Recent Smith graduate Noa Gutterman ’14 is one of this year’s 15 Fulbright Fellows from Smith College. Noa will be conducting anthropology research in Ethiopia throughout the next year for a project titled “Affirming the Economic, Environmental & Socially Sustainable Rewards of the Ensete Plant.” A recent article in The Ann Arbor News details Noa’s research plans.
In addition to Noa, 14 other Smithies will be participating in the Fulbright program this year. Their names and projects are listed below.
This year, as part of the admission process at Smith, prospective students were asked to tell the college about the best gift they’ve ever given or received. Here’s one sample, from an incoming international student, Ayumi Akiyama ’18 from Tokyo, Japan.
Ayumi will be joined by more than 100 other international first-years coming to Smith this fall.
On July 1, the Smith College Board of Trustees welcomed five new members, including Marcia MacHarg ’70, of Germany. The Board of Trustees is custodian of the endowment and properties of Smith College, and administers the invested fund, sets the annual budget, and determines policies for operation and control of the college.
Marcia, a partner at the international law firm of Debevoise & Plimpton LLP for 26 years, now serves as Of Counsel to the firm, and has practiced in the firm’s New York, Washington, and Frankfurt offices. She is also an Independent Director of two NYSE-listed closed end funds advised by Nomura, and a member of the Executive Committee of the Friends of Smith College Libraries.
For a full list of the incoming Trustees, please read Smith College Board of Trustees Welcomes Five New Members.
This week, the Smith College Club of Great Britain hosted the grand opening of its Smith College Wine Club. The new club aims to promote the enjoyment and appreciation of wine. The group hopes to hold a series of regular wine tastings, “providing a convivial atmosphere for learning and networking”.
The event was the first in a three-part inaugural tasting. Smithies were treated to an “introduction and brief history of the world of bubbles with a few clever words from women who were very influential in this world”.
Vicky Xuefei Li-Schmidt ’11, who recently completed her studies at WSET’s London Wine & Spirit School hosted–along with guest speaker Andrea Viera ’86–at Andrea’s shop, Last Drop Wines.
ISO representatives were offering their fellow students samosas, baklava, and spring rolls, and even taught students how to make onigiri (Japanese rice balls), while the SC Masti Asian Fusion dancing group performed and WOZQ provided music throughout the event. ISO members also created beautiful henna designs for their peers.
From talking to ISO members like Sunny Jing ’16, it was apparent that ISO is very active on the Smith campus. The Smith Around the World fair was just one activity that brought Smith students together to appreciate all that the international students bring to the Smith community.
ISO’s cultural chair, Coco Zhang ’16 commented that ISO brings different cultures to Smith through cultural performances and inviting faculty to connect with international students. Coco likes how “ISO offers a place like home.” From the very beginning of their Smith careers, international students are brought together at International Students Preorientation (ISP). ISO is very much an extension of ISP so that throughout their time at Smith, international students can feel connected with others experiencing similar feelings about home and Smith.
Holi is a spring festival which is often referred to as the festival of colors or the festival of love. Holi is an ancient Hindu religious festival, which has become a popular festival celebrated throughout South Asia.
Smith’s South Asian student organization—EKTA—stayed true to tradition this weekend by providing colors for Smith students to play, chase, and color each other.
EKTA means “unity” in several languages spoken in South Asia. Smith’s EKTA works to bring members’ languages, cultures, faiths, and identities together to form a close community of South Asian students at Smith.