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Christ Honored for Commitment to Access

President Carol Christ was honored for her commitment to educational access at a February 27 gala dinner in Boston hosted by Bottom Line Inc., an organization dedicated to helping low-income and first-generation high school students in the Boston area get into -- and succeed in -- college. Smith enrolls 18 Bottom Line students, more than any other institution except Northeastern University. The event also featured remarks by Smith sophomore Rochelle Valdez, whose family is from the Dominican Republic. She discussed the challenges of being the first person in her family to attend college.

Ski Team to the Nationals

The Smith College Ski Team qualified for a trip to Winter Park, Colorado, and the United States Collegiate Ski Association National Championships in March after finishing fourth overall at the February 25 Eastern Collegiate Ski Conference regionals. This is the sixth time in the past 21 years that the Pioneers have made it to the national championships.

Students Honor Faculty

Smith students gave special recognition to two faculty members during the annual Rally Day convocation in February: Jill de Villiers, professor of philosophy and Sophia and Austin Smith Professor of Psychology, received the Faculty Teaching Award for tenured faculty; Floyd Cheung, assistant professor of English language and literature, for nontenured faculty. Given annually by students to honor faculty members’ dedication to excellent teaching, the Faculty Teaching Award was established 23 years ago as a way for students to thank educators for their support, encouragement and inspiration.

Tuition Announced

At its March meeting, the Smith College Board of Trustees approved a comprehensive fee of $45,606 for 2007-08, reflecting an overall increase of 5 percent over the 2006-07 comprehensive fee. That fee incorporates tuition ($33,940), room and board ($11,420) and a student activities fee ($246).

New Feature on Smith Web Site

Check out the Grécourt Gate, a.k.a. “the Gate,” at It’s Smith’s recently redesigned Web page for news and photos about the people, programs and events in the college community. Its name pays tribute to the real gates, which were erected in 1924 outside of College Hall and serve as the symbolic entrance to the college. The online Grécourt Gate is an entrance as well, providing access to daily news and information about Smith. The page also has numerous links, including a weekly view of the campus calendar, other Smith publications and the Smith home page.

Mentoring Program Pairs Students, Trustees

Senior Jennifer Leibig chats with trustee Agnes Bundy Scanlan ’79 at a tea in the Alumnae House. Both are participants in a mentoring program that pairs students with trustees, giving each a chance to talk about campus life today. In addition, the students gain career advice and life insights from their mentors. Leibig described Scanlan as “a wonderful and inspiring woman,” and noted that they share many interests. “Her advice and pointers are helping direct my job search,” Leibig said, “and have just generally made me feel more excited to graduate.”

Find it on the Smith Bookshelf

Joshua Miller, professor in the Smith School for Social Work (SSW), and Ann Marie Garran, adjunct assistant professor, are co-authors of Racism in the United States: Implications for the Helping Professions, published by Thomson/Brooks Coles in 2007. The book is intended as a textbook about racism and its effects for social workers and other human service workers. Miller is chair of social welfare policy and services sequence in the SSW and teaches courses in institutional racism and disaster mental health. Garran is a research adviser and winter field faculty member.

A new book by Ann Zulawski, professor of history and of Latin American studies, titled Unequal Cures: Public Health and Political Change in Bolivia, 1900–1950, was recently published by Duke University Press. The book examines ways in which the national debate about medicine and public health was related to different visions of citizenship, the state and the roles of indigenous Bolivians and women in that nation. Zulawski teaches courses on Latin America in the colonial and national periods, Andean society, gender in Latin American history, Cuban society and culture, the history of public health in Latin America, and U.S. foreign policy in the region. She is also the author of They Eat From Their Labor: Work and Social Change in Colonial Bolivia.

New Guide Details Smith Campus

The unique architectural range of buildings and landscapes at Smith is captured in a new book The Campus Guide: Smith College, a volume filled with colorful photographs of the Smith campus. It is one in a series of books that illustrate the architecture on notable American campuses, including Duke, Harvard, Stanford and Yale. It was published this year by Princeton Architectural Press and is available widely through booksellers and online retailers.

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