Jessanne Collins ’01 brings a playful sensibility to her job as editor-in-chief of Mental Floss, a magazine that takes facts seriously but makes them look like a party. Collins is featured in the winter Smith Alumnae Quarterly, along with stories on a wildlife conservationist, a memoirist with a star-studded family and a playwright with a big imagination.
Ruth Constantine—who is retiring this month as vice president for finance and administration—says the daily working relationships are what she's loved most about her 23 year tenure at the college. "That's what continues to give you energy and enthusiasm even during tough times," says Constantine, who has played a vital role in planning and stewardship of college resources. Here's what she had to say about significant changes at Smith over the past two decades.
Since it began running in 2008, the college's cogeneration system at the Central Power Plant has been producing more efficient energy to power, heat and cool the campus. In fact, Smith has been able to reduce the amount of electricity it buys from outside sources by as much as 85 percent. Here's a rare inside look at the system.
Students, faculty and staff filled the steps in front of the Campus Center Tuesday in the wake of the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Mo. President McCartney invited the community to gather to share "the grief and frustration that so many of us are feeling" about the verdict in the police shooting of Michael Brown, an African American teenager.
After leading a successful effort to recycle and compost all waste from this year's Fall Festival on campus, Corinne Walther '15, set her sights on President McCartney's all-staff Winter Solstice Celebration to be held Tuesday, Dec. 9 from 2 - 4 p.m. in the Smith College Conference Center. Walther, an intern with the college sustainability office, says making large campus gatherings into zero-waste events is "easier than you think."
Lessons learned in two hands-on business competitions hosted this semester by the Smith Center for Women & Financial Independence are the buildup to a bigger competition on the horizon: The annual Draper Collegiate Undergraduate Women Entrepreneurs Business Competition in April 2015.
This semester, a group of theatre majors have been learning what it's like to launch a company and create an original theatrical work. Their final assignment for the new "Collaboration Capstone" class is a free public performance of those works on Thursday, Dec. 11, at 4:10 p.m. in the Hallie Flanagan Studio Theatre.
Roger Mosier, who began work in August as associate vice president for facilities, says he was drawn to both the variety and scale of buildings on campus. Mosier, formerly head of facilities for the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., leads Smith's largest department, managing upkeep of the college's 3.2 million square feet of space.
When speaking publicly, women need to "lead with their strengths rather than their insecurities." That was the advice author and expert Laura Greenfield, founder of Women's Voices Worldwide, offered to Smithies attending a workshop on campus earlier this month. Hosted by Business Women of Smith College, the workshop offered some surprising tips for how women can be more powerful public speakers.
In the late 19th century, a radical shift in American art was occurring at the same time Smith was opening its doors. John Davis, Alice Pratt Brown Professor of Art, has been exploring this little known piece of the college's early history, when Smith began to establish itself as one of the foremost patrons of an emerging group of talented artists. The latest issue of Insight explores the college's role in collecting great American art.
Associate Professor Sara Pruss doesn't find it hard to translate science into sound bites. "I'm an educator," she says. "I know how to explain things." Pruss' talent for making science accessible is among the reasons she was tapped to appear on National Geographic Wild's "Future of Big Cats" show November 30. Here's what she had to say about the experience.
Tess Grogan '14 says her dream is to be "part of a movement" that sheds light on protagonists in children's literature who don't fit the traditional mold of the white, male hero. On Monday, Grogan learned she is one of 40 people to receive a 2015 Marshall Scholarship for graduate study in the United Kingdom. Grogan plans to explore how medieval and renaissance texts have shaped perceptions of heroes—and heroines!—in young adult fiction.