News for the Smith College Community // February 18, 1999

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Archivists Savor Offbeat Queries

On a typical day the staff at the Smith College Archives might be asked to provide anything from information about a student from the class of 1885 or the history of physical education to photographs of early Smith basketball uniforms or the campus as it looked from the air in 1935. Staff members never know what requests they'll get -- and that's one reason they relish their work.

"I love it," says Nanci Young, the college archivist, who came to Smith last March from the archives of Princeton University. "I love bringing information to people. One of the joys of this job is seeing that spark in a student's eyes when she discovers that piece of information she's been looking for."

No matter how obscure or obvious the request, Young, Archives Specialist Karen Eberhart and the other staff members approach it with efficiency and respect. "There are no dumb questions here," Young says -- though she admits to having been taken aback when a student recently asked whether the archives contained any information on women's education.

Young says she's enthusiastic about and welcoming to every query she gets because the real gauge of the facility's success is its relationship with the college community. "A good relationship with our constituents is key," she says. "It can be a little daunting, all this information. People sometimes have very little understanding of what an archive is. We want to greet people with a friendly face."

The collection's Alumnae Gym setting is home to hundreds of thousands of documents, records, photographs and other materials on Smith history. The staff stores, organizes and maintains records of all sorts-old faculty papers, research and letters, student scrapbooks and journals, alumnae memorabilia and writings. The collection currently includes a total of 6,440 linear feet of material and grows by about 100 linear feet every year.

The archive was started in the early part of this century by Nina Browne, class of 1892, with a collection of memorabilia. It gained institutional status under Margaret S. Grierson '22, the college archivist from 1940 to 1965. These days, in addition to storing and maintaining materials, the archive produces exhibits, gives tours and provides classroom instruction about its records.

But the mainstay of the archive is its vast record holdings, where one can hunt down endless details about Smith and its associations through the years -- everything from the names and locations of trees on campus to when the college first purchased gymnastics equipment or established a public relations office.

For the researcher, tracking down such information can entail any number of miscues and dead ends. That's where Archives staff can help. Young, Eberhart or a student employee will guide a researcher through the collection's card catalogue, finding-aid files on given topics and categorized shelf lists of materials, bringing to light the crucial bits of information that make a research project sing.

Young says she'd like see people consider College Archives early on in their research projects. "We want to make ourselves extremely available," she says. "We want people to routinely think, 'Maybe I can find this information at Archives.'"

One way Archives is developing a higher profile is through its Web site (, which is regularly updated. Young hopes to someday have the collection's shelf list and most of its materials available on-line.

Meanwhile, Young and Eberhart keep taking on the daily wave of questions about Smith and its past. If you've got one, give them a call.

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Prof. Rosenfeld Remembered

During his 16 years at Smith, Professor of Chemistry Stuart Rosenfeld won the affection of his students and department colleagues for his deferential, sensitive manner. He earned their respect by way of his intelligence, his commitment to excellence within the chemistry department and his tireless imparting of the principles of organic chemistry. His students also came to know him as a generous and fair instructor, always willing to share his research with them and give of his time in guiding them through their own work.

Rosenfeld, who was 50, died January 21 in Madras, India, while visiting the family of his wife, Nalini Bhushan, associate professor of philosophy.

A memorial service will be held for Rosenfeld on Sunday, February 21, at 2 p.m. in Helen Hills Hills Chapel. A reception will follow in Bodman Lounge at the Chapel.

In addition to his wife and their 1-year-old son, Ajay, Rosenfeld is survived by his mother, Doris Rosenfeld Libman; a brother, Jerold Rosenfeld; and a sister, Phyllis Peterson.

Chemistry department chair Robert Linck, who will speak at the memorial service, says one of Rosenfeld's strongest virtues was "his ability to guide others in their tasks. During my years as chair I learned to rely on him for advice, especially whenever anything got me upset. Stu had a strong calming influence on me and others as well as a good view of the world, especially our academic world."

President Ruth Simmons will also speak at the service, and Jewish Chaplain Edward Feld will lead in prayer.

Rosenfeld completed his undergraduate work at Colby College in Maine and received a doctorate in organic chemistry from Brown University before joining the Smith faculty in 1982. During his Smith tenure he received a Cottrell Science Award and grants to support his research from The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, the American Chemical Society, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation/Research Corporation and the National Science Foundation. His recent research focused on the synthesis and structure of strained compounds and novel tautomeric systems.

Rosenfeld wrote numerous articles for publication in the Journal of Organic Chemistry and the Journal of Chemical Education. Last year his acclaimed text Basic Skills for Organic Chemistry: A Tool Kit was published. Rather than simply providing an inordinate amount of information to be memorized, it helps chemistry students develop the conceptual skills they need to build knowledge.

Chemistry professor Kenneth Hellman, who "saw and talked with [Rosenfeld] almost every day for 16 years," says Rosenfeld was admired by all his colleagues "for his intelligence, his sensitivity to the feelings of others, rigor in the teaching of our students and fairness to the students." Hellman says Rosenfeld's popularity grew out of that intelligence "and the gracious way he treated people."

"It is clear that one of Stu's strong points as an educator was his patience," says Linck. "Another was his innovative methods. He thought about ways to say things to clear up difficulties. And always, he had a sense of humor."


Staff Author in Lecture Series

Linda Shaughnessy, who beyond being a secretary/receptionist in the music department at Smith, is the author of a number of children's books about championship athletes, will present the second lecture in the "Sundays at Two" series being sponsored by the Friends of Forbes Library and Smith College. Her talk will be at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 28, at Forbes.

Shaughnessy has written the stories of figure skaters Michelle Kwan, Scott Hamilton, Oksana Baiul and Elvis Stojko. Her most recent work, a biography of tennis champion Martina Hingis, will be published later this year.

A graduate of the University of Massachusetts with a degree in geology, Shaughnessy as a child began writing journals, poems, songs and-when she was only 11 years old-a novel. She reports that as an adult she pursued several avenues, including folksinging and computer programming, "before taking up writing seriously again."

A hockey skater in her youth, Shaughnessy decided while on the ice at the Mullins Center several years ago to write a book having to do with ice skating. That decision led to the four biographies of young figure skaters.

"As research for the books, I traded in my hockey skates for figure skates and took lessons, proving that it's never too late to learn to do the toe loop and salchow jumps," she says.

During her presentation at Forbes Shaughnessy will read from her works and "talk about the process of writing and learning to do what you don't know how to do." The lecture will be appropriate for both adults and young people and will be free and open to the public.

The third and final "Sundays at Two" lecture will be presented by Martin Antonetti, curator of rare books at Smith, on April 25 at Neilson Library.

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Sports scores for the week of February 7 through February 13 will appear in next week's AcaMedia.

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People News

President Ruth J. Simmons will be the subject of an on-line Web chat on Wednesday, February 24, during which schoolchildren from across the nation will ask her questions from computers in their classrooms. The chat, which will take place from 1 to 2 p.m., is one in a series of sessions scheduled during Black History Month by NASA's Quest Project, based at Ames Research Center, Moffet Field, California. The sessions will feature African-American professionals in several fields. It's President Simmons' second straight year participating in the chat series. Last year, students from California, Alabama and several other states, after reading a profile of the president, asked her questions like "How do you feel about being a great great granddaughter of slaves?" "What is your goal in life?" and "What have you changed most about Smith College?" The Web chat can be monitored from any computer with Internet access by registering at NASA's Web site,


Steven Goldstein, Sophia Smith Professor of Government, spent January in Taiwan (where, he reported, temperatures were in the 60s and 70s) and Washington, D.C., taking part in several projects related to Taiwan and Sino-American relations. In mid-month he participated in a meeting at the Foreign Service Institute of the U.S. State Department on the recent elections in Taiwan. Before that, on January 5 and 6, he attended a planning meeting for a joint project on major issues in Sino-American relations sponsored by the Fairbank Center of Harvard University and the American Section of the Chinese Academy of the Social Sciences. Goldstein and a Chinese collaborator will prepare a report for the project on Taiwan and Sino-American relations during the next year. Goldstein also recently completed a study of Sino-American negotiations between 1955 and 1970 as part of a project -- jointly undertaken by Harvard and the Central Party School of the Communist Party of China -- on the Cold War in Asia. The project is the first of its kind Harvard has undertaken and will be published simultaneously in the U.S. and China.


Patricia Wettig, one of the stars of the late, (some thought) great television series thirtysomething almost turned down an opportunity for a guest-starring role in the CBS series L.A. Doctors because she was "feverishly working on her master's degree in playwriting at Smith College," according to the January 16 TV Guide. Ken Olin, Wettig's real-life husband and thirtysomething, costar is one of the principals in L.A. Doctors.

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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. Items for this section must be submitted on Event Service Request Forms.

Monday, February 22
Lecture: "No Longer at Ease: Modernity, Alienation and the Crisis of Adjustment in Africa." Toyin Falola, Gwendolen Carter Distinguished Professor of History, University of Texas, Austin. First in the series "Power Revealed: Nationalism and the Production of Knowledge in Africa." Reception follows in Seelye 207. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 106*
Fine/performing arts/films
Film: Little Buddha. A group of Tibetan Buddhist monks believe their teacher has been reincarnated as an American boy from the Seattle suburbs. Refreshments served. Sponsor: Religious Life Liaisons. 7:30 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Film: Enchanted April. Four women share an Italian villa in the 1920s. Part of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. (Ext. 7101.) 7:30 p.m., Wright auditorium
Résumé critiques by peer advisers. 1-4 p.m., CDO
CDO workshop: "Ten Steps to Finding an Internship." 3 p.m., CDO
Amnesty International general meeting. 4-5 p.m., Seelye 102
Student Labor Action Coalition general meeting. 6:30 p.m., Women's Resource Center*
Religious Life
"Silence for the Soul" Drop in for some quiet time. All welcome. (See notices.) 12:30-1:30 p.m., Chapel
Other events and activities
"Honor Your Hunger." Encourage friends to accept and respect themselves as they are. In honor of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. (Ext. 7101.) 10 a.m.-2 p.m., mailroom
Language lunch tables
French, Italian
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
President's open hour for students. Students seen on a first-come, first-served basis. 4-5 p.m., College Hall 20

Tuesday, February 23
Sigma Xi Luncheon Talk: "The Kahn Institute's 1999-2000 Projects." Peter Pufall and Richard White. Open to faculty, emeriti and staff. Noon, College Club lower level
Lecture: "The Creative Person and the Creative Context." Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, professor of human development and education, University of Chicago, on his research with Nobel Prize winners and innovative CEOs, inventors, artists and writers. 5 p.m., McConnell auditorium*
Reading: Award-winning poet Alice Fulton. Sponsor: Smith College Poetry Center. 7:30 p.m., Stoddard auditorium
Fine/performing arts/films
Rec Council movie. 9 p.m., Wright auditorium
Résumé critiques by peer advisers. 10:30 a.m.­noon, CDO
Senate meeting. 7 p.m., Seelye 201
CDO workshop: "Ten Steps to Finding an Internship." 7:15 p.m., CDO
Early American shape-note sing. All ages and experiences welcome. 7-9 p.m., Chapel
Workshop: "Media's Impact on Women's Body Image." Topics: modeling industry, advertising, magazine culture and activism. Part of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. All welcome. (Ext. 7101.) 7:30 p.m., Seelye 105
CDO informational meeting on state PIRGs. 7:30 p.m., Wright common room
CDO workshop: "Preparing For a Successful Interview." 8 p.m., CDO
Religious Life
Episcopal-Lutheran Fellowship meets in the house parlor for worship, lunch and friendship. All welcome. Noon, St. John's Church, Elm Street
Hillel at Noon. Share your favorite pieces of writing, by you or someone else. 12:15 p.m., Dawes House Kosher Kitchen
"Sacred Dance." Gentle-movement classes that explore connections between spirituality and dance. No dance experience necessary. 4:45-5:45 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Other events and activities
"Honor Your Hunger." See Monday listing. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., mailroom
Language lunch tables
German, Chinese
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
Yoga class. Noncredit, for students. Enrollment limited to 40. Sponsors: Office of the Dean of the College, ESS. 5-6:15 p.m., Davis ballroom
CDO open hours. Peer advisers available. 7-9 p.m., CDO

Wednesday, February 24
Lecture: "Struggling to be Faithful and Skeptical." Barry O'Connell, English professor, Amherst College. Part of the Amherst College Multi-Religious Center series "Religion and Culture." 7:30 p.m., Multi-Religious Center, 38 Woodside Avenue, Amherst College
Fine/performing arts/films
Film: Antonia's Line. An old woman looks back on her life in a Dutch farming community and on the three generations of women who followed her. Part of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. (Ext. 7101.) 7:30 p.m., Stoddard auditorium
Résumé critiques by peer advisers. 1-4:30 p.m., CDO
Faculty meeting. Tea will be served at 3:45 p.m. 4:10 p.m., Alumnae House Conference Room
CDO informational meeting: "Praxis Summer '99 Internships." Sophomores and juniors encouraged to attend. 7 p.m., Wright common room
Religious Life
Catholic Adas gathering and informal discussion/reflection. Lunch served. All welcome. Noon, Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Buddhist service and discussion. 7:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Other events and activities
"Honor Your Hunger." See Monday listing. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., mailroom
Language lunch table
Spanish, Japanese
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
Open forum for students to discuss upcoming renovations at the Museum of Art. Sign up in the mailroom or at the museum. (Ext. 2760.) 5:45 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room

Thursday, February 25
Liberal Arts Luncheon: "Michelangelo's David: A Drama on the Piazza." Alfonso Procaccini, professor of Italian language and literature. Open to faculty, emeriti and staff. Noon, College Club lower level
Lecture: "Myth, Magic, and Metamorphosis: Circe's Wand, Aesop's Wit." Marina Warner, English novelist, cultural historian and author of From the Beast to the Blond: On Fairy Tales and their Tellers. Sponsor: English department. 8 p.m., Seelye 201*
Fine/performing arts/films
Musical theater: Euripides' Trojan Women. Translated by Kenneth McLeish. Kara Schiffner '99, director; Amy Adams, composer. The sorrows of Hecuba and her daughters during and after the sack of Troy. Tickets: $5, general; $3, students/seniors. 8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre, Mendenhall CPA*
Rec Council movie. 9 p.m., Wright auditorium
Résumé critiques by peer advisers. 10:30 a.m.-noon, CDO
CDO workshop: "How to Write an Effective Résumé." 3 p.m., CDO
CDO workshop: "Using the Internet to Search for Internships and Jobs." 4 p.m., CDO
CDO workshop: "Stress Less: Strategies for Dealing with Difficult Times." First of two parts. 5:15 p.m., CDO
Association of Low-Income Students meeting. Resources and a voice for students with financial need. Refreshments and childcare with advance notice. (Lori, ext. 4066.) 7 p.m., Chapin House
Workshop: "Eating Disorders and Body Image." Topics: treatment; how to help yourself or others; warning signs; societal contributors. Part of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. All welcome. (Ext. 7101.) 7:30 p.m., Dewey common room
CDO informational meeting: "FactSet Research Systems." 7:30 p.m., Wright common room

Thursday -- continued

Religious Life
Beit Midrash. "The Scroll of Esther (The Megillah): Part I." Torah study and dinner with Rabbi Edward Feld. 6 p.m., Terrace Room A, Valentine Hall, Amherst College
Other events and activities
"Honor Your Hunger." See Monday listing. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., mailroom
Yoga class. Noncredit, for students. Enrollment limited to 40. Sponsors: Office of the Dean of the College, ESS. 8-9:15 a.m., Davis ballroom
Language lunch tables
Korean, Russian
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
Workshop: "Drop-in Drawing." Fifth of six informal workshops for artists at all levels. Works in the Museum of Art will inspire drawing and other artmaking. Free; no registration required. Instructor: Liz Chalfin, artist and museum educator. 5:30-7:30 p.m., Museum of Art

Friday, February 26
Lecture: "Between Formalism and Ecology: Landscape Architecture by 2000 A.D." John Dixon Hunt, chair, Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, University of Pennsylvania. Sponsors: Art department, Faculty Planning Group for the Interdepartmental Program in Landscape Studies. Supported by the Beatrix Farrand Lectures in Landscape Studies. 1:10 p.m., Wright auditorium*
Biological Sciences and Biochemistry Colloquia. "Species-Level Systematics and Measures of Genetic Isolation with Examples from Butterflies." Adam Porter, Department of Entomology, UMass. Reception at 4 p.m. in the McConnell foyer. 4:30 p.m., McConnell B05*
ISO Conference: "Terrorism: The Threat of the 21st Century." 7:30-9:30 p.m., Wright auditorium*
Fine/performing arts/films
Film: Like Water For Chocolate. A romantic and mystical movie about how far a man will go to be near the woman he loves. Part of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week. (Ext. 7101.) 7:30 p.m., Stoddard auditorium
Musical theater: Euripides' Trojan Women. See Thursday listing. 8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre, Mendenhall CPA*
Smith Science-Fiction and Fantasy Society. (Allison, ext. 6683.) 4:30-6:15 p.m., Seelye 208*
Religious Life
Shabbat service. Dinner follows in Dawes House Kosher Kitchen. 5:15 p.m., Dewey common room.
Shabbat service and dinner. 5:30 p.m., Multireligious Center, Amherst College
Other events and activities
"Honor Your Hunger." See Monday listing. 10 a.m.-2 p.m., mailroom
Language lunch table
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
Lunar Celebration. The Asian Students Association invites you to celebrate with a traditional Chinese lion dance, kung-fu, Korean games, prizes, arts and crafts and Chinese and Korean food. Admission: $5, general; $3, children under 16. 6-9 p.m., Davis ballroom*

Saturday, February 27
ISO conference: "Terrorism: The Threat of the 21st Century." Panels and workshops. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Wright auditorium*
Fine/performing arts/films
Musical theater: Euripides' Trojan Women. See Thursday listing. 8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre, Mendenhall CPA*
Meeting: Coalition for Social Justice. Join us in bringing about social change. Child care provided with notice; handicapped accessible. (586-2663;
2 p.m., Seelye 202
Religious Life
Havdalah Service. Bring the Sabbath to a close. 5:30 p.m., Chapel room B5.
Other events and activities
Track: New England III Championships. 9:30 a.m., lTT
Artisan demonstration: Stephen Smithers, silversmith, demonstrates tools and techniques of classic metalsmithing. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition "A Renaissance Treasury." 10 a.m.-noon, Museum of Art*
Garden tour: "Elements of Renaissance Gardens." Docent-led. 1-1:45 p.m., Lyman Conservatory*
Artisan demonstration: Jacqueline DeBoer, custom jewelry designer for the Don Muller Gallery, discusses and displays historic and present-day enameling techniques at this drop-in session. 2-3:30 p.m., Museum of Art*

Sunday, February 28
Lecture: Linda Shaughnessy, author of children's books about professional athletes, will read from and talk about her work. Second in the "Sundays at Two" series. (See story, page 1.) Sponsors: Friends of Forbes Library and Smith College. 2 p.m., Forbes Library*
Fine/performing arts/films
"Sounds and Visions: An Afternoon of Music, Poetry and Art." Vocal chamber work by Ron Perera, featuring Visions, a piece for two sopranos and eleven instrumentalists based on poems by Richard Wilbur, Carol Edelstein and Susan Snively. Professors Jane Bryden and Karen Smith Emerson, both sopranos, will perform. Edelstein and Snively will read their own poems; Wilbur's poem will be read by Dean Albarelli of the English department. English professor Jeff Hunter will moderate a discussion among Perera and the poets. 2 p.m., Museum of Art*
Art show opening reception: "Bodies of/at Work." Works by Smith women. Sponsor: Taskforce on Eating Disorders. Refreshments served. (Ext. 7101.) 7-9 p.m., Seelye basement foyer
CDO workshop: "Preparing for a Successful Interview." 3 p.m., CDO
CDO workshop: "Job Search for Second-Years." 3 p.m., CDO
Religious Life
Ecumenical Christian Church morning worship for the second Sunday in Lent with the Rev. Julie Ruening-Scherer, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Manchester, Connecticut, who has a special interest in women's spiritual development. Coffee and conversation follow. All welcome. 10:45 a.m., Chapel*
Quaker meeting. All welcome. Informal discussion at 9:30 a.m. Meeting for worship at 11 a.m. Bass 203*
Roman Catholic Eucharistic liturgy. Sunday supper follows. 4:30 p.m. Bodman Lounge, Chapel*
Other events and activities
CDO open hours. Peer advisers available. 1-4 p.m., CDO

Ongoing Events
"A Renaissance Treasury: The Flagg Collection of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture." More than 70 rare and historically significant objects from the late medieval and Renaissance periods, on loan from the Milwaukee Art Museum. Through March 14. Museum of Art*
"Pierre and Lady Holland: A Suite of Drawings by Dotty Attie." Through March 27. Print Room, Museum of Art*
"Ada Comstock Scholars Alumnae Art Exhibit." Seventeen works by 16 artists. Sponsor: Ada Comstock Scholars Program. Through March 26. Alumnae House gallery
"Ancient Histories." Monotypes by Leslie Kramer, gallery director and lecturer in art, Elmira College and Mansfield University. Through March 6. Hillyer Corridor Gallery*
"Bodies of/at Work Exhibit." Artwork by women at Smith. Sponsor: Taskforce on Eating Disorders. (Ext. 7101.) February 28 through March 6. Seelye basement foyer

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Smith Wide

Summer Employment at Smith

Smith College will have job openings this summer in building services, residence and dining services, the botanic garden and the grounds and rental-properties departments. All positions are full-time, Monday through Friday, with various shifts available.

To be eligible, applicants must be Smith students or dependents of Smith faculty or staff members. All applicants must be at least 16 years old by June 14, be returning to school full time in the fall and be available to work through August 27 (though some work is available after that date). Get applications through March 26 at 30 Belmont, the Neilson circulation desk, the college club and the front desk at physical plant. Completed applications must be submitted at 30 Belmont by 4:30 p.m. on March 26.

Hiring priority will be given to returning workers from last summer, then to college-age dependents and Smith students, and finally to high school­age dependents. A waiting list will be started for applicants who are not placed initially. (Mark Carmien, ext. 2288;

Ski Trip

The student affairs office is sponsoring a skiing and snowboarding trip to Mount Snow in southern Vermont on Sunday, March 7, for students, other Smith community members and their friends -- whatever their abilities on the slopes. Bus transportation will be provided. The group rate is based on a minimum of 20 participants. Group-rate package options include: lift only, $38; lift and ski or snowboard lesson, $62; lift and ski rental, $64; lift and snowboard rental, $67; lift, ski rental and lesson, $88; lift, snowboard rental and lesson, $91; learn-to-ski or -snowboard package, $38. Children's rates are available upon request. Sign up (first-come, first-served) and pay in full in the student affairs office, College Hall 24, before Thursday, March 4.

Chapel Innovations

In response to requests, beginning February 22 the Chapel will have weekly "Silence for the Soul" hours every Monday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. All Smith community members are invited for quietude with meditative music; stay for three minutes or more. In addition, space has been set aside upstairs next to the Hindu prayer space for anyone seeking quietude for prayer, meditation or reflection; it is open to all, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. A book has been placed in the foyer in which people can write about spiritual concerns, and the chaplains are available to all during times of joy and times of struggle.

Sunnyside Open House

On March 8 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sunnyside Child Care Center is holding an open house for parents and other community members interested in enrolling their children at the center. Meet the staff and visit with center parents. Smith-affiliated families have priority for Sunnyside placements. (Debra Horton, ext. 2293.)

Girls' Softball Clinics

The Smith softball team is holding clinics for girls in grades 5 through 8. Sessions will be held in the Indoor Track and Tennis Facility on Saturday, March 6, from 9 a.m. to noon for fifth and sixth graders and from 1 to 4 p.m. for seventh and eighth graders. Participants should bring a softball glove and wear shorts, a T-shirt, sweats and court shoes. Fee: $10 per participant. (Bonnie May, ext. 2713.)

Kids' Night Out

The next Kids' Night Out is Friday, March 5. The cost is $10 for the first child registered from a given family and $5 for each additional sibling. Register at the information booth on the first floor of Ainsworth gym or call Kim Bierwert at extension 2722. Preregistration is preferred, but walk-ins are welcome. Check in by the glass doors at the entrance on the first floor of Ainsworth.

Lunar New Year

The Asian Students Association of Smith College cordially invites all members of the college community to join in its celebration of the Lunar New Year. Meant to assure good fortune and prosperity, the celebration will include a performance of the traditional Chinese lion dance, a demonstration of kung-fu, traditional Korean games (with prizes for winning teams), various arts and crafts activities (including Chinese calligraphy), a movie and much more. All of this and a buffet of delicious Chinese and Korean food will be included in the general admission ($5; $3 for children under 16). The celebration will take place February 26 from 6 to 9 p.m. in Davis ballroom. Tickets will be sold at the door. (Ext. 7249 or 7259.)

Faculty & Staff

Food Drive

The Activities Committee of Staff Council has organized its annual Have a Heart food drive for the Northampton Survival Center. Boxes with lists of desired nonperishable food items will be placed in many buildings across campus between February 15 and March 1. Make a difference: help feed a family in need by placing your contribution in one of the boxes. (Cindy Rucci, ext. 2923;



The Downhill Ski Night listed for Friday, February 26, in the Smith College appointment calendar has been canceled due to the closing of the ski area.

Shizumi Tickets

The Fine Arts Council is offering 10 tickets at $9 each for Smith students wishing to attend the performance by Shizumi at UMass's Bowker Auditorium on Saturday, March 6, at 8 p.m. A consummate master of ballet, modern dance, Japanese folk dance and Noh and Kyogen theater, Shizumi explores timeless themes-the moon, love, the seasons-in a spellbinding synthesis of Japanese dance, theater, art and literature. Tickets are on sale at the SGA Office, Clark Hall.

Rotary Scholarships

Rotary Club International Scholarships cover either a first year at a foreign graduate school or a three-month cultural scholarship. Students must apply through their hometown Rotary Club office. Deadline for 2000­01 awards: April 9. (CDO, ext. 2570; Liz Lee, ext. 4913.)

Brit Bus

Students interested in traveling, working or studying in the United Kingdom are urged to visit the red double-decker British bus which will be parked next to Chapin House all day on Monday, February 22. The bus will promote "Britain on a Budget" and is coming to Smith through the efforts of Arinne Edelman '99, one of 16 U.S. students selected to be a student ambassador to Britain. 

Textbook Returns

The Grécourt Bookshop will begin returning unsold textbooks to their publishers during the first week of March. Please purchase all of your textbooks before then.

Summer School in Korea

As of February 24 the Office for International Study (OIS) will have application forms for the 1999 Ewha Womans University Visiting Students Program. Students chosen for the program will receive a tuition waiver but must pay their own room and board costs. Brochures are available in OIS, on the third floor of Clark Hall. Application deadline: March 9. (Liz Lee, ext. 4913.)

Publication Job

The Office of College Relations is seeking a student to key and edit the entries for the 1997-98 Smith College Faculty Record. The ideal candidate will be interested in and have a flair for bibliography and editing. She will also have an infinite capacity to attend to detail, maintain stylistic consistency, logically extend existing guidelines to accommodate unforeseen variant entries, and take note of and hunt down missing information. The student will receive a credit on the book's title page. (John Sippel, ext. 2180;

Work-Study Job

Eating TLC and Health Education seek a work-study employee to work four to six hours per week. She must be dependable, detail-oriented and interested in program development; artistic and computer- graphics skills are desirable. Preference will be given to students who will be on campus next year. (MaryCatherine Jones, ext. 7828;

House Community Advisers

The Office of Student Affairs is accepting applications from students wishing to serve as house community advisers during the 1999­2000 school year. Candidates must be in good academic standing, with a GPA above 2.5. Leadership experience is strongly preferred. Applications are available at College Hall 24 and the CDO. Application deadline: Monday, March 1. To learn more, see your RC or HR or call Jennifer Matos AC at extension 2234.

CDO Deadlines

Résumés for full-time positions at DMB&B Advertising and Technology Exchange Co. or for internships at Dun and Bradstreet, Monadnock Media, the Vineyard Gazette and Wildenstein & Co. are due at CDO no later than February 24. Students wishing to meet on the Mount Holyoke campus with a recruiter from Commonwealth Associates Consulting should submit a cover letter, official transcript, résumé and writing sample to CDO by February 24.

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