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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.

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