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The Haunting Stories of Highway 20

For years, journalist Noelle Crombie ’92 has chronicled the devastating—and often disregarded—stories of victims of sexual assault. In an award-winning newspaper series, Crombie revealed how the brutal rape of one forgotten survivor could have stopped a serial killer in his tracks—if only the victim had been believed.

  • Alumnae News
  • December 5, 2019
Noelle Crombie on Highway 20

Overflowing Bathtubs and Leaky Boats

Physics professor Nathanael Fortune deftly explains forces of climate change to nonscientists.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • December 4, 2019
Nathanael Fortune headshot

Putting a Face to Hunger

Sibyl Brown ’14 became passionate about food justice while a student at Smith and founded the Smith chapter of the National Food Recovery Network, which continues today. As an alumna, she continues to work for food equity and wants to clarify some misconceptions about who exactly is going hungry in America.

  • Alumnae News
  • December 3, 2019
Sibyl Brown

Shaping a Contemporary Definition of ‘Home’

What does it mean to live and dine in community? That’s the question being addressed by the Residential Experience Working Group—18 students, faculty and staff whose unofficial charge is to develop, as REWG chair Susan Etheredge ’77 says, “a contemporary definition of home.”

  • Campus Life
  • November 22, 2019
Tyler House dining room

Mapping Holiday Travel

Whether you’re traveling near or far, Thanksgiving break is right around the corner. And for those wondering where their fellow Smithies are headed for the holiday, there’s a map for that!

  • Campus Life
  • November 22, 2019
Map of eastern US with dots marking travel locations

David DeSwert Appointed Vice President

David C. DeSwert has been named the college’s vice president for finance and administration.

  • News of Note
  • November 20, 2019
David DeSwert

Studying Climate Change

In the first semester of Smith's themed Year on Climate Change, relevant course offerings range from contemporary poetry to green energy policy, giving students of all academic backgrounds a chance to engage in learning about climate change and environmental sustainability. 

  • Sustainability
  • November 14, 2019
Reid Bertone-Johnson on a river bank teaching students

‘Inclusion is Not a Fixed Point’

Floyd Cheung, Smith’s vice president for equity and inclusion, has announced several new initiatives aimed at ensuring that all students, faculty and staff “can enjoy what Smith is and has to offer.”

  • Campus Life
  • November 13, 2019
Floyd Cheung

People News November 2019

Data science awards, published essays and career promotions are among the recent accomplishments of Smith students, faculty, staff and alumnae. Read about them in the latest People News column.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • November 12, 2019
sun shining through a tree in front of the Smith Campus Center

Immigration and the Food Justice Connection

Gabriella Della Croce ’11 and Andrea Schmid ’17 both work at the Pioneer Valley Workers Center, a collective that helps better the lives of immigrant workers in western Massachusetts.

  • Sustainability
  • November 8, 2019
Gabriella Della Croce ’11 and Andrea Schmid ’17

The Joy of Translation: Smith’s First Slam

Smith’s first Poetry Translation Slam, which will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 7 p.m. in the Poetry Center, is described as having all the best characteristics of a classic poetry slam: it will be joyful, interactive—even a bit rowdy.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • November 7, 2019
Students reading poetry

Experimenting with Geothermal Energy

The drilling of a geothermal test borehole began on campus near the Field House in September. This launched a unique and fascinating learning opportunity for faculty and students across campus and the first phase of a pilot project to establish a potential ground source geothermal heat exchange system for the Field House.

  • Sustainability
  • November 6, 2019
Denise McKahn with students in front of a drill rig

Exploring Natural Dye-Making Plants on Campus

A summer project by Hannah Asofksy ’21 is the foundation for a new exhibit on dyes on view at the Lyman Plant House. “The Art and Science of Dyeing” explores the world of natural dyes and connects visitors with dye-making plants in the Happy Chace ’28 Garden and the Learning Garden behind Northrop-Gillett.

  • Sustainability
  • October 31, 2019
Sarah Loomis and Hannah Asofsky '21 at the Happy Chace Garden

Campus Champions: Welcoming New Students

Nearly 100 new Smithies answered a call to nominate people who had made them feel especially welcome during their first weeks on campus. Read about this year's Champions for Smith Students.

  • Campus Life
  • October 31, 2019

Viewing Failure as Part of Learning

From demonstrating handstands to sharing job rejection letters, Smith faculty members are finding creative ways to help students feel more confident about the challenges of learning.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • October 25, 2019
students in the poetry center

Gifted Teaching: Meet the 2019 Sherrerd Prize Recipients

The campus community will celebrate this year's Sherrerd Teaching Prize recipients—Randi Garcia, Judith Keyler-Meyer and Kiki Smith—at a ceremony on Monday, October 28. 

  • News of Note
  • October 17, 2019
students in a lecture hall

Learning Across the Lifespan at Smith

Dina Venezky ’92, executive director of non-degree programs at Smith, says it’s exciting to be leading a team that is working to expand learning opportunities for high school, college and executive women.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • October 10, 2019
Dina Venezky

People News October 2019

Climate literacy research, national book awards and career promotions are among the recent accomplishments of Smith students, faculty, staff and alumnae. Read about them in the latest People News column.

  • Campus Life
  • October 1, 2019
students walking outdoors in fall


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