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Mark Your Calendars for Rally Day

Rally Day, the annual all-college gathering, will be held on February 21. Five Smith alumnae have been selected as the recipients of the Smith College Medal, to be awarded by President Carol T. Christ. They are:
Sarah Chasis ’69, senior attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council, Inc., a public interest organization that specializes in environmental protection; Mary Ann Freedman Hoberman ’51, author of children’s poetry books, winner of National Book Award for A House Is a House for Me; Carolyn Scerbo Kaelin ’83, physician, director of the comprehensive breast health center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Amy-Jill Levine ’78, chair of Vanderbilt Divinity School’s Carpenter Program in Religion, Gender and Sexuality; and Trudy Rubin ’65, foreign correspondent, finalist for the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for her commentary on the Middle East.

Preparing for a Visit by His Holiness the Dalai Lama

His Holiness the Dalai Lama is expected to make a daylong visit to the Pioneer Valley on May 9 to speak with audiences from Smith College, Hampshire College and members of the Tibetan Association of Western Massachusetts. Respected worldwide as a spiritual leader and the leader of the Tibetan people, the 14th Dalai Lama was the recipient of the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize.

Smith President Carol T. Christ and Hampshire President Ralph J. Hexter will host the visit, which recognizes the Five College Tibetan Studies in India Program—a thriving exchange program with exiled Tibetan scholars at the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies in Sarnath, India.

The Dalai Lama’s visit will feature an address to Smith and Hampshire students, faculty and staff at Smith’s Indoor Track and Tennis facility and a gathering for invited members from the local Tibetan community. Although attendance will be restricted to those audiences, his talk to the college communities will be broadcast live on local television.

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Memorial Service for Walter Morris-Hale

About 150 people attended a memorial service this fall to honor Walter Morris-Hale, professor emeritus of government and Afro-American studies, who died at his home in Los Angeles in March 2006. His colleagues and former students remembered him fondly. In a tribute shortly after his death, Kathryn Arnone ’85 wrote: “While Professor Morris-Hale excelled at scholarship, his true forte was teaching, as evidenced by his Smith College Medal for teaching. His style of teaching demanded the utmost from each student, never yielding to mediocrity or relativism, always encouraging his students to challenge themselves to achieve excellence, always providing the example of his own effort and excellence as a model. And how his students achieved! They became museum directors, politicians, teachers, lawyers, entrepreneurs, judges, artists, business executives, professors and writers. Each of his students is his legacy.”

Soccer Champs

Smith’s soccer team, the Pioneers, defeated Springfield College in November to capture the Eastern College Athletic Conference New England Women’s Soccer Championship for the third time in the program’s history. The other two titles were won in 1985 and 1987. Coach Phil Nielsen was named Women’s Soccer Coach of the Year and received New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference All Conference honors.

For Maggie

Smith College’s a capella group the Noteables made a special trip in December to Middleboro, Massachusetts, to perform in concert for residents and staff of the Middleboro Skilled Care Center, a health care home that specializes in head injuries, where Margaret (Maggie) Worthen ’06 is hospitalized. They are among the many Smith students, professors and friends who have made frequent visits to Maggie’s hospital bedside since she suffered an apparent stroke in her room shortly before her Smith graduation. During the Commencement ceremonies, students wore blue ribbons to honor Maggie at graduation. Although she remains in a coma, her Smith friends have kept in touch, making visits and staying involved through a Web site.

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