The William Smith Founder's Day celebration will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 8. All William Smith students are invited to the annual celebration and dinner, which begins at 6 p.m. in Comstock Dining Room. Dianne Doctor '78 and Julia Heemstra '96 are the featured alumnae speakers, and will discuss “Women in Action.”
RSVP by Feb. 1 to the William Smith Dean's Office, ext. 3467 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Founder's Day is one of William Smith College's oldest traditions. Students, alumnae, administrators, and faculty members gather to celebrate the establishment of the College and the achievements of its women.
Doctor was named senior vice president and news director for WCBS-TV New York in 2004. She joined the station in 2002 as vice president and news director. Doctor is the recipient of multiple New York Emmy Awards, including one for Best Single Newscast for CBS 2. At the CBS flagship station she led the team to win several New York State Broadcasters' Associated Press Awards, including one for overall excellence.
Prior to WCBS-TV, Doctor was vice president/news director at WNBC. Doctor joined WNBC in 1991 as producer of the station’s 11 p.m. newscast and later served as producer of the 6 p.m. newscast, “NewsChannel 4 at Noon,” and various special projects. She was promoted to executive producer of special projects, then to assistant news director, and was named news director shortly thereafter. As news director, Doctor received an Edward R. Murrow Award for the station's coverage of 9/11. Doctor graduated from William Smith College with a degree in English in 1978. She earned her master’s degree in telecommunications the following year from Syracuse University.
Heemstra is a prevention specialist with Curran-Seeley Foundation in Jackson, Wyo., and provides programs on substance abuse to students in elementary, middle and high schools throughout Teton County. Before that she worked as a shelter coordinator for the Network Against Sexual and Domestic Abuse in Bozeman, Mont., offering crisis counseling and advocacy to survivors of domestic violence.
Heemstra founded a rural preschool for Zulu children and taught at a Zulu school in Winterton, South Africa. She graduated magna cum laude from William Smith College in 1996 after majoring in social inequalities: gender, race and class, a major which she designed herself. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and received the Hobart Student Government Award, the William Smith Student Government Award, and the Professor Larry Young Award. During her time at William Smith she was editor-in-chief of Waves, a weekly campus publication (1995), and participated in varsity cross country, serving as team captain in 1993, the same year she earned Academic All-American and MVP. She also worked as public relations director for the 1996 Day of Service volunteer event.