News for the Smith College Community //August 31, 2000

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Computer Donations Meet Town Needs

Smith College has always prided itself on being a front-runner when it comes to technology. Labs, classrooms and libraries all are equipped with state-of-the-art equipment-and lots of it. In fact, Smith is unparalleled among four-year colleges in its ratio of students to computers. But keeping up with technology means that campus computers quickly become outdated-and every four years, equipment must be upgraded. What's a college to do with yesterday's technology?

For Smith, an institution committed to community outreach, the answer is obvious. The equipment is recycled in the very best way: it's donated to schools, daycare and senior citizen centers, and a variety of other nonprofit organizations.

"While these machines are no longer appropriate for Smith, they're still of great value," explains Cheryl Donaldson-Davis, director of office systems at Information Technology Services. "We get requests for them all year long, and we're delighted to help out."

The town-gown program began in 1994 when former mayor Mary Ford appealed to Smith for a computer for Northampton City Hall. Smith saw the request as a perfect opportunity to further build community relations while putting defunct computers to good use. The next request was from the Academy of Music Opera House. Soon Smith was learning about computer needs throughout the Pioneer Valley. Four years later, hundreds of computers, printers and scanners have been donated to organizations ranging from the Goshen Police Department to the Massachusetts Audubon Society. Smith computers have even traveled to Poland via the Rotary Club, and to Africa and Russia with faculty members. The machines donated internationally are no longer desired by domestic agencies, but have great value for developing nations.

Most recently, Smith donated 25 computers to Northampton High School. This donation will supply equipment that otherwise could not have been purchased due to higher-than-expected costs of the NHS renovation project. According to Donaldson-Davis, most requests for donations are initiated by Smith faculty or staff. In the case of Northampton High School, Alan Rudnitsky, professor of education and child study, and Lawrence Fink, professor emeriti and NHS Building Committee chairperson, made the appeal. Another eight computers are headed for Africa in response to a request initiated by Bob Pattee, director of the physical plant.

Donaldson is quick to credit the staff of Desktop Technology Services for their role in the program's success. "Ultimately, they're the ones who make it possible. They clean and prep all equipment before it leaves campus. I have an incredibly supportive team," she says.

To date, Smith has donated 373 pieces of equipment. Given that technology keeps sprinting ahead, the donations will continue. "It's a program that feels very right for this college," concludes Donaldson-Davis. "It allows Smith to literally share its resources with both the local and global communities."

Before Classes, Last Night of Celebration

If this year's opening convocation is anything like those in past years, then a deafening roar of student spirit and excitement will shake the floorboards and historic foundations of John M. Greene Hall when the faculty processes down the center aisle and President Ruth Simmons takes the stage.

The convocation, which will take place on Wednesday, September 6, at 7:30 p.m., is the college's annual opening event, at which students convene collectively with faculty and administrators to ring in the academic year. The event is typically marked by a colorful assortment of creative attire and headdress, banners adorning the balconies around the hall, as well as the more serious business of presentations and awards announcements.

First to address the students (and to be faced with the challenge of quieting them) will be President Simmons, who will welcome them to campus. This year's faculty speaker will be Professor of Economics Randy Bartlett, who will give a talk titled "Learning Lessons." Student Government Association President Ammara Yaqub '01 will be the student speaker.

The names of Smith student prize winners in the classes of 2001, 2002 and 2003 - first announced at Last Chapel Awards Convocation last May after virtually all students, except those who were graduating, had left campus-will be repeated during opening convocation. Dean of the College Maureen Mahoney will also announce the recipient of the 2000 Arthur Ellis Hamm Prize, which is annually presented to the first-year student from the previous year with the best academic record.

The Smith College Glee Club, conducted by Jonathan Hirsh, will enhance the revelry of the occasion with "A New Medley of Old Smith Songs," arranged by Clifton J. Noble Jr., who will also accompany the chorus on piano.

After a week of relocating, adjusting to their new (temporary) homes and dealing with the business of checking in for another year of college life, students will likely see the opening convocation (and the following welcome party in Davis Ballroom) as their last best chance to celebrate loudly before classes begin at 8 the next morning. Student attendance is mandatory.

A Changing of the Admissions Guard

Many changes on campus will greet Smith's prospective new students as they tour the grounds and prepare their college applications this year. But one change will likely affect them immediately: the recent assumption of the post of director of admission by Audrey Yale Smith.

Smith, who came to the college from nearby Hampshire College to assume her new position this month, is an experienced veteran of college admissions. During her tenure at Hampshire, the number and quality of applicants to the college improved steadily. Also, through Hampshire's admissions process under Smith's guidance, the college increased its successful integration of students, faculty, alumnae and trustees.

Before she elevated the admissions standards at Hampshire, Smith served as director of admissions and director of enrollment management at New Jersey's Stevens Institute of Technology. There she spearheaded a program to support young women seeking engineering degrees.

Smith's experience at Stevens Institute will assist her in recruiting students for Smith College's new Picker Program in Engineering and Technology. Announcing her appointment, Dean of the College Maureen Mahoney indicated that Smith will play a crucial role in marketing the benefits of studying engineering in a women-only setting.

Smith's duties will include overseeing an admission staff of 20, developing annual and long-term admission goals, and supporting the college's priorities of excellence and diversity in its student body. Smith replaces Nanci Tessier.

EEA Recipients Announced

For the second straight year, several outstanding employees at Smith have been honored with Employee Excellence Awards in recognition of their exceptional work for the college. The awards program, which began last year on a three-year pilot basis, rewards employees nominated and elected by their peers for their contributions in the categories of service, teamwork, community relations and diversity.

The 11 award winners, who were announced campuswide in June, will each receive an after-tax award of $1,000. The winners will also be formally recognized during the college's annual Employee Recognition Program on October 4, and will be featured in a video shown at the ceremony.

Winners of this year's Employee Excellence Awards are Christine Barbuto, administrative assistant in the Department of Education and Child Study, for service; Catherine Brooks, publications secretary in college relations, for service and cost effectiveness; Charlene Correa, work and life coordinator in human resources, for community; Debra Diemand, data specialist in advancement, for service; Cynthia Furtek, academic secretary in humanities, for diversity; Ay Ling Han, psychologist in health services, for diversity; Janice McDowell, cashier in the controller's office, for community, service and diversity; Tierney Richi, dining room assistant in Residence and Dining Services, for service; Steven Stander, technical services coordinator in Information Technology Services, for service; Amy Wallace, program manager/operations in advancement, for community and teamwork; and Jeanne West, administrative assistant in foreign language and literature, for service.

The award winners were chosen from among 70 employees who were nominated this year by their associates and supervisors. In all, 159 employees nominated their colleagues to receive the awards. As it was last year, a selection committee, consisting of former award winners and college personnel from various departments, was convened in May after nominations were solicited. The committee recommended its selections to the president after the May 8 nominating closing date.

The Employee Excellence Awards program began in November 1999 as a tool to help improve staff morale while rewarding leadership and superior performance. The concept was first introduced in a 1997 staff self-study report. Now in its third year, the program will be evaluated next summer after a third round of awards has been granted. If at that time it is deemed successful, the program will be extended.

A New Parking Law in Town

If you regularly park your car on Harrison, Kensington or Washington avenues or Dryads Green, you'll need a watch and a calendar to stay out of trouble from now on. As of August 28, when a new city parking ordinance took effect, every car parked on those streets must be moved -- not a long way, just to the other side of the street -- every day at 11 a.m. Newly installed parking signs indicate which side is legal on odd days of the month (first, third, fifth, etc.) and which side is legal on even days.

For years, the residents of streets bordering the Quadrangle have complained about the congestion created by cars parked on their streets, especially cars that they say are "warehoused" there and not moved for weeks on end. The complaints reached a crescendo last spring, spawning the ordinance approved by the City Council in July, which calls for alternate-side, alternate-day parking seven days a week.

City officials explain that illegally parked cars present a hazard because they prevent access by fire engines and other emergency vehicles; thus the ordinance will be strictly enforced. Offending cars are being ticketed ($20) and towed at a cost to the owner of $95. A second citywide ordinance, prohibiting parking within three feet of driveways, will go into effect on or about October 1.

The college has routinely attempted to discourage students from bringing cars to campus because parking, on and off campus, is so scarce. As Dean of the College Maureen Mahoney said in her summer letter to returning students, "We are continuing to work on parking issues and look forward to the opening of the parking garage on West Street, which will contain about 80 spaces earmarked for students. The Campus Planning Committee is also working on identifying additional student parking slots on campus."

In the meantime, students are cautioned to take these new city ordinances seriously to avoid towing and ticketing charges. If you have questions, contact Ann Shanahan, Office of College Relations, at extension 2170, or

First-Years Learn of Meats and Much More

By the time they've finished the assigned summer reading -- a novel titled My Year of Meats by Ruth Ozeki '80 -- many incoming first-years might find themselves requesting the vegetarian plate in their residence dining halls.

Ozeki's novel tells the story of a Japanese American documentarian who spends a year documenting -- and sometimes promoting -- the American meat industry for a Japanese television network by featuring American wives and their recipes. During the protagonist's employment, she uncovers a swath of unsavory information regarding the methods by which meat is slaughtered, produced and processed in America, and an endless list of hormones and chemicals meant to enhance meat production and profit.

Ozeki will be on campus on Tuesday, September 5, to present a reading from her novel at 7:30 p.m. in John M. Greene Hall and to answer questions from audience members. A reception for Ozeki and a booksign-ing in the Alumnae House will follow her presentation.

Like most assigned summer readings, Ozeki's novel goes far beyond the plot in exploring a range of social issues, such as domestic violence, Japanese-American relations, professional hierarchies and personal relationships.

Each summer all incoming students are assigned a novel, which they discuss in group sessions during orientation. The discussion groups, which take place in each residence's living room, are facilitated by faculty and staff members. "The discussion groups give the students an opportunity to share an intellectual activity with their fellow students and with faculty and staff," says First-year Dean Tom Riddell.

"We chose Ruth Ozeki's novel because it's very lively," Riddell explains, "and deals with a range of community issues." Past summer reading assignments have included Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot's Respect and Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye.

But few novels will inspire students to steer clear of the animal flesh selections on the dinner menu like Ozeki's My Year of Meats.


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

College Wide

Plant Sale
The Botanic Garden of Smith College will hold its annual plant sale on Saturday, September 16, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at Capen Garden. Perennials, houseplants, trees and shrubs propagated from the collections in Smith's conservatory and outdoor gardens will be on sale. Members of the Friends of the Botanic Garden are invited to a special "early bird" hour at 9 a.m. (Nonmembers may join the Friends group at 9 a.m. the day of the sale and become an instant "early bird.") Some of the highlights of this year's perennials include Amsonia hubrechtii, Aster 'September Ruby,' Clematis heraclifolia, Digitalis 'Strawberry Pink,' Heuchera 'Chartreuse,' and Platycodon grandiflorus 'Apoyama.' Among the trees and shrubs offered are Stewartia pseudocamellia, Magnolia denudata, Sciadopitys verticillata, Cryptomeria japonica 'Globosa Nana,' Syringa 'Scotia,' and Zenobia pulverulenta. Houseplants include Columnea gloriosa, Costus speciosus, and Stanhopea insignis. Proceeds from the sale support the programs and activities of the Botanic Garden of Smith College. Questions? Call ext. 2742.

Davis Center
Davis Center will be open summer hours- 8 a.m.-2 p.m.-Monday, August 28-Friday, September 1. Davis will be closed for the Labor Day weekend and will reopen on Tuesday, September 5, for regular academic-year hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m.; Saturday, noon-11:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 5 p.m. -11:30 p.m. Jittery's will open on Tuesday, September 5. The first coffee house is scheduled for Thursday, September 7.

Athletic Locker Signups
New faculty, staff and students can sign up for lockers in the Scott Gym women's and men's locker rooms Thursday and Friday, September 7 and 8, and Monday, September 11, from 4 to 9 p.m. To sign up for a locker, you must bring a padlock and find an open locker before completing the form available in the equipment booth. Lockers can only be reserved in Scott Gym. There are no permanent lockers available in Ainsworth. Return completed reservation forms to the equipment booth on the ground floor of Ainsworth Gym.

Museum of Art
The Smith College Museum of Art is now closed for renovation and expansion. Temporary administrative offices, located at Leonard House at Clarke School for the Deaf, 32 Round Hill Road, are open Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The museum's mailing address remains Smith College Museum of Art, Elm Street at Bedford Terrace, Northampton, MA 01063. Contact the museum at ext. 2770 or Visit the Web site at:

Faculty & Staff

Faculty Meeting
The first regular meeting of the faculty will be held on Wednesday, September 13, at 4:10 p.m. in the Alumnae House. Tea will be served at
3:45 p.m.

College Club Evening Hours
The Smith College Club will open for fine dining on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings beginning Tuesday, September 12. The social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the buffet will run from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. Reasonably priced at $15 for members, $18 for nonmembers, the buffet will include soup or salad, dessert and coffee along with several entrées. Reservations are encouraged and walk-ins will be welcome on a seat-available basis. To make a reservation, call the club, ext. 2341, or send e-mail to smithclub@ais. For special club membership, contact Patty Hentz, ext. 2326 or

New Group
Out to Lunch, a new and unofficial campus organization for queer women administrators and staff members (nonfaculty) will have its debut sack lunch gathering from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 6, in the conference room of the Alumnae House. The monthly lunch meetings will give folks a chance to meet and mingle without a formal agenda. For more information, contact Ruth van Erp, ext. 2036, or and Tracie Kurth, ext. 2664, or

ESS Fitness Classes
Smith employees: Why not take an exercise class? The exercise and sport studies department offers fitness classes for a fee, including aerobics and conditioning, yoga, and aqua-aerobics, to all college employees and their immediate family members. Classes begin the week of September 11. Registration deadline is September 15, and class sizes are limited. Watch the mail for registration information.


Parking Lottery
The parking lottery for the class of 2001, on-campus residents only, will take place in Stoddard Auditorium on Wednesday, September 13, 4:15-5:30 p.m. Please bring Smith ID, driver's license and current car registration. Each permit costs $150 for the year, to be paid at the Department of Public Safety when you pick up the sticker. Anyone eligible who wishes to draw but cannot attend should send a proxy with the car registration, license, and a note authorizing her to draw. Students planning to enter the parking lottery must pick up a temporary permit from the Department of Public Safety between 10 a.m. and noon, Monday-Friday, which will be good from the date they arrive until September 29. The parking lottery results will be posted at the Department of Public Safety on September 15, after 2 p.m.

Friedman Parking
A parking sticker will be issued to one resident in each Friedman apartment. Each resident must sign a letter specifying one apartment member who is to receive a parking sticker. The signed letter must be received by the Department of Public Safety no later than noon on Monday, September 11. Other Friedman residents may enter the parking lottery.

Riding Information
Registration for riding classes will take place on Monday, September 11, at 7 p.m. in Ainsworth Faculty Lounge. Bring your academic schedule and fee for the semester. You must attend this meeting even if you have preregistered. Riding classes are scheduled after the meeting. Questions? Call Sue Payne, ext. 2734.

S.O.S. House Reps
House Presidents: Have you elected your S.O.S. house reps yet? S.O.S. reps are an important link between S.O.S. and the campus community. Keep your house informed and in touch with voluntary services and elect your reps soon. A mandatory training session for all reps is scheduled for Thursday, September 14, at the Bodman Lounge, 6-8:30 p.m. (dinner provided). Call the S.O.S. office, ext. 2756, with questions.

Equestrian Team
Tryouts for the equestrian team will be held on Saturday, September 9, at the equestrian center from 1 to 4 p.m. Sign up for a tryout time at the center by September 8 at 5 p.m. Open and intermediate riders try out at 1 p.m.; novice riders at 2 p.m.; walk-trot-canter riders at 3 p.m.; walk-trot riders at 4 p.m. Show clothes are required for tryouts. (If you do not have a jacket, breeches and boots are acceptable.)

President's Open Hours
President's open hours for students will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. on Mondays, September 11 and 18, in the Office of the President, College Hall 20. No appointments are necessary, and visitors will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis.

JMG Storage
Students who stored items in John M. Greene Hall basement may pick up their items during the following times: Sunday, September 3, 1-2 p.m. (for approved early arrivals only); Monday, September 4, 2-4 p.m. (approved early arrivals only); Wednesday, September 6, 3-5 p.m.; Thursday-Friday, September 7-8, 1-3 p.m.; Monday, September 11, 7-9 p.m.; Saturday, September 16, 10 a.m.-noon. Students are required to present IDs and receipts in order to obtain their belongings. Any items unclaimed after September 16 are left at the owner's risk and will be removed by the college.

Course Registration/Changes
All course registration materials, including the schedule of classes, can be picked up at Central Check-In. Students will be permitted to make changes on-line beginning at 8 a.m. September 7. However, students are encouraged to attend the first class meeting before adding a course to their schedules and are required to do so before adding a limited course.

Make-up Examinations
Students who were granted an extension for final examinations in the spring semester must complete their examinations during the first two weeks of the semester. Please call Jan Morris (ext. 2554) in the registrar's office to make arrangements. All examinations must be picked up by 2 p.m. on Wednesday, September 20.

New Student Payroll Office
The Student Employment Office is no longer responsible for processing student payroll. The new Student Payroll Office (ext. 2230), located in College Hall 8c (off the back porch), has assumed responsibility for all matters regarding the student payroll process. Please refer to the Student Employment Guide for more details. The Student Employment Office will continue to handle student employment issues only.

Photograph the Poets
The Poetry Center is looking for two staff photographers for a dozen events this year. Must be creative, adaptable, good at catching candid moments, and available Tuesdays, either late afternoon or evening. The photos will be used for Poetry Center publicity and on our Web site, and will be attributed. The positions pay an hourly rate plus film expenses. Interested students should contact Ellen Watson, ext. 3368, or ewatson@, for an appointment to show their portfolios.

Travel Reservations
Students should be making end-of-semester travel reservations now, keeping in mind that final examinations are scheduled December 19-22. Students will not be permitted to take examinations early.

Josten Carrel registration
A limited number of carrels in the Josten Library will be open for priority assignment on the following dates to graduate students and undergraduate majors in the music, theatre, and dance departments for the fall semester: performing arts graduate students, Monday, September 11; performing arts undergraduate majors, Tuesday, September 12. All other students may register for unassigned carrels on Wednesday, September 13.

Sunnyside Positions
The Sunnyside Child Care Center, at 70 Paradise Road, is hiring work-study students for fall classroom aide positions. Morning and afternoon jobs are available. Call Debra Horton, ext. 2293, to apply.

Jacobson Center Jobs
The Jacobson Center for Writing, Teaching and Learning, located in Seelye 307, is seeking candidates for:

-- Master tutors in French, Spanish and economics. Master tutors provide peer tutoring and study skills counseling to students, conduct group tutoring sessions and possibly workshops in study skills. Candidates must receive faculty approval for tutoring specific courses. Selected candidates must complete an orientation session September 16 and participate in ongoing training throughout the academic year.

-- Reception desk staff. Work study students are invited to apply. Qualifications include strong customer service, organizational and office skills.

To learn more about these jobs, please stop by the center to pick up descriptions, fill out applications and sign up for an interview. For more information, call Leslie Hoffman,
ext. 3037.

Welcome Party
"Lend a handto make a difference." The Service Organizations of Smith (S.O.S.) invites students interested in community service to attend a party on Thursday, September 7, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Wright common room, to learn about community and on-campus opportunities to volunteer as companions, tutors, case advocates and hot-line workers, or house reps.

S.O.S. Project
Join S.O.S.'s first short-term project of the year at the Food Bank on Saturday, September 16, 8:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Food Bank is a local nonprofit business that provides food for low- and middle-income families as well as the unemployed, victims of domestic violence and others. Meet in the parking lot of Helen Hills Hills Chapel at 8:15 a.m. Wear old clothes and shoes. Contact the S.O.S. office, ext. 2756, with questions or to sign up.

Sophian Meeting
Smith's independent student press invites students interested in writing, editing, photography, print and Web design, business, accounting, advertising, circulation and computers to its general interest meeting on Thursday, September 14, at 9 p.m. in Capen Annex. Those at all levels of experience are encouraged to attend. Call ext. 4971 (TTY ext. 2072) with questions. If you have disability-related access concerns, please call as soon as possible.

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.

Friday, September 1

Other Events/Activities
Central Check-In for early-returning students only. 11 a.m.­3 p.m., ITT

Saturday, September 2

Other Events/Activities
Central Check-In for new students.
9 a.m.-4 p.m., ITT

President's welcome panel for entering students and families. Reception follows on Chapin Lawn (reception cancelled if it rains). 2:30 p.m., John M. Greene Hall

Sunday, September 3

Religious Life
Service of morning worship in the Prostestant tradition to welcome students, faculty and staff. Led by Protestant chaplain the Rev. Dr. Leon Tilson Burrows, with special music and student liturgists. All welcome. A light breaksfast will be provided before the service in the chapel vestibule. 11 a.m., chapel

Quaker meeting Meeting for worship begins at 11 a.m. Preceded by informal discussion at 9:30 a.m. All welcome, childcare available. Bass 203, 204

Roman Catholic mass to welcome students, faculty and staff with Fr. Stephen-Joseph Ross, OCD, celebrant, and Elizabeth Carr, Catholic chaplain. 4:30 p.m., chapel.

Monday, September 4

Labor Day

Tuesday, September 5

Reading Ruth Ozeki '80 will read from her novel My Year of Meats and answer questions. Part of 2000 Orientation. See story, page 4. 7:30 p.m., John M. Greene Hall*

Performing Arts/Films
Film TBA. 7 p.m., Wright Auditorium.

Other Events/Activities
Central Check-In for returning students. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., ITT

Audition Music performance voice lessons, with a piece of your choice. Sign up in advance at the music office, Sage Hall. 3-5:30 p.m., Sage 104

Audition Wind instrument performance lessons, with a piece of your choice. Sign up in advance at the music office, Sage Hall. 1-4 p.m., Sage 106

Audition Piano performance lessons, with a piece of your choice. Sign up in advance at the music office, Sage Hall. 2-5:30 p.m., Sage 215

Wednesday, September 6

Opening Convocation Professor of Economics Randall Bartlett will speak on "Learning Lessons" (see story, page 1). 7:30 p.m., John M. Greene Hall

Other Events/Activities
Central Check-In for returning students. 2-5 p.m., ITT

Audition Wind instrument performance lessons, with a piece of your choice. Sign up in advance at the music office, Sage Hall. 1-4 p.m., Sage 106

Audition Voice performance lessons, with a piece of your choice. Sign up in advance at the music office, Sage Hall. 10 a.m.­noon, 3-5:30 p.m., Sage 104

Audition Piano performance lessons, with a piece of your choice. Sign up in advance at the music office, Sage Hall. 2-5:30 p.m., Sage 215

Welcome Back party. 8 p.m.-midnight, Davis Ballroom


Thursday, September 7

Classes begin

Language lunch tables Russian, Korean. Noon-1 p.m., Duckett Dining Room.

S.O.S. Welcome Party Meet new students who are interested in community service and some who worked in community service last year. Also, find out about upcoming S.O.S. events and learn about opportunities available to you. 4:30-5:30 p.m., Wright common room

Informational meeting for all students interested in orchestra or wind ensemble. Bring instruments. Auditions follow the meeting. 7 p.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage Hall

Informational meeting/workshop on graduate fellowships. 6:30-8 p.m., Seelye 201, 101, 110

Religious Life
Newman Association Board planning meeting. Lunch provided. Noon-1 p.m., Bodman Lounge, chapel

Ice cream social Frozen yogurt too, sponsored by the Newman Association. To welcome new and returning Catholic students to campus. Learn about Newman's exciting plans for the year. All welcome. 4:30 p.m., chapel

Drop-in class on meditation and stress reduction with Hayat Nancy Abuza. Open to all students, staff and Five-College faculty. Sponsor: Office of the Chaplains. 4:30­5:30 p.m., Seelye 211

Other Events/Activities
Audition Piano performance lessons, with a piece of your choice. Sign up in advance at the music office, Sage Hall. 4-6 p.m., Sage 215

Friday, September 8

Lecture "The Role of the Woman During Conception According to Ancient Indian Medical Literature." Rahul Peter Das, professor of Indology at the Martin Luther University, Halle, Germany. Sponsor: Department of Religion/Ada Howe Kent Fund. 4:30 p.m., Dewey Common Room

Language lunch table Japanese. Noon-1 p.m., Duckett Dining Room

Welcome Back meeting Informational meeting to discuss important academic issues for students returning from a leave of absence. 5-6 p.m., Seelye 201

Religious Life
Orientation Shabbat and welcome, followed by dinner. 5:30 p.m., Bodman Lounge, chapel

Other Events/Activities
Keystone Chocolate Extravaganza with free chocolate. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Chapin Lawn

Saturday, September 9

Keystone First-year meeting. 6:30 p.m., Wright common room

Other Events/Activities
Party sponsored by the Rec Council. 7:30 p.m., Davis Ballroom

Sunday, September 10

Performing Arts/Films
Concert Smiffenpoofs. 4 p.m., Wright Auditorium*

Concert In celebration of Smith's new fortepiano, featuring Kenneth Fearn, Monica Jakuc, Grant Moss and Clifton J. Noble Jr., fortepiano; Jane Bryden, soprano; Dana Maiben, violin; and Alice Robbins, cello. Works by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert and Clifton J. Noble Jr. 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall*

Religious Life
Service of Morning Worship in the Prostestant tradition. Led by Protestant chaplain the Rev. Dr. Leon Tilson Burrows, with student liturgists presiding. A community brunch follows in Bodman Lounge. All welcome. 10:30 a.m., chapel.

Quaker meeting Meeting for worship begins at 11 a.m. Preceded by informal discussion at 9:30 a.m. Childcare available. Bass 203, 204

Roman Catholic mass to welcome students, faculty and staff, with Fr. Stephen-Joseph Ross, OCD, celebrant, and Elizabeth Carr, Catholic chaplain. Dinner follows in Bodman Lounge. 4:30 p.m., chapel

Other Events/Activities
Auditions for the Food Chain, by Nicky Silver. Maggie Wood '01, director. Hilarious comedy about our bumbling search for love. Auditions open to all students and community members. Callbacks will be Tuesday, September 12, 7-10 p.m. 7 -10 p.m., Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts*


Standing Women of Callanish Mixed media sculptures by Smith alumna Mary Craig McLane. Through October 24. Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Opening reception is Friday, September 15, 4 p.m. Alumnae House Gallery*