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Life After Smith: Five Tips to Launch Your Career

With the class of 2015 heading out into the world, alumnae Terri Tierney Clark '81—author, career specialist and creator of The New Careerist website—shares her top tips for job search 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."

Making Differences Beneficial: A Q&A With Smith's New Chief Diversity Officer

Dwight Hamilton, Smith's new chief diversity officer, sees efforts to create a more diverse campus as about more than just numbers. Hamilton says he will advocate for a climate of "inclusion" where everyone feels they belong to the Smith experience.

People News

International Women's Day lectures, a book about the connection between mathematics and cooking and an award for architectural design are among the recent accomplishments of Smith students, faculty and alumnae. Read about them in the latest People News column.

By the Numbers: Celebrating the Class of 2015

This year's Smith seniors exemplify the college's longstanding tradition of excellence, while also displaying achievements all their own. Find out more about the 735 undergraduate and graduate students who will be awarded degrees at Commencement on Sunday, May 17.

Sustainability at the Forefront: Graduation is Greener in 2015

A portable Flexi Fountain will help keep thousands of guests attending Sunday's Commencement ceremony in the Quad happy and hydrated—and will reduce the use of plastic water bottles. Commencement is the third major college event that Smith has "greened" this year.

Grécourt Gates, West Street and Elm Street Project to Begin in Late May

A project to improve pedestrian safety and accessbility at the intersection of West and Elm Streets begins later this month. It will include construction of a pedestrian plaza and refurbishing of the historic Grécourt Gates.

Three Videos, Five Words: Capturing the Spirit of Collaborations

This year's daylong Celebrating Collaborations event, featuring presentations by students about their research projects with faculty, drew more than 460 participants. Here are three videos showing how students and faculty described their projects in just five words.

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.

Meet Andy Cox, Smith's Next Director of Dining Services

Andy Cox, who begins work as Smith's director of dining services in June, says he's excited about the chance to work with a college food service that values local food and sustainability. Find out more about his ideas on composting, international cuisine and the best meal he ever ate.

What Library Are You Dreaming? Provost Katherine Rowe Talks About the Future of Neilson

In the coming months, the college will launch an important new phase of planning for the future of Smith's 106-year-old Neilson Library. Led by Provost Katherine Rowe, the process will engage students, faculty and staff in "reimagining" the library as a 21st-century resource for the college. Here's what Rowe had to say about the project.

Science Guides: Student Assistants Support 'Active Learning' in Physics Classes

A three-year-old learning assistant program in the physics department, which trains students to help out in introductory courses, is a model for making science more accessible, faculty members say. Students, who are paid for their time in the classroom and also earn special-studies credits for training sessions with faculty, say the experience has helped sharpen their skills.

Pioneering Learning: Developing a Maker Culture at Smith

What does it mean to learn within a “maker culture”? Beginning next fall, Smith students will have a chance to answer that question first-hand, through a pioneering program on Design Thinking and Innovation. The pilot program will be funded by a four-year, $2.5-million grant from the Branta Foundation.

Capitalism, Calamity and Cultural Undergrounds: A Look at Kevin Rozario's Scholarship

Associate Professor of American Studies Kevin Rozario's scholarship is driven by an interest in the history of "the logic of capitalism." His first book was on calamity. His second—described in a story in the latest Insight—explores cultural and political undergrounds, from the Stone Age cave paintings of southern France to contemporary digital hackers.

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.

Philanthropy 'By Women, For Women': $10 Million Gift Endows Scholarships, Sparks Matching Gifts

A $10 million gift from an anonymous donor from the Class of 1986—among the largest ever to a women's college—will be used to support endowed scholarships and "shape the lives of generations of Smith women to come," says President Kathleen McCartney.

Kristin Hughes Appointed as New Director of Athletics

Kristin Hughes, a graduate of Smith’s master of science in exercise and sports studies program and an experienced administrator and coach, is the college's new director of athletics and recreation effective July 1.

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.

‘No Two Days Alike’: Catherine Aguilar ’16 Talks About Her Internship at the White House

Catherine Aguilar '16 is one of about 150 young people selected to be White House interns this spring. An environmental science and policy major, Aguilar is working in the Office of Scheduling and Advance, which involves planning events and keeping on top of President Barack Obama’s schedule.

'Pieces of Me': Alumna Indra Rios-Moore's Journey Back to Song

Jazz was the one constant in Indra Rios-Moore '03's turbulent New York City childhood. Yet for a time, Moore left music behind while she pursued a major in American studies at Smith. In an interview in the latest Smith Alumnae Quarterly, Rios-Moore describes her journey back to singing and a new album, Heartland.

Helping Girls Succeed: Smith Senior Wins Davis Prize for Project in Côte D'Ivoire

Growing up in Côte D'Ivoire, Lou Laura Lydia Goore '15 thought she'd never leave home. Now, she is about to graduate from Smith having earned a Davis Projects for Peace award for a mentoring program she created for girls in her home country.

'Writing the Marvelous at Smith': Reflections by Sheree Renée Thomas

In an essay for Grécourt Gate, Sheree Renée Thomas, this year’s Lakes Writer-in-Residence, reflects on what she learned teaching Smith students about magical realism. Pamela Petro, a lecturer in English language and literature, has been chosen to teach next year's Lakes workshop.

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.

Fostering Learning, Inspiring Achievement: Three Faculty Members Chosen for 2015 Sherrerd Teaching Awards

A classics scholar, an expert in the history of life on earth, and a champion of classroom innovation have been selected as recipients of the 2015 Sherrerd Prizes for Distinguished Teaching at Smith. Find out more about the faculty members who are being honored for inspiring students and fostering learning through exceptional teaching.

Summer Camp, Super Search Engine and Power Shoes: Smith Hosts Annual Draper Contest

This year's Draper Undergraduate Women Entrepreneurs' Competition at Smith drew more teams and spectators than ever before. Claire Bowman '16 reports on the innovative business ideas that students from Smith and 18 other colleges pitched during the April 10 competition.