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Let There Be Light: Global Illumination Let There Be Light: Global Illumination
Illumination Night is one of Smith's most beloved—and beautiful—traditions, when the campus shimmers from hundreds of brightly lit lanterns. This year, you're invited to join thousands of alumnae around the world in lighting your light—virtually—as part of the first-ever Global Illumination Night 2020, an idea proposed by Michelle Stahl AC ’95.
How to Make Working from Home Work for You First Virtual Commencement To Honor Class of 2020 Using Improv Comedy Tips to Beat Stress
How to Make Working from Home Work for You First Virtual Commencement To Honor Class of 2020 Using Improv Comedy Tips to Beat Stress
In the past couple of months, millions of workers have been asked to find alternate ways to do their jobs as businesses and organizations close to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Dorie Clark ’97, a nationally recognized corporate consultant and author, has been paying close attention and watching how the shift may reshape the way we all work in the future. On Sunday, May 17, at noon EDT, Smith will host its first-ever virtual Commencement, honoring the class of 2020 in a unique way during these unprecedented times. The event will include an address from Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi as well as remarks by Smith President Kathleen McCartney and others. As a professional improv comedian, Pam Victor ’88 is uniquely positioned to make the best of the COVID-19 quarantine. Victor, founder and president of Happier Valley Comedy, a nonprofit improv comedy theater in western Massachusetts, shares her advice for taking the techniques of improv comedy and adapting them for real life.
Cady Chaplin ’12 on Being a Critical-Care Nurse in New York City
A photo essay in the latest issue of The New Yorker features Cady Chaplin ’12, an intensive-care nurse at Lenox Hill Hospital. The hospital normally has four I.C.U.s but with so many coronavirus patients, nearly the entire hospital is a critical-care unit, with nurses working 12-hour shifts that are a blur of sickness and death. “Sometimes, after my shift, I walk in my apartment, slide down the door, and cry," Chaplin says.
The Beauty of Smith Voices Together
Twelve Smith faculty, students and staff have created a renga poem that reflects life during COVID-19. A renga is a form of poetry in which each stanza is written by a different poet. Floyd Cheung, vice president for equity and inclusion, saw it as a fun and meaningful way to make sense of life in the midst of the pandemic.
2020 Sherrerd Teaching Prize Recipients
The recipients of the 2020 Sherrerd Teaching Prize are Carrie Baker, professor of the study of women and gender; James Lowenthal, Mary Elizabeth Moses Professor of Astronomy; and Denise McKahn, associate professor of engineering. The Kathleen Compton Sherrerd ’54 and John F. Sherrerd Prizes for Distinguished Teaching were established in 2002.
Selected items from the news media featuring Smith College people and programs
THE NEW YORK TIMES: President Kathleen McCartney: The purpose of the endowment
TEEN VOGUE: How schools are grading during the coronavirus
MS. ONLINE: Prof. Carrie Baker: The long fight for the ERA, part 3
NEWSDAY: Prof. Andrew Zimbalist: Baseball can (again) be the great national pastime
ATLAS OBSCURA: How botanic gardens are growing without visitors
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