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A Toast to Margaret Zelljadt

The fact that I am reading this toast may possibly mean that Margaret Zelljadt, Professor of German Studies, has actually retired. Twice before she signaled her intention to retire.

  • News of Note
  • May 12, 2011

From Summer Internship to Job Offer

When Grace Burberry-Martin ’11 sat down for the final job interview during a nerve-jangling three-hour session at a consulting agency in Washington, D.C., she was asked a question.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • May 11, 2011

Families Flood into the City for Commencement

Thousands of mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, grandparents, aunts, uncles and additional extended family members are on their way to Northampton for the seminal moment of their graduates’ Smith College experience: commencement.

  • Events
  • May 11, 2011

Saying Goodbye to Smith, One More Time

It seems like I’ve been saying goodbye to Smith for months now. Taking special note of the angles of buildings and the slopes of roofs. Paying particular attention to the tones of my professors’ voices. Memorizing the faces of various dining hall staff.

  • Campus Life
  • May 11, 2011

Going Gold, Green and Global for 50th Reunion

There’s a good reason why Smith’s Class of 1961 uses the symbol of a tree for their logo for their upcoming 50th reunion, with the tagline “Gold, Green, Global.”

  • Sustainability
  • May 11, 2011

Leaving Show Biz Behind for the Life of the Mind

Eight years on the road was long enough for Kathleen Daly ’11, an Ada Comstock Scholar graduating with a major in the study of women and gender, and a minor in Afro-American studies.

  • Campus Life
  • May 11, 2011

After a Dig in Jordan, Senior is Ready for Anything

While visiting relatives in Jerusalem in summer 2010, Rawan Mustafa ’11 did what even the men in the room that day could not do: killed a large, menacing spider with her bare hands.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • May 11, 2011

Senior Arranges Wine Offering to Commemorate Graduation Year

It was late on a Friday afternoon when Smith College senior Kelsie Hoke contacted the local River Valley Market and happened to catch the wine buyer as she was on her way out the door for vacation.

  • Campus Life
  • May 11, 2011

Three Awarded State Department Scholarships

Three Smith students were recently awarded Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) from the U.S. Department of State to support their intenstive summer study of critical languages.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • May 10, 2011

Take a Couple Hours Off for Smith Employees Picnic

It’s the perfect excuse to get out of the office or leave your job behind for a couple hours in the middle of the week.

  • News of Note
  • May 9, 2011
Four hamburger patties cooking on an outdoor grill

A Changing of the Deans

For some Smith students, the first year at college is a time of enormous adjustment, acclimating to a new lifestyle, new confines, new people and a new set of academic standards and workload.

  • News of Note
  • May 9, 2011

Smith College Class of 2011, By the Numbers

The following statistics offer a glimpse of the students who make up the Smith College Class of 2011. They graduate during Smith’s 133rd commencement ceremony Sunday, May 15, at 10 a.m. in the Quadrangle at the corner of Elm Street and Paradise Road.

  • News of Note
  • May 6, 2011
A crowd of students at Commencement

Recent Graduate Receives Inaugural Helen Gurley Brown Magic Grant

Smith College awarded a $13,000 grant to new alumna Margaret Piacenza to enable her to bring together American and Cambodian performance artists for an intensive month-long residency in the Southeast Asian nation.

  • News of Note
  • May 4, 2011

Knock Knock: Alumnae Welcome Accepted Students With Roses

For students in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis and St. Paul), Minnesota, region who are notified of their acceptance to Smith College, a surprise knock on their door soon follows.

  • Campus Life
  • May 4, 2011

The Search for Higher Meaning

Students in the Jacobson Center’s January course “Spiritual Writing,” taught by Sam Samuels, associate director of gift planning in development, examined published essays about spirituality and authored their own essays.

  • Campus Life
  • May 2, 2011

Humor From Hiroshima

Traveling to a foreign country is always full of struggles, but Saori Ono, who was for the year as a participant in the American Studies Diploma Program, has her own unique way of dealing with problems that arise.

  • Campus Life
  • May 1, 2011

Women Benefit After Vagina Monologues Ends

While the annual student production of The Vagina Monologues is informative, inspirational, eye-opening and entertaining, it also serves an invaluable purpose long after the curtain closes on the performance. Funds raised through the production help women in need of assistance.

  • Campus Life
  • April 27, 2011

Ensuring Children Have the Language to Learn

A Smith College professor is part of a four-year, $2.8-million research effort to develop a vital language assessment tool for children ages 3 to 5.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • April 25, 2011

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