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What They Did This Summer: Chapter 1

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
Sophia Casten and Kimberly Scott

People News, September 2019

Leadership awards, art exhibitions and scientific research grants are among the recent accomplishments of Smith students, faculty, staff and alumnae. Read about them in the latest People News column.

  • Campus Life
  • August 29, 2019
Lamont Bridge

Amtrak Announces New Service to New York

Amtrak has announced new service between Northampton and New York City. 

  • News of Note
  • August 27, 2019
Amtrak train pulling into outdoor station

Lessons From the Reef

Smith's innovative coral education program marks 20 years of teaching and researching in Belize.

  • Alumnae News
  • August 22, 2019
five scuba divers

Dandan Zhong ’23: Ready to Explore

While volunteering with an arts organization in her native China, Dandan Zhong ’23 met some young children who forever changed her ideas about what art can accomplish.

  • Campus Life
  • August 21, 2019
Dandan Zhong

Leila Mottley ’23: Finding Her Voice Through Poetry

Leila Mottley '23, one of 640 students arriving on campus this fall, brings a passion for poetry, and her experience as Oakland Youth Poet Laureate, a position she was named to at age 16.

  • Campus Life
  • August 21, 2019

New Neilson: Innovative Space, Innovative Services

The new Neilson Library will be more than a beautiful building on campus; it will also be a space that supports new ways to learn and share knowledge. Susan Fliss, Smith's dean of libraries, outlines some of the library features designed to meet current and future educational needs.

  • New Neilson
  • August 21, 2019
Architectural rendering of New Neilson courtyard

Powerful Voices for Justice

In a ceremony that was equal parts hope and determination, humor and joy, the Smith College School for Social Work awarded master’s and doctoral degrees to some 126 graduating students Friday afternoon.

  • Events
  • August 17, 2019
SSW graduation

Natalie Heacock ’23: A Leader in the Outdoors

Meet Natalie Heacock ’23, one of 640 new students entering Smith this fall, and the founder of a girls’ outdoor adventure day camp in her Colorado hometown.

  • Sustainability
  • August 14, 2019
Natalie Heacock

Presidential Colloquium Speakers Announced

Leading thinkers on topics including immigration, human rights and climate change will present public lectures at Smith College this year through the college’s Presidential Colloquium series. The events are open to the public at no charge.

  • Events
  • August 14, 2019
Detail of the top of the Grecourt Gates

A Handbook for Life

How do you navigate life’s challenges, stay true to yourself and create the life you really need—not just the one society says you should want? Rowena Caanen ’17 is helping to provide some answers.

  • Alumnae News
  • August 13, 2019
Rowena Caanen ’17

People News August 2019

Poetry, performances and new professional appointments are among the accomplishments outlined in this edition of People News.

  • Campus Life
  • August 5, 2019
two people at a picnic table

Celebrating SSW Graduates

The Smith College School for Social Work will award master’s and doctoral degrees to approximately 123 graduates at its commencement ceremony on Friday, August 16.

  • News of Note
  • August 1, 2019
Dottie Morris

Research with Ripple Effects

Professor Sara Pruss—the new director of Smith’s Sherrerd Center for Teaching and Learning—talks about how her research with students about a time in Earth’s distant past ended up being featured in an exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • July 30, 2019
geologists in Nevada

Summer School for Smith Students—as Teachers

Smith graduate education students are participating for the first time in a city schools program aimed at helping children with disabilities stay engaged in learning over the summer.

  • Smith & Northampton
  • July 25, 2019
Tati Galli reading a book out-loud

Video: Neilson Topping-Off Ceremony

Construction workers and members of the Smith community celebrate as the final piece of structural steel is placed atop Smith College’s new Neilson Library.

  • New Neilson
  • July 23, 2019
Construction works taking phone photos of occulus

Greta Mundt ’21: ‘Learning in the Landscape’

When Greta Mundt ’21 thinks about the Smith landscape, she takes a broad view.

  • Sustainability
  • July 22, 2019
Greta Mundt '21 environmental science and policy major

Christine Sweeney ’07: A Bridge in Intelligence

Christine Sweeney ’07 never imagined that a double major in English and theatre would lead to a career with the CIA. 

  • Alumnae News
  • July 22, 2019
Christine Sweeney