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Senior Dancers to Present Final Smith Concert

Enjoy an evening of diverse, new choreography by 10 of the most promising and talented choreographers and dancers in Smith’s 2011 graduating class.

  • Smith Arts
  • March 11, 2011
Four dancers in performance on stage

Dalai Lama Steps Down from Political Leadership

The Dalai Lama announced this week that he would formally relinquish his role as political leader of the Tibetan exile government. The move, which had been expected, clears the way for a new prime minister of the government, which is based in Dharamsala, India.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • March 11, 2011

Smith on the Right Track in Reducing Waste

Two hundred eighty-two tons. That’s how much Smith has reduced its output of trash per year over the past five years, thanks to multiple efforts to compost left over food, increase recycling and reduce waste.

  • Sustainability
  • March 11, 2011

About the Women and Public Service Initiative

Building a generation of women leaders who will invest in their countries and communities, provide leadership in their governments, and change the way global solutions are forged.

  • News of Note
  • March 11, 2011

Leading Women’s Colleges Join State Department on Global Leadership Effort for Women

Several of the nation’s leading women’s colleges have signed on to a partnership with the U.S. State Department to increase the participation of women around the globe in public service and political leadership, and to forge global solutions to improve governance, expand civil rights and combat corruption.

  • News of Note
  • March 11, 2011

In Search of the Perfect Grape

As the weekend approached recently, Emily Forster ’12, who is spending her Junior Year Abroad in Geneva, and her friends knew just what to do: a train trip to the countryside to sample the local spirits. Despite their early ambivalence, they eventually had an experience to remember.

  • Campus Life
  • March 8, 2011

Smith College Launches Summer Humanities Program for Teen Girls

From July 4 to 15, two weeklong courses taught by Smith professors will offer girls entering grades 9 through 12 an opportunity to investigate New England’s history, art and culture.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • March 7, 2011

Student Cookbook a Nod to Julia Child, Smith Food

As Smith students, our two main obsessions are homework and food. And though most Smithies are a far cry from Julia Child (Smith Class of 1934) in the kitchen, we love Julia Child Day.

  • Campus Life
  • March 5, 2011

Art Professor Wins Joan Mitchell Grant

Lynne Yamamoto, associate professor of art, recently received a Painters and Sculptors Grant in the amount of $25,000 from the Joan Mitchell Foundation.

  • Research & Inquiry
  • March 4, 2011
Lynne Yamamoto and a student discussing a sculpture project

Mindful Eating at Smith: Healthy Eating Just Got One Click Easier

Those who are discerning about what they consume have several options to assist their selections, including a series of Mindful Eating and Nutrition workshops, on March

  • Campus Life
  • March 4, 2011

Run DMZ to Raise Funds for North Korean Refugees

To assist the international organization LiNK (Liberty in North Korea), which spreads awareness about the atrocious human rights abuses in North Korea, a Smith chapter of the group will host a 2.5-mile fun run, called Run DMZ on Saturday, March 5. The event begins at 10 a.m. on the Chapin Lawn side of the Campus Center.

  • Campus Life
  • March 3, 2011

Crew Team to Row for Western Mass. Food Bank

Smith crew team members will defy the cold for a good cause on Friday, March 4, as they strengthen their skills on rowing machines outside throughout the day to raise money for a local charity.

  • Athletics
  • March 3, 2011

Smith United Way Goal Within Reach!

Thank you to all who have demonstrated support for the 2011 United Way Campaign.

  • News of Note
  • March 2, 2011

Winter Sports Made Possible by Indoor Track

Were it not for the use of Smith’s Indoor Track and Tennis (ITT) facility, hundreds of athletes would forgo winter competition, say the coaches of more than 20 high school track and field teams that crowd into the campus building every Friday night of the season for meets.

  • Smith & Northampton
  • March 1, 2011

Pamela Nolan Young Named to Key Diversity Post

Pamela Nolan Young, an attorney and expert on diversity issues, has been appointed advisor to the president and director of institutional diversity and equity, a position she will assume on April 18.

  • News of Note
  • February 28, 2011

Smith Website Moving to Content Management System

As announced last spring, the Office of College Relations has begun the process of transitioning the Smith Web site to a database-driven content management system, or CMS. This new system, based on the open-source Drupal platform, will facilitate visitor interactivity, the ability to share content, integration with social media, search engine optimization and more.

  • News of Note
  • February 24, 2011

Oceanographer Sylvia Earle to Deliver 2011 Commencement Address

Sylvia Earle, the undersea explorer dubbed a “Living Legend” by the Library of Congress, will be the speaker at Smith College’s 133rd commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 15.

  • Events
  • February 23, 2011

Notes From Abroad: More Than Just an English Teacher

Why do so many Smithies, with majors ranging from French and Italian to anthropology and psychology, turn to teaching English after graduating?

  • Alumnae News
  • February 22, 2011