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Science 2014 Smith Medalists Announced
Recipients of the 2014 Smith College Medal were recently announced: artist Susan Hiller ’61, biotech entrepreneur Susan May Molineaux ’75, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Amy Ellis Nutt ’77 and U.S. Special Representative to Muslim Communities Farah Pandith ’90. The Smith Medal was established in 1962 to recognize Smith alumnae who exemplify “the true purpose” of a liberal arts education.
Women in Public Service The Inauguration of Kathleen McCartney
The inauguration of Kathleen McCartney, Smith's 11th president, will take place on Saturday, October 19. Inauguration weekend festivities will include panels and presentations celebrating Smith's legacy of women's leadership. The installation, which will be streamed live, will take place at 3 p.m. Want to plan a celebration in your hometown? Click here to download your inauguration celebration kit.
The Dark Side of Retail Campus Center Celebrates 10 Years
Happy 10th anniversary to the Smith College Campus Center! Designed to serve as both a crossroads and a gathering place for the college community, the Campus Center has been a constant hub of social and intellectual activity since it first opened in 2003. It includes the Campus Center Café, the Grécourt Bookshop, live music venues and meeting spaces.
A Great Opportunity to Support Smith Alumnae Conductor Scores Big
Arianne Abela ’08 and her ensemble, 3 Penny Chorus and Orchestra, became a YouTube sensation when their classical version of “Call Me Maybe” went viral. After several television appearances, including reaching the finals on America’s Got Talent, Abela continues with her passion for spreading the word about classical music and performing to help those in need. Click here for her story.
From China to Art to Women's Rights Transform Your Career
Career development workshops presented by the Office of Alumnae Relations offer the opportunity for alumnae at every stage of their career to learn new skills and share their experiences with other alumnae. Check out the latest webinars and workshops. And click here for a convenient, easy way for alumnae to share career advice with students.
A Great Opportunity to Support Smith Narratives of Women's Dress Symposium
Join Smith alumnae, faculty and students on campus November 1–2 for Narratives of Women's Dress: What Can a Garment Say?, a symposium that will examine the role and importance of dress in the study of women, culture and history as well as the value of studying dress when researching the lives of women over time. Register by October 11.
Elizabeth Eveillard '79 Elected Chair Art Stories: The SCMA Collection
Alumnae and others from the Smith community shared their thoughts about their most memorable artwork at the Smith College Museum of Art to create an exhibit welcoming President Kathleen McCartney to campus and familiarizing her with Smith’s collection. An online version of the exhibit reveals the ways the SCMA collection educates, inspires and transforms.
The Dark Side of Retail The Value of Educators
In the latest edition of Insight, Rosetta Marantz Cohen, Smith professor of education, explains why it is crucial that America—and the world—redefine the way we think about and value teachers. Cohen maintains that despite the vital role teachers play, public perceptions of teaching are eroding, even in countries like Japan, where the profession was once venerated.
Women in Public Service Florence Nightingale Revisited
In her biography of public health pioneer Florence Nightingale, author and historian Judith Lissauer Cromwell ’57 sheds new light on Nightingale’s leadership and her place among the founders of feminism. Says Cromwell, “In her early teens, Nightingale identified what she called an ‘evil in the world’—the fact that women had no control over their lives.” Click here for more.
The Dark Side of Retail Calling All High School Teachers
As an alumna, you know the many benefits of attending Smith—its expert faculty, beautiful campus and a student body comprising talented young women from around the world. If you're a high school teacher, you're in a perfect position to spread the word. Register with the Office of Admission, which can assist you in helping your students imagine themselves at Smith.
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
Amanda Ferrara '13 and Karen Kukil, associate curator, talk about the 50th anniversary of The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath ’55.
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Rare Books Curator Martin Antonetti demonstrates printing with metal type on a 19th-century Acorn handpress.
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Meet alumnae who live by the ideals of small-scale sustainable farming. Read the full story in the Fall 2013 Quarterly.
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