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Enhancing a Tradition: Students Help Design New Events for Convocation

There will be new ways to celebrate the start of the academic year at Convocation on September 3. Along with traditional marches, speeches and expressions of house pride, this year’s event will feature kickoff barbecues, an outdoor carnival—and cupcakes.

'Build Great Relationships': One Alumna's Advice for Thriving at Smith

While starting college can feel daunting, Glendean Hamilton '13 says Smith offers good support. Hamilton shared her advice about thriving at college during an August 23 conversation with participants in this year's Bridge Pre-Orientation program. Among other things, Hamilton said, "build great relationships with your advisers" and stay open to possibilities.

Wins on 'Whistling': Student Essays Lead to Dinner with President McCartney and Noted Author

First-year students Azhar Gulaid and Emily Ruppel won a contest hosted recently by Smith’s summer reading program. Find out what they did to earn spots at a dinner with noted author and researcher Claude Steele and President Kathleen McCartney.

People News

A regular sampling of some of the most recent accomplishments of Smith faculty, staff, students and alumnae in fields ranging from music to disease prevention. Read about publications, professional awards, career promotions and more.

In Her Memoir, Caroline Clarke ’85 Takes Readers on a Journey About Adoption, Loss and Love

Smith alumna Caroline Clarke didn't set out to find her birth parents until some health issues a few years ago prompted her to start digging into her past. What she found was surprising and moving—and is captured in Clarke's acclaimed new memoir, Postcards from Cookie: A Memoir of Motherhood, Miracles, and a Whole Lot of Mail.

Alumnae Sisters Work to Preserve Precious Groundwater Resources in Nebraska

Nebraska natives and alumna sisters Karen Griffin ’84 and Jane Griffin-Ciotti ’87, have returned home to help protect one of their state's—and the region's—most precious resources. The two sisters have chosen divergent paths but share a singular commitment to groundwater protection.

Paige Christie ’15 Aims to Become the Sixth Smithie to Swim the English Channel

Paige Christie '15 says she's been thinking about swimming the English Channel since she first visited Smith. In August, Christie hopes to become the sixth Smithie to complete the approximately 21-mile swim in waters known for "chop," large transport ships, debris and stinging jellyfish.

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Orientation: A Q&A with the Dean of Students

Workshops, dinners, an outdoor carnival and special events are all part of Smith's Orientation beginning Aug. 29. Find out what's new about the program this year—including the importance of the number 3.