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Tops in Economic Diversity

Smith College was ranked first among liberal arts colleges in economic diversity by U.S. News and World Report: 27 percent of Smith undergraduates receive federal need-based Pell Grants. The schools that followed Smith include Mount Holyoke with 19 percent of its undergraduates receiving Pell Grants; and Bryn Mawr and Wellesley colleges, both with 17 percent. Smith was also recently cited in The New York Times for its socioeconomic diversity. Nineteen percent of entering Smith students in fall 2005 were first-generation college students.

Smith Women Named to Prominent Groups

Laura Katz, associate professor of biological sciences, joined a new Smithsonian Institution task force to examine the deteriorating condition of the earth’s biodiversity. The Biodiversity Science and Education Initiative (BSEI) aims to identify critical knowledge gaps and conceptual approaches that must be addressed for a better scientific understanding of biodiversity. The work of the BSEI team is supported by a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. Mac­Arthur Foundation. Judith Strong, head coach of Smith’s Division III field hockey team for 19 years, has been named to the NCAA Division I 25th Anniversary Field Hockey team. The athletic conference will celebrate its quarter-century anniversary throughout the 2005-06 season.

Smith Volleyball Captures Championship Title

The Smith Pioneers defeated U.S. Coast Guard Academy on November 5 with a 33-31, 30-19 and 30-26 match-up, to win the New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) championship. Smith advanced to the championship round after defeating MIT 3-0 on November 4. This title marks the team’s first NEWMAC championship title. The NEWMAC named Pioneers coach Bonnie May coach of the year and senior outside hitter Kate Sorensen athlete of the year.

Honoring One of Smith’s Own, the Educator of the Year

Smith College Professor of Biological Sciences Richard Olivo was named “Educator of the Year” by his peers at the 2005 Society for Neuroscience meeting that recently drew an estimated 30,000 scientists to Washington, D.C. Olivo received the award on November 14 from Smith alumna and former student Jean C. Hardwick ’83, who is now a faculty member at Ithaca College. Given annually to a member of the society’s Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience group, the award recognizes efforts that promote neuroscience education and research at the undergraduate level.

As fall colors surrounding Paradise Pond faded in November, a riot of color was unfurling across the street inside the Botanic Garden’s Lyman Conservatory. The popular annual chrysanthemum show featured a variety of multicolor blossoms, including flowers resulting from the hybrids made by the previous year’s horticulture class. Photo by Madelaine Zadik.

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