News for the Smith College Community //August 30, 2001

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Opening Convocation: Some Things Never Change

Though this year's Opening Convocation will see a new president and provost welcoming back students, a new dean of religious life giving the benediction, and a new Student Government Association (SGA) president making her first appearance before the student body, one thing is sure to remain the same at the college's annual event: the noise.

Opening Convocation, at which students convene with faculty and administrators to ring in the academic year, will take place on Wednesday, September 5, at 7:30 p.m., in John M. Greene Hall. Student attendance is mandatory.

As it is every year, the convocation is sure to be loud and raucous, as students don an assortment of creative attire and challenge the security of the hall's historic foundations with stomping, chanting, whooping and cavorting, all to celebrate the beginning of another year at Smith.

John Connolly, acting president, will have the task of quieting the crowd (relatively) as the evening's first speaker. He will attempt to do so with a talk titled "Interregnums at Smith: Then and Now."

Also, Susan Bourque, the new provost and dean of the faculty, will speak on "Educated Women: 'a perennial blessing to the country and the world.'"

Connolly and Bourque assumed their positions last June following the departure of Ruth J. Simmons, who became president of Brown University. Connolly will serve as president through the 2001-02 academic year, after which Carol T. Christ will assume her new post as president of Smith College (see related story).

Bourque and Connolly will be joined in presenting at the convocation by this year's student speaker, Anna Franker '02, the new SGA president.

And to close the convocation, Jennifer L. Walters, the new dean of religious life, will make her first appearance at a campus event when she gives the benediction.

In addition, Maureen Mahoney, dean of the college, will announce student prize winners from last year as well as the recipient of the 2001 Arthur Ellis Hamm Prize, which is annually presented to the first-year students from the previous year with the best academic records.

The Smith College Glee Club, conducted by Jonathan Hirsh, will provide a musical interlude with Praise His Holy Name, by Keith Hampton, with piano accompaniment by Clifton J. Noble, Jr.

But noise, of the loud variety, is sure to define the evening. After all, it's the last best chance for 2,700 Smith students to raise the rafters before the solemn business of classes kicks off at 8 the next morning.

Christ Named Tenth Smith President

On July 30, a little more than a month after the departure of Ruth J. Simmons for her new post as president of Brown University, the Smith College Board of Trustees appointed a new president.

Carol Tecla Christ will assume her position as Smith's tenth president next June. She was the unanimous choice of a 20-member search committee that had worked since last November-when Simmons announced her impending departure-toward naming the next president.

Christ, who recently served as executive vice-chancellor and provost at the University of California­Berkeley, is a widely respected scholar of Victorian literature. Berkeley's top academic officer from 1994 to 2000, she has established a reputation as a champion of women's issues and of diversity. She is credited with sharpening Berkeley's intellectual focus and building top-ranked departments in the humanities and sciences.

Christ joined the English faculty at Berkeley in 1970 after receiving her doctorate from Yale University. She entered Berkeley's administration in 1988, serving first as dean of humanities and later as provost and dean of the College of Letters and Science. She was vice-chancellor (later executive vice-chancellor) and provost from 1994 until 2000, when she returned to full-time teaching.

Christ will spend the 2001-02 academic year completing her teaching obligations at Berkeley. Acting President John Connolly will continue to serve until Christ assumes her post.

New Students to Discuss Fadiman Book

When first-year students gather in their new living rooms on Tuesday, September 4, to discuss this year's summer reading assignment, they will have no shortage of challenging, thought-provoking topics.

Their assigned reading, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures, by Anne Fadiman, a lecturer in English language and literature, is a nonfiction work about the cultural clashes that result when an immigrant family takes its 3-month-old epileptic daughter to a California hospital. The attempts of the girl's parents and the doctors to communicate through language barriers and disparate ideologies lead to tragedy for the daughter and her family. Through the family's experiences, Fadiman illustrates the difficulties encountered by immigrant populations as they assimilate into American society.

The book was chosen "for its clarity, the issues addressed (cultural, medical, scientific), its writing style and approach, and accessibility," says Tom Riddell, dean of the first-year class, who chaired the committee of faculty, staff and students that chose the book.

Fadiman will read from The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down on September 4 at 7:30 p.m., in John M. Greene Hall. The reading, which will be followed by a reception and booksigning in Neilson Browsing Room, is part of incoming students' orientation.

Each summer all incoming first-year students are assigned a reading, which they discuss in group sessions during orientation. The discussion groups, which take place in students' residences, are facilitated by faculty and staff members. "The discussion groups give the students an opportunity to share an intellectual activity with their fellow students and with faculty and staff," says Riddell.

Fadiman, who joined the Smith faculty last fall for a two-year term as lecturer in English, is a graduate of Harvard University and past winner of the National Magazine Award for reporting. She serves as editor of The American Scholar and writes the "Common Reader" column for Civilization, the magazine of the Library of Congress. The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, Fadiman's first book, began as a magazine assignment.

Fadiman's book joins past required summer reading selections, such as Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye, Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot's Respect, and last year's assignment, My Year of Meats, by Ruth Ozeki, a Smith graduate.

Savored Moments Add Up to Four Years

By Eunnie Park '01

As Eunnie Park, last year's AcaMedia intern, prepared to graduate last May 20, she penned this essay about her experience as a Smith student.

A few weeks ago, my friends and I took a walk near Paradise Pond after dinner. We settled near the swinging bench overlooking the pond and the Japanese tea hut, and we watched the sky darken from deep plum to indigo. While twirling leaves of grass between our fingers, we talked about all the sweet and bitter moments we shared during our four years at Smith, often pausing to sigh and say, "I can't believe we're graduating."

Because I know I cannot relive my college days, I want to remember only the sweet moments: remaining in bed as the Mountain Day bells rang; reading Wordsworth on Seelye Lawn during an English class; going sledding near Paradise Pond on a snow day last winter; joining in the 10 o'clock scream the night before final exams start; loitering downtown with friends on a perfect spring day. Already I am nostalgic for those simple moments that made my Smith days extraordinary.

In all honesty, my days at Smith were not entirely sweet. In fact, I faced many problems during my four years: thinking I was not smart enough or talented enough; being unsure of who my friends were; not knowing if I even belonged at Smith; and feeling trapped, confined and misunderstood in a place I could never call home. At times, I tried to shut everyone out, convinced that no one could understand how unhappy I was. I thought I was incapable of loving Smith and I hated myself for once thinking that Smith was perfect.

I was given many opportunities to enjoy Smith, but I didn't take advantage until my junior year. It was a semester in which most of my friends were away on JYA, and I had to put my life together on my own. I belatedly declared my major, registered for classes that did not have limited enrollments and decided to find at least one thing I loved about Smith. I surprised myself by finding many Smith pleasures, including some small ones: coming to understand the thoughts of a Romantic poet, having a late snack with a friend at the Davis Center.

My four years at Smith were neither blissful nor miserable. They were complete. Though I may not want to repeat my Smith experiences, I know that each of them taught me to be a little wiser and more grateful for what I've been given. There is nothing I would want to take back, including (especially) the difficult days. Looking back on my four years, I realize that even the bad times are a piece of the mosaic that makes my days at Smith extraordinary.

As I spend my last days at Smith, sprawled under the white stars of the sky over Northampton, I am savoring every precious moment-both difficult and simple-that Smith has to offer.

Park, who is from Leonia, New Jersey, received a bachelor of arts degree in English language and literature.

Prof's Prints Add Color to Smith Club

If you've visited the Smith College Club recently, you've no doubt admired the work of Dwight Pogue, professor of art. Though the club was renovated in 1999, no original art had graced its walls until last fall, when Pogue's prints took up residence in the club's upper and lower dining rooms.

"We are extremely pleased to have Dwight Pogue's prints at the Smith College Club," says Patty Hentz, RADS supervisor. "Not only are his colors and designs striking, but also we're honored to display the work of a Smith artist."

Pogue, who joined the Smith faculty in 1979, is known for his tapestry-like lithographs and monoprints of floral forms that may combine anywhere from 12 to 15 separate color plates. His work is in numerous national and international juried print exhibitions, including the British International Print Biennale and the Norwegian International Print Tri-annual. The Smith College Club prints, however, represent a new direction for Pogue. These prints are giclée, which Pogue describes as "a fancy word for ink-jet prints." This printmaking process uses a sophisticated type of ink-jet printer, specially modified for the precision of fine art printing.

When Lisa Lukas, Smith's interior designer, approached Pogue two years ago about prints for the Smith College Club, he had already begun experimenting with adapting his work to digital form. "It seemed like a timely opportunity to further explore the medium," he says.

Lukas says she sought out Pogue's work because it lent itself to the club's spaces, both in terms of size and image. "Viewing distances in those spaces are great," she explains. "The images had to be ones that could be experienced at a distance in terms of an overall effect as well as up close in terms of detail." Pogue's prints "just seemed right," she adds.

Gracing the club's upper dining room are two prints hanging side by side, titled Queen of the Night Forever and Forever Queen of the Night. Downstairs, in a space used for meetings and dining, are Christmas Cactus and Moon Cactus. Flowering Creeping Cereus, Northern Mexico; Sowerby's Rattail Cactus; and Jumping Jupiter, each of which is approximately 25 by 35 inches, are also displayed at the club. Jim Hume, shop supervisor in the art department, built maple frames for all the prints.

Lukas admires how Pogue's saturated colors and dynamic images carry. "His spaces are active spaces and much of the image is very intricate. His work is very energetic," she observes.

Lukas and Hentz are quick to emphasize Pogue's generosity in making his prints available to the club. "Dwight was incredibly generous at a very hectic time," says Lukas. "Not only was it a gratis offering, but he also accommodated our need for the prints right when Hillyer Hall faculty were packing up their offices and relocating for the building's renovation."

Hentz encourages members of the Smith community to take a look at the prints. "As all our visitors agree, Dwight has done a great service to the college," she says.

Smith Student Dies In Summer Bike Accident
Katherine Pope '03 died this past summer, on July 5, in Palo Alto, California, when she was struck by a car while riding a bicycle to her summer internship at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center in Menlo Park. Pope, whose home was in Winter Park, Florida, was a STRIDE student and a dual major in physics and history. She was also active in issues of fair labor practices and workers' rights and helped draft the code of conduct for Smith vendors, which is now being considered for adoption by the college. She had planned to spend her junior year at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Simultaneous memorial services were held July 12 at Smith, at Stanford University, and in Lockhart, Texas, where Pope was born and where her father grew up. A moment of silence will be held in Katherine Pope's memory at the Opening Convocation on Wednesday, September 5, at 7:30 p.m. in John M. Greene Hall. Also, a memorial service will be held for Pope on Thursday, October 18, at 5 p.m. in Helen Hills Hills Chapel.


Will return next week.

Computer science major Elif Tosun '02 was the only woman student to be honored at an awards ceremony at the Consortium for Computing at Small Colleges NorthEast (CCSCNE) conference, held last April at Middlebury College. She was the winner of the conference's Best Student Poster award, presented by a conference committee of faculty from various colleges following the conference's annual poster session. She also gave a presentation titled "Visualization of an Algorithm for Planar Robot Arm Motion Planning," which is now published in the conference proceedings. Tosun worked on the poster and presentation with Ileana Streinu, associate professor of computer science, through a dean of the faculty internship. Tosun's award-winning poster can be seen online at

Free To Succeed: Designing the Life You Want in the Free Agent Economy is the title of the latest book by Barbara B. Reinhold, director of the Career Development Office. The book, which was published last spring by Dutton/Plume publishers, explains how to bring about satisfaction by exercising creativity in the workplace. Free To Succeed, according to the publisher's cover notes, provides work- and career-related exercises, plus advice such as "The 10 Essential Strategies for Succeeding in the New Free Agent Economy," "The 7 Steps to Free Agency," and "Developing a 'sidecar' venture to satisfy creative needs and help transition you to a more rewarding career." It also lists resources, helpful organizations and Web sites. Of the book, Barbara Harris, editor-in-chief of Shape magazine, wrote, "It provides a framework for negotiating the new economy andgetting closer to your dreams faster-not only for satisfying and successful work but for a better life." In 1997, Reinhold published Toxic Work, a book of stories and research to help people overcome stress in the workplace.

Cypriane Williams AC '02 was recently awarded the Beinecke Brothers Memorial Scholarship Award. The Beinecke Program "seeks to encourage and enable highly motivated students to pursue opportunities available to them and to be courageous in the selection of a graduate course of study." According to Kevin Quashie, assistant professor of Afro-American studies, Williams "is already, at this stage, doing work that I consider to be graduate-level. She is most deserving of this honor." Students from more than 100 schools nationwide competed for the scholarship. Twenty students were chosen to receive the award, which pays the recipient a $2,000 stipend before graduate school and an additional $30,000 while she attends graduate school.

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


Academic Planner
The 2001-02 academic planner is now available to all Smith College staff members. (Students and faculty should already have received copies.) The planner incorporates the college handbook and a week-by-week calendar listing of events on campus in a single spiral-bound book. If you would like a copy for yourself or copies for your office, please send a request via email to Cathy Brooks at This list will also be used for distribution in the future; if you request a copy this year, you will automatically receive future editions.

S.O.S. Sweater Sale
The Service Organizations of Smith (S.O.S.) will hold its annual sweater sale on Monday and Tuesday, September 17 and 18, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Gamut. Plan ahead for the cold days of winter by purchasing hand-knit wool and alpaca sweaters, ponchos, scarves, gloves, mittens, blankets and more. Proceeds will benefit S.O.S. and its work with local nonprofit community agencies.

Disability Service Jobs
The Office of Disability Service seeks employees for the following positions: office assistants (3 openings); ACCESS van drivers (6 openings) and an ACCESS van coordinator. Office assistants, who are needed mornings, afternoons and during lunch hours, are responsible for greeting people, covering telephones/TTY, distributing mail and operating office equipment as needed. Successful candidates must be reliable, discreet and somewhat independent with strong interpersonal skills and attention to detail. ACCESS van drivers will work in two- to three-hour blocks, from Monday through Friday, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. They are responsible for transporting Smith community members with disabilities around campus and keeping a transportation log. Candidates must have clean driving records and be qualified to drive a Smith van. An ACCESS van coordinator will organize van schedules while assisting in hiring drivers and maintaining communication with and between passengers, campus departments and the Office of Disability Services. Candidates must have a Smith College van license and valid driver's license as well as excellent interpersonal and problem-solving skills, reliability and flexibility. The schedule is flexible. To apply, contact the Office of Disability Services, College Hall 31, at ext. 2141, or send e-mail to

Museum of Art Event
Student members and Friends of the Smith College Museum of Art are invited to participate in a "Gallery Crawl" in the SoHo and Chelsea sections of New York City on Saturday, Sept. 28. For further information and to register, call 585-3587.

Lyman Conservatory Renovations
The offices of the Botanic Garden will move temporarily to 42 Green Street while construction takes place on the front section of Lyman Conservatory. Telephone and fax numbers and email addresses will remain unchanged during the move. During the renovation, parts of the conservatory will remain accessible to the public; however, those parts will vary. The front entrance is not currently open; however, the building is accessible through the side doors. Also, restrooms will not be accessible during construction. Signs are posted to guide visitors. For more information, consult conservatory.html.

Museum of Art Information
The Smith College Museum of Art, which is temporarily closed for renovation and expansion, is scheduled to reopen in early 2003 when the Fine Arts Center project is completed. However, the museum remains active with several concurrent programs and an international tour of its collection. For information about the Museum of Art and its programs during its closure, consult or call ext. 2760. To become a member of the museum, call 585-3587.

Faculty and Staff

Activities Committee Messages
Messages for the Staff Council Activities Committee can be delivered by contacting or by calling ext. 4424, then selecting option 1. The committee requests either method for providing feedback, purchasing discount tickets or making reservations. To view upcoming Activities Committee events, consult activitiespage.html.

Ticket Discounts
The Staff Council Activities Committee offers discounts to members of the Smith community for the following events: Six Flags New England Amusement Park's Oktoberfest, every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in September, and Frightfest, every weekend in October, $20.50 for adults (48 inches or taller) and $18.50 for juniors (between 36 and 48 inches tall); on-campus ticket sales will end in mid-September; and The Big E, which runs from September 14-30, $10 for those 13 and older, $8 for ages 6 to 12; children under 5 are admitted free. To order discount tickets, send email to or call ext. 4424, choose option 1, and leave a message.


Course Registration and Changes
All course registration materials, including the schedule of classes, can be picked up at Central Check-In. Students will be permitted to make changes online from 8 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6, through Wednesday, Sept. 19. 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 spring semester must complete their examinations during the first two weeks of the semester. Please call Jan Morris, at ext. 2554, in the registrar's office to make arrangements. All examinations must be picked up by 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 19.

Travel Reservations
Students should make end-of-semester travel reservations now, keeping in mind that final examinations are scheduled December 18-21. Students will not be permitted to take examinations early.

Welcome Party
"Lend a handto make a difference." The Service Organizations of Smith (S.O.S.) invites students interested in community service to attend a party on Thursday, September 6, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., to learn about community and on-campus opportunities to volunteer as companions, tutors, case advocates and hot-line workers, or house reps. (Call S.O.S. for location.)

Parking Lottery
The parking lottery for the class of 2002, on-campus residents only, will take place in Stoddard Auditorium on Wednesday, September 12, from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. Please bring Smith ID, driver's license and current car registration. Each permit costs $150 for the year, to be paid at the Department of Public Safety when you pick up the sticker. Anyone eligible who wishes to draw but cannot attend should send a proxy with the car registration, license and a note authorizing her to draw. Students planning to enter the parking lottery must pick up a temporary permit from the Department of Public Safety between 10 a.m. and noon, Monday through Friday, which will be good from the date they arrive until September 28. Parking lottery results will be posted at the Department of Public Safety on Monday, Sept. 17. For Friedman, one parking sticker will be issued to one resident in each apartment. Each member of the apartment must sign a letter specifying one apartment member who is to receive the allotted parking sticker. The signed letter must be received by the Department of Public Safety no later than noon on Monday, September 10. Other Friedman residents may enter the parking lottery.

S.O.S. House Reps
House Presidents: Have you elected your S.O.S. house reps yet? S.O.S. reps are an important link between S.O.S. and the campus community. Keep your house informed and in touch with voluntary services and elect your reps soon. A mandatory training session for all reps is scheduled for Thursday, September 20, at the Bodman Lounge, 6 to 8:30 p.m. (dinner provided). Call the S.O.S. office, ext. 2756, with questions.

Study Skills Workshops
The Jacobson Center for Writing, Teaching and Learning's Tutorial Services Program has planned a series of hour-long study skills workshops to help students achieve greater success in their classes. Workshops are free, but require registration. To register, sign up at the Jacobson Center, Seelye 307, in the Study Skills Workshops notebook. The workshops are: "Order Out of Chaos: Managing Your Time and Organizing Your Coursework," Wednesday, Sept. 12, 4:15 p.m., and Thursday, Sept. 13, 3:15 p.m.; "Notetaking 101: How to Take, Organize and Use Good Notes," Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2:45 p.m. and Thursday, Sept. 20, 3:15 p.m.; "Reading to Remember," Tuesday, Sept. 25, 3 p.m. and Friday, Sept. 28, 2:45 p.m.; "Where Does the Time Go: Time Management Techniques," Tuesday, Oct. 16, 3 p.m. and Wednesday, Nov. 7, 4:15 p.m.; "Preparing for Exams," Tuesday, Dec. 4, 3 p.m. and Wednesday, Dec. 5, 4:15 p.m. Individual counseling is also available. To schedule an appointment, contact Leslie Hoffman, coordinator of tutorial services, at ext. 3037.

JMG Storage
Students who stored items in John M. Greene Hall basement may pick up their items during the following times only: Friday, August 31, 1-3 p.m. (for approved early arrivals only); Tuesday, September 4, 1-3 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m.; Wednesday, September 5, 3-5 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, September 6 and 7, 1-3p.m.; Monday, September 10, 7-9 p.m.; and Saturday, September 15, 10 a.m.-noon. Students are required to present IDs and receipts in order to obtain their belongings. Items not claimed after September 15 will be removed by the college.

Equestrian Team Tryouts
The Equestrian team will hold tryouts on Saturday, September 8, at the Equestrian Center. Sign up for the appropriate time at the center by 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7. Open and intermediate riders will try out at 1 p.m.; novice riders, 2 p.m.; walk-trot-canter riders, 3 p.m.; and walk-trot riders, 4 p.m. Auditioning riders should wear show clothes (breeches and boots only are acceptable).

Fellowships Information Session
All juniors and seniors notified during the summer and those interested in applying for fellowships (e.g. Rhodes, Marshall, Gates, Fulbright) should attend an informational meeting and session with faculty advisers on Thursday, Sept. 6, at 7 p.m. in Seelye 201. Don Andrew, the college's new coordinator for fellowships and grants, will be on hand to answer questions and outline application procedures and deadlines.

Jacobson Center Jobs
Tutorial services at the Jacobson Center for Writing, Teaching and Learning anticipates openings for master tutors for this fall. Master tutors provide individual and group tutoring support in one of five subjects: biology, chemistry, economics, French and Spanish. Master tutors are required to work a minimum of six hours per week and participate in a day-long training and orientation session on Saturday, Sept. 8. Applications must be received and interviews completed by Thursday, Sept. 6. For more information or to apply, contact Leslie Hoffman, coordinator of tutorial services, at ext. 3037, or

International Study Meeting
Students interested in studying abroad in the spring or next year can obtain important information at weekly sessions held by the Office for International Study every Monday at 4 p.m. beginning September 10. The 45-minute meetings will take place in the resource room on the third floor of Clark Hall and will review study-abroad opportunities and procedures while providing answers to general questions. Also, an additional evening informational session will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m. in Seelye 106.

Riding Information
Registration for riding classes will take place on Monday, September 10, at 7 p.m. in the Ainsworth Faculty Lounge. Bring your academic schedule and fee for the semester. You must attend this meeting even if you have preregistered. Riding classes are scheduled after the meeting. Call Sue Payne at ext. 2734 with questions.

S.O.S. Project
Join S.O.S.'s first short-term project of the year at the Food Bank on Saturday, September 15, from 8:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Food Bank is a local nonprofit business that provides food for low- and middle-income families as well as the unemployed, victims of domestic violence and others. Meet in the parking lot of Helen Hills Hills Chapel at 8:15 a.m. Wear old clothes and shoes. Contact the S.O.S. office, ext. 2756, with questions or to sign up.

Nina Rothchild Fund
Small grants (usually less than $150) are available to students who qualify for financial aid, on a one-time basis, to help defray the costs of text books, workbooks, emergency travel and special studies projects. Apply to Margaret Bruzelius, dean of the sophomore and junior classes, College Hall 23.

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, August 31

Other Events/Activities
Central Check-In for early returning students only. 11 a.m.-3 p.m., ITT

Saturday, September 1

Other Events/Activities
Central Check-In for new students.
9 a.m.-4 p.m., ITT

President's welcome panel for entering students and families. 2:30 p.m., John M. Greene Hall

Sunday, September 2

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*

Morning Worship with the Ecumenical Protestant community to welcome new and returning students, faculty and staff. The Reverend Dr. Leon Tilson Burrows and student leaders will preside. Reception follows on Chapel steps. All welcome. 11 a.m., Chapel*

Roman Catholic Mass Fr. Stephen-Joseph Ross, OCD, celebrant, and Elizabeth Carr, Catholic chaplain. First-year and returning students, faculty, staff and local community especially welcome. 4:30 p.m., Chapel*

Monday, September 3

Labor Day

Tuesday, September 4

Reading Anne Fadiman, visiting lecturer in English language and literature, will read from her book, The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down: A Hmong Child, Her American Doctors, and the Collision of Two Cultures, and answer questions. Part of 2001 orientation. Reception follows in Neilson Browsing Room. See story, page 1. 7:30 p.m., John M. Greene Hall*

Other Events/Activities
Central Check-In for returning students. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., ITT

Wednesday, September 5

Out to Lunch An informal lunch group for queer women staff members. Come for chat and laughs. Everyone welcome. For more information, contact Ruth van Erp at ext. 2036 or Noon, Alumnae House Conference Room

Opening Convocation featuring addresses by John Connolly, acting president, and Susan Bourque, provost/dean of the faculty (see story, page 1). 7:30 p.m., John M. Greene Hall

Other Events/Activities
Central Check-In for returning students. 2-5 p.m., ITT

Thursday, September 6

Classes begin

Informational meeting and session with faculty advisors for juniors and seniors notified over the summer or those interested in applying for fellowships (e.g., Rhodes, Marshall, Gates, Fulbright). Don Andrew, the new coordinator for fellowships and grants, will outline application deadlines and meet with students. 7 p.m., Seelye 201

Performing Arts/Films
Painless auditions and information session for the Early Music Collegium, Euridice Ensemble, and other ensembles of the Five College Early Music Program. There are various openings for singers and instrumentalists. Private and group instrumental lessons are also available. 4-6 p.m., Sage Hall, room 6

Religious Life
Drop-in stress reduction and relaxation session. Refresh body, mind and spirit. Open to all students, staff and faculty. Sponsor: Office of the Chaplains. 4:30-5:30 p.m., Wright Common Room

Other Events/Activities
Chocolate extravaganza Keystone Club members will hand out chocolate to raise awareness of their organization. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Chapin Lawn

S.O.S. Welcome party for students interested in community service. Learn about volunteer opportunities as companions, tutors, case advocates, hotline workers or house reps. 4:30-5:30 p.m., Dewey Common Room


Friday, September 7

Anne Morrow Lindbergh tribute featuring remarks and a reading by Reeve Lindbergh from her new book, No More Words. Sponsors: Alumnae Association, Sophia Smith Collection, College Archives, and the Friends of the Libraries. A complementary exhibit hosted by the Sophia Smith Collection, college archives and Mortimer Rare Book Room is on display in the Morgan Gallery and Neilson Library third floor (see Exhibitions). 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

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

Saturday, September 8

Other Events/Activities
Cross-country meet The first 50 people to arrive at this co-ed invitational will receive free t-shirts and water bottles. Get into the spirit of Smith athletics. 11 a.m., Cross-Country Trail*

Volleyball vs. Eastern Nazarene. The first 50 people to arrive at this home opener will receive free t-shirts and water bottles. Also, win prizes during a serving contest between the second and third games. 1 p.m., Ainsworth Gym*

Tennis vs. Clark. The first 50 people to arrive will receive free t-shirts and water bottles. 1 p.m., Outdoor Tennis Courts*

Sunday, September 9

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

Meeting Gaia, for students interested in the environment. 5:45 p.m., Chapin

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

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

Hillel bagel brunch Welcoming event for first-year students. 11 a.m., Kosher Kitchen, Dawes

Morning worship in the Ecumenical Protestant tradition with the Rev. Dr. Leon Tilson Burrows, Protestant chaplains and student leaders officiating. A community brunch follows in Bodman Lounge. All welcome. 10:30 a.m., Chapel*

Roman Catholic Mass Fr. Edward O'Flaherty, SJ, celebrant, and Elizabeth Carr, Catholic chaplain. Dinner follows in Bodman Lounge. All welcome. 4:30 p.m., Chapel*


Paradise Gate A site-specific architectural sculpture made of natural materials by North Carolina sculptor Patrick Dougherty that will remain on campus all year. Sponsors: Smith College Museum of Art; Botanic Garden. Burton Lawn*

The Journey, Not the Arrival: Anne Morrow Lindbergh, 1906-2001 An exhibition of rare materials from special collections chronicling the life of the aviator, author and 1928 Smith graduate. Sponsors: Sophia Smith Collection, college archives, Mortimer Rare Book Room. Through October 31. Morgan Gallery (in Neilson Library entrance corridor) and third floor of Neilson Library*

Linear Dimensions Recent figurative works, including paintings, drawing and sculptures, by Eileen Kane '67. Through Oct. 31. Alumnae House Gallery*