News for the Smith College Community //March 7, 2002

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Garden Staffer Deserving of Award

On the morning of February 14, when residents of Emerson House headed to breakfast, they were surprised to find 87 red and white balloons bobbing up and down in the dining room. Each of the balloons was tied to a handwritten valentine -- one for every resident.

The balloons, which had arrived clandestinely in the night, were a thoughtful surprise orchestrated not by a house member, but by Maryanne Pacitti, a groundskeeper with the Botanic Garden.

No wonder Pacitti was the winner of this year's Elizabeth B. Wyandt Gavel Award, presented each year by students to a Smith staff member for outstanding service on their behalf. Pacitti received the award at the All-College Meeting in January.

The Valentine's Day balloons are just one example of her thoughtfulness. In her two years as a Smith staff member, Pacitti has done as much to brighten students' lives as she has to beautify the campus. "She's just really friendly and open and she couldn't do enough for anyone," attests Rachel Cole '04, an Emerson House resident (and balloon recipient) who works with Pacitti in the Botanic Garden and nominated her for the award. "She has such a good heart, and she just wants to see everyone happy and help everyone out."

Pacitti's dedication to the students with whom she works and those she sees around campus has affected Cole's life at Smith as well as the lives of several students who suppported the nomination. "She's done amazing things for me and a lot of my friends," Cole explains. "She provided us with the chance to go to Martha's Vineyard during Parents' Weekend, and she makes it possible to get off campus and retain our sanity. She's always there to lend a hand or an ear. She has made my time at Smith 100 percent more tolerable. She wants to help out the students, to see the students here happy, and she thinks that's what the campus is here for."

When Pacitti talks about her work, her devotion to Smith students is clear. After 20 years in the landscaping business, she decided to apply for a position at Smith's Botanic Garden two years ago. She arrived on campus armed with plenty of convictions about how her job should be done. First, Pacitti maintains that "there are certain buildings on campus that should look perfect all the time," including College Hall, the Alumnae House, the admission building and Helen Hills Hills Chapel.

Second, she wholeheartedly believes that her work should focus on students. "If the kids weren't here, I wouldn't be here," she says. "It's all about the kids." Pacitti works closely with students every day; she supervises several student workers and serves as house fellow for Haven House (and honorary house fellow for Emerson). "The nicest thing about it is that the kids are just so extraordinary," she says, adding that she enjoys teaching and learning from the students she encounters. The exchange, says Pacitti, makes her work "exciting every day. You never know what's going to happen."

Pacitti was delighted to win the Gavel Award. She would like to have thanked every Smith student when she received it. "I didn't know how to reach all the kids at once," she says. "So I put a copy of [a thank-you letter] in each of the house presidents' boxes."

In the letter, Pacitti wrote, "I'd like to express my absolute joy and honor in receiving the Elizabeth B. Wyandt Gavel Award. As you all know I am surrounded daily by a gifted, talented, and nurturing student body that compares to noneto all that thought, felt, and believed in the words that were spoken about me, I am proud to be your guide."

Students who know and have worked with Pacitti are equally happy for her. "I was ecstatic that she won," says Cole. "I'm just so pleased that she's getting some recognition for all that she's done."

"I thought she was exactly what they were looking for in the award," adds Sara Coons '04, who was among the students who seconded Pacitti's nomination, "and I think she deserves an award."

Trustees Approve Fee Hike

At its February meeting, the Smith College Board of Trustees took the following actions:

  • Set the comprehensive fee for 2002-03 at $34,936
  • Elected three new trustees to the board: for five-year terms, Cornelia Mendenhall Small '66 and Marion Berk Smith-Waison '68, subject to her election by the Smith College alumnae at their annual meeting in May (Small, a daughter of the late Thomas Corwin Mendenhall, sixth president of Smith College, was until recently chief investment officer at Scudder Kemper Investments in New York and is now advising managing director at the same firm. Smith-Waison is founder and practitioner at Woman to Woman Health Care in Columbia, Maryland); and for a two-year term, Anna Franker '02, president of the Student Government Association. All three will begin their terms on July 1
  • Approved a number of faculty candidates for tenure and promotion: for tenure and promotion to associate professor -- Ravina Aggarwal, anthropology; Luc Gilleman, English; Christophe Golé, mathematics; Bill Peterson, psychology; Paula Varsano, East Asian languages and literatures; for promotion to associate professor -- Michael Thurston, English; for promotion to professor -- Craig Davis, English; Elliot Fratkin, anthropology; Ruth Haas, mathematics; Katherine Halvorsen, mathematics; and Denise Rochat, French
  • With funds from the estate of Mary E. Moses '38, established a chaired professorship and a Praxis Internship fund to be named in her honor.

Emergency: Send SCEMS

If it's around the weekend and you're a student in need of emergency medical assistance, don't be surprised when one of your fellow students comes to the rescue brandishing a tank full of oxygen and medical equipment, ready to help.

That would be one of the members of SCEMS.

Unless you've required their assistance, you may not have heard of SCEMS. It's Smith College Emergency Medical Services, a group of trained students who assist the Department of Public Safety in responding to emergency medical calls on campus from Thursday through Sunday.

"If you need assistance of any kind, you dial Public Safety as you normally would, and SCEMS gets there first or around the same time," explains SCEMS chief Megan Wills '02.

The group, which was founded in 1996 by Emily Singer '97 and Melisa Ruiz '98, is made up of 24 Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and some 16 first responders this year. SCEMS volunteers take 30 hours of training to become first responders and are certified in CPR and other forms of first aid. To become EMTs, students complete an intensive course (most SCEMS members participate in a three-week January session) and pass a Massachusetts state exam to earn certification.

Wills, who became involved in SCEMS as a first-year student, "certified in the fall as a first responder and in the spring as an EMT," she says. Her desire to become an EMT was motivated by "a general interest in knowing how to control an emergency situation. I'd been a lifeguard before, and I'd been in a situation where I needed to use CPR, and I just realized that whatever you do, situations come up, and if you're qualified and can handle it, you should do what you can to help."

Members of SCEMS dedicate a considerable amount of time and energy to assisting with whatever weekend situations arise on the Smith campus. For each shift, they don their uniforms (a SCEMS t-shirt and comfortable pants; a pager for supervisors) and wait for emergency calls. "At night you also wear a radio and carry equipment with you," Wills adds. "EMTs have a full oxygen tank with all the equipment."

Friday and Saturday nights are usually the group's busiest nights, with up to five emergency calls a night. "As soon as Public Safety is called, we get a call on our radio and get to the house as quickly as possible," explains Wills. SCEMS has responded to emergencies ranging from students who have had too much to drink to students experiencing panic attacks.

Though students often seem surprised to be treated by their peers, they are ultimately reassured by the presence of fellow students, Wills believes. "It's less intimidating to have students working with you," she says. "SCEMS isn't there to get anyone in trouble. We encourage people to call."

For students eager to help their peers, working with SCEMS has its rewards. "I think there's a sense of community," Wills says. "It's nice to be involved in an on-campus group, and it's just generally exciting to be on call -- to get a call, to go to the scene, to be in control of the situation and be there to help other students. It definitely prepares you if you're interested in emergency medicine, although many of our members are English and art history majors who just want to be prepared" for emergency situations.

Having the skills to assist in emergencies outside the college community has its benefits as well, Wills recently learned. "A couple of summers ago, I was on a bus in Boston, and a man went into seizures and someone was saying, 'We need a paramedic!' And it just kind of dawned on me: 'Wait, I'm an EMT,' and I got to help out with that."

That's a skill, and an opportunity, that few other memberships can provide.

Notes From Study Abroad

So Close and Yet So Far

This is the second installment of a series of essays written for AcaMedia by students studying abroad, from locations around the world.

By Jamey Borell '03 and Aliya Niazi '03

We each came to Europe for a change of pace. Instead, we found ourselves living three doors away from each other, closer in our dorm at the London School of Economics (LSE) than as housemates last year in Scales House.

The problem: how can you have a unique Junior Year Abroad when there is a familiar face so nearby? Despite our proximity and a few shared encounters, we have had surprisingly different experiences overseas. Here is a sample of things we have done our own way this year -- and a few observations about London in general:

Food. We both fell in love with the same takeaway (British for "takeout") shop during the first week of school. If it weren't for the sandwiches made with ciabatta at Don Quixote's, we would probably starve. But Jamey has actually learned to cook stuff that doesn't come in a can and Aliya has befriended others who will cook for her.

Shelter. Living in the same dorm is helpful when you want to talk about senior banquet or snow emergency emails from Smith. Sometimes it almost seems as though we have switched personalities. At Smith, Jamey had to be cornered for house meetings; now she bums around the dorm until the wee hours and knows all 150 residents. Aliya was unaware that there were 150 residents until Jamey informed her; at Smith, she had to be dragged out of the house and rarely saw the world outside the bubble.

Clothing. Put away those jumpers (American translation: sweaters) that are so necessary in Northampton. An umbrella is the requisite JYA London fashion accessory. Jamey finally succumbed and bought her souvenir French Connection UK T-shirt. Aliya got a job for the free clothing that comes with it.

Entertainment. Believe it or not, a London version of TAP exists in LSE's weekly party called "Crush." But if that's not your thing, London holds an infinite number of cultural possibilities, from plays and musicals to the Tate Modern Art Gallery. Jamey, who was frequently sighted at TAP, is frequently sighted at Crush. Aliya: My Fair Lady? Warhol? Been there, done that.

Communications. We consider it a priority to stay in touch with folks at Smith, especially those in Scales House. How do we cope? Jamey spends too much time using Instant Messenger in the dorm's computer lab. Aliya spends too much time on Instant Messenger in her room.

Academics: We have not forgotten that we still have to study this year. We never really knew how different "uni" was in England until we heard of Smithies taking midterms just a week after we started our yearlong classes, or when we got up to go to school on Thanksgiving Day. However, we have learned to work the high-security library system and not to stress when faced with a 20-page reading list.

People. We've connected with people here from all over the world. Jamey has spent many quality hours with Germans in and outside the dorm learning useful words such as "trumpf" (trump) when playing cards. Despite the occasional language barriers, she has realized that college students have many similar experiences. Aliya has broadened her horizons to encompass the rock-climbing club, where she has discovered that fear, trust and stupidity are somewhat universal.

So Smithies, don't be offended by the lack of postcards from us. We'll be back in the fall, ready to don our senior hats and tell more than a few crazy stories of our adventures in London.

Her Mission: Good Manners For Everyone

When Sonya Yelder, a chef at the Smith College Club, took her nieces and nephews out to dinner one recent evening, she was dismayed.

"I was less impressed with their behavior than I should have been," Yelder says diplomatically, sighing over the lack of etiquette displayed by the children. "And it wasn't just my nieces and nephews, it was other kids, too," she adds. "They were behaving in a way that my parents would have never allowed."

Rather than uselessly wringing her hands over the fact that, as she says, "basic courtesy has gone the way of the wind," Yelder decided to take action. Her full-scale offensive against bad manners began last October when she began offering classes in good behavior for children and adults.

Since then, she has taught several courses on etiquette and good manners at schools, public libraries and even in her home to children and adults.

So far, her efforts have been a success. "I've gotten a lot of calls," says Yelder, who sometimes teaches four classes in one day. "There are some people who think [manners] are really important."

Yelder's own emphasis on etiquette springs from her childhood when she spent summers at her grandmother's house in Georgia. Every evening, she recalls, the whole family would gather for dinner and everyone was expected to be on their best behavior. And though Yelder would have liked to have spent those days playing with friends and relatives that she only saw in the summer, "I had to polish the silver before I could go play," she laments.

While they were an important part of her upbringing, manners did not originally play a part in Yelder's planned career path. She attended UMass in Amherst with a concentration in hotel, restaurant and travel administration, then went to Paris and London for culinary school. "The British, if nothing else, are into a lot of traditional things," she observes, "which is probably why I really liked it there. That's what my grandmother thought was important and I hope to pass it on to my nieces and nephews."

Those ill-mannered nieces and nephews who provided the inspiration for Yelder's etiquette courses were also the first to attend them. "I did a test pilot class with my nieces and nephews, and had a five-course meal for them in my home," she explains. "They did learn some things, though kids that don't know me, that don't see me all the time, are more curious to learn more. I'm not a parent, teacher or relative, telling them what to do."

Indeed, the children who fill Yelder's courses are often enthusiastic listeners and learners. Yelder spends an hour and a quarter teaching her students etiquette, rules regarding table settings and dining out and how to properly handle correspondence and telephone conversation. She then sends the students away with a folder of reminders and material to review. Ideally, the children head home eager to practice what they've learned. "Some parents' kids now set the table," Yelder notes. "It's fun when you're young," she adds wryly.

But young people aren't the only ones who can benefit from Yelder's instruction. She also teaches a four-week class for adults, providing them with instructions on good behavior for "everything from cocktail parties to dinner -- basically, entertaining in the business world," she says. While her younger students "are very curious because they're less inclined to think they know everything, adults don't know but are reluctant to learn," Yelder adds.

Yelder is interested in spreading good etiquette to everyone, regardless of age or attitude. And she enjoys the task. "It's not as much work as it seems," she says. "I'm just having a good time doing it, and hopefully more people will call. My mission statement is to educate as many people as possible. People think they don't need certain things, and we all do."


Will return.

In memory of the late Katherine E. Pope, a Smith undergraduate who was killed last July while riding her bicycle to her internship at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center (SLAC) in Menlo Park, California, a fellowship has been established for students interested in science, particularly physics, to study and conduct research at the SLAC. The Pope Summer Fellowship will provide a stipend of $500 a week and will fund transportation to and from the SLAC as well as housing during the appointment. More information and a fellowship application can be found at

In January, Steven Goldstein, Sophia Smith Professor of Government, traveled to China and Taiwan to take part in a series of discussions on cross-strait issues with government officials and scholars. The meetings were organized by the Taiwan Studies Workshop of the John K. Fairbank Center for Asian Studies at Harvard University, of which Goldstein is the coordinator. His coedited volume, Taiwan in the Twentieth Century, has recently been published by the Cambridge University Press.

Eliza Lanzi, director of image collections in the art department, has been named president of the Visual Resources Association (VRA), a multidisciplinary community of image management professionals that provides leadership, educational opportunities and resources for its members. Lanzi will be inducted at the annual VRA meeting this month in St. Louis.

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


Concert for the Homeless
The Pioneer Valley Gay Men's Chorus and Amandla, a community chorus, will give a benefit concert for the Hampshire County Interfaith Homeless Shelter on Saturday, March 16, at 7 p.m. in Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage. The Gay Men's Chorus, a group of men who come from many different walks of life, performs extensively throughout the area. Amandla sings to celebrate life, articulate social concerns and provide inspiration in the struggles for justice and peace. Tickets will be available at the door for $12 ($10 in advance by mail; send check to Friends of the Homeless, P.O. Box 60398, Florence, MA 01062); $8 for students, seniors and children.

Route 66 Reconstruction
The long-planned reconstruction of Route 66 (also known as West Street from the traffic signal on Elm Street going west past Forbes Library, Garrison Hall, the Smith College Parking Facility, the ITT, Physical Plant and the riding stables) will begin in mid-March and continue through the fall. One lane will be open at all times; access to the parking garage and Green Street will be maintained throughout the project. Construction hours will be 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. with no work anticipated on weekends. Construction will include extensive water and sewer repairs as well as repaving.

Adopt-a-Planter Program
The Botanic Garden will again sponsor its Adopt-a-Planter program with the addition of two new flower planters (last year, Hatfield and College halls were chosen for planters, and those will be replanted this spring). The Botanic Garden will purchase, design and plant the planters; building occupants will water and care for their sponsored plants. Because care of the planters is required from mid-May until the first hard frost, chosen buildings are limited to those staffed year-round. The "winners" are chosen based on the location of the building in relation to other plantings, the potential numbers of viewers and the commitment of employees in the building. For more information or an application, consult Thank you, inhabitants of Hatfield and College halls, for taking great care of your adopted planters.

Prison Book Project
The Prison Book Project is accepting books until Saturday, March 9. Every week throughout the project, 30 to 80 people behind bars receive a bundle of two to eight books with the hope that reading will improve their lives and living conditions and promote their self-confidence and knowledge. Please help by donating books that you no longer need. Look for boxes in Smith houses and around campus.

Smith Summer Employment
The Office of Human Resources is accepting applications for summer employment. Several positions are available, including custodial, grounds, general maintenance and kitchen jobs, in the Physical Plant, Residence and Dining Services and the Botanic Garden. All positions are for 40 hours a week (Monday through Friday) in various shifts. Applicants must be: Smith students or dependents of Smith employees (faculty and staff); at least 16 years old by June 10; returning to school full time in the fall; and available to work through the end of August (some work is available after August). Applications are available at the Office of Human Resources, 30 Belmont Avenue, the circulation desk at Neilson Library, the College Club and the front desk of the physical plant. Completed applications must be submitted to the Office of Human Resources by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, April 1. Priority will be given to returning workers from last summer, then to Smith students and college-age dependents, and finally to high-school-aged dependents. A wait list will be started for applicants who are not placed initially. All summer employees will be considered "returning workers" next year and receive priority in filling future positions. For more information, contact Serena Harris, ext. 2289,

Pitching and Catching Clinic
The Smith softball team will sponsor a softball pitching and catching clinic for fifth- and sixth-grade girls on Sunday, March 10, in the Indoor Track and Tennis facility. Admission is $15; no experience is necessary. Catchers should bring their own equipment if they have it. The guest clinician is Johanna Van Der Hulst, a pitcher with international experience. For more information or to register, contact Bonnie May at ext. 2713.

Open Batting Cage
The open batting cage for faculty, staff, dependents and students, located in the Indoor Track and Tennis facility will be open for one more Sunday, March 10, from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. The cage costs $1 for each bucket of balls (fastpitch softball only). People are encouraged to bring their own bats (softball team bats, which are available at the cage, are relatively light). For more information, contact Bonnie May, ext. 2713.

MCAS Tutors Needed
Hampshire Community Action Commission and Smith Vocational School in Northampton are partnering in an effort to find volunteer tutors for a group of students facing their last chance to pass the MCAS test, which is required for high school graduation. Elizabeth Caton '01 is the HCAC coordinator of volunteers in charge of this project. She is seeking Smith students, faculty and emeriti volunteers who can tutor in math and science. Tutoring sessions will take place at five sites: Smith Vocational School in the afternoons; and Florence Heights and Hampshire Heights housing complexes, Northampton, and as yet undetermined sites in Huntington and Easthampton in the evenings. If interested, contact Caton at 582-4245, ext. 163.

Faculty and Staff

American Studies in Japan
The Center for American Studies at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan, is welcoming applications for its American Studies Faculty Fellowship for 2003. Fellows will teach one course. All teaching and related duties are conducted in English; no knowledge of Japanese is necessary. Specialists in all fields of American studies are encouraged to apply. The normal term of the fellowship corresponds to a semester of the Japanese academic year (April­July 2003 or October 2003­January 2004). The center is amenable to an accelerated course over a shorter period if circumstances permit. The fellowship provides housing, office space, a stipend and travel allowance. The application deadline is March 15. For more information, contact Dennis Yasutomo, ext. 3551,


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.

Housing After May 11
Because so many alumnae return to Smith to participate in Commencement and reunion activities, room space on campus is extremely limited during those weeks. Beyond noon on Saturday, May 11 (the expiration of student room and board contracts), housing will be provided only for graduating seniors, students who have a role in reunion or Commencement or those taking Five College course exams. In early March, any Smith student taking Five-College courses will receive a form to request housing beyond May 11. The names of all other students needing on-campus housing beyond that date should be submitted by the department or office for which they will work during Commencement or reunion. Graduating seniors need not request approval to stay on campus. All department heads and student organization leaders who had students approved to stay last year will be sent a Request for Student Housing form with a deadline of Monday, March 18. Please note: these are requests, not reservations; they are considered on a space-available basis. Students approved to remain on campus after May 11 will move to consolidated housing by noon on Sunday, May 12. Contact Randy Shannon, ext. 4940 or, with questions.

Student Teaching Applications
The deadline for applications for secondary education students planning to student teach in 2002­03 (fall or spring) is Friday, March 15. Contact Rosetta Cohen, ext. 3266, or Sam Intrator, ext. 3242, with questions.

Spring Break Housing
All students who wish to remain in campus housing during Spring Break (Saturday, March 16 through Sunday, March 24) must complete a vacation housing request form (available in the Office of Student Affairs, College Hall 24) no later than 4 p.m. on Friday, March 8. The following houses will remain open during the break: Albright, Chase, Cutter, Dawes, Duckett, Friedman, Gillett, Hopkins, Lamont, Lawrence, Morris, Northrop, Talbot, Tenney, Yale, Ziskind, 150 Elm and 47 Belmont. Students residing in nonvacation houses who wish to stay for the vacation must make arrangements with students in open houses to stay in their rooms and obtain their room keys. All students residing in vacation housing (except those living in Hopkins, Friedman, Yale, Tenney and 47 Belmont) may pick up a vacation key during business hours in the Office of Student Affairs on Wednesday and Thursday, March 13 and 14. A $10 key deposit will be refunded pending the return of the key to the Business Office, College Hall 05, by 4 p.m. on Friday, March 29. Call the Office of Student Affairs, ext. 4940, with questions.

Sciences Po Applications
Are you interested in studying in Paris, at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po)? Applications are available from the Office for International Study, 305 Clark Hall. The application deadline is Monday, March 25. The program is also open to students applying to JYA in Paris or Geneva. If interested, contact Peter Bloom,

Poetry Center Jobs
The Poetry Center at Smith College is accepting applications for student internships for 2002-03, as well as for a part-time summer research position. Duties include writing publicity, ordering flowers, choosing poems, designing and distributing posters and stuffing boxes. Candidates must have an exuberant interest in poetry, strong writing and design skills, creativity, initiative and an ability to meet deadlines; computer design experience a plus. Note: these are paid internships and students need not be work-study eligible. Send a cover letter and résumé, by Friday, March 29, to Ellen Watson, 108 Pierce Hall.

SSAS Grant Deadline
The deadline for Smith Students' Aid Society (SSAS) summer study applications is Monday, April 15. Applications are available at the CDO, and the offices of the Class Deans, Ada Comstock Scholars Program and Student Affairs. Return completed applications to the class deans' office. Call Anne White, ext. 2577 or, with questions. The SSAS also provides grants for emergency medical needs and has a special grant for seniors called Beyond Smith. Descriptions of SSAS grants and their requirements are listed on the back of the application.

Cycles Survey Reminder
To all students asked to participate in the Cycles Survey: please complete the survey; it's your best chance to make your opinions heard. Instructions are on the survey form, but contact the Office of Institutional Research, ext. 3021, with questions.

Fellowships Info Session
A Fellowships Informational session will take place on Thursday, April 4, at 7 p.m. in Wright Auditorium. Fellowship advisers will be availabe for breakout consultations. Fellowships offer amazing benefits, paying recipients to learn while opening doors to fascinating opportunities. The sooner you begin working toward a fellowship, the better chance you have. Don't miss this session.

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.

Summer Grants Deadline
The deadline for submitting grant funding requests for summer study or projects abroad is April 15. Grant request forms are available in the Office for International Study, Clark Hall, third floor.

WITI Student Board
The WITI (Women in Technology International) Invent Center at Smith/Five Colleges is accepting applications for membership on the Student Advisory Board for the 2002­03 academic year. The board will advise the WITI director regarding design and implementation of professional programs and services for students interested in careers in technology, technology-related areas and business. Interested first-year students, sophomores, juniors and Adas may pick up an application form on the first floor of Clark Hall or send by email your name and box number to The deadline for applications is Friday, March 15. Contact the Invent Center at ext. 4105 with questions.

Peer Writing Assistance
The Jacobson Center for Writing, Teaching and Learning is offering peer writing assistance Sundays through Thursdays, from 7 to 10 p.m., in Seelye 307 and Cushing dining room. Peer writing assistants will discuss papers on any subject. Students are encouraged to bring drafts at any stage of the writing process. Appointments are not necessary. All services are free.

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 once a certain number of students has registered. Call ext. 2840 with questions or to register. Sponsored by health services.

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.

Friday, March 8

Performing Arts/Films
Reading of Cocteau's Orfée by theatre department students, directed by Claire Mannle. Part of the music department's semester-long study of the legend of Orpheus. 4 p.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage*

Monday, March 11

Lecture "The State of Landscape Architecture, Worldwide." Julius Fabos, landscape planning, UMass. Part of LSS 100: Issues in Landscape Studies. 2:40-4 p.m., Wright Auditorium*

Panel "Artists Respond to September 11." Smith faculty members Kiki Gounaridou, Paul Zimet, Monica Jakuc, Ellen Watson, Gretchen Schneider and Susan Waltner will discuss their artistic responses to 9/11 and present work related to responses to traumatic events. 4:15 p.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage*

Chaired Professor lecture "Trouble in Paradise: The Global Coral Reef Crisis, With Examples From Belize and the Bahamas." H. Allen Curran, geology. Reception follows in Seelye 207. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 201*

Lecture "Taking Refuge in My Own True Nature: An American Woman's Experience." Susan Moon, Zen practitioner and editor of Turning Wheel. Sponsors: Ada Howe Kent Fund; East Asian studies and religion departments; Women's Studies Program; Lecture Committee. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 106*

Lecture "The Spirit of Verga: La Cavalleria Rusticana di D. H. Lawrence." Roberto Dainotto, Duke University. Lecture presented in Italian. 7 p.m., Dewey Common Room

Lecture "Pop Culture in the Age of Globalization: The Simpsons and the Globalization of Springfield." Paul Cantor, English, University of Virginia, and author of Gilligan Unbound. 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Lecture "Reflections on the Eames House." Beatriz Colomina, of Princeton University School of Architecture and author of Sexuality and Space, will look at the architectural partnership of Charles and Ray Eames. First lecture in the series "Architecture at Smith: Building, Text, Context." Sponsors: Lecture Committee; art, American studies and engineering departments; Landscape Studies and Urban Studies programs. 7:30 p.m., Stoddard Auditorium

Informational presentation "Learn about the Five College Program in Culture, Health and Science." Suzanne Zhang-Gottschang, anthropology. 12:15 p.m., Sabin-Reed 225

Informational session 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 Hall

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

Meeting MassPIRG internship class. 4:45 p.m., Seelye 310

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

Workshop "Ten Ways to Achieve Financial Success." Learn ways to manage your money and understand your credit. Refreshments provided. Sponsors: Alumnae Association; MBNA. 7 p.m., Alumnae House Conference Room

Meeting Smith Alliance for Low Income Students. Discuss plans for the semester and provide support for students interested in class issues. 7:30 p.m., Hopkins House

Meeting Smith Labor Action Coalition. 9 p.m., Women's Resource Center, Davis Center

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

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, March 12

Sigma Xi luncheon talk "Science, the Arts and the Humanities: Connections and Collisions." Cliff Matthews, chemistry, University of Illinois at Chicago, will report on the 2001 Sigma Xi Forum. Open to faculty, emeriti and staff. Noon, College Club Lower Level

Lecture "Chemistry Is Electric." Mary Ellen Bowden '64, senior research historian, Chemical Heritage Foundation. Sponsors: Alumnae Association; History of Sciences and Technology Program; chemistry department. Refreshments precede lecture. 4:50 p.m., McConnell 404

Lecture "Where Are the Women? Spirituality and Gender in Islamic Sacred Space." Valerie Hoffman, religion, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Sponsors: religion department; Ada Howe Kent Fund; Office of the Provost. 7:30 p.m., Seelye 106*

Reading Gillian Clarke and Menna Elfyn, Welsh poets, read from their work in English and in Welsh. Booksigning follows. (See box, page 1.) 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Lecture "Catherine the Great in Renaissance: New Approaches to Her Life." Mikhail Mikeshin, visiting professor from University of St. Petersburg. 7:30 p.m., Hatfield 107

Brown bag lunch "The Two Tongues of the Dragon." Poets Menna Elfyn and Gillian Clarke will debate poetry and language in Wales. Sponsors: Kahn Institute project "Other Europes/Europe's Others"; Poetry Center. Noon, Seelye 207*

Workshop "Entrepreneurship: Building an Entrepreneurial Life." Lunch provided. Sponsor: Women and Financial Independence. For more information consult: Noon, Neilson Browsing Room

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

Meeting Keystone. 4 p.m., Dewey Common Room

Presentation of the major and minor Geology. Refreshments served. 4:15 p.m., Sabin Reed 101A

Quit Smoking support group Drop in for inspiration to quit. For other quit-smoking resources, call health services, ext. 2824, or consult 4:15 p.m., Women's Resource Center, Davis Center

Meeting Amnesty International.
5 p.m., Lamont House

Presentation of the Major East Asian languages and cultures. 7 p.m., Hatfield 205

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

Meeting MassPIRG Arctic/Energy campaign. New members welcome. 7:30 p.m., Wright 232

Religious Life
Service "Invitation to Silence." See 3/11 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*

Informal discussion "What Is Education For?" Informal conversation with Nalini Bhushan, philosophy department. Lunch provided. Hosted by Jennifer Walters, dean of religious life. Noon, Upper Gamut, Mendenhall CPA

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 table Noon, Duckett Special Dining Room C

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

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

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



Wednesday, March 13

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

Lecture "Before and After 1989: Romanian Theatre and Its Ghosts." Saviana Stanescu, NYU Fulbright Scholar. Sponsor: theatre department. 1:45 p.m., Green Room, Mendenhall CPA*

Lecture Samuel Adler, Five College composer-in-residence, will speak and demonstrate his recent work. 3:30 p.m., Sage 216

Job search workshop for seniors. Don't just job-hunt-strategize. Learn to uncover and target the hidden job market, research employers, network with alumnae and use the CDO's online resources. Noon, CDO Group Room, Drew

Faculty Meeting Preceded by tea at 3:45 p.m. 4:10 p.m., Alumnae House Conference Room

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

Meeting MassPIRG. 7 p.m., Seelye 310

Workshop Using Microsoft PowerPoint for students. This workshop will cover the basics of Microsoft PowerPoint, as well as some of the more advanced features, such as animation and working with images. Enrollment limited. To register, send email to 4its@email.smith.
edu. 7 p.m., Seelye B4

Religious Life
Service "Invitation to Silence." See 3/11 listing. Noon-1 p.m., Chapel*

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

Planning meeting for Heads of Religious Organizations and Religious Life Liaisons, led by Jennifer Walters, dean of religious life, and chapel interns. Lunch will be served. Noon-1 p.m., Dewey Common Room

Buddhist meditation and discussion. 7:15 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 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

Karaoke Party Sing to your heart's content and celebrate spring. Sponsor: Smith Life and Learning. 8 p.m., Davis Ballroom

Thursday, March 14

Liberal Arts Luncheon lecture "Current Initiatives and Academic Priorities." Members of the Committee on Academic Priorities, which sponsors the series. Noon, College Club, Lower Level

Performing Arts/Films
Film Orfeu. Part of the music department's semester-long examination of the Orpheus legend in the arts. 5 p.m., Pleasant Street Theatre*

Film Weekly showing of animé, Japanese animation. 7 p.m., McConnell B05*

Meeting Campus Climate Working Group. Noon, Neilson Browsing Room

Workshop "Entrepreneurship: Building an Entrepreneurial Life." A panel of young women entrepreneurs who are recent liberal arts undergraduates will talk about their career paths. Lunch provided. For more information consult Sponsor: Women and Financial Independence. Noon, Wright Common Room

Meeting MassPIRG. All welcome.
7 p.m., Seelye 301

Religious Life
Service "Invitation to Silence." See 3/11 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*

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

Intervarsity Christian Fellowship 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, March 15

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

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 3/11 listing. Noon-1 p.m., Chapel*

Muslim services Congregational pra-yer preceded by lunch. Noon, Chapel

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

Saturday, March 16

Spring Break

Performing Arts/Films
Concert "Songs for Shelters, Songs for Joy." Gay Men's Choir and Amandla Community Chorus will perform in a benefit for the Hampshire County Interfaith Shelter. For ticket information, see notice, page 1. 7 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage*

Sunday, March 17

Religious Life

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

Monday, March 18

Spring Break. No events scheduled.

Tuesday, March 19

Spring Break

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

Wednesday, March 20--Friday, March 22

Spring Break. No events scheduled.

Saturday, March 23

Other Events/Activities
Lacrosse Seven Sisters Championship. 9 and 11 a.m.; 1 and 3 p.m., Athletic Field

Sunday, March 24

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

Other Events/Activities
Lacrosse Seven Sisters Championship. 9 and 11:30 a.m., Athletic Field


Staff Visions The annual exhibition, featuring artwork by 33 staff members working in media including photography, oil, watercolor, pastel, pencil, porcelain, paper, jewelry and mixed. A gallery talk by participating artists will take place on Wednesday, March 13, at noon. Through March 29. Book Arts Gallery, Third Floor, Neilson Library*

Women's Health Time Capsule exhibit. This table-top display portrays a women's health timeline and reflects the message of the Women's Health Time Capsule, which was created by the Office on Women's Health of the federal Department of Health and Human Services to celebrate the office's tenth anniversary and the progress of women's health during the 20th century. The time capsule will be buried on the grounds of the National Institutes of Health during Women's Health Week, which begins on May 12, Mother's Day. For more information about the Women's Health Time Capsule, consult TimeCapsule/. On display March 25-31. McConnell Foyer*

Charles E. Skaggs Collection An exhibition of books and book covers designed by book designer and calligrapher Charles E. Skaggs. Through March 31. Mortimer Rare Book Room Entrance, Neilson Library*

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. Exhibit hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Extended through April 5. Alumnae House Gallery*