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350th Anniversary: The Smith College history department has joined with Historic Northampton to celebrate the city's 350th anniversary with a yearlong lecture series that began last November and continues through December 2004. Local as well as international scholars who have conducted research in the area will participate in the public lectures. The lecture series opened with a look at the history of native peoples who inhabited the region long before the arrival of white settlers. "There is a very important body of scholarship that has been developed around the history of this region," Kerry W. Buckley, executive director of Historic Northampton, told The Daily Hampshire Gazette. "The series will give us a chance to share that with the community." In fall 2004, the University of Massachusetts Press will publish A Place Called Paradise: Culture and Community in Northampton, Massachusetts, 1654-2004, a comprehensive anthology including the articles upon which all the lectures were based.

Making History: On the weekend of April 16 to 18, 2004, three generations of Smith students of color will be on campus to share their college experiences. Alumnae returning to Smith to attend the first "Smith Women of Color: Building Community" festivities will play an important role in the weekend's events, providing support to current students and encouragement to prospective ones. The weekend coincides with the Smith Office of Admission's Discovery Weekend for prospective students of color, which usually draws as many as 90 high school seniors. Two established affinity groups -- the Black Alumnae of Smith College and the Association of Latina Alumnae of Smith College -- have scheduled meetings, and organizers of the weekend hope that new affinity groups might also form. Some three thousand alumnae who have identified themselves as African American, Asian Pacific American, Latina, Native American or "multicultural" have been invited to the weekend, but everyone is welcome. Further information is available from JoAnne Lyons Wooten '74 at Joanne_wooten@hotmail.com or Robin Feldman at the Alumnae Association of Smith College, rfeldman@smith.edu.

Above, left: In late November, Emerson House held its 71st annual Medieval Banquet, a traditional event hosted by seniors for invited professors. Emerson juniors, sophomores and first-year students provide the entertainment. Photo by Fish/Parham. Right: The bulletin board in the basement of Seelye Hall reflects the hustle and bustle of campus life. Chi Bui '05 adds another post to the cluttered board. Photo by Jim Gipe.

Rally Roundup: Smith's annual Rally Day convocation on February 18 will feature Carol Thompson Cole '73, a former member of Smith's board of trustees, a former city administrator and deputy mayor of Washington, D.C., and current president of the Curtex Group, a consulting firm that specializes in project management, organizational development and community economic development. Four other alumnae will also be awarded Smith Medals that day: Rose Epstein Frisch '39, Amy Kaiser '65, Anne Moore '65 and Elizabeth Olson Goldring Piene '67. For up-to-date information, visit www.smith.edu/rallyday.

Senior architecture majors inspect the walls of a garden shed which they designed and built as an assignment for an advanced architecture course. The shed, which was constructed at Hillyer Hall on commission, will be installed in Holyoke in the spring. Photos by Fish/Parham.

 
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