News for the Smith College Community //January 31, 2002

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Fostering Diversity: 'Never a Dull Moment'

When the Office of Institutional Diversity was established at Smith in 1996, it was charged with creating and maintaining diversity throughout the Smith campus. Specifically, the office was to assume responsibility for "the development and implementation of policies and plans relative to diversity, which focus on activities and assistance that create a climate of respect, appreciation, and equity for students and employees at Smith," according to the Faculty Guide.

Now, six years later, the Office of Institutional Diversity figures into many aspects of Smith life, successfully incorporating diversity of culture, thought, background and belief into every facet of the community.

The office "is probably best characterized as the second evolution from the affirmative action office," explains Brenda Allen, director of institutional diversity. Affirmative action offices were traditionally charged with diversifying faculty, students and staff, she says, and assuring that the college was in compliance with laws regarding diversity and discrimination.

"Programming was secondary to that kind of function," Allen says of the early affirmative-action model. "But when we moved to this model, we changed the emphasis from monitoring and compliance to setting an institutional policy that reflected our commitment to diversity. That meant that monitoring hiring is now only one of the many functions that the Office of Institutional Diversity engages in."

The Office of Institutional Diversity also works to strengthen understanding and acceptance of diversity within the Smith community by organizing programs and forums to encourage education and conversation, Allen says. In addition to serving as the primary organizers of the Otelia Cromwell Day symposia, "we also work with different offices on campus to help coordinate our extracurricular activities around diversity. So I work closely with the Office of Minority Affairs, the Afro-American studies department, Meridians and any other individual on this campus who is interested in doing something about diversity and wants to help."

An associate professor of psychology and a former chair of the Afro-American studies department, Allen has been a member of the Smith College faculty since 1990. Former president Ruth Simmons appointed Allen to her current position in spring 2000, noting then that "for the past decade, Brenda Allen has been an effective and imaginative leader on diversity issues at Smith. Brenda will bring the thoughtful and courageous leadership needed for Smith to succeed with respect to its historic mission of opportunity and access." Allen also serves as assistant to the president.

Allen's job "poses some challenges I find quite intriguing and have enjoyed," she says. For example, "the challenge of finding the best ways to educate our community about diversity at a lot of different levels is very interesting work. You have to think about diversity when you're interacting with search committees who are in charge of hiring."

More generally, those involved in fostering diversity on campus must persistently examine and reassert why it's important to have diversity among its people, programs and perspectives. For Allen, it's an ongoing effort to provide information to those in every Smith demographic.

"It's about education," as she puts it, "and that's what we're here for, thinking about ways to reach people so they can increase their own skills and knowledge. There's never a dull moment."

Her Vision: Smith Athletics for Everyone

Ainsworth Gymnasium is a mystery to many Smith students, according to Kimberly Allen. That's something she'd like to change.

Appointed last July as associate director of athletics, Allen believes that sports are central to the development of community spirit. "My biggest challenge is getting people into the gym and making them part of the athletics program," she explains, "even if they've never walked through the doors before. That can give us a sense of community, create more spirit and make you feel like you're really part of something."

Allen's responsibilities go beyond promoting sports, however. She oversees Smith's compliance with National Collegiate Athletic Association rules, advises club sports and the Smith Athletic Association, supervises trainers and the sports information director, coordinates special events and oversees the outdoor education program. She also assists athletic director Lynn Oberbillig in a variety of ways.

The best part of her job is working with student athletes, Allen notes. "Getting to the people is really great," she says. "Everybody has been incredibly welcoming and there's a general enthusiasm to improve."

One of Allen's proposed improvements is to offer students more support in both their athletic and academic capacities. Toward that end, beginning next fall the athletic department will offer an orientation program for student athletes that will focus on balancing studies with sports commitments.

"I think we sometimes lose athletes because they feel that they can't do both," Allen says. "But we're proving all over the place that they can." Many athletes, for example, are also at the top of their classes academically, Allen points out.

To give athletes support in developing time-management and strategy skills, the orientation will feature periodic "check points" throughout the semester at which students will meet with orientation leaders. "We want to give athletes somewhere to go for help," Allen explains.

Allen also hopes to get students who are not part of an athletic team involved in Smith sports -- as fans and spectators. This year, the "Treasure Chest" program offers students a chance to win prizes for attending athletic competitions. It will culminate with a $10,000 shooting contest, sponsored by Coca-Cola, which will take place at the last basketball game of the season. Other initiatives to draw larger crowds include a T-shirt giveaway for faculty and staff, and other half-time shooting contests at basketball games.

While Allen is new to the promotion and marketing side of athletic administration, she has a strong background in women's education. Having attended Douglass College, an all-women's institution, and coached at Miss Porter's, an all-girls high school, Allen is "a firm believer in women's education," she says. "My experience at Miss Porter's school helped me decide to come to Smith. I loved it because it empowers women, and athletics is great for that -- so it's nice to have both."

Allen's vision for the future of Smith athletics encompasses both athletic and academic empowerment. "I'd like to see us be successful overall," she says. "That doesn't mean necessarily more wins, but that the students are having a great experience with success in the classroom and on the athletic field."

With Allen in the lead, that vision seems a bit closer to reality.

Smiffenpoofs in A Cappella Lineup at JMG

In 1936, a group of Smith students attended a Smith-Yale University picnic in Northampton and got their first sampling of Yale's renowned a cappella group, the Whiffenpoofs. Inspired by that experience, the students started their own a cappella group -- the oldest such group at Smith -- and named it in honor of the Yale troupe. The Smiffenpoofs were born.

This Sunday, February 3, the Smiffenpoofs and Whiffenpoofs will reunite during the 18th annual Silver Chord Bowl, a showcase of some of the nation's hottest college a cappella groups. The concert will take place at 2 p.m. in John M. Greene Hall.

Also featured in the Silver Chord Bowl will be the Amherst College Zumbyes, a group known for its wild choreography and fine harmonies; the award-winning Harvard Din and Tonics, the only group ever to win the Silver Chord Bowl two years straight; for a return engagement, the Tufts Beelzebubs, one of the most innovative groups in the land; and groups from Boston College and the University of Rochester.

The Silver Chord Bowl is part of the "Four Sundays in February" series produced by the Northampton Arts Council. According to a press release for the concert, the Silver Chord Bowl "is one of Northampton's most popular arts events. You will be amazed by all the sound that can be created without instruments. This show has sold out for the last 10 years in a row."

All proceeds from the series benefit the Supplemental Arts Lottery Fund of the Northampton Arts Council. Tickets ($7 in advance; $10 at the door) are available at the arts council office in downtown Northampton, at the Academy of Music box office, the Guild Arts Centre and State Street Fruit Store. Call 413-584-9032 between 1 and 5 p.m. to order tickets with a credit card. For more information, call 413-587-1269 or consult

Alum Stars in Local Wit Production

This month, a local Smith alumna is bringing to life a now-famous character created by another Smith alumna.

Jeanine Haas '88, who lives in Easthampton, is starring in a production of the Pulitzer Prize­winning play Wit, by Margaret Edson '83, at West Springfield's Majestic Theater. The production runs through February 3.

The West Springfield run is produced by The Theater Project, a local production company now in its fifth year. Martin Shell is the director.

Wit tells the story of Vivian Bearing, a professor of 17th-century English literature and specialist on the works of John Donne,45c4 played by Haas. During the course of the play, Bearing is diagnosed with an advanced form of ovarian cancer and evaluates her life choices while her health steadily deteriorates.

Edson, who spoke at Smith last October, works as a kindergarten teacher in Atlanta, Georgia. Wit was her first play.

Since its premiere in 1995 and a series of acclaimed off-Broadway runs, Wit has won the 1999 Pulitzer for drama and several playwrighting awards, including the Outer Critics Circle and the Los Angeles Drama Critics awards. An HBO production of the play, starring Emma Thomson, aired last year.

Haas, who is a member of the Actors' Equity Association, has performed with the New Century Theatre, based at Smith, and the Sleeveless Theater. She had tried for two years to have a local company produce Wit, she recently told the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

"The play is so well written," she explained in an interview with the paper. "This role is stretching me in a good way. I knew this was a good script, but now that I've worked on it, I really appreciate it."

Haas is joined in the production by Van Farrier, Jen Campbell, Barbara McEwen and others.

Tickets for Wit cost between $12.50 and $21. Call the Majestic Theater box office, at 413-747-7797, for information.


Will return.

Karen Pfeifer, professor of economics, was recently awarded a Fulbright grant totaling $24,500 to study in Lebanon, Kuwait and Jordan during a six-month period through May. The South Asia, Middle East and North Africa Regional Research Grant, as the award is titled, is one of about 2,000 given to U.S. researchers. Pfeifer will use the grant to study "The Economics of Conflict and Conflict Resolution in the Middle East." Established in 1946, the Fulbright program is intended to promote understanding and foster relationships between the United States and other countries.

Bob Newton, professor of geology, recently garnered a "halo" from The Valley Advocate, in its "Halos and Horns" column, for his volunteer work in watching over the Barnes Aquifer, a water source for Pioneer Valley communities. "Bob Newton donates time, computer power and expertise to the cause of protecting the Barnes Aquifer," approves The Advocate. "He keeps a watchful eye on [Westfield's] Barnes Municipal Airport and other potential sources of pollution."

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


Have-a-Heart Food Drive
Wondering what to do with all of those extra canned goods you stocked up on at the latest "buy-one-get-two-free" sale? Put them to good use by feeding someone in need. From Monday, February 11, through Friday, March 1, the Staff Council Activities Committee will conduct its annual nonperishable food drive to benefit the Western Mass Food Bank. Stop by one of the conveniently located campus collection sites and leave donations in the bin. For more information on the Food Bank, consult

Campus Center Project
The Campus Center construction project will move forward a little earlier than expected due to the mild winter weather. The project fence will be installed during the week of February 4. Along the west and south sides (by Haven House and along Chapin Drive) there will be a screened, eight-foot fence. Along the north and east sides, the fence will be six feet high and without screening so that spectators can watch the project's progress.

If the mild weather continues, Drew lot will be closed at some point before March 4 so that the excavation may begin. A formal groundbreaking ceremony will take place on Satuday, February 23, at 11:15 a.m. A Web cam has been installed at the site and will be linked to the college's Web site in the near future.

Trivia Challenge Night
The Smith College Campus School PTO will present Trivia Challenge Night on Saturday, February 9, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. in Davis Center Ballroom. The evening's main event, Team Trivia Challenge, will pit teams of SCCS and Smith community members in battles of wit and wisdom. To register a team, call Jane Lerner at 585-8499. The event will also include dancing, a silent auction, and food and beverages donated by local restaurants. The free event is open to Campus School families and the Smith community.

Check Online to Plan Events
Do you have trouble remembering whom to contact to reserve space on campus? Have you ever misplaced your Event Service Request Form? Do you worry about missing AcaMedia deadlines? For the solutions to these and other planning problems, go to on the Web (or click on Offices on the college home page, then Planning an Event at Smith). There you will find a list of whom to call and when to book campus space, plus a new, helpful checklist for planning an event (both available in Microsoft Word); an online Event Service Request Form; AcaMedia deadlines; and more. Happy planning.

Videos Move to Neilson
During Interterm, the Nonprint Resources collection of videos, DVDs, laser discs and other materials, as well as viewing stations, moved from the Alumnae Gym to the newly recarpeted Neilson Library, thereby increasing their availability by almost 45 hours a week. The materials can be requested at the Neilson Circulation Desk. Viewing stations for one or two people will be available at the north end of the first floor, past the reference collection, by the electronic classroom. Later this semester, a group viewing room will be set up near the Kahn Institute, on the third floor. Marlene Znoy ( or ext. 2957) will continue as the contact for the collection. Please note: from now on, faculty members must pick up videos, DVDs and other materials for classroom use from the Neilson Circulation Desk. Media Services will remain in the Alumnae Gym and will continue to support presentations services, video/audio production, and the repair and installation of electronic equipment.

Biosciences Research Symposium
The third Smith College Biosciences Student Research Symposium will be held on Monday, February 4, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the McConnell foyer. Undergraduates, master's degree and doctoral candidates will present re-search projects at this poster session. Students from a variety of departments and programs, including biological sciences, biochemistry, neuroscience, environmental science and policy, marine science, chemistry and engineering, will participate. Posters from the session will remain on display through Thursday, February 21.

Girls and Women in Sports
On Sunday, February 3, girls in the third through fifth grades will be invited to Smith to participate in clinics in basketball, crew, field hockey, soccer, softball, rugby, tennis and track and field as part of Smith College Youth Sports Day. The clinics will be held from 12:30 to 4 p.m. in the Indoor Track and Tennis facility. Each participant will receive a free pass to the Springfield Spirit exhibition basketball game (with WNBA stars) at 4 p.m. in Ainsworth Gym. The event, which is sponsored by the athletic department, is part of National Women and Girls in Sport Day, which was established in 1986 by a joint resolution of the U.S. Congress to acknowledge the achievements of women in sports and fitness, and to highlight the importance of sports and fitness for girls and women of all ages. For more information, call the athletic department at ext. 2705.

Quit Smoking Support Group
Do you need support to stop smoking? Come to a drop-in meeting every Tuesday from 4:15 to 5 p.m. in the Women's Resource Center on the third floor of Davis. If that time is not convenient but you'd still like some help quitting, click on the health services' Web site at for the "Becoming a Former Smoker" resource list or select "Health Education" for a quitters' self-help guide. For one-on-one help, call health services at ext. 2824 or 2823 to schedule an appointment.

Springfield Spirit at Smith
The Springfield Spirit professional basketball team, featuring former UConn stars Rebecca Lobo, Kara Wolters, Shea Ralph and local UMass player Beth Kuzmeski, will visit Ainsworth Gym on Sunday, February 3, at 4 p.m. for an intra-squad scrimmage. A three-point and foul-shooting contest will be held, as well as a mini-clinic for fans. An autograph and photo session will follow the scrimmage. Also, the largest private collection of women's sports memorabilia, titled "The History of Women's Basketball," will be on display in the gym. This event is open to the public. Tickets (call the athletic department, ext. 2705) are $6 for adults, $4 for children under 16. Only 500 people will be allowed into the gym for the game. Free programs will be available.

Open Batting Cage
The softball team will sponsor an open batting cage during four upcoming Sundays for all faculty, staff, dependents and students. The cage, located in the Indoor Track and Tennis facility, will be open from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. on February 10, 17, 24, and March 10. The cage, which will cost $1 for each bucket of balls, will be for fastpitch softball only. Men are encouraged to bring their own bats (Smith softball team bats, which are available at the cage, are relatively light). For more information, contact Bonnie May at ext. 2713.

Health Education Workshops
Health services sponsors a variety of workshops each semester. To see a list, check on the health services Web site (, select "Health Education," then "workshops," or call ext. 2824. Door prizes will be given away at each workshop.

Pitching-Catching Clinic
The softball team will sponsor a three-part softball pitching and catching clinic for girls in seventh through twelfth grades during three consecutive Sunday sessions on February 10, 17 and 24. All sessions will be held in the Indoor Track and Tennis facility. Admission for all three sessions is $45 per player. Catchers should bring their own equipment if they have it. Each Sunday will offer two time slots: 1-2:30 p.m. for seventh- and eighth-graders; and 2:30-4 p.m. for girls in grades nine through 12. Clinics will be run by Johanna Van Der Hulst, a pitcher with international experience. For information or to register, call Bonnie May, ext., 2713.

Faculty and Staff

AKP Fellow Program
Information is available for the Associated Kyoto Program's Visiting Faculty Fellows program. AKP is a JYA program, comprising 16 American liberal arts colleges, located on the campus of Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan. Successful applicants are expected to teach one Japan-related course in English during the fall or spring semester of 2003­04. Applicants may be Japan specialists or nonspecialists who wish to enhance the Japan component of their courses on home campuses and to pursue a Japan-related research project. AKP will provide a stipend, travel allowance and some living expenses. The application deadline is June 1.


Student Affairs Staff
The Office of Student Affairs is now accepting applications for student staff/leader positions for the fall. If you are interested in becoming an Orientation, Pre-Orientation, Bridge, SUCCESS or Residence Life student staff member, applications are available on the student affairs Web site at
html, or in College Hall 24. The application deadline is Friday, February 15. Contact the student affairs office, ext. 4940, with questions.

SSEP Summer Jobs
Applications are available for undergraduate research/teaching internships and residence coordinator positions for the 2002 Summer Science and Engineering Program (SSEP), a residential program for high school women designed to enrich and support their achievements in science and engineering. SSEP interns will serve as research and teaching assistants to faculty in astronomy, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematics, writing and women's health, and as residential counselors for high school students. The SSEP Residence Coordinators (RCs) will work with the program director to train and prepare interns; plan for participant housing; and schedule recreational, social and educational events. Along with SSEP interns, RCs live in college housing and supervise program students. Qualified applicants for the position of RC will have demonstrated experience in community living and supervision of students. Dates of employment are June 10 through July 27. SSEP interns and RCs will receive stipends plus room and board. If you have interests and expertise in these fields and would like to experience the rewards of mentoring high school students, please contact the Office of Educational Outreach (Clark 208, ext. 3060, for an application. The application deadline is Monday, February 18.

Free Counseling Sessions
The counseling service professional staff will facilitate the following free sessions for interested Smith students: "Food and Body Image Group," on five Mondays, 4:30-5:45 p.m.; "Self-Exploration Group," Tuesdays, 4:30-6 p.m.; "Women of Many Colors Workshop," on four Wednesdays, 4:30-6 p.m.; and "Bereavement Group," Thursdays, 4:30-6 p.m. Each group will start after a certain number of students has registered. Call ext. 2840 with questions or to register. Sponsored by health services.

Course Registration and Changes
All course registration materials, including the Schedule of Classes, have been sent to student mailboxes. Students will be permitted to make changes online beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, January 28. However, students are encouraged to attend the first class meeting before adding a course to their schedules, and are required to do so before adding a limited course.

Make-up Examinations
Students who were granted an extension for final examinations in the fall semester must complete their examinations during the first two weeks of the semester. Please call Jan Morris (ext. 2554) in the registrar's office to make arrangements. All examinations must be picked up by 2 p.m. on Friday, February 8.

Smithsonian Internship
This fall semester program in Washington, D.C., is administered by the American Studies Program for Smith seniors and juniors. The program is not limited to American studies majors; students majoring in art, history, sociology, anthropology, religion and economics are especially encouraged to apply. Current sophomores and juniors who are interested in exploring any aspect of American culture are eligible. The program provides a full semester of credit. Interested students should attend an informational meeting on Thursday, February 14, at 4:30 p.m. in Dewey Common Room. After February 14, obtain application forms from the American studies office, Wright 12.

2002-03 Alumnae Scholarships
Scholarships are available to seniors and alumnae beginning their first year of full-time graduate study in the United States or abroad. Awards are based on merit within the department of the major. Applications are available in the Office of the Class Deans, College Hall 23. Application deadline: Friday, March 15.

Community Service Fair
The S.O.S. Community Service Fair will take place on Tuesday, February 12, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Davis Ballroom. Representatives from local nonprofit community-based agencies will provide information on ways to help the community: help in the courts as a bar advocate, teach adults basic literacy, inform people about fair housing policies and options, tutor inner-city children, play music or just visit with elderly people. You can make a difference. Call S.O.S., ext. 2756, with questions.

Your Words Wanted
I am a junior at Smith and am soliciting student essays (about 250 to 500 words long), poems, drawings, thoughts and/or photographs that capture your experience at a women's college. Based on these submissions, I plan to produce a book that celebrates education at all women's colleges in the United States. Please send submissions or questions to Patience Musingarimi, Box 8675, or electronically to

Study Abroad Deadlines
The deadline for seeking individual approval to attend a nonapproved study-abroad program for spring 2003 is Friday, March 1. The deadline for the Plan of Study for Smith-approved study-abroad programs for fall 2002 or 2002-03 is Friday, February 15, by 4 p.m. The deadline for JYA applications for the Florence, Geneva, Hamburg and Paris programs is Friday, February 1.

Study Skills Workshops
The Jacobson Center for Writing, Teaching and Learning will offer a series of free, hour-long workshops this spring to assist students in managing their studies and schedules. To register (required), sign up in the Study Skills Workshops notebook at the center, in Seelye 307, or call ext. 3056. The workshops are: "Notetaking 101: How to Take, Organize and Use Good Notes," Wednesday, February 6, 2:45-3:45 p.m. and Thursday, February 7, 3:15-4:15 p.m.; "Reading to Remember," Monday, February 11, 3-4 p.m. and Friday, February 15, 2:45-3:45 p.m.; "Where Does the Time Go? Time Management Techniques," Tuesday, March 5, 4:15-5:15 p.m. and Wednesday, March 27, 3:30-4:30 p.m.; and "Preparing for Exams," Wednesday, April 24, 3-4 p.m. Individual counseling is also available to students who need assistance with time management and study skills issues. To schedule an appointment, contact Leslie Hoffman, coordinator of tutorial services, at ext. 3056 or 3037.

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, February 4

Lecture "Factory Architecture and the Silk Factories of Florence." Karen Koehler, Five College associate and lecturer on modern and contemporary art and architecture. Noon, Kahn Colloquium Room, Neilson Library*

Lecture "Interpreting Islamic Paradise: Myths of the Taj Mahal and New Interpretations of Its Garden Context." Anna Sloan, Mellon Fellow in Art History. Part of LSS 100, Issues in Landscape Studies. 2:40-4 p.m., Seelye 106*

Biosciences student research symposium Students from the various biological sciences departments and programs will present their research projects in a poster session. (See Notice, page 3) 4-5:30 p.m., McConnell Foyer*

Lecture Carol Ione reads from her memoir, Pride of Family, Four Generations of American Women of Color. Sponsors: Afro-American Studies and English departments; Women's Studies Program. 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Informational meeting Weekly meeting for students interested in studying abroad, including a review of opportunities and procedures, and a question-and-answer period. 4 p.m., Third Floor Resource Room, Clark

CDO infosession A representative from MassPIRG will discuss spring semester part-time volunteer internships and conduct informal interviews. 4 p.m., CDO, Drew

Informational meeting Smith TV. 4 p.m., Media Services, Alumnae Gym

Study-abroad informational meeting Are you thinking of studying abroad in the U.K., Ireland, Australia or New Zealand? A representative from the Institute for Study Abroad (Butler University) will speak with interested students. 5 p.m., Third Floor Resource Room, Clark

Meeting Smith Democrats. 6:30 p.m., Davis Downstairs Lounge

Religious Life
Prayer and Possibilities Share faith journeys and a sense of God's presence. Light lunch provided. Sponsor: Lutheran Fellowship. 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Service "Invitation to Silence." Take time for reflection, renewal and respite in the quiet of the chapel. Candles available. All welcome. Noon-1 p.m., Chapel*

Other Events/Activities
Language lunch tables French, Italian. Noon, Duckett Special Dining Rooms A, B

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

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

Kickboxing class Noncredit, for students. Show up any time. 7:30-8:20 p.m., Ainsworth Gym

Tuesday, February 5

Sigma Xi luncheon talk "Of Mice and Men: Healing the Weekend Warrior." Borjana Mikic, engineering. Open to faculty, emeriti, and staff. Noon, College Club, Lower Level

Performing Arts/Films
Music in the Noon Hour Ellen Redman, flute, and Clifton J. Noble, Jr., piano, will perform works by Ferrood and Rubenstein. 12:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage*

Weight Watchers at Work All welcome. 12:15-1:45 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

CDO infosession A representative from GE Financial Assurance of Enfield, Connecticut, will discuss job, semester and summer internship opportunities. 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Meeting Amnesty International. 4:45 p.m., Chapin House

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

Religious Life
Hillel at Noon Rabbi Elyse Winick will speak on "Women in Judaism: A Conservative Outlook." A dairy lunch will be provided. Noon-1 p.m., Dawes House Kosher Kitchen

Service "Invitation to Silence." See 2/4 listing. Noon-1 p.m., Chapel*

Episcopal Fellowship meets for worship, friendship and fun. Eucharist, fellowship and light lunch provided. Students, faculty, staff and friends welcome. Noon, St. John's Episcopal Church Living Room*

Meeting Newman Association.
7 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

ECC Bible study Student-led discussion of topics raised by the Sunday morning worship community. Snacks provided. All welcome. 10 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Other Events/Activities
Language lunch tables Chinese, German. Noon, Duckett Special Dining Rooms A, B (alternate weekly)

Religion lunch Noon, Duckett Special Dining Room C

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

Aerobics class Noncredit, for students. Show up any time. 7:30-8:20 p.m., ESS Fitness Studio

Wednesday, February 6

Performing Arts/Films
Poetry reading Billy Collins, U.S. poet laureate, will read from his new book, Sailing Alone Around the Room. 7:30 p.m., John M. Greene Hall*

Smith Life and Learning presents hypnotist Frank Santos. An evening you will recall! 8 p.m., Davis Downstairs

Question-and-answer session with poet Billy Collins, who will read his poetry in the evening. 3:30 p.m., Wright Common Room

Operation Crossroads infosession Come hear about this tuition fee-based program and its community service classes and projects in the United States, Brazil and Africa. For more information, consult: 4:30 p.m., Seelye 207

CDO internship panel Students who had government internships last summer will discuss how they found those internships, located housing, handled expenses and combined the internships with summer jobs. 4:30 p.m., Dewey Common Room

Meeting Smith TV, to discuss new programming. 7 p.m., Media Services, Alumnae Gym

Meeting MassPIRG. 7 p.m., Seelye 310

Religious Life
Service "Invitation to Silence." See 2/4 listing. Noon-1 p.m., Chapel*

Catholic Adas gathering and informal discussion/reflection. Lunch served. All welcome. Noon, Bodman Lounge, Chapel

ECC Bible study Student-led discussion of topics raised by the Sunday morning worship community. Snacks provided. All welcome. 10 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Other Events/Activities
Language lunch tables Spanish and Portuguese. Noon, Duckett Special Dining Rooms A, B

Classics lunch Noon, Duckett Special Dining Room C

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

Social Events coordinator dinner 5:45 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room C

Kickboxing class Noncredit, for students. Show up any time. 7:30-8:20 p.m., ESS Fitness Studio

Thursday, February 7

Lecture "Representing the Unreal: Depictions of Fantastic Beasts in Ancient Greek Art." Debbie Felton, UMass. Sponsor: Classics department. 4:15 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Lecture "War Bonnets, Tin Lizzies and Patent Leather Pumps: Native American Photography in Transition." Linda Poolaw, Poolaw Photo Project, Stanford University, will discuss her project of reprinting her father's negatives of Native Americans, returning the images to the communities where they originated and conducting oral histories. Rayna Green, director, American Indian Program, and acting chair, Division of Cultural History, Smithsonian Institution, will address the return of cultural resources to communities that have been denied their own heritage. A short reception precedes in Seelye 207. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 201*

Performing Arts/Films
Dance Concert The dance department will present "Running on Thin Ice," a concert of new work by 2002 MFA candidates. The program will include choreography by Carol Huncik, Donna Russo, and Cheri Soule. Tickets ($5, students and seniors; $7, general) may be reserved by calling 585-ARTS. 8 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall CPA*

Concert The Five College music departments will present Pauline Oliveros, accordion. Oliveros' work incorporates improvisation, meditation, electronic music, myth and ritual. This concert is one of several presentations she will give during a week in residence. 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage*

Concert Jittery's Live presents Sam Shaber. Come be moved by this New York City native's crisp acoustic sound. 9 p.m., Davis Downstairs

Meeting MassPIRG. All welcome.
7 p.m., Seelye 310

PowerPoint for Students This workshop will cover the basics of Microsoft PowerPoint, as well as more advanced features, such as animation and working with images. Enrollment is limited. To register, send email to: 7 p.m., Seelye B4

Teach for America infosession Liz Marcell '99 will discuss the TFA program. For more information consult: 7:30 p.m., Seelye 207

Religious Life
Service "Invitation to Silence." See 2/4 listing. Noon-1 p.m., Chapel*

Drop-in stress reduction and relaxation class with Hayat Nancy Abuza. Refresh body, mind and spirit. Open to all Five College students, staff and faculty. Sponsor: Office of the Chaplains. 4:30-5:30 p.m., Wright Common Room*

Sahaja Yoga Meditation Open to all religious backgrounds. 7 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel*

Intervarsity Christian Fellowship All welcome. 8-9:30 p.m., Wright Common Room

Unitarian Universalists meeting Open to all Five College students and faculty who want to talk, play games and have fun together. 8:30 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Other Events/Activities
Yoga class Noncredit, for students. All levels. 7:45-9 a.m., Davis Ballroom

Language lunch tables Korean, Russian. Noon, Duckett Special Dining Rooms A, B (alternate weekly)

Glee Club lunch table Noon, Duckett Special Dining Room C

Step intervals class Noncredit, for students. Show up any time. 7:30-8:20 p.m., ESS Fitness Studio

Friday, February 8

Panel "What Do Engineers Do? Where Do Engineers Work?" With engineers Caroline Down-Lyons, Lynn Goodhue and Susan Guswa. Part of the WITI Toolbox Professional Series. Open to all Five-College students. Sponsors: WITI Invent Center; Picker Engineering Program. Bring student ID for lunch. 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room B

Chemistry/Biochemistry/Neuroscience lunch chat A departmental seminar for students and faculty. 12:10-1:10 p.m., Burton 101

Performing Arts/Films
Dance Concert "Running on Thin Ice." See 2/7 listing. 8 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall CPA*

Council on Community Policy Focus is on matters of concern to the campus community. All welcome. 3:30 p.m., Seelye 207

Meeting Smith Science Fiction and Fantasy Society. Animé, gaming, sci-fi, fantasy and people who like sci-fi people. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 208

Religious Life
Service "Invitation to Silence." See 2/4 listing. Noon-1 p.m., Chapel*

Shabbat Services Dinner follows in the Kosher Kitchen, Dawes. 5:30 p.m., Dewey Common Room.

Other Events/Activities
Language lunch table Japanese. Noon, Duckett Special Dining Room A

Language lunch table Hebrew. Noon, Duckett Special Dining Room C

Alumnae Association tea Ada Comstock scholars and residents of 47 Belmont, Friedman, Hampshire, Tenney and Hopkins houses are cordially invited to attend. 4 p.m., Alumnae House Living Room

ISO Party $2. 9 p.m., Mwangi Basement

Saturday, February 9

Performing Arts/Films
Comedy Improv Villa Jidiots Improv Troupe will perform in a benefit for Northampton High School crew. Tickets (available at State Street Fruit Store, Cooper's Corner in Florence, and at the door): $12, adults; $8, students. 7:30 p.m., Wright Auditorium*

Dance Concert "Running on Thin Ice." See 2/7 listing. 8 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall CPA*

Concert "The Legend of Orpheus I." First of four events examining the Orpheus legend in music. Jane Bryden, soprano, and members of the Aulos Ensemble perform works by Clérambault and Pergolesi. 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage*

Other Events/Activities
Track and Field Smith Coed Invitational. 10 a.m., Indoor Track and Tennis Facility*

Basketball vs U.S. Coast Guard.
2 p.m., Ainsworth Gym*

Trivia Night Smith College Campus School PTA will present a night of food and drink donated by local restaurants, as well as dancing and a silent auction. The main event will be "Team Trivia Challenge." (See Notice, page 1.) 6:30 p.m., Davis Ballroom*

Sunday, February 10

Meeting Gaia. 4 p.m., Bass 106

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
ECC Morning worship in the Protestant tradition. The Rev. Dr. Leon Tilson Burrows, Protestant chaplain, preaching. Silent Praise, a mime meditation group will join the worship service. Community brunch follows in Bodman Lounge. 10:30 a.m., Chapel*

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

Meeting Smith Baha'i Club. 2 p.m., Dewey Common Room

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*


The McGrath Collection: Contemporary Book Arts from the Connecticut River Valley A selection of fine press books and ephemera printed by Harold P. McGrath for local artists and publishers. Through March 28. Morgan Gallery (first floor) and Book Arts Gallery (third floor), Neilson Library*

A Space Odyssey 2001 An exhibition of photographic art by Anne Ross '55 featuring her newest digital images that explore the inner work of dream landscapes and surreal places. Ross creates images on a computer, using her photographs as source material. Her work has been exhibited in galleries, museums and universities throughout the eastern United States, and she has been featured in several publications, including "The Smithsonian Guide to Historic America." Exhibit hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Extended through April 5. Alumnae House Gallery*