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Gifted Teaching: Meet the 2019 Sherrerd Prize Recipients

The campus community will celebrate this year's Sherrerd Teaching Prize recipients—Randi Garcia, Judith Kayler-Meyer and Kiki Smith—at a ceremony on Monday, October 28 at 4;30 p.m. in the Campus Center Carroll Room. Here's what the three faculty members had to say about their teaching at Smith.

  • 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

Meet the 2020 Smith College Medalists

Four extraordinary alumnae will receive the Smith College Medal at Rally Day, in recognition of their contributions to their communities and the world.

  • News of Note
  • September 26, 2019
Closeup of the Smith College Medal

Rowing for the Gold

Elite para rower Hallie Smith ’16 was diagnosed with hereditary spastic paraplegia while a student at Smith, but it was only after she lost the use of her legs that she took up the sport.  Smith, a member of the U.S. national rowing team, won a bronze medal in the 2018 World Rowing Championships. Now she is a contender for the 2020 Paralympics.

  • Alumnae News
  • September 23, 2019
Hallie Smith

Women’s Colleges Are Having a Moment

Smith and other women’s colleges are enjoying a boost in applications as high schoolers seek a place where their voices will be heard and, for some, where they can push back against a culture that seems stacked against them.

  • Campus Life
  • September 23, 2019
Three students with backpacks walking away from the camera

Activist Loretta Ross: Staying Hopeful

After nearly five decades of frontline social justice organizing, activist and author Loretta Ross—who this year is a visiting associate professor in the Program for the Study of Women and Gender— is focused on teaching.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • September 18, 2019
Loretta Ross

HUD: Smith College Supports Affordable Housing in Downtown Northampton

Smith is actively engaged in numerous projects to strengthen and encourage community development in Northampton, including downtown revitalization.

  • Smith & Northampton
  • September 17, 2019
A crosswalk in downtown Northampton with cars driving by

Obaid-Chinoy ’02: On Arts and Activism

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy—a 2002 Smith College graduate who has been widely honored for her groundbreaking films on topics including gender equality and human rights —will deliver a Presidential Colloquium, “On Arts and Activism: Women’s Rights in a Volatile World,”  Thursday, Oct. 17, at 5 p.m. in the Campus Center Carroll Room.

  • Events
  • September 16, 2019
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

One Student: Storm Lewis ’21

Storm Lewis ’21 is committed to addressing issues related to food justice and climate change. For her Mellon Mays project, she’s researching farm-share programs and food initiatives. She’s also helping to plan programming for Smith’s designated Year on Climate Change.

  • Sustainability
  • September 16, 2019
Storm Lewis ’21

Deborah Farrington ’72: Dare to Take Risks

Deborah Farrington ’72 has turned her eye for opportunity—and willingness to take a chance—into a successful career in venture capital. Now she wants to make sure other women have access to funds to fuel their ambitions.

  • Alumnae News
  • September 16, 2019
Deborah Farrington

Smith College Welcomes New Faculty Members

Seven new tenure-track professors have joined the Smith faculty this year.

  • News of Note
  • September 11, 2019
Detail shot of the top of the Grecourt Gates

Climate Change and Social Justice

As part of the college's Year on Climate Change, the Smith community will gather this weekend for a major conference on “Climate Equity and Social Justice: Solutions in Action.”

  • Sustainability
  • September 11, 2019
Scientist looking into microscope. Includes words Year on Climate Change

Exploring the Possibilities of Poetry

Poetry Center director Matt Donovan says poetry “is not a siloed experience at Smith. There is an open-mindedness, a willingness to explore the possibilities of poetry even if students coming to it for the first time know nothing about it.”

  • Smith Arts
  • September 11, 2019
Matt Donovan

Growing a Creative, Sustainable Enterprise

Katy Moonan ’12 combined her interest in microfinance with her passion for the arts and sustainability by founding ArteSana, a nonprofit based in Holyoke, Massachusetts, that produces beautiful woven goods.

  • Alumnae News
  • September 11, 2019
Katy Moonan ’12

College Names New Human Resources Leader

Anne-Marie Szmyt has been named associate vice president for human resources at Smith College. Her appointment is effective September 16.

  • News of Note
  • September 10, 2019
Detail of the top of the Grecourt Gates

The U.S. President and Immigration Law

Yale professor Cristina Rodríguez will open Smith College’s 2019-20 Presidential Colloquium series with a talk on “The President, Immigration Law and the Politics of Constitutional Structure.” 

  • Events
  • September 4, 2019
Cristina Rodriguez

What They Did This Summer

Here are stories from a handful of Smithies who shared lessons learned from their summer internship, fellowship and job-shadowing placements.

  • Campus Life
  • August 30, 2019
Esmeralda Mendoza and fish


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