News for the Smith College Community // April 1, 1999

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Interns Serving the Community

Too many Smith undergraduates know the School for Social Work (SSW) only as a building on campus they rarely enter. That situation is beginning to change, though, thanks to a new program that combines community service and academic reflection and builds on the fact that internships, long a staple of the social work curriculum, are increasingly popular with undergraduates of all majors.

The Community Service Internship Program (CSIP), now concluding its first year, is a collaboration of the Service Organizations of Smith (S.O.S.) and SSW. It places undergraduates in year-long, intensive, supervised internships in such area social service agencies as the Martin Luther King Community Center in Springfield, the American Friends Service Committee in Florence and the YWCA in Northampton. Participants receive $2,000 stipends.

CSIP interns are required to attend weekly seminars run by Associate Professor of Social Work Jerry Sachs and Director of Voluntary Services Tiertza-Leah Schwartz. The sessions enable the interns to reflect together on their day-to-day challenges and review the written "process recordings" that serve as both records and analyses of their experiences.

Kate Jeans-Gail, a sophomore from Portland, Oregon, says that while CSIP hasn't altered her ambition to be president of the United States, it has shown her how much can be achieved on a local level.

"There is a lot of importance and honor in doing community work," she explains, "even when the task at the moment may not seem profound or life-changing."

Jeans-Gail, one of nine CSIP participants, spends eight hours each week teaching reading at Jessie's House, a homeless shelter near campus serving primarily women and children. Sometimes, she admits, it wears her out, but what once seemed a chore has now become a central event of her week.

"There's nothing like spending time with a bunch of energetic children after three hours of chem lab," she laughs.

Moreover, Jeans-Gail finds that the lessons of Jessie's House, as reviewed in the seminar, translate more readily to her Smith experience than she had first imagined.

"The factors that build community and break it down, the challenges of group living -- these are universal," she explains. "Most of the folks I work with are not so far from where I am. They've justslipped through the cracks, for one reason or another.

"Even at Smith, we sometimes let people slip through the cracks, when overwork keeps us from taking care of a friend in need or even from taking care of ourselves. It's not all that different."

Pat D'Arienzo, a senior and an Ada Comstock Scholar, also finds friendship to be central in her job description as an intern for Children's Aid/Family Services. Twice a week she meets with a mother of five children, sometimes to help with the kids but mostly just to talk with the mother about the frustrations of being isolated with young children.

"You need friends in this life," D'Arienzo notes, "and it's often hard to find them, especially when you can't get out of the house." As her support relationship with her client grows, D'Arienzo finds the weekly reflective seminars help keep perspective and put the lessons of the day-to-day into a larger context.

Sachs describes CSIP as "a program in which everybody wins. Our students get meaningful experiences with good supervision. The School for Social Work forges stronger links with undergraduates and vice versa. Agencies get good volunteers. And, most important, the folks being served get help they otherwise wouldn't."


New Awards for Job Excellence

The Employee Excellence Awards, a pilot program to be run for the first time this spring, will enable Smith employees to recognize their colleagues for outstanding job performance. It will supplement the existing Employee Recognition Program, which annually honors employees for length of service and perfect attendance. "By adding the recognition of excellence we will identify and illustrate excellence as an institutional value," says Lianne Sullivan-Crowley, director of human resources. "We will also be able as a community to celebrate individual successes."

The president's senior staff, members of the Smith Administrative Management Seminar (SAMS), Staff Council and the unions have all reviewed the proposal for the program and their feedback has been incorporated into the final version.

The program is open to full- and part-time administrative and administrative support staff as well as employee members of the RADS and nurses unions. All nominees must have been employed at the college for at least one year and must be below the level of department head.

The program has been discussed with all the unions on campus and each has expressed support for ongoing recognition of employee excellence. This year, only Local 108 (Nurses) and Local 211 (RADS) have opted to participate in the awards pilot.

The nomination deadline is May 15. The selection committee will review nominations and recommend recipients to President Simmons by June 1. Awards will be given by June 15 and recipients will be honored October 7 at the Employee Recognition Program.

The selection committee will include administrative, administrative-support and union staff. Gaynelle Weiss, employee services director, will serve as ex officio chair of the committee. Award recipients will receive $1,000. Nomination forms are available on the human resources Web site ( and will be included in program-description packets being distributed to employees.


Exploring the Creative Process

Between the time a creative work is first sketched out as a germ of an idea and when it appears in its completed, presentable form, it may go through a succession of drafts and variations. Changes in content, appearance, color, shape, perspective and other elements might render the completed piece vastly different from its original concept. The artist too may undergo a spectrum of changes in emotion, mood, experience and education that alter how she envisions her work.

On April 9, the Smith College Museum of Art will host an opening reception for "Idea<>Form: Looking at the Creative Process," an exhibition of works by 10 of the college's studio artists that examines the evolution of creativity and the processes a creative work might go through before completion. The reception will be held at the museum from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The exhibition displays works that illuminate the artists' methods of working as they mold their art from concept to form. Artists whose works are on display are Roger Boyce, Lee Burns, Carl Caivano, John Gibson, Susan Heideman, Chester Michalik, Gary Niswonger, Elliot Offner, Dwight Pogue and Katy Schneider. As part of the exhibition, each artist has invited another faculty colleague to observe and respond to his or her art through written commentary in the exhibition's catalogue.

In addition, "Idea<>Form" includes a semester-long series of campus lectures, performances, readings and open studio visits that represent the creative process as it exists in several realms in the Smith community -- the humanities, sciences, math, music and dance.

The series began February 23 with a talk, "The Creative Person and the Creative Context," by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi of the University of Chicago. On February 28 the Museum of Art presented "Sounds and Visions: An Afternoon of Music, Poetry and Art," featuring a performance of Visions, a piece by Smith composer Ronald Perera. And in late March dance professor Susan Waltner and MFA students performed "Just Gazing: A Dance Performance."

"Idea<>Form" continues on April 13 at 5 p.m. in McConnell Auditorium with a lecture, "Images and Imagination: Creativity in Science and Technology," by Felice Frankel, artist-in-residence at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. On April 16 at 12:15 p.m. in the museum, Chester Michalik will give a talk on his photographs of contemporary Japan.

Also as part of the series, open visits to the studios of exhibiting artists Niswonger, Gibson and Boyce will be held throughout April.

The concept for "Idea<>Form" originated in 1995 when an ad hoc Committee on the Education of Women at Smith recommended the college create opportunities to increase "the intellectual connections among students" and provide events "where students and faculty members can meet both formally and informally to teach, learn and share problems and ideas."

"We hope that 'Idea<>Form,' in spawning an interdisciplinary investigation of the creative process ... will meet this call for catalyzing a cross-campus dialogue from which we can all learn," says Museum of Art Director Suzannah Fabing in the exhibition catalogue. "The creative act is not limited to making art (or music, or theater, or a scientific proof) but comprises seeing/hearing/understanding it as well."

"Idea<>Form" runs through May 30.

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Religion in the Public Square

Jean Bethke Elshtain, a prominent leader in religious studies, will present a lecture, "How Shall We Talk? Reflections on Religious Discussion in the Public Square," on Thursday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Neilson Browsing Room. She will explore how we can effectively communicate about difficult political issues while duly respecting one another's ethical and religious views.

A former adviser to President Bill Clinton on ethical issues, Elshtain is Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics at the University of Chicago. For most of her distinguished career she has sought to define relationships between society's political and ethical convictions.

The author of several books -- including Public Man, Private Woman: Women in Social and Political Thought, selected by Choice as one of the top academic books of 1981-82; Democracy on Trial, named a New York Times notable book in 1995; and Real Politics: Political Theory and Everyday Life -- Elshtain has also written more than 400 essays and is a columnist for The New Republic. She received a doctorate in politics from Brandeis University and formerly served on the faculty at UMass-Amherst and Vanderbilt University where she was the first woman to hold an endowed professorship and received the Ellen Gregg Ingalls Award for excellence in classroom teaching.

Elshtain's talk at Smith is being sponsored by the Department of Religion and Biblical Literature and American Studies.


Library Gallery to BeDedicated

Entering Neilson Library will soon be a more cultural and aesthetic experience thanks to recent renovations in the library's main corridor and Neilson Browsing Room and the opening next week of the Constance Morrow Morgan Gallery in the library's main foyer just inside the entrance. The gallery, which will feature showcases on either side of the foyer displaying prized manuscripts, historical papers and photos, noted books and other materials from the Mortimer Rare Book Room, will be dedicated by President Simmons at its opening on April 9 at 4 p.m. The dedication will take place as part of the annual meeting of the Friends of the Libraries. A reception will follow the dedication at approximately 4:15 p.m. in the Browsing Room. The Friends of the Libraries meeting will begin at 2:30 p.m. in Seelye 106 with a lecture, "Moveable Type to Megabytes: A Writer's Survival in TechnoWorlds," by author Maureen Howard '52.

In order to enhance the visibility of the Morgan Gallery and the library's entrance, modifications have been made in the foyer to the security gates, which will be moved back and will blend in more with their surroundings, the woodwork over the circulation desk and stairway. Also, a brighter carpet has been installed in the corridor and new carpeting and cabinetry have been installed in the library's entrance vestibule.

"We want to better present the wealth of collections in the library," said Director of Libraries Sarah Pritchard about the renovations and the Morgan Gallery. "When you walk into the library the first thing you'll see is exhibits. The whole impression it creates will be not only more elegant but will create a more cohesive visual identity. It'll all look like it fits together."

Neilson Browsing Room renovations include improved lighting, new paint and a different interior arrangement to encourage regular use, Pritchard said.

Also as part of the library renovation project, the Mortimer Rare Book Room on Neilson's third floor has had its entrance enclosed in an attractive glass and wood vestibule with a showcase for samples of the collection's holdings.

Morgan, a 1935 alumna, former trustee and longtime library donor, is the late daughter of trustee and one-time acting Smith president Elizabeth Cutter Morrow and the sister of alumna Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Morgan was a college trustee from 1958 to 1972 and received a Smith medal in 1974. In 1996­97 the Morgan family donated her substantial collection of rare books to the Mortimer Rare Book Room. "The naming of this particular space is appropriate both in terms of Morgan's involvement with the college and her love of books," says Pritchard.

The renovations, which were de-signed by the Shelburne Falls architectural firm Juster Pope Frazier, have been funded by a combination of college resources including library endowed monies, ACRA, the Faculty Committee on the Library and special support from the president.

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March 23: Smith 5, Trinity 0
March 24: Smith 10, Nichols 7
March 25: Smith 7, Elms 0
March 27: Smith 2, Wheaton 3
March 27: Smith 2, Wheaton 1
March 23: Smith 5, Amherst 16
March 25: Smith 20, Elms 2
March 27­28: Seven Sisters Championship, 4th place
March 27: Smith vs. Clark/Amherst, 1st place, Vasity and Novice
March 27: Smith Quad, 4th place
March 27: Smith 0, Skidmore 9
March 28: Mount Holyoke Show, 3rd place

The following was available at press-time. To learn more, call ext. 2278.
Director of libraries, Libraries. Until filled.

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People News

Lixin Gao of computer science has received a $200,000 Career Award from the National Science Foundation for her project "Providing Video- On-Demand Services in Multicast Networks." The Faculty Early Career Development Program emphasizes on "the early development of academic careers dedicated to stimulating the discovery process in which the excitement of research is enhanced by inspired teaching and enthusiastic learning."


With sponsorship from the Office of the Dean of the College, four Smith students traveled to Washington, D.C., during spring break to attend the 30th annual student symposium sponsored by the Center for the Study of the Presidency. Participating in "Lessons Learned in the 20th Century and Leadership for the New Millennium" were Kristin Thornblad '02, Holden Osborne '01, Kimberly Marlowe AC and Melissa Schumi '01. The students were chosen for their interest in government and/or public affairs and for their leadership qualities, maturity and academic strength. On the program were senior members and former members of both the executive and legislative branches of national government and members of the Washington press corps.


Seven students and three faculty members from the physics department attended the Centennial Meeting of the American Physical Society in Atlanta March 20­26 along with more than 10,000 participants from all over the world, including some 40 Nobel laureates. The meeting "inspired young students and excited them about the ways physics has had an impact on our daily lives," says Nalini Easwar, a member of the physics department who attended the meeting.

According to Irving Lerch, the director of international scientific affairs for the society, "the objective is to seek out and include talented students and to give the next generation an appreciation of what has made the past century so vital to the intellectual and economic development of modern industrial society." In keeping with this objective, APS established a matching travel grant program to encourage and support the participation of undergraduate students at the meeting. Four Smith students were among the 350 chosen from many nominees to receive the travel awards: Melissa Eblen '99, Jacqueline Nyamwanda '99, Shiho Iwanaga '99 and Lydia Peabody '02. Support from the NSF funded Material Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) at the University of Massachusetts and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute enabled three additional students to attend the meeting: Heather White '00, Nadia Bradshaw '00, and Alexa Mattheyses '00. Faculty members Nat Fortune and Doreen Weinberger also traveled to the Atlanta meeting. Six papers were presented by members of the Smith contingent, including papers by students Eblen and Peabody.


Jane Yolen '60, author of numerous children's books, appeared on C-SPAN's Book TV March 20-21 to discuss and read from three of her books, including Tea With an Old Dragon, a story of a little girl's visits with her Hatfield neighbor, Sophia Smith. Yolen wrote the book and Monica Vachula '73 illustrated it as part of Smith's 1997 celebration of the bicentennial of the birth of Smith's benefactor.


Coree Newman '99J has received a DAAD scholarship for the academic year 1999-2000. The German Academic Exchange Service, known by the German acronym DAAD, selects top students each year to receive stipends for research or study in Germany. Awards cover transportation, cost of living, education stipend and health insurance. A history major, Newman will work with professors at the University of Freiburg studying literacy in the middle ages. When she returns to the U.S., Newman plans to pursue a Ph.D. and eventually become a teacher. She has held several positions teaching young children in her home state of California. Newman is a key player on the Smith volleyball team, having won the Peter S. Meltzer Award and the Smith College National Athlete Award.


President Ruth Simmons and affirmative action foe Ward Connerly played the roles of parents to a college-aged daughter in Beyond Black and White: Affirmative Action in America, which aired March 23 on PBS. The program, a production of the Fred Friendly Seminars of the Columbia University School of Journalism, brought together a diverse group of prominent personalities, including conservative columnist Ann Coulter, California Congressman Frank Riggs and Director of White House Communications Ann Lewis, to debate whether affirmative action is, as supporters claim, an essential remedy to disenfranchisement or, as detractors like Connerly (the driving force behind California's Proposition 209 movement) believe an untenable example of reverse discrimination.

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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, April 5
Lecture/performance: "Dancing the Good Mother: Performances of African Diasporic 'Contagion' and Healing." Barbara Browning. 4-5:30 p.m., Seelye 207
Poetry reading: "Women's Conferences and Other Wonders." Ama Ata Aidoo, Gwendolen Carter Lecturer in English Language and Literature and Theatre. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 106
Panel discussion: "The World is Changing, Smith Women are Changing the World." See notice for details. Reception follows. 4:30 p.m., Alumnae House living room
Lecture: "The Changing Social and Family Environments of Childhood." Stephanie Coontz, family historian, Evergreen State College. Reception follows. 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
Debate Society general meeting.
4-6 p.m., Seelye 101
Class of 2002 mandatory meeting. 4:30 p.m., Wright auditorium
Student Labor Action Coalition general meeting. 6:30 p.m., Women's Resource Center (Davis third floor)*
Religious Life
"Silence for the Soul." Drop in for some quiet time. All welcome. 12:30-1:30 p.m., Chapel
Green Tara meditation session with Geshe Lobsang Tsetan, Tibetan Buddhist Learning Center, Washington, New Jersey. Sponsors: East Asian Studies and Ada Howe Kent programs. 4-5 p.m., Wright common room*
Other events and activities
Language lunch tables
French, Italian
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room

Tuesday, April 6
Sigma Xi Luncheon Talk: "The Beaver and Biodiversity." Robert McMaster. Open to faculty, emeriti and staff. Noon, College Club lower level
Northampton Silk Project: Sally Dillon, Amherst silk artist, will talk about her work. Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series. Noon-1 p.m., Seelye 207
Illustrated lecture: "Pre-Raphaelite Art." Helen Searing, Alice Pratt Brown Professor of Art. Offered for English 244B students. Open to all. 4-5 p.m., Hillyer 117
Lecture: "Occupying the National Family: Gendered Citizenship, Sexuality, and the U.S. Occupation of Japan." Mary Layoun, professor of comparative literature, University of Wisconsin-Madison. 4:45-6:30 p.m., Seelye 201*
Reading: Gerald Szyszkowitz, Austrian author, will read in German from his book Die Lesereise der Katja Thaya. 5-6 p.m., Wright common room
Poetry reading: J.D. McClatchy. Sponsor: Poetry Center. 7:30 p.m., Stoddard auditorium*
Fine/performing arts/films
Music in the Noon Hour: Violin Sonata No. 5 by Grazyna Bacewicz. Veronica Macchia-Kadlub Kiewicz, violin; Monica Jakuc, piano. 12:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall*
Early American Shape-Note Sing. All ages and experiences welcome. 7-9 p.m., Chapel*
Rec Council movie. 9 p.m., Wright auditorium
Résumé critiques by peer advisers. 10:30 a.m.­noon, CDO
Presentations by Jean Picker Fellows. 4:15 p.m., Seelye 207
Workshop: "Part 2: Creative Ways to Look at Modern and Contemporary Art." For elementary school teachers. Explore how artists communicate ideas and feelings. Registration required (ext. 2779). 3:45-5:45 p.m., Museum of Art*
Senate meeting. 7 p.m., Seelye 201
CDO workshop: "Ten Steps to Finding an Internship." 7:15 p.m., CDO
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. "Jews of Argentina." Jennie Drimmer '99. Noon, 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
Ceramics Club pottery sale. 10-4 p.m., Gamut
Language lunch tables
German, Chinese
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
Softball vs. Amherst (2). 3:30 p.m., athletic fields*
Yoga class. 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, April 7
Open meeting for SLL372: "Translating Poetry." 2:40-4 p.m., Hatfield 105
Lecture: "The Politics of Land Rights: Race and National Identity in Australia." Kate Manzo, University of Newcastle. Part of the Global Issues Forum. 4:30-6 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*
Lecture: "Warlord Politics and Failed States in a Globalized Economy." Will Reno, professor of political science, Florida International University. 7:30 p.m., Seelye 101*
Readings. Dean Albarelli, Elizabeth Drew Professor of English fiction; Sara London, poetry. Sponsor: English department. 8 p.m., Seelye 207
Fine/performing arts/films
Film: The Wannsee Conference (1984). Heinz Schirk, director. Nazis and German civil servants work out Final Solution details. In German with English subtitles. For students in HST251b, "Europe in the 20th Century." Open to all. 7:30 p.m., Seelye 106
Theater: UMass' "Not Ready for Bedtime Players" perform vignettes on love, sex and everything in between. Sponsors: Peer Sexuality Educators, AIDS Education Committee. 8 p.m., Wright auditorium*
HR workshop. "Retirement and Health Care: Thinking Them Through." (Kathleen Chatwood, ext. 2263.) Noon-1 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room
Résumé critiques by peer advisers. 1-4:30 p.m., CDO
Students for a Free Tibet meeting. 5-6 p.m., Seelye 102
Debates for SGA Spring Election candidates. 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room
Dance lessons for Spring Ball.
9 p.m., Davis ballroom
Religious Life
Catholic Adas gathering and informal discussion/reflection. Lunch served. All welcome. Noon, Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Buddhist service and discussion. Preceded at 5:45 p.m. by Smith Buddhist Sangha in Gillett dining room. 7:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Other events and activities
Ceramic Club Pottery Sale. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Gamut
Language lunch tables
Spanish, Japanese
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
Softball vs. WNEC. 4 p.m., athletic fields*
Women's Squash Round Robin for students and faculty, beginner or advanced. Friendly atmosphere. Balls and racquets supplied. 8­9 p.m., squash courts

Thursday, April 8
Liberal Arts Luncheon: "Culture and Metonomy: Or, How Much Do Bedclothes Matter?" Michael Gorra, English language and literature. Open to faculty, emeriti and staff. Noon, College Club lower level
Lecture: "Feminism in Theater." Michelene Wandor, British dramatist and critic. 3 p.m., Green Room, Mendenhall CPA
Lecture: "Darwinism Yesterday and Today." John Tyler Bonner, Biology Department, Princeton University. Sponsor: History of the Sciences Program. 5 p.m., Seelye 201*
Lecture: "Sites, Snapshots and the Landscape." Elizabeth Meyersohn, art department. 5 p.m., Hillyer 117*
Panel discussion: "The Future of Affirmative Action in Higher Education." Horace Copper, spokesman for Representative Dick Armey, and psychology professor Fletcher Blanchard. Sponsor: Women for Freedom. 7 p.m., Seelye 110*
Lecture: "How Should We Talk? Reflections on Religious Discourse in the Public Square." Jean Bethke Elshtain, University of Chicago Divinity School. (See story, page 4.) 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*
Fine/performing arts/films
Spring Dance Concert. Works by undergraduate, graduate and alumnae choreographers. Tickets: $6, general; $4, students and seniors. (Ext. 2787) 8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre, Mendenhall CPA*
Rec Council movie. 9 p.m., Wright auditorium

Thursday, continued --

Meeting: Campus Climate Working Group. President Ruth Simmons, chair. Discussion on diversity efforts. 8-9 a.m., Neilson Browsing Room
Résumé critiques by peer advisers. 10:30 a.m.-noon, CDO
CDO workshop: "How to Write an Effective Résumé." 3 p.m., CDO
Workshop: "Part 2: Creative Ways to Look at Modern and Contemporary Art." See Tuesday listing. 3:45-5:45 p.m., Museum of Art*
CDO workshop: "Using the Internet to Search for Internships and Jobs." 4 p.m., CDO
Debate Society practice rounds. 4-6 p.m., Seelye 101
Workshop: "Art from Art: Writing in Response to Visual Creation," with Janet Longe Sadler, writer, artist. Third of six sessions exploring creative writing forms and styles. Free, but advance registration is required (ext. 2760). Limited to 12. 5:30-7:45 p.m., Museum of Art
Association of Low-Income Students meeting. Refreshments and childcare with advance notice. (Lori, ext. 4066.) 7 p.m., Chapin House
Religious Life
Meetings: Al-Iman, the Muslim organization on campus. Discussion of Islamic values and Qu'ran literature. 7-8:15 p.m., Dewey common room
Other events and activities
Yoga class. 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
Community Forum. Sponsor: Staff Council. 1:30 p.m., Wright auditorium
President Simmons' open hours for students. No appointment necessary. Students are seen on a first-come, first-served basis. 4-5 p.m., College Hall 20

Friday, April 9
Lecture: "Moveable Type to Megabytes: A Writer's Survival in Techno-Worlds." Maureen Howard '52. Sponsor: Friends of the Smith College Libraries. 2:30 p.m., Seelye 106*
Dedication of the Morgan Gallery. (See story, page 4.) Reception follows in Neilson Browsing Room.
4 p.m., Neilson Library*
Biological Sciences & Biochemistry Colloquium: "Life in Two Dimensions: Recent Studies on Cellular Slime Molds." John Tyler Bonner, Princeton University. 4 p.m., McConnell B05*
Conference: "5Con Seven." Five College Speculative Fiction Conference, hosted by Smith Science Fiction and Fantasy Society (SSFFS), featuring panels, gaming, costume ball, vendors, an art show and much more. With guests Margaret Weis, Elizabeth Moon, Josepha Sherman, Esther Friesner, Susan Schwartz and the Don't Quit Your Day Job Players. Tickets: $25 at the door. For information: ext. 6100 or http://www.smith.
edu/ssffs/. 4 p.m.-midnight, Seelye Hall*
Fine/performing arts/films
Opening reception for "Idea<>Form." Food, music and a chance to meet the participating artists and responders. (See story, page 1.) Open to all. 4:30-6:30 p.m., Museum of Art*
Concert: Paul O'Dette, lutenist. Final concert in the Sage Hall Concert Se-ries. Tickets ($18, general; $14, Smith College faculty, staff and seniors; $6, students) available at Northampton Box Office, 150 Main St., 586-8686, 1-800-THE TICK and at the door. 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall*
Spring Dance Concert. See Thursday listing. 8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre, Mendenhall CPA*
Film: This Sporting Life (1963), with Richard Harris, Rachel Roberts. Lindsay Anderson, director. Based on a David Storey novel. British Film Series. Sponsor: Motion Picture Committee. 8 p.m., Wright auditorium*
Theater performance: Scenes of A Funny Lady.An evening of musical theater celebrating performing legend Fanny Brice. With Pioneer Valley actors and musicians; Diana Calderazzo '99, director. 8 p.m., TV Studio, Mendenhall CPA*
CDO informational meeting: "International Travel 101." Two experienced travelers will discuss destinations, costs, risks, timing and packing. 12:15 p.m., CDO
Religious Life
Green Tara Meditation. See Monday listing. 4-5 p.m., Wright common room*
Shabbat service. Dinner follows in Dawes House Kosher Kitchen. 5:15 p.m., Dewey common room.
Shabbat service and dinner. Amherst Hillel. Dinner follows at 6:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m., Center for Religious Life, Woodside Avenue, Amherst College
Smith Christian Fellowship (InterVarsity) with other sisters. 7:30 p.m., Dewey common room*
Other events and activities
Language lunch table
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room

Saturday, April 10
Conference: "5Con Seven." See Friday listing. 9 a.m.-midnight, Seelye Hall*
Workshop: "Stories and Art." For children ages 4 to 7. Listen to stories, look at and create art. Parents welcome. Register at extension 2760. Walk-ins welcome if space is available. 10:30 a.m.-noon, Museum of Art*
Coalition for Social Justice meeting. Child care provided with notice. Handicapped accessible. (586-2663; tstcloud@ 2 p.m., Seelye 202
Fine/performing arts/films
Spring Weekend A Cappella Jam. Five Smith a cappella groups and guests. 1-4 p.m., Wright auditorium*
Art studio visit: Gary Niswonger, art department, invites visitors to his studio. Free, but preregistration required (ext. 2760). 2-3:30 p.m., Williamsburg, Massachusetts
Concert: J.S. Bach's Magnificat. Smith Glee Club and UVA Men's Glee Club. 7 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall*
Spring Ball: "007." Tickets: $10.
9 p.m., Davis ballroom
Spring Dance Concert. See Thursday listing. 8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre, Mendenhall CPA*
Theater: Scenes of A Funny Lady. See Friday listing. 8 p.m., TV Studio, Mendenhall CPA*
Dance performance: "Casa de Mujer: Flamenco Dance Inspired by the Lives of St. Teresa of Avila, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mary Magdalene and the Women of Bosnia." Part of the Interreligious Center's series, "Faith and Social Justice." 8 p.m., Chapel*
Film: Thérèse (France, 1986). Alan Cavalier, director. City of Women Series. Sponsor: Motion Picture Committee. 8 p.m., Stoddard auditorium*
Religious Life
Havdalah Service. Come together to bring the Sabbath to a close. 5:30 p.m., Bodman Lounge
Other events and activities
Track: Smith Invitational. 10 a.m., athletic fields
Tennis: Seven Sisters Championship. all day, Outdoor tennis courts
1999 Hunger Cleanup. National community service workathon in which students and community members raise money while working with programs for the hungry and homeless. Sponsor: MassPIRG. Noon, Chapin lawn

Sunday, April 11
Conference: "5Con Seven." See Friday listing. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Seelye Hall*
Fine/performing arts/films
Film: This Sporting Life (1963). See Friday listing. British Film Series.
2 p.m., Wright auditorium*
Film: Thérèse (France, 1986). See Saturday listing. City of Women Series. 7 p.m., Wright auditorium*
Film: Korean Popular Movie Series. Sponsor: KASS. 7 p.m., Seelye 106
Liturgical dance workshop with Sandra Rivera, co-director, Omega Dance Company. All welcome. (Ext. 2753) 1-3 p.m., Chapel*
CDO workshop: "Ten Steps to Finding a Summer Internship." 1:15 p.m., CDO
CDO workshop: "Orientation for First-Years." 2:15 p.m., CDO
Religious Life
Quaker meeting. Meeting for worship begins at 11 a.m. Preceded by informal discussion at 9:30 a.m. All welcome. Bass 203*
Ecumenical Christian Church morning worship. Guest preacher the Rev. Rosita Mathews, head chaplain at the VA Medical Center in Leeds. Reception follows. All welcome. 10:45 a.m., Chapel*
Roman Catholic Eucharistic liturgy. Sunday supper follows. 4:30 p.m., Chapel*
Other events and activities
CDO open hours. Peer advisers available. 1-4 p.m., CDO

Ongoing Events
"Idea<>Form: Looking at the Creative Process." The centerpiece of a college-wide exploration of the creative process in the arts, humanities, sciences and mathematics. Through May 30. Museum of Art*
"Recent Acquisitions in Photography." Organized by museum intern Jackie Crucet '99, Ada Comstock Scholar. April 6 through May 29. Print Room, Museum of Art*

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Smith Wide
African Art
"Spirit of the Sun," an exhibit of African art by Yegizaw Michael, will open at the Helen Hills Hills Chapel on Monday, April 12, at 4:30 p.m. A reception will follow and the artist will be available to discuss his work. The exhibit, sponsored jointly by the Chapel and SASA, is in celebration of Africa Week and will be on view daily, 9 a.m.-7 p.m., through April 18.
Sunnyside Openings
The Sunnyside Child Care Center has summer-program openings for preschoolers. The program will run June 22-August 17. Children may be enrolled for half or full days, three, four or five days per week. The program is nationally accredited and offers creative, recreational fun. As always, Smith-affiliated families will be given enrollment priority. (Ext. 2293.)

Faculty & Staff
Community Forum
The second Community Forum of the second semester will be held April 8 at 1:30 p.m. in Wright auditorium.
New York Trip
Staff Council is sponsoring a "Day on Your Own in New York City" bus trip on Saturday, April 24, for $25 per person. The bus will leave Smith at 7 a.m., drop passengers off at either the Metropolitan Museum of Art or in the theater district, and leave New York at 7 p.m. The trip is open to all Smith employees, faculty, alumnae, retirees and their guests. Reservations are being taken by voice-mail through the Staff Council Activities Committee reservation line, extension 4424, press 1. (Cindy Rucci, ext. 2923;
Telephone Directory
As of this fall the Smith College directory will have a new look designed to increase privacy and accuracy and reduce nonessential information. In response to growing employee concerns about the outside use of personal information, Smith will publish only work-related information, eliminating home-address listings. The directory will continue to be published once a year in the fall and updated each spring. The most accurate, up-to-date directory information will continue to be found in the on-line directory at
Short-term Lectureship
The Associated Kyoto Program (AKP) announces a special short-term lectureship for fall 1999 as part of its American Studies Faculty Fellowship program with Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan. The lectureship will consist of a series of presentations by the fellow to students and faculty in the American Studies Program at Doshisha University. The fellow is expected to be on the Doshisha campus for two to four weeks during the fall semester (October-December). The nature of the presentations will be subject to negotiation with the American Studies Program at Doshisha University but will most likely consist of one or two public lectures, perhaps seminar sessions with graduate students, discussions with faculty and students, and informal advising of students on their research. The lecturer will be paid $2,000 per week for the appointment, $2,000 for travel expenses, and room accommodations while in Japan. All other expenses will be borne by the appointee. Applicants must be regular faculty members at an AKP-member institution and have strong backgrounds in teaching and research in the area of American studies. All teaching and related duties are conducted in English; no knowledge of the Japanese language is required. Specialists in all fields of American studies are encouraged to apply. Application deadline: April 10. (Tom Rohlich, ext. 3441; trohlich@sophia.

Shankar Tickets
The Fine Arts Council is offering 20 tickets at $10 each for Smith students who wish to attend the performance by Ravi Shankar at the newly renovated Calvin Theatre at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 25. Shankar is celebrated as the world's greatest sitarist, as a musical guru to the Magical Mystery Tour-era Beatles and as the man who popularized Indian music in the West. Anoushka Shankar will also perform. Tickets, which are subsidized by the Fine Arts Council, will be on sale in the SGA Office, Clark Hall, beginning April 12.
Career Program
The Career Development Office will offer a career exploration program open to students, staff, alumnae and community members Monday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m. in Drew Hall. The program will feature local entrepreneur and publisher Jean Graef, founder of the Montague Institute, a virtual organization that provides information, instruction, software and services for corporate knowledge-base publishers. Graef will explore how to work in the emerging field of knowledge management, considered a great employment possibility for people of all ages.
Parking Lottery
Part I of the class of 2000 parking lottery will be held in Seelye 106 Wednesday, April 14, from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. More information will be available in student houses.
S.O.S. Openings
The Service Organizations of Smith (S.O.S.) is accepting applications for its 1999-2000 executive board. Members will gain experience in project planning, fund-raising, event coordinating and other useful skills. The board is a vital part of S.O.S.'s effort to provide community service opportunities to the campus. Applications are available at the S.O.S. office in the basement of the Chapel and at the Kaffee Klatsch in Seelye Hall. (S.O.S., ext. 2759.)
International Fellowships
Students interested in obtaining information about international fellowships may contact Liz Lee in the Office for International Study, ext. 4913, or by e-mail at fellowships@ais.smith.
Leadership Panel
The Smith Leadership Program will sponsor its seventh annual panel of leading alumnae, "The World is Changing, Smith Women are Changing the World," Monday, April 5, at 4:30 p.m. in the Alumnae House living room. Panelists from the fields of education, law and business will talk about their lives before and after Smith and describe some lessons they've learned along the way. Each of the panelists has made a significant impact on her profession and community. The panel will be followed by a reception with refreshments. The panel and the reception are open to all members of the Smith community.
Housing Lottery
Students will receive housing lottery results in their campus mailboxes Tuesday afternoon, April 6.
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Ticket Sales
Tickets for Spring Ball will be sold at the Student Mail Room April 5-9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Internship Fellowship
The Smith College Department of Government announces the annual competition for the Pauline Fox Boorstein '20 International Internship Fellowship. This fellowship of between $500 and $1,000, made possible by a bequest from Boorstein and through the generosity of family members, is intended to support Smith students working at summer internships in governmental or nongovernmental/profit or nonprofit international organizations. Applications are available to all students in Wright Hall 15. Application deadline: April 16.
Brown Fellowship
The Smith College Department of Government announces the annual competition for the Leanna Young Brown '56 Fellowship. This fellowship of between $500 and $1,000, made possible by the generosity of her Brown's father, Harold Young, is intended to support Smith students working at summer internships in state or local government or in governmental or nongovernmental organizations focused on issues of particular concern to women. Applications are available in Wright Hall 15. Application deadline: April 16.
SGA Elections
The SGA election process is under way. Budgets and donations forms are due April 5 in the SGA office, Clark Hall, by 7:30 p.m. The campaign begins at 9 a.m. on April 6. A candidates' debate will be held at 7:30 p.m. on April 7 in Neilson Browsing Room. Voting will take place April 14 and 15 in the Seelye Hall foyer and the mailroom lobby.
Israel Stipends
The Sylvia Josephs Berger '24 Endowed Fund provides financial support for intensive summer language study, internships and independent projects in Israel. There is a rolling deadline for applications. (Liz Lee, ext. 4913.)
Van Service
A shuttle van service to the Stop 'n Shop and Blockbuster Video on King Street will run every Friday and Sunday (except Easter Sunday) in April. There will be no charge for the service, which will run continuously from 4 to 6 p.m. on Fridays and from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sundays. The blue shuttle van will pick up Smith passengers in front of John M. Greene Hall.
SGA Appointment
The Student Government Association will appoint one student from the campus at large to represent students on the College Committee on Missions and Priorities (CMP). CMP, chaired by President Simmons, is the all-college committee that sets long-range goals for the college in conjunction with other college committees and the board of trustees. Interested students must submit an essay suggesting goals and how we can reach them through policy or programming. All applicants must be willing and able to serve a two-year term. Please include your name, year, box, phone number and e-mail address. Submission deadline: 4 p.m., Friday, April 9, at the SGA office, Clark Hall. (Cherilyn Cepriano, ext. 4952; SGA office, ext. 4950.)
Open Campus Volunteers
Open Campus will be held Thursday and Friday, April 15-16. This overnight program enables admitted prospective students to visit classes, meet with faculty, learn about Smith activities and stay in a Smith house. The admission office is seeking volunteers to host students overnight on Thursday, April 15. Interested? Please come by the office to fill out a short form telling us about yourself. (Jennifer O'Loughlin, ext. 2508;
House Closing
Campus houses will officially close for the academic year at noon on Saturday, May 8. Students (other than seniors and those taking late Five College exams) who have not left their rooms by then run the risk of being fined and receiving letters in their student files. Students with permission to live on campus through Commencement must move to consolidated housing on the afternoon of May 8. Front-door and room keys will not be provided, but doorwatches will be scheduled for the week. The last night any guest room may be reserved or occupied is Friday, May 7. All students enrolled in Five College courses are required to submit a housing request form to the Alumnae Association by March 31. (Kelly Taylor, ext. 2040.)
Mall Crawl
The Office of Student Affairs is sponsoring its second and final mall crawl for the semester, to the Berkshire Outlet Village in Lee, on Saturday, April 10. The outlet offers dozens of stores, including J Crew, Nautica, Calvin Klein and The Gap. The free bus will depart from John M. Greene at 9 a.m. and head back to Smith at 3 p.m. Sign up (first-come, first-served) during office hours in College Hall 24. Sign-up deadline: noon, Friday, April 9.
Boston Museum Trip
The Association of Low-Income Students (ALIS) and the Fine Arts Council are sponsoring a day trip to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts on Saturday, April 3. Departure is at 8 a.m. from John M. Greene Hall. The bus will leave Boston at 8 p.m. and arrive in Northampton at 10 p.m. Open to Smith students and their families. Seating is limited. (Lori, ext. 4066.)
Business Etiquette
The Association of Low-Income Students is sponsoring an evening with etiquette consultant Jodie Smith, who will present techniques and strategies for entering social and professional situations with ease. It will be held in the Alumnae House living room Wednesday, April 21, from 3 to 5 p.m. and offer basic networking and business etiquette skills. Donation suggested. Tickets: Lori, ext. 4066.
King and I Tickets
The Fine Arts Council has reserved 50 tickets at $7 each for the performance of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I at the UMass Concert Hall on Friday, April 9, at 8 p.m. The first 40 students to sign up will be provided with bus transportation (the Brownie Express, with snacks and beverages) from JMG to UMass and back. This lavish Broadway musical, set in the 1860s in and around the royal palace in Bangkok, includes such old favorites as "I Whistle a Happy Tune" and "Shall We Dance?" Tickets are on sale at the SGA Office, Clark Hall.
Summer Employment
Applications are currently available in the admission office for summer tour-guide and office-worker positions. Responsibilities include leading campus tours, preparing mailings, data entry and general office work. Job hours are Monday through Friday (and two Saturdays), 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The jobs last from Commencement to Labor Day. Application deadline: May 1. (Jennifer O'Loughlin, ext. 2508;

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