News for the Smith College Community //September 28, 2000

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Excellent Employees to Receive Recognition

When Cynthia Furtek, an academic secretary in the Humanities cluster, was first informed that she was one of this year's Employee Excellence Award (EEA) winners, she thought of the people around her. "I feel there are so many employees on campus who are deserving of this award," says Furtek, who provides administrative support for the Afro-American studies and film studies departments as well as the Poetry Center at Smith. Also on her mind were the staff and faculty members with whom she works on a daily basis. "This is a team effort, a team approach," she says of her ability to do a successful job. "This award would not have been possible without the support of fellow staff and faculty."

Another EEA winner, Ay Ling Han, a counselor in health services, incorporates concern for others into her everyday work and her extensive service to the Smith community. As a counselor of students at Smith, Han provides support to those who need it. Beyond her job, too, Han contributes time and effort to promoting the harmony of human relations on campus through her membership in groups such as Staff Council, College Council and the Campus Climate Working Group, and by training student interns in multicultural competency, participating in an intercultural communication workshop and providing outreach to students of color. "The meaning of my work has really changed," she says. "These days, there's a really strong emphasis on diversity. I've found it to be very interesting."

Furtek and Han are two of 11 Smith employees to receive Employee Excellence Awards this year. The awards, which include an after-tax prize of $1,000, were first announced during the summer. All EEA recipients were nominated for the award by their peers at the college and selected by a program committee from among 70 candidates. Now in its second year, the program received award nominations from 159 employees. Awards were given in the categories of service, teamwork, community and diversity. Furtek and Han received awards for diversity.

The EEA winners will be formally recognized during the college's annual Employee Recognition Ceremony on Wednesday, October 4, at 2:30 p.m. in Sweeney auditorium, Sage Hall. Also honored at the ceremony will be employees who have worked at the college for 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 45 years, as well as those who have a perfect attendance record during the past year. A reception will follow the ceremony in the Mendenhall CPA courtyard (Scott Gym in case of rain).

Han says she reacted with "disbelief and surprise" when she learned she had won the award. "Then I was thrilled," she says. "The timing was perfect. I had a car payment [due]." Han says it's gratifying to receive recognition. During the past four to five years, particularly, her services and those of her fellow counselors have been increasingly in demand, and it's become a challenge to meet all the students' requests. Regarding her work, Han says her diverse background has enhanced her ability to relate to students of varying pasts and experiences. "Because I have knowledge of multicultural perspectives, I can understand how they feel," says Han, who, with Chinese ancestry, was born in Holland, lived for years in Indonesia and has resided in several states in the United States. "I feel I can use my experience to inform how to hear what people say."

Furtek says she loves the challenge of her job, even when it comes to something as mundane as wrestling an errant piece of paper from the jammed copy machine. "I have my own tool kit," she says. "Sometimes I have to put on a technician's hat. But I enjoy it. I enjoy coming to work. There are endless opportunities for employees to benefit from events on this campus."

When it was time to decide how to spend her award money, Furtek again thought of someone else. She put the money in a college savings account for her 4-year-old granddaughter Kennady Furtek.

Two Summers in the City

By Eunnie Park '01

It was mid-July 1999 in Manhattan, the streets were dripping with humidity and I was late for work. The Backstreet Boys were visiting the Big Apple and traffic had been delayed in the Lincoln Tunnel for half an hour. By the time my bus reached the Port Authority I was still running 30 minutes behind schedule.

Hurrying past the giddy, teenaged Backstreet Boys groupies, I made my way to Times Square, where I squeezed into a train that did not seem to have a maximum capacity. At Houston Street, the train spat me out into the magnificent chaos of New York City. I stepped into the concert of crowded traffic, swearing taxi drivers, roaring subway trains and the drilling and banging of heavy machinery and headed straight for my building. Three minutes later I was in the office listening to my boss describe her daily encounter with Monica Lewinsky at a nearby café.

It was another typical morning in New York City, where I have spent the past two summers working as an editorial intern at Educational Design, a small publishing company of educational textbooks and test-preparation books, located on Hudson Street.

As an editorial intern, I did all kinds of work around the office, from photocopying to proofreading. My job frequently included forming answer keys, writing teachers' guides and responding to letters sent by teachers and students. I worked closely with most of the editors and artists, for whom I always had questions.

I first learned about the internship in April 1999 through on-line listings in the CDO. A Smith alumna who worked at Educational Design had contacted the CDO about the paid position. Only a couple weeks after submitting my résumé and writing sample, I was hired. Last spring, my boss again offered me the summer position, this time with a small raise. I happily accepted. The warm and quaint offices at Educational Design make it an ideal place to intern (and present a welcome contrast to the chaotic morning commute).

My summers have been rewarding. Although I had no experience in publishing before my internships at Educational Design, my boss often gave me important and challenging projects. I got to know every step of publishing a book, from the author's original manuscript to the crisp, shiny copies from the printer. All in all, my two summers at Educational Design made me develop a fondness for the publishing field and an appreciation for textbooks and test-preparation books.

Equally important, working at an office located in the heart of Greenwich Village definitely made my summers more interesting. Sighting celebrities was a common occurrence, as was coming across photo shoots for magazines and filming for movies and music videos. And with hundreds of shops, cafés and restaurants within walking distance, every lunch hour in the Village had so many possibilities. Although the
noise, smog and backed-up traffic were an unpleasant contrast to Northampton, the chaos somehow seemed to add to the appeal of New York City. I could not have asked for a better way to have spent my two summers.

How to Get a Job Like His

Kurt Vonnegut joined the Smith faculty this year as writer-in-residence in the Department of English Language and Literature. Vonnegut, 77, is the acclaimed author of more than 18 books, several of which have been bestsellers, such as the satirical Slaughterhouse Five, Breakfast of Champions and Cat's Cradle. His first novel was Player Piano, written in 1952, while his most recent work, Bagombo Snuff Box, was published in 1999. As writer-in-residence, Vonnegut will teach two master classes in short story writing this fall.

But first, he will present "How to Get a Job Like Mine," a performance with chalk on blackboard, on Thursday, October 5, at 8 p.m. in John M. Greene Hall. He will also hold regular office hours on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons in Neilson 403. All students are welcome to drop by, provided they bring a story, essay, play, or something else they have written.

"We are honored and delighted to have Kurt Vonnegut here with us at Smith," says Dean Flower, professor of English language and literature. "We feel lucky that he's chosen to live in our community -- and that he wants to get involved with students who are serious and ambitious writers."

Vonnegut's first master class will be held on Thursday, October 19, from 3 to 5 p.m. Interested students should present a short story to the English department office, Wright Hall 101, by Friday, September 29. Those selected will read each other's stories in preparation for the seminar-style discussion with Vonnegut.

A second master class will be held on Thursday, November 30. The deadline for submitting stories to the English department office for that session is Friday, November 10. Next semester, Vonnegut will offer additional master classes on dates to be announced.

Smith Senior Becomes Part of History

Last spring, Abigail Matthews '01 held a front-row seat to history in the making. A government major, Matthews had the rare opportunity to spend the semester as an intern in the new Scottish Parliament. The Scottish Parliament, which can be traced to the 12th Century, was dissolved in 1707, when Scotland joined England to form one kingdom. In 1997, the Scottish people voted in a historic referendum to establish a parliament in Edinburgh. The first parlimentary session was held in 1999-2000. Matthews was there.

Matthews' Smith experience has been marked by a succession of unique opportunities to participate in government. The summer after her first year, she held a Praxis-funded summer internship in the United States Senate. Matthews, who hails from Iowa City, Iowa, served that summer as an intern for Senator Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, a one-time presidential candidate. During her junior year, she participated in the Jean Picker Semester-in-Washington Program, which provides students with an opportunity to study the making and implementation of public policy at the national level.

"After the Picker Program, I wanted to study government further," explains Matthews. "I did some research and discovered that the University of Edinburgh was offering a new Scottish Parliamentary Internship program."

Matthews enrolled in the program through Beaver College, a liberal arts school outside Philadelphia. She arrived in Edinburgh in January and was assigned to the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party. Although she officially served as an aide to one specific Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP), she says she ultimately worked as an intern for the whole party. As such, she wrote press releases, carried out research, and spent many hours campaigning by telephone and on foot.

"I love campaigning," Matthew says, then laughingly describes the Scottish people's reactions to her. "It wasn't uncommon to be asked, 'Are the Tories doing so badly that they have to ship in Americans?'"

Matthews also wrote a speech on affirmative action that was delivered in the chamber on International Women's Day. After the first by-election on March 16, she appeared on the BBC network and was mentioned in the Glasgow Herald. Along with Matthews, there were seven other American interns in Edinburgh. She admires how they, along with the staff of parliament, were treated as equals by the MSPs.

As for being part of history, Matthews says that fact wasn't given too much thought amid the daily bustle of helping parliament run. But there were moments when the significance would strike her, she says. "Sometimes the interns would be eating lunch together and it would hit us that here we were in Edinburgh," she says, "part of the first Scottish Parliament in more than 300 years. It was an incredible, once-in-a-lifetime experience."

After the internship ended, Matthews traveled with her family in Europe for a few weeks. She then returned to the Scottish Parliament where she'd been invited to work for the summer. Now, back at Smith as a senior, she says she's preparing to take the LSATs and considering law school.

"I'm undecided. I may return to D.C. or to Scotland," Matthews says. Then she smiles. "I feel that I have lots of options -- and, well, that's just great."

Sophia Smith in Women's Hall of Fame

Sophia Smith became an integral part of American history in 1875, when the women's college that she endowed first opened its doors. Now, 125 years later, the National Women's Hall of Fame is honoring her contributions to women's education. Sophia Smith will be one of 19 distinguished American women to be inducted into the Hall of Fame during 2000 Honors Weekend, a ceremony that will take place October 6 and 7.

The National Women's Hall of Fame, founded in 1969, is the oldest national institution dedicated to recognizing and honoring in perpetuity the significant achievements of individual American women. The Hall of Fame is located in Seneca Falls, New York, the site of the first Women's Rights Convention in 1848. As of October, 176 women will have been inducted into the Hall of Fame.

All honorees were selected by a national panel of judges for their contributions to the arts, athletics, business, education, government, humanities, philanthropy and science. Inductees who will be in attendance at the event include Janet Reno, the first female attorney general of the United States; Faye Glenn Abdellah, a noted nurse researcher in the field of coronary care; Bishop Leontine Kelly, United Methodist Church, the first African-American female to be elected bishop in the United States; and retired Major General Jeanne Holm USAF, the first woman in the history of the U.S. armed forces to achieve the rank of major general.

Other inductees being honored posthumously include Mary Barrett Dyer, hanged in 1660 for defying Puritan church authorities in the name of religious freedom; Frances Willard, founder of the World Woman's Christian Temperance Union; Mary Walker, M.D., the Civil War field surgeon who was the first woman to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor; and Annie Dodge Wauneka, the first woman elected to the Navajo Tribal Council.

During 2000 Honors Weekend, Smith President Ruth J. Simmons will host a reception in Seneca Falls in honor of Sophia Smith's induction. Sponsored by the Alumnae Association, the reception is being offered to Smith College alumnae and their guests at no charge.

For biographies of all the inductees, visit the National Women's Hall of Fame Web site at


It was incorrectly reported in last week's AcaMedia ("Hello GroupWise, Goodbye Sophia") that use of the Sophia server will be discontinued at Smith. While the Pine e-mail system, which operates on Sophia, will be discontinued, accessibility to the Sophia server will remain after the implementation of GroupWise. "Sophia will continue to serve the needs of campus users who run applications on a Unix server," emphasizes Herb Nickles, director of Information Technology Systems.


September 19: Smith 9, Springfield 0
September 23: Smith 6, Babson 3

September 19: Smith 3, US Coast Guard 1
September 22: MIT Invitational: 0-4

September 20: Smith 0, Williams 4
September 23: Smith 0, Wellesley 0

Field Hockey
September 20: Smith 1, Williams 5
September 23: Smith 1, Wellesley 2 (in OT)

Cross Country
September 23: Williams Purple Valley Invitational: 7th place out of 9

Seven Smith students were recently awarded scholarships from the National Science Foundation and the Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Teacher Education Collaborative (STEMTEC). The scholarships are given to students with strong academic background and an interest in teaching as a potential career. The recipients are Bree Carlson '01, Sherri Dungan AC, Jennifer Mack '01, Elizabeth Moreland '01, Marylea Ryan '03, Corin Tierney '02J, and Lisa Williams '01J. The teaching scholars will be honored at a banquet on Thursday, September 28, at 6 p.m., in Valentine Hall, Amherst College.

Stanley Rothman, Mary Huggins Gamble Professor Emeritus of Government, and S. Robert Lichter, president of the Center for Media and Public Affairs, have received the Will Solimene Award of Excellence from the New England chapter of the American Medical Writers' Association. The award acknowledges the "outstanding quality" of the book they coauthored, Environmental Cancer -- A Political Disease? which was published last year by Yale University Press.

Music department professors Ronald Perera and Donald Wheelock have been honored by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP). Both are recipients of the 2000-01 ASCAPLU$ Standard Award. Granted by an independent panel, the cash awards reflect ASCAP's commitment to assist and encourage writers of serious music. Among the panelists for this year's awards were H. Robert Reynolds, director of bands and instrumental studies at the University of Michigan, and Fred Sherry, world-renowned cellist and member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.

Professor of English Nora F. Crow, and Frank H. Ellis, Mary Augusta Jordan Professor Emeritus of English, gave presentations this past summer at the fourth quinquennial Swift Symposium, which took place from June 18 through 22. The symposium, which was held at Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster, Germany, brought together some 30 Swift scholars from around the world.

Tanja Gohlert '00 and Alison Kachmar '00 have been awarded grants by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for graduate study and research in Germany during 2000-01. Gohlert will be studying at the University of Hamburg. Her work will examine Germany's relationship with the European Union, particularly as presented in the German media. Kachmar will study in Leipzig, where she will research the Socialist Unity Party.

Up Close & Personnel

New Hires
Betsy Adams Baird, associate director, Alumnae Association; Jennifer Bennett, assistant director, Alumnae Association; Roberta Bosworth, receptionist/secretary, health service; Lia Brassord, assistant director, admission; Kate Costella, research assistant, School for Social Work; Eileen Dunn, publications specialist, college relations; Robin Feldman, assistant director, Alumnae Association; Laura Finkel, project archivist, libraries; Rey Freitas, clerical assistant, human resources; Irene Gonzalez, teacher's aide, Campus School; Robyn Harris, program assistant, advancement; Daryl Jett, secretary/receptionist, Clark Science Center; Patricia Kingston, records and transcripts assistant, registrar's office; Tracy LaBroad, administrative assistant, advancement; Deborah Leukens, assistant director, student financial services; Nathan Margalit, Jewish chaplain, chapel; Robert Matyas, Web production assistant, advancement; Patricia Morrison, teacher, extended-day program, Campus School; Joy Noelle Owens, project manager, physical plant; Susan Perez, nurse, health service; James Snedeker, data support assistant, Office of the Provost/Dean of the Faculty; Kavitha Subramaniam, research assistant, Picker Engineering Program.

Susan Ancheta, athletics; Elizabeth Anderson, student affairs; Barbara Baker, Campus School; Linda Barron, dean of the faculty; Sabrina Bristol, admission; Tom Burke, physical plant; Marria Carrington, Campus School; Beverly Cotnoir, career development; Debra Davis, Alumnae Association; Michael Fellows, libraries; Mandaryn Gerry, Campus School; Jennifer Griffith, libraries; Nancy Hellman, Picker Engineering Program; Julie Hey, Project on Women and Social Change; Pedro Inacio, advancement; Quadnesa Kelly, Residence and Dining Services; Caprice Kynard, School for Social Work; Sarah Lazare, Jacobson Center; Elizabeth Lee, career development; Bridget Leung-Ingram, advancement; Kristin Leutz, advancement/alumnae fund; John Lollar, Residence and Dining Services; Eugene Maheu, public safety; Maureen McKenna, Museum of Art; Carol McMaster, advancement; Susan Perez, health service; Theresa Perrea, chapel; Peter Powers, chapel; Diane Ranaldi, School for Social Work; Joyce Rauch, admission; Kenneth Rinehart, public safety; Joe Roberts, Information Technology Services; Debra Scougall, human resources; Rose Weldon-West, Information Technology Services; Catherine Youngen, Campus School.

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

Commuting surveys
The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) requires the college to survey the commuting population each year. Toward that end, Student and Employee Commute surveys were recently sent to Smith's two commuting populations-staff and faculty who work more than half time and students who live off campus. Please return the completed surveys to the Office of Institutional Research by September 30 to accommodate the college's compliance with the DEP.

Campus Center
Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi, architects for the campus center, will return to Smith on Monday, October 2, at 5 p.m. in Wright auditorium, to update the community on plans for the campus center. Development of the new design, first presented to the campus last April, is well under way. Floor plans and sketches of interior spaces will be included in the presentation.

GroupWise Reminder
ITS reminds all college e-mail account users that the AIS and Sophia e-mail systems will no longer be operable on campus after September 30, when all e-mail addressed to AIS (VMS Mail) or Sophia (Pine) will be rerouted to GroupWise. ITS began moving faculty and staff to GroupWise last spring and the migration to that system is nearly complete. Most campus e-mail users have attended workshops and are now using GroupWise. If you have not switched to GroupWise, you must do so within the next 10 days. AIS and Sophia accounts will not receive any new e-mail after September 30. GroupWise workshops will be held on September 28, 9 a.m.-noon or 1-4 p.m. Contact the ITS User Support Center, ext. 4487, to register for a session.

January 2001 Interterm
The Interterm Committee will again be organizing a variety of noncredit Interterm courses for the month of January. Students, staff and faculty interested in teaching a noncredit course should check the Web page of the Office of the Dean of the College, at, for instructions on how to submit a proposal. The deadline for proposals is October 4. The course bulletin will be distributed campuswide the week before Thanksgiving and will include information on how to register for courses. Though this interterm program is designed for students, all members of the community are invited to teach or take a class. Call the Office of the Dean of the College, extension 3403, with questions.

Shuttle Service
Evening shuttle service is available on campus to and from any location seven days a week, from 8:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. To request the service, call the Department of Public Safety, ext. 2490, and a shuttle will be dispatched.

Fine Arts Center Addresses
As part of the Fine Arts Center complex, the Smith College Museum of Art is closed for renovation and expansion until early 2003. Temporary administrative offices are located at Leonard Hall, Clarke School for the Deaf, 32 Round Hill Road. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The museum's mailing address remains Smith College Museum of Art, Elm Street at Bedford Terrace, Northampton, MA 01063. To contact the museum, call ext. 2770 or send e-mail to; you can visit the museum's Web site at The art department and art library are in Bell Hall, 45 Round Hill Road.

Faculty & Staff

Employee Recognition Ceremony
President Ruth Simmons and the Office of Human Resources cordially invite all staff and faculty to attend the annual Employee Recognition Ceremony and gala festivities on Wednesday, October 4, 2:30-3:30 p.m., in Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall. A reception will follow the ceremony from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Mendenhall CPA courtyard on the north side of Sage Hall (in case of inclement weather the reception will be in Scott Gym). The ceremony will feature two new videos honoring staff members who have worked at Smith for 25 years or more, and winners of this year's Employee Excellence Awards. Don't miss this opportunity to celebrate your coworkers' achievements.

Denim Day 2000
Faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in Denim Day 2000 on Friday, October 6. Now in its fifth year, Denim Day is a national initiative to raise funds for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, an organization dedicated to eradicating breast cancer as a life-threatening disease by advancing research, education, screening and treatment. Participants who make a donation of at least $5 (payable to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation) to members of the Staff Council Activities Committee or one of their helpers will receive a pink ribbon pin, the national symbol of breast cancer awareness, and may wear denim to work on Friday, October 6. Donations will also be accepted at the Smith College Club from approximately 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. during the week of October 2-6; or can be sent to Cindy Rucci in Neilson Library. This year's campaign is dedicated to the memory of Toni Veilleux, a longtime employee of Residence and Dining Services, who succumbed to breast cancer on November 11, 1999.

"Sunrise on the River"
Faculty and Friends of Smith Crew are invited to join the team for "Sunrise on the River" every morning (except for race days!) Monday through Saturday. The crew team will provide coffee if you'll provide crucial support during the team's morning practices. Guests should arrive at 6 a.m. at Sportsman's Marina in Hadley. Call Coach Karen Klinger, ext. 2717, one day before the morning you plan to attend, and your mug of coffee will be ready!

Out to Lunch
An unofficial campus organization for queer women administrators and staff members (nonfaculty) will hold its second sack lunch from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct 4, in the conference room of the Alumnae House. The monthly lunch meetings give folks a chance to meet and mingle without a formal agenda.

Bosch Fellowship Deadline
The deadline to apply for the Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship Program for the 2001-02 year is Sunday, October 15. The fellowship is a nine-month work-and-study program in Germany, open to people with graduate degrees (in most cases) and professional experience in business administration, economics, journalism/mass communication, law, political science and public affairs/public policy. Candidates without graduate degrees, but with extensive professional experience, are also encouraged to apply. For more information, check the foundation Web site at, and click on "About CDS."


Drop Course Deadline
The last day to drop a course is Friday, October 13. Forms may be obtained in the registrar's office. Signatures of the instructor, adviser and class dean are required to make course changes at this time.

Peer Writing Assistance
The Jacobson Center for Writing, Teaching, and Learning is offering peer writing assistance every Sunday through Thursday, 7-10 p.m., in Seelye 307; and every Monday through Thursday, 7-10 p.m., in the Cushing dining hall. Peer writing assistants will discuss papers on any subject, and students are encouraged to bring in drafts at any stage of the writing process. No appointments are necessary; all services are free.

Textbook Returns
The Grécourt Bookshop will begin returning unsold textbooks to publishers during the week of October 10. Please purchase any needed texts as soon as possible.

Mountain Day
Remember that, on Mountain Day, although daytime classes are cancelled, evening events and appointments occur as scheduled.

Print Workshop
Watercolor artist Walton Ford and master printer Maurice Sanchez will be in Skinner Hall, room B07, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on October 2, 3 and 4. This open workshop will allow students and the general public to witness the production of an original lithograph. Ford will give a slide lecture on October 3 at 5 p.m. in Bell Hall; the room will be announced. For information, call Dwight Pogue at ext. 3143 or the art department, ext. 3103.

Amnesty International
Join other Smithies at 7 p.m. every Tuesday night in the Gamut to fight for human rights here and around the world.

Rotary Scholarships
Rotary ambassadorial scholarships, open to people who have completed at least two years of college and are citizens of countries in which there are Rotary clubs, are designed to promote international understanding. The three types of Rotary scholarships are academic year, multiyear and cultural. If interested, contact your local Rotary Club or see their Web site at; information is also available at the CDO. Deadlines for applications are set by individual clubs.

Health Services
Health Services will not be closed during this fall's Mountain Day. The services will be open as usual from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Study Abroad Fair
Thinking of studying abroad? Come to the study abroad fair on Tuesday, October 3, from noon to 3 p.m. in Davis Ballroom, and speak with representatives from Smith-approved study-abroad programs from around the world.

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, October 2

Lecture "Fashions in Silk." Nancy Rexford, a national consultant on costumes, will speak on the changing fashions in silks used for dresses from the 18th to the early 20th centuries. Part of the Northampton Silk Project's Brown Bag Lunch lecture series. Noon, Colloquium Room, Kahn Institute, Neilson third floor*

Biological Sciences Colloquium "Phylogeny and Evolution of Alternative Genetic Systems in Insects." Ben Normark, assistant professor, Department of Entomology, UMass. Reception precedes lecture at 4 p.m. in McConnell foyer. 4:30 p.m., McConnell B05*

Lecture "Ida B. Wells." Paula Giddings, renowned historian, Duke University, author of the award-winning When and Where I Enter: The Impact of Black Women on Race and Sex in America and a forthcoming biography of Ida B. Wells. 7:30 p.m., Stoddard auditorium*

Workshop The 16th Annual Smith College Print Workshop will feature watercolor artist Walton Ford and master printer Maurice Sanchez. The community is invited to meet and watch the artists as they work together to create different and exciting prints. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Skinner Hall B07*

Pre-law information session "What You Need to Know to Apply (or not) to Law School." Alice Hearst, government, and Jane Sommer, CDO. 4:30-5:30 p.m., CDO library

Campus Center update The architectural firm of Weiss/Manfredi will present an update on the design for the new campus center (see notice). 5 p.m., Wright auditorium

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

President's open hours First come, first served. 4-5 p.m., College Hall 20

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

Tuesday, October 3

Sigma Xi luncheon talk "Planning the New Science Center." Science Planning Committee. Open to faculty, emeriti and staff. 12:15 p.m., College Club, lower level

Lecture by Walton Ford, watercolor artist. 5 p.m., Bell Hall

Lecture "Culinary Light on the Italian Renaissance (Not Early Modern)." Phyllis Pray Bober, Leslie Clark Professor Emeritus in the Humanities, Bryn Mawr College, and this semester's Ruth and Clarence Kennedy Professor in Renaissance Studies at Smith. Reception follows. 7:30 p.m., Wright auditorium*

Lecture "Adaptation, Collaboration and Creative Invention in Screenwriting in Hollywood." Screenwriter Michael Love will explore the creative labyrinth of screenwriting in Hollywood: collaborations with other writers and producers, adaptation from novels and other material, structural conventions and innovations, development and production. 7:30 p.m., Seelye 106*

Performing Arts/Films
Film Road Trip. Sponsored by Rec Council. 9 p.m., Wright auditorium

Workshop 16th Annual Smith College Print Workshop. See 10/2 listing. Watercolor artist Walton Ford and master printer Maurice Sanchez. 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Skinner B07*

Informational meeting for faculty members interested in organizing a short-term Kahn Institute project for 2000-01 or 2001-02, or a long-term project for 2002-03. 5 p.m., Kahn Institute lounge, Neilson third floor

Informational meeting held by the School for Field Studies about environmental field studies in Africa, Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Turks and Caicos Islands, and about Smith-approved study-abroad programs. Pizza and beverages served. 5:30 p.m., Engineering Building 102

Amnesty International meeting Join others in advocating for human rights. 7 p.m., Gamut

Employer recruiting workshop will explain job search programs offered by the CDO and introduce E-Access, the CDO on-line recruiting system. This workshop, which is required for students who wish to take part in fall recruiting, will be offered once more on Thursday, October 12, at 12:30 p.m. 7 p.m., CDO group room

Informational session Chase Manhattan Bank. Representatives of the investment banking division will present an overview of career opportunities. 7 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Workshop Basic Web design. Learn how to create and publish a Web page at Smith. Register at Sponsor: Web and Graphics Center.
7 p.m., Seelye 212

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

Religious Life
Episcopal-Lutheran Fellowship will meet for worship, lunch, friendship and fun. All welcome. Noon, St. John's Church, Elm Street

Newman Association meeting
7 p.m., Bodman Lounge, chapel

Other Events/Activities
Language lunch tables Chinese, German. 12:15 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room

Study abroad fair Representatives available from Smith-approved study-abroad programs around the world. Noon­3 p.m., Davis Ballroom

Soccer vs. WPI. 4:15 p.m., athletic field*

Yoga class Noncredit, for students. All levels welcome. 4-5:15 p.m., Davis Ballroom

CDO open hours for library research and browsing. Peer advisers available. 7-9 p.m., CDO

Wednesday, October 4

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

Poetry reading Gwendolyn Brooks, the first African-American writer to win the Pulitzer Prize. Booksigning follows. 7:30 p.m., Wright auditorium*

Workshop 16th Annual Smith College Print Workshop. See 10/2 listing. Watercolor artist Walton Ford and master printer Maurice Sanchez.
9 a.m.-4 p.m., Skinner B07*

Transfer Lunch Open to all new transfers. Lively conversation and an opportunity to meet the dean of the sophomore and junior classes and other transfers. Noon, Duckett Special Dining Room C

Informational session "Pizza for Entrepreneurial Types." Come lunch with Susan Elliott '58 and hear how she started her own company, System Services Enterprises Inc. Advance registration required; call Eric Saczawa, ext. 2579, or e-mail by October 2. 12:15 p.m., Wright common room

Informational meeting Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Meet Admissions Director Emily McDiarmid and learn about master's and doctoral programs. Refreshments served. 4:15 p.m., Engineering Building 102

CDO open house for first years. Meet CDO personnel, enjoy light refreshments and learn about resources and services. 4:30 p.m., CDO, Drew Hall

Informational meeting on Teach for America, an organization that places teachers in America's under-resourced urban and rural public schools for two-year appointments. 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

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 "What Is It to Be Human?" Bring questions, frustrations and curiosities. 10 p.m., Bodman Lounge, chapel

Other Events/Activities
International student ID cards will be issued by Council Travel for $22. Photo required. Council Travel can take your photo for an additional $3. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., mailroom

Language lunch tables Spanish, Portuguese. 12:15 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room

Language lunch tables Classical languages. 12:15 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room C

Employee Recognition Ceremony will honor Employee Excellence Award winners and longtime Smith employees. Reception follows in the Mendenhall CPA courtyard (Scott Gym in case of rain). 2:30 p.m., Sweeney auditorium, Sage Hall

Special event Visiting poet Gwendolyn Brooks will meet informally with students. Packets of her poems are available in advance from Cindy Furtek in the Poetry Center Office, 130 Wright Hall. 3:30 p.m., Wright common room

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

Thursday, October 5

Liberal Arts Luncheon lecture "Dostoevsky's Winter Notes." Maria Banerjee, Russian. Sponsor: Committee on Academic Priorities. Noon, College Club, lower level

Neilson Lecture "Performances of Perception." Thomas M. Greene, Frederick Clifford Ford Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature, Yale University, will deliver the first of four lectures in a series titled "Calling from Diffusion: Hermeneutics of the Promenade," which will examine the nature of the promenade poem as it is practiced by contemporary poets and as it has developed over six centuries. Greene's lecture will feature the poems Beach Glass by Amy Clampitt, and Corson's Inlet by A. R. Ammons. Reception follows. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 201*

Lecture "How to Get a Job Like Mine," a performance with chalk on blackboard, by Kurt Vonnegut, Distinguished Senior Lecturer in the Department of English (see story, page 4.) 8 p.m., John M. Greene Hall*

Lecture "Ecology and Colonial Power: The Regional Politics of Famine in Rwanda, 1922-1930." David Newbury, Department of History, University of North Carolina. Second of three lectures in the series "Famine, Death and Historical Knowledge -- A Lecture Series on Modern Africa." 8 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Performing Arts/Films
Film Road Trip. Sponsored by Rec Council. 9 p.m., Wright auditorium

Informational meeting Peace Corps. Information on becoming a volunteer. 7 p.m., Dewey common room

Meeting Association of Low-Income Students. All welcome. 7:30 p.m., Fussers, Talbot

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., Seelye 211

Other Events/Activities
Yoga class Noncredit, for students. All levels welcome. 8-9:15 a.m., Davis Ballroom

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

Soccer vs. Trinity. 4:15 p.m., athletic field*

Star Party 8 p.m., McConnell roof observatory*

Friday, October 6

Performing Arts/Films
Concert Robert Levin will inaugurate the college's new fortepiano with an exploration of Bach's legacy for the instrument. Works by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and others. Tickets: $7. Presented by the Sage Hall Concert Series. 8 p.m., Sweeney auditorium, Sage Hall*

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

Religious Life
Eastern Orthodox Vespers with Fr. Harry Vulopas. Light supper and fellowship follows. All welcome. 5:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, chapel

ECC Fellowship Music, games and the fun aspect of Christianity. Dinner provided. All welcome. 5-7 p.m., Chapel

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

Keystone B.I.G. meeting Weekly fellowship meeting of Campus Crusade for Christ. 7 p.m., Wright common room

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

Meeting in New York Women in Consulting Day, sponsored by National Economics Resources Association, Mercer Management Consulting and William H. Mercer. This free event will take place in New York City and will include information on career consulting; 20 openings are available and registration is required at ext. 4328 or 2579. Bus leaves CDO at 7 a.m.

Saturday, October 7

Autum recess begins

Other Events/Activities
Equestrian Amhert Show. 8:30 a.m., stables*

Soccer vs. MIT. 1 p.m., athletic field*

Tennis vs. Wheaton. 1 p.m., tennis courts*

Sunday, October 8

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

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

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

No Roman Catholic mass during autumn recess.


Ada Comstock Scholars Alumnae Art Exhibit Juried artwork featuring an eclectic mix of media, including lithograph, oil, hammered metal and carved plaster. October 6­28. Forbes Library Gallery, Northampton*

"Agents of Social Change: New Resources on 20th-Century Women's Activism." An exhibition of papers from the collections of eight activist women, recently opened by the Sophia Smith Collection. In conjunction with the conference "Agents of Social Change." Runs through December 31. Morgan Gallery, Neilson Library foyer and the Sophia Smith Collection, Alumnae Gym*

"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, featuring five sculptures lent by Raymond D. Nasher in memory of his late wife, Patsy Rabinowitz Nasher '49. Runs through October 29. Burton lawn*

"Standing Women of Callanish," mixed-media sculptures by Mary Craig McLane '49. Runs through October 20. Alumnae House Gallery*

Ada Comstock Scholars Program Turns 25

It was 25 years ago when the Ada Comstock Scholars Program welcomed its first group of undergraduates to Smith. Now with more than 200 students, the program has received national recognition as a premier program for women beyond traditional college age. To celebrate its Silver Anniversary, the Ada Comstock Scholars Program invites its alumnae and the Smith community to a faculty panel and art exhibition (see schedule below) as part of "Transformations," a gala weekend event that will take place October 14 and 15. Watch next week's AcaMedia for an in-depth article about the program and its celebration.

Faculty panel Speakers at the keynote event of the weekend celebration will discuss ways in which Ada Comstock scholars on campus have transformed the classroom and Smith College experience for all students and faculty. The panel, which will be moderated by Provost/Dean of the Faculty John Connolly, will include Randall K. Bartlett, professor of economics; William Allan Oram, Helen Means Professor of English Language and Literature; Marjorie Lee Senechal, Louise Wolff Kahn Professor of Mathematics and director of the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute; and Frances Cooper Volkmann, Harold Edward and Elsa Siipola Israel Professor Emerita of Psychology. Saturday, October 14, 1:30-3 p.m., Sage Hall

Opening reception for the second annual Ada Comstock Scholars Alumnae Art Exhibit. Sunday, October 15, 2-4 p.m., Forbes Library, 20 West Street

The art exhibit, which will be on display at Forbes Library from October 6 through 28, is a juried show that will feature the works of 20 Ada Comstock Program alumnae, representing 12 graduating classes from 1978 through 2000. The range of media includes lithograph, oil, hammered metal, carved plaster, watercolor, and solar etching.

For more information about the anniversary, send e-mail to, or visit the Web site at