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May 27, 2009

Sid Dalby, associate director of admission, was recently awarded the 2009 Distinguished Service Award from the New England Transfer Association. The award is given annually in recognition of outstanding service to transfer students. “Over the years, Sid has become widely known as someone with a special expertise about transfer students,” reads the award supporting statement. “Her special strength rests in her ability to be professional and articulate and at the same time warm and approachable. Sid always has the best interest of the students at heart.” Dalby, who co-authored The Transfer Student’s Guide to Changing Colleges, has developed broad understanding of the special needs of students who enter Smith with advanced standing through her work in admission and the Ada Comstock Scholars Program.  “It was a very special honor—and surprise—to receive this award,” Dalby said. 

John Shenette, executive director of facilities management, was recently given the Exemplary End User Award for the Facilities Person of the Year by the International Facilities Management Association (IFMA), Boston chapter. The award is presented annually to a member of the Boston chapter who has provided sustained, outstanding leadership to the chapter by keeping current on changes in facility management and educating other IFMA members and peers. Shenette, who serves as Academic Network Chair for IFMA Boston, joined Smith in December 2007 and has shepherded a strategy for the college’s facilities that emphasizes sustainability and energy efficiency. IFMA is a nonprofit association dedicated to serving the facility management profession. IFMA Boston was founded in 1984 to serve those who support the built environment.

L’Tanya Richmond, Smith’s director of multicultural affairs and a former administrator at Elon University, her alma mater, was awarded the Elon Medallion, given for outstanding service to the school. After graduating from Elon in 1987, Richmond became an admissions counselor and placement officer there. She subsequently served as assistant and then associate director of admissions, director of Minority Affairs and director of Elon’s Multicultural Center.

Black Behind the Ears: Dominican Racial Identity from Museums to Beauty Shops, by Ginetta Candelario, associate professor of sociology and of Latin American studies, has been selected to receive the Latina/o Studies Section (LSS) Book Award from the Latin American Studies Association (LASA). The LSS Book Award is presented annually to the author of a book that reflects original research in Latino studies, and contributes knowledge of the lives and conditions of distinct Latino groups. Candelario’s book is an historical and ethnographic examination of Dominican identity. It draws on the author’s extensive observation in a Dominican beauty shop in Washington Heights, a New York City neighborhood with the oldest and largest Dominican community outside the Republic, as well as from interviews with Dominicans in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Santo Domingo. Black Behind the Ears also won the 2008 Best Book Prize from the New England Council of Latin American Studies.

May 22, 2009

Alice Reznickova ’10 has received the Gladys Anderson Emerson Scholarship from Iota Sigma Pi, the national honor society for women in chemistry. The award is given each year to a student in her junior or senior year for excellence in chemistry or biochemistry. Reznickova received a $2,000 stipend and a certificate. In 2004, Lesley-Ann Giddings ’05 received the scholarship; she is a graduate student in chemistry at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Rachel Dorset ’10 received two awards from the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world’s largest scientific society. Dorset was one of 16 students nationwide to be awarded a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship, from the ACS Division of Organic Chemistry, to conduct research at Smith on the “scope and limitations of cationic Diels-Alder dienophiles stabilized by cobalt-complexed alkynes.” She will present her findings at a poster session in the fall at Pfizer Central Research in Groton, Conn. Dorset also won an Undergraduate Student Travel Award from the Division of Organic Chemistry to attend the 41st National Organic Chemistry Symposium in Boulder, Colo. 

Kristi Closser ’07 was given a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The fellowships are given in recognition of outstanding graduate students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and who are pursuing mastere’s or doctoral degrees. The NSF fellowships, in the amount of several thousand dollars, support three years of graduate study. Closser is currently studying chemistry as a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley. Closser is the co-author of a paper recently published in the Journal of Organic Chemistry. Other authors are Kevin Shea, associate professor of chemistry, and Miriam Quintal ’04, Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Fellow, National Academy of Sciences.

Leandra Zarnow ’01, a doctoral candidate in history and feminist studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, is the recent recipient of two academic awards. She is one of only seven students nationwide awarded the 2009 Woodrow Wilson Dissertation Fellowship in Women’s Studies. The $2,100 award, given annually by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation, is the only fellowship for doctoral students writing on women’s issues, and supports the final year of doctoral dissertation work. Zarnow also received a Charlotte W. Newcomble Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation. Her dissertation is titled Bella Abzug and the Promise of Progressive Change in Cold War United States.

Robey Champine ’07 has been selected to participate in the 2009 FBI Honors Internship program. For ten weeks during the summer, she will work in the Counterintelligence Division at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. To qualify for the internship and earn a top-secret security clearance, Champine successfully completed oral and written interviews, drug testing, a polygraph exam, and an extensive background investigation. Champine graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and Spanish. In 2008, she received a master of science degree in criminology from the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently working toward her graduate degree in public health and on several youth violence-related projects.

April 17, 2009

Two Recent Alumnae Win Awards to Fund Psychology Studies

Elan McCollum ’08 is the recent recipient of the prestigious National Science Foundation graduate research fellowship. McCollum is in her first year of a doctoral program in psychology and education at the University of Michigan. McCollum will deliver the keynote address for Discovery Weekend, an Office of Admission event in which hundreds of newly admitted students and their families visit campus, beginning today, Friday, April 17.

Janine Olthuis ’08 recently received a highly competitive graduate research award from the Nova Scotia Health Research Fund (NSHRF). Olthuis is currently pursuing a doctorate in clinical psychology at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Last year, she won an Honorary Undergraduate Scholars Award from the New England Psychological Association (NEPA). Olthuis, who was a standout soccer team member and captain of the team last year, won a postgraduate scholarship from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). The NSHRF aims to improve the health of Nova Scotians through the development and support of a vibrant health research community, including funding health researchers early in their careers.

McCollum and Olthuis both worked with Byron Zamboanga, assistant professor of psychology at Smith, on the publication of several articles and research presentations.

April 2, 2009

"Summer Day"

"Cloudy Day"

Artist Elizabeth Meyersohn, a lecturer in the art department, was recently awarded a $5,000 grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation for her paintings and drawings, including “Summer Day” (pictured) and “Cloudy Day.” Meyersohn plans to use the grant to develop new, larger paintings and drawings and help defray expenses of an exhibition of her works at the Oxbow Gallery, Pleasant Street, Northampton.


Adrienne Klein ’11, of Shrewsbury, Mass., while spending a year studying in Argentina, won a Gold Cup for first place finish in the women’s division of a 3K open water race on March 15. Klein, an anthropology major, is studying at FLACSO, University of Buenos Aires and Pontificata College. Klein, who is fluent in Spanish, recently completed an internship with Las Madres de la Plaza de Mayo, a national support group of family members of the political victims of the Dirty War, which lasted from 1976 to 1983. In addition to her studies, Klein, who competes on the Smith Pioneers varsity swim team, competed for the Club Splash Tornados of Buenos Aires.

March 16, 2009

Laura-Louise Campbell ’09 was among 10 winners of a recent video contest sponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), which represents accredited medical schools that grant the M.D., as well as more than 400 teaching hospitals in the United States. The Video Contest, coordinated by the AAMC to raise awareness about the need for more diversity in medicine, asked students across the country to submit a two-minute video explaining why they wanted to become a doctor. In 110 seconds, Campbell, a neuroscience major from Springfield, Mass., outlined her plans to become a doctor so she can help people in underserved communities and act as a role model for other young women. View her winning video. Each winner will receive $1,000 toward medical school costs.

Valerie Driscoll ’10 won first place at the sixth annual Arches Student Print Show, a juried exhibition of printmaking students from 20 New England colleges and universities. Smith student artists were well represented at the show, with nine students invited to display their works. In addition to the recognition that Driscoll’s reduction linocut “Marseille” received, Adriana Malliaros ’08 won a Jurors Commendation Award with her lithograph “Grebes.” Other exhibiting students were Rachel Rock-Blake ’09, Syretha Brooks ’08, Kate Conlon ’11, Andrea Dreskin ’08, Arielle Marks ’08, Taja Randick ’09 and Yang Li ’11. The exhibition, which is on display at Boston University’s 808 Gallery (first floor of the Peter Fuller Building, 808 Commonwealth Ave., Boston) through March 29, is sponsored by the Arches Paper Company and the Boston Printmakers.

Pam Cote AC ’10 recently won an award from the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) for research she presented at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students in Orlando, Fla. The conference, the largest of its kind for biomedical students, with more than 2,800 attendees, aims to encourage underrepresented minority students to pursue training in biomedical and behavioral sciences. More than 1,200 students participated in poster and oral presentations on ten topics. Cote was one of 126 presenters to receive an award of $250.

February 6, 2009

Paula Giddings’ book Ida: A Sword Among Lions: Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching, has been named a finalist for the 2008 Biography Prize of the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC), an organization of more than 900 book reviewers. The prestigious NBCC awards are given each year in the categories of fiction, poetry, criticism, biography, autobiography and nonfiction. Giddings, the E.A. Woodson 1922 Professor of Afro-American Studies, is joined as a finalist by Steve Coll, who authored The  Bin Ladens: An Arabian Family in An American Century; and Annette Gordon-Reed, who wrote The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family. NBCC award winners will be announced at a ceremony on March 12 at the New School University in New York City.

Leah Thompson ’10 recently won a Praxis Scholarship to spend the coming summer in Lima, Peru, working as a volunteer at La Casa de Panchita, an organization that supports and assists domestic servants. In particular, La Casa de Panchita advocates for domestic workers, mostly women and girls, who often live and serve in discriminatory, abusive and illegal conditions. While in Peru, Thompson also plans to volunteer with a mentoring program in Pamplona, a shantytown in Lima. Thompson, a Spanish major, is spending this year studying at Pontifica Universidad Católica del Peru through the Institute for Study Abroad at Butler University. She is already familiar with La Casa de Panchita, having volunteered there as part of her study-abroad program.

Two Smith alumnae, Ann Anderson Stranahan ’57 and M. Ann Sanford ’75, were recently named recipients of the Milestones: A Tribute to Women Award, given by the YWCA of Greater  Toledo (Ohio). The Milestones Award recognizes women from northwest Ohio for outstanding accomplishments and contributions in arts, business, education, government, sciences, social services and volunteerism.

Ann Sanford, who will become a Smith College Trustee this year, is receiving the award in the category of volunteerism. As one of Merrill Lynch’s most successful wealth managers, Sanford designed a seminar for female financial advisors that has been adopted nationally. While with Merrill Lynch for 31 years, Sanford has also served as a volunteer for many causes in the Toledo region, including the boards for WGTE radio, Toledo Opera, Read for Literacy, and the YWCA of Greater Toledo. Through her volunteer efforts, Sanford has raised more than $500,000 for Toledo area charities.

Stranahan will receive the award for her contributions to the arts. Stranahan is considered the “Mother of Toledo Public Broadcasting” for transforming an obscure radio station into WGTE Public Media, a station that reaches more than 700,000 listeners each week. Among her many accomplishments, Stranahan established “The Common Thread,” a foundation that assists Toledo’s Hmong immigrants from Laos in adjusting to their new lives while earning an income with their unique folk art. Stranahan, working with the Needmor Fund, helped create the Louisiana Organizers Renewal Awards to aid Hurricane Katrina victims.

January 21, 2009

Arturo Toscanini

John Hellweg, lecturer and professor emeritus of theatre, will perform the role of composer Arturo Toscanini in a theatrical concert at the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies at Columbia University on Wednesday, Jan. 21, at
8 p.m. The event is part of a mini-festival celebrating the life and works of Arturo Toscanini (1867-1957), the most celebrated conductor in history, who was admired for his opposition to Fascism and Nazism. The Italian Academy for Advanced Studies at Columbia University is located at 1161 Amsterdam Avenue (just south of 118th Street), New York, NY. General admission is $45 and $15 for students (with ID). Pre-concert lecture at 7 p.m. More information.

January 8, 2009

Campus Center employees (left to right) Elizabeth Mongrello, Kai Devlin, Damaris Patterson and Monica Wang at the ACUI conference.

Elizabeth Mongrello ’09, an employee in the Campus Center, recently won the Student Employee Award from the Association of College Unions (ACUI) Region 1, presented at the association’s annual conference at the University of Vermont in Burlington in late November. The award is given annually to a student who makes a significant contribution to his/her institution through work in the college union and helps in projecting the union’s goals and mission. Mongrello began working at the Campus Center last year as a facility service assistant and was quickly promoted to Campus Center manager, wrote her supervisors in a nomination letter for the award. “Liz is a leader among her peers,” the letter says. “She is a dedicated team member, constantly going above and beyond the task at hand and assisting her fellow student employees whenever possible.”

Mongrello was among four Smith Campus Center employees to attend the conference. Others in attendance were Kai Devlin ’10, Damaris Patterson ’11, and Monica Wang ’09.

Shizuka Hsieh, associate professor of chemistry, was recently named a recipient of the Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award from the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, an organization dedicated to the advancement of the chemical sciences. The competitive award is given based on accomplishments in scholarly research with undergraduates, as well as a compelling commitment to teaching. The award provides an unrestricted research grant of $60,000. Hsieh joins chemistry faculty from California State University, Long Beach; San Jose State University; the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus; and Williams College in winning this year’s award.

The following Smith seniors were elected in November to become members of Phi Beta Kappa, an academic honor society committed to “fostering and recognizing excellence” in undergraduate liberal arts and sciences: Jessye Rose Schwartz Brick, Eliza K. Bryant, Emily Meghann Burkman, Yi-Ru Anny Chen, Paola Eugenia Chinchilla Lee, Emily Samantha Cordes, Castine Whiting Dow, Caredwen Holme Foley, Rebecca Ann Freeman, Yi Lin, Alla Pekareva-Kochergina, Nadia Rivera-Nieves, Maya Li Wei-Haas.


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