Notes from Paradise
Paralympic Hopeful Eyes Gold
Elite para rower Hallie Smith ’16 was diagnosed with hereditary spastic paraplegia while a student at Smith, but it was only after she lost the use of her legs that she took up the sport.  Smith, a member of the U.S. national rowing team, won a bronze medal in the 2018 World Rowing Championships. Now she is a contender for the 2020 Paralympics.
Rowena Caanen ’17: Creating a Handbook for Life Matt Donovan Revels In Smith’s Poetic Energy Hannah Henson AC: Following Her Own Path
How do you navigate life’s challenges, stay true to yourself and create the life you really want? These are questions young people have grappled with for generations. Through her work at Global Young Leaders in the Netherlands, Rowena Caanen ’17 is helping to provide some answers. "This project started because of the anxiety over the many questions young people face," she says. Poetry Center Director Matt Donovan is thrilled about Smith students' engagement with poetry. “Poetry is not a siloed experience at Smith,” says Donovan, whose academic title at Smith is professor of practice in English language and literature. “There is an open-mindedness, a willingness to explore the possibilities of poetry even if students coming to it for the first time know nothing about it.” After growing up in a very conservative family, Hannah Henson AC left the University of Alabama to marry an Army man, then followed her husband to stations in Texas, South Korea and eventually to Colorado. “I just fell in line with what people wanted me to do,” Henson says. “I didn’t know there was life outside of those expectations.” Now single, Henson is excited to be at Smith to start a new chapter of her life
Smith Supports Affordable Housing in Northampton
Smith is actively engaged in numerous projects to strengthen and encourage community development, including downtown revitalization. In 2005, Smith entered into a 30-year development agreement with the city to help fund affordable housing for low- and middle-income households. Under the agreement, Smith created an affordable housing fund to provide grants for local partners and developers.
Register for 2020 Smith Travel Trip to Iceland
Join fellow Smith alumnae and friends of the college on this five-day escape February 20-25, 2020, to Iceland, also known as the Land of Fire and Ice. Immerse yourself in Iceland’s rich culture and Viking heritage beginning with two nights in the bustling capital city of Reykjavík, followed by two nights exploring the vast countryside.
SSW Five College Circle of Scholars Info Sessions
The Five College Circle of Scholars program is open to students and graduates of the Five Colleges interested in applying to the Smith College School for Social Work MSW program in clinical social work. Applicants qualify for unique benefits, including application fee waiver, consideration for merit scholarships, preference in the geographical location of your field internship and priority in decision notification and SSW grant-funded financial aid. Attend an information session at UMass (10/7), Mount Holyoke (10/8) or Smith (10/17).
Selected items from the news media featuring Smith College people and programs
WBUR: College presidents: Immigration policies weighing on higher ed
NEW REPUBLIC: Prof. Daniel Gardner: The climate crisis and China
WALL STREET JOURNAL: Mona Sinha ’88: How women can use their wealth to do good
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE MAGAZINE: Cornelia Oberlander ’44: Permafrost Frontier
THE NEW YORK TIMES: Visiting writer Susan Faludi reviews ‘She Said‘
DAILY HAMPSHIRE GAZETTE: Prof. Carrie Baker: Climate change is a feminist issue
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