News for the Smith College Community | October 3, 1996

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Below are the names of the 118 members of the 12 self-study teams. "Although these people are most immediately involved," notes Howard Nenner, self-study chair, "we are counting on everyone in the community -- students, faculty, staff and administrators -- to participate by communicating their ideas to relevant team leaders and/or team members. It is to that end that this list is being published."

Mission and Purposes: Howard Nenner, team leader, chair of the self-study; Susan Bourque, dean for academic development; John Connolly, dean of the faculty; Sue Freeman, professor of education and child study; Amanda Gilman '97; Ruth Simmons, president; Kate Webster, chair of the board of trustees

Planning and Evaluation: John Burk, team leader, professor of biological sciences; Martha Ackelsberg, professor of government; Nalini Bhushan, associate professor of philosophy; Philip Green, professor of government; Kenneth Hellman, professor of chemistry; Elizabeth Kennedy '97; Margaret Sarkissian, assistant professor of music; Marta Staiti, administrative director of the self-study

Organization and Governance: Donald Baumer, team leader, professor of government; Mark Aldrich, professor of economics; Rosetta Cohen, associate professor of education and child study; Cynthia Di Geronimo, assistant to the dean of the faculty; Elliot Fratkin, assistant professor of anthropology; Daniel Gardner, professor of history; Cathy Lindquist AC; Philip Reid, professor of botany and biological sciences

Programs and Instruction: Joseph O'Rourke, team leader, professor of computer science; Ernest Benz, associate professor of history; Winifred (Dia) Black '97; Suzan Edwards, professor of astronomy; Ann Ferguson, assistant professor of Afro-American studies; Elizabeth Harries, professor of English language and literature; James Johnson, professor of exercise and sport studies; Marina Kaplan, associate professor of Spanish and Portuguese; Robert Linck, professor of chemistry; Alan Marvelli, director of graduate study; William Oram, professor of English language and literature; Thomas Riddell, dean of the first-year class; Brittan Weinzierl '97

Faculty: John Connolly, team leader, dean of the faculty; Stefan Bodnarenko, assistant professor of psychology; Brigitte Buettner, assistant professor of art; Allen Curran, professor of geology; Sue Freeman, professor of education and child study; Ann Jones, professor of comparative literature; Lester Little, professor of history; Marjorie Senechal, professor of mathematics; Andrew Zimbalist, professor of economics

Student Services: Ann Wright, team co-leader, dean of enrollment management; Maureen Mahoney, team co-leader, dean of the college; Nancy Asai, associate dean of student affairs; Barbara Brehm-Curtis, associate professor of exercise and sport studies; Steven Goldstein, professor of government; Jeanette Hawkins '97; Mary Humphries AC; Jefferson Hunter, professor of English language and literature; Lanisha Makle '98; Pamela McCarthy, associate director of Health Services; Nancy Long, senior cook, RADS; Karen Pfeifer, professor of economics; Barbara Reinhold, director of Career Development Office; Stuart Rosenfeld, professor of chemistry; Louis Wilson, associate professor of Afro-American studies; Cynthia Woolbright, director of Alumnae Fund

Library and Information Resources: a) Library: Sarah Pritchard, team leader, director of libraries; Craig Davis, associate professor of English language and literature; Carolyn Jacobs, associate professor, School for Social Work; Dana Leibsohn, assistant professor of art; Melissa Naulin '97; Donald Robinson, professor of government; Stylianos Scordilis, professor of biological sciences; Pamela Skinner, associate reference librarian
b) Information Technology: Herb Nickles, team leader, executive director of Information Systems; Lea Ahlen, office manager, social science cluster; Merrie Bergmann, associate professor of computer science; Robert Burger, professor of geology; Robert Davis, director, Center for Foreign Languages and Cultures; Kenneth Fearn, professor of music; Howard Gold, associate professor of government; Alan Rudnitsky, professor of education and child study; Charles Staelin, associate professor of economics; Sarah Tramel '97

Physical Resources: William Brandt, team leader, director of Physical Plant; Donna Divine, professor of government; Jumana Dalal '98; Randy Frost, professor of psychology; Ileana Jimenez '97; Ann Leone, associate professor of French language and literature; Kathleen Manning, administrative assistant, registrar's office; Robert Merritt, professor of biological sciences; Lynn Oberbillig, director of athletics; Kim Tripp, director of the botanic garden; Kathleen Zieja, director of Residence and Dining Services

Financial Resources: Ruth Constantine, team leader, chief financial officer and treasurer; David Cohen, professor of mathematics; Roger Kaufman, professor of economics; Mahnaz Mahdavi, associate professor of economics; Myra Smith; director of financial aid; Kristin Van Gaasbeck '97; Frances Volkmann, professor of psychology; Marilyn Woodman, chair of Staff Council

Public Disclosure: Carey Bloomfield, team leader, chief advancement officer; Randall Bartlett, professor of economics; John Brady, professor of geology; Sidonia Dalby, associate director of admission; John Eue, director of publications; Alice Hearst, assistant professor of government; Dennis Hudson, professor of world religions; Wanda Ramos '97; Monika Tjia '98; Gaynelle Weiss, director of Smith Management Programs

Integrity: Susan Bourque, team leader, dean for academic development; Anna Botta, assistant professor of Italian language and literature; Eileen Corbeil, benefits director; Myron Glazer, professor of sociology; Michael Gorra, associate professor of English language and literature; Kristin Hokoyama '97; Thomas Lowry, professor of chemistry; Steven Szpila, lead custodian

Toni Morrison to Speak

A popular author whose name tops "favorite writer" lists of many students even before they arrive at Smith, will visit campus next week. Nobel laureate Toni Morrison will read and discuss her work Monday, October 7, at 12:15 p.m. in John M. Greene Hall. (In order to accommodate those who wish to attend the talk, lunch in all campus houses will be served from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.)

The author of six major novels, The Bluest Eye, Sula, Song of Solomon, Tar Baby, Beloved and Jazz, Morrison received the National Book Critics Award for Song of Solomon in 1977, the Pulitzer Prize for Beloved in 1988 and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993. Her collected essays include Playing in the Dark and an edited collection, Race-ing Justice, En-Gendering Power, Essays on Anita Hill, Clarence Thomas and the Construction of Social Reality.

Morrison, who has also been Robert F. Goheen Professor in the Council of the Humanities at Princeton University since 1989, has degrees from Howard and Cornell universities, has taught at Yale, Bard and Rutgers and has lectured and held visiting professorships elsewhere. She was the Albert Schweitzer Professor in the Humanities at the State University of New York at Albany from 1984 to 1989.

She has been awarded honorary degrees from many institutions and has received such prestigious awards as the Rhegium Julii Prize for Literature; the Condorcet Medal, Paris; Pearl Buck Award; Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters, Paris; and the Modern Language Association of America Commonwealth Award in Literature.

Morrison was a senior editor at Random House for 20 years. She is a founding member of the Academie Universelle Des Culture, a trustee of the New York Public Library, a member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and she served on the National Council of the Arts for six years and is a member of the Africa Watch and Helsinki Watch Committees on Human Rights.

The event is sponsored by the Campus Climate Working Group and is the second in a series of four fall events. All are free and open to the public.

Welcome Abroad

Summer at Smith for Girls from Around the World
Attention all international students: Do you have a sister or younger friend at home who can't wait to get to Smith? Well, now she may have the chance to sample a "real" American college experience right here on the Smith campus, even before her high school education is completed.

The Smith College International Summer Institute, a new four-week program, will open its doors this June to girls entering grades 9 through 12 who attend high schools abroad. Most will be foreign nationals, but some may be United States citizens living overseas, notes Program Director Kathleen Ryan, a Smith alumna and admission counselor. All must be proficient in the English language, Ryan adds.

As its name suggests, the International Summer Institute will have an academic focus, with students electing classes such as English, computer science, international economics, psychology and American studies. Of course, social, recreational and cultural activities will also play a prominent role in each day's busy schedule, and trips to local events -- as well as weekend visits to places like Boston and Tanglewood and other New England colleges and universities-- are on the agenda, too. The program will also help participants begin to navigate the complex maze of the American college admission process.

Although Smith's successful summer programs for high school girls in science and in arts and humanities already welcome students from abroad, this will be the first offering specifically aimed at that group. Ryan anticipates that there will be about 25 in attendance during the initial session, which will be held June 29 through July 26, 1997. She also hopes that participants will come from all over the world and, with this in mind, has adopted "Global Excellence" as the institute's slogan. "We believe that this program will give its students a first-class ticket to experiencing a college education," explains Ryan. "It will help them to understand the rigors -- as well as the opportunities -- that are part of American college life. It will also allow them to get to know a wide variety of people whom they'd probably otherwise never have a chance to meet."

Ryan recalls that, following her own graduation from Smith in 1981, she spent a summer living in the International House at the University of California at Berkeley. "It enabled me to learn about cultures that I'd only previously heard about," she reflects, "and students coming here will, likewise, be able to gain insight into diverse cultures."

The cost of tuition and room and board for the month-long program is $3,150, with a nonrefundable $50 application fee. There is no extra charge for program activities and excursions. Some financial aid will be available. The deadline for early admission is March 1, 1997, and for regular admission is May 15.

In addition to Ryan, the program will be staffed by Smith faculty members, a residential director and undergraduate interns, who will serve as residential counselors and research/teaching assistants to the faculty. Ryan hopes that the Smith students who fill these latter roles will hail both from the U.S. and abroad. Although she will not be finalizing these posts until early in the second semester, those who are interested in taking part can send names and other related information to her before then.

If you would like more information about the Smith College International Summer Institute, or if you would like an application form to send to someone back home, contact Kathleen L. Ryan, Summer Programs, Garrison Hall (extension 2894; fax: 413-585-2893; e-mail to kryan).

New Series, Familiar Faces

"Smith Lives: At the Intersection of Professional and Personal Histories" is the intriguing title of a new lecture series that will feature women who have worked at Smith for a significant part of their careers. According to coordinator Mary Mosher Flesher, the series will explore questions such as "How does one's personal history turn a job into a vocation?"

"The complementarity of the phrase 'Smith Lives' is intended," notes Flesher, "for fulfilling lives demonstrate a dynamic interplay between profession and person. As women compose or construct their lives, they discover opportunity in chance and chosen experience. They learn to draw strength and direction from the resources of their unique historical context."

The first speaker in the new series will be Vera A. Joseph, physician emerita, who retired in 1975. Her talk will be Tuesday, October 8, at 4:15 p.m., in the Seelye Hall second-floor faculty lounge. A discussion will follow.

Meet the Prez

This month's presidential open hours for students will be held on Tuesday, October 8; Thursday, October 17; Monday, October 21; and Thursday, October 31. All sessions will take place from 4-5 p.m. in the Office of the President, College Hall 20.

President Simmons will meet with staff members on Friday, October 18, from 2-3 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.

Key Player on Campus

Althea Waites, internationally acclaimed concert pianist, will be in residence at Smith from October 6 to 8, presenting a piano recital, lecture and master class for piano students.

On Sunday, October 6, at 8 p.m., in Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall, Waites will play a program featuring the Sonata in E Minor by Florence Price (1887-1953), the first African-American woman composer to achieve national recognition. She will also perform Suite V from Ed Bland's "Music for a Global Village" (1995), a work for piano, with percussion ensemble realized electronically via computer and computerized voices. The final works on her program will be J.S. Bach's Partita in G Major and Alexander Scriabin's Five Preludes, Op. 74, and Fantasy in B Minor, Op. 28.

On Monday, October 7, at 4:30 p.m. in Sage Recital Hall, Waites will discuss "Traditional Elements in the Music of African-American Composers," describing how the composers on her recital program (Price and Bland), as well as William Grant Still, Margaret Bonds and Tania Léon, have used indigenous folk themes.

Finally, on Tuesday, October 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Sage Recital Hall, Smith piano students will play for Waites in a master class.

Waites, who is one of very few artists with a distinguished history of performing works by composers of African, Latin American and Asian backgrounds, has been a frequent guest on National Public Radio. In addition to her performances on many of the world's prestigious concert stages, she has appeared in recital at major festivals such as Aspen, Tanglewood and the Yale Summer Festival.

Her recording credits include "Black Diamonds," a CD of music by African-American composers, including Price and Bland. It was released on Cambria Records in 1993 to enthusiastic reviews from the press. Her current activities include preparing music for a new CD, comprising previously unrecorded works by composers who live on the west coast. During the past summer, Waites toured Indonesia under the auspices of the Center for World Music in San Diego and presented a solo recital in Java at the Mankanegoran Palace, a cultural center for the performing arts.

Waites is a resident of Los Angeles and holds degrees from Xavier University of Louisiana and the Yale University School of Music, where she studied with Donald Currier. She has also worked with Alice Shapiro and Russell Sherman and is currently teaching on the piano faculty at California State University/Long Beach.

All events are open to the public free of charge and are presented jointly by the Committee on Community Policy and the music and Afro-American studies departments.

Job Openings

This is a listing of jobs available at our publication deadline. For complete information, see the bulletin board in the Office of Human Resources or call the job hot line at extension 2278.

Application secretary, admission. Apply by October 10.
Administrative assistant, dean of the college's office. Apply by October 10.
Disability service coordinator, Institutional Diversity. Application review will being on October 14.

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Little-Known Facts

On the Cutting Edge: For more than two decades, RADS staff member Mark Ricker has been known to area music aficionados as a jazz guitarist. Audiences at the Iron Horse, the Hotel Northampton, the former North Star restaurant and other Valley hot spots have seen him play, both as a soloist and as member of the jazz band "Just in Time."

But these days the senior floater cook is strumming a new tune. He's turned his creative energies to stained-glass art and, in several weeks, an exhibition of Ricker's sculptures and other work will open at the Naked Art Gallery on Crafts Avenue. Currently, these unusual sculptures -- along with a variety of stained-glass pieces, such as picture frames, lampshades and mobiles -- can be seen (and purchased!) at the Don Muller Gallery on Main Street.

Making the transition from performing to visual arts was not a big leap, Ricker maintains. "There is a correlation between the aesthetic points of both," he observes. "The dynamics and intensity of the music can likewise be expressed in design."

Unlike many stained-glass artists, Ricker doesn't have to buy Band-Aids by the truckload, so it's not his ailing digits that keep him away from his guitar. "Working as a chef, I've learned not to cut my fingers off," he reports. "My main constraint is time." Although he's curtailed most of his public performing, the busy single father of two does still find some time for occasional duets with saxophonist Edward Jacob, Smith's art department shop supervisor and technician, and he's always on the look-out for others eager to play with him.

For now, however, Ricker is focusing on his artwork. The Naked Art Gallery show will open on Thursday, October 31, and continue through Friday, November 22. Gallery hours are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 6-9 p.m.

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Monday, October 7

Special event: Youth Vote. Massachusetts voter registration drive. MASSPIRG chapters at 24 colleges and universities across the state will register thousands of students to vote before elections '96.
9 a.m.-5 p.m., Post Office lobby*

CDO informational meeting: Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
10:30 a.m., CDO Library, Drew Hall

Special Lunch Time (due to Toni Morrison lecture).
11:30-1:30 p.m., campus houses

Special event: Toni Morrison will be reading from and discussing her work.
12:15 p.m., John M. Greene Hall*

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 informational meeting: How to find a January Internship.
12:15-1 p.m., CDO, Drew Hall

CDO informational meeting: How to Write an Effective Résumé.
2:45-3:45 p.m., CDO, Drew Hall

Religious activity: Scripture study and discussion with chaplains Elizabeth Carr and Richard Unsworth.
4-5 p.m., Bodman lounge, Chapel

Presentation of the major: biochemistry.
4:30 p.m., Burton Hall 101

Lecture: "Should Colleges be Ranked? Is Higher Education in Trouble and Other Controversial Topics." Mel Elfin, special projects editor, US News and World Report, will talk about the magazine's "Best Colleges" rankings and major issues of higher education.
4-5 p.m., Seelye Hall 207

Meeting: Library Self-Study Team. Open meeting for all Smith students to share their views about the library's services, collections and possible future directions.
4:30-5:30 p.m., Neilson Library Browsing Room

Lecture: Althea Waites Residency Lecture, "Traditional Elements in the Music of African-American Composers." (See news story.)
4:30 p.m., Sage Recital Hall, Sage Hall*

Meeting: Amnesty International.
4-5 p.m., Seelye Hall 105

Meeting: Smith Debate Society.
4-6 p.m., Seelye Hall 107

Meeting: Reception for all students returning from study abroad in Spain and Latin America. Any student interested in learning more about study abroad in a Spanish- or Portuguese-speaking country is invited.
7-9 p.m., Seelye Hall 207

Meeting: An informal study of the Gospel of Mark.
7-9 p.m., Seelye Hall 107

Discussion: SGA candidates debate for the senate, first-year class and fill-in positions elections.
7-9:30 p.m., Seelye Hall 106

CDO informational meeting: How to prepare for a successful interview. For second-year students only. An orientation and tour geared to the needs of sophomores.
7-8 p.m., CDO, Drew Hall

CDO Five College informational session: McKinsey & Company (consulting).
7:30 p.m., Amherst College Alumni House

Tuesday, October 8

Special event: Youth Vote. See 10/7 listing.
9 a.m.-5 p.m., Post Office lobby*

Luncheon meeting: Smith College Chapter of Sigma Xi. "Style in Children's Art: Flexibility in Stability," by Peter Pufall, professor of psychology.
Noon, Smith College Club downstairs lounge

Luncheon meeting: "Homophobia: What Are Schools Teaching Our Children?" Leslie Hoffman, formerly of the Safe Schools Task Force, will speak about her experiences confronting homophobia in area schools. Pizza provided. Sponsored by S.O.S.
Noon-1 p.m., Wright Hall common room

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

Presentation of the major: French.
4 p.m.-6 p.m., Wright Hall common room

Lecture by Vera Joseph, Smith College physician emerita. This is the first lecture in the new series "Smith Lives: At the Intersection of Professional and Personal Histories." (See news story.)
4:15 p.m., Seelye Hall 207*

Meeting: Student Theatre Committee
4:45 p.m., T109, Mendenhall CPA

Lecture: "Rock and Rule: The Power of Inka Architecture," by Professor Carolyn Dean, University of California at Santa Cruz.
5-6 p.m., Hillyer Hall 117*

Presentation of the major: chemistry.
5-6 p.m., Burton Hall 101

Meeting: Grécourt Review
5-6 p.m., Seelye Hall 202

Meeting: A Course in Miracles on-going study/support group. Drop-ins welcome. Questions? Call Claire at extension 7716 or the Chapel at extension 2750.
7 p.m., Bodman lounge, Chapel

CDO Five College informational session: Parthenon Group (consulting).
7 p.m., Amherst College Porter Lounge, Converse Hall

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

Field hockey vs. Clark
7 p.m., athletic fields*

CDO Open Hours
7-9 p.m., CDO, Drew Hall

CDO informational meeting: Seniors only. An orientation and tour geared to the needs of seniors.
7:45-8 p.m., CDO, Drew Hall

Meeting: Senate. All are welcome.
7 p.m., Seelye Hall 201

Workshop: Althea Waites Residency Piano Master Class. (See news story.)
7:30 p.m., Sage Recital Hall, Sage Hall*

Meeting: First general meeting for the Celebration of Sisterhood, an annual event sponsored by lesbians, bisexuals and their allies to celebrate the queer community on the Smith campus. All are welcome.
10-11 p.m., Neilson Library Browsing Room

Wednesday, October 9

Student payroll vouchers due by noon in College Hall 10.

Deadline: RSVP for Kosher Kitchen Friday service and dinner at extension 2754.

SGA elections for senators, first-year class officers and fill-in positions.
9 a.m.-5 p.m., Seelye Hall foyer and Post Office lobby

Special event: Youth Vote. See 10/7 listing.
9 a.m.-5 p.m., Post Office lobby*

CDO résumé deadline for UMass recruiters for the following companies: Filene's Basement; Liberty Mutual Information Systems; Nine West Group; and Princeton Transportation Consulting Group.
Noon, Room 20, CDO, Drew Hall

Religious activity: A gathering and informative discussion/reflection for Catholic Adas. A simple lunch is served.
Noon-1 p.m., Bodman lounge, Chapel

Luncheon meeting: "Lunch-For the Health of It." Brown-bag lunch group for Ada Comstock students meets the second Wednesday of each month to discuss health-related issues. The topic is stress management. Questions? Call Chris Manter at Health Services, extension 2802
12:15-1:15 p.m. in Seelye 207

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 Informational meeting: Introduction to Employer Connections. Any student considering taking part in the CDO's on- or off-campus recruiting program should attend one of these meetings.
12:30 p.m., Hillyer Hall Room 116

Informational meeting: Marine Science Summer and Semester Program series. Ken Foreman of the Ecosystems Center at the Marine Biology Laboratory will give a presentation on the new semester in environmental studies beginning fall 1997.
4:15 p.m., Burton Hall 101*

Presentation of the major: physics.
4:15-5:30 p.m., McConnell Hall 301

Presentation of the major: theatre.
4:15-6 p.m., Green Room, Mendenhall CPA

CDO Five College informational session: Boston Consulting Group.
7 p.m., Amherst College Porter Lounge, Converse Hall

Religious activity: Buddhist service and discussion.
7:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Film: The Scarlet Pimpernel (1934, Alexander Korda, director; stars Leslie Howard, Merle Oberon, Raymond Massey). From Baroness Orczy's novel of a master of disguise rescuing aristocrats from the guillotine. "They seek him here; they seek him there; those Frenchies seek him everywhere..." The French Revolution as comedy and romance. Optional for students in HST 248 The French Revolution as Epic, and open to all.
7:30 p.m., Seelye Hall 201*

CDO informational meeting: Peace Corps.
7:30 p.m., Seelye Hall 106

Lecture: "U.S.-Japan Relations," by Akio Kawato, consul general of Japan in Boston, will speak and answer questions. The program is co-sponsored by the Five College Center for East Asian Studies and the Smith College East Asian Studies Program.
8 p.m., Neilson Library Browsing Room*

Thursday, October 10

SGA Elections for senators, first-year class officers and fill-in positions.
9 a.m.-5 p.m., Seelye Hall foyer and Post Office lobby

Special event: Youth Vote. See 10/7 listing.
9 a.m.-5 p.m., Post Office lobby*

Luncheon meeting: "Is Machiavelli in Hell?" by Patrick Coby, associate professor of government. Part of the Liberal Arts Luncheon Series, open to faculty, emeriti and staff.
Noon, Smith College Club lower level

Luncheon Meeting: Hillel At Noon. Great food, company and discussion; topic to be announced. Questions and RSVP to Alex at extension 6149 or Rebecca at extension 7625.
Noon, Kosher Kitchen, Dawes House

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

Special event: United Way Rally with special guest Whitney Houston (played by Lee Morin). All are welcome.
1:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall

Soccer vs. Trinity
4 p.m., athletic fields*

Presentation of the major: dance.
4:30-5:30 p.m., Green Room, Mendenhall CPA

Meeting: International Students Organization General Body. Refreshments provided.
5 p.m., Unity House

Meeting: Heads of Organizations. Mandatory meeting for heads of organizations. 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 Hall 107

Meeting: Newman Association home-cooked dinner. Come and enjoy the dinner and get involved in an exciting semester.
5:30-7:30 p.m., Bodman lounge

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

Film: To be announced. Sponsored by Rec Council.
9 p.m., Wright Hall auditorium

Special event: Open Mic. Music, poetry, ideas, monologues or anything in a casual, free-spirited and supportive atmosphere. Come and watch or take part. Come early to sign up on sheet posted at door. Admission free.
11 p.m., Stage Right, Mendenhall CPA

Friday, October 11

Special event: Youth Vote. See 10/7 listing.
9 a.m.-5 p.m., Post Office lobby*

ASL language lunch table
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room

CDO informational meeting: Seniors only. An orientation and tour geared to the needs of seniors. Students can bring their own lunch.
12:15 p.m., CDO, Drew Hall

Meeting: Smith Science Fiction and Fantasy Society.
4:30-5:30 p.m., Seelye Hall 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

Saturday, October 12

Autumn Recess Begins

GRE testing: General testing will be held at 8 a.m. Subject testing will be held at 2 p.m.
8 a.m., Seelye Hall

Soccer vs. MIT
1 p.m., athletic fields*

Sunday, October 13

Autumn Recess
Religious activity: Quaker (Friends) discussion group. Meeting for worship begins at 11 a.m. Child care is available.
9:30 a.m., Bass Hall 210*

CDO Open Hours
1-4 p.m., CDO, Drew Hall

CDO informational meeting: How to find a January Internship.
1:15-2 p.m., CDO, Drew Hall

CDO informational meeting: Job Search for Seniors.
2:30-3:30 p.m., CDO, Drew Hall

Religious activity: Women's Spirituality Group. An ecumenical group to explore the spirituality and meaning of Christian feminism. All are welcome.
7 p.m., Bodman lounge, Chapel

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Museum of Art, 585-2770. Hours: Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Wednesday and Sunday, noon-4 p.m.; Thursday, noon-8 p.m. Print Room hours: Tuesday through Friday, 1-4 p.m., Saturday, 1-4 p.m., during exhibitions. Other hours by appointment.

Roma Antica: 18th-Century Prints by Piranesi (through 10/27). Print Room.

Mortals and Immortals: Roman Sculpture from the Miller Collection (through 1/5).

Small Landscapes and Monotypes by Sally Brody '54 (through November). These oil on canvas paintings show various landscapes which were painted on Martha's Vineyard and in the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Alumnae House Gallery, 585-2020. Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Faculty Meeting

The second regular meeting of the faculty for 1996-97 will be held Wednesday, October 23, 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, October 16. Material to be included in the mailing with the agenda must be camera-ready and submitted to College Hall 27 by Monday, October 14.

Drop Deadline

The last day to drop a course is Wednesday, October 9. Forms may be obtained in the registrar's office. Signatures of the instructor, adviser and class dean are required to drop a course at this time.


Preliminary information concerning scheduled exams is posted 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.

Hike to the Summit of Skinner State Park

On Sunday, October 6, from 1-4 p.m., hike to the summit of Skinner State Park and get an exceptional view of our valley. Entering students are invited. It's free, and transportation will be provided for the first 44 to sign up. Sign-up poster is outside College Hall 22. Questions? Call Merry Farnum at extension 4904.

CDO Information

Recruiters will be conducting on-campus interviews in the fall. Please note most of them require pre-screening résumés or have open sign-up.

The résumé and cover letter deadline for the following companies is 4 p.m. in the CDO, Room 20, on October 16: Educational Resources Group (an independent school teacher/administrator placement agency); Independent Educational Services (independent school placement agency); Federal Reserve Bank of New York (banking); and First Empire State Corporation (banking).

Open sign-ups for the following companies start Monday, October 21, at 8:30 a.m. in the CDO, Room 20: M.B.N.A.-New England (credit card company) and M.I.T. Lincoln Labs (technical research & development).

The on-campus interviews are: November 5 (Educational Resources Group); November 11 (Independent Educational Services); November 19 (Federal Reserve Bank of New York); November 20 (First Empire State Corporation); November 12 (M.B.N.A.-New England); and November 22, morning only (M.I.T. Lincoln Labs).

Smith-Kline Beecham (pharmaceutical sales) and Blue Cross-Blue Shield (customer service positions) recruiters will be at UMass and have a résumé deadline of October 2 by noon in the CDO, room 20.

Health Services

Health Services will not be closed on Mountain Day. We will be open as usual from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Peer Writing Assistance Now Available

Sunday through Thursday, Seelye 307, 7-10 p.m.; Sunday and Thursday, Quad, Wilder library, 7-10 p.m.; and Tuesday, Tilly, Ada lounge, 3-6 p.m. Any stages of drafts welcome. No appointments necessary. No fee.

Textbook Returns

The Grécourt Bookshop will begin to return all unsold textbooks to the publishers starting the week of October 7. Please purchase needed texts as soon as possible.

The Board of Counselors

The Friends of the Smith College Libraries Executive Committee will hold its fall business meeting on Friday, October 11, in Neilson Library.

The Chapel Counselors' Committee of the Board of Counselors will meet on Sunday, November 10, and Monday, November 11, beginning at 2 p.m. in Bodman Lounge of the Chapel, with meetings concluding at 4 p.m. on Monday, November 11.

The Siren Literary Magazine

The Smith literary magazine The Siren will be holding its first meeting Thursday, October 3, from 7:30-8:30 pm in the LBA space (the small white building just to the right of Davis Center). Anyone who is at all interested in contributing as a member of the editorial staff is invited. We particularly would love it if people interested in art or who might like to be art editors would attend. Weekly meetings will continue on Thursdays at that time, so if you are unable to come on October 3, please feel free to come and share your thoughts with us another week. Questions? Contact Nina Sherwin at extension 7825.

Theatre Proposals

Student and Smith community proposals sought for Midnight Theatre and Tier II theatre department productions. Low tech one-acts, performance art, monologues, stand-up, music theater, dance and surprises welcome. Deadline for fall: October 8. Spring deadline not set. For information and submission procedure contact Gwen Maynard at 585-8574 (off-campus) or Shana Carter at 584-2535.

Fall Preview

Fall Preview, sponsored by the Office of Admission, will bring approximately 200 prospective applicants and their parents to campus on Monday, October 21.

During this day-long event, students and their parents will explore many aspects of campus life through contact with students, faculty and staff. We hope that participants will decide that Smith is an appropriate college option. Please take the time during this busy day to welcome them and answer any of their questions. Your consideration may make a lasting impression on a potential Smithie and her family.

Parking will be on the right side of College Lane from Elm Street to the Smith College Club. During Fall Preview, traffic on College Lane will be one-way from Elm Street to Green Street. Campus Security will also direct visitors to park in white-lined spaces in the ITT and Ainsworth lots.

Five College Group Offerings

The following group offerings are available to Smith College students:
The University Of Massachusetts At Amherst (545-2337):
1. Stress Management Group: Mondays, 3:30-5 p.m.
2. Women's Groups For Graduate Students and Professional Women: Tuesdays, 12:45-2:15 p.m.
3. Increasing Self-Esteem, Building Self-Confidence Group: Tuesdays, 3:45-5 p.m.
4. Letting Go and Moving On Group: Tuesdays, 6-7:30 p.m.
5. Adult Children of Dysfunctional Families: Wednesdays, 3:30-5 p.m.
6. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Support Group: Thursdays, 3:45-5 p.m.
7. Long-Term Therapy Group for Older Students and UMass Staff: Thursdays, 3:30-5 p.m.
Mount Holyoke College Counseling Service (538-2037):
1. Relationship Issues Group;
2. Eating Issues Group;
3. AIDS Support Group;
4. Bereavement Group;
5. Survival for Survivors Group;
6. Black Women's Support Group.
All times and places for the groups are to be announced.
Hampshire College Counseling Service (582-5458):
1. Psychotherapy Group: Begins Monday October 7, 4-5:15
2. Couples Support Group: Tuesdays or Thursdays, time and place TBA
3. Food and Body Image Group for Women: Begins October 9, Wednesdays 11:00 a.m.-noon
Amherst College Counseling Center (542-2354):
1. Stress Management workshop: Wednesday, December 11, 3:30-5 p.m., Johnson Chapel
2. Getting Your Work Done: January term, time and location TBA
3. Dealing with Parental Divorce: January term, time and location TBA
4. Coping with an Eating Disorder: Strategies for friends, roommates and family: spring semester, location and time TBA

Interested students should call the college offering the group and make an appointment for a pre-group interview.

PhotoShop Faculty Training

A hands-on introduction to the Adobe PhotoShop software package will be held Monday, October 7, 12:15-1 p.m. and Thursday, October 10, noon-12:45 p.m., in the Digital Design Studio, Seelye Hall. Please register with Linda Ahern at extension 2998 or Registration is limited to seven faculty participants.

Debate Tournament

The Smith College Debate Team will be sponsoring a debate tournament at Smith on October 4 and 5. Smith students are welcome to judge; no experience needed. To sign up or for information, contact Lorien at extension 6247 or Clea at extension 6938.

Simchat Torah

There will be a celebration at UMass on Sunday, October 6. For time and location, call 545-1710.

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