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Distant Learning

Faculty-student connections remain strong, even if classrooms look different.

  • Campus Life
  • December 3, 2020
Amy Putnam

Home Is Where the Smithies Are

House community is alive and well as students set up ‘pods’ from Alaska to Boston.

  • Campus Life
  • December 3, 2020

‘The Life Cycle of Dining’: Reducing Carbon Emissions

For four members of the class of 2020, a senior capstone research project has led to a prestigious award from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

  • Sustainability
  • December 2, 2020

Julia Yager Appointed Vice President for College Relations and Communications

Smith College President Kathleen McCartney has appointed Julia Yager as the college’s vice president for college relations and communications.

Her appointment is effective January 1, 2021.

  • News of Note
  • November 24, 2020

Julie Destine ’21: Finding Her Place in the Classroom

A Mindich Fellowship helped Julie Destine ’21 experience “the life of an educator.”

  • Research & Inquiry
  • November 23, 2020

Facts and Feelings: Teaching Elections in an Election Year

What’s it like to be teaching about elections in an unprecedented election year? Smith professors Anna Mwaba ’10 and Howard Gold share insights about having a front-row seat to history in their courses this semester.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • November 16, 2020

Spring 2021 Presidential Colloquia Announced

Attorney and activist Bryan Stevenson. NRDC President Gina McCarthy. Award-winning author and historian Jill Lepore. Gender equality advocate Mona Sinha ’88. These are a few of the influential thought leaders who will speak this spring through Smith’s Presidential Colloquium series.

  • Events
  • November 5, 2020
Smith College Presidential Colloquium

WAV: Smith’s Data Science Corps

A new, real-world data sciences program led by Smith offers students a chance to apply their skills, while also helping community groups solve data problems they might otherwise be unable to tackle.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • October 30, 2020
Data corps

Pioneering Spirit: Discussing Elections with Sen. Tammy Baldwin ’84

On Thursday, Oct. 22, just three hours before President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden took the stage for this year’s final presidential debate, the Smith Pioneers spent an hour talking with one of America’s leading legislators—Sen. Tammy Baldwin ’84 (D-WI) —about public service, next month’s election and how this year’s votes might affect young people tomorrow.

  • Athletics
  • October 28, 2020
Tammy Baldwin and two student athletes

Yamiche Alcindor Is Cromwell Day Speaker

Yamiche Alcindor—an award-winning journalist who serves as the White House correspondent for the PBS NewsHour—will deliver the keynote address at Smith’s virtual celebration of Cromwell Day on Tuesday, Nov. 10.

  • Events
  • October 26, 2020
Yamiche Alcindor

People News October 2020

Music scholar awards, groundbreaking scientific research and global peace honors are among the recent accomplishments of Smith students, faculty, staff and alums. Read about them in the latest People News column.

  • Campus Life
  • October 22, 2020
McConnell-Burton walkway with trees in autumn colors

Smith Votes: ‘Engaging Students in Democracy’

Emily Paule ’22 and other members of Smith Votes, a nonpartisan student-led effort, are using the “power of personal connections” to boost participation in the election.

  • Campus Life
  • October 19, 2020
Smith Votes three boxes

Tracy K. Smith Will Read at Poetry Center Naming

Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith will read from her work at the dedication of the Boutelle-Day Poetry Center.

  • Smith Arts
  • October 16, 2020
Tracy K. Smith

Smith Will Celebrate Teaching Award Winners

Three faculty members chosen for this year’s Sherrerd teaching awards share their thoughts about the rewards and challenges of teaching at Smith. The campus community is invited to celebrate the honorees at a virtual ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 15, at 5:30 p.m.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • October 7, 2020
metal globe and sundial

Smith Receives $50 Million for Financial Aid, Careers

Smith College has received a $50 million gift to its endowment to transform and support financial aid and career development programs. The gift—from an alumna who wishes to remain anonymous—is the largest gift from an individual donor in Smith’s history. 

  • News of Note
  • October 7, 2020
Grecourt Gate emblem against blue sky

Building Virtual Community at Smith

From virtual scavenger hunts, to remote studio tours to a new Campus Life Connections program offering one-on-one support to students, the Smith community is finding myriad ways to come together while physically distant this fall.

  • Campus Life
  • October 2, 2020
student (blurry) holding a phone (in focus) that shows Smith's Instagram page

Neuroscientist Pens (Really Fun!) STEM-Adventure Books for Children

Neuroscientist Theanne Griffith ’08 is the author of The Magnificent Makers, a series of children’s books that feature Black and people of color characters having the ultimate in STEM adventures, while learning life lessons along the way.

  • Alumnae News
  • September 30, 2020
Theanne Griffith

Best Friends Forever

Key to the popular novels of J. Courtney Sullivan ’03 are intimate portraits of the interwoven lives of women—and the drama that ensues. Her fifth novel is a case in point.

  • Alumnae News
  • September 28, 2020
J. Courtney Sullivan


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