Charlene Shang Miller, associate educator for academic programs at the Smith College Museum of Art, says drawing meaning from a work of art is up to the individual viewer. That's one reason Miller, who began work at SCMA this summer, is thrilled to be the "point person" for engaging Smith students and faculty with artworks in the museum's collection.
Jessanne Collins ’01 brings a playful sensibility to her job as editor-in-chief of Mental Floss, a magazine that takes facts seriously but makes them look like a party. Collins is featured in the winter Smith Alumnae Quarterly, along with stories on a wildlife conservationist, a memoirist with a star-studded family and a playwright with a big imagination.
Ruth Constantine—who is retiring this month as vice president for finance and administration—says the daily working relationships are what she's loved most about her 23 year tenure at the college. "That's what continues to give you energy and enthusiasm even during tough times," says Constantine, who has played a vital role in planning and stewardship of college resources. Here's what she had to say about significant changes at Smith over the past two decades.
Since it began running in 2008, the college's cogeneration system at the Central Power Plant has been producing more efficient energy to power, heat and cool the campus. In fact, Smith has been able to reduce the amount of electricity it buys from outside sources by as much as 85 percent. Here's a rare inside look at the system.
Students, faculty and staff filled the steps in front of the Campus Center Tuesday in the wake of the grand jury decision in Ferguson, Mo. President McCartney invited the community to gather to share "the grief and frustration that so many of us are feeling" about the verdict in the police shooting of Michael Brown, an African American teenager.
After leading a successful effort to recycle and compost all waste from this year's Fall Festival on campus, Corinne Walther '15, set her sights on President McCartney's all-staff Winter Solstice Celebration to be held Tuesday, Dec. 9 from 2 - 4 p.m. in the Smith College Conference Center. Walther, an intern with the college sustainability office, says making large campus gatherings into zero-waste events is "easier than you think."
Lessons learned in two hands-on business competitions hosted this semester by the Smith Center for Women & Financial Independence are the buildup to a bigger competition on the horizon: The annual Draper Collegiate Undergraduate Women Entrepreneurs Business Competition in April 2015.