Notes from Paradise
Giving a Digital Voice to Asian American Women
As a student, Jessica Nguyen ’16 couldn’t find a safe space online for Asian American women to connect, share their stories and access resources. So she started Project Voice. "Taking my first course in Asian American studies at Smith opened my eyes to all the dialogues about my identity that I didn’t have before," she says.
Merrill Garbus ’01 and the Power of Improv Comedy Where There’s More than Good Food on the Menu Financial Aid Lifts Burdens, Opens Doors
In a recent interview with The Boston Globe, Merrill Garbus ’01, the architect behind the critically acclaimed group Tune-Yards, credits her improv experience at Smith for giving her the confidence to not let fear get in her way. “There’s just so much about it that taught me how to deal with, for instance, work situations where I’d have no idea what I was doing but kind of learned how to 'fake-it-till-you-make-it,'" she says. With the help of an Innovation Challenge grant from President Kathleen McCartney, Kristina Mereigh, associate director of wellness services for the Schacht Center for Health and Wellness, launched a Wellness Goes Global program. At its heart was a series of cooking classes and meals prepared in the Morrow House kitchen. Mereigh's aim: "The program had to be student run [with] student recipes from all different countries and families." As a first-year in high school, Sarah Glidden ’20 was diagnosed with cancer. Two years later, her sister experienced cardiac arrest and had to be hospitalized for two weeks. Medical bills made the thought of going to college seem out of reach. But then Glidden received her financial aid offer from Smith and a world of opportunities opened for her. “My financial aid has lifted an extreme burden off of me and my family," she says.
Friends of Smith College Reunion Award
You can help your class receive the Friends Reunion Award on Ivy Day! All alumnae are invited to join one or more Friends groups (athletics, Botanic Garden, the libraries, Smith Museum of Art) and support the amazing opportunities that make a Smith education so special. The class with the most members in any Friends group will receive the Friends Reunion Award. Boost your class standing and help keep Smith strong. Join a Friends group today.
How to Say ‘Yes’ to Less
Are you feeling overcommitted because you say "yes" to everything? There's an easy remedy: learn to say "no" more often. In her webinar, "The Power of Saying 'No'--Or, How to Say 'Yes' to Less," creative director and strategist Leah Fallon ’01 will offer tips on how to be more selective about saying "yes" in both personal and professional settings. Fallon's April 18 session begins at noon EST and is free and open to the entire Smith community, but registration is required.
Selected items from the news media featuring Smith College people and programs
EARTH: Prof. Jack Loveless: Modeling potential tsunamis in Japan
BOSTON GLOBE: Letter: Period of strength for women’s colleges
MOTORHEAD MAMA: Women Of Automotive: Gracie Hackenberg ’18
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