September 2017

  • College Welcomes New Faculty Members

    Thirteen new tenure-track faculty members will teach at Smith in subject areas ranging from anthropology to statistical and data sciences.

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  • Another Extraordinary Class: Meet Some New Smithies

    Max Pabilonia ’21 wants to turn wastewater into a prime growing environment for an eco-friendly alternative to natural gas.

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  • One Student: Grandmother Knows Best

    by Christina Barber-Just / Photograph by Dana Smith

    Victoria (Tori) Greco Hiranaka ’19’s internship with the website Cooking with Grandmothers has inspired her to cook up her own business after graduation.

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June 2017

  • Immigrant Love Story Is Choice for 2017 Smith Reads

    In helping to choose a book for this year’s Smith Reads program for students new to Smith, Tanimola Somolu ’20 said she was hoping to find “one that would be most relevant to the times.”

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  • One Student: Educated to Live Her Best Life

    by Christina Barber-Just / Photograph by Kathleen Dooher

    One of the first students of Oprah Winfrey’s Leadership Academy, Nonkululeko (Morgan) Mpungose, leaves Smith with plans to study architecture so that she can create low-income homes in South Africa.

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  • Creative Voices from Near and Far

    by Elise Gibson

    In Voices & Visions, edited by Smith students, young women from around the world share ideas about their families, war, opportunities and self-image.

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March 2017

  • New Plan Supports Climate Action in All Aspects of Campus Life

    The Smith College Study Group on Climate Change released a report that recommends harnessing Smith’s strengths to address the complexities of climate change.

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  • Campaign Impact: Support for Courses Without Borders

    Important innovations across Smith’s curriculum are strengthening connections among academic disciplines and linking classroom work with real-world issues.

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  • Women Helping Women: How We Did It

    by John MacMillan / Illustration by Hanna Barczyk

    Smith’s Women for the World campaign overcame a recession, weathered a presidential transition and ended by shattering records, raising $486 million.

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December 2016

  • Strokes of Genius

    by Elise Gibson / Photographs by Mark Ostow

    Smith swimmers go the distance thanks to a “chain of sisterly support” and coach Kim Bierwert, who has been coaching swimming and diving at Smith for 40 years.

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  • One Student: Putting a Future Together

    by Christina Barber-Just / Photograph by Jessica Scranton

    Sidni Standard ’17 demonstrates how exploration is one of the key benefits of a liberal arts education.

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  • A Link to Women's History

    by Elise Gibson

    Introducing the SAQ digital archive, documenting more than 100 years of Smith—and women’s—history.

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September 2016

  • Group Dynamics: Alumna Brings 10 Smithies to NASA Center for Praxis Internships

    Erika Rodriguez ’06, a research scientist at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California, created internships for 10 Smithies this summer.

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  • Summer in the Lab

    by Elizabeth Solomon / Photos by Sam Masinter

    Since its inception in 1967, the SURF summer research program gives students real-world experience in meaningful research.

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  • One Student: Woman of Rock

    by Christina Barber-Just / Photograph by Jessica Scranton

    Tanya Pearson AC ’16’s passion for rock and history led to the first-of-its-kind Women of Rock Oral History Project, which will also be turned into a forthcoming book.

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June 2016

  • Smith Study Abroad: Idia in Spain

    Smith College encourages students from all academic disciplines to engage with the world beyond Smith.

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  • Charlotte Feng Ford '83 Endows New Position for Curator for Contemporary Art at SCMA

    Ford is helping to vault her alma mater into a preeminent position in the contemporary art world by endowing a curator’s position at the Smith College Museum of Art.

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  • One Student: Her Fourth Estate

    by Christina Barber-Just / Photograph by Jessica Scranton

    Michelle Soyeon Lee ’16 reflects on her legacy at the Sophian, where she worked to boost student engagement and improve the paper’s digital presence.

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April 2016

  • Framework for the Future

    Smith has embarked upon an ambitious strategic planning process to position the college for continued strength and innovation.

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March 2016

  • Student Apartments Named for Alumnae

    The new student apartments will be named for graduates from diverse backgrounds to reflect the college’s history of pioneering alumnae.

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  • Reimagining Neilson in the 21st Century

    Alumnae gathered with President McCartney, Dean and Provost Katherine Rowe and celebrated designer Maya Lin at the New York Historical Society to discuss the changing role of college libraries.

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  • Feats of Derring-Do

    by Christina Barber-Just / Photograph by Jessica Scranton

    Engineering major Anna Partridge ’16 finds that circus show design shares interesting parallels with engineering design practice.

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January 2016

  • The Carol T. Christ Asian Art Gallery Dedication

    Watch as the former Smith president talks about her trips to Asia, how art figures prominently in a liberal arts education and what it means to be back on campus for the dedication of the gallery named in her honor.

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December 2015

  • Quartet of Medalists

    Four alumnae will join the ranks of the Smith College Medalists, who are recognized for exemplifying the true purpose of a liberal arts education in their lives and work.

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  • Education for All

    by Elise Gibson

    Smith launches its first massive open online course (MOOC), thanks to the help of some students.

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  • One Student: Feet in Two Worlds

    by Christina Barber-Just

    At Smith, Charnice Charmant ’16 gets to explore her diverse passions, including stepping onto the dance floor as well as stepping into the chemistry lab.

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September 2015

  • One Student: River Keeper

    by Christina Barber-Just

    Abby Onos ’17 was excited to work over the summer in an initiative to restore the Mill River waterfront.

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  • Strange Bedfellows

    by Elise Gibson

    The systematics garden at Smith underwent a major overhaul to reflect current thinking in evolution and genetics.

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  • The Language of Color

    Nava Grunfeld, MAT ’81’s paintings explode with color and texture. Her exhibit at the Alumnae House Gallery runs through December 9. Here she shares a little about her background and her thoughts on being an artist.

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July 2015

  • An Art Wrong Made Right

    In the 1940s, 80 paintings were sold from Smith’s early collection at bargain-basement prices. After a little detective work, one valuable piece (deemed “unimportant” at the time) is back at the museum.

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  • Smith Leads National STEM Conversation

    Smith is playing a leading role in a national conversation on strategies for increasing diversity in STEM, taking part in the the first White House Council on Women and Girls’ gathering on STEM education

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June 2015

  • One Student: Pragmatic Idealist

    by Christina Barber-Just

    After graduation, Ayla Ahmed ’15 headed to London to work for financial services giant Morgan Stanley, but the Pakistani native hopes to ultimately return home to make a difference in rural communities.

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May 2015

  • Who is the Class of 2015?

    Find out more about the 735 undergraduate and graduate students who recently received their Smith degrees, exemplifying the college’s longstanding tradition of excellence and achievement.

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  • Smith's 137th Commencement

    In her commencement address, pioneering educator Dr. Juliet Garcia urged members of the class of 2015 to “build bridges, not fences”. Themes of gratitude, equity and the importance of women’s leadership were also stressed.

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  • Admission Policy Announcement

    The Smith College Board of Trustees voted to clarify Smith’s admission policy. The decision affirms Smith’s identity as a women’s college and its commitment to representing the diversity of women’s lived experiences.

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April 2015

  • Praxis Funding Program Unique to Smith

    Each year, more than 400 Smith students take advantage of the Praxis Funding Program, which allows every Smith student the opportunity to elect an internship funded by the college anywhere in the world.

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  • 2015 Sherrerd Teaching Prizes

    Geoosciences professor Sara Pruss is just one recipient of the Sherrerd Prizes for Distinguished Teaching. High standards and championing classroom innovation are among qualities displayed by all three honorees.

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  • Seen and Heard at 'Collaborations'

    “Collaborations,” is an event featuring student/faculty projects in a wide array of disciplines. Enjoy the scholarship and spirit of the day and hear students and faculty describe their projects in five words.

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  • A New Smith Website is Coming

    The Smith College website is going through a major redesign and the redesign working group wants the Smith community to weigh in. Share your thoughts about the redesign by participating in a survey.

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  • Voices Raised in Harmony

    by Elise Gibson

    In 1885, a group of 14 Hubbard housemates gathered after dinner to sing. In short order and in proper Smith fashion, they gave themselves a name (the ’88 Glee Club), and started the tradition of song at Smith.

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March 2015

  • Composing an Opera with a Conscience

    by Christina Barber-Just

    A talented soprano, music major Jessica Marlor ’16 could have pursued a professional singing career. But she found an even better fit for her musical skills: composing modern operas that focus on social issues.

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  • ‘Smith is Poised for an Exciting Future’

    In the wake of the news of the closing of Sweet Briar College, Jennifer Chrisler ’92, vice president for alumnae relations and executive director of the Alumnae Association, affirms Smith’s strength.

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February 2015

  • Wild Collecting

    Rob Nicholson, manager of the Botanic Garden’s Lyman Conservatory, has had many adventures in search of plant samples to bring back to Smith. Read about tales from his global collecting trips in the latest “Insight.”

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  • Juliet García Named Commencement Speaker

    Juliet García, former president of University of Texas at Brownsville—the first Hispanic woman to lead a U.S. college or university—will be the speaker at Smith’s 137th commencement ceremony.

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  • Smart Choices

    Fugees Family founder Luma Mufleh ’97 is just one of the keynote speakers at the Smith College Women’s Leadership Conference: Taking the Right Risks to be held on campus on March 27–28.

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December 2014

  • Keys to a Piano Mystery

    by Elise Gibson

    Learn how Sophia Smith’s 1867 Chickering piano has resurfaced in piano restoration company in nearby Holyoke, MA, and where the instrument will go form there.

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  • One Student

    by Christina Barber-Just

    As an intern last summer at the NASA-affiliated Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, Alyssa Pascuzzo ’15 studied data from Mars collected by the Curiosity rover.

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November 2014

  • Smith Partners with Dartmouth-Tuck

    Smith and Dartmouth’s Tuck Bridge Program are collaborating on The Smith-Tuck Bridge Program. Held on the Smith campus, the program will offer Smith students the opportunity to learn about the world of business.

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  • Kate Soper's Musical Vision

    Assistant Professor of Music Kate Soper’s latest performance piece, “Here Be Sirens,” has been lauded by “The New Yorker” and “The New York Times.” Learn more about Soper’s magical musical journey.

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  • Celebrating Otelia

    Watch “The Life and Legacy of Otelia Cromwell,” a video that traces the life of Otelia Cromwell 1900 from her childhood in the 1870s to her emergence as a scholar and author.

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September 2014

  • New Frame of Reference

    by Christina Barber-Just

    George Bellows’ Pennsylvania Excavation (1907), a grittily realistic depiction of the construction of New York’s Pennsylvania Station, was the Smith College Museum of Art’s most important acquisition of 2010. There was just one problem: The frame.

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  • One Student

    by Christina Barber-Just

    A chance conversation with a Senegalese saxophone player on the streets of Madrid opened a window of understanding for Idia Irele ‘16, and led to her being named this year’s Anita Volz Wien ’62 Global Scholar.

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August 2014

  • Summertime Science

    Sara Pruss, associate professor of geosciences, leads Summer Science and Engineering high-school students on a tour of Mount Tom, composed of volcanic rock formed some 200 million years ago.

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  • Goal Oriented

    by Christina Barber-Just

    Smith’s lacrosse midfielder Jessica Lillquist ’15 talks about winning and losing, lucky sticks and being a student athlete, and her secret to being the Pioneers’ leading scorer.

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  • Sixth Smithie Swims English Channel

    Paige Christie ’15 hopes to become the sixth Smithie to complete the approximately 21-mile swim in waters known for “chop,” large transport ships, debris and stinging jellyfish.

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June 2014

  • The World of Orchids

    STRIDE scholar Karen Yu ’16, curator of “Thesaurus Woolwardiae: Orchid Paintings by Florence Woolward,” which is on display at the Botanic Garden through January 2015, talks about her love of orchids.

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  • An Interview with the Microbes

    What happens when you get a group of testate amoebae together after they’ve been filmed in a Smith professor’s lab and “interview” the microbial actors? It turns out that they are prepared to reveal quite a bit about themselves.

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May 2014

  • What's Next for the Class of 2014?

    Meet members of this year’s graduating class and learn where they are headed after Sunday’s commencement—from Google to Yale to the White House and many paths in between.

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  • 'Work to Preserve the Spirit of this College'

    “Whatever you do when you leave this place, do it in the full spirit of who you are and what you care about.”: Read the text and watch the video of Ruth Simmons, speaker at Smith’s 136th Commencement.

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  • Ruth Simmons To Deliver Commencement Address

    Ruth J. Simmons, the ninth president of Smith College and the 18th president of Brown University, will be the speaker at Smith’s 136th commencement, Sunday, May 18.

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  • SCMA: A Teaching Museum

    Students in an African art history class assist in curating the exhibition “Transformations in African Art,” illustrating the Smith College Museum of Art’s role as a teaching museum.

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  • The Food Recovery Network at Smith College

    Sibyl Brown ’16 leads a group of student volunteers as they pack up leftovers from Smith dining rooms and deliver them to local agencies for people in need.

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April 2014

  • New Library E-Resources for Alumnae

    The Smith College Libraries offered alumnae access to JSTOR in 2010 and now have expanded e-resources available to alumnae with Project Muse, Sage Knowledge and Sage Journals, databases that include current journals and books in a variety of disciplines.

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March 2014

  • ‘Wrestling with Data’

    by Eric Goldscheider

    Data science is an emerging academic discipline and visiting assistant professor Benjamin Baumer, a former statistician for the New York Mets, is teaching a hands-on course.

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February 2014

  • Scholars in Studio: Novel Anesthetics

    Adam Hall, professor of biological sciences, explains his research of novel anesthetic drugs that may prove to be as effective as those commonly used, with fewer dangerous side effects.

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  • 2014 Smith Medalists

    Watch interviews with this year’s Smith Medalists as they talk about their professions, their thoughts on the future, and how Smith led them to where they are today.

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  • Lagarde 2014 Commencement Speaker

    Christine Lagarde, the first woman to serve as managing director of the International Monetary Fund, will be the speaker at Smith College’s 136th Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 18.

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January 2014

  • Home Smith Home

    Julia Leiterman ’15 lives in the smallest house on campus, Duckett House. Here she shows off her room, with its quirky angles and little nooks—it’s quintessential New England charm.

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  • Gates Grant to Enable Disease-Prevention Research

    Smith recently received a $100,000 Grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for research in diseases associated with parasitic infection.

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  • Smith Join's STEM Initiative

    At a recent White House education summit, which included President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, President McCartney announced that Smith will join the Posse Foundation STEM Initiative to support low-income students.

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December 2013

  • A Haven From War

    by Christina Barber-Just

    “I’m thankful for each day that I’m living here and not having my life threatened,” says Taleen Dilanyan ’16, whose family fled both Iraq and Syria. Coming here meant leaving her family behind in besieged Aleppo.

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November 2013

  • Living at Smith

    Jordan House resident Haisely Wert ’16 has filled her room with mementos of family and friends, her love of crafting and an ever-expanding collage wall. Take a video tour and find out what she likes best about living at Smith.

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  • Smith Student Named 2014 Rhodes Scholar

    Smith chemistry major Clarke Knight ’14 has been named one of the 32 recipients of the 2014 Rhodes Scholarships representing the United States. She is the first U.S. Smith student to be named be selected for the honor.

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  • Focus on Gratitude

    Two years ago, Anne Kubitsky ’05 distributed 500 postcards inviting people to answer, “What makes you grateful?” the response was overwhelmingly positive, inspiring and life-changing.

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October 2013

  • Smith Professor to Lead Campus School

    Sam Intrator, Smith professor of education, was named head of the Smith Campus School. “We have a dual mission of engaging children in exploration and serving as a launching pad for the next generation of teachers.”

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  • Following the Road Less Traveled

    by Lars Asbornsen

    Jeannie Cho Lee ’90 was featured in this year’s Elizabeth Miller ’81 Lecture Series. Read why Miller created the annual lecture series and why she thinks taking risks may actually be not so risky.

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  • Inauguration Celebrations

    Inauguration day was filled with celebration and exciting dialogues—from the “Art Stories” tour at the Museum of Art to panel discussions of critical issues to the installation itself. Here is a sampling of the events of the day.

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September 2013

  • President's Perspective: A Unique Community

    by Kathleen McCartney

    As I begin to shape the priorities of my presidency, I want us as a community to consider what more we can do to ensure that girls and women around the world understand the value of selective, higher education.

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  • The Low Status of Teachers

    Rosetta Cohen, professor of education, explains why it is crucial that we redefine the way we think about teachers and maintains that despite the vital role teachers play, public perceptions of teaching are eroding.

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  • A Designer Internship

    by Christina Barber-Just

    Elizabeth La Barbera ’15’s favorite movie is The Devil Wears Prada. Her dream job is to work for Italian Vogue. She’d love to meet Valentino. Thanks to Smith’s Praxis program, she’s halfway there.

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August 2013

  • New VP for Development Named

    Beth Raffeld, a senior executive at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a 30-year career in educational fundraising, has been named vice president for development at Smith College.

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  • J. Courtney Sullivan '03 Advises Young Writers

    Best-selling author J. Courtney Sullivan ’03 dropped by to give some writing and publishing tips to students in the Young Women’s Writing Workshop held on the Smith campus over the summer

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  • Look Who's Coming to Smith

    Smith welcomes 735 new students this fall, including transfers and students of non-traditional age. The 652 first-years in the Class of 2017 were selected from 4,403 applications, the most in the history of the college.

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July 2013

  • Ann Martin ’77 Donates Papers to Smith

    Author Ann Martin ’77, creator of the “The Baby-sitters Club,” series, among many others, has chosen Smith to house her literary papers. Learn what she hopes students will learn from them.

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June 2013

  • Then & Now: Clara Rankin ’38

    Clara Rankin ’38 traveled from Ohio to return to campus in May to celebrate her 75th Reunion. Here she reminisces about being a student at Smith in the 1930s, and how she views the college today.

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  • Smith Scientists Study Rare Formations

    How and why did unusual rock mounds form near ancient Lake Enriquillo in a remote area of the Dominican Republic? After eight years Kelsey Winsor ’07 and Smith faculty are still searching for answers.

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  • ePortfolio Project Pays Off

    Learn how students are creating multimedia projects to convey their learning experience in this partnership between the Wurtele Center for Work and Life and the Women’s Narratives Project.

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  • Leading Women for the World

    by John MacMillan

    After 11 years Carol Christ as president of Smith College, she leaves behind a campus with a broader international perspective, a more diverse student body and an innovative and responsive curriculum.

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May 2013

  • 2013 All Reunion Weekend

    Despite rainy weather, more than 1,000 alumnae from the classes of 1933, 1938, 1943, 1948, 1953, 1958, 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978 and 1983 enjoyed a lively and memorable weekend. Here are photo highlights.

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  • Ivy Day Convocation 2013

    Alumnae and graduates in white, the ivy chain, inspiring speeches and student awards—all part of the traditional Ivy Day Parade and Convocation. View a photo gallery of some of the best moments from this year’s Ivy Day.

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  • "Always Think Smith"

    Founding board member of the Asian Women’s Leadership University Mona Ghosh Sinha ’88 delivered the 25th Reunion Address at Smith’s Ivy Day celebration on May 18: “Take risks, be daring, think big and always think Smith.”

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  • Huffington Asks Grads to Redefine Success

    “Success the way we’ve defined it is no longer sustainable,” said Arianna Huffington, head of The Huffington Post Media Group, at the 2013 Smith College Commencement on May 19. See the entire address.

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  • "At Water's Edge" at Alumnae Gallery

    A little melancholy, “a little creepy,” artist Elizabeth Pols ’75 paints real and imagined landscapes with water as the main theme. Here she talks about what’s behind her work, and what she hopes viewers take away.

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April 2013

  • Senior Hurdler Sets Record

    Kirsten Silfvenius ’13 turned in the best time ever in the 400-meter hurdles event at the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference Championships, breaking the record last set in 2003.

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  • Heavy Machinery

    Filled with drills, saws, presses, welders and 3D proto-typing machines, the Center for Design and Fabrication provides a place for students to learn about creating and manufacturing. Watch the video.

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  • What's Your Art Story?

    Do you have a personal association or treasured memory related to artwork in the permanent collection of the Smith College Museum of Art? Share your story and help create a welcome gift for President-elect Kathleen McCartney.

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  • Harman Endows Writer-in-Residence

    Former Congresswoman Jane Lakes Harman ’66 has endowed a writer-in-residence program at Smith in memory of her mother, writer Lucille Geier Lakes. “The writer-in-residence celebrates her passion,” said Harman.

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March 2013

  • Different Countries, Same Challenges

    by Pamela Petro

    Julie Davis ’84 recruited Smith to partner with the Brazil Professional Fellowship Program, to bring health care workers from the United States and Brazil together for a two-year exchange program to create strong networks, do some creative problem solving and to inspire each other.

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  • Leading by Serving

    by Elise Gibson

    Meet Kathleen McCartney soon-to-become 11th president of Smith College. She’s passionate about education and knows firsthand how it changes lives, loves yoga and independent films— and wears her feminism graciously on her sleeve.

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  • The 11th President of Smith College

    Kathleen McCartney, Dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and an internationally recognized authority on child development and early education, has been named the 11th president of Smith College.

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  • The Politics of Julia Child ’34

    by Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz

    Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz, Sydenham Clark Parsons Professor of History, emerita looks at the letter by Aloise Buckley Heath ’41 sent to alumnae that demonstrates the political beliefs of Julia Child ’34.

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  • President's Perspective: Mothers, Daughters and Aspirations

    by Carol T. Christ

    “The Feminine Mystique,” by Betty Friedan ’42 turned 50 this year, and President Carol T. Christ says it throws a revealing light on the mother/daughter relationship in the early 1960s.

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  • Turning Away From Facebook

    Yes, Facebook usage is down, especially among the 18–29 set, but going cold turkey? That’s exactly what Anne Berman ’15 did when she deleted her Facebook account and lost her connection to more than 1,000 friends.

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  • A Commitment to All Students

    In The Chronicle of Higher Education, Smith Professor of Chemistry Kate Queeney reflects on a former student, “Anna,” who raised her awareness of the experience of low-income students at Smith.

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  • 2013 Commencement Speaker

    Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of the Pulitzer Prize-winning news website the Huffington Post, will be the speaker at Smith College’s 135th commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 19.

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January 2013

  • Welcome Kathleen McCartney

    Watch the live webcast. The Smith community welcomes president-elect Kathleen McCartney at 3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25, in John M. Greene Hall.

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  • Gender Politics

    Smith professors weigh in on whether the historic number of women in the Senate lead to a better climate in Washington, DC.

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  • New Head for Alumnae Relations

    Jennifer Chrisler ’92 has been named vice president for alumnae relations and executive director of the Alumnae Association of Smith College.

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December 2012

  • Smith Medalists for 2013 Named

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  • Safe Haven

    by Christina Barber-Just

    In 2002, armed rebels fired on 29-year-old social anthropology doctoral candidate Alfred Babo; it was the day he began his long journey to Smith.

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  • Setting the Record Straight on Sudan

    Eric Reeves, professor of English language and literature and Sudan expert recently published an eBook that puts the country’s horrific events in an historical context.

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  • Smith Names 11th President

    Kathleen McCartney, dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, has been named 11th president of Smith College.

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  • President’s Perspective: A Campaign to Change Lives

    by Carol Christ

    On October 13, 2012, we launched the public phase of Women for the World, the most ambitious campaign in Smith’s history. For me the symbol of what this campaign is about was the speech by Faith Khumalo ’15.

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  • It’s All About Alumnae

    Alumnae engagement is the focus of a new strategic plan created by the Alumnae Association of Smith College Board of Directors and the Smith College Board of Trustees.

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November 2012

  • Autumn's Floral Wonder

    This year’s Fall Chrysanthemum Show is over, but watch this photo gallery for one last chance to see some of autumn’s most beautiful blossoms—thanks to Smith students’ experiments in hybridization.

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  • Veterans in the SSW

    School for Social Work student Jennifer Mahn became interested in helping others while in the U.S. Coast Guard. Learn more about Mahn and other veterans in the SSW.

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  • Two Faculty Members Named to AMS Fellows

    Ileana Streinu, professor of computer science, and Marjorie Senechal, professor of history of science and technology have been named American Mathematical Society Fellows.

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  • Women's Global Leadership Weekend Highlights

    Watch a video of the Women’s Global Celebration Weekend featuring highlights of the weekend and alumnae comments about the event.

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October 2012

  • Helping Women Realize Their Power

    Three alumnae with ties to the Middle East say women’s networks can be an antidote to extremism and violence. In many Middle Eastern countries, women and girls live in fear under strict extremist laws …

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  • Smith Launches "Women for the World"

    Smith College announced an ambitious $450 million campaign titled “Women for the World: The Campaign for Smith,” an initiative with the critical goal of increasing access to a Smith education through financial aid.

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September 2012

  • Catching Language Problems Early

    by Kristen Cole

    A 3-year-old can make the complex task of acquiring language seem simple. But what if there’s a problem? Without an easy test to assess early language …

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  • Tributes to Retiring Colleagues

    As the campus prepared for Commencement, the faculty said farewell to four of its own who retired this year and who were honored at a reception in the Alumnae House …

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  • President’s Perspective: Potential for World-changing Leadership

    by Carol Christ

    We’ve seen it throughout history: as women thrive, society thrives. Where women lead, stability and prosperity are likely to follow. Sophia Smith bet her fortune …

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August 2012

  • A Vision for Alumnae Engagement

    Smith President Carol T. Christ and AASC Board Chair Lynn Fox talk about the efforts of the AASC board and college trustees to enhance alumnae connection to the college and to each other.

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  • A New Look for Dewey

    See how Dewey House, the original Smith residence and once-regal center of campus social activity, is getting a much-needed makeover.

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  • "The God Particle"

    Gary Felder, associate professor of physics at Smith, explains why Higgs boson discovery heralds a new era in learning about the universe.

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June 2012

  • Learned at Alumnae College

    Alumnae College lectures offered during both Reunion weekends gave alumnae a glimpse of the new academic concentrations that students can now explore. Keynote alumnae speakers talked about community and contemporary art and the fragile state of women’s rights.

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  • All Reunion Weekend, May 24-27, 2012

    Beautiful weather and a huge turnout made for a perfect All Reunion Weekend 2012. Watch a slide show of the celebration.

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May 2012

  • Smith Recognized for Excellence In Science

    The Howard Hughes Medical Institute lauded Smith’s success in science education and awarded the college $1 million to support a plan to attract more women to majors in science.

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  • Reunion and Commencement Weekend, May 17-20, 2012

    Each year alumnae flock back to the college for Reunion weekend to share memories, reconnect with friends, and celebrate all that Smith means in their lives—past, present, and future.

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  • 2012 Commencement

    Emmy and Golden Globe–winning actress Jane Lynch was the speaker at Smith College’s 134th commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 20. She told students, “Let life surprise you. Don’t have a plan.”

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  • Alumnae Recall The Best Jobs on Campus

    As alumnae arrive on campus for Reunion, they will be greeted by about 200 student workers, who will assist them around campus. Here alumnae share their favorite memories of being a Reunion Student Worker.

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  • The Class of 2012

    Here is a quick look at the Smith College class of 2012. Where are they from? What have they studied? And how do they compare to the incoming first-years.

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  • 2012 Sherrerd Teaching Awards

    Three faculty members were named recently as winners of the Sherrerd Teaching Award, given annually to Smith faculty in recognition of their demonstrated enthusiasm and excellence.

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  • What Predicts Women’s Success in Congressional Races?

    Why aren’t more women serving in Congress? Alana Eichner ’12 attempts to answer that question with her research that looks at the successes and failures of women who ran for the House of Representatives.

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  • Sophomore to Bike 4,000 Miles for Cancer

    Her father and grandfather are bicycling enthusiasts and her mother is an oncology nurse, so it makes perfect sense that Alexandra Neff ’14 will spend her summer biking across the United States for cancer.

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  • Students Help to Restore City Park

    Students in two classes taught by Nina Antonetti, assistant professor of landscape studies, helping to redesign and revitalize Keney Park, in Hartford, CT, working with local nonprofit group Community Solutions.

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  • Northampton BikeFest and Tour of the Valley

    Northampton BikeFest and Tour of the Valley on September 22nd, 2012 is presented by the Northampton Cycling Club is a celebration of cycling with Great Rides, BBQ, Local Beer, Fall Foliage, Live Music – Come out and join us for on our cycling tours featuring the stunning fall foliage, dairy

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April 2012

  • Leading with a Cause

    by John MacMillan

    Marilyn Carlson Nelson ’61, chair of the board of the Carlson company, one of the world’s largest hospitality and travel companies, came to campus to talk to students about business being a force for positive social change.

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  • First Ladies on Stage

    by Cheryl Dellecese

    Veteran actress Elaine Bromka ’72, who has appeared in a slew of films and television (“The Sopranos,” “Sex and the City”) brings her one-woman show, “Lady Bird, Pat, and Betty: Tea for Three,” to Smith during Reunion.

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March 2012

  • Interim Director at the Helm of the AASC

    Mary Ann Hill joined Smith this month as the interim executive director of the Alumnae Association, following 11 years in the position of assistant vice president for public affairs at Wellesley College.

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  • Smith Networking Made Easy

    by Cheryl Dellecese

    The Alumnae Association and its volunteer leadership are making it easier for alumnae to connect professionally in their hometowns with Regional Professional Gatherings.

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  • Breathe in the Blooms

    Each year the Lyman Conservatory is home to a dazzling array of vibrant colors and fresh fragrances when it hosts the annual Spring Bulb Show. Not able to get there in person? Let these photos spark your senses.

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  • Favorite Places: Houses

    House life is an integral part of the Smith experience. Watch a slide show of Smith houses with comments from Smith alumnae on their fondest house memories.

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January 2012

  • Firsts In Smith Athletic History

    As the opening of the Smith College Athletic Hall of Fame draws nearer, it becomes yet another first in the storied history of Smith athletics. Read about other firsts in Smith’s athletic history …

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  • Smithies Go to Washington

    Watch Smith students, faculty, and alumnae in Washington, DC, for the inaugural colloquium of the Women in Public Service Project on December 15, 2011.

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December 2011

  • 'How change will happen'

    by Elise Gibson

    The night before the kickoff event for the new Women in Public Service Project, Farah Pandith ’90 enthralled a crowded room of students from Smith and four other Sister colleges with her advice about grad school, finding …

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  • Visual Culture at your Fingertips

    by Elise Gibson

    Back in 1998, students in ART 100 were still memorizing artworks by staring at walls covered with photographic reproductions of the world’s great paintings, sculptures, and architecture. Even as art history students trekked …

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  • Unlocking the Secrets of Life

    by Elise Gibson

    Biomathematics, a rapidly growing field that merges the worlds of mathematics, statistics, computer science, and engineering with biology, biochemistry, and neuroscience, may turn out to be the place where the secrets …

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  • President's Perspective: The Pulse of Smith

    by Carol Christ

    Recently, an alumna asked, “What is the Smith DNA?” It’s a provocative question. It is juniors Mackenzie Bradley and Emma Reim, who swam the English Channel this summer …

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  • November Call for Parents

    On November 9, Dean of the College Maureen Mahoney and Dean of Students Julianne Ohotnicky led a conference call with parents to share news of the college and address some of the questions parents may have about life at Smith and their daughters’ experience on campus.

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  • A Message from AASC President

    After many years of service and dedication to Smith College and the Alumnae Association of Smith College (AASC), Executive Director Carrie Cadwell Brown, EdM ’82, has announced that she will be resigning from her position as executive director on January 3, 2012.

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November 2011

  • The Places We Remember

    Smith’s beautiful natural setting offers 140 acres to explore and 100 buildings boasting a variety of architectural styles. Famed Central Park designer Frederick Law Olmstead created a campus layout with numerous gardens and open spaces, with welcoming, curving pathways on which to wander and contemplate. The strong sense of place

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  • Shelter From the Storm

    by Elise Gibson

    Mother Nature played the trickster on the last Saturday in October, sending snow so heavy that one observer compared it to “falling cement.” Within hours …

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  • Smith First in Fulbrights

    With a record 19 Fulbright Fellows in 2010-11, Smith is the top-producing college in the country, according to the Fulbright Program.

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  • Otelia Cromwell Day 2011

    Award-winning medical writer Harriet Washington to be keynote speaker at this years’ Otelia Cromwell Day symposium.

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  • Women in Public Service Project

    The Women in Public Service Colloquium will be streamed live on Dec. 15., from the State Department, where President Carol T. Christ will speak and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will deliver the keynote address.

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October 2011

  • Learning How to Get a Good Night’s Sleep From Jet-Lagged Mice

    Mary Harrington, Smith life sciences professor and Stephany Biello ’90, psychology professor at the University of Glasgow, in Scotland, are doing research on how the aging brain experiences sleep disruptions.

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  • Professor Seeks Feedback on New Book

    Donald Joralemon, Smith professor of anthropology, is working on his latest book, “Mortal Dilemmas: Why Is It So Hard to Die in America,” and he wants your feedback. Check out his manuscript online and add your thoughts.

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  • Welcome Home: The New Northrop and Gillett

    Northrop and Gillett houses received dramatic renovations, including new dining and living spaces, lounge areas, and the addition of an elevator. Take a look at the slide show below to see photos of the houses’ inviting new looks.

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  • Climate Maven

    by Christina Barber-Just

    Aimee Christensen ’91, founder and CEO of green-consulting firm Christensen Global Strategies, came to campus in October to give a lecture that urged students to heed causes for environmental alarm …

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  • Virtual Paris

    In a new pedagogical/research project, “Mapping Paris, a Cultural Capital,” Hélène Visentin, associate professor of French studies, is using a multimedia environment with the GIS …

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  • President’s Perspective: Smith at 2020, and Beyond

    by Carol Christ

    Colleges are enduring institutions, deliberative in their processes and informed by tradition. But the best ones—Smith among them—are constantly alert to the larger societal imperatives and long-term …

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September 2011

  • Mountain Day With The Noteables

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  • The Class of 2011

    Here they are the class of 2011! Meet some of this year’s graduates and find what they are taking away from their time at Smith and what they plan to do next.

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  • The View From Smith Today

    Smith welcomed 797 students to campus this year from a record-setting pool of applicants. Whether walking to classes, sitting by Paradise Pond, studying in one of the libraries, or relaxing with friends in their houses ….

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  • A Scoop of Success

    by Elise Gibson

    In March of her first year at Smith, Nina Caufield ’11 had a brainstorm: For a summer job, she would rent a former ice-cream parlor near her family’s summer home, rename it Nina’s Ice Cream Parlor …

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  • Real-world Design

    by Elise Gibson

    After Laurie Sanders ’88 led her small town near Smith in a drive to fund and build a new community library, she knew she’d need low-cost design assistance to make her shoestring budget work …

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August 2011

  • They Did It!

    Smith juniors Emma Reim and Mackenzie Bradley successfully swam the English Channel! Both swimmers reached the French coast in the early hours of August 6 …

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July 2011

  • Students Design a Solar Energy System for Northampton

    A solar photovoltaic system was one of three renewable energy sources the Northampton DPW asked Smith students Lindsay Holle and Darcy Dwyer to research. The two seniors also set out to analyze the feasibility of wind.

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  • Favorite Places: Capen Garden

    Capen Garden, named after former Smith chemistry department chair Bessie Capen, is undoubtedly one of Smith’s treasures. Also dubbed the “Secret Garden,” …

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June 2011

  • President's Perspective: Smithipedia

    by Carol Christ

    Over the past four years, I have worked with thirteen students—the “Smithipedists”—on the project, and they have built a fascinating and valuable resource.

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  • Faculty of Note: Summer 2011

    Elizabeth V. Spelman, Barbara Richmond 1940 Professor in the Humanities, explored what our castoffs say about us in “Combing Through the Trash: Philosophy Goes Rummaging.

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  • A Student's Guide to Dining

    by Zoe Gioja '13

    In the six years since Smith opened up its dining system, allowing students to eat in whichever dining room they want, students have embraced popular lunch innovations …

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May 2011

  • Reunion 2011

    Alumnae from the classes ending in 1 and 6 came back to Smith in 2011, with the class of ’61 celebrating their 50th Reunion. The earliest class to return was the class of ’36, celebrating their 75th Reunion, and the class of 2006 returned to campus for their first. In

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  • 2011 Ivy Day Parade Highights

    Watch the highlights of the 2011 Ivy Day Parade and Ceremony held during Reunion and Commencement Weekend with the graduating class of 2011 and alumnae from the classes of 1986, 1991, 1996, and 2001. Photos by Jim Gipe.  

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  • Signs of the Times

    Continuing the Alumnae Parade tradition, Reunion 2011 revelers march and showcase their signs. Here are highlights of this year's messages.  

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  • 2011 All Reunion Alumnae Parade Slide Show

    Watch highlights of the 2011 All Reunion Weekend Alumnae Parade and Ceremony. Classes coming back to campus included 1931, 1936, 1941, 1946, 1951, 1956, 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, and 1981. Photos by Jim Gipe.

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  • 2011 Ivy Day

    Watch a slide show of the Smith class of 2011 celebrating Ivy Day on May 14, which included the alumnae parade, senior class procession, and awards ceremony.

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April 2011

  • Everything They Want to Know About Sex

    by Zoe Gioja ’13

    Nearly every seat in Stoddard Hall is taken on a Wednesday evening as instructor Emily Nagoski begins her PowerPoint presentation. Her new class on women’s sexuality as such an immediate hit …

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  • We Sing the Theory of Evolution

    Some 150 years after iconic naturalist Charles Darwin pondered the natural world’s mysteries, excerpts from his writings are now scored to be sung …

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  • View of My Room: Wall of Memories

    by Zoe Gioja '13

    When Maya Lewin-Berlin ’13, a physics major from eastern Massachusetts, moved into Maya Lewin-Berlin ’13 her first single room in September, she realized that she had a lot of real estate to cover.

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  • Physics and Astronomy Reunion

    Alumnae who majored in physics are coming back to campus April 9–10 for a symposium that celebrates their career success as well as the retirement of longtime physics department faculty.

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March 2011

  • A Love of Classroom Teaching

    President Christ, my new friend;
 Chair McPherson, taller far than a common board chair; Trustees, you who care so much about this college, and who know how to party; 
Faculty and Staff: how beautiful on the mountain are the feet of the messengers; 
Class of 1983, my sisters …

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  • Centers of Attention

    by Elise Gibson

    When the college created the Smith Design for Learning, its ten-year strategic plan in 2008, it announced plans for academic centers that would pull together resources from across the college. The college has powerful …

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  • Teachers of Tomorrow

    They’re still students themselves, but these seniors have already acquired solid classroom experience, as student teachers, as teaching assistants in Smith’s Urban Education Initiative, as camp counselors and tutors.

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  • President's Perspective: Honing the Art of Teaching

    by Carol Christ

    n my first year at Smith, I invited every member of the faculty to dinner, in groups of twenty, to hear about their aspirations for the college and for themselves. Every one of the conversations turned to teaching.

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  • Global Leadership for Women

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the Women and Public Service Initiative, which will bring together the resources Smith and the other “Sisters”—with the State Department.

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  • 2011 Smith Medalists

    Five distinguished alumnae came to campus on Rally Day, February 23, to receive the Smith College Medal, awarded each year to alumnae e judgment of trustees of the college, “exemplify in their lives and work the true purpose of a liberal arts education.” The day before Rally Day, the Medalists

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  • Sylvia Earle to be 2011 Commencement Speaker

    Legendary oceanographer Sylvia Earle, the undersea explorer dubbed a “living legend” by the Library of Congress, will be the speaker at Smith College’s 133rd Commencement ceremony.

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  • JSTOR Access for Alumnae

    by Jane Falla

    Teachers, lawyers, writers, researchers, or any alumna with an inquiring mind can now access JSTOR, a vast digital archive of more than 1,200 scholarly journals in the humanities, social sciences, and sciences.

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February 2011

  • Examining the 'Tiger Mother'

    by Zoe Gioja '13

    Following the uproar over a memoir about demanding Chinese mothers, a panel, titled “The Roar Over Amy Chua,” gathered at Smith to discuss the book’s message.

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January 2011

  • Two-wheeling for Fun and Idealism

    by Elise Gibson

    Not since the fitness-induced surge of cycling in the 1970s has bicycling been this popular on campus.

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  • Master Dancers

    by Elise Gibson

    To mark the thirty-fifth anniversary of New England’s only master of fine arts in dance, graduates of the program are returning to Smith this year to teach classes, create choreography, and perform.

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  • Provocative Student Art Show

    “Plantinimis,” a collection of provocative and symbolic works by students in a senior visual art seminar, taught by Lee Burns, professor of art, ranges widely in media and materials.

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  • Campus Directory App

    Smith College recently launched its first iTunes app, SCDirectory, which allows users to search the college’s online directory of faculty, staff, and students using an iPhone or iPod

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December 2010

  • Recipe for Smith Popovers

    Smith popovers are a delectable treat, and perfect for your holiday table. Below is the recipe for a dish that is sure to satisfy your family and friends—and bring you back to your Smith days! Ingredients: 1 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon salt 3 eggs 1 cup milk 1 tablespoon

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  • Bringing Clean Water to the People of Ghana

    by Lily Samuels ’11

    Sanita Dhaubanjar ’13 will travel to northern Ghana as a fellow with Community Water Solutions, a nonprofit that starts water treatment businesses in developing countries.

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  • President's Perspective: Partners in Global Education

    by Carol Christ

    The long international experience of women’s colleges like Smith offers an alternative model of outreach, one with particular benefits for educating women worldwide.

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  • Shelter From the Cold

    by Zoe Gioja ’13

    Every year, the fig tree in Capen Garden is wrapped up, buried in a long trench, and covered with soil to protect it from New England’s harsh winters.

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  • Cosmo Girl Comes to Campus

    by Zoe Gioja '13

    With her black suit, pearls, and flawlessly styled hair, Helen Gurley Brown at age 88 appeared every bit the Cosmo girl as she sat, surrounded by scores of admiring professors and students, at a campus gathering in her honor.

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  • First-Year Accepts Award from First Lady

    Michelle Obama on the left, her mentor on the right. Standing in the West Wing of the White House was a moment Fidelia “Kirby” Vasquez ’14 will not soon forget.

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  • Taking on the Channel

    Sophomores Mackenzie Bradley and Emma Reim love of swimming will be put to the test next August when they set out to swim across the English Channel.

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November 2010

  • Smith in Asia Tour

    View a slide show featuring photos from a number of President Carol Christ’s events as she tours Asia.

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  • Books, Basketball, and Motherhood

    Ashani Petrizzi AC ’12, mother of 4-year-old Kohen, balances and often blends the components of her busy life with success in all areas.

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  • Annual Mum Show

    Each fall as colors fade outside, a riot of color erupts indoors at Smith College’s Lyman Conservatory during the college’s annual chrysanthemum show.

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  • Trading Career Certainty for Passion

    by Zoe Gioja ’13

    Freelance writer Carolina Miranda ’93, poet Lenelle Moise, MFA ’04, and singer-songwriter Dar Williams came to campus to speak to students about choosing unconventional career paths.

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October 2010

  • Time Takes Its Toll

    by Elise Gibson, with Sarah Campbell ’10

    The class of 1883 had immortality in mind when it marked its 40th Reunion by giving the college that most ancient of timepieces—a sundial.

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  • Up Through the Ranks

    Professor Borjana Mikic took over the engineering program in July, replacing Linda Jones, who returned to New York’s Alfred University to lead the New York State College of Ceramics.

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  • Victory in a Garden

    by Elise Gibson

    The new Smith Community Garden is the venture of a small army of Smith students who, for the past two growing seasons, have grown vegetables in hand-constructed raised beds on an off-campus pilot site.

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September 2010

  • President’s Perspective

    by Carol Christ

    I have just returned from Istanbul, where our European alumnae held their biennial reunion. The reunion offered a vivid reminder of how broadly our alumnae are spread across the globe, and how deep are our international roots.

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  • Designing and Creating in 3D

    by Elise Gibson

    For a week during January interterm, Eric Jensen, who manages the Center for Design and Fabrication, does his part to make sure Smith students know their way around a working machine shop.

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August 2010

  • Artist in the Kitchen

    by Jenny Hall AC ’04

    Baker Sal Presto has become somewhat of a legend on campus. His unique bread sculptures, which he calls “edible folk art,” are one of the most anticipated treats of Lamont House’s spring senior celebration, and his baking techniques have been inspiring the Dining Services staff for the past twenty years.

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  • Teaching Across Borders

    by Elise Gibson

    Every January for the past five years, Smith writing instructor Debra Carney boards a plane in Boston for a 30-hour journey to Cambodia, a country perhaps best known to Americans as the site of US bombings and a brutal insurgency that killed millions of people, virtually destroying its economic, social,

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  • Go Pioneers!

    by Elise Gibson

    As point guard Anna Veltri ’11 nabs the ball and begins racing down the court, the Smith Spirit cheer squad goes into action. Shaking shiny gold pom-poms they shout in rhythm, “Take the ball down the court. Shoot, shoot, shoot, and score!” Co-captain Rebecca Kaplan ’11 keeps a close eye

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  • How to Build a Broadway Career

    by Elise Gibson

    As Alicia Cho ’11 finished her soaring rendition of a song from Phantom of the Opera, Kathleen Marshall ’85 clambered over seats and hopped on to the Theatre 14 stage, gave Cho a few tips, and then clambered back to her seat. Her tall black boots and gray dress didn’t

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  • Spirit of Change

    by Elise Gibson

    The starkly elegant Helen Hills Hills Chapel may look like a white beacon on the hill, but in recent years fewer and fewer students have been heeding its call to attend religious services.

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  • A College for the World

    by Lindsey Rowe Roberts ’06

    Since 2002, international applications to Smith have increased 69 percent, according to President Carol Christ. International students comprise 12 percent of the class of 2013, compared to 7 percent of the class of 2012.

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