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Science Gloria Steinem Awarded Medal of Freedom
Gloria Steinem '56 is among the recipients of the 2013 Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor. In his announcement President Obama said, "This year's honorees have been blessed with extraordinary talent, but what sets them apart is their gift for sharing that talent with the world." Steinem is among 16 recipients, including Bill Clinton and Oprah Winfrey.
Women in Public Service The Inauguration of Kathleen McCartney
The inauguration of Kathleen McCartney, Smith College's 11th president, will take place on Saturday, October 19. Inauguration weekend festivities will include exhibitions, presentations and performances celebrating Smith's legacy of women's leadership and vision for the future. The installation, which will be streamed live, will take place at 3 p.m. Click here for more information.
The Dark Side of Retail Kate O’Brian Heads Al Jazeera America
ABC News Senior Vice President Kate O'Brian '80 has been named the first president of the recently launched international news channel Al Jazeera America. The Emmy Award–winning broadcast journalist has been with ABC News for 30 years and has headed the network news division since 2007. She said, "Al Jazeera America will demonstrate that quality journalism is alive and well in the United States."
A Great Opportunity to Support Smith New VP for Development Named
Beth Raffeld, executive director of philanthropic partnerships in MIT's Resource Development department, has been named vice president for development at Smith. The 30-year educational fundraising professional was selected after a search led by Smith's new president, Kathleen McCartney, who dubbed Raffeld "strategic, creative and a strong advocate for women's education."
From China to Art to Women's Rights Look Who's Coming to Smith
Smith welcomes 724 new students this fall, including transfers and students of nontraditional age. The 645 first-years in the class of 2017 were selected from 4,403 applications, the most in the college's history. Meet a few of these incredibly talented women, including a teen magazine creator, national tae kwon do champion and a sustainable fuel innovator. Click here for more.
Elizabeth Eveillard '79 Elected Chair In Support of Research Drones
Smith engineering professor Paul Voss has been studying ways to put sensors in flight to track airborne toxins and collect meteorological data. Balloons have been useful, but drones offer more possibilities. The problem? The Federal Aviation Agency is blocking their use in research. Read out about Voss's work and how he is trying to ensure the scientific use of drones in the United States in the latest Insight.
The Dark Side of Retail Send Us Your Best and Your Brightest
The Office of Admission is looking for future Smithies. Do you know a girl who would be interested in learning more about Smith? Add the name of your daughter, granddaughter or girl of any age to the Office of Admission mailing list and information about Smith will be sent to her during her high school career. Your help will ensure that Smith continues to recruit outstanding young women for years to come.
Women in Public Service Smith Pledges to Preserve Local Land
Smith College agreed to preserve nearly 200 acres of land surrounding the Ada and Archibald MacLeish Field Station in West Whately. The signing of the conservation restriction took place at the Bechtel Environmental Classroom. The legal agreement will be held by the Kestrel Land Trust, an organization dedicated to preserving the quality of life and ecological integrity of the Connecticut River Valley.
The Dark Side of Retail Exec Ed Partners with Univision
Smith's Executive Education for Women launched a leadership development program in partnership with Univision Communications, Inc., the leading media company serving Hispanic America. Exec Ed will work with Univision's female programming managers, producers, news anchors and correspondents, focusing on the development of leadership skills.
The Dark Side of Retail Alumnae Insurance
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.
Video Spotlight
President McCartney addresses School for Social Work graduates, calling on them to alleviate inequality in society.
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Best-selling novelist J. Courtney Sullivan '03 gives writing tips to high school students in the Young Women's Writing Workshop.
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The Baby-sitters Club author Ann Martin '77 donated her papers to Smith. Find out why and how they will be used.
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