417 Home: What has been one of the most memorable events you’ve hosted?
Gail Smart: A favorite event we had was when we hosted about 30 teachers from Brazil who had come here for six weeks to increase their English skills and learn more about teaching English. One of the teachers went to the living room and started playing Beatles songs and Eagles songs, and everyone started dancing. We live in an old house and I thought the floor was going to fall through into the basement. It was fun for people to stand around and sing songs and dance.
417 Home: Was entertaining in your home a part of your life prior to your husband’s role as president of the university?
G.S.: When Clif practiced law, his firm started doing some fundraisers for political candidates. We might have done a couple of those, but certainly not on the scale that we entertain now. [When Clif became president,] I knew I would be doing some entertaining, but I really didn’t have any idea how much. Nor did I know how much I would enjoy it.
417 Home: What aspect of entertaining do you enjoy the most?
G.S.: Seeing people have a good time. It seems that no matter what group we have or what groups we put together… everyone seems to have a good time. They want to talk. They want to visit. I don't really gravitate toward the food aspect. I'm not a food person, but I'm glad somebody else is.