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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Library and Information Science

Professional News

Mary Piorun ’14LS has been named director of the Lamar Soutter Library at UMass-Medical.
Note Submitted: July 26, 2017

Mary E. Helms ’81LS, associate professor in the McGoogan Library of Medicine, received the Medical Library Association’s (MLA) President's Award as part of a committee updating the association’s governance documents. The award, which is one of the highest honors offered by the MLA, was given to the group at the 2017 MLA annual meeting in May.
Note Submitted: July 26, 2017

Megan Potterbusch

Megan Potterbusch ’16LS was chosen as one of five members to the 2016-2017 class of the National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) program, which offers valuable opportunities in digital preservation. According to the IMLS press release (, “Potterbusch will serve as a resident at the Association of Research Libraries working in partnership with the George Washington University Libraries and the Center for Open Science to prototype the process of linking the output from a university research unit to a library digital repository through the Open Science Framework, an open source tool that integrates and supports research workflow.” The residency was established by the Library of Congress in conjunction with the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Note Submitted: October 04, 2016

Michael Sullivan

Michael Sullivan ’99LS is Director of the Weare Public Library in Weare, NH.

Note Submitted: December 02, 2016

Michelle Baildon

Michelle Baildon ’03LS was featured in American Libraries Magazine in an article, “Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: Dispatches from ACRL.” Baildon, collections strategist for arts and humanities and a science, technology, and society librarian, presented a poster March 23 at ACRL titled “Creating a Social Justice Mindset.”

Note Submitted: April 05, 2017

Paul Henriques
Paul Henriques '06LS is now a Client Services Manager for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), serving Europe, Africa, Washington D.C. and Virginia. Based in Arlington, Virginia, he came to the IEEE after five years as a Technical Information Specialist (Searcher) at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
Note Submitted: July 19, 2017

Paul Henriques

Paul Henriques '06LS was hired as a Client Services Manager for The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). He serves a variety of corporate, government and academic clients in Western Europe, Africa and the Washington, DC region, helping users maximize their subscriptions to IEEE information products, including the Xplore Digital Library.

Note Submitted: April 08, 2016

Peggy (Margaret) Simon

Peggy (Margaret) Simon ’78LS is Coach/Facilitator at Canary Health in California.

Note Submitted: December 02, 2016

Rachael Heger

I started an organization that provides bras and feminine hygiene products to homeless women in Indianapolis. I've collected over 600 bras in less than 2 weeks! Please help me by collecting bras and sending them my way: Support the Girls Attn: Rachael Heger PO Box 30249 Indianapolis, IN 46230 Check out my Facebook page, Support the Girls -Indianapolis!

Note Submitted: January 13, 2016

Rachel Karasick
Rachel Karasick ’17LS was a summer fellow at the Harvard Library Innovation Lab to explore the borderlands of libraries, technology, and law. Along with her cohort, she presented the results of her work in August at the Harvard Law School.
Note Submitted: September 05, 2017