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Elan McCollum ’08

Jan Arbaugh ’07

Alesandra Sandin ’07

Amanda Bird ’07

Emily Ellithorpe-Luker ’07

Shadavia Jones ’10

Merrilyn Lewis, Advancement Officer


What do you do at Smith?

I work "behind the scenes" in the Leadership
Gifts unit in Advancement.

How many years have you been at the college?


What is your busy season?

July and August are a bit slower, but the rest of the time is quite busy.


Who gets the most face time with you?

My colleagues (sigh, I really like them, but I'm not sure that's a balanced life).

What are you reading now?

The Memory Keeper's Daughter.

What is your favorite movie?

I have several: The Notebook is one of the more current ones.

If you suddenly had two hours of free time, what would you do?

I'd read, though I should be dealing with disastrous closets.

What is your favorite wall hanging at home?

My husband's photography.

Do you vote?

Yes, and I'm delighted that the Democrats took back the [U.S.] House and the Senate.

If you could live during any period in time and in any place, when and where?

I'm content to be here and now; women are more empowered and fascinating discoveries happen all the time.

Who does the work around your abode?

My husband does most of the maintenance, fixing, and building. I take care of the "inside" things with some assistance every other week.

Is there any time in your life you wish you could do over?

The period of time after my divorce.

Without searching for the information...Do you know how Paradise Pond
got its name?

Doesn't it have to do with Jenny Lind looking at it and commenting that it was Paradise?

What single piece of advice would you give to graduating Smithies?

Be patient and persistent as you pursue your goals, which will shift and
change as you go through life.

12/7/06   Compiled by Kristen Cole
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