It's that time of year again! After many interviews and events meeting prospective students, we received the list of admitted students for the class of 2021! Our first order of business was to give them all a warm Smith welcome from the club. Three board members volunteered to drop off yellow roses and specially-designed cards featuring Neilson Library. Each rose was hand-delivered to the student's home in the three days after decisions went out. The cards congratulated students and encouraged them to get in touch with our Alumnae Admissions Coordinator, Mary Lou Cronin '88, if they have remaining questions or want to speak with current students. Prospective students were very excited and we've also received many thank you email messages in response to the Rose Drop.
On a sunny Sunday in mid-January, approximately 40 Smith alumnae, current students, and two newly accepted ones, gathered with applicants and their parents at the home of Laura Selznick '68 for our Club's Annual Hot Cider Party. The silver ladle bequeathed to Laura by Miss Anne Porter '23 was once again put to good use serving delicious mulled cider. Everyone enjoyed sharing favorite Smith memories and discussing the value of their Smith education while drinking the cider and munching on Laura's delicious home-baked goodies.
A group of alumnae convened to kick off the holiday season on December 4th for the annual cookie exchange. We were lucky enough to gather at the beautifully-decorated and festive home of Laurie Daniels, '81, in San Mateo for an afternoon of baked goods and conversation. The event definitely made spirits bright and was a wonderful (and delicious!) way to celebrate the season, as well as one another.
A small and enthusiastic group of recent alumnae gathered at the home of Sidnie Davis
'08 on Saturday, November 19th to share snacks and assemble care packages for current
students before they head into final exams. Hoping to make the holidays merry and bright for our current students, we sent fun surprises like magic washclothes with penguins, strands of twinkly lights, and of course, a lot of chocolate treats!
On Monday, October 10th, two representatives from the Smith Peninsula Club represented Smith at the annual Gunn High School college fair for local students in Palo Alto. Alumnae Sidnie Davis and Margaret RUshing enjoyed chatting with interested students and their parents, as well as one another during the career fair. The Smith table was crowded throughout the evening, and we're excited that some of the students met at this fair will be applying to Smith! Popular questions were about class size, internships, and traditions at Smith, all which were easily answered since we have such great information for each!
A fun group of alumnae met at the home of Linda Cooperman '72. After mingling outside in her lovely garden, we moved inside for an array of delicious dishes brought by those who attended. We had a great time catching up with old friends and meeting new ones. Many thanks to Linda for hosting us!
We held our annual meeting and elected our 2016-2017 Board of Officers:
President: Melanie Herscher
VP/Event Coordinator: Margaret Rushing
Secretary and Book Club Coordinator: Sally Smith
Treasurer: Jean Davidson
Alumnae Admissions Coordinator: Marylou Cronin
Membership Chair and Annual Newsletter Editor: Michelle Wu
Communications Coordinator: Nisha Thatte-Potter
Young Alumnae Coordinator: Mindy Chu
Book Awards Coordinator: Sidnie Davis
We are still looking for a Website Coordinator and a Networking Coordinator. We would love to have you join our board!
Recent alumnae met up on a beautiful Sunday in San Jose to relish the last days of summer (though, in this part of California, does summer ever really end?). We joked that the setting rivaled Vegas, and are so grateful to Adia for allowing us to use the space. The only thing better than the watermelon punch and great snacks was the wonderful company.
On July 10th some young alumnae got together with the Smith students working at NASA and Google this summer to enjoy a fun pizza lunch at Blue Line Pizza in Mountain View.
We chatted about their amazing internships over pizza, walked around the Mountain View Farmers Market while all playing Pokemon Go, and rounded out the day by going to Century 16 Theatre to watch "Finding Dory" together as a group.
They are an amazing bunch of young scientists and we had a wonderful time spending the day together and learning about what they've been doing this summer.
The Smith College Club of the Peninsula
We are a group of Smith alumnae of all ages and professions who continue to get excited about Smith and meeting other Smith alumnae.