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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!
It's one of our favorite annual events! On Sunday, January 22nd, over 50 prospective students, newly-admitted students, their families, and a number of Alumnae across class years met in the Palo Alto home of Laura Selznick '68. Laura has a wonderful tale of learning to make cider from an Alumna, class of 1923, who then passed down her recipe and silver ladle, making this a lovely and meaningful tradition. The students and their parents had a number of questions that Alumnae were only-too-happy to answer and the cider and baked goods made by Laura were a wonderful touch on a chilly day. We look forward to welcoming a number of these students as Smithies, class of 2022, and will keep you posted on the number of students who officially join our ranks next fall.
On December 3rd, alumnae convened at the home of Laurie Daniels '81 for our 10th Annual Holiday Tea and Optional Cookie Exchange. We enjoyed each other’s delicious creations, and had a wonderful time catching up with Smithies of all ages. At the end of the party, everyone left with recipes and containers full of yummy cookies to bring home.
Much thanks to Laurie Daniels '81 for coordinating the event!
A group of alumnae gathered at the home of Fatima Hanif ’89 on Sunday, November 5th for our annual winter care package party. Following this year’s theme of "Rest and Relaxation”, we assembled a variety of stationery, cosmetics, and snacks to help our current students unwind before their finals. We enjoyed yummy appetizers and reminisced fondly on past care packages we'd received during our time at Smith.
Much thanks to Fatima Hanif ’89 and Melanie Herscher ’14 for coordinating the event!
On October 21st, a group of alumnae and some of their family members met at the Picchetti Ranch Preserve in Cupertino to celebrate Mountain Day with a scenic hike. We enjoyed the sunny weather, wonderful company, and beautiful view. Afterwards, we enjoyed a picnic by the winery, complete with apple cider and the company of a wandering peacock.
Many thanks to Nisha Thatte-Potter ’88 for coordinating the event!
We would like to thank our board members, event hostesses and coordinators, and other volunteers for their generous donations of time, talents, and hospitality during the past year. Sara Biyabani, Mindy Chu, Linda Cooperman, Marylou Cronin, Laurie Daniels, Jean Davidson, Sidnie Davis, Nancy Hawes, Melanie Herscher, Adia Hoag, Stannie Holt, Jennifer Bock Hughes, Lori Kahn, Felice Kong, Diana McDonough, Sherry Palacios, Erika Rodriguez, Margaret Rushing, Laura Selznick, Sally Smith, Nisha Thatte-Potter, Isabel Walker, and Michelle Wu all helped make this a fun year for our members. They have enabled the Club to thrive and supported deeper connections among Smith alumnae throughout the Peninsula. We know that many nonprofit organizations compete for your volunteer hours and hospitality, and we are very grateful that you chose to support our Club!
Admissions’ recruiting is one of the most important efforts the Club makes on behalf of Smith. It takes many volunteers to interview and follow up with prospective students, host college fair booths, host or attend our recruiting events, and sponsor book awards. Special thanks go to the following alumnae who helped in one or more of these ways: Lesli Agcaoili, Mindy Chu, Marylou Cronin, Sidnie Davis, Cara Dodge, Donna Dong, Nancy Erba, Katie Gabel, Melanie Herscher, Adia Hoag, Lori Kahn, Hanna Lauritzen, Julia Wells Moran, Aisha Piracha-Zakariya, Erika Rodriguez, Margaret Rushing, Uzuri Sims, Jane Su, Florina Voica, and Hope Wu.
We also thank current Smithies Tiphanie Chow, Morgan Dolmatch, Jessica Feinberg, and Emily Jiaqian Zhou for taking the time to attend Club recruiting events and share their college experiences with prospective students and their parents. Their up-to-date information is very helpful in the admissions process!
Finally, we would like to thank all 83 Club members for paying their annual dues, which provide the financial resources needed to support our activities. The Club has received $2,260 in additional charitable donations from the following members this year: Maria Allo, Emily Amico, Lucy Baldwin, Louise Beattie, Anne Halsey Bertenthal, Joan Bose, Katharine Boshkoff, Barbara Campbell, Martha Clayton, Martha Coddington, Chris Conklin, Lindsey Constantz, Linda Cooperman, Marylou Cronin, Laurie Daniels, Jean Davidson, Sidnie Davis, Sally Erickson, Susan Evans, Blair Fingerhut, Karen Fisher, Amy Gardner, Susan Garratt, Fatima Hanif, Marilyn Higuera, Jennifer Bock Hughes, Heather Hyde, Lori Kahn, Arlene Klainer, Anita Seipp Marmaduke, Shana Nelson Middler, Sarah Ngola, Jean Parmelee, April Pinney, Aisha Piracha-Zakariya, Sarah Rivers, Peggy Rossi, Margaret Rushing, Kimberly Joy Silver, Alice Smith, Karen Sullivan, Susan Termohlen, Nisha Thatte-Potter, Martha Tolles, Anne Townsager, and Michelle Wu. We greatly appreciate your generous support! The Club can offer many more activities because of these additional funds.
On a beautiful summer Sunday, 20 club members gathered at the lovely home of Sara Biyabani '84 in Saratoga for our annual meeting and potluck party. The food that everyone brought was delicious, and the company was even better. We elected the new Board members and discussed the year ahead, which we hope will be just as wonderful as the last, full of activities and time spent with one another and new alumnae. Guests ranged from alumnae who graduated decades ago to current students at Smith who will be heading back to Northampton soon!
Summer time means interns here in the Silicon Valley! We celebrated the intern/summer season with our second annual lunch and movie day. We gathered with 15 recent graduates, recent alumnae, and interns from NASA and Google for a pizza lunch in Mountain View, followed by the latest Spiderman film which gained a lot of thumbs-up (thanks in part to teeshirt shoutouts in the movie to both NASA and Sylvia Plath)! We are especially excited that attendance at this event grew 3x between last year and this year. We are excited to see so many Smithies interning and starting their careers here in the Valley, and of course making time for Smith Club activities!
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.