“At Smith, we celebrate the courage to explore the world in all its wonder. This is our legacy, and this is our future.” With those words, Smith’s eleventh president, Kathleen McCartney, kicked off the academic year in full at her inauguration celebration in October. Seven months later, she closed it with this advice to the nearly 700 graduating seniors gathered in the Quad for Commencement: “Live out loud. Savor the world as you save it.” The weeks in between saw Smith celebrate milestones in sustainability and student access. Faculty explored the meaning of gratitude. Students spent a day in the apple orchards of western Massachusetts, and the entire Smith community helped a feminist icon celebrate her 80th birthday. These stories and more make up the past year at Smith. Dive in and relive some of the best moments.
A New President
- The Smith community celebrated the installation of Kathleen McCartney as Smith’s 11th president at her October 2013 inauguration.
- President Kathleen McCartney joined President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and other college and university presidents at the White House Summit on College Opportunity.
- Clarke Knight ’14 became the first Rhodes Scholar from the U.S. in Smith’s history.
- At the college’s 136th Commencement, former Smith president Ruth J. Simmons told the Class of 2014 that “One’s voice grows stronger in encounters with opposing views.”
- A minor inconvenience lead to a major innovation – and $10,000 – for winners of Smith’s 2014 Draper Business Plan Competition.
- Smith joined the Posse Foundation’s STEM initiative to support low-income students in science and engineering.
- Haisley Wert ’16 was awarded $10,000 through the Davis Projects for Peace to manage sustainable agriculture in Peru.
Faculty at Work
- In Insight, six faculty members weighed in on how their scholarship informs the concept of gratitude.
- Insight joined Gates Professor of Biological Science Steven Williams to explore the downsides of being too clean, and how horses can help combat infections in humans.
- Scholars in Studio invited Drew Guswa, professor of engineering and director of the Center for the Environment, Ecological Design and Sustainability, to explore the role of the hydrologist in securing water supplies throughout the world.
- Hundreds of Smith alumnae, students, faculty and staff wished a happy 80th birthday to Gloria Steinem ’56 through social media.
- In the midst of an unexpected snowstorm, Rally Day 2014 celebrated four alumnae with the awarding of the Smith College Medal.
- Through alumnae stories and data collected from a multi-generational survey, we learned that a liberal arts degree truly can take you anywhere.
A Changing Campus, a Growing Smith
- The Bechtel Environmental Classroom at the MacLeish Field Station became the fifth building worldwide to be named a “Living Building.”
- Smith agreed to forever preserve in its natural state 200 acres of hilltop forest land at the Ada and Archibald MacLeish Field Station.
- The Women for the World campaign released Because You Give, a video inspiring support for Smith’s mission.
- Helen Hills Hills Chapel shed its pews and became a more versatile space to support a variety of faiths on campus.
- New solar panels on campus are part of Smith’s efforts to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030.