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Investing in Smith Entrepreneurs

Tim Draper and wife Melissa Parker Draper ’77 came to campus to talk to students about the benefits of entrepreneurship. Tim Draper is the founder of the global venture capital firm, Draper Fisher Jurvetson, and has been a part of the development of Skype, Overture, Hotmail and PLX Technologies, among many other companies. The Drapers see Smith as a perfect launching pad for women entrepreneurs and created the Draper Business Plan Competition in 2012, an annual event to encourage entrepreneurship among Smith students. First prize is a $10,000 award, plus a full scholarship to Draper University of Heroes, a 10-week program in Silicon Valley that nurtures entrepreneurs through the business-creation process. Here they talk about why they chose to invest in Smith, their hopes for the future of the competition, and what makes a good business plan.

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The Bell Jar Revisited: A 50th Anniversary Celebration

In her capstone project for the Archives Concentration Program, Amanda Ferrara '13 curated a show titled "The Bell Jar Revisited" with the help of Karen V. Kukil, Associate Curator of Special Collections and Plath researcher. The show documents Plath's writing process as well as insightful feminist, political, literary and social commentary in The Bell Jar. It was on display in the Book Arts Gallery from June-September 8, 2013.

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Smith Alumnae on the Farm

Meet just some of the growing number of alumnae drawn to the ideals of small-scale sustainable farming, using their liberal arts education to reimagine the business of growing and selling healthful food and taking care of the land. And they're putting down roots in some of the most scenic farmland around. Read more in the Fall 2013 Smith Alumnae Quarterly.

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Smith Clubs: Pathways to Leadership

SmiKPOP and Smith Ukes become official organizations at Smith.

Supported by the Student Government Association and overseen by the Office of Student Engagement, clubs and organizations provide hundreds of educational and social opportunities for members of the Smith, Five College and local communities throughout the year.

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Making a Good Impression in the Mortimer Rare Book Room

Martin Antonetti, curator of rare books, demonstrates the historical craft of printing with metal type. The 19th-century iron handpress was restored by Antonetti and Greg Young, the former director of the Clark Science Center Machine Shop, using a printer's manual they found in the rare book collection. “The Acorn,” as it's called, is used in many of the courses in the new Book Studies Concentration.

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President McCartney Addresses School for Social Work Graduates

Kathleen McCartney conferred her first degrees as Smith’s 11th president to graduates of the School for Social Work during commencement exercises on August 16, 2013. In her address, President McCartney emphasized her support for the school, noting how closely its mission aligns with her own work and values. It is up to the school’s graduates and other social workers, she said, to address the “deep undercurrent of inequality in our society.”

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J. Courtney Sullivan '03 Advises Young Writers

Best-selling author J. Courtney Sullivan ’03 dropped by to give some writing and publishing tips to students in the Young Women’s Writing Workshop held on the Smith campus over the summer. Smith's Young Women's Writing Workshop allows high school girls to explore their writing talents in a variety of mediums, all in a creative and supportive environment. Sullivan is the author of the New York Times bestselling novels Commencement and Maine. Maine was named a “Best Book of the Year” by Time magazine, and a Washington Post “Notable Book for 2011.” Her latest novel is The Engagements, which Glamour magazine called “as shiny as a diamond itself.” Her work has also appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The Chicago Tribune, New York magazine, Elle, Allure, Men’s Vogue and the New York Observer. Here Sullivan explains why she feels it’s important to nurture young writers, how writing fit into her life as a teenager and how she honed her writing skills at Smith.

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Ann Martin ’77 Donates Papers to Smith

In April, author Ann M. Martin ’77 donated her literary papers to Smith College. Martin is the creator of one of the most successful series of all time—“The Baby-sitters Club,” which spawned a television show and feature film and was named one of the “Books of the Century” by the New York Times Book Review in 1998. Martin’s donated papers include story outlines, illustrations, maps and correspondence from “The Baby-sitters Club,” as well as the “The Baby-sitters Club: Little Sister” and “Main Street.” Here Martin talks about her days at Smith and why she chose to give her papers to the college, and Rare Book Room staff discuss the cataloging process.

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First Womens's Collegiate Basketball Game Held at Smith

Learn how one educator's decision to incorporate basketball into her curricula revolutionized the world of women's sport and redefined women's societal role at the turn of the 20th century.
The story of the first March Madness for women's collegiate basketball, held at Smith College in 1893. Some people paid $15 for a ticket - $2,000 in today's market. Find out more here:
http://media.smith.edu/smithvideo/1892.html

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Jane Harman '66

Jane Harman '66 spoke recently at Smith about the importance of women in public service and the vital role Smith plays in educating women leaders. During her long public career, Harman has been recognized as a national expert at the nexus of security and public policy issues. A former nine-term member of the U.S. Congress, Harman is currently the director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.