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A New Name, New Resources: The Jandon Center for Community Collaboration

Since its founding as a pilot program in 2009, Smith’s Center for Community Collaboration has connected Smith students with community organizations through a range of programs in and out of the Smith classroom. Now, with a new director and a new endowment supported by a $3.5-million gift  from Donald “Don” Cecil in memory of his late wife, Jane Grossman Cecil ’50, the newly named Jandon Center for Community Collaboration sets its sights on an even broader impact.

The Conflict in Syria: Assessing the Human Toll of Mass Violence

Just days after the United Nations suspended peace talks aimed at ending Syria’s five-year civil war, Smith will host a panel of leading scholars and activists—including outspoken former U.S. ambassador Robert Ford—for a discussion of war crimes and human rights issues related to the Syrian conflict. The Thursday, Feb. 11, panel will inaugurate the opening of an exhibition of the “Caesar” photographs—a powerful and striking collection of images, photographed in Syria between May 2011 and August 2013 and then smuggled out of the country, documenting victims of torture by the government of Syria. (Both the panel discussion and exhibition include graphic content.)
How have students, faculty and staff reimagined Neilson Library? What have we learned about how visitors use the library? Information on the planning process, work done by students in class assignments, programming committee documents and reports are available at the Future of the Libraries site.

Hats and House Banners: More Ways to Celebrate Rally Day 2016

Festive hats will be even more visible at this year's Rally Day celebrations, thanks to a new contest for most creative headgear. Prizes will also be awarded for best house banners at Rally Day Convocation Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 1:30 p.m. in John M. Greene Hall, when the Smith community gathers to celebrate four remarkable alumnae.

Cornel West Will Speak at Smith

Cornel West—a prominent civil rights activist and scholar perhaps best known for writing Race Matters and Democracy Matters—will speak in John M. Greene Hall at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11. The event is open to the public at no charge, and no tickets are required.  Doors will open at 6 p.m. (In case of a full house, the talk will be live-streamed to Weinstein Auditorium in Wright Hall.)

The New New Features Improve User Experience

A totally new—featuring a visually engaging design, simplified global navigation, improved usability and search, and a layout optimized for vertical scrolling and mobile devices—will begin rolling out later this spring and throughout the year.

Feet in Two Worlds: Charnice Charmant '16 Balances Chemistry and Dance

Smith senior Charnice Charmant is equally at home in a science lab and a dance studio. In an interview in the Winter Smith Alumnae Quarterly, Charmant talks about her double major in chemistry and dance and her research on black dance as a link between higher education, race and class.

Do You Commute? College Surveys Employee Travel to Campus

To gain a more accurate picture of commuting by Smith employees, with an eye to further reducing the college's carbon footprint, the Office of Campus Sustainability is surveying staff and faculty about their daily travel to campus. The deadline for submitting the anonymous survey is February 12.

A New Approach to News

The way you hear about Smith news is changing. A new email newsletter, Notes from Paradise, is designed to bring Smith’s most important stories to people on and off campus. The new Notes will arrive in email inboxes weekly beginning Wednesday, Feb. 3.

Tickets Available for March 2 Talk by Viola Davis

Planning to attend Viola Davis' March 2 talk at Smith? Here's how to get your tickets.

People News

Fellowships, publications and academic honor society posts are among the recent accomplishments of Smith students, faculty, staff and alumnae. Read about them in the latest People News column.