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

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Four '99 Smith Medalists Named

In keeping with a 35-year tradition, Rally Day 1999 will bring outstanding Smith alumnae to campus to receive Smith College Medals. Recipients are chosen for exemplifying "in their lives and service to the community or to the college the true purpose of a liberal arts education." While this year's medalists graduated from Smith in four different decades and have since taken widely divergent paths, they all clearly meet the criteria for the award. Here is a preview of the uncommon women who will be honored on February 17:

  • Stella Chess '35 is a child psychiatrist whose research into the study of temperament has done much to shape modern American child psychiatry. Her original research for the New York Longitudinal Study, done during the 1950s, remains the basis for ongoing work in child temperament. Working in collaboration with her husband, Dr. Alexander Thomas, Chess has promoted the idea that a child's development is the product of ongoing interaction between his or her behavioral style and the parenting environment. This groundbreaking theory met with early resistance from the psychotherapeutic community but has since inspired scores of significant research projects. Chess has been as active and productive in teaching and clinical practice as she has in research. She is also a prolific writer: her bibliography includes some 150 publications, the most recent of which is the book Goodness of Fit: Clinical Applications from Infancy Through Adulthood.
  • Joy Frisch Hakim '51 started out as a teacher and a journalist, experience that served her well during the 10 years she spent writing A History of US, a 10-volume series of books for young people. In a welcome change from conventional American textbooks, the series artfully weaves the inevitable facts and dates of history within the larger pattern of an absorbing, colorful, morally complex story. Hakim set out to create a work that would make the study of American history challenging and compelling to all children, whatever their academic advantages or disadvantages. She also struggled to make the unique stories of all American groups known and appreciated by others. Publishers and teachers alike were initially skeptical about textbooks so innovative in content and appearance. Oxford University Press eventually gambled on publishing the series -- and was handsomely rewarded when A History of US was adopted by school systems around the nation. Theodore Rabb, professor of history at Princeton University, describes Hakim as someone who entered a field that was "mired in mediocrity and dullness" and went on to "set new standards for what it means to get children interested in learning." Hakim is now at work on a series of books, tentatively called "The Science Story," for middle school students.
  • Ruth Kohler '63 became the third director of the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, in 1972. The center had previously served only as an exhibition space for artists. Under her direction it has become one of the most unusual and highly regarded arts organizations in the United States -- not a museum, but an activist organization that in producing and presenting dance, theater, music, photography and the like brings together artists, art and the public. Her exhibitions, catalogues and related educational programming have won national attention for their imagination and excellence and her breadth of vision has inspired a generation of museum workers, educators and anthropologists. Kohler conceived and developed Kohler Company's Arts/Industry Program, which brings outstanding artists to the company, a leading plumbingware manufacturer, for residencies during which they work side by side with factory workers. As president of the Kohler Foundation she has spearheaded a highly successful movement to recognize, collect and preserve Wisconsin architecture and folk art. She has also served on numerous NEA panels and task forces and chaired the Wisconsin Arts Board. Kohler lectures, juries exhibitions, writes scholarly catalogues and articles and consults for arts organizations across the United States. Her many honors include the 1997 Wisconsin Governor's Award in Support of the Arts.
  • Virginia Tippie '72 brings to her work in environmental preservation sound scientific training and exceptional skill in encouraging cooperation and compromise among disparate interests. Dedicated to forging connections between science and public policy, she applied her graduate degrees in marine affairs and oceanography in leading the newly created Center for Ocean Management at the University of Rhode Island. While there she furthered the public interest by mediating a tense confrontation between the oil and fishing industries on Georges Bank. In 1992 Tippie founded Coastal America, an innovative collaboration joining 12 federal departments and agencies with state, local and private alliances to address environmental problems along the nation's coasts. Even after budget cuts eliminated all funding for the launch of this ambitious project, she went on to create a strong, effective coalition, a working model for "reinventing government" in the public interest. With more than 180 projects under way or completed and upwards of $48 million committed in collaboration with several hundred non-federal partners in 26 states, Coastal America and Virginia Tippie are having a profound impact on the health of our nation's shores.

Who Are You?

This is an occasional series that lets the community know who you are.

Name: Janice McDowell.

Department: Office of the Controller.

Title: Cashier.

Hometown: Amherst.

How long have you worked at Smith? Six years, 11 months.

Other positions you've held: Customer service representative, Multibank National.

Your favorite things about Smith: Working in a "community environment" and the employee benefits package.

What do you do in your free time? Study for class, play computer games, baby-sit, walk my dog, go to the movies.

What would you be doing now if you weren't working? Baby-sitting my wonderful 17-month-old granddaughter, Kaley.

Favorite place to hang out: On campus, at any function students, staff or faculty invite me to.

Favorite food: Any pasta dish.

One thing you'd change if you could: I'd find a cure for cancer.

Three words to describe yourself: Concerned, inquisitive, determined.

What would you prefer others see in you? That I'm friendly, I try to be helpful and I like to have fun.

Three books you'd bring if exiled to the island in Paradise Pond: Daily Word by Silent Unity, The Big Book of Faith by Iyanla Vanzant and Chicken Soup for the Soul by J. Canfield and V. Hansen.

Pet peeve: Rude drivers who beep their horns when you're following the rules and they aren't.

What makes you cry? Unemployment, poverty, homelessness, hunger, abuse ...

What message would you like to give the world? One from The Big Book of Faith: "There are three kinds of people in the world: those who make things happen, those who watch things happen and those who wonder what happened." Be a person who makes things happen. Practice random acts of kindness. Help a person in need. We still have a long, long way to go, so let's get busy!

If you have a candidate for this series, tell Eric Weld at extension 2171 or


Rich Offerings for Interterm

For hundreds of students, faculty and staff members who will stick around campus this January, the college will offer a veritable smorgasbord of learning opportunities -- without the pressure of grades and credits.

Interterm 1999, a program now in its second straight year, offers 79 free, noncredit courses on a vast array of topics from "Amateur Stargazing," guided by Tyler House RC Nickawanna Shaw, to "Origins of Soul Food Cooking," cooked up by DeKia Henderson '99, to the very popular "Basic Auto Mechanics," steered for a second year by staff auto mechanics David Cleveland and Dave Motyka.

Some courses, such as Victoria Loew's "Demystifying the Stock Market and Other Investment Areas" and Sarah Lazare's "Exam Preparation," deal with serious, practical subject matter. Others, like "Understanding the Other: The X-Files and its Place in American Culture," taught by Cary Jones '01 and Abbey Gonter '01, tend toward the lighter side of scholarship. Some courses tackle lofty topics: "Jerry Springer to Oprah: Images of Ghetto Blacks and 'Poor White Trash,'" taught by Monique King '99, for example, or Kathleen Banks Nutter's "Demystifying The Feminine Mystique: The Rich and Varied Uses of Primary Sources." Many courses will try to coax out the musician, writer, dancer, actor, athlete, poet or public speaker in all of us.

Sue Briggs, administrative assistant in the dean of the college's office and an Interterm Committee member, says the courses are intended to be fun while offering educational value in a relaxed setting. "We want [class members] to have a good time," she says. "We see this as a chance for people to stretch themselves a bit more than they can during the school year. This gives students a time to try new things without the stress of academic performance or grades, and learn a little at the same time."

Dave Cleveland, a subforeman in physical plant, says his auto-maintenance course is back by popular demand because "everybody wants to know how to take care of their automobile." Cleveland says he and Motyka try to make their class enjoyable for students. "It's really a hands-on sort of thing," he says of the course, which is taught in two three-hour sessions. "It's not really 'sit down and learn this or that.'" The class will perform tune-ups and other mechanical procedures on some of its members' cars, says Cleveland. Students will also learn about precautionary maintenance they can do themselves to "keep your car safe and to keep you safe."

In selecting courses for the program, Briggs and nine other committee members -- six students, two more administrative staff members and a faculty member -- sifted through more than 150 proposals from students, faculty, staff and community members. "We were looking for a nice variety," she says.

This is the second straight year the ODC has coordinated the noncredit course program. Last year it attracted more than 400 registrants to about 48 courses, Briggs says, and was considered a huge success. Registration for this year's classes took place from December 1­3. Briggs says the ODC plans to continue the program and hopes eventually to offer on-line registration.


Parking Crunch Nettles Townies

Parking on the streets around the campus has long been a difficult issue for Smith and its neighbors. Cars belonging to Smith employees and students and to those who take buses at John M. Greene Hall to study or work across the Connecticut River frequently occupy spaces that local residents would like to use. Some of these cars are parked illegally and block driveways or access to sidewalks.

The Smith/Northampton relationship has generally been amicable over the years. The college contributes in many ways to the city's well-being and the city is proud to have Smith in its midst, but the parking issue continues to plague town/gown relations.

This year a group of Smith staff members is working with city officials on a variety of fronts to lessen the tension that Smith cars create in the immediate neighborhood. (Not all the offending vehicles are "Smith cars," of course, but that is how they all tend to be perceived.)

It is hoped that the construction of a parking garage, which is in the offing, will alleviate some of the congestion. The college is also identifying other campus areas where surface parking could be added, and the college relations office is helping Ward 2 City Councilor Frances Volkmann collate the results of a parking survey conducted among her constituents. Under consideration as well are a number of other initiatives to ameliorate the parking situation.

In the meantime, those in the college parking group ask that when parking near Smith you take care to observe parking signs; that you not block sidewalks and driveways; and that students not park cars in the same place for days or weeks. Indeed, students are urged to find off-street parking for their cars -- particularly in winter, when city snow-emergency procedures require that all parked cars be removed from Elm Street from midnight to 6 a.m.

While many may see this as much ado about nothing, others who live near the college consider local on-street parking a real problem. Please consider this a "good neighbor" issue and act accordingly.


New Calendar Debuts On-line

For some people -- maybe not everyone -- this is a big week. It's the week that the Smith master calendar goes on-line. Some people have been eagerly anticipating this breakthrough; others -- notably Mary Stanton, college events coordinator, whose responsibility it was to accomplish this feat, and Cathy Brooks of the college relations office, who helped -- have been struggling with the technology and the details that make it possible. Now it's here (at master.html), and we hope you'll use it to find out what's going on on a day when you might wish to schedule an event or to confirm the date, time and place of an event you wish to attend.

Some caveats: This is not an interactive database. You can't change the information; only Mary Stanton can. You won't find every single event in the on-line calendar. Many second-semester events -- lectures, films, meetings, etc. -- have not even been scheduled yet; others will have audiences too small and topics too specialized to be suitable for the master calendar. Read the introduction to the master calendar carefully before using it. This is a work-in-progress. We will be refining the calendar over the coming months and would appreciate your feedback to help us in that process. Send you comments to

A reminder to on-line calendar surfers: The Five College Calendar is now on-line too. Using software developed by Hampshire College student Evan Henshaw Plath, the FC calendar offers several search capabilities and an advance-posting option that enables users to submit events up to one year in advance. Users can now search the entries by day or month as well as by keyword. The new FC calendar also streamlines the process for submitting events electronically to the campus where the event will take place. The calendar can be accessed on all five campus Web sites, and on the Five College Web site,


A Record Take for United Way

The Smith College United Way Campaign has had an outstanding year. With a total of $120,367.06 (well over its goal of $114,000) contributed by 537 donors (a dozen more than last year), the volunteers who worked to raise the money can be justly proud. The drive's chair and co-chair, Roger Kaufman of the economics department and Judi Marksbury of the president's office, thank all members of the Smith community who participated in this year's campaign: "We set records for both total contributors and number of contributions. Support such as this underscores the commitment of the Smith community to helping people who are in need."

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Joys and Woes of House Dining

By Lisa Johnson AC

It's been said that eating in a Smith dining room is exactly like eating on an airplane filled with women who have had way too much coffee. True, the noise level steadily rises as conversations, clanking dishes and a general bustling of bodies move through densely packed rooms with incredible speed, three times a day. At first glance it can be a bit overwhelming, especially if you had hoped to get some reading done while eating dinner in peace.

But students soon learn that extra reading time isn't the point of these dining experiences. For most women it's a chance to take a break from studies or talk through various details of presentations and lectures heard or the latest love connection gone sweet or sour. The quarters are tight and the bodies are many. As Patricia Grier AC said, "It's hard to get around the tables because the room is so small. I end up saying 'excuse me' so often, I feel like I'm doing one of Steve Martin's old stand-up bits."

Cooking for the varied needs Smith women bring to the table is no picnic. Every day while preparing balanced meals of mass appeal chefs must also meet the needs of students with an increasing variety of food sensitivities as well as medical conditions as varied as spastic and irritable bowel disorder, colitis, hypoglycemia and yeast infections.

The resultant meal combinations sometimes leave students baffled: one recent lunch that could have been missed included creamy rice soup (with a hint of sherry), falafel and a vegetarian sandwich. Or, when leftovers appear, students find that something like red peppers has been added, giving the meal "a weird flavor." Candace Hewitt '01 feels that the salad bar accommodates everyone pretty well: "It's wonderful that for the vegetarians are always offered an alternative, but what about those of us who value meat as a dietary supplement?" Cooks and kitchen staff members have found that all casseroles, meatloaf, lamb cooked any way and fried foods are definitely out. Pasta, gourmet pizza, soups and breads, cinnamon-swirl French toast and a wide range of vegetarian items are appreciated by most.

"Dessert to die for" can be interpreted many ways. Juliet Christian-Smith '01 expressed her concern that "they all make you die," being "rich, fatty and filled with cholesterol." She hopes for the day when Smith's cooks set to work making desserts that don't leave women feeling unhealthy after eating them. Still, dessert is the part of the meal that students confess to dreaming about. For one student it's sherbet, orange or lemon, that visits her in the night. Cheesecake, chocolate cake and (in the words of Peach Pittinger '99) "the hot fudge sauce -- thick and grainy and very rich" all received high regard. But the dessert that kitchen staff and students alike are most likely to indulge in is the mudpie. Crossing campus at the end of a full day of classes, I've heard groups of women talking about the mudpie with amazing focus and clarity, not shy about stepping up their pace when they realized it was on the menu that very night.

Honestly, I lost my head for a moment when gathering opinions for this story. I asked about 20 students, trads and Adas alike, about the pros and cons of freedom from the kitchen. The Adas, having packed up their pots and pans to head off to Smith, had great appreciation for the hard work and underappreciated efforts of the kitchen staff. Trads, while also expressing their gratitude for the cooks, didn't understand what I meant by freedom from the kitchen. All agree that having meals prepared gives more time to focus on their studies. Freedom from planning meals or grocery shopping was named the greatest advantage by most Adas. As Pat Grier said, "It beats cooking and cleaning up the mess every day!"


Club Announces Holiday Fête

In a reprise of last year's highly successful holiday luncheon, the Smith College Club is inviting guests (members and nonmembers alike) to sample a fabulous buffet and enjoy the music of harpist Jerry Marchand in a relaxed but festive setting.

On Wednesday, December 16, tables upstairs and down will be "set with our finest linens," says Patty Hentz, the club's director. "We hope that departments and groups will want to reserve tables for their holiday celebrations, but walk-ins are welcome as well." Reservations may be made by calling extension 2341 or e-mailing The occasion is a popular one but the club staff will do its best to accommodate everyone by having two sittings, one at noon and one at 1:15 p.m.

The menu for the luncheon, which will be served from 11:55 a.m. to 2 p.m., will include pepper-crusted roast sirloin of beef, shallot-crusted halibut, wild rice almondine and vegetable couscous -- not to mention the dazzling dessert table.

Here's a sample (if you're a Weight Watcher, don't even look at it.)


Chocolate Sin Cake

10 oz. chocolate chips

10 oz. unsalted butter

8 eggs

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar


Melt chocolate over hot water. Melt butter, cool to room temperature and add to melted chocolate. Mix until smooth, remove from heat. Beat eggs until frothy, add to chocolate mixture.

Gradually add sugar to chocolate mixture, beating until thick. Grease the bottom and sides of a 9-inch cake pan or springform pan. Then cover with 9-inch circle of parchment paper. Grease parchment paper.

Place the pan into a baking pan of hot water reaching halfway up the cake pan and bake in a 325 degrees convection oven for 1 to 1-1/2 hours. Keep the pan filled halfway with hot water. Check the cake after one hour to see whether it is done. The cake is done when a knife inserted in it comes out clean.

Remove from the oven and let cool for 15 minutes. Run a knife around the edge of the cake and turn it out on a serving plate. Serve the cake inverted so that the harder crust is on the bottom. Chill before serving.


Smith Sustains Media Presence

Newspapers, magazines, radio and television have of late been awash in prominent Smith mentions.

With a lockout delaying the start of the National Basketball Association season, Andrew Zimbalist, professor of economics and authority extraordinaire on many aspects of professional sports, continues to much sought-after as a consultant (his clients include the NBA Players Association) and as an on-air and in-print commentator. Opinion pieces by him appeared in the November 10 Wall Street Journal and December 5 New York Times. His other recent articles have included "Fair is Fair, Even if You're a Superstar" in the November 3 Newsday, "NBA Lockout: Which Side is Dropping the Ball?" in the November 29 New York Times and a piece in the October 18 New York Times Magazine. On the broadcasting front, Zimbalist appeared on NPR's Only a Game on August 2, CNN's Newsstand on August 26, ABC's World News Tonight on October 28, NPR's Weekend Edition on November 9 and NPR's All Things Considered on December 7.

"Fascinating and important," said the November 9 Newsweek in a full-page review of "a new book [that] challenges Betty Friedan's oft-told story of her life as a trapped suburban housewife": Betty Freidan and the Making of "The Feminine Mystique," by Daniel Horowitz, Sylvia Dlugasch Professor in American Studies. The book has also drawn the attention of C-SPAN, which taped (for likely broadcast this month) the Horowitz talk and book-signing held November 12 in the Sophia Smith Collection.

Hot on the heels of her appearance in the November Vanity Fair, Ruth Simmons garnered further national attention at a National Urban League awards dinner in New York on November 10. She, singer/songwriter and social activist Stevie Wonder and Anheuser Busch Executive Vice President John Jacob were honored for contributions to the cause of equal opportunity -- in Simmons' case "for exceptional service and personal commitment to education for all." The ceremony was emceed by CBS Morning News anchor Mark McEwen.

"Equal Partners: Men and Women Principals in Contemporary Architectural Practice," the Smith College Museum of Art exhibition organized by Helen Searing, professor of art, has been the subject of major stories in the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Boston Globe and the November House Beautiful. The Chronicle said that Searing "organized the show more as a way to collect a cross section of the best contemporary architecture than to stake out an argument for what men and women bring to planning buildings.... The show, she says, emphasizes the role of collaboration in architecture and highlights the work of some women without acting as if female architects were a startling new trend." The exhibition -- at the Museum of Art through December 15, after which it will travel to the University of Florida and the University of California, Berkeley -- incorporates drawings, mockups, models and photographs as well as computer-generated simulations on video and CD-ROM.

Karl Paul Donfried was one of eight religion scholars whose names appeared on "Bill Clinton's Ethics -- and Ours," a piece that appeared on the editorial page of the November 11 Wall Street Journal. The statement (signed also by 87 other scholars, whose names were not published due to space constraints) protested "the manipulation of religion and the debasing of moral language in the discussion about presidential responsibility. We believe that serious misunderstandings of repentance and forgiveness are being exploited for political advantage. The resulting moral confusion is a threat to the integrity of American religion and to the foundations of a civil society." The statement goes on to address such issues as the political misuse of religion, the relational nature of forgiveness and the premise that violations of central ethical standards should be excused so long as leaders remain loyal to a particular political agenda and the nation's economy remains strong.


Up Close & Personnel

New Hires:

Deborah Letourneau, temporary employee, RADS; Barbara MacDonald, administrative assistant, international students; Danielle Newbury, teacher's aide, campus school; Cynthia Sleboda, appointments secretary, health services; Stephen Smith, program assistant, advancement; Zoe Wettach, administrative assistant, financial aid.


Ulysses Brown, Park House; Nancy Childs, campus school; Nancy Delson, advancement; Jesse Meyers, Scales House; Sarah Powers, Museum of Art; Percy Spence, public safety; Laurie West, human resources.

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November 4-6: Seven Sisters Championship
Smith 65, Haverford 60
Smith 63, Swarthmore 54
Smith 61, Wellesley 49
Bradyn Sanderson, tournament MVP
Christina Hobson, All Tournament Team
November 5-6: Wesleyan Invitational
Smith 4, Colby 5
Smith 2, Bates 7
Smith 9, St. Lawrence 0
Smith 0, Bowdoin 9

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People News

Mary O'Carroll, head athletic trainer, will participate in the NCAA CHAMPS/Life Skills program orientation in February in San Diego. Smith, a Division III institution, has just been chosen along with 43 other NCAA institutions to join the 1998 class of the CHAMPS program, which was developed in 1991 and launched in 1994 as a total development program for student athletes. Currently the program serves more than 90,000 student athletes in 249 NCAA colleges and universities. Through CHAMPS, each institution makes a commitment to the development of its students in five areas: academic excellence, athletic excellence, personal development, career development and service.


Works by John Gibson, lecturer in the art department, were exhibited at Hoff Fine Arts in New York in November. A blurb in The New Yorker described "brightly lit paintings of colored croquet balls inscribed with spirals and circles. There is a dizzying play on the surfaces -- of reflection, shadow and underpainting-which contrasts with the vastness of Gibson's perspective, turning these neglected objects into operatic monuments."


A recording of The Outermost House, a musical setting for Henry Beston's nature classic of the same name, composed by Ronald Perera, Elsie Irwin Sweeney Professor of Music, has recently been issued by Albany Records. The Outermost House depicts a year that Beston spent in the mid-1920s in a house he built on the duneland and marsh of the barrier beach two miles south of the Eastham Coast Guard station on Cape Cod. When Perera -- who has a special fondness for Cape Cod, having spent summers there since childhood -- was commissioned by the Chatham (Massachusetts) Chorale to compose a piece for its 1991-92 season, the commissioning committee suggested he consider The Outermost House as his text. To capture the full sweep of Beston's book in a musical work of modest length, Perera used a narrator to introduce each of the 13 passages he chose to set to music in the 40-minute cantata. Robert J. Leurtsema, host of WGBH's weekend classical music program, Morning Pro Musica, serves as the narrator for the Chatham Chorale's rendering of the piece. A second work on the CD is The Canticle of the Sun, composed by Perera in 1984, another meditation on nature and the cycle of life, this one from the point of view of Saint Francis of Assisi, who wrote his Canticle of Brother Sun 800 years ago.


A year ago this week Renee Landrum '98 was the subject of a PeopleNews story about "The Implications of Electronic Technologies for the Development of American Studies," her talk given on a panel at the American Studies Association Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Landrum knew whereof she spoke: her double major was computer science and American studies. We heard from Renee last week, this time by e-mail, because she wanted to be sure we knew that Gloria Steinem '56 and some colleagues had purchased Ms. magazine, "one of the nation's leading feminist voices," from MacDonald Communications Corp. "In what some might describe as a triumph of poetic justice and others as a last-ditch attempt to save a magazine some consider no-longer relevant," said The New York Times, "Ms. magazine has been sold to a new media group founded by the magazine's original editor and co-founder, Gloria Steinem." Steinem, a Smith College trustee, is planning to revive Ms.

And what has Landrum been doing? "I've been working for a small Web and multimedia company near Boston -- Interactive Media Solutions ( We do work for business and higher education, specifically for college admissions and development. We've been doing CD-ROM admissions presentations lately -- like a view book on CD-ROM, with video and virtual reality of campuses. Also, we do virtual-reality walkthroughs for colleges that are looking to build new facilities -- visualizations of what the building will look like." Landrum reports that when she moved to Cambridge, where she now lives, almost immediately she began to run into Smith alums. She's also been "volunteer computer-geeking for a school in Roxbury" and has just attended her first Cambridge Smith Club meeting.

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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, January 4
Interterm Begins
Fine/performing arts/films
Film: Valley of the Dolls (1967). Part of Interterm Cult-Film Week. 7:30 p.m., Wright auditorium

Tuesday, January 5
Fine/performing arts/films
Film: Pink Flamingos (1972). Part of Interterm Cult-Film Week. 7:30 p.m., Wright auditorium
CDO workshop: "Naming Your Niche: Identifying Your Interests and Skills." 1:30-2:30 p.m., CDO

Wednesday, January 6
Fine/performing arts/films
Film: Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959). Part of Interterm Cult-Film Week. 7:30 p.m., Wright auditorium
HR workshop: "Supervisory Leadership Development Program-Five Colleges." (Kathleen Chatwood, ext. 2263.) 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Alumnae House first-floor conference room
CDO workshop: "Finding and Negotiating the Best Internship For You." 1:30-2:30 p.m., CDO

Thursday, January 7
Fine/performing arts/films
Film: Barbarella: Queen of the Galaxy (1968). Part of Interterm Cult-Film Week. 7:30 p.m., Wright auditorium
CDO workshop: "Career Surfing: Individual Internet Coaching." 2:30-4 p.m., CDO
Other events and activities
Basketball vs. Mills College. 7 p.m., Ainsworth gym*

Friday, January 8
Fine/performing arts/films
Film: Stepford Wives (1974). Part of Interterm Cult-Film Week. 7:30 p.m., Wright auditorium
CDO workshop: "Streamlining Your Job Search: Finding the Shortcuts." 1:30-2:30 p.m., CDO

Sunday, January 10
Religious Life
Quaker meeting. Meeting for worship begins at 11 a.m. Preceded by informal discussion at 9:30 a.m. All welcome. Bass 203*

Monday, January 11
Fine/performing arts/films
Film: Rosemary's Baby (1968). Part of Interterm Horror-Film Week. 7:30 p.m., Wright auditorium
CDO workshop: "Enjoying Job Interviews: Understanding Employers." 1:30-2:30 p.m., CDO
Other events and activities
Basketball vs. University of New England. 7 p.m., Ainsworth gym*

Tuesday, January 12
Fine/performing arts/films
Film: The Shining (1980). Part of Interterm Horror-Film Week. 7:30 p.m., Wright auditorium
CDO workshop: "Finding and Negotiating the Best Internship For You." 1:30-2:30 p.m., CDO
HR workshop: "Level I: Customer Service Certificate Series," first class. (Kathleen Chatwood, ext. 2263.) 1:30-4 p.m., Dewey common room
Other events and activities
Swimming/diving vs. Mt. Holyoke. 3 p.m., Dalton pool, Ainsworth gym*

Wednesday, January 13
Fine/performing arts/films
Film: The Bride of Frankenstein (1935). Part of Interterm Horror-Film Week. 7:30 p.m., Wright auditorium
CDO workshop: "Career Surfing: Individual Internet Coaching." 2:30-4 p.m., CDO

Thursday, January 14
Fine/performing arts/films
Film: Jaws (1975). Part of Interterm Horror-Film Week. 7:30 p.m., Wright auditorium
CDO workshop: "Streamlining Your Job Search: Finding the Shortcuts." 1:30-2:30 p.m., CDO
HR workshop: "Level l: Customer Service Certificate Series," second class. (Kathleen Chatwood, ext. 2263.) 1:30-4 p.m., Dewey common room
Open Forum for staff members about Museum of Art renovations to take place 2000­2002. (See notice, page 1.) (RSVP:; ext. 2773.) 4:15 p.m., Museum of Art
Other events and activities
Basketball vs. Wesleyan. 7:30 p.m., Ainsworth gym*

Friday, January 15
Fine/performing arts/films
Film: Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). Part of Interterm Horror-Film Week. 7:30 p.m., Wright auditorium
CDO workshop: "Enjoying Job Interviews: Understanding Employers." 1:30-2:30 p.m., CDO

Saturday, January 16
Other events and activities
Swimming/diving vs. Wellesley.
1 p.m., Dalton Pool, Ainsworth gym*

Sunday, January 17
Religious Life
Quaker meeting. Meeting for worship begins at 11 a.m. Preceded by informal discussion at 9:30 a.m. All welcome. Bass 203*

Monday, January 18
Martin Luther King Day
Fine/performing arts/films
Film: The Color Purple. Part of Interterm Film Series. 7:30 p.m., Wright auditorium
CDO workshop: "Naming Your Niche: Identifying Your Interests and Skills." 1:30-2:30 p.m., CDO
Other events and activities
Special event: The Office of Minority Affairs invites you to sample soul food prepared by DeKia Henderson and Christina Hawkins. In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Noon-1 p.m., Unity House

Tuesday, January 19
Lecture: "First Ladies, Their Little- Known Stories and Achievements." Ruth Sheehan, with video clips of Barbara Bush, Nancy Reagan and others. 7:30 p.m., Wright auditorium
CDO workshop: "Finding and Negotiating the Best Internship For You." 1:30-2:30 p.m., CDO
HR workshop: "Level I: Customer Service Certificate Series," third class. (Kathleen Chatwood, ext. 2263.) 1:30 -4 p.m., Dewey common room
Other events and activities
Basketball vs. Worcester Polytechnic Institute. 7 p.m., Ainsworth gym*

Wednesday, January 20
Fine/performing arts/films
Films: "Animation Night." Featuring three classics: Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist (two episodes), 50 minutes; Rocky and Bullwinkle, vol. 1, 46 minutes; and George of the Jungle, 30 minutes. Part of Interterm Film Series. 7:30 p.m., Wright auditorium
CDO workshop: "Career Surfing: Individual Internet Coaching." 2:30-4 p.m., CDO

Thursday, January 21
Fine/performing arts/films
Film: Orlando (1992). Part of Interterm Film Series. 7:30 p.m., Wright auditorium
CDO workshop: "Streamlining Your Job Search: Finding the Shortcuts." 1:30-2:30 p.m., CDO
HR workshop: "Level I: Customer Service Certificate Series," fourth class. (Kathleen Chatwood, ext. 2263.) 1:30-4 p.m., Dewey common room

Friday, January 22
Fine/performing arts/films
Film: Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966). Part of Interterm Film Series. 7:30 p.m., Wright auditorium
CDO workshop: "Enjoying Job Interviews: Understanding Employers." 1:30-2:30 p.m., CDO

Monday, January 23
Interterm ends
Other events and activities
Squash vs. Wellesley. 1 p.m., squash courts, Ainsworth gym*

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Smith Wide

Open Forum

The Museum of Art will hold open forums to update the Smith community on the museum renovations to be done between 2000 and 2002. The forums will offer an opportunity for rethinking the museum's space, mission and place in the college community. Please bring your ideas. A meeting for Smith faculty will be held Friday, December 18, noon­1 p.m. in the College Club lower level. A meeting for Smith staff will be held Thursday, January 14, at 4:15 p.m. in the museum; refreshments will be provided. For Smith students, an electronic forum as well as a face-to-face meeting are planned for February. (Nancy Rich, ext 2773;

Museum Course

The Museum of Art is offering a free, noncredit class, "Drop-in Drawing," in the museum from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the following Thursday evenings: January 28, February 4, 11, 18 and 25 and March 4. The course is open to the public. Feast your eyes, feed your soul and explore the artist in you. Works of art in the museum will be used as inspiration for drawing and other artmaking. Come to any or all sessions. For artists, nonartists and would-be artists of all levels. No registration required. Instructor: Liz Chalfin, artist and museum educator. (Ext. 2760.)

Davis Center Hours

The Davis Center hours during Interterm are: January 4-8, 11-15 and 18-22, 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; January 23, noon-9:30 p.m.; January 24, 3-10:30 p.m.; January 9, 10, 16 and 17, closed.

January Orientation

Approximately 35 new students will arrive on campus Thursday, January 21, for orientation. Please welcome them warmly as they make their mid-year entry.

Library Interterm Hours

Neilson Library: January 4-24: Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.

Hillyer Art Library: January 4-23: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, closed. Sunday, January 24: 2 p.m.-midnight.

Werner Josten Library: January 4-24: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; closed Saturday and Sunday.

Young Science Library: January 4-23: Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 1-5 p.m.; Sunday, January 24: 2-10 p.m.

ITS Availability

The following facilities and services provided by Information Technology Services will be closed from 4:30 p.m. December 23 through 8:30 a.m. January 4. ITS staff will be on-call to monitor and maintain the campus-wide data network and the telephone system during that period, but specific network resources may not always be available and repair delays are possible. Because of the potential for service interruptions, voice mail, e-mail, on-line news and the Smith Web site should not be relied upon for critical communications. Faculty with publication or other deadlines during the holiday break are strongly encouraged to complete their computing prior to December 23. If you encounter a data network or telephone outage, please call Public Safety at extension 2490. Exam-period and Interterm hours for resource centers and labs will be posted. The User Support Center will be open 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. during exam period and from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. during Interterm. The computer store is open regular hours during exams and Interterm.

Gym Interterm Hours

December 22-23: building, 6 a.m.-6 p.m.; weight room: 6:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; pool: 6:30-9 a.m.; noon-2 p.m. December 24-January 3: Closed.

The athletic facility will be open the following hours, January 4-24:

Monday-Friday: building, 6 a.m.-9 p.m.; pool, 6:30 a.m.-8 a.m., noon-2 p.m., 7:30-8:30 p.m. (No evening swim Fridays); weight room, 6:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday: building, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; pool, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (children's swim 11 a.m. to noon); weight room, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

College Switchboard Hiatus

The college switchboard will be closed from 11 p.m. on Wednesday, December 23, until Sunday, January 3, at 8 a.m.

Central Services Winter Break

Central Services will be closed and there will be no mail delivery Thursday, December 24-Sunday, January 3.

Five College Calendar

Entries for the February Five College Calendar must be received in writing by 4 p.m. January 13. Please send all entries to Mary Stanton in Garrison Hall (

Faculty & Staff

Winter Holiday Break

The winter holiday for administrative and administrative support staff with 12-month appointments will be Thursday, December 24-Sunday, January 3.

Faculty Meeting

A regular meeting of the faculty will be held Wednesday, January 27, at 4:10 p.m. in the Alumnae House. Faculty members who have business for the meeting should notify Rosetta Marantz Cohen in writing no later than Wednesday, January 20. Material to be included in the agenda mailing must be submitted camera-ready to College Hall 27 by January 18.

Child Care Openings

Sunnyside Child Care Center has midyear full- and half-day openings for 4- and 5-year- olds and for the after-kindergarten program. (Debra Horton, ext. 2293)


Engineering Program

Sophomore science majors interested in applying for the Smith/Dartmouth Dual-Degree Engineering Program must fill out an application as soon as possible. Participants spend the junior year and fifth year at Dartmouth to earn both an A.B. degree from Smith and an engineering degree from Dartmouth. These degrees provide an important edge in the job market and the opportunity to experience the culture and diversity of two colleges.

Financial aid for the program is available for all students, including international students.

(Andrea Tulenko-Catlin, engineering program coordinator, atulenko@science.; Malgorzata Pfabe,; Ruth Haas,; Doreen Weinberger, dweinber@science.smith. edu; Dominique Thiebaut,

Spring Jobs at Sunnyside

Sunnyside Child Care Center is hiring for spring-semester morning shifts, 8 a.m.-noon. (Debra Horton, ext. 2293.)

Grade Reports

Grade reports will be placed in student mailboxes during the week of January 18. Grade reports for students not returning for the spring semester will be sent to home addresses.

Interterm Courses

Students needing to change their interterm registration should do so before leaving campus for the winter break. Such changes require the signatures of the instructor, adviser and class dean. Students may add a course through the end of first day of the course and drop a course prior to completing one-third of the class meetings. Final deadlines for each course are posted in the registrar's office.

Spring Course Registration

Registration materials will be distributed at McConnell lobby Sunday, January 24, 1-5 p.m. and Monday, January 25, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. All returning students (including those living off-campus) must report in person with IDs to indicate their return to campus.

Praxis Stipends

Smith College's new internship funding program, Praxis, awards stipends of up to $2,000 to rising juniors and rising seniors with qualified summer internships. Guidelines and applications are available at the CDO or at

Book Buyback

The Grécourt Bookshop will be holding its fall buyback December 15-19 and 21-22. Texts ordered for the spring '99 semester will be bought at 50 percent of the new price; other books will be bought at current wholesalers' prices.

Internship Opportunity

The White House accepts summer interns, primarily juniors and seniors, to work in a variety of capacities. The application deadline for the summer of 1999 is March 1. Further information is available at the CDO.

Health Service

Health Services will be open for patient care on Tuesday, December 22, the last day before winter recess, but will offer no appointments between noon and 2 p.m.

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