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John Simmons founded Simmons College on the outrageous idea that women would "acquire an independent livelihood." In 1902, a time when women weren't allowed to vote, to build an institution which would shape women into scholars who could work professionally and provide for themselves was on the cutting edge of education. Simmons College, in following its founders inspiration, has continued to remain a pioneer - not just in higher education, but also in society.

The Simmons community honored John Simmons' birthday yesterday during the annual Founder's Day celebration. The school unveiled the new class flags and provided plenty of cake and sparkling cider for everyone's enjoyment. After all, it is the College's founder whose influence has shaped Simmons into a world-class institution.

Learn more about the history of Simmons College, and let us know what makes you proud to be part of the Simmons community.


Wondering what a Simmons athletic career could offer you? How about a chance to play a competitive sport for four years, while still having the opportunity to achieve everything you want to academically?

Simmons athletes are looked up to on campus. Being an all women's college means female sports teams don't have to take a back seat to men's athletics, as is with most colleges and universities. There is a certain camaraderie that comes with being a Shark. Each team is committed to supporting their fellow athletes during games, matches, and meets.

Continue reading See what it's like to be a Simmons Shark.


Who wants to be a millionaire? Simmons alumna Kimberly Collins, that's who. Art and Music Professor Joyce Cohen shared news that Kimberly recently appeared on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" and won $250,000 - the highest winnings of the new season!

Aside from game show contestant extraordinaire, Kimberly has gone on to do some amazing things after graduating from Simmons. She received a Fulbright to France, was an editor of Sports Illustrated Women, and she was recognized as one of Baltimore's "most eligible singles." Ooo la la ;)

So, what was the $250,000 question?

In the children's book "Goodnight Moon," the detailed illustrations depict what other children's book open on a shelf?

A: The Railway ChildrenB: The Runaway Bunny
C: The Hungry CaterpillarD: The Little Prince

Think you know the answer? Watch the clip to find out.


Simmons athletics is having a great fall season! But, Simmons tennis is doing exceedingly well. They are aiming to win their third consecutive GNAC championship, which will enter them in the NCAA tournament for the spring. They are 11-4 overall and undefeated in the conference.

Being the number one seed in the Great Northeast Athletic Conference allowed them a bye in the first round of the playoffs. Simmons will play Johnson and Wales tomorrow at 10 a.m. on the Windsor courts.

Continue reading Simmons tennis goes for third consecutive championship.


Everyone knows there is nothing better than a brisk fall day in New England. The leaves are changing colors, and the weather is cooling down from those hot, sultry summer days. It really is the best time of year to explore. Take a look at my suggestions for the 5 best things to do this fall, and let me know what you think. What are your favorite things to do this season?


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Samantha Schenk '12
Hometown: Windham, NH

Major: Secondary Education and English

Activities: Academic Affairs Officer for the Student Government Association, Orientation Chair, Admission volunteer

I'd been seeing Sam everywhere. I first spoke with her back in June when I was helping Student Life set up a mobile scavenger hunt for their Summer Orientation. Then, I saw her judging Simmons' Top Chef competition - before classes had even started. (I found out she's from a family of foodies!) She appears in the Move-in Day video and she said a few words during the Making Education Work campaign celebration. She was out representing the student body and I definitely took notice.

When we look for women who exemplify a Simmons student, Sam's name always comes up. I recently met with Sam to find out more about her Simmons experience. I learned that she's a double major, she loves working with other students, and she thinks some of the best things about the College are her fellow students and our resources. She's also the Student Speaker at our November Open House!

I've noticed you keep a busy schedule. How is it preparing you for life after college?

Sam: When I first came to Simmons I knew, without a doubt, that I wanted to be a teacher. But, after getting involved with the Scott/Ross Center, hall council, SGA, and as orientation chair, I've really grown to love working with students. I think that's a career I could pursue in the future. In general, I find it's really great working with people and being able to provide them with the resources they need.

Continue reading Meet Sam '12, academic affairs officer.


It's a rainy day here at Simmons, so to cheer ourselves up, Amanda and I made a list of our favorite places on campus. Click on the slideshow above to see what we came up with. Agree? Disagree? What are your favorite spots?


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This Saturday is the second annual Boston Book Festival, an event that introduces Pulitzer Prize winners, Nobel Laureates, and authors to the city of Boston. As it turns out, the festival's chief organizer, Deborah Porter, is a Simmons alum and according to the Boston Globe, organizing the festival amid a recession was an impressive feat. So, props to Deborah!

In addition to the festival's organizer, there are quite a few presenters who also are connected to the Simmons community. While browsing through the list of authors who are scheduled to appear, I came across best-selling authorKristin Cashore, who earned her master's in Children's Literature from Simmons; GSLIS alum Maija Meadows, a children's librarian at the BPL's Lower Mills Branch; Continuing Education Instructor and award-winning young adult author Mitali Perkins; Helene Atwan, director of Beacon Press, which publishes Professor Theresa Perry's "Race, Education and Democracy" lecture and book series; and our 2010 Commencement speaker, Elizabeth Alexander. That is some major representation.

Continue reading Simmons at the Boston Book Festival.


If you're a senior here at Simmons then you probably know that you're having your yearbook photos taken this week. I stopped by to ask some of these photogenic seniors to reflect on their time at Simmons. You can tell the nostalgia is setting in already.

Even though graduation is creeping closer and closer, there are still seven months left for crazy fun college experiences. The best advice these seniors could give to first years was to get involved and don't put too much stress on academics. College is all about the array of experiences. As long as you stay on track with your studies, feel free to enjoy yourself a little.


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Design Professor Judith Aronson's intimate portraits of poets and artists from her book Likenesses caught some major attention this summer when she was asked to showcase her work at Christ Church - one of the largest colleges in the University of Oxford. Deirdre in the communications department tells us more:

Aronson was amazed when she arrived at Oxford to help hang the show and saw where her photographs would be shown. The curator, Jacqueline Thalmann, pointed at a famous Salvator Rosa and said that it was going to be replaced with two of Aronson's color photographs. She then watched as Thalmann directed gallery workers to move all of the Michelangelo and da Vinci works out of the drawing gallery to make room for her show.

The exhibition runs until October 19, but since many of us can't make it to the UK (bummer!), Judith is holding a reception and book signing for Likenesses on Wednesday Nov. 3 at 5:45 p.m. in the Trustman Art Gallery.

Read more about the story behind Likenesses.


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Isis Espinosa '13
Hometown: Richmond, California
Class: 2013
Major: Undecided (but considering communications and English)
Activities: Social Chair of Organization de Latino America; volunteer tutor for second and third graders

Isis '13 comes to Simmons all the way from sunny California. We wondered what it's like to attend college 3,000 miles away from home, so we sat down with Isis to find out more.

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You grew up in California (a six hour flight from Boston!) What's it like being so far away from your friends and family?

Isis: I think it's an adventure! Sometimes it can be difficult missing the breakfast that your mom or dad would cook every Sunday morning, but at the same time it's fun to know that your parents aren't waiting for you at the door when you come home late. I do miss them a lot, but I use Skype to stay in touch; it's become my favorite piece of technology. Being so far away from home can be hard, but every time I come home for the holidays, I feel like I accomplished something and that's a rewarding feeling.

Do you ever get homesick?

Isis: Being involved in activities is such a big distraction from being homesick. Boston has so many things going on, it's almost impossible to be bored in this city. Last year, I had nothing to do for Spring Break, so I went to the Scott/Ross Center and they helped connect me with a community service project for that week. It turned out to be an amazing experience.

Why did you choose to attend Simmons?

Continue reading Meet Isis from California.


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Besides @SimmonsCollege, did you know that we have several active tweeters who provide valuable information to our community? For example, there's the Communications Department, the School of Social Work, GSLIS, the Career Education Center, and The Simmons Voice, just to name a few. So, how do we keep them all straight? Well, there's an app for that!

Over the summer, the web team worked on a way we could showcase Simmons' real-time online conversations in a manner that was accessible to everyone. With the help of the web-savvy team behind one of Boston's most famous tweeters, @BostonTweet, we now have our own website where anyone can see what's being said about Simmons - as it's being said! Photos included.

Continue reading Join the conversation.


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