Smith eDigest for May 29, 2023
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COVID-19 Updates

Testing Site Closes Friday, May 26

As a reminder, the COVID-19 testing site closes on Friday, May 26 and asymptomatic testing services will no longer be offered on campus. Symptomatic COVID-19 antigen test kits for students, including School for Social Work (SSW) students, will continue to be available at the Campus Center in the vending machine downstairs. Tests can be accessed with a OneCard and are limited to two free tests per student per week. Employees are encouraged to work with their health care provider(s) to address their diagnostic needs. Please continue to check the COVID-19 Information page: for updates.

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Geothermal Energy Project

Geothermal Energy Project Update

Tuesday, May 23

Parking in the Davis lot will be impacted until further notice. Please refer to the included parking graphic. Drilling rigs will begin to be mobilized on Campus to begin the Geothermal drilling for Phase 1. In the Quad District, fencing and scrim will be installed at the project laydown area on Mandell Road starting Tuesday, May 23. Excavation activities for geothermal distribution piping will begin in the Quad District on Tuesday, May 30 and work will continue through August. Please view the project website, , to view the graphic which outlines work areas.

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Faculty/Staff Notices

2023-2024 Faculty/Staff Parking Decals

2023-2024 decal sales will open on June 1, 2023 at the following link: . Once you purchase your decal you will be emailed a temporary pass. Please print the pass and place it on your dashboard when on campus as this serves as your temporary pass while your order is processed and sent to the address you provided. Please be advised, unpaid parking citations may affect your ability to purchase a decal for the upcoming year.

Important Fiscal Year End Dates & Procedures

Our fiscal year end is fast approaching and we need the community's help to ensure a smooth, accurate and timely financial close process. Please visit our website at the link below to review the FY23 Year End Memo for key dates regarding accounting adjustments, expense reports, invoice submission, cash received, budget transfers and much more! We appreciate your support in finalizing our year end.

eDigest Summer Schedule

Begins Tuesday, May 23

The Smith eDigest will begin the summer distribution schedule May 23, with one edition a week, every Tuesday. The deadline for submissions intended for each edition will be Monday at 5 p.m. The academic year eDigest schedule, with editions every Tuesday and Thursday, will resume on August 22. Send any inquiries to

Sherrerd Center Nominations for Teaching Mentor Due May 25

The Sherrerd Center invites nominations or self-nominations for a one-year term as Teaching Mentor. Teaching Mentors hold one-on-one consultations and conduct class observations with faculty and teaching staff at their request; support the director in identifying campus-wide needs and challenges and in designing strategic interventions; and play an active role shaping, leading, and attending Sherrerd programming. Compensation is a course release. A partner who likes to think through pedagogical challenges in collaboration with others and who is committed to equity and inclusion in their approach would be an ideal fit. To nominate or self-nominate, please use this link:

There's Still Time to Apply! Digital Pedagogy Fellowship Proposals Due May 26

There’s still time to submit your proposal! Applications for the Digital Pedagogy Fellowship are now open with submissions due by May 26, 2023. The Fall 2023 fellowship will provide a hands-on development experience for Smith faculty who are seeking to incorporate technology into their teaching and create digital scholarship with their students. The program includes a three-day summer institute, monthly meetings during the fall 2023 semester, and a showcase for the Smith community in early 2024. Participants are awarded a $500 research grant at the completion of the program in Spring 2024. Learn more: Apply:

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Student Notices

Student Financial Services Office Closure and Reduced Hours

Friday, May 26

The Student Financial Services Office will have reduced hours on May 26, 2023 our business hours will be from 8:30 am to noon. The office will also be closed on May 29th for Memorial day. The office will return to regular business hours on May 30th.

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Technology News

New Smith Login Screen and Duo Prompt Appearance

Beginning May 30, 2023, the Smith College login screen and Duo authentication prompt will have a new look and some new features. You do not need to take any action to receive the updates. The updated layouts bring a refreshed, modern appearance and some new features that make it easier to log into your Smith accounts. If you would like to preview the new layouts before May 30, please visit the Digital Support Site (

Summer Lunchtime Hours in the ITSC

Starting May 30, the IT Service Center and OneCard offices located in Stoddard Hall 203 will close daily from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Summer hours of operation for walk-ins, appointments, and responses to tickets are Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 - 4:00 p.m; Tuesday from 10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. Contact for information regarding in-person support and to make an appointment.

Moodle Upgrade

Wednesday, May 24, 5-9 p.m., Virtual Event

Moodle will be unavailable to faculty, instructors, and students on Wednesday, May 24 from 5:00-9:00 PM EST while it undergoes an upgrade. The upgrade will slightly change the way Moodle looks and functions. We recommend watching this short video ( to get a sense of the changes. If you have any issues with Moodle after the upgrade is complete, please email or submit a ticket through the Request Help menu option on the Digital Support Site (

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Other Events and Activities

Schacht Center Closed for the Summer

The Schacht Center is closed for the summer. Available medical and mental health resources can be found here:

June 3 Artful Afternoons: Collection Highlights with SCMA Curators

Saturday, June 3, 1 p.m., Museum of Art

Join SCMA curators on select afternoons for in-person, themed excursions across the museum. On June 3, at 1pm, Yao Wu, Jane Chace Carroll Curator of Asian Art, will explore the intersections between art, nature, and materiality in works of art from across the SCMA collection. Register here:

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