News for the Smith College Community | October 10, 1996

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Information Technology Team Needs You

As part of the college-wide self-study process, the Information Technology (IT) self-study team invites responses to the following questions from students, faculty and staff. We are asking for your assessment of Smith's information technology resources, and we encourage you to look 20 years into the future to describe your vision of the impact of technology on you personally, on your specific field or on the campus in general.

For the purpose of our discussion, "information technology" refers to computing and communications resources available in classrooms, computer labs, offices, student houses and CFLAC. It includes -- but is not limited to -- the campus-wide network, VAX and Unix systems, file servers, desktop computers, telephone system, academic and administrative software, academic and administrative data resources, electronic mail and Internet access.

Please send your written comments to any member of the IT self-study team (Lea Ahlen, Merrie Bergmann, Bob Burger, Robert Davis, Ken Fearn, Howard Gold, Herb Nickles, Al Rudnitsky, Charles Staelin and Sarah Tramel) or via e-mail to itquestions@sophia. Please do not feel compelled to answer all of the questions. We request your response by October 23. However, we welcome your input throughout the year.
1. How has information technology affected the way you teach, conduct research, learn and work?
2. How would you evaluate the physical information technology resources (hardware, software and data) on campus?
3. How would you evaluate the support for these information technology resources?
4. What role would you like information technology to play in the future in your teaching, research, learning and work?
5. Where do you think information technology is heading? How will these developments affect your teaching, research, learning and work?
6. As information technology becomes more universal and portable in the coming years, what kind of support will be needed? How should it be provided on campus?

Student Services Team Holds Open Meetings

The Student Services self-study team is reviewing student life on campus and the various support services available to students. Included in its mandate are co-curricular programming, diversity goals, financial aid, orientation, housing, dining, academic advising, career development, health care, student government, athletics, grievance procedures and more. In addition to consultation with the offices involved in these services, the team seeks suggestions on any of these topics. We are particularly interested in ideas for improving services at the college. We welcome written commentary, to be submitted to the team leaders, Maureen Mahoney, College Hall 21, or Ann Wright, College Hall 31. The team also plans a series of open meetings: one for students, one for staff and one for faculty. Dates, times and locations are: At each session, team members will pose specific questions and then open the discussion to any topic.

Dress Down for a Good Cause

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and on Friday, October 25, Smith staff members will join employees from corporations and organizations around the country to take a stand against the deadly illness. National Denim Day at Smith College is being sponsored by the Staff Council Activities Committee, but it is part of a nationwide initiative to raise funds for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating breast cancer as a life-threatening disease by advancing research, education, screening and treatment.

Denim Day participants are asked to make a contribution of $5 (or more) to the foundation. Then, on October 25, all donors can wear jeans and other denim garb to work as a sign of their support. Contributors will also receive an enamel pink-ribbon pin -- the national symbol for breast cancer awareness.

The Komen Foundation was established in 1982 by Nancy Brinker to honor the memory of her sister, who died from breast cancer at the age of 36. It is the nation's largest private funder of research dedicated solely to breast cancer. Checks (payable to the Susan Komen Foundation) should be sent to Cindy Rucci at Neilson Library by Tuesday, October 22. The foundation receives 100 percent of all gifts.

In conjunction with Denim Day, information tables will be set up in Wright Hall lobby and on the first floor of College Hall. The tables will be staffed by local breast-health educators and other area individuals involved in combatting the disease. At 7 p.m., a staged reading of Purple Breasts, a play about one woman's struggle against breast cancer, will take place in Sage Recital Hall. (Details about this performance will appear in next week's AcaMedia.)

A World Wide Web site ( provides more information about the national Denim Day. For questions about the Smith event or the Susan G. Komen Foundation, contact Mark Carmien at extension 2288.

Elbaum Events

A Smith alumna and area native who died in Chechnya two years ago will be remembered next week with the opening of an exhibit of her photographs and a lecture in her honor.

Cynthia Elbaum was one of two dozen civilians killed on December 22, 1994, in an air attack on Grozny, the war-torn Chechen capital. A member of the Smith class of 1988 and a Russian studies major who grew up in nearby Ashfield, Elbaum traveled frequently to the former Soviet Union, working as a freelance photojournalist.

On Thursday, October 17, at 4:30 p.m., Joan M. Afferica, L. Clarke Seelye Professor of History, will present a commemorative lecture in Hillyer Hall 117. Following the talk, a reception will be held in Hillyer Gallery, marking the opening of an exhibit of Elbaum's last surviving photographs, which were taken at the beginning of the Chechen war. The exhibit will continue through October 31.

Community Forum Reminder

The first community forum of the 1996-97 academic year will take place on Wednesday, October 16, at 2:30 p.m. in Sage Hall. This is the annual event that recognizes employees who have served Smith for 10, 15, 20 and 25 years, along with those who hold perfect attendance records for the past year. A reception for all (with refreshments, of course) will be held in Mendenhall courtyard after the program (rain site: Scott Gym). Even if you're not being honored yourself, come and applaud your colleagues and friends.

Wanted: A Few Good Men

For many years, Smith students have generously volunteered their time to Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Hampshire County, spending several hours each week as companions to area children. But now, the organization's officials are desperately seeking something that even Smithies can't provide: they need men.

According to Ruth Harms, case coordinator at the Amherst-based agency, there is a long waiting list of boys, ages 6 through 16, who are eager to be matched with a "big brother." Tiertza Schwartz, Smith's director of voluntary services, is hoping that Smith faculty and staff members will help to fill that void. Traditionally, S.O.S. (Service Organizations of Smith) places students in area volunteer positions, Schwartz explains. This time, however, in conjunction with President Simmons' interest in reaching out to the local community, Schwartz is calling on employees to step forward, too.

Whenever possible, says Harms, a big brother is matched with a boy who shares similar interests. Volunteers can also request a preferred age range. Although the "ideal" commitment is three to five hours per week, "consistency is more important than frequency. We're very flexible," she says. Harms also points out that big brothers don't have to concoct exciting expeditions for every visit. "There doesn't have to be a special activity," she stresses. "Spending time with an adult -- doing even mundane chores -- can be important to these boys who lack adult attention." For those who are in search of less common adventures, however, Harms adds that her organization often receives circus passes, concert tickets and other "freebies," which are donated for volunteers to use.

Smith faculty and staff members who are interested in knowing more about Big Brothers/Big Sisters can contact Schwartz at extension 2756 or visit her office in Helen Hills Hills Chapel (rooms B-6 and B-7). There, she keeps applications and an extensive file of information on the agency. She would also be happy to make appointments to answer questions directly. Volunteers must provide references and are carefully screened. Once selected, they attend an orientation and then receive on-going supervision.

"Typically, we have about five or six Smith students working with us every year, and they do a wonderful job," Harms notes, "but right now our great need is for males, and we've started a campaign throughout the valley to recruit them." Harms expects, however, that by next spring, Big Brothers/Big Sisters will again be signing up more women. Anyone, she urges, regardless of gender, who might be interested in volunteering -- either now or in the future -- is encouraged to visit the S.O.S. office.

HR Open House

Have you visited the Office of Human Resources since you began working for Smith? You may not know about all of the benefits and services available to you as a Smith employee. As you balance your work and home life, you may find yourself asking questions like these: Will my health plan change this year? What choices do I have for my retirement finances? What happens if I must care for a member of my family who is ill? How can I get medical coverage for my child after graduation? Can I get temporary help for my department? What resources are there to train my staff?

The HR staff invites you to visit us at 30 Belmont Avenue for our first open house, Thursday, October 17, from 2­p;4 p.m. We would like to meet you, introduce our new staff members and answer questions.

Added attractions: a Borawski Insurance representative will be here to explain how you can save money on your homeowner's and auto insurance. If your ID is expiring this month, come and renew it. The Staff Training and Development Library will be open, with more than 600 print and audiovisual pieces available. Of course, we will also have a variety of refreshments, decorations and even a fun contest with prizes.

We plan to offer regular open hours on a monthly basis and encourage you to come and visit us. Watch AcaMedia for dates and times. Meanwhile, we look forward to seeing you on October 17.

The Word on Banner

(a regular feature from Information Systems)
This is the tenth article in a series that began in late 1995. Information Systems intends to include notes, status reports, helpful hints and general news about training in this feature from now until the conversion to the Banner system is complete. We welcome your feedback. Please send comments and suggestions for future topics to ADMHELP@AIS.
Status Report: Banner goes GUI
If you have ever used a VAX terminal, you know what a character user interface (CUI) looks like. It is based on characters and function keys, like Smith's old SIS system. If you have ever used a Macintosh or a Windows machine, you know what a graphical user interface (GUI) looks like. GUIs are much friendlier and easier to use than CUIs. While personal computers have been taking advantage of the GUI for years, mainframes have been a little slower to leave the CUI world. However, that is about to change at Smith. This fall, the Office of Advancement (including the Alumnae Association) will start the conversion to the Banner Alumnae/Development module. Their conversion will be similar to the Smith Banner conversions that have already occured, with one notable exception: they will be implementing the newest edition of Banner, version 2.1.5, which uses a GUI.

Current users of Banner are using version 2.0.x (x varies depending on the module-the student module is at 2.0.10; the Financial Aid module is at 2.0.21.) Because Banner is an integrated system, we must all use the same version. Therefore, in order for Advancement to use version 2.1.5 (GUI), we must all use version 2.1.5.

Fortunately, although the GUI is the primary interface for version 2.1.5, a CUI is still available. This CUI is a little different from the CUI found in version 2.0.x, but current users will not have any trouble making the transition. Information Systems will be offering documentation and/or training to assist in that transition.

In order to get all users up on version 2.1.5 by next July, we will be making the following changes by October 15:

Training Database: The training database (TRNG) will be upgraded to version 2.1.5 (GUI) so that Advancement can begin the process of converting to Banner. Only those with Windows PCs that have been specially configured will be able to use this database.
Pre-Production Database: The pre-production database (PPRD) will remain at version 2.0.x. It will be used as the training and conversion area for version 2.0.x.
Production Database: There will be no changes made to the production database at this time.

All current users of Banner will be converted to version 2.1.5 (CUI) by next July. Within 24 months, we will all be using version 2.1.5 (GUI). Start practicing your mouse skills!

For more information about Banner, click here to go to the Banner home page

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On the Waterfront

Four Smithies were among the six area undergraduate students who received 1996 Five College Coastal & Marine Science Summer Research/Internship awards. Assisted by this funding, Katherine Ballantine '99 served as a nature guide at the Olympic National Park in the state of Washington. She researched coastal and marine issues in the park for a segment of her tour. Caroline Granger '97J interned for the Sea Turtle Research Program at The Conservancy at the Briggs Nature Center on Keewaydin Island, Florida. Her duties included patrolling the beach, tagging adult nesting turtles and overseeing the hatching of turtles.

Kirsten Power '98 interned for the Department of Ornithology at the American Museum of Natural History by studying the common and roseate tern on Great Gull Island in Long Island Sound. Ali Senauer '97 split her internship between the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration's Hazardous Materials and Assessment Division and the International Maritime Organization. She worked on finalizing and exporting the IMO's training programs for oil and chemical skill planning and response.

Another Smith junior, Kelly Kilbourne, received the E.J. Murphy award, which supported her study of the callianassid shrimp in the shallow coral reef of San Salvador Island, Bahamas last spring. While in the Bahamas, she also attended the Eighth Symposium on the Geology of the Island. According to Deb Orgera, Five College Coastal & Marine Sciences program assistant, the Murphy award provides up to $500 to sophomores, juniors and seniors to help defray the costs of research projects, presenting papers, attending conferences, etc. More information about the award -- as well as the application -- can be found at the program's World Wide Web site ( The next deadline, warns Orgera, is November 1.

All of the Smith students who received grants from the Five College Coastal & Marine Sciences Program -- along with those from Amherst, Mount Holyoke and Hampshire colleges and the University of Massachusetts -- will present the results of their work at the annual Student Research Symposium on Wednesday, November 6. The event was originally scheduled for Tuesday, November 5, Orgera explains, but the date was changed because one key player had other plans. "I want to watch the election returns," insists Professor of Geology Al Curran, "and I think the students will want to watch them, too. It's an educational event." (Orgera also admits that an earlier date -- November 4 -- was also eliminated from the running so that a University faculty member could stay home to see Monday night football!)

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Monday, October 14

Autumn Recess

Tuesday, October 15

Autumn Recess

Special event: "A Taste of Technology." See notices for details. Three open houses are planned featuring the newest electronic classrooms at Smith College. Demonstrations will begin each half hour.
9 a.m.-noon, Burton 209; Digital Design Studio in Seelye Hall B4; Center for Foreign Languages and Cultures, Wright Hall 7

Tennis vs. Clark
3:30 p.m., outdoor tennis courts*

Soccer vs. Mount Holyoke
4 p.m., athletic fields*

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

Wednesday, October 16

Religious activity: A gathering and informative discussion/reflection for Catholic Adas. A simple 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

Résumé deadline for the following companies: Educational Resources Group; Independent Educational Services; Federal Reserve Bank of New York; and First Empire State Corporation.
4 p.m., Room 20, CDO, Drew Hall

Informational meeting: Marine Science Summer and Semester Program series. Dany Adams of the Smith department of biological sciences will give a presentation on the Shoals Marine Laboratory in Maine.
4:15 p.m., Burton Hall 101*

Presentation of the major: anthropology.
5-6 p.m., Wright Hall common room

Informational meeting for students, primarily sophomores (class of 1999), who are interested in the Twelve College Exchange Program for the 1997­p;98 academic year.
5-6 p.m., Seelye Hall 106

CDO informational meeting: Microsoft Corporation. Pizza provided.
5:30 p.m., Forum, 3rd Floor, Burton Hall

Five College informational meeting: Metropolitan Life.
7 p.m., Mount Holyoke College Career Development Center

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

Five College informational meeting: Bain and Company (consulting).
7:30 p.m., Amherst College, Porter Lounge, Converse Hall

Thursday, October 17

Luncheon meeting: "Cultural Crossings in Colonial New England: Mary Rowlandson and Her Native American Captors," by Neal Salisbury, professor of history. Part of the Liberal Arts Luncheon Series, open to faculty, emeriti and staff.
Noon, Smith College Club lower level

Luncheon meeting: Come to Hillel at Noon, a weekly discussion and luncheon gathering. Kosher food is catered by Fire & Water Cafe. Questions or to RSVP, contact Alex extension 6149 or Rebecca at extension 7625. This week's topic: Visiting Professor Judith Plaskow on problems facing gays and lesbians in Jewish communities.
Noon, Kosher Kitchen, Dawes House

Informational meeting: The first meeting of the Association of Low Income Students (ALIS).
Noon, Wright Hall 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

Open House: Human Resources will hold an open house for all employees. (See news article.)
2-4 p.m., Human Resources, 30 Belmont Avenue

CDO informational meeting: Introduction to Employer Connections. Students considering the CDO's on- or off-campus recruiting program should attend this meeting.
3 p.m., Seelye Hall 208

Field Hockey vs. Trinity
4 p.m., athletic fields*

CDO Workshop: Second-year students only. An orientation and tour of the CDO geared to the needs of sophomores.
4:15 p.m., CDO, Drew Hall

Lecture: "Approaches to Inconsistencies in Roman Epic," by James J. O'Hara, associate professor in the classical studies department at Wesleyan University. Sponsored by the classical languages and literatures department.
4:15 p.m., Wright Hall common room

Presentation of the major: art. Refreshments will be served.
4:30-5:30 p.m., Doyle Gallery, Museum of Art

Presentation of the minor: East Asian languages and literatures and East Asian studies.
4:30-6 p.m., Dewey common room

Lecture: "Chechnia," by Joan Afferica, L. Clarke Seelye professor of history, in memory of Cynthia Elbaum '88. (See news article.) A reception will follow.
4:30 p.m., Hillyer Hall 117*

Slide lecture by Welsh book artist Shirley Jones, about her work at the Red Hen Press. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
4:30 p.m., Neilson Library Browsing Room*

Informational meeting: Junior Year Abroad in the Associated Kyoto Program (AKP) in Japan.
4:30-6 p.m., Dewey common room

Presentation of the major: philosophy. Refreshments will be served.
5 p.m., Philosophy Student Lounge, Dewey Hall

Lecture: The Department of English Language and Literature presents "Terror's Reign: In the Culture of Gothic," by Mark Edmundson, professor of English at the University of Virginia.
5 p.m., Seelye Hall 106*

Open meeting for faculty members with members of the self-study team dealing with NEASC Standard Five. Those needing child care to attend should contact John Connolly
at extension 3000.
5-6 p.m., Faculty lounge, Seelye Hall 207

Presentation of the major: psychology. Refreshments will be served.
5-6 p.m., McConnell Hall foyer

Presentation of the major: history. Refreshments will be served.
5:15-6 p.m., Seelye Hall 306

Meeting for government majors. The government department will hold a panel discussion regarding graduate and professional schools and career options.
5-6 p.m., Seelye Hall 201

Meeting: Smith Debate Society.
5-6 p.m., Seelye Hall 107

Five College informational meeting: Merrill Lynch Investment Banking, Debt & Equity Division.
7 p.m., Lord Jeffrey Inn, Amherst

Five College informational meeting: Bloomingdale's.
7 p.m., Mount Holyoke College Career Development Center

Theatre: New play-reading series. Star-Crossed by Jill Dione '96. Set in 20th-century heaven, Ms. Dione gives us a glimpse of what "life" might be like for the famous-and fast-
becoming infamous-Romeo, Juliet and Mercutio. Playful and curious, will Juliet end up star-crossed again?
7:30 p.m., Sage Hall Recital Hall*

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

Meeting: Second general meeting for the Celebration of Sisterhood. House contact people are required to attend, and all those interested in getting involved are welcome.
10-11:30 p.m., Neilson Library Browsing Room

Friday, October 18

CDO Workshop: Juniors only. An orientation and tour of the CDO geared to the needs of juniors. Feel free to bring a lunch.
Noon, CDO, Drew Hall

Gallery talk: "Indian Miniatures from the Permanent Collection," by Claire Dienes, print room assistant, Smith College Museum of Art.
12:15 p.m., Museum of Art

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

Lecture: "On the Future of Science, Science Education and Scientific Careers," by Bruce Alberts, President, National Academy of Sciences. Sponsored by the Smith College Chapter of Sigma Xi and the Blakeslee Committee in the Biological Sciences. Reception to follow in McConnell foyer.
4:30 p.m., Wright Hall auditorium*

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

Movie: The Mission. Director: Roland Joffe; 1986. Winner of the Best Picture Award at the 1986 Cannes Festival, The Mission stars Robert DeNiro and Jeremy Irons as two men-one of the sword and one of the cloth-who unite to risk everything against the forces of two empires in order to save an endangered South American Indian tribe during the mid-18th century. Sponsored by the Motion Picture Committee.
7 and 9 p.m., Wright Hall auditorium*

Saturday, October 19

Field Hockey vs. Wellesley
1 p.m., athletic fields*

Special event: Coffee house/performance sponsored by Class of 1999 in order to foster a sense of community within the class, college and Five College system.
6-10 p.m., Gamut

Sunday, October 20

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*

Religious service: Service of morning worship with Dean Richard Unsworth preaching. Coffee hour to follow. All are welcome.
10:30 a.m., Chapel*

Open meeting for The National Organization for Women (NOW) to determine the agenda for revitalizing the Hampshire County Chapter. All are welcome. Questions? Call the Women's Resource Center at extension 4979.
1 p.m., Women's Resource Center, 3rd floor of Davis

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

CDO workshop: Seniors only. An orientation and tour of the CDO geared to the needs of seniors.
1 p.m., CDO, Drew Hall

CDO workshop: "How to Find a January Internship."
1:15 p.m., CDO, Drew Hall

Movie: The Mission. See 10/18 listing.
2 and 4 p.m., Wright Hall auditorium*

CDO workshop: "Job Search for Seniors."
2:30 p.m., CDO, Drew Hall

Special Event: A Gallery of Readers. Barbara Lucey and Lynne Rudie read from their own works.
4-6 p.m., Neilson Library Browsing Room*

Religious service: Roman Catholic Mass. An informal dinner will follow. All are welcome.
4:30 p.m., Chapel*

Meeting: Feminists at Smith Unite. This new group welcomes your ideas and input. Questions? Call Missy at extension 7850.
7 p.m., Women's Resource Center, 3rd floor of Davis

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

Concert: Faculty Recital: Michèle Eaton (New York City), soprano; Raphael Atlas, piano. Works by Poldowski, Wieck, Schumann, Brahms and recent American songs.
8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall*

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By action of the faculty, students are responsible for the observance of notices and calendar listings appearing in AcaMedia. Members of the Smith College community are expected to make their announcements through this publication. Submit calendar items and notices to Mary Stanton, Garrison Hall. Items for news articles (not calendar listings) should be sent to Sally Rubenstone, Garrison Hall. (E-mail submissions of notices and news articles are welcome as well: send to mstanton or srubenstone@ais as appropriate.)

Copy is due by 4 p.m., Wednesday, October 16, for issue #8 (containing the October 28 to November 3 calendar listings). Copy is due by 4 p.m., Wednesday, October 23, for issue #9 (containing the November 4 to November 10 calendar listings). Late information cannot be accepted.

AcaMedia staff
Cathy Brooks, layout
Sally Rubenstone, editor
Mary Stanton, calendar

Five College Calendar Deadline
Entries for the November Five College Calendar must be received in writing by October 15. Entries received after this deadline will not appear in the November issue. Please send all entries to Mary Stanton in Garrison Hall.


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, 585­p;2020. Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


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.

Student Schedules

Updated course schedules will be sent to students at their P.O. box numbers. Students are responsible for all courses for which they are re-gistered. Inaccuracies must be reported to the registrar immediately.

Faculty Meeting

The second regular meeting of the faculty for 1996­p;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.

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.

Textbook Returns

The Grécourt Bookshop is currently returning unsold textbooks. Please purchase all needed texts as soon as possible.

Peer Writing Assistance

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.

Smith Vehicle Driving Test

Testing for certification to operate Smith vehicles is currently being conducted at the Physical Plant motor vehicle department. This test is necessary before operating any vehicles for the various organizations at Smith. Appointments may be made by calling extension 2472. Three appointment days are available: Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. When requesting an appointment for the regularly scheduled hours, please specify the date and time on which you wish to be tested. Due to the number of people needing testing, it's possible that your initial request will not be available. Please do not wait until the last moment to call for a test.

Picker D.C. Internship Program

The Department of Government offers an internship program in Washington, D.C., designed to give students an opportunity to participate in political processes and to study the operation of public institutions and the behavior of political people firsthand. The program runs from June through December. It is intended primarily for juniors and seniors with appropriate backgrounds in social sciences and other relevant areas. Twelve hours of academic credit (the equivalent of three full courses) are awarded for successful completion of the program, which also provides summer stipends and arranges housing for interns. The director is Donald Baumer, professor of government.
Students interested in applying for 1997 should submit applications to Lea Ahlen, Wright Hall 15, no later than October 31. There will be an informational meeting on Tuesday, October 22, at 7 p.m. in Seelye Hall 101.

Truman Scholarships

Smith College will nominate up to three members of the Class of 1998 to enter a nationwide competition for scholarships of up to $30,000 for four years of study (senior year and up to three years of graduate study) created by Congress to honor President Harry S. Truman. Juniors are invited to submit a résumé by Thursday, October 31, to Lea Ahlen, Wright Hall 15.
There will be one Truman Scholar from each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the American Territories (Guam, the Virgin Islands, Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the North Mariana Islands) and up to 29 scholars-at-large selected this year (82 in all). In addition, there were a few scholarships carried over from last year's competition. The Truman Foundation also invites seniors (class of 1997) who reside in Alabama, Hawaii, Idaho, Maine, Montana, North Dakotas, Rhode Island, Vermont, Puerto Rico and the Islands to apply for scholarships. Scholarships will be awarded to outstanding students who are preparing for careers in public service and who have potential for leadership in government. The résumé should list the student's public service activities (such as those associated with government agencies, community groups, political campaigns and charities), leadership positions held during high school and the first two years of undergraduate study and a statement of tentative career intentions.

Flu Shots

The Health Service has doses of flu vaccine available to students, employees and professors emeriti. The cost is $10 and must be paid at the time of the visit. The vaccine is recommended for healthy persons 65 years or older; persons with chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, asthma, chronic lung disease, renal dysfunction, hemoglobinopathies or immunosuppression; persons receiving long-term aspirin therapy; and persons living in close community settings such as dormitory housing.

Employees and professors emeriti must provide written recommendations from a personal physician unless they are 65 or older and in good health or have chronic medical conditions, as above.

The vaccine is given by appointment only and will be available from mid-October while supplies last. For appointments, call extension 2823, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Health Service Hours

The Health Service will be open during autumn recess with modified staffing.

Family Weekend Silent Auction

The annual silent auction will take place Saturday, November 2, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. in Davis ballroom. Bidding will end at 2:30 p.m., and all "winning" bids must be paid for and picked up at 3 p.m. Everyone is welcome to browse and bid on items. The auction proceeds will benefit the Smith Students' Aid Society (SSAS), which provides assistance beyond the scope of college financial aid to Smith students .

Members of the college community are invited to the auction and are encouraged to donate an item. Use your imagination-some of the best items have been creatively and inexpensively put together. Consider your talents and interests and donate lessons or a signed copy of a book you wrote, antiques or practically-new items from your home, handmade articles, food or snack baskets, services, gift certificates, tickets, a home-cooked meal from your ethnic background, your condo or vacation home or even your home or a room in your home for a future commencement or family weekend.

Past items have included an exercise bike, a home-cooked meal for four, a condo in New Hampshire, 9 holes of golf, wood-lathed objects, a home-made birthday cake, candy bouquets, wine baskets and a Smith blanket. The list can grow with your help. We were able to donate $7,900 last year to the SSAS, and we hope we can exceed that gift this year.

Donations will be accepted at Davis ballroom on Friday, November 1, from 3-7 p.m., and Saturday, November 2, 8-9 a.m., or anytime up through November 1, in College Hall 22. Questions? Contact Merry Farnum at extension 4904.

1998-99 Kyoto Program

Informational brochures are now available for faculty fellowships at the Associated Kyoto Program for 1998-99. Fellows may be Japan specialists or non-specialists. They will teach one semester in English and receive a stipend, housing subsidy and one-half of utility costs. Faculty members in art history, economics, history, literature, political science and religion are encouraged to apply. The application deadline is June 1, 1997. Contact Dennis Yasutomo at 8 College Lane or at extension 3551.

Office-Hour Change?

The office of the Class Deans and the Office of Student Affairs (College Hall 23 and 24) are considering opening for appointments at 9 a.m. instead of 8:30 a.m., Monday through Friday. (Telephone coverage will continue to start at 8:30 a.m.) Before a change is made, we welcome feedback from all members of the Smith community. Please address your comments or concerns, by Wednesday, October 23, to the Office of the Dean of the College, College Hall 21, extension 4900.

Campus School

The Campus School Committee of the Board of Counselors will meet October 24 and 25.

Ceramics Club

If you are interested in joining the Ceramics Club and were unable to make the meeting on September 26, please put a note in Campus Box #7464 with your name and box number. You will be sent an overview of how our club works, what facilities we have and how you can join. Apologies to those of you who were understandably confused about the time and date of the meeting.

A Taste of Technology

Sponsored by Educational Technology, this fall's "A Taste of Technology" will be held on Tuesday, October 15, from 9 a.m. to noon during autumn recess. Three open houses are planned featuring the newest electronic classrooms at Smith College. All faculty and staff are cordially invited to visit one -- or all three -- of the classrooms at their convenience throughout the morning. Demonstrations will begin each half hour.

Try visualizing calculus in the new Mathematics Electronic Classroom, Burton 209, the first networked Windows '95 classroom on campus. Then try your hand at digital painting in the Digital Design Studio in Seelye Hall B4. Talk with a few of Smith's art students and faculty to hear how they are mastering these creative technologies. Experience how technology and multimedia are making a difference in the teaching and learning of foreign languages at the Center for Foreign Languages and Cultures, Wright Hall 7.

Light refreshments will be served outside the Digital Design Studio. For more details, contact Hugh Burns at extension 3079 or

Painter Faculty Training

On Monday, October 21, from 12:15-1 p.m., and Thursday, October 24, noon to 12:45 p.m., there will be a hands-on introduction to the Painter software package in the Digital Design Studio, Seelye B4. Please register with Linda Ahern at extension 2998 or
Registration is limited to seven faculty participants.

Recycling at Smith

Now that you have gotten into the college routine, the recycling coordinators are hoping to help you get into the routine of recycling. Both coordinators, Heather and Kerry, are making sure that the academic buildings and houses have sufficient and clearly labeled recycling areas. Please let the coordinators know how they can help make recycling at Smith easier and more successful. Call the Recycling Hotline at extension 2447 and share your questions, concerns and enthusiasm.
Remember, "bottles and cans" are aluminum or tin cans, milk cartons, juice boxes, glass or plastic bottles/containers or anything marked with the numbers 1-7. "Mixed paper" is notebook or computer paper, magazines or envelopes (please tear out plastic windows or pressure sensitive labels). "Cardboard" is corrugated cardboard. Please throw away cereal, tissue and soda-pack boxes.

Regular Library Hours

Recess and interterm hours may vary.
Neilson Library, extension 2910
Monday-Thursday, 7:45 a.m.-midnight
Friday, 7:45 a.m.­p;-11 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. -11 p.m.
Sunday, 10 a.m.-midnight

Young Science Library, extension 2952
Monday-Thursday, 7:45 a.m.-11 p.m.
Friday, 7:45 a.m. -10 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Hillyer Art Library, extension 2940
Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-11 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sunday, noon-midnight

Josten Performing Arts Library, extension 2930
Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-11 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sunday, noon-11 p.m.

Nonprint Resources Center, extension 2954
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Monday-Thursday, 7-10 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday, 1-5 p.m.

Sophia Smith Collection and College Archives, extension 2971
Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Various Sundays, 1-4 p.m. (please call for dates).

Mortimer Rare Book Room, extenstion 2906
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

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