Five extraordinary alumnae are being honored for their contributions to their communities and the world as 2017 Smith Medalists: social activist Gloria Steinem ’56, economist Laura D’Andrea Tyson ’69, cardiac pulmonologist and surgeon Vickie Shannon ’79, broadcast news executive Ellen Weiss ’81 and winemaker/winery owner Helen Sebring Keplinger ’94.
The garden next to the President’s House is getting a new look—and a new name. The “‘Happy’ Garden” honors the late Beatrice “Happy” Oenslager Chace ’28, whose daughter and son-in-law, Eliot Chace Nolen ’54 and Roly Nolen, have provided financial support for the project.
Capturing all of the ways that trees contribute to daily life at Smith is a challenge. Taz Mueller '18 has taken up the charge by creating a digital portal that will be online this fall with detailed historical, biological and other information about important campus trees.
Meet Olivia Carbone, one of 660 new Smithies. After suffering an accident that caused her to miss 16 months of high school, Carbone founded a chapter of a nonprofit that helps low-income children gain access to prosthetics. Read on to learn her story—and those of some other extraordinary new students.
Former U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan will offer a Presidential Colloquium on “What I’ve Learned From Children” at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 21, in Weinstein Auditorium. Duncan’s talk—which is the inaugural Jane Grossman Cecil ’50 Memorial Lecture—coincides with the dedication of the newly named Jandon Center for Community Engagement.
The college welcomes 18 new faculty members this year who will teach courses on subjects ranging from statistical and data sciences to the literature of war.