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Simmons College 2011 year in review

It goes without saying that 2011 was a milestone year for Simmons College. Students, faculty, staff, and alumnae/i all made contributions to help tell the world the "Simmons Story."

We here at 300 The Fenway have compiled some notable highlights from our 2011 coverage.


Simmons kicked off 2011 by sharing its wishes for the coming year. Success, innovation, and students who make a difference in the world were among the many views shared by the community. Fortunately, we got what we wished for!


In February, we honored Black History Month with several celebratory events hosted by the Black Student Organization. One of our alumnae was named "America's Tweetheart" and our science students took innovation to a new level by turning trash into cleaning products.


"Women" was the theme for March as Simmons recognized the significant contributions of women to history, society, and the world during itsWomen's History Month celebrations. In addition, the Student Government Association hosted Women's College Week, and Simmons held the 14th annual International Women's Day Breakfast.


April marks the annual Simmons Leadership Conference, and 2011's conference was a complete success! Simmons held its first ever Scholarship and Service Day, which brought the community together to honor the achievements of its undergraduate students and to celebrate its commitment to community service.


"Simmons-ness" and tradition were a reoccurring theme in May. Simmons students began the month by embracing tradition with our 99th annual May Day celebration. And before we knew it, we were celebrating the accomplishments of the talented and enthusiastic Class of 2011 at our 106th Commencement Ceremony at The Bank America Pavilion.


We welcomed more than 500 guests back to Simmons for our 2011 Reunion Weekend. While alumnae reminisced about the good 'ol days, our students went their separate ways for summer break to work, intern, or travel. Some had the opportunity totravel to South Africa with Professor Dan Connell to study the state of human rights.


The campus was quiet during the summer months, but classes and summer programs were still in session. Things got a bit lively when we hosted the first ever Wikipedia in Higher Education Summit, that celebrated the volunteers who participated in Wikimedia's university based program initiatives.


In August, we shined in the annual rankings with Forbes naming Simmons one of "America's Best Colleges" and the Princeton Review naming us among "The Best 376 Colleges" in the Nation for 2012. The Communications department also received several awards for their annual student run magazine, CommTracks.


Students returned to campus in September and Convocation officially welcomed the Class of 2015. The Making Education Work Campaign hit the half way mark, and the Simmons College Center for the Study of Children's Literature hosted the Horn Book Awards. First-year student Sarah Galvez became our Woman On Campus filming a video series on YouTube.


October was a busy month. The Scott/Ross Center for Community Service was recognized by Mayor Menino for its 10 years of service. Simmons School of Social Work students volunteered at the Occupy Boston Camp, offering support to protesters. Alumna and Entrepreneur Ali Brown returned to Simmons campus to talk about her success in marketing and entrepreneurship.


In November, The National Communications Association awarded the Communications Department with the Rex Mix Award for its interactive, student-centered, and creative approach to communication education. The Simmons Institute for Leadership and Change had a packed room for the Miss Representation screening.


In December, Simmons School of Management students competed in the Silverman Business Plan Competition, and current student Obiageli Ukadike won $10,000 for her non-profit organization, The WaWa Project. Simmons partnered with Girl Scouts of America offering a full tuition scholarship to a girl scout entering Simmons in fall 2012.

Thanks to everyone who made this year a success. Here's to another fantastic year in 2012!

Posted by Amanda Voodre

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