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Science Huffington Asks Grads to Redefine Success
"I want to ask you to redefine success because the world you're headed into needs it," Arianna Huffington told the Smith graduating class of 2013. "Success the way we've defined it is no longer sustainable." Huffington, chair, president and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group, was the Smith College Commencement Speaker on May 19. Watch her address in its entirety.
Science 2013 Reunion and Commencement Weekend
Oh, what a weekend it was! Spirits were high as the members of the class of 2013 became Smith's newest alumnae, and the campus welcomed back the classes of 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003 and 2008. Share in the excitement as you enjoy these photo galleries from the 2013 Smith College Reunion and Commencement Weekend: Ivy Day Parade and Convocation, Illumination and Commencement.
Women in Public Service Mona Sinha '88 Tells Grads to "Take Risks"
Mona Ghosh Sinha '88 delivered the 25th Reunion Address at Smith's Ivy Day Convocation on May 18. She advised Smith's graduating class to "take risks, be daring, think big and always think Smith." Sinha is a Smith College trustee, a director of Impact Investment Exchange Asia and a founding board member of the Asian Women's Leadership University.
The Dark Side of Retail Asian Gallery Named for President Christ
Earlier this month college trustees announced the creation of the Carol T. Christ Asian Art Gallery at the Smith College Museum of Art. The honor recognizes President Christ's outstanding service to the college as well as her focus on Asia, which has been a hallmark of her presidency. Art from Asia—both traditional and contemporary—is the most rapidly expanding area of the museum's collection.
A Great Opportunity to Support Smith Alumnae Profile: Chicago's Money Manager
Chicago City Treasurer Stephanie Neely '85 oversees billions of dollars in city assets. She is also committed to using her office to support small businesses and educate the public about the importance of financial literacy, including establishing programs in the public schools. Read how Neely keeps the nation's third largest city financially strong, and what her plans for the future may include.
Women in Public Service Smith Mourns the Loss of Paul Alpers
Paul Alpers, husband of President Carol Christ and professor-in-residence of English language and literature at Smith, died on May 19, after a battle with cancer. Alpers served as a member of the English department at the University of California, Berkeley, for 38 years before coming to Smith, where he served as professor-in-residence in the department of English language and literature.
The Dark Side of Retail The Power of Live Music
How does live music bring diverse groups of people together? That's just one of the questions Smith music professor Steve Waksman has been attempting to answer. Waksman has undertaken a scholarly look at the history of live music in America and the cultural and sociological effects of live performance, all to be featured in an upcoming book tentatively titled Live Music in America: A History, 1850–2000.
Women in Public Service Sophia Smith Leadership Challenge
Double your gift! In support of Women for the World: The Campaign for Smith, several Smith alumnae have pledged to match all Sophia Smith leadership-level gifts of $1,875 or more through June 30. This is a great opportunity to maximize your support for the next generation of women leaders and help meet the growing financial need of Smith students. For more information and to give, click here.
The Dark Side of Retail An Inside Look at College Admissions
Exclusively for Smith alumnae: Is there a young woman in your family who is in high school and beginning the college search? Then come to Smith Connection: An Inside Look at College Admissions. Smith admission professionals will share strategies to help you successfully navigate the college admission process. On campus, Friday, June 21, $50 per family, includes lunch.
The Dark Side of Retail Alumnae Insurance Programs
For Smith alumnae of all ages and their families, the Office of Alumnae Relations 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.
The Dark Side of Retail Nominate an Alumna
Each year, Smith College trustees award the Smith Medal to alumnae who have made a significant impact in their chosen area of accomplishment, exemplifying the true purpose of a liberal arts education. Help us find outstanding alumnae for future awards. To submit a nomination click here. For more information, contact Halley Ofner, donor relations specialist, at
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Artist Elizabeth Pols '75 talks about her new exhibition, "At Water's Edge," now showing at the Alumnae House Gallery, and how her unique style incorporates reality and imagery.
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Three graduating seniors take stock of their time at Smith, reflect on the value of their education and talk about what they hope to accomplish as alumnae.
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A faculty-student team is investigating medicinal plants that may kill parasites that can cause elephantiasis, a debilitating condition that affects more than 120 million people.
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