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January People News

Science outreach efforts, coaching awards and career promotions are among the recent accomplishments of Smith students, faculty, staff and alums. Read about them in the latest People News column.

  • Campus Life
  • January 17, 2020
winter courtyard and blue sky seen through an archway

Kwame Anthony Appiah Will Speak February 4

Kwame Anthony Appiah—a British-Ghanaian philosopher, cultural theorist and novelist well known for his contributions to political and moral theory, the philosophy of language and mind, and African intellectual history—will deliver a Presidential Colloquium, “Identity and Identities,” at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, in the Campus Center Carroll Room at Smith College.

  • Events
  • January 14, 2020
Kwame Anthony Appiah smiling headshot

The Best Thing Since Sliced Bread

Smith Dining Services thought the sandwich offerings on campus needed a little makeover, so they put a call out to dining staff to come up with some scrumptious ideas—and they delivered! Smith staff from various departments willingly volunteered to be judges.

  • Campus Life
  • January 13, 2020
Row of sandwiches and wraps on a wood shelf with condiments on another shelf behind and above

Exploring ‘Black Refractions’ at SCMA

Springfield High School students—all participants in Smith’s Project Coach program—will lead guided conversations about artworks in a new exhibition at the Smith College Museum of Art, “Black Refractions: Highlights from the Studio Museum in Harlem.”

  • Smith Arts
  • January 9, 2020
Three students of color seated and smiling at the camera. The middle person holds a copy of the exhibit book Black Refractions

Digging the Collections

The #DiggingTheCollections contest invited students to research a book, image, set of papers or another item of interest from Smith's remarkable Special Collections and post their findings on social media.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • December 12, 2019
Cover of a zine, "Smith rugby through the years"

People News

Winning floral hybrids, business idea pitches and scientific research presentations are among the recent accomplishments of Smith students, faculty, staff and alumnae. Read about them in the latest People News column.

  • Campus Life
  • December 12, 2019
Grecourt Gate with winter lights

51 Years Later, It Needed to Be Said

When my mother was 18, she escaped from Nazi-occupied Europe. When I was 18, I entered Smith College. 

  • Alumnae News
  • December 9, 2019
Illustration of a person with four people where the eye should be. A person in a red dress stands intimidatingly over the three seated

Breaking Barriers at Sonic Speed

Claudia San Pedro ’91 spent her teen years drinking cherry limeade and eating cheese Tots at her local Sonic drive-in. Now she’s president of the company, leading one of the nation’s most popular—and nostalgic—fast-food franchises back to the future.

  • Alumnae News
  • December 9, 2019
Claudia San Pedro smiling by the menus at a Sonic restaurant

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 headshot by Beth Nakamura

Form, Function and Landscape Design

After a landscape design internship in Manhattan last summer, Tess Abbot ’20 developed a keen appreciation for Smith’s winding pathways and bucolic gardens. As an aspiring designer, she also considers ways to improve how today’s students interact with Smith’s campus.

  • Campus Life
  • December 4, 2019
Tess Abbot in a fall landscape

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


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