News for the Smith College Community //December 14, 2000

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Smith Ideal for Landscape Studies

As a professor at Smith and a 1971 graduate, Ann Leone, professor of French language and literature, understands that the landscape of the Smith campus has been a sacred aspect of the college for generations of alumnae. Her understanding is derived from simple nostalgia and a full comprehension of Frederick Law Olmsted's landscape plan, which together inform one of Leone's passions, the field of landscape studies (LS).

Leone, who has written and lectured on the meanings of gardens and landscape in French literature, has been a force behind the attempt to establish landscape studies as a minor at Smith. Next semester, the college will offer its first dedicated landscape studies course, Landscape Studies 100 (LSS 100), a two-credit course with 95 students already enrolled.

Landscape studies is an interdisciplinary field that brings cultural analysis to the study of the environment and includes the disciplines of landscape architecture, horticulture, biology, environmental science, urban planning, art, art history and literature. As an academic field, LS first began taking shape in the 1950s and '60s as scholars and individuals realized the profound effect that modern societies can have on the environment. At present, no college or university in the country offers an undergraduate major in landscape studies.

"While landscape architecture is too career-specific for a liberal arts college like Smith, we are beautifully positioned to offer landscape studies," explains Leone. "Along with having many alumnae who are distinguished landscape architects, we also have the Botanic Garden and planthouses as working laboratories, extensive library collections, the rigorous Environmental Sciences Program, and the Smith Landscape Master Plan, which is an archive and academic resource, as well as a model of design for an aesthetic and sustainable environment."

Smith courses, professors and students already explore topics that are central to LS, Leone points out. In any given semester a dozen courses could eventually be part of the LS curriculum, she notes, such as these spring 2001 offerings-Anthropology 236, Economy, Ecology and Society; Art 161, Design; Biology 204, Horticulture; Comparative Literature 254, Literary Ecology; and Geology 109, The Environment.

Each LSS 100 session will feature a lecture that will address interdisciplinary aspects of the field. Nancy Denig, a Smith alumna and landscape architect in Northampton, will give the first lecture on "Common Ground: Bridge Building for Nations, Neighborhoods, and Families." Gretchen Schneider, another Smith alumna, architect and visiting lecturer in the art department, will speak on "Making Time Visible." Other lecturers will include Michael Marcotrigiano, director of the Botanic Garden; Anne Whiston Spirn, Department of Landscape Architecture and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; John Davis, professor of art; Douglas Patey, professor of English; and John Burk, professor of biological sciences. The course will include at least one campus field trip.

Leone hopes that LSS 100 is the first step for landscape studies at Smith.

She acknowledges, though, that a minor would require a full-time faculty. Since landscape studies is a relatively young field, Leone says that potential faculty members would be recent doctoral graduates or scholars just emerging from graduate school. Leone is hopeful that funding will be in place to hire a full-time LS faculty member within two years.

While LS may be the college's newest field of study, its Smith roots run deep. In 1914, Smith offered courses that would now qualify for the LS curriculum. The college temporarily housed the Cambridge School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture for Women, a Radcliffe College program established in 1916 to tutor women not admitted to Harvard's Graduate School of Design. The program was moved to Smith in the 1930s and its courses were available to Smith students. Then, 10 years ago, Susan Komroff Cohen '62 and Paula Deitz Morgan '59 submitted a proposal to revive landscape architecture as a field of study at Smith. A faculty committee, convened by Leone, studied their proposal and developed a proposal for landscape studies.

"LS bridges the gap between what we have done to our surroundings and what, on the other hand, we dream of having and must have to live a sustainable life. Only a liberal arts college, with its commitment to broad, rigorous, innovative courses of study, can produce the people who bridge that gap," Leone says.

Leone and her colleagues on the landscape studies steering committee have received encouragement for the creation of the Smith program from colleagues at the best landscape studies graduate programs in the country. "UC Berkeley, Harvard, Penn, MIT -- they all express amazement that Smith doesn't yet have landscape studies, since we have all the resources," she says. "They tell us that even if a student didn't want a career in landscape studies, the minor would have great value."

What also excites Leone is the bipartisan support that LS has earned at Smith. She notes that whenever the steering committee meets with college administrators, all members advocate completely for LS. "It's an ideal interdisciplinary course of study for Smith College," she concludes. "LS truly brings together the arts and the sciences."

352 Additional Parking Spaces to be Available

The college's new parking structure on West Street, adjacent to Garrison Hall, is nearing completion. The garage, with 352 spaces, is expected to open in mid-January, though its elevator will not be installed until later that month.

The garage will provide 82 spaces for students, 10 for visitors, five for carpooling vehicles and 10 handicapped spaces -- eight inside and two outside. The remainder of the spaces will be reserved for faculty and staff. The Office of Public Safety will handle the distribution of student spaces, which will be offered first to students who were unsuccessful in September's parking lottery.

Open to members of the Smith community from 1 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, the garage will be available to the public (in white-lined spaces only) from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. weekdays and from 5 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Monday. As is true in other campus parking lots, spaces for faculty and staff will be lined in white; visitors in blue; and students in green; handicapped spaces will be marked with the handicapped symbol.

There will be no overnight parking on the roof level, and the roof may also be closed at other times, such as during snow and/or ice storms.

A pedestrian crosswalk has been added on West Street at the entrance to the garage. The college expects to petition the state for a pedestrian-activated traffic light at that crosswalk, similar to those on Elm Street at John M. Greene Hall and Bedford Terrace.

Ground was broken last March for the three-story, four-level garage, which was designed by Arrowstreet, Inc., of Somerville. The firm's project designer for the garage was Emily Mowbray '87. Constructed of precast concrete, steel, glass and zinc, the building features a striking windowed elevator tower that is approached through a glass-enclosed foyer. Images of the building may be viewed at

Once the elevator is installed and other finishing touches have been completed, an informal inaugural event will be held to officially launch this significant addition to Smith's parking options.

Memories of College Day

The following story appeared in the December newsletter of Northampton's R. K. Finn Ryan Road Elementary School, in the "Spotlight on Grade 4" section. It was written by two fourth-grade students who visited Smith during National College Week. A student choir from the Martin Luther King, Jr., Elementary School of Washington, D.C., and students from other Northampton elementary schools, also visited that day.

"College Day"
by Terrance and Bill
Hi. I'm in elementary school and I'm also in college! Is that possible? It is when Smith College has a College Day. Let me tell you about it.

At 9 a.m. on October 25, we went to Smith College so we could participate in College Day. College Day is a day when all the fourth-graders and fourth-grade teachers from the Northampton district get together to go to Smith College. For one morning, we were allowed to take the courses that the college students do.

Anyway, back to the agenda. Our class and Mrs. Tumal's class got on an enormous yellow bus and rode to the Smith campus. When we got there, we were told to go to the Ainsworth Gym. We walked up endless stairs, finally arriving at the gym. We went in to be welcomed by an eruption of voices from other fourth-graders in Northampton, from Jackson Street, Bridge Street, and Leeds School. There was a woman who told us we had to go to Sage Hall for a concert. So we walked to Sage Hall and found our seats.

The seats were very comfortable. Students from Martin Luther King, Jr., School sang songs. They sang very well. When they sang their last song, we all stood up and clapped. Then we left Sage Hall.

Next, we went to Scott Lounge for our storytelling class. At our storytelling class, we made a story after we met a storyteller. I don't know his name. First we created characters, made up their problems and finally came up with conclusions. We made a colossal story with very unusual characters such as Derek, Kory, Max the Dog, his mom, I Am A Hog, I Own A Hanky, and the Aliens. It was very funny.

After that, we walked to the geology lab where we waited for another class to finish their workshop. When they were finished, we sat down and the teacher told us to study the fossils in front of us. We studied them and then he told us to name some of the fossils. There was [ammonite], ferns, teeth, and all sorts of stuff. It was fascinating. Then we walked over to Scott Gym for a snack. I talked with my friends. We had cookies and apple juice.

After a few minutes, we went to the buses to go back to school. We had left around 9 a.m. and had returned to school around noon. When we got back, we got ready to go home. We had half-days because it was Parent Conference Week. Now you know my story of Smith College. It was so much fun. In the future, I hope they invite us again.

Little Pioneers Get a Big Dose of Smith Sports

During the Smith versus St. Lawrence College basketball game last month in Ainsworth Gymnasium, 11-year-old Mike Supernaw watched the game from his post just behind the team bench as he filled water bottles for team members and listened in on the coaches' consultations. For that one night, Supernaw was the assistant to the basketball team manager, a privilege of his membership in the Little Pioneers Club, a group of area youngsters -- Smith athletics fans mostly -- invited to get involved with the colleges' teams.

During halftime of the game, other Little Pioneers, boy and girl athletes from Smith's Campus School and the kids of faculty, staff and friends, filled the court to shoot baskets, some lofting the ball from mid-court. It was the children's second event in the Little Pioneers program. Their first event was an orientation on November 11, during which 29 young athletes and would-be competitors from 4 to 13 years old, joined the club.

Little Pioneers is more than just a fan club. There are the monthly newsletters and the autographed pictures of athletic teams, the typical rite of membership for most fan clubs. The members also receive discounts toward the annual Smith Athletics Kids' Night Out. But Little Pioneers are invited to be part of the teams at sporting events, providing water sustenance when needed and bantering with the players as they come in off the floor. Little Pioneers also get to attend monthly events, like a Banana Split Party with the swim team and the delicious S'More Night.

The Little Pioneers Club was organized by the athletic department as an effort to reach out to the community and expose kids to different sports, says Kelly Hart, assistant athletic director. "I feel it's important to expose children to a variety of sports because they find one or more they are particularly interested in pursuing," says Hart. "There are physical, psychological and social benefits associated with participation in sport and physical activity."

By partaking of free one-hour sports clinics each month, led by coaches of Smith teams, members of the Little Pioneers Club can become involved in and familiar with various college sports. "They become part of Smith athletics by coming to our events," says Hart. "They seem to be excited."

For their part, Smith athletes are also enthusiastic and supportive of the Little Pioneers Club, says Hart. The program enables the kids to interact with the athletes and "helps put athletes in positions as role models to these boys and girls." With activities like Breakfast of Champions with Smith Team Captains, Little Pioneer Fun Run with Track, and the Banana Split Party, the children and athletes have many opportunities to mingle. With the successful start of the Little Pioneers Club, the athletic department is looking for ways the club can grow. The club will be evaluated at the end of the year, says Hart, and the department hopes to open it up to the larger community in the near future. So it's likely that 11-year-old managers' assistants will become a routine sight on the sidelines of future Smith sporting events.

UW Nears its Goal, Awards Prizes

The Smith College United Way Campaign, now in its tenth week, is well on its way to surpassing this year's $135,000 goal, with more than $133,000 from 528 donors, and contributions still coming in.

The campaign's final two drawings awarded 31 prizes to campus contributors.

Thomas Norton and Dorothy Salvatore won free lunches at the Smith College Club; Marilyn Schuster, a reserved parking space; Michael Gorra, a $25 gift certificate for LaSalle Florists; Alan Bloomgarden, a $50 gift basket from Mole Hollow Candles; Janice McDowell, a day off with pay; Janet Morris and Adrian Beaulieu, $5 gift certificates for Davis Center; Virginia Van Scoy, a recording, Sonatas, by Monica Jakuc, fortepiano; Stanley Rosko and Suzanne Payne, $25 gift certificates for Packard's; Janet Gracia, a print by Patricia Hayes; Diane Garvey, a recording, Francesca LeBrun Sonatas by Monica Jakuc; Donna Schnopp, a $40 gift certificate for Trellis Works; Laurie Wyman, one month of tanning from Northampton Athletic Club; Sheri Peabody, dinner for two at the Smith College Club; Alan Marvelli, a children's book, Scott Hamilton: Fireworks on Ice, by Linda Shaughnessy; Gail Hayes and Susan Van Dyne, a recording, Symphony No. 9, by the Smith Orchestra and Glee Club; Deb Luekens and Harold Skulsky, a recording, Mozart Requiem, by Smith College choral groups; Dean Flower, a flavored coffee and pastry break for four at Davis Center; Ann Boutelle, a $50 gift certificate for Del Raye Bar and Grill; Andrea O'Brien, a $25 gift certificate for Grécourt Bookshop; Erika Laquer, dinner for two at Green Street Café; Kevin Shea, a night for two at Autumn Inn; Mentha Hynes, a $25 gift pack from Lulu's Hair Salon; Thomas Rohlich, a $20 gas certificate from Steenburgh Realty; Judy Biardi, two bus tickets for a Staff Council-sponsored trip to New York City; Michelle Moye, one-hour massage from Stay in Touch Center for Massage; Richard White, a children's book, Elvis Stojko: Skating From the Blade, by Linda Shaughnessy.

Adrian Beaulieu, associate dean of international study, won the United Way Prize of a trip for two anywhere in the United States. The prize-winner is chosen via a drawing from among all Hampshire county contributors of $75 or more. According to Cheryl Donaldson-Davis, who has been involved in the United Way Campaign for 19 years, it's the first time a person from Smith has won the prize, which has been awarded for 10 years.

A Warm Place to Walk, Run

Beginning Tuesday, January 2, 2001, area residents will have a refuge from the early morning cold in which to carry out their exercise regimens, when the college opens the doors of the Indoor Track and Tennis (ITT) facility to the public for walking and running from 6 to 8 a.m. weekdays.

The athletic department receives requests regularly from the public to run or walk on the ITT track, particularly as the weather grows colder, says Lynn Oberbillig, department director. Rarely used by the college during the early morning hours, the facility will likely provide walkers with a welcome alternative to traipsing through the halls of the local malls or working out on the treadmill.

"We get requests from track officials, fire and police departments," she says. "When the weather changes, they have very few alternatives. We thought it would be a goodwill gesture to create a time for all to use the track. We like to encourage people to continue exercise programs during the difficult winter months."

Participants of the program must enter and leave the ITT only through the glass doors at the facility's entrance and must not go beyond the ITT. Also, they will be required to wear clean shoes on the track, says Oberbillig.

The program will be monitored by Tess Collins, a retired teacher's aide who works in the athletic department during the summer.

Oberbillig says she's not sure how many walkers/runners to expect during the open hours. "In the beginning it might be 10 or 15 people a day, but I could see that number rising once people learn about this via word of mouth," she says.

The athletic department also offers public hours at its outdoor tennis courts during the summer, for a fee. But according to Oberbillig, the ITT open hours will be the department's only free service.

Participants in the program will be allowed, on a pilot basis, to park in the Ainsworth parking lot, provided they leave by 8 a.m. when employees begin arriving for work.


Swimming & Diving
November 28: Smith 126, Amherst 163
December 5: Smith 136.5, Springfield 152.5
December 9: mith 170, Westfield 99

November 20: Smith 30, St. Lawrence 77
December 1-3: Seven Sisters Championship: 6th place
December 7: Smith 26, Trinity 55
December 9: Smith 44, Connecticut 64

December 2-3: Wesleyan Invitational: 1-3

Track and Field
December 9: Tufts Invitational: non-scoring meet

Dwight W. Pogue, professor of art, was recently invited to partipate in the print exhibition Then and Now at Bradford College of Art in Yorkshire, England. The exhibition, on display in Cartwright Hall through February 11, 2001, features works produced by artists who have contributed to the development of printmaking from the 1970s to the present. Several major British artists-David Hockney and Michael Rothenstein, for example-have either studied or taught at Bradford College. Pogue taught at Bradford as a Fulbright scholar from 1975 to 1977. His prints in Then and Now are a color lithograph, "Bradford Boys," made in 1977, and "Queen of the Night Forever," a print made this year that features the night blooming cereus, which is on view at the Smith College Club.

The following seniors have been invited this fall to become Junior Phi Beta Kappa members in the Zeta of Massachusetts Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa: Katherine Anne Christian, a neuroscience and Italian major; Liv Melanie Coleman, government; Eva Christiane Fierst AC, art history; Melissa Anne Gadowski and Anuradha Gurung, economics; Shannon Leigh James, English and Italian; Kathleen Jung, neuroscience; Morgan Jessica Lynn, sociology; Katherine Elise Mayo and Emily Jean Minty, psychology; Alex Clair Null, Russian and economics; Anita Louise Pedersen y Arbona, psychology and French; Alexis Katherine Saarela, women's studies; Melissa Lynn Schumi, government and Italian; Jennifer Rose Siegel, neuroscience; Jack Slowriver, history; and Sarah Harumi Thorpe, chemistry.

When the voices of the Commonwealth Opera ring out the famous holiday strains of Handel's Messiah on Sunday, December 17, at 7 p.m. in St. John's Episcopal Church, it will be Jonathan Hirsh, director of Smith's Glee Club and orchestra, guiding the voices from the podium. The annual Messiah Sing-Along will also feature Nina Moe '01, mezzo-soprano, as an aria soloist.

William Campbell, horticulturist emeritus and director of the Botanic Garden for 34 years, died on October 31, at the age of 98. As Botanic Garden director, Campbell oversaw the Lyman Conservatory and taught horticulture at Smith. Campbell was awarded the Smith Medal in 1978 for his service to the college and community. A native of Scotland, Campbell migrated to Northampton in 1928 after having graduated from the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh with a specialty in horticulture. He also served at one time as the director of the Gardens of the Nations, the rooftop garden at Radio City in New York.

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


Weather Alert
The official source of weather emergency information at Smith is the college information line, 585-4636. At approximately 6 a.m. on bad-weather days, information about a delayed college opening or curtailed operation is posted on the info line. If weather develops during the day that warrants an early college closing, an announcement will be posted on the info line in the early afternoon. Only in the most extreme circumstances will classes be canceled. If that occurs, a message on the info line would announce the cancellation; otherwise, assume that classes will be held. Delayed openings and cancellations are also announced on WHMP radio (1400 or 1600 AM; 99.3 FM).

Winter Party 2000
All faculty, staff, emeriti and members of the 25-Year Club, along with one guest each, are invited by President Ruth Simmons to attend the Winter Party 2000, on Saturday, December 16, from 8 to 11:30 p.m. in the Indoor Track and Tennis facility (ITT). This year's party will have a theme of construction, a familiar theme on the Smith campus during the past year. Doors will open at 7:45 p.m. Bring your invitation, and dine on tempting hors d'oeuvres and dishes; drink wine, beer and sparkling beverages; sample a scoop of Steve Herrell's ice cream; and dance to the sounds of the Don Bastarache Big Band and DJ Ali Glaiel.

Flu Vaccines
The Health Service still has a supply of flu shots available. To receive a vaccine, call ext. 2823.

The Refrigerator Door
Back at Smith for the third straight year, the Refrigerator Door, a popular exhibit of work by area children, will be on display on the third floor of Neilson Library from Monday, January 8, through Thursday, January 25. This year's exhibition is the result of a collaboration among Neilson Library, the Museum of Art, the Department of Art, and the Northampton Children's Theatre. It will feature more than 400 works of art from children in grades kindergarten through 12 in public and private schools of Hampshire County, as well as those who are home-schooled. Exhibition hours will be the same as Neilson Library's open hours. An exhibition reception will be held on Sunday, January 14, 2001, 1:30-4:30 p.m. in Neilson.

Smith TV
Smith TV, a closed-circuit television broadcast by, for and about students, will be launched during the spring semester 2001. Planning meetings will take place every Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Nonprint Resources Center. All students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend and participate in the planning of two goals: to launch Smith TV and to establish NPRC as an interactive workspace, where students can rehearse, perform, tape and receive feedback on academic presentations. Students interested in television and film, Web design and graphic art, journalism and advertising, writing for the screen and stage, media criticism, audio engineering, and innovation engineering and fund-raising are encouraged to attend. Also, faculty and staff members with interest in scriptwriting, stage management and directing, acting, sound and lighting, photography and cinematography, digital and analogue video editing are welcome. Contact, or Maureen Drake, ext. 7314, for more information.

Interterm Athletic Events
Don't miss J. J. Jumper, the official mascot of the NCAA, on Tuesday, January 9, 2001, when he visits the Smith vs. Amherst basketball game, at 7 p.m. in Ainsworth Gym. On Thursday, January 11, at 6 p.m. in Ainsworth Gym, area youngsters will try their luck at the Little Pioneer Basket Shooting contest during halftime of the Smith vs. Wesleyan basketball game. And on Tuesday, January 30, at 7 p.m. in Ainsworth, don't miss the Smith College Glee Club singing the National Anthem and performing at halftime of the Smith vs. Mount Holyoke basketball game.

Faculty and Staff

AKP Faculty Fellowships
Information is available for two faculty fellowships from the Associated Kyoto Program (AKP), a Smith-affiliated study-in-Japan program headquartered at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan. One, the American Studies Faculty Fellowship (for 2002-03) offers free housing and office space plus a stipend of $17,000 per semester and a travel allowance of $2,000, for recipients to teach and conduct research as visiting professors in the Graduate School of American Studies at Doshisha University. It is open to faculty members at AKP member institutions who have a strong background in teaching and research in American Studies. Fellows will be expected to teach one course in English in their specialty, to advise and work with students on special projects as needed, and to participate in colloquia and American Studies Program activities. The term corresponds with a semester of the Japanese academic year: first semester, from April to mid-July; second semester, October to early February. The application deadline is March 15, 2001. The second fellowship is the AKP Faculty Fellowship (also for 2002-03), which offers a $17,000 per-semester stipend and housing subsidy for recipients to teach one course in English to undergraduate students from participating U.S. colleges at the AKP Center in Kyoto. Course content may focus exclusively on Japan or may involve Japan in a comparative context appropriate to the fellow's preferences and academic training. It is open to AKP consortium faculty members; applicants can be Japan specialists or nonspecialists who wish to increase the quality and extent of the Japan component in courses they teach at their home institutions. No knowledge of Japanese is required. The application deadline is June 1, 2001. For further information, contact Maki Hubbard, ext. 3446,


Final Examinations
Information concerning scheduled and unscheduled exams is posted on-line at and on official bulletin boards in Clark Science Center, Seelye and Wright. Self-scheduled examinations will be distributed during three periods Tuesday-Thursday, December 19-21, and two periods on Friday, December 22. Please note that there will be no examination period on the evening of December 22. Students should check the schedule of exams carefully and report any conflicts to the registrar's office immediately. Examinations cannot be repeated and will be failed by default if missed through carelessness.

Grade Reports
Grade reports will be sent to each student at her home address during the second week of January. Grades will also be available through BannerWeb at the end of that week.

Book Buyback
The Grécourt Bookshop will hold its fall buyback of books from Monday-Friday, December 18-22. Textbooks ordered for spring 2001 will be bought at 50 percent of the current new price. Other books will be bought back at wholesalers' prices.

Examination Workers
Students interested in being exam workers should sign up in the Financial Aid Office.

SCIPI Internships
Applications are available for Smith College Internships in the Public Interest (SCIPI). The public-service internships are preapproved for PRAXIS funding. Opportunities are open in Boston; New York City; Washington, D.C.; Chicago; Sarasota, Florida; and Portland, Maine. Interns will work with nonprofit agencies on missions addressing homelessness, hunger, child welfare, violence against women and other issues. In each city, Smith alumnae will serve as mentors, scheduling networking events, meetings with civic leaders and educational trips. Pick up applications at the CDO, Drew Hall, or the class deans office. The deadline for turning in applications is Thursday, February 15, 2001. Contact Anne White, ext. 4326,, with questions.

Study-Abroad Programs
Several study-abroad opportunities are now available. Contact Naomi Shulman in the Office for International Study, ext. 4913,, for details on the following programs: The Freeman Awards are generous scholarships offered to undergraduates to study in one of 15 Asian countries, for a summer, semester, or full year. Recipients must have no prior experience in Asia and have financial need. Deadlines are February 1 for summer study and March 1 for fall 2001. The Korea Society offers language study scholarships to undergraduates and recent graduates with interest in Korea. Scholarships will fund tuition and fees at a Korean university, plus round-trip air fare to Seoul and living expenses, for a summer or academic year. Application deadline is January 15, 2001. The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award is a $10,000 stipend for graduating college seniors to be used for public service anywhere in the world for six months or a year. Applicants can design their own proposals or work with established organizations. Proposal deadline is February 15, 2001.

CDO Workshops
The CDO offers a variety of workshops during Interterm (see calendar for individual titles), all of which will be repeated at least once. Students may attend all sessions. Send questions to

Technological Problems
The Administrative Board has been asked to provide guidance to faculty and students concerning "printer, diskette, and other technological failures" coincident with due dates for papers, take-home exams and written assignments. Faculty members are empowered to grant extensions to their students for all assignments during the semester up to the end of the final examination period. If there is a technological problem, a faculty member may grant an extension for submission of work. (Extensions beyond the end of the exam period may be granted only by the class deans.) However, the faculty member may require confirmation of the problem, from a staff member in a computer center, for example. Alternatively, the faculty member might ask the student to submit a diskette with the relevant file (along with information about the platform and the word-processing program) as a substitute for written work. The Administrative Board urges students to prepare work in a timely fashion (and back it up) in order to avoid last-minute technological difficulties. Nevertheless, the board recognizes that with modern technology, difficulties will happen. Staff members at computer centers may be able to provide technical assistance when problems occur.

Submission of Papers
Members of the Administrative Board urge students not to use campus mail for delivering papers to faculty. Also, students should avoid leaving papers tacked to doors, sliding them under doors, leaving them in mailboxes in public places or having them delivered by friends. Sending papers by e-mail or fax also risks nondelivery or nonreceipt. Students should always keep paper copies of submitted work. Each year the Administrative Board is asked to judge cases regarding final papers or projects that have gone astray. The best way to avoid such situations is to submit papers to a person, such as the professor of the class or a departmental staff member who can verify receipt. Specifying time and location of delivery in such cases is advantageous for the faculty and the students. Students and faculty are also reminded that the college requires papers delivered by U.S. mail to be sent by certified mail, return receipt requested.

On-Line Evaluations
Beginning this semester, the Faculty Teaching Evaluation system will be available on-line via BannerWeb. You can access the system from any PC or Mac that is connected to the Internet and runs a recent version of Netscape or Internet Explorer. To access the new version of the system, log on to BannerWeb using your User ID and PIN (visit the User Support Center in Stoddard if you have forgotten your BannerWeb PIN); select Student and Financial Aid Information; select Faculty Teaching Evaluations. The system will ask you to confirm your current schedule of courses and will then display the evaluation questions for each course. On-line help is available should you have any questions. Please note that the Faculty Teaching Evaluations option will be removed from the BannerWeb for Students menu at the end of the evaluation period.

Study-Abroad Deadlines
Deadlines for JYA applications and the Application for Endorsement of Study-Abroad Plans are as follows: February 1, 2001, for JYA programs in Florence, Geneva, Hamburg and Paris; February 15, 2001, for all other study-abroad programs; March 1, 2001, for seeking approval for a nonapproved program starting in spring 2002. Call the Office for International Study, ext. 4905, with questions.

Attention January Graduates
The Office of Student Financial Services seeks to hire a financial aid specialist. This is a temporary part-time position requiring 30 hours of work per week, 1-8 p.m., Monday-Thursday, and 2-4:30 p.m. Friday, starting on Thursday, January 11, 2001, and ending on Friday, June 1, 2001. The position pays $10 per hour. The specialist will be responsible for answering the student financial services information telephone line and providing consulting services concerning financial aid application forms and procedures, to prospective students and their parents. Qualifications: Basic knowledge of undergraduate financial aid forms and procedures, good judgment, pleasant telephone manner, attention to detail and good clerical and record-keeping skills. Submit applications to Specialist Search, Office of Student Financial Services, College Hall 10.

Take Smith Home
The Office of Admission is once again sponsoring Take Smith Home, a program that gives students the opportunity to be recruiters. In the program, student recruiters contact interested students from their former high schools or community colleges, either individually, with a local alumna, or through a guidance counselor. Take Smith Home recruiters will visit their high schools or community colleges during January break to discuss college life (particularly Smith life) and share their experiences with students. Three training workshops will be held, one during the last week of November and two in early December. Students who plan to participate must attend one of the sessions. Registration forms can be found in all campus boxes and at the admission office. For more information, call ext. 6293 or send e-mail to

Student Positions Open
The Office of Student Affairs-Residence Life announces openings for residence coordinator, head resident, house coordinator and house community adviser, all for fall 2001. Interested students should pick up applications at student affairs, College Hall 24; career development, Drew Hall; Comstock, Quad area office; Ziskind IV, upper Elm area office; Hubbard basement, Green Sreet and center campus area office; or Chase 6C, lower Elm area office. For more information, contact Sara Patch, area coordinator, at ext. 2237 or

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, January 8

Interterm begins

Tuesday, January 9

Weight Watchers at Work 1-3 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Other Events/Activities
Basketball vs. Amherst. 7 p.m., Scott gym*

Wednesday, January 10

Performing Arts/Films
Film Bladerunner. Part of the Interterm Film Series, with comments by Alice Hearst, government. 7 p.m., Seelye 106

Workshop Self-assessment: Which values, skills, preferences and needs are most important to you right now? Come to this informal session designed to prepare you for your next decision. 1:30 p.m., CDO

Thursday, January 11

Performing Arts/Films
Film Tampopo. Part of the Interterm Film Series, with comments by Tom Rohlich, East Asian languages and literatures. 7 p.m., Seelye 106

Workshop Internships: How to find the one you want where you want it. 11 a.m., CDO

Workshop Smith TV, a student-operated, closed-circuit broadcast written, produced, performed, directed, and used by students. All students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend and help plan the network. (See notice.) 7 p.m., Nonprint Resources Center

Other Events/Activities
Basketball vs. Wesleyan. 7 p.m., Scott gym*

Friday, January 12

Performing Arts/Films
Film Like Water for Chocolate. Part of the Interterm Film Series, with comments by Ginetta Candelario, sociology. 7 p.m., Seelye 106

Workshop Writing résumés and cover letters. Learn how to present yourself effectively on paper. 1:30 p.m., CDO

Other Events/Activities
Alumnae House tea Traditions for first-years only. All first-years are cordially invited to attend. 4 p.m., Alumnae House living room

Saturday, January 13

Other Events/Activities
Swimming and diving vs. Wellesley.
1 p.m., Ainsworth pool*

Sunday, January 14

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

Monday, January 15

Performing Arts/Films
Film Four Little Girls. Part of the Interterm Film Series, with comments by Kevin Quashie, Afro-American studies. 7 p.m., Seelye 106

Workshop Job-search strategy: How to find and get the job that suits you. 11 a.m., CDO

Tuesday, January 16

Performing Arts/Films
Film Wild Strawberries. Part of the Interterm Film Series, with comments by Maureen Mahoney, dean of the college. 7 p.m., Seelye 106

Workshop Internships: How to find the one you want where you want it. 3 p.m., CDO

Weight Watchers at Work 1-3 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Other Events/Activities
Basketball vs. WPI. 7 p.m., Scott gym*

Wednesday, January 17

Performing Arts/Films
Film High Noon. Part of the Interterm Film Series, with comments by Mickey Glazer, sociology. 7 p.m., Seelye 106

Workshop Writing résumés and cover letters. Learn how to present yourself effectively on paper. 2 p.m., CDO

Thursday, January 18

Performing Arts/Films
Film Men With Guns. Part of the Interterm Film Series, with comments by Dana Leibsohn, art. 7 p.m., Seelye 106

Workshop Interviewing: talking with an employer effectively and comfortably. 11 a.m., CDO

Meeting Smith TV, a student-operated, closed-circuit broadcast written, produced, performed, directed, and used by students. All students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend and help plan the network.
7 p.m., Nonprint Resources Center

Friday, January 19

Performing Arts/Films
Film A Midwinter's Tale. Part of the Interterm Film Series, with comments by Jefferson Hunter, English. 7 p.m., Seelye 106

Workshop Self-assessment: which values, skills, preferences and needs are most important to you right now? Come to this informal session designed to prepare you for your next decision. 11 a.m., CDO

Saturday, January 20

Other Events/Activities
Squash vs. Wellesley. 1 p.m., Ainsworth*

Basketball vs. Wheaton. 6 p.m., Scott gym*

Sunday, January 21

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

Monday, January 22

Performing Arts/Films
Film Local Hero. Part of the Interterm Film Series, with comments by Tom Riddell, Dean of the First-Year Class. 7 p.m., Seelye 106

Workshop Job-search strategy: How to find and get the job that suits you. 11 a.m., CDO

Tuesday, January 23

Performing Arts/Films
Film When the Cat's Away. Part of the Interterm Film Series, with comments by Jonathan Gosnell, French language and literature. 7 p.m., Seelye 106

Weight Watchers at Work 1-3 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Workshop Interviewing: Talking with an employer effectively and comfortably. 1:30 p.m., CDO

Wednesday, January 24

Performing Arts/Films
Film Seven Samurai. Part of the Interterm Film Series, with comments by William Oram, English. 7 p.m., Seelye 106

Workshop Internships: How to find the one you want where you want it. 11 a.m., CDO

Thursday, January 25

Performing Arts/Films
Film Cane Toads. An Unnatural History. Part of the Interterm Film Series, with comments by Richard Briggs, biology. 7 p.m., Seelye 106

Workshop Writing résumés and cover letters. Learn how to present yourself effectively on paper. 10:30 a.m., CDO

Meeting Smith TV, a student-operated, closed-circuit broadcast written, produced, performed, directed, and used by students. All students, faculty and staff are welcome to attend and help plan the network.
7 p.m., Nonprint Resources Center

Friday, January 26

Performing Arts/Films
Film Roshomon. Part of the Interterm Film Series, with comments by Louis Wilson, Afro-American studies. 7 p.m., Seelye 106

Workshop Interviewing: Talking with an employer effectively and comfortably. 11 a.m., CDO

Saturday, January 27

Interterm ends

Sunday, January 28

Performing Arts/Films
Concert First Annual Collegiate Gospel Choir Festival, featuring traditional and contemporary gospel music performed by choirs from Amherst and Mount Holyoke colleges, Boston University and Yale Divinity School, and the Pioneer Valley Gospel Choir. Sponsor: Smith College All Peoples Gospel Choir. Tickets (available at Northampton Box Office, 586-8686): $12, general; $10, seniors; $5, students; free with Smith student ID. 3 p.m. John M. Greene Hall*

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


The Refrigerator Door, an annual curriculum-based exhibition of more than 400 works of art from public, private and home-schooled kindergarten through 12th-grade students in Hampshire County. Monday, January 8, through Thursday, January 25. A catered reception will be held on Sunday, January 14, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Exhibit hours will be the same as Neilson Library's open hours. Third floor, Neilson Library*