News for the Smith College Community // September 10, 1998

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The Liberal Arts Go to Work

Praxis is not a word that springs readily to everyone's lips; in fact, some people say "I beg your pardon?" when you mention it. But not for long. Praxis has found a niche in the title of Smith's new internship program, "Praxis: The Liberal Arts at Work."

"New?" you ask. "How can it be new? Smith students have been doing internships for years, lots of them. More than half of all Smith students do internships every year."

True, but this fall there is a significant new twist to internships at Smith. Praxis will be launched with much fanfare on October 2-3. It offers each student access to a stipend that ensures she can afford to participate in an internship during her Smith years that will draw on her academic background and help her build toward her career goals.

Internships in the corporate world and the professions will be included under the Praxis umbrella but the program's focus will be on areas where funded internships are typically not available. These will include the nonprofit sector, the arts, start-up businesses, some media as well as collaborations with Smith faculty. Praxis opens the way to an internship experience for students who would not be able to afford a summer without a paycheck. (It is important to note, however, that although students may hold as many unpaid internships or internships funded by outside organizations as they want, they will have access to only one Praxis-funded experience.)

The new program, which grew out of the college's 1997 self-study, is believed to be unique among Smith's peer institutions. The self-study steering committee was convinced that despite the substantial resources and financial commitment that support for such a program entailed, it would be worth it. "We are persuaded," they wrote in their report, "that the educational experiences of Smith students are greatly enhanced when theoretical learning is tied to practical experience... Such experiences can allow students to explore academic disciplines in depth, providing the impetus for higher graduate-school and career aspirations."

The first floor of the Career Development Office, which will administer Praxis, underwent a major overhaul during the summer to reorganize space and prepare for the traffic that the program is expected to generate. An extensive "explorations library" and a bank of computers are among the resources that now inhabit the CDO's bright, open Liberal Arts Internship Center.

And coming in early October is the two-day Praxis inaugural event. On October 2 it will feature high-profile leaders, many of them Smith alumnae, from business, the professions and the nonprofit sector, who will talk about their career paths, issues for women in the workplace and the importance of internships. On October 3, in informal mentoring sessions with students, other alumnae will share networking advice. But more on that soon. In the meantime, check out the CDO.

Engineers-to-Be Are Launched

Through the generosity of a Smith alumna and her son, up to five Smith students will be able to study engineering at Dartmouth College in each of the next five years. The students will spend their junior year taking pre-engineering courses at Dartmouth; return to Smith for their senior year, where they will graduate in their intended majors; and spend a fifth year at Dartmouth's Thayer School of Engineering, earning a professionally accredited bachelor of engineering degree.

Dorothy Jean MacLean, who received a master's degree in English from Smith in 1926, is the donor of $620,000-divided between Smith and Dartmouth-that is underwriting this pilot initiative. Her son, Barry MacLean, who helped facilitate the gift, received undergraduate and engineering degrees from Dartmouth and is a member of the Dartmouth board of trustees and the board of overseers for the Thayer School.

Mrs. MacLean, who recalls entering Smith on a 1924 Trustee Fellowship "with feelings of excitement and responsibility," says she is "so pleased to have been present almost at the creation of the new plan for Smith women as engineers."

"This program provides Smith students the best of both worlds," Smith Provost John Connolly affirmed. "They receive the critical thinking skills and collaborative learning strategies that are sharpened through a liberal arts education, as well as a solid preparation for advanced study and professional careers in engineering." The Smith students, all juniors, who are studying at Dartmouth this year are Mara Bishop, Ayesha Malhotra, Sharon Seun and Deepa Subramanian.

New Faces, Some in New Places

Karen Pfeifer, professor of economics, has been named interim associate dean of the faculty. Pfeifer, whose Smith experience includes a three-year term as dean of the first-year class and service on the Board of Admission, the Committee on Academic Policy and the Grievance Committee, has also chaired her department. Her specialty is the economies of the Middle East and North Africa.

Elise Gibson, formerly features editor at the Daily Hampshire Gazette, has joined the staff of the Smith Alumnae Quarterly as managing editor. Gibson also has held editorial and writing positions at the Quincy Patriot-Ledger and at three Texas newspapers: the Austin American-Statesman, the Waco Tribune-Herald and the Denton Record-Chronicle. She has a bachelor's degree from Michigan State University.

Sheri Adams Gladden has been appointed director of annual and special gifts in the Office of Advancement. A graduate of DePauw University, Gladden came to Smith in August from Mount Holyoke College, where she was director of annual and special gifts and senior major gifts officer.

Vicki Green has joined the office of admission staff as an associate director of admission and coordinator of multicultural recruitment. Green attended Spelman College and graduated from Wells College with a B.A. in sociology. She has worked in admissions at Hamilton College and Emory University. Most recently she was senior assistant dean of admission and director of multicultural recruitment at Emory.

Mentha Hynes, outreach director in the Office of Institutional Diversity, has taken on additional responsibilities as interim assistant dean of multicultural affairs in the Office of the Dean of the College. Hynes, who previously served as associate director of admission at Smith, will be half-time in each of her present positions. In the ODOC she succeeds Marjorie Richardson, who left the college at the end of June.

Erika J. Laquer, founding director of Merrimack Educational Services, a consulting company in equity and diversity issues for schools and health care facilities, and an adjunct professor of women's studies at Merrimack College, is the new director of the Ada Comstock Scholars Program. "Erika brings to the job an ideal combination of academic and administrative experience," Dean of the College Maureen Mahoney said in announcing the appointment. "She has worked in academic advising at women's colleges, and she has extensive experience teaching in the field of women's studies. An alumna of Bryn Mawr College, she also has a personal perspective on women's education." Laquer received her doctorate in history from the University of Pennsylvania.

Alison Tuttle Noyes has been appointed assistant dean for international study. Noyes, who holds a B.A. from Haverford College and an M.A. in intercultural relations from Lesley College, is pursuing a Ph.D. in psychology at Boston College. She has taught at Lesley and Boston colleges and has served as director of international advising at Bryn Mawr College. Her international experience includes study in Italy and Spain, volunteer work in Mexico and field research in the Congo. Her responsibilities at Smith will include advising students on study abroad opportunities and assisting in the evaluation and support of international study programs.

Laura Rauscher is the new director of disability services. A graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Rauscher's professional experience has been primarily in disability policy, legislation and program development at the state and federal levels as well as in community organizing. She brings her personal experience of almost 30 years as a wheelchair user and self-advocate to her new position. She has worked with undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities in academic settings for many years.

Douglas A. Ryniewicz is the new interim chaplain to the college and advisor to Protestant students. Ryniewicz, who is also pastor of Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in West Hatfield, is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and holds an M.S. from Central Connecticut State University in counseling psychology and an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School and Gettysburg Lutheran Seminary. He is an active seminar, workshop and retreat leader for churches, school systems, community organizations and graduate and undergraduate students.

Gaynelle Weiss, director of summer and Smith management programs, will become employee services director in the Office of Human Resources on September 14. Weiss came to Smith as director of the Smith Management Program in 1993 and began overseeing the Office of Summer Programs last year. Diane Ranaldi, who has been associate director of Smith Management Programs since 1993, will become acting director in mid-September.

Financial Adviser Talks About Women and Money

Victoria Loew, an investment specialist at the Morgan Stanley Dean Witter brokerage office in Northampton, has a twofold purpose when she speaks with Smith students: "I'd like to encourage them to learn about the financial matters that will affect most of them some time in their lives, and I'd like to leave them with the idea that there is a place for women anywhere, even in an industry that is 94 percent male. It's just up to them to create that place."

Loew conducted four workshops at Smith last year on the basics of investing and she will continue this fall, starting with one on September 25 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Northrop House living room, hosted by the house's head resident Stephanie McDowell. Students from other houses are welcome.

According to one of the participants in last spring's workshop at Chapin House, Loew "clarified terms and concepts that we've heard all the time in the media but never really understood." She begins by explaining such basic items as the Dow Jones Industrial Average, the difference between stocks and bonds and the likely financial consequences of saving money in a bank account versus investing in stocks. Discussion continues about such student-initiated questions as "How do I even begin talking to a broker?" and "Could I invest as little as $50 in the stock market?"

The workshops are sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the College. Loew may also offer a one-week course during January interterm.

S.O.S Links Action, Reflection, Learning

Service Organizations of Smith is launching a new program-the Smith College Community Service Internship Program-that combines the opportunity to work at local nonprofit agencies for four to six hours each week with an academic exercise encouraging participants to evaluate and reflect on their internship experience.

The 10 students chosen for the internships, each of whom will earn a stipend of $2,000, will participate in a weekly, intensive seminar led by Jerry Sachs, associate professor at the Smith School for Social Work and co-coordinator of the program (with Tiertza-Leah Schwartz, director of voluntary services) to discuss the "process recordings" they will make during their community service work.

Interns may design their own placement but will more likely work with one of the following local agencies: Western Massachusetts Legal Aid Services, the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, the American Friends Service Committee, Children's Aid and Family Service, the Decisional Training Volunteers at the Hampshire County Jail, Holyoke Health Center, the Housing Discrimination Project, the YWCA, Jessie's House (a homeless shelter) or the Jackson Street School After-School Program.

It is expected that the internships will begin at the end of September. Students interested in participating may obtain applications at the S.O.S. office in Helen Hills Hills Chapel or at the reception desk at the School for Social Work, second floor, Lilly Hall. The Community Service Internship Program is part of the Praxis program.

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People News

Perera Works are on New CD
Crossing the Meridian, a CD of chamber works with voice by Ronald Perera, professor of music, was released recently by Composer Recordings Inc. (CRI). The earliest work, Alternate Routes (1971), is one of Perera's purely electronic pieces, composed while he was acting director of the Dartmouth Electronic Music Studio. Other selections (all of which feature Boston Musica Viva) are Three Poems of Günter Grass (1974), which makes use of tape in conjunction with live musicians; Crossing the Meridian (1982), which is entirely for acoustic instruments with tenor (in this case, John Aler); and Visions (1992) for a large tenor ensemble and two sopranos-in this recording two Smith sopranos, Jane Bryden and Karen Smith Emerson, both of whom are professors of music.
Inaugural Lectures are Now in Print
Peter Rose, Sophia Smith Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, is the editor of Professorial Passions, published last spring, which consists of eight lectures presented by Smith faculty members during 1995 and 1996 to commemorate the inauguration of Ruth J. Simmons. Contributors to the volume are John Connolly, provost, dean of the faculty and professor of philosophy; Jill de Villiers, professor of philosophy and Sophia and Austin Smith Professor of Psychology; Andrea Hairston, associate professor of theatre; Lester Little, Dwight W. Morrow Professor of History; Elliott Offner, Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities; Suzan Edwards, professor of astronomy; Maria Banerjee, professor of Russian language and literature; and Philip Green, Sophia Smith Professor Emeritus of Government. Rose has written a foreword and brief introductions to each essay.
Shelton Receives Kudos
Christine Shelton, associate professor of exercise and sport studies, received the President's Award from the Women's Sports Foundation in Berkeley last spring for her work in international development for women in sports. Also receiving the award this year were Doreen Greenburg, sports psychologist, and Tina Sloan-Greene, executive director of the Black Women's Sports Foundation.
Smith Scenic Designer Receives Award
The scenic and costume designs done by Nicolae Ularu, assistant professor of theatre, for last year's Smith production of (Under) Belly by Aaron Petrovich were among 14 award-winning entries selected from 70 submissions to the biennial exhibition of theatrical design sponsored by the Association of Design, Production and Technology Professionals in the Performing Arts at a Long Beach, California, last spring. The sketches and photographs that comprised Ularu's entry were chosen also to go to the Prague Quadrennial scenography in the spring of 1999. John Hellweg directed the Smith production of (Under) Belly.
Paper by Senior Wins Award
In April 1998, Tiffany Sher-Mei Wu '99 received the Harold K. Schneider Award of the Society for Economic Anthropology for her paper "Transmigration in Indonesia: The Shifting of Poverty or Prosperity from Java to Sumatra." Wu, an anthropology and economics major, concludes that Indonesia attempted to transfer its economic problems as well as its "surplus" population to Sumatra, resulting in even greater impoverishment of natives and settlers of Sumatra's tropical forests.
Simmons Speaks to Lawmakers
President Ruth Simmons addressed a formal assembly of the Massachusetts House of Representatives on June 3 at the invitation of House Speaker Thomas Finneran. Her address was part of "Speaker's Lyceum," a series of lectures on civic matters-in President Simmons' case, the importance of education in the lives of children and adolescents-which provides a forum for distinguished leaders to address the legislators and citizens of Massachusetts.
Wallfisch Plays at Carnegie Hall
Although no longer teaching at Smith, Lory Wallfisch, Iva Dee Hiatt Professor Emerita of Music, continues to perform. In June she interrupted a European tour to perform in Carnegie Hall in New York City at a gala concert honoring the president of Romania, Emil Constantinescu, who was among the audience of 3,000. With Romanian violinist Sherban Lupu, Wallfisch performed a sonata for violin and piano by George Enescu, Romania's foremost composer. Wallfisch, who is co-founder and executive secretary of the George Enescu Society of the United States, has visited Romania frequently in recent years. In 1997 she was granted honorary citizenship by Ploesti, the town in which she was born.
It's a High-scoring Team
The Smith volleyball team was the recipient of a 1997-98 American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award. The prize honors teams that have matched their dedication to volleyball with excellence in the classroom by maintaining a team cumulative 3.3 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. The Smith team was the only one in its Division 3 conference (formerly the NEW 8, now the NEWMAC, which stands for New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference). Members of the team include first-years Lauren Curtis, Christine Jamin and Megan Williamson; sophomores Michelle Wong, Meghan Tierney, Nancy Van der Veer and Tanna Engebretsen; juniors Coree Newman and Elizabeth Titus; and seniors Alison Mathias, Carolyn Holt and Jillian Downey.

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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, September 14
Campus Climate Working Group. 8-9 a.m., Neilson Browsing Room
Mandatory Theatre 200 orientation meeting for anyone enrolled in the Theatre Production course. This is the only collective meeting for the course, so attendance is essential. 4:15-5:15 p.m., Green Room, Mendenhall CPA
Introduction to Microsoft Word 97, an ITS computer workshop for entering students. 4:30-6 p.m., Seelye Hall B3
Meeting for sophomores interested in health professions careers. The Board of Prehealth Advisers will provide information about specific requirements for various types of health professions schools and how these requirements might influence one's selection of a major or plans to spend junior year away. 5 p.m., Burton 101
Other events and activities
Language lunch tables
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
Open hour with Carmen Santana-Melgoza. 3-4:30 p.m., Office of Institutional Diversity, College Hall 31
Religious Life
Om, the Hindu student's organization will host the first meeting of the year to greet one another. All students welcome. (Dhruti Suchak '00, ext. 6432) 7:30 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Tuesday, September 15
Exhibition opening and panel: "The Great Work Before Us" The Legacy of Seneca Falls (an exhibition) and The Work Continues: Recent Scholarship in U.S. Women's History (panel). The event will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Seneca Falls Women's Rights Convention. 4 p.m. Sophia Smith Collection, Alumnae gym*
Fine/performing arts
Concert: Music in the Noon Hour. Italian songs of the German masters: music of Beethoven and Haydn. Karen Smith Emerson, soprano; Monica Jakuc, fortepiano. 12:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall*
Using Netscape as Your Web Browser, an ITS computer workshop for entering students. 4:30-5:30 p.m., Seelye B3
Meeting for juniors and seniors planning to apply to health professional schools. The Board of Prehealth Advisers will provide information about the process of applying to health professions schools, admissions exams, application service and other pertinent information. 5 p.m., Burton 101
Senate Meeting. 7 p.m., Seelye 201
Other events and activities
Language lunch tables
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
Open Hour with President Ruth Simmons. For students, on a first-come, first-served basis. 4-5 p.m., College Hall 20
Religious life
Jewish text study. Discussions and arguments about fundamental Jewish beliefs, biblical stories and classical and radical contracts. No previous knowledge necessary. Please call to sign up. 5 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Wednesday, September 16
Required Ada Comstock Scholars class meeting. 4 p.m., Wright auditorium. The meeting will be preceded by an ice cream social at 3:30 p.m., Wright Hall common room and terrace. A chance to meet Erika Laquer, new director of the Ada Comstock Scholars Program.
CDO informational meeting: U.S. Air Force ROTC. 7:30 p.m. Wright common room (See notice.)
Introduction to Microsoft Word 97, an ITS computer workshop for entering students. 7:30-9 p.m., Seelye B3
Other events and activities
Student payroll vouchers due.
Noon, financial aid office, Seelye Hall
Language lunch tables
12:15 p.m. Duckett House Special Dining Room
Parking lottery for the class of '99, for on-campus residents only. See notice for information. 4:15-5:30 p.m., Stoddard auditorium
Field hockey vs. Connecticut College. 7 p.m., athletic fields*
Religious Life
A gathering and informal discussion/reflection for Catholic Adas. Lunch served. All welcome. Noon, Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Buddhist service and discussion. 7:15 p.m. Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Thursday, September 17
Liberal Arts Luncheon. "Cultural Historicity in the Battle of Maldon." Craig Davis, associate professor of English language & literature. Open to faculty, emeriti and staff. Noon, College Club lower level
"Inspiring Landscapes: Using Japanese Garden Aesthetics to Create Truly American Gardens." David Slawson, garden designer. One of a series of lectures and events in honor of the retirement of Taitetsu Unno. Sponsors: East Asian Studies Program and the Ada Howe Kent Program of the Religion Department. 8 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*
Other events and activities
Language lunch tables
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
Using Netscape as Your Web Browser, an ITS computer workshop for entering students. 11 a.m.-noon, Seelye Hall B3
Mandatory 2000/2000J class meeting. 5-6 p.m., Wright auditorium

Friday, September 18
Biological sciences and biochemistry colloquium: "Behavioral and Neuroendocrinological Consequences of Social Deprivation in Institutionalized Romanian Children." Mary Carlson, department of neurobiology, Harvard University. Reception in McConnell foyer at 4 p.m. Sponsors: departments of biological sciences and neurosciences. 4:30 p.m., McConnell B05*
Other events and activities
SOS Plant Sale. All proceeds support the Service Organizations of Smith. (S.O.S. office, ext. 2756) 9 a.m..-5 p.m., Gamut*
Religious Life
Shabbat service and dinner. Dinner follows in Kosher Kitchen, Dawes House, Bedford Terrace. 5:15 p.m., Dewey common room

Saturday, September 19
Haiku: A Closer Look. Presented by The Haiku Poets Society of Western Massachusetts in conjunction with the Poetry Center of Smith College. The conference is free (except for lunch) and open to all, but space is limited; make reservations before September 12 for the day program. (584-4433) 10-5 p.m., Wright common room*
Other events and activities
S.O.S. volunteer project at the Food Bank Farm. Meet in the parking lot of Chapel at 8:15 a.m.; return at 12:30 p.m. Wear old clothes and shoes. (S.O.S. office, ext. 2756) 8:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Chapel
Soccer vs. Vassar. noon, athletic fields*
Field hockey vs. Wellesley. 1 p.m., athletic fields*
Tennis vs. Tufts. 1 p.m., tennis courts*
Volleyball vs. MIT. 1 p.m., Ainsworth gym*

Sunday, September 20
Religious Life
Quaker (Friends) discussion group. Meeting for worship begins at 11 a.m. 9:30 a.m., Bass 210*
Ecumenical Christian Church morning worship. Reception to follow to welcome Rev. Douglas Ryniewicz, interim advisor to Protestant students and chaplain to the college. 10:45 a.m., Chapel
Rosh Hashanah Eve Service. Transportation to and from Amherst will be available to Smith students. (Ext. 2754) 7:30 p.m., Johnson Chapel, Amherst Campus*
Roman Catholic Eucharistic Liturgy. Sunday supper follows. All welcome. 4:30 p.m., Chapel

Ongoing Events
"Buddhas for a New World." Sculptures by Thomas Matsuda. Buddhist images in wood, stone, bronze and ceramic. (Through September 23.) One of a series of lectures and events in honor of the retirement of Taitetsu Unno. Hillyer Hall Gallery*

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Institutional Diversity Open Hours
Carmen Santana-Melgoza will hold open hours from 3 to 4 p.m. this month on the following Mondays: September 14, 21 and 28.
Nominations for Honorary Degrees
The Committee on Honorary Degrees is seeking the names of individuals who merit consideration as potential honorary degree candidates. The committee will consider women who are exemplars of excellence in a wide range of fields, both academic and non-academic, as well as women and men who have made extraordinary contributions to Smith College, to the education of women, or to women's lives.
Please send letters of nomination to the Committee on Honorary Degrees, Office of the Board of Trustees, briefly describing the candidate's qualifications and field and place of work and telling why the candidate is particularly deserving. Please include available supporting material (curriculum vitae, newspaper articles, entries from biographical reference works, etc.).
The review process is lengthy. It will not be possible to guarantee that a nominee will receive an honorary degree or provide a timetable for when the degree would be awarded. All nominations will receive careful consideration.
Reminder for Event Planners
Student organizations and others who made preliminary space requests last semester are reminded to submit event service request forms for the publicity and set-up needs of those events, if they have not already done so. The event service request form is available online at or from Mary Stanton, college events coordinator, ext. 2162 or mstanton@colrel.smith. edu. All students must submit space requests on forms provided by the SGA office.

Faculty & Staff
Staff Fitness Program
The ESS staff fitness program classes begin the week of September 14. Registration forms have been sent to all offices. If you have not received your notice, you may register at the first class. There are three classes for aerobics and conditioning exercises: Nikki Shaw leads the Monday/Wednesday class at 12:10 p.m. in Ainsworth gym; Rosalie Constantilos instructs the Tueday/Thursday 12:10 p.m. class in Scott gym; and this semester Linda Kim will offer a 5:10 p.m. class in Scott gym. Aqua-aerobics, led by Craig Collins, will be Mondays and Wednesdays at 1:10 p.m. in the Dalton pool, and yoga will meet in the Scott dance sstudio on Wednesdays and Fridays at 12:10 p.m. with Lisa Thompson Clarke. (Michelle Finley, ext. 3970)
Course Registration and Changes
Student schedules and instructions for registration and course changes are included in the registration packet. Students may, with the permission of their adviser, make changes to their schedule during the first ten days of classes, September 8-21. Any student not registered for courses by Monday, September 21, will be fined $25.
Five-College Registration
The registration deadline for Five College courses is Monday, September 21, and no registrations will be accepted after that date. Registration forms may be obtained in the registrar's office, College Hall 6.
Make-Up Examinations
Students granted an extension for final examinations in the spring semester must complete their examinations during the first two weeks of the semester. All examinations must be picked up by 2 p.m. Monday, September 21. Call Jan Morris in the registrar's office, ext. 2555, to make arrangements.
Major Certifications, Class of '99J
Major certification forms were mailed to seniors who will be completing requirements in the fall semester. The forms are due at the end of the course-change period, Monday, September 21.
Travel Reservations
Students should be making end-of-semester travel reservations now, keeping in mind that final examinations are scheduled from December 19 to December 22. Students will not be permitted to take examinations early.
Student ID Numbers
The college uses the student's Social Security number as the official student ID number. Any student who wishes to be assigned a new ID number should contact the registrar's office.
Access to Records/Directory Information
Certain information from the student's official record "may be released without the consent of the student." This information includes, but is not limited to, information published in the college directory (refer to pages 41-44 of the student handbook for a complete list of directory items). Students who do not wish to have this information released without consent should notify the registrar's office in writing within five days of the start of the semester.
Weekly Informational Meeting on Study Abroad
The Office of International Study will offer an informational session on study abroad in the third floor conference room in Clark Hall each Monday at 4 p.m., beginning September 14. The meetings will be approximately 45 minutes long and will include an overview of study abroad opportunities and application procedures followed by a question and answer period.
CDO ROTC Informational Meeting on September 16
The meeting will provide information about the three Air Force ROTC programs that are available. Most cadets go through the four-year program, which is tailored for student with three or more years of college. The two-year program is for those with two years remaining in college. The one-year program is for students preparing for careers for which the Air Force has a special need such as meteorology or nursing.
Welcome Book
All entering undergraduate students who have not signed the Welcome Book should do so at the student affairs office, College 23, by Wednesday, September 30. The Welcome Book, which is new this year, will reside in the Smith College Archives
between orientation sessions and be brought out each year for new-student signatures.
Smith Goes to the Big E
Bus transportation and advance tickets are available for 43 students to attend the Eastern States Exposition in Springfield on Friday, September 25. Advertised as "downright unique, down-home friendly and a little wild," the Big E is a New England tradition. The bus will leave John M. Greene Hall at 6 p.m. and return by 11 p.m. and is free. Sign up on a first-come, first-served basis. The $8 tickets ($2 off the full price) may be purchased with cash or check (made out to Smith College) weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. through September 23 in the student affairs office, College Hall 23. Priority will be given to Smith students but other members of the Smith community may sign up if space remains.
Mall Crawl to Ingleside
Students who want to shop in one of the largest malls in western Massachusetts should be at John M. Greene Hall at 10 a.m. on Saturday, September 19, to board the free bus to the Holyoke Mall at Ingleside. The bus leaves the mall for the return trip at 2 p.m. You must sign up for the trip in advance on a first-come, first served basis, in the student affairs office, College Hall 23, weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Family Weekend Invitations
Invitations for Family Weekend, October 23-25, will be sent to parents and family members on September 22. If you do not wish an invitation sent to your parents or you would like to change an address or add a family member to the invitation list, please contact Laurie Wyman, student affairs office, College Hall 24, weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. by Friday, September 18.
Smith Life and Learning
Watch for further information and a special introductory slide show on the October 10-12 Special Quest Weekend for Smith Life and Learning participants.
Student Telephone Service
All students have received application forms for telephone service in their mail boxes. Forms must be filled out and returned on or before September 18 to the Student Telephone Office in Stoddard Hall 22. If you have misplaced your application, you may obtain another at the Student Telephone Office.
Class of '99 Parking
The parking lottery for on-campus residents of the class of 1999 will be held in Stoddard Hall auditorium on Wednesday, September 16, from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. Each sticker is $150 for the year, to be paid in advance at Public Safety. Pick up a temporary permit, good until September 23, from Public Safety between 10 a.m. and noon, Monday through Friday. Parking lottery results will be posted at Public Safety after 2 p.m. on September 17. Further information is available from head residents.
John M. Greene Storage
Early-arrival students who stored items in John M. Greene basement may retrieve them Friday, September 4, 1 to 2 p.m. and Saturday, September 5, 2 to 4 p.m. Other students may retrieve their items Sunday, September 6, noon to 6 p.m.; Monday, September 7, 1 to 5 p.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; Tuesday, September 8, and Wednesday, September 9, 1 to 5 p.m.; Thursday, September 10, 1 to 3 p.m.; Friday, September 11, 1 to 5 p.m.; Monday, September 14, 7 to 9 p.m.; and Saturday, September 19, 10 a.m. to noon. Students need to bring their IDs and receipts to have their belongings released. Items unclaimed by noon on September 19 will be removed by the college.
Josten Carrel Sign-Up
A limited number of carrels in the Josten Library are open for priority fall-semester assignment to graduate students and undergraduate majors in the music, theatre and dance departments. Students may sign up for them on the following dates: Monday, September 14, performing arts graduate students; Tuesday, September 15, performing arts undergraduate majors; Wednesday, September 16, all other Smith students. All carrels unassigned as September 17 are open for registration to all other Smith College students, regardless of departmental affiliation. Information: Janet Spongberg, ext. 2933.
Neilson Carrel Sign-Up
Students may sign up for Neilson Library carrels on the following dates: Monday, September 14, for seniors, graduate students, honors students and Ada Comstock Scholars; Tuesday, September 15, for all others. ID is required. You may only reserve a carrel for yourself and not for other students. For more information, call the circulation department, ext. 2895.
Young Library Carrel Sign-Up
Students may sign up for Young Science Library carrels on the following dates: Monday, September 14, seniors, graduate students and Ada Comstock Scholars living off campus; Tuesday, September 15, all others.
Service Organizations of Smith
  • Don't miss the S.O.S. Community Service Fair. Tuesday, September 22, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Davis Center. Representatives from more than 40 nonprofit, community-based agencies will be available to provide information about how you can make a difference in our community. Information: ext. 2756
  • Support S.O.S. and community service by volunteering at Kaffee Klatsch. This coffee shop in Seelye basement-the organization's largest fund-raiser-will open Wednesday, September 23. Volunteer shifts are approximately one hour. To sign up: Melissa, ext. 4799.

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