is part of the Fall 2018 Mary Elizabeth Dickason King M.D. Annual Lecture Series in the Life Sciences in Memory of Professor Howard Parshley. Coffee, tea and light snacks will be served at 4:15 p.m.; talk to begin at 4:30 p.m. Visit http://www.smith.edu/biology/events.php for the full schedule.

Soccer: Smith College vs. MIT , Saturday, Sept. 22, 2 p.m.

Support the Pioneers as they take on MIT on the Smith Turf Field.

Community of Color Mixer , Thursday, Sept. 20, 4 p.m., Mwangi Center, Davis

It's a celebration of life in color! Attend the Smith College Community of Color Mixer to enjoy food, games, dancing, and plenty of connections with our vibrant community. Free and open to all students, staff, and faculty of color.

Unity President's Council Fall Festival , Saturday, Sept. 22, 11 a.m., Mwangi Center, Davis

The Unity Presidents' Council (UPC) comprises the 11 Unity organizations and focuses on creating a climate of unity across cultural organizations. Attend the Fall Festival to meet the organizations, enjoy good food, and learn how you can get involved.

Global FLEX: Interterm in St. Petersburg Info Session , Friday, Sept. 21, Noon, Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Learn about the Interterm Program in Saint Petersburg, Russia, offered through Global FLEX and REEES. Come to experience Russia even if you don’t speak the language. Make your friends jealous by sending them photos of frozen rivers and canals and beautiful snowflakes in the sun. Funding is available. Applications are due October 1.

Register by Sept. 24 for 'Springfield-Bound: Community-Based Learning Program' , Saturday, Sept. 29, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Springfield Bound: the Community-Based Learning Program of which the Jandon Center for Community Engagement (JCCE) is so-sponsoring in partnership with the Five Colleges, invites faculty and students to attend Springfield Bound on Saturday, September 29th. at 9:30-4:30pm. Registration deadline is Wednesday, September 24. This event will facilitate student entry into area communities by providing cultural preparation, orientation, and valuable networking opportunities. It is a free, day-long event. Register at: https://www.fivecolleges.edu/cbl/springfieldbound

Welcome Back Reception , Thursday, Sept. 20, 5 p.m., Hatfield 206

The Department of Spanish & Portuguese, PRESHCO and the Latin American Studies Program will host a reception for students returning to Smith from Study Abroad in Spanish- or Portuguese-speaking countries in Hatfield Hall 206.

Innovative Strategies (Part1A): 'Green/Renewable Energy, AR/VR & Internet of Things' , Thursday, Sept. 20, Noon, Campus Center 102

How do you solve a problem from just a seed of an idea? Entrepreneurship often begins with an idea targeting a problem. But where do you go from there? In these workshops, the Conway Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center will guide you through defining a problem and then developing a robust roadmap leading to an achievable solution. We will examine six growing industries that you may choose to work on: green/renewable energy, augmented/virtual reality, 3D printing, blockchain, food/health/wellness, and internet of things (IoT), or any idea that you may already have. For more information, visit http://www.smith.edu/ciec. *Free food.

Register Now for 'Conflict Management for Managers' , Tuesday, Sept. 25, 10-11 a.m., Campus Center 205

Sixty to eighty percent of all workplace conflicts come from strained relationships between associates and managers. During this workshop, participants will learn skills for resolving conflicts constructively, in order to improve individual and team productivity. To register, visit https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/hr/learning-development

Amanda Welch Sitar Concert , Sunday, Sept. 23, 7 p.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage

Indian classical music performed by Amanda Welch, a UMass alumna and an alumna of the Five College Tibetan Studies in India Program. While in studying in Sarnath, India under that exchange program, she met Pandit Rabindra Goswami, India’s leading contemporary sitarist, and has since been studying with him for a decade. Ms. Welch is accompanied by Ajay Sinha on tabla. Part of an Indian music festival with events at Smith College, Mount Holyoke College and Amherst College; for dates and venues of the other performances in the festival go to https://www.facebook.com/southasiaatsmith/.

Music Conference: 'The Idea of Canon in the 21st Century' , Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 22-23, Earle Recital Hall, Sage

Musicology and the Present, a semi-annual conference, explores issues and questions in contemporary music scholarship. This year’s theme is “The Idea of Canon in the 21st Century.” Saturday Sept. 22, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 23, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Panels examine issues of prestige, value, data, archive, and genre, and explore the question of what the ideological and material formation of canon offers music and other disciplinary scholarship today. The keynote address is by Leonora Saavedra, associate professor of music at UC-Riverside, and titled “Whose Canon? A View from Mexico.” For program and abstracts, visit http://www.musicologyandthepresent.com.

Green Team Meeting , Thursday, Sept. 20, 7 p.m., CEEDS, Wright

All are welcome to join the Green Team in the Center for the Environment, Ecological Design, and Sustainability in this general interest meeting. Come to learn about the Green Team's past work and help brainstorm goals and strategies for the year ahead.

Reception for Students & Smith Alumnae Volunteers , Saturday, Sept. 22, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Wilson Atrium, Campus Center

As part of the Smith Volunteer Leadership conference, there will be a free reception for students and Smith alumnae volunteers. This is an incredible opportunity for students to connect with alumnae who are passionate about Smith and Smith students or to reconnect with alumnae who helped students find their way to the College. Along with delicious snacks, there will be small gifts for students (spirit bands, Smith stickers).

Save the Date: HR Fair , Tuesday, November 6, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Carroll Room, Campus Center

Open Enrollment information for benefit eligible employees will be distributed at the Human Resources Fair. Employees will also have the opportunity to find out more about Smith benefits and provider organizations and services. Employees may enter a drawing with prizes provided by benefit vendors as well as local businesses.

Jummah Prayer and Lunch , Friday, Sept. 21, Noon, Prayer Space, Wright Hall Lower Level

Join a student-led Jummah lunch, brief discussion and communal prayer. All are welcome to attend. Smithies should bring a Grab N Go lunch with them for their meal.

Smith Jewish Community Shabbat , Friday, Sept. 21, 5:30 p.m., Kosher Kitchen, Jordan House

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.

Weekly Monday Meditation , September 24, 5 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend weekly meditation with Ruth Ozeki. A simple relaxed silent practice of sitting and walking meditation, using chairs or floor cushions. Initial meditation instruction will be offered. All levels are welcome, with time for questions. Ruth Ozeki, a Zen priest in the Soto Zen lineage, offers a secular, inclusive and non-denominational meditation. Ozeki is also the author of several novels, including "A Tale for the Time Being," and teaches creative writing at Smith.

Soup, Salad and Soul , Friday, Sept. 21, Noon, Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Join this soulful conversation every Friday at noon over delicious homemade vegetarian soup and salad prepared by our student cook. Students, faculty and staff are invited for discussion on philosophical musings, current events, Smith issues of interest, matters of spirituality, and various other topics posed by student leaders in a welcoming environment. All faiths, non-faiths, and questioning or searching individuals are welcome. Supported by the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life, this program is a great introduction to spirituality, social justice and secularism. The food is awesome and so is the discussion.

ValleyBike Electric Bike Share Offers Eco-Friendly Transport

Looking for an eco-friendly way to get around campus, downtown or the Five Colleges? Smith students and employees now have discounted access to ValleyBike—a regional bike sharing partnership that launched in June between Amherst, Holyoke, Northampton, South Hadley, Springfield, the University of Massachusetts and the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission.


09/18/2018 Digest


Science Center Committee on Diversity Monthly Meeting , Wednesday, Sept. 19, Noon, Sabin-Reed 101

The SCCD was founded by Smith College's STEM faculty in 2000. It is a group of faculty, staff and students who are committed to increasing diversity within the sciences. Though based in the sciences, this dynamic committee’s work is much broader and has impacts across the divisions. Anyone is welcome to join and the committee especially values students' voices. All who want to attend should contact sccdinfo@smith.edu.

Be Our MVP @ SCMA--Museum Volunteer Program Orientations , Sept. 13 & 21, Oct. 14, Museum of Art

Have an interest in community engagement, museums, and/or art? Sign up to support family and student programs throughout the year by staffing events and assisting behind the scenes at Smith College Museum of Art. Engage family audiences in making art and exploring the galleries. Help connect fellow students to SCMA. Volunteer for programs like Free Community Day, Second Fridays, Thursday Late Nights, Night at Your Museum, and more! Mandatory volunteer orientations will be offered in fall and spring semesters. Fall orientations: Thursday, Sept. 13, 6-7:30 p.m.; Friday, Sept. 21, 4-5:30 p.m.; or Sunday, Oct. 14, 1-2:30 p.m. To sign up, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MVPatSCMA

Register for Walk and Box , Tuesday, Sept. 11-Dec. 11, Noon-1 p.m., ITT

Walking and boxing are both wonderful ways to connect with your breathing, alleviate stress, and gain strength. In this class you'll combine self–paced speed walks with individually structured, challenging but safe upper–body training. You'll also involve your core and the lower body to balance and stabilize your stance. You will progress with the basic boxing upper–body strikes to achieve physical and emotional strength. Register by visiting, https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/hr/learning-development

Register for Gentle and Restorative Yoga , September 12-December 12, Noon, Berenson Dance Studios, Mendenhall

Enjoy a restorative break for your body and mind: soothe your neck, shoulders, and eyes; unlock your hips and back; and release stress. Then return to work with more energy, clarity and calm. No special exercise wear is required, but don't wear tight clothing or jeans that day. It is not necessary to come to every session. You can go to one session, or all; come and go as you please. Please bring a yoga mat to each session. To register, visit https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/hr/learning-development

Register for 'Mastering Change' , Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2-3 p.m., Campus Center 205

Change is an inevitable part of life, however, it is how people deal with the situation that may or may not cause added stress. In this program, you will be directed through a systematic process for mastering change. Topics covered include recognizing the rhythm of change, managing reactions and responses, developing coping strategies for responding to change, guidelines for managing change, as well as seizing opportunities and getting help. To register, visit https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/hr/learning-development

Register for 'Maximizing Your Social Security Benefits' , Wednesday, Sept. 19, Noon-1:30 p.m., Conference Center Meeting Room

Though Social Security is a major income source for most retirees, most employees don’t know how to use its feature to maximize their benefits. That could be a costly oversight, costing retirees tens of thousands of dollars over their lifetimes. This session will help employees employ strategies to maximize their benefits by understanding Social Security rules and exploiting them effectively. Presented in Conference Center, Carroll Room 208 by David Carboni, DKC Retirement Associates, LLC, CFP. Register by visiting: https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/hr/learning-development

Week of Workday , September 18-20

Get a sneak peek at Workday, Smith's new administrative system. The week's activities will include an overview of the multi-year project; demos of human resource and finance features; demos of grants management and student advising; and hands-on time with select functions. For more information and a full schedule of activities, visit https://sites.google.com/smith.edu/workday-project [Smith login is required to access the site.]

Outdoor Adventure Trips This Week , Sept. 18 and 22, Boathouse

Weekly biking trips from the Boathouse every Tuesday 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Bikes and helmets provided. No registration required. Rock climbing trip to Chapel Ledge on Saturday, Sept. 22, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free, fun and open to all. No experience required. Contact outdoors@smith.edu to register for this trip.

2018 Innovation Challenge Grant Deadline is October 12; Info Session , Tuesday, Sept. 18, 4-5 p.m., CC 204

President Kathleen McCartney will once again offer a competitive funding opportunity—the Innovation Challenge—to support projects that strengthen our community and beyond. Since 2016, she has offered grants to fund innovative projects that promote inclusion and strengthen our community. Proposals are invited from students, staff and faculty, individually or in groups. To submit your proposal, visit https://goo.gl/TN2A5e Proposals are due October 12. To learn more, attend the information session Tuesday, Sept. 18, 4-5 p.m., Campus Center 204.

Dollars & Sense: A Seat Belt for Financial Security , Tuesday, Sept. 18, Noon, Campus Center 103/4

College comes with a few financial challenges of its own: receiving dozens of credit card advertisements, being torn between getting a drink from the CC or saving money... Dollars & $ense will address the myriad personal finance issues facing new students, putting Smithies on the right track for lifelong financial management. For more info, contact http://www.smith.edu/CIEC

Wholeness Wednesday: Stress Reduction Through Time Management and Wholeness Planning with a CHO , Wednesday, Sept. 19, 6:15 p.m., Campus Center 102

Are you worried about having enough time to get all of your homework completed and engage in self care? If this sounds like you, come to the Campus Center to meet with the Community Health Organizers to learn time management skills, so you do not stress. We will also walk you through putting together a wholeness plan to ensure you are doing what makes you happy. Let us give you the strategies to get your work done and do what you love.

Apply Now To Be an Outdoor Adventure Program Leader

Applicants must demonstrate an excitement for outdoor adventures, ability to learn essential wilderness skills and commitment to participating in leadership training workshops during Spring/Fall 2019. All trainings and Wilderness First Aid Certifications are sponsored by the Outdoor Adventure Program. To learn more and apply, visit http://Smithpioneers.com or Email Stefanie Frazee, Sfrazee@smith.edu Application deadline is November 15.

Grecourt Bookshop 25%-off September Sale , September 18-19

Our first sale of the year at the Grecourt Bookshop located at the Campus Center lower level. Save 25% off Champion, League, Gear for Sports clothing along with headwear, drinkware, folders/portfolios, binders, notebooks, headphones and earbuds. Stop in during our regular business hours. Hope to see you there. Restriction apply.

Wholeness Wednesday: Stress Reduction Through Time Management and Wholeness Planning with a CHO , Wednesday, Sept. 19, 6:15 p.m., Campus Center 102

Are you worried about having enough time to get all of your homework completed and engage in self care? If this sounds like you, come to the Campus Center to meet with the Community Health Organizers to learn time management skills, so you do not stress. We will also walk you through putting together a wholeness plan to ensure you are doing what makes you happy. Let us give you the strategies to get your work done and do what you love.

Field Hockey: Smith College vs. Albertus Magnus College , Tuesday, Sept. 18, 6 p.m.

Support the Pioneers as they take on Albertus Magnus College on the Smith Turf Field.

Field Hockey: Smith College vs. Wellesley College , Saturday, Sept. 22, Noon

Support the Pioneers as they take on Wellesley on the Smith Turf Field.

Volleyball: Smith College vs. Worcester Polytechnic Institute , Tuesday, Sept. 18, 7 p.m., Ainsworth Gym

Support the Pioneers as they take on WPI.

Curator's Tour: 'Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment' , Tuesday, Oct. 16, 12:15 p.m., Museum of Art

Join us as the organizing curator of the special exhibition "Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment," Melissa Hyde, professor of art history and director of graduate studies at the University of Florida, provides a close-up look at the images and themes of the exhibition. Hyde's research and publications focus on gender and visual culture in 18th-century France.

'Yes on 3' Public Education Phonebank for Transgender Rights Every Monday Seelye Hall 6-9 PM , Monday, Sept. 17, 6-9 p.m., Seelye

This November, transgender people's public protections in Massachusetts are up for repeal on the ballot. The Yes on 3 campaign hosts weekly phonebanking events on Smith campus where volunteers talk to voters about why the non discrimination law should stay in place. The location changes from week to week (this Monday, September 17th, it'll be in Seelye Hall, room number TBD). Students, faculty, and staff alike are all welcome to attend this exciting event. Email pi@freedommassachusetts.org for more information/to sign up and visit the campaign website to see what other volunteer actions are happening across the state: https://www.freedommassachusetts.org/events/

'Women Artists in the Age of the Enlightenment' , Tuesday, Oct. 16, 5 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

In conjunction with the special exhibition "Becoming a Woman in the Age of Enlightenment," Melissa Hyde, Professor of Art History and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Florida, explores how women artists reached unprecedented success in 18th-century France. The work of several of these women including Adelaide Labille-Guiard, Anne Vallayer-Coster and Marie-Anne Fragonard is on view in the exhibition.

'Smith Votes' Initiative Aims to Boost Student Voter Registration

In the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election, during her first semester at Smith, Amelia Windorski ’20 says many of her friends wanted to vote, but didn’t know how to register or cast absentee ballots. This semester, Windorski is helping to launch Smith Votes, a new initiative aimed at increasing the number of students who are registered to vote, are informed about candidates and issues, and are actively voting.


09/13/2018 Digest


Exhibition: 'The Many Faces of Womanhood in East Asia' , Through December 9, Museum of Art

This selection of historical and contemporary works of art from the Smith College Museum of Art’s collection probes into the multifaceted and ever-changing definition of womanhood in an East Asian context. It explores questions such as: How does education affect women’s development and shape their identities? How do female characters inspire a wide array of artistic production, from literature to theater and the visual arts? What opportunities and obstacles do women artists face? What are the reveries, aspirations, and ambitions of women?

Martha Minow Will Offer Presidential Colloquium on 'The Changing Ecosystem of News' , Monday, Sept. 17, 4:30 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Martha Minow -- a transformative scholar and a committed social justice advocate, especially on issues related to human rights -- will deliver a Presidential Colloquium on “Freedom of the Press and the Changing Ecosystem of News” in conjunction with Constitution Day. A member of the Harvard Law faculty since 1981, and dean of the Harvard Law School from 2009 to 2017, Minow was recently named the 300th Anniversary University Professor at Harvard. Her books include Between Vengeance and Forgiveness: Facing History after Genocide and Mass Violence and Making All the Difference: Inclusion, Exclusion, and American Law. More information: https://hls.harvard.edu/faculty/directory/10589/Minow

Staff and Faculty Are Invited to the President's Fall Party , Friday, Sept. 14, 7:30-11 p.m., President's House, 8 Paradise Rd.

President Kathleen McCartney and her husband Bill Hagen invite all faculty and staff plus a guest to attend The President’s Fall Party. There will be dancing, drinks, hors-d'oeuvres, and desserts. This is a zero-waste event. The rain location is the Smith College Conference Center at 51 College Lane.

JostenLive! 'Contemplating Under Moonlight' , Friday, Sept. 14, 5-6 p.m., Josten Library, Mendenhall

Visiting artist Jiayan Sun opens the JostenLive! season with a talk about and performance of Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata. This fall and spring, Sun will offer performances of all 32 Beethoven sonatas in chronological order, monthly, on Thursday evenings in Sweeney. This is a chance to get to know the artist and begin a remarkable musical journey with him in an informal setting. JostenLive! is a patron-driven performance series celebrating the creative lives of Josten Library users and the acoustic brilliance of its Mezzanine. Brief, free of charge, and open to all.

Study Abroad Fair , Tuesday, Sept. 18, 11 a.m., Chapin Lawn

The College's annual study abroad fair will give students the opportunity to get information about study abroad opportunities from representatives from dozens of study abroad programs and host institutions on the College's list of approved programs.

'Presidents' Pop-Up Concert' featuring the Soul Magnets , Thursday, Sept. 13, 6:30-8 p.m., Chapin Lawn

Join President McCartney and SGA President Bri Barrett '19 for a "Presidents' Pop-Up Concert" featuring the Soul Magnets, playing old-school, funk and neo-soul originals, as well as deep covers and dance-floor favorites." All are welcome.Rain location: Campus Center Garden Level. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/soulmagnets413/

New Fall Course: REL 284 Tantra and Yoga in India

This fall, explore the rituals and practices of Hindu and Buddhist tantra, the lives of esoteric yogis, and the cultural forces that drove these important religious movements. No prerequisites. Questions? Email instructor Davey Tomlinson, dtomlinson@smith.edu. Meets Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:40–4 pm, Bass 211.

Information Session: 'What Can CIEC Do for You?' , Thursday, Sept. 13, Noon, Campus Center 102

Can't make it to our open house? The Conway Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center staff and student leaders will be on hand during lunch to answer your questions and provide you with information about all the upcoming innovation, entrepreneurship and financial education activities. Lunch provided.

Sage Chamber Music Society , Sunday, Sept. 16, 3 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Sage Chamber Music Society presents violinist Joel Pitchon and cellist Volcy Pelletier with special guests, the Adaskin String Trio and violist Anthony Berner. Performances of the Mozart G Minor Quintet, the Brahms B flat Sextet and a raucous duo by Villa Lobos. https://www.adaskinstringtrio.com/

New Film & Media Studies Course: 'Whose Quality is it? Quality TV After Digitalization'

FMS 310 with Sebnem Baran (Th 1-4, Hatfield 107 & 7-9 Screenings, McConnell B15) The notion of quality is neither objective nor global. The much disputed definition of quality programming is further complicated by the increase in transnational flows of formats and programs as well as the globalization of online streaming models associated with quality programming. Explore the elusive definition of Anglo-American quality programming: Is it possible to talk about an ongoing globalization of that definition? What’s the role of digital technologies in this transformation? What does this transformation mean for pre-existing hierarchies of power in global TV market?

New Film & Media Studies Course 'Television Without Borders: TV Flows Across the World'

FMS 262 with Sebnem Baran (M W 2:40-4, Seelye 211 & T 7-9, McConnell B15) Television shows have traveled around the world for a long time, but the rules of the game have been changing. The increasing popularity of format adaptations, new centers of production and technologies of circulation have opened up a new wave of television flows. As the industry gets globalized, content creators find ways of exporting and adapting content. This class allows students to gain insight into the globalization of popular culture and explore the dynamics of a thoroughly globalized industry, as media scholars and future professionals.

Sign Up for White Water Kayaking, ESS 945.07

There is still room in the one-credit ESS course White Water Kayaking. Class is Thursdays beginning September 13, 1-4:50 p.m. in the Boat House. An introduction to solo whitewater kayaking. This more adventurous class begins in the pool and pond with basic paddling skills, then progresses to local fast water rivers. Students should expect to run Class I and II rapids. Prerequisite: satisfactory swimming skills. First half of term course.

'The Spatial and Temporal Regulation of Non-muscle Myosin II Contractility' , Monday, Sept. 17, 4:15 p.m., McConnell Foyer/103

Derek Applewhite, assistant professor, Reed College, will present this talk which is part of the Fall 2018 Mary Elizabeth Dickason King M.D. Annual Lecture Series in the Life Sciences in Memory of Professor Howard Parshley. Coffee, tea and light snacks will be served at 4:15 p.m.; talk to begin at 4:30 p.m. Visit http://www.smith.edu/biology/events.php for the full schedule.

Vickie Langohr, Middle Eastern Studies: 'Mobilizing for Progress and Against Sexual Violence' , Monday, Sept. 17, 2:40 p.m., Seelye 304

Vickie Langohr, associate professor of political science at Holy Cross, Langohr has done research on and written about politics in several Arab countries, in particular Egypt, and, most recently, Tunisia. She is currently writing a book about the social movements in both countries that have organized around gender and sexual violence since the uprisings in those two countries. Among other service to the profession, she is an active member of the Committee on Academic Freedom in the Middle East Studies Association.

Heating Season Start-up , Monday, Sept. 17

Facilities Management will be turning on the steam to the campus starting on September 17. 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.

Global FLEX: Interterm in St. Petersburg Info Session , Thursday, Sept. 13, 4 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Learn about the Interterm Program in Saint Petersburg, Russia, offered through Global FLEX and REEES. Come to experience Russia even if you don’t speak the language. Make your friends jealous by sending them photos of frozen rivers and canals and beautiful snowflakes in the sun. Funding is available. Applications are due October 1.

Star Gazing , Thursday, Sept. 13, 8:30-9:30 p.m., McConnell Hall Roof

The Astronomy Department will be holding an open house. See the moon, stars, planets, and star clusters. All are welcome - please dress warmly. For further information or to check on weather conditions, contact Meg Thacher (mthacher@smith.edu, 585-3935).

Register for Interpersonal Communication – Last-Minute Attendees Welcome! , Thursday, Sept. 13, 10 a.m.-noon, Campus Center 205

Meet with the college’s ombudsperson, Michael Stephens, to explore some of the challenges he has found that employees face when communicating with their colleagues or supervisors. Learn skills and develop strategies for discovering what another person may want or need, and build stronger relationships by listening effectively and finding solutions that may meet both your needs and theirs. Practice these skills in workplace scenarios and improve your ability to engage staff in constructive conversations. No actual employee situations will be shared. Register for the September 13 or October 11 session by visiting: https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/hr/learning-development

Register for 'Getting to Yes: Using Negotiation Skills to Resolve Conflict' , Thursday, Sept. 20, 10 a.m.-noon, Campus Center 205

Learnings from the world of negotiation can be used to develop skills that help us work through differences with colleagues, family and friends. Successful negotiations are ones in which all parties feel they have gained something valuable. It is possible to communicate in a way that maximizes the possibilities of mutual agreement. Learn and practice several different negotiation skills that are applicable to any situation, both professional and personal. This session will also be offered Thursday,, November 8, 10 - noon. Presented by Ombudsperson Michael Stephens. To register, visit https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/hr/learning-development

Auditions for the New Play Reading Series , Friday & Saturday, Sept. 14 & 15, 7-10 p.m., Acting Studio 2 (Gamut Classroom)

AUDITIONS for FUZZ AND POWDER, THE CLINIC, THE CRASH, TRIO, and excerpt from NEVER CATCH A FALLING KNIFE, and JOHN 1:5. Written by Rosemary Ewing; directed by Tari Owei. No preparation needed; sides will be provided. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/528110164279085/

Study Abroad Talk-Back Tea , Friday, Sept. 14, 4 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

First-year and sophomore students are encouraged to come and hear from recently returned study abroad students about their experiences. Not only will the returned study abroad students talk about their “journey” of getting ready to study abroad, they’ll also reflect on their experiences while abroad as well as the impact study abroad has made on their future. A wide variety of study abroad experiences will be represented.

Jummah Prayer and Lunch , Friday, Sept. 14, Noon, Chapel Sanctuary

Join the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life for lunch, a brief discussion and communal prayer on Fridays in the Chapel sanctuary. All are welcome to attend. Halal meat and vegetarian option provided.

Smith Jewish Community Shabbat , Friday, Sept. 14, 5:30 p.m., Kosher Kitchen, Jordan House

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 6:00 p.m. by a gourmet vegetarian dinner. All students are welcome.

Weekly Monday Meditation , September 17, 5 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend weekly meditation with Ruth Ozeki. A simple relaxed silent practice of sitting and walking meditation, using chairs or floor cushions. Initial meditation instruction will be offered. All levels are welcome, with time for questions. Ruth Ozeki, a Zen priest in the Soto Zen lineage, offers a secular, inclusive and non-denominational meditation. Ozeki is also the author of several novels, including "A Tale for the Time Being," and teaches creative writing at Smith.

Soup, Salad and Soul , Friday, Sept. 14, Noon, Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Join this soulful conversation every Friday at noon over delicious homemade vegetarian soup and salad prepared by our student cook. Students, faculty and staff are invited for discussion on philosophical musings, current events, Smith issues of interest, matters of spirituality, and various other topics posed by student leaders in a welcoming environment. All faiths, non-faiths, and questioning or searching individuals are welcome. Come for the food; stay for the discussion.

Al-Iman Eid Dinner 2018 , Saturday, Sept. 15, 5:30 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Listen to Nazia Ashraful, the Government Affairs Director of CAIR-MA speak; get henna done by Smithies for free; enjoy food catered from Taste of Lebanon; and sip on some homemade chai while listening to some cultural music.

Apply by Sept. 17 for Kahn Project 'Drones: Power, Play, Policy and Pedagogy' , Kahn Institute, 21 Henshaw Ave

Organized by Jon Caris, director of Smith's Spatial Analysis Lab, the short-term project "Drones: Power, Play, Policy and Pedagogy" will look at the critical, pedagogical, and ethical stakes for human-drone interaction. The seminar takes place Friday & Saturday, Sept. 28 & 29. What comes to mind when you hear or read the word “drones?” The media conjures images of drones as tools either of surveillance or warfare. At Smith, our implementation of drone technology steers well clear of both these categories. Nevertheless, what are the affordances and limitations of using such disruptive technology, particularly at a liberal arts college? Deadline to apply is Monday, Sept. 17. http://www.smith.edu/kahninstitute/current.php (See Short-Term Projects, bottom of page).

Sign Up Now for Flu Vaccine Clinic , Thursday, Sept. 27, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Schacht Center for Health, Schacht

Schacht Center for Health & Wellness is hosting its first flu vaccine clinic of the season. All current students, staff, and faculty welcome. Vaccine is free. To sign up, visit https://www.timecenter.com/smithcollegehealth/ We do NOT provide high-dose formula which is recommended for persons over the age of 65. Persons with medical concerns should contact their primary care provider. The product used on this date is a multi-dose vial which contains thimerosal. We will host another clinic in October with thimerosal-free vaccine. Flu vaccine is also provided at retail pharmacies without an appointment.

Volleyball: Smith College vs. Rhode Island College , Thursday, Sept. 13, 7 p.m., Ainsworth Gym

Smith College will take on Rhode Island College at home.

Soccer: Smith College vs. Wellesley College , Saturday, Sept. 15, 2 p.m.

Come support the Pioneers as they take on Wellesley College on the Smith Turf Field.

Volleyball: Smith College vs. MIT , Saturday, Sept. 15, Noon, Ainsworth Gym

Come cheer for the Pioneers as they take on MIT at home.

Volleyball: Smith College vs. Simmons College , Saturday, Sept. 15, 4 p.m., Ainsworth Gym

Come cheer for the Pioneers as they take on Simmons at home.

Meet the 2019 Smith College Medalists

Four extraordinary alumnae will receive the Smith College Medal at Rally Day, in recognition of their contributions to their communities and the world. This year’s medalists, announced at a faculty meeting Wednesday, Sept. 12, are Congresswoman Nicola “Niki” Sauvage Tsongas ’68; university chancellor Phoebe A. Haddon ’72; television and film producer Lydia Tenaglia-Collins ’88; and conductor Carolyn Kuan ’99.


09/12/2018 Digest


Reception for 'Vantage Points,' an Exhibition by Amanda Millis , Friday, Oct. 12, 5-8 p.m., Oresman Gallery, Hillyer

Vantage Points – A Search for Understanding is An exhibition of new paintings by Amanda Case Millis that runs October 3-31. The exhibition features a series of oil paintings made from observation, largely in nature.


09/11/2018 Digest


Black or African American Women Needed for Exercise Study , Ainsworth Gym

The Vascular Function Research Laboratory at Smith College is looking at whether blood vessel function changes with exercise in healthy, non-smoking black or African American women. If you are premenopausal, healthy, and do not have cardiovascular disease or carotid artery disease or certain risk factors, you may qualify. This study will provide you with information about your blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol with a fingerstick blood draw, and aerobic fitness with a treadmill test. You will be compensated $30 if you complete the study. If you are interested, please contact: molecularcardiolab@gmail.com or 413-585-4555.

'Alma Thomas: The Light of the Whole Universe' , Through December 31, Museum of Art

The works in the gallery are largely from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. The period was defined by the civil rights and feminist movements in the U.S. and by anti-colonial and independence movements around the world, including the two-decade long Vietnam War. Artists such as Alma Thomas, Sam Gilliam, Ibrahim El-Salahi, James Suzuki, and Joan Mitchell embraced abstraction, working both in and against modern art at a time when positions of power and influence were predominantly occupied by white, straight, and Euro-American men.

Community Service Office's Welcome Party: Ice Cream & Brownie Social , Tuesday, Sept. 11, 4:15-5:30 p.m., Jandon Center, Wright 013

Discover the many volunteering and federal work-study opportunities in Northampton and the surrounding communities while meeting other student volunteers. Ask questions, mingle with the student Board, and enjoy some brownies, ice cream, and other treats! Gluten-free options will be available. If you have any questions call the CSO at ext. 3060 or email cso@smith.edu.

New Mail Services Extended Hours

Facilities Management is pleased to announce that effective September 4, Mail Services will be extending the hours for the Student pick-up window. The new window hours, for the fall semester, will be Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Register for Faculty/Staff Fitness Program

Registration is open for faculty & Staff fitness program. To register, visit https://www.smith.edu/academics/exercise-sport-studies/employee-fitness-program and direct any questions to Rachel Cook rcook@smith.edu

Register for Gentle and Restorative Yoga , Wednesdays, Sept. 12-Dec. 12, Noon-1 p.m., Berens Leeds Dance Studio

Enjoy a restorative break for your body and mind: soothe your neck, shoulders, and eyes; unlock your hips and back; and release stress. Then return to work with more energy, clarity and calm. No special exercise wear is required, but don't wear tight clothing or jeans that day. It is not necessary to come to every session. You can go to one session, or all; come and go as you please! Please bring a yoga mat to each session. Register by visiting, https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/hr/learning-development.

Nominations for 'Smith in the World' Conference Due , Friday, Sept. 14

Faculty are invited to nominate sophomores, juniors or seniors who have distinguished themselves in sustained, off-campus educational experiences to present their work at the annual Smith in the World Conference on Monday, November 12. Student panelists will speak about their experiences with internships, international study and community service, and how their liberal arts education and their off-campus work inform each other. Nominations are due Friday, September 14. The nomination form is available at https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/college-events/smith-in-the-world. Address questions to Charlene Imes (cimes@smith.edu).

Music in the Noon Hour: Rhonda Rider, Cello, and Judith Gordon, Piano , Wednesday, Sept. 12, 12:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Music in the Noon Hour presents Rhonda Rider, cello, and Judith Gordon, piano. Performing works by Yu-Hui Chang, Erkki-Sven Tüür, and two movements from Elliott Carter’s groundbreaking Cello Sonata (1948).

Home Sweet Smith: A Conversation with Dean of the College Susan Etheredge

Susan Puracchio Etheredge ’77 has had years—make that decades—to prepare for her new role as dean of the college and vice president for campus life. She’s twice been a Smith student—first as an undergraduate Italian literature major, and then as a graduate student in the education and child study program, where she also taught as a faculty member for 21 years. Here's what she had to say about her work as dean.

Work-Study Students: Dining Services Sign-up Meeting , Tuesday, Sept. 11, 3-5 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Smith College Dining Services will be having sign-ups for students who are interested in working in our dining rooms. Students who are interested must be on work study. Smith College Dining Services is one of the largest student employers on campus offering a variety of positions that can work with your hectic schedule. With 15 dining locations, the Campus Center Café and our catering department, we have many shifts available for Student Worker Jobs. Refreshments will be served.

Register for Sun Damage Screening – Drop-In Attendees Welcome , Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2 p.m., Campus Center 205

The best way to prevent skin cancer is to protect yourself from the sun. The good news is that skin cancer is highly curable and easily preventable if detected early. The sun damage screening uses a DermascanTM machine to help show sun damage to the face through the use of fluorescent bulbs and a magnifying mirror. Screening runs from 2-4pm. Register by visiting: https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/hr/learning-development

Auditions for 'Moonlight on the Miskatonic' , Tuesday, Sept. 11

Last chance to audition for MOONLIGHT ON THE MISKATONIC. Music & Lyrics by Clifton J. Noble; book by Samantha Noble; directed by Ellen W. Kaplan. Auditions are Tuesday, September 11, 7-10 p.m. in Mendenhall, Acting Studio 1. Auditions times and details are subject to change. Callbacks will be Wednesday, Sept. 12, 7-10 p.m. in Theatre 14. No appointment necessary. Auditions will be first come, first served. Performances will be October 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 at 7:30 PM in Theatre 14. For more information check out our Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/2072534459729832/

Submit Entries Now for Annual Global Encounters Photo Contest; Due Oct. 15

Share your global experiences with the Smith community. Students are encouraged to submit up to 2 photos depicting a global encounter anywhere in the world. Winning photographs will be displayed in a photo exhibition in the Nolen Art Lounge in the Campus Center. For more information visit the Lewis Center website. Submissions are due October 15.

Get One Credit to Work on the Theatre Production; Info Meeting , Wednesday, Sept. 12, 4:15 p.m., Mendenhall T113

Theatre 200 is a one-credit class in which students work on a production - help out with set, costumes, lights, projection, and more on our world premiere musical this fall. Email ncbeck@smith.edu with any questions - or come to the informational meeting.

Remembering Victims of Violence , Tuesday, Sept. 11

September 11 commemorates one of the greatest tragedies in recent U.S. history. We invite you to remember and celebrate those whose lives were lost and those who courageously served during that time, and those whose communities were marginalized following this event. Acts of terror occur in many countries and locales; and are perpetrated by a variety of groups/individuals, so we also invite you to take this day to remember victims of violence everywhere and take time to meditate on your part of making this a more peaceful world. The Helen Hills Hills Chapel sanctuary will be open, as it always is from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., with special space set aside to pray, meditate and remember.


09/06/2018 Digest


Become a House Rep for the Community Service Office; House Elections , Sunday, Sept. 9

Passionate about volunteer work? Consider becoming your House Representative to the Community Service Office (CSO). Serve as a link between your housemates and the CSO, promoting service projects and organizing events your House is excited about. House Reps will be elected at your first House Meeting on Sunday, Sept. 9, and meetings will take place every other Thursday from 5 to 5:30 p.m. in the Jandon Center (Wright Hall 013). The first House Rep meeting /training will be held Thursday, Sept. 13, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Dinner will be provided. Any questions, contact the CSO at cso@smith.edu or (413) 585-3060.

'Painless' Auditions for Five College Early Music Program , Friday, Sept. 7, 4-5:30 p.m., Sage 103

The Five College Early Music Program welcomes students, faculty, and community members interested in auditioning to sing or play in one or more ensembles, including the Collegium choir, Baroque Orchestra (modern string players and adventurous pianists are encouraged to try this!) and chamber music, Medieval and Renaissance ensembles and Voces Feminae. The auditions are "painless" experiences, held at all the campuses. Performances sponsored by the program feature baroque and Renaissance music played on modern and period instruments and sung in historically-informed style. For more information, visit https://www.fivecolleges.edu/earlymusic/auditions

President McCartney's Open Office Hour , Monday, Sept. 10, 4 p.m., President's Office, College Hall

President McCartney welcomes anyone in the Smith Community to drop-in and speak to her about what's on your mind. No scheduling needed.

Jerry Noble and Friends , Sunday, Sept. 9, 3 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

The Bob Sparkman Trio, featuring Bob Sparkman on clarinet, Kara Noble on acoustic and electric basses, and Jerry Noble on piano and guitar, will perform music from their latest CD, Tunes in the Key of Three. Jerry and Kara will also unveil new songs inspired by their most recent trip to Ireland.

New Fall Course: EAL 261 Gender and Sexuality in Late Imperial China

NEW FALL COURSE: EAL 261 Gender and Sexuality in Late Imperial Chinese Literature by Dr. Lingqian Kong (M W 2:40-4pm). This class addresses issues such as how women were represented in classical literature and how love and relationship were constructed in the literary world. From poetry, lyrics, classic novella, drama, and novel, the reading list includes some of the most canonized works by both male and female authors. 4 credits.

Rosh Hashanah Services , September 9 and 10

The Erev Rosh Hashanah service will begin at 6 p.m. on Sunday, followed by a kosher dinner at 7:30 p.m. in the Alumnae House Conference Room. On Monday, Sept. 10, services begin at 10 a.m. Lunch (in Bodman Lounge) and Tashlic (at the pond) immediately follow services. Services will be led by Smith’s Jewish Student Adviser, Rabbi Rhonda Shapiro-Rieser. All are welcome.

Auditions for 'Moonlight on the Miskatonic' , September 8-12, Acting Studio 1, Mendenhall CPA

Auditions for Moonlight on the Miskatonic. Music and lyrics by Clifton J. Noble; book by Samantha Noble; directed by Ellen W. Kaplan. Seven principle roles and 10+ chorus roles. Sides will be provided from the script. Please bring 16 bars of a prepared audition song with sheet music in your key. For principal auditions, please prepare 16 bars of music from the show. Email Nikki Beck (ncbeck@smith.edu) for .mp3s and sheet music. Perusal of scripts available in Josten Library, Mendenhall Center. For more information, visit Facebook event at https://www.facebook.com/events/2072534459729832/

Welcome Party Hosted by Center for Religious Life , Thursday, Sept. 6, 6 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Join CRSL for a spiritual Welcome Party. First-years and all-years are welcome. We will introduce our Reflect, Resist, Rejuvenate mission for the year through group activities, and orient you to resources available at the Center for Religious and Spiritual life, including religious resources and organizations, meditation and mindfulness programming, interfaith dialogue, social justice work, and much more. Other campus departments who we work with will also be in attendance, such as Wellness and the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Ice cream will be served, so please consider eating dinner before you come, but arrive no later than 6:15 pm.

Weekly Meditation , Monday, Sept. 10, 5 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend weekly meditation with Ruth Ozeki. A simple relaxed silent practice of sitting and walking meditation, using chairs or floor cushions. Initial meditation instruction will be offered. All levels are welcome, with time for questions. Ruth Ozeki, a Zen priest in the Soto Zen lineage, offers a secular, inclusive and non-denominational meditation. Ozeki is also the author of several novels, including "A Tale for the Time Being," and teaches creative writing at Smith.

Soup, Salad and Soul , Friday, Sept. 7, Noon, Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Join this soulful conversation every Friday at noon over delicious homemade vegetarian soup and salad prepared by student cooks. Students, faculty, and staff are invited for discussion on philosophical musings, current events, Smith issues of interest, matters of spirituality, and various other topics posed by student leaders in a welcoming environment. All faiths, non-faiths, and questioning or searching individuals are welcome. Come for the food; stay for the discussion.

Register Now for Walk and Box , Tuesdays, Sept. 11-Dec. 11, Noon-1 p.m., ITT

Walking and boxing are both wonderful ways to connect with your breathing, alleviate stress, and gain strength. In this class you'll combine self–paced speed walks with individually structured, challenging but safe upper–body training. You'll also involve your core and the lower body to balance and stabilize your stance. You will progress with the basic boxing upper–body strikes to achieve physical and emotional strength. Register by visiting, https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/hr/learning-development

Smith Volleyball Hosts Elms College , Saturday, Sept. 8, 1 p.m., Ainsworth Gym

Come out at support your Pioneers.

Cross Country Hosts Smith College Invitational , Saturday, Sept. 8, 10 a.m.

Come out and support your Pioneers!

Upperclass Smith Students: Grab & Go 2.0 Coin , Thursday & Friday, Sept. 6 & 7, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Chapin Lawn

If you lost your Grab & Go 2.0 coin over the summer you can get a new one. Dining Services will be giving out new tokens to all returning Smith students on the meal plan on Thursday, September 6th and Friday, September 7th from 11:00 to 1:00pm on Chapin Drive. You will need to show your One Card. If you are unable to pick one up at these times, please call Dining Services at ext. 2300 and you can make arrangements to pick up a new token at 30 Belmont Ave.

Danielle Ignace: 'Foundation Species Loss Due to Hemlock Woolly Adelgid Invasion Affects Ecosystem Function' , Monday, Sept. 10, 4:15 p.m., McConnell Foyer 103

Danielle Ignace, Assistant Professor, Smith College will present this talk which is part of the Fall 2018 Mary Elizabeth Dickason King M.D. Annual Lecture Series in the Life Sciences in Memory of Professor Howard Parshley. Coffee, tea and light snacks will be served at 4:15 p.m.; talk to begin at 4:30 p.m. Visit http://www.smith.edu/biology/events.php for the full schedule.

Free Herrell's Ice Cream at the CIEC Open House , Friday, Sept. 7, 2:30 p.m., Conway Center, 146 Elm St.

Meet the faculty and staff of the Center who support our innovation, entrepreneurial and financial education programming. Learn about student involvement opportunities at the Center and with the four clubs we support: Consulting Club, Smith College Investment Club, Smithies in Business and Startup Smith. Pick up workshop and course schedules while enjoying a scoop of Herrell’s ice cream. Be sure to have your CORQ pass for easy checkin.

Need Someone To Talk To About a Workplace Issue?

As we start another academic year, it could be a good time to address any lingering workplace concerns. If you are having a workplace issue such as conflict with a colleague, needing to have a difficult conversation, or just need a confidential sounding board, please consider getting in touch with our college Ombudsperson, Michael Stephens. He is available to speak on a completely confidential basis with staff and faculty, and will help you think through your options.

'How to Speak Up, Even When You’re Scared: Strategies to Increase Student Participation' , Friday, Sept. 7, Noon, Campus Center Carroll Room

Led by Rachel J. Simmons, Leadership Development Specialist from the Wurtele Center for Leadership. How can we best encourage our students to raise their hands, wrestle with an idea with no “right answer,” or debate a position? In interviews and focus groups conducted on and off campus, I have learned that many students hesitate to speak because they fear being “wrong.” Others identify as introverts. In this session, I will share insights from students and classroom strategies to cultivate participation. Teaching Arts Luncheons are open to all faculty and staff who teach. No RSVP needed. More details here https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/sherrerd-center/lunches

People News

Grant awards, prestigious internships and career promotions are among the recent accomplishments of Smith students, faculty, staff and alumnae. Read about them in the latest People News column.


09/04/2018 Digest


Study Arabic Language This Fall

Smith College offers two sections of first year Arabic, as well as second and third year Arabic. In addition to learning written formal and colloquial spoken Arabic, students will be exposed to a variety of Middle Eastern traditions and cultures. Arabic is the fifth most widely-spoken language on the planet, and Arabic speakers are in high demand in both the public and the private sectors. The two sections of first-year Arabic will be offered Monday - Friday at either 9-9:50 a.m. or 3-3:50 p.m. Many extracurricular activities are offered including field trips, movie nights, dinners, and tea and coffee hours.

Space Reservation Reminders for the 2018-2019 Academic Year

Space and resource requests for all events should be submitted in 25Live. Resources can either be requested when you submit your space request or after your reservation has been confirmed. Updated “Requesting Space in 25Live” instructions are at https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/emo/forms-and-resources. The following spaces are not reserved in 25Live; to reserve them, contact the person indicated: Seelye B4 (Brendan O’Connell, boconnell@smith.edu), Seelye B2 (Liane Hartman, lhartman@smith.edu); and Bass 209 (Laura Fountain-Cincotta, lfountaincincotta@smith.edu). These spaces are no longer reservable: Boeckman Sculpture Court (Museum Atrium), Neilson Browsing Room, Seelye 207, Wright 004, Seelye 3rd floor classrooms after 5p.m., and spaces in the Green building.

Smith Field Hockey Hosts Trinity College , Thursday, Sept. 6, 6 p.m., Turf Field

Come out and support your Pioneers.

Smith Soccer Hosts Nichols College , Thursday, Sept. 6, 5 p.m., Athletic Fields

Come out and support your Pioneers.

Martha Minow Will Offer Presidential Colloquium on 'The Changing Ecosystem of News'

Martha Minow—a transformative scholar and a committed social justice advocate, especially on issues related to human rights—will deliver a Presidential Colloquium on “Freedom of the Press and the Changing Ecosystem of News” at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 17, in the Campus Center Carroll Room. Open to the public at no charge, the event is presented in conjunction with Constitution Day.


08/30/2018 Digest


Presentation by Karen Joy Fowler, Author of 'We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves' , Monday, Sept. 3, 3:30 p.m., John M. Greene Hall

Karen Joy Fowler, author of the 2018 Smith Reads selection "We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves," will be on campus for a presentation and discussion Monday, Sept. 3, at 3:30 p.m. in John M. Greene Hall. The event is open to the public. Read more about how Fowler's book was selected at https://www.smith.edu/news/a-place-for-community-xuan-truong-21-on-smith-reads/

Toddler Participants Needed for Psychology Study

The Smith College Language Lab is seeking 2-year-old children to participate in a research study to create a touchscreen language comprehension assessment on an iPad. We would meet with you and your child in a comfortable lab setting in Bass Hall for 20-30 minutes and the child would play an iPad game that asks a variety of questions targeting language comprehension in areas such as vocabulary, syntax and word learning. If you or someone you know would like to participate, please contact languagelab@smith.edu or 413-585-3956 for more information.

Register Now for Fall Learning and Development Programs

The Office of Human Resources is excited to announce a new series of workshop opportunities for faculty and staff for the fall semester. Please register by visiting the HR website https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/hr/learning-development.

Jummah Lunch , Friday, Aug. 31, Noon, Chapel Sanctuary

Join us for lunch, a short discussion and communal prayer. The programs is sponsored by the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life. All are welcome.

New Student Arrival and Parking , Friday, Aug. 31

A reminder that 700 new students and their families will be arriving. We ask that Faculty/Staff avoid parking near student houses in order to provide students access to unload their belongings. We appreciate your assistance and understanding.

On the Right Path: Smith's Kew Gardens Internships

Now in its 25th year, Smith's Kew Gardens internship program provides fertile ground for budding student scientists. Current students and alumnae say the London-based program—created with the help of a member of the Smith class of 1959—has helped spark research interests and shape careers.


08/28/2018 Digest


Opt Out of Buying a Parking Decal; Sign Up by , September 15

How are you commuting to campus for 2018-2019? Read about the financial incentives to go green with the opt-out program and find out the details for obtaining an opt-out parking permit by visiting http://www.smith.edu/campuspolice/parking.php

Register Now for Fall Fitness Program , September 10 to December 7, Ainsworth Gym

Registration is open for Fall Fitness Program. Information can be found on the Exercise & Sport Studies website or by emailing rcook@smith.edu To register, visit https://goo.gl/gfcUi9

Weight Watchers At Work Begins , Tuesday, Aug. 28, Noon, Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Smith College Human Resources has organized a Weight Watchers at Work series for faculty and staff. The 26-week series will cost $242 and meet weekly on Tuesdays at noon until February 26, 2019. The series will offer participants the online tracking tools, weekly support meetings, and access to Weight Watchers articles, podcasts and support materials.

A Unique Lens on Life: Habso Omane '22

Habso Omane ’22 was born in a refugee camp in Kenya, where she lived with her Somali parents and five siblings until she was 6 years old. Omane—whose family has since settled in Portland, Maine—is one of 632 new students entering Smith this fall. Here's what she had to say about her path to becoming a college student.

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