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07/17/2018 Digest

SSW Public Lecture: 'Lessons from Research with American Indians and Alaska Natives' , Monday, July 23, 7:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Karina Walters, M.S.W., Ph.D., professor and associate dean, University of Washington, will present "Embodiment of Historical Trauma and Micro-aggression Distress: Lessons from 10 years of Research with American Indians and Alaska Natives" as part of the Public Lecture Series 2018 Brown Foundation Research Lecture. The talk is free and open to the public. For additional information, visit

Retirement Celebration for Linda Jacque , Thursday, July 19, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Alumnae House Living Room

All are invited to a retirement celebration honoring Linda Jacque for over 32 years of service.

Prayer Spaces at Smith

The Prayer Space in Wright Hall and the Blue Room in the Helen Hills Hills Chapel are spaces intended for quiet contemplative practice, prayer, reflection or meditation. They are used on a first come first served basis. To reserve the space for private or group use, contact Kim Alston at or Maureen Raucher at These sacred spaces can be used for individual or group activities. Wright Hall requires a key code. Shoes must be removed; and food and drink are not permitted in either prayer rooms.

Receive Ticket to the 'Big E' by Giving Blood , Tuesday, July 24, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Alumnae House

The Baystate Blood Mobile Bus will be parked on Elm Street in front of the Alumnae House. Donors will receive a ticket to the Big E which runs from September 14 to 30. Contact Chris Carr Hill at x2665 or to book an appointment. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Toddler Participants Needed for Psychology Study

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

Summer Music on the Kahn Porch—All Invited for Lyra Music Workshop 'Kahn-cert' , Wednesday, July 18, 12:30-1 p.m., Kahn Institute, 21 Henshaw Ave

All are invited to the second of two informal summer classical music mini-concerts on the Kahn porch, performed by students of the Lyra Music Workshop. Bring your lunch and take in relaxing summer music in the shade.

Neilson Concrete Pour Rescheduled to July 18

The first major concrete pour for the Neilson Library project has been rescheduled to 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday July 18. Cement trucks will be directed through campus to the construction site via the John M. Greene Gate and Dickinson Parking Lot entrances. Please note that there will be extended work hours for the day and above average construction vehicle traffic on campus.

Save the Date: Sidewalk Sales at the Museum of Art Shop , Thursday-Sunday, July 26-29, Museum of Art

The Museum of Art Shop Sidewalk Sale will take place outside under the Tent and in the Museum Shop as well. Great discounts, up to 70%, on gifts, collectibles, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, scarves and accessories. Except for Sunday, hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Sunday, July 29, hours are noon to 4 p.m.

Sick Leave Bank Balance as of July 16 - No Donation Required

As of July 16, 2018, the sick leave bank has a balance of 2142.43 hours. No donation is needed at this time. Please refer to the Quarterly Balance Donation Guidelines above for more information. The balance will be updated again in October.

People News

Community service awards, prestigious language scholarships and art prizes are among the recent accomplishments of Smith students, faculty, staff and alumnae. Read about them in the latest People News column.

07/10/2018 Digest

Pre-Register for Admission's Summer Preview , Friday, Aug. 3, 8 a.m., Conference Center

The Office of Admission will hold Summer Preview, a half-day visit program that introduces high school students and their families to Smith. Registration starts at 8:00 am in the Conference Center. Pre-register at For more information, email

Free Second Friday , July 13, 4-8 p.m., Museum of Art

4–6 PM Hands-on! Art making for all ages, inspired by works on view. Larger than Life: Viola Frey’s Man in Abstract Suit is a colorful guest every month during our drop-in artmaking program. Paint your own version as a “minifigure” to bring the big blue guy home with you! 6 PM Open Eyes: Join a guided gallery conversation exploring an art object in "Modern Images of the Body from East Asia." Museum Shop open + complimentary light refreshments.

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

How are you commuting to campus for 2018-2019? Read about the financial incentives to go green with the opt-out program and find out the details for obtaining an opt-out parking permit by visiting

New Contract for ITS-Maintained Network Printers

Starting July 1, 2018 all ITS-maintained networked printers will move to a new Managed Print Services (MPS) contract with CBS. When the toner in these printers reaches 20%, a replacement will be shipped automatically. Toner costs for these devices will now be covered as part of the MPS agreement. The process for direct-connect laser printers remains unchanged. For questions contact Barbara Pliska at

'A Place for Community': Xuan Truong '21 on Smith Reads

Each year, incoming Smithies around the world spend the summer reading a common book through the Smith Reads program. This year’s book is We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler. Xuan Truong ’21—one of two student members of the committee that selected this year’s work—shares her thoughts on the process and the choice.

Webinar for Faculty and Staff Regarding Better Supporting Racially Marginalized Groups on Campus , Tuesday, July 24, 2-3:30 p.m., Campus Center 103/4

Please join the Dean of Students Office and the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity for a webinar addressing campus culture and supporting racially marginalized groups, Racial Battle Fatigue: Shift Campus Culture to Better Support Racially Marginalized Groups on Your Campus & Challenge Racism. Dr. Tanya Williams and Beth Douthirt-Cohen with be presenting on how to intervene and shift culture and how white colleagues can be effective allies in better supporting minority groups on campus. Please RSVP:

07/03/2018 Digest

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

A memorial service for Jill Ker Conway -- the first woman to serve as president of Smith -- will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in Helen Hills Hills Chapel. The community is invited. An acclaimed scholar and author who served as Smith's president from 1975 to 1985, Conway died Friday, June 1, at her home in Boston. She was 83.

Redesign of Gmail

Google has launched its biggest redesign of Gmail since 2011. You may be seeing a pop-up letting you know it is available, but you don’t have to wait you can get it now. Click the Gear setting icon in your Gmail window, then select Try the new Smith College To learn more about what’s new in Gmail, visit

Parking Office Closed , July 4-6; Reopens July 9

The Parking Office will be closed Wednesday, July 4 through Friday, July 6. The office will reopen at 8:30 AM on Monday, July 9. If you need assistance, call 413-585-2490.

Fast of Shawwal

Muslims on the Smith campus are invited to fast together for the six optional days of fasting during the month of Shawwal. Students who are fasting a consecutive six days from July 2 to 7, can obtain a take out plate in Cutter/Ziskind from 5:30 to 7 p.m. for a halal meal. Observant students would be responsible for providing their own meal on Saturday, July 7. Religious Life will provide breakfast items in the kitchen of the Helen Hills Hills Chapel during the fast for pick up in the evenings. If you plan to participate, contact Kim Alston at

Holy Quranic Reading , Friday, July 6, Noon, Chapel Sanctuary

The Center for Religious and Spiritual Life invites you to a Quranic Reading during the noon lunch hour. Holy Qurans are available. All are welcome.

Board of Trustees Welcomes Four New Members

The Smith College Board of Trustees welcomes four new members who will begin their governance duties July 1. The new trustees are: Katie Chong '18, Christine M. McCarthy '77, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy '02, and Margaret Wurtele '67.

06/28/2018 Digest

ValleyBike Launch Moves Indoors , Thursday, June 28, 10:30 a.m., ITT

Join Smith and ValleyBike to celebrate the launch of the region's new bike share at 10:30 a.m. in the ITT. For more information, visit

06/26/2018 Digest

SSW Lecture: 'Working with Post-9/11 Military Families' , Saturday, June 30, 9:30 a.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Ellen R. DeVoe, Ph.D., LICSW, Boston University School of Social Work, will present "Beyond the Service Member: Working with Post-9/11 Military Families Throughout the Deployment Cycle" as part of the E. Diane Davis Lecture and SSW Centennial celebration. Dr. DeVoe is professor and director of the Ph.D. Program Director at the Boston University School of Social Work. She has been named one of the most influential social workers today. Free and open to the public. For information about Dr. DeVoe and the lecture visit To learn about the history of Smith School for Social Work, visit the online archive at

Upgrade of Anti-Virus Protection on Smith-Owned Computers; Restart Required to Activate

The anti-virus security software on Smith-owned computers is being upgraded to Sophos Security Solutions. The new software will download automatically to computers connected to the Smith network, but requires a restart of the computer to complete the installation.  If you do not regularly turn off your computer, please do a restart at least once a week through June 30 to complete the installation process. When fully installed, the Sophos icon (a white S on a blue shield) will appear in the computer’s taskbar or dock. This upgrade significantly strengthens the anti-virus protection on Smith computers.

Explanation of May 15 Service Interruption

ITS has determined the cause of the May 15 outage that prevented access to resources requiring a Smith login. It was a system error that led to all user account passwords being reset. You can see the summary report on our findings at

Faculty/Staff Parking Decals Expire , June 30, 2018

To purchase the 2018-19 parking decals, visit and complete the registration form. 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 office. Mail-in registrations NOT accepted. Registration forms are available in the Campus Police Office, 126 West Street or at Parking Office business hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Fiscal Year End Procedures

Fiscal year-end is fast approaching. Please find Smith's closing calendar and other helpful year-end resources by visiting

ValleyBike Electric Bike Share Arrives at Smith June 28

Looking for an eco-friendly way to get around campus, downtown or the Five Colleges? Beginning Thursday, June 28, Smith students and employees will have discounted access to ValleyBike—a new, regional bike sharing partnership between Amherst, Holyoke, Northampton, South Hadley, Springfield, the University of Massachusetts and the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission.

SSW: 100 Years of Empowering Change , June 29-July 1

The Smith College School for Social Work is marking its centennial year with a grand celebration featuring lectures, performances and the screening of a new film tracing the SSW's legacy as the nation's first school for social work. For more information, visit

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