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The Smith Community Celebrates Kathleen McCartney

Members of the Smith community and notable guests who came to campus to celebrate the inauguration of Kathleen McCartney send their best wishes to the new president and share why it’s an exciting time for Smith.

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Inaugural Address: Busy Being Born

The Smith community was joined by delegates from colleges and universities around the world for the formal presentation of the symbols and responsibilities of office to Kathleen McCartney, Smith’s 11th president, on Saturday, October 19, 2013.

Read the address

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Inauguration Music: "To the New Year"

“To the New Year,” by Kate Soper, Assistant Professor of Music
Commissioned by the Smith College Board of Trustees
The Smith College Glee Club and Orchestra

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Inauguration Music: "All You Need Is Love"

“All You Need Is Love,” by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Arranged by Clifton J. Noble, Jr.
The Smith College Campus School Chorus, Cynthia Naughton, Director
The Smith College Chorus, Joseph Baldwin, Director
The Smith College Glee Club, The Smith College Orchestra, Jonathan Hirsh, Director and Conductor

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Installation of Kathleen McCartney

Delegates from colleges and universities around the world joined faculty, staff, students and alumnae for the formal presentation of the symbols and responsibilities of office to Smith’s 11th president, Saturday, October 19, 2013.

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The Transformational Power of Women's Leadership

A conversation showcasing women’s global leadership. Participants included Marian Wright Edelman, president and founder of the Children’s Defense Fund; Jane Harman ’66, director, president and CEO of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and former U.S. Representative from California; Farah Pandith ’90, special representative to Muslim communities, U.S. Department of State; and Julianna Smoot ’89, Democratic political adviser.

The panel was moderated by broadcast journalist Soledad O’Brien and introduced by Gregory White, Mary Huggins Gamble Professor of Government at Smith and the Elizabeth Mugar Eveillard ’69 Faculty Director of the Lewis Global Studies Center.

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The Future of Higher Education Leadership

A panel discussion featuring Lawrence Bacow, president emeritus, Tufts University, member, Harvard Corporation, and president-in-residence, Harvard Graduate School of Education; Drew Gilpin Faust, president, Harvard University; Juliet García, president, University of Texas at Brownsville; and Peter Salovey, president, Yale University.

The panel was moderated by Tori Murden McClure ’85, president of Spalding University, and introduced by Agnes Bundy Scanlan ’79, Smith College trustee and senior advisor with Treliant Risk Advisors.

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Investing in Smith Entrepreneurs

Tim Draper and wife Melissa Parker Draper ’77 came to campus to talk to students about the benefits of entrepreneurship. Tim Draper is the founder of the global venture capital firm, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, and has been a part of the development of Skype, Overture, Hotmail and PLX Technologies, among many other companies. The Drapers see Smith as a perfect launching pad for women entrepreneurs and created the Draper Business Plan Competition in 2012, an annual event to encourage entrepreneurship among Smith students. First prize is a $10,000 award, plus a full scholarship to Draper University of Heroes, a 10-week program in Silicon Valley that nurtures entrepreneurs through the business-creation process. Here they talk about why they chose to invest in Smith, their hopes for the future of the competition, and what makes a good business plan.

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The Bell Jar Revisited: A 50th Anniversary Celebration

In her capstone project for the Archives Concentration Program, Amanda Ferrara '13 curated a show titled "The Bell Jar Revisited" with the help of Karen V. Kukil, Associate Curator of Special Collections and Plath researcher. The show documents Plath's writing process as well as insightful feminist, political, literary and social commentary in The Bell Jar. It was on display in the Book Arts Gallery from June-September 8, 2013.

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Smith Alumnae on the Farm

Meet just some of the growing number of alumnae drawn to the ideals of small-scale sustainable farming, using their liberal arts education to reimagine the business of growing and selling healthful food and taking care of the land. And they're putting down roots in some of the most scenic farmland around. Read more in the Fall 2013 Smith Alumnae Quarterly.