Smith Day 2020
In the Clouds!
The event may be virtual but the work is real!
Thank you to everyone who was able to join together last week – it was great to see you! For those who weren’t able to be there, we’d love to share a few of the highlights and ask you to join in helping to fund Praxis internships for Smith students.
We have generated enough to fund one $3000 Praxis internship. Thank you to everyone who bought raffle tickets, bid on auction items, and made donations. We’re a third of the way to a second one so…
SPECIAL MATCH CHALLENGE!
One of our alumnae has committed to match every additional dollar donated up to $1,000 so that we can provide a second internship.
Smith Day Fun…Keeps On Going!
2020 MN SMITH MEDALIST
MARTHA “MARTY” WALLACE SWAIN ’71
In 2020, we awarded the 4th Minnesota Smith Medal. This honor recognizes one of our own who exemplifies the exemplify in their lives and work “the true purpose” of a liberal arts education. The three outstanding MN alumnae who have previously received the award in recognition of their professional achievements and outstanding service are Margaret Wurtele ’67, Cathy Haukedahl ’74, and Jane Anderson Howard ’75.
Marty is a life-long Minnesotan, growing up on a hobby farm in Mound (affectionately dubbed “Hump, Minnesota” by her acerbic new friends in Franklin King house freshman year). She was familiar with Smith College early on, as one of her older sisters was in the class of 1963, and she attended long-ago Smith Day in the Country events as a high schooler when they were held in alums’ lovely homes. She has spent her career in the field of medical publishing, working for medical magazines published by Harcourt Brace and McGraw-Hill and more recently for medical/public health websites published by a dot-com startup called ican and now the University of Minnesota. She lives with her husband, Ron Swain, near Excelsior and in the winter in Arizona, and her two children, Nick and Carrie Heiberg live in the Twin Cities area. The Minnesota Smith Club has been a constant in her post-college volunteer life; she’s served in many capacities from what used to be called Candidates Committee all the way to President.
Smith Day has been a constant too, with Marty in many posts including chair of the event “a time or two,” and she worked on the Oral History books, planning, interviewing, writing, editing, and production. “The Minnesota Club is a constant source of inspiration, fun, and friends,” she says.