Paige Christie ’15 becomes sixth Smith student to successfully swim the English Channel


Twelve hours and five minutes after leaving England Sunday, Aug. 24, Paige Christie ’15 reached land in France, completing her solo swim of the English Channel. Christie is the sixth Smith student to successfully swim the English Channel.

Smithies gather in Southern China to welcome incoming students


Earlier this month, Smithies in South China gathered to welcome the incoming first-years from China and to connect with one another. Many of the Smithi alumnae in Shenzhen and Guangshou attended, and students were introduced to the strong Smith alumnae network in China. The group hopes to connect more often, following the success of this recent gathering.

Smith sends 15 Fulbright Fellows around the world this year


Noa Gutterman ’14 is one of 15 Fulbright Fellows from Smith College this year.

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.

  • Noreen Ahsan ’14, Malaysia: English Teaching Assistantship
  • Laura Botero Gomez ’14, Brazil: English Teaching Assistantship
  • “Caitleen” Erin Desetti ’14, Germany: English Teaching Assistantship
  • Zoë Gioja ’13, South Korea: English Teaching Assistantship
  • Kiara Gomez ’14, Greece: Oceanography “Reducing Seagrass Meadow Decline to Prevent Coastal Erosion and Preserve Fish Habitats”
  • Emma Kimata ’14, Malaysia: English Teaching Assistantship
  • Genesis Luviano ’14, Brazil: English Teaching Assistantship
  • Nora Nadire ’14, Germany: English Teaching Assistantship
  • “Pepper” Alexandra Neff ’14, Turkey: English Teaching Assistantship
  • Deborah Ok ’14, South Korea: English Teaching Assistantship
  • Leonora Genya Pepper ’09, Brazil: Agriculture “Boosting the Viability of Sustainable Agro-Forestry through Collective Marketing”
  • Maya Potter ’14, India: Anthropology “Documenting the Negotiated Use of Public Space by Women Street Vendors in Ahmedabad”
  • Lisa Saladin ’13, Ireland: Language and Literature “Fresh Feminine Voices: Transfiguring Irish-Language Poetry in the Postmodern Era”
  • Margot Veranes ’03, Mexico: International Relations “Reverse Migration: Challenges and Opportunities for Jalisco”


Seven Sisters alumnae gather in Thailand

Smith Alums

On July 20, Smith alumna Kristina Mejo ’98 hosted a Seven Sisters event in Bangkok, Thailand. Nine Smithies attended the event, along with attendees from Mount Holyoke and Wellesley Colleges. Here, Smithies at the event pose for a photo.
Front row (left to right): Prim Devakula ’14, Pinn Janvatanavit ’18, and Nikhila Gill ’09. Back row (left to right): Sarah Rebecca Davis ’95, Kristina Mejo ’98, Tik Srinthorn Chandraprasert ’89, Krittika Asvanund ’04, Faizaa Fatima ’13, and Chamsai Menasveta ’98.


Incoming Smithie from Japan shares the story behind her name

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.

Love. Freedom. Beautiful.

As a weak premature baby, I was not expected to survive, but my parents still gave me a beautiful Japanese name, Ayumi. There are three parts to my name.

“A” is love. No matter what kind of emotional and economic consequences my parents faced, they gave me support and unconditional love.

“yu” is freedom. My mother dreamed that I was descending from heaven holding my great grandma’s hand. Because I was too young to die. So, my ancestors gave me freedom to live.

“mi” is beauty. God gave me the beauty of passion, the beauty of life and the beauty of love.

Because of my name, I am alive. Because of my name, the evil of death shattered. And, most importantly, because of my name, I understand the preciousness and fragility of life.

Ayumi will be joined by more than 100 other international first-years coming to Smith this fall.

Smith alumna from Germany joins Board of Trustees


Marcia MacHarg ’70 joins the Smith Board of Trustees.

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.


President McCartney visits Paris Smith Club

KAM Lois

On Tuesday, June 17, Smith College President Kathleen McCartney (right) visited the Smith College Club of Paris.
The reception, hosted by Lois Grjebine ’52 (left), welcomed more than 50 guests.




Smith College Club of Great Britain starts wine club

woman-drinking-wineThis 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.

Smith Around the World Fair

IMG_1651On April 18, Smith’s International Student Organization (ISO) organized a cultural fair for students. There were a variety of activities and cuisine.

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.

Smith’s EKTA presents Holi

IMG_1684Holi 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.