News for the Smith College Community // January 29, 1998

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Stage Innovator to Appear Here

Anna Deavere Smith, hailed by Newsweek as "the most exciting individual in American theater right now," will bring her one-woman piece Snapshots: Glimpses of America in Change to Smith College on February 2. The playwright/actress/social critic, some of whose innovative solo works have distilled the outrage and grief evoked by race riots in Los Angeles and Brooklyn, will present her program at 7:30 p.m. in John M. Greene Hall.
Smith is credited with inventing her own form of dramatization, sometimes dubbed "performance journalism," in which she reinterprets interviews with ordinary and famous citizens in order to explore contemporary race and class issues. Her 1992 Fires in the Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn, and Other Identities, another solo performance, explored the clash between Jews and African-Americans. It was the runner-up for the 1993 Pulitzer Prize and was broadcast on PBS's "American Playhouse" series. Smith's Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992, which examined the race riots in that city and their aftermath, was nominated for two Tonys and several other awards. Her most recent project focuses on the press and the presidency.
Snapshots brings together in a lecture format ideas and impressions from Smith's recent full-length productions. The 45-minute program will be followed by a question-and-answer session.
In addition to live performances, Smith has had several roles in feature films, including The American President, Dave, and Philadelphia. She wrote first-person commentaries on the 1996 Democratic and Republican conventions for Newsweek and has served as writer in residence at New York University.
In recognition of her achievements in blending artistic and social issues, Smith, a professor of drama at Stanford University, was recently named to head Harvard University's new Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue, a combination think-tank and artists' colony dedicated to fostering contact between artists, academics and social activists. Smith received a MacArthur Foundation "genius grant" in 1996 and is the recipient of numerous drama awards for her 14 plays.
Smith's appearance here is funded by a grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation's Pluralism and Unity Program, awarded to the college in 1996 to develop events and activities fostering dialogue about diversity and community.

Search Begins for New Chapel Dean

Last September, after extensive study and campuswide consultation, the Ad Hoc Chapel Committee appointed by President Ruth Simmons submitted its "vision of the chapel for the next decades as an inclusive, nondenominational center for nurturing the religious life of students, both traditional and nontraditional, and reaching out to the wider community as an effective voice in matters of moral concern and practical service." Integral to that vision is a new position, that of dean of religious life. Now the college is taking steps to fill that position.
Taitetsu Unno of the religion and biblical literature department will chair the search committee for the new dean. Other members who have accepted Dean of the College Maureen Mahoney's invitation to serve on the committee are Lois Dubin, religion and biblical literature; Nalini Easwar, physics; Mentha Hynes, admission and office of institutional diversity; Pamela McCarthy, health services; Robert Merritt, biological sciences; Ruth Solie, music; and students Carole Baden AC, Katrina Gardner '00, Hend Hegazi '00, Deva Hubbard '99 and Dhruti Suchak '00. Tim Maciel, interim associate dean of the college, will serve as liaison to the Office of the Dean of the College.
According to an advertisement for the position now running in national publications, "the successful candidate should be committed to an inclusive and interfaith vision of religious life as integral to a liberal arts education. The dean, in collaboration with college chaplains, will work with students, faculty and staff to attend to the spiritual development of a college community of increasing diversity of religious beliefs; nurture religious communities on campus; enrich the moral and ethical dialogue in the Smith community; and oversee and support the voluntary service organization in accord with the educational mission of the college. The mandate of the new dean will include integrating religious and spiritual leadership with the whole of student services...."

Lecture to Probe Museum Roles

"Since the first public museums opened in the late 18th century, the institution has played an increasingly significant role in the educational realm, dispensing information and ideas, shaping values and constructing our knowledge of nature and culture through the way that objects -- specimens and artifacts -- are cunningly displayed." So says Helen E. Searing, Alice Pratt Brown Professor Art, who will give the 40th annual Katharine Asher Engel Lecture on Tuesday, February 10, at 5 p.m. in Wright auditorium. Her topic will be "Museums, Knowledge, Power: The Discourse of Display."
Through case studies drawn from the 19th century to the present, and with the aid of slides, Searing will explore "the controversial, changing and transforming impact that museums -- of art, science and technology, ethnography, history and media -- have on the way we understand the world and ourselves."
A member of the art department at Smith since 1967, Searing is an internationally known scholar in several areas of architectural history. Her work on the social history and architecture of museums of art and design, in particular, has been recognized by such institutions as the Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian Institution, the Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada and the Association of Art Museum Directors. She was chosen to write the entry on museum architecture for the new and definitive Dictionary of Art.
Searing has been a visiting professor in the architectural schools of Columbia University and the University of California at Berkeley and has been awarded Fulbright and Woodrow Wilson fellowships. Locally, she has served on Northampton's Historical Commission, Urban Renewal Steering Committee and Design Review Committee. She frequently conducts walking tours of Northampton and its monuments to stimulate public understanding and appreciation of local architecture.
The Engel lectureship was established in 1958 by the National Council of Jewish Women to honor Mrs. Engel, its onetime president and a 1920 graduate of Smith College. The lectureship is granted annually to a Smith College faculty member who has made a significant contribution in her or his field.

Chaplin to Lighten Community Forum

Charlie Chaplin, along with speakers from the Smith community, will enliven the evaluation of the everyday work lives of Smith staff and faculty scheduled for the community forum on Friday, February 6, at 2 p.m. in Wright Hall auditorium. A brief clip from Chaplin's Modern Times will set the stage for participants Alan Bloomgarden from advancement, Sid Dalby of the Ada Comstock Scholars Program, Ann Finley of RADS, Jim Henle of the mathematics department, Nancy Sternbach of the Spanish and Portuguese department and Tracy Sutherland from the libraries. Lianne Sullivan, in one of her first official appearances, will moderate. The forum, sponsored by the Campus Climate Working Group and Staff Council, is a rare opportunity for faculty and staff to share their Smith work experiences.

Interterm Banishes Boredom for 427

This year 427 Smith students, many of whom claimed on evaluation forms that they would have been bored back home, returned to campus to take Interterm classes. This microcosmic group was almost as diverse as the entire Smith student body: 44 states and 14 foreign countries were represented, along with staff and faculty from Smith and several other Pioneer Valley colleges, Five College students and local residents.
Tim Maciel, interim associate dean of the college, was heavily involved in the Interterm project. He reports that the most popular courses included those on auto mechanics, bartending, subversive art and culture, personal finance and computer skills. The most timely course? Probably "Playing God? (Or Acting Like Gods and Goddesses!) Ethical Issues in Human Cloning," taught by Ernie Alleva of the philosophy department. Trips to Lincoln Center for a Cuban jazz concert and to the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum were, together with an international film festival, surprise best sellers too.
Maciel makes a couple of observations about the Interterm experience: Smith students who taught courses gained perspective and enjoyed "sharing the knowledge, skills and experience that meant so much to them," and students who took courses enjoyed learning in a stress-free environment.
Maciel predicts that Interterm will continue to grow both in student enrollments and in the number and variety of courses taught. He cites the contributions to the success of this year's program of several people: Merry Farnum of student affairs, Laura Taylor '00, Sue Briggs of the dean of the college's office, the SGA registration volunteers, and Dean of the College Maureen Mahoney "for supporting the whole thing."

Smith 2020

All the News, Before It Happens

Last spring, in conjunction with the Smith self-study project, a campuswide contest was held to elicit visions of what the college might be like in 2020. Entries came in the forms of songs, videotapes, Web sites, paintings and even stained glass. In a September issue of AcaMedia, we printed the words to To Be a Smithie in 2020, a song by Eric Weld (then secretary in the Afro-American studies department) which won the contest's $2,020 first prize in the faculty/staff division.
Amanda Darling '99 won one of the two first prizes among student entries for her AcaMedia parody. Darling is an English major who spent the fall semester this year at the Salt Center for Documentary Field Studies in Portland, Maine. As they learn about the history and techniquest of field work and the documentary style, students in the Salt program complete a documentary in written or photographic format. The subject of Darling's project was a community orchestra in Brunswick, Maine, from social, business and musical points of view.
Interestingly enough, both Weld and Darling are now in the employ of the Office of College Relations, Weld as assistant director and Darling as AcaMedia intern. We know creative talent when we see it!
Here are some items from the 2020 version of AcaMedia:
Ruth Simmons(b)?
Former Smith College President Ruth Simmons has made the cut to the final five candidates for the human cloning process now underway in Houston, Texas. This procedure, once seen as immoral and dangerous, has slowly gained popularity over the last 10 years as increased research has made the advantages of such an operation evident. Joining Simmons in the prestigious gene pool are former first lady Hillary Clinton, entrepreneur Bill Gates, athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersey and pop star Madonna. When asked for comment, Simmons remarked, "It's nice to know I'm in good company."
Golden Girls
Smith alumnae Natasha Giardellli ('15) and Ileana Thomas ('16) are returning to their alma mater for the groundbreaking of the future Mary Maples Dunn Skating Arena. The pair, who became the fist female pair skaters to win a Gold Medal in the '18 winter Olympics in Moscow, credit their deep connection to their time spent at Smith. "It must have been all those late nights we spent studying for art history exams," observes Thomas. "We used to act out the scenes in the sculptures and paintings. There were so many lifts in the artwork that we just incorporated them into our routines on the ice." The new sports complex will be occupying the former grounds of the Northampton Mental Hospital. . . .
HAL 11000
Smith students Carrie Ellis and Josephine Taylor received a pleasant surprise in the mail last week when their proposal for the construction of an Artificial Intelligence unit was awarded a grant by the National Endowment for the Sciences. Ellis and Taylor, sophomores in the computer science department, have tentatively dubbed their forthcoming AI unit, HAL 11000 after the unforgettable HAL 10000 from the movie 3001: A Space-Time Continuum Odyssey.
The revolutionary aspect of the planned AI unit lies in its integration of chemical and biological units with computer hardware. . . . No fully functional AI unit currently exists -- the last, the Cassandra 3000, suffered a split personality disorder and had to be disassembled in 2015.

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People News

Sandra Austin, director of admission at the School for Social Work, and Marjorie Richardson, assistant dean for minority affairs, were involved once again this year in Northampton's celebration of Martin Luther King Day. Austin, who has been on the event's planning committee for seven years, says she is "always very pleased with the outcome." She reports that there was a full house at the Academy of Music for the afternoon program on January 19, which included music by a large group of J.F.K. Middle School singers and individual presentations by several Northampton High School students. Richardson played her accustomed role as emcee, and nonprint resources provided its customary assistance with technical support. Taking part in the event "always makes me feel connected to the community," says Austin.


During Interterm, Alan Bloomgarden of advancement strengthened a tie to his community, Hatfield -- a tie he has been working on for some time. He taught a course that involved about 20 Smith students and several teachers from the Hatfield elementary and middle schools in "learning a little bit about World Wide Web page design" and then working together to create educational materials for the teachers' classrooms. The project produced text, graphics and links to Internet sources in three areas: Native American cultures, the ancient cultures of Egypt and Rome, and the Connecticut River watershed. Last spring Bloomgarden brought a number of Hatfield teachers to Smith for several introductory sessions on the Internet.


Gemze de Lappe, artist-in-residence emeritus, who retired in 1992 after teaching at Smith for 13 years, is the subject of an extensive profile in the January issue of Dance Magazine. De Lappe was a protégé of Agnes de Mille during the 1940s and 1950s. In a 1979 PBS special, Musical Comedy Tonight, de Mille chose de Lappe to perform Laurey in the Dream Ballet from Oklahoma! -- some 36 years after de Lappe joined a touring company of the same musical (though she played a different role). "She was the best then," de Mille said of the choice, and "she's the best now -- because Gemze brought to the commercial theater tenderness and passion." She also appeared in the original Broadway production of The King and I and in Paint Your Wagon and Carousel. At Smith she taught ballet, musical theater dance and Isadora Duncan dance. She still uses her skills as a teacher and director, most recently supervising the initial dance rehearsals for Brigadoon at the North Carolina School of the Arts and in the school's recreation at Lincoln Center of the New York City Opera production of Brigadoon.

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Calendar Key

Sources of further information, if any, are shown in parentheses at the end of event descriptions. An asterisk following a listing indicates that the event is open to the public. Admission charges, if any, are listed when known.

Monday, February 2

CDO résumé and cover-letter deadline: J.P. Morgan Investment Banking internship opportunities (for juniors only).
8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., CDO
Language lunch tables.
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
Meeting: Baha'i Club, for anyone interested in planning activities concerning race unity and equality between men and women. Refreshments provided. (Kari, ext. 6389)
4 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Women's Studies Tea. All women's studies majors are invited to hear several recently graduated WST alums discuss their experiences at work and in grad school. Find out why it's OK to put "feminist" on your résumé, and how to connect with fellow WST alums to gain valuable job and grad-school information.
4:10-6 p.m., Seelye 207
Mandatory meeting for all students enrolled or thinking of enrolling in Theatre 200. This is the only time the entire class will meet.
4:15 p.m., Green Room, Mendenhall CPA
ASA general meeting
7 p.m., Unity House
Lecture: "East Meets West Meets East." John Berninghausen, professor of Chinese, Middlebury College. The first of two lectures on contemporary Chinese ink painting.
7:15 p.m., Hillyer 117*
Special event: "Snapshots: Glimpses of America in Change." A performance by playwright, actress and social critic Anna Deavere Smith. (See story, page 1.)
7:30 p.m., John M. Greene Hall*
Information meeting: Teach for America.
7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*

Tuesday, February 3

CDO extended hours
8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.
Episcopal-Lutheran Fellowship meets in the parish house parlor for worship, lunch and friendship. All welcome.
Noon, St. John's Church, Elm Street
Hebrew language lunch table. Pizza provided.
Noon, Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Language lunch tables.
Deutscher Tisch
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
Concert: "Music in the Noon Hour." Philipp Naegele, violin; Barbara Wright, viola; Alice Robbins, cello; and John Van Buskirk, keyboard, perform music by Sibelius, Locatelli and Handel. (Ext. 3150)
12:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall*
President's open hour for students.
4-5 p.m., College Hall 20
Religious activity: "99-Plus Hebrew Words." Basic Hebrew vocabulary and reading, stressing prayer-book Hebrew. Recognition of Hebrew letters required. Basic concepts of Jewish prayer and the prayer book will also be covered. (Hillel, ext. 2754)
5 p.m., site TBA
SGA senate meeting. The agenda will include organization budget hearings and a determination of the student activities fee. Agendas available at the SGA office, Clark Hall.
5:30 p.m., Seelye 201
Film: Teresa De Jesus. The first in a four-part Teresa of Avila Film Series sponsored by the Contemplation and Action Program of the Catholic Chaplaincy.
6 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Gold Key interest meeting for students curious about becoming guides. All welcome. Application forms and interview sign-up sheets will be available. Interested students who are unable to attend should call Jennifer O'Loughlin (ext. 2508;
7 p.m., Dewey common room
Squash vs. Amherst.
7 p.m., Ainsworth gym*
Lecture: "East Meets West Meets East." John Berninghausen, professor of Chinese, Middlebury College. The second of two lectures on contemporary Chinese ink painting.
7:15 p.m., Hillyer 117*
Basketball vs. Mount Holyoke.
7:30 p.m., Ainsworth gym*
CDO information meeting: Coopers & Lybrand LLP (accounting/finance).
7:30 p.m., Seelye 311
Film: Title to be announced. Sponsored by Rec Council.
9 p.m., Wright auditorium

Wednesday, February 4

CDO deadline: Résumé and cover letters for the March 6 Capital Consortium in Washington, D.C. Twenty organizations will be interviewing. For further information, visit CDO room 20.
Smith Senior Graduation Fair. This two-day event will be the only time seniors will be able to order their caps and gowns. Personalized commencement announcements, college rings, accessories and more will also be available. Hosted by the class of '98, Grécourt Bookshop and Josten Rings.
9­-5 p.m., Alumnae House living room
Meeting: Coalition for Children.
Noon, Dewey common room
Hillel at Noon. Discussion and veggie luncheon.
Noon, Dawes House Kosher Kitchen
Language lunch tables.
Spanish and Portuguese
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
Meeting for transfer students. Want to meet other transfer students and hear how they manage? Want to share your experiences? Bring your lunch, join Counseling Service staff members Meg Laird and Melissa Wacks, and share your experiences, triumphs and tribulations.
Noon, Wright common room
Film: The Conformist (1970, Italy). Written and directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. Based on the novel II conformista by Alberto Moravia. A rising young follower of Mussolini must assassinate his former professor, now in political exile, to demonstrate his loyalty to the Fascist state. First of a seven-part film series on Fascist Italy, Nazi Germany, and Vichy France, each to be preceded by a brief introduction.
4:10 p.m., Seelye 106
Mandatory meeting: Gold Key guides. Bring your calendars: we will discuss special events for this semester and sign up overnight hosts.
7 p.m., Wright common room
Religious activity: Buddhist service and discussion
7:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
CDO information meeting: Bankers Trust.
7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room
CDO information meeting: Student Conservation Association (SCA).
7:30 p.m., Dewey Common Room

Thursday, February 5

CDO extended hours.
8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Smith Senior Graduation Fair. See Wednesday, 9 a.m.
9-5 p.m., Alumnae House living room
CDO workshop: "Job and Internship Tips for Adas." A brown-bag lunch workshop offering important information every Ada, new or about to graduate, should know about job searching and internships.
Noon, CDO
Language lunch tables.
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
Fortune-Telling Fair. Tarot, palm and tea-leaf readings, runes and more. $1 a reading, or $5 for as many as you want. Sponsored by the Association of Smith Pagans.
1-4 p.m., Gamut*
Grand opening: The Visionary Cabinet, a futuristic "cabinet of curiosities" designed and constructed by students in the history of the sciences course "Images and Understanding." All welcome; refreshments served. Sponsored by the History of the Sciences Program.
4:30 p.m., McConnell basement, west stairwell
Welcome Back Par-Tea for returning juniors. Are you back from a junior-year leave or semester off-campus? Your class cabinet invites you, as a guest of honor, to this tea reception to welcome you back.
4:30 p.m., Seelye 207
Religious activity: Beit Midrash. Study Jewish texts and ideas with Rabbi Edward Feld. Pizza served. Smith students welcome.
6 p.m., Appleton 106, Amherst College
Seminar: "Clothing and Portraits: Mirrors of Styles." Kiki Smith, Smith College professor of theater, speaks on costume, history and the college's costume collection. Enrollment limited. Free for Smith students and museum friends; others $5 per session. All participants must send registration forms in advance to the museum. (Ext. 2760)
7-8 p.m. Museum of Art*
Meeting: Non­Gold Key overnight hostessing. Bring your calendars: we will discuss spring events and sign up for overnight assignments.
7 p.m., Wright common room
Film: Pedro Almodovar's Tacones Lejanos. Presented by Cineclub Español. In Spanish, with subtitles.
7:30 p.m., Seelye 201
Author's reading: Sonia Sanchez, award-winning African-American poet, activist, scholar and women's studies professor at Temple University. She will read from her latest volume of poetry, Does Your House Have Lions? A book-signing will follow.
7:30 p.m., Wright auditorium*
Film: Title to be announced. Sponsored by Rec Council.
9 p.m., Stoddard auditorium

Friday, February 6

CDO information meeting: Denver Publishing Institute. Feel free to bring a lunch.
12:15 p.m., CDO Group Room
Gallery talk: Jaroslaw Leshko, professor of art, on Autumn Impression, the Kandinsky painting recently acquired by the Museum of Art .
12:30 p.m., Museum of Art*
Community forum. See article, page 4. Reception to follow in Wright common room.
2 p.m., Wright auditorium
Biological Sciences and Biochemistry Colloquium: "Molecular and Biochemical Analysis of Pollen-Pistil Interactions." Alice Cheung, professor of biochemistry, UMass-Amherst. Reception in McConnell foyer at 4 p.m. Sponsored by the Department of Biological Sciences and the Biochemistry Program.
4:30 p.m., McConnell B05*
Reception for "A Dozen Roses," an exhibit of original paintings by Patricia Czepiel Hayes '84.
4:30-6:30 p.m. Alumnae House Gallery*
Religious service: Shabbat Eve service.
5:30 p.m., Dewey common room
Religious activity: Shabbat Eve dinner.
7 p.m., Dawes House Kosher Kitchen
Film: The Killers (1946), a film noir directed by Robert Siodmak. First in the Motion Picture Committee's Film Noir Series.
8 p.m., Wright auditorium

Saturday, February 7

Conference: "Chasm: the Social and Cultural Gap Between Koreans and Korean-Americans," the 12th Annual Conference of the Korean-American Students of Smith. Registration 8­10 a.m. in Wright Hall. Schedule of events: lecture in Neilson Browsing Room, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; lunch (provided to registrants) and free time, Davis Center, 12:30-2 p.m.; final lecture (2-3 p.m.) and panel discussion (3:30-4:30 p.m.) in Neilson Browsing Room; formal dinner, 7-9 p.m., in the Alumnae House; and formal dance, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., in Gamut. Registration required. Admission: $30 for conference, formal dinner and dance; $20 for conference only; $15 for formal dinner and dance. (Minky, ext. 6874:
8 a.m., Wright auditorium*
Storytelling Program for Children: "Music and Dance," for children ages 4-7 accompanied by an adult. Participants will hear stories, view selected artworks and create their own art. Enrollment is limited and preregistration is required. Reserved places will be held until 10 minutes before the program begins. (Ext. 2760)
10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Museum of Art*
Gospel concert. The Smith College and Pioneer Valley gospel choirs lead a two-hour gospel sing. Learn some basics of gospel singing, join in a miniconcert and audition for the Smith choir's spring season. All ages, abilities and races welcome. Directed by Rev. Rosita Mathews. Students, $2; adults, $5. (Rev. Rosita Mathews, 586-6829)
2-4 p.m., Sage Recital Hall*
Film: Persona (1967), directed by Ingmar Bergman. A classic of European art cinema. First in the Motion Picture Committee's Auteur Film Series.
8 p.m., Wright auditorium

Sunday, February 8

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: Morning worship with the Rev. Richard Unsworth. All welcome.
10:30 a.m., Chapel
CDO open hours
1-4 p.m., CDO
Coffee House Party to welcome back first-years, transfers and first-year Adas from winter break. Sign up for an Alumnae Big Sister through the Big Sister/Little Sister Program. (See student notices.)
1-5 p.m., Seelye second floor
Campus School K­3 open house. Applications are currently being accepted for preschool through sixth grade; those received on or before March 15 will be considered in the first round of admissions for 1998-99. (Ext. 3295;
2-3:30 p.m. Gill Hall, Prospect St.*
Film: The Killers (1946). See Friday, 8 p.m.
2 p.m., Wright auditorium
Film: Persona (1967). See Saturday, 8 p.m.
4 p.m., Wright auditorium
Authors' reading: Tom Kovar and John Stifler. Part of the Gallery of Readers Series.
4 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*
General meeting: Association of Smith Pagans, for those who practice nature-based religions. All seekers welcome.
4-5:15 p.m., Women's Resource Center (Davis third floor)
Religious service: Roman Catholic Mass with Fr. Joao Vila-Cha, celebrant, and Elizabeth Carr, Catholic chaplain. A supper will follow. All welcome.
4:30 p.m., Chapel
Meeting: Feminists of Smith Unite.
7 p.m., Women's Resource Center (Davis third floor)
Religious activity: Smith Christian Fellowship, a chapter of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship USA. All welcome.
7-8:30 p.m., Dewey common room
Faculty Recital: John Van Buskirk, piano, performs Clara and Robert Schumann's and Franz Liszt's "Temporary Friends." (Ext. 3150)
8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall*

Ongoing Events

Art exhibition: "A Dozen Roses." Inspired by the Sophia Smith rose cultivated to honor the founder of Smith College, artist and staff member Patricia Czepiel Hayes '84 has created a series of 12 "Sophia Rose" paintings. Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., through March 27.
Alumnae House Gallery
Art exhibition: "Berenice Abbott's New York." Opens February 3. A selection of Abbott's photographs, many made between 1935 and 1939 for the WPA Federal Arts Project. Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 1-4 p.m.; Thursday, 1-5 p.m. Through March 28. (Ext. 2770)
Museum of Art Print Room

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Getting Your Word Out in AcaMedia

AcaMedia is the official vehicle for making announcements within the Smith College community. We urge all of our readers to let us know of any Smith-related stories in need of telling, any members of the Smith community in need of recognition, or any college events or notices in need of publicity.
Where to Send Copy
-- Submit copy or ideas for news stories to Ann Shanahan at Garrison Hall (
-- Submit calendar items to Mary Stanton at Garrison Hall (, or fax to extension 2174).
-- Submit notices to John Sippel at Garrison Hall (, or fax to extension 2178). Text for notices should not exceed 125 words. If its intended audience is not obvious, please indicate whether your notice applies to the entire Smith community, to faculty and staff only, or to students only.
Copy is due by 4 p.m., Wednesday, February 4, for issue 18 (which will include February 16-22 calendar listings) and by 4 p.m., Wednesday, February 11, for issue 19 (February 23-March 1 calendar listings). Late information cannot be accepted.


Baketball Celebration
More than 100 years ago, in the Alumnae Gymnasium, Senda Berenson introduced women's basketball to Smith College and the world. A steering committee is now being formed to plan a two-day event for the spring of 1999 to commemorate this event. Called "Championing Women in Basketball," it will involve participation by WNBA and ABL leagues, Smith alumnae, and supporters of women's sports. Students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in its planning. A general information and brainstorming session will be held at noon, February 11, in Dewey common room. (Please bring a bag lunch.) If you have any questions or ideas, contact Megan Gardner (ext. 6909; mgardner@
Valentine's Day AHA Event
This Valentine's Day you can give a heart to someone you love while supporting Smith College athletes and the American Heart Association. The track and field team will turn out for the Smith Invitational at 10 a.m. The basketball team will cap off the day against rival Wellesley at 7 p.m. During both events, heart-shaped stress balls will be sold for $3, with all proceeds going to the American Heart Association. Stress balls will also be available during regular business hours in the Ainsworth offices.
Klatsch Redux
Kaffee Klatsch in Seelye basement returns Monday, February 9, at 8 a.m. and will be open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. It offers good coffee, tea, juice, snack foods and candy. All proceeds benefit S.O.S. and its work with the local community.
Scholarship Nominations
Smith College has been invited to nominate a member of the junior class for a Beinecke Brothers Memorial Scholarship, to be awarded to a junior who has demonstrated unusual ability in a field of study she is eager to pursue at the graduate level. The award consists of a grant of $2,000 presented upon completion of undergraduate studies and a stipend of $15,000 for each of two years in graduate school. Nominees should represent superior standards of intellectual ability, scholastic achievement and personal promise. Preference will be given to students for whom a scholarship will decisively affect their ability to attend graduate school. Nominees must have received some financial aid as undergraduates and be U.S. citizens at the time of nomination. Applications are available in the Office of the Class Deans, College Hall 23. The application deadline is Monday, February 23. (Mary Philpott or Cindy Bryon, ext. 4920)
Theatre Building Use
Anyone hoping to reserve space in the Theatre Building during the 1998-99 academic year should submit a request to the theatre department Calendar Committee and complete a facilities questionnaire before Friday, February 27, 1998. No space requests will be considered after that date. Questionnaires are available in room T111 in the Theatre Building.
Child Care Openings
The Sunnyside Child Care Center has half- and full-day midyear openings for preschoolers. (Debra Horton, ext. 2293)

Faculty & Staff

Kyoto Fellowship Program
Applications for the Associated Kyoto Program (AKP) Faculty Fellowship Program for academic year 1999­2000 are available from Thomas Rohlich, AKP campus representative (312 Hatfield; extension 3441; The fellowships are for AKP consortium faculty members interested in teaching and conducting research at the AKP Center in Kyoto, Japan, and are for either the fall '99 or spring '00 semester. Fellows are expected to teach one AKP course in English and to implement a program of research or study in Kyoto to enhance their professional development. No knowledge of Japanese is required, but each course is expected to exclusively or comparatively focus on Japan. Fellows receive a stipend and housing subsidy for the duration of the fellowship. The deadline for completed applications is June 1, 1998.


S.O.S. Recruitment Fair
Interested in extending your academic interests into the surrounding community? Ever thought of devoting two to four hours each week to volunteer work? You can become a tutor, case advocate, activist, mentor or companion in the world beyond the Grécourt Gates. Come to the spring-semester S.O.S. Community Service Recruitment Fair, February 10, 7-8:30 p.m. in Davis ballroom, and talk to agency representatives about volunteer opportunities.
Big Sister Sign-Up
First-years, transfers and new Ada Comstock Scholrs are invited to sign up for the new Big Sister/Little Sister program, in which an alumna Big Sister will tell you, her little sister, about her time at Smith and send you care packages at exam time. Sign-up will be held during a coffehouse on Seelye second floor, Sunday, February 8, 1-5 p.m. Relax while listening to various a cappella groups (including one from off campus), poetry readings, a string quartet and a special appearance by Randy Bartlett, Smith's singing professor. Gourmet coffee and pastries will be served to satisfy your munchies. (Kate, ext. 7243)
Poster Contest
Enter this year's Loving Carefully Poster Contest, and do a good deed while competing for a $200 first prize or $50 second prize. The poster should include a catchy graphic or picture and a positive message on safer sex, and be no larger than 18 by 24 inches. Get an entry from your house health promotion peer or at the health education office at Health Service. Submissions, including completed entry forms, should be made by February 27 at health ed. The contest is sponsored by the Smith College AIDS Education Committee. (Connie Peterson, ext. 2824)
Counseling Service Programs
The Counseling Service is offering the following:
-- A "Self-Exploration Group" is offered Wednesdays, 4:30-6 p.m. Interested students should call extension 2840.
-- A five-week workshop, "Women, Food and Body Image: Rewriting Our Stories, Restoring Ourselves," will be offered Wednesdays, 4-5:30 p.m., starting February 11. It will use guided imagery and journaling to help participants create new possibilities in their lives. Call extension 2840 for the workshop site.
-- Starting February 11, a "Make the Best of Your Stress" drop-in group will meet Wednesdays, 4:30-5:45 p.m. in Wright common room. It will offer a let-your-hair-down, kick-your-heels-up look at stress and other life issues.
Pap Tests
Because of the turnaround time on Pap tests, none will be done at the Health Service between May 2 and the start of classes in September. Seniors physicals should also scheduled for dates prior to May 2.
Summer School in Korea
Applications are now available at the Office for International Study for the summer 1998 visiting students program at Ewha Womans University in Seoul, South Korea. Students selected for the program will receive a tuition waiver for up to seven credits (two courses of three credits each, plus one required, one-credit course). Students will be responsible for their own room and board costs. Informational brochures are available in the international study office, which is now on the third floor of Clark Hall. Application deadline: March 2.
SSSP Internships
Applications are now available for undergraduate research/teaching internships for the 1998 Smith Summer Science Program (SSSP), a residential program for high school women designed to enrich and support their achievements in science. Interns will serve as teaching and research assistants to Smith faculty in biology, chemistry, psychology and physics, and as residential and peer counselors for the high school students. Dates of employment are June 15 through July 25. SSSP interns receive stipends of $300 per week plus room and board for the month of July. For further information and an application, contact Gail Scordilis (Tilly Hall; ext. 3879; Application deadline: Monday, February 23.
SSA&HP Internship
Applications are currently available for an undergraduate research internship for the 1998 Smith Summer Arts and Humanities Program (SSA&HP), a residential program for high school women designed to enrich and support their achievements in the humanities. Dates of employment are June 15 through July 25. The intern will serve both as a research assistant to Smith faculty in English literature and anthropology/
archaeology and as a residential and peer counselor for the high school students. She will receive a stipend of $300 per week plus room and board for the month of July. For further information and an application, contact Robert Hosmer (Wright 204; ext. 3315; Application deadline: Monday, February 23.
Applications are currently available for a residential coordinator position for the 1998 Smith Summer Arts and Humanities Program (SSA&HP), a residential program for high school women designed to enrich and support their achievements in the humanities. Dates of employment are June 15 through July 25. During June, prior to the arrival of the high school students, the residential coordinator will work with the SSA&HP director to plan student housing and dining; schedule recreational, social and education events for students; and help train interns. During July, while the program is in session, the residential coordinator will oversee the students' progress through the program and live with them in a college house. She will receive a stipend of $2,400, plus room and board for the month of July. For further information and an application, contact Robert Hosmer (Wright 204; ext. 3315; Application deadline: Monday, February 23.
SCISI Internships
Applications are currently available for research/teaching interns for the 1998 Smith College International Summer Institute Program (SCISI), a residential program for high school girls who are foreign nationals or U.S. citizens living abroad. The undergraduate interns will serve both as teaching and research assistants to Smith faculty in computer science and economics and as residential and peer counselors. Dates of employment are June 15 through July 25. SCISI interns receive a stipend of $300 per week, plus room and board for the month of July. For further information and an application, contact Kathleen Ryan (Tilly Hall; ext. 2894; Application deadline: February 23. Students will be notified on or before March 13.
Applications are currently available for the position of residential director for the 1998 Smith College International Summer Institute Program (SCISI), a residential program for high school girls who are foreign nationals or U.S. citizens living abroad. Dates of employment are June 15 through July 25. During June, prior to the arrival of the high school students, the SCISI residential director collaborates with the program director to plan student housing and dining; schedule recreational, social and educational events for the students; and help train SCISI undergraduate interns. During July, while the program is in session, the residential director will oversee the students' progress through the program and live with them in a college house. She will receive a stipend of $400 per week plus room and board for the month of July. For further information and an application, contact Kathleen Ryan (Tilly Hall; ext. 2894; Application deadline: February 23. Students will be notified on or before March 13.
Financial Aid for Art Supplies
The Smith Students' Aid Society will offer some financial assistance for the purchase of art supplies for students with genuine need who will take advanced studio art classes in the spring semester. Applications are available in the art department office, where completed forms must be returned by Friday, February 6, at 3 p.m.

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