Smith eDigest for May 24, 2022
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Liam Knight AC ’23J and Vivien Qiao ’23: Goldwater Scholars

Liam Knight AC ’23J and Vivien Qiao ’23 are Smith’s latest winners of the prestigious Goldwater scholarship, which highlights students in STEM fields.

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COVID-19 Updates

Reminder: COVID-19 Testing Hours

The Asymptomatic Testing Center’s hours are Monday - Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Campus Center, Room 103/104. For those unable to make it to the testing center, a self-collection kiosk at the back door of the Schacht Center is available Monday - Thursday, 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Symptomatic testing for current students, staff and faculty exhibiting any symptoms related to COVID-19 is available at the self-collection kiosk Monday - Thursday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Geothermal Energy Project

Smith’s Geothermal Energy Project

In coordination with Smith’s Geothermal Energy Project, fencing will begin to be erected near the Davis Center and Capen Offices the week of May 16th. This area will remain fenced off through August 2022. After fencing installation, excavation activities will begin the week of May 23rd. Please view the project website,, to view the graphic which outlines fencing area and path of excavation. Pedestrian wayfinding signage will be in place to direct foot traffic. Parking in the Davis Lot will also be impacted for the entirety of the summer.

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Faculty/Staff Notices

Executive Education Programs for Faculty & Staff

Smith Executive Education continues to offer a selection of self-directed online programs to help faculty and staff excel in the workplace. Registration is rolling and new registrants will be enrolled weekly on Wednesdays. Once enrolled, you will have access to content until August 2022. Register here for access to the following Executive Education programs: Resolving Conflict Through Clear Communication, Human-Centered Design for Business, and Powerful Words for Women Leaders:

Community Building and De-stressing for Staff

Wednesday, May 25, 1 p.m.

The next Community Building and Destressing for Staff session will be on Wednesday, May 25 at 1 p.m. For the first time since this group started, we’ll meet in person–and outdoors! Get some relief from your hectic schedule by spending an hour in a supportive environment with other staff. Sharing achievements and frustrations, as well as practical methods for keeping calm when things get intense, builds community. Email for location or for more information.

You are invited! All-Employee Picnic

Wednesday, June 8, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Davis Lawn

A reminder that President Kathleen McCartney invites all Smith faculty and staff to an all-employee picnic. Come and enjoy this chance to get together with co-workers and celebrate the end of the school year. Rain date: Thursday, June 9.

No eDigest Week of June 13

eDigest will not be published during Smith’s week of limited operations (June 13-17). Please plan accordingly.

Blue Cross Blue Shield Mailing New Member ID Cards

In the spirit of transparency and to comply with new regulations, Blue Cross Blue Shield will be mailing existing members new ID cards that include deductible and maximum out-of-pocket-cost information by the end of June. The new format is designed to provide more information to members and does not impact coverage. Additionally, members should have no issues accessing care if they use the original ID card from earlier this year. To learn more about health care costs, sign-in to your MyBlue account at, or use the MyBlue app.

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Student Notices

SFS Director Drop In Hours Canceled May 25

Student Financial Services director drop in hours for Wednesday, May 25 have been canceled. Normal drop in hours will resume, May 27.

SFS Closed May 27 at Noon

The Student Financial Services office will be closed on Friday, May 27 from noon to 4:30pm for a staff event.

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Technology News

Campus-Wide Print Device Inventory May 23-25

As part of our print service contract, CBS will conduct a campus-wide inventory of all print devices between May 23-25. An ITS employee will accompany the CBS audit team and provide access to locked spaces as needed. No printers will be removed or changed in any way, although some printers may need to be turned on to print a configuration page. If you have a printer or other technology device that you would like removed, please email For any other questions contact Barbara Pliska at This is rescheduled from January 2022.

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Performing Arts/Films/Fine Arts

People Mountain People Ocean

May 23 - August 10, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Oresman Gallery, Hillyer

Jessica Tam creates situation-specific paintings that stem from popular sport and entertainment, and evolve into immersive fictional environments. In her work, Tam uses the wrestling ring as a platform for storytelling and invention of a fantastical arena of serpents, sea creatures, and stormy weather. Her latest paintings use the Chinese phrase “ren shan ren hai,” or a “human mountain” and “sea of humanity” to shift the perspective onto the arena’s spectators, and imagine the crowd as a torrential force that is potentially powerful in both threatening and uplifting ways. Exhibit open May 23 - August 10, 2022, Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the Oresman Gallery.

SCMA Member Film Screening and Discussion

Tuesday, June 7, 4:15 p.m., Museum of Art

June 07, 2022 4:15–5:15pm. IN PERSON. Members are invited to join SCMA curators Yao Wu, Jane Chace Carroll Curator of Asian Art and Emma Chubb, Charlotte Feng Ford '83 Curator of Contemporary Art, to view and discuss two recent film installations. "Isaac Julien: Lessons of the Hour" and "FX Harsono NAMA". These two films are in conjunction with Smith College’s 2021–22 campus-wide initiative, “Year on Democracies,” and examine notions of democracy nationally and globally. Register here:

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Other Events and Activities

Pause to Library Services During Library System Migration

This summer, Smith College Libraries will implement the FOLIO library services platform. Purchases of new materials for the library collection will pause from May 25 to July 18 while the migration takes place. Borrowing will be paused from June 26 to July 5. For full details, see

SCMA Members Double Discount Days

June 9-12, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Museum Shop

Show or enter your SCMA membership card onsite or online to receive a 20% discount on all of your Museum Shop purchases. This sale runs from June 9–12, 2022. 11am –4pm. Shop here: Not a member? Join or renew today to get your discount. Email

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