Friday, May 29, 2015

WONDERful Giving

We did it! We were able to get our class participation to 40% by the Friday of reunion weekend and secure an additional $39,900 that was so generously offered by Caroline Foster Deans and an anonymous member of our class.

In fact, we EXCEEDED the goal that they set for us and ended up with 41%! That's what happens when a group of strong Smith women band together--goals are met and surpassed!

Thank you for all who gave and helped us meet this challenge.  If you have not yet made your Smith Fund gift, there is still time to participate this fiscal year -- you have until June 30.  You can make your gift online on Smith's secure giving site, or if you would prefer to donate over the phone, you can call the Smith Fund at 1-800-241-2056 option #1.

With gratitude, 

The Class of 1990 Fund Team

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Congratulations Class 1990 Officers

Somewhere in this patchwork of wonder women are our new class officers. Congratulations!
  • President: Megan Mulvihill
  • VP / Reunion Chairs:  Karen Smith and Jocel Boney Thornhill
  • Treasurer: Vi Smalley
  • Secretary: Sara Spees Addicott
  • Social (Digital) Media Chair: Clare Powell 
  • Fund Coordinators: Lida Jennings and Cynthia Stenger Riplinger
  • Memorial Chair: Shami Feinglass

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Counting Down to Reunion 2015

Here is some helpful information (and reminders) as you prepare for our big weekend!
  • You may check in starting at 4:00p.m., Thursday, May 21. First, go to the tent outside the Alumnae House to obtain your housing assignment, meal reservations, and key card, then proceed to our class headquarters (HQ) at Ziskind house living room; that’s where the real fun begins!
  • We can't wait to see all the creative wonder woman-inspired outfits and accessories, but don’t forget to pack your whites for the Alumnae Parade on Saturday morning. Remember, spring weather in New England can be unpredictable, so bring a sweater or perhaps that very in vogue red pashmina from the 20th reunion. Insect repellent is also a nice thing to have on hand as the evenings can get a little buggy. 
  • If you plan to participate in the receptions on Thursday or Saturday evening, please bring cash or a checkbook for the cash bar. On Friday evening, we are guests of President McCartney.
In addition to the Reunion II schedule of events, here’s what the class of 1990 has planned:

  • Dance party in Cutter/Ziskind House dining room with DJ Lisa Slavid 
(Friday, 8:30p.m. until ???)
  • Class of 1990 group photo on Chapin House steps 
(Saturday morning, immediately following Alumnae Association annual meeting)
  • Dean of Admission, Deb Shaver, will present, “What I Like About You: the Reading and Selection Process at Selective Colleges” (Saturday at 1:00 p.m. in Weinstein Auditorium, Wright Hall)

  • “Wonder Women Writers” book signing featuring published authors from the class of 1990
(Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at our class HQ, Ziskind House)

  • Class of 1990 Service of Remembrance
 (Saturday at 4:00 p.m. at the Jamie Kwan ’90 Memorial Bench outside Sage Hall)

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Online Registration Closing May 15th

Guess who's coming to our 25th reunion? There’s still time to register; however, Reunion II online registration will be closing on Friday, May 15th. Walk-ins will need to stop by the Registration Tent at the Alumnae House when they arrive on campus. If rooms are available, walk-ins will be assigned a room with their class. Meal reservations will be accepted on a space- and meal-available basis only.

Don't forget to access and bookmark this link for the latest Reunion II schedule and information.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Reunion 2015 Deadline is April 22nd

Register by April 22nd to guarantee on-campus housing and meals. Meal reservations will be accepted after April 22nd on a space- and -meal available basis (a $10 per meal late fee will apply). Access these links for for information on the schedule of events and online registration.

If you or someone you know know needs financial assistance to attend our 25th reunion, it is available. Please contact Julie Aiello Howson or Amy Allen to discuss. All exchanges are confidential.

Look Who's Coming. Access this link, frequently, to see who has already made plans to attend! Have you made the list?

Ivy Day/Alumnae Parade. Our theme “We Are All Wonder Women" will be on full display. We know many of you are planning lots of Wonder Woman references in your outfits (Wonder Women sneakers, t-shirts, etc.) but please remember that your outfit must be predominantly white.

Jen Johnson Kampanaos tracked down a white "We Are All Wonder Women” t-shirt. Unfortunately, we were not able to order them in bulk so it is not an official Class of 1990 reunion t-shirt, but we suspect that many people have ordered them on their own. Here is the link if you want to order one but do it ASAP in order to receive your shirt in time. Class officers and others involved in reunion planning will be sporting red capes during the parade. Want to wear one too? Access this site -- check out the red superhero cuffs!

Class Meeting. Our official meeting will be held during dinner on Saturday night. Cocktail hour preceding dinner is a cash bar, however, wine is included with dinner.

Would you like to be a candidate for one of the class officer positions? Please submit your name to Class of 1990 President Birgit Knutsen by April 30th. Open positions are President, Vice-President/Co-Reunion Chair (we traditionally have two), Treasurer, Secretary, Social Media Chair and Class Fund Team coordinator. Access this link for information about class officer roles.

Cocktails with President McCartney. We are guests of President McCartney at her home Friday night.

Smith Traditions and Other Events. In addition to the usual festivities -- Ivy Day, Illumination Night, class dinners and such -- here are other events we've planned:

  • slide show of photos from our time at Smith during class dinners ( email your photos to Julie Aiello Howson )
  • Friday night dance party at our class headquarters (HQ) featuring music from the ’80s played by our favorite DJ, Lisa Slavid
  • for those of you with offspring approaching college age, the Office of Admission will deliver a presentation about the application reading and selection process at selective colleges 
  • Class of 1990 service of remembrance at the Jamie Kwan Memorial Bench near Sage Hall
  • Class of 1990 “Wonder Women Writers” book signing event featuring classmates who are published authors

Smith Archives. Do you have items from your Smith years that you are willing to donate to the Archives?  The Smith Archives is looking for materials such as photographs, films, videotape, audiotape, scrapbooks, diaries, journals, correspondence home, syllabi, notes taken in class, and exams (especially exam questions). They have the formal printed materials for commencement, reunion, etc. What they are seeking is the more personal items that document student life. If you are unable to come to reunion and would like to donate your memorabilia, please contact the College Archivist, Nanci Young

Social Media Buzz. Be sure to check us out on Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Instagram Don't forget to bookmark this site as well as well. Thank you to Jocel Boney Thornhill who has done a fabulous job managing all of our social networking endeavors.

Looking forward to seeing you in May!

Julie and Amy (Class Reunion Co-Chairs)

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Volunteers Needed: Reunion HQ

Volunteers are needed to help staff our reunion headquarters (HQ) -- the newly renovated Ziskind living room and kitchenette. Caroline Foster Deans and I will stock it with goodies fit for wonder women. I have to say, from the photos I've seen, the college did a wonderful job on renovating Cutter/Ziskind!
As Smithies arrive for reunion, they will be checking in at the Alumnae house and then will head to our class HQ to check in with the class of 1990. This will be a great opportunity to greet your classmates and catch up as they arrive on campus! We would like to have the HQ staffed, primarily, Thursday evening 4-8PM and 7-8PM; Friday 9AM-5PM and after dinner from 9-10PM; and, if possible, Saturday after Ivy Day through dinner 11AM-ish to 5PM.
Please let me know if you are willing to help out with the HQ staffing, and if you have a preference for a time slot. We'd like to have two staffers at a time, so if you have a preferred partner-in-crime, we can put you in for the same slot.
Looking forward to seeing everyone, but can't believe its been 25 years!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Calling Our WONDERful Writers

As part of our reunion gathering of Wonder Women, we are planning to host a "Wonder Women Writers" book signing at our class headquarters -- Cutter/Ziskind -- on Saturday afternoon from 2:30 to 4:30PM. If you are a published author and would like to participate in this event, please contact Caroline Foster Deans by April 1.