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Sarah Abowitz ’20 (right) and Minyue Dai ’20 at the recent Hack Holyoke competition.

Seven Smith students won prizes at the Hack Holyoke computer programming competition held earlier this month at Mount Holyoke College. Sarah Abowitz ’20, Juliane Donahue-Bombosch ’20 and Minyue Dai ’20 were awarded a prize for Most Innovative for a literary project. Another Smith team of Ariana Meredith ’19, Anjali Desai ’18, Perla Garcia ’19 and Michelle Wong ’19 won the #HackHarassment prize for a project titled “HackHarassment Swag Bag.”

Benjamin Baumer, assistant professor of statistical and data sciences, is the new council of sections representative for the American Statistical Association’s Statistical Learning and Data Science section.

Ginetta Candelario, associate professor of sociology and Latina/o Studies, was a panelist this month at the “Afro-Latinidades in the United States” symposium at Williams College. Candelario spoke on “Past, Present, and Future of Afro-Latina/o Studies.”

Floyd Cheung, associate professor of English language and literature, participated in the University of Southern California’s “Radical Failure as Revolutionary Agitprop: Celebrating the Life and Work of H.T. Tsiang,” an October event celebrating the work of the Chinese immigrant writer.

Andrew Zimbalist, Smith’s Robert A. Woods Professor of Economics, is the author of Unwinding Madness, a book about the commercialization of college sports. The book will be published in February 2017.


Diver Cece Arrison ’16

Cece Arrison ’16 is a new diving team coach at Keene State College. Arrison, who graduated in May with a degree in psychology from Smith, dove for the Pioneers and was named a four-time all-American and an NCAA qualifier in her senior year.

Ali Zipparo AC ’12, a senior agriculture market development specialist with the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets, helped organize a “Farm to School, Grow the Movement” conference earlier this month in Fairlee, Vt., aimed at strengthening connections between school classrooms and cafeterias and the community. U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) was a featured speaker.

Playwright and actress Lenelle Moïse presented her new show “AMPLIFY: A Speaking Intersections’ Mixtape” earlier this month at Ithaca College. Moïse, the author of poetry, essays and plays, earned an MFA in playwriting at Smith in 2004.

Nancy Erba ’88 is the new chief financial officer for Immersion Corp. in San Jose, Calif. Erba, who majored in mathematics at Smith and earned an MBA from Baylor University, was an executive with Seagate for 11 years.

Forgotten Farms, a documentary film about New England dairy farms produced by Sarah Gardner ’85, will be shown November 15 at Amherst Cinema. Lucinda McMurtry Williams ’85, acquisitions supervisor in Neilson Library and a Western Massachusetts dairy farmer, will participate in a panel discussion following the screening with other members of her family.


Cynthia Hallenbeck ’79

Cynthia Hallenbeck ’79 is the new chief operating officer and chief financial officer of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Hallenbeck, who majored in Afro-American studies and economics at Smith, earned an MBA from Harvard University and spent 25 years serving as a CEO of businesses and nonprofits.

2030879655Neuroimmunologist Jean Merrill ’69 and her husband, Douglas Munch, have published a children’s book, The Wild Life of Limericks from A to Z, inspired by a trip they made to Tanzania

Kira Chase ’17, Sarah Moriarty ’72 and other members of the Smith Bellringers rang a quarter peal last month in the bell tower of Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts.