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Rally for Smith on Rally Day!
Today is Rally Day! And what better way to celebrate the 2019 Smith Medalists than by ensuring the future of tomorrow’s leaders. Help Smith secure 2,019 gifts to The Smith Fund by Feb. 28, and the Smith College Board of Trustees will donate a collective gift of $325,000 for scholarship aid.
Watch 2019 Smith College Rally Day Live Today You’re Never Too Old for Love … or Are You? Yoo Eun Kim ’16 On Teachers Who Go the Extra Mile
Watch today's live broadcast of Rally Day as four extraordinary alumnae receive the Smith College Medal. Among them: Lydia Tenaglia-Collins ’88 (pictured), creator of the CNN award-winning series Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown. The broadcast will be streamed on Facebook at 1:30 p.m. EST. In The New York Times column, “Modern Love,” Sophy Burnham ’58 explores desire and sensuality from an octogenarian’s point of view, after a man, 30 years her junior, confesses he is attracted to her. “I’m an old woman now, although blessed with the accident of health,” writes Burnham. “I’m told I’m attractive, but how could I be? I’m old." In a recent op-ed for USA Today, eighth-grade math teacher Yoo Eun Kim ’16 writes about the plight of her students, society and public education: "Some of my students were skipping school because they didn’t have a dependable adult figure who could help them with basic needs ... I started offering to wash my students’ clothes."
The New Neilson Library is Beginning to Take Shape
The construction of a new Neilson—Smith’s largest capital project in more than a decade—remains on schedule and is expected to be completed in fall 2020. The new library envisioned by designer Maya Lin preserves the core masonry walls of the 1909 Neilson, while reimagining the library complex with two new "jewel box” wings and an innovative, energy-efficient design.
Seeking a Vice President for Alumnae Relations
Smith College is seeking a strong strategic partner and experienced manager of staff and volunteers to serve as the college's vice president for alumnae relations. As a member of the President's Cabinet, the vice president for alumnae relations will lead the evolution of a dynamic, innovative and exceptional alumnae relations program that engages with more than 48,000 diverse alumnae around the world. Please share this notice among your professional networks or nominate a qualified individual.
Selected items from the news media featuring Smith College people and programs
THE NEW YORK TIMES: Kimberly Probolus ’11: We need more women’s voices
FINANCIAL TIMES: Prof. Steven Heydemann: Can Syria rebuild with Assad still in power?
DAILY HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE: Prof. Carrie Baker: Safe, accessible abortion
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