Dear Classmates, the Smith Alumnae Quarterly has recently changed its business model of staff support to the classes; a staff of two is now responsible for putting out the entire magazine. The general email blast you received in mid-April 2014 is the new way I’ll be asking for your ‘class news’. Please watch for the emails and help me out by sending your latest news!
Stefanie Solnick Cargill
Susan N. Begg sent an update:
I am in Ithaca, NY, halfway thru my 3 years of mandated parole. I have 2 part-time jobs. One is doing odd jobs around the vet practice I started in ’81; another is ringing a register at a local deli on Sat. and Sun. nights. I volunteer several days a week for Prisoners’ Legal Services of NY, keeping their newsletter mailing list up to date. I go to Albany once a month for service on the board of the residential treatment center I completed in Sept 2011. This month I expect to receive an appointment to my county legislature’s Advisory Board for Community Justice and Alternatives for Incarceration. We will be working on a plan to upgrade the county jail while finding ways to divert more offenders to appropriate programs/treatment/job training, instead of leaving them to sit idly in jail.
So – my life is full. My sobriety date is still Nov. 2, 2010. 🙂 I am looking forward to our 2017 reunion!
Melissa Hield, our former class president, wrote about an especially memorable trip:
In October 2013 I traveled in India for 12 days with 24 women, most of them Texans, as a member of the third Leadership International class sponsored by the Texas foundation Leadership Women. Each day we had a full agenda of activities, such as touring a hospital and community clinic in the poorest part of New Delhi, visiting a Dell facility that sponsors a leadership program for young women employees, riding elephants, and seeing astonishing world heritage sites in New Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur. We met with women political and community leaders. We flew to the southern state of Kerala, drove two hours to stay at an Ayurvedic spa on a beautiful lake then learned about the socialist history and matriarchal culture of that part of India. Before this trip, I had never been outside of the U.S. Preparing to travel in another country was truly eye-opening. When I was there, India felt huge and complex, as though it was 2013 and 1613 all at once, especially for women. I returned home feeling humbled and grateful.
Lois A. Homma sent an update for herself and her Smithie daughter, Katie ‘14:
I have been back to Smith twice this spring: once for daughter Katie’s Senior Recital and her solo with the Smith Orchestra, and once for her graduation! It was a good way for husband Jim Lipow to experience the whole reunion event without attending one of mine. I look forward to going on an Alumnae Chorus Tour with Katie in the future.
Sec. Stefanie Solnick Cargill, 1224 East La Jolla Drive, Tempe, Arizona 85282, firstname.lastname@example.org.