Why Should You Give? Reason #47:
Honor a fellow Smithie
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.
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.
On October 29, President McCartney wrote to the Smith community to share the results of an independent inquiry into events of this summer, when a Smith employee contacted Campus Police about a student in a residence hall.
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.
Nancy Malkiel ’65, LTD ’97, a distinguished Princeton scholar of 20th-century American history, delivers a Presidential Colloquium entitled “‘Keep the Damned Women Out’: The Struggle for Coeducation” at 4 p.m. Wednesday, September 26, in the Campus Center Carroll Room. The event is open to the public at no charge. Malkiel’s talk examines how a number of elite institutions of higher education decided to go co-ed seemingly all at once between 1969 and 1974—and how coeducation was met with fierce resistance.
A longtime supporter of Smith and member of the Grécourt Society, Malkiel says, “Smith has meant the world to me! I had an extraordinary experience as a student, both academically and outside the classroom, all of which has had everything to do with my career ever since. And generations of remarkable Smith women have given me gifts of friendship and modeled ways of living a life that have been all-important in my own life for many, many decades. Serving for many years on the board of the Alumnae Association and the Smith College Board of Trustees has only deepened my attachment to and gratitude to Smith.”
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.
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.
For the 11th year in a row, applications to Smith reached a record high, says Audrey Smith, the college’s vice president for enrollment.
In naming Smith to their top 10 list for Schools for Female Entrepreneurs Who Want to Change the World, College Magazine said “This all woman’s college in the Boston area gives female entrepreneurs a once in a lifetime experience.”
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!
On October 19, 2017, the Smith community came together to officially break ground on the Neilson Library renovation.
Entrepreneur and author Diane Hessan—the former CEO of Boston’s Startup Institute—talked about the rewards and benefits of risk-taking in a talk highlighting the dedication of Smith’s Jill Ker Conway Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center on October 18, 2017.