This event is sold out. 


A Conversation With

 Ruth J. Simmons

 Ninth President of Smith College


Please join us for an exceptional evening in support of the SCC NYC Scholarship Fund.


Tuesday, April 2, 2024 - 6:00 to 8:30 pm
 The Yale Club of New York City

50 Vanderbilt Avenue on the corner of 44th Street 


All proceeds benefit the Scholarship Fund dedicated to providing critical financial aid

to students from the Greater New York area.


Dr. Ruth J. Simmons, former President of Smith College, will be our honoree and featured speaker. She is currently a Distinguished Presidential Fellow at Rice University and Adviser to the President of Harvard University on HBCU Initiatives. 


After serving as Smith's president from 1995 to 2001, Dr. Simmons became the first Black president of an Ivy League institution, leading Brown University from 2001 to 2012. Following a brief retirement, she served as president of a historically Black university, Prairie View A&M, from 2017 to 2023. While at Smith, she launched a number of important academic initiatives, including an engineering program, the first at an American women's college.


Dr. Simmons is the recipient of numerous honors and awards. She has received more than forty honorary degrees from universities around the world, including Oxford University, Ewha Womans University in South Korea, and the American College in Greece. Among her many honors, Dr. Simmons recently delivered the National Endowment for the Humanities Jefferson Lecture, "Facing History to Find a Better Future," at the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. This is the highest honor the federal government bestows for distinguished intellectual achievement in the humanities.


We hope you will join us for a conversation with Smith College President Emerita Ruth J. Simmons and Smith College Trustee and Smith Medalist, Deborah Archer, BA Smith 1993, JD Yale 1996. 


Support the Benefit and meet Ruth Simmons on an extraordinary evening! 


SCCNYC Benefit Committee
Linda Smith Charles ‘74
Susan Cohen ‘62
Barbara Massey ‘63
Ellen Matzkin ‘69




6:00 pm


Refreshments & Hors D’oeuvres

7:00 pm

Ruth J. Simmons in Conversation 

8:00 pm 

Informal Gathering & Refreshments



Benefactor Level contributors receive special mention in SCCNYC Benefit promotions 


(You will be contacted to confirm how many tickets you will be using.)

Angels: $2,000 - Includes up to five (5) tickets 

Sponsors: $1,000 - Includes up to four (4) tickets 

Patrons: $600 - Includes up to three (3) tickets 

Individual: $250Includes one (1) ticket  



(No associated tickets)

Angels: $2,000 

Sponsors: $1,000 

Patrons: $600

Individual: $250


Reminder: If you are paying by check, please inform us, in advance by sending an email to

Checks should be made payable and mailed to Smith Club of NYC, PO Box 220048, Great Neck, NY 11022




(List in formation)


Debbie DeCotis '74

Ann Kaplan '67

John and Patricia Klingenstein Fund

Sylvia (Cookie) Lewis '74

Lara Marcon '91

Alison Overseth '80

Rebecca Truelove '91



Caren Byrd Borland '68

Julie Cerf '80

Linda Charles '74

Julie Cho '94

Susan Cohen '62

Peggy Danziger '62

Alexandra Daugherty '86

Thelma Golden '87

Lois Perelson-Gross '83

Lile Gibbons '64

Ann Hilliard '59

Wendy Kassel '73

Shelly Lazarus '68

Barbara Massey '63

Ellen Matzkin '69

Alden Prouty '64

Judith Schwartz '66

S. Mona Sinha '88

Cornelia (Nealie) Small '66

Nancy Solomon '69

Ellen Strickler '57

Anita Wien '62



Emary Aronson '82

Erika Brewer '86

Judy Chen '93

Marilyn Cohen '68

Shelly d'Arcambal '81

Julia Davis '82

Joan Dilakian '74

Virginia Gliedman '64

Jan Golann '71

Felice Horwitz '56

Nancy Judge '73

Gina Ko '99

Kathleen Miller '68

Charlotte Nad '77

Denise Rabinowitz '69

Allison Saxe '73

Patricia (Trish) Tidwell '73

Jacalyn Yang '80




We look forward to seeing you at what promises to be an extraordinary evening.


Thank you for your valued support of the Smith College Club of New York City