We’re entering our 40th reunion year!

We are busy planning our class’s 40th reunion next spring. Whatever form our reunion takes, we look
forward to catching up with many of you. Due to the uncertainties of the pandemic, the college has not yet confirmed the dates for reunions or announced whether reunions will be held virtually or in-person. Please check here or our Facebook page for updates.

In keeping with our 40th reunion theme, Brilliant & Resilient, wonderfully represented by classmate and graphic designer Anne Cassity, we are inspired by our strong and resilient classmates. We are grateful for the leadership skills, focus on community, and sense of empowerment instilled in us by our Smith education. And we are excited to compare notes, draw strength from each other, and be reminded of what we have in common.

Reunion programming taking shape

Our amazing reunion team consists of Kakie Brooks, Anne Cassity, Gail Fritzinger, Kathy Kernan, and Susie (Goodman) Novick. Thank you all!

To help with planning, we are joined by Anne Cassity, graphic designer; Holly Gonzalez, class president; and Mary Louise Wagner, class secretary and Memorial Chair.

How are you using your own leadership skills in your families, your community, and in the wider world to address needs and create a brighter future?

Kakie and Gail have been refining their ideas for our reunion programs. They are thinking about the ways that women’s leadership is helping shape a post Covid-19 world. Now they have a question for each of you: How are you using your own leadership skills in your families, your community, and in the wider world to address needs and create a brighter future? Please email Kakie (kgibson112@aol.com) or Gail (gailfritzinger@gmail.com) with your responses and ideas.

We are also excited to be hosting a book talk by classmate Julie Dobrow, author of After Emily: Two Remarkable Women, and the Legacy of America’s Greatest Poet.

More house reps needed

House reps have a simple yet vital job: They contact classmates from their house to encourage them to attend our reunion.

We still need reps for the following houses: Chapin, Comstock, Cushing, Cutter, Dawes, Dewey, Duckett, Emerson, Friedman, Hopkins, Hover, Hubbard, Morrow, Off Campus, Park, Sessions, and Washburn. Please email Cathy (coopkay136@comcast.net) or Sally (sally.brickell@gmail.com) to volunteer.

Classmates from Baldwin, Cushing, Chapin, and Jordan, and Tyler have participated in Zoom gatherings thanks to their house reps and peers. More of these events will take place this year.

Here is the current list of house reps: Albright (Francesca Grifo), Baldwin (Maddy Sanchez McGinley), Capen (Ruth Axtell), Chase (Jean Cummings), Clark (Kathryn Cooksey Pew), Gardiner (Beth Zadworny Holmes), Gillett (Laura Gossage), Haven (Frances Brohan Gawel), Jordan (Marcy Zevon), King (Carrie Stewart), Lamont (Julie Mooney Gorman), Lawrence (Mary Suda), Morris (Nancy Tarlin), Northrop (Meg Van De Weghe), Parsons (Pat Hicks), Scales (Joanna Evans), Talbot (Katherine Fraumeni Ginnetty), Tyler (Lori Renn Parker), Wesley (Evelyn Halley Simpson), Wilder (Meg Jackson), Wilson (Katie Walton Day), Ziskind (Stacey Schreft). Thank you all!

Fundraising is already underway

Fundraising team members are as follows: Sally Brickell, Sarah Caruso, Shelly d’Arcambal, Mary Dickinson, Rachel Freedman, Ellen Harrington, Libby Ginway, Jennifer Kinsman, Anneke Raney, Susie (Goodman) Novick, Chean Eng Ooi, Connie Pierce, Heidi Reavis, Lisa Rosen, Kathleen Ryan, and Deb Zonies. Thank you, fundraising volunteers!

This team is working hard to make our 40th reunion year another great year for Smith. If you hear from a classmate letting you know our fundraising goals, please be receptive!

Say you’ll help

To volunteer, please contact either Sally Brickell (sally.brickell@gmail.com) or Cathy Kay (coopkay136@comcast.net), reunion co-chairs. 

40th Reunion Planning Underway

40th reunion coming up in Spring 2021

We are busy planning our class’s 40th reunion next spring. Whether you will be attending reunion for the first time, or you’ve been coming back every five years, we look forward to catching up with you in Northampton. Please plan to join us as we revisit some of our Smith traditions and create new memories. 

Due to Covid-19 and changes to the Smith College calendar, our reunion dates are to be determined. Watch this space for updates!

As we begin to think about how to celebrate together, it’s clear that we are a group of strong and resilient women–ordinary women leading extraordinary lives, lives that intersect in various ways over the years. Reunion gives us a chance to compare notes and draw strength from each other. We always find we have more in common than we might expect.

All hands on deck!

Several dedicated and fun-loving individuals have already agreed to help us plan a great 40th reunion. They are Kakie Brooks, Gail Fritzinger, Kathy Kernan, and Susie (Goodman) Novick. There’s always room for more. 

To help with planning, we are joined by Anne Cassity, graphic designer; Holly Gonzalez, class president; and Mary Louise Wagner, class secretary and Memorial Chair.

We are still looking for some house reps to contact classmates to encourage them to attend our reunion. We need house reps for Comstock, Cutter, Dawes, Dewey, Duckett, Emerson, Friedman, Hopkins, Hover, Hubbard, Morrow, Off Campus, Park, Sessions, and Washburn. Please contact us to volunteer! 

Thank you to our current house reps, as follows: 

HouseHouse Rep
AlbrightFrancesca Grifo
BaldwinMaddy Sanchez McGinley
CapenRuth Axtell
ChaseJean Cummings
ClarkKathryn Cooksey Pew
Cushing
GardinerBeth Zadworny
GillettLaura Gossage
HavenFrances Brohan Gawel
JordanMarcy Zevon
KingCarrie Stewart
LamontJulie Mooney Gorman
LawrenceMary Suda
MorrisNancy Tarlin
NorthropMeg Van De Weghe
ParsonsPat Hicks
ScalesJoanna Evans
TalbotKatherine Fraumeni Ginnetty
TenneyBoth seniors declined.
TylerLori Renn Parker
WesleyEvelyn Halley Simpson
WilderMeg Jackson
WilsonKatie Walton Day
ZiskindStacey Schreft

If you can volunteer as a house rep, or if you would like to serve in another capacity, please let us know.

Fundraising is already underway

If you don’t hate asking people for money, please join our fundraising team and help us reach as many classmates as possible.

Current fundraising team members are as follows: Sally Brickell, Sarah Caruso, Shelly d’Arcambal, Mary Dickinson, Rachel Freedman, Ellen Harrington, Libby Ginway, Jennifer Kinsman, Anneke Raney, Susan Novick, Chean Eng Ooi, Connie Pierce, Heidi Reavis, Lisa Rosen, Kathleen Ryan, and Deb Zonies. Thank you, fundraising volunteers!

If you are contacted by a member of the fundraising team, consider yourself fortunate and be as responsive as you can!

We also need a fundraising team leader, so if you would enjoy directing this dynamic team and serving as a liaison with the college, please volunteer.

Say you’ll help!

To volunteer, please contact either Sally Brickell or Cathy Kay, reunion co-chairs.

Choices. Changes. Charging Ahead.

It’s our 35th reunion, May 19–22, 2016! Mark your calendars and join us as we get together to reconnect and celebrate. Our theme is Choices. Changes. Charging Ahead. We think it captures where we are in our lives, and where we’re going. The journey after 50 is filled with changes. There are graduations and grandkids. Adoptions and adolescents. Second-act careers, an empty nest, more free time—what’s your story? We can’t wait to see you!

If you’re interested in helping with our reunion planning, we’d love to have you be part of the fun.
Take a look at the planning committee positions, and let our Reunion Co-Chairs Cathy Kay and Holly Gonzalez know how you’d like to help.
http://alumnae.smith.edu/reunion/reunion2016/tools-for-planners/Anchor

Quarterly Update Time Again

Hello All!

It is that time again.  Thanks to all who made it a New Year’s resolution to send news our way.  We had a great response last quarter.  It is not too late to complete your goal of telling your Class Secretaries about your lives.  We really want to know!  Tell us about travels, life milestones, bucket list completions, gatherings with other Smith alumnae, or any other news you have.  Your friends from your college days want to know what you are up to!!   The deadline for this column’s contribution is Monday, May 7, 2012.  Thanks in advance!!
Margot Riley ’81
PO Box 372
Waldoboro, ME  04572
Elaine Bennett  ’81

From the Desk of (Our) President

Greetings from Rhode Island.  I hope that this message finds you well rested after an enjoyable summer.

As I turned the calendar to autumn, I found it hard to believe that a few short months ago we came together in Northampton to celebrate our 30th reunion.  Sure, we could attest to the passage of time since 1981 – we may carry a few more pounds, sport a grey hair or two, and feature a laugh line. But when we gathered around a table or crowded on a couch on reunion weekend, the conversation and laughter brought me back to our undergraduate days at the college. I asked myself, had 30 years truly passed?  And as I looked on many of you, I wondered how I missed meeting you during our 4 years together.  What was I doing when I had so much time, I wondered?

Well, I know what I hope to be doing in May of 2016.  I hope to be reuniting with you to celebrate our 35th reunion.  Our reunion co-chairs, Karen Boyd and Holly Gonzelez, are already at work on this event.  Yes, it is over 4 years away, but time passes too quickly.  Please reach out to Karen and Holly if you would like to participate in any way in the planning of our 35th Reunion.  Remember to visit our class Facebook (Smith College Class of 81) and WordPress (smithclassof81.wordpress) sites, too, to keep in touch with classmates.

We are fortunate to have shared a bountiful college experience, and fortunate to know one another.

Stay safe and well,

Donna Fettuccia Templeton
Smith College Class of 1981 President

Susie Goodman Novick’s Reading from Saturday Night

Birth is a beginning
And death a destination.
And life is a journey:
From childhood to maturity
And youth to age;
From innocence to awareness
And ignorance to knowing;
From foolishness to discretion
And then, perhaps, to wisdom;
From weakness to strength
Or strength to weakness –
And, often, back again;
From health to sickness
And back, we pray, to health again;
From offense to forgiveness,
From loneliness to love,
From joy to gratitude,
From pain to compassion,
And grief to understanding –
From fear to faith;
From defeat to defeat to defeat –
Until, looking backward or ahead,
We see that victory lies
Not at some high place along the way,
But in having made the journey, stage by stage,
A sacred pilgrimage.
Birth is a beginning
And death a destination.
And life is a journey,
A sacred pilgrimage –
To life everlasting.

-­‐-­‐ Chaim Stern, from the Kol Nidre Service in Gates of Repentance

Smith College Oral History Project

The Smith College Alumnae Oral History Project wants to hear your stories! During Reunion 2 weekend the College Archives will be conducting short oral histories with Smith alumnae about your memories of student life, the impact of your Smith education, and your reflections on Smith’s role in women’s education and leadership.

Interviews will take place on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, May 19th-21st, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the College Archives, Level A of Alumnae Gymnasium. The interviews will be conducted by interns from the new Archives Concentration. To reserve your 30 minute time slot, please contact Kelly Anderson at kpanders@smith.edu or 413-585-2979. Tell your story and be a part of Smith history!

Reunion Instructions

Dear Classmates:

In just 10 days, we’ll be all together to Renew, Revive and Reunite for our 30th Reunion from Smith College. We hope the following information will be helpful to you as you prepare for the weekend!

1. When you arrive in Northampton, go to the Alumnae House first to pick up your Reunion Registration packet and yellow ribbon for the Alumnae Parade on Saturday morning. The packet will include your housing assignment and the Reunion brochure. Registration will be open from 3:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Friday, and 8:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday.

2. After going to the Alumnae House, come to our Headquarters in Cushing Living Room (Cushing House is in the Quad) to pick up your name tag(s), information packet, and Alumnae Parade gear. Headquarter hours are from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Thursday; 8:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. on Friday; and 8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. The best way to see people as they arrive is to volunteer at Headquarters; let Susan Sylligardos (ssylligardo@chang-sylligardos.com) know that you’d like to help out during one of those times!

3. After stopping by Headquarters, drop off your luggage in your assigned room, which will be in either Cushing or Emerson. REMINDER: Towels should be brought from home. There are NO special arrangements for male guests in terms of restrooms. Student residences are not air-conditioned and many do not have elevators. You will not have access to a refrigerator or kitchen facilities. Please do not bring valuables because you will not receive a key to your room. For security purposes, Reunion student workers will be on door watch in the houses. Rooms have a minimum of conveniences – sheets, one pillow, and one blanket. Anything else you might need should be brought from home. Smoking is prohibited in all Smith College buildings. Houses will be open for alumnae from Thursday at 3:00 p.m. until Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

4. Parking is available in designated areas only, including the campus parking garage on West Street. Maps of campus parking areas will be available at the Alumnae House. City of Northampton and campus parking regulations remain in effect throughout the weekend. On-campus shuttle service will be available throughout the weekend.

4. Please remember to bring white clothes from head to toe (pants, skirts, blouses, sweaters) and white shoes/sneakers for the Alumnae Parade on Saturday morning. Our parade gear will NOT include any white top so please remember to bring a white top. New England weather is unpredictable at this time of year, so remember to pack a light jacket if the temperatures become chilly.

5. Please remember to bring comfortable clothes for our Saturday afternoon program at Ainsworth Gym – Renewing and Reviving Mind and Body: Wellness After 50. Rosalie Peri, Instructor of Conditioning and Fitness in the Exercise and Sports Department at the College, will discuss fitness after 50 with us and then lead us in various fitness activities. Remember you will need those comfortable clothes again on Sunday morning for an invigorating and sustaining morning walk around campus.

6. Mary Louise Wagner has been putting together a Memorial Scrapbook for our class to be displayed at Headquarters. If you have something to share about a classmate who is no longer with us, please bring it to Headquarters and contribute it to our scrapbook. We plan to display the scrapbook at our future reunions.

7. In the event that you misplace an item over the weekend, inquiries about articles lost on campus may be made Thursday through Sunday at the Campus Center information desk, (413) 585-4801. On the Monday after Reunion, all unclaimed articles will be taken to the Alumnae House. Neither the College nor the Alumnae Association are responsible for lost or stolen articles.

8. And for all you shutterbugs: both our class and the Smith Alumnae Quarterly wants your best Reunion photos. If you snapped a great shot of classmates marching in the parade or enjoying a late-night chat session, please send your two best photos of your Reunion experience, along with a full caption (noting names of alumnae in the photo, when and where the photo was taken, and what’s happening in the photo) to reunionphotos@smith.edu by June 6. The Alumnae Association plans to publish the photographs in the Fall issue of the SAQ. Please upload those photos, too, to our class Facebook page!

We look forward to sharing another special reunion with you. Remember to check our class website for reunion updates, smithclassof81.wordpress.com. See you in a few days!

Renew, Revive, Reunite!

The Class of 1981 30th Reunion Committee