Staying Connected to Smith
The Office of Alumnae Relations and Development is thinking of our Smith community during the COVID-19 pandemic and we hope you are receiving the support you need. All across the world, alums are stepping up to help their communities, stay social and lift up the most vulnerable among us. We’ve been so inspired—but not surprised—by the thoughtfulness and generosity of our community. In that spirit, we hope this collection of resources provides a welcome source of connection, information and even entertainment during this difficult time.
Remember to also update your profile in the Alumnae Directory, connect with your class and see how your local Smith club is keeping in touch. For updates on Smith’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, visit the college’s coronavirus disease 2019 page.
- Learn about Smith’s 2020 Virtual Commencement, including an address by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
- See a message from Vice President for Alumnae Relations Denise Wingate Materre ’74 suggesting lots of Smith- and Smithie-related books, podcasts, binge-worthy shows and other things to do while you are home and looking for a diversion, April 7, 2020.
- Read President Kathleen McCartney's letter to The New York Times on the purpose of the endowment.
- Read President Kathleen McCartney’s letter to alumnae, March 31, 2020.
- Read President McCartney’s letter to students on their first day of taking classes remotely, March 30, 2020.
- Learn how the Smith community is coming together to support the newly formed Student Emergency Aid Fund.
- SGQ donates to Emergency Aid Fund.
Learn Something New
- Sign up for one of Smith’s Spring 2020 webinars and check out the Smith College Alumnae YouTube Channel for one of our previously recorded webinars, including:
- Operating at Your Peak: Practices to Improve Resilience, June 10 at 2 p.m. EST
- Tools, Tips and Tricks for Working Remotely
- Mindfulness in Midlife
- Watch Smith College faculty share their expertise.
- View this workshop on using LinkedIn and the Alumnae Directory for your job and internship search.
- Try a new workout from Smith Athletics. You can also watch the game of the week from the archives, attend virtual events, read interviews, and more—it's all in the Pioneer Press, a new weekly publication from the Department of Athletics and Recreation.
- Meditate during a weekly mindfulness meditation led on Zoom by Ruth Ozeki ’80 and Mary Beth Brooker Mondays from 5 to 5:30 p.m. EST. A 10-minute guided meditation is followed by a short stretching break and a second period of silent meditation. No experience needed.
- Sign up for Stephanie Small MSW '04’s webinar “Three Mental Health Nutrition Principles Everyone Should Know” on April 22 at 2 p.m. EST.
Connect on Social
- Join Global Illumination Night. Shine your light for yourself and our seniors at dusk on May 16 and post your pictures on social media using the hashtag #smithilluminates. Watch this global event grow by exploring the Global Illumination map.
- Follow us on Facebook. For a much-needed distraction, check out #PetsofProfs.
- Browse the Smith College YouTube Channel. You might especially like:
- The YouTube Playlist: Smith Alumnae Today, which includes the video series “How I Got that Job.”
- The YouTube Playlist: Campus Features, which features Gloria Steinem ’56, the Design Thinking Initiative, the Historic Clothing Collection and more.
- Find us on Instagram.
- Get the latest news on Twitter.
- See the amazing notes of emphathy and support Smithies sent to students. Send your own kind words or a message of support.
Connect with Campus
- Sign up for our new virtual Alumnae Book Club.
- Share your feelings and observations about the rapidly changing world and how your community is responding. Smith’s COVID-19 Experience Map will become an archive of social distancing tips and tricks, recipes and resources that grounded us during these challenging times. Fill out the survey and see your response appear on the map.
- Explore the Smith College Museum of Art from home. You can check out the blog, the YouTube channel and more.
- Tour the 2020 Spring Bulb Show, then search the more than 6,600 plants in the Botanic Garden’s collection.
- Find a moment of zen with this downloadable Special Collections coloring book.
- Sign up for a digital poetry care package from the Poetry Center, or sign up to write a collaborative poem together with other alumnae, students, faculty and staff.
- Watch student videos at The Narratives Project.
Relax with Smith-Related Entertainment
- Read The Starless Sea (2019), Night Circus author Erin Morgenstern ’00’s long-awaited sophomore novel about a secret subterranean library.
- Watch Raise Hell, Janice Engel’s 2019 documentary about the life and times of the late media firebrand Molly Ivins ’66, now streaming with a Hulu subscription.
- Listen to Lori Tharps ’94’s My American Melting Pot, a biweekly podcast about the ways race influences and impacts daily life.
- See more. If you would like to have your work appear on our list of Smithie authors, please fill out this form.
Smith in the Community
- Learn how alumnae are extending a helping hand in these extraordinary times.
- Read about how Dr. Annie De Groot ’78 is working on a vaccine to combat COVID-19.
- Discover how COVID-19 is reshaping the workplace, plus get tips on working from home from Dorie Clark ’97.
- As Georgia fights coronavirus, Public Health Commissioner Kathleen Toomey ’73 receives high marks.
- As the director of a homeless shelter in Portland, Maine, Sara Fleurant '10 and her team are on the front lines of the struggle to keep essential services going in the midst of the crisis.
- Tracy Keogh '83, head of HR for HP, sets an example for corporate responses to COVID-19.
- Pam Victor '88 offers improv comedy tips to beat stress.
- Cady Chaplin '12 on being a critical-care nurse in New York City.
- A team of Smithies has designed a better ventilator.