Smith College Grécourt Gate
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A Milestone Moment

All members of the community are invited to attend the groundbreaking for the new Neilson Library at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, on Seelye Lawn. The event will feature remarks from architectural designer Maya Lin, President Kathleen McCartney, Board of Trustees Chair Deborah L. Duncan ’77 and Provost Katherine Rowe. A reception will follow.

Poetry Legends

The Smith College Poetry Center celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Through her words and video clips of the poets who have come to campus, center director Ellen Doré Watson reflects on two decades of poets—on the page, and on the stage. The center will host a reading by poet Robert Hass at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 20, and screen a new film about Sylvia Plath at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 21. Both events take place in Weinstein Auditorium.

Building a Race Car: Gracie Hackenberg ’18 and Teammates Prep for Motorsports Challenge

Gracie Hackenberg ’18 grew up around auto mechanics, helping her grandfather—a NASA engineer—work on vintage cars in his garage. Now, Hackenberg has brought that passion to Smith, where she and a team of students are prepping a race car for the 2017 Grassroots Motorsports Challenge to be held October 20-21 in her childhood hometown of Gainesville, Fla.

Investing in Environmental Sustainability

Smith is providing $100,000 to the Smith College Investment Club to create and manage a new portfolio of fossil fuel-free investments. The new fund—which grew out of a recommendation from the Study Group on Climate Change—offers a unique opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience in the growing field of impact investing.

People News

A literary knighthood, scientific research grants and career promotions are among the recent accomplishments of Smith students, faculty, staff and alumnae. Read about them in the latest People News column.

Telling the Stories of Smith’s Remarkable Plant Collection

Climate change education, landscaping for a new Neilson Library and sustainability are among the initiatives that Tim Johnson is exploring as director of the Botanic Garden of Smith College. Johnson will host a meet-and-greet for college community members and Botanic Garden visitors on Saturday, Oct. 14, from noon to 1 p.m. at Lyman Plant House.

The Benefits of Taking Risks

Entrepreneur and author Diane Hessan—the former CEO of Boston’s Startup Institute—will address the rewards and benefits of risk-taking in a talk highlighting the dedication of Smith’s Jill Ker Conway Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18. The event will take place in the Campus Center Carroll Room.