Notes from Paradise
Smith Will Partner on Innovative Solar Facility
Smith and four other leading liberal arts colleges have formed a pioneering collaborative that will allow them to offset 46,000 megawatt hours per year of their collective electrical needs with electricity created at a new solar power facility to be built in Farmington, Maine, and opened in 2019.
On Meeting Malala and Being an Activist A Tale of One Director and Two Theaters Students Explore Material Culture of New England
When award-winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy ’02 organized a gathering to honor education rights activist Malala Yousafzai in her homeland of Pakistan, Sarah Belal ’01, one of Pakistan’s most dedicated human rights lawyers, was there to write about it. "Being an activist ... is a taxing road," she notes. "But when we met Malala, the work seemed validated." Daniel Elihu Kramer is serving not only as the chair of Smith's theatre department but also as producing artistic director for the Chester Theatre Company, a highly regarded summer theater company located in the Berkshires. Says Kramer, “I feel very fortunate. I get to be at Smith. I also get to do this kind of work in Chester, where there is a whole other community.” Students are discovering the ways in which furniture, textiles and domestic environments are interpreted as historical evidence of everyday life through a seminar, The Material Culture of New England: 1630-1860. The seminar takes place in Historic Deerfield, in Deerfield, Massachusetts, and examines items of material culture from the earliest colonial settlements to the Victorian era.
Smith Athletics Giving Challenge: Today Only!
Today, April 25,¬†offers a unique opportunity to support the Smith Athletics Giving Challenge. Smith College Athletics Hall of Famer Lisa Black ’81 will generously match all gifts up to $25,000.¬†Contribute to a specific sport or give to the Friends of Athletics general fund. Whichever you choose, your gift will help provide Smith student athletes with the resources necessary to compete at the highest level. Go Pioneers!
Friends of Smith College Reunion Award
All alumnae are invited to join one or more Friends groups (athletics, Botanic Garden, the libraries, Smith College 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 on Ivy Day. Boost your class standing and help keep Smith strong. Join a Friends group today.
Selected items from the news media featuring Smith College people and programs
NEW YORK TIMES: Who bought Sylvia Plath’s stuff?
CINCINNATI ENQUIRER: Stephanie Jones ’82: Barbara Bush made me feel special and full of potential
DAILY HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE: A new solar collaboration
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