Fall 2000 // Volume 15, Number 1 // Northampton, Massachusetts
Welcoming New Arrivals: In August the Smith College Office of Admission welcomed Audrey Yale Smith as the new director of admission. A 19-year veteran of the college admissions field, she is the former director of admissions at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. Before that, Smith served as director of admissions and enrollment management at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. In her new position here, Smith oversees a staff of 20, providing institutional leadership in the development and implementation of student recruitment strategies. Her responsibilities include developing annual and long-term admissions goals and supporting the college's priorities of excellence and diversity in its student body. Maureen Mahoney, dean of the college, noted that Smith brings considerable experience to her position at Smith College as well as experience in recruiting engineering students to Stevens, where she spearheaded a program designed to support young women seeking engineering degrees.
Brenda Allen, associate professor of psychology at Smith College and the chair of the department of Afro-American studies, has been appointed as assistant to the president and director of institutional diversity. In her new post she will oversee and coordinate all efforts of the college to achieve campus diversity. Allen will serve as the college affirmative action officer and lead campuswide efforts on issues of diversity and inclusion.
She earned her doctoral and master's degrees from Howard University and has written extensively on cultural influences on cognitive and social development. Since arriving at Smith in 1990, Allen has also served as adjunct professor in the School for Social Work, special assistant to the provost and acting associate director of institutional diversity. In announcing Allen's appointment, Smith President Ruth Simmons noted, "For the past decade, Brenda Allen has been an effective and imaginative leader on diversity issues at Smith. Brenda will bring the thoughtful and courageous leadership needed for Smith to succeed with respect to its historic mission of opportunity and success."
Adrian Beaulieu has accepted the position of associate dean for international study and joined Smith in August. He is the former director of the office for study abroad at George Washington University. He holds master's degrees in theology and an education specialist degree (Ed.S.) in higher education from George Washington University.
Also newly arrived at Smith is Michael
Marcotrigiano, who in August became the new director of the Smith
Botanic Gardens. He has worked at the University of Massachusetts
in the department of plant and soil science for 17 years researching
plant propa- gations and ornamental plant breeding. He is a graduate
of St. Francis College in New York City and earned his master's
and doctoral degrees in horticulture at the University of Maryland.
He has widely published in professional journals on such diverse
topics as leaf color variants in coleus, micropropagation of
cranberries and the genetics of nicotiana or flowering tobacco.
Up!: Smith riding team coach, program director and ESS lecturer
Suzanne Payne received a prestigious lifetime achievement award
in May 2000 from the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA).
Payne has been the director of Smith's riding program since 1974
and has coached the intercollegiate team since 1981. She has
led the Pioneers to regional champion or reserve champion titles
consistently for 18 years. Individual riders, under her instruction,
have qualified every year since 1981. An active member of IHSA,
she serves as the Zone 1, Region III president. In honoring her,
the IHSA said Payne was "an all-around caring human being
who has introduced, provided for and improved the inter- collegiate
program for hundreds of students."
So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut, the popular author of such satirical novels as Cat's Cradle and Slaughterhouse-Five, will be teaching a series of limited-enrollment master classes in advanced fiction writing at Smith this year. He will also be giving a presentation this fall on the Smith campus, to which the general public is invited. As a member of the English department faculty, he will be holding regular office hours for students.
Vonnegut is not the only noted literary
scribe teaching at Smith this fall. Anne Fadiman, nonfiction
writer and editor of The American Scholar, begins a two-year
teaching stint this semester, joining the Smith faculty as a
lecturer in American studies. Among her scheduled classes, she'll
teach a course in writing personal essays and another in writing
essays about American society.
More Recognition: Nancy Asai, associate
dean for student affairs, received the 2000 Outstanding Service
Towards the Development of Women award at the spring American
College Personnel Association (ACPA) convention in Washington,
D.C. The award honors her outstanding and ongoing contributions
to ACPA. She is an active member serving in various leadership
positions for the organization, including as directorate of ACPA
Special Interest Commission in Administrative Leadership.
Smith announced plans this summer to
create a center specifically designed to promote opportunities
for women in technology. The college expects to open the center
in 2001 as a joint venture with Women in Technology International
(WITI), a 6,000-member professional organization based in California
and dedicated to advancing women in technology. Plans for the
center also call for collaboration with the Smith Career Development
Office to offer a variety of programs. The center's focus will
be on helping women launch technology-based enterprises or assisting
them in finding work in the field.
Expedition to Alaska Postponed Until 2001: Smith's plans for a successful journey this summer along Alaska's coast ran aground when the expedition vessel, the M/V World Discoverer, struck a coral reef on April 30 in the Solomon Islands. Less than three months before it was to take a group of 120 passengers and scholars along 9,000 miles of Alaskan coastline, the ship was damaged so significantly that it had to be towed to Japan for repairs and then was deemed inoperable for the summer 2000 season. Smith has commissioned a replacement vessel, the Clipper Odyssey, for the Harriman Expedition Retraced, rescheduled for summer 2001. The revised program dates for next summer are July 21 to August 5, 2001, for Part I of the trip, and August 3 to August 20, 2001, for Part II. The original itinerary remains unchanged.
For further information, call Pam Bensen at 800-225-2029 or visit www.smith.edu/alumnae/travel.html.
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