News for the Smith College Community //March 5, 1998

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Board Approves Plans for Arts Complex, Student Center

At its meeting late in February the Smith College Board of Trustees took action to allow the college to move ahead on several important projects, including the renovation and expansion of the fine arts complex and the long-awaited construction of a campus center.
A planning study completed last spring by the architectural firm of Kliment and Halsband of New York City helped convince the trustees to proceed with the modification of the fine arts complex. After conducting individual and group interviews and a thorough evaluation of present and anticipated space needs, the firm concluded that the complex can be transformed to meet projected needs by way of an extensive reconfig-uration of its present 126,718 square feet and the construction of additions totaling approximately 50,000 square feet. The renovation, which will include work on the Smith College Museum of Art and Hillyer and Graham halls, will enhance Smith's reputation for offering outstanding fine arts and museum facilities.
The work on the museum will add gallery space, enlarge collection storage areas and the gift shop, and improve environmental controls and building accessibility. The Hillyer Hall portion of the project will feature added studio space and other enhancements. The project's general improvements will include the replacement of the exterior of the building and upgrades to the mechanical and air-quality systems. The architect selection process will begin this spring; groundbreaking is expected in 2000.
In a second significant step, the trustees approved a site adjacent to John M. Greene Hall for the new campus center and gave the go-ahead to seek an architect for the project. The 1996 report of the Campus Center Task Force endorsed the building of a campus center as a means of promoting intellectual and campus life. Subsequent endorsements of the concept by the Self-Study Committee and the Committee on Planning and Resources moved the project closer to reality. A planning study submitted last spring by the architectural firm of Sasaki and Associates of Watertown, Massachusetts, recommended two sites -- the one ultimately endorsed by the board of trustees and another on Dickinson parking lot, which was rejected as being too small.
The center is expected to encourage a sense of community, providing an alternative to the houses as centers for social activities and relaxation. Given the time it will take to choose an architect and produce a design for the building, Bill Brandt, director of campus operations and facilities, estimates that ground-breaking for the campus center might occur sometime in 2000.

Initiatives Aim to Improve Overseas Study, House Life

In addition to construction projects, the board of trustees also approved at its February meeting several changes to the academic and residential infrastructure of the college.
Beginning in the academic year 2000-01, any Smith student enrolling in an approved study-abroad program, whether it is sponsored by Smith or any other institution, will pay Smith's comprehensive fee. The new "home-school tuition policy," like those in effect at Swarthmore, Pomona and other colleges, means that students eligible for financial aid will be able to "carry" that aid to any approved program, including those in English-speaking countries. This will encourage students to select study-abroad programs primarily for academic reasons, not financial ones. Equally important, "home-school tuition" underscores the college's desire to offer all Smith students equitable access to the highest quality study-abroad opportunities.
In the area of residential life, the trustees supported the plan to address staffing issues in the houses by hiring first-year-outs and recent graduates as residence coordinators (RCs). The trustees accepted the transitional plan proposed by the dean of the college and expect full implementation of the RC program to take place at the earliest opportunity. They also urge that the campus consider other initiatives such as first-year housing to address the needs of first-year students.
The board was informed about SGA initiatives regarding the student activities fee. It enthusiastically supported them and awaits the results of the student referendum in March.

Construction May Begin in Fall for Parking Garage

A parking garage may be a bit more prosaic than a building to house a renowned collection of art or one expected to be the social hub of the Smith campus, but it is a hoped-for solution to some of the parking problems that daily plague Smith employees, students and visitors to campus. At its meeting late in February the board of trustees approved the appointment of the architectural firm of Arrowstreet Inc. of Somerville, Massachusetts, to begin designing a 350-space parking structure to be located on West Street, just south of Garrison Hall.
"If the college obtains the necessary permits from the city of Northampton and all other contingencies work out as we expect," says Bill Brandt, director of campus operations and facilities, "ground-breaking could take place this fall." Brandt adds that the college is identifying other locations on campus where surface parking might be constructed. The college master plan calls for the Dickinson parking lot on Green Street to be phased out and replaced with a plaza and green space once the West Street garage is completed.

Smith Closes in on Ada Aid Challenge

Smith College is coming down the home stretch in its effort to meet a challenge posed by The George I. Alden Trust, which just over a year ago offered $75,000 to build permanent financial-aid funding to help ensure the future strength of the Ada Comstock Scholars Program -- if the college can raise a 3-to-1 match, or $225,000, by June 30, 1998.
Carey Bloomfield, chief advancement officer, reports that the most recent count shows the college to be approximately $30,230 short of the goal. "Needless to say," she adds, "we're eager to close the gap."
This funding initiative is particularly attractive because "the availability of adequate financial aid has been a pressing issue facing the Ada Comstock Program throughout is history," says Eleanor Rothman, program director.
Established in 1975 with 33 students, the program has grown exponentially over the years. There are currently 227 students enrolled at Smith as Ada Comstock Scholars.
"The Ada Comstock Scholars bring a wealth of experience and valuable new perspectives to the life of the college," Ruth Simmons, president of Smith, has said. "Faculty fre-quently comment that the presence of Adas in the classroom undeniably enhances the exchange of ideas."
Anyone can help meet this important challenge; indeed, Rothman reports that the Alden Trust hoped that the challenge would be met through many small gifts rather than a few "mega ones." If you wish to help close the gap, make out a check to Smith College -- even for a token amount -- and send it to the Advancement Office at the Alumnae House with a notation that it is a gift toward the Alden Challenge.

Ada to Participate in Welfare Panel

This Sunday at 10 a.m., Ada Comstock Scholar Amber Watt will take part in a panel of social activists and advocates discussing how people can organize to combat the recent cutbacks in welfare aid to mothers and children. The panel, "Grassroots Activism," will be in Seelye Hall. It's one of several panels taking place this weekend as part of the annual Kathleen Ridder Conference, an event organized by the Project on Women and Social Change.
Watt says that while attending community college in Santa Monica, California, last year, she saw the damage the latest welfare reforms have done in the lives of student mothers trying to earn a college degree and build a future for themselves and their children. "People were leaving college, quitting, dropping out, wondering 'What's the use?'" Watt reports. "Students were scared to death. There was no place to go." The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Act, signed into law by President Clinton in 1996, stipulates that education is an unacceptable work-related activity, therefore those who had previously received welfare while attending school could no longer do so. Watt says she saw many of those students leave college for jobs at fast-food joints, dashing their dreams of higher education and future stability.
Watt, who founded Parents First, a fund in California that disperses child care supplements to single mothers attending college, says that as a member of the Ridder conference panel she will try to emphasize issues important to welfare recipients such as the lack of access to higher education and difficulties with child care. The panel will also include Mary Sutherland of Springfield, a community organizer and advocate for low-income people; John Templeton, a case worker with the state Department of Transitional Assistance; and MichaelAnn Busey, also with the DTA. Watt will be the Ridder Conference's only Smith student representative.
Watt says she plans to intern this summer at WETAC (Welfare, Education, Training, Access Coalition), an organization founded in January 1996 to address the opposition expressed by low-income students, educators, administrators and service providers to severe restrictions on education and training posed by the new welfare law. Her service at WETAC will fulfill the internship component of the Smith Leadership Program, for which she was chosen this year.
Watt, who grew up in a family receiving welfare assistance, says her participation in the conference is a natural step. Considering her past as an advocate and welfare beneficiary, she says, she's particularly qualified to speak out in support of others in need. Watt, who is in her first year as an Ada, says she plans to major in American studies with a concentration in social justice.

Smith's Skoglund Gets Museum Show

Radioactive Cats Revenge of the Goldfish Maybe Babies Walking on Eggshells. Sound like rock bands? Maybe, but they're really works by Sandy Skoglund, whose first retrospective exhibition will open at the Smith College Museum of Art on March 12. Skoglund, a photographer, sculptor and installation artist, graduated from Smith in 1968. The show, which will later travel to other museums around the country, is the first comprehensive survey of Skoglund's career, from her early performance and conceptual art to the works for which she is best known: her room-sized installations and the photographs based on them.
Skoglund's tableau environments often combine familiar and disturbing elements in domestic or dreamlike settings. Many of them incorporate animals-sculptures of cats, dogs, foxes, squirrels and goldfish. Food also dominates her work, in unlikely roles: jam and marmalade substitute for walls and floor in The Wedding; furniture and figures are covered with cheese puffs in The Cocktail Party; thousands of raisins dot every conceivable surface in Atomic Love; and french fries become a beach for At the Shore.
In her most recent installation, tens of thousands of eggs provide the fragile flooring of Walking on Eggshells, newly commissioned for the Smith retrospective. The lithograph Babies at Paradise Pond, also created for the exhibition, required the artist to return to Smith for a daylong photo shoot of oversized baby sculptures (borrowed from the installation Maybe Babies), which she deployed in rowboats and on the banks of Paradise Pond.
The exhibition will be on view through May 24 before traveling to museums in Cincinnati, Ohio; Columbia, South Carolina; Toledo, Ohio; and Jacksonville, Florida. The Smith community is invited to the opening reception Thursday, March 12, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Museum of Art.

Dedication Set for Jacobson Center

For Joan Leiman Jacobson '47, the most important aspect of a Smith education is the opportunity it provides to hone writing skills. So it was natural that, when she was ready to make a significant gift to Smith, she did so in support of the college's writing program.
On Wednesday, March 11, the college will celebrate that gift at the dedication of the Joan Leiman Jacobson Center for Writing, Teaching and Learning on the third floor of Seelye Hall. The celebration will begin with a lecture at Wright auditorium, "Learning to Write," by Helen Vendler, A. Kingsley Porter University Professor at Harvard. A reception will follow at the center, which was formerly known as the Center for Academic Development.
Jacobson majored in English at Smith and received an M.A. degree from Columbia. In 1978 she became the first woman to be named president of the 92nd Street Y in New York City, assuming responsibility for the renaissance and expansion of its performing arts and lecture program. A supporter of poets and writers, she was for many years a member of the advisory board of Partisan Review and editor of the Bulletin of the Parents League of New York. She is currently a member of an advisory council of the Harvard School of Public Health and chairman of outreach for the Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL) of the New York Public Library.
Vendler, who was educated at Emmanuel College and Harvard University, has been called "arguably the most powerful poetry critic in America." She taught at Boston University from 1966 until 1985, when she joined the Harvard faculty. She had earlier held teaching positions at Cornell, Swarthmore, Haverford and, from 1964 to 1966, Smith.
Vendler is a member of the Pulitzer Prize board, has been a nominator for the MacArthur Foundation "genius" awards and is a member of the grant panel for the Guggenheim Foundation.
Her writings include books on Yeats, Wallace Stevens, George Herbert and Keats. Her latest book, The Art of Shakespeare's Sonnets, was called by Richard Howard in The New York Times Book Review "the most intricately inquiring and ingeniously responding study of these poems yet to be undertaken."
Vendler's lecture will be at 3 p.m. and will be followed at 4 p.m. by the reception.

A Smith Glimpse on Dawson's Creek?

If you're surfing with your TV remote this Tuesday around 9 p.m. and happen to light on the WB network (locally, channel 16), take a look at Dawson's Creek, which premiered in January to mixed reviews. The show, mostly about a group of high school friends, is meant to be "bittersweet and romantic and funny," says one critic, but is actually "racy and edgy." In the episode scheduled to air this week, some of the Dawson's Creek students attend a college fair -- and, if all goes according to plan, you'll see (if only fleetingly) a Smith booth in the background.

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Board Approves 11 Faculty Promotions

By vote of the board of trustees at its recent meeting, 11 members of the faculty have received promotions effective July 1, 1998.
Promoted to full professor from associate professor were Joan Berzoff, School for Social Work; Jane Bryden, music; Michael Gorra, English language and literature; Deborah Haas-Wilson, economics; Elizabeth Savoca, economics; and Carol Zaleski, religion and biblical literature. Promoted to associate professor with tenure from assistant professor were Velma Garcia, government, and Richard Lim, history. Promoted to associate professor were Kathryn Basham and Joshua Miller, both of the School for Social Work. In addition, Jonathan Gosnell, French language and literature, was promoted to assistant professor, effective July 1, 1997.

A New World, Close to Home

While many Smith students spend their junior year studying in France or Italy, Eliza Goodhue '99 studied an even more different culture: that of America's deaf population. Spending her fall semester at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. -- the world's only university specifically for deaf people -- Goodhue became one of five "hearing" students in a student body of close to 2,000. "It was like I was in a whole different culture, but I could see the Washington Monument out my window," she says. A biology major, Goodhue took the semester off from science and spent her time at Gallaudet studying deaf culture. She feels that her time at Gallaudet was well spent. "Sign language is my second language," she says, "and I wanted an experience that would immerse me in that culture, to understand as much as a hearing person can what it's like to live in that culture." Goodhue is now using her American Sign Language (ASL) skills in her work at the Walden School in Amherst, where she works with deaf children who have been abused. In addition to her work with deaf children, she is currently lobbying for an undergraduate-level ASL course at Smith and for the organization of an ASL lunch table. -Amanda Darling '99

Alleva, Kaufman Receive Teaching Awards

Junior and senior teaching awards were presented to members of the Smith faculty during Rally Day ceremonies last month by the co-chairs of the faculty teaching award committee of the SGA, Sandie Drury '98J, and Betsy Ayer '98.
Ernest Alleva, assistant professor of philosophy, received the Junior Teaching Award for "the personal connection he establishes with his students," the lively class discussions he leads, and the attention he gives to his students' work. "Often it is joked that he writes more in his comments than we write in our papers," said a student who nominated Alleva for the award.
Roger Kaufman, professor of economics, received the Senior Teaching Award, being cited as someone "particularly dedicated to sharing knowledge with students." One nominator observed that "a good professor is one who shows you what he can do and teaches you how to do it. A tremendous professor is one who shows you what you can do and teaches you how to achieve it. Roger Kaufman is a tremendous professor."

Award Subsidizes Trip to Math Congress

Pau Atela, associate professor of mathematics, has received a travel award from the American Mathematical Society and the National Science Foundation that will enable him to attend the International Congress of Mathematics in Berlin in August. The congress, which is held every four years, focuses on the most recent developments in mathematics. Atela's research on dynamical systems has been underwritten over the last several years by a three-year, $34,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.

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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.


The following replaces an incorrect listing included in last week's AcaMedia.
Friday, March 6
Lecture: "Sex and Death in the Spinal Cord." Nancy Forger, department of psychology, UMass/Amherst. Sponsored by department of biological sciences and the biochemistry program.
4 p.m., McConnell B05*

Monday 3/9

CDO résumé/cover letter deadline for the Media and Communications Career Connection 1998, a résumé-referral program for jobs and internships. We have information about a job and internship at Noonan/Russo Communications and about internships at the Jacobs Pillow Dance Festival, Old Sturbridge Village, Phoenix Media/Communications and WWLP-TV.
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., CDO
Luncheon meeting for students interested in graduate theological education. Donna Marsh '89 will discuss opportunities offered by Princeton Theological Seminary.
Noon, Wright common room
Meeting: Campus Climate Working Group.
12:15 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room
Hebrew language lunch table.
12:15 p.m., Chapel B5
Language lunch tables.
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
CDO workshop: "How to Find a Summer Internship."
1:15 p.m., CDO
Meeting: Amnesty International.
4 p.m., Seelye 102*
Meeting: Baha'i Club. Refreshments provided. (Kari, ext. 6362)
4 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Women's studies tea: "Ted & Sylvia (Bill & Monica): Love, War and Scandal in the Media Perception of Ted Hughes' Birthday Letters." A faculty work-in-progress with Susan Van Dyne, professor of women's studies and English language and literature.
4:10 p.m., Seelye 207
Lecture: "Magic and the British Monarchy: An Historian's View." Howard Allen Nenner, Roe/Straut Professor in the Humanities. The third of five lectures being given during this academic year by five new chaired professors.
4:30-5:30 p.m., Stoddard Hall Auditorium*
Open house: Tour through the classrooms and meet with staff and parents at Sunnyside Child Care Center.
7 p.m., 70 Paradise Road
Meeting: Om, the Hindu students organization.
7-8 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
The Annual Blakeslee Lecture: "Old Wine, New Flasks: Reflections on Science and Jewish Tradition." Roald Hoffman, professor of chemistry, Cornell University, and 1981 Nobel Prize laureate in chemistry. Sponsored by the Smith chapter of Sigma Xi, the History of Science Program, the Department of Chemistry and the Jewish Studies Program. (Ext. 3862)
8-10 p.m., Wright auditorium*

Tuesday 3/10

CDO extended hours.
8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.
Sigma Xi Luncheon Talk: "Brazil, Costa Rica: What, They Still Use DDT as a Pesticide?" Esteban Monserrate, professor of biological sciences. Open to faculty, emeriti and staff.
Noon, College Club lower level
Government department roundtable: "Political Science vs. Political Engineering: Confessions of a U.S. AID Consultant." (Maxine, ext. 6902)
Noon, Dewey Common Room
Episcopal-Lutheran Fellowship meets in the parish house parlor.
Noon, St. John's Church, Elm Street
S.O.S. Community Education Luncheon: Topic to be announced. Lunch provided. (S.O.S., ext. 2756)
Noon, Wright common room
Language lunch tables.
Deutscher Tisch
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
Concert: Music in the Noon Hour. John Van Buskirk and Alissa Leiser, piano four-hands. Dance music by Schubert and Brahms. (Ext. 3150)
12:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall*
President's open hours for students.
3:30-4:30 p.m., College Hall 20
Film: Teresa of Avila Film Series: "Teresa De Jesus." Fourth of a four-part series. Sponsored by the Contemplation and Action Program of the Catholic Chaplaincy.
4-6 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
CDO orientation for seniors.
4:30-5:30 p.m., CDO
Résumé critique by a peer adviser.
4:30-6 p.m. and 8­9 p.m., CDO
Meeting for students who have returned from study abroad to share their experiences, pictures, music and souvenirs with other returnees and students interested in going abroad. Presented by the liaisons for the Latin American studies and Latin American literature departments.
5 p.m., Spanish Lounge, Hatfield 205
Five-Con Staff Meeting: Planning for April's Five College Science Fiction Convention.
7 p.m., Bass 210
SGA senate meeting, including a student open forum at 7:15 p.m.
7 p.m., Seelye 201*
CDO information meeting: Saks Fifth Avenue.
7 p.m., Alumnae House Living Room
CDO workshop: "Job Search for Seniors."
7 p.m., CDO
The Banff Festival of Mountain Films, featuring high-altitude climbing, white-water rapids and adventuring in the most remote parts of the world. A benefit of the Northampton Center for the Arts. Tickets are $5 and are available at The Mountain Goat, Main Street, Northampton; any remaining tickets will be sold at the door. Cosponsored by the American studies department.
7 p.m., Wright auditorium*
Meeting: MassPIRG. All welcome.
7:30-9 p.m: Seelye 107*
Film and lecture: A Healthy Baby Girl. An award-winning film, and a lecture by Judith Helfand. Sponsored by the Project on Women and Social Change and the Department of Sociology.
7:30-9:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*
Theater performance: Word! Festival. New plays by Five College students: Sisterlove by Iami S. Badu, Smith; What I Say Is True by Saad Haroon, UMass; ...It's the Unraveling by Sahra Kuper, Hampshire; Promise Play by Jewel Younge, Amherst; and Country Dance by Penny Tieu. Sponsored by the Five College Multi-cultural Theater Committee.
8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre, Mendenhall CPA*
CDO workshop: "How to Prepare for a Successful Interview."
8 p.m., CDO
Film: Title to be announced. Sponsored by Rec Council
9 p.m., Stoddard auditorium

Wednesday 3/11

CDO résumé/cover letter deadline for Chicago Résumé Referral Program: Morningstar (publishing), Hull Trading Co. and Andersen Consulting. Information and contact name available in CDO room 20.
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., CDO
Hillel at Noon. Discussion and veggie luncheon.
Noon, Dawes House Kosher Kitchen
Religious activity: Discussion and reflection for Catholic Adas.
Noon-1 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Language lunch tables.
Spanish and Portuguese
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
Lecture marking the dedication of the Joan Leiman Jacobson '47 Center for Writing, Teaching and Learning: "Learning to Write." Helen Vendler, A. Kingsley Porter University Professor, Harvard University. A reception will follow at the center, Seelye Hall, third floor.
3 p.m., Wright auditorium*
Office of Institutional Diversity open hour, with Carmen Santana-Melgoza.
4-5 p.m., College Hall 31
Film: Weapons of the Spirit (1986, France). Produced, written and directed by Pierre Sauvage. The story of a village in France, Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, that took in and sheltered 5,000 Jews from the Nazis, as told by the Jewish filmmaker, Sauvage, who was born into and protected within this defiant community. Film preceded by a brief introduction.
4:10 p.m., Seelye 106
Information meeting: 1998 Preludes Leaders, with members of the Preludes Planning Committee. (Merry Farnum, ext. 4904)
5-6 p.m., Seelye 107
Meeting of Student Alumnae Association. See what SAASC has planned for this semester. Discover the many opportunities to meet and network with alums. (Naa-Adei, ext. 7260; Jane, ext. 7270; Siew Peng, ext. 6618)
6 p.m., Alumnae House
All-campus open house.
7-9 p.m., all houses
Religious activity: Buddhist service and discussion.
7:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
MassPIRG weekly meeting.
7:30 p.m., Seelye 107
Theater performance: Word! Festival. New plays written by Five College students: Full of Grace... by Joe Salvatore, UMass; Sistahs Indeed! by Mariah Richardson, Smith; Mama by Mequitta Ahuja; Hemispheres of Blackness by Justin Earl Turner, Amherst; and Here by Nikki Mondschein, Amherst. Sponsored by the Five College Multicultural Theater Committee.
8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre, Mendenhall CPA*
Women's Awareness Performance. Poetry, spoken word, singing, music and more, in honor of Women's Week. Sponsored by Feminists of Smith Unite.
9-10 p.m., Wright auditorium*

Thursday 3/12

CDO extended hours.
8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Liberal Arts Luncheon: "Employment Status and Outcomes as a Function of Social Capital: The Case of Whites, Blacks and Latinos in the Greater Boston Area." Sandra Smith, Mendenhall Fellow in the sociology department. Open to faculty, emeriti and staff.
Noon, College Club lower level
CDO workshop: "How to Prepare for a Successful Interview."
12:10-12:55 p.m., CDO
Language lunch tables.
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
First-year tea: Meet one another and President Simmons while enjoying afternoon tea.
4-5:30 p.m., Alumnae living room
CDO workshop: "How to Write an Effective Résumé."
4:30 p.m., CDO
Exhibition opening of "Sandy Skoglund: Reality Under Siege," the first retrospective exhibition of the work of the photographer, sculptor and installation artist.
5-7 p.m., Museum of Art*
Religious activity: Beit Midrash. Study Jewish texts and ideas with Rabbi Edward Feld. Pizza served.
6 p.m., Appleton 106, Amherst College
Religious activity: Newman Association meeting for Catholic students. Come for a home-cooked meal and good conversation.
6 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Cahpel
CDO workshop: "Using the Internet to Search for Jobs and Internships."
6:30 p.m., Seelye B03
Film: Anime (Japanese animation) with subtitles. (Katherine, ext. 7352)
7:30 p.m., Bass 210
Information meeting: 1998 Preludes leaders, with members of the Preludes Planning Committee. (Merry Farnum, ext. 4904)
7:30-8:30 p.m., Seelye 107
Film: Title to be announced. Sponsored by Rec Council
9 p.m., Wright auditorium

Friday 3/13

CDO résumé/cover letter deadline for two new on-campus recruiters: John Hancock Signature Services (hiring in Boston and Charlestown for both the life insurance and signature services) and IBM Global Services (hiring nationwide). Looking for computer science, math, MIS/CIS, networking, business, telecommunications. Job description in CDO room 20.
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., CDO
Résumé critique by a peer adviser.
1-2 p.m., CDO
General meeting: Nosotros, the Latina organization at Smith. All welcome.
4:30 p.m, Unity House
Meeting: Science Fiction and Fantasy Club.
4:30 p.m., Seelye 208
Religious service: Shabbat Eve Services.
5:30 p.m., Dewey common room
Religious activity: Friday-night Bible study, sponsored by the Smith Koinonia Fellowship. (Ext. 6369)
6 p.m., Seelye 106*
Religious activity: Shabbat Eve Dinner.
7 p.m., Dawes House Kosher Kitchen
Religious activity: Smith Christian Fellowship, a chapter of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship USA.
7 p.m., Dewey common room
Something on a Friday: "An Evening with the Smiffenpoofs," a cappella singing group, plus desserts from around the world.
7-9 p.m., Unity House

Saturday 3/14

Spring Recess starts. Houses close 10 a.m. on March 14 and open 1 p.m. on March 22.

Sunday 3/15

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

Wednesday 3/18

Symposium: "Leadership in Landscape: Sustainable Development." Lectures and panel discussions featuring leaders in the field of sustainable development: Carol Franklin, Peter Jacobs, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander '44 and Marc Rosenbaum. Preregistration required. $75 participation fee (includes lunch).
9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Wright auditorium*

Thursday 3/19

Panel discussion: "Family Matters in Today's Society." Members of the Five College Learning in Retirement (LIR) will discuss strategies for addressing various family situations. Sponsored by LIR.
2 p.m., Field Hous

Sunday 3/22

Spring recess ends. Houses open at 1 p.m.
Religious activity: Quaker (Friends) discussion group. Meeting for worship begins at 11 a.m.
9:30 a.m., Bass 210*
Religious service: Roman Catholic Mass with Fr. David Joyce, Celebrant, and Elizabeth Carr, Catholic chaplain. A supper will follow.
4:30 p.m., Chapel

Ongoing Events

Art exhibition: The Smith College Museum of Art presents "Sandy Skoglund: Reality Under Siege," the first retrospective exhibition of the work of the photographer, sculptor, and installation artist. Opens March 12. Free and open to the public. Call extension 2760 for museum hours. Through May 24.
Museum of Art*
Spring Bulb Show. More than 2,500 flowering bulbs and spring flowers, among them tulips, hyacinths, azaleas, primroses, crocus, freesias and forsythia- - many of which will be planted around campus after the show. Open daily, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; free of charge and open to the public. Through March 22.
Art exhibition: "A Dozen Roses," by staff member Patricia Czepiel Hayes '84. Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., through March 27.
Alumnae House Gallery
Art exhibition: "Berenice Abbott's New York." Abbott photographs, many made between 1935 and 1939 for the WPA Federal Arts Project. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Through March 28. (Ext. 2770)
Museum of Art Print Room
Curio exhibition: "The Visionary Cabinet," curiosities created by Marjorie Senechal's History of Science 112a class. Through May 1.
McConnell Hall west stairwell*
Photography exhibition from the School for Field Studies. Alumnae of the SFS Environmental Field Studies Abroad Programs in Kenya, B.W.I., Baja (Mexico), Pacific Northwest Canada, Costa Rica and Australia are represented. Eleven Smith Students are in SFS programs this spring. Sponsored by the Environmental Science Program.
McConnell foyer

Upcoming Event

Smith College Roundtable. On Thursday, March 26, the Smith College Roundtable will meet at the Alumnae House conference room at 5:45 p.m. to hear Professor Martin Holmes from St. Hugh's College, Oxford, speak on the rise and fall of Margaret Thatcher. Sign-ups will begin Monday, March 23, in the student mail center. (Anna Soellner, ext. 5606)

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Five College Calendar Deadline
Entries for the April Five College Calendar must be received in writing by March 16. Please send all entries to Mary Stanton in Garrison Hall (


May House-Closings
On-campus students planning their end-of-semester departures should bear in mind that houses officially close for the academic year at 10 a.m. on May 9. With the exceptions noted below, housing contracts expire at that time and students are required to be fully moved out by then; those who fail to do so risk receiving a letter in their student file and a fine. Only seniors and students taking late Five College exams will be allowed to remain in their rooms after May 9. Students with permission to remain on campus through Commencement must move that afternoon to consolidated housing. Front-door and room keys for these houses will not be provided, but door watches will be maintained that week. The final night a student may reserve or inhabit a guest room is Thursday, May 7, after which the Alumnae Association will begin cleaning the rooms for Commencement/Reunion Weekend. Students taking Five College courses will be mailed housing-request forms the second week of March and are required to submit them to the Alumnae Association by March 31. (Zoe Dearden, ext. 2058)
Student Schedules
Updated schedules will be sent to students at their campus boxes. Students are responsible for all courses in which they are officially registered, and for immediately resolving any inaccuracies with the registrar.
Final Examinations
The May final examination schedule is posted in the registrar's office. Students should check it carefully and immediately report any conflicts to the registrar.
S.O.S. Fund Drive
Every year S.O.S. conducts a fund drive to raise money to help improve the community. This year's drive has as its theme "Illiteracy Among Children and Adults" and will run March 4­April 8. Proceeds go to agencies in western Massachusetts. Prizes will be awarded to the highest individual contributor and to the house with the most participants. Support the drive by donating funds or time. Learn more from your S.O.S. house rep or the drive's cochairs, Ayesh (ext. 6503) and Jessica (ext. 5537).
Residence Coordinator Positions
The Office of Student Affairs/Residence Life invites graduating seniors and recent graduates to apply for the newly created residence coordinator live-in positions for the 1998-99 academic year. Residence coordinators will oversee the management and general welfare of a residential house of up to 100 women; act as liaisons between house residents and college service departments; and be regularly available to students, both individually and collectively, as sources of information and referral and as conflict mediators. Each residence coordinator will be responsible for working 15 hours outside the house on various projects and programs. A bachelor's degree is required, and leadership experience in residence life is preferred. Candidates must have demonstrated experience in diversity/multicultural and women's issues, with a focus on education and training. These 10-month, live-in positions begin in mid-August 1998 and continue up to a two-year term. Residence coordinators will receive a stipend plus room and board when the college is in session, medical coverage, and other benefits such as the use of campus facilities and class-auditing privileges. If interested, send a résumé, three letters of reference and a letter of interest to the Office of Student Affairs, College Hall 24, or fax them to extension 4935. Review of applications will begin immediately. (Nancy Asai, ext. 4940)
Student Activities Fair
The Office of Admission invites all campus organizations to take part in a Student Activities Fair to be held during Open Campus on Wednesday, April 22, from noon to 1 p.m. Open Campus is a two-day program that helps admitted students make an informed decision about attending Smith. Participants go to classes, speak with students, eat and sleep in campus houses, meet faculty and staff, and explore the college on their own. The fair will enable potential members of the class of 2002 to learn about cocurricular life at Smith. Student organizations will be able to recruit new members, sell fundrais-ing merchandise and serve as goodwill ambassadors for the college. If your organization would like to participate, contact Nicole Dankes (ext. 6731;
Study in the UK,
Australia and New Zealand
A representative from Butler Institute for Study Abroad will be on campus Tuesday, March, 10, at 3:30 p.m. in Dewey common room to meet with students planning to study in the UK, Australia or New Zealand next year or thereafter.
Writing Workshops
The Peer Writing Assistants are offering three writing workshops in late March at the Jacobson Center for Writing, Teaching and Learning (formerly the Center for Academic Assistance) in Seelye 307:
--"How to Write a Research Paper" (Monday, March 23, 7:30 p.m.). How to get started, structure your paper and cite your sources.
--"The Ins and Outs of Writing an Application Essay" (Tuesday, March 24, 7:30 p.m.). How to write personal essays for applications to internships, jobs or graduate schools, with a focus on achieving the right tone. Feel free to bring essays in progress.
--"Writing an Honors Thesis" (Wednesday, March 25, 7:30 p.m.) The research and writing processes, with a primary focus on laying the groundwork and planning and managing the project. Juniors are especially encouraged to attend.
Students interested in attending any of the workshops should sign up in Seelye 307 or call extension 3056 weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Each workshop is limited to 15 participants.
Not-for-Profit Career Fairs
Two not-for-profit career fairs will be presented within the next few weeks: NFP in DC, on Friday, March 20, at the Georgetown University Conference Center in Washington, D.C., and NFP in NYC, on Friday, April 3, at the Low Library at Columbia University in New York. CDO may arrange for transportation to the New York fair if enough students sign up. See Bev at the CDO (ext. 2579) if interested.
Cycles Survey
Reminder to all students asked to participate in the Cycles Survey: please complete your survey. It's one of your best chances to make your opinions heard. Instructions were included on your survey form, but if you have any questions or need another form, please call the Office of Institutional Research at extension 3021.
Summer Tuition Funding
The Smith Students' Aid Society has some funds available to help defray the cost of tuition only for summer study for students who can demonstrate academic necessity for summer study. Applications are available in the class deans' and Ada Comstock offices. Application deadline: April 8 at 4:30 p.m. (Kathy Langworthy, ext. 2577)
Peer Writing Assistance
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