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Soweto2.jpgIn May, nine students traveled to South Africa with Professor Dan Connell to study the state of human rights, two decades after apartheid. The class is one of Simmons' study abroad travel courses, which gives students the opportunity to travel for two to four weeks with a professor while earning credits.

During their journey, the students blogged about their learning experiences in an unfamiliar country that has struggled with many changes. They explored gender equality, the fight to keep culture alive, and in some cases, discovered similarities.

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More than 500 guests came back to the Simmons campus for last week's Reunion Weekend. Class years ending in "1" and "6" participated in an outdoor barbecue, watched a brownie bake-off, and attended the awards luncheon on Saturday. Members from the class of 2001, 1961, and 1971 were strongly represented. We sat down with a few of our alumnae to hear about what Simmons was like "back then". Take a peek at these inspiring tales from years past.

From misunderstanding to friendship

2011 Commencement Holly and Caitlin '01 talk about how their long time friendship began in an unusual way. The girls say their time at Simmons was the best experience of their lives (second to the birth of Caitlin's daughter).

Simmons during the Vietnam War

2011 CommencementPaula Ganzi and Elaine Zetes '71 say attending Simmons during the Vietnam War era was a tumultuous time. Students threw out most traditions and were encouraged to attend demonstrations and protests by professors. They feel this experience really brought them together. In fact, a group of 10 women from the class of 1971 recently went on a reunion trip to Bermuda!

Continue reading Reunion Weekend reminds alumnae of the good ol' days.


Most colleges have community service programs, but there's something special about community service at Simmons. For starters, the Scott/Ross Center for Community Service has been recognized for five consecutive years for its outstanding programs, but there's even more!

Here are six things you need to know about Simmons' commitment to serving the community.

1. It's been around for awhile.
The Scott/Ross Center for Community Service was created in 2000 through a gift from Simmons College Trustee and alumna Emily Scott Pottruck. Simmons has always had a strong tradition of community involvement and this year we're celebrating the 10th anniversary of the center!
2. It's award-winning.
For the fifth consecutive year, Simmons has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Simmons is the only college in Massachusetts to have received the "Honor Roll With Distinction" designation four times since the honor roll began in 2006. For the 2010 Honor Roll, Simmons was one of only 114 colleges to receive the designation.
3. Many students get involved.
More than 2,000 students took part in community service with the Scott/Ross Center last year - this totaled a whopping 53,700 hours - more than 2,200 days - of service! Through the Center, students work with more than 40 community organizations including Big Sister, Cradles to Crayons, Girl Scouts, and Facing History and Ourselves.

Continue reading Community service at Simmons: 6 facts you need to know.

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