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06/02/2020 Digest


Free Streaming Music: Smithsonian Global Sound, Medici TV, and More

Does music help you de-stress? The Libraries provide access to a number of free music streaming services, including Smithsonian Global Sound, Naxos Music Library, Medici TV, Met Opera on Demand, and more. Get started at http://libguides.smith.edu/entertainment/music

Draw Every Day with JJK

Kid-friendly short drawing lessons from New York Times-bestselling author/illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka! https://www.youtube.com/studiojjk

Video: Hong Kong Ballet Celebratates 40 years

Hong Kong Ballet challenges how we think about ballet in this video celebration of their 40th anniversary: https://bit.ly/2LDh9Or

14 Writers on Joy

The New York Times asked 14 writers to write about what brings them joy right now and created a whimsical interactive reading experience with some relatable bite-sized bits of joy: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/05/18/style/the-joy-of.html

Video: Virtual Sacred Harp Singing

Virtual Sacred Harp Singing led by Tim Eriksen, a local musician who taught a Sacred Harp class at Smith this semester: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xKMiPMcN_l8&feature=youtu.be

Smith College Glee Club singing ‘No Time’

Watch Smith College Glee Club current students and alumnae sing “No Time” (arr. Susan Brumfield). “No Time” is a piece that means a lot to the choir, as it is usually sung during Commencement Weekend. This video is dedicated to the class of 2020. https://youtu.be/jzJ1CjtJnuc

Interested in joining a Smith Executive Education online program this summer?

This summer, Smith Executive Education is offering several new online courses and programs geared toward women leaders at all levels. Upcoming programs include “Powerful Words for Women Leaders,” “Resolving Conflict Through Clear Communication,” and “Finance Essentials for Executives.” If you are interested in joining us online this summer, email Online Programs Administrator Lizzy Dorrell at edorrell@smith.edu for more details and registration information.

Video: Tenor Ben Bliss sings tranquil ‘L‘heure Exquise’ by Reynaldo Hahn

Rising star Ben Bliss’s sensitive, serene performance of this beautiful, all-too-brief song is balm for the heart, mind, and soul. https://youtu.be/pl22CLqxwus

4 Ways to Soften Loneliness

https://blog.calm.com/blog/4-ways-to-soften-loneliness

Penguins visit art museum

Penguins seem to like Baroque art best, or so it seemed when these three visitors toured an art museum in Kansas City: https://www.insider.com/penguins-visit-art-museum-for-the-day-2020-5

Virtual Reunion offers Smithie Joy!

This past weekend Smithies connected across time and space to celebrate the first ever virtual reunion. Visit http://smith.edu/reunion2020 to hear excerpts from lectures, performances and more!

Joy4all project

Youth leaders in Calgary have put together a hotline of recorded joys for children, youth, and the rest of us. Call 1 (877) JOY-4ALL aka 1 (877) 569-4255 to hear jokes, quotes, messages of kindness and more! Or visit https://www.joy4all.ca/ to see more content and submit your own.

Deer among the cherry blossoms

A herd of deer have moved into Nara Park in Japan to enjoy the peace and beauty of the cherry blossoms: https://bit.ly/2LYLx5R

5 Things College Students Should Include in their Wellness Plan

https://theconversation.com/5-things-college-students-should-include-in-a-plan-for-their-wellness-136234

2020 Impact Awards Winners Announced

The Wurtele Center for Leadership is thrilled to announce the winners of the 2020 Smith College Impact Awards! We received 75 incredible nominations that exemplify the diversity of leadership represented at Smith. We are pleased to announce the video of the winners is live on our website and can be viewed here: https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/wurtele-center/impact-awards-video Please note: you will need your Smith login to view the video. Congratulations to all the winners!

IT Transformation Community Meeting , Thursday, June 11, 1 p.m.

VP for Information Technology/CIO Samantha Earp and Director of IT Change Management Ellen Harter Wall will share updates with the community about Workday and Salesforce. Community members are encouraged to join and ask questions. Zoom call-in information: https://smith.zoom.us/j/96084950999. Please note that you must be logged in with your Smith Zoom account in order to join the meeting. For information on how to login to Smith Zoom, please visit https://sophia.smith.edu/covid19-digital-support/supported-tools-instructions/.

Webinar: Helping Your Children through Behavioral and Emotional Challenges in the Time of COVID-19 , Friday, June 12, 10:30 - 11:45 a.m.

Many parents of school-aged and adolescent children are struggling with how best to support their child through the covid19 pandemic and the uncertainty and upheaval that it has brought. They worry about the impact of social isolation on their child's development and academic functioning, and want strategies for understanding how best to manage the behavioral and emotional challenges. Webinar facilitated by child behavior experts Marsha Kline-Pruett, PhD, Sharon Saline, PsyD, and Patricia McManamy, LICSW . Ample Q&A time provided after the presentation. Register at: https://smith.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_qm_7k2NmSAeua6kH_77lXw

FMS Production Class Student Projects

The students of Assistant Professor Anaiis Cisco's production classes, FMS 280: Introduction to Video Production and FMS 282: Advanced Video Production, worked on remote projects to complete the Spring semester. The projects were designed to utilize only materials and technology that students would have readily available to them. FMS 280 students made Sound & Image films and students in FMS 282 created mood boards and digital representations of the production design for their film projects. FMS 280: https://sophia.smith.edu/art-showcase/class-projects/fms-280/ FMS 282: https://sophia.smith.edu/art-showcase/class-projects/fms-282/

Meghan Wicks’s buttons and Elizabeth Iola Sylvan’s fiber art, Smith College Staff Creative Arts Showcase

In these times, where our faces will likely be covered whenever we are in public, putting Meghan Wicks’s buttons on display gives an unspoken sentiment—it’s okay to still laugh, even when things are bleak and uncertain. https://sophia.smith.edu/creative-arts-showcase/2020/05/18/meghan-wicks-pins-with-messages/ For Elizabeth Iola Sylvan, fiber art is the perfect way to play with design, color, and texture in a controlled way. She has the freedom to explore endlessly while still having the structure of working with specific quilting tools and techniques. https://sophia.smith.edu/creative-arts-showcase/2020/05/07/elizabeth-iola-sylvan-lost-moon-remembering-winter/ Meghan’s and Elizabeth’s works are being shared as part of the Smith College Staff Creative Arts Showcase Virtual Preview. We encourage you to also submit your creative pieces! https://bit.ly/staff-creative-showcase-submit.

Kimberly Hoyt and Deborah Day in the Smith College Staff Creative Arts Showcase

When she has a new poem in mind, Kimberly Hoyt often starts by free writing, playing games with words that rhyme or words she feels sound nice together to help get her brain in poetry mode. https://sophia.smith.edu/creative-arts-showcase/2020/05/19/kimberly-hoyt-renegade/ Deborah Day enjoys nature and is inspired to use the colors of nature in most of her projects, including her current intermediate crochet project titled “The Spirit of Life Wrap.” https://sophia.smith.edu/creative-arts-showcase/2020/05/18/deborah-day-the-spirits-of-life-wrap/ Elizabeth’s and Deborah's works are being shared as part of the Smith College Staff Creative Arts Showcase Virtual Preview We encourage you to also submit your creative pieces! https://bit.ly/staff-creative-showcase-submit.

Required Zoom 5.0 Update

Beginning May 30th, 2020, Zoom enabled GCM encryption across the entire Zoom platform, providing increased protection for meeting data. After May 30, you will be required to update to version 5.0 when you try to join a Zoom session. For more information about how to update and what features are included in the update, please visit the main announcements page of the COVID-19 Digital Support Site at https://sophia.smith.edu/covid19-digital-support/

The Virtual Community Engagement Team wants your suggestions!

Please submit any ideas you may have for virtual engagement/events during this time. We greatly appreciate all ideas! https://forms.gle/YGByWno5S3U3zyAC8

Smith Cooks - share your recipes!

Are you cooking anything exciting during this time? Maybe experimenting with old recipes or trying new ones? Submit your recipes to the Virtual Community Engagement team and we’ll share them here! Recipes can be written or via a link. You are welcome to submit a photo of your finished product as well! https://forms.gle/A2R5gxFb67ij3vQp8

Hartford Gay Men’s Chorus sings Bridge over Troubled Water

Virtual concert: the Hartford Gay Men’s Chorus covers “Bridge over Troubled Water.” https://bit.ly/3eI1TMm

Smithereens Celebrate 75 Years with 48 voices

Singing their classic “Softly,” the Reens celebrated their 75 anniversary over zoom! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jZDHLP_oHvw

Renga Project - Poetry Center

https://www.facebook.com/405580689576405/posts/1994774240657034/?d=n

Ten Great Actors Reading Soothing and Stirring Poems

Poetry for every mood from some of the greats: https://bbc.in/2XUtZO1

Random Writers List Their Favorite TV Episodes

Featuring our very own Floyd Cheung, VP of the Office for Equity and Inclusion, this is a list of writers and their favorite TV episodes: https://www.culturalweekly.com/random-writers-list-their-favorite-tv-episodes/

Mindful Mondays , Monday, June 8, 12:15 p.m.

Mindful Living in the Time of a Pandemic: Holding Fear, Cultivating Hope is the ongoing theme for Mindful Mondays. Join Matilda Cantwell, Director of Religious & Spiritual Life and College Chaplain via zoom for guided meditation, conversation, and community. Mindful Mondays continues to provide spiritual resources and community in this time of uncertainty. All are welcome. Sign up at https://forms.gle/oTrqR7mDcKp8xV7G7 and then stay tuned for zoom invite by email. If you have any questions or need information to connect via audio, please email Matilda (mcantwel@smith.edu).

Video: Squirrel Obstacle Course

Squirrels keep stealing a man's bird seed, so he decides to solve the problem by setting up an elaborate, delightful squirrel obstacle course. https://youtu.be/hFZFjoX2cGg

Responding to the Death of George Floyd

In a May 29 letter to the community, President Kathleen McCartney and Vice President for Equity and Inclusion Floyd Cheung wrote, “It is our responsibility, especially those of us who are white, to do better. To do more. To work toward antiracism and the end of white supremacist thinking and action.”


06/01/2020 Digest


Free Resource: Flipster Coloring Books

The Libraries provide access to Flipster, which not only has a huge selection of online magazines, but also a collection of gorgeous coloring books. Get started at https://ly.smith.edu/ef/dbflipster and click on Adult Coloring Books in the lefthand column.


05/26/2020 Digest


Zoom Office Hours with the Controller’s Office Team , Each Friday, 1 p.m.

Have a quick question about invoices, payments, payroll, expense reports, reimbursements, or other Workday processes or approvals? Please visit us on Zoom on Fridays at 1:00 for immediate assistance. Email controllersoffice@smith.edu for the Zoom link.

Just for Fun: Learn How to Speak Pirate

Arr, me hearty! Learn how to speak Pirate, Shakespearean English, and other lingos with Mango Languages. Get started at http://libguides.smith.edu/entertainment/language

2nd isssue of student magazine Emulate is live

Emulate's second issue is live. The issue revolves around the theme of wilderness and features photography, visual art, poetry, and essays. https://sophia.smith.edu/emulate/

Mindful Mondays , Monday, June 1, 12:15 p.m.

Mindful Living in the Time of a Pandemic: Holding Fear, Cultivating Hope is the ongoing theme for Mindful Mondays. Join Matilda Cantwell, Director of Religious & Spiritual Life and College Chaplain via zoom for guided meditation, conversation, and community. Mindful Mondays continues to provide spiritual resources and community in this time of uncertainty. All are welcome. Sign up at https://forms.gle/oTrqR7mDcKp8xV7G7 and then stay tuned for zoom invite by email. If you have any questions or need information to connect via audio, please email Matilda (mcantwel@smith.edu).

eDigest Will Publish Once-Weekly During the Summer

Beginning next Tuesday, May 26, eDigest will move to its once-weekly summer publication schedule. During the summer, eDigest will be published only on Tuesdays. We will resume twice-weekly publication when classes begin in the fall.

College Bids Farewell to Retiring Faculty

At a faculty meeting held remotely in May, Smith College President Kathleen McCartney announced the retirement of nine faculty members.

Advocate, Don’t Hate, Saturday, May 30th

Join OCA National on Saturday, May 30th for “Advocate, Don’t Hate!” This two-part webinar will include a panel discussion and Q&A on anti-Asian American hate crimes during the COVID-19 pandemic, followed by an introductory advocacy workshop. The deadline to register is Thursday, May 28th. Register at: http://bit.ly/advocate-dont-hate


05/21/2020 Digest


Ombudsperson Services - Remote Meetings

These are especially challenging times, and it's possible that you are experiencing difficulties in your work environment --- conflict with colleagues, communication issues, dilemmas about how best to handle a situation, or just really stressed out about work. The college's Ombudsperson, Michael Stephens, continues to be available for phone or Zoom meetings with faculty and staff. These are completely confidential, and are a resource for you to take advantage of when needed. Contact Michael at mjstephens@smith.edu to make an appointment.

Faculty and Staff: Returning Your Library Books

If you have any library items you would like to return before the summer, you may use the book drop outside of the Young Library/Bass Hall. If you have questions about returning library items, fines, or checked out library material, don’t hesitate to contact us at libraryhelp@smith.edu!

Studio Art Majors Final Exhibition, Spring 2020

While the seniors usually spend the end of their semester in small exhibition groups curating their final thematic shows, this year, life had other plans. Reflecting the resilience of their artistic practice, the works in this final exhibition were created before, after, and in some moments, in direct response to the unexpected shift to remote learning and pandemic occurring this Spring. This exhibition presents works made in dialogue as students continue to remain connected as studio mates, supporters, critics, collaborators, and friends. View this virtual exhibition now: https://sophia.smith.edu/art-senior-exhibition/

Recording of Grounded Knowledge Panel: Staff Coping with COVID

The recording of our Grounded Knowledge Panel: Staff Coping with COVID is now available! Please login to zoom using your smith account to access it here: https://bit.ly/3dERmBg Sponsored by the Staff Council Diversity Committee, Office for Equity and Inclusion and the Wurtele Center for Leadership, this virtual panel showcases how various staff from around campus are dealing with the current epidemic. We invite the audience to witness these stories and hope to forge connection across the community. Interested in joining a future session? Email Toby Davis at tdavis@smith.edu.

In Defense of a Good Cry

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/07/smarter-living/coronavirus-losing-control.html

Meditation for Pandemic Anxiety

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYu87TvO_aM

Video: Daniel Radcliffe Reads Harry Potter Chapter One

Watch one of your favorite books read aloud by some of your favorite celebrities, starting with Daniel Radcliffe himself: https://www.wizardingworld.com/chapters/reading-the-boy-who-lived

School for Social Work Technology Workshops, Summer 2020

School for Social Work technology workshops launched this week. Over the course of the next three weeks, 40+ sessions will be offered to help and guide SSW faculty in their pivot to alternate modes of teaching and learning. Sessions include a combination of pedagogical workshops and technology training in Smith supported tools. Registration is currently open, attend as many or as few as you like. For more information, visit Smith's Covid-19 Digital Support website at https://sophia.smith.edu/covid19-digital-support/faculty/. Available to SSW faculty and staff only.

Video: A Socially Distant Bolero Performance

Julliard students and alumns put together a stunning production of Ravel’s Bolero. Be on the lookout for cameos from some famous stars! https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2020/05/juilliard-bolero/

Video: three sisters dancing to James Brown

Norah, Yarah and Rosa are three sisters who love to dance. It’s impossible to sit still watching them! https://bit.ly/2Wrdol8

SCMA Art Break

Check out this blog post about a recent acquisition at your museum by the Italian Renaissance artist, Lavinia Fontana. These are now the earliest works of art in the collection by a named woman artist! https://scma.smith.edu/blog/lavinia-fontana-renaissance-artist

Celebrating Reunion—Virtually

Smith College will hold its first virtual Reunion May 22–24 for classes celebrating their reunions this year. On tap are slideshows and videos, an address from President Kathleen McCartney, remarks from a member of the class of 2020, lectures and other intellectual content from Smith faculty and staff, and private class Zoom get-togethers.


05/19/2020 Digest


Pachelbel’s Canon played by trains

Who doesn’t love trains and baroque music? Most of the time, we can only experience one or the other, but this enterprising video concert combines the two into a delightful musical railway experience. https://www.classicfm.com/composers/pachelbel/canon-on-trains/

Staff: Share Your Creativity! Submit Now

To help our community become more aware of—and enjoy—the creativity of its staff members, Staff Council is planning the Smith College Staff Creative Arts Showcase on campus in 2021. To get a taste of what is to come, we are collecting pictures and videos of creative work for a Virtual Preview of the Showcase. Please let us know if you are interested in participating in the Showcase on campus and/or the Virtual Preview by filling out this form: https://bit.ly/staff-creative-showcase-submit.

Workday Training Sessions for May Available via Zoom

Registration for May training is now open. Current sessions include Expense Reports, Reimbursements, Punchouts, Invoice Processing, and Financial Dashboards (Budgets). To see a complete list of offerings, please visit the Training page on the Workday Help Site. To register for a session, go to https://go.oncehub.com/SmithCollegeWorkdayRegistration

Seniors: Here’s How to Return Your Library Books!

Congrats to our grads! Your student library account will be inactive after May 31, 2020; please return materials before this date. (Due to current events, we’re waiving fees for overdue library items). If you’re in the Northampton area, you can return any Smith, Five College or interlibrary loan items to the book drop outside Young Library/Bass Hall. To return items by mail, please fill out this form (https://bit.ly/SCLbookreturn) and choose how to receive a shipping label. All shipping options are free. Have questions or need assistance? Email libraryhelp@smith.edu and we’ll help you out!

Nancy Pelosi: Smith Graduates Have Power to Shape the Future

Addressing the first virtual commencement in Smith College history, Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, praised this year’s graduates for their courage and perseverance, and their potential to become “history makers.”


05/14/2020 Digest


The Amazing Puffer fish

Puffer fish courtship sandworks https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQr8xDk_UaY

Full length Broadway shows every Friday!

Missing your musicals? “The Shows Must Go On” airs a different musical every Friday to be viewed for 48 hours only! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdmPjhKMaXNNeCr1FjuMvag

Parlor Room Home Sessions

Local Northampton Music venue The Parlor Room is streaming weekly live shows of music, variety acts and more! https://www.signaturesounds.com/homesessions

Netflix Educational Documentaries available for free

Keep your mind sharp and learn a thing or two without paying a cent! No Netflix account needed to view all of Netflix’s educational documentaries, now available on youtube: https://bit.ly/3fj3aKZ

Interview with ZHENG Bo, an ‘eco-socialist conceptual artist’

The Lewis Global Studies Center had planned to host the artist Zheng Bo as our Spring 2020 Leader-in-Residence, though that residency was necessarily postponed. Yao Wu, Jane Chace Carroll Curator of Asian Art, talks with Zheng Bo about art, climate, sexuality, and other subjects in this image-rich interview. A self-described “eco-socialist conceptual artist,” Zheng Bo has created award-winning installations and workshops throughout Asia and Europe, highlighting the impact of climate change and offering an alternative, responsible strategy for living on earth. https://bit.ly/zheng-bo-yao-wu

Final Project: Intermediate Contemporary Dance records piece for Rosas! Remix Project

Alex Springer’s intermediate contemporary dance class submitted a Zoom performance to the Rosas! Remix Project. Since 2013 people have been uploading interpretations of "Rosas danst Rosas" a famous 1983 piece by Anne Maria de Keersmaeker. Hundreds of entries from all over the world perform variations on the piece, now featuring pandemic versions with remote ensembles. See the full Smith version and many others: http://bit.ly/2SDZQ3H

Answer the Call: COVID-19 Contact Tracing

Answer the Call! COVID-19 Contact Tracing: An important public health initiative regarding exposure to COVID-19. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, along with Partners in Health, has created COVID-19 Community Tracing Collaborative. The program focuses on reaching out to the contacts of confirmed positive COVID-19 patients to help protect others who have been potentially exposed to the virus....Our phone calls will use the prefix 833 and 857 and your phone will say the call is from “MA COVID Team.” Calls will be made daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Learn more here: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/learn-about-the-community-tracing-collaborative

LGSC May Newsletter

Our May newsletter is out! Enjoy! https://mailchi.mp/smith/lgsc-may2020-newsletter-4018269

SCMA Art Break

Take a break with art from your museum! Look for something new here each week. https://sites.google.com/smith.edu/artbreakbell

Free Streaming Video: World Cinema, Theatre, Dance, and More

The Libraries provide access to a number of free video streaming services, including feature, independent, and documentary films, as well as world cinema, theatre, dance, and more! Get started at http://libguides.smith.edu/entertainment/movies

Smith College Lantern Illumination: Lantern Tutorial Video

Watch this video to learn how to make your own paper lantern and participate in the Global Illumination on Saturday, May 16th. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vI5ae3IcOhQ!

Special Senior Meditation and Mini-Celebration , Thursday, May 14, 4 p.m.

Join College Chaplain Matilda Cantwell for a remote ritual to help acknowledge what is missing from graduation 2020 but celebrate and explore what is present and how we can celebrate our particular joys, connections and hopes. We will tak about symbolically leaving burdens behind and integrating gains. Sign up at https://forms.gle/AUdaVhS8SvFc4ro47

Nancy Pelosi to Address ‘Virtual’ Commencement

Smith College will celebrate this year’s graduates with a May 17 “virtual” commencement featuring an address by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. A second, in-person event honoring the class of 2020 will be held on campus next year.

Prince and the Revolution Concert on Youtube for three days only!

Now is your chance to see Prince's iconic 1985 concert on youtube from Thursday, May 14-Sunday May 17! https://bit.ly/35YMTGP


05/12/2020 Digest


New Online Program from Smith Executive Education: Powerful Words for Women Leaders , Friday, May 29, 2 p.m.

What can we learn from great women leaders throughout history and literature? How can yesterday’s female thought leaders and activists, including Queen Elizabeth I, Margaret Thatcher, and Sojourner Truth, illuminate the challenges and prejudices that women leaders must overcome today? In this 4-week online course, we will analyze speeches to glean lessons relevant to women leaders today. The course runs from May 29-July 3, 2020 with a virtual live session on June 30. Friends and Family rate: $249. Register at http://bit.ly/smithPWLFF, or email edorrell@smith.edu with any questions.

Smith International Poetry Day Goes Digital for 2020

Even though we weren't able to hold International Poetry Day at the Poetry Center this year— where students present poems in their original languages and in translation— we've still managed to find a way to bring our students' wide & wonderful variety of international poems to you: https://internationalpoetryday.tumblr.com/

Smith College Congratulates its 15 Fulbright 2020-21 Awardees!

Congratulations to Smith’s 15 Fulbright Finalists! They are due to embark on Fulbright missions in 13 countries this January 2021 and will be researching or teaching in 8 disciplines. Their magnificent achievement out of 25 applicants represents a phenomenal 60% success rate! Spot your friends and house members listed at https://www.smith.edu/fulbright/news.php. Talented and motivated U.S. citizen students (Juniors especially urgently) should explore joining this winning Smith tradition by submitting an Enquiry Form https://www.smith.edu/fulbright/questions.php for personalized Fulbright advising towards spending the year after graduation building bridges of cross-cultural understanding as an intellectual ambassador for college and country!

Thanks to Faculty & Staff for Supporting 15 Fulbright Awardees!

Thanks for supporting our 15 Fulbright Finalists! Smith’s Fulbright Program is grateful to all faculty and staff who assisted our 25 applicants towards achieving this phenomenal 60% success rate! Your efforts along with the success of our students is recognized at https://www.smith.edu/fulbright/news.php. As we celebrate the results of this past application cycle, we are gearing up for the next. Please encourage all your talented and motivated U.S. citizen students (Juniors especially urgently) to explore the extraordinary Fulbright opportunity by submitting an Enquiry Form https://www.smith.edu/fulbright/questions.php -- or tip off Don Andrew dandrew@smith.edu with qualified prospects to contact with personalized Fulbright advising.

How to Combat Zoom Fatigue

https://hbr.org/2020/04/how-to-combat-zoom-fatigue

Video: Wailing Banshees virtual concert

Smith’s very own Celtic music ensemble, The Wailing Banshees recorded a virtual performance of My Home Town: https://youtu.be/URZNU4FFdBY

Video: Dr. Seuss Raps over Dr. Dre Beats - Fox in Socks

Wes Tank raps Dr. Seuss’ classic children's book “Fox in Sox” over Dr. Dre's legendary hip hop beats for “What's the Difference” and “Let Me Ride” with much due respect to the flows and styles of Dr. Dre, Eminem, Xzibit and Snoop Dogg: https://youtu.be/hqIbEHNqbPs

Parents make a restaurant for their young children

Some of our kids really miss being able to go out to eat. These two inventive parents in Paisley, Scotland turned their house into “Mummy and Daddy’s Restaurant.” Our compliments to the chef and the hardworking waitstaff: https://www.facebook.com/825800384/videos/10163453764715385/

Learning & Development Website Offers Webinars, Online Articles and other Resources

The Learning & Development website has been revised to offer a wide range of webinars, online articles and other resources on a variety of topics including working remotely (with or without kids), Excel basic skills, managing remote meetings, relaxation techniques, resilience and mindfulness. Over the coming weeks Human Resources will add to these resources regularly. Find the Learning & Development website at https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/hr/learning-development.

Grounded Knowledge Panel: Staff Coping with Covid , Tuesday, May 12, 2 p.m.

The Staff Council Diversity Committee, Office for Equity and Inclusion and the Wurtele Center for Leadership are co-sponsoring a Grounded Knowledge Panel on staff coping with Covid. Based on the Grounded Knowledge Panel developed by Valerie Joseph we will be offering a virtual panel to show how various staff from around campus are dealing with the current epidemic. We invite the audience to witness these stories and hope to forge connection across the community that we are all dealing with this in various ways. The panel will be live as well as recorded. Please register at https://bit.ly/grounded-knowledge to access the zoom link.

Answer the call: COVID-19 Contact Tracing

Answer the Call! COVID-19 Contact Tracing: An important public health initiative regarding exposure to COVID-19. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, along with Partners in Health, has created COVID-19 Community Tracing Collaborative. The program focuses on reaching out to the contacts of confirmed positive COVID-19 patients to help protect others who have been potentially exposed to the virus....Our phone calls will use the prefix 833 and 857 and your phone will say the call is from ‘MA COVID Team.’ Calls will be made daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Learn more here: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/learn-about-the-community-tracing-collaborative

Students On Campus: Here’s How to Return Your Library Books!

This is a friendly reminder that if you have any library items you would like to return before leaving campus you may do so by using the book drop outside of the Young Library/Bass Hall. Have questions or need assistance? Email libraryhelp@smith.edu and we’ll help you out!

Special Senior Meditation and Mini-Celebration , Thursday, May 14, 4 p.m.

Join College Chaplain Matilda Cantwell for a remote ritual to help acknowledge what is missing from graduation 2020 but celebrate and explore what is present and how we can celebrate our particular joys, connections and hopes. We will tak about symbolically leaving burdens behind and integrating gains. Sign up at https://forms.gle/AUdaVhS8SvFc4ro47

Larissa Holland ’20: ‘I’m One Person ... There’s a Lot I Can Do’

Larissa Holland ’20 always had a passion for the environment. In her four years at Smith, she developed the confidence and critical skills to turn her natural enthusiasm into a career fighting for climate justice.


05/07/2020 Digest


Students: Share Your Pandemic Experiences with the COVID-19 Chronicles

The College Archives' new project, the COVID-19 Chronicles, is collecting material that documents individual student responses to the pandemic. You can help by sharing documentation of your personal experiences in the form of personal reflections and stories, journals, zines, scrapbooks, digital images, sound and film recordings, blog posts, and more. For additional details and access to the submission form, visit https://bit.ly/c19chronicles.

Faculty & Staff: Share Your Pandemic Experiences with the COVID-19 Chronicles

The College Archives’ new project, the COVID-19 Chronicles, is collecting material that documents individual faculty and staff responses to the pandemic. You can help by sharing documentation of your personal experiences in the form of personal reflections and stories, journals, zines, scrapbooks, digital images, sound and film recordings, blog posts, and more. For additional details and access to the submission form, visit https://bit.ly/c19chronicles.

Managing Stress for Positive Change

https://www.linkedin.com/learning/managing-stress-for-positive-change/how-to-use-this-course?u=50599105

Best virtual museum tours

Need some new art in your life? How about an educational field trip? The New York Times rounded up some of the best virtual museum tours for us here: https://nyti.ms/2VLo7qh

Livestream: Giant Panda Cam

This is so cute we can't BEAR it: Wolong Grove Panda Yard https://bit.ly/2ShJIEC. Explore.org has many livestream animal cams for you to enjoy!

Billy Porter covers ‘For What it’s Worth’

Billy Porter offers quarantine recommendations plus a link to his amazing cover of “For What It's Worth.” https://n.pr/2VOG6fr

‘Asian Americans’ Docuseries on PBS , Monday, May 11, 8 p.m.

In the current climate, it is even more important to make visible this historical and comprehensive PBS documentary of who and what is an Asian American. Prior to this series, Asian American documentaries were based on an ethnic focus, the Chinese Exclusion Act, the Japanese Incarceration, the Vietnam War. The Coulter Foundation's new groundbreaking docuseries reviews the uniqueness of this innovative and inclusive Asian American community of different races and nationalities, different religions, and different cultures. https://www.pbs.org/asianamericans

Leisure Reading: Online Comics and Graphic Novels

Need your comics fix? The Libraries provide online access to full-text adult comic books & graphic novels through Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels: Volumes I and II. Get started at https://ly.smith.edu/ef/db00036.

SCMA Art Break

Take a break with art from your museum! Look for something new here each week. https://sites.google.com/smith.edu/art-break-scma

End of Semester Contingent Zoom Party , Friday, May 8, Noon

Come celebrate the end of the Spring 2020 semester with other contingent workers! Talk about how the semester went with old faces and new friends! Bring your own snacks and drinks to a much deserved Zoom party. Register here: https://smith.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAkceyupjkuE9TDIXAwDJBX2jJBxQrbebe9

Solidarity, Serenity and Soul via Zoom , Friday, May 8, Noon

A time for soulful conversation on a wide range of topics that might be on our hearts and minds, especially in this time of separation and uncertainty. The theme for this Week is: Taking it one Day at a Time: An Exploration of the Serenity Prayer. To sign up, go to: https://forms.gle/A9c7Z6Ltm7qRxPML9

Pioneer Press Volume 5

The Pioneer Press is a weekly publication from the Smith College Department of Athletics and Recreation. Our mission is to build connection in our community and share gratitude during a time of social distancing. We commit to providing the Smith College family with a range of creative content including fitness tutorials, community interviews, student spotlights, virtual events, and games of the week from our archives. Check it out here: https://spark.adobe.com/page/L5nl9jMZFKAtB/

Smith Athletics Game of the Week , Friday, May 8, 7 p.m.

Join the Smith Athletics Community for our featured Game of the Week! This Friday, watch Smith Lacrosse take on Curry from February 29, 2020. Subscribe to the Smith Pioneers YouTube channel and chat with coaches, student-athletes and viewers. This week's halftime show features Jenn Brodeur, Director of Sports Medicine and Head Athletic Trainer at The University of Massachusetts. https://bit.ly/pioneers-youtube-channel

Lights in the Dark

When Michelle Stahl AC ’95 found out that on-campus Commencement and Reunion celebrations had been canceled because of COVID-19, she wanted to do something special for graduating seniors. The result: a virtual Global Illumination Night on May 16.


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The Wailing Banshees play My Home Town

Thursday, April 30, would have been The Wailing Banshees Spring Concert. The Banshees recorded this video to tide us over until we can all gather together again. Director Ellen Redman writes: “My Home Town is a tune we would have performed at our Spring Concert. Our hope is that this video brings some happiness to your day, and shows that music and camaraderie can withstand even the the most challenging obstacles.” View on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=URZNU4FFdBY

Conversation and Meditation in Uncertain Times: Building Strength, Resilience and Community , Wednesdays, April 29 & May 6, 1 p.m.

The Center for Religious and Spiritual Life along with the Office for Equity and Inclusion invites you to a group discussion and meditation session. As we are all adjusting to a rapidly changing world in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we can find support in one another by sharing our experiences. All Smith College Staff welcome. There will be two sessions held via Zoom. Feel free to join for one or both sessions. Please RSVP to via: https://bit.ly/conversation-meditation

How to Change Lives During the Pandemic

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/25/opinion/sunday/coronavirus-giving-guide.html

Video: Hasan From a Distance

Hasan Minaj's comedy commentary show Patriot Act goes virtual! Includes Hasan's cooking tips and book review of classic children's books. https://youtu.be/_lIL9v-chmc

NASA’s media library is completely free

Want to escape into the far reaches of outer space? Look no further! NASA has made their entire media library available: https://bit.ly/2W5UI95

Graphic Recording of song from Hamilton musical by Sophie Willard Van Sistine ’22J

An amazing timelapse video of junior Sophie Willard Van Sistine's graphic recording of The Schuyler Sisters from Hamilton: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNTMPJs2ADs

Video: Todrick Hall encourages us to dance and clean in ‘masks, gloves, soap, scrubs’

As part of a fundraiser for The Stonewall Inn Gives Back Initiative, Todrick Hall put together a dance/song/cleaning experience to inspire us all to mop, sweep and sleep: https://bit.ly/2SbLsze

Smith Students’ Aid Society Deadline for Summer Study Grants , Friday, May 15

The deadline for Smith Students’ Aid Society applications for summer study grants has been changed to May 15th. SSAS grants are available to all Smith undergraduate students in financial need for noncredit and credit-bearing programs. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, grants will not be awarded for programs requiring domestic or international travel at this time. In addition, funds cannot be awarded as a supplement to Praxis funding. We can only fund credit courses that can be accepted for transfer credit by Smith College (https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/registrar/transfer-credit). Applications should be emailed to the clasdean@smith.edu. For questions, email awhite@smith.edu

Kate Soper’s opera Here Be Sirens available for streaming by IN Series

Kate Soper’s Opera Here Be Sirens will be streamed as part of IN Series special streaming offerings. IN Series is a small non-profit opera company in Washington DC that mounted a performance of Here Be Sirens in early March. Here Be Sirens is a 90-minute opera that presents the daily life of three sirens, who kill time on their island as they await an endless procession of doomed sailors. To watch, fill out a short form to receive the link and password to view on Vimeo https://forms.gle/uWjfbg3bRNCLw89Z8

Faith in a Time of Crisis , Tuesday, May 5, Noon

Join us for “Faith in a Time of Crisis” Zoom (the program formerly known as Interfaith Lunch). All are welcome. To sign up contact : https://forms.gle/qiJyQN1EU9NZZAWt5

Emma Kemp ’20: Setting Her Sights on a Writing Career

During her four years at Smith, Emma Kemp ’20 has had numerous writing adventures. She describes some of them here, in the first of a series of profiles of members of the class of 2020.

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