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Mountain Day 2022 Photo Galleries

See all the Mountain Day 2022 fall festivities in these Facebook galleries. The day kicked off in the best way—with shirts and donuts at the President's House. From there, students could take a bus to local orchards for some Mountain Day apple picking, art viewing and pumpkin patch posing.

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COVID-19 Updates

Bivalent COVID-19 Booster Clinics for Students and Employees

Oct. 5, 6, & 7, Campus Center Carroll Room

The Schacht Center for Health & Wellness is offering Pfizer and Moderna bivalent COVID-19 booster vaccine clinics for eligible Smith College students and employees in the Carroll Room (Campus Center 208) on October 5, October 6, and October 7. Students, faculty, and staff can receive a booster two months after completing a two-dose primary series or receiving a previous COVID-19 booster. Sign up here:

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Faculty/Staff Notices

Kahn Institute Long-Term Project 2023-2024: (Re)visioning Human Rights, Democracy and the Liberal Arts

The Kahn Liberal Arts Institute invites faculty and staff to submit applications for fellowships in the yearlong project, (Re)visioning Human Rights, Democracy and the Liberal Arts, organized by Loretta Ross, Study of Women and Gender, and Andrea Stone, English Language and Literature. Higher education is uniquely situated to promote human rights values and principles through teaching, research, policies, practices, programming, and campus life. We seek participants from all divisions to join us to explore the role of liberal arts education in the future of human rights and democracies. Learn more: Application deadline October 18, 2022. Apply:

Staff Spotlight Awards Are Back!

Do you work at Smith and know an employee who has gone above and beyond the everyday scope of their job responsibilities? We are happy to announce that the new nomination cycle for the Staff Spotlight awards is open! The criteria for nomination include those individuals who have: contributed significantly to the working environment on campus, including exceptional customer service, solving a problem resulting in a positive impact for others, promoting inclusivity and collaboration. The nomination period is open from now until March 31, 2023. See more details and find links to the nomination form on the HR website.

Liberal Arts Lunch Series: Danielle Carrabino

Thursday, Sept. 29, 12:10 p.m., Neilson Library 102

The Liberal Arts Lunch series announces a talk by Danielle Carrabino, Curator of Painting & Sculpture, SCMA: Brought to Life: Painted Wood Sculpture from Europe, 1300-1700. To-go lunch offered to the first 40 attendees, start time is approximately 12:10, ending by 1:10.

Sherrerd Teaching Arts Luncheon: Building the Foundations for Effective Peer Review

Friday, Sept. 30, Noon, Neilson Library 102

Depending on how it is structured, peer review can be a wonderful teaching tool or a waste of time. In order to ensure that peer review is effective, Peter Sapira from the Jacobson Center will discuss how to build and model proper feedback practices long before students review each other’s work. Lunch will be available at noon (for up to 50) and the presentation will begin at 12:20 pm. RSVP at

CEEDS (Center for the Environment, Ecological Design, and Sustainability) Open House

Tuesday, Oct. 4, 4:30 p.m., CEEDS Wright Hall

CEEDS invites faculty and staff to our open house. We would like to (re)introduce you to the Center and its staff, help you imagine ways to intentionally connect your teaching and research to the environmental and sustainability work happening on and near campus, and give you some stress-free time to chat with us and each other! Enjoy adult drinks and snacks as you hear about a few exciting projects underway in and through CEEDS, talk with faculty and staff who have partnered with us, and learn more about stepping out of the traditional classroom through our campus as classroom opportunities.

Liberal Arts Lunch Series: Carrie Baker

Thursday, Oct. 6, 12:10 p.m., Neilson Library 102

The Liberal Arts Lunch series announces a talk by Carrie Baker, Sylvia Dlguasch Bauman Chair of American Studies, Professor of the Study of Women and Gender: Self-Managed Abortion in the United States. To-go lunch offered to the first 40 attendees, start time is approximately 12:10, ending by 1:10.

Kahn Institute Zoom Information Session - (Re)visioning Human Rights, Democracy and the Liberal Arts

Thursday, Oct. 6, 5 p.m., Virtual

Faculty and staff are welcome to learn more about the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute Long-Term Project for 2023-2024: (Re)visioning Human Rights, Democracy and the Liberal Arts. Join Loretta Ross, Study of Women and Gender, and Andrea Stone, English Language and Literature and Kahn Institute staff. For more information about Kahn Fellowships: Register in advance for this Zoom meeting:

Sherrerd Teaching Circle: Trauma-Informed Pedagogy for the Resilient Classroom

Thursday, Oct. 13, Noon, Campus Center 205

Kelly Vogel, Lecturer in Integrative Studies, will lead a conversation about Trauma-Informed Pedagogy for the Resilient Classroom. Kelly brings 5 years of experience supporting Smith students with executive function-related issues and is currently pursuing a PhD in Educational Studies with a focus on Trauma-Informed Pedagogy. She will share insights based on current research, and will discuss strategies to create a resilient classroom. This is also an opportunity to share your own successful teaching strategies, as well as a discussion on how to support students’ well-being without sacrificing academic rigor. Lunch available at noon; circle at 12:15 pm. RSVP at

Sherrerd TAL: Being Human in STEM: Using the HSTEM model to develop inclusive teaching practices

Friday, Oct. 14, Noon, Neilson Library 102

Sarah Bunnell, STEM Specialist and Associate Director of Amherst College’s Center for Teaching and Learning and Megan Lyster, Assistant Director at Smith’s Wurtele Center will discuss the Being Human in STEM (HSTEM) model, which was developed at Amherst College and is a framework for thinking about how inclusive classrooms, laboratories, and other student-facing spaces can be created through intentional partnership with students. Lunch will be available at noon (for up to 50) and the presentation will begin at 12:20 pm. RSVP at

Student Mental Health Support

Monday, Oct. 17, 12:15 p.m., Campus Center 205

Come learn how the institution can help both instructors and advisers recognize and support students experiencing mental health issues. This session specifically aims at connecting instructors and advisers with resources on campus. In partnership with the Schacht Center for Health & Wellness and the Office of Student Affairs as part of the Spring 2022 Faculty Development Series ( All faculty are welcome. Register by 10/10 (

ISSO Winter Clothes Closet

Friday, Oct. 21, 4 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

The ISSO is collecting winter clothes to give to international students who have never experienced a Massachusetts winter. Faculty and Staff are encouraged to contribute clothes, shoes, and gear that they no longer have use for. Donations of gently used winter wear are being accepted until October 15th. Bring your donations to the Lewis Global Studies Center and drop them off in the big box by the entrance.

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Student Notices

Writing Support

Do you want your writing to shine? The Jacobson Center can help! Make an appointment with a professional writing instructor or a trained peer writing tutor any time 8:30-4:30 Mon-Fri at our webpage (; click "Schedule a Writing Appointment"). Or, just stop by the Neilson Library Learning Commons for drop-in sessions Sun-Fri 1-4pm and Sun-Thurs 7-10pm. We support writers at all skill levels and in any stage of the writing process, brainstorming through revisions. Peer Writing Tutors come from majors in all four divisions! Come see us!

Study Abroad Peer Advising at the Lewis Global Studies Center

September 27-December 13, 2:30-4 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

If you’re thinking about studying abroad, come visit the Lewis Global Studies Center. There we have two peer advisers who can help you find the information you need to start your application. They can answer questions about important deadlines, how to choose your program, how to apply, funding, and more. Drop-in advising hours are Tuesdays - Thursdays from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Use this link to find out more about our advisers or make an appointment outside of drop-in hours:

Outdoor Adventure Program

Thursday, Sept. 29, 4:30 p.m., Boathouse Lawn

Weekly bike rides leave from the Boathouse at 4:30pm on Thursdays (bikes and helmets provided if needed). There is a Farley Ledge climbing trip on Oct 1, which is an intermediate/advanced trip. Trip registration forms can be found on our website (off Athletics home page), and they open 2 weeks before the trip. Climbing wall and boathouse open hours are also posted.

OPT Information Session

Thursday, Sept. 29, 5 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

This information session is an opportunity for international students who use an F-1 visa to attend Smith to learn about post-graduation work authorization available through the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program. Students preparing to graduate who wish to apply for OPT will be required to attend an OPT info session prior to applying.

Community Poster Making Party: Postering for Climate Action

Friday, Sept. 30, 4:30 p.m., Davis Ballroom

Join the Wurtele Center, CEEDS, and the Design Thinking Initiative for a community poster making party. We'll explore the public art of postering and teach wheat pasting techniques. Participants will create posters around themes of climate action and collectively paste to community panels. Come dressed to make a mess. All students, staff, and faculty are welcome!

Come Play at the Jazz Smiths Jam!

Friday, Sept. 30, 4 p.m., Chapin Lawn

Come join The Jazz Smiths for their first musical jam session of the semester! The event will kick off with a few tunes performed by the band and then open up for a jam. Write down your name on the list at the event to sign up to play! Musicians of all levels welcome. Rain Location: CCTV Lounge

Grief Support

Friday, Sept. 30, 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 Alex Watson, MSW Intern. Register by contacting Counseling Services at 413-585-2800 or


Friday, Sept. 30, 7 p.m., Campus Center 205

Want to meet other first generation and low-income students in a space centering on your needs and interests? Join CLIFS, Smith’s Community for Low-Income and/or First-Generation Students! Come to the first event of the semester: Game Night! Learn more about CLIFS and have some fun playing games with other FG/LI students! Drinks and snacks will be provided. To be notified of future CLIFS events, fill out this form: All students welcome.

MS and Phd in Mechanical Engineering: Info Session with Georgia Tech

Friday, Sept. 30, 12:15 p.m., Campus Center 102

Join Prof. Fedorov to learn more about graduate studies at Georgia Tech. The session will cover topics of degree options, funding opportunities (research and teaching assistantships), crafting your application, etc. The intended audience for this event is undergraduates who might be interested in graduate studies (MS & PhD) in mechanical engineering at a leading program. Pizza will be served.

Smith Soccer hosts Wellesley College

Saturday, Oct. 1, 1 p.m., Smith Soccer Field

Come out and support the Pioneers!

Smith Volleyball hosts MIT

Saturday, Oct. 1, Noon, Ainsworth Gym

Come out and support the Pioneers!

Careers in Psychology & Mental Health Info Session with William James College

Monday, Oct. 3, 12:15 p.m., Campus Center 102

Join Beth Rogan, Associate Director of Educational Partnerships at William James for a discussion on career options and training in psychology and behavioral health. Participants will hear about different graduate school programs and career paths within the fields of psychology, counseling, and leadership. Learn about the evolving mental health needs of society and opportunities to work with underserved populations. Beth with help attendees identify the career pathways that are available to them through graduate school, while keeping their passions, skills, and values at the forefront. Pizza will be served. Register for the event in Handshake:

International Experience Grant Info Session

Tuesday, Oct. 4, 12:15 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Lounge, Wright Hall

The Lewis Global Studies Center will be awarding International Experience Grants (IEGs) for Interterm 2023. Come hear from students who traveled internationally this summer with the help of IEGs and learn more about how to apply! Pizza will be served to the first 25 attendees.

Arava Institue for Environmental Studies Info Session

Tuesday, Oct. 4, 12:15 p.m., Dewey Common Room

This info session is an opportunity to learn more about the approved field study abroad program in Israel through the Arava Institute for Environmental Studies; a great and unique program option for students interested in ES&P or peacebuilding. Bring lunch and come learn more!

C Series: So What Do Boundaries Really Mean, Anyway?

Thursday, Oct. 6, 5:30 p.m., Neilson Library 102

Join the Wurtele Center for Leadership as we gather students, faculty, and staff in a conversation about this concept which has so many different meanings for different people. We toss the term around but how can we make sense of it for ourselves in nuanced and complex ways? This session is part of our “C Series” where we will consider, critique, commune, connect, create and collaborate around topics related to “boundaries.” Featuring special guests Hannah Durrant, Floyd Cheung, and Genevieve Torrence. Dinner is provided; please RSVP by Monday 10/3:

Apoyo Sacrificial: How Undocumented Latinx Parents Navigate Educational Settings

Friday, Oct. 14, 2:30 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Dr. Stephany Cuevas, Assistant Professor of Education in the Attallah College of Educational Studies at Chapman University (CA), will deliver a scholarly talk to explore undocumented Latinx parents’ experiences supporting and guiding their students' pathway to higher education and how their precarious immigration status impacts this support. She will offer an alternative understanding of parental engagement and access to higher education for marginalized communities. This event is co-sponsored by the Office of Admission, the Office of Equity & Inclusion, and the Department of Latin American and Latino/a Studies. Email Beverly Lipsey at with any questions.

ISSO Winter Clothes Closet

Friday, Oct. 21, 4 p.m., Lewis Global Studies Center, Wright

The ISSO is collecting winter clothes to give to international students who have never experienced a Massachusetts winter. Students are encouraged to contribute clothes, shoes, and gear that they no longer have use for. Donations of gently used winter wear are being accepted until October 15th. Bring your donations by the Lewis Global Studies Center and drop them off in the big box by the entrance. If you are in need of winter wear, stop by LGSC on October 21 to pick up the free clothing. Limit of 5 items for the first hour, with just one winter coat.

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Entrepreneurial Approaches Toward a Sustainable Food Community in the Pioneer Valley

Monday, Oct. 3, 3 p.m., Neilson Library 102

Deb Christakos, chef, educator, and founder of Pioneer Valley Food Tours, will be on campus to give an interactive presentation from 3:05-4:20 p.m. Open to all in the Smith community, this is part of the ENX 100 lecture series.

Material Encounters in a Hellenistic Egyptian Fortification: A Lecture by Jennifer Gates-Foster

Thursday, Oct. 6, 5 p.m., Campus Center 205

An Associate Professor of Classical Archaeology at UNC Chapel Hill, Jennifer Gates-Foster is the foremost American scholar on relations between Greek and Roman colonizers and the indigenous populace in Southern Egypt, as well as the extensive trade networks and system of roads that connected them. Her book on the Ptolemaic roads of Egypt's Red Sea coastal region documents the material traces of some 800 years of trade, travel and settlement between the Nile Valley, the Red Sea, and East Africa. This lecture will cover her past, current and future work projects. All are welcome.

Crisis Pregnancy Centers: Designed to Deceive

Thursday, Oct. 6, 7 p.m., Seelye 110

Join State Representative Lindsay Sabadosa and the Program for the Study of Women & Gender for a panel discussion around anti-choice crisis pregnancy centers. The panel will feature reproductive rights activists and scholars, including Smith Professor Dr. Carrie Baker. Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs or "fake clinics") mimic real health centers, but have a nefarious anti-choice agenda: to spread disinformation about abortions and contraception to frighten, shame, and manipulate individuals seeking legitimate healthcare. Join us on Oct. 6 at 7pm for “Crisis Pregnancy Centers: Designed to Deceive” to hear more on the dangers of CPCs and how we can fight back.

Catherine Malabou: The Clitoris is an Anarchist

Thursday, Oct. 13, 5 p.m., Stoddard Auditorium

French philosopher Catherine Malabou is renowned for her transdisciplinary approach that integrates the arts and neuroscience into the continental philosophy tradition, notably through her signature concept of plasticity. Her books, written in French and translated into many languages, include Changing Difference: The Feminine and the Question of Philosophy (2011) and Pleasure Erased: The Clitoris Unthought (2022). Her most recent publication in French is Au voleur ! Anarchisme et philosophie (2022). Join us to hear from her about recent work exploring the erasure of both the clitoris and anarchism from philosophy in a lecture entitled “The Clitoris is an Anarchist”.

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Performing Arts/Films/Fine Arts

Sister Spit Workshop and Performance

Friday, Sept. 30, 8 p.m., Weinstein Auditorium, Wright

Sister Spit is a feminist spoken-word collective based in San Francisco, originally formed in 1994. The Office of Student Engagement is excited to host them on campus for their 25th Anniversary tour for a workshop co-sponsored by Spit Fire at 12:30pm in the Carroll Room, followed by a live performance that evening at 8pm in Weinstein Auditorium. Open to all Five College community members!

A Poet’s Love??: The music of Thomas de Hartmann and his Contemporaries

Saturday, Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Katherine Saik, Soprano and Elan Sicroff, piano present the Ukrainian-born composer’s settings of Pushkin and P.B. Shelley poems. The lesser-known De Hartmann embraced many evolutions of his composition style, including Romanticism, Impressionism, and Modernism. This program will contextualize De Hartmann’s music with the inclusion of songs by Debussy, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff. Free and open to the public. Masks and vaccinations required at Smith events.

Artist’s Reception: ‘Love Letters’ by Emily Drennan ’23 at the Wurtele Center

Monday, Oct. 3, 5 p.m., Wurtele Center, 146 Elm Street

Join us at the Wurtele Center (146 Elm Street) for appetizers and a chance to celebrate the installation of Emily Drennan’s ‘23 winning Amplify Public Art project from 2022, “Love Letters.” The project is a set of four banners that Emily designed and made to create a sense of welcoming and inclusion in our space. To rsvp:

Music Mondays I: Piano Music of Black Composers

Monday, Oct. 3, 1 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage

Music in the Noon Hour has moved to Mondays at 1! Pianist and Smith Professor Emerita Monica Jakuc Leverett presents piano music by Black composers, including William Grant Still’s Seven Traceries. In the words of Still’s wife, pianist Verna Arvey, these pieces are “abstractions bearing the imprint of mysticism … They are really tonal poetry, evoking their own images in the minds of their hearers.” Shorter works by Julia Perry, Dorothy Rudd Moore, and Scott Joplin complete the program. Free and open to the public. Masks and vaccination are required at Smith events.

Fierceness Served! The ENIKAlley Coffeehouse Documentary

Wednesday, Oct. 12, 5 p.m., Graham Hall, Hillyer

Fierceness Served! The ENIKAlley Coffeehouse is a documentary that focuses on the Washington D.C. history of The Coffeehouse, which served as a performance venue, rehearsal space, and meeting space for Black LGBTQ artists and political organizations in the 1980s. The film uses archival footage, audio clips, publicity materials, and academic articles and reviews, as well as interviews with surviving members, and others who attended and supported this thriving art community. Christopher Prince, who frequently performed at The Coffeehouse and now serves as project director for the film, will introduce the screening and answer audience questions afterward.

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Presentation of Majors/Minors

Presentation of the Concentrations

Tuesday, Oct. 4, 12:15 p.m., Campus Center Carroll Room

A concentration is designed to connect academic learning to real-world experience through internships and work in the field. Many of the concentrations involve work with centers as well as resources such as Archives and the Museum. Students can take a concentration in addition to a major and minor. Attendees will learn about the newly launched Collaborative Innovation and Journalism concentrations, as well as Archives, Book Studies, Community Engagement & Social Change, Environmental, Global Finance, Museums, Poetry, and Translation Studies. This event provides a chance to meet the concentration directors and ask all your burning questions. Pizza provided. Register:

Department of Dance: Presentation of the Major

Tuesday, Oct. 4, 4 p.m., Scott Gym Dance Studio

The Dance Department welcomes all interested students to the fall Presentation of the Major. Faculty, Graduate Teaching Fellows and current students will share how dance can be a part of your major or minor path at Smith College. Start at Scott Dance Studio, enter through the side door, at 4pm and then enjoy treats in the dance offices at 47 Belmont, right next door. Send questions to Visit for more information.

Music Department Presentation of the Major/Minor

Thursday, Oct. 20, 12:15 p.m. - 1:10 p.m., Sage 116

Join Music Department faculty and students for the Presentation of the Major! Pizza and snacks will be provided.

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Religious Life

Islam and Mental Health

Friday, Sept. 30, 6 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Psychiatrist Dr. Khalid Elzamzamy examines the relationship between the Islamic faith and mental health. The workshop takes a historical view of Muslim cultures’ understanding of mental health treatment; the social stigma of mental illness; contributions of classical Muslim scholars to what is called today the field of psychology; holistic Islamic frameworks of treatment and healing; and will consider some of the legal impacts of mental illness. Dinner is included. Register here:


Friday, Sept. 30, 12:30 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Hampshire Mosque in Hadley Fridays at 12:30PM. Meet in front of the Helen Hills Hills Chapel at 12:25 p.m. Van will leave by 12:30pm and return to campus no later than 2:30 p.m. Bring a prayer rug and complete your ablution beforehand. We have extra prayer rugs if you need one. To attend, email

Soup, Salad, Soul

Friday, Sept. 30, Noon, Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Enjoy lunch and take part in reflective student-led discussion on spirituality and life. Soup, salad, and drinks provided! Limited to Smith OneCard holders.

Weekly Meditation

Monday, Oct. 3, 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, Oct. 3, 12:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

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.


Monday, Oct. 3, 4 p.m., Chapel Sanctuary

Listen. Recite. Repeat. Learn how to recite the Tajweed Qur'an with Jamil El Ibrik. Tajweed is a set of rules that are applied in the oral recitation of the Qur'an.

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Demystifying Money: Banking, Interest, and Loans

Friday, Sept. 30, 12:15 p.m., Conway Center, 103 Neilson

Interest and how to navigate it informs a lot of our adult socioeconomic experiences. In this session, we will explore all things banks, interest (the kind you get and the kind you pay) and loans. RSVP on the Smith Social Network.

Info Session: SCMA's Museum Advisory Collective

Wednesday, Oct. 5, 4:15 p.m., Atrium, Brown Fine Arts Center

Come learn about SCMA's Museum Advisory Collective: a volunteer opportunity for Smith Students to connect with each other around art and museums while contributing to the future of SCMA. This is a great opportunity to lean more about SCMA's projects, mission, and staff, all while hanging out with other Smithies interested in art, museums, and creativity. Hear more about this pilot program and preview upcoming happenings at SCMA over snacks in the Brown Fine Arts Center Atrium.

Ethics of Drones

Friday, Oct. 7, 12:15 p.m., Spatial Analysis Lab, Sabin-Reed 104

During the workshop we will go over the Drone Code of Ethics draft document and collaboratively edit. We will also think about how this document should be implemented, and the implications of conduct and ethics in other lab spaces. Drones will be out for exploration and engagement. We welcome all students, staff, faculty, community members, technophiles and technophobes alike. Pizza lunch will be provided and to access the draft code of ethics, please register in advance:

Community Conversations: Biomimicry - A lens for Innovation

Wednesday, Oct. 19, 5 p.m., Conway Center, 103 Neilson

Biomimicry is a practice that learns from and mimics the strategies found in nature as a way of solving human challenges. For eons, life has evolved into well-adapted designs, using life-friendly chemistry, intelligent energy use while producing no waste. How can we shift our design approach to learn from nature’s genius and apply these proven biological strategies to create a more regenerative world? Dinner provided; RSVP on the Smith Social Network.

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Other Events and Activities

Support Group for Survivors of Sexual & Dating Violence

Tuesday, Sept. 27, 4:15 p.m., Schacht Center for Health, Schacht

Weekly support group on Tuesdays 4:15-5:30 for students who have survived any kind of sexual and dating violence. Facilitated by Director of Counseling Michelle Marchese, LICSW. To register, email or call 1-413-585-2800

Contemplative Walking Group Wednesdays

Beginning Sept. 28, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Schacht Center for Health and Wellness

This group will facilitate a mindful, and contemplative walking experience around Smith Campus. Helpful for anyone who would like to feel more grounded and calm in their surroundings and their day to day life. Participants will learn mindfulness techniques, and can write about what they observe inside and outside, so bring a small notebook and something to write or draw with. Learn to see the wonders of the everyday. Weekly on Wednesdays from 4:30-5:30 starting September 28th. Meet outside the Schacht Center. Led by Mahajoy Laufer, staff therapist. Runs the whole semester.

POC Mwangi Drop-in With Therapist

Wednesdays, 12:15-1:45 p.m., Mwangi Center, Davis

This is a first come first served drop-in to meet with therapist Mahajoy Laufer. Sign up when you get there for a half-hour slot. It's a place to talk about goals, stress, plans for self-care, identity, race, and anything that makes us human. This is for any student of color. Wednesdays starting on September 28th from 12:15-1:45 at the Mwangi Center.

Spoonies! Support for Students who have Chronic Illness/are Immunocompromsed

Thursday, Sept. 29, 12:15 p.m., Schacht Center for Health, Schacht

Weekly support group on Thursday 12:15-1:05pm for students who have chronic illness/are immunocompromised. Facilitated by Director of Counseling Michelle Marchese, LICSW. To register, email or call 1-413-585-2800

Support After Childhood Sexual Abuse

Friday, Sept. 30, 1:15 p.m., Schacht Center for Health, Schacht

Weekly support group Fridays 1:15-2:30pm for students who have survived childhood sexual abuse. Facilitated by Director of Counseling Michelle Marchese, LICSW. To register, email or call 1-413-585-2800

Star Gazing

Friday, Sept. 30, 8:30-9:30 p.m., McConnell Hall Roof

The Astronomy Department will hold an open house Friday, September 30, 8:30-9:30 p.m. on the roof of McConnell Hall. Come see the Moon, stars, and planets. All are welcome - please dress warmly. For further information or to check on weather conditions, contact Meg Thacher (, 585-3935).

Artful Afternoons: Collection Highlights with SCMA, theme: Light and Luminosity

Saturday, Oct. 1, 1 p.m., Smith College Museum of Art

Register: At 1pm, October 1, at the Museum of Art, join Aprile Gallant, Mary Walcott Keyes 1931 Curator of Prints, Drawings and Photographs, for a look at the way artists in our collections capture and convey light—from a 17th century Dutch painting of candlelight to the luminous black and white photography of James Van Der Zee. Participants will move throughout the galleries during the tour. The museum has both stairs and an elevator. Gallery stools will be available, and curator’s voice will be amplified. For accessibility questions or to request an accommodation, email Capacity is limited. Registration requested.

The Smith Korean Program presents HANGUL DAY 2022

Saturday, Oct. 1, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Davis Ballroom

The Smith Korean Program presents HANGUL DAY 2022. Celebrating 570 years of Hangul, the Korean Alphabet, with Food, Performances and Games. Face Masks Required. Open to the entire Five College community. Sponsored by the Five College Consortium and the Department of East Asian Languages & Cultures at Smith College, in collaboration with Smith, UMass, Amherst, Mt. Holyoke Korean Students Association, SKDC (Smith College K-pop Dance Crew), UMass +86 Dance Crew.

Smith College Computer Store is Closed for Inventory

Monday, Oct. 3, Stoddard Hall

The Smith College Computer Store is closed for inventory Monday, Oct. 3. We will re-open on Tuesday, Oct. 4, at noon. Please knock if you are picking up something already purchased at the store or need assistance. We will answer emails and phone calls starting on Tuesday morning. Thank you.

Flu vaccine clinics October 13 and October 21

Thursday, Oct. 13, Campus Center Carroll Room

Smith College is partnering with Walgreens to offer a flu vaccination clinic to all students and employees in The Carroll Room (Campus Center 208) on Thursday, October 13 and Friday, October 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Appointments are required. Please bring your insurance card to the appointment. Sign up here:

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