News for the Smith College Community //September 30, 1999
Art Library, Department Won't Miss a Beat
The entire Fine Arts Center complex may be closing for a couple of years while the upcoming renovations and expansion project are under way. But that doesn't mean access to the college's art, studio space, classes and library holdings will be the least bit interrupted.
During the two-year renovation of the Fine Arts Center, which includes the Museum of Art, art department and Hillyer Art Library, many of the facilities will be moved to temporary spaces in three buildings at the Clarke School for the Deaf. The buildings, which will be leased by Smith, are all conveniently located on Round Hill Road that runs off Elm Street by the Helen Hills Hills Chapel.
Clarke's Bell Hall is undergoing renovations specifically to accommodate the art library, art department offices, and some studio and classroom space. All the library's holdings-90,000 volumes-will be moved next summer, says art librarian Barbara Polowy, either to Bell Hall, which will be a fully functional library, or to a storage facility in the Physical Plant building on West Street. During the two-year renovation, all the library's holdings will be available, Polowy assures. "One way or another we will make all the materials available. Nothing will be in dead storage."
More than half of the library's materials-reference books, reserve books for art classes, art periodicals and nonbook holdings-will be moved to the Bell Hall library, Polowy says. The remainder-less frequently used materials-will be shelved in the West Street space, and items stored there will be retrieved within a 24-hour period, she says
The West Street storage facility is being built as a permanent library holding space that will serve all four Smith libraries as well as the Sophia Smith Collection and College Archives. It will be staffed by one half-time employee. In 2002, all library materials will be moved back into the renovated art library, says Polowy. The expanded art library is expected to allow at least 15 years of collection growth, she says.
As for the art department, "We are in no way curtailing our operation," says Lee Burns, department chair. Echoing Burns' assurance, Caroline Houser, associate department chair for art history, says, "Not a single course will be dropped." Both the art library and the art department will move after the close of this academic year and be ready for business when college opens in September 2000.
With the exception of architecture and design/drawing studios, which will be housed elsewhere in the Clarke School complex, all teaching studios will be in Clarke's Skinner Hall, which is being renovated specifically for those facilities. Offices for the art faculty will also be at Clarke, "close to the art library and closer to students in the Quad but still only a five-minute walk from the Fine Arts Center," says Houser. Virtually all art history classes will be held in Smith campus buildings, mainly in Wright and Seelye halls.
The art department and the college
are making a significant commitment to ensure that teaching and
office space is not compromised during the two-year relocation,
Burns says. Both he and Houser say they are confident that the
move will cause no disruption to the art department curriculum.
Logo Designs Up For Review
A goal of Smith College's recent self-study was the development of a comprehensive communications plan for the college. As part of this work, Smith has undertaken a visual identity program that will look at the printed and other visual materials produced by the college.
The new visual identity program will promote a consistent approach in both appearance and content to all of the college's internal and external communications. It will include a redesign of all college stationery, business cards and other Smith-identified materials. The most visible result of this process will be a new Smith College logo.
In order to reach out to members of the community for their ideas, the public affairs office and the visual identity committee developed a survey that was available on the college's Web site in early 1999. The survey was designed to solicit opinions about what aspects of Smith should be represented in a single visual image.
From the survey data, a creative brief was developed as a "road map" to guide the design. The committee has now selected four possible design directions and has made them available on the Smith Web site (www.smith.edu/vid) so that the community can see and react to the proposed designs. The proposals and the community's comments will be forwarded to the college's board of trustees.
Respondents should note that, due to variations in browsers and monitors, the colors of the designs may not display properly. The actual proposed colors are dark blue and golden yellow.
The Web site also includes background information on the college's current identity system and on who's involved in the creation of the new system. For more information, contact John Eue, director of publications and communication, at email@example.com.
Don Denim for a Cause
By Chris Forgey AC '96
Susan worried about her family, especially her daughters, aged 5 1/2 years and 16 months. She wondered if she would live long enough to see them grow into women. That became her goal, her reason for fighting-and for living.
After intensive chemotherapy, illness, infection and a terrible wig, she received more bad news: she had a particularly aggressive form of breast cancer. A more extreme and experimental treatment might be her only hope.
In late August of the following year, after 40 days and 40 nights of isolation, Susan emerged weakened but alive from a stem-cell rescue. Some of her fellow patients were not so lucky. But for Susan there was reason to hope again as she began to put her life back together.
Two years later the cancer came back. It had metastasized to both the lung and the brain. Radiation treatments and chemotherapy again became her way of life. Her goal now became "living long enough for the next new drug, the next new therapy -- the one that will save my life."
Last September the Food and Drug Administration approved that drug. After years of research and testing it was made available to breast cancer patients like Susan who met certain criteria. She became the first patient in her oncolo-gist's practice to receive the drug.
Only time will tell if this drug is the answer. Susan has always been intellectually devoted to science and medicine. Because she has received the benefits of both, she awaits the day when she is well enough to share her hard-learned lessons and experiences with other women who face this devastating disease. She hopes that in some small way she can repay the kindness and the care that have made all the difference in maintaining her life.
The miracle here is not only in her personal and persistent fight. It is in the tradition of giving that prompts the outpouring of energy, time and money made by people across this country in the fight against breast cancer. These efforts account for all the plateaus that are reached, for all the progress that is made, all the victories great and small. And one thing is certain: together or individually, these donations make a difference for my sister Susan and for all the other sisters in the world.
National Denim Day
The Komen Foundation was established by Nancy Brinker to honor the memory of her sister who died from breast cancer at the age of 36. It is the nation's largest private funder of research dedicated solely to breast cancer. Building representatives will be happy to take your donation or you may send it through campus mail to Cindy Rucci, Neilson Library, ext. 2923. Also, Activities Committee members will sell pins in the lobby of the Smith College Club from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. during the week of October 4-8. There will be an information table staffed by members of the Pioneer Valley Breast Cancer Network from 9 to 11 a.m. outside the Smith College Postal Center. The foundation receives 100 percent of all gifts. Check www.denimday.com for details.
Smith Garners Luce Grant
Thanks to a grant awarded for the first time to Smith from the Henry Luce Foundation, the college will create a new faculty position in Asian studies. The grant, which will cover salary and benefits for an assistant professor for four years, will also provide annual funding of $10,000 to support Asian studies. Grants are made on the condition that each recipient school will continue the position on a permanent basis after the Luce support expires.
Eleven U.S. colleges were selected for the award from among 53 that submitted proposals. More than 160 colleges nationwide were eligible to compete. The awards were granted based on the creativity and promise of each proposal as well as on a demonstration of commitment to curriculum diversity, the strength of existing resources, geographic location of the college, a long-range strategy for Asian studies and other criteria.
"We are both gratified and excited," says Provost John Connolly. "Through this wonderful new Luce program Smith will now be able to expand its already strong offerings in the field of East Asia by adding a crucial social scientific dimension."
The Luce Fund for Asian Studies is a $12 million initiative created earlier this year to promote Asia's social, economic, political and strategic significance among institutions of higher education. "We salute the first wave of winners in this program," said foundation chairman and CEO Henry Luce III in a recent press release. "They are excellent colleges whose imaginative programs reflect clear vision and sustained commitment to the study of Asia."
A search is under way for Smith's Luce professor. The position will be an entry-level assistant professorship in anthropology with a commitment to the East Asian Studies Program.
The Henry Luce Foundation was established in 1936 by the late Henry R. Luce, co-founder and editor-in-chief of Time Inc. The foundation supports programs focusing on American art, East Asia, higher education, public affairs, theology and women in science.
Food, Wine and Much More
Jokes, anecdotes and a steady stream of wine information are sure to accompany samplings of wines from three different continents across the Southern Hemisphere when the Smith College Club teams up with the Smith College United Way Committee for a "Food and Wine Spectacular" at the club from 7 to 9 p.m., Wednesday, October 6.
Four varietal types of wines including chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and merlot from countries like New Zealand, South Africa, Chile, Australia and Argentina will be on hand for comparative tasting. Samplers will be guided through the wine tour by renowned-and famously funny-wine connoisseur Dick Fryatt.
But that's not all. The wines have been carefully selected to complement the evening's culinary offerings, which will include duck, seafood, beef sirloin as well as ample supplies of fruit and cheese.
It'll all combine to make for an entertaining,
informative and definitely tasty evening at the club. For $20
per person, you can book your reservation for a spectacular food
and wine tour by calling extension 2331 or emailing scclub@jessie.
Leadership Conference Scheduled
The second annual student-organized Smith Leadership Conference will take place Saturday, October 16, and feature workshops on such topics as public speaking, writing effective résumés and cover letters, problem analysis and team dynamics.
Workshops, which are open to all Smith students, will be offered in three morning and afternoon sessions; lunch for registered participants will be served in the Neilson Browsing Room. The conference will conclude with a keynote address, which will be open to the public, by Elaine Brown, author, activist and former chairman of the Black Panther Party.
Students organizing the event plan wide distribution of additional information about the conference as well as registration materials. In the meantime, those interested in participating may contact a member of the organizing committee: Deidre Deegan '01J, Niki DeGiorgio '02, Natasha Gardner '02, Georgianna Goodman '00, Davy Kong '02, Maya Norton '02, Leah Palmer '00, Fareen Ramji '02, Candise Tu '01.
Trustees Name Architect
During a retreat held in New York City in July, the Board of Trustees approved the selection of Perry Dean Rogers & Partners Architects of Boston to design the reconstruction and renovation of the Lyman Conservatory. Other items on the board's agenda included discussion, with the Investment Committee, of endowment management and a range of investment strategies; exploration of recent trends and changes in scholarships, merit aid and financial aid at Smith and other institutions; the consideration of a planning process that would guide the college as it is presented with programming or purchase opportunities in the future; and the appointment of architectural consultant Frances Halsband to develop the college's campus master plan for board approval. The board also met with Smith students and the dean of students at Colby College to discuss student-life issues. Students suggested that while Smith undergraduates are committed to their academic work and involvement in student organizations, they also see a need for opportunities and encouragement to have fun. Architects for two major building projects, the Campus Center and the Fine Arts Complex, met with trustees to seek advice on design concepts and show preliminary models for the two buildings.
At the meeting James Wei, dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science and Pomeroy and Betty Perry Smith Professor in Engineering and professor of chemical engineering at Princeton University, was elected to the board for a term to begin October 1. Four other new trustees began their terms on July 1: Cherilyn Cepriano '99, senior staff assistant at the National Governors Association, Washington, D.C., and recent past president of the Student Government Association at Smith; Jane Lakes Harman '66, LLD 1994, former Congresswoman, 36th District of California; Phoebe A. Haddon '72, professor of law, Temple University Law School, Philadelphia; and Barbara Alden Taylor '65, executive vice president, Edelman Public Relations Worldwide, New York City.
RADS Wins Dining Award
Smith's Residence and Dining Services (RADS) recently received a second-place award from the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS) in the category of Residence Hall Dining Special Event/Theme (medium school). This year the annual competition drew 158 entries from member institutions in the U.S., Canada and around the world. It is designed to promote creativity and sound nutrition in food presentation, menu variety and merchandising.
RADS received the award for a Japanese-theme dining event held last January in Cutter-Ziskind dining room. Two cooks who are from Japan guided fellow staff members in food preparation and presentation. Handmade origami cranes and authentic decorations, along with traditional Japanese music, set the tone. Diners were treated to a sushi bar and a stir-fry selection with a variety of seafood, vegetable and vegan options. "We are fortunate to have many talented staff in the Residence and Dining Services department and we were able to work with Yaeko Wartel and Fukiko Dupre to promote this ethnic dining experience for our students," said RADS Director Kathy Zieja.
Award winners were honored at the association's 41st national conference in Baltimore, Maryland, in July.
The President Challenges You
President Simmons has issued a special challenge to the Smith community: she will give $25 to the United Way, up to a total of $5,000, for every new donor pledge at the college. That's a total of 200 new United Way donors. Simmons announced the special challenge gift to help increase the percentage of the college's participation in the United Way annual fund drive. Simmons hopes to expand the participation well beyond last year's mark of 45 percent. "There's lots of room to grow," says campaign chair Judi Marksbury. "We'd love to get well over the 50 percent participation mark."
The college already has a reputation as a major donor. But the president's challenge goes beyond that. By increasing the actual participation numbers, the college magnifies its support to the United Way not just in terms of dollars, but in the high and continuous level of Smith's commitment to the public services in the local community.
Getting involved is a simple process. After reviewing the materials, donors can decide on a giving option that's right for them. Just under 50 percent of all donors choose payroll deduction, the most effective form of giving. A small weekly deduction can add up to a significant contribution. It also provides easy tracking and personal convenience.
Regardless of the option used, all participants are eligible for the Smith United Way lottery, which offers more than fifty prizes, including three reserved parking spaces.
The United Way Campaign Cabinet also is sponsoring a jelly bean contest through October 4 in recognition of the honored tradition of giving at Smith. All members of the college community are invited to participate. Simply guess the numbers of jelly beans in containers located at Davis Center and the Smith College Club. Two winners will be announced at the "Food and Wine Spectacular" at the club October 6 (see related story on this page). Each will receive a $25 Downtown Northampton gift certificate as well as one of the containers filled with jelly beans.
Friday, October 1, is United Way Pin Day. To celebrate Smith's participation, campus building representatives will distribute lapel pins throughout campus. Donor or not, all college personnel are invited to wear a pin.
Student Dies in Elm Street Accident
Tina Haafke, a graduate student in Smith's Diploma in American Studies Program, died September 24 from injuries suffered earlier that day when she and fellow student Johanna Wolter were struck by a car while crossing Elm Street. Haafke, 24, died at Baystate Medical Center, where she was taken by ambulance after the accident. Wolter, also 24, who sustained a leg fracture in the same accident, is being treated at The Cooley Dickinson Hospital and is expected to return to campus later this week. Both women came to Smith from Hamburg, Germany, where Haafke was also concurrently enrolled in the University of Hamburg. She was the daughter of Elke and Hartmut Haafke.
Friends and house mates from Ziskind
House gathered in the Helen Hills Hills Chapel on September 25
to share prayers and reminiscences of Haafke.
Sources of further information, if any, are indicated in parentheses. Notices should be submitted by mail, by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by fax (extension 2174).
January 2000 Interterm
Botanic Garden Presentation
Faculty & Staff
JYA 2001-02 Directorships
President's Open Hours
Invitation to Tea
Drop Course Deadline
Teaching in Japan
The following were available at presstime. Application reviews for all these positions will begin immediately. To learn more, call ext. 2278.
Early childhood coordinator, Campus
Sources of further information, if any, are shown in parentheses at the end of event descriptions. An asterisk following a listing indicates that the event is open to the public. Admission charges, if any, are listed when known. Items for this section must be submitted on Event Service Request Forms.
Monday, October 4
CDO workshop Introduction
to Employment Recruiting Programs.
Informational meeting Truman Scholarship Program. First-year students, sophomores and juniors are invited. 4:30 p.m., Seelye 207
Rec Council representatives meeting. 5-6 p.m., Seelye 201
CDO informational meeting Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room
CDO informational meeting Teach for America. 7:30 p.m., Seelye 109
Other events and
President's open hours for students. First come, first served. 4-5 p.m., College Hall 20
Yoga class Noncredit, for students. Limited to 40. 4:30-5:45 p.m., Davis ballroom
Reception for students returning from or interested in study-abroad programs in Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking countries. 7 p.m., Seelye 207
Tuesday, October 5
Lecture "Caravaggio's Late Style." Keith Christiansen, Jayne Wrightsman Curator of Italian Paintings, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and Ruth and Clarence Kennedy Professor in Renaissance Studies. Second in a three-part series. Reception follows in Wright Hall common room. 7:30 p.m., Wright auditorium*
Reading Poet Ruth Stone, from Ordinary Words, her 11th collection. Stone, 84, is the recipient of the Cerf Lifetime Achievement Award from her home state of Vermont. Book signing follows. 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*
Amnesty International meeting 4:15 p.m., Seelye 105
CDO informational meeting J.P. Morgan, banking and finance. 4:30 p.m., Dewey Common Room
CDO workshop "Job Search Strategies." 7 p.m., Group room, CDO
CDO informational meeting M&T Bank. 7 p.m., Dewey common room
SGA Senate meeting Open forum. All students welcome to address the senate regarding any aspect of Smith life. 7:15 p.m., Seelye 201
CDO workshop How to Find an Internship. 8 p.m., Internship Room, CDO
Hillel at Noon Great food and conversation. Noon, Dawes House Kosher Kitchen
Other events and
Language lunch tables
Informal question-and-answer session with poet Ruth Stone. Interested students must see Cindy Furtek in the Poetry Center office, Wright Hall, for a packet of Stone's poems. 3:30 p.m., Wright Hall common room
Tennis vs. WPI. 4 p.m., outdoor tennis courts*
Women's studies tea and book signing. Marilyn Schuster, French language and literature, will speak about her new book, Passionate Communities, on Jane Rule's life and work. 4:30 pm., Seelye 207
Field hockey vs. WPI. 7 p.m., athletic fields*
Volleyball vs. Wheaton. 7 p.m., Ainsworth gym*
Wednesday, October 6
Five College Faculty Panel on Kosovo. 7:30 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room*
CDO workshop Introduction to Employment Recruiting Programs. 12:15 p.m., CDO
CDO workshop How to Write an Effective Résumé. 4:15 p.m., Group room, CDO
Museum workshop Students may explore the collection and learn how the museum operates. Free, but preregistration necessary due to limited enrollment (ext. 2760). 4:15-5:45 p.m., Museum of Art
Information session Study Abroad for Economists. Economics majors interested in studying abroad in 2000-01 are invited to meet departmental adviser and 1998-99 students. Refreshments served. 4:15 p.m., Neilson Browsing Room
CDO informational meeting PaineWebber, investment banking. 7:30 p.m., Wright Hall common room
Buddhist service and discussion 7:15 p.m., Bodman Lounge, Chapel
Ecumenical Christian Church Bible study Explore attitudes of the apostle Paul toward women and how we can use his words today. All welcome. (Joy Caires, ext. 6351.) 10 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
Special Event "Food and Wine Spectacular" for staff and faculty. $20. See story, page 4. Reservations: ext. 2331 or email@example.com. 7-9 p.m., Smith College Club
Thursday, October 7
Lecture "Getting 'Spiritual' about 'Religion' and Getting 'Religious' about 'Spirituality': American Trends and Urgencies." Martin Marty, Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus, University of Chicago. Part of the symposium "Religion in America." 7:30 p.m. Neilson Browsing Room*
CDO workshop How to Prepare for a Successful Interview. 4:15 p.m., Group room, CDO
Workshop Drop-in Drawing. Free; no registration required. 5:30-7:30 p.m., Museum of Art*
Interfaith dialogue Informal discussion on the complexities of spirituality in a multifaith environment. Sponsor: Chapel. All welcome. 7:30 p.m., Seelye 207
CDO informational meeting Chase Manhattan Bank. 7:30 p.m., Wright Hall common room
Other events and
Language lunch tables
Field hockey vs. Amherst. 7 p.m., athletic fields*
Friday, October 8
Other events and
Saturday, October 9
Autumn Recess begins
Other events and
Sunday, October 10
"American Spectrum" featuring American masterworks from the early 18th century to the present with an installation of paintings and sculptures on two floors of the Museum. Through December 22. Museum of Art
"Oliver Larkin" features a selection of watercolors, drawings and marionettes by the former Smith professor. Organized by Luce curatorial assistant Maureen McKenna. Through October 24. Main Gallery, Museum of Art
"Prints by Paul Gauguin" features the French impressionist's works from his first lithographs on zinc to the woodcuts for Sourire, a journal he published in Tahiti. Organized by Ann Sievers, associate curator of prints, drawings and photographs, in honor of Elizabeth Mongan. Through October 30. Print Room, Museum of Art
"To Express The Texture of Memory" Works by noted sculptor and fiber artist Sarah Hollis Perry '56. Through November 2. Alumnae Gallery, Alumnae House