Smith eDigest for February 6, 2023
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COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Bivalent Booster Clinics

Thursday, Feb. 9, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Schacht Center for Health and Wellness

The Schacht Center for Health and Wellness (21 Belmont Ave) is hosting COVID-19 bivalent booster clinics on Thursday, February 9; Thursday, March 2; and Friday, March 24. Sign up here:

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Geothermal Energy Project

Geothermal Project Tours

Monday, Feb. 13, 12:15 p.m., Campus Center 001

Have you been wondering what that construction going on outside is? Have you ever been inside a Smith building in the summer and wondered when we’ll install AC? Have you ever wanted to know what the college is doing to combat Climate Change? Come find out the answers to these questions and more on one of our student run Geothermal Project Tours! Meet in front of the Elm St entrance to the Campus Center. Led by Corinna Davis '23, CEEDS Sustainable Energy Education Intern. This event is one of six tours this semester. Raincheck is the following day, same time.

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Faculty/Staff Notices

Take a Get Fit Smith Class!

Need a fun way to stay active and relieve stress? Get Fit Smith offers an array of non-credit classes taught by students and staff, from yoga to hula hooping to Brazilian Jiu Jitsu! To find more information on classes and links to sign-ups, check out the Get Fit Smith website. Also, be sure to follow the GFS Instagram to stay up to date! Classes are open to all Smith OneCard holders. Links can be found at

Register Now: (In the Face of Constraints) Innovating Joy for Faculty

Wednesday, Feb. 8, 12:15 p.m., Conway Center, 103 Neilson

As part of the Spring 2023 Faculty Development Series (, Benita Jackson will offer research-informed perspectives on how using “joy choices” can be a tool for faculty to create values-driven scholarly, personal, and collective outcomes. She will invite attendees to create a plan for experimenting with how roles of “faculty wellness” and “faculty member” can support rather than undermine each other. For the 2022-23 academic year, Jackson, professor of psychology and health scholar and practitioner, is serving as a Faculty Wellness Fellow as part of a pilot program. Register in advance (

Apply Now for Sams Fund for Middle East Study Spring

Deadline: February 13

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:, or email

Liberal Arts Lunch Series

Thursday, Feb. 2, 12:10 - 1:10 p.m., Neilson Library 102

A talk by Marnie Anderson, Professor of History: “‘Jesus Stole My Mistress’: Politics and Reform in the Life of Former Samurai and His Concubine in Nineteenth-Century Japan.” To-go lunch offered to the first 40 attendees.

Sherrerd Teaching Arts Luncheons for Spring

Begin Friday, Feb. 3, 12:20 p.m., Neilson Library 102

Most Fridays, the Sherrerd Center will offer a luncheon with discussions focused on teaching and learning at Smith in Neilson Browsing Room. Lunch will be available at noon and presentations will begin at 12:20 pm. Please visit the Sherrerd website for details and RSVP forms (so accurate counts can be made for lunches and seating):

Smith Hosts National Girls and Women in Sports Day

Saturday, Feb. 4, 11 a.m., ITT

Smith's athletic teams will be hosting its annual National Girls and Women in Sports Day. Girls K-8 are invited to attend a clinic where they will participate in several sport-specific stations and activities. The clinic is free of charge and participants are encouraged to attend the sports event following the clinic. Register here

Support Students in the Amplify Public Speaking Competition

Sunday, Feb. 5, 3-5 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Come and cheer on Smithies as they practice their public voice! Join the audience for the 2023 Amplify Public Speaking Competition, sponsored by the Wurtele Center for Leadership. Smith students will deliver original TED-style talks and spoken-word poems on issues that matter to them. Help us create a warm and supportive space for students to practice public speaking, and hear what is on Smithies' minds!

Applications Due Monday, Feb. 6: What is Academic Freedom?

Virtual Event

The Kahn Liberal Arts Institute is accepting statements of interest for the short-term project, “What is Academic Freedom? Fundamental Debates and Reconsiderations,” Mondays, February 27 & March 6, 2023, 4:30 - 8:30 p.m. Apply here:

Liberal Arts Lunch Series

Thursday, Feb. 9, 12:10 -1:10 p.m., Neilson Library 102

A talk by by Melissa Parrish, Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature, “Toward an Emergency Poetics.” To-go lunch offered to the first 40 attendees.

Humanities and Social Science Labs Luncheon and Presentations

Thursday, Feb. 9, 12:15 p.m., Campus Center 205

Humanities and Social Science Labs is hosting a luncheon for participating faculty and students to present their research. Financial Economics Lab will present "Winners and Losers in the Brazilian Stock Market", by Priscilla Liu '25, Zoe Kruse '23, Fern Zhang '23, and Izzy Zhang '24. Economics of Crime Lab will follow, presenting “The Effect of Temperature on Intimate Partner Violence: Evidence from India”, by Rosemary Zhang '23. Lunch will be provided for the first 35 attendees.

SCMA Stroller Tour

Thursday, Feb. 9, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Museum of Art

SCMA, partnering with Northampton Public School's Early Childhood Center, is pleased to continue this series of thematic stroller tours. The February 9 tour theme is LOVE. This program is for caregivers, with infants in tow, to connect with other caregivers and build community through art. Register here:

Sherrerd Teaching Arts Luncheon: Digital Pedagogy Fellowship Showcase

Friday, Feb. 10, Noon, Neilson Library 102

Smith faculty who participated in the Fall 2022 Digital Pedagogy Fellowship will share their experiences developing digital scholarship projects and working with staff and resources in Neilson Library's new digital innovation spaces. Learn about their successes, challenges, and lessons learned on projects ranging from infographics, podcasts, to digital storytelling, and more. Lunch will be available at noon; presentation begins at 12:20 pm. RSVP at

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Student Notices

Remembering Swetha: A Memorial and Celebration of Life for Swetha Donepudi

Sunday, Feb. 5, 2:30 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

The Smith College Community is invited to a memorial service to remember and celebrate the life of Swetha Donepudi. Contact Chaplain Matilda Cantwell with questions and /or if you have a specific contribution to make--by 5 pm on Thursday, 2/2. All are welcome.

21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge; Register Now

Food Solutions New England will host the 21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge from April 3, 2023 to the April 23, 2023. Each year, thousands of individuals and hundreds of officially participating organizations join in a shared journey of learning and charting a course of action to dismantle racism in our food system and our world. What is FSNE's Annual 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge? It's Simple! You commit to deepening your understanding of and willingness to confront racism for 21 consecutive days in April. Want to learn more and register? Read through the challenge summary and visit

Call for Submissions for the Five College Undergraduate Philosophy Conference

Deadline: Sunday, Feb. 12, 5 p.m.

The Smith College Department of Philosophy invites students to submit papers for the Five College Undergraduate Philosophy Conference, to be held at Smith on Saturday, April 22nd, 2023. Submissions are open to all students studying philosophy. Papers should be 6-10 pages long, written for a recent course, and may concern any area of philosophy. Twelve students will be chosen to give 15-minute-long oral presentations on their papers and will receive a $100 honorarium for participating. Submit papers, including a brief abstract, to Feel free to contact and with any questions.

Draper Competition 2023

Deadline: Friday, Feb. 10 , 11:59 p.m.

Time is running out to apply for the #7 collegiate entrepreneurship competition in the country. #DC2023 is the only competition dedicated to celebrating undergraduate women founders and their teams and it’s held right here at Smith College! This competition, April 13–15, is an incredible opportunity to showcase your amazing ideas and ventures. Through the power of mentoring and the process of developing your ideas, you can learn more about yourself, your passions, your potential -- and maybe even win an investment in your future. To apply, visit

Volunteer This Spring with Food Recovery Network

Are you looking for volunteer activities? Would you like to fight food waste and help feed our community? Food Rescue Network is the right place for you! We are currently in search of volunteers to collect and redistribute extra food to Manna community kitchen for the Spring semester. Look out for FRN at the January involvement fair to find out more about us! To sign up, visit

Apply to be a Reunion Student Worker

Commencement & Reunion Weekends

Are you a 2024-2026 interested in working during Commencement and Reunion weekends? Job Perks: Get paid at least $15/hour, free room/board and meals, and work during the happiest season on campus! Email questions to and apply using this link.

Sign Up for Project Connect This Spring

Deadline: Monday, Feb. 6, 11:45 p.m.

Project Connect is a fun, low-stress way to make new, authentic connections with people outside of your usual social circles through structured conversations, bonding questions, and activities. Those who choose to participate will meet with a small group of other students and a peer facilitator once a week for several weeks over spring semester. Sign up at

Free Narcan Training

Thursday, Feb. 2, 4:30 p.m., Neilson Library 102

Tapestry Health, a federally funded harm reduction program in Western Mass, is partnering with Wellness to provide Narcan training to any interested community members. Narcan training is a powerful skill that can save lives; participants will learn how to recognize an overdose, how to administer narcan, and where to get narcan. They will also learn about broader harm reduction efforts in Western Massachusetts and beyond.

My Global Story

Friday, Feb. 3, 4:15 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

My Global Story aims to create space for international Smithies to share their experiences through creative storytelling. During J-term students participated in a workshop with Jess Bacal of the Narratives Project. The LGSC and ISSO will host a coffeehouse-style presentation for these students to present their final narratives. We welcome anyone who wants to come and listen to international students share stories about their lives and learn more about what it's like to be an international student at Smith. Coffee and tea will be served.

Support for Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse

Friday, Feb. 3, 2:15 p.m., Schacht Center for Health and Wellness

Student support group for Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse will meet weekly from 2:15-3:30pm starting Friday February 3rd. Facilitated by Michelle Marchese LICSW and Alex Watson, MSW intern. Registration is required. Please register at or by calling 413-585-2800

Outdoor Adventure program trips this week

Saturday, Feb. 4, 11 a.m., Boathouse Lawn

Welcome back! we have two fun trips coming up. Saturday, Feb 4 is a snowshoe trip to the DAR state forest. Feb 11 is an ice skating trip to an indoor arena. all gear provided. register on the Outdoor Adventure link off the main Athletics page.

Amplify Public Speaking Competition

Sunday, Feb. 5, 3-5 p.m., Carroll Room, Campus Center

Come and cheer on Smithies as they practice their public voice! Join the audience for the 2023 Amplify Public Speaking Competition, sponsored by the Wurtele Center for Leadership. Smith students will deliver original TED-style talks and spoken-word poems on issues that matter to them. Help us create a warm and supportive space for students to practice public speaking, and hear what is on Smithies' minds!

Apply for Smith Programs Abroad

Deadline: Monday, Feb. 6

Applications are due Monday, Feb. 6, for study on a Smith Program Abroad in Paris, Florence, Geneva and Hamburg. Complete your pre-acceptance materials and other application information to be considered for acceptance. Please click all the way through to Save your application; completed applications have the Pre-Accept Status set to "Pending". Log into SITES here:

Menstrual Cup Workshops & Give Away

Monday, Feb. 6, 4:30 p.m. and 5 p.m., Schacht Center for Health and Wellness

Learn important information about safe menstrual cup use. participants will leave with a free Divacup (we have 100 cups to give away). If you cannot attend, feel free to sign up for a one on one appointment with Sunny to get a Divacup:

Apply for a Paid Research Fellowship: Information Session

Monday, Feb. 6, 5 p.m., Virtual Event

Join us to learn more about “(Re)visioning Human Rights, Democracy and the Liberal Arts,” organized by MacArthur grant recipient and faculty, Loretta Ross, Study of Women and Gender, and Andrea Stone, English Language and Literature. Find out how to apply for a Kahn Institute paid independent research fellowship. Register here:

Auditions for Senior Dance Projects

Monday, Feb. 6, 7 p.m., Scott Dance Studio

Nell Adkins, Quinn Coolidge, Samantha Grossman, Claire Kirk, Becca Soifer and Sophia Thomas invite you to audition for the April 6-8 performances. Rehearsal times to be announced at the audition. Open to all dancers of all levels, no prep required.

UPDATED: Info Session for Exchange Program at Ewha International Summer College in South Korea

Tuesday, Feb. 7, 12:15 p.m., Dewey Common Room

This is an opportunity for students to learn about an opportunity to study abroad tuition-free in Korea this summer through Smith's exchange partnership with Ewha Womans University.

Notes from the Field - Matthew Ghazarian

Tuesday, Feb. 7, 12:15 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

Matthew Ghazarian (PhD, Columbia University) is currently the Eveillard Postdoctoral Fellow & Lecturer in Environmental Science and Policy. He is currently writing a book manuscript that combines social and environmental history to rethink the communal conflicts that tore apart the multi-ethnic, multi-confessional Ottoman empire from the mid-nineteenth to early-twentieth centuries. He will discuss his experiences researching in archives across the Middle East and Europe--from Istanbul to Vienna and Yerevan to Venice--and the challenges posed by researching communities like the Armenians whose archival records have, like them, been scattered and fragmented by war, famine, and forced exile. Pizza will be served.

Test Prep Planning for Grad/Law/Med School

Tuesday, Feb. 7, 12:15 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

This event is an opportunity to meet other Smithies who are planning on taking the GRE, MCAT, LSAT, GMAT, or other standardized grad school admission test in the near future. Lazarus Center advisors will share study strategies in addition to test prep and financial resources. There will be plenty of time for questions and to connect with other students and form study plans and groups. Students can register for this event through Handshake here:

Turn Your Business Model Canvas into a Winning Executive Summary (Part 2)

Wednesday, Feb. 8, 5 p.m., Conway Center, Neilson 103

The Business Model Canvas serves as the basis for the 2023 Draper Application. Join Andrea St. Louis, Entrepreneur-in-Residence, to learn how to turn yours into a compelling narrative. This week: Feasibility (key partners, resources and activities) and Viability (revenue streams and cost structure). Dinner provided; RSVP on the Smith Social Network strongly encouraged.

Support for Survivors of Sexual and Dating Violence

Wednesday, Feb. 8, 12:15 p.m., Schacht Center for Health and Wellness

Student support group for Survivors of Sexual and Dating Violence will meet weekly from 12:15-1:10pm. pm starting Wednesday February 8th. Facilitated by Michelle Marchese LICSW and Suzie Goldstein, MSW intern. Registration is required. Please register at or by calling 413-585-2800

FAFSA Walkthrough Webinar for 2023-2024

Thursday, Feb. 9, 6 p.m., Virtual Event

Student Financial Services will be walking through the FAFSA form for next year (2023-2024) Join the zoom on your own or encourage a parent or friend to participate. We will talk about the basics as well as complicated situations. Bring your questions. Register here: Sponsored by Student Financial Services, the Student Government Association and the Community for Low-Income and First-Gen Students.

Contra Dance

Sunday, Feb. 12, 3 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

Contra is back for the spring semester! If you never made it out to a contra dance last semester, now is your time! Everyone is welcome, regardless of experience level. Last semester we had new dancers every time, with plenty of experienced dancers to help them along. The first half hour (3:00-3:30 PM) will be a beginner lesson – if you are brand new, showing up for that will help you feel more comfortable. Done this before? Feel free to drop in and out if you can't commit to being there the whole time!

Spring STEM, Computer Science, & Health Professions Career Fair

Thursday, Feb. 16, 3:30 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

The Lazarus Center has been planning ways to help you prepare for your job search and connect with employers in person and virtually. The STEM & Health Professions Fair is the premier Spring 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 now in Handshake!

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Technology News

Welcome Back Spring 2023 from the Computer Store!

Are you looking for tech that will help you start the semester on the right foot? The Smith Computer Store is here to help you; we have laptops, tablets, headphones, accessories, and to help you succeed in the classroom this spring. Swing on by the Computer Store in Stoddard Hall 204 between 8:30-4, Monday-Friday. Have questions for us but can’t come in? Call us at 413-585-3027 or email at Keep up with all the exciting things happening in the store by following us on Instagram @sccomputerstore

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Save the Date: Book Talk with author Mike Chinoy-- Assignment China

Monday, March 20, 5 p.m., Stoddard Auditorium G2

Assignment China: An Oral History of American Journalists in the People's Republic. The China beat is one of the toughest in journalism - and one of the most important. How the U.S. media has covered the country has profoundly influenced American government policy and shaped public opinion in the U.S. and around the world. Assignment China provides important insights about China, journalism, and Sino-American relations at a critically important time. Sponsored by the Lecture Committee, East Asian Languages and Cultures, Lewis Global Studies Center, Journalism Concentration and Government. Open to the public and Smith and Five College students and faculty.

‘Indigenous and State Politics in Latin America: The Mapuche People and the Chilean Constitutional Assembly’

Thursday, Feb. 2, 5:35 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

The Kahn Institute project, “Common Grounds: Toward (Re)Thinking Global Indigeneity,” is pleased to announce a public lecture by Dr. Elisa Loncón Antileo, Mapuche activist, Indigenous scholar, and distinguished leader of the Constitutional Assembly in Chile, one of the 21st century’s most transformative political processes. The lecture will also be livestreamed; register at

How to Stop Objectifying Trees: Thoughts on Economy, Culture, and Forests

Monday, Feb. 6, 4:30 p.m., Virtual Event

The first event in the "To Understand a Tree" Arts Afield spring public event series curated by Gina Siepel, MacLeish Field Station Artist-in-Residence. Speaker Katharina Linne’s research investigates new possibilities for the economic valuation of trees and forests in Europe, advocating for an incorporation of their multifaceted ecological value into economic thinking. Her presentation will explore ways that cultural stories shape understandings of sustainable forestry, human relationships to trees, and dominant economic paradigms. Q&A following the presentation. Sponsored by CEEDS and the Kestrel Land Trust. Email for a link to the event. More info at

The Landscape Studies LSS 100 weekly lecture series presents Yancey Orr, Smith College Environmental Science

Monday, Feb. 6, 3:05 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

"Towards a Grammar for Experiencing Nature; The Emergence of Cognitive and Perceptual Knowledge of the Environment in Bali, Indonesia." The entire Smith College community is invited to attend.

A Reading by Carole DeSanti from her new book-in-progress

Wednesday, Feb. 8, 4:30 p.m., Poetry Center, Wright

Carole DeSanti, Elizabeth Drew Professor of English Language and Literature, will read from her new work-in-progress book, "Plunder: The Exploits and Adventures of the Notorious Pyrates Anne Bonny and Mary Read." All are welcome to attend.

A discussion with "The New Yorker" cartoonist and graphic novelist Liana Finck

Thursday, Feb. 9, 4:30 p.m., Neilson Library 102

A regular contributor to "The New Yorker", Liana Finck will deliver a public talk on "Let There Be Light", her feminist graphic novel retelling of Genesis. Sponsored by the Program in Jewish Studies.

Uniting Body and Mind Through Buddhist Practice

Sunday, Feb. 12, 1 p.m., Dewey Common Room

The Buddhist path of transformation emphatically weaves together elements of somatic awareness and healing alongside methods for healing the mind. Professor David Gardiner, Colorado College, will give a talk that explores Buddhist thought and practice, and will bring them into dialogue with contemporary theories regarding embodiment. Sponsored by the Buddhist Studies Program and the Ada Howe Kent fund.

Landscape Studies weekly lecture series presents Laura Bliss, Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT

Monday, Feb. 13, 3:05 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

The Landscape Studies LSS 100 weekly lecture series presents Laura Bliss, Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT. "The Quarantine Atlas: Mapping Global Life Under Covid-19". The entire Smith College community is invited to attend.

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Performing Arts/Films/Fine Arts

New Play Reading Series: Flash Play Fest!

Thursday, Feb. 2, 7:30 p.m., Acting Studio I, Mendenhall

The Smith College Theatre Department's New Play Reading Series presents the Flash Play Fest! Six new short plays by Celine Alexander, Ulla Collins Axelson, Giselle Greenberg, Maisy Hoffman, Reina Makimura, Katie Wilson. Free and open to the public in Acting Studio 1 in Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts. Masks welcome.

Music Mondays 4: The Music of Benjamin Britten

Monday, Feb. 6, 1 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

The Smith College Department of Music presents Music Monday 4: The Music of Benjamin Britten. Katherine Saik DeLugan, soprano and Lemuel Gurtowsky, piano present two of Britten’s song cycles: A Charm of Lullabies and the W. H. Auden settings that comprise his Cabaret Songs. Free and open to the public. Masks welcome.

Auditions: LA RUTA by Isaac Gómez

Tuesday, Feb. 7, 7-9 p.m., Acting Studio I, Mendenhall

Rehearsals begin on Feb 26. Performances: April 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 at 7:30 PM in T14 All of the characters in this play are Mexican. Casting breakdown and more details at No appointment necessary. No preparation required, but auditioners are encouraged to be familiar with the text. If you are a strong singer and/or instrument player, please prepare a short, 32 bar cut of a song (roughly 1:15-1:30 minutes ) to bring into your audition. Contact/Questions: Production Manager, Nikki Beck,

MFA Dance Concert

Feb. 9, 10 & 11, 7:30 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall

The Smith College Department of Dance presents the 2023 MFA Dance Concert featuring original choreography by 2nd year MFA candidates Alexander Davis and Chloe London. Tickets are $5-10 and available online at

Opening Reception for 'Tasseomania' by Ellen Babcock

Thursday, Feb. 9, 4-6 p.m., Oresman Gallery, Hillyer

"Tasseomania" by Ellen Babcock is a collection of paintings begun in the New Mexico desert in the late 1980s, "always beginning with a loosely controlled gesture with watery paint, an event that births colors, shapes, and paper undulations that then become the context for coaxing out a pencil drawing that is often visible only upon close inspection." Tasseomania will be on exhibit in the Oresman Gallery from February 9-March 23, 2023.

Ushers Needed for MFA Dance Concert

Thursday, Feb. 9, 7:30 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall

Interested in seeing the MFA Dance Concert for free? Sign up to usher one evening in exchange for a ticket! Ushers arrive at 6:45pm for brief training and then interact with the audience as they enter the theatre, including passing out programs and giving directions. You'll be done by 7:30pm in time to head in and see the show! Sign-ups are first-come, first-served--if you'd like to usher, email the Box Office Manager at by 3pm Wednesday 2/8.

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Religious Life


Friday, Feb. 3, 5:30 p.m., Kosher K Kitchen, Jordan House

The Smith College Jewish Community invites you to the “K”, the Kosher kitchen in Jordan House, for Kabbalat Shabbat on Friday nights. Join together in song and prayer to welcome in Shabbat as a community. Services will often be followed by Kosher vegetarian meals. All are welcome! Please reach out to with any questions.

Soup, Salad and Soul

Friday, Feb. 3, 12:15 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! The Bodman Lounge is in the basement of the Helen Hills Hills Chapel and accessible via elevator from the rear of the building. Students of all religious, spiritual, and non-religious/non-spiritual backgrounds are welcome. Email or with questions.

Jummah Prayer

Friday, Feb. 3, 12:45 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Jummah Prayer will be held at the Islamic Society of Western Mass (ISWM) in West Springfield this Friday. Attendees should meet in the outside front of the Helen Hills Hills Chapel at 12:40 p.m. The van will leave by 12:45 p.m. and return to campus no later than 3:00 p.m. Bring a prayer rug and complete your ablution beforehand. Extra prayers rugs are available inside the CRSL, if needed. To reserve a seat, email The following week on Friday, February 10, CRSL will resume transportation to the Hampshire Mosque in Hadley at the regular time.

Weekly Meditation

Monday, Feb. 6, 5 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Students, faculty, staff, and alumnae are invited to come together in person for weekly mindful meditation led by Ruth Ozeki 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 instruction will be offered each week. All levels welcome.

Mindful Mondays

Monday, Feb. 6, 12:15 p.m., Campus Center 003

If you are looking for a place to make connections and practice building self-awareness and acceptance with others, come check out our drop-in Mindful Mondays program, every Monday in-person in Bodman Lounge, 12:15-1pm. With light meditation, embodiment practice, and discussion, we make a space that encourages healing and connection-building. Bring your lunch and all are welcome. Email with questions.

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Fill Your Cup: POC Loss Support Group

Thursday, Feb. 2, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Mwangi Center, Davis

A counseling group for POC students to explore how loss is present in their lives and to foster a space for collective healing with tea and snacks. Led by two POC therapists, LICSW and intern. Weekly group every Thursday 4:30-5:30 in the Mwangi Center. Exploring all types of grief, not just physical. Please register for groups by emailing or calling 413-585-2800. Fill Your Cup!

Grief Support Group

Friday, Feb. 10, 12:15 p.m., Schacht Center for Health, Schacht

Have you lost someone close to you? You are invited to join this weekly group to share stories and support with others. Meetings on Fridays from 12:15pm-1:10pm in the Schacht Center. Facilitated by Meg Laird, LICSW and Noah Cochran, MSW LCSW. Register by contacting Counseling Services at 413-585-2800 or

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Other Events and Activities

Remembering Swetha: A Memorial and Celebration of Life for Swetha Donepudi

Sunday, Feb. 5, 2:30 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

The Smith College Community is invited to a memorial service to remember and celebrate the life of Swetha Donepudi. Contact Chaplain Matilda Cantwell with questions and /or if you have a specific contribution to make--by 5 pm on Thursday, 2/2. All are welcome.

MASSPIRG Protect Our Oceans Campaign Kick Off Meeting

Thursday, Feb. 9, 7 p.m., Virtual Event

MASSPIRG Students and Environment Massachusetts are fighting to permanently protect the abundant kelp forest and diverse ocean ecosystem around Cashes Ledge in the Gulf of Maine, one of the most beautiful and biodiverse regions in the North Atlantic. It is home to hundreds of fish species, whales, kelp forests, colorful deep-sea sponges, and more. To ensure that the whales, seabirds, and fish at Cashes can survive and thrive in the decades to come, we need to permanently protect it from human activities, like commercial fishing, that would threaten this ocean refuge. RSVP to learn more about Cashes Ledge:

Love/Sex/Romance: Special Connections in Special Collections

Tuesday, Feb. 14, 4-7 p.m., Neilson 307

See and touch the sweetest, spiciest items in our archives and rare book collections. Unique materials will be on display in the Special Collections Reading Room. After you visit, take home a goodie bag.

Smith College Learn-to-Swim Lessons

Feb. 27-March 3 & March 20-24, Dalton Swimming Pool

The Smith College swimming and diving team will be offering a learn-to-swim program for children ages 4 to 12 this spring at the Dalton Pool. These 1 week long sessions will run Monday-Friday with two time slots available per session. The lessons will take place the weeks of February 27th-March 3rd, March 20th-24th, and March 27th-31st. There are five levels available, please see the link below for more information. Link: Cost: $100 per child *as this is a fundraiser, costs will not be prorated if a lesson is missed

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