Upcoming Club Events

Annual Holiday Luncheon and Auction

DATE: December 7, 2019
TIME: 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Hacienda del Sol, 5501 N. Hacienda del Sol Road, Tucson, AZ 85718
COST: $30

Bring your Smith gear, favorite baked goods or other items to donate to the auction and join fellow Smith Club members as we raise money for the Smith Scholarship Fund!

And it is that time of year when Club Dues is due! Dues is $25 for those who graduated over 5 years ago.  If you graduated within the last 5 years, dues is $15.  Dues is used for refreshments for club events, care packages and other expenses for events for current and prospective students from Southern Arizona, communication expenses, and to periodically send a Smith College Club of Tucson officer to the Smith College Volunteer Leadership conference. 

To RSVP for the holiday luncheon, make checks payable to Smith College Club of Tucson and mail them to Chris Mikel ’71 by December 2, and don’t forget to include your dues!

Chris Mikel ’71
Treasurer, Smith College Club of Tucson
7341 N. Wanda Vista Way
Tucson, AZ 85704


Previous events:

Fall Kickoff and Potluck

Date: Sunday, October 20, 2019
Time: 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Address: the home of Nancy Bissell ’61,  821 S. 3rd. Ave., Tucson, AZ 

Type: Potluck event, please bring a dish to share according to the first letter of your last name (or your own desire!). Drinks will be provided.

A – G – Main dish
H – N – Side dish or salad
O – Z – Dessert

Please let us know if you plan to attend by sending an email to TucsonSmithClub@gmail.com so we have an idea of how many people to expect. Spouses, partners, and family members are welcome.

If you need help with directions call (520) 404-1850


Smith College Admissions Update

Interested in learning more about the current admissions process at Smith College? Join us to learn more from Patricia Allen ’12 Assistant Director of Admissions at Smith College.

RSVP to Sarah Kostick ’05, Alumnae Admissions Coordinator, Tucson at skostick@gmail.com

Drinks and appetizers will be provided by Smith College Admissions.

Date: Thursday, September 19, 2019
Time: 5:30 – 7:00 PM
Address: Pastiche Modern Eatery, 3025 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson, AZ 85719


Holiday Luncheon and Auction:

This year the club will gather once again in the first weekend of December to celebrate the holidays and raise money for scholarships for current Smith students. Last year the club raised $1700 that was contributed to the Smith College Scholarship Fund through this event.

Date: December 1, 2018
Time: 11:30 am – 2:30 pm
Address: Hacienda del Sol, 5501 N Hacienda del Sol Road, Tucson, AZ 85718

Type: Friend-raising and Fundraising for scholarships for current students.

Please RSVP by sending a check made out to Smith College Club of Tucson for $28 to Sue Ellen Schuerman ’85 by November 27, 2018 and indicate Smith Holiday Luncheon in the memo line.

Sue Ellen Schuerman ’85
Vice President, Smith College Club of Tucson
230 S. Herbert Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701

Baked goods and Smith College paraphernalia continue to be in demand at the auction. Come prepared to get a head start on holiday shopping!

Fall Kick-off Event:

Date: October 28, 2018
Time: 1 pm – 3 pm
Address: Home of Anne Ferro ’64, 6025 San Leandro, Tucson, Arizona 85715

Type: Potluck event, please bring a dish to share according to the first letter of your last name (or your own desire!). Drinks will be provided.

A – G – Main dish
H – N – Side dish or salad
O – Z – Dessert

Please let us know if you plan to attend by calling, texting or emailing Chris Mikel ’71 520-982-7866 or mikel@math.arizona.edu so we have an idea of how many people to expect. Spouses, partners, and family members are welcome.

Sunday Jan. 22, 2017  Smith Prof. Elizabeth (Vicky) Spelman talks about her new book, Trash Talks.
Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, 11:00-1:00,  Join us at the Tucson Botanical Gardens for lunch and a tour of “Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life”.
December 2016: Annual Holiday Lunch and Live Auction Scholarship Fundraiser

White elephant items, homemade goodies and some generously donated wine helped us raise over $1000 for local Smith students at the Hacienda del Sol!


October 2016:  Tucson’s own Mountain Day was held in the shadow of A Mountain, at Las Milpitas Community Farm.

Elena Ortiz ’11 hosts the Smith Club at Las Milpitas Community
Farm, a project of the Community Food Bank of Southern AZ

Club prez Susan Crane ’85 says it’s a banner year for Smith!

Elena Ortiz ’11 and Rene Morton ’62

May 2016: Smith Club Young Alumnae (YA) event, Trumpets and Tequila at The Playground.  We had a fun rooftop brunch with mariachis despite the horribly windy conditions (and the flying shelf that hit Retina on the head!!).  Glad to meet the newest Tucson Smithie (class of ’20).

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Silver Linings

April 2016:  Local public artist Chris Tanz presented her Tucson sculpture projects at the home of Catherine Morton ’62, and we all realized how many of them we’d already seen and admired.

At left: Chris Tanz, “Silver Linings,”  Tucson International Airport

March 2016:  yoga teacher Kimber Simpkins ’92 discussed her new book FULL: How I learned to satisfy my insatiable hunger and feed my soul. Lisa Abrams ’90 hosted.

CANCELLED due to illness Saturday Feb. 20, 2106:  Smith Faculty Guest Lecturer Prof. Dana Liebsohn (Art History)

December 2015: We raised over $1500 during the annual White Elephant Auction at our holiday lunch at Hacienda del Sol.  Thanks to everyone who bid on the baked goods, dog treats, wine and miscellaneous “stuff”.  All proceeds were donated to the Smith scholarship fund.

October 2015: A Progressive Dinner was hosted by Nancy Tyson ’64, Cynthia Lang ’59 and Susan Crane ’85 in the Sam Hughes neighborhood east of the University.  A good time was had by all!  We convened for drinks and appetizers at Nancy’s and progressed with our drinks wagon to Cynthia’s for the main course, followed by coffee and dessert at Susan’s.

Many thanks to our hostessess (L to R: Susan, Nancy and Cynthia):susan nancy cyn

Thanks also to Angela Rose AC ’02 for the excellent suggestion of costumes and “come as your favorite Smithie”; and to Lia (future Smithie?!) for awesome photos with the selfie stick.

Progressive Dinner main course

Progressive Dinner main course, featuring Cynthia’s delicious lasagna

Piper and Alex stop by for dinner.

OITNB’s Piper and Alex stop by for dinner.

Smithies enjoying good food and conversation

Smithies enjoying good food and conversation

Spring 2015:

**January: Visiting Smith professor Douglas Patey led a rousing discussion of “Jane Austen’s (Bad?) English” at a Smith tea hosted by BJ Smith ’50.  The Jane-ites and other fans of the written word came out in force to enjoy the tea and conversation.

**March: More tea and a very heartfelt and illuminating conversation about Smith’s admissions policies regarding transgender students, hosted by Univ. of Arizona Prof. Eva Hayward, from the Transgender Studies Institute.  Many thanks to Julie Gordon ’60 for hosting.

Fall 2014: Local artist and past Smith Club prez Angela Rose (AC ’02) helped us kick off the year with a trunk show at her studio near the Tortolita Mtns.  In November we met with curator Janelle Weekly at the Arizona State Museum for a private tour of the Edward Curtis photography exhibit, followed by an excellent lunch at Pasco.  Our annual scholarship fundraiser luncheon in December was a great success!  Dining at the Hacienda del Sol and holding a lively auction, we raised over $1000 for current Smith students from Tucson.

Spring 2014: We were fortunate to have had not one but two guest lecturers from the college, Prof. Emeritus Lester Little and Prof. Nalini Easwar. Dr. Little, a historian of medieval Italy, presented stories from the Italian wine trade. Thanks to our gracious hostess Anne Ferro and to Chris Mikel for a selection of Italian wines to imbibe!  Dr. Easwar offered a fascinating presentation on “the physics of a grain of sand” illustrated with many interactive examples from her innovative pedagogy at Smith.  Lunch afterwards at the Cafe A’la Cart on the patio was enjoyed by all including some guests from out of town and from other local Ivy alum groups.

Fall 2013 events included a private tour of the University of Arizona Poetry Center; the opera version of Julia Childs in the kitchen at The Loft Theater accompanied by UA Regents Prof. Paula Fan; and a holiday luncheon featuring a very lively auction, during which we raised over $1100 in scholarship funding for local Smith students.

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A poetry writing exercise.

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Guided tour of the Poetry Center by Mary Myers ’65.

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Just another gorgeous day for the annual holiday lunch and scholarship fundraising auction at the Skyline Country Club.