President Carol Christ was honored for her commitment
to educational access at a February 27 gala dinner in Boston hosted by Bottom Line
Inc., an organization dedicated to helping low-income and first-generation high school
students in the Boston area get into -- and succeed in -- college. Smith enrolls
18 Bottom Line students, more than any other institution except Northeastern University.
The event also featured remarks by Smith sophomore Rochelle Valdez, whose family
is from the Dominican Republic. She discussed the challenges of being the first person
in her family to attend college.
The Smith College Ski Team qualified for a
trip to Winter Park, Colorado, and the United States Collegiate Ski Association National
Championships in March after finishing fourth overall at the February 25 Eastern
Collegiate Ski Conference regionals. This is the sixth time in the past 21 years
that the Pioneers have made it to the national championships.
Smith students gave special recognition to
two faculty members during the annual Rally Day convocation in February: Jill de
Villiers, professor of philosophy and Sophia and Austin Smith Professor of Psychology,
received the Faculty Teaching Award for tenured faculty; Floyd Cheung, assistant
professor of English language and literature, for nontenured faculty. Given annually
by students to honor faculty members’ dedication to excellent teaching, the
Faculty Teaching Award was established 23 years ago as a way for students to thank
educators for their support, encouragement and inspiration.
At its March meeting, the Smith College Board
of Trustees approved a comprehensive fee of $45,606 for 2007-08, reflecting
an overall increase of 5 percent over the 2006-07 comprehensive fee. That fee
incorporates tuition ($33,940), room and board ($11,420) and a student activities
Check out the Grécourt Gate, a.k.a. “the
Gate,” at www.smith.edu/gate. It’s Smith’s recently redesigned
Web page for news and photos about the people, programs and events in the college
community. Its name pays tribute to the real gates, which were erected in 1924 outside
of College Hall and serve as the symbolic entrance to the college. The online Grécourt
Gate is an entrance as well, providing access to daily news and information about
Smith. The page also has numerous links, including a weekly view of the campus calendar,
other Smith publications and the Smith home page.
Senior Jennifer Leibig chats with trustee Agnes Bundy
Scanlan ’79 at a tea in the Alumnae House. Both are participants in a mentoring
program that pairs students with trustees, giving each a chance to talk about campus
life today. In addition, the students gain career advice and life insights from their
mentors. Leibig described Scanlan as “a wonderful and inspiring woman,” and
noted that they share many interests. “Her advice and pointers are helping
direct my job search,” Leibig said, “and have just generally made me
feel more excited to graduate.”
Joshua Miller, professor in the Smith School for Social Work (SSW), and Ann Marie
Garran, adjunct assistant professor, are co-authors of Racism
in the United States: Implications for the Helping Professions, published by Thomson/Brooks Coles in 2007.
The book is intended as a textbook about racism and its effects for social workers
and other human service workers. Miller is chair of social welfare policy and services
sequence in the SSW and teaches courses in institutional racism and disaster mental
health. Garran is a research adviser and winter field faculty member.
A new book by Ann Zulawski, professor of history and of Latin American studies,
titled Unequal Cures: Public Health and Political Change in
Bolivia, 1900–1950, was recently published by Duke University Press. The book examines ways in which
the national debate about medicine and public health was related to different visions
of citizenship, the state and the roles of indigenous Bolivians and women in that
nation. Zulawski teaches courses on Latin America in the colonial and national periods,
Andean society, gender in Latin American history, Cuban society and culture, the
history of public health in Latin America, and U.S. foreign policy in the region.
She is also the author of They Eat From Their Labor: Work and Social Change in Colonial
The unique architectural range of buildings and landscapes at Smith is captured
in a new book The Campus Guide: Smith College, a volume filled with colorful photographs
of the Smith campus. It is one in a series of books that illustrate the architecture
on notable American campuses, including Duke, Harvard, Stanford and Yale. It was
published this year by Princeton Architectural Press and is available widely through
booksellers and online retailers.