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Poet and Activist Sonia Sanchez Will Speak at Smith on Otelia Cromwell Day

Poet Sonia Sanchez, a prolific writer, activist and architect of the nation’s black studies movement, is the keynote speaker for this year’s Otelia Cromwell Day celebration. Sanchez will address the campus community at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3, in John M. Greene Hall for the annual gathering in honor of Smith’s first African American graduate.

People News

Prestigious fellowships, conference presentations and career awards are among the recent accomplishments of Smith students, faculty, staff and alumnae. Read about them in the latest People News column.

Smith Joins National College-Based Real Food Challenge

Smith has signed onto the Real Food Challenge, making the college the 41st in the country—and the second women’s college—to join the national sustainable food initiative. A commitment signed Oct. 21 by President Kathleen McCartney pledges that 20 percent of the food provided on campus will meet sustainability and fairness standards set by the Real Food Challenge organization by 2020.

Maya Lin Shares Design for New Neilson Library

Maya Lin’s design for Smith College’s Neilson Library is an innovative structure that presents a compelling vision for the modern library while respecting the existing building’s historic significance. With an emphasis on natural light, sustainable environmental design principles, and flexible interior space, Lin’s design re-imagines the new Neilson as an intellectual commons at the heart of Smith's campus.

New Survey Will Help Assess Climate for Inclusivity at Smith

A new campus climate survey aims to bolster Smith’s goal of being an inclusive community, while also providing data that will guide planning. The confidential survey is a chance for students, faculty and staff to help assess attitudes, behaviors and standards that contribute to a welcoming campus environment.

Jill Ker Conway Center Sparks Innovation, Entrepreneurship

A new center with a familiar Smith College name greeted students returning to campus this fall. Named for Smith's first woman president, the Jill Ker Conway Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center builds on the great work done over the past 15 years through Smith’s successful Center for Women and Financial Independence.

Life Hacks: Alumnae Experts Share Secrets of Modern Life

Want to know how to pick out the best wine in a new restaurant or take a gallery-worthy photo from a smartphone? Fifteen alumnae experts—from organizers to privacy professionals—share their expertise in the Fall 2016 Smith Alumnae Quarterly. (Bonus: learn how to make a Smith Mudslide!)  

Student's 'Shut the Sash' Campaign Aims to Save Energy, Boost Safety in Smith Labs

Angelica Radke ’18 is on a mission to spread an energy-saving campaign she helped launch in Smith chemistry labs this summer. The “Shut the Sash” initiative Radke designed encourages lab-users to close fume hoods in science labs in order to save energy, reduce carbon emissions and improve safety.

Goodbye Batteries: Prof. McKahn's Research on Hydrogen Fuel Cells

Associate Professor of Engineering Denise McKahn has her sights set on creating hydrogen fuel cells that perform more efficiently and are safer for the environment than lithium-ion batteries. Read more in the latest issue of Insight.