News for the Smith College Community | March 6, 1997

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Smith 2020

Now You've Heard Everything

Thousands of hours put in by hundreds of people (or at least it seems that way)...notebooks full of important proposals...e-mails flying through fiber optics...task force reports...mission statement drafts. Is it possible that Smith 2020 has something more to offer? Indeed, it is.
Ta Daaa !
The 2020 Contest: An entry in this contest must be a representation -- in any medium -- of some aspect of Smith as it will be in 2020. It might be a collage, a mural, a web page, a video, a diorama, a poem, a song or a skit. It might even be an essay. Actually, this competition started out as an essay contest but mutated to its current form in order to tap more extensively into the creative energies of the Smith community -- people with woodworking, drafting or video production skills or those with musical, artistic or playwrighting talents. It is expected, for example, that, for this contest, a carpenter might build a model of a campus building as it would be constructed in 2020; an electronic whiz-kid might design a futuristic web page; or a writer might create a sci-fi version of life at Smith in the 21st century.
The contest is the brainchild of the staff committee that is working in conjunction with the self-study. The group suggested that a competition be developed that would elicit the community's best ideas for how Smith might appear in the year 2020.
Entries, which must be submitted to the Office of College Relations, Garrison Hall, by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 4, will be evaluated by a panel of judges. Consideration will be given to the idea represented by each entry as well as to its presentation.
And here's the incentive: There will be first prizes of $2,020 and second prizes of $202.0(0) in three categories: current students, faculty and staff (which includes all other employees), as well as a number of honorable mentions at $20.20. (Senior staff, judges, trustees and their families are not eligible to participate.) Questions? Call Ann Shanahan, ext. 2190, or e-mail ashanahan@ais

And The Winners Are...

Of the creative and colorful banners that festooned the balcony of John M. Greene Hall on Rally Day, four were singled out for special honors (and prizes -- $125 to the first prize house and a copy of Smith Voices to the runner-up house). For the banner that best illustrated the Rally Day theme of "Reflecting, Moving, Focusing," Northrop House won first prize with Cushing taking honorable mention. For the most creative banner, Talbot House was the choice with Chase House as honorable mention. Judges were: Merry Farnum, student affairs; Kara Morin, alumnae association; Peg Pitzer, advancement; Elizabeth Kinter '99; and Denise Gay '98.
In the evening, the class of 1997 was the big winner, with prizes for having presented the best skit in Sophia's Follies and for having the highest percentage of any class attending the Rally Day show; 36 percent of the senior class was there to cheer on the class clowns. Judges for the evening prizes -- $125 for each award -- were: Nancy Asai and Hryar Tamzarian, student affairs; Maureen Mahoney, dean of the college; Tom Riddell and Mary Philpott, class deans; Marjorie Richardson, minority affairs; and John Connolly, dean of the faculty.
And finally, in the third annual AcaMedia Rally Day scramble, the winner is...Laura Samartin '97 of Tyler House.
We were very pleased that so many people took the time to complete the word scramble and submit their entries.

Class Distinction

Two members of the faculty were recognized for outstanding performance in the classroom at Rally Day 1997 when they received the traditional Junior and Senior Teaching Awards.
Paulette Peckol, professor of biological sciences, recipient of the latter honor, which was presented by Emily Petty '97, graduated from Wittenburg University and received the Ph. D. from Duke University. She arrived at Smith in 1985 as assistant professor and coordinator of the Five College Coastal and Marine Science Program. Promoted to full professor in 1996, she teaches courses in introductory biology, environmental biology and in both marine and tropical ecology.
The citation read by Petty included several comments about Peckol by the students who nominated her for the award: "She answers all questions without passing judgment on a student or intimidating her"; and "She made me feel confident and intelligent and, because she expected quality work from me and believed that I could produce it, I did some of my best work at Smith in her classes." Students also commented on the emphasis that Peckol places on verbal and written communications skills, emphasizing that these are "the tools for success." But it's not all work in Peckol's classes: "Her sense of humor," observed the teaching award citation, "has created a new experience for students as they begin to realize that science can be lots of fun."
Humor was also a theme in the citation read by Deborah Szarski '97 as she presented the Junior Teaching Award to Assistant Professor of Sociology Marc Steinberg. Szarski called Steinberg's sense of humor "wacky" and remarked on "the quirky enthusiasm" that leads him to play Madonna's "Material Girl" as a prelude to a discussion of capitalism and motivate students to make insightful connections between experience and theory by awarding "funky fish pens." In a more serious vein, Szarski quoted one of Steinberg's students as saying that he "encourages us to learn because we love to learn and allows us to remember why learning is something to love." Steinberg received both the A.B. and the M.A. in history from The Johns Hopkins University and the Ph. D. in sociology from the University of Michigan. He has been teaching at Smith since 1994 and his courses have included introductory sociology, theories of society, contemporary sociological theory and social movements.
Award recipients are determined by the Faculty Teaching Awards Committee, a group of students from the sophomore, junior and senior and Ada Comstock classes. Nominations for the awards are submitted in letters from Smith students and include anecdotes and specific examples of teaching excellence. The committee members rely on the strength of the nomination letters, rather than the number of letters they receive about a single candidate, to make their choices.

Diversity Statement

On February 24, a Campus Climate Working Group sub-group met to begin drafting a diversity statement, the purpose of which is to address the expectations of the Smith College community. Below is the sub-group's first draft. Those interested in joining the group may attend its next meeting, on Monday, March 10, at noon, in Neilson Browsing Room.
Smith College is committed to the promotion and affirmation of diversity in its broadest sense. All people must be able to work, study and live at Smith with the expectation of respectful treatment within a climate of safety. The College places a high value on the dignity and worth of individuals regardless of their gender, ethnicity, race, sexual/affectional orientation, age, physical and mental abilities, religious beliefs and socioeconomic class. Because academic discourse depends on the free exchange of multiple perspectives and differing points of view, we strive to maintain an atmosphere that encourages respectful free, open and active dialogue. Therefore, all Smith College students and employees are expected to respect the dignity and worth of the individual and to strive for the preservation and protection of fundamental human rights.
Although we recognize that the promotion of diversity has an inherent tendency toward clashes in values and perspectives, Smith College requires the commitment of all members of the community to work toward the recognition and elimination of prejudice and discrimination and the willingness to examine and discuss conflicts to insure their effective resolution.

Going From School to College in a New Way

Two students from the Smith Vocational and Agricultural High School are currently working on campus as part of a new outreach effort initiated by the college. Through the Women in the Trades program, Rebecca Cooper, a senior at the high school, spends alternate weeks between the Smith botanic garden and her agriculture classroom at the high school.
Cooper and Rachel Estes, who works in the the physical plant plumbing shop, are two of 18 young women who visited campus last fall to explore careers in nontraditional areas. According to Elyse Cann, Smith Voke's school-to-career coordinator, during the campus tour, students who are in agriculture and forestry at the vocational school ended up exploring Smith's greenhouses, grounds and stables, while the second group spent their time at a construction site where carpenters, plumbers and electricians were at work.
Bill Brandt, physical plant director, noted that the college started the partnership with the high school because "it's a relationship where we can provide a workplace and training for young women in jobs that are nontraditional for women." Cooper and Estes, who is a junior, have been on campus since the beginning of January.
Brandt noted that there are several unions that represent the tradespeople at physical plant and that this program is a joint effort between the unions and the college. The program allows the college to hire for pay several young women at a time who will work in a particular trade for 40 hours per week. "This is an ongoing program," Brandt said. "Hopefully, in the future, we will have four or five high school students a year. I have long felt we need to do something like this because there are so few women in the trades."
The partnership with the college is one aspect of a larger program funded in part by the DeWitt Wallace-Readers Digest Fund, Cann explains. The School-to-Career Partnership was developed in the spring of 1996 by representatives of schools, employers, government, human services and other organizations to enhance connections between schools and communities. The program involves work study, internships and job shadowing.
Cooper, who lives in Easthampton, said her time on campus so far has been an all-around learning experience. "I drove by here every day going to school but I never even thought of stopping," she said. "I had never been here before I came on the tour. Now I enjoy everything about the place. There is such a variety here," she says of the landscape. "It's just like a rain forest."

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Twin Achievements

It isn't often that the same family can boast the publication of two books within just a few months of each other. Boccaccio's Des cleres at nobles femmes: Systems of Signification in an Illuminated Manuscript, by Brigitte Buettner of the art department, reached book shelves first -- last fall. Published by the College Art Association in association with the University of Washington Press, Buettner's book is part of CAA's distinguished Monographs on the Fine Arts series. A study of the first surviving illuminated manuscript of the French translation of Boccaccio's Clere femmes, according to the CAA News, it "provides insight into the role of merchants in Parisian artistic production around 1440 and examines the iconography of the 109 miniatures contained in the Clere femmes. [Buettner] offers an enlightening analysis of the manuscript's formal repetitions and contrasts of gestures and colors, demonstrating in the end that visual systems can articulate meaningful patterns."
Arriving on the scene only slightly later -- right now, in fact-- is After Empire by Buettner's husband, Michael Gorra of the English department. In his book, Gorra explores how three novelists of empire -- Paul Scott, V.S. Naipaul and Salman Rushdie -- have charted the perpetually drawn and perpetually blurred boundaries of identity left in the wake of British imperialism. "Full of sound judgment, insight and originality, Gorra's analysis of what he terms the imagined community of the British Empire will probably form the theoretical platform upon which the emerging generations of post-colonial scholars will build," observes reviewer Caryl Phillips.
The Buettner-Gorra duo will be at the Jeffrey Amherst College Store on South Prospect Street (behind the Jeffrey Amherst Bookstore) in Amherst Friday, March 7, from 4 to 6 p.m. for a book-signing party. Meanwhile, they are both thinking about the next writing project. Buettner is starting a book on the images and rituals of gift-giving in late-medieval courts of Europe and Gorra, as a result of "Travellers' Tales," a comparative literature course he is teaching, is contemplating writing some travel literature of his own, and his opportunity may be just around the corner; he and Buettner will be in Germany next year where she will be directing the Junior Year Abroad in Hamburg.

Faculty Promotions Announced

Ten members of the Smith College faculty were promoted by the college's board of trustees at its February 22 meeting. The promotions -- three to the rank of full professor and seven to the rank of associate professor -- are effective July 1, 1997.
Promoted to full professor from associate professor were Richard Briggs, biological sciences; Richard Fantasia, sociology; and Susan Heideman, art.
Promoted to associate professor with tenure from assistant professor were Anna Botta, Italian language and literature; Nancy Bradbury, English language and literature; Brigitte Buettner, art; Lois Dubin, religion and biblical literature; Ellen Kaplan, theatre; and John Moore, art. Also promoted to associate professor was Elliot Fratkin, anthropology.

Congratulations are in Order

Sarah M. Pritchard, director of libraries and the recipient recently of not one, but two, important awards, says she is slightly self-conscious about this embarrassment of riches. Pritchard was named as the 1997 winner of the American Library Association Equality Award, which is given to a person who has made outstanding contributions to the promotion of the equality of men and women in the library profession. She has also been selected as the Alumna/Alumnus of the Year by the alumni association of the University of Wisconsin School of Library and Information Studies, an award that is given for outstanding leadership and accomplishment. The latter award is not all gravy; it carries with it an invitation to speak at the University of Wisconsin library school graduation in May.

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Monday, March 10

Spring Bulb Show
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Lyman Plant House*
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: Résumé critiques by peer advisors.
1 p.m., CDO, Drew Hall
CDO Workshop: Writing Your First Résumé.
2:45 p.m., CDO, Drew Hall
CDO Workshop: How to Find a Summer Job or Internship.
3 p.m., CDO, Drew Hall
Meeting: Amnesty International.
4-5 p.m., Seelye 105
Meeting: Smith Debate Society.
4-5 p.m., Seelye 107
Lecture: "Gender on the Court: An Analysis of Gender Talk and the Construction of Identities in Youth Basketball," a work-in-progress presentation by Rhonda L. Singer, sociology. Sponsored by the Smith College Project on Women and Social Change.
4:15 p.m., Seelye 207*
Special event: Free Tibet. A reception after a march for Tibetan Uprising Day. Tibet has been under Chinese Communist military occupation since 1949. On March 10, 1959, the Tibetan people rose up in resistance. Eighty-seven thousand Tibetans were killed, and the young Dalai Lama and more than 80,000 Tibetans escaped into India. They continue to live in exile, preserving their unique and highly spiritual culture and peacefully advancing the cause of Tibetan freedom and survival. Sponsored by Students for a Free Tibet.
5:30 p.m., Wright Hall common room*
Special event: Art department dinner. All art students are invited to join the art department faculty for a pizza party, while viewing student art work. Students who are interested in displaying their work for the dinner should contact Jen, ext. 7698.
6-8 p.m., Hillyer 18/19
Film: Compassion in Exile: The Story of the 14th Dalai Lama. Part of the Tibetan Film Festival. Shows the tragic plight of Tibetans who have been persecuted by the Chinese.
7 p.m., Wright Hall auditorium*
Meeting: Weekly PIRG meeting.
7-9 p.m., Dewey common room
Meeting: Society for Creative Anachronism. Come help build the Five College chapter. It's a historical educational society that recreates the best of the Middle Ages.
9-10:30 p.m., Seelye 208

Tuesday, March 11

Spring Bulb Show
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Lyman Plant House*
Luncheon meeting Sigma Xi. "Sheep Cloning," by Dany Adams, biological sciences.
noon, Smith College Club downstairs lounge
SOS luncheon: "Community-based Learning." Come hear Sandie Drury AC talk about her special studies project with an SOS-sponsored organization. Two professors who have used community-based learning in their classes will also speak of their experiences. Pizza and beverages provided.
noon, Wright Hall common room
CDO workshop: Job Search Tips & Strategies for Adas. A brown bag lunch workshop. This workshop will cover job search tips and strategies for today's changing market. Bring your questions and concerns. Also bring your lunch.
noon, CDO, Drew Hall
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
Literature at Lunch. In honor of St. Patrick's Day, students in English 382b, Advanced Poetry Writing, will read poems from Ireland by Yeats, Muldoon, Boland, Heaney and others. 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
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
Discussion: Informal Conversation with Peter Fischer-Appelt, former president of the University of Hamburg, and his daughter Dorothée, former student at Smith College, on the benefits of study abroad. Of interest to any student considering study abroad or specifically in Germany. Refreshments will be served. Sponsored by the Department of German Studies and the German club.
4:30-5:30 p.m., Green Room, Sage Hall
Lecture: Inaugural address for the Gwendolyn Carter African Studies Program. South African Ambassador to the U.S., Franklin Sonn, will speak on "Recent Constitutional Changes in South Africa and Their Ramifications for the Rest of the Continent."
4:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall*
Informational meeting: Preludes 1997 (for the class of 2001). Interested in becoming a Preludes leader? (PLs are small group leaders for the Preludes pre-orientation program.) Applications will be available in the student mail center and outside College Hall 22 beginning March 7; completed applications are due Friday, March 28.
5 p.m., Seelye 107
Meeting: Grécourt Review.
5-6 p.m., Seelye 202
Meeting: The anthropology majors will meet for a pizza party and discussion of a short anthropological documentary film. RSVP to
5-7 p.m., Wright Hall common room
Film: Satya: A Prayer for the Enemy. Part of the Tibetan Film Festival. The story of the Tibetan Buddhist nuns who have taken the lead in resisting Chinese occupation in Tibet.
7 p.m., Wright Hall auditorium*
Meeting: Study Group to discuss and experience the spiritual insights of "The Celestine Prophecy." All are welcome.
7 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Meeting: Senate. All are welcome.
7 p.m., Seelye 201
Film: True Lies (1994, Jamie Lee Curtis and Arnold Swartzenager). Weekly film showing for GOV347: Seminar in International Relations but open to all.
7 p.m., Stoddard auditorium
CDO workshop: How to Prepare for a Successful Interview.
7 p.m., CDO, Drew Hall
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. Question? Jen at ext. 7698 or Naomi at ext. 4054.
7-10 p.m. Hillyer 18
CDO informational meeting: Chase Manhattan Bank Private Banking Credit Analyst Program. Chase will conduct on-campus interviews for this program on March 12.
7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room
CDO workshop: Résumé critiques by peer advisors.
8:15 p.m., CDO, Drew Hall
CDO workshop: Self-exploration workshop. Learn about the tools and strategies necessary for starting your career/job/internship search.
8:15 p.m., CDO, Drew Hall

Wednesday, March 12

Student payroll vouchers due by noon in College Hall 10.
Spring Bulb Show
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Lyman Plant House*
Religious activity: A gathering and informative discussion/reflection for Catholic Adas. Lunch is served.
noon-1 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Korean language lunch table
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
Spanish & Portuguese language lunch table
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
CDO workshop: Résumé critiques by peer advisors.
1 p.m., CDO, Drew Hall
Lecture: Marine science information session. Kirsten Power '98, will give a presentation on her summer internship on Great Gull Island, NY, for the American Museum of Natural History. Sponsored by Five College marine science.
4:15 p.m., Burton 101*
Film: Tantras of Gyuto. Part of the Tibetan Film Festival. An account of the secret Tibetan Buddhist ceremonies by monks of Gyuto Tantric College.
7 p.m., Wright Hall auditorium*
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. Question? Jen at ext. 7698 or Naomi at ext. 4054.
7-10 p.m. Hillyer 18
Religious activity: Buddhist service and discussion.
7:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Informational meeting: Preludes 1997 (for the class of 2001). Interested in becoming a Preludes leader? See 3/11 description for details.
7:30 p.m., Seelye 107
Lecture: "Weapons Trafficking and Ethnic Conflict in Central Africa," a talk by Kathi Austin, director of the Africa Program of the Institute for Policy Studies and consultant with Human Rights Watch Arms Project. Sponsored the Five College Program in Peace & World Security Studies (PAWSS).
7:30 p.m., McConnell Auditorium*
Meeting: Smith College Collective (Film Club).
7:30 p.m., Nonprint Resource Center C103
Film: Hammer Into Anvil. Goethe said "you must be hammer or anvil." Will "The Prisoner" outlast number two hammering? Optional for students in HST254b Nineteenth-Century Thought and open to all.
7:30 p.m., Seelye 201*

Thursday, March 13

Spring Bulb Show
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Lyman Plant House*
Luncheon meeting: "Machina Carnis: A Tale of Two Proteins," by Stylianos Scordilis, biological sciences. Part of the Liberal Arts Luncheon Series, open to faculty, emeriti and staff. (Rescheduled from last week.)
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. 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
Performance: "Between Fear and Faith," a presentation of a master's thesis in music by Alicia Mathewson. With music, sound and dance, the presentation explores the complex spiritual and musical journey of a young American women. Utilizing diverse influences from Stravinsky to Joni Mitchell, Mathewson has created a music theater experience not easily categorized.
4 and 8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio Theater, Mendenhall CPA*
CDO workshop: Job Searching and Surfing on the Internet.
4:30-6 p.m., Seelye B-3
Lecture: "Circadian Clock Genes in Drosophila," a talk by Melissa Hunter-Ensor '85, neuroscience de-partment, University of Pennsylvania.
4:30 p.m., Bass 210*
Meeting: Heads of organizations. Mandatory meeting. If you cannot attend, contact the coordinator of student organizations in writing.
5 p.m., Stoddard auditorium
Meeting: Smith Debate Society.
5-6 p.m., Seelye 107
Film: Echoes from Tibet. Part of the Tibetan Film Festival. Discussion of the part music plays in the lives of Tibetan Buddhists.
7 p.m., Seelye 106*
Film: An alternative to Thursday prime time TV: The Activist Film Series. A forum for political discussion and inspiration for everyone. Sponsored by MASSPIRG.
7:30 p.m., Dewey common room
Concert: The Sage Hall Concert Series will conclude the '96­97 season with an all-Beethoven program performed by noted Beethoven interpreters Pamela Frank, violin, and Claude Frank, piano. Tickets are $18 for the general public; $14 for Smith faculty and staff and senior citizens over 65; $6 for Five College students with ID; and $3 for Smith students with ID ($3 tickets available at the door only between 7 and 7:45 p.m.). Tickets may be purchased through Northampton box office, telephone 586-8686 or 800-THE-TICK. Need further information? Call ext. 3164.
8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall*+
Film: Stealing Beauty. Sponsored by Rec Council.
9 p.m., Wright Hall auditorium

Friday, March 14

Spring Bulb Show
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Lyman Plant House*
Religious activity: Stations of the Cross. A gathering every Friday during Lent for prayer and reflection. Light lunch is served.
12:15-1 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
ASL language lunch table
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
Meeting: Smith Science Fiction and Fantasy Society.
4:30-5:30 p.m., Seelye 208
Special event: Caribbean for Kids! Caribbean buffet with a show featuring the "Caribbean for Kids" band from Creative Entertainments Group, includes limbo, shakers, steel drum music, sing-alongs. Come join the fun. Social hour is 5:30-6:30 p.m., dinner is 6-7:15 p.m. and dessert and the show is 6:30-8 p.m. Adults are $11 and children ages 3 to 12 are $5.50. For reservations call the club office at ext. 2341 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. After hours, please leave message on phone mail with your name and number in party.
5:30-8 p.m., Smith College Club+
Religious service: Shabbat Eve Service.
5:30 p.m., Dawes House, Kosher Kitchen
Community event: Shabbat Eve Dinner.
6:30 p.m., Dawes House, Kosher Kitchen
Meeting: Smith Christian Fellowship. Come sing, pray and chat. Topics for this semester include faithfulness, love, self-control, patience, goodness, joy, gentleness, kindness and peace.
7-9 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Saturday, March 15

Spring Recess Begins: Houses close at 10 a.m.
Spring Bulb Show
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Lyman Plant House*
Special event: Susie Bright. Celebrate spring with a talk and reading by America's leading sexpert. Susie Bright's "Sexual State of the Union," just published by Simon and Schuster, is a wise, witty and penetrating tour through the most pressing sexual issues of our complicated time. Book-signing to follow. Cosponsored by the Globe Bookshop and Smith College's lesbian bisexual alliance.
7:30 p.m., Wright Hall auditorium*

Sunday, March 16

Spring Bulb Show
11 a.m.-4 p.m., Lyman Plant House*
Religious activity: Quaker (Friends) discussion group. Meeting for worship begins at 11 a.m. Child care available.
9:30 a.m., Bass 210*

Monday, March 17, through Saturday, March 22

No events scheduled

Sunday, March 23

Spring recess ends. Houses open at 1 p.m.
Religious activity: Quaker (Friends) discussion Group. Meeting for worship begins at 11 a.m. Child care is available.
9:30 a.m., Bass 210*

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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.

Chapel Sanctuary Renovations

The sanctuary of the Helen Hills Hills Chapel is under renovation until April 11. Sunday morning services and Sunday afternoon Masses will be held in the Alumnae House at the corner of Elm Street and Bedford Terrace. All activities scheduled for the Bodman Religious Center downstairs will proceed without interruption.

Student Activities Fair

The Office of Admission invites all campus organizations to participate in a student activities fair to be held during Open Campus on Friday, April 18 from noon-1 p.m. in Ainsworth Gymnasium. Open Campus is a two-day program designed to help admitted students make an informed decision about attending Smith. Participants will have the opportunity to attend classes, speak with current Smith students, eat and sleep in campus houses, meet with faculty and staff, and explore the college on their own.
The activities fair will provide potential members of the Class of 2001 with a chance to learn about co-curricular life at Smith. Student organizations will be able to recruit new members, sell fundraising merchandise and serve as goodwill ambassadors for the college.
If your organization is interested in participating, please contact Joyce Rauch or Jennifer Christian in the admission office at ext. 2523.

Summer Employment

Are you interested in employment on campus this summer? From March 3 through April 1, the Office of Human Resources will be accepting applications for summer employment. To be eligible you must either be a Smith student who is returning to school this fall, or a dependent of a current Smith employee. Employee dependents must be students in high school or college who are continuing their education in the fall. Applicants must be at least 16 years of age by June 1.
People in these positions perform custodial, grounds, maintenance and kitchen duties (in general) in RADS, physical plant, rentals and the botanic gardens. All positions are full time, Monday through Friday, and various shifts are available. Applicants must be available to work from June through late August. Workers are also needed just prior to and during commencement and alumnae reunion weekends. The hourly rate for these positions will be $5.90 for new employees of the program and $6.25 for returning employees from previous summers.
Applications are available beginning March 3 at the Office of Human Resources, Neilson library circulation desk, physical plant reception desk, the Smith College Club and the RADS main office. Completed applications must be submitted to the Office of Human Resources by 4:30 p.m. on April 1. Applications received after this date will be held on a waiting list and reviewed on an as-needed basis.

Houses Close May 10

The houses will officially close for the academic year on Saturday, May 10. All on-campus students should make travel plans with this in mind.
Your housing contract ends at 10 a.m. on May 11, and you are required to be completely moved out of your room by this time. Students who have not vacated by then run the risk of receiving a letter in their student file and a fine.
Only seniors and students taking late Five College exams will be allowed to remain in their rooms after May 10. Other students who have permission to be on campus through commencement must move to consolidated housing that afternoon. Keys to the front door and individual rooms will not be provided for these houses; however, door watch will be scheduled for the week. The last night that any guest room can be reserved or used is Friday, May 9. After this date, the Alumnae Association takes control of the guest rooms to begin cleaning them for the commencement/reunion weekend.
All students taking a Five College course will be mailed a housing request form during the second week of March. All Five College students will be required to submit this form to the Alumnae Association by March 31.
If you have questions call extension 2041 at the Alumnae Association.

Directorship for 1998-99 Smith Junior Year Abroad Programs

Applications for directorships of the Smith Junior Year Abroad Programs in Florence, Geneva, Hamburg and Paris are available from the Committee on Study Abroad in the Office of International Study, College Hall 23. The positions are appropriate for any faculty member with a knowledge of the culture and language of the country. The deadline for filing for 1998-99 directorships is Monday, March 24.

Cycles Survey Notice

Reminder to all students asked to participate in the Cycles Survey: Please complete your survey. It's one of your best chances to make your opinions heard. Instructions were included on your survey form, but if you have any questions or need another form, please call the Office of Institutional Research at ext. 3021.

Recycling Trivia

Did you know that all steel made in the U.S. is made from recycled steel (25-100 percent, depending on the mill)? It's true; anytime you buy a steel product, you are buying recycled!
Smith recycled more than 27 tons of iron and steel in 1996. Using this recycled steel (instead of virgin iron ore) to manufacture product will save energy. How much energy? Enough to power 160 60-watt light bulbs for 24 hours/day all year long.
Ever wonder what happens to old computers at Smith? They get recycled. Components that can be reused are redistributed on campus or donated to local charities. Components that cannot be reused are sent to a facility at UMass where they are "de-manufactured" to yield gold, copper, aluminum, steel, lead and plastic that can be recycled. Wondering what other products are recycled at Smith? Call the recycling coordinators at ext. 3447.

Get Ready!

Field Day, April 27, 1997

Faculty Meeting

The seventh regular meeting of the faculty for 1996-97 will be held on Wednesday, March 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, no later than Wednesday, March 19. Material to be included in the mailing with the agenda must be camera-ready and submitted to College Hall 27 by March 17.

Child Care Open House

An open house/information night is scheduled at the Smith Child Care Center at Sunnyside, 70 Paradise Road, Northampton, Monday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m. All interested parents and members of the community are invited to attend. Refreshments will be served. Questions? Call the director, Debra Horton, at 585-2293.

The Smith Summer Internship Funding Program

The Smith Summer Internship Funding Program awards stipends to students who are undertaking internships related to their career and academic interests. Stipends are intended to assist students with internship-related expenses such as housing, food, travel, etc. To apply for a stipend of up to $1,000, pick up an application form at the front desk of the Career Development Office. The deadline for submission of applications is March 25. Questions? Contact Lucy Greenburg at ext. 2570, or e-mail to

Fill the "GAP" at the Museum

The Smith College Museum of Art is looking for new participants in its gallery assistants program for next year. Gallery assistants give tours of the museum's collection to school groups and the general public. An informational meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 2, at 4:15 p.m. in the museum for those interested. Eligible candidates should have completed Art 100 by the end of this year and must participate in training sessions to be held next fall on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:15-5:30. Come find out more about the program-it's a great way to meet people and talk about art. Questions? Call Kara at ext. 2779.

1996-97 Loan Processing Deadlines

Students intending to borrow through the Federal Direct Student Loan Program or whose parents want to apply for a Federal Parent Loan need to be aware of the following deadlines for 1996-97 processing: March 14, last day to submit a completed Federal Direct Student Loan promissory note to the financial aid office, and March 17, last day to initiate an application for a 1996-97 Federal Parent Loan. Questions? Contact Shelly Cotnoir, loan coordinator, financial aid office, ext. 2530.

Davis Center Business Hours for March Break 1997

Friday, 3/14, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Saturday, 3/15 and Sunday, 3/16, closed
Monday, 3/17, through Friday, 3/21, 8 a.m.-2 p.m.
Saturday, 3/22, closed
Sunday, 3/23, regular hours resume, 5-11:30 p.m.
Breakfast served daily; lunch specials, call ext. 2331

New Series of Workshops

The student-led workshops and the peer educators have joined forces to offer a Monday evening series of campus wide discussions and workshops. This series will be presented every Monday beginning at 7 p.m. in Wright Hall common room. A different topic will be covered each week, and everyone is welcome to attend. You should attend if you have ever been curious about what goes on at those workshops that you hear so much about or if you would like to learn more about topics such as healthy eating, rape culture, alcohol, sexual assault, eating disorders, abusive relationships or safer sex. Watch AcaMedia for more announcements and remember: Mondays at 7 p.m. Questions? Call Holly at ext. 2234.

Employer Connections

On Wednesday, March 12, there will be a not-for-profit networking fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Wellesley College Alumnae Hall, Wellesley, MA. This fair offers you the opportunity to network with representatives from a variety of social service and not-for-profit organizations and explore job and internship opportunities.
On Friday, March 21, there will be a not-for-profit day and public service career fair in Washington, D.C., from 1 to 4 p.m. It will be held at The American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1200 New York Avenue, N.W. (between 12th and 13th Streets).

Student Schedules

Updated schedules will be sent to students at their student mail center boxes. Students are responsible for all courses in which they are registered. Inaccuracies must be reported to the registrar immediately.


Information concerning scheduled examinations is posted in the registrar's office. Students should check this schedule carefully and report any conflicts to the registrar immediately.

We'll Pay You to Talk!

Do you know what the hottest job on campus is? Do you like to talk on the phone? Do you want more women to be able to come to Smith College? Help us raise money for scholarships by participating in the alumnae fund phonathon. We pay $6.30 per hour. You must be able to help with at least five shifts (mostly in the evenings) between March 31 and April 17. Stop by the Alumnae House for an application or call Barbara at ext. 2063 and leave your name and box number. Applications must be returned by March 14.

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AcaMedia staff: Ann Shanahan, Cathy Brooks, Mary Stanton

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