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Then and Now: Clara Rankin ’38

In May 2013, eight members of the class of ’38 celebrated their 75th Reunion, one of whom was Clara Taplin Rankin, who traveled from her native state of Ohio to attend the event. She reminisces about her days on the Smith campus, providing a vivid glimpse into college life in the 1930s.

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2013 Commencement Senior Class Address

Sarah Hussain, president of the Class of 2013, delivered the student speech at Smith College’s 135th commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 19, 2013.

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Arianna Huffington's Commencement Address

Arianna Huffington, editor-in-chief of the Pulitzer Prize–winning online news website that bears her name, was the speaker at Smith College’s 135th commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 19, 2013. View all commenencent coverage.

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2013 Ivy Day Expression of Student Gratitude

Shuyao Kong, a member of the Class of 2013, delivered the student speech at Smith College’s Ivy Day celebration on Saturday, May 18, 2013.

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2013 Ivy Day 25th Reunion Speaker

Sharmila “Mona” Ghosh Sinha ’88 delivered the 25th Reunion Address at Smith College’s Ivy Day celebration on Saturday, May 18, 2013.

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Three Seniors Reflect on the Value of a Smith Education

With Commencement approaching, three graduating Smith seniors – Shuyao Kong '13, Luvana Chowdhury '13 and Jane Ramsey AC '13 – take stock of their time at the college and reflect on the value of their Smith education.

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Elizabeth Pols ’75 Sees Beauty in Mystery

Artist Elizabeth Pols ’75 talks about her new exhibit, “At Water’s Edge,” which is now showing at the Alumnae House Gallery. Pols paints real and invented landscapes inspired by her native state of Maine and her formative years in Italy. Working with the techniques of classical Renaissance painting, she uses light, color and atmosphere to enhance reality with a touch of mystery. Recent sculptural pieces are housed in antique traveling desks and incorporate narrative panel paintings with found and altered objects, and, says the artist, are “part Renaissance devotional, part Joseph Cornell.” The exhibit runs through September 26, 2013.

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Collaborating on a Cure

More than 120 million people are afflicted with lymphatic filariasis, a disease that can cause a debilitating condition called elephantiasis. If a faculty-student team, led by Steve Williams, biological sciences, and Kevin Shea, chemistry, is successful in its investigation of medicinal plants that may kill the parasites that cause the disease, it could have far-reaching implications. The team will present as part of Celebrating Collaborations.

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Maple Sugaring at MacLeish Station

Every Friday, a group of students gets a taste of New England when they travel about 10 miles north to the MacLeish Field Station, a 200-acre wooded parcel in rural Whately, Mass., owned by Smith. There, they set to work, hauling buckets into the snow-covered woods and collecting sap from the maple trees, which is used by a neighboring maple syrup distillery to make one of New England's most emblematic products.

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Made at Smith - Center for Design and Fabrication

With more than 75 years of collective experience using and teaching others to use the roomful of fabricators, drills, saws, presses, welders and 3D proto-typing machines in the Center for Design and Fabrication in the basement of McConnell Hall, the trio of instructors, Eric Jensen, Greg Young and Dale Renfrow, guide students in a range of departments—mathematics, biological sciences, engineering, physics, astronomy—in creating and manufacturing all manner of tools, devices and household gadgets.