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Historic Dress Project Creates Online 'Home' for Scholarship on Women’s Clothing

The college is helping to lead a new digital humanities project that will create an online "home" for learning about women's clothing from the past.  Historic Dress will offer visitors digital access to clothing collections around the country, including Smith's extensive historic clothing collection.

A Keystone Work: Rare Books on Holy Land Given to Smith's Collection

A rare set of 19th-century volumes depicting images of ancient monuments and ordinary street life in the Middle East is now part of the Mortimer Rare Book Room collection. Martin Antonetti, curator of rare books, describes how "The Holy Land" volumes came to Smith in this first in a series of stories about notable items from library special collections.

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.

Sale of Taxable Bonds Will Help Fund Renovation of Neilson Library, Other Capital Projects

Proceeds from the college's recent sale of $192 million in taxable bonds will help support the re-imagining and redesign of Neilson Library, as well as other capital projects, says Michael Howard, Smith's vice president for finance and administration.

Cancer Up Close: Students Create Lab Lessons for Adult Learners

Working with the Clark Science Center's outreach office, a team of Smith students created a lab activity about cancer cells for adult learners at Holyoke Community College. The project was inspired by the group's reading of a book about an African American woman whose cancer cells—taken without her permission—became the source of the first human immortal cell line for medical research.

‘Heart and Soul’ of Smith: An Interview with Kathy Zieja

Kathy Zieja, who is retiring later this month as head of dining services at Smith, says her 38 years at the college have been all about the students. "If we weren't responsive to students, we would fail," says Zieja, whose department has been named one of the top 50 college food operations in the country. Here's what else Zieja had to say about her time at Smith.

'Pioneers in Education': Student Project Captures History of Ada Comstock Program

Ada Comstock Scholar Dianne Jester-Wieland says alumnae of the college's 40-year-old program for nontraditional students share the same pioneering spirit as the earliest classes of Smithies. Jester-Wieland shared her research on the history of the program with alumnae at Reunion II.

'Ignite Your Imagination': Faculty Members on Books that Changed Their Lives

The world of book publishing is undergoing change and challenge at a time when reading is increasingly limited to tweets and texts. The latest issue of Insight offers essays by Smith professors on how books continue to influence their teaching, research and scholarship. Hear what faculty members from six diverse disciplines have to say about books that have "ignited their imaginations" and transformed their lives.

'Can Do Spirit': SAQ Looks at 15 Years of Engineering at Smith

Smith launched its Picker Engineering Program 15 years ago, promising to bring more women—who are educated in the liberal arts along with their technical training—into the male-dominated field. The Summer Smith Alumnae Quarterly features engineering alumnae who are delivering on that promise. Read about them, along with other news.

Standing Out: 19 Smith Students, Alumnae Receive Fulbright Awards

Over the past decade, Smith has won more Fulbright awards than any other liberal arts college in the country. This year, 19 Smith students and alumnae were awarded competitive fellowships for international scholarship and teaching. Donald Andrew, the college's fellowships adviser, says a strong mentoring program is key to Smith's Fulbright success.

Drawing Strength From Others: Smith's 137th Commencement Celebrates Gratitude, Leadership

At Smith's 137th Commencement Sunday, May 17,  Dr. Juliet Garcia—the first Hispanic woman to lead an American college or university—urged graduates to be grateful for those who have helped them discover their strengths and to use those strengths to become "steadfast, powerful and incessant advocates for others."

People News

An award for groundbreaking scientific research, and recognition of outstanding teaching and writing are among the recent accomplishments of college students, faculty, staff and alumnae. Read about them in the latest People News column.

Giving Students an Edge: Smith-Tuck Program Boosts Business Skills, Contacts

The 38 college women selected for the inaugural Smith-Tuck Business Bridge Program that winds up this week on campus have experienced a three-week mix of inspiration, skills training and professional networking. The campus community can review students' final projects on Friday, June 12, from 9 a.m. to noon in the Campus Center.

Smith to Join Amherst, UMass in Hosting His Holiness the Dalai Lama

In collaboration with the Hadley-based Mind & Life Institute, Smith will join Amherst College and the University of Massachusetts in hosting a three-day visit by Tenzin Gyatso, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet.

Acclaimed Designer Maya Lin and National Design Firm Shepley Bulfinch Chosen to Redesign Neilson Library

Maya Lin—whose balance between art and architecture is evident in her very first project, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and throughout her three-decade career—and the national design firm Shepley Bulfinch have been selected to partner on the re-imagining and redesign of Smith College’s Neilson Library.

Board of Trustees Announces Admission Policy Update

On May 2, the Smith College Board of Trustees voted to clarify Smith’s admission policy. Smith’s policy is one of self-identification. To be considered for admission, applicants must select 'female' on the Common Application.

Risky Business: A Q&A with Andrew Zimbalist About Hosting the Olympics

Smith professor and sports economist Andrew Zimbalist will be testifying before a joint session of the Massachusetts legislature this week about Boston's potential bid to host the 2024 Olympics. His message to state lawmakers? "The IOC should pick somewhere else to host," Zimbalist says.