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Honoring leadership, touring the region and dancing

Events that honor distinguished faculty members, recognize leadership by William Smith graduates, explain the history of the region, and showcase original choreography and dance are among dozens of exciting ways to spend the weekend.

Friday, March 28
Civic Leadership Speakers Forum — Susan Yolen '72, vice president of public affairs and communication for Planned Parenthood of Connecticut, will discuss “Path to Civic Leadership: Health Care for Women and Children,” her role with that agency and the steps that got her there, beginning at 12:20 p.m. in the Sanford Room.

Lessons Learned — Kathy Platoni '74, Psy.D., a colonel in the Army and Army Reserves, will speak on “War Head: The psychological toll of war — Lessons learned from Operation Iraqi Freedom,” at 3:45 p.m. in the Geneva Room. Accompanying her will be Sgt. Ryan Vallery; excerpts from her documentary will be screened.

Alumnae Achievement Award Ceremony — Col. Kathy Platoni '74 will receive this year's William Smith Alumnae Achievement Award in ceremonies starting at 5:15 p.m. in the Comstock dining room.

Shabbat and Esther's Feast — A vegetarian Middle Eastern dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. at the Abbe Center for Jewish Life, 764 S. Main St.; prizes will be awarded for costumes.

Weird Merriment — “The Weird Merriment of Fact,” an art exhibition by Professor of English David Weiss and Katherine Jackson, will open at 7 p.m. at Houghton House. Visitors will be involved in this interactive experience, followed by a talk-back session with the artists at 9 p.m.

Jammin' for Jamaica — The Rotaract Club's “Jammin' for Jamaica” party starts at 7 p.m. in the Barn. All proceeds will go toward the construction of a new concrete school in Jamaica.

Senior Choreographers' Concert — Dances choreographed by four William Smith seniors will be shown at the annual concert, kicking off at 8 p.m. in the Winn-Seeley Gym theater.

Friday Flix — “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story,” will be screened as this week's film series offering, starting at 8:30 p.m. in the Sanford Room.

Saturday, March 29
Weird Merriment — “The Weird Merriment of Fact,” an art exhibition by Professor of English David Weiss and Katherine Jackson, open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Houghton House.

Historical Tour — Students who have signed up will embark at 10 a.m. on the Deborah Tall Historical Tour, a field trip to historical women's rights sites in Seneca Falls and Auburn.

Lobbying instruction — A session for students, faculty and staff interested in learning how to speak with state representatives about gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered issues, starts at 1 p.m. in the Sanford Room. Todd Plank, the Empire State Pride Agenda’s regional field director, will be presenting.

DFA Ceremony — Memories and a sumptuous meal will be shared and books of reflections presented to family members at the Distinguished Faculty Award Ceremony, when the alumni and alumnae associations honor two former professors, starting at 6 p.m. in the library atrium.

Charity Ball — Sankofa: Black Student Union hosts its annual Charity Ball at 6 p.m. at the Holiday Inn in Waterloo. “The Arts and Activism” is the theme for the formal ball; spoken word artist Benny Blaq will perform.

Senior Choreographers' Concert — Dances choreographed by four William Smith seniors will be reprised at the annual concert, beginning at 8 p.m. in the Winn-Seeley Gym theater.

Ugly Dance Party — The Office of Student Activities' Retro-Ugly dance party starts at 10 p.m. in The Barn, with prizes awarded for the best dressed and the best disco dancers and featuring Rochester's party/dance band, Joey T and The Formula.

50 Days Celebration — Members of the Classes of 2008 who are 21 and older will gather at 10 p.m. for a 50 Days Celebration at the Red Brick in downtown Geneva, with finger foods and drink specials.

Sunday, March 30
Weird Merriment — “The Weird Merriment of Fact,” an art exhibition by Professor of English David Weiss and Katherine Jackson, open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Houghton House.

Quaker Meeting — For worship begins at 9:30 a.m. in Demarest 212, The Fisher Center.

Senior Day of Service — Register and have breakfast from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. in the library atrium; volunteering in the community is from noon to 2 p.m., as another chance to give back to the Geneva community before graduation, and sponsored by the Stewardson Society.

Roman Catholic Mass — Begins at 4 p.m. at St. John’s Chapel.

Tango Lessons — Instructors from Libertango will offer tips for beginning and intermediate dancers at 4 p.m. in the Hirshson Ballroom.

House Church — A simple worship service will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the home of Professor of Anthropology-Sociology T. Dunbar Moodie and Meredith Aldrich, at 40 VerPlanck St. A contemplative reading and discussion of a Bible passage will be followed by a simple communion and then a simple supper.

Away Cafe — The Center for Global Education's open mic night of “stories that cross borders,” starting at 7 p.m. in the Cellar Pub.