Smith Fund—Strong Support for 100 Years
100th anniversary this year. That means that for a century,
since 1911, this essential fund of resources has provided
vital support for the academic, cross-curricular and cultural
programs and opportunities that pave the way for Smith women
to become leaders and innovators.
College personnel involved
with the Smith Fund will celebrate the century anniversary
with an invitation to the college community to stop by and
enjoy a cupcake on Tuesday, April 3, from noon to 2 p.m.
outside the Campus Center Café.
Meanwhile, read what alumnae
say about . Also, read
below for an inside perspective from Leslie Brooks Solomon ’82,
Smith Fund representative on the AASC Board of Directors.
Brooks Solomon ’82
When I returned to Smith for
my first reunion I felt the energy of being connected to
Smith as an alumna—the opportunity to re-discover the warmth of keeping
in touch with my memories through friends and classmates.
Since then, my life continues to be enriched by every new
Smithie I have had the fortune to meet—old, young, in my
professional life, my community, my family life. To expand
my Smith community I continued to look for volunteer roles,
serving on my Class Fund Team for three successive reunions.
My engagement with Smith and
the Fund—as a volunteer, ambassador,
and contributor—came when I had the honor of serving as the
Special Gifts Co-Chair for my 25th Reunion. I came to understand
more deeply the college’s commitment to remain strong and
relevant to today, and the importance of our support for
the college—philanthropically—as volunteers, mentors and
ambassadors. Our support makes amazing things possible, from
financial aid to stellar faculty, from programs like Women
and Financial Independence to Smith’s beautiful buildings
In my current role as the Smith
Fund Representative on the AASC Board of Directors, my community
has expanded ever further. I am working with and getting
to know women across decades, geographies, cultures, interests,
professions. My expanded Smith community has made me really
see that the ways in which our students apply the strong
foundation of the Smith experience, whether graduating this
year, 30 or 60 years ago. The Smith experience makes for
an alumnae body of which we can be proud—one of individual, global and truly