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09/28/2023 Digest


Register Now--Authentic Power for Faculty, Part 2: (In the Face of Constraints) Tapping into Power , Wednesday, Oct. 11, 4:15 p.m., Dewey Common Room

Co-facilitated by Benita Jackson, Professor of Psychology and health scholar and practitioner, and Mirjam Paninski, Clinical EFT Practitioner, Brown University, this session will be a hands-on introduction to an energy management tool called Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT). EFT is a research-supported self-care technique that has been likened to emotional acupressure. Participants will learn practical strategies for metabolizing daily stress to enhance personal and collective well-being. Part of the Fall 2023 Faculty Development Series (https://bit.ly/3YIIxis) Register by 10/4 by visiting https://bit.ly/47KStML

Register Now: Student Mental Health Support , Tuesday, Oct. 24, 12:15 p.m., Dewey Common Room

Since the pandemic, student mental health wellbeing has become a bigger priority. Come learn how the institution can help both instructors and advisers recognize and support students experiencing mental health issues. This session specifically aims at connecting instructors and advisers with resources on campus. Offered in partnership with the Schacht Center for Health & Wellness and the Office of Student Affairs. Part of the Fall 2023 Faculty Development Series (https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/provost/faculty-development). Register by 10/17 (https://forms.gle/7jA2C7kxgULmibAD7).

Ross Gay on 'The Book of Delights'-- New Students Only , Thursday, Sept. 28, 4:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall

Poet Ross Gay will speak to all new entering students about his "Book of Delights," the Smith Reads choice for Fall '23. Followed by a brief reading and Gay's advice on what it means to engage with a student's education, Provost Michael Thurston will interview Gay as prompted by questions new students submitted over the summer.

Sherrerd Teaching Arts Luncheon 'Self-Reflection, Not Blame: Smith Faculty/Staff Learning From Student-reported (Micro)aggressions' , Friday, Sept. 29, Noon, Neilson Library 102

Valerie Joseph and Dave Gorin's Teaching Arts Luncheon presentation will include sharing student experiences of (micro)aggressions in interacting with faculty and staff, as reported to AEMES. They will highlight patterns in communication with students that have gone wrong and provide a process to explore improving communication as teachers and administrators. Lunch will be available at noon (for up to 50) and the presentation will begin at 12:20 pm. RSVP at https://forms.gle/9k1Nn6hakj4C674L9

Demystifying Money: Banking, Interest and Loans , Friday, Sept. 29, 12:15 p.m., Conway Center, 103 Neilson

The Conway Center's personal finance workshop series continues. This third session will focus on interest and how it informs a lot of our adult socioeconomic experiences. Explore all things banks, interest (the kind earned and the kind paid) and loans. *Lunch provided; RSVP on the Smith Social Network required.

From Obstacles to Opportunities: Facing Challenges and Fueling Change , Wednesday, Oct. 4, 5:15 p.m., Neilson 103

Limitations are a part of life, but challenges dont have to short circuit the future. In fact, its in the context of constraints that one can discover life-changing moments of inspiration and innovation. In this Conway Conversation, panelists -- Laura Huang, Distinguished Professor, Northeastern University and Jessica Bacal, Director of the Reflective Practice, Smith College -- share practical strategies for overcoming obstacles and moving towards goals, even if the path forward isnt always clear. *Dinner provided; RSVP on the Smith Social Network required.

Approaching Deadline: CLDI Applications , Friday, Oct. 6, 11:59 p.m.

Collaborative Leadership, Design, & Innovation (CLDI) is a global internship program for students who are looking for intensive opportunities to put collaborative leadership, human-centered design, and entrepreneurial skills into practice. The program connects teams of students with embedded, fully-paid summer internships around the world where they have a chance to practice collaborative change-making in the context of a local organization and help lead the advancement of socially, economically, and environmentally healthy communities. To apply, visit https://bit.ly/3Z3yHIl by Friday, Oct. 6, 11:59 p.m.

A Skill You Didn't Know You Needed to Know: Hands-On Environmental and Species Modeling , Monday, Oct. 2, 12:15 p.m., CEEDS Wright Hall

In this second of two workshops, ES&P major Kaila Frazer '24 will lead the group in creating their own models. These events are perfect for everyone interested in ecology, wildlife biology or climate science; all welcome. Lunch provided. Sponsored by the Environmental Science and Policy Program.

New Sylvia Plath Exhibit On View , Through June 28, 2024, Church Gallery, Lyman Conservatory

"The Bell Jars: Lyman Conservatory and Sylvia Plaths Botanical Imagination" is a new exhibit that opened on September 15th in Lymans Church Gallery. The exhibit explores Plaths interactions with Lyman, her time studying botany at Smith and examines how those experiences influenced the botanical images and symbolism that run throughout her work. Using archival materials and Plaths literary work as a guide, this exhibit invites visitors to inhabit Lyman as Plath once did and to explore Plaths botanical imagination through the arts, humanities and sciences.

Laura Rauscher Celebration of Life , Sunday, Oct. 1, 11 a.m., Helen Hills Hills Chapel

All are invited to a celebration of life for Laura Rauscher, at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 1, in Helen Hills Hills Chapel. To attend remotely via Zoom, register at https://bit.ly/3PKvY3x A reception will follow in Paradise Room, Conference Center, 49 College Lane. Rauscher, who passed away May 12, 2023, was Smith's director of disability and an adjunct professor in the Smith College School for Social Work for more than 20 years. Please keep checking the eDigest for additional information.

Laura Rauscher Celebration of Life , Sunday, Oct. 1, 11 a.m., Helen Hills Hills Chapel

All are invited to a celebration of life for Laura Rauscher, at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 1, in Helen Hills Hills Chapel. To attend remotely via Zoom, register at https://bit.ly/3PKvY3x A reception will follow in Paradise Room, Conference Center, 49 College Lane. Rauscher, who passed away May 12, 2023, was Smith's director of disability and an adjunct professor in the Smith College School for Social Work for more than 20 years. Please keep checking the eDigest for additional information.

Get Ready for a New smith.edu!

In early October, Smith's new website will launch, featuring an updated design, easier navigation, and improved accessibility. Sign up for user testing by visiting https://bit.ly/3r2vsEx Details to follow post-launch.

The Feminist Fight Forward: Lessons from 50 YEARS OF "Ms." , Thursday, Sept. 28, 4:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium

Please join us at Smith College to celebrate the extraordinary new anthology "50 YEARS OF Ms.: THE BEST OF THE PATHFINDING MAGAZINE THAT IGNITED A REVOLUTION" and engage in critical conversation with scholars Carrie N. Baker, Loretta Ross, Jackson Katz and Janell Hobson, and "Ms." Consulting Digital Editor Carmen Rios. Well explore what the future of feminism and movement journalism demands: vision that is bold, imaginative and collaborative.

Today: Liberal Arts Lunch Series , Thursday, Sept. 28, 12:10 p.m., Neilson Library 102

Liberal Arts Lunch series welcomes Pamela Petro, Lecturer of English Language & Literature, Jacobson Center, who will present "The Persistent Presence of Absence." Lunch is provided for the first 40 attendees.

Liberal Arts Lunch Series , Thursday, Oct. 5, 12:10 p.m., Neilson Library 102

October 5, the Liberal Arts Lunch series welcomes Martine Gantrel, Professor of French Studies, to present "Prousts Madeleine: To Eat, or not to EatThat is the Question." Lunch is provided for the first 40 attendees.

Projects for Peace Info Session , Wednesday, Oct. 4, 12:15 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Do you want to design your own grassroots project and win a $10,000 grant to implement it during the Summer of 2023? Come hear from students who completed projects this summer and learn more about how to apply! Pizza will be served to the first 25 attendees.

New Play Reading Series: 'Ziona' by Katie Wilson 26 , Thursday, Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m., Acting Studio I, Mendenhall CPA

The Department of Theatre's New Play Reading Series presents Ziona by Katie Wilson '26. Emma Ziona Taylor's sense of self and identity faces a crossroads during her final semester of high school, as she grapples with a pivotal choice that will shape her path. The situation becomes even more complicated as her close relationships with both her friends and her mother become intertwined in the unfolding events. Free and open to the public.

S'mores and Spirituality CRSL Welcome Party , Thursday, Sept. 28, 7 p.m., Begins at Helen Hills Hills Chapel, 123 Elm St.

Meet at the steps of the Helen Hills Hills Chapel, 123 Elm St. for a "pilgrimage": 3 minute walk to the Firepit at Smith, where we will make (halal) S'mores, and share, learn about and experience spirituality at Smith. (If you are not available at 7 pm, feel free to join us at the firepit anytime until 7:30 pm, when we will start our official program. For weather changes and more information, please see our facebook page.) Enjoy S'mores and Snacks around a cozy fire to bring in the new semester!

In-Person Fall Career Fair , Thursday, Oct. 5, 3:30 p.m., ITT

The Lazarus Center has been planning ways to help you prepare for your job search and connect with employers in person and virtually. The Fall Career Fair is the premier fall recruiting event. Representatives from a variety of organizations and government agencies from around the country attend the Fair to recruit students for internship and entry-level full-time positions. Register in Handshake to connect with employers and explore career opportunities. Lazarus Center staff and Advisors will be on-site at the fair to help you make the most of your experience.

Sherrerd Center Teaching Arts Luncheon: Sherrerd Award Winners Panel Discussion , Friday, Oct. 6, Noon, Neilson Library 102

This year's Kathleen Compton Sherrerd 54 and John J. F. Sherrerd Prize recipients for Distinguished Teaching are Jay Garfield (PHI), Barbara Kellum (ART), and Erin Pineda (GOV). The award is given annually to Smith faculty members to recognize sustained and distinguished teaching by long-time faculty members as well as to encourage younger faculty members whose demonstrated enthusiasm and excellence influences students and colleagues. Jay, Barbara, and Erin will participate in a panel (moderated by Sherrerd Director Patty DiBartolo) to discuss their teaching experiences, practices, and philosophies. Lunch will be available at noon; panel at 12:20; RSVP at https://forms.gle/yKUW6Ev5e6tKfqw69.

Jung Lecture: Myth, Masks, and Archetypes in the Theatre of Dionysos , Friday, Oct. 6, 7 p.m., Virtual Event

The ancient Greek theatre, as its name suggests, is a seeing place, a place of revelation, where we see what is normally unseen and where what we normally see is hidden. Actors and dancers are all masked. At first, their identities are hidden, and all we see onstage are archetypes: gods and mortals, male and female, young and old, powerful and powerless. Surely, Jung would be right at home in the theatre of Dionysos...its archetypes, and its all-too-human characters in our turbulent world. To Register for this event and receive ZOOM address go to : http://WestMassJung.org

Sign Up for the New Smith Office for the Arts Monthly Newsletter

Sign up for the new Smith Office for the Arts (SOFA) newsletter - SOFA Notes - launching this October. This new monthly email aims to connect the Smith community to the arts activities, resources, and opportunities on campus and will include information about arts events, exhibitions, workshops, calls for proposals, alumni features, faculty profiles, and more. Sign up to receive SOFA Notes monthly and if you don't already receive the weekly SmithArts events email - you can also sign up for that too! Sign up HERE: https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/performing-arts/email

Sherrerd Center Teaching Mentors are Available for Consultation

Sherrerd teaching mentors for inclusive and equitable pedagogies Liz Pryor (HST) and Kate Queeney (CHM) are available to all who teach for confidential conversations that are not evaluative and are an opportunity to talk with a colleague about some aspect of the teaching-learning process. Conversations may be philosophical or operational or anything in between. Topics may include anything related to your teaching, including assessment, grading, designing group activities, establishing norms or making sense of student feedback. To schedule a meeting: https://forms.gle/5iLwk1QASF4LWFHT9.

Global Encounters Photo Contest , Deadline: Friday, Oct. 13

The Lewis Global Studies Center Global Encounters Photo contest provides a venue for Smith students to share their global experiences with the Smith community. All Smith students are encouraged to submit entries depicting a global encounter they experienced abroad or within the United States. Please submit photos and accompanying descriptions and materials via the Global Encounters Photo Contest Submission Google Form. https://forms.gle/EsBQVzHgwJpHHYE79

Presentation of the Concentrations , Tuesday, Oct. 3, 12:15 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

A concentration is designed to connect academic learning to real-world experience through internships and work in the field. Many of the concentrations involve work with centers as well as resources such as Archives and the Museum. Students can take a concentration in addition to a major and minor. Attendees will learn about the newly launched Interdisciplinary Making concentration, as well as Archives, Book Studies, Collaborative Innovation, Community Engagement & Social Change, Environmental, Global Finance, Journalism, Museums, Poetry, and Translation Studies. This event provides a chance to meet the concentration directors and ask all your burning questions. Pizza provided. Register: https://form.jotform.com/232256519420048

Inauguration Events Call for Volunteers

The Events Management Office is recruiting volunteers to help with Inauguration Weekend, October 20 - 21, 2023. To volunteer, please fill out the form below with your availability. Due date to sign up is October 11, 2023. More information to follow sign up. https://bit.ly/461qs1I

'U.S. State-level Policy Toward China in an Era of Great Power Competition' , Thursday, Sept. 28, 12:15 p.m., Campus Center 205

Students Phaedra Miller 24, Su Than Thar Nyi 24J and Gaela Stewart 25J, who participate in Professor Sara Newland's East Asian Politics Lab, will present their research as part of the Humanities and Social Science Labs (HSS Labs) monthly presentations. Open to the Smith Community. Lunch provided the first 35 attendees.

U.S. State-level Policy Toward China in an Era of Great Power Competition , Thursday, Sept. 28, 12:15 p.m., Campus Center 205

Students Phaedra Miller 24, Su Than Thar Nyi 24J and Gaela Stewart 25J, who participate in Professor Sara Newland's East Asian Politics Lab, will present their research as part of the Humanities and Social Science Labs (HSS Labs) Open to the Smith Community. Lunch provided the first 35 attendees.

Connect Art and Activism with The Guerrilla Girls , Monday & Tuesday, Oct. 2 & 3

The Guerrilla Girls are anonymous artist activists who use disruptive headlines, outrageous visuals and killer statistics to expose gender and ethnic bias and corruption in art, film, politics and pop culture. Theyll join the Wurtele Center for a two-day visit, including Creative Complaining, a presentation open to the Smith Community in Weinstein Auditorium from 7-8pm on Monday, 10/2. On Tuesday, 10/3, they will offer Aestheticize Ur Activism, a workshop open to Smith students with a limited registration of 30 students. Pop-up exhibit of their work is also on display in SCMA on 10/3. Link for workshop registration https://socialnetwork.smith.edu/event/9170458

C Series: 'So What Does "Activism" Really Mean, Anyway?' (Dinner, panel, collaborative activity) , Thursday, Oct. 12, 5:30 p.m., Neilson Library 102

Dinner is provided at 6PM; Please RSVP by Friday 10/6: https://forms.gle/qaXB6YKx6mjeEpeR7 Join the Wurtele Center for Leadership as we gather students, faculty and staff for a panel conversation, followed by dinner and a hands-on making activity, diving into the topic of "activism." This session is part of our C Series where we will Consider, Critique, Commune, Connect, Create and Collaborate around a series of different topics related to leadership. This month's special guests: Ana Del Conde and Denys Candy (Jandon Center for Community Engagement), Lola Anaya (Class of 2024), Annie DelBusto Cohen (LEAD: Leaders for Equity-Centered and Action-Based Design).

First Tuesdays! Coffee, Donuts & More , Begins Tuesday, Oct. 3, 8:30-9:30 a.m., Campus Center

Bring a friend, meet some new ones, and catch up on what's happening around campus at First Tuesdays, a new monthly gathering aimed at providing a welcoming space where all of us -- students, staff and faculty -- can come together over refreshments. Gluten free, dairy free, and vegan options will be available.

How to Plan a Sustainable Event , Wednesday, Oct. 4, 12:15 p.m., CEEDS Wright Hall

Wondering how to make your department's events more sustainable? Join us in CEEDS for some local, climate-friendly food from Catering and learn about compost and other waste, strategies for swag, tips and tricks for CaterTrax and 25Live, and more. Plus, get the opportunity to tell us about your pain points around hosting eco-friendly events as we work to improve sustainability across campus. Please RSVP to ceeds@smith.edu so we can get an accurate count for food.

Hot Chocolate Run for Safe Passage - Invitation to Participate , Sunday, Dec. 3

Smith is sponsoring the Hot Chocolate Run, a benefit for Safe Passage, and you are invited to participate. Safe Passage is a local non-profit that raises consciousness of and support for survivors of domestic violence. The run is on Sunday, December 3, and the route goes through the college. To Run Registration is now open. Use the discount code 4SMITH23, and if you are one of the first three Smith runners to sign up, your registration will be free. http://p2p.onecause.com/hcr2023/accept?discount=4SMITH23 To Donate to Safe Passage http://safepass.org/donate/. To Volunteer at Safe Passage http://safepass.org/volunteer/.

Climate Action to Climate Justice: Lessons From City and Institutional Planning With Leah Bamberger , Monday, Oct. 2, 3 p.m., Neilson Library 102

Prior to joining Northeastern, Leah was the Director of Sustainability for the City of Providence, RI, where she led a city-wide climate justice planning initiative. She will share her great expertise in both institutional and municipal planning. This talk is part of the ENX 100 Environment and Sustainability: Notes from the Field lecture series. All are welcome!

Information Session: Vegetal Forms--Knowing Time and Place Through Plants , Wednesday, Oct. 4, 12:15 p.m., Kahn Institute, 21 Henshaw Ave

Plants come in a multitude of forms, and these forms are both aesthetically arresting and informative. With an interdisciplinary spirit and an emphasis on noticing and description, this Kahn project asks what we might learn about our times and places from paying close attention to plant form. Learn more at this informational session. Lunch provided for the first 16 people. Apply by October 19 at https://bit.ly/kahn-vegetal-forms-fall-2024

Gilman October Deadline Essays Workshop , Thursday, Sept. 28, 4:15 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Come meet with other students who are drafting essays for their submissions to the Gilman Scholarship's October 5 deadline. This will be your chance to work on your stories together and build compelling arguments for why you should be considered for funding.

Support Group for Survivors of Sexual and Dating Violence , Friday, Sept. 29, 12:15 p.m., Schacht Center for Health, Schacht

Weekly Support Group for Survivors of Sexual and Dating Violence starts September 29th and meets every Friday from 12:15pm-1:30pm upstairs at the Schacht Center. Facilitated by Michelle Marchese, LICSW. Please register by emailing counselingservices@smith.edu or calling 413-585-2800

Special Class Zoom Visit: Dessima Williams, President of the Senate of Grenada , Wednesday, Oct. 4, 1:30 p.m., Seelye 201

Dessima Williams, President of the Senate of Grenada, will join GOV 347 (Seminar on Climate Migration) on a Zoom call. Williams is the former ambassador to the UN from Grenada, and served as an adviser to Oxfam on Climate Change, and UN Chair of the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS). Williams will speak on the challenges facing Grenada and other island states, and on Grenadas hosting of the Caribbean Community ahead of the COP 28 meeting in Dubai later this year. Attend in-person or via Zoom. Email Prof. Greg White (gwhite@smith.edu) for the Zoom URL.

Float Night on Paradise Pond - Root Beer Floats Provided , Thursday, Sept. 28, 6 p.m., Boathouse Lawn

Join President Sarah Willie-LeBreton and the Smith community for Float Night on Paradise Pond. Ice cream and root beer floats will be provided for all students!

Smith College Computer Store Closed , Monday, Oct. 2, Stoddard Hall

The Smith College Computer Store will be CLOSED on Monday, October 2nd all day for inventory, we will reopen on Tuesday October 3rd at Noon. We will respond to all emails upon reopening on Tuesday afternoon. If you have a need for assistance please knock. Thank you.

Save the Date: Sherrerd Center Circle on Trauma-Informed Pedagogy: A Practice for Equity, Inclusion, and Resilience , Thursday, Oct. 5, Noon, Campus Center 204

Kelly Vogel, Lecturer in Integrative Studies, will lead a conversation about Trauma-Informed Pedagogy as an asset-based, equity-based framework for building resilience. But what does it mean to become trauma-informed, and how does one apply this practice? And how can becoming trauma-informed create an equitable, inclusive, and resilient environment? Kelly brings over 6 years of experience supporting Smith students with executive function-related issues and is currently pursuing a PhD in Educational Studies with a focus on Trauma-Informed Pedagogy in Higher Education. Lunch will be available at noon, circle starts at 12:15; RSVP at https://forms.gle/eZaSCD51fBdoqSZFA.

Welcome to CLIFs! , Friday, Sept. 29, 4 p.m., Campus Center 205

Calling all First-Generation/Low-Income Smithies! Join the first CLIFs meeting of the semester. This meeting will be an informal chat among the first-generation and/or low-income community at Smith. CLIFs e-board will also be sharing on-campus resources such as textbook funding, tutoring, Lazarus center, and more. The goal of this meeting is to guide first-generation and/or low-income Smithies to the correct resources.

Jummah Prayer , Friday, Sept. 29, 12:30 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Join us for Jummah at the Hampshire Mosque in Hadley. Meet in front of the Helen Hills Hills Chapel at 12:25 pm. Van will leave by 12:30 pm and return to campus no later than 2:30 pm. Bring a prayer rug and complete your ablution beforehand. We have extra prayer rugs if you need one! Sponsored by the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life. To RSVP, email crsl@smith.edu.

Tajweed Quran Classes , Saturday, Sept. 30, 3:30 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

LEARN QURAN WITH TAJWEED FOR BEGINNERS with Islamic Studies Teacher Arina Beg. Learn how to read the Quran beautifully and become closer to Allah (SWT). and recite the Quran slowly and distinctly. (Holy Quran 73:4) You will recite the Quran, using a step by step process where you will learn the basics of Tajweed rules, starting with the correct pronunciation of the letters and their characteristics. All are welcome!

Soup Salad Soul , Friday, Sept. 29, 12:10 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Come get cozy and enjoy a hot, delicious vegetarian soup made by awesome student cooks while taking part in reflective, student-led discussions on spirituality and life! Students of all religious, spiritual, and non-religious/non-spiritual backgrounds are welcome. Limited to Smith OneCard holders. For details on food and other general accessibility questions, email aostow@smith.edu or mcantwel@smith.edu

Mindful Mondays with Anna Ostow , Monday, Oct. 2, 12:15 p.m., Campus Center 102

If you are looking for a place to make connections and practice tools for awareness and self-acceptance, come join Mindful Mondays! With light meditation, embodiment practice, and discussion, we make a space that encourages healing and community. All levels of experience are welcome.

Weekly Meditation , Monday, Oct. 2, 5 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Students, faculty, staff, and alumnae are invited to come together in person for weekly mindful meditation led by EJ Seibert and Mary Beth Brooker. We will do a simple, relaxed, silent practice of sitting and walking meditation, based on Zen forms. Chairs and floor cushions are available. Meditation instructions will be offered each week. All levels welcome.

First Tuesdays! Coffee, Donuts and More , Begins Tuesday, Oct. 3, 8:30-9:30 a.m., Campus Center

Bring a friend, meet some new ones, and catch up on what's happening around campus at First Tuesdays, a new monthly gathering aimed at providing a welcoming space where all of us -- students, staff and faculty -- can come together over refreshments. Gluten free, dairy free, and vegan options will be available.

Carli Muoz, A Fool's Journey: To the Beach Boys and Beyond , Thursday, Oct. 5, 7 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

A Concert & Conversation with Carli Munoz, former pianist of the legendary Beach Boys to celebrate the release of his tell-all memoir: A Fool's Journey. Sponsored by the Music Departments of Smith, UMASS, and Amherst, Smith American Studies and Five College Inc. Free and open to the public.

Join the Museum Advisory Collective (MAC)First Meeting! , Wednesday, Oct. 4, 4:15 p.m., Museum of Art

Add your voice to SCMA! In these monthly hands-on workshops open to all students, Smithies are welcomed by staff across the museum to get a behind the scenes look at upcoming projects and initiatives and contribute to their making. The first meeting is October 4, 4:155:30 p.m. Meet with SCMA Curator Aprile Gallant for a look at the special exhibition "Sum of Its Parts: Multi-Panel Works on Paper from the Collection" and reinstall one of the multi-part works of art in the exhibition: artist Lorna Simpson's "Details." Sign up for the Museum Advisory Collective here: https://bit.ly/457NFhT

Support Group For International Students , Monday, Oct. 2, 12:30-1:25 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Support Group for International Students - A space for international students to share their experiences and support one another. Mondays from 12:30 pm to 1:25 pm beginning 10/2. Facilitated by Meg Laird LICSW. To register, call 1-413-585-2800 or email counselingservices@smith.edu.

Submit your 'Delights' to Smith Writes!

Have you thought of writing a micro-essay modeled on Ross Gay's "Delights?" Or maybe you started one in your Smith Reads discussion a few weeks back? If so, finish your draft, bring it to the writing center for advice if you'd like, and then submit it to Smith Writes (https://sites.smith.edu/smithwrites/). We'll publish the strongest essayettes in a special spring '24 edition of the journal. To submit, or if you have questions, write to smithwrites@smith.edu.

Guerrilla Girls Pop-up Exhibition at Museum of Art , Tuesday, Oct. 3, 11 a.m., Cunningham Center, Museum of Art

Drop by the museum's Cunningham Center for Prints, Drawings and Photographs on SCMA's second floor to see a special installation of works by the anonymous artist activists the Guerrilla Girls from the SCMA collection. This pop-up exhibition is free and open to all. Organized in partnership with the Wurtele Center for Leadership and Smith's Office for the Arts. Learn more: http://scma.smith.edu/calendar/guerrilla-girls-pop-exhibition

InaugurationPop-up Exhibit , Friday, Oct. 20, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Cunningham Center, Museum of Art

Enjoy art up close at the Cunningham Center for the Study of Prints, Drawings and Photographs located on the second floor of the Smith College Museum of Art. This pop-up features works on paper selected by Smith students in celebration of the inauguration of Dr. Sarah Willie-LeBreton! Open and free to all! Plan your visit here: http://scma.smith.edu

Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Student Support Group , Wednesday, Oct. 4, 4:30 p.m., Schacht Center for Health, Schacht

Are you trans, gender non-conforming (TGNC), or questioning your gender identity and looking to connect with other students on campus for support and community? The TGNC Student Support Group will meet on Wednesdays from 4:30-5:30p this semester in the Schacht Center, facilitated by counseling staff. Email counselingservices@smith.edu to register.

Host a Prospective Student During Women of Distinction! , Oct. 13-14, Nov. 10-11

In just a few weeks, 60+ incredible high school students will join the Office of Admission for the Women of Distinction (WOD) program. Students will explore all facets of the Smith experience, with particular emphasis on support offered for students of color and first generation college students. One component of this experience is the opportunity to spend a night in the houses, hosted by a Smithie. To support our program by hosting, fill out the following form: https://apply.smith.edu/register/2023wodhosting If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email Cristina Guevara (cguevara@smith.edu) for more information.

Mathematical Sciences Presentation of the Major , Thursday, Oct. 19, 12:15 p.m., Burton 304

The Department of Mathematical Sciences will have their Presentation of the Major on Thursday, Ocotober 19 in Burton 304. Come hear about the Mathematics major and learn about the different paths and courses you can take! Meet with professors and ask questions about the major. Meet in the Burton Math forum on 3rd Floor at 12:15pm. Lunch will be provided; kindly bring your own drink.

Mister G Concert- FREE- Open to the Public! , Saturday, Nov. 18, 11 a.m., John M. Greene Hall

Campus School of Smith College presents Mister G in concert at John M. Greene Hall. Doors open at 10:30. This is a FREE EVENT and open to the public. Ben Gundersheimer is a Latin GRAMMY Award-winning artist, author and educator. Hailed as a bilingual rock star by The Washington Post, he was originally dubbed MISTER G by his young students while pursuing a Master of Education degree at Campus School. His dynamic, interactive bilingual performances aim to dissolve borders and foster cross-cultural connections. For more information email cschool@smith.edu or visit https://mistergsongs.com

Save the Date: Campus School of Smith College Open House , Thursday, Nov. 16, 8:30 a.m., 33 Prospect St.

Interested in learning more about Campus School of Smith College? Come see for yourself how the lab school of Smith College- an independent Kindergarten- Grade 6 school- has been a vibrant learning community for almost 100 years. Eligible Smith College employees will receive a 25 percent discount on tuition for child(ren) and financial aid is available. For more information, visit Smith College Employee Handbook at https://bit.ly/3LEJrHG Please RSVP to cschool@smith.edu

Presentation of the Art Majors & Minors , Tuesday, Oct. 17, 12:15 p.m., Alumnae House Conference Hall

Meet faculty and students from the Art Department and learn about the different academic pathways within the department: History of Art, Studio Art, and Architecture & Urbanism. In combining historical study and studio practice, the Department of Art is committed to cultivating visual literacy and understanding artistic production in different cultures throughout time and in the present. Lunch will be provided!


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Dance Presentation of the Major and Open House , Friday, Sept. 29, 4:30 p.m.

Faculty and student Dance Ambassadors will share information about the programs and performance opportunities in Dance. Meet in Scott Studio at 4:30 pm (use the side door on the left of the Scott Gym entrance) and then grab snacks during an Open House in the 47 Belmont Ave offices following the info session. Questions? Email dance@smith.edu. Visit http://www.smith.edu/dance for more information about the major/minor.

Register Now: Write-on-Sites , Oct. 13, 1-4:30 p.m., Mary Maples Dunn Conference Room, Pierce

Have writing to get done but finding it hard to get started? Find that your writing is easier when done with good colleagues? Earmark your calendar, grab your laptop, and come to this write-on-site opportunity! These sessions, which are being held on October 13, November 10, and December 8, will support you in making progress, increasing productivity, and building a community of scholars writing together. Refreshments will be provided. Feel welcome to join anytime. Part of the Fall 2023 Faculty Development Series (https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/provost/faculty-development). Register for 10/13 by 10/6 (https://forms.gle/7jA2C7kxgULmibAD7).

Smith Students' Aid Society for Fine Arts Supplies Funding--Apply Now , Deadline is Sept. 27, 4:30 p.m.

Fine arts supplies grants apply to all Smith students in financial need and enrolled in a qualifying fine arts course (art, dance, music or theater). Proof of registration is required. The deadline for Smith Students Aid Society applications for fine arts supplies for full-semester courses is Wednesday, September 27. Complete the Academic Funding Form on the Smith Social Network (https://socialnetwork.smith.edu/forms), selecting the Fine Arts category. All decisions will be made by art department staff after the deadline.

Eszter Hargittai 96, The Black Box of Information Access in the Age of Artificial Intelligence , Wednesday, Sept. 27, 5 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

While we know that artificial intelligence plays an increasingly important role in what information people encounter in everyday life, we know surprisingly little about peoples awareness and understanding of such technologies. The talk will shed light on peoples algorithm skills drawing on data collected through interviews in several countries and through national surveys of US adults. Hargittai is Chaired Professor of Internet Use & Society at the University of Zurich and the Fall 2023 Neilson Professor.

Hot Chocolate Run for Safe Passage - Invitation to Participate , Sunday, Dec. 3

Smith is sponsoring the Hot Chocolate Run, a benefit for Safe Passage, and you are invited to participate. Safe Passage is a local non-profit that raises consciousness of and support for survivors of domestic violence. The run is on Sunday, December 3, and the route goes through the college. To Run Register using the discount code 4SMITH23, and if you are one of the first 3 Smith runners to sign up, your registration will be free. https://p2p.onecause.com/hcr2023/accept?discount(equals sign)4SMITH23. To Donate to Safe Passage https://safepass.org/donate/. To Volunteer at Safe Passage https://safepass.org/volunteer/.

Five College Faculty and Staff of Color Mixer , Wednesday, Oct. 11, 5-7 p.m., Carroll Room, Campus Center

The Five College Consortium invites Faculty and Staff of Color to a reception on Wednesday, October 11, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Smith College Campus Center Carroll Room. Come mingle with peers and meet new colleagues! RSVP here: https://www.paperlesspost.com/go/y8wK57Li9Q6MpLC4A6p5y

Info Session: 'Possible Futures--AI and Human Experience' Long-term Kahn Project Application , Tuesday, Sept. 26, 3:30 p.m., Kahn Institute, 21 Henshaw Ave

The spring 2025 long-term Kahn project, organized by Luca Capogna, Mathematics and Susan Levin, Philosophy, is now accepting faculty applications. Learn more: https://bit.ly/kahn-ai An information session with refreshments will be held at the Kahn Institute and over Zoom on Tuesday, Sept. 26: https://bit.ly/kahn-ai-info-session Apply by Thursday, October 19, 2023: https://bit.ly/kahn-ai-application

Looking for Participants for Peri-Menopause Study! , Scott Gym

The Vascular Function Research Laboratory at Smith College is investigating whether hot flashes in peri-menopausal women have an effect on cardiovascular disease risk. Peri-menopausal: defined as experiencing changes in menstrual cycle length, greater than 7 days different and no more than 12 consecutive months without a period. If you are a peri-menopausal woman between the ages 43-54, are healthy, and do not have cardiovascular disease or certain risk factors for it, you may qualify. If you are interested, please contact: molecularcardiolab@gmail.com, phone 413-585-7034, or use this link to access a preliminary questionnaire: https://bit.ly/3PheXfA and we will contact you

Nominate a Student for Smith in the World Conference

The Smith in the World conference is held annually to celebrate and share students off-campus experiential learning, including internships, community service, research, study abroad, etc. In a series of panel presentations, students reflect on how their experiences have impacted and enriched their academic and professional paths. Panels will take place weekly, from mid January through the end of February, 2024. To nominate a student, please submit a nomination form by October 13: http://bit.ly/sitw2024 Panelists will be selected by committee, contacted in mid/late October and invited to practice their presentations with Lazarus Center advisers. Questions? Emily Beaudry, Internship Coordinator, ebeaudry@smith.edu

Library Research Support , Learning Commons, 1st Fl, Neilson Library

The Library Research Mentors (LRMs) are back for the Fall Semester. LRMs are a group of students who provide research support to their peers. They can help you to find a book, locate peer-reviewed articles, format citations and get setup with the citation tool Zotero. Come to the Neilson Library Learning Commons during drop-in hours and the LRMs can help you navigate the Libraries and their many resources and services. The Learning Commons is located on the 1st floor of Neilson Library. Drop-in hours: Sunday, Monday, Wednesday & Friday, 1-4 p.m. & Sunday-Thursday, 7-10 p.m.

Smith Parents of Little Ones September Meeting , Tuesday, Sept. 26, 12:15 p.m., Jandon Center, Wright 103

Happy fall, parents and caregivers! The Smith Parents of Little Ones group meets monthly and all parents and caregivers of little ones (of any age!) are welcome to join. Please bring your lunch and come to celebrate and commiserate! This fall we will be meeting the following Tuesdays at lunch in the Jandon Center, Wright Hall 013. Tuesday, September 26 Tuesday, October 24 Tuesday, November 28 Tuesday, December 19 Look forward to seeing you! If you are interested in joining our Slack workspace, please email Laura (lgomez@smith.edu) or Nancy (nzigler@smith.edu).

Smith Parents of Little Ones September Meeting , Tuesday, Sept. 26, 12:15 p.m., Jandon Center, Wright 103

Happy fall, parents and caregivers! The Smith Parents of Little Ones group meets monthly and all parents and caregivers of little ones (of any age!) are welcome to join. Please bring your lunch and come to celebrate and commiserate! This fall we will be meeting on Tuesdays at lunch in the Jandon Center, Wright Hall 013. Tuesday, September 26 Tuesday, October 24 Tuesday, November 28 Tuesday, December 19 Look forward to seeing you! If you are interested in joining our Slack workspace, please email Laura (lgomez@smith.edu) or Nancy (nzigler@smith.edu).

Toshiba - New Managed Print Services Vendor for the College Beginning 01/01/24

After an extensive Request for Proposal (RFP) process, the new Managed Print Services (copier/printer) contract has been awarded to Toshiba. Please note: there are no changes in service at this time. Continue to work with CBS-Xerox for supplies and support for your print devices. The vendor and device change will take place in December/January. Stay tuned for a Demo Day being planned for mid-October at which you will have an opportunity to preview proposed new multi-function devices (copiers).

Ross Gay Presented by the Boutelle-Day Poetry Center , Tuesday, Sept. 26, 7 p.m., John M. Greene Hall

With attention and dedication to curiosity, Ross Gay studies Black joy by practicing delight while recognizing and navigating sorrow. In an interview with NPRs Brittany Luse, Ross Gay notes that joy attend[s] to models of surviving, that by gathering around what [we] lovewe imagine the lives we want. Yona Harvey, Smith's inaugural Tammis Day Professor of Poetry, will join Gay in conversation following the reading. The event will also be livestreamed on Boutelle-Day Poetry Center Facebook and YouTube Channels. Free and open to all.

A Concert of Portuguese Fado Music by Smith Student Rio Neves '25J , Friday, Sept. 29, 4:30 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

A Concert of Portuguese Fado Music by Smith student Rio Neves sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

C Series: 'So What Does "Activism" Really Mean, Anyway?' (Dinner, panel, collaborative activity) , Thursday, Oct. 12, 5:30 p.m., Neilson Library 102

Dinner is provided at 6PM; Please RSVP by Friday 10/6: https://forms.gle/qaXB6YKx6mjeEpeR7 Join the Wurtele Center for Leadership as we gather students, faculty and staff for a panel conversation, followed by dinner and a hands-on making activity, diving into the topic of "activism." This session is part of our C Series where we will Consider, Critique, Commune, Connect, Create and Collaborate around a series of different topics related to leadership. This month's special guests: Ana Del Conde and Denys Candy (Jandon Center for Community Engagement), Lola Anaya (Class of 2024), Annie DelBusto Cohen (LEAD: Leaders for Equity-Centered and Action-Based Design).

'Music in the Ottoman Diaspora: Zabelle Panosian, Armenian-American Soprano' , Thursday, Sept. 28, 4 p.m., Seelye 201

The Program in Middle East Studies will host a lecture, listening and discussion event I Am Servant of Your Voice: Zabelle Panosian, Early 20th Century Armenian-American Soprano by Ian Nagoski, Panosians biographer. Nagoski is a researcher and music producer specializing in the music of the Ottoman world and diaspora of the early 20th century, as well as the founder of the Baltimore-based record label, Canary Records. Zabelle Panosian (1891-1986) was an immigrant to the US, a noted Armenian-American soprano who was also a pioneering womans voice in Armenian music. Email middleeaststudies@smith.edu for more information.

Global Medical Brigades - Recruiting Members For Honduras Trip, January 2024

Global Medical Brigades (GMB) is an international movement of students and medical professionals working alongside local communities and staff to implement sustainable health systems, and we have a chapter here at Smith! In just a week-long program, volunteers assist with in-take, triage, medication packing, and health education, all whilst pursuing a deeper mission to reduce poverty, promote gender equality, and ensure the health and well-being of people in need. GMB is seeking new members to join us on a medical brigade to Honduras in January 2024. Email gmb@smith.edu or follow @smithglobalbrigades on Instagram for more information!

International Experience Grant Info Session , Wednesday, Sept. 27, 12:15 p.m., Dewey Common Room

The Lewis Global Studies Center will be awarding International Experience Grants (IEGs) for travel during Interterm 2024. Come learn more about how to fund your international travel! Pizza will be served to the first 25 attendees.

Free Admission at SCMA , Museum of Art

Smith College Museum of Art (SCMA) is free to all starting immediately! SCMA ends paid admission to all activities including exhibitions, public programming and art-making to provide access and inclusion in the arts. Thousands of visitors annually enjoy programming, exhibitions and installations curated from 28,000 objects and artworks in the SCMA collection. Free admission has been made possible by Smith alumnae Jan Fullgraf Golann '71 and Jane Timken 64. Visit http://scma.smith.edu to plan your visit!

Global FLEX Brazil Information Session , Tuesday, Sept. 26, 12:15 p.m., Campus Center 102

Students are invited to learn more about the Global FLEX Brazil: Contemporary Art Parks & Cultural Centers program. This short-term, faculty-led program will run during May 2024 and will explore Brazil's thriving contemporary arts scenes and museums in So Paulo. From there the group will travel to Brumadinho to visit the Inhotim Contemporary Art Institute, a massive, 5,000-acre art park and botanic garden described in the New York Times as a vast garden of art.

Participate in Women's Health Research: Seeking Active 18-25 Year Olds , Scott Gym

Seeking active 18-25 year old active females to participate in research analyzing the relationship between hormones, vascular health, and stress. Participants will be compensated with a $40 gift card for their time. If interested, email tshamlian@smith.edu.

Location of Ross Gay Public Reading , Tuesday, Sept. 26, 7 p.m., John M. Greene Hall

The Ross Gay reading sponsored by the Boutelle-Day Poetry Center on September 26 at 7 p.m. will be held in John M. Greene hall. Please note that this event is free, not ticketed, and open to the public. Questions? Contact Jen Blackburn at jblackbu@smith.edu.

Info Session: How to Bloomberg 101! , Wednesday, Sept. 27, 5 p.m., Conway Center, 103 Neilson

The Bloomberg Terminal is a 24-hour global information services system that provides transparent and reliable financial, economic, and government information covering all market sectors. That may sound interesting and intimidating at the same time. In this workshop How to Bloomberg 101, Conway Center Bloomberg Interns are going to provide a general overview of what the Bloomberg Terminal is and how you can use it in your classes, internships, and job applications. They are also going to introduce the two Bloomberg certificates the Conway Center offers and that students can complete for FREE and leverage on your LinkedIn. Sign up: https://socialnetwork.smith.edu/event/9386341

Sign Up for Thesis Support

Are you writing a thesis? Would you like writing support? The Jacobson Center has a limited number of spots available in our thesis support program. We can provide you with your own writing counselor, who will work with you throughout your writing process. That counselor can help you stay on track with deadlines, help you articulate and focus your argument early in your process, meet with your committee to hone our efforts, and provide general writing support (e.g. organization, argument, evidence, editing). Contact Sara Eddy at seddy@smith.edu soon, before we run out of spots!

Writing Support for Thesis Projects

Are you advising for a thesis project? Would you like writing support for your student? The Jacobson Center has a limited number of spots available in our thesis support program. We can provide your student with their own writing counselor, who will work with them throughout the writing process. That counselor can help them stay on top of deadlines, help them articulate an argument early in the process, meet with you to determine your student's needs, and provide general writing support (e.g. organization, argument, evidence, editing). Contact Sara Eddy at seddy@smith.edu soon, before we run out of spots!

Learning to Meditate , Wednesday, Sept. 27, 7 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Learn Meditation Practices from Tibetan Buddhist Tradition, hosted by Smith College Community Spiritual Partner Geshe Ngawang Singey. These bi-weekly interactive sessions will include instruction on and practice of breathing meditation, concentration meditation, blessing meditation, and tong-len (exchange of self and other), concluding Q&A with light refreshments. Geshe Singey received his novice and ordination vows directly from His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. All are welcome!

Office of Inclusion and Equity Is Here to Help

If you believe you have experienced discrimination or harassment on the basis of a protected class, please reach out to the Office of Inclusion and Equity. Connect with the OEI by filing a report online: https://secure.ethicspoint.com/domain/media/en/gui/46275/index.html , calling the office at 413-585-2141, or emailing malexander@smith.edu. If you feel unsafe, contact Campus Safety immediately at 413-585-5555. If a vehicle is involved, it can be very helpful if you can remember to look for any part of a license plate or make/color of the car. Any report to campus safety can be kept anonymous. For additional information, visit https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/equity-inclusion

Student of Concern/Are You Worried About a Student?

Are you concerned about a student? Please let us know. Faculty, staff, students and community members can use this referral form to file a report online: https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?SmithCollege&layout_id=2 Referrals are reviewed by the Dean of Students or a member of the Dean of the College's team during normal business hours, Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm and may not be immediately reviewed. If there is an immediate risk to life or property, please contact Campus Safety at 413-585-5555 or extension 5555.

24/7 Free & Confidential Support for Students

MySSP/TELUS Health is available to students as a free and confidential support service for urgent and non-urgent matters 24/7. No insurance is needed and you can access from anywhere in the world. You can chat or schedule video appointments by downloading the My SSP app https://www.myssp.app/ca/about#download_app or through their website at http://www.myssp.app

RSVP Now: Sherrerd Center Fall Teaching Circles in October

Sherrerd Center October lunchtime teaching circles 12:15-1:15 pm include Trauma-Informed Pedagogy: A Practice for Equity, Inclusion, and Resilience on Thursday 10/5 (RSVP at https://forms.gle/eZaSCD51fBdoqSZFA) and Friday circles on 10/13: Algebra Skills Across the Curriculum (RSVP at https://forms.gle/bBYEU38i2x69XHsN7); Big Questions Circle (RSVP at https://forms.gle/kqcwaYX3mkBT3qJq9); Let's Talk OERs! (RSVP at https://forms.gle/xc2Z7AjNRAWCbbx78); NTT Faculty Circle (RSVP at https://forms.gle/64qaavRYyXxn2AkW8); Teaching in the Time of ChatGPT/AI (RSVP at https://forms.gle/DHtJV3jwSay97SY2A); Teaching Languages (RSVP at https://forms.gle/ejt6pLK9Ntv5mbmz6); and Ungrading (RSVP at https://forms.gle/LCwWpgx5iSn1R2fNA). Please visit the Sherrerd website for descriptions and more: https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/sherrerd-center/circles. Google calendar invitations will be sent with locations for each circle once RSVPs are received.

Webs of Care: Lunch with Local Crisis Responders , Wednesday, Sept. 27, 12:30 p.m., Neilson Library 102

Many people come together to support individuals going through crisis. This lunch will give you the opportunity to ask questions to first responders and learn how community resources activate to support people when they need help the most. Meet representatives from the SA Support and Advocacy Hotline, the Northampton Division of Community Care (a local emergency response that is an alternative to calling the police), and Irma Lopez-Gottlieb from Campus Safety. Pizza provided to first 30 attendees.

Campus-wide Printer Inventory , Monday-Thursday, Sept. 25-28

In preparation for the transition to Toshiba for the campus' print services, a campus-wide inventory of all print devices will be conducted September 25-28 between 8 am - 5 pm each day. As part of the inventory, the Toshiba audit team will need to access offices throughout campus. An ITS employee will accompany the audit team and will knock before accessing offices and other locked spaces. No printers will be removed or changed, however, printers will be turned on to print a configuration page. If you have any questions, email ithelp@smith.edu

Course Registration Deadlines

Wednesday, September 27 is the last day to add a full semester Smith course. Friday, October 13 is the last day to drop a full semester Smith course or Five College course without penalty or use of a free drop. Be sure to check the registration status of your courses on Workday. Course changes at this time require the approvals of the instructor, adviser, and class dean on the add form or drop form. All deadlines and forms are on the registrar's website: https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/registrar

Theatre Department Open House: Discover Theatre at Smith , Wednesday, Sept. 27, 4:15 p.m., Theatre 114

Come explore the wonderful world of Theatre Arts at Smith. Discover Mendenhall, Center for Performing Arts. Ask questions of staff and faculty while finding out how you can get involved. Learn all the intricacies of putting together a production. Starting in Mendenhall room 114 then going though out the building discovering set design, costume design, production management and more. Come One Come All!

RESCHEDULED: Tibetan Studies in India Program - Information Session , Tuesday, Sept. 26, 12:30 p.m., Campus Center 204

Information Session Rescheduled! What better way to spend J-Term than traveling to India to learn about Tibetan Buddhism? This event was originally scheduled on Tuesday, September 19 at noon.) The Information Session is open to students from all Five Colleges. Can't make the session? Email tsip@smith.edu for more information.

Blood Draws and Other Specific Medical Lab Tests Now Available to Employees On Campus , Schacht Center for Health and Wellness, 21 Belmont

Employees can now have lab tests (blood, urine or stool only) completed on campus during the academic year via Baystate Reference Labs at the Schacht Center. Hours are Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8am-noon and 1pm-4pm. The lab is closed from noon to 1pm for lunch. Call 413-585-2800 to make an appointment. At the time of your appointment you will need a copy of your insurance card and the physician's order. Results are sent directly to the ordering physician. COVID and other testing is excluded.

Study Skills Workshop: Time Management , Tuesday, Sept. 26, 4:30 p.m., Seelye 301

Time management is crucial for success in a rigorous academic environment. But how is it done? This workshop, led by Learning Specialist Duncan Griffin (Jacobson Center, ODS), will provide resources and strategies for effective time management. Open to all students.

UPDATED: Study Skills Workshop: Writing Anxiety , Wednesday, Sept. 27, 4:30 p.m., Seelye 301

Do you feel anxious about academic writing? Has writing anxiety ever stopped you from getting started? Could you use some strategies to manage that anxiety so you can finally write that big paper? This workshop, led by Sara Eddy (Assistant Director, Jacobson Center), EJ Seibert (Director, Office of Disability Services), and Duncan Griffin (Learning Specialist), will provide resources and strategies for working through writing anxiety. Open to all students. Questions? Email dgriffin@smith.edu.

Accepting Donations for ISSO Winter Clothes Closet , Lewis Global Studies Lounge, Wright Hall

The ISSO is collecting winter clothes for international students who have never experienced a Massachusetts winter before. Students are encouraged to contribute gently worn clothes, shoes, and gear that no longer spark joy for them. Who knows, maybe they will spark joy for someone else! Please bring your donations by the Lewis Global Studies Center and drop them off in the donation bin at the Wright Hall lobby. We would love for you to help keep our international Smithies warm!

Save the Date: Faculty Are Invited to an All-Centers Open House , Wednesday, Oct. 25, 3:30 p.m., Various Locations on Campus

Meet center directors and staff, and learn about support for faculty and their classes. We especially welcome new faculty and all faculty who are seeking new resources to support their pedagogy. In Neilson Library (Room 103): Conway Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center, Design Thinking Initiative, Reflective Practices, and Wurtele Center for Leadership. In Wright Hall: Boutelle Day Poetry Center (Wright 102), Center for the Environment, Ecological Design, and Sustainability (CEEDS, Wright 005), Jandon Center for Community Engagement (Wright 012), and Lewis Global Studies Center (Wright 127).

UPDATED: Vigil for Libya and Morocco , Wednesday, Sept. 27, 12 p.m., Chapin Lawn

In September over 11,000 Libyans died from catastrophic floods and 3,000 people died from a 6.8 magnitude earthquake in Morocco. Stop by Chapin Lawn to mourn the victims and acknowledge the humanity of those departed and affected. Co-sponsored by the Arab Culture Club and the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life (CRSL).


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Celebrate Standout Teaching at Smith: Sherrerd Awards Ceremony , Thursday, Oct. 12, 4:30 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

The campus community is invited to a ceremony honoring three faculty members selected for this year's Sherrerd Prize for Distinguished Teaching (LINK: https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/college-events/sherrerd-prizes): Jay Garfield, Barbara Kellum and Erin Pineda (LINK: https://www.smith.edu/news/sherrerd-award-winners-2023-announced). Former students will introduce the honorees. A reception will follow in the Campus Center atrium.


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Liberal Arts Lunch Series , Thursday, Oct. 12, 12:10 p.m., Neilson Library 102

October 12, the Liberal Arts Lunch series welcomes Maya Rosen, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience, to present "The neurodevelopmental mechanisms linking environmental experience and executive function." Lunch is provided for the first 40 attendees.


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Demystifying Money: Personal Finance and Psychology , Friday, Sept. 22, 12:15 p.m., Conway Center, 103 Neilson

This workshop will focus on the ways individual backgrounds can impact one's relationship with money. Explore how knowing motivations can be reflected in the ways debt and credit are handled. This session cannot cover everything, but hopefully will help to realize that personal finance is just that personal, no one is just an automaton trying to automate/maximize finances. *Lunch provided; RSVP on the Smith Social Network required.

Need a Dedicated Place to Study and Store Books? Sign Up for a Carrel! , Deadline: Friday, Sept. 22, 5 p.m.

Need a dedicated place to study and store your books? Hillyer Art Library is holding a study carrel lottery! You and a friend will get the chance to share your own study carrel, where youll be able to store books and other items for the entire semester. Learn more about the carrel policy at https://bit.ly/carrelpolicy. Lottery prioritization will be as follows: 1) Thesis students 2) Non-thesis seniors 3) All other students. Sign up by September 22nd at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSevlf6ez-vODwVUnLA1H9hw4E4C_zfmyvkXof4FzpzsKdgJPA/viewform; lottery drawing will be September 25th with assignments to be announced shortly thereafter.

A Skill You Didn't Know You Needed to Know: Concepts of Environmental and Species Modeling , Monday, Sept. 25, 12:15 p.m., CEEDS Wright Hall

What is a "model," anyway? In this first of two workshops, ES&P major Kaila Frazer '24 will begin to answer this question, share how scientists use models to understand climate change and species habitats, and build towards doing some modeling together. These events are perfect for everyone interested in ecology, wildlife biology or climate science; all welcome. Lunch provided. The second workshop will be on October 2. Sponsored by the Environmental Science and Policy Program.

Hot Chocolate Run for Safe Passage - Invitation to Participate , Sunday, Dec. 3

Smith is sponsoring the Hot Chocolate Run, a benefit for Safe Passage, and you are invited to participate. Safe Passage is a local non-profit that raises consciousness of and support for survivors of domestic violence. The run is on Sunday, December 3, and the route goes through the college. To Run Registration is now open. Use the discount code 4SMITH23, and if you are one of the first three Smith runners to sign up, your registration will be free. https://p2p.onecause.com/hcr2023/accept?discount=4SMITH23 To Donate to Safe Passage https://safepass.org/donate/. To Volunteer at Safe Passage https://safepass.org/volunteer/.

Al Nur Spiritual Gatherings , Thursday, Sept. 21, 6 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

All are welcome to the Al Nur Spiritual Gatherings! "Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth...Allah doth guide whom He will to His Light." - Al Nur 35 Join Thursday dinner discussions with the Muslim Student Adviser and special guests. These are monthly gatherings held also on 10/26, 11/30 and 12/21. To rsvp, email kalston@smith.edu.

Soup Salad Soul , Friday, Sept. 22, 12:10 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Come get cozy and enjoy a hot, delicious vegetarian soup made by awesome student cooks while taking part in reflective, student-led discussions on spirituality and life! Students of all religious, spiritual, and non-religious/non-spiritual backgrounds are welcome. Limited to Smith OneCard holders. For details on food and other general accessibility questions, email aostow@smith.edu or mcantwel@smith.edu

Deciphering How the Gap Junction Protein Connexin43 Regulates Skeletal Patterning in the Zebrafish Fin , Thursday, Sept. 21, 4:15 p.m., McConnell 103

Kathy Iovine, Lehigh University, will present this talk which is part of the Fall 2023 Mary Elizabeth Dickason King M.D. AnnualLecture Series in the Life Sciences in Memory of Professor Howard Parshley. Light snacks will be served at 4:15 p.m.; talk to begin at 4:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. Visit http://www.smith.edu/biology/events.php for the full schedule.

Inauguration Events Call for Volunteers , Sign Up By October 11

The Events Management Office is recruiting volunteers to help with Inauguration Weekend, October 20 - 21, 2023. To volunteer, please fill out the form below with your availability. Due date to sign up is October 11, 2023. More information to follow sign up. https://bit.ly/461qs1I

TODAY: Liberal Arts Lunch Series , Thursday, Sept. 21, 12:10 p.m., Neilson Library 102

September 21, the Liberal Arts Lunch series welcomes Sara Newland, Assistant Professor of Government, to present "Paradiplomacy in Hard Times: Cooperation and Confrontation in Subnational US-China Relations." Lunch is provided for the first 40 attendees.

Kahn Institute Porch Party , Thursday, Sept. 21, 4 p.m., Kahn Institute, 21 Henshaw Ave

All Smith faculty and staff are invited to the Kahn Institute to party on our wraparound porch (rain or shine). Celebrate fall, meet new colleagues, and reconnect with old friends. Well have delicious drinks and refreshments, our Kahn-inspired playlist, pick-your-own apples, and maybe even a special gift or two.

Early Career Faculty Welcome to the Kahn , Thursday, Sept. 21, 3 p.m., Kahn Institute, 21 Henshaw Ave

Early career faculty are invited to a special introduction to the Kahn's faculty development opportunities. Come learn how you can be part of interdisciplinary seminars and other events that support your intellectual life.

Driver Responsibility at Crosswalks

Use caution driving on busy streets, such as West and Elm/Route 9. Always stop for pedestrians in or entering crosswalks, & obey posted speed limits. Pedestrians have the right of way at crosswalks. At traffic lights, ensure that pedestrians have finished crossing before you enter the intersection. Do not text while driving. Be attentive to other cars & vulnerable road users. Never proceed through a crosswalk without looking both ways to make sure theres not a pedestrian in it, and dont assume a pedestrian sees you. Take care during bad weather, dusk, dawn & with solar and light glare. For more information about Campus Safety, visit https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/campus-safety

Hillyer Art Library Elevator Out of Service , September 18-22

As part of the Brown Fine Arts Building upgrade, the Hillyer Art Library elevator will be out of service Monday, Sept. 18, through Friday, Sept. 22, 2023. During this time, the lower level of Hillyer will be inaccessible, and delays in book requests should be expected. For any questions, contact Anna Morrissey at amorrissey@smith.edu.

Celebrations Dance Company Auditions , September 23 and 24, Berenson 3, Mendenhall CPA

Celebrations Dance Company welcomes all dancers and dance backgrounds to audition! There will be two sessions held on Saturday, September 23 from 10am - 12pm and 3 - 5pm. Additionally, there is one session reserved for students of color on Sunday, September 24 from 2 - 4pm. To register, visit http://bit.ly/3rkefGB. If you have questions, contact Celebrations on instagram @celebrationsdanceco or via email celebrations@smith.edu.

Lady Margaret Hall Info Session , Friday, Sept. 22, 1:45 p.m., Campus Center 205

In this session, you will hear from past students as well as from a senior tutor and head of the Summer Program at Lady Margaret Hall in Oxford. They will discuss life as a student at one of the world's most prestigious institutions.

Smith Rugby Home Game vs Mount Holyoke , Saturday, Sept. 23, 10 a.m., Athletic Field

Smith Rugby will be having their first game of the season against Mount Holyoke on September 23rd. The match will start at 10am on the pitch (the field surrounded by the outdoor track) and will end after 80 minutes of gameplay. Drop in at any point to support the team and check out the merch table.

The New Smith.edu Is Almost Here!

As we look forward to sharing the new smith.edu with everyone, were eager to hear your thoughts. Sign up for user testing and help us improve the site after it launches in October. To sign up for user testing, visit https://bit.ly/4506jYJ

Meet Your Museum! Behind-the-Scenes Tour of the Art Museum , Friday, Sept. 22, 4 p.m., Museum of Art

Meet your art museum! Get a look at some of the highlights of the Smith College Museum of Art's exhibitions and collection of 28,000+ objectsincluding artist-designed restrooms, collections, student acquired works of art, and more in this interactive tour. We will meet at the entrance the museum, spend some time looking around the museum together and share information about how students can get involved with SCMA. Let us know you are coming : https://forms.gle/tadhiSX7tG1AN7b16

Apply Now: Startup Consulting Club , Deadline is Monday, Sept. 25, 11:45 p.m.

Smith Startup Consulting Group is now accepting applications to join the club. Sign up here: https://forms.gle/brAvpCS6LK8bFozy6. Applications are due on September 25, by midnight.

Sherrerd Teaching Arts Luncheon: Best Practices for Faculty Advisers of Honors Projects , Friday, Sept. 22, Noon, Neilson Library 102

Sara Eddy, Assistant Director, Jacobson Center; Jonathan Ruseski, Writing Instructor, Jacobson Center; Alicia Grubb [CSC]; and Laura Katz [BIO] will present on how to best support students writing theses and ensure they produce their very best work and enjoy rich learning experiences along the way. Anonymous testimony from alums about strengths and weaknesses they encountered when working with their thesis advisors will also be shared. Lunch will be available at noon (for up to 50) and the presentation will begin at 12:20 pm. RSVP at https://forms.gle/azZFyMAoVKd5pD589.

A Beethoven Cycle II: The Complete Sonatas for Piano and Violin, Concert 1 , Thursday, Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Guest artist Elizabeth Chang, professor of violin at UMass Amherst, and pianist Jiayan Sun, associate chair for performance activities at Smith College, collaborate to explore the ten masterworks by Ludwig van Beethoven in three concerts. The program also features the world premiere of Fantasy Variations, composed by UMass Amherst Professor Salvatore Macchia reflecting on Beethovens legacy and compositional prowess. Presented by Sage Chamber Music Society. Free and open to the public. Pre-concert talk at 6:30 PM in Sweeney Concert Hall, with the artists, composer Salvatore Macchia, and David Schneider, professor of music at Amherst College.

Jummah Prayer , Friday, Sept. 22, 12:30 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Join us for Jummah at the Hampshire Mosque in Hadley. Meet in front of the Helen Hills Hills Chapel at 12:25 pm. Van will leave by 12:30 pm and return to campus no later than 2:30 pm. Bring a prayer rug and complete your ablution beforehand. We have extra prayer rugs if you need one! Sponsored by the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life. To RSVP, email crsl@smith.edu.

Tajweed Quran Classes , Saturday, Sept. 23, 3:30 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

LEARN QURAN WITH TAJWEED FOR BEGINNERS with Islamic Studies Teacher Arina Beg. Learn how to read the Quran beautifully and become closer to Allah (SWT). and recite the Quran slowly and distinctly. (Holy Quran 73:4) You will recite the Quran, using a step by step process where you will learn the basics of Tajweed rules, starting with the correct pronunciation of the letters and their characteristics. All are welcome!

Catholic Mass , Sunday, Sept. 24, 3 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Weekly Catholic with Fr. Valentine Nworah and Smith's Newman Catholic Club. Light refreshments following Mass in the Bodman Lounge. All are welcome.

Want To Be Featured on Smith's New Site?

Smith's new website, launching in October, will feature profiles of students, alums, faculty and staff members on the homepageall to highlight various initiatives and departments on campus. If you'd like to be featured and spotlight what you're passionate about, please fill out this short questionnaire: https://bit.ly/450kU6u

Theatre 200 Positions Available

Smith College Department of Theatre has a few open positions for semester long assignments this semester - get a credit and help out with productions! We have availability in our scene shop crew, electrian crew, or box office and house management. Email Nikki Beck to learn more about each of these positions: ncbeck@smith.edu.

Catholic Mass , Sunday, Sept. 24, 3 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Weekly Mass with Fr. Valentine Nworah and Smith's Newman Catholic Club. All are welcome! Contact catholicclub@smith.edu for information on student events and opportunities.


09/19/2023 Digest


Recruiting tutors to support local K-12 students

The Jandon Center is recruiting students to work with our partners Homework House and Treehouse to attend regular tutoring/mentoring sessions with local K-12 learners in Holyoke and Easthampton. Transportation is provided, funding available for Federal Work Study eligible students. Once/week for the full semester or year, away from campus from 3-6pm on the weekday(s) of your choice. Help make a difference in your surrounding community and meet other Smithies passionate about education!

Presentation of the Concentrations , Tuesday, Oct. 3, 12:15 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

A concentration is designed to connect academic learning to real-world experience through internships and work in the field. Many of the concentrations involve work with centers as well as resources such as Archives and the Museum. Students can take a concentration in addition to a major and minor. Attendees will learn about the newly launched Interdisciplinary Making concentration, as well as Archives, Book Studies, Collaborative Innovation, Community Engagement & Social Change, Environmental, Global Finance, Journalism, Museums, Poetry, and Translation Studies. This event provides a chance to meet the concentration directors and ask all your burning questions. Pizza provided. Register: https://form.jotform.com/232256519420048

Register Now: Smith Executive Education Presents-- Delivering Powerful Business Presentations , Wednesday, Sept. 20, Virtual Event

Looking to hone your presentation and public speaking skills? Smith Executive Education's next program, Delivering Powerful Business Presentations, opens September 20. In this program you will design your delivery by sharpening your personal presentation style and learn how to structure your message so that it captivates audiences and inspires action. Smith employees receive a special rate ($199) and have the option to pay by p-card or provide a cost center number for budget transfer when registering. Kick-start your FY24 professional development today. Learn more about available programs and register here: http://cvent.me/9OP7zP

Conway Conversations: The Future is AI? Exploring the Promise and Perils of AI in Innovation , Wednesday, Sept. 20, 5:15 p.m., Conway Center, 103 Neilson

With the rapid evolution of AI and its integration into everyday life, learning, and commerce, existing and new ethical questions continue to come up. Does the use of AI promote plagiarism or is it a catalyst for creativity? What does responsible and ethical engagement with AI look like? Panelists -- Rosie Dutt, Assistant Instructional Professor, UChicago and Nicholas Howe, Professor of Computer Science, Smith College -- will explore human history with, hesitation towards, and hopes for AIs impact on the world. Part of the Conway Conversations series; dinner served; RSVP on Smith Social Network required.

TODAY: Education Abroad Fair , Tuesday, Sept. 19, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Davis Ballroom

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

Today's Free Webinar - Making Flex Work: Defining Success on Your Own Terms , Tuesday, Sept. 19, 1 p.m., Virtual Event

"Ask for what you want." Thats the general advice the world gives people (specifically women) when it comes to succeeding, but thats only half the advice. This half-story causes people to fail at getting what they want. The other half is about knowing what you're currently doing and what you're willing to do to make what you want a reality. This webinar will provide the tools to understand where you're currently spending your time, strategies for being intentional with your time, and a new perspective on ways to work more effectively. Learn more and register for today's webinar: https://execed.smith.edu/programs/making-flex-work-defining-success-your-own-terms

Dean of the College Student Advisory Board , Friday, Sept. 22, 4:30 p.m.

The Dean of the College is seeking student nominations for participation in its Student Advisory Group. All class years are welcome. The group will gather monthly for the academic year and looks forward to a robust conversation about student curricular and co-curricular experiences. The group will be hosted by Dean of the College Alex Keller and Dean of Students Julie Ohotnicky. Nominations/interests will be accepted through September 22, 2023. Please complete this form if you are interested in participating: https://forms.gle/C2JdHtnWVxSvkWXF8

Nominate a Student for the Dean of the College Student Advisory Group , Deadline is Friday, Sept. 22, 4:30 p.m.

The Dean of the College is seeking student nominations for participation in its Student Advisory Group. All class years are welcome. The group will gather monthly for the academic year and looks forward to a robust conversation about student curricular and co-curricular experiences. The group will be hosted by Dean of the College Alex Keller and Dean of Students Julie Ohotnicky. Nominations/interests will be accepted through September 22, 2023. Please complete this form if you are interested in participating: https://forms.gle/C2JdHtnWVxSvkWXF8

Heating Season Start-up , Beginning Monday, Sept. 11

Facilities Management will be turning on the steam to the campus starting on Monday, September 11th. The process of getting steam and heat to all buildings on campus takes approximately three weeks to complete. Thank you for your understanding through this time of transition.

Diving into Math with Emmy Noether , Friday, Sept. 22, 7 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Emmy Noether (1882-1935) was one of the most influential mathematicians of the last century. Her works and teachings left a lasting mark on modern algebra, opening new avenues for a modern structural perspective in mathematics. Portraittheater Vienna (Austria) together with Freie Universitaet Berlin (Germany) produced a biographical play about Emmy Noether, directed by Sandra Schueddekopf, starring Anita Zieher as Emmy. Based on historical documents and other sources, the script was written by Sandra Schueddekopf and Anita Zieher in cooperation with the historians Mechthild Koreuber and David E. Rowe. On stage and in videos, Emmy Noethers fascinating personality comes alive in her reflections and conversations with other leading mathematicians of her day.

Two New Affinity Groups for Staff and Faculty

The Office for Equity and Inclusion is hosting affinity groups for Staff and Faculty. If you would like to receive calendar invitations for upcoming meetings, register via http://forms.gle/otyWyca2csBXqAqEA

Amplify Public Art Competition (Protest Posters): Info Session with Pizza , Wednesday, Sept. 20, 12:15 p.m., Campus Center 102

Interested in exploring opportunities to create some PROTEST ART on social, political and cultural issues as part of the Amplify Competition? This year, in partnership with the Smith Office for the Arts, the Wurtele Center for Leadership will be issuing a call for proposals for student art projects inspired by an exhibition of protest posters from the Neilson Library special collections. Come and learn more about how you can submit a proposal to compete for one of three $500 artist honorariums and a chance to see your work on the wall on the ground floor of Neilson! Also: FREE PIZZA!

Tibetan Studies in India Program - Information Session , Tuesday, Sept. 19, Noon, Campus Center 204

What better way to spend J-Term than traveling to India to learn about Tibetan Buddhism? The Tibetan Studies in India Program will be hosting an Information Session on Tuesday, September 19 at noon in CC 204. The Information Session is open to students from all Five Colleges. Can't make the session? Email tsip@smith.edu for more information.

OPT Information Session , Tuesday, Sept. 19, 5 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

This information session is an opportunity for international students who use an F-1 visa to attend Smith to learn about post-graduation work authorization available through the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program. Students preparing to graduate who wish to apply for OPT will be required to attend an OPT session prior to applying.

Open Office Hours with Dean Keller and Dean Ohotnicky , Tuesday, Sept. 19, 12:15-1:15 p.m., Campus Center Main Level Table

will greet students in the campus center on Tuesday, Sept. 19 between 12:15-1:15pm. Please join Dean Keller and Dean Ohotnicky for snacks and the opportunity to talk about your student experience. Additional dates for Open Office Hours can be found at https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/dean-of-the-college

Commuting Survey (Last Chance)

The Center for the Environment, Ecological Design, and Sustainability (CEEDS) is tracking Smith's carbon footprint. If you have not yet, please complete this Commuting Survey for Smith Employees (3-5 minutes) to help us quantify our Scope III Greenhouse Gas Emissions for 2022-2023: https://forms.gle/RdETgaWNBAtrq33V6 The form will close on Friday, September 22. Thank you to the 100+ employees who have already replied!


09/18/2023 Digest


Healing in Lenapehoking , Wednesday, Oct. 25, 7 p.m., Davis Ballroom

Come join Truth 2 Power for a short film screening followed by time with Brooklyn Demme, Grandmother Cindy Fountain, Ms. Carrie Ruffin, and Norris War Turtle Branham. We will talk about sacred relational engagement in intimacy and justice, Indigenous perspectives on mental health, landrights, and good pathways forward in Lenapehoking and beyond.


09/14/2023 Digest


Register Now--Hiking and Writing with Friends: Community Building , Tuesday, Sept. 26, 1-5 p.m., MacLeish Field Station

Do you want to spend time on your writing and have a change of scenery? Come find inspiration in a place of natural beauty! We will write in the company of others at the MacLeish Field Station, in the hills of West Whately. Participants may take a break to enjoy a loop trail in the woods (weather permitting) or keep writing. Feel welcome to join anytime. Part of the Fall 2023 Faculty Development Series (https://bit.ly/3YIIxis). Register by 9/19 by visiting https://bit.ly/47KStML

Sams Fund for Middle East Study Fall Deadline - September 22

Fall proposals for Sams Fund awards are due on Friday, September 22. The Sams Fund is a restricted fund established by Betty Hamady Sams 57 and James F. Sams to support the study of Arab history, culture, politics, religion and art. The intent of the Sams Fund is to foster greater understanding among Americans and people of Arab countries. Smith College faculty, lecturers, postdoctoral fellows and currently enrolled students are eligible to apply. Details about supported activities and the application process can be found on the Middle East Studies web page: http://smith.edu/middle-east-studies, or email samsfund@smith.edu.

Film Screening at MacLeish: 'The Cow Who Sang a Song Into the Future' , Friday, Sept. 15, 6:30 p.m., MacLeish Field Station

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, CEEDS is screening The Cow Who Sang a Song Into the Future at MacLeish Field Station! "A choir of creatures introduces a world delicately constructed by fantasy, mystery, and magical realism in Francisca Alegras poignant and stunning debut feature. It begins in a river in the south of Chile where fish are dying due to pollution from a nearby factory. Amid their floating bodies, long-deceased Magdalena bubbles up to the surface, bringing with her old wounds and a wave of family secrets." Snacks provided; sign up for the van by emailing ceeds@smith.edu.

Blue Light Emergency Phones

Campus Safety provides 24-hour emergency telephones for the Smith College community. Emergency telephones are strategically placed in 78 locations, including near residential houses, parking lots, Lamont Bridge, Smith College Equestrian Center, Athletic Facilities parking lots, and all levels of the Parking Garage. Each emergency phone is a metal box with a luminescent blue light on top, clearly visible day and night. To use, press the red button to talk directly to Campus Safety Dispatch. Please note that these phones ensure an immediate response in the event of a dangerous situation but are not to be used in non-emergency situations. To view campus locations of blue light emergency phones, visit https://www.smith.edu/iframe/about-smith/map

Edits to smith.edu

Please note that due to the upcoming launch of the new smith.edu, edit requests sent to webteam@smith.edu will not be made to the current website beginning Monday, Sept. 18, until the new site launches in the first week of October. After September 18, your requested edit will appear on the new site when it launches. Please plan accordingly and send in any urgent requests for the current site before September 18.

Ice Cream and Cookies Social with President Sarah Willie-LeBreton , Thursday, Sept. 14, 12:15 p.m., Chapin Lawn

All students are invited to join our new president, Sarah Willie-LeBreton, for a meet-and-greet ice cream and cookies social on Thursday, September 14 from 12:151:15 p.m. on Chapin Lawn (Rain location: Campus Center Main Level Concourse). Enjoy some sweet treats from Maple Valley Creamery, Crooked Stick Pops, and College Catering. Catch up with friends from across campus and maybe meet some new ones! We hope to see you there. Gluten Free, Dairy Free, and Vegan options available.

Sherrerd Center Teaching Arts Luncheon 'Big Question Series: What Now?' , Friday, Sept. 15, Noon, Neilson Library 102

The pace of change and challenge in higher ed seems to have escalated recently. Faculty need a model of teaching and learning that's flexible, robust, and compassionate enough to meet todays and tomorrows challenges. This workshop will present an overview of what we know about how people learn and use that as a framework to help faculty members explore how to connect their disciplines ideas and their own pedagogical principles to their course design. Please bring a syllabus along to annotate and help ground your reflections and conversation. Lunch will be available at noon; presentation at 12:20 pm. RSVP: https://forms.gle/M18LMtMFLtVPi2a97

Blue Light Emergency Phones

Campus Safety provides 24-hour emergency telephones for the Smith College community. Emergency telephones are strategically placed in 78 locations, including near residential houses, parking lots, Lamont Bridge, Smith College Equestrian Center, Athletic Facilities parking lots, and all levels of the Parking Garage. Each emergency phone is a metal box with a luminescent blue light on top, clearly visible day and night. To use, press the red button to talk directly to Campus Safety Dispatch. Please note that these phones ensure an immediate response in the event of a dangerous situation but are not to be used in non-emergency situations. To view locations of blue light emergency phones, visit https://www.smith.edu/iframe/about-smith/map

Demystifying Money: Personal Finance Workshops , Beginning Friday, Sept. 15, 12:15 p.m., Conway Center, Neilson 103

The six-session Demystifying Money workshop series begins on Friday, September 15 with a focus on knowing one's money. Every journey, even a financial journey, needs a starting point. This workshop will focus on some common places to begin, addressing how to formulate a realistic budget and how to take stock of current financial situations. All are welcome, regardless of how much thought has been given to one's financial future. *Lunch provided; RSVP on the Smith Social Network required.

Department of Government Guest Lecture on Human Rights Issues in Madagascar , Thursday, Sept. 14, 5 p.m., Seelye 201

Dr. Oumar Ba, Assistant Professor of International Relations in the Department of Government at Cornell University will speak on "The Long 1948: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Humanity, and the 'Pacification' of Madagascar." This lecture is sponsored by the Department of Government, the African Studies Program, and the Smith Lecture Fund Committee. Email government@smith.edu for more information.

CLDI Information Session: Learn About Summer 2024 Global Internship Opportunities , Monday, Sept. 18, 4:15 p.m., Conway Center, 103 Neilson

Collaborative Leadership, Design, & Innovation (CLDI) is a global internship program for students who are looking for intensive opportunities to put collaborative leadership, human-centered design, and entrepreneurial skills into practice. The program connects teams of students with embedded, fully-paid summer internships around the world where they have a chance to practice collaborative change-making in the context of a local organization and help lead the advancement of socially, economically, and environmentally healthy communities. The program directors, from Wurtele, Conway and Design Thinking, will share information about Summer 2024 opportunities and discuss the application process.

Art of Leading Teams: How to Bring New Members Into Your Team or Department , Tuesday, Sept. 19, 12:15 p.m., Neilson Library 102

Hybrid session. IN-PERSON LUNCH REACHED CAPACITY; PLEASE RSVP for Zoom link: https://forms.gle/jVCteuUr3MCdayEX7 Its not always easy to adjust when you start a new role, and much depends on the steps your team or department takes to welcome you in. Join the Wurtele Center for Leadership for a lunchtime session on how to welcome new colleagues and gain tips and tools to quickly foster a sense of belonging. Co-facilitated by Manat Wooten, Director of Career Communities at the Lazarus Center. This session is the first in this years Art of Leading Teams monthly lunch series, open to all staff and faculty.

Funding & Fellowships in Education Abroad , Thursday, Sept. 14, 12:15 p.m., Campus Center 205

This session will focus on funding opportunities that Smith students have been particularly successful in applying for. Learn about the upcoming deadlines, overall scholarship and fellowship application tips, and ask your questions about earning outside aid to help you get abroad. Namely, US citizens who are Pell grant recipients can receive up to $8,000 from the Department of State through the Gilman scholarship. Join us to learn about this and other critical funding opportunities aimed at diversifying the demographics of program participants.

JostenLIVE! Shapenote Singing School with Tim Eriksen , Friday, Sept. 15, 5 p.m., Josten Library, Mendenhall

Come sing shapenote music in the venerable Sacred Harp style of community singing, for 25 years now, a Tuesday evening tradition at Helen Hills Hills Chapel. Noted musician and ethnomusicologist Tim Eriksen will teach the rudiments of this vibrant (translation: loud) singing style, and offer a glimpse of its rich history, including songs published in Northampton some 200 years ago. If you remember Laura and Mary going to singing school in the Little House books -- this is it! JostenLIVE!, under the rafters of its soaring Mezzanine, is informal, always free, and open to all.

Navigate the How and Why Behind Book Banning with Emily Knox 98 , Thursday, Sept. 14, 4:30 p.m., Neilson Library 102

In a time where an assortment of media is readily available to anyone with an internet connection, what drives the desire for censorship and book banning? Author, professor, and Smith College alumna Emily Knox 98 will explore this question and more at her discussion Book Banning and the Culture Wars." This event will be in person in the Neilson Browsing Room, as well as live-streamed. For more information and for virtual attendance registration, visit: https://bit.ly/SCLEmilyKnoxCensorship.

Date Change: Involvement Fair , Sunday, Sept. 17, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Chapin Lawn

This year's Involvement Fair will be taking place on Sunday, Sept. 17, from 11 am-1 pm - please note the date change. Come out and see what our clubs and organizations have to offer!

Courses and Student Jobs at the Five College Center for World Languages

Ungependa kusoma Kiswahili? Gusto mo bang matuto ng Filipino? Vil du lre norsk? Vrei s? nve?i romne?te? Do you want to learn a less-commonly taught languagelike Swahili, Filipino, Norwegian, or Romanian? Or are you a native speaker of a less-commonly taught language? Apply to learn a language through our flexible independent study courses, or apply for a student job with the Five College Center for World Languages. Learn more at http://www.fivecolleges.edu/languages.

Jummah Prayer , Friday, Sept. 15, 12:30 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Join us for Jummah at the Hampshire Mosque in Hadley. Meet in front of the Helen Hills Hills Chapel at 12:25 pm. Van will leave by 12:30 pm and return to campus no later than 2:30 pm. Bring a prayer rug and complete your ablution beforehand. We have extra prayer rugs if you need one! Sponsored by the Center for Religious and Spiritual Life. To RSVP, email crsl@smith.edu.

Rosh Hashanah Services , Friday, Sept. 15, 6 p.m., Helen Hills Hills Chapel

With leader Mimi Farb and the Smith College Jewish Community. Erev Rosh Hashanah Service - Friday, September 15th at 6:00pm with a dinner immediately following at 7:30pm. First Day Service - Saturday, September 16th at 9:30am. Picnic at 12:15pm (pick up food at the Chapel). Tashlic at Paradise Pond will be done during this time. Sign up for Kosher meals on the Dining Service website.

Welcoming, Questioning, Joy-Inducing Christian Welcome Service , Sunday, Sept. 17, 5 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Come sing, worship, read scripture and learn together followed by a dinner and a Q & A about resources for Christian Community in the area. Led by Rev. Matilda Cantwell, director of Religious and Spiritual Life and Rev. Andrea St. Louis, director of the Jill Ker Conway Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center. All are welcome.

Languages at Smith

Are you still looking for classes to sign up for? Consider taking a language course! Smith College offers a variety of languages with a focus on relevant cultural, historical, and global issues: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. To learn more about the languages at Smith, visit this page: https://www.smith.edu/academics/languages-at-smith Studying languages will enhance your understanding of the world, give you a deeper insight into your culture, and enrich your engagement with your specific field of study, whether in STEM, social sciences, or humanities.

MUSIC MONDAY 1 : Orpheus Guitar Duo - New Arrangements of Bach , Monday, Sept. 18, 1 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall

The Smith College Department of Music's lunch time concert series Music Mondays kicks off with guitarists Joseph Ricker and Jamie Balmer performing their own arrangements of the music of J.S Bach for concert and baritone classical guitars including the French Suite no. 4, selections from the Well-Tempered Clavier, and two famous organ chorales.

Tajweed Classes , Saturday, Sept. 16, 3:30 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

LEARN QURAN WITH TAJWEED FOR BEGINNERS with Islamic Studies Teacher Arina Beg. Learn how to read the Quran beautifully and become closer to Allah (SWT). and recite the Quran slowly and distinctly. (Holy Quran 73:4) You will recite the Quran, using a step by step process where you will learn the basics of Tajweed rules, starting with the correct pronunciation of the letters and their characteristics. All are welcome!

March to End Fossil Fuels in NYC; See Carpool Spreadsheet , Sunday, Sept. 17

On Sunday, Sept. 17, tens of thousands of people are expected to march in NYC calling on President Biden to be a true climate leader and end fossil fuels. Smith Eco Reps leader Una Fonte '26 has created a carpooling sheet to help organize groups from the Five College area who are interested in traveling to the march together. If you're interested in attending and need a ride, please refer to the carpool spreadsheet at https://bit.ly/3Piqb3J

Meet Your Museum! First Year Experience , Friday, Sept. 15, 3 p.m., Smith College Museum of Art

First year Smithies: meet your art museum! Get a look at some of the highlights of the Smith College Museum of Art's exhibitions and collection of 28,000+ objectsincluding artist-designed restrooms, activist art, historical objects with fascinating histories, and more in this interactive tour. We will meet at the entrance the museum, spend some time looking around the museum together, share information about how students can get involved with SCMA, and you'll leave with some surprises. Let us know you are coming : https://forms.gle/tadhiSX7tG1AN7b16

New Features in Workday

Workday has several updates rolling out this week. Community members who wish to add their pronouns to Workday can now select more than one option from the drop-down menu. For those who enter expenses in Workday, there's a new Expenses Hub which provides easy access to all expense-related tasks. For more information, please visit the help article: https://bit.ly/3Rdofw1

Drop-In Help for Cybersecurity Training and Free Lunch! , Monday, Sept. 18, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Take a lunch break, grab some pizza and snacks, and get help completing your required security-related training in Workday.

Get Convenient Access to Blue Cross Blue Shield Resources via the MyBlue Mobile App

If you're enrolled in a Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) medical plan, get instant access to your plan benefits anytime from your smartphone via the free MyBlue app. Via the app you can view coverage and benefits, access your digital member ID card, check claims and find in-network doctors as examples. Employees who register for the MyBlue app before December 1, 2023 will be entered to win a $100 gift card. If you need help downloading or accessing MyBlue, contact BCBS Member Services at 800-782-3675.

Office of Human Resources Closed , Monday, Sept. 18, Garrison Hall

Please be aware that the Office of Human Resources will be closed for a department-wide offsite retreat. If you require assistance, please reach out to hr@smith.edu. Normal business hours will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 19.

Weekly Meditation with Anna Ostow , Monday, Sept. 18, 12:15 p.m., Campus Center 102

If you are looking for a place to make connections and practice tools for awareness and self-acceptance, come join Mindful Mondays! With light meditation, embodiment practice, and discussion, we make a space that encourages healing and community. All levels of experience are welcome.

Weekly Meditation , Monday, Sept. 18, 5 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Students, faculty, staff, and alumnae are invited to come together in person for weekly mindful meditation led by EJ Seibert and Mary Beth Brooker. We will do a simple, relaxed, silent practice of sitting and walking meditation, based on Zen forms. Chairs and floor cushions are available. Meditation instructions will be offered each week. All levels welcome.

Hillyer Art Library Elevator Out of Service , September 12-15

As part of the Brown Fine Arts Building upgrade, the Hillyer Art Library elevator will be out of service. During this time, the lower level of Hillyer will be inaccessible, and delays in book requests should be expected. For any questions, contact Anna Morrissey at amorrissey@smith.edu.

Smith's Continued Commitment to Diversity and Access after the Supreme Court Decision on Race and Admissions , Monday, Sept. 18, 5-6 p.m., Carroll Room, Campus Center

The Supreme Court recently ruled that race-based admissions decisions violate the 14th Amendment and Title VI. Want to hear from scholars and experts about the historical context for and practical and legal implications of this decision? Vice President for Enrollment Joanna May will moderate a panel and discussion featuring Government Professor Claire Leavitt, Senior Associate Director of Admission Daisy Ogunedo, legal counsel Paul Lannon, and legal scholar and Mount Holyoke College President Danielle Holley. September 18 from 5 pm - 6 pm in the Julia McWilliams Child '34 Campus Center Carroll Room.

Dance Production Tech Info Session , Friday, Sept. 15, 4-5 p.m., 47 Belmont Ave.

Learn more about joining D200 (1-2 credits) to work the tech side of dance. You will be on the crew of one of 6 Dance Productions and learn valuable production skills, work behind-the-scenes, and meet others interested in dance and tech. Positions include light board, sound op, crew, front of house and more. No previous experience is necessary. MFA Teaching Fellow Yun Lee will be in the Dance Office at 47 Belmont Ave from 4-5pm. Snacks are provided. Email ylee61@smith.edu with questions.

Putin's Call for 'Purification' and Its Aftermath in the Time of War , Monday, Sept. 18, 5 p.m., Seelye 201

A lecture by Ilya Budraitskis, a political researcher previously based in Moscow and now Visiting Scholar with the Program in Critical Theory, UC Berkeley. Budraitskiss articles on Russian politics, culture and intellectual history have been published in academic journals and media outlets and his essay collection Dissidents among Dissidents: Ideology, Politics and The Left in Post-Soviet Russia was published by Verso in 2022. Sponsored by the Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies Program, the Committee on Writing and Public Discourse and the Lecture Committee.

Duct Tape Productions: Fall Auditions , Wednesday & Friday, Sept. 13 & 15, 7-10 p.m., Sage 15

Auditions for DTPs Fall show, Spring Awakening, directed by Lily Braun-Arnold ('26), will take place on Wednesday, September 13th and Friday, September 15th from 7-10 PM in Sage Hall Room 15 (actors only required to attend one of the two audition dates). Callbacks will take place on both September 16th and 17th from 1-5 PM. We ask that actors bring a verse and chorus of any song to auditions, to be sung acapella. Sides will be provided at the audition. Performances will take place on November 9th, 10th, and 11th at 8 PM in JMG. Email ducttapeproductions@smith.edu with questions!

Covid-19 Campus Update

Consistent with national trends, Smith has experienced an uptick in COVID cases among students since their return to campus. In response, the Schacht Center has recommended that students wear masks in congregate settings, like classrooms and community areas. As always, we remind everyone to stay home and take a rapid antigen test if you are not feeling well. Community members are welcome to mask where they think appropriate. Employees may visit the HR webpage for more COVID guidance https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/hr/covid-19-info-for-employees, or email hr@smith.edu with questions. Thank you for your continued vigilance to help manage the spread of COVID-19.

Mark Wunderlich Presented by the Boutelle-Day Poetry Center , Tuesday, Dec. 12, 7 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Diane Seuss commends Mark Wunderlichs latest collection, God of Nothingness (Graywolf Press) as erotic, folkloric, elegiac, philosophic, aesthetic, lyric, queer and rural and utterly haunted (but without the usual messiness of haunting.) Rooted in queer memory and desire, Wunderlichs precise explorations of grief and the divine appraise the body, both human and animal, and the metaphysical, from weaving in heaven-letters to the supernatural quality in memory. Jen Jabaily-Blackburn will join Wunderlich in conversation following the reading. The event will also be livestreamed on Boutelle-Day Poetry Center Facebook and YouTube Channels. Free and open to all.


09/13/2023 Digest


Demystifying Money: TAXES , Friday, Nov. 10, 12:15 p.m., Conway Center, 103 Neilson

Everyone pays some form of tax -- sales, excise, property, etc. In this session, explore one specific type of tax: federal income tax in the United States. Learn all about the basics, some of the most common tax misconceptions, and how pre-tax and post-tax deductions impact paychecks. *Lunch provided; RSVP on the Smith Social Network required.

Demystifying Money: Protecting Your Money , Friday, Nov. 17, 12:15 p.m., Conway Center, 103 Neilson

The final installation in the Conway Center's personal finance workshop series will focus on ways to keep your money (and financial identity) safe. From insurance to spotting a scam, a little awareness can go a long way toward keeping your financial future on track. *Lunch provided; RSVP on the Smith Social Network required.

Jamaica Baldwin 08 and Abby Minor 08 Presented by the Boutelle-Day Poetry Center , Tuesday, Oct. 17, 7 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Jamaica Baldwin "turns to bone-truth, skin-truth, and song-truth language, Valzhyna Mort says in praise of Baldwins debut poetry collection Bone Language (YesYes Books). Abby Minors debut poetry collection, As I Said: A Dissent (Ricochet Editions), is a maximalist excavation of the histories of abortion and contraception in the United States. Brenda Coultas applauds, I love this wild ride of soft beauty and harsh realities." Adrie Rose AC 22 will join Baldwin and Minor in conversation following the reading. The event will also be livestreamed on Boutelle-Day Poetry Center Facebook and YouTube Channels. Free and open to all.

Tuhin Das presented by the Boutelle-Day Poetry Center , Tuesday, Oct. 24, 7 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

No one will come to know who I am. / Not even if they see my body split open. / They wont know whos beneath my skin. On the road a hushed voice behind me says: / You know who he is? A refugee, Bengali poet, activist, and political columnist Tuhin Das writes in his latest collection, Exile Poems: In the Labyrinth of Homesickness (Bridge & Tunnel Books). Yona Harvey, Smith's inaugural Tammis Day Professor of Poetry, will join Das in conversation following the reading. The event will also be livestreamed on Boutelle-Day Poetry Center Facebook and YouTube Channels.

Yona Harvey Presented by the Boutelle-Day Poetry Center , Tuesday, Nov. 7, 7 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

With dynamic enjambment and manipulation of image, Yona Harvey's genre-blurring projects are deep observations of sounds and voices interwoven across time. The final lines of Yona Harveys collection You Dont Have to Go to Mars for Love (Four Way Books) echo past its final pages: & when the glaciers get to melting, / all Gods rivers we shall haunt. All Gods rivers we shall haunt. Tiana Clark will join Harvey in conversation following the reading. The event will also be livestreamed on Boutelle-Day Poetry Center Facebook and YouTube Channels. Free and open to all.

Matthew Olzmann and Vievee Francis Presented by the Boutelle-Day Poetry Center , Tuesday, Nov. 28, 7 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Each poem is, symbolically, a starand also, often, a letter, elegy, and ode, Julie Marie Wade writes about Matthew Olzmanns latest collection, Constellation Route (Alice James Books). Vievee Francis The Shared World (TriQuarterly Press) explores longing, love, and cruelty in a collection of work that undoes ecological / societal mythmaking by calling attention to the environments, masks, folklore, and histories we inherit. Nathan McClain will join Olzmann and Francis in conversation following the reading. The event will also be livestreamed on Boutelle-Day Poetry Center Facebook and YouTube Channels. Free and open to all.


09/12/2023 Digest


Stop, Look and Listen

Use caution crossing busy streets, such as West and Elm/Route 9. Always use crosswalks and obey traffic signals. Although pedestrians have the right of way at crosswalks where there is no traffic light, be sure that drivers see you and stop before crossing. Where there is a traffic light, wait for the Walk sign before crossing. If talking or texting while walking, be attentive to your surroundings. Never cross without looking both ways and dont assume a driver sees you. Take care during bad weather, dusk, dawn, or when solar glare may impair a drivers ability to see you.

Education Abroad Students Welcome Back , Tuesday, Sept. 12, Noon, Alumnae House

This is a time for students returning from education abroad programs to have informal discussions about their time abroad, to reunite with friends and peers that they haven't seen in a while, and to have conversations with the Office for International Study and Jess Bacal from the Narratives Project. Students will be able to share their experiences, hear from others, and learn about opportunities to reconnect, engage and apply what they learned abroad to their lives back on campus!Lunch will be provided to those who RSVPd but all are welcome.

Meridians Open House Celebration at 22 Green Street , Thursday, Sept. 14, 4-6 p.m., 22 Green St.

"Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism" is hosting an open house celebration to inaugurate the journal's new offices at 22 Green Street. There will be a reception with refreshments and opening remarks from the journal's Editor, Professor Ginetta E.B. Candelario '90. This event is open to all members of the Smith community. Please RSVP in advance using this link: https://bit.ly/3r4xQdN Learn more about Meridians by visiting http://www.smith.edu/meridians

Stop, Look and Listen

Use caution crossing busy streets, such as West and Elm/Route 9. Always use crosswalks and obey traffic signals. Although pedestrians have the right of way at crosswalks where there is no traffic light, be sure that drivers see you and stop before crossing. Where there is a traffic light, wait for the Walk sign before crossing. If talking or texting while walking, be attentive to your surroundings. Never cross without looking both ways and dont assume a driver sees you. Take care during bad weather, dusk, dawn, or when solar glare may impair a drivers ability to see you.

Conway Center Information Session , Wednesday, Sept. 13, 5 p.m., Neilson 103

Did you know that Smith's innovation and entrepreneurship center is the place where students can learn about global and personal finance? The staff, students, club leaders and instructors will share all the great things the Conway Center has to offer the campus community this year.

Register Now: Making Flex Work--Defining Success on Your Own Terms - Free Webinar From Executive Education , Tuesday, Sept. 19, 1 p.m., Virtual Event

"Ask for what you want." Thats the general advice the world gives people (specifically women) when it comes to succeeding, but thats only half the advice. This half-story causes people to fail at getting what they want. The other half is about knowing what you're currently doing and what you're willing to do to make what you want a reality. This webinar will provide the tools to understand where you're currently spending your time, strategies for being intentional with your time, and a new perspective on ways to work more effectively. Learn more and register here: https://execed.smith.edu/programs/making-flex-work-defining-success-your-own-terms

President's Open Office Hour , Wednesday, Sept. 13, 4:15 p.m., Presidents Office, College Hall

The President Sarah Willie-LeBreton's door is open to all students and employees to drop in Wednesday September 13th between 4:15 and 5:15pm and share with her what is on your mind. No scheduling is needed.

President's Open Office Hour , Wednesday, Sept. 13, 4:15-5:15 p.m., Presidents Office, College Hall

The President Sarah Willie-LeBreton's door is open to all students and employees to drop in and share with her what is on your mind. No scheduling is needed.

Everyday Tools for Equity and Inclusion; First Session , Wednesday, Sept. 13, 12:15 p.m., Campus Center 204

Staff and faculty are invited to register for Everyday Tools for Equity and Inclusion, a series of monthly workshops designed to offer practical resources and skill sharing opportunities across campus departments. Sponsored by the Office for Equity and Inclusion, each session will be offered both in person over lunch and remotely on zoom to increase accessibility. See the offerings and sign up for one or more sessions here: https://bit.ly/EVTOOLS Contact Toby Davis at tdavis@smith.edu with any questions. This months session will be Tools for Countering Bias and Microaggressions facilitated by Toby Davis and Queen Lanier on 9/13 at 12:15.


09/11/2023 Digest


CEEDS' Annual Autumn Cider Pressing & Heirloom Apple Tasting , Saturday, Oct. 14, 10 a.m., Chapin Loading Dock

Stop by to taste the many flavors of this amazing fruit at our heirloom apple tasting. Then, experience the magic of turning apples into delicious fresh cider & enjoy a cup with a locally made cider donut! This is a rain or shine event sponsored by CEEDS for Family Weekend!


09/07/2023 Digest


Amal Walks Across America: Role of Climate Change in the Movement of Refugees and Immigrants , Friday, Sept. 8, 12:15 p.m., CEEDS Wright Hall

Little Amal, a 12-foot puppet of a Syrian refugee girl, is coming to Western MA! Ahead of a field trip on 9/10 to Ashfield MA to walk with the puppet, Professor Greg White is facilitating a critical conversation about the complicated role of climate change in human displacement. Lunch will be provided. You can learn more about Little Amal at https://walkwithamal.org/amal-walks-across-america/

Arabic classes this semester

The Arabic Language Program in the Middle East Studies is offering two first year Arabic classes this semester; in addition to the second- and third-year Arabic classes. Students will be introduced to a variety of Middle Eastern traditions and cultures; they will learn formal and colloquial spoken Arabic too. Arabic is the fifth most widely spoken language. The Middle East Studies Program offers grants and scholarships to study Arabic abroad in Jordan, Morocco, or Oman. The Arabic program at Smith involves students in activities like, Arabic music concert and dance, projects with IT and Design Thinking, cooking, and projects with Smith Museum and Botanical Garden. Enrolling in Arabic will help you in your future career.

Sign Up Now to Walk with Little Amal! , Sunday, Sept. 10, 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Sage Hall Circle

Join CEEDS for a field trip to walk with Little Amal, a puppet of a Syrian refugee girl, in her trip across America! You can learn more about Little Amal at https://walkwithamal.org/amal-walks-across-america/. We will drive two vans to Ashfield, MA for the day. Vans will meet at 11:30 am at Sage Hall Circle; email ceeds@smith.edu to sign up for a spot on the van. Lunch will be provided in Ashfield and we will be back to campus by 3 pm.

Register Now: Springfield Bound (virtual) , Saturday, Sept. 23, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Virtual Event

Springfield Bound is a day-long virtual interactive event connecting students, faculty, and staff members from the Five Colleges who are interested in interning, volunteering, and collaborating with community leaders of Greater Springfield. At this event community leaders share stories, knowledge, and history that support members from the Five Colleges in being better partners to Springfield residents. Community leaders will discuss a variety of community concerns and how they are working to address locally identified issues. Participants will learn about activism, community assets, and politics in Springfield. To register, visit https://bit.ly/45AE4kc

New Email Address to Reach Smith's COVID Care Team

Starting this fall, students reporting a positive test result should email the COVID Care Team at covidcare@smith.edu. This will be the only email address dedicated to answering questions related to COVID guidelines, rapid testing, and isolation.

Auditions: 'Dance Nation' by Clare Barron , Sunday-Monday, Sept. 10-11, 7-9 p.m., Acting Studio I, Mendenhall

Directed by Daniel Elihu Kramer Sunday, September 10 and Monday, September 11, 79 p.m. Acting Studio 1, Mendenhall CPA Callbacks will be on Tuesday, September 12 Performances: October 26, 27, 28 at 7:30 PM and October 28 at 2 p.m. Casting Breakdown: 9 Actors. Actors of all ages and identities are encouraged to audition. No dancing ability is required! (But also it would be cool if some people can dance/move.) Audition Prep: No appointment necessary. Sides from the script will be available at the audition for cold reads. No preparation necessary. Perusal scripts available at Josten Library. CONTACT/QUESTIONS: Production Manager, Nikki Beck, ncbeck@smith.edu More at smith.edu/theatre

Theatre 200 Meeting: Get Credit to Work on a Production , Monday, Sept. 11, 4:30 p.m., Green Room, Mendenhall

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

Music Deparmtent Ensemble and Performance Lesson Auditions

Are you interested in joining a Music Department ensemble or performance lessons? We welcome all students to participate in and audition for department ensembles and lessons! See the full list of offerings and audition requirements at http://www.smith.edu/music. Questions? Reach out to Anna Goudreau, Academic Assistant for the Music Department, at agoudreau@smith.edu.

Sherrerd Center Teaching Arts Luncheon: Welcome Back/New Director and Teaching Mentor Presentation , Friday, Sept. 8, Noon, Neilson Library 102

Patty DiBartolo will welcome back all for the fall semester along with the Sherrerd Centers Teaching Mentors. Come hear about the shape of Sherrerds offerings and share your thoughts about what most excites and intimidates you on the teaching front as the new academic year begins. Lunch will be available at noon (for up to 50) and the presentation will begin at 12:20 pm. RSVP at https://forms.gle/SqBQxZwvuHLd2Dej8

Geothermal Energy Project Update , Tuesday, Sept. 5

No work will occur on Monday, September 4. The Mandelle Road entrance to Comstock and Wilder houses will remain closed. The sidewalk from Jordan House to Scales House has reopened. The King/Scales patio will remain closed until paver restoration is complete. Please view the project website, https://smithgeoenergy.info , to view the graphic which outlines work areas.

Roundtable, Movie Screening, & Meet the Author - An Urgent Matters Series Event , Friday, Sept. 8, 12:15 p.m. and 4 p.m., Graham Auditorium, Hillyer

The Latin American & Latino/a Studies Program and The Lewis Global Studies Center Present: The Dictatorial Birth of Neoliberal Capitalism On the 50th Anniversary of Chile's Golpe de Estado. At 12:15, Roundtable - A Foundational Crime: Recounting Chile's Coup and its Long Aftermath, with Prof. Craib from Cornell University, Prof. Nicholls from the Pontifica Universidad Catlica de Chile, and Ester Orellana, a Mapuche activist and Survivor of Chilean Exile. Then, at 4 PM, a movie screening of "Machuca" by Roberto Brodsky, with a following Meet-the-Author, moderated by Anaiis Cisco.

Cups and Cones with Conway: Open House , Friday, Sept. 8, 3 p.m., Neilson Lawn

The Conway Center has a new director and she's inviting the campus community to a meet and greet. Andrea St. Louis, formerly the Entrepreneur-in-Residence, would love to learn from students, faculty and staff what they want to see in this next phase of Conway's work. The open house will be on the Neilson Lawn with free Herrell's ice cream, fun give-aways, music and more. Rain location: Neilson 103

50th Anniversary of Chiles Golpe de Estado - Roundtable , Friday, Sept. 8, 12:15 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

On September 11, 1973, the democratically-elected presidency of Salvador Allende, the first Socialist administration empowered through elections in the world, faced a premature demise through a CIA-backed military coup. A junta led by General Augusto Pinochet established a 17-year long, US-sponsored military dictatorship and inaugurated an age of massive human rights violations merged with authoritarian economic transformations in the hemisphere. Today, 50 years after this pivotal event, Smith College gathers for an intellectual, political, and testimonial conversation about the legacies of Chiles Golpe de Estado. Roundtable will feature Raymond Craib, Nancy Nicholls, and Ester Orellana and moderated by Javier Puente.

50th Anniversary of Chiles Golpe de Estado - "Machuca" Film Screening and Meet the Author , Friday, Sept. 8, 4 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

This event is in conjunction with the roundtable at 12:15. On the 50th Anniversary of Chile's Golpe de Estado, there will be a screening of the film "Machuca" followed by a meet and greet with the author, Roberto Brodsky.

Prismatic: A Painting Exhibition by Audrey Farrell Opening Reception , Saturday, Sept. 16, 7 p.m., Nolen Art Lounge, Campus Center

Audrey Farrell '25 will be exhibiting her work in Nolen Art Lounge for the month of September. Celebrate her work at a catered opening reception sponsored by the Office of Student Engagement. Open to all.

Mindful Mondays with Anna Ostow , Monday, Sept. 11, 12:15 p.m., Campus Center 102

If you are looking for a place to make connections and practice tools for awareness and self-acceptance, come join Mindful Mondays! With light meditation, embodiment practice, and discussion, we make a space that encourages healing and community. All levels of experience are welcome.

Catholic Mass , Sunday, Sept. 10, 3 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

With Fr. Valentine Nworah and Smith's Newman Catholic Club. Light refreshments following Mass in the Bodman Lounge. All are welcome.

VPN Update - Pulse Secure Is Now Ivanti Secure Access

The VPN client has a new name, Ivanti Secure Access, and a red logo. Users might see a prompt to upgrade when they use Pulse Secure. Even if you arent prompted, you should update at your earliest opportunity to ensure uninterrupted access to Smith resources. To manually update, uninstall Pulse Secure and install the Ivanti client available at https://www.smith.edu/smithsoftware/ The new red icon will automatically appear though you may need to pin or dock it. Reminder when connecting: At the Secondary Password prompt, enter your preferred method for Duo, commonly "push" or "phone". Contact ithelp@smith.edu for assistance.

Meet-The-Faculty Concert , Sunday, Sept. 10, 3 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Music Department faculty members will give an hour-long concert followed by a Q & A about studying music at Smith. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear and meet some of our new faculty members presenting music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Henryk Wieniawski, Alma Mahler, Alexander Tcherepnin, Alberto Ginastera, Jessie Montgomery, among others.


09/06/2023 Digest


Register Now: First Steps Toward Seeking Grants and Fellowships , Tuesday, Nov. 7, 12:15 p.m., Dewey Common Room

Thinking about applying for a fellowship or research grant, but not sure where to start? The Grants and Sponsored Research team will introduce themselves and the tools and resources they offer to faculty seeking outside funding. Offered in partnership with Grants and Sponsored Research as part of the Fall 2023 Faculty Development Series (https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/provost/faculty-development). Register by 10/31 (https://forms.gle/7jA2C7kxgULmibAD7).

Register Now: Toward Equity--Many Ways to Blaze a Trail-Neurodivergent Faculty in the Academy , Tuesday, Nov. 28, 12:15 p.m., Dewey Common Room

Would you like to learn more about neurodivergence, are you wondering if you are neurodivergent, and/or do you hope to be a better ally to those in our community who are neurodivergent? We would like to create a space to mindfully explore these and other questions together. Please join us for a conversational open dialogue moderated by EJ Seibert, Associate Director of Disability Service as part of the Fall 2023 Faculty Development Series (https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/provost/faculty-development). Register by 11/21 (https://forms.gle/7jA2C7kxgULmibAD7).

Register Now: Authentic Power for Faculty, Part 3-- (In the Face of Constraints) Resting Into , Wednesday, Nov. 29, 12:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Facilitated by Benita Jackson, Professor of Psychology and health scholar and practitioner, this gathering on faculty wellness in the face of structural and personal constraints will begin with casual conversation over lunch followed by a "rest-shop" where participants are gently guided to practice deliberately slowing down. For scholars, this is a boon toward tapping into creativity that fuels our most satisfying contributions. Part of the Fall 2023 Faculty Development Series (https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/provost/faculty-development). Register by 11/22 (https://forms.gle/7jA2C7kxgULmibAD7).

Eszter Hargittai 96, Digital Inequality During Pandemic Lockdowns , Thursday, Oct. 26, 5 p.m., Neilson Library 102

Drawing on national survey data collected in the early days of the pandemic in three countries (US, Italy, Switzerland), Eszter Hargittai 96 will share how peoples digital privilege related to their knowledge and misconceptions about the COVID-19 virus with consequences for whether they stayed safe during lockdowns. Hargittai is Chaired Professor of Internet Use & Society at the University of Zurich and the Fall 2023 Neilson Professor.

Igniting Creative Sparks for Change: Fostering Entrepreneurship in the Creative Economy , Wednesday, Oct. 18, 5:15 p.m., Conway Center, 103 Neilson

This eye-opening and interactive conversation will showcase the symbiotic relationship between creativity and entrepreneurship in the context of the creative economy. The creative economy refers to the dynamic intersection of commerce, culture, technology, and creativity, where economic value is generated through the creation, production, and distribution of intellectual and artistic goods and services. This Conway Conversation will explore how creativity fuels innovation and create a space where students can harness their imagination and entrepreneurial potential. Panelists: Adrie Rose, Nine Syllables Press; Salman Hameed, Kainaat Studios; Justin Thomas, SCMA. *Dinner provided; RSVP on the Smith Social Network required.

Cultivating Community and Connection Through Old-School Innovation , Wednesday, Oct. 25, 5:15 p.m., Conway Center, 103 Neilson

In the age of high tech, high growth startups, it can be easy to forget about everyday forms of entrepreneurship all around us - many of them tech free - yet holding the power to bring people together in meaningful ways. This final installation of the Conway Conversations series, co-sponsored by the Jandon Center for Community Engagement, features panelists Kyra Peralte, The Traveling Diary Tour and Valerie Joseph, Grounded Space Consulting. *Dinner provided; RSVP on the Smith Social Network required.

Demystifying Money Resumes: Credit Cards and Credit Scores , Friday, Nov. 3, 12:15 p.m., Conway Center, 103 Neilson

Nothing says adulting more than getting a first credit card and wisely handling spending and payments. Learn the economic factors that impact credit and credit scores and get tips for staying on top of this potentially costly type of debt. *Lunch provided; RSVP on the Smith Social Network required.


09/05/2023 Digest


Register Now: Authentic Power for Faculty--Discover Your Unique Genius , Wednesday, Sept. 13, 4:15 p.m., Virtual Event

In this session, led by Cristi Cooke, creator of the Pillars of Genius method, faculty will discover that clarity in their own unique genius provides the most profound and practical access to a level of power they didnt realize they had to design a personally meaningful and fulfilling career of impact - without having to change others, or waiting to realize systemic transformation. Part of the Fall 2023 Faculty Development Series (https://bit.ly/3YIIxis). Register by Sept. 6 by visiting https://bit.ly/47KStML

Exploring Generative AI in the Classroom , Tuesday, Sept. 5, 3 p.m., Neilson Library 102

Calling all early adopters, skeptics, and agnostics! Join Jordan Crouser, Nicholas Howe, and Pablo Frank from Computer Science in this follow-up to the faculty retreat to explore the use of generative artificial intelligence tools (such as ChatGPT, Dall-E, and more) in the classroom. We'll learn a bit about how these models work, discuss various strategies for defining "acceptable use" in your classroom, and considerations for how to address this with your students. Attendees are encouraged to bring a laptop to participate in hands-on exercises, and to try out some sample assignments. This session will be recorded. RSVP here: https://go.oncehub.com/generative-ai

Student Summer Jobs Ending Soon

All student summer jobs will automatically end on September 6th. Student jobs for fall can have a start date of September 7th. If you have any questions, please email studemp@smith.edu.

Student Employment Help for Completing I-9 Documents , Tuesday & Wednesday, Sept. 5 & 6, 10 a.m.-noon & 2-4 p.m., College Hall 103

If you are applying for a student job for the fall semester, you will need to complete your I-9 paperwork. The Student Employment Office is holding drop-in office hours to help students complete the forms. Note: You need to bring your original IDs with you. For a list of acceptable documents, please visit https://bit.ly/3qMJZUK

Drop-In Help for Cybersecurity Training: Free Cookies! , Wednesday, Sept. 6, 10 a.m., Dewey Common Room

Take a mid-morning break, grab some cookies and coffee, and get help completing your required security-related training in Workday. Drop by the Dewey Common Room on Wednesday September 6, between 10am-12pm.

Opt Out Program

As a reminder, registration for the opt-out parking program closes on September 15, 2023 for the fall semester. Please note that anyone designated as working as a hybrid or remote employee is ineligible to participate in the program. Reimbursement for participation is based on a one mile radius scale originating at the center of campus. For more information, visit https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/campus-safety/parking/faculty-staff


08/31/2023 Digest


New Faculty Coffee Break in Neilson Library , Wednesday, Sept. 6, 9-11 a.m., Neilson Library 102

Join the Libraries and ITS for an informal welcome to new faculty for the start of fall semester. Drop by from 9:00-11:00 AM for coffee and refreshments, meet Library and ITS staff, claim your very own Library coffee mug, and ask those last minute questions before the first day of classes.

Faculty Technology Workshops and Consultations for Fall 2023 , Through Sept. 5

Get ready for Fall 2023! Learning Research & Technology is offering a series of faculty workshops between Aug. 22nd and Sept. 5th to help you prepare for the upcoming semester. Sessions will be offered both in-person and online and will cover essential teaching topics including setting up your course in Moodle, academic technologies such as Perusall, Poll Everywhere, and Slack, classroom technology orientation drop-in sessions, opportunities for one-on-one consultations, and more. For workshop schedules and information on how to register, go to https://bit.ly/3QWkQkO

International Faculty & Staff Reception at ISP , Thursday, Aug. 31, 3:30 p.m., Seelye Lawn

A reminder to all faculty and staff who identify as international or who have had significant experience living abroad that you are cordially invited TODAY at 3:30pm on Seelye Lawn to meet and greet the incoming class of international students as part of their pre-orientation programming. There will be Maple Valley ice cream and lemonade to ring in the semester and outstanding conversation to foster a collegial international community. Same-day RSVPs are still welcome at the following link: https://forms.gle/eBJwLpYsaXvuyowP7. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Stormwater Improvement Project

The Northampton Department of Public Works has commenced construction on a stormwater improvement project starting at Dryads Green Extension down to the Mill River. During the project the river trail will be barricaded off near the construction site. The path from Dryads Green Extension to the Mill River is closed. Please use caution in the area. The project will last several months throughout the fall. For further information, please see the Northampton DPW website.

Student Financial Services Delayed Opening , Tuesday, Sept. 5, 10:30 a.m.

The Student Financial Services Office will have a delayed start on September 5th, 2023. We will open at 10:30a.m. on the 5th and will resume our regular office hours on September 6th.

Campus Directory: Log-In Required

Please note that you will now need to be logged in to the Smith website to search the campus directory and view any results. https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/campus-directory

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