Notes from Paradise
Smith Joins BOLD Leadership Program
Smith is one of four colleges participating in a two-year pilot women's leadership initiative. Launched by the Pussycat Foundation in honor of its founder, Cosmopolitan magazine editor Helen Gurley Brown, BOLD aims to create a national network of emerging women leaders focused on challenging social issues.
Lenelle Moïse MFA ’04 Reflects on Her Smith Residency Global Impressions: Narratives Behind the Photos Hanya Yanagihara ’95 Heads T Magazine
Poet, playwright and performance artist Lenelle Moïse MFA ’04—this year’s Lucille Geier Lakes Writer-in-Residence at Smith—discusses her experience teaching students in what she calls a "fiercely intellectual community." The Lakes program brings playwrights, poets, novelists and journalists to campus for a semester to work closely with students in small, workshop-style classes. The latest issue of Global Impressions celebrates the art of telling stories through photography and includes essays by Smith students about their travels abroad. Echo Zhang ’19 (pictured), for example, writes about the time she spent in Tokyo. Global Impressions is published by the Smith College Lewis Global Studies Center. Hanya Yanagihara ’95, author of the best-selling novel A Little Life, has been named the new editor of T: The New York Times Style Magazine. Yanagihara served as T’s deputy editor from June 2015 to April 2016. A Little Life, published in 2015, was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Award for Fiction.
Megan Shaw AC Named to BusinessWest’s 40 Under 40
Megan Shaw, an Ada Comstock Scholar who will be graduating this spring, has been named to BusinessWest’s “40 Under 40” list. Shaw owns MEGAdance Fitness, a high-energy dance fitness program that she created and launched in western Massachusetts. Her mission is to build community and empower people through dance and exercise.
How to View This Year’s Commencement
Seating at Smith's 2017 Commencement ceremony is limited to graduates and their guests. Simulcasts for alumnae on campus celebrating Reunion will be provided at brunch locations and in John M. Greene Hall. Additionally, students, parents, alumnae and friends around the world are invited to view the event via live webcast.
College Athletic Facilities Fitted With More Efficient Lights
Fluorescent bulbs are being replaced by more energy-efficient LEDs in all college athletic facilities. Once the transition is completed this summer, the lighting in Scott and Ainsworth gyms, as well as in the Indoor Track and Tennis Facility, will be nearly 100 percent LED, generating an estimated $34,000 in annual savings.
Selected items from the news media featuring Smith College people and programs
THE HINDUSTAN TIMES: Prof. Andrew Rotman is author of new book about Bollywood star
PARADE MAGAZINE: Dana Udwin ’14: What it means to be a data scientist
VOGUE: Zora Casebere ’20: Hair instagrams speak to a new generation
HUFFINGTON POST: Prof. Eric Reeves: Darfur—the most ‘successful’ genocide in a century
FRESH AIR: Terry Gross interviews Kory Stamper ’96
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