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Our very own Marylou Cronin '88, AAC-extroardinaire, 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 admission and recognizes the efforts in recruitment of an AAC that has gone above and beyond.
Marylou has served as AAC of our club since 2015 and 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 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 McCarthy, Marylou and Lisa Greene '68, President of the Alumnae Association
A group of about 20 new and long-time club members gathered at the beautiful home of Nisha Thatte-Potter on Sunday, August 26th for the annual 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 board and chart the course for another year of events and programming. Thanksto everyone to 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.
On May 12th, a group of club members gathered to sort, assemble, and distribute seventeen boxes of baby clothes for the nonprofit organization Loved Twice. This was our second year working with Loved Twice, an organization that works with social workers and nonprofits in the area to get gently used baby gear into the hands of new moms. This was the perfect event on the eve of Mother's Day, to help those entering motherhood!
At the most recent board meeting, members of the Club board wrote personal notes and enclosed iTunes gift cards and invitations to the Summer Tea in the spring exam care packages for the 25 Smithies currently on campus from the Peninsula. Each semester we change up the contents of the packages to keep them interesting. This time, we thought it would be fun for students to be able to take a break from their studies and watch a movie. Students tell us that their friends are envious of the care packages sent by our Club each semester. We are able to support current students in this way (and integrate them into the Smith alumnae network) thanks to generous donations from our Club members.
We'll be kicking off summer with one of our favorite club events - the Annual Summer Tea! This much-anticipated event welcomes alumnae from all class years and often gives us the chance to meet newly-graduated Smithies and others in the area for summer internships. The event will be held on Sunday, June 24th, from 2-4 PM at the home of Melanie Herscher '14 in Cupertino. Evites will go out to club members in May. For more information, email the club at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to see you there!
Coming up in May, please join us Mother's Day weekend to help young mothers in the Bay Area. We are sponsoring a 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 12, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. If you're interested in joining us, keep your eyes peeled for a Facebook invite, Evite invite (club members only), or reach out to the club directly through email for the address. Please RSVP by Wednesday, May 9. You can read more about Loved Twice at www.lovedtwice.org.
The Smith College Club of the Peninsula was so fortunate to welcome Professor of Economics, Mahnaz Mahdavi, as our spring faculty speaker. On March 18th, Club Members and their guests from across class years gathered at the home of Madeleine Fackler "80 to hear Professor Mahdavi speak about current economic growth, including the recent tax cuts, stock market changes, and overall global trends. The talk was all of the best parts of a Smith lecture brought to us in the Bay - engaged students, lively discussion, and an expert professor - and best of all, no homework! We're so grateful to the college for sending us such a prestigious speaker, and to Mahnaz for traveling all of the way to the Bay. Thanks to everyone who attended the event!
On February 11th, we gathered at the home of Melanie Herscher '14 for brunch. We enjoyed mimosas and baked goods as we discussed current literature, California's education system, and the world we live in today.
After our sweet treats, we broke out the markers and stickers to create Valentine's Day cards for those we hold near and dear. Every card design was uniquely awesome and the club mailed out all of the cards to make it in time for Valentine's Day.
The Smith College Club of the Peninsula is very pleased to be hosting Professor Mahnaz Mahdavi on March 18th from 4 - 6 pm at the Los Altos home of Madeleine Fackler '80. The title of the talk will be: "U.S. Economic Growth: Tax Cuts, Stock Market, Global Trends". More details to follow!
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.