Notes from Paradise
Rita Dove is 2018 Commencement Speaker
Rita Dove, recipient of the 1987 Pulitzer Prize in poetry and two-time U.S. Poet Laureate, will deliver the Commencement address at Smith College’s graduation ceremony on Sunday, May 20. Honorary degrees also will be awarded to Carol T. Christ, Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy ’02 and Robert L. Pura.    
UPR Students Resume Their Education at Smith SCMA Receives Two Rembrandt Prints ‘The Wolves’: Girl Power Reigns Supreme
Eighteen-year-old Alanis Rodriguez had hardly begun her college education at the University of Puerto Rico when Hurricane Maria plunged the island into darkness last September. Now she is one of three students from Puerto Rico spending the spring semester at Smith, continuing an education interrupted by the storm. The Smith College Museum of Art has received a transformative gift from Mary Gordon Roberts ’60 of two impressions of one of Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn’s most famous prints, The Three Crosses, Christ Crucified Between the Two Thieves. In 2010, Roberts  donated George Bellows' oil painting Pennsylvania Excavation to the SCMA. While The Wolves, by Sarah DeLappe, focuses on a high school girls' indoor soccer team, the real stories involve the teenage angst at play during team practices. The Wolves is directed by theatre chair Daniel Elihu Kramer and runs February 23, 24 and March 1, 2, 3 at 7:30 p.m. EST in Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre.
Smith Provost Named First Woman President of William & Mary
Katherine A. Rowe, provost of Smith College since 2014, was recently named the 28th president of William & Mary, the second oldest college in the nation. Founded in 1693, Rowe is the first woman to serve as president. She will succeed W. Taylor Reveley III, who is retiring June 30 after two decades with William & Mary, including 10 years as president. Rowe will begin her new post on July 1.
A Sign of the Times
Aaron Cox-Leow ’03 helps run his family’s farm in Northern Virginia, but he and his family recently made headlines over something completely unrelated to farming. Read the whole story in the Washington Post.
A New Record for the Class of 2022
For the 11th year in a row, applications to Smith reached a record high, says Audrey Smith, vice president for enrollment. Smith’s class of 2022 will be chosen from a record 5,780 applicants—a 31-percent increase since 2013. Deb Shaver, dean of admission, says the increase in applications is due in part to increased interest in women’s colleges.
Selected items from the news media featuring Smith College people and programs
DAILY HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE: Smith readies for annual bulb show
REUTERS: Prof. Andrew Zimbalist on the Olympic brand
U.S. NEWS & WORLD REPORT: Smith provost Katherine Rowe named president of William & Mary
THE NATIONAL: Saadia Zahidi ’02: Women are transforming the Muslim world
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