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SSW Professors Develop Suicide-Prevention Course

(January 12, 2015) -- When assistant professor Joanna Almeida, Sc.D., M.P.H., M.S.W., joined the Simmons School of Social Work faculty in 2012, she saw a gap in the curriculum. The following year, when Kimberly O’Brien, Ph.D., M.S.W., LICSW was hired as an assistant professor, Almeida saw an opportunity to combine their shared interest in suicide and respective training in prevention and mental health interventions. Soon the two began collaborating to develop a course on suicide prevention that would fill this gap at Simmons School of Social Work – and beyond. 

“Many people don’t know that there are twice as many suicides as homicides every year in the United States, and unfortunately, despite our best efforts, the suicide rate hasn’t significantly budged in decades,” say Almeida and O’Brien. They believe that as the first mental health clinician clients often encounter, social workers, and are perfectly poised to address suicidal clients.

Celebrating Our Founder’s Legacy

(December 18, 2014) -- On October 30, 2014, Simmons alumnae/i and friends celebrated the vision of John Simmons, the voice of the Simmons College community, and the legacy that each and every one of us shares, at a Legacy Celebration at the Boston Public Library.

Joseph E. Corcoran, founder and chairman of Corcoran Jennison Companies, received the inaugural John Simmons Legacy Award at the event. The award honors individuals “whose lives and achievements reflect the qualities that enabled John Simmons to found the College.” Simmons and President Helen G. Drinan ’75LS, ’78SM recognized Corcoran for his visionary, transformative commitment to revitalizing urban neighborhoods in Boston and around the country.

Winter 2014 Message from President Helen Drinan

(December 5, 2014) -- I cannot believe another year has gone by and the fall semester is quickly coming to a close. For many of us, December is a time for reflection and an opportunity to plan for the future. Every year, I have much to reflect on both personally and professionally, and today I would like to share with you some of the things for which I am grateful. 

Endowed Professorship to Focus on Women, Leadership

(December 4, 2014) -- Diane Kagen Trust ’77GS recently gave $1.5 million to endow a professorship in her name at Simmons. She says her philanthropic commitment to her alma mater springs directly from personal experience.

Special Message from Provost Katie Conboy

(September 2, 2014) --  It is with a very sad heart that I tell you of the death of Mr. Fabian Haak, husband of Donna Dolan, Assistant Vice President and College Registrar, on Saturday August 30. Donna and Fabian had 42 wonderful years together. She told me that he had been feeling unwell for the last week, but this was so completely unexpected.

President Drinan on Huffington Post: Mo'ne Davis -- Four Success Tips For Girls From a Young Baseball Ace

(August 26, 2014) -- Today is Women's Equality Day! In honor of this great day, President Helen Drinan discusses Mo'Ne Davis and what she believes girls can learn about leadership and success from this inspiring athlete in her latest column for The Huffington Post.

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Simmons Co-hosts Women in Public Service Project Institute

(August 20, 2014) -- From May 25-June 6, 2014, Simmons co-hosted the 2014 Women in Public Service Project Institute, bringing together a group of 50 women from more than 20 nations ravaged by war, political violence, and human rights violations.

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.

First Annual Roslyn S. Jaffe "Everyday Hero" Awards Honoring Dressbarn Founder and Simmons Honorary Trustee Roslyn Jaffe '50, '10HD Generated Over 1,000 Nominations

(August 6, 2014) --Ascena Retail Group, Inc., has launched the first-ever Roslyn S. Jaffe Awards. This new annual awards program honors the lifelong contributions of Roslyn S. Jaffe, who co-founded the first dressbarn store in 1962. Jaffe, Class of 1950, is a Simmons College Honorary Trustee and Honorary Degree recipient from 2010.

"Ascena's philanthropic vision is simple: empowering women and children to be their best," said David Jaffe, CEO of Ascena Retail Group, Inc. "Across our communities there are amazing stories about individuals working tirelessly toward this goal."

The awards will recognize 'everyday heroes' who are making the world a better place for women and/or children in the areas of education, health, social reform, and self-esteem.

Read more. (WSJ Online)

Letter to the GSLIS Community from GSLIS Librarian Linda Watkins '84LS

(July 28, 2014) -- GSLIS Librarian Linda Watkins '84LS will retire in August after serving for 33 years in the role.

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.


Remembering History, or Not

(June 11, 2014) -- Ambassador (ret) Mark Bellamy, Warburg Professor, shares his thoughts on D-Day.

Important Update from President Drinan on the Future of Simmons

(May 14, 2014) -- I am writing to our entire Simmons College community—students, parents, faculty, staff, trustees, and alumnae/i—to update you on the significant accomplishments we have achieved, and on plans to move Simmons forward in the extremely demanding, competitive, rapidly changing marketplace of higher education.

Simmons Announces New Online Nursing Programs

(May 12, 2014) -- Simmons College announced the launch of a new, online Bachelor of Science in Nursing program (RN to BSN). This is the school's first online undergraduate degree program. In addition, Simmons announced a new online Master of Science in Nursing program (RN to MSN). Both programs are designed for Registered Nurses holding an Associate Degree in Nursing and will be offered through a partnership with 2U, Inc., the leading provider of cloud-based software-as-a-service solutions.

GSLIS Alumni Reception at the ALA Conference 2014

(May, 12, 2014) -- GSLIS alumni are invited to a special GSLIS reception at the American Library Association conference in Las Vegas, Nevada on June 28, 2014. Space is limited so alumni are encouraged to register for the reception by June 9.

Q&A: Career Resources for Alumnae/i

(May 12, 2014) -- The Career Education Center (CEC) is a valuable career development resource that new graduates—and all alumnae/i—can take advantage of. The Center helps undergraduate students, graduate students, and alumnae/i develop the skills and knowledge they need to make informed decisions based on a 5 Step Career Development Model. Find out more by reading this Q&A with CEC Director Andrea Wolf.

Simmons College Commencement 2014

(May 12, 2014) -- Simmons College's 109th Commencement ceremonies were held Friday, May 9, 2014 at the Blue Hills Pavilion, where 359 undergraduate degrees and 721 graduate degrees were awarded.

Simmons Leadership Conference

(May 12, 2014) -- This year's Simmons Leadership Conference was a tremendous success, attracting more than 3,300 attendees and national press coverage. The event featured keynote speaker former Secretary of State and former U.S. Senator from New York Hillary Rodham Clinton. Other speakers included activist Zainab Salbi, astronaut Mae Jemison and actress and singer Rita Moreno.

Hon. Amy L. Nechtem '76 Appointed Chief Justice of the Juvenile Court

(May 8, 2014) -- Trial Court Chief Justice Paula M. Carey announced the appointment of Judge Amy L. Nechtem as Chief Justice of the Juvenile Court for a five-year term commencing July 31, 2014.

Judge Nechtem has served on the Juvenile Court since 2001, and in 2012 was selected President of the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ). She will succeed Chief Justice Michael F. Edgerton whose term ends on July 30, when he reaches mandatory retirement.

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Simmons Co-hosts Prestigious Women in Public Service Project Institute May 26 – June 2

(May 6, 2014) -- Simmons is co-hosting a Women in Public Service Project (WPSP) Institute with Mount Holyoke College and Smith College, and in partnership with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. The two week WSPS Institute will bring together emerging women leaders who are working to rebuild their communities following political violence and human rights violations. Alumnae/i are Invited to three main events.

Simmons College Receives Andy Warhol Screen Prints

(April 17, 2014) — The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts has made a generous donation of nine spectacular screen prints by Warhol to the Trustman Art Gallery at Simmons College.


Simmons School of Management Maintains Prestigious AACSB Business Accreditation

(April 3, 2014) — The Simmons School of Management, the only business school in the world designed specifically for women, has maintained its business accreditation from The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB).

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Call for Nominations: School of Management Alumnae/i Association Board of Directors - Spring 2014

(April 1, 2014) The Simmons School of Management Alumnae/i Association is accepting nominations for the following Board positions: President-elect, Secretary, Marketing & Communications Chair, and Associate Members.

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.

$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.

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.

Sports Icon and Humanitarian Billie Jean King is Simmons College's 2014 Commencement Speaker, May 9

(February 27, 2014) -- Sports icon and humanitarian Billie Jean King will deliver the Simmons College 109th Commencement address Friday, May 9, at the Bank of America Pavilion in Boston.


Activist Janet Mock Rocks Simmons

(February 25, 2014) -- On Thursday, February 20th, the Simmons campus was thrilled to welcome the New York Times best selling author and fierce trans advocate, Janet Mock, to present her keynote address in honor of Black History Month.


William J. Holmes, 86; Former College President

(February 21, 2014) -- In his 1970 inauguration speech as the fourth president of Simmons College, William J. Holmes talked of the need to expand programs that train women for executive-level careers.

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Simmons Nursing Student Bringing Dr. "Patch" Adams to Simmons

(February 20, 2014) -- Most people know Dr. Hunter "Patch" Adams through actor Robin Williams, who portrayed him in the 1998 hit movie based on his life. For nursing major Brianna Bouchard '14 however, seeing the doctor impersonated on screen wasn’t enough. Curious about the fate of Adams' hospital, the Gesundheit! Institute, which is featured in the film, Bouchard did some online research and wrote a letter to the doctor expressing admiration for his work. She received a hand-written response within three weeks.

News from School of Nursing and Health Sciences - February 2014

(February 20, 2014) -- Nursing, nutrition, and physical therapy news from School of Nursing of Health Sciences.

Simmons College to Host Public Forums on National Health Care Reform, Feb. 25, April 3 & 14

(February 20, 2014) — In an effort to broaden public understanding of national health care reform, Simmons College will host a series of forums to explore changes in health care legislation from an economic, policy, and provider perspective. The forums, which will be held Feb. 25, April 3, and April 14, are free and open to the public.

Read more.

Simmons School of Social Work, the First School of Social Work in the Nation, Launches Online Master's Program

(February 18, 2014) -- Simmons College School of Social Work, the nation's first school of social work, continues its 110 year tradition of innovation with its announcement today that it will offer its Master of Social Work (MSW) degree online.

The new program, SocialWork@Simmons, will offer aspiring social workers from around the country the opportunity to earn a graduate social work degree from a nationally accredited institution that is a pioneer in clinical social work education, without relocating to Boston.


SOM listed as a "Great MBA Program Option for Women"

(February 14, 2014) -- Simmons School of Management tops the list developed of the best business schools for women. Noodle based their list on programs which provide "opportunities for women both inside and outside the classroom, including networking opportunities and support systems."


Clintons Introduce New Women's Global Initiative

(February 13, 2014) -- It's been almost 20 years since Hillary Rodham Clinton solidified her feminist credentials and declared, wearing a pale pink suit in Beijing, "Women's rights are human rights and human rights are women's rights."


SSW Professor Gary Bailey Featured in the Huffington Post: Young, Gifted, Gay and Proud: Michael Sam

(February 13, 2014) -- I AM GAY. With those three words Michael Sam made history as the first openly gay African American male to possibly be drafted into the ranks of the NFL. I can only imagine that an enormous weight has been lifted from this 24-year-old man's shoulders -- all 6'3", 260 pounds of him.

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Olympic Athletes Visit Simmons for Empowerment Through Sport Conference

(February 12, 2014) -- On Saturday, February 1, Simmons hosted the second annual Empowerment Through Sport Leadership Series (ETSLS) Boston event, a conference aimed at encouraging leadership and change in young female students through athletics.


School of Social Work Named Outstanding Community Partner by National Non-Profit

(February 12, 2014) -- The School of Social Work recently received the Outstanding Community Partner Award from Year Up, an organization that works with low-income young adults to empower them to reach their career and education goals. Year Up has served as an internship site for many Simmons social work students over the years.

Simmons Snapshot - February 2014

(February 11, 2014) -- Simmons Snapshot editions for
College of Arts and Sciences - Undergraduate
College of Arts and Sciences - Undergraduate Parents
School of Management
School of Nursing and Health Sciences
School of Social Work

World Challenge 2014 – Studying Violence In Its Many Forms

(February 10, 2014) -- For nine days during winter break, 20 of our most talented students returned to campus early to participate in The Simmons World Challenge, a program that empowers Simmons sophomores to tackle social problems facing local, national, and global communities.


SNHS Dean Judy Beal Named AACN Board Secretary

(February 10, 2014) -- Judy Beal, DNSc, RN, FNAP, FAAN, dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, was elected as the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Board Secretary.

Simmons Mourns Loss of Former President William J. Holmes

(February 7, 2014) -- Letter from President Drinan: I write to share the sad news that William J. Holmes, the fourth President of Simmons College, passed away this morning. Holmes became president in 1970 and retired from the College in 1993.

NASW-MA Honors Prof. Hugo Kamya for "Greatest Contribution to Social Work Education"

(February 7, 2014) -- The National Association of Social Workers, Massachussetts Chapter (NASW-MA) has announced that it will honor Simmons Professor Hugo Kamya, PhD, LICSW the "Greatest Contribution to Social Work Education" award.


Simmons Ranked Tier 1 MBA by CEO Magazine

(February 6, 2014) - The Simmons School of Management was ranked a "Tier One MBA" by CEO Magazine and the International Graduate Forum's (IGF).


President Helen Drinan Shares 4 New Year's Tips for College Students in 2014 via the The Huffington Post

(February 6, 2014) -- The first college semester of the year has begun, and our campus is buzzing with activity as students settle into their routines after a long and cold winter break. In the spirit of new beginnings during this traditional time of reflection, I'd like to offer four tips for college students in 2014.


GSLIS Student is First Teen Librarian at Canton Public Library

(February 4, 2014 -- Allyssa Bruce is the first teen librarian at the Canton Public Library. Bruce, a Wolcott resident, graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor's degree in English and is finishing her final semester of graduate school at Simmons College in Massachusetts, where she is studying library and informational sciences.

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Lunch & Learn in Less than an Hour: What is Mindfulness and Why Should it Matter to You?

(February 4, 2014) -- Simmons Alumnae Association presents Lunch & Learn in Less than an Hour, a webinar made by and for alumnae.

What is Mindfulness and Why Should it Matter to You? is the first in a series of lunchtime webinars featuring Simmons grads. This session featured alumnae who have made career or life transitions to focus on their true passions.

Moderated by Ali Brown '93 with guest speakers Jane Buyers '81 and Gail Mann '98SM.

View webinar.

Women, Sports, and Good Leadership

(February 3, 2014) -- Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations Leanne Doherty published Women, Sports, and Good Leadership on Barbara Lee's blog "The Fine Print."

Read more. (Barbara Lee Blog - The Fine Print)

Simmons to Co-host Women’s Leadership Institute with Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges

(January 29, 2014) — Simmons College is proud to join two other women's colleges - Mount Holyoke and Smith - to co-host "Reconstructing Societies in the Wake of Conflict: Transitional Justice and Economic Development," a two-week Institute in partnership with the prestigious Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.


Message from President Drinan: Simmons Joins Prestigious International Center for Scholars

(January 29, 2014) -- I am writing to share with you the very exciting news that Simmons College has joined two other women's colleges – Mount Holyoke and Smith – to co-host "Reconstructing Societies in the Wake of Conflict: Transitional Justice and Economic Development," a two-week Institute in partnership with the prestigious Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

President Drinan's Response to the American Studies Association (ASA) Boycott of Israel Academic Institution

(January 23, 2014) -- As everyone surely knows by now, in December the American Studies Association, an academic member organization dedicated to the field of American Studies, voted to boycott Israeli academic institutions. They have defined this action as refusing to "enter into formal collaborations with Israeli academic institutions, or with scholars who are expressly serving as representatives or ambassadors of those institutions, or on behalf of the Israeli government, until Israel ceases to violate human rights and international law." Numerous college and university leaders have denounced the organization for the boycott. Several other academic associations have discussed the possibility of a similar boycott, though none have announced one as of this date.

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.

Premier Children's Literature Journal Moves to Simmons

(January 23, 2014) -- The Horn Book, the premier journal of children's literature, will be moving its editorial offices to the Simmons campus in April, leasing space in the One Palace Road building. The move will provide an even stronger connection between The Horn Book and Simmons's Center for the Study of Children's Literature (CSCL), with the potential for increased opportunities for students.


News from SNHS - January 2014

(January 23, 2014) -- SNHS, Nursing, Nutrition and Physical Therapy news for January 2014.

Lunch & Learn Webinar Series: What is Mindfulness and Why Should it Matter to You?

(January 15, 2014) -- A new webinar series is being launched for alumnae by alumnae. Moderated by Ali Brown '93 and speakers Jane Buyers '81 and Gail Mann '98SM.

Simmons Snapshot - January 2014

(January 14, 2014) -- Simmons Snapshot editions for:
College of Arts and Sciences - Undegraduate Edition
College of Arts and Sciences - Undergraduate Parents Edition
College of Arts and Sciences - Graduate Studies Edition
Graduate School of Library and Information Science Edition

SOM Dean Minehan to Appear on MSNBC

(January 10, 2014) -- Simmons School of Management Dean Cathy Minehan is scheduled to appear on MSNBC's "All In with Chris Hayes" on Monday, January 13 between 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. (her segment is due to air at 8:45 p.m.). This special episode commemorating the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty, co-hosted by Maria Shriver, will showcase the findings in The Shriver Report: A Woman's Nation Pushes Back from the Brink


Simmons Students Discuss Safety with Iraqi Leaders

(January 8, 2014) -- Last month, three Simmons students participated in a presentation to members of an Iraqi delegation designed to inform international leaders of measures taken in the United States to combat gender-based violence and human trafficking. The program, which included a visit to Girls' LEAP in Dorchester, was sponsored by the U.S. State Department's International Visitor Leadership Program and arranged by WorldBoston.

Full story. (

News from SNHS - December 2013

(December 20, 2013) -- Nursing and nutrition news from SNHS.

Leaders in Girls' Education Visit Simmons

(December 19, 2013) -- Last month, Simmons hosted the National Coalition of Girls' Schools (NCGS) for a breakfast meeting to discuss the challenges and opportunities women and girls face in education. Representatives from 12 schools attended the event, including Sister Marie Juvenal of the Maranyundo School in Rwanda. Sister Juvenal described the work being done at Maranyundo, which is supported by several members of the NCGS.

Read more.

Affordable Colleges Online Ranks Nursing@Simmons Among Massachusetts’ Most Affordable Online Degree Programs

(December 18, 2013) — Simmons College was recently recognized for having one of the most affordable online degree programs in Massachusetts by AffordableCollegesOnline (AC Online).

Read more.

Dean White Narrates at New England Philharmonic

(December 18, 2013) -- Dean Renée T. White narrated Richard Cornell's Umai's Journey featuring the Boston Children's Chorus at the New England Philharmonic's annual family concert last month. Dean White told a story from the Yurok people, who were living on the West Coast (now California) before European settlers came. Umai's Journey is a story of discovery – in this tale, Umai decides to travel by ocean in search of a crescent of light she sees each evening. Umai discovers that the light is actually another young girl like herself living at the other side of the earth, and the two girls become great friends.

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Holiday eCards from Simmons - Send Them Out Today!

(December 18, 2013) -- Take your pick of 4 possible holiday eCards to send to family and friends.

Simmons Snapshot - December 2013

(December 17, 2013) -- Simmons Snapshot editions for:
College of Arts & Sciences - Undergraduate Edition
College of Arts & Sciences - Undergraduate Parents Edition
College of Arts & Sciences - Graduate Edition
Graduate School of Library and Information Science Edition
School of Management Edition
School of Nursing and Health Sciences Edition
School of Social Work Edition

Marcia Birnbaum Zidle '65 Interviews President Drinan on "The Business Edge"

(December 11, 2013) -- President Helen G. Drinan '75LS, '78SM was interviewed by Marcia Birnbaum Zidle '65, host of "The Business Edge" internet radio show on VoiceAmerica's business channel. The program focused on women in leadership positions, and President Drinan discussed her personal career path and lessons learned. "We can't do enough to convince young people to work hard, get the best education they can, and develop their gifts," says President Drinan. Listen to the interview.

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to Deliver Keynote Address at 35th Annual Simmons Leadership Conference

(December 11, 2013) — Simmons College has announced that Hillary Rodham Clinton, Former Secretary of State and Former U.S. Senator from New York, will deliver the closing keynote address at its April 23 Simmons Leadership Conference.

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Message from President Drinan - December 2013

(December 11, 2013) -- As I write to you, Simmons students are diligently studying to complete their fall semester courses, making it a busy, exciting time on campus. In the past few months, our alumnae/i, students, faculty, and staff have accomplished so much together.

Eric Carle Museum to Offer Children's Literature Courses Next Month

(December 10, 2013) -- The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is teaming up with Simmons College to offer a roster of children's literature classes beginning next month for both graduate students and non-degree students. The museum program began in the fall of 2008 in collaboration with the Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons.

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Call for Nominations: GSLIS Alumni Achievement Award

(December 9, 2013) -- The Simmons College GSLIS Alumni Association Board of Directors is soliciting nominations of GSLIS alumni for the 2013-2014 Alumni Achievement Award. Please submite your completed nomination to Linnea Johnson '04LS, Vice President, GSLIS Alumni Board by December 20, 2013 at

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!

The Center for the Study of Children's Literature Recommends Kwanzaa Books

(November 22, 2013) -- The Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons College is pleased to share a round-up of seven children's books about Kwanzaa to help you and your family celebrate the seven pillars of Kwanzaa!

The Center for the Study of Children's Literature Recommends Christmas Books

(November 22, 2013) -- The Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons College is pleased to share a round-up of 12 classic and contemporary children's books to help you and your family celebrate the 12 days of Christmas!

News from SNHS - November 2013

(November 20, 2013) -- Nursing and Nutrition news from School of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Simmons Hosted 2020 Women on Boards Panel Discussion

(November 15, 2013) -- For the second year in a row, Simmons hosted a panel discussion on increasing the number of women on U.S. corporate boards in partnership with the national campaign 2020 Women on Boards. The discussion was moderated by SOM Dean Cathy Minehan, and included Susan Vinnicombe, our new Deloitte Ellen Gabriel Endowed Chair in Women's Leadership at the SOM; and Joe Keefe, President and CEO of Pax World Funds.

9th Annual Asian American Women in Leadership Conference

(November 15, 2013) -- On Saturday, the Simmons Institute for Leadership and Change hosted the 9th annual Asian American Women in Leadership Conference on campus. Hosted by ASPIRE (Asian Sisters Participating in Reaching Excellence), approximately 150 women attended and our Asian Student Association (ASA) played a prominent role in providing volunteer leadership. Grace Tang, ASA President, gave the welcoming remarks.

SOM Professor Stacy Blake-Beard Featured in Hello Ladies Interview

(November 14, 2013) -- Stacy Blake-Beard, Ph.D., professor of organizational behavior, strives to be "audaciously authentic" and wants women to raise their voices.

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The Center for the Study of Children's Literature Recommends Hanukkah Books

(November 14, 2013) -- The Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons College is pleased to share a round-up of eight excellent children's books to help you and your family celebrate the eight nights of Hanukkah!

Simmons Snapshot - November 2013

(November 13, 2013) -- Undergraduate, Parents, School of Management, School of Nursing and Health Sciences, and School of Social Work editions

Dana Keller '14LS Shares Hobby of Colorizing Photos

(November 9, 2013) -- Dana Keller '14LS is resurrecting the shadows of history, one photo at a time. Keller, a GSLIS student, is studying to become a historical archivist. In his spare time, he casually took up colorizing family photo requests on Reddit as a hobby. Now this hobby has exploded into a Facebook page with over 16,000 likes and a passionate community.

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Nutrition Professor Lisa Brown's Follow Up Interview on Recipe Study

(November 8, 2013) -- Professor Lisa Brown did a follow-up interview with Everyday Health about the recipe study findings.

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The Boston Globe Magazine Top 100 Women-led Businesses in Massachusetts List Features Some Simmons Connections

(November 8, 2013) -- Last weekend, the Boston Globe magazine published a list of the top 100 women-led businesses in Massachusetts. This annual list features female-run, for-profit companies with the biggest revenues. Many women with Simmons affiliations were featured, including Trustee Regina Pisa of Goodwin Procter; Indira Patel '83SM of New England Office Supply; Darlene Murphy '84 of Wellesley Investment Advisors; and Carolyn Cashman '79 of CRC Co.


SOM Dean Minehan Co-Authors Piece on Wage Gap and The Boston Women's Compact

(November 8, 2013) - A new program called "100% Talent: The Boston Women's Compact" will help close the wage gap. The op-ed piece was co-authored by  Cathy Minehan, dean of the School of Management at Simmons College, Victoria A. Budson, executive director of the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard Kennedy School, and Alison A. Quirk, executive vice president of State Street Corporation.

full article.

Associate Professor of Nutrition Lisa Brown Shares Study on Recipes from Popular Food Blogs That May Be High in Saturated Fat, Sodium

(November 7, 2013) -- Lisa Brown, assistant professor or nutrition, and several of her master's degree students published an article in the The Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior about their research of recipes from popular food blogs that may be high in saturated fat and sodium.

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President Drinan's Latest Huffington Post Blog: Women's Advancement -- Male Allies Please

(November 7, 2013) -- When Twitter begins trading publicly this month, it will do so with a board composed entirely of white men. Thirty or 40 years ago, this may not have been strange; I daresay that few would have questioned this decision at all. But today, with women's substantial use of social media, I am truly shocked that a major corporation would allow such a gross oversight.

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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!

SOM Dean Cathy Minehan Discusses Gender Wage Gap

(October 31, 20 13) -- SOM Dean Cathy Minehan was quoted in The Boston Globe on the Mayor's Women's Workforce Council's efforts to make Boston the No. 1 city for working women by eliminating the wage gap.

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Afaa Michael Weaver Transitions to Director Emeritus of Zora Neale Hurston Literary Center

(October 30, 2013) -- On October 16th, Martín Espada (The Trouble Ball) and Lauren Schmidt (Two Black Eyes and A Patch of Hair Missing) read to a packed Trustman Gallery. The reading was the last programmed event for Founder and soon-to-be Emeritus Director of the Zora Neale Hurston Literary Center, Professor Afaa Michael Weaver.

Professor Suzanne Leonard Discusses Fascination with River Phoenix, 20 Years After Death

(October 30, 2013) -- Suzanne Leonard, Associate Professor, English, was quoted in the USA Today story about River Phoenix.

full story. (USA Today)

Artist Gary Simmons Awarded the Studio Museum in Harlem's Joyce Alexander Wein Prize

(October 29, 2013) -- The Studio Museum in Harlem has awarded the eighth annual Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize to Gary Simmons.

George Wein met Joyce Alexander at a concert in 1947, when she was a nineteen-year-old senior at Simmons College. They began an exploration of jazz and the arts that grew through their college years, continued to their marriage in 1959 and lasted throughout their fifty-eight–year romance and business partnership. Together, Joyce and George created a brilliant collection of African-American art dating from the 1920s to the 1990s, which was shown publicly for the first time at the Boston University Art just a few months after Joyce’s passing. Journalist Ed Bradley noted in the catalogue accompanying the exhibition that to his friends Joyce and George, "collecting art was like collecting knowledge."

Throughout her life, Joyce was deeply involved with philanthropy, and the arts were not the only beneficiaries of her generosity. She and George established the Joyce and George Wein Chair in African American Studies at Boston University (George’s alma mater). The Alexander Family Endowed Scholarship Fund at Simmons College, from which Joyce graduated as a chemistry major, followed. Joyce was also a founder of the New York Coalition of 100 Black Women. In partnership with Kenneth Chenault and his wife, Studio Museum Board Member Kathryn C. Chenault, the Weins have been major fundraisers for the Harlem Children’s Zone.

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News from SNHS - Mid-October 2013

(October 24, 2013) -- Nursing and Physical Therapy news from SNHS.

The Green Chemistry Commitment Named a 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge Finalist

(October 24, 2013) -- Simmons College is one of the co-developers and original signatories of The Green Chemistry Commitment, which has been named one of five 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge Finalists.

Celebrating 30 Years: The Warburg Chair in International Relations

(October 2013) -- This video is a special tribute to Joan Melber Warburg '45, '97HD and her visionary gift that founded the Warburg Chair in International Relations in honor of her husband, James P. Warburg. The 13 Warburg professors who have held the chair each enriched scholarship at the College with their distinguished records in international relations, enhancing academic excellence across campus.This was originally aired over Leadership Weekend 2013.

Mary-Erin Casale '03 Credits Simmons With Getting Her Involved in Politics

(October 23, 2013) -- Mary-Erin Casale '03, Executive Director of the Maine Democratic Party, was profiled on Maine Women Oct. 13. In the profile, she credits her decision to get involved with politics with a political science class she took at Simmons.


Leadership Weekend Brings Together Alumnae/i Volunteers & Leaders

(October 23, 2013) -- More than 150 of the most valued leaders and volunteers were on campus for our annual Leadership Weekend. On Friday evening, was the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Warburg Chair for International Relations, which was established by Trustee Emerita Joan M. Warburg '45, '97HD through a generous, visionary gift. Also that evening, the Alumnae Association Executive Board presented awards honoring Bobbi Thompson '77, P'11, the Hon. Amy Nechtem '76, Julia Roy '05, Linda Charpentier '68, and the Class of 1969.

Simmons College Makes Kiplinger's "Best Value" Top 100 Private Colleges List

(October 22, 2013) — Simmons College is ranked as one of the best values among private universities in the country, according to the business and personal finance publication Kiplinger's Personal Finance, which recently released its 2014 ranking of 100 private universities and 100 liberal arts colleges.

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Simmons Celebrates Our Multicultural Community

(October 15, 2013) -- Each fall, the Multicultural Affairs/Office of the Dean for Student Life gathers the Simmons community for "Colors of Success" - a celebration of the myriad achievements of our diverse student body. One of our most powerful and touching traditions, the event brings together students, faculty, administrators, and even some returning alumnae to share in and support each other's successes.

Read more and watch video.

Simmons SOM Ranked #1 "Greatest Opportunity For Women" in Nation by The Princeton Review

(October 15, 2013) -- For the 5th consecutive year, the Simmons College School of Management has been ranked the #1 MBA with the "Greatest Opportunity for Women" by The Princeton Review. The ranking is part of The Princeton Review's 2014 guidebook of "The Best 295 Business Schools."

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Mary-Erin Casale '03 is Executive Director of Maine Democratic Party

(October 13, 2013) -- Executive Director of the Maine Democratic Party Mary-Erin Casale '03 credits Simmons College's mentorship program for helping her achieve success because of its emphasis on developing leadership skills among female students. "Being in an environment where you can do it all fosters leaders," she says. "You learn that you do have a voice, and it is equally as valid as a man's."


Two Voices, Forty Years, Same Problem by Dean Cathy Minehan

(October 9, 2013) -- As the founding and current Deans of the School of Management at Simmons College, we have both been asked many times why the only MBA program designed for women in the US (and we suspect, the world) was at all important. Don't women have to work with men in organizations? Doesn't it make sense for men and women to learn management skills together?

full blog post.

Gloria Steinem, other leaders headline Simmons College 'How Women Become Political' event

(October 8, 2013) --  It was a "Who's Who" of Massachusetts political women Monday night as Simmons College hosted a panel discussion on "How Women Become Political."

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Simmons Snapshot - October 2013

(October 8, 2013) -- The October edition of Snapshot includes versions for UG, UG parents, CAS Graduate, and GSLIS.

Simmons School of Social Work Alumni Association Announces the 2013 – 2014 Awards Program

(October 4, 2013) -- Submission Deadline: December 3, 2013

The Simmons College SSW Alumni Association is soliciting nominations of Simmons College SSW graduates for its yearly awards program. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to share your work with others and to honor colleagues in the field. Award winners will be recognized at the Alumni Day Celebration on Saturday, March 22, 2014.

New Fund by Pam 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.

Simmons Mourns the Loss of Ann Wolpert '69LS

(October 3, 2013) -- Ann Wolpert '69LS, director of MIT libraries since 1996, recently passed away. Wolpert was an honorary trustee at Simmons College, and served as a member of the board of advisors of the Ph.D. Program in Managerial Leadership in the Information Professions at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science.

Dean of Student Life Sarah Neill Tips for Students on

(October 2, 2013) -- After so much reaction to our Simple Advice for College Students from a Parent, we asked Simmons College to provide some more tips. Sarah Neill, dean of the Office of Student Life at Simmons College, was happy to respond.

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Terror in Nairobi, and Why the Terrorists Will Fail

(October 2, 2013) -- Simmons College Warburg Professor of International Relations (William) Mark Bellamy, the former U.S. Ambassador to Kenya, shares an insightful op-ed piece about recent events in Kenya.

SOM Dean Cathy Minehan Featured on NECN This Week in Business

(Oct. 1, 2013) -- School of Management Dean Cathy Minehan was featured on NECN's This Week in Business program.

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Live Simulcast: How Women Become Political

(September 26, 2013) -- Simmons will be offering a live simulcast of the Oct. 7 event "How Women Become Political." Held at John Hancock Hall in Boston, the sold-out event celebrates the 175th anniversary of Angelina Grimke's historic speech to the Massachusetts State Legislature and features such notable speakers as:

Gloria Steinem, Feminist, Activist, Author

Elizabeth Warren, U.S. Senator for Massachusetts

Ayanna Pressley, Boston City Councilor at Large

Kerry Healey, President of Babson College and Former Lieutenant Governor

Ambassador Swanee Hunt, Chair, Political Parity

The event is co-sponsored by Simmons College and the Grimke Event Committee.

For more information and to get the link for the live simulcast, visit

Join the conversation on Twitter #WomenPoli2013

"The Green Chemistry Commitment" has been chosen as a Semi-Finalist for the Buckminster Fuller Challenge

(September 25, 2013) -- Simmons College is one of the co-developers and original signers of the Green Chemistry Challenge (GCC), a consortium of 11 academic institutions run by the non-profit Beyond Benign.  "The Green Chemistry Commitment" has been chosen as a Semi-Finalist for the Buckminster Fuller Challenge.

A summary of Simmons's involvement can be found here

SNHS News - October 2013

(September 25, 2013) -- News from the school and nursing, nutrition, and physical therapy.

SOM's Management Magazine Named a Winner in the 2013 CSPA Gold Circle Awards

(September 23, 2013) -- Management Magazine, a Simmons School of Management publication produced by master's students in a course offered in the Communications Management Program, on September 21st was named as a winner in the 30th Gold Circle Awards program of the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA). CSPA is affiliated with the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University.

SOM Alumna Rebecca Holcombe '05SM Named Vermont's Secretary of Education

(September 23, 2013) -- Rebecca Holcombe '05SM, the head of Dartmouth College's teacher training program will be Vermont's next secretary of education, Gov. Peter Shumlin announced Thursday.

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Alumna and Adjunct Professor Kate Clifford Larson '80, '95GS To Discuss Book

(September 12, 2013) -- Kate Clifford Larson '80, '95GS, an author, Harriet Tubman scholar, alumna, and adjunct faculty member at Simmons, will discuss her 2008 book "The Assassin's Accomplice: Mary Surrat and the Plot to Kill Abraham Lincoln" at the Dedham Historical Society.

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Simmons Snapshot - September 2013

(September 11, 2013) -- The September edition of Snapshot is now available online and in your inboxes. This edition features a fall message from President Drinan, the latest college rankings, and messages from the graduate board presidents.

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."

President Drinan to be Honored by the Girls Scouts

(September 11, 2013) -- Helen G. Drinan '75LS, '78SM will be honored by the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts as one of the organization's "Leading Women."

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U.S.News names Simmons College among "America's Best Colleges"

(September 10, 2013) -- U.S.News & World Report named Simmons among the top 20 Regional Universities in its 2014 "America's Best College" guidebook. Simmons was one of only 3 colleges in Massachusetts in the top 20 for this ranking year. This is the third national ranking organization that has recognized Simmons for its academic programming and student offering.

Read more.

Simmons Kicks Off New Academic Year

(September 9, 2013) -- Simmons officially kicked off the 2013-14 academic year with its annual Convocation ceremonies held last week on the Academic Campus Quad.

Read more and watch video.

AAEB Alumnae Board Letter - September 2013

(September 5, 2013) --  I am thrilled to take on my new role as president and leader of the Alumnae Association this year and to get to know many of you over the next three years. I’ve been thinking of my Simmons experience where I learned to become the strong leader I am today. I cherish all of my wonderful memories and educational opportunities, beautiful friendships, and caring teachers that paved the way for my passion, growth and love of Simmons. This fall, I urge each and every one of you to reflect on your Simmons experience. Think of all the fond memories and wonderful friends you made at Simmons. How did Simmons impact your life? Please consider joining us on campus or at a regional event this year. You can nurture and mentor our current students by being part of their journey as they make their own stories.

GSLIS Alumni Board Letter - September 2013

(September 4, 2013) -- It gives me great pleasure to write to you as president of your alumni association, the GSLIS Alumni Board. The board - comprised of elected officers, committee members, and members emeritus - serves to strengthen the alumnae/i relationship with our alma mater, in close collaboration with its administration, faculty, staff, and current students. The upcoming year promises to be an exciting and productive one in pursuit of this important goal.

SSW Alumni Board Letter - September 2013

(September 4, 2013) --  Our energies and enthusiasm for our alma mater are renewed again as we enter the beginning of a new academic year. The volunteer leadership of the SSW Alumni Association (known as the SSW Alumni Board), which is comprised of the elected officers, appointed committee chairs, assigned committee members, and members emeritus, is again already collaborating with the SSW dean's office and admissions department on various outreach activities to both recruit and encourage students and connect our alumni with the School of Social Work.

Fall 2013 Message from President Helen Drinan

(September 3, 2013) --  As we begin the new academic year, I am filled with gratitude for the many ways our alumnae/i, parents, faculty, staff, and friends actively support our students. Working together, the entire Simmons community makes it possible for our students to focus their drive and passion on the pursuit of exciting academic and career goals.

President Drinan's Latest Huffington Post Piece on Reasons to Consider an All-Women's College

(August 20, 2013) -- It's August and most schools are back in session, or set to begin soon. For parents of high school students -- particularly juniors and seniors -- back to school may include the additional challenge of a college search.

For parents of female high school students, one important option is a women's college. While the numbers are small (there are currently only about 50 in the country) women's colleges are a great option for young women, but one that few students or parents ever consider.

So, here is my pitch to you parents: Give your daughter an impactful opportunity and consider a women's college. Below are five factors to consider as you think through the process.

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Kristen Canuto '16 Featured in Local Article About U.S. State Dept. Program

(August 20, 2013) -- This summer, South Weymouth resident Kristen Canuto, a Simmons College student, participated in a distinguished women's leadership and development program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

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Criosanna Allred '16 Featured in Local Article About U.S. State Dept. Program

(August 18, 2013) -- A Spartanburg, NY teen got a taste of Africa this summer, and she didn't even have to leave the country.

Criosanna Allred, a rising sophomore at Simmons College in Boston, spent her summer alongside 20 women from the African nations of Cote D'Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, South Sudan and Sudan as part of a five-week program on women's leadership organized by the U.S. Department of State.

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Essay on U.S Representative John Lewis by Professor Catherine Paden

(August 16, 2013) -- Professor Catherine Paden essay on U.S. Representative John Lewis (Georgia) and his civil rights work appears in this week's>Bay State Banner.

full article. (Bay State Banner)

Simmons Rises in FORBES Rankings

(August 15, 2013) -- Once again, FORBES named Simmons among the top 650 colleges in the nation for 2013 – a distinction shared by less than 20 percent of America's 4,000 four-year universities. This year, Simmons jumped 35 spots to No. 311 in the ranking from No. 346 in 2012 and No. 410 in 2011.

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From One Leader to Another – State Department program Brings Women Together

(August 13, 2013) -- Five Simmons students got the chance of a lifetime this summer, taking part in a special five-week women's leadership program with 20 African female college students. The U.S. State Department program, "The Study of the U.S. Institute on Women's Leadership," brought together students from across Africa with five Simmons Richardson International Fellows, whose participation was supported by alumna Grace Richardson '60.

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The Princeton Review Names Simmons One of the Nation's Top Institutions

(August 9, 2013) -- For the ninth consecutive year, The Princeton Review named Simmons one of the top institutions for higher education in the nation. Simmons was again featured in the nationally-known education services company's 2014 edition of "Best 378 College" guidebook, which profiled only 15 percent of America's 2,500 four-year colleges.

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Simmons Concert Choir Director Danica Buckley to Participate in the Sarteano Chamber Choir Conducting Workshop

(July 29, 2013) -- Congratulations to Simmons College Concert Choir director Danica Buckley (Lecturer, Art & Music), who has been accepted as one of ten conductors to participate in the Sarteano Chamber Choir Conducting Workshop from July 27-August 3 under Simon Carrington. 

CAS Facebook.

Assistant Professor Heather Hole was Interviewed in Western Art & Architecture as an Expert on Artist Marsden Hartley

(July 29, 2013) -- Marsden Hartley'sever-shifting style and artistic approach echoed a lifelong theme of longing, search and separateness, believes Heather Hole, assistant professor of arts administration and art history at Simmons and author of Marsden Hartley and the West: The Search for an American Modernism.

full story. (Western Art & Architecture)

Associate Professor of English Suzanne Leonard Featured in Boston Globe Article About the Wives of Public Figures

(July 29, 2013) -- Suzanne Leonard is Associate Professor of English, and co-coordinator of the college's interdisciplinary minor in Cinema and Media Studies. She was recently quoted in The Boston Globe about Huma Abedin, wife of Anthony Weiner. Leonard is working on a book about wives in popular culture.

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Sociology Professor Saher Selod Quoted in Article About Growing Up Muslim in America

(July 29, 2013) -- High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. 

Saher Selod, a sociologist at Simmons College in Massachusetts, has done research on the "de-Americanisation" of Muslims. "Women in hijab are more likely to be targets for anti-Muslim ire, while it's not usually until they give their name that the questions start for men," Selod says. "People start wondering about their religion and what associations they might have."

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GSLIS Dean Abels Elected President-Elect of Beta Phi Mu

(July 17, 2013) -- As announced at the annual meeting held during the ALA annual conference in Chicago, Dr. Eileen G. Abels was elected Vice President/ President-elect of the Beta Phi Mu. 

More information.

Professor Veilleux Awarded Fulbright Grant

(July 15, 2013) -- Cambridge resident Nanette Veilleux (Simenas), associate professor at Simmons College, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to teach at the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology, Rwanda, during the 2013-14 academic year, the U.S. Department of State and J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board announced recently.

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Alumna Speaks at TEDx on Passion and Purpose

(July 12, 2013) -- Trustee Emily Scott Pottruck '78 gave a talk at TEDx Sonoma County on her personal philosophy for meaningful engagement. Scott Pottruck discusses the journey that led her to discover her passion as a philanthropist through her work with City of Joy in the Congo.

"My heart speaks of connection and compassion. Of those to whom much has been given, much is expected - I believe that for myself. I only want to do more. When you combine your principle and your passion, you can be transformed. You will find more rewards than you ever thought possible,” says Scott Pottruck.

Watch the TEDx Talk

Simmons Hosts State Department Program for Women Leaders

(July 10, 2013) -- For the past several weeks, 20 undergraduate African students have been taking part in the "Study of the United States Institute on Women's Leadership" at Simmons, a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State to promote a better understanding of the United States abroad and help develop future leaders.

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African Women Participate in U.S. Department of State's Women's Leadership Program at Simmons College

(July 9, 2013) -- In an effort to help develop future women leaders and to promote better understanding between Americans and people of other countries, Simmons College will host 20 undergraduate African students for a five-week program. The "Study of the United States Institute on Women's Leadership" is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State; the program runs through July 26. This is the second year in a row that Simmons has hosted this distinguished international program.


Joyce Kolligian '87, '89SM Leaves Lasting Legacy at Simmons

(July 8, 2013) -- Joyce Kolligian '87, '89SM passed away in June, leaving behind a lasting legacy that celebrates leadership and education.

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.

Simmons Basketball Coach Presented at Dream Big! Leadership Conference

(June 27, 2013) -- Simmons head basketball coach Kristen Rasmussen Tarr was selected to speak at thethird annual Dream Big! Leadership Conference on June 10th at The University of Massachusetts Boston. The Conference, which hosted over 150 female athletes and coaches from 22 Greater Boston Lawrence public schools, showcased the importance of sports and physical activity in a girl's life.

full story. (Simmons Athletics)

Associate Professor and Director of the Chemistry and Physics Department Rich Gurney Named to the Advisory Board of The Green Chemistry Commitment

(June 18, 2013) -- The Green Chemistry Commitment is the First Nationally-Organized Effort to Actively Engage With Higher Education and the Chemical Industry to Transform Chemistry Education in the U.S.

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Commencement Speeches from 1973 and Today Compared by the NYT

(June 17, 2013) -- This article in the New York Times compares the tone of commencement speeches in 1973 to 2013, and includes a quote from Gloria Steinem's 1973 address at Simmons. And an excerpt from David Gergen's 2013 commencement address at Gettysburg. (Gergen is the son of alumna Aubigne L. Hickson '29.)

Read more. (New York Times)

President Drinan Works to Keep Simmons Strong and Put the College 'on the Map' as a Leader Among Women's Institutions

(June 14, 2013) -- President Drinan is featured in the Boston Business Journal this week. The article discusses Simmons's financial comeback and the determination to be a leader among women's institutions.

Read more. (Boston Business Journal)

Keep Simmons Strong.

Alumnae Come Back to Campus for Reunion Weekend 2013

(June 10, 2013) -- More than 300 Simmons alumnae returned to campus for Reunion Weekend, May 30 through June 2, and enjoyed a range of activities including a picnic on the quad, a tailgate party on the residence campus, and a duck tour. Reunion attendees also generously contributed $902,886 to the College this year, which will help support our student-centered approach to teaching.

SimmonsLEADS to Promote Women's Leadership & Success

(June 10, 2013) -- Simmons announced the creation of SimmonsLEADS, a dynamic series of exciting speakers, programs, and events that focus on the empowerment and development of women leaders. This new initiative celebrates the college's enduring and long-standing commitment to women's education, leadership, and success.

Routine Maintenance - Friday, June 7

(June 4, 2013) -- * Please Note: We will be performing routine maintenance on Alumnet, the Simmons College alumnae/i website, on Friday, June 7. The site will be temporarily down and unavailable. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Alumnae/i Relations & Annual Giving at 800-831-4284 or

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President Drinan's Summer Message - June 2013

(June 4, 2013) -- As we close another wonderful academic year, I want to offer my congratulations to the newest members of the Simmons alumnae/i community who graduated at our 108th Commencement on Friday, May 10. It is an honor to be a part of this wonderful ceremony each year. I wish all of our new alumnae/i the very best, and hope that each and every one of you will stay connected to Simmons as you begin the next stage of your life.

Highlights - Gloria Steinem Visits Simmons College (VIDEO)

(June 3, 2013) -- The Class of 2013 invited Gloria Steinem to return to Simmons 40 years after she gave the 1973 Commencement address and received an honorary Simmons degree. The keynote address: "The F Word: Feminism Today" was delivered on Friday, March 22, 2013. Here is a short video of highlights from her day on campus.

Elizabeth Spencer Ivey '57 Elected Chair of the Mitchell College Board of Trustees

(June 2, 2013) -- Mitchell College announced that Elizabeth Ivey, Ph.D., a physicist and long-time academic leader, has been elected chair of the Board of Trustees.

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Sarah Thomas '73LS Named Vice President of the Harvard Library

(May 23, 2013) -- Sarah Thomas '73LS of the University of Oxford has been named vice president for the Harvard Library. In this role, Thomas will have overall responsibility for the Harvard Library and will collaborate closely with the Library Board, the Faculty Advisory Council and the Library Leadership Team.


SSW Student Wyatt Posig Named a Boston Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) Fellow

(May 22, 2013) -- The Albert Schweitzer Fellowship (ASF) announced the selection of its 2013-14 class of Boston Schweitzer Fellows —15 graduate students who will spend the next year learning to effectively address the social factors that impact health, and developing lifelong leadership skills. In doing so, they will follow the example set by famed physician-humanitarian Albert Schweitzer, for whom their Fellowship is named.

Wyatt Posig, Simmons College School of Social Work
Posig is collaborating with individuals that have recently returned home from prison, "returning citizens," delivering access to resources, skills, and positive reinforcement. Posig will be working with this population to provide them a safe community through a peer-led group where returning citizens will be empowered to learn different competencies including: parenting styles, money management, nutrition, cooking techniques, meditative practice, employability skills, negotiating skills, and coping skills. The goal of the project is for returning citizens to use this group to build on their strengths and create a mentorship curriculum empowering them to be community mentors.
Community Site: Haley House

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SSW Post-Masters Clinical Certificate Program

(May 22, 2013) -- This certificate program is designed for professionals in urban settings, hospitals, community agencies, and private practices who are committed to understanding the impact of traumatic experiences on the attachment relationships, brain development, and present behaviors of children, adolescents and adults.

GSLIS Post-Master's Programs

(May 21, 2013) -- Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science is still accepting applications for its Post-Master's Digital Stewardship Certificate and Instructional Technology Licensure, and Continuing Education programs that begin Fall 2013

Laura Miller '08LS Busy Building New Programs

(May 14, 2013) -- Laura Miller '08LS, who was hired as a new children's librarian at the Charlestown Branch of the Boston Public Library last fall, has been busy launching new programs for children. These include tutoring sessions, a new "reading readiness" program, and holiday-themed storytelling events.

Check out Laura's Q&A with the Charlestown Patch.

Michèle Cloonan Editor-in-Chief of Preservation, Digital Technology and Culture

(May 14, 2013) -- Dean Emerita and Professor Michèle Cloonan is editor-in-chief of the new Preservation, Digital Technology and Culture, previously titled Microform and Digitization Review. The revamped publication has a stronger focus on digitization and preservation issues involving multiple types of cultural heritage institutions.

Full story.

Simmons Community Serves Boston, Moves Forward After Marathon Tragedy

(May 10, 2013) -- On April 15, Shannon Curran '13, a nursing major, was with her friends watching the Boston Marathon one mile away from the finish line.

"When we heard a police officer yell to another about a bomb, the crowd grew quiet and the echo of the sirens seemed much louder," she recalls.

School of Management Celebrates 40th Anniversary

(May 10, 2013) -- More than 200 people attended the 40th Anniversary Celebration of the Simmons School of Management (SOM) held at the Downtown Harvard Club of Boston, Tuesday, May 7.

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Linda Sanford Returns from Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany

(May 10, 2013) -- SSW Professor of Practice Linda Sanford recently returned from Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany where she worked as a military social worker. Sanford's assignment was clinical social work with young children whose parents are service members deployed to Afghanistan or Turkey.

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Courtney Louise Young '97LS Named President-Elect of the American Library Associan (ALA)

(May 9, 2013) -- Courtney Louise Young, head librarian at the J. Clarence Kelly Library at Penn State Greater Allegheny, has been elected as 2014-15 president of the American Library Association (ALA).

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Maryann D'Agincourt '75, '89GS Novel to be Published This Month

(May 9, 2013) -- The Journal of Eva Morelli by Maryann D'Agincourt '75, '89GS will be be out this month.

Full story.

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.

Simmons Trustee Atsuko Toko Fish Honored by White House

(May 7, 2013) -- On Monday, May 6, the White House honored Simmons Trustee Atsuko Toko Fish, along with fourteen other Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women as "Champions of Change." A part of the White House's observance of AAPI Heritage Month, the event recognizes Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander women who are doing extraordinary things to create a more equal, safe, and prosperous future for their communities and the country.

Atsuko Toko Fish, a first generation Japanese American, is committed to innovation and social change in the U.S. and Japan, especially in the areas of empowering women and promoting understanding between the two cultures. In 2005, Atsuko founded the Japanese Women's Leadership Initiative, an executive program that prepares Japanese women to become non-profit leaders and agents for social change. In the wake of the March 2011 disaster in Japan, she created the Japanese Disaster Relief Fund-Boston, which raised nearly $1 million and provided 24 grants to 19 organizations.

To learn more about the White House Champions of Change program and nominate a Champion, visit

Simmons Launches New Online Graduate Nursing Program

(May 7, 2013) -- Responding to the national shortage of nurses and nurse practitioners, today the Simmons College School of Nursing and Health Sciences (SNHS) announced the creation of a new online master's degree program for aspiring Family Nurse Practitioners called Nursing@Simmons.

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Marta Crilly '11LS, '11GS and Kristen Swett '98LS Archive Boston Marathon Memorial Site

(May 7, 2013) -- Marta Crilly '11LS, '11GS and Kristen Swett '98LS, assistant archivists for the City of Boston, worked to preserve the fragile messages that are part of a makeshift Boston Marathon memorial in Copley Square. Posters and paper chains were disentangled from the fences and will be moved to the city archives in West Roxbury where they will be catalogued, photographed, and shelved in special acid-free folders and boxes.

Full story.

2013 Children's Literature Summer Institute Speakers Announced

(May 5, 2013) -- The Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons College will dedicate its 2013 summer institute to the theme of "Love Letters" on the last weekend in July. Among the speakers who will attend the Institute are Daniel Handler, Maira Kalman, M. T. Anderson, Shane Evans, Jack Gantos, Jo Knowles, Jason Chin, Jeanne Birdsall, Wong Herbert Yee, David Hyde Costello, Deborah Heiligman, and Vicky Smith.


President Helen Drinan Named One of "Boston's Most Influential Women"

(April 30, 2013) -- On April 23 at the Harvard Club in Boston, President Helen Drinan was honored as one of "Boston's Most Influential Women" by the Women of the Harvard Club Committee. Ten accomplished women who have created circles of access and influence in the areas of business, law, science, healthcare, philanthropy, government and academia were recognized during a festive gala.

full story. (MIT News)

Simmons Student and Graduate Revitalize Library

(April 30, 2013) -- When Diana Kelly '13LS started volunteering at Harvard/Kent Elementary School last September, the books in the library were piled high and out of order, and the collection lacked some important titles from the last two decades.

Simmons Chapter of Psi Chi Students Honored

(April 30, 2013) -- On Thursday, April 25, the Department of Psychology held a ceremony to honor 33 students being inducted into the Simmons chapter of Psi Chi, the international honor society in psychology.

President Drinan's Message to the Community About Simmons and the Marathon

(April 26, 2013) -- Members of the Simmons community in Boston – and beyond – have demonstrated unity, strength, resolve, and compassion in response to the Boston Marathon bombings and subsequent events. Those of us here in Boston have been touched by the outreach of support from alumnae/i, parents, and friends around the country and the world.

Simmons Students Recognized by Women and Girls' Non-Profit

(April 25, 2013) -- Simmons was well represented at the Strong Women Strong Girls (SWSG) annual Strong Awards event April 4, a celebration of SWSG mentors and program partners.

Shannon Curran '13, received the Above and Beyond Mentor Award and Haley Collins '14 received the Strongest Match Award. Barbara Lee '67 was presented with the 2013 Spark Award by Hannah Raiche, a senior at Simmons, a Barbara Lee fellow, and an SWSG mentor.

full story. (

A Q&A with Professor Hugo Kamya Discussing the 18th Biennial International Consortium for Social Development Conference, Kampala, Uganda

(April 24, 2013) -- This summer, Simmons College with Makerere University of Uganda, will co-host the 18th Biennial International Consortium for Social Development Conference in Kampala, Uganda, from July 15 to 19.

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Gloria Steinem Returns to Simmons For Women's College Week (FULL VIDEO)

(April 22, 2013) -- The Class of 2013 invited Gloria Steinem to return to Simmons 40 years after she gave the 1973 Commencement address and received an honorary Simmons degree. The keynote address: "The F Word: Feminism Today" was delivered on Friday, March 22, 2013.

Simmons Hosts Fulbright Students on Campus for Women's Re-Entry Seminar

(April 22, 2013) -- Simmons hosted a group of more than 100 international women Fulbright students on campus for four days April 17-20, before they head back to their home countries. The Fulbright Women's Re-Entry Seminar is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Fulbright Program, the U.S. government's flagship international exchange program.

Simmons Snapshot - April 2013

(April 19, 2013) - The April 2013 Edition of Snapshot is now out. Read about Simmons being honored by GirlsLEAP, Mayo Shattuck honoring his mother with a scholarship, Simmons earning its 7th consecutive Community Service Honor Roll distinction and more.

Simmons Student Shares Her Thoughts on the Bombing

(April 18, 2013) -- Alysha Menakaya '13 is haunted by the realization that less than an hour before the first of two deadly bomb blasts Monday, she was standing on the same crowded spot on Boylston Street, watching the Boston Marathon.

full story. (

Simmons Community Comes Together to Celebrate Black Alumnae/i Symposium 2013

(April 16, 2013) -- The weekend of April 12-14, Simmons hosted more than 100 alumnae/i, faculty, staff, and friends at the 2013 Black Alumnae/i Symposium. This special event, held every five years, invites guests to celebrate their gifts and the power of their presence.

The Day After the Tragedy, A Message From President Drinan

(April 16, 2013) -- Yesterday was a sad and frightening day here in Boston. I was in Omaha, Nebraska at a conference when I learned of the events unfolding at home. I spent the next several hours getting information, disadvantaged by cell phone and iPad access difficulties. I finally learned about the most important activity of the moment: ensuring the safety of our students, and ascertaining the whereabouts of as many as possible. My first priority was to get back to campus. I was unable to get a flight home last evening, and left early this morning, arriving around lunchtime.

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Statement on the Boston Marathon Tragedy

The Simmons College community is deeply saddened by the tragic events at the Boston Marathon. Our hearts go out to those affected by this terrible event. The College is open and regularly scheduled classes are being held.

Simmons has added additional security to campus in the wake of this tragic incident. Simmons police have asked students, faculty, and staff to avoid the impacted area near Boylston Street and any large crowds.

At this time, we have not received any reports of injuries to our students, faculty, and staff members. We recognize that the incidents were deeply troubling, and it will be difficult for many to return to normal activities. The Office of Student life is offering support for those in need.

In the coming days, we will look for opportunities to come together and support each other as a community.

Simmons Hosts Women Fulbright Foreign Students for U.S. Department of State Seminar

(April 15, 2013) -- For a second consecutive year, Simmons has been awarded the opportunity to host a Fulbright Women's Re-Entry Seminar. Approximately 100 international Fulbright foreign students from Sub-Saharan Africa, the Western Hemisphere, Southeast Asia, and South and Central Asia will attend a four-day seminar at Simmons before heading back to their home countries. The seminar, which takes place April 17-20, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the Fulbright Program, the U.S. government's flagship international exchange program supported by the people of the United States and partner countries around the world. Follow the participants and their activities on @FulbrightPrgrm and @SimmonsCollege #scfbright.

full story. (

Simmons Speaks Poetry Organization Competed in College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI)

(April 12, 2013) -- In early April, the Simmons Speaks poetry organization competed in CUPSI (College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational) in New York City.

Adela Raz '08 Named First Deputy Spokesperson and Director of Communications of Afghanistan

(April 9, 2013) -- Adela Raz '08 has been named first deputy spokesperson and director of communications by the President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai. Raz is one of four Afghan women who earned an undergraduate degree at Simmons during the five years the Initiative To Educate Afghan Women (IEAW) partnered with Simmons to make higher education a reality for Afghan women.

Simmons Student Bikes Cross-Country for Affordable Housing

(April 9, 2013) -- Simmons College junior Laini Cassis is taking her alternative spring break experience to the next level. She will be biking across the country this summer to raise money for affordable housing.

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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.

News from SNHS - April 2013

(April 8, 2013) -- Nursing news from the School of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Simmons Study: Successful Women Keep Their Pride Hidden

(April 3, 2013) -- A study conducted by the Center for Gender in Organizations at the Simmons School of Management found that mid-to-senior level businesswomen are proud of their professional roles but often hide this fact from people they know.

Professional women also take on more responsibilities at work without discussing the shifts with their partners, even while they continue to provide the majority of home and childcare duties.

Read more. (Boston Business Journal)

President Drinan and Simmons Honored at Girls' LEAP Gala

(March 29, 2013) -- At the annual Girls' LEAP Gala on March 28, Simmons College was recognized for its longstanding support of their efforts and named President Helen G. Drinan '75LS, '78SM as the institutional recipient. This recognition came as a result of the commitment of the Scott/Ross Center staff, led by Steve London, and its many student volunteers.

Eileen G. Abels, Ph.D. Named New Dean of GSLIS

(March 27, 2013) -- Message from President Drinan: I am very pleased to announce that Eileen G. Abels, Ph.D., a longtime library and information science practitioner and educator with a specialty in digital reference education and remote reference services, is the new dean of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS). Her appointment begins July 1.

Megan Dowd Lambert '02GS Engages Readers at Akron Art Museum

(March 22, 2013) -- Megan Dowd Lambert '02GS, a Simmons College instructor, developed the Whole Book Approach at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art to engage children and adults with the picture book as art. Lambert's interactive story time will include opportunities to discuss how pictures, design, and production elements interact with the text.

full story. (

Gloria Steinem Comes Back to Campus this Week (Slideshow)

(March 18, 2013) -- Gloria Steinem will hold a discussion at Simmons College March 22 titled, "The F Word: Feminism Today."

This isn't Steinem's first visit to the college. The businesswoman, author, and women's advocate received the Doctorate of Human Justice from the school and delivered the Simmons commencement address in 1973. To commemorate her return, put together a Steinem slideshow.

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Simmons Snapshot - March 2013 - All Editions

(March 15, 2013) -- The latest edition of Simmons Snapshot is now available for all schools. Each edition includes a message from President Helen G. Drinan '75LS, '78SM.

Spring Message from President Helen G. Drinan '75LS, '78SM

(March 2013) -- All Simmons students benefit from your support in a number of ways when you make a gift to The Simmons Fund. For example, with $25, we are able to buy LED-certified light bulbs that illuminate a classroom for up to five years, and $250 provides a student with textbooks for an advanced course. Your gift of $2,500 helps to fund a scholarship that can make the dream of a Simmons education a reality.

Faye Coleman '68 Selected for Top Minority Business Leader Award

(March 12, 2013) -- On March 21, 2013 at the Washington Hilton Hotel in Washington D.C., Faye Coleman, president and CEO of Westover Consultants and proud Simmons College alumna of '68, will receive an award for being one of the top 25 minority business owners and leaders in the greater Boston area.

GSLIS Ranked Among Nation's Top 10 by U.S.News - 3rd Consecutive Time

(March 12, 2013) -- The Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) has been ranked among the nation's top 10 schools of library and information studies in the new U.S.News & World Report 2014 edition of "Best Graduate Schools."

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Charlestown Librarian Laura Miller '08LS Busy Building New Programs

(March 11, 2013) -- A new children's librarian took over at the Charlestown Branch of the Boston Public Library recently—Laura Miller '08LS, a Fenway resident who got her library science degree here in Boston at Simmons College, was hired in November and has been busy launching new programs for kids at the local library. This week alone, she is hosting a visit with special guest Seamus the dog, two story times, an Irish storytelling and book giveaway and a princess party.

full story. (Charlestown Patch)

Simmons Received an Excellence in Commuter Options (ECO) Award from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation

(March 7, 2013) -- Simmons College has received an Excellence in Commuter Options (ECO) Award from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation for the third year in a row. Simmons been designated as a Leader level award winner for its exemplary commuter benefits program.

More information about the ECO awards.

Simmons Named to President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll 7 Years in a Row

(March 7, 2013) -- Simmons College has been named to the 2013 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). Simmons has received this honor for seven consecutive years, and is one of only 16 colleges in the country  - the only one is Massachusetts - to earn the "Honor Roll with Distinction" level for five of the seven years since the Honor Roll began.

Simmons College Radio Earns National Recognition at 73rd Annual IBS Conference

(March 2, 2013) -- Simmons College Radio was the recipient of three national awards at this year's 73rd Annual Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS) International Radio & Webcasting Conference in New York City on March 1.

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News from SNHS - March 2013

(March 1, 2013) -- Nursing news from SNHS.

Williams Named 2013 GNAC Swimming Coach of the Year

(February 28, 2013) -- Simmons Swimming Head Coach Mindy Williams was named the 2013 Great Northeast Athletic Conference Swimming Coach of the Year announced Thursday by the conference. In just her fifth season at Simmons, this is the second time Williams has received this award from her peers.

full story. (simmons athletics site)

A Day in the Life of Bee Scientist and Simmons Professor Noah Wilson-Rich

(February 27, 2013) -- Even though 30-year-old Noah Wilson-Rich was afraid of every creepy-crawly passing by when he was younger, he is now a scientist who studies bees and bee diseases.

Bees are important not only because they pollinate flowers and crops, but also because they produce honey for our teas and beeswax, an ingredient found in products like lip balm, hand lotion and furniture polish.

Simmons Professor Wilson-Rich, who received his Ph.D. from Tufts University, founded Boston-based Best Bees Company in 2010. The company supports people who want to own and care for their own beehive. The scientist snapped some photos and explained his typical day at work.

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SimmonsPalooza 2013

(February 27, 2013) -- What do Gloria Steinem, Bread & Roses, Whitney Young, Women on Boards, banned books, Simmons Global Day of Service, Stand against Racism, and the Boston Citywide Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast have in common?

They are all part of SimmonsPalooza, which launched in December with "Onawumi Jean Moss: The Soulful Storyteller," continued with Simmons students representing the College at the MLK Jr. breakfast, and is lining up events and activities for 2013 and beyond around the theme: "1965 to 2015: Changing Our World Through Social Justice and Activism."

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.

Woman on Campus: Simmons World Challenge

(February 20, 2013) -- Woman on Campus and Simmons sophomore Sarah J. Galvez '15 is showing her experience participating in the Simmons World Challenge.  

For 35 Simmons College sophomores, winter break was about more than just relaxing at home. For two weeks in January, this select group of students remained on campus for the Simmons World Challenge, an intensive program where students develop solutions to some of the world's toughest problems aided by faculty members from across the college in various disciplines. This year's two themes were: immigration and migration, and the failures of modern media as related to social justice issues.

On January 30, the 10 student teams had a chance to present their creative solutions to members of the Simmons community, as well as to representatives from nonprofits and corporations such as Open Society Foundation, The Hyams Foundation, General Electric, ANN Inc., Solidago Foundation, and Rest Devices.

Said Sarah, "this led to long days, longs nights, random dance breaks, and a great sense of self pride when we succeeded!"

Take a look!
watch video. (youtube)

Read more about Simmons World Challenge.

Also be sure to check out last years 300 The Fenway blog post for another look into SWC:

Simmons Snapshot - February 2013 Edition

(February 19, 2013) -- Read the latest edition of Simmons Snapshot. Custom editions for Undergrad, Undergrad Seniors, Undergrad Parents, CAS Grad, GSLIS, SOM, SNHS, and SSW.


"Miss Representation," Oscar-Nominated Filmmaker is Simmons College's Commencement Speaker, May 10

(February 15, 2013) -- Jennifer Siebel Newsom, an Oscar-nominated filmmaker, actress, and advocate for women and girls, will deliver the Simmons College 108th Commencement address Friday, May 10 at Bank of America Pavilion in Boston.

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Students Solve "Big" Problems: Immigration & Social Justice

(February 11, 2013) -- For 35 Simmons College sophomores, winter break was about more than just relaxing at home. For two weeks in January, this select group of students remained on campus for the Simmons World Challenge, an intensive program where students develop solutions to some of the world's toughest problems aided by faculty members from across the college in various disciplines. This year’s two themes were: immigration and migration, and the failures of modern media as related to social justice issues.

full story. (

President Helen Drinan: Super Bowl Demonstrates Need for Culture Change

(February 6, 2013) -- Simmons College President Helen G. Drinan '75LS, '78SM uses her Huffington Post blog to discuss the Super Bowl, the objectification of women, and the need for men to join the fight for cultural change, including in the media.

* Read the full blog post.

U.S. Attorney Visits Simmons for Girl Scouts Leadership Conference

(February 6, 2013) -- More than 150 middle and high school girls attended this year's Girl Scout Leadership Conference at Simmons College Sunday, Jan. 27, and heard keynote addresses by U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz and other influential women leaders.

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News from SNHS - February 2013

(February 5, 2013) -- Nursing and nutrition news from SNHS.

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.

New Partnership between Simmons and Downtown Harvard Club of Boston

(February 1, 2013) -- On January 22, 2013, nearly 200 alumnae/i, parents, faculty, and staff attended the inaugural event at the Simmons College Club at the Downtown Harvard Club of Boston. See photos from the event on our Flickr account.

All alumnae/i, faculty, staff, and parents are invited to join the new Simmons College Club at the Downtown Harvard Club of Boston. Membership offers access to the club in Boston and more than 130 reciprocating private clubs around the country and the world. To join, please contact Downtown Harvard Club Member Services at 617-450-8468 or visit them online.

Simmons Featured as One the Best Women's Colleges by VitaminW

(Feburary 1, 2013) -- The benefits of going to a women's college are backed up by data. A 2008 study by education consultancy group Hardwick Day found women's college graduates are better prepared than their coed counterparts in areas like leadership and analytical thinking.

With a sprawling urban campus in the heart of Boston, Simmons students get all the resources of a major city as well as all the comforts of campus life. Leadership is certainly a part of the Simmons College ethos.

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Professor Dan Connell Editorial on Eritrea Featured in The Boston Globe

(February 1, 2013) -- Communications Professor and Lecturer Dan Connell editorial on Eritrea was featured in The Boston Globe.

full article. (The Boston Globe)

Simmons Institute Recognized as Important Community Partner

(January 29, 2013) -- Longtime director of the Simmons Institute for Leadership and Change (SILC), Diane Hammer was honored Jan. 22 by the Big Sister Association of Greater Boston as their 2013 Community Partner of the Year.

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Lauren Sullivan Michaud '10GS to Head New Program at Landmark School

(January 28, 2013) -- Lauren (Sullivan) Michaud '10GS, a graduate of Marblehead High School and current Beverly resident, has been named the new director of the Skills+ Summer Study Skills Workshop at Landmark School.

full story. (Wicked Local Marlborough)

In Memoriam: Ryan Edmonds Carr

(January 23, 2013) -- The Simmons library staff is deeply saddened by the loss of their dear colleague, Ryan Edmonds Carr, who passed away early last week due to complications with ovarian cancer.

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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.

Female Olympians Visit Simmons for Sports Leadership Event

(January 18, 2013) -- Simmons was buzzing with energy Saturday, January 12 as more than 100 girls, ages 9-12, got a chance to meet members of the Women's National Soccer Team, gold medal winners in the 2012 London Olympics.

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Simmons Launches Brand New Monthly eNewsletter For Alumnae/i, Seniors, and Undegraduate Parents

(January 16, 2013) -- Simmons has launched a fully redesigned monthly enewsletter, including a new name. The inaugural edition of Simmons Snapshot hit inboxes yesterday. The eNewsletter still has separate editions for Undergraduate, CAS Graduate, School of Library and Information Science, School of Management, School of Nursing and Health Sciences, School of Social Work, Undergraduate Seniors, Undergraduate Parents.


Simmons Snapshot - January 2013 - All Editions

(January 15, 2013) -- All editions of the inaugural Simmons Snapshot monthly enewsletter.

Myrlie Evers-Williams '78EE, '01HD to Deliver Invocation at Inauguration

(January 11, 2012) -- President Obama chose Myrlie Evers-Williams '78EE, '01HD, widow of slain civil rights icon Medgar Evers, to deliver the invocation at his public swearing-in on Martin Luther King Day. This is the first time a woman and a layperson has been chosen to deliver this public prayer.

read more.

Simmons Names New Provost Sheila "Katie" Conboy

(January 11, 2013) -- Simmons announced today the appointment of Sheila "Katie" Conboy, Ph.D., a skilled academic administrator with a distinguished liberal arts career, as its Provost and Senior Vice President. Her appointment begins July 1, 2013.

Elaine Mittell ’81SW Publishes on Leadership Learning in Field Educator

(January 11, 2013) -- Elaine Mittell '81SW, an adjunct professor in the Simmons School of Social Work, published "Promoting Leadership Learning in Clinical Field Education" in Field Educator, the SSW's online journal promoting exchange among the social work field education community.

Full story.

Simmons Nursing Students Learn from Alumnae on the Job

(January 10, 2013) -- "The students are definitely adding an extra dimension to the lives – and the health – of seniors living in this community."

That's how Adele Pike, clinical instructor at the Simmons School of Nursing and Health Sciences, assessed the impact of the six Simmons nursing students she taught during their fall-semester clinical in community health nursing at Springhouse, a senior living community in Jamaica Plain, MA. The community includes a facility for seniors requiring "memory care," and each Simmons student was paired with a resident throughout the semester.

Professor Joan C. Abrams '71 Nominated to Rhode Island Board of Education

(January 10, 2013) -- Joan C. Abrams '71, Communications professor at Simmons, is among the 10 nominees to the Rhode Island Board of Education proposed by Gov. Lincoln Chafee on Tuesday. Abrams is also a Trustee of Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum.

full story.

Alumnae Discuss Fiscal Cliff on PBS's News Hour

(January 9, 2013) -- Gwen Ifill '77, '93HD and Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz '70, '08HD discussed budget options surrounding the fiscal cliff on PBS's News Hour.

read more.

Nutrition Professor Teresa Fung on Panel of Experts for Best Diets for 2013

(January 8, 2013) -- Teresa Fung, professor of nutrition, was included on a U.S.News & World Report panel of experts for the best diets for 2013. 

full story.

Professor Gives TED Talk on Urban Beekeeping

(January 4, 2013) -- Urban beekeeping expert and Simmons Professor of Biology Noah Wilson-Rich gave a popular TED talk on the importance of honeybees and the key role they play in creating a sustainable eco-system in cities.

read more.

Sandra Fenwick '72 Named the New CEO of Boston Children's Hospital

(January 2, 2013) -- Boston Children's Hospital trustees have reached inside the organization to name Sandra L. Fenwick '72 as the next chief executive of the nation's largest pediatric research institution.

Fenwick, 62, who is now president and chief operating officer, will take over the top job at Harvard-affiliated Children's next Oct. 1 from Dr. James Mandell.

full story. (

Former AAEB Treasurer and Current Class of 1937 Treasurer Winifred Kneisel '37 Featured on Wicked Local Waltham

(January 2, 2013) -- Winifred Kneisel '37 is 97 years young and involved in the Waltham community and lives on the second floor of the two family house her paternal grandfather built in 1914. She was born there in 1915.

Full story. (Wicked Local Waltham)

President Drinan Shares Advice for Fathers in Huffington Post

(December 14, 2012) -- In her most recent blog post for the Huffington Post, President Helen G. Drinan '75LS, '78SM offers fathers and other caregivers advice to help their daughters succeed in life.

read more.

SOM MCM Director Richard Cravatts Writes OpEd Piece on Northeastern University's Chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP)

(December 13, 2012) -- School of Management Communications Management Director Richard Cravatts writes an Op-Ed piece on Northeastern chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and their call for murder of Jews.

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Chief Justice of Massachusetts District Court Coming to Simmons

(December 12, 2012) -- Chief Justice of the Massachusetts District Court Lynda Connolly says she is retiring in March to take a position at Simmons College.

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Simmons Trustee Shares Insights on Increasing Women on Boards

(December 12, 2012) -- Simmons College hosted an expert panel discussion on achieving more gender diversity in U.S. corporate boardrooms, sponsored by 2020 Women on Boards. 2020 Women on Boards aims to raise the percentage of women on U.S. corporate boards to 20 percent or greater by the year 2020.

Among the panelists speaking is Roslyn Watson '71, president and founder of Watson Venture, a real estate investment company. Watson currently serves on the Boards of Directors of American Express Bank, FSB, an OCC regulated thrift where she serves on the Audit and Risk Committee, The Dreyfus Laurel Mutual Funds, where she chairs the Compensation Committee, and the Dreyfus Institutional Cash Management Funds.

full story. (

Hannah Rodgers Barnaby '00GS Announced as YALSA's 2013 Morris Award Finalist

(December 12, 2012) -- Young Adult Library Services Association(YALSA) selected five books as finalists for the 2013 William C. Morris Award, which honors a book written for young adults by a previously unpublished author. YALSA will name the 2013 award winner at the Youth Media Awards on January 28 during ALA's Midwinter Meeting in Seattle.

full story.

Simmons eNews - December 2012 (All Editions) with letter from President Helen Drinan

(December 2012) -- Feature story includes a Simmons survey featured in the New York Times and the Boston Business Journal. President Drinan's participation on a panel of women college presidents, recap on the Warburg lecture on global health, Barbara Lee '67, '01HD being named Emerge woman of the year, #GivingTuesday recap, and Giving Back to Move Simmons Forward.

Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners (MCNP) Breakfast Reception

(December 5, 2012) -- Dr. Patricia White and Dr.Rebecca Donohue, professors of practice in nursing, with Massachusetts Senate President Therese Murray, attending the Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners (MCNP) breakfast reception.

Simmons Study on Gender Disparities featured in New York Times, Boston Business Journal

(November 30, 2012) -- On November 8, 2012, Simmons College and Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts presented findings from their joint study "Dreaming Big: What's Gender Got to Do With It?"

President Helen G. Drinan '75LS, '78SM Participates in Panel Discussing Paths to College Presidency

(November 30, 2012) -- On November 26, President Helen G. Drinan '75LS, '78SM was a featured speaker for a panel discussion on the pathway to becoming a college president. She was joined by the five female college presidents of the Colleges of the Fenway, who are all featured in the new book Boston Inspirational Women by noted Boston Globe photographer Bill Brett and Kerry Brett

Warburg Lecture on Global Health as a U.S. Foreign Policy Priority

(November 30, 2012) -- On November 13, Simmons hosted the first Warburg Lecture of the year. Ambassador (ret.) Jimmy J. Kolker discussed global health as an emerging U.S. foreign policy priority, underscoring the particular importance of women's health issues.

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."

Simmons eNews - November 2012 (All Editions)

(November 13, 2012) -- The November Edition of eNews was delivered yesterday. Customized editions for each of the schools as well as for Parents and Seniors. Feature stories include: Alumnae Volunteers Visit Campus for Annual Leadership Weekend, International Women's Advocate and Former Congresswoman Marjorie Margolies Visits Simmons, Library Journal Survey Ranks Simmons #1 in Career Placements, Dean Judy Beal Inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing, SOM Ranked #1 "Greatest Opportunity for Women" in Nation by The Princeton Review, and SSW Fall 2012 Edition of Field Educator Available Now.

SOM Professor Paula Gutlove Featured in Huffington Post

(November 9, 2012) -- SOM Professor Paula Gutlove was featured in the Huffington Post yesterday. Her blog post titled - Flirting With Negotiation -- Redefining 'Feminine Charm' - which discusses the study done at U.C. Berkeley to quantify and measure what the researchers call "feminine charm," which they say is a mixture of friendliness and flirting.

full post.

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.

Trustee Carmen Baez '79, '03HD Shares Expertise, Offers Advice to Students

(November 8, 2012) -- The Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) and the Simmons Communications Department welcomed Carmen Baez '79, '03HD, president of DAS Latin America group at Omnicom, to campus to discuss her career and the importance of staying connected to the Simmons community. Baez highlighted the stepping stones in the development of her career.

Leadership Weekend 2012 Honors Leadership Volunteers

(November 5, 2012) -- On October 19-20, 2012, Simmons College welcomed over 100 alumnae volunteers to campus for the annual Leadership Weekend. On Friday, we recognized the dedication of our alumnae volunteers with a dinner and the presentation of special awards to a number of leaders in our community.

News from SNHS - November 2012

(November 2, 2012) -- Nursing and nutrition news from the School of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Simmons and Girl Scouts Study Finds Gender Factors Early in Career Choices

(November 2, 2012) -- A new study published by the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts and Simmons College has found that girls see fewer career options for themselves than for boys, especially in areas related to science, technology, engineering and math.

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Simmons SSW Professional Development Institute: Clinical Certificate Program in Advanced Group Work Practice

(October 30, 2012) -- As more agencies shift from individual to group focused treatment and increase their group services in order to better meet the needs of their clients, or out of fiscal necessity, practitioners are faced with the challenge of offering an expanded menu of groups, including more specialized groups. This certificate program will strengthen the skills that clinicians are already utilizing, while providing a more varied and sophisticated conceptual framework and tools with which to practice.

President Drinan Blog on Huffington Post About Why Women Must Stand Up for Themselves in the Workplace

(October 25, 2012) -- Like me, the students at Simmons College, a small liberal arts women's undergraduate college in Boston where I am president, have the same hope for a bright future. They all want the opportunity to prove their worth and accomplish their career goals.

full story. (

SNHS Dean Judy Beal Officially Inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing

(October 16, 2012) -- On Saturday, October 13, Dean Judy Beal was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing. The American Academy of Nursing invites nursing's most accomplished leaders to join the Academy as Fellows and participate in their mission to promote knowledge-driven healthcare policy and to actively inform and participate in healthcare reform.

Points of Pride

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

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Student-Run Conference Looks at Gender, Justice and Social Entrepreneurship

(October 19, 2012) -- Simmons held its first annual Gender, Justice, and Social Entrepreneurship Conference October 11, bringing the College community together to talk about social justice as it relates to gender and the food industry.

full story. (

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)

SOM's New Management Magazine Awarded by Columbia Scholastic Press Association

(October 17, 2012) -- Management Magazine, a new Simmons School of Management publication produced by master's students in the Communications Management Program, was recently named a winner in the 29th Gold Circle Awards program of the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA). CSPA is affiliated with the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University.

SOM Ranked #1 "Greatest Opportunity For Women" in Nation by The Princeton Review

Simmons Also Ranked #5 Among "Best Green MBA" Programs

(October 11, 2012) -- The Simmons School of Management has once again been ranked #1 in the category of "Greatest Opportunity for Women" by The Princeton Review, in its 2013 guidebook of "The Best 296 Business Schools."

full story. (

Simmons Helps to Develop Japanese Women Leaders

(October 10, 2012) -- The Japanese Women's Leadership Initiative (JWLI) Fellows Program wrapped up its sixth year of programming at the Simmons College School of Management in September. The goal of the program is to help Japanese women move from traditional roles and become leaders of social change in their home country.

full story. (

Simmons eNews - October 2012 (All Editions)

(October 10, 2012) -- The October Edition of eNews was delivered yesterday. Customized editions for each of the schools as well as for Parents and Seniors. The Feature Story for all editions was the $2 Million gift from Phyllis Nickerson Dotson '62 and her husband George S. Dotson to expand the successful Bridge and Mentoring Program.

President Drinan Working with the Girl Scouts to Help Girls Achieve Success

(October 5, 2012) -- President Helen G. Drinan '75LS, '78SM is working with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts (GSEM) on an upcoming conference "Dreaming Big – What's Gender Got to do With It?" The conference will be held at Simmons on November 8 and will focus on the findings of a recent survey commissioned by Simmons and GSEM that looks at career aspirations of middle school students and the impact of girl-serving organizations.

full story.

Program for Women in Career Transition

(October 5, 2012) -- Alumnae considering a career change are encouraged to sign up for Simmons's Career Health Program – six group sessions that will engage participants in a process that aligns personal and career goals with viable strategies to manage healthy careers.

more information.

Ambassador Bellamy Discusses Tragedy in Libya; Perils and Importance of Diplomacy

(October 5, 2012) -- Warburg Chair in International Relations Ambassador Bellamy discusses the perils faced by Foreign Service representatives, and the vital role they play building bridges and finding common ground among nations.

full story.

Simmons Launches New Center for Excellence in Teaching

(October 5, 2012) -- Simmons launched the Center for Excellence in Teaching (CET), which will help faculty find resources for their teaching, exchange ideas with colleagues, and try new teaching ideas. At Convocation, senior class officers announced that they would be donating $1,000 to purchase CET-recommended books for Beatley Library.

full story.

SOM Reunion 2012 Celebrated Community

(October 5, 2012) -- On September 29, 2012, the School of Management welcomed more than 70 alumnae/i to campus for their Reunion.

A Week of Inspiring Community Dialogues with Woodrow Wilson Fellow Marjorie Margolies

Women Changing Lives
Perspectives on Gender, Politics & Social Change
A week of inspiring community dialogues with Woodrow Wilson Fellow Marjorie Margolies

October 22, 2012 - October 26, 2012

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October 2012 News from SNHS

(October 2, 2012) -- Nursing and nutrition news from SNHS.

Diane Frankel Schoenfeld Named Director of Alumnae/i Relations

(October 2, 2012) -- Diane Frankel Schoenfeld recently joined Simmons staff as director of alumnae/i relations. She will be working with members of the undergraduate and graduate alumnae/i communities to enhance engagement, increase giving participation, recognize and utilize professional expertise, and encourage volunteer service by strategically enhancing and developing programs and projects

$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.

Simmons College Trustman Art Gallery Presents: Nature Vive and Nature Morte

(October 1, 2012) — Simmons College presents Nature Vive and Nature Morte from October 9 — November 8 at the Trustman Art Gallery, located on the fourth floor, Main College Building, 300 the Fenway in Boston. A reception from 5—7 p.m. will be held on Thursday, October 11. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

more information.

Simmons Students Participate in U.S. Department of State Grant Program for Women's Leadership

(September 24, 2012) -- Ten Simmons College students and 20 visiting students from Africa participated in a 5-week leadership development program hosted by Simmons this summer. "The Study of the U.S. Institute on Women's Leadership" program was part of a broader U.S. Department of State initiative designed to promote a better understanding of the U.S. abroad, and to help develop future world leaders.

full story.


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

(September 12, 2012) -- Simmons has been named a "Best College" by U.S.News & World Report in its 2013 edition of the "America's Best Colleges" guidebook. Simmons ranked in the top tier of schools in the Regional Universities North category.

This is the third premier rankings organization to cite Simmons for excellence in the past two months. Simmons was featured in The Princeton Review's 2013 college guidebook as one of the nation's "Best 377 Colleges" and was named by as one of "American's 650 Top Colleges" in 2012.

full story. (

Two Sharks Receive GNAC Rookie of the Week Honors

(September 12, 2012) -- Simmons tennis first year Meghan Cokely '16 (Haverhill, Mass.) and volleyball first year Raeann Nesta '16(Niantic, Conn.) were each named Great Northeast Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week announced Tuesday.

full story. (

Simmons eNews - September 2012

(September 11, 2012) -- All editions of the monthly eNewsletter to alumnae/i, parents, and seniors.

Sophomore Amelia Cordischi '15 Wins NFL Fan Flag Competition

(September 11, 2012) -- Earlier this summer, Simmons Sophomore Amelia Cordischi '15 entered a contest offered by the NFL to design a flag for the New England Patriots to be unveiled at the 2012 Kickoff Pre-game festivities. The NFL Fan Flag Challenge's requirements included the design of a flag depicting her region's team, a 100-word essay describing the design's vision, and a 200-word essay of what inspired her to create the flag. Cordischi was also required to describe in her essays what being an NFL fan means not only to her, but other fans too.

Nursing Professor Makada Kamara Assists With Non-Hospital Births in Bermuda

(September 7, 2012) -- Makada Kamara, associate professor of practice in nursing and the Dotson Bridge and Mentoring Program, is one of the U.S. nurse midwives allowed to assist in non-hospital births in Bermuda.

full story. (The Royal Gazette online)

Simmons Convocation Celebrates the Opening of a New Academic Year

(September 6, 2012) -- On September 5, 2012, Simmons celebrated academic excellence and the start the 2012-2013 school year with the all-college Convocation featuring Barbara E. Walvoord, interim director, Center for Excellence in Teaching. Later, Ambassador William Mark Bellamy, the recently named Warburg Chair in International Relations, spoke at the undergraduate Honors Convocation.

Fall Message from SOMAA President Charlotte Streat '00SM

(September 2012) -- Fall message from SOMAA president Charlotte Streat '00SM.

Amanda Strauss '12GS, '12LS Awarded Graduate Consortium in Women's Studies' Writing Prize

(September 5, 2012) -- Amanda Strauss '12GS, '12LS was the co-winner of the Graduate Consortium in Women's Studies writing prize for her paper, "A Surprising Sisterhood: The Feminist Alliance of Housewives and Prostitutes, 1973 – 1983." Sarah Leonard, interim director of the history graduate program said, "She won in a highly competitive field, open to masters and Ph.D. students from Harvard, MIT, BU, Tufts, BC, Northeastern, Brandeis, and UMass Boston."

Professor Dan Connell Featured in New York Times, Middle East Report

(September 5, 2012) -- Dan Connell, senior lecturer in the departments of communications and political science/international relations, is a noted scholar on African politics. He received research funding from Simmons to travel to Ethiopia in May and June of this year. Afterwards, he published an article in the South Africa-based Mail & Guardian "Eritrean tyranny fuels mass exit." He was quoted in a New York Times article by Jeffrey Gettleman concerning the death of Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi. He also conducted a live interview with BBC World Service and published "Escaping Eritrea: Why They Flee and What They Face" in the fall 2012 issue of Middle East Report, for which he serves as a contributing editor.

September 2012 News from SNHS

(September 4, 2012) -- Nursing and Nutrition news from SNHS.

Dr. Renée Bergland Named Hazel Dick Leonard Chair

(September 4, 2012) -- Provost Charlena Seymour has announced the immediate appointment of Dr. Renée Bergland, Professor of English, as the next Hazel Dick Leonard Chair, for a term of five years. 

Simmons Becomes National Ally in Women's Equality Movement

(September 4, 2012) -- Simmons recently became a National Ally of Vision 2020, a national initiative for women's economic and social equality that works with affiliated organizations to advance issues of importance to women.

full story. (

Ambassador William M. Bellamy Named New Warburg Chair for 2012-2013

(August 28, 2012) -- Simmons welcomes Ambassador William M. Bellamy (ret.) as the next Warburg Chair of International Relations. His first official duty at Simmons will be to deliver the afternoon Convocation speech on September 5.

Alumna Gwen Ifill '77, '93HD on the Presidential Race

(August 27, 2012) -- Newswoman Gwen Ifill '77, '93HD, with Boston roots, talks about upcoming Republican National Convention.

full story. (Boston Globe Magazine)

Letter to the Editor About Womens Colleges from Alumna Julie Widrow '90

(August 27, 2012) -- ARGUING THAT the acceptance of women to Augusta National Golf Club shows it’s time for women's colleges to admit men, as Albert P. Cardarelli does in his letter to the editor, is an apples and oranges scenario ("As male bastions open up, it's time for elite women's colleges to follow," Aug. 23). Private women's colleges offer more to students than a degree — they offer a learning environment, too.

full story. (

Several Alums Now Teaching in the Lynnfield School District

(August 24, 2012) -- John Davison '11GS - Grade 1, Masters in Elem. Teaching; Molly Tremblay '2GS - SPED, Masters in Moderate Special Education (Prek-8); Alexandra Caram '12LS - Media Specialist, Masters of Library Science; Lindsay Roeder - Grade 6 English, Masters of Arts in Teaching Elementary Ed. 1- 6; Veronica Rogers - Grade 5 English, Masters of Arts in Teaching; Kathleen Stevens '11, '12GS - Grade 5 Science, Masters of Arts in Teaching

full story. (

Princeton Review Names Simmons Among America's "Best 377 Colleges" for 2013

(August 22, 2012) -- For the eighth consecutive year, Simmons College was named one of the top colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review in its "Best 377 Colleges" 2013 edition guidebook. Only 15 percent of America's 2,500 four-year and three-year colleges are featured in the book.

full story. (

SOM Career Services Office Update - September 2012

(August 22, 2012) -- The latest news, jobs, promotions, career events, and more from the School of Management Career Services Office.

Students Learn about Non-Profit Management

(August 21, 2012) -- After nine weeks of immersion in select Boston area non-profits, three Simmons College students who took part in the 2012 Scott/Ross Fellowship team shared their findings with Simmons professors and members of the local non-profit community.

full story. (

Sharks Lacrosse Named to 2012 IWLCA Academic Squad

(August 21, 2012) -- Simmons Lacrosse was named to the 2012 Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Division III All-Academic Squad announced Monday by the IWLCA.

full story. (

Sharks Basketball Coach Kristen Rasmussen Tarr Speaks at Honan Summer League

(August 21, 2012) -- Simmons head basketball coach Kristen Rasmussen Tarr spoke at the Honan Summer League girls' high school championship game on July 30 about the importance of Title IX and the women who made it possible for equal play.

full story. (

Sharks Softball Represent USA in International Softball Tour

(August 15, 2012) -- Simmons graduating senior Samantha Hodgkins '12, and rising juniors Emily Cunningham '14 and Christina Mulcahy '14 joined other Division II and III student athletes from across the country, to represent the United States in an international softball tournament hosted by American International Sports Teams this summer in Italy.

full story. (

Simmons Receives 2011-2012 GNAC Sportsmanship Award

(August 15, 2012) -- Simmons College was presented with the 2011-2012 Great Northeast Athletic Conference Sportsmanship Award on Wednesday, August 8 at the conference's professional development day in Boston, Massachusetts.

full story. (

House, Senate Pass Bill to Let Simmons College Renovate Daly Field in Brighton

(August 3, 2012) -- State lawmakers voted this week to pass a bill that will allow the state to lease Daly Field in Brighton to a private, nonprofit friends group and to have Simmons College renovate the run-down green space.

full story. (

Mass General Heart Center Is Named for E. Gerald Corrigan and SOM Dean Cathy Minehan

(August 3, 2012) -- The commitment to Massachusetts General Hospital shown by E. Gerald Corrigan, PhD, and Cathy Minehan is well known. Cathy has been chair of the hospital's Board of Trustees since mid 2008, and five years ago, Jerry made a gift that both named the cardiac intensive care unit and established the Elizabeth Anne and Karen Barlow Corrigan Women's Heart Health Program.

The couple recently made an extraordinary $20 million gift that supports innovation and research in the Women's Heart Health Program and throughout the MGH Heart Center. In recognition of this, Mass General leadership has named the MGH Heart Center after Jerry and Cathy. Going forward, it will be known as the Corrigan Minehan Heart Center.

full story. (

GRLZ Radio Visits Simmons

(August 2, 2012) -- For the fourth year in a row, members of the Boston after school program GRLZ Radio were invited to Simmons College for a campus tour and some valuable on-air coaching from Simmons Radio Director Len Mailloux.

full story. (

Professor Kelly Hager Says "Bleak House" Was Dickens's Best Novel

(August 2, 2012) -- What was Charles Dickens's best novel? It depends whom you ask of course. Here then are six impassioned, knowledgeable opinions on the topic of the best Dickens novel, including Associate Professor Kelly Hager's.

full story. (

Professor Afaa Michael Weaver Featured in The Somerville News

(August 2, 2012) -- Somerville Poet Afaa Michael Weaver: From the mean streets of East Baltimore to a road paved with literary acclaim

full interview. (

SOM Dean Minehan Discusses with WSJ Why All-Female School is Best Training Ground

(August 2, 2012) -- The best training ground for success in a male-dominated business world is a classroom full of women, says Cathy E. Minehan, dean of the Simmons School of Management.

In a coed environment, "male leadership roles remain unchallenged, and women are left with 'play the game our way, or go home,'" she says.

full story. (

August 2012 News from SNHS

(August 1, 2012) -- Nutrition and nursing news from the School of Nursing and Health Sciences.

Global Simmons - GSLIS in Korea

(July 31, 2012) -- Faculty, students, and friends of Simmons GSLIS report on conferences, activities, and projects around the globe.

Dispatches from the Field blog.

Assistant Prof. Rebecca Morris Featured on Harvard EdCast

(July 30, 2012) -- Assistant Prof. Rebecca Morris was interviewed by the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard EdCast. The podcast is about issues in education. Morris talked about her work at GSLIS and today's school libraries and librarians.

Listen to the podcast.

Summit Held at Simmons Aims to Prevent Dating Violence

(July 27, 2012) -- Boston's Public Health Commission partnered with local social service agencies to put on its third annual "Break-Up Summit" for teens as part of a $1 million, four-year grant from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The event has held at Simmons College.

Nationwide, the $18 million program known as Start Strong is aimed at teaching teens in 11 cities to prevent dating violence by ending relationships in a way that doesn't spark negative behavior – cheating, public humiliation, or worse.

full story. (Daily Chronicle)

Simmons eNews - July 2012 (All Editions)

(July 2012) -- Feature Story: Simmons Hosts 20 Women from Five African Countries to Examine "Women Changing the Face of Leadership"
"Double Your Gift" Match from Grace Richardson '60 Motivated Simmons Community to Increase Support
100-Year Vision Road Show Visited Alumnae/i, Parents, and Friends Across the Country and more...

Professor Zachary Abuza Special Guest on TalkThursday

(July 24, 2012) -- Rappler's Maria Ressa talks to Zachary Abuza in this week's edition of #TalkThursday.

Watch video.

Carol Bonner '74SW Named CAS Interim Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and Academic Affairs

(July 19, 2012) -- Dr. Carol Bonner '74SW has returned to Simmons to join Dean Renée T. White as the Interim Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and Academic Affairs for the 2012-2013 academic year.

NEWMAC Adds Simmons College as Associate Member in Women's Rowing

(July 18, 2012) -- Simmons College will join the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) as an associate member in the sport of women's rowing, the league announced. Simmons will become the conference's seventh women's crew program and will compete in the NEWMAC championship beginning in 2013.

full story. (

Simmons Provost Dr. Charlena Seymour to Retire at the End of Academic Year 2013

(July 13, 2012) -- Dr. Charlena Seymour, provost and chief academic officer at Simmons College, announced that she will retire at the end of the 2012-2013 academic year.

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!

Simmons Hosts 20 Women from Five African Countries to Examine "Women Changing the Face of Leadership"

(July 13, 2012) -- Simmons College hosted 20 undergraduate women from five African counties, along with 10 Simmons students, for a U.S. State Department initiative designed to promote a better understanding of the United States abroad and to help develop future world leaders.

Nutrition Professor Teresa Fung Appointed Associate Editor of the Epidemiology Section of the Journal of Nutrition

(July 13, 2012) -- Nutrition Professor Teresa Fung has been appointed associate editor of the epidemiology section of the Journal of Nutrition. Her 18-month term began July 1. Fung will have a major role in manuscript editorial decisions, including acceptance and rejection of manuscripts. The Journal of Nutrition is ranked the third most prominent nutrition journal in the United States by Impact Factor, which ranks journals by how often papers were cited in other research papers.

Margaret Credle Thomas '96SW Named New METCO Director

(July 10, 2012) -- Margaret Credle Thomas '96SW of Hyde Park has accepted the position of METCO director for the school district, the superintendent's office of the Arlington public schools announced Tuesday, Juily 10. Longtime director Stephen Pereira retired last month after for 32 years in Arlington.

full story. (

Toni Kaus '88LS Retires from Prescott Public Library

(July 10, 2012) -- Toni Kaus '88LS retired and turned over leadership of the Prescott Public Library to longtime Deputy Library Director Roger Saft on June 18.

Kaus' 10 years as library director culminated a 23-year career at the Prescott Library, which began when she took on the assistant library director position in 1989.

Prior to that, Kaus received her master's degree in library and information science at Simmons College in Boston.

full story. (The Daily Courier)

July 2012 News from SNHS

(July 2012) -- Nursing and Nutrition news from SNHS.

Simmons and the Daly Field Project in Brighton

(July 10, 2012) -- Simmons has formed an exciting new partnership — the Allston-Brighton Friends of Daly Field — between Simmons College, the Boston Public Schools, including but not limited to Brighton High School, and the Allston-Brighton and surrounding communities to oversee and support the renovation of Daly Field, a public playing field in the Brighton neighborhood of Boston.

Simmons's statement.

Kristin Cashore '04GS: By the Book

(July 5, 2012) -- New York Times Sunday Book Review featuring Kristin Cashore '04GS.

full interview.

SOM Dean Minehan's Response to The Atlantic Article "Why Women Still Can't Have It All"

(June 29, 2012) -- I have been following the media dust-up over Anne-Marie Slaughter's "Why Women Still Can't Have It All" story in The Atlantic with much interest. As a former CEO, a member of several boards, and dean of the only business school in the country designed for women, I'm all too familiar with this topic.

full story. (

Simmons Drops Ads Over Slurs in Boston Police Union Paper

(June 28, 2012) -- Simmons College will reportedly no longer advertise in "Pax Centurion," after becoming aware of racially charged content in the bimonthly newspaper published by the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association.

full story. (Boston Business Journal)

Simmons Supports Young Leaders at the 2012 "Ten Outstanding Young Leaders" Awards Ceremony

(June 25, 2012) -- Simmons was the lead sponsor for the 2012 "Ten Outstanding Young Leaders" (TOYL) awards presented by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. Simmons School of Management Dean Cathy Minehan provided opening remarks to the audience, talking about Simmons's long history and commitment to women's leadership.

full story. (

Professor Leanne Doherty Conducted a Study that Found Title IX Builds Female Leaders

(June 22, 2012) -- While link between increasing access to sports and becoming elected to office might merely reflect changing social structures, there is new research to suggest that athletic participation has become a social eligibility factor in the success of candidates for elected office. A study conducted by Dr. Leanne Doherty from Simmons College found that athletic experience is cited by 25% of candidates who run for Congress to increase their viability in the eyes of voters. This included talking about sports experiences they had in high school or college, or that of family members.

full story. (

3 Ways to Improve Women's Networks in Organizations, Survey from the Simmons College Women's Leadership Initiative

(June 22, 2012) -- The Simmons students in the Masters in Communications Management Program recently launched the inaugural issue of their new Management magazine. One of the issues they tackle is the effectiveness of women's networks within organizations. Some of the findings are not surprising, like the fact that women who are active in their organizations find them effective. But the authors of the article (aptly named "Panacea or Placebo"), Patricia Deyton and Deborah Marlino, have some useful conclusions on how to make women's networks more effective for all women in the company.

full story. (

June eNews - All Editions, Message from President Helen Drinan

(June 19, 2012) -- The June issue of eNews is now available online. Read an introductory message from President Helen Drinan and also read and see photos from Commencement and Reunion Weekend.

Simmons Mourns the Loss of Former Dean Anne Coghlan

(June 18, 2012) -- Emerita Dean Anne E. Coghlan '48, '98HD, former professor of Biology and Simmons Dean of Arts and Sciences, died Wednesday at her home in Milton, Mass. after a short illness. She worked at the College from 1962 until her retirement in 1993. Prior to her appointment as Dean in 1977, she was a professor of biology. Peggy Loeb '62, former director of public information and long-time editor of the Simmons Review, said Dean Coghlan was "a marvelous teacher, a good friend, and had a wonderful laugh!"

Social Return on Investment - SOMAA Grantees

(June 14, 2012) – The SOMAA was proud to support Michelle Kweder and Maria Konizeski (both from SOM class of 2011) to attend a Social Return on Investment (SROI) workshop hosted by Simmons School of Management and the Boston Foundation. On May 18-19, 2012 Jeremy Nicholls, CEO, The Social Return on Investment (SROI) Network, led a training on SROI, an approach to understanding and managing the value of "impact activities", or those activities encompassed in social, environmental and community programming.

Wicked Author Gregory Maguire '78GS Speaks at National Children's Literature Conference Held at Simmons

(June 14, 2012) -- More than 400 scholars, critics, and literary professionals are expected to attend the 39th Annual Children's Literature Association Conference hosted by Simmons and featuring renown author Gregory Maguire '78GS. Maguire is a Simmons alumnus and former children's literature professor whose book Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West was adapted into a hit Broadway play.

The three-day national conference will be held June 14-16 and Maguire will deliver the distinguished Francelia Butler Lecture on Friday, June 15.

full story. (300 the fenway/

Big Sister Association Interviews President Drinan

(June 13, 2012) -- Big Sister had the opportunity to interview President Helen Drinan about the importance of mentors, community partnerships, and education.

Read the interview.

Professor Emerita Ching-chih Chen was Keynote Speaker at International Conference on Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries (QQML)

(June 13, 2012) -- LIT Library hosted the International Conference on Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries (QQML) May 22-25, 2012 in the Absolute Hotel Limerick. The Conference was officially opened by Major of Limerick Cllr Jim Long.  

Keynote Speaker at the Conference was Ching-chih Chen a leading expert and speaker in the field of Digital Information Management and Technology.  Mrs. Chen is Professor Emerita of Simmons College, Boston and President of a non-profit organization, Global Connection and Collaboration, Inc.  A sought-after international speaker in over two dozen countries, she has delivered keynote speeches and made presentations at numerous international conferences including those in countries like Argentina, China, Croatia, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Luxembourg, Mexico, Morocco, Russia, Spain, Singapore, South Africa, Swaziland, Taiwan, Thailand, UK, Vietnam etc.

full story. (

Olivia Gatti '07LS Named New Youth Services Librarian of Newbury Town Library

(June 13, 2012) -- Olivia Gatti '07LS has taken over as the new youth services librarian. She formerly worked for the Westwood Public School System for two years.

full story. (

Barbara O'Brien Named New Director of Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City

(June 11, 2012) -- Barbara O'Brien, former assistant professor of art at Simmons, former director of the Trustman Art Gallery and former head of the arts administration program, has been named Director of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City.

full story. (

Reunion Weekend Draws Hundreds of Alumnae and Guests

(June 8, 2012) -- More than 360 Simmons alumnae returned to campus for Reunion Weekend, May through June 3, including fifty members of the Class of 1962, which celebrated its 50th Reunion. The action-packed weekend included a wide range of education and entertainment options, along with the traditional Reunion Kick-off Picnic on the quad, the Awards Luncheon on Saturday, and the Half-Century Brunch with President Helen G. Drinan '75LS, '78SM.

SOM Dean Cathy Minehan Speaks at YWCA Boston Event Honoring Women Achievers

(June 8, 2012) -- SOM Dean Cathy Minehan served as keynote speaker for the YWCA Boston's 18th Annual Academy of Women Achievers Celebration Luncheon on June 4 in Boston. The event honored five area women named to the Academy this year because they have "demonstrated excellence within their respective careers, dedicated themselves to promoting the role of women in society, and acted as mentors for younger generations," according to the YWCA's web site.

SNHS Dean Judy Beal, DNSc, RN to be Inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing

(June 8, 2012) -- Judy Beal, DNSc, RN and Dean of the SNHS and professor of nursing, was notified that she will be inducted as a Fellow into the American Academy of Nursing on October 13, 2012. 

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.

Application Deadline for Fall GSLIS Instructional Technology Licensure Program

(June 8, 2012) -- Reminder: The application deadline for the Fall 2012 fully online Instructional Technology Licensure program is July 16.

Simmons Hosts African Students, Partners with U.S. State Department

(June 7, 2012) -- In a true intercontinental exchange of what leadership means for women in the 21st century, Simmons will host a "Study of the United States Institute on Women's Leadership," as part of a broader U.S. Department of State initiative designed to promote a better understanding of the U.S. abroad and to help develop future world leaders.

Twenty undergraduate women from five African countries, along with 10 Simmons students, will participate in a five-week program, "Women Changing the Face of Leadership." The initiate is designed to develop leadership skills and enhance their understanding of United States' history, government, and society with a particular focus on women's leadership.

Jeannine Foley '06, Simmons Crew Alumna, Competes in Women's Arm Wrestling League

(June 7, 2012) -- Small But Mighty" (Jeannine Foley '06) competes in new women's arm wrestling league in Boston. All for a good cause!
full story. (

GSLIS Students Helped Street Lab Curate a Collection of Books

(June 6, 2012) -- Street Lab assembles a temporary reading room at the Children's Museum. Students from the library science program at Simmons College helped Street Lab curate a collection of books that would attract the attention of a multigenerational audience, from children to grandparents.

full story. (

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.

Barbara Lee '67, '01HD Gives $45,000 to Simmons College to Celebrate 45th Reunion

(May 30, 2012) -- Barbara Lee, founder and president of the Barbara Lee Family Foundation, commemorated the 45th anniversary of her graduation from Simmons College and renewed her commitment to the school that fostered her belief in empowering women. A $45,000 gift from the Barbara Lee Family Foundation will support the Barbara Lee Political Intern Fellowship Program, a program initiated in 2004 to expand the number of women in politics.

full story. (

Jay Scherma '82LS Receives Maine Outstanding Librarian Award for 2012

(May 29, 2012) -- Jay Scherma '82LS, known by colleagues for his leadership in the changing world of public libraries, was presented the Maine Outstanding Librarian award for 2012 during the annual Maine Library Association conference last weekend in Orono.

full story. (The Portland Press Herald)

Laurie Dias-Mitchell '83GS Named New Tiverton Middle School Prinicipal

(May 23, 2012) -- Laurie Dias-Mitchell '83GS was named the new Tiverton Middle School Prinicipal beginning on July 1.

full story. (Tiverton-Little Compton

Philip McNulty '81LS Named Director of Newton Free Library

(May 23, 2012) -- The Newton Library Trustees announced they have appointed Milton Library Director Phil McNulty '81LS as the new director at the Newton Free Library

full story. (Newton

Corinne Chronopoulos '09LS Named Director of Pelham Library

(May 23, 2012) -- Pelham Public Library gets a fresh start with a new library director. Trustees have announced Corinne Chronopoulos '09LS has accepted the job.

full story.  (Eagle-Tribune)

Highlights from Commencement 2012

(May 21, 2012) -- Simmons College's 107th Commencement ceremonies were held on Friday, May 18, 2012 with speakers Maria Hinojosa and Carla Harris. Relive the memorable day through videos, photos, and more.

Full story and video.

Connie Lawn '66 Awarded "Services to New Zealand-USA Relations" Royal Honour

(May 21 2012) -- The Queen, the Government, and all others involved made me an "Honorary Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit (ONZN)." The heavy and handsome gold medal was presented at a ceremony at the New Zealand Embassy by a terrific man, Ambassador Mike Moore. I am grateful, and pleased I got through the ceremony without crying, passing out, or tripping.

Connie's blog post. (Huffington Post)

Gary Bailey Speaks About Anonymous Posters and Racism Online

(May 21, 2012) --  Professor Gary Bailey, of Simmons's School of Social Work in Boston, said there has been a "proliferation of hate speak on the Internet that is alarming" and it raises an enormous concern for those who see these types of things happening.

full story. (Medill Reports, Northwestern University)

The Love Affair with the MFA Started at Simmons for Saundra Lane '60

(May 21, 2012) -- Saturday, the Museum of Fine Arts announced it had received an extraordinary, long-hoped-for gift of 6,000 photographs, 100 works on paper, and 25 paintings from Saundra Lane '60, a museum trustee and longtime friend of the MFA. The gift is worth potentially hundreds of millions of dollars - the MFA will only say that the dollar value probably runs into "nine figures."
full story. (Boston Globe)

Documentary Filmmaker Barbara Melega at Simmons

(May 21, 2012) -- Documentary filmmaker Barbara Melega visited Simmons College thanks to the efforts of Professor Judy Richland. In winter 2012, Melega joined the Globalization on a Shoestring class to discuss her film about the political efforts of Samia Nkrumah daughter of President Kwame Nkrumah. The President was the leader of Ghana who in 1957 ushered in the country's independence from colonial British rule. Professor Len Mailloux coordinated the discussioon and Melega's show aired live on Simmons College Radio.

view video. (YouTube)

Jane Shattuck '48 Gets Her Degree

(May 18, 2012) -- In 1947, Jane Shattuck left Simmons College in her junior year to get married, but she never gave up on her dream to one day walk across the stage to receive her degree. At 86 years young, Shattuck picked up her degree with the 1,000 other Simmons College undergraduates.

full story. (Westwood Wicked Local)

Steven Booth '09LS Received 2012 FTRF Conable Conference Scholarship

(May 11, 2012) -- Steven Booth was chosen among dozens of great applicants as the recipient of the 2012 Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship, sponsored by the Freedom to Read Foundation. As the Conable Scholarship recipient, Booth will have his registration, travel, housing, and other expenses paid to the 2012 American Library Association Annual Conference. The conference will be June 21-26 in Anaheim.

full story. (OIF Blog)

Intronis Names Jacquelyn Barry Hamilton '83 its Chief Financial Officer

(May 11, 2012) -- Intronis, the world's leading cloud backup and recovery solution for the IT Channel, announced the appointment of Jacquelyn Barry Hamilton '83 to CFO.

full story. (PRWeb)

Mary L. Chute '92LS Named Next New Jersey State Librarian

Mary L. Chute '92LS, deputy director for Libraries at the Institute of Museum and Library Services, has been selected as the next New Jersey State Librarian and will begin a new chapter as leader of the New Jersey State Library in July.

full story.

Kristen Roberts '01, '02GS Inducted into Simmons Athletics Hall of Fame

(May 11, 2012) -- On May 8, 2012, Kristen Roberts '01, '02GS was inducted into the Simmons Athletics Hall of Fame during the annual "Evening of Champions" hosted by the Department of Athletics. The event gathers student athletes and other members of the Simmons community to be honored for their exceptional contributions to the College their and athletic and academic achievements. Assistant Vice President of Alumnae/i Relations and Annual Giving Jan Taylor '07GS presented the prestigious award to Kristen.

Simmons eNews - May 2012 (All Editions)

(May 10, 2012) -- Latest edition of eNews for all schools.

Associate Dean Cathy Mercier, director of Children's Lit, Quoted in Washington Post about Maurice Sendak

(mAY 9, 2012) -- The Sendak trilogy of "Where the Wild Things Are" (1963), "In the Night Kitchen" (1970) and "Outside Over There" (1981) "crashed open the gates" for what themes authors could address in children's literature, said Cathryn M. Mercier, director of the Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons College in Boston.

full story. (Washington Post)

MKS Instruments Appoints Elizabeth A. Mora '89SM to Its Board of Directors

(May 9, 2012) -- MKS Instruments, Inc., a global provider of technologies that enable advanced processes and improve productivity, announced the appointment Elizabeth A. Mora '89SM to its Board of Directors effective May 7, 2012. Mora is the Chief Financial Officer of The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc.

full story. (GlobeNewswire)

Judy Beal, DNSc, RN Leads Joint Task Force to Enhance Patient Care

(May 9, 2012) -- The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) are pleased to announce the creation of a new online resource developed to advance robust academic-practice partnerships. This new clearinghouse, hosted on the AACN Web site, features an interactive tool kit with practical guidelines for establishing successful collaborations as well as a Guiding Principles document that outlines the eight tenets for productive partnerships.

Approved by the AACN Board of Directors in March 2010, a joint task force was convened by AACN and AONE to develop resources for nursing leaders looking to develop and sustain effective academic--practice partnerships. This task force was led jointly by AACN Board Member Judy Beal, DNSc, RN, from Simmons College and past AONE President Linda Everett, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN from Indiana University Health.

full story. (BusinessWire)

"GSLIS After Dark" Attracts Alumni for Evening of Recognition, Connection

(May 9, 2012) -- Nearly 100 GSLIS alumni gathered on the Simmons campus April 6 for "GSLIS After Dark: An Evening of Recognition and Connection." The event in the Linda K. Paresky Conference Center included a wine and cheese reception followed by a dinner program that featured remarks by Dean Michèle V. Cloonan, the presentation of the 2012 GSLIS Alumni Achievement Award, and the GSLIS Alumni Board business meeting.

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.

Alumnae Association Nominating Committee Presents the Following Slate for 2012-2013

(May 7, 2012) -- The Nominating Committee presents the following slate of board members for the 2012-2013.  Approval of this slate will be requested at the Alumnae Association Annual Meeting June 2, 2012.  

Sylvia Maxfield to Leave Simmons to Become Dean of Providence College School of Business

(May 3, 2012) -- I write to you today with bittersweet news. After 10 years at the Simmons School of Management, Professor Sylvia Maxfield is leaving to take on a new leadership role at Providence College, becoming dean of the Providence College School of Business (PCSB). Her last day at Simmons will be July 31.

Janet Gargiulo, M.D., '73GS Honored as Outstanding Practitioner by the ACP

(May 1, 2012) -- Medical oncologist Janet Gargiulo, M.D., president elect of the Albany Medical College Alumni Association, has received the Ralph O. Claypoole Memorial Award from the American College of Physicians (ACP), the largest medical specialty organization and the second-largest physician group in the United States. The award was bestowed at ACP's annual Awards and Convocation Ceremony in New Orleans, LA, Thursday, April 19.

full story.

May Day at 100: Simmons College Revitalizes its Oldest Tradition

(May 1, 2012) -- This year marks the 100th anniversary of Simmons College's oldest tradition, May Day. To celebrate the historical milestone, students, faculty, and staff have joined together to update the tradition to include the entire Simmons community.

full story.

SIMMONS Magazine - Spring 2012

We asked what Simmons means to you... this is what you said...

opportunity, inspiring, empowering, life-changing, generosity, special, career, voice, anchor, extraordinary, sisterhood, acceptance, future, pride, excellence, confidence, promise, strong, transforming, beginnings, accomplishment, community, history, prepared, encouragement, self-evolution, savvy, growth, empowerment, freedom, smart, awesome, networking, catharsis, focused, success, leadership, nursing, eye opening, home, hope, foundation.

SIMMONS Magazine - Spring 2012 (PDF)

Strategy 2015 Update - New Positions

(April 27, 2012) -- Two new positions that have been filled during the past few months are aimed at helping the College achieve Strategy 2015 objectives. These positions will directly help the College focus more on student outcomes, experiences, and opportunities.

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.

SSW Alumni and Professional Development Day 2012

(April 27, 2012) -- More than 120 alumni participated in the School of Social Work's Alumni and Professional Development Day on April 21, the focus of which was "Community Violence: Multiple Contexts, Interventions, and Prevention." The event featured the third annual Barbara Jaslow Schaefer Lecture, multiple workshops, and the presentation of awards to alumni for their contributions to the Simmons social work community and the profession. Event attendees were eligible for 3.0 CEUs.

Meg Whitman, Billie Jean King Speak at Simmons Leadership Conference

(April 26, 2012) -- The 2012 Simmons Leadership Conference attracted more than 3,000 attendees to the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston on April 5 for a daylong event focused on "Innovation and Impact." All proceeds from the conference will support scholarships for students in graduate programs at Simmons.

Application Deadlines Approaching for Two New GSLIS Online Programs

(April 26, 2012) -- GSLIS is launching three fully online programs this year, and applications are still being accepted for the two programs that start this coming fall: Master's Degree/Archives Concentration, and Instructional Technology Licensure. Our Post-Master's Digital Stewardship Certificate program begins this summer (applications were accepted through April 24). These programs, together with online continuing education workshops happening throughout the year, make it possible for GSLIS to offer a variety of online options for learners in different stages of their professional careers.

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.

Gwen Ifill '77, '93HD to Speak at Bates College and Holy Names University Commencements

(April 26, 2012) -- Gwen Ifill '77, '93HD is known worldwide to fans of top-flight television journalism in her role as senior correspondent for "PBS Newshour," and as moderator and managing editor of "Washington Week." She will be a commencement speaker at both Bates College and Holy Names University.

full story. (Bates College)

full story. (Holy Names University)

Jessica S. Bazinet '10GS Awarded Berkshire County Educator Recognition Award

(April 24, 2012) -- Jessica S. Bazinet '10GS was awarded the Berkshire County Educator Recognition Award. The award, given by Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in collaboration with Berkshire County K-12 superintendents, was created last year to honor the region's exceptional teachers.

full story. (

A Partnership in Care and Education

(April 20, 2012) -- The spirit of cooperation was abundantly evident as VA Boston Healthcare System (VA BHS) along with Simmons College School of Nursing dedicated two medical wards at the West Roxbury campus as Dedicated Education Units (DEU's).

full story. (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs)

Simmons joins national "It Gets Better" campaign

(April 12, 2012) -- Columnist and author Dan Savage and his partner Terry Miller launched the It Gets Better campaign as a response to a rash of LGBTQ suicides, which were the result of bullying and harassment at schools and campuses across the country. The project aims to turn the tide of self-destruction by reaching vulnerable youth with the voices of survival and accomplishment. This video is Simmons's contribution to this important effort, by adding our voices of hope, encouragement, and achievement.

Simmons student ambassador Sarah O'Reilly '14 was involved with the project at Simmons from the beginning. She says movements like this are so important for college campuses.

blog post and video.

Pamela Burch '87LS Named Director at Paul Memorial Library

(April 11, 2012) -- Pamela Burch '87LS is the new director at the Paul Memorial Library in Newfields, NH.

full story.

President Drinan Shares Her Own History at Women’s History Month Event