News for the Smith College Community // October 1, 1998

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United Way Unveils New Enticements

The Smith College United Way Campaign Committee and the Smith College Club will join forces on October 8 to sponsor an evening offering great food and a boost to this year's campus United Way effort.

Spotlight on Smith Chefs, which will be held at the club from 6:30 to 9 p.m., will feature live jazz and items to drool over -- crostini with tapenade, spinach couscous patties with tuna, chocolate bourbon cake, pear tart -- and the possibility of a non-edible bonus: one's own personal, reserved campus parking space. The space, one of three the campaign awards by lottery each year, will go to someone who is present at the Spotlight event and has already made a contribution to this year's United Way fund drive. (Pledge cards will be available at the door.)

The Smith United Way committee has raised the bar a bit in setting this year's goal at $114,000, or 10 percent of the Hampshire County goal. Last year 525 Smith donors contributed $109,288. That earned Smith the distinction of being the first business or organization in the community whose employees contributed more than $100,000, but the campaign committee believes we can do better, especially in the number-of-donors category.

They hope that a mouthwatering evening that showcases the talents of our RADS colleagues will do the trick. The cost of Spotlight on Smith Chefs is $15 per person and $18 for non-members. (This fee is not a fund-raiser for the United Way; it underwrites the cost of the event.)

As a lead-in to Spotlight, October 8 will be designated United Way Pin Day, and throughout the campus in academic and administrative buildings there will be bowls filled with United Way donor pins. Everyone is invited to wear a pin to show support for the United Way campaign. But more than that, all faculty and staff are invited to make contributions and attend Spotlight on Smith Chefs.

Evaluating the Links Between Universities, Communities

The Center for Mutual Learning will sponsor a two-part symposium, "Mutual Learning: Decolonizing Communities," on Friday, October 16. The center, an active but perhaps not widely known organization at Smith, has as its co-directors Frédérique Apffel-Marglin, professor of anthropology, and Kathryn Pyne Addelson, Mary Huggins Gamble Professor of Philosophy.

The first part of the symposium, "Sustaining Cape Ann: The Case of Wellspring House, Gloucester, Massachusetts," will take place in Seelye 201 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The second part, "Sustaining Indigenous Life: The University and Native American Communities," will take place from 7:30 to 10 p.m., also in Seelye 201.

The Center for Mutual Learning works with grassroots groups throughout the Americas through collaborative research and community-based learning. "Mutual learning is not so much learning about as learning with," says Marglin. "You gain self-knowledge as you gain knowledge of the other... It doesn't start with a research agenda but rather with the idea that you both can be transformed by learning."

In its exploration of Wellspring House and during the second session, which will focus on programs in Native American communities in the Andes and Mexico, the symposium will raise issues concerning the interface between universities and community organizations.

Stefano Varese, a professor in the department of Native American studies at the University of California at Davis, director of the Indigenous Research Center of the Americas and speaker in the symposium's second session, "was the first to look at Native American peoples hemispherically," says Marglin. She explains that academic boundaries have traditionally divided such studies along hemispheric lines, with "Native American Studies" referring to the U.S. and sometimes Canada, and "Latin American Studies" covering the indigenous peoples of the Southern Hemisphere.

Wellspring House is a community organization that adheres to principles and methods of feminism and participatory democracy. It is "a model for community organizations not only because it has existed for 17 years, all the while successfully expanding its vision, but also because it has done so without becoming simply another service organization," says Addelson.

Founded in 1981 as a place offering hospitality to people dealing with a life crisis and needing housing or other assistance, Wellspring House has over the years created educational programs and a land trust dedicated to developing affordable housing and local economic enterprises. It offers workshops, lectures and, through its Veronese Community Education Resource Center, a full-time, 26-week course teaching women basic math, grammar, writing, critical thinking and career skills.

Speakers at the first session will be a co-founder of Wellspring House and two women who are participants in Wellspring House programs. Carolyn Jacobs, associate dean at the Smith School for Social Work and adjunct associate professor in Afro-American studies, will be the moderator.

Participants in the second session all come from Native American communities in the Andes with the exception of one from Oaxaca, Mexico. The session will be moderated by Jorge Ishizawa of the Andean Project for Peasant Technologies and Ricardo Palma University in Lima, Peru.

The symposium, which is open to the public, is supported by a grant from the MacArthur Foundation and by the Five College Native American Indian Studies Committee, Five Colleges, Hampshire College Program for Fieldwork in the Southwest and Mexico, Mount Holyoke Department of Anthropology and the Smith departments of anthropology and philosophy.

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Event Will Encourage Women to Be Leaders

By Lisa Johnson AC

"Women in Leadership: Breaking Boundaries," Smith College's first student-organized leadership conference, will take place October 16-17 here on campus. The organizers, an ambitious group of students who last winter participated in the highly acclaimed Smith Leadership Program, are inviting 120 Smith women to participate in the weekend event. The program has been designed to expose students to the experiences and advice of many remarkable women leaders and to provide some of the knowledge and tools necessary for leadership success.

Students participating in the conference will encounter women leaders who have, through their work in positions of leadership, broken boundaries.

The two primary speakers are notable trailblazers. The Saturday luncheon speaker is Sylvia Peters, a nationally recognized urban educator who has fostered the development and implementation of innovative programs in several school systems. She is the founder of Whole Village/Whole Nation, a not-for-profit corporation that negotiates compacts with cities and municipalities to give communities the authority to manage public schools. Peters is deeply involved in the nationwide movement to place character education in the schools. She is president of the Character Education Partnership, a national organization headquartered in Washington, D.C.

Saturday evening's keynote address will be presented by Julia Erickson '80, executive director of City Harvest Inc., an organization using innovative, cost-effective and practical means to feed hungry people in New York City. Under Erickson's direction, City Harvest currently distributes 9 million pounds of food annually, feeding 80,000 people each week. It retrieves from restaurants and other sources food that would otherwise go to waste and delivers it free of charge to emergency food programs in the five boroughs of New York City. Erickson's work has been recognized with many distinguished awards over the years. She currently chairs the board of directors of Food Chain, a national network of food-rescue programs.

Workshops are the second essential element in the conference. Students will form small groups for interactive, one-on-one attention from workshop leaders. The workshops will deepen students' understanding of the practical skills necessary to become effective leaders. One workshop, "Building Your Leadership Tool Kit," will be taught by Jeanette Jackson, whose presentation in the traditional Smith Leadership Program was much praised. Barbara Reinhold, director of the Career Development Office, will lead a panel of students recounting their internship experiences this past summer. There will also be a panel of Smith alumnae and other distinguished women leaders sharing their perspectives on leadership and the different boundaries they have challenged during their careers.

Networking is the third crucial element in the program. By networking with speakers, alumnae, workshop leaders and one another, students will learn about making connections while actually making them.

Registration forms are being distributed to student boxes this week. Only 120 women can attend this first conference, so students interested in attending must respond quickly. Volunteers are needed as well. If you are interested in helping out or have any questions regarding the program, contact Juliet Christian-Smith at

Fresh Looks at Native Cultures

Three distinguished Native American elders -- a co-founder of Spiderwoman Theater, a writer and a museum director -- will take part this weekend in a series of discussions with Five College scholars and students about how to incorporate storytelling and other aspects of indigenous culture into the study of Native American culture.

The visitors in the Native American Elders Conference are

  • Trudy Lamb Richmond, a Schaghticoke and the director of education for the Pequot Museum in Mashantucket, Connecticut
  • Muriel Miguel, a Kuna/Rappahannock, performer and co-founder of the Spiderwoman Theater
  • Millie Noble, an Ojibway and the author of Sweetgrass, a collection of stories about the lives of Native American women.

During their visit to the five colleges Thursday through Saturday, the elders will give two public talks and a performance workshop for students.

Thursday evening's panel presentation, "More Than Just Stories," will be presented at Franklin Patterson Hall, Hampshire College, from 7 to 9 p.m. It will focus on Native American storytelling as a vital form of oral cultural transmission and explore stereotypical views of Indian performance and culture as reflected in literature, folklore and other media. A welcoming reception and potluck event will precede the presentation in Franklin Patterson Hall. (For more information, call Deb Martin, professor of anthropology at Hampshire College, at 256-8844.)

On Friday the second public discussion, "Interweaving Indigenous Knowledge and Academics," will look at some issues critical to the understanding of native culture from both native and scholarly viewpoints. This talk will be in Seelye Hall 201 from 4 to 6 p.m.

Saturday's event, "Telling Women's Stories Through Theater," is a limited-enrollment workshop taught by Miguel at the Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts.

The Native American Elders Conference, planned by the Five College Native American Indian Studies Curriculum Committee, is the first in a series of such events.

For further information, contact Marge Bruchac AC, chair of the planning committee for the programs, at 584-2195.

Planning for Arts Center Project Begins

Although groundbreaking for the expansion of the Fine Arts Center will not occur until spring 2000, planning is already well under way.

The project will add about 50,000 square feet to the 126,000-square-foot complex at an estimated cost of $31 million and is the most ambitious capital construction project Smith College has ever undertaken. An architectural planning study completed last year by the New York firm Kliment and Halsband explored ways the current facility -- which includes the museum, art department and art library -- could be adapted to meet present and anticipated space needs. Considered also were improvements to the mechanical systems, insulation and exterior cladding.

Among the museum's needs are increased gallery, gift-shop and art-storage space; a passenger elevator; a classroom; and space for use as a café or for special events. In Hillyer Hall the art department seeks more classroom and studio space and a location for a new Visual Communications Center where the traditional slide and visual-image collections will be combined with newer resources such as digital-image banks.

Meanwhile the museum is planning for the two years when it will be closed for renovations. Most of the collections will go into storage for the duration, but Suzannah Fabing, director and chief curator, reports that plans are under way to send several hundred of the museum's most important works on tour to museums across the country in special exhibitions. "The museum staff, the art department and the art librarians, along with many of their books, will be relocated together to a building adjacent to the campus, from which we will plan programs and exhibitions for our reopening," Fabing reports. Some level of programming for the Friends of the Library will also continue, Fabing says, perhaps including lectures and studio visits to local artists. (The art department's teaching program will continue without interruption.)

In anticipation of the museum's collection being inaccessible during the renovation, efforts are being stepped up to make digital images of the artworks that can be mounted and viewed on terminals on campus. Simultaneously, the collection's database is being enhanced and readied for the museum's Web site for easy access by scholars and others with Internet access. (The database is a collaboration among all of the Five College museums and Historic Deerfield, so a person will be able to explore all six Pioneer Valley art collections with a single search.)



Sunnyside Gets Accreditation

The Sunnyside Child Care Center at Smith College was recently granted three-year accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). This recognition has been achieved by only about 5 percent of early-childhood programs nationwide. "We are very pleased and proud to have achieved this honor and national recognition," says Debra Horton, the center's director.

NAEYC accreditation is earned by way of a rigorous, voluntary process in which programs demonstrate that they meet national standards of excellence. The criteria include health and safety, staffing, staff qualifications, administration and physical environment, but according to Horton "the greatest emphasis is on the children's relationships with the staff and how the program helps each child to grow and learn -- intellectually, physically, socially and emotionally."

Accreditation requires an intensive self-study and an on-site visit conducted by early-childhood professionals. The findings of this two-step process are reviewed by a team of national experts who grant or defer accreditation.

Funds to cover the cost of Sunnyside's application materials and the validator's visit were provided by a Massachusetts Community Partnership for Children grant that the center receives in conjunction with the Northampton Public School System and other private early-childhood programs in the city.

Sunnyside, at 70 Paradise Road, serves 50 children from 18 months to 6 years old.

Truman Scholarships

Smith College may nominate as many as three members of the class of 2000 to enter a nationwide competition for the generous (up to $30,000) scholarship for four years of study (senior year, and up to three years of graduate study). The competition was created by Congress to honor President Harry S. Truman. Students who are currently juniors are invited to submit a résumé by Friday, October 16, to Lea Ahlen, Wright Hall 15. As a result of the national competition, one Truman Scholar is chosen from each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the American Territories; up to 29 scholars at large will be selected this year. The scholarship will be awarded to outstanding students who are preparing for a career in public service and who have potential for leadership in government. This year, students pursuing a legal career in public service will be given priority. The résumé should list the student's public service activities (such as those associated with government agencies, community groups, political campaigns and charities), and leadership positions held during high school and the first two years of undergraduate study, as well as a statement of tentative career intentions.

CC Counselors to Meet Adas

Ten faculty and staff members from community colleges across the country will converge on Smith this weekend to spend time with Ada Comstock Scholars, visit classes and experience everyday life. The visitors -- each of whom works in admissions and transfer counseling at her respective college -- were invited to campus by the Ada Comstock Scholars Program as part of an effort to reach out to potential students of color, says Sid Dalby, ACSP associate director. "These women all work at colleges where there's a substantial enrollment of women of color," she says. The expectation is that these counselors will take knowledge of Smith back to their colleges and spread the word for students looking to continue their schooling, she says.

Of 230 students enrolled in the ACSP, about 95 percent have transferred from a community college, Dalby says. So establishing relationships with community college advisers is essential to the program.

Counselors will visit from Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland; Pasadena City College, California; Prince George's Community College, Largo, Maryland; City College of San Francisco; Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, New Mexico; Howard Community College, Columbia, Maryland, and others. While here, they will tour the campus, visit the Museum of Art, meet with students, faculty and administrators and attend a panel discussion. Their visit is sponsored by a grant from the Knight Foundation.

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September 22: Smith 8, Wheaton 0
September 24: Smith 7, Springfield 2
September 26: Smith 9, Clark 0
Field Hockey
September 22: Smith 0, Williams 3
September 26-7: Seven Sisters@Wellesley, 5th place
Smith 1, Vassar 3
Smith 3, Bryn Mawr 2, (overtime)
Smith 2, Mount Holyoke 0
September 22: Smith 0, Wellesley 3
September 25-6: MIT Invitational
Smith 1, Tufts 3
Smith 0, Wesleyan 3
Smith 0, Skidmore 3
Smith 3, Western Connecticut 1
September 23 Smith 0, Williams 3
September 25: Smith 0, Wellesley 5
Cross Country
September 26: RI College Invitational
Smith 5th out of 14 teams
Penne with Chicken and Butternut Squash
(Serves 4­6)
1 lb. penne cooked al dente according to package directions
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast
1 lb. diced butternut squash
2 shallots, diced
2 tbsp canola oil
1/4 lb. butter
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
16 fresh sage leaves
Grated parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper to taste
Chopped parsley for garnish
Rinse chicken breast and cut into small julienne strips (about 1/4" by 2"). Place squash in pot with water to cover and simmer until soft but not fully cooked. Drain and set aside. Heat canola oil in sauté pan; add julienne chicken and shallots and sauté for 3-5 minutes, turning frequently. Add butter, milk, cream, squash and sage and simmer until hot and slightly thickened. Add salt and pepper to taste. Combine with cooked pasta. Finish with parmesan cheese and chopped parsley.
Tony Aubrey, a Spotlight chef, is the source of this recipe which will be served October 8. Aubrey, a floater cook in Ziskind House, works frequently for the Smith Catering Department. He has been in the culinary field for 20 years and at Smith since 1995.

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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, October 5


"Wealth for the Commonwealth: The Activism of Jessie Lloyd O'Connor During the Popular Front." Kathleen Banks Nutter, Sophia Smith Collection. A work-in-progress presentation. 4:15-5:45 p.m., Seelye 207


CDO workshop: "Career Choices and Direction." Assess your skills, interests and values. 11 a.m., CDO

CDO workshop: "How to Write an Effective Résumé." 2 p.m., CDO

Amnesty International general body meeting. 4-5 p.m., Seelye 102

Jacobson Center workshop: "Exam Preparation." 4-6 p.m., Seelye 307

"What's Praxis?" Discussion on how to create a proposal and apply for summer '99 internship funding for rising juniors and seniors. Find out how to make Praxis work for you. (To be repeated Wednesday; you may attend either presentation.) 4:30-5:30 p.m., CDO

Welcome for JYA students returning from Spain and Latin America. All students interested in spending a semester or year in a Spanish- or Portuguese-speaking country are invited. 5-6 p.m., Dewey common room

Other events and activities

Fall Preview Day for prospective students. (Admission office, ext. 2500.) Various locations

CDO résumé/cover letter deadline for an academic-year internship with the Pioneer Valley Sierra Club, a volunteer group working on the issue of overpopulation. Address cover letter to Anita King, Population Committee, Pioneer Valley Sierra Club, P.O. Box 903, Williamsburg, MA 01096. By 4 p.m., CDO

Language lunch tables
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room

Open hour with Carmen Santana-Melgoza, director of institutional diversity. 3-4:30 p.m., College Hall 31

Tuesday, October 6


Graduate Schools of International Affairs panel. Representatives from Columbia, Georgetown, SAIS at Johns Hopkins, Fletcher at Tufts, and Woodrow Wilson at Princeton. 1:30-2:30 p.m., Seelye 101

"Fascinating Rhythms: Performance of Mixed Meters in Classical and Romantic Music." Will Crutchfield, critic, scholar, conductor. Sponsor: music department. 5 p.m., Earle Hall (formerly Sage Recital Hall)*

"Ritual and Renovation in the Renaissance Medical Classroom." Nancy Siraisi, Hunter College and City College of New York and the Florence Ruth and Clarence Kennedy Professor in Renaissance Studies. Part of the Florence Ruth and Clarence Kennedy Lecture Series, "Learning and Medicine in Renaissance Europe." 7:30 p.m., Wright auditorium*

Fine/performing arts/films

Concert: Music in the Noon Hour. Thomas Kim, tenor, and John Van Buskirk, fortepiano. Clare Schumann lieder and Robert Schumann, Dichterliebe. 12:30-1 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall*

Film: Quand les étoiles rencontrent la mer (When the Stars Meet the Sea) (Madagascar, 1996). In French and Malagasy with English subtitles. Raymond Rajaonarivelo. Story of a quest for liberation by a young boy rejected by society. Part of the Festival de Cinema Africain. Sponsor: government department. 7 p.m., Seelye 106

Rec Council movie. 9 p.m., Wright auditorium


Sigma Xi Luncheon Talk. "The 1998 AP Statistics Exam." Katherine Halverson. Open to faculty, emeriti and staff. Noon, College Club lower level


Environmental and Marine Summer Programs Information Session: Introduction to Marine Science. 4:15 -5:30 p.m., Burton 101

January Teaching Internship Informational Meeting. For science majors interested in teaching in area schools during January interterm. (Casey Clark, ext. 3951: 4:45-5:45 p.m., Burton 218

Senate Meeting. 7 p.m., Seelye 201

CDO workshop: "Preparing for a Successful Interview." 8 p.m., CDO

Religious Life

Episcopal-Lutheran Fellowship meets in the parish house parlor for worship, lunch and friendship. All welcome. Noon, St. John's Church, Elm Street

Jewish text study. Discussions and arguments about fundamental Jewish beliefs, biblical stories and classical and radical contracts. No previous knowledge necessary. Sign-up: ext. 2750. 5-6:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Unitarian Universalist meeting. 7­8 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

CDO workshop: "Ten Steps to Finding an Internship." 7:15 p.m., CDO

Other events and activities

Study Abroad Fair. Thinking of studying abroad? Come speak to representatives from Smith-approved programs all over the world. Noon­3 p.m., Davis ballroom

Language lunch tables
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room

President's open hours. Students seen on a first-come, first-served basis. 4-5 p.m., College Hall 20

Soccer vs. WPI. 4:15 p.m., athletic fields*

CDO open hours. Peer advisers available to assist with your library research and questions. 7-9 p.m., CDO

Wednesday, October 7


"El barroco a la luz de la modernidad: Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz y Octavio Paz." Professor Maria Esther Maciel, University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. An homage to two great Mexican poets and thinkers. In Spanish. 4:15 p.m., Wright common room


Association for Low-Income Students information lunch meeting. Noon-1:30 p.m., Wright common room

CDO orientation for first-years. 4 p.m., CDO

Environmental and Marine Summer Programs Information Session. See Tuesday listing. 4:15 -5:30 p.m., Burton 101

"What's Praxis?" See Monday listing. 4:30-5:30 p.m., CDO

First Current meeting. Anyone interested in being on the staff or submitting material to the Current, a forum for political essays, art, short fiction and poetry, should attend. (Lauren Lydic, ext. 7902.) 7 p.m., Capen Annex

Wednesday -- continued

Religious Life

Informal discussion/reflection for Catholic Adas. Lunch will be served. All welcome. Noon, Bodman Lounge, Chapel

First Chapel reps meeting. Supper provided. 5:45-7 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Buddhist service and discussion. 7:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Other events and activities
Language lunch tables
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room

Employee Recognition Ceremony. President Simmons and Human Resources cordially invite all staff to attend. A reception follows from 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the CPA courtyard (or Scott gym if the weather is bad). Let's celebrate the achievements of our outstanding Smith staff. 2:30 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall

Thursday, October 8


"Problèmes de l'autobiographie féminine." Béatrice Didier, professor of French literature. In French. 4:30 p.m., Wright common room

Fine/performing arts/films

Film: El Lado Oscuro del Corazon (Argentina). Director: Eliseo Subiela. Sponsor: Spanish and Portuguese department. 7:30 p.m., Seelye 201*

Rec Council Movie. 9 p.m., Wright auditorium


CDO workshop: "Using the Internet to Search for Internships and Jobs." 4 p.m., CDO

Religious Life

Interfaith Dialogue Group organizational meeting. Creative discussions, learning events and activities designed to foster understanding and appreciation for the various world faiths expressed at Smith. All welcome. (Chapel interns, ext. 2750.) 5:30-7 p.m., Seelye 207

Meeting of Newman Association, the Catholic students' organization. Explore spirituality and modern issues of Catholicism. Dinner served. All welcome. 6 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Jewish Text Study. Dinner and Torah discussion. 6-7:15 p.m., Amherst College Valentine Terrace Room B

Other events and activities

Language lunch tables
12:15 p.m., Duckett House Special Dining Room

Soccer vs. Trinity. 4:15 p.m., athletic fields*

Spotlight on Smith Chefs. Enjoy our chefs' specialties and get some great recipes and decorating ideas for the holiday season. Live jazz by Mark Ricker and Edward Jacob. Tickets -- $15 for members, $18 for nonmembers -- are available at ext. 2341 or 6:30-9 p.m., Smith College Club

Friday, October 9

Autumn Recess Begins


"The Lanning Fountain: A Model Project from the Landscape Master Plan." A lecture describing the fountain's restoration by Adam Jenkins, assistant preparator, Museum of Art, followed by a visit to the fountain. 12:15 p.m., Burton Hall 101

Other events and activities

Breast Cancer Awareness information table staffed by local health educators and other individuals from the Pioneer Valley Breast Cancer Network. 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Seelye basement

Volleyball vs. Brandeis. 7 p.m., Ainsworth gym*

Saturday, October 10

Autumn Recess

Other events and activities

Tennis vs. Babson. 1 p.m., tennis courts*

Field hockey vs. MIT. 1 p.m., athletic fields*

Sunday, October 11

Autumn Recess

Religious Life

Quaker meeting. Informal discussion followed by worship. All welcome. 9:30 a.m., worship at 11 a.m., Bass 203*

Ongoing Exhibitions

"Vitruvius Rediscovered: Architectural Books of the 16th, 17th, and 18th Centuries." Early printed texts of Vitruvius' De Architectura and illustrated treatises by Renaissance and Mannerist architects influenced by him. Through December 15. Neilson Library

"The 'Manière Anglaise': Mezzotint in Holland and England from the Seventeenth to the Early Nineteenth Century." Through October 31. Print Room, Museum of Art

"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

"Equal Partners: Men and Women Principals in Contemporary Architectural Practice." Work by 15 American architecture firms founded and run jointly by women and men. Through December 13. Museum of Art

"Internet Dwellers: Video Sculptures by Nam June Paik." Works that draw on popular culture and recombine its artifacts into serious art that often reveals whimsical or absurdist humor rooted in the Fluxus movement. Through October 18. Museum of Art


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Mountain Day

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. Daytime activities are canceled, but students are expected to honor all evening commitments from 7 p.m. on.

Health Services

On Mountain Day, Health Services will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


More Praxis

October 5 through 9 will be Praxis Week at the Career Development Office. The office will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to show off its resources and newly renovated space. It will offer "What is Praxis?" workshops Monday and Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. (And don't forget the Praxis Inaugural Weekend events, Friday and Saturday, October 2 and 3: the keynote speech, all-college tea and symposium on Friday, beginning at 3 p.m. in the Center for the Performing Arts and the alumnae mentoring and networking sessions for students, preceded by continental breakfast, in Seelye Hall on Saturday beginning at 10:15 a.m.)

Peer Writing Assistance

Need help with a paper? Bring your assignment, drafts and ideas to the peer writing assistants. All stages of drafts welcome. No appointment necessary. All services are free. Assistants are available at the following times and locations: Sunday through Thursday, 7­10 p.m., Seelye 307; Davis Center, Tuesday and Thursday, 3-6 p.m.; Emerson House dining room, Sunday, Monday and Wednesday, 7-10 p.m. Sponsor: The Jacobson Center.

Writing Workshop

Spaces remain in the second section of Nina Payne's Living and Learning workshop, "The Pleasure of Writing," which will be offered on October 9 and 16 from 4 to 6 p.m. Read the workshop description and sign up in College Hall 21.

Life & Learning Dinner

The second Smith Life and Learning dinner symposium will take place on October 7 or 8 (depending on your group number). Any student new to Smith who did not attend the first symposium is encouraged to join her group for the second of 10 dinner symposia. (Ext. 4914.)

Luce Scholars Program

Applications for the Luce Scholarships in Asia for graduating seniors and alumnae with little previous experience in Asian studies are due at the Office for International Study, Clark Hall 305, on November 4. Those interested in applying or learning more about the this program should contact Cathy Hutchison, ext. 4905. More information may also be found in binders at the Neilson Library reserve desk under international study or in the reference library of the Office for International Study.

Students -- continued

Quest Program

The Smith Life and Learning Quest adventure is still open to new students. Sign up in College Hall 24. Quest includes a low-ropes course, bonfires, easy (or challenging) hikes and dorm-like accommodations. No fee.

Thanksgiving Dinner

Students staying on campus during Thanksgiving break are invited to join a local Smith College alumna and her family for a holiday dinner on Thursday, November 26. Each family hosts two or three students and provides transportation to and from dinner. To participate, call Cynthia Allen '83 by November 20, (413) 665-8547.

Student Schedules

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.

Sunnyside Internship

An administrative internship of eight to 10 hours a week at Sunnyside Child Care Center is open. 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.)

The 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 UMass Fine Arts Council 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.)

Cartoon Contest

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 "strip," "panel" or "other" categories. Universal Press Syndicate editors will determine the winning cartoons, which will be published in Strip Search, a book to be released nationwide in spring 1999. All entries must be postmarked by October 31, 1998.

Further information and entry materials are available at the Grécourt Bookshop on Green Street.

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