It’s dark, about 5:30 a.m. The air is frigid and icy, with a cutting breeze knifing off the water. Movement for a while is sluggish and achy. For more than 60 students, members of the Smith crew team, this is the best time of the day—up before dawn, out on the Connecticut River, watching the sunrise, breathing the cold, rowing in unison, all before breakfast. What is it about crew that gets under the skin of team members and becomes a primary part of their Smith lives?
When Maggie Kurkoski ’12, working as a research assistant for Scott Bradbury, professor of classical languages and literatures, dug through the storage cabinets in the Caverno Room in Neilson Library, she came across a box, likely untouched in decades, filled with ancient Roman coins. Her curiosity piqued, she set to work analyzing, cataloguing and preparing the coins for display. Kurkoski’s exhibition, “Portable Rome: Exploring and Exhibiting Ancient Coins,” is the capstone project for her museums concentration.
Laura D'Andrea Tyson ’69 was the first woman to head the National Economic Council from 1993 to 1995, during the administration of President Bill Clinton. She is now the S.K. and Angela Chan Professor of Global Management at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, and is a member of President Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. Tyson was also the first female dean of the London Business School from 2002 to 2006. She is an economic columnist for BusinessWeek magazine and writes regularly about domestic and international economic policy issues in the Washington Post, the New York Times, and other internationally syndicated newspapers and magazines.
In addition to being editor of the arts and literature quarterly, the Hudson Review, Paula Deitz '59 is a writer and cultural critic in the fields of art, architecture, design, and landscape design. She is a frequent contributor to the New York Times, Architectural Review, and Gardens Illustrated. She is the author of “Of Gardens: Selected Essays,” which is a collection of her writings on gardens from around the world, and their intellectual, historical, and aesthetic significance.
Amy Ellis Nutt '77 a staff writer at the Star-Ledger in Newark, NJ, for 13 years, won the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for her feature series "The Wreck of the Lady Mary," about the 2009 sinking of a fishing boat off the New Jersey coast that killed six of the seven crew members aboard. An English major at Smith, Nutt also holds graduate degrees from MIT and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where she is a part-time adjunct instructor. In 2004-2005 she was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. Her 2008 series "The Accidental Artist" won a Sigma Delta Chi award from the Society of Professional Journalists. She is also the author of "Shadows Bright as Glass: The Remarkable Story of One Man's Journey from Brain Trauma to Artistic Triumph."
Kerianne Panos '98, who speaks seven languages, is president of Boston-based MCML Consulting Services, an international educational organization she founded after working in Japan for a number of years. MCML works with international students and business professionals, offering mentorship and coaching to assist with adapting to life in the United States. She has also worked with the Boston Red Sox as an Asian-language specialist. From 2002 to 2005, Panos directed the Japanese government's communications program for the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor project. Working in six different languages, she briefed government officials on the project's status and oversaw translation of materials sent to national governments. At Smith, she majored in East Asian studies and holds a graduate degree from the London School of Oriental and African Studies.
Thanks to an expanding program in Arabic studies at Smith and the Five Colleges, led by Abdelkader Berrahmoun, lecturer in Middle East studies, learning the dominant language of the Middle East is more than memorizing a new alphabet and studying verb tenses. It's an opportunity to get acquainted with the music, food, ideas and people of the Arab diaspora, through events like Arab Night, the WOZQ radio show Oasis, and more.
Susan Spoehrer Elliott ’58 talks about her 50-plus years in the technology industry. After graduation, she became one of the first female programmers at IBM, and later founded the technology firm of SSE, recognized globally for its work in application development, education, and network infrastructure.