What is Rally Day? It depends on whom you ask. But most importantly, it’s a day to bring together students and the college community, celebrate the rich history of Smith, and share time with outstanding alumnae. For seniors, Rally Day is a chance to try on their graduation robes and get creative with funky headwear. Rally Day is something for everyone and it’s been happening on campus since 1876, one of Smith’s oldest and most cherished traditions. Learn more about this event.
Kathleen McCartney, dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) and an internationally recognized authority on child development and early education, has been selected as the 11th president of Smith College.
McCartney’s appointment is effective July 1, 2013, with her inauguration scheduled for Saturday, October 19. She came to campus to greet the Smith community on Friday, January 25; the event was webcast live.
Marilyn Carlson Nelson '61 is chair and former CEO of Minneapolis-based Carlson, the world's largest travel and hospitality corporation and one of the largest privately held companies. Under the Carlson umbrella are major hotel groups such as Country Inns and Suites and Radisson, as well as restaurant chain T.G.I Friday's. As CEO, Nelson doubled the size of Carlson and became increasingly recognized for her commitment to corporate responsibility. In 2008, she published her best-selling book "How We Lead Matters: Reflections on a Life of Leadership." While Carlson has always been recognized as an organization dedicated to giving back to the local community, Nelson took this dedication global when she and her company made a public commitment against human trafficking and implemented training for all Carlson staff to recognize potential trafficking behavior.
Please enjoy this special presentation that celebrates another season of hope
at Smith College.
We hope you will find our students’ stories as inspiring as we do.
Carol Christ and Paul Alpers