News for the Smith College Community //March 2, 2000
New Logo, Stationery on the Way
Smith College's new logo has been making its first appearances on campus and will soon be appearing on stationery near you.
A goal of the college's recent self-study was the development of a comprehensive communications plan for the college, an effort focused on written communications and a system to ensure that our materials are visually coherent and effective. In 1998, the president and the board of trustees asked the public affairs office to develop and implement a set of graphic standards to promote a consistent approach in both appearance and content in all of the college's internal and external communications.
The most visible result of this process is a new Smith College logo. After considering several design directions, the board of trustees voted in October 1999 to adopt a modern interpretation of the monogram "SC" in use at the college for many years. The public affairs office has developed guidelines for its use as well as new formats for the college's stationery suite.
A sample of this new stationery will be sent to all academic departments and administrative offices in the next few weeks with a memo asking that you provide an estimate of the departmental stationery and #10 envelopes that you will need to last through the academic year. (Orders for the 2000-01 academic year will be taken at the end of the fiscal year.) If you have enough letterhead to last through this academic year, you do not need to order the new letterhead; you should continue to use the old version and order the new in the summer.
As in the past, departmental letterhead may be individualized with the department or office name, campus address, telephone and fax numbers.
At this time we are placing orders
for 8.5" x 11" letterhead and #10 envelopes only. Once
all departments have received this size, we will be able to begin
producing 8.5" x 5.5" letterhead and matching envelopes,
business cards, labels and so on. Memoranda forms that incorporate
the new visual identity have been developed and will soon be
available from Central Services in both single-sheet and padded
forms. Fax cover sheets that incorporate the new visual identity
have also been developed. Please contact John Eue (firstname.lastname@example.org)
in the college relations office if you have questions.
Adaptation of Alice is a Hit
When you think of Alice in Wonderland, do you picture Lewis Carroll's book or the animated Disney movie? "Most people think of the Disney version when they think of Alice -- with a little blonde chick in a blue dress," says Erin McCauley. Not McCauley, a Smith senior who remains more faithful to Carroll's original famous work. A theater major, McCauley decided to adapt and direct a production of Alice that would reflect her loyalties to Carroll's original vision. Last weekend, McCauley's production, Alice: Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, opened to a packed house at the Hallie Flanagan Studio Theater. The play, which features Mariza Baker '01 as Alice, ran February 24-26, and continues March 1-4.
As the title indicates, McCauley's production is based on two of Carroll's Wonderland books, Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Unlike the Disney version of Alice, which "took parts of the second story [Through the Looking Glass] and incorporated them into the first," McCauley was careful to keep the two books separate in her production. "They're two very different stories, when you take them apart and look at them," McCauley explains. "Alice in Wonderland was created for [Carroll's young friend] Alice Liddell. Wonderland was this wonderful game that he played with the actual Alice, making up stories for her. They had a lot of fun together." But Carroll and Liddell drifted apart. Six years after he authored Alice in Wonderland, Carroll wrote Through the Looking Glass as a way of "saying good-bye to Alice," says McCauley. "Mariza [Baker, who plays Alice in McCauley's production] actually put the change in their relationship really well: Alice in Wonderland is like your senior year in high school with all your friends. But you come back for Christmas after a semester of college, and everything's changed; nothing between you can ever be the same again. That's the difference between Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass."
McCauley's production, which she calls "an exploration of themes of friendship[with] the real relationship between Lewis Carroll and the actual Alice, Alice Liddell, as a starting point," includes an ensemble cast of 11 actors, who together play 40 different parts. Completely student-acted, student-designed, and student-directed, Alice has already been a big hit. "The box office has said that this is among the best-selling shows all year," McCauley says proudly. To buy your tickets, which are $5 ($3 for students), call 585-ARTS. All shows are at 8 p.m.
Stand Up and Be Counted
Smith students will receive U.S. Census forms immediately after spring break for official filing by April 1. The forms will be delivered to house presidents by a census official during a meeting on March 7 and they, in turn will distribute them in the houses after students return from vacation.
Enumerating people in the Smith community will be easy compared with enumerating people in remote locations. Indeed, the census takers started work in Alaska in mid-January to be sure they would finish by the April deadline.
In what was as much publicity stunt as head-counting, Census Bureau Director Kenneth Prewitt donned an insulated coat and fur-lined "bunny boots" and personally went door to door in the remote Alaskan village of Unalakleet January 20 to kick off the first population census of the new century. Unalakleet is a small village of about 700 people 148 miles southeast of Nome and 400 miles northwest of Anchorage.
raditionally, the decennial census begins early in Alaska while the ground is still frozen to allow access by bush plane, dogsled and snowmobile to remote areas. Also, census workers want to catch residents before the spring thaw allows them to head out to even more distant fish camps or leave their homes for other warm-weather jobs in the wilderness.
Taking the census at Smith will be no such job. Students will receive forms in their houses in a random distribution by which some will get the so-called long form and some the shorter version. Information provided through the census is important because, among its functions, it provides population counts needed to apportion seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and determines state legislative district boundaries and allocation of funds from federal grant programs. It identifies areas needing programs to stimulate economic growth, establishes fair market rent values, assists in selecting sites for retail stores and new plants and assesses the adequacy of labor pools.
Northampton Mayor Clare Higgins hopes that all Smith students will take the census seriously, filling out the forms and returning them by the deadline.
Spring Blooms in Plant House
The annual rite of spring at the Lyman Conservatory -- or its "winter crescendo," as the spring bulb show was described in a February 4 article in The New York Times-will be upon us soon. The show, a spectacular array of forced bulbs, opens Friday, March 3, and runs through Sunday, March 19.
As the Times story noted, "While learning bulb ecology, Smith's horticulture students begin the process in the fall by planting more than 5,000 bulbs that are placed incold storage for 10 to 12 weeks before being brought up to the greenhouses, thereby forcing the plants [which ordinarily would bloom at different times in the spring] to bloom simultaneously." (The Times story, written by Paula Dietz '59, described the pleasures of a midwinter excursion to a college town-Northampton.)
Among the bulbs and plants that will bring spring to the planthouse are tulips, narcissus, hyacinths, crocus, scilla, muscari, forsythia, azalea, redbud, willow and canary broom. Last year more than 13,000 people visited the show.
This year's plant show will open with a lecture, "Heirloom Bulbs for Gardens Old and New," by Scott Kunst, a nationally known landscape historian and preservationist. The lecture will be at 7 p.m. March 3 in Seelye Hall 106 and will be followed by a reception in the illuminated Lyman Conservatory. An additional illumination will be held Tuesday, March 15, from 6 to 9 p.m.
Kunst, who is from Ann Arbor, Michigan, has been researching historic bulbs such as colonial daffodils, Victorian cannas and Jazz Age gladiolus for 15 years. He will discuss heirloom varieties that are still available today and recommend mail order and other sources.
The Lyman Conservatory is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Poet and Critic Speak Here Next Week
Distinguished poet Jay Wright will read from his work at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, in the Neilson Browsing Room. Jay Wright is the author of eight books of poems, including The Homecoming Singer (1971), Dimensions of History (1976), Selected Poems (1987) and, most recently, Boleros.
In 1996 the Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets awarded Wright the Academy's 62nd Fellowship for distinguished poetic achievement. "Over the past quarter-century," reads J. D. McClatchy's citation, "Jay Wright's books have appeared like summer lightning: sudden, unexpected, brilliant in the surrounding dark." His poems, which reflect the landscapes and cultures of Africa, Latin America, and the American West, are "miracles of visionary energy, moralized lyricism and a buoyant, complex mythmaking."
Wright's other honors include a Rockefeller Fellowship, an Ingram Merrill Foundation Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship, an American Academy of Arts and Letters Literary Award and a MacArthur Fellowship. He was born in Albuquerque, NM, educated at the University of California at Berkeley and Rutgers University and resides in Vermont.
The reading, which is sponsored by
Smith's Poetry Center, will be followed by bookselling and signing.
Noted Shakespeare scholar Stephen Greenblatt, the Harry Levin Professor of Literature at Harvard University, will discuss "Hamlet in Purgatory" at 4:15 p.m., Thursday, March 9, in Wright auditorium.
The general editor of the Norton Shakespeare
and the associate general editor of the Norton Anthology of English
Literature, Greenblatt is a founder of the cultural studies journal
Representations and a prolific and influential critic of English
Renaissance literature. His books include Shakespearean Negotiations,
Marvellous Possessions, Renaissance Self-Fashioning, and the
forthcoming Hamlet in Purgatory.
Greenblatt has written for The New York Times, the New Yorker and many other journals and has lectured throughout the United States and in Japan and Europe. His lecture is sponsored by the English department.
Ice Cream Fete Held for the Rev. Burrows
The Rev. Leon Tilson Burrows says he's now in his third life.
As the interim Protestant chaplain for Smith and Amherst colleges, Burrows oversees and takes part in Sunday Protestant services. He plans the music, writes and delivers sermons and coordinates the content of each service. But throughout the week, Burrows, like the college's other chaplains, takes on a host of additional roles, including counseling a diverse array of students, acting as an expert on historical and contemporary aspects of the church and Christianity, planning worship, and, perhaps most importantly, being a good listener.
"It's important for me just to be available to talk with people," says Burrows of his job. "I don't have to counsel as much as I have to provide a listening ear."
Burrows will be greeted by the Smith community on Monday, March 6, at 7 p.m. in Wright Hall common room during an ice cream social in his honor. Everyone is welcome to attend. He is one of three final candidates being considered for the permanent job of Protestant chaplain at Smith and Amherst, a joint position of the two colleges.
A graduate of the Hartt School of Music, Burrows also received a master's degree from Yale Divinity School and a doctor of ministry degree from Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, his hometown. His pastoral experience includes seven years at Philadelphia's East Bethel Baptist Church and numerous appearances as guest preacher in New Jersey churches and other locations.
Though he is still a musician and considers music a very integral aspect of his life, what Burrows calls his first life was that of a full-time musician, an organist who played a range of different types of music. After graduating from Yale University's School of Music, he played sacred music in churches of several denominations and gospel and secular music in concert performances. He tells of the days when he used to play sacred music for a service in affluent Madison, Connecticut, then jump in his car, literally and physically shifting gears, and drive to inner-city New Haven to perform rousing gospel music. That life lasted until he was 28, he says.
Between his life as a musician and his present life as a full-time pastor, Burrows, 41, attended interior design school and worked briefly as a designer.
Burrows emphasizes that his diverse background has prepared him ideally for his job as interim Protestant chaplain, particularly at Smith, where sensitivity and respect toward many different outlooks and beliefs are essential.
"As I arrived here [at Smith]," Burrows says, "it's been just a very comfortable feeling reaching out to all aspects of worship here."
In his services, Burrows programs guest preachers and several different themes -- including dance -- and types of music-including music of African and African-American origin as well as religious hymns. And on April 2, he will conduct a Celebration of Worship led by student members of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Alliance.
"I've become very aware of inclusive language," Burrows says. "Part of my job is letting students know they all have a voice. It's so important to let them all know, 'You have a voice.'"
Event Opens SSC Exhibit
In celebration of Women's History Month, Smith's Sophia Smith Collection is hosting an exhibit of documentary photos and art work by photojournalist, activist, and musician- performer Diana Davies. "Sistervision: Seeing Women's Lives" will open on March 8 at 7:30 p.m. with a talk by Davies. The program will include stories about her experiences on assignment and will detail her process of documenting the music and arts of the 1960s and beyond, along with the civil rights, peace, and women's movements.
Davies is the embodiment of the self-made woman. She dropped out of high school, and waited tables, washed dishes and swept floors to support herself as a musician. Her work in photography began in the early 1960s through her involvement with music and theatre. She purchased her camera and darkroom equipment at yard sales, and had no formal training in photography. Yet through skill and perseverance, she produced powerful images of musicians and artists from all realms of expression, as well portraits of social activists. Davies wants the public to be aware of the injustices in our society, and uses her camera to shine the spotlight on issues of critical importance.
Davies' work has appeared in Life magazine, The Boston Globe, The New York Times, and many other publications from the 1960s through the 1980s. "Sistervision: Seeing Women's Lives," which features images from Davies' papers in the Sophia Smith Collection, also celebrates the opening of the SSC Davies collection. Her photographs are also in the collections of the Smithsonian, the New York Public Library, Howard University and the Swarthmore College Peace Collection.
The exhibit runs from March 8 to June 30 and is located in Alumnae Gymnasium. The Sophia Smith Collection, an internationally known repository of women's history manuscripts, is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesday until 9 p.m. It will also be open on the following Sundays from 1 to 4 p.m.: March 25, April 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29.
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Sources of further information, if any, are indicated in parentheses. Notices should be submitted by mail, by e-mail (email@example.com) or by fax (extension 2174).
"Rare Books and Fine Art at Yale University," a day-trip for Friends of the Smith College Museum of Art and Friends of the Smith College Libraries, will take place Friday, March 24, departing at 8:30 a.m. and returning at 6:30 p.m. Guided by Martin Antonetti, curator of rare books at Smith, the group will visit the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the Yale Center for British Art and Yale University Art Gallery. Nonmembers are invited as space permits. The fee for the trip, which includes round-trip coach fare with refreshments and the guided tour, is $30 for members of the Friends groups and $45 for nonmembers. For a reservation form, contact the museum, 585-2760.
The Smith College Museum of Art is now closed for renovation. Tocontact museum staff please call ext. 2760, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For information about the museum's current programs, including traveling exhibitions and closing events, visit the museum's Web site at www.smith.edu/artmuseum.
Priority for filling positions goes first to returning workers from last summer, then to college-age dependents and Smith students, then to high school- age dependents. A waiting list will be started for applicants who are not placed initially. For more information, please contact Serena Harris at HR at firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 2289.
Summer Project Funds
Awards from the Catherine Kerlin Wilder '29 Fund support Smith undergraduates in the pursuit of special, short-term opportunities for service and practical experience (outside of the traditional Junior Year Abroad programs), which might otherwise be closed to them because of the costs of international travel. Applicants must make a persuasive case that a Wilder award will enrich their educational experience and their knowledge of other cultures and international affairs. Rolling deadline.
Tuition/application fee waivers for 7 credits of summer school at Ewha Women's University in Korea are available. Applicants must have one year or the equivalent of Korean language background, and a strong interest in studying Korean language and culture. Since the stated purpose of the exchange is to encourage students to go to Korea to learn more about the culture, the exchange is not open to Korean nationals whose home is in Korea, even if they are EAS and/or EALL majors or minors. Ewha applications, available now, are due in mid-March. For information/application materials, please contact Liz Lee at email@example.com, or call ext. 4913.
Ada's Children's Art
Study Abroad in Scotland
Big Band Music
House Community Advisers
S.O.S. Positions Open
Button Maker Disappears
Education Job Fair
Applicants should submit evidence they have been or are likely to be accepted into a school of law or a graduate program of public policy, along with a statement of professional intentions that should explain why they are interested in pursuing a career in law or public policy, some of the events in their life that led them to the decision to do so, their career plans, and a description of how the prize funds will be used. In addition, please submit two letters of recommendation.
All materials must be submitted by April 10 to Sue Briggs, Office of the Dean of the College, College Hall 21. Notification will be made by the end of April. Prize recipients will be announced at Last Chapel, and a list of all prizes will be published in the Last Chapel program.
Applicants should submit a statement of professional intentions, along with a statement of where they have been accepted for law school and whether they will be receiving financial aid, and two letters of reference. Their statement of professional intentions should explain what area of public law they are interested in, why it interests them, what they might bring to it, and some background about events, large or small, that influenced their decision to pursue law, and in particular, public interest law. This may be similar to the personal statement they wrote for law school applications. If it addresses what we are asking for, they may submit their personal statement as this component of their application for the Burres Prize.
All materials must be submitted to Sue Briggs, College Hall 21, by 4 p.m. April 17. A committee will review applications and notification will be made by the end of April. Prize recipients will be announced at Last Chapel, and a list of all prizes will be published in the Last Chapel program.
To apply, students must complete an application, which includes the name of the project supervisor and a description of the project. In addition, two letters of recommendation must be submitted to the selection committee. Applications and supporting material must be filed with Sue Briggs, College Hall 21, by 4 p.m. on April 17. A committee will review applications and notification will be made by the end of April. Prize recipients will be announced at Last Chapel, and a list of all prizes will be published in the Last Chapel program.
Art Search and Show
Spring Break Housing
Student Opinions Count
President's Open Hours
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, March 6
Lecture "Interaction of Pathogen and Host: The Genetic and Molecular Bases of Vibrio cholerae Virulence." Ron Taylor, Dartmouth Medical School. Reception preceding at 4:15 in McConnell Foyer. 4:30 p.m., McConnell B05*
Discussion "Looking at American Intervention: A Panel of Smith Students from Around the World." Cosponsored by Helen Hills Hills Chapel and the International Relations Program. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 201*
Lecture "Changing Faces of U.S. Diplomacy: The Impact of Women and Minorities in International Public Policy." Honorable Ruth Davis, highest-ranking African-American woman in the Foreign Service. 7 p.m., Stoddard Auditorium
Meeting Salt Center for Documentary Field Studies, semester in Maine. 4 p.m. Wright common room
Meeting Interim Smith College Council on Community Policy. 4:15 p.m., Mary Maples Dunn conference room
Newman Association meeting and dinner for all Catholic students. 5:45 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel*
Other events and
President's open hours First come, first served. 4-5 p.m., College Hall 20
Yoga class Noncredit, for students. Limited to 40. 4:45-6 p.m., Davis ballroom
Ice Cream Social to greet Smith's interim Protestant chaplain, the Rev. Leon Tilson Burrows. 7 p.m., Wright common room*
Tuesday, March 7
Discussion Informal Q & A with poet Jay Wright. Interested students should see Cindy Furtek in the Poetry Center to pick up a packet of poems. 3:30 p.m., Wright common room
Reading French poet Franck André Jamme. Jamme is also the editor of René Char in La Pléiade (Editions Gallimard). 4:30 p.m., Seelye 207*
Lecture/Film Series Daniel Horowitz. Salt of the Earth. Examines prejudice against Mexican-American miners. Sponsored by American Studies Program. 7 p.m., Seelye 110
Lecture "Transformative Architecture: Renovation and Expansion of the Smith College Fine Arts Complex." James Stewart Polshek, Polshek Partnership Architecture. The lecture will be followed by a reception in the Museum of Art with informal viewing of the Fine Arts Center spaces to be renovated. 7 p.m., Wright auditorium*
Reading Distinguished poet Jay Wright. Wright's work has won many awards and honors, including a MacArthur Fellowship and the Academy of American Poets Fellowship. 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*
Workshop Weight Watchers. Two 13-week series begin today. 1 p.m. and 2 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*
SGA Senate meeting Open forum. All students welcome. 7:15 p.m., Seelye 201
CDO workshop How to find a summer internship. 7:15 p.m., CDO
CDO workshop Job search for seniors. 8 p.m., CDO
SLAC general meeting 8:30 p.m., Women's Resource Center
Smith Students for Bradley meeting Come to get involved in campaigning or to learn more about the candidate. 9 p.m., Capen first-floor study
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper sponsored by Ecumenical Christian Church and Protestant community at Smith. 5:30 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel*
Other events and
Language lunch tables
Yoga class Noncredit, for students. Limited to 40. 4:30-5:45 p.m., Davis ballroom
CDO open hours for browsing. Peer advisers available. 7-9 p.m., CDO
Wednesday, March 8
Lecture "Sistervision: Seeing Women's Lives." Diana Davies, Northampton resident and photojournalist, who will discuss the opening of an exhibition of photographs that are included in her papers in the Sophia Smith Collection and her lifetime of work as an activist for social justice. 7:30 p.m., Alumnae Gym*
HR workshop Medicare Supplement Policy. Open to faculty, staff, and retirees. 10:30 a.m., Wright common room
CDO workshop How to write an effective résumé. 4:15 p.m., CDO
Informational meeting Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company. Summer internship program, the Leadership Development Program, and full-time Career Development Program. 7 p.m., Wright common room
Ecumenical Ash Wednesday service for Catholic and Protestant students, staff, faculty, with blessing and distribution of ashes. Sandwiches provided after service. 12:15 p.m., Chapel
Buddhist service and discussion. 7:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Ecumenical Ash Wednesday service for Catholic and Protestant students, staff, faculty, with blessing and distribution of ashes. 8 p.m., Chapel
Other events and
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
Résumé critique Have your résumé critiqued individually by a peer adviser. 3 p.m., CDO
Yoga class Noncredit, for students. Limited to 40. 4:45-6 p.m., Davis ballroom
Thursday, March 9
Lecture Ricardo Feierstein, Argentine writer, will discuss his novel, Mestizo. 2:45 p.m., Seelye 110
Lecture "Hamlet in Purgatory." Stephen Greenblatt, Harvard University. Sponsored by the English department. 4:15 p.m., Wright auditorium*
Film Sponsored by the German Club. 7:30 p.m., McConnell auditorium
HR workshop Multicultural
Conflict Resolution: Mediation Certificate Program. Open to faculty
Community Forum Topics will include new Banner options, report from the performance appraisal task force, SAMS and report on upcoming construction projects. 1:30 p.m., Wright auditorium
CDO workshop Job search for seniors. 3 p.m., CDO
Other events and
Yoga class Noncredit, for students. Limited to 40. 8-9:15 a.m., Davis ballroom
Special event Illuminated Bulb Show evening. 6-9 p.m., Lyman Conservatory
Open house Sunnyside Childcare Center. Tour toddler and preschool classrooms, meet the staff and visit with center parents. Application information for the summer program and 2000-01 school year will also be available. 7 p.m., 70 Paradise Road*
Friday, March 10
Spring Break begins at 4:50 p.m.
Other events and activities
Saturday, March 11
Sunday, March 12
Tuesday, March 14
Thursday, March 16
HR workshop Personal Behavior for Business Effectiveness, Session I: Basic Business Protocol. Open to Five College staff. 8:30 a.m., Neilson Browsing Room
Other events and
Friday, March 17
HR workshop Personal Behavior for Business Effectiveness, Session II: Etiquette for Everyday Office Encounters. Open to Five College staff. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Neilson Browsing Room
HR workshop Personal Behavior for Business Effectiveness, Session III: Telephone Tips and Techniques. Open to Five College staff. 2 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room
Sunday, March 19
"Face to Face:
Encounters Between Jews and Blacks" Juxtaposing photographs
and quotations, Laurence Salzmann, a self-taught photographer
and filmmaker from Philadelphia, explores how African-Americans
and Jews view each other, and by so doing reveals much about
humor, human interaction, and coexistence in America. Through
March 10. Monday through Friday,
"Spring Bulb Show" Features a spectacular array of forced bulbs, which ordinarily bloom at different times throughout the spring. Through March 19. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Botanic Garden*
"Abstract Impressions" Monotypes and monoprints by Molly Gayley '58. Through March 30. Monday through Friday,8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Alumnae House, 33 Elm St.*
"Sistervision: Seeing Women's Lives" Exhibit of documentary photos and artwork by photojournalist, activist and musician- performer Diana Davies. Through June 30. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Sundays, 1-4 p.m. March 25, April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29. Alumnae Gym*