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A Temporary Halt to Neilson Construction

Smith College on Friday announced a temporary discontinuation to all construction sitework for the Neilson Library project, including Neilson Library and Alumnae Gym. 

  • New Neilson
  • April 6, 2020
curved steel roof line

Dorie Clark ’97: When It’s (Not) Business as Usual

Dorie Clark ’97 has made her mark in the corporate world by advising both individuals and companies on how to continually reinvent themselves. Here Clark shares advice on how to adjust to the new normal of today’s workplace.

  • Alumnae News
  • April 6, 2020
Dorie Clark

Emergency Aid: Students Supporting Students

The Student Government Association has transferred $100,000 to the Student Emergency Aid Fund to help students meet unexpected needs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Campus Life
  • April 1, 2020
Pink blossoms on a flowering tree in front of the campus center

Helping Hands: Alumnae in Extraordinary Times

From virtual yoga classes to free online career counseling, alums like Elizabeth Brown ’93 are finding ways to support their communities and fellow alums during the COVID-19 crisis.

  • Alumnae News
  • March 31, 2020
Elizabeth Brown doing yoga

Staying Connected: Smith House Leaders Step Up

From blog posts to virtual teas to pen-pal missives, Smith house leaders are finding ways to keep fellow students connected during an unprecedented time in the college’s history.

  • Campus Life
  • March 25, 2020
Art works about Lamont House

Power of the Sun

Community solar advocate Emily Robichaux ’05 works to make solar energy available to all—while also helping low-income households afford their electric bills.

  • Alumnae News
  • March 25, 2020
Emily Robichaux

Information about COVID-19 Reporting, Precautions

Following this morning’s notification of a likely case of COVID-19 in the Smith community, Smith students, faculty and staff are reminded of important steps they can take to protect themselves and others.

  • News of Note
  • March 23, 2020
glass and wood building against blue sky

Updates about Reunions, Commencement

Smith College has announced the cancellation of this year’s Commencement and Reunions. “When we are on the other side of this pandemic,” Smith College President Kathleen McCartney said, “we will determine a way to recognize the great class of 2020 and to celebrate their many achievements.”

  • News of Note
  • March 19, 2020
Grecourt Gate emblem against blue sky

Greening the City

Jessie Banhazl ’06 creates organic-food gardens in tiny city plots, atop rooftops and in forgotten corners of urban parks. Her hyperlocal bounty is supplying restaurants while also helping to reduce transportation emissions.

  • Alumnae News
  • March 18, 2020
Jessie Banhazl next to hydroponic vegetables

A Force of Nature

From birch-tree courtyards to green rooftops, the creations of visionary landscape architect Cornelia Hahn Oberlander ’44 remain ahead of their time, establishing her as a global leader in sustainable design.

  • Alumnae News
  • March 18, 2020
Cornelia Hahn Oberlander

Her Climate Superpower? Optimism

Shazia Khan ’98 is ensuring that off-the-grid communities in Pakistan have access to clean energy. Her next move: the world.

  • Alumnae News
  • March 18, 2020
Shazia Khan

Goal: Net Zero

From solar power to ground-source heat exchange technology, Smith is forging a path to carbon neutrality.

  • Sustainability
  • March 17, 2020
illustration of a bore hole driller

Farm-to-Smith Eating

Smith is on the leading edge of sustainability initiatives in college and university dining.

  • Sustainability
  • March 17, 2020
Four plates, apple galette, breakfast, tacos and grain bowl

Updates: Access, Remote Work and Student Departures

Smith College on Sunday announced several updates related to the college's ongoing response to COVID-19. 

  • News of Note
  • March 16, 2020
Graph with two curves, one a tall, skinny peak, the other low and long

Video: Bringing the Bulb Show to You

Can’t visit the Bulb Show? We offer the next best thing: a video tour!

  • Campus Life
  • March 12, 2020
Bridget and Dana looking at each other in a greenhouse

People News, March 2020

Policy competitions and civic fellowships are among the recent accomplishments of Smith students, faculty, staff and alums. 

  • Campus Life
  • March 10, 2020
student laying on the lawn in spring

Smith Announces Changes to Bulb Show, Other Events

In keeping with a new policy about large gatherings on campus, Smith has announced changes to this year's Bulb Show, Presidential Colloquia and other public events.

  • News of Note
  • March 9, 2020
Detail shot of the top of the Grecourt Gates

Mika El-Baz ’85: Rocking the Music Business

As executive vice president, West Coast/executive vice president, publicity at RCA Records/Sony Music Entertainment, Mika El-Baz ’85 is one of the most powerful executives in the music industry. She reflects on 30 years in the business and what's she's learned along the way.

  • Alumnae News
  • March 9, 2020
Mika El-Baz

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