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Interested in taking a tour of Simmons College, but haven't been able to make it to Boston, yet? Or maybe you want to reminisce about your time here, or see how much the campus has changed. 300 The Fenway has compiled some of our favorite photos of the academic and residential campuses to give you a special look at Simmons!

Want to see Simmons for yourself? Attend one of our Fall Open Houses or info sessions!


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[Watch the trailer for "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide"]

Alarming statistics from the United Nations capture a global issue of gender inequality, but what can be done to fix it?

The Half the Sky Movement, inspired by Pulitzer Prize journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, is a new campaign that aims to shed light on women's issues, and provide concrete steps on how to help fight women's oppression. By using new technologies and social media to bring together videos; websites; games; and blogs, Half the Sky hopes to raise global awareness and inspire change.

Its chief documentary, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, was filmed in ten countries and exposes the hardships committed against women around the world. Some of the topics include, gender-based violence; economic empowerment; education; forced prostitution; maternal mortality; and sex trafficking.

Continue reading Half the Sky Movement turns oppression into opportunity for women.



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Look out! The Simmons Center for the Study of Children's Literature is once again partnering with The Horn Book to host the 2012 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards and the Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium, a premier event celebrating the best in children's and young adult literature.

The theme of this year's colloquium is Look Out! and participants will join the award-winning authors, illustrators and publishers to talk about their books through various perspectives. The program states:

All of us involved in children's literature are on the lookout. Writers and illustrators look out at their worlds through the lens of story and art. Publishers, reviewers, and critics look for compelling new visions in the pages of children's books. Teachers, librarians, and booksellers look to make meaningful connections between books and readers.

Associate Professor Amy Pattee from the Simmons Graduate School of Library and information Science will lead a panel discussion about 'looking out" through an academic lens.

The Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards ceremony and the Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium is Sept. 28 & 29 at Simmons College. For more information, visit the Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium program schedule and follow @HornBook on Twitter.

[image courtesy of The Horn Book]


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In a recent video released by the City of Boston, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino does his part to welcome new college students by urging them to "break the bubble" and get out and explore Boston.

He lists numerous advantages to living in Boston, including direct access to world-class museums, parks, and internship and job opportunities. He also encourages students to volunteer and get involved with local politics.

There are several ways Simmons students can stay connected with the city to make their time in Boston both safe, and rewarding. You can start by following the Mayor's "Break the Bubble" student initiative on Twitter @brkthebubble, and by visiting the student section on the City of Boston website. To report any issues or problems, you can call the city's 24-hour hotline at 617-635-4500 or download the Citizen's Connect smartphone app.

We love that we're located right in the heart of Boston, and we hope our students do, too! Check out our list of the top six things to do in Boston (while the weather is still nice!), and watch Sarah Galvez '15, Woman on Campus, as she shows you her favorite places in Boston. To learn more about our Boston-area volunteer opportunities, visit the Scott/Ross Center for Community Service website.

What are you favorite things about Boston? Let us know on the Simmons College Facebook page or by tweeting to @SimmonsCollege.



patriots.jpgIt's September, which means back to school, pumpkin spice lattes, and for sports fans, the return of football season! Earlier this summer, Simmons College media arts communications student Amelia Cordischi '15 won a contest sponsored by the NFL to design a flag for her home team, the New England Patriots.

The inaugural NFL Fan Flag Challenge asked participants to design a flag for their region's team to help celebrate the 93rd season of the league. Entrants were also asked to write essays describing the vision and what inspired their design.

In her essay, Amelia captures what being a Patriots fan means to her, and how football builds a sense of community:

Continue reading Communications student designs flag for New England Patriots.



Watch: Highlights from Convocation 2012.

Simmons College officially kicked off the 2012-13 academic year with its annual Convocation ceremonies held last week on the Academic Campus Quad.

Convocation is the College's first major event of the year. It recognizes the significant achievements of senior honor students, and officially welcomes new students to Simmons. The all-College event featured guest speakers including, Interim Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching Barbara E. Walvoord; Warburg Professor of International Relations Ambassador Mark Bellamy; Dean of Student Life Sarah Neill; and Senior Class President Shannon Curran.

Continue reading Simmons kicks off new academic year with annual Convocation ceremonies.



Watch: The Class of 2016 and new transfer students move in to their dorms and begin their college journeys.

It's our favorite time of the year! Early September is when our students return to campus, and we welcome a new class to the Simmons community. Move-In Day is always exciting and buzzing with energy, and as parents prepare to leave their daughters for the first time, emotions run high. But, as President Helen Drinan says, parents have nothing to worry about:

"Simmons is a welcoming community. A community that intends to put our students at the center of everything we do," says President Drinan.

Each year on Move-In Day, students and parents gather together to hear from deans and the Student Government Association (SGA) President. SGA President Stormy Walker gave an inspiring welcome, filled with advice and encouragement to always dream, explore and discover.

Welcome Class of 2016 and new transfer students! Check out the Simmons Facebook page for photos from Move-In Day 2012, and follow Simmons on Twitter to stay connected with Simmons throughout the year. Good luck in your first semester!


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