Smith is now relying on the sun to produce clean energy for the Campus Center (above). Solar panels were mounted on the building's southwest roof this fall by Borrego Solar Systems Inc. The 130 panels will generate enough electrical power in the next 20 years to reduce carbon emissions by 238 metric tons, which is equivalent to the carbon that would be removed by planting 215 acres of trees. Go to www.smith.edu/newssmith/solar to learn more.
In January, 17 students participating in their second year of the annual Phoebe Reese Lewis Leadership Program joined with the nonprofit Literacy Project to study its organizational model and make recommendations. Based in Greenfield, Massachusetts, the Literacy Project offers free classes to adults in western Massachusetts in beginning literacy as well as GED preparation.
The leadership program provides Smith undergraduates with professional training in practical leadership skills through classroom exercises and hands-on learning experiences. About 25 participants are chosen annually to participate in the highly acclaimed, innovative program, based on academic performance and motivation.
"Every time you enter the library and search the stacks—every time you sit in the Browsing Room for a lecture or special event, and every time you study at a carrel or in a faculty office, you are traveling through a physical space that has evolved over the past 100 years," notes Leslie Fields '95, records services archivist and curator of a Neilson centennial exhibition on view through March in the Book Arts Gallery. For more information see www.smith.edu/libraries/fyi/626.htm.
Concerned about the safety of pedestrians using the crosswalks that connect its campus along the highly trafficked Elm Street, Smith will undertake a $250,000 program of crosswalk improvements, beginning in March 2010, to improve visibility and awareness for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians. Of particular concern are the crosswalks at the Campus Center and the one at College Lane, the designated entryway to the campus. Smith is working in partnership with the City of Northampton to schedule the upgrades. To read more go to www.smith.edu/newsoffice/crosswalks.
Park Annex is the latest among several renovated buildings on the Smith campus to have been recognized with the Historic Preservation Award, given by the Northampton Historic Commission. The award honors construction projects within the Elm Street Historic District that successfully complement the existing structures.Park Annex—part of a two-building complex with Park House, both built in 1880—was renovated in summer 2008. Updates included new slate and copper roofing and energy efficient windows as well as repairs to the wood siding and ornamental woodwork.
"Look at your hands, with a slight tilt of your head." Students taking introductory Korean language classes, including Yunan Liang '13, left, and Cindy C. Choi from UMass Amherst, gathered in late November to don colorful silk garments provided by their instructor and learned ceremonial bows and the basic movements of the traditional Korean dance.