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Science Countdown to Reunion 2014
Join the more than 2,000 alumnae and guests already registered for Reunion 2014. Reunion & Commencement weekend, May 15–18, and Reunion II weekend, May 22–25, will feature exciting programming, faculty presentations and family activities. Go to the Reunion website for Reunion FAQs and a list of classmates coming to campus. And check out the new Reunion and Commencement app.
Women in Public Service Sherrerd Teaching Awards Announced
The recipients of the 2014 Kathleen Compton Sherrerd ’54 and John J. F. Sherrerd Prizes for Distinguished Teaching are Rodger Blum, dance professor and department chair; Caroline Melly, assistant professor of anthropology; and Mary Murphy, senior lecturer of mathematics and statistics. They will be formally recognized at a prize ceremony and reception on Oct. 16, which is open to the Smith community.
The Dark Side of Retail Women's Colleges: A Good Place to Start
President Kathleen McCartney responds to a recent New York Times story, “The Media Has a Woman Problem” (Sunday Review, April 27), writing in a letter to the editor, “The argument that ‘I can't find qualified women’—for my editorial page, engineering firm or corporate board—is a tired one. Here's where to start a search: women's colleges.” Click here to read President McCartney's full response.
A Great Opportunity to Support Smith Tell Us Your Mentoring Stories
Did having a mentor—or being unable to find one—make a difference in your professional life? Have you been a mentor yourself for young professionals? The Smith Alumnae Quarterly wants to hear your story about how mentoring, or the lack thereof, has influenced your career path, or how you work to empower other women through mentoring. Send your responses to by May 15.
A Great Opportunity to Support Smith Working for Sustainable Agriculture in Peru
Haisley Wert ’16 has received a Davis Projects for Peace grant to manage the construction of four biochar ovens to create terra preta (a sustainable soil mixture) in Peru. The creation of the terra preta will also honor ancient tradition, offering an alternative to the subsistence agriculture that has been practiced in the region in a manner that respects the culture of the indigenous people.
The Dark Side of Retail Friends of Smith Reunion Award
Help your class win the 2014 Friends of Smith Reunion Award, which will be presented on Ivy Day to the Reunion class with the greatest percentage of members in any Friends group this fiscal year. Rally with your classmates to support unique resources on campus: athletics, the botanic garden, libraries and the Smith College Museum of Art. Join now and boost your class standing today!
The Dark Side of Retail Alumnae to Speak at WPSP Institute
Gloria Steinem ’56, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy ’02, Farah Pandith ’90, Carol Rodley ’76, Jane Harman ’66 and Niki Tsongas ’68 will be among the speakers at the Women in Public Service Project Institute, which will be held May 25–June 6 at Mount Holyoke, Simmons and Smith colleges. Click here for more information and for a list of sessions open to the public.
Women in Public Service An Inside Look at College Admissions
If a young woman in your family is beginning the college search, we invite you both to attend Smith Connection: An Inside Look at College Admissions. Smith's admission professionals will share strategies for successfully navigating the college admission process. Join us on campus Friday, June 20, for this special day offered exclusively to Smith alumnae. Cost: $50 per family, includes lunch.
Video Spotlight
“Recovering food from our dining rooms is such an easy way to help ease the need that exists,” says Sibyl Brown ’14, who started a Smith College chapter of the Food Recovery Network earlier this year to great success.
Video Spotlight
Students in an African art history class assist in curating a recent exhibition, “Transformations in African Art,” at the Smith College Museum of Art, highlighting SCMA’s mission as a teaching museum.
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