News for the Smith College Community // October 16, 1997

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Poetry Center in Motion

What began as a dream for one member of the Smith English department has -- in less than a year's time -- started to come true. Ann Edwards Boutelle recalls sitting in a faculty meeting last September and listening to President Ruth Simmons speak about what was then an unfamiliar topic for many in the room -- a new endeavor called a "self study." Simmons, recounts Boutelle, spoke eloquently and passionately, exhorting her listeners to be imaginative and adventurous in devising ideas for the college's future. A few days later, as Boutelle drove west toward her Chesterfield home in the hills, the Smith Poetry Center was conceived.
"Because of Sylvia Plath, there is already a connection between Smith and poetry in the public mind," suggests Boutelle. Moreover, she points out, "in the early history of Smith, poets just streamed here. So I thought it would be wonderful if we could give current and future students the opportunity to be exposed to the world of living poets."
At the start of December, Boutelle submitted a detailed proposal. It called for the establishment of a poetry center whose "core ingredients" would include a program of readings throughout each semester; an assemblage of archival video and audio materials; and "outreach to local secondary schools, helping teachers and students benefit from the energies of the center." Other items on Boutelle's wish list, earmarked for less immediate consideration, were a poetry room to provide comfortable reading space; a distinguished library collection of contemporary poetry; summer programs for adults, teachers and high school students; poetry writing competitions open to undergraduates nationwide; a poetry magazine; and national and international poetry conferences.
Boutelle also noted in her proposal that Smith already hosts a visiting poet, the Grace Hazard Conkling Writer-in-Residence, but the establishment of a poetry center "would make the year at Smith more attractive to prospective Conklings, with regular and lively connections between Smith and poets from elsewhere." In shaping the proposal, Boutelle was pleased to find that she had support from many poetry lovers on campus: faculty from a range of departments, students and staff.
Within months, portions of Boutelle's plan were approved. "Right now it's still sort of a 'virtual poetry center,'" she concedes. The cozy room with the book-lined shelves is still on the drawing board, but there is a five-member Poetry Center Committee in place, and funds have been set aside to bring an impressive lineup of poets to campus this year.
The series of readings is being directed by Elizabeth Alexander, the 1997-98 Conkling writer. Having earned a bachelor's degree at Yale, a master's degree at Boston University and a Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania, Alexander is the author of two collections of poetry, The Venus Hottentot (University Press of Virginia, 1990) and Body of Life (Tiachucha Press, 1996). She is also the author of a verse play, Diva Studies, produced in the spring of 1996 at Yale School of Drama. Currently, in addition to overseeing the Poetry Center and teaching a poetry writing course here at Smith, she is working on a collection of critical prose entitled On Black Masculinity.
Both Alexander and Boutelle are excited about the new poetry reading series and the response to it so far. On September 26, the series opened with Irish feminist poet Eavan Boland enthralling a large crowd in Wright Hall auditorium. Upcoming guests this semester include Alaskan poet John Haines (October 21) and innovators in poetic collaboration Denise Duhamel and Maureen Seaton (December 2). Sonia Sanchez, Li-Young Lee and Alexander herself are slated for the spring.
Boutelle says she is "absolutely charmed and delighted" that the Poetry Center is already under way. "I'm very grateful to Ruth Simmons," she notes. "It's incredible that we've moved within 12 months from the germ of an idea to where we are now: Wright Hall auditorium packed with students listening to a world-famous contemporary poet."

Garage Plans in First Gear

The college recently purchased a property on West Street, and there has been speculation on campus that it is to be used as the site of a multi-story parking garage. According to Bill Brandt, director of campus operations and facilities, the location, adjacent to Garrison Hall, "has potential as a site for a garage because it is close to the campus but not right in the middle of it, and it can be easily accessed by those coming from several directions."
However, Brandt cautions, there are numerous hurdles to be scaled before ground is broken for a parking facility there or anywhere else. For example, the Board of Trustees must approve the project; funds have to be made available; a feasibility study must be completed to determine the size and dimensions of any prospective building; and city permits need to be obtained.
Watch AcaMedia in the weeks ahead for further developments.

Nobel Laureate to Lecture

Robert M. Solow, distinguished professor of economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Nobel laureate in economics, will present a lecture entitled "How Much Unemployment is Just Right?" on Monday, October 20, at 4:15 p.m. in Wright Hall auditorium.
Solow, who received bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard, has spent his entire teaching career at MIT but has been associated with a number of other organizations as trustee or member, including the German Marshall Fund; the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation; the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution; the Carnegie Commission on Science, Technology and Government; and the Center for the Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.
Solow received the Alfred Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Science in 1987 and has been awarded honorary degrees by 22 colleges and universities in this country and abroad.
Within the field of economic theory, Solow's special interests are theory of capital and economic growth, macroeconomics, theory of land use and the economics of exhaustible resources.
"The Department of Economics at Smith is both honored and thrilled to be hosting Robert M. Solow," notes Roger T. Kaufman, professor of economics and a former Solow student. "In addition to being a Nobel laureate, he is renowned for being one of the best lecturers and teachers at MIT-and maybe even in the world."

The CDO Wants to Know...

If you're a Smith student who has hunted for an internship or job -- or even if you're just thinking about your future -- the Career Development Office needs your help. A team of CDO staff members, headed by recruiting director Paula Zimmer, is currently undertaking a new project utilizing the Total Quality Managment (TQM) process. Introduced at Smith several years ago, TQM puts emphasis on soliciting feedback from "customers," and among the CDO's most important customers are, of course, Smith students. (Zimmer notes that faculty and staff feedback will be sought at a later date.)
The TQM team, which is being overseen by Kathleen Chatwood of Human Resources and includes Jane Sommer, Rich Loebl, Ken Johnston, Beverly Cotnoir and June Delaney, is scheduling a series of small interview groups at the end of the month to get student opinions on these questions:
· What is going well with the current internship/job process?
· What in your experience is not working with the current procedures?
· What do you need from our current internship/job process?
· What would "quality" mean to you when applied to the internship/job process?
· What changes would you suggest to make this process more effective for you?
· How knowledgeable would you say you are about our current system?
If you are a student and would like to share your views with CDO staff, please choose one of these sessions and RSVP to extension 2570: Tuesday, October 21, 9 a.m.; Wednesday, October 22, 12:15 p.m.; Thursday, October 23, 4:15 p.m.; Tuesday, October 28, 12:15 p.m.; Wednesday, October 29, 4:15 p.m.; Thursday, October 30, 9 a.m.

Ergo Argot

Exercises for your eyes? Sure! Try these:
1. Lean your elbows on your desk.
Cup your hands and place them lightly over your closed eyes.
Hold for a minute, while breathing deeply in and out. Slowly uncover your eyes.
2. Close your eyes and slowly roll your eyeballs clockwise all the
way around. Repeat three times.
Now slowly roll them all the way around counterclockwise. Repeat three times.
3. Every half hour, look away from the computer screen. Focus on an object at least 20 feet away. Look back at the screen, then look away and focus again. Repeat three times.
Questions or comments? Contact the Ergonomics Committee at


Art Symposium Draws Scholars
A number of distinguished art scholars will gather at Smith October 17­18 for a symposium, "Il Disegno: The Process of Drawing in 16th-Century Florence," which will feature a keynote address, a variety of short lectures and an informal discussion about an associated exhibition, "Cigoli's Dream of Jacob and Drawing in Late 16th-Century Florence," in the Smith College Museum of Art.
The symposium will get under way Friday, October 17, at 8 p.m., in Wright Hall auditorium, with a greeting from President Ruth Simmons and an address "'Il Disegno' as an Instrument to Study the Past and Understand the Present," by Annamaria Petrioli Tofani, director of the Galleria degli Uffizi in Florence, Italy, and Ruth and Clarence Kennedy Professor in Renaissance Studies at Smith this semester. A number of the works in the Cigoli exhibition are on loan from the Uffizi.
Several visitors to Smith will offer lectures on Saturday, October 18, also in Wright Hall auditorium, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m: Linda Wolk-Simon of the Robert Lehman Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, will discuss "The Brief Life and Early Death of Naturalism in Roman Drawing: Raphael and His Followers"; Elizabeth Pilliod of Oregon State and Rutgers universities, "The Influence of Michelangelo: Pontormo, Bronzino and Allori"; Nicholas Turner of the J. Paul Getty Museum, "The Emergence of a Naturalistic Style of Drawing in Florence at the End of the 16th Century"; Ann Sievers, Smith College Museum of Art, "A Figure Study by Cigoli for The Dream of Jacob in Nancy"; and Miles Chappell of the College of William and Mary, "Cigoli Drawings and the Rise of Baroque in Florence." The morning's program will be moderated by Diane De Grazia of the Cleveland Museum of Art.
Between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, the day's speakers will lead an informal discussion in the museum about the Cigoli exhibition. The discussion will be followed by tea in the museum.
The exhibition will continue through December 14. Associated events include a lecture on Thursday, October 30, at 7 p.m. in Hillyer Hall 117, "A Newly Discovered Cigoli Drawing for The Dream of Jacob" by Sievers, who is associate curator of prints, drawings and photographs at the Smith museum, and Craig Felton, professor and chair of the Smith art department. Sievers will also give a gallery talk on the exhibition on Friday, November 7, at 12:30 p.m.

Lights, Cameras ...Missing in Action

Movie mavens who flocked to the Plant House last week to watch In Dreams being made were disappointed to find only frogs and flowers (and fellow film fans). According to Jan Keefe, special assistant to the chief financial officer, the cast and crew, who were expected to be on campus Tuesday, October 7, headed south instead. They are scheduled to be back in the Northampton area sometime during the week of October 20. As soon as further information is available it will be posted on "News."

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Forum to Mark Staff Milestones

At a Community Forum on Wednesday, October 22, nearly 100 members of the Smith staff will be honored for their years of service to the college. As always, awards will be presented to employees who have worked at Smith for 10, 15 and 20 years. Those with a quarter-century of service to their credit will receive a special gift and be inducted into the Smith College "Twenty-Five Year Club."
For the first time, milestone awards will also be presented to an elite group who have been Smith employees for 30, 35 and 45 years. New this year, too, is the honoring of staff members who have retired or passed away. Those with perfect attendance records in 1996-97 will also be recognized.
The ceremony will begin in Sweeney Concert Hall at 2:30 p.m. and be followed by a reception in the Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts courtyard at 3:30 (rain site: Scott gym).
"Recognition of the anniversaries of staff who have worked at Smith for many years is also an opportunity for the community to celebrate our mutual good fortune in working at this remarkable women's college," observes Kathleen Chatwood, associate director of human resources for staff training and development. "In many ways, Smith is a great place to work," says Chatwood. "There's a respectful and enjoyable atmosphere where an amazing amount of high caliber work gets accomplished."
Below are the names of those who will be honored on Wednesday. Please come to the Community Forum to support their achievements.
45 Years of Service
Katherine E. Burnett, Libraries; Edward W. Gwozdzik, Physical Plant
35 Years of Service
Dennis F. Reardon, Physical Plant
30 Years of Service
Esther Growhoski, Advancement
25 Years of Service
Joseph M. Bialek, Libraries; Gisela D. Bonde, Career Development Office; Ann M. Burger, former Dean of the College Office; Beverly A. Cotnoir, Career Development Office; R. Cheryl Donaldson, Information Systems; Barbara Frances Kozash, Wright Hall-Humanities; Muriel Parsons Poulin, School for Social Work; Charles John Sobasko, Physical Plant
20 Years of Service
Katherine Anne Bates, RADS; Kim G. Bierwert, Athletics; Chester C. Cichaski, Physical Plant; Daniel S. Egan, Physical Plant; Calvin G. Ewell, Physical Plant; James J. Gregory, Physical Plant; Linda Ann LaFlam, RADS; Felicia A. Leveille, Wright Hall - Humanities; Helen J. Mollison, Purchasing; David Edward Osepowicz, Central Services; Kathleen Mary Paquette, RADS; Norman A. Paulin, RADS; Sharon A. Rust, Public Safety; Robert R. Saltis, Physical Plant; Linda J. Zeitler, RADS; Kathleen M. Zieja, RADS
15 Years of Service
Edward A. Berube, Physical Plant; Mary Lou Bouley, Libraries; Lorraine M. Brown, RADS; Ulysses Brown, RADS; Jose R. Cartagena, Physical Plant; Glenn Douglas Delisle, RADS; James B. Dilts, RADS; Timothy P. Donelan, Information Systems; Donna M. Ewell, Physical Plant; Michelle G. Finley, Exercise & Sport Studies; JoAnn Maria Furman, Libraries; Rita F. Harris, Campus School; Stephen A. Lentner, RADS; Anne M. Mason, RADS; Joan Ann Mazur, Health Services; Joanne Nadolny, Libraries; David Perez, RADS; Frank Charles Perman, Physical Plant; Patricia J. Poulin, Physical Plant; Manuel Santos, Gardens; David A. Schirch, Physical Plant; Jeannette M. Shoro, RADS; Peter M. Skypeck, Physical Plant; Yvonne L. Swinington, RADS; Frances Rose Vilbon, RADS; Joyce A. Wiernasz, Libraries; Mary L. Wittig, School for Social Work
10 Years of Service
Tina L. Atkinson, RADS; Gina Marie Bendinelli, RADS; William R. Brandt, Campus Operations & Facilities; Michael Bushey, Central Services; Mary Ann J. Cabana, RADS; Jo Ann Carino, Campus School; Paul Cernak, Physical Plant; Theresa Ellen Collins, Athletics; Eileen Corbeil, Human Resources; Cecile L. Cote, Physical Plant; Lisa M. Dwinell, RADS; Gail Evans, Libraries; Victoria Lynn Flood, Physical Plant; Terrence William Foley, Physical Plant; James E. Gillmore, Libraries; Scott M. Girard, Physical Plant; Dorothy M. Goulet, RADS; Janice Henderson, Campus School; Charlene Ann Imes, Advancement; Margaret R. Kennedy-Nelson, RADS; Pamela J. Kukucka, Physical Plant; Karin LaBarge, Advancement; Anne-Marie LaFosse, Advancement; Elaine M. Longley, Health Services; Jean D. McDonald, Libraries; Jennie Lynn Miller, RADS; Patrick T. Moynahan, Jr., Physical Plant; Wayne S. Nelson, Jr., RADS; M. Terese O'Brien, RADS; Marie A. Pappadellis, RADS; Connie Peterson, Health Services; Linda J. Rainville, Athletics; Diana I. Santos, RADS; Choeun Sinn, Physical Plant; Pamela A. Skinner, Libraries; Jill St. Coeur, Theatre; Joan F. Steidler, Art Department; Judith A. Strong, Athletics ; Deborah A. Symanski, RADS; Marek Szocik, RADS; Timothy P. Zawalick, RADS; Anne-Marie LaFosse, Alumnae Association
Perfect Attendance
Anthony Aubrey, RADS; Joyce Allen, Advancement; Christine Barbuto, Education & Child Study; Maryjane B. Beach, Gardens; Kathleen E. Benoit, RADS; Catherine L. Brooks, College Relations; David Brown, Physical Plant; Beverly A. Byrnes, RADS; Miguel Candelaria, Physical Plant; Joanne Caraker, RADS; Mary P. Caron, Campus School; Jane C. Clayton, Libraries; Mary E. Clayton, Office of the Controller; Shawn P. Connelly, RADS; John Doherty, Physical Plant; Lois Buell Ducharme, Campus School; Gary Duffy, Physical Plant; Sally A. Duffy, RADS; Nancy Eckert , Human Resources; Ann E. Finley, RADS; Terrence Foley, Physical Plant; Joice G. Gare, Science Center; Hannelore L. Gillman, Office of the Controller; Charles Glowatsky, Physical Plant; Dorothy M. Goulet, RADS; Scott Grabowski, RADS; Esther Growhoski, Advancement; William Hayden, Physical Plant; Serena Harris, Human Resources; Kathleen V. Haskell, RADS; Henry Horstmann, Physical Plant; Linda Marie Jacque, Office of the Controller; Michael King, Physical Plant; Jennie Klimczyk, RADS; Claire M. Kmetz, College Relations; Donna M. Kortes, Office of the Controller; Pamela J. Kukucka, Physical Plant; Linda A. Laflam, RADS; Michael LaRiviere, Physical Plant; Ouey Lip-Ross, Physical Plant; Sreng Bac Ly, Physical Plant; James Marra, Physical Plant; Josephine J. Matuzsek, RADS; Diane C. Mikucki, RADS; Kenneth Misterka, Physical Plant; Daniel Montague, Physical Plant; Patrick Moynahan, Jr., Physical Plant; Joanne Nadolny, Libraries; Wayne S. Nelson, Jr., RADS; Rose-Maria Nieboer, RADS; Thomas E. Norton, RADS; M. Terese O'Brien, RADS; Jeannine C. Pease, Office of the President; Theresa H. Perrea, Chapel; Linda J. Rainville, Athletics; Jeffrey Rankin, Gardens; Dennis Reardon, Physical Plant; Jean M. Reardon, RADS; Frederick Richardson, Physical Plant; Rick A. Rubin, RADS; Cynthia Rucci, Libraries; Lily P. Rustemeyer, RADS; Donald Saltmarsh, Physical Plant; Holly A. Shaw-Kopinto, RADS; Robert Smith, Physical Plant; Percy E. Spence, Public Safety; Marek Szocik, RADS; Marie Templeton, Telephone Office; Elizabeth L. Trojanowski, RADS; Marc S. Waller, RADS; Lucinda M. Williams, Libraries; Pamella F. Wright, RADS; Kathleen Yarnell, Campus School; Linda J. Zeitler, RADS
In Memoriam
Byron Capen, Physical Plant; Joanne C. Dougherty, Libraries; Thomas Tymoczko, Professor of Philosophy; Elizabeth Laprise, Residence and Dining Services; Carol A. Tesiero, Advancement

Strong Athlete Earns Acclaim

Eat your heart out, Pete Rose: Smith field hockey and lacrosse coach Judy Strong is about to become a Hall of Famer. On Friday, October 17, Strong will be inducted into the University of Massachusetts Athletic Hall of Fame at a dinner at the Smith College Club. Five other former UMass sports standouts will be simultaneously inducted at individual "satellite" ceremonies to be held at venues of their choice. This winter, all six newcomers will be honored again during the halftime of a men's basketball game at the Mullins Center, site of the Hall of Fame.
Strong, a star athlete at Smith Academy in Hatfield, was originally recruited to play basketball at UMass. She accepted a partial basketball scholarship with the promise to her coach -- who was also the junior varsity field hockey coach -- that she would go out for hockey as well, although no hockey scholarships were offered at that time.
From 1978 to 1982 Strong was a member of both the hockey and lacrosse varsity squads. A center forward, she served as field hockey captain in her junior and senior years. "The last I heard," she reports, "I was still the all-time leading scorer, with 82 goals over four years."
Strong was a member of the 1980 United States Olympic field hockey team, which was slated to travel to the former Soviet Union before a boycott was called by President Jimmy Carter. In 1984 she made the team again, earning a bronze medal at the Los Angeles games.
Among the 1997 Hall of Fame inductees is one other woman, Sue Peters, a basketball and softball player during Strong's era. The pair will be the first women so honored by UMass.

Going for Baroque

James Holderbaum, professor emeritus of art, will return to the college on Wednesday, October 22, to present a lecture, "Taddeo Landini, or What is a Baroque Portrait?" at 7:30 p.m. in Wright Hall auditorium.
Holderbaum, who retired from Smith in 1986, received the College Art Association Distinguished Teaching of Art History Award in 1993 in honor of his lifetime of contributions and distinction as a teacher in the history of art. He has also held Sheldon, Fulbright and Guggenheim fellowships and has served as visiting scholar at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu, California.
Educated at Harvard University, he taught at Princeton before coming to Smith in 1960.
He divides his time between a home near Paris and one in Florence, where he works on projects in Italian Renaissance sculpture.

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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, October 20

Meeting: Campus Climate Working Group.
Noon, Neilson Browsing Room
Presentation of the major: Classics.
Noon, Wright common room
Language lunch tables.
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
Presentation of the major and minor: Neuroscience.
12:20 p.m., Bass 210
CDO Workshop: "How to Find a January Internship."
12:20 p.m., CDO Internship Room
Meeting: Amnesty International. (Vicki, ext. 6613)
4-5 p.m., Seelye 102
Presentation of the major: Russian language and literature.
4-5 p.m., Hatfield 107
Meeting and training session: Smith Debate Society. All welcome.
4-6 p.m., Seelye 110
Lecture: "The Last Hermits: Women's Education in Korea at the Turn of the Century." A work in progress by Hyaeweol Choi of the East Asian languages and literatures department. Sponsored by the Women and Social Change Project.
4:15-5:45 p.m., Seelye 207*
Economics Department Fall Lecture: "How Much Unemployment is Just Right?" Robert M. Solow, Nobel laureate and distinguished professor of economics at MIT.
4:15-6 p.m., Wright auditorium*
Informational meeting: Semester in Maine. Sue Robinson, director of enrollment, SALT Center for Documentary Field Studies, describes opportunities to document a region through words or photographs.
4:15-6 p.m., Seelye 110
Lecture: "The Dreaming Brain." Allan Hobson, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School. Part of the 1997­98 Neuroscience Colloquium Series.
4:15 p.m., McConnell B5*
Presentation of the major: Biochemistry.
4:30 p.m., Burton 101
Computer workshop: "Intermediate Microsoft Word." Sign up in Seelye B1 or call extension 3781.
4:30-6 p.m., Seelye B3
Presentation of the major: Spanish and Portuguese; Latin American studies.
5-6 p.m., Hatfield 206
General meeting: Smith College Asian Students Association.
7 p.m., Unity House
Workshop: "Eating Disorders." Presented by the Eating Disorders Task Force. One of a series of weekly student-led workshops presented by organizations campuswide. (Heather Jones, ext. 2248)
7-9 p.m., Seelye 107
Presentation of the major: Italian language and literature.
7-8:30 p.m., Hatfield 105
CDO informational meeting: Jeffrey Slocum and Associates (consulting). With Meggan O'Shea '93.
7:30 p.m., Wright common room
CDO informational meeting: First Empire State Corporation (banking).
7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room
Five College informational meeting: Cambridge Energy Research Associates.
7:30 p.m., Porter Lounge, Converse Hall, Amherst College
Organizational meeting: SSFFS participants in the April 1998 Five College Sci-Fi Conference.
7:30 p.m., Seelye 208
Lecture: "Teaching and Preaching the Bible: Perspectives on Jewish-Christian Relations." Mary C. Boys, Skinner and McAlpin Professor of Practical Theology, Union Theological Seminary. Coffee hour follows in Bodman Lounge.
7:30 p.m., Chapel*

Tuesday, October 21

Sigma Xi Luncheon Talk: "Animals I Met in Australia." Margaret Anderson, professor of biological sciences. Open to faculty, emeriti and staff.
Noon, College Club lower level
S.O.S. Community Education Luncheon: "Domestic Violence and Children: The Lasting Effects." Dori Ostermiller from the YWCA will speak about the effects of domestic violence on children. Learn about volunteer opportunities in this field. Lunch provided. All welcome.
Noon-1 p.m., Dewey common room
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. Grant Moss, harpsichord, playing Partita in E minor by J.S. Bach.
12:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall*
Soccer vs. WPI.
4 p.m., athletic fields*
Reading: Singing Away the Hunger by Mpho 'M'atsepo Nthunya, edited by K. Kendall. A former member of the Smith College theatre department, Kendall is currently a professor of theatre at the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. She met Mpho while in Lesotho as a senior Fulbright Scholar teaching creative writing and English literature. Singing Away the Hunger is a volume of stories of the life of this ordinary but remarkable Basostho woman. Both Mpho and Kendall will be at the reading/discussion. A reception and book-signing will follow.
4 p.m., Sage Recital Hall
CDO workshop: "Résumé Critiques by Peer Advisers."
4-6 and 7-9 p.m., Drew Hall
President Simmons' open hour for students.
4:15-5:15 p.m., College Hall 20
Women's Studies Tea.
4:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Rom
Religious activity: Bible study with Hallie Cowan. All welcome, with or without faith or Bible knowledge. (; Chapel, ext. 2750; Mei, ext. 6269)
4:30 p.m., Bodman Lounge
Global Issues Forum: "Forging Global Linkages: The International Strategies of the Ogonis and Zapatistas." Clifford Bob, International Security Program, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. The Ogonis are a small Nigerian ethnic group involved in an environmental and ethnic struggle with Shell Oil and the Nigerian state. The Zapatistas are an indigenous group in Chiapas, Mexico, pressuring the Mexican government to democratize and to respect the rights of indigenous peoples.
4:30 p.m., Seelye 207*
Presentation of the major: American studies.
4:45-5:45 p.m., Dewey common room
Informational meeting: Junior Year in Geneva Program. Open to all interested students.
5 p.m., Seelye 201
Informational meeting: NSEP 1998­99 undergraduate scholarships for study in non-Western, non-English-speaking countries.
5-6 p.m., Seelye 109
Panel discussion: "Careers in Psychology." Presented by psychology department faculty members. Refreshments will be served.
5-6 p.m., McConnell B5
Presentation of the major and minor: German studies. Meet German studies faculty, majors and minors, and students who participated in the JYA program in Hamburg. Pizza to follow.
6 p.m., Hatfield 204
Meeting of SGA Senate, including a student open forum at 7:15 p.m. Voice your opinions to your legislative body.
7 p.m., Seelye 201
Crash course: "Beginning Hebrew: The Hebrew of the Prayerbook." To sign up, call Hillel, extension 2754.
7 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
CDO Five College informational meeting: Cambridge Energy Research Associates.
7 p.m., Career Development Center, Mount Holyoke College
Informational meeting: Study in Japan with the Smith-associated program in Kyoto.
7 p.m., Hatfield 205
CDO workshop: "How to Write an Effective Résumé."
7:15 p.m., Drew Hall
Lecture: "Zen Reflections of a Female Priest." Shundo Aoyama, author of Zen Seeds. Sponsored by the Department of Religion's Ada Howe Kent Program.
7:30 p.m., Seelye 106*
Film: MassPIRG fall film series on so-cial issues and community activism.
7:30 p.m., Seelye 211
Film: The Third Man (1949). Carol Reed's masterly thriller, set against the eerie background of postwar Vienna. Staring Orson Welles. Introduced by Hans Vaget.
7:30 p.m., Seelye 110
Poetry reading: John Haines, Alaskan poet, essayist and memoirist. The second in this year's poetry series presented by the Poetry Center at Smith College.
7:30­8:30 p.m., Alumnae House Living Room*
General meeting: Smith College Film Collective. Video camera/ production workshop to be included.
7:30-9 p.m., NPRC, C103
Lecture: "New Alternative Crops from the Arid Southwestern United States." Professor Irwin P. Ting, University of California at Riverside and William Allan Neilson Professor in Biological Sciences. Reception to follow in Wright common room.
8 p.m., Wright auditorium*
CDO informational meeting: Morgan Stanley.
8 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room
CDO workshop: "Career Choices and Directions."
8:15 p.m., Drew Hall
CDO workshop: "How to Find a January Internship."
8:15 p.m., Drew Hall
Film: Grosse Pointe Blank. Sponsored by Rec Council.
9 p.m., Stoddard auditorium
Wednesday, October 22
Religious activity: Discussion and reflection for Catholic Adas. Lunch served. All welcome.
Noon-1 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Religious activity: Hillel at Noon. This week: "Judaism and Ecology."
Noon, Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Language lunch tables.
Spanish and Portuguese
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
Presentation of the major: English language and literature. Refreshments served.
12:15­1 p.m., Seelye Faculty Lounge (207)
Staff Recognition Ceremony. An annual event publicly acknowledging and thanking individual staff members for their years of hard work and service. A reception will follow in the CPA courtyard. See story, page 1. (Eileen Corbeil, ext. 2260)
2:30­3:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall
CDO workshop: "How to Look for Funding for Internships or Special Projects."
4:15 p.m., Main Library, Drew Hall
Presentation of the major: Theatre. Refreshments served.
4:15 p.m., Green Room, Mendenhall CPA
Marine science information session. Amily Dunlap, assistant director of admissions, Williams-Mystic Program, Mystic, Connecticut.
4:15-5:45 p.m., Burton 101*
Presentation of the major: East Asian languages.
5 p.m., Dewey common room
CDO Five College information meeting: NewSub Services.
7 p.m., Career Development Center, Mount Holyoke College
Religious activity: Buddhist service and discussion.
7:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Film: Leona's Sister Gerri.A complex pro-choice film, shown to launch National Young Women's Day, October 23. Sponsored by Feminists of Smith Unite and the Women's Resource Center.
7:30 p.m., Stoddard auditorium
Lecture: "Taddeo Landini, or What Is a Baroque Portrait?" James Holderbaum, professor emeritus, Department of Art, Smith College. Reception follows in the common room. (See "People News.")
7:30 p.m., Wright auditorium*
MassPIRG weekly meeting. All welcome.
7:30 p.m., Seelye 107
CDO information meeting: Salomon Brothers.
7:30 p.m., Dewey common room
Mandatory meeting: Celebration of Sisterhood meeting for house contact people.
10-11:30 p.m., Seelye 101

Thursday, October 23

Informational table: Breast Health Awareness. Health and political aspects of breast cancer. There will be a tree for anyone who wishes to hang a pink ribbon with the name of someone who suffers from or has died of the disease.
11 a.m.­2 p.m., Mailroom lobby
Lecture: "Historical Change in 19th-Century America: An Inside Story." Richard Millington, associate professor of English language and literature. One of the Liberal Arts Luncheon Series. Open to faculty, emeriti and staff.
Noon, College Club lower level
Language lunch tables.
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
CDO workshop: "Job Search for Seniors."
1 p.m., Drew Hall
Lecture: "A Clinical Social Work Career: Past, Present and Future." Gerald Schamess, Smith College School for Social Work.
1 p.m., Wright common room*
CDO workshop: "Résumé Critiques by Peer Advisers."
2:30-4 p.m., Drew Hall
Mandatory meeting: Students involved in the Asian Teahouse. This is a dress rehearsal, so bring all necessary music and props. If you cannot attend, call Gina, extension 5570.
3 p.m., Davis Ballroom
Presentation of the major: Ancient studies.
4:30 p.m., Seelye 207
Lecture: "Structure of Catalytic RNA in the Test Tube and the Cell." Sarah A. Woodson, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of Maryland.
4.30 p.m., McConnell B15*
Slide lecture: "The Story of Boys and Girls." Gabriel Russomagno '85 shows photography created for the National Women's Day of Action. Portfolio reviews will be given on Friday, October 24, between 1:30 and 4 p.m. Slots are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Sponsored by the Art Resource Committee.
4:30-6 p.m., Hillyer 117*
Presentation of the Minor: Logic. Refreshments served.
5 p.m., Dewey Philosophy Lounge
Informational meeting: Junior Year in Paris Program. Open to all interested students.
5 p.m., Seelye 106
Presentation of the major: Psychology.
5-6 p.m., McConnell foyer
Meeting and training session: Smith Debate Society. All welcome.
5-6 p.m., Seelye 110
CDO workshop: "Using the Internet to Find Internships and Jobs."
6:30 p.m., Seelye B3
Informational meeting for students interested in being head residents next year. See notices for more information.
7-8 p.m., Seelye 308
Meeting: Newman Association, for Catholic students.
7 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Informational meeting: Preludes Planning Committee. Applications, available at the meeting and in the student mail center, are due October 31 at 4 p.m. in College Hall 22. (Emily Lerner, ext. 6110)
7 p.m., Seelye 206
Informational meeting: Harry S. Truman Scholarship Program. See notices for more information.
7 p.m., Seelye 101
Informational meeting: Study abroad in Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries.
7-9 p.m., Seelye 106
CDO informational meeting: J.P. Morgan Investment Management.
7:30 p.m., Alumnae House Living Room
A cappella concert: Instrumentally Challenged, with special guest group SpoCo from Hampshire College.
8 p.m., Emerson Arch
Theater: Lapin Lapin by Coline Serreau, directed by Ellen Kaplan. A wild romp in outer space and apartment hell. Post-mod/mad-house Paris, filled with grunge rockers, blank TVs, vampires, extraterrestrials and ordinary urban terrorists. $5, general; $3, students and seniors. (585-2787)
8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre, Mendenhall CPA*
Fall Faculty Dance Concert. Various choreographs from the Smith faculty. $6, general; $4, students and seniors. (585-2787)
8 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall CPA*
Film: Grosse Pointe Blank. Sponsored by Rec Council.
9 p.m., Wright auditorium

Friday, October 24

Family Weekend Begins
Simchat Torah. Call Hillel, extension 2754, for schedule of services and events.
CDO special event: Job Direct, a bus with jobs and internship information.
8 a.m.-5 p.m., in front of Seelye Hall
Informational table: Breast Health Awareness. See Thursday listing.
11 a.m.-2 p.m., Mailroom lobby
CDO workshop: "How to Write an Effective Résumé."
12:30 p.m., Drew Hall
CDO workshop: "How to Prepare for a Successful Interview."
3:15 p.m., Drew Hall
Volleyball: Hall of Fame Invitational.
4:10 p.m., Ainsworth gym*
Green Tara Meditation. with Geshe Lobsang Tsetan from Ladakh and the Tibetan Buddhist Learning Center of Washington, New Jersey. No prior experience required. One of a series that will continue into November.
4:15-5:15 p.m., Wright common room*
Family Weekend Tea for Ada Comstock Scholars. Join Adas, their families and friends for refreshments and conversation. All students, faculty, administrators, staff, visitors and the curious are welcome.
4-5:30 p.m., Tilly House
General meeting: Nosotras, Smith's Latina organization. All welcome.
4:30 p.m., Unity House
Meeting: Smith Science Fiction and Fantasy Society.
4:30 p.m., Seelye 208
Religious service: Shabbat eve service.
5:30 p.m., Dewey common room
Special event: Hillel Family Weekend Shabbat Dinner.
7-9 p.m., Field House
Theater: Lapin Lapin by Coline Serreau, directed by Ellen Kaplan. See October 23.
8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre, Mendenhall CPA*
Fall Faculty Dance Concert. See October 23.
8 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall CPA*
Pops concert: The Glee Club, the college choirs Alpha and Omega, the Student Orchestra, the Chamber Singers, the Chapel Handbell Choir and student-led a capella groups will perform "Sounds of the Sixties." Tickets are $3 for students, $5 for adults in advance; $4 and $6, respectively, at the door. Tickets will be sold in the student mail center Wednesday, October 22, and Thursday, October 23, and in the Alumnae House, Friday, October 24.
8:30 p.m., John M. Greene Hall*

Saturday, October 25

Family Weekend Continues
Annual Family Weekend Silent Auction. Browse and bid on items that strike your fancy (or your daughter's). Proceeds to go to the Smith Students' Aid Society (SSAS), an organization dedicated to providing assistance to Smith students beyond the scope of college financial aid. See notices.
9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Davis Center ballroom
Volleyball: Hall of Fame Invitational.
9 a.m., Ainsworth gym*
Family Weekend Welcome. With Maureen Mahoney, dean of the college; Judy Kim '98, SGA president; Jerry Farley, chair of the Parents Committee; and John Connolly, dean of the faculty.
1 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall
Soccer vs. Wheaton.
1:30 p.m., athletic fields*
Religious panel: "Five Decades of Jewish Life at Smith College." Recollections by alumnae covering the period since the birth of the state of Israel.
3:15-4:40 p.m., Alumnae House Living Room*
Religious service: Family Weekend Roman Catholic Mass, with Fr. Thomas Kane, CSP, and Elizabeth Carr, Catholic chaplain. All families and friends are welcome to the Mass and the supper that will follow downstairs in Bodman Lounge.
5:15 p.m., Chapel
Asian Teahouse and Food Night. A celebration of Asian culture featuring student performances and an array of Asian foods. Hosted by the Asian Students Association, Korean American Students of Smith and the South Asian Students Association. All welcome. A nominal fee will be charged at the door.
6 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall (concludes at Gamut)*
Theater: Lapin Lapin by Coline Serreau, directed by Ellen Kaplan. See October 23.
8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre, Mendenhall CPA*
Fall Faculty Dance Concert. See October 23.
8 p.m., Theatre 14, Mendenhall CPA*

Sunday, October 26

Family Weekend Concludes
Religious activity: Quaker (Friends) discussion group. Child care available. Meeting for worship at 11 a.m.
9:30 a.m., Bass 210*
Religious service: Morning worship.
10:30 a.m., Chapel
CDO program: "CDO Orientation and Tour for Juniors Only."
3 p.m., Drew Hall
General meeting: Association of Smith Pagans. Weekly meetings and workshops for those who practice nature-based religions. All seekers welcome.
4-5:15 p.m., Women's Resource Center, Third Floor, Davis
Religious activity: Smith Christian Fellowship, a chapter of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship USA. Praise, worship, prayer and sharing plus speakers, video presentations and discussions. All welcome.
7-8:30 p.m., Dewey common room
Meeting: Feminists of Smith Unite.
7 p.m., Women's Resource Center (Davis third floor)


Exhibition: "Prints by Abraham Bosse." Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 1-4 p.m.; Thursday, 1-5 p.m. (585-2770)
Museum of Art Print Room, through November 1
Exhibition: "Cigoli's Dream of Jacob and Drawing in Late 16th-Century Florence." Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 1-4 p.m.; Thursday, 1-5 p.m. (585-2770)
Museum of Art Print Room, through December 14

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Family Weekend

Family Weekend will be held October 24-26. A complete schedule of events will be put in each student's mailbox, will be available at the family registration table at the Alumnae House and will be distributed to department chairs, program directors and department offices. Students with or without families or guests are welcome at the weekend's events.
Family registration will take place in the Alumnae House foyer Friday, October 24, noon-5 p.m., and Saturday, October 25, 8:30 a.m.-noon. Parking information, name tags, event tickets, Sunday brunch information, sign-ups, updated weekend information and refreshments will be available. All families are asked to register upon arrival.

Family Weekend Auction

The annual Family Weekend Silent Auction will take place Saturday, October 25, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., in Davis ballroom. All winning bids must be paid for and picked up at 3 p.m. Everyone is welcome to browse and bid on items. Proceeds will benefit the Smith Students' Aid Society (SSAS), now celebrating 100 years of providing Smith students with assistance beyond the scope of college financial aid.
Members of the college community are invited to donate to and attend the auction. Use your imagination when donating-some of our best items have been creatively and inexpensively put together. Consider your talents and interests: donate lessons, a signed copy of a book you wrote, hand-crafted times, food or snack baskets, services, gift certificates, tickets, Halloween items, a home-cooked ethnic meal, antiques, practically-new things, your condo or vacation home, a time-share exchange or even your home or a room in your home for a future Commencement or Family Weekend. We were able to donate $7,500 last year to the SSAS and hope to exceed that this year.
A highlight of the auction will be a book-signing by Ann M. Martin '77, author of the Baby-Sitters Club series. Martin's books will be available for purchase at the Grécourt Bookshop on Green Street during the weekend.
Donations will be accepted any time through October 23 in College Hall 22 and at Davis ballroom on Friday, October 24, between 3 and 7 p.m., and Saturday, October 25, between 8 and 9 a.m. Call Kathy Langworth, extension 2577, with questions.

Commuter Survey

All employees and off-campus students who commute to campus should have recently received a survey through campus mail. Smith is required to conduct this survey by the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection in order to determine how many employees and students commute and how many commuters drive alone. To comply with state regulations, Smith must take steps to reduce the number of people who drive alone. The survey will therefore also help determine who might be interested in carpooling or vanpooling if preferential parking is made available. If you received a survey, please complete it and return it promptly to the Office of Institutional Research via campus mail. Information: extension 3021.

New Color Copier

Central Services' new Xerox 5790 color copier is a state-of-the-art machine that makes brilliant color reproductions. At 99 cents per 8-1/2 x 11-inch copy, it offers an easy, inexpensive way to make posters or presentations stand out. Central Services also offers 20% post-consumer recycled white paper of far greater brightness than the recycled paper of old.

Catholic Mass Rescheduled

The regular 4:30 p.m. Roman Catholic Mass will not be held Sunday, October 26, because of the special 5:15 p.m. Family Weekend Mass on Saturday, October 25.

Shelter Volunteers Needed

Northampton Friends Meeting is seeking staff, student and faculty volunteers to work in its shelter for homeless people one night a month from November to May. People are needed to serve supper or stay overnight along with a professional staff person. This year the shelter will be on Hawley Street only. If interested, contact Diedrick Snoek (dsnoek@; 584-2263) or Bruce Hawkins (bhawkins@sophia.smith.
edu; 584-2788).

Regatta Bus

The Smith Crew Team is sponsoring a bus to Boston for the day on Saturday, October 18, for the Head of the Charles Regatta. The bus will leave John M. Greene Hall at 7:30 a.m. and leave Boston at 8:30 p.m. The cost is $20; space is still available. Riders will receive a map of Boston and information on the races. Come cheer on the crew. Call extension 2717 for more information, or find your nearest rower. The team will race between 1 and 4 p.m. (The regatta will continue on Sunday, October 19.)


CDO Extended Hours

The Career Development Office in Drew Hall will be open Tuesday, October 21, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. and 7-9 p.m.; Thursday, October 23, 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, October 26, 1-4 p.m.

Payroll Voucher Deadline

Student payroll vouchers are due by Wednesday noon in College Hall 10.

Merrill Lynch Deadline

Résumés and referrals for the Merrill Lynch Private Client Development Program will be accepted in Drew Hall Room 20 until 4 p.m., Wednesday, October 22.

Senior Appreciation

The class of '98 is ready to give Smith a boost-a money boost, that is. The Senior Appreciation Program has kicked off to raise money for scholarships, and has set a goal of 98% participation by seniors. (The record is held by the class of '97, which raised $8,000 from 61% of the class.) Make your gift today by sending a check for $5 to Sly Racca at the Alumnae House or by calling her at extension 2054 with your credit card. If you make a gift of $25 or more, you may make it in honor of someone-a friend, parent, or professor, President Simmons or anyone else. Just let Sly know and your honoree will be notified of the gift.

Spring Leaves of Absence

Students planning to take leaves of absence for spring 1998 and return in the fall need to complete one of the fall 1998 housing forms now available in the Office of Student Affairs (College Hall 24). Avoid mailing delays while you're away: submit your spring-lottery housing preferences before leaving. Information: extension 4940;

Head Resident Applications

Head resident application forms for 1998-99 will be available as of October 22 in the student affairs and