News for the Smith College Community //January 27, 2000

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Smith Students Answer the Call

By Adele Johnsen '02
In 1961, presidential candidate John F. Kennedy arrived at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, stood before an audience of 10,000 students and issued a challenge: would they help the United States and the cause of peace by working to improve struggling countries? Would they, as Kennedy stated in his inaugural address later that year, pledge to help "those peoples in the huts and villages of half the globe struggling to break the bonds of mass misery?"

The answer to Kennedy's challenge was a resounding yes. And thus was born the Peace Corps, a government program that places volunteer workers, teachers and helpers in disadvantaged nations.

The Peace Corps has always had strong appeal to recent college graduates, and Smith students have been no exception. Smith ranks ninth among colleges its size in number of students who have participated in the Peace Corps, with more than 250 Smith alums having served in the corps since its 1961 inception. Currently, there are 13 Smith alums serving in countries all over the world, including Ivory Coast, Nicaragua, Morocco, the Dominican Republic, the Philippines, Madagascar, and Honduras.

Smith's unusually high level of participation in the Peace Corps comes as no surprise to people familiar with the college's long tradition of volunteer involvement, or to those acquainted with its dedicated, activist student community. "It seems to me that among the Smith students, there is a strong sense of commitment to service and a willingness to explore cross-cultural situations," says Michael Simsik, Five College Peace Corps recruiter from 1996 to 1998. "Smith students seem eager to push themselves, to work independently and in situations that require a great deal of personal initative, and in general, they are open to experiencing as much of the world as they can."

Peace Corps volunteers are required to commit to 27 or 28 months of service, which includes three to four months of training, then two years in the field. "Anybody with an interest and a liberal arts degree could qualify," Simsik says, although a past commitment to volunteerism and a major related to one of the Peace Corps' programs are helpful. There are many benefits to joining the program, including the experience of living and working in another country, learning or perfecting a foreign language, and 30 percent forgiveness of student loans for two years of service. Most importantly though, the Peace Corps offers volunteers the opportunity to meet Kennedy's 1961 challenge: to assist the disadvantaged and to pledge "our best efforts to help them help themselves."

Fixing the Bugs in New GroupWise

During the college's self-study about two years ago, a team of professionals from other universities recommended a campus-wide transition to a single messaging system, a common e-mail server, because the multiple systems on campus were causing problems. With so many incompatible e-mailing options available (Pine for faculty and staff, for example, Eudora for many students), people were frequently losing mail and struggling with tasks as simple as sending attachments and documents. As a result, Information Technology Services (ITS) shopped for a new messaging system and recently settled on Novell's GroupWise system. The implementation of GroupWise began during the summer.

ITS encountered some difficulties at first. Though the GroupWise system has proven stable in commercial sites all over the country, Smith experienced complications with its particular implementation of the system. "Smith's is simply an unusual and unfortunate situation," said ITS director Herb Nickles. "We know what's happening, but we don't know what causes it." The Web interface version of GroupWise, GroupWise Web Access, sometimes stops running, giving the impression that the system has crashed. The system's hardware, which includes two servers running with several backup systems, is fine, Nickles emphasizes. The problem is with the software.

Both ITS and Novell spent the fall trying to find solutions to the problem. "We've been taking error logs, taking dumps of the memory, and Novell analyzes what's wrong. They're trying to create corrections to the program," Nickles said in November. To improve the program's performance, ITS installed a few custom patches. To prevent "crashes," they moved the e-mail system from its shared server to its own independent server. And, to keep options open, technicians began reviewing alternate access options, including POP/IMAP services, the latest release of GroupWise Web Access, and the GroupWise desktop client.

Ultimately, ITS chose the GroupWise desktop client as the problem's most viable solution. A software application many Smith faculty and staff have been using successfully since August, the desktop client "has proven to be reliable and easy to use," Nickles explained in a January 21 memo to students. With "many features students have requested, including the ability to do signatures, distribution lists, message archiving, vacation messaging, e-mail forwarding, message prioritizing, and filtering," Nickles says, "we believe that the GroupWise desktop client provides the best solution for students." The desktop client, which is already installed in the Computer Resource Centers in Seelye, Bass and Wright halls, will be made available to students during the spring semester, when ITS distributes the minimum hardware requirements and information regarding installation procedures.

Will the debut of the desktop client spell the demise of GroupWise Web Access? No, says Nickles. In fact, Web Access is still the suggested access option for many Smith students. "ITS recommends GroupWise Web Access for students who need to access e-mail from off campus or from several different locations," he says. And since the desktop client can only function on late-model, powerful Windows PCs or Macintoshes, Web Access is also recommended "for students whose computers aren't powerful enough to run the GroupWise desktop client." ITS will continue with its improvements to the Web Access system, including "steps to improve the reliability of the GroupWise Web Access servers, [and the implementation of] a new release, due later this semester, [which] will provide additional features requested by students."

ITS and the Senate Multimedia and Technical Services Committee welcome feedback on the GroupWise situation. Comments can be sent to; students can contact their senate representative.

Prez Serves on Diversity Panel

President Ruth Simmons recently made an appearance at the New York Public Library, where she served on the advisory panel for an affirmative action debate. Held on January 13, the debate, which was sponsored by the Oxford University Press and the Annenberg School for Communications, focused on the topic, "Is affirmative action an appropriate remedy for discrimination and exclusion in America?" Moderated by ABC News' Cynthia McFadden, the debate centered around arguments of Nat Hentoff, author and syndicated columnist, and Christopher Edley, Jr., a faculty member at Harvard Law School and Special Counsel to the President for the White House Initiative on Race. As Hentoff (who argued against affirmative action) and Edley (an affirmative action supporter) faced off, Simmons and other panelists provided questions and comments. Joining Simmons on the panel were Abigail Ternstrom of the Manhattan Institute; Albert Camarillo of Stanford University; Richard Kahlenberg of the Century Foundation, and Glenn Loury of Boston University. The group on the panel will later select readings on the topic of affirmative action, due to appear in a book derived from the debate and published by Oxford University Press.

Two Grants for CompSci Prof

Lixin Gao, an assistant professor in computer science, was recently awarded two grants from the National Science Foundation, totaling almost $400,000. The funding will support two projects under her direction that will research and develop more efficient systems for delivering computerized information to multimedia service subscribers.

Gao received $200,000 under the foundation's Faculty Early Career Development program that aims to support young academic careers dedicated to scientific discovery through research and teaching. The so-called CAREER grant will fund Gao's research project that is focused on developing efficient systems for delivering interactive video-on-demand (VOD) services to a rapidly increasing body of Internet and cable consumers. "Interactive VOD services allow a subscriber to select the content of his or her choice at any time, and are likely to become one of the most successful services in the emerging broadband integrated services digital networks," Gao says in the grant proposal.

The CAREER grant is a highly competitive award and is seldom awarded to faculty at predominantly undergraduate institutions such as Smith. Using the grant, Gao plans to employ student interns to assist with the project and study other aspects of mulitmedia networking. The grant will also fund the purchase of laboratory equipment designated for the research project.

Gao also received $193,228 from NSF's Division of Advanced Networking Infrastructure and Research. That grant will support her project titled "Proxy Services in Wide-Area Networks," which is seeking to develop and evaluate emerging services that endeavor to improve the quality of multimedia data (such as audio, video, images and text from various sources) transmitted to subscribers' computers and networked monitors. Specifically, the project will focus on the development of proxy services that are created to deliver high-quality digital data, as well as the resource management systems utilized by the proxy services, and other aspects of proxy delivery services.

For her research on proxy services, Gao will collaborate with researchers at UMass and AT&T laboratories in New Jersey. The grant also provides for three Smith undergraduate research assistants for each year of the three-year project.

Gao, who joined the Smith faculty in 1996, has received three previous grants from the NSF. She has a doctorate from UMass and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Science and Technology of China.

Interterm: A Different Side of Smith

By Adele Johnsen '02
When the Interterm 2000 course catalog landed in my mailbox late last semester, I decided I'd gone to heaven. After all, within the booklet's glossy covers were courses for nearly everything I'd ever wanted to know. I could learn to replace spark plugs and change brake pads in "Basic Auto Mechanics," build a lamp from a cheese grater in "Lamp-Making for Dummies," or spend a week cooking in "German Cuisine and Culture." I could get recertified in CPR, learn how to drum, dance, and sing like the Ewe people of Southeastern Ghana, or finally kick the procrastination habit in the Jacobsen Center time management workshop, "Procrastination: Attitude, Habits, Motivation."

I spent at least one evening struggling to narrow down my selections, finally choosing four courses that looked particularly interesting. The registration process further narrowed my list of courses; J-term classes, after all, fill up quickly. I ended up taking "Introduction to Clay: Handbuilding" taught by Emily Christensen '00 and "Road Rules: The Non-Runner's Guide to Having Fun on a Run," led by Katrina Gardner '00.

I arrived back at Smith on the evening of January 9, the night before my running class began. The campus was eerily quiet. Even in my normally busy house, no doors were open, no music was blaring, no footsteps were thundering down the hallway. The dining room, usually bustling with activity, was dark. But there was life on campus, as I discovered the next morning when I headed to breakfast at the crowded King/Scales dining room, the Quad's centralized dining location. It was just not as loud or obvious as usual.

I quickly discovered that the size and volume of campus life was not the only thing different over J-term. Courses also had an entirely different structure and feel. Efficiently run and extremely well-organized, my running and pottery classes nevertheless had a very laid back, low-key atmosphere. We felt free to run at our own pace in "Road Rules" and construct whatever we pleased in Christensen's "Introduction to Clay." Worries about grades were gone; homework was unheard of. We were at our classes strictly because we wanted to be there, because the subject matter was something interesting, something we wanted to brush up on or learn for the first time.

When J-term concluded at the end of last week, I'd learned the basics of working with clay and overcome my rather overwhelming distaste for running. I'd experienced Smith at its wintery quietest and established or strengthened friendships with housemates I didn't spend much time with during the regular academic semester. In addition to my clay creations and my newfound ability to run miles at a time, I gained, from J-term, a great new experience at Smith.


Valerie Lavender '97 has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, an award described by the New York Times Book Review as "the single best measure of the state of affairs in American literature today," for her poem Jazz Villanelle. Lavender was the winner of Smith's Elizabeth Babcock Poetry Prize in 1996, and in 1999 was selected to receive the first annual Best of the Nest Peregrine Prize for Fiction and Poetry, awarded by Amherst Writers and Artists (AWA). Jazz Villanelle was published in Peregrine XVIII and will be displayed in an exhibition of local art at Northampton's City Hall during February.

Jennifer Klein, assistant professor of history, has been awarded the National Academy of Social Insurance's John Heinz Dissertation award. Klein's dissertation, which examined the history of private health insurance and pension benefits, successfully competed against dissertation submissions from all humanities and social sciences disciplines. She will accept the award, and its accompanying $1,000 prize, at the National Press Club in Washington on January 27.

Ellen Kaplan, associate professor of theater at Smith, was recently among the recipients of a Bessie Award, a prestigious prize granted for various categories of theater performance. Together with Eliza Brown '98 and Dana Salisbury, wife of history department professor Neal Salisbury, Kaplan performed in the Bessie award-winning installation piece Inhabited 1998: Afterlives, which focuses on the lives of "the some 10,000 immigrants" who once occupied New York City's Lower East Side Tenement, Kaplan says. The performance drew a capacity crowd to the city's Lower East Side Tenement Museum. "It was a multisensory tour of the museum, featuring interactive installations, drama, dance, video, and music." Afterlives won the first Bessie ever awarded in the catergory of Installation and New Media.
A giclee print by Smith College art professor Dwight Pogue was recently chosen to be exhibited at the Ninth International Biennial Print and Drawing Exhibition. Pogue's work was selected for the exhibition, held at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum in Taiwan, following reviews by two juries. Giclee, a French word, describes the technique of spraying archival ink on paper. Pogue produced that effect using technology available in the new Hillyer Digital Design Studio. The 30- by 40-inch work, titled Flowering, Creeping Cereus, will be on display at the exhibition until March 26.
Sigrid Nunez, Elizabeth Drew Professor of English Language and Literature, has been awarded the 2000 Rome Fellowship by the American Academy of Arts and Letters. The fellowship, a one-year residency given to young writers of promise for study at the American Academy in Rome, has been awarded annually since 1951. Past recipients of the award include William Styron, Richard Wilbur, Ralph Ellison, Cormac McCarthy, Oscar Hijuelos, and Fae Myenne Ng.
Nunez has taught creative writing at Columbia University, Middlebury College's Bread Loaf Writers' Conference and Amherst College and is the author of three novels, A Feather on the Breath of God (1995), Naked Sleeper (1996), and Mitz: the Marmoset of Bloomsbury (1998).

Sources of further information, if any, are indicated in parentheses. Notices should be submitted by mail, by e-mail ( or by fax (extension 2174).

Campus Wide

Honorary Degree Nominations
The Committee on Honorary Degrees is seeking the names of individuals who merit consideration as potential honorary degree candidates. The committee will consider women who are exemplars of excellence in a wide range of fields, both academic and nonacademic, as well as women and men who have made extraordinary contributions to Smith College, to the education of women, or to women's lives. Please send letters of nomination to the Committee on Honorary Degrees, Office of the Board of Trustees, briefly describing the candidate's qualifications, field and place of work and telling why the candidate is particularly deserving. Please include available supporting material (curriculum vitae, newspaper articles, entries from biographical reference works, etc.).
The review process is lengthy. It will not be possible to guarantee that a nominee will receive an honorary degree or provide a timetable for when the degree would be awarded. All nominations will receive careful consideration.

School for Social Work
Interested in social work? Want to make a difference in other people's lives? Join the Smith College School for Social Work on February 3 at 6 p.m. in Neilson Library Browsing Room to meet social work graduates who are practicing in the clinical field. There will be an opportunity to address questions to alumnae and the director of admission on field work and financial aid for the master of social work program. RSVP to the SSW admission office, ext. 7960.

Library Hours
Young Science Library
Spring Semester
Monday-Friday, 7:45 a.m. -11 p.m.; Friday, 7:45-10 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Spring Recess
March 10, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; March 11-12, closed; March 13-17, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.;
March 18, closed; March 19, 2 p.m.-10 p.m.
Reading/Examination Period
April 29-30, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; May 1-4, 7:45 a.m.-11 p.m.; May 5, 8 a.m. -9 p.m.
Commencement/Reunion Period
May 6-7, closed; May 8-12, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; May 13, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; May 14, closed; May 15-19, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; May 20-21, closed

Hillyer Art Library
Spring Semester
Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-11 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, noon-midnight
Spring Recess
March 10, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; March 11-12, closed; March 13-March 17, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; March 18, closed; March 19, 2 p.m.-midnight
Reading/Examination Period
April 28, 8 a.m.-midnight; April 29-30, 10 a.m.-midnight; May 1-4, 8 a.m.-midnight; May 5, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Commencement/Reunion Period
May 6-7, closed; May 8-12, 8 a.m. -5 p.m.; May 13, 11 .m.-4 p.m.; May 14, closed; May 15-19, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; May 13, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; May 14, closed; May 15-19, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; May 20, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; May 21, closed

Museum of Art
The Smith College Museum of Art is closed to the public until 2002 while its building is being renovated and expanded. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact the museum at (413) 585-2760 or (413) 585-2786 (TTY) or Visit the Web site at

Faculty and Staff

Kyoto American Studies Fellowships
The Associated Kyoto Program (AKP) is pleased to announce its 2001-02 American Studies Faculty Fellowship Program. Under the provisions of the program, the AKP will support a faculty fellow to teach and conduct research as a visiting professor at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan. Applications are being accepted for April 2001-July 2001, October 2001-January 2002, or the accelerated session mid-May 2001-late-July 2001. Deadline is March 1, 2000. For more information, contact Thomas H. Rohlich, ext. 3441,

Campus School Open House
The Smith College Campus School will hold an informational open house for parents interested in kindergarten through third grade of the elementary program on Sunday, January 30, at Gill Hall. The open house will begin at 2 p.m. and will include an overview, information about admission and financial aid and an opportunity to visit classrooms and meet teachers. Applications are now being accepted for preschool through grade six. For further information, ext. 3295.

Bonus Program
A new procedure has been created for supervisors to reward extraordinary contributions by administrative support and administrative staff with one-time performance bonuses for exceptional work. The guidelines are:
1) Regular full- and part-time administrative and administrative support staff who have been employed at the college for at least six months are eligible.
2) Nominations must be submitted by the staff member's supervisor/department head to the senior staff member to whom he or she reports.
3) Senior staff will evaluate each nomination and make final decisions on both approval and bonus amount.
4) Performance bonuses can be awarded throughout the fiscal year.
5) Normally, bonus amounts will not be less than $1,000.
This is another opportunity for the college to identify and reward employees whose exceptional work uniquely qualifies them for special recognition. While the Employee Excellence Award is a peer-nominated award, this bonus funding mechanism provides a means for supervisors to acknowledge and reward the contributions of their staff directly.

Performance Appraisal Advisory Task Force
The newly formed Performance Appraisal Advisory Task Force met November 30 to begin work on a projected year-long review of the current performance appraisal process. The advisory group, representing a broad range of the college's constituencies, will look at data from both the past year and the 2000 appraisal cycle, and make recommendations to improve the performance appraisal process. The task force is made up of nine people who represent the four largest departments (advancement, ITS, libraries, and School for Social Work), as well as the offices of the provost/dean of the faculty and dean of the college, all budget officers' groups, Staff Council, and SAMS.


Graduate Study Abroad
Students of all classes are urged to attend one of two informal information sessions on scholarships for graduate study abroad, including the Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell, Luce, Fulbright, and DAAD. Please join us on either February 9, 7-8 p.m., in Seelye 207, or February 15, 5:45-6:45 p.m., for dinner in Duckett Dining Room C. Applications are due early each fall, so planning ahead is important, especially if you're already a junior! If you can't attend either session, or already have questions or need application information, please contact Liz Lee, Office for International Study, Clark Hall, ext. 4913, or

Course Registration and Changes
Students may make changes to their schedule during the first 10 days of classes, January 24-Feburary 4, with the permission of their adviser. Students not registered for any courses by Friday, February 4, will be fined $25. The last day to make course changes on-line is Friday, February 4. Students and advisers will not be permitted access to make changes on-line after this date. Any subsequent schedule changes must be submitted to the registrar's office on signed add/drop forms.

Five College Registration
The deadline for submission of Five College interchange forms to the registrar's office is Friday, February 4. Five College registrations cannot be accepted after this date. Registration for Five College courses is not permitted on line. Interchange forms may be obtained in the registrar's office, College Hall 6.

Makeup Examinations
Students who have been granted extensions for fall semester examinations must complete those examinations during the makeup period, which is the first two weeks of the spring semester, Monday, January 24 through Friday, February 4.

S.O.S. Luncheon
Janet Dahlberg will speak about the decisional training program at local jails and correctional facilities at a Service Organizations of Smith (S.O.S.) community luncheon on Tuesday, February 1, from noon to 1 p.m. in Wright Hall common room. She will discuss the history of the program and provide information about volunteer opportunities. Lunch will be provided. Call Sara, ext. 4120 or the S.O.S. office, ext. 2756, with questions.

Meditation Stress Reduction
A four-week workshop on mindfulness meditation stress reduction for Smith students will be held Thursdays, 4:30-6 p.m., beginning February 10. Mindfulness meditation is a practice of focus, calm and insight that uses the resources and wisdom of the body and mind to learn how to cope effectively with stress. By becoming mindful-deeply aware-of whatever the present moment may hold, we free ourselves to engage more effectively in life. Call Counseling Services, ext. 2840, to register before February 3. Enrollment is limited. $10 fee will cover materials.

Class Openings
Students are still being accepted for American Studies 230, The Asian American Experience; AMS 302, The Material Culture of New England 1630-1860; and AMS 351, Writing About American Society. If interested, speak to the instructor during the first week of classes.

House Community Advisers
The Office of Student Affairs/Residence Life is accepting applications for house community adviser (HCA) for spring 2000, in Cushing, King, Wilder, Ziskind, Capen, Sessions, Talbot and Park houses. Candidates must be in good academic standing (with at least a 2.5 GPA) and be available evenings. HCAs are responsible for facilitating community within the house and providing referrals for counseling and other needs. HCAs work with the RC/HR and house president. Applications are available in the Office of Student Affairs, College Hall 24, and the Career Development Office. Review of applications will begin Monday, January 31, until positions are filled. For more information, contact Nancy Asai, ext. 4927.

Bridge Preorientation
The Office of Multicultural Affairs is accepting applications for preorientation leaders for the Bridge Program. We are looking for enthusiastic Smithies to welcome incoming students of color and assist them in their transition to our community. Preorientation leaders conduct workshops, coordinate social activities and mentor new students throughout the year. Applications are available in the Office of Multicultural Affairs, College Hall 24. The deadline for submission is February 7. Interviews will begin February 21.

Study Abroad
Deadlines for JYA applications and the application for endorsement of study abroad plans are as follows: February 1, Duke in China, ICCS in Rome, Middlebury School in Russia, PRESHCO in Spain, SITA in India, Smith JYA programs in Florence, Geneva, Hamburg, Paris; February 15, all other independent study abroad programs. The deadline for seeking approval for a nonapproved program that starts in the spring of 2001 is March 1, 2000. For information, call the Office for International Study, ext. 4905.

Alumnae House Teas
The Alumnae House will host teas for the following houses during February: Duckett and Gardiner, February 4; Talbot and Wilson, February 11; Northrop, Jordan and Tyler, February 18; actress Mimi Kennedy '70 will be an Alumna-in-Residence at Tyler House this week and will attend the tea; Gillett and Haven/ Wesley, February 25.

SSSP Summer Jobs
Applications are currently available for 12 undergraduate research/teaching internships and two residential coordinator (RC) positions for the 2000 Smith Summer Science Program (SSSP), a residential program for high school women designed to enrich and support their achievements in the sciences. SSSP interns will serve as research/teaching assistants to Smith faculty in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer engineering, writing and women's health and as residential counselors for the high school students. RCs will work in collaboration with the program director to facilitate the training and preparation of interns, planning for participant housing, and scheduling recreational, social and educational events for the high school students. Interns will live in college houses and supervise students. Qualified applicants for the RC position will have demonstrated experience in community living and supervision of students. Dates of employment are June 12-July 29. Interns and RCs receive stipends plus room and board. If interested, contact Gail Scordilis, extension 3879, Application deadline is Friday, February 11.

Beinecke Scholarship
Smith College has been invited to nominate a member of the junior class for a Beinecke Brothers Memorial Scholarship. The scholarships are awarded to college juniors who have demonstrated unusual ability in the arts, humanities and social sciences and are eager to pursue these fields at the graduate level. The award consists of a grant of $2,000 upon completion of undergraduate studies and a stipend of $15,000 for each of two years in graduate school. Nominees should represent superior standards of intellectual ability, scholastic achievement and personal promise. Preference will be given to students for whom a scholarship would significantly enhance the likelihood of attending graduate school. Candidates for nomination are required to have some history of receiving financial aid during their undergraduate years. A student must be a U.S. citizen at the time of nomination. Applications are available in the Office of the Class Deans, College Hall 23. Application deadline is Monday, February 21. Call Mary Philpott or Anne-Marie LaFosse, ext. 4920, with questions.

Consortium Internships
Academic/program assistants will have an exciting summer working with the Smith College Consortium, a management development program for executive women from Fortune 500 companies. Meet management-level women from companies such as AT&T, Champion International, Chase Manhattan Corporation, Chubb & Son Inc., and Eastman Kodak, and observe some of the best executive education professors in the world teaching corporate finance and strategy, global issues, marketing, valuing diversity and leadership for women. Interns will be responsible for all aspects of program preparation, classroom/facilities coordination, and program organization, including mailings, preparation of materials, faculty assistance, customer service and event planning. Dates of employment are July 5 through August 18. Interns receive a stipend of $3,500 for the 6.5-week employment, plus lunches during the two-week Consortium Program. If you have a background in administration, a valid driver's license, and a desire to work as a member of a collaborative team delivering management education for corporate women, pick up a job description from the CDO and send your resume and a cover letter to Diane Ranaldi, Lilly Hall, ext. 4198 or 7977, or email dranaldi@ by February 16.

Ongoing Events

"Excavating the Museum II: H.H. Wilder and Early 20th-Century
Anthropology at Smith College" is the second collaborative exhibition installed by students in Patricia Erikson's fall anthropology seminar, Objects, Selves and Others: The Anthropology of Material Culture. By looking at the career of Harris Hawthorne Wilder, professor of zoology, this exhibit examines early 20th-century anthropometry studies and their relation to eugenics debates, the education of women in science and the excavation of Native American burials in New England. Through February 2000. Smith College Archives, Alumnae Gymnasium, Neilson Library.

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 31

Biological Sciences & Biochemistry Colloquia "Using Phylogeny, Development, and Natural Variation to Assess Limb-Skeletal Evolution in Miniaturized Vertebrates." James Hanken, Harvard University. 4-6 p.m. McConnell B05

Debate Society general meeting.
4-6 p.m., Seelye 101

SLAC general meeting 8:30 p.m., Women's Resource Center

Religious Life Liaisons First meeting of the semester. 5-6 p.m. Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Silence for the Soul A quiet place for prayer, meditation or reflection.
All welcome. 12:30-1:30 p.m., Chapel

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

Yoga class Noncredit, for students. Limited to 40. 4:45-6 p.m., Davis ballroom

Tuesday, February 1

Sigma Xi luncheon talk "The River Blindness Vaccine Project in Cameroons, West Africa." Steven A. Williams and Sandra J. Laney, biological sciences. Open to faculty, emeriti and staff. Noon, College Club lower level

Fine/performing arts/films
Music in the Noon Hour is canceled.

S.O.S. community education luncheon "Decisional Training Program." Janet Dahlberg will discuss the history of the program and volunteering opportunities. Lunch provided. (See notice.) Noon-1 p.m., Wright Hall common room

SGA Senate meeting Open forum. All students welcome. 7:15 p.m., Seelye 201

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

Imbolc Ritual in honor of Brigid, Celtic goddess of creativity and healing. All welcome. 8-11 p.m. Lamont dining room *

Other events and activities
Hillel at Noon "Judaism in the New Millennium." Noon, Dawes Kosher Kitchen

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

Yoga class Noncredit, for students. Limited to 40. 4:45-6 p.m., Davis ballroom

Wednesday, February 2

Five College Astronomy Lecture Series, "In the Footsteps of Galileo: Astronomy at the Millennium." Lecture: "From Dust to Us: Moving Forward and Looking Backward." Anneila Sargent, Caltech. 7:30 p.m. Conte Polymer Center, room A110-111, UMass

Fine/performing arts/films
Film People Count. About worldwide population problems and solutions. 4-6 p.m. Wright common room*

Campus Climate Working Group will continue discussions on diversity
proposals and the "What's Next?" conference. Pizza served. Noon-1 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room.

Religious Life
Catholic Adas gathering and informal discussion/reflection. Lunch served. All welcome. Noon, Bodman Lounge, Chapel

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

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

Language lunch tables Classical languages.12:15 p.m., Duckett Special Dining Room C

Yoga class Noncredit, for students. Limited to 40. 4:45-6 p.m., Davis ballroom

Thursday, February 3

Liberal Arts Luncheon lecture "Must a President Be Good?: The Connection Between Personal Morality and Political Authority." Donald Robinson, government. Sponsor: Committee on Academic Priorities. Noon, Smith College Club lower level

Fine/performing arts/films
Ben Harper live in concert 8 p.m., John M. Greene Hall

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

Yoga class Noncredit, for students. Limited to 40. 8-9:15 a.m., Davis ballroom

SSW open house The School for Social Work invites you to meet social work graduates who are practicing in the clinical field (see notice). 6-7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

Friday, February 4

Shabbat service Dinner follows at 7 p.m. in the Kosher Kitchen, Dawes
House, Chapel. 5:15 p.m., Dewey common room.

Orthodox vesper service with Fr. Harry Vulopas presiding. Students of all Orthodox backgrounds are welcome. A light supper follows the worship. 5:15 p.m., Chapel

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

Alumnae House tea Duckett and Gardiner Houses are cordially invited to attend. 4 p.m., Alumnae House Living Room

Saturday, February 5

Korean American Students at Smith (KASS) annual meeting, including three lectures. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Seelye 201

Religious Life
Keystone prayer meeting 7-11 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Sunday, February 6

Gallery of Readers Lisa Baskin and Peggy Reber read from their works. 4 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room

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

Morning worship and Holy Communion in the Protestant tradition with the Rev. Leon Burrows, interim Protestant chaplain, and student liturgists presiding. Prayers and light breakfast in the Bodman Lounge 10 a.m. All welcome. 10:30 a.m., Chapel*

Association of Smith Pagans meeting. Organization for those who practice nature-based religions. Seekers welcome. 4 p.m., Lamont basement

Roman Catholic Eucharistic Liturgy Fr. Stephen Ross, OCD, celebrant, priest/scholar-in-residence. Elizabeth Carr, Catholic chaplain. Choir singers should arrive by 3:30 p.m. All welcome. 4:30 p.m., Chapel*


"Excavating the Museum II: H.H. Wilder and Early 20th-Century Anthropology at Smith College" is the second collaborative exhibition installed by students in Patricia Erikson's fall anthropology seminar, Objects, Selves and Others: The Anthropology of Material Culture. By looking at the career of Harris Hawthorne Wilder, professor of zoology, this exhibit examines early 20th-century anthropometry studies and their relation to eugenics debates, the education of women in science and the excavation of Native American burials in New England. Through February 2000. Smith College Archives, Alumnae Gymnasium, Neilson Library.

"Staff Visions" is the annual exhibit of art and crafts created by Smith College staff. The exhibition runs through February 4 in Hillyer Gallery; hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-8 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public.