Smith College Class News

Reunion is May 14-17! Register Before April 22 to Save!

Greetings classmates! Our 30th Reunion is May 14-17, 2015, so if you haven’t already, please register today (click here). Costs will increase after April 22. The college has planned faculty and student presentations, dance performances, an all alum dance at Davis, and much more. To see the schedule of events, click here. We will also offer class-specific events. Read on for updates and important information to help you plan and make the most of our reunion:

Reunion Costs & Registration
The Class of ’85 has established the class reunion fee at $85/person. On-campus housing is a flat fee of $150/person and does not fluctuate based on the number of nights you stay. Meal costs are optional and are listed per-meal in the registration form.

Reunion Stipends Available
Reunion is all about togetherness, spending time with old friends and building new connections. We hope to see as many of our classmates return for reunion as possible this year. If finances are a stumbling block to your ability to attend, please contact our class treasurer Alison Kent ( for information on reunion stipends.

Reunion Volunteers Still Needed

We need your help! Please contact Nancy Grennan ( and Ana Tolentino ( if you would like to help out before or during reunion. Consider volunteering now as a House Rep — it’s a fun way to connect with friends from your house. It only requires a few hours of your time in the next few weeks to call or email your housemates and encourage them to attend reunion.

Thursday Evening
Mix and mingle at our class happy hour! Join us at classmate Caroline McDaniel’s new wine bar, Convino, located in Northampton’s Thornes Market.

Friday Afternoon
Enjoy a gentle yoga class open to all levels, led by Gretchen Good Pingel ’85. We will take reservations for the yoga class because spaces are limited. Please bring a mat and wear appropriate clothing. If you have questions, contact Gretchen at; please put “reunion yoga” in the subject line.

You will not want to miss the Notables when they perform for us during our Friday afternoon cocktail hour on Chapin Lawn.

Friday Dinner
We have a great line-up for our Friday Dinner. President McCartney will greet our class and give a brief speech. Keeping with our theme, “30 Rocks!”, four of our classmates will share brief 10-minute stories of their personal “resilience”, in “Ted Talk” fashion:
Jacqueline Porter: “Finally Fearless”
Grace Wang: “The Thrills of Mistakes & the Unexpected”
Susan Livingston van Buskirk: “The Other F-Word”
Yvonne Garrett: “Never, Never, Never, Give Up”

Saturday Dinner with Stephanie Neely

We’re so thrilled that Stephanie Neely will speak to us during our Saturday night dinner. The former treasurer for the City of Chicago and now vice president of treasury for Allstate Insurance Company, Stephanie received the Smith College Medal at this year’s Rally Day festivities. And Groove, the College’s newest a cappella group, will entertain us with their distinctive musical stylings.

An active part of Reunion is fundraising. However, our class participation is just as, if not more important, than the dollar amount we each give. Even a small gift of $20 or less counts towards our goal. We need 100 classmates to make a donation of any size by Friday, May 15 at 9 p.m. to reach our participation goal. Let’s show how much “30 Rocks!” by coming together as a full 1985 alumnae body!

Friends of Smith Award
All reunion classes are eligible for the Friends Reunion Award, which goes to the class with the greatest percentage of members in any of the Friends groups for the current fiscal year. The award is presented along with the other reunion awards on Ivy Day. Alumnae have until early May to join one or more of the Friends groups to increase their class participation rate. To learn more click here or to join, click here.

Stay Connected
If you haven’t already, please join our class Facebook group. We’ll be posting important reunion info and updates there, so check it out!

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