Notes from Paradise
Life as a Choral Conductor
Arianne Abela ’08 was born without most of her fingers, so she was surprised when her music professors at Smith suggested she be a conductor. Today, Abela is the director of choirs at Amherst College. She talks about the joys and challenges of choral conducting, the shock of being a viral YouTube sensation, and how it all started at Smith.
Smith Rowing Takes Third at NEWMAC Championship Student Profile: Karli Hakala ’19 Drawn to Wildlife First-Generation Students Tell Their Stories
The Smith College rowing team battled cold and windy conditions on Lake Quinsigamond to post a third-place finish at the 2019 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship hosted by Clark University. Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) came in first place, and Wellesley came in second. Karli Hakala ’19 entered Smith planning to major in engineering but instead will be graduating in May with a degree in biological sciences. After graduation, she will start a job as a wildlife technician with the National Park Service, tracking endangered birds on Assateague Island in Maryland and Virginia. Student participants in First-Gen Out Loud, a yearlong cohort program, write and create videos in order to deepen their self-awareness, explore their passions, and articulate their goals. First-Gen Out Loud is part of the Smith College Narratives Project, in which students reflect on their lives at Smith and beyond.
Revisiting the Goal of Study Abroad
Claire Haug ’20 reflects on whether her study abroad experience was “authentic” enough, and if it actually matters. Haug is a regular contributor to The Edit, a digital newsletter produced by The New York Times, featuring stories by college students and recent graduates.
‘Global Impressions’: Crossing Borders
The latest issue of Global Impressions is available. Supported by the Lewis Global Studies Center, this online journal offers a forum for Smith students and alumnae to showcase short, nonfiction reflective essays on intercultural experiences. The theme of this issue is border crossings and what they can lead to.
Class Visit: Learning Lighting Design Basics
In Nan Zhang's class Lighting Design I, Smith students cultivate sensitivity toward the expressiveness of light and the relationship between light, form and space, eventually learning to manipulate light to articulate ideas. In this class visit, Zhang, a senior lecturer of theatre, asked teams to light the same statue to instrumental music.
Selected items from the news media featuring Smith College people and programs
NBC NEWS: Prof. Floyd Cheung: New Penguin Classics by Asian American authors
SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST: Prof. Marnie Anderson: A new emperor — and a new era — in Japan
MS.: Prof. Carrie Baker: Carrie Goldberg is nobody’s victim
THE NEW YORK TIMES: Prof. Malcolm McNee: Translating ‘Eden-Brazil’
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