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Tuesday, February 3, 2009

11:49AM - Smith Women Mean Business, March 26-27, 2009

Hey, are you a Smithie working in the corporate world? Thinking of starting your own business?

You might want to check out the Smith Women Mean Business conference, taking place on campus at the end of March. A friend of mine serves on the organization committee and she's really excited about what they've got planned. There will be panels on subjects ranging from serving on corporate boards to business ethics, as well as time for networking and meeting current Smith students.

Registration for the program is $200 ($150 for Classes '04-'08), but they will have some scholarships for alumnae who are interested but can't afford it.

Current mood: okay

Sunday, December 14, 2008

8:35PM - Reunion and kids

Has anyone on this list gone to reunion with kids and stayed on campus? How did that work out? I have two girls, 4 and 6. We're planning on being back in Western Mass for a month so I can go to my high school reunion, too, and spend some time with my family who all still live there.

I was at my own Reunion ('98) without the kids last year, so I've done all the Reuniony things very recently and I'm not worried about missing out on class dinners or Alumnae College activities this year because I have kids in tow. I actually graduated as a '99, though, and I'd like to see a few friends and spend some time with them.

One option is to try to convince various grandparents and uncles to watch the girls for me for 4 or 5 hours each day while I go to an event or two, but I don't know how well that will fly, so what would probably happen if we stay with family is that I'd just skip all the non-family friendly events and just take them to illumination and the Ivy Day Parade. Or, option 2 is just bringing them with me and staying on campus and spending the day wandering around doing what kid-friendly stuff there is and filling the rest of the time with some museum trips or hikes. I'm not sure that that is even a possibility, though, as we'd need three beds in a room.

I think they offer babysitting at Smith, which would allow me to go to a few grown-up things on my own, but I'm not inclined to leave the kids with strangers for that long. My one daughter, especially, does not handle new situations and people well.

Anyway, yeah. Any parents out there have input? Did your kids handle campus living well, or if you had it all to do again, would you opt for a hotel or family?

Thursday, December 4, 2008

4:20PM - Amanda Fox 1978-2008

As you may or may not know, Amanda Fox passed away on December 3.

A little over a year ago, she opted to have her aorta replaced in order to prevent aortic dissection or rupture which is common in Marfan Syndrome patients. She expected to be back out of the hospital 5 days after the procedure.

Seven months later she was able to go home.The past 14 months had been an uphill battle, in and out of the hospital, and things had been looking up. When I saw her on Nov 15 and 16th she was in the hospital again but was released a few days later.

December 2 was her 30th birthday.

Kindly pass this on to the Smithies that you know, particularly those who lived in Talbot or Dawes. Her family will be holding a memorial to celebrate her life on December 13 or 14, in Las Vegas.

More info to come, let me know if you wish for specifics.

We're looking for recent photos of her, if people have some they'd like to share.

Monday, August 11, 2008

11:55PM - Singing Group for Seven Sisters Alumnae (Auditions on 9/27)

Saturday, September 27, 2008

If you graduated from a Seven Sisters College and love to sing, please consider joining New York City's hottest female "vocal band," The Metropolitones!

The 'Tones are seeking experienced and enthusiastic singers on all voice parts. A cappella experience, percussion and beatbox a plus.

If you are interested in auditioning, please email director@metropolitones.com or visit http://www.metropolitones.com .

Thanks and we look forward to hearing from you!

Current mood: excited

Sunday, March 9, 2008

6:51PM - Smith Alum Blogs

There are over 53,000 Smith College alums, in all 50 states and in over 100 countries.

How many of them have blogs?

We’re on a mission to find out.

Blogs are indexed alphabetically and by class year, and there’s even a spot for blogs by current Smithies.

Want to be indexed? Know a Smithie with a blog? Send an email to smithalumblogs@gmail.com.


Monday, October 1, 2007

8:24AM - Happy Mountain Day!

I wish I had woken up to the sound of bells instead of the alarm clock, but it's great to know that Mountain Day is is today. On the main alum page, they're inviting everyone to share their favorite memories, and if anyone would like to do so here, or link to their own journals, that would be great. :)

Current mood: happy

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

1:42PM - Death of an alumna, class of '98

Roselle Hoffmaster, Class of 1998, died in Iraq last week. Here's a link to the story in the Springfield Republican:


Friday, September 7, 2007

1:29PM - R.I.P - Madeleine L'Engle


Body of the article edited because i'm a bonehead and put the wrong part in at first:

Madeleine L’Engle
Author Madeleine L’Engle died last night in Connecticut, at the age of 89. Best known for her 1963 Newbery Award winner A Wrinkle in Time and its sequels, L’Engle was the author of more than 60 books for adults and young readers, most of which were published by FSG. This spring, the Square Fish imprint of Holtzbrinck reissued L'Engle's Time Quintet in new editions.

Thank you for pointing that out.

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

3:15PM - Yolanda King '76

Here is a link to Smith's coverage of the death of Yolanda King, eldest daughter of Martin Luther King, Jr., and an artist and activist:


I didn't even know she was an alumna until I was reading the coverage of her sudden death.

2:03PM - intro post

I'm Alex.
I graduated in 06.
I lived in Morris, and then the Friedmans. 
There's no Smith club where I live, as there are absolutely no other alums anywhere close to me.  Thank goodness for the internet. 

Thursday, March 1, 2007

4:44AM - Stefan Bodnarenko 1958-2007

The following is an email I received from Phil Peake concerning Stefan Bodnarenko who was an associate professor in the Smith psychology/neuroscience department. Many of you may be aware of his passing, but I thought I would pass it on. I took several of his classes while at Smith and admired him a great deal.

-Ann Kabza class of 2003

"It is with great sadness that I write to inform you of the passing of
our dear friend and colleague Stefan Bodnarenko. Stefan died without
warning of a heart attack during the night on Monday, February 12, 2007.
Funeral services and burial took place in New Jersey on February 17.

Needless to say, the Psychology Department and Neuroscience Program at
Smith have suffered a tremendous loss with this tragic passing. As we
regroup, we are planning a number of tributes that we hope will
recognize the extensive contributions that Stefan made to Smith College and
the dramatic impact he had on so many of his students’ lives.

We will join Stefan’s fiancée, Kim Urban, and friends and family
from New Jersey at the Helen Hills Hills Chapel at 4:00 PM on Saturday,
March 10 to celebrate his life. We hope that you will be able to join us
for this memorial.

Stefan’s current students are also organizing an online tribute to
his memory. You can access this website at:


On the site, you will notice that we are collecting both photos and
remembrances of Stefan. If you would like to submit your remembrances or
share any pictures of Stefan, please email them to dcutler@smith.edu.
We hope that the collected memories of Stefan will bring comfort to all
in this time of great loss.

This message is being sent to all of Stefan’s former advisees, as
well as all Psychology and Neuroscience majors who studied with him during
his time at Smith. It will only reach those students for whom we have
a valid email address, and we understand this will be only a small
fraction of the people who were impacted by Stefan’s teaching, advising
and work. Accordingly, we encourage those of you who receive this
message to send it along to anyone you believe might have been connected
with Stefan, and who might wish to join us for his memorial service.

In these challenging times, I hope that you are all well and thriving.


Phil Peake
Chair, Department of Psychology
Smith College "

Wednesday, September 6, 2006

7:33PM - Smith Alumnae Choral Weekend

Hey-- if you don't know about it already, now is your last chance.


Anyone who needs help with funding should simply contact Betsy Baird.

Join the singing fun!

Friday, August 11, 2006

4:23PM - A Cappella Auditions for Seven Sisters College Alumnae

The Metropolitones, New York City's premier Seven Sisters alumnae a cappella group, is
having auditions! We are currently looking for Seven Sisters College graduates in the NY City area who sing soprano I, alto II or do vocal percussion (beatboxing).

Audition details:
Sunday, September 17
Auditions from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Callbacks at 3 p.m.

For more information, or to sign up for an audition time, email director@metropolitones.com or visit http://www.metropolitones.com . We look forward to hearing from you!

Current mood: excited

Tuesday, August 1, 2006

8:23PM - Nalgenes

I'm looking for a lead on the wide-mouthed, looped-top Nalgene bottles with Smith logos on them.

(A roommate lost mine today in the NYC subway. We are contacting lost and found, but not hopeful.)

Have you seen one recently? Were you one of the many who supported the Glee Club and bought one (and then tossed it into your closet?) Do you have an old one in the back of your parent's cupboard and wouldn't mind selling it?

A very slight preference - black lid on dark grey bottle. Thank you for any leads!

Monday, July 24, 2006

9:30PM - Latest News on the Smith Alumnae Chorus

If you haven't already gotten something about it via email...


Thursday, July 20, 2006

3:46PM - Smith in the News!

I miss Smith! Such an amazing school..


Saturday, June 24, 2006

2:36PM - Class of 1999 blog

FYI: The Class of 1999 blog now has a Livejournal feed: smithclass99.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

10:48PM - Dating article in SAQ?

Has anyone else seen the dating articlein the most recent issue of the Alumnae Quarterly? Did anyone else find it jaw-droppingly anachronistic?

(I'm planning to write a letter in response, but I'm still in keep-head-from-exploding mode at the moment.)

(crossposted to smithies)

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