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
Duckett House resident Julia Leitermann ’15 gives us a tour of her room. With its distinctive little nooks and tiny white lights, there are several perfect spots to have coffee, read or take the occasional “accidental nap.” See all the Home-Smith-Home videos.
Smith places a high value on teaching, and each year demonstrates that commitment by honoring three outstanding faculty members with the Sherrerd Prize for Distinguished Teaching. This year’s Sherrerd Prize recipients are Andrea Hairston '74, professor of theatre; Susannah Howe, senior lecturer in engineering; and Douglas Lane Patey, professor of English language and literature. Awards were presented during a lively program featuring introductions by former students. The Sherrerd Prize for Distinguished Teaching was established in 2002 with a generous grant from Kathleen Compton Sherrerd ’54 and John J. F. Sherrerd. Smith students, faculty and alumnae are invited to nominate outstanding teachers for the 2014 Sherrerd Prize. Go to http://www.smith.edu/events/sherrerd_nominations.php to nominate a current Smith faculty member whose teaching has had a significant impact on students. Deadline for nominations is December 10.
Nicole Schermerhorn Laschever ’15’s room in Albright House reflects her double major in art and theater as well as her interest in “absolutely everything.”