News for the Smith College Community //September 27, 2001

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Museum Closed But Not Out of Service

In the winter of 2000, the Smith College Museum of Art closed its doors and moved its offices to make way for an extensive renovation as part of the Fine Arts Center construction project.

But just because the museum's been closed doesn't mean that its holdings have been sitting around collecting dust. Au contraire.

As part of three Smith-sponsored traveling exhibitions, more than 200 of the museum's masterworks have been sent off to see the world. And they're receiving considerable public attention and exposure along the way. Nearly 400,000 visitors have already been drawn to the exhibitions, which include American Spectrum; Corot to Picasso; and Master Drawings from the Smith College Museum of Art. The three shows will continue touring through 2002.

"If we had to part with Smith College's wonderful collection while the museum is undergoing renovation and expansion, this seemed to be the best way to share SCMA's riches with a new audience," says associate curator Linda Muehlig, who arranged American Spectrum and Corot to Picasso, and assisted with the curation of Master Drawings.

American Spectrum was arranged with the aim of tracing the "collecting history of the museum from its courageous early days," according to a museum press release. That history began shortly after Smith's founding in 1871, when the college made a commitment to devote "more timethan in other colleges to esthetical study, to the principles on which the fine arts are founded, to the art of drawing and the science of perspective, to the examination of great models of painting and statuary."

The college purchased its first paintings in 1879 -- a collection of 27 oils by living American artists, including Thomas Eakins' "In Grandmother's Time." Thanks to the efforts of Alfred Vance Churchill, the museum's first director, that collection was soon augmented. Churchill chose to concentrate the museum's resources on the acquisition of Western art created after the French Revolution, laying an early foundation for the college's strong holdings in 19th- and 20th-century art.

Eakins' "In Grandmother's Time" is included in American Spectrum's 79 paintings and sculptures, which date from the 18th century to the close of the 20th. Now on display at the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, American Spectrum has attracted nearly 200,000 visitors since it began touring in February 2000.

Featuring nearly 60 European paintings and sculpture from the French Revolution to the first quarter of the 20th century, Corot to Picasso is similar in scale to American Spectrum, but differs in its focus. The exhibition includes works by such luminaries as Cézanne, Degas, Rodin and Vanessa Bell, but it is "more than a roll call of the great European artists of the past two hundred years," says the exhibition Web site. It also functions as an education in artistic achievement, displaying "an overview of European art of that era, including large history paintings, intimate genre scenes, neoclassical portraits, impressionist landscapes, and still-lifes."

Master Drawings from the Smith College Museum of Art began its tour on June 19 at New York's Frick Collection; it is now in the process of being installed at the prestigious Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy. It features Italian and Northern European drawings from the 16th through 20th centuries, as well as works by important French masters. A third venue in Madrid, Spain, was recently confirmed for the show, which will return to Smith with the other exhibitions in 2003.

So far, audiences across the country and around the world have been enthusiastic and appreciative, says Suzannah Fabing, director and chief curator at the Museum of Art. "A woman in Iowa, who drove hours with her daughter to see the Corot to Picasso show at Grinnell, thanked us for our generosity in sharing these paintings with the people of Iowa, who don't often get a chance to see a Renoir or a Monet," she says. At the Master Drawings exhibition in New York, a couple was so appreciative of "the quality of our collection," says Fabing, "they wanted to help build it," and offered to donate a French drawing from their private collection.

The exhibitions have also allowed far-flung members of the Smith community to reunite with the museum's holdings, or in some cases, to experience them for the first time. "The turnout among the alumnae has been very heart-warming," notes Fabing. "I've particularly enjoyed meeting some of the current students at Smith -- at home on breaks -- who arrived on campus after the museum closed for renovation and were getting their first look at the collection."

"We're all looking forward to seeing the collection back in its newly refurbished home in 2003," says Muehlig. In the meantime, she adds, the exhibitions serve as "ambassadors to a wide audience."

"I'm glad we've been able to share our treasures with others," adds Fabing.

Computer Prof Wins NSF Award

Joseph O'Rourke, the Olin Professor of Computer Science, is one of seven faculty members nationwide -- and the only one from a liberal arts college -- to receive the first Director's Award for Distinguished Teacher Scholars from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The award, described by NSF as its "highest honor for excellence in both teaching and research," is designed to encourage engineers and scientists to apply their talents to education, both in and out of the classroom. It carries a $300,000 award over four years, to be used to continue and expand the recipients' work beyond their institutions.

Other institutions represented are Harvard, Boston University, Purdue, the University of Colorado, the University of Washington and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

A graduate of St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, O'Rourke earned his doctorate in computer science at the University of Pennsylvania and then joined the faculty of Johns Hopkins University. In 1988, he left Hopkins to found Smith's computer science department.

O'Rourke is already the recipient of several distinguished grants and awards, including a Presidential Young Investigators Award in 1984 and a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1987. His research area is computational geometry, in which computers are used to solve problems of geometry. He has published 89 papers, 25 of which were authored with undergraduates.

In making the award, the NSF noted that O'Rourke's research in computational geometry has had applications for computer graphics, robotics and manufacturing. They described him as "a leader in supporting women to pursue careers in computer science" and in introducing nonscience majors to the joys of exploring research.

Although O'Rourke's work has long been supported by the NSF, this particular award, he explained, "affirms many of the professional decisions I have made, including the decision to leave a research university for Smith and to focus the majority of my time and energy on undergraduates rather than graduate students."

Traveling around the country to "fire up undergraduates to do research" is something O'Rourke has always done, but the latest award, he says, gives him a platform and a mandate to do so.

"I've been reaching out to undergraduates all along -- I just love it -- but now I feel it's part of my mission, to proselytize," he said. "Now it's expected."

O'Rourke's most recent research is on folding and unfolding, a topic of many unsolved mathematical problems and with connections to protein folding, to manufacturing by sheet metal bending and to a host of other areas.

He will use the award funds to take the latest issues in folding/unfolding into educational levels from grade school to graduate school and industrial research. He plans to pursue projects on folding and unfolding with students at the Smith College Campus School and with high school girls participating in the Smith Summer Science and Engineering Program. Examples of projects include origami constructions in elementary school and creating folding toys in middle school. A new interdisciplinary college-level course, "Folding and Unfolding in Engineering," will touch on topics from design of the Space Shuttle robot arm to automotive airbag unfurling.

Senior Geetika Tewari, who is writing her thesis with O'Rourke, was pleased to hear that a key figure in her own intellectual development was being recognized by others.

"Joe's enthusiasm and dedication to research inevitably rubs off on any eager student who takes a class with him," she said. "Working with someone so bright, sincere and approachable is truly an honor, and an aspect of my Smith experience that I will treasure for the rest of my life."

Many Projects Completed, Some Ongoing

As the Smith community awaits the completion of extensive renovations to the Fine Arts Center and Lyman Conservatory, it can enjoy many of the other campus facilities that have recently been revamped.

During the past summer, the college renovated many campus buildings. One of those is Ainsworth Gymnasium, where the squash courts were upgraded. The six original courts have been replaced with five new courts designed to meet the specifications for international competition. The reconfigured courts have new lighting, air conditioning, glass wall systems, maple flooring, sound attenuation and improved accessibility.

Meanwhile, four Smith houses were also renovated during the summer. Sessions Annex, once known as the "White House Inn" before it became part of Smith's residence system, underwent major renovations to improve its safety and accessibility, including updates to its mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire suppression and heating systems, and a redesign of its first floor. The copper and slate roofs and wood windows were replaced, and the siding was repainted to match the existing colors.

Parsons Annex, which was a single-family house until Smith acquired it in 1968, underwent extensive renovations to bring it into compliance with current standards of accessibility and systems integrity. The building had a new co-op kitchen and fire separation doors installed, had its bathrooms renovated, and had a new entrance added to its first floor.

The renovation of King and Scales houses, which began last April, is wrapping up. The $9.5 million renovation has included a complete replacement of all HVAC, plumbing and electrical life safety systems, as well as new finishes and lighting, and refurbished furnishings. Updated bathroom fixtures were installed, and both buildings received renovations to their basements, kitchens and dining halls.

The exteriors of King and Scales have also received some attention, including repairs to their chimneys, replacements of slate roofs and windows and drainage systems, and the installation of wheelchair ramps on the first floor and passenger elevators. The dining facilities were expanded and a new dining patio has been added to the courtyard side of the buildings.

Elsewhere during the summer, new landscaping was planted on Green Street, the Ada Comstock lounge was relocated to the lower level of Hopkins House and the second floor of Tilly Hall was renovated for WITI (Women in Technology International).

Other recent projects include construction at Helen Hills Hills Chapel, where an elevator will be installed that will provide access to all levels of the building, and the addition of a new fitness center in Ainsworth Gymnasium.

Crank Up the HEAT

Imagine, if you can, a technical support center that always answers your call immediately, solves your problem quickly, and can call up a detailed history of your previous technical questions and difficulties within seconds.

For members of the Smith community, that support center is now a reality, and it's right here on campus, in the new and improved form of Information Technology Services (ITS).

This past August, ITS purchased a sophisticated call-tracking system called the Helpdesk Expert Automation Tool -- HEAT, for short. HEAT maintains a record of calls for help that the ITS User Support Center receives, along with information about the caller's computer equipment, the file server the caller is connected to, and a history of the caller's previous technical problems. "It helps us more effectively help people," says Kate Etzel, director of user support in ITS.

Etzel arrived at Smith last April, when ITS was still using what she calls "the sticky-note approach" to user support. Then, when a caller would contact the User Support Center, staff members would have no previous record of the caller's problems or computer equipment. If the staff member was unable or unqualified to address the caller's difficulties, he or she would jot down the necessary information and pass it on to another department or technician. "But we had no method for tracking, no method for ensuring it would be passed along," says Etzel. "Student [staff] would take calls and try to help people, but they weren't always sure they were redirecting calls to the right place."

Both Etzel and Herb Nickles, director of Information Technology Services, recognized the need for a call-tracking system. Three companies visited campus during the summer to demonstrate their systems. "Fifteen ITS staff members overwhelmingly chose HEAT after their demo," Etzel says, for various reasons, including the program's easily customizable interface.

The system was implemented in August, and it has already made a dramatic difference in the way the User Support Center works, Etzel says. Now when a staff member receives a call, she can consult a searchable database for a solution to the caller's problem. She can also add her own suggestions and solutions to the database, making it easier for her and others to find answers in the future. And HEAT captures each problem and solution the User Support Center addresses, so ITS can keep track of recurring problems and look for systematic solutions.

At the User Support Center, which can receive up to 200 calls for support each day, "I know we're benefiting from HEAT," Etzel attests. "I also hope people in the community can feel the effects-an overall benefit on the customer service end of things."

Items Document Smith Legend's Storied Life

Near the circulation desk of Neilson Library, affixed behind the glass case of the Constance Morrow Morgan Gallery, is an old Boston Herald clipping showing a woman dressed in a one-piece flight suit. She's smiling as she strides to an airplane. Shortly after the photo was taken, she would become the first woman ever to receive a pilot's license.

The woman is Anne Morrow Lindbergh, a 1928 Smith graduate, who went on to become internationally renowned in several different capacities: the spouse of legendary pilot Charles Lindbergh; a record-setting flier in her own right; the mother of six children, the first of whom was kidnapped and killed in one of the 20th century's most infamous crimes; the author of several books.

The photograph of Lindbergh is part of "The Journey Not the Arrival: Anne Morrow Lindbergh, 1906-2001," a two-part exhibition of clippings, photos, books and artifacts relating to her life, drawn from holdings in the Sophia Smith Collection, Smith College Archives and the Mortimer Rare Book Room. The exhibition title is borrowed from a talk Lindbergh gave at Smith in 1978.

"The Journey Not the Arrival" is displayed in two areas in Neilson. On the first floor of the library are artifacts from Lindbergh's years at Smith, including her yearbook photograph, a list of her classes and a musical score featuring the words of a poem she composed in French.

The Morgan Gallery is a fitting place in which to display the memorabilia of one of the 20th century's most famous American families, not to mention Smith legacies. Constance Morrow Morgan, the 1935 Smith graduate after whom the gallery was named, was the sister of Anne Morrow Lindbergh.

Other items on display from the Morrow family papers include photographs of Lindbergh and her mother, Elizabeth Cutter Morrow (Smith 1896 and acting president, 1939-40); handwritten minutes of the "Mother Wants Club," established by Lindbergh as a child; and a clipping from the Associated Press that announces the engagement of "Miss Morrow...a brunette and a favorite in the diplomatic social circles," to the high-profile flier, Col. Charles Lindbergh.

Eclipsed for a time by the fame of her husband, Anne Lindbergh received her share of public attention, if measured solely by the number of newspaper articles written about her -- many of which are included in the exhibit.

And when it came to flying, she took no back seat to Charles. "She knew as much about the whole thing as he did," says Burd Schlessinger, a manuscripts processor in the Sophia Smith Collection. "She was much more than a passenger."

On the third floor of Neilson, near the Mortimer Rare Book Room (which supplied them), is a display of papers related to the flights that the Lindberghs took together. "We're focusing on Anne as an aviator and as an author," explained Karin Kukil, associate curator of rare books in the Mortimer Rare Book Room, who organized the third-floor section of the exhibit.

Much of the rare book room's display pertains to the historic flight that the Lindberghs made in 1931 to East Asia. That trip will be discussed this semester in a first-year seminar, "Woman Explorers," taught by James Johnson, professor of exercise and sport studies.

A map of the flight, drawn by Charles Lindbergh, is featured, as are Anne Lindbergh's radio transcripts. Later, Anne Lindbergh's records of messages sent and received "served as a journal of the trip and were her chief source of information when she began to write North to the Orient," says Kukil.

Also displayed are Charles Lindbergh's wallet -- stuffed with different currencies for stops in foreign countries -- and the passport that accompanied their 1931 flight. An exhibited list of flight supplies, scribbled by Anne Lindbergh, mentions "a pistol, snake serum, morphine, and a rubber boat" -- details, says Kukil, that "give a sense of how dangerous this flight really was."

Finally, multiple drafts of Anne Lindbergh's bestselling North to the Orient are on display, as are copies of all the books she penned.

Anne Morrow Lindbergh died earlier this year in Vermont, at age 94.

A Good Way to Spend the Summer

There are countless ways for students and faculty members to while away the summer. Some spend the summer months conducting research. Others work on internships. Some travel. Others relax.

But for Jonathan Hirsh, director of the Smith College Glee Club and orchestra, every summer offers an opportunity to hone his construction skills, provide a service to people in need and teach his children some valuable lessons.

For the past 13 summers, Hirsh has spent his time building houses through his work with the American Jewish Society for Service (AJSS), an independent national organization that performs humanitarian services. Hirsh, his wife, Karin Kayser, and the couple's three children, have ended up in a different location every year with AJSS, Hirsh says. They've spent time in South Carolina, Oklahoma, Washington, Texas, Arizona, California, Wisconsin and Nevada.

Last summer, their work took them to Las Vegas, where he and his wife worked for a camp for high school students operated by AJSS, while constructing a house for Habitat for Humanity, a national nonprofit agency that builds or renovates homes for low-income people. AJSS sometimes partners with Habitat for Humanity and similar organizations.

The Hirsh family spent six weeks in the city, living with 15 high school students, all of them constructing houses together. As the directors of the camp, Hirsh and Kayser worked with the host organization to make sure the camp's work was substantial, safe and organized; gathered material; supervised the work; dealt with the media; and organized programming for the students, including educational trips, speakers and recreational activities. Also, Hirsh and Kayser were "basically the students' parents for the summer," says Hirsh.

Spending the summer with AJSS is familiar to Hirsh, he says. "My parents did it before I was even born. Every summer I did it as a kid... and I met my wife through this."

Hirsh says the summers with AJSS have been enjoyable for his children, Alyssa, 9, Katherine, 7, and Noah, 4. "They get to do what they don't necessarily get to do at home," he says, such as make older friends, attend day camps, take swimming lessons and do plenty of sightseeing. "A big part of what we do is to keep our kids happy."

Over the years, the summers with AJSS have given the Hirsh family an opportunity to spend more time with each other and learn from their experiences. "Every situation is completely unique, and we meet people who are committed to bettering the world and whose situations are inspiring," Hirsh says. Also, exposing his kids to other people's need helps their personal growth. "Our kids have to be growing as human beings," he says. "This experience makes them appreciate what they have more."

Smithies Meet Peace Corps Challenge

Smith College was honored by the Peace Corps last week for being named to the agency's annual list of small colleges and universities with the largest number of Peace Corps volunteers.

Smith had 17 Peace Corps volunteers serving programs abroad as of last January, which earned it a ranking of sixth among colleges and universities with fewer than 5,000 undergraduate students.

The New England Regional Peace Corps office presented the college with a plaque on September 25, during a Peace Corps informational meeting in Seelye Hall.

"The strong showing of Smith students signifies Smith's dedication to volunteer service," said Jamie Arena-DeRosa, regional manager of the New England Peace Corps Office, in a press release announcing the honor. "In this era of globalization, Smith alumni are learning more about the world and about volunteer work through their Peace Corps experience."

Established in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy, who challenged volunteers to assist the disadvantaged and to "help them help themselves," the Peace Corps has sent more than 161,000 trained volunteers to 134 countries.

More than 250 Smith graduates have served in the Peace Corps, in countries such as the Ivory Coast, Nicaragua, Morocco, the Dominican Republic, the Philippines, Madagascar and Honduras.

"It seems to me that among the Smith students, there is a strong sense of commitment to service and a willingness to explore cross-cultural situations," said Michael Simsik, the Five College Peace Corps recruiter from 1996 to 1998, in a previous AcaMedia article. "Smith students seem eager to push themselves, to work independently and in situations that require a great deal of personal initiative, and in general, they are open to experiencing as much of the world as they can."

This year, more than 7,300 volunteers and trainees -- the highest number in 26 years -- are serving in 78 countries, fighting hunger, providing water to communities, teaching children, helping start new business and preventing the spread of AIDS.

Nick's Chicks to Hike for the Money

They call themselves Nick's Chicks. On Sunday, September 30, they'll travel on foot more than a cumulative 200 miles through Boston. Their mission: to raise more than $3,000 for the Jimmy Fund, which last year contributed more than $2.8 million dollars for cancer research and treatment to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Nick's Chicks is a group of 10 marathoners, mostly Smith employees in the Office of Student Financial Services (SFS), who participate each year in the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk, which is now in its twelfth year. They will join 7,000 others in the marathon, some walking 13.1 miles, others braving the entire 26.2-mile route.

It's all in the name of raising money for cancer research and, ultimately, saving lives.

The inspiration behind the team's involvement -- and the source of their name -- is Nicholas, the 8-year-old son of teammate Patti Corjay, associate director of student financial services. Diagnosed more than two years ago with a brain tumor, Nicholas has received treatment at Dana Farber and is now a healthy third-grader. He's even considering walking half the marathon with the Smith team.

"When we heard about Nikki, we all wanted to help," says participant Valerie Schumacher, student employment coordinator in SFS.

Other Smith employees on the team are Chrissie Bell, Linda Jacque, Sue Stano and Kelly Taylor. For more information about Nick's Chicks or to make a contribution, contact the team members or send a check, payable to the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk, to the SFS office.


September 18: Smith 5, Springfield 4
September 22: Smith 1, Babson 8

Field hockey
September 18: Smith 1, Western New England 0
September 22: Smith 1, Wellesley 2

September 18: Smith 3, U.S. Coast Guard 2
September 20: Smith 3, Eastern Connecticut State 0

September 19: Smith 0, Williams 4
September 22: Smith 2, Wellesley 1 (OT)

The Web site of the Sophia Smith Collection (SSC), at, was recently cited as an outstanding resource in research and education in the Internet Scout Report, a weekly online publication that documents useful and educational Internet resources. The Web site was produced by Pam Davis '98 and Belinda Darcy '00, who once composed the Web design company Davis and Darcy. Darcy is now the assistant to the director of the new Women and Financial Independence program and operates her own business, Dolce Design. The report specified the Web site's descriptions of more than 300 SSC collections as well as texts and documents from last year's project "Agents of Social Change." The Internet Scout Report, at, is produced by the University of Wisconsin computer science department and funded by the National Science Foundation.

A photo of the interior of Werner Josten Library for the Performing Arts graces the cover of the August-September issue of the Music Library Association Newsletter, available online at The photo was submitted after the newsletter's editor issued a call for submissions of cover photos, says Marlene Wong, head librarian at Josten. Wong appears on page 3 of the newsletter in a photo, alongside Susan Thiemann Sommer '56, who is the subject of a farewell tribute from the newsletter that accompanies the photo. "While at Smith," Wong says, "Suki (Sommer's nickname), a singer, was a student assistant in the Sage Hall Music Library, and was an active member of the Smith College Glee Club and Chamber Singers."

On August 2, Peter Rose, Sophia Smith Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, published his fiftieth book review in the Christian Science Monitor. The subject of his milestone review, which was titled "A House for Dr. Strangelove," had special meaning for Rose. It critiqued Kenneth Rose's (no relation) book One Nation Underground: The Fallout Shelter in American Culture. Forty years ago, Peter Rose, assisted by a group of Smith students, conducted one of the first studies of citizens' reactions to the campaign to defend themselves against nuclear strikes by building shelters. That study, cited in his namesake's book, resulted in a 1963 article by Peter Rose, "The Public and the Threat of War," published in the journal Social Problems.

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, someone 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.

Fall Preview
Groups of 150 to 200 high school juniors and seniors from across the country (some likely future Smithies among them) will come to Smith on Friday, October 5, Saturday, October 27, and Monday, November 12, for Fall Preview. They will participate in campus workshops, classes, presentations and social events to give them a firsthand look at the college. The students will be on campus from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Please welcome them.

Time to Rock Climb
The open hours of the new rock climbing wall in Ainsworth Gym are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 8:30-10:30 p.m., Friday, 7-9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Bouldering is encouraged but users must pass a belay test to use the ropes. Testing hours and a clinic will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4-6 p.m., Wednesdays, 9-10 a.m., and Fridays, 10 a.m.-noon.

Chill Out With Chilipeppers
Chilipeppers, a Five-College Web site that lists fun social (not academic) events all over the Pioneer Valley, is getting the year off to a great start with its ZOAR Outdoor whitewater rafting contest. Ten free tickets will be given to winning students; enter by clicking on the Web site at Several contests are held each month through the Web site for such prizes as hayrides, ski passes, massage certificates and tickets to the Academy of Music. Also, get free publicity for campus events by following easy directions on the Web site. Chilipeppers is coordinated by Wellsprings, the Health Education Center at Smith College Health Services. Call ext. 2824 for more information.

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

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, 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.


Health Education Workshops
The Wellsprings Health Education Center at Smith Health Services is sponsoring "Survival Skills for First-Years," a series of workshops for first-year students, including the following sessions: "Staying Healthy, Eating Well in College," "Making Stress Work for You," and "Is Everybody Doing It? (Alcohol: Just the Facts)." Also, the Peer Sexuality Educators (PSE) and Bodywise (which raises awareness of the portrayal of women in the media) will continue to offer workshops in student houses. To schedule a PSE workshop, call Judy at ext. 4285, or Sarah at ext. 7852. To schedule a Bodywise workshop, call Nancy at ext. 7233. Finally, the Women's Wellness Series includes workshops on smoking cessation, stress management and "Eating TLC." Call Wellsprings at ext. 2824 for more information.

Drop Course Deadline
The last day to drop a course is Friday, October 12. 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.

Harry S. Truman Scholarships
A meeting to announce the competition for the Harry S. Truman Scholarships will be held on Tuesday, October 2, at 5 p.m. in Wright 200. Truman Scholarships, which include a stipend of up to $30,000 for the senior year of college and the first two years of graduate or professional school, are for students who intend to prepare for a career in public service (not necessarily political or governmental). Application procedures will be explained and questions answered at the meeting. First-year students, sophomores and juniors are welcome to attend.

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. To qualify, 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.

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.

Women Discovering Business
On Friday, September 28, Women Discovering Business, the first business organization on campus, will be holding 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.

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.

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: "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.

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, October 1

Lecture "American Textile History Museum." Karen J. Herbaugh, a curator at the museum, will speak about its collections and the art of creating exhibitions. Noon, Kahn Colloquium Room*

Lecture "Financing Life." Randy Bartlett, economics. Open to the Five-College community. Sponsor: Women and Financial Independence: The Smith College Program in Financial Education. 7:30 p.m., Stoddard Auditorium

Pre-health information session "Can You Have a Life and Do this Kind of Work?" Mark Sigleman, Tufts University School of Medicine. Lunch provided for those who register with Margaret Anderson at, or Brenda Jameson at 12:15 p.m., Burton 101

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

CDO information session Citigroup Corporate and Investment Bank/Salomon Smith Barney's sales and trading division will present information about entry-level jobs and careers. For more information, consult 4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

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

CDO information session on applying to law school. Bring questions and concerns. 7 p.m., Seelye 101

CDO information session Representatives from Goldman Sachs will present information about entry-level jobs and careers. 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Religious Life
Prayer and Possibilities Share faith journeys and a 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 Room A, B

Computer science TA 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

Tuesday, October 2

Sigma Xi luncheon talk "Molecular Moves on Potential Grooves: Exciting Vibrations and Breaking Bonds." Shizuka Hsieh, chemistry. Open to faculty, emeriti, and staff. Noon, College Club Lower Level

Lecture "A Traveler's Report on Ukraine's Western Frontier Ten Years After Independence." Joan Afferica, L. Clark Seelye Professor of History. Sponsor: history department. 5 p.m., Seelye 201

Poetry Reading Martin Espada and Richard Blanco, two dynamic Latino poets, will read from their work. 7:30 p.m., Wright Auditorium*

Performing Arts/Films
Music in the Noon Hour Jane Bryden, soprano, and Deborah Gilwood, piano. Music by Mozart, Schubert, Earl Kim, and Juliana Hall. 12:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage*

Campus Climate Working Group Discussion will focus on the terrorist attacks and the various U.S. responses currently being considered. Noon-1 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Weight Watchers at Work All welcome. 1 p.m., Wright Common Room*

Question-and-answer session with poets Martin Espada and Richard Blanco, who will give a reading in the evening. 3:30 p.m., Wright Common Room

Informational meeting about environmental study abroad in Africa, Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Turks and Caicos Islands, with The School for Field Studies. Refreshments served. Sponsor: Environmental Science and Policy Program. 4:15 p.m., Engineering 102

CDO information session Representatives from M & T Bank, Buffalo, New York, will discuss their management training program. For more information, consult 4:30 p.m., Dewey Common Room

Meeting Amnesty International. 4:30 p.m., Chapin

Meeting An overview of the CDO senior job search program, to familiarize students with the recruiting program, career fairs and online resources. 5 p.m.., Engineering Building, room 202

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

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*

Discussion "What Is Education For?" Ernie Alleva, philosophy, will lead the first in a series of lively discussions. Lunch provided. Sponsor: Office of the Chaplains. Noon-1 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

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

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

Study Abroad fair Thinking of studying abroad? Come and speak to representatives from JYA and study-abroad programs. Noon-3 p.m., Davis Ballroom

Tennis vs. Mount Holyoke. 4 p.m., Tennis Courts

CDO Open Hours for library research and browsing. Peer advisers available. 7-9 p.m., CDO, Drew

Field Hockey vs. WPI. 7 p.m., Lower Athletic Field*

Volleyball vs. Mount Holyoke. 7 p.m., Ainsworth Gym*

Wednesday, October 3

Lecture "Interpreting Financial News." Jim Miller, economics. Open to the Five College community. Sponsor: Women and Financial Independence: The Smith College Program in Financial Education. 11:50 a.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Performing Arts/Films
Master class conducted by Malcolm Bilson, fortepiano. The public is welcome to observe. 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage*

Wednesday (continued)

Training and development workshop "Teaming with Laughter." Aliza Ancell. 9 a.m.-noon, Dewey Common Room

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

WOZQ meeting DJs will discuss fall semester goals; sign up for internships and vote for unfilled board positions. 5 p.m., Seelye 201

Meeting MassPIRG. 7 p.m., Seelye 101

Sophomore class meeting to discuss issues and policies, and meet class officers. Attendance is strongly recommended. Refreshments served. 7 p.m., Seelye 106

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

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
Fall elections for class and SGA positions. For more information, contact
9 a.m.-5 p.m., location TBA

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

Volleyball vs. Williams. 7 p.m., Ainsworth Gym*

Thursday, October 4

Liberal Arts Luncheon lecture "On the Auction Block: Slaves and Their Histories in the Ancient Roman World." Barbara Kellum, art history professor. Sponsor: Committee on Academic Priorities. Noon, College Club, Lower Level

Performing Arts/Films
New Play Reading Series presenting plays by Muslim women. Lucinda Kidder, director. For more information, call 585-ARTS. 7:30 p.m., Earle Recital Hall, Sage*

Concert Internationally acclaimed fortepianist Malcolm Bilson. Mozart's Sonata in B-flat (with Monica Jakuc), Beethoven's Sonata in E-flat Major, op. 7, and Schubert's Sonata in C Minor. Tickets: $7, general; $3, students; free to Smith music students. For tickets and information, call 585-ARTS. 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage*

Training and development workshop "Be your own personal trainer." Open to Smith College faculty and staff. Noon, Wright Common Room

Informational meeting for chairs of student organizations. 5 p.m., Seelye 106

Meeting MassPIRG. 7 p.m., Seelye 310

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

ECC ice cream social meet members of the Ecumenical Christian Church and the Rev. Dr. Leon Tilson Burrows, Protestant chaplain. Make your own ice cream creation. All welcome. 7-9 p.m., Dewey Common Room

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

Fall elections for class and SGA positions. See 10/3 listing. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., location TBA

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

Glee Club lunch table Noon,
Duckett Special Dining Room C

Out to Lunch Casual lunch and chatting with Smith women staff members who are lesbian, bisexual, queer or questioning. New faces welcome. For more information, contact Ruth van Erp at ext. 2036 or Noon, Alumnae House Conference Room

Friday, October 5

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

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

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

Saturday, October 6

Autumn recess

Other Events/Activities
Rugby vs. UMass. Noon, Upper Athletic Field*

Field Hockey vs. MIT. 1 p.m., Lower Athletic Field*

Sunday, October 7

Autumn recess

Religious Life
ECC Morning worship is canceled due to autumn recess

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


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*