Notes from Paradise
Poet Rita Dove Delivers 140th Commencement Address
In her Sunday address to the Smith graduating class of 2018, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Rita Dove noted, “Whether you end up as a politician or a painter, a novelist or a neurologist, this you all have in common: You have learned how to pursue thoughts and ideas.”
Students Design Safer Greenway Honorands Offer Life Tips and More On Graduation Eve Returning Alumnae Celebrate Milestone Reunions
Students in the Engineering Design Clinic worked with Smith faculty and the staff at the Mill River Greenway Initiative to find ways to improve safety at a dangerous riverbank bend that is part of a planned bike path. Smith professor Susannah Howe noted, “This is as good an example of students collaborating with multiple professional engineers as I’ve ever seen." Smith President Emerita Carol Christ, filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy ’02, poet Rita Dove, civil rights expert Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, and retiring president of Greenfield Community College Robert Pura joined President Kathleen McCartney for a discussion on a variety of topics, from new beginnings to life's transitions. Nearly 1,000 alumnae from the classes of ’68, ’78, ’88, ’98, and ’08 returned to campus for Reunion/Commencement Weekend to celebrate milestone anniversaries since their own Smith graduations, with the class of ’68 celebrating its 50th Reunion. Enjoy a photo gallery of the weekend's events, which despite persistent spring rains were deemed resoundingly successful.
‘New Frontiers in Coaching’ is Focus of ESS Conference at Smith
"New Frontiers in Coaching," a conference presented by the Smith College Department of Exercise and Sport Studies (ESS), takes place June 7–8 and brings together coaches and coach education professionals from the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference with Smith ESS graduate alumni. Talks by the two keynote speakers—Amy Wilson, director of inclusion for the NCAA, at 1:15 p.m. June 7, and Ken Ericksen, head softball coach at the University of South Florida, at 4 p.m. June 8—are free and open to the public. Both events will be held in the Sweeney Concert Hall of Sage Hall on campus.
Smith People in the News
New honors, awards, scholarships and promotions are among the recent accomplishments of Smith students, faculty, staff and alumnae. Read about them in the latest People News.      
Selected items from the news media featuring Smith College people and programs
BLOOMBERG MARKETS: Board chair Deborah Duncan ’77: Women in the board room
DAILY HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE: Commencement: Understanding the “in between”
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