Stories from Smith

June 2014

  • An Interview with the Microbes

    What happens when you get a group of testate amoebae together after they’ve been filmed in a Smith professor’s lab and “interview” the microbial actors? It turns out that they are prepared to reveal quite a bit about themselves.

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  • The World of Orchids

    STRIDE scholar Karen Yu ’16, curator of “Thesaurus Woolwardiae: Orchid Paintings by Florence Woolward,” which is on display at the Botanic Garden through January 2015, talks about her love of orchids.

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May 2014

  • What’s Next for the Class of 2014?

    Meet members of this year’s graduating class and learn where they are headed after Sunday’s commencement—from Google to Yale to the White House and many paths in between.

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  • ‘Work to Preserve the Spirit of this College’

    “Whatever you do when you leave this place, do it in the full spirit of who you are and what you care about.”: Read the text and watch the video of Ruth Simmons, speaker at Smith’s 136th Commencement.

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  • Ruth Simmons to Deliver Commencement Address

    Ruth J. Simmons, the ninth president of Smith College and the 18th president of Brown University, will be the speaker at Smith’s 136th commencement, Sunday, May 18.

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  • 2014 Sherrerd Teaching Awards

    Dance Professor and Department Chair Rodger Blum is one of three recipients of the 2014 Kathleen Compton Sherrerd ’54 and John J. F. Sherrerd Prizes for Distinguished Teaching.

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  • SCMA: A Teaching Museum

    Students in an African art history class assist in curating the exhibition “Transformations in African Art,” illustrating the Smith College Museum of Art’s role as a teaching museum.

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  • The Food Recovery Network at Smith College

    Sibyl Brown ’16 leads a group of student volunteers as they pack up leftovers from Smith dining rooms and deliver them to local agencies for people in need.

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April 2014

  • New Library E-Resources for Alumnae

    The Smith College Libraries offered alumnae access to JSTOR in 2010 and now have expanded e-resources available to alumnae with Project Muse, Sage Knowledge and Sage Journals, databases that include current journals and books in a variety of disciplines.

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March 2014

  • ‘Wrestling with Data’
    by Eric Goldscheider

    Data science is an emerging academic discipline and visiting assistant professor Benjamin Baumer, a former statistician for the New York Mets, is teaching a hands-on course.

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February 2014

  • Scholars in Studio: Novel Anesthetics

    Adam Hall, professor of biological sciences, explains his research of novel anesthetic drugs that may prove to be as effective as those commonly used, with fewer dangerous side effects.

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  • 2014 Smith Medalists

    Watch interviews with this year’s Smith Medalists as they talk about their professions, their thoughts on the future, and how Smith led them to where they are today.

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  • Lagarde 2014 Commencement Speaker

    Christine Lagarde, the first woman to serve as managing director of the International Monetary Fund, will be the speaker at Smith College’s 136th Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 18.

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January 2014

  • An Engineer’s Voyage

    Drew Guswa, engineering professor and director of CEEDS, blogs about his Smith Travel trip, accompanying alumnae to the Panama Canal. “As a civil engineer, this was the opportunity of a lifetime,” he writes.

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  • Home Smith Home

    Julia Leiterman ’15 lives in the smallest house on campus, Duckett House. Here she shows off her room, with its quirky angles and little nooks—it’s quintessential New England charm.

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  • Gates Grant to Enable Disease-Prevention Research

    Smith recently received a $100,000 Grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for research in diseases associated with parasitic infection.

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  • Smith Join’s STEM Initiative

    At a recent White House education summit, which included President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, President McCartney announced that Smith will join the Posse Foundation STEM Initiative to support low-income students.

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December 2013

  • A Haven From War
    by Christina Barber-Just

    “I’m thankful for each day that I’m living here and not having my life threatened,” says Taleen Dilanyan ’16, whose family fled both Iraq and Syria. Coming here meant leaving her family behind in besieged Aleppo.

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November 2013

  • Living at Smith

    Jordan House resident Haisely Wert ’16 has filled her room with mementos of family and friends, her love of crafting and an ever-expanding collage wall. Take a video tour and find out what she likes best about living at Smith.

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  • Smith Student Named 2014 Rhodes Scholar

    Smith chemistry major Clarke Knight ’14 has been named one of the 32 recipients of the 2014 Rhodes Scholarships representing the United States. She is the first U.S. Smith student to be named be selected for the honor.

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  • Focus on Gratitude

    Two years ago, Anne Kubitsky ’05 distributed 500 postcards inviting people to answer, “What makes you grateful?” the response was overwhelmingly positive, inspiring and life-changing.

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October 2013

  • Smith Professor to Lead Campus School

    Sam Intrator, Smith professor of education, was named head of the Smith Campus School. “We have a dual mission of engaging children in exploration and serving as a launching pad for the next generation of teachers.”

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  • Following the Road Less Traveled
    by Lars Asbornsen

    Jeannie Cho Lee ’90 was featured in this year’s Elizabeth Miller ’81 Lecture Series. Read why Miller created the annual lecture series and why she thinks taking risks may actually be not so risky.

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  • Inauguration Celebrations

    Inauguration day was filled with celebration and exciting dialogues—from the “Art Stories” tour at the Museum of Art to panel discussions of critical issues to the installation itself. Here is a sampling of the events of the day.

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September 2013

  • President’s Perspective: A Unique Community
    by Kathleen McCartney

    As I begin to shape the priorities of my presidency, I want us as a community to consider what more we can do to ensure that girls and women around the world understand the value of selective, higher education.

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  • The Low Status of Teachers

    Rosetta Cohen, professor of education, explains why it is crucial that we redefine the way we think about teachers and maintains that despite the vital role teachers play, public perceptions of teaching are eroding.

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  • A Designer Internship
    by Christina Barber-Just

    Elizabeth La Barbera ’15’s favorite movie is The Devil Wears Prada. Her dream job is to work for Italian Vogue. She’d love to meet Valentino. Thanks to Smith’s Praxis program, she’s halfway there.

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August 2013

  • New VP for Development Named

    Beth Raffeld, a senior executive at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a 30-year career in educational fundraising, has been named vice president for development at Smith College.

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  • J. Courtney Sullivan ’03 Advises Young Writers

    Best-selling author J. Courtney Sullivan ’03 dropped by to give some writing and publishing tips to students in the Young Women’s Writing Workshop held on the Smith campus over the summer

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  • Look Who’s Coming to Smith

    Smith welcomes 735 new students this fall, including transfers and students of non-traditional age. The 652 first-years in the Class of 2017 were selected from 4,403 applications, the most in the history of the college.

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July 2013

  • Ann Martin ’77 Donates Papers to Smith

    Author Ann Martin ’77, creator of the “The Baby-sitters Club,” series, among many others, has chosen Smith to house her literary papers. Learn what she hopes students will learn from them.

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June 2013

  • Then & Now: Clara Rankin ’38

    Clara Rankin ’38 traveled from Ohio to return to campus in May to celebrate her 75th Reunion. Here she reminisces about being a student at Smith in the 1930s, and how she views the college today.

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  • Smith Scientists Study Rare Formations

    How and why did unusual rock mounds form near ancient Lake Enriquillo in a remote area of the Dominican Republic? After eight years Kelsey Winsor ’07 and Smith faculty are still searching for answers.

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  • ePortfolio Project Pays Off

    Learn how students are creating multimedia projects to convey their learning experience in this partnership between the Wurtele Center for Work and Life and the Women’s Narratives Project.

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  • Leading Women for the World
    by John MacMillan

    After 11 years Carol Christ as president of Smith College, she leaves behind a campus with a broader international perspective, a more diverse student body and an innovative and responsive curriculum.

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May 2013

  • 2013 All Reunion Weekend

    Despite rainy weather, more than 1,000 alumnae from the classes of 1933, 1938, 1943, 1948, 1953, 1958, 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978 and 1983 enjoyed a lively and memorable weekend. Here are photo highlights.

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  • Ivy Day Convocation 2013

    Alumnae and graduates in white, the ivy chain, inspiring speeches and student awards—all part of the traditional Ivy Day Parade and Convocation. View a photo gallery of some of the best moments from this year’s Ivy Day.

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  • Campus Mourns the Loss of Paul Alpers

    Paul Alpers, husband of President Carol Christ and professor-in-residence in English language and literature, died on May 19. Alpers served as a member of the English department at UC, Berkeley, for 38 years.

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  • “Always Think Smith”

    Founding board member of the Asian Women’s Leadership University Mona Ghosh Sinha ’88 delivered the 25th Reunion Address at Smith’s Ivy Day celebration on May 18: “Take risks, be daring, think big and always think Smith.”

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  • Huffington Asks Grads to Redefine Success

    “Success the way we’ve defined it is no longer sustainable,” said Arianna Huffington, head of The Huffington Post Media Group, at the 2013 Smith College Commencement on May 19. See the entire address.

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  • “At Water’s Edge” at Alumnae Gallery

    A little melancholy, “a little creepy,” artist Elizabeth Pols ’75 paints real and imagined landscapes with water as the main theme. Here she talks about what’s behind her work, and what she hopes viewers take away.

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April 2013

  • Senior Hurdler Sets Record

    Kirsten Silfvenius ’13 turned in the best time ever in the 400-meter hurdles event at the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference Championships, breaking the record last set in 2003.

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  • Heavy Machinery

    Filled with drills, saws, presses, welders and 3D proto-typing machines, the Center for Design and Fabrication provides a place for students to learn about creating and manufacturing. Watch the video.

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  • What’s Your Art Story?

    Do you have a personal association or treasured memory related to artwork in the permanent collection of the Smith College Museum of Art? Share your story and help create a welcome gift for President-elect Kathleen McCartney.

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  • Harman Endows Writer-in-Residence

    Former Congresswoman Jane Lakes Harman ’66 has endowed a writer-in-residence program at Smith in memory of her mother, writer Lucille Geier Lakes. “The writer-in-residence celebrates her passion,” said Harman.

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March 2013

  • Different Countries, Same Challenges
    by Pamela Petro

    Julie Davis ’84 recruited Smith to partner with the Brazil Professional Fellowship Program, to bring health care workers from the United States and Brazil together for a two-year exchange program to create strong networks, do some creative problem solving and to inspire each other.

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  • Leading by Serving
    by Elise Gibson

    Meet Kathleen McCartney soon-to-become 11th president of Smith College. She’s passionate about education and knows firsthand how it changes lives, loves yoga and independent films— and wears her feminism graciously on her sleeve.

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  • The 11th President of Smith College

    Kathleen McCartney, Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and an internationally recognized authority on child development and early education, has been named the 11th president of Smith College.

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  • The Politics of Julia Child ’34
    by Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz

    Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz, Sydenham Clark Parsons Professor of History, emerita looks at the letter by Aloise Buckley Heath ’41 sent to alumnae that demonstrates the political beliefs of Julia Child ’34.

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  • President’s Perspective: Mothers, Daughters and Aspirations
    by Carol T. Christ

    “The Feminine Mystique,” by Betty Friedan ’42 turned 50 this year, and President Carol T. Christ says it throws a revealing light on the mother/daughter relationship in the early 1960s.

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  • Turning Away From Facebook

    Yes, Facebook usage is down, especially among the 18–29 set, but going cold turkey? That’s exactly what Anne Berman ’15 did when she deleted her Facebook account and lost her connection to more than 1,000 friends.

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  • A Commitment to All Students

    In The Chronicle of Higher Education, Smith Professor of Chemistry Kate Queeney reflects on a former student, “Anna,” who raised her awareness of the experience of low-income students at Smith.

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  • 2013 Commencement Speaker

    Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Pulitzer Prize-winning news website the Huffington Post, will be the speaker at Smith College’s 135th commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 19.

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January 2013

  • Welcome Kathleen McCartney

    Watch the live webcast. The Smith community welcomes president-elect Kathleen McCartney at 3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, in John M. Greene Hall.

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  • Gender Politics

    Smith professors weigh in on whether the historic number of women in the Senate lead to a better climate in Washington, DC.

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  • New Head for Alumnae Relations

    Jennifer Chrisler ’92 has been named vice president for alumnae relations and executive director of the Alumnae Association of Smith College.

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  • Best of Smith 2012

    2012 was an exciting year for the Smith campus and global community, from Kathleen McCartney being named Smith’s 11th president to Tammy Baldwin ’84′s historic senate win. Check out the Gate’s 2012 retrospective.

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December 2012

  • Smith Medalists for 2013 Named

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  • Safe Haven
    by Christina Barber-Just

    In 2002, armed rebels fired on 29-year-old social anthropology doctoral candidate Alfred Babo; it was the day he began his long journey to Smith.

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  • Setting the Record Straight on Sudan

    Eric Reeves, professor of English language and literature and Sudan expert recently published an eBook that puts the country’s horrific events in an historical context.

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  • Smith Names 11th President

    Kathleen McCartney, dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, has been named 11th president of Smith College.

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  • President’s Perspective: A Campaign to Change Lives
    by Carol Christ

    On October 13, 2012, we launched the public phase of Women for the World, the most ambitious campaign in Smith’s history. For me the symbol of what this campaign is about was the speech by Faith Khumalo ’15.

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  • It’s All About Alumnae

    Alumnae engagement is the focus of a new strategic plan created by the Alumnae Association of Smith College Board of Directors and the Smith College Board of Trustees.

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November 2012

  • Autumn’s Floral Wonder

    This year’s Fall Chrysanthemum Show is over, but watch this photo gallery for one last chance to see some of autumn’s most beautiful blossoms—thanks to Smith students’ experiments in hybridization.

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  • Veterans in the SSW

    School for Social Work student Jennifer Mahn became interested in helping others while in the U.S. Coast Guard. Learn more about Mahn and other veterans in the SSW.

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  • Two Faculty Members Named to AMS Fellows

    Ileana Streinu, professor of computer science, and Marjorie Senechal, professor of history of science and technology have been named American Mathematical Society Fellows.

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  • Women’s Global Leadership Weekend Highlights

    Watch a video of the Women’s Global Celebration Weekend featuring highlights of the weekend and alumnae comments about the event.

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October 2012

  • Helping Women Realize Their Power

    Three alumnae with ties to the Middle East say women’s networks can be an antidote to extremism and violence. In many Middle Eastern countries, women and girls live in fear under strict extremist laws …

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  • Smith Launches “Women for the World”

    Smith College announced an ambitious $450 million campaign titled “Women for the World: The Campaign for Smith,” an initiative with the critical goal of increasing access to a Smith education through financial aid.

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September 2012

  • Catching Language Problems Early
    by Kristen Cole

    A 3-year-old can make the complex task of acquiring language seem simple. But what if there’s a problem? Without an easy test to assess early language …

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  • Tributes to Retiring Colleagues

    As the campus prepared for Commencement, the faculty said farewell to four of its own who retired this year and who were honored at a reception in the Alumnae House …

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  • President’s Perspective: Potential for World-changing Leadership
    by Carol Christ

    We’ve seen it throughout history: as women thrive, society thrives. Where women lead, stability and prosperity are likely to follow. Sophia Smith bet her fortune …

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August 2012

  • A Vision for Alumnae Engagement

    Smith President Carol T. Christ and AASC Board Chair Lynn Fox talk about the efforts of the AASC board and college trustees to enhance alumnae connection to the college and to each other.

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  • A New Look for Dewey

    See how Dewey House, the original Smith residence and once-regal center of campus social activity, is getting a much-needed makeover.

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  • “The God Particle”

    Gary Felder, associate professor of physics at Smith, explains why Higgs boson discovery heralds a new era in learning about the universe.

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  • Campus Sundial Returns

    The class of 2010 recreated the sundial originally given to the college by the class of 1883 on its 40th Reunion.

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June 2012

  • Learned at Alumnae College

    Alumnae College lectures offered during both Reunion weekends gave alumnae a glimpse of the new academic concentrations that students can now explore. Keynote alumnae speakers talked about community and contemporary art and the fragile state of women’s rights.

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  • All Reunion Weekend, May 24-27, 2012

    Beautiful weather and a huge turnout made for a perfect All Reunion Weekend 2012. Watch a slide show of the celebration.

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May 2012

  • Smith Recognized for Excellence In Science

    The Howard Hughes Medical Institute lauded Smith’s success in science education and awarded the college $1 million to support a plan to attract more women to majors in science.

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  • Reunion and Commencement Weekend, May 17-20, 2012

    Each year alumnae flock back to the college for Reunion weekend to share memories, reconnect with friends, and celebrate all that Smith means in their lives—past, present, and future.

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  • 2012 Commencement

    Emmy and Golden Globe–winning actress Jane Lynch was the speaker at Smith College’s 134th commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 20. She told students, “Let life surprise you. Don’t have a plan.”

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  • Alumnae Recall The Best Jobs on Campus

    As alumnae arrive on campus for Reunion, they will be greeted by about 200 student workers, who will assist them around campus. Here alumnae share their favorite memories of being a Reunion Student Worker.

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  • The Class of 2012

    Here is a quick look at the Smith College class of 2012. Where are they from? What have they studied? And how do they compare to the incoming first-years.

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  • 2012 Sherrerd Teaching Awards

    Three faculty members were named recently as winners of the Sherrerd Teaching Award, given annually to Smith faculty in recognition of their demonstrated enthusiasm and excellence.

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  • What Predicts Women’s Success in Congressional Races?

    Why aren’t more women serving in Congress? Alana Eichner ’12 attempts to answer that question with her research that looks at the successes and failures of women who ran for the House of Representatives.

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  • Sophomore to Bike 4,000 Miles for Cancer

    Her father and grandfather are bicycling enthusiasts and her mother is an oncology nurse, so it makes perfect sense that Alexandra Neff ’14 will spend her summer biking across the United States for cancer.

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  • Students Help to Restore City Park

    Students in two classes taught by Nina Antonetti, assistant professor of landscape studies, helping to redesign and revitalize Keney Park, in Hartford, CT, working with local nonprofit group Community Solutions.

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  • Northampton BikeFest and Tour of the Valley

      Northampton BikeFest and Tour of the Valley on September 22nd, 2012 is presented by the Northampton Cycling Club is a celebration of cycling with Great Rides, BBQ, Local Beer, Fall Foliage, Live Music – Come out and join us for on our cycling tours featuring the stunning fall foliage, dairy farms, and quaint villages […]

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April 2012

  • Leading with a Cause
    by John MacMillan

    Marilyn Carlson Nelson ’61, chair of the board of the Carlson company, one of the world’s largest hospitality and travel companies, came to campus to talk to students about business being a force for positive social change.

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  • First Ladies on Stage
    by Cheryl Dellecese

    Veteran actress Elaine Bromka ’72, who has appeared in a slew of films and television (“The Sopranos,” “Sex and the City”) brings her one-woman show, “Lady Bird, Pat, and Betty: Tea for Three,” to Smith during Reunion.

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March 2012

  • Interim Director at the Helm of the AASC

    Mary Ann Hill joined Smith this month as the interim executive director of the Alumnae Association, following 11 years in the position of assistant vice president for public affairs at Wellesley College.

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  • Smith Networking Made Easy
    by Cheryl Dellecese

    The Alumnae Association and its volunteer leadership are making it easier for alumnae to connect professionally in their hometowns with Regional Professional Gatherings.

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  • Breathe in the Blooms

    Each year the Lyman Conservatory is home to a dazzling array of vibrant colors and fresh fragrances when it hosts the annual Spring Bulb Show. Not able to get there in person? Let these photos spark your senses.

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  • Favorite Places: Houses

    House life is an integral part of the Smith experience. Watch a slide show of Smith houses with comments from Smith alumnae on their fondest house memories.

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January 2012

  • Firsts In Smith Athletic History

    As the opening of the Smith College Athletic Hall of Fame draws nearer, it becomes yet another first in the storied history of Smith athletics. Read about other firsts in Smith’s athletic history …

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  • Smithies Go to Washington

    Watch Smith students, faculty, and alumnae in Washington, DC, for the inaugural colloquium of the Women in Public Service Project on December 15, 2011.

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December 2011

  • ‘How change will happen’
    by Elise Gibson

    The night before the kickoff event for the new Women in Public Service Project, Farah Pandith ’90 enthralled a crowded room of students from Smith and four other Sister colleges with her advice about grad school, finding …

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  • Visual Culture at your Fingertips
    by Elise Gibson

    Back in 1998, students in ART 100 were still memorizing artworks by staring at walls covered with photographic reproductions of the world’s great paintings, sculptures, and architecture. Even as art history students trekked …

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  • Unlocking the Secrets of Life
    by Elise Gibson

    Biomathematics, a rapidly growing field that merges the worlds of mathematics, statistics, computer science, and engineering with biology, biochemistry, and neuroscience, may turn out to be the place where the secrets …

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  • President’s Perspective: The Pulse of Smith
    by Carol Christ

    Recently, an alumna asked, “What is the Smith DNA?” It’s a provocative question. It is juniors Mackenzie Bradley and Emma Reim, who swam the English Channel this summer …

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  • November Call for Parents

    On November 9, Dean of the College Maureen Mahoney and Dean of Students Julianne Ohotnicky led a conference call with parents to share news of the college and address some of the questions parents may have about life at Smith and their daughters’ experience on campus.

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  • A Message from AASC President

    After many years of service and dedication to Smith College and the Alumnae Association of Smith College (AASC), Executive Director Carrie Cadwell Brown, EdM ’82, has announced that she will be resigning from her position as executive director on January 3, 2012.

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November 2011

  • The Places We Remember

    Smith’s beautiful natural setting offers 140 acres to explore and 100 buildings boasting a variety of architectural styles. Famed Central Park designer Frederick Law Olmstead created a campus layout with numerous gardens and open spaces, with welcoming, curving pathways on which to wander and contemplate. The strong sense of place at Smith keeps alumnae forever […]

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  • Shelter From the Storm
    by Elise Gibson

    Mother Nature played the trickster on the last Saturday in October, sending snow so heavy that one observer compared it to “falling cement.” Within hours …

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  • Smith First in Fulbrights

    With a record 19 Fulbright Fellows in 2010-11, Smith is the top-producing college in the country, according to the Fulbright Program.

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  • Otelia Cromwell Day 2011

    Award-winning medical writer Harriet Washington to be keynote speaker at this years’ Otelia Cromwell Day symposium.

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  • Women in Public Service Project

    The Women in Public Service Colloquium will be streamed live on Dec. 15., from the State Department, where President Carol T. Christ will speak and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will deliver the keynote address.

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October 2011

  • Learning How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep From Jet-Lagged Mice

    Mary Harrington, Smith life sciences professor and Stephany Biello ’90, psychology professor at the University of Glasgow, in Scotland, are doing research on how the aging brain experiences sleep disruptions.

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  • Professor Seeks Feedback on New Book

    Donald Joralemon, Smith professor of anthropology, is working on his latest book, “Mortal Dilemmas: Why Is It So Hard to Die in America,” and he wants your feedback. Check out his manuscript online and add your thoughts.

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  • Welcome Home: The New Northrop and Gillett

    Northrop and Gillett houses received dramatic renovations, including new dining and living spaces, lounge areas, and the addition of an elevator. Take a look at the slide show below to see photos of the houses’ inviting new looks.

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  • Climate Maven
    by Christina Barber-Just

    Aimee Christensen ’91, founder and CEO of green-consulting firm Christensen Global Strategies, came to campus in October to give a lecture that urged students to heed causes for environmental alarm …

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  • Virtual Paris

    In a new pedagogical/research project, “Mapping Paris, a Cultural Capital,” Hélène Visentin, associate professor of French studies, is using a multimedia environment with the GIS …

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  • Fear Eats the Soul

    Joshua Miller, professor in the School for Social Work, talks about how psychological and social healing are aided by reconciliation with adversaries and that divisions in our society, which have widened in so many ways since 9/11, can only be narrowed through policies that promote shared social justice.

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  • President’s Perspective: Smith at 2020, and Beyond
    by Carol Christ

    Colleges are enduring institutions, deliberative in their processes and informed by tradition. But the best ones—Smith among them—are constantly alert to the larger societal imperatives and long-term …

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September 2011

  • Mountain Day With The Noteables

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  • The Class of 2011

    Here they are the class of 2011! Meet some of this year’s graduates and find what they are taking away from their time at Smith and what they plan to do next.

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  • The View From Smith Today

    Smith welcomed 797 students to campus this year from a record-setting pool of applicants. Whether walking to classes, sitting by Paradise Pond, studying in one of the libraries, or relaxing with friends in their houses ….

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  • A Scoop of Success
    by Elise Gibson

    In March of her first year at Smith, Nina Caufield ’11 had a brainstorm: For a summer job, she would rent a former ice-cream parlor near her family’s summer home, rename it Nina’s Ice Cream Parlor …

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  • Real-world Design
    by Elise Gibson

    After Laurie Sanders ’88 led her small town near Smith in a drive to fund and build a new community library, she knew she’d need low-cost design assistance to make her shoestring budget work …

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August 2011

  • They Did It!

    Smith juniors Emma Reim and Mackenzie Bradley successfully swam the English Channel! Both swimmers reached the French coast in the early hours of August 6 …

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July 2011

  • Students Design a Solar Energy System for Northampton

    A solar photovoltaic system was one of three renewable energy sources the Northampton DPW asked Smith students Lindsay Holle and Darcy Dwyer to research. The two seniors also set out to analyze the feasibility of wind.

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  • Favorite Places: Capen Garden

    Capen Garden, named after former Smith chemistry department chair Bessie Capen, is undoubtedly one of Smith’s treasures. Also dubbed the “Secret Garden,” …

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June 2011

  • President’s Perspective: Smithipedia
    by Carol Christ

    Over the past four years, I have worked with thirteen students—the “Smithipedists”—on the project, and they have built a fascinating and valuable resource.

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  • Faculty of Note: Summer 2011

    Elizabeth V. Spelman, Barbara Richmond 1940 Professor in the Humanities, explored what our castoffs say about us in “Combing Through the Trash: Philosophy Goes Rummaging.

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  • A Student’s Guide to Dining
    by Zoe Gioja '13

    In the six years since Smith opened up its dining system, allowing students to eat in whichever dining room they want, students have embraced popular lunch innovations …

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May 2011

  • Reunion 2011

    Alumnae from the classes ending in 1 and 6 came back to Smith in 2011, with the class of ’61 celebrating their 50th Reunion. The earliest class to return was the class of ’36, celebrating their 75th Reunion, and the class of 2006 returned to campus for their first. In addition to traditional events like […]

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  • 2011 Ivy Day Parade Highights

    Watch the highlights of the 2011 Ivy Day Parade and Ceremony held during Reunion and Commencement Weekend with the graduating class of 2011 and alumnae from the classes of 1986, 1991, 1996, and 2001. Photos by Jim Gipe.

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  • Signs of the Times

    Continuing the Alumnae Parade tradition, Reunion 2011 revelers march and showcase their signs. Here are highlights of this year's messages.    

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  • 2011 All Reunion Alumnae Parade Slide Show

    Watch highlights of the 2011 All Reunion Weekend Alumnae Parade and Ceremony. Classes coming back to campus included 1931, 1936, 1941, 1946, 1951, 1956, 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, and 1981. Photos by Jim Gipe.

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  • 2011 Ivy Day

    Watch a slide show of the Smith class of 2011 celebrating Ivy Day on May 14, which included the alumnae parade, senior class procession, and awards ceremony.

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April 2011

  • Everything They Want to Know About Sex
    by Zoe Gioja ’13

    Nearly every seat in Stoddard Hall is taken on a Wednesday evening as instructor Emily Nagoski begins her PowerPoint presentation. Her new class on women’s sexuality as such an immediate hit …

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  • We Sing the Theory of Evolution

    Some 150 years after iconic naturalist Charles Darwin pondered the natural world’s mysteries, excerpts from his writings are now scored to be sung …

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  • View of My Room: Wall of Memories
    by Zoe Gioja '13

    When Maya Lewin-Berlin ’13, a physics major from eastern Massachusetts, moved into Maya Lewin-Berlin ’13 her first single room in September, she realized that she had a lot of real estate to cover.

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  • Physics and Astronomy Reunion

    Alumnae who majored in physics are coming back to campus April 9–10 for a symposium that celebrates their career success as well as the retirement of longtime physics department faculty.

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March 2011

  • A Love of Classroom Teaching

    President Christ, my new friend;
 Chair McPherson, taller far than a common board chair; Trustees, you who care so much about this college, and who know how to party; 
Faculty and Staff: how beautiful on the mountain are the feet of the messengers; 
Class of 1983, my sisters …

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  • Centers of Attention
    by Elise Gibson

    When the college created the Smith Design for Learning, its ten-year strategic plan in 2008, it announced plans for academic centers that would pull together resources from across the college. The college has powerful …

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  • Teachers of Tomorrow

    They’re still students themselves, but these seniors have already acquired solid classroom experience, as student teachers, as teaching assistants in Smith’s Urban Education Initiative, as camp counselors and tutors.

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  • President’s Perspective: Honing the Art of Teaching
    by Carol Christ

    n my first year at Smith, I invited every member of the faculty to dinner, in groups of twenty, to hear about their aspirations for the college and for themselves. Every one of the conversations turned to teaching.

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  • Global Leadership for Women

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the Women and Public Service Initiative, which will bring together the resources Smith and the other “Sisters”—with the State Department.

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  • 2011 Smith Medalists

    Five distinguished alumnae came to campus on Rally Day, February 23, to receive the Smith College Medal, awarded each year to alumnae The 2011 Smith Medals were awarded during the Rally Day ceremony. who, in the judgment of trustees of the college, “exemplify in their lives and work the true purpose of a liberal arts […]

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  • Sylvia Earle to be 2011 Commencement Speaker

    Legendary oceanographer Sylvia Earle, the undersea explorer dubbed a “living legend” by the Library of Congress, will be the speaker at Smith College’s 133rd Commencement ceremony.

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  • JSTOR Access for Alumnae
    by Jane Falla

    Teachers, lawyers, writers, researchers, or any alumna with an inquiring mind can now access JSTOR, a vast digital archive of more than 1,200 scholarly journals in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.

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February 2011

  • Examining the ‘Tiger Mother’
    by Zoe Gioja '13

    Following the uproar over a memoir about demanding Chinese mothers, a panel, titled “The Roar Over Amy Chua,” gathered at Smith to discuss the book’s message.

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January 2011

  • Two-wheeling for Fun and Idealism
    by Elise Gibson

    Not since the fitness-induced surge of cycling in the 1970s has bicycling been this popular on campus.

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  • Master Dancers
    by Elise Gibson

    To mark the thirty-fifth anniversary of New England’s only master of fine arts in dance, graduates of the program are returning to Smith this year to teach classes, create choreography, and perform.

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  • Provocative Student Art Show

    “Plantinimis,” a collection of provocative and symbolic works by students in a senior visual art seminar, taught by Lee Burns, professor of art, ranges widely in media and materials.

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  • Campus Directory App

    Smith College recently launched its first iTunes app, SCDirectory, which allows users to search the college’s online directory of faculty, staff, and students using an iPhone or iPod

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December 2010

  • Recipe for Smith Popovers

    Smith popovers are a delectable treat, and perfect for your holiday table. Below is the recipe for a dish that is sure to satisfy your family and friends—and bring you back to your Smith days!     Ingredients: 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 3 eggs 1 cup milk 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted […]

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  • Bringing Clean Water to the People of Ghana
    by Lily Samuels ’11

    Sanita Dhaubanjar ’13 will travel to northern Ghana as a fellow with Community Water Solutions, a nonprofit that starts water treatment businesses in developing countries.

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  • President’s Perspective: Partners in Global Education
    by Carol Christ

    The long international experience of women’s colleges like Smith offers an alternative model of outreach, one with particular benefits for educating women worldwide.

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  • Shelter From the Cold
    by Zoe Gioja ’13

    Every year, the fig tree in Capen Garden is wrapped up, buried in a long trench, and covered with soil to protect it from New England’s harsh winters.

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  • Cosmo Girl Comes to Campus
    by Zoe Gioja '13

    With her black suit, pearls, and flawlessly styled hair, Helen Gurley Brown at age 88 appeared every bit the Cosmo girl as she sat, surrounded by scores of admiring professors and students, at a campus gathering in her honor.

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  • First-Year Accepts Award from First Lady

    Michelle Obama on the left, her mentor on the right. Standing in the West Wing of the White House was a moment Fidelia “Kirby” Vasquez ’14 will not soon forget.

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  • Taking on the Channel

    Sophomores Mackenzie Bradley and Emma Reim love of swimming will be put to the test next August when they set out to swim across the English Channel.

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November 2010

  • Smith in Asia Tour

    View a slide show featuring photos from a number of President Carol Christ’s events as she tours Asia.

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  • Books, Basketball, and Motherhood

    Ashani Petrizzi AC ’12, mother of 4-year-old Kohen, balances and often blends the components of her busy life with success in all areas.

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  • Annual Mum Show

    Each fall as colors fade outside, a riot of color erupts indoors at Smith College’s Lyman Conservatory during the college’s annual chrysanthemum show.

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  • Trading Career Certainty for Passion
    by Zoe Gioja ’13

    Freelance writer Carolina Miranda ’93, poet Lenelle Moise, MFA ’04, and singer-songwriter Dar Williams came to campus to speak to students about choosing unconventional career paths.

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October 2010

  • Time Takes Its Toll
    by Elise Gibson, with Sarah Campbell ’10

    The class of 1883 had immortality in mind when it marked its 40th Reunion by giving the college that most ancient of timepieces—a sundial.

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  • Up Through the Ranks

    Professor Borjana Mikic took over the engineering program in July, replacing Linda Jones, who returned to New York’s Alfred University to lead the New York State College of Ceramics.

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  • Victory in a Garden
    by Elise Gibson

    The new Smith Community Garden is the venture of a small army of Smith students who, for the past two growing seasons, have grown vegetables in hand-constructed raised beds on an off-campus pilot site.

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September 2010

  • President’s Perspective
    by Carol Christ

    I have just returned from Istanbul, where our European alumnae held their biennial reunion. The reunion offered a vivid reminder of how broadly our alumnae are spread across the globe, and how deep are our international roots.

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  • Designing and Creating in 3D
    by Elise Gibson

    For a week during January interterm, Eric Jensen, who manages the Center for Design and Fabrication, does his part to make sure Smith students know their way around a working machine shop.

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August 2010

  • Artist in the Kitchen
    by Jenny Hall AC ’04

      Baker Sal Presto has become somewhat of a legend on campus. His unique bread sculptures, which he calls “edible folk art,” are one of the most anticipated treats of Lamont House’s spring senior celebration, and his baking techniques have been inspiring the Dining Services staff for the past twenty years. In 1994, he received […]

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  • Teaching Across Borders
    by Elise Gibson

      Every January for the past five years, Smith writing instructor Debra Carney boards a plane in Boston for a 30-hour journey to Cambodia, a country perhaps best known to Americans as the site of US bombings and a brutal insurgency that killed millions of people, virtually destroying its economic, social, and cultural life. In […]

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  • Go Pioneers!
    by Elise Gibson

      As point guard Anna Veltri ’11 nabs the ball and begins racing down the court, the Smith Spirit cheer squad goes into action. Shaking shiny gold pom-poms they shout in rhythm, “Take the ball down the court. Shoot, shoot, shoot, and score!” Co-captain Rebecca Kaplan ’11 keeps a close eye on the action, and […]

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  • How to Build a Broadway Career
    by Elise Gibson

      As Alicia Cho ’11 finished her soaring rendition of a song from Phantom of the Opera, Kathleen Marshall ’85 clambered over seats and hopped on to the Theatre 14 stage, gave Cho a few tips, and then clambered back to her seat. Her tall black boots and gray dress didn’t slow her down a […]

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  • Spirit of Change
    by Elise Gibson

    The starkly elegant Helen Hills Hills Chapel may look like a white beacon on the hill, but in recent years fewer and fewer students have been heeding its call to attend religious services.

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  • A College for the World
    by Lindsey Rowe Roberts ’06

    Since 2002, international applications to Smith have increased 69 percent, according to President Carol Christ. International students comprise 12 percent of the class of 2013, compared to 7 percent of the class of 2012.

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