News for the Smith College Community //March 22, 2001

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Astronaut to Keynote Engineering Conference

In the United States, some 350,000 engineering and computer science positions are currently unfilled. Of the engineers practicing today, only nine percent are women.

"Taken together, these statistics point to a national crisis," says Domenico Grasso. "The input and expertise of engineers is critical to nearly every aspect of our lives today, and yet we are not graduating the numbers of well-educated engineers that we need to properly position society for what the future holds."

Grasso, the chair of Smith College's new Picker Program in Engineering and Technology, is a driving force behind "Designing the Future," an intensive summit on engineering education intended to formulate potential solutions to this workforce shortage.

Over the course of two days -- Friday, March 30, and Saturday, March 31 -- some 150 engineering executives, corporate representatives, deans, faculty members and association representatives, as well as foundation directors and advocates for women in science, will gather at Smith to begin a dialogue on educational strategies for diversifying the engineering and technology workforce.

"Designing the Future" will begin at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 30, with an introduction by Smith President Ruth Simmons, followed by an exploratory discussion of the engineering crisis led by William Wulf, president of the National Academy of Engineering. Panel members will be Elaine Seymour, director of ethnography and evaluation research at the University of Colorado at Boulder; Tom Engibous, CEO of Texas Instruments; John Slaughter, president of National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering; Nancy Lane, director of Cambridge University's Women in Science, Engineering and Technology program; and Thomas Magnanti, dean of engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Following a break, the conference will continue at 5 p.m. with a greeting from Rita Colwell, director of the National Science Foundation, followed by an address by astronaut Bonnie Dunbar, assistant director for university research and affairs at NASA. Dunbar has logged more than 50 days in space on five flights. She joined NASA in 1978 after playing a key role in developing the space shuttle's heat shield while employed with Rockwell International Space Division. She has received several NASA Space Flight Medals in addition to numerous other awards.

On Saturday, March 31, the conference will convene at 9 a.m. with an address, "Undergraduate Engineering and the Role of the Liberal Arts," by Shirley Ann Jackson, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Jackson's talk will be followed by a response from panelists, including Susan Voss, an assistant professor with the Picker Program, and Rose Mary Farenden, global recruitment director at Ford Motor Company, who will discuss possible approaches to engineering education. Stephen Director, dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan and chair of the Engineering Deans Council, will introduce Jackson's lecture and serve as moderator for the response.

The conference will culminate in an 11 a.m. session, "A Conversation About the Future of Engineering Education," with Grasso; George Peterson, executive director of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology; James Wei, dean of the School of Engineering at Princeton University; Kristina Johnson, dean of the School of Engineering at Duke University; and Joseph Goldstein, dean of the UMass College of Engineering at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

Friday's sessions will take place in Wright Hall Auditorium. Saturday's sessions will take place in Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall.

Established in February 1999, the Picker Program is the first and only engineering program at a women's college. Its focus is on developing broadly educated, well-rounded engineers capable of assuming leadership roles in corporations, nonprofit organizations and technology-related fields. The program's unprecedented linkage of engineering education and the liberal arts is designed to attract women not only strong in scientific and technical aptitude but also capable of exceptional creativity and humanistic understanding. The first class of engineering students entered Smith this fall and is expected to graduate in 2004. They will earn bachelor's degrees in engineering science, enabling them to pursue specialization in a range of technical fields.

"Designing the Future" is sponsored by Ford Motor Company, GE Fund, The Boeing Company, Cisco Systems, Inc., Microsoft Corporation, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Pfizer Inc and United Technologies Corporation.

Adas' Kids' Art to Adorn Seelye Lobby

Beginning Monday, March 26, the walls of the Seelye lobby will be adorned with the art and writings of students' kids, as the third annual Ada Comstock Scholars Children's Art Exhibition goes on display.

Notable among the creative works -- if only for the artists' ages -- will be a hanging collage sculpture by 3-year-old Juliette Provost and another small collage piece by 4-year-old Willa Tara Murphy, both of whom are, impressively, returning participants in the exhibition.

The exhibition features works in an array of creative mediums, including drawings, poetry, stories, paintings and needlework, all by children (age 17 and under) of Ada Comstock scholars.

The exhibit was first coordinated by Esther Jno-Charles '00, as a part of a special studies course in psychology, inspired by the idea that a loving, creative home is essential for raising a happy child. Since then, the exhibit has become an annual event, serving as a tribute to Adas' kids for sharing their mothers with Smith College, says Geri Provost AC, who is coordinating the event this year.

The exhibit has also served to bring together students in the diverse Smith community, says Provost. "I know that some off-campus Adas feel somewhat isolated from the community at large, so this is an excellent opportunity for their children to participate in an event that makes everyone who views it smile," she says.

Last year's exhibit included works by 20 young artists, ranging in age from 2 to 16. Featuring crayon drawings and some poignant poetry, the exhibit attracted hundreds from the Smith community. "From what I could glean from the comments, the Smith community was uplifted and very interested in the work," Provost says.

This year's Ada Comstock Scholars Children's Art Exhibition will run through Friday, March 30. An opening reception will take place in Seelye from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, March 26. On Wednesday, March 28, participating artists will be honored at an awards ceremony, and each of them will receive a certificate of appreciation for their participation, a savings bond and, when it's published, an exhibition booklet.

Girls Learn From Picker Women

The Picker Program in Engineering and Technology will host a conference next week to examine the engineering education of college-age women (see related story). But last month, an event sponsored by the program addressed women from an even younger age group.

On February 22, students in the Picker Program welcomed several high school students to campus for "Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day." The day, a component of National Engineers Week, was launched as part of a nationwide effort to publicize the international need for women engineers and to offer girls, in grades kindergarten through 12, positive messages about math and science education, and engineering careers.

When Borjana Mikic, associate professor of engineering, learned of the goal of National Engineers Week organizers to reach a million girls to impart a positive message about science education, she knew Smith would be an ideal participant. "As the only women's college with an engineering program, Smith needed to be part of 'Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day,'" says Mikic.

Several high-school students attended the half-day program, which was open to girls from several area schools.

Mikic enlisted the assistance of student volunteers from her Engineering 100 class as well as that of Gail Scordilis, director of educational outreach, in coordinating the event, which began with lunch in the engineering building design studio. The agenda also included getting participants involved in an ongoing toy-tech project and joining in an on-line chat with women engineers, hosted by the National Academy of Engineers.

"Our goal was to help these girls think about themselves as potential engineers and scientists. Yes, we want to introduce them to Smith, but the bigger goal of all our outreach activities is to help precollege girls recognize their options," explains Scordilis.

"They were a great group," says Mikic of the participants. "Along with American students, the group included girls from Germany and Japan. It was exciting to talk about engineering from an international perspective."

Equally excited were the Smith students who volunteered. All first-year students in the Picker Engineering Program, they welcomed the chance to expose the girls to their field. For her part, Emerson Taylor '04 said that she signed up because, as a woman interested in science, she didn't have good role models before college. Now, as part of Smith's first engineering class, she says it's crucial to try to be a role model. "Being part of an event like this is enriching for me," she adds.

Meghan Taugher '04 says it was important to show the girls that engineering isn't all calculators and formulas. "We just wanted to say, 'Look how much fun we have. Come join us,'" she says.

Throughout the afternoon, the student volunteers offered their insights about what engineers do. "Even though technology is so much a part of our lives, engineering is mysterious to a lot of people," says Taylor. So during the lunchtime discussion, participants joined the students in exploring the question, "What is engineering?" by looking at a societal problem and considering ways that engineers might contribute to a solution.

Mikic and Scordilis agree that the event was a success. "The day was just what we hoped for," says Mikic. "The participants gained some knowledge and had their awareness raised. By the time we gathered for late-afternoon tea, the girls were thinking more broadly-and thinking about science and engineering."

Next year, Mikic and Scordilis say they hope to offer an expanded "Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day."

Lecture Topic: Bush Effect on Civil Rights

On Wednesday, March 28, community activists Nelson and Joyce Johnson, of the Greensboro Justice Fund, will visit Smith to speak on "Struggle and Hope: A View from the Black South 60 Days after Bush's Election" at 7:30 p.m. in Neilson Browsing Room.

Active student leaders during the 1960s civil rights movement, the Nelsons have remained committed to labor and community activism during the past 30 years.

In 1979, Nelson was wounded during a Ku Klux Klan attack in Greensboro that resulted in the deaths of five anti-Klan demonstrators. Although the KKK and Nazi defendants were acquitted of murder by all-white juries, the Johnsons and other victims successfully sued the city of Greensboro for police complicity in the attack. With proceeds from the judgment, they created the Greensboro Justice Fund, which continues to support civil rights activists throughout the South.

As founders of the Faith Community Church in the 1980s and working with the Beloved Community Center in Greensboro, the Johnsons have been a moral voice in all aspects of the city's life. In the 1990s, they helped organize a successful city-wide coalition of labor, religious and community leaders seeking justice and equal pay for predominately black K-Mart workers.

The lecture is sponsored by Smith, Amherst and Hampshire colleges, the University of Massachusetts and Five Colleges, Inc.

Chapel Library Offers Books for All Beliefs

Smith students frequent the Bodman Lounge downstairs in Helen Hills Hills Chapel for many reasons. For some, it offers a conducive place to study. Others enjoy playing the baby grand piano in the lounge's corner. Still others go there to watch videos or even bake a birthday cake in the adjoining kitchen.

Now, however, thanks to a recent spate of acquisitions by the chapel's library, some students may look to Bodman Lounge to find an interesting read on alternative spiritual healing methods, the teachings of an American Buddhist or an array of other topics.

During the Interterm last January, the chapel library was treated to a redesign and acquisition drive, assisted by Charlene Meader Moran, lead administrative assistant in the chapel; Hayat Nancy Abuza, interfaith program coordinator; and students Rebecca Turner '01 and Donna Ingalls AC. A subsequent refurbishment of the library entailed rearranging and reorienting the collection to appeal more to students' interests, says Abuza.

Many of the outdated volumes have been donated to the Prison Book Project, a volunteer collective that distributes free books to prison inmates. The chapel library has replaced those books with publications requested by the heads of religious organizations on campus and the college's religious life liaisons, as well as special requests from students and student organizations.

Recently acquired books -- in contrast to books in the original collection, which focused on Protestantism, Catholicism, and Judaism -- cross denominational boundaries and focus on role models, says Abuza. New books in the collection include The Alphabet Versus the Goddess, by Leonard Shlain, a discussion of how the advent of literacy brought about the end of goddess-worshipping societies; and Kitchen Table Wisdom, by Rachel Naomi Remen, a compilation that reflects a nontraditional healer's spiritual journey.

Bringing the library up to date has been an ongoing process, explains Moran, but it has never been done on this scale. The chapel library, which contains 3,500 volumes and periodicals, was started back in 1956 when the chapel was first built. Over the years, its collection has expanded and now includes books of various religions and beliefs, says Abuza, in an effort to reflect the mixed traditions of the current student body.

The library is open to the Smith community from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. every day and operates on a self-service check-out system. Though the refurbishment of the library space will continue for the remainder of the spring semester, the facility's hours will remain the same.

RCs Work Hard to Keep the Peace

By Eunnie Park '01

House life at Smith, for many, has long been considered one of the best aspects of being a Smithie. Life in the college's residences offers students the chance to be part of a cozy, close-knit community.

However, with between nine and 100 students living in each house, keeping the peace in those diverse communities and maintaining the homey, ambient atmosphere seldom comes without effort. That's where the college's 10 residence coordinators (RCs) come in.

RCs, who live and work in their respective houses, have a direct effect on the lives of students in their residences. They are charged with serving as their students' resource for conflict mediation, crisis management and important referrals. In addition, they regulate college policy and organize educational and social programming for the house, which may include activities such as a trip to Claytopia or the opera or participation in a Race for the Cure, a fun walk to benefit breast cancer research.

Heidi Haghighi '00, the RC in Chase, says her personal work with students has been the most challenging and appealing part of the job. "It's just been really fun to work with students -- challenging in organizational skills," says Haghighi. With 35 houses on campus, the job of RC requires a lot of flexibility, adds Haghighi. "Depending on where you live as an RC, you have to approach it uniquely. You just have to let yourself be marinated in the culture of that particular house [and] adjust your leadership style accordingly."

The RC program began at Smith in fall 1998, when several women were hired to live in the houses and serve various functions on campus. In addition to overseeing (and sometimes policing) the activities of students in their houses, RCs act as supervisors to a student staff that includes head residents (HRs) and house community advisors (HCAs). As paid members of the college's administrative residence-life team, RCs also work with the Office of Student Affairs on administrative assignments.

As the RC for Chase, a senior house, Haghighi says her job requires less involvement than some with underage drinking issues. However, for Nyvette Grady, the RC in Wilson, utmost attentiveness is required to "anything that goes with a party atmosphere," she says, including managing large crowds and alcohol consumption. "The unexpected can happen, and you have to be prepared," she explains. "You never know what can go wrong."

Although Grady and Haghighi's housing assignments pose their own sets of challenges, both agree that their ultimate goal is to maintain a hospitable and respectful atmosphere.

"Community living is very hard to balance," admits Haghighi. "I'd consider my year to have been successful if the house was livable and pleasant for everyone."

Meanwhile, Grady says she works to "educate people through programs on diversity" and to "foster a warm community environment where people have respect for others."

Those are no small goals.

Save the Date for Texas BBQ

Students, faculty and staff are invited to a Farewell Texas Barbecue for President Ruth Simmons on Thursday, May 3, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on the athletic fields (ITT in case of rain), hosted by the Smith College Board of Trustees. Stay tuned for more details.


Will return next week.

Floyd Cheung, assistant professor of English and American studies, was a guest lecturer earlier this month at the Asian American Studies Institute at the University of Connecticut. Cheung's talk, which was part of a series titled "Look@AsianAmerica.Now!," was titled "Negative Attraction: The Politics of Interracial Romance in The Replacement Killers (1998)" and addressed issues raised by casting a Chinese leading man, Chow Yun-Fat, with a white American female lead, Mira Sorvino, in the action film. "What difference does such an interracial pairing make in a typical action film?" Cheung asks in his description of the lecture. "What kind of hybridity did the marketers sell, and what kind of hybridity does the film represent?" Cheung, who was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Las Vegas, chairs the Five College Committee for Asian/Pacific/American Studies and specializes in the politics of interracial romance.

The research paper, "Enigmatic Fossils From the Martinsburg Formation (Upper Ordovician), Northeastern Tennessee," by Smith geologists Anna Marchefka '02; Lea McKinstry '02; Bosiljka Glumac, assistant professor of geology; and Michael Green of St. Edwards School in Florida, will be presented by Marchefka at the 50th annual meeting of the southeastern section of the Geological Society of America. The meeting will be held on Thursday and Friday, April 5 and 6, in Raleigh, North Carolina. Also at the meeting, Glumac will present her research, "Carbon Isotopes as a Tool for High Resolution Stratigraphy of Upper Cambrian Strata." More than 700 geoscientists are expected to attend the event.

On March 12, Phil Nielsen, head soccer coach at Smith, coached his Michigan Girls' Olympic Development Program (ODP) soccer team to a national championship. After making the Final Four of the ODP National Championship, his team beat the Connecticut team 6­1 in the semifinal and the Southern California team 2­1 for the win. The annual tournament, which this year took place in Las Vegas, is the pinnacle of U.S. youth soccer, featuring competition among all state ODP teams in the country.

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


Sundays at Two
Donald Robinson of the government department will be the speaker at the final event in this year's Sundays at Two series, on Sunday, March 25, at 2 p.m. in the Coolidge Room at Forbes Library. The talk, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Friends of Forbes Library and Smith College. Robinson will discuss personal morality and power as they relate to the U.S. presidency.

Film Premiere in SSC
The premiere of a new documentary film, Creating Women's History: The Sophia Smith Collection, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 27, at 8 p.m. in the Alumnae Gymnasium. Doors will open at 7:30 p.m.; popcorn and other theater refreshments will be served. For more information, call ext. 2970 or consult

Change in Switchboard Hours
Hours of operation for the college switchboard are now from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Though there will not be an operator on duty most weekends, the switchboard will be open for extended hours during certain special events every year, such as fall opening, Open Campus, Commencement and alumnae weekends, when additional service is warranted. This is the completion of a plan at the college to have operator coverage only during extended business hours. The college in 1999 replaced evening switchboard hours with electronic call processing.

Crew Coach to Speak
Crew coach Karen Klinger will speak on Sunday, March 25, at 2 p.m. at the Academy of Music about the story and people depicted in a film, A Hero for Daisy, which will be shown. The film tells the story of a protest by a Yale women's crew coach that had a major impact on women's rowing.

Summer Employment
Smith has several openings for summer employment in building services, residence and dining services, the Botanic Garden, and the grounds and rental properties departments. All positions are full time (40 hours), Monday through Friday, with various shifts available. The positions entail custodial, grounds, general maintenance and kitchen duties. Applicants must be Smith students or dependents of Smith employees (faculty or staff), at least 16 years old by June 11, planning to return to school full time in the fall and available to work through the end of August (some work is available after August). Applications are available now through Friday, March 30, at the Human Resources (HR) office, 30 Belmont Avenue, the circulation desk at Neilson Library, the College Club and the front desk of the Physical Plant. Completed applications must be submitted to the HR office by 4:30 p.m. on March 30. Priority in filling positions will be given first to returning workers from last summer, then to college-age dependents and Smith students, then to high school- age dependents. A waiting list will be started for applicants who are not placed initially. For more information, contact Serena Harris, ext. 2289,

Code of Conduct Committee
The Code of Conduct Advisory Committee, established last spring to continue the work of an ad hoc committee that had been working to address global labor issues, has completed one part of its charge: it has drafted a Smith College Apparel Vendor Code of Conduct, which will be reviewed by the College Council before submission to President Ruth Simmons. The code is posted on the Smith Web site at with some explanatory material. The code of conduct committee welcomes comments on the draft; comments may be sent by e-mail to any member of the committee, whose names are listed on the Web site.

Electronic Call Processing
Electronic call processing is now available at Smith during evenings and weekends. By calling the main switchboard, callers can be connected to their parties by dialing their names or extension numbers. A prioritized phone tree will help callers transfer to major offices, and callers can be connected to all college information lines for recorded messages. Directory assistance callers will be referred to the on-line directory on the Smith Web site ( The number for the Department of Public Safety will be provided for emergencies only.

Faculty & Staff

Advertising Student Jobs
Campus supervisors who wish to advertise work-study positions in their departments for next year may submit their job listings on-line via the Student Employment Web page at Job listings will be accepted until Friday, April 6. The jobs will then be advertised to students, beginning on Monday, April 9. Please submit job advertisements as early as possible after determining which employees will return in the fall. After the job search begins, students will contact employers directly to arrange for an interview. As soon as a job is filled, please contact to have the job notice removed.

Adopt A Planter
The Botanic Garden will purchase, design and plant arrangements in planters for campus personnel who volunteer to water and care for the planters at their respective buildings. For information or to volunteer, send e-mail to or consult The deadline for applications is Tuesday, April 10.


Final Examinations
Information concerning scheduled and unscheduled exams is posted on the Web at and on official bulletin boards in Clark Science Center, Seelye and Wright. Self-scheduled examinations will be distributed during three periods Tuesday­Thursday, May 8­10, and two periods on Friday, May 11. There will be no examination period on the evening of May 11. Students should check the schedule of exams carefully and report any conflicts to the registrar's office immediately. Examinations cannot be repeated and will be failed by default if missed through carelessness.

House Closings
Campus houses will officially close at noon on Saturday, May 12. Only seniors and students scheduled to take Five-College exams will be allowed to remain in houses after that date. Students who have permission to remain in campus housing through Commencement must move to consolidated housing on Sunday, May 13. Front-door and room keys will not be provided; instead, door watch will be scheduled for the entire week. The last night that any guest room may be reserved or used is Friday, May 11. During the second week of March, students taking Five-College courses will receive housing request forms by mail from the Office of Student Affairs, which must be completed and returned by April 6. Call Randy Shannon, ext. 4940, with questions.

Registration for Fall 2001
The spring advising and registration period will take place April 2-13. Students will receive registration instructions in their mailboxes. Registration will be on-line, and students should contact their advisers for appointments. All registrations must be completed by Friday, April 13. Students or advisers needing assistance with their PINs should contact the User Support Center in Stoddard Hall.

Student Schedules
Students are advised to check their course registration on BannerWeb. Inaccuracies must be reported to the registrar immediately. Students are responsible for all courses in which they are registered.

Master Tutors Needed
Do you love studying and learning about biology, chemistry, economics, French or Spanish? Would you like to share your knowledge and enthusiasm with other students? If so, the Jacobson Center's Tutorial Services Program invites you to apply to be a master tutor for 2001-02. Master tutors work a minimum of six hours per week providing tutoring for individuals and cofacilitating small-group sessions. For more information or an application, drop by the Jacobson Center for Writing, Teaching and Learning in Seelye 307. The deadline for first consideration is Wednesday, April 4.

Jobs in Educational Tech
Information Technology Services (ITS) is hiring student computer lab consultants for 2001­02. Students with experience in the use of personal computers, a commitment to helping fellow student users and a willingness to learn new technologies are encouraged to apply. Applications will be accepted through Saturday, March 31. Interviews will take place during the first week of April. Applications and more details can be accessed at

Math Skills Assistance
If you are struggling in a class because you have forgotten the underlying math or data handling skills, the Jacobson Center, Seelye 307, can help. In addition to tutoring and writing assistance, the center now provides quantitative skills counseling. Walk-in hours are from 10 to 11:30 a.m. weekdays; or sign up for a time that suits your schedule. Contact Jennifer Innes, ext. 3032 or, with questions.

KASS Party
"Paradox," a party sponsored by the Korean American Students of Smith (KASS), with the hip-hop group Organic Thoughts, will take place from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Friday, March 30, at Pearl Street Nightclub in downtown Northampton. Admission: $7, Smith students; $10, general (those attending must be at least 18 years old).

Students' Aid Society
The deadline for Smith Students' Aid Society funding for summer study is Sunday, April 15. Applications, which are available at the CDO, class deans, Ada Comstock Program and students affairs offices, must be returned to the class deans office. Contact Anne White, ext. 2577 or, with questions. The Society regrets to announce that there is no more money available in the Beyond Smith fund for seniors.

Bus to Foxwoods
Are you feeling lucky? Many seats are still available on a bus trip to Foxwoods Resort and Casino on Sunday, April 1, coordinated by the Staff Council Activities Committee. Seats are $20 and all passengers will receive discount coupons worth $25 at the resort. Buses will leave Smith at 8 a.m. and return at 4 p.m. All employees and retirees are invited with guests who are at least 21 years old. To register, send e-mail to or call ext. 4424, then press 1 and leave a message.

Write Your Legislator
A letter-writing campaign to let government representatives know students' positions on environmental and population issues will take place on Friday, March 30, 6-7:30 p.m. in Lawrence House. Paper, pens and snacks will be available. Call Bree Carlson, ext. 7300, with questions.

Rotary Scholarships
The Northampton Rotary is now accepting applications for Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships for the academic year 2002-03. The scholarships pay for transportation, tuition, fees and room and board at an institution outside the United States assigned by the Rotary Foundation. Applicants must either reside, study full time or be employed in Northampton and must have completed at least two years of university or college coursework. Rotarians and their immediate families are ineligible. Scholarship recipients stay with local families abroad when possible. Scholarships are available for three months and for a full academic year. The deadline for applications is Monday, April 2. Further information and applications are available at Contact Naomi Shulman or Lucy Mule at ext. 4913 or with questions.

Student Opinions Wanted
About one-third of the student body will soon be asked to complete the Cycles Survey that they will receive by mail. Each returned survey will provide a more accurate picture of how Smith students feel about their college experience. The Cycles Survey is used to monitor students' concerns and assess their satisfaction with various aspects of college experiences. Administrative offices and planning and policy-making groups will use the results to identify problems and make changes and improvements. The survey is administered at each of the five colleges to provide information for useful cross-college comparisons. Because the survey has been conducted annually since 1975, its analysis can determine long-term trends and changes in student perceptions and experiences. Survey participants' names are chosen at random, and all responses are confidential; therefore students are encouraged to respond freely and honestly. Students who receive the Cycles Survey are asked to please take a few minutes to complete it. Every completed survey counts. Call the Office of Institutional Research at ext. 3021 with questions.

Artist Volunteers Needed
The Smith College Museum of Art and the Botanic Garden seek student volunteers to assist with the installation of "Paradise Gate: An Installation" by North Carolina artist Patrick Dougherty, who will be on campus March 31-April 22 to create the work on Burton Lawn. Volunteers are needed to gather saplings with the artist (March 31-April 2) and to be on site during installation, from April 2-22, to hand out brochures, observe and perform miscellaneous duties as directed. Sign up for one or more blocks of two to three hours each, for a great opportunity to meet the artist and watch the creation of a work of art. Contact Ann Mayo at the museum, ext. 2774 or amayo@, or Madelaine Zadik at the Botanic Garden, ext. 2743 or

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Monday, March 26

Lecture "Breaking Ground: Five Decades in Landscape Architecture." Cornelia Hahn Oberlander '44, landscape architect. Eighth 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*

Lecture "An Afro-Russian-Jewish Woman Searches for Her Roots." Yelena Khanga, author and television personality in Russia, will lecture in English. Sponsor: Russian department. 4:15 p.m., Dewey common room*

Biological Sciences Colloquium "Phylogeny and Morphological Evolution of the Salamander Genera Plethodon and Aneides (Plethodontidae)." Meredith Mahoney, Roosevelt Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Herpetology, American Museum of Natural History, New York City. A reception will precede the lecture. 4:30 p.m., McConnell B05

Lecture "War and Society in the Congo: Prospects for Peace?" Catharine Newbury, departments of Political science and African and Afro-American studies, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Sponsors: the government department; Office of the Provost/Dean of the Faculty. 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Meeting Amnesty International 4:30 p.m., Chapin

Religious Life
Green Tara Meditation with Geshe Lobsang Tsetan, Tibetan Buddhist Lama. Sponsors: East Asian Studies Program; Kent Program of the religion department. 4:15-5 p.m., Wright common room

Keystone Meeting and Bible study. Come praise and pray. 7 p.m., Lamont

Other Events/Activities
Language lunch tables French, Italian. 12:15 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room A

Opening Reception for the third annual Ada Comstock Scholars Children's Art Exhibit. (See story, page 1.) 4 p.m., Seelye lobby

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

Tuesday, March 27

Sigma Xi luncheon talk "How Horton Heard the Who." Susan Voss, engineering. Open to faculty, emeriti, and staff. Noon, College Club, lower level

Peter Borowsky Memorial Lecture "Lundendorff's Last War." Roger Chickering, history professor, BMW Center for German and European Studies, Georgetown University. Sponsor: Office of the Provost/Dean of the Faculty. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 106*

Lecture "Publishing for English Majors: A Candid Look at the Industry." Carole DeSanti '81, vice president, Penguin Putnam Inc. Refreshments served. 5 p.m., Wright common room

Panel Five College Coastal & Marine Sciences Alumni Panel. 7:15 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Peter Borowsky Memorial Lecture "Wagnerian Self-Fashioning: Hitler's Cult of Wagner and Its Political Impact." Hans Vaget, Helen and Laura Shedd Professor of German Studies. Sponsor: Office of the Provost/Dean of the Faculty. 8 p.m., Seelye 106*

Performing Arts/Films
Music in the Noon Hour presents the Muse Jazz Group performing original and traditional African-American contemporary jazz compositions, including Charlie Parker's Little Suede Shoes and compositions by Michele Feldheim and Daniel Klimoski. 12:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage*

Film Premiere Creating Women's History: The Sophia Smith Collection. A documentary that explores the history and importance of the renowned women's manuscripts collection. Presented by the Sophia Smith Collection in recognition of Women's History Month. Refreshments served. 7:30 p.m., Alumnae gym

Film Rebuilding the Temple. Second in the three-part film series of the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute's "Anatomy of Exile" project. A discussion led by filmmaker Larry Hott will follow. 8 p.m., Kahn colloquium room

Weight Watchers at Work All welcome. 1 p.m., Wright common room*

Presentation of the major and ice cream social. Physics. 3:30 p.m., McConnell 203

Special open meeting of the "Anatomy of Exile" colloquium. Discussion topic: "The Odyssey of the Indochinese Refugees," with Professor Peter I. Rose. 4 p.m., Kahn colloquium room

Presentation of the major and minor Geology. 4:15 p.m., Sabin-Reed 101A

Training meeting for the mentoring program. 7 p.m., Seelye 110

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
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

Softball vs. Trinity. 4 p.m., athletic fields*

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. 7-9 p.m., CDO

Wednesday, March 28

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

Lecture "Struggle and Hope: A View from the Black South 60 Days after Bush's Election." The Rev. Nelson Johnson and Joyce Johnson, civil rights activists from the Beloved Community Center in Greensboro, North Carolina, and the Greensboro Justice Fund, will speak about black struggles for justice and equality, particularly following the election of George W. Bush and the disenfranchisement of the black electorate. 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Performing Arts/Films
Video A Horticultural History of Smith College. Produced in 1975, on the occasion of the college's centennial; narrated by the late Bill Campbell, director of the Botanic Garden from 1937 to 1971. 5 p.m., Seelye 106

Presentation of the major Neuroscience. Lunch provided. 12:10-1 p.m., Bass 210

Training meeting for the mentoring program. 4 p.m., Seelye 110

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

Informational meeting Semester in Maine. Sue Robinson, director of enrollment at the Salt Center for Documentary Field Studies, will talk about how to spend a semester in Maine, documenting the region through words or photographs. 4 p.m., Wright 230

Meeting MassPIRG. 7 p.m., Seelye 101

Presentation of the major East Asian languages and cultures. 7 p.m., Hatfield 205

Open meeting of Astronomy 215, History of Astronomy, with a screening of Star Messengers, a 1999­2000 Kahn Institute and Department of Theatre video production about the lives of Galileo Galilei and Johannes Kepler, written and directed by Paul Zimet. 7:30 p.m., Stoddard Auditorium*

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

Green Tara Meditation with Geshe Lobsang Tsetan, Tibetan Buddhist Lama. Sponsor: East Asian Studies; Kent Program of the religion department. 4:15-5 p.m., Wright common room

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
Language lunch tables Spanish, Portuguese. 12:15 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Rooms A & B.

Classics lunch Noon, Duckett Special Dining Room C

Presentation of the major Women's studies. 12:15 p.m., Seelye 207

Awards ceremony to honor the children of students who participated in the Ada Comstock Scholars Children's Art Exhibit. Open to all Adas and their participating children. 4 p.m., Seelye 207

Lacrosse vs. Elms. 4:30 p.m., athletic fields*

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 29

Liberal Arts Luncheon lecture "Madness and Democracy: The Bolivian National Mental Hospital, 1935-1950." Ann Zulawski, history and Latin American and Latino/a
Studies. Sponsor: Committee on Academic Priorities. Noon, College Club, lower level

Lecture "Why R & D in Environmental Science Is Important for Motorola." Iwona Turlik, vice president and director, Motorola Advanced Technology Center. Part of the Picker Engineering Program's Executive Access series. Buffet lunch will be served. Noon, Davis Ballroom*

First Annual Logic Lecture "Approaches to Paradox." J.C. Beall, University of Connecticut. Sponsors: Logic Program; departments of philosophy, math, and computer science; Lecture Committee. 4:30 p.m., Dewey common room

Lecture "Identity and Consciousness in Women's Political Activism." Abigail Stewart, University of Michigan, will speak on the roles of generational and personal experiences in creating social identities and political commitment. Sponsor: the Kahn Institute project, "From Local to Global: Community Activism in the New Millennium." 4:30 p.m., Seelye 106*

Bilingual Poetry Reading Argentine poet and Latin American Studies visiting scholar Diana Bellessi, and translators Cathy Eisenhower and Christiane Jacox Kyle, will read Bellessi's poems in Spanish and English and discuss their translations. Sponsors: Latin American Studies; Spanish and Portuguese department; Poetry Center. 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Chaired Professor Lecture "The Seductive Equation and Engineering Thought." Domenico Grasso, Rosemary B. Hewlett '40 Professor of Engineering. Reception follows in the Alumnae House living room.
5 p.m., Stoddard Auditorium*

Lecture "Romancing the Tone: Barbershop Harmony on Main Street USA." Gage Averill, 2001 Five College Visiting Music Resident. 7 p.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage*

Performing Arts/Films
New Play Reading Series Hot 'N Throbbing, by Paula Vogel. Tama Chambers AC, director. 8 p.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage*

Presentation of the major French.
4 p.m., Hatfield 106

Sign-up for first years' trip to Boston. 4:30-6 p.m., Seelye 101

Mandatory Meeting for juniors and seniors planning to apply for entrance to health professions schools in 2002. Information on obtaining a committee letter and arranging an interview with members of the Board of Prehealth Advisers. Seniors who applied for entrance in 2001 will offer advice. 5 p.m., Burton 101

Open meeting for English department students, with the depart-ment's Student Curriculum Committee. All are invited. Bring questions, suggestions and comments about the department's curriculum. 6 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room B

Meeting Smith TV. 7 p.m., Media Resources Center, Alumnae gym

MassPIRG Forum to present a campaign to prevent drilling in the Alaskan Wildlife Refuge. 7:30 p.m., Seelye 106

Religious Life
Drop-in meditation and stress-reduction class with Hayat Nancy Abuza. Open to all students, staff and Five College faculty. Sponsor: Office of the Chaplains. 4:30-5:30 p.m., Wright common room

Intervarsity 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

Language lunch tables Korean, Russian. 12:15 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room (alternate weekly)

Lacrosse vs. Wesleyan. 4:30 p.m., athletic fields*

Friday, March 30

Lecture Opening presentation of "Designing the Future," an engineering conference hosted by the Picker Program in Engineering and Technology. William Wulf, president, National Academy of Engineering, will discuss the crisis in the engineering workforce, followed by a panel discussion. (See story, page 1.) 2 p.m., Wright Auditorium*

Lecture "Open Wide the Grécourt Gates: William Allen Neilson and the Rescue of Refugees." Peter I. Rose, Sophia Smith Professor of Sociology and Anthropology and director of the American Studies diploma program. Presented by the Friends of the Smith College Libraries. 2:30 p.m., Neilson Library, third floor

Lecture Bonnie Dunbar, NASA astronaut, will deliver the keynote address for "Designing the Future," an engineering conference hosted by the Picker Program. Introduction by Borjana Mikic, Picker Program. (See story, page 1). 5 p.m., Wright Auditorium*

Performing Arts/Films
Concert Jazz pianist Joanne Brackeen, nominee for the 2000 Best Solo Performance Grammy, will perform as part of the Sage Hall Concert Series. 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage*

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

Religious Life
Green Tara Meditation with Geshe Lobsang Tsetan, Tibetan Buddhist Lama. Sponsor: East Asian Studies; Kent Program of the religion department. 4:15-5 p.m., Dewey common room

Presentation of the minor Film Studies Program. Meet with professor Alexandra Keller, who will teach five classes next year. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 207

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

Other Events/Activities
Language lunch table Japanese. 12:15 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room A

Alumnae House tea Capen and Wilson houses are cordially invited to attend. 4 p.m., Alumnae House Living Room

Letter-Writing Campaign to let government representatives know students' positions on environmental and population issues. Paper, pens and snacks will be available. 6-7:30 p.m., Lawrence House

Party sponsored by Korean American Students of Smith (KASS) featuring the hip-hop group Organic Thoughts. Admission: $7, Smith students; $10, general (those attending must be at least 18 years old). 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Pearl Street Nightclub, downtown Northampton

Saturday, March 31

Lecture "Undergraduate Engineering and the Role of the Liberal Arts." Shirley Ann Jackson, president, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Part of "Designing the Future." (See story, page 1). 9 a.m, Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage*

Discussion "A Conversation About the Future of Engineering Education," with Domenico Grasso and other engineering exemplars. Part of "Designing the Future." (See story, page 1.) 11 a.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage*

Open studio The Ceramics Club will give demonstrations on throwing, hand building and other techniques. Refreshments served. Admission: $1 (members free). The ceramics studio is behind Capen House and Davis in the same building as the LBTA. Contact Louise at ext. 7772 with questions. 1 p.m., ceramics studio

Other Events/Activities
Tennis vs. Brandeis. 10 a.m., ITT*

Track and field Smith Invitational. 11 a.m., outdoor track*

Sunday, April 1

Performing Arts/Films
Film Ludwig II (Germany, 1972). Luchino Visconti, director. German Club treasurer Kristin Kniss '01 will present her honors thesis on Empress Elisabeth of Austria and give a brief introduction to the film. The film, in German with English subtitles, runs approximately three hours, 50 minutes; there will be a 30-minute intermission halfway through, and pizza and drinks will be served. All welcome. 3:30 p.m., Seelye 201

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

Meeting Gaia, for students interested in the environment. All welcome. 5:45 p.m., Chapin

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

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

Discussion with Baha'i Club. Deepening of the Baha'i writings. 4 p.m., Dewey common room

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*

Christian Prayer Meeting 6-7:30 p.m., Wright common room

Intervarsity Prayer Meeting 9-10 p.m., chapel

Other Events/Activities
CDO Open Hours for library research and browsing. Peer advisers available. 1-4 p.m., CDO


"The Strongest of Bonds: William Allan Neilson, Internationalism and Exiles at Smith College." See 3/30 listing for related lecture by Peter Rose, Sophia Smith Professor of Sociology and Anthropology. Neilson Library, third floor

"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 two thousand 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 Tuesday, May 29. Mortimer Rare Book Room, Neilson Library*

"Fragments: A Quilt Exhibit" Through Wednesday, 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 Wednesday, March 28. For more information, call ext. 2907. Third Floor, Neilson Library

"The Refugees" Two life-sized sculptures by artist Judith Peck, depicting refugees carrying a child and worldly possessions. Through Monday, 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 Friday, 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*