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Fifty years later, retired Smith professor recalls Freedom Summer
In a column for the Daily Hampshire Gazette, Don Robinson, retired professor of government at Smith, describes his part in the 1964 Freedom Summer that led to passage of the Civil Rights Act. Then a graduate student, Robinson describes a meeting in Mississippi where “the debate that night was about tactics. Should blacks test the law by ‘sitting in,’ or should they stick to their business, voter registration?” [For a copy, email Marti Hobbes.]
Alumnae News
How to get a job in the ’60s: Have your husband incorporate you
THE ATLANTIC    07/25/2014
After graduating from Smith in 1958, Susan Elliott landed a job as a programmer at IBM. But her pregnancy with her first child in 1966 posed a problem, according to an article in The Atlantic, because many companies in those days were skittish about the liability of having a pregnant woman in the office. The article describes how Elliott and her husband, Howard Elliott, Jr., dealt with the situation by having him incorporate her so she could get a job in banking.  
Smith alumna one of ‘campaign spouses’ in the media
BOSTON GLOBE    07/24/2014
Barbara Wallace Grossman ’69, wife of Massachusetts Democratic gubernatorial candidate Steve Grossman, is among the candidates’ spouses interviewed by The Boston Globe recently. A professor of drama at Tufts University and vice chair of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, she created the “Believe in Steve” button for her husband’s campaign.
Tori Murden McClure ’85, Spalding University president and adventurer
Intelligence and initiative seem as innate in Smith alumna Tori Murden McClure’s life and career as breathing. She served as chaplain for Boston City Hospital, executive director for a women’s shelter and as policy analyst for the mayor of Louisville, becoming president of Spalding University in 2010. Fourteen years ago, McClure became the first woman and first American to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean.
Faculty Expertise
Smith professor Andrew Zimbalist’s work cited in article on debate over new sports stadiums
A landmark Brookings Institution study by Smith economics professor Andrew Zimbalist was cited in an article in International Business Times about Detroit and other cash-strapped U.S. cities slashing pensions while building sports facilities. The study showed such facilities have “an extremely small (perhaps even negative) effect on overall economic activity and employment.”
Incoming Students
Smith first-year student inspires young readers with ‘Royal Party’ at library
Incoming Smith student Stephanie Pineda recently helped inspire young readers by designing and leading a service project at the Pomona Public Library in California. Pineda and two other event organizers wore gowns and tiaras for a “Royal Party” that involved reading books to 20 young library patrons.
On Campus
A day in the life of New Century Theatre
VALLEY ADVOCATE    07/23/2014
Smith theatre production manager Sam Rush talks to the Valley Advocate about a typical day running New Century Theatre, the professional company based at Smith, which Rush co-founded in 1991. The group’s current production, “Clybourne Park” by Bruce Norris, runs through Saturday, July 26.
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Goal oriented: Jessica Lillquist ’15 reflects on life as a student athlete
Smith’s lacrosse midfielder Jessica Lillquist ’15 shares her thoughts with the summer 2014 Alumnae Quarterly on winning and losing, lucky sticks and being a student athlete. Her secret to being the Pioneers’ leading scorer? “I love to shoot,” Lillquist says.
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