News for the Smith College Community // September 24, 1998
Mentoring Makes a Difference
On Saturday, October 3, as part of the inaugural weekend for Smith's new internship program, "Praxis: The Liberal Arts at Work," more than 30 alumnae will be here to talk with students informally about what they do, how they got there and how other Smith women might follow in their footsteps.
Want to know what it would be like to be a banker at Citicorp, an official at the Environmental Protection Agency or the U.S. Trade Commission, the executive editor of Self magazine, an AIDS researcher or a social worker? Then be at Seelye Hall by 10:15 a.m. October 3 for a continental breakfast followed by 30-minute round-robin networking and mentoring sessions, which will continue until noon. Participants may stay in one session for the entire time or hear from alumnae in a variety of fields. The visiting alumnae, each of whom will have a student escort, will be clustered in the following five groupings in classrooms on the first floor of Seelye:
Among the fields represented within those groups will be advertising, arts administration, banking, child protection services, computer science, consumer products, consulting, counseling criminal justice, development, engineering, environmental organizations, finance, foundations, guidance counseling, higher education, government, human resources, journalism, law, legal services, marketing, music, neuropsychology, product development, public health, public policy, public relations, publishing, risk management, social work, teaching, television, therapy and visual arts.
As a further enticement, special gifts commemorating the launch of the Praxis program and the leadership of Smith women in the world of work will be distributed to the first 300 students who come to Seelye for the mentoring sessions.
A final list of alumnae participants will be available in the houses and on the CDO Web page next week.
Women's Rights Items on Display
The 1848 meeting in Seneca Falls, New York, was the first convention to discuss the civil and political rights of women; the Declaration of Sentiments that was issued afterwards can be seen as the birth of the American women's movement.
Items included in the exhibition include original documents selected from the SSC's Women's Rights Collection and Garrison Family Papers, including excerpts of speeches given in 1848 and at subsequent women's rights conventions along with eyewitness insider accounts of the internal politics, organization and the mood of these meetings.
Also on display are materials demonstrating the effects of these events on the women who attended them. Two young women who signed the Declaration of Sentiments went on to apply for jobs in a wholesale business in Philadelphia. Their audacity in abandoning "the needle & school room," the traditional "situations" for women, prompted a set of caricatures and a drama on the subject of female clerks as well as a series of stinging letters by Stanton.
The exhibition will be on view through January 15, 1999.
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Smith Explores Work Options
This is the first in a series of articles about flexibility in the Smith workplace.
Did you realize that some Smith staff members have volunteered to
participate in telecommuting, job sharing, four-day workweeks, flexible Fridays and dress-down days? It's true. Over the next few months, you'll be reading and hearing about the different pilot programs that are in place from the folks who have been participating, including staffers from the School for Social Work, advancement, the Office of the Class Deans, and the Ada Comstock Scholars Program.
Smith's ad hoc Committee on Flexibility, made up of members of SAMS and Staff Council, is evaluating these pilot programs. It will use the information gained from them to assist in the development of a vision for flexibility at Smith as well as to formulate strategies for successful implementation and communication. The committee is looking for your input. In October and November, committee members will sponsor campus-wide flexibility focus groups. At these sessions, they will solicit your ideas and feedback on such things as:
The first sessions are planned for Tuesday, October 6. Call Patty Hayes to register for the group scheduled to meet in Garrison Hall from 11 a.m. to noon. Contact Mary Martineau for the 23 p.m. group meeting to be held in the Alumnae House board room. Spaces will be limited to facilitate discussion, so please call soon. If you are unable to meet with one of the focus groups but would like to share your ideas, write or call any of the following communications subcommittee members: Charlene Correa (Human Resources, ext. 2297, firstname.lastname@example.org), Patty Hayes, (College Relations, ext. 2180, email@example.com), Mary Martineau (Advancement, ext. 2688, firstname.lastname@example.org), or Sid Dalby (Ada Comstock Scholars Program, ext. 3090, email@example.com. edu).
Three Assume New Chairs
Three faculty members have been named to chaired professorships by action of the board of trustees:
Goldstein, a graduate of Tufts University, received the M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and the Ph.D. from Columbia. He joined the Smith College faculty in 1968 as a lecturer. He is an associate in research at the Firbank Center for East Asian Research, Harvard University. Goldstein was in China during the Tiananmen Square uprising where, serving as a media adviser, he appeared on camera for CBS and CNN.
Robinson graduated from Yale University, received the M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary and the Ph.D. from Cornell University. He joined the Smith faculty in 1966 as an assistant professor. He founded the Smith College Internship in American Studies at the Smithsonian Institution. He has served on advisory boards and as consultant to many projects relating to the U.S. Constitution.
Solie '64 received the M.A. and the Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. She joined the Smith faculty in 1974 as an instructor. A member of the steering committee of the Five College Women's Studies Research Center, Solie's research, teaching and writing are in the area of music and social history in the 19th century. At the end of October she will assume the presidency of the American Musicological Society
The three will continue a tradition begun last year of presenting lectures to inaugurate their newly assumed professorships.
On Monday, November 9, Goldstein will present "Tiananmen, 1989: Witnessing History and Getting it Wrong?"
Robinson's lecture, "The Virtues of Constitutional Democracy," will be given on Monday, November 30.
On Monday, April 12, Solie will present "A Musicology of the Everyday."
The lectures will be at 4:30 p.m. in Stoddard Hall auditorium with a reception following in the Alumnae House living room.
Dress Down for a Good Cause
October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and on Friday, October 9, Smith community members will join employees from corporations and organizations around the country in taking a stand against the deadly disease. The third annual National Denim Day at Smith is sponsored by the Staff Council Activities Committee but is part of a nationwide initiative to raise funds for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to eradicating breast cancer as a life-threatening disease by advancing research, education, screening and treatment.
For a contribution of $5 or more to the foundation, Denim Day donors -- except those whose job requires a uniform -- can wear jeans and other denim garb to work as a sign of their support. Contributors will receive a pink enamel ribbon pin -- the national symbol of breast cancer awareness.
The Komen Foundation was established in 1982 by Nancy Brinker to honor the memory of her sister, who died from breast cancer at the age of 36. It is the nation's largest private funder of research dedicated solely to breast cancer. Building representatives will be happy to take your donation or you may send it through campus mail to Cindy Rucci, Neilson Library. Additionally, activities committee members will sell pins in the lobby of the Smith College Club from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. during the week beginning October 5. The foundation receives 100 percent of all gifts.
In conjunction with Denim Day, there will be an information table in the basement of Seelye Hall from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, October 9, staffed by local breast health educators and representatives of the Pioneer Valley Breast Cancer Network.
A World Wide Web site (www. denimday.com) provides more information about National Denim Day. For more information about the Smith event, contact Cindy Rucci, ext. 2923.
In Case You're Wondering...
Why were the college bells were ringing last Thursday afternoon? The College Hall bell rang for 211 seconds on September 17 at 4 p.m. in honor of the 211th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. Grant Moss, college organist, gave a short concert on the carillon before the Smith bells tolled, joining bells throughout the community and around the country in the "Bells Across America" project.
When are we going to have water in Paradise Pond? No one is sure. It depends when we get a heavy rain. The permit that allowed Smith to drain and dredge the pond also requires that enough water be flowing through the pond to maintain a flow of 27 cubic feet per second below the dam before the gates can be closed to allow the pond to fill. Because of present drought conditions, we need "a significant rain event," says Bill Brandt, director of campus operations and facilities, for the flow to increase substantially from the 10 cubic feet of mid-September. (During the time between when this item was written and when it appears in print, the "rain delay" may end.)
Are you wondering about something? Ask us (ashanahan@colrel. smith.edu or firstname.lastname@example.org. edu); we'll look for the answers.
When is Mountain Day going to be? Stop wondering and just wait. Only the president and the weather forecasters know.
The following were available at presstime. Application reviews for all these positions will begin immediately. To learn more, call ext. 2278.
Technology support consultants (two positions), Information Technology Services.
Hardware and software services coordinator, Information Technology Services.
Administrative computing analyst, Information Technology Services.
Assistant to the executive director, Information Technology Services.
Purchasing assistant (half-time), Information Technology Services.
"Race, Gender and Ethnicity in Bolivia." A work-in-progress presentation by Rosanna Barragan, Bolivian historian. Sponsors: Project on Women and Social Change and Latin American Studies Program. Tea at 4 p.m. 4:15 p.m., Seelye 207
"Introduction to the CDO Employer Recruiting Programs." This workshop outlines employer recruiting, explains the process and discusses a self-directed job search. Also offered on October 6. (Beverly Cotnoir, ext. 2579). 12:15 p.m., CDO
Amnesty International meeting. 4-5 p.m., Seelye 102
MassPIRG general meeting. Come learn about us, our campaigns and how to get involved. All welcome. (Alyssa Stalsberg, ext. 6096) 7:30-9 p.m., Dewey common room
Other events and activities
Open hour with Carmen Santana-Melgoza, director of institutional diversity. 3-4:30 p.m., College Hall 31
Film: Adju Azul Di Yonta (The Blue Eyes of Yonta, Guinea-Bissau, 1991). Criolo with English subtitles. Flora Gomes. Like Tableau Ferraille, examines the frustrations of Bissau's revolutionary generation. "A lucid and at the same time joyous film" (Le Monde). Part of the Africa Film Series: Festival de Cinema Africain Sponsor: government department. 7 p.m., Seelye 106
Other events and activities
There will be a guided tour of the Smith College Museum of Art on Sunday, September 27, at 2 p.m. -- an introduction to the collection, which numbers more than 24,000 objects, including paintings, sculptures, photographs, drawings, prints and decorative arts dating from 2400 B.C. to the present.
Mountain Day is a traditional surprise break from classes when the president chooses a beautiful fall day and announces the holiday with the ringing of the Martha Wilson House, Helen Hills Hills Chapel and College Hall bells at 7:05, 7:15 and 7:30 a.m. Although daytime activities are cancelled, students are expected to honor all evening commitments from 7 p.m. on.
Health Services will not be closed on Mountain Day. It will be open as usual from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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 for high school students this fall: Monday, October 5 and 26; and Wednesday, November 11. Prospective Smith 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.
"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. In the second event, on October 9 at 12:15 p.m. in Burton Hall 101, Adam Jenkins, assistant preparator, Museum of Art, will chronicle the restoration process. This talk concludes with a visit to the fountain.
The symposium "Speaking of Architecture: A World View" will
be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 17, at the Smith College
Museum of Art. It 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,
CDO Résumé Deadline
The deadline for the Minority Undergraduate Career Forum New England taking place on December 4 in Cambridge. For more information, see www.cbacareers.com. Résumés are due at Crimson & Brown by October 2. (Beverly Cotnoir, ext. 2579)
The last day to add a Smith course is Monday, September 28. The last day to drop a course is Wednesday, October 14. Add/drop forms may be obtained in the registrar's office.
Late Registration Fee
A late fee of $25 is charged for any petition to add or drop courses after the September 28 and October 14 deadlines. Please be sure to correct your registration by the deadlines.
Student schedules will be mailed to student campus mailboxes. Please check your schedule carefully and report any discrepancies to the registrar. Five College courses may not yet appear on the schedule. You will receive the student copy once your enrollment is confirmed.
An administrative internship of eight to 10 hours a week at Sunnyside Child Care Center, Paradise Road, is open for 199899. The intern assists the center director in all aspects of child-care administration. Initiative and flexibility are required of this intern, who may pursue a variety of independent projects that will improve the organization and educational environment at Sunnyside. This is a great opportunity for someone interested in business administration, human services management or education. (Debra Horton, ext. 2293)
Fine Arts Council
Every Smith undergraduate student pays $7 annually out of her student activities fee to the Fine Arts Council. The council is looking for five to 20 new members to serve on its board. The council arranges and sells discounted tickets to attend major UMAA Fine Arts performances, sponsors arts activities on campus and assists groups or individuals with modest monetary subsidies for fine arts endeavors on our campus. (Merry Farnum, ext. 4904)
Ten tickets have been reserved for Smith students to attend "In-Young Sohn: Shaman Dances From Korea," a lecture-demonstration at 8 p.m. on Friday, October 2, in the UMass student ballroom. Traditional Korean folk dances will be fused with modern movement and classical form. Professor Jinhee Kim from the Smith dance department will give the opening remarks. This is the first in a series of 10 performances subsidized through the FAC. Ticket information: SGA office, Clark Hall.
Follett College Stores, operator of the Grécourt Bookshop at Smith College, has joined newspaper syndicate and book publisher Andrews McMeel Universal on a quest to find the next great cartoonist of our time. The two companies are sponsoring a nationwide contest, "Strip Search," seeking cartoons by students in the categories of strip, panel or other. Universal Press Syndicate editors will determine the winning cartoons, which will be published in Strip Search, a book that will be released nationwide in the spring of 1999. All entries must be postmarked by October 31, 1998. Further information and entry materials are available at the Grécourt Bookshop on Green Street.
Ultimate Access Registration
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 (www.smith.edu/cdo). If you registered last year, you need to register again so we have your updated information. Once registered, you will have the listings available to you wherever you go on-line.
Athletic Association Jobs
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 email@example.com. edu) with your name, phone and mailbox numbers and the position(s) for which you are applying.
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.
Smith Life and Learning
Watch for further information and an introductory slide show on the October 1012 Special Quest Weekend for Smith Life and Learning participants.
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