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- Five new members joined the Smith College Board of Trustees in July,
and an existing member assumed a leadership position as chair-elect of
- New board members, all of whom are Smith alumnae, include author and
activist Gloria Steinem; Laura D'Andrea Tyson, former head of President
Bill Clinton's Council of Economic Advisers; prominent Chicago civic and
community leader Jane Lofgren Pearsall, who is also founder of the alumnae-sponsored
program Smith Internships in the Public Interest; energy consultant Gayle
White Jackson; and the former president of the college's Student Government
Association, Amanda Gilman, who graduated from Smith in May.
- Rochell Braff Lazarus, chairman and chief executive officer of the
New York-based advertising firm Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide, will become
chair-elect of the board for a year before assuming board leadership in
the summer of 1998.
- B. Ann Wright, former dean of enrollment management at Smith, has been
appointed to the newly created position of chief public affairs and college
relations officer. Her duties will combine long-range planning in such
strategic areas as communications and educational policy with Smith's outreach
at the state and national level on issues of higher education.
- Since arriving at Smith in 1991, Wright has earned high marks for establishing
such innovations as the STRIDE (Student Research in Departments) program,
through which talented incoming students assist Smith faculty members with
research projects; a January-term program that introduces selected Smith
undergraduates to leadership skills and issues; special programs to enroll
international students; and several summer programs that draw high school
students to the Smith campus for science research and other study opportunities.
- Wright also has sought to expand Smith's external affiliations through
recently established partnerships with the Young Women's Leadership School
in East Harlem and Miami-Dade Community College in Florida. Under her direction
in the admission area, the average SAT scores for entering Smith students
have risen and applications have climbed to record heights.
- In announcing Wright's appointment, which became effective in July,
Smith President Ruth Simmons observed, "Our enrollment efforts have
benefited from Ann's leadership during the last several years. In this
new position her talents will be used more broadly for communicating the
strengths and needs of the college and for developing partnerships that
will strengthen Smith in the years ahead."
- Thousands of spectators at Mount Holyoke College
watched last May as Smith's own Elizabeth Marcell '99 took the national
championship in Individual Intermediate Over Fences at the National Collegiate
Riding Championships of the Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA).
- Marcell, a native of Saratoga Springs, New York, has ridden horses
at Smith for two years. She said Smith's riding program "has been
wonderful, and coach Sue Payne has been wonderfully supportive." The
program focuses on hunter seat equitation and basic dressage, and almost
all students compete in some manner. Twenty to 25 riders are chosen each
year for the intercollegiate team.
- Intercollegiate showing is unique because riders are mounted on horses
drawn by lot and provided by the host college. For May's IHSA competition,
Elizabeth was given a Mount Holyoke horse to ride. The only rider from
Smith to make the national competition, she received a ribbon, a trophy
and a Millers' Cup saddle from the event sponsor for her win.
- But Elizabeth, an Italian language and literature major and art history
minor, won't get to sit in that saddle at all this year. She'll spend her
junior year in Italy-where riding is considered to be an elite and expensive
sport-studying at the University of Florence and the Smith Center in Florence.
Her new saddle, meanwhile, will sit on a sawhorse at her family home in