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Smith alumna Christine McCarthy ’77 is first female CFO at Disney
Bloomberg News    2015/06/30
Walt Disney Company recently named Smith alumna Christine McCarthy ’77 as its chief financial officer, making her the company’s highest ranking woman ever. McCarthy had served as Disney’s treasurer over the past 15 years. “Her strong leadership and keen financial acumen make her an ideal chief financial officer,” Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Robert Iger said.
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Betty Friedan ’42 should appear on the $10 bill
Talking Points Memo    06/29/2015
Betty Friedan ’42 is on a list of 20 women that Talking Points Memo says should appear on the $10 bill. The Obama Administration has announced that in 2020—the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote—a woman will appear on the $10 bill. Friedan should be honored for having “a major influence on public opinion and public policy,” the blog post says. Other women with Smith connections on the list include Margaret Sanger, whose papers are in the Sophia Smith Collection, and Rachel Carson, who received an honorary degree from the college.
Alumnae in Action
Smith graduate fills preservation gaps in Mass.
Preservation Massachusetts    2015/06/28
Jeffrey Gonyeau M.A.’92 has been appointed as the newest Eastern Mass Circuit Rider for Preservation Massachusetts. Gonyeau, a former manager at Historic Boston Incorporated, will help communities across the state that are underserved in terms of preservation expertise.
Faculty Expertise
Boston’s revised 2024 Olympics bid criticized
The New York Times    06/30/2015
A more detailed plan for Boston hosting the 2024 Olympics is “just more smoke and mirrors, as far as I can tell,” Smith professor and sports economist Andrew Zimbalist told The New York Times. Zimbalist was responding to an expanded “Bid 2.0″ plan the organization released this week.

See also:

Andrew Zimbalist on the hidden costs of Boston 2024
WGBH News  06/24/2015
Andrew Zimbalist: A Boston 2024 pre-mortem
Boston Globe  06/23/2015
Complex insights: Prof. Dionne interviews author of book on Africa
Teaching Comparative    2015/06/30
In an interview with the author of a new book on how governance affects development in Nigeria, Smith professor Kim Yi Dionne asks why some African governments are better at enacting policies that benefit the country as a whole, while others “engage in pork barrel politics that only benefit specific communities?”
Incoming Students
Getting to know the lab
Harvard Crimson     2015/06/30
Eleanor McCartney, who will attend Smith in the fall, presented findings on a research project she completed at a marine science internship at Harvard. McCartney, who graduated from Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, said she plans to continue her scientific studies in college.
iBirding: Creating an app for bird watchers
Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy Blog    2015/06/26
Zoe Merrell, who will be attending Smith in the fall, created a digital field guide for bird watchers while interning with the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy in Pennsylvania.
Smith in the Community
Budding movie director took film classes at Smith
Daily Hampshire Gazette    2015/06/30
Jake Bridgman, a member of the Northampton High School Class of 2015, took film classes at Smith before launching his senior capstone project to create an original movie. Bridgman’s film, “The Cards,” a psychological thriller, debuts July 5 at The Academy of Music in Northampton. (For a copy, email Marti Hobbes).
Student News
Expanding locally-grown food donations
The Republican    2015/06/29
Rising Smith seniors Riley Cushing and Danielle Jacques have been part of the expansion of Grow Food Northampton’s Giving Garden, which produces food for local soup kitchens. The garden will allow Grow Food to quadruple the amount of produce it donates to area food pantries.
In Memoriam
Cecile (Lamalle) Woicik ’59
The Columbia Paper    2015/06/26
Alumna Cecile Louise Lamalle Woicik ’59, author and former food writer for the New York Post, Gourmet magazine and other publications, died May 18 following a car accident in Claverack, N.Y.
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Singing, dancing, healing: SSW exchange draws African community leaders
An innovative exchange program created by Smith School for Social Work Professor Joshua Miller recently brought nine community leaders from Africa to campus to explore strategies for healing communities traumatized by armed conflict and genocide.
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