Philadelphia Smithies at Smith’s Women of Color Conference

Have you heard about Smith’s Women of Color Conference: Persistence, Possibilities & The Power of Our Voices from April 13-15, 2018?! This two-day event connects distinguished alumnae and faculty of color with dynamic speakers, workshops, and current Smith students for an exciting weekend of personal and professional development.

The Philadelphia Smith Club would like to support Philly area Smithies who wish to attend or already planning to attend! Scholarships are available from the Club to cover the cost of early registration.

Contact the Philly Club at by Feb 28th to express interest or for more information.


A Conversation with Joan Countryman: Educator, Author, Social Activist, Leader

On February 21, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. The Smith College Club of Philadelphia will welcome Joan Countryman as our guest speaker. The meeting will be held at 22 S. Front Street, Philadelphia, PA.

Smith’s long history of graduating women who take leadership positions is particularly timely now as more and more women are speaking out and stepping up to take active roles than ever before. We are fortunate to have an opportunity to listen to and converse with a woman who has been a leader and activist in women’s education, the liberal arts, and civil rights efforts for her extensive professional career.

Joan Countryman was Head of Lincoln School, a Friends School for girls in Providence, Rhode Island from 1993 until her retirement in 2005. From August 2006 until March 2007 she served as a consultant and Founding Head of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa. She then led the Atlanta Girls’ School in Atlanta, Georgia. Previously,  Joan had served as Assistant Head for Academic Planning and Director of Studies at Germantown Friends School where she taught mathematics from 1970 to 1993.

Joan grew up in Philadelphia, entered GFS as a third grader in 1948 and was the school’s first African-American graduate. She received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College, a Master’s from Yale University, and studied at the London School of Economics as a Fulbright scholar. She has received honorary degrees from Bowdoin College, Moore College of Art, Roger Williams University, and Sarah Lawrence College.

Currently, while Joan maintains an active pursuit of several of her longtime interests, she is a leader in promoting the advantages of city living for older people and in creating communities where residents can age in wise and healthy ways.

Our evening will include hearing some of Joan’s thoughts on her experiences and interests and dialogue with her about topics relevant to the goals of the Smith College Club of Philadelphia. Come ready to listen and share your thoughts and ideas. We’re looking forward to a lively conversation.

Please RSVP to Margie Lord (’73) by Friday, February 16, 2018. Email: Landline: 215-923-9059.

Specific directions will be sent  upon receipt of RSVP.

NOTE: Have you heard about Smith’s Women of Color Conference from April 13-15, 2018?

The Philadelphia Smith Club is interested in supporting members who want to attend. Contact the Club at for information.

Tea at Park Towne on the 18th

Join us on Thursday, January 18th between 6:00-8:00 in Park Towne’s communal living room, aka The Oar Pub. Enjoy some cozy time around the fireplace — some tea (or wine or soft drinks), some snacks and a chance to visit with Smithies. There are billiards and table shuffleboard too.
Park Towne is at 2200 Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the Oar Pub is on the first floor of the South Tower. Parking is available on the outer lane of the Parkway and closest bus lines are the 32, 38 and 48.
Tell your Smith friends to meet you here! Feel free to BYOB, although we will have some refreshments as well.

Skating at Dilworth Park on the 18th


Join the Smith College Club of Philadelphia on Monday Dec 18th between 6:00 and 8:00 at The Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park! Enjoy ice skating, beautiful lights, food trucks, and the Rothman heated cabin for refreshments and snacks! Skaters and non-skaters alike are welcome!

Dilworth Park is great for families and easily accessible from the Mainline and by public transit. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 10 and under, and $10 for skate rentals.

We’ll meet at the heated cabin at 6:00 and wear your Smith gear to identify each other (I personally will be wearing my yellow Ivy Day sash!).

Come enjoy this Philly treasure with treasured Smithies!

Care Package Packing for Current Smithies

The holidays are around the corner! But before the current Smithies can enjoy a relaxing winter break, they have a round of finals to complete. Help us send them a little holiday cheer and exam-time encouragement by joining us Tuesday, December 5 from 7 to 9 p.m. to assemble winter care packages. To RSVP and receive the address of our meeting (in Society Hill), please email

Your club dues make this support of current Smithies possible. If you are not already a member and would like to become one, join online at

On the 18th: Coffee in West Philly

Join the Smith College Club of Philadelphia at Green Line Cafe on 45th and Locust in West Philly for tea, coffee, and sweets before the holiday season begins! Stop in between 10AM and noon to catch up with your favorite local Smithies and meet new ones.
The cafe is accessible via trolley route 34, the Market-Frankford line, and bus routes 21 and 42. Street parking is available in the surrounding neighborhood

On the 18th at PMA



Did you know the Philadelphia Museum of Art is open late every Wednesday with Pay What You Wish admissions?

Join Susie Kwon (class of 2011) and the Philly Smith Club at 5:30 – 7:30 October 18th for an art-filled gathering and celebrate Octoberfest with a glass of beer!

When you arrive, go to the Great Stair Hall on the first floor and then please look for a table-tent with ‘Smith College Club of Philadelphia’ on it. Drink and food purchase is available – separated from the beer and food pairing that requires tickets.



Octoberfest at the Philadelphia Museum of Art with Pay What You Wish admissions

Date and Time: Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Location: Great Stair Hall, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Admissions: Free for the Philadelphia Museum of Art members, Pay What You Wish for general public


Host: Susie Kwon, Class of 2011

Fall Faculty Speaker

Monday, October 16th @ 6:30 p.m.

The Smith College Club of Philadelphia is pleased to invite Philadelphia-area alumnae and their guests to our annual faculty speaker event! Nanci Young, Smith College Archivist, will speak on Monday, October 16th at 6:30 p.m. at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (3260 South St., Philadelphia, PA 19104). Nanci will give a presentation on the history of Philadelphia alumnae at Smith College as well as the renovations to the Smith College Neilsen Library.

RSVP today!

Admission includes hors d’oeuvres, wine and non-alcoholic beverages. Tickets are $15 for current club members, $25 for non-members, and $10 for new alums (c/o ’13-17). If you’re not a current member of the Smith College Club of Philadelphia, please support the club and join now to enjoy the discounted admission rate for the talk!

Please RSVP to Submit payment via Paypal or by sending a check to: Elizabeth Savage, SCCOP Treasurer, 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. Apt. 11A12, 19130. Please include: Fall Faculty Speaker in the memo line.

Where to park

Smithie of the Month: Julie Slavet


Julie Slavet, Class of 1979 (With daughter, Elizabeth Walber, Class of 2016)

How long have you lived in Philadelphia? I’ve lived in Philadelphia since 1995.

What’s your favorite restaurant in the city? My favorite restaurant is Tinto.

What are you up to now?  I’ve had some really interesting jobs here since I went back to work after being at home with my children for 7 years. I was the Executive Vice President of the Eastern Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce for 5 years and then District Director for Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz for 6 years. I’m currently Executive Director of the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership (TTF), one of our region’s leading community-based clean water organizations.

What house did you live in on campus and what was your favorite thing about it?  I lived in Sessions and Park houses. My favorite thing about Session was (of course) the secret staircase — my favorite thing about Park was the view of Paradise Pond.

Why did you choose Smith?  I chose Smith because it was the best women’s college to which I applied!

Who was your favorite professor/what was your best class?  An Economics class with Bob Buchele made an incredible impression on me because it was a totally different perspective on the world and how the economy impacts people. We spent one fascinating class talking about why it was not a good idea that New York City declare bankruptcy.

What makes a Smithie unique? I think that what makes Smithies unique is our commitment to supporting other women and our belief that women can pursue any goals they choose. I hope that we all share the responsibility that we will use the incredible skills, knowledge, and understanding we have been provided with to make the world a better place for women and other humans!

Do you have a defining Smith moment?  I was so proud that Elizabeth, my daughter, decided to go to Smith too! It’s a very different place than it was when I was there and she loved it for lots of the same and different reasons than I did. When she graduated in May, it was a wonderful moment to walk with the Class of 1776 group thru hollering and whooping seniors on each side — and to see my daughter enjoying this so much with her friends. I’ll never forget it. We’re both so proud to be Smithies!


Smithie of the Month: Amanda Mott

Amanda Mott

Amanda Mott, Class of 1985

How long have you lived in Philadelphia? Since 1991.

What’s your favorite restaurant in the city? Do I have to pick one? Love the choices we have a great restaurant scene – love oysters at Pennsylvania 6, Tria and Mr. Martino’s Trattoria to name a few.

What are you up to now? I work at the University of Pennsylvania as the Associate Director for News. I have just started working on a master’s part time and I enjoy reading and spending time gardening in Waverly Community Garden.

What house did you live in on campus and what was your favorite thing about it? Morris House – the friends I made there are life long. It was great being on Green Street and close to Paradise Pond. The fact that it was a medium in size meant we had a nice mix of students from all years.

Why did you choose Smith?  A family friend Nancy Leslie recommended it she taught at Spellman College in Georgia where I lived and her daughter was a freshman at Mount Holyoke. My parents were British and had not gone through the U.S. college search process. I loved the idea of college in New England.

What is your favorite Smith tradition and why?  Loved Friday teas and Art History 100. That routine of taking time to gather in that slightly formal, informal way and sit and talk was kind of funny but also wonderful. A year of art history and looking at art and architecture from all over the world was like a grand tour. On those occasions when I am fortunate to see the works we studied in person – brings those lessons to life.

Who was your favorite professor/what was your best class? I took Letterpress with Elliot Offner in my junior year – love of it has stayed with me. The satisfaction of working to set moveable type, watch as the words take shape on the page and feel the impression the type has made on the paper is amazing.

Do you have a defining/favorite/most memorable/transformative Smith moment? I think it was when I finally realized there were no requirements and signed up for Dance History. It was freeing. My first semester I basically created requirements for myself English 101, History 101, Calculus . . .what was I thinking? When I began to explore what I wanted, it opened up a new world of possibilities.

What makes a Smithie unique? She is empowered to be outspoken and a good listener.

How did your Smith experience shape your life? Hard to sum up. I could not have gone to Smith without the financial aid I received and I’m forever grateful for the experiences, discoveries and doors opened as a result. I reconnected with Smith in a meaningful way six years ago when I joined the Smith Alumnae Chorus. Since then I have traveled with them in concert to Sicily and to the Baltic. It has been a true gift to be able to connect to generations of Smith singers, make new friends and to experience the astonishing
talent of Jonathan Hirsh, senior lecturer and director of choral and orchestral activities at Smith.