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Here's what we've been up to lately! For more information, email the club at firstname.lastname@example.org
A lively group of Smithies from across many graduation years gathered at the home of Sara Biyabani (class of '84) in Saratoga for our annual summer tea. The day was very hot, but the party was not dampened by moving indoors to the air conditioning. We enjoyed some snacks, iced tea, and catching up with new and old friends.
On Saturday, May 11th, Smithies gathered at the home of Marylou Cronin '88 to help young mothers in the Bay Area. We sponsored 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. We sorted clothes, made boxes together and shared the Mother's Day love!
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
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
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.