News for the Smith College Community | April 24, 1997

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Smith 2020

The judging is under way for 2020: The Contest. Imaginative and varied entries include everything from stained glass to Web sites, from songs to skits to poems and from revisions of the campus map to revisions of the admission viewbook. Prize winners will be announced by the end of April on electronic news, in the houses, on bulletin boards-and anywhere else the contest committee can think of to post the winners' names. An exhibition of contest entries is also being considered.

The Wright Time for College Relations

Since joining the Smith community in 1991 as dean of enrollment management, B. Ann Wright has earned kudos for innovative efforts such as the STRIDE and Leadership programs. She has drawn top students here from abroad through the Smith International Scholars Program and the Jean Picker International Fellows Program and encouraged the matriculation of underrepresented minority candidates via an annual Discovery Weekend. Under her direction, too, SAT scores have risen and applications have climbed to record heights.
Prior to coming to Smith, Wright, who earned a Ph.D. in English at the University of Rochester, served as that institution's director of admissions, where she also garnered acclaim for successful recruitment initiatives.
But now Wright will be facing a different challenge. President Ruth Simmons recently announced that, effective July 1, Wright will leave her current post to assume a new one: chief public affairs and college relations officer. The job will not only be new to Wright but to the college itself. "The idea came from the president," says Wright. "She was interested in creating a senior position that, in addition to overseeing the Office of College Relations and long-range communications planning, would also incorporate outreach." This "outreach," explains Wright, may range from examining and impacting federal governmental policy regarding higher education to expanding Smith's affiliations such as those with the Young Women's Leadership School of East Harlem, Santa Monica College and Miami-Dade Community College.
As chief public affairs and college relations officer, Wright also expects to work closely with the president and trustees to develop a strategic communications plan for the college, and with the chief advancement officer to launch the next capital campaign.
The Office of College Relations staff, who have been without an official head since Mary Reutener's resignation more than a year ago, were surprised but pleased when Wright's appointment was announced. "I think it's a great idea," says John Eue, who has been serving as acting director of college relations for publications. "I'm only sorry I didn't think of it myself!"
Over the past six years, Wright has worked with Eue on many award-winning admission publications, and she is looking forward to continuing that collaboration as well as to getting to know other members of the C.R. department. Wright insists that one of her first steps in the new job will be "to hear from C.R. staff about their ideas and brainstorm about creative projects."
Wright and President Simmons acknowledge that there are still details to work out regarding Wright's duties. As dean of enrollment management, she oversaw the offices of admission, financial aid, career development, the Ada Comstock Scholars Program, institutional research and college events and summer programs. Which -- if any -- of these will remain under her direction has not yet been determined. The president expects to make a decision about where these departments will report by the end of May.
Although there are indeed specifics to be finalized, Wright is very enthusiastic about the opportunities ahead. "This is a step up for me," she points out, noting that the scope of her purview will be broader than ever before, and that she will be freed from some of her previous managerial duties in order to focus on new ones. "This is a very exciting time to be at Smith," she maintains. "There are high expectations for the college, and there are goals to be met in a timely fashion. But I'm confident it can be done, or I wouldn't have taken the job."
Simmons, too, expresses similar confidence. "Our enrollment efforts have benefited from Ann's leadership during the last several years. In this new position, Ann's talents will be used more broadly for communicating the strengths and needs of the college and for developing partnerships that will strengthen Smith in the years ahead. I am delighted that she has accepted this new challenge."

Save the Date

Having grown accustomed to celebrating -- and, in particular, celebrating Sophia Smith during the year of her bicentennial -- the college is once again planning a major ceremony, this one honoring both Smith's founder and Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the first recipient of the Sophia Smith Award. A variety of events are being planned for September 12-13, when Ginsburg will come to campus for the presentation of the award.
Although much of the program for the two-day celebration, whose theme will be "The Pursuit of Justice: Women's Equality and The Public Good," is still in the planning stage, it is expected that the award ceremony will take place in the late afternoon on Friday, September 12, and include a speaker prominent in the law or a related profession, as well as remarks by Ginsburg.
Saturday morning's activities will feature a discussion among panelists, who may include such distinguished Smith graduates as Gloria Steinem, feminist activist and one of the founders of Ms. magazine; Laura D'Andrea Tyson, former chairman of President Clinton's National Economic Council; and Jane Harman, Congresswoman from California. Time is also being set aside for students to meet with Ginsburg and other noted guests.
Ginsburg was chosen from among dozens of nominees for the Sophia Smith Award, which recognizes "an individual who, by virtue of intelligence, energy, vision and courage, has made a significant and lasting contribution to the education of women." The award was established by the Smith board of trustees last year as part of the bicentennial celebration of the birth of the college's founder, Sophia Smith.

Just Say "Da" to Russian Day

The Russian Department and the Smith Russian Club will be celebrating a Russian Day on Tuesday, April 29, in the Alumnae House living room. The day is dedicated to tradition and change in the former Soviet Union. At 1:30 p.m., the Middlebury College Russian Choir will present a concert devoted to authentic Russian folk and village music.
The choir will perform in costume and is directed by Professor Kevin Moss, Department of Russian, Middlebury College. Moss has studied with the well-known ethnomusicologist, Dimitri Pokrovsky, who performed widely in the United States, including at Tanglewood. Tragically, Pokrovsky died recently, and Kevin Moss and his choir are continuing his tradition of Russian folk music.
After the revolution of 1991 in the Soviet Union, there was an emergence of previously suppressed social issues. Moss became actively involved in the issues of gay rights and homophobia. At 3 p.m., he will present a lecture, "Gay in Russia and Eastern Europe: Identity Politics and the Politics of Identity," on the question of homophobia in Russia and Eastern Europe.

Meet the Prez

The final 1996-97 presidential open hour for students will be held on Monday, May 5, in the Office of the President, College Hall 20.
President Simmons will meet with employees on Thursday, May 15, from 1:30-2:30 p.m., and on Thursday, June 18, from 1:30-2:30 p.m., also in College Hall 20.
These open hours offer an opportunity to chat informally and individually with the president. No appointments are necessary, and visitors will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis.
Want to "visit" the president right from the comfort your own desk or office? Thanks to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, you can now find her not in outer space but in cyberspace. Simmons is part of NASA's "Take Our Daughters to Work Day Project," an outgrowth of their on-going "Women of NASA Project," an initiative launched with the goal of encouraging more young women to pursue careers in math, science and technology.
In honor of the annual Take Our Daughters to Work Day, this new Web site, which presents biographies, WebChats and related activities involving outstanding women working at NASA, has been expanded to include other female role models in orbits beyond space and science. In addition to Simmons, women currently featured at the site include Dr. Susan Love, director of the Santa Barbara Breast Cancer Institute and noted author; Judy Woodruff, CNN anchor and White House correspondent; and Tipper Gore, wife of Vice President Al Gore, mother, homemaker and advocate for mental health issues and the fight against homelessness. One of the project's coordinators is NASA staff member Susan Lee, a member of Smith's class of 1974.
"Women of NASA" is located at; the Take Our Daughters to Work Day Project is available at; and the Ruth Simmons biography is at
Simmons is also on the World Wide Web right now as part of MSNBC's tribute to baseball pioneer Jackie Robinson. The Microsoft/communications amalgam profiles the prez and several other color-barrier breakers at (Click on "Sports;" look for the Jackie Robinson icon, and click on the adjacent "Breaking Barriers" to link to the Ruth Simmons page.)

Ack Says Sayonara

This is the last AcaMedia for the 1996-97 academic year. Many thanks to those of you who contributed stories, listings and ideas. The next official issue will be distributed on September 1. The deadline for that issue is August 26.
There is a possibility that an additional brief AcaMedia will be published over the summer, so feel free to submit information at any time. As in the past, notices and calendar listings should be sent to Mary Stanton (mstanton@ais.smith. edu); news and People News items to Sally Rubenstone (srubenstone@ais. Have a good summer.

Job Openings

Program assistant, advancement. Apply by May 2.
Administrative assistant, admission. Apply by May 5.

Vexillology, Part VII

by Lorna R. Blake
This is the final part in the series. Comments or questions from readers are still welcome at
International flags are so much part of our lives today that they may be better known than national emblems. What would we do after a hurricane without the Red Cross? This organization was founded by a Swiss national who inverted the Swiss flag, a white cross on red, to create one of the world's most important flags. One of my childhood memories is of writing letters to a prisoner of war uncle, in care of the Red Cross. There is also the Red Crescent which serves the same purpose in Islamic countries.
The Olympic flag evokes happier memories, and its five linked circles are familiar to everybody. Did you know that in ancient Greece all wars were halted before, during, and after the games so that the athletes could travel safely?
The most important flag of all is that of the United Nations -- an organization which our politicians of all shades tend to use as a scapegoat when they make -- or fail to make -- difficult decisions about international matters. On a sky blue background, a white map of the world surrounded by olive branches is drawn as seen from the North Pole (or one could imagine it as an astronaut's or even God's eye view). Perhaps we should hang one at the ITT.
Few people nowadays march behind the plain red flag representing the international labor movement. It survives with the addition of gold stars as the flag of the People's Republic of China. A red flag also means danger -- a fact you should remember next time you drive behind a pick-up truck with a red rag tied to planks sticking out the back.
Another internationally recognized flag is the white flag of surrender. I've just watched a program about the War of Independence in which it was stated that, in one battle, the colonists, not knowing the meaning of the white sheet the hessians were waving, went on firing and mowed them down. Luckily we no longer need the black flag, which was required outside houses containing plague victims. Just to be different, ships carrying plague victims flew a yellow flag, while they waited out the quarantine period.
International but not universal is the flag of the European Common Market, with its circle of gold stars on a dark blue background. I can't find any evidence that the Organization of African States has a flag. I'd be glad to hear from readers of any other regional flags of which they may be aware.
In answering last week's question about Pan Slav colors, I have to mention the Dutch flag, a red, white and blue horizontal tricolor, which may have influenced the French revolutionaries I mentioned in an earlier article and certainly influenced the whole of Eastern Europe. Czar Peter the Great of Russia, the "westernizer," studied shipbuilding in the Netherlands and, on his return to Russia, designed the flag that hangs on the wall of ITT today. It was replaced by the hammer and sickle for nearly 70 years. It is interesting that the new Russia restored the flag of old monarchs. It consists of three horizontal bands of white, red and blue.
The flags of Slovakia, Slovenia, Croatia and Yugoslavia are all horizontal bands of red, white and blue in different order and with additional motifs superimposed. Croatia is represented at Smith. Look for the familiar tricolor with a checkerboard shield on the white stripe. The flag of the Czech Republic has broad bands of red and white with a blue triangle at the hoist. Ukraine, alone among Slavic nations, decided on a new color scheme. Look for a rather faded version of her blue-sky-above- golden-grain flag.
Pan Arab colors are red, representing blood shed for freedom, white for glorious deeds, black for bravery and green for Islam and the fertile crescent. You will see flags of Jordan and Kuwait on our walls. Egypt, Iran and Iraq, among others, use the same colors on their flags.
Japan's flag, the Hi-no-maru or sun disc, is a red ball on a white background representing the land of the rising sun. Bangladesh's flag, designed in 1971 when the new nation became independent of Pakistan, has a slightly off-center red ball on a green background. The green represents Islam as well as the fertility of this delta country, and the red represents the sun of independence rising after the night of bloody struggle. The offset position of the red ball makes it more visible when the flag is flying.
The unusual shape of the flag of Nepal is, in itself, worth a visit to the ITT. It is made of two triangular pennants of crimson bordered with dark blue. On the upper pennant is a horizontal crescent moon, and on the lower a shining sun -- both in white -- expressing the hope that Nepal will last as long as the sun and moon.
Barbados chose to emphasize her long association with Britannia by placing a broken trident representing two opposing ideas -- breaking away from (but still taking pride in) British tradition -- on a golden background between two vertical bands of blue. The colors, of course, represent sand, sun and sea.
Time and space are running out, and I have yet to mention the flags of Brazil, Estonia, Korea, Thailand and possibly others that grace the ITT. Forgive me if your flag hasn't been mentioned, and tell me what you know about its origins.
It isn't surprising to note that the International Federation of Vexillologists has its own flag. It's a yellow reef knot on a blue background. Is that the knot that keeps all flags from slipping down their flagpoles? I didn't learn that in the Girl Scouts.

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Forty Years of Finger Paint: A Valued Teacher Retires

Shauneen Sullivan Kroll graduated from Smith in 1957 -- an era of Saturday morning classes and Saturday night mixers, of housemothers and hoop rolls. Armed with her brand new degree in education, she accepted a job at the Smith College Campus School. She only expected to stay a few years, but somehow four decades whizzed by. This spring, an open house will mark her retirement and celebrate her contributions to the school and her dedication to her many students and their families.
Kroll began her teaching career as an assistant in the 3-year-old group and has worked with pre-schoolers ever since. Today, she oversees 3- and 4-year olds as a supervising teacher and "level coordinator" at the Fort Hill campus, where the school's infant center and toddler classes are located. In her 40 years as an early childhood educator, she has seen fashions come and go and, with them, changes in curriculum and theory as well as in the school and greater Northampton communities
In the old days, Kroll recalls, the pre-school session lasted only from 8:45 until 11:30 in the morning. Mothers, who rarely worked outside the home, took over in the afternoon. Now, many children come from families with two working parents who opt for an "extended day" that lasts until 5. "The school is much more diverse," Kroll observes. "In the fifties, almost all of the students were Smith affiliated. We followed the academic calendar, and -- since Smith is a residential college -- we didn't take snow days either."
One of Kroll's greatest pleasures has been "looking at the world anew through the eyes of children." She has also appreciated the opportunity to work with the college students who teach or observe in her classroom. "I've truly enjoyed so much," she insists. "I have only fond memories."
While shepherding the children of others through their early years, Kroll also raised four of her own. Sabra, a member of Smith's class of 1986, now sends her own daughter, Courtney, to the Campus School, where her grandma is her teacher. Both Sabra and her husband were once Kroll's students, too.
In reflecting on the many other youngsters who have crossed her classroom threshold, Kroll claims that there were several who she was sure would grow up to make their mark on the world -- and they did.
So, now, it is with mixed emotions that Kroll has decided to move on to "a new adventure." "I love my job," she says, "but it's time to do something else."
To honor Shauneen Kroll, the Campus School and its PTO will sponsor an open house on Sunday, June 1, from 1:30-3:30 p.m., at Fort Hill. The PTO is also collecting funds which, at Kroll's request, will be used to purchase something for the Fort Hill playground that will commemorate her service to the school. (Those who wish to contribute to this gift can leave a check, payable to the SCCS PTO Shauneen Kroll Fund, at the school's office in Gill Hall or the office at Fort Hill by May 9.) The gift will be presented at the open house.
"Shauneen Kroll has touched and enriched the lives of countless children over the past 40 years," notes Campus School Principal Cathy Reid. "Her presence will be missed but her influence will live on."

The Friendlys and Friend

Donald Robinson, professor of government and American studies, has served as an adviser and contributed an essay for the program guide for a new four-part PBS series, "'The Federalist' Idea 200 Years Later," that began airing in many parts of the country earlier this month. (Due to their annual fund-raising auction, the local PBS station, Channel 57, will not show the programs until June.)
The series is the latest of several such PBS projects known as The Fred Friendly Seminars, created and developed by Friendly and his wife, Ruth, who is a 1945 Smith graduate. Fred Friendly is a legendary figure in broadcast journalism. He produced "CBS News" in its formative years. Later he was an executive at the Ford Foundation, taught at Columbia University's School of Journalism and wrote major book-length studies of television newscasting and First Amendment issues.
The programs scheduled for broadcast this spring use a Socratic dialogue format of hypothetical situations and role-playing to develop an increasing ethical, legal and moral complexity that ultimately demonstrates how difficult it is to formulate "right" choices.
Robinson has been involved in several of the other Friendly projects as well, notably the first one, a 13-program series, "That Delicate Balance," which marked the bicentennial of the United States Constitution. He was director of a 10-year study of the Constitution co-sponsored by the American Historical Association and the American Political Science Association, which culminated in 1988, the bicentennial of the adoption of the Constitution.
The current PBS series examines contemporary issues such as the making of foreign policy decisions, law enforcement, privacy and security and political campaigns. All are seen in light of "The Federalist Papers," written 200 years ago by James Madison, Alexander Hamilton and John Jay to rally support for the country's new Constitution.
Robinson credits Ruth Friendly with being "the energy and inspiration behind the current 'Federalist Papers' series. It was her vision and commitment that really carried the project from conceptualization to realization." (She was also the driving force behind the 50th-reunion gift of her class in 1995, the first reunion gift to Smith to exceed $1 million.)
Robinson's goal in framing the "hypotheticals" for the program on national security policy was to present the dilemmas and conflicts that are endemic in the way national security policy is made today. "Whenever we grow careless about the consultation between Congress and the President that the writers of 'The Federalist Papers' intended," he says, "we abuse our Constitutional processes."
Robinson credits Joseph Califano, a former aide to President Lyndon Johnson, with playing the role of the president quite faithfully and realistically. His performance shows "the way presidents behave when the door is closed...and how the situation catches up with presidential pig-headedness."
Robinson is currently writing a book on Japan's Constitution, which was drafted by Americans in 1946.


In a recent issue of AcaMedia, Donna Betancourt was incorrectly listed under "departures." Betancourt, a teacher of self-defense in the Department of Exercise and Sport Studies, is not leaving the college.

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Monday, April 28

Meeting: Campus Climate Working Group. Meeting will include a financial aid presentation.
8 a.m., Neilson Browsing Room
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 résumé critiques by peer advisors.
1 p.m., CDO, Drew Hall
CDO Workshop: How to Find a Summer Job or Intership.
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
Special event: Green Tara Meditation with Geshe Lobsang Tsetan, Tibetan Buddist Lama from the Buddhist Learning Center in Washington, New Jersey. Sponsored by the East Asian Studies Program and the Department of Religion (Ada Howe Kent Program).
4:15-5:15 p.m., Wright Hall common room*
Lecture: Ronni Denes, vice president of the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME), will talk about how students, especially women of color, approach the sciences and engineering in college and beyond. She will also talk about her role as a mentor and her interests in policy and public affairs. This presentation is sponsored by the Union of Underrepre-sented Science Students (U.U.S.S.). Refreshments will be served in McConnell foyer at 4:30 p.m.
5-6 p.m., McConnell B15
Meeting: PIRG.
7-9 p.m., Dewey common room
Workshop: "Planning for Retirement." Part of Human Resource's Training and Development Program. Registration required. Questions? Call Kathleen Chatwood at ext. 2263.
7-9 p.m., Ainsworth classroom 150
Concert: Informal Recital. Student performers.
7:30 p.m., Sage Recital Hall*

Tuesday, April 29

Workshop: "Shortcuts to Creating and Maintaining Organized Files and Records." Part of Human Resource's Training and Development Program. Registration required. Questions? Call Kathleen Chatwood at ext. 2263.
9 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m., Neilson Browsing room
Luncheon meeting: Sigma Xi. "The Fringe Benefits of Interference," by Nalini Easwar, associate professor of physics.
noon, Smith College Club downstairs lounge
Religious activity: Episcopal-Lutheran Fellowship meets in parish house parlor for worship, lunch and friendship. All welcome.
noon, St. John's Church, Elm Street
Concert: Music in the Noon Hour. Anne Bankson '98, John Van Buskirk, pianists. Works by Fauré and Poulenc.
12:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall*
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
Special event: Russia Day Concert and Lecture. (See news article.)
1:30-5 p.m., Alumnae House Living Room*
Concert: Joint Senior Recital. Andrea Pomrehn '97, piano, and Elisebeth Fenstermaker '97, soprano. Works by Copland, Sondheim, Mendelssohn and Mozart.
4:30-6 p.m., Sage Recital Hall*
Meeting: Study group to discuss and experience the spiritual insights of The Celestine Prophecy. All welcome.
7 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Meeting: Senate. All welcome.
7 p.m., Seelye 201
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. Smith students w/ID and Five College students w/ID and sticker welcome. Questions? Jen at ext. 7698 or Naomi at ext. 4054.
7­10 p.m. Hillyer 18
CDO résumé critiques by peer advisors.
8:15 p.m., CDO, Drew Hall
CDO workshop: Self-Exploration. Learn about the tools and strategies necessary for starting your career/job/internship search.
8:15 p.m., CDO. Drew Hall

Wednesday, April 30

Special event: Official launching ceremony for ACCESS van service.
9:30 a.m., Neilson lawn (In case of rain, Dewey common room)
Religious activity: A gathering and informative discussion/reflection for Catholic Adas. Lunch 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 résumé critiques by peer advisors.
1 p.m., CDO, Drew Hall
Lecture: Biological Sciences and Biochemistry Colloquium: Honors Presentations.
4 p.m., McConnell B05
Religious activity: Buddhist service and discussion.
6 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Workshop: Male figure-drawing session. Free. Smith students w/ID and Five College students w/ID and sticker welcome. Questions? Jen at ext. 7698 or Naomi at ext. 4054.
7-10 p.m. Hillyer 18
Meeting: Smith College Collective.
7:30 p.m., Nonprint Resources Center, Neilson Library C103
Lecture: "The Exchange of Self and Other," by Geshe Lobsang Tsetan, Tibetan Buddist Lama from the Buddhist Learning Center. Sponsored by the East Asian Studies Program and the Department of Religion (Ada Howe Kent Program).
7:30 p.m., Wright Hall common room*
Concert: Informal Recital. Student performers.
7:30 p.m., Sage Recital Hall*
Film: Fall Out, the concluding episode of "The Prisoner," the classic television series created by Patrick McGoohan. The village surrenders. Will Number 6 accept? Optional for students in HST 254b: Individual and Community, and open to all.
7:30 p.m. Seelye 201*
Lecture: "In the Kingdom of Women: Women Writers and the Nineteenth-Century Chinese Novel," by Ellen Widmer, a scholar of pre-modern Chinese literature, and chair of East Asian languages and literatures at Wesleyan. Sponsored by East Asian Languages and Literatures, Women's Studies and East Asian Studies programs.
8 p.m., Dewey common room*
Special event: "Ellen" Coming Out Day Party. Come watch this historic television event on the big screen. See the long awaited coming out episode of "Ellen," eat munchies and play a fun Ellen trivia game. Sponsored by the LBA and the Human Rights Campaign.
8:45 p.m., Davis Ballroom*

Thursday, May 1

Luncheon meeting: "A Painter Looks at a Painting," by Martha Armstrong, assistant professor of art. Part of the Liberal Arts Luncheon Series, open to faculty, emeriti and staff.
noon, Smith College Club lower level
Workshop: Meditation Session for Stress Reduction. Part of Human Resource's Training and Development Program. Registration required. Questions? Call Kathleen Chatwood at ext. 2263.
noon, Dewey common room
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
Lecture: Biological Sciences and Biochemistry Colloquium: Honors Presentations.
4 p.m., McConnell B05
CDO workshop: Job Searching and Surfing on the Internet.
4:30-6 p.m., Seelye B-3
Lecture: Mendenhall Lecture: "Death and Transformation in Edouard Glissant's Monsieur Toussaint," by Curtis Small, Mendenhall Fellow, French language and literature.
5 p.m., Wright Hall common room*
Lecture: Poetry reading by students in Karl Kirchwey's Advanced Verse Writing seminar, ENG 382. Refreshments served.
5:15 p.m., TBA*
Performance: Who Forgot To Turn The Gravity On? A mélange of scenes and short plays from the Smith playwriting classes and local community. Please join us for our new adventure and discover the surprising, the playful and the provocative. $1. Tickets and information: 585-ARTS.
8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio, Mendenhall CPA*+
Party: LBA Spring Fling. It's the return of fun, rockin', cheap LBA dances! Open to the Five College queer community and their allies. Admission $1.
9 p.m.-1 a.m., Davis ballroom
Film: Ransom. Sponsored by Rec Council.
9 p.m., Wright Hall auditorium

Friday, May 2

Special event: End-Of-The-Year Picnic sponsored by Rec Council. Come for the food, games, music and fun. In case of rain, this event will be canceled and people should eat in their houses.
noon, athletic fields
Party: Senior Strawberry Celebration. The Alumnae Association invites the class of 1997 to a celebration in honor of their graduation from undergraduates to alumnae.
4 p.m., Alumnae House Conference Hall
Lecture: Biological Sciences and Biochemistry Colloquium: Honors Presentations.
4 p.m., McConnell 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., 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.
7-9 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Dance concert: "A Day in Northampton; A Night in Las Vegas." Varied, entertaining performances by first-year graduate students in dance. The closest thing in Northampton to a Vegas casino floor show!
7:30 p.m., Scott Gym dance studio*
Performance: Who Forgot To Turn The Gravity On? (See 5/1 listing.) $1.
8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio, Mendenhall CPA*+
Concert: Student Composers. A concert of new music by students studying composition at Smith.
8 p.m., Sage Recital Hall*

Saturday, May 3

Pre-examination study period
Concert: Voice Recital. Shannon Huneryager, soprano, and John Van Buskirk, piano. Works by Monteverdi, Handel, Schubert, Rorem and Satie.
8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall*

Sunday, May 4

Pre-examination study period
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 church morning worship with holy communion. The Rev. Richard Unsworth preaches. There will be a church picnic immediately following the service; all welcome. This is the final service of the academic year.
10:30 a.m., Chapel*
Special event: Gallery of Readers. Brett Averitt and Ronnie Rom read from their works.
4 p.m., Neilson Library Browsing Room*
Religious service: Roman Catholic mass. Informal dinner follows. All welcome.
4:30 p.m., Chapel*
Concert: Guest Recital. Erin Keefe, violin; assisted by Clifton J. Noble, piano, and Lily Francis, violin. Works by Bach, De Bériot, Prokofiev.
5:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall*

Monday, May 5

Pre-examination study period
Special event: Bird Walk. Breakfast to follow at the Field House.
6 a.m., Clark Science Center terrace
Workshop: Planning for Retirement. Part of Human Resource's Training and Development Program. Registration required. Questions? Call Kathleen Chatwood at ext. 2263.
7-9 p.m., Ainsworth classroom 150

Tuesday, May 6 - Friday, May 9

Final examinations

Saturday, May 10

Houses close for all students except '97 graduates, Commencement workers and those with Five College finals after May 9.
Special event: Spring Plant and Seed Sale. Specially propagated plants from the Botanic Garden.
8 a.m.-2 p.m., Burton lawn
Please refer to the Smith College Reunion and Commencement Calendar for a listing of events scheduled for May 11-20.

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With Liberty and Judgment for All: A selection of 20th Century American Photographs, arranged by Leslie Ivie (Smith) and Raven Manocchio (Hampshire). An interactive show exploring the relationships between art, audience and museum display (closes Sunday, May 4).
Stephen Antonakos: Inner Light (through 6/29).
Face and Figure: Drawings from the Permanent Collection of Twentieth-Century American Art (through May 31). The exhibition honors Rita Rich Fraad '37 on the occasion of her 60th reunion and includes portrait drawings by contemporary artists James Aponovich, William Beckman, Debra Bermingham, Daniel Dallman and Alfred Leslie. These contemporary realist drawings are among several works in the collection that have been generously given to the museum by Mrs. Fraad. A long-time supporter of the museum and a member of its Visiting Committee, Mrs. Fraad is a noted collector of American art. In addition to a selection of her gifts to SCMA, this exhibition includes notable works given by other alumnae and friends. It was organized by Alona Horn, graduate curatorial intern.
Baudelaire and the Printmaker of Modern Life: Nineteenth-Century Prints From the Smith College Museum of Art (through May 25). The exhibition contains 38 works from 19 artists including Daumier, Manet, Degas and Toulouse-Lautrec. The show was organized by the students of Art History 293b with partial support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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.
Spinning and Weaving -- A Multicultural Experience. This exhibit is a selection of rare graphic representations of one of the world's oldest professions. Presented by the students from History of the Sciences 211b: Ancient Inventions. Rare Book Room, Neilson Library.
Paper Bound: A Showcase of Contemporary Papermakers & Bookbinders. Exhibition of 21 unique bookbindings for "Paper: a collection of samples from hand papermills in the U.S.," by members of the Guild of Book Workers (through June15). Sponsored by the Mortimer Rare Book Room, Neilson Library, 585-2907. Special Hours during the month of May. (See Neilson Library hours, end of Notice section.)

Scott Gym Locker Room

The women's locker room in Scott Gym will be closed for the summer, beginning on May 3, to allow for complete renovation of the facility. All lockers users -- students, faculty, staff and alums -- must remove their belongings and locks by Friday, May 2. After that date, locks will be cut and items bagged. Lockers may be reserved again during the locker sign-up in September.

Pre-exam and Exam Periods

All members of the Smith College community should remember that events are not to be scheduled during the pre-examination study and formal examination periods
(May 3-9).

Brown Fellowship $$$ Available

The government department announces the annual competition for the Leanna Brown '56 Fellowship -- of between $500 and $1,000 -- to support Smith students working at summer internships in state or local government or in organizations (government or nongovernment) focused on issues of particular concern to women.
All students are invited to apply. Send a letter detailing employment plans for the summer, extent of financial support and the names (you need not provide letters of recommendation, merely the names) of two faculty references to Lea Ahlen, social science office, Wright Hall 15. A transcript should also be enclosed.
The deadline for applications is Monday, May 5. Please provide a phone number and address where you can be reached after May 18.

International Internship Fellowship

The government department also announces the annual competition for the Fox-Boorstein International Internship Fellowship -- of between $500 and $1,000 -- to support Smith students working at summer internships in government or nongovernmental/profit or nonprofit international organizations.
See Brown Fellowship, above, for application information.

Theatre Summer Job

Applications are requested for the summer job being offered in the theatre department. The starting date is June 1, although this date and the ending date are flexible. This student assistant job is for 25 hours a week and involves myriad duties: typing, filing, organizing, photocopying, answering the phone, courier-running -- in short, "assisting the theatre administrator." Skills required include use of Macintosh computer, electronic typewriter and photocopier. Interested students can contact Sally Donohue at ext. 3204 or in T205 in the theatre building.

Book Buyback

The Grécourt Bookshop will be holding the spring buyback, May 5-9, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Texts that have been ordered for the fall 1997 semester will be bought at 50 percent of the new price. Other books will be bought at the current wholesalers' prices.

Faculty Meeting

The ninth regular meeting of the faculty for 1996-97 will be held on Thursday, May 15, at 10 a.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, May 7. Material to be included in the mailing with the agenda must be camera-ready and submitted to College Hall 27 by Monday, May 5.

Soloists Chosen for Commencement Concert

The Department of Music is pleased to announce the selection of the following members of the Class of '97 who will perform as instrumental and vocal soloists with the Smith College Commencement Orchestra: Marnie Anderson, Elisebeth Fenstermaker, Fiona Fong, Christine Hartzler, Elizabeth Kim, Allison La Pointe, Xiaole Liu and also Guiliane Senécal '99. Paul Flight will conduct a program featuring music by Mozart, Auber, Bellini, Berlioz, Puccini and Sondheim. The free concert is scheduled for Saturday, May 17, at 8:30 p.m., in John M. Greene Hall.

Vendors Prohibited

Vendors will not be allowed on Paradise Road during reunion/commencement weekend, May 17-18. Those wishing to sell items during this period may use Elm Street.

Data Phone Returns

The Computer Store (Stoddard Hall 22) will be open Saturday, May 10, from 9 a.m.-noon for the return of data phones, power bricks and associated cables. All data phones and associated parts must be returned or a $50 fee will apply. When returning a data phone, be aware that you will be provided with a standard phone that will need to be returned to the room. Student Telephones, also located in Stoddard 22, will be open the same hours. Data phone returns and bill payments will be the only transactions that day.

Admission Office Says Thank You

As the admission cycle ends for enrolling students in Smith's class of 2001, and we begin the work to recruit the class of 2002, the Office of Admission would like to thank the entire Smith community for itssupport this past year. Without collaborative endeavors of students, faculty, staff and administrators, our successful enrollment efforts would not be possible. So, thanks for reviewing applications, serving on numerous panels, attending receptions, giving tours, hosting overnights, "phonathoning," making sure there's plenty of food for our guests, copying great quantities of materials, setting up chairs and microphones, posting signs, giving directions to those who don't know their way around campus, answering a multitude of questions with a smile and so much more. We couldn't do it without you!

Examination Workers

Students are needed to work in the distribution of final examinations. Please sign up at the registrar's office.


Information concerning scheduled and self-scheduled examinations is posted in the houses and on official bulletin boards in Clarke Science Center, Seelye, Wright and in the registrar's office. Students should check this schedule carefully and report any conflicts to the registrar immediately. The examinations cannot be repeated and will be failed by default if missed through carelessness.
Self-scheduled examinations will be distributed during three periods on May 6, 7 and 8, at 9 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and two periods on May 9, at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., at centers posted. College IDs will be required at the centers. Please note that there will be no examination period Friday evening.

Summer Addresses

Grade reports and other official college mailings during the summer will be sent to students' home addresses. Students may report summer addresses to the registrar's office if they wish these mailings to be sent elsewhere. Ada Comstock Scholars should report summer addresses to the Ada Comstock Office.

Grade Reports

Seniors: Grade reports will be distributed after rehearsal for Commencement on Friday, May 16, at the Indoor Track and Tennis Facility.
Others: Grade reports for all undergraduate students will be mailed at the end of May/beginning of June to students at either their home address or summer address if reported to the registrar's office.

Fenway Park Trip

The Staff Council Activities Committee will once again sponsor a trip to Fenway Park this summer. Please join us on Sunday, August 10, for a 1:05 p.m. game between the Boston Red Sox and the Kansas City Royals. Further details about the trip will be announced at a later date.

Reminder To All Seniors

Please return your senior survey to Clark Hall, second floor (above the SGA office), as soon as possible. Your response is important. If you need another survey form or have any questions, call the Office of Institutional Research at ext. 3021.

Campus School Scholarship Auction

We invite you to join us for the fifth annual Smith College Campus School Scholarship Auction on May 9, at 7 p.m., in the Alumnae House. The evening will include silent and live auctions, a balloon auction, door prizes, hor d'oeuvres, coffee and dessert, a cash champagne and wine bar and an opportunity to visit with friends. $10 admission.

1997-98 On-Campus Internship Opportunities

The following departments have internship opportunities for next year. Please contact the department directly if you have questions regarding application procedures. In most instances, a résumé and cover letter are required. A brief description of each position is available in the Office of Financial Aid and the Career Development Office. Descriptions will also be available on NEWS soon. Internship titles, followed by contact person and telephone extension, are listed by department below:
Admission Office: transfer projects intern (Deb Shaver, ext. 2500); special projects intern (Joyce Rauch, ext. 2500)
Advancement Office: corp., foundation & govt. relations intern (Alan Bloomgarden, ext. 2026); planned gifts and bequests intern (Cam Kelly, ext. 2666)
Alumnae Association: junior representative to board of directors (sophomores only) (Kara Morin, ext. 2043)
Alumnae Quarterly: editorial assistant intern (Karin Fischer, ext. 2018)
Athletic Department: sports information intern (Carole Grills, ext. 2703)
Botanic Garden: curatorial interns (two positions) (Susan McGlew, ext. 2743)
Chapel: chapel intern (Charlene Moran, ext. 2750)
Dance Department: technical & production interns (two positions) (Yvonne Daniel, ext.3232)
Clark Science Center: environmental health & safety intern (Nancy Apple Fratoni, ext. 3877)
Financial Aid Office: student employment/fund coordinator (Val Schumacher, ext. 2532)
Health Services-Infirmary: health education intern (Connie Peterson, ext. 2824)
Human Resources: training and development intern (Kathleen Chatwood, ext. 2263); benefits intern (Eileen Corbeil, ext. 2270)
Information Systems: documentation and training intern (Lisa Morrill, ext. 3081); CyberSmith intern (Wendy Shepherd, ext. 2997)
Office of Minority Affairs: media intern and events intern (two positions) (Marjorie Richardson, ext. 4945)
Museum of Art: collections intern (Ann Sievers, ext. 2760); education intern (Nancy Rich, ext. 2773); special exhibits intern (Linda Muehlig, ext. 2760)
Non-Print Resources-Library: video production intern (Jeff Heath, ext. 2956)
Sophia Smith Collection-Library: collection intern (Sherrill Redmon, ext. 2970)
Office of Student Affairs: international intern, social events intern, student organizations intern (three positions)(Hrayr Tamzarian, ext. 4943)
Office of Student Affairs/Residence: educational programming intern (Holly Hippensteel, ext. 2234)
Sunnyside Child Care Center: administrative intern (Debra Horton, ext. 2293)
Smith Management Programs: management intern (Diane Ranaldi, ext. 3060)
Service Organizations of Smith: agency outreach intern, community outreach intern (two positions) (Tiertza Schwartz, ext. 2756)
School for Social Work: color recruitment intern (Sandra Austin, ext. 7960)
Theatre Department: theatre administrative intern (Sally Donohue, ext. 3204); lighting design intern (Nancy Schertler, ext. 3215); publicity/box office intern (Andrea Hairston, ext. 3205)
Smith College Campus School: technology intern (Cathy Reid, ext. 3270)

May Library Hours

Neilson Library
Saturday, April 26, through Friday, May 2: regular academic hours
Saturday, May 3, through Thursday, May 8: 7:45 a.m. to 2 a.m.
Friday, May 9: 7:45 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, May 10: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, May 11: closed
Monday, May 12, through Friday, May 16: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday, May 17, through Sunday, May 18: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday, May 19, through Friday, May 23: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, May 24, through Sunday, May 25: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday, May 26: closed
Tuesday, May 27, through Friday, May 30: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Young Science Library
Monday, April 27, through Friday, May 2: regular academic hours
Saturday, May 3, through Sunday, May 4: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Monday, May 5, through Thursday, May 8: 7:45 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Friday, May 9: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, May 10, through Sunday, May 11: closed
Monday, May 12, through Friday, May 16: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, May 18: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, May 18: closed
Monday, May 19, through Friday, May 23: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, May 24: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, May 25, through Monday, May 26: closed
Werner Josten Library
Monday, April 27, through Thursday, May 8: regular academic hours
Friday, May 9, through Sunday,
May 25: Mondays through Fridays: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturdays: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Sundays: closed
Hillyer Art Library
Wednesday, May 1, through Thursday, May 8: regular academic hours
Friday, May 9: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, May 10, through Sunday, May 11: closed
Monday, May 12, through Friday, May 16: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, May 17,: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, May 18: closed
Monday, May 19, through Friday, May 23: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, May 24: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, May 25, through Monday, May 26: closed

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