Graduate Notes

Find out what fellow classmates are doing, and share your own news. Notes received online will be posted in the appropriate class years. Alumnae/i photos also are welcome (for theSimmons magazine); be sure to include the names of all alumnae/i in the photo and class years. 

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Professional News

Ashleigh Coren
Ashleigh Coren ’14LS was named ACRL's member of the week in July 2017. Currently a resident librarian at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia, earlier this year Coren co-authored a chapter in Leading in the New Academic Library, Libraries Unlimited, May 2017.
Note Submitted: September 05, 2017

two people sitting a table for a plant sale
Barbara Passero
Barbara Passero (MLS '75), Director, and Jean Devine (MBA '88), Co-Creator and Program Leader, of Meadowscaping for Biodiversity (MS4B), will serve on a panel about careers at the Simmons College Sustainability Club networking dinner on February 13. MS4B's Youth Environmental Entrepreneurship Program (YEEP) helps high school students age 15-18 gain 21st century career readiness skills while they learn about the importance of biodiversity in ecosystems. Students learn how to -- develop a marketing plan -- sell and install hardy, drought-tolerant native plants that attract pollinators -- become citizen scientists and stewards of the Earth-- all while having fun outdoors and earning an hourly wage. website for Meadowscaping for Biodiversity (MS4B), STEAM-learning, project-based environmental education program for youth 7-18
Note Submitted: February 06, 2018

Beverly Sweetman
Beverly Sweetman '89LS has signed her first publishing contract " with Pelican Publishing for her picture book, There Was an Old Gator Who Swallowed a Moth. The book, written under the name B.J. Lee, is scheduled for publication in 2019. Sweetman has over 100 poems and stories published in major children's anthologies, including National Geographic (ed., J. Patrick Lewis) and Little, Brown (ed., Kenn Nesbitt).
Note Submitted: November 09, 2017

Charles O'Bryan
Karen G. Schneider '17LDS and Charles O'Bryan '17LDS co-authored "Zero-Based Budgeting In a Cutback Scenario For A Small Academic Library" published in Library Leadership & Management.
Note Submitted: March 29, 2018

Clare Davitt
Clare Davitt ’13LS was elected to the Bangor City Council. Davitt is a librarian at the Bangor Public Library.
Note Submitted: November 09, 2017

Danielle Dreger
Danielle Dreger

Danielle Dreger, '04LS, published her first Young Adult novel, SECRET HEART, in October 2016 to glowing reviews. Kirkus called SECRET HEART, "A well-constructed foray into the world of high school dating. It has become an Amazon bestseller. SECRET HEART is a LGBTQ teen romantic comedy set in Florida that is centered around a GSA (Gay Straight Alliance) and the Unprom they throw. A portion of all book sales goes to support the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network because Dreger is a firm believer that all students should have a safe space in schools. Dreger frequently speaks at GSA clubs in high schools. Dreger is a Teen Librarian in Seattle, Washington.Her short stories have recently appeared in The Dime Show Review and 200 cc's. Her essays have recently been featured on and The Creative Truth Journal. Dreger, is also a contributor to Preemie Babies 101, the official blog for the Hand2Hold Organization. She is currently working on a new YA novel.

Note Submitted: January 25, 2017

David Read
David Read ’01LS is Senior Analyst, Content Management at EBSCO Information Services.
Note Submitted: September 05, 2017

Elizabeth Stockwood
Elizabeth Stockwood received a M.S.L.A. (Super Librarian) award at the annual MSLA 2018 Conference, March 25-26 in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Note Submitted: March 29, 2018

Emily Houston
Emily Houston received a Web Seal of Excellence award at the annual MSLA 2018 Conference, March 25-26 in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Note Submitted: March 29, 2018

Emma Florio
In April, Emma Florio '16LS competed on Jeopardy! Florio, who works in Special Collections at The Newberry Library in Chicago, shared how librarianship prepared her to compete on the popular game show:
Note Submitted: June 06, 2017