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Extraordinary People to Join Class of 2000

Come May 14, during this year's commencement exercises, more than 700 seniors and graduate students from Smith's class of 2000 will take their diplomas in hand from President Ruth Simmons, and five extraordinary individuals will receive honorary degrees. Nominated for their achievements as influential professionals, intellectuals, artists, and activists, this year's honorary degree recipients include renowned artist and author Judy Chicago, who will be the commencement speaker; Ann Brown, chair of the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission; Johnnetta B. Cole, Presidential Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, Women's Studies and African American Studies at Emory University; Donald C. Hood, James F. Bender Professor of Psychology at Columbia University; and Mamphela Ramphele, managing director of the World Bank.

Commencement speaker Judy Chicago is not only an artist, author, feminist, and educator. She is a pioneer, credited as the founder of the feminist art movement that began in the United States in the early 1970s. Chicago helped inspire the movement when she established the Feminist Art Program at the California Institute of the Arts. In 1974, she began the execution of The Dinner Party, a multimedia project that examined the history of women in Western civilization. The project, which lasted until 1979, was viewed by more than a million people in six countries and had substantial impact within and outside the art community. Author of seven books and the creator of several other artistic projects, including Birth Project and The Holocaust Project: From Darkness into Light, Chicago is an influential artist who has "shown unwavering commitment to a woman's right to engage in the production of art at the highest levels," writes Simmons. Chicago is currently teaching at Indiana University, where she holds a presidential appointment in art and gender studies.

Ann Brown was nominated by President Clinton to chair the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and was subsequently sworn in on March 10, 1994. A consumer advocate for more than 20 years prior to her appointment, Brown, who says that "maintaining a sense of indignation at consumer injustice...was always a major interest of mine," arrived at the CPSC determined to take all actions necessary for protecting the public. Her drive and determination immediately won the praise of other consumer advocates, like Ralph Nader, who called her "a fresh breeze. She's resuscitating it," said Nader of the CPSC under Brown's tutelage. "The CPSC has been dormant for 15 years." Now serving her second term as CPSC chair, Brown remains committed to consumer safety, targeting the commission's efforts specifically "to the most vulnerable in our society -- children, the elderly, minority populations, and those with special handicaps," she says. "Focusing on these groups can improve their health and safety, which will produce economic and social dividends for the nation." Brown's leadership has been recognized with several prestigious awards, including the Champion of Safe Kids award from the National Safe Kids Campaign, the Government Communicator of the Year Award, and the Consumer Federation of America's Philip Hart Public Service Award. After attending Smith from 1955 to 1958, Brown received a bachelor's degree from George Washington University in 1959.

In 1987, Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole was invited to serve as president of Spelman College, the country's oldest historically black four-year college for women. Accepting the invitation, Cole became Spelman's seventh president and the first African American woman to head the college since its founding in 1881. Cole's tenure at Spelman lasted a decade, earning her high praise as "an innovative college president, a distinguished teacher, and an inspirational role model for thousands of students -- young women who will become tomorrow's leaders," according to an article in Outlook, a publication produced by the American Association of University Women. "Because of her leadership, Spelman graduates are better equipped than ever before to face the choices and responsibilities of the future." Cole's research and teaching inform her advocacy for people of color and women throughout the world. Now a member of the Emory University faculty, Cole is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including a 1998 appointment by President Clinton to an 11-member commission on the celebration of Women in American History, and a 1999 appointment to the Governor's Education Reform Study Commission by Georgia Governor Roy E. Barnes. "There's nothing magical about the fact that I always wanted to excel," says Cole, who began her undergraduate studies at Fisk University at age 15, then went on to earn a bachelor's degree at Oberlin College and a doctorate in anthropology from Northwestern University. "I knew from the start that because I had two jeopardies -- I was black and I was a woman -- I'd have to put in extra effort."

Donald C. Hood is presently the James F. Bender Professor of Psychology at Columbia University, whose faculty he joined in 1969 as assistant professor of psychology. A native of North Merrick, New York, Hood earned his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton. He also holds M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in psychology from Brown University.

Hood has been credited with changing the course of academic history at Columbia. In the 1980s, while he served as Columbia's first vice president for arts and sciences, he oversaw an administrative reorganization that combined various arts and sciences divisions into one structure. His colleagues describe his administrative style as imaginative, directed and principled. Long known as a first-rate teacher, Hood has been described by his students as a skilled and entertaining lecturer. As a researcher, he has been equally influential. His work on lower level visual processes has greatly expanded our understanding of the role of the retina in human vision. He is widely credited with shaping the boundary between the basic science of vision and the electrophysiology of retinal diseases. Hood joined the Board of Trustees of Smith College in 1989 and served as its vice chair from 1991 to 1999. In 1993-94 he was a member of the search committee that brought Ruth Simmons to Smith as its ninth president. Hood is a trustee of the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation. He serves on the editorial board of Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science. His teaching has been honored with Columbia College's Mark van Doren Award for Outstanding Teaching.

Since Dr. Mamphela Ramphele started her career as a student activist in South Africa's Black Consciousness Movement in the 1970s, she has worked as a medical doctor, a civil rights leader, a community development worker, an academic researcher, and a deputy vice-chancellor and vice chancellor at the University of Cape Town, South Africa's oldest and best-known university. Upon her historic 1996 appointment as Cape Town University's vice chancellor, Ramphele, the first black woman to hold such a position at a South African university, quickly established herself as one of her country's leading higher-education reformers. Leading the university through its "transformation," aimed at insuring racial and gender equity as well as academic excellence, Ramphele dramatically increased the diversity of the university's student body. Today, a majority of Cape Town's 16,000 students -- about 52 percent -- are of African, mixed-race, or Asian heritage. This spring, Ramphele has embarked on yet another career path. She plans to leave her post as Cape Town's vice chancellor this month to become the managing director of human development at the World Bank in Washington, where she will oversee the bank's activities in health, education, and social protection. "This is a historic appointment for the bank," said World Bank Group president James D. Wolfensohn upon announcing Ramphele's appointment. "It is historic to have an African appointed to the post of managing directorI am truly thrilled that Dr. Ramphele has agreed to join us. Her experience and judgment combined with her drive and organizational skills will add greatly to our capabilities." Ramphele, who has authored two books, co-authored another and edited two more, has received numerous prestigious national and international awards, including 10 honorary doctorates acknowledging her scholarship, her service to the community, her leading role in raising development issues, and her contribution to the struggle against apartheid.

A Bit of Hollywood Here at Smith

A classroom statistics assistant in the Registrar's Office and a local community theater participant for the past 15 years, Smith's Janet Morris loves to act. So when auditions were held at Northampton High School for a locally filmed movie early last fall, Morris decided to try out. "I waited in line for three hours with 300 other people," Morris says. "When I finally got to the casting table, the casting director looked at me, then at her script, then at me, then back at her script. She told me, 'I like your face, I just don't know where to put you yet.' She dropped my photo in a box of hundreds of other photos, and said, 'I'll call you.'" Six weeks later, Morris was offered a part in Hollywood's latest major motion picture to be filmed in Northampton: the film adaptation of John Irving's The Cider House Rules.

The movie, which opened in theaters on December 25, has earned box office success and critical acclaim, including an Academy Award nomination as best picture of 1999. Set in the 1940s at St. Cloud's Orphanage in Maine, The Cider House Rules stars Michael Caine, Tobey Maguire, and singer Erykah Badu, who plays Rose Rose, a migrant worker.

"I got to meet Michael Caine -- we did a scene with him that was cut," says Morris, who plays half of "Couple Number Four," a young adoptive couple looking for a child at the beginning of the film. "I also met the author, John Irving. He was very cordial -- a very nice guy."

Though Morris' nonspeaking role is relatively small (she is featured getting out of the car with her screen husband, examining the children at the orphanage, then taking home Hazel, the child she and her husband choose), she still had to spend quite a bit of time on the set. "I actually had to go to the set on four different days," she explains. "I only shot four scenes, but I was usually on the set all day, waiting around -- mostly outside." Fortunately, Morris' scenes at the orphanage weren't shot far from her office, enabling her to "just stop work and go on the set." That's because the orphanage's foreboding brick exterior is actually located in nearby Lenox. And St. Cloud's shabby interior, which Morris and her screen husband tour as they search for a child, is really one of the buildings at the Northampton State Hospital, the deserted mental institution located next to Smith. (Other local shots in the movie: Northampton State Hospital grounds serve as the setting for a hilltop cemetery; the Northfield Drive-In serves as a place for romance.)

Morris wasn't the only Pioneer Valley local with Smith connections featured in the film. After 7-year-old Nicholas Corjay (son of Patti Corjay, assistant director of financial aid at Smith) answered a casting call he saw on the news, he was offered a role as an extra. Nicholas, then 6, spent about six weeks on the set working as one of the movie's orphans and as a stand-in for some of the lead child actors. While Nicholas, who can be spotted in several orphanage scenes (including one close-up), enjoyed the experience, "he's still undecided about whether or not he'd want to do it again," Corjay says. "He thought it took too much time away from going to kindergarten."

Morris, on the other hand, has no such hesitations. "If any auditions came up for another movie around here, I'd jump at the chance," she said.

Tech Expo for Novices, Experts

Whether you're an expert computer user wanting to incorporate more technology into your teaching curriculum, or a technological novice still trying to figure out how to access your GroupWise e-mail account, Information Technology Services' annual Computer Expo is designed for you.

The Computer Expo, to be held at the Gamut April 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will have on display an impressive array of high-tech toys and hardware, and will feature an exciting new educational component called the Learning Symposium. Run by Smith faculty and staff members, the Learning Symposium will be a series of presentations and demonstrations illustrating the various ways both technical and nontechnical members of the Smith community are using technology to enhance the work they do. Presentations will include "Using PowerPoint to Enhance Teaching," "Integrating Multimedia into the Curriculum," "All About MP3s and Napster," "Creating Electronic Forms Using Word Templates," and "Web Design Basics."

Staff members, including Chrissie Bell, Amy Holich, Alan Marvelli, Deb Wijnhoven, and ITS staff will be on hand throughout the Expo to answer questions about using technology. Throughout the day, staff will also present on-line demonstrations of software applications, including anti-virus software, MS Office Suite, ITS Technology and Resource Adviser (TARA), BannerWeb for employees, and the soon-to-be-released GroupWise messaging system and Resource25 Event Scheduling applications. Snacks will be provided, and most importantly, as an Expo description says, "Pocket protectors are optional!"

Smith Scholars Going Places

In possession of a handful of fellowships and prestigious research grants for the 2000-01 academic year, Smith scholars are headed for a variety of places to study a range of topics after the summer.

Erika Noebel AC, along with her 19-month-old daughter, Katie, will travel to Tromsoe, Norway, next year, courtesy of a one-year Fulbright Fellowship Noebel recently received. Noebel, who will graduate in May, has specialized in contemporary European studies under the guidance of Assistant Professor of Government Karen Alter and while at Smith has studied in Geneva and Budapest. During her fellowship, Noebel plans to build on research begun at Smith.

Seniors Tanja Gohlert and Alison Kachmar have been awarded grants by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for graduate study and research in Germany next year. Gohlert will study Germany's relationship with the European Union at the University of Hamburg. Kachmar will research the Socialist Unity Party in Leipzig.

Sindhumathi Revuluri '00 has been awarded an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanistic Studies, which she plans to use to pursue doctoral studies in historical musicology. The Mellon fellowship, which is intended to assist exceptional students in preparing for careers in teaching and scholarship in the humanities, covers tuition and fees for recipients' first year of a doctoral program and includes a $14,750 stipend. Revuluri, who studies music history and theory, was one of 85 winners nationally.

Rebecca Kastl '02 and Amy Liu '02 have both been awarded grants from the National Security Education Program (NSEP) to study abroad next year. The NSEP's mission is to enable Americans to become familiar with general global issues and to study languages and cultures not commonly included in college curricula. Kastl will study in St. Petersburg, Russia, while Liu will travel to Budapest, Hungary.

Eliza Garrison '94 has been awarded a Bundeskanzler Scholarship, created in 1990 by German Chancellor Helmut Kohl and given by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to young professionals and scholars who exhibit strong leadership potential. With the fellowship, Garrison plans to complete her dissertation research on her project, titled "The Art Policy of Emperor Henry II," in Munich, Aachen, Paris, Rome and Berlin. Garrison is a graduate student in art history at Northwestern University.

Construction in the Works

Here's an update, reported by Physical Plant, of some of the numerous construction projects being undertaken by the college this year and in the near future:

  • The architectural firm Weiss/Manfredi presented an alternate design for the new Campus Center for review by the college community at a forum April 18 in Wright Hall Auditorium. Because the design of the project has been delayed, work will not commence on the Campus Center this summer.
  • The parking garage, located on West Street next to Garrison Hall, is well under way and is expected to be completed in December 2000.
  • The renovation and addition to the Fine Arts Center complex is moving forward. Though major construction on the project is not expected to begin until 2001, some demolition and other minor work will start during the summer.
  • The Program Committee is expected to finish work on the Lyman Plant House during the summer. Because several committees must approve the program and design, the earliest possible date to begin construction would be summer 2001.
  • Student residences Comstock, Wilder, Tenney, Hopkins and Wesley houses will all be renovated during the summer.
  • A new classroom, equipped with a climbing wall, will be built in Ainsworth.
  • The temporary science building is under construction and is expected to be completed in July.
  • The college has issued bonds for $40 million, which will be used during the next three years to fund many construction projects, including renovation of student residences, academic buildings and administrative buildings.

Several other projects will be completed this summer, including a book-storage facility at Physical Plant, the Kahn Institute space in the library, and a storage building at the athletic fields. Watch for more construction updates in the fall.

Have You Had Your Daily Jolt?

Need a date for a party? Want a ride to Boston? Or maybe you just need a place to blow off some steam. If so, sign on to the Daily Jolt (, the Student Government Association's enormously popular Web site that aims to inform, advise, and entertain the entire Smith community on every conceivable topic -- and then some.

Packed with tons of information, like dinner menus, event listings, an advice column, quirky professor quotes and messages from the SGA, the Jolt, as it's nicknamed, receives some 1,100 hits a day and has totaled more than 12,000 postings on its popular discussion site, the Forum, since its October 1 launch at Smith.

"It's become a part of Smith culture," says Kendra Grimes, the SGA member who instituted the Daily Jolt at Smith. "A lot of people rely on it and make sure they look at it every day."

That includes Lise Easter, an Ada Comstock scholar who says she checks the Jolt "several times a day." Like many Smith students, Easter uses the Jolt as a convenient source of daily information, "checking the weather, finding out what's on the menu, reading the funny professor quotes." She also frequently browses the Forum, an on-line bulletin board designed to foster discussions among Smith students and guests (frequently students from other colleges).

One of the Jolt's most popular features, the Forum, allows students to ask questions (any question!), provide answers and share their many opinions. With recent conversations and debates focusing on topics ranging from the Diallo verdict to last weekend's party in the Quad, Forum postings go from "the most controversial topics to the most mundane and, well, sketchy," Grimes says. And because users can be protected by optional anonymity, "these aren't discussions that necessarily happen at dinner tables or in living rooms."

Created early last fall by a pair of Amherst College students, Amit Gupta and Noah Winer, the Jolt actually originated as a site called "Amherst Central." While searching for a pair of concert tickets last spring, Grimes stumbled across the site and contacted Gupta. "He wrote back and said, 'Would you know anyone at Smith that would want to start a Daily Jolt?'" she explains. For Grimes, the opportunity seemed almost too good to be true: "I was on the SGA Cabinet, and something we've been talking about for years is getting our own page on a Web server." She accepted Gupta's offer, and Smith became a part of the Daily Jolt Inc., a corporation now serving 24 colleges, including the Five Colleges, Yale and Washington universities, Middlebury College and the University of Texas at Austin.

Though the Jolt is a popular phenomenon at each of its two dozen colleges, "we have the most successful Daily Jolt site," Grimes says proudly. "We get more hits than any other school per day." Grimes, who does most of the work on the Jolt (with the help of Erin Blomquist '02, Britta Gustafson '03, the mysterious Dr. Advice AC, and Tracy Levin '01) isn't the only one who takes pride in the success of Smith's Daily Jolt. "I did a presentation of the Jolt to the Board of Trustees recently," Grimes says. "They were so thrilled with it. They thought it was really cool. And they were very happy to hear that ours was the best."

Conference to Explore Youth Violence

Between the large-scale school massacres that capture headlines and the nation's attention and more everyday issues like fights and crime, youth violence is a painful and puzzling problem for our country's parents, educators and community members. How can educators and community members respond to youth violence? How can we protect our children from being hurt -- or from hurting each other and themselves?

On Friday, June 9, the Smith College School for Social Work (SSW) will address some of these troubling issues in a conference called "Safe Schools: Building Fortresses or Opening the Doors to Community?" The conference, which will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., will specifically target schools, social workers, juvenile justice workers, and community leaders.

"The focus of the conference is the need for a community response to youth violence," says Irene Rodriguez Martin, director of the SSW's Office of External Affairs and Continuing Education. Planned by the school's Office of Continuing Education in collaboration with members of the Springfield and Northampton school departments and the Springfield district attorney's office, the conference will feature more than 40 workshops designed to teach participants how to assess, prevent, intervene in and respond to youth violence.

Conference keynote speakers will be Jim Garbarino and Debora Prothrow-Stith. The conference will also feature a closing panel that includes new Northampton mayor Clare Higgins, Dr. Peter Negroni, Springfield Superintendent of Schools and other community leaders.

For a conference brochure and registration information, call or e-mail Kathy Carlson at the Smith College School for Social Work, Office of Continuing Education, at (413) 585-7955, or kcarlson@ais.


April 15: Smith 0, Colby 9 and Smith 0, Bowdoin 9

April 12: Smith 8, Brandeis 6
April 14: Smith 5, WPI 6 and Smith 8, WPI 0
April 15: Smith 11, Babson 1 and Smith 3, Babson 1

April 11: Smith 7, Springfield 13
April 13: Smith 3, Williams 17
April 15: Smith 7, Wellesley 20


Track and field
April 15: Hartwick Invitational: 3rd place out of 9

As survivors of World War II concentration camps for Asian-Americans, Taitetsu Unno, Jill Ker Conway Professor Emeritus of Religion and East Asian Studies, and his wife, Alice, a retired special education teacher, recently attended "A Day of Remembrance" at the Cleveland State University Art Gallery. Hosted by Masumi Hayashi, a CSU art professor and another concentration camp survivor, the gathering recognized the 58th anniversary of the evacuation and internment of more than 120,000 Japanese Americans, which took place two months after the 1942 bombing by Japan of Pearl Harbor. About 100 people attended to view Hayashi's photographs of former internment camps and to remember together. The psychological impact of the concentration camps runs through generations, Unno said in an article in the Cleveland Plain Dealer: "In a democracy, we had legalized, legislated racism," he said.

David Greene, assistant to President Ruth Simmons, is serving on the steering committee of the Business/Higher Education Forum. The Forum is a national initiative of the American Council on Education and the National Alliance of Business, which is developing a national model on student diversity by combining business and higher education interests. Also on the steering committee is Hampshire College President Gregory Prince.

This June, Frank H. Ellis, Mary Augusta Jordan Professor Emeritus of English, will read a paper at the fourth quinquennial Swift Symposium at Westfalische Wilhelms-Universitat in Munster, Germany. The symposium, which takes place June 18 through 22, will bring together about 30 Swift scholars from around the world.

Lisa K. Barlow '80, a research scientist at the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research and a geology instructor in the University of Colorado-Boulder's Baker Hall Residential Academic Program, will be featured in an upcoming episode of a new PBS series. The series, Secrets of the Dead, presents "scientists from many disciplines...penetrating myths and legends to arrive at new conclusions about the consequences of history's darkest mysteries," a series description says. Barlow will be featured as part of an international team of archeologists, forensic anthropologists, entomologists, and botanists in "The Lost Vikings," an episode exploring the sudden and mysterious disappearance of a colony of Vikings in Greenland. "The Lost Vikings" will air on Tuesday, May 16, from 8 to 9 p.m.

Karen V. Kukil, associate curator of rare books at Smith, addressed British PEN at the Café Royal in Piccadilly Circus, London, on April 8. Kukil's talk, "Reviving the Journals of Sylvia Plath," was part of the PEN International Writers' Day program, along with presentations by British writers David Hare, Blake Morrison, Erica Wagner, and John Carey. Kukil's unabridged edition of the Journals of Sylvia Plath, 1950-1962, was recently released in London. Publisher Faber and Faber reported that the first print run was 20,000 copies and that 16,000 had been sold prior to publication on April 3. The American edition of the unabridged Journals is currently scheduled for released in November by Vintage-Anchor Press, a division of Random House.

Marjorie Senechal, Louise W. Kahn Professor of Math, is featured on this year's on-line poster for Mathematics Awareness Month, sponsored by the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics, a consortium of professional societies. The poster, titled "Math Spans All Dimensions," features Senechal under the category "Math Plots and Plans" and includes a link to a biography of her and a summary of her work. Also on the poster, under the category "Math Expands" is well-known Smith alum and novelist Madeleine L'Engle '41. The poster can be viewed at

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

Hillyer Art Library
The Hillyer Art Library will open at its new location, Bell Hall, at Clarke School for the Deaf, Round Hill Road, on June 21. Summer hours, through September 4, will be Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed Saturday and Sunday. Also closed Monday and Tuesday, July 3 and 4, and Monday, September 4.

Faculty and Staff

Kyoto Faculty Fellowships
Information is available about the Associated Kyoto Program (AKP) Faculty Fellowship competition for the academic year 2001-02. Smith College is one of 15 member colleges of the AKP, a study-in-Japan program located at Doshisha University in Kyoto. Faculty Fellows teach, in either fall or spring semester, one course in English to undergraduate students from the participating U.S. colleges. Course content may focus exclusively on Japan, or may involve Japan in a comparative context appropriate to the fellow's preferences and academic training. In addition to teaching the course, fellows are expected to implement a program of research or study in Kyoto designed to enhance their professional development. Applicants may be Japan specialists or nonspecialists who wish to increase the quality and extent of the Japan component in courses they teach at their home institution. Fellows are provided with a $17,000 semester stipend plus $2,000 travel expenses, and a housing subsidy to cover rent and part of utility costs. For more information, contact Smith AKP Representative Thomas Rohlich, ext. 3441 or Deadline for applications for the academic year 2001-02 fellowships is June 1.

Employee BannerWeb Previews
The Smith College BannerWeb for Employees is a certified secure way (the information is encrypted) for employees to access their own Smith personal and payroll data information via the World Wide Web. Employees can check on their paychecks, benefits, deductions, and federal tax information from anywhere in the world, at any time, simply by logging on to the Internet. See an informational demonstration of the new, easy-to-use Smith College BannerWeb for Employees product before it goes live and on-line.

Several types of informational previews are scheduled. Please choose the one that best suits your needs. Small-group previews are scheduled for April 25, 26 and 28 from noon to 1 p.m. in Seelye B4. Each one-hour session is limited to 15 people. Call Emily Ferguson, ext. 2285 or, to attend. Open, large-group previews are scheduled for May 9 and 10, from noon to 1 p.m. in Seelye 106, on a drop-in basis. The room can accommodate up to 100 people. Departmental previews may be scheduled at the request of department heads. Watch for more information about BannerWeb for Employees and your PIN, which will be mailed in early May.

Performance Review
The Performance Review Advisory Task Force is asking for your input on the current performance review process. You can participate by filling out the questionnaire distributed through campus mail, by email to any member of the committee, or by attending a focus group session. The task force will conduct Performance Review Focus Groups during the next few weeks. Departmental and affinity group focus sessions are planned for advancement, senior staff, college relations, minority staff, ITS, SSW and the libraries. There will also be three one-hour open-group sessions, held at 30 Belmont Avenue, second floor HR conference room, on May 1 at noon, and May 3 and 4 at 1 p.m. Members of the task force will facilitate each focus group. To ensure the proper planning for facilitation at the open sessions, the committee asks that you call ahead so they can get an attendance count. Call Emily Ferguson, ext. 2285, with questions or to obtain a list of task force members. This is your opportunity to participate in the process.


Book Buyback
The Grécourt Bookshop will be holding its spring buyback May 1 through 5. Textbooks ordered for the fall 2000 semester will be bought at 50 percent of the current new price. Other books will be bought back at the wholesalers' prices.

Sick Leave Bank Membership Drive
During the first week of May, all administrative support and services staff members will receive, by campus mail, a sick leave bank membership enrollment form. To be eligible for membership, you must hold a regular position of half-time or more and your start date must have been prior to July 1, 1999. Membership in the sick leave bank is voluntary. The enrollment form should be completed ONLY by those staff members who are not current members of the bank and who wish to join. (Current members do not need to complete this enrollment form.)

Sick leave bank members may request hours if they are out on a medical leave and have used all of their accrued time. For more information on the sick leave bank, please call or e-mail Mark Carmien, Human Resources, extension 2288 or

SSW Student Study
For a confidential study associated with her M.S.W. degree work at the Smith College School for Social Work, Gail Sullivan is seeking lesbians, 18 and older, who have experienced childhood sexual abuse or incest and who would feel secure in sharing their story in a confidential and safe setting. Participation will take approximately one hour. Call Gail Sullivan, 582-6930.

Houses Close May 6
Campus houses will officially close for the academic year on Saturday, May 6. All students residing on campus should be making travel plans with this in mind. Housing contracts end at noon on May 6, and students are required to be completely moved out of their rooms by this time. Students who have not vacated by then run the risk of receiving a letter in their student file and a fine. Only senior and students taking late Five College exams will be allowed to remain in their rooms after May 6. Other students who have permission to be housed on campus through commencement must move to consolidated housing that afternoon. Keys to the front door and individual rooms will not be provided for these houses; however, door watch will be scheduled for the week. The last night that any guest room may be reserved or used is Friday, May 5. All students taking Five College courses were required to submit a housing request form to the Alumnae Association by March 30. Questions? Call Kelly Taylor, reunion housing coordinator, ext. 2040.

Van Drivers Needed
The Office of Disability Services seeks two or three students to serve as drivers of its access van, working up to 35 hours per week during the summer. Drivers must be reliable and have a clean driving record, excellent interpersonal and problem-solving skills, a valid driver's license and proof of having passed Smith's van driving test, administered by Physical Plant. For information regarding the driving test, call ext. 2472. No experience needed, will train. Call the Office of Disability Services, ext. 2141.

Office Assistant Needed
One student needed to work 20 to 25 hours per week during the summer as an assistant in the Office of Disability Services, typing, filing, researching, answering telephones, greeting customers, copying, faxing and performing other office duties. Candidates must be reliable and able to work under minimum supervision, and should have familiarity with Microsoft Word and Access. Call the Office of Disability Services, ext. 2141.

Technological Problems
The Administrative Board has been asked to provide guidance to faculty and students concerning "printer, diskette, and other technological failures" coincident with due dates for papers, take-home exams, and other written assignments.

As is the case for all assignments during the semester, and up to the end of the final examination period, faculty members are empowered to grant extensions to their students. If there is some technological reason for difficulty in presenting an assignment, a faculty member may grant extra time for submission of the work. (Extensions beyond the end of the exam period may be granted only by the class deans.)

On the other hand, a faculty member may wish to require confirmation of the problems, for example from a staff member at one of the computer centers. Alternatively, the faculty member might ask the student to submit a diskette with the relevant file (along with information about the platform and the word-processing program) as a substitute for written work. The Administrative Board urges students to prepare their work in a timely fashion (and to back it up) in order to avoid last-minute technological difficulties. Nevertheless, the board recognizes that even with the blessings of modern technology, these difficulties do, and will continue to, happen. Staff members at the computer centers may be able to provide technical assistance when such problems occur.

Teaching Evaluations
Faculty teaching evaluations will be administered from Monday, April 17, through Friday, April 28, in Seelye B2 (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-midnight; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-midnight). Refer to email sent to all students from Dean Mahoney on April 10 for detailed information.

Submission of Papers
The members of the Administrative Board urge students not to use campus mail for delivery of papers to faculty. Nor should students tack papers to doors, slide them under doors, put them in mailboxes in public places, or have them delivered by friends. Emailing or faxing papers also carries the risk of nondelivery or nonreceipt. Students should always keep paper copies of submitted work.

Each year the Administrative Board is asked to make judgments on cases regarding final papers or projects that have gone astray. The best way to avoid such situations is to submit papers to an actual person, for example, the professor of the class or a departmental staff member who can verify receipt. Specifying the time and location of delivery of the work in such cases is advantageous to both the faculty and students. Students and faculty should also be reminded that the college requires that papers delivered by U.S. mail be sent by certified mail, return receipt requested.

AcaMedia Internship
The Office of College Relations is seeking applicants for the position of writer/editor intern with AcaMedia, the college's weekly internal newsletter. Candidates should have strong writing skills with emphasis on journalistic prose and ability to create and develop article ideas. The intern will work closely with AcaMedia staff. Applications should be sent to Eric Weld at Garrison Hall, ext. 2171,

The Sunnyside Child Care Center, 70 Paradise Road, is now hiring work-study students for fall 2000 classroom aide positions. Morning and afternoon jobs are available. Call Debra Horton, ext. 2293, to apply.

Examination Workers
Students interested in being exam workers should sign up in the Financial Aid Office.

Fall Schedules
All students should check their fall schedules on BannerWeb. Any student who is registered for a permission course should consult the instructor for any special sign-up procedures that may be required. The registrar's office will contact instructors to determine which students have been admitted to the course. Students who have registered for special studies courses should submit special studies forms to the registrar's office as soon as possible.

Census Reminder
It is extremely important that students fill out the U.S. Census forms that they have received or are about to receive in house meetings. The city of Northampton's eligibility for federal funding during the coming decade will be based on Northampton's Census 2000 count. For the purposes of the census, college students are considered residents of the town in which their college is located. Filling out a census form is an easy way to say thank you to Northampton for such services as police and fire protection, the 911 emergency line and emergency ambulance service, the use of sidewalks, roads, water and sewer services and access to community and art events that are supported by federal funding. It doesn't cost anything to fill out the form and it means a lot to Northampton.

Senior Opinions Needed
Each senior should have received a survey to complete and return to the Office of Institutional Research on the second floor of Clark Hall (above the SGA office). Please take the time to complete the survey. Why? Because what you say will help shape Smith's future. Questions? Call the Office of Institutional Research, ext. 3021.

Cycles Survey
Reminder to all students asked to participate in the Cycles Survey: Please complete your survey. It's one of your best chances to make your opinions heard. Instructions were included on your survey form, but if you have questions or need another form, please call the Office of Institutional Research, ext. 3021.

President's Open Hours
The president's final open hour for April, from 4 to 5 p.m., will be Monday, April 24. No appointments are necessary. Students are seen on a first-come, first-served basis.

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, April 24

Lecture "Moscow 2000: Artistic and Cultural Life Today." Veniamin Smekhov actor, director and writer, and Galina Aksenova, Russian drama and film instructor. Sponsor: Russian department. 3 p.m., Hatfield 107

Film/discussion An evening with Pratibha Parmar, acclaimed filmmaker (A Place of Rage, Khush, Warrior Marks, Righteous Babes), who will show and discuss excerpts from her work in progress that explores the intersection of drag kings and queens of color. Introduction by Anjali Arondekar, Women's Studies Program. 8 p.m., Wright Auditorium*

Performing arts/films
Student composers concert. Annual concert of new music composed by students in the composition seminar at Smith. 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall*

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

Smith Students for the Environment meeting. 7:30 p.m., Seelye 109

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

Green Tara meditation Buddhist meditation in the Tibetan tradition with Geshe Lobsang Tsetan. 4:15 p.m., Wright common room*

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

President's open hours 4-5 p.m., College Hall 20

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

Tuesday, April 25

Sigma Xi luncheon talk "Jacobson's Organ and A&E's Love Chronicles." Margaret Anderson, biological sciences. Open to faculty, emeriti and staff. Noon, College Club lower level

Lecture "Emptiness." Geshe Lobsang Tsetan from the Tashilhunpo Monastery. Sponsor: East Asian Studies Program. 7 p.m., Wright Common Room*

Performing arts/films
Film "Experimental Queer Shorts," featuring work by Cecilia Dougherty, Carol Clement, Barbara Hammer, and Isaac Julien. Part of Art Seen: Contemporary Experimental Film and Video Art. 10 p.m., Stoddard Auditorium*

Amnesty International general meeting. 4:45 p.m., Seelye 110

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

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

Other events/activities
Pony Express 2000 Fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Adas Barbara Morgan and Charlene Doyle will ride in a nationwide motorcycle rally to raise funds for this cause. 10 a.m., Neilson lawn*

Tabling in the post office for the Panchen Lama. 10 a.m., post office*

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

Women's Studies tea Follow-up to Feminist Expo 2000. 4:30 p.m., Dewey common room

Yoga class Noncredit, for students. Limited to 40. 4:30­5:45 p.m., Davis ballroom

CDO open hours for browsing. Peer advisers available. 7-9 p.m., CDO

Wednesday, April 26

Lecture "Excellence in Education: Prerequisite Excellent Teachers." Jenna Holstom, Lucretia Jackson, and Marcela Masso. 12:10 p.m., Seelye 109*

Performing arts/films
Concert Smith College Gamelan: "The Death of Menakjingga." The Gamelan Ensemble, Ki Sumarsam, director. Central Javanese classical dance drama, choreographed by Urip Sri Maeny, Wesleyan University, and Sukarji Sriman, Smith MFA candidate in dance. 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall*

CDO workshop How to write an effective résumé. 4:15 p.m., CDO

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

Green Tara meditation Buddhist meditation in the Tibetan tradition with Geshe Lobsang Tsetan. 4:15 p.m., Wright common room*

Buddhist service and discussion. Final gathering with a potluck dinner. 6 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel

Ecumenical Christian Church Bible study. Snacks provided. All welcome.10 p.m., Chapel

Other events/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

Résumé critique Have your résumé critiqued by a peer adviser. 3 p.m., CDO

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

Thursday, April 27

Liberal Arts Luncheon lecture "Celia Thaxter and the Muse." Ann Boutelle, English languages and literature. Sponsor: Committee on Academic Priorities. Noon, Smith College Club lower level

Lecture "Science and Math Education Reform at College: The Unfinished Revolution." Sheila Tobias, author of several books about women in mathematics and science, feminist studies and "math anxiety." 4 p.m., McConnell B05*

Panel "Decolonizing Pedagogies: Teaching About Indigenous Peoples" will explore contemporary shifts in the way we think about indigenous peoples. Indigenous Hawai'ians Nalani Minton and Kanaka Maoli, associate, Kanaka Maoli Tribunal Komike, and organizer, Hawaiian Independence movement; Shawnee (Delaware) Steven Newcombe, co-director, Indigenous Law Institute; Ogala Lakotas Birgil Kills Straight and Ocahpe Sakowin, co-director, Indigenous Law Institute; Shawnee Glenn Morris, director, Fourth World Center, University of Colorado, Denver. Reception follows. 8 p.m., Neilson Browsing room*

Performing arts/films
Senior recital Josselin Lifton-Zoline, soprano, will perform songs by Tosti, Verdi, Schubert and Ives, accompanied by Clifton J. Noble Jr., piano. 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall*

Theater Spring Festival of One-Acts. Fool for Love and Cowboy Mouth by Sam Shepard, followed by student cabaret. 8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan, Mendenhall CPA*

HR workshop "The Changing Role of the Office Professional." Open to faculty and staff. 9 a.m., Willits Hallowell Center, Mount Holyoke College

CDO workshop Job search for seniors. 3 p.m., CDO

Religious Life
Smith Christian Fellowship meeting Praise, worship, prayer and Bible-centered teaching. 7:30 p.m., Seelye 206*

Other events/activities
Yoga class Noncredit, for students. Limited to 40. 7:45-9 a.m., Davis ballroom

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

Friday, April 28

Last day of classes

Lecture "Not In My Backyard: Endangered Species v. Private Property Rights." Brown Bag Lunch Series. 12:10 p.m., Seelye 109*

Performing arts/films
Reading Leeyanne Moore AC '00 will read from her short story "Once." 5 p.m., Seelye 106*

Senior Recital Sindhumathi Revuluri, mezzo-soprano, will perform works by Bellini, Fauré, Wolf and Jan Bach. 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall*

Concert The University of Massachusetts Orchestra, Mark Russell Smith, director, will perform Carl Maria von Weber's Der Freischültz Overture, Aaron Copland's Four Dance Episodes from Rodeo, and Ottorino Respighi's Pines of Rome. 8 p.m., John M. Greene Hall*

Theater Spring Festival of One-Acts. (See 4/27 listing.) 8 p.m., Hallie Flanagan, Mendenhall CPA*

Religious Life
Shabbat service Final service of the year. Dinner follows at 7 p.m. in Dawes Kosher Kitchen, Chapel. 5:30 p.m., Dewey common room.

Keystone meeting 6:30 p.m., Wright common room

Other events/activities
Party "Midnight Madness" style, to celebrate the end of classes. 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Davis Ballroom*

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

Saturday, April 29

Pre-examination study period

Performing arts/films
Senior recital Elisabeth Westner, viola. Music by Bach, Britten and Mozart, with Clifton J. Noble Jr., piano, Jennifer Schultz '00, clarinet. 2 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall*

Concert "A Chantar." Voces Feminae, Catherine Bell, director. Excerpts from Scherzi Musicali by Monteverdi, and works by the Troubadours, Morley, and others. 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall*

Sunday, April 30

Pre-examination study period

Performing arts/films
Senior recital Carissa Escobar, piano, will perform works by Bach, Haydn, Chopin and Debussy. 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall*

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 will not be at the Chapel. Instead the Protestant community is invited to attend worship at St. John's Episcopal Church for the special Senior Recognition Service. Joy Caires '00 will preach. All welcome. 10 a.m., St. John's Episcopal Church (located next to Hillyer Art Museum)*

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. A light supper served in Bodman Lounge following the service. 4:30 p.m., Chapel*

Monday, May 1

Pre-examination study period

Tuesday, May 2 -­ Friday, May 5

Final examinations

Tuesday, May 2

Performing arts/films
Concert The Five College Early Music Collegium, Robert Eisenstein, director, will perform medieval and Renaissance Italian music including madrigals, dances and polychoral motets, by Landini, Festa, Gabrieli and Monteverdi, with medieval fiddles, harps, organetto, recorders and other instruments. 8 p.m., Buckley Recital Hall, Amherst College*

Thursday, May 4

Performing arts/films
Film festival Seventh Annual Five College Film and Video Festival, a showcase of recent film and video works by Five College students. This year's program will add installation art to the narrative, animation, documentary, and experimental media traditionally featured. Sponsor: Five College Film Council. 7 p.m., Stirn Auditorium, Amherst College*

Friday, May 5

Performing arts/films
Senior recital H. Irem Sukan, Hampshire College '00, piano, will perform works of Bach, Chopin and Copland, and original compositions. Accompanied by Melanie Ernould '03, flute, and Sukan's teacher, Monica Jakuc, piano. 8 p.m., Sweeney Concert Hall*

Faculty recital Sudie Marcuse-Blatz, soprano. Program of Baroque music, with harpsichord, recorders, and viola da gamba. 8 p.m., Chapel*

Saturday, May 6

Performing arts/films
Reading Leeyanne Moore AC '00 will read from her short story "Llolla." Noon, Wright common room*


"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. April 23, 30. Alumnae Gym*

"Comic Cuts of New York" Watercolors and oils by Olwen O'Herlihy Dowling, AC '95. Through May 26. Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Alumnae House, 33 Elm Street*

"My Garden Speaks to Me: 19th-Century Florigraphical Books" An exhibition of books on the language of flowers. Through May 31. Monday-Thursday, 7:45 a.m.-midnight; Friday, 7:45 a.m.-midnight; Saturday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-midnight. Mortimer Rare Book Room*

"Neither East Nor West: The Early Works of Rudyard Kipling" From the Margaret Becker Friedlich '21 Kipling Collection in the Mortimer Rare Book Room. Through May 27. Monday-Thursday, 7:45 a.m.-midnight; Friday, 7:45 a.m.-midnight; Saturday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-midnight. Morgan Gallery, Neilson Library*