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Time magazine recently interviewed our resident expert on diet and nutrition, Professor Teresa Fung, for a segment they produced about the importance of eating a well-balanced diet. In the video, Teresa talks about her new study, which found that people tend to live longer if they get more of their protein from veggies rather than from meat (when associated with a low-carb diet). Interesting, right? Watch the video to learn more about her research and to hear some tips about what to look for when shopping at the grocery store.

P.S. Anyone else dying to go to that store? It looks amazing!


It's that time of year when high school seniors are confronted with making the big college decision. Where you decide to go to college will undoubtedly help shape the rest of your life. A few friends you make during these four years may even end up in your wedding party. I met my current roommate the second week of my freshmen year. It's a huge decision!

There are 4,362 colleges, universities and junior colleges in the United States. How on earth do you narrow that down to one? Maybe your method is to narrow down the list based on location and size. Do you want a huge school where you're one of 36,000 students? Or a small school with individualized attention and small class sizes? Of course, there are pros and cons to both.

Continue reading Attend an open house.


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On Friday, I mentioned that the SOM's entrepreneurship program was ranked one of the top 25 programs in the entire nation. But, what's even more exciting is that it's the only program designed specifically for women to make the list.

Later that day, SOM Professor Teresa Nelson joined NECN's Laytoia Edwards to discuss exactly how we tailor our program to meet the needs of women. She says the SOM's program is unique because it focuses on teaching students how to navigate through their social realities. For example, women entrepreneurs typically receive less than 10% of venture capital compared with 90% for men. When asked how the SOM helps women tap into more funding, Teresa says we do what any good business school does: we help students to understand what the issues are, build competitive business plans, and how to "talk business." Enjoy!


This Sunday, we are holding our first open house of the academic school year. Not only is this an opportunity for interested students to come visit the school, but to also visit the city of Boston!

Did you know there are more than 250,000 students attending college in Boston? That means more than 250,000 young men and women realized Boston was the place to be during the best four years of their life.

There is so much to do in this city. Whether you're into theatre, history, art, or just want to be able to go out on the town with friends. Think about it this way: This city was BUILT for your college experience.

I spoke with Associate Director of Undergraduate Admission Alexandra Krol and she told me:

"Boston truly is America's college town. So many college students make this place constantly bustling. You can't walk two feet without running into another college student from another school, who's from a completely different town, studying a different major, focusing on a different social activity. And that makes your world here in Boston and at Simmons so much bigger."

Continue reading America's college town.


Congratulations to the School of Management! Its entrepreneurship program was just ranked by Entrepreneur magazine and The Princeton Review as one of the nation's top 25 programs. A big deal considering it's the only program on the list specifically designed for women.

We shot this video last year (when we introduced the entrepreneurship minor) of SOM Professor Susan Duffy, who says teaching entrepreneurship at Simmons is important because entrepreneurship is the "great equal opportunity employer." She says anyone can be an entrepreneur! Even me? You know, I have been wanting to start up my own 24-hour coffee shop/lounge in Charlestown... hmmm... *wheels spinning*... At any rate, Susan says the time for women entrepreneurs is now, so what better place to gain the knowledge and skills than at Simmons? After all, it is one of the best!


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To celebrate the Jewish holiday, Sukkot, Simmoms Hillel held a contest between 12 student organizations.

Fasting? Praying? Confession?... Gingerbread? If you guessed the latter - you must have stopped by the Kotzen Room today between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Sukkot sounds like a fun holiday. It is the Festival of Booths (sukkah means booth in Hebrew). The holiday can be traced back to ancient Israel when Jews would build huts near the edges of their fields during the harvest season. These huts provided shade to allow workers more time in the fields to harvest the crops.

As a result, Sukkot is the celebration of material goods rather than the deprivation. It is a holiday in which Jews are encouraged to rejoice and enjoy the material things in life.

So, what better way to celebrate this joyous occasion than with a gingerbread sukkah-making competition. The construction of a completely edible religious hut. Sounds good to me!

Anyway - I hope you were able to stop by and vote for your favorite gingerbread sukkah. I stole some M&M's while I was there.


On a recent flight to Boston, Jeremy Epstein (a.k.a Jer979) met our very own Chair of the Board of Trustees Lauren Brisky. As it happens, Jeremy's mother was a graduate of a women's college, so he immediately bonded with Lauren over the power of a women's education and shot this quick 4 minute interview. She says Simmons is a gem of an institution and she credits the College for her success. Jeremy is convinced... maybe he'll send his daughters here? ;) Check it out!


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If you ever need a reminder of why you should be proud to be a Simmons student, just look to our own research legend, Emerita Professor Helen Reinherz, Sc.D. Dr. Reinherz was the director of the Simmons College Longitudinal Study from 1977 until July 1 of this year. Today she was honored for her 33 years of groundbreaking research.

Professor Reinherz spoke this morning to a small crowd of family, friends, and colleagues about the ups and downs she experienced throughout the years. You wouldn't believe that she could barely think of a negative experience - her attitude was 100% positive.

"So, I was thinking about lessons learned and true to my own overly optimistic nature, I could only think about the positive things I learned."

Since Professor Reinherz began a career in social work, her passions have been the prevention and treatment of mental health problems. The Longitudinal Study is one of the longest running community studies in the United States. Over the past 33 years, the study has followed a working class community group as they grew from five-year-old children entering kindergarten to adults starting their own lives and families.

The study has published over 70 articles in peer-reviewed journals as well as book chapters. Incredible, right? Results have been shared all over the world! Isn't it amazing to be part of a community that is producing such significant contributions to society?

Continue reading A pioneer in social work.


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[Ed. note: Professor Teresa Fung's study also made headlines this week in The New York Times: "Nutrition: Risky Additions to a Low-Carb Diet"]

I've been noticing many changes in The Fens and Java City. For example, in The Fens, my much-loved mango smoothies have been replaced by a fresh-rolled sushi station (I'll take it!) and on some days you can make your own yogurt parfait (I'll take that, too). The Fens also has an assemble-your-own mediterranean bar with hummus, tabouli, and pita bread, and although Freshens is gone, rumor has it that we can get froyo by the ounce at a "Healthy Balance" station. Anyone know if this is happening, yet? I need my afternoon pick-me-up!

Another big change is... wait for it...

Continue reading Changes in main campus dining.


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Disclaimer: Science was my least favorite subject in high school. I liked earth science OK, but chemistry and biology? Forget about it. Don't even talk to me about physics.

For as long as I can remember, I gravitated toward English, history, and art. Although it never occurred to me that one day I could be a web editor (did we even exist back then?), I definitely knew that I favored the right side of my brain, which ultimately led me to major in photojournalism. Needless to say, being a doctor or a nurse never once crossed my mind. Never! However, I have many friends who have pursued a career in medicine, and nursing is Simmons' most popular major, so I met with Professor Anne-Marie Barron, Ph.D. to find out more.

Continue reading So, you want to be a nurse.


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I hope everyone had an enthusiastic start to the academic year - especially our new first-year students. Wednesday's Honors Convocation was inspiring. The new additions to our Simmons community have a lot to live up to, but I trust they can do it.

Take a look at the Honors Convocation video. Let us know what you think. We love the feedback! Good luck during your first week of classes!


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I woke up this morning and couldn't believe it's September already! That means the students are moved in, the faculty are back on campus, and staff members have wrapped up their summer vacations. Today, we had our very first all-College Convocation to welcome everyone back and to celebrate the opening of the academic year. Now that the campus is alive again, you can ask anyone and they'll tell you that September is, well, crazy! But, today's ceremony allowed us time to reflect on Simmons' mission and to commemorate our spirit of resilience as we move forward in the 2010-11 academic year. In her closing remarks, Provost Charlena Seymour encouraged the community to exclaim:

VIVAT ACADEMIA! VIVANT PROFESSORS! VIVANT MEMBRA QUAELIBET!

In short, Long Live Simmons!

I'll be heading to the Undergraduate Honors Ceremony today at 2 p.m. when we'll recognize the academic achievements of our students. I must say, I'm looking forward to seeing our new class of seniors and to meeting the first years! To read more about today's events, visit the Convocation website or follow Simmons on Twitter.


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