Smith eDigest for August 3, 2021
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Meeting the Needs

The new, student-run Common Goods resource center will provide students with toiletries, bedding and other basic-needs items free of charge, and with no questions asked.

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Faculty/Staff Notices

Additional Mail Run

Starting on Tuesday, July 27th, an additional mail run will be added to the week. Faculty and staff mail will now be delivered throughout the campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If departments have specific mailing needs that are of an urgent nature or would like to coordinate a mailing drop-off outside of Tuesdays and Thursdays, please contact Sarah Marshall at for assistance.

NEW Alumnae Relations & Development Website

Monday, Aug. 2

Alumnae Relations & Development has a new online home at — and it’s chock full of information about programs, events and meaningful ways alums can connect with classmates and the college. Alums can watch webinars, get updates from campus, network with fellow Smithies, update their info in the Alum Directory and much more! Campus partners: please update your links to

Scheduling Your Fall Events

All space requests for the fall should be submitted in 25Live and will be processed per usual scheduling practices, in accordance with CIRT guidelines. Note that reservations are subject to change depending on COVID circumstances at the time of the event. CIRT guidelines for holding non-course events and gatherings in the fall can be found at: Information will be available in August about review sessions on using 25Live to request space and resources for events. Contact Kathy San Antonio ( with any questions about the space request process.

Research Accountability Group: Meeting Your Goals

Thursday, Aug. 19, 12:15 p.m., Virtual Event

In this session hosted by the Office of the Provost/Dean of the Faculty as part of the Summer 2021 Faculty Development Series (, participants will share their research accomplishments and reflect on what worked this summer. Register by 8/17 (

Speak with Smith’s Ombudsperson

It’s been an incredibly challenging year for everyone, and it’s possible you’ve felt it wasn’t a good time to try to resolve difficulties in your work situation. As we anticipate getting more back to “normal,” now could be a good time to reach out to Smith's Ombudsperson, Michael Stephens. Michael is available for a completely confidential, neutral and supportive discussion to help you think through options and resolve the issues you’re facing. Please email Michael at to make an appointment.

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Student Notices

Student Parking Decals

Student parking decals will be open for returning SENIORS to purchase August 9th through August 13th. Returning JUNIORS will be able to purchase decals August 16th through August 20. If there are decals remaining, they will be available to returning SOPHOMORES August 23rd through August 27th or until they are sold out. Please note that there are a limited number of decals available and although these dates are available for Seniors, Juniors and Sophomores it does not guarantee that there will be enough for all to purchase a decal. Student Parking Decals can be purchased online at

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Technology News

Campus-wide Electrical Shutdown

Facilities Management is performing a campus-wide electrical shutdown on Monday August 9, 2021. Testing will take place between 6:00 am and 7:00 am. This shutdown is for the annual testing of the Black Start Emergency generator related to the co-generation power plant operations. During the shutdown, there will be representation from Facilities on campus to monitor building systems. All testing will be completed by 7:00 am.Questions or concerns should be directed to Chuck Dougherty, Chief Engineer. On behalf of Facilities Management, I thank you for your patience and understanding during this necessary testing.

Smith Wireless Network Update

Monday, Aug. 9

ITS will be updating wireless network equipment across campus on Monday, August 9 beginning at 5 p.m. The process could take up to 12 hours to fully complete. Community members will not need to take any action. Please be aware that if your computer is connected to the wireless network in an area being serviced, you may experience momentary disruption or degradation in Wi-Fi service. For questions, contact the IT Service Center at

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Performing Arts/Films/Fine Arts

Artists Jackie Brown & Erin Mallea in the Jannotta Gallery

July 26th-September 24th, Daily, Jannotta Gallery, Hillyer

Two artists are now showing in the Jannotta Gallery in Hillyer Hall. Jackie Brown’s primary focus is on sculpture installation. In Malleable And Changeable, she combines three previous installations and invites viewers into imagined biological systems where it can often be hard to tell if the forms are healthy or harmful growths. Erin Mallea is a multidisciplinary artist motivated by an attempt to better understand the spaces she inhabits. In Refuge, she examines the Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Oregon and explores the past and present of particular microcosms as metaphors for larger human and environmental conditions.

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Other Events and Activities

Tax-Free Weekend & Apple Back to School Promotional Savings at the Smith College Computer Store

The Smith College Computer Store will be open on Saturday, August 14th from 9:00am-3:30pm for the Massachusetts Tax-Free Weekend! Give us a call at 413-585-3027 or email us at to order ahead of the tax-free weekend to ensure the arrival of your items. For additional savings, combine the Tax-Free Holiday with the Apple Back to School Promotion! Purchase eligible Macs and iPads with education pricing and get a pair of AirPods for FREE*. Contact the store for more details. *See terms and conditions at

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