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'A Campus Magnet': College Celebrates New Schacht Health and Wellness Center

The design of the new Nancy and Henry Schacht Center for Wellness makes it feel more like an ultramodern classsroom building than a campus health center. A dedication ceremony for the  center—which brings medical, wellness and counseling services under one roof—will be held on Thursday, Jan. 29, at 5 p.m. in the center's upper lobby.

The Mystery of Sophia Smith's Piano

Everyone thought they knew which important Smith leader had originally owned the elegant Chickering semi-concert grand piano that had long taken up space in a Sage Hall practice room. But it took a a pair of piano restorers and a visit to the Smithsonian Institution to confirm the truth, as this article in the latest Smith Alumnae Quarterly reveals.

Wild Collecting: Botanic Garden Manager Travels the World for Plant Samples

An Aztec curse seemed like a minor obstacle as Rob Nicholson, manager of the Botanic Garden's Lyman Conservatory, climbed a tree in Oaxaca, Mexico, to gather plant samples. But then—he fell out of the tree. An article in the latest Insight offers tales from Nicholson's other global collecting trips.

Helping to Fulfill the Dream: Archives Show Links Between Smith and Martin Luther King, Jr.

Seven years before he was assassinated in Memphis, Tenn., the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., made a visit to campus and preached a sermon at Helen Hills Hills Chapel. Other connections between King and Smith are revealed in the college archives, including civil rights teaching and organizing traditions.

New Scholarship Program Opens Smith's Doors to More Community College Students

A new scholarship program unveiled last month will open Smith's doors to more promising students from area community colleges. “These are women who will give 100 percent,” says Patricia Woods ’00, who came to Smith from Holyoke Community College and is now assistant director in the Lazarus Center for Career Development.

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A regular sampling of recent accomplishments of Smith faculty, staff, students and alumnae in fields ranging from linguistics to diplomacy. Read about conference presentations, publications, career promotions and more.

'The Work Is Not Done': Gabrielle Peterson '16 on the Millions March

Gabrielle Peterson '16 was one of more than 100 Smith students who took part in last week's Millions March NYC to protest police violence aimed at African Americans. Here is her account of the march—one of numerous demonstrations held around the country on December 13— that also drew college faculty and alumnae.

Fun Stuff for Smart People: An Interview with 'Mental Floss' Editor Jessanne Collins '01

A long love affair with magazines brought Jessanne Collins '01 to the helm of Mental Floss, a publication unlike any other on the newsstand. In a story in the Winter 2014-15 Smith Alumnae Quarterly, Collins talks about her offbeat approach to magazine content and her views about why print still matters.

President McCartney Addresses Campus Gathering in Wake of Ferguson Grand Jury Decision

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.

Dwight K. Hamilton Appointed Chief Diversity Officer

Dwight K. Hamilton, associate vice president of affirmative action and Title IX officer at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Mich., has been named Smith's new chief diversity officer. He begins work at the college next month as a member of the president's cabinet and head of the Office of Institutional Diversity and Equity.

Learning by Looking: Charlene Shang Miller Helps Students Engage with Artworks at SCMA

Charlene Shang Miller, associate educator for academic programs at the Smith College Museum of Art, says drawing meaning from a work of art is up to the individual viewer. That's one reason Miller, who began work at SCMA this summer, is thrilled to be the "point person" for engaging Smith students and faculty with artworks in the museum's collection.

An Inside Look: Smith’s Cogeneration Plant Makes Greener Energy for the Campus

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.

Collecting Great American Art: A Look at Smith's Early Role as Patron

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.

Corinne Walther '15 Helps Make Campus Solstice Party a Zero-Waste Event

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."

Mission Driven: Ruth Constantine Reflects on 23 Years at Smith

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.

In Kahn Gallery Photo Exhibit by Carmen Pullella '16, Every Image Tells a Story

A photo exhibit by Carmen Pullella '16, is the first by a student to be displayed in the new Kahn Gallery in Neilson Library. Pullella's show, "Slice of Life," runs through February 2 in the new gallery space, which is designed to showcase art, photography and research by students, faculty and staff from Smith and the Five Colleges.

'Valuing Relationships': A Q&A With the Dean of the School for Social Work

Marianne Yoshioka, dean of the Smith College School for Social Work, believes social work schools should offer training to replace programs that have been cut back in recent years at the agency level. "We also need to have more conversations about what it means to be a social worker," Yoshioka said in a recent interview.

Lights, Camera, Science! Sara Pruss Shares Insights on National Geographic TV

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.

Small Is Beautiful: An Interview With New Head of Facilities Roger Mosier

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.