News for the Smith College Community //September 20, 2001

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Everyone Wins With Flex Options

After three years, Smith's pilot programs that explored flexible work options are over.

"Flexibility is now a Smith College employment practice," says Gaynelle Weiss, associate director of human resources. That means flexible work arrangements no longer need approval from the Office of Human Resources (HR). "HR can help administer the flexible schedule, and we're always here as a resource for information," explains Weiss. "But flexibility is now up to individual departments and managers."

Weiss is quick to emphasize that an employee doesn't have to be in a difficult life situation -- such as needing to care for a child or help a sick family member -- to request a flexible work schedule. It's okay, she says, just to want a different work schedule. "No one has to give a reason for requesting a flexible schedule. The only requirement is that the employee work it out with his or her supervisor."

The importance to the Smith community of flexibility in the workplace was first emphasized in the 1998 Staff Self-Study Report. In response to that report, the Flexibility Work Group was formed to develop and recommend a vision for flexibility at the college. Several campus pilot arrangements in 1998­99 explored different scenarios for flexibility. In 1999, flexibility became a mainstream workplace option.

Weiss says that HR's main role is in helping people understand the principles of a flexible schedule. "In general, flexibility means just that. It calls for flexibility on the part of the college and the participating employees. While in theory flexible schedules may sound wonderful, the reality is that an employee still must put in a full work week -- and that often requires longer days. I've seen many people try it out and find it's not for them."

What confuses many people, according to Weiss, is the assumption that there is a permanent flexible schedule. "That's an oxymoron," she says. "A flexible schedule can't be a rigid, set one. The workload always takes priority over the schedule. So for example, if a campus office has a particular crunch time during the semester, an employee with a four-day flexible schedule would need to work five days to meet the needs of the crunch-time workflow." Because no flexible schedule is carved in stone, Weiss urges employees to take a vacation day rather than presume that a flex day off will be available to meet an important commitment.

Because work differs from job to job, there's no template for flexible schedules at Smith. That said, Weiss believes that most jobs lend themselves to some type of flexible options. But there are exceptions, such as certain union positions and jobs for essential personnel.

Not surprisingly, RADS is one of the departments in which employees are absolutely needed on set schedules. Still, even within those confines, RADS has responded to employees' requests for flexible schedules by helping them make arrangements to fulfill childcare and personal needs, educational programs and work duties.

Kathy Zieja, director of RADS, says that what she likes about the program is that "it empowers the staff person to make some decisions and, at the same time, the job gets done."

Weiss stresses that it is not a manager's responsibility to figure out flexible arrangements for an employee's position. "The employee seeking a flexible schedule must present a proposal that meets his or her needs as well as those of the department. It's trickier than it sounds because the employee must take into account many scheduling factors."

During its pilot program, the Flexibility Work Group's research found that nationwide only 10 percent of the workforce uses flexible options. Weiss suspects that percentage applies to Smith as well, though she doesn't have specific numbers. She notes that it's perfectly acceptable to try out a flexible schedule or implement one for a temporary need or seasonal preference. In fact, Weiss says that people regularly go on and off flexible schedules.

Addie Cain, an HR specialist who retired in June after 22 years with the college, speaks highly of Smith's flexible work options. In fact, she says she might have had to retire sooner had it not been for Smith's adoption of flexible work options. "It improved the quality of my life so much," Cain said. "I had been feeling burned out. During the pilot, I began working four nine-hour days. Both the nature of my work and the fact that we're cross-trained in HR made this schedule possible. Based on my experience, I'd say that flexible work options make it truly possible to have a life while fulfilling job expectations."

Weiss's final word is that communication is essential between employee and supervisor in order for flexible schedules to work. "There need to be clear ground rules from the start," she says. "Expectations need to be established. But with the right foundation, flexible arrangements can increase productivity and boost morale. It's a win-win for Smith College and its employees."

Smith Responds to Tragedy

Around 9 a.m. on Tuesday, September 11, as students settled into their first classes of the day and the college went about its early semester business, the world changed.

With the suicide terrorist attacks by hijackers on New York's twin World Trade Center towers and on the Pentagon in Virginia, the United States has been drawn into a quagmire of violence and conflict to which no one can predict a conclusion.

Smith College and its community, like the rest of the country, have been affected by the turmoil of September 11 and its aftermath. Several events have been quickly organized to address the tragedy. On September 11, some 2,000 people attended an all-college meeting to hear talk related to the incident. On September 13, the offices of the dean of the college and the dean of the faculty sponsored "Historical and Comparative Perspectives on Tuesday's Events," a panel of faculty members and administrators from the Five Colleges. And on September 14, Smith joined the nation in observing the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for the victims of the terrorist attacks with a ringing of the college bells followed by a concert by music department faculty and the Glee Club in Sage Hall and prayers in the chapel.

For ongoing news, information and listings of events related to the terrorist attacks, consult the "Response to Tragedy" Web site linked to the Smith main page, or at

Like thousands of others across the country, people at Smith have sought ways to help the relief effort for the victims of the attack. Red Cross officials have said that there will be an ongoing need for blood. Those wishing to donate blood can call the Cooley Dickinson Hospital at 582-2668, 582-2669 or 582-2667, and leave contact information. Also, blood can be donated at Easthampton High School on Saturday, September 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the Red Cross bloodmobile will be on campus on October 30 and 31.

Financial contributions can be made through the American Red Cross, either by credit card, by calling 1-800-HELP-NOW, or sending a check, payable to American Red Cross (designate "Disaster Relief Fund" on the memo blank), to P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C., 20013. Financial contributions can also be made through the United Way's new September 11 fund. Also, contact Sue Stano at to donate a blanket through Project Linus, which provides "security blankets" to children in need.

Gov Prof Succumbs to Cancer
Mary Geske, assistant professor of government, died on Monday, September 17, at age 41, at Baystate Medical Center, of complications asssociated with breast cancer. Geske, who had joined the Smith faculty in fall 1995, is survived by her husband Michael Clancy, a visiting professor in the government department, and their 5-year-old son Patrick. A memorial service will take place on Friday, September 21, at 2 p.m., in Helen Hills Hills Chapel. Meanwhile, college chaplains will be available to speak with students and members of the Smith community.

Putting One Foot Before the Other

Guru of Walking to Share Secrets
Whether your goal is weight loss, cardiovascular and physical fitness, stress reduction, overall self-improvement or even a healthier outlook, Robert Sweetgall has one prescription: walk.

Sweetgall, a renowned guru of walking, believes all those goals and more can be achieved by putting one foot in front of the other, particularly through one of his programs, which emphasize a balanced, consistent approach to physical fitness and mental well-being.

Sweetgall will share his insight when he visits the Smith campus on Thursday, September 27, to talk about "Walking Off Weight and StressA Fresh Look at Physical Activity, Longevity, Heart Disease, Coping Skills and the Art of Taking Up Less Space on Planet Earth." His presentation will take place in Wright Auditorium from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

In addition to sharing some of his adventures and stories from the thousands of miles he's logged, Sweetgall will provide strategies for walking off weight, improving cardiovascular endurance, reducing the risk of osteoporosis and heart disease, and controlling blood pressure.

The talk is part of the Department of Human Resources' Training and Development workshop series, "Strengthening Mind, Body and Spirit at Work," which offers more than 30 educational sessions throughout the fall to help Smith employees improve their well-being. Sweetgall's campus visit is also sponsored by the American Heart Association and Cooley Dickinson Hospital.

Sweetgall, who is sometimes called the "Pied Piper" of walking, began his company, Creative Walking Inc., almost two decades ago to help people achieve their fitness and health goals through walking-based regimens and to spread his message of wellness and longevity via regular exercise.

Sweetgall has put his money where his feet are several times. In 1984-85, he became the first person to walk through all 50 states in the United States in one year when he trekked 11,208 miles at an average pace of 31 miles a day. He's walked seven times across America and in 1983 set the world record for a continuous run when he jogged 17,071 kilometers.

Sweetgall developed his enthusiasm for walking when, as a young engineer for DuPont Co., several of his relatives, including his father, died of heart attacks in middle age. That prompted Sweetgall to take up jogging. Eventually he became a competing marathoner, ultra-marathoner and triathlete, and finally quit his job and started his own company.

Since then, he has made numerous appearances on national television shows, including NBC's "Today Show" and "Regis and Kathy Lee Live" and has publicly spoken to more than a million people.

Sweetgall calls walking the perfect exercise. "It's cheap, you can't get hurt unless you step in a hole and you can do it any time," he once said in an article in The Wall Street Journal. "You can't ask for more than that."

Sweetgall's talk is open to Smith faculty, staff and students. Employees are encouraged to register to attend through the Training and Development brochure.

How Do You Get to Saratoga?
As they're walking, swimming or cycling along throughout the semester, logging their daily miles, strengthening their hearts, lungs and limbs, participants in a new fitness program at Smith can imagine that they're tracing the summer route of the college's founder.

"Travel with Sophia," a new program offered by the Department of Exercise and Sport Studies and the Office of Human Resources, invites participants to take an imaginary 240-mile journey with Sophia Smith. That's the approximate distance, say the pro-gram's founders, from Northampton to Saratoga, New York -- where Sophia traveled each summer (albeit by horse-drawn carriage and train) -- plus "some extra miles thrown in to sightsee in Saratoga and give you a good workout."

According to a description of the walking program, it was on one of those very trips in the summer of 1869 that "John M. Greene accompanied Sophia Smith to Saratoga as her 'clerical companion,' and spent some of the trip discussing plans to found Smith College."

Similar to the popular Century Club program, which required participants to travel a cumulative hundred miles in a semester, "Travel with Sophia" asks participants to accumulate the 240 miles between October 1 and April 1 by walking, swimming or cycling.

"Here at Smith, we're concerned with the whole person -- developing our capacity for improving physical well-being as well as expanding our professional skills and understanding what it takes to work together as a team," says Charlene Correa, human resources specialist, who co-organized the program with Barbara Brehm-Curtis, professor of exercise and sport studies.

Those who finish the program will receive a free t-shirt.

All college personnel have received an orange flier advertising the program. To register, return the completed form to the Department of Exercise and Sport Studies.


September 7: Smith 0, Brandeis 3
September 8: Smith 3, Eastern Nazarene 0
September 11: Smith 3, Babson 1
September 15: Smith 3, Wheaton 0

Field hockey
September 8: Smith 2, Trinity 6
September 10: Smith 0, Becker 4
September 12: Smith 3, Connecticut College 4
September 15-16: Seven Sisters Championship: 7th place

Cross country
September 8: Smith Coed Invitational: 3rd place
September 15: UMass-Dartmouth Invitational: 10th place out of 27

September 8: Smith 7, Clark 2
September 15: Smith 0, MIT 9

September 8: Smith 6, Mass. College of Liberal Arts 0
September 9: Smith 3, Plattsburg 2 (OT)
September 15: Smith 5, Westfield State 0

American Scholar, a magazine edited by Anne Fadiman, lecturer in English language and literature, recently won an Ellie Award for best publication with circulation under one million. The magazine, a quarterly publication of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, was nominated for three Ellie Awards this year. It has published essays by writers such as Gary Willis, Edward Hoagland, Phyllis Rose, Cynthia Ozick and Peter Gay. Fadiman is the author of The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was the assigned summer reading selection for this year's incoming Smith students.

Elizabeth Harries, professor of English and comparative literature, has authored a new book, Twice Upon a Time: Woman Writers and the History of the Fairy Tale. The volume, which will be published at the end of October, deals not with the popular, didactic bedtime stories by Charles Perrault and the Grimms, but rather with the lesser known works of the late 17th-century French fairy tale tradition. In particular, Harries examines conteuses -- long, complex tales written by women for the amusement of a sophisticated adult audience. In Twice Upon a Time, Harries reveals the carefully structured parodic and critical natures of conteuses and argues that they often scrutinize the social expectations that determined the lives of women at the court of Louis XIV. Harries devotes a portion to analyses of several contemporary women writers -- A. S. Byatt, Anne Sexton, Angela Carter, Emma Donoghue and others-whose works use fairy tale motifs as a vehicle to challenge modern-day gender expectations. Harries has also published The Unfinished Manner: Essays on the Fragment in the Later Eighteenth Century.

Ronald Perera, Elsie Erwin Sweeney Professor of Music, and Donald Wheelock, Irwin and Pauline Alper Glass Professor of Music, have been selected to receive ASCAPlu$ Standard Awards this year. The cash awards are made available by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers in an effort to "assist and encourage writers of serious music." Awards are granted by an independent panel that evaluates both the "unique prestige value" of a collection of original compositions by each writer and the recent performances of those works.

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


Denim Day
Every three minutes, a person is diagnosed with breast cancer. This year, approximately 192,200 women and 1,500 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and some 40,200 women and 400 men will die of it. Help fight this devastating disease by participating in Denim Day, on Friday, October 5. Donate $5 or more to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and "dress down" by wearing jeans and a pink ribbon to work. Contact your building representative, drop off donations at the College Club during the week of October 1-5, or mail donations (checks payable to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation) to Cindy Rucci in Neilson Library.

Dunn Garden Dedication
All members of the Smith community are invited to the dedication of the Mary Maples Dunn Hillside Garden, located behind Wright Hall and adjoining Burton Lawn. The dedication will take place, rain or shine, on Saturday, September 22, at 1 p.m. The garden has been donated to the college by faculty and staff in honor of Dunn, Smith's eighth president.

Theatre Production Canceled
Naming the Days, a play by artist-activist Deborah Lubar, which was scheduled for September 20-22 in Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre, has been canceled.

On the Fence
Exhibition proposals are being sought for On the Fence: Public Art in Public Space, a public art exhibition to be displayed on the construction fence surrounding the fine arts center renovation project. Exhibitors may be individuals or groups of any age, including Smith students, staff or faculty. Local artists, school groups and community organizations are also invited to participate. Works may be in any medium that will withstand the weather and can be installed on a chain-link fence. Exhibitions may be displayed for up to two weeks. Proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis. For further details or to submit a proposal, contact Nancy Rich, ext. 2773, or

New Libraries Web Site
Thanks to the work of Smith libraries staff members during the summer, the libraries department has a new Web site with a list of great features. From the new home page, you can now search the catalog, connect to subject research pages, keep up to date with libraries news and events, and much more. The libraries will soon be seeking feedback from students, faculty and staff through conversations, observations, formal testing and an online feedback form. Send questions or comments to Sika Berger at

Faculty and Staff

JYA Directorships
Applications for directorships of Smith Junior Year Abroad programs in Florence, Geneva, Hamburg and Paris are available from the Committee on Study Abroad through the Office for International Study, Clark Hall, ext. 4905, studyabroad@smith. edu. Directorships are open to faculty members with thorough knowledge of the culture, language, educational system and politics of the host country. Candidates must have demonstrated organizational experience, a commitment to overseeing student academic and nonacademic concerns, and the ability to resolve student problems and maintain good relations with the host community. The application deadline for 2003-04 directorships is Friday, October 12.

Weight Watchers at Work
The fall Weight Watchers at Work series will begin on Tuesday, September 25, 1­- p.m. and 2-3 p.m. in Neilson Browsing Room. The 12-week program will run through Tuesday, December 11. The cost of participation for Smith employees is $98.25.

Photograph the Poets
The Poetry Center is seeking staff photographers for a dozen events this year. Candidates must be experienced, creative, adaptable, good at catching candid moments and available on Tuesdays, either in the late afternoon or evening. Photos will be used for Poetry Center publicity and on the center's Web site; they will be attributed to the photographer. Pay-ment includes an hourly rate plus film expenses. Contact Ellen Watson at ext. 3368 or for an appointment and to show your portfolio.


Seeking New Peer Tutors
Would you like to be a paid peer tutor for the Jacobson Center's peer tutor-tutee matching service? The Jacobson Center is accepting applications for peer tutors in all subject areas except biology, chemistry, Spanish, French and economics. Peer tutors must have received a B or better in courses they wish to tutor and/or must be approved to tutor each course by an appropriate departmental faculty member. Though priority is given to work-study students, non­work-study students will also be considered. Peer tutors are paid $7.45 per hour and must complete a registration process and attend an hour-long orientation session. Come to the Jacobson Center, Seelye 307, for more information on eligibility requirements and application procedures.

Mountain Day
Remember that on Mountain Day, although daytime classes are cancelled, evening events and appointments occur as scheduled. Mountain Day information will be available on the Smith College Info Line (585-4636) beginning at 7 a.m. on the appointed day.

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: "Reading to Remember," Tuesday, September 25, 3 p.m. and Friday, September 28, 2:45 p.m.; "Where Does the Time Go: Time Management Techniques," Tuesday, October 16, 3 p.m. and Wednesday, November 7, 4:15 p.m.; "Preparing for Exams," Tuesday, December 4, 3 p.m. and Wednesday, December 5, 4:15 p.m. Individual counseling is also available. To schedule an appointment, contact Leslie Hoffman, coordinator of tutorial services, at ext. 3037.

Study Abroad Fair
Are you thinking of studying abroad? Come to the study abroad fair on Tuesday, October 2, from noon to 3 p.m. in Davis Ballroom and speak with representatives from Smith JYA and approved study-abroad programs all over the world.

Women Discovering Business
On Friday, September 28, Women Discovering Business, the first business organization on campus, will hold its first general membership meeting, from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., in Dewey common room. This meeting is open to all Smith students interested in or curious about business. Tea and snacks will be provided.

Mellon Fellowships
Applications are available for Andrew W. Mellon Fellowships in Humanistic Studies, which are designed to help promising students prepare for careers in teaching and scholarship in humanistic disciplines. The Mellon Fellowship is available to first-year doctoral students. The application request deadline is Tuesday, December 4. Call Justina Gregory at ext. 3486 for more information.

Add/Drop Deadlines
The last day to add a Smith course is Wednesday, September 26.. The last day to drop a Smith or Five-College course is Friday, October 12. Since online registration is now closed, forms may be obtained in the registrar's office. Signatures of the instructor, adviser and class dean are required to make course changes at this time.

S.O.S. Fair
The S.O.S. Community Service Fair will take place on Tuesday, September 25, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., in Davis Ballroom. Representatives from more than 40 nonprofit community-based agencies will be available to provide information on how you can make a difference. Call S.O.S. at ext. 2756 for more information.

Peer Writing Assistance
The Jacobson Center for Writing, Teaching, and Learning offers peer writing assistance every Sunday through Thursday, 7-10 p.m., in Seelye 307, and Sunday through Wednesday, 7-10 p.m., in the Cushing dining hall. Peer writing assistants will discuss papers on any subject, and students are encouraged to bring in drafts at any stage of the writing process. No appointments are necessary; all services are free.

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, September 24

Chaired professor lecture "Culture War: Sexual Knowledge and Suppression in 19th-Century America." Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz, Sylvia Dlugasch Bauman Professor in American Studies. Reception follows in Seelye 207. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 201

Meeting An overview of the CDO senior job search program, to familiarize students with the recruiting program, career fairs and online resources. 12:15 p.m., CDO Group Room, Drew

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

Workshop "What's Next?" For students returning from studying abroad, including a discussion and information about following international interests, reversing culture shock and more. Yearbooks will be available. Register at studyabroad@ 4-6 p.m., Dewey Common Room

Reception for JYA students returning from Latin America and Spain. Students interested in spending JYA in a Spanish- or Portuguese-speaking country are invited to attend. If this date conflicts with Mountain Day, it will be held instead on Tuesday, September 25, in Seelye 207. Sponsors: Portuguese department; PRESHCO; Latin American studies. 4:30 p.m., Wright Common Room

Women & Financial Independence course "Financing Life." Randy Bartlett, instructor. Noncredit, open to the Smith community. 7:30-9 p.m., Stoddard Auditorium

Religious Life
Prayer and Possibilities Share faith journeys and sense of God's presence while using a South African Bible study method that encourages empathetic listening to the spirit and one another. Light lunch provided. Sponsor: Lutheran Fellowship. 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

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

Computer science TA lunch table Noon, Duckett Special Dining
Room C

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

Tuesday, September 25

Sigma Xi luncheon talk "IR3P, Continued: Big Muscles, Little Helpers: Satellite Cells and the Motor Endplate." Jeanne Powell, biological sciences. Open to faculty, emeriti, and staff. Noon, College Club, lower level

Lecture Anne Whiston Spirn, professor of landscape architecture and planning, M.I.T., will speak on topics in her recent book, The Language of Landscape. 5-6 p.m., Stoddard Auditorium

Meeting for JYA-Paris students interested in studying at the Institut d'Etudes Politiques. Program representatives will be available to speak with students. Noon-12:30 p.m., Clark Hall 305

Weight Watchers at Work All welcome. 1-2 p.m. and 2-3 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Informational meeting Faculty members interested in applying for fellowships with the 2002-03 Kahn Institute project, "The Question of Reparations for African Americans," should attend this meeting with the organizers and the institute's director. For more information, consult:
5 p.m., Kahn Institute Lounge, Neilson Library, third floor

Meeting for new and returning Ceramics Club members. Learn about, join, or renew membership. 7 p.m., outside Davis Ballroom

Information session for those interested in studying abroad during spring semester or 2002-03, including a review of opportunities and procedures, and a question-and-answer period. 7 p.m., Seelye 106

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

Information session and recognition ceremony on becoming a Peace Corps volunteer. A special plaque will be presented in recognition of the strong participation of Smith College alumnae since 1961. 7:30 p.m., Seelye 207

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

Meeting Newman Association. Elections will be held, as well as an exploration into our spiritual gifts. First-year students are encouraged to attend. 7 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

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

Yoga class Noncredit, for students. All levels. 3:45-6 p.m., Davis Ballroom

Field hockey vs. Mount Holyoke College. 7 p.m., Athletic Fields*

Volleyball vs. Springfield College.
7 p.m., Ainsworth Gym*

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

S.O.S. Community Service Fair Representatives from more than 40 nonprofit community-based agencies will be available to provide information on how to make a difference in your community. Call S.O.S., ext. 2756, with questions. 7-8:30 p.m., Davis Ballroom

Wednesday, September 26

Executive Access lecture "The Good News: There Really Isn't a Glass Ceiling. The Bad News: It's Lexan." Sandy Lerner, founder of two computer network infrastructure engineering companies, a cosmetic company, and a capital investment company, including Cisco Systems, Urban Decay, LLC, and Ampersand Capital Investments, Inc. She is currently founder and director of XKL Systems Corporation. Noon, Alumnae House*

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

Performing Arts/Films
Film The Lion in Winter (1968). Katherine Hepburn, Peter O'Toole. Christmas 1183: Eleanor of Aquitaine, her husband Henry II of England, and their three sons plot wars against one another. 7:30 p.m., Seelye 106*

Meeting Representatives of Naropa University, in Boulder, Colorado, will discuss graduate programs there in psychology, Buddhist studies and more. For more information, consult 9-11 a.m., CDO, Drew

Training and Development workshop "Increasing Personal Power and Personal Accountability." Jan Morton, facilitator. Open to faculty and staff. 9 a.m.-Noon, Dewey Common Room

Women & Financial Independence course "Interpreting Financial News." Jim Miller, economics, instructor. Noncredit, open to the Smith community. 11:50 a.m.-12:45 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Meeting MassPIRG. 7 p.m., Seelye 101

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

Yom Kippur Kol Nidre service.
7 p.m., Chapel

Buddhist meditation and discussion. 7:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

ECC Bible study First of the semester. 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

S.O.S. dinner 5:45 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room A

Thursday, September 27

Liberal Arts Luncheon lecture "Deconstructing Leisure." Richard Millington, English language and literature. Sponsor: Committee on Academic Priorities. Noon, College Club, Lower Level

Lecture "Hip-Hop in Germany, Especially Breakdance; Perspectives on 'Authentic Black American Culture' in a European Context." Gabriele Klein, visiting sociologist and professor, University of Hamburg. 4:30 p.m., Dewey Common Room

Training and Development workshop "Walking Off Weight and StressA Fresh Look at Physical Activity, Longevity, Heart Disease, Coping Skills and the Art of Taking Up Less Space on Planet Earth." Robert Sweetgall. Open to faculty, staff and students. (See story, page 1.) 7 p.m., Wright Auditorium*

Performing Arts/Films
Concert Mbira Masters of Zimbabwe, featuring the return of highlight performers from the 1999-2000 Sage Hall season, Cosmas Magaya and Beuler Dyoko, for this free concert of "thumb piano" traditional and original works. For more information, call 585-ARTS. 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall*

Training and Development workshop "A Motivational and Creative Cooking Class for On-the-Go People." 11:30 a.m., Wright Common Room

Informational meeting about a study program that's of-and out of-this world. Spend a semester studying the earth's environment or the universe at Columbia University's Biosphere II, a three-acre replica of Earth, and state-of-the-art astronomical facilities. Pizza served. Sponsor: Environmental Science and Public Policy Program. Noon, Engineering 102

CDO meeting Overview of senior job-search programs designed to familiarize students with the on- and off-campus recruiting programs, career fairs, and on-line resources. To be repeated on Tuesday, October 2. 12:15 p.m., CDO Group Room, Drew Hall

Meeting Smith TV. 7 p.m., Media Resources Center

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

Religious Life
Yom Kippur morning service. 10 a.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*

Yom Kippur Neilah service As part of personal tzedakah, please bring a can of food or dry nonperishable item for local shelters. Break-the-fast meal follows in Bodman Lounge. 5:30 p.m., Chapel

Intervarsity prayer meeting 7-10 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Other Events/Activities
Yoga class Noncredit, for students. All levels. 8-9:15 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

Softball vs. Wesleyan University. 4:15 p.m., athletic fields*

Friday, September 28

Lecture "XXe siècle: le temps des femmes? La parité politique: une idée neuve en Europe." To be given in French by Gisele Halimi. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 207*

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

Meeting Women Discovering Business. Refreshments provided. (See notice.) 7:30 p.m., Dewey Common Room

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

Newman Association overnight A fun night of movies, discussions and laid-back relaxation. For more information, contact Claire Willis, ext. 2754. Bodman Lounge, Chapel

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

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

Saturday, September 29

Other Events/Activities
Equestrian Smith Show. 8:30 a.m., stables*

Softball vs. Babson College. 1 p.m., athletic fields*

Sunday, September 30

Performing Arts/Films
Concert Misa Andina, performed by Andean music group Altiplano. Sponsored by the Commonwealth Opera. For ticket information, call 413-586-5026 weekdays between 9 a.m. and noon. 3 p.m., John M. Greene Hall*

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. William Staton, district superintendent, United Methodist Church, Philadelphia. 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*

Roman Catholic mass Dinner follows in Bodman Lounge. All welcome. 4:30 p.m., Chapel

Christian prayer meeting Smith Christian Fellowship. 6 p.m., Wright Common Room

Intervarsity prayer meeting 9-10 p.m., Chapel

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


The Henry L. Seaver Collections: A Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Henry L. Seaver's Stunning Bequest Through December. Mortimer Rare Book Room vestibule, Neilson Library, third floor*

Paradise Gate A site-specific architectural sculpture made of natural materials, by North Carolina sculptor Patrick Dougherty, which 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. Through October 31. Neilson Library, Morgan Gallery (entrance corridor) and third floor*

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