Notes from Paradise
2016 Smith Commencement Weekend
The campus will be abuzz this weekend as Smith celebrates Commencement on Sunday—with U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith as the speaker—and welcomes back more than a thousand alumnae for Reunion. Watch the Ivy Day and Commencement live stream.
Rocks, the Universe and Everything Gloria Steinem ’56 Launches TV Series Invasive Plant Guide Aids River Stewards
Rocks hold the secrets to the universe, says volcanologist and Blueprint Earth co-founder Jess Peláez ’05J. In this TEDx talk, Peláez explains how discovering these secrets and the connections that exist between humans and nature can lead to what she calls a "planetary renaissance."   Legendary activist and writer Gloria Steinem ’56 hosts and executive produces a new series on TV channel Viceland. Called Woman, the series, which debuted May 10, follows Steinem as she travels the world to talk with women dealing with myriad struggles in their everyday lives. For the past several years, student interns at the Botanic Garden have spent hours researching—and pulling up—invasive plants along the mile-long stretch of the Mill River that meanders through campus. What they discovered is documented in a new guide about invasive plants in the region.
Senior Wins Coveted Davis Prize
Ayesha Sadaf Khan ’16 is one of fewer than 100 students from participating American colleges and universities to receive a prestigious 2016 Davis Projects for Peace award. She intends to use her award to establish a handicraft enterprise for mothers of students in the Kiran School in Karachi, Pakistan. By empowering and employing women, Khan, an English and engineering major, hopes that students will be inspired to dream big about their own futures.
Trash for Treats
To combat the trash problem at the end of the school year—and to speed up the recycling and donating process this year—the Office of Campus Sustainability sponsored a new initiative where students could exchange unwanted items for a free dessert from the Wheelhouse Farm food truck.
An Inside Look at College Admissions
Is there a young woman in your family who is beginning the college search? The Office of Admission would like to invite you both to attend "Smith Connection: An Inside Look at College Admissions," offered exclusively to Smith alumnae and their families. Smith's team of admission professionals will share strategies for successfully navigating the college admission process. Sign up now for this special on-campus workshop, Friday, June 24. The cost is $50 per family and includes lunch.
Reimagining Neilson Library
The redesign of the Neilson Library is one of the most significant projects ever undertaken at Smith. Follow the evolution of the redesign process—from concept to design to planning and sustainability—as Neilson is transformed into a library for the 21st century.
Selected items from the news media featuring Smith College people and programs
NEPR: ‘Living buildings’ grow in Western Mass
Springfield Republican: Commencement at Smith
Jezebel: Sophia Smith Collection is source for new biographies of Helen Gurley Brown
New York Times: Gloria Steinem ’56 brings feminism to Viceland
CBC Radio: Prof. Andrew Zimbalist discusses Rio Olympics and Zika
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