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Reunion Weekend reminds alumnae of the good ol' days


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!

Giving back to Simmons

2011 CommencementLucy McCarthy and Enna Jimenez '91 are old friends from their Simmons days. Both alumnae feel it is important to give back to the College which gave them so much. Lucy is a member of the Board of Trustees and Enna is the first Latina Vice President of the Alumnae Association.

Building up the campus

2011 CommencementAs a member of the Board of Trustees, Carol Woolf '61 '83SM was involved in the construction of the Beatley Library buidling, One Palace Road, and the new "green" School of Management Building. For her, the campus has changed drastically, of course, for the better.

Stroke survivor remembers the Blizzard of '78

2011 CommencementAlthough Therese Champion-Welford '81 suffered a stroke a few years ago, she can easily recall coming to Simmons on scholarship, working two jobs, and even helping out at the local hospitals during the blizzard of '78. It is truly inspiring to see a mother/daughter team work so well together to speak about Therese's time at Simmons.

Read more about Reunion Weekend and connect with your classmates on Alumnet. For alumnae/i news and updates like Simmons Alumnae/i on Facebook and follow Simmons Reunion on Twitter.

Posted by Kellie Ryan
Topics: alumnae, campus

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