Smith women have a rich tradition of volunteerism, both as students and as alumnae. Volunteers: Smith Women Changing the World features just a few of these alumnae from across many generations who volunteer in their communities, on a global scale, and for the college itself. From building sustainable schools in Africa to working to help Smith achieve its vision for the future, alumnae volunteers are indeed “changing the world.”
The Smith College Department of Athletics and Recreation inducted its first ever class into the Smith College Pioneers Hall of Fame on October 20, 2012 at a ceremony held at the Alumnae House. Twelve individuals and one team, representing some of the greatest achievements in women's physical education, sport, and athletics made up the inaugural class.
For the large majority of nearly 50 Smith students who become members of the college's rugby team, it's an unfamiliar game, unlike athletic activities they participated in in high school, or even came to know as spectators. But once they're on the team and accustomed to the physicality and competition—the full-speed hitting, the shoving, the scrum—something about rugby grabs them and doesn't let go.
One of the great jewels of the plant kingdom, the Titan Arum, or Amorphophallus titanum, flowered for the third time in the Lyman Conservatory at the Botanic Garden of Smith College on 9/24/12. Our Titan first bloomed in 2005, and then again in 2008. Smith's Titan Arum was the first ever to bloom in Massachusetts.
Join John Davis, Alice Pratt Brown Professor of Art, as he leads an architectural tour of Smith College detailing some influential buildings on campus.
Professor of Chemistry Kate Queeney opened the 2012-13 academic year with a convocation address met by cheers and foot stomping from students who filled John M. Greene Hall on September 5. “Every year at this time, as you all suddenly converge on campus, I am struck by how much I’ve missed you,” she told the audience. The traditional academic event is not a staid occasion at Smith. Students often attend dressed in celebratory garb. Referencing the student attire, Queeney quipped, “Look left. Look right. Don’t wear that to an interview.”
For women living in the 1830s, or for Elizabeth Tyra '14 this summer, preparing wool yarn with which to make clothing was and is a complicated, multi-step process taking several days of carding, spinning, washing, dying, and drying. Tyra and Cynthia Brown '13J experienced first-hand the life of early 19th-century New England villagers as Praxis interns at Old Sturbridge Village, where they portrayed characters for visitors to the living history museum.
Ten female Iraqi undergraduates from the College of Science for Women at the University of Baghdad gained exposure to science and engineering education and equipment not readily available to women in their home country when they spent the month of July 2012 at Smith College as participants in an intensive academic program.