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
- · 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."
- 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 Ergonomics@ais.smith.edu.
- 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
- 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
- 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 Adieu...to 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 email@example.com.
- 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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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 www.smith.edu/ams.) 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
- 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
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org). She also has her own Web
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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,
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- 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
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, email@example.com)
- 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*
- 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
- 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.
- Sophia Smith Collection reading room*
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- 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
- 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
- · 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
- 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 email@example.com.
- 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,
- 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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