Notes from Paradise
Multimillion Dollar Gift Endows Scholarships
A $10 million gift from a member of the class of 1986 will “shape the lives of generations of Smith women,” said President Kathleen McCartney. The gift, which will be used to endow scholarships and inspire matching gifts, is among the largest ever to a women’s college.
Admission Policy Announcement 2015 Sherrerd Teaching Prizes
Web Redesign: What Do You Think?
Alumnae and media around the world took note of the board of trustees’ recent announcement about the admission of self-identified transgender women. A common theme among alumnae comments: "I am proud of my alma mater." For more reaction and to read coverage in The New York Times and beyond click here. Three faculty members have been chosen by Smith colleagues, students and alumnae to receive the 2015 Kathleen Compton Sherrerd ’54 and John J. F. Sherrerd Prizes for Distinguished Teaching: Sara Pruss (geosciences), pictured above, Justina Gregory ’67 (classics) and Alan Rudnitsky (education). Primacy, an award-winning Connecticut-based digital agency, is partnering with a campus redesign working group made up of various Smith departments to create a website that will meet the needs of the global Smith community. Click here to take a brief survey and you may win an Amazon gift card!
College Admission: Getting to Yes
"Smith Connection: An Inside Look at College Admissions," on June 26, is a special event offered exclusively to Smith alumnae and young women in their families. $50 per family, includes lunch.
New Athletics Director Named
Kristin Hughes, SM ’93, has been appointed Smith’s new director of athletics and recreation effective July 21. She earned a master's in exercise and sport studies at Smith.
For the first time, guests attending Smith College’s 2015 Commencement will be able to hear the ceremony in Spanish or Mandarin, thanks to a new simultaneous translation service.
Reunion 2015 Countdown
Join the nearly 2,300 alumnae and guests coming back to campus this year for Reunion 2015 on May 14–17 and May 21–24. Click here for more information and to register.
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