- Justice For All
- For more than a year, the Smith community has celebrated the 200th
anniversary of the birth of college benefactor Sophia Smith. The founder's
bicentennial has already been marked by speeches and symposia, by tours
and exhibits and, of course, by a birthday cake. But the culmination of
the celebration is still ahead. On Friday, September 12, Ruth Bader Ginsburg,
associate justice of the United States Supreme Court, will come to campus
to receive the very first Sophia Smith Award.
- This unique award was conceived to honor the vision of Sophia Smith
by recognizing an individual "who, by virtue of intelligence, energy
and courage, has made a significant and lasting contribution to the education
of women." Nominees were evaluated by a panel of six judges: Barbara
Pierce Bush, Smith alumna, former First Lady and a lifelong volunteer;
Jill Ker Conway, Smith's first female president and an acclaimed author;
Mary Maples Dunn, Smith president from 1985 to 1995 and a noted scholar
of colonial American history and women's history; Yolanda King '76, actress,
producer, human rights activist and daughter of Martin Luther King Jr.;
Gloria Steinem '56, a founder of Ms. magazine and a leading voice in feminism
for nearly four decades; and Dennis F. Thompson, Alfred North Whitehead
Professor of Political Philosophy at Harvard and a member of the Smith
College Board of Trustees.
- Ginsburg, the second woman appointed to U.S. Supreme Court, is acclaimed
for using her position to shape a constitutional understanding of gender
equity. Throughout the 1970s, as the founder and director of the Equal
Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, she fashioned arguments
for women's equality under the equal protection principle, and -- perhaps
more than any other individual -- she has helped end arbitrary sex-based
classifications in law. Justice Ginsburg is considered by some to be "the
legal architect of the women's movement" in much the same way that
Thurgood Marshall charted the constitutional route to end racial discrimination.
- Many landmark decisions are credited to Ginsburg, including the recent
decision which resulted in this year's historic admission of female students
to the publicly funded and traditionally all-male Virginia Military Institute.
- A native of Brooklyn, New York, Ginsburg is an alumna of Cornell University.
She attended Harvard University Law School and is a gra-duate of Columbia
Law School. She was nominated by President Jimmy Carter to the United States
Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, taking the oath
of office in 1980. Nominated to the U.S. Supreme Court by President Clinton,
she took the oath of office in August 1993.
- Justice Ginsburg is expected to arrive at Smith early in the afternoon
on September 12. At 2:30 p.m., she will meet with about 100 students, chosen
by lottery from sign-ups during central check-in. Admission to this event,
to be held in the Alumnae House, will be by cards sent to mail boxes of
the selected students. Students who do not take these cards to the Alumnae
House will not be admitted. During the hour-long session, Justice Ginsburg
will respond to questions from the audience.
- The Sophia Smith Award ceremony will be held at 4:30 p.m. in John M.
Greene Hall. Two of Justice Ginsburg's friends and colleagues, Wendy Williams,
professor of law at the Georgetown University Law Center, and Herma Hill
Kay, dean of the Law School at the University of California, Berkeley,
will present short tributes to her. Kate Webster, chair of the board of
trustees, will speak briefly about the award itself. President Ruth Simmons
will read the award citation and present the award, which was designed
by Elliot Offner, A.W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities. Justice Ginsburg
will speak as well.
- On Saturday, September 13, at 10 a.m., there will be a roundtable discussion
in Sweeney Concert Hall. The topic will be "In Pursuit of Justice:
Women's Equality and the Public Good." Participants include Nina Totenberg,
NPR and ABC legal affairs commentator; Gloria Steinem; Stephanie Kulp Seymour
'62, judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit;
Jane Lakes Harman '66, U.S. congresswoman from California; Agnes Bundy
Scanlon '79, senior vice president, Fleet Financial Group; and Catharine
MacKinnon '69, professor, University of Michigan and University of Chicago
- All members of the Smith community are encouraged to attend the public
events and welcome Justice Ginsburg to campus on this special occasion-one
that Sophia Smith, despite her uncommon vision, could hardly have imagined.
Smith 2020: Self-Study Update
- Perhaps even more than the name of Sophia Smith, the words "self-study"
have resounded throughout campus during the past year. Officially, this
effort to examine the achievements and aims of the college began as part
of the process of reaccreditation by the New England Association of Schools
and Colleges (NEASC) which member institutions must undergo once each decade.
Beyond the NEASC mandate, however, President Ruth Simmons called for a
broad -- and broad-minded -- look at ways to move Smith "to the next
level of academic excellence" in the millennium ahead. "The death
of institutions is to be self-satisfied, to no longer look for new ideas,"
Simmons explained. "Change is frightening and disruptive but also
the only way to the future-that's what the self-study is all about."
- A dozen committees composed of students, faculty and staff examined
areas that ranged from "Organization and Governance" to "Integrity,"
from "Physical Resources" to "Faculty." Many other
members of the Smith community offered additional ideas. The endeavor was
dubbed "Smith 2020: Envisioning Our Future," a title which urged
all to look with clear-sightedness at how the college might evolve two
decades into the next century.
- But how about the years 1997 and '98? Is this herculean endeavor behind
us or will "self-study" still remain on many lips? According
to Professor of History Howard Nenner, the self-study chair, a nearly 270-page
report was sent to the NEASC in mid-August, and copies of that report are
on reserve at Neilson Library for those who wish to read it. Meanwhile,
a 16-member steering committee, headed by President Simmons, which first
convened last January, has evaluated the more than 200 proposals that the
self-study generated and prepared a report that was sent to the board of
trustees in July. "The trustees devoted their late-July New York City
retreat to that report," says Nenner, "and it was received very
favorably." However, adds Nenner, "the reports are in, but there
is still much to be done."
- In the months to come, he explains, recommendations that emerged from
the self-study will be explored or implemented via "normal channels"
-- standing college committees, administrative offices, etc. Among these
myriad recommendations are the provision of an internship for every Smith
student in her junior or senior year; a "liberal arts institute"
that would bring more visiting scholars to campus to interact with students
and faculty; and increased emphasis on quantitative skills, oral communication
and computer literacy in the curriculum.
- Dozens of other ideas -- from suggestions about clerical support to
interterm classes, from dining options to orientation schedules -- will
also be examined and, possibly, approved. In the meantime, however, some
suggestions have already been given a green light for immediate funding
and implementation. These, too are wide-ranging. For example, the acquisition
of new fitness equipment, the inauguration of a Jewish studies weekend,
a music department digital classroom and new SGA computers are all on this
- And, while most of the campus self-study committees have concluded
their duties, a new committee is still being formed. In a letter to students
last April, President Simmons called for nominees to serve on a student
committee that will continue to develop and evaluate self-study suggestions.
"Students have been involved on self-study committees since the beginning,"
says Nenner, "but this group will be composed primarily of students
and focus particularly on 'student life,' which the self-study has identified
as a very important issue." The names of students selected for this
board will be published in an upcoming AcaMedia.
- Not only have students played an important role in the self-study thus
far, says Nenner, but many other voices have been heard as well. Indeed,
ideas that will shape the future of Smith have come from every corner of
the campus, Nenner insists. "They were not," he stresses, "created
at the top."
2020: The Contest
- Last spring, in conjunction with the Smith College self-study, a gala
campus-wide contest was held. Students, faculty and staff were challenged
to create their vision of Smith in the year 2020, and the entries poured
in: poems and paintings, essays, architectural drawings and other imaginative
- Because the contest judging took place after the last issue of AcaMedia
went to press, the names of the winners were initially announced elsewhere.
For those of you who missed them, here they are again.
- Faculty and Staff*
- · First Prize ($2020.00): Eric Weld, academic secretary, humanities
- · Second Prizes ($202.00): Mark Carmien, employment specialist,
Human Resources (sci-fi appointment letter); Susan Sanborn Barker, administrative
assistant, Neilson Library (time capsule)
- · Honorable Mention ($20.20): Hugh Burns, director of educational
technology, Information Systems (two poems); Philip Baldwin, assistant
professor, theatre department (futuristic publication); Patricia Czepiel
Hayes, assistant director of publications, College Relations (oil paintings);
Sheri Peabody, administrative assistant, Office of the Class Deans (AcaMedia)
- *Job titles were current at the time of the contest. Some have changed
- · First Prize: Amanda Darling '99 (AcaMedia);
- Kate Ballentine '99 (admission viewbook)
- · Second Prize: Marylynn Muller '97 (web site)
- Amy Sanzone '97 (essay); Amanda Austin '00 (epic poem)
- · Honorable Mention: Monica Raymond GR (20 proposals for 2020);
Lisa Howley '99 and Rebecca Highland '99 (musical); Julia McCurdy '00 (art
work); Renee Landrum '98 (web essay); Dierdre McAnally '99 (reforestation
Chalk is Cheap: Use AcaMedia Instead
- The AcaMedia staff welcomes both new and returning members of the Smith
community to the 1997-98 school year. Once again we hope that you will
utilize AcaMedia to tell others about your achievements, activities, upcoming
- AcaMedia is read by students, faculty and staff, so it is an excellent
way to disseminate your news across campus. Don't write it on the sidewalk
when you can put it in AcaMedia! Keep Smith beautiful, and make sure that
important information reaches a broad audience at the same time.
- Please send calendar items and notices to Mary Stanton in Garrison
Hall (firstname.lastname@example.org). Notices should be limited to 150 words
and may be edited for length or content.
- News items and People News items should be addressed to Sally Rubenstone
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telephone extension 2175).
- Remember that the deadline for calendar listings and notices is 4 p.m.
on Wednesday afternoons (for publication on Thursday, the following week).
News and feature items, however, may require more advance planning. We
look forward to hearing from you.
Change of Name; Services the Same
- At the start of July, the Campus Security Department got a new name.
Now the same services once provided by security staff will come from those
employed by the Department of Public Safety.
- "This change is consistent with other agencies within the Five
College community," notes Director of Public Safety Sharon Rust. "The
new name more accurately reflects the inherent combination of both service
and police-oriented requests and response for which the department is responsible."
- According to Rust, the change has been under consideration for more
than a year. "To many of today's college students," suggests
Rust, "the word 'security' connotes the old 'night watchman' times."
Today, however, says Rust, her staff members are all trained professionals,
and "there is a high expectation concerning the quality of the services
- Rust concedes that "it may take another hundred years before people
are accustomed to the new name and it trips off the tongue," and she
asks for assistance from everyone on campus in helping to make the change.
- Also in the name-change department, William R. Brandt, who has been
director of physical plant at Smith since 1992, has accepted a new position
as the college's director of campus operations and facilities. He will
oversee the operations of the Department of Public Safety, as well as those
of Physical Plant, Residence and Dining Services and the botanic garden.
- Brandt came to Smith in 1987 as business manager and director of procurement
from Five Colleges, Inc., where he had been business manager and treasurer.
- Active for many years in various community activities, Brandt is currently
president of Northampton's chamber of commerce.
Meet the Prez
- Once again, President Ruth Simmons will be holding open hours for Smith
students and employees. These sessions offer an opportunity to chat informally
and individually with the president. No appointments are necessary, and
visitors will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis.
- This month's presidential open hours for students will be held on Monday,
September 15, and Monday, September 29, from 4:15-5:15 p.m. in the Office
of the President, College Hall 20.
- President Simmons' first open hour for employees will take place on
Thursday, October 16, from 1:30-2:30 p.m., also in College Hall 20.
Calling All Supervisors
- HR Initiative Wins Award; Seeks New Participants
- The Five College Training Collaborative, launched in 1994 by Kathleen
Chatwood, Human Resources' associate director for training and development,
was recently honored by the College and University Personnel Association
with their Award for Excellence in Human Resources. The award, presented
annually by this national organization, recognized the Supervisory Leadership
Development Program (SLDP), which Chatwood also spearheaded in 1994 with
the help of her Five College colleagues.
- According to Chatwood, the College and University Personnel Association
was especially impressed by the fact that the SLDP is a multi-institutional
endeavor and is overseen by human resources staff from all five of the
colleges. Chatwood has represented Smith in the Five College Training Collaborative
since its inception. Jan Keefe, former director of human resources and
now special assistant to the chief financial officer, also represented
Smith last year.
- "The Supervisory Leadership Development Program addresses the
changing roles of the supervisor in higher education," Chatwood explains.
"These roles include being able to function effectively as a communicator,
a mediator, an organizer, a mentor and a team-builder. The program conveys
concrete skills and effective management."
- To date, 50 Smith supervisors have participated in the program, and
others are being sought to take part this year. "We have 22 slots
open for Smith supervisors to participate in trainings that will be held
monthly from October through April," says Chatwood. Two training groups
will be run concurrently: one will meet the second Wednesday of each month,
and the other will meet the second Thursday of each month.
- Any supervisor who is interested in joining one of these groups should
speak to his or her department head, says Chatwood. The department heads
will make the final nominations of candidates.
- Initially, the SLDP was funded by a grant from the Mellon Foundation
through Five Colleges, Inc. Now, however, it is supported by the participating
institutions themselves. Thus, Chatwood says that the program will be ongoing,
and she notes that "it is the goal of the college to have all supervisors
participate in this training in the upcoming years."
- Last year the new Smith Ergonomics Committee began a series of tips
on workplace health and safety. Most of the tips were helpful to students
as well as to staff (after all, students do work at Smith, too!). The series
- The majority of back disorders are caused by months or years of:
- 1) poor posture
- 2) poor body mechanics
- 3) loss of flexibility
- 4) general lack of physical fitness.
- For good body mechanics, always remember:
- 1) keep the curve in your low back
- 2) keep the weight close to your body
- 3) do not twist at the waist
- 4) take breaks from repetitive or stressful activities.
- Questions or comments? Contact the Ergonomics Committee via e-mail
- This is a listing of jobs available at our publication deadline. For
complete information, see the bulletin board in the Office of Human Resources
or call the job hot line at extension 2278.
- Book repair technician, Neilson Library. Apply by September 12.
- Circulation supervisor, Neilson Library. Apply by September 5.
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AcaMedia Needs You
- Got a nose for people news? Win a prize as well as a coveted (and rare)
AcaMedia byline. The AcaMedia staff is seeking more "People News"
items, and everyone at Smith knows someone who might make intriguing copy.
- Do you have a friend or colleague with an unusual hobby or a home-based
business? Did your roommate do a fascinating research paper last semester
or an exciting internship over the summer? Do you know anyone who's won
an award, had an unusual experience or who otherwise warrants campus acclaim?
- If you write a brief "People News" item for AcaMedia, you
will automatically win a prize. If your story is selected for publication,
you will win an even more fabulous prize, and your byline will be included
with the article.
- Got writer's block? Feel free to submit ideas for stories about your
own achievements or those of others. We'll do the writing.
- Submissions will be accepted throughout the year, but don't delay.
Articles (or ideas for articles) should be mailed to People News Contest,
AcaMedia, Garrison Hall. Better yet, e-mail to email@example.com or to
Crème de la Kremlin
- In May, Joan Afferica, L. Clark Seelye Professor of History, presented
"The Russian Eighteenth Century," a series of six lectures, in
the State Treasures Museum of the Moscow Kremlin. It was the second series
she has been invited to deliver for the annual subscription series in Russian
history and culture. Afferica is the only western scholar who has been
invited to contribute to this program, which is intended for a broad professional
audience in Moscow.
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Thursday, September 4
- Classes Begin
- 8 a.m.
- Special event: Five College Early Music Program "painless"
auditions and information session for the Early Music Collegium, Euridice
Ensemble, Voces Femine and other ensembles. Information: 539-2079.
- 4-5:30 p.m., Sage 305
- Meeting: Graduate international fellowships. Mandatory for all students
applying for Rhodes, Marshall, Luce, Fulbright, DAAD and Humboldt scholarships.
- 5-6 p.m., Wright auditorium
Friday, September 5
- Special event: Keystone's Chocolate Extravaganza, featuring chocolate,
chocolate and more chocolate. Meet the members of Keystone (Smith's chapter
of Campus Crusade for Christ) and find out what they're all about. Open
- 5:30 p.m., Chapin lawn (in case of rain, Wright Hall common room)
- Religious activity: Join Smith's Jewish community for Shabbat services
and dinner. Services at 5:30 p.m. followed by Shabbat dinner at 6:30 p.m.
Fun, casual, comfortable and informative. All welcome. Information: Hillel,
- 5:30 p.m., Kosher Kitchen, Dawes House
- Meeting: Keystone's Real Life Meeting, an evening of fun, singing and
talk at Smith's chapter of Campus Crusade for Christ. All welcome.
- 7-8:30 p.m., Dewey common room
- Theater: Over the Edge, an interactive music/theater performance for
entering students by Star Theatre, a company of young adults who take on
issues such as decision-making, safer sex, pregnancy, STDs, drugs, HIV/AIDS,
racism and communication. Meet the company in the Green Room afterward.
- 8 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall CPA
Saturday, September 6
- Special event: First Link, a community building project. S.O.S. (Service
Organizations of Smith) will take new students on this half-day, hands-on
encounter with local community action groups. Wear comfortable old clothes.
Bag lunches will be served, and discussions will be held afterward. Information:
- 8:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m., meet at the rear of the Chapel
- Workshop: Gospel Singing. Meet the Smith College All-Peoples Gospel
Choir. All races, religions, ages and singing abilities welcome. Enthusiasm
mandatory. Admission: adults, $5 (Smith students, free); others, $3. Information:
Rev. Rosita Mathews, 586-6829.
- 3-5 p.m., Chapel*+
- Special event: Comedy hour with David J, nationally known comedian
who has opened for Adam Sandler and Kevin Nealon from "Saturday Night
Live" and jokes about everything from roommates to the Snoopy Sno-Cone
Machine. Sponsored by Rec Council.
- 8-9 p.m., Wright auditorium
Sunday, September 7
- Religious service: Sunday worship with Dean Richard Unsworth and student
liturgists. Barbecue/picnic on the chapel lawn to follow. All welcome.
- 10:30 a.m., Chapel*
- Special event: Bagel brunch with Smith College Hillel. All welcome.
- Noon, Wright common room
- Tour: Smith College Museum of Art. Find out what makes us one of the
country's finest college art museums.
- 2 p.m., Museum of Art*
- Special event: Welcome party hosted by S.O.S. (Service Organizations
of Smith). Learn about opportunities to volunteer for community service
on or off campus as a companion, tutor, case advocate, hot-line worker,
house rep or Kaffee Klatsch helper.
- 4-5 p.m., lower Gamut, Mendenhall CPA
- Reading: Jack Haley and Kiki Smith, from their own works. Part of the
Gallery of Readers Series.
- 4-6 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*
- Religious service: Roman Catholic Mass with Rev. Richard Gross, S.J.,
and Elizabeth Carr, Catholic chaplain. A welcoming dinner will follow.
- 4:30 p.m., Chapel*
- Special event: Smith Christian Fellowship party, with music and free
food. Come check us out.
- 7-9 p.m., Wright common room
Monday, September 8
- Opening of the SGA Office
- 9 a.m., Clark Hall 101
Tuesday, September 9
- Special event: Senior class breakfast hosted by the Alumnae Association.
All seniors welcome.
- 7:30-8:30 a.m., Seelye lawn (in case of rain, Alumnae House conference
- Luncheon meeting: Sigma Xi. "Variations on the Theme of Photosynthesis,"
by Phil Reid, professor of biological sciences.
- Noon, Smith College Club downstairs lounge
- Meeting: Senate. All welcome.
- 7 p.m., Seelye 201
- Special event: Ice cream sundae and frozen yogurt social. Sponsored
by the Newman Association to welcome new and returning Catholic students.
Learn about Newman's plans for the year.
- 7-9 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Wednesday, September 10
- Religious activity: A welcome to new and returning Catholic Adas. Pizza
served. All welcome.
- noon-1 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
- Field Hockey vs. Elms College
- 7 p.m., athletic fields*
- Lecture: "Politics of Population and the Environment: Striking
a Better Balance," by Pete Kostmayer, executive director of Zero Population
Growth and former U.S. congressman. Sponsored by the Smith College Project
on Women and Social Change, the Population Committee of the Pioneer Valley
Sierra Club, the Family Planning Council of Western Massachusetts, Five
College Peace and World Security Studies, Earth Action and the Massachusetts
Public Interest Research Group.
- 8 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*
Thursday, September 11
- Lecture: "Bettye Goldstein (Friedan) at Smith 1938-42," by
Dan Horowitz, professor of American studies. One of the Liberal Arts Luncheon
Series. Open to faculty, emeriti and staff.
- Noon, Smith College Club lower level
- Soccer vs. Curry College
- 4 p.m., athletic fields*
Friday, September 12
- Informational meeting: IBM Brown Bag Lunch on Careers. Deborah Blake
'77, a recruiter for IBM's Global Services Division, will speak to students
about opportunities in technology services at IBM.
- noon-2 p.m., Wright common room
- Ceremony: The presentation of the Sophia Smith Award to Ruth Bader
Ginsburg, associate justice of the United States Supreme Court.
- 4:30 p.m., John M. Greene Hall*
- Religious activity: Join Smith's Jewish community for Shabbat services
and dinner. Fun, casual, comfortable and informative. All welcome. Information:
- 6:30 p.m., Kosher Kitchen, Dawes House
Saturday, September 13
- Special event: Roundtable discussion, "In Pursuit of Justice:
Women's Equality and the Public Good." (See news article.)
- 10 a.m., Sweeney Concert Hall*
- Track and field: Smith Invitational
- 11 a.m., athletic fields*
- Soccer vs. UMass-Dartmouth
- 1 p.m., athletic fields*
- Field hockey vs. Keene State College
- 1 p.m., athletic fields*
Sunday, September 14
- Religious service: Morning worship with the Dean Richard Unsworth and
student liturgists. Special music and coffee hour to follow. All welcome.
- 10:30 a.m., Chapel*
- Special event: Student Organizations Fair. Learn about student organizations
on campus and get invol-ved. Great opportunity to buy student-group T-shirts,
cups, pins, etc.
- 1-4 p.m., Chapin lawn
- Concert: The Arcadia Players Baroque Orchestra opens its season with
"Bach and Handel -- Opposites Attract," featuring J.S. Bach's
Concerto in C for Two Harpsichords and Brandenburg Concerto III, Handel's
Concerto Grosso Op. 6/1, and other works. Tickets: reserved, $30; general
admission, $18; seniors, $16; students, $10 (and bring a friend free).
Tickets at Kodimoh Synagogue in Springfield, the Jewish Community Center,
and the Northampton Box Office (586-8686). Information: 584-8882.
- 2 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall, Sage Hall*+
- Religious service: Roman Catholic Mass with Rev. Jim Sheehan, S.J.,
and Elizabeth Carr, Catholic chaplain. Dinner will follow. All welcome.
- 4:30 p.m., Chapel*
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- Museum of Art, 585-2770. Hours: Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, 9:30
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Course Registration and Changes
- Student schedules and instructions for registration and course changes
are included in the registration packet. Students may, with the permission
of their advisers, make schedule changes during the first 10 days of classes,
September 4-17. Any student not registered for courses by Wednesday, September
17, will be fined $25.
Five College Registration
- The deadline for registration for Five College courses is Wednesday,
September 17. Registration forms may be obtained in the registrar's office,
College Hall 6. Five College registrations cannot be accepted after this
- Students granted an extension for final examinations in the spring
semester must complete their examinations during the first two weeks of
the semester. Please call Daphne Humber in the registrar's office (ext.
2555) to make arrangements. All examinations must be picked up by 2 p.m.
Wednesday, September 17.
Major Certifications, Class Of '98J
- Major certification forms were mailed to seniors who will complete
their requirements in the fall semester. The forms are due at the end of
the course-change period, Wednesday, September 17.
- Students should make end-of-semester travel reservations now, keeping
in mind that final examinations are scheduled from December 16 to December
19. Students will not be permitted to take examinations early.
Student ID Numbers
- The college uses the student's Social Security number as the official
student ID number. Any student who wishes to be assigned a new ID number
should contact the registrar's office.
Access To Records/Directory Information
- Certain information from each student's official record is designated
as "directory information" and may be released without her consent.
This information includes, but is not limited to, the information published
in the college directory (see pages 41-42 of the student handbook for a
complete list of directory items). Students not wishing to have this information
released without consent should notify the registrar's office in writing
within five days of the start of the semester.
John M. Greene Storage
- Students who stored items in John M. Greene basement may retrieve them
during the following times: Monday, September 1, 1 to 3 p.m. (approved
early arrivals only); Tuesday, September 2, 1 to 5 p.m. and 6:30 to 8:30
p.m.; Wednesday, September 3, 1 to 5 p.m.; Thursday, September 4, 1 to
3 p.m.; Friday, September 5, 1 to 5 p.m.; Monday, September 8, 7 to 9 p.m.;
and Saturday, September 13, 10 a.m. to noon. Students need to bring their
IDs and receipts to have their belongings released. Items unclaimed by
September 13 will be removed by the college.
- The first regular meeting of the faculty will be held on Wednesday,
September 17, 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, September 10. Material
to be included in the mailing with the agenda must be camera-ready and
submitted to College Hall 27 by Monday, September 8.
Reminder for Event Planners
- Student organizations and others who made preliminary space requests
last semester are reminded to submit event service request forms for the
publicity and set-up needs of those events, if they have not already done
so. All students must submit space requests on forms provided by the SGA
- The advanced dance placement auditions required for upper-level courses
will be held September 6, from 3-6 p.m. (3-4 modern, 4-5 jazz, 5-6 ballet)
at UMass Totman.
- Five College Dance Department auditions for faculty pieces will be
held September 11 at 7 p.m. at Mount Holyoke College.
- Monday-Wednesday: 9 a.m.-11:30 p.m.
- Thursday-Friday: 9 a.m.-midnight
- Saturday: Noon-midnight
- Sunday: 5-11:30 p.m.
Class of '98 Parking
- The parking lottery for on-campus residents of the class of '98 will
be held in Stoddard Hall auditorium on Wednesday, September 10, from 4:15
to 5:30 p.m. Please bring your Smith ID, driver's license and current car
registration. Each sticker is $150 for the year, to be paid in advance
at Public Safety. Any eligible student who wishes to enter but cannot attend
should send a proxy with her car registration, license and a note authorizing
the proxy to draw. Pick up a temporary permit, good until September 17,
from Public Safety between 10 a.m. and noon, Monday through Friday. Parking
lottery results will be posted at Public Safety after 2 p.m. on September
Athletic Facility Lockers
- Renovations to the men's and women's locker rooms in Scott Gym are
behind schedule and will not be completed until the end of September. Until
then, all lockers in the women's locker rooms in Scott and Ainsworth gyms
will be used as day lockers only. A sign-up for lockers in both facilities
will be held as soon as all renovations are completed. Information: Bonnie
May, ext. 2713.
- Registration for all students interested in taking riding classes will
be held Monday, September 8, at 7 p.m. in the Ainsworth faculty/staff lounge.
Bring your academic schedule and fee for the semester. You must attend
this meeting even if you have pre-registered.
- All students interested in being on the intercollegiate riding team
are invited to try out Tuesday, September 9, and Wednesday, September 10,
at noon at the Equestrian Center; sign up at registration. Riders should
come dressed in show clothes. Information: Sue Payne, ext. 2734.
- A parking sticker will be issued to one resident in each Friedman apartment.
Each apartment member must sign a letter granting permission for the chosen
member to receive the allotted sticker. The letter must be brought to Liz
Anderson in the student affairs office by noon on Monday, September 8.
Each sticker is $150. Friedman residents may also enter the parking lottery.
Neilson Library Carrel Sign-Up
- Smith students may sign up for Neilson Library carrels on the following
dates: Monday, September 8, for seniors, graduate students, honors students
and Ada Comstock Scholars; Tuesday, September 14, for all others. ID is
required. You may only reserve a carrel for yourself and not for other
students. Information: ext. 2895.