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Offseason Remains Busy With Summer Programs

It’s mid-summer and that means Smith students are scattered about the world at their respective summer confines and the faculty presence is substantially reduced on campus.

Despite the relative emptiness on campus, a growing and diverse assortment of summer programs at Smith is keeping the Smith staff—as well as the college’s teaching spaces and some residences—well occupied.

By the time the summer ends, more than 2,800 people (not including students in the School for Social Work) will have lived temporarily at Smith while participating in 29 different programs of various content, length and objective.

For example, dozens of participants gathered at Smith in June for the annual Adult Sports & Fitness Camp. More than 100 high-school girls lived in Smith residences during the month-long Summer Science & Engineering Program, which runs through July 30. And as they have every year, a crowd of vocalists moves in to Smith rooms to study singing with the Western Wind Vocal Ensemble’s summer workshops, the second of which runs from July 29 through August 6.

Each summer for the past four years has seen an increase in the number of programs—and participants—on campus, says Diane Jacobs, the summer programs/events coordinator. Last summer, the college accommodated more than 2,000 people in 25 programs.

Several programs have become annually recurring events at Smith, says Jacobs, such as the School of Body-Mind Centering and the School of Cinema and Performing Arts. “Now that they are at Smith, they are extremely happy and wonder what took them so long to come here,” she says. “Smith is an attractive place to hold a summer program. My clients speak of the beauty of the campus, the ease in which their needs and requirements are met in comparison to other campuses, and the pricing is more economical.”

Judging from the positive comments from people who have attended summer programs at Smith, it’s no surprise that the college’s summer volume continues to increase.

“For years our participants have enjoyed the outstanding facilities Smith offers,” says Bill Zukoff, executive producer of the Western Wind ensemble, “the beautiful campus, the fine food, as well as the charming town of Northampton and its environs. It is a summer treat our workshop community looks forward to eagerly from year to year.”

James Gleason, director of Hampshire Yoga, said, “I was taken with the available facilities, the competitive costs, and the professional presentation of the director. I had no hesitation switching our venue to Smith to try it for a year. Needless to say, I have returned and expect to continue to return to this finely run program.”

To learn more about summer programs at Smith or to read other testimonials from satisfied clients, consult

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