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01/18/2018 Digest


Teaching Through Tragedy and Grief: Classroom Teaching Strategies When Bad Things Happen Outside the Classroom , Friday, Jan. 26, 3:30-5 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Major disasters, catastrophes, or critical incidents affect a student’s ability to learn and a professor’s ability to teach. People can feel emotionally triggered and overwhelmed. Often students may identify with the victims or survivors of such tragedies. Professors may feel emotionally activated or dazed. And yet professors usually feel an obligation to “keep the class on track” and focus on the course subject matter. This workshop will consider these dilemmas and offer recommendations about how professors can respond to overwhelming emotions and genuine threats to identity and personhood, while also maintaining fidelity to the course topic and focus. This faculty workshop will be facilitated by Josh Miller, SSW professor, and is sponsored by the Otelia Cromwell Day Committee.

Museum Volunteer Program---Be an MVP in the Education Department at SCMA , Museum of Art

Have an interest in community engagement, museums, and/or art? Sign up to support public and student programs throughout the year by staffing the events or assisting behind the scenes at Smith College Museum of Art. Engage family audiences in making art and having fun in the Museum. Help connect fellow students at programs like Free Community Days, Second Fridays, Thursdays til 8, and other public programs. Mandatory volunteer orientations will be offered in February. Sign up here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MVPatSCMA

Weekly Meditation, Mondays, 5-6 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend weekly Monday meditation with Ruth Ozeki from 5-6 p.m. During JTerm meditation continues with a simple, relaxed, silent practice of sitting meditation, using chairs or floor cushions. Meditation instruction is offered at the beginning of the meeting, so beginners are welcome, and there is time for questions and dialogue. Ruth Ozeki is a novice Zen priest in the Soto Zen lineage. The meditation, draws on Zen forms; is secular, inclusive and non-denominational. Ozeki is the author of several novels, including A "Tale for the Time Being" and is a professor of creative writing at Smith.

Register Now for Faculty & Staff Fitness Program , Noon, Ainsworth Gym

Register now for the Faculty & Staff Fitness Program, which began Tuesday, Jan. 16. Registration is available here: https://www.smith.edu/academics/exercise-sport-studies. Email rcook@smith.edu for more information

Sign Up Now for Meningitis B Vaccination Clinic , Tuesday, Jan. 23, 10-11:30 a.m., Schacht Center for Health and Wellness

A meningitis B vaccine clinic will be held at the Schacht Center for Health and Wellness. You may sign up at https://www.timecenter.com/smithcollegehealth. Students with the college insurance are covered; other students will be billed and need to submit the claim form to their insurance company to see if they will be reimbursed.

The Tudor Tailor: As I Lie Dying , Sunday, Jan. 21, 3 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall

See inside the wardrobes of two Elizabethan women living in England in the 1570s and go through their garments to discover how very differently they live their lives. This lively presentation and dressing demonstration is performed by Ninya Mikhaila and Jane Malcolm-Davies, authors of The Tudor Tailor, and draws on the wealth of material they have gathered. Free and open to the public.

Auditions: MEN ON BOATS by Jaclyn Backhaus , Sunday and Monday, Jan. 28 and 29, 7-10 p.m., Acting Studio 1, Mendenhall

Auditions for MEN ON BOATS by Jaclyn Backhaus, directed by Tara Franklin Ten explorers. Four boats. One Grand Canyon. The true(ish) history of an 1869 expedition, when a one-armed captain and a crew of insane yet loyal volunteers set out to chart the course of the Colorado River. Roles for 10 women. No appointment or preparation necessary. Perusal scripts are available in Josten Library. Sides from the script will be available at auditions. Open to public. We welcome diversity and color-inclusive casting.

Sams Fund is Accepting Applications from Faculty and Students until February 12th , Monday, Feb. 12

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

Open House: Smith College Center for Early Childhood Education at Fort Hill , Sunday, Jan. 28, 3-4:30 p.m., 28 Lyman Road, Northampton

The Smith College Center for Early Childhood Education at Fort Hill (28 Lyman Road, Northampton) will host an Open House on Sunday, Jan. 28th from 3:00 - 4:30. Learn more about the program, visit classrooms, and meet the teachers. Children are welcome. Fort Hill offers full-time child care with options for three-, four-, and five-day schedules for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. The arts-based program includes full-time music and art teachers and excellent teacher:child ratios. Benefited Smith employees are eligible for a tuition grant. For more information, please visit our website, call 413-585-3290, or contact us by email at cece@smith.edu.

Seasonal Flu Alert

This year's flu season is particularly serious. The Schacht Center for Health and Wellness and Pelham Medical Services urge all members of the Smith Community to help keep our campus healthy by getting vaccinated and staying home if you become ill. See our website for how to stop the spread of flu, how to take care of yourself, and further information. https://www.smith.edu/health/

Celebrating Collaborations Now Accepting Proposals for Presentations, Performances & Posters

Students in all classes and majors are invited to submit proposals to participate in "Celebrating Collaborations: Students and Faculty Working Together," which will take place on Saturday, April 21, 2018. Proposals to display posters, give presentations or exhibition, or do performances will be accepted. Proposals may derive from special studies projects, honors theses, concentration work, research projects, classwork, or any other student-faculty joint work. For more information and to submit a proposal online, visit https://www.smith.edu/collaborations/applicants. All proposals are due by Friday, February 23, 2018. Contact Patty DiBartolo, Associate Dean of the Faculty with questions or email collabs@smith.edu.

David T. Carreon Bradley is Smith's New Vice President for Inclusion, Diversity and Equity

David T. Carreon Bradley, chair of the Committee on Inclusion & Equity and associate professor of physics at Vassar College, begins work January 18 as Smith’s vice president for inclusion, diversity and equity.


01/16/2018 Digest


'Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right's Stealth Plan for America,' Presented by Author Nancy MacLean , Thursday, Jan. 25, 7 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Historian Nancy MacLean will discuss her book, "Democracy in Chains," an exposé of the little-known thinker behind the radical right’s campaign to eliminate unions, suppress voting, privatize public education, stop action on climate change, and alter the Constitution. Nobel Prize-winning political economist James McGill Buchanan taught billionaire Charles Koch that for capitalism to thrive, democracy must be enchained. Come hear MacLean share the story of how she found the trail of this collaboration in the archives and explain its frightening endgame and import. Books will be available for sale.

Register Now for Heart, Mind & Soul: Contemplative Writing & Discussion , January 17-20, 2-4 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel & Lyman Classroom 111

Take some time out of your busy schedule to stop and reflect this January. The event will be 2-4 p.m., and there will be a different topic for each day. From January 17-19, the location is Bodman Lounge, Chapel, and January 20, the location is Lyman Classroom 111. Each session will consist of contemplative writing, conversation, and tea. Come to one session or all four. Open to Five-College students, staff, and faculty. More information (including accessibility info) on the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/174438429963093/. Please register by Jan. 12 by emailing ewald@smith.edu.

IT Transformation Community Meeting , Wednesday, Jan. 17, Noon-1:30 p.m., Mary Maples Dunn Conference Room, Pierce

Want to learn about changes coming to campus IT in 2018? Join Samantha Earp for updates, conversation, and lunch (for the first 30 attendees.) She'll cover ERP, CRM, and other acronym and non-acronym tech topics.

The Power of Contemporary Art

Smith’s first contemporary art curator, Emma Chubb, didn’t grow up around contemporary art. But when she was in 10th grade, she was “lucky enough to have an English teacher who decided to teach us about modern and contemporary art,” she says, “even though it wasn’t in the Pennsylvania state curriculum.” On a class field trip to the 1999 Carnegie International, she saw works by artists like William Kentridge, Shirin Neshat and Kara Walker. “Seeing this art was a way into a world that I didn’t know,” Chubb says. “It allowed me to travel across space and time—to see ways of picturing and ways of making that made me want to learn more.”


01/11/2018 Digest


Free Second Friday , Friday, Jan. 12, 4-7 p.m., Museum of Art

4–7 PM: Hands-on! Art making for all ages, inspired by works on view. "Painted Glass": Let the light shine through even on the darkest days of winter. Make a not-so-fragile “stained glass” artwork inspired by the Edward Burne-Jones/Morris & Co window on the 3rd floor. 6 p.m. Open Eyes: Guided conversation exploring a different art object each month. Museum Shop open and complimentary light refreshments.

The Power of Contemporary Art

Smith’s first contemporary art curator, Emma Chubb, didn’t grow up around contemporary art. But when she was in 10th grade, she was “lucky enough to have an English teacher who decided to teach us about modern and contemporary art,” she says, “even though it wasn’t in the Pennsylvania state curriculum.” On a class field trip to the 1999 Carnegie International, she saw works by artists like William Kentridge, Shirin Neshat and Kara Walker. “Seeing this art was a way into a world that I didn’t know,” Chubb says. “It allowed me to travel across space and time—to see ways of picturing and ways of making that made me want to learn more.”

Health Services: J-Term Hours

The Health Services will be open during J-Term Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. After hours and on weekends, a nurse is available for medical phone consultation by calling 413-585-1260. Regular hours will resume on Monday, January 22.

Banner Unavailable During MLK Weekend

Banner, BannerWeb, Banner associated links on the Smith Portal and several other key applications will not be available for use from the close of business on Friday, January 12, 2018 to the beginning of business Tuesday, January 16, 2018, while ITS completes a major technology upgrade. A link to the the full list of applications that will be unavailable during this period can be found on the ITS Homepage ( http://www.smith.edu/its ). We are coordinating with campus offices affected by this outage. Please contact the IT Service Center at 4ITS@smith.edu or ext 4487 with any questions.


01/09/2018 Digest


Register Now for Smith College Softball Clinics , February 8, 15 and 22, 5 p.m., ITT

Smith College Softball is hosting a series of February Clinics on Thursdays the 8th, 15th, and 22nd in the ITT. These clinics are designed for players age 12-18 looking to improve their softball skills. Participants will receive instruction from current Smith College coaches and student-athletes. Clinic fee is $25 per session or $60 for all three sessions. Registration is available day-of for $30. Contact head coach Emily Lopez at (413) 585-2723 or email elopez@smith.edu to register or for more information.

Sign Up Now to Receive Your 2017 Form W-2 Electronically

Smith College is required by the IRS to furnish employees with a Form W-2 Wage and Tax Statement for each calendar year by January 31. The default method is a printed form, mailed to your home address. Electronic receipt allows you to access your W-2 earlier than receiving a paper copy in the mail. For more information on receiving your Form W-2 electronically and how to provide consent, visit https://www.smith.edu/controller/PDF_files/Electronic_Form_W2.pdf

'Audubon Suite' Exhibition by Jane Goldman '73 , January 8-April 16, Alumnae House Gallery

Jane E. Goldman’s '73 series of luminous prints reveals the artist’s muse in a graphically novel way. "Audubon Suite" features silkscreen and hand-painted pigment prints that pay homage to 19th-century naturalist and artist John James Audubon. “Goldman’s sun-dappled still life compositions document a year’s passing months and seasons. The dance of light and dark patterns over tablecloths, floor tiles, and Audubon’s images from Birds of America unites the various elements. Opening reception: Fri. February 9, 5-7 p.m. Exhibition runs January 8 to April 16. Gallery hours: Mon.-Fri.; 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., location 33 Elm St.

Harvard Pilgrim Change for Out-of-Area Dependents on HMO or Value HMO Plans

Effective January 1, 2018, Harvard Pilgrim will require registered out-of-area dependent members on the HMO or Value HMO plans to use Harvard’s out-of-area dependent network with United Healthcare. After February 28, only urgent care and medical emergency claims will be covered from non-participating providers for out-of-area dependents. Affected members will be receiving a letter mailed to their homes. The out-of-area dependent provider directory will be available online on January 1. For questions about the out-of-area dependent network, or for help transitioning active treatment to a new provider, please call Harvard Pilgrim at 888-333-4742.

ITS Extended Hours Change During Interterm

The IT Service Center will not have extended hours on Wednesdays from December 20 through January 17. Starting on January 24, we will be open on Wednesdays until 7 p.m. for phone and email support.

Reminder: 2nd Dose of Meningitis B Vaccine due in January

Students are reminded that the second dose of Meningitis B vaccine is due soon. Please make arrangements to get your second dose over J-term. Please see Health Services website for more information, https://www.smith.edu/health/.

Rosalind Wiseman and Rachel Simmons Talk , Tuesday, Jan. 9, 7 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

New York Times bestselling authors Rosalind Wiseman and Rachel Simmons will speak in conversation about strategies parents can use to help their children navigate the ups and downs of friendship, raise children of character, and introduce their children to digital citizenship. Free and open to the public.

The Sams Fund is Accepting Applications from Faculty and Students until February 12

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

Smith Announces Funding for 16 Innovation Challenge Proposals

This year’s 16 Innovation Challenge grants will fund programs including cross-cultural coalition building, global wellness programming and body-positive workshops. Established last year by President Kathleen McCartney, the Innovation Challenge grants support research, teaching and learning programs built around themes of inclusion, diversity and equity.


01/08/2018 Digest


Campus School K-6 Open House , Saturday, Feb. 3, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Gill Hall, 33 Prospect St.

Prospective K-6th grade students and their parents are invited to tour the school, meet teachers, staff, and parents. For more information, contact the admission office at 585-3270 or visit our website, http://www.smith.edu/SCCS


01/02/2018 Digest


2018 Sherrerd Nominations: Deadline Extended to January 7

Do you know a stellar teacher at Smith? The Sherrerd Teaching Prize Committee is seeking nominations from students, staff, faculty and alumnae for 2018 recipients of the annual teaching awards. To nominate someone, visit https://goo.gl/TysBbL Established in 2002 by a gift from Kathleen Compton Sherrerd '54 and her husband, John F. Sherrerd, the awards recognize and celebrate excellent teaching at Smith. Nominations should include details about effective teaching techniques, course design and impact on students. If you missed the 2017 Sherrerd Award Ceremony, you can view it at https://goo.gl/YcdwUu

Second Semester Decals on Sale January 2--Limited Number

Parking decals purchased online will be mailed to campus addresses only. Go to https://www.smith.edu/campuspolice/parking/ to complete the registration form and upon entering the credit card information, using Visa or MasterCard, a receipt will appear on the screen which will automatically be emailed to you. The option to pay by cash or check is still available and must be done in the Parking Office. Registration forms are available in the Parking Office, 126 West Street or at http://www.smith.edu/campuspolice/parking_forms.php Business hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 am- 4:00 pm. There are a limited number left!

Register Now for Contemporary Women in Islam Conference , February 9, 10

The website for the Contemporary Women in Islam Conference on February 9 and February 10 is now live. The conference aims to discuss the contribution of Muslim women to modern Islamic thought, as advocates of change and reform on issues pertaining to identity, equality, gender, sexuality, society, artistic expression, politics, economics, integration, race, etc. As such, Muslim women (be they scholars, artists, clerics, community organizers, etc.) are to be seen as legitimate and authoritative voices for Islam, including its foundational texts and historical tradition. Visit the website at http://www.smithcollegewomeninislam.com. Registration is now open to Smith members at https://goo.gl/forms/yidl2Ka0J8WvSFFE2 .

Apply for Projects for Peace Program, Proposals Due , Tuesday, Jan. 16

Smith College undergraduate students are invited to participate in the Davis United World College Scholars Program's Projects for Peace. The project encourages student initiative, innovation and entrepreneurship focusing on conflict prevention, resolution and reconciliation for a sustainable peace. The program is intended to be worldwide in scope and impact, but specific projects may be undertaken anywhere, including in the United States. The most promising project will be awarded $10,000 for implementation. For more information, visit the Lewis Global Studies Center or the website at https://www.smith.edu/academics/lewis-gsc/davis-projects. The deadline for proposals is January 16, 2018.

People News

Improved spacecraft safety, new family support programs and career promotions are among the recent accomplishments of Smith students, faculty, staff and alumnae. Read about them in the latest People News column.


12/21/2017 Digest


Medical and Counseling Services Closed for Winter Recess, Dec. 23 to Jan. 2

The Medical and Counseling Services will be closed for Winter Recess. A nurse will be available for phone consultation from Friday, Dec. 22, at 3 p.m. until Saturday, Dec. 23, at 8 a.m. After that, students on campus can seek immediate health care at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital Urgent Care, until we reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 2, at 8:30 a.m.

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