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Coming Full Circle: An Interview With the New Director of Athletics and Recreation

Kristin Hughes, the college's new director of athletics and recreation, wants to get the word out about student athletes at Smith—young women, she says, "who are as talented in the classroom as they are on the court or on the field."

Encyclopedic Opportunities: Book Project Offers Bylines, Inspiration for 100 Students

A new encyclopedia of nutrition features bylines from 100 Smithies—94 undergraduates, four ESS graduate students, and two alumnae. A total of 118 student writers contributed to Nutrition: Science, Issues and Applications, edited by Professor of Exercise and Sport Studies Barbara Brehm-Curtis.

Defying Gravity: Alumnae Business Leaders Reflect on Their Ascent

In recent decades, alumnae—like General Dynamics’ Phebe Novakovic ’79 and Disney’s new CFO, Christine McCarthy ’77—have proven themselves leaders in their respective fields. Why, then, do corporations seem so reluctant to bring more women in at the top? That question is explored in a story in the Fall Smith Alumnae Quarterly that features reflections by alumnae business leaders who have soared above expectations.

What We Did This Summer II: Students Reflect on Praxis Program Internships

Social work, historic preservation, dental research, modern art and sustainable energy—these were just a few of the fields students explored through Praxis internships this summer. Praxis offers one-time stipends to support students in summer internships related to their academic and career goals. Read on to learn about a few of their experiences.

People News

Grant awards for scientific research, major media mentions and career promotions are among the recent accomplishments of Smith students, faculty, staff and alumnae. Read about them in the latest People News column.

An Early Guide: Opening the Gates to Northampton High School Students for 50 Years

Smith celebrates a 50-year partnership that has welcomed Northampton High School students into classes at no cost to the families or the city school district.

Linking Scholarship and Public Policy: An Interview with New Ketcham Chair Steven Heydemann

Steven Heydemann, the new Janet Wright Ketcham ’53 Chair in Middle East Studies, brings scholarly and public policy experience to understanding critical issues and events in Syria. Heydemann joins Smith professors Mlada Bukovansky and Greg White for a panel discussion of refugee issues, Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 4:30 p.m. in Neilson Browsing Room. The event is open to the public.

A Field Guide to Research: Exploring MacLeish Field Station

Some 240 acres of patchwork forest and field are the setting for Smith's Ada and Archibald MacLeish Field Station in Whately. Scientific inquiry flourishes there, and rich stories emerge about professors and students who spend time researching the beautiful ecosystems and four centuries of recorded history of the land. The latest issue of Insight offers a visually striking package of reporting on the vibrant research underway at MacLeish.  

Meet Sarah Harebo, the Newest Member of Smith’s Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Team

Sarah Harebo, who began work in August as Smith's Title IX coordinator, joins the college as a new diversity and inclusion initiative gets underway this fall. Harebo oversees compliance with the federal law prohibiting sex discrimination in higher education.

Works by Pioneering Feminist Artists on View at SCMA

"Women's Work" at the Smith College Museum of Art features groundbreaking works by feminist artists from the 1960s to the 1980s. In related programming, the museum will host free appearances this month by Franklin Furnace founder Martha Wilson and members of the feminist art collective Guerrilla Girls.

Outstanding Alumnae Named 2016 Smith Medalists

This year's Smith medalists, announced at a faculty meeting earlier this month, have made significant achievements in business, the arts and social justice. Find out more about these remarkable alumnae, who will receive their medals at a ceremony on Rally Day, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016.

The Language of Color: Nava Grunfeld MAT '81 and Her Bold Hues

Color is what artist Nava Grunfeld MAT ’81 is best known for. Her watercolor paintings have been exhibited around the country,  featured on the cover of art magazines and as part of Hasbro's signature artist jigsaw puzzles. A reception for Grunfeld's exhibit "The Language of Color," will be held Friday, Sept. 25, 5-7 p.m., Alumnae House Gallery.