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Shana Nelson Middler ‘89 graciously hosted us for our annual Smith College Faculty event. This year’s special guest was Brent Durbin, associate professor of Government, who came to share his research on how the 21st-century big data revolution is affecting politics and social change.
The discussion delved into the importance of understanding that data is created, not found, through subjective people who are looking to answer specific questions. Brent shared the challenges with data gathering methods that are being implemented faster than polices can be implemented to contain them, for example, the growing data gathering from facial recognition or purchasing behavior. The talk concluded with a conversation on the importance of people in tech not falling prey to the “I’m only an engineer” mentality and instead challenging the gathering and use of data to ensure it “does no harm”. We left the evening with the reminder that: “Technology is only a magnifier of human intent and capacity. It is not a substitute.” -@kentarotoyama
Coming up in May, please join us Mother's Day weekend to help young mothers in the Bay Area. We are sponsoring our third annual community service event to benefit Loved Twice, a nonprofit that collects gently used baby clothing, sorts a year's supply of these precious garments into boxes, and distributes them to needy newborns and their mothers at local hospitals, shelters, and prenatal clinics.
Come help assemble these boxes and enjoy refreshments with fellow Smithies! Family, friends, and significant others are welcome to join in the fun. This event will be held in San Mateo at the home of Marylou Cronin '88 on Saturday, May 11, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
If you're interested in joining us, keep your eyes peeled for a Evite invite (club members only) or reach out to the club directly at firstname.lastname@example.org for the address. Please RSVP by Wednesday, May 8. You can read more about Loved Twice at www.lovedtwice.org.
Brent Durbin, Associate Professor of Government at Smith, is joining us to share his new research exploring how the 21st-century "big data revolution" is affecting politics and social change. Brent's work touches on how "digital technologies are so tied into human psychology and culture... and the need to develop a type of ethics within the tech industry that's akin to the Hippocratic Oath".
This event will be held at the home of Shana Nelson Middler '89 on Sunday, March 24, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm in Woodside. Please join us for Brent's presentation, a discussion, and time to meet other local Smithies!
To RSVP, please email email@example.com by March 20th. The cost is $10/person for non-members and guests, FREE for Club members. This event is open to everyone, but there is limited space.
On Sunday, January 13th, we held a much-beloved annual tradition, our cider party! We were fortunate to welcome almost 50 prospective students and their families, alumnae, current students, and recent grads to the Palo Alto home of Laura Selznick '68, to share in hot cider and home baked goodies. We love the story Laura tells each year of the cider ladle passed down to her that we are still lucky enough to be using. This is such a fun and cozy winter tradition and we hope to see some of the prospective students join the class of 2023 at Smith!
A small group gathered for one of our favorite festive traditions - the holiday cookie exchange! Laurie Daniels '81 hosted at her home in San Mateo, which boasts some of the best Christmas decorations in the Bay - including a beautiful tree and eight-foot inflatable Santa! :) Each alumna brought two dozen cookies or treats to share. After sampling some cookies during the party, everyone took additional cookies home to share with family and friends in a festive holiday tin. We loved sipping hot cider, tea, wine, and soda and catching up with alumnae spanning many class years. What a wonderful way to kick off the holiday season!
Our annual cookie exchange will be taking place on Sunday, December 2nd, from 2-4 PM in San Mateo. If you have not received an Evite and want to attend (and sample or share some delicious cookies!) please email your RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
A group of us gathered on Sunday, 11/11, to sip tea, munch on snacks, and assemble exam care packages for current students from our area, which will be delivered before they begin finals next month. The contents - in a fun zippered pouch adorned with a fun charm - emphasized self-care during what can be a stressful time for students. They included spa face masks, snacks, and whimsical office supplies. We love supporting our current Peninsula Smithies and hope this is a fun surprise in their mailboxes!
Our very own Marylou Cronin '88, AAC-extraordinaire, was named the Smith College AAC of the year and recognized by the college this fall for her amazing efforts.
The Katherine "Chummy" Piper '43 Alumnae Admission Coordinator of the Year Award is named for and dedicated to a volunteer who was a tireless advocate for admissions and recognizes the efforts in recruitment of an AAC who has gone above and beyond.
Marylou has served as AAC of our club since 2015. She is an accomplished leader in the technology industry here in the Silicon Valley (currently a manager at Oracle), active in the Smith Alumnae community, and mother to two boys.
She was recognized for her exceptional admissions work in a high-pressure and high-volume area, something she has navigated by partnering with other tech-savvy alumnae to create new avenues for managing the workload. Marylou is also the thought leader who drove the creation of the NAAC Slate Advisory Board, which will be working with the Office of Admission to develop Smith's alumnae volunteer portal in the coming months and years.
Congratulations to the wonderful Marylou!
Pictured: President Kathleen McCartney, Marylou Cronin '88, and Lisa Greene '68, President of the Alumnae Association
Twenty new and long-time club members gathered at the beautiful home of Nisha Thatte-Potter on Sunday, August 26th, for the annual meeting and potluck. The potluck is always a great end-of-summer gathering centered on food (obviously!) with each Smithie bringing a dish to share. We also got to sip from a very special 2017 Keplinger Rosé blended by a Smithie winemaker with all proceeds going to the Smith Fund. The potluck is also the meeting where we officially elect the incoming board and chart the course for another fiscal year of events and programming. Thanks to everyone who attended, voiced their opinions, and - of course - ate delicious food!
The start of the summer signals time for one of our very favorite annual events - the summer tea! The temperatures were pretty high on Sunday, June 24th, but luckily we kept cool with a lovely selection of iced teas and snacks, enjoyed poolside in Cupertino.The best part of summer is that there is such a broad swath of Smithies in the Bay, and we welcomed folks from just about every group to the tea - those starting in the fall as the Smith class of 2022, current students, those who have just graduated in May, and Alumnae from a range of years.
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.