Ruth J. Simmons delivered the 136th Commencement address on Sunday, May 18, 2014. Noting that “the collision of views and ideologies is in the DNA of the academic enterprise,” Simmons, former president of Smith College and Brown University, challenged the Class of 2014 to “gird yourselves for moments of criticism, doubt and challenge.” She advised the graduates to “take good care of your voice” and “take the time to discover who you are in the fullness of your intellect, identity and abilities because you will need to stand your ground effectively to be credible leaders.”
Since her first year at Smith, STRIDE scholar Karen Yu ’16 has worked at the Botanic Garden with Manager of Education and Outreach Madelaine Zadik. Yu’s final STRIDE project features the classic botanic orchid illustrations of Florence Woolward (1854–1936) as they relate to the Botanic Garden’s massive orchid collection. The result, “Thesaurus Woolwardiae: Orchid Paintings by Florence Woolward,” is on display at the Botanic Garden through January 2015. Here Yu and Zadik talk about the exhibit.
Mellon Five College Postdoctoral Fellow in African Art and Architecture Amanda Gilvin’s African art history class comes to the Smith College Museum of Art to discuss their role in curating the exhibition “Transformations in African Art.” Maggie Lind, Associate Director of Academic Programming and Public Education, talks about the exhibition and explains the importance of SCMA’s mission as a teaching museum.
Packing up leftovers from Smith dining rooms to deliver to local homeless shelters was a no-brainer for Sibyl Brown ’14. “Recovering food from our dining rooms is such an easy way to help ease the need that exists,” says Brown. “It’s food that is already being made and would otherwise be thrown out.” Brown started a Smith College chapter of the Food Recovery Network earlier this year to great success. She organized student volunteers and began recovering food one night a week. As she has gained student volunteers, this has increased to three nights a week, and she is planning to go to five. Dining Services staff quickly got on board. Says Kathy Zieja, director of dining services, “They are truly moved by the fact that they are helping those less fortunate, and at the same time supporting a Smith student who has taken this on as a project.” Follow Brown and other students during the recovery process.
To celebrate the progress of Smith’s $450 million Women for the World campaign and set the stage for its next phase under the leadership of President Kathleen McCartney, the college has produced a new campaign video to inspire continued support from the Smith community. Learn more about Women for the World: The Campaign for Smith
The Smith College Historic Clothing Collection, located in the Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts, has its roots in the theatre department. The collection, which includes clothing and accessories dating from the 18th century, provides opportunities for scholarship across a range of disciplines, from the sciences to history, American studies and literature. Interest in the collection has grown considerably in recent years, with the 2013 symposium, "Narratives of Dress: What Can a Garment Say," drawing twice the number of attendees expected.
Click here to watch the full interviews. For their extraordinary professional achievements and outstanding service to their communities, four alumnae received the Smith College Medal at Rally Day 2014: Susan Hiller ’61, artist; Susan May Molineaux ’75, biotech entrepreneur; Amy Ellis Nutt ’77, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist; and Farah Pandith ’90, first representative to Muslim communities.
Ada Comstock Scholar Shara Concepcion ’14 is house coordinator of 150 Elm Street—an all Ada house. A New York City native, she appreciates the relaxing atmosphere of her large, bright room. See all the Home Smith Home videos.
Adam Hall, Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
Neuroscience & Biochemistry Programs
As a postdoctoral researcher at Imperial College in London, England, Adam Hall was at the forefront of a major breakthrough in our understanding of how general anesthesia affects the processes of the brain. At Smith, in collaboration with faculty colleagues and students, his lab is exploring the therapeutic potential of novel anesthetic drugs that may prove to be as effective as those commonly used, with fewer dangerous side effects. Part of the Scholars in Studio video series