Five Accomplished Smith Alumnae To Be
Recognized at Rally Day
NORTHAMPTON, Mass. -- For their extraordinary
professional achievements and outstanding service to their communities,
five Smith College alumnae will receive the Smith College Medal, an award
presented each February on Rally Day.
The event, which honors distinguished alumnae, will take place at 1:30
p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 18, in John M. Greene Hall. It is free and open
to the public.
The Smith College Medal was established in 1962 to recognize and honor
alumnae "who, in the judgment of the trustees, exemplify in their
lives and work the true purpose of a liberal arts education." This
year, an exemplary group of accomplished professionals, artists and public
servants has been selected to receive the award. They are Carol Thompson
Cole, Class of 1973; Rose Epstein Frisch, Class of 1939; Elizabeth Goldring,
Class of 1967; Amy Kaiser, Class of 1965; and Anne Moore, M.D., Class
Cole, former Washington, D.C., deputy mayor, will deliver the Rally
Carol Thompson Cole has had over 20 years of management experience in
the private and public sectors, as well as a strong history of leadership
in the nonprofit community and local government of Washington, D.C. During
the 12 years she worked for the District of Columbia, she held major
management and staff positions, most notably as the first woman to be
appointed city administrator. After leaving the government, Cole served
as vice president of government and environmental affairs for RJR Nabisco.
In 1996, President Clinton appointed her executive director of the White
House D.C. Inter-Agency Task Force, a new position designed to raise
federal aid to the capital city. She is currently president of the Curtex
Group, a consulting firm that focuses on project management, organizational
development and community economic development.
Medical researcher Rose Epstein Frisch, a professor emerita at the Harvard
Center for Population and Development Studies, has pioneered research
on the influence of body fat on female fertility and long-term health.
Her most recent book "Female Fertility and the Body Fat Connection" has
received much attention from the scientific and medical community. Frisch
and her colleagues published studies of more than 5,000 female college
alumnae, including Smith alumnae, showing that former college athletes
had a lower incidence of breast cancer, cancers of the reproductive system
and late onset diabetes than did the non-athletes in the study. From
her research results, Frisch has become an advocate of athletics programs
for teenaged girls to build self-esteem and enhance physical and emotional
well-being. Now in her 80s, Frisch continues a program of active research.
While a student at Smith, poet and media artist Elizabeth Goldring
temporarily lost her vision to diabetes. Now seeing with limited vision
in one eye, she has turned her disability into an intellectual and artistic
benefit by exploring the world of the visually impaired from the inside.
A senior fellow at MIT's Center for Advanced Visual Studies, she has
collaborated with scientist, engineers, physicians and students to turn
the scanning laser ophthalmoscope (SLO), a diagnostic tool, into a "seeing
machine," enabling the blind to see. In addition, Goldring has designed
a "visual language" for the SLO consisting of words that incorporate
graphics that illustrate the words' meanings, making them easier to see.
She uses this language to write poetry and create "poem animations" that
can be enjoyed by people who are visually challenged.
Conductor Amy Kaiser has spent the last 30 years inspiring singers to
perform at the highest professional level. Currently director of the
Saint Louis Symphony Chorus, she began her conducting career in New York
City in the late 1970s as a freelancer, conducting dozens of performances
at Lincoln Center as music director of the Dessoff Choirs and conductor
of the Metropolitan Opera Guild. She has led over 25 operas, dozens of
operatic and choral world premieres and prepared choruses for the New
York Philharmonic, Mostly Mozart Festival and Ravinia Festival. She is
also guest conductor with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, the Berkshire
Choral Festival and the Santa Fe Symphony.
Oncologist Anne Moore is considered one of the leading authorities on
breast cancer in the U.S. A professor of clinical medicine at Weill Cornell
Medical Center and an attending physician at New York Presbyterian Hospital,
she was one of the first to explain the complexities of breast cancer
to the newly diagnosed patient in a monograph she co-authored, titled "Patients'
Guide to Breast Cancer Treatment." She was elected president of
the New York Metropolitan Breast Cancer Group and is a director of the
National Association of Breast Cancer Organizations.
Rally Day began in 1876 as a celebration
of George Washington's birthday. Since then, it has evolved
from a social occasion into a daylong celebration, at which
seniors are permitted to wear their caps and gowns for the first time.
The Smith College Medal -- which was designed by art professor Elliot
Offner and depicts the Grécourt Gates and the Smith College
motto, "To Virtue, Knowledge" -- has been awarded at Rally
Day since 1973.
Smith College is consistently ranked among
the nation's foremost liberal arts colleges. Enrolling
2,800 students from every state and 60 other countries, Smith is the
largest undergraduate women's college in the country.
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