Notes from Paradise
Sonya Renee Taylor is SSW Commencement Speaker
Sonya Renee Taylor, author of The Body Is Not an Apology: The Power of Radical Self-Love and founder of an organization committed to body empowerment, will deliver the keynote speech for the Smith School for Social Work Commencement on Aug. 17.
Arriving Soon at Smith: Cecilia Mendez ’AC Responding to the July 31 Call to Campus Police Ruth Turner ’46 is the Grande Dame of the Grandstand
This year’s entering class of 632 new students was selected from a pool of 5,780 applicants, the largest in Smith’s history. In the first of a series of profiles of new students, Cecilia Mendez ’AC shares the story of her unusual path to Smith and why she’s looking forward to being a full-time college student. President Kathleen McCartney and other Smith College officials have issued statements regarding a July 31 incident in which a college employee reported a student of color to Campus Police for seeming "out of place" in a campus common room. Read a transcript of the call to Campus Police and President McCartney's Aug. 2 letter to the community. “For me, baseball is life and the rhythm of life,” says Ruth Turner ’46 in a New York Times profile. She sometimes attends an afternoon Yankees game before an evening at the Metropolitan Opera and, despite declining health, vows to root for the Yankees for as long as she can from her regular seat in Section 105 behind right field.
Former Athlete Helps Build Smith Athletics Program
Lisa Black ’81 invested in Smith through a generous gift establishing the Smith Athletics Program Endowment Fund. An economics major, she played four sports—field hockey, lacrosse, crew and squash—and understands how the discipline and focus required of team sports can enhance a student's academic performance.
‘The Strength of Our Community’: A Stellar Fundraising Year
Nearly 15,700 alumnae, parents and friends of Smith helped make the past year one of the most successful in recent Smith history. By the end of the college’s fiscal year on June 30, more than $69 million, including $13 million for financial aid, had been raised to support a broad range of curricular initiatives, capital projects and scholarships for students.
Selected items from the news media featuring Smith College people and programs
THE NEW YORK TIMES: Casey Legler ’07 recalls unlikely rise and fall in new memoir
INSIDE HIGHER ED: Women’s colleges see boost in yield
NBC NEWS: Prof. Alex Barron: The economic toll of heat waves
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