Notes from Paradise
Making Access to Education a Priority
Phoebe Haddon ’72, chancellor of Rutgers University in Camden, New Jersey, is dedicated to making sure students from all backgrounds can attend college. Haddon's signature program, Bridging the Gap, greatly reduces tuition costs for low-income families.
First Smith Posse STEM Initiative Class Graduates 2019 Smith Reads Selection Explores Climate Change Support the Heart of Smith: The New Neilson Library
In 2015, Smith welcomed its first Posse STEM Initiative class—11 students from New York City selected for their leadership potential and desire to become STEM majors. They supported one another throughout their four years. “Posse is here to stay,” said Audrey Smith, vice president for enrollment. “This has been a very successful partnership." All entering Smith students will be reading How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate by social scientist Andrew J. Hoffman, as this year’s Smith Reads book selection. The selection aligns with the college’s Year on Climate Change initiative. Hoffman is the Holcim (US) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan. Neilson Library is where ideas take flight. That is why it is critical Neilson keep up with the needs and expectations of students and scholars today and in the future. As the college continues the major renovation of Neilson, The Smith Fund is asking the entire community to support the library's future by participating in The Heart of Smith fundraising campaign.
Jackie Kennedy’s ‘Happiest Year’ was Spent On Smith JYA
In August 1949, 20-year-old Jacqueline Bouvier, a Vassar student, set sail from New York to Le Havre, France, on the SS De Grasse, with the Smith College Junior Year in Paris program. She referred to that year in Paris as the “happiest year” of her life and the city was a lifelong influence. A recent story in The New York Times traces Kennedy's adventures in Paris.
Sarina Prabasi ’95: One Immigrant’s Story
Sarina Prabasi ’95, a native of Nepal who now lives in New York City, talks about her memoir, The Coffeehouse Resistance: Brewing Hope in Desperate Times. She wrote the book in part “to express my worry over how powerful people are talking about immigrants.” Prabasi is chief executive officer of WaterAid America and co-founder of the Buunni coffeehouses.
Announcing the 2019 Friends of Smith Award Winner
Congratulations to the class of ’59 for winning the 2019 Friends of Smith Award. The award, presented at each Reunion, goes to the class with the highest number of members in the four Smith Friends groups for athletics, the botanic garden, the libraries and the Smith College Museum of Art. This is the second time the class of ’59 has earned the award!
Selected items from the news media featuring Smith College people and programs
THE NEW YORK TIMES: Dayo (Monica) Harris ’09: Black women in Chicago, getting things done
MS.: Prof. Carrie Baker: Organizing locally for reproductive rights
BOSTON GLOBE: Remembering Adelaide Cromwell ’40
NPR PLANET MONEY: Prof. Andrew Zimbalist: Women’s soccer sues for equal pay
WASHINGTON POST: Prof. Martha Ackelsberg: Bridging political divides
USA TODAY: Commencement speakers: Ai-jen Poo
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