Notes from Paradise
‘I Won’t Be Limited By How Others Define Me’
Sandra Williams ’75, senior vice president and deputy general counsel at CBS Television, discusses navigating law school as a black woman in the 1970s and the importance of not allowing others to define “the truth of who we are.” This piece is part of the Spring 2019 SAQ series “To Be a Black Woman.”
What Makes a Successful Career in Private Equity? The Voices and Faces Project: Kaitlin Chiu ’21 Using Origami to Understand Mechanical Design
Andrea Auerbach ’91, global head of private investments at Cambridge Associates in Boston, talks about her career in private equity, why she loves the field and what advice she’d give current Smithies. “Go beyond the job fairs, think about what’s interesting for you,” leverage the alumnae network, she says. Meet anthropology major Kaitlin Chiu ’21, a member of the Smith College lacrosse team, Smith K-Pop Dance Crew, and the Smiffenpoofs. “I am Taiwanese,” she says. “I feel like coming to Smith I’ve been able to be more transparent about who I am and what my interests are and the pride I have in my cultural background.” Assistant Professor of Engineering Kristen Dorsey is using origami patterns to measure human motion. Ultimately, this research could lead to creating wearable sensors with implications for physical therapy and virtual reality. Dorsey’s research is funded by a CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation.  
New England Public Radio Honors Arts Alumnae
Three out of four recipients of the 2019 New England Public Radio Arts and Humanities Awards are Smithies: Pam Victor ’88, founder of Happier Valley Comedy, Inc., of Hadley, Massachusetts; Olivia Ilano Davis ’83, founder and artistic director of Spectrum in Motion Dance Theater Ensemble, of Hartford, Connecticut; and Alice Parker ’47, internationally known choral composer and conductor, of Hawley, Massachusetts. Congratulations to everyone!
Smith Travel: Mallorca, an Artist’s Island
This October, join a small group of alumnae for a uniquely curated experience on the Mediterranean island paradise of Mallorca, off the eastern coast of Spain. Stay in one of the most beautiful hotels in the world, La Residencia, which is home to a treasure trove of art, with works by Joan MirĂ³ and other renowned artists.
Phoebe Wood ’75 Receives Local Business Honor
Phoebe Wood ’75 was named to the 2019 Kentuckiana Business Hall of Fame for her outstanding contributions to Louisville’s economic development and social welfare. Wood is head of CompaniesWood, a consulting firm that specializes in advising and investing in start-up companies.
Selected items from the news media featuring Smith College people and programs
THE NEW YORK TIMES: Prof. Jennifer Malkowski: The endless appetite for graphic video
THE NEW YORKER: The passionate, progressive politics of Julia Child ’34
DAILY HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE: Emma Seymour ’19, Profs. Baker and Zimbalist: Equity in coverage of women’s sports
THE NEW YORK TIMES: Joining the collection: Photographs by Joan E. Biren
C-SPAN: Prof. Paula Giddings: Ida B. Wells
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