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News & Events for the Smith College Community
Campus Life August 5, 2019

People News August 2019

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Judith Gordon, associate professor of music, performed Mozart’s G-minor piano quartet for violin, viola, cello and piano in July at Las Puertas Event Center in Albuquerque, N.M.

Daniel Elihu Kramer, professor of theatre, spoke on “Celebrating 30 Years: How Chester Theatre Company Selected its 2019 Season” as part of the Becket Art Center’s July “Explorations” lecture series. Kramer has led the Chester Theatre Company since 2015.

“Love Letter to Hawai’i, Puerto Rico and Hong Kong,” a poem by Tian An Wong, lecturer in mathematics and statistics, was published in July in Sojourners magazine.

A story about Gracie Hackenberg ’17 and her emerging career in race-car driving and fabrication was featured in the July/August issue of Hackenberg, who earned a degree in engineering science at Smith, led a team that prepped a race car for the 2017 Grassroots Motorsports Challenge.

Kate Seethaler, M.A. ’16, performed a dance created during a week-long July residency at Lamoine Community Arts in Lamoine, Maine. Seethaler teaches dance and movement at Springfield College and the School for Contemporary Dance and Thought.

Marissa Schlesinger ’93 will assume her duties as provost and vice president for academic affairs for Tacoma Community College in September. Schlesinger, who majored in art and archeology at Smith, is a former associate dean of curriculum and first-year programs at Guttman Community College in New York City. She earned a master’s degree from the University of Toronto, where she is completing a doctorate in ancient Egyptian civilization.

The Smith-based journal Meridians and Smith’s Latin American Studies and Study of Women and Gender departments hosted the Tortuga Awards dinner on campus in July. The event was held in conjunction with the Mujeres Activas en Letras y Cambio Social (MALCS) Summer Institute.

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Michaela Guy ’22 is sailing in the Pacific aboard the SSV Robert C. Seamans as a participant in the Sea Education Association’s semester at sea summer program.

Lauren Anderson, content production coordinator in College Relations, is the author of “Du Bois in Drag: Prevailing Women, Flailing Men, and the ‘Anne Du Bignon’ Pseudonym,” a chapter in Citizen of the World: The Late Career and Legacy of W.E.B. Du Boisedited by Phillip Luke Sinitiere. 

Nancy Erba ’88 has joined the board of directors of California-based PDF Solutions, Inc. data analytics company. Baylor, who majored in mathematics at Smith, earned an M.B.A. from Baylor University.

Gainor Davis ’71 is the new executive director of the Connecticut River Museum in Essex, Connecticut.  A former executive director of the Historical Society of Carroll County, Maryland, she earned a degree in history from Smith, a master’s degree in American studies and history from the University of Delaware, and a doctorate from Temple University.

Photographs by neuroscientist Jean Merrill ’69 will be on view as part of the “Human-Nature Interaction” international showcase at Montserrat Contemporary Art Gallery in New York City through August 31. A biological sciences major at Smith, Merrill’s career has included work as a professor, a laboratory researcher and a senior executive at a pharmaceutical company.

Sherry Robb ’67 MSW has been inducted into the National Conference of Personal Managers’ Hall of Fame. Robb, a film producer and bestselling author, represents actors and writers through the Robb Company, which she founded in 2003.