News for the Smith College Community // December 11, 1997

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Putting the Pedal to the Medal: Smith to Honor Highly Accomplished Alums at Its 1998 Rally Day

Rally Day will once again bring outstanding alumnae to campus to receive Smith College medals. The four 1998 recipients graduated during three different decades and -- although they all may share memories of Smith in the days of housemothers, curfews, posture pictures and physical education requirements -- the roads they have taken since are widely divergent. Here is a preview of the uncommon women who will be honored February 18:
· Charity Cannon Willard A.M. '36 has devoted nearly six decades to developing an international reputation as a prolific and devoted scholar and the foremost authority on Europe's first woman of letters, the medieval French writer Christine de Pizan. She bucked a deeply ingrained convention of her era by becoming one of the first faculty wives at West Point to have a professional career of her own. When the demands of her husband's career kept her from accepting a university position, she without recompense began to train and encourage scholars, and has continued to do so to this day.
· Margaret Lang Bauman '60 is an associate professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and a pediatric neurologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital. She is internationally recognized for her clinical expertise in pediatric neurology, particularly that involving autistic children or those with Rett's syndrome, a progressive neurologic disorder that only affects girls. Her seminal research has demonstrated that infantile autism is not a psychological disorder but is related to developmental abnormalities, apparently prenatal in origin, in selected regions of the brain. In addition to her research and clinical work, she has committed herself to working with and educating parents of physically and mentally handicapped children and to advocating appropriate service on their behalf.
· Pamela Gundersen Miller '60 has served as mayor of Lexington, Kentucky -- a city with a population of 240,000-since 1993. She moved there with her husband in 1970 and in the intervening quarter century has worked tirelessly, creatively and successfully, both as a volunteer and as a public servant, to bring lasting civic improvements to her adopted community. Her leadership has led to the addition of major arts and cultural programming and facilities (including theaters, museums, and galleries), the continuing renaissance of a downtown commercial district, improvements in quality of life and basic government service, programs for inner city youth, and protection for the area's widely renowned environmental beauty.
· Wendy Kaminer '71 is a writer, self-described public intellectual and true pioneer in feminist thought. One editor calls her "one of the most brilliant essayists alive and writing in America today." Her books, including the popular I'm Dysfunctional, You're Dysfunctional and A Fearful Freedom, have been hailed as landmarks of contemporary social commentary. Her articles in the Atlantic Monthly, The New Republic, and The New York Times have prompted thoughtful, spirited discussion on everything from the death penalty to First Amendment rights in relation to pornography. Since 1987, Kaminer has been a fellow at Radcliffe. She is currently president of the National Coalition Against Censorship, a contributing editor at the Atlantic Monthly, and a commentator on NPR's "Morning Edition."

HR Head Hails From Harvard

She has been a varsity golfer, a phys ed teacher, a law student and, for more than a decade, a Harvard University administrator. But next month Lianne Sullivan will take on a new challenge by serving as director of human resources at Smith.
Sullivan was recently selected for the top HR job from among three finalists. She will assume her duties on Belmont Avenue on January 19. When a Harvard colleague learned that she was leaving Cambridge to head to Smith, he called to congratulate her, noting that "the sanity of the people goes up per capita, the farther west you move."
Sullivan thinks this may indeed be true. She's already been impressed by everyone she's met on campus and by the enthusiasm she's seen for the college as a workplace, and she claims that it was, above all, "the feel of the community" that prompted her to say yes to the Smith offer.
Sullivan, who grew up in Lowell, is no stranger to the Pioneer Valley. She attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst from 1976­80 and recalls trips to Smith on the Five College bus to visit a high school friend. ("I'm not sure which house she was in," Sullivan admits. "All I remember is that the floors really slanted!") While a student at UMass, Sullivan was recruited to join the fledgling women's golf team, but insists it was only because the program was brand new. "I really wasn't all that great," she concedes. Her scholarship, however, must have been far greater, because she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and went on her earn a J.D. cum laude at Suffolk University Law School. She also taught physical education and even coached cheerleading and soccer en route to her present position.
In 1985, Sullivan joined the Harvard Office of Human Resources, and in 1996 was appointed associate director for employee relations. She will bring to Smith a strong background not only in employee relations, but also in policy making and in labor and employment law. Her myriad current responsibilities range from overseeing the negotiation and administration of seven collective bargaining agreements and developing and interpreting policy for nonre-presented staff to providing career-counseling to individual Harvard employees and to human resources staff responsible for the case management of displaced employees.
Although Sullivan notes that she already has ideas about her role at Smith, she insists that her first task will be to spend several months "talking to people, getting to know them and figuring out their needs."

Diversity Staff Diversifies

A familiar face in the admission office will now be seen more often across campus in College Hall. Mentha Hynes, who joined the staff at 7 College Lane as associate director and coordinator of multicultural recruitment in July 1995, has recently taken on a new role: outreach specialist in the Office of Institutional Diversity. The position was created by President Ruth Simmons with funds granted to her last year by the Knight Foundation.
Since December 1, Hynes has been dividing her time between the offices of admission and Institutional Diversity. At the start of July, the outreach specialist post will become full-time. The new position will enable Hynes to devote more of her efforts to what was only a portion of her admission-office workload: attracting students of color to Smith. According to Carmen Santana-Melgoza, director of institutional diversity, as outreach specialist, "Mentha will be the person heading the major push toward increasing the diversity among the student population. That means that she will be traveling around the country -- as well as in our backyard -- to get greater exposure for the Smith name. It will also mean that she will provide more personal service in the form of visiting with affinity groups like the NAACP, churches, etc., which is very important in reaching members of the different subcultures in this country."
In addition, notes Santana-Melgoza, "Mentha will continue to work with alumnae groups to assist them with multicultural recruiting, and she will also assist me in developing and maintaining relationships with such places as Miami-Dade Community College and The Young Women's Leadership School, which we hope will yield us some very good minority students. I feel very fortunate to have Mentha become part of my staff. She is very talented, and her commitment to diversity is extraordinary. I feel certain that our collaboration will yield many good things for Smith."

Ergo Argot

Avoid pounding on the keyboard. Hitting computer keys with more force than necessary creates excessive impact through the joints of the fingers and thumbs. It also requires more work of the muscles in the forearms that are responsible for finger movement.
A safer and more natural approach is to use the keyboard in a softer fashion with your fingers and arms floating above the keys -- as if you were playing a piano. This technique makes it easier to touch the harder-to-reach keys without excess strain and reduces the buildup of tension in the forearms.
Questions or comments? Contact the Ergonomics Committee at

School Ties

Smith and Northampton Extend Partnership
Two recent grants totaling $35,000 will enable Smith College and the Northampton Public Schools to expand an ongoing partnership that benefits Smith students preparing for careers in teaching.
The funds come through two federal sources, the Dwight D. Eisenhower professional development program and the Goals 2000 program. They are aimed at supporting innovative efforts to strengthen pre-service teacher education in Massachusetts schools.
The Northampton Public Schools will use the funds to allow release time for experienced teachers to mentor young people preparing for teaching careers in the local school system.
According to Jeffrey Korostoff, Northampton's associate superintendent for instruction, as part of the partnership, faculty members in the Smith Department of Education and Child Study will help the local school system refine the teacher-training model already in use in Northampton "in a way that serves to strengthen the professional [teaching] experience for Smith students."
The Goals 2000/Eisenhower funds "offer us an opportunity to extend the partnership with Smith that we have already established and to focus it on the training of pre-service teachers," says Korostoff.
Connections between Smith and the city public schools have existed for some time in the form of practice teaching done by Smith students at the Smith-Northampton Summer School and, during the school year, in the elementary, middle and high schools. In addition, a Smith student serves as administrative intern in the school department each year.
Furthermore, through a Five College grant from the National Science Foundation, next semester five teachers from the Northampton public schools will take a course titled "Information Technology and Learning" at Smith. The primary focus of the grant, in which the other four institutions in the Valley are participating as well, is to encourage more science students to pursue teaching careers.
In another connection with the public schools, Smith has donated 10 IBM PS/2 386 computers for use at Northampton High School and in the elementary schools to augment implementation of the school system's five-year technology plan.
According to Robert Hanna, technology supervisor for the Northampton schools, "this donation continues the valuable partnership that we have between the Northampton Public Schools and Smith."

Smith Wins Sanger Award

The Sophia Smith Collection has received the Margaret Sanger Award from the Family Planning Council of Western Massachusetts. The award recognizes an individual or organization for exceptional contributions to accessible family planning services and the furtherance of reproductive freedoms.
The Sophia Smith Collection -- a repository of personal papers, records of organizations and other material relating to the history of women in the U.S. and elsewhere-and the Family Planning Council (FPC) began collaborating in the preservation of records that document FPC's history since 1986.
In accepting the award for the Sophia Smith Collection, assistant curator Amy E. Hague remarked that "we are used to laboring behind the scenes and expect to do so, so it is especially gratifying to be recognized in this way."
Hague also credited the Margaret Sanger Papers Project, a joint project between Smith and New York University, for its efforts in making Sanger's papers widely available on microfilm and for doing "a great job of countering the relentless right-wing distortions of the historical record as they attempt to discredit current birth control organizations and activists."
She added that "records of the contemporary movement for women's right to health and reproductive autonomy will provide the raw material for future historians to write the sequel to Margaret Sanger's story. Beyond that, if our experience with the students who are exposed to the records of social activism is any indication, [the FPC] history will help inspire new generations of activists."

If It's Happening At Smith, It's News to Them

First-Semester People News Prize Winners Named
Do you have a nose for People News? That's what AcaMedia asked its readers in September, offering a fabulous prize to those who wrote and submitted stories about themselves or their friends or colleagues. A somewhat less fabulous reward was also offered to everyone who merely provided ideas for People News items.
Our top prize -- a hot-off-the-serigraph T-shirt emblazoned with the AcaMedia name and motto ("If it's happening at Smith, it's news to us") -- will be sent to the following deputy reporters: Jen Bayer '99; staff members Connie Dragon and Patty Hayes; and faculty members Dwight Pogue, Karl Donfried and Seymour Itzkoff.
AcaMedia notepads go Katy Tierney '99; staff members Lynn Oberbillig, Pamela McCarthy, Casey Clark, Carole Grills, Deb Orgera, Marti Hobbes, Myra Smith, Karen Tatro, Amy Holich and Ken Johnston; and faculty members Andy Zimbalist, Dan Horowitz, Joan Afferica, Faye Crosby and Marjorie Senechal, who provided us with story suggestions.
The AcaMedia People News Contest will continue throughout the year. Remember, all you need to do to win a limited-edition collector's-item T-shirt is to write a short feature about yourself or another member of the Smith community. If you want us to do the writing, send in an idea and you'll receive an AcaMedia notepad for your efforts.
Submissions should be sent to AcaMedia People News, Garrison Hall, or via e-mail to ashanahan@colrel.

Ack Says the Editor, Too

This is the last issue of AcaMedia for the fall semester. Like many of its readers, "Ack" will be taking time off until mid-January.
This is also the last issue for editor Sally Rubenstone, who has decided to be a full-time mother to her 10-month-old son, Jack. "I will really miss many of the wonderful people I've met -- and especially those I've worked with -- through doing AcaMedia," says Rubenstone, "but the past year has flown by so quickly that I want to spend more time with Jack before I wake up and realize he's in junior high school and doesn't want to be seen with me in public.
"I may accept occasional freelance work," adds Rubenstone, "and I've even threatened to write a sequel to Faye Crosby's Juggling called Dropping the Ball, but most of the time, you'll find me at home deciding between the red overalls and the blue overalls, the strained carrots and the mashed peas."
Ann Shanahan, the Office of College Relations' director of administration and special events, will for the time being take over AcaMedia editorial duties. Information for news articles and "People News" stories should be sent to her at Garrison Hall or by e-mail to
Notices are now to be directed to John Sippel (Garrison Hall; jsippel@
colrel) and, as in the past, calendar listings go to Mary Stanton (Garrison Hall or mstanton@colrel). Complete information about where to send copy, along with deadlines for
upcoming issues, can be found on page two.
Happy holidays from all of us at AcaMedia.

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People News

Smith History Is Her Story

Smith senior Renee Landrum is not only a disciplined student, she is arguably interdisciplined as well. For example, computer science and American studies may seem to some to be at opposite ends of the academic spectrum, but the Marietta, Georgia, native, who is majoring in both, has managed to find the common ground.
Earlier this fall, Landrum attended the American Studies Association Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., where she served on a panel titled "The Implications of Electronic Technologies for the Development of American Studies." As part of her role as a panelist, Landrum made a presentation on the commercialization of the World Wide Web. She expressed her fear that "big media conglomerates are using the Web to get a hold on American society in ways that will lead to the stifling of dissent." "I'm really anti-corporate," she adds, "so I had to get my piece in about that."
"She was terrific," reports American studies professor Dan Horowitz, who attended Landrum's panel. Moreover, Horowitz believes that, of nearly 500 presenters and panelists at the four-day event, Landrum was the only undergraduate represented.
Nonetheless, Landrum insists that she was not terribly nervous about her assignment. "At least the panel I was on was not that intimidating," she explains, "because I didn't know of any of the other people on it." However, she concedes, she found it far more intimidating just to sit through some of the other discussions. "There was one I went to on public history," she recounts, "and I realized that I had read something by every person on that panel."
According to Horowitz, this is not the first time that Landrum's backgrounds in American studies and computer science have merged. Last year, she and Elizabeth Lovance '97 designed a Web site for the American Studies Program. (You can visit it at She also taught the department faculty about other Web sites that might be useful in their instruction and research. Landrum notes that she became interested in the World Wide Web as a first-year STRIDE student working with Professor of Astronomy Suzan Edwards.
Yet, while computer science and American Studies may be Landrum's academic priorities, her extracurricular passion falls under yet another rubric: history. Smith history, to be exact. "I may know more about the history of this college and its buildings than any other student on campus," Landrum ventures, "but if there are other people out there, I'd like to meet them." Landrum traces her enthusiasm for Smith history to several years ago when Capen House, where she lives, was renovated, and she witnessed how the project destroyed some of Capen's historic features. "The college has torn down a lot of beautiful buildings over the years in the name of 'modernization,'" Landrum contends. "I know things have to change, but we need to know about what was here before so that we don't lose our sense of who we are today."
Indeed, if you name any building on campus, Landrum is likely to be able to tell you when it was constructed. She can also describe structures that no longer stand. "For example," she points out, "Smith used to have a student center called Students Building, and it sat where McConnell is now. It was built in 1903, and students raised the money to build it. They used to have the junior prom there and club offices and such. Somehow the college decided that a modern science building was more important, so they tore it down in the late '60s. It would be too small for a student center today, of course, but it's a shame that the building is gone."
Currently, Landrum is writing her honors thesis on McCarthyism and its effects on (where else?) Smith. As for the future, she claims her dream job after graduation would be to stay in Northampton for one year as a head resident and to continue working on Smith history projects, possibly including a Web site to inform future Smithies about the college's past.
In the meantime, Landrum invites other Smith history buffs to contact her (extension 4049 or She also has her own Web site (

The Friedan Mystique: Prof Wins Prize for Essay

Dan Horowitz was honored for his scholarship at the same Washington, D.C. conference (see above), and a Smith alumna also played a part in his garnering of the award. Horowitz, Sylvia Dlugasch Bauman Professor of American Studies, has received the 1997 Constance Rourke Prize for the best article published in the journal American Quarterly.
According to the award citation, Horowitz's essay, "Rethinking Betty Friedan and The Feminine Mystique: Labor Union Radicalism and Feminism in Cold War America," "has given us access to historical contexts for [The Feminine Mystique] and for second-wave liberal feminism that had long been submerged. His careful reconstruction of Friedan's radical past ...exposes unexpected continuities between generations of radical thinkers and activists, and forces us to reconsider the oft-noted class and racial limitations of Friedan's book."
The prize citation goes on to proclaim that "Horowitz's argument -- judiciously framed, yet bold in its historiographical implications -- is built upon a meticulous piecing together of sometimes-fragmentary evidence, and ensures that we will never again see Friedan and the movement that she came to stand for in quite the same ways."
Horowitz is presently at work on a book-length manuscript on Freidan, who was a member of the class of 1942 at Smith.

Smith Geologists See Changes

Smith geology professors Allen Curran and Brian White have documented a sea-level change resulting from a "little ice age," which occurred during an interglacial period in the Pleistocene Period.
While working on the islands of San Salvador and Great Inagua in the Bahamas with colleague Mark Wilson, a professor at the College of Wooster, the geologists discovered a distinctive, gently undulating erosion surface, which represents a sea-level change that lasted about 1,500 years or less, in the midst of reefs that had formed about 124 to 125 thousand years ago.
Curran and White carefully mapped the fossil coral reefs above and below the surface. With the use of uranium/thorium-dating techniques, they determined the precise age of the corals. The erosion surface in the middle of these corals shows evidence of having been bored by a variety of clams and sponges and contains surface remnants of ancient soil.
According to White, who presented the trio's findings at the annual meeting of the Geological Society of America held last month in Salt Lake City, "This is evidence that rapid sea-level changes occurred, yielding proof of rapid changes in global ice volume and temperatures. It emphasizes that the interglacials were not ice-free but only reflected ice sheet areas and volumes."
According to Curran, the evidence correlates with ice core data collected by scientists in Greenland that show a 9oC drop in global temperatures just before the change in sea level recorded in the rocks of the Bahamas: "Our findings should be an important caution to all of us living during the Earth's current interglacial period not to be so cavalier about our experiments with global biosphere-atmosphere-ocean systems."
The three scientists note that their discovery of an unexpected "little ice age" during the interglacial period is further evidence that ancient climate models are much more complex than previously thought.

She Sees the Sea, Too

by Kate Drake '99
Smith senior Carie Nyman of Seattle, Washington, is helping to bring the sea to land-locked Springfield. As junior docent coordinator at the Springfield Science Museum for a traveling exhibit called "To See The Sea," Nyman works every Saturday and Sunday with high school­age museum volunteers.
The exhibit is inspired by the work of underwater photographer Al Giddings and focuses on aspects of ocean life ranging from marine mammals to underwater exploration. Each weekend day from noon to 3:30 p.m., Nyman helps plan the scheduling of visiting tour groups and answers questions about the exhibition. Calling on her experience from fall term a year ago, which she spent at the School for Field Studies Center for Coastal Studies on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Nyman trained the sea exhibit's high school volunteers.
Nyman, who learned about the internship at the Springfield museum from a flyer passed around in her marine ecology class at Smith, says she has benefited from the undertaking so far. "The exhibit is well done, with lots of great videos and photos and hands-on activities," she observes. "It is a good experience for me to see how the behind-the-scenes aspect of a museum functions. But the best part is having genuinely curious kids ask questions about things."
According to Nyman, working with the student volunteers from Springfield enriches her experience: "I enjoy talking to them about growing up in Springfield and what their schools are like."
Nyman, who will be graduating this spring with a major in biology and minor in marine science, hopes to find a job that combines her enjoyment of teaching with her experience working with environmental causes, perhaps in public education at a national park, aquarium or zoo.
"To See The Sea" will be at the Springfield Science Museum through February 22.

Up Close & Personnel

New Hires
Susan Alston, assistant director/alumnae fund, Advancement;
Diana Baldvins, administrative assistant, admission; Maura Brennan, print room assistant, Museum of Art; Jennifer Chilcott, novice crew coach, athletics; Scott Caron, clerical assistant, Central Services; Karen Dolan, assistant director/alumnae fund, Advancement; Nancy Harvin, director of campaign leadership gifts, Advancement; Gina Hicks, catering/dining room assistant, Residence & Dining; Services; Tracie Kurth, research associate, Advancement; Timothy Maciel, interim associate dean of the college, dean of the college; Jesse Meyers, relief cook, RADS; Marla Miller, manuscripts processor, libraries; Anne Nichols, associate director, admission; Constantin Nikodimov, statistician/consultant, Information Systems; Jacqueline O'Connell, assistant director, admission; Sarah Powers, intern, Museum of Art; Adam Siegel, director for major gifts, Advancement; Donna Schnopp, fixed asset assistant, Information Systems
Transfers and Promotions
William Brandt, director of campus operations and facilities, Office of the Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer; Joan Brink, administrative assistant, Smith Management Programs; Louise Cooper, secretary, art department; Christine Forgey, assistant to the chief public affairs officer, college relations; Donna Gingras, assistant, International Study; Margaret Jessup, project archivist, libraries; Janice Keefe, special assistant to the CFO, Office of the Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer; Kathleen Manning, assistant registrar, registrar's office; Sheri Peabody, assistant director, Ada Comstock Scholars Program
Daniel Achin, dining room assistant, RADS; Ellen Alvord, assistant museum educator, Museum of Art; Christine Buckhout, transcripts assistant, registrar's office; Kathleen Casey, employment director, human resources; Dolores Cifarelli, administrative assistant, Smith Management Programs; Tracy Magdalenski, administrative assistant, registrar's office; Milva McGhee, area coordinator, student affairs; Helen Mollison, receptionist/secretary, Purchasing

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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, January 5

Interterm begins

Tuesday, January 6

Workshop: "Top Ten Ways to Drop Body Fat." Part of the Staff Training and Development Workshop series. Preregistration required. (Kathleen Chatwood, ext. 2263)
1-2 p.m., Graham Hall

Wednesday, January 7

Swimming and diving vs. Williams.
1 p.m., Dalton Pool, Ainsworth gym*

Sunday, January 11

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

Tuesday, January 13

Workshop: "Conducting Effective Performance Appraisals (for Supervisors)." Part of the Staff Training and Development Workshop series. Preregistration required. (Kathleen Chatwood, ext. 2263)
9 a.m.-1 p.m., Dewey common room
Swimming and diving vs. Mt. Holyoke.
3 p.m., Dalton Pool, Ainsworth gym*

Saturday, January 17

Basketball, Tyler Invitational.
1 and 3 p.m., Ainsworth gym*

Sunday, January 18

Religious activity: Quaker (Friends) discussion group. Child care available. Meeting for worship at 11 a.m.
9:30 a.m., Bass 210*
Basketball, Tyler Invitational.
1 and 3 p.m., Ainsworth gym*
Special event: Roe vs. Wade lawyer Sarah Weddington, speaking in commemoration of the case's 25th anniversary. Hosted by MassNARAL and the Abortion Right Fund of Western Massachusetts. (Jane Palmer, ext. 7561 or jpalmer@mail; Mara Sands,
5 p.m., Academy of Music*

Tuesday, January 20

Workshop: "Participating Effectively in the Performance Appraisal (for Staff)." Part of Staff Training and Development Workshop series. Preregistration required. (Kathleen Chatwood, ext. 2263)
1-4 p.m., Dewey Common Room

Wednesday, January 21

Squash vs. Mt. Holyoke
7 p.m., Ainsworth gym*

Thursday,January 22

Faculty roundtable: "Political and Economic Development in the 1990s: The World Bank's World Development Report." Faculty and students will evaluate the World Bank's 1997 treatise on the state's role in the economy and society. Participants should read the report (on reserve at Neilson) prior to the meeting.
2-5 p.m, Dewey common room

Friday, January 23

Symposium: "Queer Theory, Race and Masculinity." With speakers Lee Edelman, Joshua Gamson and Phillip Harper.
3 p.m., Seelye 106

Saturday, January 24

Basketball vs. Connecticut College
2 p.m., Ainsworth gym

Ongoing Events

Art exhibitions: "Kinships: Alice Neel Looks at the Family," through January 11. ¶ "Family Images," through January 4. Hours for all exhibitions: Tuesday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sunday, noon-4 p.m. (Ext. 2770)
Museum of Art*
Book exhibition: "Colorful Tales: Artists' Books from the Purgatory Pie Press of New York," through December 15. Vibrant and unusual examples of contemporary book art. Sponsored by the Mortimer Rare Book Room.
Neilson Library front hall*
Exhibition: "'Amazonian Activity': The Life and Work of Noel Phyllis Birkby (1932-94)," through January 31. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (Ext. 2970)
Sophia Smith Collection reading room*

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Getting Your Word Out in AcaMedia

AcaMedia is the official vehicle for making announcements within the Smith College community. We urge all of our readers to let us know of any Smith-related stories in need of telling, any members of the Smith community in need of recognition or any college events or notices in need of publicity. All copy submitted to AcaMedia is subject to editing for clarity, concision, content and style.
Where to Send Copy
-- Submit copy or ideas for news stories to Ann Shanahan at Garrison Hall (
-- Submit calendar items to Mary Stanton at Garrison Hall (, or fax to extension 2174).
-- Submit notices to John Sippel at Garrison Hall (jsippel@colrel., or fax to extension 2178). Text for notices should not exceed 125 words. If its intended audience is not obvious, please indicate whether your notice applies to the entire Smith community, to faculty and staff only, or to students only.
Copy is due by 4 p.m., Wednesday, January 14, for issue 15 (which will include January 25-February 1 calendar listings) and by 4 p.m. Wednesday, January 21, for issue 16 (February 2-8 calendar listings). Late information cannot be accepted.


January Orientation
Approximately 30 new students will arrive on campus Thursday, January 22, for orientation. Please welcome them warmly. A schedule of orientation events will be available in College Hall 22 and in college houses through house council members.
Winter Holiday Break
The winter holiday for administrative and administrative support staff with 12-month appointments will be Wednesday, December 24-Sunday, January 4.
Library Interterm Hours
· Neilson Library: January 5-25: Mondays-Thursdays, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fridays, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
· Hillyer Art Library: January 5-24: Mondays­Fridays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, closed. Sunday, January 25: 2 p.m.-midnight.
· Werner Josten Library: January 5-25: Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Saturdays and Sundays.
· Young Science Library: January 5-24: Mondays-Thursdays, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Fridays, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, 1-5 p.m. Sunday, January 25: 2-10 p.m.
Athletic Facility Interterm Hours
The athletic facility will be open the following hours, January 5-25:
· Mondays ­Thursdays: building, 6 a.m.-9 p.m.; pool, 6:30-8 a.m., noon-2 p.m., 7:30-8:30 p.m.; weight room, 6:30-9 a.m., 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
· Fridays: building, 6 a.m.-9 p.m.; pool, 6:30-8 a.m., noon-2 p.m.; weight room, 6:30-9 a.m., 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
· Saturdays and Sundays: building, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; pool, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; weight room, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Davis Center Interterm Hours
Davis Center will be closed December 20-January 4. Thereafter hours will be as follows: Monday, January 5, noon-9 p.m.; Tuesday-Friday, January 5-9, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, January 10-11, closed; Monday-Friday, January 12-16, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday, January 17, noon-9 p.m.; Sunday, January 18, 2-9 p.m.; Monday-Friday, January 19-23, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday, January 24, noon-9 p.m.. Regular hours resume at 5 p.m., Sunday, January 25.
Central Services Winter Break
Central Services will be closed and there will be no mail delivery Wednesday, December 24-Sunday, January 4.
Museum of Art Hours
The Smith College Museum of Art will be closed December 24-26, December 29-30 and January 1-2. It will be open regular hours December 27-28, and noon-5 p.m. on December 31.
College Switchboard Hours
The college switchboard will close at 11 p.m. on Tuesday, December 23 and not reopen until Sunday, January 4 at 8 a.m.
Computer Resource Center Hours
The Computer Resource Centers (Seelye B8, Bass and Jahnige) will tentatively be open December 16-19, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., with additional hours to be posted. Only Bass Center will be open December 22-23, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All of the centers will be closed December 24-January 4 and open 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. during interterm, with additional hours to be posted.
Safe Etching Workshop
The Department of Art, the Harnish Visiting Artist Fund and Five Colleges Inc. are sponsoring a workshop on safe etching techniques for printmakers. The program, to be held in Hillyer 17, January 8-13, 1998, will be taught by Keith Howard, author of the forthcoming Howard's Intaglio System for Sustainable Printmaking. He will discuss, demonstrate and guide workshop participants through techniques in which standard etching materials are replaced with nontoxic substances without any loss in print quality. The workshop is planned for professional printmakers but will admit up to 15 Smith and Five College students, who may register in Hillyer 112 through January 2. The registration fee is $5 for matriculated students and $25 for others. All materials and equipment will be provided.
Theatre Building Use
Anyone hoping to reserve space in the theatre building during the 1998­99 academic year should submit a request to the theatre department Calendar Committee and complete a facilities questionnaire before Friday, February 27, 1998. No space requests will be considered after that date. Questionnaires are available in room T111 in the theatre building.
Five College Calendar Deadline
Entries for the February Five College Calendar must be received in writing by 4 p.m. January 16. Please send all entries to Mary Stanton in Garrison Hall (mstanton@colrel).

Faculty & Staff

Faculty Meeting
The fifth regular meeting of the faculty for 1997-98 will be held Wednesday, January 28, at 4:10 p.m. in the Alumnae House. Faculty members who have business for the meeting should notify Scott Bradbury in writing no later than Wednesday, January 21. Material to be included in the agenda mailing must be submitted camera-ready to College Hall 27 by Monday, January 19.
JYA Directorships
Applications for directorships for the 1999-2000 Smith Junior Year Abroad Programs in Florence, Geneva, Hamburg and Paris are available from the Committee on Study Abroad in the Office for International Study, Clark Hall third floor. Any faculty member with a knowledge of the given country's culture and language may apply. Filing deadline: Friday, January 30.
Preludes Coadviser Needed
The Preludes preorientation program is seeking a coadviser to work with Merry Farnum, assistant dean of student affairs, and 28 students. The job entails a year-long commitment, participation in twice-monthly planning committee meetings, assisting with the training of student group leaders, offering moral support to program staff, and attending Preludes. Strong candidates will be committed to smoothing the transition for first-years, will enjoy working outdoors, will be patient, energetic and funloving, and will be able to assist and support students while essentially letting them take the lead. The candidate must be able to devote a few days at the end of August to staff training and attending the program. Work will begin in February 1998. To learn more, call Merry Farnum, extension 4904, be-fore December 22 or after January 4.
Gourmet Holiday Lunch
Celebrate the close of the semester or the upcoming holidays with a relaxed gourmet lunch at the Smith College Club on Wednesday, December 17. For $5.25 per person you can enjoy a full buffet with roast sirloin of beef, roulade of turkey, pasta fazoule and all the necessary accompaniments, plus a special holiday dessert table, flavored coffees and teas. Tables will be set with our finest linens. To reserve one, please call the club office at extension 2341, or e-mail to
Blizzard Game Outing
The Staff Council Activities Committee is sponsoring a trip to see women's basketball at its best as the New England Blizzard play the Atlanta Glory at the Springfield Civic Center, Tuesday, February 10. The $10 per person price includes transportation and admission to the game. The bus will leave the Ainsworth lot at 5:45 p.m. The outing is open to all Smith employees, faculty, emeriti and their guests, and will be open to students after January 26. Information and reservations: Judy Biardi or Cindy Rucci, extension 2923.


Spring Registration Materials
Registration materials for the spring semester will be distributed in McConnell lobby, Sunday, January 25, 1-5 p.m. and Monday, January 26, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. All returning students, including off-campus students, must report in person with IDs to register.
Grade Reports
Grade reports will be sent to student campus mailboxes the week of January 19. Grade reports for students not returning for spring semester will be mailed to home addresses.
Interterm Course Changes
Changes to interterm registration require the signatures of the instructor, adviser and class dean. Students may add a course through the end of the course's first day of class, and drop a course at any time prior to completing the first third of the class meetings. Drop deadlines for all courses are posted in the registrar's office.
Peer Writing Assistance
Need help with a paper? Bring your assignment, drafts or ideas to the peer writing assistants. All stages of drafts are welcome, no appointment is necessary and all services are free. Help is available 7-10 p.m. on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays in Seelye 307 and Emerson dining room; Wednesdays, 7-10 p.m. in Seelye 307; and Thursdays, 3-6 p.m. in the Tilly House Ada lounge and 7-10 p.m. in Seelye 307.

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