Smith eDigest for December 7, 2023
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Faculty/Staff Notices

Annual Benefits Open Enrollment Ends Tomorrow (December 8) at 4 pm ET

Friday, Dec. 8, 4 p.m. ET

Smith’s annual benefits Open Enrollment period ends tomorrow (Friday, Dec. 8) at 4 p.m. ET. This is the one time a year when you can elect or change certain benefits for 2024 without a qualifying event. Visit the Benefits website ( for information regarding 2024 benefit offerings. Late enrollments cannot be accepted. Employees who submit their Open Enrollment elections in Workday by this deadline will be entered in a raffle to receive a $100 gift card.

Bring Your Pets to Pet-a-Pet Day

Wednesday, Dec. 13, Noon, Chapel Sanctuary

Please consider bringing your animal friends to pet a pet day; this event is beloved by students and gives them a well deserved time to de-stress from midterms. You and your pet are also welcome to come in costume :) Questions? Email

Farewell Gathering for Emily Robinson, Associate Director for Sponsored Research

Tuesday, Dec. 19, 3:30-5 p.m., Ford Hall Atrium

After 21 years working at Smith, Emily will be leaving us for a remote position on the pre-award Sponsored Research administration team at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. We invite you to join the Grants & Sponsored Research Team and Provost’s Office to thank Emily and wish her well before her final day at Smith. We will share a selection of desserts and beverages in the Ford Hall atrium on Tuesday, December 19 from 3:30 – 5:00pm.

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Student Notices

Save the Date! 2024 Celebrating Collaborations will take place on Friday, April 19th, 12:15-5:15 p.m.

Friday, April 19, 12:15-5:15 p.m.

The annual event “Celebrating Collaborations: Students and Faculty Working Together” will be held on Friday afternoon, April 19th to increase participation of the Smith community and allow us to come together to celebrate the scholarly work of our students. (Afternoon classes are canceled at the discretion of the instructor.) The event will coincide with Open Campus for admitted students. Multiple sessions for posters, presentations, and performances will be offered and locations will be expanded. There will be ample opportunity for participants to attend several sessions and share their work. Applications and additional details are coming soon. Questions? Contact

Mini Pet-a-Pet Day & Webster's Birthday

Wednesday, Dec. 13, Noon, Chapel Sanctuary

Join the Schacht Center for Health & Wellness and the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life for one of our favorite semesterly events! Come by the chapel to celebrate Webster the dog's birthday with cake :)

Isabel Cruz, American Studies Honors Thesis Presentation

Thursday, Dec. 14, 12:30 p.m., Dewey Common Room

Come hear American Studies senior, Isabel Cruz, present her honors thesis titled "Murder at the American Dream: A Creative Exploration of Gendered Capitalism, AI, and the Cold War Nuclear Family". Lunch served for the first 15 attendees.

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Religious Life

Celebrate Chanukah at Smith

December 8, December 9-14

Chanukah Party with Candle Lighting and Latkes hosted by JCSC and CRSL Thursday, December 7, 5:30p.m. Davis Ballroom Chanukah Shabbat Candlelighting, Services, and Dinner Friday, December 8 Services start at 5:30 pm followed by dinner. Hosted in the Kosher K. Candlelighting Saturday, December 9 - Thursday December 14, 4:15-4:45 p.m. Helen Hills Hills Chapel Foyer

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Other Events and Activities

Tiny Town Exhibit -- Model Solar Powered Buildings on Chapin Lawn

Friday, Dec. 8, 10 a.m., Chapin Lawn

Model solar buildings will be assembled on Smith’s Chapin lawn in front of the campus center, demonstrating that real buildings can be designed to use much less fossil fuel than many do today. Teams of EGR 100 students designed and built these buildings, which use energy from the sun to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature during the day, and they store solar energy to keep the interior warm into the evening.

Smith College Investment Club Stock Pitch

Saturday, Dec. 9, 1 p.m., Stoddard Auditorium

Curious to see what a stock pitch looks like? Join Smith College Investment Club (SCIC)'s Thematic Industry Pitch Competition on Dec. 9th from 1 PM — 4 PM at Stoddard Hall. The first 30 people to RSVP will get the opportunity to observe this competition in-person! After signing up, those who are accepted to participate will receive a confirmation email from SCIC. Don't wait! Sign up before it's too late! Form is listed below:

Environmental Science & Policy Honors Progress Presentations

Thursday, Dec. 14, 4:30 p.m., CEEDS Wright Hall

Featuring senior ES&P majors Kaila Frazer with an update on "Modeling the Impact of Marine Cold-Spell Events on Endangered Species Habitat in the California Current" and Fish Fischer talking about "Using the FTIRS Technique to Reconstruct Past Climate in Northeastern Pennsylvania". Refreshments provided.

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