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Smith Dining Services has been awarded a three-year $348,736 grant from the Boston-based Henry P. Kendall Foundation to support the hiring of an executive chef and training for staff members. The grant will help Dining Services implement plans to increase local food purchases, develop new menus and continue to promote sustainable dining practices at the college.

Elizabeth Myers, director of special collections at Smith, has been awarded an $18,290 National Endowment for the Humanities grant to support work on “College Women: Documenting the Student Experience at the Seven Sisters Colleges.”  This project involves digitizing the papers of three Smith alumnae: Elizabeth Crocker Lawrence (Clarke), class of 1883; Marjory Gane, class of 1901; and Hart Lester Harris, class of 1913.

Nineteen Smith students were offered Fulbright Fellowships this year, continuing the college’s strong success rate in the prestigious annual fellowship competition. Smith’s Fulbright Fellows and their project locations are Michaela Chinn ’16 (Indonesia); Sophia Deady ’16 (Sri Lanka); Lally Delgado ’16 (Brazil); Hannah Francis ’16 (El Salvador); Michaela Gill ’16 (Germany); Cynthia Gomez ’16 (Malaysia); Eilis Goshow-Snook ’16 (Germany); Idia Irele ’16 (Andorra); J. Mehr Kaur ’16 (India); Becky Lai ’16 (Taiwan); Sarah Orsak ’16 (Canada); Anna Partridge ’16 (Finland); Gisele Pineda ’16 (South Korea); Sarah Posont ’16 (South Korea); Sydney Ramirez ’16 (Germany); Hannah Sachs ’16 (Czech Republic); Helena Tatgenhorst ’16 (Bulgaria); Jane Weinstock ’16 (Panama); Eugenia Yee ’16 (China). For complete project descriptions click here.

Rebecca Damante ’17, an intern at The Century Foundation, published a commentary “Can Education Reduce Prejudice Against LGBT People?”

Vanessa Pius ’17 is interning this summer with the National Organization for Women, writing blog posts and working in the president’s office.

i0000o078ui0kujpgGinetta Candelario ’90, associate professor of sociology and Latin American and Latina/o Studies, co-authored two volumes of One Hundred Years of Dominican Feminisms, a collection of key documents and writings about the formation of the feminist movement in the Dominican Republic between 1865 and 1965. The books were published in June by the General Archive of the Nation in Santo Domingo, where Candelario was serving as a senior Fulbright Fellow at the Instituto Tecnológico’s Center for Gender Studies.

Arianna Collins, program coordinator for Smith’s Jandon Center for Community Collaboration, has published her first novel, Hearken to Avalon, a love story set in the time of Robin Hood.

magic-cvr-lrAndrea Hairston, Louise Wolff Kahn Professor of Theatre and Professor of Africana Studies, appeared earlier this summer in Brooklyn at an event hosted by The New York Review of Science Fiction Readings. Hairston read from her upcoming third novel, Will Do Magic for Small Change.

Paul Voss, associate professor of engineering, is the recipient of a $5,000 grant from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory for a project on “Development and Deployment of a Superpressure Cylinder Balloon for an Infrasonic Sensor.”

Carolyn Brown ’16 is a photographer for The Chautauquan Daily, the newspaper of the Chautauqua Institution in New York, which has been publishing since 1876. Brown graduated in May with a degree in studio art.

“Kultar’s Mime,” a new play by J. Mehr Kaur ’16, was performed in Malaysia in May as part of a world tour that also included performances in the United States, England, Scotland and Canada. The play tells the stories of Sikh children who survived the 1984 Delhi Massacre.

“American Dream” by Judith Hoffman in Portland's Lincoln Park.

“American Dream” by Judith Hoffman in Portland’s Lincoln Park.

Judith Hoffman ’99 unveiled a new temporary sculpture last month in Portland Maine’s Lincoln Park that symbolizes the challenge of becoming a homeowner in America.

Mary J. Austin ’90 was named a Woman of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal.  

Anne C. Martin ’89 is one of 30 attorneys elected this year as a Fellow of the Tennessee Bar Foundation. Martin, who majored in American studies at Smith, is a member of the law firm of Bone McAllester Norton in Nashville, Tenn.

Mezzo-soprano Marya Danihel ’81 gave a lecture and performance last month at the Old Town Hall in Gilmanton, N.H. The Gilmanton Historical Society sponsored the program, which featured 19th-century New England parlor music.

Phoebe Haddon ’72, currently chancellor of Rutgers University-Camden, has been appointed to the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. Haddon, who is a former Smith trustee, majored in government at the college and earned law degrees from Duquesne and Yale universities.

isJane Kurahara ’52 received Historic Hawaii Foundation’s Frank Haines Award in May for her efforts to preserve Honouliuli internment camp, where Japanese Americans were held during World War II. Kurahara, who majored in education and child study at Smith, helped research the history of the camp—now a national monument.