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View photos from the 100th Annual May Day Celebration.

300 The Fenway welcomes guest blogger Deana LaFauci '12!

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Simmons College's oldest tradition, May Day. To celebrate the historical milestone, students, faculty, and staff have joined together to update the tradition to include the entire Simmons community.

The May 1, 2012 centennial event, "May Day at 100: Envision the Past, Imagine the Future," is anything but traditional. For the first time in its 100-year history, May Day will be celebrated on both the residence and academic campuses, with an extension of the tree planting tradition to the academic campus. It was designed to incorporate populations of the Simmons community who may not otherwise have the opportunity to be part of the early-morning event on the residence campus.

"When we heard that this year was the 100th anniversary of May Day, we all were excited about the possibility of working with the sophomore class council and its president Tania Bajwa '14," says Associate Dean of the Simmons School of Management Mary Dutkiewicz. "And to see if together, we could celebrate it in grand style."

Continue reading May Day at 100: Simmons College revitalizes its oldest tradition.


With the upcoming presidential election, it seems that everyone is talking about the "War on Women." As a women's college that has a track record of caring and speaking out about women's issues, we have to ask ourselves: why is this happening? We sat down with our resident expert in U.S. politics, Associate Professor of Political Science Leanne Doherty, to find out what's really going on.


Is it true that women will decide this year's election?

Women decide pretty much every election. They turn out to vote more often than their male counterparts, and when it comes to presidential elections, especially since 1980, we've seen a gender gap, one gender votes for one party and the other gender votes for another. So the idea that there would be a gender gap towards Barack Obama is not what interests me. What is interesting is the level of scrutiny on laws like the Violence Against Women Act, which is to protect women from assault and battery. The Republican Party is trying to undue the expansion of that.

When media say the election is going to be decided by women, it's married women who tend to vote Republican who are now siding with President Obama and the Democratic Party based on arguments about contraception and equal pay. This is probably going to change now that Mitt Romney is the nominee, because he is going to have to bring it back to the center a little more. He is in a tough situation because the rhetoric has been so far right of center.

Have women's issues been ignored in past elections?

The term women's issues is tough. Women care about economy and jobs just as much as men do, because it's the number one issue in the country. If you look at Massachusetts Senate Candidate Elizabeth Warren, she is running on the economic platform based on her experiences as an advocate in the Obama Administration. Women aren't an interest group. Women are a demographic that cannot be easily understood on how they are going to vote.

What is different about this year?

You're talking about birth control pills, and the visual of the all white male panel talking about birth control really sparked things. It also has to do with the Komen Foundation pulling out of Planned Parenthood and the comments made by Rush Limbaugh. All those factors came into play to create this perfect storm, that the Democrats seized upon. The Democrats said, Obama is your guy if you want to maintain your rights as a citizen.

What does Romney need to do to win women over?

Romney has to bring the discussion back to the center. He needs to talk about women and the economy, not women and social issues.

Dr. Leanne Doherty's teaching is centered around the American political system, with a concentration on gender and politics, popular culture, and public policy.

This is going to be an interesting election, and we'll be following it closely. We'd love to hear what you think about the "War on Women." Leave comments below, Tweet to @SimmonsCollege, or share your thoughts on the Simmons College Facebook Timeline.

Continue reading What is the War on Women really about?.

Carmen Baez '79 with Simmons students during annual trip to Omnicom in NYC.

Simmons College has an alumni network of more than 50,000 career professionals who are making an impact on society. Simmons alumnae are an invaluable resource to the Simmons community, and many are more than willing to help students achieve their career goals.

Due to the small, intimate size of Simmons, it's easy for students to reach out, connect, and receive support from alumni across various industries. Mentorship programs, networking events, and annual trips help bring together current students with the alumnae network.

For 12 years, Simmons alumna Carmen Baez '79, president of Latin America at Diversified Agency Services (DAS), has hosted a group of Simmons students at an Omnicom Group office in New York City. Omnicom is one of the largest advertising, marketing, and corporate communications companies in the world, and it maintains a premier client list that includes Apple, McDonald's, and Volkswagen.

What first started as a small group of students traveling to NYC in a rented van has now evolved into a highly anticipated annual event. This year, a group of 17 students met with Carmen for a full day of meetings, presentations, and networking with industry leaders.

Continue reading Simmons alumnae prove to be great resource for current students.

Meet Professor Bob White. Professor White has taught in the Simmons Communications Department for more than 40 years. He's best known by Simmons students, faculty, staff, and alumni for his animation skills, cheerful attitude, and teaching the crowd favorite, Communications Media. But did you know he wants to travel to Avalon and has an extremely useful hidden talent? Plus, you may be pleasantly surprised to hear who he wishes every boss in the world was!


What is your favorite class to teach?
Communications Media which I have taught for 40 years.
What's your favorite book?
The novelization of the screenplay for Forbidden Planet, the movie that burned the back of my eyes and the edges of my brain away when I was 10 and a half years old.
Do you have a favorite TV show?
I wish every boss in the world was Leroy Jethro Gibbs from NCIS.
Fill in the blank: When I was in college, I ____
Learned to perform for the public while working in college radio, and by reading my poems & stories, and by being a student teacher, and screening my films, and by serving as acolyte in the Jesuit Cloister before dawn as Mass was celebrated.
What's your favorite band/artist?
I have loved Kind of Blue by Miles Davis ever since I saw tears running down a woman's face while she listened to it.

Continue reading Know Your Professor: Bob White.

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Members of Save Fenway Park! rally on Lansdowne Street in 1999. Photo courtesy of Erika Tarlin '85LS.

On the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park, it's hard to believe that America's most beloved ballpark was almost destroyed due to a stadium proposal in the late 1990s that sought to demolish the park and build a new, larger stadium adjacent to the old one. At the time of the proposal, the Fenway neighborhood was concerned about how a larger stadium would affect the community.

To save the ballpark, members of the Fenway neighborhood rallied behind a small nonprofit group, Save Fenway Park!, and Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) alumna Erika Tarlin '85 was a key member of the group who petitioned for Simmons College to host a design symposium that would allow members of the community to share alternative ideas for saving the stadium. Other local organizations were hesitant to support the symposium for fear of angering city officials who supported replacing Fenway.

Continue reading Simmons library science alumna played key role in saving Fenway Park from demolition.

Watch the video created by Simmons College to contribute to the It Gets Better Campaign in support of The Trevor Project, an organization aimed at preventing suicide among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer youth.

Columnist and author Dan Savage and his partner Terry Miller launched the It Gets Better campaign as a response to a rash of LGBTQ suicides, which were the result of bullying and harassment at schools and campuses across the country. The project aims to turn the tide of self-destruction by reaching vulnerable youth with the voices of survival and accomplishment. This video is Simmons' contribution to this important effort, by adding our voices of hope, encouragement, and achievement.

Simmons student ambassador Sarah O'Reilly '14 was involved with the project at Simmons from the beginning. She says movements like this are so important for college campuses.

"College is the place and time in which people start to grow into the people that they will live their lives as," says Sarah. "This project gives the people who have been voiceless in the past a way to speak out and be a part of a positive force in the community. It also helps to show people the parts of their own lives that are getting better and raises awareness of discriminations and hateful behavior."

Simmons' It Gets Better team is hoping this project will continue to grow, and create open dialogues around LGBTQ issues. To follow the movement at Simmons be sure to Like the Simmons College It Gets Better Facebook page and watch full interviews of the project's participants on the Simmons College It Gets Better YouTube channel.

To contribute suggestions or get involved, please email

bruinShop-1.jpgFor many high school students, prom is a right of passage, but the cost of attending can quickly add up. According to a recent survey by Visa, money spent on buying tickets, attire, flowers, limousines, photographers, and after-parties cost an average family an astonishing $807 in 2011. The high costs are causing many students to opt out of the experience due to financial constraints.

In 2005, Anton's Cleaners created the Belle of the Ball program, which helps to alleviate the costs of attending prom by asking people to donate gently worn, prom-appropriate dresses to various locations throughout eastern Massachusetts.

The program concludes with a day-long boutique held at Simmons College, who has been the proud host of Belle of the Ball by donating the use of its gym in the Holmes Sports Center. From February to April, donation boxes were placed around the Simmons campus, and more than 25 prom gowns were donated from the Simmons community. This year's event on April 14 is expected to draw more than 400 young women who will shop for their perfect prom dress, free of cost.

An added bonus? The young women will be assigned a personal shopper and stylist who will help them through the dress selection process!

Anton's Cleaners initially chose Simmons College as the host for Belle of the Ball's "Boutique Day" because of its central location in Boston and because its a women's college who supports young women in the community. Earlier this month, Simmons hosted the first annual fundraiser event for Belle of the Ball, which was a huge success.

Watch video of this year's Belle of the Ball event!

Interested in helping the cause? Be sure to check out the Belle of the Ball website for information on volunteering and donating.


Looking for a job? The Simmons College Career Education Center (CEC) recently launched a new, interactive website that provides Simmons students and alumni with several online resources for career planning. Visitors to the site can explore the CEC's career tool kit, find jobs and internships, meet with a career coach, and more.

"The new site is a comprehensive career resource that emphasizes the importance of career preparation in a Simmons education," says Career Education Center Director Andrea Wolf. "We hope that students will see it as their 'Career Preparation Destination.'"

New features on the site include, how-to guides on writing resumes and cover letters; the CEC's four-year STEPS Career Development Plan for undergraduate students; graduate employment surveys; a list of hiring employees; and a new blog highlighting expert information, key events, and career advice.

Krista Evans '12, who's graduating in May, says the new design looks modern and fresh, and the dropdown menu makes it easy for visitors to find exactly what they need.

"The new CEC website is much easier to use and has been super helpful," says Krista. "I've been perusing it once or twice a week to see what new jobs have been posted."

Let us know what you think! Check out the new Career Education Center website at

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