Notes from Paradise
The Art of Sylvia Plath ’55
A new exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery features drawings and paintings by Sylvia Plath ’55. Co-curated by Dorothy Moss ’95 and Karen Kukil of Special Collections at Smith, the exhibition reveals a different side of the poet, who considered majoring in studio art at Smith. Moss says, "Seeing the sketches made me see how much Plath understood things visually.”
Simmons Named Interim President of Prairie View A&M Support The Heart of Smith Challenge by June 30 Students Write About the Issue of Cultural Encounters
Former Smith President Ruth Simmons, who led the college from 1995­ to 2001, has been named interim president of Prairie View A&M University in Prairie View, TX. “We are fortunate to have such a high-caliber scholar and administrator who can step in without missing a beat,” says Texas A&M System Chancellor John Sharp.
There are only three days left in Smith's fundraising year. Please visit the Heart of Smith website to support The Smith Fund and the renovation of Neilson Library. Your gift—of any amount—by June 30 will help Smith secure $120,000 from a generous group of alumnae. Make sure your gift is part of this historic moment in Smith's history.
In the latest issue of Global Impressions, students address the topic of cultural encounters, including the difficulties of living in a different culture. Dana Duren ’17 writes, “While interning with a contemporary dance company in Bangalore, India, I simultaneously benefited from and deeply resented a lack of the ‘unfamiliar’ in my environment.”
Remembering a ‘Champion of Smith’
Debra Romero ’77, vice chair of the board of trustees who passed away on June 6, was remembered for her uplifting spirit, sense of adventure and deep commitment to Smith and women’s education. “Debra loved Smith and the Smith community loved her,” said Board of Trustees Chair Deborah Duncan ’77. Shortly before her death, Romero and her three sons established an endowed scholarship that will provide financial aid for students in perpetuity.
Smith Program Takes the Stigma Out of Student Setbacks
The New York Times recently featured a Smith program, “Failing Well,” a campuswide initiative to help high achievers cope with setbacks. Rachel Simmons, a consultant with the Wurtele Center for Work and Life, says, “For many of our students—those who have had to be almost perfect to get accepted into a school like Smith—failure can be an unfamiliar experience. So when it happens, it can be crippling.”
The SAQ Wants to Hear Your Workplace Story
Women employees may be interrupted at meetings, paid unfairly or overlooked for promotions, but we’re betting that Smith women are taking action to make workplace culture better for women. For an upcoming story in the Smith Alumnae Quarterly, we want to hear about the women-friendly changes—big and small—you’re making at work. Send a short description of your successful idea, initiative or policy change to We may contact you for more information.
Selected items from the news media featuring Smith College people and programs
NEW YORK TIMES: Dorothy Siegel ’68: Reshaping autism education
NEW YORK TIMES: Prof. Josh Miller comments on China bomb blast
BOSTON GLOBE: Smith professor captures rare pictures of ultra-bright galaxies
MS. MAGAZINE: Smith Prof. Carrie Baker: Nevada says ‘yes’ to ERA
USA TODAY: Prof. Andrew Zimbalist: Changing the Olympic gestalt
THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION: President Kathleen McCartney: What’s worked
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