News for the Smith College Community //March 8, 2001
BOT Approves Posts, Rate Hikes
At its February meeting, the Smith College Board of Trustees took the following actions:
Faculty Members Receive Promotions
At its meeting on February 24, 2001, the Smith College Board of Trustees approved the following candidates for tenure and promotion:
Government Prof to Assume Provost Post
Susan C. Bourque, Esther Booth Wiley Professor of Government at Smith College, has been appointed provost and dean of the faculty at the college.
Bourque, who joined the Smith faculty in 1970 after earning her bachelor's and doctoral degrees from Cornell University, was dean for academic development from 1994 to 1997. She was director of the Smith Research Project on Women and Social Change from 1978 to 1994 and chair of the government department from 1991 to 1994. She has served on a broad range of important Smith committees, including the committees on tenure and promotion, academic policy, grievance, financial aid, admission and women's studies.
In announcing Bourque's appointment, President Ruth J. Simmons cited the breadth of Bourque's contributions to Smith College: "Her service on virtually every major committee provides her with a unique understanding of the college that will serve her well as chief academic officer of the college and deputy to the president." Simmons also cited Bourque's extensive scholarship on "a wide range of political issues in Latin America and the United States, including the issues surrounding higher education and women's leadership."
Bourque's books and edited volumes include The Politics of Women's Education: Perspectives from Asia, Africa and Latin America, coedited with Jill Ker Conway; Learning About Women: Gender, Politics and Power; Women Living Change: Cross-Cultural Perspectives, coedited with Donna Robinson Divine; and Women of the Andes, coauthored with Kay B. Warren. Her most recent book is Women on Power: Leadership Redefined, coedited with Sue J.M. Freeman and Christine M. Shelton, forthcoming in May. Her books and articles have been awarded academic honors, including the Alice and Edith Hamilton Prize for Women of the Andes and the New England Council of Latin American Studies Prize for Best Article.
Bourque will begin her term on June 1, 2001. She succeeds John Connolly, who will be acting president during the search for a successor to Simmons, when she assumes the presidency of Brown University on July 1.
"Smith College today is an exciting, energetic and vibrant academic community. I am delighted to be part of the team that will build upon Ruth Simmons' leadership," Bourque says. "It is a particular pleasure to follow John Connolly as provost. His firm and steady hand at the helm of the academic program has brought significant curricular innovation and academic distinction to the college."
For his part, speaking of Bourque's appointment, Connolly said: "Susan Bourque brings to this position a wealth of experience in the faculty, in international scholarship, in administration, and in reflection on the role and possibilities of liberal arts colleges in the educational landscape. We are very fortunate to have her leadership at this critical time of transition for Smith College. I am very grateful that she is willing to serve."
Novelist Morrison Named Commencement Speaker
Novelist Toni Morrison will be the speaker at Smith's 123rd commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 20.
Morrison, who is the Robert F. Goheen Professor in the Council of the Humanities at Princeton University, is the author of seven major novels-The Bluest Eye, Sula, Song of Solomon, Tar Baby, Beloved, Jazz and Paradise-which have received extensive critical acclaim. She was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993 as well as the National Book Critics Award, the Pulitzer Prize, the National Humanities Medal and the Library of Congress Bicentennial Living Legend Award.
She has also written numerous essays and lyrics for works sung by Kathleen Battle and Jessye Norman as well as coauthored a children's book, The Big Box.
Morrison, who received an honorary degree from Smith in 1991, has degrees from Howard and Cornell universities and has taught at Yale and Rutgers universities, Bard College and the State University of New York at Albany. She was a senior editor at Random House for 20 years.
A story about those who will receive honorary degrees at commencement will appear in an upcoming issue of AcaMedia.
Commencement will take place at 1:30 p.m. in the Quadrangle.
Students Learn About Life in Washington
During their four years of study at Smith, students have several opportunities to experience life beyond the Grécourt Gates through such programs as the 12-College Exchange and Junior Year Abroad, and a growing list of other foreign-exchange possibilities.
But one program offers a decidedly unique opportunity to spend a semester studying in the politically charged atmosphere of our nation's capital: the Jean Picker Semester-in-Washington Program.
This highly selective program, coordinated by the government department, gives juniors and seniors of any major the chance to live, work and study in Washington, D.C., for a semester while earning 14 academic credits. Participating students work at an internship of their choice, while taking two classes and completing a final research project.
Annie Russo '01, the Picker Program student coordinator and a former Picker student, says one of the reasons she came to Smith was because of the Picker Program, which she learned about during her admissions interview. During her semester in Washington, Russo worked for Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) on Capitol Hill. "It exceeded my expectations," she says. "I was able to see and learn things I never even knew happened."
Ellen Davis '02, a Picker student currently in South Africa working for Physicians for Social Responsibility as a part of her internship, says she is "extremely satisfied" with what she learned through the program. "Through my internship and living in D.C., I've gathered so much knowledge on my topic and feel like I can hold my own on the subject," says Davis. "I guess I can say that I expected to become a mini-expert, and I guess I have."
The students attending the Picker Program next season seem to have similar expectations. Andie Normile '02, an education and government double major, says she has learned the theoretical side of education policy at school and looks forward to rounding out her education by seeing the practical side of educational policy in Washington. "I'm really looking forward to seeing policy in action; actually getting to be involved in real-life situations instead of reading about it," she says.
Another aspect of the real-life experience that the Picker Program offers is student independence. The students are responsible for their own meals and housing during their time in Washington. "Having to work as an intern, go to class and work a second job to pay the bills will definitely build some character and responsibilities," says Melissa Cala-Cruz '02J, a biology major currently interning at SeaWeb. "I have been challenged with beginning my own life," says Davis. "A life in the sense of taking care of myself all the time, not just padding downstairs in my pajamas at 11 on Sunday to find brunch already made for me."
Providing Access for Students With Disabilities
As part of Smith College's historical commitment to nondiscrimination, the college has traditionally assumed a leading role in providing students with disabilities equal access to its vast resources and high-quality education.
That commitment was reinforced in 1990 with the passage of a state law, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which defined a disability as "a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities." But as Laura Rauscher, director of disability services, notes, the ADA only prohibits discrimination against the disabled; it does not dictate how to provide equal access.
"Individual institutions have to figure out what they must do to uphold the law. Providing accommodations is not the law, but rather a response to the ADA mandate of nondiscrimination," explains Rauscher. "An accommodation is any adjustment to the physical campus or its programs that creates an atmosphere free from discrimination."
Rauscher, who assumed her post in fall 1998, oversees accommodations for some 175 students who have registered with the Office of Disability Services. Her office, located in College Hall 3, facilitates equal access to all Smith programs and activities for students, staff and faculty. By law, all accommodations must be deemed reasonable; that is, adjustments must be made that enable qualified individuals to participate in a program or perform a job, without compromising the academic standards of the accommodating institution.
This latter point is especially important because at Smith and other colleges, equal access extends far beyond providing ramps and elevators. In fact, the majority of accommodations provided by Smith's Office of Disability Services are for learning disabilities, not physical disabilities.
"People learn differently to begin with," says Rauscher. "Fortunately, approaches to teaching are changing, and more options for learning and expressing knowledge are being created. But students with documented learning disabilities need these options now, and that's what ADA accommodations provide."
In addition to serving students with physical and learning disabilities, the Office of Disability Services provides accommodations for students with psychological issues and chronic conditions. Rauscher explains that any student with a disability is welcome to register with the office. She then will work with that student to develop an individual accommodation plan based on the student's needs. Among the services provided each semester are notetakers, readers, mobility assistants and sign-language interpreters; an ACCESS van service for on-campus transportation; adaptive computer equipment; and housing and meal accommodations.
Rauscher came to Smith after working for nine years at the state Office on Health and Disability. She was familiar with student concerns because she had previously worked in higher education. Upon arriving at Smith, Rauscher recalls that President Ruth Simmons urged her to evaluate the college's physical accessibility, which she did. Since then, Physical Plant and the Office of Disability Services have worked together on the resulting recommendations. "I've been so impressed with the spirit of cooperation here. It's exceptional," says Rauscher. "That attitude has made a world of difference for Smith students with disabilities."
As for her office's affiliation with the Office of Institutional Diversity, Rauscher describes it as fascinating. "Smith has chosen to equate disability with diversity," she says. "Along with the legal aspects, disability is about multidimensional experiences. Smith understands that and honors these students' different life experiences. "
Rauscher, who uses a wheelchair, is quick to credit Brenda Allen, director of institutional diversity, with being a strong advocate for the disability office's programs. "The real issue is difference -- it's about diversity," she contends.
Although much has been accomplished on campus, Rauscher says there is still work to do. "We have to keep looking around and asking, 'what does it take to create an atmosphere that is free from discrimination and affords opportunities for all to participate,'" she says. "And we have to act, to ensure appropriate handrails for stairs, effective signage around campus, accessible pathways of travel, and, of course, attitudes that value differences."
Looking ahead, Rauscher notes that physical accessibility has been a priority in planning the art museum renovations and the new campus center. She's pleased to have consulted with the planners on both projects. She has also been developing a Web site for the Office of Disability Services that includes information for prospective students. Though Smith doesn't have a recruitment program for students with disabilities, 25 incoming students registered with her office last fall. Rauscher wants to get the word out to more prospective students that Smith has a lot to offer. "I hope the Web site will make these students realize that Smith welcomes them, and that we will support their academic and personal growth.
"Nondiscrimination is everybody's business," Rauscher adds. "All of us at Smith have to be actively engaged in a conversation that helps us to be more inclusive. We have to create a bigger circle."
For more information on disability services at Smith, visit the office's home page at www.smith.edu/ods/.
Goal of New Campus Group: A Greener Smith
Mikela Licona '02J believes that environmental responsibility is simply a matter of awareness. "People just need to wake up and recycle," she says.
That's why Licona cofounded a new group on campus called Gaia, Smith Students for the Environment, which is committed to raising awareness about environmental concerns, increasing the level of reusing and recycling on campus, and reducing the amount of waste that Smith produces. It's a tall order, she admits. But though Gaia is one of Smith's newest organizations, chartered just last month, it intends to have a lasting impact on the campus.
Gaia was founded last spring by Licona and Shannon McKenna '03. McKenna, who plans to major in American studies, says that when she realized there was no environmental group on campus she began trying to raise awareness by posting earth-friendly reminders in her house.
Meanwhile, Licona, an anthropology major, had just transferred to Smith. She too was concerned about the lack of a campus environmental group, especially after having recently participated in a youth summit on ecology organized by Jane Goodall, a renowned researcher of chimpanzee behavior. Eventually, Licona and McKenna's paths crossed and Gaia was formed.
Last spring, the group focused on waste reduction, recycling and water conservation. The theme in the fall was consumption, and group members compiled an alternative consumption guide providing earth-friendly alternatives to many products that Smith students consume. The guide, which highlights local stores that offer these alternative products, will be distributed later this semester.
"All of Gaia's activities aim to make Smith a more green campus," explains Licona. "We're advocating for small but significant steps, such as RADS purchasing organic coffee from a fair-trade supplier and stocking the campus with toilet paper that has 100 percent recycled content. Now, people may wonder what difference recycled toilet paper really makes, but it does matter. It all adds up to a green campus."
Both Licona and McKenna have been pleased with the favorable reception by the college to Gaia's concerns and suggestions. The group hopes Smith will eventually implement a policy that mandates efficient and sustainable buildings whenever construction occurs on campus.
Now that Gaia is an official Smith organization, its founders hope to attract more members. "From the beginning, we've had a core of eight dedicated members but we want to grow," says McKenna. "Whether you have a particular agenda, such as ensuring that Smith doesn't serve genetically engineered food, or just a gut feeling that environmental awareness matters, Gaia welcomes you."
Licona concurs. "We know there are many Smith students who care about environmental issues," she says. "We want them to join us and bring their ideas."
Gaia meets weekly in Chapin House.
For more information on Gaia, visit its Web site at www.angel
Lecture Topic: Love Between Slave and Master
Carolyn Powell, a 2000-01 Smith College Mendenhall Fellow, will be the featured speaker for the Works-in-Progress Series of the Five College Women's Studies Research Center on Monday, March 12, at 4:30 p.m. at Mount Holyoke College. Her talk, titled "Sex, Love and Murder in the American South," will explore what she defines as consensual relationships between white slave masters and slave women in the pre-Civil War South.
Adapted from her dissertation-in-progress, Powell's work considers how intimate and loving relationships were negotiated despite the color line and its economic and political implications.
"We know that these consensual relationships existed and that slave women chose to participate in them," Powell explains. "But we tend to disregard these women's capacity to choose because they were slaves. To do that, to deny that these women made choices, is to take away their capacity to be agents of change."
As Powell acknowledges, a slave woman's choices were often shaped by implications for her own safety or that of her children and family. Some women made dangerous choices, she says, and others made what might be considered bad choices. Still, Powell argues, "we can't negate these women's choices, even if they were bad. They had the right to make choices -- and they had the ability to make choices."
Powell's dissertation considers three master-slave relationships. Along with the well-publicized relationship between Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemmings, she examines the relationships of two other American political figures who were slaveholders: George Wythe, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and a tutor to Jefferson, and Richard Mentor Johnson, who served as vice president under President Martin Van Buren.
Powell knows her topic is controversial and that it makes some people uncomfortable. She hopes to advance people's thinking beyond the given. "I'm asking my audience to look at things more than one way," she says. "Why take away these women's agency? They already were denied their freedom. I want us to give these women their voices. I want us to allow them a voice in their own lives."
It's important to Powell that her audience understand that the issue isn't sex, but race. In particular, she says it's about how we think about race and gender. She hopes to make people question assumptions and form new questions. "Even if there are no answers, we need to ask the questions," she says.
Powell, a New York City native, has been pursuing a doctorate in Afro-American studies at UMass for the past four years. "After doing a lot of public sector work, I had the opportunity to come study at UMass. It's been a wonderful journey. The Valley has been very receptive to my work."
For information on Powell's lecture or the center, call 582-2527 or visit www.wscenter.hampshire.edu. Free child care is available; call by March 7 to make arrangements.
Jazz at Smith -- Not Just for the Old
By Eunnie Park '01
For many years, Smith music students have been closing themselves behind practice-room doors to diligently practice and master the nuances of music by history's classical giants like Mozart, Brahms and Beethoven.
But only recently -- since the establishment of the Smith College Jazz Ensemble -- have some of them switched gears to jam on the music of Ellington, Monk and Davis (as in Duke, Thelonius and Miles).
The jazz ensemble was formed in fall 1999 with the support of John Sessions, professor of music, and is directed by Bruce Diehl. And though it is one of the youngest music groups at Smith, the jazz ensemble has already caught the interest of many students.
Donna Ingalls AC is one of them. Ingalls, who made a living as a rock and blues singer before coming to Smith, says of her gig as the jazz ensemble vocalist, "It's just a natural progression, really. It's a different kind of experience altogether. I do it for fun, and it keeps me active in singing while I'm here."
So far, the jazz ensemble has performed a couple of times at Smith and at the annual December Jazz Ensemble Concert at Amherst College under the direction of Andy Jaffe, the group's founding director and a member of the Williams College faculty. Since Diehl assumed the direction of the jazz ensemble last spring, it has participated in the Williams College Jazz Festival. The group will perform several times this spring as well, including in a joint concert with the Smith College Wind Ensemble on April 25.
The 15 musicians in the jazz ensemble come from a variety of musical backgrounds. Like Ingalls, they each have their own personal musical experiences that inform their approach to playing jazz. But they all agree that playing in a jazz ensemble -- some of them for the first time -- adds a rich component to their musical experience at Smith.
"It brings some musical diversity and exposure to something other than classical," says Ingalls.
Juliana Han '03, the group's pianist, says she joined the ensemble without any previous experience in jazz. "It's a little difficult because I come from a classical background. It's hard, but it's fun. It helps me experience music outside of classical with a good group of musicians."
As for the group's place within Smith's cultural pallette, Han says, "It's important to get jazz out to people and to expose them to it. We have student groups, but the ones in the music department focus on classical and folk. It's important for Smith people to know that jazz isn't just for old people."
New Parking Garage A Welcome Addition
Now that the Smith College Parking Facility is near completion and in operation, having opened up 352 new spaces to campus personnel, it seems safe to declare that the college's parking crunch is at least somewhat alleviated. More employees on the south side of campus are taking advantage of the facility and fewer are having to conduct a daily search for a place to park.
And while no one assumes the new parking facility will provide the solution to all of Smith's parking woes, many commuters are appreciative of the extra space.
Marian Macdonald, director of the Jacobson Center for Writing, Teaching and Learning in Seelye, says she's relieved to be able to give up her former routine of scouring the campus for a place to put her car for the day. "I no longer have to plan my life around finding and keeping a parking space," she says. "I no longer have to arrive by 7:30 a.m. if I want a parking space reasonably near my office, and if I want to leave the campus at lunchtime I can do so, knowing that when I come back I won't have to circle endlessly, finally settling for a meter."
"I love the parking garage," says Sid Dalby, associate director of the Ada Comstock Scholars Program, whose office is in College Hall. "BPL (Before Parking Lot), I felt pressed to get to the Unity House lot by 8 a.m. to get a space. Now I can cruise into the garage 20 minutes later and there are always plenty of spaces. I use that extra time in the morning to read the paper and linger over a cup of tea, which is a very nice way to start the day."
Other parking-related plans on campus include the expansion, reconfiguration and resurfacing of several surface lots.
It seems like long ago now when the campus was witness to a daily parade of 18-wheelers lumbering into the construction site, delivering a succession of multiton concrete pieces to be snapped into place like some sort of Brobdingnagian jigsaw puzzle. All last summer, a 10-story-tall crane (which now assists with the more auspicious Big Dig) hoisted the pieces and lowered them into place.
Now, the college is home to a new building, albeit one that does not yet have its elevator. And though the building is decidedly utilitarian in design, it's unarguably vital to the quotidian operation of the institution.
For her part, Macdonald does not underestimate
the new building's value. "I think it's the most significant
development for Smith employees in terms of quality of life that
I can remember," she says. "The parking garage gives
us a degree of freedom that is wonderful after all these years."
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Monday, March 12
Lecture "What Are Museums For? An Anthropology Museum in Transition." Rubie Watson, William and Muriel Seabury Howells Director, Peabody Museum of Archeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, whose research interests include the history of museums, museums and nationalism, and economic and family change. 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*
Poetry Reading Distinguished Irish poet Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill will read her work in Irish and English. Booksigning follows. 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room
Teach-in Discussion concerning abortion, hosted by the Peer Sexuality Educators. Methods, procedural basics, clinic referrals, ethics and your ideas or concerns will be open for discussion. All are invited to participate. Call Jess at ext. 4778 with questions. 4:30 p.m., Women's Resource Center
Meeting Amnesty International 4:30 p.m., Chapin
Language lunch tables French, Italian. 12:15 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room A
President's open hours First come, first served. 4-5 p.m., College Hall 20
Yoga class Noncredit, for students. All levels. 4:45-6 p.m., Davis Ballroom
Tuesday, March 13
Special open meeting of the "Anatomy of Exile" Colloquium. Discussion topic: "The Joys of Paradise: Reconsidering the Hollywood Exile" with Saverio Giovacchini, City University of New York. 4 p.m., Kahn colloquium 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
Meeting Newman Association.
Language lunch table Chinese, 12:15 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room A
Language lunch table German. 12:15 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room B
Yoga class Noncredit, for students. All levels. 4:45-6 p.m., Davis Ballroom
CDO Open Hours for library research and browsing. Peer advisers available. 79 p.m., CDO
Wednesday, March 14
Lecture "Female Circumcision and Theater Practice in Nigeria." Juliana Okoh, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria, and a visiting scholar in comparative literature at Smith. Part of the semester-long lecture series "Violence Against Women in War and Peace," sponsored by the Five College Women's Studies Research Center and the UMass Everywoman's Center. For more information, consult pawss.hampshire.edu/events/index.html. 7:30 p.m., Seelye 106*
Meeting MassPIRG. 7 p.m., Seelye 101
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
Classics lunch Noon, Duckett Special Dining Room C
Language lunch tables Spanish, Portuguese. 12:15 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Rooms A & B.
Yoga class Noncredit, for students. All levels. 4:45-6 p.m., Davis Ballroom
Gaming night with the Smith Science Fiction and Fantasy Society, a time for gamers to gather and play rpgs, eegs and anything else of interest. Probable games include D&D, Magic, The Gathering and Lunch Money. 7:30 p.m., Seelye 208.
Thursday, March 15
Poetry Reading Julia Oxtoa, Basque poet, short story and essay writer, will read from her work. 4:30 p.m., Seelye faculty lounge*
Lecture Stage director Aaron Posner will lecture on his theatrical adaptation of Chaim Potok's novel The Chosen. Part of the theatre department's "Masters and Movements in Drama." Sponsor: Esther Sosland Levi Fund in Jewish Studies. 7 p.m., chapel*
Intervarsity prayer meeting 7-10 p.m., Bodman Lounge, chapel
SGA Election sign-ups See 3/12 list-ing. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., SGA office, Clark
Language lunch tables Korean, Russian. 12:15 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room (alternate weekly)
Friday, March 16
Language lunch table Japanese. 12:15 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room A
Saturday, March 17
No events scheduled
Sunday, March 18
No CDO open hours this afternoon due to spring break.
Monday, March 19 -- Saturday, March 24
No events scheduled
Sunday, March 25
Meeting Gaia, for students interested in the environment. All welcome. 5:45 p.m., Chapin
Meeting Feminists of
Discussion Baha'i Club. Deepening of the Baha'i writings. 4 p.m., Dewey common room
"Decorative Design: Publishers' Cloth Bindings in the Finison Collection at Smith College," a dazzling display of 19th- and early 20th-century American decorated bookbindings that illustrate the stylistic developments of book design for that period. The book covers were selected from the more than 2,000 volumes donated from the Harvey and Myrtle Finison Collection in 1999. Leading book design historian Sue Allen will give a related talk on April 18. For more information, call ext. 2906. Through May 29. Mortimer Rare Book Room, Neilson Library*
Annual Spring Bulb Show A spectacular array of more than 5,000 bulbs, including crocuses, hyacinths, narcissi, irises, lilies and tulips, all flowering simultaneously. Opens March 2 with a lecture on the architecture of the Lyman Conservatory. Open daily, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. through March 18. Special evening hours, 69 p.m., on Fridays, March 9 and 16. Groups of 10 or more must schedule in advance by calling ext. 2742. Parking is available on College Lane during the show. Lyman Conservatory*
"Fragments: A Quilt Exhibit" Through March 28. For more information, call ext. 2907. Mortimer Rare Book Room, Third Floor, Neilson Library
"Ornamented Type," an exhibit of 23 alphabets from the foundry of Louis John Pouchee. Through March 28. For more information, call ext. 2907. Third Floor, Neilson Library
"Staff Visions," an exhibit of original arts and crafts by Smith College staff. Through March 16. McConnell foyer*
"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*