News & Updates
Smith College is not a place that stands still. Thanks to the generous support of donors like you, we are able to provide world-class teaching, state-of-the-art programming, innovative alumnae events and so much more. Here’s what’s happening on campus and beyond.
Thanks to the support of many generous alums, we are approaching the halfway mark for our goal.
Luna Wang ’24J is deepening her understanding of people and strengthening her future.
Borgen wants more Smith voices in climate action, and she’s making a gift to inspire others to help endow Smith’s Center for the Environment, Ecological Design and Sustainability.
Smith’s Draper Competition for Collegiate Women Entrepreneurs welcomes 60 teams from across the country for two days of learning and competition.
Join Smith in honoring the senior class with 2,023 gifts to The Smith Fund. The trustees will match up to $500,000!
Peris Mwangi ’23 is focused on changing the world for women, particularly women of color.
Lâle Burk, who taught chemistry at Smith for nearly five decades, is being honored with an endowed scholarship inspired by her superb teaching career.
Clara Rankin ’38 recounts the pride felt by the Smith community when Alumnae House opened to great fanfare.
An intergenerational suggestion ignites excitement and action for the 25th Reunion class.
When Xiaole Shirley Liu ’97 reached out to five friends with the idea of making a collective scholarship gift, they decided to invest in a Here For Every Voice Giving Circle, a new way of contributing to the college’s top priority—financial aid—and leaving a permanent legacy.
Smith College has received a $50 million gift to its endowment to transform and support financial aid and career development programs. The gift—from an alumna who wishes to remain anonymous—is the largest gift from an individual donor in Smith’s history.
Nearly a century after the Alumnae House was first built, Smith is renovating the elegant building to meet the needs of the next 100 years.
Sending care packages is one of the most popular activities for many Smith Clubs across the country, each club putting their own spin on what they send, and when.
How to Get Noticed by an Employer or Recruiter: Candid Conversations with Career Gurus Emily Frank ’93 and Gail Fritzinger ’81
Alum Office Hours (AOH) welcomes career gurus Emily Frank ’93 and Gail Fritzinger ’81 to host “How to Get Noticed by an Employer or Recruiter.” Young alums and recent graduates are invited to participate on November 19 from 6 to 7 p.m. ET in a virtual Q&A session.
Smith’s cherished tradition of sharing stories over afternoon tea offers time and space for reflection and camaraderie with fellow Smithies. Imani Missouri ’08, owner of Faith Forward LLC, elevates this concept through her podcast, Forward 40 (4tea).
Chain Reaction: Chemistry Professor Milton D. Soffer Remembered for His Inspiration In and Out of the Lab
An anonymous gift made through Smith’s Here for Every Voice initiative has established the Professor Milton D. Soffer Endowed Scholarship Fund, which will support chemistry majors.
It’s already impossible to fit Madeline Turner ’21’s resume on one page. The anthropology major from Garrettsville, Ohio, has served as president of the Smith Debate Society and principal trumpet in the Smith College Orchestra. And she recently co-authored a book, The Land of Milk and Money: Lessons Learned From Ohio Women in Dairy, inspired by her own childhood growing up on a dairy farm.
The Office of Alumnae Relations and Development is thinking of our Smith community during the COVID-19 pandemic and we hope you are receiving the support you need.
Diane Alvarez Benitez ’22, a first-generation engineering and architecture student at Smith, learned the value of education from her father. Smith’s Here for Every Voice initiative to raise $75 million for scholarships is giving students like Diane an opportunity to find their voice at Smith—and change the trajectory of their lives and communities in the process.
A new Office for the Arts is coming to Smith College, thanks in part to the vision of the Jean and David W. Wallace Foundation. Their $3 million leadership gift endows the directorship of the center, allowing the college to forge a singular focus on arts planning and programming across campus.
When President Kathleen McCartney announced that students would be finishing their spring semester studies remotely beginning March 30, Smithies did what they do best—rallied in support of others in need.
Anne Williams ’92 was the first in her family to go to college. Now she’s helping others do the same by giving back to The Smith Fund’s Essential Smith designation, which supports scholarship aid for countless international, non-traditional and financially disadvantaged students who help create a thriving and diverse campus life and make the Smith experience so meaningful.
For Mary Grant ’70, Smith and family are intertwined. Four generations of women in her family—from her grandmother to Mary’s now-grown daughter—are or were Smithies. “Never in my early life, except for my family, did anyone take my brain seriously,” she says. “The faculty at Smith, however, thought of us as young women who were capable of analysis and critical thinking.”
When Smith announced it would hold virtual Commencement for the class of 2020, alumnae clubs went to work to honor graduates in their regions with the enthusiasm, dedication and commitment these groups bring to all their Smith activities.
More than 1,700 alumnae returned to campus in May 2019 for Reunion and Commencement weekends. Old friends reconnected, and new friendships were made, as Smithies visited their former houses, went on campus tours and attended faculty lectures.
Smith College Global Connections is a new Facebook page celebrating all things global at Smith. Updated daily, the page shares photos, event announcements, student profiles, alumnae spotlights and news about Smith’s global happenings. Follow us to connect with the college and other alumnae around the world.
In 2012, Smith College, Tim Draper and Melissa Park Draper ’77, forged a groundbreaking partnership to establish the Draper Competition for Collegiate Women Entrepreneurs and level the playing field for aspiring undergraduate female founders. The competition is designed to hone the skills undergraduate women need to launch business ventures.
The year 2019 marks a landmark in Smith’s history: the 25th anniversary of the founding of The Grécourt Society. The Grécourt Society honors alumnae and friends who leave Smith bequests and other forms of planned and estate gifts.
It was an ambitious goal: Raise $3.1 million in 31 days for scholarship aid. Thanks to 5,105 generous donors, Essential Smith: The December Giving Challenge surpassed that goal, raising $3.25 million and helping to empower hundreds of Smith students to launch bright futures.
When Phyllis Cohen Rappaport ’68 was applying to colleges, she came upon an article written by Gloria Steinem ’56 in Glamour magazine. “Gloria wrote so compellingly about the Seven Sisters schools and the experiences they offered. I hadn’t considered attending a women’s college before, but that article opened my eyes to them,” she says.
Priscilla Carter Fort ’69 received an education both inside and out of the classroom at Smith. For her last three years, she lived in Tenney House, the co-op dorm on campus. “Living and working in Tenney was a unique form of financial aid at Smith,” she explains. “Sixteen of us earned our keep by rotating through a daily work schedule that included scrubbing tubs, baking bread and getting dinner for sixteen on the table every night.”
Early this October, nearly 200 Black alumni from Smith and Amherst Colleges came together in Washington, D.C. for the first ever Smith and Amherst College Black Alumnae/i Mini Reunion.
For many Smith students, the opportunities offered through study abroad are the deciding factor when choosing to attend the college. Unique cultural experiences, being immersed in a foreign language and forging lifelong friendships abroad are just a few of the motivating factors. To celebrate these special opportunities, two gatherings were held this past summer in Paris to honor and connect with two beloved supporters of Smith’s study abroad programs, Anita Wien ’62 and Ann Sanford ’75.
Nearly 15,700 alumnae, parents and friends of Smith helped make the past year one of the most successful in recent college fundraising history. By the end of the fiscal year on June 30, more than $69 million—including $13 million for financial aid—had been raised to support a broad range of curricular initiatives, capital projects and scholarships for students.
Lisa Black ’81 learned the importance of investment early on. Growing up, she and her siblings were given shares of stock by their parents and grandparents, but the “real gift”, she says, was that “we learned about investments and the importance of giving back.” Recently she has invested in Smith College through a generous gift establishing the Smith Athletics Program Endowment Fund.
Nearly 1,800 alumnae returned to campus in May 2018 for Reunion/Commencement weekends. During the activity-packed days, they connected with old friends, made new ones and celebrated milestone anniversaries since their own Smith graduations.
On Friday, April 6, 2018, 52 teams from 34 schools around the country, including 18 teams from Smith, converged on the Indoor Track and Tennis Facility for the sixth annual Draper Competition for Collegiate Women Entrepreneurs.
Dozens of alumnae returned to campus on February 24 to attend a luncheon honoring scholarship donors and student recipients of financial aid.
In naming Smith to their top 10 list for Schools for Female Entrepreneurs Who Want to Change the World, College Magazine said “This all women’s college in the Boston area gives female entrepreneurs a once in a lifetime experience.”
“Smith has provided me with lifelong friendships. We are all connected and cherish the experiences we shared at Smith and beyond. In fact, during my 15-year reunion in May 2017, my classmates elected me to serve as class president,” says N’Goundo Magassa ’02.
"Since I am the first person in my family to go to college and I received financial assistance to attend Smith, I truly believe it is important that I contribute to the fundraising efforts and help the college support other students who are attending Smith. This is what inspires me to give," she says.
As a philosophy major, Elissa (Lisa) Getto ’69 had no idea that her education was preparing her for a rich series of careers as an educator, musician and ultimately president of such renowned performing arts centers as Florida’s Ruth Eckerd Hall; Stamford, Connecticut’s, Palace Theater; and Virginia’s Wolf Trap.
Now Lisa is giving back by leaving a bequest to the college in her estate.
On November 15, The Smith Fund beat their goal of raising one million dollars from 2,000 donors in 24 hours. The final numbers: $1,215,665 raised from 2,020 friends!