Sep
27
6:00 PM18:00

Smithies Connected- Career Networking Happy Hour in Highland Park

Come out for a casual Smith College Club of Los Angeles networking mixer series being held around L.A.! 

This series is a direct result of feedback to our Career Development survey for regular happy hours/meet ups. The evening brings Smithies of all careers, interests, and at all career points - entry level to retirement - together for an evening to connect. Please RSVP to this no-host event so we may have a count for the gracious bar manager. 

Email Amalia and Selwa, Career Network Co-Chairs at CareerNetwork@SmithClubLA.org with any questions.

About The Venue
Block Party is a Modern Beer Garden created by three time Los Angeles Best Bartender Award Winner Jason Eisner. Turning his dream into a reality, Eisner created the first Block Party location on York Boulevard in Highland Park. Block Party celebrates our guests as community. Our mission is to create an environment that allows for you to experience that life is awesome and anything is possible each and every time you step through our doors. We support craft breweries and small production wine makers. We offer a variety of cuisines daily through partnerships with Southern California's best food trucks. We also have a "Bring Your Own Grub" policy that allows guests to bring their own food from anywhere they like. Happy Hour runs 5-7pm. See menus here. (323) 741-2747

Getting There
Depending where you are coming from the bar is accessible via car (street parking), ride share, bus, Metro Gold Line and by foot.

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Oct
7
3:00 PM15:00

Career Panel + Wine Soiree

  • 3173 South Bentley Avenue Los Angeles, CA, 90034 United States (map)
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Join us for a Career Panel + Wine Soiree in a garden setting, to explore the theme of Career Changes: Navigating Changes, Whatever Stage of Life.

Please register on Eventbrite here

From executing strategy to honoring intuition, this panel explores the theme of career change. Two panelists, HR executive, Jane Miyashiro and Life Coach, Ginger Legon will explore approaches to change, speaking from the perspectives of positive psychology and hiring approaches. Relevant reading: Why You Should Take Time to Mourn During Career Transitions, NY Times published 8/23/18.

After the panel, you will have the chance to share your stories with other Smithies, over wine in an outdoor garden.

Email Amalia and Selwa, Career Network Co-Chairs at CareerNetwork@SmithClubLA.org with any questions.

Thank you to Susan Pollack ‘85 for generously opening her garden to us!

We look forward to welcoming you,
Amalia '00J + Selwa '00

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Oct
13
10:00 AM10:00

What's New at Smith? with Lia Brassord ‘83, Sr. Asst. Dir of Admission

  • 433 Country Club Drive San Gabriel, CA, 91775 United States (map)
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Please RSVP here for this event

Lia Bischoff Brassord ’83, Senior Assistant Director of Admission, has set aside time during her Southern California visit to meet with local alums and update us on what's new at Smith. Lia has been with the Smith Office of Admissions for 20 years and has "the best job in the world," according to Brassord. Bring your questions about admissions, Smith, Friday tea, the Neilson Library - the agenda is up to you!

All LA greater LA-Pasadena area alums are welcome. Active or prospective admissions volunteers and interviewers are strongly encouraged to attend! 

Lia is the Admissions officer who oversees the Alumnae Admission Volunteer program and handles the entire state of California - from visiting high schools to reading applications. We hope you will join us for this special opportunity to get the "inside scoop."

Questions? Email Admissions Chairs Vicky M. Razo '04 and Xiomara Iraheta ‘07 at admissions@smithclubla.org.

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Oct
20
2:00 PM14:00

Mountain Day West! Book Reading with Smithie Author Cheryl Suchors '72

Please RSVP here for this event.

Join your fellow Smith alumna to celebrate Mountain Day West! Meet and hear Smithie Author Cheryl Suchors '72 read an excerpt of her new book, 48 Peaks, Hiking and Healing in the White Mountains, due out this month. As we mix, mingle, and reflect we invite you to share stories of the figurative and literal mountains you have climbed with your fellow alums. There will also be apple cider and delicious Mountain Day treats.

Description of 48 PEAKS
48 Peaks, Hiking and Healing in the White Mountains is an inspiring story of adventure and persistence. At forty-eight years old, Cheryl Suchors—hoping to find concrete successes and a feeling of control as she changes careers and fifty stares at her from the horizon—vows to summit the highest forty-eight peaks in New Hampshire’s grueling White Mountains. Neglecting to consider her flimsy body, scoliosis, bum knee, and fear of heights, she dives into the challenge.

Along the way, Suchors suffers numerous injuries; her hiking buddy succumbs to ovarian cancer; and she endures breast cancer, a mastectomy, chemotherapy, and five years of adjuvant therapy herself. But she always returns to the mountains—and in that connection she finds spiritual nourishment, as well as a space powerful enough to hold her grief. Over the ten years it takes her to complete her quest, she learns that mastery alone doesn’t satisfy her and control is often an illusion—that she must connect with hiking comrades and with nature in order to feel nourished and enriched. In the end, Suchors creates her own definition of success.

You can check out more about Cheryl at her website: www.cherylsuchors.com.

48 Peaks will be published September 11 and is available for pre-order before that/order after that from IndieboundBarnes & Noble, and Amazon.

Parking/Transportation
Fillmore Station (Gold Line) is the closest Metro station and is a $3-6 6 minute Lyft/Uber ride from the station to the host's home. There will also be ample street parking.

*This event is FREE and open to members and non-members. Space is limited.*

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Sep
15
10:00 AM10:00

SCCLA September Board Meeting

The SCCLA Board meets monthly from August to June. We welcome anyone in our community to attend. However, space is limited as we do meet in homes or community meeting rooms. Please email Kristin Matthews ‘91 if you're interested in attending so we can accommodate you. Address will be provided upon confirmation.


Date: Saturday, September 15, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Location: RSVP to Kristin for address

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Aug
25
10:00 AM10:00

SCCLA August Board Meeting

The SCCLA Board meets monthly from August to June. We welcome anyone in our community to attend. However, space is limited as we do meet in homes or community meeting rooms. Please email Kristin Matthews ‘91 if you're interested in attending so we can accommodate you. Address will be provided upon confirmation.


Date: Saturday, August 25, 2018
Time: 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Location: RSVP to Kristin for address

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Aug
14
6:30 PM18:30

Meet Julia Franchi Scarselli '18: Libellula Olive Oil Tasting and Talk

Recent graduate and Libellula co-founder, Julia Franchi Scarselli '18, embarks on a cross country road trip this summer to introduce her olive oil and company's mission to the U.S. Best of all, her tour stops in Los Angeles with a special, private event with members and friends of the Smith College Club of Los Angeles.


DATE: Tuesday, August 14
TIME: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
PLACE: Home of Dana Maze Ehrlich ‘89
COST: Free
RSVP: Click here
QUESTIONS: Email rsvp@smithclubla.org

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Aug
11
7:30 PM19:30

Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl

Enjoy the iconic movie, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, on the big screens while the orchestra performs John Williams' legendary score live. Do come for a wonderful night at the Hollywood Bowl! And make sure to bring the whole family.


DATE: Saturday, August 11
TIME: 7:30 p.m.
PLACE: The Hollywood Bowl
COST: $31.50
RSVP: To reserve your seats, mail a check for $31.50 per person, payable to SCCLA, to Gail Conway, Theatre Chair, 11786A Moorpark, Studio City, CA 91604-2125. Make sure to include your return address so you can be mailed your tickets.
QUESTIONS: Email Gail Conway or call her at (818) 985-9338.

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Jun
24
2:00 PM14:00

3rd Annual Global Tea - Sunday

Inspired by the Smithies in the Cloud group, SCCLA is hosting several teas the weekend of June 23-24 across Los Angeles. Enjoy a beloved tradition with fellow alumnae, while catching up with old friends and making new ones. 

South Bay tea hosted by Judy Milestone '66 - RSVP HERE

Smithies in the vicinity of the South Bay and surrounding cities are invited to the home of Judy Milestone ’66 to enjoy an afternoon tea. Tea and coffee will be provided. Please bring a snack to share!

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Jun
23
3:00 PM15:00

3rd Annual Global Tea - Saturday

Inspired by the Smithies in the Cloud group, SCCLA is hosting several teas the weekend of June 23-24 across Los Angeles. Enjoy a beloved tradition with fellow alumnae, while catching up with old friends and making new ones. 

RSVP for the tea closest to you!

  • West LA tea hosted by Susan Pollack '85 - RSVP HERE
    • Smithies in the vicinity of the West LA (Palms) and surrounding cities/neighborhoods are invited to the home of Susan Pollack '85 to enjoy an afternoon tea. Tea and snacks will be provided. No need to bring anything!
  • Pasadena tea hosted by Judy Kleinman '67 - RSVP HERE
    • Smithies in the vicinity of Pasadena and surrounding cities are invited to the home of Judy Kleinman ’67 & Neil Kleinman to enjoy an afternoon tea. Tea, homemade treats, and fruit will be provided. Please bring a snack to share!
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Jun
10
2:00 PM14:00

SCCLA Annual Summer Potluck Picnic

Join the SCCLA for our annual summer potluck picnic. It's one of our biggest events of the year and a great way to kick off the summer! Come meet entering Smithies, new grads, and reconnect with old friends in the area (and make new ones). Thank you to Robin Jaffe '66 and Joel Jaffe for once again generously hosting the picnic.  Please note that if you are planning on swimming, there are no lifeguards on duty and please bring your own towels.

Tickets
SCCLA member* - complimentary
SCCLA member guest* - complimentary
Additional SCCLA member guests* - $10
Non-members - $10
Incoming Smithie/Parent of Incoming Smithie - complimentary
Current Smithie (including 2018 grads) - complimentary
Child - complimentary

*Please note: SCCLA membership will be confirmed. If there are any questions, you will be contacted.

Potluck
The Club will provide beverages. Please bring a dish to serve 6 according to the initial of your last name:
A-H: Desserts
I-Z: Hearty Salads

 Opportunity Drawing & Towel Fundraiser
The picnic will also feature an Opportunity Drawing with multiple prizes as well as custom-designed "I  SMITH" plush velour beach towels available to purchase to benefit the SCCLA Endowed & Spetnagel Scholarship Funds. Feel free to purchase ahead and bundle these items with your event ticket! (Please inform us at the event, with photo ID, that you have purchased a ticket bundle or towel.) 

YA Book Drive
We will be collecting gently used and new Young Adult books for the benefit of the Southern California Library. Bring a book to contribute!

 If you have any questions, feel free to email rsvp@smithclubla.org or call Riana Hull '14 at 949-468-9328.

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2018-2019 SCCLA Slate of Officers

President: Kristin Matthews '91

Vice President and Immediate Past President: Sarah Meacham '05

Recording Secretary: Betsy Topper '82

Treasurer: Colleen Rabin '08P

Corresponding Secretary: Susan Pollack ‘85

Admissions: Vicky M. Razo '04 and Xiomara Iraheta ‘07

Book Club: Terri Macellaro '84

Career Network: Amalia Merino '00J and Selwa Sweidan '00

Events: Riana Hull '14, Rachel Nyback ‘92, and Vanessa Roberson '16

Membership: Evelyn Brown '72

Fundraising: [VACANT]

Newsletter: Jamie Maloney '07

Social Media: Dana Ehrlich '89

Merchandise: Amy Schancupp '79

Theater: Gail Conway '48 and Diane Link '68

Young Alumnae: Grace Kim '12

Website: Sonia Brown ‘14

Advisors: Heather Jones '94, Terri Macellaro '84, Heidi Novaes '88, Elsa Pauley '66, Roz Zakheim '69, Lois Thompson '66, and Vivian Forbes ‘50

 

We are always looking for additional support and welcome your involvement in the SCCLA. To learn more about how you can volunteer, email Sarah Meacham '05 or any of the board members directly.

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May
6
2:00 PM14:00

My #MeToo Experience - A Conversation with Anna Graham Hunter '89

Anna will talk about her experience with #MeToo: why she decided to come forward as the first person to accuse Dustin Hoffman of sexual harassment, what the aftermath was like, and her hopes for the movement going forward. Today, Anna is a writer and career coach in LA.

You are encouraged you to read Anna's original essay in The Hollywood Reporter and her Op-Ed in the LA Times, and then email Dana Maze Ehrlich ‘89 what you would like to know more about. Anna will tailor her remarks based on questions submitted prior to the event.

REGISTRATION - RSVP HERE
Admission to this event is complimentary, but space is limited. If registration is full, we will have a wait list. Email RSVP@SmithClubLA.org with your name, preferred email, and cell phone number.

If your plans change, please notify RSVP@SmithClubLA.org so that we may offer your spot to another Smithie who is on the wait list.

LOCATION
Home of Judy & Neil Kleinman '67
466 Alpine Street
Pasadena, CA 91106

QUESTIONS
Email RSVP@smithclubla.org with any questions.

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May
5
10:00 AM10:00

SCCLA May Board Meeting

The SCCLA Board meets monthly from August to June. We welcome anyone in our community to attend. However, space is limited as we do meet in homes or community meeting rooms. Please Email Sarah Meacham '05 if you're interested in attending so we can accommodate you. Address will be provided upon confirmation.

Location: RSVP to Sarah for location.

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Apr
15
2:00 PM14:00

Faculty Speaker - Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor: The N-Word in the Classroom: History, Teaching and Difficult Subjects

SCCLA Signature Event - Faculty Speaker
Sunday, April 15, 2018
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

RSVP HERE

We are pleased to have Elizabeth Storduer Pryor, Associate Professor of History, join us to speak about her new project:

The N-Word in the Classroom: History, Teaching and Difficult Subjects

Elizabeth Stordeur Pryor is an Associate Professor and a Smith College historian of race and racism in the 19th century. Her new project is an historical and pedagogical examination of the n-word in United States history that is framed by her own experience as a biracial woman who is also the daughter of comedic icon Richard Pryor. In this talk, Pryor will discuss her experience in the Smith College classroom and how it inspired her research. She will also talk about how the euphemistic phrase, "the n-word," became universally understood and accepted as a stand-in for an anti-black slur that's been called "the atomic bomb of racial epithets."

Click here for Associate Professor Pryor's Background and Bio. If you'd like to read a piece of her past published works, click here.

To get the Club Membership Benefit, please join or renew your membership here.

TICKETS
SCCLA member*
 - complimentary. Note, membership status will be confirmed. You'll be contacted if there are questions.
SCCLA member guest* - one complimentary guest per membership
Additional SCCLA member guests* - $10
Non-members - $10

If registration is full, we will have a wait list. Email RSVP@SmithClubLA.org with your name, preferred email, and cell phone number.

If your plans change, please notify RSVP@SmithClubLA.org so that we may offer your spot to another Smithie who is on the wait list.

LOCATION & PARKING
This event will be held at the Southern California Library, 6120 S. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, 90044.

RSVP HERE

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Apr
14
10:00 AM10:00

SCCLA April Board Meeting

The SCCLA Board meets monthly from August to June. We welcome anyone in our community to attend. However, space is limited as we do meet in homes or community meeting rooms. Please Email Sarah Meacham '05 if you're interested in attending so we can accommodate you. Address will be provided upon confirmation.

Location: RSVP to Sarah for location.

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Jan
27
3:00 PM15:00

Faculty Speaker: Professor Daniel Horowitz

We are pleased to have Daniel Horowitz, Smith College Mary Huggins Gamble Foundation Chair and Professor of American Studies Emeritus, joining us to speak about his new book, Happier? The History of a Cultural Movement That Aspired to Transform America. Copies of Happier? will be available for pre-order when you RSVP.

Professor Horowitz will discuss the history of positive psychology, happiness research and the ways these fields have influenced the lives of millions of people around the world. He will also trace the distinctly American story of the shift in focus from mental illness to happiness, as well as many other topics related to the role of happiness in our culture.

Space is very limited. If registration is full, there will be a wait-list. In that case, please email RSVP@SmithClubLA.org with your name, preferred email address and phone number to be added to the wait-list. If your plans change, please notify RSVP@SmithClubLA.org so that we may offer your spot to another Smithie who is on the wait list.

DATE: Saturday, January 27
TIME: 3 - 5 pm
PLACE: Home of Sue Bunzel '47. Address mailed with RSVP.
RSVP: Click here or call Riana Hull '14 at (949) 468-9328.

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Jan
18
6:00 PM18:00

Smithies Connected - Happy Hour

This is the second event of a casual networking mixer series being held around LA as a result of our Career Development survey feedback for regular happy hours/meet ups. We kicked the series off in November with an engaging evening in DTLA at members-only Caña Rum Bar. Now we move to Harlowe Bar in West Hollywood! The evening brings Smithies of all careers, interests, and at all career points - entry level to retirement - together for an evening to connect.

DATE: Thursday. January 18
TIME: 6 - 8 pm
PLACE: Harlowe Bar, 7321 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046
RSVP: Click here.  Please RSVP to this no-host event so we may have a count for the gracious bar manager.
QUESTIONS: Please email the Career Network Co-Chairs.
 

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Jan
14
2:00 PM14:00

Los Angeles January Book Club

Join your fellow Smithies for a lively discussion. This month, the book is "Cool, Calm and Contentious," a collection of humorous essays by New York Times bestselling author Merrill Markow.  Lore Hilburg will lead the discussion.  

The event will be located at Debby Kennel's house:
1250 Norman Place, Los Angeles, CA 90049
tel. 310 476 6804

RSVP to Terri Macellaro

Date: 1/14/18
Time: 2 - 4PM

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Jan
13
10:00 AM10:00

January Board Meeting

The SCCLA Board meets monthly from August to June. We welcome anyone in our community to attend. However, space is limited as we do meet in homes or community meeting rooms. Please Email Sarah Meacham '05 if you're interested in attending so we can accommodate you. Address will be provided upon confirmation.

Location: RSVP to Sarah for location.

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Dec
9
10:00 AM10:00

December Board Meeting

The SCCLA Board meets monthly from August to June. We welcome anyone in our community to attend. However, space is limited as we do meet in homes or community meeting rooms. Please Email Sarah Meacham '05 if you're interested in attending so we can accommodate you. Address will be provided upon confirmation.

Location TBD

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Dec
2
6:00 PM18:00

Holiday Soiree

Wine, dine & be merry and celebrate the holiday season with the Smith College Club of Los Angeles. The Club will provide beverages, and we ask you to bring pre-plated, ready-to-serve culinary delights, serving 8, as follows:

 

Hearty Hors D’oeuvres – last name initials A-L

Delectable Desserts– last name initials M-Z

The evening will feature a Silent Auction and an Opportunity Drawing with multiple prizes to benefit the SCCLA Endowed Scholarship. Feel free to purchase ahead and bundle it with your event ticket! (Please inform us at the event, with photo ID, that you have purchased a ticket bundle.) 

Fees: Club member and one guest – complimentary, additional guests and non-members - $20 per person. 

Dues may be paid at the door for instant membership.

Please indicate the number of guests and the dish you will be bringing with your RSVP. Questions? Email rsvp@smithclubla.org

RSVP here for location details

 

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Nov
18
10:00 AM10:00

YA Fine Art Printing Studio Tour

Grace Kim will host a YA event at POVevolving Fine Art Printing Studio (fineartprinting.la) where she works.

The event at the photo printing studio  is open to YAs and Young-at-Hearts and is accessible to those without an art background. It is aimed to inform and educate alumnae on different printing techniques, Archival Pigment Printing and Dye Sublimation techniques.

 The event will also provide you the opportunity for participants to feel and see the available materials at the studio including the over 45 different photo papers, aluminums, woods, hardboard, fabrics, ceramics, and glass.


 Grace Kim (2012) received a Masters of Fine Arts in Photography and  Installation Art in San Francisco Art Institute in 2015, currently working as a Studio Production Manager at POVevolving Fine Art Printing Studio located in Southwest of the Art Districts in Downtown  Los Angeles.  As a Young Alum Co-Chair, she welcomes all Smith alumnae.

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Nov
5
11:00 AM11:00

Trip to The Chori-Man & Korean Bell Park Picnic, San Pedro

We will meet at The Chori-Man ((https://www.instagram.com/thechoriman/www.facebook.com/TheChoriMan)) at 11am, order our food and then head over to Korean Bell Park to enjoy a picnic together. Some alums may also head over to Crafted (http://craftedportla.com/), a marketplace featuring handmade works by SoCal artisans and craftspeople, after the picnic.

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Nov
4
11:00 AM11:00

Apple Picking with Young Alums and Young at Heart

Come join the Young Alumnae and Young-at-Hearts for apple picking!

Afterapple picking we will check get lunch and check  out the nearby Oak Tree Village, which has lots of fun autumn activities and shops.

The orchard is located at 39611 S. Oak Glen Road Yucaipa CA 92399

We will carpool from 165-173 E Floral Drive, Monteray Park CA 91755 at 9:30am and return around 5pm.

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Nov
2
5:00 PM17:00

Career Networking Happy Hour

Happy Hour & Casual Networking
Join us for a casual mixer!

(A non-host event organized by your Career Co-Chairs)

DTLA at the Caña Rum Bar

6-8pm

This is the first of a casual networking mixer series around L.A. that we are kicking off as a result of our Career Development survey feedback for regular happy hours/meet ups. Caña is a members-only bar in downtown Los Angeles specializing in rum (with non alcoholic options), Latino Caribe sounds, and a friendly welcoming vibe. I am a member and the GM is reserving the patio for us. Happy Hour is $5 Mojitos, Daiquiris, Cuba Libres. We will provide simple snacks and outside food is welcome. The evening is intended to bring Smithies of all careers, interests, and at all career points - entry level to retirement - for an evening to connect.

RSVP via Eventbrite.

Contact: careernetwork@smithclubla.org

 

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Oct
22
2:00 PM14:00

Pursue your Passion - Mountain Day West

FINDING and FOLLOWING YOUR PASSION with ALLY EINBINDER ‘10 and MIKA EL-BAZ ‘85

Join Ally and Mika as they discuss the challenges and triumphs of pursuing one’s passion. Ally will also take us through some interactive exercises. Of course, they’ll be apple cider and delicious “mountain day” desserts. 

Ally Einbinder learned bass at age 21 and started her band Potty Mouth while at Smith. As a student and now (when not touring), Ally works with Jessica Bacal, the Director of Smith’s Wurtele Center for Work and Life which motivates students to deepen their knowledge of themselves, explore their passions and personal capacities, and question predominant cultural expectations of women in order to forge new pathways and possibilities.

Mika El-Baz is the Executive Vice President, West Coast/Executive Vice President, Publicity, RCA Records/ Sony Music Entertainment.

RSVP via Eventbrite here.

Location:
Bergamot Station
|2525 Michigan Ave.
Unit T1
Santa Monica, CA 90404

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Oct
15
10:00 AM10:00

Admissions Volunteer Training w/ Vivian Forbes

If your schedule prevents your attendance at the Smith Recruitment Interview Training conducted by Lia Brassord '83, Assistant Director of Admissions for our area, you get a second chance.

Vivian Forbes '50 will host a follow-up training at her house. Since the number of applicants continues to grow, we are always looking for new volunteers to interview them all. So come to Lia's training, come to Vivian's or come to both!

Admissions Recruitment Interview Training at the home of:
Vivian Forbes
4634 La Subida Place
Tarzana, CA 91356

Sunday, October 15, 2017
2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Please inform us if you'll be there - 
RSVP via Eventbrite here or via phone: 
Vivian Forbes (818) 344-5521

 

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