News for the Smith College Community // September 17, 1998

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Heigh Ho, It's Off to Work We Go

A number of high-powered people from the world of work will be on hand Friday and Saturday, October 2-3, to talk about their careers, the place of practical learning in their fields and their expectations of what the workplace may be like for women in the 21st century. The occasion? The inaugural event for "Praxis: The Liberal Arts at Work," Smith's new internship program.

The Praxis weekend will begin on Friday at 3 p.m. in Theatre 14, the Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts, with a keynote speech by Rochelle Braff Lazarus '68, chairman and chief executive officer of Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide, one of the world's largest advertising agencies.

A 26-year veteran of O&M, Lazarus has worked in every product category-from packaged goods to hair care, from fast food to computers-in both the general advertising and direct response disciplines. She has played a significant role in managing the company for nearly a decade and received a number of important awards for her leadership in advertising. Lazarus earned the M.B.A. degree at Columbia University. Presently, she serves on the board of directors of a number of industry, business and academic institutions, including Ann Taylor Stores, Presbyterian Hospital and the World Wildlife Fund. In July, she became chair of the Smith Board of Trustees.

The Lazarus talk will be followed by an all-college tea in the up- and downstairs foyers of Theatre 14. There will be no tea in the houses on October 2.

The second part of the afternoon's program will be a symposium, "Women and Work in the 21st Century," at 4:15 p.m., also in Theatre 14. Bringing a range of experience to the topic will be Dr. Angela Diaz, director of the adolescent health center at Mt. Sinai Medical Center, New York City; Elizabeth Mugar Eveillard '69, managing director, PaineWebber Group; Nancy Lowe Henry '67, senior vice president and chief legal counsel, Dun & Bradstreet; Harry P. Kamen, Smith trustee and retired chairman and chief executive officer, MetLife; and Kathryn J. Rodgers '70, executive director, NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund.

The final event of the Praxis weekend, student networking and mentoring sessions with alumnae, will take place Saturday morning in Seelye Hall between 10:30 a.m. and noon. See this space next week for details.

Happy Birthday, Hildegard

Hildegard of Bingen could have been a Renaissance woman if she hadn't been born in the Middle Ages. She was a composer, a writer, an illuminator of manuscripts, a playwright, the author of a medical text, an abbess, a theologian, a political force and, ultimately, a saint. A group of faculty members in women's studies, medieval studies and comparative literature will hold a public birthday party for Hildegard, who was born in 1098, on September 24 at 5 p.m. in Neilson Library Browsing Room. Refreshments will include "an enormous cake inscribed 'Happy 900th Birthday,'" says one of the organizers, Elizabeth Harries, professor of English language and literature and of comparative literature. Harries expects there also will be slides of Hildegard's illuminations, CD performances of her music and brief remarks by some of her Smith admirers about her significance in their respective fields.

Her music, mostly chant "of a very unusual kind," has become popular in the last l5 years, says Ruth Solie, Sophia Smith professor of Music. Because it was written so early, "we don't really know what it sounded like," Solie says, and thus contemporary musicians make their own versions, including some with a rock beat. Noting that she herself is not a medievalist, Solie also mentions Hildegard's musical morality play, The Play of Virtues, as one of her achievements. It has had a number of well-received productions, including a local one, in recent years. Among those who experienced Hildegard as a political force were the popes of her era, to whom "she gave advice, whether they wanted it or not," says Solie.

Hildegard shows up in a number of Smith courses, including "A Historical Survey of Music," taught by Richard Sherr, professor of music, "Medieval Women Writers," taught (though not this year) by Nancy Bradbury, associate professor of English and Eglal Doss-Quinby, associate professor of French, and "Romanesque Art" taught by Brigitte Buettner, associate professor of art.

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Exhibition of Architectural Duets

"Equal Partners: Men and Women Principals in Contemporary Architectural Practice," an exhibition celebrating architectural collaborations between men and women, will open at the Smith College Museum of Art on September 25.

The exhibition, curated by Helen Searing, Alice Pratt Brown Professor of Art, showcases the work of 15 American firms jointly founded and directed by female and male partners.

This first-of-a-kind exhibition, offers "virtual walk-throughs" on video and CD-ROMs to complement traditional methods of architectural representation such as drawings, mock-ups, models and photographs. Featured are a broad spectrum of projects-from government offices, airports and ferry terminals to cultural and performing arts centers, museums, college building and private homes-in China, France, Denmark and Great Britain as well as the U.S.

"Equal Partners" is designed to place a long-awaited and well-deserved spotlight on the critical role of collaboration between the sexes in architecture, a phenomenon far too seldom acknowledged and rarely, if ever, honored publicly in the media or by prizes and exhibitions, which traditionally concentrate exclusively on the solo practitioner.

The exhibition explores the emerging trend of women taking their place on an equal footing with their male partners, no longer employees but principals with full parity. More than proposing an unexamined biological determinism seeking to identify "feminine" and "masculine" priorities, "Equal Partners" seeks to overturn the popular perception that buildings are the work of a single brilliant practitioner and instead to illuminate the true collaborative nature of architectural practice.

A member of the art department at Smith since 1967, Searing is an internationally known scholar in several areas of architectural history. Her work on the social history and architecture of museums of art and design, in particular, has been recognized by the Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian Institution, the Society for the Study of Architecture in Canada and the Association of Art Museum Directors.

"Equal Partners" will remain at the Smith museum until December 13 and then travel to various venues, including the Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida, Gainesville. An associated event, "Speaking of Architecture: A World View," featuring architectural historian Vincent Scully, will be held October 17.

Come See the Davis Center Makeover

Davis Center is undergoing a face-lift. Officially open for the year September 8, Davis continues to go through a variety of changes, not the least of which is the introduction of its new Paradise City Grill.

In an effort to encourage students to spend more time on campus and particularly at Davis, RADS is jazzing up the look of the center and its deli/grill with fresh paint, wallpaper and signage, says Patty Hentz, cash operations manager. A variety of new food racks and a number of new menu items will be offered as well. "Cozy couches are being added in October to increase the comfort factor," Hentz says.

"This is just the beginning of the transformation," says Hentz. "In a short time we'll also be unveiling a gourmet coffee bar." The push is on to invest the students in their center. Plans are afoot to work directly with students, to get their input in the kinds of innovations that will make Davis more inviting.

A lot of what will happen will be "aesthetic," says Hentz. Unusual art objects will adorn the walls; the menus and signs will be done in chalk art. This sets the stage for other changes, Hentz says, in food choices and even in entertainment. "We hope to be able to book some interesting musical artists for after hours."

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An SSW Entry in the Managed Care Debate

Americans have made clear their feelings about the state of health insurance today by mangling the term "managed care" into such epithets as "damaged care," "mis-managed care" and "managed cost."

Anita Lightburn, dean of the Smith College School for Social Work, and Gerald Schamess, a professor at SSW, state their position with a single piece of punctuation: a question mark.

Humane Managed Care?, the newly released book edited by Schamess and Lightburn, brings together research, case studies and scholarly articles by 62 of the country's leading human service experts to consider whether managed care-the system under which 90 percent of all Americans will receive health and mental health care by 2000-can ever be more than an oxymoron.

"Many, if not most human service professionals have traditionally been committed to humane service delivery," Lightburn points out. "The provider system's commitment is to 'sufficient' service. The drive for increased profitability, however, seriously jeopardizes humane care and eliminates the possibility of universal coverage."

Schamess adds: "One thing that's clear is that humane care in the managed care system is conditional. It depends on your diagnosis, your category, your access to well-funded provider networks, and many other factors."

Described as a state-of-the-art sourcebook on the current policies, controversies, clinical knowledge, case studies and research strategies on managed-care practices, the book includes such articles as "Corporate Values and Managed Health Care: Who Benefits?"; "Privatization and Mental Health in Massachusetts"; "How Social Workers Can Manage Managed Care"; and "Managed Care, Mental Illness, and African Americans." The contributors are social workers, psychiatrists, psychologists, policy analysts, case managers, professional educators, and researchers.

In addition to Lightburn and Schamess, Smith contributors include Susan Donner, associate professor of social work ("Field Work Crisis: Dilemmas, Dangers, and Opportunities"); Joshua Miller, assistant professor of social work ("Managed Care and Merger Mania: Strategies for Preserving Clinical Social Work Education"); and Phebe Sessions, associate professor of social work ("Managed Care and the Oppression of Psychiatrically Disturbed Adolescents: A Disturbing Example").

A Day for Tiny Poems at Smith

The air will be filled with the sounds of three-lined, unrhymed, season-referencing verse on September 19 when the Haiku Society of America in conjunction with Smith's poetry center presents a conference titled "Haiku: A Closer Look" in Wright Hall Common Room. (If the the crowd is large, the event may move to a larger space.)

The day's events will kick off at 10 a.m. when the Haiku Poets' Society of Western Massachusetts, a six-year-old organization of writers of haiku, senryu, tanka, and related forms of poetry, is introduced by founding member Alice Ward of Springfield. Patrick Frank, publisher and editor of Point Judith Light, a poetry journal, who teaches haiku at the Springfield Museum of Art, will speak on "Haiku Sequencing, Creativity & Personal Growth."

On the program at 11 a.m. is Tom Clausen of the Cornell University libraries with an address titled "Why I Continue to Read and Write Haiku." Clausen, a seasoned haikuist, has instituted a many-year tradition of posting a daily sheet of haiku in the Cornell library elevator, to the delight of students and staff.

The morning ends with all participants having the chance to read aloud one of their own haiku. A book sale and signing table will feature haiku periodicals, chapbooks by local authors, and haiku bumper stickers. A light lunch will be available for purchase.

The afternoon program of the conference begins at 1:30 p.m. and will include announcements from the national officers of the Haiku Society, followed by a nature walk in the Smith College Gardens. Upon return from the gardens, Wanda Cook, professor of education at Westfield State College, will guide a discussion of haiku written by participants during the walk.

The afternoon will conclude with a "Renga-Writing Workshop," led by Judson Evans, longtime HSA member and chairman of liberal arts at the Boston Conservatory. Evans is well-known for lively sessions with his students in the art of renga, a form of Japanese linked poetry written spontaneously in a group setting.

The conference will culminate in a free reading at 7:30 p.m. by New England and New York-area members of the Haiku Society at Gallery 2, Thornes Market, 150 Main Street. The evening reading, which does not require pre-registration, will be hosted by John Sheirer, founding editor of Tiny Poems Press and publisher of the Western Massachusetts Haiku Anthology. Sheirer teaches writing and public speaking at Asnuntuck Community-Technical College in Enfield, Connecticut.

Alumna Sailor Meets Her Match

On June 14, Tori Murden '85 set out on a solo attempt to row the Atlantic Ocean from Oregon Inlet, North Carolina, to Brest, France. On September 7, having rowed more than 2,600 nautical miles in 85 days, she was rescued from a merciless battering by Hurricane Danielle 950 miles west of Brest.

"I felt like I went 12 rounds with Mike Tyson," said Murden over a satellite telephone as she described the 30-foot waves that 11 times capsized her 23-foot boat, the American Pearl. In response to Murden's emergency signal, a Royal Air Force aircraft from Scotland spotted Murden and a Cypress registered bulk carrier en route to Philadelphia changed course to pick her up.

Had Murden succeeded in her endeavor, she would have become the first American and first woman to row across an ocean alone and unsupported. Murden's row was sponsored by Sector Sport Watches; she is a member of the Sector's no limits team, whose members test the outer limits of human endurance. A seasoned extreme outdoor adventurer, Murden in 1988 became the first woman to reach the summit of Antarctica's Lewis Nunatuk. In 1989 she became the first American, man or woman, to ski to the geographic South Pole. She has also completed numerous ice-climbing and kayaking expeditions.

The American Pearl, fully loaded with food, gear and technical equipment, weighed 1,500 pounds at the journey's start. Murden rowed an average of 31 miles a day despite Danielle and an earlier encounter with Hurricane Bonnie that caused her to capsize twice.

A psychology major at Smith, where her rowing career began, Murden lived in Hopkins House. While making the row she was on leave from her job as a project administrator for the Louisville, Kentucky, Development Authority.

Smith Makes Room for Woolf Bequest

Smith College is now a primary research site for students of one of the century's great writers and inspirations to women authors. Thanks to a bequest from Elizabeth Power Richardson '43, the Mortimer Rare Book Room has a rich cache of materials related to Virginia Woolf and the other members of the Bloomsbury Group.

Richardson, a book editor and latter-day Northampton resident who died July 5, left Smith her entire collection of Bloomsbury material, one of the finest in private hands. It includes some 1,600 books and a great array of manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, art work and other material. Richardson also donated her computer and the diskettes on which she meticulously catalogued her collection. The bequest supplements strong Bloomsbury holdings previously donated to the rare book room by Richardson and two other alumnae, Frances Hooper '14 and Ann Safford Mandel '53.

After becoming interested in Virginia Woolf at age 12, Richardson collected Bloomsbury material throughout her life. Her indexing of the many photographs and other non-book items in her collection resulted in the 1989 publication of her A Bloomsbury Iconography, whose text she thereafter updated on her computer.

Richardson also left Onions, a 1943 oil painting by Vanessa Bell, Virginia Woolf's sister, to the Smith College Museum of Art, along with some items she collected while traveling and living overseas with her husband, W. Garland Richardson, an American Foreign Service officer. Her Smith bequest further included cash gifts to the libraries, museum and botanic garden.

A public lecture by Sylvia Wolf, associate curator of photography at the Art Institute of Chicago, will be held in Richardson's memory at 5 p.m. November 19 in the Neilson Library Browsing Room, at which time highlights from the Richardson collection will be on display in the rare book room.

People News
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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 21
"Shin Buddhism: Ocean of the Primal Vow" (translation by Taitetsu Unno). Jitsuen Kakehashi, former director, Shin Comprehensive Research Institute, Kyoto, Japan. Sponsors: East Asian Studies Program, Department of Religion and the Ada Howe Kent Program. An event in honor of the retirement of Taitetsu Unno. 7:30 p.m., Neilson Library Browsing Room*
Microsoft Word 98 for the Mac, a computer workshop for entering students. 4:30 p.m., Seelye Hall B3
Religious Life
Rosh Hashanah morning service. Transportation to and from Amherst is available for Smith students. 9 a.m.-noon, Johnson Chapel, Amherst College*
Other events and activities
Language lunch tables
French, Italian
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
Open hour with Carmen Santana-Melgoza, director of institutional diversity. 3-4:30 p.m., Office of Institutional Diversity, College Hall 31

Tuesday, September 22
"'Wendeliteratur.' Tendenzen und Motive der gegenwaertigen Literatur in Deutschland." Dr. Gerhard Sauder, professor of German literature, Universität des Saarlandes. 5-6 p.m., Seelye 106
Campus climate working group. 8-9 a.m., Neilson Browsing Room
SGA senate meeting. 7 p.m., Seelye 201
Religious Life
Rosh Hashanah morning service. Transportation to and from Amherst is available for Smith students. 9 a.m.-noon, Johnson Chapel, Amherst College*
Open meeting for all faculty and students interested in participating in the Kahn Liberal Arts Institute's 1999-2000 project, "Star Messenger: Galileo at the Millennium," with organizer Paul Zimet, theatre department, and members of the institute's advisory committee.
4 p.m., Wright common room
Eudora Light (Mac version), a computer workshop for entering students. 4:30 p.m., Seelye Hall B3
Other events and activities
Language lunch tables
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
Volleyball vs. Wellesley.
7 p.m., Ainsworth gym*
S.O.S. community service fair. Representatives from over 40 non-profit community-based agencies will be available to provide information on how you can make a difference in our community. (S.O.S. office, ext. 2756) 7-8:30 p.m., Davis ballroom*

Wednesday, September 23
Lectures/ Symposia
The Interfaith Council of Smith College lunch-time discussion series, "What is an Education For?" The first program will feature John Connolly, provost and dean of the faculty, speaking on some uses of a liberal arts education. Lunch will be provided. Noon-1:30 p.m., Chapel
First Session, Smith Life and Learning Symposium. All new students are cordially invited to attend. No registration necessary, simply show up to your group's location. For a group number, call Tim Maciel, ext. 4914. 6-7:30 p.m., location determined by group number
Poetry reading by acclaimed poet Carolyn Forché. This is the inaugural reading in the 1998-99 Poetry Center Series. Forché is an internationally renowned poet and activist, author of three books of poetry and editor of an anthology of 20th-century poetry of witness, Against Forgetting. Book-selling and -signing will follow. 7:30 p.m., Wright auditorium*
Pomona Exchange informational meeting for students interested for spring 1999 semester. 4:30 p.m., College Hall 23
Eudora Light (PC version), a computer workshop for entering students. 4:30 p.m., Seelye Hall B3
Introduction to the CDO employer recruiting programs. This workshop will outline these programs, explain the process and discuss a self-directed job search. Also offered on 9/28 and 10/6. 4:30-6 p.m.
Seelye 106
Other events and activities
Kaffee Klatsch grand opening. Come for coffee, tea, and pastries. All proceeds help support S.O.S. (Ext. 2756) 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Kaffee Klatsch, Seelye basement*
S.O.S sweater sale. From the mountains of South America to you, hand- knit wool and alpaca sweaters, ponchos, scarves, gloves, mittens, blankets and lots more. All proceeds support the Service Organizations of Smith. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Gamut
Language lunch table
Japanese, Spanish
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
Soccer vs. Williams. 4:15 p.m., Athletic Fields*
Religious Life
Gathering and informal discussion/reflection for Catholic Adas. Lunch served. Noon-1 p.m., Bodman Lounge
Buddhist service and discussion. 7:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Thursday, September 24
Lectures/ Symposia
Liberal Arts luncheon. "A Road to the Pantheon." Malgorzata Zielinska-Pfabé, Sophia Smith Professor of Physics. Open to faculty and staff. Noon, Smith College Club, lower level
First Session, Smith Life and Learning Symposium. See 9/23 listing. 6-7:30 p.m., location determined by group number
Open meeting with members of the Kahn Institute committee to discuss possible projects for 2000-2001 or later years. All are welcome. 4 p.m., Wright common room
Introduction to Excel for Windows, a computer workshop for entering students. 4:30 p.m., Seelye Hall B3
CDO Information session with the Peace Corps 7:30-9 p.m., Seelye 106
Religious Life
Rosh Hashanah morning service. Transportation to and from Amherst is available for Smith students. 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Johnson Chapel, Amherst College
Meeting of the Newman Association, the Catholic students' organization. Explore the spirituality and modern-day issues of Catholicism. Dinner will be served. All are welcome. 6 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Jewish Text Study. Dinner and Torah discussion. 6-7:15 p.m., Valentine Terrace Room B, Amherst College
Other events and activities
S.O.S sweater sale. See 9/23 listing. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Gamut
Open hours with Mentha Hynes, interim assistant dean for multicultural affairs. 10 a.m.-noon and 2-4 p.m., College Hall 24
Language lunch tables
Korean, Russian
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room
900th Birthday Celebration for Hildegard of Bingen. 5 p.m., Neilson Library Browsing Room*

Friday, September 25
Religious Life
Shabbat service. Dinner follows in Kosher Kitchen, Dawes House, Bedford Terrace. 5:15 p.m., Dewey common room
Other events and activities
Tennis vs. Clark. 1 p.m., tennis courts*
Contradance with Rhubarb Pie. A benefit for the Northampton Friends Meeting. Caller Steve Howland. Five dollars per adult; $10 for a family including children. 6:30-10:30 p.m., Davis ballroom

Sunday, September 27
Fine/performing arts
Concert: "Much Art, More Art, Moz...Art." Arcadia Players Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Ensemble 10th anniversary series opening. Reserved $30; general admission $10. Students bring a friend free. (584-8882) 2 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall*
Religious Life
Ecumenical Christian Church Morning Worship with Rev. Douglas Ryniewicz and student liturgists. A coffee hour follows the service. All welcome. 10:45 a.m., Chapel*
Quaker meeting for worship, preceded by a discussion at 9:30 a.m. 11a.m., Bass 203*
Roman Catholic Eucharistic Liturgy. Fr. Jim Sheehan, S.J., celebrant and Elizabeth Carr, chaplain. A Sunday supper will follow in the Bodman Lounge. All welcome. 4:30-5:30 p.m., Chapel*
Other events and activities
Fernsehsondersendung zur deutschen Bundestagswahl. 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Seelye 201

Exhibition: "The 'Manière Anglaise': Mezzotint in Holland and England from the Seventeenth to the Early Nineteenth Century." Through October 31. Print Room, Museum of Art
Exhibition: "The American Architectural Landscape," an exhibition drawn from the permanent collection, explores architectural themes in 20th-century American art. Through November 15. Museum of Art
Exhibition. "Equal Partners: Men and Women Principals in Contemporary Architectural Practice." Work by 15 American architecture firms founded and run jointly by women and men. (See story, page 3.) September 25 through December 13. Museum of Art
Exhibition: "Buddhas for a New World." Sculptures by Thomas Matsuda. Buddhist images in wood, stone, bronze and ceramic. One of a series of lectures and events in honor of the retirement of Taitetsu Unno. Through September 23. Hillyer Hall Gallery
Exhibition: "Internet Dwellers: Video Sculptures by Nam June Paik." Paik is considered one of the pioneers of video sculpture, an art form developed in the mid-1960s. Said to have inspired the quick-cut video culture of MTV, Paik's video sculptures draw on popular culture and recombine its artifacts-television sets, cameras, electronic and other computer castoffs-into serious art that often reveals a whimsical or absurdist sense of humor rooted in the Fluxus movement. Through October 18. Museum of Art

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January Term
Again this year January Interterm will offer a broad range of non-credit courses for members of the Smith community, especially for students who plan to stay on campus for all or part of January 4 through 22. If you have a favorite subject, skill or interest that you would like to teach in a relaxed, stress-free, grade-free learning environment, you are invited to submit a course proposal. Stipends will be paid to those instructors who meet minimum requirements. Proposal forms are available in the Student Government Office, Office of the Dean of the College or Smith mail center. Completed proposals must be submitted to College Hall 21 by 4 p.m., October 6. (Ext. 4903 or 4919)
Fall Preview Days
The Office of Admission is holding three preview days this fall: Monday, October 5 and 26; and Wednesday, November 11. Prospective students will have an opportunity to attend classes, learn about the Career Development Office and financial aid, visit a house and meet students and faculty. There will be sessions on the sciences, art, music and dance and one for students who are undecided about a major. Enrollment is limited to 50 students and their parents each day. The formal program ends at noon but guests may attend classes or observe athletic practice in the afternoon. Thanks in advance for your support of the program.
Museum Presents Talks About the Fountain
"The Lanning Fountain: A Model Project from the Landscape Master Plan" is a two-part program about the fountain near the Smith Botanic Gardens. As part of the college's plan to restore the beauty of Frederick Law Olmstead's original campus design, Nellie V. Walker's Lanning Fountain (copied from an original by French artist Jean Gautherin) has recently been restored and reinstalled within a new plaza, the focus of realigned pathways, near Smith's botanic gardens. Shavaun Towers '71, Smith's landscape architect, describes the landscape master plan on September 23. Adam Jenkins, assistant preparator, Museum of Art, will chronicle the restoration process on October 9; this talk concludes with a visit to the fountain. Both sessions will be at 12:15 p.m. in Burton Hall 101.
Museum Presents Architecture Program
A symposium, "Speaking of Architecture: A World View," from 9 to 4:30 on Saturday, October 17, at the Smith College Museum of Art will explore how architecture enhances the lives of individuals and communities. It is the first in a series designed to bring alumnae pursuing careers in the arts back to Smith, where they can meet with current students. Speakers include Peter Davey, editor, The Architectural Review; Laura Hartman '74, Fernau & Hartman, Berkeley; Mimi Locher '87, formerly of Atelier Mobile, Tokyo; M. J. Long '60, Long & Kentish, London; Samuel Mockbee, director, Auburn University's Rural Studio; Madeleine Sanchez '81, AIA Architect, New York; Vincent Scully, Sterling Professor Emeritus, Yale University; and Helen Searing, Alice Pratt Brown Professor of Art. Registration forms, due by October 1, are available at the museum. The registration fee is $80 ($70 for Smith College classes '92 through '98; a limited number of reservations will be accepted without charge from current Five College students, faculty, and staff).

Registration for Ultimate Access
To access internships and job listings from the Career Development Office database and from JobTrak, you need to register through the Ultimate Access section of the CDO home page ( Although you registered last year, you need to register again so we have your updated information. Once registered, you will have our listings available to you wherever you go on-line!
Sophian Seeks Writers
The Sophian, Smith College's only student-produced newspaper, will have a general-interest meeting September 17 at 7 p.m. at Capen Annex (behind Davis Center). Students interested in writing news, features, arts, reviews, opinions, or sports, or in working on photography, layout and graphic design or business and fundraising are encouraged to attend. We also have a few editorial positions open. This is a great opportunity for students to be involved in journalism at Smith at all levels of production and experience. Pizza and drinks will be served.
(Angie Rasmussen, ext. 7076)
Athletic Association
The Athletic Association is looking for students to fill several board positions: special events coordinator, publicity coordinator, secretary, fundraising coordinator and treasurer. These positions are open to all Smith students. For questions or to apply, call or e-mail Courtney Turpin (ext. 7340 or cturpin@sophia.smith. edu) and leave name, phone, mailbox number and position(s) for which you are applying.
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 form is available on-line at or from Mary Stanton, college events coordinator, ext. 2162 or mstanton@colrel. All students must submit space requests on forms provided by the SGA office.
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 schedules until Monday, September 21. Any student not registered for courses by then will be fined $25.00.
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 take place between December 19 and 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.
Study Abroad Meeting
The Office of International Study is offering informational sessions on study abroad each Monday at 4 p.m. in the third floor conference room in Clark Hall. 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.
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 is 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.
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.
Service Organizations of Smith
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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