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Ted Hughes and Syliva Plath, from No Other Appetite

An exhibition catalog, ‘No Other Appetite’: Sylvia Plath, Ted Hughes, and the Blood Jet of Poetry, compiled by Karen Kukil, associate curator of special collections, and Stephen C. Enniss, director of special collections at Emory University, is a co-winner of the 2007 Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab American Book Prices Current Exhibition Award. The awards, which are presented by the Association of College and Research Libraries, are given annually in recognition of outstanding exhibitions catalogs issued by American or Canadian institutions. The catalog represents an exhibition held at New York City’s Grolier Club in late 2005, which included objects mostly from Smith’s Sylvia Plath Collection and the Ted Hughes Papers and Library at Emory University. The Grolier Club is a society for bibliophiles and enthusiasts of graphic arts. “In a deep red binding, this memorable volume brings together two significant collections of 20th-century literature,” said Marcia Reed, chair of the awards committee. “Mirroring the poets’ marriage, the beautifully designed and well illustrated catalog succeeds admirably in publishing a book that conveys the weight of its subjects’ lives and works in both text and image.”

Elliot Offner's Great Blue Heron

Elliot Offner, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities Emeritus, was recently named a recipient of the National Sculpture Society’s Medal of Honor, its highest award. Offner, who has received numerous awards, grants and recognition for his art, served as president of the National Sculpture Society from 2000 to 2003. The society is the oldest organization of professional sculptors in the United States. Offner will be presented with the award during the society’s annual awards dinner on May 19 at Brookgreen Gardens in Pawleys Island, South Carolina. Brookgreen Gardens is the first public sculpture garden in the United States, and this year celebrates its 75th anniversary. Brookgreen Gardens is dedicating a new building on its 9,000-acre property this month, to be called the Elliot and Rosemary Offner Sculpture Learning and Research Center. Offner retired from Smith in 2004 after 41 years on the faculty.

Judith Marksbury, director of college relations, was honored by the United Way of Hampshire County (UWHC) with its Hennessey Award, given annually to individuals who, through service and dedication, make the greatest impact on the United Way campaign. Marksbury was presented with the award during the United Way campaign celebration breakfast on May 11. Marksbury, who served a two-year term as chair of the UWHC board, served this year as chair of the leadership committee for the campaign, which accounted for nearly half of the $1.1 million total raised. Leadership donors are those who contribute at least $1,000.


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