What to know:

  1. The SAQ gets a ton of photos and has limited space, so they don’t guarantee publication. From them: “We look for diverse photos. Not every photo has to include a large group of alumnae, but we try to showcase as many alumnae in photographs as possible. Our goal is to show variety in class years and demonstrate interesting life situations and experiences.”
  2. They want to see alums. Preference is given to photos with only alums pictured . Don’t send them pictures of your kid.
  3. It’s gotta be high-res. Ideally, photos have a minimum image size of 1 MB, with a resolution of 300 dpi or higher. [Here are some tips for sending in the highest resolution possible.]

When you send it:

  1. Identify the people. Use first and last names, and include class years. People should be listed from left to right if possible (there are some pictures that defy this)
  2. Give context. Include a brief photo caption — where was the picture taken, for what occasion, etc.

Where to send it:

  1. Cut out the middle person! You don’t have to send pics to your class secretary. Feel free to mail them directly to Christina Barber-Just at cbarberjust@smith.edu.

Why didn’t it get in???

  1. Poor quality (see #3, above!) is the number one reason.
  2. Alum (or other people from our class) is in another photo in a same or recent issue.
  3. You didn’t say who’s who.
  4. You have a lot of non-alums in the picture.
  5. They just ran out of room.

 

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Dear 2005 Smithies:

One of my friends on Facebook wrote: “What’s a better Dar Williams song for today: February or Iowa?” Given the un-February-like warmth (63 degrees!?) in Boston today, I’ll pick Iowa, where the marathon sprint to the White House has officially started. Do you know that in 2012 (last presidential election), voter turnout in the US was still only 57.5%? Some 93 million eligible citizens did not vote [source]. Please, don’t let us Smithies be among those millions, and let us be a force for changing the culture of voter turnout in the US. Like Sophia herself said: We should be a “perennial blessing” to the country and the world.”

  • Vote, if you’re eligible to.
  • If you already do (or aren’t eligible), help someone else to vote.
    • Do it on the micro scale: Give a ride, schedule a shift, watch a kid.
    • Do it on the macro scale: Fight political measures that seek to limit people’s right to access the polls, make sure your polling place is accessible to people with disabilities (apparently only 27% of them are), and encourage your state to follow Oregon and California in passing automatic voter registration. (Learn more here, including where your state stands.)

That’s my soapbox for today, folks. Voting. Do it.

Share your soapbox in the SAQ: Please send me (sarah@alumnae.smith.edu) your notes by February 14, 2016 at 12 pm Eastern Time for inclusion in the Summer 2016 SAQ. (Remember, the next SAQ you get will be the Spring issue, for which you submitted notes back in November…)

#perennialblessing

Sarah

ps:

Confused about due dates for notes? Read this.

Have a Smith alum pic to share? Send it directly to cbarberjust@smith.edu.

Upgrade your name recently? Make sure to update in your account at http://alumnae.smith.edu, or you might find that the Quarterly reverts you back to your previous version.

 

Smith Class of 2005: Facebook – Website

Thanks to all who filled out the survey about our 10-year reunion. I thought it would be fun to show you the results in a wordle instead of some other boring format.

Why did you attend reunion?

attended

Why didn’t you attend reunion?

Didn't attend reunion

If you attended, what were the highlights?

highlights

We also had a question about the parts people liked least, but it didn’t translate well into word cloud. (Except for the part about the mosquitoes. That was pretty clear!) Rest assured that the full results are being shared with the planning committee.

Survey: Whether you attended or not, please fill out this quick 5 minute survey to give feedback to your class cabinet.

Class elections: As elected at the Saturday dinner, your new class cabinet includes:

  • Amanda (Mando) Houpt (President)
  • Emily AlveloLauren Hare (Reunion Co-Chairs)
  • Maggie Vinson (Treasurer)
  • Johanna Howland (Web Chair)
  • Sarah Winawer-Wetzel (Secretary)

Class fundraising: As announced at the Saturday dinner, our class raised $55,061 since our last reunion, averaging a 24% participation rate and achieving a 33% rate this year alone! Many thanks to all who manifested their support for Smith in monetary form.

Pictures, thoughts, etc: Please continue to share pictures on our class Facebook page!

Positions will be elected at the Class Meeting, held at 8 pm on Saturday, May 16 in the Alumnae House Dining Room.

Class Officer Role DescriptionsClass officers are elected every five years during Reunion at our class meeting, which will be held at 8:00 pm Saturday May 16th in the Alumnae House Dining Room. All Smithies interested in being on the class cabinet (or nominating someone else for a position) can sign up at our Class Headquarters during reunion weekend! You do not have to attend the class dinner to attend the class meeting!

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Class President

The class president provides leadership to class officers and class members, communicating regularly with officers to ensure they are meeting their responsibilities and that the class maintains a website and/or social media, and may appoint assistants for any and all projects. Guide for Class Presidents

Responsibilities

  • Send at least one class newsletter per year (preferably electronically, but may be print), or up to three newsletters in the year preceding Reunion
  • Arrange an annual meeting with class officers, either in-person or via conference call
  • Maintain regular and ongoing contact with the Executive Committee
  • Work with the Office of Alumnae Relations (OAR) to send broadcast emails to the class
  • Preside at the class meeting that marks the end of the term, held during Reunion
  • Participate in training offered by the OAR
  • Consult with the Executive Committee and the OAR to appoint someone to fill an unexpired term due to a resignation or vacancy
  • Maintain contact with the Reunion chair during the planning and scheduling of Reunion events; attend Reunion
  • Keep records of important communications with class officers and class members and correspondence with the OAR to pass on to the succeeding president

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Reunion Chair/ Vice President

The OAR recommends two Reunion co‐chairs. The Reunion chairs appoint classmates to committees, coordinate the work involved and work closely with the OAR staff. The Reunion Planning Guide includes detailed information about the job responsibilities; it is distributed 18 months prior to Reunion and is available in the Tools for Reunion Planners.

Responsibilities

  • Organize all aspects of Reunion, including selecting the theme and class programs, budgeting and acting as a liaison to alumnae relations staff
  • Appoint the chairs of various programs and events, outline their duties and responsibilities, consult with them frequently, follow up on plans and set clear deadlines. Solicit requests for help well in advance of Reunion and share tasks/responsibilities with all classmates interested in volunteering.
  • Participate in training offered by the OAR throughout the term and specifically 18 months prior to Reunion
  • Observe the Reunion prior to your class Reunion
  • Provide information to the class president for class communications
  • Invite the Reunion chair(s) of the class having its Reunion the following year to observe Reunion and be your guest(s) for the Saturday class dinner. You may invite her/them to other meals if your class treasury can support it.
  • Ensure that all forms are submitted in a timely manner by Reunion committee members
  • Communicate with class Fund team on goals and progress throughout the year
  • Check with all committees following Reunion to see that the records and memorabilia of permanent value to the class are stored until the next Reunion. Each class has a locker in the Alumnae House. The college maintains a set of keys and you may access your locker during regular business hours.
  • Attend the Reunion of the preceding class as an observer one year before Reunion
  • Complete a post‐Reunion report to be shared with the current and succeeding Reunion chair(s) and the OAR
  • Maintain all planning records, including Reunion mailings, newsletters, emails, theme ideas, vendors, lists of committee members, etc., to pass on to succeeding chairs

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Class Secretary

The class secretary is responsible for submitting a class notes column four times a year for the “Alumnae Lives” section of the Smith Alumnae Quarterly (SAQ).

Responsibilities

  • Write a class notes column for the SAQ and submit it by the required deadlines
  • Communicate with the associate editor by phone and email as needed
  • Report any changes in a classmate’s contact information to the records department

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Class Treasurer

The class treasurer is responsible for the fiscal management of the class treasury, including collecting dues and maintaining all financial records. The OAR has brought class treasuries in-house, with expenses authorized by the class treasurer or president and handled internally (whenever possible) at the college. Guide for Class Treasurers

Responsibilities

  • Pay/authorize payment of all authorized class bills and volunteer reimbursements
  • Solicit dues if the class chooses to collect them (many classes rely solely upon revenue generated by Reunion registrations)
  • Ensure that the class has a firm financial base from which to launch a Reunion
  • Assist the Reunion chair(s) in developing a Reunion budget—see sample and instructions in the Reunion Planning Guide
  • Receive a financial summary from Smith College at the end of each fiscal year and maintain a record of year-end statements
  • Submit an itemized financial statement to the class president for inclusion in any class communications as necessary
  • Transfer financial information to the new treasurer following Reunion

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Class Web Chair/Social Media Coordinator

The class web chair is responsible for creating and maintaining the class website and/or the class presence on social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, etc.). The class web chair should be familiar with web development (Adobe Dreamweaver, Microsoft Frontpage), word processing (Microsoft Word) and digital photography.

Responsibilities

  • Create and maintain the class website, using either OAR templates or web development software; ensure that it is linked through the OAR website
  • Share news of the class and college using social media
  • Ensure the security of classmates’ personal information online and always obtain permissions before identifying classmates in a photo or document
  • Serve as a Smith Fund social media ambassador to share news from the Smith Fund on the class website and/or via social media

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Smith Fund Team Coordinator

The Fund Team Coordinator is a class officer. They will serve as the leader for the fund team and the link between the Smith Fund staff liaison and team members. They will work collaboratively with class officers and fund team members on common goals. The Fund Team Coordinator appeals directly to class officers and fund team members to ask for support, helps strategize ways to increase participation and dollars, and helps coordinate class fund outreach and communication.

Responsibilities

  • Work with Smith Fund staff to identify potential volunteers
  • Recruit Smith Fund volunteers
  • Represent The Smith Fund’s goals and objectives
  • Coordinate the communication between the fund team and class officers
  • Contact and establish a relationship with all fund team members and class officers
  • Solicit class officers and fund team for gifts each fiscal year through reunion
  • Follow up with an appreciative thank you when gifts are received
  • Give consistently to The Smith Fund each year

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Smith Fund Volunteer

The Smith Fund counts on a core of alumnae volunteers to raise about $10 million in unrestricted gifts every year—gifts that support and maintain the building blocks for Smithies today and in the future. Volunteers work closely with staff members to connect with classmates, often following up on written appeals or phone calls and encouraging alumnae to support Smith in the way that works best for them. Note this is not an elected position, and all who are interested are welcome to get involved.

Responsibilities

  • Make phone calls to classmates on behalf of the Smith Fund.
  • Make an annual gift to the fund.
  • Write thank-you notes to classmates.

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Reunion House Rep

One of the most engaging jobs on the reunion committee, House Reps contact senior housemates by phone, email, Facebook, or hand-written correspondence to build enthusiasm for reunion. A House Rep Chair oversees classmates from each house (the House Reps) and then coordinates the efforts of House Reps and serves as a single contact with Reunion Chair. House reps begin their jobs during the fall preceding Reunion. Note this is not an elected position, and all who are interested are welcome to get involved.

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Think you want to help plan our next reunion?

Interested in being involved in planning our 15-year reunion in 2020? Sign up at Reunion and next term’s Reunion Chair(s) will contact you about getting involved.

Illumination Day Lanterns Smith College

Hello 2005 Smithies!  Our 10th Reunion is just around the corner: May 14-17, 2015. There’s lots planned — class events, faculty presentations, concerts, an all-alumnae dance at Davis, a panel with President McCartney, and much more. To see the schedule of events, click here. Read on for updates and important information to help you plan and make the most of our reunion!

Come as you are!  Let’s face it. We all come from a legacy of pretty amazing Smithies, and we put some very high expectations around our own accomplishments. We’ve done some amazing things in the past 10 years, but not all of our lives are bubblegum, rainbows, prizes, promotions, and achievements. That’s not what reunion is about: Reunion is about reconnecting with old friends, making new ones, and finding yourself back on a campus full of memories. In fact, we hope that just a glimpse of the Grécourt Gates will transport us all back into a place where we can engage in a discussion about the issues that impact each of us the most, and how we are all interacting with the world these days, as individuals, Smithies, and part of a bigger culture we all help to shape. We want to see YOU at reunion, who you are, right now, today!

Reunion Costs & Registration  Registration for Reunion is open! Register today!  Good reasons to register early:

  • Save money (after April 22nd prices go up)
  • Help ensure you are housed near the folks you’d like to be near
  • Help your class cabinet plan and use class funds efficiently

Housing: Reunion housing is assigned by your senior year house, but when you register you will have the option to request a room assignment near another friend, near or away from families with young children, or anything else you may need. You will be assigned a single room unless you specifically request a roommate or will be bringing a guest. On-campus housing is a flat fee of $150/bed (no matter how many nights you stay). Note that both trans and cis-gendered men (both Smithies and guests) are welcome. All bathrooms are unisex.

Other important info:

  • Class Headquarters: King/Scales
  • Class housing: King, Scales, Jordan, and Gardiner
  • Class reunion fee: $40/person
  • Meal costs: Optional and are listed per-meal in the registration form.  If you were to only go to one meal, we suggest the Saturday class dinner!
  • More info can be found on our class Facebook page and website.

Reunion Stipends Available  Reunion is all about togetherness, spending time with old friends, and building new connections. We hope to see as many of our classmates return for reunion as possible. If finances are a stumbling block to your ability to attend, please contact our class treasurer Melissa Benevides Cilmi for information on obtaining a reunion stipend.

Want to Pay it Forward?  Help make sure the Class of 2005 is as complete as possible at reunion. If you can, consider “paying it forward” and making a small contribution ($5-$25 suggested donation) to help fund future class stipends for reunion. Contact Melissa Benevides Cilmi for information.

Send us your pictures!  Part of the fun of reunion is reliving life at Smith over a decade ago. We’ll have a slideshow featuring some throwback Smithie pictures that we hope will spark memories and laughter for all. We’d like to have a variety of pictures inclusive of our entire Smith class, not just the Reunion planning team!  Please send or post a few pictures.

Weekend Activities Galore  More details to come, but we’ll be hosting all sorts of class-specific events during the weekend, including an off-campus pub crawl, a photo scavenger hunt, a Smithie Soirée, and a kid-friendly playdate on Chapin Lawn, to name a few. President McCartney will also visit our class dinner on Friday evening.  We’ll keep you busy during reunion time if you want to stay busy, or if you want to re-live some of your college days with a nap on your favorite chair in the Red Room at the Campus Center, we hope you’ll do that, too!

Make sure to save room in your busy schedule for Saturday night! Our class cocktail hour (with a performance by a cappella group Groove) will be wonderful schmoozing time, and we’ll have a brief and painless Class Meeting at our class dinner, where we’ll elect new class officers. If you want to help plan our 15th reunion in 2020, this will be your chance!

Smith Fund Update  

  • As of 3/2/15, our class raised $8,522 from 109 donors, which is equal to 17% participation (towards our one-year goal). Our class goal for the year is to raise $16,805 and 33% participation by the end of June.
  • Last year at this time we raised $6,994 from 103 donors, or 16% participation. Comparatively, the class of 2004 had raised only $6,774 from 90 classmates for 15% participation at the same point last year.
  • Our five-year giving total is currently at $45,717 (towards our 5-year goal of $54,000) and our current 5-year participation average is 21%.
  • At reunion we will announce the 5-year giving total for our class, and hopefully that our class also reached our fundraising goals as well.

If you haven’t yet given, please consider a donation of $20.05 (or more) in honor of the Class of 2005, or any amount you feel comfortable with. Your donation is important to help fund financial aid, curriculum development, faculty-student research opportunities, internships, and study abroad programs. Don’t forget that when you register for reunion, you also have an opportunity to make a donation to the Smith Fund at the same time!

Mount Holyoke Challenge  For the two months leading up to reunion, Smith will be engaging in a competition with Mount Holyoke College to see which class can get the highest participation. The prize is a champagne toast paid for by the College at the Saturday dinner for the winning team. Smith currently holds the winning title for the 10-year reunion class, but the race last year was very, very close! Let’s make sure the Bubbly goes to the Smithies again this year!

Stay Connected  Don’t forget, if you haven’t already, please join our class Facebook group here, join the reunion event page, and invite your friends!

From 2007:

CLASS OF 2005: FRIENDS BEFORE FRIENDING WAS A VERB

FACE+BOOK USED TO = [insert picture of a person, face down in a book]

AFTER ALL THE FUSS AND WHINING
WE’D GIVE ANYTHING FOR FREE DINING

BEFORE CAROL AND AFTER RUTH WAS GONE
WE HAD LOVE FOR GOOD OL’ JOHN (Connolly)

SMITH COLLEGE TUITION: $160,000
FINALLY BEING AN ALUM: PRICELESS!

COURAGE SENIORS, SOON YOU’LL BE FREE:
ONE MORE DAY TIL YOU GET YOUR DEGREE!

From 2010:

CLASS OF 2005: GETTIN’ DOWN TO BUSINESS

WE USED TO SPEND TIME WITH OUR NOSE IN A BOOK
NOW OUR LIVES ARE DRIVEN BY OUTLOOK

IN 2005 WE WERE GRADS BRIGHT AND EAGER
NOW WE ARE MAKING A SALARY (MEAGER)

FROM NORTHAMPTON & SMITH WE HAVE TRAVELED FAR & WIDE
TO ASIA! TO EUROPE! (SOME STAYED STATESIDE)

FOR FIVE LONG YEARS FROM SCHOOL WE’VE BEEN FREE
AND WHAT DID SOME DO? EARN A 2ND DEGREE!

WE ARE RNs, MAs, JDs, MBAs, MSs, & SOME PHDs!
WE’RE GETTING SMARTER (AND BROKER) WITH EVERY DEGREE

THE WORLD NEEDS CHANGING, AND WE’RE MAKING A DENT
JUST GIVE US A MINUTE WHILE WE TRY AND MAKE RENT