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
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 http://www.smith.edu/summerprograms.