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People News

Undergraduate research awards, federal grants and newly published books are among the recent accomplishments of Smith students, faculty, staff and alumnae. Read about them in the latest People News column.

Mission First: A Conversation With Information Technology VP Samantha Earp

Samantha Earp, Smith’s vice president for information technology, takes a big-picture view of her role on campus. “People tend to think of IT as mainly administrative,” says Earp. “But information technology is a rich, complex and ever evolving eco-system. I want us to be more expansive and integrative in our work at Smith.”

Maddow and Navarro Will Speak at Smith on 2016 Election

Two leading television commentators—MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and CNN’s Ana Navarro—will offer reflections on the 2016 presidential election in Presidential Colloquia at the end of January. Maddow’s talk (on Monday, Jan. 23) and Navarro’s talk (on Tuesday, Jan. 24) are both open to the public at no charge, and no tickets are required.

Advancing Diversity: Lessons From a White House Summit

One week after the 2016 presidential election, Cate Rowen, director of institutional research and educational assessment at Smith, traveled to Washington, D.C., to be part of a White House Summit on advancing diversity in higher education.

A Warm Welcome: Smithies Organize Clothing Drive for Arriving Refugees

For the last few weeks of fall semester, Bei Heald ’18’s car was filled to the window frames with coats, boots, sweaters and other winter clothing donated by Smithies. Those items were collected during a drive launched by Heald and fellow members of the student group Higher Education for Refugees at Smith (HERS), to help international refugees who will be arriving in Northampton over the next few months.

Smith Announces Successful Culmination of Women for the World Campaign

President Kathleen McCartney has announced the successful culmination of the Women for the World campaign, the most ambitious fundraising event in the college’s history. Smith students, faculty and staff are invited to celebrate at a March 4 on-campus community event featuring actress, playwright, and social commentator Anna Deavere Smith.

Strokes of Genius: Smith's Long-Distance Swimming 'Empire'

Six Smith women have conquered the English Channel so far, with more to come. As this story in the new Smith Alumnae Quarterly explains, support swimmers and coaching are among the key reasons for Smithies' successes in long-distance swimming.

Making Dining Sustainable and Fun: Meet Smith’s New Executive Chef

Dino Giordano began work on campus earlier this semester as Smith’s first executive chef. The Brooklyn native—who has years of experience as a restaurant chef—will be a key member of the Dining Services team and the college's ongoing efforts to provide more sustainable, healthy food to the campus community.

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.

People News

Humanities fellowships, new publications and nonprofit leadership promotions are among the recent accomplishments of Smith students, faculty, staff and alumnae. Read about them in the latest People News column.