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Four Distinguished Alumnae Will Be Honored on Rally Day 2006

The Smith College Medal, established in 1962 to recognize and honor alumnae for their extraordinary professional achievements and outstanding service to their communities, will be awarded to the following four alumnae on Rally Day, Wednesday, February 22, in Sweeney Concert Hall.

Julia M. Bolz ’83 is a former partner and practicing immigration attorney in Seattle who traded a successful career for a commitment to human rights advocacy. She is currently working to provide aid and build new businesses, schools and healthcare institutions in Afghanistan, focusing on the welfare of girls and women in the war-torn country. She returns regularly to Seattle to guide high school students in community service projects.

Roberta Schenker Kurlantzick ’65 is an educator who has made an enormous impact in Connecticut communities not only in her work as teacher and administrator but also through her innovative ideas and effective practices in elementary school education.
Beverly Mitchell ’65 is a scientist and physician recognized as one of the world’s leading researchers in biochemical pharmacology of nucleotides. She not only has worked to provide effective new treatments for leukemia but has also trained a succession of outstanding young physicians, scientists and clinicians in patient-oriented research in hematology.

Margaret Byard Stearns ’57 is director of communications for the Opera Theatre of St. Louis. She has built her career with the theater as a national press representative, opera translator and librettist and received widespread critical acclaim for three of her translations of opera librettos into English. She also serves as executive director for the Sullivan Musical Foundation, managing a prestigious award for early career singers.

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