lynnefrancisPomegranate Tart, a poem by Lynne Francis ’10, recently won the Amherst Live Poetry Prize, a regional competition that celebrates spoken poetry. The poem was recited by Floyd Cheung, associate professor of English language and literature and of American studies, with whom Francis studied while at Smith and now collaborates on writing projects. “I was deeply honored to recite Lynne’s poem,” Cheung says. “I love its descriptive language and mix of emotions. Her twist on the Persephone myth is brilliant. In Lynne’s version, the daughter takes the pomegranate—a symbol of sexuality and loss—and transforms it into an offering, a sign of hope and return, though of course, the startling stains remain.” Read Pomegranate Tart online.

Julianne Ohotnicky, Dean of Students, has been selected to receive the Award for Student Impact from the American College Personnel Association’s Commission for Student Conduct and Legal Issues. The ACPA presents the award annually to a member who “shows extraordinary abilities to connect with and educate students.” Ohotnicky will receive a certificate and lapel pin commemorating the achievement. The dean of students oversees a comprehensive student-development program that includes the Office of Student Engagement, first-year student programs, Counseling and Health Services, international students, multicultural affairs, residence life and wellness, promoting programs that help students develop a sense of belonging to a supportive educational community.

martinantonettiMartin Antonetti, curator of rare books and interim director of special collections in the Mortimer Rare Book Room, has been elected president of the Bibliographical Society of America (BSA), the oldest scholarly society in North America, dedicated to the study of books and manuscripts as physical objects. In 2011 Antonetti founded, and now directs, the Book Studies Concentration at Smith, the first undergraduate program of its kind in the country. Antonetti has written and lectured widely on the history of the book and has served in various capacities on the boards of Hand Papermaking, the Book Arts Press, and the American Printing History Association, as well as the Bibliographical Society of America. The BSA was founded in 1904 with the principal objectives of promoting bibliographical research and issuing bibliographical publications.

laurakatzLaura A. Katz, Elsie Damon Simonds Professor of Biological Sciences, has been elected to the American Academy of Microbiology. The AAM is the honorific leadership group within the American Society for Microbiology, the world’s oldest and largest life science organization. According to its website, the mission of the Academy is to recognize scientists for outstanding contributions to microbiology and provide microbiological expertise in the service of science and the public.

Stacy Diaz ‘10 was a featured alumna in the blog for Bottom Line, an organization “dedicated to helping disadvantaged students get in to college, graduate from college, and go far in life.” According to the blog, Diaz is currently Dean of Students at the Brooke Charter School in East Boston. Prior to becoming a dean, she was part of Teach for America in Miami-Dade, where she taught third grade for two years.

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