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News for the Smith College Community | February 14, 2024

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Dust Off Your Hats! Rally Day Is Almost Here

Dust Off Your Hats! Rally Day Is Almost Here

For 148 years,┬áRally Day has celebrated the extraordinary Smith community and the remarkable contributions of Smith alums through awards, skits, and games. Join this year’s celebration in person at John M. Greene Hall or via livestream on Thursday, February 22, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST.

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Basketball Coach Lynn Hersey Has Her Eye on the Ball

Basketball Coach Lynn Hersey Has Her Eye on the Ball

After reaching 300 career wins, Hersey tells the Daily Hampshire Gazette that she isn’t staying complacent: “It’s been really fun to build this program to get to this level. Now we’re at the stage where it’s about sustaining it.”

President Sarah Willie-LeBreton on the Power of Active Listening

President Sarah Willie-LeBreton on the Power of Active Listening

In this Q&A, Smith’s 12th president discusses the value in hearing each other speak, especially at a time when there is so much division in the world; how she learned to listen; and the ways listening informs her leadership style.

Exploring the Art World Before and After Thelma Golden ’87

Exploring the Art World Before and After Thelma Golden ’87

Golden tells The New Yorker that as a young adult she chose Smith over five other prestigious institutions. Now the director of the Studio Museum in Harlem, she’s dedicated much of her career to promoting the work of Black artists. Her impact has been undeniable.

Professor Candice Price Reflects on Her Passion for Math

Professor Candice Price Reflects on Her Passion for Math

Co-founder of the Underrepresented Students in Topology and Algebra Research Symposium, Price is dedicated to aiding women and people of color in STEM. In this interview, she discusses math, her role models, and more.

Tour the Renovated Parsons House Through Photos

Tour the Renovated Parsons House Through Photos

A Smith residence since 1921, Parsons House was closed for renovations during the fall 2023 semester. Provided by the Keiter Corporation, this gallery of images showcases how the building looks after receiving its recent updates.

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Professor Sabina Knight Shares Her Favorite Taiwanese Stories

Author of Chinese Literature: A Very Short Introduction, Knight has translated Chinese works and published essays in Chinese on literary translation. In this Q&A with Five Books, she discusses Taiwanese culture at large and recommends five reads.

Smith Geologists Conduct Fieldwork on Turks and Caicos

In January, the group collaborated with geologists from Hartwick College to research carbonate rocks and fossilized ecosystems from the Pleistocene geological period. According to one article, they visited sites across Caicos and stayed on Providenciales.

Ayibatari (Tari) Owei ’21 Selected as Showcased Playwright

Recently, the Abingdon Theatre Company announced it will highlight Owei and three other playwrights during the month of February. “Each selected playwright will receive a stipend to further their development on the selected play,” says Broadway World.

Professor Sara Newland to Work With the Truman Center

As a visiting senior fellow, Newland will examine how leaders across the U.S. manage economic, political, and cultural ties to China. “We’re thrilled to welcome Sara and Kyle [Jaros], two scholars recognized for research on relations between the U.S. and China,” says the Truman Center.

Calling All Smithies in Europe!

Join alums, students, and Smith’s director of international alumnae relations for food and conversation in March. Learn more and register for an event near you: Aalborg, March 1; Geneva, March 8; Berlin, March 11; London, March 15; and Dublin, March 16.

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