News for the Smith College Community //September 21, 2000
Hello GroupWise, Goodbye Sophia
The countdown is on. September 30 is GW-Day (GroupWise Day, that is), and it's coming up fast. That's the day the entire campus will have been converted to GroupWise, the electronic mail system that will unite all Smith College computer users on the same software. Information Technology Services (ITS) started implementing GroupWise in August 1999. Student computers were converted to the system last September. Since then, faculty and staff have been brought on to the system department by department throughout the year.
Now, with GW-Day just around the corner, there's a big push to finish the transition. During the summer, the final third of the faculty was trained on GroupWise. With faculty training complete, Residence and Dining Services recently held two training sessions for its senior cooks and housekeepers.
"It was a bit of a shocker to some of them that Sophia was going away forever," says Sandy Bycenski, ITS technology support consultant, referring to a popular former server used at the college. "The concept of GroupWise is different, but they're adjusting."
All GroupWise training sessions have been conducted by an outside vendor, but ITS staff have opened each session by explaining the Smith aspects of the transition.
The ultimate advantage of GroupWise is that it will allow the entire campus to be listed in one address book that may be accessed on the Web. There are two ways to address Smith GroupWise users. The first is email@example.com; the second is firstname.lastname@example.org. Bycenski points out that the simpler "@smith.edu" works because the college has preferred e-mail set up in Banner.
ycenski says there have been a few problems with the installation of GroupWise on campus computers and some concerns with distribution lists. Overall, however, the campus has adjusted well to GroupWise's integrated environment, she says. Bycenski credits the team at the User Support Center for the successful changeover. Along with Bycenski, those involved have been Pat Billingsley, Liane Hartman, Marsha Leavitt, Karen LeHouiller and Joe Roberts.
Even after the September 30 deadline,
Bycenski predicts that people on campus will still need some
time to get to know GroupWise. Toward that end, she notes that
GroupWise manuals are available at the Computer Store in Stoddard
22. User information also is available from the college's Technology
and Resource Advisor (TARA) at www.smith.edu/its/tara/. TARA
is an on-line collection of software installation instructions,
tip sheets, and user guides created by the ITS staff for the
Smith community. It also contains links to vendor-supplied manuals
for the Banner system.
Although construction projects at Smith -- recently completed and in the offing -- seem to indicate that the college is in the midst of a building boom, further opportunities for expansion are severely limited by a lack of space for new or enlarged facilities.
In the recent years, as the planning process progressed for projects like the campus center and the temporary engineering building, it has become increasingly clear that there is virtually no space left on the campus for future growth of Smith's physical plant. Recognizing the difficulties that would present for the college down the road, last fall the trustees asked their consulting architect, Frances Halsband, of the New York architectural firm of Kliment and Halsband to explore the evolution of the Smith campus from its founding to the present and to develop various options the college might consider for meeting its space needs over the next half-century and beyond.
"It is the trustees' responsibility to ensure the future of the college -- to see that Smith has the resources necessary to continue to grow and maintain the excellence for which it has always been known," said President Ruth Simmons.
Halsband proceeded with the project, sharing her thinking with the Campus Planning Committee along the way. At a July 27 meeting of the board of trustees, the board reviewed her report. Halsband suggested that the college explore the possibility of acquiring additional property.
"The central campus, a treasured collection of buildings and landscaped spaces, appears to be almost completely built up with no sites for major new buildings available," Halsband said.
(It is worth noting that Smith, with 135 acres, has far less flexibility than comparable institutions: The Williams College campus is 450 acres; Wellesley, more than 500; Mount Holyoke, 800, and Amherst, 1,000.)
"While Frances Halsband's work has relevance for some of the space issues we confront right now, its real value will be for those who must plan for the college's long-term needs and for generations of students who will study here in this new century," Simmons said.
Recognizing that Smith's acquisition
of new land, even over an extended period, would have consequences
for Northampton, the college has already initiated conversations
with Mayor Clare Higgins and others in her administration to
talk about ways Smith can partner with the city to mitigate the
effect of any expansion.
Kathy San Antonio has joined the Office of College Relations as college events coordinator. San Antonio comes to Smith from the University of Massachusetts, where she was administrative assistant in the Office of Commercial Ventures and Intellectual Properties. She has also worked at the Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center in Boston and as surgery scheduler/credentialing coordinator at the East Bay Surgery Center in Oakland, California. San Antonio is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Those who schedule events on campus will be contacting San Antonio when they dial extension 2162 or send Event Service Request Forms or other messages to email@example.com. "The college events office has undergone some upheaval over the past year and is looking forward to new stability," says Ann Shanahan, chief public affairs officer. "We are delighted to have Kathy here. She has just the right skills and experience for this job. Her background will also be invaluable as we work with ITS and others to launch the new Web-based Resource 25 later this year."
San Antonio, who began at Smith this week, occupies the position vacated by Chris Forgey.
More Smith in the News
Despite the absence of students and many faculty members from the Smith campus during the summer, allusions to the college in national and international media continued. Here are some of the highlights from summer mentions of Smith in the news
For a more extensive, ongoing compilation of Smith in the news, consult www.smith.edu/newsoffice/inthenews/.
Smith Softball Team Vies for League Title
This past summer, as usual, staff, faculty, students, and other Smith-affiliated folks donned their gloves and brandished bats as part of a team in the Northampton Recreation Department's Co-ed Softball League.
This year, the Smith team not only made it to the league playoffs but also went on to the championship final, triumphing over their regular season second- and third-place rivals along the way. On August 17 came the Co-ed Softball League showdown: Smith against division leader La Veracruzana, a team from the popular downtown Mexican restaurant.
Smith's team played valiantly. But ultimately the title went to the La Veracruzana team, which prevailed by a score of 12 to 10. For coming in second in the league tournament, the Smith team received a trophy now on display in the office of Jim Montgomery, head of technical services in Neilson Library.
Members of the Smith team, in addition to Montgomery, were Stacey Anasazi, Museum of Art; Louis Bach, Physical Plant; Eric Loehr, libraries; Dave Perez, RADS; Rick Millington, English; Nanci Young, libraries; Al Evans-Perez, ITS; Elizabeth Kates, Museum of Art; Imelda Ramirez and Jenny Tien, School for Social Work students; and Jennifer Johnston, a recent graduate student.
Other players affiliated with Smith included Juan Romero, husband of Ginetta Candelario, sociology; Deb Owen Doucette, whose mother graduated three years ago as an Ada, and her husband Glenn Doucette; Robert Shycon and Linda Dell, who live on Henshaw and have played with the Smith team for almost 10 years. Rounding out the roster were local players Ian Fraser, Margo Hennessy, and Lester Humphreys.
The team members wish to thank their loyal fans who cheered them on throughout the successful season, and the college for its continued support.
SSW Program Fulfills A National Need
Since its founding in 1918, the Smith College School for Social Work (SSW) has been a leader in the field of clinical practice. With a mandate to provide social work education that is relevant and responsive, the SSW is known for pioneering new models of social work practice. Last fall, partly in an endeavor to continue its leadership role, the SSW launched the Center for Innovative Practice and Social Work Education. Among the center's goals are helping faculty develop research and demonstration projects and providing leadership for practice that responds to the needs of vulnerable and marginalized populations.
One of the center's inaugural projects, launched last summer, the Advanced Training Certificate in End-of-Life Care, has made social work history. Developed by Professor Joan Berzoff, the certificate program is the first of its kind in the nation. Despite a critical need nationally for end-of-life care, no program has ever offered a specialized certificate for social workers. Berzoff, codirector of the SSW's doctoral program, was inspired to create the program, she said, after witnessing the lack of social work intervention when her sister was dying at a major cancer center.
"It's all too common for dying patients and their families to be suffering needlessly. It happens in hospitals, whether they're world-renowned or county-funded. It happens in nursing homes, prisons and hospices," says Berzoff.
Though end-of-life care was not her specialty, Berzoff immersed herself in the field and in the process discovered the lack of training available. Whereas members of a dying person's medical care team may be trained in cultural perceptions about suffering and death -- as well as ways to help family members -- social workers in general have not received this education. Encouraged by the center's commitment to innovative practice and equipped with a grant from philanthropist George Soros, whose Open Society Institute funds "The Project On Death in America," Berzoff created the certificate program for the post-master's social worker. The two-year Soros grant will also fund the development of a textbook on clinical practice in end-of-life care to be used in graduate schools of social work across the country and by other disciplines working in end-of-life care. The grant will also be used to develop a practice course in end-of-life care, which will be offered in the summer of 2002 to SSW students.
Launched in August, the Advanced Training Certificate in End-of-Life Care brings participants to campus for two summer sessions. The coursework for the first summer session, taught by international experts, included a theory course on death and bereavement over the life cycle, a practice course on communication with dying patients and their families, and an examination of ethical and spiritual issues in end-of-life care. From September to May, participants will complete a clinical internship supervised by Cancer Care, Inc., an organization whose members are nationally recognized for their expertise in end-of-life care. The clinical supervision, which will be handled by telephone, is being provided at no charge to participants. Next summer, participants will specialize in areas pertinent to their employment or advanced practice interests.
Berzoff describes the participants as leaders in the field from institutions such as Johns Hopkins and Sloan Kettering, along with faculty from other schools of social work. Fifteen of them spent a week at Smith in August to attend classes and evening programs on topics ranging from bereavement to Internet support groups.
"It was rigorous and incredibly dynamic," notes Berzoff. "The week was not only about learning theory, but also about building it. As the group became coherent, they began sharing professional and personal issues related to death and dying. This met a great need for dialogue that has been missing in the lives of these talented clinicians."
According to Berzoff, the week-long exploration of clinical skills, knowledge and values both instructed and inspired the fellows. "They left here fired up to advocate for administrative changes and improved end-of-life care at their settings," she says. "It was a first step in spreading the tools so desperately needed by patients and their families."
The U.S. Committee for Refugees is
honoring Eric Reeves, professor of English language and literature,
for his advocacy of human rights in Sudan. According to Roger
Winter, executive director of the committee, no one in humanitarian
advocacy has singlehandedly made as much of an impact in such
a short time. Winter will travel to Northampton this fall to
present Reeves with a certificate of appreciation. In his efforts
to place Sudan at the center of U.S. foreign policy, Reeves has
published more than 30 op-ed pieces about Sudan's civil war and
humanitarian crisis in leading newspapers throughout Canada,
the Netherlands and the United States.
In his spare time, Burt Prokop, a carpentry supervisor in the Physical Plant, runs-and runs. Not just two, three or five miles at a time-often he runs 26.2 miles. An experienced marathoner, Prokop completed the Boston Marathon in just 2 hours and 44 minutes last spring. "That's quite an accomplishment," notes fellow runner, marathoner and friend Valerie Schumacher, Smith's student employment coordinator.
A memorial service for former Smith employee Katherine (also known as Kit) Sheehan Jennison Muller will be held on Saturday, September 30, at 4:30 p.m., in Helen Hills Hills Chapel. Muller, who died on August 17, was assistant to the director of development at Smith from 1976 to 1986. Her late husband, Donald Sheehan, was a member of Smith's history faculty and assistant to presidents Benjamin Wright and Thomas Mendenhall. The Smith community is welcome to attend the memorial service. A reception will follow in Bodman Lounge.
Eleven Smith students were among 1,175 students enrolled in the Middlebury College Language Schools this past summer. The immersion programs, which last from six to nine weeks, require students to communicate only in their target languages. As a result, they gain a year's worth of college-level language learning during a single summer term. Smith students who attended were Genevieve Borders '03 (French), Erin Burt '00 (Russian), Shruti Garg '03 (Spanish), Corrine Gray '99 (Spanish), Christina Jedziniak '02 (Italian), Hyongsun Jun '02 (Spanish), Amanda Norman '01 (German), Abigail Schor '03 (Russian), Laura Simpson '03 (Japanese), Christine Wraga '00 (Arabic) and Marianne Zawacki '02 (German). Another Smith presence was Gertraud Gutzman, professor of German at Smith. An alumna of Middlebury College, Gutzman is a member of the German School faculty at the College Language Schools during the summer.
Longtime Smith employee Betty Baum, student counselor emeritus and a graduate of the Smith College School for Social Work, died on Thursday, September 14. Baum, 85, who was a member of the Smith staff from 1956 until her retirement in 1981, was a resident of Holyoke. Baum's appointment in 1956 marked the establishment of the student counseling service at Smith. A graduate of Ohio State University, Baum received a master of social science degree from the School for Social Work. A memorial service will be held on Friday, September 22, at 2 p.m., in First Church, 129 Main Street.
Sources of further information, if any, are indicated in parentheses. Notices should be submitted by mail, by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org) or by fax (extension 2171).
January 2001 Interterm
Lunch With CCWG
Fine Arts Center Addresses
Faculty & Staff
Bosch Fellowship Deadline
Study Abroad Fair
Students' Aid Society Grants
Sports Event Workers Needed
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, September 25
Informational meeting about studying abroad. 4 p.m., Clark Hall third floor
Drop-in session with Naropa Institute, a private, nonsectarian, liberal arts college inspired by a unique Buddhist heritage, which offers graduate and undergraduate degrees in the arts, humanities and social sciences. An admission counselor will be available. 4-5 p.m., CDO
Traditions Program for first-year and transfer students. Discover the origins of Smith's traditions and taste the latest-the S'mint Sundae. 4:30 p.m., Alumnae House
Tuesday, September 26
Lecture "Race: Science or Fiction?" Joseph Graves, professor of evolutionary biology, Arizona State University, and author of The Emperor's New Clothes: Biological Theories of Race at the Millennium. Opening lecture for the Afro-American Studies yearlong series "Race, Science, Fiction." 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*
SGA Senate meeting Open forum. All students welcome. 7:15 p.m., Seelye 201
French theater workshop L'Atelier, a weekly acting workshop conducted in French by Florent Masse. 7:30 p.m., Mendenhall CPA T-209
Language lunch tables Chinese, German. 12:15 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room
Informational meeting on job opportunities with J. P. Morgan. An interviewing-skills and mock-interview workshop follows. 7:30 p.m., Wright auditorium
Wednesday, September 27
Campus Climate Working Group first lunch meeting, open to students, staff and faculty. Noon, Neilson Browsing Room
Informational meeting about spending a semester at Columbia University's Biosphere 2 Center in Arizona. Kendra Crook will discuss the interdisciplinary programs in earth and environmental studies at this unique research facility encompassing a rainforest, savanna, ocean, desert, estuary and agricultural center. Refreshments served. 4:15 p.m., Engineering building, room 102
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
Language lunch tables Classical languages. 12:15 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room C
Reception for students who have returned from studying in Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries and students interested in doing so next year. 5 p.m., Seelye 207
Lecture "Public Service in the Clinton Administration." Sally Katzen '64, senior advisor to President Clinton; and deputy director for management, White House Office of Management and Budget. 8 p.m., Seelye 201*
Lecture "Redemption Day: The History of an African Massacre." David M. Anderson, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. First lecture in the series "Famine, Death and Historical Knowledge-A Lecture Series on Modern Africa." 8 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*
CDO workshop "Entrepreneur Panel." Peg Wyant '64, founder and managing director of Isabella Capital, a venture capital fund for women, will share her experiences as an entrepreneur and discuss entrepreneurship as a career option. Also, Jerry Schaufeld, president and CEO of Mass Ventures and Humera Fasihuddin, High Growth Business, will provide information on how to join the Five College Entrepreneur Club. 7 p.m., Wright common room*
Traditions Program for first-year and transfer students. Discover the origins of Smith's traditions and taste the latest-the S'mint Sundae. 4:30 p.m., Alumnae House
Friday, September 29
Meeting Smith Science Fiction and Fantasy Society. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 208
Keystone B.I.G. meeting Weekly fellowship meeting of Campus Crusade for Christ. 7 p.m., Wright common room
Mehndi Night Food, performances and henna from South Asia. Tickets: $3$5. 59 p.m., Scott gym*
Saturday, September 30
No events scheduled
Sunday, October 1
Meeting Feminists of
Quaker (Friends) meeting for worship. Preceded by informal discussion at 9:30 a.m. All welcome, childcare available. 11:30 a.m., Bass 203, 204*
"Agents of Social
"Bronze, Steel, and Stone: Selections from the Nasher Collection," a special temporary exhibition hosted by the Smith College Museum of Art, and installed on Burton lawn, features five sculptures lent by Raymond D. Nasher in memory of his late wife, Patsy Rabinowitz Nasher '49. The exhibition includes works created from 1968 to 1991 by artists Magdalena Abakanowicz, Richard Long, Beverly Pepper, Mark Di Suvero and William Tucker. The Nashers began collecting contemporary American and European sculpture in the early 1960s, and eventually assembled one of the most important private collections of contemporary sculpture. After the Smith exhibition, the sculptures will be moved to Dallas and installed in a new sculpture center with other works from the Nasher collection. Runs through October 29. Burton lawn*