Past Events

Bending Wide: Reflections on My Leadership Journey After Smith, October 2021

Phoebe Haddon, ’72

We had a fun time together on Zoom for our annual Harvest Event this year. Not only were Smithies from the North Shore present, but we had attendees join us from NH, PA, NY, NJ, MD, OH, and Washington DC. Several Smith clubs and Facebook groups including the BASC and BIPOC helped us promote this event.

Our guest speaker Phoebe Haddon, ’72, shared reflections on her experiences both as a young woman choosing colleges during a time of great change in the choices available to women and people of color and how those experiences helped to shape her worldview. She also touched on the kinds of issues women and people of color face in the academy and workplace and how these issues continue to inform her leadership and interests.

What keeps her hopeful for the future are the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He characterized the journey to attain equality as bending wide but always towards justice.

Read more about Phoebe in the Smith Alumnae Quarterly.

Food Glorious Food – Smith Dining: Community and Sustainability, April 2021

Smith Dining at a Glance

Photo taken “Pre-COVID”.

We had an amazing time together on Zoom learning about the fascinating  work that Andy Cox is doing at Smith as the Executive Director of Auxiliary Services. We learned about Smith’s participation in the “Real Food Challenge”. Real Food is food which truly nourishes producers, consumers, communities and the earth. It is a food system–from seed to plate–that fundamentally respects human dignity and health, animal welfare, social justice and environmental sustainability.

Presentation slides

How to Cultivate your Child’s Love of STEM, February 2021

Theanne Griffith, Ph.D

To learn more about Theanne and her books and research, please visit her web site at:

The NSSCC enjoyed an inspiring time with Theanne Griffith, class of 2008 over Zoom as she shared her story and love for engaging children in the world of STEM. Theanne received her BA in neuroscience and Spanish from Smith College, and earned her doctorate in neuroscience from Northwestern University. She is currently an Assistant Professor at UCDavis.

During Theanne’s time with us it was fun to see her show us one of the science experiments that she has used with children to teach them about sound waves. Her children’s books, the “Magnificent Makers” series, include “How to Test a Friendship”, “Brain Trouble”, “Riding Sound Waves”, and “The Great Germ Hunt”. The Magnificent Makers series is filled with science, adventure, and characters that readers love!

Harvest Virtual Zoom Event, October 2020

Harvest Virtual Zoom Event, October 2020

We had a great time hearing from Keiko Matsudo Orrall, Class of 1989, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT) at our annual Harvest event. It was fascinating to see how many state, national, and international groups collaborate with MOTT. We also learned about the ways MOTT is promoting the Commonwealth’s travel and tourism industry in the midst of the pandemic.

A “My Local MA” statewide campaign has been launched at to encourage residents to support local businesses. The “Visit MA” web site has been updated and has a lot of great information for residents and tourists.

Keiko also shared with us two informative booklets recently produced through MOTT: Historic Women Trailblazers of Massachusetts and a Massachusetts Travel Guide. Both are available for download as well as a copy of Keiko’s presentation.

Harvest Supper, October 2019

Harvest Supper Photo, Oct. 2019

Harvest Supper, Oct. 2019: Left to Right: Ellen Moloney Detwiller, Phyllis Cohen Rappaport, Susan Greene (President of the Smith College Alumnae Association), Jane McCall Barry (North Shore Smith College Club President) and Betty Herr. All are from the Class of 1968.

A wonderful time was had by all at our Harvest Supper this past October where we enjoyed a delicious meal catered by Relish Catering of Manchester-by-the-Sea. The event was held at the Backstage Bistro located at the North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, MA and our speaker for the evening was Susan Greene, President of the Alumnae Association.

Susan’s enthusiasm for Smith was contagious and she shared how she is looking forward to encouraging new opportunities that will engage Smith’s alumnae in a lifelong friendship with the college. The event was well attended and we enjoyed a lively Q & A time which helped us gain a better understanding of the current culture on campus.

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