Among its other celebrations and festivities, Rally Day provides an annual opportunity to honor Smith community members with several different awards. Here is a list of award winners from this year’s event on February 23:
Faculty Teaching Award
Given annually by students to one non-tenured and one tenured faculty member to honor their dedication to excellent teaching, the Faculty Teaching Award was established 24 years ago as a way for students to thank educators for their support, encouragement and inspiration. This year’s recipients are Howard Gold, professor of government (tenured faculty award); and Caroline Melly, assistant professor of anthropology(non-tenured faculty award).
Elizabeth B. Wyandt Gavel Award
Given annually by students to Smith staff members “who have given extraordinarily of themselves to the Smith College community as a whole.” Established in 1984, the Gavel Award is administered by the Student Government Association. This year’s recipients are Linda Zeitler, housekeeper in Cushing House; and Sharon Fagan, administrative assistant, student affairs.
Smith College Medal
Established in 1962, the Smith College Medal is given annually to those alumnae who exemplify in their lives and work the true purpose of a liberal arts education. This year’s recipients are artist Janet Fish ’60; medical librarian Betsy Humphreys ’69; marketing leader Dolores Kunda ’77; breast cancer activist Barbara Brenner ’73; and filmmaker Cynthia Wade ’89.