September 26, 84

Vol. iii , No. 02   

Invention of the Laser
Wednesday, September 26, 1984

Have you ever met a Nobel Prize winner? Few of us have, and fewer still have had the opportunity for a conversation with someone who holds one of the most prestigious awards in the world. One of the outstanding events on the Athenaeum's fall schedule is the visit of Arthur Schawlow, 1981 Nobel Laureate in Physics for his work on lasers. Schawlow's visit, which will involve far more than just a lecture, is intended for a general audience, not just budding physicists. He will be here for a reception on Wed., Sept. 26 at 5:30, dinner at 6:00, and a talk immediately following dinner.

Professor Schawlow has won numerous awards and citations for his pioneering work. Be sure not to miss the unique occasion. Signup deadline is Monday, September 24.


That's right. We extend an open invitation to students and faculty to call the Athenaeum (x8244) and arrange for a special luncheon any week-day. Lunch spots are not filling-up as rapidly as last year, so get a group of 15-85 together for lunch and a discussion, lunch and a soap or two, lunch and dramatic readings, lunch and . . . . All you have to do is get on the schedule, pass around a sign-up sheet, and you're here!


We are delighted to report the appearance of a good number of students at the daily tea hour and one half. However, the editor has only seen two professors sipping sagely and mingling with students on any given day these past two weeks. It seems faculty members are timid about socializing with younger academicians. Please stop in once in a while. Students, we have heard from highly respected sources that invitations from you would be welcome and flattering to professors. Ask a prof. to join you for a half-hour any week-day between 3:00 and 4:30.

Get ready ... get set ... GO!!! Sign-up right now to ensure a place at the first monthly Athenaeum Brunch. The buffet brunch will be on Sunday, October 7. We can accommodate 250 people, but we're always packed to capacity so sign-up soon. The deadline for getting your meal-card number to us is Wed., October 3.


The Athenaeum Advisory Committee is composed of students, faculty, and Athenaeum Administrators. The purpose of the committee is to advise upon and suggest uses of the facility. Any suggestions and questions regarding the building may be directed to committee members. Current student members are: Mark Segal, David Fish, Michelle Walsh, Mac McGary, Anthony Marx and Debbie Bonito. Administrative and faculty members are: Sue Mansfield, Langdon Elsbree, Mike Riley, Harald Bauer, Torrey Sun, Gaines Post, Ron Teeples, and Laurence Hoffmann.
Topics touched upon during the September 17 introductory meeting included:

1. An overview of scheduled events presented in the Fall Program brochure (available upon request at the Athenaeum office).

2. The establishment of a joint ASCMC/Athenaeum calendar to avoid scheduling conflicts.

3. Effective means of publicizing Athenaeum events.

4. How to discourage eat-and-runners from leaving before lectures and symposiums.

5. Suggestions for programs by individual committee members.

If there are any suggestions pertaining to the topics broached, please use the attached tear-away and let us know.

Particularly, we are curious as to topics which students and faculty would be interested in exploring during 2-4 session intense group meetings.