Notes from Paradise
Deep Roots: Smith’s Kew Gardens Internship
For more than two decades, Smith students have been interning at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, England, the biggest botanic garden in the world. Through the program, students dive deep into plant anatomy, genetics, molecular systematics, biochemistry and biological interactions.
Sapphire Tang ’22: A Person of Perseverance For Some Children, Pajamas Provide More Than Comfort Storm Lewis ’21: Financial Aid Opens Doors to STEM
Sapphire Tang ’22 comes to Smith from China. Her passions include martial arts and affective science, having conducted research into the impact of parental conflicts on adolescents. She describes herself as a person with perseverance. Smith, she says, “will be helpful to me as I prepare for today’s world.” Sarah Bennison ’95 founded children’s pajama company BENNISON as a way to provide footed pajamas to babies and toddlers in some of the world’s most impoverished areas, where this simple piece of clothing can actually save lives. Storm Lewis ’21, an environmental science and studio art double major, hopes to pursue a career in STEM. Lewis, a Posse Scholar, says, “Without financial aid, attending an institution like Smith would not be an option. I can attend a school that I am proud of and focus on my academic success.”
President McCartney Outlines New Inclusion Programming for the Academic Year
In her traditional letter to the Smith community to kick off the fall semester, President Kathleen McCartney announced new programming that reaffirms Smith’s shared commitment to the principles of inclusion, diversity and equity. There will be education and training opportunities for students, staff and faculty as well as mandatory anti-bias training for staff beginning in October.
Strengthening Bonds: Smith and Amherst College Black Alumnae/i Mini Reunion
On Oct. 5–7, black alumnae from Smith will join black alumni from Amherst College for the first-ever Smith and Amherst College Black Alumnae/i Mini Reunion in Washington, D.C. Organized by Linda Charles ’74 and Richard Ammons AC ’74, the event offers a unique opportunity to celebrate and strengthen the bonds among black alumnae/i from Amherst and Smith colleges who felt that their experiences in the Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts held possibilities for building and maintaining a meaningful network. The mini-reunion includes a reception at the Marriott Marquis Lobby Bar, a visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and a celebration dinner. Register today!
Where’s the Library? All Over Campus
During the renovation of Neilson, library activity has moved to three other campus libraries: Young Library in Bass Hall, Hillyer Art Library in the Brown Fine Arts Center and Josten Performing Arts Library in Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts. “The library is really everywhere on campus,” says Jodi Shaw, Smith’s reference, instruction and outreach librarian.
Selected items from the news media featuring Smith College people and programs
WHYY-TV: Prof. Lauren Duncan: What makes an activist
NBC TODAY: Meet Olympian Casey Legler AC ’07
DAILY HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE ONLINE: Kim Bierwert: Coaching for the English Channel
BOSTON GLOBE: Prof. Andrew Zimbalist: Worcester stadium deal
FORBES: Cait Scudder M.A.T. ’12: A business that empowers women
BLOUIN ARTINFO: Elim Chan ’09 to conduct at Barbican
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