News for the Smith College Community //October 19, 2000

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Ford Donates $2.5 Million to Picker Program

The Ford Motor Company, demonstrating its commitment to increasing opportunities for women to enter the field of engineering, has pledged a $2.5 million, five-year grant to the Picker Program in Engineering and Technology. This is the largest corporate commitment to the program since it was established last year.

"Ford wants more women to consider engineering as a career, and we're excited about Smith College's approach," says Rose Mary Farenden, Ford's recruiting director, who championed Smith's application to the company's College Relations Sponsor Program (CRSP). Smith is the first liberal arts college to be invited to apply for funding from the CRSP, which aims to create long-term partnerships between the company and selected higher education institutions. "We're looking for leadership and growth for our company," continues Farenden, who was chief engineer for the Ford Focus, a car-of-the-year honoree in both Europe and North America. "We can't get there without women as leaders. And we need many of our future women leaders to be engineers."

Farenden will visit Smith on Tuesday, October 24, to deliver a lecture on corporate opportunities in engineering as part of the Picker Program series "Executive Access," at 4 p.m. in Seelye 106. Before her lecture, Farenden will present a grant check to Domenico Grasso, founding chair of the Picker program, at a 3:30 p.m. public ceremony in Seelye 207.

The Picker Program, the first engineering program at a women's college, began in February 1999 with a focus on developing broadly educated, well-rounded engineers capable of assuming leadership roles in corporations, nonprofit organizations and technology-related fields. The program's unprecedented linkage of engineering education and the liberal arts is expected to attract and graduate women who are not only strong in scientific and technical aptitude but also capable of exceptional creativity and humanistic understanding.

Recruiting first-rate, aspiring engineers to Smith will be an initial focus of the Ford funding.

Following a year of publicity and outreach, the college expects to name four Ford scholars a year beginning in fall 2001. Ford scholars, selected on the basis of academic performance and dedication to engineering careers, will receive full scholarships to Smith for four years and will be supplied with laptop computers.

In addition, the Ford gift will help provide start-up funds for faculty research and teaching programs as well as support visits to Smith of distinguished faculty members from other institutions. The gift will also fund library acquisitions, a seminar series to bring corporate leaders to the Smith campus, a state-of-the-art videoconferencing facility, and satellite and Internet links between Smith and Ford's research laboratories and design centers around the world.

"Ford's leadership support and endorsement of our innovative program will provide unparalleled opportunities for our students," explains Grasso. "The opportunities associated with this generous gift would more commonly be diffused among many students in larger colleges of engineering. Here at Smith, our small class sizes will allow for a truly unique and enriching educational experience."

Funding from Ford will also support projects exemplifying Smith's commitment to integrating engineering with the liberal arts. Cross-disciplinary teams of faculty members from fields such as economics, history, environmental studies, sociology, physics and engineering will apply for funding to pursue two-year research projects. Project topics might include developing a green auto, diversifying the engineering workplace or promoting sustainable development through industrial ecology. Representatives from Ford will serve on the project selection committee.

In the Picker Program's first year, some 48 students applied for 25 available program spots in the department's first-semester class, "Fundamentals of Environmental Engineering." The program so far has 20 first-year students and sophomores who plan to major in engineering.

4th-Graders to Get a Glimpse of College Life

A year ago, President Ruth Simmons visited the Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School in southeast Washington, D.C. She spoke to the students about the importance of a college education and answered questions about her educational and career journeys. Then she invited them to visit her school.

Now, a year later, a group of fourth-graders from King Elementary is taking her up on the invitation. On Tuesday, October 24, 35 of them will come to Smith for an overnight visit. The Washington students will be joined on Wednesday, October 25, by fourth-graders from the Smith Campus School and Northampton public schools. Together, the students will spend time getting a glimpse of college life.

Members of the the D.C. Smith Club will be acting as chaperones for the King Elementary students. The D.C. Club, whose members have been volunteering in Washington's elementary schools for more than a decade, has "adopted" Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary as a central volunteer project. The club provides tutoring, a reading-aloud program, enrichment trips and fundraising for computer and audiovisual equipment at the school, which enrolls 485 pre-kindergarten through fifth-grade students in the city's Anacostia section.

Following a campus tour the first day, the King Elementary students, who are all choir members, will participate in a rehearsal with Jonathan Hirsh, director of Smith's Glee Club and orchestra. In the evening, the students will have dinner in a Smith house. At breakfast on October 25, Simmons will welcome them, after which they will join the local students.

All the students will attend informational sessions in the morning, explains Brenda Allen, director of institutional diversity and an event organizer. Each session will consist of two activities, ensuring that the students are exposed to both the arts and the sciences. Sessions for the students will include optics and light demonstrations by Nalini Easwar of the physics department; hands-on explorations of the solar system by Suzan Edwards, astronomy; computer math applications with Jim Callahan and some of his students; "brain stuff" with Mary Harrington in neuroscience; Caribbean dancing and drumming with Yvonne Daniel, dance; and storytelling by Kevin Quashie, Afro-American studies.

"Our goal is to open the children's eyes to all the things you can do in college," says Allen. "We want to make the day fun and memorable. Along the way, we hope to spark their interest in math, science, and the humanities." Local students will also attend a concert by the King Elementary fourth-graders.

The students' visit, which was organized by a committee of campus administrators, is one way that Smith is responding to Secretary of Education Richard Riley's call for colleges to reach out to primary and secondary students during National College Week.

"Children in our area often have exposure to college-sponsored events, but this is a new environment for the MLK Jr. students," Allen says. "We're very excited to bring them to campus, and we're proud to be sharing Smith with all the participating fourth-graders."

As the committee prepares souvenir goody bags and the campus gears up to host the schoolchildren, Allen is already looking ahead to next year. "We hope to be involved again, perhaps as a joint Five College effort," she says. "National College Week is a wonderful occasion to reach out to tomorrow's college students. We have a chance to say, 'Look, learning isn't just important, it's also fun.'"

Smith People Make Mark on Olympics Past

Though the glitter and pomp of the 2000 Olympic Games' closing ceremonies in Sydney is nearly three weeks past, the memory and records of the events' athletic heroes and competitors will live on. Here at Smith, too, the feats of the college's athletes and sports scholars have been immortalized through their involvement and participation in Olympic games past. Since the college's founding in 1871, people affiliated with Smith have made notable contributions to the Olympics. Here are some of the highlights:

  • When women's field hockey made its Olympic debut in 1984, longtime Smith Field Hockey Coach Judy Strong was part of the 16-member American team. Though Strong and her teammates, who were selected from a pool of 2,000 contenders, had already beaten astounding odds to make the team, their chances at winning a medal seemed even more unlikely. "The U.S. Field Hockey team was not supposed to medal or be much of a contender," Strong recalls. "People thought that other countries would dominate." The U.S. team rose to the challenge, defeating Australia in a record-breaking series of penalty strokes to win the bronze medal -- the only medal the U.S. Field Hockey team has ever won. "It was a fantastic experience to represent the United States and to know that you were among the top 16 hockey players in the country to be among the other top world athletes and to walk into a stadium and have a hundred thousand people cheering for you," Strong says.
  • In 1972, a young national champion and 100-meter hurdler named Carla Coffey participated in the Pan Am and Olympic Trials. Four slots were available for U.S. hurdlers, and Coffey, running with a pulled hamstring, finished fifth. Coffey, who has coached track and field for 30 years, has coached Smith's team since 1992. A member of the USA Olympic Development Committee since 1986, she managed the Junior World Track and Field Team in Bulgaria in 1990 and the USA Track and Field Team in Barcelona in 1995, and coached that team in Toronto in 1993. Coffey concentrates most of her energies here on "outreach," she says. "It's about giving back to the sport, helping [the athletes] be better, making a difference in their lives." Coffey launched a pole vault camp at Smith last summer to coincide with the inclusion of women's pole vaulting at the Sydney Olympics.
  • Women's track and field events were not part of the Olympic Games until 1928, but U.S. National Track and Athletic association president Harry Stewart began preparing his team as early as 1922, when he brought a team of female athletes to compete in the international field and track meet for women at the Pershing Stadium in Paris. The meet "was considered by Walter Camp, the well-known news correspondent, as 'the greatest event of the year from a human standpoint,' and all over the world our new enterprise was watched with the greatest interest," notes an October 11, 1922, article in the Smith College Weekly. Team captain Florieda Baston and high jumper Frances Mead, both members of the Smith College class of 1925, participated in the competition.
  • Tori Murden '85, who last year became the first woman to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean, was a strong contender for the U.S. Olympic rowing team in 1992. Only a car accident on the way to the Olympic trials thwarted her contention. But that setback hardly deterred her from pursuing athletic prominence. In addition to her Atlantic rowing world record, Murden in 1989 became the first woman to ski to the geographic South Pole.

Smith to Cohost a Five College Symposium

On Thursday and Friday, October 26 and 27, Smith College will cohost "Beyond Paulo Freire: Furthering the Spirituality Dialogue in Education," a Five College symposium that will bring together scholars and practitioners of Paulo Freire's popular education pedagogy, from Latin America, India, Canada, and the United States. The symposium, which has been organized by Frédérique Apffel-Marglin, professor of anthropology, and Phyllis Robinson of the Office of the Chancellor at UMass, will assess the impact of Freire's method, along with its shortcomings, and will discuss progressive alternatives. It also will continue the dialogue begun in June at the UMass conference "Integrating Spirituality in Higher Education."

Most graduate schools of international education consider Freire to be their main theoretical inspiration. However, in the past decade, criticism of this method of adult literacy with a political agenda has been mounting, especially in Latin America and India.

The first part of the symposium will take place from 7:30 to 10 p.m. on October 26 in the Neilson Browsing Room. That evening's panel, "Gender Perspectives," will be chaired by Apffel-Marglin. Featured speakers are Professor Lourdes Arguelles from the Graduate School of Education in Claremont, California; Loyda Sanchez, director of CAIPACHA, an organization dedicated to Andean/Amazonian cultural affirmation and mental decoloniza-tion in Cochabamba, Bolivia; and Robinson, who, along with helping UMass further a vision of an integrative university, has worked in Cambodian refugee camps and earned a doctorate from the Center for International Education at UMass.

The second part of the symposium will be held at UMass on October 27. Presented by the Center for International Education, the day's theme will be "Beyond Paulo Freire: Furthering the Spirituality Dialogue." A morning panel, titled "Reframing the Secular and the Rational," will take place from 9 a.m. to noon in the Procopio Room, 105 Hills Center. Another panel will discuss "Literacy in Oral Cultures" from 1 to 3:30 p.m., also in the Procopio Room. A plenary session, chaired by Professor David Evans, director of the Center for International Education, with participation by all the symposium speakers, will convene from 3:30 to 5:45 p.m., followed by a reception.

The Paulo Freire symposium is an activity of the Five College Discussion Group on "New Ways of Knowing and Contemplative Practice," which was convened by Apffel-Marglin and Professor Arthur Zajonc of the Amherst College physics department.

Get Up, Get Busy, Get Smith Outdoors

For the Smith student who has had her fill of being inside, studying, staring out a window, or wishing for some needed time outside, the college has an answer: Smith Outdoors. A program now in its third year, Smith Outdoors offers a variety of opportunities to spend time outside communing with nature in any number of active pursuits, such as rockclimbing, hiking or kayaking the Valley's waters. For those who want to break out of the Valley, the program even offers trips to exotic locales.

Smith Outdoors, which is designed specifically for novice and intermediate-level adventurers, starts off this season with more opportunities than ever for the non-Indiana Joneses on campus to leave their rooms, get outside and have some fun. Students can rockclimb at Chapel Falls. They can canoe the Connecticut River. As for hiking, they can explore the trails at Adirondack Park, Buffam Falls Conservation Area or Mount Toby. Smith Outdoors, which is directed by Scott Johnson, has its office at the Paradise Pond boathouse. All activities are led by Johnson, an experienced outdoorsman with a degree in recreational programming, along with program interns Merrill Baker '03 and Anna Brickman '03.

Anna Paskausky '02, who took advantage of many Smith Outdoors trips during the past year, describes it as a "comprehensive program with competent leadership. Scott [Johnson] really knows what he's doing. He has a really fun attitude about everything."

Though a main aspect of Smith Outdoors is the physical activities, social opportunities also abound. Indeed, Smith Outdoors was formed with the specific intention of providing off-campus, interhouse social activities for Smith students. "It is sometimes hard at Smith to meet women from different houses and to get off campus to see the area," says Johnson. "[Smith Outdoors] provides fun learning and social opportunities as well as the quick stress relief."

Louisa Bradtmiller '02, who took a Smith Outdoors trip to Florida last spring break, describes her experience as something "like Gilligan's Island. We kayaked along the coast of Florida. An awesome way to spend spring break."

Smith students are responding to the relaxed, fun aspects of Smith Outdoors. Interest in the program has increased during the past year, says Johnson, and eventually there may be more activities added. And with enticing trips on the program schedule, such as one to Costa Rica next spring break, it's likely more Smithies will be flocking to the Paradise Pond boathouse in the near future to sign up.

"It's for anyone who wants to have a good time," says Paskausky of Smith Outdoors. "I think it's a really good way to get involved."

Goldman Sachs Prez to Visit Campus

Autumn has arrived, that's evident from the glowing leaves on the ground and, decreasingly, in the trees. But as well-read Smith seniors might tell you, autumn is not only "a season of mists and mellow fruitfulness" (thank you, John Keats!). For them, the season also marks the start of the Career Development Office's (CDO's) job recruiting program for seniors.

On Wednesday, October 25, as part of that program, Goldman Sachs, a leading global investment banking and securities firm, will host an information and recruiting session at 4:30 p.m. in Neilson Browsing Room. As in many recruiting sessions, recent alumnae who work for the investment firm will be featured presenters. In addition, Ann F. Kaplan '67, a Smith trustee, managing director of Goldman Sachs and head of its municipal bonds department, will talk about job opportunities and answer questions at the session.

The VIP list doesn't stop there. Also in attendance will be John Thain, president and cochief operating officer of Goldman Sachs. Thain's visit to campus reflects some important Smith ties. Not only does he work alongside a Smith trustee, but he is also well acquainted with President Ruth Simmons, a Goldman Sachs Board of Directors member.

The presence of a CEO at a recruiting session is extraordinary, according to Paula Zimmer, recruiting director at the CDO. "The Goldman Sachs session offers students a unique opportunity to learn about the company from the very top," she says.

While on campus, Thain is also scheduled to meet with economics faculty members and students.According to Zimmer, more and more companies are offering these types of sessions in the fall. "The firms that recruit this far in advance tend to be financial and consulting firms," she says. "We've already had a number of companies visit campus, including J. P. Morgan."
The CDO hosts several information sessions each week. In addition, other colleges in the Valley offer numerous weekly sessions open to Five College students. Considering the opportunities these sessions offer, seniors have almost as many recruiters to talk with this autumn as leaves to peep at.

The Food Chain Offers Something for Everyone

Food, sex, looks and fashion will all be examined in a hilarious production by the theatre department of The Food Chain, a play by Nicky Silver, directed by Maggie Wood '01, from Thursday, October 19, through Saturday, October 21, and Wednesday, October 25, through Saturday, October 28. Performances of The Food Chain will take place at 8 p.m. each night in Theatre 14 at Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts.

"No one is safe in Nicky Silver's hilarious skewing of modern romance," says a theatre department press release about the play, which tells the stories of Amanda, a neurotic urban poet whose new husband, Ford, has disappeared; Bea, a cranky crisis hotline operator with problems of her own; Serge, an absurdly good-looking underwear model; and Otto, his obsessive, 300-pound ex-lover.

"The Food Chain has something to offend everyone," the release continues, "narcissism, self-flagellation, heterosexualism, homosexual-ism, bisexualism, eating disorders, and manipulation as a means of attaining love. It comments on how the road to love is no longer straight, but filled with twists and turns of deception, calculation and the need to see one's self reflected in another's eyes. It is about the emotional food chain that dominates our lives."

Playwright Nicky Silver describes her play this way: "It's like there are two happy people in every high school -- the head cheerleader and the football quarterback -- and the rest of us just sit on the sidelines picking our noses and eating."

Tickets for The Food Chain (available by calling ext. 2787) cost $7 for the general public, $4 for students and seniors. On Wednesday, October 25, all tickets are $1.


October 10: Smith 1, Trinity 8
October 14: Smith 3, Wellesley 6

October 10: Smith 0, Clark 4
October 14: Smith 0, Wheaton 3

October 10: Smith 0, MIT 3
October 12: Smith 0, Williams 3
October 14: Seven Sisters Invitational: 6th place

Field Hockey
October 10: Smith 2, Clark 5
October 12: Smith 0, Amherst 5
October 14: Smith 2, Wheaton 4

Cross Country
October 13: Open New Englands: 33rd place out of 36

October 14: Williams Show: 4th place out of 12

October 15: Stonehurst Capital Regatta: 11th and 20th out of 25

Geology Professor John B. Brady will be one of the featured presenters at the 112th annual meeting of the Geological Society of America. Approximately 7,000 geoscientists are expected to attend the November 9-18 meeting in Reno, Nevada, which will be hosted by the University of Nevada-Reno, the Desert Research Institute, and the Geological Society of Nevada. Brady will participate in a group presentation titled "Whole-Rock Geochemistry and Metamorphism of Blueschist/Eclogite-facies Mafic Rocks on Syros, Cyclades, Greece." His copresenters hail from Amherst College, Southern Utah University, Washington and Lee University, and Bristol University (UK).

Jennifer Klein, assistant professor of history, will deliver a Works-in-Progress Talk at the Five College Women's Studies Research Center, Mount Holyoke College, on Monday, November 6, at 4:30 p.m. Her talk is titled "Health Security for All? Women Activists, Policymakers, and Alternative Models for Health Care Policy, 1935-1948." Founded in 1991, the Women's Research Center is dedicated to supporting research on all aspects of women's studies. It provides facilities and a forum for work by scholars, artists and teachers at all levels of the educational system, as well as by community organizers and political activists, both local and international. To learn more about the Center's fall programs, visit

Robert M. Miller, professor emeritus of music at Smith, died on Saturday, October 14, at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital. Miller, a concert pianist who performed extensively around the world, joined the music department faculty in 1961 and chaired the department from 1977 to 1981. He retired in 1986. A memorial service was held for Miller on
October 17 in Sweeney Auditorium. Contributions can be made to the Twentieth Anniversary Ada Comstock Scholars Endowment Fund.

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


Museum of Art Trip
The Friends of the Smith College Museum of Art will host a day trip to the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art and the Hill-Stead Museum, on Friday, November 10. The trip will focus on art of the impressionists and will include a viewing of the exhibition "Impressionists of Argenteuil" at the Wadsworth, plus a tour of the Hill-Stead Museum, which houses an outstanding collection of art and antiques. Members and student members will receive a reduced price. Register by calling ext. 3587.

Van Drivers Needed
The Office of Disabilities is looking for drivers to transport students and school personnel to and from campus locations. Drivers are needed Mondays and Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. They must have a valid driver's license, proof of having passed the Smith College driving test (call ext. 2472 for information), excellent interpersonal and problem-solving skills, and must be reliable. For more information, contact Laura Rauscher at ext. 2071.

Faculty & Staff

Human Resources Workshops
Do you worry about your financial readiness for retirement? Then don't miss two exciting and informative Training and Development workshops, featuring noted author, consultant, speaker and recent Today Show guest Ellen Hoffman. Both sessions are based on her two best-selling books and will take place on Friday, October 27, in Neilson Browsing Room. From 12:30 to 2 p.m., "Retirement 101: Bankroll Your Future" will offer tips on getting the most from the government for your retirement years. And from 2:30 to 4 p.m., "Nine Strategies for Catching Up on Your Retirement Savings" will show you how to begin or maximize your retirement savings.

JYA Directorships
Applications for directorships of the Smith Junior Year Abroad programs in Florence, Geneva, Hamburg and Paris are available from the Committee on Study Abroad through the Office for International Study, Clark Hall, ext. 4905, or The deadline for filing an application for a 2002­03 directorship is Friday, November 3. The position is appropriate for any faculty member with a thorough knowledge of the culture, language, educational system and politics of the host city/country. A director must have demonstrated organizational experience, a commitment to overseeing student academic and nonacademic concerns, and an ability to resolve student problems promptly and diplomatically while maintaining good relations with host institutions and communities.


Picker Washington Internship
The Department of Government offers the Jean Picker Semester-in-Washington Program to give students an opportunity to participate in political processes and study the operation of public institutions. The program, named in honor of Jean Sovatkin Picker '42, runs from June through December, provides summer stipends and helps students find housing. It is for first-semester juniors and seniors with appropriate backgrounds in the social sciences and is open to all majors. Students interested in foreign policy, international relations and politics in other countries are encouraged to apply. Interns receive 14 hours of academic credit upon completion. Applications should be submitted to Lea Ahlen in Wright Hall 15 no later than Monday, October 30. An informational meeting about the program will take place on Wednesday, October 18, at 5 p.m. in Seelye 101. For more information, consult

Study Abroad Programs
Meet with the faculty adviser and returned Smith study-abroad students to learn more about the following programs: AAC (China), Wednesday, November 1, at 4:30 p.m. in Hatfield 205; ICCS (Rome) and CYA (Athens), Monday, November 6, at 5 p.m. in Neilson Library, third floor, Caverno Room. Call ext. 4905 with questions.

Examination Information
Preliminary information concerning scheduled exams is posted in the registrar's office. Students should check this schedule carefully and report any conflicts to the registrar immediately. Examinations cannot be repeated and will be failed by default if missed through carelessness.

Harry S. Truman Scholarship
Students interested in careers in public service are invited to nominate themselves for a Harry S. Truman Scholarship. The award carries a stipend of $30,000, to be spent on four years of undergraduate and graduate or professional education. Smith College may nominate as many as four juniors to be candidates for the Truman Scholarship (competition is limited to U.S. citizens). Current juniors may indicate interest by submitting a résumé and brief letter describing career goals to Lea Ahlen, Wright Hall 15, by Friday, October 20. The résumé should include public service activities (such as those associated with government agencies, community groups, political campaigns and charities), and leadership positions held during high school and the first two years of undergraduate study. An informational meeting about the Truman Scholarship program will be held on Monday, October 16, at 4:30 p.m. in Seelye 101. First-year students, sophomores and juniors are invited to attend.

Student Advisers
In preparation for November advising and registration, students should check BannerWeb to ensure that their advisers are listed accurately. Please notify the registrar's office of any changes as soon as possible.

Study Skills Workshops
The Jacobson Center for Writing, Teaching and Learning's Tutorial Services Program has planned a series of study skills workshops to help students achieve greater success in their classes. Workshops are free, but require registration. To register, sign up at the Jacobson Center, 307 Seelye, or call ext. 3056. The workshops are: "Time Management," Tuesday, October 24, 3-4:30 p.m. and Wednesday, November 8, 4-5:30 p.m.; "Note Taking," Wednesday, October 25, 4-5:30 p.m. and Friday, November 10, 2:45-4:15 p.m.; "General Study Skills," Friday, October 27, 2:45-4:15 p.m. and Tuesday, November 7, 3-4:30 p.m.; "Exam Prep 101," Monday, October 30, 2:45-4:15 p.m. and Thursday, November 2, 3-4:30 p.m.; "Coping With Exam Panic," Monday, December 4, 2:45-3:45 p.m., Thursday, December 7, 3-4 p.m. and Wednesday, December 13, 4-5 p.m. Registration is limited, so register early to assure a space.

Tennis Tournament
Come and catch some of New England's best tennis at the NEWMAC Tennis Tournament on Saturday and Sunday, October 28 and 29. Smith is hosting this year's tournament, which will take place at the outside tennis courts beginning at 9 a.m. (if it rains, call ext. 2716 for location information).

JYA Information Meetings
Learn about Junior Year Abroad programs from next year's director and returned Smith students at the following meetings: for the Paris program, Tuesday, October 24, 5 p.m., in Seelye 201; Hamburg, Monday, October 30, 6:45 p.m., Hatfield 204.

Seeking New Peer Tutors
Would you like to be a paid peer tutor for the Jacobson Center's peer tutor-tutee matching service? The Jacobson Center is accepting applications for peer tutors in all subject areas except biology, chemistry, Spanish, French and economics. Come to the Jacobson Center, Seelye 307, for more information on eligibility requirements and application procedures.

Counseling Service Workshops
The counseling service professional staff will facilitate the following free workshops and groups for interested Smith students: "First-Year Students," a support group, every Tuesday through October 31, 4:30­5:45 p.m. (call ext. 2840 to register); "Body Image: Rewriting Our Stories, Restoring Ourselves," a seven-week workshop, on Thursdays, 4:30-5:45 p.m. starting October 5 (call ext. 2840 for location and to register); "Afrocentric Empowerment Workshop," a workshop for black women, every Wednesday from October 11 through November 15, 4:30-6 p.m., in Seelye 204; "Self-Exploration Group for Women," a counseling group for students, on Mondays, 4:30-6 p.m., starting in mid-October (call ext. 2840 for a pre-group meeting with the cofacilitators)

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 23

Lecture "Managing Women's Careers in German Industry." Claudia Braun, public relations officer, British Petroleum and AMOCO, Hamburg. Sponsors: German studies department, Project on Women and Social Change. 4:30 p.m., Wright common room

Lecture "Seeing the Bible Again: What's at Stake." Marcus Borg, renowned Jesus scholar. Presented by the Massachusetts Bible Society and Helen Hills Hills Chapel. Reception and booksigning follow. 7:30 p.m., chapel

Informational meeting about study-abroad programs. Review opportunites and procedures. 4 p.m., Clark

CDO open house for Adas. Meet staff and learn about CDO resources and services for Adas. 4:30 p.m., CDO, Drew

Meeting Northampton League of Women Voters members will discuss local priorities and active citizen groups. 7 p.m., Seelye 101*

Meeting Renee Trevino, Texas Rural Legal Aid, will talk about summer 2001 internships. Noon, CDO

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

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

Presentation of the Major Economics. 4:15 p.m., Seelye 207

Presentation of the Major Art. 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Presentation of the Major Government. 4:45 p.m., Seelye 201

Presentation of the Major Italian language and literature. 5 p.m., Hatfield 105

Tuesday, October 24

Sigma Xi luncheon talk "Organic Synthesis: We Can Make Anything We Want, Right?" Kevin Shea, chemistry. Open to faculty, emeriti, and staff. Noon, Smith College Club lower level

Colloquium Rose Mary Farenden, Director of Global Recruiting, Ford Motor Company, will speak as part of "Executive Access: Top Engineering Professionals Share Their Work and Insight," presented by the Picker Program in Engineering and Technology and Ford Motor Company. (See story, page 1). Reception follows. 3:30 p.m., Seelye 106*

Question-and-answer session with poet Stephen Dobyns, who will read in the evening from his latest collection. Packets of his poems are available in the Poetry Center office, Wright 130. 3:30 p.m., Wright common room

Reading Stephen Dobyns, poet and fiction writer, will read from his newest collection of poems, Pallbearers Envying the One Who Rides. Booksigning follows. 7:30 p.m., Stoddard auditorium*

Presentation "Awakening Love to Ourselves and the World." Joanna Macy, Buddhist ecologist. Presented by the Helen Hills Hills Chapel and the Dhamma Dena Meditation Center. 7 p.m., chapel

Lecture "The Way to Heaven." Henk van Os, chair, Art and Society, University of Amsterdam, and director emeritus, Rijksmuseum of Amsterdam, who is preparing an exhibition of medieval shrines and reliquaries and the publication of a book he worked on in collaboration with Brigitte Buettner, associate professor of art. 7:30 p.m.,Wright auditorium*

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

HR workshop "Diversity: Meeting the Challenge as Managers." Open to faculty and staff. 1-4 p.m., Dewey common room

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

JYA information meeting Paris. Learn about the program from next year's director and returned JYA students. 5 p.m., Seelye 201

Informational meeting New York College of Osteopathic Medicine (NYCOM). 2-4 p.m., CDO

Meeting Jenna Kelkres '02 will discuss her summer 2000 internship with New York advertising agency Ogilvy & Mather. Register at 7:30 p.m., CDO group room

Meeting Amnesty International.
7 p.m., Gamut

SGA Senate meeting Open forum. All students welcome. 7:15 p.m., Seelye 201

Workshop L'Atelier, a theater workshop conducted in French by Florent Masse. 7:30 p.m., Mendenhall CPA, T-209

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

Other Events/Activities
Conversation "What is Education For?" Join faculty members in informal conversations about their personal journeys. This month's guest: Kevin Quashie, Afro-American studies department. Lunch provided. Noon, Bodman Lounge, chapel

Presentation of the Major English. Noon-1 p.m., Seelye 207

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

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

Presentation of the Major Psychology. Refreshments served. 4:30-5:30 p.m., McConnell foyer

Presentation of the Major East Asian languages and literatures. 5-6 p.m., Hatfield 205

Presentation of the Major Afro-American studies. 5 p.m., Dewey common room

Presentation of the Major Religion. 5-6 p.m., Mary Maples Dunn conference room, Pierce

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

Wednesday, October 25

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

Lecture "AIDS and Activism." Marina Alvarez, visiting Kahn fellow, AIDS educator, community organizer and activist for women and families dealing with AIDS and HIV. 8 p.m., Wright auditorium*

Workshop on the Feldenkrais Method, promoting proper body alignment and movement. Noon, Neilson Browsing Room

Information session Goldman Sachs. John Thain, president and co-CEO, will facilitate a panel of Smith alums and analysts discussing his company and career opportunities in finance. (See story, page 4.) 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Celebration of Sisterhood all-campus meeting. 10 p.m., Seelye 101

Meeting MassPIRG. 7 p.m., Seelye 110

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

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

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

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

Presentation of the Major Computer science. Noon-1 p.m., McConnell foyer

Presentation of the Major Classics. Noon-1 p.m., Wright common room

Presentation of the Major Anthropology. Refreshments served. 4:30-5:30 p.m., Wright common room

Gathering for Adas. Guided meditations, simple stretching, shared woes and wisdom, humor and snacks. Facilitated by Virginia Van Scoy, counseling services. For information, call ext. 2840. 4:30-6 p.m., Tilly House lounge

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

Thursday, October 26

Liberal Arts Luncheon lecture "Mending Wall (Mathematically)." Ruth Haas, mathematics. Sponsor: Committee on Academic Priorities. Noon, Smith College Club lower level

Neilson Lecture "Getting Engaged." Thomas M. Greene, Frederick Clifford Ford Professor Emeritus of English and Comparative Literature, Yale University, will deliver the fourth and final lecture of the series "Calling from Diffusion: Hermeneutics of the Promenade" examining the nature of the promenade poem as it is practiced by six contemporary poets and as it has developed over six centuries. Featured poem: As I Ebb'd with the Ocean Life, by Whitman. Reception follows. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 201*

Lecture "The English View of Arms in Historical Perspective." Lois Green Schwoerer, Elmer Louis Kayser Professor Emeritus of History, George Washington University. 5 p.m., Seelye 106*

Lecture "The Liberal Arts Crossover: Technology Opportunities for the 'Well-Rounded.'" Part of Five College lecture series "Navigating the New Economy Job Market." Host: Concrete Inc. Registration required at 4:30 p.m., Wright common room

Panel "The Gender Aspects of Paulo Freire's Teachings." Lourdes Arguelles, Claremont University; Loyda Sanchez, CAIPACHA, Cochabamba, Bolivia; Phyllis Robinson, UMass. Part of the Five College symposium "Beyond Paulo Freire: Furthering the Spirituality Dialogue in Education." Symposium continues at UMass on October 27 (see story, page 4). 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Slide Lecture "Inspiring Landscapes: Using Japanese Garden Principles to Create Truly American Gardens." David A. Slawson, designer of Smith's Japanese garden and tea hut. 7:30 p.m., Wright auditorium*

Lectures by two doctoral candidates in ethnobotany at New York Botanical Garden/City University of New York. "Preserving Ethnobotanical Knowledge Among the Huaorani of the Ecuadorian Amazon," given by Camille Tipton-Allaband; and "Harvesting Xate in the Maya Biosphere Reserve: Cultural, Ecological and Economic Consequences," by Holly A. Peter Morgan. Sponsors: Botanic Garden, Department of Anthropology. 7:30 p.m., Seelye 106

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

HR workshop How to Access BannerWeb: Workshop I. Open to faculty and staff. 9-10 a.m., Seelye B-2

Informational meeting about study-abroad programs. Review oppor-tunites and procedures. 11 a.m., Clark

Meeting University of Richmond School of Law. 11 a.m., CDO

Prehealth lunch meeting with Sandra Angell, associate dean for academic and student support service, Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. Register by noon, October 25, at Noon, Burton 101

Information session Nova Southeastern University (Florida), regarding occupational therapy graduate degrees. 2-4 p.m., CDO

Internship dinner meeting "My Summer at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration." Join interns for pizza and discussion about the Smith/NOAA Summer Internship Program. Sponsors: Environmental Science and Policy and Marine Sciences programs. 5:30 p.m., Engineering Building 102

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. 8-9:15 a.m., Davis Ballroom

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

Presentation of the Major Mathematics. 4-5:30 p.m., Math Forum, Burton third floor

Presentation of the Minor Jewish studies. 4:30 p.m., Dewey common room

Friday, October 27

Lecture "Fighting Lobsters: From Genes to Behavior." Ed Kravitz, Harvard Medical School. Reception precedes lecture. 4:30 p.m., McConnell B05

Heart to Heart A comprehensive eight-week wellness program for staff and faculty. Noon, Wright common room

HR workshop "Retirement 101: Bankroll your Future." Open to faculty and staff. 12:30-2 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

HR workshop "Nine Strategies for Catching up on Your Retirement Savings." Open to faculty and staff. 2:30-4 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Meeting for faculty members interested in teaching, in June 2001, in the Community College Connections (CCC) Program, a four-week program for community college students considering attending a four-year college. 3:30 p.m., College Hall 35 (Emma Proctor Room)

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

Religious Life
ECC Fellowship Music, games and the fun aspects of Christianity. Dinner provided. All welcome. 5-7 p.m., Bodman Lounge, chapel

Eastern Orthodox Vespers service with Fr. Harry Vulopas. Families and friends are invited. A light supper follows. 5:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, chapel

Shabbat Services followed by dinner in the Dawes Kosher kitchen. 5:30 p.m. Dewey common room

Annual Halloween party given by the Newman Association for local children and families. All welcome. 5:30-7 p.m., Bodman Lounge, chapel

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

Presentation of the Minor International relations. Noon, Dewey common room

Saturday, October 28

Other Events/Activities
Annual Halloween dinner party Monsters of all ages are welcome to this ghastly event, which will include "Hallo-magic," a show by Mad Science Co. Costumes encouraged, but not required. Place reservations at ext. 2341. 5:15 p.m., Smith College Club.

Volleyball vs. Wellesley. Noon, Ainsworth gym*

Tennis NEWMAC Tournament.
9 a.m., tennis courts*

Sunday, October 29

Performing Arts/Films
Concert Gabriel Hardeman and the Gabriel Hardeman Delegation. Contemporary gospel music by one of Philadelphia's highly regarded groups. In celebration of Otelia Cromwell week. Presented by the chapel and the Otelia Cromwell Committee. 2 p.m., chapel*

Concert "In Exile." Music by exiled composers, including Martinu, Martinez, Shostakovich, and Weill. Smith music department faculty and guest performers. Part of "The Anatomy of Exile," a year-long symposium sponsored by the Kahn Institute. 8 p.m., Sweeney auditorium, Sage Hall*

Meeting Baha'i Club. 4:30 p.m., Dewey common room

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

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

Religious Life
Morning Worship service led by members of the Intervarsity Christian Fellowship and other Evangelical Christian students. Brunch follows in Bodman Lounge. All welcome. 10:30 a.m., Chapel

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

Roman Catholic Mass Fr. Stephen Joseph-Ross, OCD, celebrant, and Elizabeth Carr, Catholic chaplain. Dinner follows in Bodman Lounge. All welcome. 4:30 p.m., chapel

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

Head of Paradise Regatta featuring beginner to expert crew races with students, staff and faculty. Prizes awarded to race winners and the team with the best costumes. 2 p.m., boathouse, Paradise Pond*


"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*

"Expanding Educational Opportunities: The Ada Comstock Program," a special exhibit created in conjunction with "Transformations," a weekend of programs celebrating the silver anniversary of the Ada Comstock Scholars Program. The exhibit explores the program's early history through photographs and other materials from the college archives. Runs through October 20. Alumnae House lobby

"Standing Women of Callanish," mixed media sculptures by Smith alumna Mary Craig McLane. Through October 20. Alumnae House Gallery, Elm St.

"Agents of Social Change: New Resources on 20th-Century Women's Activism." A display of papers from the collections of eight women activists recently opened by the Sophia Smith Collection. Through Dec. 31. Morgan Gallery, Neilson Library foyer and Sophia Smith Collection, Alumnae Gym

"Labore et Constantia: Rare Books from the Dimock Collection at Smith College," curated by Mark Morford and Margaret Eaton-Salners '01. Runs through December 31. Neilson third floor*

Ada Comstock Scholars Alumnae Art Exhibit A juried show featuring an eclectic mix of media, including lithograph, oil, hammered metal and carved plaster. Runs through Oct. 28. Call (413) 587-1013 for hours. Forbes Library Gallery, West St., Northampton