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Professor Mary Shapiro Named Inaugural Diane Kagen Trust Professor

(August 20, 2014) -- Last year, one of the generous gifts to the Making Education Work Campaign came from the Trust Family to endow the Diane Kagen Trust '77GS Professorship for Leadership Development. This Professorship will enable us to highlight the outstanding work we already do on leadership in all five schools at Simmons and to develop a leadership platform within the core experience we are designing for our undergraduates.

Simmons College Names Regina M. Pisa Chair of Board of Trustees

(June 25, 2014) -- Simmons College announced that Regina M. Pisa has been elected the new chair of the College's Board of Trustees. Pisa is chairman of Goodwin Procter LLP, a leading Global 100 law firm.


Conversation on Philanthropy: Dolores Amidon D'Angelo '69, '72GS

(April 2014 - Spring Simmons magazine) -- Dr. Dolores Amidon D'Angelo '69, '72GS, an honorary Simmons trustee, has devoted her career to education as a teacher and administrator. She has been actively engaged with the College as a volunteer leader and philanthropist. Her gifts include two scholarships for students in the Honors Program: the Dolores and Lawrence D'Angelo Endowed Scholarship for education majors, and the Dolores Amidon D'Angelo Honors Scholarship Fund for study abroad.

Recent Graduates Stay Connected, Give Back to Simmons

(March 31, 2014) -- Associate members of the 1899 Leadership Society are recent alumnae who join the leadership giving society at graduated giving levels. 

$2.1 Million Bequest from Mara Dole '61LS is Largest in College's History

(March 31, 2014) -- The late Mara Dole '61LS, a former cataloger at the Harvard Law School Library, generously gave $2.1 million through a bequest which has been used to establish new funds to further enhance innovation and technology at the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science.

Linda Charpentier '68, John Simmons Society Member, Establishes Scholarship through Bequest

(March 31, 2014) -- Linda Charpentier '68, director of environmental health and safety at Boston Sand & Gravel Company and mentor in the Simmons Success Connection job-shadowing program, is committed to her role as both a leader and mentor to other women in her field – a responsibility she believes is a hallmark of the Simmons community.

Conversation on Philanthropy: Jean Strouse Sharf '61

(January 2014 - Winter Simmons magazine) -- Jean Strouse Sharf '61 is among the most dedicated, consistent supporters of the College's annual fund – The Simmons Fund – having made gifts every year for nearly 40 years. She and her husband Frederic A. Sharf are accomplished philanthropists whose activities include sharing their wide-ranging collections of art, design, and cultural artifacts with others through exhibitions in museums – and hospitals.

Roslyn Watson '71 Inspires Simmons Community with Student-Centered Challenge

(December 4, 2013) -- Roslyn Watson '71 experienced firsthand the transformative power of a Simmons education.

"Simmtober" Generates Buzz – and Support

(December 4, 2013) -- When you combine popular October Simmons events with a lively social media campaign, a fundraising challenge, a giant birthday card, and an appearance by "John Simmons" himself, the result is – Simmtober!

New Gift Expands Legacy of Sarah Molloy Crane '56, '04HD

(November 6, 2013) -- When Benjamin Crane is asked what inspired his recent gift to the scholarship established by his late wife Trustee Emerita Sarah "Sally" Molloy Crane '56, '04HD, his reply reinforces her well-earned reputation as a passionate, persuasive advocate for Simmons.

[VIDEO] Simmtober: A Month in Photos

(November 1, 2013) -- A short video montage to thank you for celebrating "Simmtober" -- a full month of supporting and celebrating all things Simmons, including John Simmons's birthday on October 30!

Throughout the month, you showed your Simmons pride by participating in Simmtober on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. And you made gifts to The Simmons Fund to have a direct impact on every Simmons student. Thank you!

New Fund by Pamela J. Toulopoulos '73 Will Support Research by Students

(October 3, 2013) -- If Plato were alive today, he might well point to Pam Toulopoulos '73 as an ideal – an ideal volunteer, leader, and philanthropist. The long-time Alumnae Association Executive Board member joined the board of trustees in 2012. And over the years, Toulopoulos has taken a very thoughtful approach to her philanthropy, including her most recent gift.

Conversation on Philanthropy: Marianne Lord, Vice President of Advancement

(September 2013) -- Marianne Lord has spent the last three decades helping thousands of people take a thoughtful approach to fulfilling their philanthropic dreams. For her, it's a calling. She's been sharing her expertise and experience with Simmons alumnae/i, parents, and friends since she became vice president of advancement in 2011. In a recent conversation, she offered stimulating ideas about "giving back."

Scholarships Make Education Possible [VIDEO]

(June 2013) -- Students and donors come together and connect at the Scholarship Appreciation Brunch on Sunday, April 7, 2013 at Simmons College.

Sons Create Scholarship to Honor Mother's Legacy

(May 7, 2013) -- A family's Simmons "legacy" can take many forms beyond having multiple generations of alumnae/i – as wonderful as that is. For a growing number of families, their legacy includes sons making gifts to honor their mothers.

Son Honors Mother's Commitment to Simmons

(April 8, 2013) -- Mayo Shattuck recently gave $400,000 to create the Jane Bergwall Shattuck '48 Endowed Scholarship Fund in honor of his mother's inspiring commitment to Simmons College. This fund will provide support to ALANA (African, Latino, Asian, and Native American) students in good academic standing with demonstrated financial need to help ensure diversity of perspectives within the student body.

A Conversation on Philanthropy with Phyllis Nickerson Dotson '62 and George S. Dotson

(February 25, 2013) -- Phyllis Nickerson Dotson '62 and her husband George S. Dotson of Tulsa, Okla., established a fund at Simmons to promote academic excellence through the Dotson Bridge and Mentoring Program for student nurses. Their visionary support, totaling $4 million, has also transformed the nursing labs. Here are excerpts from a conversation with the Dotsons about their approach to philanthropy.

Commitment to Education Inspires Gifts Benefiting Students, Faculty

(February 4, 2013) -- Trustee Toby M. Sloane '60 and husband Carl S. Sloane share a commitment to supporting education with their philanthropy. Their latest gift to Simmons adds $250,000 to the Sloane Family Scholarship Fund, and provides $100,000 to establish a new award recognizing excellence in "student centeredness" in teaching.

Trustee Roslyn Watson '71 Challenges Alumnae/i to Support the Black Alumnae/i Symposium Legacy Scholarship

(January 22, 2013) -- In celebration of the 2013 Black Alumnae/i Symposium, Roslyn Watson '71 challenges you to raise funds for the Black Alumnae/i Symposium Legacy Scholarship. Between now and the Symposium weekend, every gift you make to this scholarship, Ros will match dollar for dollar, up to $150,000.

Simmons Participates in First Ever #GivingTuesday

(November 30, 2012) -- On November 27, the Simmons community provided an outstanding level of support for a wonderful new philanthropic tradition, "#GivingTuesday."

Major Commitment to Benefit Japanese Women's Leadership Initiative and Create New Scholarship

(November 8, 2012) -- Trustee Atsuko Toko Fish and her husband, Lawrence K. Fish, have made a half-million dollar commitment to two significant forms of global outreach in partnership with Simmons. The couple has pledged half of the funds for the Japanese Women's Leadership Initiative and designated the balance for a new Fish Scholarship Fund at Simmons.

Gift Supports Simmons Commitment to Global Learning, Outreach, and Solutions

(November 8, 2012) -- Simmons and Grace Richardson '60 share a strong commitment to women's issues and international outreach. So the former Colgate-Palmolive senior executive decided to think globally about women when she contributed $250,000 to our Making Education Work Campaign.

Points of Pride

(October 22, 2012) -- Rankings, women's leadership, recognition & awards, student recognition & experience, and special accreditation and certification.

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Strategy 2015: Two-Year Review

(October 2012) -- It's been two years since the Simmons Board of Trustees approved Strategy 2015, the College's five-year strategic plan. This plan outlines five strategic opportunities for the College to focus on in order to lead Simmons to a successful future.

You will read about the work that has been done to achieve these five opportunities, which will help Simmons deliver on our core purpose of transformative learning that links passion with lifelong purpose.

Strategy 2015: Two-Year Review (PDF)

$2 Million Gift Expands Impact of Successful Bridge and Mentoring Program for Student Nurses

(October 2, 2012) -- The Simmons School of Nursing and Health Sciences (SNHS) was able to launch the innovative Dotson Bridge and Mentoring Program in 2008 thanks to the visionary philanthropic support of Phyllis Nickerson Dotson '62 and her husband George S. Dotson. Since then, the Tulsa, Okla. couple's gift has had a powerful impact on the nursing program, its students, and its lab facilities.

[VIDEO] Simmons Spends its Summer Training Future Women Leaders of Africa

(September 14, 2012) -- During the summer, twenty young, accomplished women from five African countries traveled to Simmons to participate in the "Changing the Face of Leadership program," a special initiative hosted by Simmons and funded by the Study of the U.S. Branch at the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, a program designed to help young leaders develop a better understanding of the United States and improve their leadership skills.

Watch: Women from Liberia, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Mozambique, and Angola participate in Simmons's "Changing the Face of Leadership" program.

100-Year Vision Road Show Visited Alumnae/i, Parents, and Friends Across the Country

(July 13, 2012) -- President Helen G. Drinan '75LS, '78SM recently completed a 16-city tour, meeting with hundreds of alumnae/i, parents, and friends across the country to discuss her long-range vision for the future of Simmons. She also talked about Strategy 2015, which is guiding the College's progress over the next few years, supported by the Making Education Work Campaign.  

"Double Your Gift" Match from Grace Richardson '60 Motivated Simmons Community to Increase Support

(July 13, 2012) --The "Double Your Gift" match challenge from Grace Richardson '60 motivated the Simmons community to rise to challenge with generous year-end support. Together we raised over $550,000 in the month of June!

Many Honored at Commencement Recognition Celebration, Including Two Lifetime Giving Society Members

(June 8, 2012) -- The Simmons community expressed its gratitude to more than 200 of its most generous alumnae/i and friends at the annual Commencement Recognition Celebration, held this year on May 17 – the evening before Commencement. Honored guests included members of the 1899 Society and the John Simmons Society, as well as five of this year's six honorary degree recipients, each of whom offered brief comments.

Alumna and Corporator Grace E. Richardson '60 Wants to Double Your Gift and Increase Your Impact

(June 1, 2012) -- Reflecting on my life's work, my motivation has always been to promote women and to help them lead. I have been so inspired by President Helen Drinan's vision for Simmons College, that I am making a gift to support her goals. It is my great pleasure to match every gift that you make to The Simmons Fund up to $250,000 by June 30 to fund the future of our institution and fulfill my desire to take action and lead.

Community Rallies to Support The Simmons Fund During April "Voice Your Choice" Initiative

(May 8, 2012) -- Nearly 1,000 Simmons alumnae/i, parents, friends, faculty, and staff made gifts to The Simmons Fund in April during the month-long "Voice Your Choice" initiative.

Barbara Latz Cohen '68 Establishes Endowed Scholarship

(April 27, 2012) -- Trustee Barbara Latz Cohen '68 has pledged a two-part gift of $225,000 to the Making Education Work Campaign, providing both current-use and endowed funds. A long-time supporter of The Simmons Fund, she decided to significantly increase her giving after joining the College's board of trustees.

Arthur and Andrea Waldstein '60SW Create School of Social Work Scholarship

(April 27, 2012) -- The strong ties Trustee Andrea Waldstein '60SW and her husband Arthur Waldstein both have to the School of Social Work inspired them to pledge a $100,000 gift for a current-use scholarship at the School. It's the first scholarship designated for SSW's "3+1" program that enables students to earn both bachelor's and master's degrees in four years.

Class of 2012 Asked to Support Senior Class Gift

(April 26, 2012) -- As graduation day approaches, members of the Simmons Class of 2012 are being asked to participate in the Senior Class Gift program. This annual rite of spring gives graduating students their first opportunity to show their support for Simmons by giving back. Students are striving to achieve a record 60 participation rate this year.

Vote for Simmons in April! Support the "Voice Your Choice" Initiative with your Gift – and Vote

(April 1, 2012) -- April is "Voice Your Choice" month for all Simmons alumnae/i, faculty, staff, parents, and friends. Your gift to The Simmons Fund in April will accomplish two things:

  1. You will have a direct impact on today's students and the future of Simmons by helping us implement Strategy 2015 – the visionary plan guiding our progress.
  2. You will have a chance to "Voice Your Choice" by voting for one of three Strategy 2015 initiatives as your favorite. We'll announce the winner in May.  
Festive Annual Scholarship Brunch Attracts Nearly 140 Members of the Simmons Community

(March 30, 2012) -- On Sunday, March 25, the Office of Advancement welcomed nearly 140 Simmons students, alumnae/i, trustees, senior administrators, and friends to the annual Scholarship Brunch, which was held in the Linda K. Paresky Conference Center. The event gives scholarship donors an opportunity to get acquainted with students who have been awarded scholarships.

Strategy 2015 Update

(March 5, 2012) -- Simmons prepares for the Phi Beta Kappa application as part of Strategy 2015's Strategic Opportunity #1, "Enhancements to Strengthen the Undergraduate College."

As part of Strategic Opportunity #3, "Collaborative and flexible undergraduate-to-graduate school opportunities," Simmons launches a cohort of accelerated degree programs.

Read the full update.

Simmons Partners with Girl Scouts to Develop New Women Leaders

(December 5, 2011) -- In an effort to support the development of new women leaders, Simmons is proud to partner with Girl Scouts of the USA to offer a new scholarship. As part of the Gilbert and Marcia Kotzen Scholars Program, a Girl Scout entering Simmons in fall 2012 will receive full tuition.

Professor Emerita Edith F. Helman '72HD Honored with $700,000 Tribute Scholarship

(December 1, 2011) -- The late Professor Emerita of Spanish Edith Fishtine Helman '72HD touched the lives of hundreds of students, colleagues, and friends in her almost-four-decade tenure at Simmons, from 1932–1971.

Your Simmons Family Tree "Legacy Contest"

(November 22, 2011) -- Did everyone in your family go to Simmons? We want to know about all your Simmons "legacy" connections—did your mother, father, sister, brother, aunt, and grandmother attend Simmons undergraduate or grad school? The person with the most Simmons "legacy" connections will win T-shirts for all of your Simmons family members. Please share your family connections with us.

Donors Recognized at the 1899 Society Cocktail Reception

(November 21, 2011) -- About 50 members of the 1899 and GOLD Societies gathered at the College on November 16 for the annual 1899 Society Cocktail Reception. The 1899 Society recognizes alumnae/i, parents, and friends who support the College through cumulative annual gifts of $1,899 or more. Members contribute over half of the overall revenue raised by the College each year.

[VIDEO] Making Education Work Campaign Video

(October 13, 2011) -- View the Making Education Work Campaign video featuring alumnae/i who "make education work." This video is also a part of the 100-Year Vision Road Show.

Nancy Sandler Gavrin '58 Champions Student Health, Fitness

(October 3, 2011) -- Fitness-program owner and instructor Nancy Sandler Gavrin '58 has been in the exercise business for more than 30 years. So when she decided to make a significant gift to benefit Simmons students in connection with the Making Education Work Campaign, the College's Peer Health Education Program caught her attention. She liked what she heard.

Thanks to You, We're more than Halfway to Our Making Education Work Campaign Goal

(October 3, 2011) - Vice President of Advancement, Marianne E. Lord, thanks the community for all the support of the Making Education Work Campaign.

Why She Gives: SNHS Staff Member Sandra Northrup Tells Her Story

(September 30, 2011) -- A postcard outside Sandra Northrup's office show a group of smiling Simmons students who participated in last year's Alternative Spring Break project with Habitat for Humanity in Washington, Penn.

Making Education Work Campaign Achieves Halfway Mark

(September 26, 2011) -- Simmons donors gave our community a reason to celebrate the opening of the new fiscal year. Thanks to the thousands of donors who have given to the Making Education Work Campaign so far — including hundreds of faculty, staff, and students — the halfway point of the $85 million goal has been reached, with more than $42.5 million raised so far.

The 100-Year Vision Road Show with President Drinan Made the First Stop in Boston

(September 22, 2011) - Upwards of 150 alumnae/i, family, friends, students, faculty, and staff attended the inaugural event of the 100-Year Vision Road Show with President Helen Drinan.

Simmons Also Named A "Best College" by U.S.News & World Report, Joining The Princeton Review and

(September 13, 2011) -- Once again, Simmons has been named a "Best College" by U.S.News & World Report in the 2012 edition of "America's Best Colleges." Simmons ranked in the top tier of schools in the Regional Universities North category.

In the past two months, Simmons has been cited by three premier rankings organizations for excellence. Simmons was featured in The Princeton Review's 2012 college guidebook as one of the nation's "Best 376 Colleges" and named by as one of "America's Best Colleges 2011."  

Trustee Deborah Brittain '74SW Endows New Scholarship

(August 29, 2011) -- Deborah Brittain '74SW says establishing an endowed scholarship at the School of Social Work is a natural extension of her dedication to the school's mission, Simmons more broadly, and the Making Education Work Campaign.

2011 Reunion Giving Tops $1 Million

(July 18, 2011) -- This year's Reunion classes celebrated their milestone year by giving an impressive $1,029,111 to Simmons and all Reunion gifts count toward the Making Education Work Campaign which gives additional cause for celebration.

Cricket Laun '46: Finding the Fun in Philanthropy
(July 18, 2011) -- Sixty years have passed since Cricket Laun '46 was a singer in the Simmons Bluettes, but she relives her experience every week when she sings with a group in her community. "I had such a good time at Simmons," Laun said. "It was perfect for me."

Teresa 'Terri' Winter Messer '68 Says "Thank You" with Scholarship Gift
(July 18, 2011) -- Ever since fifth grade, Terri Winter Messer '68 knew she wanted to write. And she says Simmons prepared her well for a fulfilling career in journalism and public relations.

Susan Snyderman Rowley '64 Creates $100,000 Endowed Scholarship for Honor Students

(July 18, 2011) -- Susan Snyderman Rowley '64 says the endowed scholarship she and her husband, Geoffrey, have established is a timely way to say "thank you" for her Simmons education.

Senior Class Gift Reaches Historic 58% Participation Level
(June 8, 2011) -- Congratulations to this year's senior class, who achieved a record-breaking 58% participation rate for their Senior Class Gift.

Standing Room Only as Donors and Honorary Degree Recipients Are Honored at the Commencement Recognition Celebration
(June 8, 2011) -- More than 300 guests attended this year's Commencement Recognition Celebration to applaud the 2011 honorary degree recipients and donors from the 1899 and John Simmons giving societies.

2011 Presidential Award Grants 23 Students Reprieve from Loan Payments
(June 8, 2011) -- Twenty-three students from the Class of 2011 were granted a 2011 Presidential Award of $10,000 each to go towards student loan payments. The names of the students were announced by President Helen G. Drinan '75LS, '78SM at the Commencement Recognition Celebration, to the delight of the students, their families, and the standing room only crowd.

Meet the Volunteer Leaders of the Making Education Work Campaign
(May 2, 2011) -- The alumnae volunteers leading the Making Education Work Campaign earned the nickname "The Starting Five" when they launched the Match Madness Challenge. Together, they generously agreed to match every gift to The Simmons Fund in March.

In The Name of Science: Libby Warren Backofen '46 Leaves Entire Estate to Simmons
Elizabeth "Libby" Warren Backofen '46 is passionate about science. Backofen is also passionate about Simmons. So when it was time to plan for her estate, she decided to leave it all to the College and stipulated that her gift be used to establish an endowed chair or scholarship in biology, chemistry, physics, or mathematics.

Dean of Students Sarah Neill Puts Charles River Dive on Table for Senior Class Gift
(May 2, 2011) -- At the April 26 Senior Faculty Banquet, Dean of Students Sarah Neill put a big offer on the table. She challenged the Senior Class to reach 75% participation for their Senior Class Gift – and offered to jump in the Charles River if this never-achieved-before feat is met.

Emotions Run High at 2011 Scholarship Brunch
(April 1, 2011) -- Held on Sunday, March 27 in the Linda K. Paresky Conference Center, the 2011 Scholarship Brunch was one for the books. Many of the more than 120 guests in attendance – including President Helen G. Drinan '75LS, '78SM, deans, professors, trustees, Alumnae Association Executive Board members, students, parents, and donors – were moved to tears, listening to the morning's three speakers giving personal and emotional accounts of how scholarships have changed their lives.

Suzanne DuBose '78: Honoring her Grandmother by Paying it Forward
(April 1, 2011) -- "When it comes to education, money should not be a deterrent," said Suzanne DuBose '78, stating one of the reasons she created the Lucy Grove DuBose Scholarship for Scholastic Achievement. In celebration of the Making Education Work Campaign, DuBose recently made a $50,000 commitment to the scholarship, which is named for DuBose's grandmother, an African-American, college-educated entrepreneur who grew up in 1920s-era Birmingham, AL and sent all three of her children to college. "My grandmother empowered our family by making a college education possible," said DuBose. "It's really important to me, to give back so someone else can be empowered."

Enid Shapiro '67SW: Honoring a Lifetime of Enrichment
(April 1, 2011) -- "Simmons changed my life," said corporator Enid Shapiro '67SW, a social worker who has enjoyed a 50-year career and is still active in consulting.

AAEB Encourages Alums To "Tell Your Story"
(March 30, 2011) -- Simmons wants you to tell your story on the College's Making Education Work Campaign website. It's a spot where you can share your Simmons experience with the rest of our growing community. This list of thoughts and memories from fellow alumnae is quite diverse and inspiring - won't you share yours?

President Helen G. Drinan '75LS, '78SM to Lead College Through 2016
(March 18, 2011) -- Simmons Board of Trustee Chair Lauren Brisky '73 announced this week that President Helen G. Drinan '75LS, '78SM has agreed to serve as President of Simmons College through the 2016 academic year.

Kalimah Redd Knight '09GS is Making Education Work
(March 2, 2011) -- Former newspaper reporter Kalimah Redd Knight '09GS still has a journalist's instincts; she knows a good story when she sees one. And she sees them at Simmons all the time.

Alumnae Association Gives $50,000: Largest Gift in History
(March 2, 2011) -- The Alumnae Association Executive Board (AAEB) has committed to making their largest gift in history, in honor of the Making Education Work Campaign. This year, the AAEB will give $50K in support of the Alumnae Association Endowed Scholarship Fund.

What's Your Simmons Story? Tell It to the Community!
(February 1, 2011) -- Several alumnae/i have posted their story. Now it is your turn to share!

Track the Campaign on the Making Education Work Campaign Website
(February 1, 2011) -- The Campaign Progress to Date has been updated.

Your Support at Work: The Stories of Seven Current Students
(February 1, 2011) -- Each spring, the Office of Undergraduate Admission invites several outstanding upperclasswomen to be part of the new student recruitment team. They are called Senior Interviewers.

Advancement Ushers In New Leadership Era

(January 13, 2011) -- After 13 years at Simmons, Vice President for Advancement Kristina G. Schaefer has accepted a position to become Associate Dean for External Affairs at MIT Sloan School of Management. The opportunity is exciting, but bittersweet for Schaefer: "My new role is an incredible opportunity," she said, "but I will deeply miss the people and one-of-a-kind community at Simmons. It has been a special and joyful home for me for 13 years."

Esther Wilkins '38, Author of Definitive Dental Hygiene Text, Creates $100,000 Scholarship

(January 13, 2011) -- Esther Wilkins '38 RDH, DMD, who turned 94 in December, owes the beginning of a long and illustrious career to Simmons. The science major, who still teaches at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, inadvertently wrote what would become the definitive textbook on dental hygiene. Clinical Practice of the Dental Hygienist started as Dr. Wilkins' attempt to coordinate and organize the classes she was teaching at the University of Washington in Seattle.

THANK YOU: Calendar Year End Shows Strong Participation

(January 13, 2011) -- Thanks to donors like you, Simmons has almost 100 more donors to the Simmons Annual Fund now than it did at this time last year. Total donors from July 1 through December 31 were at almost 3,500. Additionally, the average gift size to the Simmons Fund has increased in direct marketing initiatives when compared to the last two years.

Making Education Work Campaign Leadership Named: Kathy Morrissey LaPoint '84 to Chair

(November 30, 2010) -- The Board of Trustees and Simmons College are excited to announce that Kathy Morrissey LaPoint '84 has been named Chair of the Making Education Work Campaign.

1899 Society Reception Boasts Highest Attendance Ever

(November 30, 2010) -- More than 70 guests – the largest gathering in history – attended the November 17 1899 Society Reception, the annual event for Simmons's leadership giving society.

Campaign Volunteer Leadership

(November 29, 2010) - A list of the Campaign Executive Committee and Leadership Volunteers.

[VIDEO] National Philanthropy Day 2010 Thank You Video

(November 15, 2010) -- Simmons students and groups say thank you to our donors for National Philanthropy Day.

Campus Comes Alive with Leadership Volunteers, Families, and Community Service for Leadership Weekend

(October 29, 2010) -- The Simmons campus was bustling with activity the weekend of October 23, as alumnae/i volunteers and trustees, student families, and friends of the College returned for Leadership Weekend, Family Weekend, and a special, all-inclusive community service event.

Student Phone Callers Look to Break Records

(October 29, 2010) -- The Simmons phone program students are at it again: after an amazingly successful fiscal year 2010, the group has set the record-breaking goal of raising $425,000 in fiscal year 2011.

Bonita Betters-Reed is Making Education Work

(October 29, 2010) -- "I see my life and work through a philanthropic lens," says Professor Bonita Betters-Reed, "And that's what I love about the School of Management. It's really about what we can do to make a difference in the world. Our commitment to responsible, principled leadership differentiates us from other management schools and attracts likeminded people."

[VIDEO] Faculty and Staff Join Making Education Work Campaign Day Celebration

(October 18, 2010) -- Faculty, staff, and students joined in the lively Making Education Work Day festivities on Thursday, October 14. Approximately 450 people – and the Simmons Shark – stopped by the Campaign information table in the MCB lobby to learn more about the $85 million, community-wide initiative and its benefits for students and the College's academic programs.

GSLIS Receives $138,000 Grant to Build Archives & Preservation Digital Curriculum Lab

(October 1, 2010) -- Due to its reputation as a leader in the archives and preservation community – it is ranked as one of the top ten archives and preservation management programs in the country by U.S.News & World Report – GSLIS has received a $138,000 grant from the National Historic Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) to building an archives and preservation digital curriculum laboratory.

Family Honors Recent Grad With Gift of Art

(October 1, 2010) -- When James and Audrey Foster – two leaders in the Boston art community – moved from their suburban home into the city of Boston, they knew exactly where they wanted their beloved, commissioned outdoor sculptures to go: Simmons. "James and I know Simmons has great art shows, and has shown a constant commitment to the arts," said Audrey, "and the timing was great with our niece, Stephanie, recently graduating after a very positive experience."

All New Campaign Website Goes Live

(September 2010) -- If you ever wonder whether your gift to Simmons really can make education work, just ask a student or faculty member. Every day, they bring that concept to life all across the campus. Their inspiring stories will remind you of the distinctive ways Simmons prepares students for meaningful lives and careers and why your philanthropy is an important part of the story.

Why She Gives: Emily Wood '59, '62SW Aims High in Annual Fund Giving

(September 3, 2010) -- Emily Wood '59, '62SW transferred to Simmons after two years at another, larger university. "I was looking for a school that would give me a vocation," she said. "Simmons took me in. I liked being at a small school. It was a lot of hard work, but I loved it."

Honoring a Mentor: Sandra Yaffie Weinstein '60 Creates Scholarship in Memory of Professor John Timm

(July 30, 2010) -- In honor of her mentor, Weinstein recently established the Sandra Yaffie Weinstein '60 Endowed Scholarship in Memory of Professor John A. Timm with a $100,000 commitment. Priority is given to potential recipients who are chemistry majors.

Simmons Bucks National Philanthropy Trends: Annual Giving Up

(July 29, 2010) -- In an amazing showing of support, Simmons bucked a broad-reaching national trend and saw donor contributions to The Simmons Fund grow in fiscal year 2010. According to the 2009 Index of Higher Education Fundraising Performance, giving to annual funds decreased 11% across the nation from fiscal year 2009 – making the year's growth in The Simmons Fund striking.

Making Education Work Campaign Supports Strong Fiscal Year End Numbers

(July 7, 2010) - As fiscal year numbers continue to be finalized, one thing is clear: the Making Education Work campaign is gaining momentum, and it's showing in the College's philanthropic numbers.

Reunion Giving Total Highest in Recent History

(July 1, 2010) -- Thanks in large part to the hard work of the 2010 class reunion volunteers, reunion giving reached the highest total in recent years. Congratulations to the graduates of class years ending in "0" and "5" for this fantastic accomplishment!

THANK YOU: Making Education Work Campaign Hits $30 Million Mark!

(June 1, 2010) -- With several leadership commitments and the annual support of thousands of donors, the Making Education Work campaign has hit the $30 million mark. The $85 million Campaign is the College's largest ever, and the two priority initiatives are Scholarships and Academics. The success of the Campaign will increase access to a Simmons education for deserving students, and enhance the academic experience.

The Roslyn Solomon Jaffe '50, '10HD Case Room Dedication: A Family Affair

(June 1, 2010) -- In honor of Roslyn Solomon Jaffe's honorary degree, her 80th birthday, and her 60th Reunion, Ros's husband Elliot and their family recently named one of two case rooms in the School of Management and Academic Building in honor of Ros. The room was dedicated on the evening of May 13.

Standing Room Only at the Commencement Recognition Celebration

(May 28, 2010) -- The Commencement Recognition Ceremony, the College's premiere donor acknowledgment event - was held on campus this year for the second time. The event, held on May 13, celebrated the year's honorary degree recipients and thanked members of the Simmons community who support the College philanthropically, specifically members of the 1899 Leadership Giving Society and the John Simmons Planned Giving Society.

Student Scholarship Recipients Meet Donors at Scholarship Brunch

(March 29, 2010) -- On Sunday, March 21, 130 donors and guests had the opportunity to meet 80 current students and hear firsthand the impact their philanthropy was making. The annual Scholarship Appreciation Brunch has sparked several lifelong friendships and is one of the highest-attended philanthropy events of the year.

Profiles in Giving: Consistency is Key

(March 26, 2010) -- Consistent giving to The Simmons Fund is critical to the College's success and is the lifeblood of the five-year Making Education Work campaign. These two 1899 Society members below have contributed almost $100,000 in total through the years. Whether it's making a stretch gift, or giving at a special time each year, these women share the goal of celebrating an education that continues to have benefits – and at the same time impacting the lives of today's students.

Faith Richardson '84 Pays It Forward

(March 2, 2010) -- Trustee Faith Richardson '84 recently made a $115,000 contribution to the Making Education Work campaign to commemorate her unique Simmons experience experience – which was enabled because of a generous scholarship – and to make Simmons even better for the next generation of students. Her gift will benefit two funds she set up during the College's last campaign: the Faith M. Richardson '84 Fund for Faculty Research and Development, and the Faith M. Richardson Endowed Scholarship.

Simmons Bucks National Philanthropy Trends: Current Use Giving and Participation Up

(March 1, 2010) -- Despite a challenging economy, Simmons defied national trends. Participation at Simmons remained steady at approximately 22% - almost double the national average. Giving to the Simmons Fund not only remained steady, but grew by 16%, to just shy of $3 million.

1899 Society Breakfast Reception Features Professor Sylvia Maxfield

(March 1, 2010) -- Twenty-two guests attended the 1899 Society Donor Appreciation Breakfast on February 24. Hosted on the fifth floor of the SOM and Academic Building, guests enjoyed sweeping views of Boston and the College's cupola and quad, and a talk on the economy with Professor Sylvia Maxfield over a plated breakfast.

Alumnae/i Rally Around Making Education Work Campaign, Boosting Calendar Year-End Numbers

(January 31, 2010) -- Alumnae/i enthusiasm around the Making Education Work campaign, the College's largest campaign ever, has boosted Calendar Year End numbers in the areas of Annual Giving and Major Gifts.

A Life of Giving Back: Beverly Kerness Unger '44 Makes $100,000 Scholarship Gift

(January 31, 2010) -- The Beverly Kerness Unger '44 Endowed Scholarship is Unger's first major gift to the College. "I thought the time was right with the economic downturn," she said. "Now more than ever, a scholarship can make all the difference in the world to someone who really deserves the opportunity to come to Simmons."

Trustees Band Together to Create Scholarship Fund

(January 11, 2010) -- In support of the Making Education Work campaign, the Simmons College Board of Trustees recently banded together to create the Trustee Scholarship Fund. Nine trustees have given more than $250,000 to the Fund so far.

Simmons Sets $85 Million Goal for Largest Campaign Ever

(November 1, 2009) -- The Simmons Board of Trustees has announced a record $85 million goal for the College's Making Education Work campaign. Scheduled to continue through 2014, the initiative will further strengthen the College's impressive academic programs and make them more affordable for students. It's the largest campaign in Simmons's history.

Making Education Work: Trustees Lead the Way with Significant Campaign Gifts

(October 30, 2009) -- Simmons trustees share a powerful commitment to the College and its students. These days, trustees are not only volunteering their time and expertise, they're actively supporting the new $85 million Making Education Work campaign with an impressive outpouring of generous, meaningful gifts. The four profiled here are setting the pace.

Students Making Education Work: Two Seniors Receive STEM Science Grants

(October 2, 2009) -- Thanks to a $586,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), Colleges of the Fenway members - Emmanuel College, Simmons College, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and Wheelock College - launched a STEM Scholars Program.

SOM Classroom Named for "Dress Barn" Founder Roslyn Jaffe '50

(September 30, 2009) -- Roslyn Solomon Jaffe '50 and her husband Elliot are pioneering entrepreneurs and philanthropists who share a commitment to higher education – and Simmons. Just recently Elliot and the couple's children honored Roslyn on the eve of her 60th Reunion by making a $250,000 gift to the new Making Education Work campaign.


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Making Education Work Campaign - Giving Opportunities

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