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From Students

Welcome to Smith! We're so excited to have you. Come fall in love with this place the way we have, and help us make the next decade our best yet.

Welcome to Smith! Hope to get to know you and that you'll attend some Ada teas. Namaste.

I would just like to welcome you to campus! I am a government major here at Smith and will be graduating in 2014! I just wanted to let you know that I appreciated your mention of cheering on the Pioneers to victory in your welcome video and I really hope to see you at one of our field hockey games this upcoming season! Thank you for your support and I hope you enjoy Smith!

From Alumnae

Congratulations on your appointment as Smith College's next president. I am so excited by all that you bring to the college and I know that you will cherish your time in Northampton and with the broader Smith community. Like you, financial aid was an integral part of my Smith experience, and I am pleased to hear your commitment to keeping Smith accessible to women of promise, no matter their economic background.

Welcome! We alumnae look forward to working with you as you help us envision the next phase for our wonderful Smith community!

Welcome to the wonderful Smith community. Smith College has been an important part of my life, and I know that you will find challenges, rewards, and support in your work as Smith's 11th president. As a past president of the Smith Alumnae Association and a past Smith trustee, I look forward to meeting you and to working with you for the benefit of Smith. I am starting my third term in the Maine House of Representatives, and I serve on the Joint Standing Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs. I have worked hard to promote strong early education programs as well as excellent post-secondary education in our state. Thank you for your commitment to these important parts of our educational fabric.

Welcome to Smith, President McCartney! Thrilled to have you.

Welcome to Northampton. As you move into that great house, please know how many thousands of young women have walked and bicycled past your door and Paradise Pond on our way to and from scary, intimidating, illuminating, sobering, hilarious learnings on the Smith campus. Please know, too, that we carry that back and forth journey between the Quad and our classes into the rest of our lives, where it rides along with us in our waking and dreaming, helping form our decisions, directions, lifelong growth. I'm sure I use my Smith education every day of my life. As a member of the class of 1959 (just before feminism and the Pill), who would re-enter Smith in a heartbeat if she could, I'm happy to welcome you, and I look forward to meeting you. Congratulations on your appointment. You'll help shape lives in ways you might never even find out about.

I wish to welcome you warmly to the Smith world. I was one of the early Ada Comstock scholars, which radically changed my life. Generous funding from the Mott Foundation made it possible for me to attend Smith, while raising my daughter. I had a truly transcendent time in my three years at Smith. Ironically, the courses which transformed me the most profoundly,, were surveys — Art History, Economics, Gen Lit, Brit Lit — for they introduced me to a world of ideas and instilled the desire to learn more about everything. I have stayed in touch with Smith, serving as AAC and then president of the Smith College Club of Cleveland, which is very active, interesting and supportive. I am so happy at your appointment, and know that you will serve as a great leader at Smith.

Welcome and congratulations, President McCartney! The local Smith Club looks forward to meeting you and working with you as the college's next "fearless leader!"

From Faculty and Staff

I want to add my voice to the chorus of welcome you have already received from Smith faculty, staff, students and alumnae. Congratulations! I was delighted to learn of your appointment and, as a fundraiser and educator, delighted to hear of your passion for both. I look forward to meeting with you on one of your future trips to campus, but most of all to working with you when you assume your new role. Welcome and best wishes for a happy holiday season.

What a joy to get to meet you by video! As a faculty member at the School for Social Work, I am so very pleased to welcome you. I was so impressed that you managed to address all of the constituencies of the college, including the staff and the School for Social Work while also invoking the best of Sophia Smith. Your enthusiasm was infectious and this faculty in general and the faculty at the School for Social Work are so ready to feel that they have a partner in their teaching and research. I look forward to meeting you formally and informally and to working together.

From Parents

My second daughter is now a first year at Smith. I don't think there is anything I am more pleased with, after the joy of having two beautiful and intelligent daughters, than that they are both Smithies. I wish you well as president of Smith College and hope I will have a chance to meet you in person when I come to campus.

Congratulations on your new assignment at Smith College. As a parent of an international student (from India), it was a difficult decision both financially and emotionally to see our daughter leave home two and a half years ago. But, today, having seen her transform into this accomplished young woman, we can’t thank Smith College and the faculty and staff more than what they have already done. We look forward to your leadership to help such young women take on the world in their own right and prove their worth by their capabilities and accomplishments.

From the Community

Oh how lucky Smith College is to have Kathy McCartney as its next president. I know firsthand from my time here at Harvard what a fantastic leader she is; beloved by students and faculty alike. It was only a matter of time before Kathy was lured away to a presidency. Congratulations to Smith for choosing her!