News for the Smith College Community | February 13, 1997

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Let's Hear it From the Staff Committee

As of the end of January, members of the staff self-study committee have contacted more than 330 staff members in 32 departments. We've connected with people via e-mail, in staff meetings and at focus groups, over lunch, on the phone, in writing and in good, old-fashioned, one-to-one conversations. In addition, we have sent questionnaires to some former employees as well as to members of the 25-year club. And we're contacting other colleges to find out what's happening elsewhere.
Have we missed you? Please don't be offended. There are only 17 of us on the committee and more than 880 staff members, and we're doing our very best to reach as many of you as possible. If you have ideas you would like to share, please consider contacting a committee member with your answers to the following questions:
Committee members include: Miguel Candelaria, trades truck driver, physical plant; Eileen Corbeil, benefits director, human resources; Sid Dalby, associate director of admission and acting associate director, Ada Comstock Scholars Program; Lisa DeCarolis-Osepowicz, administrative assistant, informations systems; Mickey Finn, boat mechanic, physical plant; Dottie Goulet, cook, RADS; Patricia Hayes, assistant director, publications; Michelle Laplante, applications secretary, office of admission; Sarah Lazare, coordinator, tutorial services, CAD; Maureen Litwin, director of admission and financial aid, Campus School; Wayne Nelson, senior cook, RADS; Sheri Peabody, administrative assistant, class deans office; Bruce Sajdak, assistant reference librarian, Neilson library; Kathy Saltis, senior coach of crew; Bill Sheehan, chief accountant, office of the controller; Marta Ostapiuk-Staiti, administrative director, self-study project; Marilyn Woodman, assistant director of corporate and foundation relations, advancement.
Please consider creating a proposal and submitting it to the self-study office in Clark Hall. So far, lots of good ideas are floating around. Some fancy, some simple. We would love to read yours! Thanks for your continued support and hats off to all employees who already have shared their ideas with the staff self-study committee.
Sidonia Dalby, Chair

Happy Birthday George...and Sophia

Smith will be looking both ways on Rally Day: Backward to the contribution of its founder, Sophia Smith, whose 200th birthday has been celebrated in various ways since its kickoff at Rally Day last year, and forward to what the next century might hold for the country's largest women's college.
Moreover, during the ceremony, with appropriate fanfare, President Simmons will announce the name of the first recipient of the Sophia Smith Award, which was established this year to honor the college's benefactor by recognizing the achievements of a person who "by virtue of intelligence, energy and courage, has made a significant and lasting contribution to the education of women."
Mary Maples Dunn, former president of Smith and now director of Radcliffe College's Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, will be the keynote speaker for the convocation, which will be held Wednesday, February 19, at 1:30 p.m., in John M.Greene Hall. Her topic will be "Reflections on the Status of Women: 1796, 1997, 2020."
During the ceremony, four Smith College graduates will be honored with Smith College medals. These awards -- given annually to alumnae who convey the true purpose of a liberal arts education in service to their community or the college -- will be presented to:
Rally Day began at Smith College in 1876 as a reception honoring George Washington's birthday and has since evolved into a full day of celebration; there are no classes or other academic appointments on the day.
As new additions to the day that may turn into the Rally Day traditions of the future:

Conversations and Congratulations

The four Smith alumnae who will be honored during the Rally Day celebration will be the center of "conversation circles" in the Alumnae House conference room on Wednesday, February 19, between 3 and 4 p.m.
You may talk with:
A reception at 4 p.m. in the Alumnae House living room will follow the conversation hour.

Sophia's Challenge

In a year when the college has marked the bicentennial of the birth of its founder, Sophia Smith, with a variety of activities, the Smith College Alumnae Fund has now added its own twist to the 200th birthday tribute: a $200,000 challenge to increase the number of annual leadership donors to 2,500.
Cynthia Woolbright, the fund's director, says the Sophia Smith Bicentennial Challenge came about after 16 alumnae raised more than $200,000 and asked fellow alumnae to respond by remaining -- or becoming for the first time -- leadership donors.
Leadership donors are those alumnae who typically donate $250, $500 or $1,000 -- depending on their year of graduation -- with members of the most recent classes contributing the smaller amounts. Woolbright explains that the challenge is part of a plan to raise the number of graduates making leadership donations to their alma mater by the end of the century.
Having 2,500 leadership donors rather than "hovering around 2,100 to 2,200 as we do now" will make it easier for the fund to raise its giving to the college to a projected goal of $10 million annually, according to Woolbright.
"We need to boost our leadership donors so that each year we can grow until at the end of the decade we hit 3,000," she says. As of February 3, 1997, there were 1,762 leadership donors to this year's alumnae fund; the challenge had met 70% of its goal.
The 16 original alumnae "challengers" include Arlene Cebollero Cohrs '80, Jeanne La Croix Crocker '45, April Hoxie Foley '69, Marion Moore Gilbert '55, Rosemary Kopmeier Hewlett '40, Janet Ingram Kelly '45, Louise Woolworth Lamphere '80, Cheryl Winter Lewy '71, Patricia Friedman Ribakoff '80, Mary Gordon Roberts '60, Nancy Godfrey Schacht '56, Ann E. Sheffer '70, Claudia B. Slacik '79, Nancy Kruidenier Spehard '41, Kate Belcher Webster '46 and Toni Grotta Wolfman '64.

Seniors Say Thanks, Smith

Although commencement is still months away -- with lots of papers and parties, anxiety attacks and all-nighters in between -- many members of the class of 1997 are already saying thank you to their alma mater.
The Senior Appreciation Program, now in just its third year, encourages grads-to-be to begin a lifelong habit of donating to the Alumnae Fund before they even leave the Grécourt Gates. High participation -- not denominations -- is the goal at this point, explains Sylvia "Sly" Racca, assistant director of the fund and Senior Appreciation Program coordinator.
This year's effort, which began in September and officially ended in late November, has been the most successful to date. Fifty-two percent of the senior class took part -- an impressive and significant increase over the class of 1996's 32 percent tally. "Not only is it exciting to be 20 percent higher than last year," Racca points out, "but, for the first time in Alumnae Fund recorded history, the class of '97 also surpassed the overall alumnae participation, which was 42 percent last year. The students are now setting an example for the alums!"
Moreover, this year's figures are not yet final because the Ada Comstock Scholars are committed to 100 percent participation among their seniors, but they have given themselves until Ivy Day to meet this ambitious goal.
Gifts to the Alumnae Fund via the Senior Appreciation Program are "unrestricted," Racca explains. This means that students do not earmark them for a particular purpose, such as better breakfast cereals, pool tables or Stairmasters. However, since 80 percent of all Alumnae Fund donations go to financial aid, most of the senior contributions will be heading that way as well. Those who give $25 or more may give it as a "tribute" to someone they choose -- generally an individual who has played an important part in their Smith experience. According to Racca, past tributes have been made to faculty and staff members, as well as to parents or other relatives.
Racca is grateful to a six-member senior steering committee for working very hard to make the program such a success this year. The committee members included Anna Gilmore, Kim Taylor, Jenny Hawkins, Carolynn Race, Sara Halpern and Jacky Bradley AC. They were also assisted by nearly 30 student volunteers.
She is also appreciative of the efforts of the donors themselves, and for some, she notes, even a five-dollar minimum gift didn't come easily. "There was one student," Racca recalls, "who thought she couldn't afford to give. Then she cleaned up her room and collected six dollars in change, which she presented to the fund in a big envelope."
And a similar package stuffed with coins arrived from an entire contingent of donors. It seems that a senior was eager but unable to make a contribution, so her friends took up a collection and gave it in her name.
Another very welcome gift to the program -- but one that did not arrive in a coin-filled container -- came from President Ruth Simmons, who had pledged a dollar amount for each donor percentage point. The record-setting 52 percent final figure must have been both good news and bad news for the president, who made good on her offer in December.
Although the Senior Appreciation Program is now officially over, gifts can still be made at any time. Contact Sly Racca at extension 2054 or send checks to the Alumnae Fund
c/o Alumnae House.

Vexillology Part IV

by Lorna R. Blake
The importance of flags at sea is something no flag lover can overlook. Long before the days of national navies, traders were pirating each other's ships if opportunity offered. Recognizing a ship on the horizon gave a small ship a chance to escape from an enemy or perhaps to seek help from a friend.
As nationalism grew, emperors and kings started building navies that proudly flew their own special maritime flags. Over the centuries an elaborate code of courtesy grew up among sea captains who, to this day, fly the flag of the country whose port they are visiting, as well as their own flag. That's fine for ships of commerce or pleasure but why a captain should want to identify his ship to an enemy is a question that comes to mind when I see paintings of naval battles, showing flags waving through the smoke and fire. Perhaps the answer is that warfare was for professionals until the 20th century, and sailors observed rules of chivalrous behavior. Not to identify yourself was considered cowardly.
Shipping companies used flags for signalling as well as identity, as any old Girl Scout like me -- who had to pass the scout signalling test in her teens -- will remember. Semaphore (signalling) involved holding a flag in each hand and moving the arms into different positions as rapidly as possible. Each position denoted a different letter of the alphabet and, with much physical and mental strain, one could send a brief message like "I am sinking rapidly. Send help." Even on dry land in the scout hall I sank rapidly, but I did finally pass the test and never once used semaphore again. I understand that some nations make their sailors learn semaphore even today, but there must be simpler ways of dealing with computer failure.
Before I leave naval matters, I want to mention "flags of convenience," a phenomenom as far removed from chivalry and scouts as you can imagine. Ship owners who want to avoid the cost of observing their own country's safety regulations and taxes may legally register their ships under the flag of another country -- one with laxer regulations.
You thought I'd never get to last Vexillology's answers but here they come:
1. Christian kings and emperors often used the cross on their flags and their favorite colors were red, white and blue. We have examples in the ITT from Great Britain, Greece, Norway and Switzerland. The oldest such flag is not on our walls. It is the Danish flag, a white, off-center cross on a red background, unchanged since 1219. All the other Nordic countries copied this pattern in different colors, so you will easily identify Norway's red flag with its off-center blue cross edged in white.
Switzerland's flag also has a white cross on a red background, but it is easily distinguished from the Danish because the cross is centered and does not extend to the edges of the flag. An unusual feature of the Swiss flag is that it is square, not rectangular (although this is not true of the one in the ITT).
On the Greek flag, the white cross on a light blue background in the canton represents Orthodox Christianity. The nine blue and white stripes on the fly represent the Greek struggle against the Ottoman Turks in the early 19th century and the motto of that time, "Liberty or Death." (Maybe Uncle Sam had some influence there too?) Then there is that complicated British flag with cross superimposed on cross. It will have to wait until later so I can have space to answer Question #2, but see how much you can find out about it .
2. The flag of Mexico is green, white and red, with a medallion in the middle depicting a lifelike eagle -- not the stylized variety on old flags -- seizing a snake while hovering over a cactus bush. (By the way, the AcaMedia editor tells me that a question about this flag was recently asked on "Jeopardy.")
3. The Pan African movement chose the colors red (representing the blood shed for freedom) and green and yellow (for Africa's agricultural and mineral wealth). Also, in selecting these colors, they were honoring Ethiopia, the African country with the longest record of independence. If you become interested in maritime flags don't look for Ethiopia's. Having lost its outlet to the sea with the independence of its former province Eritrea in 1993, Ethiopia has just sold its navy.
In the ITT you will find the flags of the Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda and Zimbabwe. They are a wonderfully varied collection showing lots of designer imagination. Slow down as you jog past and study the details.
Thank you to all who have sent me information and added to my knowledge. I think only one message needs mention here. One reader -- Preston Britner, assistant professor of psychology -- is anxious about that Jeopardy prize, too, and points out that, although the latest version of the flag was first flown in 1960, Hawaii in fact entered the Union in 1959. Keep communicating to

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People News

Net Gain

In mid-January, two dozen residents and school teachers from Sophia Smith's hometown of Hatfield took an introductory look around the World Wide Web with guidance from their neighbor and friend, Alan Bloomgarden, who is also assistant director of faculty grants and government relations in the advancement office. Although the session was one of a series of computer literacy classes offered by Hatfield's Net Day Initiative, it took place in a computer classroom at Smith. Town educators have teamed up with an energetic group of parents working towards a statewide Net Day scheduled for April, and Bloomgarden thought he could help. The project's goal is to promote the use of the Internet as a learning tool in elementary and secondary school classrooms and to build support for wiring schools and town facilities to connect to e-mail networks and other free electronic information.
Although Bloomgarden does not have any children in the schools yet (his daughter is 4), he is interested in contributing his time and talent to efforts that will make his town's school system stronger. And, he says, even as a relatively new employee at Smith, he has become aware that being "a good community citizen" is a part of the college's mission that is encouraged among its employees as well. So, "using my computer skills for the benefit of my neighbors seemed like an appropriate thing to do," Bloomgarden said.

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Monday, February 17

Religious activity: Christian spirituality study/discussion Group. Topic: Teresa of Avila's Interior Castle. Lunch served.
Noon, Bodman lounge, Chapel
French language lunch table
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
Italian language lunch table
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
CDO Workshop: How to Prepare for a Successful Interview.
2:45 p.m., CDO group room, Drew Hall
Meeting: Amnesty International.
4-5 p.m., Seelye 105
Informational meeting: Project IBSEN. Do you want to join 30 students in the largest arts festival in the world? Find out about a trip to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
5 p.m., T109, Mendenhall CPA
Meeting: Weekly PIRG Meeting.
7-9 p.m., Dewey common room
CDO informational meeting: The state Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGS).
7:30 p.m., Seelye 208
CDO informational meeting: Deloitte & Touche
7:30 p.m., Seelye 206

Tuesday, February 18

Luncheon meeting Sigma Xi. "The New Advanced Placement Course in Statistics," by Katherine Halvorsen, associate professor of mathematics.
Noon, Smith College Club downstairs lounge
Luncheon meeting: "Choices: Options in Teenage Pregnancy." An S.O.S. Community Service Luncheon. A representative from the Y.W.C.A. will speak on the topic of teenage girls and pregnancy. Pizza and beverages will be served.
Noon, Wright Hall common room
Luncheon meeting: "Literature at Lunch." Eric Reeves, professor of English, will read selections from Milton's "Paradise Lost" having to do with epic sexual pleasure. Bring your brown bag lunch (the English department will provide coffee and soft drinks) or just come to listen.
12:15 p.m., Seelye 207
Religious activity: Episcopal-Lutheran Fellowship meets in parish house parlor for worship, lunch and friendship. All welcome.
Noon, St. John's Church, Elm Street
Hebrew language lunch table. Pizza provided.
Noon, Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Deutscher Tisch language lunch table
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
Japanese language lunch table
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
Lecture: Smith Medalist Dr. Helene Zimmermann Hill will discuss her work on cancer research. A reception begins at 4:15 p.m. in the McConnell foyer followed by the presentation 4:45 p.m.
4:15 p.m., McConnell B05*
Meeting: Grécourt Review.
5-6 p.m., Seelye 202
CDO Workshop: Job Searching and Surfing on the Internet.
6:30-8 p.m., Seelye B-3
Meeting: SGA senate. All are welcome.
7 p.m., Seelye 201
Film: Frontline's The Gulf War, Part I[1995]. Weekly film showing for GOV347: Seminar in International Relations but open to all.
7 p.m., Stoddard auditorium
CDO Open Hours
7-9 p.m., CDO, Drew Hall
Workshop: Female Figure Drawing Session. Free. Sponsored by the Art Resources Committee. All Smith students w/ID and Five College students w/ID and sticker are welcome. Questions? Call Jen at ext. 7698 or Naomi at ext. 4054
7-10 p.m. Hillyer18
CDO Workshop: Writing Your First Résumé
7 p.m., CDO group room, Drew Hall
Meeting: LBTA Community Meeting
7:30 p.m., Gamut
Basketball vs. Clark
7:30 p.m., Ainsworth gymnasium*
CDO Workshop: Orientation: First Years Only: An Orientation and Tour of the CDO geared to the needs of first year student.
8 p.m., CDO, Drew Hall
Rally Day Video Party
9 p.m. to midnight, Davis ballroom

Wednesday, February 19

Rally Day
Classes will be suspended until 8 a.m. on Thursday, February 20. All academic and administrative offices, the libraries, the Center for Foreign Languages and Cultures, athletic facilities and Information Systems resource centers will be closed from 1 to 3 p.m. so that students, faculty and staff can attend convocation at 1:30 p.m. The Smith College Club will open at 11:30 a.m. to enable faculty and staff to have lunch prior to convocation.
Rally Day brunch
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., college houses
Rally Day Convocation
Faculty will assemble at 1:15 p.m. backstage at John M. Greene Hall. (Seniors will assemble at 1 p.m. in front of Northrop and Gillett houses.)
"Reflecting Back, Looking Forward, Focusing on Women" is the theme of this year's Rally Day. The Smith College Medal will be awarded to Gwen Grant Mellon '34, provider of medical and humanitarian care; Helene Zimmermann Hill '50, scientist; Carolyn Dineen King '59, judge and activist; and Thelma Golden '87, curator and author. The Junior and Senior Teaching Awards will be presented, and winners of the Rally Day banner contests will be announced.
Mary Maples Dunn will deliver the Rally Day address, "Reflections on the Status of Women: 1796, 1997, 2020."
1:30 p.m., John M. Greene Hall*
Conversation Circles: An opportunity to interact individually with the Smith Medalists.
3-4 p.m., Alumnae House conference room
Reception for Medalists (following conversation circles)
4 p.m., Alumnae House lounge
Workshop: Male Figure Drawing Session. Free. Sponsored by the Art Resources Committee. All Smith students w/ID and Five College students w/ID and sticker are welcome. Questions? Call Jen at ext. 7698 or Naomi at ext. 4054
7-10 p.m. Hillyer18
Religious activity: Buddhist service and discussion.
7:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Rally Day Show: "Sophia's Follies." The Rally Day Show is a night full of musical skits about the life on campus of Smith women. This year, the S.I.C.K.O.S will be the M.C.'s, and President Simmons will be a participant. Prizes will be given to the best skits as well as to the class with the highest attendance. The skits will be judged by our very own deans and faculty members. Tickets, at $2, will be sold in the student mail center on Tuesday, February 18, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and at the door on the night of the event. Proceeds will be donated to the Family Empowerment Program in North-ampton, an organization that financially aids families of children with physical disabilities. All welcome.
7:30 p.m., John M. Greene Hall*+
Meeting: Smith College Collective, a Smith College film and video club, is meeting for a screenplay workshop. Members are encouraged to bring work of their own or ideas.
7:30 p.m., Room 103, Nonprint Resource Center, Alumnae Gym
Film: A Change of Mind. From "The Prisoner" television series. Number 6's disruption of the community is to be ended through social conversion. Optional for students in HST254b Nineteenth-Century Thought and open to all.
7:30 p.m., Seelye 201*

Thursday, February 20

Luncheon meeting: "Do Appellate Courts Regularly Cheat -- or, Why, Whether, and How Far Judges Are Bound to Obey the Law," by Malcolm B.E. Smith, professor of philosophy. Part of the Liberal Arts Luncheon Series, open to faculty, emeriti and staff.
Noon, Smith College Club lower level
Luncheon Meeting: Hillel at Noon, a weekly discussion and luncheon gathering, veggie food catered by Fire and Water Café. This week's topic: A Discussion: What's in a name? How Jews describe themselves and how non-Jews describe them. All welcome. Questions or RSVP to the Kosher Kitchen at ext. 5074.
Noon, Dawes House, Kosher Kitchen
Chinese language lunch table
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
Russian language lunch table
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
Book signing and slide lecture with Richard Bir. Sponsored by the Friends of the Botanic Garden. The book signing will be from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. with the slide lecture in the auditorium at 4:45 p.m. and a reception to follow in the Lyman Plant House.
4:45 p.m., Wright auditorium*
CDO informational meeting: M.B.N.A.- New England
7:30 p.m., Seelye 208
CDO informational meeting: M.I.T. Lincoln Lab
7:30 p.m., Seelye 206
Film: To be announced. Sponsored by Rec Council.
9 p.m., Wright Hall auditorium
Friday, February 21
ASL language lunch table
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
Discussion: "Race Uni-Tea." The role of individual initiative in creating unity. Special guests: Thelma Khelgahti and Mary K. Makoski, actresses/playwrights. Tea served. Sponsored by the Smith Baha'i Club and the Office of Institutional Diversity.
4 p.m., Alumnae House living room*
Lecture: Biology Sciences and Biochemistry Colloquium: "Death of Daylily Flowers: Does Stress Lead to Suicide?" by Dr. Bernard Rubinstein, UMass Amherst.
4 p.m., McConnell Hall B05*
Meeting: Smith Science Fiction and Fantasy Society.
4:30-5:30 p.m., Seelye 208
Religious service: Shabbat Eve Service.
5:30 p.m., Kosher Kitchen, Dawes House
Community event: Shabbat Eve Dinner.
6:30 p.m., Kosher Kitchen, Dawes House
Film: My Mother Thought She Was Audrey Hepburn.Funny and irreverent statement about growing up Asian-American in a white society. Features a young woman named Suzanne, brought up with the idea of beauty embodied in Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy. This short film reveals the oppressiveness of racial stereotypes without losing its sense of humor. (Director: Sharon Jue, 1992; 17 min.). Part one of the film series entitled Sub-Cultures and Counter-Cultures, sponsored by the Committee on Motion Pictures.
7 and 9 p.m., Stoddard Hall auditorium*
Special event: "Amazing Grace." A free dramatic performance by Thelma Khelgahti and Mary K. Makoski. Stories of personal transformation from slavery to the present day through drama, poetry and song. Sponsored by the Smith Baha'i Club and the Office of Institutional Diversity.
7:30 p.m., Neilson Library Browsing Room*
Performance: Safe House, by Smith MFA candidate Monica Raymond, is the fifth reading in the New Play Reading Series. In Safe House, Person, a 14-year-old runaway, tries to choose between two new all-female families: an unusual household of other abuse survivors or a rich and respectable butch/femme couple.
7:30 p.m., Sage Recital Hall*
Concert: Five College New Music Festival. Works by Robert Stern, Yusef Lateef, Lewis Spratlan.
8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall*
Performance: EKTA Cultural Show. Admission charge is $3. Questions? Noreena Mehra at ext. 7508 or Pallavi Moorthy at ext. 6019
7 p.m., John M. Greene Hall*+

Saturday, February 22

Conference: EKTA South Asian Students Association Conference. Admission: $5 includes refreshments.
10 a.m., Alumnae House conference room*+
Dinner and Party for Annual EKTA Conference. Admission $5.
6 p.m., Davis ballroom*+

Sunday, February 23

Religious activity: Quaker (Friends) discussion group. Meeting for worship begins at 11 a.m. Child care available.
9:30 a.m., Bass 210*
Religious service: Ecumenical Christian morning worship with Reverend Richard Unsworth. Coffee hour follows. All welcome.
10:30 a.m., Chapel*
Discussion: "The Problem with the Word: Christianity and Sexuality." Questions? Call Abby Rupp ext. 4828 or Betty Stookey (627) 576-6590.
12:30-2:30 p.m., Bodman lounge, Helen Hills Hills Chapel
CDO Open Hours
1-4 p.m., CDO, Drew Hall
CDO Workshop: Job Search for Seniors.
1:15 p.m., CDO, Drew Hall
Film: My Mother Thought She Was Audrey Hepburn.See 2/21 listing for description.
2 and 4 p.m., Wright Hall auditorium*
CDO Workshop: How to Find a Summer Job or Internship.
2:30 p.m., CDO, Drew Hall
CDO Workshop: Seniors only: never been to the CDO? It's never too late! Come for a tour and orientation.
3 p.m., CDO, Drew Hall
Religious service: Roman Catholic Mass. Informal dinner follows. All welcome.
4:30 p.m., Chapel*
Meeting: Feminists of Smith Unite meeting: join other feminists in planning for Women's Week and learning more about different aspects and issues of feminism. New members are always welcome! Questions? Call Missy at ext. 7850.
7 p.m., Women's Resource Center, 3rd floor of Davis
CDO informational meeting: Jeffrey Slocum & Associates
7:30 p.m., Wright Hall common room
Concert: Faculty recital: Karen Smith Emerson, soprano; John Van Buskirk, piano; Lynn Sussman, clarinet. Works by Schubert, Berlioz and Wheelock: Into the Quiet Air (world premiere).
8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall*

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Museum of Art, 585-2770. Hours: Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Wednesday and Sunday, Noon to 4 p.m.; Thursday, Noon to 8 p.m. Print Room hours: Tuesday through Friday, 1 to 4 p.m., Saturday, 1 to 4 p.m., during exhibitions. Other hours by appointment.
Mojo Hand: Recent Work by Richard Yarde (1/16 through 3/16).
Still Life Photographs (1/21 through 3/22). Print Room.

Downhill Ski Day

Stratton Mountain, Vermont, Saturday, February 22: Come downhill skiing or snowboarding. Open to all skiing abilities and all members of the Smith community; sponsored by the student affairs office. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Amount TBA. Student group rates are lift only: $29; lift and rentals, $50 (lift & rentals of snow-boards, $60); lift, rental and lessons $67; lift and lessons, $46; beginner package for skiing and snowboarding (includes lift, lesson and rentals), ski, $49, snowboarding, $59.
Please inquire on discounts for adults (ages 19-64), seniors (age 65 and over) and juniors (ages 7-12). Van transportation (cost $8) is for students on a space available basis. Stratton is 90 minutes north of Northampton in Vermont. Sign up and pay at the student affairs office, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. beginning February 12. Questions? Call Merry Farnum at ext. 4904. Hope to see you on the slopes.

Reunion and Commencement

The deadline for entries in the reunion and commencement program and the reunion weekend program is March 14. All entries should be sent to the Alumnae Association, Alumnae Outreach. No entries will be accepted after March 14.
All campus space reservations for the period May 10-25 should be made through the Alumnae Association. Please submit all requests for space in writing to the Alumnae Association, Alumnae Outreach. Requests for campus space during this period may be made until May 9.

Scholarship for Graduate Study

Seniors are reminded that Alumnae Scholarship applications for full time, first-year graduate study in the United States or abroad are available in the Office of the Class Deans, College Hall 23. The deadline for applying is March 15.

SOS Annual Fund Drive

The annual fund drive for SOS will run from February 20 to March 27. This year's topic is teenage pregnancy and parenting. House reps will be collecting donations during this period. There will also be a collection jar at Kaffee Klatsch. Proceeds go to local non-profit organizations dealing with this issue. Prizes will be awarded to houses with the highest percent participation and to a raffle winner. Questions or for direct donations, contact Mahvesh Qureshi ext. 5665 or Kim Knope ext. 5691.

Housing Lottery

Look for the "Housing Lottery Questions & Answers" booklet in your mailbox if you are a student who is (1) currently living on campus, and (2) Class of '98 or less. Additional copies of the booklet will be available in the Office of Student Affairs (College Hall 24).
Don't forget to pay your $200 room deposit by Friday, February 21. If a room deposit has not been received, you are ineligible to participate in the spring lottery. Eligible students on financial aid will receive room deposit waivers in early February. Other students may apply for a waiver in the Office of Student Affairs no later than Tuesday, February 17. Questions about spring housing lottery can be directed to Kathleen Kramer, housing coordinator, at ext. 4940.
Important Dates to Remember for Housing:
Friday, February 21, $200 room deposit due
Monday, February 24 (afternoon), students with paid deposits receive house decision cards in campus mailbox
Friday, February 28, completed house decision cards due to the Office of Student Affairs no later than 4 p.m.
Wednesday, March 12 (afternoon), students who choose to enter lottery receive house choice cards in campus mailboxes
Wednesday, March 26, completed house choice cards due to the Office of Student Affairs no later than 4 p.m.
Wednesday, April 2, students who entered lottery receive lottery results in campus mailboxes
Tuesday, April 8, room draw (times TBA in house)

Peer Writing Assistance Is Now Available

From now until the end of the semester, the peer writing assistants will help students improve their writing five nights a week.
Where and when: Sunday through Thursday, Seelye 307, 7-10 p.m. No appointments necessary. All stages of drafts considered. No fee for services.

Drop Deadline

The last day to drop a course is Friday, February 28. Drop forms may be obtained in the registrar's office.

Late Registration Fee

A late fee of $25 is charged for any petition to add or drop courses after the deadline. Please be sure to correct your registration by the appropriate deadlines.

International Students' Income Tax Workshop

The tax accounting firm of Pannell, Kerr Forster will present a workshop on Saturday, March 8, in Seelye 106. There will be two sessions. Students should refer to the newsletter sent this week from the international students office in order to schedule themselves in the appropriate session. The workshop will cover the 1996 tax year.
Also please note the error on page two of the newsletter that lists the workshop as taking place March 9 in Stoddard Auditorium. This is incorrect.

Faculty Meeting

The sixth regular meeting of the faculty for 1996-97 will be held on Wednesday, February 26, at 4:10 p.m. in the Alumnae House. Members of the faculty who have business for the meeting should notify the secretary of the faculty, Scott Bradbury, in writing, not later than Wednesday, February 19. Material to be included in the mailing with the agenda must be camera-ready and submitted to College Hall 27 by Monday, February 17.

Denis Johnston Prize

The Denis Johnston Prize for Creative Writing in the Dramatic Media is an annual prize to be awarded jointly by the Smith College departments of English and theatre, to a current undergraduate of any of the Five Colleges. Manuscripts, which may be of any length, can be submitted to the Denis Johnston Prize Committee, Theatre Building T205, Smith College. Any unpublished script is eligible. Please submit three copies of each manuscript which is to be considered for this award, along with a self-addressed envelope (for returning scripts) with an address that will be appropriate after June 1. The deadline for submission is Tuesday, April 1.

Health Service

Because of the turnaround time on Pap tests, none will be done at the Health Services after May 2. They will resume again in September. Seniors should schedule their senior physicals before this date.

Two Staff Council Activities

The Staff Council activities committee is seeking volunteers who are willing to answer telephones and record pledges on Sunday, March 9, from 11:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. during public television station WGBY's upcoming membership drive. Smith t-shirts to be worn on camera and transportation will be provided. If interested, please contact Cindy Rucci, Neilson Library, ext. 2923, or by e-mail at crucci@smith before Wednesday, February 26.
The activities committee is also sponsoring a trip to Boston with a twist on Saturday, March 15. Participants have the option of spending the morning at Faneuil Hall/Quincy Marketplace and the afternoon at the 1997 New England spring flower show or of spending the entire day exploring the city on their own. This trip is open to all employees, faculty, emeriti and their guests. The price for the bus and flower show tickets is $27. If you choose not to go to the flower show, the price is $12. Reservations may be made by contacting Judy Biardi or Cindy Rucci in Neilson Library, ext. 2923.

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