Alumnae can now read the Spring 2012 issue of the Smith Alumnae Quarterly in print or online. As always, the magazine’s pages are peppered with stories about Smithies all over the world.
One story in the latest quarterly details a project founded by current Canadian resident Susan Gilbert Tileston ’63 (page 18). Susan, a professional photographer, came up with the idea for the My Story Photo Project after meeting refugees living on the Thailand/Burma border. After spending seven winters in Thailand, Susan and her husband have hosted 26 workshops and given out 130 cameras so that refugees can document their lives. The photos are exhibited and some are sold—resulting in funding for the project and payment to the refugees who took the photos.
Also featured in the latest magazine is mother-daughter team Kecia Brooks-Smith Lowe ’88 and Malaika Brooks-Smith-Lowe ’08, who run the Spice Harmony Yoga Studio (page 22), the first and only yoga studio in Grenada that caters to locals, not tourists.
Smithies around the world are also doing their part to save the planet (pages 27-29). Alice Arnott Oppen ’61 of Australia founded the Women’s Plans Foundation, an organization that gives grants to NGOs who focus on family planning. Family planning, in turn, allows families and countries the ability to “live within the constraints of the planet.” Phoebe Sullivan ’03 of South Africa works for the New Forests Company, which operates sustainable plantations and preserves land. Phoebe also designs carbon credit projects. On the home front, Nada Tomisova Clontz ’01 from Slovakia and Liz Webster ’71 from Tasmania make everyday sustainability efforts by turning off and unplugging unused electronics and hanging clothes instead of using clothes dryers.
International Smithies like Laetitia de Kanter ’53 of Switzerland (page 3) also pop up in the Smith Voices section of the magazine, while Anjana Shakya AC ’91 from Nepal and Despina Panagopoulou ’00 of Greece appear among the Alumnae Association’s 10 new officer candidates. In addition, Smithies like Maryam Montague ’88 of Morocco (page 59), Margaret Woodman-Russell ’10 and Maria de los Angelese Saavedra ’54—working and living in Chile, respectively—(page 69) pop up in the Alumnae Lives section.