2013 Offers Deeper Alumnae Engagement
year around this time, when masses of alumnae crowd onto
campus for their reunions, they not only re-engage with Smith
classmates and friends from their former years here—many
also relive the intellectual stimulation that comprised the
core of their undergraduate years.
Through a wide range of
topics addressed in lectures by faculty during both reunion
weekends (May 17-19 and May 24-26), alumnae are afforded
a glimpse of today’s
Smith student academic experience.
This year’s lecture format,
which is open to all in the Smith community free of charge,
is a shift from past years at Smith reunions, when class
groups organized their own respective activities, and alumnae
enrolled in academic courses, through the Alumnae College,
for a fee.
“This new format is one of the many new and exciting changes happening in Alumnae
Relations to bring the Smith of today to our alumnae,” notes Jennifer Chrisler ‘92,
vice president of alumnae relations and executive director of the Alumnae Association.
Beginning on Friday afternoons,
May 17 and 24, faculty will give presentations on art, science,
history, education, sociology and other areas.
The changed reunion format is
one result of analyses by a Task Force on Alumnae Engagement,
which convened over the past year to develop new ideas for
interaction between Smith and its worldwide network of alumnae.
By offering free academic content
throughout both reunion weekends, “we hope that these sessions
will not only draw alumnae and their guests, but families
of seniors, too [during commencement-Reunion I weekend],
who would like a brief sampling of the intellectual life
of the college their daughters have experienced,” explains
Amy Holich-Dunn AC'05, assistant director for events and
In addition to faculty lectures,
the college’s four centers (Global Studies Center; Center for Community Collaboration;
Wurtele Center for Work and Life; and Center for the Environment, Ecological
Design and Sustainability (CEEDS)) will welcome visitors during open houses,
on Saturday, May 25, and other activities will supplement the schedule.
“Alumnae can participate in
this programming at whatever level they prefer,” explains
Holich-Dunn, “balancing the keen desire to reconnect with
classmates and experiencing reunion traditions with this