News for the Smith College Community | December 12, 1996

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Carrot Cake, Chalk and Kudos

What do chalk, carrot cake and apples have in common? They were among the surprises that faculty and administrators found waiting for them on Wednesday, December 4, when they arrived on campus. Part of a massive appreciation effort that was the brainchild of many students and funded by the Student Government Association, the gifts were assembled and distributed by about 10 students "who worked through the night," explains SGA President Amanda Gilman.
 
There were apples and chalk tied with ribbons and messages like "Thank you for all you do for us" and "You're cool" for faculty members. "Professors are always complaining that they don't have chalk," Gilman points out. "We think we got most of the faculty," she adds, "although Hatfield was a problem. We didn't know where those mailboxes had gone, and we certainly hope no professor who is on sabbatical comes back to a rotten apple!"
 
For College Hall administrators, plates of carrot cake and apple cake with thank-you notes were placed in front of office doors. Students received pins to wear and exchange during the day that carried messages like "You make the difference," "You make Smith wonderful" or "You rock."
 
The idea arose in the context of offensive drawings placed on student message boards on the first weekends of October and November, says Gilman. As the first weekend in December approached, a number of students decided to undertake something "proactively positive," Gilman reports. "In trying to understand who we are as a community, we need to realize that there is much that is very positive that needs to be recognized and appreciated." This, says Gilman, was a way to say thank you.

Get Ready to Rally

Save the date. February 19, 1997, is Rally Day. The keynote speaker will be Mary Maples Dunn, former Smith president. Her topic: Reflections on the Statusof Women: 1796, 1997, 2020.
 

Don't Get Slammed By Exams

Workloads, stress and sleepless nights seem to be common topics of conversation on campus this week. And, while no one has figured out a formula for making the exam period fun and easy, several students, below, offer their tips for surviving the hectic days ahead.
 
"Start studying early," advises Won-Hee Yoon, a sophomore from Seoul, Korea. Too late for that now? Then heed her additional advice: "Don't be tense. Think of the vacation afterward."
 
"Relax," agrees Nami Yamaoka '98, a Tokyo, Japan, native. "Keep in mind that you can't make changes at the last minute, so take it easy."
 
"I'm not one for cramming," concurs Heather White '00 of Encino, California. Although this is her first finals week at Smith, she's already figured out what will work for her. "If it's a matter of whether I'm going to study or collapse and go to sleep, I'll sleep," she insists. "If you keep your head healthy, you'll do better all around. I already spent two weeks this semester going to bed at 3 a.m., and it didn't work."
 
Getting sufficient sleep is also the ticket for junior Maurie Eshleman. "People forget to do it," observes the Tyler House resident from Columbia, South Carolina. "I know some who sleep one hour in every 24-hour period during exams, and they become completely inefficient," she points out. And if sleep alone won't do the trick, Eshleman notes that she is also all for good luck rings and other trinkets to assist the superstitious.
 
"Take one day at a time," offers Kate Drake '99 of Somers, Connecticut. "If you try to think of everything you have to do over the entire week, you're not going to make it." Drake, too, urges others to get plenty of rest and to "eat whatever you're craving."
 
Comestibles, indeed, are examination survival necessities for many. "My grand bit of advice for all those enduring the pain and suffering of finals is to eat lots of chocolate ice cream," maintains Northampton native Diana Malek '97.
 
Similarly, suggests Lawrence House resident Kelly Brown '99, "Make sure you have a loving roommate who will share her popcorn and hot chocolate with you."
 
"Get off campus," urges Heather Egan. The senior from Exeter, New Hampshire, and veteran of many exam weeks has learned from experience that "You can't go anywhere on campus where everyone doesn't seem stressed out. So go downtown," she prescribes. "Have a cup of coffee; see a movie; get into the 'real world.'"
 
For Kathleen Shaver '98, a biology major from Atlanta, the whole exam frenzy simply seems blown out of proportion. "This is an important time," she concedes, "but people tend to forget why they're here. You need to remember that you should be enjoying what you're learning and doing, and -- especially during exams -- it's easy to lose perspective."
 

Sophia's Web

If you haven't yet "visited" Smith on the World Wide Web (at http://www.smith.edu), you might want to take a look. The current issue of PC Computing magazine lists Smith's Web site as one of 1996's 1,001 best. Only 14 other colleges and universities were included on the stand-out roster.
"With more than two million URLs on the Web and counting, it's getting harder and harder to find the really great sites," the PC Computing story reports. The magazine's editors and Internet experts "spent the past few months combing the Web to compile our annual list of the very best sites for business, home and recreation," the article explains.
 
Among the other college and university Web sites listed are Colby College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Radcliffe College, Stanford University and several sites that represent specific groups or sections of institutions, such as the Harvard Computer Society, the University of Kansas Agricultural Weather Center and the University of Richmond Mathematics Department.
 
The Smith Web site was designed by John Eue, director of publications in the Office of College Relations, using material provided by various campus departments and offices. Other members of the Smith Homepage Team included Wendy Shepherd (Information Systems), Jennifer Desjarlais (admission) and Eric Loehr (libraries). Dave Lutz and Karla Borecky (Information Systems) provided technical assistance.
 

Rumor Buster

Rumor: Smith is no longer going to include HMO Blue as a health care option for employees.
 
 
The Real Story: Every fall, the benefits staff in Human Resources review Smith's health plan options and negotiate with the carriers about rates, performance issues, etc. Should they determine that one or more of the health plans is too costly or is falling short on quality measures or provider access, they might propose that the college drop or change a plan.
 
Despite concerns about HMO Blue's rate increase, no changes in health plans were proposed this fall. Thus, HMO Blue, CHP and Kaiser will remain in place through 1997. The plans will be reviewed throughout the year and any proposed changes to the college's choice of health plans will be discussed in advance with members of the community.
 

Rankings Put Students in FUNC

Every fall, students, parents, faculty and alumnae eagerly await the publication of the college issue of U.S. News & World Report. The magazine has been ranking colleges since 1983, although the criteria -- presently 15 -- used in the ranking process have changed over time. Among those used this year are academic reputation, student selectivity, faculty resources, financial resources and student/faculty ratio.
 
When this fall's issue hit the stands, not only did it cause the normal anger on campuses that had dropped in the rankings, but it also mobilized students to take action against the ratings. Across America, students at liberal arts colleges are rallying in opposition to the rankings in a group called Forget U.S. News Coalition (FUNC).
 
U.S. News currently ranks the top 40 liberal arts colleges, the top 50 national universities, the top 15 regional universities, the top 10 regional liberal arts colleges, as well as the top engineering, business and arts schools in numerical order. However, schools that the magazine places in the second and subsequent tiers are only listed alphabetically.
 
FUNC's goal is to have the top 40 liberal arts colleges published in alphabetical order, as well, since the group feels it is impossible to quantify the education such colleges offer with enough precision to establish fair rankings. The coalition denounces U.S. News' ratings and urges colleges' administrators to withhold vital statistical information from the magazine until changes are made.
 
The Student Government Association at Smith has joined other schools, including Stanford, Wesleyan, Michigan, Rice, and Albion colleges, the universities of Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania, and the entire University of California system, in passing resolutions condemning the ranking system.
 
Smith's student government encourages the administration, as well as the rest of the college community, to send letters to U.S. News & World Report stating that its collegiate ranking is currently doing more of a disservice than a service to educational institutions. Students are being asked by their senators to sign a petition in support of the SGA's resolution.
 
If students or faculty have ideas on how U.S. News & World Report could change the way it ranks colleges in order to both provide information and be fair, they may send responses to mmccarth@smith.smith.edu or to Marie McCarthy, SGA secretary, at Clark Hall.
 

Ergo Argot

Below is "Tip of the Day" #2 from the Ergonomics Committee:
 
 
Here are a few reminders in case you have started slacking in the ergonomic department. While at your desk or computer, exercise your legs by rotating your ankles whenever possible. To increase circulation, extend your legs while sitting. Force a yawn to relax facial muscles and to release tension in other parts of your body.
 
Questions or comments for committee members? You can reach them via e-mail to Ergonomics@ais.smith.edu.
 

Smith in the Media Part III

We're marching (slowly) toward the present in this sampler of Smith media mentions. And what better place to start a march than at Virginia Military Institute?
 
When all-male VMI finally succumbed to pressure to admit women, media coverage of the capitulation usually included observations (both pro and con) that all-female institutions still endure, and Smith was often in the center of the fray. A syndicated column by Ellen Goodman in July maintained that VMI lawyers, in their last-ditch efforts to defend the status quo, "sounded like the presidents of Smith or Wellesley singing the benefits of single-sex education, evoking the arguments of the avant-garde to defend the rear guard." Meanwhile, U.S. News & World Report's treatise on the same topic included a photo of Ivy Day at Smith, captioned "Female Bonding."
 
"The Dry Yields to the Droll, the Prosaic to the Provocative in College Offerings" proclaimed a New York Times headline last July. In a nation where "snappy course titles reflect a need to attract students" (e.g., Princeton's "Really Fantastic Fiction" and Wesleyan's "Girl Talk"), Smith was cited as clinging to the basics, like "Introduction to Psychology." "Only Smith's physics department seems to have broken the mold" ... with "Seven Ideas that Shook the Universe," the Times writer maintained.
 
Also in the "uncommon offerings" department, the July issue of Town & Country magazine provided a primer for parents of young equestriennes. Here, Smith was listed among those "happy few" schools and colleges that "enjoy equal acclaim for their outstanding riding instruction...and longstanding commitment to the horse-loving students they attract."
 
And Smith's Community College Connections (CCC) -- a summer program for promising students from two-year public colleges-earned high praise from the Bridgeport, Connecticut, Inquirer. In "Education that Makes a Difference: Mentoring for Women at Smith College," the Inquirer described how several students from Capital Community-Technical College had gone on to four-year degrees and successful careers, thanks to the boost they got from CCC.
 
A large contingent of Smith School for Social Work students and faculty joined together last summer to decry welfare reforms, which they claimed would imperil children and punish poor families. In addition to coverage on local television news, the protest was the subject of an interview with Assistant Professor of Social Work Josh Miller, an organizer of the event, that aired on Albany's WAMC, a National Public Radio affiliate.
 
Chinese technology was under the microscope in the August issue of Popular Science. In an article entitled "A Long Haul for Chinese Science," Smith alumna Xie Xide (MA '49), a professor of physics at Shanghai's prestigious Fudan University, discussed the loss of talented young Chinese scientists to other nations.
 
Another alum on summer newsstands was Shelly Lazarus. The Smith trustee and 1968 grad was featured in a Fortune magazine cover story called "Women, Sex & Power." At the time, the publication speculated that Lazarus would soon be named CEO at advertising empire Ogilvy and Mather. Sure enough, in September the rumor was confirmed when Lazarus stepped up to the chief executive's desk at the world's sixth-largest ad agency -- the only firm its size with a female chair and CEO. According to an article in USA Today, which announced the promotion on September 9, "Lazarus and O&M were propelled into the spotlight in June 1994 after winning IBM's $500 million annual ad business -- a move that stunned Madison Avenue and prompted a trend of global ad consolidation that continues today."
 
Also on September 9, The Nikkei Weekly, Japan's Wall Street Journal English-language counterpart, cited Professor of Government Don Robinson in an editorial headlined "Terrorism Pits Security Against Freedom." Robinson, along with other American and Japanese VIPs, had taken part in a Honolulu symposium that questioned "How do free societies protect their citizens from terrorism without infringing on their human rights and civil liberties?" "We pay a price for the security we insist on," Robinson noted, describing the inconvenient but inevitable security measures he personally encountered following the bomb explosion in Atlanta during the Olympics.
 
Diversity is a watchword at Smith these days and a philosophy that apparently covers all of campus -- quite literally, that is. A September Boston Globe article, "Branching Out," encouraged amateur landscapers to consider uncommon options when selecting backyard bushes and called on the counsel of Kim Tripp, director of Smith's botanic garden. She explained that one reason we don't see much diversity in our neighborhood trees and shrubs is that most people buy their woody plants at the nearest nursery during the spring-fever months of April and May, and they select whatever is in bloom. "I urge people to keep an open mind..." Tripp advised.
 
Another Globe story, which cautioned "Don't take privacy for granted if you're at the campus infirmary," praised the Smith Health Service for taking extra measures to preserve patient confidentiality. In particular, the article observed that other colleges and universities were copying the Smith practice of offering AIDS testing that is not only confidential but also anonymous.
 
"Debates over who stole the American dream make me flash back to my Sixties days at Smith College," began a September column by the Philadelphia Inquirer's Trudy Rubin '65. "In my senior year," she noted, "the buzzword for the future was 'cybernetics.' Professors spelled out scenarios of how sophisticated computers would revolutionize our lives. I waited for decades for the revolution, but nothing seemed to happen. As recently as 1983, I was still banging out my stories from Beirut on a telex." Rubin, however, goes on to concede that not only is the "techno-upheaval" finally here, but that it has also created a dangerous wage gap between those who have mastered high-tech job skills and those who haven't. "In the Sixties," she concludes, "it was possible to ignore the cyber-revolution. No one can afford to ignore it now."
 
In "Late Entrants: College Students Grow Up," the October issue of Working Woman magazine applauded several colleges -- including Smith -- that offer special programs "geared to the needs of older students." Likewise, the September/October issue of Friends magazine -- a national publication for older readers -- selected Evelyn Clark AC as its "cover girl." The accompanying story -- with a full-page photo of Clark in Neilson Library -- profiled three ambitious adults who are all pursuing college degrees. Clark, at 58, was the "baby" of the trio.
 
Other Adas in the press included Joanne Brielmann, who was the subject of a Windsor Locks, Connecticut, Journal story in July...well, sort of. The story was actually about Brielmann's talented eighth-grade daughter, Kara, who had recently won a local essay contest. But the piece went on to note that Mom was no slouch either, earning straight A's at Asnuntuck Community College before being admitted to Smith.
 
Farther west, in "Making the Grade," the June 16 Los Angeles Times commended the efforts of Laura Wickware AC, who overcame substance addiction, domestic abuse and other obstacles and found her way to Smith after compiling an outstanding record at Santa Monica College.
 
And ever farther afield, Ann Moore '96 turned up in Hufvudstadsbladet, the Swedish-language newspaper of Finland. Moore had been attending the 46th International Pugwash Conference on Science and World Affairs. She is pictured in the piece with John P. Holdren, a Harvard professor and adviser to President Clinton.
 

AcaMedia Takes a Vacation

This is the last issue of AcaMedia before winter recess begins. The next edition will hit the streets on January 23. The deadline for calendar items and notices for that issue is Wednesday, January 15. However, the AcaMedia staff will not be on vacation, so feel free to submit information (especially for news and "People News" stories) at any time-the sooner the better. Happy holidays!
 

Vexillology Part III

by Lorna R. Blake
Flags took a great leap forward when the Romans ruled the world. For centuries, professional uniformed soldiers never thought of losing a battle, so flags became not so much rallying points as symbols of victory. The Romans believed in victory parades, at which miserable, conquered kings were dragged through the streets behind huge carved eagle banners. Eagles have been favorite symbols on flags for centuries, appearing on the regalia of Germany, Austria and Russia in the past, and we in the United States have our own bald eagle. (I notice from the admission office report on entering students that there is a new Smith student from Albania, so there may soon be the two-headed eagle flag of that country on our ITT wall.)
 
The Romans gave us our flag vocabulary, too. A vexillum was originally a banner carried by Roman troops and gradually became the name of the troop of soldiers marching under that banner. As the empire spread eastward, the Romans learned of dyes unknown in the west. Hence, cloth flags as we now know them came into use.
 
Here are a few definitions used by vexillologists. I'll save space if I use them from now on. The upper left hand corner of a flag is called the canton. The part of the flag nearest the pole is the hoist. The part of the flag furthest away from the pole is called the fly.
 
Now for the answers to last week's questions:
 
1. Singapore left (or was eased out of -- it depends on whom you ask) the Malaysian Federation in 1965 and became an independent city state. Its flag consists of a broad horizontal band of red above a similar band of white with a crescent and five stars in white in the canton. Singapore being a secular state, the crescent does not represent Islam but rather the anticipated rise of the young nation to great power. It's now one of the so-called fast-growing "Asian Tiger" economies, so this self- confidence was justified. The stars represent democracy, equality, justice, peace and progress.
 
2. The flags of Malaysia, Pakistan, Singapore and Turkey include the crescent as part of their design. There are eight other national flags that carry the crescent but are not represented at Smith.
 
3. Green is the color most often associated with flags of Islamic countries, although this is not evident in three of the four I mentioned. Libya, for example, has a plain green flag. The flag of Pakistan has a narrow white vertical stripe at the hoist. The rest of the flag is green with a crescent and star in white on the green background. This flag was adopted when Pakistan became independent in 1947, after a considerable struggle to separate from India when the British were planning to withdraw from the subcontinent. Nine years later, in 1956, Pakistan declared itself an Islamic Republic.
 
4. The flag of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia is distinctive in its beautiful Arabic calligraphy stating in white on a green background, "There is no God but Allah, and Mohammed is the prophet of Allah." The clever thing about this flag is that two are stitched together, so no matter from which side you see it, you can read the inscription. The sword beneath the inscription commemorates the victories of Ibn Saud.
 
Questions:
 
1. Now that we know a little bit about the flags of Islamic countries, think about the symbols and predominating colors used by Christian nations on their flags. How many can you find on the walls of the ITT?
 
2. What country presently has an eagle on its flag?
 
3. The Pan-African Movement, which struggled for many years of this century to remove European domination from the continent, chose three colors that are now to be found on the flags of many African nations and are well represented in the ITT. See how many African flags you can identify as you jog around.
 
The author welcomes your comments and questions at lblake@ais.smith.edu.
 

More Directory Changes


Add the following:
 
Elkins, Stanley
Parsons Professor Emeritus of History
(Dorothy E. Elkins)
17 Kensington Ave. 584-9366
Pierce 205 3708
 
Fearn, Paula Adj Piano
Instructor
Music Dept. (Kenneth Fearn)
110 Morningside Dr. 584-8503
Sage Hall
 
Changes:
 
Anderson, Margaret
extension: 3821
 
Fink, Larry
title: Professor Emeritus
email: only on Smith vax not ais vax
 
Fiss, Peer GR
26 Bedford Terrace, Apt. 8
587-2678
 
Krawczynski, Lou Ann
extension: 2678
 
Moore, John
extension: 3122
 
Pash, Meg
campus address and extension
Sage Hall 5 3164
 
Quesnell, Jean
should read: Jean Higgins
office: Pierce Hall 02
 
Shally-Jensen, Betsy
extension: 3523
 
von Klemperer, Elizabeth
all mail goes to: Wright Hall
 
von Klemperer, Klemens
all mail goes to: Wright Hall

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People News

Little-Known Facts

A Gem of a Job: Put Cheryl Donaldson's name on the list of Smith employees who have intriguing private lives that may never land them on "Oprah" but which repeatedly prove just how multi-talented this college community is.
 
Beyond her everyday duties here, Information System's director of office systems is also known as R. Cheryl Donaldson, Jewelry Consultant. Over the past year, she has turned her interest in jewelry and gems into a home-based business that offers several services.
 
If you're looking for that perfect wedding ring (or nose ring?); if you want to find a special setting for Aunt Selma's sapphire; if you need to surreptitiously replace it, after its final journey down the garbage disposal, or even if you have Aunt Selma's entire set of sterling silver at your disposal, then Donaldson's skills may be just what you need.
 
Donaldson holds a resale license that enables her to purchase jewelry at a wholesale rate -- about 1/3 the cost of retail prices. She then passes the savings along to her customers, who buy directly from her. Thus, unlike the 300 percent mark-up added by most stores, Donaldson tacks only 20 percent onto her purchase price. Shoppers can browse through her collection of catalogues and place an order. And if they don't find just what they want, Donaldson can usually find it for them.
 
For those who prefer to custom-design a piece, Donaldson will help turn vague ideas into specific plans. She can facilitate repairs and restoration of all sorts of jewelry or replace a missing gem from a family heirloom. She can also arrange appraisals and sales of customers' jewelry and gems -- including entire estate sales.
 
Donaldson explains that she's long been fascinated by this type of work. For many years, she'd read extensively and talked to others in the field. It was only last April, however, when she attended a wholesale gem and jewelry show, that she realized how well-informed she'd become. A number of the professionals she met at the show were so impressed by her range of knowledge that they convinced her to hang out her shingle. This fall, she bolstered that knowledge by completing a certificate course in diamond grading.
 
Donaldson insists that her new "career" is not only a lot of fun, but it has also provided friends and business contacts from as far away as Australia. Closer to home, the venerable promise of "I can get it for you wholesale" has attracted many customers from Smith. New customers, of course, are welcome, too. Contact Donaldson evenings and weekends at her home (586-7816) and, she maintains, she'll even make house calls.
 

Intern Offers Help, In Turn

Students today often come to Smith with an internship experience already under their belts, and others are eager to try one. Some, however, aren't quite sure where to begin. Ivy Estabrooke '98, a biology major from South Berwick, Maine, is one of many Smithies who made good use of last summer and is happy to offer advice to others who may be facing internship decisions right now.
 
Estabrooke served as an intern for a professor of pharmacology at Georgetown University, who also directs Georgetown's Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience. During her internship, Estasbrooke worked directly with her mentor, with graduate students and lab technicians on the Georgetown campus in Washington, D.C., and at the Washington Regional Primate Center at the University of Washington in Seattle. While collaborating with the other scientists, she conducted experiments designed to study the effects of certain substances on epileptic seizures in rodents and primates.
 
"My internship position gave me the opportunity to participate in biomedical research and learn research methods, animal handling and laboratory techniques as well as take part in all aspects of the research process," Estabrooke recounts. She also notes that the experience introduced her to the politics of research, such as grant-proposal writing and publishing. The experience, she insists, exceeded her expectations, and she now plans to go to graduate school for a Ph.D. in neuroscience and then begin a career in research.
 
Estabrooke received financial assistance for her internship from the college's Summer Internship Funding Program. This year 58 students received awards; a total of $50,975 was distributed. (Contact the CDO for more information about this funding.)
 
She points out, however, that she put in a lot of effort on her own to land her summer position, and she would be happy to speak to other students who are interested in doing similar scientific research, who would like to work in Washington (either D.C. or state) or who simply need assistance finding internships. She can be contacted at extension 6340 or via e-mail to iestabro@smith.smith.edu.
 

Light in December

If you're planning to do any holiday shopping or vacation visiting in Boston this month, take time out to see an exhibit of recent paintings by a Smith faculty member. David Gloman's "New England Light" opened at the Rolly-Michaux Gallery in early December. It features local landscapes, most of which were painted in the Meadows section of Northampton from last May through October.
 
According to the artist, the work attempts to capture particular times of day and kinds of light. "I don't know...I guess that's how I'd describe it," Gloman muses. "I can't talk, that's why I paint!"
 
Gloman received a B.F.A. from Indiana University in 1983 and earned an M.F.A. at Yale in 1986. He has taught painting and drawing at Smith for the past three semesters and will teach painting at Amherst College this spring. His wife, Katy Schneider, is also a painter and a member of the Smith art faculty.
 
The Rolly-Michaux Gallery is located at 290 Dartmouth Street (at the corner of Newbury Street; telephone 617-536-9898). Gallery hours are Tuesday­Saturday, 11 a.m.­5:30 p.m. "New England Light" will continue through December 31.
 

Up Close and Personnel

New hires:
Ellen Alvord, assistant for museum education, art museum; Alan Bloomgarden, assistant director for faculty grants and government relations, Advancement; David Greene, assistant to the president, Office of the President; Elizabeth Stookey, intern, Chapel; Lisa Werkmeister Rozas, student counselor, Health Service; Tina Zaengle, secretary, Board of Trustees
 
Departures:
Kristine Kozuch, disability services coordinator; Linda Samantha Armer, administrative assistant, School for Social Work; Jesse Meyers, catering/ lead cook, RADS; Elizabeth McGee, nurse, Health Service

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Tuesday, January 7

Workshop: "Stress Reduction Through Hypnosis." Part of Staff Training and Development Workshop Series. Questions? Contact Kathleen Chatwood at ext. 2263.
1:30­3:30 p.m., Faculty lounge, Seelye 207
 

Sunday, January 12

Religious activity: Quaker (Friends) discussion group. Meeting for worship begins at 11 a.m. Child care available.
9:30 a.m., Bass Hall 210*
 

Tuesday, January 14

Workshop: "Information Management: Short Cuts to Creating and Maintaining Organized Files and Records." Part of Staff Training and Development Workshop Series. Questions? Contact Kathleen Chatwood at ext. 2263.
9 a.m.­4 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room
 
Workshop: "Stress Reduction Through Hypnosis." Part of Staff Training and Development Workshop Series. Questions? Contact Kathleen Chatwood at ext. 2263.
1:30­3:30 p.m., Faculty lounge, Seelye 207
 
Swimming and diving vs. Mount Holyoke.
3 p.m., Dalton Pool, Ainsworth Gymnasium*
 

Wednesday, January 15

Student payroll vouchers due by noon in College Hall 10.
 

Thursday, January 16

Squash vs. Wesleyan.
7 p.m., Squash Courts, Ainsworth Gymnasium*
 
Basketball vs. Wesleyan.
7:30 p.m., Ainsworth gymnasium*
 

Saturday, January 18

Swimming and diving vs. Wellesley.
1 p.m., Dalton Pool, Ainsworth Gymnasium*
 
Track and field: N.E. Challenge Cup.
1 p.m., Indoor Track and Tennis Facility
 
Basketball: Tyler Invitational.
1 and 3 p.m., Ainsworth gymnasium*
 

Sunday, January 19

Religious activity: Quaker (Friends) discussion group. Meeting for worship begins at 11 a.m. Child care available.
9:30 a.m., Bass Hall 210*
 
Basketball: Tyler Invitational.
1 and 3 p.m., Ainsworth gymnasium*
 

Monday, January 20

CAD workshop: "Avoiding Plagiarism," with Julio Alves. Students can register at the CAD, now and through January, for this workshop and for others listed below.
9:30­11 a.m., CAD, Seelye 307
 
CAD workshop: "Time Management, Part I: Procrastination: Attitude, Habits, Motivation," with Sarah Lazare.
1­3 p.m., CAD, Seelye 307
 

Tuesday, January 21

CAD workshop: "Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Grammar But Were Afraid To Ask," with Holly Davis.
9:30­11 a.m., CAD, Seelye 307
 
CAD workshop: "Time Management, Part II: How Much Time Do I Have?" with Sarah Lazare.
1­3 p.m., CAD, Seelye 307
 
Workshop: "Stress Reduction Through Hypnosis." Part of Staff Training and Development Workshop Series. Questions? Contact Kathleen Chatwood at ext. 2263.
1:30­3:30 p.m., Faculty lounge, Seelye 207
 

Wednesday, January 22

CAD workshop: "Overcoming Writing Anxiety," with Debra Carney and Mary Koncel.
9:30­11 a.m., CAD, Seelye 307
 
CAD workshop: "Note-Taking," with Sarah Lazare.
1­3 p.m., CAD, Seelye 307
 

Thursday, January 23

Special event: Office of Student Affairs central check-in for all new students entering Smith in January.
Noon-4 p.m., College Hall 24
 
CAD workshop: "Exam Preparation," with Sarah Lazare.
9:30­11:30 a.m., CAD, Seelye 307
 
CAD workshop: "Editing Your Prose," with Brian Turner.
1­2:30 p.m., CAD, Seelye 307
 
Basketball vs. North Adams State.
7:30 p.m., Ainsworth gymasium*
 

Friday, January 24

Orientation for new students
 
CAD workshop: "Effective Reading," with Marian Macdonald.
9:30­11 a.m., CAD, Seelye 307
 

Saturday, January 25

Orientation for new students
 
Squash vs. Wellesley.
1 p.m., Squash Courts, Ainsworth Gymnasium*
 
Symposium: "Sexuality, Family and Public Policy." Speakers will be Kathleen Sands and Molly Shanley. Sponsored by Women Studies. Reception follows in Seelye 207.
1­4:30 p.m., Seelye 201

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Entries for the February Five College Calendar must be received in writing by January 15. Entries received after this deadline will not appear in the February issue. Please send all entries to Mary Stanton in Garrison Hall.
 

Spring Course Registration Materials

Registration materials will be distributed in McConnell Hall lobby on Friday, January 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and on Sunday, January 26, from 1 to 5 p.m. All returning students (including off-campus residents) must report in person with ID to the distribution center to pick up registration packets.
 

Grade Reports

Grade reports will be mailed to students during the week of January 20 at their college post office boxes. Grade reports for students not returning for second semester will be mailed to the home address.
 

Interterm Courses

Adding A Course: Students wishing to add an interterm course after the registration deadline may do so through the end of the first day of classes of the course. The signatures of the instructor, adviser and class dean will be required. Forms may be obtained in the registrar's office.
 
Dropping A Course: Students wishing to drop an interterm credit course must do so prior to completing one third of the class meetings. The deadlines for each course are posted in the registrar's office, and forms for dropping may be obtained there. The signatures of the instructor, adviser and class dean are required.
 

Foul Weather Reminder

The procedure for disseminating information about delayed opening, early closing or other curtailed operations at Smith is being streamlined this year. The Smith Information Line (413-585-INFO) will be the only "official" source of weather emergency information. An updated announcement of storm delays or closings will be available after 6 a.m. on the affected work day. In addition, the following two radio stations will list delayed openings or cancellations at Smith: WHMP (Northampton) 1400 AM or 99.3 FM and WFCR (Amherst) 88.5 FM.
 

Faculty Meeting

The fifth regular meeting of the faculty for 1996­97 will be held on Wednesday, January 29, at 4:10 p.m. in the Alumnae House. Members of the faculty who have business for the meeting should notify the secretary of the faculty, Scott Bradbury, in writing, no later than Wednesday, January 22. Material to be included in the mailing with the agenda must be camera-ready and submitted to College Hall 27 by Monday, January 20.
 

Health Service Interterm Hours

During January term, the Health Service will be open for medical and counseling care, Mondays through Fridays, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. After hours and on weekends, emergency care will be available at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital emergency room. There will be no overnight care (or sleeper service) available at the Health Service during interterm. On January 25, Health Service will resume 24-hour care as usual.
 

Interterm Workshop

Creating Body Stories is an interdisciplinary workshop on using the kinesthetic body as the source for art. Material generated will be brought together in a final installation at Hillyer Gallery. Classes will be January 6­22, on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Crew House. The final installation will be Thursday, January 23, through Saturday, January 25, at Hillyer Gallery. The workshop fee is $35 ($25 for students). Class size limited to 15 participants. Questions or to register: Call Joyce Lim at 585-9144. Workshop is funded in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council as administered by the Northampton Arts Council and the Smith dance and art departments.
 

Downhill Recreational Skiers...And Wannabes

Watch for flyers and further information about two weekend ski day-trips to southern Vermont ski areas. One will be offered in February and one in March. Equipment rentals, lessons and group rates on tickets will be available.
 

Welcome New Students and Those Returning from Leaves

The orientation for new students entering Smith in January will take place January 23­26. Schedules will be available in the student affairs office. Please warmly welcome these new students (and those returning from leaves) to your house and our community.
 

Help with Grad School Application Fees

The Smith Students' Aid Society (SSAS) has funds available to help with graduate school application fees for seniors in genuine need. A student requesting aid must show documentation that a fee waiver is not possible from a school to which she is applying (waiver applications are available in the financial aid office) and should fill out application forms for SSAS aid available at the front desk at the Career Development Office. Application deadline: February 7. Questions? Call Kathy Langworthy at ext. 2577.
 

Library Hours -- Winter Recess

Neilson Library: December 13 to 18: 7:45 a.m. to 2 a.m.; December 19: 7:45 a.m. to 6 p.m.; December 20: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; December 21 to 25: Closed; December 26 to 27: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; December 28 to 29: Closed; December 30: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; December 31: 8 a.m. to Noon; January 1: Closed; January 2 to 3: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; January 4 to 5: Closed.
 
Young Science Library: December 19 to 20: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; December 21 to January 1: Closed; January 2 to 3: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; January 4 to 5: Closed.
 
Hillyer Art Library: December 19 to 20: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; December 21 to January 5: Closed.
 
Werner Josten Library: December 19 to 20: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; December 21 to January 1: Closed; January 2 to 3: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; January 4 to 5: Closed.

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