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Science 2013 Commencement Speaker Named
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. Huffington is an author and nationally syndicated columnist and appears on the Forbes list of "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women." Click here for more and a list of 2013 honorary degree recipients.
Women in Public Service Rally Day 2013
This year's Rally Day Convocation was one of the most spirited ever! The crowd went wild when Judith Milestone '66, medal committee chair, awarded a Smith College Medal to a very surprised President Carol T. Christ. In keeping with tradition, seniors wore their graduation gowns for the first time, along with some of the most creative headgear around. View an html or Flash photo gallery of the event.
The Dark Side of Retail Saving Earth
New in Insight: Dying coral reefs and melting polar ice caps are some of the results of changing weather patterns. Smith faculty—including L. David Smith, a marine biologist and director of the Environmental Science and Policy Program, and Andrew Guswa, a hydrologist and director of the Center for the Environment, Ecological Design and Sustainability—weigh in on the effects of climate change.
A Great Opportunity to Support Smith Smith Executive Education
Summer is a great time to take advantage of a Smith Executive Education program: From Specialist to Strategist for Emerging Managers in Science, Technology and Engineering, June 2-7; Smith-Tuck Global Leaders Program for senior-level women, June 17-21; and the Smith College Leadership Consortium, July 21-August 2. Smith alumnae receive a 25 percent discount.
From China to Art to Women's Rights The Feminine Mystique at 50
The Feminine Mystique, by Betty Friedan '42—the book credited with starting the second wave of feminism—was published 50 years ago this month. In a recent New York Times article, Jennifer Schuessler writes that many reading the book for the first time may be surprised at just how scholarly a work it is, though some argue that it does not accurately portray life in the 1950s.
Elizabeth Eveillard '79 Elected Chair A Commitment to Equity
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. She writes, "To the extent that we 'get it right' at Smith, we do so because supporting low-income and first-generation students is woven into every aspect of our community"
The Dark Side of Retail Smith in Dallas
Smith College will hold two special events in Dallas, Texas. April 3-4: Transform Your Career!, a two-day workshop in which you will learn how to turn your passion, skills, strengths and talents into your ideal career; April 4: An Evening in Honor of Lisa Tatum '91, celebrating the first African American woman to be named president of the Texas Bar Association.
Women in Public Service About Face on Facebook
Recent surveys suggest a decline in Facebook usage, especially among users ages 18–29, but Anne Berman '15 took extreme action. She deleted her Facebook account last year, and with it her connection to more than 1,000 friends. Without Facebook, Berman realized that she was not obligated to stay in touch with everyone forever. Read more on her thoughts about quitting Facebook cold turkey.
The Dark Side of Retail Looking for a Good Read?
If you want to read a good book, then read one written by a Smithie! And now, with WordSmith, that will be a lot easier to do. WordSmith is an ongoing online list of fiction and nonfiction books written by Smith alumnae—a perfect resource for your next Smith book club selection. WordSmith will also include children's and young adult titles, as well as poetry. Happy reading!
The Dark Side of Retail The Jill Ker Conway Challenge: Success
Alumnae in the classes of 1976 through 1988 and the Ada Comstock Scholars class rallied to meet the Jill Ker Conway Challenge. Close to 1,100 alumnae raised almost $1.1 million, securing a $2 million gift from Joan Fletcher Lane '49. Said President Carol Christ, "Thanks to the success of this challenge, a new generation of women from around the world will benefit from all that Smith has to offer."
The Dark Side of Retail Live the Life You Imagine
Erin Moran McCormick '83 has taken some big risks in her life. She says it's not merely positive thinking that has been the key to fulfilling her dreams, but rather a smart strategy and small steps. Here she shares her insights and lessons learned and how she's helping others to achieve their goals with her new book, A Year of Action: How to Stop Waiting & Start Living Your BIG, Fabulous Life.
The Dark Side of Retail AASC Insurance
For Smith alumnae of all ages and their families, the Alumnae Association of Smith College sponsors insurance programs, including auto, health, homeowners, life, travel and long-term care, all at discounted rates. There is even a special, affordable health insurance plan for alumnae in New York City and a pet insurance program. Click here for more information.
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Conversations with the 2013 Smith College Medalists
Anne Searls De Groot '78: Developing vaccines and making them available to everyone.
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Kay Holekamp '73: Studying the spotted hyenas of the Masai Mara, Kenya.
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Janet Clarke McKinley '76: Leaving the world of finance to invest in people.
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Gail Kern Paster '66: A "rock star" in the world of Shakespeare.
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