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Notes from Paradise
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Science Smith Student Named Rhodes Scholar
Clarke Knight ’14 has been named one of the 32 U.S. recipients of the 2014 Rhodes Scholarships. Knight, a chemistry major, worked with a team that discovered a chemical that protects potato crops from a common but deadly disease. After graduation, she plans to pursue a graduate degree in geography and the environment at the University of Oxford.
Women in Public Service A Medal for the Womens Movement
Recent Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree Gloria Steinem ’56 has been all over the media lately, including coverage in The Washington Post and The Daily Beast. The celebrated writer, feminist and co-founder of Ms. magazine discusses a variety of hot-button issues and explains how she feels about receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom, saying, “This medal belongs to all of us.”
The Dark Side of Retail Celebrating Distinguished Teaching
The recipients of this year’s Sherrerd Prize for Distinguished Teaching are Andrea Hairston ’74, professor of theatre and Afro-American studies; Susannah Howe, director of the Picker Engineering Program Design Clinic; and Douglas Lane Patey, professor of English language and literature. View the awards presentation, and click here to nominate current outstanding teachers for next year’s prize.
A Great Opportunity to Support Smith Orange Is the New Black Author Honored
Piper Kerman ’92, author of the best-selling Orange Is the New Black, will receive the 2014 John Jay College Justice Trailblazer Award. Said John Jay College President Jeremy Travis, “She has indeed been a trailblazer in the effort to raise public consciousness about the contradictions of [the justice] system, and to bolster the fight to ensure our country lives up to its promise of equal justice for all.”
From China to Art to Women’s Rights International Student Advocate Retires
After 32 years at Smith, overseeing substantial growth in the international student population, Hrayr Tamzarian, associate dean for international students, will retire. Tamzarian says he will miss hearing the success stories of his students. “When I arrived at Smith in 1981 there were fewer than 50 international students. Today we have 367 international students from 75 countries," he said.
A Great Opportunity to Support Smith Christmas Vespers Streamed Live
Christmas Vespers will be held on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. EST in John M. Greene Hall. The events are open to the public. For the third year, Vespers will be streamed live during the 4 p.m. performance, allowing alumnae around the world to enjoy this annual Smith holiday tradition. Click here to learn more about the Vespers program. Click here to watch the live stream.
Elizabeth Eveillard ’79 Elected Chair Sex Therapy Pioneer Going Strong
Shirley Zussman ’34 started her career as a psychotherapist but became a sex therapist after attending a lecture by well-known sex researchers Masters and Johnson. At age 99, Zussman, a former columnist for Glamour magazine, continues to have a thriving practice. Read the New York Post article about her take on today’s sexual attitudes and practices.
The Dark Side of Retail Smith Fund Challenge: 31 Days, $2.5 Million
Smith is committed to eliminating financial obstacles, which are all too often the biggest barrier to women receiving an education. Give to the Smith Fund's annual December Financial Aid Challenge. The goal is to raise $2.5 million in 31 days. Now is the time for all alumnae to support the future of women’s education and the future of women's leadership—both of which we need now more than ever.
Women in Public Service Anne Morrow Lindbergh ’28’s Gift of Flowers
No matter the weather or time of year, there is always a bouquet of fresh flowers in Neilson Browsing Room. The flowers are changed every week, thanks to an endowment raised for that purpose by Anne Morrow Lindbergh ’28, along with other alumnae. Lindbergh led the fundraising effort in honor of one of her favorite teachers at Smith, English Professor Mina K. Curtiss.
The Dark Side of Retail Long-Term Care: What’s Your Plan?
Even the most comfortable retirement plan can be threatened by the unanticipated expense of long-term care. The Office of Alumnae Relations sponsors long-term insurance programs for Smith alumnae of all ages at drastically discounted rates. Premiums are based on your age when you apply. Find out how you can save today. Click here to learn more.
Video Spotlight
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Student Room Tour: Haisley Wert ’16, a resident of Jordan House, shows off the ever-growing collage wall that makes her room unique.
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Student Room Tour: Nic Schermerhorn Laschever ’15’s room in Albright House reflects her interest in theater, art and graphics.
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Melissa Draper ’77 and her husband, Tim, launched the Draper Business Plan Competition to invest in Smith entrepreneurs.
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