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Know Your Professor: Candy Schwartz

Meet Professor Candy Schwartz, from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Professor Schwartz recently celebrated her 35th anniversary at Simmons, and is a highly enthusiastic, witty, and popular professor. We had the chance to talk to Professor Schwartz about her interests, secret talents, and much more!

Photo Friday: April 11th

Welcome to our first installment of Photo Friday! This week we're looking at National Service Week, The investiture of Dean Eileen Abels, The 14th annual trip to Omnicom, and the National Student Advertising Competition!

Where are they now? Kelly Bell '11

"None of the companies I was at before really shared my values, so I started a company that did." Kelly Bell '11 graduated with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Women's Studies. In 2013 she founded the company Intrical in Washington, D.C. Catch up with Kelly and see what it's like to start your own company!

International Women's Film Forum Comes to Campus

Junior Alison Berstein helped organize and promote this exciting program as part of the innovative Studio 5 communications course. Learn what inspired her and others to bring this diverse group of women filmmakers to Simmons.

Boston To Do List: 6 For Spring

Spring has sprung at Simmons! After a seemingly endless winter it's time to take advantage of all the great activities Boston has to offer during the spring.

What's Your "Lady Anthem"?

We asked the Simmons community what song empowers them in this Women's History Month edition of "Simmons Speaks." Be sure to check out our Lady Anthem Playlist on Spotify, and use #MySimsAnthem on Facebook and Twitter, and we'll add your songs to the playlist.

Happy Birthday, Gloria Steinem!

Today is Gloria Steinem's 80th birthday, and we want to wish her the happiest of happy birthdays! Happy birthday, Gloria! We hope your day is just as fabulous as you are!

President Drinan: Bossy Can Be Beautiful

President Helen Drinan shared her thoughts on the ‪#‎BanBossy‬ campaign in a letter to her granddaughter. See the whole letter at The Huffington Post.

Scenes from Alternative Spring Break

This spring break, instead of hitting the beach or binge watching Netflix, 15 Simmons students traveled to Grand Rapids, Michigan with Habitat for Humanity of Kent County and built homes for very deserving families as part of Alternative Spring Break (ASB).

Where are they now? Katie Mead '13

This special Women's History Month edition of Where are they now? highlights Katie Mead '13, one of our amazing graduates making a difference every day as a nurse at Boston Medical Center.

Turn Back Time with Simmons Timeline

In honor of Women's History Month, we took a deeper look at the herstory of Simmons College since our founding in 1899. Enjoy!

Professor Afaa Weaver Wins Poetry Award

Simmons's own Professor Afaa Weaver has won the $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award for his book The Government of Nature.

Student Brings Patch Adams to Campus

The entire College community is invited to attend Dr. Hunter "Patch" Adams' speech, followed by a meet & greet, on Thursday, March 6th. We caught up with Nursing major Brianna Bouchard '14, who was instrumental in bringing Adams to campus.

Celebrate Women's History Month

Every March we recognize the important efforts and accomplishments of the amazing women in history who have improved the world with their activism, bravery, and determination. Come and celebrate with us!

Students Lift Voices with NE Philharmonic

Like Gwen Ifill, Rehema Ellis, and Joyce Kulhawik before them, being in the Simmons Concert Choir helps young women find their Simmons voice, in more ways than one! Our current group is carrying on this great tradition of song by performing with the New England Philharmonic this weekend.

Activist Janet Mock Rocks Simmons

New York Times best selling author and fierce trans advocate, Janet Mock, presented her keynote address in honor of Black History Month.

Where are they now? Lindsey Bourcier '12, '13SOM

Meet Lindsey Bourcier, who graduated from Simmons with a B.A. in Communications, Public Relations & Marketing, a minor in Public Health, and a masters in Communications Management. We had the opportunity to talk with Lindsey and see what it's like to work in the compounding pharmacy industry.

Simmons Speaks: Celebrating Black History Month

We asked students, faculty, and staff why it's important to celebrate and attend Black History Month events. We hope you join us for the remaining events that embrace the theme "Our Roots, Our Voices, Our Stories."

College Remembers Former President Holmes

The fourth President of Simmons College, President William J. Holmes recently passed away. President Holmes contributed a great deal to the Simmons community in over two decades of leadership, including several major improvements that still benefit students today.

Know Your Professor: Marlene Fine

Meet Marlene Fine, Professor and Interim Chair of the Communications Department. In addition to being a well loved professor and advisor, Professor Fine recently released The Interracial Adoption Option a book she co-wrote with her spouse, Fern Johnson, detailing...

Simmons World Challenge: Brutality

Twenty dedicated students returned to campus during winter break to participate in The Simmons World Challenge, a program that empowers sophomores to tackle social problems facing local, national, and global communities.

Campus Celebrates Black History Month

Exactly one century ago, Lydia Brown made history as the first Black Simmons graduate. Throughout February, Simmons will honor Black History Month with a series of events centered around the theme: "Our Roots, Our Voices, Our Stories."

Emerging Women Leaders at Simmons

Simmons will co-host "Reconstructing Societies in the Wake of Conflict: Transitional Justice and Economic Development," a two-week Institute in partnership with the prestigious Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

#SimScenes: Capturing Life on Campus

We're big fans of Instagram here at Simmons. Now with our new hashtag #SimScenes our whole community can share their unique views of campus!

Welcoming the New Year

The Simmons community shares their resolutions for 2014. How will you make this year the best one yet?

2013: Year in Review

It was a busy year at Simmons! Check out the highlights on our 2013 timeline.

Stormy the Shark's Holiday Adventure

As we head home on break, Stormy is celebrating the season with a video postcard of Boston's best winter activities. Did your favorite make the list? Watch and find out.

Behind the Scenes at the Nutcracker

Communications student and Simmons Radio manager Amelia Cordischi provides a rare view of the Boston Ballet's iconic holiday event.

Simmons Leadership Conference 2014

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to deliver keynote address at Simmons Leadership Conference.

Student Preps for Semester in Senegal

Psychology/Education student KateLynn Whitney '16 recently received the Gilman Scholarship to study in Dakar, Senegal. She'll master two foreign languages and abandon her smartphone for a simpler life. Find out why KateLynn can't wait to leave her comfort zone.

SOM Dean Works to Close Pay Gap

School of Management Dean Cathy Minehan and students spoke with NPR recently about eliminating Boston's gender wage disparities.

Simmons Gives Thanks

As we get ready to leave for Thanksgiving break, we asked the Simmons community what they're most thankful for this year.

Simmons Speaks: Looking Forward to Winter

What's the best part of winter in Boston? Students, staff, and faculty members share their tips for welcoming the season.

Simmons Traditions: Shark Week

Everyone loves Shark Week, but at Simmons we get to celebrate it twice! Join our Woman on Campus, Sarah Galvez, for a look back at this year's festivities.

Know Your Professor: Gretchen Dittrich

Meet Gretchen Dittrich, a Simmons alumna and the newest member of our Behavior Analysis faculty.

President Drinan Reacts to Twitter's All-Male Board

In her latest Huffington Post blog, President Drinan weighs in on the lack of diversity on newly-public company Twitter's board of directors -- and asks why more men aren't joining this conversation.

The More Things Change...

This week, Boston will elect our first new mayor in 20 years. Though we don't know who Boston's next leader will be, one thing is certain: it won't be a woman. So how do we encourage women and girls to get involved?

Perfect Ending to an Exciting Week on Campus

This week we honored the birth of our founder, John Simmons, spent a bewitching Boston Halloween, and marked the end of the first Simmtober campaign. Now we celebrate the World Series Champion Boston Red Sox team with a duck boat parade just steps from campus.

Simmons Speaks: Celebrating Founder's Day

What does a college education mean to a woman's independence? To celebrate the birth of our visionary founder, John Simmons, we explore the legacy of his gift.

Take the RESPECT! Challenge

Simmons is joining forces with Futures Without Violence, a national organization dedicated to promoting healthy and safe relationships, to educate our community about the dangers of dating violence. How can you get involved?  Take the RESPECT! Challenge

Simmons Sharks Take to the Charles

Support our crew team this weekend as they row their way into Boston history during the iconic Head of the Charles Regatta.

Where are they now? Brittany Reese '08, working in the healthcare industry

Meet Brittany (Ohelm) Reese, a Chemistry major from the Class of 2008. She currently works as a Project Manager at Dovetail Health. We had the chance to ask her a few questions about what it's like to work in the healthcare industry.

Simmons Celebrates Our Multicultural Community

Each fall, the Multicultural Affairs/Office of the Dean for Student Life hosts "Colors of Success" - a celebration of the myriad achievements of our diverse student body.

Simmons Speaks: Women in Politics

What inspires women and girls to get involved in the political process? Simmons worked with the Grimke Event Committee to present How Women Become Political.

Where are they now? Lindsey Varney '05, social media leader in the casino industry

Meet Lindsey Varney, a Marketing and Economics double major from the Class of 2005. She currently works as the Regional Social Media Manager for Caesars Entertainment. We had the chance to chat with her and see what it's like to work in the casino industry.

Know Your Provost: Katie Conboy

Meet Simmons College's new provost, Dr. Katie Conboy. In this special edition of Know Your Professor (or, in this case, provost), we asked Dr. Conboy a few questions to help introduce her to the Simmons community and learn a little bit about her favorite things.

Get to Know the Class of 2017

With the school year now officially underway we thought it would be great to meet and introduce some of the newest members of the Simmons community, our incoming class of 2017.

Simmons Kicks Off New Academic Year

Simmons College officially kicked off the 2013-14 academic year with its annual Convocation ceremonies held last week on the Academic Campus Quad.

"Changing the Face of Leadership" Changes Lives

Earlier this summer, Simmons hosted the "Women Changing the Face of Leadership Program", a program designed and funded by the Study of the U.S. Branch at the U.S Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and we introduced program participants.

Know Your Professor: Edie Bresler

Meet Senior Lecturer Edie Bresler. Professor Bresler works in the Department of Art & Music teaching color photography from introductory to advanced and is actively involved in all aspects of traditional and digital imaging.

Meet the Women Changing the Face of Leadership

For the second year, Simmons is hosting "The Study of the U.S Institute on Women's Leadership" program, more affectionately called Women Changing the Face of Leadership (WCFL). This five-week program, sponsored by the U.S State Department, brings together 20 women from five African nations and five Simmons students, with the goal of strengthening global awareness and developing future leaders.

Gloria Steinem visits Simmons College for Women's History Month

Happy Women's History Month! Simmons College is celebrating big this year with a special visit from Gloria Steinem, one of the most significant and iconic figures of the women's rights movement.

Simmons students talk about life at college

Ever wonder what it's like to be a Simmons student? How about what it's like to live with a roommate? What are the perks of living in Boston? 300 The Fenway chatted with current undergraduate students to get the real deal on life at Simmons College.

Seven ways to stay motivated during your final semester

We get it. You're about to graduate, you have a million things on your mind, and going to class is the least of your worries. So, how do you make it through your final semester without letting senioritis take over? Here are seven ways to stay motivated and get it done.

Know Your Professor: Noah Wilson-Rich, urban beekeeper

Meet Noah Wilson-Rich, one of Simmons College's newest faculty members in the Department of Biology. If there's one thing you need to know about Noah Wilson-Rich, it's that he's an expert on urban beekeeping. Watch his popular TED Talk on the importance of urban beehives, and find out why he loves teaching at Simmons.

Then and Now: Simmons celebrates the school's history

Each year, Simmons College celebrates its rich history by holding a Founder's Day ceremony in memory of John Simmons. Much has changed since Simmons first opened its doors in 1899, but its core mission remains the same. Take a look at Simmons then and now.

Registration now open for the 2013 Simmons Leadership Conference

The annual Simmons Leadership Conference is the premier professional event for women. This year's conference features a day-long program led by influential women leaders including, Sallie Krawcheck, Charlene Li, and award-winning actress Viola Davis.

Simmons commits to social change by holding first student-led Gender, Justice, and Social Entrepreneurship Conference

Simmons College recently hosted its inaugural student-led Gender, Justice, and Social Entrepreneurship Conference to reinforce the College's strong commitment to finding innovative solutions to social change.

Where are they now? Megan Johnson '07 is celebrity news journalist for the Boston Herald

As a writer for the Boston Herald's Inside Track, Megan Johnson '07 has made her mark covering the Boston celebrity scene. We had the chance to chat with Megan and get a glimpse into her fast-paced career.

Fenway neighborhood opens its doors to Boston community

Simmons is fortunate to be located in the Fenway neighborhood of Boston, an area that offers a mix of museums, historic landmarks, and music venues. The annual Opening our Doors festival draws a huge crowd to highlight the neighborhood's vibrant culture.

Talk to students, meet professors during Simmons College's Fall Open House

Simmons College is getting ready to host two major undergraduate open houses this fall, and Woman on Campus Sarah Galvez '15 got the scoop on what visitors can expect when they attend. Watch!

Take a photo tour of the Simmons College campus

Interested in taking a tour of Simmons College, but haven't been able to make it to Boston, yet? 300 The Fenway has compiled some of our favorite photos of campus to give you a special look at Simmons!

Half the Sky Movement turns oppression into opportunity for women

The Half the Sky Movement brings a new awareness to global gender inequality by using videos, websites, and blogs to help turn oppression into opportunity. At Simmons, we believe education is a critical step to inspiring change and empowering women.

The premier Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium celebrates best in children's literature

Once again, the Simmons Center for the Study of Children's Literature will host the annual Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards along with the Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium, which brings together librarians, educators and children's literature professionals to examine the year's award-winning books.

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino encourages college students to get out and explore the city

From world-class museums, to pristine parks and premier internship opportunities, Simmons College's location in the Fenway neighborhood makes it the perfect home base for exploring Boston.

Communications student designs flag for New England Patriots

Simmons College media arts communications student and football superfan Amelia Cordischi '15 won a contest sponsored by the NFL to design a flag for her home team, the New England Patriots.

Simmons kicks off new academic year with annual Convocation ceremonies

Simmons College kicked off the 2012-13 academic year with its all-College Convocation ceremonies, which are held annually to recognize the significant achievements of senior honor students, and to officially welcome new students to Simmons.

Simmons welcomes Class of 2016 during Move-In Day 2012

Move-In Day at Simmons is always exciting and buzzing with energy. As parents prepare to leave their daughters at college for the first time, emotions run high. But, as President Helen Drinan says, they have nothing to worry about.

Simmons College spends its summer training future women leaders of Africa

Twenty young women from five African countries traveled to Simmons College to participate in the "Changing the Face of Leadership program," a special initiative hosted by Simmons in conjunction with the Study of the United States Institutes for Scholars (SUSI), a program designed to train foreign leaders and help them develop a better understanding of the United States abroad.

Where are they now? Michaela Eichenbaum '10 at SURFING Magazine in San Diego

Meet Michaela Eichenbaum '10, an adventurer at heart who has made her passion for action sports her career. She graduated from Simmons in 2010 with a B.A. in Communications then decided to move from her hometown of Portsmouth, NH to sunny San Diego, CA and wound up working for SURFING Magazine. She's a follow-your-heart kind of woman who says sometimes you need to be patient in order to live your dream.

Wicked author Gregory Maguire speaks at national Children's Literature Conference held at Simmons College

The 39th Annual Children's Literature Association Conference features renown author Gregory Maguire, a Simmons alumnus and former Simmons children's literature professor whose book Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West was adapted into a hit Broadway play.

Highlights from Simmons College Commencement 2012

Congratulations to the Simmons Class of 2012! Simmons College's 107th Commencement ceremonies were held on Friday, May 18, 2012 with speakers Maria Hinojosa and Carla Harris. Relive the memorable day through videos, photos, and more.

Simmons Faces of the Future: Halfway to graduation

Simmons' Faces of the Future (FOF) students from the Class of 2014 are halfway through their college careers. It seems like only yesterday these four accomplished women agreed to blog about their College experiences, and the transformation that has happened to them in the past two years is incredible. Watch an interview with FOF student Sandy Lor '14 as she talks about how she has grown while at Simmons.

Goodbye and congratulations to the Simmons Class of 2012!

Soon the Class of 2012 will be graduating, and although we are sad to see our students go, we wish them the best of luck in the future. We are confident they will go out and make a difference in the world. Watch our goodbye video!

Four ways to relieve stress during final exams

Feeling overwhelmed during finals week? We here at 300 The Fenway have compiled a list of the top four ways to de-stress during finals. We also made you a playlist of our favorite study break jams!

Simmons science majors present their research at national chemistry conference

At Simmons, science and research go hand in hand. Eighteen chemistry and biochemistry majors - including first-year students - traveled to San Diego to present their science research to more than 16,000 chemistry industry professionals at the 243rd National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS), considered the premier chemistry conference in the country.

Six things to do in Boston this summer

If you're in Boston for the summer, there are plenty of opportunities for you to have fun and explore the city. We put together a list of our favorite, inexpensive activities for you to check out!

Where Are They Now? Jacqueline Doherty '11 works at top U.S. advertising agency

Welcome to 300 The Fenway's first installment of Where Are They Now?, a new feature that chronicles the amazing women who recently graduated from Simmons College. Get a glimpse into their fast-paced careers, life after college, and the lessons they learned along the way.

May Day at 100: Simmons College revitalizes its oldest tradition

Waking the seniors at dawn, strawberry breakfast, tree planting, and dancing around the may pole. This year marks the 100th anniversary of May Day, Simmons College's oldest tradition. To celebrate the historical milestone, the community has come together to rethink what May Day means in the life of a 21st century college.

What is the War on Women really about?

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 speaking 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.

Simmons alumnae prove to be great resource for current students

Simmons College has an alumni network of more than 50,000 career professionals who are making a huge impact on society. They are an invaluable resource to the Simmons community, and many are more than willing to help current students achieve their career goals. Every year, Carmen Baez '79 hosts a group of Simmons students at her Omnicom Group office in New York City.

Know Your Professor: Bob White

Meet Professor Bob White. Professor White is one of Simmons' most recognizable professors. He is best known for his cheerful attitude, and teaching the crowd favorite, Communications Media. But did you know he wants to travel to Avalon, and that he has his own YouTube channel?

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

On the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park, it's hard to believe that America's most beloved ballpark was once at risk for being demolished and relocated. Simmons alumna Erika Tarlin '85LS was a key member of the nonprofit organization, Save Fenway Park!, and she petitioned for Simmons to host a symposium that ultimately led to the ballpark's survival.

Simmons College joins national It Gets Better campaign

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. Members of the Simmons community have joined together to contribute to the project by lending their voices of hope, encouragement, and achievement. Watch the video!

Simmons hosts Belle of the Ball to help young women attend prom

For many high school women, prom is a right of passage, but the cost of attending can quickly add up. Since 2005, Simmons has been the proud host of the Belle of the Ball, a program created to help young women find their perfect prom dress, free of cost.

Career Education Center launches new website to help students, alumni find jobs

The Simmons College Career Education Center (CEC) 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, and meet with a career coach.

Adult student starts organization to encourage exercise and health at Simmons

With families to care for and job responsibilities, sometimes being an adult undergraduate student leaves little time to get involved on campus, but Melissa Tanguay '14 found a way to bring her outside interests to the College by creating Fit at Simmons, an organization aimed at encouraging students to incorporate health and fitness into their every day lives.

Know Your Professor: Wanda Torres Gregory

Meet Professor Wanda Torres Gregory. Professor Gregory is chair of the Philosophy Department and she's passionate about the Simmons vision and women's empowerment. Professor Gregory has taught more than fifteen different courses at Simmons! Read on to learn more about her favorite song, her budding talent, and more.

Day of Empowerment encourages women to lead positive lives

In honor of Women's History Month, the Simmons Collegiate Entrepreneurs' Organization (CEO) and the Class of 2012 hosted A Day of Empowerment featuring Sierra Bender, an expert in empowering women to make positive changes in their lives.

Race, education and democracy: Closing the achievement gap

Dr. Carol Burris, principal of South Side High School in New York State, is coming to Simmons College as part of the Simmons College/Beacon Press Race, Education & Democracy Lecture and Book Series to share with educators her dramatic success stories and data on closing the achievement gap.

Simmons entrepreneur starts nonprofit to educate disabled children in Africa

Simmons MBA student Obiageli Ukadike realized there is a serious education gap in Ghana, so she set out to fix it. People with physical disabilities are often denied access to quality education. To combat this injustice, Obi co-founded The WaWa Project, a non-profit organization aimed at providing education to physically disabled children in Ghana.

Video: Students talk to Woman on Campus about their favorite women leaders

Simmons College inspires young women to become powerful leaders through education. In honor of this year's Women's History Month theme, Women's Education--Women's Empowerment, Simmons' Woman on Campus Sarah Galvez '15 asks aspiring students talk about the women leaders they most admire.

Simmons soccer team spends spring break training in Barcelona

Head Soccer Coach Erica Mastrogiacomo and Assistant Coach Caitlin Schimmel took the Simmons soccer team to Spain for a chance to compete and train internationally while also having the opportunity to experience Spanish culture.

Simmons students on Alternative Spring Break build homes with Habitat for Humanity

Naomi Chick '14 helped organize this year's Alternative Spring Break (ASB) trip where Simmons students took the opportunity to travel with Habitat for Humanity to help rebuild homes in underserved communities. Read more about her eye-opening experience.

Know Your Professor: Afaa Weaver

Simmons English Professor Afaa Michael Weaver grew up in East Baltimore, Maryland where he worked in a factory for 15 years. He started writing poetry as a way to help him through his struggles, and is now a world-renowned poet, often referred to as the successor to Walt Whitman. Watch our video profile of Professor Weaver.

New campus blog has inside scoop on life at Simmons

Campus Life has joined the blogosphere by turning their old newsletter into a new, interactive blog that includes photos, videos, and feature stories written specifically for Simmons students. And for those who want to be one! Check out Simmons Life.

Four reasons to visit the Simmons campus

Visiting a college campus has a major impact on your decision to attend. During a visit to Simmons, you have the opportunity to meet professors, talk to current students, and see what it's really like to attend a women's college in Boston. Here are four reason you should come visit the Simmons College campus!

Simmons recognizes the importance of Women's History Month

Happy Women's History Month! During March, Simmons College celebrates the accomplishments of the extraordinary women who have made the world a better place with their activism, courage, and determination. Check out 300 The Fenway to learn more.

Five ways to work and travel abroad after graduation

Many students have a passion for exploring new places and some decide to work and travel abroad after graduation. The experience can really make an applicant stand out when applying to jobs in the future. Employers value applicants that bring a unique global perspective to the company. So, where should you look? We asked the Study Abroad Office for some suggestions.

Success Connection mentorship program prepares students for career success

The Simmons Success Connection Program is a unique job-shadowing and mentoring opportunity that matches current seniors with highly accomplished Simmons alumnae. We had the chance to chat with Rebecca Walmer '12, a current Success Connection mentee who is majoring in public health. Through the program, Rebecca was connected with Kathie Westpheling '71, executive director at the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved.

Nutrition students design program to help seniors eat healthy on a tight budget

Betsy Corsiglia and Jen Stallings, nutrition graduate students in the School of Nursing and Health Sciences, designed a nutrition program called Eating Well on a Tight Budget that helps senior citizens improve their eating habits. The program offers tips on good nutrition, cooking for one, and how to shop for food on a budget.

How to choose the right college for you

As acceptance letters (hopefully!) start pouring in, high school seniors are faced with the task of picking the right college. It's important to think about what type of environment will help shape you into the person you want to become. It's a tough choice, and with so many colleges and universities out there, where do you even start?

Students perform Vagina Monologues to raise awareness of violence against women

Playwright and activist Eve Ensler created The Vagina Monologues, an episodic play that focuses on the stories of real women and their views on sex, relationships, and violence, as a way to raise awareness of violence against women and girls. A production of the Vagina Monologues is an annual tradition at Simmons College, and students say it encourages women to speak openly about their lives, experiences, and bodies.

Simmons World Challenge: Students spend winter break solving world problems

This year's Simmons World Challenge was At the Edge of Poverty: Empowering Women to Change Their Lives and Their Worlds. Students were grouped into nine teams and worked for two straight weeks to develop and execute their plans to empower local women living in poverty.

Simmons College Radio nominated for national broadcast awards

Simmons College Radio has received three nominations for broadcast excellence from the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System (IBS). The winners in each category will be announced March 3 at the 72nd Annual Intercollegiate Broadcasting System International Radio & Webcasting Conference in New York.

Super Bowl commercials cause viewers to tweet #NotBuyingIt

The Super Bowl #NotBuyingIt Campaign encouraged viewers to share their thoughts via Twitter on which advertisements they thought were sexist. While some ads left a positive impression, others made audiences question who the ads were targeted for and their affect on society's perception of women. What were your favorite Super Bowl commercials and which ones made you want to tweet #NotBuyingIt?

What's it like to attend a women's college?

There are several myths about what it's like to go to a women's college. Believe us, we've heard them all. But are they fact or just fiction? In this week's Woman on Campus video, Sarah Galvez '15 addresses some of the most common misconceptions you might hear about attending a women's college.

Simmons remembers victims of domestic violence with annual Clothesline Project

Simmons College celebrated the 20th anniversary of The Clothesline Project in honor of alumna and domestic violence victim, Betsy McCandless '71. The Clothesline Project is a visual display of t-shirts that bear witness to domestic violence and sexual assault. Each shirt is decorated to represent a person's experience; or as a tribute to someone who has lost their life at the hands of their partner.

Simmons College celebrates Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, the Black Student Organization (BSO) is going back to its roots and embracing the theme, Redefinition. 300 The Fenway has a special message from BSO President Tatiana Johnson '12, plus a complete list of the events scheduled throughout February.

Professor Teresa Nelson speaks at White House Summit on Women's Entrepreneurship

Professor Teresa Nelson, Director of the School of Management's Entrepreneurship Program, is speaking as a panelist at the White House Summit on Women's Entrepreneurship. Professor Nelson recently sat down with us to discuss the challenges facing women-run start ups.

The best of Boston

With its rich culture and top ranked universities, it's no surprise that many people fall in love with Boston. It ranks among the best in the nation for innovation, history, athletics, and more, and Simmons College is lucky to be located in the heart of it all. Here's a list of the best of Boston.

Know Your Professor: Rich Gurney

Meet Associate Professor and Department Chair Rich Gurney from the Department of Chemistry and Physics. Professor Gurney is known around Simmons as the Green Professor, specifically for his work with the Cups to Cleaners: Trash to Treasure project. But we had the chance to get to know him on a more personal level. Find out who he'd invite to his dream dinner party. It might surprise you!

The 50 best moments for women

As we start 2012 with high hopes and new resolutions, it's important to reflect on what has been accomplished in the past year. The Huffington Post recently published an article that identified the 50 Best Moments for Women in 2011. We sorted through the list and made the difficult decision of picking our top 10 favorite moments. See what made our list.

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. The editors of 300 The Fenway have compiled some notable highlights from our 2011 coverage.

Susan Bloom's Best Children's and Young Adult Books of 2011

Simmons Associate Professor Emeritus Susan P. Bloom is a staff reviewer for The Horn Book Magazine and has served on the Newbery Committee. Every year she makes a list of her picks for the Best Children's and Young Adult Books of the year. If you're doing some last minute shopping for the holidays, these make for great gifts.

Happy Holidays from Simmons College

Campus is quieting down as students head home for winter break. The holiday season is here, and we want to take this time to wish the entire Simmons community a very happy holiday season. Whether current student, faculty, staff, or alumnae/i, we are so grateful for all you do.

Science students investigate authenticity of paintings at the Museum of Fine Arts

Science major Sandy Lor '14 always enjoyed drawing and painting as a child. Now that she's in college, she wants to seek a career that fits all her interests. Through collaboration with Simmons' chemistry department, Sandy discovered there's a field dedicated to merging the arts and the sciences. Read more about her investigative research at the Museum of Fine Arts. It's straight out of a crime novel!

Know Your Professor: Jill Avery

Meet Professor Jill Avery from the School of Management. Professor Avery is perhaps best known for her background in brand management and customer relationship management. But did you know she volunteers at the Museum of Fine Arts and loves sushi? Plus, you may be surprised to hear about the last concert she attended!

7 awesome study tips for finals

With finals week approaching stress levels around campus are high. We at 300 The Fenway wanted to provide some relief, so we asked the Center for Academic Achievement for some help. Study Skills Specialist Tina Brin offered up some of her most helpful study tips. Here are seven tips Tina gives students to get them through exam period.

Dean Renee White talks about importance of World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is observed each year as a way to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS. Simmons has several campus events planned, including a display of the AIDS Quilt and a screening of the documentary We Were Here. Dean Renee White is an expert on the AIDS pandemic and she tells us why it's important to continue to raise awareness about the disease.

Communications program wins national excellence award

Simmons' Department of Communications won the 2011 Rex Mix Program of Excellence Award from the National Communications Association (NCA) for its innovative efforts to prepare students to meet the needs of the new, multi-platform media environment.

School of Management supports women entrepreneurs with Silverman Business Plan Competition

The annual Silverman Business Plan Competition was created to support women in launching innovative and successful ventures, and is open exclusively to Simmons School of Management MBA alumnae and current students. Participants have the opportunity to compete for a prize of $10,000 in cash.

Simmons and the Boston Teachers Union lead first of its kind public school

Simmons College and the Boston Teachers Union are now in the third year of a three-year partnership that set out to open Boston's first public school managed by the teachers union. Education Professor Daren Graves weighs in on the Union School's progress, which has allowed Simmons students the opportunity to connect theory, practice, and service.

Best fall photos of Boston

Fall is the perfect time for enjoying the best of what Boston has to offer. The leaves are bursting with color, making for picturesque walks around the city and reminding us New Englanders why we live here in the first place. Take a look at some of our photos of Boston in the fall.

Know Your Professor: Leanne Doherty

She's been named Professor of the Year and has received the Dean's Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising, but did you also know Political Science and International Relations Professor Leanne Doherty is the host of a sports talk radio show and her favorite band is Pearl Jam?

Video tour of the Simmons residence campus

Sarah Galvez '15 is our Woman on Campus and her latest YouTube video takes us on an in-depth tour of Simmons' residence campus, a beautiful, gated quad right in the middle of Boston's Fenway neighborhood. See where Simmons students eat, sleep, and hang out!

!Women Art Revolution sheds light on feminist art movement

In the 1960s, female artists were discouraged from exploring gender and identity in their artwork and many were forced to display their art anonymously in order to avoid discrimination. As a result, members of the Women Artist Revolution joined together to create what many historians call the most significant art movement of the late-twentieth century.

Simmons social workers volunteer at Occupy Boston camp

Simmons School of Social Work Professor Dawn Belkin Martinez and her students are donating their time to offer emotional support, defuse potentially dangerous situations, and provide mediation training to members of the Occupy Boston movement.

Women break boundaries to play critical role in Egyptian Revolution

Meet Shima'a Helmy, a 21-year old activist, born and raised in Cairo, who helped lead Egypt's uprising in Tahrir Square. Helmy is a key figure in Four Women, One Revolution, a documentary that explores the role women played during the Egyptian revolution.

Simmons athletics supports breast cancer awareness

The Simmons Sharks played their part in supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month by hosting Think Pink games in which the players wore pink clothing and collected donations for the American Cancer Society.

Know Your Professor: David Browder

Mathematics Professor David Browder is perhaps best known for carrying the academic mace during the Convocation and Commencement processions. But did you also know he's an accomplished jazz musician with a special hidden talent? Get the inside scoop on his favorite books, music, tv show, and more!

Boston Mayor Tom Menino recognizes Simmons' 10 years of community service

The Scott/Ross Center for Community Service marked its 10th anniversary of service to the community, and to celebrate, Boston's Mayor Tom Menino declared it Scott/Ross Center for Community Service Week. The center has been integral in connecting Simmons students with volunteer and service learning opportunities.

Simmons President Helen Drinan explains why women's education is still important

Since women have gained major advancements in the workplace, many today will argue that the need for women's education is over. However, President Helen Drinan says women's colleges are now more important than ever.

Simmons works with OpEd Project to train women thought leaders

Did you know that despite making up half the U.S. population, women make up only 10 to 20% of contributors to key opinion forums? Why are women so reluctant to share and state their opinions?

Ali Brown talks to women about becoming entrepreneurs

Ali Brown '93 says today's economy is best suited for women who are ready to claim their own success. She recently paid a visit to the Simmons School of Management where she led a class discussion offering her advice on how to become a successful entrepreneur.

Girl Scouts add modern-day badges for aspiring leaders

The Girl Scouts of the USA have completely revamped their badge offerings to accommodate the modern girl. New badges include, Product Designer, Digital Movie Maker, Money Manager, and the Science of Happiness. What badges would you add?

Science at Simmons integrates lab training with original research

Forget cookbook lab instruction. Simmons' science program is transforming the way students learn chemistry, physics, and biology by combining lab training with student and faculty research projects. Professor Rich Gurney says the innovative approach better prepares students for the science workforce. Chemical & Engineering News says Simmons has reengineered the undergraduate science lab.

Documentary explores the misrepresentation of women leaders

Miss Representation premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and has been causing a movement ever since. The documentary explores the impact media messages have on the perception and expectations of women in power. It's crucial to understand how the images in television and advertising are shaping the values and norms of society.

Glam plus Bam: Andy Warhol and Harold Edgerton photos on display in Trustman Art Gallery

What do Andy Warhol and Harold Edgerton have in common? Their photographs are on display together in the Trustman Art Gallery's latest exhibit, Glam plus Bam--Warhol and Edgerton: Photos from the Simmons College Collection.

Children's literature center hosts Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards

The Simmons Center for the Study of Children's Literature is set to host the 2011 Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards, which are among the most prestigious honors in the field of children's and young adult literature. In addition to the awards ceremony, the day-long Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium will bring together librarians, educators and children's literature professionals to examine the year's winning books.

Simmons starts new academic year with inspiration

Convocation marks the beginning of a new academic year, and the celebration was once again inspiring. During this year's ceremony, the Class of 2012 was recognized for their academic achievements, and the Class of 2015 was officially welcomed to Simmons!

Equality Day: 5 major advancements in Women's Rights

It has been 91 years since women were granted the right to vote. To commemorate the day and to celebrate the courageous and innovative women that will lead the future of the Women's Rights Movement, we wanted to remind readers just how far women have come.

Former WNBA star is new Simmons basketball coach

The Simmons Sharks welcome professional basketball star Kristen Rasmussen Tarr as the new head coach for the 2011-12 season. Coach Rasmussen Tarr was the first player from Michigan State University to play in the Women's National Basketball Association after being drafted in the fourth round in 2000.

CommTracks magazine wins gold medal

For the second year in a row, CommTracks magazine received high honors and praise, including a Gold Medal from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association and a First Class rating from the Associated Collegiate Press. CommTracks is produced in Studio5, a student-run professional communications agency in Simmons' Department of Communications.

Q&A with National Archivist David Ferriero

As the 10th Archivist of the United States, David Ferriero says his biggest challenge is guiding the preservation of electronic records, including social media. See what else he has to say about the changing world of archives management, his time at Simmons, and starting a career as an archivist.

Simmons to host first ever Wikipedia in Higher Education Summit

Simmons College will host the first ever Wikipedia in Higher Education Summit. The summit will celebrate the volunteers who participated in Wikimedia's university based program initiatives, and will be the last event for the Wikimedia Foundation's Public Policy Initiative. The event will serve as an opportunity for professors, students, and Wikipedia Ambassadors to discuss the future of university based programs.

Students travel to South Africa to study human rights

In May, nine students traveled to South Africa with Professor Dan Connell to study the state of human rights, two decades after apartheid. For three weeks, the students blogged about their learning experiences, including gender equality, the fight to keep culture alive, and unsuspected commonalities. Here are their impressions.

Reunion Weekend reminds alumnae of the good ol' days

More than 500 guests came back to the Simmons campus for Reunion Weekend. Class years ending in "1" and "6" participated in an outdoor barbecue, watched a brownie bake-off, and attended an awards luncheon. 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.

Community service at Simmons: 6 facts you need to know

Most colleges have community service programs, but there's something special about service at Simmons. For starters, the Scott/Ross Center for Community Service has been recognized for five consecutive years for its outstanding programs. Here are six things you need to know about Simmons' commitment to serving the Greater Boston community.

I am not going to a women's college

2011 Commencement student speaker Darcie Guilbert '11 began her address by sharing her first Simmons memory. At 17 years old, on her way to a Simmons College campus tour she told her parents, "I am not going to an all-women's college, so why are we wasting time even looking!?"

Simmons' 106th Commencement: A day in the life

After a full week of rain and clouds, the skies cleared up just in time for Simmons College's 106th Commencement Celebration on Friday, May 20, 2011. There were beads, bubbles and cheers as we conferred degrees to more than 1,200 graduates.

9 tips for finding a job after graduation

Commencement is quickly approaching and soon you will graduate from Simmons College with a degree that has prepared you for your life's work. Now what? It's time to find a job! Hint: it's all about the networking.

Simmons Leadership Conference inspires women to dream big

The 2011 Simmons Leadership Conference was a huge success! Watch this video to see why returning participants say this year's conference was, by far, their favorite.

Students keep tradition alive with annual May Day celebration

On Sunday, May 1, Simmons held its 99th annual May Day celebration. May Day is Simmons's oldest student tradition when sophomores wake the graduating senior class at the break of dawn and perform a maypole dance. Other festivities include a tree planting and a strawberry shortcake breakfast. Traditions at Simmons are an important tie to the in-depth history of the College.

Proxy Apparel empowers women through sustainable fashion

Heatherjean MacNeil '08MBA created Proxy Apparel, a fashion company that partners with women-owned, fair trade cooperatives in developing countries throughout the world. She made headlines last month with her debut at SXSW and was recently interviewed by The Women's Eye on what it means to be a social entrepreneur.

Lacrosse team hosts GNAC tournament

The Simmons lacrosse team finished out the regular season with a 17-7 win over Emmanuel College. The Sharks will take on Mount Ida tonight on their home turf in the first round of the GNAC playoffs.

10 tips for surviving your first year of college

Coming to Simmons in the fall? Worried about making friends, meeting boys, and finding your way around Boston? Worry no more! Here are 10 tips to help you navigate your way through your first year of college... from a senior who's been there!

Sharks battle for GNAC championship

With a winning record, the Simmons softball team looks for their first Great Northeast Athletic Conference championship.The Sharks have six regular season games left before entering the GNAC playoffs.

Expert historian believes Mary Surratt guilty in 'Conspirator'

Professor Kate Clifford Larson Ph.d., historian and author of The Assassin's Accomplice: Mary Surratt and the Plot to Kill Abraham Lincoln, provided historical expertise for Robert Redford's new civil war-era movie The Conspirator, which explores Surratt's role in the Lincoln assassination.

Scholarship and Service aims to bring community together

For the first time ever, Simmons is joining together two of its annual events, the Undergraduate Conference and Global Service Day, into one day-long event called, Scholarship and Service. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni are encouraged to participate in activities both on and off campus.

Ali Brown '93 gives big on ABC's 'Secret Millionaire'

Ali Brown will be featured on the season finale of ABC'c new hit show "Secret Millionaire." Tune in to follow Ali as she goes undercover in Venice, California, lives off minimum wages and decides to give part of her fortune away.

Violent games can lower sympathy in kids

Professor Edward T. Vieria's new study says children's exposure to violent video games over time can impact their ability to develop empathy and sympathy for others.

Girls' LEAP speaks out on violence against women

It's Violence Against Women Awareness month, and the Simmons chapter of Girls' LEAP is doing its part to raise awareness. We sat down with program member Jackie Hernandez '12 to talk about why it is important to speak out on the issue.

Top 5 Careers for the Class of 2011

There's some good news for this year's graduating seniors. Employers reported plans to hire 13.5% more new grads from the Class of 2011 than they did from the Class of 2010. So, where are the jobs? See what made our list.

Simmons alumna takes remarkable journey to support women

What can one woman do to address the Democratic Republic of Congo's years-long tradition of gender violence against women? Tell others. Emily Scott Pottruck '78 had the experience of a lifetime when she traveled to the opening of The City of Joy -- a community that will support women survivors of sexual and gender violence.

Professor Naresh Agarwal knows the secret to happiness

Professor Naresh Agarwal's most popular class lectures include an explanation of his "Seven Commandments," a model he developed to show others how to find happiness. Step 1: Decide to be happy. Read more from Simmons magazine Editor Kathleen Carr.

Professors Bailey, Sealey talk about their careers in social work

In honor of Social Work Month, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) interviewed Simmons School of Social Work professors Gary Bailey and Dr. Beverly Sealey about their experiences in the field.

UCLA Prof Ernest Morrell says pop culture can help with literacy

We sat down for a Q&A with Dr. Ernest Morrell who is speaking at the College as part of the Simmons College/Beacon Press Race, Education & Democracy Lecture and Book Series. Dr. Morrell specializes in literacy, urban education, and the use of popular culture to promote academic literacy. His lectures will explore the definition of quality teaching.

Women's College Week reinforces the power of women

Arts and Entertainment critic Joyce Kulhawik '74 joined the Student Government Association for an exciting kick-off to Women's College Week. Other speakers included SGA President Rosy Gonzalez '11 and Simmons College President Helen Drinan.

Simmons offers condolences to those affected by Japan earthquake, tsunamis

President Helen Drinan speaks on behalf of the Simmons community to send our thoughts and prayers to those who are affected by the devastating earthquake in Japan. We feel fortunate that none our students were studying in the areas affected by the natural disaster.

Senior attends NYC Fashion Week with Success Connection mentor

Marissa Window '11 guest-blogs about her participation in Simmons' Success Connection Leadership Program. Marissa's one-day job-shadowing opportunity with Kristen Ingersoll '89 led her straight to New York Fashion Week!

Chief Justice Margaret H. Marshall to speak at Commencement

The 106th Simmons Commencement speakers have been announced! The theme this year is "Celebrating Boston & Massachusetts," and these women could not be more prepared to speak to the Class of 2011 about their future life's work. Commencement will be held on Friday, May 20 at the Bank of America Pavilion in Boston's Seaport District.

Undergraduate Conference needs student submissions

Every year, the Undergraduate Conference celebrates the scholarship and creativity of Simmons women across all programs. Students now can submit their proposals online through the Undergraduate Conference website. Time to get creative!

Simmons celebrates Women's History Month

Simmons was founded on a revolutionary idea: that women should be able to get an education and earn an independent livelihood. Ever wonder what it was like to attend college as a woman during the first half of the 20th century? Take an exclusive look into the lives of early Simmons women.

Vanity Fair names Julia Roy '05 "America's Tweetheart"

Forbes magazine named her one of the 14 Power Women to Follow on Twitter, the Huffington Post listed her among the Hottest Girls on Twitter, and now Vanity Fair recognizes digital superstar and Simmons alumna, Julia Roy, as one of America's Tweethearts.

The "Intern Queen" visits Simmons

Lauren Berger, CEO of Intern Queen Inc., comes to Simmons to talk to students about the value of internships and the successes and challenges of pursuing a career as a young entrepreneur.

Science students turn trash into treasure

The Chemistry Department at Simmons is doing something incredible! Students are conducting serious research and are being asked to present their findings at national conferences. Since Simmons is committed to going green, the Cups to Cleaners project is particularly important.

Self and the Everywoman, new Trustman exhibit

The Trustman Art Gallery currently is showing Self and the Everywoman; Mixed media works by Claudia DeMonte. Claudia works with her self image to portray the every woman and her role in society.

Simmons Leadership Conference announces speaker lineup

Legendary fashion designer Donna Karan is headlining the Simmons Leadership Conference, which will be held April 26 at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston. This year's theme is "Passion and Profession" and the speakers are sure to impress.

Why study abroad? More like, why not?

Did you know that more and more students are jump starting their careers abroad? Although the U.S. economy is showing signs of strength, many recent graduates and young professionals are opting to pursue further education, jobs, and research opportunities abroad. And, these places want Boston's students!

Simmons BSO kicks off Black History Month

The Simmons Black Student Organization celebrated the beginning of Black History Month in style. All were welcome to participate in the cake cutting ceremony, and those lucky enough to be passing by received a free piece! If you're interested in celebrating Black History Month, the BSO has several events planned throughout February.

Do we still need libraries? GSLIS Prof Amy Pattee says yes

Graduate School of Library and Information Science Professor Amy Pattee discusses how libraries might look in the future on WGBH's The Emily Rooney Show.

Letters of Hope for Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords

President Helen Drinan offers Simmons' encouragement and support for Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who is recovering from a national tragedy.

Campus winter wonderland

Boston residents don't mind the unpredictable weather, because we know the day after 19 inches of snow falls, the area will look like this. Since most of our students are still making their way back to campus, we thought we'd share these winter campus photos, so no one feels left out.

Search Simmons. What's your story?

"How to choose the right college," "liberal arts colleges in Boston," "Fenway neighborhood," "nursing programs," "library and information science." How did you find Simmons?

Colleges of the Fenway provides opportunities for students

Simmons College is a member of the Colleges of the Fenway, a collaboration between six academic institutions in Boston's Fenway neighborhood that gives students the opportunity to engage and interact with other students, organizations, and classes within the consortium.

Best wishes for the New Year!

As we bid adieu to 2010 and look forward to welcoming 2011, we asked the Simmons community to share their wishes for the coming year. We hope you enjoy this special holiday message from all of us at Simmons College.

A perfect winter day

We caught up with the Simmons Sirens, our a capella group on campus, and we recorded them singing a lovely winter song. It definitely puts us in the mood for snow and ice skating (Frog Pond!), and we hope it does the same for you.

Susan Bloom's Best Children's and Young Adult Books of 2010

Simmons Associate Professor Emeritus Susan P. Bloom makes an annual list of her favorite children's and young adult books of the year. Here are her picks for 2010. Enjoy!

Athletics at a Division III college

Division III schools give athletes the opportunity to continue their athletic careers while attending great academic programs that prepare them for their future. Since Simmons is an undergraduate women's college, female athletes are top priority. Jessica Thomas '12, a member of the Simmons basketball team, talks about the advantages of not having a guy's team.

Professor Vaughn Sills' book named a favorite of 2010

MarthaStewart.com named Professor Vaughn Sills' book of garden photographs, Places for the Spirit: Traditional African American Gardens, a "hands down favorite of 2010."

Swimming & diving team wins GNAC championship

The Sharks swam to their seventh Great Northeast Athletic Conference championship against what Head Coach Mindy Williams said was their toughest competition yet.

High school rivals make friends as Simmons Sharks

Two of Simmons' top field hockey players, Renna Smith '14 and Monica Doucette '14, used to be fierce rivals at competing high schools. As Sharks, they've joined forces to make a positive impact on the team.

120 Minutes in Boston: Keeping warm

Alexandra '12 is back to offer suggestions on ways we can keep warm during Boston's cold winter months - all within 120 minutes of Simmons.

The girls club

Everyone has an opinion about women's colleges. Simmons students offer their perspective in the article "No Boys Allowed," which appeared in a recent issue of The Daily Free Press.

A weekend of activities

Tis' the season of shopping, crowds and finals. It's a busy time of year, but there is so much going on at Simmons that you should try to take advantage of. Organizations have worked hard all semester to bring you top notch entertainment and fun.

Meet Victoria, junior transfer student

Tips for transfers: Transferring schools isn't as scary as most people think. If you're thinking about transferring to Simmons, here are a few helpful tips from the admission staff.

Road Trips to the Real World

Simmons students, if you're wondering what you want to do after getting your degree, the Simmons Career Education Center is sponsoring a Road Trips to the Real World event. The trips take place during winter break and you will have the opportunity to visit employers you'd be interested in working for.

Culture Shock: Digest? Dissect!

Shi Shu '12 writes a quirky and often hilarious blog called Culture Shock, in which she recounts the many funny stories that have happened to her since living in the U.S. as an international student from China.

Meet Sonya, sophomore nursing student

Although it was our first meeting, it felt like we were old friends catching up over a cup of coffee. She's laid-back, extremely articulate, and she offers a unique perspective on the whole "going to a women's college" thing. Plus, she made it past her first year as a nursing major... and lives to tell the tale!

Simmons student has passion for drumming

Andrea Davis '12 created this video as an assignment for her Communications Technologies class. Professor Judith Richland says it was the first time many of the students had shot and edited video. We're very impressed with Andrea's multimedia skills, but what's even more impressive is her unique passion.

Find your calling at the Majors Fair

Some of Simmons' most popular undergraduate majors include Nursing, Communications, and Psychology. However, we have more than 40 majors, minors, and programs for students to explore.

Former Simmons basketball player turns pro

Nikki Cohen '08 has signed a contract to play for the Israeli professional basketball team Hapoel Be'er Tuviya. She is the first Simmons graduate ever to play pro basketball overseas. Not surprising, considering she is quite a globetrotter!

120 Minutes in Boston: Downtown Crossing

In this edition of 120 Minutes in Boston, junior Alexandra Hakim takes us on a shopping trip to Downtown Crossing. Every week, she travels to a new location that is two hours or less round trip from Simmons.

Simmons crew races in the Charles River Regatta

The Simmons crew team finished 16th in the Women's Collegiate Eight at the Charles River Regatta, overtaking rowing teams from Wesleyan, Colby, and Tufts. It is the highest placing and fastest time in this event for Simmons. The Sharks placed 23rd in the Collegiate Four.

Visit Simmons at a local college fair

Did you know that our undergraduate admission counselors spend the majority of the fall traveling to college fairs across the U.S.? It's one of the best ways for them to meet with high school students who may be interested in attending Simmons.

Celebrating our founder

The Simmons community honored John Simmons' birthday during the annual Founder's Day celebration. The College unveiled the new class flags and provided plenty of cake and activities for everyone's enjoyment. After all, it is the College's founder whose influence has shaped Simmons into a world-class institution.

See what it's like to be a Simmons Shark

Wondering what a Simmons athletic career could offer you? How about a chance to play a competitive sport for four years, while still having the opportunity to achieve everything you want to academically? One advantage of competing at a women's college is that women's teams don't have to take a back seat to men's athletics.

Alumna Kimberly Collins '99 on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?"

Who wants to be a millionaire? Simmons alumna Kimberly Collins, that's who. Kimberly recently appeared on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" and won $250,000 - the highest winnings of the new season!

Simmons tennis goes for third consecutive championship

The Simmons tennis team is doing exceedingly well this season. They are aiming to win their third consecutive GNAC championship, which will enter them in the NCAA tournament for the spring. They are 11-4 overall and undefeated in the conference.

5 best things to do this fall

Everyone knows there is nothing better than a brisk fall day in New England. The leaves are changing colors and the weather is cooling down from the hot summer days. It really is the best time to explore.

Meet Sam '12, academic affairs officer

When we look for women who exemplify a Simmons student, Sam's name always comes up. She's a double major, she loves working with other students, and she thinks some of the best things about the College are the students and our resources. She's also the Student Speaker at our November Open House!

Top 5 best places on campus

It's a rainy day here at Simmons, so to cheer ourselves up, we made a list of our favorite places on campus. Check out the slideshow to see what we came up with. Agree? Disagree? What are your favorite spots?

Simmons at the Boston Book Festival

The second annual Boston Book Festival is an event that introduces Pulitzer Prize winners, Nobel Laureates, and authors to the city of Boston. As it turns out, quite a few presenters are connected to the Simmons community, including the festival's chief organizer.

Senior reflections

If you're a senior here at Simmons then you probably know that you're having your yearbook photos taken. We asked some of these photogenic members of the Class of 2011 to reflect on their time at Simmons. You can tell the nostalgia is already setting in.

Professor Judith Aronson's photographs on display at Christ Church

Design Professor Judith Aronson's intimate portraits of poets and artists from her book Likenesses caught some major attention this summer when she was asked to showcase her work at Christ Church.

Meet Isis from California

Isis '13 comes to Simmons all the way from sunny California. We wondered what it's like to attend college 3,000 miles away from home, so we sat down with Isis to find out more.

Join the conversation

Besides @SimmonsCollege, did you know that we have several active tweeters who provide valuable information to our community?

Simmons study says eat your veggies!

Time magazine recently interviewed our resident expert on diet and nutrition, Professor Teresa Fung, for a segment they produced about the importance of eating a well-balanced diet. Watch the video to see Teresa talk about her recent study.

Attend an open house

It's that time of year when high school seniors are confronted with making the big college decision. Where you decide to go to college will undoubtedly help shape the rest of your life.

Professor Teresa Nelson talks women entrepreneurs on NECN

On Friday, I mentioned that the SOM's entrepreneurship program was ranked one of the top 25 programs in the entire nation. Teresa Nelson joined NECN's Laytoia Edwards to discuss how we tailor our program to meet the needs of women.

America's college town

This Sunday, we are holding our first open house of the academic school year. Not only is this an opportunity for interested students to come visit the school, but to also visit the city of Boston!

Why teaching Entrepreneurship is important

Congratulations to the School of Management! Its entrepreneurship program was just ranked by Entrepreneur magazine and The Princeton Review as one of the nation's top 25 programs. A big deal considering it's the only program on the list specifically designed for women. Watch this video of Susan Duffy who explains why teaching entrepreneurship is important.

Sukkot and gingerbread

To celebrate the Jewish holiday, Sukkot, Simmoms Hillel held a contest between 12 student organizations. Fasting? Praying? Confession?... Gingerbread?

Lauren Brisky is a fan of Simmons!

On a recent flight to Boston, Jeremy Epstein (a.k.a Jer979) met our very own Chair of the Board of Trustees Lauren Brisky. As it happens, Jeremy's mother was a graduate of a women's college, so he immediately bonded with...

A pioneer in social work

If you ever need a reminder of why you should be proud to be a Simmons student, just look to our own research legend, Emerita Professor Helen Reinherz, Sc.D. Dr. Reinherz was the director of the Simmons College Longitudinal Study from 1977 until July 1 of this year.

Changes in main campus dining

[Ed. note: Professor Teresa Fung's study also made headlines this week in The New York Times: "Nutrition: Risky Additions to a Low-Carb Diet"] I've been noticing many changes in The Fens and Java City. For example, in The Fens,...

So, you want to be a nurse

Disclaimer: Science was my least favorite subject in high school. I liked earth science OK, but chemistry and biology? Forget about it. Don't even talk to me about physics. For as long as I can remember, I gravitated toward...

Convocation 2010

I hope everyone had an enthusiastic start to the academic year - especially our new first-year students. Wednesday's Honors Convocation was inspiring. The new additions to our Simmons community have a lot to live up to, but I trust they can do it.

Vivat academia!

I woke up this morning and couldn't believe it's September already! That means the students are moved in, the faculty are back on campus, and staff members have wrapped up their summer vacations. Today, we had our very first...

The journey begins

The best advice given out on move-in day: Take advantage of every opportunity college has to offer.

Welcome, Class of 2014

The first year students are officially here! Yesterday, Sunday, August 29, was move-in day at Simmons College. The residence campus was buzzing with activity as new first year students and transfer students moved into their dorms and said goodbye to their families.

The first years are coming, the first years are coming!

Well, you know summertime at Simmons is coming to an end when the students start returning to campus. We've already had some early arrivals including the athletes, international students, and the residence life staff. However, this Sunday marks the...

On the road

I just got word from the admission office that they're packing their bags and hitting the road! Every fall, the admission counselors travel the country to speak directly with high school students about the amazing opportunities Simmons has to...

First annual Top Chef challenge

Last wednesday the faculty and staff at Simmons had their own version of Top Chef. Three teams of two faculty/staff showed off their culinary skills to cook up their own creative versions of chicken alfredo.

Simmons College goes green

This weekend, GreenFest was held in Boston and Simmons College was there to support the cause. Aside from receiving a Gold certificate from the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for the new School of Management building, Simmons implements many green initiatives around campus.

Mesick Hall makeover

Check out a quick sneak peek video of the Mesick Hall renovations. We spoke with Vice President of Administration, Janet Fishstein, and she gave us the run-down of what you can expect to see when you come back to campus. We cannot wait to see it when the project is complete - especially the flat screen TVs!

Spotlight on Caila

Meet Caila, a 2010 Simmons graduate who plans to get her Ph.d. in neuroscience. Hometown: Lancaster, Massachusetts Major: Neuroscience and Behavior with a concentration in Neurobiology Class: 2010 Simmons activities: Alzheimer's research lab, College Republicans Resume builder: "As a...

Welcome!

Hello, and welcome to Simmons's new and (greatly) improved blog, 300 The Fenway! This is a college-wide blog covering news, events, and cool stories happening throughout the Simmons community. Whether you're a new or prospective student, faculty, or staff...

The Communications Department prepares "Jills of all trades"

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of taking a tour of Simmons's communications department. It was led by Professor (and department chair!) Jim Corcoran and he showed us the design lab, the student workroom, the state-of-the-art Simmons Radio Station, and the darkroom. It was a great experience because I was able to learn all about the department's strength, which is "media convergence" - the intersection and interaction of multiple media disciplines.

Should you interview for college?

While making my morning rounds, I came across an article posted on Twitter by My College Guide: To be or not to be: The college interview. If you're debating on whether or not to schedule a college interview, this article does a great job at convincing you to do so. It says: "The college interview process, though often optional, is a great way for you to get your questions answered, put a face to a name, and explain any bumps in your high school record face to face.

It's never too late

It's February now, and that means the college is back into full swing. Spring semester is well underway (although, it's hardly Spring out there... Brrrrrr!) and since all your applications are finally in, the admissions counselors are extremely busy accepting the Class of 2014. Hopefully you sent all your materials in. The deadline was last Monday! But, for those of us who are procrastinators, I have great news.

Location, location, location

Did you know Simmons scores a whopping A+ on "Local Atmosphere?" It's true! Simmons is located right in the heart of Boston, which as the ranking states, opens up a sea of opportunity for students. Check out what students on College Prowler have to say

Give us a holler

Click here to watch an interesting video about whether or not the amount of contact you have with an admissions office affects their decision to admit you. As mentioned in the video, every school looks at this differently. So, I spoke directly with the counselors here to find out what they think.

Nursing... What? Like it's hard?

I noticed many students are asking questions about the nursing program. Some are only thinking about it, while others are fully committed to taking the plunge. Almost everyone is scared to death of organic chemistry. But what's really on your mind is: how hard is it?

Modes of Inquiry

What of what? Maybe you've heard your admissions counselor mention it a couple times, but didn't think too much of it. Or, maybe you're already highlighting interesting classes in the course catalogue. Either way, you can't graduate without completing the Modes of Inquiry.

Playing the waiting game

As I mentioned in my last post, big envelopes (or those icky small ones) from college's are starting to arrive - especially if you've applied early decision. This is the time of year when mail carriers across the country are being stalked daily while students rush home after school to be the first to grab the mail. Most of you are waiting on that one fat envelope from your top choice, but of course, are only receiving responses from your 2nd, 3rd, or even 5th choice schools. But don't let that discourage you. There's a lot to be said for being accepted to any college - even your so-called safety.

Loud and proud!

The author of a recent post to The New York Times's "The Choice" blog suggests everyone should stop broadcasting their acceptance to a college over a Facebook status. She says: "By announcing what college you got into, you are obnoxiously broadcasting personal information that probably only 20 of your Facebook friends actually care about.

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