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By Eric Weld   Date: 5/14/13 Bookmark and Share

Reunion 2013 Offers Deeper Alumnae Engagement

Every year around this time, when masses of alumnae crowd onto campus for their reunions, they not only re-engage with Smith classmates and friends from their former years here—many also relive the intellectual stimulation that comprised the core of their undergraduate years.

Alumnae Engagement

Through a wide range of topics addressed in lectures by faculty during both reunion weekends (May 17-19 and May 24-26), alumnae are afforded a glimpse of today’s Smith student academic experience.

This year’s lecture format, which is open to all in the Smith community free of charge, is a shift from past years at Smith reunions, when class groups organized their own respective activities, and alumnae enrolled in academic courses, through the Alumnae College, for a fee.

“This new format is one of the many new and exciting changes happening in Alumnae Relations to bring the Smith of today to our alumnae,” notes Jennifer Chrisler ‘92, vice president of alumnae relations and executive director of the Alumnae Association.

Beginning on Friday afternoons, May 17 and 24, faculty will give presentations on art, science, history, education, sociology and other areas. View the complete schedule (pdf).

The changed reunion format is one result of analyses by a Task Force on Alumnae Engagement, which convened over the past year to develop new ideas for interaction between Smith and its worldwide network of alumnae.

By offering free academic content throughout both reunion weekends, “we hope that these sessions will not only draw alumnae and their guests, but families of seniors, too [during commencement-Reunion I weekend], who would like a brief sampling of the intellectual life of the college their daughters have experienced,” explains Amy Holich-Dunn AC'05, assistant director for events and programs.

In addition to faculty lectures, the college’s four centers (Global Studies Center; Center for Community Collaboration; Wurtele Center for Work and Life; and Center for the Environment, Ecological Design and Sustainability (CEEDS)) will welcome visitors during open houses, on Saturday, May 25, and other activities will supplement the schedule.

“Alumnae can participate in this programming at whatever level they prefer,” explains Holich-Dunn, “balancing the keen desire to reconnect with classmates and experiencing reunion traditions with this new format.”

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