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November 9, 2004

Smith College Appoints Liaison to Coordinate Volunteer Efforts with Local Schools

NORTHAMPTON, Mass.—Smith College recently appointed longtime educator Virginia Lagana as its partnership and outreach coordinator for collaborations between the college and local schools.

Lagana serves as the liaison between school principals and Smith faculty and staff, encouraging the development of programs that share resources and support learning for all involved. She also oversees ongoing outreach programs such as the Summer Science and Engineering Program for high school girls, the Summer Institute for Educators, and the Urban Education Initiative, which recruits, trains and assigns undergraduate tutors to city schools.

“Ginny will be a vital part of the success of building even stronger bridges between the college and the community,” said Gail Scordilis, director of educational outreach.
Throughout her career, Lagana has worked with students at the elementary level through the college level. As a former teacher of remedial reading and math, Lagana spent 12 years in elementary classrooms developing individual education plans. She has also served as an adjunct lecturer at the American International College and Springfield Technical Community College, and as a continuing education instructor in a school-to-work program.

Originally from New York City, Lagana received her bachelor’s in English from Hartwick College in Oneonta, N.Y., and her master’s in education from American International College in Springfield. She now resides in Northampton.
Lagana’s appointment began Nov. 1 and is funded by a Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant to President Carol T. Christ.

The Office of Educational Outreach also recently named a new coordinator,
Carla M. Cooke, of Northampton. Cooke divides her time among three Smith offices: Educational Outreach, the Engineering and Education Partnership in the Picker Engineering Program, and the Tibetan Studies in India Program..

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