News for the Smith College Community //January 25, 2001

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President Simmons to Deliver Last Address

The last address by President Ruth Simmons (as Smith's president, anyway) to the entire Smith community will be the main attraction of this year's All-College Meeting. The convocation, which will take place at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, January 29, in John M. Greene Hall, is the traditional kickoff event for the spring semester.

Simmons, who (in the unlikely case you haven't heard) has accepted a position as president of Brown University, will complete her tenure at Smith at the end of the spring term. And though she may address selected groups on campus during her final months, the All-College Meeting will be the last opportunity for many members of the Smith community to see her speak publicly.

In addition to Simmons' keynote address, the All-College Meeting will include "welcome-back" addresses by senior class leaders, and a performance by the Smith Chorale with Jeffrey Douma directing.

Ammara Yaqub, Student Government Association president, will speak, as will Katie Winger, class of 2000 president, and Judy Kim, president of the Student Alumnae Association.

Simmons garnered extensive media attention when she took the helm at Smith six years ago, becoming the first African-American woman to occupy the position of president at a Seven Sisters college. Simmons was in the media spotlight again this year, when she accepted the same post at Brown, becoming the first African-American president of an Ivy League university.

During her Smith presidency, Simmons has overseen an ambitious self-study of the college, which has resulted in the establishment of the first engineering program at a women's college, as well as Praxis, a ground-breaking internship program; a streamlining of the college's governance; the establishment of the interdisciplinary Kahn Liberal Arts Institute and the Poetry Center, which has hosted many readings by noted poets since its inception; and numerous other initiatives.

The All-College Meeting, as it always has, will close with the collective singing of Gaudeamus Igitur, likely the last time as well that Smith's students, staff and faculty can join President Simmons in singing the traditional song.

The History of Rally Day

This year's Rally Day will take place on Wednesday, February 21, at 1:30 p.m. in John M. Greene Hall. Watch future AcaMedias for news about the event. Read on for the event's history.

Rally Day began in February 1876 as a celebration of George Washington's birthday. And though a rally was added to the day's events in 1894, the name "Rally Day" wasn't used until 1906. Even then, the celebration's origins remained evident because each year's printed Rally Day program noted the anniversary of Washington's birth on its cover.

This held true until 1991, when the program read, "Exercises in commemoration of the two hundred and fifty-ninth anniversary of the birth of George Washington." A year later, the program simply read "Celebrating Smith Rally Day."

Since then, each Rally Day has been marked by a theme. In 1993, the theme was "Celebrating 100 Years of Basketball." In 1998 (remember?), it was "Smith Women on the Move" and in 1999, "For Women For the World." This year the theme will be "Smith Women Yesterday and Tomorrow."

The history of this unique Smith holiday is summarized in the back of recent Rally Day programs. The annual Smith celebration of Washington's birth began as social dinners or receptions. A Daily Hampshire Gazette article from 1877 reads: "The social gathering in Smith College hall, Thursday evening, was a fine affair. About 400 invitations were issued, and nearly all thus honored gladly responded. The evening's entertainment was enlivened by music from Miss Gorham and the Amherst Glee Club." In 1881, in addition to the reception, a group of students performed a parody of the George Washington theme titled "Little Cherry Tree."

Over time, the receptions evolved into day-long college events. At the 22nd reception in 1898, "a little dancing was enjoyed," according to archival resources. From 1890 to 1893, dances took place on the morning of February 22 in the gymnasium, but only square dancing was allowed; the waltz was not officially introduced on campus until the first junior prom in May 1894. Games were added to the day's events in 1892, and the junior-senior basketball game soon became a traditional part of the celebration. Other events included debates, dramatic presentations, singing and dancing.

In 1894, Smith decided to adopt a program more befitting the celebration of Washington's birthday. The first commemorative exercises were held that year. A February 1894 editorial in the Smith College Monthly praised the new program, noting that parents wanted their daughters to observe the day with patriotic, rather than social, celebration. That same year, a rally was held on the morning of Washington's birthday. Students gathered with their classes in the four corners of the gymnasium and sang college and class songs simultaneously. As part of the entertainment for the rally, the student council presented a mock debate -- their subject that year: "Does Higher Education Unfit a Man for Domestic Life?"

From the beginning, the commemorative exercises offered a patriotic and reflective aspect to the day. The exercises involved a procession, an invocation, a hymn and the national anthem. The chorus would perform, and there was sometimes a featured soloist, such as in 1911, when a Mrs. May Sleeper Ruggles performed Patria. Beginning in 1897, members of the junior class competed to write a commemorative ode for the exercises.

The heart of the commemorative exercises was an oration on the subject of George Washington, delivered by a guest speaker. In 1912, the Honorable Simeon Eben Baldwin, governor of Connecticut, gave a speech titled "The Government that Washington Helped to Frame." But the next year, President Arthur Hadley of Yale broke the custom of taking George Washington as a subject, and future speakers followed suit. In 1918, John Dewey, a professor at Columbia University, spoke on "America in the World," and in 1926, Major-General John F. Ryan spoke on "The Outstanding Lesson of the War." Along with Dewey, distinguished speakers at the commemoration exercises during the early 20th century included William Howard Taft (1914) and Dwight W. Morrow (1922).

The first woman invited to speak at the commemoration exercises was Madame Denise H. Davey, vice chairman of the Fighting French Relief Committee, who spoke in 1943. In 1949, Ada Comstock Notestein, president emerita of Radcliffe College, was the speaker, but it wouldn't be until 1962 that another woman spoke at the exercises. Cicely Veronica Wedgwood, a member of the British Royal Commission on historical manuscripts, addressed the rally that year and became the first person to receive an honorary degree at the Washington's Birthday exercises. In 1973, the Smith College Medal was first awarded to outstanding alumnae, a tradition that continues today.

The tradition of sponsoring an event to benefit a charity began in 1918 when the Rally Day show was held to raise funds for the Smith College Relief Unit serving in France during World War I. In 1919, the funds went to the Armenian & Syrian Relief Fund under the auspices of the Student War Board. During the early 1920s, the shows raised funds for Smith's $4 Million Fund. While the first show featured only songs, skits were added the next year. In 1926, a faculty stunt was first included in the Rally Day show.

Through the years, each program has reflected students' wit and their ability to find humor in academic life. During the 1944 show, titled "You're Sitting on My Cabbage Patch," the junior class performed "Malice in Wonderland or the Valley of Derision." Scene I was called "Paradise Lost or Junior Year Abroad."

Along the way, the commemorative exercises became a convocation. In 1944, members of the senior class began wearing graduation gowns and caps to the exercises. The day still marks the first time that seniors publicly wear their gowns. But the caps have been replaced by inventive hats in keeping with the spirited, "rallying" nature of the day.

This year's event will be Smith's 125th Rally Day. If alums from those earliest Rally Days could attend the 2001 version, they might briefly wonder where the George Washington theme had gone. And although alums from other years might yearn for square dancing or a few class songs, they'd likely feel right at home. Even in the new millennium, Rally Day's roots remain evident. Still, as ever, and as reflected in this year's theme, Rally Day is a time for the Smith community to gather, remember the past, look to the future, and celebrate student life.

Smith Alum to be Honored by Lecture

"A Womanist Way of Being in the World" is the title of the first Pearl Agas Memorial Lecture, to be delivered on Wednesday, January 31, at 4:30 p.m. in Nielson Browsing Room.

Diana L. Hayes, associate professor of theology at Georgetown University and an adjunct faculty member in the Black Catholic Studies Program at Xavier University, will deliver the lecture. She is the author of five books, including Hagar's Daughters: Womanist Ways of Being in the World, And Still We Rise: An Introduction to Black Liberation Theology, and Taking Down Our Harps: Black Catholics in the United States. She is the winner of the Bunn Award for Faculty Excellence at Georgetown University.

Pearl Agas '96 was a Catholic student who died in 1999. As a first-year student, Agas was instrumental in creating Smith's first diversity panel, in Talbot House, and later helped develop similar panels in other houses on campus, according to Elizabeth Carr, Catholic chaplain. Agas was also active in the campus Newman Association.

Hayes, who is known for her dynamic presentations, specializes in black liberation and womanist theologies. Her work contributes to several fields of inquiry, including Afro-American studies, women's studies and scholarship in American religious experience. Her current research and writing is on African-American perceptions of God, and exploring the possibilities for a contextual American theology.

A native of Buffalo, New York, Hayes received her undergraduate degree from the State University of New York, Buffalo, and her doctorate from the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium. She was the first African-American woman to earn the doctor of sacred theology degree.
Before becoming a theologian, Hayes served as an attorney for the United States Department of Labor and for the state of New York. She was also a legislative consultant for the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.

Hayes' books will be available for purchase and refreshments will be served preceding the lecture.

The Best of A Cappella Here at Smith

The smoothest voices in college a cappella will gather in force on the Smith campus on Sunday, February 4, to participate in the Silver Chord Bowl, an annual showcase of college singing groups, hosted this year by Smith College and its award-winning Smithereens.

The Silver Chord Bowl, which will take place at 2 p.m. in John M. Greene Hall, typically attracts some of the best college a cappella groups in the eastern United States. In addition to a performance by the Smithereens, this year's lineup will include the Tufts University Beelzebubs, whose album last year, on the Infinity label, was named Best Male Collegiate Album; Off the Beat, from the University of Pennsylvania, who boast the best mixed-group (male and female) collegiate soloist in the country for 2000 in singer Jessica Gordon, and who won the best album award in 1999 and were runners up last year; Middlebury College's Dissipated Eight; the Harvard Callbacks; Yale University's New Blue; and the Amherst College Zumbyes, who celebrate their fiftieth anniversary this year.

The a cappella sing-off will be emceed by popular recording artists The Nields, who live in Hatfield.

Tickets for the event ($5 in advance, $7 at the door) are available at the Academy of Music box office, Guild Art Centre and State Street Fruit Store in Northampton; and at Cooper's Corner in Florence. The Silver Chord Bowl, which will be part of the Northampton Arts Council's "Four Sundays in February" series, is sponsored by The Daily Hampshire Gazette, Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Commonwealth Registry of Nurses and Merrill Lynch.

Interterm Films Add Meaning, Fun

By Eunnie Park '01

During the three snowy weeks of interterm, the days at Smith have been packed with courses that have fostered some unusual skills and unique interests in those who've stuck around. Consider these Interterm 2001 course titles: "Make Anything Out of Tape"; "Billiards for Fun and Profit"; ""

But at the end of each day, when the rigor of mastering the punch line is over, the Interterm Film Series has taken over, offering a free film screening followed by a discussion. The series, which began on January 10 and concludes on Friday, January 26, offers an eclectic collection of 13 films from various genres, including the science-fiction classic Bladerunner, a backstage comedy by Kenneth Branagh titled A Midwinter's Tale, and a hilarious Japanese "spaghetti western" titled Tampopo.

The theme of this year's Interterm Film Series is "Faculty and Film." Faculty participants' names were drawn (literally) out of a hat, and those selected were asked to choose a film, says Susan Briggs, assistant to the dean of the college and a member of the Interterm Committee.

Kevin Quashie, assistant professor of Afro-American studies, chose to show the Spike Lee film Four Little Girls, about the 1963 bombing in Birmingham, Alabama, that killed four black girls. "One of the things I love about historical films, even those that take explicit creative license, is that they encourage audiences to consider the relevance of past events in present contexts," says Quashie. "With Four Little Girls particularly, I think that Spike Lee is calling attention to the right-now manifestations of racist violence, which often is considered a thing of the past, and making sure that the historical record never forgets the lives of these girls and others like them."

se the film Like Water for Chocolate, an adaptation of the novel by Laura Esquival, about a Mexican woman's tortured life and the sensual power of food and cooking. Candelario explains her selection in the interterm brochure: "The film (like the book) centers on and asks us to reconsider the meaning of those spaces typically considered sites of women's oppression-the kitchen, the bed, the body, the heart. Preparing, savoring and consuming life's feasts, we learn, is very meaningful."

Every year, the Interterm Film Series has a different theme chosen by the students, faculty, and staff who are members of the Interterm Committee. Past themes have included college, the 1980s, eating and cooking, horror and animation. But each year, Briggs says the purpose of the Interterm Film Series remains the same: to have fun.


Boys Choir of Harlem to Jazz Up JMG

The Boys Choir of Harlem, a renowned choral group of fourth- through 12th-grade inner-city singers, will warm up John M. Greene Hall on Thursday, February 8, with its smooth blend of style and showmanship. The concert, part of Smith's celebration of Black History Month, "Black Struggle, Black Triumph: A Celebration of Black History," will take place at 7 p.m.

The Boys Choir of Harlem combines an eclectic mix of classical music, gospel, showtunes, jazz and pop to give a performance that has gained acclaim worldwide. The group, which is more than 30 years old, has won two Grammy Awards and toured in Europe, Asia and the United States.

Admission to the concert is free for Smith students and children under 12. Tickets ($15 for general public, $5 for Five College students and seniors) are available at Northampton Box Office (1-800-THE-TICK) and B-Side Records in downtown Northampton. Tickets will also be available at the door. Doors will open at 6 p.m.


Swimming & Diving
January 13: Smith 131, Wellesley 169
January 21: Seven Sisters Championship: 2nd place

January 9: Smith 24, Amherst 50
January 11: Smith 33, Wesleyan 55
January 13: Smith 38, Tufts 70
January 16: Smith 58, WPI 49
January 18: Smith 43, Regis 67
January 20: Smith 27, Wheaton 43

Track & Field
January 20: Brandeis Invitational: 5th place

January 13: Williams Invitational: 1-3
January 20: Smith 0, Wellesley 9

January 20-21: UMass Carnival: 4th place out of 11

Malkah Spivak-Birndorf '01, a geology major, has been awarded a Grant-in-Aid of Research from Sigma Xi, the scientific research society. Spivak-Birndorf is currently working with Bosiljka Glumac, assistant professor of geology, in applying stable isotope geochemistry in the correlation of poorly fossiliferous Cambrian (about 500 million years old) carbonate strata. The grant will help fund Spivak-Birndorf's fieldwork expenses in northwestern Vermont and analysis of specimens at the University of Michigan. Spivak-Birndorf will present the results of her research in March at the annual meeting of the Northeastern Section of the Geological Society of America, in Burlington, Vermont.

A book, Red Feminism: American Communism and the Making of Women's Liberation, written by Kate Weigand, historian and manuscripts processor in the Sophia Smith Collection (SSC), was recently heralded as a "terribly important book" by Ellen Schrecker, of Yeshiva University. The book, published in December 2000 by Johns Hopkins University Press, gives a fresh analysis of the origins of the contemporary women's movement, based on new research drawn from previously unused sources, including the U.S. Communist Press and its papers on feminism. Weigand prepares women's history manuscripts collections for the SSC, for research availability.

Neal McCoy, professor emeritus of mathematics at Smith, died on Thursday, January 4, at the age of 95, at The Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton. McCoy, who retired from Smith after 39 years in the math department, wrote several mathematics textbooks and received a national award for his work in mathematics.
On January 10, a memorial service was held for McCoy at Rockridge Retirement Home in Northampton, where he lived.

Sources of further information, if any, are indicated in parentheses. Notices should be submitted by mail, by e-mail or by fax (extension 2171).


Honorary Degree Nominations
The Committee on Honorary Degrees is seeking names of individuals for consideration as honorary degree candidates. The committee considers women who are exemplars of excellence in a range of academic and nonacademic fields as well as women and men who have had a special impact on Smith, the education of women, or women's lives. Send nomination letters to the Committee on Honorary Degrees, Office of the Board of Trustees. Briefly describe the candidate's qualifications, field, place of work and why you think the candidate is deserving. Include supporting material such as curriculum vitae, newspaper articles, entries from biographical reference works and others. All nominations will receive careful consideration. The review process is lengthly, and it will not be possible to guarantee that a nominee will receive an honorary degree or provide a timetable for when the degree would be awarded.

New Transfer and Visiting Students
The Smith College community welcomes 22 new transfer students and two visiting students to campus this January. These students join us from many different states, including New Hampshire, Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Illinois, Oklahoma, Colorado, California, and Massachusetts.

Glee Club to Perform
The national anthem, plus a half-time show, will be presented by the Smith College Glee Club during the Smith versus Mount Holyoke College basketball game at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, January 30, in Ainsworth Gym. See the Glee Club and cheer on your team!

Weather Alert
The official source of weather emergency information at Smith is the college information line, 585-4636. At approximately 6 a.m. on bad-weather days, information about a delayed college opening or curtailed operation is posted on the info line. If weather develops during the day that warrants an early college closing, an announcement will be posted on the info line in the early afternoon. Only in the most extreme circumstances will classes be canceled. If that occurs, a message on the info line would announce the cancellation; otherwise, assume that classes will be held. Delayed openings and cancellations are also announced on WHMP radio (1400 or 1600 AM; 99.3 FM).

Smith TV
Smith TV, a closed-circuit television broadcast by, for and about students, will be launched during the spring semester 2001. Planning meetings will take place every Thursday at
7 p.m. in the Nonprint Resources Center. All students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend and participate in the planning of two goals: to launch Smith TV; and to establish NPRC as an interactive workspace where students can rehearse, perform, tape and receive feedback on academic presentations. Students interested in television and film, Web design and graphic art, journalism and advertising, writing for the screen and stage, media criticism, audio engineering, innovation engineering and fundraising are encouraged to attend. Also, faculty and staff members interested in scriptwriting, stage management and directing, acting, sound and lighting, photography and cinematography, digital and analogue video editing are welcome. Contact, or Maureen Drake, ext. 7314, for more information.

Smith Club Hours
The Smith College Club will be closed through Sunday, January 28. Luncheon service will resume on Monday, January 29. Evening service will resume on Tuesday, January 30.

Davis Center Hours
The Davis Center will be open 8 a.m.- p.m. on Friday, January 26; closed on Saturday, January 27; open 5-11:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 28; and begins regular hours, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. every day, on Monday, January 29.

Faculty & Staff

New HR Brochure
Look for the new spring 2001 Human Resources Training and Development brochure coming to you via campus mail at the end of this month. The glossy brochure sports a large sun and announces a special training series titled "Civility at Smith-Strengthening Mind, Body and Spirit at Work." A slate of internationally recognized and local presenters will offer stimulating workshops, lectures and performances grouped into four themes: change at work; respectful workplace communications; diverse dimensions of health and wellness; and wellness, work and family. Select workshops, mark your choices on the registration form, have your supervisor sign it, then mail it to HR/T&D, 30 Belmont, or fax it to ext. 2294; or sign up on-line at Register between Thursday, February 1, and Friday, February 16; late registrations will be accepted on a space-available basis. Confirmations will be returned via e-mail, mail or fax. Call ext. 2263, or send e-mail to, with questions.


Faculty Teaching Awards
Honor a great professor by nominating her or him for a Faculty Teaching Award. One award each will be presented to a junior faculty member and a senior faculty member at this year's Rally Day on Wednesday, February 21. Nomination submissions should be one to two typed pages in length, and must include your name, mailbox number and telephone extension. Mail submissions to box 8938 by 5 p.m. Tuesday, February 6. Contact Shawna Parker,, with questions.

Course Registration and Changes
All course registration materials, including the Schedule of Classes, have been sent to student mailboxes. Students will be permitted to make changes on-line beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, January 29, the first day of classes. However, students are encouraged to attend the first class meeting before adding a course to their schedules, and are required to do so before adding a limited course.

International Study Meetings
If you are interested in studying abroad, please come to one of the information meetings at the Office of International Studies, held every week, beginning February 5, on Mondays at 4 p.m. in Clark Hall. Meetings will be approximately 45 minutes. Study-abroad opportunities and procedures will be reviewed, followed by question-and-answer sessions. Information meetings will also be held on Thursdays, February 1 and 8, from 2-3 p.m. in Clark Hall, in preparation for the February 15 Plan of Study deadline.

Make-up Examinations
Students who were granted an extension for final examinations in the fall semester must complete their examinations during the first two weeks of this semester. Please call Jan Morris (ext. 2554) in the registrar's office to make arrangements. All examinations must be picked up by 2 p.m. on Friday, February 9.

SSEP Summer Jobs
Applications are currently available for 12 undergraduate research/teaching internships and two residence coordinator positions for the 2001 Smith Summer Science and Engineering Program (SSEP). The SSEP is a residential program for high school women, which enriches and supports their achievements in science and engineering. SSEP interns will serve as research/teaching assistants to Smith faculty in astronomy, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, engineering, writing, and women's health, and as residential counselors for the high school students. SSEP Residence Coordinators (RCs) will collaborate with the program director to train and prepare the interns, plan for participant housing and schedule recreational, social and educational events for the high school participants. Interns and RCs will live in college houses, along with high school program participants, who will be supervised by the resident RCs. Qualified applicants for the position of RC will have demonstrated experience in community living and supervision of students. Dates of employment are June 11 through July 28. Interns and RCs will receive a stipend plus room and board. If you have interests and expertise in these fields and would like to experience the rewards of mentoring high school students, please contact Gail Scordilis (Clark Hall, ext. 3879, for an application. The deadline for applications is Monday, February 12.

Beinecke Memorial Scholarship
Applications are being accepted for the Beinecke Brothers Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded to college juniors who have demonstrated unusual ability in the arts, humanities and social sciences, and are eager to pursue these fields at the graduate level. Applicants should represent superior standards of intellectual ability, scholastic achievement and personal promise. Preference will be given to students for whom the award would enhance the likelihood of attending graduate school. Applicants must have received financial aid during their undergraduate years and must be United States citizens. The Beinecke Scholarship consists of a $2,000 grant upon completion of undergraduate studies, plus a stipend of $15,000 for each of two years in graduate school. Applications are available in the Office of the Class Deans, College Hall 23, and are due by Wednesday, February 14. For additional information, contact Margaret Bruzelius or Anne-Marie LaFosse at ext. 4920.

Riding Registration
Registration for all students interested in taking riding classes will take place on Monday, January 29, at 7 p.m. in Ainsworth faculty lounge. Please bring academic schedules and fees for the semester. You must attend this meeting, even if you have preregistered. Riding classes will be scheduled after the meeting. For more information, contact Sue Payne at ext. 2734.

Girls and Women in Sport
National Girls and Women in Sport week at Smith will take place from February 3 through 11. Don't miss the week of events. On Saturday, February 3, Smith students can attend athletic events such as track and field, swimming and diving, squash matches and a basketball game (see calendar for times and locations). At your first event, you'll receive a "passport" booklet and can have it stamped for each event you attend throughout the day. Prizes will be awarded based on the number of stamps you receive. Watch next week's AcaMedia for a listing of the week's events.

SCIPI Internships
Applications are available for Smith College Internships in the Public Interest (SCIPI). The public-service internships are preapproved for PRAXIS funding. Opportunities are open in Boston; New York City; Washington, D.C.; Chicago; Sarasota, Florida; and Portland, Maine. Interns will work with nonprofit agencies on missions addressing homelessness, hunger, child welfare, violence against women and other issues. In each city, Smith alumnae will serve as mentors, scheduling networking events, meetings with civic leaders and educational trips. Pick up applications at the CDO, Drew Hall, or the class deans office. The deadline for turning in applications is Thursday, February 15, 2001. Contact Anne White, ext. 4326,, with questions.

Study-Abroad Programs
Several study-abroad opportunites are now available. Contact Naomi Shulman in the Office for International Study, ext. 4913,, for details on the following programs: The Freeman Awards are generous scholarships offered to undergraduates to study in one of 15 Asian countries, for a summer, a semester or a full year. Recipients must have no prior experience in Asia and have financial need. Deadlines are February 1 for summer study and March 1 for fall 2001. The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award is a $10,000 stipend for graduating college seniors, to be used for public service anywhere in the world for six months or a year. Applicants can design their own proposals or work with established organizations. The proposal deadline is February 15, 2001.

Study-Abroad Deadlines
Deadlines for JYA applications and the Application for Endorsement of Study-Abroad Plans are as follows: February 1, 2001, for JYA programs in Florence, Geneva, Hamburg and Paris; February 15, 2001, for all other study-abroad programs; March 1, 2001, for seeking approval for a nonapproved program starting in spring 2002. Call the Office for International Study, ext. 4905, with questions.

Sources of further information, if any, are shown in parentheses at the end of event descriptions. An asterisk following a listing indicates that the event is open to the public. Admission charges, if any, are listed when known. Items for this section must be submitted on Event Service Request Forms.

Sunday, January 28

Performing Arts/Films
Concert First Annual Collegiate Gospel Choir Festival, featuring traditional and contemporary gospel music performed by choirs from Amherst and Mount Holyoke colleges, Boston University and Yale Divinity School, and the Pioneer Valley Gospel Choir. Sponsor: Smith College All Peoples Gospel Choir. Tickets (available at Northampton Box Office, 586-8686): $12, general; $10, seniors; $5, students; free with Smith student ID. 3 p.m. John M. Greene Hall*

Monday, January 29

Classes begin.

Lecture "Common Ground: Bridge Building for Nations, Neighborhoods, and Families." Nancy Denig, Northampton landscape architect. First in the series "Issues in Landscape Studies" (LSS 100). Sponsors: departments of art, comparative literature, English, environmental sciences and policy, landscape studies, and biology; and the Botanic Garden. 2:40-4 p.m., Wright auditorium*

Other Events/Activities
All-College Meeting The official kickoff event of the spring semester will feature the last address to the entire college community by President Ruth Simmons (as Smith's president). (See story, page 1). 4:30 p.m., John M. Greene Hall*

Yoga class Noncredit, for students. All levels. 4:45-6 p.m., Davis Ballroom

Tuesday, January 30


Sigma Xi luncheon talk "To Help Your Continent Grow, Keep It Warm and Give It Plenty of Water." Mark Brandriss, geology. Open to faculty, emeriti, and staff. Noon, College Club, lower level

Weight Watchers at Work All welcome. 1 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

SGA Senate meeting Open forum. All students welcome. 7:15 p.m., Seelye 201

Workshop L'Atelier, a theatre workshop conducted in French by Florent Masse. 7:30 p.m., Mendenhall CPA, T-209

Religious Life
Episcopal-Lutheran Fellowship meets for worship, friendship and fun. Eucharist, fellowship, and light lunch provided. Students, faculty, staff and friends are welcome. Noon, St. John's Episcopal Church living room

Meeting Newman Association.
7 p.m., Bodman Lounge, chapel

Other Events/Activities
Yoga class Noncredit, for students. All levels. 4:45-6 p.m., Davis Ballroom

Basketball vs. Williams College. Don't miss the Smith College Glee Club's performance of the national anthem and a half-time show. 7 p.m., Ainsworth gym*

Wednesday, January 31

Chemistry/Biochemistry lunch chat An informal departmental seminar for students and faculty. 12:10-1:10 p.m., McConnell 403a

Lecture "A Womanist Way of Being in the World." Diana L. Hayes, lawyer and associate professor of theology, Georgetown University, is the author of five books and the first African-American woman to earn a doctor of sacred theology degree. Inaugural Pearl Agas '96 Memorial Lecture. (See story, page 4.) 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Faculty meeting Preceded by tea at 3:45 p.m. 4:10 p.m., Alumnae House

Religious Life
Catholic Adas gathering and informal discussion/reflection. Lunch served. All welcome. Noon, Bodman Lounge, chapel

Buddhist service and discussion. 7:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, chapel

ECC Bible study Bring questions, frustrations and curiosities. 10 p.m., Bodman Lounge, chapel

Other Events/Activities
Auditions The Five College Early Music Program announces "painless auditions" and information sessions (call 538-2079, or e-mail reisenst@, for more information). 4-5:30 p.m., Room 6, Sage*

Yoga class Noncredit, for students. All levels. 4:45-6 p.m., Davis Ballroom

Thursday, February 1

Liberal Arts Luncheon lecture "Brahms' Requiem." Jonathan Hirsh, lecturer in music, director of the Glee Club and orchestra. Sponsor: Committee on Academic Priorities. Noon, College Club, lower level

Religious Life
ntervarsity prayer meeting 7-10 p.m., Bodman Lounge, chapel

Other Events/Activities
Yoga class Noncredit, for students. All levels. 8-9:15 a.m., Davis ballroom

Friday, February 2

Meeting College Council on Community Policy. Agenda will include discussion of the residential smoking policy. 3:30 p.m., Mary Maples Dunn Conference Room, Pierce

Meeting Smith Science Fiction and Fantasy Society. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 208

Religious Life
Shabbat Services Dinner follows in the Kosher kitchen, Dawes. 5:30 p.m., Dewey common room.

Keystone B.I.G. meeting Weekly fellowship meeting of Campus Crusade for Christ. 7 p.m., Bodman Lounge, chapel

Other Events/Activities
Alumnae House tea Parsons, Haven, Wesley and Tenney houses are cordially invited. 4 p.m., Alumnae House Living Room

Squash Smith/Mount Holyoke Invitational. All day, Ainsworth squash courts*

Saturday, February 3

Other Events/Activities
Squash Smith/Mount Holyoke Invitational All day, Ainsworth squash courts*

Track and field Smith Women's Invitational. 10 a.m., athletic fields*

Book Swap sponsored by the SGA Curriculum Committee. Students can bring used books to sell, for an amount they set, directly to other students, and save money that is lost when selling books back to the bookstore. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Davis student center

Swimming and diving vs. Mount Holyoke. 1 p.m., Ainsworth gym*

Basketball vs. Babson. 2 p.m., Ainsworth gym*

Sunday, February 4

Presentation History major Amber Watt '01 will comment on the American Historical Association's 115th Annual Meeting. Topics will include graduate school, researching women's lives and obtaining a doctorate. 7 p.m., Tilly house

Meeting Amnesty International
7 p.m., Gamut

Meeting Smith African Students Association. All welcome. 4 p.m., Mwangi basement, Lilly

Meeting Feminists of Smith Unite.
7 p.m., Women's Resource Center, Davis

Religious Life
Morning worship The Ecumenical Christian Church invites you to a festive service featuring the music of the Baltimore City College High School Concert Choir. The choir, whose repertoire ranges from classical to gospel music, has performed nationally and internationally. Part of Smith's Black history month celebration. All welcome. 10:30 a.m., chapel*

Quaker (Friends) meeting for worship. Preceded by informal discussion at 9:30 a.m. All welcome, childcare available. 11:30 a.m., Bass 203, 204, 210, 211*

Roman Catholic Mass Fr. Stephen-Joseph Ross, OCD, celebrant, and Elizabeth Carr, Catholic chaplain. Dinner follows in Bodman lounge. All welcome. 4:30 p.m., chapel

Intervarsity prayer meeting 9-10 p.m., chapel

Other Events/Activities
Squash Smith/Mount Holyoke Invitational. All day, Ainsworth squash courts*


"The Refugees" Two life-sized sculptures by artist Judith Peck, depicting refugees carrying a child and worldly possessions. Through May 28. For more information, contact the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute, ext. 4292. Neilson Library, third floor*

"Biblical Women" An exhibition of story quilts by Lee Porter '60. Using textiles and appliqué and quilting techniques, Porter depicts several scenes of women from the Bible, engaged in activities such as naming children, celebrating victories and mediating disputes. Through March 30. A reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., on Friday, February 23. Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Alumnae House Gallery*