The Smith Alumnae Quarterly was established in 1909 and is published by College Relations four times each year: September, December, March and June. The SAQ is sent to alumnae and exists to report on matters relating to Smith College and to provide a forum for alumnae comment.

Recent Issues


Fall 2016

  • SAQ Fall 2016Shaking The Canon – Internet tastemaker Kimberly Drew ’12 brings overdue attention to black contemporary art and artists.
  • Keeper Of A Desert Town – Susan Sorrells ’68 turns to ecotourism to protect her village’s rugged beauty and keep its economy humming.
  • Life Hacks – Alumnae experts share tips for modern living.


Summer 2016

  • SAQ Summer 2016Voices of her ancestors – Texas poet laureate Laurie Ann Guerrero AC ’08 illuminates the lives of her forebears.
  • Shooting laser beams on Mars – Researcher Nina Lanza ’01 is studying space to find out whether there is life on the Red Planet.
  • Changing the script – First-generation college students at Smith face powerful challenges, but as alumnae they find a world of possibilities.


Spring 2016

  • SAQ Spring 2016A Tale of Love and Gender – Journalist Amy Ellis Nutt ’77 explores transgender issues in her new book, Becoming Nicole.
  • Pakistan’s ‘Rising Stars’ – More than 1,000 boys and girls attend free schools opened by entrepreneur Mahbina Waheed ’95.
  • Fanfare for an Uncommon Woman – Smith medalist Joan White Harris ’52 elevates the role of arts patron, nurturing artistic innovation, giving artists a world-class stage and fighting for her belief that art is the great humanizing force.

Winter 2015

  • SAQ Winter 2015Spreading peace through jobs – Entrepreneur Elizabeth Crowell ’93 helps small businesses create employment in war-torn regions.
  • Her unconventional lens – Images by photographer Cass Bird ’99 challenge ideas of identity, gender and beauty.
  • Making motherhood work – Smith moms share stories about their real-life career-and-family balancing acts.
  • Working moms deserve better – Romantic notions of motherhood distract from families’ real needs, President McCartney argues.

Fall 2015

  • SAQ Fall 2015Words with friends – Novelist Ruth Ozeki ’80 and editor Carole DeSanti ’81 talk novels and inspiration.
  • Mysterious workings of the teen mind – Neuroscientist Frances Jensen ’78 explains the perplexing and powerful adolescent brain.
  • Defying gravity – Highly placed alumnae business leaders reflect on the challenges of their ascent and their efforts to make the C-suite more welcoming to women.
  • Advice from the corner office – Executive women discuss their career paths and off er advice to businesswomen

Summer 2015

Smith Alumnae Quarterly Summer 2015

  • Clues in chromosomes – Obstetrician and geneticist Deborah Driscoll ’77 works the front lines of genetics research.
  • Under it all, she’s ‘Just Geri’ – Geri Mariano ’89, advocate and class secretary, inspires with her talks on difference.
  • Built for change – At 15, the Picker Engineering Program expands on its vision to bring more women into the field.
  • The problem solvers – Engineering alumnae reflect on the innovative education that launched their careers.

Spring 2015

Smith Alumnae Quarterly Spring 2015

  • ‘Singing our hearts out’ – A celebration of Smith’s culture of song and the alumnae who carry the tune into the world.
  • Voices raised in harmony – Choral groups honor a rich legacy while bringing new styles into their repertoire.
  • ‘Use your voice’ – When Merrill Garbus ’01 opens her mouth to sing, she seizes a chance to change the world.
  • The singers in profile – A compilation album of alumnae singers in jazz, folk, opera, cabaret, punk, world music and rock.
  • ‘Only one Piaf’ – An appreciation by a lifelong fan.

Winter 2014

Smith Alumnae Quarterly Winter 2014

  • Planet’s Arctic moment – Margaret Williams ’89 of the World Wildlife Fund aims to protect a fragile ecosystem whose waters feed the world.
  • Fun stuff for smart people – How Mental Floss editor Jessanne Collins ’01 is entertaining your brain.
  • Family secrets – Caroline Clark ’85 finds her ‘unforgettable’ true identity.
  • Expansive imagination – Andrea Hairston ’74 calls on physics, math, dreams and psychology to fuel her stories.

Fall 2014

Smith Alumnae Quarterly Fall 2014

  • The mentor effect: Alumnae share their success stories
  • Smith community reacts to speaker controversy
  • Nina Munk ’88 uncloaks hard truths of poverty
  • Kimberly Scott ’91 creates a program to launch girls of color into lucrative, world-transforming tech careers

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