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Smith Appoints New HR Director

Lawrence P. Hunt, former assistant director of human resources at the J. Paul Getty Trust, began his new position as executive director of human resources at the college on March 1. Before joining Getty in Los Angeles, Hunt was director of human resources at Tufts University in Boston, where he worked for 18 years. “Larry is a wonderful addition to Smith,” said Ruth Constantine, vice president of finance and administration. “He builds strong relationships with faculty and staff and translates his knowledge of people into the creation of programs and policies to support employees.”

Strength in Numbers

Smith received a record number of applications for the class of 2010. First-year submissions totaled 3,427, the largest number in Smith’s history and a slight increase over last year’s record-breaking total. Applications from international students rose 15 percent, the most significant increase among applicant categories. Fifty-two percent of the applicants were admitted; 70 percent of those applicants graduated in the top 10 percent of their high school classes.

New Resource Center Opens

The college has created a new center, which officially opened in March, to provide support and information for those in the Smith community seeking to explore and clarify issues involving gender and sexuality, as well as class, race and other social identities. The Resource Center for Sexuality and Gender, located in the basement of Wesley House, will offer educational programming and activities and will serve as a campus resource to all interested students, faculty and staff. According to Jennifer Kurtz, a Smith area coordinator and adviser to the center, about 100 colleges in the United States have established similar centers on their campuses.

Tuition Increases

At its March meeting, the Smith College Board of Trustees approved a comprehensive fee of $43,438 for 2006–07, reflecting an overall increase of 5.9 percent over the 2005–06 comprehensive fee. The comprehensive fee incorporates tuition ($32,320), room and board ($10,880) and a student activities fee ($238).

Students Honor Faculty

Smith students gave special recognition to two faculty members during the annual Rally Day convocation in February: David Newbury, the Gwendolen Carter Professor of African Studies, history department, received the Faculty Teaching Award for tenured faculty; Robert Hosmer, senior lecturer in English language and literature, received the Faculty Teaching Award for nontenured faculty.

Given annually by students to honor faculty members’ dedication to excellent teaching, the Faculty Teaching Award was established 22 years ago as a way for students to thank educators for their support, encouragement and inspiration.

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