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Smith Awards Funding for 14 Innovation Challenge Proposals

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This year’s Innovation Challenge grants will fund a range of programs, including student/alumnae networking, outdoor programs for Smith’s student unity groups, and a conference on diversity in athletics. Established in 2016 by President Kathleen McCartney, the Innovation Challenge grants support research, teaching and learning programs built around themes of inclusion, diversity and equity. This year, the college will fund and implement 14 projects chosen from 39 applications by a working group representing the president’s cabinet, students, faculty and staff.

Beatrice Chaudoin '19 Earns All-America Field Hockey Honors

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Pioneers player Beatrice Chaudoin '19 has been named to the Longstreth/NFHCA Division III All-American Second Team—the fourth field hockey player in Smith history to earn the award. This season, Chaudoin's team captured the NEWMAC title for the first time in program history, advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

The Power of Design

Emily Norton, the new co-director of Smith's Design Thinking Initiative, grew up in Warren, Vt., in a “design build” community founded by architects interested in environmentally sound development. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, she says she's excited about being part of Smith’s Design Thinking Initiative as it moves from a multi-year pilot phase into a long-term partnership with the college’s Conway Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center and Wurtele Center for Leadership.  

Smith College Names Michael Thurston Provost and Dean of the Faculty

Michael Thurston—the Helen Means Professor of English Language and Literature at Smith College—has been named the college’s next provost and dean of the faculty. His appointment is effective July 1, 2019. A member of the Smith faculty since 2000, Thurston is an authority on American literature and American studies, with a primary research interest in modern and contemporary poetry. He received the Sherrerd Prize for Distinguished Teaching in 2010.

A Feminist Guide to the Workplace

Actor/writer/producer/director Jake Lipman ’00, founder of Tongue in Cheek Theater, explains what led to her latest production, "Relentlessly Pleasant," a look at women navigating the complexities of today’s work environments. Though the play deals with tough and topical issues, it’s also an entertaining comedy.

People News

Sustainability awards, published research and prestigious civic and cultural honors are among the recent accomplishments of Smith students, faculty, staff and alumnae. Read about them in the latest People News column.

Students Groups Collaborate to Explore Museums and Indigenous Sovereignty

Two student unity organizations are co-hosting a November event at the Smith College Museum of Art to explore indigenous people’s resilience in the context of museum and archival work. “illumiNATIVE: exposing colonialism and embodying sovereignty” will examine the ways in which museums have acquired, collected and continue to display indigenous cultural resources—often against the will of indigenous communities and without their voices represented. The Thursday, Nov. 29, event in Graham Hall will feature a 6 p.m. keynote address by Jaime Arsenault, a tribal historical preservation officer for the White Earth Band of the Minnesota Chippewa.