Lawrence P. Hunt, former assistant director of human resources
at the J. Paul Getty Trust, began his new position as executive director of human
resources at the college on March 1. Before joining Getty in Los Angeles, Hunt was
director of human resources at Tufts University in Boston, where he worked for 18
is a wonderful addition to Smith,” said Ruth Constantine, vice president of finance and
builds strong relationships with faculty and staff and translates his knowledge of
people into the creation of programs and policies to support employees.”
Smith received a record number of applications for the class of 2010. First-year
submissions totaled 3,427, the largest number in Smith’s history and a slight increase
over last year’s record-breaking total. Applications from international students rose 15
percent, the most significant increase among applicant categories. Fifty-two percent
of the applicants were admitted; 70 percent of those applicants graduated in the
top 10 percent of their high school classes.
The college has created a new
center, which officially opened in March, to provide support and information for
those in the Smith community seeking to explore and clarify issues involving gender
and sexuality, as well as class, race and other social identities. The Resource Center for Sexuality
and Gender, located in the basement of Wesley House, will offer educational programming and activities
and will serve as a campus resource to all interested students, faculty and staff.
According to Jennifer Kurtz, a Smith area coordinator and adviser to the center,
about 100 colleges in the United States have established similar centers on their campuses.
At its March meeting, the Smith College Board of Trustees
approved a comprehensive fee of $43,438 for 2006–07, reflecting an overall increase of 5.9 percent over the 2005–06
comprehensive fee. The comprehensive fee incorporates tuition ($32,320), room and
board ($10,880) and a student activities fee ($238).
Smith students gave special recognition
to two faculty members during the annual Rally Day convocation in February: David
Newbury, the Gwendolen Carter Professor of African Studies, history department, received the
Faculty Teaching Award for tenured faculty; Robert Hosmer, senior lecturer in English language
and literature, received the Faculty Teaching Award for nontenured faculty.
Given annually by students to honor faculty members’ dedication to excellent teaching,
the Faculty Teaching Award was established 22 years ago as a way for students to thank educators
for their support, encouragement and inspiration.