News for the Smith College Community //April 26, 2001

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Picnic Offers Fun Plus Chance to Do Good

With spring finally in the air, plans have shifted into high gear for the 2001 annual Faculty-Staff Picnic. A collective college effort organized by a picnic planning committee, the Staff Council Activities Committee, RADS and Physical Plant, this year's picnic will be held on Tuesday, June 19, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Once again, the event will take place on the upper athletic field on the lawn inside the running track (if it rains, the picnic will be held at the Indoor Track and Tennis facility).

Along with an array of just-grilled foods, the picnic once again will feature action equipment, including a mini-bounce house, a Fenway fastball speed pitch radar gun and a 39-foot giant slide.

As the college community knows by now, the annual picnic is an evening of good food and fun. But what many may not realize is that for five years, the picnic has also raised funds for a variety of charities.

The charity designated for the 2001 picnic is Cancer Connection, a Florence-based nonprofit organization that offers individual and peer support and stress-reduction programs to cancer survivors and their families. Cancer Connection's programs, which are offered at no cost, aim to complement traditional medical treatment.

As in the past, a donation table will be set up on the field, where passersby can contribute to a collection jar for Cancer Connection. Literature on the organization will also be available there. Or, if preferred, donations can be made before the picnic by enclosing them with the R.S.V.P. card to the Office of College Relations.

Contributors will be eligible for a door prize, such as a pair of Six Flags New England day passes, as an added incentive. According to Cynthia Rucci, MARC Cataloguer for Neilson Library and Activities Committee member, picnic donations average between $100 and $200 total. "We really wish more people would visit the table," she says. "The tally could grow substantially if more people knew about the donation table and made the effort to stop by."

The first charity to benefit from the Faculty-Staff Picnic was the American Cancer Society. As Rucci explains, that was an obvious choice. "So many people have been affected by some form of cancer or known someone diagnosed with cancer. Marie L'Heureux, who worked in the Office of Graduate Study, was a member of the Staff Council Activities Committee. Though Marie ultimately succumbed to breast cancer in April 1999, she was at that time a cancer survivor and an active fundraiser for the American Cancer Society."

Like that organization, Cancer Connection is a natural choice for the Smith picnic. For one thing, it was cofounded by a former Smith employee, Deb Orgera. For another, Cancer Connection has a fund in honor of Marie L'Heureux. The ultimate goal of the L'Heureux Fund is to dedicate a room in Marie's name in a house owned by Cancer Connection. More information about the agency can be found at

Other charitable organizations that have benefited from the Faculty-Staff Picnic are Hospice and last year's choice, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Western Massachusetts. "I lobbied for Make-A-Wish because I'd witnessed its good works," says Rucci. "When my nephew was diagnosed with leukemia several years ago, Make-A-Wish sent him, his parents and his younger sister to Walt Disney World."

So this June 19, keep in mind, as you're speeding down the giant slide or munching barbecued chicken, that the annual Faculty-Staff Picnic is not only an opportunity to have a good time; it's also a chance to do good for a local charitable organization.

"It would be great if people could bring some cash or a checkbook to the picnic," concludes Rucci. "Large or small, every donation makes a difference."

Getting Ready for A Hoedown

Bales of hay, Texas flags and cowboy boots are standing by. Grills are warming up for smoked brisket, ribs and chicken. Garry and the Moodswingers are tuning up their instruments.

That means everything is about set for the Texas Barbecue at Smith, on Thursday, May 3, that will honor President Ruth Simmons. The barbecue will take place in the Indoor Track and Tennis (ITT) facility.

Guests should take note of a few last minute arrangements designed to help manage the crowds:

  • Shuttles will run from the parking facility to the ITT every 10 minutes between 5 and 8 p.m. There will be little or no parking in the lots around the ITT, partly because RADS will be using some of that space as a staging area for food service. Faculty and staff are asked to use shuttles instead of their own cars to get to and from the ITT
  • Doors will open 15 minutes early -- at 5:15 p.m. -- to ease congestion in the buffet lines
  • A brief presentation involving Shelly Lazarus, chair of the Board of Trustees, and Ruth Simmons will take place at about 6:15 p.m.

Honoree Panel to Explore Lives, Careers

Five of the six Commencement honorees -- honorary degree recipients Wendy Kopp, Diana Natalicio, Vera Rubin and Donna Shalala, and speaker Toni Morrison -- will participate in a panel discussion on Saturday, May 19, from 3 to 4 p.m. in Wright Hall Auditorium. The remaining honorary degree recipient, Cornel West, professor of Afro-American Studies and of philosophy of religion at Harvard University, is unable to come to campus until later in the day on May 19.

Panel members are expected to speak about individual and common themes in their lives and careers. Kopp is founder and president of Teach for America, a national corps of recent college graduates who commit to two years of teaching in urban and rural public schools. Natalicio is president of the University of Texas at El Paso. Rubin is senior astronomer at the Department of Terrestrial Magnetism of the Carnegie Institute. Shalala, the secretary of health and human services in the Clinton administration, is now the president of the University of Miami.

Classical Hits to Benefit the Homeless

On Saturday, May 5, Monica Jakuc, professor of music, will perform works by some of classical music's legendary composers on an instrument similar to those they might have played.

For a benefit concert that will raise funds for the Hampshire County Interfaith Cot Shelter, a facility for homeless people, Jakuc will perform on a fortepiano, a smaller predecessor of the modern piano.

The concert, titled "Greatest Hits From the Classic Period," will take place at 8 p.m. at Edwards Church, 297 Main St. in Northampton. Jakuc will be assisted by Karen Smith Emerson, soprano and professor of music; and Jack Tozzi, baritone.

The fortepiano, which became popular in Europe in the 18th century, replacing the harpsichord as the preferred instrument, gradually evolved into the modern piano in the early 19th century. The fortepiano has a lighter, less sustained tone than its modern successor and was favored by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven and Joseph Haydn, as well as other classical giants.

Jakuc, who often performs on fortepiano, will solo on Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata and Für Elise, two of the composer's most well-known pieces, as well as on Mozart's Turkish Rondo. "This music sounds refreshingly different when played on an early piano," says Jakuc, who presented a solo concert last year to benefit the Interfaith Cot Shelter. "To my ear, the early piano is better." Emerson will join Jakuc in performing a group of Mozart's famous arias.

Tickets for the concert are available in advance at Beyond Words Bookshop on Main Street in Northampton for $12; $10 for seniors. Tickets at the door will be $14.

Smith Runners Hit the Road in Boston

Smith College was well represented in the 105th Boston Marathon, which was run this year on April 16, Patriot's Day. The historic annual race, which follows a 26.5-mile route from suburban Hopkinton to downtown Boston, counted three Smith employees among its participants.

Experienced marathoner Karin George, vice president for advancement, finished the race in 3 hours, 33 minutes. Out of the nine marathons she has run (this was her first Boston Marathon), this was her third fastest time, she says. The highlight for George was at mile 14 when her 4-year-old son, Will, handed her a PowerGel and yelled, "Go mama, you can win!"

Borjana Mikic, associate professor of engineering, who trained through the long, sloppy winter months along with George, turned in a time of 3 hours, 45 minutes. That time placed her finish at 1,896th among women racers. It was also Mikic's ninth marathon and her first run in Boston.

Mikic and George say the Boston Marathon is distinct for the consistency of its cheering crowds along the roadway. At one stretch of the route, through the Wellesley College area at mile 13, the cheers swell to inspiring decibel levels, say the runners. George, who proudly wore a Smith baseball cap for the race, says that that section, "known as the 'Wellesley screech tunnel,'" was among her fastest.

"There's an incredible wealth of support in the Boston Marathon," says Mikic, who grew up in Cambridge watching the event. "It was a wonderful experience."

For Burt Prokop, a supervisor in the Physical Plant's carpentry section, this year's marathon ended, amazingly, a streak of 30 straight that he had run in under 3 hours. Prokop, who had entered the race with an injury to his left foot, dropped out half way through. He knew it was going to be a tough race at about mile six, when his injury flared. Despite the pain, he continued running at his typically fast pace for more than six more miles.

Prokop, who had finished eight straight Boston Marathons, has been competing in marathons since 1992, when he first began running at age 32.

This year's race had a total of 13,752 participants, with 4,949 women among them. Of all the runners, 97.4 percent finished the race. All 35 wheelchair racers also completed the course.

The 105th Boston Marathon was won by South Korean Lee Bong Ju in 2 hours, 9 minutes and 43 seconds. The women's winner was Catherine Ndereba of Kenya with a time of 2 hours, 23 minutes and 53 seconds.

As for the Smith contingent of marathoners, they will be back next year, they say. "I am already thinking of Boston 2002," says George. But for now, she has to nurse her sore quads and sunburned shoulders.

Even though, Mikic says, "I grew up thinking these people were crazy," she'll be back too. And her childhood opinion on marathoners hasn't changed a bit: "Now I know they are."

When Is a Fence No Longer a Fence?

Starting this fall, the construction fence that stretches around the Museum of Art and Fine Arts Center renovation project is slated, fittingly, to become an art gallery.

Well, not exactly an art gallery. But it will certainly be an art exhibition space, titled "On the Fence: Public Art in Public Space," and it will "open" in early fall.

Proposals are currently being accepted for exhibitions by artists of any age from Smith and the greater Northampton community. Exhibitors may be individuals or groups, including Smith students, staff or faculty, local artists, school groups, and community organizations. Exhibitions, which can stay in place from a day to two weeks, will be mounted between September 2001 and August 2002.

The project is the result of suggestions by museum staff and Frances Halsband, consulting architect to the Smith College Board of Trustees, that the construction fence, which will be in place for an extended period, could benefit from embellishments that would make it look less like what it is.

Fence exhibits may be in any medium that will withstand harsh weather and can be installed on a chain-link fence. "Since the site is outdoors and unsupervised, the college cannot be responsible for damage or loss that occurs because of weather conditions, accidents or vandalism," emphasizes Nancy Rich, the museum's curator of education, who is heading the project. Her suggestions for weather-proof media include ribbons, natural materials, ice, laminated drawings, magnets and acrylic-on-plywood panels. "Imagination will be a key ingredient of any installation."

Exhibitions may vary in size to cover small sections of the fence to longer portions and may be installed on either the Elm Street side or the Smith campus side. Proposals, which may be submitted to the Fence Committee at the Smith College Museum of Art, are being accepted on a rolling basis. After reviewing the proposals, the committee will then meet with the group or individual proposing the exhibit. Proposals should indicate preferred season, length of exhibition time and fence location (Elm Street or campus-side segment).

Exhibitors will be responsible for the cost of materials and for installing their work and removing it at the end of the exhibition period.

Those wishing to apply should send a letter stating name, address, phone number and e-mail address (if applicable), along with a description of the nature and materials of their artwork. Reproductions (slides, photocopies or rough sketches) are optional but may also be submitted. For further information, contact Nancy Rich, 585-2773, or

Author Werth to Read About Smith's Past

Barry Werth, author of the recently published The Scarlet Professor: Newton Arvin, A Literary Life Shattered by Scandal, has several upcoming appearances that may be of interest to the Smith community.

Arvin was a renowned and respected literary critic who taught at Smith from 1922 until 1960 when he was arrested for possession of pornography. A social radical and an unproclaimed homosexual, Arvin moved in a circle of friends that included Edmund Wilson, Lillian Hellman and Truman Capote; his biography of Herman Melville won the National Book Award in 1951; and several generations of Smith students remember the insights and rigor of his courses, which focused on such authors as Melville, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Henry James. But his contributions as a scholar, teacher and critic were overshadowed by his arrest and its aftermath during a period when political and moralistic fanaticism shadowed America's social landscape.

On Sunday, April 29, at 3 p.m., Werth will read from his book at a program in the Smith College Archives. The reading is cosponsored by College Archives, the American Studies Program, American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts and Williamsburg's Meekins Library. The event will honor Williamsburg resident Helen Bacon, a longtime advocate for civil liberties and member of the Smith faculty from 1953 until 1962, when she left to join the Barnard College faculty.

On Tuesday, May 1, at 7:30 p.m., Werth will read from his book at Broadside Bookshop on Main Street in downtown Northampton. And on Wednesday, May 23, at 7:30 p.m., he will give a talk, "The 1960 Smith College Homosexual Scandal: Lessons from a Crucial Episode in the History of American Repression," at the Unitarian Society at 220 Main Street, Northampton. The event is sponsored by the Northampton Human Rights Commission, which was established in 1998 to advocate for the human and civil rights of all people who live, work and visit Northampton, and to educate the public on these issues.

Werth, who lives in Northampton and maintains a writing studio in the apartment in which Arvin lived during much of his Smith career, has written for The New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, GQ and Outside.

Grant to Fund East Asian Studies

The Five College Center for East Asian Studies (FCCEAS) will share in a three-year grant of $6.4 million that has been awarded by the Freeman Foundation to a consortium of five national institutions. Along with the Smith-based FCCEAS, the other four coordinating sites of the consortium are the East Asian Institute at Columbia University; the East Asian Studies Center, Indiana University; the Program for Teaching East Asia, University of Colorado; and the East Asia Resource Center, University of Washington. Together, the five sites are collaborating in a new multiyear initiative called the National Consortium for Teaching About Asia (NCTA).

NCTA was launched to encourage high schools and middle schools to teach more about Asia in the regular curriculum, in courses in world history, geography, social studies and literature. During the past two years, more than one thousand high school and middle school teachers in 21 states have completed an intensive course of instruction through NCTA. The Freeman grant will be used to extend "best practices" of teaching about Asia into a total of 32 states by 2003.

"Asia is of increasing importance to this country's well-being," says Kathleen Woods Masalski, director of FCCEAS. "We need to learn more about Asia, and NCTA aims to help teachers and students do so by guaranteeing a place for Asia in the curriculum."

Each of the five coordinating sites has an established track record for working successfully with schools by offering workshops and institutes, and by lending resources to improve the way schools teach about East Asia. The NCTA model differs from previous efforts, according to Masalski and her colleagues, in its scale and level of coordination as well as in the sustained relationships it creates between colleges and schools.

Teachers who take part in an NCTA program complete a 30-hour seminar on East Asian history, geography, literature and culture with colleagues and Asian specialists. They are then assisted in developing a plan to incorporate what they've learned into courses on East Asia at their own schools and to share materials and concepts with colleagues. During the year following the seminar, the teachers will take part in local and regional meetings to share their classroom experiences with each other. In addition to earning course credit or recertification credits, those who complete the course of study will receive a professional stipend of $300 and an additional stipend for follow-up meetings. They are also encouraged to take part in study tours to China, Japan and Korea, sponsored by each of the coordinating sites.

During the past two years, FCCEAS has established school sites throughout New England. Funds from this new grant will enable the center to expand its level of influence to new schools and to offer additional opportunities for teachers.

For more information on the FCCEAS, visit

Take a Letter to Yourself

By Eunnie Park '01

As seniors look ahead to their final few days at Smith, many may find themselves looking back as well, to their early days here, when they moved away from home for the first time and entered the college as ambitious first-year students. One of their last experiences at Smith -- a yearly ritual that allows them to read a letter that they wrote to themselves during their first-year orientation-will help them remember who they were four years ago, as new Smithies, fresh out of high school.

The letter ritual, called "State of the Heart," is a tradition organized by the Office of Student Affairs, in which every new student writes a letter to herself during her orientation. For nearly four years, the letters are then stored in the student affairs office, until graduation weekend, when they are returned to their owners.

State of the Heart, which has been part of first-year orientation and final-year Commencement for many years, allows graduating students to "reflect on ideas and perceptions they had when entering Smith," says Rae-Anne Butera, assistant dean of student affairs, who oversees the program. "State of the Heart is intended to provide a benchmark to see how you've grown, what goals were accomplished, how you've changed. It is a tool to be able to look back on it and see change and growth in yourself."

While reflecting on when they wrote the letter (so long ago that many will have forgotten), seniors are reminded of the anxiety that they'd felt as entering students and the expectations they'd held for themselves. "At the time I was writing it, I was scared and feeling overwhelmed," recalls Ona Lee '01. "I didn't know what my fate would be in four years, so I encouraged myself, gave myself a pep talk in anticipation of a hard time with jobs and graduation. I told myself that I was one lucky gal and that my future self has seen people and been places."

"I think I was just encouraging myself to not give up when things get hard-reminding myself to believe in myself and to continue to grow," adds Senait Kassahun '01. "I just hoped that I'd be graduating with a lot of confidence in myself."

Kassahun, who had forgotten about the letter until now, says that when she reads it, she will "probably be emotional and nostalgic for the beginning of the college experience."

Like other seniors, once they remember they'd written the letter, Kassahun now can't wait to read what she wrote as an incoming student to her future self. "I'm really looking forward to getting it back," she says.


April 16: Smith 23, Western New England 1
April 21: Smith 13, MIT 6

April 17: Smith 3, Mount Holyoke 2
Smith 4, Mount Holyoke 5
April 18: Smith 0, Williams 8
Smith 4, Williams 5
April 20: Smith 1, Springfield 9
Smith 0, Springfield 8
April 21: Smith 7, Clark 16
Smith 2, Clark 16

Track and field
April 21: Connecticut College Invitational

April 21: NEWMAC Championship: 2nd place out of 7

Stacie Eliades '02 was recently awarded a $4,000 Undergraduate Research Fellowship by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), to support her research on temperature and how it controls virulence gene expression in the bacterium Escherichia coli. Eliades is conducting her research at Smith in the laboratory of Christine White-Ziegler, assistant professor of biological sciences. The award will also pay for Eliades to travel and attend the national meeting of ASM in Salt Lake City, Utah, in May 2002, at which she will present her findings.

Kiki Gounaridou, assistant professor of theater history, is the guest editor of a special issue, about theater translation, of Metamorphoses, a Five-College translation journal, to be published next month. Gounaridou recently organized a seminar, titled "words of so sweet breath compos'd: Translating the Dramatic Text," for the American Society for Theatre Research Conference in New York City, which included presentations by theater scholars. Gounaridou's seminar explored, in her words, "the translation of dramatic texts as an activity that involves an awareness of multiple codes: how to bring out different levels of cultural meaning and the identity of the characters, how to define theatricality in translation, and
how to underline conflict and motivate the dramatic action."

Several faculty members have recently received grants or fellowships that will support their research. Jennifer Klein, assistant professor of history, won a two-year postdoctoral fellowship from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which will pay for a residency in Yale University's Scholars in Health Policy Program. The amount of the fellowship is $127,500 plus health benefits. Deirdre Sabina Knight, assistant professor of East Asian languages and literatures, has been awarded the An Wang Post-Doctoral Fellowship by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University. As part of the fellowship, Knight will serve at Harvard's Fairbank Center for East Asian Research in 2001­02. Jay Garfield, professor of philosophy, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to fund his travel to India next year. And Laura Katz, assistant professor in biological sciences, won a $400,000 Career Grant from the National Science Foundation.

On April 20, "Songs for Strings, Voice, and Other Mysteries," a concert involving several Smith alumnae, was presented by Chrysalis Theatre and WatermoonMusicworks at the Unitarian Society in downtown Northampton. Pan Morigan Welland '92 was a featured performer in the concert. Andrea Hairston '74, associate professor of theater, is the artistic director of the Chrysalis Theatre and James Emery MFA'73 is the theater's company manager. The concert also featured world-class musicians Beth Cohen, violinist, and guitarists Marc Schulman and John Putnam. With that ensemble, Morigan, a critically acclaimed singer, composer and instrumentalist, performed Irish, Turkish and Sephardic songs, as well as original music. "Songs for Strings, Voice, and Other Mysteries" was a benefit for Chrysalis Theatre's parenting Teen Theatre Program. It was supported by the Northampton Arts Council and Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Molly Curren '01 and Jennifer Mack '01 were named Humanity in Action (HIA) Fellows for the organization's 2001 summer program. Curren and Mack, who will be among 40 Dutch, Danish and American students participating in the program, were chosen on the basis of their leadership potential, academic achievement, and interest in human rights. The program emphasizes commitment to democratic values and knowledge of resistance to human rights violations past and present. Every summer, HIA conducts two programs that run simultaneously. Mack will attend the program in Denmark; Curren in the Netherlands.

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


Landscaping on Burton Lawn
Large areas of the hill near Burton Lawn are being landscaped with a variety of new plants and trees. The hill was devastated a few years ago by an ice storm followed by a drought. Also, several trees are being removed from near the Burton Lawn entrance by the Neilson tunnel. The trees, all of which are species that grow very large, were planted about 10 years ago in a space unable to accommodate them. They will be integrated into the landscaping on the hill near Wright Hall, where they can grow heartily to their full size.

Athletic Facility Hours
Beginning on Friday, May 4, Ainsworth Gymnasium facilities, including the pool, weight room and building, will operate on a different schedule. For a complete schedule of facility hours during May and the summer months, consult

Arbor Day Tree Tours
"Historiam habet unus quisque arborum" [Every tree has a story]. Find out the stories behind Smith's trees and celebrate Arbor Day on Saturday, April 28, with the Botanic Garden by joining its walking tours of the trees on campus led by students Alexandra Chitty '01 and Megan McIntyre '01. Would you like to know which tree in the Botanic Garden no longer grows in the wild? Or (for the forgetful) which medicinal tree helps increase memory and brain function? Find out by taking one of the tours, scheduled to begin at 2 p.m., rain or shine, outside the Lyman Conservatory. Arbor Day is a holiday, first celebrated in Nebraska in 1872, designed to encourage tree planting and public appreciation for trees.

Soccer Clinic
The Smith College soccer team will host a soccer clinic for girls ages 7 to 13 on Saturday, April 28, from noon to 3 p.m. on the upper soccer field. Come meet the team and learn new skills while having fun. Registration will begin at 11:30 a.m.; the fee is $15 per participant. Call Jen Bhalla at ext. 3981 for more information.

Simply Smith
Simply Smith, a college preview day for high school sophomores and juniors, will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 28. The day provides an opportunity for young women and their parents to visit the college and learn more about campus life firsthand. Guests will attend workshops on all aspects of the college application process, tour the campus and have lunch with current Smith students and other members of the community.

Six Flags Discount Tickets for Sale
Six Flags New England amusement park is now open for the season. If you would like to purchase discount tickets, send an e-mail request to Cindy Rucci ( or leave a message on the Staff Council voice-mail at ext. 4424 (press 1 for the Activities Committee). Adult single-day passes (for those who stand 48 inches tall or more) are $20.50. Junior single-day passes (for those from 36 to 48 inches tall) are $18.50. Season passes cost $52.50 per person.

Want to Play Softball?
Are you looking for some fun this summer? Smith will once again enter a team in the Northampton Recreation Department's coed softball league and is seeking men and women from the Smith community to play (spouses and partners are welcome). The team will compete in the "C" division, therefore advanced ability and experience are not required. Practice will begin in late April and the 16-game season will run from May to August. Games will be played on weekday evenings and Sundays. The roster is limited to 20 members. If interested, contact Jim Montgomery at ext. 2921 or

Ride Your Bike to Work
The Pioneer Valley's second annual Bike Commute Week will take place from Sunday-Saturday, May 13-19, to encourage residents of the Valley to ride their bicycles to work, school and on short trips. The event also encourages combining bicycle riding with other forms of transportation such as public transit. Bike Commute Week is organized by the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, MassBike Pioneer Valley and numerous civic organizations and volunteers.


Teaching Evaluations
This is a reminder that faculty teaching evaluations can be submitted through Friday, May 4, at 5 p.m. All students are required to complete the evaluations; failure to comply will result in a $25 fine. Students can complete evaluations on-line using BannerWeb on any computer with a recent version of Netscape or Internet Explorer (that includes computers in all resource centers and student houses). For information on how to access the new version of the system, refer to a memorandum dated April 23, from Shauna Daly and Maureen Mahoney, dean of the college, which was delivered to all students.

Book Buyback
The Grécourt Bookshop will hold its spring buyback Monday-Friday, May 7-11. Textbooks ordered for fall 2001 will be bought at half of the current new price. Other books will be bought at wholesalers' prices.

Grade Reports
Grades for all nonsenior students are due in the registrar's office by Monday, May 21. Students may view their grades on BannerWeb shortly after that date, and official grade reports will be sent to each student at her home address during early June.

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 Tuesday-Thursday, May 8-10, 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.

Artwork Needed
The Botanic Garden is seeking artwork from Smith students for the fall issue of its newsletter, Botanic Garden News. Submissions are encouraged that will reproduce well when printed in black and white, and that have botanical content or connection. This is a great opportunity for students to publish their work. Past issues can be viewed on-line at
html; or pick up hard-copies of back issues at the Botanic Garden office in the Lyman Conservatory. Contact Madelaine Zadik, at ext. 2743 or, with questions.

Chapel Internships
The Helen Hills Hills Chapel is now accepting applications for internships for 2001-02. Candidates should possess enthusiasm and creativity rather than specific religious background. Duties will include planning the multifaith service during Family Weekend in the fall, designing publicity and campus outreach related to chapel events and initiating new programming. Send a résumé and a letter of interest to Charlene Moran at the chapel. Call ext. 2753 with questions.

AcaMedia Internship
The Office of College Relations seeks applicants for the position of writer intern for AcaMedia, the college's weekly internal newsletter, for 2001-02. Candidates should have strong writing skills with emphasis on journalistic prose and an ability to create and develop article ideas. The intern will work closely with AcaMedia staff. Please apply by sending e-mail to Eric Weld at Call ext. 2171 with questions.

Examination Workers Needed
Students interested in being exam workers should sign up in the Office of Student Financial Services, College Hall.

Senior Opinions Needed
Each senior should have received a survey to complete and return to the Office of Student Affairs, College Hall 24. Please take the time to complete the survey, because what you say will help shape Smith's future. Call the Office of Institutional Research at ext. 3021 with questions.

Study in Scotland
Are you thinking of studying in Scotland? A representative from the University of St. Andrews will be on campus on Thursday, May 3. Interested students are welcome to stop by the Office for International Study, Clark Hall 305, between 1 and 2 p.m. to speak with him. Meanwhile, check out the University of St. Andrews Web site at Call ext. 4905 with questions.

Parking Lottery
The parking lottery will take place in September in Stoddard Auditorium. A date will be announced before the college opens in the fall. Seniors who plan to participate in the lottery can obtain temporary parking permits by coming to the Office of Public Safety, Neilson B/South, after they arrive on campus.

CSIP Internships Available
If you'd like to earn $2,000 while helping people and learning about yourself, the Smith College Community Service Internship Program (CSIP) is for you. For one academic year, CSIP interns work four to six hours a week at a local agency, write a weekly progress report and participate in a seminar in which they discuss their placements, review their progress and learn social-work skills and techniques. Interested students should contact S.O.S. at ext. 2756. Applications are available in the S.O.S. offices in the chapel basement.

Study-Abroad Orientation
Students who will study abroad next year are required to attend the Pre-Departure Orientation session on Sunday, April 29, from 2 to 5 p.m. in Wright Auditorium. Check-in will begin at 1:30 p.m. Please come early so that the session can start promptly. Call ext. 4905 with questions.

Still Seeking Master Tutors
It's not too late to submit an application for a master tutor position in the Jacobson Center for fall 2001. Master tutors provide tutoring in biology, chemistry, economics, French or Spanish for a minimum of six hours per week. Stop by the Jacobson Center at Seelye 307 to pick up a job description and application form. Applications will be accepted through the end of April or until all positions are filled.

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.

Monday, April 30

Lecture "From 'Visual Encouragement' to 'Real Girls': Reading and Writing Race in 'Girls' Magazines of the 1960s and 1990s." Work-in-progress presentation by Kate Kruckemeyer, research associate with the Project on Women and Social Change and doctoral candidate in American studies at George Washington University. A copy of the paper is available by calling ext. 3591. Lunch is provided, but reservations must be made by calling ext. 3591 by Friday, April 27. Sponsor: Project on Women and Social Change. Noon, Seelye 207

Lecture "The Campus as a Teaching Landscape." John Burk, biology. Thirteenth and final 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*

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

Religious Life
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

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, May 1

Sigma Xi luncheon talk "MOM and POP/IMAP Enterprises: Proposed Changes in Our E-mail System." Nathanael Fortune, physics. Open to faculty, emeriti, and staff. Noon, College Club, lower level

Performing Arts/Films
Film Teresa of Avila. Third in the four-part series. 4 p.m., Bodman Lounge, chapel

Film Sponsored by Rec Council.
9 p.m., Wright Auditorium

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

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

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. Final open hours for the academic year. 7-9 p.m., CDO

Wednesday, May 2

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

Performing Arts/Films
Opera Claudio Monteverdi's L'Orfeo, in a new English version by Drew Minter. Presented by the UMass Opera Workshop and Five College Early Music Program; Elizabeth Parker and Robert Eisenstein, codirectors; Drew Minter, stage director. Cast and orchestra drawn from the Five College Community. Tickets: $10, general; $5, students and seniors. Contact the UMass Fine Arts Center box office: 545-2511. 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage*

Meeting MassPIRG. 7 p.m., Seelye 101

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
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

Thursday, May 3

Liberal Arts Luncheon lecture "The Story of the Easthampton Aquifer." Robert Newton, geology. Sponsor: Committee on Academic Priorities. Noon, College Club, lower level

Performing Arts/Films
Spring Festival of One-Acts Featuring The Actor's Nightmare by Christopher Durang, Andrea Ferguson, director; The Dove by Djuna Barnes, Sarah Davis '01, director; Emptiness by Carmen Boullosa, Kim Hall '01, director; Ferris Wheel by Mary Miller, Michelle Medvin '01, director; The Man Who Turned Into a Stick by Kobo Abe, translated by Donald Keene, Emily Mendelsohn '01, director; Nothing Immediate by Shirley Lauro, Elizabeth Schwan-Rosenwald '02, director; and This Property is Condemned by Tennessee Williams, Karuna Tanahashi '03, director. Sponsor: theatre department. 8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Theatre, Mendenhall CPA*

Recital Hannah Freed-Thall '02J, violin; and Rebecca Green '01, cello, will perform works by Chopin Liszt, Dvorák, Beethoven and Bach. 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage*

Film Sponsored by Rec Council.
9 p.m., Wright Auditorium

Ceramics club meeting to elect next year's officers and address questions or comments. Open to members and those interested in joining. The studio is located behind Capen house, next to Davis in the same building as the LBTA. 6:45 p.m., Ceramics studio

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

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)

Texas Barbecue hosted by the Board of Trustees in honor of President Simmons. (See box, page 1.) 5:30 p.m., ITT

Friday, May 4

Last day of classes

Performing Arts/Films
Film The Comedian Harmonists will be shown in German without subtitles. All welcome. Refreshments and snacks will be served. Sponsor: German department. 8 p.m., Seelye 106

Spring Festival of One-Acts See 5/3 listing. 8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Theatre, Mendenhall CPA*

Senior recital "Dueling Sopranos," featuring Megan Browning '01 and Jill Hourihan '01 performing works by Mozart, Copland, Beethoven and others. Reception follows. 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage*

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.

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

Saturday, May 5

Pre-examination study period

Performing Arts/Films
Senior Recital Jennifer James '01, mezzo-soprano; Keimei Sugiyama '01, soprano; and Lauren Ciancio '01, mezzo-soprano, will perform works by Mozart, Fauré, Verdi, Massenet and selections from Copeland's Twelve Poems of Emily Dickinson. 2 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage*

Concert Allanah Gustavson '02, soprano, will perform songs in English and German from a variety of composers, accompanied by Clifton J. Noble, Jr., piano. Rachel Santamaria-Schwartz '03, cello, will perform Ernest Bloch's Schelomo, also with Clifton J. Noble, Jr., piano. 4 p.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage*

Benefit Concert "Greatest Hits From the Classic Period." Monica Jakuc and Karen Smith Emerson, both of the music department, will perform works by Mozart and Beethoven to raise money for the Hampshire County Interfaith Shelter for homeless people. (See story, page 1.) Tickets (available in advance at Beyond Words Bookshop): $12, general; $10, seniors; $14 at the door. 8 p.m., Edwards Church, 297 Main St., Northampton*

Sunday, May 6

Pre-examination study period

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 Smith Christian Fellowship. 6 p.m., Wright common room

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

Monday, May 7

Pre-examination study period

Tuesday, May 8

Final examinations begin

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

Wednesday, May 9

No events scheduled

Thursday, May 10

No events scheduled

Friday, May 11

Examination period ends

Saturday, May 12

Houses close for all students except '01 graduates, Commencement workers and those with Five College finals after 5/11.


"La Frontera: paisajes humanos y naturales" [Human and Natural Landscapes], an exhibition of photographs by Alice Fisk MacKenzie '01. Through Monday, May 28. Third Floor Gallery, Neilson Library*

"Paradise Gate." A site-specific architectural sculpture made of natural materials by North Carolina sculptor Patrick Dougherty that will remain on campus all year. Sponsors: Smith College Museum of Art; Botanic Garden. Burton Lawn (behind Neilson Library)*

"The Strongest of Bonds: William Allan Neilson, Internationalism and Exiles at Smith College." Books, photographs and other refugee rescue and resettlement materials. In connection with "The Anatomy of Exile." Through June 30. Kahn Institute, Neilson Library, third floor*

"Decorative Design: Publishers' Cloth Bindings in the Finison Collection at Smith College," a display of 19th- and early 20th-century American decorated bookbindings that illustrate the stylistic developments of book design for that period. For more information, call ext. 2906. Through May 29. Mortimer Rare Book Room, Neilson Library*

Caribbean Crosscurrent: A Photo Exhibit of Latina Cultural and Religious Celebrations" by Puerto Rican artist Pablo Delano. Through May 30. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; weekends, 1-4 p.m., chapel*

Artwork by the Class of 1961. As part of the class's 40th reunion, several members have assembled their art for a public exhibit. Works range from watercolor, oil and acrylic paintings to pottery and sculpture. Through May 28. Alumnae House Gallery (hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30-4:30 p.m.)*

"A Personal View of Paris," a display of photographs submitted by Smith students and alumnae who studied abroad on the Paris JYA program between 1929 and 2001. Photographs consist of favorite locations, people or moments during students' studies in Paris. Through May 27. Seelye, first floor.

"With a Little Help From Our Friends: Gifts and Purchases of the Year." Through May 29. Mortimer Rare Book Room, Neilson Library*