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Otelia Cromwell Day will be celebrated on Thursday, October 30, with an array of events that day -- and that week -- addressing the themes of civil rights and living for change. A highlight of the program will be an October 28 panel discussion featuring prominent figures involved with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. The event will highlight students' roles in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and the possibilities inherent in coalition-building today. Also planned are a film series, an exhibition of Civil Rights–era photographs and a keynote address by pioneering activist and writer Grace Lee Boggs, author of the recent and acclaimed autobiography Living for Change.

Construction for a new fitness center, which will span the space between the Scott and Ainsworth gymnasiums in the athletic complex, went into full swing this summer. Scheduled to open in early 2004, the project will improve the fitness facility of the athletic complex by replacing the current weight room in the basement of Scott Gym, transforming the old lounge into an open space exercise room and redesigning the Scott Gym entrance to make it handicap accessible. The 7,200-square-foot center, funded by a $4 million gift from the Spencer T. and Ann W. Olin Foundation, will offer more than 120 pieces of new state-of-the-art fitness equipment, including treadmills, cross trainers, bicycles, free weights and select drive weights. Expanded programming will include teaching clinics, fitness assessments and prescribed exercise programs.

The Committee on Sustainability, which will include four faculty members as well as four staff members and four students, has been established by vote of the Smith faculty. The committee will be concerned with the best long-term use of finite natural resources and with Smith's affect on the local, regional and global environment. It will examine such areas as construction, transportation, materials and energy use, waste management, purchasing, investment and the curriculum. "Issues of environmental protection and sustainability are so important to the college and the community that they deserve the kind of attention that comes from a committee completely dedicated to problems and solutions -- a committee drawn from a wide campus community," said E. Jefferson Hunter, professor of English language and literature and former chair of the Faculty Council, which initiated the proposal for this new standing committee.

Since 1990, Smith's Summer Science and Engineering program has attracted hundreds of talented high school girls passionate about mathematics, engineering and science. This year, the median age dipped slightly when Linda Salisbury '78, a board member at The Young Women's Leadership Charter School of Chicago, brought 17 seventh-graders to campus in conjunction with the summer program, taking advantage of the science classes to introduce the middle schoolers to the possibilities of a residential liberal arts college. Known as the Summer Talent Exploration Program Unleashing Potential or STEP UP, the pilot program was developed by Salisbury and Gail Scordilis, Smith's director of educational outreach. The girls packed many experiences into their weeklong stay, studying medicinal plants in the botanic garden, developing their writing skills with an English professor and contemplating matters of money and finance.

Representing a variety of disciplines from American studies to social work, nine Smith professors were recently awarded chaired professorships. They are:
• John Brady, Mary Elizabeth Moses Professor of Geology
• Donna R. Divine, professor of government -- Morningstar Family Professor in the field of Jewish Studies
• Jay Garfield, Doris Silbert Professor of Philosophy
• Daniel Horowitz, professor of American studies and associated member of history departments; Mary Huggins Gamble Professor of American Studies
• Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz, professor of American studies; Sydenham Clark Parsons Professor of History
• Carolyn Jacobs, dean of the Smith College School for Social Work -- Elizabeth Marting Treuhaft Professor
• Monika Jakuc, Elsie Irwin Sweeney Professor of Music
• Douglas Patey, Sophia Smith Professor of English Language and Literature
• Paulette Peckol, Louise C. Harrington Professor of Biological Sciences

 
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